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42 Facts About Palpatine
Since the release of Return of the Jedi, Palpatine has become a widely recognized symbol of evil in popular culture, and since the prequel films, one of sinister deception and the subversion of democracy.
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Palpatine uses the dark side to rejuvenate his body but is ultimately defeated and destroyed by Rey.
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Palpatine is the main antagonist in the Skywalker saga, appearing in all three film trilogies.
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Palpatine uses the crisis to get elected as the new Chancellor of the Republic.
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Palpatine feigns reluctance to accept this authority, promising to return it to the Senate once the crisis has ended.
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Palpatine'sfirst act is to allow a clone army's creation to counter the Separatist threat; this results in the first battle of the Clone Wars.
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Palpatine is rescued by Anakin and Obi-Wan, but not before the Jedi confront Dooku again.
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Palpatine tells Anakin the story of Darth Plagueis, a powerful Sith Lord who was able to create life and prevent death but was killed by his own apprentice.
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Palpatine engages Windu in a duel and attacks him with Force lightning; Windu deflects the lightning back into Palpatine's face, deforming it into the gray, wizened visage first seen in the original trilogy.
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Palpatine then tells Vader that Padme was killed in the heat of Vader's anger, breaking what remains of Vader's spirit.
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Palpatine is last seen watching the original Death Star's construction, with Vader and Wilhuff Tarkin at his side.
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Palpatine, again played by McDiarmid, appears in the trilogy's final film, The Rise of Skywalker .
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Palpatine reveals himself as the mastermind behind the First Order and Ren's former master, Supreme Leader Snoke, whom he created to lure Ren to the dark side.
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Palpatine offers the fleet to Ren on the condition that he find and kill the galaxy's last remaining Jedi, Rey, who is revealed to be Palpatine's granddaughter.
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Meanwhile, Palpatine suggests that the Republic ally itself with the Hutts.
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Palpatine sees this as an opportunity to seek out other remaining Jedi, ordering Vader to dispatch an Inquisitor to hunt down Ahsoka.
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Palpatine then reveals himself through the portal and attacks Ezra with Force lightning.
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Palpatine appears in the first season of the 2021 animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch.
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Palpatine appears in the sixth episode of the 2022 series Obi-Wan Kenobi.
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Palpatine appears in Rae Carson's novelization of The Rise of Skywalker, which expands upon the film's story.
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Palpatine agrees to send a strike force that includes Anakin Skywalker and suggests that Anakin be given "special command" of Obi-Wan's fighters.
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Grievous breaks through the Chancellor's window and attempts to kidnap him, leading to a long chase while Palpatine is protected by Jedi Shaak Ti, Roron Corobb and Foul Moudama.
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Palpatine made his first major appearance in Star Wars-related comic books in 1991 and 1992, with the Dark Empire series written by Tom Veitch and illustrated by Cam Kennedy.
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Revenge of the Sith implies that Palpatine was the apprentice of Darth Plagueis, while later Expanded Universe materials say explicitly that he was.
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Palpatine was not given a first name in any canonical or "Star Wars Legends" sources until 2014, when the character's first name—Sheev—was revealed in the novel Tarkin, written by James Luceno.
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The name would not be used in the film until the prequel trilogy, and the first mention of the name Palpatine came from the prologue of Alan Dean Foster's 1976 novelization of A New Hope, which detailed the Emperor's rise to power.
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In that film, the initial conception of Palpatine was superseded by his depiction as a dictatorial ruler adept in the dark side of the Force.
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