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Background information
Feature films Star Wars Episode I:The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Television programs Star Wars The Clone Wars
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by Ian McDiarmid
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Performance model
Inspiration Adolf Hitler, the Evil Queen (possibly), Satan, Napoleon Bonaparte, Julius Caesar
Honors and awards Top 100 Best Villains of All Time
Character information
Full name
Other names Emperor Palpatine, Darth Sidious

Master (by his apprentices)

Personality Fake: Calm, lovely, charismatic, friendly and mysterious

Real: Insane, mysterious, power hungry, sadistic, obsessed with Sith sorcery

Appearance As Palpatine: Old, grey hair, blue eyes, with politician robes

As a Sith Lord: Before fighting Mace Windu: old, white skin, wearing black robe and a hood

After fighting Mace Windu: still the same as before fighting with Mace Windu, but with much more wrinkles on his face, and yellow, sinister Sith eyes, and more pale skin

Occupation Sith Lord, Senator turned Chancellor and Supreme Chancellor turned Galactic Emperor and the Ruler of the Galactic Empire
Affiliations Chaotic Evil
Goal To do anything possible to rule the galaxy by force. (all attempts failed)
Home Naboo


Minions The Trade Federation, Darth Maul, Clone troopers, Count Dooku, Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, General Grievous, Orson Krennic
Powers and abilities Fighting skills, the Force
Weapons High intellegence, lightsabers, universal knowledge about the Dark Side of the Force
Fate Gets tossed into a shaft by Darth Vader and killed.
Quote "Everything is proceeding as I has forseen."

"You have been trained well, my apprentice." "POWER! UNLIMITED POWER!"

Everything is proceeding as I have forseen.
~ Palpatine

Sheev Palpatine secretly known as Darth Sidious and later known as Emperor "Sheev" Palpatine or simply The Emperor is the main antagonist of the entire Star Wars saga. He is the main antagonist of the Original Trilogy, serving as a minor antagonist in The Empire Strikes Back and the main antagonist of Return of the Jedi. He is the also main antagonist of the prequel trilogy, being the secondary antagonist of The Phantom Menace, the tertiary antagonist of Attack of the Clones and the main antagonist of Revenge of the Sith. He is also the true main antagonist of the 2008-2014 Clone Wars Television series.

He was the last reigning Sith Lord under Darth Bane's Rule of Two. He also served as the last Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic and the first emperor of the Galactic Empire. He was originally mentored by Hego Damask/Darth Plaguies. He did eventually take on his own apprentice, from the Dathomirian clan, that would publicly be known as Darth Maul and murdered his own master in his sleep. As he went on mentoring Maul, he came in contact with Count Dooku from Serenno, a loyal and formidable member of the Jedi Council, who helped further his dark schemes. He was mostly known as the unassuming Senator Palpatine of Naboo, a position he secretly used to manipulate galactic events in his own image.

Thirteen years prior to the Rise of the Galactic Empire he engineered the Invasion of Naboo and used the political crisis as a form of pretext to being elected the Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. After Darth Maul got "killed" by Obi-Wan Kenobi on Naboo, Sidious chose Count Dooku as his new apprentice and bestowed him upon his new title "Darth Tyranus." They formed together the Confederacy of Independent Systems (The Separatist Alliance) in order to spark a galaxy-spanned Civil War, that would be known as The Clone Wars. As the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic he was given sweeping emergency powers to handle the Separatist Crisis. He then created the Grand Army of the Republic with help of his then apprentice, Count Dooku. Although, they fought for the Galactic Republic, they were all made to betray the Jedi as they were secretly commissioned by Sidious and Dooku and each clone contained a bio-chip with a pre-programmed protocol to eliminate the entire Jedi Order, the arch-enemies of the Sith, when the order was given and would be called Order 66.

When the war reached its end, Sidious had achieved absolute control over the Galactic Empire. With his new power, he deemed the jedi as enemies of the Republic and ordered the Clone Troopers to execute Order 66, thus destroying the Jedi Order. With nearly all of the Jedi extinct, Sidious declared himself Emperor and transformed the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire. He also turned noble Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, the Chosen One, to the Dark Side and anointed him Darth Vader- Skywalker having personally killed Count Dooku at Sidious' urging. Over the next years, Sidious transferred the daily management of the Empire to the Imperial Ruling Council and spent much of his time in an ancient Sith shrine beneath the Imperial Palace (the former Jedi Temple). He attempted to reshape the force to his own design with the Dark Side.

Meanwhile, the Galactic Empire expanded across the entire galaxy and constructed the Death Star in order to maintain order by installing fear. But, the Rebel Alliance was created to resist Sidious' rule, and the Death Star was ultimately destroyed by Luke Skywalker, with guidance of Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Darth Sidious tasked his apprentice, Darth Vader who were in fact Luke Skywalker's father, with either killing him or turning him to the Dark Side. Darth Vader brought Luke in front of his master during the Battle of Endor. Sidious tried to turn Luke Skywalker over to the Dark Side, but he refused. Sidious then began casting force lighting at him, attempting to murder him, but during their session, Darth Vader was redeemed and turned on his own master, killing both his master Sidious and himself in the process. Through redemption, Vader brought down the Sith, while the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star II. While Sidious had been defeated, the Galactic Empire would try to maintain the charade of his survival, while struggling to fill the void left by his absence. Darth Sidious, however, had never intended for the Galactic Empire to outlast him and instituted the Contingency in an attempt to prevent such a scenario.


Pre- Phantom Menace

Sheev Palpatine, born 84 years prior to the Battle of Yavin was born to a very influential family on Naboo. At some time during his youth he met Hego Damask (who were secretly the Sith Lord, Darth Plagueis). Plaguies took Palpatine as his apprentice and adapted his infamous Sith name, Darth Sidious, As Sidious, he learned absolutely all his master knew about the Dark Side of the Force, and all the Sith of Darth Bane's lineage had learned about the force. Sidious was also aware of his master's secret to eternal life: his master had learned to manipulate the midi-chlorians, and to hinder people themselves from dying. Plaguies's deep obsession with prolonging his own life eventually passed over to Sidious. He did later admit that he had never been able to learn his master's secrets. In his public persona as Sheev Palpatine, he began a long-going career in politics and eventually, with the aid of Plaguies, ended up representing his homeworld in the Galactic Senate as the Senator of Naboo. After he thought that his teachings had ended and his rise to power guaranteed, he killed Plaguies in his own sleep.