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Darth Sidious and Darth Vader, practitioners of the Rule of Two.

"Always two there are; no more, no less. A master and an apprentice."
Yoda[src]

The Rule of Two was a Sith philosophy mandating that only two Sith could exist at any given time: a Dark Lord of the Sith to embody power, and an apprentice to crave it.[1] The philosophy was created by Darth Bane,[2] the sole survivor of a war against the Jedi Order a millennium before the Clone Wars. Recognizing that it was Sith greed and in-fighting that led to their destruction, Bane created the rule so the Sith could operate in secret, using subterfuge to plot their revenge against the Jedi.[1]

The Sith carried out their vendetta for a thousand years, gaining power in secret while the Jedi had believed that the Sith were destroyed.[3] The Sith finally revealed themselves during the Trade Federation's invasion of Naboo,[4] after which they orchestrated the Clone Wars so Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine—secretly the Dark Lord, Darth Sidious—could destroy the Jedi and transform the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire.[5] The Sith ruled the galaxy for 23 years until they were destroyed by a redeemed Anakin Skywalker—who had been Darth Vader—who sacrificed himself to kill Palpatine during the Battle of Endor.[6]

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