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Question Edit

The Article says that only Yoda, Mace, and Galen have been able to match him in combat with out aid. and Luke was only able to best him with Leia's help at the time and I can see that from where at the time Luke had only 10 or 11 yrs of jedi experience at the time. But if Luke fought Palpatine now is there any doubt as to Luke beating him senseless?

no. - Agent Es January 27, 2018

Powerful Edit

Palpatine being the most powerful sith the galaxy has ever known is an opion not fact. No where has there been anything made that actually declares this other than Palpatines own words. Sith like Bane, Revan, Traya, and Krayt could easily also be the "Most powerful Sith". That should be changed in the beginning to One of the most powerful not The most powerful.

  • Technically, it's stated in the Essential Chronology, IIRC. While that's an in-universe source, and subject to Voren's usual fallibility, I also seem to recall it being stated in an out-of-universe section in Vader: The Ultimate Guide (can someone fact-check for me here?), which would make it impossible to argue fallible character opinion was the source of Palpatine = strongest Sith Lord ever. While we're on the subject of Sidious' power, I'd also like to point out that his loss to Luke Skywalker in Dark Empire, at least as far as the lightsaber duel is concerned, was a straight loss. The comic is ambiguous, but the audio drama specifies that Leia doesn't begin to use Force Harmony with Luke until after Luke's already lopped of Palpy's hand and disarmed him, winning the lightsaber duel itself. They only joined power to counteract the Force storm, not to give Luke an advantage in lightsaber combat. The wording and timing of events is VERY specific- hand gets cut off, Luke tells Palpatine to surrender, Palpatine whips up Force storm, THEN and ONLY then do Leia and Luke join Force power. And they only do it to cut Palpatine off from the dark side and make him lose control of his Force storm. Ergo, I'm going to change the statement that Luke only won the duel itself due to Leia's help- if you want to argue that Palpatine only died in Dark Empire because of Leia's help, then I couldn't argue, but he lost in the duel fair and square. The source material does not lie. Dewback rancher 21:36, October 18, 2010 (UTC)
    • Yes, but the Sith Emperor in Star Wars: The Old Republic stripped a planet clean of the Force and lived for 1,400 years. I think that part needs revising. While Palpatine was very powerful, there are Sith, especially in the Old Republic Era that were equally powerful. --Mev186 01:22, November 26, 2011 (UTC)
      • Yes, but Palpatine could take down Agen Kolar, Saesee Tiin and Kit Fisto single handedly within 10 seconds.KitFisto19BBY 19:04, March 7, 2012 (UTC)
        • Please refrain from turning this wiki into a discussion forum. GethralkinHyperwave 04:22, March 8, 2012 (UTC)
          • In The Essential Reader's Companion (a real-world perspective based source featuring both Vitiate and Palpatine for the first time); no Sith Lord have been declared as most powerful. Therefore it is possible that Palpatine may no longer be recognized as the most powerful Sith Lord in history after recent updates to the lore. --S_W_LeGenD (talk) 22:24, February 01, 2013 (UTC)

That doesn't mean anything. Just because the same thing isn't regurgitated in every subsequent source book doesn't invalidate canonical statements made prior; that just isn't how continuity works. --Exor (talk) 03:08, March 11, 2013 (UTC)

  • I have news for you: Vitiate have also earned the accolade of being the most Sith Lord ever in two c-canon sources by now. Therefore, we have contenders.--S_W_LeGenD (talk) 08:19, June 16, 2013 (UTC)
    • Which sources, might I ask? --Exor (talk) 06:48, June 18, 2013 (UTC)
      • See my talk page for update.--S_W_LeGenD (talk) 01:16, July 04, 2013 (UTC)
        • While the data entries are probably fallible, I suppose the Encyclopedia is a legitimate source. Both of those sources are very narrow in scope however, only covering the material of that era. --Exor (talk) 08:04, July 19, 2013 (UTC)

Evil Incarnate + CowardEdit

In the personality section of the article, it refers to Palpatine as "evil incarnate" which I don't think is proper, considering that that is an opinion based on personal morals. If people really need to put somewhere that he was "evil" it would be more sensible to write that he was evil in the opinions of many who suffered under his rule or opposed his reasoning.

It also says in the Personality section that "Palpatine also displayed cowardice at times" which from my point of view is utterly incorrect. Was Palpatine supposed to get up on the invisible hand and punch droids to death? Was he supposed to stand, unconcerned in front of battle droids, when one hit would kill him? He killed Darth Plagueis in his sleep maybe because alive he would be too powerful. That's not cowardice, that's practicality. Palpatine put on the facade of being scared when Mace beat him, so he could convince Anakin that he was the good one, and get Anakin to join him.

What do other people think about this? Venators 07:52, October 19, 2010 (UTC)

yeah, the p&t section is full of subjectivity and OR. ASDF1239Chiss Ascendancy-DISCUSSION- 23:33, October 19, 2010 (UTC)
Palpatine is an actor not a coward. Opinion is a tricky subject. Zeta1127 of the 89th Legion (talk) 23:41, October 19, 2010 (UTC)
Would anyone have any objections to me changing it from: "Palpatine was evil incarnate, yet also patient, intelligent, and an incredible actor able to keep up the facade of a good and honest politician for a prodigious number of years."

to "Palpatine was considered by many to be evil incarnate, yet displayed patience, intelligence, and was an incredible actor, able to keep up the facade of a good and honest politician for a prodigious number of years."

Anyone? Responses are welcome. Venators 09:28, October 29, 2010 (UTC)

  • On his alleged cowardice, the only time he had no motive to pretend to be afraid was when Yoda stopped him from fleeing. All the other incidents are too ambiguous. On the subject of him being evil incarnate, well I'm new here and perhaps not familiar with the required level of neutrality. However, in the web documentary on Sidious (which is on the Revenge of the Sith 2-disc set) the very first thing George Lucas says about him is that he is "pure evil". To me, that justifies calling Sidious evil right there. Also, we call real world mass murdering tyrants evil, so I don't see why calling a fictional one evil is a problem. JediHistorian 12:09, October 29, 2010 (UTC)
    • out-of-universe comments, even if made by lucas, don't affect the in-universe neutrality policy, and the wikipedia article on Adolf Hitler never calls him evil. ASDF1239Chiss Ascendancy-DISCUSSION- 20:52, October 30, 2010 (UTC)
      • Given time to think it over, I've realised my problem was with your reasoning for the change, not the actual change you want to make. I withdraw my objection to it. In fact, it might be better to describe him, in the intro to the personality section or later, as a psychopath. It's a less emotionally loaded term, more appropriate for a personality section. To me it's also a more accurate description of his overall personality than a megalomaniac, which seems to be a trait he developed after becoming Emperor. JediHistorian 05:00, November 2, 2010 (UTC)
        • We all seem to be missing the point. All articles are written from an unbiased and neutral viewpoint, regardless of personal feelings, beliefs or morals. The article describing Palpatine as "evil incarnate" directly conflicts with the wiki. I have said that I am willing to change it so that it fits with the overall base neutrality of the wiki. If I have unanimous agreement that this should be done, I will change the article to: "Palpatine was considered by many to be evil incarnate, yet displayed patience, intelligence, and was an incredible actor, able to keep up the facade of a good and honest politician for a prodigious number of years." Unanimous agreement so that we can close this and move on? Venators 10:41, November 3, 2010 (UTC)
Didn't both George Lucas and Ian McDiarmid state that Palpatine was supposed to be pure evil or something? That's probably good enough, seeing how several people seem to treat VA information/what the creator says as law from my observations of people who are tuned into a series. Weedle McHairybug 11:35, November 3, 2010 (UTC)
          • Oh my gods. It doesn't matter if Lucas said that. This wiki is neutral and stating that Palpatine is "evil incarnate" deliberately conflicts with that. Whether something is evil or not is a personal moral, and that part of the article should be changed. And as a wise man once said "out-of-universe comments, even if made by lucas, don't affect the in-universe neutrality policy" Venators 01:27, November 6, 2010 (UTC)
            • George Lucas can't be dismissed so easily. He made Star Wars, so Star Wars is whatever he wants it to be - case closed. To say his opinion is irrelevant sounds like all of the other Lucas-bashers who make the ridiculous argument like "Star Wars belongs to the fans, not Lucas" because it has something to do with being a cultural icon or whatever. In this case, it's not just an opinion that Palpatine is evil - that's what his character was created to be from the star; that's how Lucas envisioned him. As for some "in-universe" explanation, everything we know about Palpatine and what he's done indicates him as being "evil" by its definitions like: to cause harm, to deliberately violate some moral code, etc. JRT2010 02:25, November 6, 2010 (UTC)JRT2010
              • It doesn't matter. Whether someone is evil or not is an OPINION based on personal morals. I might well consider Palpatine to be someone who simply wanted to live for a long time, and who genuinely wanted to help the galaxy. What he did can be considered atrocious by us, but that doesn't mean that it's evil, because, once again, this wiki is neutral, wich means it doesn't matter about our opinions of characters, the wiki reflects only facts about them and things written in books or seen in movies! Lords of Kobol, doesn't anyone listen? Venators 11:32, November 18, 2010 (UTC)
  • The problem is that George Lucas was the one who made Star Wars, so whatever he says on the subject pretty much means for the most part that it is fact. Maybe if he were like you and me (IE, not the creator of the franchise) he would mean little. Weedle McHairybug 11:37, November 18, 2010 (UTC)
  • Just drop it already. You said that you would only change it if you had a unanimous vote on the matter. Well, you clearly don't have one. This site is meant to reflect Star Wars as envisioned by George Lucas. He made Palpatine to be a character that personified evil, so that's that. JRT2010 12:16, November 18, 2010 (UTC)JRT2010
    • this should be very simple. it doesn't matter how lucas personally "envisioned" star wars, we work with objective facts as presented in canon instead of favoring certain moral interpretations. we regard lucas' comments as canon when they pertain to concrete facts such as Conan Antonio Motti's name. concepts like "evil incarnate" are subjective, ergo they aren't treated as objective canon. ASDF1239Chiss Ascendancy-DISCUSSION- 03:15, November 19, 2010 (UTC)
      • This site is objective between the differing opinions of FANS, but that doesn't include Lucas. In the Episode III Commentaries, Lucas specifically said that Palpatine "was the devil, he was the epitome of all evil, etc." Obviously he meant to leave no doubt in anyone's mind that Palpatine was intended to be evil in every sense of the word. Hence, everything he's done has ranged from genocide, conspiracy, corruption, mass murder, establishing an authoritarian state, torture, etc. He was undoubtedly a narcissist and a sadist because he compared his soul to the blackness of space and cultivated entire life forms just to derive pleasure from killing them. This site doesn't count the moral interpretations of fans that lack canon sources to back them up, but it's different when it comes to the person who created Star Wars and based much of it (including the characters) on his own moral view of good and evil. JRT2010 16:54, November 19, 2010 (UTC)JRT2010
        • i'll paraphrase myself. it's irrelevant how certain elements of canon are intended to be morally interpreted. the only thing that matters is that they're subjective, and should not be presented as absolute fact. the site policy favors no moral perceptions regardless of who holds them. this has nothing to do with the "fans vs lucas" outlook or "lucas-bashing" agenda that you seem to be so fixated with. ASDF1239Chiss Ascendancy-DISCUSSION- 04:46, November 20, 2010 (UTC)
          • It's not so subjective when a canon source like the Star Wars Encyclopedia describes Palpatine's character as "evil incarnate". JRT2010 12:41, November 20, 2010 (UTC)JRT2010
            • This part of the article directly conflict with the neutrality of the wiki, it should and must be changed. Venators 09:30, November 23, 2010 (UTC)
              • I know my opinion isn't valued because I haven't contributed much, but I have been reading this wiki for some time. Facts, opinion, objective, subjective, canon, George Lucas, sources, etc are all irrelevant. (Paraphrasing) "All articles must be written from a neutral point of view, representing views fairly and without bias. All significant points of view are presented, not just the most popular one. Readers are left to form their own opinions." The last sentence is a big one for me. Some guy close to Palpatine once said "From my point of view the Jedi are evil", now you guys use that as a template. 10:04, November 23, 2010 (UTC)
              • Palpatine is described as evil incarnate on his Personality section, so it doesn't matter what people think about him - it's about how he perceives himself. That part of Palpatine is determined by the person who created and the actor who portrayed him. Ian Mcdiarmid said: "I like the notion that he didn't have any psychological subtlety or depth, that he was just solidly EVIL and the dirtiest word in his vocabulary was 'friend'. I thought that was terrific." That's what Palpatine is at his core. That's how Lucas wanted him to be portrayed. There are many examples throughout Star Wars, and on this site, where Sith Lords are described as truly evil characters. What are you going to do - change them all? That makes no sense since the Sith are clearly depicted as the evil antagonists in the storyline. If anything, the character's creator and actor have more say on what Palpatine is than anyone else. The site is neutral between OUR opinions, but it doesn't trump the views of those who are directly involved in making Star Wars. JRT2010 13:43, November 23, 2010 (UTC)JRT2010
                • I'd like to know where you're getting this "NPOV, unless it's George Lucas" nonsense from, because it sure as Hell isn't from the actual NPOV policy of this website. -- I need a name (Complain here) 14:00, November 23, 2010 (UTC)
                • The NPOV article states that articles must be based on things like "real-world" and "in-universe" information. In the real-world sense, Palpatine was clearly created to be evil, in terms of the popular definitions of that word. In-universe-wise, there's nothing that indicates him as seeing himself as "good." He craves power and he takes pleasure in the death and suffering of others. "Palpatine was evil incarnate" is just for his personality section. It's simply a way of describing his own mind and why he did what he did. It's perfectly fine to point out in his history or biography section that other people (in-universe) took a liking to him, and agreed with him - because those are outside POVs that have nothing to do with how he sees himself. JRT2010 15:23, November 23, 2010 (UTC)JRT2010
                  • I consider Palpatine to be the savior of the galaxy. In my opinion, Palpatine was completely justified and a good influence on the galaxy. How dare people call him evil, he is the savior! Hence, the wiki can't be based on morals because everyone has different morals. And yet again, we run into the neutrality policy, which some seem to be ignoring. We need an unbiased administrator here to solve this. Agreed? Venators 07:06, November 24, 2010 (UTC)
                    • No, you completely missed the point. This is about his Personality section. In that part of the article, it doesn't matter what anyone else in Star Wars thinks about him. You wanted to change it to something like "Palpatine was considered to be evil incarnate by most people." What does anyone else have to do with Palpatine's personality? Do you even know what a personality is? It's about an individual person's own psychology, what his characteristic traits are, his behavioral pattern, etc... In that regard, your argument is pointless. As I said before, there's nothing wrong with adding to his biography or legacy section that some Star Wars characters admired him and thought he was a savior. But "In-Universe-wise", you're not a character in Star Wars so it doesn't really matter what you think about him either. Agreed? JRT2010 08:00, November 24, 2010 (UTC)JRT2010
  • I strongly urge all involved parties to watch their adherence to WP:CIVIL, as this discussion is in danger of breaching it. In terms of canon policies: while yes, WP:NPOV is a strongly upheld policy on this site, so is WP:ATT. If a source specifically says something, it will have to be put into the article one way or another. CC7567 (talk) 03:56, November 25, 2010 (UTC)
    • there's a simple way of reflecting the SWE's info, as well as lucas' comments, without obliterating npov. work it into the bts, something like "the Star Wars Encyclopedia describes Palpatine as "evil incarnate". it's better than making assertions on the basis of intrinsically subjective morals. i don't even see what your point is; neutral observations of his personality such as how he "craves power and he takes pleasure in the death and suffering of others" could be valid in the in-universe portion of the article, but absolute value judgments labeling him "good" or "evil" are quite blatantly not. i don't see why you keep trying to justify the opinion that palpatine is "evil" when it has little to no bearing on the actual issue. ASDF1239Chiss Ascendancy-DISCUSSION- 10:00, November 25, 2010 (UTC)
    • The Star Wars Encyclopedia deals with in-universe material and clearly describes Palpatine as "evil incarnate" from an in-universe sense, and thus it doesn't just belong in the BTS section that deals with the Real-World take on Star Wars. The SWE's "evil incarnate" sums up Palpatine as a person, it defines his personality, and is backed up by his actions. Palpatine himself apparently backs this up with his own words, comparing his essence to the darkness, or stating that he is the embodiment of the dark side, which espouses hate, anger, fear etc. There are other sources, such as the Star Wars Databank and New Essential Guide to Characters, which describe Palpatine as a person who is tyrannical and diabolical. With all of these sources confirming Palpatine as being evil, "evil incarnate" can be used to describe his Personality so long as its backed up with reliable sources, which it is. Yes, I get that it conflicts with the WP:NPOV, but given the sources I just pointed out, it conforms with the WP:ATT. Lucas's statements can go in the BTS section since they're from a real-world perspective. But things like SWE or the Databank focus on Star Wars from an in-universe perspective, thus their information can go in the in-universe portion like the personality section. JRT2010 16:37, November 25, 2010 (UTC)JRT2010
      • it cannot be simply declared here that palpatine is "evil incarnate", as there is no definition of the term that does not vary with relative morals, even in-universe. therefore, describing a character's personality as "evil" is meaningless. as i've said, it's acceptable to describe it neutrally using the concrete traits assigned to him by canon, such his relationship with the dark side, or his harsh, "tyrannical" reign. ASDF1239Chiss Ascendancy-DISCUSSION- 03:14, November 26, 2010 (UTC)
        • It can be agreed from a neutral point of view that Palpatine fit the definitions of evil as reflected by his actions and his own psychological mindset. As I pointed out before, in his own mind Palpatine believed that he was the embodiment of all darkness; he literally saw himself as the dark side. From there, we have the "incarnate" part down. The dark side is more equated to "evil" (in its common definitions) as opposed to "good." It's not like his Biography or Legacy sections state that he is "evil incarnate" because that would be inaccurate given the differing opinions of him "In-Universe-wise." But a Personality Section strictly deals with how the character views himself, as well as things like his characteristic traits and so on. If Palpatine truly believed that he was the living incarnation of the dark side of the Force, then "evil incarnate" defines how he saw himself in his own mind. It has nothing to do with someone else (in-universe or out) "declaring" him evil. It states his own personal belief, and then backs it up with why. JRT2010 04:03, November 26, 2010 (UTC)JRT2010
          • a character's perception of himself is just as subjective as any in-universe opinion and shouldn't be favored over others. his own beliefs should be stated as part of his personality, but they don't validate the assertion that he *is* "evil incarnate", presented as fact. "dark side" is a solid concept - force-use oriented around certain emotions - while "evil" is defined by personal morals. neutral conclusions about his personality may also be drawn from his actions and mindset, but they should be expressed objectively. ASDF1239Chiss Ascendancy-DISCUSSION- 09:07, November 26, 2010 (UTC)
            • Exactly why shouldn't a character's perception of himself be favored over others when it comes to his own personality? As I told that other guy, a character's personality depends entirely on his own psychology and has nothing to do with how other people perceived him. Yes, there are certain things that help develop a person's personality, but the Personality Section is simply meant to reflect the character's own mindset, not other characters' perception of him, which would be more appropriate for something like the Legacy Section. On the other hand, I can agree with you on the *is* part. But it's still his own personality and Palpatine is described as evil in many sources (real-world and in-universe) so "evil incarnate" should not be removed, so long as its made clear that it's from his own perspective. For example, "In his own mind, Palpatine was evil incarnate, the embodiment of darkness and the living incarnation of the Dark side of the Force." It can be re-worded, but since SWE specifically describes him as "evil incarnate", which is backed up one way or another by other sources, then the term can stay so long as its presented from his own point of view, rather than simply stating that he *is* "evil." JRT2010 16:40, November 26, 2010 (UTC)JRT2010
              • that sounds good, as long as it's made clear that it's his own POV. ASDF1239Chiss Ascendancy-DISCUSSION- 09:07, November 27, 2010 (UTC)
                • Now that that's out of the way, I'll change it, unless someone else actually has a reasonable objection to it. JRT2010 10:00, November 27, 2010 (UTC)JRT2010

One thing to remember, guys, is that "He was considered by many" is a weasel statement. Weasel words are words used to make a statement of opinion sound more factual and meaningful when in reality it's not. "Many" isn't specific, so it doesn't really conform to NPOV. You would have to specifically say who that is referring to. If it said "He was considered by the Jedi," then that's a very narrow statement. While it's NPOV, it's also useless in an article like this. Just my two cents. - Brandon Rhea Alliance Starbird (talk) 04:37, November 25, 2010 (UTC)

Why did you change "embodiment" to "ultimate personification"? Embodiment and personification are very similar words. Wasn't "embodiment" a direct (and sourced) quote from DE? Didn't see a reason to change that. But it seems fine the way it is. No complaints. Also, there's still an entire paragraph on Palpatine being a coward and it's just blatantly biased. Just read it, the tone is out of place. The whole paragraph should just be removed. Killing Darth Plagueis in his sleep isn't cowardly, it's smart. Having people fight for you isn't cowardly, it's using your assets. Emperors don't go out and fight on the front lines, they're Emperors. The part about Grievous just doesn't belong. Grievous didn't know he was in disguise so that shouldn't have even been included. What does Mace Windu's beliefs have to do with anything? How is that relevant? The paragraph on Palpatine being a coward is much more disturbing than the "evil" section ever was. I think just about everyone would agree he is evil (whether it should be stated is another argument), but I don't see how you could call him a coward, it's just not accurate. The paragraph shouldn't be fixed, it should just be removed. 13:01, November 27, 2010 (UTC)

  • I used "embodiment" in the first sentence (embodiment of darkness). It seemed redundant and repetitive to see the same word used again a few paragraphs down (embodiment of the dark side) so I changed it to "ultimate personification", which basically means the same thing as embodiment. That sentence was sourced, yes, but in a paraphrased form. Palpatine's actual words were "I am the Dark Side!" As for the "coward" part, I wouldn't say he was a coward, but nor was he courageous. He was practical, but unwilling to risk his life unless absolutely necessary. The "coward" part doesn't have to be removed, but it can be fixed to reflect Palpatine's fear. Even if it was "smart" to kill his Master in his sleep, it seemed as though it was done out of fear. Darth Bane would have never approved, as seen in Dynasty of Evil when he stated that the Apprentice must prove his worthiness by killing the Master in open combat. In Revenge of the Sith, Palpatine tried to flee from Yoda, which lends credibility to the theory that Yoda was one of the few Jedi Masters that he feared fighting. If Mace Windu felt that Palpatine was defeated by his own fear, this has been already asserted in Dark Empire by Luke Skywalker, who said that he could sense Palpatine's fear, which is an emotion that any dark-sider would have to possess since it's one of the most essential feelings that make up the Dark side of the Force. I'll edit it from coward to fear in a way that's appropriate from Palpatine's POV and backed up with things like how Luke and Mace sensed his fear. JRT2010 18:11, November 27, 2010 (UTC)JRT2010

Palpatine's loss to Luke in DE- factual accuracy complaint Edit

I really do want to avoid an edit-war over this, but in the Lightsaber Training part of the Powers and Abilities section, the tired bit about Palpatine's loss to Luke in their duel being only due to Leia's intervention keeps getting added in.

But that's not what the source material states. According to the Dark Empire Audio Drama (and I've read and have on hand the transcript of the relevant section, and can post said section if it's necessary to prove the factual innacuracy of the claim that Luke didn't win the duel with his own skill- though I'll warn you ahead of time that it will be a massive wall of text), the sequence of events is

Palpatine and Luke engage in a lightsaber duel.

Luke cuts off Palpatine's hand, ending the lightsaber duel itself.

Palpatine gloats and creates a Force storm, tearing apart Pinnacle Base and its fleet.

Only then does Leia suggest adding her power to Luke's, after the lightsaber part of the duel has already ended, and explicitly only to cut Palpatine off from the Force and make him lose control of his Force storm.

Luke and Leia's combined power cuts off Palpatine from the dark side of the Force.

Palpatine loses control of his Force storm, which consumes him.

If the Lightsaber Training section is as it seems about Palpatine's technical skill with a lightsaber, I don't see how noting Leia's Force harmony is particularly relevant, given that Luke had already demonstrated his superior swordsmanship by lopping off Palpatine's hand, disarming him and ending the lightsaber duel portion of the confrontation by the time he and Leia joined Force power.

I wouldn't be averse to noting the Force harmony thing being integral to his loss in Dark Empire in the section on Force powers, as when it came to a duel purely in the realm of the Force, you can demonstrate that Luke needed Leia's help to cut Palpatine off from the dark side. It's just that it's not particularly relevant when you're trying to discuss Palpatine's skill with a blade is all. Dewback rancher 18:17, October 27, 2010 (UTC)

Well, yeah, but didn't Exor say something about the endnotes to the Dark Empire indicating that Leia helped Luke defeat the Emperor in a lightsaber duel? Weedle McHairybug 18:22, October 27, 2010 (UTC)
Verily, I did. The Dark Empire Endnotes, just as the comic itself does, indicate that Leia and Anakin began using Force Harmony to aid Luke prior to the Force Storm incident. I will quote the precise text once I am able to do so.--Exor 21:33, November 16, 2010 (UTC)
Actually, the endnotes say that Leia and Anakin only help Luke against the force storm. The endnotes say that Leia lightened Luke's spirit, and as such he was able to turn against the Emperor, and only after that he unleashes the force storm that took the two and a half jedi to fight. And to that he should consider the audio version of the story that is very explicit about the duel being with Luke alone vs. Palpatine (with the force harmony not helping Luke). Grand Master Luke 23:09, January 14, 2011 (UTC)

Infobox sourcing Edit

hi, I've done some sourcing on the infobox. I've cross-checked some {{fact}} with their respective articles. I don't have the actual sources so it may require some recheck on the books or whatever ref I've added. Also I'm not sure that Palpatine actually say that Plagueis was his master in RotS... Their is a mistake on the ref for RotJ in the infobo, it's spelled ROTS... I did not change it because it would break other refs in the main part and I don't I have time right now to fix it Trazeris 19:03, November 29, 2010 (UTC)

Three? Edit

"In the end, only three known beings have been capable of combating Darth Sidious on equal terms without aid: Mace Windu, Yoda, Galen Marek and Luke Skywalker."

Mace Windu, Yoda, Galen Marek and Luke Skywalker is four I belive, I just post it here as I can't edit the page myself. Unsigned comment by LeMuseni (talk • contribs).

Done. Grand Master Luke 10:04, January 18, 2011 (UTC)

When Galen Marek fought him, Sidious was unarmed. People always forget this. --Emperordmb 11:59, October 15, 2012 (UTC)

It also doesn't help that in the Wii version of the game, Sidious does indeed use his lightsaber a few times when fighting Marek. Weedle McHairybug (talk) 23:46, October 17, 2012 (UTC)

The Force Unleashed Edit

In the TFU, was it Palpatine who planned to use and dispose Galen Marek after he was done with him or was it Darth Vader's plan all along, because I keep reading on different pages about how Vader planned this so he could please Palpatine and I heard that Palpatine planned this to lure out the Rebels. So who was it exactly or did they both plan it out? Unsigned comment by (talk • contribs).

  • Hard to say. Before his death, Marek came to believe that Palpatine knew about his existence all along; that Palpatine was his true master and Darth Vader only stood in as a proxy. But Sam Witwer and the game's developers all refer to Darth Vader as Marek's Sith Master; that Vader genuinely wanted to use the apprentice to kill the Emperor. It's possible that Vader did want to kill Palpatine, but was too afraid to act when the time came and instead chose to betray Marek, whereas Palpatine simply sought to capitalize on the opportunity to simultaneously wipe out the rebels and replace Vader with Marek. But without a definitive answer from LucasArts, I can't be certain since information from the TFU material (game, novel, and graphic novel) seem to contradict each other in this matter. JRT2010 20:06, April 21, 2011 (UTC)

Palpatine's Clones... Edit

Two questions I would like to pose if I may. Are the clones that Palpatine created, so he could possess them if he died,lifeless hunks of meat when they are created or are they beings that have their own minds when born? And if they are living when created, wouldn't they be insane since cloned force-sensitives usually do?

  • Palpatine's clones are alive (he can't inherit corpses as far as I know) and it's possible that they do have their own individual mindsets. When he was planning to transfer his soul into Anakin Solo, Palpatine said that when he does so, he "overwrites" the personality and soul within the body in order to completely control it. So in that case, it can't be answered as to whether or not his clones would go insane. We may never know, since any individuality they might have possessed would be overtaken and replaced by the original Palpatine's consciousness. However, it's very likely that Palpatine himself was driven insane by having to repeat the process (dying and soul transfer) over and over again. Throughout the Dark Empire series, he hardly seemed like the "brilliant mastermind" that he was before his first death and much more like a megalomaniac. JRT2010 23:46, February 14, 2011 (UTC)

Palpatine's Hair Change Edit

Palpatine was younger in Episode 1 and his hair was gray curly later in next movie aotc he had white straight hair how and why he change!?Unsigned comment by Kimtine II (talk • contribs).

  • Because he aged. JRT2010 17:47, April 25, 2011 (UTC)

Palpatines Hair 2 Edit

Why curly in ep 1 and stright in other moviesUnsigned comment by Kimtine II (talk • contribs).

  • Talk pages are not for discussion about the topic, but for possible improvements of the articles.—TK-999 Era-imp(Rise of the Empire) 18:23, April 25, 2011 (UTC)

Height Edit

In TPM was palpatine 1.78meters in the infobox how could he bee so short as 1.73?

was he really so tall in ep 1, he looks shorter

Balance to the force. Edit

Its listed on his page that his death brought balance to the force. This is incorrect and should be removed. the death of one of two major darksiders causing the death of the second, ultimately causing the rerise of the Jedi, is not balance. Infact its grotesquely out of balance. The prophecy was misunderstood. It was indeed fulfilled by the destruction of the Jedi.

  • According to George Lucas, Anakin Skywalker fulfilled his destiny as the Chosen One by slaying Palpatine. He also said that the prophecy was true and that Anakin brought balance to the Force. So that's pretty much settled. The prophecy was never about "destroying" the Jedi. It was about killing the last two Sith Lords. Yeah, Palpatine cheated by transferring his spirit into one clone after another. Nevertheless, Anakin fulfilled the prophecy when he killed Palpatine and—in the process of doing so—himself as well. Also, don't forget to sign your posts.JRT2010 06:13, June 27, 2011 (UTC)
  • How can the force be in balance if the Jedi rule? Balance means that both sides are completely equal. There are only two ways for the force to be in balance in my opinion. the first way would be for both the Sith and the Jedi to be wiped out, and for there to be no more force-sensitives, or for those Force-sensitives to not know they are force sensitive. The second way would be for the Jedi and Sith to each rule exactly half the Galaxy, and not to want any more fighting. However, this is completely out of the atitude of any Sith. So, I agree that Palpatine's death didn't bring balance to the force, but if you think about it, is Balance to the Force a good thing? If the Jedi rule, the Force is horribly out of balance, BUT the Rule of the Jedi is Benelovent, and a good thing for everyone. Balance is not the key...--VideoGamePower 03:04, June 29, 2011 (UTC)
    • Our personal opinions do not affect Star Wars canon whatsoever. That's up to George Lucas and anything that counts as canonical information. Both Lucas and canon state that the "Balance of the Force" implies the fall of the Sith and the restoration of the Jedi, which is what Anakin Skywalker achieved. In other words… When the Jedi are in power, the Force is balanced. But when they are superseded by the Sith, the Force is out of balance.JRT2010 06:07, June 30, 2011 (UTC)

Palpatine's deaths Edit

The part about Palpatine first dead being at the hands of Anakin Skywalker should be changed. In Dark Empire, he states that that was not his first dead, so perhaps the article could be changed to state that his death on the second Death Star is his earliest known death, but there was at least one other in his history, (or something to that extent). --Jet Twilights 21:59, July 13, 2011 (UTC)

That was actually a lie. Weedle McHairybug 22:24, July 13, 2011 (UTC)
  • Leeland Chee confirmed it. JRT2010 22:29, July 13, 2011 (UTC)
Just so we are clear, did you mean that Leeland Chee confirmed that it was a lie or that Leeland Chee confirmed that Palpatine died at least once before his death on the Death Star Mk II? I'm very certain it was the former, but I may need to ask if it is what you meant. Weedle McHairybug 23:05, July 13, 2011 (UTC)
Oh Okay then. I'm not up to date on behind the scenes stuff at LucasArts.--Jet Twilights 23:50, July 13, 2011 (UTC)
  • @Weedle: I was agreeing with you. I meant that Leeland Chee confirmed that Palpatine's first death was at the Battle of Endor. He lied to Luke Skywalker about how it "wasn't his first death"—when it actually was. Sorry about that. I can see how I wasn't clear the last time. JRT2010 00:37, July 14, 2011 (UTC)

Video games listed separately? Edit

Why are video games listed separately in Appearances? I can see why for time period-spanning works like Battlefront, but is this actually official policy? —Milo Fett[Comlink] 05:44, August 3, 2011 (UTC)

Palpatine = surname Edit

Now we know there is a House Palpatine, it is certain "Palpatine" is indeed a surname. I guess we'll keep the whole discussion about the name anyway ? But we'll have to update it carefully, as this article is huge. LelalMekha 19:39, December 28, 2011 (UTC)

He's not the most powerful Sith Edit

He's by far not the most powerful Sith, perhaps the most intellegent and Master manipulator but in power he could be easily defeated by the ancient Sith. It should be edited.

I've modified to be a bit more general, hopefully in a way that pleases all. Also, in the future, please remember to sign your posts with four ~ symbols at the end. Thanks. -- DigiFluid 17:52, January 9, 2012 (UTC)
    • If there is an official source stating that he was the most powerful sith in history, then the decision is not ours. LelalMekha 18:44, January 9, 2012 (UTC)
Indeed, if. Until an official source says so, we can't be going around definitively saying that he is the most powerful Sith in history. DigiFluid 18:45, January 9, 2012 (UTC)
Old debate, but well-known answer. Let me just cite this 6 years old (!) message: "Just for the record, at least two official sources have stated that Sidious was "the most powerful Sith Lord in history": The Dark Side Sourcebook and the New Essential Guide to Chronology. This argument has nothing to do with opinions, the official sources have spoken. Let it be known that Sidious is the most powerful.--Exor 17:45, 27 February 2006 (UTC)" LelalMekha 18:53, January 9, 2012 (UTC)
Very well, I've reverted to the previous version. But given recent developments (the Sith Emperor, in particular), I question whether those assertions still hold. -- DigiFluid 19:06, January 9, 2012 (UTC)
Those video games tend to portray ridiculously powerful Force-users, alas...LelalMekha 19:08, January 9, 2012 (UTC)
Not at all, I was thinking of how he's portrayed in Revan. -- DigiFluid 19:15, January 9, 2012 (UTC)

I edited the article because it has not been confirmed that Sidious was the most powerful Sith or the opposite. --ShenLong Kazama 00:24, January 15, 2012 (UTC)

Why are you deleting my edit? There's no confirmation that Sidious was the most power Sith ever, he was one of the most powerful, that should be stand in the article. --ShenLong Kazama 17:18, January 15, 2012 (UTC)

  • Because there is? You have actually bothered to read the responses here, right? -- I need a name (Complain here) 17:22, January 15, 2012 (UTC)

Show me the proof, otherwise i request that the article gets changed. --ShenLong Kazama 17:27, January 15, 2012 (UTC)

Read the above responses. The New Essential Guide to Chronology states that he is the most powerfull Sith of all time. It's fact, until a newer source says otherwise. Accept it. Jayden Matthews 17:30, January 15, 2012 (UTC)

See? No proof, the Chronicles are not accurate anymore, since it's old. And that means that Sidious is not the most power Sith, there is no newer source confirming this, neither the opposite. --ShenLong Kazama 21:35, January 18, 2012 (UTC)

So, according to you a source automatically becomes obsolete after turning seven years old? So, nothing in the films is canon anymore? Jayden Matthews 21:51, January 18, 2012 (UTC)

Definitely agree with JM. "Since it's old" would be a positively moronic reason to re-define something as non-canon. Until something contradicts it, it remains truth. -- DigiFluid 22:07, January 18, 2012 (UTC)

Got the SWTOR encylopedia in which it is stated that the Sith Emperor was the most powerful dark side user of all time, which is essentially the most powerful Sith Lord. --ShenLong Kazama (talk) 14:11, December 15, 2012 (UTC)

  • Wouldn't that be just for that time period? Palpatine hasn't existed yet... Mando26 (talk) 14:55, December 15, 2012 (UTC)

Exactly. But that means Palpatine was not the most powerful Sith of all time. Palpatine was the most powerful Sith of HIS time which means from 1000 BBY until his permanent death. --ShenLong Kazama (talk) 15:33, December 15, 2012 (UTC)

  • Has it ever occurred to you that Palpatine might have been even more powerful than the Sith Emperor when he was born? Weedle McHairybug (talk) 15:43, December 15, 2012 (UTC)
    • Has it occurred to any of you that this page is for discussing changes to the article, not for talking abot the subject. Please take this discussion to a forum and cease and desist here. NaruHina Talk Anakinsolo 21:46, December 15, 2012 (UTC)

It has been stated Vitiate was born that powerful. You should get the facts straight. --ShenLong Kazama (talk) 22:18, December 15, 2012 (UTC)

  • In The Essential Reader's Companion (a real-world perspective based source featuring both Vitiate and Palpatine for the first time); no Sith Lord have been declared as most powerful. Therefore it is possible that Palpatine may no longer be recognized as the most powerful Sith Lord in history after recent updates to the lore. --S_W_LeGenD (talk) 22:24, February 01, 2013 (UTC)

Combat Edit

But Galen Marek has beaten Palpatine in duel?

He has in the Wii version, although I'm not sure if that should count. Weedle McHairybug 11:36, January 15, 2012 (UTC)

On another combat related thing "In the end, only four known beings have been capable of combating Darth Sidious on equal terms without aid: Mace Windu, Yoda, Galen Marek and Luke Skywalker." I question this statement because he let Mace Windu win just to lure Anakin to the dark side and he just toyed with Luke in the end and lost because he got blind sided by Vader. /Wolfenstein 14:13, February 23, 2012 (UTC)

  • We don't actually know that for certain. I haven't seen any IU source specifically stating that Palpatine lost to Mace Windu on purpose—even though that does seem like the most logical explanation given his plans for Anakin Skywalker. OOU-wise however, George Lucas said that "one would have to be Yoda or Windu to compete with Palpatine." Samuel L. Jackson also believed that his character actually bested Palpatine in the duel. Ultimately, however, we don't know if Palpatine lost to Windu on purpose, or if Windu truly defeated Palpatine because of his own skills as a duelist. Hence, the article simply reflects what was shown in the movie: Windu disarmed Palpatine of his lightsaber, thus apparently gaining the upper hand until Skywalker intervened. JRT2010 15:26, February 23, 2012 (UTC)
    • The second Anakin had turned Plapatine had "Unlimited power!" How come he did not have unlimited power before? I think it is bluntly obvious that he let Windu win./Wolfenstein 10:08, February 25, 2012 (UTC)
      • Maybe, but it's still just opinion at this moment in time. As for your second point, I belive the article is refering to Palpatine's duel with Luke after his rebirth, not his original death in RotJ. Jayden Matthews 11:17, February 25, 2012 (UTC)

Empire in Resurgence Edit

"Thrawn's cunning tactics and unerring strategies brought the Imperial Remnant to the brink of victory in 10 ABY, and he would have had complete victory had it not been for betrayal by his Noghri bodyguard Rukh." A bit presumptuous, eh? 06:07, February 6, 2012 (UTC)

Yuuzhan VongEdit

On the Yuuzhan Vong page, there's several mentions of Palpatine's knowledge and preparation for the eventual Yuuzhan Vong invasion (supposedly, a reason for some of his imperialization). Yet, there isn't a single mention of the Vong on this page. I get that they weren't mentioned in Darth Plagueis (probably), and they weren't his primary motivation, but other sources imply that he was at least aware of them, and apparently "dropped hints." These should be added to the page, in an appropriate manner.--Tim Thomason 08:11, February 8, 2012 (UTC)

  • There is a mention of the "far outsiders", which links to the Yuuzhan Vong page, although they are not mentioned by name, no. Should they be? agent es January 27, 2018

First identified as PalpatineEdit

When was he first identified as Palpatine? I remember him being called as "Emperor" on ESB and ANH, but when did someone call "Palpatine" for the first time?----Skenar (Discusión) 05:40, February 14, 2012 (UTC)

  • He was first identified as such in the Star Wars Visual Dictionary regarding the original trilogy. In terms of the movies themselves, his name wasn't mentioned until The Phantom Menace, and even then, it wasn't made clear that he's the same guy who is the Emperor until Revenge of the Sith. Weedle McHairybug 12:37, February 14, 2012 (UTC)
    • Please do not use this article talk page for a discussion forum. This is not a discussion forum, so please do not ask and answer questions here that do not relate to improving the article (see the talk header at the top of the page). GethralkinHyperwave 05:14, February 15, 2012 (UTC)
      • I'm sorry. Would it have been correct if I had put it on the Hall of Senate?----Skenar Jedi Order (Talk) 02:22, February 25, 2012 (UTC)
        • No, I think Gethralkin is mistaken or misread the comment. This is most revelant here, as it pertains to the article "Palpatine" which should mention the basic etymology of the name somewhere (probably in the long background section regarding the name), as it does for similar characters.--Tim Thomason 04:32, March 3, 2012 (UTC)
          • No. I did not misread the question. It is not a question for this page. Read the instruction box above if you haven't already: "This space is used for discussion relating to changes to the article, not for a discussion about the topic in question." Once again, this is not a discussion forum. Please go find one to ask your questions. Leave these article talk pages to discussions about making the article better. GethralkinHyperwave 04:38, March 5, 2012 (UTC)
  • He was first identified as "Palpatine" in the fourth paragraph of the prologue of the very first Star Wars product, the Star Wars novel, by "George Lucas": "Aided and abetted by massive organs of commerce, the ambitious Senator Palpatine caused himself to be elected President of the Republic. He promised to reunite the disaffected among the people and to restore the remembered glory of the Republic." In fact, that makes Palpatine the very first SW character to be mentioned by name, doesn't it? Perhaps that should be mentioned behind the scenes, thereby "making the article better," no? --R5-X41238-G8-R3-3124-D2 13:25, April 5, 2012 (UTC)

I doubt that he was called so in the very first editions of the novel. I´ve first seen that phrase in the novel to "Return of the Jedi".-- 10:40, July 14, 2013 (UTC)

Forbes Article. Edit

Not sure if it’s actually relevant, but Forbes has an article on why the Empire failed (in short, blaming PALPATINE). If it’s of any value (even as an outside reference), here you go: forbes dot com/sites/alexknapp/2012/02/13/five-leadership-mistakes-of-the-galactic-empire/ AJ REDDSON

"Darth Plagueis" does not imply that Palp. shares Dad's forename Edit

I am now reading the novel for the third time -- bless my obsessed soul -- and I still see nothing to imply that Palpatine and his father shared the first name the former disowned. There is "he goes by the cognomen alone," "and yet you honor your House by going by its name," and other references to Palpatine not having a first name, one of which I presume was misread by an editor, but nothing on what the name may have been. --R5-X41238-G8-R3-3124-D2 13:18, April 5, 2012 (UTC)

Evidence for Palpatine allowing himself to be killed if it meant getting a new Dark Side apprentice. Edit

Here are the exact words when he was defeated:

Palpatine: You were always destined to destroy me. Do it! Give in to your Hatred!
Kota: He's beaten. Let it go....
Starkiller: It's a trick! He's more powerful than you know. And he deserves to die for what he's done to me.
Kota: Maybe so. But, if you kill him now, out of hatred, then you will be right back where you started.

There is absolutely no other way to explain it, seeing how Palpatine was trying to goad Marek into killing him. The dialogue makes it very clear that he was trying to get Marek to kill him in order to make him turn to the Dark Side, so unless you want to claim that Palpatine was trying to use reverse psychology (which, if he was, he would not have tried to kill Kota for interfering). If you wish to believe that there was some other explanation for what he was saying, fine, believe it, but the exact words make it clear that he was essentially willing to die if it meant turning someone to the Dark Side. It wouldn't be the first time he did so anyways, as Palpatine also replied to Anakin's remark about wanting to kill Palpatine upon learning that he was a Sith Lord with "I know you would. I can feel your anger... It gives you focus...! Makes you stronger...!" So the dialogue right then and there is more than enough. Weedle McHairybug 10:45, April 13, 2012 (UTC)

  • I see the point that you are trying to make, but unless the narrative quotes Palpatine's thoughts that he intended to let himself be destroyed, or the creators of the game state as much, then, no it is not conclusive evidence. You mention the example of Anakin vs. Palpatine, but don't forget that Palpatine disguised his stamina during his duel in his office at the last minute to appear a weakling about to be overcome by Mace Windu. It is all about mind tricks with him, and he manipulates others around him into believing that he is something that he is not in order to use the people around him as tools. To be a truly powerful ruler, he needs truly powerful tools. His goal from the beginning, as is stated in Plagueis, is to rule the galaxy. He had no intention of acquiring or creating a powerful tool to turn to the Dark Side to rule in his place. However, back to the Dun Möch used in his battle with Marek—did Marek kill him in the canonical ending? No. His masterful use of words and his ability to make others underestimate him speaks more to luring Marek into a trap where either Marek is dead or turns to serve Palpatine. Later during the Battle of Endor, when he was working trying to turn Luke, he knew that Vader's response would refocuse Luke away from him to his apprentice. Palpatine is not by any means eager to merge with the Dark Side of the Force and in fact the hard evidence of this is when Vader finally does kill him. The Emperor lashed out with a maelstrom of Force lightning to attack Vader and he screamed all the way down the shaft. Doesn't sound like a willing attitude to me. —GethralkinHyperwave 03:46, April 14, 2012 (UTC)
    • I wasn't even talking about Mace Windu and Palpatine's duel. I was specifically referring to when Anakin first learns that Palpatine was a Sith Lord right from Palpatine's mouth, which was before the Windu and Palpatine duel. And at that point, trying to disguise his power level to Anakin would have been pointless due to Anakin being twice as powerful as Palpatine even if he was going all out when the revelation was made. And anyways, if he was attempting mind tricks on Marek, why would he attempt to torture and kill Kota for interfering. If he had no intention of being killed by Marek or turning him to the dark side, it shouldn't even matter if Kota intefered, since he in effect did exactly what Palpatine would have intended. Weedle McHairybug 13:15, April 14, 2012 (UTC)
      • I appreciate the thought that you put into this, but I believe you have missed the point. I know what scene to which you were referring and my comments were to bring that reference into context with other scenes. The problem with isolating their interaction during the scene you mention is that it doesn't take into account the emotional manipulation Palpatine used to get Anakin to look at him as a father figure prior to that. Moreover, it isn't really a scene that backs up your argument, since Palpatine never showed nor made any statement that gave any indication that he wanted Anakin to kill him. He was merely acknowledging Anakin's feelings—which, by the way, is an actual trick used to help diffuse a volatile situation. Yes, Anakin was powerful, but as I pointed out before, he was a tool that Palpatine was molding for his own purposes. And, yes, he did indeed mask himself to Anakin. The evidence of that is in the novel when Anakin believes that Palpatine was weakened and needed help from Anakin. As for Marek and Kota... yes, definitely, Palpatine wanted to turn Marek to the dark side—and definitely he would have tried to kill Kota for interfering with that—but never is it confirmed that he was ever willing to lose his life over it. Just a side note, but please refrain from using colons to indent posts as those are reserved for block quotes. Asterisks are used for replies. —GethralkinHyperwave 18:43, April 14, 2012 (UTC)

Windu vs. Sidious Edit

ok about palpatine only galen marek and yoda can combat palpatine without aid? only? mace windou successfuly beat palpatine in a light saber battle te only reaosn he lost was cause of anakin helping palpatine so palpatine needed help from anakin to take on mace windou so i think mace windou should be added to that list people--Howiebabey1982 22:48, May 5, 2012 (UTC)howiebabey this is my first post so please have patience with me

  • Well... that isn't technically correct. Windu had an entourage that he brought with him, and it gave him enough time (however little it was before he had to face Sidious alone) to determine what tactic to counter with in a lightsaber battle. Yoda and Marek both were able to use tutaminis to fight Sidious, something that Windu was unable to do which cost him his life when hit with Force lightning after he lost his lightsaber (which was design to give him that advantage against Force Lightning)—whereas Yoda was able to absorb and throw back the lightning. Marek was able to defeat Vader before attacking Sidious with the Force and nearly succeeded in destroying the Emperor. —GethralkinHyperwave 00:04, May 6, 2012 (UTC)
    • mace beat palpatine saber to saber in a battle he didnt need to use tutanimals he countered it with his light saber what cost him the battle was anakin slicing his hand off and the pain was too much also it was a good distraction he didnt have the time to react-- 12:43, May 6, 2012 (UTC)
      • i know im new true but judgding by the video palpatine slaughtered maces team mates damn near in an instant also mace had force advanced speed and vaapad and as you can see palpatine was beaten in the saber battle if it wasnt for anakin mace would of won he used his saber to block force lightning and aim it right back at him he didnt need tutanimals he used it against him which was better cause he hurt palpatine rather then just absorb it. If it wasnt for anakin mace would of finished him they dueled and mace brought him down on the one on one battle saber to saber mace did have him beat--Unsigned comment by (talk • contribs).
        • The article already states that the only people known to have defeated Palpatine in a lightsaber duel included Mace Windu. The battle with Yoda came to a draw. The difference, however, is that in a battle of the Force, Windu was not able to defeat Palpatine. As mentioned above, tutaminis is the skill in which Yoda and Marek were able to block Palpatine's Force lightning without needing a lightsaber. The novel—which is canon—stated that what saved Windu was his specially designed Electrum lightsaber that could reflect Force lightning. Vaapad was a lightsaber strategy, and when he lost the lightsaber, it was over for him whether or not he still had his hands. Contrast this to Yoda who, before his lightsaber battle with Sidious and later after he lost his lightsaber, was able to stop the Force lightning and even throw it back at Palpatine—something that Windu was incapable of doing without his lightsaber. If someone in real life were to stop lightning with a defensive shield—that would be impressive. Stopping or redirecting it from killing a person without the assistance of any insulated equipment—impossible and therefore even more impressive. Therefore, in the film and the novel, that Yoda used the Force alone showed his exceptional skill over Windu. You mention the film as evidence, but there are other accepted sources of canon beyond the film. —GethralkinHyperwave 13:45, May 7, 2012 (UTC)

I agree with you that Yoda´s force abilities are higher. But the movies are the highest canon.-- 10:36, July 14, 2013 (UTC)

Yes Master, No Master Edit

Okay, since this has apparently become an issue, I am initiating an intervention and posting this to invite some assistance to settle this dispute. Simply stating the facts for or against is irrelevant in this case since both parties seem to believe their own point of view. This is concerning the quote in the Jedi suspicion section of the article, and what exactly is being said. Since there are multiple extant sources verifying one position, it comes into question whether the opposite is true concerning what was stated (i.e. whether or not Anakin addresses Obi-Wan as "Master" in their conversation, etc.). Therefore, it falls to the one challenging the quote as it stands now:

"The Chancellor is not a bad man, Obi-Wan. He befriended me. He's watched out for me ever since I arrived here."
"That is why you must help us, Anakin. Our allegiance is to the Senate, not to its leader - who has managed to stay in office long after his term has expired."
"Master, the Senate demanded that he stay longer!"
"Yes, but use your feelings, Anakin. Something is out of place!"
"You're asking me to do something against the Jedi Code! Against the Republic! Against a mentor and a friend! That's what's out of place here!"
―Anakin refuses to spy on Palpatine.[src]

…to provide a sound file (i.e. .ogg, etc.) to provide evidence for reversion from its current phrasing. However, if anyone else here is so inclined to help him, please know that this remedy is needed to settle this issue. Otherwise, it stands as it is. —GethralkinHyperwave 19:04, May 30, 2012 (UTC)

  • I wasn't looking to start an argument, I merely edited the conversation as it appears in the ROTS movie, that's all, but it doesn't matter, keep it how it was before if you wish, it isn't a big deal anyway. I have no intention of continuing this discussion. Revan4000 19:52, May 30, 2012 (UTC)

Marek vs. Palpatine EditEdit

Why does this article state that Galen Marek could combat Paplatine on equal footing? Their "duel" involved an unarmed Palpatine fighting an armed Marek. That's not even footing, that's not even close to even footing. The only force adept who has unambiguously managed to fight evenly with Palpatine is Yoda. Windu might have defeated him during their duel, Luke apparently beat him in the dueling portion of their fight, but Marek? He didn't even come close. Not only was he armed when he "subdued" Palpatine, but as soon as he stopped using his lightsaber, Palpatine killed him. Alucard10001 04:27, February 3, 2013 (UTC)

  • If you read the novelization, which surpasses the game in terms of canon, you'll know that Starkiller confronted and subdued Palpatine on his own using only the Force, not a lightsaber. Also according to the novel, Palpatine actually didn't kill Starkiller, at least not in the way that you probably think. They were deadlocked as Palpatine advanced on the apprentice with Force lightning, although Starkiller managed to redirect the lightning back to Palpatine, and in the process the Emperor endured immense pain from his own attack. When Starkiller saw a group of stormtroopers pursuing the Rebel leaders, he willingly sacrificed his life by causing an implosion of Force energy within himself. In that sense, it can be said that he fought Palpatine on equal footing in terms of Force powers alone, their fight only ending as a result of Starkiller's sacrifice. JRT2010 (talk) 13:48, February 3, 2013 (UTC)

He hasn´t really subdued him. Because Palpatine was not defeated. When he pretended weakness, Starkiller says that it was only a trick.-- 15:17, July 18, 2013 (UTC)

Reason for editing Edit

I came to the conclusion that neither Palpatine nor Vitiate were officially named the mostpowerful Sith Lords, so i edited the article. If you still try to discuss about it, read the page about canon. There are some things which state, even by Lucas himself, that everything outside of the films is canon and he's ok with it. --ShenLong Kazama (talk) 17:26, February 18, 2013 (UTC)

Tim Curry - New voice of Palpatine Edit

According to the HuffingtonPost, Tim Curry is the new voice of Palpatine, debuting in this episode. Not sure what online sources are considered official, but I thought I'd make a note here. -- CJSFanOn Stranger Tides, Arkham City 06:21, March 1, 2013 (UTC)

That power debate againEdit

Someone keeps changing the parts of the article that say that Palpatine was "the most powerful Sith Lord of all time" to "he was one of the most powerful", and has, to my knowledge, also been using inaccurate citations to back that claim up. It has been stated in several, albeit old sources, that he is the most powerful Sith in history, period. Has there been some revision in the official canon to this fact? If such a revision has not been made, then it stands that he was the most powerful Sith until it has been otherwise stated in canon, because that's how fictional canon works. So if there has been such a revision and someone knows where it is, please tell me or cite it in the article. If not, then whoever keeps changing it needs to stop. It doesn't matter that it hasn't been stated that Palpatine is the most powerful since Vitiate was created. Unless some canon source has directly stated that Palpatine is no longer the most powerful, or that someone else is, it's canon fact that he is the most powerful. Anything else concerning the matter is speculation, and this is a wiki, not a forum. Again, if I'm wrong and it has been stated somewhere, someone please let me know. --Alucard10001 (talk) 6:45, May 28, 2013 (UTC)

  • Vitiate fanboys are engaged in an edit war right now, but you're correct. As far as canon is concerned, Sidious is still the most powerful until proven otherwise by a subsequent canonical source. --Exor (talk) 19:31, June 14, 2013 (UTC)

True form? Edit

"However, this proved futile, as Windu used his lightsaber to reflect it back at the Sith Lord, revealing his true form."

That sounds wrong. Palpatine´s true face was the normal one. Lucas said, it was the exhausting use of the dark side which scarred Palpatines face. Furthermore one could clearly see that his face was normal when he spoke to Grievous (DVD and zoom feature is a good proof), so his face was supposed to be normal before his fight against Windu.-- 21:33, July 18, 2013 (UTC)

  • Dark Side Degradation made his face all melty and horrific, and then he used the ancient sith technique of "mask" to mask his real face with a new fake face, which was the same as his old real face. Then, when Windu was throwing the lightning back at him, it partially hurt him, as we see steam rising from his face, which is covered in what's either sweat or water. He also at this time consciously let the mask be destroyed so as to exaggerate his injury in front of Anakin and the Senate. agent es January 27, 2018

Killing Plagueis in his sleep reworded. Edit

I relocated and reworded the part about Sidious killing Plagueis in his sleep in his personality and traits section. By the time Sidious had murdered Plagueis, the two of them had abandoned the Rule of Two by Darth Bane, so whether he was supposed to face Plagueis in direct combat or not was by that point irrelevant. In addition, his overall reaction when killing Plagueis (at least from what I could gather, especially given his ranting about it being in the nature of Sith to betray each other and manipulating Plagueis) indicated that Sidious chose that method of killing Plagueis to appease his own sadistic nature, especially when he made it very clear that he had manipulated Plagueis since at least when the latter made him his apprentice, and it was implied that Sidious had undoubtedly become much stronger than Plagueis by that point. If anyone has any objections, feel free to state why it should be reverted. Weedle McHairybug (talk) 02:52, September 12, 2013 (UTC)

Sidious being most powerful Sith ever is canon fact. Edit

Palpatine being the most powerful Sith Lord ever is canon, so I edited that bacl in, instead of referring to him merely as 'one of' it is stated here:

Vader imagined the power that could be his if he crushed Palpatine and established his own rule over the Empire. But first, he would need his own apprentice. By himself, he could not hope to defeat the most powerful Sith Lord the galaxy had ever known.

--Taken From Vader: The Ultimate Guide

Yoda went after Palpatine in the empty Senate chamber, but could not defeat the most powerful Sith Lord in history.

--Taken from The New Essential Chronology

Beyond the vision of the Jedi Knights, somewhere within the darkness, the greatest master of evil to ever use the Sith power bides his time.

--Taken from The Complete Visual Dictionary

It quickly became clear to Luke that this decrepit and seemingly defenceless old man was masterfully adept in the ways of the Dark Side of the Force. Indeed, as Vader had warned, the Emperor had become the Dark Side’s most powerful expression.

--Taken from the Dark Empire endnotes

Even Ulic Qel-Droma would be envious of Palpatine. He had succeeded where all others had failed in taming the Dark Side.

--Taken from Dark Empire Sourcebook

Now the Vitiate supporters have been repeatedly waging an edit war on this page because they believe that two Codex Entries in the game Star Wars: The Old Republic and one statement in the SWTOR Encyclopedia is enough to challenge the canonical fact that Palpatine is the most powerful Sith. However they have utterly failed to understand the fact that both of those works only take into consideration those that lived up until the Second Great Galactic War and fail to take into account that fact when they use said quotes to make their propositions.

The Sith Emperor was the most powerful Sith Lord in history.... up until that point in time, not afterwards, there is no reference to anything after the end of the Cold War and the onset of the Second Great Galactic War.

Let it be finally resolved that Darth Sidious a.k.a Emperor Palpatine is canonically the most powerful Sith Lord in galactic history. MasterOfEnlightenment (talk) 17:58, October 3, 2013 (UTC)

•What about Bane, Revan, Nihilus, Vitiate and others? Count Dooku2012 (talk) 18:02, October 3, 2013 (UTC)

••The Canon has spoken, comparisons don't matter, Palpatine in multiple sources has been given the title of most powerful Sith Lord in history, opinion doesn't matter, what is stated in multiple sources does, please do not re-edit my work without even taking into consideration the topic I started. MasterOfEnlightenment (talk) 18:05, October 3, 2013 (UTC)

      • Well, this does confirm some things as canon. We're probably going to tweak the wording a bit, though, as if we just flat out state he is the most powerful being in the universe, it will be reverted under the premise of it violating the NPOV rule. We can, however, note that Vader and Luke Skywalker viewed him as the most powerful Sith in history and also cite the specific claims, since it is mentioned in-universe. Weedle McHairybug (talk) 00:16, October 5, 2013 (UTC)


Noticed the canon article for Palpatine has already added in the new info released about Palpatine's first name but that the Legends article hasn't. Anything Legends related is not necessarily canon, but shouldn't anything canon automatically be added into the Legends article?? Weyd (talk) 01:16, October 18, 2014 (UTC)

  • No. Palpatine was never given a first name in the Legends continuity. The first name comes from a canon source released after April 25th, which has no bearing on the Legends continuity. Doctor Kermit(Complain.) 01:33, October 18, 2014 (UTC)

Why not add Sheev to this page

  • See above. Sheev has no Legends source and was added after the canon split. Is it that hard to read? Also, Sheev sounds like a Supershadow name - it is ridiculous. --Savossk (talk) 20:21, January 17, 2016 (UTC)
    • There's no need to be rude, Savossk. It's a fair question. Please remember to keep your comments civil. Thanks. - Brandon Rhea(talk) 20:22, January 17, 2016 (UTC)

First name Edit

It's been quite some time since Palpatine's first name was officially revealed to be Sheev. Shouldn't something this important be included here? This wiki still falsely states that the matter of his first name was settled by a book which said he has none. That's not true. Unsigned comment by (talk • contribs).

  • It will never cease to amaze me how people just come here and complain before even doing the most basic checks. Let's say it again, then: the first name "Sheev" was never revealed in the Legends universe, which is why it's not included in the Legends page. If you click on the "canon" tab, however, you'll access the Emperor's canon page, which is aptly named "Sheev Palpatine." --Lelal Mekha Old Republic military symbol (Audience Room) 17:38, November 29, 2014 (UTC)

Darth Sidious Edit

In light of the fact that other sith lords in the star wars universe (such as Vitiate and Kreia, among others) are regarded more by their Darth names in articles about them, I would like to request we move Palpatine over to Darth Sidious. I think this will also solve the problem regarding Palpatine's full name, since it will only be mentioned in the opening paragraph. ---Zach Hontiveros Pagkalinawan (talk) 01:22, June 16, 2015 (UTC)

  • Palpatine is the name he generally identified with and was identified by in Legends. So, in accordance with the naming policy, the page is named Palpatine. - Brandon Rhea(talk) 01:33, June 16, 2015 (UTC)
    • And the full name won't be in this article anyway, as this is the Legends article. ProfessorTofty (talk) 03:01, June 16, 2015 (UTC)

The article suggests that Palpatine was able to conceal his identity as Sidious while acting as chancellor purely on his own. That's not true. Obviously Palpatine was immensely powerful, and most likely played a part in this cover-up, but the Jedi Council on Coruscant was built over an old sith ritual ground, and it affected the ability of the jedi to sense his true nature.

That's from Tarkin, which is canon. This is the legends article.--Ser Patrek (talk) 09:19, October 6, 2015 (UTC)

2.3 Expansion/rewrite Edit

"in accordance with Bane's Rule of Two, Palpatine murdered Plagueis and usurped the role of Sith Master."

Not actually, according to the Rule of Two, the aprendice must earn the mantle in a combat that push both the master and the aprendice to their very limits. The apprendice must prove to be stronger than his master. Sidious killed Plagueis in his sleep, betraying the Rule of Two.

  • In Sidious' mind, he could have killed Plagueis in a duel, and was inquestionably more powerful than him, a fact the Plagueis novel also makes clear, but just didn't want to take the risk, and, being the coward that he was, killed Plagueis in his sleep.
    • Technically, Palpatine never actually betrayed the Rule of Two, since Plagueis when taking him in as his apprentice explicitly disowned the Rule of Two beforehand. In fact, ironically, that's what inspired Sidious to kill him in the first place based on his rant to Plagueis as he tortured him to death. And his overall behavior in the novel implied that he did it more out of sadism than out of cowardice (as you pointed out, he knew he could kill Plagueis in a duel and was obviously more powerful than him by that point, and that's assuming he hadn't been more powerful from the start. Not to mention Palpatine has gambled for his own life on multiple occasions in the Legends continuity, including Darth Plagueis where he practically goaded his father Cosinga into trying to act on his infanticidal views on him after learning them before doing him in, and in the films, which is something a true coward would NOT dare risk, especially when a few of those occasions were gambled specifically to goad someone into trying to kill them, many times with the intent of actually having them try to kill them. In fact, in many ways, Palpatine's actually far braver regarding potentially being killed than Voldemort was.). Weedle McHairybug (talk) 21:04, June 17, 2018 (UTC)


Can we call this Darth Sidious? If I don't get a response in one week I'm changing the nameUnsigned comment by (talk • contribs).

  • You are a fandom user, no username so probably will get undo. Also check the talk page there's a discussion about the same thing. --DarthRuiz30 (talk) 18:13, April 2, 2017 (UTC)

400 kilometers?!?! Edit

According to this article, Palaptine "plummeted four hundred kilometers down the shaft" after Vader chucked him to his death. That would be about 250 miles, which is slightly farther than the distance from Boston to New York City. Considering that the Death Star II was only 160 kilometers in diameter, this sounds almost certainly like a typo or error. I'm assuming it was probably 400 METERS, but I don't have access to the source material cited here (Star Wars: Complete Locations). Can somebody who has it check it out and perhaps fix it if that's a mistake? — Hunter Kahn 15:34, April 5, 2017 (UTC)

  • You have to remember that, in Legends, the second Death Star was supposed to be 900 kilometers in diameter. --Lelal Mekha The Uprising crest (Audience Room) 15:55, April 5, 2017 (UTC)
    • Ah, ok, that would explain it, I suppose. But given that this article says the Death Star II is only 160 KM in diameter, wouldn't that mean that the 400 KM fall is no longer accurate and should be removed from the article? — Hunter Kahn 17:31, April 5, 2017 (UTC)
      • Absolutely. I guess this particular line is but a remnant of a former version. I'll rephrase it. --Lelal Mekha The Uprising crest (Audience Room) 17:41, April 5, 2017 (UTC)

Force Lightning Edit

In the "force abilities" section, it states that Palpatine's force lightning could, at full potency "light up the surface of a whole planet". The link is to the video game "Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption".

I looked through full game walkthroughs of the Forces of Corruption, AND of the entire game as it stands, and nowhere that I noticed did it even mention that he even could accomplish such a feat.

I noticed that other sources of this information on websites like Reddit, Quora, ComicVine, and so on were all posted AFTER this edit was made to wookiepedia, and don't give any additional information. This line was added on Wookiepedia in late 2011 in the middle of a series of other posts, and has not yet been challenged.

Perhaps it's the citation that's mis-placed, because in Dark Empire, I remember it saying that he could use Force Storms to kill the surface of an entire planet. Now, if there has been a case where he either used, or was said to be capable of using force lightning on such a level, then I would like to know exactly where, since "light up" is a little ambigious in what it actually means.

If there isn't a case of him doing this, then either the citation needs to be changed, or the entire line needs to be taken out. agent es January 27, 2018