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"Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?"
"No."
"I thought not. It's not a story the Jedi would tell you. It's a Sith legend."
―Sheev Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker[src]

The "Tragedy of Darth Plagueis" was a so-called "Sith legend"[1] that recounted the murder of Darth Plagueis by the hand of his own apprentice,[2] Darth Sidious.[3] Toward the end of the Clone Wars, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine recounted that tale to the troubled Jedi Anakin Skywalker on his private box at the Galaxies Opera House in hopes of luring him to the dark side of the Force. In fact, Palpatine was none other than the public persona of Darth Sidious,[2] and he only framed the tale of Plagueis' murder as an old legend so as to avoid suspicion.[1]

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The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis tale was originally intended to be told by Palpatine to Anakin Skywalker in his office rather than at the Galaxies Opera House. During principal photography of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, one of the onset changes that director George Lucas made was the alteration of Plagueis' "legend" from being staged in the office to the opera house, as Lucas had already shot several scenes at the office.[4]

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