Palpatine was born on the planet Naboo and was secretly trained as a Sith Lord by Darth Plagueis before he killed him as part of the Rule of Two. After many years of training he went undercover as the senator of Naboo, and at some point took a young Dathomirian Zabrak as an apprentice, naming him Darth Maul. He eventually was elected for role of Chancellor of the Galactic Republic and the leader of the Galactic Senate. After Maul was defeated by Obi-Wan Kenobi, he took Count Dooku, a former Jedi Master, as his second apprentice. Dooku became the political leader of the Confederacy of Independent Systems in the Clone Wars against the Galactic Republic.
Still secretly a Sith Lord, Palpatine was plotting the Republic and the Jedi's downfall. He ended up turning Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker to the Dark Side and becoming his master, giving him the title Darth Vader. Palpatine initiated Order 66 on the clone armies, ordering the clones to kill all of the Jedi, destroying the Jedi Order and forming the Galactic Empire. Palpatine then became the Emperor of the galaxy and ruler of the Empire along with his new apprentice.
During Empire Day an image of Palpatine was displayed on the HoloNet News on Lothal at Old Jho's Pit Stop presiding in the Imperial Senate on Coruscant the end of the Clone Wars and rise of the Empire with his Royal Guards. Governor Arihnda Pryce of Lothal was also invited to celebrate with Palpatine on Coruscant.
The Siege of Lothal
Palpatine contacted Vader to ask if he had taken care of rebels. Vader informed him that they had been broken and that Anakin Skywalker's former apprentice, Ahsoka Tano was with them. Seeing this as an opportunity to locate more surviving Jedi, such as Obi Wan, he ordered Vader to dispatch another Inquisitor to hunt the rebels down.
Personality and Traits
Prior to the creation of the Empire, Palpatine was careful to put on a charade, presenting himself as a grandfatherly gentleman and a servant of the public good. When in character, he always tried to avoid ostentation and often spoke of himself with great modesty. However, Palpatine was in fact a skilled manipulator and strategist, having orchestrated countless events in the galaxy, from the Invasion of Naboo to the Clone Wars, with the sole aim of increasing his own power. Even when something occurred that he did not initially plan for, the Sith Lord could rework his plans effectively.
After his ascension to Emperor, Palpatine renounced his public persona and started living as Sidious full-time, though a very few people knew he was a Sith, such as his apprentice Darth Vader and some of his Royal Guards, while Wilhuff Tarkin only suspected it. Freed from his gentle alter-ego, Palpatine demonstrated sadistic tendencies, but nonetheless largely remained out of the public spotlight forcing body doubles and fake processions to go about their business on the Imperial Center in an effort to make it appear that the Emperor moved about in public. In spite of his exceptional mastery of the dark arts, he was no less susceptible to fear, one of the primary emotions of the dark side, than any other Sith: after being attacked by a powerful Force push from Yoda, he displayed visible panic, attempting to flee rather than fight, and only confronted his opponent when he appeared to have no other choice.
Powers and Abilities
As the reigning Dark Lord of the Sith in his time, Palpatine was incredibly powerful in the Force. He was a master practitioner of Force lightning, and was known to use this power both as a deadly attack, and as a means of torture. He was also skilled with telekinesis; during his duel with Yoda, he levitated several Senate pods simultaneously, including the one he was standing on, with great dexterity and accuracy. On Mandalore, he used telekinesis to strangle several Mandalorians to death and pin both Maul and Savage Opress against a wall.
Palpatine was highly adept at foreseeing the future, often utilizing the power to see his plots to fruition, ensuring that all would proceed as he had envisioned. Furthermore, Palpatine was able to conceal his inner darkness from the Jedi for many years before allowing himself to be discovered, which was vital to his plot to overthrow the Republic. His power was so great that he managed to cloud the Jedi's vision, making it exceedingly difficult to predict future events. The Dark Lord also possessed knowledge of Sith magic, allowing him to utter incantations in the Balc speech, as well as knowledge of the ancient Sith tongue. The Dark Lord was also adept in the use of Force Persuade.
Despite his frail appearance, Palpatine was incredibly skilled in lightsaber combat, being one of the greatest duelists of all time. As a result of his tremendous skill, he slew Agen Kolar and Saesee Tiin—who were considered to be two of the finest lightsaber duelists of their time—each with a single blow, and while also engaged with Mace Windu, he slew the formidable Nautolan Kit Fisto only moments later. He also put up a ferocious fight against Windu, but was eventually disarmed by the latter, though with extreme effort. Later on, Palpatine held his own against Yoda in a lightsaber duel, but in the end he forced the Grand Master to flee with his Force powers rather than his lightsaber. Palpatine had an extremely aggressive dueling style and augmented his swordplay by using Force-enhanced speed, which allowed him to defeat three experienced Jedi Masters at once with very little effort. His style was a combination of brutal aggression and lethal precision making him an almost unstoppable opponent. In fact, the only person known to have defeated him in a duel was Windu.
Although Palpatine usually used only one lightsaber, he was also a master of Jar'Kai, wielding both of his lightsabers against Maul and Savage. Utilizing a ferocious yet fluid fighting style, Palpatine fended off both brothers simultaneously, and though they put up a considerable fight, Palpatine ultimately defeated them relatively easily, killing Savage and disarming Maul. He could also use Form V.
- He is voiced by Sam Witwer.
- When Palpatine appears on the viewscreen in "Empire Day", the HoloNet News depicts him as young and handsome instead of his current deformed state, a practice employed by many real-life tyrants using state-run media.