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Darth Sidious, born as Sheev Palpatine, was a Sith Lord and Senator active before the Battle of Naboo until his death in 4 ABY. In 32 BBY, he became the successor of Finis Valorum as Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. When the Clone Wars broke out, he continued serving as chancellor and led the Republic's forces into the war. After three years of war, he was revealed to be the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. He took Anakin Skywalker as his new Sith apprentice, ended the Clone Wars and started the Great Jedi Purge. Sidious subsequently transformed the Republic into an Empire and ruled as Emperor over the galaxy. But in 4 ABY, during the Battle of Endor, Darth Vader turned against his master and threw Sidious into a reactor shaft on board the second Death Star. Although his physical body was killed, Sidious managed to transform his spirit into a clone body and returned to the galaxy. The last of his clone bodies were shot in 10 ABY by Han Solo.

Character Background

Early life

Sheev Palpatine was born on Naboo. He was the eldest son to his parents and a student of the Legislative Youth Program. Palpatine later became a Sith apprentice and was told the ways of the dark side of the Force by his master Darth Plagueis. Palpatine later received the name Darth Sidious. When Sidious received his master's whole knowledge, he later killed him in his sleep.

Sith Lord and Chancellor of Republic

He took Darth Maul as his first apprentice when he was a young boy on Dathomir and totle him the ways of the dark side like he did with his master Darth Plagueis. He became the senator of Naboo during the Battle of Naboo and a Sith Lord. After the battle and the loss of his apprentice Darth Maul he was elected Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic after he made Chancellor Valorum out office. Sidious later had Count Dooku has his second apprentice known as Darth Tyranus. In 22 BBY Sidious orchestrated the break out of the Clone Wars.

Emperor of the Empire

At the end of the Clone Wars, he was kidnapped by General Grievous and taken on board the Invisible Hand. At the battle over Coruscant Anakin and Obi-Wan rescued him, but they had to duel against Count Dooku. Anakin sliced off the Sith Lord's hands and killed him at Palpatine's demand. After Palpatine was rescued he told Anakin Skywalker about his old master Darth Plagueis, that he saved people from death. After Anakin revealed Palpatine's true identity as Darth Sidious he told it Mace Windu. The Jedi then battled against Sidious in his office. The Jedi who confronted him were Mace Windu, Kit Fisto, Saesee Tiin, and Agen Kolar. Sidious killed Tiin and Kolar before they could duel. Fisto duelled him for a minute but then Sidious killed him. Windu was left and held him on the window when Anakin entered in as Windu tried to kill the Sith Lord. But Anakin stopped him by slicing Mace's hand. Sidious then killed Windu by throwing his Force Lighting to him. He took Anakin as his apprentice and turned him to the Dark Side. Anakin was later changed into Darth Vader and helped Sidious transform the Republic into the Galactic Empire. After that, Sidious told all clones to execute Order 66.

Years later in 4 ABY he when he arrived on the second Death Star he told Vader to find his lost son, Luke. The next day Luke Skywalker went to the Death Star to meet the Emperor. Sidious told him to turn to the Dark Side but Luke refused. The Emperor then threw his Force Lightning at him. Vader quickly grabbed his master and threw him down his throne to his death. In the end, Sidious was killed by Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker). By doing this, the latter fulfilled the Prophecy of the Chosen One.

Role in Lego® Star Wars


Until now, Lego® has included minifigures of him as Emperor Palpatine and Chancellor Palpatine in the Lego® Star Wars sets. In the Imperial Star Destroyer set, Darth Sidious was included as a hologram. Sidious had yellow hands, and yellow head, up until 2005, when he was included in the Imperial Inspection set, he had a grey head and grey hands. Then later, in the 2008 Death Star set, he was included with a grey face and black hands. His ship was in the set Palpatine's Shuttle, which was released in the year 2010. His original, yellow pieces version, first came with a black staff piece as a cane. Darth Sidious was included in two Lego® Star Wars Games as a playable character and in the set 8039 Venator-Class Republic Attack Cruiser(Venator-class Star Destroyer).

Game character

Darth Sidious makes numerous appearances in LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, and in LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. In LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga and in LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, Sidious makes appearances as both the Chancellor and as the Emperor. In the other two, he just makes appearances as the evil Emperor of the Galactic Empire


Appearances in Lego®



  • 852844 Chancellor Palpatine Magnet Set



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