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Darth Sidious

The most powerful Sith Lord

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
— Emperor Palpatine
It is unavoidable. It is your destiny. You - like your father - are now... mine!
— Emperor Palpatine

Summary

Emperor Sheev Palpatine, also secretly known as Darth Sidious is a fictional character and the main antagonist of the Star Wars saga, including the first six films of the Star Wars universe and TV franchise. In the original trilogy, he is depicted as the aged, pale-faced Emperor of the Galactic Empire. In the prequel trilogy, he is portrayed as a charismatic Senator from Naboo who uses deception and political manipulation to rise to the position of Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. He was an extremely powerful Sith Lord who was also Darth Plagueis' former apprentice and the founder of the Galactic Empire. He was portrayed by Ian McDiarmid.

Though outwardly appearing to be a well-intentioned public servant and supporter of democracy prior to becoming Emperor, he is, in fact, Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith a cult of practitioners of the dark side of the Force previously thought to have been extinct in the Star Wars galaxy for a millennium. As Sidious, he instigates the Clone Wars, nearly destroys the Jedi, and transforms the Republic into the Empire. He also corrupts Anakin Skywalker to serve at his side as Darth Vader. Palpatine's reign is brought to an end by Luke Skywalker and the redeemed Darth Vader.

Since the initial theatrical run of Star Wars, Palpatine has become a widely-recognized popular culture symbol of evil, sinister deception, tyranny, and the subversion of democracy.

Power and Stats

Tier: 7-C, likely High 7-A | Low 5-B

Name: Darth Sidious/Sheev Palpatine

Origins: Star Wars

Gender: Male

Age: Late 50's in prequels, around 88 at time of death | Late 50's in prequels; around in his 90s after the sequels

Classification: Human Force User/Dark Lord of the Sith/Emperor of the Galactic Empire/Former Republic Senator | Human Force User/Dark Lord of the Sith/Supreme Chancellor of the (Old) Galactic Republic/Emperor of the Galactic Empire

Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Enhanced Senses, Various lightsaber combat skills, Skilled Swordsman, Precognition, Telekinesis, Telepathy, Telekinetic Blasts, Mind Manipulation, Psychometry, Barrier Creation (in the form of Force Barrier), Energy Manipulation (can reflect, redirect, and absorb energy attacks thrown at him), Elemental Manipulation (in the form of Force Lightning) | Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Enhanced Senses, Aura-Sensing, Various lightsaber combat skills, Skilled Swordsman, Precognition/Prescience, Clairvoyance, Telekinesis, Telepathy, Telekinetic Blasts, Mind/Memory Manipulation, Illusion Creation, Psychometry, Barrier Creation (in the form of Force Barrier), Energy Manipulation (can reflect, redirect, and absorb energy attacks thrown at him), Absorption (in the form of Force Drain), Elemental Manipulation (in the form of Force Lightning and Force Maelstrom), Regeneration (Mid-Low; in the form of Force Healing), Technopathy (in the form of Ionize), Astral/Soul Manipulation, Possession (in the form of Transfer Essence), Immortality (Type 6), Poison Resistance, Matter Manipulation on a sub-atomic scale (as per editing the Telos Holocron, it requires one to make numerous precision alterations to it on a subatomic scale), Convection, Force Stealth, Force Storm, Midi-chlorian Manipulation, Pyrokinesis, Sith Alchemy, Sith Sorcery, Teleportation (through objects, across huge distances, and into areas without the Force.)

Attack Potency: At least Town level (able to drag Freighters, starships larger and sturdier than a Maxillipede shuttle out of the sky and destroy them upon impacting the ground), likely Small Island level (took down Luke Skywalker in a single blow with Force Lightning; also able to cut those with durability similar to General Grievous' with lightsaber) | Small Planet level (cited as being the most powerful Sith Lord by various sources, thus should at least be as powerful as Vitiate at his peak. His Force Storms are capable of razing planets and wrecking large fleets of massive Star Ships)

Speed: Sub-Relativistic+ (capable of trading strikes with Yoda), Relativistic+ reactions augmented by precog | Relativistic+; Lightspeed reactions augmented by precognition

Lifting Strength: Peak Human+; can be augmented to Superhuman levels thanks to Force Amplification

Striking Strength: Class GJ with Force amplification | Class GJ+ with Force amplification (capable of trading blows with Mace Windu)

Durability: Peak Human level naturally; at least Town level, likely Small Island level with Force amplification (stronger than Darth Vader. Also survived the backlash caused by his Force Lightning overwhelming Yoda's Tutaminis) | Peak Human level naturally; Small Planet level with Force amplification (can generate barriers or shields with the Force with this much power. Is also very difficult to kill due to astral/soul manipulation and possession)

Stamina: Superhuman+

Range: Extended human melee range with lightsaber, galactic with Force powers (capable of Force Choking Darth Tyranus from across the galaxy while talking with him via hologram) | Star system (per the force secret "distant power"), galactic with telepathy and Force Storms

Standard Equipment: His lightsabers | His two lightsabers

Intelligence: A genius: a master of political and psychological manipulation, orchestrated a galaxy-spanning conflict as a means to gain absolute power (along with the gratitude and love of the galaxy's people) in the Galactic Republic through the Clone Wars. Used various brush-fire wars, conflicts and various organizations and other situations through decades of scheming to become the undisputed ruler of the galaxy. Easily manipulates and tricks even other masters of political subterfuge such as Prince of the Fallen, Darth Tyranus and the leaders of the Old Republic.

Weaknesses: Overconfidence (as pointed out by Luke) | Some powers are only available to his reborn forms (his clone bodies)

Notable Attacks/Techniques:

-Disney Abilities

  • Force Barrier: A defensive Force power that creates a barrier or wall of Force energy around the intended target, be itself, friend, or foe. Depending on the strength of the individual, the barrier could only withstand a few attacks before collapsing.

  • Force Lightning: An offensive Force technique that uses Force energy to produce electricity with one or two hands that stream outwards from the fingertips, its speed is usually great enough to catch an opponent off-guard even when prepared, and can be used either in bursts, or simply torrent out in an a gush of agony on its victim.
  • Telekinesis: Darth Sidious can use this through the Force to put his mind literally over matter, capable of blasting opponents, shielding himself or disarming people, its limits are only those of the creativity that Force User has. Darth Sidious has demonstrated considerable prowess with the power, even pulling freighters out of the sky.

  • Telepathy: Can easily manipulate others mentally with the Force to trick, deceive, maim, or even kill outright. Darth Sidious has a considerable mastery for the power, able probe for hidden thoughts in the minds of others and learns them for himself. Also capable of influencing the minds of hundreds of Republic Senators.
  • Tutaminis: Through the Force, Darth Sidious can draw potentially harmful energy into his body and diffuse it or channel it away completely. Darth Sidious demonstrated this power when he used the Force to block several blaster shots from a Rebel spy.

-Legends/EU Abilities

  • Convection: A concentration of Force energy that can make Darth Sidious' fists hot to the touch, even to the point of possessing a burning intensity. It doesn't inflict harm upon the user. Darth Sidious has demonstrated the capacity to heat up objects other than himself.

  • Force Barrier: Both an offensive and defensive Force power that creates a barrier or wall of Force energy around the intended target, be itself, friend, or foe. Depending on the strength of the individual, the barrier could only withstand a few attacks before collapsing.
  • Force Drain: Darth Sidious drains the life from his opponents and adds it to his own. He most famously demonstrates this power by using it continuously on the entire population of Byss.

  • Force Healing: Accelerates the body's natural healing process at a rapid pace. Master practitioners of the art can even heal themselves from fatal injuries in a short span of time. Darth Sidious could use this power to heal himself and others.
  • Force Lightning: A Sith ability: An offensive Force technique that uses Force energy to produce electricity with one or two hands that stream outwards from the fingertips, its speed is usually great enough to catch an opponent off-guard even when prepared, and can be used either in bursts, or simply torrent out in an a gush of agony on its victim. Palpatine/Sidious has shown the ability to use this tell-tale ability of the Dark Lords of the Sith countless times against his opponents, enemies, and even his followers. Has shown the ability to easily cause micro-fractures in bones of his victim's body and vaporize flesh on contact to the point of incineration.
  • Force Maelstrom: First, Darth Sidious would form a Force Bubble around his body, concealing and protecting himself inside. Then, any loose objects/persons around Darth Sidious would swirl around the bubble, through telekinesis. Finally, Darth Sidious would devastate the objects by blasting them away, in a surge of Force Lightning.
  • Force Stealth: A power that was used by highly skilled Force-sensitives to mask their Force alignment (Light or Dark), their ability to use the Force or even their entire presence from other Force-sensitives.
  • Force Storm: A volatile dark side Force power capable of creating hyperspace wormholes that were able to displace objects across vast distances and tear apart the surfaces of entire planets. Storms were incredibly difficult to control once unleashed and required mastery in many different Force disciplines. While he possessed knowledge of the technique before his death, it was only after his rebirth during Dark Empire that Sidious exhibited control of it. A long forgotten and highly prized, if ancient Sith technique of insane power. Palpatine/Sidious recovered it when restored to his youthful Clone body in the events of Operation Shadowhand by channeling his anger and rage into a single-point in time-space. This causes a hyperspace wormhole to manifest itself, which he can use to teleport beings across the galaxy or ravage entire planetary surfaces or raze even fleets of city-size warships. Only available in Reborn form.
  • Ionize: Allows Darth Sidious to overload and damage electronic systems, such as droids. It's ineffective when targeting organics.
  • Shroud of Darkness: Darth Sidious has showcased the ability to Telepathically cloud the clairvoyance and long-range precognitive powers of other Force-Users across the entire galaxy for over three decades, if not longer.
  • Telekinesis: Darth Sidious can use this through the Force to put his mind literally over matter, capable of blasting opponents, shielding himself or disarming people, its limits are only those of the creativity that Force User has.
  • Telepathy: Can easily manipulate others mentally with the Force to trick, deceive, maim or even kill outright. Can also use this power externally or internally when it comes to illusion creation, manifestation, and manipulation.
  • Mind Trick: Using the power of the Force, this technique allows Sidious to mentally control and manipulate others, to an unbelievable level of mind-wiping millions on Coruscant to hide a Star-Dreadnought, the Super-class Star Destroyer, Luskanya
  • Soul Possession/Manipulation: Palpatine/Sidious can stave off death by casting off the shackles of his mortal body and frame through the manipulation of his very astral self with the Force. He has used this technique to escape death on at least three times in his life. He can even destroy the mind and soul of a resisting target to take over their body. The only way to stop him is to destroy his soul in turn.
  • Transfer Essence: A radical dark side Force power used to transfer a person's consciousness into another body, or in some cases an inanimate object.
  • Tutaminis: Through the Force, Darth Sidious can draw potentially harmful energy into his body and diffuse it or channel it away completely.

Note: The Sith Lords Respect Thread: Information on various Sith Lords' powers, abilities, feats, and backgrounds as well as on the Force itself. Also has apparently mastered nearly every force power and creates new ones for fun

Key: Disney Canon | Legends/EU Universe

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