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Emperor Palpatine
Biography Information
True Identity Sheev Palpatine
Alias Darth Sidious
Homeworld Naboo
Species Human
Gender Male
Death 4 years after the Battle of Yavin
Height 1.73 meters
Weight 75 kg
Hair Color White
Eye Color Yellow
Language Galactic Basic
Occupation Leader of the Galactic Empire
Religion Sith
Abilities Trained in the ways of the Force (telekinesis, superhuman agility, enhanced senses, control over weak minds, limited clairvoyance, etc.)
Personality Manipulative, sadistic, despotic.
Affiliation Order of the Sith
Galactic Empire
Status Deceased
Behind the Scenes
Universe Star Wars
Created by George Lucas
Performed by The Empire Strikes Back:
  • Elaine Baker (body actor)
  • Clive Revill (voice actor)

Return of the Jedi:

  • Ian McDiarmid

Emperor Palpatine - a.k.a. Darth Sidious and mostly known simply as "the Emperor" during his reign - is a Human Sith Lord and leader of the Galactic Empire that rules over his galaxy. He was seemingly killed by his apprentice, Darth Vader, but eventually returned and was ultimately killed by Rey Skywalker.


  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (First appearance)
  • Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2003)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
  • Star Wars Rebels (2014)
  • The Rise of Skywalker (2019)


  • In The Empire Strikes Back, the Emperor appears only as a hologram and is portrayed physically by Elaine Baker (who was the wife of make-up designer Rick Baker) and voiced by Clive Revill. Chimpanzee eyes were digitally superimposed over Baker's face to give the character an inhuman appearance, showing how the dark side of the Force had disfigured him. In Return of the Jedi, the Emperor appears in person, now portrayed by Ian McDiarmid using heavy prosthetic make up.
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