TOP 20 Quotes by Emperor Palpatine (Courage and Treason)

Table of Content – Emperor Palpatine Quotes

Sheev Palpatine (Sith identity – Darth Sidious; eventually, Emperor Palpatine) is a character from the Star Wars franchise, commonly known as the Dark Lord of the Sith, who had to establish the Galactic Empire having toppled the Galactic Republic. Darth Sidious is definitely one of the most infamous villains of the Star Wars Universe, ceding to Kylo Ren, Darth Vader, and Darth Maul. The essence of the character is threefold: before joining the Dark Side of the Force, after it, and upon becoming an Emperor. This is exactly how we are going to investigate his personality and check out his most prominent lines.

Before joining the Dark Side of the Force (Sheev Palpatine)

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Sheev Palpatine was born on the Mid Rim world of Naboo Planet about 84 years before the Battle of Yavin. He was demonstrating his interest in governing long before becoming a Supreme Chancellor and eventually the Galactic Emperor. Palpatine pursued a career in politics and managed to take the chair of his homeworld’s representative in the Galactic Senate.

Despite all the attempts to cultivate the persona of an honest man and a trustworthy public servant, middle-aged ambitious Senator Palpatine uses deception and political manipulations to rise to the position of Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic before turning it into the Galactic Empire.

“ThaIt all started with joining the Dark Side (Darth Sidious)

During the years of his youth, Palpatine met the Dark Lord of Sith named Darth Plagueis, who have taught him the ways of the Dark Side and took under his secret apprenticeship with the name of Darth Sidious.

Having learned everything about the Dark Side of the Force (and all the Sith of Darth Bane’s lineage had learned, including even Darth Plagueis’s discovery of the secret of eternal life), Sidious had killed his Sith Master* and trained two apprentices of his own, following the Rule of Two. It was Darth Bane’s decree stating that there should be at least two Sith Lords at any given time.

*Betraying and killing the Master while he sleeps had always been of a usual thing for a Sith apprentice ☝

Seeking for a Sith apprentice, Sidious has traveled to the Dathomir planet and met the Dathormirian Nightsister Mother Talzin. He promised her to make his apprentice and the right hand, but instead dishonestly betrayed Talzin and kidnapped her infant son, the Zabrak Nightbrother, who would become Palpatine’s true apprentice carrying the name Darth Maul. Brutally training him to be a lethal weapon of the Sith, Sidious considered Maul’s combat skills as an essential part of his evil plan.

With the further training of Maul, Palpatine came into contact with Jedi Master Dooku, one of the most respected and powerful Jedi of the Order. Despite being an outstanding political thinker and a Jedi, he was lured by Sidious to join the Dark Side and used him to proceed with his governmental turnover.

Keeping his Sith identity a secret from the public eye, Sidious has undertaken the prerogative to execute the long-percolating plan of the Dark Side to supplant the Republic with a new Sith Empire, and destroy the Jedi Order.

Emperor Palpatine

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The Clone Wars finished with Sidious becoming Emperor of the First Galactic Empire after the Jedi were defeated. He eventually reorganizes the Republic as the Galactic Empire, denouncing the Jedi as traitors who sought to assassinate him and executing the majority of them through Order 66.

The Imperial Senate has been legally disbanded under the New Order, and the final vestiges of the Republic have steadily faded away. The Death Star (a moon-sized battle station capable of annihilating multiple planets) being demolished by the Alliance to Restore the Republic in the Battle of Yavin quite long after.

As when the galaxy descended into yet another state of all-out conflict (the Galactic Civil War), the Emperor dispatched his protégé to track down and eliminate the Rebel troops, while simultaneously building a second Death Star in the Endor system.

Despite the threat to his dominion, Sidious’ obsession with the Unknown Regions became stronger, and he commissioned the investigation of that huge expanse of space.

By that time, Sidious had also heard that Vader had a son, Luke Skywalker, who, like his father before him, had the training to be a Jedi Knight. Sidious tried to convert the ambitious Jedi to the dark side, even tricking him into fighting with Vader during the Battle of Endor, sensing a chance to replace his wounded trainee with a younger and stronger pupil. When he failed to convert Skywalker to the dark side of the Force, he unleashed the dark side’s strength by tormenting the young Jedi with a torrent of Force lightning. However, the suffering he caused on his apprentice’s kid prompted the former Anakin Skywalker to overcome his dark Master at the expense of his own life, culminating in the Sith being destroyed as prophesied in the Picked One’s prophesy.

Prior to his death, Sidious developed the Contingency in order to destroy the Empire if he died, feeling that the Empire probably didn’t deserve to continue without its Emperor. As a result, during the latter days of the Galactic Civil War, the Imperial remnants were more degraded and less able to oppose the New Republic. After the Battle of Jakku, the Empire surrendered the war, bringing an end to Darth Sidious’ tenure.

To sum up

Once his reign came to an end, Emperor Palpatine had dominated the Star Wars galaxy for more than two decades.

Palpatine is now a broadly perceived popular culture figure of evil, malicious deception, authoritarianism, tyranny, and the undermining of freedom since the release of Return of the Jedi in theaters.

“In the name of the Galactic Senate of the Republic, you are under arrest, Chancellor.”

“Are you threatening me, Master Jedi?”

“The Senate will decide your fate.”

“I AM the Senate!”

“Not yet!”

“It’s treason then…”

-Mace Windu to Palpatine
moments before their intense duel

“Commander Cody, the time has come. Execute Order 66. Yes, my lord.”

-Palpatine to Commander Cody

“There is only one plan-one great design which shall govern the universe-mine.” “We are all of us, always being tested, my friend. Tests make us stronger, and strength is power, and power is the point. We must pass all the tests we face or die in the effort.”

-Palpatine to Darth Vader

“We kept the skeleton of the Republic for nearly twenty years while the Death Star was constructed. Twenty years, my apprentice. All that planning is now a layer of dust orbiting around Yavin… Now, we no longer have the Senate to hold order. We do not have the Death Star to force it. Our greatest weapon is gone. Our production is in ashes. We are besieged. In all these years, we have never skirted closer to disaster.”

-Darth Sidious to Darth Vader

“There is only one plan—one great desig”I was intrigued by the scientists. What could they achieve if unfettered by the hypocritical morality of the Old Republic? We would see. For is it not my duty to chart the possibilities? […] Cylo grew powerful. His tendrils were deep in Tarkin’s Initiative. His cancer was one with its flesh. If I simply tore him free, I would risk a schism of the Empire’s great minds. While the Death Star was being constructed, that was unthinkable. After its destruction, it was even more so. I had to make him overplay his hand.”n which shall govern the universe—mine.” “We are all of us, always being tested, my friend. Tests make us stronger, and strength is power, and power is the point. We must pass all the tests we face or die in the effort.”

-Darth Sidious to Darth Vader about Cylo

“Do not underestimate how much you disappointed me on Mustafar. I saved you, but you showed how much off the mark you fell. The dark side is strength. If they defeat you, they are stronger. If you defeat them, you prove you are. This is the way of the Sith. I named you “Vader” after you pledged yourself to the Sith. You proved yourself worthy of it then. I am certain you will prove yourself worthy now.”

-Darth Sidious

“There is a great disturbance in the Force.” “I have felt it.” “We have a new enemy: The young rebel who destroyed the Death Star. I have no doubt this boy is the offspring of Anakin Skywalker.”

-Darth Sidious and Darth Vader,
about Luke Skywalker

“The Force is strong with him. The son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi.” “If he could be turned, he would become a powerful ally.”

-Darth Sidious and Darth Vader,
about turning Luke Skywalker to the dark side

“I’m looking forward to completing your tr2aining. In time, you will call me master.”

-Emperor Palpatine to Luke Skywalker

“If you will not be turned, you will be destroyed!”

-Emperor Palpatine to Luke Skywalker

“Resistance. Rebellion. You will burn these ideas away.”

-Darth Sidious to Commander Iden Versio

“”We shall double our efforts. I hope so, Commander, for your sake. The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.”

-Commander Jerjerrod and Darth Vader

“Do not underestimate the powers of the Emperor, or suffer your father’s fate, you will.”

-Yoda, to Luke Skywalker

Emperor Palpatine’s Most Famous Quotations

“Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.”

-Return of the Jedi

“My mentor taught me everything about the Force, even the nature of the dark side.”

-Sheev Palpatine, to Anakin Skywalker

“Enter the bureaucrats, the true rulers of the Republic, and on the payroll of the Trade Federation, I might add. This is where Chancellor Valorum’s strength will disappear.”

-Sheev Palpatine, to Anakin Skywalker

“Wipe them out. All of them.”

-Darth Sidious to Nute Gunray

“You will go back to Jakku. The spot there in the dirt where my droids were operating is precious. Not just to me, but to the galaxy at large. It is significant… You will go back there and you will monitor my droids excavating the ground. Then I will send more droids and they will build something there below the ground. I want you to guard this space. Can you do that?”

-Palpatine’s first order to Galli

“I want you to know that there is always a place for you with me. Once your training is complete, of course.”

-Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, to Anakin Skywalker

“I love democracy. I love the Republic. The power you give me I will lay down when this crisis has abated. And as my first act with this new authority, I will create a Grand Army of the Republic to counter the increasing threats of the Separatists.”

-Palpatine upon receiving his emergency powers
at the beginning of the Clone Wars

“Maul was trying to build an army of pirates.” “So let him. Let him play with the rabble. They’re just petty crooks. It is of no relevance to the Senate compared to the Separatist threat.”

-Palpatine to Obi Wan’s concerns

“I’m sure many of you look at this former Jedi and think, ‘Surely she cannot be this murderer or saboteur that they speak of.’ And yet think of all the times we have been fooled by the Separatists and how they have infiltrated the Republic, and ask yourself, is this yet another Separatist scheme? Another way to rip the Jedi and subsequently all of us, apart.”

-Palpatine during Tano’s trial

“Thank you, Your Excellency.” “I see you becoming the greatest of all the Jedi, Anakin. Even more powerful than Master Yoda. You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the force not leave it in darkness!”

-Obi Wan, Revenge of the Sith

“Wookies stand out in a crowd.”

-Lando Calrissian, Rise of Skywalker

”’The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.”


“Alas, you’re no Vader. You’re just a child in a mask.”

-Supreme leader Snoke to Kylo Ren

“Master Windu! You Have Fought Gallantly. Worthy Of Recognition In The Archives Of The Jedi Order. Now, It Is Finished. Surrender And Your Lives Will Be Spared.”

-Count Dooku, Attack of the Clones

“We are the spark that’ll light the fire that’ll burn the First Order down.”

-Poe Dameron

Admiral Piett informed Sidious that Lord Vader had abruptly abandoned his fleet following his confrontation with Skywalker. Luke Skywalker was eventually brought to Cloud City on Bespin, where Darth Vader attempted to freeze Skywalker and deliver him to the Emperor in carbonite.

Marjorie Eaton, an experienced actress, played the Emperor for the first time in the 1980 sequel Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Return of the Jedi starred Ian McDiarmid as the Emperor. In the prequel trilogy’s three films, McDiarmid reprised the role.

Darth Sidious, a cunning, powerful, and ruthless assassin, resurrected the Sith and destroyed the Jedi Order. He was also Palpatine, a Senator from Naboo and phantom threat who was living a double life.

After his last supplies of healthy clone bodies were destroyed and their genetic source material was polluted by his allies in 11 ABY, Sidious wanted quickly to take over the body of Darth Vader’s youngest grandchild, the infant Anakin Solo.

The clone army, as we all know, was not only the backbone of the Galactic Republic during the clone war, but it was also a major weapon in Emperor Palpatine’s abolition of the Jedi Order.

Palpatine bowed before his lord and swore undying loyalty to the Sith Order, and the Dark Lord of the Sith dubbed him Darth Sidious.

Sidious had devised a strategy to take advantage of the situation. Over the next several cycles, their friendship grew stronger. Palpatine eventually appointed Skywalker to the Jedi Council as his representative.

The Republic won the Battle of Coruscant after the Jedi rescue operation of Palpatine was successful.

However, a glimpse of hope for Rey came when a redeemed Ben Solo, no longer Kylo Ren, arrived on Exegol to assist her in her battle against Sidious.

According to Timothy Zahn’s The Thrawn Trilogy, a series of novels from Star Wars Legends that chronicled the fall of the Empire after Return of the Jedi, Palpatine had a complicated relationship with Grand Admiral Thrawn, the brilliant Chiss military strategist who took control of the Imperial Remnant after Palpatine’s death.

His longtime ambition of eternal rule was finally quashed when Rey used the strength of past Jedi to vanquish her grandfather by using his own power against him, destroying Sidious and his Sith Eternal cultists .

Palpatine had now completed two four-year stints as Chancellor, and his clone army was on the verge of launching an attack. The time was appropriate for the Grand Plan’s penultimate stroke to begin.

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