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St. Jimmy
01-10-2006, 07:36 AM
How the hell did Palpatine become such a powerful sith?
one minute he's a political dude and the next.. an evil warlord!

CommanderKane
01-10-2006, 07:56 AM
He was always a Sith.

MachineCult
01-10-2006, 09:32 AM
Darth Plageus found him on Naboo the same way Palpatine found Darth Maul.
Like Kane^ said.

Darth_Terros
01-10-2006, 12:26 PM
You obviously havnt seen the prequel trilogy which is pretty much how he came to power and rule the galaxy ?

And then in Rots he tell you his master was plageus so that explains how he became a sith and obviously through years of training he became powerful the same way jedi who train for years do.

Cercueil
01-10-2006, 03:06 PM
I heard he found a golden ticket in a Wampa Bar; got to meet Darth Wampa and visit the Wampa Factory where they make Sith Scumdilitious treats and Dark Jedi; and got everything he ever wanted. Or I could be confusing two movies, but i would like to think oompa loompas hate ewoks.

who would win...a vicious kanid, Wampa, wangdoodle, or rancor?

Prime
01-10-2006, 05:14 PM
How the hell did Palpatine become such a powerful sith?
one minute he's a political dude and the next.. an evil warlord!He is sneaky.

General Solo
01-19-2006, 12:14 AM
It was obvious that he was a sith. He was near anakin alot, giving him power, and everything else. The way he looked at the jedi and how he made rules. Also he could sense things that no one has told him yet. Very suspicious.

Darth_Extas
01-19-2006, 11:43 AM
Also you would know that he was if you saw the OT. The less obviousness is if you had not seen the OT, then you were not sure who Darth Sidious is.

General Solo
01-19-2006, 12:11 PM
Also it said in books that sidious was palpatine. And I think in episode 6 it might of said that it was him but i'm not possitive. And in Episode 1 when sidious was talking to viceroy gunray it looked so much like palpatine near his mouth. It was exact. So that pretty much also gave it away. :lightning

Darth_Terros
01-19-2006, 02:22 PM
And I think in episode 6

There's no mention of Darth sidious in the OT.

Kurgan
01-19-2006, 03:21 PM
It was obvious to me for the following reasons:

1) Played by the same actor.

2) No change in facial makeup (the only difference between Sideous and Palpatine is that Sideous changes his voice slightly and has his eyes covered by the hood). When Sideous is seen from the side, his face looks EXACTLY like the Emperor's face in ROTJ when he is talking to Vader and the camera focuses on him in profile. The only change is that in ROTJ his chin is a little more wrinkled and pale.

3) In the Star Wars movie novelisation, they call him "Emperor Palpatine." Thus it's always been "Palpatine" that has been the official name of the Emperor. I didn't expect Lucas to change this major detail, even though it was never stated onscreen. Just like how the word "Sith" is never mentioned onscreen until Episode I. It's just one of those details that Star Wars fans always "knew."

4) Sideous makes constant references to "the Senate" as if he has control of it. Since Palpatine seems to be a manipulator and shrewd leader anyway, this makes perfect sense. Finally at the end of the film when Yoda and Windu are talking about "which was destroyed, the master or the apprentice" and the camera pans over to Palpatine and focuses right on his chin (the most visible part of Sideous's face when we see him).

5) And finally, they dress the same. Sideous in the shadows wears the cloak and broach thingy just like the Emperor does in the classic trilogy. When Palpatine is "deformed" he puts on the cloak though it's a slightly different than the one the Emperor wears in Episode VI. I don't recall if he has the broach thing on at that point in Episode III, though.

With the audio commentary for TPM being available in 2001, (iirc it was the Episode I commentary), Lucas comments on the DVD how he wanted people to recognize Darth Sideous by introducing him in a hologram, just like he introduced him in Empire Strikes Back. Emperor from ESB = Darth Sideous from TPM. (Unless I'm confused and he said this on the ESB commentary released in 2004, in reference to TPM, so somebody feel free to correct me).

Now beyond that in AOTC it's even more obvious, as more references are made to Sideous being on Coruscant and being happy about the war starting, etc.

Now the only "glitch" is that the Emperor in ROTJ has yellow and red "Sith eyes" (Darth Maul is the first person in Star Wars to demonstrate them to us after Palpatine) and prosthetics on his face to make him look ancient and Vampiric. He also has rotten teeth. Now we could have just imagined that he was a really old man and didn't take very good care of his health. The EU theorized that he used the Dark Side so much that his body decayed and aged faster than normal, forcing him to transfer his soul from one cloned body to the next.

In any case, we finally were shown absolutely that they were the same person all along in ROTS. Palpatine's face is disfigured by his own Force lightning somehow and we see his voice change back and forth between the Palpatine in TPM and the Emperor we know and love from ROTJ (and the cackle is now the same). His face is shown in profile when he first puts on his hood, and it looks just like the Emperor from ROTJ. They start referring to him as "Emperor." Vader starts calling him "My Master" or "My Lord." The transformation is complete!

But yes, I was 99.99% positive that Palpatine was always supposed to be the Emperor we saw later in the classic movies. Before I listened to the audio commentary I thought, well maybe 0.01% chance that Lucas will make them different people in some horribly contrived way just to throw everyone off and make a "big reveal" like Vader being Luke's father. I figure Lucas does this sort of thing, so it might happen. But then it was exactly what all these "they are clones of each other!" people EXPECTED, so it was extremely doubtful.

The only thing that to me was not "obvious" that a lot of people assumed, was that this "Darth Plagueis the Wise" was really Palpatine's master. Until I read the novelisation and the Visual Dictionary, I assumed he just made up the story in his ploy to trick Anakin into thinking the Sith had the answer to all his problems. It's sort of like how I assumed that Sifo-Dyas never really ordered the Clone Army in AOTC. It seemed obvious to me that Count Dooku simply assumed the identity of a dead guy and ordered the army in his name, with the Kaminoeans being none-the-wiser. Now it turns out that officially, Sifo-Dyas really did order the Clone Army, under the urging of Dooku, and then Dooku killed him (though Dooku recruited Jango Fett, under his Sith name Tyrannus as mentioned in the movie). That such a thing could happen to a "Prominent Member of the Jedi Council" without anybody knowing or figuring it out for 10+ years is pretty incredible.


Oh well... so much for subtlety! ;)

Oh, I realized I forgot to directly address the opening post:

Was it always obvious that Palpatine was a Sith? No. Because when he was first introduced in the Star Wars novelisation (only mentioned in the movie) he was depicted merely as a scheming and corrupt politician. No indication that he had any force abilities whatsoever. We never saw him, he was merely a background figure mentioned a few times. Darth Vader was the only "Sith Lord" we knew of. Everybody thought so until Empire Strikes Back or possibly even Episode I (Star Wars: Behind the Magic from 1998, for example repeated the line that there was only ever one Dark Lord of the Sith at a time, and that was Vader!).

As soon as Empire Strikes Back came out, it was obvious that he had the Force, since he talked about sensing the future and a disturbance in the Force, etc. Though the term "Sith" is never used, we assume he is powerful in the Force, and a Dark Side user, since that's what Vader is. Is he a former Jedi? We are never told, though in ROTJ he makes disparaging remarks about Jedi so we assume if he was ever a Jedi, he's not one now, yet ANH makes references to Darth Vader being part of the Jedi or a former Jedi (Obi-Wan refers to himself as being "once a Jedi, the same as your father").

I forget if the ROTJ novelisation actually refers to Palpatine as a "Sith." It may, it may not. The EU authors were forbidden to write about the Sith for many years before TPM, so they used the term "Dark Jedi" instead, though the term Sith Lord was always connected with Vader specifically. Then they had those Tales of the Jedi comics which came up with a history for the Sith.

I guess we could put two and two together and assume that if Palpatine was Vader's master and they both used the Dark Side, they both must be Sith Lords. When Episode I comes out, it's clear that nobody ever thought Palpatine had the Force or was a Jedi (though he clearly had the Force in secret, never demonstrated in action until Episode III... though you'd think he must have used the Force to "cloud the perception" of the Jedi so they couldn't sense that this powerful being of the Dark Side was standing right there under their noses the whole time), so he wouldn't be a fallen Jedi.

Since he was the master of Maul, identified as a Sith, then it was clear from Episode I that he was a Sith. So he's always been a Sith, even if never stated onscreen, it makes sense from the other materials. Even if you just had Episodes V, VI and I, you could figure it out.

Darth_Extas
01-19-2006, 03:32 PM
uhh... I can agree with all that as well.

How much time did it take you to type that up?

as well to Darth_Terros, Sidious did not need to be mentioned in the OT because it is beyond the time when Palpatine concidered being called Sidious, after his take over of the republic.

Darth_Terros
01-19-2006, 03:36 PM
as well to Darth_Terros, Sidious did not need to be mentioned in the OT because it is beyond the time when Palpatine concidered being called Sidious, after his take over of the republic.

Um yeah i knew this? why you telling me?

Kurgan
01-19-2006, 10:10 PM
uhh... I can agree with all that as well.

How much time did it take you to type that up?

as well to Darth_Terros, Sidious did not need to be mentioned in the OT because it is beyond the time when Palpatine concidered being called Sidious, after his take over of the republic.

Did you have a problem with me throwing in my 2 cents worth? Hopefully not, as my post was not aimed solely at you, it was in general response to the thread topic. I possess the power of "Force Long Post" so don't be surprised or offended if you see a wordy reply from me. It's not personal or drastic, believe me! ;)

How do you know that Darth Sideous never used that name beyond the prequel Trilogy? I'd consent to the fact that Lucas didn't think up the name until sometime in the process of writing Episode I ('94-'99), and that's why he didn't have access to it. What's in a name? We never learn Darth Maul's "non-Sith name." Count Dooku is referred to by his regular name, and his Sith name only twice (and only once addressed that way in person). Darth Vader is referred to as Anakin by everyone, including after his turn to the Dark Side, and referred to solely by his Sith name by Palpatine after his transformation. After his being put into the suit, he never goes by Anakin again, and nobody calls him anything but Lord Vader, Darth, or some variation! So there's little consistency.

I mean in the OT, he doesn't have a name, he's just "The Emperor." Sort of like how Boba Fett is just "Bounty Hunter" until Han Solo mumbles his name in ROTJ. But like Vader being a "Sith Lord," that's something that's known behind the scenes and is spoken in deleted lines in the original novel. Yet we have no such background for Sideous, so Lucas probably just thought it up during the prequel writing and we're left to think up any explanation we wish for why it's never spoken during the first three movies.

St. Jimmy
01-20-2006, 01:22 AM
Did you have a problem with me throwing in my 2 cents worth? Hopefully not, as my post was not aimed solely at you, it was in general response to the thread topic. I possess the power of "Force Long Post" so don't be surprised or offended if you see a wordy reply from me. It's not personal or drastic, believe me! ;)

Don't take it personally he was just saying that it was long

BTW if that's two cents how much is a dollar!?

Kurgan
01-20-2006, 05:05 AM
My posts have somewhat gone down in value due to saturation of the market. Supply and demand you know... ;) But it's probably not something you want to see unless you've had a lot of coffee!

Commander Obi-Wan
01-20-2006, 02:31 PM
It was obvious to me......since I recognized him from OT. And the way he spoke to Anakin. And the way he acted. And basically what Kurgan said in his informing post about how he was so obvious. As being a Sith.

MachineCult
01-20-2006, 04:57 PM
Yeah I recognised him as well, you know his name is Palpatine, and then I recognised Sidious as Palpatine even with his hood.

Darth_Terros
01-20-2006, 05:30 PM
Also it says in the credits at the end of the movie it was the same guy

TK-8252
01-20-2006, 06:39 PM
How the hell could you NOT know?

MachineCult
01-20-2006, 06:40 PM
Everyone but the n00b who posted the thread knew.

St. Jimmy
02-02-2006, 01:54 AM
But it's probably not something you want to see unless you've had a lot of coffee!


Mmmm...... Coffee :guiness: :guiness: :guiness:

:coffee:

arkodeon
02-02-2006, 05:45 PM
You obviously havnt seen the prequel trilogy which is pretty much how he came to power and rule the galaxy ?

And then in Rots he tell you his master was plageus so that explains how he became a sith and obviously through years of training he became powerful the same way jedi who train for years do.

He never directly says that Plageuis was his master. At least, not in the movie I watched. o_o It only says that in the Novellization, I think.

MachineCult
02-02-2006, 07:42 PM
How the hell did Palpatine become such a powerful sith?
one minute he's a political dude and the next.. an evil warlord!
You must have seen it coming. Unless you haven't seen the Original Trilogy...

Kurgan
02-02-2006, 08:49 PM
He never directly says that Plageuis was his master. At least, not in the movie I watched. o_o It only says that in the Novellization, I think.

Right, the novel and the Visual Dictionary. And of course the novel has him SAY it outright to Anakin (he could still be lying), while the VD specifically states it as a fact. From the movie itself you can only guess, or it could be another of Palpatine's lies!

popcorn2008
02-02-2006, 09:12 PM
Well to me it was pretty obvious, basically it is given away if you know anything about Star Wars histroy. Like Kurgan said, Emperor Palpatine = Senator Palpatine.

There goes Kurgan with his force long posts again... :p

Kurgan
02-02-2006, 09:47 PM
If you think that's a long post (49 words, 3 lines), you ain't seen nothin' yet, buddy! ;)

Darth_Extas
02-02-2006, 11:23 PM
If I do remember, I have seen most if not all the Dark Lords of the Sith, and have read the chapters of sith history. The idea of slaying dark jedi masters is almost a tradition it seems. If you have read about Dooku wanting to overthrow Palpatine, The Tragedy of Darth Plageuis(Excuse Spelling), As well the insident in ESB at the end of the vader vs. luke battle, there is the "togeather we can rule the galaxy as father and son, join my son." well the line is something like that from vader. I still think it was pritty obvious and just as popcorn had said Senator Palpatine = Emperor Palpatine.

LordSerion
06-29-2008, 06:13 PM
Since I saw the original trilogy first, I knew who he really was the moment I saw his hooded hologram in Ep. I.

Since Bane instituted the Rule of Two, it was tradition that the apprentice slained the master after he/she became more powerful than the master. Therefore, the new generation was always stronger then the previous - except Vader, he was weaker. As I read many times, Sidious was the most powerful Sith Lord of all time, "the Dark Side itself". A Dark nexus.

MacTavish
07-01-2008, 08:20 PM
When I first watched Ep 1 and heard Palpatine's voice, I KNEW he was Darth Sidious.

K_Kinnison
07-01-2008, 10:00 PM
if you ignore the OT. The Foreshadowing was obvious at Qui-Gons funeral, even his little offhand comment at young anakin. and comparing noses of the hooded figure and Senator Palpytine

MacTavish
07-01-2008, 11:24 PM
The Foreshadowing was obvious at Qui-Gons funeral,
Right, and that smirk he has when the camera zooms on his face.

SciFiGeek17
06-14-2010, 10:34 PM
It was pretty obvious. I can tell by his nose :P
I remember watching Episode 1(I was 11 at the time) and then saw Palpatine and was like, 'the nose is the same'. The hood covers his eyes well, but not his nose :lol: