Originally posted by ewok hunter
hmm... does it take more guts to rule secretly for 10 years before declaring your self emperor or to openly take over a dead rulers place after cunningly making it so that any competitors can't quite compete for the throne... purely theoreticly of course
Exactly my point. I don't like Sidious, but you have to admit that he used his powers to control EVERYTHING and succeded. He, above all other Jedi/Sith force users, is the only one who fully obtained what he desired, though it was also his undoing.
In a saber duel, he's prolly good, but I'm sure Vader, Yoda, Windu, and Maul could waste him.
He never had to fight his own fights, he had someone else do his dirty work. That's the strength of his power.