|True Identity||Sheev Palpatine|
|Death||4 years after the Battle of Yavin|
|Occupation||Leader of the Galactic Empire|
|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|
|Behind the Scenes|
|Created by||George Lucas|
|Performed by||The Empire Strikes Back:
Return of the Jedi:
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 ultimately killed by his apprentice, Darth Vader.
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- The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (First appearance)
- Return of the Jedi (1983)
- 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 has disfigured him. In Return of the Jedi, the Emperor appears in person, now portrayed by Ian McDiarmid using heavy prosthetic make up.