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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 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.

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