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Palpatine (also known as The Emperor, Senator Palpatine, Chancellor Palpatine, Emperor Palpatine, and Darth Sidious) is a fictional character and the main antagonist in the Star Wars saga.[1] Ian McDiarmid portrays the character in the feature films.

Palpatine first appeared as the Emperor of the Galactic Empire in the 1980 film Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. In this film and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, he is an aged, pale-faced figure who wears dark robes.

In the prequel trilogy, Palpatine is a middle-aged politician of the Republic who rises to power through deception and treachery. As the Senator of Naboo and later the Supreme Chancellor, he outwardly behaves like a well-intentioned and loyal public servant, yet underneath his affable public persona lurks his true identity: Darth Sidious, a Dark Lord of the Sith. As both Palpatine and Sidious, he sets into motion multiple events — including the Clone Wars — which ultimately destroy the Jedi Knights and severely weaken the Galactic Senate, allowing him to usher in the Galactic Empire, a brutal totalitarian regime.

Since the initial theatrical run of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Palpatine has become a symbol of evil and sinister deception in popular culture. Palpatine was ranked #3 greatest villain by Wizard magazine on its "100 Greatest Villains of All Time" list.[2]

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