|Star Wars character|
Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine
|Position||Senator of Naboo, Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic, Emperor of the Galactic Empire, Dark Lord of the Sith|
1,78 meters, previously 1,73 m
|Affiliation||Galactic Republic, Confederacy of Independent Systems, Galactic Empire, Sith Order|
|Portrayed by||The Empire Strikes Back:Clive Revill (original voice)
Ian McDiarmid (2004 DVD) Return of the Jedi and the prequel trilogy: Ian McDiarmid Star Wars: Clone Wars: Nick Jameson (voice) Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Ian Abercrombie (voice) Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Samuel Witwer (voice)
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 a series of events — including the Clone Wars — which ultimately destroys the Jedi Knights and Republic, allowing him to usher in the Galactic Empire, a brutal authoritarian regime.