History ComicBook / DarkEmpire

17th Feb '17 7:23:58 AM kensu
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* ContinuitySnarl: With the rest of the Legends ExpandedUniverse. The first series is definitely part of it, but the timelines diverge after that, with the Jedi Academy books taking place during or after the second series. Even the first series isn't totally exempt from this; the first trade paperback did a HandWave in an attempt to smooth out the relationship (such as mentioning that the Empire retook Coruscant, and the massive civil war in the Empire occurred after Thrawn's death), but these references were removed in later editions.
19th Jan '17 3:36:38 PM kensu
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* OrwellianRetcon: The cover of the second edition of ''Dark Empire II'' has the reborn Emperor looking like IanMcDiarmid's portrayal of Palpatine in the prequels.
21st Dec '16 7:58:01 AM Saveelich
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A series of ''StarWarsLegends'' comic books (''Dark Empire'', ''Dark Empire II'' and ''Empire's End'' -- collectively called [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Empire Dark Empire]]) released between 1991 and 1997. It was also made into an [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Empire:_The_Collector%27s_Edition audio drama,]] which had a somewhat modified script. A sample can be heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_ARzFT6P9I here.]]

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A series of ''StarWarsLegends'' ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' comic books (''Dark Empire'', ''Dark Empire II'' and ''Empire's End'' -- collectively called [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Empire Dark Empire]]) released between 1991 and 1997. It was also made into an [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Empire:_The_Collector%27s_Edition audio drama,]] which had a somewhat modified script. A sample can be heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_ARzFT6P9I here.]]
21st Dec '16 7:57:44 AM Saveelich
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A series of ''StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' comic books (''Dark Empire'', ''Dark Empire II'' and ''Empire's End'' -- collectively called [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Empire Dark Empire]]) released between 1991 and 1997. It was also made into an [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Empire:_The_Collector%27s_Edition audio drama,]] which had a somewhat modified script. A sample can be heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_ARzFT6P9I here.]]

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A series of ''StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' ''StarWarsLegends'' comic books (''Dark Empire'', ''Dark Empire II'' and ''Empire's End'' -- collectively called [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Empire Dark Empire]]) released between 1991 and 1997. It was also made into an [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Empire:_The_Collector%27s_Edition audio drama,]] which had a somewhat modified script. A sample can be heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_ARzFT6P9I here.]]
19th Sep '16 8:38:49 PM Fireblood
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* EvilIsNotAToy: The Jedi hologram warns Luke against his idea of joining the Dark Side to defeat it, saying Jedi had tried that in the past but all perished. Luke doesn't listen, though he does manage to survive.
19th Sep '16 8:37:16 PM Fireblood
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* EvilIsNotAToy: The Jedi hologram warns Luke against his idea of joining the Dark Side to defeat it, saying Jedi had tried that in the past but all perished. Luke doesn't listen, though he does manage to survive.
19th Sep '16 8:27:03 PM Fireblood
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* AttackItsWeakPoint: Averted; the Galaxy Gun has no real weaknesses whatsoever, and the heroes have to resort to ramming it with Palpatine's hijacked Star Destroyer in order to disable it.

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* AttackItsWeakPoint: Averted; {{Averted}}; the Galaxy Gun has no real weaknesses whatsoever, and the heroes have to resort to ramming it with Palpatine's hijacked Star Destroyer Dreadnought in order to disable it.



* SanitySlippage: Palpatine was first shown to have some degree of self restraint after his first death. Upon his third return, however, he immediately uses the Galaxy Gun to wipe out various worlds rather than fortify his gains. The Essential Atlas released years later even lampshades it by having Crix Q5 stating that his madness deepened due to having to return from the dead a third time.

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* SanitySlippage: Palpatine was first shown to have some degree of self restraint self-restraint after his first death. Upon his third return, however, he immediately uses the Galaxy Gun to wipe out various worlds rather than fortify his gains. The Essential Atlas released years later even lampshades it by having Crix Q5 stating that his madness deepened due to having to return from the dead a third time.



* TakingTheBullet: Variation: [[spoiler:After Palpatine was shot by Han Solo, his spirit did a last ditch effort to possess Anakin Solo. However, Empatajayos Brand intercepted the spirit and had it possess him so Anakin was spared, and then died from the injuries Palpatine earlier unleashed on him, taking Palpatine with him.]]

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* TakingTheBullet: Variation: [[spoiler:After [[spoiler:after Palpatine was shot by Han Solo, his spirit did a last ditch effort to possess Anakin Solo. However, Empatajayos Brand intercepted the spirit and had it possess him so Anakin was spared, and then died from the injuries Palpatine earlier unleashed on him, taking Palpatine with him.]]
19th Sep '16 8:19:17 PM Fireblood
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* CloneDegeneration: Palpatine's clones have progressively shorter lifespans due to their genetic material becomes increasingly unstable, and thus not as resistant to the corrosive effects of his Dark Side powers.
* CloningBlues: During his time as the Emperor's apprentice, Luke lets himself get cloned twice. Instead of another [[EvilKnockoff Luuke]], he's given a pair of immensely strong mutated bodyguards, who are left behind to die when Leia rescues him. At least Luuke got a ''name''.
* CloningGambit: Sort of. It's the same Emperor {{Body Surf}}ing from one clone body to the next, and the same Emperor who died on the second Death Star.



* CloneDegeneration: Palpatine's clones have progressively shorter lifespans due to them being less and less natural, and thus not as resistant to the corrosive effects of his Dark Side powers.
* CloningBlues: During his time as the Emperor's apprentice, Luke lets himself get cloned twice. Instead of another [[EvilKnockoff Luuke]], he's given a pair of immensely strong mutated bodyguards, who are left behind to die when Leia rescues him. At least Luuke got a ''name''.
* CloningGambit: Sort of. It's the same Emperor {{Body Surf}}ing from one clone body to the next, and the same Emperor who died on the second Death Star.



* EvilRedhead: At least one of Palpatine's clones sported red hair.

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* EvilRedhead: At least one of Palpatine's clones sported red hair. This actually matches up with his appearance in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'': he's shown to have red hair then, before it goes white.



* FromASingleCell: See CloningGambit

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* FromASingleCell: See CloningGambitCloningGambit.



* HighCollarOfDoom: Palpatine 3.0

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* HighCollarOfDoom: Palpatine 3.00.



** Though in the EU, it's well established that the Empire [[PropagandaMachine blamed Alderaan's destruction on the Rebels]] ...

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** Though in the EU, it's well established that the Empire [[PropagandaMachine blamed Alderaan's destruction on the Rebels]] ...Rebels]]...
** It also seems possible Palpatine controlled their minds with his Force powers.



* TheMole: Luke. Oddly, TheEmpire sees nothing strange about taking orders from Lord Skywalker, who is, essentially, a [[JustForPun Darth Mole]].

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* TheMole: Luke. Oddly, TheEmpire sees nothing strange about taking orders from Lord Skywalker, who is, essentially, a [[JustForPun Darth Mole]]. Of course, Palpatine likely ordered them to, and one does not disobey the Emperor.



* PowerCreepPowerSeep: The battlefleet-destroying Force Storms that Palpatine never had before. Palpatine is so absurdly powerful in this series that many fans call him [[FanNickname "Wankatine".]]
** It's hinted that this power was actually the result of his returning from the dead, so its more of a case of "MyDeathIsOnlyTheBeginning". The fact that he was also extremely powerful even before his death and revival, which was implied in ''Literature/DarthPlagueis'' to be due to his being literally conceived by the Dark Side of the Force might also have been a contributing factor as well.

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* PowerCreepPowerSeep: The battlefleet-destroying battle fleet-destroying Force Storms that Palpatine never had before. Palpatine is so absurdly powerful in this series that many fans call him [[FanNickname "Wankatine".]]
** It's hinted that this power was actually the result of his returning from the dead, so its more of a case of "MyDeathIsOnlyTheBeginning". The fact that he was also extremely powerful even before his death and revival, which was implied in ''Literature/DarthPlagueis'' to be due to his being literally conceived by the Dark Side of the Force Force, might also have been a contributing factor as well.
24th Jul '16 1:01:07 PM Morgenthaler
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* TitleDrop: The name of Palpatine's faction is the exact same as the title of the overall series as well as the first two parts of the three part series. Unlike most examples, though, the Empire in question was never given a specific name until several years later, when the events of the series were covered in the Essential Atlas. Something similar would exist with the sequel series, Crimson Empire (not to be confused with the [[CrimsonEmpire unrelated video game]] of the same name).

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* TitleDrop: The name of Palpatine's faction is the exact same as the title of the overall series as well as the first two parts of the three part series. Unlike most examples, though, the Empire in question was never given a specific name until several years later, when the events of the series were covered in the Essential Atlas. Something similar would exist with the sequel series, Crimson Empire (not to be confused with the [[CrimsonEmpire [[VideoGame/CrimsonEmpire unrelated video game]] of the same name).
19th Jun '16 2:14:41 PM nombretomado
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Six years after the Battle of Endor -- that's one year after [[TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn's return]], retaking of much of the Empire, and death -- Luke hears rumors of a new Emperor taking the reins. Enter Palpatine, having drifted his way to a clone body in a hidden place at the center of the galaxy. And boy, does he have a revenge plan. It involves turning Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side, {{Body Surf}}ing from clone to clone in order to be immortal, using a planet-destroying gun, sending out machines called World Devastators to chew up the Mon Calamari homeworld, and [[TakeOverTheWorld enslaving the universe]]. He's been plotting to enslave the universe since he was smacking other babies with his rattle, so of course he's not finding new goals now.

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Six years after the Battle of Endor -- that's one year after [[TheThrawnTrilogy [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn's return]], retaking of much of the Empire, and death -- Luke hears rumors of a new Emperor taking the reins. Enter Palpatine, having drifted his way to a clone body in a hidden place at the center of the galaxy. And boy, does he have a revenge plan. It involves turning Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side, {{Body Surf}}ing from clone to clone in order to be immortal, using a planet-destroying gun, sending out machines called World Devastators to chew up the Mon Calamari homeworld, and [[TakeOverTheWorld enslaving the universe]]. He's been plotting to enslave the universe since he was smacking other babies with his rattle, so of course he's not finding new goals now.
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