YMMV: Darth Plagueis
- Ass Pull: A self admitted one about Darth Gravid, who only exists so that the current Sith don't have knowledge they need.
- Complete Monster: Some thought this book would humanize Palpatine by showing his origins; instead, it turns out he's been an amoral sociopath from the beginning. His backstory as a villain shows the true magnificence of his manipulations, as we see him working with the Trade Federation to plot the blockade that takes place in Episode I. It is revealed that he killed his own parents and siblings, and is incapable of feeling regret when committing heinous actions and various misdemeanors—such as when he ends up crashing his landspeeder and killing two people without any remorse on his part. When Darth Tenebrous foresaw Palpatine's future murder of Plagueis upon his death and possession of Plagueis after the latter betrayed him, he was noticeably horrified at not only Plagueis's murder at the hands of his apprentice Palpatine, but at how evil Palpatine is, even for the Sith.
- Fridge Brilliance/Fridge Horror:
- In Revenge Of The Sith, Palpatine says that "[Plagueis] had such a knowledge of the Dark Side, he could even save the ones he cared about... from dying". Now wait a second, just whom could a Sith Lord ever actually care about? Oh, his test subjects...
- Though, considering he was willing to destroy a Sith tradition just share the universe with what he saw as a son, maybe the guy just loved easily.
- Magnificent Bastard: Darth Sidious, whose magnificence here lays the framework for his schemes throughout the saga.
- Moral Event Horizon: Palpatine crosses this fairly early on by killing all his family and takes up permanent residence beyond its border.
- Reread Bonus: Seriously, if you read this book once, it's awesome. If you read it again, you'll come to realize just how manipulative Sidious is.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Much like the Prequel Trilogy, people have tried to read into this book to find political beliefs they agree with.