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.
  • Better Than Canon: In a limited, specific sense. The book's work in threading all the Prequel-era Sith machinations into a grand, consistent conspiracy, creating a fascinatingly different Sith in Plagueis, revealing new aspects of the Force mythology and having at least one unexpected Big Reveal - that Plagueis was still alive during Episode I - meant that plenty of fans wish it had been "rescued" from the Star Wars Legends continuity, especially since it doesn't majorly contradict any of the new canon, and Luceno's next novel was clearly intended as a follow-up to this one anyway. It would also have put the incessant "Snoke is Plagueis!" theorising to bed.
  • 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 how much of a Manipulative Bastard he truly is, 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 to share the universe with what he saw as a son, maybe the guy just loved easily.
    • Another bit of Fridge Brilliance that isn't obvious on first (or second, third or fourth reading, at least for this troper) is why Plagueis is compelled not to mention the name of Kamino in front of Jocasta Nu - that's because, as it turns out, she's the librarian that dismisses Obi-Wan's claims about the archives in Attack of the Clones - if she knew about Kamino, she would've been aware of Dooku's sabotage, and likely undone the Grand Plan then and there.
  • 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.
  • Narm: A probably entirely accidental example in "Gravid". Seems good if you're going for the connotations of "grave", but less impressive if you know "gravid" is the equivalent word to "pregnant" for egg-bearing animals (and in some languages it just means pregnant). Darth Laying Hen?
  • 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.