Sith during the Rise of the Empire Era.
Darth Bane (Dessel)
Star of the Darth Bane trilogy of novels. He destroyed the obsolete original Sith Order and created his own.
- Abusive Parents: His father beat him from childhood up until his late teens, when Bane accidentally killed him with the Force. For a given value of "parent", he would likely count as this towards Zannah, albeit more in the sense that he is The Corrupter and put her through a Training from Hell, not that he was ever pointlessly cruel to her for no reason.
- The Anti-Christ: Bane extensively researches the Sith'ari prophecy that is the Sith's equivalent to the Chosen One. Since he believes the Force is there for him to command, instead of vice versa, he discounts the prophecy, but if the Sith'ari does exist it's probably Bane himself. This was later confirmed by the Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.
- Even though his plan takes one thousand years to pull off.
- Badass Bookworm: It's implied that much of Bane's knowledge of the Force comes entirely from his diligent study of Old Sith lore. It's especially impressive when you realize that Bane was a miner with little-to-no formal education and no training in the Force whatsoever until he was in his mid-twenties.
- Bald of Evil: He's gone bald from the toxic dusts he breathed in during his youth, while working in the cortosis mines of his homeworld.
- The Chessmaster: Bane had established a massive network of spies and informants across the galaxy to keep him informed of various political movements.
- Combat Pragmatist: As befitting a Sith, Bane uses any trick necessary to win.
- Deadly Upgrade: The orbalisk-armor he wore for ten years. The parasites provided him Nigh-Invulnerability upped by a Healing Factor strong enough to instantly heal lightsaber-cuts, and increased both his physical and Force powers to monstrous levels. However at the same time they were constantly poisoning him, feeding on his Dark Side energies, and caused him to flew into Unstoppable Rages, that completely clouded his mind and judgement.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Bane is on the recieving end of one when first dueling Sirak. He returns the favor later on.
- Determinator: Nothing stops Bane when he sets his mind to it.
- Evil Counterpart: He's kind of the anti-Luke Skywalker: both of their mothers died in child-birth. Bane's father was an Abusive Parent, and he was partially responsible for Bane growing up to be a sociopath. Luke's father didn't even know of his existence, and during their first meeting cut off Luke's hand in a duel, and tried to tempt him to join The Dark Side. Both Bane and Luke are immensely powerful in the Force. Both have brought around the destruction of the Sith Order of their time. As Bane rebuilt the Sith in accordance with his vision, so did Luke rebuild the Jedi Order. As if trying to lampshade this, when Bane made an appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars he was voiced by Mark Hamill.
- Freudian Excuse: Darth Bane was abused as a child by his father and grew up on an armpit of a planet. Bizarrely, while it's easy to see how this shaped him into a monster, he makes no attempt to justify his actions with it.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Who would have thought that the abused son of a miner on a backwater planet would grow to become the most significant Sith lord in Star Wars history?
- Genius Bruiser: Unlike most other Sith at the Academy on Korriban, Bane spent a great deal of his time reading and studying the histories and philosophies of past Sith Lords, and by the end of his life was an expert on these subjects He was capable of formulating incredibly complex and long-term plans, manipulating others easily, without even using the Force, and he accumulated an immense wealth of both money and information by using his facade as a trader,. He also happens to be a master lightsaber duelist, and an immensely powerful user of The Dark Side.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Put the Rule of Two that he put into place would govern the Sith all the way to Sidious's death, and in fact Sidious's conquest of the Galaxy and creation of the Galactic Empire was ultimately the culmination of his plan.
- Immortality Seeker: When he feared that Darth Zannah would never become powerful enough to strike him down, he attempted to discover the secret of immortality so that he would live long enough to destroy the Jedi himself. When Zannah found out, she pointed out that this violated the Rule of Two that he himself created (though she later conceded that it didn't truly, since the Master still had to do everything they could to survive, and she realises that he only did it because he feared that since she still hadn't try to kill him that she lacked the necessary ambition).
- Irony: Bane is disdainful of petty sadism, preaches that there should only be two Sith at any given time, and feels that the Apprentice must overthrow the Master in the Duel to the Death rather than through trickery or deceit, to prove that the next Master is stronger than the last. Flash forward a thousand years, and Palpatine- the Sith who brings all of Banes' plans and ambitions to fruition- is the exact opposite of all of this, a sadistic psychopath with a warped sense of humour, who trains an apprentice Darth Maul while still serving under Plagueis, whom he murders by getting him drunk and torturing him to death with Force Lightning while he starts to sleep, partly out of fear that he might be slightly stronger than he is. The ultimate slap in the face for Banes' vision is that Palpatine is in-canon the most skilled, powerful and successful Sith Lord who ever lived.
- Large and in Charge: He was two meters tall, and very muscular in built.
- Laser Blade: He wielded the blade of his Fencing Master's Master.
- Lightning Bruiser: Bane is very fast, in spite of his size.
- Long Game: So long in fact that he was fully aware it could not be obtained in his life time, hence the Rule of Two he established.
- Manipulative Bastard: Bane, when he destroys the Brotherhood by playing on Kaan's ego.
- Master Swordsman: Effortlessly took on the Jedi Grandmaster and the Jedi Weaponmaster of his time simultaneously. Of course, it helped that most of his body was invulnerable to lightsabers.
- No Body Left Behind: His body was destroyed when he tried to take over Zannah's body.
- Pragmatic Villainy: While Bane's a coldblooded killer, he's not a petty sadist, doesn't kill on a whim, and will spare people's lives if they prove themselves useful.
- Rule of Two: He created the rule that only two Dark Lords of the Sith could exist in any given time: a master and an apprentice.Darth Bane: Two there should be; no more, no less. One to embody power, the other to crave it.
- The Social Darwinist: He's a firm believer of "survival of the fittest". This is part of the Rule of Two: a Sith Lord remains in charge by proving himself the strongest until his apprentice eventually becomes strong enough to defeat him.
- Stern Teacher: To Zannah. While hardly kind or merciful, he wasn't cruel.
- Übermensch: Sought to make the Sith Order greater than it was before by destroying it and remaking it with the Rule of Two.
- The Unfettered: Bane doesn't do morality, or indeed any kind of rule other than the exaltation of strength.
- Villain Protagonist: Of the eponymous Darth Bane novels.
Darth Zannah (Rain)
Homeworld: Somov Rit
Originally a homeless orphan discovered by Bane. He noted her great potential in the Force and took her on as his apprentice.
- Badass Bookworm: Given that her specialty in the Force is sorcery, which requires intensive study in the Force. Her only education was also through her study of the Force under Bane.
- Bastard Understudy: During most of the Bane-trilogy she was acting as Darth Bane's apprentice.
- Combat Tentacles: She summoned tentacles made of pure Dark Side energy in her final duel against Darth Bane.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Double-fold at that:
- The only lightsaber-style she mastered is the defensive Soresu. This means, that while she can protect herself from almost any opponent, she herself can't go on the offensive until the opponent tires out and/or makes a mistake- and if that doesn't happen she's in a risk of tiring out herself!
- Similarly she only developed her sorcery-related Force-abilities, which as powerful as they are, they take immense concentration to use, leaving her unable to perform them while defending herself in a lightsaber-duel, and conversely unable to defend herself while using them.
- Dark Action Girl: A Powerful and scary warrior who happens to be female.
- Disproportionate Retribution: When she found out a woman had slept with her boyfriend, she put her in a permanent coma, forced to suffer nightmares for the rest of her life.
- Double Weapon: Wields a double-bladed lightsaber.
- The Dragon: To Bane in the Darth Bane novels.
- Evil Sorcerer: More so than other Sith Lords, for Zannah has an innate gift for 'Sith Sorcery'.
- Femme Fatale: She's described as very attractive, and she's perfectly aware of it, using her beauty on numerous occasions to get information from unsuspecting males she encounters.
- I Know What You Fear: See Mind Rape.
- Laser Blade: Her double-bladed lightsaber.
- Magic Knight: While this is a common attribute for all Jedi and Sith, Zannah deserves special mention for her aptitude in Sith Sorcery and developing many unique force skills.
- Mind Rape: One of her skills is being able to bring forth the most terrifying nightmares from a person's subconscious in the form of hallucinations.
- Pragmatic Villainy: When Bane is injured, Zannah attempts to save his life. The reason for this is because he hadn't fully taught her all of his dark side abilities, yet.
- Sadist: Unlike the more pragmatic Bane, Zannah clearly enjoys inflicting pain on others.
- A Sinister Clue: She's left-handed, and is one of the few Star Wars characters (let alone Sith) to be described as such.
- The Starscream: A very successful one, as she succeeds in killing Darth Bane.
- Stealth Expert: One of Zannah's abilities is to use the dark side to conceal her presence.
- Stone Wall: Zannah is trained in Soresu, a form of lightsaber combat that places heavy emphasis on defense and endurance.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Rain was a sweet little girl but circumstance molded her into every bit the sociopathic monster it takes to become a Sith.
Darth Cognus ("The Huntress")
An Iktotchi assassin turned Dark Lord of the Sith, and the apprentice of Darth Zannah.
- Dark Action Girl
- Dreaming of Things to Come: One of her special skills is having incredibly accurate visions of the future in her dreams.
- Dual Wielding
- Horned Humanoid: Comes with being an Iktotchi.
- Knife Nut: Before becoming a Sith Lord, she favored a pair of knives as her main weapons.
- No Name Given: Before taking her Sith name, she was only ever known as 'the Huntress'.
- Power Nullifier: Cognus has an innate talent for disrupting and suppressing other people's ability to use the Force, making Jedi and other Force-users easy prey.
- Professional Killer
- Psycho for Hire
- Slasher Smile: She's very fond of these in Dynasty of Evil.
- The Starscream: It's never shown, but she eventually overthrows and kills Darth Zannah, taking her place as Dark Lord of the Sith.
- Tattooed Crook: Cognus has four black tattoos shaped like lines that run down from her lower lip; when she smiles, they look like fangs.
- Vibroweapon: She wields vibroblades instead of lightsabers as a Sith Lord.
A failed Sith Apprentice of Darth Cognus who rejected the Rule of Two and went on to found the Dark Force religion and the Prophets of the Dark Side.
- Born in the Wrong Century: He opposed the changes Darth Bane made to the order and would've fit in perfectly in Lord Kaan's Brotherhood of Darkness.
- The Heretic: Abandoned the Rule of Two.
- Mutants: A mutant human.
- Start My Own: The founder of the Dark Force religion and through them the Prophets of the Dark Side.
- Third Eye: Has a literal one in the center of his forehead, showing him to be a Mutant. Unlike his two blue eyes normally, this one is yellow.
- Genius Bruiser: Was primarily concerned with learning and was extremely intelligent...however, he could summon hundreds of "Force Phantoms", and is notably one of the only Rule of Two Sith to die of old age, meaning his Apprentice was never able to kill him.
- Honest Corporate Executive: Formerly. An example is shutting down a mining operation when a Dark Side Force nexus began to negatively effect his employees.
- Master of Illusion: Able to conjure up lifelike "Force phantoms" using a technique he devised. He could summon hundreds of them at once.
- Noble Demon: Ruthless and a Sith, but notably one of the very few who could be considered while not good, not evil either, simply concerned with learning.
- Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: Attempted this on Jedi Knight Nelani Dinn when summoned as a phantom by Lumiya, but failed.
- Token Good Teammate: To a degree. He was still a Sith through and through and ruthless, but he was more concerned with learning and advancing than anything else, and had no interest in doing anything except that. He's explicitly said to have done no evil and proof being a Sith does not necessarily equal being evil.
A Sith Lord who was the master of Darth Gean.
- Barrier Warrior: He could create powerful force fields massive enough to shield entire fortresses.
- Light Is Not Good: One of the few lightsided Sith lords. While he did incorporate Jedi teachings of mercy and compassion, ultimately he was driven to madness as he focused on the Light Side, and went fully cuckoo. Also, there's no indication he ever underwent an actual HeelFace Turn.
- Sanity Slippage: After learning a little about Jedi teachings, he decided to try to integrate them with Sith teachings, but the attempt drove him insane, leading Darth Gean to kill him.
- Spanner in the Works: In his madness, he destroyed several Sith documents, artifacts, and holocrons, setting the Sith cause back. Darth Plagueis mused that the Jedi Order may have been destroyed centuries ago if it hadn't been for him.
A Twi'lek Sith Lord who was the apprentice of Darth Gravid.
Darth Tenebrous (Rugess Nome)
A Sith Lord with a day job as a starship designer. He was the master of Darth Plagueis.
- And I Must Scream: When Darth Plagueis killed him, he entered his body in virus form. However, after seeing a brief vision of Plagueis being killed, he panicked and exited his body, only to find he was now endlessly reliving his own death.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: A racial trait of the Bith. He could see patterns everywhere and predict future events without having to use his Force abilities. He introduced Hego Demask's parents to each other because he predicted that their child would become a powerful Force Sensitive who would be a worthy apprentice.
- Do Wrong, Right: When Darth Plagueis mortally wounded him, he congratulated him for finally killing him, but then berated him for recklessly putting their ship in danger in the process. If the ship had been destroyed, Plagueis would have been stranded on the planet they were on and the Sith Order would have been finished.
- Equivalent Exchange: He sacrificed his ability to see visions of the future to gain the ability to transfer his consciousness into a retrovirus upon death that could infect and possess others.
- Immortality Seeker: He settled for transferring his consciousness upon death into a retrovirus that could infect and possess others.
- Neck Snap: After he was mortally wounded, Plagueis finished him off with one.
Darth Plagueis (Hego Damask)
A Sith Lord and lobbyist, Darth Plagueis was the apprentice of Darth Tenebrous and the master of Darth Sidious.
- A God Am I: Plagueis is hellbent on securing immortality, as he believes it will make him this.
- The Ageless: Plagueis' preferred form of immortality
- Badass Bookworm: A brilliant occult scientist dedicated to studying the force, and he can kick ass like nobody's business.
- Bald of Evil: Well, he can't help it, Munns don't grow hair.
- The Chessmaster: Plagueis was a very skilled political mover, given that he was the one to plant the clone army idea in Sifo-Dyas' mind.
- Death by Irony: He dies the exact same way many of his "experiments" did: his body cut off from air, the midichlorians living in his cells unable to accomplish his demand of healing him. He could save others from death but not himself.
- Emperor Scientist: Plagueis is a lethal combatant and seeks to conquer the galaxy like all other Sith, but he puts particular emphasis on the esoteric nature of the Force, conducting extensive experiments in attempt to directly control midi-chlorians.
- Enfante Terrible: As a child, he used his Force abilities to torment the kids around them and made one jump out a window to his death.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He finds Sidious' sadism and bloodlust to be excessive at times.Plagueis: We are not butchers, Sidious, like some past Sith Lords. We are architects of the future.
- Evil Genius: One of his defining traits compared to other Sith. While he's quite capable of handling himself in combat, he was much more interested in intellectual pursuits (in particular, studying the force through experiments with midichlorians) and gaining political power than he was in getting into fights. Ultimately He was much better at the former than the latter, while a brilliant researcher, to the point that Palpatine can't replicate his work later on, Palpatine is far better at more practical areas of knowledge like manipulation and politicking. this proves Plagueis's undoing.
- Extreme Omnivore: He once eat the dead corpses of dead fish and bats in caves on the planet where he killed his master. He and Palpatine also one shared a fresh heart that he pulled out of a dead alien they had just killed during a training session. Ironically Muun are herbivores, and somewhat hypocritically Plagueis looks down on non-Muuns for eating meat (something he himself does either to fit in with humans or other aliens, or as stated out of desperation or as part of Sith ritual).
- Healing Factor: His very specific type of seeking immortality. Plagueis has no interest in spending eternity as a Force ghost or a spirit bound to an object or place, and he has no desire to possess the bodies of others or mindless clones; he wants to live forever in the body he was born with. To this end he uses the Force to coerce the midiclorians living in his cells into rejuvenating his body.
- Lean and Mean: As a Muun, Plagueis is naturally tall and thin.
- Hypocrite: He repeatedly looks down on pretty much every other person in the galaxy as merely a pawn in the Siths' Grand Plan, and like many Sith believes that the Dark Side serves him (or is at least an ally) rather than the other way round. Except that Plagueis own birth was orchestrated by Darth Tenebrous so that he could serve as the perfect Sith apprentice, he made no attempt to step out from the shadow of his master until the Dark Side presented him with (and even suggested) the opportunity (Tenebrous even privately worries that Damask lacks the ambition to try), he is saved repeatedly by the Dark Side or Palpatine intervening when he is in a life-or-death situation, and he himself is merely a pawn of Palpatine who was playing him like a fiddle since the day they met.
- Mad Scientist: A brilliant occult scientist, Plagueis' exploration of midichlorians and the esoteric nature of the force required considerable scientific experimentation. On living test subject no less. so yeah... Not mad but certainly evil.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Plagueis is said to be very well dressed and elegant.
- Money Is Not Power: Despite his status as a financial superstar, Plagueis points this out to Veruna. This is understandable, given his immersion in the Dark Side.
- Morally Bankrupt Banker: Even as a Sith Lord, he had a day-job as a banker.
- Noble Demon: Particularly in comparison to his apprentice, Plagueis is more loyal and honest than most Sith.
- One-Man Army: Both Plagueis and Palpatine demonstrated that they could defeat and kill hundreds of enemies at once.
- Pet the Dog: Plagueis is pretty nice and polite to any droids in his service in direct contrast to pretty much 75% of the galactic community.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Part of the reason he tried to curb Palpatine's bloodlust and sadism was because it'd be detrimental to their plans.
- Unwitting Pawn: He thought he was the one in charge, but Sidious had been manipulating him from the day they met.
- Villain Protagonist: Of the eponymous novel.
- We Can Rule Together: Unlike previous Sith Lords, Plagueis cares little for Darth Bane's Rule of Two and intends to rule the galaxy alongside his apprentice forever as immortal beings. Unfortunately for him, Sidious had other plans...
- Wicked Cultured: Plagueis was more used to the finer things in life.