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An ancient order of Force users who utilize the Dark Side of the Force, opposite to the Jedi. The first Sith were Jedi who fell prey to the temptations of the Dark Side, beginning a struggle between the two orders that spanned thousands of years as the Sith sought dominance over the galaxy with the foundation of a Sith Empire.
Over the centuries, the Sith ultimately betrayed one another, making the prospect of the Sith destroying the Jedi impossible. A Sith known as Darth Bane came up with a radical solution to this problem with the Rule of Two: let all but two Sith die, with the remaining survivors serve as a master to wield power, and an apprentice to learn from their teacher and try to claim that power for themselves. In spite of this seemingly counter-intuitive way of thinking, Rule of Two lasted for over an entire millennia as the Jedi became complacent, setting the stage for their own downfall.
Darth Sidious, better known to the Galaxy at large as Sheev Palpatine, took advantage of the growing imbalance in the Force to put himself in a position of power, and he would later successfully overthrow the Jedi Order by framing them as traitors to the Republic, which was then reorganized into the Galactic Empire. However, his victory ended up being short-lived, as the Empire he wanted to last for centuries was ultimately undone in the span of a few decades, with the Jedi ultimately surviving — although Sidious's dark legacy still persists, as the Jedi's numbers remain few in the years after his death, and the First Order was organized as a way of carrying out his vision for the Galaxy.
While the Sith and their ideology died with Darth Vader at the end of Return of the Jedi, other Dark Side users still live past that point, among them Supreme Leader Snoke and Kylo Ren — and even still, they draw influence from Sith Lords like Sidious and Vader.
- Ambition Is Evil: Sith strive to obtain power, and this desire for greater strength leads them to the Dark Side, and an easier means of obtaining power.
- As Long as There is Evil: As long as there's someone to embrace the Dark Side of the Force, there will be Sith in the Galaxy.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Played straight within the ranks of the Sith, where the strongest rule, but somewhat averted in their larger command structure. In the Clone Wars, Sith warriors tend to be independent commandos in charge of small squads of the same. Darth Vader likewise acts as an independent force in command of a relatively small portion of the Imperial Army (with the Grand Moffs and Admirals making up the real command structure). They have authority, but few assigned troops.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Under Palpatine, the Sith actually achieve their goal of wiping out almost all the Jedi and seizing control of the galaxy under THE FIRST GALACTIC EMPIRE!! for about two decades note . Return of the Jedi not only sees the Empire fatally crippled by La Résistance, but ends with the Order being completely dismantled when Vader has a HeelFace Turn and sacrifices himself to take out Palpatine.
- Best Served Cold: The Sith waited and plotted for a millennium for a chance to get revenge against the Jedi for past defeats that nearly drove them to extinction. Take a wild guess as to which movie they finally get their revenge in.Darth Maul to Darth Sidious (in The Phantom Menace): "At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge."
- Blood Knight: A cornerstone of the Sith code is that conflict is more desirable than peace and harmony.
- Blue and Orange Morality: The Sith would tell you they're this rather than outright evil, but these subtleties don't really come across in the films. Do note how many Sith are perfectly willing to train apprentices knowing it will end in their own deaths, purely out of devotion to their "survival of the fittest" outlook. In a twisted way, it's sort of selfless.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: In their quests for power, the Sith inevitably betray each other out of greed, their ambition preventing them from ever willingly sharing power.
- The Corrupter: It's in the job description. Every single one of them searches for an apprentice to bring to the Dark Side and replace them, while also working to undermine the light and bring the galaxy under their control.
- Dark Action Girl: Any Sith Ladies will likely be this by default.
- Dark Is Evil: They rely on the Dark Side, and represent the most prominent antagonists in the Franchise. They also favor dark clothing.
- The Dark Side: They revere this aspect of the Force and are the most prominent practitioners of Dark Side techniques.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: A few known Sith Lords actually initially joined the Dark Side with good intentions (others are more blatantly amoral and self-absorbed), but they always end up being corrupted and warped by it. Darth Vader is probably the most prominent example of this; he was compelled to join the Sith to bring peace and order to the war-torn and unstable Galactic Republic, as well as gain knowledge of the Force to save his pregnant wife when he received premonitions of her death, but we all know how that turned out...
- The Empire: They create one of these whenever they have the power to do so. Implicitly it's the kind of government that most embodies their philosophy.
- Even Evil Has Standards: As vile as the Sith are, even they are repulsed by Momin, considering him a heretic and attempting to erase him from their records. That being said, it's not clear if it's Momin's atrocities that they disapproved of, or the fact that he was more interested in creating his 'art' than conquering the galaxy.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: They tend to underestimate things like compassion, altruism and self-sacrifice. This ultimately contributes to their downfall; Palpatine is genuinely surprised and put out when his attempts to corrupt Luke Skywalker fail, with Luke refusing to strike down his own father despite everything he's done and being uninterested in gaining more power. Palpatine also fails to comprehend that Vader's love for his son and underlying desire to do the right thing would compel him to take Palpatine down even at the expense of his own life, rather than stand by and watch Luke die.
- Eviler Than Thou: The Sith are unquestionably the most ruthless faction in Star Wars, and other antagonists, including high-end criminals and villainous Force-users outside the order, are often on the receiving end of their wrath. It's also standard procedure for them to pull this on each other while seizing power.
- Evil Evolves: Through the cycle of apprentices overpowering and replacing their masters, the Sith have been continually growing in strength for a millennium.
- Evil Overlord: Most Sith Lords and Masters attempt to gain massive amounts of power for themselves, though Darth Vader (an apprentice) is the first and arguably most definitive Evil Overlord to be introduced. They actually specifically refer to themselves as Sith Lords or Dark Lords of the Sith.
- Evil Wears Black: The Sith wear black robes, compared to the brown robes of the Jedi.
- Fallen Hero: A few Sith, including the original founder of the order, were once Jedi Knights. Other notable examples include Darth Tyranus and Darth Vader.
- Fantastic Honorifics: All Sith have the title Darth preceding their Sith name. According to George Lucas, he chose it as a variation on "dark", which is pretty self-explanatory.
- Fantastic Naming Convention: Most Sith receive a special Sith moniker different from their birth name. Which one they usually go by varies: for example, Darth Sidious is known publicly by his birth name of Sheev Palpatine, only being called Sidious by the Separatists and his apprentices, which was necessitated by his Playing Both Sides during the Clone Wars and presenting himself as the benevolent Supreme Chancellor to the Republic it apparently didn't become widely known that Sidious and Palpatine were the same person until decades later. On the other hand, shortly after his fall to the Dark Side, Darth Vader began referring to himself solely by his Sith name, rejecting his old name of Anakin Skywalker and even treating Anakin like a completely separate person. Darth Maul is a bit of an exception here, as Maul actually is his birth name (Mother Talzin apparently has a thing for edgy-sounding names, as she called his brother Savage Opress; incidentally, he too was briefly aligned with the Sith for a time).
- Galactic Conqueror: The ultimate goal of the Sith is the domination of the galaxy, which Palpatine was able to achieve for a time.
- High-Voltage Death: Quite a few Sith Lords have used Force Lightning to kill their opponents or have had similar attempts made on their life. It's such a common technique among the Dark Side that it's controversial in the Star Wars universe for someone working on the Light Side of the Force to use it.
- Immortality Seeker: A vast majority of Sith have at the very least been intrigued by the concept of achieving eternal life, some such as Darth Plagueis spending there entire careers researching it, ironically without knowing there is a way in the Star Wars universe, but it's only available to Light Side users. To be fair, some have achieved flawed versions of this using ancient Sith alchemy, such as Plageuis being able to maintain other individual lifespans almost indefinitely, and Lord Momin was able to preserve his spirit through the use of his mask, but it's always a far cry to what they truly seek.
- Invincible Villain: No matter how many times the Jedi (often narrowly) defeat them, they will always return. This neverending conflict between the Light and Dark Sides of the Force has been going on for several thousand years now.
- Ironic Name: Sith as a word has origins with Scottish Gaelic, sìth means "fairy". Yes, a feared order of evil members, who wear sinister black apparel, own red lightsabers and have the power to invoke the power of lightning through their hands, are called "the fairy order". Then again, how fairies are portrayed in some myths and folktales, maybe it is quite fitting after all.
- I Shall Taunt You: The Emperor is an expert at this, but all of the villains do it routinely. This is a canonical Sith tactic, by the way, called Dun Möch.
- It's All About Me: Anakin (prior to his fall) sums up the Sith philosophy as "The Sith rely on their passion for their strength. They think inwards, only about themselves." While it's debatable as to whether the Sith see themselves this way and indeed a few of them are actually shown or implied to have some degree of care for other beings all of them have a tendency to be incredibly self-serving, not caring too much about who gets hurt in their quest for power and dismissing compassion for others as a weakness. Overconfidence and an inflated ego have also been the bane of many a Sith Lord.
- It's Personal: It's always personal for Sith. The whole rage and whatnot thing; they never seem to stop and look at the big picture. Just "me me me". They usually end up becoming obsessed with taking down the good guys.
- Loophole Abuse: They often take advantage of the phrasing around the Rule of Two to surround themselves with dark side users who aren't 'officially' Sith to do their bidding. So long as they're not formally taking these mooks as Sith apprentices or calling them Sith Lords, then the Rule of Two remains in place. This how Dooku gets away with having Ventress and Savage Opress as his apprentices while he himself is still apprenticed to Palpatine, and how Palpatine can have an entire Inquisition made up of dark side users while simultaneously being Vader's master. They do have to be careful not to let these mooks get too powerful however; when Palpatine feared that Ventress was getting too strong, he ordered Dooku to dispose of her out of concern they would be able to overthrow him.
- Master Swordsman: As part of their war against the Jedi, many Sith have adopted the lightsaber and mastered it in order to make killing Jedi easier. Examples include the elegant Count Dooku, the acrobatic Darth Maul, the relentless Asajj Ventress, and the two greatest duelists of all the Sith, Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader.
- Not So Different: Palpatine claims this about the Sith and the Jedi, telling Anakin "The Sith and the Jedi are similar in almost every way. Including their quest for greater power." However, considering this is Palpatine we're talking about... From what we see of both organizations throughout the Canon, the Sith are more like foils to the Jedi than anything else, although notably, they are similar in that they're both undone by hubris note .
- Oddly Small Organization: It's a part of their code that the number of Sith must never exceed two, although it wasn't uncommon for both master and apprentice Sith to look for other apprentices to train. It's indicated they used to be more numerous in ancient times, but the constant in-fighting and backstabbing was proving to be detrimental to their cause, prompting Darth Bane to create the Rule of Two.
- It should also be noted the Sith very often use Insistent Terminology to do a loophole around this rule, they cannot exceed more then two Sith at a time, but they can still swell their ranks with powerful darkside users, that aren't technically Sith, mainly fallen Jedi, to act as Elite Mooks. Ventress being Dooku's assassin, and the Inquisition, a particularly large organisation of force/lightsaber wielding Jedi Hunters, being two primary examples.
- Order Versus Chaos: The Sith represent the latter half of this dichotomy, as the Dark Side itself represents entropy, change, and renewal. The Sith believe in the utility of constant struggle to prevent the stagnation that they believe stifles the Jedi Order. While this does make the Sith resilient and adaptable opponents, it also leads to self-defeating internecine conflict that has crippled them more than once.
- The Power of Hate: They strongly believe in this, using their anger as a source of strength, and bring others under their control by fueling negative emotions.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: They usually dress in black (or red and black for Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith) and wield red-bladed lightsabers in fact, Darth Vader is a notable case of a Sith Lord who initially starts out using a blue lightsaber, though he switches to red after losing his old saber to Obi-Wan Kenobi). Darth Maul (who provides the trope image) kicks it up a notch by having red skin, red eyes and black Sith tattoos as well.
- Renegade Splinter Faction: There aren't many details, but the Sith Order was started by an unidentified Jedi during a period known as the "Hundred-Year Darkness".
- Rule of Two: A guiding principle of their order to prevent them from annihilating each other, and to make use of their inevitable betrayal. Sith apprentices are trained to eventually become stronger than their masters, kill them, then take their place and find an apprentice of their own to continue the order. This is to ensure the strongest is always in control of the order. Sith Lords, however, can employ Dark Side Force-sensitives to serve them without making them Sith apprentices, like Dooku did with Asajj Ventress. Additionally, Darth Sidious commissioned the Inquisitorius as Dark Side servants, but they are purposefully not trained to reach the Sith's power level.
- Shock and Awe: Force Lightning is a technique heavily associated with the Dark Side and commonly used by the Sith.
- Shrouded in Myth: By the time of the Galactic Empire, few people have any idea they even existed, and information about them is scarce. About two decades earlier, the Sith were believed to have gone extinct a millennium ago and the Jedi Council were skeptical they could've returned without them noticing (spoiler alert: they're wrong).
- Soul Jar: Holocrons serve as these, ensuring a Sith Lord's power and influence extends beyond their death.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: A common result of Dark Side corruption is their eyes take on this color, either permanently, or sometimes only when utilizing Dark Side techniques.
- Surpassed the Teacher: The Sith philosophy of the Rule of Two is for the apprentice to eventually surpass and kill his mentor, assuring that the Sith can only grow stronger.
- Theme Naming: Sith names generally follow the theme of sounding like or being related to something dark and sinister, fitting with the whole Dark Lord thing. For example: Sidious = insidious, Tyranus = tyrant or tyranny, Plagueis = plague and so on.
- Uncertain Doom: With both Vader and Palpatine dead, it's possible but unknown if the Sith are truly extinct by the time of The Force Awakens. The First Order is controlled by Dark Side worshippers, but any connection to the Sith is unrevealed. Either way, the Sith aren't the only faction of Dark Side worshippers.
- The Unfettered: The Sith are generally this as a rule, often dismissing things like virtue and morality as mere hindrances to achieving one's true potential. There's pretty much nothing they won't do to gain power and/or keep it, from constantly stabbing each other in the back to orchestrating a galaxy-wide war.
- Villainous Legacy: In the Sequel Trilogy. Although the Sith are gone, their actions continue to influence or impact upon the galaxy. The First Order seeks to restore the Empire the Sith created, while Dark Side user Kylo Ren emulates Darth Vader and borrows a lot from Sith philosophy (and fashion sense).
- Virtue Is Weakness: This is a central value followed by all Sith as part of their "freedom from restraint".
A Jedi Knight who studied the Dark Side of the Force during the time of the Old Republic and was expelled by the Jedi Order. Having amassed an army of followers, he sparked the period known as the "Hundred Year Darkness", which resulted in the birth of the Sith Order.
- Canon Immigrant: He originally hails from the now-Legends video game Knights of the Old Republic.
- FaceHeel Turn: Studied the forbidden arts of the Dark Side, which seemingly led to his expulsion from the Jedi Order of old.
- Fallen Hero: The first known Jedi who was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force.
- Legend Fades to Myth: In-universe, there's not much known about him other than he was a male Jedi that got kicked out of the Order for Dark Side activities, and he decided to start his own order.
- Predecessor Villain: He served as a precursor for the creation of the Sith Order as a whole.
- Schrödinger's Canon:
- His name is presumably Ajunta Pall, just like his Legends counterpart.
- What Dark Side arts was he studying that the Jedi Order had forbidden? He was learning how to create life using alchemy, meaning Palpatine wasn't lying to Anakin about how the Sith could control the power of life.
- After he died, he continued to exist in the physical world as a Force ghost. As the Sith were prone to Chronic Backstabbing Disorder and he used the time he had alone to think about his choices, he came to realize that it wasn't the Jedi's fault that the Sith nearly went extinct and he came to regret his life. A mindwiped light-sided Revan later finds him and encourages him to return to the light and let go of his grief, allowing Pall to finally rest in peace with his master. However, new canon dictates that darksiders cannot return as Force ghosts, so unless the First Sith is an exception or his spirit is in a Sith holocron like the Presence, he couldn't have expressed his remorse after death.
- Villainous Legacy: By the time of the Prequel Trilogy, he's already long-dead, but, being the first notorious Dark Side user and the one who eventually led to the creation of the Sith Order, his actions have cast a lasting shadow over the history of the franchise.
- Unknown Character: So far, his identity has been left vague and open-ended enough to allow upcoming stories to build on him beyond being just a Canon Immigrant of Ajunta Pall.
An ancient Sith Lady who was responsible for creating the Malachor temple and devastating both Sith and Jedi forces in the Scourge of Malachor. Her spirit and teachings live on in a Holocron inside the temple she built, which was found during the early days of the Galactic Civil War.
- Anachronism Screw: In-Universe. The timeline is unclear, but based on the myriad of Sith corpses outside her temple, she lived before Darth Bane, yet she still built her temple to accommodate the Rule of Two.
- The Corrupter: While Maul may have gotten the ball rolling, it's her holocron and teachings that are responsible for Ezra's corruption over the Time Skip.
- Dark Action Girl: The first Sith Lady in the New Canon, and boy does she live up to the title. While we don't see her in combat, obviously, she was the most powerful Sith of her time, and generations later Sidious has to use technology where she used pure Dark Side power.
- Evil Mentor: She designed her temple to accommodate the Rule of Two, suggesting she had an apprentice. She instructed Ezra when he consulted with the Holocron.
- Expy: Of the Legends continuity's Darth Traya she's a corrupting influence that sought to destroy life on a great scale from a temple on Malachor, and her Holocron is found in a location that looks strikingly similar to the meditation chamber where the Exile fights her in The Sith Lords. The similarities are both strong and vague enough that Word of God had to clarify that she isn't Traya returning as a Canon Immigrant like Thrawn.
- No Name Given: She's just known as "The Presence", although Dave Filoni has revealed he gave the character a name that he has yet to reveal.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Created a Sith pyramid to wipe out life on a massive scale and killed hundreds with it, including herself and her own forces.
- Posthumous Character: By the time of Rebels, she's been dead for thousands of years. Her voice is heard in a holocron, however, and it appears she will continue influencing events that way.
- Walking Spoiler: Her existence spoils some very big reveals about the Season 2 finale of Rebels.
An ancient Sith Lord who built a pair of lightsabers.
- Dual Wielding: He built and fought with a pair of red lightsabers.
- Evil Weapon: His lightsabers make their wielders incredibly aggressive, and make them fight over the weapons. Enough so that after coming into possession of one of the sabers each, Vader and Luke both individually decide to destroy them.
- Posthumous Character: He's been dead for a very long time when his weapons are recovered.
A unique Sith who appreciated art above all else. For this, he was considered a heretic among the Sith and his teachings locked away for years until his mask was discovered in the Jedi temple archives during the age of the Empire, after which his spirit told Palpatine and Vader about his past and created the blueprints for Vader's castle.
- Artifact of Doom: His mask, which preserves his soul long after his death.
- Back from the Dead: Uses the ritual site he built underneath Vader's castle at the Dark Side nexus on Mustafar to rip open a rift, possibly to the World Between Worlds, and bring his body through to place his helmet on.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: He killed and mutilated his rada-cat as a child to create art, and even by Sith standards, this man was a horrible monster.
- Big Damn Heroes: On the receiving end of this by the Jedi, who manage to kill him right as his device is about to destroy a city. The city is still destroyed, but it's done so in real time, preventing Momin from achieving his wish.
- Cool Mask: He wears a really, if very unsettling, cool ancient Sith War Mask, one of the first to be reintroduced into the canon.
- Demonic Possession: His mask has this power, doing so towards two Imperial architects and a Mustafar native. Years later, it does this to members of Lando's crew when they break into one of Palpatine's yachts. He attempts to do this to Vader, but Vader's willpower is on another level entirely.
- Dual Wielding: He uses two lightsabers, presumably taking after his one-time master Shaa, who also fought with two sabers.
- Enfant Terrible: His interest in making gruesome artwork started off at a young age, his first victim being the family cat.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- The Sith were so repulsed by him they declared him a heretic, and tried to erase him from history.
- This goes both ways. Momin is repulsed by the Sith after the Rule of Two. He states that the Sith used to glorify the Dark Side, but the Sith Order has been perverted into pure Jedi-hating.
- Evil Gloating: Indulges in this in relating his backstory to Vader, and later after his resurrection, continues to rant about how the Dark Side loves him while dueling the already-injured Vader. Momin actually manages to get Vader on the ropes, but cannot resist taunting the new Sith over his perceived failings until Vader crushes him with a giant stone slab.
- Evil Mask: How he manages to communicate and possess people after hundreds to thousands of years.
- Hate Plague: In Darth Vader, the mask possesses its wearer with Momin's spirit. However Lando, it manages to corrupt multiple people who are not wearing it, but none claim to be Momin.
- The Heretic: He's considered this by the Sith who came after him due to flouting and disparaging several of their goals and traditions in favor of creating 'artwork', to the point where they tried to erase or at least hide away any record of him.
- Mad Artist: He just oozes this trope. Most of his early work was based around mutilating corpses into art. As he gained a further understanding of the Dark Side, he decided to form a device that would burn down entire cities but do so in slow motion, to allow him to appreciate every detail.
- Off with His Head!: All that's left of Momin after his post-resurrection fight with Vader is his head (and mask), after Vader crushes the rest of him with a massive stone slab.
- Royal Rapier: Fitting with his view of himself as enlightened artist, the hilts of his lightsabers are designed like a rapier's.
- Soul Jar: His mask contains his spirit and allows him to posses whoever wears it.
- Time Stands Still: Momin's superweapon was designed to allow him to use the Force to freeze an area the size of a city in time forever at the moment its inhabitants realized their doom, as a monument to the Dark Side of the Force.
A Sith Lady who broke Momin out of prison after he was arrested for a gruesome art display. She trained Momin to be a Sith, but as Momin disliked being referred to as an apprentice, he killed her.
- Asshole Victim: Given she was a Sith and had killed prison guards to set Momin free, it's hard to feel too sorry for her when Momin killed her.
- Badass Cape: She wore one as part of her outfit.
- Combat Stilettos: Is shown wearing these.
- Dark Action Girl: The first female Sith to actually appear in canon (excluding the Presence, who only appeared as a disembodied voice). She was able to fight her way through an entire prison to get to Momin, though he ultimately defeated her in a duel after she trained him.
- Dual Wielding: She wielded a pair of red lightsabers in battle.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Momin killed her during a duel by stabbing her through the abdomen in mid-air.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She was responsible for breaking Momin out of prison and introducing him to the ways of the Sith and the Dark Side.
- Spikes of Villainy: Her outfit included spikes on her sleeves and leggings.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She gets little development; all she is shown doing is breaking Momin out of prison, training him, and then being killed.
The Rule of Two
Darth Bane was an ancient Sith who founded the Rule of Two a thousand years before the Clone Wars. During the war, Yoda faces a vision of him on Moraband during his quest to learn the secrets of manifesting his identity beyond death.
- Affably Evil: While definitely imposing in appearance, his spirit was very charismatic toward Yoda, figuring that he could serve as his successor.
- All There in the Manual: Darth Bane was first mentioned in The Phantom Menace novelization, where he is stated to have founded the modern Sith order.
- Back from the Dead: Subverted. He appeared to be alive in some form when Yoda encountered him, but the Jedi Master recognized that he was only an illusion.
- Cool Mask: Wears one in his retconned appearance.
- Creepy Monotone: He speaks in a raspy, low-toned voice that never falters.
- Darth Vader Clone: An armoured, masked Sith Lord with a deep voice and intimidating presence? Bane fit Darth Vader's mold before Vader himself did.
- Dead All Along: He appears as a spirit in front of Yoda and talks to him as if he achieved immortality. Yoda, however, isn't fooled by Bane's words, knowing that he's just an illusion.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of Mark Hamill, who also plays Luke in the main franchise. It's unclear as to whether or not his being a spirit had anything to do with this.
- Giggling Villain: He chuckles a few times when he encounters Yoda.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes are all yellow.
- Kirk Summation: Yoda tells Darth Bane that the Sith Lord has no power over him, given that he's already dead.
- Large Ham: His Evil Gloating is as bombastic and overly-dramatic as one would expect from a villain voiced by Mark Hamill.
- Only Sane Man: He came up with the Rule of Two specifically to quell the Sith's Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, knowing that it was hurting them more than the Jedi.
- Posthumous Character: He died hundreds of years before the Palpatine became Supreme Chancellor, but he created the Rule of Two and founded a number of principles that subsequent Sith Lords would follow.
- Power Echoes: His voice is distorted and echoic, possibly due to his nature as a disembodied spirit.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He only created and enforced the "Rule Of Two" because the Sith were as efficient at killing each other as the Jedi were, even though he wanted the Jedi dead and knew that a greater number of Sith would likely make their destruction easier.
- Predecessor Villain: He's the founder of the line of Sith that spawned Sidious/Palpatine and Dooku, and eventually ensnared Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, the father of the one who would bring the order down, Luke Skywalker (Bane is ironically played by Luke's actor, Mark Hamill).
- Retcon: A model of Darth Bane resembling his appearance in the Expanded Universe was created for the Mortis arc, but a new model bearing no semblance to prior depictions was created for his ghost. The episode guide makes it clear that the latter is now considered his appearance in the Canon.
- Rule of Two: He created the Trope Namer to govern the Sith and stop their Chronic Backstabbing Disorder from weakening the Order.
- Schrödinger's Canon: His real name is Dessel.
- Shadow Archetype: To Luke Skywalker. Bane is a legendary Sith Lord who lived a thousand years before the films, the last of his old order who founded a new Sith Order, while Luke is a Jedi Knight who lived in the (relative) present of the films as the last of the old Jedi, left with the responsibility of building a new Jedi Order after the war against the Empire is won. The comparison and contrast between the two is supported by the fact that they're both portrayed by Mark Hamill.
- Sole Survivor: As he explained, he was the single remaining Sith Lord after the last wars over a thousand years prior.
- Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: He invited Yoda to succeed him by killing him. It didn't work out, given that he had already died, and Yoda knew this.
- Übermensch: After the destruction of the old Sith Order, Bane recreated it in his own image. Bane's comments in his posthumous appearance to Yoda also imply that he considered himself above the other Sith of his era, describing them as "victims of their own greed".
- Voice of the Legion: Possibly justified by the supernatural nature of his appearance.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He believed that Yoda sought his spirit to become his new apprentice. How wrong he was.
The sole apprentice of Darth Bane. Through Bane's new Rule of Two, the legacy of the Sith was passed down through his apprentice after they defeated Bane in combat.
- Schrödinger's Canon:
- The name of Bane's apprentice is Darth Zannah. Her nickname before she was found by Bane (as her original name is unknown) was Rain.
- Zannah's Dark and Troubled Past is that during the New Sith Wars, as a child, she tagged along with her Force-sensitive cousins to join the Jedi (who were desperate for more fighters) in a campaign on Ruusan, despite herself not showing any Force affinity. It was only after she went missing-in-action and meeting an individual from the Force-sensitive natives of the world that her strength in the Force was strong, and though it was prophesied by her new friend that she would fall to the Dark side, Rain believed that Screw Destiny was possible. When the Jedi began to massacre the natives as a Mercy Kill due to the latter going mad from the local Jedi-Sith conflicts, they mistook Rain's friend as hostile and killed it, causing Rain to snap and kill them in retaliation. Rain took on the new identity of Zannah and met Bane shortly after, and history went from there.
- After defeating Bane, Zannah became the master of Darth Cognus, an Iktotchi assassin that Bane and Zannah had befriended (for lack of a better word).
- Surpassed the Teacher: As Bane began the Rule of Two, his apprentice had to defeat him to show that each generation of Sith lords becomes stronger than the last. It obviously worked, since Bane is dead and the line doesn't end until Vader & Palpatine die.
- Unknown Character: Their identity is left vague and open-ended enough for this person to be someone beyond just a Canon Immigrant of Darth Zannah. In-universe, no one besides Bane seems to know their identity either as they managed to evade the detection of the Jedi.
A dark figure shrouded in mystery. He was able to manipulate Midi-Chlorians to create life and even stop death. He taught Palpatine, whom he rechristened as Darth Sidious. He died at Palpatine's hands after teaching his student everything he knew—except, apparently, the power to control life and death.
Many aspects of the character were first discussed in the Legends novel Darth Plagueis; the author of that was known to have been in contact with George Lucas when he wrote it, meaning that many initially treated that novel's portrayal of the character as Loose Canon, even though this is not explicitly the case. While the novel is officially in the territory of Canon Discontinuity, key details in Tarkin, such as the inclusion of his personal droid 11-4D, suggest that elements of the story that can be considered Broad Strokes. The sourcebook Ultimate Star Wars also agrees with some information on Darth Plagueis that was first conveyed through the novel, but it notably differs in terms of when his death took place Darth Plagueis met his end shortly before Darth Sidious took an apprentice of his own instead of after most of the events in The Phantom Menace.
- All There in the Manual: The Ultimate Star Wars sourcebook sheds a lot of light upon the character. It states that he was a full-blown lich in that he could prevent death completely not just people that he cared about. It also states that he was killed by Darth Sidious just before his student traveled to Dathomir to "adopt" Darth Maul.
- Ambiguously Human: His species is never brought up outside of the now non-canon Darth Plagueis novel; in said novel, he was a Muun. Word of God indicates that George Lucas intended him to be either that species or a Neimoidian.
- Anti-Villain: Palpatine described him as being a tragic figure with good intentions. Canon details outside of Revenge of the Sith suggest that this was not the case, although he may have been more noble than Palpatine was (not that this is too difficult, considering Palpatine is one of the most thoroughly and unrepentantly evil characters in Canon).
- Art Major Biology: The films establish that midichlorians are microorganisms that live inside every living cell, and that they are symbiotic (much like how mitochondria are thought to be microorganisms that fused with other cells to become organelles inside them). It's left completely unclear how it would be possible to create life itself using them though, or if the powers of Plagueis were greatly exaggerated.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: By the (admittedly somewhat strange) standards of the Jedi. In their eyes, Darth Plagueis is perverting the natural order, forcing his will upon the affairs of life and corrupting it, even if he were legitimately doing so to heal the sick and cure the injured (presuming that Palpatine wasn't making that part up). Even if Darth Sidious' claims he was aiding people he loved were true, he'd still be this in the eyes of the Jedi, since he's not only perverting the fabric of life but doing so out of one of the most deceptive feelings.
- Big Sleep: Died in his bed, thanks to Palpatine.
- Brought Down to Badass: He feared losing power (and thereby this phenomenon), which is part of the reason why he sought out an apprentice in the first place.
- Creating Life Is Bad: Or at least, frowned upon by some, who consider it "unnatural".
- Creating Life Is Unforeseen: If it's true that his experiments really did lead to the birth of Anakin as Palpatine hints, then they had the exact opposite effect of what he intended - he wanted to make the Sith more powerful, but ultimately ended up destroying them for good. (See Unwitting Instigator of Doom below.) As Palpatine would say, ironic.
- Dark Is Not Evil: According to the revisionist tale that Palpatine told Anakin, he was a benevolent Sith Lord. Not so much as far as canon indicates.
- Dark Messiah: Palpatine's "he could save others... but not himself" is a chilling parallel to a bit of biblical scripture while what little canon information there is on the character does not make it clear if he was this or not, it can be inferred that Palpatine saw him as this.
- Death by Adaptation: In the Legends novel named after him, one of the story's big twists was that he was alive around the time of The Phantom Menace and that he wasn't killed until after Palpatine became Supreme Chancellor. As far as canon indicates, Darth Plagueis was killed shortly before Darth Sidious "adopted" Maul, which is exactly the way the story was implied to go in Revenge of the Sith.
- The Dog Bites Back: He once told Palpatine that the Force could apparently strike back in response to being manipulated. Presumably, this referred to Anakin and Luke leading to Palpatine's demise after how he tainted the Force.
- Draco in Leather Pants: Invoked by Palpatine as a way to sway Anakin closer to the Dark Side. He described his master as being a wise, heroic figure that could bring loved ones back to life with his Force powers, and one who would be unfairly shunned by the Jedi had any of them known about his existence. Tarkin makes it clear that he was after power in the same way his student was, and that as such, he likely did not have "loved ones" (with the possible exception of his apprentice).
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He was said to have people that he loved, who he kept alive by manipulating the Force. In his story to Anakin, Palpatine strongly implies that "his apprentice" was one of said people... Not that it stopped Palpatine from killing him. Ultimate Star Wars states that he did not restrict using his powers to those he cared about if such people even existed.
- Fantastic Science/Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Apparently he approached the study of the Force in a scientific way.
- Genre Blind: So you're an evil mastermind who followed the Rule of Two, and you teach your apprentice almost everything without expecting it to be a danger to you without outright abolishing that principle. Biiiiig mistake.
- The Ghost: His canonical appearance has never been described, and every one of his "appearances" is just an account of what Palpatine remembered about him.
- Good Powers, Bad People: Keeping people from dying and conceiving life are good for all intents and purposes, but not when these powers are being wielded by a Sith Lord.
- Greater-Scope Villain: He was responsible, either directly or indirectly, for putting the Force out of balance and training Palpatine, who would take advantage of the imbalance and conquer the Galaxy. However, he died long before he could see the fruits of their labors pay off.
- Idiot Ball: He was said to have been wise and indeed, was able to show great intellect by learning to control an aspect of the Force that nobody else could but he didn't count on Palpatine betraying him in spite of the Rule of Two.
- Immortality Seeker: He sought to control death. He was successful on some front in that he was able to keep others from dying but he failed in that he could not apply this power to himself.
- Ironic Name:
- Klingon Promotion: He was killed by Palpatine, who succeeded him as the reigning Sith Lord and took Darth Maul as his apprentice shortly thereafter. He most likely carried this tradition out himself.
- Luke, I Might Be Your Father: It is strongly implied that when he manipulated the Force to create life, he was responsible be it directly or indirectly for creating Anakin, who was conceived through the Force. Palpatine seems to particularly relish telling that part of the story to Anakin, suggesting that he may believe that this was the case. Although Darth Vader himself comes to believe that Palpatine was responsible for his origin..
- Mad Scientist: To learn how to manipulate the Force to gain control over life, he needed test subjects to learn from.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Per the norm for Sith Lords, his name is derived from a menacing word in his case, "Plague".
- The Omniscient: According to Palpatine he knew everything there was to know about the Force, both the light and dark sides.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: While he had a name in Legends (Hego Damask), that information has never been revealed in the canon timeline, and thus Darth Plagueis is only known as Darth Plagueis.
- Our Liches Are Different: He differs from the standard lich archetype in that was alive when he utilized certain necromancy-esque powers, but he fits the role more closely in that he was able to prevent death via his unnatural powers. He filled out the Immortality Seeker role to a tee, though it is not clear if he was able to resurrect any of his subjects.
- Posthumous Character: Palpatine's former master certainly had an influence on the Emperor-to-be, even if we never see him in Revenge Of The Sith. It's also implied that he may have been directly or indirectly responsible for Anakin's conception.
- Pragmatic Villainy: In spite of seemingly being Too Dumb to Live (see below), he was at least smart enough to not teach Palpatine the secrets to life and death. At least not the potential immortality part.
- Riddle for the Ages: Since Lucasfilm aren't in a hurry to tell his story, his motivations and personality are a complete mystery to everyone but Palpatine.
- Robot Buddy: A darker example in the form of 11-4D, who Palpatine later inherited.
- Shrouded in Myth: Little is known about him other than what Palpatine tells Anakin, incidentally making him sound like he was a legendary figure who died long ago rather than his own master.
- Slain in Their Sleep: Palpatine tells Anakin that Plagueis' apprentice (who was actually Palpatine himself) eventually murdered him in his sleep, though he doesn't go into specifics about how exactly he was killed.
- Too Dumb to Live: Regardless of whether or not he cared about Palpatine, he should have known better than to teach his student almost everything he knew out of pragmatism.
- Unknown Character: Darth Plagueis is one of the most important characters in setting up the Skywalker-centric era of Star Wars, between leading Palpatine to become an Immortality Seeker and potentially being responsible for Anakin's immaculate conception. (Although his apprentice may have handled the latter part.) However, he has never been shown or fully described, and is long dead by the time that Palpatine himself is defeated. Lucasfilm have indicated that there are no immediate plans to ever reveal the character, making the villainous figure a magnet for fan speculation.
- Unreliable Expositor: The first things that were ever detailed about the character came from Palpatine, a Consummate Liar if there ever was one. Tarkin paints a slightly clearer picture which suggests that Palpatine was blatantly sugarcoating the story he told Anakin. Ultimate Star Wars also gives a fairly objective if vague view on the character.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Played straight and possibly inverted. He is indirectly responsible for Anakin's FaceHeel Turn through Palpatine's story about how he could revive the dead by manipulating the midi-chlorians. However, he was implied to have been responsible for Anakin's conception through said experiments, leading to Palpatine's eventual demise and the balance of the Force being temporarily restored.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once Palpatine learned everything he could from him, he killed him in his sleep.
Darth Sidious (Sheev Palpatine)
Darth Tyranus (Dooku)
Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker)
DRK-1 probe droids, Sith probe droids, Sith seeker, repair droid
A type of probe droid traditionally used by the Sith. Darth Maul had at least three of them that he used during his hunt for Jedi Padawan Eldra Kaitis, and later during his hunt for Queen Amidala on Tatooine during the Invasion of Naboo, though one of these probes was left behind on Tatooine. During the Galactic Civil War, the series was used as field repair units by the Imperial Navy.