Emperor Palpatine is the luckiest villain in the Star Wars saga

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  • Palpatine’s calculated rise to power revenge of the Sith He relies heavily on luck and timely coincidences to save his evil plot from disaster.

  • Anakin’s unwitting fulfillment of Palpatine’s needs and the unfolding chain of events led to the Emperor’s reign in Star Wars.

  • Only by chance were Palpatine’s secrets protected, his enemies defeated, and his power retained, demonstrating the role of luck rather than planning in his plan.

Senator of Naboo. Chancellor of the Republic. Emperor of the Galaxy. Sith Lord, Darth Sidious. Mister Lightning Hands himself. Sheev Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) has had multiple identities through the Star Wars saga. As much as the prequel trilogy – especially Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith – Anakin follows Skywalker (hayden christensen) Fall from grace, it also marks Palpatine’s rise to power. He pulls the strings of galactic politics, creates civil war, cycles through disposable apprentices, takes advantage of Anakin’s love for Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), and stays one step ahead of the Jedi before ultimately betraying them. He’s playing Holochess while the wise Jedi Councilors are twiddling their thumbs! Yet, for all of Palpatine’s dark powers, scheming, and opportunism, the master manipulator needed another vital ingredient: luck. Key moments of Palpatine’s rise to power depended on pure coincidenceAnd a reminder of how close his evil plot came to being exposed.

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Three years into the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan pursues a new threat while Anakin is lured into a sinister plot by Chancellor Palpatine to rule the galaxy.

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17 May 2005


george lucas


140 minutes


George Lucas, John Ostrander, Jan Duursema


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Only Qui-Gon Jinn believes that Anakin is the chosen one

Darth Vader is essential to Palpatine’s rule through the Star Wars saga. But the Emperor was lucky to get the chance to deploy his iconic, villainous, right-hand man as well. turning anakin to evil revenge of the Sith, Palpatine needs an Anakin who is strong enough to be useful, yet independent enough to be separate from the Jedi. If Anakin is so loyal to the Jedi, Palpatine cannot influence him. If Anakin is too weak, Palpatine cannot rely on him to lead the Sith to victory. Quite a narrow Venn diagram of character traits in the Sith Lord Aptitude Test!

Fortunately for Palpatine, Qui-Gon Jinn’s circumstances (Liam Neeson) died in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Set Anakin Skywalker on the right trajectory to prepare for later plots. Ignoring his misgivings, and fulfilling Qui-Gon Jinn’s dying wish that Anakin be trained, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan Mcgregor, Creates a powerful, unconventional apprentice who lacks a true living champion,

How perfect for Palpatine! And what an impossibility! Showdown with Darth Maul (Ray Park, peter serafinovich) was indeed a duel of fate (hint). john williams‘Excellent soundtrack). Imagine: If Qui-Gon Jinn survives the fight with Maul, he trains Anakin himself, and Anakin has a master who believes in him and also has Anakin’s respect and loyalty (sorry. Do it, Obi-Wan). But if Maul kills Jinn instantly, or injures him in such a way that he can’t communicate, Kenobi would never feel the obligation to train Anakin. (Earlier, Kenobi had urged Jinn to follow the Jedi Council and not train Anakin).

Palpatine may have ordered Maul to kill Jinn, but even the Great Puppet Master can’t control the chaos of battle, or the manner in which Jinn died. Only Genie’s dramatic, heartbreaking demise – short enough to say the last word, yet complete – Labels Anakin as the Chosen One without fully trusting any other living Jedi. Pure luck, and the perfect psychological recipe to create an egotistical, lonely Jedi in search of parents. from the events of revenge of the Sith, Palpatine appears ready with open arms, and sets the trap.

Find out Dooku’s secrets and die with him in ‘Revenge of the Sith’

Because Palpatine is that lucky the Phantom Menace, he really rolls the dice revenge of the Sith, In the film’s opening scene, Anakin bests Count Dooku (christopher lee), Palpatine’s secret apprentice, in a duel. Unbeknownst to Anakin, Dooku knows Palpatine’s true purpose and identity. Dooku willingly tells the story to an unconvinced Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones that a sith lord controls the republic, Dooku now sits unarmed at Anakin’s feet – if he becomes a prisoner of the Republic, that might do the trick! Perhaps realizing this, Palpatine orders Anakin to kill Dooku. Palpatine’s entire evil plot depends on Anakin’s decision, It’s practically like tossing a coin! Will Anakin kill, or show mercy?

Anakin hesitates, knowing that he should not kill an unarmed prisoner. If Kenobi had been awake, and not unconscious on the floor, he would have been prompted to make a moral decision, or asked questions. If only Dooku had spoken, expressed his value as a prisoner, Anakin could have saved his life. If Anakin had done what he knew was right, he could have avoided the tragedy that would follow. regret, Anakin bows to Palpatine’s demands, and Dooku’s secrets are gone. with them. The stars align for Palpatine – unconscious Obi-Wan, mute Dooku, obedient Anakin – and the evil plot is perpetuated. Sheer chance. Perhaps the Chancellor should take a break from galactic conquest and visit the casino on Canto Bight.

Anakin Skywalker’s timing saved Emperor Palpatine from Mace Windu.

Emperor Palpatine firing lightning at Mace Windu while Anakin watches Revenge of the Sith

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For all his brilliant political maneuvering and hard-fought, Palpatine wildly misjudges his abilities After revealing his true identity to Anakin Skywalker revenge of the Sith. Palpatine knows that members of the Jedi Council are on their way to arrest him – he has plenty of time to escape, seek aid, or prepare to fight – but he waits defiantly, his ego inflated by his political power. goes. Mace Windu (samuel l jackson) defeats him fair and square. Ultimately, the Jedi discover the truth and put a stop to the Chancellor’s evil plan – or so it seems. Palpatine’s Last Defense Is a Big Strike of Fate, a desperate Anakin arrives just in time to save the Chancellor. With one swing of the lightsaber, Anakin overturned the odds and the fate of the galaxy in Palpatine and Windu’s epic showdown.

Anakin’s timing is ideal for Palpatine. If Anakin arrives first, perhaps he convinces Windu to spare Palpatine’s life and take him captive. This would work perfectly for Anakin, who thinks he needs Palpatine’s knowledge, not political position, to save Padme. Alternatively, if Anakin arrives later – if he mopes around for a few more minutes at the Jedi Temple, visits Padmé first, or struggles to find a parking space for his speedy vehicle outside the Chancellor’s office. Does – so Windu kills Palpatine before the Chancellor can command the clone. The Force betraying the Jedi with Order 66. The Galactic Empire exists because of Anakin’s excellent, or rather, terrible timing, Once again, luck, not skill, saves Palpatine and his plot from disaster.


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Timing, chance, and split-second decisions often save Palpatine’s plans, including when clone trooper Fives almost exposed the truth of Order 66. star Wars The Clone Wars, And when Yoda (frank oz) and Kenobi made the fateful decision to split up rather than face the Emperor together revenge of the Sith. Fate in a tragedy is an essential element of storytelling Like the prequel trilogy. When heroes fail despite invincible, overwhelming opposition, the failure seems emotionless, flat, or inconclusive; Loss, shock, or martyrdom – no tragedy.

But When the heroes try their best to overcome the challenges but accidentally fail, the story is heart-wrenching, emotional and sad because the misfortune shows how close they were to victory. JD is doing everything right but falling prey to bad luck is heartbreaking because we About View options. The Republic is teetering on the razor’s edge, and Palpatine’s luck, not skill, carries him through.

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