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15 Fan Theories About The Sith That Expose Their Unlimited Power

Updated February 11, 2021 467 votes 72 voters 1.9k views16 items

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The Sith are some of the most powerful villains depicted throughout the Star Wars franchise, but it appears that people are coming up with their own ideas about these popular antagonists. These plausible fan theories about the Sith may surprise even the most seasoned fans.

While the Sith's agenda is fairly well-known, these theories suggest that not everything the Sith appeared to do was as we perceived. Check out these Sith fan theories below, and don't forget to vote!

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    Palpatine Was Responsible For Padmé's Demise, Not A Broken Heart

    Photo: Star Wars: Episode 1- The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox

    In Episode III, it's revealed that Padmé perished of what was essentially considered to be a broken heart. However, Redditor u/cyborgcommando0 believes that Emperor Palpatine is secretly responsible for her end:

    Padmé was taken to a secret location, hidden from the Emperor and Vader. Palpatine was pretty busy in the events following his duel: he picked up Anakin and rebuilt him. If he wasn’t killing Padmé from afar, why oh why would he be aware of her [demise]? There would be no news of it so suddenly; it had only happened seconds before he told the news to Anakin. This is the lynch-pin of Palpatine’s whole plan, the part that would enslave Vader forever in his despair. She had to [perish] - right then - or else Vader would never truly be committed to the Emperor.

    Interesting theory?
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    The Death Star Was Palpatine’s 'Plan B' If Order 66 Didn’t Work

    Photo: Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    In the Star Wars prequels, we learn that Palpatine was in charge of the orchestration of the Clone Wars. Redditor u/TangoZippo seems to believe that Palpatine had another plan up his sleeve involving the Death Star if Order 66 did not go as planned:

    We see in Ep. II that the plans for the Death Star were already in the works, and by Ep. III, construction was already beginning. I think that Palpatine's "Plan B," if he couldn't engineer the Clone Wars, would have been to destroy Coruscant. This would meet all three of his objectives.

    It would greatly weaken Galactic institutions, as most are based on this planet.

    It would [eliminate] the majority of the Jedi (we see in Ep. I that during peacetime, most Jedi are ordinarily on Coruscant).

    It would constitute the same kind of "Galaxy-level emergency" that he would need to engineer as a false flag to be given his enhanced powers.

    Interesting theory?
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    Palpatine Kept Vader Around Because He Was Like A Loyal Dog

    Photo: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox

    In the Star Wars universe, Palpatine was one of the reasons Vader turned to the dark side. Redditor u/mybustersword believes that Palpatine never even wanted Vader around and only kept him by his side because of his blind loyalty: 

    Palpatine collected him and rebuilt him, but it was too late. His body was destroyed, and physically, he'd never be as good a swordsman as he was. His connection to the Force is weakened from the non-organic components that keep him alive. His heart isn't in it anymore because he [terminated] the love of his life in his hubris and didn't even succeed in the plan. He is broken. And Palpatine knows that not only are all of the other Force users dead, but Vader is broken. He is a shell of the man he used to be. He couldn't possibly fulfill his role with the rule of two - strike down his master and continue on with the plan of ruling the Galaxy. Palpatine was disappointed in him. He was meant to be the chosen one. But now, he's just a very powerful puppet with no independent will.

    Interesting theory?
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    Count Dooku Planned To Execute Darth Sidious

    Photo: Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    Count Dooku is one of several primary antagonists of the Star Wars franchise. Redditor u/KillKrites believes that Count Dooku actually had some secret sinister plans up his sleeve for fellow villain Darth Sidious:

    After Qui-Gon [perished], Dooku lost everything with the Jedi and found a new apprentice in Grievous. The two of them controlled the droid armies and were the real power of the Trade Federation while Palpatine was the puppeteer pulling strings. However, Dooku’s ultimate plan was to overthrow Darth Sidious and end the Sith himself alongside Grievous.

    While Dooku helped in the organization of the clone army, it’s safe to assume, due to his distrust in the Republic, that he wasn’t thrilled with the Republic’s (and Palpatine’s) control of a massive army. His final plan was similar to Palpatine’s killing of Plagueis - he would [slay] his master, replace him, and use Grievous as his Darth Maul/Vader. However, his political leanings weren’t entirely gone, and like Qui-Gon, he probably would have attempted to dismantle the Republic (his goal was to let go of politics and embrace the real Force).

    Interesting theory?