Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, and the rest of the Galactic Empire make up one of the greatest villainous entities in the vast history of popular culture. Star Wars has seen four-plus decades of absolutely insane popularity and the Empire has been a pretty major part of the story - Palpatine's resurgence in The Rise of Skywalker only serves to underline this.
But have you ever stopped to think how much you actually know about the Empire? For example, did you know that a version of the infamous "Imperial March" from The Empire Strikes Back is used in-universe as an anthem for the Empire? Did you know Palpatine was based not only on legendary dictators, but on President Richard Nixon as well? Did you know the Jedi Temple on Coruscant was eventually converted into the Imperial Palace? All of these things and more are waiting for you, so get your voting fingers ready and scroll on down.
The Jedi Temple On Coruscant Was Converted Into The Imperial PalacePhoto: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox
Darth Sidious was a conniving, Machiavellian, truly evil Sith Lord. There is no end to proof of this undeniable fact. The power-hungry dictator took control of the galaxy by playing both sides of the Clone Wars and mass-murdering the Jedi in the process. And the cherry on top of Palpatine's plan to turn the Republic into the Empire? The ultimate middle finger to the neutered Jedi Order? Transforming the Jedi Temple on Coruscant into the Imperial Palace, of course.
Think about it: Is there any greater insult to the memory of the group of people you've opposed for the majority of your adult life than taking the centuries-old temple they've called home for eons and turning it into the pillar of your empire? It really is just a boss move.Interesting fact?
Following The Clone Wars, The Empire Razed Kamino And Moved Scientists To A Cloning Facility On Mount TantissPhoto: Star Wars: The Bad Batch / Disney+
You remember Kamino, right? It's that planet from Attack of the Clones with the lanky aliens that looks basically uninhabitable? The one with all the torrential rainstorms and cloning facilities? Obi-Wan fights Jango Fett there. It's a memorable place. Well, here's hoping you weren't a huge fan of Kamino because the Empire certainly wasn't and they made sure to make that point known emphatically.
After the Clone Wars came to an end and the Empire was founded under the rule of Palpatine, the decision was made to move cloning operations from Kamino to a remote facility on Mount Tantiss (as seen in the finale of The Bad Batch). And do you think Imperial soldiers just packed everything up and moved out peacefully? Of course not. No, the Empire razed the cloning facilities on Kamino and destroyed the vast majority of major structures on the planet - Star Destroyers even bombarded the capital of Tipoca City to kingdom come. Because the Empire only knows how to be evil.Interesting fact?
“Glory To The Empire” Is An In-Universe Imperial March From 'The Empire Strikes Back'Photo: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox
John Williams just might be the greatest film composer who has ever graced this planet. With many apologies to Max Steiner, Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, and Bernard Herrmann (not to mention the numerous incredible artists working today), Williams's filmography is completely stacked with banger after banger. Jaws. Superman. Raiders of the Lost Ark. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Home Alone. Jurassic Park. The first three Harry Potter films. And, of course, the Star Wars franchise. It's hard to figure out Williams' best work and that is the true mark of a master.
One of Williams' most recognizable compositions is "The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)" from 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. This piece of music is so fitting, so iconic, so incredible, Lucasfilm has taken a variation of the song and turned it into an actual in-universe imperial anthem. This version of the Williams classic, more bombastic and celebratory, is titled "Glory to the Empire" and debuted in the first season of Star Wars Rebels.Interesting fact?
Mas Amedda Ran A Shadow Government After The Death Of PalpatinePhoto: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox
Mas Amedda isn't the best-known Star Wars figure around, but he's certainly a more influential supporting character than he might appear at first glance. After all, Amedda did appear in each film of the prequel trilogy, showed up in countless episodes of The Clone Wars, and has reared his pointy, blue head in numerous Star Wars novels and comic books since making his debut in 1999's The Phantom Menace. While we're talking about him, it can't be easy for the man to get into all his fancy clothes with all those Chagrian horns...
After Palpatine died during the Battle of Endor, de facto rule of the Empire fell at Amedda's feet. Seeing as the Empire would crumble shortly thereafter, he clearly was not ready for the responsibility. Infighting fractured Imperial forces even further and though Amedda tried to keep the Empire strong as Gallius Rax revolted against his rule from the inside, Palpatine's Grand Vizier just wasn't up to the job. He ended up signing the Galactic Concordance with Mon Mothma, bringing an official end to the Galactic Civil War.Interesting fact?