Emperor Palpatine / Darth Sidious

Franchise: Star Wars
Most Reprisals:Nick Jameson (voiced in 12 titles)

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Darth Sidious was perhaps one of the most powerful, ruthless and successful Sith Lords the Jedi ever came across. Gaining his foothold in the Political arena by posing as both a Senator and later both as a Chancellor and an Emperor, Sidious, also known as Palpatine, was responsible for not only turning Anakin Skywalker to the dark side but also for nearly wiping out the entire Jedi population. His force powers and mind control were virtually unrivaled.

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said at 3:11 PM on Tue Mar 13 2018
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Rebels brought back the absolute best element about Palpatine: the fact that he wasn't merely the shadowy, cloaked, cackling schemer, but the light, kindly, grandfatherly deceiver. And this show proved that he wasn't always limited to just one of those facets in the age of the Empire, nor did he need to be.

Thank you, Lucasfilm, for bringing back one of the greatest villains of all time.
said at 8:25 PM on Tue Jan 23 2018
Does anyone else think that Tim Curry's take just sounds like...Tim Curry?
said at 7:30 AM on Tue Jun 7 2016
said at 10:02 AM on Tue Feb 2 2016
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Palpatine's behind it all!
said at 7:27 AM on Tue Dec 8 2015
Nick actually changes voice halfway through TIE Fighter. He starts off imitating Clive Revill, then switches to Ian MacDiarmid for the add-on campaigns. When that happens, it's quite unsettling. In a good way.
said at 8:19 AM on Sat Jun 21 2014
In my Opinion, Sam Witwer does it best, and Tim Curry is the Most Terrible one.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 6:51 PM on Wed Jul 2 2014
@Redeye How do you think that Tim Curry's version of Darth Sidious is "the Most Terrible one"?
said at 3:38 AM on Sat Jun 27 2015
@Redeye Dave Filoni- "We had an extensive search to find a new voice for Palpatine. It wasn't just a matter of finding an actor who could to recreate lines from the films. We needed someone to deliver a performance that could stand alongside what Ian McDiarmid and Ian Abercrombie created as this legendary Star Wars character. At the end of the day, there is little question that bringing in an actor of Tim's caliber was perfect for Chancellor Palpatine. I think fans will find that he delivers the eloquence needed for the Chancellor. His growling, evil, Sidious voice is a delight, because Tim can definitely tap into the dark side when needed. We are fortunate to have him."
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