Voice Compare » Star Wars » Emperor Palpatine / Darth Sidious
Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Emperor Palpatine / Darth Sidious with sound clips and images.
Created by Cypo on Nov 15 2010, 173 Comments
Special thanks to Jackson_H, Pokejedservo, TylerMirage for additional sound clips.
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Emperor Palpatine first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back, portrayed by an uncredited woman wearing a mask, with the voiced dubbed over by Clive Revill. This was until 2004 with the DVD release, as Clive would be replaced with new footage shot of Ian McDiarmid, who was cast in the role for Return of the Jedi and reprised said role for the prequel trilogy.
Clive gave a pretty decent take, though sadly how the character evolved past this appearance over the years, it doesn't have the same impact or sense of dread the later performers gave it.
For the 2003 Clone Wars series and Star Wars video games from 1995-2008, Emperor Palpatine has been voiced Nick Jameson. Nick's take on Palpatine really comes off almost reptilian in the role, which oddly is fitting.
In the 2008 Clone Wars series and movie, Palpatine was this time handled by Ian Abercrombie. Not really sure what to say about Ian, as he plays the role well enough. It feels a bit more natural than Nick's take.
And finally we have Sam Witwer from The Force Unleashed, and... wow. I am in shock and amazement, as I think Sam perfectly nailed Ian McDiarmid's voice. This is no doubt my favourite out of the four actors performances.