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"Always two, there are; no more, no less. A master and an apprentice."
Yoda[src]

Dark Lord of the Sith was a title held by members of the Sith Order, known as Sith Lords. In the distant past of the Old Republic, the Sith were led by the Dark Lords during their conflict against the Jedi Order. Ultimately, the Sith collapsed in defeat as a result of infighting and constant war with the Jedi. As the sole surviving member of the ancient Sith Order, Darth Bane assumed the mantle of Dark Lord and established a philosophy known as the Rule of Two, declaring that only two Dark Lords—a Sith Master and a Sith apprentice—could exist at any given time.[2]

The Dark Lords that succeeded Darth Bane would adhere to his teachings, maintaining the Sith Order's ranks to two members throughout the millennium-long reign of the Galactic Republic. Darth Sidious, publicly known as Sheev Palpatine from Naboo, was the reigning Dark Lord of the Sith during the last years of the Republic and the rise of the Galactic Empire. Darth Vader also assumed the mantle after becoming Sidious' apprentice,[3] and was the last Sith Lord in the thousand-year lineage of Darth Bane.[8]

List of Dark Lords of the SithEdit

Period Sith Master Sith apprentice
After 1019 BBYDarth Bane canon
Darth Bane
Sith canon
Darth Bane's apprentice
Prior 32 BBY Sith canon
Darth Plagueis
DarthSidiousEpI SWCT
Darth Sidious
32 BBY DarthSidiousEpI SWCT
Darth Sidious
Darth Maul profile
Darth Maul
c. 32 BBY19 BBY DarthSidiousEpI SWCT
Darth Sidious
DookuHS-SWILotS
Darth Tyranus
20 BBY19 BBY SASWS Slashfilm Maul HS
Darth Maul (informally)
Savage Opress missing horn
Savage Opress (informally)
19 BBY4 ABY Emperor Sidious
Darth Sidious
Vader Rogue One Ending
Darth Vader

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