- "Always two, there are; no more, no less. A master and an apprentice."
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.
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 Darth Sidious' apprentice, and was the last Sith Lord in the thousand-year lineage of Darth Bane. Though he was not the last notable dark side user.
During the Battle of Endor, Vader was redeemed and saved his son, Luke Skywalker, from Sidious by throwing his former Sith Master down a shaft on Death Star II. While this killed the last Dark Lord, Sidious was resurrected and attempted to rebuild the Sith Order through his granddaughter, Rey Palpatine.
List of Dark Lords of the Sith
|Period||Sith Master||Sith apprentice|
|After 1019 BBY–|
Darth Bane's apprentice
|Prior 32 BBY|
|c. 32 BBY–19 BBY|
|20 BBY–19 BBY|
Darth Maul (informally)
Savage Opress (informally)
|19 BBY–4 ABY|
|After 4 ABY–35 ABY|
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Notes and references
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- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Monster"
- ↑ Dark Disciple
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope
- ↑ Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker