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==Description==
{{Quote|The Dark Side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.|Darth Sidious, to Anakin Skywalker|Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith}}
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{{Quote|The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.|Darth Sidious, to Anakin Skywalker|Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith}}
 
[[File:Anakin Skywalker CotR.png|thumb|left|180px|Seduced by the dark side, Anakin Skywalker ceased to exist and became Darth Vader.]]
 
[[File:Anakin Skywalker CotR.png|thumb|left|180px|Seduced by the dark side, Anakin Skywalker ceased to exist and became Darth Vader.]]
 
Although [[Jedi]] were taught to follow the light side of the Force, the dark side was considered seductive, and a Jedi had to maintain vigilance in order to avoid falling to the dark side.<ref name="Episode V" /> [[Anakin Skywalker]] was a powerful Jedi who, partly through the machinations of the [[Sith Lord]] Sidious, succumbed to temptation and began practicing the dark side, becoming the famous Sith Lord known as Darth Vader.<ref name="Episode III" /> Even a Jedi raised in the traditions of the Jedi Order from birth could quickly be corrupted by the lure of the dark side in certain situations. Despite this, while the Jedi often described the dark side as a "quick and easy path," drawing upon its power did not necessarily come with ease or without cost to those who possessed strong compassion and were not used to drawing upon feelings such as hatred.<ref name="disciple">''[[Dark Disciple]]''</ref>
 
Although [[Jedi]] were taught to follow the light side of the Force, the dark side was considered seductive, and a Jedi had to maintain vigilance in order to avoid falling to the dark side.<ref name="Episode V" /> [[Anakin Skywalker]] was a powerful Jedi who, partly through the machinations of the [[Sith Lord]] Sidious, succumbed to temptation and began practicing the dark side, becoming the famous Sith Lord known as Darth Vader.<ref name="Episode III" /> Even a Jedi raised in the traditions of the Jedi Order from birth could quickly be corrupted by the lure of the dark side in certain situations. Despite this, while the Jedi often described the dark side as a "quick and easy path," drawing upon its power did not necessarily come with ease or without cost to those who possessed strong compassion and were not used to drawing upon feelings such as hatred.<ref name="disciple">''[[Dark Disciple]]''</ref>
   
Use of the dark side of the Force granted certain abilities that wielders of the light side had no access to, such as [[possession]]<ref name="Visions and Voices">{{Rebels|Visions and Voices}}</ref><ref name="Son of Dathomir 4">[[Darth Maul&mdash;Son of Dathomir 4|''Darth Maul&mdash;Son of Dathomir'' 4]]</ref> and the [[Dark illusion|ability]] to manipulate [[Force vision]]s<ref name="Sacrifice">{{TCW|Sacrifice}}</ref>. Other dark side powers were purely offensive in nature like [[Force Lightning]] and given the fact that Yoda emphasized that using the force to hurt or destroy was of the dark side, at the least using powers like Telekinesis to directly harm someone (as when Darth Vader [[Force choke|choked]] people) draws one to the dark side even if it isn't a strictly dark side ability. Dark side power could also be used to alter life and could, according to [[Tragedy of Darth Plagueis|legend]], be used to manipulate [[midi-chlorian]]s to create life or keep someone from dying.<ref name="Episode III" /> The dark-side historian and Sith cultist [[Yupe Tashu]] told [[Wedge Antilles]] on [[Akiva]] that some Sith Lords were able to siphon the Force from their captives in order to extend their own lives for centuries beyond their natural expiration.<ref name="Aftermath" /> Dark side abilities were considered by some to be "unnatural".<ref name="Episode III" />
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===Dark side abilities===
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====Powers====
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Use of the dark side of the Force granted certain abilities that wielders of the light side had no access to, such as [[possession]]<ref name="Visions and Voices">{{Rebels|Visions and Voices}}</ref><ref name="Son of Dathomir 4">[[Darth Maul&mdash;Son of Dathomir 4|''Darth Maul&mdash;Son of Dathomir'' 4]]</ref> and the [[Dark illusion|ability]] to manipulate [[Force vision]]s.<ref name="Sacrifice">{{TCW|Sacrifice}}</ref> Other dark side powers were purely offensive in nature like [[Force lightning]] and given the fact that Yoda emphasized that using the Force to hurt or destroy was of the dark side, at the least using powers like Telekinesis to directly harm someone (as when Darth Vader [[Force choke|choked]] people) draws one to the dark side even if it isn't a strictly dark side ability. Dark side power could also be used to alter life and could, according to [[Tragedy of Darth Plagueis|legend]], be used to manipulate [[midi-chlorian]]s to create life or keep someone from dying.<ref name="Episode III" /> The dark-side historian and Sith cultist [[Yupe Tashu]] told [[Wedge Antilles]] on [[Akiva]] that some Sith Lords were able to siphon the Force from their captives in order to extend their own lives for centuries beyond their natural expiration.<ref name="Aftermath" /> Dark side abilities were considered by some to be "unnatural".<ref name="Episode III" />
   
[[File:YodavsHisDarknessf-Destiny.png|thumb|right|250px|Master Yoda had to overcome his dark side in order to learn the way of immortality.]]
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====Will and usage====
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Additionally, the use of the dark side by somebody with generally good intentions in a moment of weakness could leave that individual feeling weak and shivery, with a general feeling of wrongness. This was once experienced by [[Jedi]] [[Padawan]] [[Ezra Bridger]] when he once unconsciously drew upon the power of the dark side to summon a massive [[fyrnock]] to attack [[the Grand Inquisitor]].<ref name="duel">''[[Ezra's Duel with Danger]]''</ref>
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===Dark presence===
 
The power of the dark side was penetrating and pernicious. The [[Imperial Palace|Jedi Temple]] was built on top of an ancient [[Sith shrine]] and, unbeknownst to the Jedi, the power of the dark side seeped upwards through the Temple from the shrine, slowly weakening the Jedi over a millennium.<ref name="tarkinnovel">[[Tarkin (novel)|''Tarkin'']]</ref>
 
The power of the dark side was penetrating and pernicious. The [[Imperial Palace|Jedi Temple]] was built on top of an ancient [[Sith shrine]] and, unbeknownst to the Jedi, the power of the dark side seeped upwards through the Temple from the shrine, slowly weakening the Jedi over a millennium.<ref name="tarkinnovel">[[Tarkin (novel)|''Tarkin'']]</ref>
   
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If the presence of the dark side was significantly powerful, nearby Force-sensitives often feel the sensation of cold. This happened on several occasions to Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus in the presence of Darth Vader, and also occurred when Luke sensed the dark energy emanating from the [[Cave of Evil]] on [[Dagobah]].<ref name="Episode V" /><ref name="TSOL">''[[Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal]]''</ref> Extensive use of the dark side could leave an entire planet corrupted by its energy. [[Dathomir]] was one such place that was heavily steeped in the dark side.<ref name="disciple" /> This could also resonate through physical objects physically associated with individuals with a strong dark side presence,<ref name="DLOTS 24">[[Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 24|''Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith'' 24]]</ref> such as that of [[Lord]] [[Momin]] and his [[Mask of Lord Momin|mask]]. Momin's mask corrupted nearby beings and turned them into mindless killers.<ref name="Lando 3">[[Lando 3|''Lando'' 3]]</ref>
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===Perception===
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====Jedi====
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[[File:YodavsHisDarknessf-Destiny.png|thumb|right|250px|Master Yoda had to overcome his dark side in order to learn the way of immortality.]]
 
The dark side of the Force was considered highly corrupting. The Jedi [[Grand Master]] [[Yoda]], for example, believed that a Force adept who had embraced the dark side would be fated to forever continue down the path of evil,<ref name="Episode V" /> a view he espoused despite having personally witnessed the redemption of at least two individuals who were at one time deeply steeped in the dark side.<ref name="disciple" /> Anakin Skywalker also proved an exception, as he overcame his past actions to save his son, [[Luke Skywalker|Luke]], and [[Death|kill]] the Sith Lord Darth Sidious.<ref name="Episode VI">[[Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi|''Star Wars'': Episode VI ''Return of the Jedi'']]</ref> Yoda taught that the dark side of the Force was not stronger than the light side of the Force but rather merely "quicker, easier, more seductive." He also stated that the dark side stemmed from emotions such as anger, fear, and aggression and that these emotions were quick to join one in combat.<ref name="Episode V" />
 
The dark side of the Force was considered highly corrupting. The Jedi [[Grand Master]] [[Yoda]], for example, believed that a Force adept who had embraced the dark side would be fated to forever continue down the path of evil,<ref name="Episode V" /> a view he espoused despite having personally witnessed the redemption of at least two individuals who were at one time deeply steeped in the dark side.<ref name="disciple" /> Anakin Skywalker also proved an exception, as he overcame his past actions to save his son, [[Luke Skywalker|Luke]], and [[Death|kill]] the Sith Lord Darth Sidious.<ref name="Episode VI">[[Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi|''Star Wars'': Episode VI ''Return of the Jedi'']]</ref> Yoda taught that the dark side of the Force was not stronger than the light side of the Force but rather merely "quicker, easier, more seductive." He also stated that the dark side stemmed from emotions such as anger, fear, and aggression and that these emotions were quick to join one in combat.<ref name="Episode V" />
   
[[File:KyloRen-KRSS.png|thumb|left|200px|[[Ben Solo|Kylo Ren]] was Darth Vader's grandson and the archetype of a new generation of dark side warriors.]]
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====Sith====
Additionally, the use of the dark side by somebody with generally good intentions in a moment of weakness could leave that individual feeling weak and shivery, with a general feeling of wrongness. This was once experienced by [[Jedi]] [[Padawan]] [[Ezra Bridger]] when he once unconsciously drew upon the power of the dark side to summon a massive [[fyrnock]] to attack [[the Grand Inquisitor]].<ref name="duel">''[[Ezra's Duel with Danger]]''</ref>
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{{Quote|The dark side does not serve us. We serve the dark side. If we glorify it through our acts and our work and our art, it gives us power. It gives us life. Even life eternal.|Momin, to Darth Vader|Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 22}}
 
If the presence of the dark side was significantly powerful, nearby Force-sensitives often feel the sensation of cold. This happened on several occasions to Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus in the presence of Darth Vader, and also occurred when Luke sensed the dark energy emanating from the [[Cave of Evil]] on [[Dagobah]].<ref name="Episode V" /><ref name="TSOL">''[[Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal]]''</ref> Extensive use of the dark side could leave an entire planet corrupted by its energy. [[Dathomir]] was one such place that was heavily steeped in the dark side.<ref name="disciple" />
 
 
 
[[Darth Sidious]] believed that the source of his dark side power was the universe [[Unknown Regions|beyond the edges]] of the known galaxy.<ref name="Aftermath">''[[Aftermath]]''</ref>
 
[[Darth Sidious]] believed that the source of his dark side power was the universe [[Unknown Regions|beyond the edges]] of the known galaxy.<ref name="Aftermath">''[[Aftermath]]''</ref>
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Lord Momin saw the dark side of the Force as a higher power<ref name="DLOTS 22">[[Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 22|''Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith'' 22]]</ref> and devoted himself to creation through his given powers.<ref name="DLOTS 21">[[Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 21|''Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith'' 21]]</ref> Specifically, Momin believed in the creation of art that glorifies the dark side, which could, in his view, grant the artist eternal life.<ref name="DLOTS 22" /> Such extremist views led to Jedi and Sith [[holocron]] [[Timeline of galactic history|chroniclers]]' neglect of Momin.<ref name="DLOTS 21" />
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
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[[File:KyloRen-KRSS.png|thumb|right|180px|[[Ben Solo|Kylo Ren]] was Darth Vader's grandson and the archetype of a new generation of dark side warriors.]]
 
*''[[Dooku: Jedi Lost]]''
 
*''[[Dooku: Jedi Lost]]''
 
*''[[Master & Apprentice]]''
 
*''[[Master & Apprentice]]''
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*[[Darth Maul 5|''Darth Maul'' 5]]
 
*[[Darth Maul 5|''Darth Maul'' 5]]
 
*[[Age of Republic - Darth Maul 1|''Age of Republic - Darth Maul'' 1]]
 
*[[Age of Republic - Darth Maul 1|''Age of Republic - Darth Maul'' 1]]
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*''[[Queen's Peril]]''
 
*[[Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace|''Star Wars'': Episode I ''The Phantom Menace'']]
 
*[[Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace|''Star Wars'': Episode I ''The Phantom Menace'']]
 
*''[[Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace]]''
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*{{TCW|Brothers}}
 
*{{TCW|Brothers}}
 
*{{TCW|Revenge (episode)|Revenge}}
 
*{{TCW|Revenge (episode)|Revenge}}
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*{{Shortstory|story=Dark Vengeance: The True Story of Darth Maul and His Revenge Against the Jedi Known as Obi-Wan Kenobi|sformatted=Dark Vengeance: ''The True Story of Darth Maul and His Revenge Against the Jedi Known as Obi-Wan Kenobi''|book=The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark}}
 
*{{TCW|Revival (episode)|Revival}}
 
*{{TCW|Revival (episode)|Revival}}
 
*{{TCW|Eminence (episode)|Eminence}}
 
*{{TCW|Eminence (episode)|Eminence}}
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*[[Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith|''Star Wars'': Episode III ''Revenge of the Sith'']]
 
*[[Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith|''Star Wars'': Episode III ''Revenge of the Sith'']]
 
*[[Revenge of the Sith (Golden Book)|''Revenge of the Sith'' Golden Book]]
 
*[[Revenge of the Sith (Golden Book)|''Revenge of the Sith'' Golden Book]]
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*{{TCW|The Phantom Apprentice}}
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*{{TCW|Shattered}}
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*{{TCW|Victory and Death}}
 
*[[Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 1|''Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith'' 1]]
 
*[[Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 1|''Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith'' 1]]
 
*[[Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 2|''Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith'' 2]]
 
*[[Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 2|''Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith'' 2]]
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*[[Darth Vader (2015) 2|''Darth Vader'' 2]]
 
*[[Darth Vader (2015) 2|''Darth Vader'' 2]]
 
*[[Darth Vader (2015) 3|''Darth Vader'' 3]]
 
*[[Darth Vader (2015) 3|''Darth Vader'' 3]]
*[[Darth Vader 4|''Darth Vader'' 4]]
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*[[Darth Vader (2015) 4|''Darth Vader'' 4]]
 
*[[Darth Vader 5|''Darth Vader'' 5]]
 
*[[Darth Vader 5|''Darth Vader'' 5]]
 
*[[Darth Vader 6|''Darth Vader'' 6]]
 
*[[Darth Vader 6|''Darth Vader'' 6]]
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*[[Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back|''Star Wars'': Episode V ''The Empire Strikes Back'']]
 
*[[Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back|''Star Wars'': Episode V ''The Empire Strikes Back'']]
 
*{{Galaxy of Adventures|Yoda – The Jedi Master}} {{Flash}}
 
*{{Galaxy of Adventures|Yoda – The Jedi Master}} {{Flash}}
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*{{Galaxy of Adventures|Clash on Cloud City}}
 
*{{Galaxy of Adventures|Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader – Join Me}}
 
*{{Galaxy of Adventures|Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader – Join Me}}
 
*''[[The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi?]]''
 
*''[[The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi?]]''
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*''[[Captured on Cloud City]]''
 
*''[[Captured on Cloud City]]''
 
*[[Star Wars (2020) 1|''Star Wars'' 1]]
 
*[[Star Wars (2020) 1|''Star Wars'' 1]]
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*[[Star Wars (2020) 4|''Star Wars'' 4]] {{Mo}}
 
*[[Darth Vader (2020) 1|''Darth Vader'' 1]]
 
*[[Darth Vader (2020) 1|''Darth Vader'' 1]]
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*[[Darth Vader (2020) 2|''Darth Vader'' 2]]
 
*[[Age of Rebellion - Luke Skywalker 1|''Age of Rebellion - Luke Skywalker'' 1]]
 
*[[Age of Rebellion - Luke Skywalker 1|''Age of Rebellion - Luke Skywalker'' 1]]
 
*[[Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi|''Star Wars'': Episode VI ''Return of the Jedi'']]
 
*[[Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi|''Star Wars'': Episode VI ''Return of the Jedi'']]
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*{{Shortstory|story=Gaze of Stone|book=Myths & Fables}} {{Flash}}
 
*{{Shortstory|story=Gaze of Stone|book=Myths & Fables}} {{Flash}}
 
*{{Shortstory|story=The Witch & the Wookiee|book=Myths & Fables}} {{Flash}}
 
*{{Shortstory|story=The Witch & the Wookiee|book=Myths & Fables}} {{Flash}}
*[[Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker|''Star Wars'': Episode IX ''The Rise of Skywalker'']]}}
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*[[Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker|''Star Wars'': Episode IX ''The Rise of Skywalker'']]
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*''[[Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition]]''
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*''[[Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel]]''}}
   
 
===Non-canon appearances===
 
===Non-canon appearances===
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*{{Jedi Temple Challenge|Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge - Episode 1|Episode 1}}
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*{{Jedi Temple Challenge|Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge - Episode 2|Episode 2}}
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*{{Jedi Temple Challenge|Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge - Episode 3|Episode 3}}
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*{{Jedi Temple Challenge|Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge - Episode 4|Episode 4}}
 
*''[[Revenge of the Sith: Episode III (LEGO Star Wars)]]''
 
*''[[Revenge of the Sith: Episode III (LEGO Star Wars)]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars Epic Yarns: The Empire Strikes Back]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars Epic Yarns: The Empire Strikes Back]]''
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==Sources==
 
==Sources==
 
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*{{SWE|groups|nightsisters|Nightsisters|archivedate=20140527225048}} {{Imo}}
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*{{SWE|groups|sith|Sith|archivedate=20140611233856}}
*{{SW|url=video/star-wars-rebels-meet-the-inquisitor-the-empire-s-jedi-hunter|text=Star Wars Rebels: Meet the Inquisitor, the Empire's Jedi Hunter|archivedate=20190910144046}}
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*{{SW|url=series/clone-wars/children-of-the-force-episode-guide|text="Children of the Force" Episode Guide - ''The Clone Wars''|archivedate=20200310033132}}
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*{{SW|url=video/star-wars-rebels-meet-the-inquisitor-the-empire-s-jedi-hunter|text=''Star Wars Rebels'': Meet the Inquisitor, the Empire's Jedi Hunter|archivedate=20190910144046}}
 
*''[[Star Wars Rebels: Meet the Rebels]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars Rebels: Meet the Rebels]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide]]''
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*[[Star Wars: The Story of Darth Vader (2015)|''Star Wars: The Story of Darth Vader'']]
 
*[[Star Wars: The Story of Darth Vader (2015)|''Star Wars: The Story of Darth Vader'']]
 
*''[[Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary]]''
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*''[[Star Wars: A Galaxy at War]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars Expert Guide]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars Expert Guide]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars: Complete Locations]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars: Complete Locations]]''
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*''[[Entertainment Weekly's Ultimate Guide to Rogue One]]''
 
*''[[Entertainment Weekly's Ultimate Guide to Rogue One]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide]]''
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|1|Helmets|Darth Vader, Master of the Dark Side}}
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|2|Databank A-Z|Alzoc III&ndash;Antilles}}
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|8|multiple=[[Databank A-Z|Databank A-Z: Bric&ndash;C-3PO]]; [[Highlights of the Saga|Highlights of the Saga: Kidnap of the Chancellor]]}}
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|9|Databank A-Z|C-21&ndash;Chandrila}}
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|10|Helmets|Emperor's Royal Guard}}
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|11|Highlights of the Saga|Anakin's Tragedy}}
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|12|Databank A-Z|Cosians&ndash;Dagobah}}
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|13|Databank A-Z|Poe Dameron&ndash;Delta 7-B}}
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|14|multiple=[[Highlights of the Saga|Highlights of the Saga: The Second Death Star]]; [[Weapons & Uniforms|Weapons & Uniforms: The Sith]]}}
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|15|Highlights of the Saga|Palpatine Unmasked}}
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|16|Highlights of the Saga|The Fall of the Jedi}}
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*{{HelmetCollectionCite|17|Databank A-Z|Ewoks&ndash;Finn (FN-2187)}}
 
*''[[Darth Vader: Sith Lord]]''
 
*''[[Darth Vader: Sith Lord]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia]]''
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*''[[Star Wars: Droidography]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars: Droidography]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide]]''
*''[[Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: New Edition]]''
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*''[[Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, New Edition]]''
 
*''[[Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition]]''
 
*''[[Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition]]''
*{{SWKidsYoutube|wQ0GhIIgQAk|The Sith <nowiki>|</nowiki> Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Fun Facts|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20200116164231/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ0GhIIgQAk}}
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*{{SWKidsYoutube|wQ0GhIIgQAk|The Sith <nowiki>|</nowiki> Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Fun Facts|archiveurl=https://archive.is/fveMf}}
 
*''[[Star Wars: The Secrets of the Jedi]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars: The Secrets of the Jedi]]''
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*{{SWCT|Asajj Ventress - 2020 Base Series|Asajj Ventress - ''2020 Base Series''}}
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*{{SWCT|Count Dooku - 2020 Base Series|Count Dooku - ''2020 Base Series''}}
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*{{SWCT|Kylo Ren - 2020 Base Series|Kylo Ren - ''2020 Base Series''}}
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*{{SWCT|Maz Kanata - 2020 Base Series|Maz Kanata - ''2020 Base Series''}}
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*{{SWCT|The Second Sister - 2020 Base Series|The Second Sister - ''2020 Base Series''}}
 
*''[[Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Galactic Guide]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Galactic Guide]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary]]''
 
*''[[Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary]]''
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*{{SWCT|Asajj Ventress - Star Wars: Masterwork - The Dark Side|Asajj Ventress - ''Star Wars: Masterwork - The Dark Side''}}
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*{{SW|url=series/clone-wars/the-phantom-apprentice-episode-guide|text="The Phantom Apprentice" Episode Guide|archivedate=20200428134645}}
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*{{SW|url=series/clone-wars/shattered-episode-guide|text="Shattered" Episode Guide|archivedate=20200504161651}}
 
*{{Databank|aayla-secura|Aayla Secura|archivedate=20170707040717}}
 
*{{Databank|aayla-secura|Aayla Secura|archivedate=20170707040717}}
 
*{{Databank|adi-gallia|Adi Gallia|archivedate=20170706043936}}
 
*{{Databank|adi-gallia|Adi Gallia|archivedate=20170706043936}}
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*{{Databank|alazmec|Alazmec|archivedate=20200402193933}}
 
*{{Databank|wullf-yularen|Admiral Wullf Yularen|archivedate=20170404042020}}
 
*{{Databank|wullf-yularen|Admiral Wullf Yularen|archivedate=20170404042020}}
 
*{{Databank|ahch-to-mirror-cave|Ahch-To Mirror Cave|archiveurl=https://archive.fo/ToPvX}}
 
*{{Databank|ahch-to-mirror-cave|Ahch-To Mirror Cave|archiveurl=https://archive.fo/ToPvX}}
*{{Databank|ahsoka-tano|Ahsoka Tano|archivedate=20170806140940}}
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*{{Databank|ahsoka-tano|Ahsoka Tano|archivedate=20200510123051}}
*{{Databank|anakin-skywalker|Anakin Skywalker|archivedate=20170706054025}}
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*{{Databank|anakin-skywalker|Anakin Skywalker|archivedate=20200513132600}}
 
*{{Databank|asajj-ventress|Asajj Ventress|archivedate=20190531005019}}
 
*{{Databank|asajj-ventress|Asajj Ventress|archivedate=20190531005019}}
 
*{{Databank|bespin|Bespin|archivedate=20170606133655}}
 
*{{Databank|bespin|Bespin|archivedate=20170606133655}}
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*{{Databank|fifth-brother-inquisitor|Fifth Brother Inquisitor|archivedate=20170702125621}}
 
*{{Databank|fifth-brother-inquisitor|Fifth Brother Inquisitor|archivedate=20170702125621}}
 
*{{Databank|force-choke|Force Choke|archivedate=20170806140128}}
 
*{{Databank|force-choke|Force Choke|archivedate=20170806140128}}
*{{Databank|han-solo|Han Solo|archivedate=20170607051516}}
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*{{Databank|han-solo|Han Solo|archivedate=20200514053950}}
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*{{Databank|ochi-of-bestoon|Ochi of Bestoon|archivedate=20200313031426}}
 
*{{Databank|padme-amidala|Padmé Amidala|archivedate=20170915230830}}
 
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"But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression…the dark side of the Force are they, easily they flow… If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you, it will…"
―Yoda — Quote-audio Listen (file info)[src]
Dark Side symbol

Ancient symbol of the dark side of the Force

The dark side of the Force, also known as Bogan,[1] was an aspect of the Force.[2] Individuals who used the dark side drew their power from more intense, raw and darker emotions such as fear, anger, hatred,[3] passion,[4] and aggression.[5] The Sith were perhaps the most well known practitioners of the dark side, and were the mortal enemies of the Jedi Order, who served the light side of the Force.[3] There were others, such as the Inquisitorius and the Knights of Ren who, though not Sith, could draw upon the power of the dark side.[6][7]

DefinitionEdit

"It's called the dark side of the Force because it's secretive. That's all. The Sith kept their knowledge and identities hidden—in the dark, see? They thought it made it easier to impose order."
Lona Aphra to her daughter, Chelli Lona Aphra[src]

Despite the leanings of its practitioners, such as the Sith, the dark side of the Force was so-named because it was secretive. The Sith kept their knowledge and identities secret because they believed it would make it easier for them to impose order.[8]

DescriptionEdit

"The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural."
―Darth Sidious, to Anakin Skywalker[src]
Anakin Skywalker CotR

Seduced by the dark side, Anakin Skywalker ceased to exist and became Darth Vader.

Although Jedi were taught to follow the light side of the Force, the dark side was considered seductive, and a Jedi had to maintain vigilance in order to avoid falling to the dark side.[5] Anakin Skywalker was a powerful Jedi who, partly through the machinations of the Sith Lord Sidious, succumbed to temptation and began practicing the dark side, becoming the famous Sith Lord known as Darth Vader.[4] Even a Jedi raised in the traditions of the Jedi Order from birth could quickly be corrupted by the lure of the dark side in certain situations. Despite this, while the Jedi often described the dark side as a "quick and easy path," drawing upon its power did not necessarily come with ease or without cost to those who possessed strong compassion and were not used to drawing upon feelings such as hatred.[9]

Dark side abilitiesEdit

PowersEdit

Use of the dark side of the Force granted certain abilities that wielders of the light side had no access to, such as possession[10][11] and the ability to manipulate Force visions.[12] Other dark side powers were purely offensive in nature like Force lightning and given the fact that Yoda emphasized that using the Force to hurt or destroy was of the dark side, at the least using powers like Telekinesis to directly harm someone (as when Darth Vader choked people) draws one to the dark side even if it isn't a strictly dark side ability. Dark side power could also be used to alter life and could, according to legend, be used to manipulate midi-chlorians to create life or keep someone from dying.[4] The dark-side historian and Sith cultist Yupe Tashu told Wedge Antilles on Akiva that some Sith Lords were able to siphon the Force from their captives in order to extend their own lives for centuries beyond their natural expiration.[13] Dark side abilities were considered by some to be "unnatural".[4]

Will and usageEdit

Additionally, the use of the dark side by somebody with generally good intentions in a moment of weakness could leave that individual feeling weak and shivery, with a general feeling of wrongness. This was once experienced by Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger when he once unconsciously drew upon the power of the dark side to summon a massive fyrnock to attack the Grand Inquisitor.[14]

Dark presenceEdit

The power of the dark side was penetrating and pernicious. The Jedi Temple was built on top of an ancient Sith shrine and, unbeknownst to the Jedi, the power of the dark side seeped upwards through the Temple from the shrine, slowly weakening the Jedi over a millennium.[15]

If the presence of the dark side was significantly powerful, nearby Force-sensitives often feel the sensation of cold. This happened on several occasions to Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus in the presence of Darth Vader, and also occurred when Luke sensed the dark energy emanating from the Cave of Evil on Dagobah.[5][16] Extensive use of the dark side could leave an entire planet corrupted by its energy. Dathomir was one such place that was heavily steeped in the dark side.[9] This could also resonate through physical objects physically associated with individuals with a strong dark side presence,[17] such as that of Lord Momin and his mask. Momin's mask corrupted nearby beings and turned them into mindless killers.[18]

PerceptionEdit

JediEdit

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Master Yoda had to overcome his dark side in order to learn the way of immortality.

The dark side of the Force was considered highly corrupting. The Jedi Grand Master Yoda, for example, believed that a Force adept who had embraced the dark side would be fated to forever continue down the path of evil,[5] a view he espoused despite having personally witnessed the redemption of at least two individuals who were at one time deeply steeped in the dark side.[9] Anakin Skywalker also proved an exception, as he overcame his past actions to save his son, Luke, and kill the Sith Lord Darth Sidious.[19] Yoda taught that the dark side of the Force was not stronger than the light side of the Force but rather merely "quicker, easier, more seductive." He also stated that the dark side stemmed from emotions such as anger, fear, and aggression and that these emotions were quick to join one in combat.[5]

SithEdit

"The dark side does not serve us. We serve the dark side. If we glorify it through our acts and our work and our art, it gives us power. It gives us life. Even life eternal."
―Momin, to Darth Vader[src]

Darth Sidious believed that the source of his dark side power was the universe beyond the edges of the known galaxy.[13]

Lord Momin saw the dark side of the Force as a higher power[20] and devoted himself to creation through his given powers.[21] Specifically, Momin believed in the creation of art that glorifies the dark side, which could, in his view, grant the artist eternal life.[20] Such extremist views led to Jedi and Sith holocron chroniclers' neglect of Momin.[21]

AppearancesEdit

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Kylo Ren was Darth Vader's grandson and the archetype of a new generation of dark side warriors.

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