- "As the Emperor wills it, so shall it be."
- ―Darth Vader
The title of emperor (feminine empress) was held by certain officials and heads of state in certain governments. It was usually, but not always, inherited. Sometimes successful warlords and conquerors created empires by declaring themselves emperor.
The next recorded personage to have held imperial authority was Empress Teta, who united the Koros system. After her death, the system was renamed for her in honor of her memory. The title was also used in certain other quarters, such as Atrisia and Eiattu 6.
By far the best known emperor was the Galactic Emperor, the leader of the Galactic Empire. The first holder of this position, Emperor Palpatine, was usually just referred to as "the Emperor." As the Empire's power and influence diminished, however, the title became less important, and by 12 ABY onwards, the Empire was effectively headed by the Supreme Commander in a military dictatorship. The power of the throne was eventually restored under the Fel dynasty.
Famous emperors include, but are not limited to:
- Shey Tapani, first Emperor of the Tapani Empire c.7328 BBY
- Teta, Empress of the Koros system c.5000 BBY
- Vitiate, Sith Emperor following the end of the Great Hyperspace War, and later Emperor of the Eternal Empire of Zakuul as Valkorion.
- Darth Malgus, claimant Sith Emperor and ruler of the New Empire movement in 3640 BBY.
- Acina, Empress of the Sith during the Eternal Empire conquest and the subsequent uprising.
- Vowrawn, Acina's successor. Notable for starting the Third Galactic War.
- Arcann, Emperor of Zakuul and the Eternal Empire - 3636 BBY–3630 BBY
- Vaylin, Empress of Zakuul and the Eternal Empire - 3630 BBY
- Uueg Tching, 54th Emperor of Atrisia
- Palpatine, first and only Galactic Emperor of the Galactic Empire 19 BBY–4 ABY/11 ABY
- Antbbianplourr III, Emperor of Eiattu 6 c.19 BBY
- Belgoa, Emperor of Trunska during the Galactic Civil War
- Jagged Fel, first Emperor of the Fel Empire c.44 ABY approx
- Fel II, second Emperor of the Fel Empire
- Roan Fel, third Emperor of the Fel Empire c.127 ABY–138 ABY
- Darth Krayt, Emperor of his Sith Empire 130 ABY–137 ABY/138 ABY
- Marasiah Fel, first Empress of the Fel Empire 138 ABY
Behind the scenes
The player character in the Star Wars: The Old Republic, known as the Outlander, has the choice of either becoming a diplomat, unifying the Sith Empire and Republic in the Eternal Alliance through diplomacy, or taking the new title Eternal Emperor (the previous title was Immortal Emperor), unifying the galaxy through force.