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"Once more the Sith will rule the galaxy, and we shall have peace."
―Darth Sidious, to Darth Vader[src]

The Sith, also referred to as the Sith Order, were an ancient order of Force-wielders devoted to the dark side of the Force. Emerging as a divergent faction of the Jedi Order, the Sith became mortal enemies of the Jedi and fought against them in numerous wars. Driven by emotions such as hate, anger, and greed, the Sith were deceptive and ultimately obsessed with amassing power no matter the cost.

A thousand years prior to the Invasion of Naboo, the Sith teetered on the brink of extinction as a result of internal strife. In the aftermath of their near destruction, Darth Bane emerged as the sole Dark Lord of the Sith, allowing him to enact the Rule of Two. Henceforth, there would be only two Sith Lords—a Master and an apprentice—at any given time. Throughout the era of the Galactic Republic, the Jedi served as guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy while the Sith operated in secret.

Approximately thirty-two years before the Battle of Yavin, Senator Sheev Palpatine of Naboo was elected to the office of Supreme Chancellor, leader of the Galactic Senate of the Republic. In secret, Palpatine was the public persona of Darth Sidious, a Sith Lord who manipulated the political system in order to gain power over the Republic. In the aftermath of the Clone Wars, Sidious had achieved the Sith's goal of galactic conquest by restoring the Sith Empire whilst reorganizing the Republic into the First Galactic Empire, an autocratic regime led by himself as Galactic Emperor. Although the Emperor also destroyed the Jedi Order in the process, several Jedi survived the purge and went into hiding.

The reign of Darth Sidious was brought to an end by his apprentice, Darth Vader, who ultimately killed his Master during the Battle of Endor in the year 4 ABY. Vader perished as well, having sustained fatal injuries during the act of overthrowing the Dark Lord. By sacrificing his life to save his son, Luke Skywalker, Vader died finding redemption in the light as Anakin Skywalker—a fallen Jedi Knight who turned to the dark side due to the machinations of Sidious, near the end of the Clone Wars. The deaths of both Sidious and Vader marked the definitive end of the Sith Order and the restoration of balance in the Force, fulfilling the ancient Jedi prophecy of the Chosen One.

While the prophecy foretold the destruction of the Sith, it never predicted the end of the dark side. In the years that followed the Empire's defeat, the First Order steadily prepared for war under the direction of a powerful dark side Force-user known as Supreme Leader Snoke. Intrigued by the potential of the Skywalker bloodline, he succeeded in turning Vader's grandson, Ben Solo to the dark side, taking the name of Kylo Ren. Snoke, however, he was later betrayed and assassinated by Ren, who sought to rule the galaxy as the new Supreme Leader. Though a product of Jedi and Sith teachings, Ren intended to destroy the combined legacy of both orders out of a desire to completely sever all ties with his past.


"Anger and pain are natural and part of growth. They give you focus. They make you strong."
―Darth Vader[src]

The Sith focused on primal emotions like anger and pain in order to gain power from the dark side of the Force. They followed a code that was the antithesis of the Jedi Code. The Sith code insisted on the importance of passion and the rejection of peace.

Peace is a lie. There is only passion.
Through passion I gain strength.
Through strength I gain power.
Through power I gain victory.
Through victory my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me.[15]

The Rule of Two ensured the relationship between a Sith Master and their apprentice was not one of trust; indeed, both the master and the apprentice constantly searched for any sign of weakness in the other, for a weak master deserved to be overthrown by their pupil, just as a weak pupil deserved to be replaced by a worthier, more powerful recruit. This philosophy was embraced by the Sith, who adopted it as a way to purify the weak and become stronger over time, since only an apprentice who had surpassed all previous Sith could take their master's place through honorable combat.[15]


Ancient timesEdit

"Once we were brothers in the Force. But from the Hundred-Year Darkness were born the Sith."
―Unidentified Jedi[src]
Moraband Planet

Moraband, the Sith homeworld.

Formed thousands of years before the Clone Wars, the Sith were the ancient enemies of the Jedi Order.[18] Established by a rogue Jedi during the Hundred-Year Darkness, the Sith sought further knowledge and power through learning the dark side of the Force. Eventually, this Jedi was able to amass a sizable following, all of whom adhered to this new philosophy that embraced the dark side.[19] This schism in the Jedi Order led to a civil war where the Jedi and the newly-founded Sith Order, once brothers and sisters in the Force, fought against one another for power.[18] The war ended in the defeat of the Sith, who fled from known space. Unbeknownst to the Jedi however, the Sith settled on Moraband, a world of red sands, where they rebuilt in secret and waited for another chance to strike.[19]

As the Sith Order grew, they constructed massive temples and tombs on Moraband in a location known as the Valley of the Dark Lords.[12] The Sith built empires on the backs of their slaves[4] and fought wars against the Jedi for control of the galaxy. During these wars, they built massive superweapons powered by giant kyber crystals.[30][31]

At one point, nearly five thousand years before the rise of the Galactic Empire, the Sith waged a war against the Jedi and Old Republic. This was done after many years in exile on the planet Moraband after the Hundred-Year Darkness. During this war, the Sith attacked the Republic capital Coruscant.[13] This allowed the Sith to build a shrine on the planet, which became a place of immense dark side power. Eventually, the Jedi were able to repel the Sith from Coruscant. Around this time, the Massassi, a slave race controlled by the Sith, constructed the Great Temple on Yavin 4.[32] Roughly a thousand years after the war, the Jedi raised their own temple over the Coruscant shrine, in an attempt to contain and eliminate its power.[16]

Over many years, the Sith continued to expand their empire, erecting temples on multiple planets. One such temple was built on the world Malachor. At the heart of this temple, was a superweapon powered by a giant kyber crystal. The Jedi eventually found out about this and launched an assault on the temple. A savage battle was then waged between the Sith Empire and the invading Jedi Knights. During the battle, the temple was activated, killing and petrifying everyone on the planet. This would result in the planet being forbidden from Jedi and becoming a legend for millennia to come.[11]

At some point, the Sith Lady Shaa heard about a Force sensitive boy named Momin, who had been locked away after creating obscene sculptures. Shaa freed Momin and claimed him as her Sith apprentice, training him in the ways of the dark side. However, Momin did not like the idea of being an apprentice and when Shaa disagreed with him, he proved his point to her by killing her during one of their duels. Momin never took his own apprentice and instead sought for more knowledge in the dark side. He decided that his only audience was the Force and yearned to be worthy of it. For this, he built a superweapon, using resources inherited from Shaa and the help of acolytes desperate to aid him. Momin's superweapon had the power to incinerate an entire city, but his true plan was different: he wanted to pour the Force into the weapon's engine and freeze the terrified expressions of the people in time forever. When he attempted this, the Jedi intervened and Momin's body was destroyed, leaving his conscience inside his mask.[6]

Darth Bane canon

An illusion of Darth Bane long after his death.

During a period of time known as the Dark age, the Jedi–Sith war broke out. Early on in the war, the Sith attacked the Republic capital world of Coruscant. The Sith then successfully captured the planet as well as the Jedi Temple. The Liberation of Coruscant was one of the last battles of the Jedi-Sith war and resulted in the Sith being driven from Coruscant.[33]

During one conflict, the Jedi and Sith fought on the planet Takodana. The pirate Maz Kanata later built her castle on top of the legendary battlefield.[34]

Their quest to gain power was ultimately the undoing of the Sith, as the dark side made them turn against one another. Within a year, the Jedi managed to defeat the infighting Sith, bringing what was left of the dark order to its knees. As it turned out, one Sith, Darth Bane, survived. With his fellow Sith Lords destroyed, he reformed the order by establishing the Rule of Two, mandating that only two Sith, a master and an apprentice, could exist at any given time, lest they fall prey to infighting.[12] The Sith abandoned their traditional homeworld of Moraband after it was scarred by many wars.[35] Eventually Darth Bane was killed and was buried in the Valley of the Dark Lords on its surface, but the Rule of Two continued through his apprentice.[12]

The Phantom MenaceEdit

"They have numbers on their side. And the faith of the Republic."
"For the moment. In time, and with careful planning, they will lose both."
―Darth Maul and Sidious[src]
Sidious Maul

Darth Sidious with his first apprentice Darth Maul.

The Sith stayed in hiding for a thousand years, their survival unknown to the Jedi, as they plotted their revenge against the Jedi Order. The Sith remained a distant memory until the last days of the Galactic Republic when Darth Sidious, a Dark Lord of the Sith, and his apprentice, Darth Maul revealed themselves to the Jedi. Sidious had killed his own master, Darth Plagueis, in his sleep and seized the status of master for himself, as was the way of the Sith. He hid in plain sight as the unassuming Senator Sheev Palpatine of Naboo, while secretly orchestrating with the Trade Federation for the invasion of his home planet. This allowed the Dark Lord to make a play for the galaxy’s highest office in his civilian persona and sow the seeds of Sith revenge. Maul attacked Queen Amidala of Naboo and later killed Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, but fell to his padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Despite this setback, the Sith had returned, clouding the Force with the power of the dark side. The arrival of Anakin Skywalker, a young boy especially strong with the Force, offered a potential recruit for the Sith with Darth Sidious in the public persona of Palpatine, who had become Supreme Chancellor of the Republic.[3]

The Clone WarsEdit

Fulfilling the Grand SchemeEdit

"I have good news for you, my Lord. The war has begun."
"Excellent. Everything is going as planned."
―Darth Tyranus and Darth Sidious[src]
Sidious Tyranus

Darth Sidious with his second apprentice Darth Tyranus.

With the loss of Darth Maul, Darth Sidious took on a new apprentice, a former Jedi, named Count Dooku. Adopting the Sith name Darth Tyranus, Dooku became the face of the Confederacy of Independent Systems against the Republic and pushed the galaxy into war. Jedi, once peacekeepers, now became generals and warriors, a rank they were formerly denied due to the Jedi Code.[1] During this time, Count Dooku took on an apprentice of his own named Asajj Ventress,[36] despite a third Sith being forbidden by the Rule of Two.[37] Ventress however, mainly served Dooku as his personal assassin.[38] Ventress, as well as Dooku's other recruits, also benefited the Sith by concealing the fact that Dooku was merely an apprentice to Darth Sidious. For at least two years into the Clone War, many Jedi believed that Dooku was the master of the Sith Order, and Sidious was able to continue manipulating the Republic without arousing suspicion.


Sidious fights Maul and Opress.

Ventress engaged Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano in lightsaber duels on numerous occasions.[39][40] While loyal, she was ultimately betrayed by her Master on the orders of Darth Sidious. Dooku soon after traveled to Dathomir to meet with the Nightsisters in hopes of finding a new apprentice.[41] Dooku and the Nightsisters eventually decided on a young Zabrak named Savage Opress, brother of Darth Maul. However, Asajj Ventress sought revenge for Dooku's treachery and used Opress as a means of attaining her goal.[42] Torn between two demanding masters, Opress eventually turned on both Dooku and Ventress. Returning to the Nightsisters, Opress found that his brother, Darth Maul, had not been killed as previously believed.[43] Maul had survived his injuries on Naboo because of his sheer reliance on the dark side and was living in the junk heaps of Lotho Minor. However, Maul's tragic events had driven him to insanity. He remembered only one word: "Kenobi." Guided by an Anacondan named Morley[44], Opress was able to return Maul to the Nightsisters for treatment. Now fully healed by the Nightsisters' magic and given a pair of new robotic legs, Darth Maul began a hunt for the man who had nearly destroyed his life, Obi-Wan Kenobi.[45] His revenge scheme eventually ended with Maul's control of Mandalore[46] and the death of Kenobi's true love. However, Darth Sidious sensed his former apprentice's action, and traveled to Mandalore to put an end to it. He killed Opress and took Maul captive,[47] locking him away in an old mountaintop prison known as the Spire, in an elaborate Sith gambit to settle a longstanding and deadly dispute with the Nightsisters.[48]

Later during the war, Yoda visited Moraband, the Sith homeworld. The Jedi Master encountered an illusory spectre of the ancient Sith Darth Bane, who was buried on the barren planet and battled Sidious on a spiritual plane as the result of an ancient, arcane Sith ritual. Through his experience, Yoda gained a new enlightenment about the Force that the Sith did not foresee.[12]

Revenge of the SithEdit

"At last, the Jedi are no more."
―Darth Sidious, to Grand Master Yoda[src]
Flaming Temple

The Jedi Temple in flames.

After three years of the Clone Wars, Darth Sidious' grand scheme was almost complete. He sacrificed Count Dooku to a violent killing by Anakin Skywalker to manipulate the young Jedi. As Palpatine, he told Anakin a Sith legend about Darth Plagueis the Wise. Plagueis, through the dark side, had gained the ability to keep people from dying until his apprentice killed him in his sleep. This story entranced Anakin, who was desperate to learn this power to save his wife, Padmé Amidala.[2]

Eventually, Palpatine revealed himself as Sidious, and converted Anakin to the dark side. Jedi Master Mace Windu tried to arrest the Dark Lord but was killed after Anakin's late intervention, after this Anakin became a Sith, now known as Darth Vader. He executed Order 66, the slaughter of all Jedi, with Vader leading the attack on the Jedi Temple. He then ordered Vader to go to the Mustafar system to wipe out the Separatist Council and thus ending the Confederacy. In the political arena, he reorganized the Republic using the powers given to him as a result of the Clone Wars to transform the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire to restore the Sith Empire, installing himself as Emperor. Once more, the Sith ruled the galaxy, unbeknownst to all but the few surviving Jedi.[2]

Imperial EraEdit

Rise of the EmpireEdit

"And my apprentices? Darth Maul was a loss, but Darth Tyranus…he was a proton torpedo. He served his purpose and was gone. I had a…superior candidate in mind. We did it, Vader. The Jedi destroyed! The Republic a shattered corpse for me to resurrect as a puppet! And you, Vader--the boy transformed into the man you were destined to be…"
―Darth Sidious to Darth Vader[src]
Vader Sidious

Darth Sidious with his third and last apprentice Darth Vader.

Following the reorganization of the Republic and purging of the Jedi Order, Darth Sidious and Vader ruled over the Galactic Empire for over twenty years until the Battle of Endor. The two Sith Lords established a cadre of Dark Side wielders known as the Inquisitorius.[49] The Inquisitors were tasked with hunting down Jedi Purge survivors and preventing Force-sensitive children from becoming Jedi. The leading Inquisitor was a Pau'an Grand Inquisitor[50], who was a former Jedi Sentinel and Knight.[51] The Inquisitors were trained by Vader and wielded double-bladed spinning lightsabers.[49]

Sometime into the Imperial Era, Vader embarked on a mission to Mustafar. With him, he took the Chief Imperial Architect Colonel Alva Brenne, her assistant Lieutenant Roggo, and the mask that once belonged to Momin. Sidious had assured Vader that Momin's mask would guide him during his studies there. Whilst on the planet, Vader meditated in the Sith cave there. That was when Momin's mask possessed Roggo and Momin used his body to design a structure. When Brenne discovered this, she was shot dead, alerting Vader to the situation. Vader killed Roggo[52] and removed the mask from his body. He took it to the Cave and reached into it using the Force. Momin revealed himself to Vader and told him his story, before attempting to possess him too. Vader resisted, but came to let the mask take control of a Mustafarian, giving Momin a body again. The two discussed the structure Momin had designed and Momin claimed it could tune the energies of the dark side locus on Mustafar, opening the door to the dark side. Vader subsequently agreed to let him build the Fortress.[6]

Five years after the end of the Clone Wars, the Free Ryloth movement led by Cham Syndulla embarked on a large-scale operation to assassinate the Emperor and Vader. Cham wanted to kill the two Sith Lords to bring about the demise of the Empire. However, Sidious had anticipated Cham's move, and the two Sith eluded Cham's attempts to assassinate them. This operation dealt a major blow to the Free Ryloth rebels, who were forced deeper underground, and also led to the exposure of Colonel Belkor Dray as a traitor. Despite Sidious' hopes, he failed to stamp out the sparks of the growing rebellion.[14]

After the outbreak of the Lothal insurgency about four years before the Battle of Yavin, Sidious dispatched Vader to hunt down the Spectres, who were part of the growing rebellion. Vader lured the Spectres into a trap on Lothal in an attempt to track down the Phoenix Cell. Vader led an attack on the Phoenix fleet which destroyed the rebel flagship Phoenix Home but failed to destroy the rebellion. During the skirmish, Vader discovered that his former apprentice Ahsoka Tano was still alive. Under Sidious' orders, he dispatched more Inquisitors to hunt down the Jedi Purge survivor Kanan Jarrus and his apprentice Ezra Bridger.[53]

Struggle on MalachorEdit

"The power within will soon serve the Emperor."
―Darth Vader, to Ezra Bridger regarding the Malachor superweapon[src]

The superweapon at the heart of the Temple which the Sith sought.

A year later, Vader visited the Lothal Jedi Temple where the Fifth Brother and the Seventh Sister had attempted to capture Ezra, Kanan, and Ahsoka. Vader remarked that the Emperor would be pleased with their discovery. When the Fifth Brother remarked that the power of the Jedi was growing, Vader responded that it would be their undoing.[51] The Sith Lords later took an interest in the Sith temple on Malachor, which was reputed to be home to a weapon capable of destroying all life. Vader sent another Inquisitor called the Eighth Brother to hunt down a "shadow" and to obtain a Sith holocron.[24]

Ezra, Kanan, and Ahsoka encountered the former Sith apprentice Maul in the Malachor Sith Temple. Maul had become stranded on Malachor several years prior and had discovered a secret inside the Sith temple that would allow them to destroy the Sith. However, he lacked the strength to do so on his own. Maul managed to befriend Ezra and the two Force-wielders succeeded in obtaining the Sith holocron. Maul later helped the Jedi drive several Inquisitors away. Despite Kanan and Ahsoka's distrust, Maul managed to convince them to help him by teasing the opportunity of destroying the Sith once and for all.[24]

Malachor Sith holocron

The Sith holocron found inside the Malachor temple that Maul would use to create a lasting influence on Ezra.

Maul convinced Ezra to place the Sith holocron in the obelisk at the top of the temple complex. He then helped Kanan and Ahsoka kill the Inquisitors before turning on Kanan, blinding him. Meanwhile, Ezra discovered that the Sith holocron was the key to reactivating the Sith temple, which was a powerful superweapon capable of destroying life. Shortly later, Darth Vader arrived to claim the temple's power for the Sith. Darth Vader fought with Ahsoka while Kanan and Ezra removed the holocron; triggering the temple's implosion. Ezra and Kanan escaped the temple, but Vader and Ahsoka were trapped inside when the Temple began to implode. Vader and Ahsoka survived and parted company.[24]

Later, Ezra came under the influence of the Sith Holocron, which was inhabited by an entity called Presence. Under the holocron's guidance, Ezra learned more aggressive combat techniques including forcing an AT-DP walker driver to attack his comrades and walk his machine off a bridge. Ezra's use of the Sith Holocron strained relations with his master Kanan, who confiscated it. Kanan later met a powerful Force-wielder called the Bendu, who formed a middle ground between the light and dark sides. He advised Kanan that an object could be used for both good and evil and that only the person had the power to change it. Kanan left the Sith holocron in the Bendu's care.[54]

Maul later captured Kanan and Ezra's rebel friends and used them as hostages to force the two Jedi to bring him the Sith holocron and Kanan's Jedi holocron. Kanan and Ezra recovered the Sith holocron from the Bendu, who warned them that Maul planned to combine the power of the holocrons to provide clarity of vision. After rendezvousing with Maul, Ezra and the former Sith combined the two holocrons. Ezra wanted to find a way to destroy the Sith while Maul was looking for hope. The holocrons projected a vision of twin suns, an old enemy of Maul, and offered to show Ezra the "key" to destroying the Sith. However, Kanan convinced his apprentice to look away, and the two holocrons separated. Maul took the opportunity to escape into space.[55]

Using the fragments of Ezra's memories in his mind, Maul tracked the rebels down to their base on Atollon. Using the dark side of the Force, Maul manifested in Ezra's visions. Maul managed to convince Ezra to follow him to Dathomir by offering to keep Chopper Base a secret. At the Nightsister lair, Maul and Ezra underwent a ritual to uncover the remaining fragments of the holocrons in each others' minds. After drinking a magic potion, Maul learned that Master Kenobi was still living on the planet with twin suns while Ezra learned that Kenobi held the key to destroying the Sith. The two were then attacked by the spirits of the Nightsisters, who demanded payment in flesh and blood for their services. Kanan and the Mandalorian weapons expert Sabine Wren arrived to confront Maul but were possessed by the spirits. Ezra and Maul managed to flee outside the lair. When Maul offered Ezra a place as his apprentice, the young Jedi refused to abandon his friends. After exorcising Kanan and Sabine, the three resolved to find the planet with twin suns and to reach Kenobi before Maul could kill him.[56]

Galactic Civil WarEdit

"We kept the skeleton of the Republic for nearly twenty years while the Death Star was constructed. Twenty years, my apprentice. All that planning is now a layer of dust orbiting around Yavin. Now, we no longer have the Senate to hold order. We do not have the Death Star to force it. Our greatest weapon is gone. Our production is in ashes. We are besieged. In all these years, we have never skirted closer to disaster."
―Darth Sidious' anger at Darth Vader's failure.[src]

The Death Star was loosely based on ancient Sith design.

In the years leading up to the Battle of Yavin, the Empire faced a growing rebellion that had grown into the Alliance to Restore the Republic. In secret, the Emperor commissioned the building of the Death Star, a massive superweapon capable of destroying entire worlds. After rebel elements stole the Death Star plans, Vader led a secret mission to Tatooine which ended with the capture of Princess Leia Organa, the adopted daughter of Bail Organa and one of the offspring of Anakin Skywalker. Shortly thereafter, the Emperor dissolved the Imperial Senate and ordered Alderaan's destruction.[8]

Lord Vader and Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin presided over Alderaan's destruction in the presence of Princess Leia. Before they could terminate Leia, she was rescued by a group of travelers including Anakin's son Luke Skywalker, the smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca, the droids C-3PO and R2-D2, and the Jedi Master Kenobi. While the other rebels escaped aboard the Millennium Falcon, Kenobi sacrificed his life to delay Vader. Leia and her rescuers retreated to the rebel base on Yavin 4. The Death Star traveled to Yavin base in a bid to destroy the Rebel Alliance once and for all but this plan was ruined by a rebel starfighter force. During the Battle of Yavin, Vader sensed that the Force was strong in the rebel pilot Skywalker; who fired the missile that destroyed the Death Star, Vader however survived the destruction.[8]


The two Sith Lords discuss the growing power of Luke Skywalker and the threat he poses.

Three years after the events on Yavin and following the Battle of Hoth, the Emperor disclosed that Luke was one of the offspring of Anakin Skywalker, though this was something Vader already knew. Vader believed that Luke would be a powerful ally if he could be turned. The Emperor charged Vader with winning Luke over and destroying him if he refused to turn to the dark side. During that time Luke had traveled to Dagobah, where he had been trained by Yoda, a Jedi Master who was once the leader of the Jedi Order. Vader managed to capture Leia, Han, C-3PO and Chewbacca in Cloud City on Bespin. Sensing the danger that his friends were in, Luke left his training and traveled to Cloud City where Vader was waiting for him. During their confrontation, Vader severed Luke's right hand and revealed that he was Luke's father. Despite the pain, Luke refused to join Vader, threw himself down a vane and escaped.[57]

Demise of the SithEdit

"Now, fullfil your destiny and take your father's place at my side."
"Never. I'll never turn to the dark side. You failed, Your Highness. I'm a Jedi, like my father before me."
"So be it, Jedi."
―Darth Sidious and Luke Skywalker[src]

In secret, the Emperor directed the building of a second Death Star above the forest moon of Endor. In an attempt to destroy the rebellion once and for all, the Emperor arranged for intelligence on the second Death Star to be leaked to Bothan spies. Using this information, the Rebel Alliance made preparations to launch an attack on the second Death Star. Before the Battle of Endor, Vader traveled to the second Death Star to warn Moff Tiaan Jerjerrod to accelerate construction. Shortly later, Sidious traveled to the battle station to oversee the final construction stages.[20]

Vader Grabs Palpatine

The prophecy of the Chosen One came to pass with the destruction of the last Sith Lords, Darth Sidious and Darth Vader.

After learning about Vader's true identity as his father— Anakin Skywalker— from Yoda and the Force spirit of Kenobi; Luke decided to face Vader on his own. He traveled with the rebel strike team to Endor and then surrendered himself to Vader. Luke hoped to turn his father back to the light, sensing "conflict" within him. Likewise, the Emperor sought to turn Luke to the dark side and replace his father as his new apprentice. On the second Death Star, Luke confronted Sidious. Sidious wanted to provoke Luke's anger by having the Imperial Navy engage the Rebel fleet, thus putting his friends' lives at risk, and ordering Vader to attack him personally. Luke, however, steadfastly refused in turn. Realizing Luke was a true Jedi, and would not be swayed, Sidious attempted to kill him through torturing him with Force lightning. However, Vader, torn between his loyalty to his master, his old Jedi connections, and his son, ultimately threw the Emperor down a reactor, killing him and returning balance to the Force. Badly damaged from the Emperor's Force lightning, Darth Vader died, but his selfless act allowed him to rejoin the Force as a Force spirit, and be "reborn" as his old self, Anakin Skywalker. Thus, the Sith Order, along with their tyranny was no more,[20] as foretold by the ancient prophecy that predicted their downfall.[21]

Sometime before the Battle of Jakku, the Sith armada battled against the Ghostfinder fleet.[5]


"Through the ages… I've seen evil take many forms. The Sith. The Empire. Today, it is the First Order."
―Maz Kanata[src]
Episode VIII Snoke and Kylo Ren

Despite the extinction of the Sith, a new generation of dark side wielders emerged through Snoke and his apprentice Kylo Ren.

While the Sith Order was defeated, it was merely one of many denominations of Force-worshiping religions that existed throughout galactic history. The Sith's ancient legacy as enemies of the Jedi and, at times, rulers of the galaxy, would continue to be felt in the decades that followed its extinction. The demise of the Sith left behind a vacuum that others sought to fill; namely, the Knights of Ren, led by Kylo Ren, grandson of Darth Vader, and Snoke, the dark Supreme Leader of the First Order, the successor of the fallen Galactic Empire.[34] Thus, while the ancient prophecy that foretold the destruction of the Sith came to pass, it did not foretell the destruction of the darkness,[21] for as long as there existed light, there would be its shadow.[58]

Kylo Ren Vader Helmet Chamber

The descendant of Darth Vader, Ren idolized his grandfather but also desired to let old things die.

Immediately following the deaths of Darth Sidious and Darth Vader, many individuals and groups still adhered to their philosophy. Yupe Tashu, an advisor to the late Sidious, was an admirer of the Sith interrogation methods, as well as their teachings and cunning. He believed that the remaining Imperial Military had to retreat "beyond the veil of stars," to the Unknown Regions, to search for the source of the dark side that Sidious had come to feel reaching out to him.[59][60] The Acolytes of the Beyond, who worshiped the Sith, collected Sith artifacts, such as what they believed to be Darth Vader's lightsaber, to destroy them, believing this returned the relics to their deceased owners.[59] Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren held some of the beliefs of the Sith with Kylo even pledging to finish what his grandfather Darth Vader had begun, although Supreme Leader Snoke scorned the sentimentality of Vader, which he believed had led to the Empire's downfall. Ultimately, Ren hoped to build an immunity to the light, and succeed where Vader failed.[61]

Luke Skywalker, Ren's former master and the last Jedi, blamed the Jedi Order for Darth Sidious' rise to power.[58] After usurping his dark side master Snoke, who was not a Sith,[62] during the attack on the Resistance fleet, Ren implored the aspiring Jedi Rey to join him in building a new order for the galaxy and to let go of the past.[58]

Behind the scenesEdit

"The Sith are people who are very self-centered and selfish. There used to be many Sith, but because they hunger for power, they killed each other off, so now there are only two - a master and an apprentice. Sith rely on their passion to get things done. They use their raw emotion, their hatred, their anger, their bitterness - which is the dark side of the Force. The Force is what binds the galaxy together, and it has a good side and a bad side. The Sith learned how to manipulate both sides of the Force, and then they fell into the trap of being corrupted by the dark side. The Jedi Knights are like marshals in the Wild West. It's their job to make sure everyone is protected, to bring peace. They are the enemy of the Sith, because the Sith want to dominate the galaxy, to control everything, and for a thousand years they have had a plot against the Jedi. So, in this movie, it is time for them to seek revenge against the Jedi for perceived injustices and to carry out that plot."
―George Lucas on the Sith[src]

The Sith first appeared as the primary antagonists of George Lucas' Original trilogy and the Prequel trilogy. The Phantom Menace, which premiered in 1999, established key concepts including the Rule of Two. In addition, the origins and history of the Sith was explored by several non-Canon Star Wars Legends works including the 1991 Dark Horse Comics Dark Empire story arc, the mid-1990s Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi comics, the 2003 BioWare game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and its sequels, Drew Karpyshyn's Darth Bane Trilogy, the futuristic Star Wars: Legacy comic series, and John Jackson Miller's Lost Tribe of the Sith novellas. More recently, the canon television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels have touched upon the origins and history of the Sith.

Sam Witwer, who has voiced Maul and Sidious in animation, opined the Sith do not believe in life after death. That is why they go to such extreme lengths to survive. However, the Jedi will sacrifice themselves as they believe their deaths can inspire others. "You have Darth Vader, who lives a terrible life, he lives a pathetic, tortured existence but it’s still preferable to having nothing, which is how he views death. The same thing with Darth Sidious, you look at him in Return of the Jedi. He's over 100 years old and is a bent, old man. But that's better than the alternative, which is nothing."[63] An appearance from the Force spirits of Darth Bane and Revan in "Ghosts of Mortis" was removed at the last minute by George Lucas due to the disconcerting notion that the Sith could return.[64]

In the non-Canon animated television series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, the primary antagonist Naare is identified as a Sith agent of Darth Sidious and Darth Vader.[65]


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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Star Wars:Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  4. 4.0 4.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Escape from Kadavo"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Aftermath: Empire's End
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 22: Fortress Vader, Part IV
  7. Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  9. Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 6: The Chosen One, Part VI
  10. Star Wars: Commander
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice"
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  14. 14.0 14.1 Lords of the Sith
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Darth Vader: Sith Lord
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Tarkin
  17. StarWars-DatabankII Holocron in the Databank (backup link)
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Star Wars 9: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part II
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Encyclopedia-Logo Sith in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
  22. "Aftermath: Empire's End"
  23. Dawn of Rebellion
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice"
  25. Lando, Part IV
  26. SWInsider "The End of History"—Star Wars Insider 154
  27. Star Wars Annual 4
  28. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence"
  29. Dark Disciple
  30. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Big Bang"
  31. StarWars-DatabankII Death Star Superlaser in the Databank (backup link)
  32. Ultimate Star Wars
  33. Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  34. 34.0 34.1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  35. StarWars-DatabankII Moraband in the Databank (backup link)
  36. Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  37. StarWars-DatabankII Darth Bane in the Databank (backup link)
  38. StarWars-DatabankII Sith in the Databank (backup link)
  39. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Hidden Enemy"
  40. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cloak of Darkness"
  41. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Nightsisters"
  42. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Monster"
  43. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Witches of the Mist"
  44. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brothers"
  45. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge"
  46. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
  47. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lawless"
  48. Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part One
  49. 49.0 49.1 Star Wars Rebels: Visual Guide: Epic Battles
  50. Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
  51. 51.0 51.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Shroud of Darkness"
  52. Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 21: Fortress Vader, Part III
  53. Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal
  54. Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow
  55. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "The Holocrons of Fate"
  56. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Visions and Voices"
  57. Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  58. 58.0 58.1 58.2 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  59. 59.0 59.1 Aftermath
  60. Aftermath: Empire's End
  61. Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens novelization
  62. James Dyer. Star Wars: Exclusive New Image of Supreme Leader Snoke. Empire Magazine. Archived from the original on November 29, 2017. Retrieved on December 17, 2017.
  63. Blauvelt, Christian. Sam Witwer on Darth Maul’s ‘Clone Wars’ Fate: ‘He’s Playing a Long Game’ — Q&A. Archived from the original on October 14, 2015. Retrieved on May 2, 2015.
  64. SWCustom-2011 "Ghosts of Mortis" Episode Featurette on (backup link not available)
  65. The Freemakers mini logo LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "A Hero Discovered"

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