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"Get help. You're no match for him. He's a Sith Lord."
―Sheev Palpatine, to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker[src]

Sith Lord was a title conferred upon individuals who followed the Sith tradition. Sith Lords drew upon the dark side of the Force, using it to gain power.

The title "Darth" was given to newly christened Sith in place of their old identities. It roughly translated to simply "Sith Lord."[13]


During the days of the Old Republic, many individuals held the mantle of Sith Lord and fought countless wars against the Jedi Order. Eventually, however, their numbers dwindled due to infighting. After Darth Bane established the Rule of Two,[7] Sith tradition dictated that there could only be two Sith Lords—a master and an apprentice—at any given time.[10] By the time of Darth Sidious, the Sith all but destroyed the Jedi, and Sidious transformed the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire.[12]

The thousand-year lineage stretching from Darth Bane to the last Sith Lord, Darth Vader, ended when Vader died destroying his master, Darth Sidious.[14]


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