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"Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?"
"I thought not. It's not a story the Jedi would tell you. It's a Sith legend."
―Sheev Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker[src]

The "Tragedy of Darth Plagueis" was a so-called "Sith legend"[1] that recounted the murder of Darth Plagueis by the hand of his own apprentice,[2] Darth Sidious.[3] Toward the end of the Clone Wars, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine recounted that tale to the troubled Jedi Anakin Skywalker on his private box at the Galaxies Opera House in hopes of luring him to the dark side of the Force. In fact, Palpatine was none other than the public persona of Darth Sidious,[2] and he only framed the tale of Plagueis' murder as an old legend so as to avoid suspicion.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

"Of all of the deliciously evil scenes--and there are many--the one that stands out for me is in Revenge of the Sith. And that's when we all get to go to the opera. George [Lucas] will remember that he wrote that scene originally in another office [set]… and then he said, 'No, I think we should go somewhere else for a change.' So we went to a theater and the reason I liked that so much is because I'm a theater actor too, but more than that Hayden and I could really sit down and from my point of view anyway, have an evil chat. And I think it's one of the longest dialogue scenes in the whole of the saga."
―Ian McDiarmid[src]

The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis tale was originally intended to be told by Palpatine to Anakin Skywalker in his office rather than at the Galaxies Opera House. During principal photography of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, one of the onset changes that director George Lucas made was the alteration of Plagueis' "legend" from being staged in the office to the opera house, as Lucas had already shot several scenes at the office.[4] At Celebration Orlando 2017, Ian McDiarmid revealed that the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis scene was his most evil from all the Star Wars scenes he filmed.[5]



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