RotJ Palpatine/Darth Sidious Respect Thread

This is a respect thread for Palpatine's Return of the Jedi incarnation. It will contain all accolades referring to him as of and up to this time, as well as all feats accomplished in the time between Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi. It follows my TPM and RotS Palpatine respect threads, and will be followed by a DE respect thread.

Respect the Emperor:

"Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen."

Power

Palpatine possesses almost unlimited Force powers:

Sidious possesses almost unlimited Force powers.

Source: Beware the Sith

The Emperor possessed boundless Force power and was one of the most dangerous humans in galactic history:

Possessed of the boundless power of the Force and adept in the ways of the dark side, Emperor Palpatine was one of the most dangerous and evil Humans in galactic history.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Palpatine is the most powerful member of the Order of the Sith Lords:

The Sith have waited millennium for the birth of one who is powerful enough to return them from hiding. Darth Sidious is that one—the Sith's revenge on the Jedi order for having nearly eradicated the practitioners of the dark side of the Force.

Source: The Complete Visual Dictionary

The Sith Order, in hiding for a millennium, had awaited the birth of one who was powerful enough to return the Order to prominence. Darth Sidious was the fulfillment of that prophecy, capable of exacting the Sith's revenge on the Jedi for having nearly eradicated the practitioners of the dark side of the Force.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Darth Sidious proved to be the grim culmination of a thousand years of Sith philosophy and teachings.

Source: Jedi vs Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force

For a thousand years we continued to follow Bane's Rule of Two, existing in the shadows, biding our time, growing in power, feeding our hatred. Darth Sidious proved to be the splendid culmination of a thousand years of Sith philosophy and teachings.

Source: Insider #88: Heritage of the Sith

When the Sith finally emerged from a thousand years of watching and waiting, they numbered—in accordance with the tradition set down by Darth Bane—only two. The most powerful of these was Darth Sidious, an ice-cold, diabolically calculating genius equipped with the strength of the dark side of the Force, as well as an enormous wealth of Sith artifacts, equipment, and knowledge.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Palpatine is the most powerful Sith Lord in history:

Meet Darth Sidious - the most powerful Sith Master who ever lived.

Source: Darth Maul, Sith Apprentice

Beyond the vision of the Jedi Knights, somewhere within the darkness, the greatest master of evil ever to use Sith power bides his time. As his strength grows, his plans begin to shape the course of the galaxy, and his snares await the unsuspecting.

Source: The Complete Visual Dictionary

Finally - the Emperor - who should be fighting to save the Republic - is revealed as the most powerful and menacing Sith of all!

Source: The Sith (Revenge of the Sith Collection, 2005)

"Master Yoda..." He steepled his fingers. "Are you quite certain young Anakin is ready for such a task?"

"Yes," said Yoda flatly.

And that was a lie. Yoda was a master at masking his emotions, but not even he could hide them from the greatest Sith Lord ever known. He was worried...and backed into a corner.

Source: The Clone Wars: Wild Space

When Yoda crosses sabers with the movie's arch-villain, he doesn't launch into a pinwheeling display of acrobatics, as he did against Count Dooku in Episode II. Instead, Yoda faces the dark side's fury, channeled by the most powerful Sith Lord in history. "Rob Coleman wanted Yoda to feel the power of his enemy," says Wheless, "like a force he's never dealt with before."

Source: Insider #86: Yoda's Right Arm

Yoda went after Palpatine in the empty Senate chamber, but could not defeat the most powerful Sith Lord in history.

Source: The New Essential Chronology

When the most powerful Jedi battled against the most powerful Sith, the two sides of the Force clashed in spectacular style.

Source: Jedi Battles

With the galaxy now ripe for conquest, the Emperor has become the most powerful Sith Lord of all and a master of the Dark Side of the Force, ordering the extermination of the Jedi Order with the aid of his apprentice, the deadly Darth Vader.

Source: Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Volume 1

Vader imagined the power that could be his if he crushed Palpatine and established his own rule over the Empire. But first, he would need his own apprentice. By himself, he could not hope to defeat the most powerful Sith Lord the galaxy had ever known.

Source: Vader: The Ultimate Guide

Emperor Zaarin? The idea isn't as ludicrous as it sounds. Demetrius Zaarin gambled everything on an audacious coup d'état and nearly killed the most powerful Sith Lord the galaxy has ever known.

Source: Insider #66: Who's Who: Imperial Grand Admirals

The Emperor was completely in concert with the dark side of the Force. He was the most powerful Sith who had ever existed.

Source: Death Star

His power may be unparalleled in the history of the Sith.

Source: Force & Destiny

Sidious is the most powerful practitioner of the dark side of the Force:

Inside the spacious interior of the Galactic Senate chamber, Yoda challenged the Emperor. The two engaged in a spectacular duel—a contest between the most powerful practitioners of the Force’s light and dark sides.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

When the evil Emperor, Supreme Master of the Dark Side of the Force, turned the fullness of his malevolence against Luke, Anakin Skywalker suddenly awoke from the curse that had imprisoned him for so long...

Source: Dark Empire Endnotes

As Luke's father once said, during the time he served the greatest known wielder of the Dark Side of the Force, the Emperor: "The ability to destroy a planet - or even a whole system - is insignificant next to the power of the Force."

Source: Dark Empire Endnotes

It quickly became clear to Luke that this decrepit and seemingly defenseless old man was masterfully adept in the ways of the Dark Side of the Force. Indeed, as Vader had warned, the Emperor had become the Dark Side's most powerful expression.

Source: Dark Empire Endnotes

The Emperor may have been the most powerful being in history:

And what of the Emperor? He was mighty in the Force, perhaps the mightiest being who has ever lived.

Source: Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi

Leia is numbed with fear upon meeting the Emperor:

"I'd meant to confront Palpatine and tell him what I thought of his xenophobic Empire, but as he approached me in the reception line, I was struck numb with fear. I remember thinking it was as if he were pitch-black inside."

Source: Jedi vs Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force

The Emperor is more powerful than any of his minions, including Darth Vader:

Unknown to the Rebels, the Emperor had already laid the groundwork for the perpetual rule of his New Order. He had turned a Jedi into his new dark apprentice, the terrifying Darth Vader. Vader himself trained apprentices. And the Emperor created a corps of loyal, Force-skilled minions to maintain his rule. Most powerful of all, of course, was the Emperor himself.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith, has instilled terror throughout the galaxy since the beginning of the Empire. His devotion to the Emperor and mastery of the dark side gives him more power than any single individual in the galaxy except for the Emperor himself.

Source: Shadows of the Empire: Prince Xizor vs. Darth Vader Action Figure (Kenner)

In his distinctive black armor, Vader is an imposing figure. In the entire galaxy, he is second in power only to the Emperor himself.

Source: Insider #65

Galen Marek is ultimately no match for the Emperor's power:

As Juno rescued the Senators, Starkiller confronted the Sith Lords who had been manipulating him for years. Lightsabers clashed inside the Emperor's observation dome, but Starkiller was ultimately no match for the power of Darth Sidious.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

The Emperor's inherent power is so great that dark side devotees are drawn to him and have their powers focused and augmented in his presence:

During the Rebellion era, dark side devotees become a bit more open, drawn by the power of the Emperor and their acceptance into his court. They are much easier to find anywhere in the Empire, especially in the Imperial Palace, where their power is focused and augmented by that of the Emperor.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

The Emperor's death leaves behind a dark side nexus over Endor:

Any unusual localization, or vergence, of dark side Force energy. These strange locales emanated the dark side of the Force, and were considered focal points of power for dark side users. As such, they were often guarded by Jedi Knights to prevent their discovery and exploitation. Known dark side nexuses included the twisted tree-cave on Dagobah, Halagad Ventor's hermitage on Trinta, and a "stain" of dark side energy that hovered over Endor following the defeat of the Emperor.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

A hologram of the Emperor created from before the events of Return of the Jedi radiates such power that Luke Skywalker, as of Dark Empire, is overwhelmed and mesmerized by it to the extent of being unable to move:

Palpatine's hologram: ...and I have come to realize that the dark side is my only ally. The dark side is the only means to power.

R2-D2: (beeb beeb)

Luke: Be quiet, R2, I don't care about the time, but can you do someting about the heat? I suddenly... feel... cold...

Palpatine's hologram: My explorations of the Force have revealed to me many wonderful secrets.

Luke: Cold... like a dead hand pressing on my heart...

Palpatine's hologram: I have learned that Anger and Will, when joined together, forge a most unholy and devastating alliance.

Luke: Maybe R2's right... time to leave... but it's like a great weight... pressing down on me... I... can't move... can't... leave...

Palpatine's hologram: Using Anger, I have learned to unlock the hidden reservoirs of the glorious dark side power.

Luke: No...

Palpatine's hologram: Anger concentrated by Will in the vital center of the body creates a portal, through which vast energies are released. The energies of the dark side of the Force. This is the power I command, now that I am one with the dark side.

Luke: Is this what my father felt?

Palpatine's hologram: With these energies, I have slain my enemies across the empty reaches of space.

Luke: I shouldn't... listen...

Palpatine's hologram: I have created lightning, and unleashed devastating fires.

Luke: ...but I can't... stop...

Palpatine's hologram: With this knowledge, I can unleash dark side energies that swirl invisibly around us, even to shatter the fabric of space itself. In this way, I have created Storms.

Luke: Got... to break... free!

R2-D2: (beeb beeb)

Luke: I'm... alright, R2. (panting). This place... is still strong with the dark side. And the presence of the Emperor, even in a hologram, is almost overpowering.

Source: Dark Empire: Audio Drama

Force Knowledge

The Emperor has studied the Force in all its guises, from all the resources of the galaxy and the greatest works of knowledge from over a million worlds:

With the resources of the galaxy at his disposal, he gathered the greatest works of knowledge from over a million worlds. He studied the Force in all its guises thoughout the galaxy, whether it was the shamanism of Jarvashqiine or the tales of the Tyia.

Source: Dark Empire Sourcebook

The Emperor's citadel contains libaries of dark side tomes:

Also known as the Imperial Citadel, this complex houses the personal quarters and offices of Emperor Palpatine. Contained within the Citadel are the Emperor's throne room, a vast cloning complex, dark side alchemical laboratories, libraries of dark side tomes, and other facilities that are part of the Emperor's sinister plans.

Source: Byss and the Deep Core

Sidious has access to several chambers of Jedi and Sith holocrons which he allows his dark side Adepts and Inquisitors to delve into:

In the bowels of the citadel are a number of chambers where the Emperor trains his dark side Adepts and a select few Inquisitors and delves deep into the secrets of Jedi and Sith holocrons.

Source: Byss and the Deep Core

Palpatine claims that he can teach others "immense gifts" that will make them more powerful than Vader, including "the power over life and death", possibly referring to midi-chlorian manipulation:

"If only I had someone I could really trust," Palpatine said. "Someone who understood my goals. If I found that someone, the gifts I could give him would be ... immense."

Ferus looked away. He wished Palpatine would stop talking.

'The power over life and death," Palpatine said.

Ferus didn't turn, but he felt the hairs on the back of his neck rise.

"Ah, I see I have your full attention at last. I can teach you things that will make you more powerful than Vader. It will take time. But only time."

Source: Last of the Jedi: Secret Weapon

Dark Rage/Protection/Speed

Dark Rage is a dark-sided power enabling a Sith to enhance his resolve and physical traits. Force Protection is the passive (and sometimes active) enhancement of a Force sensitive's durability to varying superhuman degrees. Force Speed is the passive (and sometimes active) enhancement of a Force sensitive's speed to varying superhuman degrees.

Sidious strikes down several Jedi in quick succession before they can react, displaying speed beyond that of any in Beyghor Sahdett's experience:

"I have never seen such skill. Such speed."

The Emperor moves faster than Galen Marek, preventing the latter's attempt to blitz him:

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The Emperor throws away his lightsaber and Force Pushes Galen Marek before he can react:

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The Emperor is unharmed by an explosion that kills Galen Marek:

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Sidious is shot by a blaster bolt but remains unharmed:

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Palpatine retains his physical attributes over the years, despite his advancing age:

Palpatine affected the simple clothing of a simple man, but drew his powers of persuasion and control from the blackest depths of the dark side of the Force. While the Force has twisted his face, it has also sustained him well beyond his years, and even in his old age the Emperor remains a figure of terrible power.

Source: The Complete Visual Dictionary

Sense/Sight/Precognition/Farsight

Force Sense is a basic power that enables a Force user to feel or sense events, people, and objects. Force Sight is a power that enables one to see through the Force, either in supplementation with or compensation for their physical sight. Precognition allows one to foresee the future, but often on a very limited and short-term scale. Farsight allows a Force user to identify events that occur in other places or other times, or both.

Palpatine senses that Mas Amedda is sending him a message:

Alert to a mild disturbance in the Force, he swung toward the throne room holoprojector a moment before a half-life-size image of Mas Amedda resolved from thin air.

Source: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

Palpatine senses Vader's greater commitment to the dark side:

Sidious was pleased. Vader had done well. He had sensed the change in him, even in the brief conversation they had had following the events on Kashyyyk. Now that Vader had begun to tap deeply into the power of the dark side, his true apprenticeship could begin.

Source: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

Sidious is aware of how Vader fought Ferus Olin, is aware of how he pressured Zan Arbor to create a memory drug, and perceives his thoughts:

"The success of the first stage of the superweapon pleases me," Lord Sidious said. "What does not please me is that you failed my test."

Vader was surprised. "I don't understand, Master. I annihilated the resistance. I destroyed Ferus Olin. He was not our ally. He was our enemy."

"Of course he was our enemy," Lord Sidious said. "And of course I meant for you to destroy him. That was not your test."

"My test..."

"You fought him with emotion. Just in the way you pressured Zan Arbor to come up with that memory agent. Yes, I know about that, how badly you wanted it. I had hoped for more from you, my apprentice. I expected you to leave Anakin Skywalker behind. By your actions you have shown me that Anakin is not dead. Until he is dead, Lord Vader cannot truly rise."

A rebuke instead of a praise. Instead of a reward, a warning.

"You killed her. That was good - it brought you to me."

You killed her. That was good. Vader was shocked at the grief and anger that roiled through him at his Master's words. He could easily have struck his Master down.

Lord Sidious smiled. "You see?" he taunted.

His Master was right. Anakin wasn't dead. If Anakin were truly dead, he would not be feeling this despair.

Source: Last of the Jedi: Reckoning

The Emperor is aware of Tarkin's plans to develop a superweapon in the Maw, despite Tarkin's beliefs that he didn't:

The second was to establish an invulnerable and powerful superweapon, part dramatic symbol, part real threat. Tarkin himself was developing plans for the weapon and he had established a hidden think tank of designers and scientists in a black-hole cluster known as the Maw. The Grand Moff didn't think the Emperor yet knew of his secrets, and intended to present the plans for any weapons developed himself, taking all the credit. Palpatine did know though, as he knew of Tarkin's ambitions.

Source: The Essential Guide to Characters

The Emperor is able to learn of conspiracies against him through the Force:

Palpatine knew precisely why the Empire couldn’t last without his dread power: he had designed it that way. No one ever suspected how much he relied on the Dark Side of the Force. He shaped those of his government by using the Force against them. He used it to control his fleets and to drive his soldiers on to victory. He used it to destroy his enemies from a distance and learn of conspiracies against him. Without it, there was no way the Empire could endure, as he had designed it.

Source: Dark Empire Sourcebook

Sidious senses the destroyer of the Death Star, as well as the fact that he will find him:

He would never doubt the power of the dark side of the Force to show him the way forward. The destruction of the Death Star was surely necessary, as it would guide him to this new path. Darkness was gathering, and the Emperor sensed that this pilot was at the heart of it. The dark side of the Force had brought him to light. The Emperor had only to find him—and the Emperor would find him. He knew that with an iron certainty. The pilot would be found. An ordered galaxy would follow. It was his destiny.

Source: Rebel Force: Target

Palpatine senses Luke's potential power, which exceeds Vader's:

Still, when Luke, if only momentarily, gave in to rage at the Emperor and swung his lightsaber blade down to finish the old man, he found Vader’s blade already blocking his. Luke relented and tried to avoid any further surrender to the Dark Side, but Palpatine knew the Skywalker anger too well. He had foreseen just how powerful Luke could be if he turned to the way of destruction. More powerful than Vader.

Source: Dark Empire Sourcebook

The Emperor is aware of his minions' decisions and movements before they do:

Palpatine is a master of manipulation and has no qualms about using crime lords, Grand Moffs, or other powerful figures as pawns in his game. Strangely, it always seems that he knows how all of his pieces will move several turns before they do.

Source: Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook

The Emperor is aware of Xizor's attack:

"One wonders how that hotheaded young man managed to get into a protected corridor," the Emperor said. But there was no wonder in the Emperor's voice, none at all. Vader's face froze. He knew. It was not possible, for the guard who had admitted the would-be assassin into the corridor was no longer among the living, and none but that single man had known who ordered him to allow the young man access—but somehow, the Emperor knew. The Emperor's mastery of the dark side was great indeed.

Source: Shadows of the Empire

Palpatine is aware of a small Rebel force landing on Endor:

Vader rose, as the throne swiveled around, and the Emperor faced him. They made eye contact from light-years and a soul’s breath away. Across that abyss, Vader responded. “My master, a small Rebel force has penetrated the shield and landed on Endor.”

“Yes, I know.” There was no hint of surprise in his tone; rather, fulfillment.

Source: Return of the Jedi

Sidious knows that Luke will attempt to redeem Darth Vader:

Young Luke had tasted the power of the Dark Side through his anger and his fear. Doubt clouded his mind, and he was unsure he could survive another confrontation with his father. Yet he was also sure that there was still good in his father; he was willing to risk everything to attempt to bring it out.

Source: Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi

Sidious senses Gethzerion's power from across the galaxy and the threat it may pose to him:

But the Emperor, who sensed Gethzerion's power through the Force, realized that once Getlizerion mastered the controls of a shuttle, she could reach the orbiting docking facility, and from there spread her influence to the rest of the galaxy, one day perhaps even challenging him.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Telekinesis

Telekinesis is a Force power enabling one to manipulate reality around them with the power of their mind.

Palpatine destroys a giant building:

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Palpatine is able to crush buildings with the Force with such ease that the buildings are said to be "puny":

You'll use the dark side of the Force to trick the Rebels into fighting by your side as you wipe out entire battalions with lightning and crush their puny buildings.

Source: Insider #88: Virtual Sith

Sidious sends Galen Marek flying across the Death Star observation dome, leaving him floored:

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The Emperor casually overwhelms Galen Marek with a combination of telekinesis and Force Lightning, disarming him and knocking him into the air, leaving him helpless. Palpatine then hurls him through a window:

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Palpatine casually hurls the Rogue Shadow through a window:

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The Emperor telekinetically buries the Lusankya, a 19000 meter-long Super Star Destroyer:

Years before, one of a number of Super Star Destroyers commissioned by the Emperor had disappeared. In fact, as a demonstration of Palpatine's dark side powers, he had buried the Lusankya at the edge of Imperial City.

Source: The Official Star Wars Fact File #9

Sidious Crushes Sedriss to the extent that his ribs begin to collapse and his hearbeat slowly comes to a stop:

The Emperor looked inside Sedriss's heart and in his own way cut to the core of Sedriss's problem. Sedriss could not respect anyone whom he knew he could easily kill—which included most of his superiors in the military. The Emperor made a bargain with Sedriss: They would duel, and if Sedriss won, he could take the Emperor's life. But if Sedriss lost, he would serve the Emperor with unquestioning loyalty, or suffer the most terrible, lingering, ignominious death he could imagine. Confident of his chances against the frail old man, Sedriss agreed—and was promptly crushed to the ground by the Emperor's power. Sedriss admitted that the Emperor had defeated him and promised to honor their agreement. The Emperor didn't desist. Sedriss felt his ribs collapsing, and swore that he would serve the Emperor. Still the Emperor did not stop, until Sedriss felt his heartbeat slowly coming to a stop and begged to serve the Emperor. When he was finally able to stand, he instead knelt—convinced that this was a superior who was truly superior to him.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Palpatine telekinetically calls down a cage around Bemel Levelisk:

Lemelisk glanced up at a clattering sound and saw a flexible wire cage released from the vaulted ceiling above. He ducked, but the cage fell squarely down over him, seating itself to the floor as if Palpatine were directing it with invisible powers. The cage was made of fine mesh, the grid barely large enough to stick his smallest finger through.

Source: Darksaber

The Emperor muses that with a thought he can destroy his office and crack the foundations of the Imperial Palace, which is 3 kilometers tall, 20 kilometers wide, and can house Star Destroyers:

Fury boiled his blood at the thought of waiting any longer. The rage called for release, and the Emperor knew that with a thought he could destroy his opulent office. He could crack the building's foundation, rain rubble on the heads of those unlucky beings trapped within. He could, with the full power of his anger, unleash a fireball of death.

Source: Rebel Force: Target

The Emperor effortlessly removes Luke's binders:

“You no longer need those,” he added with no-bless oblige—and made the slightest motion with his finger in the direction of Luke’s wrists. At that, Luke’s binders simply fell away, clattering noisily to the floor.

Source: Return of the Jedi

Force Flight

Force Flight is a Force ability allowing one to glide or levitate using the Force.

The Emperor levitates using the Force:

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Telepathy/Empathy

Telepathy is the ability to manipulate or communicate thoughts and mental impulses. Empathy is similar but relates to emotions rather than mental thoughts.

Sidious reads Vader's mind:

"Keep still," Sidious interrupted, "before you damage yourself all the more." He gave Vader a moment to compose himself. "First, let me reiterate that the Jedi mean nothing to us. In having survived, Yoda and Obi-Wan aren't exceptions to the rule. I'm certain that dozens of Jedi escaped with their lives, and in due time you will have the pleasure of killing many of them. But of greater import is the fact that their order has been crushed. Finished, Lord Vader. Do I make myself clear?"

"Yes, Master," Vader muttered.

"In burying their heads in the sands and snows of remote worlds, the surviving Jedi humble themselves before the Sith. So let them: let them atone for one thousand years of arrogance and self-absorption."

Sidious watched Vader, displeased. "Once more your thoughts betray you. I see that you are not yet fully convinced."

Source: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

Palpatine reads Ferus Olin's thoughts:

"Ah, I see I have your full attention at last. I can teach you things that will make you more powerful than Vader. It will take time. But only time."

More powerful than Vader. Was it possible?

"Yes, it is possible," Palpatine said. "For I created him, did I not?" He took another small step toward Ferus. This time Ferus didn't shrink back.

Source: Last of the Jedi: Secret Weapon

The Emperor reads Vader's thoughts:

"You killed her. That was good - it brought you to me."

You killed her. That was good. Vader was shocked at the grief and anger that roiled through him at his Master's words. He could easily have struck his Master down.

Lord Sidious smiled. "You see?" he taunted.

His Master was right. Anakin wasn't dead. If Anakin were truly dead, he would not be feeling this despair.

Source: Last of the Jedi: Reckoning

Sidious gives his voice a hypnotic quality to Darth Vader:

"You have forgotten your place, Lord Vader. By taking this boy as your apprentice, you have betrayed me." The Emperor's tone was at the same time harsh and hypnotic.

Source: The Force Unleashed

The Emperor hypnotizes Galen Marek into betraying his ideals and killing Vader. Only the intervention of Kota and Bail Organa breaks Marek out of the Emperor's spell:

The Emperor appeared out of the settling smoke, glee on his face. He raised one hand as though to touch the apprentice. The apprentice felt a wave of hypnotic suggestion flow through him.

Yes! Kill him! He is weak, broken! Kill him and you can take your rightful place at my side!

The apprentice remained frozen, mesmerized by the Emperor's ghastly charisma. Why not? Wasn't this what he had considered on Raxus Prime? If he agreed to that plan, he would be free of one Master and slave to another - but what was to stop him from attacking that Master in turn, one day? He would not make the same mistake Darth Vader had.

Darth Vader - who had murdered his father, lied to and betrayed him, killed PROXY, branded Juno a traitor, and kidnapped Kota and the others. Didn't he deserve to die a thousand times over?

And power - he had become used o it in the service of his Master. When the dark side sang through him, others danced to his will. That would be hard to give up.

"No!" Kota's voice came through as though from a great distance. The apprentice noted, as though viewing the world in slow motion, the Jedi Master telekinetically snatching the Emperor's lightsaber from his waist and, with surely belying his physical blindness, using it to cut down the Imperial Guards watching the prisoners. Lunging forward, he struck next at the Emperor, who stood, apparently unarmed, with one hand still reaching out for the apprentice.

But the Emperor was never unarmed. Raising his other hand, he blasted Kota with lightinng before the blow came close to falling. Sith energy crackled between them and the Jedi Master fell back, caught in the Emperor's deadly grip.

"Help him!"

Bail Organa's voice snapped the apprentice out of his trance. He shook his head, feeling the Emperor's influence sliding off him like oil. What had he been thinking? He didn't want to return to the dark side after everything he had been through. he had seen what it did, in Maris Brood, on Felucia, and in the eyes of Darth Vader.

Source: The Force Unleashed

The Emperor communicates with Mara Jade:

She was sitting at the computer desk in her quarters, filling out her report, when she heard the familiar voice in her head. My child?

She smiled. My lord, she responded to the Emperor's silent call.

Your mission?

Complete, Mara said. Justice has been done.

Excellent, the Emperor said, and Mara could visualize his thin, satisfied smile.

She could also sense that he had a new assignment for her. And now? she asked.

Treason, the thought came, and she could feel his dark, brooding scowl. An image flashed into her mind, the picture of a surprisingly young Imperial governor. One allied with Rebels?

Mara felt her lips twist. Like that ugly little affair with Governor Choard on Shelkonwa three standard months ago. Didn't these high-ranking politicians ever learn? His name?

Ferrouz of Candoras sector, the Emperor told her. Data sent.

Mara looked over at the comm panel. The computer's download light was glowing a quiet blue. Confirmed, my lord.

Then go, the Emperor ordered. But I warn you-this will not be easy.

Mara had to smile at that one. Of course it wouldn't be easy. Easy tasks could be given to the military, or the heavy-handed thugs of the Imperial Security Bureau, or even Lord Vader and the Executor's massive firepower. The hard jobs, the subtle jobs-those were reserved for the Emperor's Hand. I have confidence in my training, she said.

Go, then, and dispense my justice.

I will, my lord, Mara promised.

Yes, the Emperor said, and once again Mara could see his smile. We will speak again after. Farewell, my child.

With that, the image of his smile faded, his voice went silent, and he was gone.

Source: Choices of One

Palpatine feels Vader's anger from across the galaxy:

The Emperor played with his memory of the moment, polishing it in his mind like a precious gem. Remembering: Darth Vader's voice as he delivered the news. Vader's anger, so forceful the Emperor could feel it from halfway across the galaxy. And with the anger, terror, for Vader knew how terribly he had disappointed his Master. Vader knew it was not the first time.

Source: Rebel Force: Target

The Emperor probes the thoughts and emotions of ten Imperial Officers, including Rezi Soresh, Thrawn, Grev T'Ran, and Crix Madine:

Ten of the most powerful men and women in the galaxy faced the Emperor, fear rolling off of them in waves. These were beings who could destroy ships—or cities—with a single word. Their hearts knew no mercy; their lives were founded on cruelties great and small; their names struck terror in their enemies. And yet they trembled before him, made small and weak by their own fear.

The most elite members of his Royal Guard flanked the group, their expressions hidden by their featureless scarlet masks. The Emperor had taken great pains to ensure that his throne room was an awesome and intimidating sight, from the towering walls to the gleaming dais. Behind his shadowed throne, a wall of permaplas windows looked into the heart of the Coruscant night. But his servants ignored the trappings of power. All attention was fixed on the Emperor.

"The Death Star has been destroyed," he informed them, carefully noting their reactions.

Captain Thrawn betrayed no emotion. Complete control, the Emperor thought with approval. This one will go far. Crix Madine, leader of the elite Storm Commandos, frowned, conflicted emotions swirling deep beneath his surface. The fool thought he could hide his doubts from the Emperor. This foolishness would prove useful, thus the Emperor allowed it. For now.

Commander Grev T'Ran looked somber at the news. But before the expression dropped across his face, the Emperor had sensed something else. The beginnings of a smile. Such a small thing—a tensed muscle, a nearly imperceptible flinch—but it was enough. The Emperor had had his suspicions about T'Ran. Now they were confirmed.

He raised a finger, catching the attention of the Royal Guard. Then nodded. T'Ran's face paled as one of the guards peeled away from the line. His crimson robes swept the floor as he padded silently toward the traitor. The other officers looked away, their faces grim.

"Noooo!" T'Ran drew his blaster. "You can't—"

The guard's force pike jabbed into T'Ran's neck, silencing him forever. His body shuddered once, then dropped to the ground. The silent red figure waited on the Emperor's command, but the Emperor shook his head. They could take out the garbage later. For now, let the traitor stay where he was. It would serve as a helpful reminder.

"How did it happen, sir?" one of the officers asked. "The Death Star was invincible."

"So we were led to believe," the Emperor agreed.

He peered closely at the man who had spoken. His face was blank, his features composed into a perfect mask of calm loyalty. But there was something beneath the surface. Not betrayal, no. But something...the Emperor reached out with the dark side of the Force, probing the man's depths.

"The Rebels found a weakness," the Emperor said, searching for a reaction that would reveal the truth. "Wisely, they exploited it."

Quickly, he ran through what he knew of the man: Rezi Soresh, of the planet Dreizan, a loyal, if plodding commander, his brilliance blunted by blind obedience. Just as the Emperor preferred it. Cold, ambitious, cautious—not the kind of man to speak up first, or at all, when silence would serve him better. And in the Emperor's presence, silence always served better.

"Were there any...survivors?" Soresh asked. There was a disturbance in the Force as something flared within him, something sharp and bright.

Hope.

Ah, yes. It made sense now. Rezi Soresh, husband to Ilaani Soresh, father to Kimali Soresh—or was. Two years before, fresh out of the Academy, Kimali had fallen in with a group of Rebel sympathizers. When the group came under suspicion, his mother had helped him evade arrest. She had procured him the text docs he would need to run away and take on a new identity—and then she revealed the truth to Soresh, giving him the chance to say a final farewell to his son.

Soresh had turned them both in. His reward: a promotion to Commander. His family's reward: a life sentence in the Gree Baaker Labor Camp. Several prisoner work squads had been assigned to the Death Star, the Emperor now remembered. Among them, the prisoners from Gree Baaker.

The Emperor smiled. "No survivors."

Soresh's face remained blank as his hope died. The Emperor suspected that Soresh himself was ignorant of the emotions that roiled beneath his surface. Likely, he thought he had left his family—and his guilt—far behind. The Emperor knew better.

"Only Lord Vader escaped," he added, enjoying the disappointment that filled the room. He of course knew of the petty jealousies directed at his most favored subordinate. No one could hope to understand the bond that existed between a Sith Master and his dark apprentice. Darth Vader had failed him before, and would surely fail again, but he remained the Emperor's only option.

True, if there were another—a being with Vader's power and potential, a Jedi with a susceptible mind and a healthy body who could rule by his Master's side—Vader would become disposable. But the Jedi were gone forever. He had seen to that.

"Lord Vader is making his way back to Coruscant," the Emperor said. "And when he returns, we will make arrangements to eradicate the Rebel threat once and for all."

"But sir, why wait?" Captain Thrawn asked. "We know the location of the Rebel base. Surely we can—"

"We can do many things," the Emperor said coolly, enjoying the way even Thrawn cowered before his glare. "We will bide our time. I will not risk generating sympathy for the Rebellion—when it is crushed, it must be crushed completely. This does not, however, mean we will do nothing." He pointed a spindly finger at the line of officers. "You will identify the top Rebel leaders. You will use this knowledge to destroy them, thus ensuring that the Alliance begins to crumble from within. And you will discover the name of the pilot responsible for destroying the Death Star." The Emperor savored the rage that burned within him at the thought of it. "The pilot will die—and whoever makes this possible will find himself richly rewarded."

Again, he probed the emotions of his officers. Beneath their fear, and their hatred, he sensed loyalty. An eagerness to act. They wanted to please him. But Soresh wanted more than that. He wanted to kill: a bloodlust for the man who had slaughtered his family.

Good, the Emperor thought. Loyalty was useful. Vengeance more so.

The officers filed out, followed by the Red Guard, leaving the Emperor alone with his thoughts. Things were proceeding as they should, he realized now. As they must.

He would never doubt the power of the dark side of the Force to show him the way forward. The destruction of the Death Star was surely necessary, as it would guide him to this new path. Darkness was gathering, and the Emperor sensed that this pilot was at the heart of it. The dark side of the Force had brought him to light. The Emperor had only to find him—and the Emperor would find him. He knew that with an iron certainty. The pilot would be found. An ordered galaxy would follow. It was his destiny.

Source: Rebel Force: Target

The Emperor is able to trick Rebels into fighting by his side:

You'll use the dark side of the Force to trick the Rebels into fighting by your side as you wipe out entire battalions with lightning and crush their puny buildings.

Source: Insider #88: Virtual Sith

Palpatine fogs Vader's senses and fools him into believing that he was in danger, a feat which the Emperor muses was "too easy":

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Palpatine senses Vader's rebellious thoughts across the galaxy and proceeds to mentally hurt him whilst sending a message for him to travel to Mount Tantiss:

Boarding his shuttle, he ordered the pilot to lift off. A pity, my son, he thought. You could have joined me and together...we could have destroyed the Emperor and ruled the galaxy in his place. As he stared at the severed appendage in his hands, a sudden flash of insight struck the Dark Lord, realization dawning like the sunrise of Bespin. Perhaps, if you will not be turned, little Jedi, a suitable substitute may be arranged.

Suddenly, Vader was struck to his knees by the horribly powerful voice that rolled like fiery thunder through his brain. The pilots struggled vainly to ignore the Dark Lord's...discomfort. "Yes, my servant," the voice boomed in his mind, dripping raw evil. "Come to Mount Tantiss, immediately. I shall meet you there, and we will discuss my new trophy."

"Yes...my Master," Vader gasped, feeling an icy stab of dread in his soul, as the Emperor's mocking chuckle still echoed in his mind. His Master had detected his rebellious thoughts. This discussion would be most unpleasant. Most unpleasant indeed.

Source: Clone B-2332-54

The Emperor reads Moff Jerjerrod's mind:

Jerjerrod shifted uneasily. He didn't dare voice his concern that he was needed in that ministry to make sure Imperial resources weren't overextended.

"Do not concern yourself with the logistical status of the Empire," Palpatine stated, as if he had read the Moff's mind.

Source: Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook

Sidious knows all the thoughts that cross Vader's mind:

Surprisingly, Palpatine has not disciplined Vader for these doubts. It seems that the Emperor already knows every thought that crosses his servant's mind, and knows how every event will unfold.

Source: Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook

The Emperor senses Vader's desire to continue searching for Luke Skywalker:

"The Death Star will be completed on schedule, my master," Vader breathed.

"Yes, I know," replied the Emperor. "You have done well, Lord Vader...and now I sense you wish to continue your search for the young Skywalker."

Vader smiled beneath his armored mask. The Emperor always knew the sense of what was in his heart; even if he didn't know the specifics. "Yes, my master."

"Patience, my friend," the Supreme Ruler cautioned. "You always had difficulty showing patience. In time, he will seek you out..and when he does, you must bring him before me. He has grown strong. Only together can we turn him to the dark side of the Force."

Source: Return of the Jedi

Vader admits that he must obey the Emperor due to the latter's power:

"You don't know the power of the dark side! I must obey my master."

Source: Return of the Jedi

Palpatine senses Luke's innermost thoughts and determines that Yoda continued his training:

"Tell me, young Skywalker," the Emperor said when he saw Luke's first struggle had taken its course. "Who has been involved in your training until now?" The smile was thin, open-mouthed, hollow. Luke was silent. He would reveal nothing. "Oh, I know it was Obi-Wan Kenobi at first," the wicked ruler continued, rubbing his fingers together as if trying to remember. Then pausing, his lips creased into a sneer. "Of course, we are familiar with the talent Obi-Wan Kenobi had, when it came to training Jedi." He nodded politely in Vader's direction, indicating Obi-Wan's previous star pupil. Vader stood without responding, without moving.

Luke tensed with fury at the Emperor’s defamation of Ben—though, of course, to the Emperor it was praise. And he bridled even more, knowing the Emperor was so nearly right. He tried to bring his anger under control, though, for it seemed to please the malevolent dictator greatly.

Palpatine noted the emotions on Luke’s face and chuckled. “So, in your early training you have followed your father’s path, it would seem. But alas, Obi-Wan is now dead, I believe; his elder student, here, saw to that—“ Again, he made a hand motion toward Vader. “So tell me, young Skywalker—who continued your training?”

That smile, again, like a knife. Luke held silent, struggling to regain his composure. The Emperor tapped his fingers on the arm of the throne, recalling. “There was one called…Yoda. An aged Master Jed…Ah, I see by your countenance I have hit a chord, a resonant chord indeed. Yoda, then.”

Luke flashed with anger at himself, now, to have revealed so much, unwillingly, unwittingly. Anger and self-doubt. He strove to calm himself—to see all, to show nothing; only to be.

“This Yoda,” the Emperor mused. “Lives he still?”

Luke focused on the emptiness of space beyond the window behind the Emperor’s chair. The deep void, where nothing was. Nothing. He filled his mind with this black nothing. Opaque, save for the occasional flickering of starlight that filtered through the ether.

“Ah,” cried Emperor Palpatine. “He lives not. Very good, young Skywalker, you almost hid this from me. But you could not. And you can not. Your deepest flickerings are to me apparent. Your nakedest soul. That is my first lesson to you.” He beamed.

Source: Return of the Jedi

The Emperor can feel Luke's anger:

The Emperor smiled. “Good. I can feel your anger. I am defenseless—take your weapon. Strike me down with all of your hatred, and your journey toward the dark side will be complete.”

Source: Return of the Jedi

Palpatine uses the Force to sway the minds of less conscientious senators to his will:

At the time, she was unaware that Palpatine used the Dark Side of the Force to sway the less conscientious Senators.

Source: Dark Empire Sourcebook

The Emperor dominates the minds of the twenty-billion populace of Byss:

Almost mindless under the oppression of the Emperor's dark side influence, the people of Byss find their life energies constantly leeched off during the Emperor's vile machinations.

Source: Byss and the Deep Core

Sidious controls his Imperial Sentinels' minds:

"My monstrous chrysalides, with their magnificent metal-piercing fangs, guard the ramparts of my citadel. My mute Imperial sentinels stand by my throne, their annihilated minds and enslaved wills clear evidence the dark side can manipulate clones for any imaginative purpose. Although alchemy can create perfect beings, I have designed a weakness into all of these creations. The flaws are minute and known only to me. It would not do for any creature to be stronger than its creator."

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side

Drain Knowledge

Drain Knowledge is a dark-sided telepathic ability which allows one to extract knowledge from another's mind against the latter's will.

Palpatine gains access to Luke's innermost thoughts, learning of his relation to Leia Organa:

Then, Vader and Palpatine both gained access to Luke's innermost thoughts, those that protected his sister, Princess Leia Organa.

Source: The Essential Guide to Characters

Palpatine rips knowledge from Jedi:

Coupled with the perversions of the secrets he ripped from the living minds of Jedi he captured during the Purge, he learned more than ever expected.

Source: The Dark Side Sourcebook

Memory Rub

Memory Rub is the Force power that allows one to erase the memories of others.

Palpatine uses his powers to compel thousands or even millions of people on Coruscant to forget having seen the Lusankya be buried:

Could the Emperor's power through the dark side of the Force have been sufficient to compel thousands or millions of people to forget having seen the Lusankya being buried?

Source: X-Wing: Krytos Trap

She renamed the vessel Lusankya, and, with help from the Emperor’s mind-fogging powers, Imperial engineers buried the tremendous battleship beneath the cityscape in Coruscant’s Manarai Mountain district.

Source: The New Essential Guide to Characters

Fear

Force Fear is the ability to generate and manipulate fear in others.

Palpatine and Vader use the Force to fill the minds of their minions with fear:

But the Force, of course, was quite real—and the black tentacles of its dark side had hardened Palpatine and his new pupil, Darth Vader, into evil incarnate. They shared its horrible energies, and used them to fill the minds of their subservient military minions with fear.

Source: Technical Journal of the Imperial Forces

Battle Meditation

Battle Meditation is a Force ability that boosts the fighting morale and coordination of an individual allies' whilst diminishing the morale and fighting capacity of their opposition.

Palpatine knows a Sith variant of Battle Meditation:

Sith battle meditation was a comparatively rare discipline, though Palpatine, Lumiya and Darth Caedus proved capable of it.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

The entire Galactic Empire (a force consisting of many trillions of individuals) is held together by Palpatine's passive Battle Meditation

For the first time, the Death Star rocked. The collision with the exploding destroyer was only the beginning, leading to various systems breakdowns, which led to reactor meltdowns, which led to personnel panic, abandonment of posts, further malfunctions, and general chaos. Smoke was everywhere, substantial rumblings came from all directions at once, people were running and shouting. Electrical fires, steam explosions, cabin depressurizations, disruption of chain-of-command. Added to this, the continued bombardments by Rebel Cruisers—smelling fear in the enemy—merely heightened the sense of hysteria that was already pervasive. For the Emperor was dead. The central, powerful evil that had been the cohesive force to the Empire was gone; and when the dark side was this diffused, this nondirected—this was simply where it led.

Confusion.

Desperation.

Damp fear.

Source: Return of the Jedi

Palpatine knew precisely why the Empire couldn’t last without his dread power: he had designed it that way. No one ever suspected how much he relied on the Dark Side of the Force. He shaped those of his government by using the Force against them. He used it to control his fleets and to drive his soldiers on to victory. He used it to destroy his enemies from a distance and learn of conspiracies against him. Without it, there was no way the Empire could endure, as he had designed it. The Dark Side flowed through him like some primordial ichor and was the key to all his power.

Source: Dark Empire Sourcebook

The Imperial military is a massive organization, with tens of trillions of regular Army soldiers, trillions of fleet crew and a vast force of Stormtroopers both cloned and conditioned.

Source: Rebellion Era Campaign Guide

The Emperor uses Battle Meditation passively during the Battle of Endor to bolster the fighting spirit and coordination of his forces:

Thrawn needed C'baoth to coordinate his military forces in much the same way Emperor Palpatine consolidated the fighting spirit of his followers through the Force.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Thrawn smiled back. "It is indeed. Tell me, Master C'baoth: are you familiar with the Imperial Fleet's disastrous defeat at the Battle of Endor five years ago?"

"I've heard rumors. One of the offworlders who came here spoke about it." C'baoth's gaze drifted to the window, to the palace/crypt visible across the square. "Though only briefly."

Pellaeon swallowed. Thrawn himself didn't seem to notice the implication. "Then you must have wondered how a few dozen Rebel ships could possibly rout an Imperial force that outgunned it by at least ten to one "I didn't spend much time with such wonderings," C'baoth said dryly. "I assumed that the Rebels were simply better warriors."

"In a sense, that's true," Thrawn agreed. "The Rebels did indeed fight better, but not because of any special abilities or training. They fought better than the Fleet because the Emperor was dead."

He turned to look at Pellaeon. "You were there, Captain—you must have noticed it. The sudden loss of coordination between crew members and ships; the loss of efficiency and discipline. The loss, in short, of that elusive quality we call fighting spirit."

"There was some confusion, yes," Pellaeon said stiffly. He was starting to see where Thrawn was going with this, and he didn't like it a bit. "But nothing that can't be explained by the normal stresses of battle."

One blue-black eyebrow went up, just slightly. "Really? The loss of the Executor—the sudden, last-minute TIE fighter incompetence that brought about the destruction of the Death Star itself—the loss of six other Star Destroyers in engagements that none of them should have had trouble with? All of that nothing but normal battle stress?"

"The Emperor was not directing the battle," Pellaeon snapped with a fire that startled him. "Not in any way. I was there, Admiral—I know."

"Yes, Captain, you were there," Thrawn said, his voice abruptly hard. "And it's time you gave up your blindfold and faced the truth, no matter how bitter you find it. You had no real fighting spirit of your own anymore—none of you in the Imperial Fleet did. It was the Emperor's will that drove you; the Emperor's mind that provided you with strength and resolve and efficiency. You were as dependent on that presence as if you were all borg-implanted into a combat Computer."

Source: Heir to the Empire

From the exterior, the Death Star's habitable surface was divided into two hemispheres, each with 12 zones. It had a crew of more than 265,000 soldiers. The total personnel soared to more than one million with the addition of gunners, ground troopers, and starship support crews and pilots.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

Midi-chlorian Manipulation

Midi-chlorian Manipulation is the power to influence and manipulate midi-chlorians.

Canon: Sidious knows everything that Darth Plagueis did, including midi-chlorian manipulation:

"Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew, then his apprentice killed him in his sleep."

Source: Revenge of the Sith

Sidious served for many decades as the apprentice of Darth Plagueis, learning diligently at the feet of his Master. Once he possessed all of Plagueis' secrets, he retired him.

Source: Insider #88: Heritage of the Sith

The Emperor claims to be able to teach Ferus "the power over life and death", a likely reference to midi-chlorian manipulation:

"If only I had someone I could really trust," Palpatine said. "Someone who understood my goals. If I found that someone, the gifts I could give him would be ... immense."

Ferus looked away. He wished Palpatine would stop talking.

'The power over life and death," Palpatine said.

Ferus didn't turn, but he felt the hairs on the back of his neck rise.

"Ah, I see I have your full attention at last. I can teach you things that will make you more powerful than Vader. It will take time. But only time."

More powerful than Vader. Was it possible?

"Yes, it is possible," Palpatine said. "For I created him, did I not?" He took another small step toward Ferus. This time Ferus didn't shrink back.

Source: Last of the Jedi: Secret Weapon

Sith Alchemy

Sith Alchemy is a Force-oriented practice allowing one to alter physical features of himself or other living beings.

As Palpatine's Dark Side Adepts perfect Sorzus Syn's alchemy, the Emperor creates his chrysalids and Imperial sentinels. Palpatine claims that he can create perfect beings, but that he has designed hidden, minute flaws in all of his creations as a safeguard:

"The alchemy developed by Syn is being perfected on Byss, where my Dark Side Adepts join their potent skills to warp life on a broad skills. My monstrous chrysalids, with their magnificent metal-piercing fangs, guard the ramparts of my citadel. My mute Imperial sentinels stand by my throne, their annihilated minds and enslaved wills clear evidence the dark side can manipulate clones for any imaginative purpose. Although alchemy can create perfect beings, I have designed weaknesses into all of these creations. The flaws are minute and known only to me. It would not do for any creature to be stronger than its creator."

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side

The Emperor has greatly improved on Alchemy:

"Since I wrote these words, I have greatly improved the art of Sith Alchemy. In light of my latest triumphs, a better title for this book would be "The Creation of Monsters"."

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side

Immovability

Jedi are able to hold themselves in place with the Force.

Palpatine and Vader root themselves in order to not be sucked out into space:

https://youtu.be/9iP8y8ge6U8?t=106

Suppression

Force Suppression is a power that allows a Force user to obstruct the Force powers of a target.

Palpatine is able to dull the abilities of other Force users:

Though Vader found Rillao had all the makings of a Jedi healer, Hethir possessed Darth Sidious' rare talent to cast a dark side shadow over Force users, dulling their abilities.

Source: Aliens in the Empire Part II

Combustion

Force Combustion is a power enabling one to make objects explode at will.

Palpatine considers the use of Combustion to blow up objects or injure entire roomfuls of enemies to be mere child's play:

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Dark Side Burst

A Dark Side Burst is a burst of (dark) energies unleashed upon a Dark Sider's death.

The Emperor unleashes an explosion of dark side energy upon his death, which travels to the mouth of the shaft he was thrown into, and fatally wounds Darth Vader:

Palpatine's body, still spewing bolts of light, spun out of control, into the void, bouncing back and forth off the sides of the shaft as it fell. It disappeared at last; but then, a few seconds later, a distant explosion could be heard, far down at the core. A rush of air billowed out of the shaft, into the throne room. The wind whipped at Lord Vader's cape, as he staggered and collapsed toward the hole, trying to follow his master to the end. Luke crawled to his father's side, though, and pulled the Dark Lord away from the edge of the chasm, to safety.

Source: Return of the Jedi

Emperor Palpatine screamed as his body plunged down the seemingly bottomless shaft. When he was almost beyond sight, his body exploded, releasing dark energy and creating a rush of air up through the throne room.

Source: Return of the Jedi Junior Novelization

As he watched the agony of his son and the Emperor's glee, Vader finally broke the hold of evil that had suffocated him for so long. Vader grabbed the energy-seething Palpatine and hurled him into the Death Star reactor shaft, where the evil leader was disintegrated. The shock waves of dark power mortally wounded Vader. Luke Skywalker could do nothing for his dying father, the terrible enemy who had saved him in the end.

Source: The New Essential Chronology

Maelstrom

Force Maelstrom is a Force power involving a combination of Telekinesis, Shield and Lightning.

Palpatine has perfected Maelstrom:

"Already, I have perfected the Force maelstrom, which creates an invulnerable energy sphere to block incoming attacks while bombarding enemies with debris and electrifying them with bolts of lightning."

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side

Lightning

Force Lightning is the ability to unleash deadly crackles of electrical energy that cause excruciating pain and weaken life.

Sidious can wipe out entire battalions with Lightning:

You'll use the dark side of the Force to trick the Rebels into fighting by your side as you wipe out entire battalions with lightning and crush their puny buildings.

Source: Insider #88: Virtual Sith

The Emperor casually overwhelms Galen Marek with a combination of telekinesis and Force Lightning, disarming him and knocking him into the air, leaving him helpless. Palpatine then hurls him through a window:

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Palpatine one-shots Galen Marek with Lightning:

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Sidious annihilates Gentis with Lightning, turning him into a charred husk:

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The Emperor destroys a small army of Stormtroopers with Lightning whilst displaying the surgical precision to avoid hitting his guards:

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Sidious turns three Dark Side prophets into skeletons:

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The Emperor casually kills a squad of Bothans with Lightning:

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Palpatine kills Garrbo V'Droz with Lightning:

Palpatine raised his hands, preparing to strike, and then, allowing himself a final moment to savor the fear in his victim, added, "And if I ever need your services again, I will not hesitate to clone you."

V'Droz cringed as the Emperor threw vicious bolts of lightning from his hands and ensured that the galaxy's finest architect was forever a part of his last, greatest work.

Source: The Thrawn Trilogy Sourcebook: His Finest Work

The Emperor tortures Luke Skywalker with Force Lightning, overpowering his Force Deflection in the process:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhDtFnpNOfE

Palpatine raised his spidery arms toward Luke: blinding white bolts of energy coruscated from his fingers, shot across the room like sorcerous lightning, and tore through the boy’s insides, looking for ground. The young Jedi was all at once confounded and in agony—he’d never heard of such a power, such a corruption of the Force, let alone experienced it. But if it was Force-generated, it could be Force-repelled. Luke raised his arms to deflect the bolts. Initially, he was successful—the lightning rebounded from his touch, harmlessly into the walls. Soon, though, the shocks came with such speed and power, they coursed over and into him, and he could only shrink before them, convulsed with pain, his knees buckling, his powers at ebb.

Source: Return of the Jedi

Then he raised his arms and extended his gnarled fingers towards Luke. Blinding bolts of blue lightning shot from the Emperor's hands, and Luke was suddenly enveloped by crackling bands of energy. He tried to deflect the lightning but was so overwhelmed that his knees buckled.

Source: Return of the Jedi Junior Novelization

Palpatine's torturous Lightning inflicts wounds on Luke such that he is still recovering a day after the ordeal:

The day after his ordeal at the Battle of Endor, while still recovering from the wounds inflicted by Palpatine's Force Lightning, Luke commanded an Alliance mission to the Bakura system.

Source: Databank: Luke Skywalker

Weather Storm

Weather Storm is a Force power enabling one to generate weather-based storms.

Palpatine creates a Weather Storm merely by being angry, though he restrains himself from appearing angry externally:

Reeling, Ferus stood next to Vader as the Emperor approached them. Clouds had rolled in like a great gray carpet; a storm was brewing. The thickness of the air and the coming storm seemed to give a hard change to the atmosphere.

Ferus felt the blast of the Emperor's fury, though he remained calm. Palpatine came straight to Vader.

Source: The Last of the Jedi: Master of Deception

Force Storm

Force Storm is an ability where a Force user tears the fabric of space and time, forming a Wormhole which possesses tremendous destructive ability, whilst also being capable of transporting objects and individuals through space and time.

Several sourcebook entries regarding Force Storms:

This is perhaps the single most destructive Force power known. This power allows the Jedi to twist the space-time continuum to create vast storms of force. The power also allows limited control of these storms. Capable of creating annihilating vortices, the storms can swallow whole fleets of spaceships or tear the surfaces off worlds.

Source: Dark Empire Sourcebook

"The Force Storm is truly an awe-inspiring demonstration of pure natural energy. After using the Force to open a hyperspace wormhole, tremendous shockwaves will ripple through the fabric of space. Due to the Force Storm's potential for abuse, the Council has recently classified it as a dark side power."

Source: The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force

Though he has not perfected it at of this time, Palpatine has learned Storm, capable of shattering the fabric of space and being able to do so with merely a thought and an inclination:

"Using this knowledge, I can unleash the dark side energies that are all around us, even to shatter the fabric of space itself. In this way, I have created storms.

Through a simple act of will, I can generate Force Storms, energy storms that are vastly destructive and virtually unstoppable. Although triggering such storms requires merely thought and inclination, I admit I am not yet able to completely control the phenomenon. Among my goals is to perfect this control."

Source: Jedi vs Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force

"The churning energy mass of a Force Storm can consume everything it touches, for at its eye is pure hate. Just as a black hole devours a star, this storm can swallow armies and fold space."

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets From the Dark Side

Palpatine possibly creates a Wormhole upon his death small and precise enough to fit into the reactor shaft he was thrown into. It transports his essence light years across from the Death Star II to Droga's body on Kaal:

The moment the Emperor "died" at the Battle of Endor, Droga fell into an inexplicable insanity, butchering his crew and causing the Emperor's Shadow to plunge into Kaal's oceans. Even as he perished, Palpatine used the dark side knowledge the Sith Lords had granted him years earlier to rend space itself and transmigrate his essence across lightyears to Droga's body.

Source: Gamer #5

Fold Space

Fold Space is a power enabling a Force user to bend the fabric of space itself to transport objects and beings across distances without occupying the space in between.

The Emperor uses the Force to rend space itself and transmigrate his essence light years from the Death Star II to Kaal:

The moment the Emperor "died" at the Battle of Endor, Droga fell into an inexplicable insanity, butchering his crew and causing the Emperor's Shadow to plunge into Kaal's oceans. Even as he perished, Palpatine used the dark side knowledge the Sith Lords had granted him years earlier to rend space itself and transmigrate his essence across lightyears to Droga's body.

Source: Gamer #5

Essence Transfer

Essence Transfer is a Force power enabling one to manipulate his essence or those of others, and transfer it into another body.

Sidious can channel Sith spirits:

Chancellor Palpatine spent many years studying ancient Holocrons to learn the secrets of the Sith. The Holocrons enabled him to channel Sith spirits, who taught him how to harness dark-side energy and release lethal bolts of lightning.

Source: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

Palpatine transfers Bevel Lemelisks's essence into other bodies, allowing the Emperor to repeatedly kill him as punishment for his failures:

Bevel Lemelisk shuffled aside as something small but iridescent poked out of the opening: a beetle of some kind. The eight-legged, hard-shelled insect shone a deep blue as it clambered into the light and paused to probe the air with waving antennae. From other openings five identical beetles emerged. They fluttered their wing cases, then took flight, buzzing around the enclosed space. Lemelisk swatted at one, but the blue beetle detected the motion and swooped toward him, sinking mandibles with serrated razor edges into the thick flesh of his palm.

"Oww!" Lemelisk flailed his hand until the beetle lost its hold. He stomped on it, cracking its carapace. But the scent of blood attracted the other beetles to him. He watched in horrified fascination as a dozen more of the insects emerged from the floor holes, fluttering their wing cases and buzzing toward him.

"Those are piranha beetles," the Emperor said, lounging back in his swiveling black chair. "They are native to Yavin 4, and I considered them too precious for extinction when your Death Star was expected to destroy the moon. So I rescued them."

The beetles swarmed over Lemelisk now. He slapped at them, shouting, paying little attention to Palpatine's words. "Stop this!" he yelled.

"Not yet," the Emperor said.

The beetles sliced through his clothing to the skin on Lemelisk's arms, his thighs, his chest, his cheeks. Blood flowed around him, drenching his shredded clothes. He could not keep up with the new injuries. Hundreds more beetles swarmed out, battering themselves against the cage mesh.

"These fine insects are not in danger of becoming extinct after all, though," Palpatine said, "since your Death Star did not work! You have failed me, Bevel Lemelisk," he said, slowing his words. His wrinkled, rubbery lips bent upward in a fiendish grin.

"And now, I'm going to watch these beetles devour you, bit by bit. They are very hungry, you see, and don't get satisfied easily. But if they gorge themselves and begin to slow down, don't worry—I have plenty more." The Emperor let out a glacial laugh, but Lemelisk could no longer hear.

The beetles buzzed in his ears, tearing at his flesh, his hair, his clothes. He struck at himself, throwing his body against the cage mesh. In the process, some of the beetles were stunned, and their own companions fell upon them, cracking through the iridescent shells and chewing to the soft organs within.

Lemelisk screamed and begged—to no avail. The agony went beyond his comprehension, beyond his imagination. His vision turned black after the piranha beetles devoured his eyes—but the pain continued for a long time afterward....

Later, Lemelisk had awakened, blinking his restored eyes, and was completely disoriented. He found himself in the same vaulted chamber, wrapped in a clean, white uniform. His body felt young and strong, without the paunch and the flab from spending too much time working on projects in his mind and too little effort maintaining his health.

Lemelisk bent his arms and looked at his hands, blinking in astonishment. Hearing a small buzz and clatter, he glanced over to find the wire-mesh cage still filled with buzzing, clacking piranha beetles that scampered up and down the walls, snapping their mandibles. Spattered patterns of fresh blood made arcs along the walls of the cage. Inside, he saw a carcass that had been stripped down to gnawed bones and shreds of clothing—the clothing he himself had worn only moments ago.

"You'll grow accustomed to your clone in a moment," the Emperor said, rubbing his knobby fingers over a strange ancient-looking artifact. "I trust that all of your memories have been transferred properly? It is an uncertain skill at best, and the Jedi I stole the technique from was reluctant to give me thorough instruction. But it seems to work."

Lemelisk nodded weakly, wanting to faint but knowing he didn't dare.

"Now don't fail me again, Lemelisk," the Emperor said. "I'd hate to have to think of an even worse execution for next time."

Source: Darksaber

Simply hearing the word execution brought back to his mind the full horrors of the Emperor's executions, the excruciating deaths Palpatine had inflicted upon Lemelisk each time he made an error...

The deaths remained in Lemelisk's mind, ever-present shadowy nightmares—seven executions in all. Once, Palpatine had launched him out an airlock; the pain had been excruciating, though the death was mercifully swift as the sudden drop of pressure and the freezing cold destroyed his internal organs.

He also remembered being slowly lowered into a vat of molten copper, watching his body burn away inch by inch. (Why molten copper? Lemelisk had wondered. Finally one day, more than a month later, he asked the Emperor. Palpatine’s answer had proved surprising in its utter mundanity. “It’s what the smelter used that day.”)

Lemelisk had also been trapped in a vault filled with thickening acid mist so that his lungs dissolved and he coughed blood, and the acid continued to eat him from the inside out. The other deaths had been as imaginative and just as painful.

Source: Darksaber

Upon his death on the Death Star II, Palpatine uses Essence Transfer to travel across the galaxy to possess Droga, who became insane as a result of inhabiting the Emperor's essence for so long:

The moment the Emperor "died" at the Battle of Endor, Droga fell into an inexplicable insanity, butchering his crew and causing the Emperor's Shadow to plunge into Kaal's oceans. Even as he perished, Palpatine used the dark side knowledge the Sith Lords had granted him years earlier to rend space itself and transmigrate his essence across lightyears to Droga's body. The infusion of Palpatine's overwhelming dark side energies reduced Droga to incoherent madness. Eventually, Palpatine's Grand Vizier Pestage was able to find Droga and tear the Emperor's essence from Droga's body.

Source: Gamer #5

Drain Life

Force Drain is a Force power enabling one to siphon the life energies and Force energies of the target(s).

The Emperor (along with a number of his Dark Side Adepts) continuously siphons the life forces of the twenty billion-populace on Byss. The fact that this happened indefinitely meant that Palpatine could do this from across the galaxy and whilst going about daily life, indicating that there was no genuine effort used in this:

Almost mindless under the oppression of the Emperor's dark side influence, the people of Byss find their life energies constantly leeched off during the Emperor's vile machinations.

Throughout the worlds submissive to the Empire, Byss is renowned as a paradise, whose siren call multitudes to willingly apply for emigration to its shores. Once there, wrapped in the power of the dark side, the immigrants become completely submissive, their life energy forever enslaved to the mind that would devour a galaxy.

Source: Byss and the Deep Core

"The galaxy is choked with beings. Billions die every instant. It is better to make use of this resource. At my retreat on Byss, the life force of its colonists supplied an energy pool to sustain my dark side experiments."

Source: Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side

Imperial ships ferried millions of immigrants to the planet Byss, where the Emperor fed off their life energies through the dark side.

Source: The New Essential Guide to Characters

After choosing Byss as his resort world, Palpatine lured eager nobles to the planet—then used his dark powers to enslave its people, channeling their life energies for use in his own vile experiments within the fell Imperial Citadel.

Source: The Essential Atlas

Years ago, Emperor Palpatine chose Byss as his private retreat, and Imperial architects and engineers were commissioned to build him an opulent palace. Several million humans were allowed to emigrate to the world, where the Emperor and his adepts used the dark side to feed off their life energies. The planet's population eventually reached almost 20 billion, and all outgoing communications were censored by security agents.

Source: The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
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Force Absorption

Absorption, or Tutaminis, or Negate/Absorb/Dissipate Energy, is a Force ability enabling one to absorb various forms of energy and channel it for personal use.

Canon: The Emperor casually catches several blaster bolts with his hand and absorbs them:

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Detoxify Poison

Detoxify Poison is the power to eliminate foreign chemicals in the body, such as alcohol and toxins.

The Emperor uses Detoxify Poison to keep himself alive against a deadly toxin which literally melted people inside out:

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Combat Skill

Sidious strikes down several Jedi in quick succession before they can react, displaying skill beyond that of any in Beyghor Sahdett's experience:

"I have never seen such skill. Such speed."
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