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Get settled into your seats, Star Wars fans - because one of the galaxy's greatest mysteries may just have been solved: Emperor Palpatine has a name.

Or, at least, he seems to.

A Star Wars panel at this past weekend's New York Comic-Con revealed that in the upcoming Star Wars novel Tarkin, we would finally get to learn Palpatine's first name. Then, though, things got interesting...

Soon after, the Star Wars Wikia 'Wookieepedia' updated their entry for Palpatine - adding his first name, which appears to be revealed on page 93 of Tarkin.

Now, until the novel itself is actually released, this very much needs to be taken with a pinch of salt - although the assumption is that the editor of the entry has read an advance copy of the book - but, still...

Palpatine has a name.

And it's...

(drumroll please)


That's right, it's Emperor Palpatine to his enemies, but Sheev to his friends.

Which is...a little weird, in all fairness.

But, then again, this is a man who:

Became a Sith Because He Liked Antiquing

I mean, he only really collected Sith artefacts, but still. It's kind of tricky to imagine him and Darth Maul down at a local Naboo flea market, looking for force-infused bargains.

Killed His Own Master for No Particular Reason


Taught Himself to Never Sleep

Presumably so Darth Vader couldn't pull the same trick (that was how he took out his own Sith master) on him.

Cloned Himself a Whole Bunch of Times

And, at one point in the Expanded Universe, tried to transfer his mind into the body of Han and Leia's kid. Because, and I cannot stress this enough...evil.

And, then, of course, the biggest weird Palpatine quality of them all...

Was His Job

Aside from the fact that he relied on manipulating trade embargoes to become supreme ruler of the Universe (what is this, The Wire?) he then went on to intentionally reveal the location of his shiny, incomplete second Death Star to the rebellion, only to have them blow it out of the sky.

Because...of course they did.

And don't even get us started on that whole getting thrown down an exhaust port by Darth Vader thing...

Y'know what? Suddenly the name Sheev seems a whole lot more appropriate, after all.

Now we just need to wait and see if he turns up in [Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158)...


What do you guys think? Digging the name Sheev for Palpatine?



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