Star Wars Theory Explains Palpatine Mystery From Revenge of The Sith

In cinema, clothing can carry a whole lot of meaning for a character, and in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Palpatine's robes provide fans with a visual cue that tells viewers which alter ego the Senator is portraying at a given moment.

But that's not all. Palpatine's robes also indicate major character development.

In Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, we get to see the moment when Anakin Skywalker receives his new Sith name, Darth Vader. When the newly named Darth Vader kneels in front of the Emperor to receive his new title, Darth Sidious reminds his apprentice that the Jedi are the enemy of the Republic before giving Anakin the task to head to the Jedi Temple to destroy younglings.

In the middle of the conversation between master and apprentice, Palpatine suddenly puts on his Sith robe and flips the hood right over his head. While this seemingly useless gesticulation has been made fun of time and time again by fans, a new theory on Reddit suggests that Palpatine's off-kilter robe-wearing scene actually means a lot in terms of characterization.

According to u/Prior-Branch, Palpatine's robe-wearing scene shows just how certain the Sith Lord was of the success of his plans.

"Palpatine had his fresh-pressed evil robes brought to his office specifically so he could throw that hood on before telling the clones to execute Order 66. He was SO SURE of the success of his plans that he prepped an outfit for the occasion," the Star Wars fan explained.

The scene really does help add on to what Star Wars fans already know about Palpatine – the Emperor has a flair for the dramatic.

The latest Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, is available for streaming on Disney+.

Read: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Originally Had Palpatine in a Different Planet

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