After nearly a quarter of a century, Star Wars fans are realizing who Palpatine is partially based on



When it comes to them war of stars franchise, you can never say that the fans are in the clear all the time as to what it is meant to mean. Some have said the Empire is heroic from a certain perspective, others have blasted the series’ recent projects for a variety of reasons, and now some are just beginning to realize who helped birth their greatest evil.

The above post on Reddit is ablaze with discourse as hot as a red lightsaber. Many mention memes, others joke that Hitler was inspired by Palpatine (whom Lucas almost gave a very ridiculous name), but it’s weird for a user to mention something like this now that it’s so obvious. In essence, the influences on the look of the serious are blatant if you look.

For the record, that’s right. Others point out how the Nazi Party was elected to power (although in the free elections it contested it only ever received a majority rather than an absolute majority) in a manner similar to that of the ever-shady Sheev. Besides Hitler, the Sith Lord has also been influenced by other tyrants throughout history (as well as some US politicians, but we’ll get to that) and another user points out that one of his most memorable lines is a paraphrase of what a a real Frenchman once said.

Louis XIV ruled for over 70 years and, like Palpatine, much of the power in his kingdom rested absolutely with him. As it all eventually turns to contemporary, or at least more recent, politics, there is debate about how former President George W. Bush, in the eyes of the critics, exploited a war for his own purposes, much like Palpatine exploited the clone wars. While Lucas said there were parallels with Bush during the release of the prequel story, his original influence for the character was former President Richard Nixon. Lucas has said in the past war of stars was a reaction to the Vietnam War and Palpatine “was a politician. He infiltrated the Senate, eventually took power, became an Imperial guy, and he was really evil. But he pretended [nice].”

Other influences are the samurai culture and the Flash Gordon Franchise. Of course, people also see what they want to see, and given the inability of the franchise and its fans to continue, chances are this conversation will surface again in the near future. After nearly a quarter of a century, Star Wars fans are realizing who Palpatine is partially based on

Adam Bradshaw

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