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Revision as of 05:00, 15 May 2012

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Emperor Palpatine, Return of the Jedi
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Model SL-3940, Photo by Debra Ellis


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Description: Emperor Palpatine, Return of the Jedi
Prefix: SL
Detachment: Sith Lord Detachment
Context: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Master of the Dark Side of the the Force, Darth Sidious maintains rule over the galaxy from his ruthlessly established public role as Emperor.


This Visual Guide has been reviewed by the detachment staff and the LMO team and is certified for use as a minimum approval guideline for GMLs. GMLs are free to approve this costume type.
Required Costume Components

The following costume components must be present and appear as described below for approval .

SL-palpatine rotj-face.jpg Palpatine's Face
For 501st approval:
  • The following key facial features must resemble that of Darth Sidious/The Emperor: Eyebrows/forehead, cheeks, and chin though the use of prosthetic appliances.
  • Prosthetic appliances must be made from silicone, foam latex, or gelatin.
  • The color of the prosthetic appliances closely match the semi-pale flesh tones seen on screen; the face is not completely pale/pure white, nor are there any green or bluish tints.
  • The prosthetic appliance must be well blended into the skin reducing the noticeable separation between the skin around the eyes and mouth and the appliance.
  • If desired, a high quality bald cap may be used.
  • Halloween style masks are NOT allowed; very high end silicone masks that custom fit to the face and allow the full use of facial expressions are allowed.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • The teeth should be blackened and browned using tooth enamels in layers to produce a mottled look.
  • The wrinkles should be softer and sag more for the ROTJ version. ROTS style is pictured.
  • The area around the eyes should be darker than the rest of the face with pink/red blended in around the eyes.
For level three certification (if applicable):
SL-palpatine rotj-hands.jpg Palpatine's Hands
For 501st approval:
  • Hands must be made up with high quality cosmetics and latex old age stipple or prosthetic appliances simulating old age.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • For ROTS, the nails should be colored with a yellow base and brown and black at the edges and elongated. For ROTJ, they should match the color of the hands, and not be elongated.
For level three certification (if applicable):


SL maul eye.jpeg Sith Eyes
For 501st approval:
  • The characteristic gaze of one who is given over to the Dark Side is achieved with special effects contact lenses.
  • These lenses are described as a fiery yellow transitioning into a brilliant red.
  • While considered an essential part of this character, contact lenses are not required for 501st acceptance. All persons wishing to utilize contact lenses are encouraged to first see their optometrist for a fitting.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
SL-palpatine rotj-inner-robe.jpg Under Robe
For 501st approval:
  • Cut in a kimono style, and made of dark charcoal grey, wool, or similar material of weight and texture.
  • Lengthwise it extends to less than an inch above the foot wear in both the front and back.
  • The robe ties at three points on the inside and three points on the outside near the side of the chest, waist and hips.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
SL-palpatine rotj-outer-robe.jpg Outer Robe
For 501st approval:
  • Black, non glossy fabric with a square waffle style weave or texture.
  • If lined, outer robe should be lined with same waffle style material.
  • Robe falls from the shoulders to the hem which must be less than one inch above the floor.
  • Sleeves reach to just below the wrists. Top of sleeves must be permanently gathered or shirred.
  • Bottom of the sleeves extends to wearer's knees when hands are folded across wearer's stomach.
  • Hood consists of either one piece or two pieces sewn together with the seam running down the center of the hood.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
SL-palpatine rotj-clasp.jpg Brooch
For 501st approval:
  • Must have a smooth high gloss finish.
  • May be carved or sculpted with pin or clasp style backings.
  • Brooch measures no more than one and thee quarters high by two and three quarters in wide.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
SL-palpatine rotj-sash.jpg Sash
For 501st approval:
  • Must be the same material as the inner robe.
  • Must be approximately two and one half inches in width and should extend to just above of the wearer’s knees.
  • The sash has squared ends.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
SL-palpatine rotj-boots.jpg Foot wear
For 501st approval:
  • "Wellington" or cowboy style work boots in black leather or rough suede without decoration or laces.
  • As an alternative rough suede slip-on style shoes without decoration or laces may be worn.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
Optional Accessories

Items below are optional costume accessories. These items are not required for approval, but if present must meet the guidelines below.

SL-palpatine rotj-cane.jpg Cane
For 501st approval:
  • Made of wood, resin, or other durable material.
  • Finish must be smooth glossy black.
  • Must feature knurls or twists such as that seen on screen.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
SL-palpatine-saber.jpg Lightsaber
For 501st approval:
  • Scratch built or high-end prop replica
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):

This document and all of the images within were created by and are the property of the 501st Legion. All other uses are prohibited.

This CRL is available as a PDF at www.501st.com/databank/Costuming:SL_palpatine_emperor

The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. ©2012 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

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The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.