During the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019, we learned that the original villain of the first six Star Wars films, stayed true to his title of “The Phantom Menace”, and will return in Episode IX. Since Emperor Palpatine will be making a triumphant return to the Star Wars universe, I thought it might be nice to look back at some of the greatest parodies created featuring the character.
So, sit back and relax, as we serve up some of the best and funniest Star Wars parodies featuring Emperor Palpatine that you have ever seen!
Keep in mind that some of these videos may have some foul language, so make sure the Padawan’s or being properly supervised when watching the videos.
The Emperor’s Back – Robot Chicken
You don’t have to go very far in your search to find that Robot Chicken has created some of the best funny Star Wars skits of all time. The show uses action figures and a little animation to deliver parodies that will make the most unamused person laugh.
The following short, starts with Vader throwing Palpatine into the Death Star shaft. Right before Vader releases him, Palpatine takes a little time to think about his life and where all of it went so wrong.
The Force Awakens with Darth Sidious’ Roommates – Studio C
The next video comes from the funny cast of Studio C. This video features Darth Sidious (Emperor Palpatine), trying to convert his college roommates to the dark side of the Force. I must say that the guy playing the part of Palpatine does a tremendous job, and really nails some of the subtle quirks in his speech.
Star Wars Rap Battles Ep.2 – Palpatine vs Obi-Wan – KFaceTV
“He ought to change his name and start going by Darth Hideous” A classic line from our next video featuring a galactic rap battle between The Emperor and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. This video features the two Force users going back and forth vying for the rap crown championship. There are some really good one-liners in this one about both Palps and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Dew It (The Senate Song) – Isaac2187
While this isn’t necessarily a funny video, it is a parody in the fact that it uses the Emperor’s voice and custom music to make a very catchy techno/dubstep song that you will want to listen to at least once in your life. The song makes sweet work of the classic “Do it” line by Chancellor Palpatine telling Anakin to kill Count Dooku in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
Darth Sidious Gets a Job – G4
Our next parody features The Emperor looking for work after the destruction of the second Death Star. It seems that every single job he takes turns out in tragedy, as The Emperor uses several classic lines in each of his job opportunities.
The Emperor’s Phone Call – Robot Chicken
Finally the fine folks at Robot Chicken have given us the ultimate Emperor Palpatine parody in the form of The Emperor’s Phone Call. In this video, Palpatine is sitting in his office on Coruscant talking with his dignitaries, and receives a call from Darth Vader, moments after the destruction of the first Death Star. What ensues, is some of the funniest Palpatine moments you will ever see.
Did I miss anything? I know there are quite a few videos from Robot Chicken, but I wanted to keep it to a couple from one creator. So, if you have another great Emperor Palpatine parody, then share it with us on social media, or better yet, in our comment section below. We are always looking for funny Star Wars parodies.
About Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:
The cast includes Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.
Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin. The crew includes Dan Mindel (Director of Photography), Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins (Co-Production Designers), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Neal Scanlan (Creature and Droid FX), Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube (Editors), Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor), Tommy Gormley (1st AD), and Victoria Mahoney (2nd Unit Director).
Release is scheduled for December 2019.