The Yellow in this spiritual portrait represents Sheev Palpatine's dominant personality trait, his realism. In Introverts, the dominant trait is directed inwardly, and spiritual portraits use a long horizontal line to represent this. Palpatine demonstrates this trait in the way he forsakes all ideals in his quest for absolute and total power over everyone in the galaxy, focusing all of his attention on his single, ambitious goal.
The Green in this spiritual portrait represents Sheev Palpatine's auxiliary personality trait, his very strong preference for logic. In Introverts, the auxiliary trait is directed outwardly, and spiritual portraits use a vertical line to represent this, because it is more evident than the dominant function. Palpatine demonstrates this trait in the way he shows no emotion, except perhaps a perverse gleefulness, when commanding that people, and even entire civilizations, be murdered.
Emperor and Darth Sidious
When the prequel trilogy starts, Sheev Palpatine is a Senator from Naboo. He soon manages to get elected Supreme Chancellor, while simultaneously plotting and executing nefarious schemes — strictly on the down-low — as Darth Sidious.
Good and Evil Are Just a
Point of View
The large amount of Green in Sheev Palpatine's spiritual portrait shows he is extremely decisive — and greatly prefers logic to emotion. He is so logical, in fact, that he wants to be in charge of making decisions for everyone in the entire galaxy.
At one point Supreme Chancellor Palpatine gives Anakin Skywalker some insight into his take on the difference between good and evil:
Good is a point of view, Anakin. The Sith and the Jedi are similar in almost every way, including their quest for greater power.
— Supreme Chancellor Palpatine in Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith, 2005.
With all due respect, Anakin gently tries to refute Palpatine's shocking assertion. But it turns out that — just as the dire shortage of Blue and Yellow in Palpatine's portrait implies — the Supreme Chancellor is not very good at listening.
A bit later in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Anakin finds Palpatine and Master Windu engaged in a light saber fight. Unable to resist Palpatine's pleas, Anakin intervenes just as Master Windu prepares to deal a fatal blow to Palpatine.
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine: Please don't.
Anakin Skywalker: No! [Cuts off Windu's arm before he can deliver the blow.]
Master Windu: [Screams in pain.]
Palpatine: Power! [Starts killing Windu with Sith lightning.] Unlimited power! [Sighs.]
Anakin: What have I done?
Palpatine: You're fulfilling your destiny, Anakin. Become my apprentice. Learn to use the dark side of the Force.
Anakin: I will do whatever you ask.
— From Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith, 2005.
It is important to realize that many images of bosses contain a lot of Green, but not all of those characters are evil. Moreover, it's fortunate that most extremely decisive people are able to control their ambition and refrain from becoming psychopathic.
Palpatine and Anakin
The prequel trilogy gives fans the background stories for characters in the original trilogy. Finally fans get to meet Luke and Leia's parents and see their passionate, illicit, and turbulent relationship.
Anakin's spiritual portrait shows he has strong emotions — and Sheev Palpatine can sense his very strong feelings for Padme. This portrait of Palpatine allows a glimpse into his mind — the mind of a person whose ambition has morphed into a sadistic lust for
unlimited power — revealing the extreme decisiveness motivating his exploitation of Anakin.
If you enjoyed looking at these images, and want to see the spiritual portraits of other Star Wars characters, be sure to visit the gallery for the original trilogy and the gallery of Jedi and droids.
About This Portrait
This spiritual portrait is based on the Star Wars prequel trilogy:
- Episode I: The Phantom Menace, 1999
- Episode II: Attack of the Clones, 2002
- Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, 2005
The book Star Wars Psychology: The Dark Side of the Mind, by Travis Langley and with a forward by Carrie Goldman, was also helpful in creating these portraits. This excellent book is a collection of immensely entertaining and enlightening essays and if you are a fan of Star Wars, I recommend it highly!