PalpatineAnakin (3)

Anakin Skywalker becomes the Sith apprentice of Darth Sidious.

Zannah: "I wanted to see the true power of the dark side. Can you teach me to…"
Bane: "You will learn."
Zannah apprentices herself to Darth Bane[src]

Sith apprentice was an individual, on occasion a child, that began serious training under a Sith Master, usually chosen by the Master themselves after the potential apprentice displayed an impressive act of loyalty or cruelty. In some cases, the individual pledged themselves to the teachings of the Sith Master, thereby becoming the apprentice. In other situations, the Master sought out the student, being guided by the will of the dark side of the Force. Sith apprentices were analogous to Jedi Padawans, and the relationship between Sith Master and apprentice was the analogue to Jedi Knight and Padawan. A Sith apprentice's time as the student ended either with their death, or when the apprentice kills his master, then they took an apprentice of their own, thereby ascending themselves to the rank of Sith Master.


Choose someone as successor and you will inevitably be succeeded. Choose someone hungrier and you will be devoured. 'Choose someone quicker and you won't dodge the blade at your back. 'Choose someone with more patience and you won't block the blade at your throat. Choose someone more devious and you'll hold the blade that kills you. Choose someone more clever and you'll never know your end. Despite these cautions, an apprentice is essential. A Master without an apprentice is a Master of nothing.

Palpatine, as gatekeeper of the Telos Holocron, Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force

The role of a Sith apprentice was different than that of a Jedi apprentice. Padawans traditionally were not allowed to travel without their Masters; Sith Masters and apprentices, however, rarely traveled together. While a Padawan often accompanied their Master on whatever missions they partook, Sith Masters often sent their apprentices on missions alone. The Sith apprentice acted as an agent of the Master, doing their bidding and carrying out their will without question. It was not uncommon for the apprentice to face death, and even succumb to it while carrying out their Master's orders. In addition, a Jedi Padawan was taught by the master, whereas one studying under a Sith Master was to learn all they could from them; teaching was not necessarily the Master's responsibility.

While Sith apprentices were always under the direction of their Masters, often times they were allowed to pursue or birth their own schemes and machinations, further preparing them to successfully assume the rank of Sith Master themselves.


Sith apprentice training was both similar and very different to Jedi training. Sith apprentices learned from their Master's lightsaber technique, and the ways of the Force: specifically the dark side and how to harness it. Sith apprentices were taught to staunchly adhere to the Sith code.


In Darth Bane's New Sith Order and the Rule of Two, the Sith apprentice and the Sith Master both held the title Dark Lord of the Sith simultaneously, unlike the earlier tradition of a sole Dark Lord (though it appeared that the apprentice did not assume the role of Dark Lord until their training was complete).

Sith apprentices of the Sith EmpireEdit

Sith apprentices in Darth Bane's OrderEdit


Darth Zannah, first apprentice in Bane's Order

  • Darth Zannah (rose to rank of Sith Master)
  • Darth Cognus (rose to rank of Sith Master)
  • Darth Millennial (departed before he became Master)
  • Darth Vectivus (rose to rank of Sith Master)
  • Darth Plagueis (rose to rank of Sith Master)
  • Darth Sidious (rose to rank of Sith Master, then was killed by a redeemed Anakin Skywalker)
  • Darth Maul (killed before reaching rank of Sith Master)
  • Darth Tyranus (killed before reaching rank of Sith Master)
  • Darth Vader (killed before reaching rank of Sith Master, braught balance to the Force as a redeemed Anakin Skywalker)
  • Starkiller (secret apprentice to Darth Vader. Renounced the Sith after his master's treachery)
  • Luke Skywalker (apprenticed himself under the resurrected Palpatine. He managed to break free thanks to his twin sister Leia Organa Solo and Palpatine was defeated.)

Sith apprentices in Lumiya's SithEdit

Sith apprentices in The Lost TribeEdit

Sith apprentices in Darth Krayt's OrderEdit


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