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Why Do The Sith Want Revenge?

The Sith Want Revenge

Revenge motivates people’s actions unlike any other. By definition, revenge is hurting or inflicting harm on someone in retaliation for the wrong that occurred at their hands. Of course, revenge works the same way in the Star Wars universe as well. 

Throughout galactic history, revenge has been the main catalyst for the war between the light and dark sides of the Force.

Due to the deep-seated hatred and rage that blossoms because of revenge, the Jedi and Sith have been at odds for as long as we can remember. 

After the events of the Great Jedi Purge, officially known as Order 66, it is clear to see why the Jedi would want revenge on the Sith. But it seems as though the Sith wiped out the Jedi to fulfill their own vendetta against them. 

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This begs the question, why do the Sith want revenge? This is an interesting question that we will look at throughout this article.

What Were the Sith Getting Revenge For?

Ever since the beginning of the franchise, the Sith have been the evil ones. They were angry, hateful, and seemingly filled with malicious intent. However, there is a reason why they are the way they are. 

The reason the Sith are always so angry towards the Jedi is that they committed one of the worst acts in Sith history.

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The Jedi enacted genocide against the Sith, subsequently wiping them out and forcing the survivors into hiding. 

This is what prompted the onset of the long-winded war between the Jedi and Sith, as well as Darth Bane’s Rule of Two. Through this rule, there could only be two Sith at any given time, which allowed them to train in secret.

Why Do the Sith Want to Rule the Galaxy?

Apart from the Sith wanting revenge on the Jedi, their goal was to gain ultimate power over the galaxy. This is why they are so passionate about everything they do. 

As the Sith Code states, “Through passion, I gain strength. Through strength, I gain power. Through power, I gain victory.”

But why do the Sith want to rule the galaxy?

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Originally, during the days of Darth Bane, the motivation was to prevent the Sith race from being wiped out the way it had been before. To do so, it was believed that the Sith would need to gain victory over the galaxy. 

This was more of a means to an end than anything else. To continue quoting Sith Code, “Through victory, my chains are broken. The Force shall free me. ” 

What this shows is that the Sith’s ultimate goal is to have freedom, and, on paper, the best way to do this would be by ruling the galaxy. 

In theory, by ruling the galaxy, the Sith would be able to roam freely and live out in the open without fear of being attacked or judged by light-side Force users.

What Would Happen if the Sith Won?

Fortunately for the galaxy’s residents, the Sith did not win, but what would have happened if they had?

For starters, the Sith would have had full authority to completely eradicate all Jedi. What’s more, the Sith believed their philosophy was right, so they would have exerted their will on the rest of the galaxy. 

Theoretically, if the Sith won, then there would no longer be light and dark side philosophies, just the way of the Sith. There would be one government, and the Sith Code would be the philosophy that all force-sensitive people would have to adhere to. 

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This may not have been an inherently bad thing because, without the existence of the Jedi, the Sith would no longer have a need to fight. They would have gotten their revenge on the Jedi and the Galactic Republic by extension. 

Thus, there would be no need for revenge anymore. This means, that once there wasn’t a rebellion against the Sith, the only thing upcoming galactic citizens would have known is the way of the dark side. 


Of course, this is an interesting topic that raises many questions within the Star Wars communities. Just as with anything else, some questions are more common than others. 

One such question surrounds Darth Maul’s need for revenge. 

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Certainly, with how intriguing of a character Darth Maul is, it’s no wonder this answer is highly sought after. So without further ado, let’s dive into Darth Maul’s need for revenge. 

Why did Darth Maul Want Revenge?

To begin with, Darth Maul was a dark-side Force-sensitive who was trained by Sith Lord Darth Sidious. Darth Maul was an excellent student and became incredibly strong. 

This talent made Darth Maul ruthless and spiked his thirst for power, but what he wanted more than that was revenge for the entire Sith Order. This was in tandem with what his master, Darth Sidious, otherwise known as Palpatine, wanted.

As mentioned above, this quest for revenge happened after the Jedi committed an act of genocide against the Sith, consequently destroying the Brotherhood of Darkness. 

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This senseless mass murder at the hands of the Jedi made the surviving Sith go into hiding and begin using the Rule of Two. From that point forward, every Sith’s goal has been to unleash wrath on the Jedi for what they did.

Later on in galactic history, the Sith eventually got to enact their revenge plan on the Jedi during Order 66. This is where they were able to kill ninety-nine percent of the Jedi Order. 


As we can see, the war between the Sith and the Jedi reached tremendous depths. It seems as though the Jedi started the war when they pursued the Galactic Sith Purge. Since then, the Sith and the Jedi have been at each other’s necks. 

The Sith wanted revenge on the Jedi because of what they did, and they got this revenge when they carried out Order 66. This paved the way for the Jedi to retaliate, and from there, the vicious cycle continued. 

Vengeance aside, the Sith wanted to rule the galaxy simply because they wanted freedom. Freedom to be who they are without being judged and murdered for believing in the dark side of the Force. 

Oddly enough, it is arguably justified for the Sith to want revenge on the Jedi.

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