The Clone Wars
The Clone Wars

"I was the last survivor, and I chose to pass my knowledge to only one. I created a legacy so resilient that now you come before me."
―Darth Bane to Jedi Master Yoda[src]

Darth Bane, born Dessel, was a Human Dark Lord of the Sith during the New Sith Wars. He died almost a millennia before the Clone Wars.


Before the Clone Wars

Being the only Sith survivor of the New Sith Wars, Darth Bane created the Rule of Two. Instead of a vast army of Sith, thereby creating constant internal conflicts and betrayals with each other, there would only be two Sith: A master and an apprentice.


Jedi Master Yoda went to Korriban to continue his training of retaining his identity after death to face a great evil. He approached the Vallery of Dark Lords, and in the center of the room, there was a tomb built for Bane, and a giant, smoky figure became from Bane's tomb and tried to persuade Yoda to become his apprentice and destroy the Jedi together. Yoda figured that Bane was only an illusion to trick Yoda into joining the Sith order; after that, the figure disappeared.

Behind the Scenes

Bane's original concept design.


  • Like Darth Revan, Darth Bane was initially set to appear in the Clone Wars television series episode "Ghosts of Mortis." Revan and Bane were originally supposed to be the influence behind Son's evil deeds. The scene was created; however, George Lucas chose to delete it because it conflicted with his idea of the Force. Bane made an appearance later on in the series finale, "Sacrifice." In that episode, he was voiced by Mark Hamil, the actor who played Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars films.