"The Sith must be ruled by a single leader, the very embodiment of the strength and power of the dark side. If the leader grows weak, another must rise to seize the mantle."
Darth Revan's Sith Holocron[src]

Dark Lord of the Sith was the title originally bestowd upon the ruler of the Sith Empire. The title was sometimes given to one or more individuals at the same time, such is the case with Darth Nihilus, Darth Sion and (formerly) Darth Traya and also with Darth Revan and Darth Malak. It is also a title that is granted to the twelve members of the Dark Council upon joining.

The title of Dark Lord of the Sith, or Jen'ari in the Sith language, originally referred to the ruler of the Sith Empire, and later was taken by the recognized leader of the Order of the Sith Lords. Before Kaan, there was only one Dark Lord of the Sith at a time, who was the head of the Order, with the exception of the members of the Dark Council of the Sith Emperor Vitiate's Sith Empire who held the title of Dark Lord at the same time. In more recent periods, it was a title shared by multiple individuals simultaneously. The term referred to individuals of both sexes, though Lumiya claimed the title of Dark Lady of the Sith.

The title "Dark Lord of the Sith" is often thought to be synonymous with the title "Darth". Contrary to this, however, is the fact that Sith apprentices have been known to carry the title as well. Two examples would be Darth Malak as Darth Revan's apprentice, and Darth Vader as apprentice to Darth Sidious. Many Sith Lords have used the "Darth" title, but there is no evidence as to the synonymic relationship of these two appellations.

According to Sith Titles, "Dark Lord” is synonymous with the term "Sith Lord" which is granted to Siths who have advanced in the order’s hierarchy.

History of the title

"I now complete your initiation to the power of the dark side…so that you may bring to pass the great destiny foretold…Exar Kun, because of you, the Sith will never die…you have rightly earned the title of—Dark Lord of the Sith!"
―Marka Ragnos bestows upon Exar Kun the title of Dark Lord of the Sith[src]
The first Dark Lord of the Sith was Ajunta Pall, the leader of the exiled Dark Jedi who, after their defeat in the Hundred-Year Darkness conquered the Sith species and ruled over them as gods. Xendor, believed to be the first Dark Jedi, is possibly the predecessor of the Dark Lords of the Sith, though he himself was never a Sith Lord (although he may have returned from the dead to take the position as the Dark Underlord many millennia later). After the fall of the Sith Empire, Naga Sadow gave the title to his apprentice, Freedon Nadd. The spirit of the dead Dark Lord Marka Ragnos then declared Nadd's apprentice, Exar Kun, Dark Lord of the Sith. 3,000 years later, Lord Kaan began the practice of giving the title to all members of the Order, thus making it a title shared by many Sith for the first time in their long history. After the institution of the Rule of Two, the title was naturally held by only two members at a time, one being the Sith Master and the other being the Sith apprentice.


Those who became Dark Lords of the Sith were exceptionally strong in the dark side of the Force and were able to put the others around them into submission. The title is neither masculine or feminine so it can be given to anyone who can gain it.

Notable Dark Lords

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