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Confederacy of Independent Systems
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"The Republic cannot be fixed, milady. It is time to start over."
Count Dooku

Known more formally as the Confederacy of Independent Systems (CIS), the Separatist Confederacy was an organization of solar systems that declared their departure from the corrupt Galactic Republic. Headed by Count Dooku and backed by corporate titans that offered their unlimited droid armies to the cause, the Separatists waged war with the Republic in a legendary conflict known as the Clone Wars. Unbeknown to most members of the Confederacy, they were actually pawns in Darth Sidious' plan to transform the Republic into the Empire and destroy the Jedi Order.
    In General 
  • Blatant Lies: During the Clone Wars, several of the Mega Corps that made up the Confederacy leadership had representatives in the Republic Senate (read: lobbyists) claim that their respective corporations were neutral parties, but while some of them did play both sides, they were all more inclined to the Confederacy.
  • The Federation: A less than benevolent example; the Confederacy of Independent Systems is an alliance of planets who became disillusioned with the Galactic Republic. However, most of the Separatist leaders are driven by Greed more than anything.
  • For the Evulz: The Clone Wars shows several examples of Separatist forces doing things that really don't fall into line with their philosophy (like targeting a pacifist society as a testing ground for a weapon that wipes out all organic life or financing a Mad Scientist who revives and improves an extinct virus that no living creature has a natural resistance to). None of these (particularly the latter example) serve any purpose other than rampant and meaningless slaughter of both military and civilian alike while not affording the Separatists progression towards their goal.
  • Mega Corp.: The founding and leading members of the Confederacy included the Trade Federation, the Techno Union, the Corporate Alliance, the InterGalactic Banking Clan, and the Commerce Guild.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: A government that boasts about being a more moral, more democratic alternative to the Republic while being nothing of the sort.
  • The Remnant: Some leaders and fleets continue fighting long after the war is over, with Imperial Admiral Nils Tenant continuing a pacification campaign at least five years after the Clone Wars ended.
  • Standard Sci-Fi Army: The vast majority of Separatist forces are droids. B1 Battle Droids serve as the backbone of ground formations, with droidekas being heavy infantry. The Confederacy depends heavily on mechanized or armored formations, using tanks, artillery, and other heavy weapons to overwhelm clone positions.
  • Token Human: Contrasting with the Galactic Empire whose members are mostly humans, anti-alien, and had very few non-human members like the Inquisitors and Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Separatists' ranks are mostly non-humans, and they had very few human members like Dooku and Mina Bonteri. Even Rubber-Forehead Alien members like Bec Lawise, Voe Atell and Nuvo Vindi are considerably uncommon.
  • Unwitting Pawn: They're just another set of pawns in the grand scheme of Darth Sidious, who played both them and the Republic against each other to amass more power and popularity for himself. This applies to both the corrupt Mega Corps as well as the genuinely good but disillusioned members.
  • Villainous Friendship: It's not explored in any depth, but Count Dooku does seem rather perturbed by the death of Jango Fett.
  • We Have Reserves: Their battle droid factories produce billions upon billions of droids at a time, and at low cost.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Though it can't be said for what's seen of them in the films (or all of them), many of the Separatist systems seceded from the Republic because they disliked how corrupt the system had become and genuinely wanted to improve it, as radical as their methods may have been.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: As soon as Palpatine created the Empire, he dispatched Darth Vader to kill the Separatist leaders and ordered Tarkin to root out and destroy any remaining loyalists. The Empire would later use the orbit of Geonosis as a construction yard for the Death Star for a few years. Immediately afterwards, they sterilized the planet, killing off most of its population, in order to keep the Death Star a secret.

Leaders

    Darth Sidious 

Darth Sidious

    Count Dooku 

Count Dooku (Darth Tyranus)

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"The Sith control everything. You just don't know it."

Species: Human

Homeworld: Serenno

Portrayed by: Christopher Lee (films, The Clone Wars movie)
Voiced by: Corey Burton (The Clone Wars series)
Appears in: Attack of the Clones | The Clone Wars | Son of Dathomir | Dark Disciple | Revenge of the Sith | Tarkinnote 

"Master Kenobi, you disappoint me! Yoda holds you in such high esteem! Surely you can do better!"

A former Jedi Knight mentored by Yoda who left the Order to become Darth Sidious' second Sith apprentice, Darth Tyranus. Bringing together thousands of planets who shared his views on the galactic government, Dooku forged the Confederacy of Independent Systems with himself as their public face.
  • Affably Evil: Dooku's polite and regretful of having to fight his former Jedi comrades for much of Attack of the Clones.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Just looking at poor Dooku's face before being beheaded by Anakin is disheartening, since he never counted on betrayal.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He's the wealthy Count of Serenno who later became a Sith Lord, one of the most evil individuals in the galaxy.
  • Asshole Victim: He's a traitor to the Jedi and looked down on Anakin Skywalker. Anakin would ultimately be both his killer and his successor as Palpatine's apprentice when he turned into Darth Vader. Not many of the Jedi or those loyal to the Republic were particularly heartbroken with Dooku's death, with Obi-Wan barely questioning it until Anakin has turned to the Dark Side.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's a nobleman and the political leader of the Separatists as well as one of the galaxy's deadliest fighters.
  • Awesome McCoolname: His Sith name, "Darth Tyranus".
  • Back for the Dead: For his grand importance in both Attack of the Clones and all media associated with the Clone Wars, the most he does in Revenge of the Sith is get into a duel with Anakin and Obi-Wan before having his hands chopped off and then meeting his end via decapitation at the behest of Palpatine.
  • Badass Beard/Beard of Evil: A trimmed, classy looking beard for a cultured Master Swordsman. It's emphasized by the animation style of The Clone Wars.
  • Badass Cape: He wears a full body length cape constantly, adding to his dignified manner. It can "dissipate blaster bolts".
  • Badass Grandpa: Christopher Lee was well into his 80s when he filmed the role. Despite his age, Dooku proves to be one of the most powerful warriors in the prequels and The Clone Wars. On one occasion, he fought off Ventress and two Nightsisters while blinded. In his pajamas, no less.
  • Badass in Charge: Of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Sidious may be Dooku's master, but the Count is still the unquestioned leader of the Separatists.
  • Badass in Distress: In the appropriately titled "Dooku Captured" and its follow-up episode "The Gungan General".
  • Badass Teacher: To Ventress, and later, to Savage.
  • Bad Boss: Ventress and numerous other subordinates have found this one out the hard way after too many failures, although he only reluctantly tried to kill Ventress after being ordered to by Sidious. He also has no hesitation in removing some of the more idealist members of the Separatist Parliament from the equation if they prove too annoying.
  • Bastard Understudy: It's in the job description for being the Sith apprentice.
  • Big Bad: Subverted. The protagonists believe him to be this, but Dooku is only The Dragon and an Unwitting Pawn for Darth Sidious. Nonetheless, he does spearhead many operations during the Clone Wars.
  • Broken Pedestal: He was Qui-Gon Jinn's master who Obi-Wan held in high regard until he discovered Dooku had fallen to The Dark Side.
  • Cassandra Truth: In Attack of the Clones he reveals to Obi-Wan that hundreds of senators were under the influence of a Sith Lord called Darth Sidious. Obi-Wan immediately refuses to believe him as he saw Dooku was the one behind the assassination attempt on Padmé and the Separatists arming for war. Subverted later when Obi-Wan discuss this with the Jedi Council and while they have no reason to believe in Count Dooku, the Council agrees to keep a closer eye on the Senate. Which is exactly what Dooku wants to happen, as now there will be tension and distrust between the Jedi Order and the Senate, one that would allow Chancellor Palpatine to turn the Republic against the Jedi.
  • The Chessmaster: Dooku attempts to have Padmé assassinated and instigates a war between the Republic and the Separatists. And escapes at the end.
  • Combat Aestheticist: He chose his fighting style for its grace and beauty, mixed with deadly effectiveness.
  • Combat Pragmatist: During his duel against Yoda, he chose to distract the Jedi Grandmaster by trying to drop a pillar Anakin and Obi-Wan (who were both unconscious on the floor) in order to flee before the fight turned bad for him while the Jedi Master was occupied.
  • Contemplative Boss: He usually receives his subordinates with his back turned to them, but he often turns around and looks at them during the conversation.
  • Cool Sword: His curve-hilted lightsaber allows for a more fencing-like fighting style, giving him an advantage in lightsaber duels for its unique angles at the expense of being harder to block blaster bolts.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: Apparently, Dooku and Mother Talzin have a history with each other, but the only things revealed are that Dooku had helped Talzin once "long ago", and apparently gave a lock of his hair to her as part of some sort of deal.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • In Attack of the Clones he bested Obi-Wan with contemptuous ease, and Anakin proved barely more for him than a warm-up for Yoda.
    • During The Clone Wars episode "Witches of the Mist", he rather easily subdued Savage Opress, while simultaneously keeping Ventress at bay. After Savage turned on Ventress as well, and they split up, Ventress didn't last long against him on her own.
  • Darth Vader Clone: The second of the prequels' "Proto-Vaders". Dooku is a powerful Jedi who fell from grace and is the most visible member of a galactic organization while Darth Sidious watches from the shadows.
  • Deadpan Snarker: On occasion. Dooku's wit is nothing if not dry.
  • Death by Irony: Gets killed by his successor, the same man Dooku completely disregarded as an unworthy Jedi. The real kicker is, despite his disrespect towards Anakin, Dooku's master was conditioning Anakin to take his place the entire time.
  • Defector from Decadence: He left the Jedi Order when he came to believe the organization had fallen from its path, much like the Republic he felt to have become corrupt and ineffectual.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: Seeks to create a galactic empire that will bring order to the universe. Doesn't care what methods he has to use to do it.
  • Digital Head Swap: Done for Count Dooku's lightsaber battles (justified, given Christopher Lee's age). It's particularly eerie and distracting as Christopher Lee's head seems to float above his stuntman's shoulders independent of his movements.
  • The Dragon: Serves as this to Darth Sidious while pretending to be the Big Bad of the Separatist Confederacy.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Well, being the Sith apprentice means that one day, he'd have to try to usurp Sidious, but the first time he really considered turning against his Master was when he got Savage as a replacement for Ventress.
  • Dub Name Change: Count Dooku's name was changed to Dookan in the Brazilian dub, due to an unfortunate innuendo involving the character's name. The same happened with Syfo-Dias, being changed to Zhaifo-Vias, for similar reasons (his original name sounds exactly like the Portuguese pronunciation for the less polite version of a famous trope)
  • Evil Brit: Played by a classically-trained British actor who tended to be type-cast as villains.
  • Evil Gloating: Has a tendency for this during lightsaber duels, which serves to disorient his opponents. It backfires in Revenge of the Sith, when it only serves to make himself angrier and more aggressive.
  • Evil Mentor: To Ventress and, briefly, Savage.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's an elderly Dark Lord of the Sith.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Dooku speaks in a deep, sinister and powerful bass voice, provided by Christopher Lee and Corey Burton (the latter of whom did such a good imitation of the famous actor's voice that Lee himself was impressed).
  • Face–Heel Turn: He went from a former Jedi Master to an apprentice of Darth Sidious who formed the Separatist Alliance.
  • Fallen Hero: He's a former Jedi Master who trained under Yoda and was the Master of Qui-Gon Jinn. Once considered to be one of the greatest Jedi alive, he retired from the order when he became disillusioned with the corruption in the Republic and the Jedi who seemed content with it, and found Sidious' plans to remake the galaxy appealing.
  • Fiction 500: Is explicitly stated to be the single wealthiest person in the galaxy.
  • The Heavy: He's the main villain of Attack of the Clones while acting under the orders of Darth Sidious.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Anakin uses Dooku's own lightsaber to kill him.
  • Icon of Rebellion: In the prequels, Count Dooku serves as the figurehead of the rebel Separatists.
  • I Want Them Alive: He ordered Savage to bring Katuunko to him alive. Dooku was displeased, to say the least, when all Savage returned with was the king's corpse.
  • Just Between You and Me: Dooku has Obi-Wan imprisoned and tells him the truth: Darth Sidious is in control of the Republic. Not only does this not backfire, it actually helps the Sith: telling the Jedi this prompts them to start investigating Republic senators, and Sidious latches on to this to create tension between the Jedi and Republic, ultimately allowing him to declare them traitors.
  • Kick the Dog:
  • Klingon Promotion: Wants one desperately. Confirmed during the Savage Opress arc.
  • Knight Templar: Despite using the Dark Side of the Force, he genuinely sees the Galactic Republic and Jedi Order as being more corrupt than himself, and allies with Darth Sidious to rectify this. He also believes that anyone who's allied with the Republic regardless of innocence (according to him, "In a war, there is no such thing as an innocent.") is deserving of death, even if they are just citizens.
  • Large Ham: He's deadpan and composed, but whenever he tries to sound menacing, it's as dramatic as only a Sith can be.
    "You MUST JOIN ME, Obi-Wan, and together WE WILL DESTROY THE SITH!"
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Cuts off Anakin's arm in Attack of the Clones; gets both his hands lopped off by Anakin in Revenge of the Sith, before losing his head.
  • Love Makes You Evil: It is implied that part of the reason he fell was Qui-Gon's death, who was one of his beloved apprentices. Said death was ironically inflicted by his predecessor as Sidious/Palpatine's apprentice, Darth Maul.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Shown to be one in the Rush Clovis arc when he forces Clovis into a Deal with the Devil situation that results in war coming to Scipio, Clovis's death, and control of the Banking Clan falling to Palpatine.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: As stated in his introduction, Obi-Wan and Anakin are directly down the chain from him. He also seems to take some pride from this, too; he is still very proud of Qui-Gon, genuinely likes Obi-Wan (though he won't hesitate to kill him), but views Anakin as a completely unworthy successor.
  • Master Swordsman: Manages to take down Obi-Wan and Anakin on his own, and holds up well against Yoda. Also trains General Grievous into such a powerful swordsman that he'a able to slay Jedi in single combat without the Force.
  • Meaningful Name: According to Christopher Lee, the name "Dooku" is a homonym for the Japanese word doku, which means "poison".
  • Modest Royalty: He's a count, but his dress is quite simple compared to other royals in the Star Wars setting, probably a hold-out from his days as a Jedi Knight.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe. In Dark Disicple, his massacre of the Mahran race solely for being Republic citizens is considered to be the tipping point for the Jedi Council to decide to have him assassinated, something that normally goes against their principles.
  • Moral Myopia: He sought revenge against Ventress and the Nightsisters for their attempt to assassinate him, disregarding that it was his own (albeit reluctant) attempted murder of Ventress that inspired the attacks.
  • My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: Says as much during his duel with Yoda in Attack of the Clones.
  • Neck Snap: In a brutally epic fashion to one of Hondo's pirates.
  • Not Me This Time: Quinlan Vos believes that Dooku killed his master, Tholme, but it was actually a lie by Ventress, who was Tholme's real killer.
  • Off with His Head!: Gets beheaded by Anakin scissors-style in Revenge of the Sith.
  • Old Master: A villainous example.
  • Older Sidekick: Dooku was born 18 years before Palpatine, his Sith Master.
  • One Name Only: Barring his additional Sith name, Word of God is that "Dooku" is the entirety of his birth name.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: He used to be one of the Jedi Order's finest knights until he turned to the dark side.
  • Properly Paranoid: In the Nightsisters trilogy, he assumes that Ventress' assassination attempt against him was the work of the Jedi. As a former Jedi himself, one would think Dooku should realize that Jedi don't normally attempt assassinations, but given the psychological stress the Clone Wars are leaving on the Order and some of them falling to the Dark Side, this suspicion isn't completely unfounded. Eventually, the Jedi do try to have Dooku assassinated in Dark Disciple for crossing the Moral Event Horizon one time too many.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He's a count on his home planet who's trying to purge the galaxy of corrupt politicians.
  • Sarcastic Confession: Dooku "warns" Obi-Wan that the Republic has fallen under control of the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, who is secretly Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. He says this after making a half-hearted attempt at proclaiming innocence behind the attempted assassination of Padmé and the Separatists arming for war, and likely knew what Obi-Wan had seen considering that he was caught making a transmission to the Republic. Obi-Wan doesn't buy his offer and finds his claim of a Sith Lord secretly controlling the Republic outrageous . . . at first.
  • Shadow Archetype: Serves as one for Anakin, being a former Jedi who left the Order due to disagreements in philosophies.
  • Shock and Awe: His use of Force lightning.
  • Shoot the Dangerous Minion: Sidious ordered him to kill Ventress, because he was worried Dooku would use her to turn against him.
  • The Starscream: During The Clone Wars, he sometimes seeks opportunities to overthrow Sidious and become the new Dark Lord of the Sith. He never finds a good plan, and gets killed by Sidious' planning before even coming close to overtaking him.
  • The Stoic: He very rarely shows his emotions, and when he does, he usually keeps how much he shows well under control. He does start to panic when he realizes that Sidious is planning on letting Anakin kill him and is visibly shocked when Jango dies.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: On occasion, when he taps deeply into the Dark Side, most notably in "Witches of the Mist", when he blasts Savage with Force lightning.
  • Undying Loyalty: He claimed this towards Darth Sidious in "Nightsisters", and we're given no indication beforehand that he was anything but truthful. Sidious, however, demands proof of this loyalty, and orders Dooku to eliminate Ventress, which, ironically, inspires Dooku to train his next apprentice, Savage Opress, to help him overthrow Sidious.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He never realizes that he's merely being used by Palpatine to take all control of the galaxy for himself, and to fill in for Anakin as his apprentice, until it's too late.
    • According to the canon reference book Star Wars in 100 Scenes, Sidious promised Dooku that he would come to his aid if he got into trouble. Then Palpatine coldly tells Anakin to kill him, sparking the realization.
  • Uriah Gambit: Falls victim to one of Palpatine's early in Revenge of the Sith when Anakin comes to the kidnapped chancellor's rescue and kills Dooku at his insistence.
  • Villain Has a Point: Dooku, through his career as a Jedi, did identify several real issues with both the Order and the Republic government they served (issues that would eventually spiral out of control). His defection, at least, is warranted for how much faith he had lost in his brethren. Joining up with an organization that specializes in spreading anger and hate and specifically with a man he knows full well is complicit in inciting a war to consolidate all the power in the galaxy is hardly the right solution.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: More apparent in Expanded Universe materials than the movies, but he's seen in the eyes of many as a charismatic idealist crusading against the very real corruption endemic in the Republic, while the more overtly villainous Separatists are simply allies he's stuck with. Neither is wholly true; if anything, his idea to weed out corruption is to set up a sprawling dictatorship.
  • Villains Never Lie: He outright tells Obi-Wan the truth about the Republic being under Darth Sidious' control. Given his allegiance to the Sith, the Jedi are not inclined to believe him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Briefly yet silently loses his composure right before Anakin chops off his head when he realizes that Darth Sidious wants him dead. It was more pronounced in the novelization and the original script, which had him begging for his life, but Christopher Lee was able to successfully argue that it would have been too undignified for the character.
  • We Can Rule Together: He offers this to Obi-Wan while revealing the truth about Darth Sidious to him in Attack of the Clones, claiming they can join forces.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Well, not that Dooku can be considered weak at all, but his Form II: Makashi fighting style is this, utilizing precise parries, fluid ripostes and light, accurate cuts to redirect and intercept an opponent's blows. Dooku is in fact the most finesse-oriented duelist among the lightsaber wielders in the saga, beating out all other characters in terms of raw skill (discounting youth and strength in the Force, that is), but at 83 years old, he has a disadvantage at physical strength, stamina and raw power. This is why he was able to pick open Obi-Wan's Stone Wall defense, but ultimately loses to Anakin's relentless offense.
  • Weapon of Choice: A curve-hilted red lightsaber.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He left the Jedi Order because he believed that the Order is becoming nothing but glorified Space Police in the service of a corrupt, apathetic and ineffectual government, and as a Sith, the only real thing he craved is the power to effect real changes in the galaxy.
  • Wicked Cultured: A ruthless and fairly villainous gentleman, but a gentleman nonetheless.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considered Obi-Wan this after he successfully foiled his attempt to kidnap Palpatine twice in one day.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He tried to kill Rotta the Huttlet, and is more than willing to sentence women and children to work camps beside. He was also willing to massacre a convoy of refugees that included children. As far as he's concerned, there are no innocents in war.
  • You Have Failed Me:
    • To Ventress, albeit somewhat reluctantly.
    • To Savage Opress, when he screwed up his mission to bring in the Toydarian King alive.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In Revenge of the Sith, Palpatine orders Anakin to kill him after beating him in a duel.

Separatist Council

    Poggle the Lesser 

Archduke Poggle the Lesser

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Species: Geonosian

Homeworld: Geonosis

Voiced by: Marton Csokas (films), Matthew Wood (The Clone Wars)
Appears in: Attack of the Clones | The Clone Wars | Catalyst | Revenge of the Sith

Padmé Amidala: You're committing an act of war, Archduke. I hope you're prepared for the consequences.
Poggle: We build weapons, Senator! That is our business. Of course we're prepared!

Leader of the Geonosians and founding member of the Separatist Alliance. His factories provide the Separatists with many of their battle droids.
  • Asshole Victim: Like the other Separatist leaders, he was killed by Darth Vader in Revenge of the Sith. Atrocities include trying to have Anakin, Obi-Wan and Padme publicly executed by monsters at the start of the war, and later, collaborating with Queen Karina to have the Jedi infected with parasitic brain worms.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: If you look carefully, you can see him being cut in half when Darth Vader kills him and the other Separatist leaders.
  • Heel–Face Mole: In order to get out of prison, he agrees to Orson Krennic's proposal to have the Geonosians switch sides and begin construction of the Death Star for the Republic. After several months of playing along, he has the construction crew go nuts aboard the construction site and uses the chaos to escape in a shuttle, which is implied to be taking him to Utapau.
  • Insectoid Alien: As mentioned above, he's a Geonosian.
  • Karma Houdini: Subverted in an "out of the frying pan and into the fire" sense. He was captured during the Second Battle of Geonosis, was held in Republic custody for at least one year before being released after pretending to defect. Karma then comes right back to him when Darth Vader kills him and the rest of the Separatist founders at the end of the war.
  • Karmic Death: He gets killed by Vader, whom he tried to have executed at the beginning of the war when he was still Anakin Skywalker.
  • No Sell: As a Geonosian, he's immune to Jedi Mind Tricks. Unfortunately for him, Anakin Skywalker doesn't need mind tricks to get Poggle to talk when his Padawan is in danger.
  • The Unintelligible: In The Clone Wars, since alien languages are never subtitled in that series and instead rely on other characters to interpret.
  • We Have Reserves: Cares little for casualties among his hive due to work disputes, as Geonosians breed fast and competition between hive members encourages better results, hardier workers, and prevents overpopulation.
  • Weird Beard: Unlike most Geonosians, he has some flesh tendrils for a beard.

    Passel Argente 

Passel Argente

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Species: Koorivar

Homeworld: Kooriva

Portrayed by: Steven Boyle (Attack of the Clones), Marty Werterill (Revenge of the Sith)

The Magistrate of the Corporate Alliance. He was a Republic senator for his homeworld of Kooriva before joining the Separatist Alliance.
  • Asshole Victim: Along with the rest of the Separatist leaders who helped start the Clone Wars who are killed by Darth Vader on Mustafar.
  • Corrupt Politician/Corrupt Corporate Executive: He dragged both his homeworld (which had a considerable number of Republic supporters who fought against the Confederacy) and his company into the Clone Wars in order to gain a profit.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: Is a member of one, alongside the other corporate representatives who back the Confederacy.
  • Horned Humanoid: Koorivar have several horns on their heads.
  • Humanoid Alien: Has the basic human body shape, but has a distinctly alien appearance.

    Shu Mai 

Shu Mai

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Species: Gossam

Homeworld: Castell

Voiced by: Chris Truswell
Appears in: Attack of the Clones | Revenge of the Sith

"What you are proposing could be construed as treason."

The Presidente of the Commerce Guild and one of the leaders of the Confederacy.
  • Asshole Victim: Along with the rest of the Separatist leaders who helped start the Clone Wars who are killed by Darth Vader on Mustafar.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: As was the case with most of the Separatist Council.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: She is a member of one, alongside the other corporate representatives who back the Confederacy.
  • Humanoid Alien: Has the basic human body shape, but has a distinctly alien appearance.

    Po Nudo 

Senator Po Nudo

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Species: Aqualish

Homeworld: Ando

Portrayed by: Paul James Nicholson

An Aqualish senator representing Ando who went over to the Separatists.
  • All There in the Manual: His name is established in material outside of the films.
  • Character Death: He was killed by Darth Vader alongside the other Separatist Council members on Mustafar at the end of the Clone Wars.
  • Corrupt Politician: His membership on the Separatist Council rather than the Separatist Parliament implies that he is among those who started the movement for profit rather than actual political idealism.
  • Extra Eyes: He has four eyes, unlike most Aqualish. According to Legends, four-eyed Aqualish are a subspecies.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He used to be loyal to the Republic, but went over to the Separatists.

    Tikkes 

Senator Tikkes

Species: Quarren

Homeworld: Mon Cala

Portrayed by: ??
Appears in: The Phantom Menace | Attack of the Clones | The Clone Warsnote  | Revenge of the Sith

A Quarren senator representing Mon Cala who went over to the Separatists.
  • Character Death: He was killed by Darth Vader alongside the other Separatist Council members on Mustafar at the end of the Clone Wars.
  • Corrupt Politician: His membership on the Separatist Council rather than the Separatist Parliament implies that he is among those who started the movement for profit rather than actual political idealism.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He used to be loyal to the Republic, but went over to the Separatists.

Corporate Backers

Trade Federation

See their separate page.

InterGalactic Banking Clan

    San Hill 

San Hill

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Species: Muun

Homeworld: Scipio

Voiced by: Chris Truswell
Appears in: Attack of the Clones | Revenge of the Sith

"The banking clan will sign your treaty."

The Chairman of the InterGalactic Banking Clan. He helped lead the Separatists as part of the council of corporate interests who started the war.
  • Asshole Victim: Along with the rest of the Separatist leaders who helped start the Clone Wars who are killed by Darth Vader on Mustafar.
  • Bald of Evil: Bald due to being a Muun and he is a corrupt banker who helped start a war for profit.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He is a corrupt member of the Banking Clan.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: Is a member of one, alongside the other corporate representatives who back the Confederacy.
  • Humanoid Alien: Has the basic human body shape, but has a distinctly alien appearance.

    Nix Card 

Senator Nix Card

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Species: Muun

Homeworld: Scipio

Voiced by: Corey Burton
Appears in: The Clone Wars

A senator who served as a representative of the InterGalactic Banking Clan in the Galactic Republic Senate during the Clone Wars.
  • The Cameo: He briefly appears in "Slaves of the Republic", where he can be seen among the crowd at a slave auction.
  • Corrupt Politician: Uses his position as senator to keep the war going for the Banking Clan's profit. He also conspires to allow the Separatists to bomb Coruscant in order to influence a senate vote regarding peace talks with the Separatists.
  • Karma Houdini: He was involved in both a terrorist attack on Coruscant and worked directly with Darth Sidious to allow the Banking Clan to fall into the control of the Chancellor's office, and suffered no legal retribution for it.
  • Lean and Mean: He is a Muun who is deliberately prolonging the Clone Wars in order to bring greater wealth to his company. He also attended a slave auction, indicating he traffics in slavery as well.
  • War for Fun and Profit: So long as the war keeps going, Nix Card will make sure the Banking Clan profits from it.

    Mak Plain 

Mak Plain

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Species: Muun

Voiced by: Stephen Stanton
Appears in: The Clone Wars

"We have no stake in this war, Senator. You know that. War is... distasteful to all of us."

An official of the InterGalactic Banking Clan on Coruscant.
  • Bald of Evil: Bald due to being a Muun and he is a corrupt banker who helped start a war for profit.
  • Blatant Lies: His quote above about finding the war, which is making the banking clan outrageous profits, to be distasteful.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive/Morally Bankrupt Banker: He raises the interest rate of loans to both the Republic and Separatists by ten percent, and then gleefully throws the fact that the Republic needs the Banking Clan and has to bow to the their demands or it will the war into the faces of Padme and Onaconda Farr.
    Padme: Your previous arrangement with the Republic was ten percent!
    Plain: Please, please! That was before deregulation. The same rules don't apply, my dear. The Separatists don't seem to mind a rate hike. In fact, they just secured a loan to fund an additional three million battle droids.
  • Humanoid Alien: Has the basic human body shape, but has a distinctly alien appearance.
  • Playing Both Sides: He doesn't even try to hide the fact that the InterGalactic Banking Clan is bankrolling both sides of the war, but still tries to insist that they have no interest in keeping it going.
  • Smug Snake: Seems to be the hat of Muun bankers.

    Rush Clovis 

Senator Rush Clovis

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Species: Human

Homeworld: Scipio

Appears in: The Clone Wars

Senator of Scipio and the Banking Clan, and an old flame of Padmé Amidala's.
  • The Atoner: He tries to be this in the Clovis arc, but is not remembered by the Republic as this.
  • Corrupt Politician: Zigzagged. He is one in his first appearance, funding the operation of a Geonosian droid factory. In his next appearance however, he's trying to undo the corruption in the Banking Clan and return it to a neutral system, but his deal with Count Dooku ends up making him look like a Separatist.
  • Deal with the Devil: He made a deal with Count Dooku in order to become Chairman of the Banking Clan in order to fix its corruption. It goes horribly wrong.
  • Designated Villain: He becomes one in-universe after Dooku sets him up to make it look like he only took control of the Banking Clan so he could give Scipio to the Confederacy. And after he dies, he's still labeled a Separatist.
  • Facial Markings: He has some tattoos on his forehead that currently don't have a particularly clear meaning.
  • Frame-Up: He falls victim to one in "Crisis at the Heart", in which Count Dooku makes it look like Clovis is abusing his position in the Banking Clan to favor the Separatists.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He deliberately falls to his death so he can let Padmé survive.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Clovis was adopted at the age of twelve, by a wealthy Muun, for whom his father worked for until he was killed in the same shuttle accident that also killed Clovis's mother and the Muun's wife.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He has this reaction when Count Dooku blackmails him after he becomes the Chairman of the Banking Clan and the Count sends a Separatist fleet to Scipio to frame him.
  • Old Flame: He was in a relationship with Padmé Amidala at some point in the ten years between the Invasion of Naboo and the beginning of the Clone Wars, but Padmé decided they should keep it strictly professional.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Not only does he die, he gets scapegoated for the corruption in the Banking Clan, is remembered as a Separatist supporter and control of the Banking Clan falls to the Supreme Chancellor, giving Palpatine the funds he needs for his Empire (and superweapons like the Death Star).
  • Token Human: He is this for the Banking Clan, an organization mostly run by Muuns.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To both Count Dooku and Darth Sidious.

Techno Union

    Wat Tambor 

Emir Wat Tambor

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Species: Skakoan

Homeworld: Skako

Voiced by: Chris Truswell (films), Matthew Wood (The Clone Wars)
Appears in: Attack of the Clones | The Clone Wars | Revenge of the Sith

"With these new battle droids we've built for you, you'll have the finest army in the galaxy."

The Foreman of the Techno Union - which provides a good chunk of the Confederacy's weapon technology - and member of the Separatist Council.
  • Arc Villain: For the Ryloth arc. He played a more subdued role in the Bad Batch arc.
  • Arms Dealer: The Techno Union owns several technology firms, supplying the Separatists with all sorts of battle droids and other weapons. They even provided some technology to the other Separatist-allied commerce guilds (such as the Persuader-class tank droids to the Corporate Alliance) before the Separatist Alliance was formed.
  • Art Evolution: In The Clone Wars, the Bad Batch reels revealed a new character model for him that was more film-accurate (notable features include a wider faceplate and smoothly-curved breathing tubes), while Palette Swaps of his first character model were used for other Skakoan aides.
  • Ascended Extra: He was a minor member of the Separatists gathered at Geonosis in Attack of the Clones before gaining significantly more screentime in The Clone Wars.
  • Asshole Victim: Like the rest of the Separatist leaders killed by Vader, there's not much sympathy to be had for Tambor, especially when his war crimes include attempted genocide and horrific bio-experiments on sentient beings.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Coming from a planet with a higher-pressure atmosphere than normal, Skakoans are required to wear body-concealing (minus parts of their head) pressure suits when offworld. If that suit were to get breached, Tambor would violently explode like a deep sea fish brought up on land (and according to the Legends continuity, their explosions are dangerous to those around them as well), which means Vader would have been very careful when he killed him. Also, the DVD featurette for "Liberty on Ryloth" suggests that Skakoans might not actually have legs (referencing how Tambor's original ILM model didn't have them), hence why Tambor "scoots" when he "walks".
  • Blatant Lies: In the Bad Batch arc, he claims the Techno Union is a neutral party and tells the titular squad that the Republic is violating it by being on Skako Minor, despite admitting that he saw their infiltration coming (and the only way he could have is if Trench, who was then leading the Separatists at the Battle of Anaxes and whom Tambor was selling Echo's algorithm to, told him). Anakin Skywalker, having Tech tracked the Separatist's tactical algorithm to Skako Minor and most likely remembering what he did on Ryloth, knows it's bantha fodder. And Rex rebukes that he's violated the neutrality first by holding a Republic soldier prisoner (and experimenting on him).
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the head of the Techno Union, who has also sided with the Separatists and provides them with Battle Droids and other technology. And he's also willing to kill innocent people to test these products.
  • Creepy Monotone: His voice sounds somewhat robotic, and not just because of his suit. Whenever he does show emotion such as anger, his tone only changes slightly.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Especially when compared to Nute Gunray. When he was abandoned by his tactical droid and at Mace Windu's mercy, he was prepared to die in the impending Separatist bombing of Lessu, taking the Republic forces with him. Ultimately subverted in that Anakin and Ahsoka were able to take out the Hyena bombers in time, saving Ryloth and setting Tambor to be taken prisoner.
  • Greed: His Fatal Flaw. Tambor refused to leave without the treasures he had stolen from the Twi'lek people, leading his tactical droid to abandon him for capture by the Republic or death from the impending Separatist bombing. His greed also undermines the Battle of Anaxes for the Separatists because he was afraid of profit losses if Trench found out about Echo's escape.
  • Karma Houdini: Subverted. He was captured at the end of the Ryloth arc and held in Republic custody for at least a year, but got out sometime before the Bad Batch arc, most likely due to a combination of him declaring neutrality and the Senate accepting it with some help from Gume Saam and/or Palpatine transferring him to another prison and arranging for his release. Then it finds its way back in Revenge of the Sith when Vader kills him.
  • Kick the Dog:
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: He wisely surrenders after the Separatist forces have been defeated and the bombing has been thwarted, all with little fuss too.
    Wat Tambor: What are your terms of surrender?
    Cham Syndulla: They are unconditional.
    Wat Tambor: Agreed...
  • Lack of Empathy: When the Techno Union controls a planet, he thinks even its sentient population is their property and means they can do whatever they want with them, including starving them, subjecting them to horrific experiments or testing new weapons on them.
  • Little Green Man in a Can: Skakoans wear almost-entirely body concealing pressure suits.
  • Mad Scientist: The Bad Batch arc reveals him to be one when it comes to his experiments, as some of them involve using sentient beings. For instance, he used Echo as a living computer in addition to mining his brain for data and then tested a flesh-destroying weapon on a live prisoner just to show what he would do to some people infiltrating his base. Downplayed on the "mad" part though since he doesn't seem insane.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If he had not worried about a huge profit loss from admitting his failure to keep Echo on Skako Minor and told Admiral Trench about his escape, the Separatists would have had a better chance of winning the Battle of Anaxes just from knowing ahead of time that they no longer have their original tactical advantage and that the Republic is now using it against them. As a result, the Republic wins with only a few hiccups along the way, they maintain Anaxes' shipyards and Trench is Killed Off for Real.
  • Non-Action Guy: Justified, as fighting is even more dangerous when the slightest breach to your clothing could make you explode.
  • The Sociopath: He has a callous disregard for the lives of others and is solely driven by profit for his company, even if it undermines the Separatists in the long run. The closest he's shown to any emotion is anger over his laboratory and "years of research" getting destroyed.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Tambor was captured at the end of the Ryloth arc, but how he got out of prison before the Bad Batch arc remains to be seen. According to Filoni, he most likely got out because Palpatine had him transferred to another prison and arranged for his release afterward.

    Gume Saam 

Senator Gume Saam

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Species: Ishi Tib

Portrayed by: ??
Voiced by: Phil LaMarr

A corrupt senator of the Techno Union who is secretly aiding the Separatists in order to profit from the Clone Wars.
  • Corrupt Politician: Uses the war and the Techno Union's supposed neutrality to advance business interests in both the Republic and Separatist space.
  • The Mole: Along with Senators Nix Card and Lott Dodd, he works to promote the continuation of the war from inside the Republic so the businesses aligned with the Separatists will continue to profit.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: His idea to stop Padmé's efforts to start peace talks is to hire someone to assassinate her. Both Card and Dodd both dismiss the idea as too risky and difficult.
  • Token Minority: Similar to Rush Clovis's relationship with the Intergalactic Banking Clan, Gume Saam is an Ishi Tib representing a corporation mostly comprised of Skakoans.
  • War for Fun and Profit: He works to keep the war going so the Techno Union can profit from it.

Separatist Military

See the Separatist Military page.

Separatist Parliament

    Mina Bonteri 

Senator Mina Bonteri

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Species: Human

Homeworld: Onderon

Voiced by: Kath Soucie
Appears in: The Clone Wars

An idealistic politician from Onderon, Mina Bonteri used to be Padmé Amidala's mentor in the Senate. While Mina believed in the Separatist cause and openly admired Count Dooku, she also sought to stop the spreading violence of the Clone Wars. On Padmé's urging, she proposed to open peace-talks with the Republic, which the Separatist Parliament agreed upon. However with this, she became a threat to the Sith plans, and was murdered by Dooku's thugs. She was also the mother of Lux Bonteri.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Openly admired Count Dooku.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: She has a similar facial structure to her voice actress, Kath Soucie.
  • The Mentor: Was one to Padmé. They remained good friends until she was murdered.
  • Missing Mom: To Lux after her death.
  • Not So Different: On a large scale instead of a personal one. She explains to Ahsoka that both warring sides want the same thing.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Upon learning from Padmé that the Republic Senate was unsure of continuing the war, she was quick to convince the Separatist Senate to open peace negotiations with the Republic. She also accepts Padmé's opinion of Dooku, agreeing to disagree on that.
  • Shadow Archetype: She's a Separatist-aligned Padmé with a very similar personality and the same goal of finding a peaceful resolution to the war.
  • Skunk Stripe: A graying streak in her brown hair.
  • Token Good Teammate: Mina is the face of innocent people who joined the Separatists with noble intentions. Unfortunately, she ends up paying the ultimate price for being a moral person allied with a Sith Lord.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: It's not hard to see why she and Padmé are friends.
  • Widow Woman: Her husband was killed in self-defense during the Clone Wars, exactly one year prior to her introduction in the show and her own subsequent death.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: She is murdered by Dooku, the man she admittedly admired, because her focus on peace was jeopardizing the Sith's plan to use the war to wipe out the Jedi.

    Bec Lawise 

Senator Bec Lawise

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Species: Siniteen

Voiced by: Corey Burton
Appears in: The Clone Wars

"We can't do this, Dooku. The Separatist Senate will never approve."

The head of the Separatist Parliament.
  • Character Death: Count Dooku uses the Force to make Padmé point her blaster at Bec and fire, killing him.
  • Friendly Enemy: He is cordial and friendly to Padmé whenever they meet, and is stunned when Dooku tries to have her arrested without cause, protesting that the Separatist Parliament will not approve. This protest gets him killed.
  • Humanoid Alien: He is a Siniteen, a species with an enlarged cranium which looks like a brain.
  • Token Good Teammate: Like Mina, he represents the Separatists who joined the movement because they felt the Republic was corrupt.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Like many members of the Separatist Parliament, Bec is not evil and honestly believes that Count Dooku is a good man attempting to lead the Separatists out of the control of the corrupt Republic. He pays for that trust with his life.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He believes the Republic is hopelessly corrupt, but also does not want the war to go on, trying on two occasions to begin peace talks with the Republic.

    Voe Atell 

Senator Voe Atell

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Voiced by: Catherine Taber
Appears in: The Clone Wars

"Say it aloud before this gathering—as representative for Chancellor Palpatine that you declare, without reservation, the Separatist state legitimate."

A Separatist Senator who was connected to the Corporate Alliance.

Other Separatists

    R3-S6 

R3-S6

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Model: R3-series astromech droid

Appears in: The Clone Wars

An astromech droid sent by the Separatists to spy on Anakin Skywalker by serving as a replacement astromech after R2-D2 goes missing during the Battle of Bothawui.
  • Bright Is Not Good: He is a golden astromech trying to get his "master" and "allies" killed.
  • Evil Counterpart: To R2-D2.
  • In-Series Nickname: Ahsoka dubs him "Goldie". Anakin derogatorily calls him "Stubby".
  • The Mole: For the Separatists. Albeit not a very good one, since his faked incompetence and sometimes outright refusal to follow orders makes Anakin and Rex not like or trust him with vital tasks.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Acts incompetent so he can mask his attempts to kill the main characters as "accidents". As noted above, however, it proves detrimental to his spying mission, because it quickly earns him the dislike of Anakin and Rex.
  • Rasputinian Death: R2-D2 sets him on fire, he falls to his death and then gets smashed to pieces by a stray piece of debris.
  • Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends, he was reprogrammed to serve as a mole by other Separatist spies at a Republic facility.

    Nuvo Vindi 

Dr. Nuvo Vindi

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Species: Faust

Homeworld: Adana

Voiced by: Michael York
Appears in: The Clone Wars

"I suppose one can never have too many lab rats."

A brilliant, but insane scientist who resurrected the Blue Shadow Virus for the Separatists.
  • Axe-Crazy: Not only was he willing to unleash the incredibly lethal Blue Shadow Virus into Naboo's ecosystem (and kill all life on the planet, including himself), he's also outright unstable and genuinely excited that the virus could get out of his lab even after he's captured.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: While he is dangerously smart enough to resurrect a lethal virus, he thinks said virus is a unique lifeform. But again, he's just crazy.
  • Evil Albino: Although with bluish/purplish hues in his skin.
  • Evil Genius: He might be nuts but he was still able to recreate one of the most deadly and powerful viruses in Galactic history, and make it even more deadly.
  • Evil Old Folks: A comment from him in "Mystery of a Thousand Moons" suggests he may actually be pretty old.
  • Facial Markings: Although they're most likely natural for his species.
  • Hellish Pupils: With double-eyelids to boot.
  • Herr Doktor: He's got a German accent and he's a Mad Scientist.
  • Insistent Terminology: You eradicated the Blue Shadow Virus? "YOU MEAN MURDERED!"
  • Knight Templar: He thinks he's bringing judgment to the galaxy by releasing the Blue Shadow Virus on its populace, but he's clearly insane.
  • Large Ham: It's Michael York voicing a mad scientist. Do we need to say more?
  • Laughing Mad: When it seems the virus bombs are about to go off.
  • Lean and Mean: A skinny deranged lunatic who practically worships deadly diseases.
  • Mad Scientist: What else can you say about someone who thinks bringing back an incredibly lethal virus that can infect any species is a good idea?
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He apparently uses that doctorate for developing or recreating bio-weapons. According to his backstory, he actually was a senior medic for the Perma families.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He tried to unleash an incredibly lethal virus with no known cure into Naboo's ecosystem, and then planned to unleash it on the galaxy afterward. He was also willing to kill himself with this virus.
  • Rubber-Forehead Alien: Aside from the bluish-white skin, Facial Markings, the head-crest, and the double-eyelids, Fausts could almost pass for humans.
  • Sadistic Choice: When Anakin reaches his laboratory, he gives him two options: Let him escape with some samples of the virus or let Padmé and Jar Jar get electrocuted to death. However, this only delays Anakin, who both saves his friends and eventually captures Vindi.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: He seems to be based on Nazi scientists from WWII serials, especially with his hamminess.
  • Villain of the Week: Somewhat. While he is present in both episodes of the "Blue Shadow Virus" arc, he's already defeated and arrested at the beginning of the arc's second episode, "Mystery of a Thousand Moons". He's most prominent as a threat in "Blue Shadow Virus".

    Osi Sobeck 

Prison Warden/Commander Osi Sobeck

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Species: Phindian

Appears in: The Clone Wars

Warden of the Citadel, an infamous prison captured by the Separatists which was designed to hold rogue Jedi.


Alternative Title(s): Star Wars Separatists, Star Wars The Clone Wars Separatists

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