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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 Alliance 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.
  • 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: Star Wars: 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 Galactic Empire whose members are mostly humans, anti-alien, and had very few non-human members like Inquisitors and Grand Admiral Thrawn, Separatists members are mostly non-humans and they had very few human members like Dooku and Mina. Even Rubber-Forehead Aliens members like Bec, Voe, and Nuvo are also 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.
  • We Have Reserves: Their battle droid factories literally 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 entire planet, killing off most of its population, in order to keep the Death Star a secret.

Leaders

    Darth Sidious 

Darth Sidious

    Dooku 

Count Dooku (Darth Tyranus)

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

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

"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.
  • 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 McCool Name: 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", mind you.
  • 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 "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.
  • 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 saberfights 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 Witches of the Mist from The Clone Wars, 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.
  • The Dragon: Serves as this to Darth Sidious while pretending to be the Big Bad of the CIS.
  • 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.
  • Evil Brit: Played by a Brit who's classically trained to play an Evil Brit.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good/Genre Blindness: In the Nightsisters trilogy, he assumes that Ventress' assassination attempt against him was the work of the Jedi. As a former Jedi himself, Dooku should have realised that they do not deal in assassinations. Whether this is an instance of Dooku's own corruption by the dark side, or a simple lapse in judgment, is ambiguous.
  • 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).
  • Fallen Hero: He's a former Jedi Master who trained under Yoda and was the Master of Qui-Gon Jinn. 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 entire 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 is Qui-Gon's death, who was one of his beloved apprentices.
  • 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 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 Voss 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.
  • One Name Only: Barring his additional Sith name, his first name is unrevealed.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: He used to be one of the Jedi Order's finest knights until he turned to the dark side.
  • 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 of 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 to 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 even when he does, he usually keeps how much he shows well under control. He does notably 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 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. Giving 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.
  • 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 entire 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 even 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.
  • You Have Failed Me: To Ventress, albeit somewhat reluctantly.
    • To Savage Opress, when he screwed up his mission in bringing 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.

    Grievous 

General Grievous

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Portrayed by: Matthew Wood
Appears in: The Clone Wars | Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir | Dark Disciple | Revenge of the Sith

"Listen to me, Jedi. I do not care about your politics. I do not care about your Republic. I only live to see you die!"

A Kaleesh cyborg who serves as commander of the Separatist Droid Army. He is schooled in the art of lightsaber combat by Count Dooku, and has slain and plundered the lightsabers of countless Jedi.
  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: He's able to crab-walk by flipping his hands around completely, along with his head.
  • Art Evolution: In The Clone Wars, his character model started off only having two fingers per hand when split apart. The Utapau arc reels revealed a more film-accurate model with the same number of fingers he had in Revenge of the Sith.
  • Ax-Crazy: Hair-Trigger Temper and his desire to kill Jedi aside, the Utapau arc reel shows that he had an "execution room" (read: torture chamber) set up aboard a supply carrier, of all ship types.
    Obi-Wan Kenobi: Execution room? You have a whole room dedicated to that?
    Battle Droid: Um....yeah. Yes. Come with me.
  • Badass Biker: He rides a pretty cool looking speeder bike in "Bound for Rescue" and the Utapau arc reels. He also has a few Wheel Bikes in Revenge of the Sith, which are essentially giant buzz saws with four legs for support, a seat and a blaster cannon attached to it.
  • Badass Boast: The caption quote.
  • Badass Cape: Which he usually removes before fighting.
  • Badass Transplant: The mechanical version. Aside from his head and some internal organs, his entire body has been cybernetically augmented, making him far more dangerous than any of the droids in his command. This is also invoked on his part, as he claims that not only are these modifications an improvement over his original body, but he volunteered to become a cyborg to be like a Jedi.
  • Bad Boss: Hates the battle droids under his command, deeming them useless (not hard to see why, though) and regularly destroys or abuses them whenever he loses his temper.
  • Battle Trophy: All his lightsabers were taken from Jedi he'd killed.
  • Berserk Button: If you want to live, never, ever, ever compare him to, or mistake him for, a droid.
  • Blood Knight: According to him, his only reason for being involved in the war is to kill Jedi.
  • Body Horror: The only parts of his physical body that are still intact are his eyes and some of his organs.
  • The Brute: He's the commander of the droid army, and takes great pride in his ability as a Jedi hunter. Though he's physically threatening, he doesn't care much for strategy or the political machinations of the Sith. Said best in this exchange with Obi-Wan:
    Obi-Wan: I hear a lot of talking, General, but in the final accounting, what does all the talk get you? A futile quest for power? A mutilated body? And your place as Dooku's errand boy!"
    Grievous: I'm no errand boy, and I'm not in this war for Dooku's politics. I am the leader of the most powerful droid army the galaxy has ever seen!
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He's a shamelessly bloodthirsty killer who delights in plundering the lightsabers of slain Jedi.
  • Catch Phrase: His two favorite words are "Impossible!" and "Kenobi!"
  • Combat Pragmatist: He's explicitly trained to fight like this: he's supposed to use surprise, fear, intimidation, and power to overwhelm his opponents, and to flee when that doesn't work. In The Clone Wars, he likes to shoot people with a blaster using one of his extra arms while they're focused on his regular two.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The Utapau arc reels show that after he had captured Obi-Wan, he intended to execute him in the most agonizing way possible via torture chamber after Dooku had just given the order for execution.
  • Cool Pet: His cyborg roggwart, Gor, a large horned lizard-like monster similar to a rancor living in his castle on Vassek. He didn't survive when the Jedi infiltrated his castle.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He has his moments:
    • During their first duel in Season 1, he effortlessly defeated Ahsoka, who escaped only because Grievous got distracted for a moment by an explosion. She put up a better fight during their rematch in Season 5, but Grievous still bested her rather easily.
    • Although Ventress gained the upper hand in their one-on-one duel in "Massacre", after he had her shot by his droid army, he tore apart the other Nightsisters and their undead army with ease.
    • In Son of Dathomir, his army pretty much crushes Maul's Shadow Collective in two consecutive battles, and personally forces Maul to retreat during the first. While he and Dooku gets captured during the second, after Dooku provided him an opportunity to escape his cell, he literally tore apart several Death Watch soldiers who tried to stop him. He even told the few survivors to go and ask their master for reinforcements. In the final issue, his army crushes the Shadow Collective on three fronts, while he deals the death blow to Mother Talzin.
  • Cyborg: An alien cyborg whose entire body is basically a canister for his eyes, brain, and organs.
  • Darth Vader Clone: The third of the Prequels' "Proto-Vaders." The cyborg with breathing problems, undone by his reliance on machines. According to the director's commentary for Revenge of the Sith, this was deliberately invoked to foreshadow Anakin's ultimate fate.
  • Dirty Coward: Brags over his superiority to the Jedi, then uses cheap tactics (superior numbers, among other things) and retreats immediately once he thinks the tables have turned.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Subverted. When Count Dooku is killed, the Jedi think Grievous has become this when in reality, he's just become a pawn for Sidious to dispose of to end the Clone Wars.
  • Dual Wielding: Taken Up to Eleven; by splitting his arms, he can wield four lightsabers at once.
  • Evil Cripple: All that's left of Grievous are his internal organs, his brain, and some of his face. That's about as crippled as you can get. However, he doesn't see himself as a cripple and sees his new body as an improvement over his old one.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Grievous's voice is this, not to mention gravelly, sickly, and partially synthesized.
  • Expy: George Lucas created him as a deliberate Darth Vader Clone who was half-man, half-robot. Or in his words, "20% alien and 80% robot".
  • Fake Ultimate Villain: In the eyes of the Republic at large, upon Dooku's death, Grievous took over as the Big Bad; the Senate even voted to continue the Clone Wars for as long as Grievous lived. However, Palpatine is clearly the one pulling the strings, using both Dooku and Grievous as scapegoats to keep his involvement a secret.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When he's not insulting his enemies, he's usually mockingly complimenting/humoring them.
  • Firing One-Handed: How he uses his blaster.
  • Four-Star Badass: He's one of the highest ranking Separatist military leaders, and can fight one-on-one with Jedi.
  • Front Line General: When he isn't beating a retreat, he's usually leading from the front.
  • The Generalissimo: In fact, if not name. He's the Confederacy's real second-in-command, and takes over as head of the Separatists after Dooku is killed.
  • General Failure: Probably because he's a general and more used to ground combat, his forays into fleet command tend to be much less successful. In a more general sense, he's also a fairly poor tactician, and pulls a Screw This, I'm Outta Here! whenever things go marginally pear-shaped, but this was more the case in Season 1. From Season 2 onward, he started showing a little more tactical brilliance both in ground and fleet command. In "Grievous Intrigue", he predicted Obi-Wan's entire battle plan for rescuing Eeth Koth, and in "ARC Troopers", he deliberately sacrificed the frigates in his fleet so the debris carrying the Trident drill ship components could fall into Kamino's oceans (although how much of that plan is his is debatable, considering he was also working with Asajj Ventress during the battle).
  • General Ripper: He would gladly stand on a pile of what remains of his subordinates, droid and organic alike, if it meant victory.
  • Guttural Growler: He even growls when expressing pleasure.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: There are a lot of things besides incompetent Battle Droids that can make him angry. According to Star Wars: In 100 Scenes, he was given some brain implants that increase his coordination while making him more angry and aggressive, which serves to make him even more dangerous.
  • Handicapped Badass: Many of the fights he get into involve him getting one of his arms amputated. It doesn't stop him from fighting effectively with the others until he can get them repaired.
  • Hellish Pupils: Has yellow, reptilian eyes.
  • Hero Killer: Dirty Coward tendencies aside, those Jedi that he got his lightsabers from were killed by his own hand.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After losing his lightsaber and being forced to take on Grievous in a hand-to-hand brawl, Obi-Wan manages to finish him off with his own dropped blaster.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: How great a warrior he was when he was a Kaleesh warlord isn't clear, but he apparently didn't think he was great enough. He claims that he voluntarily turned himself into a cyborg to improve himself and be equal to the Jesi.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: This was mostly due to his cybernetics. The original explanation, back when Star Wars: Clone Wars was canon, was that he was typically "healthy" until Mace Windu used the Force to damage his chest. However, this was Retconned in The Clone Wars, which revealed he always had the problem.
  • Insane Admiral: A mad ruin of a Kaleesh warlord, trapped inside his cybernetics, who takes out his anger on any populace he can get his hands on.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: Subverted in "Grievous Intrigue". When facing him, Eeth Koth called Grievous a "coward and murderer". Usually one would expect for the villain to be insulted by being called a coward. Grievous instead took issue with being dubbed a murderer, stating that he didn't consider "ridding the galaxy of you Jedi filth" to be murder.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The Nightsisters are a culture of vicious misandrists who feel free to abuse, brainwash, and even kill the male Nightbrothers whenever they please. Given that, many fans rooted for Grievous and the battle droids as they mercilessly killed them during "Massacre".
  • Kill It with Fire: Obi-Wan manages to kill him by shooting at his "gut sack", which then bursts all the living tissue in his body into flames.
  • Lack of Empathy: He feels nothing for the countless Jedi and Padawans he has killed.
  • Large Ham: He tends to be rather overly dramatic when speaking.
    Grievous: YOU WILL NEVER DEFEAT GRIEVOUS! NEVER!
  • Laser Blade: Thanks to his many arms, he can wield four lightsabers at once.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He can move extremely quickly and hit really hard.
  • Lizard Folk: His race, the Kaleesh, are reptilian in appearance.
  • Logical Weakness: Powerless against Force techniques, as he has no way of repelling them and has none of his own, and nearly all of his defeats involve the Force being used against him. He compensates for this by blitzing his opponents with overwhelming sword play, to either distract them or finish them before the Force can come into play.
  • Looks Like Orlok: Has the narrow face, the sunken eyes, the spindly arms and legs, and the cloak.
  • Master Swordsman: Before Obi-Wan defeated him, the only people who held their own against him without resorting to using the Force were Kit Fisto and Ventress.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: What's worse is that it's grafted to his face.
  • Meaningful Name: "Grievous" means "causing grief or great sorrow," somewhat fitting for the slaughterer of millions. A case of Names to Run Away from Really Fast.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His arms can divide in half, giving him four limbs and allowing him to use four lightsabers at a time.
  • Mysterious Past: Grievous keeps most of his past hidden.
  • Neck Snap: Does it to a clone trooper in "Bound for Rescue", with his foot no less.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A reptilian alien Cyborg who uses lightsabers.
  • No Indoor Voice: Although, to be fair, his voice is so grating and deep that even if he were speaking at a normal volume, it would still come across as rather loud.
  • Ominous Opera Cape: Wears one in Revenge Of The Sith until he takes it off right before his duel with Obi-Wan.
  • One-Man Army: Clone troopers are no match for Grievous; he tears them to pieces during his attack on a Republic cruiser in "Bound for Rescue".
  • Pet the Dog: He seemed genuinely saddened and enraged when he learned that his pet, Gor, was killed by Kit Fisto and Nahdar Vebb.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: He used to be a Kaleesh warlord before he became a cyborg general.
  • Psycho for Hire: He may not get paid for what he does, but his involvement with the Confederacy is just an excuse for him to kill Jedi, and he enjoys it a little too much if the image quote is any indication. At least, this is what he's like post-reconstruction.
  • The Rival: He has a lasting enmity with Obi-Wan that borders on this trope. Obi-Wan even invoked it in "Grievous Intrigue" when he was certain that Grievous would board his ship and face him personally rather than simply blow him up with his ship.
  • Rousing Speech: Played for Laughs, when he gives one to a bunch of droids designed for suicide-bombing. He even explicitly tells them that none of them will be coming back.
  • Serial Killer: Has the traits of one, like only going after a specific community of people, and keeping trophies to remind him of his past murders.
  • Shadow Archetype: Of pre-Face–Heel Turn Anakin/Vader. A twisted mixture of machine and man which causes problems in breathing and combat.
  • Smug Snake: Played with. He tends to be overconfident about his own abilities and boast at his enemies before being defeated in combat, forced to flee and/or pull a fast one on his enemies, but every now and then, he gets his own victories and shows some instances of tactical brilliance.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Subverted. Yes, he's evil, and yes, he has gold eyes, but he isn't a Sith (or even a force-sensitive) and only ever received lightsaber training from Count Dooku.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Several through The Clone Wars:
    • In "Grievous Intrigue". He defeats Eeth Koth, predicts Obi-Wan's entire battle plan (doesn't quite work, but he gets points for cleverness), fights his way through two more Masters and a legion of clones in order to escape, and manages to flee Saleucami while under fire and despite Obi-Wan's attempts to stop him, laughing as he escapes.
    • He took another in "Massacre", where he and his droid forces decimate the Nightsisters (aside from a minor setback against Ventress).
    • And another in "Bound for Rescue", where he defeated Obi-Wan in a space battle, then one-on-one in a duel.
    • Yet another in the first issue of the Son of Dathomir comic adaptation, where he matches Darth Maul, of all people, in one-to-one combat, and utterly trounces his forces in the over-all battle. In the fourth, he kills Mother Talzin.
  • The Unreveal: In "Lair of Grievous" his mask had to be replaced by a new one. As the doctor-droid started to remove it, it seemed that his real face would be revealed, but the scene cut to the Jedi, and when we next see the General, he already has a new mask on.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He never realizes that the Chancellor he's kidnapped is actually the man he's working for.
  • Villain Decay: Sort of a time-reversed case. Revenge Of The Sith has him failing at everything he tries to do, and running away from the good guys, which makes his fearsome reputation look like an Informed Attribute. The various TV series managed to do him justice as a real threat.
  • Villainous Rescue: Though he's rescuing another villain, he does save Count Dooku's life from Mother Talzin in "Massacre".
  • Was Once a Man: He used to be a Kaleesh, but his extensive injuries have basically limited his body to a heart and a horribly-scarred face. He barely resembles his original species at this point, if material from Legends is to be believed.
  • White Mask of Doom: His mask resembles a Kaleesh skull.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Definitely. Would also commit genocide against an entire clan of females.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He had several Padawan braids among his trophies in "Lair of Grievous", and relished the idea of killing the younglings and adding their newly-built lightsabers to his collection in "A Necessary Bond".
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Indirectly, Palpatine directs the Jedi to the planet where Grievous is hiding so he can be killed and end the Clone Wars.

Trade Federation

Intergalactic Banking Clan

    San Hill 

San Hill

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

"The banking clan will sign your treaty."

A Muun from Scipio who served as Chairman of the InterGalactic Banking Clan. He helped lead the Separatists as part of the council of corporate interests who started the war.

    Nix Card 

Senator Nix Card

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Portrayed by: Corey Burton
Appears in: The Clone Wars

The Muun 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/Morally Bankrupt Banker: 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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Portrayed 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."

A 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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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.
  • Character Death: At the end of "Crisis at the Heart".
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive/Morally Bankrupt Banker: Zigzagged. He is both of these 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.
  • 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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Portrayed 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."

A Skakoan from Skako, 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 CIS 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 not to mention experimenting on him).
  • Character Death: He is killed by Darth Vader on Mustafar along with the rest of the Separatist leadership.
  • 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 notable 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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Portrayed by: Phil LaMarr

A corrupt Ishi Tib 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.

Droid Army

    B1- and OOM-series Battle Droids 

B1- and OOM-series Battle Droids

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Portrayed by: Matthew Wood
Appears in: The Phantom Menace | Attack of the Clones | The Clone Wars | Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir | Revenge of the Sith | Kanan | Rebels | Darth Vader

"Uh-oh!"
"Roger, roger!"
Two B1 battle droids panicking during the Battle of Geonosis

The primary soldiers of the Trade Federation, battle droids number in the millions and are used as cannon fodder by the Separatist Alliance. Designed to be cheap and disposable, battle droids rely solely on force of numbers to achieve victory and lack any real situational awareness, making them an easy target for an ambush.
  • Butt Monkey: Nothing ever goes right for them, and they tend to suffer quite amusing defeats.
  • Catch Phrase: "Roger, roger!"
  • Cannon Fodder: Most of the time, but they do manage to get in their fair share of kills from time to time.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The OOM-series have different colored markings which determine their class. Yellow are command droids, red are security, and blue are pilots.
  • Helium Speech: Of the electronic variant. In The Clone Wars and Revenge of the Sith, they all have high-pitched squeaky voices.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Played with. Most of the time their shots are blocked by the heroes, rather than miss completely.
    • Played straight and lampshaded in "Ambush":
      Droid: Hold on, almost. *Fires at Yoda's escape pod and completely misses the target*
      Droid commander: What a terrible shot.
      Droid: Oh well. It's my programming.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains: The B1 units are so incompetent you almost feel bad for them.
  • In-Series Nickname: Called "Clankers" by the Clone Troopers.
  • Keystone Army: Originally operated like this, but later averted in the Clone Wars. The battle droids become no longer dependent on a central control unit like they were during the Battle of Naboo. However, because the OOMs and B1s aren't used to being able to think independently, they exhibit a lack of intelligence (they are most effective when they have a tactician around) and develop odd personality quirks.
  • Killer Robot: It's in the name.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Cheap, disposable, and not particularly effective except in numbers.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Downplayed by The Clone Wars, but the command OOM droids (distinguished by their yellow markings) served as these predominately in The Phantom Menace. OOM-9 was the leader of the droid army, taking orders directly from Viceroy Gunray and personally leading the battle against the Gungans.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: They can actually be quite intimidating when they're silent. The effect is something like an unending tide of robotic zombies.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Battle droids can be funny... until you see them ruthlessly hunting down stragglers, executing wounded enemies, and so on.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: The B1 battle droids.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Most of the time.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Throughout the course of The Clone Wars, their comic relief side was increasingly downplayed more and more to the point that by the time of the fourth season, the only real instance of it was from some Battle Droids reprogrammed to work for the Republic. And as their comic-relief tendencies have decreased, their lethality noticeably improved.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Before the Took a Level in Badass above, they went from stoic killer bots in the movies to laughable comic relief in earlier episodes of The Clone Wars. One example has them too incompetent to even extinguish fire on their ship.
  • We Have Reserves: The Separatists droid armies outnumbered the Republic's clones a hundred to one, meaning they could be used up without concern. Though Dooku brings up that they cost a good amount of money.
    Dooku: Grievous, those battle droids are expensive.
  • Zerg Rush: Their only real tactic.

    B2-series 

B2-series

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Portrayed by: Matthew Wood

Following the Trade Federation's defeat on Naboo, it was decided that a newer, tougher model of battle droid needed to be manufactured. The result was a larger, more heavily armored droid with slightly higher intelligence and more effective, built-in weaponry. They serve throughout the Clone Wars, and are the most numerous droids in the Separatist army after the ordinary battle droids.
  • Arm Cannon: Some variants have a really big gun for an arm that can fire seeker missiles.
  • Canon Immigrant: Not B2s in general, but the grapple variant that appeared in the Revenge of the Sith video game adaptation became canon thanks to one appearing in the second issue of Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir.
  • Evil Is Bigger: They are larger and bulkier than the B1-s, and much more effective fighters.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In The Clone Wars, their voice is much deeper than the B1’s, and unsurprisingly they're far more competent. Otherwise in Revenge of the Sith, their voice is identical to the B1's.
  • Heavily Armored Mook: Take a B1 battle droid, make it smarter, stronger, and stick it in armor. You basically get these guys.
  • Killer Robot: Unlike their predecessors, they're portrayed as being extremely efficient and dangerous almost every time they appear.
  • In-Series Nickname: They’re sometimes referred to as "Super Battle Droids".
  • Jet Pack: Another sub-type comes with built-in ones.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Tougher mooks, but mooks nonetheless.
  • Men of Sherwood: Equipped with heavier armor, capable of surviving multiple hits, they’re more competent than the B1-s, and in large numbers can be very effective, the super battle droids are an upgrade from the B1 in every way. They’re the true counterpart of the clones: , but they’re far from being on Elite Mook levels.
  • Putting on the Reich: As if it wasn't clear that the Separatists are evil, they now have an army of robots marching with their right arms outstretched.
  • Super Wrist-Gadget: The normal-type ones have dual-blasters built into their wrists.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: The Clone Wars art style makes their upper bodies look larger, and as a result, even more imposing.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Two of them made a big mistake by underestimating R2-D2 just because he's an astro-droid. R2-D2 responded to them by incinerating them.
  • We Have Reserves: Billions of B2s serve the Separatist army, and Grievous and Dooku are both happy to throw them away.
  • Zerg Rush: Like their predecessors, they are dependent on these sorts of tactics.

    BX-series Commando Droids 

BX-series Commando Droids

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Portrayed by: Matthew Wood

An elite brand of droid units designed for commando and stealth missions.
  • Confusion Fu: Because of their extreme agility, their movements are hard to predict.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: In their debut episode, they tried to fool Cody and Rex by putting one of them in clone trooper armor.
  • Elite Mooks: Not quite on the same level as the Droidekas or the Magnaguards, but they’re still more than a match for clones, and they can cause trouble to even Jedi.
  • Goddamned Bats: They’re considered as such In-Universe by the Jedi: they’re not likely to kill or injure one, but they can distract them long enough.
  • Knight of Cerebus: A rare Mook example when they debuted in early Season 1 The Clone Wars. Even though they were defeated in their first appearance, they really showed that not all of the Separatist droids are bumbling comic relief (but even then, that trait seems to only be restricted to the B1s and OOMs) and could be a legitimate threat. Even in the later seasons, where they became a little more common and slightly more of a pushover, they were still a threat to non-Jedi (to Jedi, they're a nuisance at best).
  • Mundane Made Awesome: They have a human-like build, which allows them to disguise themselves as clone troopers.
  • The Musketeer: They’re using both blasters and vibro-swords, but never at once.

    Droidekas 

Droidekas

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Also known as destroyer droids, droidekas are the elite of the Trade Federation's security forces, and go onto serve as the elite heavy infantry units of the Separatist Alliance. Huge, heavily armored, and equipped with force shields, the droidekas are more than a match for any enemy unit.
  • Achilles' Heel: Despite their reputation, they have several. In addition to being very vulnerable in travel mode, their shields don't protect them from mounted heavy weapons, stationary objects and slow-moving projectiles such as lightly-tossed grenades, and they're blind from behind. The Onderon Rebels were taught about these weaknesses as part of their initial training.
  • Arm Cannon: Possess heavy blasters for hands.
  • The Dreaded: Even Jedi are wary of these things, and the only infantry units more dreaded than them are MagnaGuards.
  • Deflector Shield: Their trademark.
  • Elite Mooks: Even moreso than the B2s. A single droideka could usually cut through dozens of clone troopers and give a Jedi a fair fight.
  • Fragile Speedster: In travel mode, as they can move really fast, but are unprotected.
  • Glass Cannon: Behind their mighty shields, the droidekas are still very delicate and lightly constructed, and cannot take a direct attack. The sniper variants introduced during the Clone Wars are this even compared to the basic model, as they do have a material blast shield, but it protects only their front side and they don't have the bubble energy shields that the standard model has, and are thus easier to destroy. Justified as they were designed to fight from long-range.
  • Heavily Armored Mook: Both armored and possessed of shields.
  • Killer Robot: They're alternatively called "destroyer droids".
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Provided their enemies don't use any of their Achilles Heels against them.
  • Mecha-Mooks: More dangerous and less common than the B1 or B2 models, but still quite prevalent.
  • Mighty Glacier: In attack mode, which allows them to use their twin front-facing blasters, but limits their movement speed.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Destroyer droids", anybody?
  • Rolling Attack: They don't normally do this themselves, as they are too fragile, but Obi-Wan Kenobi used three of them this way when surrounded by squads of other droids.
  • The Quiet One: Unlike most droid infantry units (aside from other anti-infantry units such as Dwarf Spider Droids and Crab Droids), they are never shown to have the ability to talk. The Sniper variation introduced in The Clone Wars is the only which speaks on-screen, but is unknown if this extends to the entire model.
  • Sniper Rifle: Variant models that used sniper blasts were used later on in the Clone Wars.
  • Transforming Mecha: They can change between their fast-moving but fragile wheel mode and their devastating but slow attack mode.
  • Tripod Terror: Not as prevalent as the Octuptarra Tri-Droids, but they do have three legs.

    MagnaGuards 

MagnaGuards

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Produced at horrendous expense, the MagnaGuards are self-motivated, learning droids, as functional and intelligent as any living being. Built for the sole purpose of fighting Jedi, MagnaGuards are specialized close-combat units who can take almost all comers.
  • Adaptational Badass: The continuities are unable to agree in how proficient those droids are in combat. On one hand, the films establish them as very good close querters fighters with some dangerous tricks up their sleeve, but still destroyable by a resourceful Jedi. On the other hand, some videogames, books and series portrays them as either impossibly agile and resilient or just little more dangerous than a B2.
  • Badass Cape: Some of them wear these, notably those serving under General Grievous.
  • Blade on a Stick: They favor a Force-pike built from a material that dampens the effects of a lightsaber blade.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Both Grievous and Dooku use them as their personal bodyguards, even though both of them are far more competent warriors than these guys.
  • Elite Mooks: Up to Eleven. The MagnaGuards were designed to kill Jedi and did so, being more than a match for any Padawan or Knight, and could even give a Master a run for their money.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: They have an Extra Eye on their abdomen, allowing them to continue fighting even after being decapitated (sometimes).
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: In both red and yellow varieties.
  • Killer Robot: They're better at it than most battle droids.
  • Kung-Fu Proof Mook: They are designed to take on Jedi, and thus have an advanced programmation in hand-to-hand and carry lightsaber-resistent staves.
  • Mechanical Monster: Very few MagnaGuards were produced due to the prohibitive costs. Those that did see service, however, soon built a frightening reputation for themselves.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Give orders to the other droids.
  • Praetorian Guard: To General Grievous. In The Clone Wars, they're shown protecting Count Dooku, along with other Separatist leaders.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Although a variant features gold eyes, with matching electro-staffs.
  • Simple Staff: Their weapon of choice.
  • Shock and Awe: Their staffs are electrified.

    Infiltrator Droids 

Infiltrator Droids

Appears in: The Clone Wars

Specially designed droids made for infiltrating and destroying targets behind enemy lines.
  • Arm Cannon: Their arms end in actual laser canons, instead of the standard blasters.
  • Combining Mecha: Subverted. A pair of them can combine into a massive bomb, instead of into a more powerful droid.
  • Giant Mooks: Their battle-mode forms are two-and half meters tall, and rather resilient.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: Three of them.
  • Made of Iron: Aside from being literarily made of iron of course, their armor is strong enough to withstand repeated blaster fire.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Glowing red optics.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Justified. Their gigantic shoulder-armor is their unfolded sweeper droid-disguises.
  • Suicide Attack: They were designed to self-destruct once they reached their destination.
  • Transforming Mecha: They can disguise themselves as sweeperdroids.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Their disguised form is identical to harmless sweeper droids.

    T-series tactical droid 

T-series tactical droid

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Voiced by: Phil LaMarr, James Arnold Taylor, Corey Burton, Gary Scheppke, Tom Kane, Matt Lanter, Matthew Wood, Cara Pifko, Ashley Eckstein, Dee Bradley Baker, Catherine Taber
Appears in: The Clone Wars | Rebels

A droid model built to act as advisors to Separatist military commanders.
  • Creepy Monotone: They can even laugh in a monotone.
  • The Dragon: They sometimes play this role to the Villain of the Week/Arc Villain.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Emir Wat Tambor's Tactical Droid, TA-175, was this in "Liberty on Ryloth". When Tambor was getting too greedy and trying to get every treasure on Ryloth before leaving Lessu to get bombed, both Count Dooku and TA-175 insisted that Tambor get as much as he realistically can. Once he was ready to leave, TA-175 evacuated without him, leaving him to be captured by the Republic forces.
  • Elite Mooks: They themselves are this, but the Super Tactical Droids introduced in Season 5 take this further.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: As TX-20 demonstrates, they sometimes fail to consider that even unarmed civilians would try to attack them if inspired to do so.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: They all have them, in white or red.
  • Mook Lieutenant: They're entire function is to direct the infantry on behalf of their superiors.
  • Off with His Head!: They tend to fall victim this, as the Republic forces sometimes try to steal their heads to gain tactical information.
  • Palette Swap: Unlike most Separatists droids, aside from each one having a different voice and number, they all have unique color schemes, regardless of plot importance. From a production standpoint, this makes it so that the animators don't have to waste their budget creating an organic Separatist commander that's only important for one or two scenes.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Most Tactical Droids have white photoreceptors, but a few, such as General Grievous's Tactical Droid, TV-94 (and TV-94b) have red photoreceptors.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: As noted under Smug Snake, a lot of T-series tactical droids show an inflated sense of pride in being a droid (sometimes considering themselves superior in thought to organics). Despite their Robo Speak, they will also sometimes let out an Evil Laugh or exhibit fear when they know they are in danger.
  • Smug Snake: Aside from their bossiness and inflated pride in their tactical prowess, one of their biggest weaknesses is that they don't have a realistic assessment of their chances (and they sometimes fail to take some things into consideration such as their own protection, the Jedi having the Force or captives rebelling), one of the reasons the Super Tactical Droids were made.
  • The Strategist: They often play this role to coordinate the less intelligent B1s.
  • Too Dumb to Live: While they are definitely smarter than the B1s and can be effective strategists, they seem to lack a sense of self-preservation programming as Poggle the Lesser's droid TX-21 demonstrated. When Ahsoka Tano stuck an explosive charge to a nigh-invincible Super Tank, all he did was gloat about the tank's superior armor when he was right next to the charge.
  • Twi'lek Shield: TX-20 used Nabat's captive population as a shield for the proton cannons providing anti-air support for Ryloth's surface. This doesn't work, as he ends up torn apart by said shield.
  • Villain of the Week: The only time a standard Tactical Droid ever played this role was TX-20 in "Innocents of Ryloth". Justified in that TX-20 was the first Tactical Droid made production-wise ("Innocents of Ryloth" was produced before "Jedi Crash", the first on-screen appearance of one of the droids).
  • Why Am I Ticking?: When Zygerrian slaver Darts D'Nar planted bombs all over Kiros's city, we secretly placed one bomb in reserve on his Tactical Droid, activating it to distract Obi-Wan. Judging from the droid's reaction, he was not informed of this.

Separatist Parliament

    Mina Bonteri 

Senator Mina Bonteri

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Portrayed by: Kath Soucie
Appears in: The Clone Wars

An idealist 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 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.
  • Character Death: She is murdered by Dooku, the man she admittedly admired.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Openly admired Count Dooku.
  • The Mentor: Was one to Padme. They remained good friends until she's 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 basically 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 pretty much 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.

    Bec Lawise 

Senator Bec Lawise

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Portrayed by: Corey Burton
Appears in: The Clone Wars

The Sinteen 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 Sinteen, 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 doesn't 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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Portrayed 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.

Separatist Council

    Poggle the Lesser 

Archduke Poggle the Lesser

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Portrayed 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. Notable atrocities include attempting 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.
  • Character Death: He is killed by Darth Vader alongside the rest of the Separatist leadership on Mustafar.
  • 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 Genosians 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 Mustafar.
  • 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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Portrayed by: Steven Boyle (Attack of the Clones), Marty Werterill (Revenge of the Sith)

The Koorivar 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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Portrayed by: Chris Truswell (voice)
Appears in: Attack of the Clones | Revenge of the Sith

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

A female Gossam from Castell who served as 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: 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.

Other Separatists

    Trench 

Admiral Trench

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Portrayed by: Dee Bradley Baker
Appears in: The Clone Wars

"I smell fear... and it smells good."

A famed Harch military commander, Admiral Trench oversaw the Separatist blockade of Christophsis early in the war.
  • Arm Cannon: At least one of the cybernetic arms he gets later has a concealed stun net launcher.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Oh, so much:
    Trench: (to Anakin) Turn back now, retreat while you can, or I. Am Your. Doom!
  • Character Death: Anakin stabs him through the back.
  • Cyborg: He became one after his ship was destroyed over Christophsis. Replacement parts include Artificial Limbs, an Electronic Eye, a replacement mandible, what looks like a mechanical neck brace and some replacement skin for half his face.
  • The Dreaded: Even Yularen thought that engaging him would be suicide. According to Echo in the Bad Batch arc, even Wat Tambor - a Separatist Council Member - is scared of what Trench might do to him if he found out that Echo - the source of the military algorithm the Separatists have been using against the Republic until then - escaped from Skako Minor and is using what he learned in their custody against them.
  • Expy: His deep voice and grandiose mannerisms are reminiscent of Megatron from Beast Wars. He even borrows his purring "yeeeeesss" catch phrase.
  • Extra Eyes: Four of them, for a total of six. He later gets one of those eyes replaced.
  • Face Death with Dignity: His last moment before the impact of his own rockets is a quiet acceptance of his defeat. However, he somehow survived it.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He gains a few on his face in "The Unknown", possibly from the fireball in "Cat and Mouse".
  • Hidden Weapons: In addition to the Arm Cannon he got as a cyborg, he has an electroshock prod concealed in his walking stick.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Both literally and metaphorically. He had rockets locked on the magnetic signature of Anakin's cloaked ship, just like he did numerous times before. Except since usually "no ship that small has a cloaking device", he failed to calculate the difference of size, speed and maneuverability compared to his earlier experiences with cloaked cruisers, allowing Anakin to lead the rockets right back into his flagship's defenseless bridge. Luckily for him, he survived that.
    • It happens again in the Bad Batch arc when Anakin, Captain Rex and Clone Squad 99 rescue Echo - who the Separatists had been using for a military algorithm to predict the Republic's moves - from Skako Minor. Echo, taking advantage of the fact that Wat Tambor is too scared of reporting his failure to keep hold of Echo to Trench, pretends to still be under Separatist control while infiltrating Trench's flagship, allowing him to sabotage the Separatist campaign on Anaxes.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Anakin ultimately kills him.
  • Killed Off for Real: After having cheated death at least twice, he finally meets his end in the Bad Batch arc when Anakin impales him through the chest (thus nullifying the "no body seen" principle as was the case with his "death" in "Cat and Mouse") and then Wrecker blows up his ship with his corpse onboard.
  • Large Ham: He puts plenty of emphasis in his lines during his first appearance. He's not quite as hammy after he gets reconstructed.
  • Living Legend: Yularen was quite terrified at the thought of having him as an opponent again.
  • Made of Iron: He survived getting blown up by torpedoes and being exposed to the vacuum of space somehow, although not without losing all of his left arms and half of his face in the process.
  • Multi-Armed Multitasking: Having several arms comes in handy.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Trench", as in the kind soldiers are bogged down in in a warzone.
  • Not Quite Dead: Invoked in his debut episode, as he was assumed to have died more than a decade earlier. He survived again when his ship was destroyed over Christophsis and was rebuilt as a cyborg.
  • Oh Crap!: Had a moment for this before his own rockets blew him and his ship to smithereens.
  • Out-Gambitted: Anakin pulled a Batman Gambit on him.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Even his replacement eye following his cybernetic reconstruction is red, now with the addition of glowing.
  • Spider People: Subverted, as he's not centaurid, but bipedal with extra arms instead of legs.
  • Starter Villain: If you take the chronological order of the series into account, he's technically the first villain fought in The Clone Wars. This is subverted in that not only did he first appear in Season 2, he's actually more threatening (and higher rank) than most of the Separatist commanders that chronologically came after him (at least in the early seasons) and he comes back later.
  • The Strategist: One of several major strategists in the Separatist military.
  • Two-Faced: Half his face (and body) is covered with cybernetic implants after his reconstruction.
  • Unexpected Character: His appearance in "The Unknown" was this during the first preview of that episode, as he was believed to have died in his first appearance four seasons earlier.
  • Unexplained Recovery: How he survived his apparent death in "Cat and Mouse" is given no explanation (being caught in an explosion and exposed to the vacuum of space), but given the extent of his cybernetics, he did not survive unscathed.
  • Verbal Tic: He tends to click his fangs a lot, usually between or mid-sentence.
  • Villain of the Week: He seemingly died at the end of his debut episode. Averted after he was revealed to have survived the events of said episode, and he was promoted to Arc Villain in the Bad Batch arc.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considered Anakin to be one. He was right.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: For how cunning he is most of the time, he incorrectly predicted that Anakin Skywalker wouldn't dare threaten to kill him just because he's a Jedi, and this eventually resulted in his final death.

    Kalani 

General Kalani

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Voiced by: Gregg Berger
Appears in: The Clone Wars | Rebels

"If you do not fight, then you will be terminated."

A super tactical droid assigned to Onderon to assist King Sanjay Rash in defeating the Republic-backed rebels. After the rise of the Empire, his holdout of battle droids was left untouched for a decade and a half until it was come across by rebels led by Captain Rex on a salvage mission to the supposedly abandoned base.
  • Anti-Mutiny: Kalani refused to implement the shutdown command sent out after Order 66, deeming it a Republic trick since it would be illogical to surrender when the Separatists would likely have won the war.
  • Ascended Extra: He returns in Rebels as the leader of a Separatist holdout and is the main villain of its debut episode, "The Last Battle", at least until the Empire shows up.
  • Badass Boast: Surprisingly often for a droid. For instance, when Tandin mentions others will take Saw's place if he dies.
    Kalani: They too will suffer.
  • Back for the Dead: Subverted. He was assumed to have returned in the "The Big Bang" reel, only to be destroyed for good offscreen when an oversized kyber crystal destroys his ship. Then he was confirmed to have survived the Clone War just from his appearance in Rebels. After the first preview of "The Last Battle", Pablo Hidalgo revealed that the droid in "The Big Bang" wasn't specifically meant to be Kalani in the script. So his character model may have been a placeholder for a different tactical droid that would have replaced Kalani had the episode's animation been finished, and Gregg Berger being listed as Kalani was a crediting error.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: In his debut appearance in Rebels, he's the leader of a holdout, and while he doesn't fare too bad on it, the Empire is a much more menacing threat, leading to an Enemy Mine between his forces and the Ghost crew.
  • Creepy Monotone: He is a droid, after all.
  • The Dragon: A small-scale one for Dooku, and his task is to serve as one for Sanjay Rash.
    • Dragon-in-Chief: Rash is stunningly inept, making Kalani this. To the point that he executes Rash once it's clear the civil war is lost.
  • Elite Mooks: Some sort of elite tactical droid, the very first of his kind seen in the series.
  • Enemy Mine: After trying to 'win the war' by defeating Captain Rex and co., the Empire shows up, and presumably, Kalani decides the bigger threat here is the Empire and teams up with Rex and the Rebels, although he declines to join the Rebellion afterwards due to have small their chance of success it.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: His Achilles' Heel. Kalani can't comprehend why the Partisans fight, which is why he fails to see Tandin's betrayal coming. Likewise, he fails to understand how a small but coordinated force could operate - let alone fight - in the face of a larger enemy, and so his attempts to stop them with more and more force continue to fail.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Gregg Berger at work. The electronic reverberation makes his voice sound even deeper.
  • Foil: To Rex. Both of them are old soldiers, made for the sole purpose of winning a war through fighting, only for both sides to lose and both soldiers outliving their purpose, with nothing left to do but continue another seemingly hopeless fight, though not without some bitterness and desire for closure by trying to 'truly' win said already-lost war this time around.
  • Glowing Mechanical Red Eyes, Take Warning: Remarkable because regular tactical droids tend to have white eyes.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Super tactical droids are meant to be the smartest droids there are in terms of strategy, to which they rival organic tacticians as well. Kalani calculated that the odds of the Separatists winning the Clone Wars was high enough that he rejected the shutdown signal for his forces under the belief that it was a trick by the Republic, seeing that it would be illogical if the Separatists surrendered despite having the upper hand (at least according to his calculations).
  • Heel–Face Turn: Downplayed as part of his Enemy Mine with the Ghost Crew. He accepts that the Clones, Jedi, and Droids were all the losers in the Clone Wars, and no longer sees them as his enemy. Though he doesn't join them due to how low the chance of their Rebellion's success is.
  • Karma Houdini: He escapes Onderon after killing Rash. Due to a crediting error (likely a result of the Utapau arc's unfinished status), it seemed that karma caught up to him in "The Big Bang" when he got destroyed by a kyber crystal big enough to power a superlaser... and it turned out, he's still alive.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Clearly knows the right time to retreat and the right time to attack.
  • Lack of Empathy: To pretty much everyone. He is a killing machine, after all.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kalani" means "royal one" or "chieftain", which matches with his status as an elite tactical droid and Mook Lieutenant for the droids.
  • Mook Lieutenant: An upgrade on the Confederacy's previous tactical droids.
  • No Sense of Humor: He also can't tell between Sincerity Mode and Sarcasm Mode (though he is a Deadpan Snarker to some extent), if this conversation with Zeb is any indication.
    Zeb, after the others do a number on Kalani's battle droids: Might as well surrender now.
    Kalani: I am not programmed to comprehend your sense of humor.
    Zeb: I'm not joking.
    Kalani: Ha. Ha. Ha.
  • Not Helping Your Case: While coming up with a plan with the crew to fight off the Empire, he reveals that the proton bombs can't be fired because the cannons are unusable/gone — to which he continues that if he did have usable cannons, then he would've shown them to the rebels by using the bombs in the simulation. Knowing how blunt droids can be, the crew doesn't take it to heart.
  • Pet the Dog: He doesn't join in on an Enemy Mine situation with Rex and the rebels out of any moral goodness, but by the end, he does parts ways amiably, showing respect for the rebels' fight against the Empire, even if he opted out of it. It's also suggested he did mellow out and gain a bit of humility after being abandoned.
  • Obviously Evil: A black droid with a Creepy Monotone and a chassis that resembles a skull. With all of that, it's not hard to guess his moral alignment.
  • Odd Name Out: Kalani doesn't sound like a name that would be given to droids. Other super tactical droids have names like Aut-O (from the D-Squad arc) and Kraken (from the Banking Clan arc) are more justifiable, but Kalani and Tey-Zuka (from Son of Dathomir) are questionable.
  • Old Soldier: Droid variant, where he is compared to Rex.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Mild example, Kalani expresses arrogance and anger occasionally. He also kills Rash the minute that the situation on Onderon is lost, not even waiting for an order from Dooku. In Rebels he acts as a foil to Rex, putting the crew through a Forced Prize Fight so he can die doing what he was meant to rather than just rust away in obscurity, and after Ezra makes him realize he's fighting for a lost cause and convinces him to band with Rex for one last battle, he gives up the war and heads off to parts unknown to find another purpose in life.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After teaming up with the the Ghost Crew to escape the Empire, he calculates that the Rebellion has a snowball's chance on Mustafar of winning the war and nopes out to parts unknown. He's very polite about it, however, and the Rebels don't seem to have any hard feelings about losing him.
  • Smug Snake: Downplayed. While he is almost as arrogant as the previous model of tactical droids and fails to consider why the Onderon Partisans fight at all, (which led to Tandin's defection), he lacks the overall incompetence that the older models sometimes exhibit (and he's certainly smarter than King Rash).
  • The Strategist: Being a tactical droid, this is a given. And unlike most tactical droids, he's quite efficient. He even keeps a realistic assessment of his chances, something the standard tactical droid seems to lack. In Rebels, Ezra specifically points out that his War Game Strategy would have beaten them if the droids hadn't been so old and malfunctioning, which he agrees to.
  • Torture Technician: He personally tortures Saw when the young rebel is captured.
  • Unexpected Character: For Rebels, as many assumed he died (due to a crediting error in the Utapau arc that labeled what was supposed to be another generic Super Tactical Droid voiced by Greg Berger as Kalani) and that he wouldn't mean much beyond a one-shot Arc Villain anyway. He ends up being a sort of Foil for Rex in "The Last Battle", the both of them being veterans of a war they were made for but yet outlived it.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Delivers it to Rash. He didn't even need to be ordered. In Rebels, being that he was Separatist pawn in Palpatine's grand scheme, he nearly becomes the receiver of this trope.

    Whorm Loathsom 

General Whorm Loathsom

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Portrayed by: Corey Burton
Appears in: The Clone Wars

"Unless you call off your troops right now, I will have no choice but to destroy you!"

A general in charge of Separatist ground operations on Christophsis.
  • Affably Evil: Loathsom is an honorable opponent, offering the Republic forces a chance to surrender as he invades forward. When Obi-Wan personally "surrenders", Loathsom accepts and arranges a table with beverages for the negotiation.
  • The Cameo: He has two appearances outside of the film: one is in "The Hidden Enemy", which takes place before the film, and in "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much", where he appears in a prison cell on Coruscant.
  • Fatal Flaw: His Pride, which Obi-Wan exploits to stall for time when "surrendering" to him.
    Obi-Wan: Tis a rare honor to be able to meet one's opponent face to face. You're a legend throughout the Inner Core.
    Loathsom: Thank you. The honor is all mine. I'm so glad you decided to surrender.
  • Humanoid Alien: Has the basic human body shape, but has a distinctly alien appearance.
  • Ironic Name: Despite having an obviously evil-sounding name, Loathsom is probably one of the most respectable and noble Separatists seen on-screen. In fact, his negotiation for the Republic's surrender on Christophsis has Obi-Wan being the deceptive and sneaky one (stalling time for Anakin and Ahsoka to sabotage the Separatist's force shield) and Loathsom being the honorable and honest one.
  • Punny Name: Just sound out his name, Worm Loathsome. Surprisingly, he's quite polite and respectable for a Separatist commander with a name like that.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Obi-Wan to be one.

    R3-S6 

R3-S6

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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.
  • Character Death: He is destroyed after getting into a fight with R2-D2 following the revelation that R3 was a spy. R2 knocks R3 off a bridge and he is hit by falling debris as he plummets.
  • Evil Counterpart: To R2-D2.
  • In-Series Nickname: Ahsoka dubs him "Goldie". Anakin derogatorily calls him "Stubbie".
  • 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.
  • Rasputinian Death: R2-D2 sets him on fire, falls to his death and then gets smashed to pieces by a stray piece of debris during the fall.

    Lok Durd 

General Lok Durd

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Portrayed by: George Takei
Appears in: The Clone Wars

An obese Neimoidian general and weapons inventor.
  • Dirty Coward: He may be a genius weapon inventor, but the only target he is willing to test it on is a species of utter pacifists who have no way to defend themselves.
  • Evil Genius: He invented the Defoliator, some sort of napalm that burns only living tissue, but has no affect on machinery such as droids.
  • Fat Bastard: He is the largest Neimoidian seen in the franchise, and none of the others have ever tried to wipe out an entire colony in a weapons test.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Invoked. After Anakin destroyed the Defoliator tank, one of the shells fell out of it. When Lok Durd saw it rolling towards him, he panicked because he thought that his own invention was going to kill him.
    Lok: Help! I'll be defoliated!
  • Large Ham: He's pretty flamboyant. He's also voiced by George Takei.
  • Narcissist: According to supplementary material. See Rousing Speech and Small Name, Big Ego below.
  • Nice Hat: Neimoidians have a penchant for wearing these.
  • Rousing Speech: Subverted when he's introducing the Defoliator to a group of battle droids. According to the Decoded version of "Defenders of Peace", battle droids don't actually need rousing speeches; Lok Durd just likes to hear himself talk.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He considers the Defoliator his own weapon and only thinks about how it will get him to a higher position (and considering he's already a General, he thinks way too highly of himself) in the Confederacy. According to supplementary material, he makes more noise in the war room than he does on the battlefield.
  • Smug Snake: He was obscenely overconfident about the power of the Defoliator and the political power it would bring him. He winds up in jail by the end of his only episode.
  • Villain of the Week: He was captured by Anakin at the end of his debut episode. However, his Defoliator apparently made it to mass-production, as it turns up again in "Massacre".

    Nuvo Vindi 

Doctor Nuvo Vindi

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Portrayed by: Michael York
Appears in: The Clone Wars

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

A genius, but insane, Faust scientist who develops the Blue Shadow Virus for the Separatists.
  • Ax-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.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: 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 Blue Shadow 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 was also a medical doctor.
  • 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 too.
  • 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 Padme 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".

    Mar Tuuk 

Captain Mar Tuuk

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Portrayed by: Corey Burton
Appears in: The Clone Wars

"Let's see what trickery the Jedi have planned for us."

A Neimoidian fleet officer, Mar Tuuk commanded the Separatist blockade of Ryloth.
  • Abandon Ship: When he realizes that Anakin has set his Star Destroyer on a collision course with his flagship, Mar Tuuk promptly hands over command to his OOM battle droid and escapes in an escape pod.
  • Fatal Flaw: His desire for recognition and wanting Anakin to know exactly who it was who defeated him led to him not realizing that Anakin's surrender was faked until it was too late to save his flagship from destruction.
  • The Strategist: Given the portrayals of other Neimoidians, Mar Tuuk is a surprisingly capable one. He is able to anticipate most of what his opposition will do, and makes an effort to know his enemy by learning all he can about Anakin.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He is introduced as one of the few competent and somewhat honorable Separatist commanders, but never appears again after his debut episode. This is even more strange since the writers decided not to kill him as originally planned because they found him to be an interesting character.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Anakin to be one, thinking highly of skills as a commander.
    Mar Tuuk: His record shows that he is a great warrior. And I want him to know that it is I who has beaten him.

    Osi Sobeck 

Prison Warden/Commander Osi Sobeck

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Portrayed by: James Arnold Taylor
Appearances: The Clone Wars

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

    Riff Tamson 

Riff Tamson

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Portrayed by: Gary Anthony Williams
Appears in: The Clone Wars

A brutal Karkarodon who served as the Separatist ambassador on Mon Calamari during the King-electing negotiations between the Mon Cala and Quarren.
  • Ambadassador: He was the ambassador of the Separatists during the king election of Mon Calamari. After the negotiations between the Mon Cala and the Quarren went south (not in small part, because of his machinations), he lead the joined Quarren-Separatist forces to battle, and proved to be as badass as expected from a Shark Man.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Count Dooku apparently earned Tamson's loyalty by promising the Karkarodon that he would rule Mon Calamari once it was under Separatist control.
  • Arc Villain: Of the Mon Calamari-trilogy.
  • Ass in Ambassador: Even though he was officially merely an "observer" during the king's election, he had the nerves to talk down to Prince Lee-Char, the rightful heir of the throne, telling him that he didn't earn the right to speak at the gathering.
  • Bad Boss: He threatened, talked down to, and betrayed Nossor Ri and the Quarrens.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Quite fitting, given that he's a shark-man.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He is quite possibly the closest thing The Clone Wars has to a Saturday Morning Cartoon villain, acting deliciously aggresive at all times.
  • Character Death: It doesn't get much more dead than being blown to bits. We even get a shot of his body-less head sinking to the bottom of the sea.
  • Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: He's a shark-man who serves as the main antagonist in the Mon Calamari arc of The Clone Wars.
  • Evil Gloating: Riff gloated to Prince Lee-Char about how he murdered the latter's father.
  • Evil Is Petty: He insisted on sentencing Lee-Char to death while sitting on the throne of Mon Calamari.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: As is to be expected from Gary Anthony Williams.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Even by the standards of The Clone Wars, Tamson's death was brutal.
  • Fish People: Karkarodons are shark aliens.
  • For the Evulz: According to him, he would've have tortured the prisoners regardless of whether or not they told him about Lee-Char's whereabouts.
  • Front Line General: Being a humanoid aquatic predator, he'll put his jaws to use while fighting alongside his droids.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Literally. During their final confrontation, Prince Lee-Char took one of his dagger-bombs and used it on him.
  • I Lied: When the Jedi refuse to tell him about Prince Lee-Char's whereabouts, he puts Anakin on a timer by putting a leak in Padme's diving helmet. Even then, they are unable to tell him, making him assume they don't actually know. Once the prince is captured, he just leaves Padme to drown.
  • I'm a Humanitarian/To Serve Man: Not confirmed, but if the Karkaradon habit of killing their enemies with their teeth and being a Shark Man are anything to go by, he may actually eat his enemies, sapient or not.
  • Jerkass: Villainy aside, Tamson is just plain unpleasant.
  • Large Ham: Probably one of the least subtle villains in the entirety of The Clone Wars, which is saying something.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: His explosive death.
  • Made of Iron: Ahsoka hit him with her lightsaber once and he was shot several times by Mon Cala soldiers, but they all had very little effect on him. It took a bomb stuck in his shoulder to kill him.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: And he made good use of them in battle.
  • Shark Man: As a Karkarodon.
  • Shout-Out: His demise is very clearly modeled after the end of Jaws.
  • You Killed My Father: Riff is the one who killed Lee-Char's father.

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

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