Characters: Star Wars Separatist Alliance
aka: Star Wars The Clone Wars Separatists
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Known more formally as the Confederacy of Independent Systems, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 is seen of them in the films, 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.
Count Dooku (Darth Tyranus)
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.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: He is 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 McCoolname: His Sith name, "Darth Tyranus".
- Badass: He defeats Obi-Wan and Anakin with ease several times, and duels Yoda to a draw in Attack of the Clones. When ambushed by Ventress and the two best warriors of the Nightsisters clan while blinded by a poison, he easily bests them. In his pyjamas, no less.
- Badass Cape: He wears a full body length cape constantly, adding to his dignified manner.
- Badass Grandpa: Christopher Lee was well into his 80s when he filmed the role.
- Badass In Charge: Of the Confederacy of Independant 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.
Portrayed by: Matthew Wood
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.
- 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 "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.
- 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 and/or forced to flee 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.
- 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 trounces Darth Maul, of all people, in both the overall battle and one-to-one combat.
- The Unreveal: In "Lair of Grievous" his mask had to be replaced by a new one. As the doctor-droid started the 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.
One of the wealthiest corporate organizations in the galaxy, run by the greedy and spineless Neimoidians. Under the orders of Darth Sidious, the Federation invades Naboo to spark a government crisis that gets Sidious in office as Supreme Chancellor. It later becomes one of the leading Separatist powers during the Clone Wars.
Viceroy Nute Gunray
Viceroy of the Trade Federation. Displeased with the increased taxation of his business from the Senate, Gunray bargains with the Sith Lord Darth Sidious to invade the peaceful planet Naboo. When his plans are thwarted by Queen Padmé Amidala, he joins the Separatist Alliance to take his revenge.
A cowardly Neimoidian official and Viceroy Gunray's lieutenant.
- Big "NO!": His last words before being killed by Darth Vader in Revenge of the Sith.
- Character Death: Executed with the rest of the Separatist leadership by Darth Vader.
- Genre Savvy: Frequently and pessimistically states that everything they do against the Jedi is doomed to failure.
- Nervous Wreck: While Neimoidians are usually pessimists and prone to great stress by nature, Haako's overly nervous personality is said to be well beyond even his people's standards.
- Number Two: Answers directly to Viceroy Gunray.
- Satellite Character: All of his scenes revolve around his interaction with Gunray.
Portrayed by: Alan Ruscoe, Chris Sanders (voice)
The captain of the Trade Federation blockade over Naboo.
The Trade Federation's representative in the Galactic Senate.
- Ascended Extra: He had once scene in the first film, but is important to several episodes of The Clone Wars.
- Blatant Lies: Dod's sole job in the Senate is to fervently deny whatever actions the Federation is accused of doing. In the first film, it was the blockade and invasion of Naboo. After the Clone Wars start, he repeatedly insists that the Trade Federation is a neutral party despite the fact that Nute Gunray and parts of the organization are supplying the Separatists, something that other senators and representatives opposed to the war (such as Bail Organa, Jar Jar Binks and Riyo Chuchi) aren't afraid to call him out on. Even though that's technically true to an extent and he's milking both sides of the war, he's more closely connected to the Confederacy. When the Trade Federation ships blockading Pantora in "Sphere of Influence" (which had none of the CIS's colors on them) were revealed to have Separatist droids on board, he simply used fleet commander Sib Canay as a scapegoat.
- The Chessmaster: Not quite up at Palpatine and Dooku's level, but "Supply Lines" really showed that he can play a really mean game.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive/Corrupt Politician: He's role is to make sure the Trade Federation remains part of the Republic, while it profits from trading with both sides. He bribes other senators into keeping quiet about the Federation's blockade of Naboo.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: At the end of "Supply Lines" Lott confronted Katuunko, Organa and Jar Jar, for Toydaria helping the Republic send aid to Ryloth. Organa simply told him to bring the issue in front of the Senate, if he had proof of any treaty violation. The Senate, whose incompetence Dod knows of perfectly well, since he himself took advantage of it numerous times.
- Karma Houdini: For all his profiting off of both sides, Dod never suffers any real retribution for his actions, and his fate after Revenge of the Sith remains unknown. Of course, given the way that Palpatine "rewarded" the other people involved in the Trade Federation, it's safe to presume that he probably didn't live for very long.
- Nice Hat: As per usual with Neimoidians.
- Playing Both Sides: He repeatedly states that the Trade Federation itself is neutral in the war. As it turns out (quite unsurprisingly) they're milking both the Separatists and the Republic.
- War for Fun and Profit: As far he's concerned, he wants to keep the Clone Wars going so the Trade Federation is still a viable business for both sides.
B1-, and OOM-series Battle Droids
Portrayed by: Matthew Wood
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.
- 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 OO Ms 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.
- 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.
- We Have Reserves: The Separatists possessed quintillions of B1s, meaning they could be used up without concern.
- Zerg Rush: Their only real tactic.
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: Have laser cannons built into their wrists.
- 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.
- 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.
- Super Wrist Gadget: The normal-type ones have dual-blasters built into their wrists.
- 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
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 on 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.
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/Mighty Glacier: Depends on the form. They are the former on travel mode, as they can move really fast, but cannot fire and are unprotected. They are the latter in attack mode, where they have a very protective energy shield and twin-repeating blasters, but cannot move very fast.
- Heavily Armored Mook: Both armored and possessed of shields.
- Killer Robot: Their alternatively called "destroyer droids".
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Provided their enemies don't use any of their Achilles Heels against them.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: "Destroyer droids", anybody?
- Rolling Attack: They don't normally do this, 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 don't talk.
- 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.
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.
- Badass Cape: All of them have one.
- 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 Griveous and Dooku uses 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).
- 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.
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.
T-series tactical droid
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
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.
- 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.
- Smug Snake: Aside from their arrogance and bossiness, one of their biggest weaknesses is that they don't have a realistic assessment of their chances, 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.
Archduke Poggle the Lesser
Leader of the Geonosians and founding member of the Separatist Alliance. His factories provide the Separatists with many of their battle droids.
- Character Death: He is killed by Darth Vader alongside the rest of the Separatist leadership on Mustafar.
- Insectoid Alien: As mentioned above, he's a Geonosian.
- The Unintelligible: In The Clone Wars since alien languages are never subtitled in that series and instead rely on other characters to interpret.
- Weird Beard: Unlike most Geonosians, he has some flesh tendril for a beard.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Like Wat Tambor, how he got out of Republic custody before Revenge of the Sith is so far unexplained.
A famed Harch military commander, Admiral Trench oversaw the Separatist blockade of Christophsis early in the war.
- 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.
- 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.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: What happened to him during the Ringo Vinda campaign after the events of "The Unknown" remains unknown, but it can assumed he would have had a bigger role later on had The Clone Wars not been unexpectedly canceled.
- Worthy Opponent: Considered Anakin to be one. He was right.
General Lok Durd
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.
- 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...) in the Confederacy. According to supplementary material, he makes more noise in the war room than he does on the battlefield.
- Villain of the Week: He was captured by Anakin at the end of his debut episode.
- Though his Defoliator apparently made it to mass-production, as it turns up again in "Massacre".
Doctor Nuvo Vindi
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 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.
- 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".
Emir Wat Tambor
Portrayed by: Chris Truswell (films), Matthew Wood (The Clone Wars)
A Skakoan who is the Foreman of the Techno Union and one of the founders of the Separatist Alliance.
Prison Warden/Commander Osi Sobeck
Warden of the Citadel, a infamous prison captured by the Separatists which was designed to hold rogue Jedi.
- Arc Villain: The main villain of the Citadel-trilogy
- Ax-Crazy: When you threaten droids by "choking" them, you definitely qualify. Also see below at Bad Boss.
- Bad Boss: He's been known to shoot droids just for mentioning the word "escape".
- Boom, Headshot: Used it on a captured clone.
- Canon Immigrant: Not Sobeck himself, but rather his species, the Phindians, originated in the Expanded Universe.
- Character Death: Courtesy of Ahsoka.
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: His voice is based off of a mix of Al Pacino's and Christopher Walken's.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Through out his entire trilogy, he was usually only one step behind the heroes, and sometimes he even managed to get ahead of them.
- Hoist Hero Over Head/Kill It with Fire: He attempted to kill Tarkin by throwing him in a lava lake.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Skewered with Ahsoka's shoto.
- In the Back: He was stabbed by Ahsoka in the back.
- Large Ham: He is voiced by James Arnold Taylor doing his Christopher Walken impression.
- No MacGuffin, No Winner: He tried to kill Tarkin when it seemed like he wouldn't be able to recapture the escaped prisoners and the intel they carried.
- Primal Stance: His species has this as a default.
- Rubber Forehead Alien: He's a Phindian.
- Sanity Slippage: By all appearances, he wasn't exactly the picture of sanity before, but as the heroes continually evaded his attempts to recapture them and Count Dooku kept contacting him, he really started to lose it.
- Twitchy Eye: His twitching got worse and worse through out the three episodes as the heroes continued to evade him.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has one over the course of the Citadel arc as the prisoners evade his grasp and is repeatedly chastised by Count Dooku, culminating with his attempt to murder Tarkin.
Portrayed by: Gary Anthony Williams
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.
- Badass: Swims into the middle of a Beam Spam battle unarmed, then starts tearing combatants apart with his jaws and teeth!
- 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.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Upon learning that the Jedi disabled the planetary radar, he knew reinforcements were coming.
- 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.
- 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.
Senator Mina Bonteri
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.
- Missing Mom: To Lux.
- 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.
A super tactical droid assigned to Onderon to assist King Sanjay Rash in defeating the Republic-backed rebels.
- 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.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Mild example, Kalani expresses arrogance and anger occasionally.
- 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.