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Characters: Star Wars Separatist Alliance
aka: Star Wars The Clone Wars Separatists
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"The Republic cannot be fixed, milady. It is time to start over."
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.
- 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.
- The Remnant: Some leaders and fleets continue fighting long after the war is over.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mecha-Mooks: More dangerous and less common than the B1 or B2 models, but still quite prevalent.
- 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: 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 Griveous 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Senator Bec Lawise
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.
Senator Voe Atell
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.
Archduke Poggle the Lesser
Portrayed by: Marton Csokas (films), Matthew Wood (The Clone Wars)
Leader of the Geonosians and founding member of the Separatist Alliance. His factories provide the Separatists with many of their battle droids.
A famed Harch military commander, Admiral Trench oversaw the Separatist blockade of Christophsis early in the war.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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".
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.
Captain Mar Tuuk
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.
Prison Warden/Commander Osi Sobeck
Warden of the Citadel, an 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.
- 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.
A super tactical droid assigned to Onderon to assist King Sanjay Rash in defeating the Republic-backed rebels.