Characters: Star Wars The Clone Wars Separatists
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Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus
"The Sith control everything. You just don't know it."
A former Jedi Master, Dooku left the Order after his former apprentice Qui-Gon Jinn was killed on Naboo. In front of the public he took on the facade of an idealist politican, who went on a crusade against the corrupt and incompetent Republic, seeking to built a better state. However secretly Dooku joined Darth Sidious and became his apprentice, seeking to overthrow the Republic, exterminating the Jedi and conqureing the Galaxy for 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!"
Voiced by: Matthew Wood
- Admiral Failure: Probably because he is 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).
- 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.
- Badass: Grievous may be a coward, but there's no doubt that he's a skilled warrior.
- Badass Biker: He rides a pretty cool looking speeder bike in "Bound for Rescue".
- 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 either the usual droids, or most organic being.
- Blood Knight: According to him, his only reason for being involved in the war is to kill Jedi.
- Body Horror: Only his head and heart are still organic. Judging from The Un Reveal below, it's obvious that his face is probably mutilated, too.
- Combat Pragmatist: He's not above shooting a Jedi while he has their lightsabers in a Blade Lock.
- 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 Griveous 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 Army of the Dead with ease.
- Cyborg: His entire body is mechanical, only his head, and some of of internal organs remained from his original body.
- Dirty Coward: He has a tendency to boast about how he's superior to whoever is his current opponent, and then use cheap tactics or retreat when the tables are turned.
- The Dragon: With Ventress' abandonment and Savage's betrayal, Grievous has now become this to Dooku.
- Dual Wielding: Times two.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Four-Star Badass: He's one of the highest ranking Separatist military leaders.
- Firing One-Handed: How he uses his blaster.
- General Ripper: Definitely.
- Guttural Growler
- Hero Killer: Not to the extent of his Clone Wars appearance, but Grievous is still a serious threat to the Jedi.
- Notably, Jedi Knight Nahdar Vebb in "Lair of Grievous" and General Roos Tarpals in "Shadow Warrior".
- I Take Offense to That Last One: Subverted in "Grievous Intrigue". When facing him, Eeth Koth called Grievous, a coward and murderer", in this order. Usually one would expect for the villain to be insulted by being called a coward. Grieous instead took issues with the murderer part, stating that he didn't see getting rid off Jedi as 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".
- Large Ham: He tends to be rather dramatic.
- Laser Blade: Either two or four at once.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Master Swordsman: The only ones who've held their own against him without resorting to using the Force are Kit Fitso and Ventress.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Grievous is at his deadliest when he uses all four arms; then he can hold his own against top-tier Jedi.
- Neck Snap: Does it to a clone trooper in "Bound for Rescue", with his foot no less.
- 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 the 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 "Griveous 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.
- 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: 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.
- 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.
- Villainous Rescue: Though he's rescuing another villain, he does save Count Dooku's life from Mother Talzin in "Massacre".
- White Mask of Doom
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His backstory makes him one, as well as a Fallen Hero.
- 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".
Viceroy Nute Gunray
General Lok Durd
- Dirty Coward
- 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
- 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 gonna kill him.
- Large Ham: He's pretty flamboyant. He's also voiced by George Takei.
- 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 General is already the highest rank in army positions) in the Confederacy. According to supplementary material, he makes more noise in the war room than he does on the battlefield.
- Smug Snake
- 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
"I suppose one can never have too many lab rats."
Voiced by: Michael York
- 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?
- Lean and Mean
- Mad Scientist
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He apparently uses that doctorate for developing or recreating bio-weapons.
- 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.
- 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
Voiced by: Matthew Wood
Prison Warden/Commander Osi Sobeck
- 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.
- 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.
- In the Back: He was stabbed by Ahsoka in the back.
- Killed Off for Real: Courtesy of Ahsoka.
- 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: He' 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.
Voiced 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.
- 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
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Upon learning that the Jedi disabled the planetary radar, he knew reinforcements were coming.
- Everything's Even Worse with Sharks
- Evil Gloating: Riff gloated to Prince Lee-Char about how he murdered the latter's father.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Fish People
- 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.
- 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: 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.
- Killed Off for Real: 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.
- Large Ham
- 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
- Shout-Out: To 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.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Openly admired Count Dooku.
- Killed Off for Real: By Dooku, the man she admittedly admired.
- 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.
- 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.
Voiced by: Matthew Wood
In general, about every types
- Frickin' Laser Beams: They use blaster weapons, just like every non-Jedi warrior. Droid blasters are firing red laser beams.
- Lack of Empathy: Sort of expected given that they are machines built to kill.
- Zerg Rush: Individually, even the best types aren't particularly strong or effective, but in large enough numbers they are a legitimate threat even for Jedi. Especially true to the B1-s, and to slightly lesser degree to the B2-s.
B1-, and OOM-series Battle Droids
- Butt Monkey: Especially in Season 1, where almost every episode had them 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-s are so inept at times, it's hard not to feel sorry for them.
- 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, especially in Season 1 and 2.
- Too Dumb to Live: Most of the time, especially in the first season.
- Took a Level in Badass: Throughout the course of the show, their comic relief side has been 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 has noticeably improved.
- Arm Cannon: One sub-type has some sort of Plasma Cannon instead of a left arm, that they generally use as a bazooka.
- Men of Sherwood: They’re the true counterpart of the clones: they’re more competent than the B1-s, and in large numbers can be very effective, but they’re far from being on Elite Mook levels.
- Evil Is Bigger: They are larger and bulkier than the B1-s, and much more effective fighters.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Their voice is much deeper than the B1’s, and unsurprisingly they’re far more competent.
- In-Series Nickname: They’re sometimes refered to as "Super Battledroids".
- Jet Pack: Another sub-type comes with built-in ones.
- Super Wrist Gadget: The normal-type ones have dual-blasters built into their wrists.
BX-series Commando Droids
- 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, and for early Season 1 too (even predating Cad Bane). 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 built, which allows them to disguise themselves as clone troopers.
- The Musketeer: They’re using both blasters and vibro-swords, but never at once.
Droidekas (Destroyer Droids)
- 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.
- The Dreaded: Even Jedi are wary of these things, and the only infantry units more dreaded than them are MagnaGuards.
- 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.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Provided their enemies don't use any of their Achilles Heels against them.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- 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
- Mook Lieutenant
- 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: 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.