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The Confederacy of Independent Systems, also known as the Separatist Alliance, was an organization of solar systems that declared their departure from the Galactic Republic. Led by Count Dooku and backed by corporate titans that offered their unlimited droid armies to the cause, the Separatists waged war with the Republic during a legendary conflict known as the Clone Wars. Unbeknownst to most members of the Separatists, they were actually pawns in Darth Sidious' plan to transform the Republic into the Empire and destroy the Jedi Order.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Downplayed. Legends works set in the Clone Wars tended to emphasize the CIS' most sinister and villainous traits, often giving the impression that the Separatist cause was a theoretically idealistic goal which was nonetheless only supported by psychos and douchebags. In contrast, while the villainy remains, The Clone Wars (and by extension the Disney canon) gave a more visibly optimistic portrayal of the CIS by making Dooku more sympathetic, excising the worst villains and introducing the Bonteri family.
- Adaptational Wimp: Not to an extreme degree, but still a case given that many of the most powerful Separatist fighters, most notably Durge and the Dark Acolytes, stayed on Legends after the Disney buyout (excluding Ventress, who remains as Dooku's sole apprentice, and Sora Bulq, who remained in canon but never turned to the Dark Side in the new continuity).
- Adaptation Distillation: The concept of the Dark Acolytes. In Legends, they were a faction of fallen Jedi and Force sensitives trained by Dooku with the goal to be the Confederacy's answer to the Republic's Jedi Order, making them an official Evil Counterpart in the process. In canon, where none of them exists save for Ventress, "Dark Acolyte" seems to be rather a title meant for one person at a time, in this case Dooku's personal apprentice; the term is first used with Ventress, later with Savage Opress after he replaces her, and finally Quinlan Vos when he joins Dooku much after Savage's death.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: A common tactic of the Confederacy was to show up on neutral or unalligned worlds with an army of droids, offering them "protection" from the Republic - whether they want it or not. Examples include Kiros and Onderon.
- Army of Thieves and Whores: Downplayed; the majority of the Separatists in the military are either droids or one of the Mega-Corp officers, but anyone who isn't is an outlaw of some stripe, including pirates, war criminals, bounty hunters, and Sith.
- Believing Their Own Lies: Some of the Separatists genuinely believe that they're fighting for freedom against the corruption of the Republic, to the point of being wilfully in denial about the mega corporations backing the insurgency. It helps that the corruption they point out is very real, only not the extent the Separatist ideologists claim.
- Blatant Lies: During the Clone Wars, several of the Mega-Corps that made up the Separatist leadership had representatives in the Republic Senate (read: lobbyists) claim that their respective corporations were neutral parties, but while some of them did play both sides, they were all more inclined to the Separatist Alliance.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: They are retroactively the Contrasting Prequel Antagonists to the Galactic Empire (who are the main antagonists in the Original Trilogy). While the Empire was an authoritarian, human supremacist government with very few alien members, the Separatist Alliance was an organization composed mostly of aliens with very few humans that sought independence from the dominant power Republic (which in some ways would make them a very dark version of the Rebel Alliance) and had no fixed ideology other than being driven by their own ends.
- Evil Counterpart: To the later Rebel Alliance. While the Rebels are genuine freedom fighters fighting against an actual oppressive regime, the Separatists are motivated by greed and only wanted to be "free" from the Republic's regulations (except for a few of the lower-ranking genuinely idealistic Separatists like Mina Bonteri and Bec Lawise). The Separatists are also cruel and brutal, which in the Sith Grand Plan serves as a Monster Protection Racket, with Grievous especially egregious in his violence. Fridge Brilliance kicks in when one considers that Darth Sidious wanted to associate the idea of rebellion with wanton brutality, so that when he eventually formed the Galactic Empire, the very idea of opposing him would be seen as unpopular.
- The Federation: A less than benevolent example; the Confederacy of Independent Systems is an alliance of planets and corporations who became disillusioned with the Galactic Republic. However, most of the Separatist leaders are driven by Greed more than anything.
- For the Evulz: The Clone Wars presents several examples of the Separatist Alliance doing things that really don't fall into line with their philosophy (such as targeting a pacifist society as a testing ground for a weapon that wipes out all organic life or financing a Mad Scientist who revives and improves an extinct virus that no living creature has a natural resistance to). None of these (particularly the latter example) serve any purpose other than rampant and meaningless slaughter of both military and civilian alike while not affording the Separatists progression towards their goal.
- Informed Attribute: We're told in Revenge of the Sith that "there are heroes on both sides", but the Separatists rarely show this off. The closest thing to a heroic character who stayed with the Separatists would probably be Mina Bonteri, who is pretty deep into Token Good Teammate territory (to the point of being assassinated by other Separatists). The Separatist leaders we see are corporate directors, war profiteers, and any criminals they could convince to side with them, and their armies are almost entirely comprised of Killer Robots.
- Kill 'Em All: The entire Separatist Council is slaughtered by Darth Vader on Mustafar, decapitating the Separatist movement in a single blow.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Inverted; among the Separatist leadership, only Count Dooku is aware of the Separatists' role in Sidious' plan and the true purpose of the Clone Wars note Just how in the dark the others are varies. Some, such as Grievous and the corporate backers who make up the Separatist Council, are aware that Sidious exists and that he's the one pulling Dooku's strings, but they don't know that he's really Palpatine or that his endgame is actually for the CIS to lose the Clone Wars. Others, such as the Separatist Senate, are completely in the dark about Dooku's true nature and have no knowledge of Sidious.
- Man Behind the Man: To the galaxy at large, Count Dooku was the founder and leader of the Separatist Alliance. But in fact, Darth Sidious AKA Palpatine was pulling the strings and Playing Both Sides for the entire war.
- Mega-Corp: The founding and leading members of the Separatists included the Trade Federation, the Techno Union, the Corporate Alliance, the InterGalactic Banking Clan, and the Commerce Guild. Most of the corporations in the CIS were nationalized when the Empire took over.
- People's Republic of Tyranny: A government that boasts about being a more moral, more democratic alternative to the Republic while being nothing of the sort.
- A few Separatists do honestly believe they're fighting for freedom from the tyranny and corruption of the Republic. Most of their forces, however, are rich mega-corps that wanted to strike out on their own (and were even responsible for most of the corruption in the Republic), or local political dissidents seizing on it as an opportunity to settle old scores with their regional rivals.
- The Remnant: Some leaders and fleets continue fighting long after the war is over, with Imperial Admiral Nils Tenant continuing a pacification campaign at least five years after the Clone Wars ended. The Tarkin novel explains that Darth Vader led the Empire's forces to grind down their remnants for another 4-5 years after Revenge of the Sith, but after that they ceased to officially control any planets just isolated survivors here or there, many of whom later joined the nascent Rebel Alliance.
- Repressive, but Efficient: In relative terms, anyway. The Separatists had far less resources than the Republic, being limited to the underdeveloped Outer Rim and a contested portion of the Mid Rim, while the Republic held the well-developed Core Worlds, the Inner Rim, and most of the Mid Rim. However, up until the very end of the war, the CIS was actually outnumbering the Republic in effective military strength and fighting them on even terms. While the Mega Corps of the CIS were generally poor at directing their armies and fleets, their ability to organize and produce said armies and fleets was pretty impressive compared to the disjointed shitshow that was the Republic's war effort.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: The Separatists had no problem using terrorist attacks, bombings, coup d'etats, biological warfare, and various superweapons against the Republic.
- Shadow Archetype: The Separatist Alliance could be viewed as one for the Alliance to Restore the Republic, being quite literally a rebellion against the corrupt central power in the Galaxy, which is also the predecessor of the Empire. However, the Separatists are controlled by corporations and even more so the Sith (despite nominally being democratic), and de facto just want to carve out a chunk of planets to control and exploit. This was likely intentional on the part of Darth Sidious so that people would draw comparisons between the Separatists and those who eventually came to oppose him.
- Standard Sci-Fi Army: The vast majority of Separatist forces are droids, complemented by small numbers of organic troops (usually in support roles) like Neimoidians, Geonosians, Zygerrians, and Umbarans. The battle droids serve as the backbone of ground formations, with droidekas being heavy infantry. The Confederacy depends heavily on mechanized or armored formations, using tanks, artillery, and other heavy weapons to overwhelm clone positions.
- Token Human: Contrasting with the Galactic Empire whose members are mostly humans, anti-alien, and have very few non-human members like the Inquisitors and Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Separatists' ranks are mostly non-humans and they have very few human members like Count Dooku and Mina Bonteri. Even Rubber-Forehead Alien members like Bec Lawise, Voe Atell, and Nuvo Vindi are considerably uncommon.
- Unwitting Pawn: They're just another set of pawns in the grand scheme of Darth Sidious, who played both them and the Republic against each other to amass more power and popularity for himself. This applies to both the corrupt Mega-Corps as well as the genuinely good but disillusioned members.
- We Have Reserves: Their battle droid factories produced billions upon billions of soldiers, and at low cost. They consistently outnumber the Republic clone troopers throughout the war. Leading to:
- Quantity vs. Quality: The Separatists courted the major industrial mega-corps of the galaxy to their side, meaning they can produce vast numbers of battle droids... but they're not a one-for-one match against the Republic's clone troopers. Directly explained in Attack of the Clones, the Separatist droid army is predictable and (particularly the mass-produced ones) fairly stupid, while clone troopers can actually think for themselves, gain combat experience, and be creative. Thus despite being consistently outnumbered, the Grand Army of the Republic usually manages to win anywhere it concentrates its forces leading to a wack-a-mole pattern to the war, with new Separatist droid armies moving in as soon as the clone troopers leave for somewhere else. Dooku claimed that the droids outnumbered the clones 100 to 1, and that certainly seems to be backed up whenever clone production figures are given.note The droids did better against the poorly organized and equipped planetary defense forces that made up the bulk of their opponents (which could range from reasonably on par with the droids to being borderline pre-industrial), hence the need to quickly shift mechanized clone trooper formations around to stiffen said forces (e.g. at Kashyyk).
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Though it can't be said for what's seen of them in the films (or all of them), many of the Separatist systems seceded from the Republic because they disliked how corrupt the system had become and genuinely wanted to improve it, as radical as their methods may have been.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: As soon as Palpatine created the Empire, he dispatched Darth Vader to kill the Separatist leaders and ordered Tarkin to root out and destroy any remaining loyalists. The Empire would later use the orbit of Geonosis as a construction yard for the Death Star for a few years. Immediately afterwards, they sterilized the planet, killing off most of its population, in order to keep the Death Star a secret.
Count Dooku (Darth Tyranus)
Archduke Poggle the Lesser
Poggle: We build weapons, Senator! That is our business. Of course we're prepared!
Archduke Poggle the Lesser was the leader of the Geonosians and a founding member of the Separatist Alliance. His factories provided the Separatists with many of their Battle Droids.
- Adaptational Intelligence: In Legends, Darth Sidious helped Poggle become Archduke by funding a revolution against then-Archduke Hadiss the Vaulted, who was notable for easily quelling rebellions from the lower-caste. In canon, nothing's been said of Poggle's previous background or how he got his position, implying he may have gotten there on his own merits.
- Arc Villain: Of the Geonosis arc in Season Two
- Arms Dealer: He and the Stalgasin Hive, in collaboration with the Techno Union, provide a labor force for Baktoid Armor Workshop, the main producer of battle droids and weapons for the Separatist Alliance.
- Asshole Victim: Just like the other Separatist leaders, he was killed by Darth Vader in Revenge of the Sith. Aside from being an immoral arms dealer, his atrocities include trying to have Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padmé publicly executed by monsters at the start of the war and collaborating with Queen Karina to have the Jedi infected with parasitic brain worms.
- Beard of Evil: He's got long tendrils of flesh hanging off his jowls, giving him the effect of a beard.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Poggle the Lesser isn't exactly the most flattering title, however there is a certain level of ambiguity to the title. It is unknown if there was a greater previous archduke by appellation of Poggle or if his father was likewise named "Poggle" and the "Lesser" was to differentiate the two, much like how Roman naming conventions would have a father and son who shared the same name be "Major" and "Minor" respectively. In Legends, this title was a result of him being ascended from the lower caste after overthrowing his predecessor.
- Evil Old Folks: Appears to be quite old by Geonosian standards, walking with a cane instead of flying, and having prominent masses of flesh resembling a long beard, unlike all other Geonosians seen.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: More than that, in fact. If you look carefully, you can see him being bisected and having both his arms and his tendrils cut off when Darth Vader kills him and the other Separatist leaders.
- HeelFace Mole: In order to get out of prison, he agrees to Orson Krennic's proposal to have the Geonosians switch sides and begin construction of the Death Star for the Republic. After several months of playing along, he has the construction crew go nuts aboard the construction site and uses the chaos to escape in a shuttle, which is implied to be taking him to Utapau.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: He exclusively speaks Geonosian, which is incomprehensible, even by alien standards, yet somehow makes himself understood by both Dooku and the rest of the Separatist leadership.
- Insectoid Alien: As mentioned above, he's a Geonosian.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: He was captured during the Second Battle of Geonosis and held in Republic custody for at least one year before being released after pretending to defect. Karma then comes right back to him when Darth Vader kills him and the rest of the Separatist leaders at the end of the war.
- No-Sell: As a Geonosian, he's immune to Jedi Mind Tricks. Unfortunately for him, Anakin Skywalker doesn't need mind tricks to get Poggle to talk when his Padawan is in danger.
- Puppet King: While he is the face of the Geonosian hives in the Separatist Alliance, he is actually subservient to Queen Karina the Great, who rules Geonosis from underground.
- Sketchy Successor: Implied due to his title of "the Lesser". It seems a previous Archduke Poggle was greater than he. In Legends, he got the title because he was originally part of the lower-caste and became Archduke after overthrowing the previous one with some secret funding from Darth Sidious.
- Starfish Language: Poggle only speaks in Geonosian, a bizarre language made up of guttural clicking and rapid, odd noises.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Only returns in Revenge of the Sith to get bisected by a newly-minted Darth Vader.
- The Unintelligible: In The Clone Wars, since alien languages are never subtitled in the series, instead relying on other characters to interpret.
- Vague Age: Since Geonosians really show their age outwardly, it's hard to tell, though given he looks completely different from the young fighter classes, it can be assumed he is very old, whatever that means in Geonosian standards.
- We Have Reserves: He cares very little for casualties among his hive due to work disputes as Geonosians breed fast and competition between hive members encourages better results, hardier workers, and prevents overpopulation.
- Weird Beard: Unlike most Geonosians, he has some flesh tendrils for a beard.
Passel Argente was the Magistrate of the Corporate Alliance. He was a Republic senator for his homeworld of Kooriva before joining the Separatist Alliance.
- Asshole Victim: Along with the rest of the Separatist leaders who helped start the Clone Wars who are killed by Darth Vader on Mustafar.
- Corrupt Politician/Corrupt Corporate Executive: He dragged both his homeworld (which had a considerable number of Republic supporters who fought against the Confederacy) and his company into the Clone Wars in order to gain a profit.
- Cosmopolitan Council: Is a member of one, alongside the other corporate representatives who back the Confederacy.
- Horned Humanoid: Koorivar have several horns on their heads.
- Rubber-Forehead Alien: As a Koorivar, he mostly resembles a human but has scaly, reptilian skin and a spiraling horn growing from his head.
Shu Mai was the Presidente of the Commerce Guild and one of the leaders of the Separatist Alliance.
- Asshole Victim: Along with the rest of the Separatist leaders who helped start the Clone Wars who are killed by Darth Vader on Mustafar.
- Bilingual Dialogue: She only speaks in her native Gossam language, but her fellow Separatists can understand her and she understands them back as well.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: As was the case with most of the Separatist Council.
- Cosmopolitan Council: She is a member of one, alongside the other corporate representatives who back the Confederacy.
- Humanoid Alien: Has the basic human body shape, but has a distinctly alien appearance.
- Lizard Folk: Gossams like Mai are a diminutive species of saurian sentients.
- Only Sane Woman: Downplayed. While she and the Commerce Guild ultimately join the Confederacy, she's the only Separatist Council member to show some hesitance before joining, openly stating that they'll likely be branded as traitors by the Republic.
- The Reptilians: Comes with being a Gossam.
Senator Po Nudo
Po Nudo was the junior senator representing Ando. When the defected to the Separatists, he brought the Hyper-Communications Cartel with him, alongside half the Lambda Sector.
- All There in the Manual: His name is established in material outside of the theatrical films.
- Character Death: He was killed by Darth Vader alongside the other Separatist Council members on Mustafar at the end of the Clone Wars.
- Corrupt Politician: His membership on the Separatist Council rather than the Separatist Parliament implies that he is among those who started the movement for profit rather than actual political idealism.
- Extra Eyes: He has four eyes, unlike most Aqualish. According to Legends, four-eyed Aqualish are a subspecies.
- FaceHeel Turn: He used to be loyal to the Republic, but went over to the Separatists.
- Propaganda Machine: In addition to communications and intelligence management, the Hyper-Communications Cartel also had the job of running the Separatists' Shadowfeeds, which were sliced HoloNet channels for broadcasting Separatist propaganda.
Homeworld: Mon Cala
Tikkes was a Quarren senator representing Mon Cala who went over to the Separatists.
- Character Death: He was killed by Darth Vader alongside the other Separatist Council members on Mustafar at the end of the Clone Wars.
- Corrupt Politician: His membership on the Separatist Council rather than the Separatist Parliament implies that he is among those who started the movement for profit rather than actual political idealism. If his Legends backstory holds any water, he was implicated in the same slavery ring that Er'Kit Senator Danry Ledwellow (whose backstory is canon) was involved with and joined the Separatists to weasel his way out of legal justice (at least until the end of the war).
- Cthulhumanoid: Comes with being a Quarren.
- FaceHeel Turn: He used to be loyal to the Republic, but went over to the Separatists.
- Schrödinger's Canon: He was the leader of the Quarren Isolation League, a faction of pro-Separatist Quarren. The Isolation League itself is canon (albeit with a dose of Adaptational Heroism), but with his planned episode arc of The Clone Wars unaired, it is unknown how involved with it he would have been.
InterGalactic Banking Clan
San Hill was the Chairman of the InterGalactic Banking Clan. He helped lead the Separatists as part of the council of corporate interests who started the war.
- Adaptational Intelligence: In Legends, the Hill family was associated with Hego Damask II, also known as Darth Plagueis, and it was all but stated he had used his dark connections to appoint San as a puppet chairman for the IBC. As this was de-canonized, nothing implies that the current version of San Hill did not earn his job by himself.
- Asshole Victim: Along with the rest of the Separatist leaders who helped start the Clone Wars who are killed by Darth Vader on Mustafar.
- Bald of Evil: Bald due to being a Muun and he is a corrupt banker who helped start a war for profit.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He is a corrupt member of the Banking Clan.
- Cosmopolitan Council: He is a member of one, alongside the other corporate representatives who back the Confederacy.
- Humanoid Alien: He has the basic human body shape, but has a distinctly alien appearance.
- Lean and Mean: He's a Muun, after all.
- Morally Bankrupt Banker: The Head of a Banking Clan who engages in war profiteering.
- Renegade Splinter Faction: Even after Palpatine is given control of the Banking Clan in the Battle of Scipio's aftermath, the Muunilinst branch of the Banking Clan under San Hill's leadership continued to put in their lot with Separatists until the end of the war.
Senator Nix Card
Nix Card was a senator who served as a representative of the InterGalactic Banking Clan in the Galactic Republic Senate during the Clone Wars.
- Bald of Evil: It comes with being a Muun.
- The Cameo: He briefly appears in "Slaves of the Republic", where he can be seen among the crowd at a slave auction.
- Corrupt Politician: He uses his position as senator to keep the war going for the Banking Clan's profit. He also conspires to allow the Separatists to bomb Coruscant in order to influence a Senate vote regarding peace talks with the Separatists.
- Karma Houdini: He was involved in both a terrorist attack on Coruscant and worked directly with Darth Sidious to allow the Banking Clan to fall into the control of the Chancellor's office, and so far has suffered no negative consequences for it.
- Lean and Mean: He is a Muun who is deliberately prolonging the Clone Wars in order to bring greater wealth to his company. He also attended a slave auction, indicating he traffics in slavery as well.
- War for Fun and Profit: So long as the war keeps going, Card will make sure the Banking Clan profits from it.
Mak Plain was an official of the InterGalactic Banking Clan on Coruscant.
- Bald of Evil: Bald due to being a Muun and he is a corrupt banker who helped start a war for profit.
- Blatant Lies: His quote above about finding the war, which is making the Banking Clan outrageous profits, to be distasteful.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive/Morally Bankrupt Banker: He raises the interest rate of loans to both the Republic and Separatists by ten percent, and then gleefully throws the fact that the Republic needs the Banking Clan and has to bow to the their demands or it will the war into the faces of Padmé and Onaconda Farr.Farr: Twenty-five percent! That's outright theft!
Padmé: Your previous arrangement with the Republic was ten percent!
Plain: Please, please! That was before deregulation. The same rules don't apply, my dear. The Separatists don't seem to mind a rate hike. In fact, they just secured a loan to fund an additional three million battle droids.
- Humanoid Alien: Has the basic human body shape, but has a distinctly alien appearance.
- Playing Both Sides: He doesn't even try to hide the fact that the InterGalactic Banking Clan is bankrolling both sides of the war, but still tries to insist that they have no interest in keeping it going.
- Smug Snake: It seems to be the hat of Muun bankers.
Senator Rush Clovis
Rush Clovis was the Senator of Scipio and eventually Chairman of the Banking Clan during the Clone Wars. He was also an old flame of Padmé Amidala's.
- Aesop Amnesia: Queen's Shadow shows exactly why Padmé ended any kind of romantic relationship with him: He forced a kiss on her even though she clearly said "no" multiple times. By "The Rise of Clovis", he still hasn't learned this lesson, as he attempts to kiss her again... when Anakin walks in.
- Age-Gap Romance: Judging by his appearance (particularly the lines on his face), he seems to be several years older than Padmé, who would've been eighteen when they had a relationship.
- Ambiguously Brown: Clovis has a noticeable tanned skin tone.
- Anti-Hero: After his HeelFace Turn, Clovis is genuinely trying to do good but retains a number of his flaws, including his entitlement towards Padmé and Rich Jerk attitude.
- Anti-Villain: In his first appearance he's working with the Separatists to help fund a Geonosian droid factory, but he is willing to threaten Lott Dod and go against his orders to save Padmé, unwilling to let her die even though she's a threat to his plans. In his later appearances he has genuinely good intentions, but is manipulated by Dooku into working against the Republic again and is then framed as a traitor.
- Attempted Rape: He tries to kiss and force himself onto Padmé despite her repeatedly saying "no". Thankfully, Anakin was there to intervene and give him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- The Atoner: He tries to be this during the Clovis arc, but is not remembered by the Republic this way.
- Character Development: Clovis started off as an opportunistic antagonist willing to betray the Republic for the Separatists. However, his later appearances show he genuinely saw the error of his ways and attempts to do good.
- Cock Fight: He's not subtle about his attraction to Padmé and often uses it to rile up Anakin when he sees he's also enamored with her, occasionally becoming openly hostile. He eventually gets into a full-on physical fight with him, although it doesn't end well for Clovis as he's badly outmatched against the highly skilled Jedi Knight.
- Corrupt Politician: Zigzagged. He is one in his first appearance via funding the operation of a Geonosian droid factory for the Separatists. In his next appearance, however, he's trying to undo the corruption in the Banking Clan and return it to a neutral system, but his deal with Count Dooku ends up making him look like a Separatist.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Clovis' parents died in a shuttle accident when he was only twelve and he was adopted by a high-ranking Muun whom his father worked for. Although he was always treated like one of the family, it's obvious he's still affected by his parents' deaths and it's hinted he felt insecure about being different from the rest of his adoptive family.Clovis: I was accepted as their child, everywhere we went. I almost forgot where I was from...until I looked in the mirror.
- Deal with the Devil: He made a deal with Count Dooku in order to become Chairman of the Banking Clan in order to fix its corruption. It goes horribly wrong.
- Death Equals Redemption: Subverted. Clovis willingly falls to his death to save Padmé, but he is generally remembered as a Separatist traitor. Even Padmé, who was horrified by his death, believed he was really a traitor rather than the victim of a Frame-Up (to be fair, the evidence against Clovis looks pretty damning and he never had the chance to fully explain what happened).
- Designated Villain: He becomes one in-universe after Count Dooku sets him up to make it look like he only took control of the Banking Clan so he could give Scipio to the Confederacy. And after he dies, he's still labeled a Separatist.
- Didn't Think This Through: He takes up Dooku's offer to provide him with the evidence he needs to prove corruption in the Banking Clan and be endorsed by the Separatists at the Bank's new chairman. He apparently never considered that Dooku might then use this to blackmail Clovis into favoring the Separatists.
- Disney Villain Death: Although he technically wasn't a villain at this stage, he dies in a classic villain manner by falling from the edge of a tall building. Anakin had actually managed to grab hold of both him and Padmé as they fell, but Clovis realized he could only hold one of them and so willingly let go to save Padmé.
- Entitled to Have You: Has this view in regards to Padmé, to some extent. Queen's Shadow reveals he forced a kiss on her and then he tries again in "The Rise of Clovis" despite her clearly saying "no".Padmé: There is nothing romantic between [Anakin] and I.
Clovis: Then there's absolutely nothing to stop us from doing this. [grabs Padmé and tries to kiss her]
Padmé: Clovis! Clovis, no!
- Et Tu, Brute?: He is genuinely hurt when he realizes Padmé was spying on him and stole a hologram disc containing his droid factory plans (although he himself is actually a traitor).Clovis: I see now why you renewed our friendship. So you could spy on me and steal from me!
Padmé: I did it for the Republic!
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Clovis isn't really evil, especially not at the end of the Clovis arc, but he does make some rather selfish and immoral choices. Despite this, it's made clear that he genuinely loves Padmé and he is remorseful about hurting and disappointing her. He's also shown to have deeply cared for both his biological and adoptive families.
- Facial Markings: He has some tattoos on his forehead that currently don't have a particularly clear meaning. In Legends, they signified his status in Scipioan society.
- Foil: To Anakin Skywalker. Both are Padmé's troubled love interests (both of whom she has an Age-Gap Romance with), with both relationships ending in tragedy. Anakin and Clovis both have tragic pasts; Anakin was Born into Slavery, had to leave his mother at the age of nine and then had her die in his arms; Clovis' parents died when he was twelve in a shuttle accident. Anakin was taken in by the Jedi Order and became a Jedi himself, while Clovis was educated by his adoptive Muun family and went into politics. Padmé and Anakin met as children and married secretly as adults since the former was a Jedi, but he ended up on the Dark Side. In contrast, Padmé and Clovis had a brief relationship when she first became a senator in her early adulthood; Clovis initially aligned himself with the Separatists, but made a genuine turn to do good, only to be framed by Count Dooku as the one behind the Banking Clan corruption. Also, while Padmé dies in childbirth (and of a broken heart by Anakin's FaceHeel Turn), she dies stating there's still good in Anakin; but believed that the now dead Clovis was still a traitor. Both Clovis and Anakin end up sacrificing themselves to save someone they love; Clovis dies to save Padmé, while Anakin dies saving his and Padmé's son Luke. They both also show a sense of entitlement to Padmé she caught on fast with Clovis when he forced a kiss on her, but didn't realize Anakin had this attitude until after they were married and he started sliding closer to the Dark Side. Furthermore, Anakin was born on a desert planet, while Clovis was born on an icy planet.
- Forceful Kiss: In Queen's Shadow, he kisses Padmé despite her repeatedly saying no, which seriously puts her off him. Years later, he tries doing this to Padmé again during dinner in "The Rise of Clovis". It does NOT end well for Clovis, as Padmé's husband happens to walk in at just that moment...
- Frame-Up: He falls victim to one in "Crisis at the Heart", in which Count Dooku makes it look like Clovis is abusing his position in the Banking Clan to favor the Separatists.
- Happily Adopted: When his parents died, Clovis was adopted by a wealthy Muun his father worked for and was treated like a part of the family anywhere he went.
- HeelFace Turn: Clovis' subsequent appearances after "Senate Spy" have him reformed and trying take down corruption within the Banking Clan.
- Heroic BSoD: During the invasion of Scipio following his Frame-Up, he starts to go completely to pieces, desperately ranting about how he spent his whole life misunderstood and what will everyone think of him now. When Anakin arrives to arrest him, he even takes Padmé hostage, insisting he is innocent. Interestingly, from Padmé and Anakin's perspective he's having a Villainous Breakdown, as they (understandably) don't realize he really is being set-up.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He deliberately falls to his death so he can let Padmé survive.
- Hidden Depths: Despite being Happily Adopted by his wealthy Muun family, Clovis hints how he felt insecure about being different from the rest of them.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Padmé in The Clone Wars. Even though her marriage to Anakin isn't supposed to be public knowledge and she denies there's anything between them, Padmé makes it clear either way she doesn't have romantic feelings for Clovis; it's also a Foregone Conclusion that nothing will come of it seeing as Padmé and Anakin are still (relatively) Happily Married in Revenge of the Sith and she's pregnant with his children. However, neither Clovis or Anakin seemed to have gotten this memo.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He thought trusting Count Dooku would possibly end well. Unsurprisingly, Dooku makes it very clear he intends for Clovis to make good on their deal whether he likes it or not.
- Hostage Situation: In a moment of sheer desperation, he takes Padmé hostage in "Crisis at the Heart", holding her at blaster-point while trying (rather badly) to explain the situation. Then the floor collapses.
- He's hurt when he discovers Padmé only renewed their friendship to spy on him. But he saw no problem lying to her and betraying the Republic for the Separatists.
- He tells Anakin he should accept that Padmé has "other interests besides [him]", while he himself tends to invade Padmé's personal space and make assumptions about their relationship even when it makes her uncomfortable.
- Hypocrite Has a Point: Although he's mostly saying it to piss off Anakin and he himself has little respect for Padmé's autonomy, Clovis is technically right that Anakin should accept he's not the only important thing in Padmé's life.
- Interspecies Adoption: Clovis was adopted at the age of twelve by a wealthy Muun for whom his father worked, until he was killed in the same shuttle accident that also killed Clovis's mother and the Muun's wife.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: During the invasion of Scipio, Padmé urges Clovis to turn himself in to the Republic authorities. For a moment he seems to be seriously considering it... until Anakin bursts in, at which point he panics and takes Padmé hostage.
- Last-Name Basis: He's almost always referred to by his surname, even by Padmé.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He has this reaction when Count Dooku blackmails him after he becomes the Chairman of the Banking Clan and the Count sends a Separatist fleet to Scipio to frame him.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Following his first appearance, Clovis tries to make amends for his previous actions by exposing corruption in the Banking Clan and becoming its Chairman. Unfortunately, his methods of doing so end up making the situation even worse and feed into Palpatine's larger scheme to take over the galaxy.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He's on the receiving end of one courtesy of Anakin, who goes completely berserk after walking in on him trying to kiss Padmé. Clovis does try to put up a fight (and keeps verbally baiting Anakin as well), but is clearly outmatched by him and requires medical attention afterwards. Padmé points out that Anakin could've killed him if he hadn't come to his senses in time.
- No Sense of Personal Space: In regards to Padmé. Even though they're exes who haven't seen each other in years, he's very hands-on with her and tries to kiss her, to her visible discomfort. Queen's Shadow reveals he was already like this years earlier, and this in fact was what ended any potential of a relationship for them.
- Not Helping Your Case: He keeps insisting he's not the villain... while holding a gun to Padmé's head. He's clearly panicking, but he still isn't doing himself any favours.
- Office Romance: He tried to initiate one with Padmé when she first became a senator and sought him as an ally, but it fizzled out before long.
- Old Flame: He was in a relationship with Padmé Amidala at some point in the ten years between the Invasion of Naboo and the beginning of the Clone Wars, but Padmé decided they should keep it strictly professional.
- One Head Taller: Clovis is a head taller than Padmé, standing at 6'3 while she is 5'5.
- Pet the Dog: While he may be an antagonist in "Senate Spy", he's genuinely concerned about Padmé when she is poisoned and helps Anakin save her.
- Put on a Bus to Hell: In "Senate Spy", the last we see of Clovis is him being left behind by Anakin on Cato Nemoidia to face Lott Dod, whom he just threatened and lost an important disc for. A few years later, in "An Old Friend", it's revealed he managed to talk his way out and has now seemingly turned over a new leaf.
- Reality Ensues: When Anakin walks in on him trying to force a kiss onto Padmé he draws his lightsaber on him. Clovis responds by saying Let's Fight Like Gentlemen with just their fists. Anakin agrees, only for Clovis to completely get his his ass handed to him. As a senator who has likely never thrown a punch before in his life fighting against a general who spent his entire life fighting and learning to deal with an extreme amount of pain while facing whole battalions, he is easily overpowered by Anakin, who even without his lightsaber or even using the Force knocks him to the floor with one punch and begins wailing on him.
- Redemption Equals Death: His final act is giving up his own life to ensure Padmé's survival.
- Rejection Affection: Particularly in "The Rise of Clovis", he keeps trying to rekindle his romance with Padmé even when she makes it plain she's not interested. He even tries to kiss her against her will, ignoring her protests. Queen's Shadow reveals he was like this with her years back when they first met, which was one of the reasons Padmé called time on their relationship. He apparently never learned his lesson.
- Rich Jerk: He's a wealthy politician who is also quite corrupt and self-absorbed, has a sense of entitlement towards his love interest and speaks contemptuously to Anakin when he believes he's "just" a pilot. However, he's not completely a jerk and he becomes a more moral person who tries to do good.
- Secret Keeper: He figures out that Anakin and Padmé are in a relationship, but doesn't tell anyone else about it. He also makes up a lie about a mysterious assailant breaking into Padmé's apartment, trashing the place and beating him up, with Anakin intervening Anakin was actually the one who attacked him after catching him trying to kiss Padmé.
- Shame If Something Happened: In "The Rise of Clovis", when he confronts Padmé about her relationship with Anakin, he remarks "Isn't it forbidden for a Jedi to have romantic ties? He would be banished from the Order, would he not?" However, he ultimately doesn't do anything with this.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Not only does he die, he gets scapegoated for the corruption in the Banking Clan, is remembered as a Separatist supporter and control of the Banking Clan falls to the Supreme Chancellor, giving Palpatine the funds he needs for his Empire (and superweapons like the Death Star).
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: Upon reappearing in "An Old Friend", Clovis has switched his outfit from the fancy green jumpsuit with armor-like accessories he wore in "Senate Spy" to a more subdued red jumpsuit and black waistcoat, reflecting his Character Development from a self-interested opportunist to a more altruistic person who wants to make amends.
- Sleazy Politician: Very much so at first, though he becomes more conscientious. He does deals with the Separatists behind the Republic's back for personal advancement and is reluctant to take no for an answer when Padmé rejects his advances.
- Slimeball: Although quite charming and handsome, Clovis's underlying personality is rather sleazy at times. He takes advantage of people's trust and goodwill, especially Padmé's, to further his own ends and is primarily interested in making himself rich and powerful; he is also reluctant to take no for an answer from Padmé when she rejects his romantic advances, even attempting to force a kiss on her in her own home. That being said, he does become a better person and tries to make amends for his actions, but he finds himself being used and outwitted by more sinister and competent people like Count Dooku, and ultimately his plans fall apart completely.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He's a bit of one for Palo Jemabie, Padmé's First Love who she mentions in Attack of the Clones. Originally, the creators of The Clone Wars were going to use Palo in Clovis' plotlines, but they decided that Padmé's ex-boyfriend should be from a more recent relationship so that Anakin's jealousy would be better supported (Padmé dated Palo when she was twelve and also mentions he left politics to pursue art). However, beyond the fact they're both Old Flames to Padmé, Palo and Clovis don't appear to have much else in common.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He is over six feet tall, dark-haired, and quite good-looking.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Anakin whenever they're forced to work together. Just about the only thing that will compell them to grudgingly cooperate is helping Padmé, the woman they both love.
- Token Human: He is this for the Banking Clan, an organization mostly run by Muuns.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Clovis' first appearance shows him as a corrupt politician who only cares about money. He has a genuine HeelFace Turn in his subsequent appearances and is also less of a sleazeball.
- Troubled, but Cute: A good-looking man, who also happens to be an Anti-Villain (later Anti-Hero) with a Dark and Troubled Past.
- Unrequited Love Lasts Forever: Even though he and Padmé broke up around six years before The Clone Wars began and they barely saw or spoke to each during that time period, he is obviously still in love with her when they meet up in "Senate Spy"; he even uses her first name as his computer password. And even though she makes it clear she no longer feels that way about him, he continues to love her for the next three or so years, right up to his death; heck, he even lets himself die to save her life.
- Unwitting Pawn: To both Count Dooku and Darth Sidious, as they trick him into being the mastermind of the corruption within the Banking Clan.
- Villainous Crush: In "Senate Spy", he's revealed to be conspiring with the Separatists and has a very obvious attraction to Padmé. It's revealed that his password is her name and he's even willing to threaten Lott Dod at the risk of his own life to get a poison antidote for her.Clovis: [Lott Dod] might kill me if he finds out. But still, it's [Padmé's] life that I worry about. She must be saved because I love her.
Emir Wat Tambor
Homeworld: Skako Minor
Wat Tambor was the Foreman of the Techno Union which provided a huge chunk of the Separatists droid army and weapon technology and a member of the Separatist Council.
- Adaptational Intelligence: In Legends, Tambor had his career pushed by Darth Plagueis' influence. In the canon, he presumably climbed up the ranks by himself.
- Arc Villain: Of the Ryloth arc.
- Arc Villain Duumvirate: Tambor and Admiral Trench are the main villains during the Bad Batch arc, with Tambor overseeing the algorithm (a still-living Echo) that grants Trench a strategic advantage over the Republic in the Battle of Anaxes.
- Arms Dealer: The Techno Union owns several technology firms such as Baktoid Armor Workshop, supplying the Separatists with all sorts of Battle Droids and other weapons. They were even providing this technology to the other Separatist-allied commerce guilds (such as the Trade Federation's battle droids and ground vehicles) before the Separatist Alliance was formed.
- Art Evolution: In The Clone Wars, the Bad Batch arc presents a new design for him that is more accurate to his live action appearance in ''Revenge of the Sith" (notable features include a wider faceplate and smoothly-curved breathing tubes).
- Ascended Extra: Tambor was a minor member of the Separatists gathered at Geonosis in Attack of the Clones and received an expanded role in The Clone Wars.
- Asshole Victim: Like the rest of the Separatist leaders killed by Vader, there's not much sympathy to be had for Tambor, especially when his war crimes include attempted genocide and horrific bio-experiments on sentient beings.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Coming from a planet with a higher-pressure atmosphere than normal, Skakoans, in addition to breathing hydrogen-sulfide, are required to wear body-concealing (minus the back of their heads) pressure suits when offworld. If that suit were to get breached, they would violently explode like a deep sea fish brought up on land (and according to the Legends continuity, their explosions are dangerous to those around them as well), which means Vader would have been very careful when he killed Tambor on Mustafar. Also, the DVD featurette for "Liberty on Ryloth" suggests that Skakoans might not actually have legs (referencing how Tambor's original ILM model didn't have them), hence why Tambor "scoots" when he "walks".
- Blatant Lies: During the Bad Batch arc, he claims the Techno Union has corporate neutrality and tells the titular squad that the Republic is violating it by being on Skako Minor, despite admitting that he saw their infiltration coming (and the only way he could have is if Trench, who was then leading the Separatists at the Battle of Anaxes and whom Tambor was selling Echo's algorithm to, told him). Anakin Skywalker, having had Tech track the Separatists' tactical algorithm to Skako Minor and most likely remembering what he did on Ryloth, knows it's bantha fodder. And Rex rebukes that he's violated the neutrality first by holding a Republic soldier prisoner (and experimenting on him).
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the head of the Techno Union and an executive from Baktoid Armor Workshop, both of which have sided with the Separatists and provides them with battle droids and other technology. And he's also willing to kill innocent people to test these products.
- Creepy Monotone: His voice sounds somewhat robotic and not just because of his suit. Whenever he does show emotion such as anger, his tone only changes slightly.
- Face Death with Dignity: Especially when compared to Nute Gunray. When he was abandoned by his tactical droid and at Mace Windu's mercy, he was prepared to die in the impending Separatist bombing of Lessu, taking the Republic forces with him. Ultimately subverted in that Anakin and Ahsoka were able to take out the Hyena bombers in time, saving Ryloth and setting Tambor to be taken prisoner.
- Also seen during his actual assassination. He was killed later in the massacre, witnessing the deaths of most of the other leadership. Instead of running, he situates himself at a position of dignity where his body is later found.
- Greed: His Fatal Flaw. Tambor refused to leave without the treasures he had stolen from the Twi'lek people, leading his tactical droid to abandon him for capture by the Republic or death from the impending Separatist bombing. His greed also undermines the Battle of Anaxes for the Separatists because he was afraid of profit losses if Trench found out about Echo's escape.
- Hate Sink: He gets this treatment in The Clone Wars, being incredibly sociopathic even for a Separatist Council member. Not only is he a Corrupt Corporate Executive who joined the Separatists solely for profit like many of the other Council members, he is willing to exploit, experiment on, and even order the deaths of countless numbers of innocents if it means lining his pockets. Even then, his loyalty to the Separatists is only secondary to him, as he'll even withhold information about his failures from them if it means keeping his numbers up (which notably costs the Separatists at Anaxes). He even has the audacity to claim that the sentient populations of the planets the Techno Union controls (or anyone he gets his hands on) are company property.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: He was captured at the end of the Ryloth arc and held in Republic custody for at least a year, but got out sometime before the Bad Batch arc, most likely due to a combination of him declaring the Techno Union's neutrality and the Senate accepting it with some help from Gume Saam and/or Palpatine transferring him to a less secure prison and arranging for his release. Then karma finds its way back in Revenge of the Sith when Vader kills him along with the rest of the Separatist Council on Mustafar.
- Kick the Dog:
- When Count Dooku makes it clear that he's already lost Ryloth since Mace Windu's leading the liberation force, he orders a fire-bombing campaign on many Twi'lek villages across the planet to send a message about "the price of a Republic victory".
- Then, there's the bio-experiments he and the Techno Union conducted on Skako Minor, namely trapping Echo in a stasis pod while making him relive his "death" at the Citadel over and over again while making him help the Separatists against his will.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: On the receiving end of this by the end of the Ryloth arc. His Tactical Droid takes the last transport ship and leaves Tambor to die in the bombing campaigns he ordered, but considering that Tambor attempted to commit genocide on Ryloth, not much sympathy can be mustered for him.
- Killed Offscreen: Unlike the other Separatists killed by Vader in Revenge of the Sith, we don't actually see Tambor die. But his death is confirmed when the camera shows his dead body in the aftermath.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: He wisely surrenders after the Separatist forces have been defeated and the bombing has been thwarted, all with little fuss too.Wat Tambor: What are your terms of surrender?
Cham Syndulla: They are unconditional.
Wat Tambor: Agreed...
- Lack of Empathy: When the Techno Union controls a planet, he thinks even its sentient population is their property and means they can do whatever they want with them, including starving them, subjecting them to horrific experiments, or testing new weapons on them.
- Little Green Man in a Can: Skakoans wear almost-entirely body concealing pressure suits.
- Made of Iron: He survives a large metal door being thrown at him by a series of explosions in "On the Wings of Keeradaks", with even his pressure suit barely taking a dent (which is a miracle for him, considering that a suit breach would mean he would have died from Explosive Decompression).
- Mad Scientist: He and the Techno Union in general have a penchant for unethical experimentation on sentient beings in the name of profit and the Separatist cause. On Nelvaan, the Techno Union kidnapped a number of Nelvaanians to turn into cybernetic mutant super soldiers. In the Bad Batch arc, Tambor used the ARC trooper Echo as a living computer in addition to mining his brain for data. He also had access to a cybernetic monster known as the Chthonic worm god, which is classified as a techno-totem, as a trap for his personal vault.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If he had not worried about a huge profit loss from admitting his failure to keep Echo on Skako Minor and told Admiral Trench about his escape, the Separatists would have had a better chance of winning the Battle of Anaxes just from knowing ahead of time that they no longer have their original tactical advantage and that the Republic is now using it against them. As a result, the Republic wins with only a few hiccups along the way, they maintain Anaxes' shipyards and Trench is Killed Off for Real.
- Non-Action Guy: Justified, as fighting is even more dangerous when the slightest breach to your clothing could make you explode.
- The Sociopath: He has a callous disregard for the lives of others and is solely driven by profit for himself and his company even if it undermines the Separatists in the long run. The closest he's shown to any emotion is anger over his laboratory and "years of research" getting destroyed.Cham Syndulla: Wat Tambor spoils for others what he cannot possess.
- Token Evil Teammate: Even by the standards of the Separatist cause, he's a total sociopath with no redeeming qualities whatever.
- Unexplained Recovery: Tambor was captured at the end of the Ryloth arc, but how he got out of prison before the Bad Batch arc remains to be seen. According to Filoni, he most likely got out because Palpatine had him transferred to another prison and arranged for his release afterward.
- Vague Age: Doctor Aphra reveals that he got hold of the Triple-Zero protocol personality matrix at least a century before the events of the comic, which makes it clear that Tambor was no less than eighty years old at the time of his death. Whether he was an old man by Skakoan standards isn't clear.
- Villainous Breakdown: He goes through one in "Liberty on Ryloth" when faced with the prospect of an inevitable Republic victory, his tactical droid TA-175 rats out Tambor's inefficiencies to Count Dooku behind his back and the droid agrees with Dooku's orders to evacuate Lessu against Tambor's wishes.Wat Tambor: That droid exaggerates!
- Villainous Legacy: Two decades after his death, Tambor was viewed as one of Skako Minor's most cherished sons and his workshop on the planet became a holy site among the Skakoan race. Even Hallio Bas, another Skakoan, claims that the Empire might not have happened if the Separatists just took the Techno Union's lead. However, given the Poletecs (the other native species of Skako Minor) had problems with him during the Clone Wars and Caysin Bogg and Tam Posla bring up his more infamous war crimes when they hear how revered he is from Bas, it's apparent that there's some racial bias involved.
Senator Gume Saam
Species: Ishi Tib
Gume Saam was a corrupt senator of the Techno Union who was secretly aiding the Separatists in order to profit from the Clone Wars.
- Corrupt Politician: Uses the war and the Techno Union's supposed neutrality to advance business interests in both the Republic and Separatist space.
- Karma Houdini: He's seen both alive and with his political career still intact by the time the Empire rises to power, despite being a senator for the Techno Union, but given Wat Tambor's death and the Union's dissolution, it's unknown if he was affected outside of personal profit losses. Legends has claimed that the Empire put a bounty on his head later, but that hasn't been claimed or denied in Canon.
- The Mole: Along with Senators Nix Card and Lott Dodd, he works to promote the continuation of the war from inside the Republic so the businesses aligned with the Separatists will continue to profit.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: His idea to stop Padmé's efforts to start peace talks is to hire someone to assassinate her. Card and Dodd both dismiss the idea as too risky and difficult.
- Token Minority: Similar to Rush Clovis' relationship with the Intergalactic Banking Clan, Gume Saam is an Ishi Tib representing a corporation mostly run by Skakoans.
- War for Fun and Profit: He works to keep the war going so the Techno Union can profit from it.
Senator Mina Bonteri
An idealistic politician from Onderon, Mina Bonteri used to be Padmé Amidala's mentor in the Senate. While Mina believed in the Separatist cause and openly admired Count Dooku, she also sought to stop the spreading violence of the Clone Wars. On Padmé's urging, she proposed to open peace-talks with the Republic, which the Separatist Parliament agreed upon. However with this, she became a threat to the Sith Lords plans and was murdered by Dooku's thugs. She was also the mother of Lux Bonteri.
- All for Nothing: Her efforts to persuade the Separatist Parliament to open peace talks with the Republic are undone when General Grievous orchestrates a bombing of Coruscant's central power grid. To add insult to injury, Count Dooku then has Mina assassinated, publicly blames it on the Republic, and uses it as an excuse to withdraw the peace proposal she had brought to fruition.
- Anti-Villain: Type Villain in Name Only; she is a truly good woman who joined the Separatists out of genuine altruism rather than greed, due to her belief the Republic Senate was too corrupt to make any effective changes.
- Beauty Mark: She has one on the left side of her face, not unlike Padmé in fact.
- Call-Forward: In Queen's Shadow, Mina voices displeasure at the Republic's inability to get anything done to the point that Padmé thinks it sounds almost treasonous, which we know will lead into her joining the Separatist Parliament sometime before The Clone Wars.
- Did Not Die That Way: Dooku claims that she was killed in an attack by the Republic, but it's strongly implied and later confirmed that she was actually killed by Dooku because of her peace talks. Lux openly accuses Dooku of murdering his mother in "A Friend in Need".
- Friendly Enemy: Although she and Padmé are on opposite sides of the war, they remain close friends and work together to bring about a diplomatic solution to the war. Mina also doesn't resent Ahsoka Tano and is nothing but polite to her even when she antagonizes her, merely explaining to Ahsoka that conflicts aren't always as black and white as she might think.
- Good Parents: She is a loving mother to Lux and raised him to be polite and conscientious. Her death is what causes Lux to turn against Dooku and rejoin the Republic, as he correctly deduced that Dooku was really the one who had her killed.
- Happily Married: She was to her late husband; she speaks fondly of him to Ahsoka before becoming mournful when she brings up his death, clearly missing him.
- High-Class Gloves: Her outfit includes a pair of fingerless gloves that loop around her middle finger.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She openly admired Count Dooku. She also never understood how dangerous Dooku could be or how corrupt the Separatist state really was, leading directly to her death.
- Ink-Suit Actor: She has a similar facial structure to her voice actress, Kath Soucie.
- Killed Offscreen: Not long after attempts at peace talks are sabotaged by a terrorist attack, the news of her murder is announced in the Republic Senate to further close the door, just one episode after her first appearance.
- The Mentor: She was one to Padmé when she was just still new to being a Senator.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: She is assassinated not long after she and Padmé are reunited.
- Missing Mom: To Lux after her death.
- Nice Girl: She is a friendly and reasonable woman who wants peace more than anything. She joined the Separatists out of a genuine belief it was the best thing for Onderon and doesn't despise the Republic or those who disagree with her; she in fact remains good friends with Padmé even though they're no longer on the same side and strongly advocates for the Separatist Senate to seek a diplomatic solution to the Clone Wars.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: She comes closer than anyone to initiating peace talks between the Confederacy and the Republic. This gets her killed.
- Not So Different:
- In Queen's Shadow, Padmé views her and Mon Mothma as this, despite their rivalry over her gaining Padmé as an ally. While Mothma may have faith in the Republic, Mina does not and views them as becoming increasingly incompetent and heartless. But if there's one thing they both have in common, it's that they're both idealists that want to do good things.
- On a large scale instead of a personal one, Mina explains to Ahsoka in "Heroes on Both Sides" that both warring sides want the same thing.
- Power Hair: She's a senator who wears her hair in a short bob.
- 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.
- The Rival: She was this to Mon Mothma when she was still aligned with the Republic Senate, particularly when it came to trying to sway Padmé over to their respective groups. Padmé thinks they're actually Not So Different when it comes down to it, but Mina has a much more cynical view of the Republic and is fast losing hope things will ever improve.
- Shadow Archetype: She's a Separatist-aligned Padmé with a very similar personality and the same goal of finding a peaceful resolution to the war.
- Skunk Stripe: She has a graying streak in her brown hair.
- Token Good Teammate: Mina is the face of innocent people who joined the Separatists with noble intentions. Unfortunately, she ends up paying the ultimate price for being a moral person allied with a Sith Lord.
- Tragic Dream: Ending the Clone Wars diplomatically, as it goes against the plans of Count Dooku and Darth Sidious. When she and Padmé come close to initiating peace talks with the Senate, Dooku is quick to sabotage it and then ensures that Mina can never interfere again.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: It's not hard to see why she and Padmé are friends. Like Padmé, she is an optimistic and good-hearted woman who believes in the best of people and thinks everyone could get along if they just tried... she also happens to be aligned with the Separatists. It doesn't end well for her.
- Widow Woman: Her husband was killed in self-defense during the Clone Wars, exactly one year prior to her introduction in the installment and her own subsequent death.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: She is murdered by Dooku, the man she admittedly admired, because her focus on peace was jeopardizing the Sith's plan to use the war to wipe out the Jedi.
Senator Bec Lawise
Bec Lawise was the leading senator of the Separatist Senate.
- Character Death: Count Dooku uses the Force to make Padmé point her blaster at Bec and fire, killing him.
- Friendly Enemy: He is cordial and friendly to Padmé whenever they meet and is stunned when Dooku tries to have her arrested without cause, protesting that the Separatist Parliament will not approve. This protest gets him killed.
- Humanoid Alien: He is a Siniteen, a species with an enlarged cranium which looks like a brain.
- Token Good Teammate: Just like Mina, he represents the Separatists who joined the movement because they felt the Republic was corrupt.
- Unwitting Pawn: Just like many members of the Separatist Parliament, Bec is not evil and honestly believes that Count Dooku is a good man attempting to lead the Separatists out of the control of the corrupt Republic. He pays for that trust with his life.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He believes the Republic is hopelessly corrupt, but also does not want the war to go on, trying on two occasions to begin peace talks with the Republic.
Senator Voe Atell
Voe Atell was a Separatist Senator who was connected to the Corporate Alliance. She was a leader of the War Faction, an aggressive political party that advocated continuing and expanding the war against the Republic.
- Bald Woman: She doesn't have hair: instead, her species has two rows of spikes coming out of their head.
- Corrupt Politician: Its hinted at: she quickly objects to Mina Bonteri's call for peace negotiations by declaring that the Corporate Alliance would never stand for it and is quickly shouted down by another senator who claims that the Separatists won't allow corporate interests to dictate their policy like the Republic does.
- Horned Humanoid: She has two rows of spikes coming out of the top of her head.
- Jerkass: In contrast to some of the other members of the Separatist Parliament, she is rude and aggressive towards the Republic.
- War Hawk: Refuses to even consider peace negotiations with the Republic, as befits her status as a leader of the War Faction. Given her ties to the Corporate Alliance, it's likely she joined the War Faction not out of a desire to see the corrupt Republic defeated and its member states liberated like the more idealistic members of the faction, but for profit.
Model: R3-series astromech droid
R3-S6 was an astromech droid sent by the Separatists to spy on Anakin Skywalker by serving as a replacement astromech after R2-D2 goes missing during the Battle of Bothawui.
- Bright Is Not Good: He is a golden astromech trying to get his "master" and "allies" killed.
- The Dragon: To Grievous during the "Search for R2-D2" two-parter.
- Evil Counterpart: To R2-D2.
- In-Series Nickname: Ahsoka dubs him "Goldie". Anakin derogatorily calls him "Stubby".
- The Mole: For the Separatists. Albeit not a very good one, since his faked incompetence and sometimes outright refusal to follow orders makes Anakin and Rex not like or trust him with vital tasks.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: It acts incompetent so he can mask his attempts to kill the main characters as "accidents". As noted above, however, it proves detrimental to his spying mission, because it quickly earns him the dislike of Anakin and Rex.
- Rasputinian Death: R2-D2 sets R3 on fire. R3 then falls to his death and then gets smashed to pieces by a stray piece of debris.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends, he was reprogrammed to serve as a mole by other Separatist spies at a Republic facility.
Dr. Nuvo Vindi
Nuvo Vindi was an insane yet brilliant Faust scientist in the employ of the Separatists who resurrected the Blue Shadow Virus.
- Arc Villain: Of the two episodes featuring the titular Blue Shadow Virus. He becomes the Greater-Scope Villain of the second episode, as though he's defeated, the virus recreation was unleashed at his facility, setting off the events of that episode without taking action himself.
- Axe-Crazy: Not only was he willing to unleash the incredibly lethal Blue Shadow Virus into Naboo's ecosystem (and kill all life on the planet, including himself), he's also outright unstable and genuinely excited that the virus could get out of his lab even after he's captured.
- Cloudcuckoolander: While he is dangerously smart enough to resurrect a lethal virus, he thinks said virus is a unique lifeform. But again, he's just crazy.
- Deal with the Devil: Symbolically, he is the devil the Separatists are taking the risk to strike a deal with. Both his name and billing reference this trope, being a Faust (as in Johann Faust) from the planet Adana (as in Theophilus of Adana, another legendary figure that bargained with the Devil).
- Evil Genius: He might be nuts, but he was still able to recreate one of the most deadly and powerful viruses in the galaxy and make it even more deadly.
- Evil Old Folks: A comment from him in "Mystery of a Thousand Moons" suggests he may actually be pretty old.
- Facial Markings: Although they're most likely natural for his species.
- Faux Affably Evil: He initially behaves like a courteous if constantly curious scientist, but this does very little to hide his blatant insanity.
- Hellish Pupils: With double-eyelids to boot.
- Herr Doktor: He's got a German accent and he's a Mad Scientist.
- Insistent Terminology: You eradicated the Blue Shadow Virus? "YOU MEAN MURDERED!"
- Knight Templar: He thinks he's bringing judgment to the galaxy by releasing the Blue Shadow Virus on its populace, but he's clearly insane.
- Large Ham: It's Michael York voicing a mad scientist. Do we need to say more?
- Laughing Mad: When it seems the virus bombs are about to go off.
- Lean and Mean: He is a skinny deranged lunatic who practically worships deadly diseases.
- Mad Scientist: What else can you say about someone who thinks bringing back an incredibly lethal virus that can infect any species is a good idea?
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He apparently uses that doctorate for developing or recreating bio-weapons. According to his backstory, he actually was a senior medic for the Perma families.
- Mythology Gag: He is based off of concept art for Attack of the Clones of an alien astronaut.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Though he claims to be passing judgement on a galaxy that "murdered" a disease, this does nothing to hide his blatant sadism and unhinged curiosity at seeing the virus in action.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He tried to unleash an incredibly lethal virus with no known cure into Naboo's ecosystem, and then planned to unleash it on the galaxy afterward. He was also willing to kill himself with this virus.
- Rubber-Forehead Alien: Aside from the bluish-white skin, Facial Markings, the head-crest, and the double-eyelids, Fausts could almost pass for humans.
- Sadistic Choice: When Anakin reaches his laboratory, he gives him two options: Let him escape with some samples of the virus or let Padmé and Jar Jar get electrocuted to death. However, this only delays Anakin, who both saves his friends and eventually captures Vindi.
- Those Wacky Nazis: He seems to be based on Nazi scientists from World War II 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".
Prison Warden/Commander Osi Sobeck
Osi Sobeck was the warden of the Citadel, an infamous prison captured by the Separatists which was designed to hold rogue Jedi.
- Arc Villain: He is the main villain of the Citadel arc.
- Axe-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 Separatist droids just for mentioning the word "escape".
- Boom, Headshot!: He used it on a captured clone trooper.
- Canon Immigrant: Not Sobeck himself, but rather his species, the Phindians, originated in the old Expanded Universe.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: His voice is based off of a mix of Al Pacino and Christopher Walken's.
- Hoist Hero over Head/Kill It with Fire: He attempted to kill Tarkin by throwing him in a lava lake.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He was 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 a 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 to check on his progress, he really started to lose it.
- Shout-Out: Sobeck, as in Sobek, the Egyptian crocodile god. And while we're at it, Osi could mean Osiris, their death god. He even deploys anoobas, some canine like trackers. Anubis was the jackal headed god of Egypt.
- Twitchy Eye: His twitching got worse and worse throughout the three episodes as the heroes continued to evade him.
- Villainous Breakdown: He 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.
- Wardens Are Evil: He's warden of the Citadel and about as sadistic and vile as they come.