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Grievous was a Kaleesh warlord who served as a commanding officer in the military forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the last years of the Galactic Republic. Although he was known by his rank as a general, Grievous was the Supreme Commander of the Separatist Droid Army that engaged the Grand Army of the Republic throughout the pan-galactic conflict of the Clone Wars. Noted for his ruthlessness and extensive cybernetic enhancements, Grievous inspired fear as he travelled across the galaxy, invading entire worlds and engaging the Jedi Knights of the Republic.
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: He's able to crab-walk by flipping his hands around completely, along with his head.
- Adaptational Villainy: While he was a villain in the Legends continuity, he had a genuinely sad backstory, having once been a great warrior of his people and then being crippled and lobotomized after a shuttle accident engineered by Dooku himself to manipulate him into becoming a hostile killing machine. In the Canon, he chose to upgrade himself, solely to become stronger. Or so he claims, as there are hints that he was simply claiming this to justify his state, considering the almost forlorn look he had when he gazed briefly at the Kaleesh shrine, hinting at his Legends backstory.
- Adaptational Wimp: Grievous gets hit hard by this in the Canon. The Legends version of Grievous is a nearly unstoppable Hero Killer, tearing through five Jedi including some Jedi Council Masters in his first appearance and having already killed dozens of Jedi. The Canon version of Grievous ends up dying during his final fight against Obi-Wan via getting blasted a few times.
- Arch-Enemy: Although Grievous hates all Jedi, he reserves a particular enmity for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
- Art Evolution: In The Clone Wars, his character model started off only having two fingers per hand when split apart. The Crystal Crisis on Utapau arc presents him the design and same number of fingers that he will chronologically have in Revenge of the Sith.
- Axe-Crazy: Hair-Trigger Temper and his desire to kill Jedi aside, the Crystal Crisis on Utapau arc presents that he had an "execution room" (read: torture chamber) set up aboard a supply carrier, of all ship types.Obi-Wan Kenobi: Execution room? You have a whole room dedicated to that?
Battle Droid: Um... yeah. Yes. Come with me.
Obi-Wan: I do admire Grievous' commitment.
- Badass Biker: He rides a pretty cool looking speeder bike in "Bound for Rescue" and during the Crystal Crisis on Utapau arc. He also has a Wheel Bike in Revenge of the Sith, which is essentially a giant buzzsaw with four legs for support, a seat, and a blaster cannon attached to it.
- Badass Boast: The caption quote.
- Badass Cape: Which he usually removes before fighting.
- Badass Transplant: The mechanical version. Aside from his eyes and some internal organs, his body has been cybernetically augmented, making him far more dangerous than any of the Separatist droids in his command. This is also invoked on his part, as he claims that not only are these modifications an improvement over his original body, but he volunteered to become a cyborg to be like a Jedi. This is deconstructed in his issue of Age of Republic, as while Grievous became a cyborg to match the Jedi in power, he has a very shallow comprehension of the Force, only perceiving it as a power and not something present in all life, including himself. This shallow understanding of the Force is not only why he is unable to draw upon the Force and truly be the Jedi's equal, but why he gets very little respect from Count Dooku.
- Bad Boss: He hates the Battle Droids under his command, deeming them useless (not hard to see why, though) and regularly destroys or abuses them whenever he loses his temper.
- Battle Trophy: All his lightsabers were taken from Jedi he'd killed.
- Berserk Button: If you want to live, never, ever, ever compare him to, or mistake him for, a droid.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In the eyes of the Republic at large, upon Count Dooku's death, Grievous took over as the Big Bad. The Galactic Senate even voted to continue the Clone Wars for as long as Grievous lived. However, while he is a fairly huge threat, he can't hold a candle to the likes of Count Dooku and Darth Sidious and doesn't realize (or rather doesn't want to realize) that he is merely a disposable pawn for his so-called allies.
- Blood Knight: According to him, his only reason for being involved in the war is to kill Jedi.
- Body Horror: The only parts of his physical body that are still intact are his eyes, the skin around his eyes, his brain, and his vital organs condensed into a small sack.
- The Brute: He's this in relation to Count Dooku and Darth Sidious, as the commander of the Separatist Droid Army and takes great pride in his ability as a Jedi hunter. Though he's physically threatening, he doesn't care much for strategy or the political machinations of the Sith or war-profiteers. Said best in this exchange with Obi-Wan:Obi-Wan: I hear a lot of talking, General, but in the final accounting, what does all that talk get you? A futile quest for power, a mutilated body? Your place is Dooku's errand boy!
Grievous: I'm no errand boy. And I'm not in this war for Dooku's politics. I am the leader of the most powerful droid army the galaxy has ever seen!Obi-Wan: An army with no loyalty, no spirit, just programming. What have you to show for all your power? What have you to gain?
Grievous: The future. A future where there are no Jedi!
- Card-Carrying Villain: He's a shamelessly bloodthirsty killer who delights in plundering the lightsabers of slain Jedi. And come on, General Grievous?
- Catchphrase: He tends to say "Kenobi!" and "Impossible!" a lot.
- Combat Pragmatist: He's explicitly trained to fight like this: he's supposed to use surprise, fear, intimidation, and power to overwhelm his opponents, and to flee when that doesn't work. He also likes to shoot people with a blaster using one of his extra arms while they're focused on his regular two.
- One of his favorite tactics is to lock blades with an opponent and then quickly kick them in the chest, taking advantage of his greater reach and Super Strength. He does this to Adi Gallia, quickly winning him the fight. He does the same thing pretty much as a first resort after blocking Obi-Wan's first attack. The kick launches Obi-Wan a considerable distance with more than enough force to break every bone in his body. However, for some reason, Obi-Wan gets off with nothing more than the wind getting knocked out of him. Grievous still got Obi-Wan to retreat, though.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: The Crystal Crisis on Utapau arc presents that after he had captured Obi-Wan, he intended to execute him in the most agonizing way possible via torture chamber after Dooku had just given the order for execution.
- Cool Pet: His pet 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.
- Co-Dragons: With Asajj Ventress for Count Dooku during the early years of the Clone Wars. Dooku appeared to favor Ventress, but was forced to betray her to demonstrate his loyalty to Sidious. From then on, Grievous became Dooku's sole Dragon.
- Cornered Rattlesnake: By the time of Revenge of the Sith, he is famed as a coward and retreats as soon as things fall out of favour. When Obi-Wan sabotages his escape however, he continues to fend him off, actually leaving the Jedi on the defence for a while when he begins knocking and throwing him around like a rag doll.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He meets his end when Obi-Wan fires one of his blasters at his exposed gut sack. Unlike most deaths by blaster, Grievous takes a few shots directly to his organs before being set on fire and painfully burning to death.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He has his moments:
- In "Lair of Grievous", Jedi Knight Nahdar Vebb lasts about twenty seconds against Grievous before getting killed by him, showing that Grievous is pretty effective against 'regular' Jedi.
- In "Nomad Droids", Jedi Master Adi Gallia doesn't fare much better against Grievous via getting out-dueled without Grievous even using his second set of arms and knocked out by Grievous delivering a powerful kick that sends her sprawling.
- During their first duel in "Duel of the Droids", he effortlessly defeated Ahsoka, who escaped only because Grievous got distracted for a moment by an explosion. She put up a better fight during their rematch in "A Necessary Bond", but Grievous still bested her rather easily.
- Although Ventress gained the upper hand in their one-on-one duel in "Massacre", he had her shot by his Separatist droid army and tore apart the other Nightsisters and their undead army with ease.
- His confrontation with Obi-Wan in "Bound for Rescue" has him handily defeat his opponent's fleet and then swiftly beat him in a lightsaber duel.
- In Son of Dathomir, his army crushes Maul's Shadow Collective in two consecutive battles and personally forces Maul to retreat during the first. While he and Dooku get captured during the second issue, after Dooku provided him an opportunity to escape his cell, he tore apart several Death Watch soldiers who tried to stop him. He even told the few survivors to go and ask their master for reinforcements. In the final issue, his army crushes the Shadow Collective on three fronts, while he deals the death blow to Mother Talzin.
- In the Kanan comics (specifically First Blood parts three and five), Jedi Master Depa Billaba was decisively defeated by Grievous in a duel sometime in her past, during which Grievous's troops also wiped out her entire command. In their rematch, the Jedi Master does a lot better, lasting a while and even managing to cut off one of his hands, but is still at a clear disadvantage and takes significant injuries from his slashes that necessitate her being kept in a bacta tank for days after the battle. If not for the timely arrival of her Clone Troopers to drive Grievous off, she surely would have been killed.
- Age of the Republic shows him overwhelming and killing a Jedi Master and Padawan, by himself, in mere seconds.
- Cyborg: He is an alien cyborg whose body was a canister for his eyes, brain, and organs.
- Darth Vader Clone: He was the last of the Prequel Trilogy's "Proto-Vaders". He is a tortured, half-mad cyborg who is ultimately undone by his reliance on his machines. He even has a breathing problem and Bad Boss tendencies like Vader, though it is nowhere near as distinctive. Unlike Vader, however, Grievous gradually became a cyborg by choice in order to make himself a stronger warrior. According to the director's commentary for Revenge of the Sith, this was deliberately invoked to foreshadow Anakin's ultimate fate only a little while after Grievous is killed.
- Dirty Coward: He brags over his superiority to the Jedi, then uses cheap tactics (superior numbers, among other things), and retreats immediately once he thinks the tables have turned.
- The Dragon: After Ventress is ousted by Dooku, on Sidious' orders, Grievous becomes Dooku's full second-in-command for the rest of the Clone Wars until the count's death. He then becomes Sidious' Dragon for a short time before kicking the bucket himself.
- Dragon Ascendant: Subverted. After Count Dooku is killed by Anakin Skywalker, the Jedi think Grievous has become this, when in reality he's just become a pawn for Sidious to dispose of to end the Clone Wars.
- Dual Wielding: Taken Up to Eleven; by splitting his arms, he can wield four lightsabers at once.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In "Lair of Grievous", he is noticeably anguished when he learns that the Jedi have killed his pet roggwart, Gor.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He covers his mouth when he coughs, even when surrounded only by droids who don't know the difference.
- Evil Cripple: All that's left of Grievous are his internal organs, his brain, and some of his face. That's about as crippled as you can get. However, he doesn't see himself as a cripple and sees his new body as an improvement over his old one.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Grievous's voice is this, and gravelly, sickly, and partially synthesized.
- Expy: George Lucas created him as a deliberate Darth Vader Clone who was half-man, half-robot. Or in his words, "20% alien and 80% robot".
- Faux Affably Evil: Whenever he's not insulting his enemies, he's usually mockingly complimenting/humoring them.
- Firing One-Handed: This is how he uses his blaster.
- Four-Star Badass: He's one of the highest-ranking Separatist military leaders and can fight one-on-one with Jedi.
- Front Line General: Whenever he isn't beating a retreat, he's usually leading from the front.
- The Generalissimo: In fact, if not name. He's the Separatists' real second-in-command and takes over as head of the Separatists after Dooku is killed.
- General Failure: Zig-zagged. Its probably because he's a general and more used to ground combat, his forays into fleet command tend to be much less successful, most infamously when he fell into Anakin's trap (which crippled his flagship by hiding AT-TE walkers on an asteroid and having them fire on his ship's unshielded rear). 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. However, Grievous started showing a little more tactical brilliance both in ground and fleet command via the fact that he predicted Obi-Wan's battle plan for rescuing Eeth Koth and set an ambush for Anakin, deliberately sacrificed the frigates in his fleet so the debris carrying the Trident drill ship components could fall into Kamino's oceans (enabling him to attack the cloning facilities undetected), and successfully ambushed and wiped out Obi-Wan's fleet (destroying four cruisers and two Star Destroyers for the loss of only one frigate and a couple ships damaged at rough numerical parity).
- His craftiness and ruthlessness has also allowed him to use underhanded tactics to great effect. Grievous managed (on Dooku's orders) to orchestrate and successfully act out a terrorist attack on Coruscant via blowing up the Senate District's power generator, causing a massive power failure all over the entire planet. This stops the peace negotiations and ensures the continuation of the Clone Wars.
- General Ripper: He would gladly stand on a pile of what remains of his subordinates, droid and organic alike, if it meant victory.
- Genius Bruiser: Not only is he a formidable and brutal warrior, but despite a few embarrassing losses, he is considered one of the Separatists' finest tacticians to the point where it was stated multiple times that his capture or death could turn the tide of the war.
- Green-Eyed Monster: His resentment of the Jedi and the Force itself stems from him being unable to understand the Force beyond simply seeing it as a source of power (as opposed to a cosmic force present in all life), a power he cannot achieve with his mindset.
- Guttural Growler: Grievous even growls whenever he is expressing pleasure.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: There are a lot of things besides incompetent Battle Droids that can make him angry. According to Star Wars: In 100 Scenes, he was given some brain implants that increase his coordination while making him more angry and aggressive, which serves to make him even more dangerous.
- Handicapped Badass: Many of the fights he gets into involve him getting one of his arms amputated. It doesn't stop him from fighting effectively with the others until he can get them repaired.
- The Heavy: While Dooku and Palpatine technically rank above him, the latter is The Man Behind the Man, and the former largely delegates his duties to Grievous (and more than once has needed rescue). This leaves Grievous as the de facto Big Bad of the time period between Attack of the Clones and The Clone Wars. He ends up getting killed in the last third of Revenge of the Sith.
- Hellish Pupils: He has yellow, reptilian eyes.
- Hero Killer: Dirty Coward tendencies aside, those Jedi that he got his lightsabers from were killed by his own hand.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: After losing his lightsaber and being forced to take on Grievous in a hand-to-hand brawl, Obi-Wan manages to finish him off with his own dropped blaster.
- Incurable Cough of Death: This was mostly due to his cybernetics.
- Insane Admiral: He is a mad ruin of a Kaleesh warlord who is trapped inside his cybernetics and takes out his anger on any populace he can get his hands on.
- Implacable Man: He will keep trucking no matter how horrific his injuries. Its probably best shown after Kit Fisto cut off his legs, which led to Grievous proceeding to climb on the ceiling with just his arms, fighting off a Jedi Knight with his spare arm while doing so, and made an escape, killing several Clone Troopers in the process.
- His death came after Obi-Wan smashed him hard into a metal ceiling (cratering it), smacked him in the face with an electrostaff, stuck it directly into his gut, cut off two of his arms with a lightsaber, ripped open his chest plate with Force-enhanced strength, and shot him directly in the heart with a blaster when he was seconds away from delivering the killing blow. Even after all of this, and with his insides literally on fire, he still made one last effort (propelled by sheer malice) to inch closer to Obi-Wan to finish him off, resulting in Obi-Wan pumping half a dozen more shots into his heart. He only finally stopped when he was burnt alive from the inside out.
- Informed Attribute: The official website notes that he's "a brilliant strategist", but his command 'feats' on-screen are generally terrible. He has achieved several big victories, but they're almost always off-screen.
- Irony: He mutilated his own body and turned himself into a cyborg in the hopes of matching the Jedi in power. However, Grievous only understood the Force as a source of power and not something present in all forms of life. In fact, gutting away most of his body has made it even more difficult for him to connect to the Force. In his issue of Age of Republic, he only gets a Force vision (plus a lecture from the Force about how he fails to understand what the Force is and why he'll never be able to match the Jedi) from a strange waterfall when he douses his head and chest (which contain the few organic components he has left) in it.
- I Take Offense to That Last One!: Subverted in "Grievous Intrigue". When facing him, Eeth Koth called Grievous a "coward and murderer". Usually, one would expect for the villain to be insulted by being called a coward. Grievous instead took issue with being dubbed a murderer, stating that he didn't consider "ridding the galaxy of you Jedi filth" to be murder.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: The Nightsisters are a culture of vicious misandrists who feel free to abuse, brainwash, and kill the male Nightbrothers whenever they please. Given that, many fans rooted for Grievous and his Separatist droids as they mercilessly killed the Nightsisters in "Massacre".
- Kill It with Fire: Obi-Wan manages to kill him by shooting at his "gut sack", which then bursts all the living tissue in his body into flames.
- Lack of Empathy: He feels nothing for the countless Jedi and Padawans he has killed.
- Large Ham: He tends to be rather overly dramatic when speaking.Grievous: YOU WILL NEVER DEFEAT GRIEVOUS! NEVER!
- Laser Blade: Thanks to his many arms, he can wield four lightsabers at once.
- Light Is Not Good: He is a mass murderer covered in white armor and toting an arsenal of green and blue lightsabers (that are trophies from the Jedi he killed) wherever he goes.
- Lightning Bruiser: He can move extremely quickly and hit really hard.
- Lizard Folk: His race, the Kaleesh, are reptilian in appearance.
- Logical Weakness: Grievous is powerless against Force techniques, as he has no way of repelling them and has none of his own, and nearly all of his defeats involve the Force being used against him. He compensates for this by blitzing his opponents with overwhelming sword play, to either distract them or finish them before the Force can come into play. And being a heavily-robotic cyborg, EMP weaponry such as Gungan boomers can also shut him down. However, this one isn't quite as easy to exploit since he most likely knows to be wary of anti-droid weaponry and can cut down the boomers with his lightsabers. The Gungan Army was only able to exploit this weakness when General Tarpals sacrificed his life to pin Grievous down.
- Looks Like Orlok: Has the narrow face, the sunken eyes, the spindly arms and legs, and the cloak.
- The Juggernaut: He might be the single toughest humanoid in the Canon, as his duranium armor lets him ignore most man-portable blasters and slugthrowers, large explosions (such as when Padmé Amidala self-destructed her ship in his hangar while he was in it and when Obi-Wan used the Force to throw an explosive barrel at him), heavy physical impacts (such as Obi-Wan punting him sixty feet with enough Force left over to crater him in the metal ceiling) and even near-misses from fighter cannons (such as when Ahsoka's gang opened fire on him with the guns on Slave I).
- Made of Incendium: Obi-Wan kills Grievous by using a discarded blaster to shoot Grievous' few remaining organic parts. He quickly catches on fire and Grievous' face explodes.
- Master Swordsman: The only people who have held their own against him without resorting to using the Force were Obi-Wan and Asajj Ventress.
- Malevolent Masked Man: What's worse is that it's grafted to his face.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His arms can divide in half, giving him four limbs and allowing him to use four lightsabers at a time.
- Mysterious Past: Grievous keeps most of his past hidden.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The head of the Separatists military forces is called General Grievous. "Grievous" is an adjective that means to cause a great amount of pain or suffering, somewhat fitting for the slaughterer of millions.
- Neck Snap: He does it to a clone trooper in "Bound for Rescue", with his foot no less.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He is a reptilian alien Cyborg who uses lightsabers.
- No Badass to His Valet: EV-A4-D, Grievous' medical droid, is snarky and downright insulting to the general. Grevious presumably lets this slide as A4-D is the only one who can put him back together when he's been dismembered in combat.
- No Indoor Voice: Although, to be fair, his voice is so grating and deep that even if he were speaking at a normal volume, it would still come across as rather loud.
- Ominous Opera Cape: He tends to wear one.
- One-Man Army: Clone Troopers are no match for Grievous; he tears them to pieces during his duel with Ahsoka and her clone troopers in "Duel of the Droids" and his attack on a Republic star destroyer in "Bound for Rescue". In "Sons of Dathomir", he also cuts through a bunch of well-equipped Mandalorian Death Watch troopers in the first issue, and then kills at least a dozen more with his bare hands in the third issue.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Grievous suffers from this to a lesser extent in The Clone Wars. Nearly every lightsaber duel he has in the installment is with a top-level Jedi Master (or equivalent), usually Obi-Wan Kenobi. He can generally hold his own against Obi-Wan (he has even come out on top in some of their encounters) and other high-level Masters in lightsaber duels, but always fails to decisively defeat them before their duels are interrupted or one side books it. On the other hand, he's been confirmed to have killed dozens of Jedi ("Lair of Grievous" shows his trophy room) and generally curb-stomps the few 'regular' Jedi he fights on-screen (Ahsoka Tano, Nahdar Vebb, Adi Gallia) as well as mooks, so it's not like his reputation is all talk.
- The same is true in Revenge of the Sith since he was featured in three scenes and had only one fight. His opponent? Obi-Wan Kenobi, who a few hours later in-universe would defeat Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker, who is the most powerful Jedi ever in the Canon, without taking a wound. Grievous did manage to hold his own for a while in their lightsaber duel (which is far better than just about any member of the Order not named Mace, Anakin, or Yoda could hope to do), and nearly killed Obi-Wan when he resorted to his usual dirty tricks, but him decisively losing his only duel in the theatrical film made his fearsome reputation come off as an Informed Attribute.
- Pet the Dog: He seemed genuinely saddened and enraged when he learned that his pet Gor was killed by Kit Fisto and Nahdar Vebb.
- While very abusive to his droids, he's shown to have slightly more patience with his organic subordinates. He praised Gha Nachkt's work in extracting data from R2-D2 and was seemingly intent on following through on their bargain, at least until Nachkt tried to demand more money. When Coburn Sear fails his mission, he also doesn't kill, injure, or even berate him, instead simply telling Sears to let him handle the Jedi.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: He used to be a Kaleesh warlord before he became a cyborg general.
- Psycho for Hire: He may not get paid for what he does, but his involvement with the Separatists is just an excuse for him to kill Jedi, and he enjoys it a little too much if the image quote is any indication.
- The Rival: He has a lasting enmity with Obi-Wan that borders on this trope. Obi-Wan even invoked it in "Grievous Intrigue", when he was certain that Grievous would board his ship and face him personally rather than simply blow him up with his ship.
- Rousing Speech: Played for Laughs when he gives one to a bunch of droids designed for suicide-bombing. He even explicitly tells them that none of them will be coming back.
- Schrödinger's Canon: His real name may or may not be Qymaen jai Sheelal and "Grievous" is just an alias, which according to Legends, he named himself after losing his partner and lover in battle and then being determined to make his enemies suffer just as much as he does over his loss.
- Serial Killer: He has the traits of one, like only going after a specific community of people and keeping trophies to remind him of his past murders.
- Shadow Archetype: Of pre-FaceHeel Turn Anakin/Vader. A twisted mixture of machine and man which causes problems in breathing and combat.
- Smug Snake: Played with. He tends to be overconfident about his own abilities and boast at his enemies before being defeated in combat, forced to flee and/or pull a fast one on his enemies, but every now and then, he gets his own victories and shows some instances of tactical brilliance.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Subverted. Yes, he's evil, and yes, he has gold eyes, but he isn't a Sith (or even a Force-sensitive) and only ever received lightsaber training from Count Dooku.
- Super Strength: He is extremely strong thanks to his cybernetics, which is his main advantage when fighting Jedi. He can toss around armored soldiers one-handed like hacky sacks, kick an 5+ ton chunk of metal hard enough to send it flying thirty feet with enough force to kill an armored soldier behind it,note launch grown men across the room with backhands, decapitate droids with a casual swipe of his hand, leap over ten meters vertically despite weighing close to four hundred pounds, dent starship armor with his punches, and so on. Jedi can enhance their strength significantly with the Force (cf. Obi-Wan leaping thirty feet vertically in The Phantom Menace, or Luke launching Vader's 300-pound weight across the room with a kick in Return of the Jedi), and are still much physically weaker than him.
- Super Toughness: His armor is proof against low-powered blasters used by most characters, and he was unharmed by Obi-Wan throwing an explosive barrel at him with the Force. His durability comes in handy whenever his Jedi opponents actually get to use the Force in more than a passive manner (e.g. Force Pushes and Pulls, as opposed to merely precognition and strength amplification), as he can shrug off impacts that would kill a normal human ten times over. Such as when Eeth Koth telekinetically slams him into a transparisteel window hard enough to crack it, or when Obi-Wan telekinetically punts him twenty meters horizontally and into a metal wall.
- Surrounded by Idiots: His aggressive tactics sometimes fail because his Battle Droids can't follow up competently, resulting in his immediate temper and a Battle Droid's decapitation.Grevious: You expect victory over the Jedi, but all you give me to fight them are Battle Droids!
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He and Count Dooku do not get along; Dooku admonishes him for his failures in the first season, he angrily tries to deflect the blame, and later disobeys Dooku's directives. In "Massacre", he takes his sweet time leading the decapitation strike on Mother Talzin and her Nightsisters, despite Dooku imploring him to hurry, since Talzin is in the process of painfully killing him with her magic. In Son of Dathomir, he outright calls Dooku "useless" and said it would be a shame if next time they met, Grievous had to add the Count's lightsaber to his collection. Despite this, he does respect his master, as he boasts about being trained by Dooku with pride.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- He undergoes this multiple times in The Clone Wars:
- In "Grievous Intrigue" and "The Deserter", he defeats Eeth Koth, predicts Obi-Wan's 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).
- He took another one in "Bound for Rescue", where he defeated Obi-Wan in a space battle, then one-on-one in a duel.
- He took another in the first issue of the Son of Dathomir comic adaptation, where he matches Darth Maul, of all people, in one-to-one combat and utterly trounces his forces in the over-all battle. In the fourth issue, he kills Mother Talzin.
- In Kanan (released after The Clone Wars, and set chronologically after as well), he curb stomps a Jedi Master and Council member (Depa Bilaba) in a duel, and engineers a successful ambush that wipes out her battalion.
- His issue of Age of the Republic begins with him utterly curb-stomping an unnamed Jedi Master and her Padawan. No dirty tricks, no running away, no backup. He just takes them both on by himself and cuts them down in seconds, adding their lightsabers to his collection.
- He undergoes this multiple times in The Clone Wars:
- The Un-Reveal: In "Lair of Grievous", his mask had to be replaced by a new one. As the medical droid started to remove it, it seemed that his real face would be revealed, but the scene cut to the Jedi, and when we next see the General, he already has a new mask on.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Played with. He does have formal training, but his combat skills don't quite meet Jedi standards. Therefore, he uses a much more rough-and-tumble, frenzied style backed up by droids and plenty of room for cheap shots.
- Unwitting Pawn: He never realizes that the Chancellor he's kidnapped is actually the man he's working for.
- Villainous Rescue: Though he's attacking another villain, he does save Count Dooku's life from Mother Talzin in "Massacre".
- Was Once a Man: He used to be a Kaleesh, but his extensive injuries have limited his body to a heart and a horribly-scarred face. He barely resembles his original species at this point.
- White Mask of Doom: His mask resembles a Kaleesh skull.
- Would Hit a Girl: Definitely. He would also commit genocide against a 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".
- Worf Had the Flu: Before he duels Kit Fisto (a duel that seemed to be going Kit's way before the MagnaGuards interrupted), Grievous's medical droid warned him that he wasn't fully repaired and was "in no condition to fight."
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: His eyes are yellow and as the rest of this page demonstrates he's not at all nice.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Indirectly, Palpatine directs the Jedi to the planet where Grievous is hiding so he can be killed and end the Clone Wars.
Homeworld: Secundus Ando
Trench was a famed Harch admiral dating back to the Battle of Malastare Narrows before the Clone Wars who oversaw the Separatist blockade of Christophsis early in the war.
- Arc Villain: The main villain of the Bad Batch arc, alongside Wat Tambor.
- Arm Cannon: At least one of the cybernetic arms he gets later has a concealed stun net launcher.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Oh, so much:
- Cyborg: He became one after his ship was destroyed over Christophsis. His replacement parts include Artificial Limbs, an Electronic Eye, a replacement mandible, what looks like a mechanical neck brace, and some replacement skin for half his face.
- The Dreaded: Even Yularen thought that engaging him would be suicide. According to Echo during the Bad Batch arc, even Wat Tambor — a Separatist Council Member — is scared of what Trench might do to him if he found out that Echo — the source of the military algorithm the Separatists have been using against the Republic until then — escaped from Skako Minor and is using what he learned in their custody against them.
- Expy: His deep voice and grandiose mannerisms are reminiscent of Megatron from Beast Wars. He even borrows his purring "yeeeeesss" catch phrase.
- Extra Eyes: Four of them, for a total of six. He later gets one of those eyes replaced.
- Face Death with Dignity: His last moment before the impact of his own rockets is a quiet acceptance of his defeat. However, he somehow survived it.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He gains a few on his face in "The Unknown" due to the explosion that he was caught in back in "Cat and Mouse".
- Hidden Weapons: In addition to the Arm Cannon he got as a cyborg, he has an electroshock prod concealed in his walking stick.
- Hoist by His Own Petard:
- Both literally and metaphorically. He had rockets locked on the magnetic signature of Anakin's cloaked ship, just like he did numerous times before. Except since usually "no ship that small has a cloaking device", he failed to calculate the difference of size, speed and maneuverability compared to his earlier experiences with cloaked cruisers, allowing Anakin to lead the rockets right back into his flagship's defenseless bridge. Luckily for him, he survived that.
- It happens again during the Bad Batch arc when Anakin, Captain Rex, and the Bad Batch rescue Echo — who the Separatists had been using for a military algorithm to predict the Republic's moves — from Skako Minor. Echo, taking advantage of the fact that Wat Tambor is too scared of reporting his failure to keep hold of Echo to Trench, pretends to still be under Separatist control while infiltrating Trench's flagship, allowing him to sabotage the Separatist campaign on Anaxes.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: This is how Anakin ultimately kills him.
- Killed Off for Real: After having to cheat death twice, he finally meets his end in the Bad Batch arc when Anakin impales him through the chest (thus nullifying the "no body seen" principle as was the case with his "death" in "Cat and Mouse") and then Wrecker blows up his ship with his corpse onboard.
- Large Ham: He puts plenty of emphasis in his lines during his first appearance. He's not quite as hammy after he gets reconstructed.
- Living Legend: Yularen was quite terrified at the thought of having him as an opponent again.
- Long-Lived: He is a little over two hundred years old.
- Made of Iron: He somehow managed to survive getting blown up by torpedoes and being exposed to the vacuum of space, although not without losing all of his left arms and half of his face in the process.
- Multi-Armed Multitasking: Having several arms comes in handy.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Trench", as in the kind soldiers are bogged down in in a warzone.
- Not Quite Dead: Invoked in his debut episode, as he was assumed to have died years before the Clone Wars at the Battle of Malastare Narrows. He survived again when his ship was destroyed over Christophsis and was rebuilt as a cyborg.
- Oh, Crap!: He had a moment for this before his own rockets blew him and his ship to smithereens.
- Out-Gambitted: Anakin pulled a Batman Gambit on him.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Even his replacement eye following his cybernetic reconstruction is red, now with the addition of glowing.
- Spider People: Subverted, as he's not centaurid, but bipedal with extra arms instead of legs.
- Starter Villain: Trench is chronologically the first Separatist admiral that the protagonists fought in The Clone Wars. This is subverted in that not only did he first appear in the second season of the installment as he's shown to be more threatening (and higher rank) than most of the Separatist commanders that chronologically came after him (at least in the early seasons) and he comes back later.
- The Strategist: One of several major strategists in the Separatist military.
- Two-Faced: Half his face (and body) is covered with cybernetic implants after his reconstruction.
- Unexplained Recovery: How he survived his apparent death in "Cat and Mouse" is given no explanation (being caught in an explosion and exposed to the vacuum of space), but given the extent of his cybernetics, he did not survive unscathed.
- Verbal Tic: He tends to click his fangs a lot, usually between or mid-sentence.
- Villain of the Week: He seemingly died at the end of his debut episode. Averted after he was revealed to have survived the events of said episode and he was promoted to Arc Villain in the Bad Batch arc.
- Worthy Opponent: He considered Anakin to be one. He was right.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: For how cunning he is most of the time, he incorrectly predicted that Anakin Skywalker wouldn't dare threaten to kill him just because he's a Jedi, and this eventually resulted in his final death.
Captain Mar Tuuk
Mar Tuuk was a male Neimoidian who served as a captain in the Separatists' navy. Tuuk was in charge of a Separatist blockade over the planet Ryloth during the Clone Wars, and was attacked by a Republic fleet led by Jedi General Anakin Skywalker. He matched wits against Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, whom he admired, and was outmatched enough that he was forced to abandon his ship.
- Abandon Ship: When he realizes that Anakin has set his Star Destroyer on a collision course with his flagship, Mar Tuuk promptly hands over command to his OOM Battle Droid and escapes in an escape pod.
- Fatal Flaw: His desire for recognition and wanting Anakin to know exactly who it was who defeated him led to him not realizing that Anakin's surrender was faked until it was too late to save his flagship from destruction.
- The Strategist: Given the portrayals of other Neimoidians, Mar Tuuk is a surprisingly capable one. He is able to anticipate most of what his opposition will do, and makes an effort to know his enemy by learning all he can about Anakin.
- Tuckerization: "Tuuk" is the name of Filoni's now-late cat.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He is introduced as one of the few competent and somewhat honorable Separatist commanders, but never appears in the Canon again after "Storm Over Ryloth" (which is his first appearance). This is even more strange since the writers decided not to kill him as originally planned because they found him to be an interesting character.
- Worthy Opponent: He considers Anakin to be one via thinking highly of skills as a commander.Mar Tuuk: His record shows that he is a great warrior. And I want him to know that it is I who has beaten him.
Model: Super tactical droid
Kalani was a Super Tactical Droid assigned to Onderon to assist King Sanjay Rash in defeating the Republic-backed rebels. After the rise of the Empire, his holdout of battle droids was left untouched for a decade and a half until it was come across by rebels led by Captain Rex on a salvage mission to the supposedly abandoned base.
- Anti-Mutiny: Kalani refused to implement the shutdown command sent out after Order 66, deeming it a Republic trick since it would be illogical to surrender when the Separatists would likely have won the war.
- Ascended Extra: He returns in Rebels as the leader of a Separatist holdout and is the main villain of his debut episode, "The Last Battle", at least until the Empire shows up.
- Badass Boast: Surprisingly often for a droid. For instance, when Tandin mentions others will take Saw's place if he dies.Kalani: They too will suffer.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: He saves the Partisans the trouble of dethroning Rash by disposing of him himself.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In his debut appearance in Rebels, he's the leader of a holdout, and while he doesn't fare too bad on it, the Empire is a much more menacing threat, leading to an Enemy Mine between his forces and the Ghost crew.
- Co-Dragons: With Tandin for Sanjay Rash, until the former's HeelFace Turn, then he becomes the sole Dragon.
- Creepy Monotone: He is a droid, after all.
- The Dragon: A small-scale one for Dooku, and his task was to serve as one for Sanjay Rash.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Rash is stunningly inept, both as a ruler and strategist, and Kalani's arrival is when the Partisans actually struggle to retake Onderon. Rash may be the king, but Kalani is ultimately running the operation, and it becomes clear that the king relies on him to quell the rebellion. Once the civil war is deemed lost, Kalani executes Rash for his failures.
- Elite Mooks: Some sort of elite tactical droid, the very first of his kind seen in the series.
- Enemy Mine: After trying to "win the war" by defeating Captain Rex and co., the Empire shows up, and presumably, Kalani decides the bigger threat here is the Empire and teams up with Rex and the Rebels, although he declines to join the Rebellion afterwards due to how small their chances of success are.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: His Achilles' Heel. Kalani can't comprehend why the Partisans fight, which is why he fails to see Tandin's betrayal coming. Likewise, he fails to understand how a small but coordinated force could operate — let alone fight — in the face of a larger enemy, and so his attempts to stop them with more and more force continue to fail.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Gregg Berger at work. The electronic reverberation makes his voice sound even deeper.
- Foil: To Rex. Both of them are old soldiers, made for the sole purpose of winning a war through fighting, only for both sides to lose and both soldiers outliving their purpose, with nothing left to do but continue another seemingly hopeless fight, though not without some bitterness and desire for closure by trying to 'truly' win said already-lost war this time around.
- Gone Horribly Right: Super tactical droids are meant to be the smartest droids there are in terms of strategy, to which they rival organic tacticians as well. Kalani calculated that the odds of the Separatists winning the Clone Wars was high enough that he rejected the shutdown signal for his forces under the belief that it was a trick by the Republic, seeing that it would be illogical if the Separatists surrendered despite having the upper hand (at least according to his calculations).
- Hazy Feel Turn: He forms an Enemy Mine with the Ghost crew to escape from the Imperial invasion force, but amiably declines to join the Rebellion because he thinks there's no way in Hell the Rebellion can defeat the Empire. However, Rebels staff member and writer Henry Gilroy has suggested that he's likely to change his mind and join up with the Rebels full-time after the Death Star is destroyed in the Battle of Yavin.
- HeelFace Turn: Downplayed as part of his Enemy Mine with the Ghost crew. He accepts that the clones, Jedi, and droids were all the losers in the Clone Wars, and no longer sees them as his enemy. Though he doesn't join them due to how low the chance of their Rebellion's success is.
- Karma Houdini: He escapes Onderon after killing Rash.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Clearly knows the right time to retreat and the right time to attack.
- Lack of Empathy: To everyone. He is a killing machine, after all.
- Meaningful Name: "Kalani" means "royal one" or "chieftain" in Hawaiian, which matches with his status as an elite tactical droid and Mook Lieutenant for the droids. It is derived from Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii before the kingdom was overthrown and annexed by sugar barons & the United States, referencing how Onderon was forcefully taken over by the Separatists and the royal king being deposed & replaced with a Puppet King. It also doubles as a reference to how General Kalani is one of the last remaining Separatists in the Imperial era, having lost the war to a foreign variable (that is, The Empire).
- Mook Lieutenant: An upgrade on the Confederacy's previous tactical droids.
- No Sense of Humor: He also can't tell between Sincerity Mode and Sarcasm Mode (though he is a Deadpan Snarker to some extent), if this conversation with Zeb is any indication.
- Not Helping Your Case: While coming up with a plan with the crew to fight off the Empire, he reveals that the proton bombs can't be fired because the cannons are unusable/gone — to which he continues that if he did have usable cannons, then he would've shown them to the rebels by using the bombs in the simulation. Knowing how blunt droids can be, the crew doesn't take it to heart.
- Obviously Evil: A black droid with a Creepy Monotone and a chassis that resembles a skull. With all of that, it's not hard to guess his moral alignment.
- Odd Name Out: Kalani doesn't sound like a name that would be given to droids. Other super tactical droids having names like Aut-O (from the D-Squad arc) and Kraken (from the Banking Clan arc) are more justifiable, but Kalani and Tey-Zuka (from Son of Dathomir) are questionable.
- Old Soldier: Droid variant, where he is compared to Rex.
- Pet the Dog: He doesn't join in on an Enemy Mine situation with Rex and the rebels out of any moral goodness, but by the end, he does parts ways amiably, showing respect for the rebels' fight against the Empire, even if he opted out of it. It's also suggested he did mellow out and gain a bit of humility after being abandoned.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Remarkable because regular tactical droids tend to have white eyes.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Mild example, Kalani expresses arrogance and anger occasionally. He also kills Rash the minute that the situation on Onderon is lost, not even waiting for an order from Dooku. In Rebels he acts as a foil to Rex, putting the crew through a Forced Prize Fight so he can die doing what he was meant to rather than just rust away in obscurity, and after Ezra makes him realize he's fighting for a lost cause and convinces him to band with Rex for one last battle, he gives up the war and heads off to parts unknown to find another purpose in life.
- Becomes more "human" in terms of voice by the time of Rebels, having lost his monotone for the most part.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: When the blanket shutdown order was broadcast across the Separatist military, Kalani ignored the order and refused to shut down his own forces, believing it to be a Republic trick. While it was a trick, the newborn Galactic Empire were the ones responsible, and the Clone Army was also being dismantled at the time.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After teaming up with the Ghost crew to escape the Empire, he calculates that the Rebellion has a snowball's chance on Mustafar of winning the war and nopes out to parts unknown. He's very polite about it, however, and the Rebels don't seem to have any hard feelings about losing him.
- Smug Snake: Downplayed. While he is almost as arrogant as the previous model of tactical droids and fails to consider why the Onderon Partisans fight at all, (which led to Tandin's defection), he lacks the overall incompetence that the older models sometimes exhibit (and he's certainly smarter than King Rash).
- The Starscream: Downplayed. His loyalty ultimately lies with Dooku, but serves as a temporary Dragon for Rash. As soon as the civil war is deemed a lost cause, he turns on Rash and shoots him dead on the spot, without even being ordered.
- The Strategist: Being a tactical droid, this is a given. And unlike most tactical droids, he's quite efficient. He even keeps a realistic assessment of his chances, something the standard tactical droid seems to lack. In Rebels, Ezra specifically points out that his War Game Strategy would have beaten them if the droids hadn't been so old and malfunctioning, which he agrees to.
- Torture Technician: He personally tortures Saw when the young rebel is captured.
- Vocal Evolution: Kalani's voice is kept at a monotonous tone during his time on Onderon; however, 20 years later he seems to be capable of some emotion all of a sudden (and lost some of his Guttural Growler aspects as well), though this may be due to the fact that he's had time to study tactics and perhaps behave accordingly.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Delivers it to Rash. He didn't even need to be ordered. In Rebels, being that he was a Separatist pawn in Palpatine's grand scheme, he nearly becomes the receiver of this trope.
General Whorm Loathsom
Whorm Loathsom was a Kerkoiden general for the Separatists during the Clone Wars who served during the Battle of Christophsis. Prior to joining the Separatists, Loathsom had a long history of military service to the planetary defense forces of Kerkoidia.
- Affably Evil: Loathsom is an honorable opponent, offering the Republic forces a chance to surrender as he invades forward. When Obi-Wan personally "surrenders", Loathsom accepts and arranges a table with beverages for the negotiation.
- Aliens of London: He speaks with a Scottish accent.
- The Cameo: He has two brief appearances outside of the Pilot Movie: the first one is in "The Hidden Enemy", which takes place before the pilot movie, and the other in "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much", where he appears in a prison cell on Coruscant.
- Fatal Flaw: His Pride, which Obi-Wan exploits to stall for time when "surrendering" to him.Obi-Wan: Tis a rare honor to be able to meet one's opponent face to face. You're a legend throughout the Inner Core.
Loathsom: Thank you. The honor is all mine. I'm so glad you decided to surrender.
- Humanoid Alien: He has the basic human body shape, but has a distinctly alien appearance.
- Ironic Name: Despite having an obviously evil-sounding name, Loathsom is probably one of the most respectable and noble Separatists seen on-screen. In fact, his negotiation for the Republic's surrender on Christophsis has Obi-Wan being the deceptive and sneaky one (stalling time for Anakin and Ahsoka to sabotage the Separatist's force shield) and Loathsom being the honorable and honest one.
- Mythology Gag: He is based off of concept art of Neimodians for The Phantom Menace.
- Punny Name: Just sound out his name, Worm Loathsome. Surprisingly, he's quite polite and respectable for a Separatist commander with a name like that.
- Worthy Opponent: He considers Obi-Wan to be one.
General Lok Durd
Lok Durd was a Neimoidian arms developer who served as a general in the Separatist Droid Army during the Clone Wars. He was defeated by Republic forces and was taken into Republic custody.
- Adaptational Karma: In the Legends Clone Wars Gambit series, Lok Durd escaped Republic custody and antagonized the Republic even further, but there's no word on whether he was eventually recaptured or killed in the context of Legends. In Canon, it's mentioned in Catalyst that Orson Krennic tried to use Durd (along with Dr. Nuvo Vindi) as part of a Prisoner Exchange for Galen Erso near the end of the war, meaning that Durd remained a Republic prisoner for most (if not the rest) of the Clone Wars after his capture on Maridun.
- Dirty Coward: He may be a genius weapon inventor, but the only target he is willing to test it on is a species of utter pacifists who have no way to defend themselves. And the minute he thinks the weapon will kill him instead, he breaks down and panics.
- Evil Genius: He invented the Defoliator, some sort of napalm that burns only living tissue, but has no affect on machinery such as droids.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Thanks to the dulcet tones of George Takei.
- Fat Bastard: He is the largest Neimoidian seen in the franchise, and none of the others have ever tried to wipe out a colony in a weapons test.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Invoked. After Anakin destroyed the Defoliator tank, one of the shells fell out of it. When Lok Durd saw it rolling towards him, he panicked because he thought that his own invention was going to kill him.Lok: Help! I'll be defoliated!
- Large Ham: He's pretty flamboyant thanks to George Takei's deliciously over the top portrayal.
- Narcissist: According to the Decoded version of "Defenders of Peace", it's noted that when he gives a Rousing Speech to his Battle Droids and introduces the Defoliator, the Battle Droids don't actually need rousing speeches (despite their cheering); Lok Durd just likes to hear himself talk.
- Nice Hat: Neimoidians have a penchant for wearing these.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He considers the Defoliator his own weapon and only thinks about how it will get him to a higher position (and considering he's already a General, he thinks way too highly of himself) in the Confederacy. According to supplementary material, he makes more noise in the war room than he does on the battlefield.
- Smug Snake: He was obscenely overconfident about the power of the Defoliator and the political power it would bring him. He winds up in jail by the end of his only episode.
- Villain of the Week: He was captured by Anakin at the end of his first appearance and never appeared again. However, his Defoliator apparently made it to mass-production, as it turns up again in "Massacre".
Kleeve was a Devaronian that joined the Separatists in their plight for freedom against the Republic. After losing the Conquest of Kaller to Republic forces led by Jedi Master Depa Billaba, it was shortly followed by the issuing of Order 66 and the rise of the Empire. Knowing that he would be persecuted for being an enemy of the state, he went into hiding on the Outer Rim world of Lahn and took up the job of a crime boss under the name of "Jondo". However, he soon came across Billaba's surviving Padawan, Caleb Dume, as well as the boy's mentor, Janus Kasmir, and ended up becoming allies.
- Character Tics: When he was still a general, he had a habit of sticking his nose up in the air, which shows his haughtiness. He stops doing this when he goes into hiding.
- Electronic Eyes: His right eye is cybernetic.
- HeelFace Turn: While he remains on the fence about his past allegiances in hindsight, he puts aside his differences with Caleb and goes out to save him with Janus when the boy gets captured by his former clone friends.
- Heel Realization: After the Clone Wars, he came to realize that he was wrong to place his trust in the corrupt Separatist leaders and expect his want for freedom to be fulfilled by them. However, as he says to Caleb, he's still not fond of the late Republic either, especially considering the state it is in now.
- Not So Different: Both he and Caleb have become fugitives on the run from the people they thought they could trust, and have changed their identity and live the life of bounty hunters.
Commander Riff Tamson
Riff Tamson was a brutal Karkarodon who served as the Separatist ambassador on Mon Calamari during the King-electing negotiations between the Mon Calamari and Quarren.
- Ambadassador: He was the ambassador of the Separatists during the election of the king of Mon Cala. After the negotiations between the Mon Calamari and the Quarren went south (in no small part due to his machinations), he lead the joined Quarren-Separatist forces to battle and proved to be as badass as expected from a Shark Man.
- Ambition Is Evil: Count Dooku apparently earned Tamson's loyalty by promising the Karkarodon that he would rule Mon Cala once it was under Separatist control.
- Arc Villain: Of the Mon Calamari arc.
- "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 to the throne, telling him that he didn't earn the right to speak at the gathering. Justified in that he was intentionally trying to aggravate the situation and many Quarrens agreed with him, as did even the Prince himself (undermining his confidence).
- Bad Boss: He threatened, talked down to, and betrayed Nossor Ri and the Quarrens.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Its quite fitting, given that he's a shark man.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He talks tough and acts tough. He implies that he is doing this on purpose as he claims in his debut episode that "exaggeration is a weapon of war" and thus he is trying to bully and intimidate as much as calculation to get his way as it is his real personality.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He is quite possibly the closest thing The Clone Wars has to a Saturday Morning Cartoon villain via acting deliciously aggressive at all times.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Tamson gets blown to bits onscreen by one of his own explosive knives, spraying organs and body parts everywhere. Not only is there not a Gory Discretion Shot, we actually get a close-up on his severed head sinking into the deep.
- Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: He's an anthropomorphic shark man who serves as the main antagonist during the Mon Calamari arc of The Clone Wars.
- Evil Gloating: Riff gloated to Prince Lee-Char about how he murdered the latter's father.
- Evil Is Petty: He insisted on sentencing Lee-Char to death while sitting on the throne of Mon Cala.
- Evil Sounds Deep: As is to be expected from Gary Anthony Williams.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Even by the standards of The Clone Wars, Tamson's death was brutal.
- Fish People: Karkarodons are shark-like aliens.
- For the Evulz: According to him, he would've have tortured the prisoners regardless of whether or not they told him about Lee-Char's whereabouts.
- Front Line General: Being a humanoid aquatic predator, he'll put his jaws to use while fighting alongside his droids.
- Genius Bruiser: He is loud, cruel, and impatient, but he is not stupid. He quickly deduces the tactics of the Jedi and prevents them from taking Prince Lee-Char off-world, even managing to capture them. He is generally a very competent, skilled and dangerous military commander.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In the literal sense of the term* . 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 Padmé'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 Padmé to drown.
- Jerkass: Villainy aside, Tamson is just plain unpleasant. He talks down to friend and foe alike, and gets a kick out of laughing in people's faces after screwing them over.
- Large Ham: He is probably one of the least subtle villains in The Clone Wars, which is saying something.
- Lightning Bruiser: Not only is Riff durable and powerful enough to give the Jedi a run for their money, but he's an incredibly fast swimmer that is shown keeping pace with underwater vehicles.
- Ludicrous Gibs: His explosive death.
- Made of Iron: Ahsoka hit him with her lightsaber once and he was shot several times by the Mon Calamari soldiers, but they all had very little effect on him. It took a bomb stuck in his shoulder to kill him.
- Meaningful Name: Carcharodon is the name of the genus that includes the great white shark.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: And he made good use of them in battle.
- Oh, Crap!: When Lee Char stabs him with one of his own exploding daggers, he visibly freaks out before taking one last shot at killing the prince.
- Sadist: He takes a lot of pleasure in crushing people's hopes and making them suffer. He even admits to Anakin after a torturous interrogation session that he would have tortured him for fun even if he knew he couldn't give him the information that he needed.
- Shark Man: As result of being a Karkarodon.
- Shout-Out: His demise is very clearly modeled after the end of Jaws and the music that plays during a few of his appearances even sounds like the theme of the shark from the same movie.
- Taking You with Me: Attempted. When he realizes that the bomb he's been stuck with isn't coming out, he charges the Prince in a last ditch attempt to blow the both of them up together. Thankfully, he doesn't make it in time.
- Threatening Shark: An anthropomorphic shark man and a sadistic, ferocious Separatist commander who actually bites his enemies to death on top of that.
- To Serve Man: Not confirmed, but if the Karkaradon habit of killing their enemies with their teeth and being a Shark Man are anything to go by, he may actually eat his enemies, sapient or not.
- You Killed My Father: Riff is the one who killed Lee-Char's father.
Colonel Coburn Sear
Coburn Sear was a Kage Warrior from the world of Quarzite. He and his brother, Rackham Sear, both enlisted in the Army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Weeks after the bombing of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant by Rackham, who had also committed suicide after the act, he ended up fighting Jedi Master Depa Billaba and her Padawan Caleb Dume on Kardoa, but ended up killed in their last confrontation, the Third Battle of Mygeeto.
- Two-Faced: Half of his face is burnt.
Captain Rackham Sear
Rackham Sear was a Kage Warrior from the world of Quarzite. He and his brother, Coburn Sear, both enlisted in the Army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. He and General Kleeve orchestrated a bombing attack on the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, but he was unable to complete the mission due to the destruction of his remaining explosives by Jedi Master Depa Billaba. Outnumbered and unwilling to accept mercy, he leapt to his death.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: When cornered by Depa and Caleb on the roof of the Jedi Temple, he attempts to leap off it to prevent himself from being captured. When they catch him using the Force, Rackham throws grenades at them to break their concentration and plummets to his death.
- Driven to Suicide: He leaps to his death after his bombing attempt is foiled.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Honestly believes that the Republic is corrupt and that the Jedi are likewise corrupted.
The Aqua Droids were specialized Separatist droids that were meant for aquatic combat.
- Aquatic Mook: This is their purpose in the war.
- Arm Cannon: Each has a laser weapon affixed to their right arm.
- Cyber Cyclops: They have a single optic sensor.
- Crippling Overspecialization: As effective as they are underwater, they become sluggish on land and are sitting ducks against fortified defenders.
- Fragile Speedster: As aquatic combatants, they can move rapidly in all directions. The drawback is that in order to allow them to float and move quickly, they're more lightly armored than most Battle Droids.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Their optics are red and they're played deadly serious, outright executing several enemy combatants.
SD-K4 assassin droid
An SD-K4 assassin droid was designed for infiltration and assassination.
- Armed Legs: All of their legs end in vicious serrated blades.
- Dead Guy Puppet: One uses the corpse of a clone trooper as a puppet while hiding in the shadows to draw a victim closer.
- Giant Spider: Their general appearance.
- Mook Maker: They carry a number of smaller attack droids in their upper carapace armor.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: They have many red optical sensors ringing their body.
B1 and OOM-series battle droid
The B1-series Battle Droids were the primary droids of the Separatist Alliance. They were used as cannon fodder by the Separatist Alliance. Designed to be cheap and disposable, the Battle Droids relied solely on force of numbers to achieve victory and lack any real situational awareness, making them an easy target for an ambush.
- Achilles' Heel: In large groups, Battle Droids are actually pretty deadly in their own right due to their numbers and combined firepower. The solution is normally outmaneuvering them in ambushes, or just lots of artillery and explosives.
- Butt-Monkey: Nothing ever goes right for them and they tend to suffer quite amusing defeats.
- Beware the Silly Ones: A few lone Battle Droids are often set up to be the brunt of jokes from the protagonists, but their humorous traits are hardly present when they do actually line up and form a wall of blaster fire. They are also "mostly" devoid of humorous traits when they're set to raiding civilians or fighting against armies with inferior technology and numbers.
- Boring, but Practical: A large reason as to why the Separatists continue to mass produce Battle Droids as the war drags on. Even though they are almost universally recognized as poor combatants, B1 Battle Droids can do a variety of other tasks such as operating computers, utilizing equipment, and maintaining order with ordinary citizens.
- Catchphrase: "Roger, roger!"
- Cannon Fodder: Most of the time, but they do manage to get in their fair share of kills from time to time.
- Note that their job of being cannon fodder is actually quite dangerous for protagonists, since the sheer numbers of Battle Droids only buy time for their more dangerous droid models to get into position.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The OOM-Battle Droids have different colored markings which determine their class. Yellow are command droids, red are security, and blue are pilots.
- Evil Minions: Aside from combat, the OOM variants of the Battle Droids also serve other utilities: such as being pilots, cleaners, and as a labor force. Of course, their competence at this is only modestly better than their role as mooks.
- Helium Speech: Of the electronic variant. In The Clone Wars and Revenge of the Sith, they all have high-pitched squeaky voices.
- Hollywood Tactics: Justified, as B1's are too simplistic to perform more elaborate maneuvers, so the Separatists just line them up into linear formation and have them charge the enemy en masse.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Played with. Most of the time their shots are blocked by the heroes instead of missing completely.
- Played straight and lampshaded in "Ambush":Droid: Hold on, almost. [Fires at Yoda's escape pod and completely misses the target]
Battle Droid Commander: What a terrible shot.
Battle Droid: Oh well. It's my programming.
- Played straight and lampshaded in "Ambush":
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains: The B1 units are so incompetent you almost feel bad for them.
- In-Series Nickname: They are called "Clankers" by the Clone Troopers and initially "Tinnies" by Ahsoka.
- Keystone Army: They originally operated like this. However, later averted in the Clone Wars, the Battle Droids no longer became dependent on a central control unit like they were back during the Battle of Naboo. However, because the OOMs and B1-Battle Droids aren't used to being able to think independently, they exhibit a lack of intelligence (they are most effective when they have a tactician around) and develop odd personality quirks.
- Killer Robot: It's in the name.
- Made of Plasticine: The Battle Droids are extremely frail machines and absolutely pathetic in close quarters combat, with their strength mainly being in their sheer numbers and whatever heavy weaponry they have nearby, in addition to backup with the far more deadly Droidekas. The Jedi completely mop the floor with them without so much as getting a scratch.
- Mecha-Mooks: They're cheap, disposable, and not particularly effective except in numbers.
- Mook Horror Show: The fate of any Battle Droid battalion against a jedi, who could cut them down with no moral repercussions. The Clone Wars episode "Ambush" features Yoda terrorizing a large amount of Battle Droids, who could do little against his rampage even though they possessed greater numbers and tanks.
- Mook Lieutenant: Downplayed by the time of The Clone Wars, but the command OOM-series Battle Droids (distinguished by their yellow markings) served as these predominately back in The Phantom Menace. OOM-9 was the leader of the Trade Federation droid army, taking orders directly from Viceroy Gunray and personally leading the battle against the Gungans.
- Nothing Is Scarier: They can actually be quite intimidating when they're silent. The effect is something like an unending tide of robotic zombies.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Battle Droids can be funny... until you see them ruthlessly hunting down stragglers, executing wounded enemies, and so on.
- Oh, Crap!!: They have this reaction ALL THE TIME. It usually happens when they're about to be destroyed.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: The Battle Droids are this, especially in The Clone Wars.
- Sadistic Choice: In large scale battles, Battle Droids can create this. Do you target the large waves of Battle Droids who are rushing you in a head on charge? Or do you focus the more dangerous Destroyer Droids who are unfolding behind them?
- SkeleBot 9000: In addition to their spindly build, they were built with a resemblance to their Geonosian creators.
- Too Dumb to Live: To put it simply, the Battle Droids are not very bright most of the time. They were designed to overwhelm and relied on a central computer to think for them. When the Trade Federation joined the Separatists and the Battle Droids stopped depending on droid control ships to operate in favor of organic battlefield commanders and tactical droids, their poor capacity for independent thought started to show.
- Took a Level in Badass: Throughout the course of The Clone Wars, their comic relief side was downplayed more and more to the point of which 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 decreased, their lethality noticeably improved.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Before the Took a Level in Badass above, they went from stoic killer bots in the movies to laughable comic relief in the Pilot Movie and season one episodes of The Clone Wars. One example has them too incompetent to even extinguish fire on their ship.
- Vocal Evolution: In The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones (plus voice-acted Legends works released close to them), they had very emotionless, robotic speech patterns. From Revenge of the Sith and The Clone Wars onward, they were given more emotive but nasally voices.
- We Have Reserves: The Separatists droid armies outnumbered the Republic's Clone Troopers a hundred to one, meaning they could be used up without concern. Although, Count Dooku brings up that they cost a good amount of money.Count Dooku: Grievous, those Battle Droids are expensive.
- Zerg Rush: Their only real tactic is to march toward the enemy and fire their blaster until they or the targets are destroyed, which is offset by their sheer abundance and cheap production cost.
B2 super battle droid
Super Battle Droids were an advanced Battle Droid used by the Separatists during the Clone Wars. Super Battle Droids were much stronger than their predecessors, and like the updated B1s used by the Confederacy, they did not require a command system to operate, which gave the droids limited independence.
- Achilles' Heel: In tight packs, Super Battle Droids can form a heavy line of armor that easily overpowers most defenders. However, its shown that EMP's bypass that armor of theirs, and a good shot to their red "eye" can render them dysfunctional.
- Arm Cannon: Some variants have a really big gun for an arm that can fire seeker missiles.
- The Brute: They're the heavy infantry of the Droid Army, being stronger and tougher than the more common B1 model, but suffer from the same simplistic programming.
- Canon Immigrant: Not Super Battle Droids in general, but the grapple variant that appeared in the Revenge of the Sith video game adaptation became canon thanks to one appearing in the second issue of Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir.
- Dumb Muscle: According to Thrawn: Alliances, Super Battle Droids aren't much smarter than the B1s and can be fooled just as easily. The only differences are that Super Battle Droids are much more heavily-armed and armored, don't have any individual problem-solving skills except brute force (in "Duel of the Droids", one tried to stop a droid popper by simply shooting at it to no avail), and are not as frequently subjected to the same comic relief. Ultimately, the Super Battle Droid's lack of intelligence stems from overly simplistic programming rather than bumbling incompetence.
- Evil Is Bigger: They are larger and bulkier than the Battle Droids, and much more effective fighters. Super Battle Droids could lift up clone troopers with just one arm and could also break their way through barricades with relative ease.
- Evil Sounds Deep: In The Clone Wars, their voice is much deeper than the Battle Droids and theyre unsurprisingly far more competent. However, in Revenge of the Sith, their voice is identical to the B1 Battle Droids'.
- Heavily Armored Mook: Take a B1-Battle Droid, make it smarter, stronger, and stick it in armor. You get these guys.
- Killer Robot: Unlike their predecessors, they're more geared towards combat roles, and can inflict more Clone casualties.
- Jet Pack: Another sub-type comes with built-in ones.
- Mecha-Mooks: They're tougher mooks, but mooks nonetheless.
- Men of Sherwood: Equipped with heavier armor, capable of surviving multiple hits, theyre more competent than the B1-Battle Droids. In large numbers, they can be very effective. The Super Battle Droids are an upgrade from the Battle Droids in every way. Theyre the true counterpart of the Clone Troopers, but theyre far from being on Elite Mook levels.
- More Dakka: One arm by itself already fires faster than the Battle Droids rifles, but when Super Battle Droids raise up both arms, it quickly reaches this trope.
- Putting on the Reich: As if it wasn't clear that the Separatists are evil, they now have an army of robots marching with their right arms outstretched.
- Small Role, Big Impact: One Super Battle Droid manages to hit Asajj Ventress in her shoulder, causing her to be wounded and to retreat. This shifts the Battle of Dathomir where the Nightsisters lose their momentum and are slowly pushed back until the Separatist droids overwhelm them completely. It was also the reason as to why Ventress became a bounty hunter later on and would then help prove Ahsokas innocence after she gets framed for the bombing of a hanger in the Jedi Temple.
- Super Wrist-Gadget: The normal-type ones have dual-blasters built into their wrists.
- Top-Heavy Guy: The art style of The Clone Wars makes their upper bodies look larger and, as a result, even more imposing.
- Underestimating Badassery: Two of them made a big mistake by underestimating R2-D2 just because he's an astro-droid. R2-D2 responded to them by incinerating them.
- We Have Reserves: Billions of Super Battle Droids serve the Separatist army and Grievous and Dooku are both happy to throw them away.
- Zerg Rush: Like their B1 counterparts, their simplistic programming leaves them best suited for these tactics, and they fare slightly better at it due to their heavier armor and firepower.
BX-series droid commando
BX-series droid commandos, also known as commando droids, were advanced battle droids used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars for commando and stealth missions.
- Achilles' Heel:
- While their reinforced armor makes them tougher than Battle Droids, their head is still unprotected. A single headshot will put them out of commission. Alternatively, taking out their legs limits their fast movements to make them easy targets.
- Their disguises are less than perfect. They have so far only been able to effectively disguise themselves as humanoids in full body armor and close-faced helmets. While they are also capable of emulating the voices of Clone Troopers, their movements can still come off as robotic, their speech pattern is a bit stilted, and they still use "Roger, roger" as an affirmative response. As such, these disguises don't fool Clone officers for very long.
- Barefisted Monk: Even without a weapon, Commando Droids were capable of thrashing Clone Troopers in hand to hand combat. The fact that they're made of metal and thus immune to their enemies punches makes them even better in this regard.
- Badass Biker: A few Commando Droids are seen riding speeders, but in true biker fashion, pilot the vehicle one handed while using the other to shoot down clone speeders with their blasters.
- Confusion Fu: Because of their extreme agility, their movements are hard to predict.
- The Dreaded: They developed their notorious reputation early in the Clone Wars, such that word of their existence circulated throughout the ranks of the Clone Army when they were still new.
- Dressing as the Enemy: In "Rookies", they tried to fool Cody and Rex by putting one of them in clone trooper armor. In "Hostage Crisis", two Commando Droids enlisted by Cad Bane (whether they were lent by the Separatists or they were rogue unis is not elaborated on) impersonate Senate Commandos in place of the ones they had killed to cover Bane's tracks.
- Elite Mooks: Not quite on the same level as the Droidekas or the MagnaGuards, but theyre still more than a match for Clone Troopers and able to cause trouble to even Jedi. In short, whatever the B1 and OOM Battle Droids can do, Commando Droids can do better. However, their hefty production costs are the main reason they didn't outright replace the B1-series (which are much cheaper to produce in large numbers, make a large army with, and even use in non-combat roles).
- Evil Sounds Deep: They have a monotone voice that is similar to the Super Battle Droids voice.
- Goddamned Bats: Theyre considered as such In-Universe by the Jedi: theyre not likely to kill or injure one, but they can distract them long enough.
- Knight of Cerebus: A rare Mook example when they debuted early in the first season of The Clone Wars. Even though they were defeated in their first appearance, they 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- Battle Droids) 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).
- Kung Fu-Proof Mook: Some models had magnetized feet, rendering them immune to force pushes and pulls. Others carried energy shields to protect themselves from blaster fire.
- Mook Lieutenant: Commando Droid Captains had white markings to designate their rank and had command of their own squad of Commando Droids to complete missions.
- Mundane Made Awesome: They have a human-like build, which allowed them to disguise themselves as Clone Troopers.
- The Musketeer: They use both blasters and vibroswords, but never at once.
- Praetorian Guard: They are frequently used as security or bodyguards for high-ranking Separatist figures, whether they be military officers, loyal regents (legitimate or not), senators or even Council members, being only outclassed by MagnaGuards in that role. The Commando Droids serving as guards for the Separatist Parliament have distinctive blue and gold markings.
Pistoeka sabotage droid
Buzz Droids were Separatist droids built by the Colicoid Creation Nest that were sometimes packed inside missiles fired by Separatist space and aircraft.
- Armed Legs: Each of their various legs ends in a different tool for destroying a ship's inner workings.
- Attack Its Weakpoint: Their eyes are extremely vulnerable.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Zigzagged. When they're used for just flat-out destroying ships, they play this trope straight, as a missile packed with explosives could do the job faster and more efficiently. However, when they're used to disable a ship for capture (or soften it up for others to destroy in the case of much tougher ships), they do their job effectively.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: They are robotic insectoids a quarter-meter in diameter that like to swarm and rip ships apart and laugh maniacally while doing so. They also share the same manufacturer as the Destroyer Droid.
- Boring, but Practical: Their small size also enabled them to be scouts for larger droids, and even though their primary job is to disable a ship, they can in fact help out (poorly) by attacking infantry as a distraction for their more combat suited allies in the midst of a firefight.
- Griping About Gremlins: Buzz Droids are little saboteurs launched onto enemy ships to tear them apart, like the mythical gremlin.
- Laser Cutter: One of their tools is a laser that cuts up the ships they land on.
- Schrödinger's Canon: With the Colicoid Creation Nest as their manufacturer being canon, it is currently unconfirmed if they are based on the Pisto (which their product name would've been derived from), a pest native to Colla IV.
- This Is a Drill: Their primary tool is a drill.
LM-432 crab droid
The LM-432 crab droid, commonly referred to as the crab droid or simply "muckraker", was a multi-legged droid tank manufactured by the Techno Union. They were used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars.
- Achilles' Heel: Crab Droids are fast, and deadly when fought head on. Their legs can knock down most infantry, and also act as a shield against enemy fire, while their cannons can easily shred through most targets. However, if you manage to clamber onto their back, they're completely defenseless, much like a real crab.
- Armed Legs: While not necessarily "armed", their armored legs are arguably more dangerous then their cannons, as they could swat infantry off suitable terrain, or just crush them outright.
- Convection Schmonvection: Not explicitly shown or talked about, but "Citadel Rescue" indicates that they are capable of crawling through lava without suffering any damage.
- In-Universe Nickname: "Muckrakers", due to their tendency to be deployed in swampy areas.
- Lightning Bruiser: As shown during the Citadel arc, Crab Droids can crawl quickly into melee range and knock down normal infantry making them this. However, their armored legs still can be cut up by lightsabers, making them less of a problem for Jedi to deal with.
- Schrödinger's Canon: They have pretty terrible aim because the Separatists were too cheap to make it better.
- Spider Tank: As a result they have more maneuverability than the standard droid tanks.
- Wall Crawl: They're capable of climbing up cliffs and walls.
Droidekas, also known as Destroyer Droids (or Destroyers for short), were the elite of the Trade Federation's security forces and went on to serve as the elite heavy infantry units of the Separatist Alliance. Huge, heavily armored, and equipped with force shields, the Destroyer Droids were more than a match for the Republic armies.
- Achilles' Heel: Despite their reputation, they have several. In addition to being very vulnerable and unable to shoot back in travel mode, their shields don't protect them from mounted heavy weapons, stationary objects and slow-moving projectiles such as lightly-tossed grenades, and they're blind from behind. The Onderon Rebels were taught about these weaknesses as part of their initial training.
- Arm Cannon: They possess heavy blasters for hands.
- Deflector Shield: Their trademark.
- The Dreaded: Even Jedi are wary of these things, and the only infantry units more dreaded than them are MagnaGuards.
- Elite Mooks: They're often regarded as the heavy-hitters of the Separatist army, and for good reason. A single Destroyer packs enough firepower to cut through dozens of Clone Troopers and their ray shields allow them to give Jedi a run for their money.
- Fragile Speedster: In travel mode, as they can move really fast, but are unprotected.
- Glass Cannon: Behind their mighty shields, the Destroyer are still very delicate and lightly constructed, and cannot take a direct attack, and vehicle-mounted weapons will make short work of their shields. The sniper variants introduced during the Clone Wars are this even compared to the basic model, as they only have a material blast shield protecting their front instead of the base model's bubble-shaped energy shields, and are thus easier to destroy. Justified as they were designed to fight from long-range.
- Killer Robot: They're alternatively called Destroyer Droids for a reason.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Provided their enemies don't use any of their Achilles Heels against them.
- Mechanical Monster: These are not puny little Battle Droids — they're fast, defended by built-in shield generators, and are armed with rapid firing laser cannons that pack a serious wallop. When the Neimoidians send a pack after Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan on their ship, they immediately realize they're in over their heads fighting them, and make a break for it right away.
- Mecha-Mooks: They are more dangerous and less common than the Battle Droid or Super Battle Droid models, but still quite prevalent.
- Mighty Glacier: In attack mode, which allows them to use their twin front-facing blasters, but limits their movement speed.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Destroyer Droids", anybody?
- Rolling Attack: They don't normally do this themselves, as they are too fragile, but Obi-Wan Kenobi used three of them this way when surrounded by squads of other droids.
- The Quiet One: Unlike most Separatist droid infantry units (aside from other anti-infantry units such as Dwarf Spider Droids and Crab Droids), they are never shown to have the ability to talk. The Sniper variation introduced in The Clone Wars is the only one which speaks on-screen, but it's unknown if this extends to the entire line.
- Sniper Rifle: Variant models that used sniper blasts were used later on during the Clone Wars.
- Starfish Robot: The appearance of the Destroyer Droid is based on their creators, the Colicoids: a species of murderous and carnivorous insectoids.
- 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 combat tri-droid, but they do have three legs.
HMP droid gunship
The HMP (Heavy Missile Platform) droid gunship, also known as the HMP Predator or droid gunship, was a model of repulsorlift airspeeder created by Geonosians and manufactured by Baktoid Fleet Ordnance. Operated by an advanced droid brain, they were used by the Separatists during the Clone Wars.
- Beam Spam: It has two double laser turrets and a chin mounted laser cannon, which had high rates of fire and wide firing arcs. It also had two fixed wingtip lasers.
- Deflector Shields: They had ray shields that made them invulnerable to any infantry scale weapons short of a missile launcher.
- Evil Counterpart: It's the Separatist's answer to the Republic Gunship, a heavily armed troop transport. While the Republic Gunship focused on the benign role of transport downplaying its combat capabilities, the Droid Gunship emphasizes aggressive combat such that it had no signs of troop transport until The Clone Wars, which was optional equipment.
- Macross Missile Massacre: The HMP in its name stands for "Heavy Missile Platform", showing this was its primary purpose. It carries 14 missiles that apparently can be swapped for 14 rocket pods, as on Onderon they fire far more than 14 on full auto against unarmored targets they could've just used their lasers on.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends, it used radioactive fuel that necessitated exposed fuel tanks to keep it from damaging equipment, and the wingtip laser could be replaced with concussion, EMP, or radiation bombs. Constitution was often contracted out to local dictators in exchange for a percent of the production for their own proposes.
- Small Role, Big Impact: One unremarkable downed gunship caused the death of Steela Gerrera, turning the Battle of Onderon from a straight win to a Bittersweet Ending leaving several questioning if it, or the Clone Wars, were worth it. This lead to her brother Saw Gerrera replacing her as leader and served as his Cynicism Catalyst, not help by the lack of her moderating influence. This resulted in Saw and his group becoming ruthless extremists against the Empire, causing further ramifications.
- Suddenly Voiced: Their first appearance in-universe has one of them respond to orders with "By your command." Until then there was nothing, even from Legends, to suggest they had the equipment and intelligence for speech.
A model of droid starfighter with a curved, three-armed design developed by Phlac-Arphocc Automata Industries for the Separatist Alliance, the tri-fighter was designed for intense dogfights and close-range space battles and possessed greater intelligence than Vulture droids.
- Cephalothorax: Their whole design is based on the skull of a predator from Colla IV, the Colicoid homeworld.
- The Dreaded: They are basically considered the Destroyer Droids of space battles.
- Elite Mooks: They are this when put next to Vulture droids, the Separatist Airborne Mooks. They are not only more intelligent, they are also more heavily armed. The only disadvantages between the two are the tri-fighter's lack of a ground mode and slightly lower atmospheric speed (that's not to say it is slow, however).
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: They are the smallest starfighters between both superpowers of the Clone Wars, but are also one of the deadliest.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Another feature to compliment their alien skull-like design.
- Sapient Ship: A smaller version than most, but fighters still count as ships.
- Schrödinger's Canon: The In-Universe inspiration for their design and their comparison to the Droideka is the same as in Legends, but it's unknown if the Colicoid Creation Nest also had any direct involvement in their design and development.
DSD1 dwarf spider droid
The DSD1 Dwarf Spider Droid, or simply the dwarf spider droid, was a model of battle droid manufactured by Baktoid Armor Workshop. Favored by the Commerce Guild, it became a mainstay in the droid army of the Separatist Alliance during the Clone Wars.
- Attack Animal: While not really an animal, Dwarf Spider Droids have less sentience than average Battle Droids, so its common for them to act as such to battle droids. Often times they're set to just patrol an area like a mechanical guard dog.
- Attack Its Weakpoint: Their underbellies are less armored than the rest of them.
- Glass Cannon: Their concentrated firepower is enough to take down heavily armored AT-TE's, but their dependency on a long range central cannon made them vulnerable in close quarters.
- Glowing Mechanical Eyes: Four of them, which is particularly chilling when they are roaming around in the dark.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: Many of them were equipped with these in-case they were in danger.
- Spider Tank: Albeit small versions.
- Wall Crawl: They are fully capable of hanging on the side of a flat cliff, and rotating their heads around to gun down anything in their proximity.
IG-227 Hailfire-class droid tank
The Hailfire Droid was a droid tank produced for the InterGalactic Banking Clan to originally collect debts, distinguishable by their two large, hoop-like wheels and thirty missile launchers.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Supplementary materials state they largely vanished after the Battle of Geonosis. Their impressive missile spams caused them to rapidly run out of ammo and become useless. Legends states this was fixed late in the Clone Wars with airborne "refresh droids" which could resupply them in the field, but this was never mentioned in Canon.
- Cyber Cyclops: They have a single red photoreceptor that can lock onto targets at impressive distances, which suits their long-range missiles perfectly.
- Evil Debt Collector: They were originally built for the Banking Clan as debt collectors. Considering what the Banking Clan is and that Hailfire droids are mobile missile platforms, they easily qualify for this trope.
- Glass Cannon: They are really fast and pack a lot of firepower, as a single one of their missiles can destroy the Clone Army's most heavily-armored vehicles at long range, but once they run out of missiles, the only defense they have against direct attacks is a chin-mounted blaster and their lightly-built frames mean they can't take as much punishment as the Separatists' other tanks, making them vulnerable to attacks from faster-moving vehicles.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Their attack patterns are built around this trope, making the name "Hailfire" very appropriate.
- Sapient Tank: They are tanks with built-in droid brains.
- Tank Goodness: They are fast-moving droid tanks equipped with a lot of missiles.
OG-9 homing spider droid
Originally commissioned for the Commerce Guild, the OG-9 Homing Spider Droid tanks with four stilt-like legs were equipped with two dish-mounted laser-cannons.
- Achilles' Heel: If one of those thin, long legs gets destroyed, the whole thing will fall over.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: The top turret emits a sustained-fire laser, suitable for wearing down energy shields and armored vehicles.
- Giant Mook: They are this in comparison to the Dwarf Spider Droids.
- Glass Cannon: They are very suited to dealing with far-away targets and infantry, but are slow-moving and have lightly-built frames.
- Schrödinger's Canon: They have an unstable reactor core and would explode violently if it was penetrated. And much like the Dwarf Spider Droids, they were also capable of crawling along seabeds and cliffsides.
- Spider Tank: The larger one of the two types seen to have been lent by the Commerce Guild.
Hyena Bomber Droids were modified vulture droids that were designed for bombing runs rather than aerial combat.
- Death from Above: Their role in the war.
- Expy: Like Vulture droids, they have similar function and shape to TIE bombers, down to the more angular wing shape compared to the fighter variant.
- Meaningful Name: Hyenas as in the predator that is ruthless and has a characteristic laugh. These bombers rain explosives on both military and civilian targets, and have a robotic chittering laughter while doing it.
- Transforming Mecha: Much like their fighter counterparts, the Vulture Droids, Hyena Bombers can transform into a ground walker.
- Suicide Attack: Hyena Bombers being droid piloted, will often ram themselves into targets if they can't escape from their bombing run.
Demolition droids were specially designed droids made for infiltrating and destroying targets behind enemy lines.
- Arm Cannon: Their arms end in actual laser canons, instead of the standard blasters.
- Combining Mecha: Subverted. A pair of them can combine into a massive bomb, instead of into a more powerful droid.
- Giant Mooks: Their battle-mode forms are two-and-a-half meters tall, and rather resilient.
- Glowing Mechanical Eyes: Three of them.
- Made of Iron: Aside from being literarily made of iron, their armor is strong enough to withstand repeated blaster fire.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Glowing red optics.
- Shoulders of Doom: Justified. Their gigantic shoulder armor is their unfolded sweeper droid-disguises.
- Suicide Attack: They were designed to self-destruct once they reached their destination.
- Transforming Mecha: They can disguise themselves as sweeperdroids.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Their disguised form is identical to harmless sweeper droids.
LR-57 combat droid
LR-57 Combat Droids were large combat droids produced by the Retail Caucus.
- Arm Cannon: Large dual cannons replace each forearm.
- Cyber Cyclops: Each has one large optical sensor.
- Failed a Spot Check: Ahsoka's first encounter with them was a large patch of flat ground with a number of antennae protruding from the ground. Guess what those antennae were attached to and would activate if touched?
- Giant Mook: Retail Droids tower over regular Battle Droids, but because of their size, they are very slow and cumbersome.
The MagnaGuards were a type of Separatist droid created by Holowan Mechanicals. They were a favorite of General Grievous, who used them as his bodyguards during the Clone Wars, though they were also known to accompany other high-ranking Separatist personnel. MagnaGuards were equipped with electrostaffs that could be used against Jedi lightsabers and were capable of continuing a fight even with the loss of one or multiple limbs or even their heads.
- Achilles' Heel: As resilient as they are, Magnaguards are still humanoid droids, and can't do much without their arms or legs.
- Blade on a Stick: They favor a Force-pike built from a material that dampens the effects of a lightsaber blade.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Both Grievous and Dooku use them as their personal bodyguards, even though both of them are far more competent warriors than these guys.
- Caped Mecha: Smaller examples than usual. Some of them wear cloaks and headwraps, particularly those serving under General Grievous. However, due to the expenses and general trickiness of cloth simulation, these types of MagnaGuards rarely show up outside of Revenge of the Sith in any work using CGI (both in the Canon and Legends), such as The Clone Wars and video games.
- Cranial Processing Unit:
- Subverted. Within the span of a few seconds, Obi-Wan decapitates a MagnaGuard, turns away from it, and is caught off guard when it keeps fighting anyway. This is explained in the theatrical films visual dictionary that there is a second processing unit and photoreceptor in the center of the chest that it can use to remain functional even after being amputated and decapitated.
- There's a series of continuity errors in which MagnaGuards collapse for good in instances they shouldn't, with two particular instances in Revenge of the Sith. The first is immediately after the mentioned moment, when a MagnaGuard falls completely inert after simply being sliced in half at the waist by Anakin (somewhat even Battle Droids can survive to), and the second is when Obi-Wan fights another MagnaGuard on Utapau before fighting Grievous, disabling it again simply by taking off its head. There are two possibilities: either only some of them have two processing units, or that the two MagnaGuards realized who they were fighting and decided to cut their losses.
- Elite Mooks: Up to Eleven. The MagnaGuards were designed to kill Jedi and did so, being more than a match for any Padawan or Knight, and could even give a Master a run for their money.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: They have an Extra Eye on their abdomen in addition to a second processing unit, allowing them to continue fighting even after being decapitated (sometimes).
- Glowing Mechanical Eyes: In both red and yellow varieties.
- Killer Robot: They're better at it than most Battle Droids.
- Kung Fu-Proof Mook: They are designed to take on Jedi, and thus have an advanced programmation in hand-to-hand and carry lightsaber-resistant staves.
- Mechanical Monster: Very few MagnaGuards were produced due to the prohibitive costs. Those that did see service, however, soon built a frightening reputation for themselves.
- Mook Lieutenant: They sometimes serve as officers to other droids when there aren't Tactical Droids around.
- Praetorian Guard: To General Grievous. In The Clone Wars, they're shown protecting Count Dooku along with other Separatist leaders.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Although a variant features gold eyes, with matching electro-staffs.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends, it was suggested that Grievous taught them — not merely had them programmed — to fight against Jedi to make them as efficient as possible. The cloaks and headwraps some of those under Grievous's command wear may also be based on the uniform of Grievous's elite warriors in his days as a Kaleesh warlord.
- Simple Staff: Their weapon of choice.
- Shock and Awe: Their staffs are electrified.
Octuptarra combat tri-droid
The octuptarra combat tri-droid was a model of three-legged droid Walker manufactured by the Techno Union. Produced in a number of different sizes, including agile octuptarra combat tri-droids and gigantic octuptarra magna tri-droids, they were used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars.
- Achilles' Heel: If just one of their legs gets damaged, they'll topple over.
- Crippling Overspecialization: The Magna Tri-Droids, the largest variant, are not so good at anything that involves small areas.
- Flight: The Octuptarra combat tri-droid deployed at the Techno Union HQ on Skako Minor are equipped with an engine on their waist that allows them to hover meters above the ground.
- Giant Mook: The Magna Tri-Droids are large enough to function as mobile artillery, and can carry missiles capable of pummeling an AT-TE.
- Plague Master: Some variants of the droid are capable of releasing a biological, gas-based virus, making them deadly even after they've been destroyed. This has earned them the nickname "virus droid".
- Starfish Robot: They are named and modeled after an eight-eyed, gasbag-headed vinewalker native to Skako, making for a strange-looking droid.
- Tripod Terror: Some of them are gigantic and wield heavy lasers.
- Wall Crawl: Despite their size, even the Magna variants are fully capable of walking up buildings.
The Organic Decimator was a prototype combat droid designed by the Techno Union to seek out and eradicate all organic material.
- Combat Tentacles: Twelve energy tendrils that pull double duty as sensors and weapons.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Its only ranged weapon was a laser capable of cutting through reinforced doors.
- Power Floats: It hovered above the ground.
- Super Prototype: Anakin decided that running was a better option than fighting it.
T-series tactical droid
T-series tactical droids were a model of tactical droid manufactured by Baktoid Combat Automata for use during the Clone Wars. They were utilized by the Confederacy of Independent Systems to coordinate their droid army, acting as advisors and often generals for their superior officers. The droids were deployed across the galaxy in many key battles of the war such as those at Christophsis, Ryloth, and the Second Battle of Geonosis.
- Creepy Monotone: They can even laugh in a monotone.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Tactical Droids are operated by using statistics and simulations to out predict opponents, similar to how a computer works in a game of chess. As such, they are completely blind to more creative (some call it suicidal) tactics and outcomes.
- The Dragon: They sometimes play this role to the Villain of the Week/Arc Villain.
- Elite Mooks: They themselves are this, but the Super Tactical Droids introduced during the fifth season take this further.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: As TX-20 demonstrates, they sometimes fail to consider that even unarmed civilians would try to attack them if inspired to do so.
- Front Line General: While they definitely are not designed for combat, there are a few examples of Tactical Droids personally leading the assault against clone troopers. Most of the time its from the safety of their AAT tank, but there has been at least one example where a Tactical Droid was at the forefront of a Battle Droid Zerg Rush on Ryloth.
- Glowing Mechanical Eyes: They all have them in white or red.
- Human 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.
- Laughably Evil: Its not to the same extend as Battle Droids, but their Robo Speak (especially laughs), programming and Smug Snake attitudes are often Played for Laughs.
- Mook Lieutenant: Their function is to direct the Separatist infantry on behalf of their superiors.
- Off with His Head!: They tend to fall victim to this, as the Republic forces sometimes try to steal their heads to gain tactical information.
- Palette Swap: Unlike most Separatist 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 didn't have to waste their episode budget creating an organic Separatist commander that's only important for one or two scenes.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Most Tactical Droids have white photoreceptors, but a few, such as General Grievous's Tactical Droid, TV-94 (and TV-94b) have red photoreceptors.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: A lot of T-series Tactical Droids show an inflated sense of pride in being a droid (sometimes considering themselves superior in thought to organics). Despite their Robo Speak, they will also sometimes let out an Evil Laugh or exhibit fear when they know they are in danger.
- Smug Snake: Aside from their bossiness and inflated pride in their tactical prowess, one of their biggest weaknesses is that they don't have a realistic assessment of their chances (and they sometimes fail to factor in variables such as their own protection, the Jedi being able to use the Force or captives rebelling), and this is one of the reasons the Super Tactical Droids were made.
- The Starscream: Some Tactical Droids, such as Emir Wat Tambor's droid, TA-175, are willing to turn on their immediate superiors if they feel they are too incompetent. 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, calling him a fool and leaving him to be captured by the Republic forces.
- The Strategist: They often play this role to coordinate the less intelligent Battle Droids.
- Tin-Can Robot: The basic model has a very boxy design in comparison to the other Separatist droids.
- Too Dumb to Live: While they are definitely smarter than the basic Battle Droids and can be effective strategists, some of them seem to lack a sense of self-preservation programming, as Poggle the Lesser's Tactical 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.
- 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 Tactical Droids).
- Why Am I Ticking?: When Zygerrian slaver Darts D'Nar planted bombs all over Kiros's city, he 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.
NR-N99 Persuader-class enforcer droid
The NR-N99 Persuader-class droid enforcer, known as simply NR-N99 Tank Droids, was a model of droid tank manufactured by the Techno Union. They were primarily used by the Corporate Alliance, and were later utilized in the Separatist Droid Army during the Clone Wars.
- Achilles' Heel: Their speed and armor makes them perfect for frontal assaults, but they are almost incapable of turning directions. This leads to many weaknesses such as flank attacks from the side or behind.
- The Dreaded: The reason why they're called the "Persuader" tank droid is because they were built to enforce those who defaulted in debt to the Corporate Alliance. Said method of "enforcement" is just running down anything in front of them.
- Sapient Tank: They're at least as intelligent as a Battle Droid.
- Starfish Robot: In addition to being AI-controlled tanks, they also vaguely look like giant robotic snails. As a result, Legends stories also gave them the nickname "Snail tank" (and contrary to what the name may suggest, these things can move at a maximum ground speed of 60 kilometers per hour).
- Tank Goodness: They're intelligent tanks.
Variable Geometry Self-Propelled Battle Droid, Mark I
Vulture Droids were Aerial combat droids capable of shifting into a ground combat form.
- Achilles' Heel: Vulture Droids are fast, tenacious, and are capable of pulling maneuvers that would kill most organic pilots, but they lack the creativity and experience a veteran ace pilot has, which results in simplistic flight patterns that renders them easy targets for most enemy fighters.
- Airborne Mook: If there is a battle involving ships against the Separatists, expect to see swarms of these guys everywhere.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: The second a Vulture droid locks onto its target, its going to destroy it or die trying.
- One example has two Vulture Droids chasing Plo Koon and his relief effort on Felucia from the space battle at the planets atmosphere all the way down to the ground battle itself. Even then, one of them made a suicide run to destroy an AT-TE when it was clear that they were outmatched.
- Another Vulture Droid chased R2-D2 and C-3PO from a space battle away from the large fire fight to an apparently lifeless unknown planet, where even then it put up a decent dog fight against R2's starfighter.
- Six vulture droids again on Felucia were deployed and gave chase to Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and Anakins republic ship. Though they were successful in forcing its crew to eject, they were so dogged on their target that they continued to fly into the rocky formations of the planet after their target crash landed.
- During Ryloth's blockade battle, swarms of Vulture droids successfully overran Ahsoka's squad and instead of returning to their frigates to resupply, they instead made a beeline to the Republic's star destroyers. After emptying their armaments, the droids drove right into the Republics ships instead of returning to resupply.
- Cranial Processing Unit: If the head is somehow decapitated, say by a Jedi's lightsaber, the entire droid would collapse.
- Expy: They're basically a droid version of the TIE fighters.
- Giant Mook: Small by the standards of a starfighter, but once they've landed, they're utterly massive compared to typical infantry. From then on they can proceed to just stab smaller infantry to death with their legs.
- Sapient Ship: A smaller version than most, but fighters still count as ships.
- Schrödinger's Canon: The Xi Charrians, the species that manufactured them in Legends are canon, but it is not clear if their ground modes are based on the appearance of the Xi Charrians (but given that some of the other Starfish Robot Separatist droids being based on pre-existing creatures is confirmed to be canon, this is likely the case for the Vulture Droids too).
- Transforming Mecha: From fighter craft to spidery ground combat unit.
- We Have Reserves: Without the need for trained pilots, Vulture Droids are more disposable than Tie Fighters. As a result, suicide runs and massive aerial strafes on fortified targets are common, since losses will just get replaced relatively quickly.
- Zerg Rush: They aren't quite as intelligent as droid starfighters introduced during the Clone Wars such as the Hyena bomber and the droid tri-fighter, so they rely on their speed and swarming tactics to get the upper hand.