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Evil is not born, it is taught.
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When Count Dooku calls upon the Nightsisters seeking a replacement for Ventress, she and her kin seize the opportunity to exact revenge. Ventress visits the far side of Dathomir and the males of the planet seeking the most brutal and powerful warrior among them. Talzin has Asajj secretly select a warrior from the distant Nightbrother village: Savage Opress. With the power of dark magic, Talzin transforms Savage into a hulking warrior ultimately loyal to Asajj. She then delivers Opress to Dooku, where he will serve as his secret Sith apprentice in a plot to overthrow Darth Sidious.


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  • An Axe to Grind: Savage's first weapon is an enchanted poleaxe.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Savage towards Feral, pre-transformation.
  • Big "NO!": Padawan Knox screams out one after Savage kills his Master on Devaron.
  • Bloodless Carnage: During the Selection, Ventress uses the Nightbrothers' own bladed weapons (spears, axes etc) against them, but there isn't a single drop of blood whenever she impales one of them.
  • Body Horror: Savage's transformation is clearly incredibly painful and transforms him into a hulking brute.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Nightsisters enchant Savage from a Noble Demon who cares about his brother into a hulking brute who kills him with almost no hesitation.
  • The Brute: The Nightsisters transform Savage into this.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Ventress vs the Nightbrothers. Savage is the only one to come near to matching her.
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    • Savage vs Jedi Master Halsey, his Padawan Knox, and their clone troops.
  • Exact Words: Pre-transformation, Savage asks Ventress only that she not kill his brother Feral and his life would be hers. She does not kill Feral.
  • Expy: Savage to Darth Maul, both in- and out-of-universe.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Upon arriving at Devaron, Savage tosses aside battle droids and clone troopers alike to reach the Jedi.
  • Foreshadowing: Mother Talzin tells Dooku that she can get him an apprentice of the same lineage as Darth Maul.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Savage goes from one of the many tribal leaders of the Nightbrothers to a hulking monster, and Dooku's new Sith apprentice.
  • Glowing Eyes: The Nightbrothers' irises glow in the dark.
  • Hitler Cam: This is used to accentuate Savage's new height after he's transformed by the Nightsisters.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Savage's last test of brainwashed loyalty is to kill his brother. He hesitates, but ultimately obeys.
  • Klingon Promotion: This is the first time Dooku actually considers the possibility of overthrowing Palpatine.
  • Meaningful Name: Zigzagged. "Savage" is in keeping with the names all the Nightbrothers have, but he doesn't really fit it until after his transformation.
  • Neck Snap: How Savage kills Feral. With one hand.
  • Noble Demon: Savage is a caring brother before the Nightsisters transform him.
  • Oh, Crap!: One of the Nightbrothers, after Ventress catches the spear he throws at her, has a brief moment of panic before Ventress throws it back at him, impaling him.
  • Panty Fighter: Ventress has a few, very quick panty shots during her fight with Savage, with some of her kicks shot from an appropriately low angle.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy/Prophetic Fallacy: Palpatine ordered Dooku to execute Ventress because he worried that Dooku might use her to turn against him. Until then, Dooku never considered the possibility, but once he has Savage as a replacement for Ventress, he immediately decides to turn against his Master, once Savage is ready.
  • Stock Scream: A Wilhelm Scream is heard as Savage is transformed.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Savage, and most of the Nightbrothers, have iridescent golden irises.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The clone commander on Devaron tries charging at Savage to stop his rampage. He's unceremoniously cut down in about a second.
  • Villain Ball: The Nightsisters lure an unsuspecting Dooku to their planet alone. They sit him down at a table and he drinks a potion of their making... that does absolutely nothing. They send him on his way and begin preparing a complex plan involving training an apprentice to replace Ventress and eventually betray Dooku.
  • Villain Episode: The only characters associated with the Republic to appear are a couple of Red Shirt Jedi and their clone troopers.
  • Waif-Fu: Ventress' unarmed combat style, crossing into She-Fu a bit.
  • Worthy Opponent: The Nightsisters choose mates/servants from among the Nightbrothers by competing with them in battle. The one who survives is worthy, and is taken from the village.


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