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- "Soon enough, you will stop denying the truth of so very many things. And you will understand that I am not a traitor, but a visionary! Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hatred leads to suffering. But what the Jedi failed to teach you, what I have learned, is how to persevere, to pass through suffering, and achieve ultimate power!"
- ―Dooku to Quinlan Vos
Dooku was a human male Sith Lord and the political leader of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Dooku was once a Jedi Master of the Jedi Order, but he left the Jedi and the Galactic Republic after growing disillusioned with the corruption in the government. He turned to the dark side and became the apprentice of Darth Sidious, taking on the name Darth Tyranus and reclaiming his title as the Count of Serenno. With his master, who was secretly Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Dooku helped form the Separatist Alliance and engineer the Clone Wars. He was also involved in the creation of the clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic, having supplied the Kaminoans with the chip containing Clone Protocol 66.
Count Dooku led the Separatist Alliance throughout the war, turning star systems against the Republic through political maneuverings and military might. He took on apprentices of his own, with the intention of one day succeeding his master. He first trained Asajj Ventress; later, after being ordered to dispose of Ventress, Dooku took on a second apprentice, Savage Opress. The tutelage was short-lived, however, as Opress had been used by Ventress as a tool of revenge against her former master. Toward the end of the war, Dooku took on a third apprentice, the fallen Jedi Quinlan Vos, with whom he plotted to overthrow his master. This apprenticeship, too, was cut short, as Vos was redeemed in the Force with the help of Asajj Ventress.
The final days of the war saw a battle over Coruscant. In a duel aboard the Separatist command ship, Dooku was defeated by Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, who beheaded the helpless Dooku at Palpatine's command. Dooku was soon replaced as Palpatine's apprentice by Skywalker himself, who fell to the dark side and became Darth Vader. Despite Dooku's death, the plans he helped set into motion during the Clone Wars came to pass, with the destruction of the Jedi Order and the rise of the Galactic Empire.
Early in his life, Dooku was taken in by the Jedi Order and became Yoda's Padawan in the era of the Galactic Republic. During a mission to Kashyyyk, Dooku watched as his master faced a dreadful giant Terentatek. He eventually attained the rank of Jedi Master, and took Qui-Gon Jinn as his apprentice. He also rendered help to Mother Talzin of the Nightsisters, giving her a piece of his hair. Jinn became a Jedi Knight and later became a Jedi Master himself. Jinn had at least some contact with his old Master and after taking on Obi-Wan Kenobi as his apprentice, spoke highly of his Padawan to Dooku, although Dooku never met the young Kenobi as a Jedi.
Even before the death of his former apprentice on Naboo, Dooku became disillusioned with Jedi Order, the Republic, and the Galactic Senate's corruption. He left the Order, becoming one of the Lost Twenty. He then regained his family's wealth and the title of Count of Serenno. Dooku was then approached by the Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, who asked for his help. Craving power, Dooku joined him and was given the Sith name, Darth Tyranus. As Tyranus, Dooku arranged the death of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas by contacting Lom Pyke of the Pyke Syndicate to shoot him down. Dooku was then given Sifo-Dyas's body. However, Dooku was unaware that the Pykes had captured Valorum's aide, Silman, alive. On one of the moons of Bogden, Dooku then recruited the bounty hunter Jango Fett as the template for the Clone Army Sifo-Dyas ordered from the Kaminoans. Dooku agreed to pay Fett with an unaltered clone for himself. Dooku and Sidious then had bio-chips implanted in the clones to enact a protocol that would ensure the clones' loyalty to Sidious. During this time, Dooku then recruited Dathomirian former Jedi Asajj Ventress to act as his assassin and his Sith apprentice.
Dooku then started rallying systems and corporations to his cause to become the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Dooku also promised Trade Federation Viceroy Gunray that he would assassinate Senator Amidala if he signed Dooku's treaty. Dooku thus dispatched Jango Fett to carry out Amidala's assassination. Despite the failure of Fett's mission, Dooku was able to have the Trade Federation, the Banking Clan, the Techno Union, the Commerce Guild and the Corporate Alliance sign his treaty on Geonosis. Dooku assured them that the Jedi and the Republic would be overwhelmed by their combined forces.
The Clone WarsEdit
- "I have good news for you, my Lord. The war has begun."
"Excellent. Everything is going as planned."
- ―Darth Tyranus and Darth Sidious
Battle of GeonosisEdit
- "Powerful you have become, Dooku. The dark side I sense in you."
"I've become more powerful than any Jedi. Even you."
- ―Yoda and Dooku
Dooku then captured Jedi Master Kenobi and had him imprisoned. Dooku then questioned Kenobi, denying that the bounty hunter he was looking for was not on Geonosis and that he would petition his release. Dooku told Kenobi how he wished that Qui-Gon was still alive and could have used his help. Kenobi replied that his master would have never joined his movement. Dooku claimed that Qui-Gon knew about the Republic's corruption but would not do anything until he knew the truth. Dooku then told Kenobi that the Republic was under the control of the Sith Lord, Darth Sidious. He tried to convince Kenobi to join him, but he refused.
Dooku then sentenced Kenobi, Skywalker, and Amidala to death in the Petranaki arena. As Dooku, Fett, Boba and the other Separatist leaders watched the execution, Master Windu and 200 other Jedi then came to rescue Kenobi and his friends. Dooku was then held at lightsaber point by Windu. However, Windu was forced out by super battle droids and Fett. Dooku and the others then watched as their battle droids surrounded the Jedi. Dooku then offered to spare their lives if they surrendered, but Windu and the others refused. As Dooku gave the order to terminate them, Yoda arrived with the clone army from Kamino and rescued the Jedi.
Dooku then oversaw the battle. Dooku assured his allies that his master would not let the Republic get away with it. However, as the Clone army fought their droid army, Dooku and the other leaders planned their retreat. Before leaving, Dooku was given the designs to the ultimate weapon by Archduke Poggle. Dooku assured him that the designs would be safe with his master. Dooku then took his speeder and was accompanied by two Geonosian fighters. However, he was followed by Kenobi and Skywalker's gunship.
As Dooku prepared to leave, he was confronted by Kenobi and Skywalker. At first, Dooku was able to subdue Skywalker with Force lightning, then fought Kenobi, eventually wounding him in the shoulder and leg. As Dooku prepared to make his killing move, he was stopped by Skywalker. The two fought until Dooku cut Skywalker's right arm off. Dooku was confronted by his former master, Yoda, who quickly proved to be the stronger of the two. However, Dooku was able to escape his old master by causing a pillar to almost fall on Kenobi and Skywalker. While Yoda was distracted, Dooku used his solar sailer to escape along with his forces.
Dooku then went to Coruscant, where he met his master in the Works. He informed Sidious that the War had begun, as he had planned. Dooku and his master then recruited the cyborg General, Grievous to lead the droid army. Grievous was trained by Dooku in the Jedi Arts, using lightsabers taken from his Jedi kills as well. Later, Dooku commanded his droid army to seize control of the major hyperspace lanes following Geonosis, thus separating the Republic from the majority of its army. Dooku then sent Ventress to assist in the General Whorm Loathsom's Droid Army in distracting Kenobi's and Skywalker's forces during the battle on Christophsis before completing her other mission.
Dealings with the HuttsEdit
- "Soon, the Jedi will not only be at war with you, Count, but with the Hutt clan as well"
- ―Darth Sidious to Dooku & Asajj Ventress
Dooku then made a deal with Ziro, uncle of Jabba the Hutt, that he would kidnap Jabba's son, Rotta and that the Jedi would be blamed. He then would be left to take leadership of the Hutt Clans. Dooku sent Ventress in her assault ship, the Trident, to Tatooine to carry out the kidnapping. She then took him to the abandoned monastery on Teth with two battalions of battle droids. She was then contacted by Dooku and then by Lord Sidious, who assured them that Jedi would be at war with Hutts as well as them. After Kenobi finished his negotiations, Dooku went to Tatooine and spoke with Jabba, claiming that the Jedi were behind his son's kidnapping. Dooku then had Ventress and her spy droid, 4-A7 provide 'evidence' that Skywalker and his apprentice were the ones who carried out the kidnapping. Dooku then showed Jabba this, convincing him of the Jedi's treachery. Dooku then told him how his droid army was mounting a rescue. Dooku then asked Jabba if he would consider joining the Separatist in their struggle against the Republic. Dooku was then informed by Ventress that Skywalker was eluding her and escaping with Jabba's son.
After her defeat, Dooku then had Ventress lie that Skywalker had killed his infant. Jabba, believing Dooku, allowed him to send him and battle droids to deal with Skywalker personally. After his MagnaGuards shot Skywalker down, Dooku then went into the Dune Sea. He then contacted Ziro, informing him that Jabba believes his story and assured him that he would be master of the Hutt clans. Dooku also had Ziro take Senator Amidala prisoner when she learned of Ziro's deal with him. Dooku then confronted Skywalker to kill Rotta. The two of them dueled, until Dooku realize the Hutt was with his apprentice. However, he anticipated this and had Magnaguards wait for her. Dooku then taunted Skywalker with his hologram of his apprentice's fight. Dooku then knocked down, telling him that his droid will kill his apprentice and the Hutt, and then bring her before Jabba, where he would execute her for Rotta's murder. He then laughed as Skywalker went to rescue his apprentice. After Jabba learned of the truth of his uncle's deal, Dooku then left Tatooine. He then informed Lord Sidious of his failure, saying their fight has become more difficult. Sidious however, told him to allow the Jedi their victory, knowing that the engines have turned in their favor.
Negotiations with the ToydariansEdit
During the initial start of Separatist occupation of Ryloth, Dooku was then informed by TX-20 that the Jedi were sending Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan to Toydaria to establish supply lines to the Republic garrison and Twi'lek people. Dooku then contacted Senator Lott Dod of the Trade Federation to prevent the Republic from doing so.
Dooku then learned that King Katuunko was considering joining the Republic and was going to speak with his former master Yoda on the neutral moon, Rugosa. Thus he sent his apprentice, Ventress to convince him to join the Separatists. Ventress was able to make a deal with Katuunko and Yoda; If Yoda and his 3 troopers defeated her droid battalion, he may join the Republic, but if her droids capture Yoda, join the Separatists. Dooku approved of her deal, knowing that Yoda made a mistake in venturing far from Coruscant. However, Yoda was able to defeat her droids. Katuunko then told Dooku that he would be joining the Republic, seeing Ventress's treachery. Dooku urged him to reconsider to no avail. Dooku then ordered Ventress to kill him. However, Yoda stopped her before she could carry it out. Dooku then watched as Ventress made her escape, saying that he was fortunate he was not there personally with his old master.
- "In this war, a step ahead of us Dooku always seems."
Dooku was then on-board General Grievous's heavy cruiser, the Malevolence, in the Abregado system. When a fleet of Republic cruisers entered the system, Dooku ordered Grievous to jam their communications. Dooku then ordered them to use the cruiser's secret weapon, the Ion cannon, on the Republic fleet. After the Republic fleet was disabled and destroyed, Dooku then sent out hunters to make sure there were no survivors. Dooku then learned that a group of survivors had destroyed the pod hunters. As Dooku, Grievous and the Malevolence searched for the survivors, Skywalker arrived and found them before they did. However, they were able to detect a non-battle droid signal. Dooku then ordered Grievous to destroy the ship, but failed. Despite this being unfortunate, Dooku then contacted Lord Sidious.
After Grievous attacked a medical convoy near the Ryndellia system, Dooku gave Grievous his next target; the Republic's Outer Rim Medical Center. En route to the target, Dooku informed Grievous that the Republic had launched a strike team under Skywalker to attack the Malevolence. Dooku warned Grievous to not underestimate Skywalker. After the Malevolence's hyperdrive was disabled, Dooku arranged for Amidala to be captured while en route to negotiations with the Banking Clan. As Grievous made his escape, Dooku contacted him, awaiting his and the Malevolence's arrival. However, Dooku's communications was cut by Grievous, due to his failure in bringing the Malevolence to the rendezvous point.
- "There is no margin for error this time, child. You must prove yourself worthy of being my apprentice."
"I am worthy, as you shall see."
- ―Dooku speaks with his would-be-Sith apprentice
When Viceroy Gunray was captured, Dooku was then contacted by Sidious informing of the danger's of Gunray's interrogation by the Jedi. Dooku informed him that he already had a plan in motion; to send Asajj Ventress to either free Gunray or silence him. Sidious however, questioned Ventress's competence due to previous failures. Dooku assured Sidious that she would complete the mission. After his conversation, Dooku told Ventress that she must prove herself worthy of being his apprentice, to which Ventress assured him that she will. Dooku also bribed Senate commando, Argyus into helping Ventress free Gunray. Ventress ultimately succeeded in her mission to rescue Gunray, terminating Argyus for downplaying her role in the rescue.
- "General, the ongoing stalemate in the war has become unacceptable. There is concern you have lost your focus. Lord Sidious demands more dramatic results: more dead Jedi."
"You expect victory over Jedi, but all you give me to fight them is battle droids. Bah!"
- ―Dooku (via hologram), speaking with Grievous
After Gunray's escape, Dooku, frustrated with the ongoing stalemate, arranged a test for General Grievous. He then laid a trap for Jedi Master Kit Fisto, his former apprentice, Nahdar Vebb and their clone troopers at Grievous's fortress in the Vassek system. He then deactivated Grievous's MagnaGuards. After the Jedi found Gunray's hologram and the tracking device, Dooku then contacted Fisto, offering an alternative prize. Dooku then contacted General Grievous, informing him of Lord Sidious's demand for more dramatic examples; more dead Jedi. Grievous told Dooku that all he has are battle droids. After Grievous's first confrontation with the Jedi and the death of his pet roggwart, Gor, Dooku contacted him telling him that he arranged for this test. Grievous then cut communications with Dooku to finish off the Jedi. Dooku then contacted him on his victory. However, Grievous told him that Fisto escaped him. Dooku told him that there was room for improvement.
Dooku then captured Skywalker and took him aboard his command ship. However, Skywalker was rescued by Kenobi and the two of them confronted Dooku. Dooku made his escape to his solar sailer as the Republic forces arrived. Dooku was soon thereafter shot down by Skywalker and Kenobi, and crash landed on Vanqor where he hid in a cave. He next caused a cave-in, forcing Skywalker to lose his lightsaber which Dooku took, and then sealed the cave off. Dooku then found Weequay pirates at his solar sailer. Thereafter, Dooku approached the pirate's captain, Hondo Ohnaka, whom offered him passage to Florrum for a price. Dooku agreed to pay him. However, Dooku's lightsabers were taken from him after his arrival on Florrum. Dooku warned them that they were not dealing with a Jedi, but a Sith Lord. However, he was outnumbered and ransomed off to the Republic by the pirates. Kenobi and Skywalker checked to ensure the pirates had actually captured him. Dooku warned the Jedi that the pirates were devious and that they would not allow them leave.
Dooku was proven correct when he, Kenobi and Skywalker were tied together. Thus, Dooku was forced to work with the Jedi to escape before the Republic arrived. During their 2nd escape attempt, Dooku was saved by Kenobi before the were captured by Hondo and his men. However, after Republic representative Binks and his escort disabled the power, Dooku made his escape by choking a guard. He then killed Turk and forced him to kill another Weequay with his own gun. At that point he stole their shuttle and made his escape.
Dooku observed General Lok Durd's test of their new weapon, the Defoliator Deployment Tank on Maridun. After the initial success of the weapon's effects on the battle droids, Dooku asked to him to test the weapon on living targets. Durd assured that he would on the Lurmen colonists.
Occupation of RylothEdit
During the initial start of the Republic's return to Ryloth, Dooku assured Tambor that the Republic forces were spread thin in its sector and that it would be suicide for the Republic. After the Republic landed and were moving on the capital of Lessu, Dooku was informed by TA-175 of Tambor's pitiful job in protecting the Separatist's investment on Ryloth. Though Tambor claimed that the tactical droid was exaggerating, Dooku warned him that he was no match for Windu. Dooku then ordered Tambor to evacuate with what valuables he had and to destroy what was left. Dooku told Tambor that the charred ruins of Ryloth would demonstrate to the galaxy the cost of a Republic "victory". Dooku then contacted Tambor again, shocked that he had not left yet. Dooku then ordered him out before Windu and the Republic arrive. He then gave TA-175 orders to bomb the capital after they leave. After the Republic arrived and captured Tambor, Dooku ordered TA-175 to bomb the capital.
Dealing with the Death WatchEdit
Dooku then secretly supported the Death Watch movement on Mandalore. Dooku then spoke with it's leader, Governor Pre Vizsla of Concordia, about the Jedi Council's investigation on Mandalore. Dooku assured him that if the Republic sends an occupation force to Mandalore, the people would rebel and join the Death Watch. Dooku then had Vizsla send one of his assassins to Coruscant to eliminate Duchess Satine Kryze from interfering with their plans. Unfortunately, the Duchess stopped their plans. Dooku warned Vizsla that without his forces, Death Watch would only hold the planet for a day. Dooku assured him that he had other ways of accomplishing their goals.
Following these events, Dooku broke off with the Death Watch. Dooku then dueled with Vizsla, giving him a scar before escaping and vowing vengeance on Dooku.
Continuing the warEdit
- "After our attack, chances of peace will disappear."
Dooku then endorsed a peace initiative being offered by the Separatist Senate. However, Dooku had Gen. Grievous carry out a mission to ensure that Lord Sidious's plans continue unhindered. Dooku assured Republic senators Lott Dod, Gume Saam, and Nix Card that they would ensure that the banks would be deregulated and would receive their profits.
After the attack, Dooku sent message saying that the Republic had killed the very sponsor of the peace initiative, Mina Bonteri. In truth, Dooku had sent his agents to kill Bonteri. Dooku then paid bounty hunters Robonino and Chata Hyoki to intimidate Senators from voting against the military enhancement bill. Dooku then sent them to eliminate Senator Amidala.
Tyranus was then contacted by Lord Sidious about his assassin, Ventress, and how she was becoming powerful. Sidious believed that Dooku was training his own apprentice and was planning to replace him. Dooku assured Sidious that his loyalty was to him alone. To prove his loyalty, Tyranus was ordered to eliminate Ventress. Dooku tried to convince Sidious not to do this, but he complied. Dooku then contacted Ventress at Sullust, informing her that he recalled her reinforcements. Ventress implored Dooku to help destroy the Jedi, but he told her that she was no longer his apprentice and that she would soon die. Dooku then contacted the tactical droid, TJ-912, aboard it's Destroyer and ordered it to destroy Ventress aboard the flagship. TJ-912 carried out Dooku's orders and informed him that she was dead. Dooku ordered TJ-912 to withdraw from Sullust. Dooku then informed Lord Sidious that Ventress had been destroyed, proving his loyalty to his master.
Dooku then came under attack by Ventress and her fellow nightsisters posing as Jedi at his palace on Serenno. Though his senses were dulled by their poison, Dooku was able to fight them off with his Sith lightning. The attempt on his life failed but Dooku never found out the identity of his attackers. Dooku was then contacted by Mother Talzin, who was aware of the loss of his prized assassin, who was of one of her Nightsisters. She then offered Dooku one male from her planet to replace her. Dooku took her up on her offer.
Dealings with the NightsistersEdit
- "We could certainly use the power of the Nightsisters against the Jedi."
- ―Dooku to Mother Talzin
Dooku then traveled to Dathomir to speak with Talzin. Dooku proposed an alliance between his Separatists and her Nightsisters. Talzin refused his generous offer. Talzin then asked Dooku if knew the Sith warrior, Darth Maul. Dooku remembered that he was killed 10 years ago on Naboo by Kenobi. Talzin then offered one of her Nightbrothers from Maul's village, as his new assassin. Dooku, with the "loss" of Ventress and the Jedi attacks, agreed to her offer and left.
Training the brother of Darth MaulEdit
- "I foresee we will do great things together. I shall teach you the ways of the dark side. Soon, your powers will rival that of the great Sith Lord Darth Maul. We will be even more powerful than Lord Sidious. We shall rule the galaxy together, my apprentice."
- ―Dooku to Savage Opress
Dooku then trained Savage in lightsaber combat and his dark side powers. Dooku was a harsh taskmaster who tortured Opress with his Sith lightning. After Dooku's first training session with Opress, he sent him on a mission to Toydaria. Dooku told to bring King Katuunko to him alive. However, Opress failed Dooku when he kill Katuunko and brought him aboard his flagship. Dooku then punished him with his Sith lightning. Ventress then revealed herself alive and Opress's true master. The two of them then fought Dooku but were unable to defeat him. Opress then force-choked Dooku and Ventress and then tried to kill them both. However, Dooku and Ventress made their escape. Dooku was then confronted by Ventress, but was able to defeat her. Just as he was about to kill her, Dooku was blinded and Ventress made her escape. Dooku then ordered his battle droids to kill Opress, but they failed to stop him from escaping.
Dooku then contacted the Citadel's warden, Commander Osi Sobeck about Jedi Council Member Even Piell's information on the Nexus Route. Dooku then reprimanded Sobeck, but gives him another chance to get the information from his escaping prisoners.
Battle of Mon CalaEdit
- "The whispering of his name can rekindle hope, and hope is something we cannot allow our enemy to possess."
- ―Dooku to Tamson
During the Battle of Mon Cala, Count Dooku supported the Quarren in their civil war against the Mon Calamari. The Mon Calamari King Yos Kolina had died but the Quarren led by Chieftain Nossor Ri contested his son Prince Lee-Char's claim to the throne. Dooku dispatched Commander Riff Tamson as a Separatist observer to the Quarren on Mon Cala. Dooku was assured that Chieftain Nossori and his Quarren were with them. In return for supporting the Separatist cause, Dooku promised Tamson that Mon Cala would be his to rule. Under Dooku's orders, Mon Calamari captives from Mon Cala city were enslaved.
After the Mon Calamari and Republic received Gungan reinforcements from Naboo, Dooku sent Tamson reinforcements, but ordered him to keep them in reserve. Dooku also ordered him to continue to hunt down Prince Lee-Char and reminded Nossor Ri that the Quarren had to support the war effort if they wanted Separatist support. Dooku also sent Tamson Karkarodon soldiers from his homeworld of Karkaris to secure the Separatists hold on the planet. Despite Dooku's best efforts, his plans to conquer Mon Cala collapsed after the Quarren switched sides after learning that Tamson planned to crown himself as the new ruler of Mon Cala. Together, the Quarren, Mon Calamari, Republic, Jedi, and Gungans managed to drive the Separatist from Mon Cala.
Dealings on NabooEdit
- "The Sith control everything. You just don't know it."
- ―Dooku to Anakin Skywalker
Dooku then formed an alliance with Gungan priest, Rish Loo to provoke war between the Naboo and the Gungans. Dooku promised Rish Loo that he would most influential in his new order. However, Rish Loo's plans were exposed by Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, Senator Amidala, and Representative Binks freed Boss Lyonie from his mind-control. Dooku then informed his master of Gen. Grievous's capture by the Gungans. Dooku then agreed to capture Skywalker in order to trade him for Grievous. Dooku then had Rish Loo lure Skywalker to his lab. Once there, Dooku killed Rish Loo for his foolishness. Dooku and his magnaGuards then fought Skywalker, eventually subduing him. Dooku then contacted Amidala, offering to exchange Skywalker for Gen. Grievous. At first, Amidala refused, but agreed to it when Dooku's magnaguards started to torture Skywalker.
Dealing with slaversEdit
Dooku then accompanied Zygerrian slaver, Commander Darts D'Nar, and his forces as they moved into "occupy" the Togruta colony of Kiros. Dooku then convinced the governor, Roshti, to be taken to a "safe haven". Dooku and Zygerrian Prime Minister Atai Molec then contacted him as he negotiated with General Kenobi. Dooku then ordered D'Nar to bring Kenobi to him on his knees. Dooku and half of Scintel's kingdom then demanded the Zygerrian Queen, Miraj Scintel to kill Anakin Skywalker.
When she refused, Dooku was asked to come to Zygerria by Prime Minister Molec. Lord Sidious sent Dooku to ensure that Queen would carry out Skywalker's execution. Dooku then spoke with the Queen and the Prime Minister about Skywalker and his friends' situation. Dooku was intrigued by her plan to enslave the Jedi, but Dooku's plan was to eradicate the Jedi. He also warned her that her power over Skywalker was an illusion, since he was once a Jedi. When queen refused to allow Dooku to execute Skywalker, Molec saw her as unworthy as being queen and Dooku force-choke Scintel as Skywalker arrived. Dooku then fought Skywalker. Dooku then ordered the Royal guard to kill Skywalker for the Queen's murder before he escaped. Dooku then contacted Keeper Agruss and ordered him to execute Kenobi and Captain Rex.
Dooku then hired bounty hunter Moralo Eval to carryout a kidnapping of Palpatine. Following Eval's escape with help from fellow bounty hunters Cad Bane and Rako Hardeen (Kenobi in disguise), Dooku brought other bounty hunters to participate in this mission for him. He tested them by putting them inside the box. Dooku became impressed with Hardeen's performance, especially how he was able to kill Kenobi. Dooku then had Eval fight Hardeen till he lost. He then appointed Bane as leader of this team to carry out Palpatine's kidnapping.
On Naboo, Dooku listened to Bane's plans. However, he implanted a listening device in Hardeen's rifle case, revealing that he knew that Hardeen was Kenobi all along. The bounty hunter's mission was merely a diversion to distract the Republic troops, while Dooku carried out the kidnapping. However, his plan was foiled by Kenobi and Skywalker who managed to stop his plot before he escaped.
Extermination of the NightsistersEdit
Remembering their treachery with Savage Opress, Dooku, at the behest of Lord Sidious, dispatched General Grievous to wipe out Mother Talzin, Ventress and the Nightsisters on Dathomir. However, Dooku was tortured by Talzin through her magic, demanding he call off Grievous and his armiy. Dooku contacted Grievous, ordering him to find Talzin before she killed him. Dooku was saved when Grievous apparently killed Talzin in a secret chamber of the Nightsister village.
Following the Nightsister massacre, Dooku spoke with Grievous about Savage Opress. He feared that with Talzin gone, Savage would be a danger to him and his master, as he was becoming more powerful. Dooku also sensed something else coming.
Dooku then supported Sanjay Rash as he usurped the throne of Onderon from Ramsis Dendup. Following Rash's reports of the rebels, Dooku dispatched Super tactical droid general, Kalani to take command of the Separatist forces. Following the rebels victory over the droid gunships, Dooku ordered Kalani to withdraw what remained of the occupation force to Agamar, much to Rash's disapproval which ended with his death.
Retribution on FlorrumEdit
Still having a score to settle with Hondo Ohnaka for holding him captive in the past, Dooku dispatched General Grievous to Florrum to seize and dismantle all of Ohnaka's possessions. He then had Grievous take Ohnaka away to a prison cell. Ohnaka survived the assault but much of his base was left in ruins.
Order 66 revelationEdit
Dooku was later contacted by Admiral Trench. Though Trench's line held on Ringo Vinda, he informed Dooku how one of the clones had murdered his Jedi general in a trance-like state. Dooku informed his master that Order 66 might be revealed. Thus Sidious ordered Dooku to kidnap the clone and examine him.
Following Trench's failed kidnapping, Dooku, going by Lord Tyranus, contacted Kaminoan Prime Minister Lama Su about the trooper. Dooku then asked for the inhibitor chip. However, the inhibitor chip was then stolen by the renegade trooper. Tyranus made it clear that only he and Sifo-Dyas know about the chip's true purpose and that the Jedi must not learn this. Following the death of the renegade trooper, Dooku was then given both chips by his master.
Recruiting Clovis Edit
Dooku was then ordered by his master to name Senator Rush Clovis the head of Banking Clan. Dooku then contacted Clovis via the medical droid treating him. Dooku offered to pay the Confederacy's interest on their loans, supply Clovis details of the Muuns secret accounts, in exchange for him becoming head of the Banking Clan.
After Clovis took his position on Scipio, Dooku contacted him to congratulate on his appointment. Dooku then announced that he wished collect on his "investment" or he will reveal the truth behind's Clovis's appointment. He also threatened that the Confederacy would not pay back their loans. Thus Dooku forced to raise the Republic's interest rates to keep the bank afloat. Dooku then accompanied the Confederate fleet and went to Clovis's office. Dooku informs her of the deal he made with Clovis. Dooku ordered her arrest, but Confederate Congress leader, Bec Lawise, said that their Senate would not approve of this. Dooku then forced Amidala to shoot Lawise. Dooku then left aboard Kraken's flagship and ordered their forces to withdraw from Scipio.
- "I told you everything you needed to know on Geonosis. All those years ago, Kenobi. You should have joined me. Sifo-dyas understood. He saw the future. That is why he helped me."
Tyranus was then informed by Sidious that the Jedi had learned of a secret that Dooku failed to hide. Dooku then learned that the Pykes had kept Silman, the former Chancellor's Valorum aide who accompanied Sifo-Dyas, alive. Dooku then went to Oba Diah to eliminate this loose end by killing Silman. However, Dooku was confronted by Kenobi and Skywalker. He fought them before he was surrounded by Lom Pyke and his men, who revealed that he was Tyranus. Dooku revealed that he was telling Kenobi the truth on Geonosis about the Sith Lord. Dooku then killed Lom Pyke and escaped.
Dooku was then informed that Lord Sidious demanded his presence on Coruscant. Both he and Lord Sidious felt that Yoda was on the Sith homeworld of Moraband for some unknown reason. Dooku then allowed Sidious to use his blood to create a illusion to Yoda due to him being his former master using both their Sith lightning. However they failed in breaking Yoda and knew they needed more time.
Crystal Crisis on UtapauEdit
Towards the end of the Clone Wars, Count Dooku and General Grievous took interest in a massive kyber crystal on the neutral planet of Utapau. They hired several Sugi mercenaries led by Endente and Amani outcasts to excavate the crystal and to guard it respectively. Dooku and Grievous were also aided by Governor Torul Blom, who had secret contacts with Endente. When the Jedi Master Tu-Anh stumbled upon their operation, the Separatists sent two IG-100 MagnaGuards to assassinate her. However, her death attracted the attention of Master Kenobi and the Jedi Knight Skywalker, who traveled to Utapau to investigate.
Investigating Tu-Anh's death and the presence of MagnaGuards, Kenobi and Skywalker traveled to the plains of Utapau to investigate a group of Amani outcasts. While traveling through Utapau's wilderness, the two Jedi were captured by several Sugi mercenaries who brought them to Endente, who informed them about the Confederacy's interest in the kyber crystal. When the Jedi offered to buy the crystal for twice the amount, Endente informed Dooku via hologram about the Jedi and demanded more compensation to offset the Jedi offer. Dooku ordered him to kill the Jedi and promised that he would send Grievous to "give him what he deserved." Later, the two Jedi managed to overpower their captors and steal the crystal.
As Endente and his Sugi comrades prepared for a counter-assault to recover the kyber crystal, they were contacted by Dooku who informed him that Grievous was coming to meet them on the plains of Utapau. Fearful of reporting his failure to the Sith, Endente told Dooku to send Grievous to meet them at Pau City instead on the pretext that the Amani could no longer be relied upon to guard the crystal. Endente informed the Sith Lord that they had a friend in the Utapau government, Governor Blom. Despite their efforts, Endente and his forces failed to recover the crystal from the Jedi, who made their way to Pau City's spaceport.
Grievous eventually learned of Endente's failure and executed the Sugi mercenary. After a struggle, Grievous, with the help of Governor Blom, managed to recover the crystal from the Jedi and loaded it onto his shuttle. Grievous managed to load the crystal onto his supply ship. The Jedi followed him aboard but Dooku managed to capture Kenobi. Following Kenobi's capture, Grievous gave a report to Dooku, who ordered him to execute Master Kenobi and to deliver the crystal urgently to Serenno; stressing that he would tolerate no failure. Despite Grievous' efforts, the two Jedi managed to destroy the crystal and Grievous' fleet. Grievous alone escaped to report the failure to his master.
The Dark Disciple and Asajj VentressEdit
- "Vos is a Dark Lord, as I am, and he knows better than to turn against his kind."
"A Dark Lord?"
"Oh, yes. He has sworn allegiance to the dark side. He and I will take down Lord Sidious once and for all, and rule the galaxy together. Hopefully, you'll have been disposed of by then."
- ―Dooku to Ventress[src]
During the waning days of the Clone Wars, Count Dooku commanded an assault on the planet Mahranee, which led to the genocide of the Mahran species. In addition, Dooku also issued orders that all Mahran be killed on sight. Dooku's assault was witnessed by the Jedi Council on Coruscant, who at the suggestion of Master Obi-Wan hatched an unusual plan partnering maverick Jedi Master Quinlan Vos with the Nightsister bounty hunter and Dooku's former apprentice Asajj Ventress. After partnering with Ventress as a bounty hunter, Vos eventually revealed his true identity. Seeking revenge against Dooku for his actions against her and her people, Ventress agreed to help Vos by training him in the ways of the dark side.
After Vos completed his training, Ventress received word from the Separatist contact Sumdin that Dooku was going to visit Raxus, where he was due to receive the Raxian Humanitarian Award for his services to the Confederacy. For that trip, Dooku was accompanied by his military commander General Grievous. Before receiving the award, Dooku gave a patriotic speech to a large crowd defending the Separatist cause and attacking the Republic and the Jedi. During the public banquet, Asajj took the opportunity to meet up with Dooku and challenge him to a duel at the overlook nearby. Dooku agreed but secretly contacted Grievous for reinforcements. However, Vos anticipated this and managed to lock Grievous in a room.
Together, Ventress and Vos confronted Dooku at the overlook. After exchanging pleasantries over a glass of Alderaanian wine, Dooku engaged the assassins in a lightsaber duel. Using his mastery of the dark side, Dooku overpowered the two assassins and used the Force to hurl them against some nearby pillars. Despite Vos' best efforts, he was unable to best Dooku and was taken captive by the Sith Lord. Ventress managed to escape following a scuffle with Grievous but was unable to rescue her lover Vos. Dooku then struck Vos unconscious with Force lightning and spirited his Jedi captive away to his palace on Serenno.
On Serenno, Count Dooku tortured Quinlan Vos for a prolonged period. To sow discord between Vos and Ventress, he showed the Jedi Master a hologram of Ventress killing his former Master Tholme. When Vos initially refused to believe Dooku's account, the Sith Lord presented Vos with Tholme's lightsaber. Using his psychometric abilities, Vow realized that Dooku was telling the truth. Shortly later, Vos and Boba Fett's bounty hunter syndicate launched a mission to rescue Vos. However, they were forced to flee empty-handed after Vos, who had given in to the dark side, attacked Ventress. Following the attack, Vos became Dooku's new Sith apprentice. Despite turning to the Separatist side, Vos secretly planned to force Dooku to lead him to his master, Darth Sidious, and then kill the two Sith Lords.
Together, Dooku and his new right-hand man Quinlan Vos launched a renewed military military campaign against the Republic. Vos quickly gained the moniker "Admiral Enigma" among the Republic media. After receiving intelligence from Admiral Wullf Yularen that Dooku was planning to attack the planet Taris, the Jedi Council hatched a mission to rescue Quinlan Vos. With the help of Ventress, Kenobi and his former apprentice Anakin Skywalker infiltrated Dooku's Providence-class dreadnought and made their way to the bridge, hoping to encounter "Admiral Enigma". Instead, they encountered Dooku. While Skywalker dueled with Dooku, Ventress and Kenobi managed to "rescue" Vos from his cell. However, Vos and Dooku had anticipated the rescue and arranged for Vos to appear in an emaciated state. While Ventress sensed that Vos had turned to the dark side, his Jedi colleagues eagerly welcomed Vos home.
Quinlan Vos' "rescue" gave Count Dooku a high-level spy within the Jedi Order. Using his high-placed position within the Jedi hierarchy, Vos leaked intelligence on two Republic operations to Dooku. This allowed the Separatists to sabotage an asteroid supplies warehouse and to evacuate a listening post on Vanqor prior to a Republic attack. After discerning that Vos had turned to the dark side, the Jedi Council sent Vos on a mission to kill Dooku. With the help of Ventress, Vos and the Jedi learned that Dooku's dreadnought was last sighted above the crystal-covered planet of Christophsis. Vos managed to infiltrate Dooku's dreadnought and engaged the Sith Lord in a lightsaber duel. Despite besting Dooku, Vos refused to kill him and instead demanded that Dooku lead him to Darth Sidious.
Unknown to both Dooku and Vos, they had been tailed by Kenobi and Skywalker. The two Jedi Knights promptly arrested Dooku and his apprentice and transported them to the Venator-class Star Destroyer Vigilance as prisoners. While being marched to the Vigilance's brig, Vos managed to free Dooku, who in turned freed Vos. After killing the Jedi Knights Akar-Deshu and Kav Bayons and two dozen Clone troopers, the two dark siders escaped the Vigilance aboard Ventress' ship Banshee. Ventress attempted to fly them back to Dooku's dreadnought but they were shot down by the Vigilance and crash-landed on Christophsis.
Dooku and his fellow travelers survived the crash but the Count sustained a serious injury since he had not been properly strapped in. After navigating through Christophsis' crystal-covered landscape, they managed to reach a local Separatist base that was built into a giant crystal tower. Upon arriving, Dooku was informed that Darth Sidious was seeking an audience with him. During a brief hologram conversation, Dooku requested help from his master to get offworld. Shortly later, Kenobi and Skywalker launched a full-scale assault on the Separatist base.
Together, Dooku and his opponents made their way into an outlying crystal sanctum. On the way, Dooku was struck by a blaster blast and was knocked unconscious. While Ventress wanted to let him die, Vos insisted on keeping him alive. While Vos assisted the battle droids in the defense of the base, Ventress moved Dooku into the crystal sanctum. After stirring, Dooku taunted Ventress by deriding her as a "grant" and claiming that Vos had much potential as a Sith Lord. Ventress responded that Vos had "bigger plans" for Dooku. When Vos entered the sanctum, Ventress confronted him about his decision to join Dooku and the dark side.
While Ventress and Vos were preoccupied, Dooku took the opportunity to attack his former pupils with Force lightning. He wanted to kill Vos but ended up striking Ventress. Though Quinlan managed to stop Dooku, Ventress eventually succumbed to her injuries and died. Dooku then attempted to goad Vos into killing him, but realizing that the act of murder led to the dark side, Vos refused and reaffirmed his Jedi identity. While Vos comforted his dying lover, Dooku took the opportunity to rendezvous with Sidious' starship and fled off-world. Despite failing to kill Dooku, Vos was pardoned by the Jedi Council after he rejected the dark side and continued serving the Jedi war effort.
Search for Darth MaulEdit
- "I left you here to make you an offer. While Grievous is a creature of limited scope, you see much more. You abandoned the Jedi when you understood the Sith were gaining power. Now I suggest you abandon Sidious and serve me."
- ―Maul tempting Dooku to join him
Dooku assisted his master in interrogating his former apprentice, Darth Maul, about his Shadow Collective at the Spire on Stygeon Prime. However, Maul then made his escape with his Mandalorian super commandos to Zanbar. Dooku then dispatched General Grievous and Tey-Zuka to attack and cripple Maul and his forces. Dooku then contacted Grievous after Maul's forces retreated. Dooku hoped this attack would draw Talzin out.
Dooku, accompanied by a pair of MagnaGuards, then went to Ord Mantell to capture Maul and level the city. Dooku was then confronted by Brother Viscus and the Nightbrothers. Dooku was easily able to defeat the Viscus and his men. However, Dooku was then surrounded by Maul's forces before he had the chance to kill the defeated Viscus.
Dooku was offered a deal by Maul; to abandon Lord Sidious and serve Maul. Dooku refused, knowing that Sidious was more powerful than they realized. Maul told him that together with Talzin, they would be Sidious's undoing. Dooku then spoke with Talzin, warning that betraying Sidious is a folly. Talzin told him that Sidious was ready to replace him with a new apprentice. She then revealed to Dooku how Sidious came to her promising to make her his right hand but betrayed her when he took Maul. She also revealed that Maul was her son. When the Republic forces boarded their ship, Dooku decided to assist Maul in killing the Jedi, but not before secretly freeing Grievous. Together they fought Jedi Generals, Mace Windu, Aayla Secura, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Tiplee. Dooku then killed Tiplee and then escaped with Maul and Commanders Saxon and Kast aboard a gauntlet fighter.
Dooku was then taken to Dathomir by Maul. There, he was taken to a chamber in the Nightbrother village to have his life-force taken from him to allow Talzin to regain her form. Dooku was then possessed by Talzin when Grievous and Sidious arrived. However, she was no match against Sidious' skill while inside Dooku's body. Dooku was freed when Talzin became whole. He then assisted his master in fighting Talzin until Grievous killed her. Despite Maul's escape, Sidious assured Dooku that their future was certain.
- "I've been looking forward to this."
"My powers have doubled since the last time we met, Count."
"Good. Twice the pride, double the fall."
- ―Dooku and Anakin Skywalker
Dooku held Chancellor Palpatine captive aboard General Grievous's flagship, the Invisible Hand. He arrogantly engaged Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in a lightsaber duel when they came to the Chancellor's rescue. The duel was brief but fierce. Dooku defeated Kenobi, who was incapacitated and knocked unconscious when the Count used the Force to pin Kenobi to the ground with a metal balcony. However, Dooku was soon overpowered by Skywalker, who cut off the Count's hands and then took Dooku's own lightsaber and held it to his throat along with his own, in a scissor-like way. At Skywalker's mercy, Dooku was sentenced to death by Chancellor Palpatine. Despite the fact that the Count was an unarmed prisoner, Skywalker beheaded him.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
- "Darth Tyranus… he was a proton torpedo. He served his purpose and was gone…."
- ―Darth Sidious explaining his former apprentices to Darth Vader
Dooku was a master lightsaber duelist. During his time as a Jedi he was known as one of the Order's finest swordsmen; it was said that only Mace Windu could have fought him as an equal, and only Yoda was his superior. Dooku was a practitioner of the second form of lightsaber combat, Makashi. Makashi was a rarity among the Jedi by the time of the Clone Wars; it was a style designed specifically for lightsaber-to-lightsaber combat, and as such it was considered obsolete in a time when most Jedi were more likely to face blaster-wielding opponents. The style's scarcity gave Dooku an advantage when engaging in lightsaber duels, as few of his enemies were trained to defend themselves against it. Makashi relied on precision, speed, and economy of movement rather than wide-sweeping strikes that characterized later styles. However, in spite of his unparalleled sword mastery and years of experience, Dooku was still vulnerable to Form II's greatest weakness; its lack of kinetic power. This was demonstrated during his final duel against Anakin Skywalker. Makashi simply was not able to generate the necessary energy to meet Skywalker's preferred style, Djem So, on an even footing. Skywalker's ferocious swordplay battered through Dooku's defenses, draining his reserves of Force energy and leaving him physically exhausted.
In addition to his formidable lightsaber skills, Dooku was enormously powerful in the Force. He demonstrated great skill in the powers of telekinesis and Force grip. During his duels with Ventress and his escape from Hondo's pirates, he displayed great skill at using telekinesis in finer, more precise tasks such as forcing a pirate to aim and fire his blaster as his comrade and disarming Ventress while also levitating her. He was also highly skilled in the use of Force lightning, using it as both a means of torture and execution, and was able to use it in conjunction with telekinesis.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "He's very aloof, very self-contained, obviously completely fearless. He is extremely intelligent, perhaps more so than almost anyone else. He's obviously a man of immense power. I don't suppose that the question of moral values enter into his head. He's not immoral -- he's amoral. Morality is a word that doesn't figure in his vocabulary at all. It's power. Which is something that exists very much in our world today."
- ―Sir Christopher Lee's thoughts on his character Dooku.
Dooku was portrayed by the late Sir Christopher Lee in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Kyle Rowling portrayed Dooku during most of the character's lightsaber sequences, due to Lee's inability to enact these physical scenes because of his age. Rowling's head was digitally replaced with Lee's during post-production.
The name "Dooku" was based on the Japanese word "doku," meaning poison. In the Galician and Portuguese languages, "do cu," pronounced exactly as in "Dooku," means "from the ass", "of the ass" or "I do anal". For this reason, Dooku's name was changed to "Dookan" in Brazil.
Tyranus—or more properly, Tyrannos—is an ancient Greek word, originally used to describe someone who ruled a city-state after overthrowing the preexisting government. It was a legitimate form of government and the word's meaning was not unfavorable in itself, but over time, as democracy developed, it gained negative connotations and came to mean "oppressor" or "tyrant."
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Notes and referencesEdit
- Count Dooku on Wikipedia