Count Dooku of Serenno is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, appearing in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith as a major and minor antagonist respectively. He was portrayed by Christopher Lee and voiced by Corey Burton in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Clone Wars. In 2019, Dooku became a playable villain in EA's Star Wars Battlefront II, with Burton as the voice talent.
Once a respected Jedi Master who was trained by Yoda as a Padawan learner, Dooku fell to the Dark side of the Force after the death of his former Padawan – Qui-Gon Jinn – and becomes Darth Sidious's second apprentice under the name Darth Tyranus. As the leader of the Separatist Alliance, he is instrumental in the Clone Wars before eventually getting killed by Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith.
Attack of the Clones
Introduced as the chief villain in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Count Dooku appears as the leader of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, a federation of planetary systems rebelling against the Galactic Republic. He says that the Republic is corrupt, and that its politicians are more interested in maintaining the bureaucracy and enriching themselves than in helping poor, oppressed systems.
Dooku recruits bounty hunter Jango Fett to assassinate Padmé Amidala on Coruscant; the attempt on her life fails, however. When a fight with Obi-Wan Kenobi forces Fett to flee from Kamino to Geonosis, the bounty hunter rendezvous with his benefactor. After capturing Obi-Wan on Geonosis, Dooku tells him that he is attempting to save the Republic, explaining that thousands of senators are under the influence of a Sith Lord named Darth Sidious. When Obi-Wan refuses to join him, Dooku promptly sentences him to death. Anakin Skywalker and Padmé go to Geonosis to save Obi-Wan, but they are captured and sentenced to death as well.
A strike team of Jedi show up on the planet, and after they rescue the trio, a battle breaks out between the Republic forces and Dooku's army of battle droids. Dooku tries to flee, but Obi-Wan and Anakin engage him in a lightsaber duel. Dooku subdues Anakin with a blast of Force lightning and wounds Obi-Wan with his lightsaber. When Anakin comes to Obi-Wan's defense, Dooku cuts off the young Padawan's arm. Just as Dooku is about to escape, Yoda confronts him and engages him in a lightsaber duel. Unable to match Yoda's speed and agility, Dooku distracts his former master by using the Force to dislodge a large pillar and send it hurtling toward Anakin and Obi-Wan. While Yoda is busy saving them, Dooku escapes. After he arrives on Coruscant, Dooku shows the Geonosian designs of the Death Star to Darth Sidious and informs his master that their plan is working: "The war has begun."
Revenge of the Sith
In the opening of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, set three years later, Dooku and Separatist commander General Grievous kidnap Supreme Chancellor Palpatine—Sidious' alter ego—as part of a plan orchestrated by Palpatine to lure Anakin Skywalker to the dark side of the Force. Anakin and Obi-Wan board Grievous' ship and confront Dooku, who knocks Obi-Wan unconscious, leaving Anakin to face the Sith Lord alone. Anakin gives in to his hatred of Dooku and uses the dark side to overpower him, severing both of Dooku's hands and leaving him helpless. Palpatine then tells Anakin to execute Dooku on the spot; after initial hesitation, Anakin brutally decapitates Dooku. This act sets off a chain of events that leads to Anakin's eventual fall to the dark side and transformation into Darth Vader.
The Clone Wars (film)
In the 2008 CGI film Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Count Dooku plots to bring Jabba the Hutt into the folds of the Confederacy by enlisting Jabba's uncle Ziro the Hutt to kidnap Jabba's son Rotta. After Ziro's agents deliver the Huttlet to the planet Teth, Dooku contacts Ziro again to arrange for his minion Asajj Ventress to take custody of Rotta. When Jabba requests Jedi assistance to rescue his son, Dooku plans to frame the Jedi for the crime. Dooku duels Anakin for the first time since their encounter in Attack of the Clones. The duel ends in a draw, and Anakin and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano eventually foil Dooku's plan.
The Clone Wars
In the 2008 animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Dooku is the leader of the Separatists, and a primary antagonist. In addition to sending Grievous and Ventress on missions to antagonize the Republic, he works with the terrorist group Death Watch to give the Republic a reason to send a military presence to Mandalore, which would play in his favor. The plan falls through when Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore urges the Galactic Senate to hold off a military force.
In the third season, Dooku is forced to eliminate his apprentice Ventress to prove his loyalty to Darth Sidious. Ventress survives, however, and works with Mother Talzin to kill Dooku by giving him Savage Opress as a replacement apprentice. During a confrontation between Dooku and Ventress, Savage turns on both. In the fourth season, after defeating Anakin in three separate lightsaber duels, Dooku gets his revenge on Ventress by having General Grievous order the systematic genocide of the Nightsisters. Believing both Ventress and Talzin have been killed (albeit false), Dooku knows the only threat left to him is Oppress while sensing his eventual meeting with Darth Maul. In the fifth season, Dooku plays minor roles via hologram in guiding King Rash of Onderon and Grievous taking over Florrum.
In the sixth season, Dooku finds out the clone trooper Tup executed Order 66 prematurely and works behind the scenes to stop the Republic's investigation. He then manipulates the Banking Clan and its representative Rush Clovis into putting all their resources in the hands of the Sith, bringing war to the planet Scipio. The Jedi find a lightsaber belonging to deceased Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas—whom Dooku murdered years earlier—and start an investigation. Sidious forces Dooku to clean up their trail. Dooku confronts Anakin and Obi-Wan on Oba Diah, revealing his alter-ego Darth Tyranus to the Jedi, and they realize that it was he who created the clone army. Some further investigation by Yoda prompts Dooku and his master to perform a Sith ritual in an unsuccessful attempt to break the Jedi Master; Dooku appears to fight Anakin in the illusion, but is executed in a manner very similar to his eventual demise.
Star Wars: Legends
Dooku appears extensively in the Star Wars series's Expanded Universe, made of novels, comic books and the 2003 TV series Star Wars: Clone Wars. In 2015, Lucasfilm labeled such material non-canon, and rebranded them "Star Wars: Legends.
In the Star Wars: Republic series, set during the Clone Wars, Dooku trains multiple Dark Jedi apprentices, most of whom he uses as minions. His apprentices include Ventress, Tol Skorr and renegade Jedi Quinlan Vos. Vos initially intended to infiltrate the Separatists as a spy for the Jedi Council but instead nearly falls to the dark side.
In Jude Watson's Legacy of the Jedi, Dooku appears in Parts 1, 2, and 4, and is mentioned in Part 3. In Part 1, he is first tempted by the dark side of the Force as a child when his best friend and fellow hopeful Padawan Lorian Nod steals an ancient Sith Holocron from the Jedi Archives. When Nod is caught, Nod lies and says that the theft was Dooku's idea, severing their friendship. However, Dooku manages to convince the Jedi Council of the truth, and Nod is then expelled from the Jedi Order for lying and implicating Dooku. It is later implied that Dooku himself steals the Holocron and is intrigued by the Sith's open embrace of power and realizes that he is just as capable of ruthlessness as they are. Nod's treachery leaves Dooku with a great bitterness and intolerance of any form of betrayal, as well as an even more pronounced coldness to strangers. In Part 2, thirteen years later, he is a Jedi Knight, and takes Qui-Gon Jinn as his Padawan apprentice. By now, he is capable of masking emotions such as anger and hate that the Jedi Code forbids, stating that they in fact make him stronger and more precise. He encounters Nod while defending a Senator from space pirates, and defeats Nod in combat, almost executing him. However, Jinn convinces him otherwise and he turns Nod over to the authorities. In Part 3, Jinn, now a Jedi Knight thirty two years later, remarks that he has not seen Dooku in years, noting that their relationship was as master and apprentice rather than as friends. Finally in Part 4, twenty two years later in the midst of the Clone Wars, Dooku is now a known Sith. He travels to a meeting with the leaders of four other worlds who were to construct a spaceport to bargain for their loyalty in the Separatist cause. One of these leaders is Nod, now rehabilitated after a prison sentence after Part 3. However, Nod and the other leaders choose to support the Republic instead, an act which leads Dooku to eventually kill Nod.
In Sean Stewart's Yoda: Dark Rendezvous, Dooku attempts to trap Yoda by offering to negotiate an end to the Clone Wars. Dooku attempts unsuccessfully to sway Yoda to his cause, while Yoda nearly convinces Dooku to return to the Jedi Order. When Anakin and Obi-Wan appear unexpectedly, Dooku believes that Yoda was trying to set him up to be captured, and renounces his former master once and for all. In the novel, it is also revealed that Dooku always resented his parents for "giving him away" to the Jedi Order.
In James Luceno's Labyrinth of Evil, Dooku engineers Grievous' transformation into a cyborg and trains him in lightsaber combat. He then schemes with Sidious to invade Coruscant in what he believes to be a plot to kill Obi-Wan and initiate Anakin into the Sith.
Matthew Stover's novelization of Revenge of the Sith expands upon Dooku's character: it portrays him as an evil man who has no concept of loyalty or friendship, and who despises the galaxy's non-human species. It also explains that Dooku believes that Palpatine's staged kidnapping is part of a plan to kill Obi-Wan and recruit Anakin into the Galactic Empire as the commander of its army, while Dooku and Palpatine will rule the galaxy together. The novelization depicts Dooku's death scene from his point of view; in his final moments, he realizes that Palpatine merely used him as a means to engineer the war and as a placeholder for Anakin, whom he intended to be his apprentice all along.
Star Wars: Clone Wars
During the 2003 animated miniseries Star Wars: Clone Wars, Count Dooku leads the Separatists from behind the scenes, taking the Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress as his apprentice while training General Grievous in lightsaber combat. In the final episode, he and Grievous kidnap Palpatine, setting the stage for Revenge of the Sith.
A number of toys based on Count Dooku have been produced, including the Lego set Lego Star Wars: Duel on Geonosis which recreates the duel between Yoda and Dooku portrayed in Attack of the Clones, and a Hasbro Count Dooku lightsaber.
Count Dooku was portrayed by Christopher Lee in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, while Kyle Rowling performed the lightsaber action sequences. The character was voiced by Corey Burton in Star Wars: Clone Wars (as well as most of the video games).
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- Further readings
- The New Essential Guide to Characters, 1st edition, 2002. Daniel Wallace, Michael Sutfin, ISBN 0-345-44900-2
- Reynolds, David West. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones: The Visual Dictionary, hardcover, 2002. ISBN 0-7894-8588-5
- Luceno, James. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary, hardcover, 2005., ISBN 0-7566-1128-8
- Slavicsek, Bill & Collins, Andy. Star Wars Roleplaying Game: Revised Core Rulebook, hardcover, 2002., ISBN 0-7869-2876-X