|Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus|
|Star Wars character|
|Portrayed by||Christopher Lee (Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (film))
Corey Burton (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV series), Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars and Kinect Star Wars)
Jeff Bennett (Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter)
Michael Donovan (Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles)
|Position||Jedi Master (formerly)
Dark Lord of the Sith
Count of Serenno
Leader of the Confederacy of Independent Systems
|Affiliation||Jedi Order (formerly)
Order of the Sith Lords
Confederacy of Independent Systems
Count Dooku, also known as Darth Tyranus, is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, appearing as the main antagonist of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (portrayed by Christopher Lee) and a central villain for Star Wars: The Clone Wars (voiced by Corey Burton).
Once a respected Jedi Master, he falls to the dark side of the Force and becomes Darth Sidious's second apprentice, the founder of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the instigator of the Clone Wars.
Introduced in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Darth Tyranus (Count Dooku) appears as the leader of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, a federation of planetary systems rebelling against the Galactic Republic due to his anger by its bureaucracy as well as the apparent unwillingness of the Jedi Council to aid oppressed galactic systems.
Tyranus recruited bounty hunter Jango Fett to assassinate Padmé Amidala on Coruscant which fails. When a confrontation forces Fett to flee Kamino to Geonosis, the bounty hunter rendezvous with his benefactor Tyranus. After capturing Obi-Wan Kenobi on Geonosis, Dooku informs Kenobi that he's attempting to "save" the Republic. Dooku also states that he was saddened by Qui-Gon Jinn's death. After Kenobi refuses to join him, Dooku promptly sentences him to be executed.
After an army of Jedi as well as clone troopers rescue Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala, they chase Tyranus. Just as he was preparing his solar-sail craft for launch, Tyranus was confronted by Skywalker and Kenobi in a lightsaber duel. When Skywalker charged at Tyranus, the young Jedi Padawan was unprepared for the Sith Lord's Force lightning. With Kenobi left alone, Tyranus outmatched the Jedi Knight in blade-to-blade combat and slashed his opponent's arm and thigh. Tyranus then fights Skywalker attacking with two lightsabers but destroys one weapon and eventually slices off his opponent's forearm. About to escape, Yoda confronted him. After attempting to defeat the Grand Jedi Master with a combination of Force lightning and hurling machinery and parts of the hangar ceiling at him, Tyranus engaged Yoda in a lightsaber duel. Getting frustrated with Yoda's great agility, Dooku distracts his former master by trying to make a large pillar fall on Skywalker and Kenobi which distracts Yoda as Dooku makes his escape.
In the opening of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Count Dooku encounters Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi while they are sent to rescue Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (Darth Sidious's alter ego) from General Grievous's flagship outside of the planet Coruscant. The film's novelization states that Palpatine and Dooku intend to turn the young Jedi Knight to the dark side by eliminating the Jedi Master. With Palpatine's plan to destroy the Jedi, Dooku plans to build a Sith army with Anakin as a commander. In the ensuing duel, Kenobi is incapacitated which leaves Anakin and Dooku to fight alone. Anakin channels his hatred of Dooku and taps into the dark side to overpower him, severing both Dooku's hands and leaving him helpless. Palpatine then encourages Anakin to kill Dooku; after initial hesitation, Anakin decapitates Dooku in cold blood. The novelization depicts this scene from Dooku's point of view: he realizes that Palpatine had never truly intended for him to be his apprentice but had merely been using him as a means to engineer the war and as a placeholder for his true apprentice Darth Vader.
During the micro-series, Count Dooku (Darth Tyranus) leads the Separatists from behind the scenes, fights Asajj Ventress and then recruits the Dark Jedi, and trains General Grievous in lightsaber combat.
In the 2008 film, Count Dooku plots to bring Jabba the Hutt into the folds of the Confederacy by enlisting Ziro the Hutt (Jabba's uncle) to kidnap Rotta (Jabba's son). After Ziro's agents deliver the Huttlet to the planet Teth, Dooku contacts Ziro again to arrange for Asajj Ventress to take custody of Rotta. When Jabba requests Jedi assistance to rescue his son, Dooku planned to frame the Jedi for the crime. When Ventress fails to gain the Huttlet, Dooku personally fights Anakin Skywalker but their duel ends in draw and his plan eventually gets foiled.
In the first season, Count Dooku tries to broker a treaty with Toydaria via Ventress but fails due to Yoda. He then commands Grievous in surprise attacks by the Star Destroyer Malevolence. He then sends Ventress to free Nute Gunray. He also tests Grievous when Kit Fisto fights Grievous. After crash landing on Florrum, Dooku is imprisoned by Hondo Ohnaka's pirates but escapes along with Kenobi and Skywalker. After that, he orders one of his generals to destroy a colony with a new weapon but fails. Dooku orders his servant Wat Tambor (the Techno Union's leader) to retreat after learning of Mace Windu's arrival. However, he does not evacuate in time and Dooku orders the droids to destroy his base, though the attempt fails.
In the second season, Count Dooku's Confederacy officially back the Death Watch group of Mandalorian terrorists trying to bring down the New Mandalorlans' pacifist government. Dooku urges Governor Pre Vizsla of Concordia (Death Watch's leader) to give the Republic a reason to send a military presence to Mandalore which Dooku believes will inspire the inhabitants of Mandalore to start a revolution spearheaded by the Death Watch movement. But his plan falls through when Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore presents her case to the Galactic Senate, urging them to hold off a military force, despite the attempts of a Death Watch assassin to silence her. Dooku orders Vizsla and his men to hold off the attack force, claiming he has further plans for them.
In the third season, Count Dooku is ordered to prove his loyalty to Darth Sidious by killing his own assassin Ventress whom Sidious fears has grown too powerful to control. Dooku follows his orders albeit reluctantly. But unknown to Dooku, Ventress survives and turns to the Nightsisters to have revenge on her former master. After a failed assassination attempt, Dooku goes to the Nightsisters on Dathomir led by Mother Talzin to provide Savage Opress as a replacement apprentice that doubles as Ventress's own secret weapon which Dooku unknowingly trains on Serrano. But their respective plans against each other fall apart when Opress attempted to kill both Dooku and Ventress.
In the fourth season, Count Dooku duels Anakin in lightsaber combat three different times (the first on Naboo, the second on Zygeria and the third on Naboo again). He then deals with the Nightsisters by having them killed. Believing both Ventress and Talzin have been killed off by Grevious's forces, Dooku's attention focuses to Savage whom he fears will become more of a threat as the former apprentice finds his long-lost brother (and Dooku's predecessor) Darth Maul.
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.
Dooku appears as the main antagonist or a secondary villain in many expended universe novels.
In Jude Watson's Legacy of the Jedi, Dooku is first tempted by the dark side of the Force as a child when he and fellow Padawan Lorian Nod steal an ancient Sith Holocron from the Jedi Archives and he informs his friend to stay in the Order; he is intrigued by the Sith's open embrace of power and realizes that he is just as capable of treachery as they are. Lorian eventually lands Dooku in trouble for stealing the holocron which Lorian had stolen but Dooku got off scot-free and Lorian was banished from the Order. Years later, he encounters and eventually kills Nod.
In Sean Stewart's Yoda: Dark Rendezvous, Dooku attempts to trap Yoda by offering to negotiate an end to the Clone Wars. Despite his attempts to convert his former master to his cause, he is ultimately unsuccessful but is very nearly swayed in turn by Yoda to return to the Jedi Order. But the intervention of Anakin and Obi-Wan enrages him and ends any efforts of rapprochement before they can began, leaving both Yoda and Dooku in deep thought following the confrontation as Dooku feels condemned to being a Sith and Yoda feels that any attempts to turn his former student back to the light have been rendered impossible. 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's transformation into the cyborg commander 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 Skywalker into the Sith.
Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus was portrayed by Christopher Lee in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith while Kyle Rowling did most of the lightsaber sequences. The character was voiced by Corey Burton in Star Wars: Clone Wars (as well as most of the video games).
- Stover, Mathew. Revenge of the Sith. Lucas Booka, Century, London. ISBN 0-7126-8427-1
- Stover 2005, p. 52.
- Stover 2005, p. 53.
- Stover 2005, pp. 76–79.
- 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
- Count Dooku in the Official StarWars.com Encyclopedia
- Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus on Wookieepedia: a Star Wars wiki