Count Dooku

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Count Dooku
Darth Tyranus
Star Wars character
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First appearanceAttack of the Clones (2002)
Created byGeorge Lucas
Portrayed byChristopher Lee
Voiced by
In-universe information
  • Count Gora (father)
  • Countess Anya (mother)
  • Count Ramil (brother)
  • Jenza (sister)
Significant otherLegends:
Elodore Vane
ApprenticesJedi Apprentices

Sith Apprentices


Count Dooku of Serenno, also known by his Sith title Darth Tyranus, is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas. He first appeared in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), portrayed by Christopher Lee, who reprised his role in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).[1][2] A former Jedi Master-turned-Sith Lord and the second apprentice of Darth Sidious after Darth Maul, the character is depicted as one of the main antagonists of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and a foil to Anakin Skywalker. Dooku's fall to the dark side of the Force foreshadows Anakin's eventual transformation into Darth Vader.

Within the Star Wars narrative, Dooku was born to the royal family of the planet Serenno, but was rejected by his father because of his Force-sensitivity. After being taken in by the Jedi Order on Coruscant, he trained under Grand Master Yoda to become a Jedi. As a Jedi Master, Dooku took on Qui-Gon Jinn as his apprentice, and became widely respected among the Order for his skills, with many regarding him as the greatest lightsaber duelist of his era. Over time, however, Dooku became disillusioned with the corruption within the Galactic Republic's Senate, and left the Order to reclaim his title as Count of Serenno, disappearing from public life. He returned almost two decades later, now as the head of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, a movement to unite all planets and systems who also came to distrust the Republic. While many viewed this as well-intended, they were unaware that Dooku had become a Sith Lord and plotted to take over the galaxy alongside his new master, Darth Sidious. Per Sidious' orders, Dooku commissioned the creation of a clone army that would be used by the Republic in the war against the Confederacy, and led the Separatist movement throughout said war, which Sidious took advantage of to rise to power as Supreme Chancellor of the Republic, under his public identity of Sheev Palpatine. Dooku secretly plotted to kill and overthrow his master, unaware that he had plans of his own to replace Dooku with Anakin Skywalker. As such, when the right time came, Palpatine had Dooku duel Anakin, who defeated and subsequently beheaded him at Palpatine's urgings.

Aside from the films, Dooku appears in various canon and non-canon Star Wars media, such as books, comics, television series, and video games. Corey Burton voices the character in the 2003 micro-series Star Wars: Clone Wars and the 2008 animated series The Clone Wars, as well as most of his video game appearances. Lee's portrayal of Dooku in the prequel trilogy was met with a largely positive reception. Since the release of the films, the character has become very popular among the Star Wars fanbase, gaining a cult status.


Count Dooku was portrayed by Sir Christopher Lee in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith,[1] while Kyle Rowling performed the lightsaber action sequences. Lee also voiced the character in the 2008 animated film, but was replaced by Corey Burton in the subsequent TV series. Burton had previously voiced Dooku in the 2003 micro-series Star Wars: Clone Wars, and went on to voice him in most of his video game appearances; most recently, Star Wars: Battlefront II (2017).[3]



Attack of the Clones[edit]

Introduced 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.[4] 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 (Temuera Morrison) to assassinate Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) on Coruscant; the attempt on her life fails, however.[5] When a fight with Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) 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. Padmé and Obi-Wan's Padawan Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) go to Geonosis to save Obi-Wan, but they are captured and sentenced to death as well.

A strike team of Jedi shows 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 (Frank Oz) 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 Sidious and informs his master that their plan is working: "The war has begun."

Revenge of the Sith[edit]

In the opening of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, set three years later, Dooku and Separatist commander General Grievous (Matthew Wood) have kidnapped Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) — Sidious' alter ego— as part of a plan orchestrated by Palpatine to lure Anakin 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, thus succeeding Dooku as Sidious' third apprentice and accomplishing what Dooku couldn't: helping Sidious eliminate the Jedi Order and form the Galactic Empire.

The Clone Wars (film)[edit]

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 (voiced by Nika Futterman) 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 (voiced by Matt Lanter) 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 (Ashley Eckstein) eventually foil Dooku's plan.


The Clone Wars[edit]

In the 2008 animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, set in between Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith, Dooku is the puppet 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 (Anna Graves) 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 (Barbara Goodson) to kill Dooku by giving him Savage Opress (Clancy Brown) as a replacement apprentice. During a confrontation between Dooku and Ventress, Savage turns on both. In the fourth season, Dooku defeats Anakin in three separate lightsaber duels, and gets his revenge on Ventress by having General Grievous order the systematic genocide of the Nightsisters. 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 (Robin Atkin Downes) into putting all their resources in the hands of the Sith, bringing war to the planet Scipio. Later, 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 Sidious to perform a Sith ritual in an unsuccessful attempt to break the Jedi Master; in a vision experienced by Yoda, Dooku fights Anakin, who swiftly defeats and executes him, in a manner very similar to his eventual demise.

Count Dooku does not directly appear in the seventh season. However, as the events of Revenge of the Sith are concurrent with the season's final arc, Ahsoka Tano is informed of his demise at Anakin's hands by Obi-Wan, who tells her that it is important to capture Maul, being the only way the Jedi can discover the true identity of Darth Sidious after Dooku's death.


In the audiobook Dooku: Jedi Lost by Cavan Scott, Dooku meets his sister Jenza, brother Ramil, and father Count Gora, when he visits his homeworld of Serenno as a Jedi Initiate. Dooku begins corresponding with Jenza, keeping their communications a secret for years. The audiobook also details several adventures Dooku has with his best friend, Sifo-Dyas, and Dyas's Jedi Master, Lene Kostana. During one mission, Dooku sees visions of many different futures through the Force, which shake him to the core. Eventually, Dooku becomes a Jedi Knight, trains two Padawans to knighthood, and joins the Jedi Council, hoping to bring about real change in the Republic. However, after he saves his homeworld of Serenno from invaders, he decides to remain to help his planet rebuild, leaving the Jedi Order and becoming Count Dooku of Serenno.[6]

The novel Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray recounts several adventures from Qui-Gon Jinn's apprenticeship under Dooku, as well as Dooku's obsession with Jedi prophecies and seeming use of Force Lightning during a mission. The novel also reveals that Dooku had one other apprentice before Qui-Gon, Rael Averross.[7]

Star Wars: Legends[edit]

Dooku appears extensively in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, including novels, comic books and the 2003 TV series Star Wars: Clone Wars. In 2014, Lucasfilm labeled such material non-canon, and rebranded them Star Wars: Legends.

Comic books[edit]

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 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. However, Dooku manages to convince the Jedi Council of the truth, and Nod is then expelled from the Jedi Order. It is later implied that Dooku himself steals the Holocron because he is intrigued by the Sith's open embrace of power and realizes that he is just as ruthless 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, set 13 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. He encounters Nod while defending a Senator from space pirates, and defeats him in combat, almost executing him. However, Qui-Gon convinces him to spare Nod's life, and he and Dooku turn Nod over to the authorities. In Part 3, set 32 years later, Qui-Gon, now a Jedi Knight, remarks that he has not seen Dooku in years, noting that their relationship was never friendly. Finally in Part 4, set in the midst of the Clone Wars, Dooku, now a Sith, kills Nod after his former friend refuses to join the Separatists.

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 used him as a means to engineer the war and as a placeholder for Anakin, whom he intended to be his apprentice all along.[8]

Star Wars: Clone Wars[edit]

During the 2003 animated miniseries Star Wars: Clone Wars, Count Dooku leads the Separatists from behind the scenes, taking the Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress (voiced by Grey DeLisle) 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,[9] and a Hasbro Count Dooku lightsaber.[10]


Mentorship tree[edit]

Jedi Order master-apprentice relationship
YounglingsCount DookuMace Windu
Qui-Gon JinnDepa Billaba
Obi-Wan KenobiKanan Jarrus
Anakin SkywalkerLuke SkywalkerEzra Bridger
Ahsoka TanoGroguLeia Organa
Ben SoloRey


  • Stover, Mathew. Revenge of the Sith. Lucas Booka, Century, London. ISBN 0-7126-8427-1
  1. ^ a b "Star Wars: Ranking All The Villains In The Prequel Trilogy". ScreenRant. December 29, 2019.
  2. ^ Admin (25 February 2011). "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones". Sir Christopher Lee Web. Archived from the original on 2014-07-09. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Sith Story: How Count Dooku Came to Star Wars Battlefront II". 2019-01-23. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  4. ^ "Confederacy of Independent Systems". Lucasfilm Ltd. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  5. ^ Hennon, Blake (1 December 2015). "Is it Wookie or Wookiee? The Times' definitive 'Star Wars' style guide". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 15 December 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  6. ^ Scott, Cavan. Dooku : Jedi Lost (First ed.). ISBN 0593157664.
  7. ^ Gray, Claudia. Master & apprentice (First ed.). ISBN 1984819542.
  8. ^ Stover, pp. 76–79
  9. ^ Ho, Geoff (22 September 2013). "Yoda takes on Count Dooku in battle to be Christmas number one". Daily Express. Express Newspapers. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Star Wars Count Dooku Electronic Lightsaber". Entertainment Earth. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
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

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