Count Dooku

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Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus
Star Wars character
Portrayed by Christopher Lee (Episode II-III)
Voiced by 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)
Christopher Lee (Star Wars: The Clone Wars film)
Michael Donovan (Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles and Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales)
Fictional profile
Species Human
Gender Male
Position Jedi Master (formerly)
Dark Lord of the Sith
Count of Serenno
Leader of the Confederacy of Independent Systems
Homeworld Serenno
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)[1] 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 as Darth Sidious's second apprentice, the founder of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and the instigator of the Clone Wars.


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 due to his frustration with its bureaucracy as well as the apparent unwillingness of the Jedi Council to aid oppressed galactic systems, after covertly turning to the dark side under the name Darth Tyranus.

Dooku recruits bounty hunter Jango Fett to assassinate Senator Padmé Amidala on Coruscant, but the attempt on her life fails. When a confrontation forces Fett to flee from Kamino to Geonosis, the bounty hunter meets with Dooku. After capturing Obi-Wan Kenobi on Geonosis, Dooku informs Obi-Wan that he's attempting to save the Republic, explaining that thousands of senators are under the influence of the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. Dooku also states that he was saddened by the death of his own former Jedi apprentice. After Obi-Wan refuses to join him, Dooku promptly sentences him to death.

After an army of Jedi and clone troopers rescue Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Padmé, they chase Dooku. Anakin and Obi-Wan fight Dooku in a lightsaber duel. Dooku blasts Anakin with Force lightning and wounds Obi-Wan with his lightsaber. Just as Dooku is about to kill Obi-Wan, Anakin intervenes and fights him again. Dooku eventually cuts off Anakin's right arm at the elbow. As he is about to escape, Yoda confronts him. Dooku fights his old master with a combination of Force lightning and hurling machinery and parts of the hangar ceiling at him, and then engages him in a lightsaber duel, in which Yoda quickly gets the upper hand. Realizing that he is outmatched, Dooku distracts Yoda by trying to make a large pillar fall on Obi-Wan and Anakin, giving him enough time to escape.

When he returns to Coruscant, Tyranus shows the Geononsian designs to Sidious. Tyranus informs his Sith master that their plan is working: "The war has begun."

Clone Wars[edit]

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.

Revenge of the Sith[edit]

In the opening of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Count Dooku encounters Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi while the two Jedi are sent to rescue Supreme Chancellor Palpatine 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.[2] Once they replace the Republic with a Galactic Empire, Palpatine and Dooku then plan to use the remnants of the Jedi as the foundation for a "Sith Army" with Dooku as its commander-in-chief and Anakin as its commanding general.[3] In the ensuing duel, Dooku incapacitates Kenobi, leaving him to fight Anakin alone. Anakin channels into the dark side to overpower Dooku, severing both of the Sith Lord's hands and leaving him helpless before Anakin having both their lightsabers. Palpatine then encourages Anakin to kill Dooku on the spot. Anakin is initially reluctant to do so, but then viciously decapitates Dooku. 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 Anakin.[4]

The Clone Wars[edit]

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 a 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 giant battleship Malevolence. He then sends Ventress to free Nute Gunray. He also tests Grievous by pitting him against Jedi Master Kit Fisto and Jedi Knight Nahdar Vebb. Grievous only partially succeeds; he slays Nahdar easily but Fisto escapes. After crash landing on Florrum, Dooku is imprisoned by Hondo Ohnaka's pirates but escapes along with Obi-Wan 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. Tambor 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. His plan falls through when Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore presents a case to the Galactic Senate, urging them to hold off a military force, despite the attempts of a Death Watch assassin to silence the Duchess. Dooku orders Vizsla's men to hold off the attack force, claiming he has further plans for them.

In the third season, Darth Tyranus is ordered to prove his loyalty to Darth Sidious by killing his own assassin Ventress due to Sidious' fears that Ventress has grown too powerful to control. Tyranus follows his orders, albeit reluctantly. But unknown to Tyranus, Ventress survives and turns to the Nightsisters to seek revenge on her former master. After a failed assassination attempt, Tyranus 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 Tyranus unknowingly trains on Serrano. But their respective plans against each other fall apart when Opress attempts to kill both Tyranus and Ventress, eventually fleeing into the Galaxy.

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), coming out victorious in all three. He then deals with the Nightsisters by having them slaughtered by Grievous and his forces. Believing both Ventress and Talzin have been killed off, Dooku's attention focuses to Savage whom he fears will become more of a threat as the former apprentice finds Darth Maul.

In the fifth season, Count Dooku plays a rather minor role. He is only seen in hologram form guiding King Rash, the false king of Onderon, in their attempt to defeat a band of rebels. Dooku also appears briefly when Grievous takes over Florrum to gloat about taking revenge on Ohnaka.

In the sixth season, Count Dooku finds out about clone trooper Tup executing Order 66 prematurely. He works from behind the scenes to foil the Republic's efforts to diagnose the problem, and eventually succeeds with the death of Clone Trooper Fives. 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 of Scipio. The Jedi discover Sifo-Dyas' lightsaber and start an investigation. Sidious forces Dooku to clean up their trail, and 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 Tyranus and his master to perform a Sith ritual to break the Jedi Master; Tyranus appears to fight Anakin in the illusion, but is overpowered and executed in a matter similar to his canonical demise. However, they fail to break the mind of Yoda.

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 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.


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 Jedi master Yoda and the Count Dooku,[5] and a Hasbro Count Dooku lightsaber.[6]


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).

Christopher Lee reprised his role to voice the character in the 2008 animated film while Corey Burton returned to voice the character in the subsequent TV series.


  1. ^ "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones". Christopher Lee Web. 
  2. ^ Stover 2005, p. 52.
  3. ^ Stover 2005, p. 53.
  4. ^ Stover 2005, pp. 76–79.
  5. ^ "Yoda takes on Count Dooku in battle to be Christmas number one". Daily Express. 
  6. ^ "Star Wars Count Dooku Electronic Lightsaber". 
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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