Count Dooku

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Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus
Star Wars character
Count Dooku.png
Created by George Lucas
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)
Species Human
Gender Male
Occupation 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
Homeworld Serenno

Count Dooku is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, appearing in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (portrayed by Christopher Lee),[1] as well as 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 under the name Darth Tyranus. As the founder of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, he is 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, Qui-Gon Jinn. Obi-Wan refuses to join him, so 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 arrives and confronts him. Dooku fights his old master with a combination of Force lightning and hurling machinery and parts of the hangar ceiling at him, but Yoda deflects all the attacks effortlessly. The two veteran Force-users then engage in a lightsaber duel, in which Yoda quickly gets the upper hand. Realizing that he is outmatched, Dooku distracts Yoda by causing a large pillar to nearly 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 (2003 and 2008 series)[edit]

During the the 2003 animated miniseries, 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 2008 film, 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 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 but their duel ends in a draw and his plan is eventually foiled.

In the 2008 animated series, while acting through Grevious and Ventress, Dooku was orchestrating a test for Grevious after he lost the giant battleship Malevolence and then being held captive by Honda Ohnaka in season one and then working with Pre Vizsla and his Death Watch terrorist group to give the Republic a reason to send a military presence to Mandalore which would play in his favor. But the plan falls through when Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore urged the Galactic Senateto hold off a military force, Dooku ending his alliance with Vizsla.

In the third season, Dooku is forced to eliminate Ventress to prove his loyalty to Darth Sidious. But Ventress survived and works with Mother Talzin to kill Dooku by giving him Savage Opress as a replacement apprentice. But during a confrontation between Dooku and Ventress, Savage turns on both before fleeing into the Outer Rim with Ventress forced to fall back herself. In the fourth season, after defeating Anakin in three lightsaber duels, Dooku gets his revenge on Ventress by having Grevious order the systematic genocide of the Nightsisters. Believing both Ventress and Talzin have been killed off, Dooku's knows the only threat left to him is Savage 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, Count Dooku finds out about clone trooper Tup executing 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 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 killed in a matter similar to his canonical demise. However, they fail to break the mind of Yoda.

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 encourages Anakin to kill Dooku on the spot. Although initially reluctant, Anakin 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]

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 begin, 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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