Of all the characters introduced in the Star Wars prequels, Count Dooku was one of the most intriguing. The Sith Lord and Darth Sidious’s apprentice appeared out of left field with little explanation or background. But the incredible performance of the iconic Christopher Lee definitely helped people become fans of the character. And no one complained about seeing more of him in The Clone Wars.
Like Darth Vader before him, Count Dooku became the kind of villain fans love to hate, and with good reason. It was one of the brightest parts of the Clone Wars era of Star Wars, and has more story to tell.
10 A prominent fallen Jedi
Like many Sith Lords, Dooku started out as a Jedi. While little is known about what he was like in those days, it has been largely hinted that he was quite powerful and highly respected. Then came the fall.
At some point, Dooku was corrupted by the Dark Side of the Force and swore allegiance to Darth Sidious. But even as a villain, he still had an air of dignity and respect around him, which is more than can be said for other Sith like Maul.
9 His relationship with Yoda was intriguing
Dooku was a Padawan for many years, like all Jedi who came before him. But he won the lottery when he ended up with Yoda as his teacher, one of the greatest Jedi to ever live. Other Jedi would probably envy this.
Their relationship as shown throughout The Clone Wars and the prequel movies were controversial at best. Still, fans were able to get a glimpse of what their most cooperative relationship would have been like, which was intriguing, to say the least.
8 Constantly tormenting Obi-Wan Kenobi
When it comes to legendary Jedi on the minds of fans, few names surpass Obi-Wan Kenobi. He was a highly respected lightsaber duelist and had an innate understanding of the Force that few Jedi had. Also, he really thought it was funny, not that Anakin agreed.
Having said all that, Obi-Wan could be unbearable and condescending at times. Watching Dooku DJ him over the years was actually a lot of fun for fans, adding another dimension to his character. If he had remained a Jedi, Dooku probably still would not have liked Kenobi.
7 Amazing with a lightsaber
Count Dooku was obviously quite powerful with the dark side of the Force. He had exceptional knowledge and was trained in its various uses, including casting Force lightning as if it were going out of style. That will never happen.
But Dooku’s greatest strength has always been with a lightsaber. This man has faced Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker single-handedly, and has emerged victorious. It’s hard not to be impressed by him as a competent duelist.
6 Punking Out General Grievous
The Separatist forces had several unique and interesting leaders, including General Grievous. This warlord-turned-cyborg killing machine became the Supreme Commander of the Separatist Droid Army, serving directly under Count Dooku.
Grievous was intimidating and a skilled fighter, but he was also incredibly annoying. Dooku gave the impression that he was not the General’s biggest fan and constantly reduced him to his size. It’s good that someone was doing that, since it took Kenobi forever to finally kill him.
5 I was calm and more reserved
The Sith Lords seem to be an excitable bunch. One moment everyone is calm and menacing, the next moment they are flying across the room while swinging lightsabers and firing Force beams everywhere. They are a real bum at parties.
Count Dooku, on the other hand, has always been the calm and collected type. He rarely gets out of control and always tries to entice his opponents to defeat themselves before swinging his lightsaber for the first time. Makes interesting lightsaber duels.
4 He is very different from Maul
In particular, Count Dooku and the Sith Lord formerly known as Darth Maul couldn’t be more different from each other. Dooku has that cautious, reserved vibe to him, while Maul is more of a super-powered ninja. Plus, Maul has some real rage problems to solve.
Palpatine may have sought more experienced leadership from his second apprentice. Interestingly, Maul became more thoughtful and reserved as he aged, particularly after the establishment of the Empire and the fall of the Republic.
3 Annoyed by Anakin
For the most part, Anakin Skywalker was depicted as a whining sausage who wanted to run before he could walk like a Jedi. That was mostly in the movies, as the animated version of the character was much more tolerable in comparison.
One of Count Dooku’s most endearing qualities is the fact that he can’t stand fools. And he found out that Anakin was the biggest fool he knew. It is possible that he realized on some level that Sidious was lining up Skywalker to be his replacement. But probably Dooku just hated complaints.
two Not as evil as it seemed
Oddly enough, Count Dooku was not as evil as he initially seemed. While he betrayed the Jedi and chose to side with the Sith, his motivations for doing so are largely unknown. And there have been some interesting theories as to why he did it.
There is a contingent of Star Wars fans who have theorized that Dooku was some kind of double agent who was, in fact, still working for the Jedi on some level. This could have been the reason Sidious decided to replace him with Anakin Skywalker.
1 Realizing the truth too late
Count Dooku had a rather unfortunate ending. Palpatine arranged for his demise at the hands of Anakin Skywalker, one of the final steps in pushing the young Jedi to the brink of the dark side of the Force. Dooku was a pawn that Sidious sacrificed to his greater plan.
In his final moments, Dooku realized that this was Palpatine’s intention all along. Then Anakin cut off his head. The strange thing about this moment was that it actually made him a more relatable character. Being completely betrayed by your employer is an experience that many people have had.
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