The Sith control everything. You just don't know it.

Count Dooku, also known as Darth Tyranus, is a character from the Star Wars universe, and one of the secondary antagonists of the prequel trilogy. He is a Sith Lord as well as the Count of Serrenno, his home planet. He is the main antagonist of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and a minor antagonist in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

Dooku is also one of the main antagonists in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars media franchise.



Dooku was born into a rich family on the planet Serenno, and was to become the future Count of his homeworld, however, he instead chose to become a Jedi, training under Jedi Master Yoda before becoming a Jedi Master himself. According to Jocasta Nu; he was one of the finest Jedi that the Jedi Order has ever had. Eventually, he would take an apprentice, Qui-Gon Jinn; who eventually obtained the rank of Jedi Master. At some point after Qui-Gon's death at the hands of Maul, Dooku resigned from the Jedi Order. Sheev Palpatine, secretly known as "Darth Sidious", who had lost his apprentice, Maul, offered Dooku the chance to join him; he could not resist, and became the Sith Lord known as "Darth Tyranus". Dooku then began to rally thousands of star systems to the Separatist cause.


Dooku was high stoic, calm, relaxed, confident, cunning, and sociopathic.

Dooku was amoral and highly apathetic, but not incapable of emotional experiences; he was visibly shocked when Jango Fett was killed in the Geonosian Arena by Mace Windu.

Dooku was an accomplished philosopher, orator, politician, and warrior.

Even as a child, Dooku felt driven to succeed. He was fully devoted to the ideals of the Jedi Order and the ideal of service to the galaxy. He sought to become a great Jedi Master, and for the vast majority of his life, he did not even consider the possibility of a life outside the Jedi Order. He knew of his heritage as a nobleman and felt self-conscious about it on occasion in his younger days. Dooku chose Jedi padawans he thought had the potential to become great Jedi themselves and endeavored to teach them all he knew.

Dooku held very high expectations of government as a Jedi, and was viewed by his peers as a "political idealist". He became increasingly disillusioned with the corruption within the Galactic Republic in the period before his defection from the Jedi Order, and eventually held the opinion that the Jedi betrayed themselves by serving the politicians. In particular, he was highly critical of the Jedi Council's handling of the Battles of Galidraan and Baltizaar, as well as their refusal to become involved in the Battle of Naboo. The Council's perceived betrayal of the ideals of the Jedi Order greatly influenced Dooku in his fall to the dark side.

Dooku would never forgive betrayal and he appeared to have virtually no tolerance for it.

As Tyranus, Dooku became a Humanocentrist. While he remained a connoisseur of alien art and antiquities, he secretly despised most if not all of the aliens on the Separatist Council, though he reserved a measure of respect for the Geonosian Archduke and Separatist Council member Poggle the Lesser. He divided the entire galaxy into two categories; threats and assets. The threat category was for beings or institutions that interfered with his personal advancement and would have to be eliminated, the asset category being for those who could aid, or at least not hinder his advancement.

By the time of the Clone Wars, Dooku believed that the sorrow and injustice of the galaxy could only be responded to with anger and hate. He came to believe that the Jedi Order should embrace the dark side and rule the galaxy alone without the interference of the Senate. As Tyranus, he planned to transform the Jedi into a Sith Army and intended to forcibly recruit Force-users into its ranks. While often assuming a genteel and civilized manner, Dooku had no qualms about torturing or ordering the deaths of hundreds of his former comrades, nor about committing any number of atrocities as leader of the Separatists. He was also willing to abandon or even kill his own allies and followers in order to achieve his goals or simply to prove his loyalty to his Sith Master, Palpatine but was secretly planning to betray his master just as Sidious had betrayed and murdered Darth Plageuis.

Like most members of the Sith Order, Dooku was incapable of acknowledging or learning from his mistakes (at least for the most part) for example; every time he used Dun Möch to taunt Anakin, this backfired, instead of causing the latter to doubt his abilities, it just encouraged Anakin to draw on his anger and nearly allowed him to kill Dooku. This would eventually lead to Dooku's downfall and death at the hands of Anakin on-board the Separatist flagship Invisible Hand during the "Battle of Coruscant", though, at that point, he had been led to believe that Palpatine would come to his aid, attempt to turn Anakin to their side or dispose of him.

Dooku was very arrogant, like when he became annoyed every time his then-apprentice Qui-Gon Jinn, tried to help creatures that he deemed inferior, however, despite his arrogance, he was not above respecting his enemies; as he had a certain level of respect for Obi-Wan Kenobi, considering him a worthy opponent. Also, in his final confrontation against Anakin Skywalker, Dooku (silently) acknowledged Anakin as the finest lightsaber duelist that he had ever seen; moments before his death at the hands of the latter.

Powers and Abilities


  • Power of the Force: Despite Dooku's old age, he was extremely powerful and had an extremely strong connection to the Force. Dooku was one of the most powerful Force-users in the history of the galaxy; having arrogantly claimed himself to be more powerful than any individual Jedi of his time. Despite this claim, Dooku's Force powers were not enough to surpass that of Yoda, Sheev Palpatine, and Anakin Skywalker's respectively at their peaks.
    • Telekinesis: Dooku utilized Telekinesis for combative and utilitarian purposes. His abilities allowed him to affect small structures, notably damaging parts of a ceiling to rain down debris on his former mentor, Yoda who caught, and discarded them with ease as well as to collapse an entire cave entrance on Vanquor to trap Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin inside with several Gundarks.
      • Force Push: Dooku utilized Force Push to send his opponents flying through the air, causing them serious injury or temporarily incapacitating them/knocked them unconscious.
      • Force Pull: Dooku utilized Force Pull to pull his opponents or objects towards him.
      • Force Flight: Dooku utilized Force Flight to levitate himself or to slow-down his fall to the ground.
      • Force Choke: Dooku utilized Force Choke to either weaken, kill or intimidate his opponents. His proficiency with the ability allowed him to throttle his targets without looking at them, as he did to Queen Miraj Scintel, who he was still able to fatally injure despite releasing her.
      • Force Grip: Dooku utilized Force Grip to lift his opponents off the ground and into the air, sometimes by the neck, to immobilize them. His abilities also allowed him to influence the movements of people, as he was able to force the pirate Turk Falso to shoot his comrade while simultaneously choking him, while he performed a similar feat when he made Padme Amidala aim at and shoot Bec Lawise.
      • Force Throw: Dooku utilized Force Throw to cause objects, and even individuals, to be hurled toward a target at an astounding velocity.
      • Force Crush: Dooku utilized Force Crush to crush objects or droids. He was able to destroy the base of a small tower in an attempt to have it fall on a defeated Obi-Wan and Anakin, all while simultaneously locking blades with Yoda, to force his former master to end the duel while he escaped on his ship.
    • Force Deflection: Dooku utilized Force Deflection to redirect or incoming attacks, such as blaster bolts or Force lightning, with or without his lightsaber, though it was difficult to do so. This allowed him to deflect his own Force lightning that had been redirected back at him by his former mentor, Yoda.
    • Mind Trick: Dooku utilized Mind Trick to control the minds of other sentient beings, with the exception of individuals with stronger wills.
    • Taming Beasts: Dooku utilized Taming Beasts to control the minds of other animals.
    • Force Lightning: Dooku utilized Force Lightning to torture or kill his opponents. He was notable able to levitate and repel targets using his lightning in a similar manner to telekinesis.
    • Force Dash: Dooku utilized Force Dash to move at amazing speeds.
    • Force Jump: Dooku utilized Force Jump to jump or leap at great distances.


  • Master Lightsaber Duelist: Despite Dooku's old age, he was an extremely skilled lightsaber duelist, as he was one of the deadliest lightsaber duelists in the history of the galaxy. Dooku was one of the few known individuals who could fight on par against Yoda.
    • Form II: Dooku was a master of Makashi; he used it exclusively, and was believed by many to be the most proficient practitioner of the style.
    • Dun Möch: Dooku was extremely skilled in Dun Möch.
  • Genius-Level Intellect/Master Tactician/Leader: Dooku was highly intelligent and wise. As a Sith General, Dooku was a highly skilled tactician and a very capable leader.

Weapons and Equipment


Dooku's valued weapon and possession was his blue, later red-bladed lightsaber. Dooku's curved-hilt lightsaber was made out of Solid Heavy-Duty metal and Black alloy.

  • Lightsaber: Dooku had built his lightsaber shortly after becoming a Jedi Master, it was originally a blue-bladed lightsaber, when Dooku left the Jedi Order, he took his lightsaber with him, when he joined the Sith Order, Dooku converted his weapon into a Sith lightsaber by replacing the original blue crystal with a scarlet synthetic gem, improving the blade's cutting power at the expense of maneuverability, turning it into a red-bladed lightsaber. It would remain in Dooku's possession until his death; the Curved-hilt lightsaber was destroyed when it entered the planet atmosphere of Coruscant.

Film Appearances

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

After leaving the Jedi Order and becoming a Sith, Dooku began a Seperatist movement in the Galaxy under the command of his Master, Darth Sidious. When Obi-Wan Kenobi was tracking the bounty hunter, Jango Fett, to the planet of Geonosis, he found that Dooku was creating a new droid army and recruiting politicians, among them being Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray, who wanted revenge on the former Queen Padmè Amidala for his defeat during the Invasion of Naboo. He reported to the Jedi Council, but was captured by Geonosians. While he was captured, Dooku attempted to turn him to the dark side. Obi-Wan talked to Dooku, who refused working with the Sith, to which Dooku reminded Kenobi that he trained his master, Qui-Gon Jinn, who had been killed by Darth Maul during the Battle of Naboo. When Obi-Wan remained stubborn, Dooku revealed that a Sith Lord was controlling the Senate, but that the dark side of the Force had clouded the Jedi's vision.

After Kenobi's apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, and Senator Padmè Amidala failed to rescue him, Dooku sentenced all three to death in the arena. He was overwhelmed when the trio broke free and killed the monsters that were supposed to kill them. However, he was prepared and brought out some destroyer droids to kill them instead. Master Windu came with a strike team of Jedi to rescue the three. They were all surrounded again by numerous battle droids, but were saved by Master Yoda and an army of clone troopers. Dooku fled the arena and returned to a command center, where he monitored the battle with Nute Gunray, Poggle the Lesser, and other Separatist leaders. When Gunray decides to escape with his Lucrehulk-class Core Ships before they can be taken down by the Republic's clone army while still on the ground, Poggle hands Dooku the blueprints for what the Separatists dubbed the "Ultimate Weapon", that being the schematics for the future Galactic Empire's dreaded Death Star, warning Dooku that if the Republic found out about it, the Confederacy would be doomed. Dooku assures Poggle that the blueprints will be safe with Sidious back on Coruscant.

Eventually, he left to return to Coruscant, but was spotted by Skywalker and Kenobi as he attempted to flee to a hangar. Both Jedi pursued him, but lost Padme on the way, who fell out of the ship (though the ship was hovering above ground, so she wasn't seriously hurt) when it took some damage from flak from the pursuing Geonosian fighters. In anger, Skywalker charged at the Sith Lord, allowing Dooku to zap him with Force lightning and briefly injure him. Obi-Wan was more calm, deflecting the lightning and engaging the Sith in combat, but Dooku wounded him with his lightsaber and Anakin returned with his and Obi-Wan's lightsabers. Dooku managed to disarm Anakin of one of the blades, but Anakin fought on with the second. Eventually, Dooku broke off briefly to assess Anakin's strength. Returning to the duel, Dooku cut off Anakin's right arm and prepared to kill them both, but Yoda arrived and confronted him. Despite Dooku's obvious power, Yoda quickly proved to be both stronger in the Force and more skilled with a lightsaber; he deflected all of Dooku's Force attacks with ease and quickly seized the upper hand in the ensuing lightsaber duel. Unable to defeat Yoda, and worried of incoming Republic reinforcements, Dooku distracted the ancient Jedi Master by nearly causing a pillar to fall on Anakin and Obi-Wan, forcing Yoda to save them while Dooku fled, escaping in his personal solar sailer, even as it was fired on by Padme and several clone troopers who had arrived to reinforce the Jedi.

Dooku went to Coruscant to meet with his master, Darth Sidious, whom he gave the plans to their new weapon: the Death Star. He also informed him that the Clone Wars had begun, setting the Republic on a path to becoming a ruthless dictatorship.

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

Count Dooku fought Obi-Wan and Anakin once more three years later on General Grievous' flagship, the Invisible Hand. Grievous had captured Chancellor Palpatine and Dooku fought to make sure the Chancellor was not rescued. The Jedi used lesser styles to lull him into a false sense of confidence, before suddenly switching to more advanced styles to catch him off guard. Adjusting to this feint, Dooku took out Kenobi first and caused a balcony to fall on him and taunted Anakin as the battle continued between the two of them, as he had sensed Anakin was holding back, lest he give in to anger. An enraged Anakin eventually cut off both his hands and took his lightsaber as a souvenir. Palpatine, who was secretly Dooku's master Darth Sidious, ordered Anakin to kill him, shocking Dooku as this was never part of the plan as he knew it. After initial hesitation, Anakin brutally decapitated Dooku; Count Dooku's last thought was: "the way of the Sith is treachery".

This was Anakin's first cold-blooded murder, unknowingly paving the way for him to succeed Dooku as Palpatine's new apprentice as Darth Vader. Although Anakin expressed guilt for killing Dooku, stating that it was not the Jedi way, Palpatine assured and congratulated Anakin, stating that Dooku was too dangerous to be kept alive and saying Anakin's killing of Dooku was only natural in revenge for Dooku cutting off Anakin's arm, reminding Anakin of when he sought revenge on the Tusken Raiders for his mother's death.

Television Appearances

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Count Dooku was the main antagonist of the series and was the master of other villains Asajj Ventress and General Grievous ording them to carry out missions. He is seen dueling Anakin and Obi-Wan on several occasions.

Video Games

Star Wars: Force Arena

Count Dooku is a playable character in Star Wars: Force Arena as a Legendary squad leader card.


The Disney Wiki has an article focusing on the relationships of Count Dooku.


The Disney Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Count Dooku.


  • In the original drafts for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Dooku was to have been revealed by Palpatine to have orchestrated the Tusken Raiders' abduction and murder of Shmi Skywalker, Anakin's mother. However, this was written out because of the way it interfered with the dynamic of the duel.
  • George Lucas has stated that Palpatine tricked Dooku by telling him that if Anakin could defeat Dooku, Palpatine would intervene to stop the duel, and have Anakin join them. However, in truth, this was only a ruse for Palpatine to gain Anakin as his true apprentice.

External links

v - e - d
Star Wars Logo.svg.png
Main Saga: The Force AwakensThe Last JediThe Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars Stories: Rogue OneSoloUntitled Star Wars film
Television: Star Wars: The Clone WarsStar Wars Rebels/VideographyStar Wars: Forces of DestinyStar Wars ResistanceThe MandalorianUntitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series
Video Games: Club Penguin Star Wars TakeoverStar Wars BattlefrontStar Wars: Tiny Death StarStar Wars: Attack SquadronsStar Wars: Assault TeamAngry Birds Star WarsAngry Birds Star Wars IIStar Wars: Scene MakerStar Wars: CommanderDisney Infinity: 3.0 EditionStar Wars: UprisingStar Wars Rebels: Recon MissionsStar Wars: Mobile AppLEGO Star Wars:The Force Awakens Star Wars: Force Arena Star Wars Battlefront IIDisney Magic KingdomsRobloxStar Wars: Squadrons
Books: Star Wars Rebels: The Visual GuideUltimate Sticker Collection: Star Wars RebelsStar Wars The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi KnightAhsokaStar Wars: BloodlineThe Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryBattlefront II: Inferno SquadLost Stars Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage
Comics: Marvel ComicsStar Wars AdventuresStar Wars: Forces of Destiny
Soundtrack: The Force AwakensRogue OneSolo

Disney Parks
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (California, Florida) • Star Wars WeekendsSeason of the ForceCarbon Freeze MeHyperspace MountainMillennium Falcon: Smuggler's RunRock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring AerosmithStar ToursStar Tours: The Adventures ContinueStar Wars: Command PostStar Wars: Path of the JediStar Wars: Rise of the ResistanceStar Wars Launch Bay

Entertainment: Behind the Force: Experience The Clone WarsJedi Training: Trials of the TempleStar Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Restaurants: BB-8 Snack CartOga's Cantina
Shops: Endor VendorsTatooine TradersThe Star Trader
Parade: Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade
Firework: Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightRemember... Dreams Come TrueStar Wars: A Galactic SpectacularWorld of Color: Celebrate!
Resorts: Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser (Opening in 2021)

Jedi: Luke SkywalkerAnakin SkywalkerObi-Wan KenobiYodaMace WinduQui-Gon JinnShaak TiKit FistoAhsoka TanoDepa BillabaLuminara UnduliBarriss OffeeAayla SecuraPlo KoonEzra BridgerKanan JarrusRey

Sith/Dark Jedi: Darth VaderPalpatineMaulCount DookuAsajj VentressKylo RenThe Grand InquisitorFifth BrotherSixth BrotherSeventh SisterEighth BrotherSupreme Leader Snoke
Clones/Stormtroopers: Clone TroopersRexWolffeGregorCodyStormtroopersScout TroopersDeath TroopersFirst Order StormtroopersJumptroopersPyreCaptain Phasma

Others from films
Prequel Trilogy: Padmé AmidalaGeneral GrievousSebulbaClegg HoldfastBail OrganaJar Jar BinksJango Fett
Original Trilogy: Leia OrganaHan SoloChewbaccaLando CalrissianWilhuff TarkinAdmiral AckbarMon MothmaWedge AntillesWicket W. WarrickOwen LarsBeru Whitesun LarsBib FortunaFigran D'an and the Modal NodesEmperor's Royal GuardSalacious CrumbTIE PilotsAT-AT driversRebel PilotsNien NunbJabba the HuttWullf YularenBoba Fett
Sequel Trilogy: FinnPoe DameronLor San TekkaMaz KanataGeneral HuxFirst Order TIE PilotsSidon IthanoTeedoUnkar PluttRose TicoVice Admiral Amilyn HoldoDJZorii BlissJannahAllegiant General Pryde
Anthology Series: Jyn ErsoCassian AndorBodhi RookKrennicChirrut ÎmweBaze MalbusGalen ErsoLyra ErsoImperial Hovertank PilotsEdrioWeeteef CyubeeQi'raEnfys Nest

Others from television
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Hondo OhnakaCham SyndullaCad BaneNumaBo-Katan KryzeSaw Gerrera
Star Wars Rebels: Garazeb OrreliosSabine WrenHera SyndullaAgent KallusCikatro VizagoZare LeonisMaketh TuaValen Rudor Cumberlayne AreskoMyles GrintZare LeonisJai KellTseeboAzmoriganGall TrayvisImperial Combat DriversKassius KonstantineQuarrieKetsu OnyoBrom TitusRyder AzadiEphraim and Mira BridgerThrawnArihnda PryceChavaGronFenn RauThe BenduGar SaxonJun SatoMart MattinGooti TerezJonner JinMorad SumarUrsa WrenTristan WrenYogar LysteVult SkerrisRukh
Star Wars Resistance: Kazuda XionoTam RyvoraJarek YeagerTorra DozaFreya FenrisGriff HalloranElrik VonregImanuel DozaTiernyNeeku Vozo
The Mandalorian: Din DjarinThe Child

R2-D2C-3PORX-24G2-9TG2-4TAly San SanR2-MKGonk droidsC1-10PROX-NWEG-1618AC-38R5-D2BB-8ID9 Seeker DroidAP-5K-2SOBattle DroidsKalaniDroidekasR3-A3Imperial Sentry DroidEG-86BB-9EL3-37IG-88D-O
SarlaccTauntaunBanthaEwoksWookieesGungansTwi'leksJawasTogrutaHuttRodiansTusken RaidersDewbacksGungansLoth-catFyrnockPurrgilKyuzoConvorRancorKryknaLasatRathtarPuffer PigGeonosianZabraksLoth-WolfPorgVulptexFathierVexisYoda's Species
Star Wars Rebels episode listStar Wars: Forces of Destiny episode listStar Wars Resistance episode list
Rebel AllianceGalactic EmpireJediConfederacy of Independent SystemsSithGalactic RepublicMandalorianFirst OrderResistanceInquisitoriusJedi Temple GuardsChurch of the ForceNew RepublicKnights of RenPraetorian GuardSith Eternal
LightsaberBlasterEzra's Energy SlingshotHolocronBo-RifleKyber crystalSynthetic kyber crystalDarksaberSacred Jedi textsSith wayfinder
StarSpeeder 3000Millennium FalconX-WingY-WingA-WingB-WingU-WingT-70 X-Wing FighterSnowspeederImperial ShuttleImperial Star DestroyerSlave ITIE FighterTIE Advanced x1TIE BomberTIE InterceptorTIE Advanced v1TIE DefenderFirst Order TIE fighterFirst Order Special Forces TIE FighterTIE StrikerTIE SilencerTIE WhisperKylo Ren's command shuttleAT-ATAT-STAT-ACTAT-DPFirst Order AT-ATAT-M6Super Star DestroyerJedi Mickey's StarfighterBlockade RunnerGhostPhantom/Phantom IIImperial Speeder Bike614-AvA Speeder BikeImperial Landing CraftEF76 Nebulon-B escort frigateImperial FreighterFirst Order Star DestroyerImperial InterdictorHammerhead CorvetteSato's HammerNightbrotherZeta-Class Cargo ShuttleSupremacyColossus
TatooineDeath StarYavin 4HothDagobahYoda's HutCloud CityBespinDeath Star IIEndorRylothNabooCoruscantJedi TempleKaminoGeonosisKashyyykMustafarMandaloreLothalLothal Jedi TempleJakkuStarkiller BaseTakodanaD'QarLuke Skywalker's Jedi TempleAhch-ToFirst Jedi TempleTree LibraryMirror CaveAtollonGarelMalachorMalachor Sith TempleWobaniRing of KafreneEaduScarifJedhaDathomirDantooineCraitExegol
See Also
The ForceStar Wars: Star Tours (toy line)
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.