|Feature films||Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith|
|Television programs||Star Wars: Clone Wars|
Star Wars: Clone Wars ( series)
|Video games||Disney INFINITY: Edition|
|Voice||Matthew Wood |
John DiMaggio(Clone Wars Season 2)
Richard McGonagle(Clone Wars Season 3)
|Full name||Qymaen jai Sheelal|
|Personality||Very calculating, ingenious tactician, heroic, hatred for all Sith, compassionate.|
|Appearance||Slender and tall cyborg Kaleesh, gold eyes|
|Occupation||Leader of the Droid Army|
|Affiliations||*Confederacy of Independent Systems|
|Goal||To help the Jedi defeat the Sith|
|Allies||Nute Gunray, Wat Tambor, EV-A4-D,|
|Minions||B1 battle droids, B2 super battle droids, BX-series droid commandos, IG MagnaGuards|
|Likes||Power, destroying clones and Jedi for enslaving his people|
|Dislikes||Being defeated by Clones/Jedi, the incompetence of his battle droids|
|Powers and abilities||Brute Strength|
|Weapons||Lightsabers, E-5 Blaster rifle, electrostaff|
|Quotes||"Sith/Jedi scum!" |
"Army or no army,youmust realize that you are doomed!" "Concentrate fire on the closest Republic cruiser!" "Kill him! (Obi-Wan) (coughs)" "I'm no errand boy. And I'm not in this war for Dooku's politics. I am the leader of the most powerful droid army the galaxy has ever seen!"
General Grievousis a fictional character in theStar Warsuniverse.
A recurring villain, he is the Supreme Commander of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, a political faction of planetary systems waging war on the Galactic Republic. Trained in all seven forms oflightsabercombat byCount Dooku, he is a ruthless and powerful warrior devoted toJedi's destruction during theClone Wars. His acts of wanton aggression and high Jedi body count would prompt the galaxy to give him the nicknamethe Knightslayer. Though the notorious Jedi slayer was the being in the galaxy during the Clone Wars who had killed the most Jedi in single combat, he did not hesitate to flee from battles he knew he would lose.
Star Wars: Clone Wars
InStar Wars: Clone Wars, Grievous's first public appearance is when he led a massive detachment of battle droids to attack the Jedi on Hypori. After he cut down Daakman Barrek as the Jedi Master attempted to request reinforcements fromAnakin SkywalkerandObi-Wan Kenobi, Grievous ordered his battle droid troops to effectively surround the six remaining Jedi trapped in the remains of a downed Acclamator-class transport: Tarr Seirr, Sha'a Gi,Aayla Secura, K'Kruhk,Ki-Adi-MundiandShaak Ti. After stating to the Jedi that he would grant them a "warrior's death" and lying in wait for them to move, Gi ran screaming into the open to which Grievous jumped on and killed the Padawan. The general then perched himself to the transport's top and hung from his point where he surveyed the five remaining Jedi before landing below and engaging them in combat, unleashing vicious dual-lightsaber attacks on his adversaries. Grievous first targeted Mundi, advancing toward his opponent with the other Jedi in pursuit. Although Mundi evaded the general's powerful downward slash and released aForcepush at him, Grievous evaded the blast and jumped onto a nearby wall which propelled himself at the Knights and blasting them aside upon impact. Grievous cut down K'Kruhk down, dismembered the rubble thrown at him by Ti, picked up Seirr by the head with one of his mechanical feet and slammed him to the ground face first, and grabbed Secura as well, throwing both Seirr and Secura up against the top of the transport's remains above. Grievous then dueled both Mundi and Ti at once. He managed to countered their attacks and eventually kicked Mundi against a nearby pile of rubble. Unfazed, the cyborg general advanced at Ti by slashing his lightsabers all the while and leaving Ti unable to escape his onslaught util he knocked her lightsaber out of her hand and forced her against a pile of debris. Mundi attempted to retrieve his lightsaber with the Force, only to have Grievous trap the weapon beneath one of his clawed feet and pick it up himself. With Grievous in possession of three lightsabers (one in each hand and the third using his left foot), Mundi stole one of Grievous' lightsabers secured at his waist and Grievous jumped at Mundi, lightsabers blazing. However,clone troopersarrived at the last minute to save the surviving Jedi from Grievous.
After some lightsaber training with Count Dooku, Grievous searched forPalpatineonCoruscantand fought Jedi (led by Ti) that took Palpatine to a secret bunker aboard a maglev train. However, Grievous and his MagnaGuards reached the hardened bunker with six of his MagnaGuards in tow. Cutting a bloody path of destruction through the bunker, he made his way to Palpatine. He quickly killed the Jedi protectors as well as a number of clone troopers before kidnapping theChancellor. He then dueled Ti and spared her to inform the Jedi that the Chancellor was gone. As he fled, Jedi MasterMace WinduForce crushed the plates covering Grievous's chest, injuring his lungs and giving him wheezing/coughing problems.
Grievous appears in Disney INFINITY's third installment as a boss in the Twilight of the Republic Play Set.
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- In the Clone Wars miniseriesby Genndy Tartakovsky, it turns out that General Grievous didn't always have his famous nasty cough. But, he ended up getting it at the end of the series after he confrontedMace Windu, whocrushed his organs with the Force, mainly his lungs.
General Grievous' Clone Wars Debut Remains a Masterclass—But Not for the Reason You Think
Genndy Tartakovsky’s Star Wars Clone Wars micro-series is remembered—deified even—for its action. It is all killer, no filler: the dialogue is spartan, its themes layered but simple. This is StarWars and you are here for tight, explosive, bombastic action unlike anything the franchise had dared to dream of before, and rarely would after. The series’ arguable apex, its 20th chapter, is no exception.
In the grand tradition of iconic Star Wars hench-villains making their debut in animation, just as Boba Fett had 26 years beforehand, in April —17 years ago to this day, in fact—audiences were introduced to the franchise’s next supporting big bad in General Grievous. The Grievous we meet here, beyond aesthetic choices befitting Clone Wars anime-influenced style, is markedly different to the cyborg we would meet on the big screen a year later in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.
He didn’t have a cough, not yet at least, to be explained away by the micro-series’ third and final series. His spindly, bone-tinged armor replaced with cool whites and steel tones, thickened to look as menacing as possible. Not here is the cackling, scheming ‘40s serial villain George Lucas would want from Revenge of the Sith’s sinister patsy but instead, a taciturn, ruthless killing machine who wanted one thing and one thing only: the complete extermination of any Jedi that dared cross his path. A take, one could certainly describe with a sense of glee, that was more “badass.” Filed away are many of the more cartoonish, even clumsy shades that would be added to Grievous in Revenge and eventually the 3D CG Clone Wars series that would sweep Tartakovsky’s show out of canon for good. Instead, he was something serious, something violent, something that is, as we rejoiced, all killer and no filler.
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Chapter 20 can certainly be remembered like so much of Clone Wars in this way: a nine-minute (bumped up from prior episode’s typical three-to-four-minute runtime) hyper-concentrated dose of action, in which this horrifying figure of cybernetic dread carves a bloody (yet bloodless) path through a squad of Jedi. Lightsabers whirl with frightful precision on both sides, bodies are carved, stomped upon, flung lifelessly into the debris of a devastating battle left unseen. Grievous’ sole line of dialogue here is not a boast or jape, but a threat that reflects his power and imposing, calculated demeanor: “Jedi! You are surrounded, your armies decimated. Make peace with the Force now, for this is your final hour—but know that I, General Grievous, am not completely without mercy. I will grant you a warrior’s death. Prepare!”
In our minds eye, this is Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars writ large: the Star Wars that Star Wars could be if removed from such apparent shackles as theme and compassion. Freed to be nothing but the awe-inspiring action of fantastical warriors at the height of their power matched in vivid, intense combat. And it is indeed that. But what makes it more—what makes it Star Wars—is that it is not about the action of Grievious’ arrival on the scene, or at least not entirely.
Chapter 20 is about the Jedi who fall victim to him, a turning point in the show and in Star Wars’ prequel era that punctures the very mythos of the mystical group, and asks us to really, truly consider their impending downfall. There’s something fitting that the majority of the Jedi we encounter on Hypori—Ki-Adi-Mundi, Shaak Ti, Aayla Secura, and K’Kruhk, joined by two newly created padawans, Sha’a Gi and Tarr Seirr—are characters that diehard fans would recognise from the Star Wars expanded universe’s stories of the Clone Wars at the time. These are more than just any Jedi then, they are beloved characters.
Even without that recognition, as Ki-Adi intones to steel his beleaguered allies at one point in the short, they are Jedi. We have spent the entirety of the show at this point in awe of the heightened, almost absurd power of the Order. Warriors like Anakin, Obi-Wan, Kit Fisto, and Mace Windu have singlehandedly run rampant across battlefields, every setback turned into a minor inconvenience, a chance for them to swing back twice as hard, and often decisively so. Up to this point in the show for our heroes there is no failure, only stunning spectacle: unarmed or otherwise, the Jedi of this conflict are almighty, perhaps even scary, in their martial skill. And yet, Hypori is not just framed as a defeat, but a rout.
We open with the death of Master Barrek, introduced only to be cut down by an unseen assailant, before cutting to Jedi not bounding across a battlefield as we had seen so often in the show, but skulking in shadow. They’re darting from ruin to ruin—comprised of their own warships, now empty husks on a barren field—and talking in hushed, panicked whispers. When they arrive within one of those husks, they don’t find resolute Jedi defenders, but people who are exhausted, shattered by defeat. For all the reassurances that Ki-Adi Mundi makes to his comrades, they may be Jedi, but they are unlike anything of the Jedi we have been presented up to this point. Scared, broken, doubtful, emotional, and so completely far from the stoic warrior monks we had been trained to think of.
Sha’a Gi, so completely destroyed in being confronted with the loss, bursts from refuge with a petrified scream, only to be immediately crushed under heel as Grievous makes his arrival. As the General moves in for his kills, his opponents are treated with the same lack of reverence that we’ve seen countless Jedi in the show treat the swathes of Battle Droids they eviscerated for 19 chapters. K’Kruhk is laid low with a brutal slice, Aayla and Tarr Seir aren’t just incapacitated by strikes of Grevious’ limbs, but their bodies flung aside like ragdolls, not even given the time to linger on as they smash into far-off debris. They are Jedi, and yet they are also nothing to Grievous. Their own arrogance and power in this war held up to them like a mirror: a mirror that petrifies the Jedi left standing to their core.
For nearly two hours of animation before these moments, Clone Wars never really stopped to question the gravity of its action, what it means beyond the surface level of its bombast to see the Jedi Order unleash itself in this manner. The moment the show strikes back at the Order with that kind of power in turn, the Jedi are made vulnerable in ways we had never really seen them depicted on-screen before. It’s a powerful moment, not simply because of its villainous debut, but for what it says about our purported heroes in the face of such overwhelming force.
In 19 chapters, the Jedi were gods. In just one, they were made deeply, painfully human—and beyond the spectacle, we as an audience are asked to consider so much more than just the slickness of lightsabers crossing in the dark.
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Clone Wars Turned General Grievous Into A Joke Even Before Lightsaber Memes
Long before lightsaber collecting memes turned General Grievous into a joke, the Clone Wars series turned him into a shadow of his former self.
Long before memes turned General Grievous and his love of collecting lightsabers into a joke, the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars turned the Separatist leader into a shadow of his former self. In the original Star Wars timeline, the Expanded Universe (now known as Legends), General Grievous was a terrifying adversary to Jedi and Clones alike, brutally cutting down the Republic’s best warriors with ease and earning each lightsaber in his collection. In canon, however, Grievous struggles to defeat padawans, let alone Jedi Masters, resorting to underhanded and cowardly methods to win and retreating at a moment’s notice when the situation favors the heroes.
In Legends, the Clone Wars multimedia project covered the three-year conflict, with Grievous being a key antagonist in the animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars and the Star Wars: Republic comic books. Grievous debuted in Clone Wars “Chapter 20,” eviscerating Republic forces on Hypori and effortlessly fighting five Jedi at once (including two Council members), leaving all but one dead or critically injured with little difficulty. Grievous would go on to lead the CIS to victory in Operation Durge's Lance and the Outer Rim Sieges, notably killing Jedi Master Adi Gallia and brutalizing the ARC Trooper Alpha. At the end of the war, Grievous led the CIS attack on Coruscant, murdering numerous Jedi and Clone Troopers and kidnapping Supreme Chancellor Palpatine.
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In the canon version of The Clone Wars, Grievous was far less threatening. The General is shown fighting numerous Jedi Masters but never being able to kill them through direct means. For instance, Grievous was quickly overpowered by Eeath Koth, but thanks to his MagnaGuards repeatedly attacking the Jedi Master from behind, Grievous won the duel. The General was wholly unable to defeat the Nightsister Asajj Ventress without assistance from his droids as well. Against padawans and Jedi Knights, however, Grievous had less difficulty but still relied on trickery for his victories. He overpowered Ahsoka Tano (via an ambush) in their first duel but was unable to capture her, and later proved unable to defeat her in their second encounter. He did manage to kill Jedi Knight Nahdar Vebb, by shooting him with a blaster while their blades were locked. Canon’s Grievous is a far cry from the Legends version.
The discrepancy between the two versions of Grievous comes from statements by George Lucas himself. When Grievous’ character was being created in preparation for his debut in the Legends-era Clone Wars and live-action appearance in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Lucas first described him as a capable Jedi-killer, so Genndy Tartakovsky and his team created a nightmarish villain who cut down the most powerful Jedi and Clones with ease, with his arsenal of lightsaber reflecting his body count. George Lucas later described Grievous as a cowardly, old-fashioned style of villain who flees the heroes whenever possible. Later chapters of Clone Wars honor this by revealing that Grievous was trained in psychological warfare by Count Dooku. While undoubtedly deadly, Grievous’s true strength was in intimidating his prey before fighting. Dooku insisted that he retreat, should he lose this advantage. Not heeding this advice, Grievous learned his lesson the hard way when Mace Windu, unafraid of the cyborg General, critically wounded him. Grievous never truly recovered from his injuries, making him far weaker in Revenge of the Sith.
In canon’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Grievous matches his injured, more cautious, and far less threatening appearance in Revenge of the Sith for the entirety of the war. While this does follow George Lucas’s second description more closely, it comes at the cost of a truly terrifying antagonist. In Legends, there was a constant sense of dread and doom when Grievous appeared, making Mace and Obi-Wan’s victories over him feel relieving and earned. Canon’s Grievous is hardly a threat to padawans, let alone Jedi Masters, so his lightsaber collection, let alone his status as a Jedi killer, felt like a joke well before the memes.
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Before there was ’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars, there was … well, ’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Produced and directed by veteran animator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack), the Daytime Emmy Award-winning animated “micro-series” of shorts holds a special place in the hearts of many Star Wars fans who watched it when it first aired on Cartoon Network, and for good reason. And after years of being impossible to watch in a legal manner, the collection has appeared on Disney Plus under a “Star Wars Vintage” banner.
From Obi-Wan Kenobi’s fierce battle with the immortal Gen’Dai bounty hunter Dirge (complete with an Akira bike slide reference) to Anakin Skywalker’s tense lightsaber duel against the Sith wannabe-apprentice Asajj Ventress on the jungle moon of Yavin 4 and Mace Windu single-handedly defeating an entire droid army like an invincible Jedi warrior, Tartakovsky’s take boasted some of the most impressive and memorable moments to ever be put to the screen in the saga’s history. But one episode in particular stands out for its introduction of one of the most terrifying villains seen in Star Wars before his live-action theatrical debut: the Confederate droid commander General Grievous.
In “Chapter 20” of the Clone Wars series, which comprises the last four minutes of the first of two hour-or-so-long compilations released on Disney Plus, we see a group of five Jedi knights cornered inside a wrecked starship by an army of droids. Just as the forces encircle the wreckage, a clawed hand is seen held up, halting the droids to a standstill. The short has all the energy of a hopeless last stand, with the Jedi stating that the droid’s unexpected victory is owed to the strategy of their confederacy’s mysterious new general. Grievous is heard before he’s ever fully seen, announcing to the Jedi that there is no hope of rescue, and that he will grant them a warrior’s death. After a few moments of tension, the ambidextrous four-armed Jedi hunting assassin cyborg makes his appearance; a towering skeletal figure in a white flowing cape, brandishing a pair of lightsabers presumably stolen from a pair of Jedi he had previously murdered and collected as trophies. The short ends with the frightening pace of a horror-movie climax, as Grievous proceeds to mercilessly kill and incapacitate the Jedi until only one is left.
Designed by concept artist Warren Fu, General Grievous was developed by George Lucas as a new antagonist for the final installment in the theatrical Star Wars prequel series. Lucas’ initial requests to the artists at LucasFilm were simply for the new villain to simply be “a droid commander,” while later specifying that he wanted the character to be seen as the deadliest hand to hand fighter the galaxy— someone, or something, that could strike fear even in the heart of the Jedi. Grievous’ debut in Tarkavosky’s Clone Wars certainly leaves that impression, a predator hanging from darkened ceilings and skulking like a Xenomorph from Alien, stalking prey silently before pouncing in for the kill. More impressive than even Grievous’ design is his fighting style that, according to the DVD audio commentary for the second volume of the series, was inspired by the Brazillian martial art of Capoeira.
Grievous would go on to serve as a formidable and recurring unstoppable threat for the rest of the series until the final moments of “Chapter 25” when, while abducting Chancellor Palpatine in the wake of defeating the trio of Jedi charged with protecting him, Grievous’ chest was force crushed by Mace Windu as the general made his escape. The droid commander would make his next on-screen appearance in ’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith; a wheezing, hunched over shadow of his former intimidating self. Grievous would nonetheless hold his own in his battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi on the planet of Utapau, though his final moments pale in comparison to the unrelenting force of death and destruction seen in Tarkovsky’s series.
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General Grievous Animated
Fictional character in the Star Wars franchise
General Grievous is a fictional character and a major antagonist in the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas. He was introduced as a supporting villain in the animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars, voiced by John DiMaggio in the second season and Richard McGonagle in the third season, before making his live-action debut in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (), where he was created using computer-generated imagery and voiced by Matthew Wood. Wood reprised his role in the canonical animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, where Grievous is one of the main antagonists.
Grievous, a brilliant military strategist, served as the Supreme Commander of the Confederacy of Independent Systems' droid armies during the Clone Wars. While not Force-sensitive, he trained in all lightsabercombat forms under Count Dooku to rival the Jedi of the Galactic Republic. Throughout the Clone Wars, Grievous killed numerous Jedi and collected their lightsabers as trophies, earning a reputation as the most feared Jedi hunter in the galaxy of his era. He developed a rivalry with Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, with whom he clashed numerous times during the war, and who eventually killed Grievous after he assumed command of the Separatist Alliance following Dooku's death in Revenge of the Sith.
Aside from the films and animated series, the character appears in various canon and non-canon Star Wars media, such as books, comics, and video games, many of which explore his backstory. Within Star Wars Legends material, Grievous was born Qymaen jai Sheelal and was a Kaleesh warlord who developed a personal vendetta against the Republic and the Jedi. After suffering near-fatal injuries in a ship crash, he was rescued by Count Dooku (who was secretly responsible for the crash) and rebuilt as a cyborg. The character's backstory was retconned in The Clone Wars animated series, in which it is implied that Grievous willingly replaced parts of his body with cybernetic augmentations, in an effort to "upgrade" himself. However, several elements of Grievous's backstory from Legends were later reintroduced in the current Star Warscanon through various books.
Since his introduction, Grievous has become a widely recognized figure in popular culture, and one of the most popular Star Wars characters of all time, gaining a cult status.
Concept and creation
General Grievous was developed for Revenge of the Sith as a powerful new villain on the side of the Separatists. The initial instructions that director George Lucas gave the Art Department were very open-ended: "a droid general". From that vague direction, the artists developed a lot of explorations, some purely mechanical, some not, for Grievous's look. He was also created as a villain foreshadowing Anakin Skywalker's transformation into Darth Vader: the heavy breathing, the cyborg body and his seduction into an evil faction.
The initial design sketch for Grievous was refined and made into a 1-foot (30cm)-tall maquette sculpture. That was further refined when it was made into a realistic computer-generated model by Industrial Light & Magic. At the time, this was one of the most complicated models ever created by ILM, with many parts of differing physical qualities. Grievous is completely computer-generated imagery in the movie. On set, Duncan Young read the lines off-screen while Kyle Rowling wore a bluescreen or a greenscreen suit to act out the fights with Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Also notable are the numerous contradictions between the expanded universe and both TV series. Grievous is depicted as having four fingers per arm in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series whereas Star Wars: Clone Wars has the general depicted as having five. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and most other comics depicted him as having six fingers per arm. The original Clone Wars incarnation was fast, acrobatic and powerful but not as often in command when compared to the more recent The Clone Wars incarnation of the character. Furthermore, his asthmatic cough and hunchbacked stance are already present, despite having not gained them prior to his confrontation with Mace Windu. The general's back story has also been changed: supervising director Dave Filoni stated that Grievous opted for surgery in order to gain abilities that would allow him to rival a Jedi. This is reinforced by season one's tenth episode "Lair of Grievous" which suggested the general's transformation into a cyborg was a gradual process.
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Sound editor Matthew Wood submitted a voice audition for the character as Alan Smithee. Lucas liked this audition the most, and since he had bronchitis at the time, he instructed Wood to give the character an asthmatic cough. This was intended to emphasize the character's organic nature as well as the flaws of having cyborg prosthetics. Some of the audio effects for the coughing in Revenge of the Sith were taken from Lucas while he had bronchitis. Grievous appeared in the micro-series Star Wars: Clone Wars before many of his personality traits had been finalized. To reconcile the differences between the two presentations, Mace Windu uses the Force to crush Grievous's chest panel towards the end of the show's third season. However, Grievous has the cough for the entirety of his appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, making his micro-series backstory non-canon.
General Grievous has been voiced by four actors. For the Season Two finale of the Clone Wars animated micro-series, the character was voiced by John DiMaggio, who gave him a tinny voice—not knowing what the character would sound like in Revenge of the Sith. Richard McGonagle voiced the character for Clone Wars Season Three. The character was voiced by Matthew Wood in the feature film Revenge of the Sith, the animated series The Clone Wars, and most video game appearances. David W. Collins voiced the character (albeit uncredited) in Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron and Battlefront: Elite Squadron.
Gary Oldman (a friend of producer Rick McCallum) agreed to submit a voice audition but his involvement never went beyond that. Several months later, actor John Rhys-Davies was widely reported to be the character's voice but this was revealed to be a prank. DiMaggio was considered for the role for Grievous after he had previously voiced him in the Clone Wars animated series, but was later dropped.
Revenge of the Sith
Main article: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
In Revenge of the Sith, General Grievous holds Supreme Chancellor Palpatine hostage aboard his flagship, the Invisible Hand. The Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker launch a rescue operation, and the latter kills Separatist leader Count Dooku.[a] Grievous traps the fleeing Jedi and the Chancellor in a ray shield, and has them brought along with R2-D2 to the ship's bridge. He confiscates Obi-Wan and Anakin's lightsabers, cackling that he will add them to his vast collection. When R2-D2 creates a distraction, Obi-Wan and Anakin use the Force to retrieve their lightsabers and free themselves. A short battle ensues with the Jedi overcoming Grievous's MagnaGuards and battle droids before turning their attention to the General himself. Grievous escapes by using the electrostaff of a fallen MagnaGuard to shatter the bridge's glass and create a vacuum that pulls everything out towards space. He subsequently fires a grappling hook to secure himself to the ship and scales its exterior en route to an escape pod. Grievous launches all of the other pods as well to prevent Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Palpatine from escaping the doomed vessel. However, Anakin manages to take control of the ship and crash land it safely.
Now taking Dooku's place as both the political and military leader of the Separatists, Grievous heads to the planet of Utapau, where the council members of the Confederacy of Independent Systems are hiding; the Separatists have taken the residents of Utapau hostage. He receives a message from Dooku's master Darth Sidious – who, unbeknownst to Grievous, is Palpatine's Sith alter ego – telling him to move the council members to the volcanic planet Mustafar. Sidious also tells Grievous that the war will soon come to an end and when Grievous objects about the loss of Dooku, Sidious replied that his death was a necessary loss and that he will soon have a new apprentice who is "far younger and more powerful".
With Dooku dead, the hunt for Grievous becomes a priority for the Republic, and would also be a litmus test into whether Palpatine would give up his executive war powers granted to him by the Galactic Senate for the war. After no longer seeing him as an important asset in his plan to take over the galaxy, Palpatine betrays General Grievous by informing the Jedi of his whereabouts on Utapau. Palpatine also used this betrayal as an opportunity to send Obi-Wan off Coruscant while he attempted to seduce Anakin to the dark side. When Obi-Wan destroys his MagnaGuards, Grievous duels the Jedi in single combat, splitting each of his mechanical arms in half to simultaneously use four lightsabers. The Republic's clone troopers then arrive to engage Grievous's Droid Army. Obi-Wan disarms Grievous with the Force and pursues him when the general retreats on his wheelbike, fleeing to the hangar where his starfighter is located. The two engage in hand-to-hand combat, where Obi-Wan manages to rip open Grievous's chest plates, revealing the parts where his organs are located. Enraged, Grievous throws Obi-Wan off the platform, easily overpowering him. Using the Force, Obi-Wan manipulates his position and catches hold of his edge. As Grievous charges at him with his electrostaff, Obi-Wan uses the Force to summon the general's blaster. Before Grievous can deliver the final blow, Obi-Wan shoots him in his organs underneath his exoskeleton, which then catches fire, killing the cyborg general.
The Clone Wars
Main article: Star Wars: The Clone Wars ( TV series)
Grievous is one of the main antagonists of the computer-animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In the first season, he is shown to be commanding the Separatist warship Malevolence armed with a pair of heavy ion cannons. He also clashes with Obi-Wan Kenobi aboard the Malevolence for the first time when he chases him aboard the warship's railway system. During the ensuing lightsaber duel, Grievous nearly gets the better of Obi-Wan, but the Jedi Master escapes at the last moment. Meanwhile, Anakin secretly sabotages the Malevolence's navigation computer, sending it crashing into a nearby moon.[a] Grievous escapes on his starfighter and continues his campaign against the Republic. A few episodes later, Grievous discovers Anakin and Padawan Ahsoka Tano infiltrating his secret listening post and seeks out to search for them. He then engages Ahsoka and her squad of clone troopers, defeating all the troopers and then engaging in a cat and mouse game with the Padawan. However, Anakin and Ahsoka still manage to destroy his listening post. Aware of Grievous's recent string of failures, Count Dooku arranges a test for his cyborg henchman – in the form of Jedi Master Kit Fisto and Jedi Knight Nahdar Vebb. In Grievous's personal castle on the third moon of Vassek, the two Jedi and a squad of clone troopers ambush Grievous and cut off his legs. Once repaired, Grievous duels and kills Vebb. On the outskirts of Grievous's castle, the general climbs up from the ledge and unleashes four lightsabers on Fisto. Using the fog to his advantage, Fisto successfully cuts off one of Grievous's hands and reclaims Vebb's lightsaber. Armed with two lightsabers, Fisto gains the upper hand over Grievous to which the general calls in his Magnaguards and Fisto flees. Grievous reports to Dooku, who says that there is room for improvement.
During the second season, Grievous boards a Republic Cruiser with Jedi Master Eeth Koth on board. Grievous duels Koth and takes him prisoner. Obi-Wan, Anakin and Jedi Master Adi Gallia attempt to rescue Koth and capture Grievous, resulting in a confrontation between Obi-Wan and Grievous over the planet Saleucami, which Grievous loses. Though the Jedi succeed in rescuing Koth, Grievous, helped by his droids, escapes once again.
In the third season, Grievous, Dark JediAsajj Ventress and their armies attack the clone factories on the planet Kamino. During the battle, Grievous clashes with Obi-Wan again. However, their duel ends in stalemate and Grievous flees the planet with Ventress. Later on, Grievous commands a sabotage mission using infiltrator droids on the Galactic Senate, resulting in a deregulation of the banks.
During the fourth season, Grievous suffers a humiliating defeat when he attempts to invade Naboo. Jar Jar Binks distracts Grievous in a series of negotiations long enough for the Gungan army to shut down Grievous's invasion force. As Grievous pursues Jar Jar, he slaughters many Gungan soldiers. At that moment, General Tarpals intervenes and engages Grievous in a duel. Although he is mortally wounded by the cyborg, Tarpals impales Grievous through his chest which allows the Gungan Army to bombard the wounded general with energized projectiles and capture him. However, he is freed in a prisoner exchange with Anakin between Dooku and Padmé Amidala. Later, Grievous attacks Gallia's ship, engaging her in a lightsaber duel down a narrow hallway. The duel ends when Grievous kicks Gallia in the chest, sending her flying across the hallway. Grievous then captures Gallia. Shortly after, Gallia escapes Grievous's custody when a strike force led by Jedi Master Plo Koon boards his ship and frees the Jedi Master, prompting Grievous to flee once again. Grievous is later sent to the planet Dathomir under Dooku's orders to exterminate the Nightsisters. Immediately upon landing on the planet's surface, the general begins his rampage and his droid army turns Dathomir into a battlefield. However, Ventress turns the tide of the battle and fights her way to the general's shuttle where the cyborg emerges to confront her personally. As they duel, Grievous grows overconfident and begins to toy with Ventress until she surprises him by chopping off one of his arms and knocking him to the ground. Grievous then orders his troops to fire on Ventress, wounding her. As Grievous prepares to deliver the death blow to his longtime rival, he is attacked by Nightsister zombies and is forced to fight them off while Ventress flees. Under new orders from Dooku, Grievous turns his attention to Nightsister leader Mother Talzin and slaughters his way to her fortress where she narrowly escapes from the general's grasp by teleporting away. Grievous is later seen on Serenno listening to Dooku's fears about Savage Opress.
In the fifth season's premiere episode, Grievous is mentioned by Hondo Ohnaka as having defeated Obi-Wan and won the battle for the system that Florrum is in. This battle is shown in the episode "Bound for Rescue" where Grievous attacks Obi-Wan's ship; the General slaughters a squadron of clones and duels Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan is no match for Grievous and is subsequently defeated, forcing him to abandon his ship. Later, Grievous goes to Florrum personally and announces that the system is under his control now, and that Dooku is having him punish Hondo for holding him for ransom. The droids destroy Hondo's stronghold and his belongings, and hold him prisoner, but Hondo is rescued when Ahsoka and a group of younglings free him and retreat off the planet. Grievous pursues them and fights Ahsoka. Although she has grown stronger since their last battle, Grievous still proves to be more than a match for her. The duel ends when Hondo picks up Ahsoka in the Slave I and takes off, leaving Grievous to stew in his anger. Grievous is mentioned in the episode "Secret Weapons", where a team of Republic droids led by Colonel Gascon is tasked with retrieving a module that will decode a transmission which Grievous made about an important Separatist attack.
Grievous was to undergo a design change in the seventh season to look more like his design in Revenge of the Sith. Though the series was cancelled before this could happen, the unfinished animations of the Crystal Crisis arc showed this design. In this arc, Grievous is sent by Dooku to purchase a giant kyber crystal on Utapau, and while Grievous at first obtains the crystal, it is lost when Anakin and Obi-Wan destroy it by overloading its power.
Grievous makes a brief appearance in the opening sequence of "Old Friends Not Forgotten", the first episode of the Siege of Mandalore story-arc from the seventh and final season. As the arc takes place during the events of Revenge of the Sith, Grievous has a different design, reminiscent of his appearance in the film, and is commanding his fleet in an attack on Coruscant with the goal of capturing Chancellor Palpatine. Grievous is mentioned in the following two episodes, "The Phantom Apprentice" and "Shattered", when Obi-Wan states that he is going to Utapau to hunt him down, and later when Ki-Adi Mundi mentions during a meeting with the Jedi Council that Grievous has been killed (similarly to a scene from Revenge of the Sith).
Grievous appears as a major character in the four-part comic series Son of Dathomir, an unproduced story arc intended for the sixth season of The Clone Wars. In the comic, Dooku sends Grievous to hunt down the rogue Sith Lord Darth Maul, who has become a significant threat to Sidious' plans. Grievous is ordered to only wound Maul's forces, but not kill him; this is in order to draw out Mother Talzin, who is later revealed to be Maul's mother. Though he thinks it foolish to keep Maul alive, Grievous does as he is told. He takes a huge army of droids to Zanbar and attacks Maul's army of Death Watch warriors. Despite heavy casualties, Grievous's droids ultimately win the battle. During the battle, Grievous briefly fights Maul and wins, forcing him to flee. Later, Grievous and Dooku are lured into a trap by Maul and his minions, and are taken prisoner in order to draw out Sidious. However, Grievous soon escapes and rejoins Sidious, who orders Grievous to attack Dathomir again, where Maul and Talzin are planning using Dooku as a sacrifice to restore Talzin to full strength. Sidious fights Talzin while Grievous duels Maul again. Maul eventually overpowers Grievous and Force-pushes him through a wall. Grievous quickly reappears, however, and after Sidious and Dooku have subdued Talzin (who has thrown Maul out of the battle to save his life), Grievous stabs her through the chest with his lightsabers, killing her.
Grievous is featured extensively in prequel-era Expanded Universe material. In April , most of the licensed Star Wars novels and comics produced since the originating film were rebranded by Lucasfilm as Star Wars Legends and declared non-canon to the franchise.
In the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series, which marked the character's first ever appearance, General Grievous makes his first public appearance when he attacks several Jedi on Hypori. After killing Master Daakman Barrek, Grievous and his droids surround Tarr Seirr, Sha'a Gi, Aayla Secura, K'Kruhk, Ki-Adi-Mundi and Shaak Ti. After stating he would grant the Jedi a "warrior's death", Grievous battles the six Jedi all by himself, killing Seirr and Gi and injuring Secura and Ti. K'Kruhk is also mortally wounded, and falls into a state of hibernation after Grievous strikes him down. He manages to possess three lightsabers (one in each hand and the third using his left foot) to fight Mundi after all the other Jedi have been dispatched. As they fight, lightsabers blazing, Clone ARC Troopers led by Captain Fordo arrive to save the surviving Jedi. Grievous retreats, but secures his victory over the Jedi as he collects the lightsabers of the Jedi he has killed.
Three years later, Grievous searches for Chancellor Palpatine on Coruscant, attempting to capture him while he is defended by a trio of Jedi consisting of Shaak Ti, Roron Corobb and Foul Moudama. Ti orders Corobb and Moudama take Palpatine to a secret bunker while she holds Grievous off. However, Grievous's Magnaguards distract Ti while Grievous reaches the hardened bunker, kills Corobb and Moudama, and captures Palpatine. Ti learns too late that the Magnaguards were but a distraction and heads to the bunker to find her Jedi comrades dead, and Palpatine in Grievous's grasp. Grievous defeats Ti yet again, takes her lightsaber, and restrains her with electric cables before returning to his shuttle with Palpatine in his custody. As Grievous is about to escape, Mace Windu confronts him using the Force to crush his chest plates, severely injuring his lungs and leaving him with his distinctive asthmatic cough, though Grievous still escapes, leading to the events of Revenge of the Sith.
Grievous made his first appearance in the comics in a short story in Star Wars: Visionaries called "The Eyes of Revolution". This story reveals that he was once Kaleesh general Qymaen jai Sheelal, a fierce warrior engaged in a brutal war with the rival planet Huk. Grievous has had many wives, including the human Gravlyn, and several children. He boards a shuttle to take him to another battle, unaware that Dooku had planted an explosive device in it. He is mortally wounded in the resulting crash, and what remains of his body is reconstructed with cybernetic limbs. Dooku then recruits him into the Separatist Army as his second-in-command, appealing to his hatred of the Republic that ignored his home world's plight.
In the third volume of Clone Wars Adventures, it is revealed that Grievous attains his rank of Supreme Commander by dueling Dooku's underlings Ventress and Durge simultaneously. On board the Trenchant space station, Dooku orders Ventress and Durge to search for an unknown intruder with the pair unaware of their master's intentions. Armed with an electrostaff, Grievous appears from behind and electrocutes Durge and subsequently throws him across the hallway through a few trophies. Ventress jumps onto a chandelier and attempts to search for Grievous, who knocks her down. Ventress and Durge then confront Grievous face to face, with Ventress unleashing her lightsabers and Durge unleashing his full arsenal. Grievous is able to knock Ventress away, though Durge then sends the general flying across the room into a wall with a powerful punch to the face. Enraged, Grievous unleashes his lightsabers, swiftly defeating the pair. In the wake of the battle, Grievous is made the Supreme Commander of the Confederacy's military.
Grievous starred in his own comic called Star Wars: General Grievous, in which he fights Jedi Master T'chooka D'oon and his Padawan Flyn. After Grievous kills D'oon, Kybo returns to the Jedi council with a plan to destroy Grievous once and for all. When the council rebukes his vengeful plan, Kybo decides to take this matter into own hands with disastrous results. Grievous also appears in the comics in Star Wars: Obsession issue number 4, in which he is on the world of Boz Pity, where he kills two Jedi, Master Soon Bayts and Jedi Council member Adi Gallia. Though Windu injures Grievous, Dooku is able to save the general so he may fight another day.
In the novel Labyrinth of Evil, Grievous plans an invasion of Coruscant alongside Dooku and Sidious. He first appears in the novel watching his hated subordinate Nute Gunray flee from a pursuant Republic Strike Force. Grievous reluctantly saves Gunray by destroying the fighters. Grievous's invasion of the planet Belderone would also be thwarted by Anakin and Obi-Wan due to a careless mistake on Gunray's part. Though Gunray resorts to lies, Grievous deduces that he is lying and threatens to kill him. Later on the bridge of the Invisible Hand, Dooku watches as Grievous spars his elite Magnaguards. Though Grievous wins the fight, Dooku points out several flaws in the general's technique while realizing he is partly to blame for the general's inadequacies. Grievous soon launches his invasion on the Republic capital of Coruscant in an attempt to kidnap Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, placing himself on the battlefield once again. During the invasion, Grievous battles Mace Windu atop a maglev train while personally trying to capture Palpatine. Though Windu overwhelms Grievous in combat, the cyborg outwits the Jedi Guard and takes Palpatine hostage, setting the stage for Revenge of the Sith.
General Grievous appears as a boss in the video game adaptation of Revenge of the Sith, and is playable in the dueling mode. Grievous makes a brief appearance in the Legends game Star Wars: Republic Commando (), where he is encountered on Kashyyyk by Delta Squad before boarding his starship (which was seen earlier by Delta Squad leaving Geonosis) and departing to an unknown planet. In Star Wars Galaxies (), several years after Grievous' death, Imperialstormtroopers find his remains, which are used to create a new droid retaining Grievous' brain, but none of his memories. This war droid has a brief life in the Myyydril Caverns on Kashyyyk before being destroyed by an anonymous group of spacers. The combatants loot the droid's remains, taking its weaponry and anything else of value. The face mask ends up on the Invisible Market, where it is purchased for its artistic properties by a high-ranking Imperial admiral purported to be Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Grievous appears as a boss and unlockable playable character in Lego Star Wars () and Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (); he is also playable in the Free Play mode of Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy () by accessing a save file of the first game. In Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (), Grievous is featured as a boss several times throughout the story mode, before becoming available as an unlockable playable character. He is also playable in Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens () via downloadable content. Grievous has been featured as a playable character in the Star Wars: Battlefront series, including in Star Wars: Battlefront II (), Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron (), and, most recently, Star Wars Battlefront II ().
Grievous has also appeared as a playable character in Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Lightsaber Duels (). Angry Birds Star Wars II () as an evil pig, and several mobile games such Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes () and Star Wars: Force Arena ().
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Many of the character's quotes in Revenge of the Sith, such as "Your lightsabers will make a fine addition to my collection", have gained popularity as Internet memes in the s.
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