nobody movie_10 Ways Count Dooku Is Star Wars’ Most Underrated Villain

Next to Darth Vader, the coming one Obi Wan Kenobi Series (coming May 27th on Disney+) will be a new villain, Inquisitor Reva, Third Sister, played by Moses Ingram. If the photos are any indication, Reva will be a formidable villain, but only time will tell if she will join the ranks of the icon war of stars Villains like Darth Vaders, Darth Maul and Kylo Ren. That elite villain status isn’t always easy to achieve, and nobody can attest to that better than Darth Tyrannus, better known as Count Dooku.

Portrayed by Christopher Lee in the films and Corey Burton in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Dooku is one of the more interesting villains, but unfortunately he’s overshadowed by other fan favorites. That’s a shame because everything from his history with the Jedi to his immense power deserves recognition.

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The Fallen Jedi

Count Dooku fights with Master Yoda in Star Wars comics

Like Anakin Skywalker after him, Count Dooku of Serenno was in fact a Master of the Jedi Order. Typically, Sith apprentices are recruited at a young age so that those like Palpatine can harness and corrupt their youthful minds.

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On the other hand, Dooku was an older man when he left the Jedi. He was always defiant when it came to how the Jedi operated, and all Palpatine needed was the loss of someone he cared about to take advantage of.

An iconic lightsaber

Dooku’s curved lightsaber resembles older fencing swords in Earth’s history and has become one of the most well-known lightsabers in the world war of stars Story. Other characters who have wielded curved hilts include Dooku’s apprentice Asajj Ventress.


However, none have reached the same level of iconism as Dooku’s, which is why it even became one of the best legacy lightsabers at Galaxy’s Edge. Much like Dooku himself, the curved hilt conveys a sense of elegance and grace compared to other Sith lightsabers, which are larger and spookier.

Dooku is not entirely wrong

Count Dooku tries to convince Obi-Wan Kenobi in Attack Of The Clones

There’s no denying that what Dooku is doing during the clone wars is wrong. However, his reasons for betraying the Republic and the Jedi Order were not that difficult to understand.

Count Dooku saw that the Jedi had fallen from grace, that they were no longer protectors of the peace. The Jedi cared too much about getting involved in politics and catching their hubris. In a way he was right and they tragic deaths of Order 66 show that… but at the same time, the Sith were no better.


One of the greatest duelists

Count Dooku ignites his lightsaber in front of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Attack Of The Clones

Wielding one of the most unique lightsabers, Count Dooku was considered one of the greatest lightsaber duelists in the galaxy during the Clone Wars. That’s why he was able to send both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in so easily attack of the Clone warriors.

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During the Clone Wars, Dooku rarely lost in a lightsaber fight thanks to his combat form, which primarily focused on parrying and using the opponent’s momentum against him. Additionally, he always fought his opponents with a sense of class, wielding his lightsaber gracefully.


He trained three different apprentices

Split image of Savage Opress, Asajj Ventress and General Grevious from Star Wars

The rule of the Sith is that there can only be two: a master and an apprentice. As Darth Tyrannus, Count Dooku defied this rule several times during the Clone Wars. Dooku was the one who trained General Grevious in the Jedi art of lightsaber combat, making him a constant threat.

Additionally, Dooku had his own Sith apprentice in the form of Asajj Ventress, whom Dooku would eventually betray. This led to Dooku training Darth Maul’s brother, Savage Opress, who was secretly Ventress’ apprentice. In a way, Dooku was on his way to becoming as great a Sith Lord as Palpatine.

The Master of Qui-Gon Jinn

Count Dooku mourns Qui-Gon Jinn in Count Dooku comics

It was easy to see why Palpatine corrupted Dooku even more easily since Dooku was Qui-Gon Jinn’s Jedi mentor. Dooku was already different from other Jedi, and he considered Qui-Gon more than an apprentice – he treated him like a son.


It’s ironic that Dooku would end up serving the man who trained his apprentice’s killer. This explains somewhat why Dooku tends to torment Obi-Wan and perhaps blames him for not saving Qui-Gon. However, the comics also show that Dooku feels guilty about Qui-Gon’s death.

The noblest Sith in the galaxy

Count Dooku greets Mace Windu in Attack Of The Clones

Be it Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, or Darth Maul, most Sith display their fury and brutality for all to see and fear. Count Dooku was different in this regard, relying on his wits, charm, and calm nature to manipulate others.

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His lightsaber and Force abilities came as a last resort, and even then, Dooku didn’t rely on intimidation. He radiated the vibe of all Sith, he’s the one who could sit and listen to reason. However, Dooku was still villainous; He was quick and unforgiving all the time, and his effectiveness struck fear into the hearts of his enemies and even his students.

As powerful as Master Yoda

Count Dooku throws Force Lightning during Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones.

As Grand Master of the Jedi Order Yoda is a strong Force-sensitive being. So far only one person has managed to overpower him with the Force and that was Palpatine. Meanwhile, Dooku and Yoda were at a standoff attack of the Clone warriors when there was a power struggle.

It became a lightsaber battle and the two continued to be almost identical. Unfortunately, it’s uncertain who was better as Dooku escaped before the fight could properly end.

A silver tongue to the end

Count Dooku taunts Anakin and Obi-Wan in Revenge Of The Sith

One of the best things about Count Dooku is his ability to taunt enemies in battle. Dooku was aware that he was certainly skilled, but also powerful. Also, his wealth as a count made him a bit pompous. During combat, he tended to advocate for burns in such a charismatic way that it was hard to hate him.

This could also have been a battle tactic of playing with his enemy so that their frustration caused them to make a mistake, allowing him to take advantage. As a result, Count Dooku had some exquisite quotes in which war of stars Franchise.

It’s the one and only Christopher Lee

Count Dooku talks to Master Yoda in Attack Of The Clones

No matter how well written a movie character is, it’s the actor who defines them. Lee infused the actor with his natural charm and made Dooku even more enjoyable to watch.

That’s not to say that Burton did a bad job voicing Dooku in other forms of media, but it’s hard to compare him to the man who portrayed Saruman, Count Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, and so many other iconic characters.


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