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Villain Overview

Army or not, you must realize... you are doomed!
~ General Grievous' to Obi-Wan Kenobi, also his last words before Obi-Wan shoots him to death.
Jedi scum!
~ Grievous' quite famous quote in Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
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 Grievous while dueling Obi-Wan Kenobi during the space Battle of Saleucami.

General Grievous is the cyborg supreme commander of the CIS Droid Army and a major antagonist in the Star Wars universe.

He first appeared as a minor antagonist in Season 2 of the Legends 2003 miniseries Star Wars: Clone Wars, and later served as the main antagonist of Season 3. He is also the secondary antagonist of both Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and the 2008 TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and a posthumous antagonist in the 2019 video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Grievous has an extremely ruthless and undemonstrative personality. He often loses his temper and becomes argumentative and impatient with battle droids that serve him when they do not fulfill his desires to the point into destroying one of them. It is not uncommon for him to destroy one of his droids in his anger. Although General Grievous is strong, he underestimates the power of the Republic and the Jedi which leads to his loss in some of the battles.

He was voiced by Matthew Wood throughout most of his appearances in Star Wars related media while also voiced by John DiMaggio in Season 2 of Star Wars: Clone Wars and Richard McGongale in Season 3 of the same series.

Personality

Grievous is a cold, ruthless, and treacherous individual who shows no mercy to any enemy, even when he was a Kaleesh. His shuttle crash left him with a sense of bitterness for being cheated on a warrior's death and though he chose to become a cyborg, believing that flesh was weak, Grievous is secretly ashamed of his new form. He also began comparing himself to the Jedi and became determined to be able to match them, leading to him doing anything in his power to improve himself. Grievous has no problem with sacrificing others for himself and often exploits the Jedi's compassion for their soldiers. Grievous is also known and feared for his cruelty and brutality.

He is also shown to be very arrogant and manipulative, but also has a somewhat cowardly and pusillanimous side; he tends to flee when the tide is against him. Despite this, he is also quite indefatigable and relentless; he is totally determined to destroy the Jedi, and will sometimes fight them even when he is in a bad condition. This is shown when he fought Obi-Wan despite the fact that he was still weak from a crippling blow inflicted by Mace Windu, showing a mild form of recklessness.

However, despite his villainy, Grievous is also somewhat assured, sympathetic, and compassionate, caring for his people and Kummar. And on one occasion, he even showed pity for a Jedi, letting her land minor hits on him before giving her a clean death. And he seems to care greatly of his pet Gor as when he realized that Kit Fisto and Nahdar Vebb killed him he was enraged and smashed his control room with his fists. Grievous hated Nute Gunray for thinking of him as nothing but a servant droid, which enraged him to no end and saw the viceroy and the other Separatist leaders as greedy weaklings. Grievous also had something of a rivalry with Asajj Ventress, but the two shared one trait; a dislike and contempt for the mindless battle droids of the Separatists, which he often destroyed to alleviate his frustration.

Powers and Abilities

Grievous is an extremely destructive, powerful, and deadly fighter, being one of the most proficient Jedi hunters to exist. He is extremely proficient, efficacious, and authoritative at wielding lightsabers, using his own unique form, which utilizes extremely fast barrages of strikes and more powerful blows to overwhelm his enemies.

Grievous can split his arms in two, giving him four arms to fight with and can spin his torso, arms, and wrists in deadly, blindingly fast storms of death. Grievous can even use his feet just as well as his hands and his ability to wield his lightsabers in this unorthodox and fast flowing style makes him able to hold his own against several opponents at once. However, in his final duel against Obi-Wan Kenobi, Grievous uses all four of his arms and lightsabers, but each lightsaber is quickly disarmed by his opponent. This fact can be interpreted that Grievous has been weakened after Mace Windu uses Force Crush on him after attempting to kidnap Palpatine, which damaged his organs resulting in his constant coughing and declining in strength.

Grievous is also perfectly willing to use more dishonest, manipulative, and underhanded tactics, for example, pulling a blaster to finish his opponents. He is a skilled general and tactician, using chaotic, seemingly random strategies that can easily trick his opponents. Grievous is quick to target civilians in battle, forcing his enemy to make the choice between victory and protecting innocents. He can also control his droids through antennae in his head, making him even more in control during battles. Grievous' mechanical body is far stronger, flexible, and agile than most other creatures and can also survive the vacuum of space. He is also a skilled and influential pilot, said to be as good at handling a ship as he is with a lightsaber.

Killed Victims

  • Thirteen Padawans
  • Neebo
  • Some B1-Battle Droids (Out of rage)
  • One droideka
  • Gha Nachkt
  • Three 501st Legion clone troopers
  • Two clone troopers from Fil's squad
  • One clone trooper from Fil's squad (With a booby trap)
  • Nahdar Vebb
  • At least six infiltrator demolition droids (Indirectly, sent them to their death)
  • Three Militiagungs
  • Roos Tarpals
  • Twenty-one Nightsister Zombies
  • Three Nightsisters
  • Old Daka
  • Six clone troopers from Obi-Wan's taskforce
  • Endente
  • Torul Blom
  • One Mandalorian super commando
  • One Mandalorian super commando guard (When being released by Dooku)
  • Mother Talzin
  • Six more 212th Attack Battalion clone troopers

Quotes

Hello there!
~ Grievous's encounter with Obi-Wan Kenobi on board the Malevolence.
They sent a child to destroy my station? The Republic must be running out of Jedi. (Ahsoka: You must be General Grievous.) (laughs) (Ahsoka: He's just another tinny, boys. Let's scrap him like the rest!
~ Grievous' very first encounter with Ahsoka Tano.
(Ahsoka: Sorry to interrupt your playtime, grumpy, but wouldn't you prefer a challenge?) THAT wouldn't be you!
~ Grievous agreeing to challenge Ahsoka, after she saved Captain Rex from him.
So, Skywalker has come for his R2 unit. [laughs] Go and make sure that they do not escape.
~ Grievous commanding R3-S6 to prevent Anakin and his soldiers from escaping his sky station.
Jedi! You are surrounded, your armies are decimated! Make peace with the Force 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!
~ Grievous' first-ever spoken line.
Eeth Koth, isn't it? I've been looking forward to meeting you. (Eeth Koth: Your reputation precedes you, General - the reputation of a coward and a murderer.) Murderer? Is it murder to rid the galaxy of you Jedi filth?
~ Grievous upon meeting Eeth Koth.
Improvements! I submit to no one! I chose them!
~ Grievous about his changes.
Hondo. (Hondo Ohnaka: General Grievous, I presume? What a surprise. Have a seat. What, may I ask, is the honor?) You can dispense with the pleasantries, pirate. This planet is now under Separatist control.
~ Grievous upon meeting Hondo.
What's the situation, Captain. (Lushros Dofine: Two Jedi have entered the main hangar bay. We're tracking them.) Just as Count Dooku predicated.
~ Grievous to Dofine on the Invisible Hand.
Ah, yes, the Negotiator: General Kenobi. We've been waiting for you. (Battle Droid: Excuse me.) That wasn't much of a rescue. (Battle Droid: You're welcome.) And, Anakin Skywalker, I was expecting someone with your reputation to be a little... older. (Anakin Skywalker: General Grievous, you're shorter than I expected.) Jedi scum!
~ Grievous and Anakin Skywalker meeting for the very first time.
(Obi-Wan Kenobi: We have a job to do, Anakin, try not to upset him.) Your lightsabers will make a fine addition to my collection. (Obi-Wan: Not this time. And this time, you won't escape.) (Anakin: Artoo!) CRUSH THEM! Make them SUFFER!
~ General Grievous
Don't bother with them! Keep the ship in orbit!
~ General Grievous
You lose, General Kenobi.
~ General Grievous after being surrounded by both Kenobi and Skywalker on the Invisible Hand.
Time to abandon ship.
~ Grievous preparing to launch all the escape pods along with himself.
It won't be long before the armies of the Republic track us here. I am sending you to the Mustafar system in the Outer Rim. It is a volcanic planet, you will be safe there. (Nute Gunray: SAFE?! Hmph! Chancellor Palpatine managed to escape your grip, General. Without Count Dooku, I have doubts about your ability to keep us safe.) Be thankful, Viceroy! You have not found yourself in my grip. Your ship is waiting.
~ General Grievous
General Kenobi. You are a bold one. Kill him.
~ General Grievous to General Obi-Wan Kenobi.
BACK AWAY! I will deal with this Jedi slime myself. (Obi-Wan: Your move?) You fool! I've been trained in your Jedi Arts by Count Dooku. Attack, Kenobi!
~ General Grievous fighting General Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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Trivia

  • Narratively, Grievous' purpose is to foreshadow Anakin's descent into the cyborg Darth Vader.
  • Grievous final words may be "what? Huh?" but his actual final words (heard in the audio sample above) are untranslated Kaleesh.
  • Grievous never fought Anakin in a lightsaber duel. The closest they got to a fight is when Grievous used a MagnaGuard electrostaff to break the glass of the Separatist ship in order to kill both Anakin and Obi-Wan.
    • Comedically enough, because Anakin had never met Grievous before Revenge of the Sith, the writers of Clone Wars had to go to absurd degrees to ensure that Anakin was never in the same room as Grievous.
  • In Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Grievous has six fingers on each hand, but in the Clone Wars, Grievous has only four on each hand, and in the animated series, he has five fingers on each hand.
  • Each villain in the Star Wars prequels foreshadows a different aspect of what Anakin will become. Grievous represents a wheezing and heavy breathing cyborg.
  • Though most likely a coincidence, the enemy called Grievous Bodily Arm from the Dragon Quest series shares more similarities with General Grievous than just their names.
  • Grievous' death is the final cryptic display of how powerful a Jedi Obi-Wan became, displaying how powerful he will be against Anakin when their final duel on Mustafar breaks out.
  • Grievous' full name in the non-canon Star Wars: Visionaries is Qymaen jai Sheelal. In the Legends storyline, Qymaen was a Kaleesh warrior that fought in a war against the Yam'rii. He met and grew a strong relationship with a female named Ronderu Iij Kummar. When she died, Qymaen took on the name Grievous, growing a strong hatred for the Yam'rii. He was eventually reconstructed into a cyborg by the Confederacy of Independent Systems after a near-death experience when his ship was secretly blown up by Count Dooku.
  • The sound effect of Grievous' laugh came from George Lucas when he had bronchitis during the filming of Attack of the Clones
  • Grievous hates being called a droid.
  • Grievous is 7 feet tall and 345 lbs.
  • Grievous appears in the prequel game of the Angry Birds Star Wars franchise, where he is renamed "General Grunters" to fit his actor, Corporal Pig. Grievous spins his lightsabers around him to attack and made his first appearance in the Pork Side of the fifth stage, Revenge Of The Pork. This is rather strange since he never fled to Mustafar, which the Pork Side version of the stage centers around. Grievous only appears in the first three stages, and he does not appear since not even in the boss stage.
  • Despite being one of the main villains of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Grievous did not appear during its final two seasons apart from a short cameo in the intro of the episode Old Friends Not forgotten despite being mentioned multiple times.
    • Also, his death in Revenge of the Sith occurred before the final two episodes of the show.
  • In his first appearance in the Legends miniseries Star Wars: Clone Wars he was significantly more powerful than in his later appearances, being able to defeat multiple members of the Jedi council at once with relative ease.
  • He is based on Darth Vader.

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