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|“||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.|
|~ General Grievous' 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, originally known as Qymaen jai Sheelal, is a major antagonist in the Star Wars franchise.
He is the ruthless and undemonstrative supreme cyborg commander of the CIS Droid Army, often losing his temper and becoming argumentative and impatient with battle droids that serve him when they do not fulfill his desires. 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 is the archenemy of Obi-Wan Kenobi throughout the Clone Wars.
He was voiced by Matthew Wood (who also voiced Bib Fortuna in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and The Mandalorian) throughout most of his appearances in Star Wars related media while also voiced by John DiMaggio (who also voiced Bender Bending Rodríguez in Futurama, Dr. Drakken in Kim Possible, Nitro Zeus in Transformers: The Last Knight, Arthur in Ralph Breaks the Internet, and the Joker in Batman: Under the Red Hood) in Season 2 of Star Wars: Clone Wars and Richard McGongale (who also voiced Carmine Falcone in Batman: The Telltale Series, Lava Monster in Samurai Jack, and Bill the Wrangler in Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron) in Season 3 of the same series.
He made his debut in the 2003 micro-series Star Wars: Clone Wars, serving as the final antagonist of Season 2 and the main antagonist of Season 3.
He later served as the secondary antagonist of both Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and the 2008 TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars (serving as the secondary antagonist of both Seasons 1 and 2, a major antagonist in Seasons 3, 4, and 5; and a background antagonist in Season 7).
General 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 also has minor redeeming qualities (at least in the Legends continuity), caring for his people and Kummar. He appeared to care for 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 the 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.
- Confederacy of Independent Systems
- Count Dooku
- Darth Sidious
- Asajj Ventress (formerly)
- Techno Union
- Trade Federation
- Galactic Republic
- Jedi Order
- Obi-Wan Kenobi - Archenemy and Killer.
- Anakin Skywalker
- Padme Amidala
- Asajj Ventress
- Mother Talzin
- Darth Maul
- Like Darth Maul and Count Dooku, Grievous is one of the Prequel Trilogy villains based on Darth Vader, who each foreshadow a different aspect of what Anakin would become. In Grievous' case, it was by being a Jedi-hunting cyborg who suffers from wheezing and heavy breathing.
- 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 The 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 first Clone Wars animated series, he has five fingers on each hand, and in the second Clone Wars series, Grievous has only four on each hand.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars would later use a more film accurate design, complete with the six-fingered hands, in both the unfinished Utapau arc and a brief cameo in the intro of the episode Old Friends Not forgotten.
- 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.
- In the Legends storyline, Grievous was a Kaleesh warrior known as Qymaen jal Sheelal, who 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 effects of Grievous' cough 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. This was likely done to represent how he eventually died around the middle parts of Revenge of the Sith.
- Despite being one of the main villains of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Grievous did not appear during its final two seasons apart from his short cameo in the episode Old Friends Not forgotten despite being mentioned multiple times.
- Also, his death in Revenge of the Sith occurred during the penultimate episode of the show, Shattered.
- In his first appearance in the first Star Wars: Clone Wars miniseries, 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.
- This loss of power is easily explained in-universe due to the fact that Mace Windu crushed his chest near the end of this miniseries, which most likely weakened him significantly.
- The out-of-universe explanation was that the development team for Star Wars: Clone Wars was only given the base script for the character, which they built on independently from the films' team.
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