15 Things 'Star Wars' Fans Probably Don't Know About Count Dooku

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If there's one thing the prequel trilogy did well, it was introducing some of the most interesting in all of Star Wars. No, this isn't about Jar Jar Binks (although if fan theories hold any water, he could have been so much more). When we first met Count Dooku, he presented himself as a dignitary and leader of the Confederation of Independent Systems and audiences learn he was one of Jedi Master Yoda's padawans. At some point in the past, Dooku leaves the order, becoming one of the Lost Twenty, and turned to the dark side of the Force.

As Qui-Gon Jinn's former master, Dooku had a significant impact on the Jedi Order and the entire galaxy, but how much does the average fan know about him? As it happens, not much because most fans don't have the time to watch the plethora of cartoons and read all the comics detailing this once-Jedi-turned Sith apprentice.

That's what this list is all about, as it features some of the most important facts most people don't know about one of Star Wars' greatest villains. His training, his turn to the dark side of the Force, and everything else can be found below. Take a look, and if you learn something about Count Dooku you didn't already know, be sure to give it an upvote to see which item rises to the top!

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    He Was The Last Of 'The Lost Twenty'

    It's incredibly rare for a Jedi Master to stray from the path to either abandon their ways or give in to the dark side of the Force. Over the millennia, the Jedi Order remained in power; it only happened a handful of times. Still, when one person left the Order, it was a big deal, and it often left the Jedi Order in relative chaos from the vacuum left. The Lost Twenty were the Jedi Masters who left the Jedi Order at some point during its history, and Count Dooku was the last.

    The Lost Twenty weren't mentioned in any of the movies, though their busts can be seen in the picture above. Each member of the informal group was commemorated by the Jedi Order and placed in the Archives as a reminder. In a deleted scene from Attack of the Clones, Obi-Wan Kenobi stopped for a moment to look at the bust of Count Dooku. He mentions to the head librarian, Jocasta Nu, that he "never understood why he quit." She replies that "Well, one might say he was always a bit out of step with the decisions of the Council."

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    Dooku Was Instrumental In Keeping Order 66 Under Wraps

    Dooku Was Instrumental In Keeping Order 66 Under Wraps
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    Because he was in on Darth Sidious' plan from the beginning, Count Dooku knew the truth of the clone army had to remain a secret until the time was right. The truth being that the army was to take over the galaxy and slaughter the Jedi via a bit of mind control known as Order 66. That plan was dependent on the existence of the inhibitor chips inside the brains of the clones remaining secret, which became problematic when a clone acted early and killed his Jedi commander on the battlefield.

    Sidious ordered Dooku to capture the clone and find out what went wrong, but things didn't go according to plans. He had Admiral Trench attempt to kidnap the clone, but it didn't work, so Darth Tyrannus (Dooku) contacted the Kaminoan Prime Minister, Lama Su, and asked for the chip. That also didn't work out when a renegade trooper known as Fives stole the chip, but in the end, Dooku got his hands on the chip he sought as well as the one inside Fives' head. He managed to destroy them and keep their true purpose secret until Sidious executed Order 66.

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    When Dooku Left The Jedi Order, He Overthrew His Brother And Regained The Title Of Count

    Dooku's path to the dark side of the Force was one he began long before he became a Jedi Master on the High Council. It started in his youth, though he wouldn't realize this until much later in life. Eventually, he became disillusioned with the Jedi Order's place in the Republic, which he saw as a corrupt body. He returned to Serenno after receiving a call for help from his sister, Jenza, and he took Masters Sifo-Dyas and Kostana with him.

    Dooku returned to the planet and immediately became involved in the Invasion of Serenno, which was caused by Count Ramil, his brother and the man sitting on the throne. Ramil hired mercenaries to attack the planet to turn his people against the Republic, and in the conflict, Dooku took the life of his brother. Upon doing so, he reclaimed his ancestral title, becoming Count Dooku, the ruler of Serenno. This act effectively ended his time with the Jedi, which he explained to Master Yoda, saying that "The Jedi have been my family since I was a child, the Temple my home. But my future lies here, on Serenno."

     

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    In ‘Dark Disciple,' Dooku Turned Jedi Master Quinlan Vos To The Dark Side

    As the Clone Wars neared its conclusion, Count Dooku became more and more hostile toward the Republic. He commanded a genocide on Mahranee, killing as many members of the Mahran species as he could. Seeing this, the Jedi Order formed a plan to use Dooku's former apprentice, Asajj Ventress, and Jedi Master Quinlan Vos to take Dooku down. The two teamed up together, and Ventress trained her new ally in the ways of the dark side of the Force.

    When his training was finished, a "chance" meeting was organized during Dooku's visit to Raxus Secundus. He was being honored with the Raxian Humanitarian Award for his work with the Separatists. Ventress found him and challenged her former master to a duel, and Dooku agreed but arranged to have General Grievous and some reinforcements at the ready. Anticipating this, Vos trapped the general in his room, and both he and Ventress challenged Dooku.

    The lightsaber duel proved Dooku's proficiency with a blade. He quickly overpowered both of his assailants, and Vos was taken captive while Ventress escaped. Dooku took Vos back to his homeworld of Serenno, where he tortured him for a long time. Dooku proved to Vos that he was the one who killed his former master, Tholme, and after some time, Vos succumbed to the dark side of the Force. Ventress attempted to free him, but he was already too far gone, having become Dooku's newest Sith apprentice. Despite this, Vos' plan was to get Dooku and Darth Sidious in a room, so he could kill them.

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    Dooku Was Way Different In Earlier Drafts Of The Prequels

    If you go back and look at the drawings and notes George Lucas and his team made while creating the franchise, you'll find a lot of people, places, names, and events that are very unfamiliar. That's because most of what Lucas started with didn't make it into the final cut of his movies, or they did, but with numerous alterations. It was common for him to write down a name that wouldn't appear in anything for 30-40 years, and it was equally as common to see a character known well today that looked completely different in the beginning stages.

    Count Dooku is one of the latter, as he didn't start out looking much like he does in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of The Sith. Initially, he was a she and was known as Countess Dooku. In the initial drafts for Episode II, Countess Dooku was drawn as a new species that hasn't appeared in anything. She was somewhat similar in appearance to Medusa, having snake-like hair. These ideas were scrapped for a shape-shifting design, but this too was thrown out after Christopher Lee signed on for the part. In many ways, Lee made the character his own.

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    Dooku Hired The Pykes To Take Out Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas

    The Pyke Syndicate may have been all about shipping and selling spice across the galaxy, but it occasionally dipped into galactic affairs. One of its most destructive forays into the wider goings-on of the galaxy came via the Pykes' capture, torture, and execution of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas. The Jedi, who ordered the creation of the clone Army, was sent by then-Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum to engage with the Pykes over their dominance of the spice trade.

    Instead of working with the Jedi emissary, the Pykes acted on the behest of Darth Tyranus, otherwise known as Count Dooku. The leader of the Separatist movement had the Pykes capture, torture, and kill Sifo-Dyas. To protect themselves, they took the Jedi Master's aide, Silman, hostage to guarantee their safety from both the Jedi Order and Darth Tyranus. This event didn't negatively affect the Pyke Syndicate, as it continued to thrive for some time.

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