15 Things 'Star Wars' Fans Probably Don't Know About General Grievous

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Vote up the most interesting things you learned about General Grievous.

Of all the characters introduced in the Star Wars prequels, General Grievous is hands-down one of the coolest. He doesn't show up in the films until Revenge of the Sith, but his design and his backstory of taking down Jedi Knights make him instantly compelling. Grievous is one of the great villains of the Star Wars saga, and as the apprentice of Count Dooku, he also serves an essential role once Dooku has been dispatched. 

In spite of the love that Grievous gets, there's plenty that even die-hard Star Wars fans might not know about him. For example, he bore great disdain for battle droids, even though he himself was made of plenty of cybernetic parts. He has a rich backstory, and he did quite a bit during the Clone Wars that doesn't show up in the movies. Grievous may not be the ultimate baddie of the Star Wars saga, but he's one of its best side villains. Be sure to vote up the most interesting things you didn't know about him. 


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    A Shuttle Grievous Was In Was Sabotaged So The Sith Could Modify His Body

    A Shuttle Grievous Was In Was Sabotaged So The Sith Could Modify His Body
    Photo: Star Wars: Visionaries / Dark Horse

    As the Clone Wars raged on, the Sith began to realize that they would need stronger combatants if they ever wanted to take on the Jedi. They started looking into cybernetically enhancing individuals, and Grievous was a prime target. Under Count Dooku's direction, Grievous's ship was sabotaged. The crash nearly ended him and destroyed most of his original body. 

    Grievous was then taken in by Count Dooku, who offered him life-saving surgery and told him it was the Jedi who had sabotaged his ship. Grievous craved the power needed to defeat the Jedi, so he accepted the surgery. Dooku would take the truth - which is that he was the one behind the sabotage - to his grave.  

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    His Cybernetic Enhancements Are *Intense*

    His Cybernetic Enhancements Are *Intense*
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    Obviously, most of Grievous's original body was replaced by a wide variety of cybernetic elements, but various changes were also made to his brain that would allow him to become an even more aggressive predator than he already was. Many of the alterations to his brain, including ones that made him smarter, faster, and more aggressive, were made without his knowledge. 

    Grievous's brain was also modified so it would better align with his new body, and his memories were also adjusted so he would be less likely to remember the horrifying details of the crash that mutilated him. Improvements were also made to his vision, and he was given lung implants, as well. After waking up from the surgery, he realized he was now vastly machine-made, and knew there was no going back to his old life. 

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    George Lucas Wanted General Grievous To Be "Reminiscent Of What Anakin Will Become"

    George Lucas Wanted General Grievous To Be "Reminiscent Of What Anakin Will Become"
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    Although there are other cybernetic beings throughout the Star Wars universe, the obvious analog for General Grievous is Darth Vader, who exists after Grievous has perished in the chronology, but was obviously introduced to Star Wars canon decades earlier. In designing Grievous, George Lucas said he wanted the general to be "reminiscent of what Anakin will become" without being too obvious or transparent. 

    There are major design differences between Grievous and Darth Vader, but they are both cybernetically enhanced beings who were transformed following major accidents. From the first moments of Revenge of the Sith, Grievous exists as a reminder of the inevitability of Anakin's ultimate fate, and how powerless he is to stop it. 

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    After His Death, Grievous Inspired Commander Karbin To Become A Cyborg

    Years after Grievous's demise, a researcher named Doctor Cylo began looking into cybernetically enhancing organic beings as possible replacements for Darth Vader in the role of Darth Sidious's apprentice. One of these candidates, Commander Karbin, had a cybernetic body installed that he claimed was inspired by the body of General Grievous. 

    Vader discovered these replacements, and Sidious ultimately decided that each of his potential new apprentices would play some role in the battle against the Rebel Alliance. Karbin eventually decided to engage Vader in a duel, believing he would be able to defeat Vader with his four lightsabers. He was inevitably proven incorrect, as Karbin's inability to use the Force did him in. 

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    Prior To Joining The Separatists, Grievous Already Had A Huge Grudge Against The Jedi And The Republic

    Prior To Joining The Separatists, Grievous Already Had A Huge Grudge Against The Jedi And The Republic
    Photo: Star Wars: Clone Wars / Cartoon Network

    Even before he was discovered and used by the Sith, Grievous was plotting against the Jedi and the Republic for his own reasons. He resented the Republic because they threw their support behind the Yam'rii in the war, and he held a grudge against the Jedi for similar reasons after they intervened in the conflict on behalf of the Yam'rii. 

    As Grievous began traveling off-world, he also began to realize what a sizable threat the Jedi posed because they were basically undefeatable. This only increased his contempt for the Order and his desire to vanquish them in battle. It was that rage that made Grievous such an excellent general for the Confederacy, and it's also what ultimately made him so effective in battles against the Jedi. 

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    Gary Oldman Was Going To Voice Grievous But Had To Turn Down The Role

    Gary Oldman Was Going To Voice Grievous But Had To Turn Down The Role
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    Throughout his long and varied career, Gary Oldman has taken on a wide variety of roles in projects both large and small. Although he has yet to show up in a Star Wars film, he was pretty close to voicing General Grievous. Oldman was excited by the idea of playing the part, and was even set to provide voiceover for the role during post-production at Skywalker Ranch. 

    The esteemed actor ultimately had to pull out, however, after he discovered that the film was being developed by professionals outside of the Screen Actors Guild. As a member of SAG, Oldman ultimately declined to participate in the film in order to respect the guild and avoid violating its rules.