General Grievous
Background information
Feature films Star Wars-Revenge of the Sith
Television programs Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
Video games Star Wars: Battlefront II
Star Wars Empire At War
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
Star Wars: Galaxy at War
Disney Infinity
Star Wars Battlefront II (DICE) (upcoming)
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Voice John Dimaggio (Clone Wars)

Matthew Wood (ROTS)

Performance model
Inspiration Other Jedi killers, Sith
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Qymaen jai Sheelal
Other names General
Personality Evil, Ferocious, Powerful, Honorable (mostly), Rage-filled, Cowardly, Crazy, Hot-tempered,
Appearance 7 foot tall creepy cyborg.
Occupation General of Confederacy of Independent Systems
Goal To destroy ever single Jedi
Home Kalee
Relatives Sheelal family.
Allies Count Dooku, Emperor Palpatine
Minions IG-100 MagnaGuards, Battle Droids
Enemies Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ki-Adi-Mundi
Likes Killing Jedi
Dislikes Getting chased by Obi-Wan, Jedi
Powers and abilities Brute Strength
Weapons 6 lightsabers
  • Blaster rifle
  • Electrostaff
Fate Shot in the chest with his own rifle.
Quote "Army or not, you must realize, you are DOOMED!"-ROTS

Grievous, born as Qymaen jai Sheelal, is a recurring antagonist in the Star Wars franchise. He is the cyborg Supreme Commander of the Droid Army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and an apprentice of Count Dooku. He was a secondary antagonist in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and a major antagonist of the original Clone Wars series. He was voiced by John Dimaggio in the animated series and Mathew Wood in Revenge of the Sith.

History Edit

Star Wars: Clone Wars Edit

Aayla and Ki-Adi vs. Grievous

Grievous in the 2003 series.

In Star Wars: Clone Wars, General Grievous's first public appearance is when he attacked several Jedi on Hypori. After killing Daakman Barrek, Grievous surrounded Tarr Seirr, Sha'a Gi, Aayla Secura, K'Kruhk, Ki-Adi-Mundi and Shaak Ti. After stating he would grant the Jedi a "warrior's death", Grievous killed Gi, and Seirr then injured Secura, Ti, and K'kruhk. He managed to possess three lightsabers (one in each hand and the third using his left foot) to fight Mundi. As they fought lightsabers blazing, clone troopers arrived to save the surviving Jedi from Grievous, though they left K'kruhk thinking he was dead.

Sometime later, Grievous searched for Supreme Chancellor Palpatine on Coruscant and fought several Jedi that took Palpatine to a secret bunker aboard a maglev train. However, Grievous and his MagnaGuards reached the hardened bunker and made his way to Palpatine. As Grievous was about to escape, Mace Windu Force-crushed his chest plates which severely damaged his lungs which gave him terrible coughing and wheezing problems.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of The Sith Edit

In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, General Grievous holds Supreme Chancellor Palpatine hostage aboard his flagship Invisible Hand. After a rescue operation results in Count Dooku's death at Anakin Skywalker's hands, Grievous retreats from the battle after the Jedi infiltrate his command bridge and later takes command over the Separatist Council.

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Grievous during the Movie.

Now the Republic's top priority, Grievous takes refuge on the sinkhole planet Utapau, the Separatist Council's base. Under orders from Darth Sidious, Grievous relocates the Council to the volcanic planet Mustafar. After Palpatine authorizies an invasion of Utapau, Grievous engages Obi-Wan Kenobi in a lightsaber duel. When Kenobi gains an early advantage, Grievous flees the scene towards his starfighter with Kenobi hot on his heels. The chase ends at Grievous's secret hangar where the pair fight hand to hand. Making use of his robotic body, the General has the clear advantage in the brawl and prepares to kill Kenobi but the Jedi Master manages to rip open his chestplate in the process. Using the Force to pull Grievous's blaster to him, Kenobi fires five shots into the cyborg's heart, incinerating him from the inside.


General Grievous was a brilliant Separatist military strategist and a feared Jedi hunter, known for his ruthlessness and hacking cough. A twisted melding of flesh and metal, his body itself was a weapon, allowing him lightning quick strikes and devastating blows. He was also quick to retreat from a disadvantageous tactical position in battle, a tactic that worked until one final meeting with Obi-Wan Kenobi. He was also a brilliant military strategist who can't be bothered with compassion or mercy for his enemies. His lightning strikes and effective battle planning made him infamous in the eyes of the Republic, Grievous' living matter was encased within his precision-engineered artificial body; inside the hardened shell beat the heart of a remorseless Jedi killer. A pressurized gut-sack held his vital organs, while his skull-like mask contained his living eyes and brain. Each of his six-fingered arms could split in two, resulting in an array of four limbs, each armed with a lightsaber that he would take as a grim trophy of his foes. Grievous could spin these arms in a whirling storm of deadly light. Despite his imposing image, it seemed Grievous was a coward at heart, only entering into combat with opponents he believes he can defeat. This was due to invasive and manipulative brain surgery performed on him in secret by separatist scientists, and originally, Grievous was known to willingly take on seemingly impossible foes. His ruthlessness and thirst for victory at any cost made him Enemy Number One in the eyes of the Jedi Council.


Trivia Edit

  • In both the popular T.V. show and the 3rd film in the Star Wars saga, General Grievous seems to have an alliance with Count Dooku.
  • When Genndy Tartakovsky was creating The Clone Wars, George Lucas explained that General Grievous was the main villain of Revenge of the Sith which led Genndy to creating General Grievous in the series. In the series, Grievous was cold-machine that hunted Jedi by taking their lightsabers and later the Jedi were after him always in The Clone Wars series. His chest was force-crushed in the Clone Wars. After this, Lucas needed a new design for Grievous in the Movie which led to the creation of General Grievous for his villainous appearance of coughing and wheezing in the Movie.