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19. General Grievous

Major Appearances

  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Clone Wars

Best Moment

His best moment was probably the capture of Chancellor Palpatine. At this point. Grievous and the Separatists didn’t know that Sidious and Palpatine were the same guy, so there was actual skill needed to swoop into the capital and kidnap the chancellor. It was kind of downhill from there for Grievous, but kidnapping the chancellor was actually pretty cunning — even if he was playing with a loaded deck.

Worst Moment

Grievous went out like a punk – -something Lucas loved to do with badass villains who look cool, act bad and fans latch onto. He didn’t even get killed by a lightsaber, it was a blaster that did Grievous in. For a guy who wielded four lightsabers, getting killed by a blaster is a punk way to go.


General Grievous was one of those prequel villains that really seemed more of a Bond villain than a Star Wars villain. He was only in one movie, played the bad guy role and was killed before things were over. He was more of a pawn than a villain, but that doesn’t change the fact that he was a badass we all liked to see a part of Star Wars.

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