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The Failed Portrayal of General Grievous: A Critique of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Animated Series

Star Wars General Grievous

Star Wars General Grievous

It is clear that General Grievous, the cyborg commander of the Separatist army in the Star Wars saga, holds a special place in the hearts of fans. However, the portrayal of this beloved character in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, particularly in its early seasons, is a disappointment.

Dave Filoni - Creator

Series creator, Dave Filoni, is an adept storyteller, but his depiction of General Grievous falls short of expectations. The issue with Filoni's portrayal is that while he mentions the character's supposed brilliance and cleverness off-screen, he fails to depict these traits on-screen.

The battles of Saleucami and Kamino are prime examples of this misstep. In action, we see the General make questionable decisions instead of the strategic prowess promised.


Certain elements must be incorporated to capture the character's essence and make him a compelling villain. Firstly, Grievous must be portrayed as a formidable and intimidating figure, capable of defeating Jedi and bringing the Republic to its knees.

His battles with Obi-Wan Kenobi should be depicted as a game of advanced chess, with both characters utilizing clever tactics. The rivalry between the two should be well-established and credible. Anakin Skywalker and Grievous should not meet until Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Character Traits

Additionally, Grievous should be portrayed as multifaceted, possessing strengths and weaknesses. He should be shown as a brilliant military strategist and feared Jedi hunter, but also as cruel, aggressive, and ruthless, with a reputation for mercilessness during the Clone Wars.

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These negative traits should be highlighted as his flaws. He should also be depicted as a capable commander, not just talked about as one. Lastly, the Republic should not be portrayed as weak, as it would detract from the story's intrigue.

Character Design

Furthermore, the character design in the series is also a disappointment, failing to capture the intimidating and imposing appearance integral to the character. Additionally, General Grievous is not depicted as a skilled duelist, a crucial aspect of the character as established in the movies.

What About the Fans?

It is a disservice to fans and the Star Wars franchise to present such a subpar portrayal of such an iconic character. As an author with a reputation for excellence and attention to detail, I demand that future depictions of General Grievous do justice to the rich potential of this beloved character.

The creators and writers must take the time to accurately and respectfully portray this iconic character and not rush or neglect the development of such an important figure in the Star Wars universe. The fans deserve nothing less than a fully fleshed-out and compelling portrayal of General Grievous, which is true to the character's established backstory and motivations.

Final Word

As a lover of the Star Wars franchise, it is difficult to stand by and watch as this beloved character is reduced to a mere shadow of his potential. The fans deserve better, and I hope that the creators of The Clone Wars will take note of these criticisms and work to improve the portrayal of General Grievous in future seasons.

I believe that with the incorporation of these elements, General Grievous will once again become the iconic and compelling villain that fans have come to know and love.

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