Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Chapter III: General Grievous

General Grievous

Grievous's voice was provided by Matthew Wood, who worked as the Supervising Sound Editor on the film. His cough was provided by George Lucas himself, who came into work one day with bronchitis and decided to record his coughs for the villain[1]. The reason for Grievous' cough was to have been explained in Star Wars: Clone Wars Chapter 25, when Mace Windu crushes Grievous' chest during his escape from Coruscant[2]. However, since material set prior to that event also depict him with a cough, this event was retconned as simply aggravating a cough Grievous had developed since his rebirth as a cyborg.

Grievous' real name was revealed as "Qymaen jai Sheelal" in Unknown Soldier: The Story of General Grievous, an article in Star Wars Insider 86. With him are two IG-100 MagnaGuard droids, blue-hued IG-101 and the white-armored IG-102, whose right photoreceptor was damaged in an earlier battle.

Grievous questions the Captain of the Invisible Hand, Lushros Dofine, a relative of Daultay Dofine, who perished aboard the Droid Control Ship in Episode I. Lushros' ultimate fate remains unknown. He was voiced by sound designer Ben Burtt.

"Destroyers!" Anakin warns Obi-Wan just as Obi-Wan warned his Master, Qui-Gon, about the same threat in Episode I. These droidekas, however, are designated as Q-series models, while those encountered aboard Saak'ak above Naboo were from the P-series.

Obi-Wan's kill tally is prominently displayed here, below the emblem of the Open Circle Fleet commanded by Generals Kenobi and Skywalker. This symbol is also found elsewhere in the movie, even on starships and objects not affiliated with this armada. For example, all Republic Star Destroyers bear the symbol, as do cargo crates found on Mustafar. ILM artists originally designed the icon as a generic Republic symbol, and the discrepancy was explained by Open Circle munitions and cargo being dispersed among other units and even captured by Separatist pirates.

Two B2 super battle droids arrive, and are given voices for the first time in the saga—although the shooting script of Episode II did call for a super battle droid to warn Dooku about the arriving Jedi in his secret hangar on Geonosis. Battle droid voices in Episode III are distinctly different from those in Episode I, and their child-like tones imply further ineptitude amongst the Separatist forces.

Obi-Wan calls for Artoo to activate "elevator 31174". He is using a Hush-98 comlink, also used by Qui-Gon in Episode I.

One of the oil-slicked B2s gives an un-droid-like cry of "my eyes, my eyes!"


Grievous's introduction is accompanied by a fanfare that appears at 04:46 in "Star Wars and The Revenge of the Sith" on the film's original soundtrack.


  1. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith DVD Commentary (18:59)
  2. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith DVD Commentary (27:16)

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