Why and How Did Dooku Leave the Jedi Order?

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We know that Count Dooku was the greatest of all of Darth Sidious’s servants during the time of the Clone Wars, as he was the one leading the Separatists against the Republic. However, what we also know is that he used to be a prominent member of the Jedi Order and was even the maser of Qui-Gon Jinn. A part of his life story, meanwhile, was given attention in the Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi series. So, why and how did Dooku leave the Jedi Order?

Count Dooku left the Jedi Order because he had become disenfranchised by the corruption that was happening in the senate and had become disappointed with how the Jedi Order was allowing this to perpetuate in the senate. As such, he left by joining up with Darth Sidious during the events of Star Wars Episode I.

It was always known that Count Dooku was an idealist, and that was clear when his ideals were shown during the events of the Tales of the Jedi series. We also saw how his ideals clashed with both the Republic and the Jedi Order. Now, with that said, let’s look at why and how Dooku left the Jedi Order.

Why Did Count Dooku Leave The Jedi Order?

Out of all of the different Sith Lords we’ve seen in the Star Wars movies, the one who we saw just as often as the other Sith Lords was Count Dooku. That’s because he was the one who was leading the Separatists during the events of the Clone Wars. As such, he appeared in Star Wars Episodes II and III. He also appeared a lot in the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series.


Dooku was also the greatest servant working under Darth Sidious during the events of the Clone Wars, as he was the one leading the Separatists and was the Sith Lord that appeared publicly to make sure that Sidious could hide in the shadows while he was manipulating the events of the war. While Dooku did indeed die in the duel against Anakin Skywalker in Episode III, he was still the most prominent out of all of the antagonists during the entire Clone Wars.

But while we do know a lot about what Dooku did during the Clone Wars, not a lot of people know about his past. We only know that he was once a part of the Jedi Order, as that was made clear by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Episode II. So, why did Count Dooku leave the Jedi Order? This question can be answered by Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi.

During the events of Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi, we saw a younger Dooku while he was still the master of Jedi Padawan Qui-Gon Jinn. They worked together to resolve an issue regarding the kidnapping of the son of a senator, as the villagers who kidnapped him were starving and hungry. Dooku and the senator’s son understood the situation of the villagers, and that was why they didn’t rush into doing anything just yet.


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The senator arrived with an entire army, and he threatened to burn the entire village down to make an example of anyone who had any problems with the way he did things. It was clear that he was a corrupt senator that lived in luxury while the people of his planet were starving. That was the reason why Dooku had to do something about the senator, as he went on aggressive instead of just simply defending himself against the attacks of the soldiers.

Dooku was about to execute the senator for his corrupt ways, but Qui-Gon Jinn was quick enough to act by releasing the senator’s son in time to save his father. As such, Dooku did not fall to the Dark side right then and there, but it was still clear that he knew that there were corrupt people in the senate and that no one was doing anything about it.

Meanwhile, in the next episode, Dooku and Mace Windu went on a mission to retrieve the body of a fallen Jedi Master. However, Dooku was suspicious of the fact that the Jedi Master had died while the senator that she was with was able to survive the attack. Upon investigation, he found out that the guards of the senator were the ones who killed the Jedi Master.

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The guards also killed the senator as they attacked Dooku and Windu. However, the Jedi Masters were able to defend themselves well enough and were able to get some answers out of the surviving guard, who revealed that they knew about the corrupt acts of their senator. And they also revealed that they killed the Jedi Master because they always believed that the Jedi Order turned a blind eye to whatever the senators were doing and were merely doing what the Republic said.

In that regard, Dooku became disenfranchised not only with the Republic but the Jedi Order as well, especially after Mace Windu was awarded a seat in the Jedi Council while he was not. He realized that the Republic had become corrupt and that the Jedi were merely following the orders of the senators. That was the reason why he realized that things needed to be changed within the Republic.

During the events of episode 4 of Tales of the Jedi, it was revealed that Dooku was the one who deleted Kamino from the Jedi Archives. He was also working alongside Darth Sidious, even though he was yet to become a Sith Lord. But his partnership with Sidious was what led him to eventually leave the Jedi Order to become a Sith.

How Did Dooku Leave The Jedi Order?

As mentioned in episode 4, Dooku was revealed to have been working with Sidious during the events before, during, and after Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. That meant that he was already working for the Sith Lord during the time when Sidious still had Darth Maul as an apprentice. Dooku also revealed that he was the one who killed Sifo-Dyas and had ordered the Kaminoans to create a clone army for the Republic.


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Master Yaddle, who followed Dooku out of suspicion, heard all of that. She confronted the duo but asked Dooku to help her take Darth Sidious down to make up for the crimes that he had committed. However, Dooku rejected the Jedi Master’s offer and dueled with her. He was able to defeat Master Yaddle, as it was the final blow that sealed his fate as a Sith Lord.

As such, Dooku was never a Sith Lord during the time he was helping Darth Sidious. That’s because there can only be two of them at the same time. But it was when Dooku struck the final blow to Master Yaddle that he finally became a true Sith Lord, as that was also when he left the Jedi Order. However, he became a Sith Lord in secret, as the only thing that the Jedi Order knew was that he left so that he could resume his duties as the count of his homeworld of Serenno. 

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