Count Dooku’s Turn to the Dark Side in Tales of the Jedi, Explained

Dooku's fall is a great story.
Jedi Master Dooku
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Count Dooku’s betrayal of the Jedi Order created a lot of confusion and anger among the Jedi because he was widely respected as a top lightsaber duelist and wise teacher. It was unthinkable that he could abandon the family he became apart of over many years. Here’s everything you need to know on why Count Dooku turns to the Dark side in Tales of the Jedi.

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Why Count Dooku Turns to the Dark Side of the Force

Count Dooku turns to the Dark side because he feels that the Jedi are incapable of fulfilling their peacekeeping role, considering how complacent they’ve grown over centuries of no Sith threats. They didn’t stop the corruption in the Senate, and didn’t end slavery on Tatooine after freeing Anakin Skywalker even though it’s illegal in the Republic.

One of the greatest aspects of Tales of the Jedi is showing Dooku’s frustration with senators taking bribes or hurting the people who elected them and his immediate desire to end the problem; even with such a short story arc it justifies his grievances against the Jedi and the Senate. Dooku’s regret at his actions, although not strong enough to bring him back to the Light side, makes his betrayal more believable because he strongly believed in the ideals of the Jedi in the past.

That’s everything we have on why Count Dooku turns to the Dark side of the Force in Tales of the Jedi. Check out some of our other Tales of the Jedi content like whether Tales of the Jedi is considered canon, our official review, and who Yaddle’s voice actress is.

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