I was watching Revenge of the Sith and something struck me, when Grievous and Dooku took Palpatine hostage at the beginning of the film it's obvious that Dooku knew that the supreme chancellor was his Sith master Sidious, but did Grievous?

Is there any indication the General Grievous knew that the Sith Lord giving him orders was the man he was holding hostage?

  • Wasn't Grievous as much of a pawn as any other Separatist? – ThruGog Feb 4 '16 at 19:22
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    I think in the Star Wars: Clone Wars micro-series (Legends canon now), Palpatine asked Grievous when he was being kidnapped: "What would your master say?" to which Grievous, very irked, replied "You are lucky he wants you alive." Seems like he didn't know who his master really was. – The Unknown Dev Feb 4 '16 at 22:32
  • For some reason I can't find it anymore. When Palpatine takes on his Sidious identity before the Imperial period, he uses a Force power to hide his face when he is hooded, so even though Grievous may have met Sidious up close, he won't be able to see Palpatine's face at all. – thegreatjedi Feb 5 '16 at 7:27

In the opening sequence of Matt Stover's novelisation of Episode III, it's made very clear that Grievous has no idea that Palpatine is Sidious. Also, when Grievous escapes the crashing ship he is hoping to kill both the Jedi and Palpatine. He wouldn't do that if he knew that Palpatine was his boss.

On page 133 of the novelisation:

Skywalker had stashed the Chancellor somewhere - that sniveling coward Palpatine was probably trembling under one of the control consoles - and had managed to sever both of 102's legs below the knee...

So clearly Grevious had no idea that Palpatine was Sidious.


From what I can tell Dooku was the only one that knew that Sidious was Palpatine as Dooku was his apprentice. Sidious was using Grievous just as much as he used everyone else (Dooku included, which is why his execution by Anakin was allowed by Palpatine).

I wonder though if Sidious wanted Grievous to actually die or that he underestimated Obi-Wan... I assume he could have been a good general for the Empire as well.

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    "I assume he could have been a good general for the Empire as well". Yeah, George, Where's our remaster where Grievous is edited in? – Kevin Feb 1 '17 at 18:51

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