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In Star Wars, General Grievous is a military strategist that leads the Separatist Droid Army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems.

In real life, there is Greek Cypriot general Georgios Grivas, a Cyprus-born general in the Greek Army, leader of the EOKA guerrilla organisation and EOKA B paramilitary organisation.

Was Grevious based on Grivas? Is there support for this?

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  Unlikely. Doubt that Lucas even know about this relatively minor historical figure.

With General Grievous, I wanted somebody who was reminiscent of what Anakin is going to become, which is a half man, half robot. In this case, Grievous is sort of 20% alien and 80% robot." ―George Lucas on the creation of Grievous

  • Grievous is also based in part on Kali from Ray Harryhausen's film the Golden Voyage of Sinbad. – Richard C Dec 30 '17 at 12:08

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