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For other uses, see Malevolence (disambiguation).
"That is one big cruiser-crusher!"
Ahsoka Tano upon seeing the Malevolence for the first time[src]

The Malevolence was a Subjugator-class heavy cruiser[2] used in the Malevolence campaign[8] by General Grievous and Count Dooku during the Clone Wars. Its deadly Mega-ion cannons could disable the power systems of entire fleets, rendering them defenseless against the ship's massive array of lasers.[5] Its attacks left no survivors, resulting in the Republic calling it the "Mystery Weapon".

Jedi Master Plo Koon led a fleet to engage the Malevolence, but was defeated. He was later rescued by Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano.[5] Dooku assigned the Malevolence to a major clone trooper medical center. On its way to the center it destroyed a medical convoy. The warship reached the center but before it could attack it, a group of BTL-B Y-wing fighter-bombers led by Anakin Skywalker intercepted it. The attack led to the Malevolence's ion cannons being disabled and the ship crippled,[4] resulting in a chase by Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, the combined firepower of three Republic cruisers could not even make a dent in the Malevolence.

Senator Padmé Amidala was then taken hostage aboard the Malevolence, and Skywalker and Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi boarded the ship to rescue her. Prior to escaping the ship Skywalker tampered with its navicomputer. Grievous fled on his starfighter after noting that the battle had been lost. The sabotaged navicomputer caused the Malevolence to crash into the Dead Moon of Antar when it attempted to jump to hyperspace.[7]

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Behind the scenesEdit

According to Dave Filoni, supervising director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the Malevolence and its story were based in part on the real-life German battleship Bismarck, which the British Royal Navy hunted relentlessly during World War II.[9] The finished version of the Malevolence was designed by Russell Chong and was based upon the GR-75 medium transport. Originally, the iconic train-like transport system in the center of the Malevolence was created so large that the Malevolence, to scale, could be flown inside its own train system.

Malevolence early concept

Early Malevolence concept art

In the The Clone Wars episode "Shadow of Malevolence," Anakin Skywalker commands the Y-wing bombers to attack the starboard ion cannon, but the port cannon is the one destroyed. Anakin may have meant the cannon on the bombers starboard side. The explosion takes out both cannons, however. It is possible that the cannons either use the same power generator or are really just one, big, two-way cannon that can fire from either side; this may have caused the destruction of one side to produce a chain reaction destroying both guns, as well as causing extensive damage to most of the ship.[9]

Henry Gilroy has suggested that the reason the Malevolence is able to receive holographic communications while in hyperspace is related to the size of the ship's internal gravity field.[10]

The firing-channel design of the Malevolence's ion cannon was a homage to the firing channel of the Death Star in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

In 2012, LEGO released a Malevolence warship set.



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