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"Geonosians do not hold life to be as precious as you humans do, Lieutenant Commander."
―Poggle the Lesser, to Orson Callan Krennic[6]

Archduke Poggle the Lesser was the public leader of the Geonosians during the Clone Wars. Though subservient to the sedentary, hive-minded Queen Karina the Great, he was nominally in control of the Stalgasin hive, and was the active, public face of the Geonosians. With his oversight of the Geonosian Baktoid battle droid factories, Archduke Poggle the Lesser became a powerful figure within the Confederacy of Independent Systems (CIS). The Archduke was a warlord, commanding droid armies that fought against the Republic during the first and second battles of Geonosis, during the latter of which he was captured and taken into Republic custody. Incarcerated for two years on Coruscant, he was later recruited by the Republic Special Weapons Group to assist in the construction of the Ultimate Weapon battle station, which the Geonosians designed; however, he later absconded to Confederate space after sabotaging the project. During the final stages of the war, he and the rest of the Separatist Council were relocated to Utapau, and later to Mustafar, where he was ultimately killed by Darth Vader.


Rise to power[]

Once a member of the drone caste,[6] Poggle the Lesser, with strategic aid from the manipulative Sith Lord Darth Sidious,[7] rose to the position of Archduke of Geonosis,[6] the public position of leadership that secretly answered to a Geonosian queen.[8] Poggle also became controller of the large Geonosian droid factories on the planet.[7] At some point after he became archduke, he also killed the current leader of the Geonosians, Hadiss the Vaulted, ensuring his control over Geonosis.[9]

During the Separatist Crisis, Poggle was one of the first and one of the most ardent supporters of its cause,[10] which had been set off by Confederacy of Independent Systems Head of State and former Jedi Dooku.[11] Dooku had personally ensured the droid building contract between the Geonosians and Baktoid Armor Workshop continued on.[6] Poggle profited greatly from the arrangement,[7] and, thanks to Dooku, rose to a position of power like that of no other Geonosian ruler before him. Despite his prominence, Sidious and Dooku viewed Poggle as highly expendable.[12] In addition to dealings with the Separatists, Poggle continued to operate as an extension of Karina the Great's rule over the Stalgasin hive,[13] the most dominant hive on Geonosis.[12] He would receive instructions from her on how to run the hive.[13]

The Clone Wars[]

First Battle of Geonosis[]

«We have to order a retreat.»
"My master will never allow the Republic to get away with this treachery."
«I'm sending my warriors to hide in the catacombs. The Jedi must not find our designs for the Ultimate Weapon. If they find out what we are planning to build, we're doomed.»
"I will take the designs with me to Coruscant. They will be much safer there with my master."
―Archduke Poggle the Lesser and Count Dooku[11]

For the Geonosian accord, he hosted a meeting of fellow Separatist conspirators on Geonosis. Poggle pledged the armies of his people to Dooku.[10]

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Poggle the Lesser inside the Geonosian Command Center, during the First Battle of Geonosis

Poggle, Dooku, and the rest of their Separatist conspirators then went to the Petranaki Arena to watch the executions of Senator Padmé Amidala, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Padawan Anakin Skywalker. However, Jedi Master Mace Windu and a team of 212 Jedi arrived to rescue Kenobi, Skywalker, and Amidala. As the battle droids overwhelmed the Jedi, they were then rescued by clone troopers under Grand Master Yoda. Poggle and the rest of the separatist conspirators then went to the underground Geonosian War Room to oversee the battle. As the Republic Army forced their Droid Army to retreat, Poggle ordered his warriors to hide in the catacombs. He then gave Dooku the plans for their ultimate weapon, who assured that they would be safe with his Master, Darth Sidious.[11]

Dealings with Clovis[]

"Are you suggesting we change the terms of our agreement? No. A deal's a deal."
―Rush Clovis to Lott Dod and Poggle the Lesser[14]

Lott Dod and Poggle

Poggle, along with Trade Federation Senator Lott Dod, conspired with Scipio Senator Baron Rush Clovis to rebuild the primary droid foundry on Geonosis. When Clovis arrived on Cato Neimoidia at Dod's palace, Poggle and Dod demanded a greater share of the profits than the foundry would produce. When Clovis refused to change the terms, Poggle agreed with Dod's plan to poison his companion, Padmé Amidala. However, Clovis helped Amidala's guard (who was really Anakin Skywalker in disguise) get the antidote for her. Poggle and Dod then confronted Clovis about the missing holodisc.[14]

Second Battle of Geonosis[]

"Poggle is out in the open, and I intend to grab him before he can get offworld."
―Luminara Unduli[15]

Poggle returned to Geonosis and served as the Overseer of the new Geonosis primary droid foundry.[16] However, the war would soon return to the Geonosian homeworld. When the Galactic Republic invaded the planet, Poggle led both the droid army and the native Geonosians against the Republic.[17] As the Republic forces approached his foundry, Poggle and his T-series tactical droid, TX-21, oversaw the construction of super tanks. They then deployed ten garrisons of droids against the clone troopers serving under Jedi Generals Anakin Skywalker and Luminara Unduli. Poggle and TX-21 then sent-in the super tanks, which were able to push the clones back. Poggle was then informed that two Jedi had infiltrated the reactor room; accompanied by a pair of soldiers and one of his super tanks, Poggle ordered his soldiers to bomb the Jedi.[18]


Poggle escaped to the Temple in a damaged AAT

After the foundry's destruction,[18] Poggle took an AAT, along with several of his droids and soldiers, to the Progate Temple. Along the way, Poggle dropped crates, leaving a trail for Unduli and clone trooper Buzz to follow; when the two entered the temple, Poggle and several undead Geonosians ambushed and killed Buzz, and captured Unduli. Poggle then took her into the catacombs of the temple and brought her before his queen, Karina the Great, as a gift. Together, they hoped they could use Geonosian brain worms to control Unduli. However, Poggle and Karina were soon discovered by Kenobi and Skywalker. As they blinded the queen, Poggle was captured by Skywalker and Unduli.[15] He was taken aboard the Venator-class Star Destroyer Resolute.[19]

On board the Resolute, Poggle was interrogated by Kenobi, Ki-Adi-Mundi, and Unduli, but refused to answer their questions. When the worms were aboard his Padawan's supply ship, Skywalker interrogated Poggle alone. At first, Poggle refused but was then punched and Force-choked by the Jedi. He then revealed the worms' weakness to the cold.[19] Poggle was then transported to Coruscant, where he was imprisoned in a cell at the Republic Center for Military Operations.[20]

Imprisonment and Republic service[]

"Whatever it is can wait, Poggle. Your workers are dismantling everything they put together."
"Try not to be too hard on them. They are simply following my orders."
―Orson Krennic and Archduke Poggle the Lesser during his escape[6]

Poggle was incarcerated in the Republic Center for Military Operations

During his time in prison, Poggle was subjected to routine interrogation by agents of Republic Intelligence. One of the main topics, even though information on it was removed by Poggle from the Stalgasin war room, of the interrogations was the supposed deep-space mobile battle station project, the "Ultimate Weapon" designed by the Stalgasin hive, that was thought to be under construction by the Confederacy. However, the Archduke repeatedly denied any Geonosian association, and feigned ignorance to the existence of the plans, which were actually in the possession of the Republic Special Weapons Group.[6]

Poggle was later approached by Lieutenant Commander Orson Krennic of the Special Weapons Group, in another attempt to garner information on the Confederacy's Ultimate Weapon. Krennic, who himself was attempting to spearhead the project to develop the station, was able to appeal to Poggle's loyalty to his people and convinced him to provide the Geonosian drone population as a workforce for the battle-station's construction. With this allegiance to the Republic, the Archduke was returned to his homeworld on the eve of Meckgin, in which, amidst bloody celebrations, was able to convince the Geonosians to assist in the Republic's construction efforts.[6]

However, Poggle had ulterior motives for providing such assistance to the Republic. Allotted with a private retinue of drones, Poggle secretly directed a massive uprising of the Geonosian soldiers servicing the battle-station as a diversion for his own escape to the Confederacy. In addition to sabotaging the construction project, the Archduke, with his own modified personal shuttle, was able to slip through the Republic flotilla in orbit and flee into hyperspace.[6]

Last days of the Clone Wars[]

After escaping from Geonosis, Poggle rejoined the Confederacy as the war began to draw to its close. Following a string of Republic victories, General Grievous ordered the members of the Separatist Council, including Poggle, to remain under his protection. Grievous hid them on Utapau while he prepared a strike on Coruscant. Following Count Dooku's death and Grievous's failure at Coruscant, Poggle and the other Separatist leaders met with Grievous on Utapau. During the meeting, he informed them that he was transferring them to the volcanic planet of Mustafar for their own safety. Grievous then dismissed the council, telling them that their ship was waiting shortly before his own death.[2]



Poggle's death at the hands of Darth Vader

"When my new apprentice, Darth Vader, arrives, he will... take care of you."
―Darth Sidious, to Poggle and the other Separatist leaders[2]

After arriving on Mustafar, Poggle and the rest of the Council settled in a fortified bunker. Soon after, they were contacted by Darth Sidious, who had informed them that his new apprentice, Darth Vader, would be arriving shortly, but claimed that he had come to make peace with them. When Vader arrived on Mustafar, the Separatist leaders discovered that he was sent not to reward the council, but to execute them. Poggle attempted to defend himself using his staff, to no avail, and was quickly decapitated. Vader would eventually murder Gunray, shut down the Battle Droids and end the Clone Wars.[2]


"With Poggle dead, the hive queen has appointed a new archduke to oversee the soldiers and drones, but the process is nothing more than conciliatory."
―Lt. Commander Orson Krennic, to Governor Wilhuff Tarkin[6]

After Poggle's death, a new archduke was appointed by the hive queen. However, the appointment was really a way to placate the Geonosians, as the species now essentially belonged to the Republic's successor state, the Galactic Empire. The Geonosisans continued to be used in the battle station project the Republic had started,[6] which was dubbed the "Death Star." To keep the Death Star a secret, the Empire sterilized the population of Geonosis, with only one Geonosian surviving.[21]

Personality and traits[]

"How many of you have gazed into the heavens at night and seen something new taking shape above our world? A crescent, a circle, a gleaming ring that is like the portal to another dimension?"
―Poggle the Lesser describes the Death Star to his subjects[6]

A male Geonosian who rose to the rank of archduke from that of a drone,[6] Poggle the Lesser was an early and loyal supporter of the Confederacy of Independent Systems,[10] choosing to escape back to the Separatists instead of ever truly giving his loyalty over to the Republic.[6] Poggle was a powerful and cunning leader, being skilled at military tactics as well as negotiating. He was also possessed a knowledge of engineering.[3]


Poggle wielded the Staff of Command, which was the symbol of his office.[3] Made of bone allegedly taken from a conquered adversary, it also served as a walking stick and, due to its sharp point, a weapon if the Geonosian ruler ever felt the need to motivate or punish those around him. He was clothed in ornate and aristocratic garments that reflected his position, wealth, and power. For similar reasons, Poggle also wore jewels as well as chain-like visgura thread. His chosen emblem of rank was arachnid-inspired, crafted from the egg cases of an extinct giant cave spider.[12]

Behind the scenes[]

Poggle the Lesser was portrayed by Marton Csokas and voiced by Ernie Fosselius in the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, the second installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.[11] The character later returned in a nonspeaking capacity in the 2005 sequel Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.[2] He was voiced by Matthew Wood in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series.[14]

Poggle maquette

Poggle's marquette

On July 18, 2000, StarWars.com announced that Csokas would join the cast of Attack of the Clones in a role that was described as that of "a planetary leader", an announcement that was accompanied by casting director Robin Gurland's praise for Csokas' talents.[22] Initially written to have a major role in the screenplay, Poggle's role was reduced by the time production started running.[23] However, as the film neared completition, Csokas was informed by Gurland through a letter that his performance would be removed despite keeping a credit for it due to director George Lucas taking the decision that Poggle should be rendered through visual effects and voiced by sound effects.[24]

Poggle would be ultimately realized by having Industrial Light & Magic animator Charles Alleneck serve as the moddle to animate his movements and sound designer Ben Burtt recorded himself reading the character's lines and playing them backwards during rehearsals, but later in production,[23] Burtt recorded Fosselius reciting Poggle's dialogue in reverse, who also recorded some Swahili-type clicking noises and the sound of blowing on the edge of a piece of paper, with all of this added to Poggle's voice in the finished product.[25]

In the DVD commentary of Attack of the Clones, it is stated that Poggle was made to look different than other Geonosians so it was obvious he was their leader, similar to how Boss Nass was designed to look different from the other Gungans.[26]

In a deleted scene for Attack of the Clones, Poggle sentences Anakin and Padmé to their deaths, finding them guilty of espionage, leading Nute Gunray to hurry him up to give the sentence.

In the final cut of Revenge of the Sith, Poggle gets cut in half by Darth Vader.[2] However, in the illustrated screenplay of the film, Poggle was beheaded.[27]

According to the Star Wars: Card Trader San Hill Base Series 1, Poggle joined forces with San Hill, the Chairman of the InterGalactic Banking Clan, and Dooku to assassinate their volatile ally, the Kaleesh warlord Grievous, who then wanted to rebuild into a loyal cyborg.[28] At the time, Pablo Hidalgo stated this was an outdated reference to Star Wars Legends instead of a canonical fact.[29] However, recent canon sources have brought in similar details of Grievous's backstory from Legends into the current canon.


Non-canon appearances[]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 StarWars Poggle the Lesser in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle!
  4. Star Wars Journeys: Beginnings
  5. Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 ToppsDigitalLogo Star Wars: Card Trader (Card: Poggle the Lesser - Geonosian Separatist - Base Series 1)
  8. The Star Wars Book
  9. Build the Millennium Falcon Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 19 (Guide to the Galaxy: Visiting Geonosis)
  10. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  11. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 12 (Weapons & Uniforms: The Geonosians)
  12. 13.0 13.1 Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 31 (Databank A-Z: Kaminoans–King Katuunko)
  13. 14.0 14.1 14.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Senate Spy"
  14. 15.0 15.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Legacy of Terror"
  15. Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Two
  16. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Landing at Point Rain"
  17. 18.0 18.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Weapons Factory"
  18. 19.0 19.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Brain Invaders"
  19. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much"
  20. Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  21. StarWars Casting Update: Local Talent Continues on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  22. 23.0 23.1 SWInsider "Behind the Magic" — Star Wars Insider 65
  23. Marton Csokas, swimming with Hollywood sharks by Baillie, Russell on The New Zealand Herald (archived from the original on November 13, 2020)
  24. The Sounds of Star Wars
  25. Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones DVD commentary
  26. Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith: Illustrated Screenplay
  27. ToppsDigitalLogo Star Wars: Card Trader (Card: San Hill - Banking Clan Chairman - Base Series 1)
  28. TwitterLogo Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) on Twitter: "Tweet lost, but did state that San Hill - Banking Clan Chairman - Base Series 1 contains an outdated reference to Legends via San Hill, Poggle, and Dooku working together to destroy and rebuild Grievous." (content obsolete and backup link not available)