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"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[5]

Archduke Poggle the Lesser was the public leader of the Geonosians during the Clone Wars. Though subservient to Queen Karina the Great, he was nominally in control of the Stalgasin hive, and with his oversight of the Geonosian Baktoid battle droid factories, became a powerful figure within the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The Archduke was a warlord, and commanded the droid armies that fought against the Republic during the first and second battles of Geonosis, the latter of which he was captured and brought 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 battlestation the Geonosians designed; however, 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 on Mustafar, where he was killed by Darth Vader.


Rise to power[]

Once a member of the drone caste,[5] Poggle the Lesser, with strategic aid from the manipulative Sith Lord Darth Sidious,[6] rose to the position of Archduke of Geonosis,[5] the public position of leadership that secretly answered to a Geonosian queen.[7] Poggle also became controller of the large Geonosian droid factories on planet.[6] At some point after he became archduke, he also killed the current leader of the Geonosians, Hadiss the Vaulted, ensuring his control over Geonosis.[8]

During the Separatist Crisis, Poggle was one of the first and one of the most ardent supporters of its cause. He hosted a meeting of fellow Separatist conspirators on Geonosis. Poggle pledged the armies of his people to[9] the former Jedi,[10] Count Dooku,[9] who had personally ensured the droid building contract between the Geonosians and Baktoid Armor Workshop continued on.[5]

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[10]

Poggle the Lesser 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 Padmé Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and 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 Master Yoda. Poggle and the rest of the separatist conspirators then went to an underground 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.[10]

Dealings with Clovis[]

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 the foundry would produce. When Clovis refused to change the terms, Poggle agreed with Dod's plan to poison his companion, Senator Padmé Amidala. However, Clovis helped Amidala's guard who was really Anakin Skywalker in disguise, get the cure for her. Poggle and Dod then confronted Clovis about the missing holodisc.[11]

Second Battle of Geonosis[]

Poggle later returned to Geonosis and serve as the Overseer of the Geonosis primary droid foundry.[12] When the Galactic Republic invaded the planet, Poggle led both the droid army and the native Geonosians against the Republic from the foundry.[13] As the Republic forces approached his foundry, Poggle and his tactical droid, TX-21 oversaw the construction of super tanks. They then deployed the ten garrisons of droids against the clone troopers under Jedi Generals Anakin Skywalker and Luminara Unduli. He 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. Poggle and TX-21 then went with a pair of his soldiers and one of his super tanks. There, he ordered his soldiers to take the bombs and kill the Jedi.[14]

Poggle escaped to the Temple in a damaged AAT

After the foundry's destruction,[14] Poggle took an AAT with several of his droids and soldiers with him to the Progate Temple. Along the way, Poggle dropped crates, leaving a trail for Unduli and Buzz to follow. When Unduli and the trooper entered the temple, Poggle and several un-dead Geonosians killed Buzz and captured Unduli. He 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 the brain worms to control Unduli. However, Poggle and Karina were then found by Obi-Wan 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.[16]

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. He then revealed the worms' weakness to the cold.[16] Poggle was then transported to Coruscant, where he would be imprisoned in a cell at the Republic Center for Military Operations.[17]

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[5]

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.[5]

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.[5]

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.[5]

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.[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[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.[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[5]

After Poggle's death, a new archduke was appointed by the hive queen. However, the appointment was really a way 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,[5] 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.[18]

Personality and traits[]

A male Geonosian who rose to the rank of archduke from that of a drone,[5] Poggle the Lesser was an early and loyal supporter of the Confederacy of Independent Systems,[9] choosing to escape back to the Separatists instead of ever truly giving his loyalty over to the Republic.[5]


Poggle wielded the Staff of Command.[19]

Behind the scenes[]

Poggle's marquette

Poggle the Lesser was voiced by Marton Csokas in the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones[10] and the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. He was also voiced by Matthew Wood in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

In the DVD commentary, 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.[20]

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.[21]


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