- "Come and get me, boys!"
- ―Asajj Ventress to Kenobi and Skywalker
Asajj Ventress was born on Dathomir years before the Clone Wars into a clan of the Nightsisters. She was taken from her clan mother, Mother Talzin, and her biological mother in infancy by the bounty hunter, Hal'Sted, who raised her on Rattatak. When her master was killed in a raid, she was found by Jedi Master Ky Narec, who was impressed with her abilities and took her as his apprentice. The two were a great team that maintained order on Rattatak for years. When Narec was killed, Ventress fell to the Dark Side, seeking revenge.
A few years later, she became Count Dooku's newest Darth Acolyte and a Commander of Droid Army during the "Clone Wars" conflict. While she was a gifted assassin, Dooku tried to kill her to prove his allegiance to his master, Darth Sidious. Ventress, betrayed, returned to her homeworld, where Mother Talzin tried to help her have her revenge. Using Savage Opress as her puppet, Ventress tried to take Dooku down but ultimately failed when Opress broke free from her control. Defeated, she returned to Dathomir, which was destroyed by General Grievous. With nowhere else to go, she started working as a bounty hunter. Near the end of her life, she agreed to help Jedi Quinlan Vos assassinate Dooku. Their plan failed, and Vos became Dooku's newest Acolyte. In the Second Battle of Christophsis, Ventress sacrificed herself so that Vos would be free from the influence of the Dark Side. Obi-Wan and Quinlan took her lifeless body to Dathomir, where she would finally be at home.
Given to Hal'Sted
Asajj Ventress was born on Dathomir. When she was just an infant, the clan has been forced to give her up to the slaver called Hal'Sted. She spent the rest of her early childhood on Rattatak, serving her new master.
However, several years later, the village where Ventress was living was raided by Weequay pirates. One of these pirates killed Hal'Sted. Asajj, in a moment of rage, pushed the raider with force, capturing the attention of nearby Jedi Knight Ky Narec, who took her back to the temple.
- "Thank you master!"
- ―Asajj Ventress after successful training session with Ky Narec
Ventress became Narec's Padawan, and the two fought and defeated many corrupt and viscous warlords on the war-torn planet Rattatak. The two became an unstoppable team, and in time, remaining thugs, fearing the power the duo had, allied with one another in a plot to kill the Jedi.
In a fierce battle, a Weequay pirate shot and killed Narec, and after the death of her master, Ventress sought revenge on his murderer and became a ruthless killer. Feeling that the Jedi Order had abandoned Narec, she left the Jedi and slowly began falling to the Dark Side.
First Encounter with Count Dooku
- "The Dark Side is strong in me, for I am a Sith!"
"A bold claim, but you are not a Sith!"
- ―Asajj Ventress and Lord Tyranus
Ventress spent years trying to attract Darth Tyranus' attention. Finally, she had her chance when Dooku, in search of a new acolyte, visited the gladiator pits of Rattatak. While Dooku was impressed with her abilities, Ventress went too far when she declared herself a Sith and mocked Dooku's knowledge of the Dark Side.
Dooku swiftly won in a duel against her and decided to present her to his master Darth Sidious. Sidious saw Ventress as a tool he needed to pushAnakin Skywalker closer to the Dark Side. He ordered her to eliminate Skywalker and Dooku gave her two red lightsabers that belonged to his now-dead apprentice. When Ventress left, Sidious remarked how it doesn't matter if she survives the encounter with the Chosen One or not. Either way, Anakin's fall was imminent.
Battle of Muunilinst
- "This is no droid pilot."
- ―Skywalker realizes he is pursuing a Force user
She piloted her starfighter to Muunilinst, where Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker were already caught in a fight with Separatist forces led by Durge. She made a mock of Skywalker's piloting skills as she outmaneuvered him at every corner, which ultimately led to a chase throughout the city. Obi-Wan warned his apprentice that she was baiting him, but Skywalker ignored him and went after her. Ventress managed to lure him away from the battle and to Yavin IV, where the two engaged in a duel.
Duel on Yavin 4
- "Come, Padawan. Your fall will be my ascension to the Sith!"
- ―Ventress challenging Skywalker
While Ventress successfully pushed Skywalker closer to the Dark Side, she lost in a duel when Anakin pushed her deep into the ravine. Since the duel, Ventress became fixated with the young Jedi and his master, and she would continue to chase them throughout the Clone Wars.
The Hidden Enemy
Ventress led the Separatist ground assault during the Battle of Christophsis. Under the pretext of giving him freedom, Ventress managed to turn a clone trooper sergeant nicknamed "Slick" into an ally, who gave her information on Republic's position near the two towers, which the Jedi wanted to use to ambush the passing droid squadrons.
Ventress lured the two Jedi into a trap and attacked them. While she successfully held her ground against the two Jedi Knights, she was forced to retreat to the balcony, where she jumped on the top of the Octuptarra tri-droid.
There, she revealed to the Jedi that she lured them to create a diversion. While the two of them were busy fighting her, the droid army mobilized for its next assault. Even though they were surrounded, Anakin and Obi-Wan continued the duel and sliced off two of Octuptarra's mechanic legs. Using STAPs, they managed to escape in time to warn the troopers about the impending attack.
Ventress landed on the ground just as the tri-droid slammed with a crash behind her. She relayed orders to Loathsom through a tactical droid and told him to march on the city to keep the Jedi occupied while she departed to Tatooine. Ventress departed in her starship, the Trident, and left Loathsom in command of the Separatist occupation force.
Kidnapping of Rotta the Hutt
- "I have brought Jabba's son to the abandoned monastery. He'll be…safe here."
- ―Ventress confirms her capture of Rotta the Hutt
Wanting to destabilize the Hutts and the Republic relations, Count Dooku sent Asajj Ventress to kidnap Jabba the Hutt's son Rotta. Trident attacked and destroyed one of the boats traveling alongside Rotta's sail barge before, using its tentacles, grabbing the barge itself and escaping with Jabba's son to B'omarr Monastery on Teth.
Lord Tyranus managed to lure Anakin Skywalker and his new apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, to Teth, where Ventress was waiting. He ordered her to remain hidden until the Jedi have rescued the captured Huttlet. She took a recording of Skywalker and Tano taking Rotta and handed it to espionage droid 4-A7. The droid edited the recording so that it seemed that the Jedi were the ones behind the kidnapping.
When the recording was sent to her master, Ventress began her attack. She tried to locate Skywalker using a mind-trick on Captain Rex but failed. Eventually, she reached the aft landing pad and confronted Ahsoka Tano. Ahsoka managed to hold her ground against the Sith assassin for a few moments, but soon she fell to the ground. Luckily, Skywalker came with Rotta flying a Can-cell, and together the Jedi escaped.
Obi-Wan Kenobi and his clone trooper squadron joined the Torrent Company and helped them retake the Monastery. Kenobi fought Ventress, but she managed to escape. Ventress informed her master that Skywalker was on the way but lied that he killed the Huttlet, because she knew Jabba was listening. Dooku understood that Ventress failed, and Skywalker and Rotta were on the way. He told Ventress he would deal with the young Jedi Knight and promised her she would pay for her failure.
Attack on Kamino
- "Keep playing with your droids. I'll handle breaking into the DNA room."
"Shall I provide you with a droid escort?"
"My dear General, there's nothing you have that I could want."
- ―Ventress and Grievous during the assault on Tipoca City
Later during the war, Ventress and General Grievous were assigned to attack the cloning factories of Kamino and steal the cloned DNA, which would make the creation of more clones impossible for the Republic.
Grievous arrived in the capital city of Tipoca with a fleet, while Ventress arrived underwater in a trident drill. Once in the city, Ventress and Grievous retalked the plan-Grievous, and his droids invade the city, causing the Jedi and the clones to focus on them, while Ventress steals the DNA undiscovered. Ventress assured Grievous disrespectfully that she needs no help and will succeed. Indeed, she managed to steal the DNA but was intercepted by Anakin Skywalker, leading to a lightsaber duel.
Finally, Skywalker managed to retrieve the DNA, and clones surrounded Ventress, but she managed to escape along with Grievous in a spaceship, and the pair was forced to leave unsuccessful.
Return to the Nightsisters
- "I had hoped you would find your way to us sooner."
- ―Mother Talzin welcomes Ventress back into the Nightsisters
Ventress served Dooku faithfully, but the Count betrayed her to demonstrate his loyalty to Darth Sidious, telling his troops to turn their guns on her. She returned to Dathomir, where she sought revenge with the help of her people, the mysterious Nightsisters. She created a monster, Savage Oppress, with the help of the Nightsisters to help her defeat Dooku. Ventress's plan to have Savage help her assassinate Dooku proved to be a failure. Savage Opress betrayed both Dooku and Ventress before fleeing, leaving her to face Darth Tyrannus alone. Asajj was almost killed by Dooku but escaped and went into hiding.
- "It is over, sister."
"No one remains? This is all my fault. Where do I go? What will I do?"
"This chapter is over. Your destiny will always be linked to ours, but you have your own path to follow now."
- ―Talzin and Ventress after the destruction of their tribe
She reemerged on Dathomir and became a Nightsister. But, Dooku did not forget about the betrayal of the Nightsisters; he ordered Grievous to go and wipe them out. During this battle, most of the Talzin clan were killed, forcing the clan mother and those few who remained to go into seclusion. There was an army of the dead, but that was destroyed.
Ventress fought Grievous, but was shot in the arm and ran away.
Realizing that the Separatists wouldn't stop searching until Ventress was killed, Asajj was subsequently expelled from Dathomir.
Becoming a Bounty Hunter
- "None of this was my choice. I never asked to be ripped away from my home. From…my family. You'll never know what it's like."
"I wish I didn't, but I do."
- ―Pluma Sodi and Ventress
After her Nightsister kin had been destroyed, Ventress traveled to Tatooine in an attempt to begin a new life. Upon arriving, she traveled on foot to Mos Eisley and entered a nearby cantina. Inside, she caught the attention of bounty hunter Oked who attempted to take advantage of her, for which she killed the latter. With his death, fellow bounty hunters Bossk and Latts Razzi realized their team was one short of fulfilling their next mission, so they both recruited Ventress for their team, threatening to turn her over to the authorities if she didn't comply.
Battle with the Sith Brothers
- "I want that back."
"That's fine. Red's not my color. Ready?"
"Like you even need to ask."
- ―Ventress and Obi-Wan before dueling Darth Maul and Savage Oppress
After Obi-Wan Kenobi was captured by Savage Opress and his brother Darth Maul, Ventress tracked Savage and found Darth Maul ready to torture Kenobi; despite Ventress's dislike of Obi-Wan, she battled alongside him and then helped each other escape when they found they were outmatched. They managed to make a narrow escape aboard the ship's cockpit escape pod, though they both knew the brothers would be after them both. Kenobi then piloted the pod to the Black market space station, Otor's Hub, where he allowed Ventress to leave.
Jedi Temple Bombing
Teaming Up With Ahsoka Tano
- "I have to admit, I never saw us doing anything together. Ever."
"These are strange times."
- ―Ahsoka Tano and Ventress teaming up to learn who bombed the Jedi Temple
Ventress later re-surfaced as a freelance bounty hunter, wearing a voice-filter mask and her two old lightsabers. Hearing about Ahsoka Tano's bounty on her head by the Jedi, she immediately captured her but later dropped the subject after Tano convinced her to help her clear her name. Helping her evade the clone troopers, Ventress hasn't killed any of them yet, showing her new side. After parting ways with Tano, Ventress was attacked and knocked out by a hooded female person who took her mask and lightsabers.
Interrogated by Skywalker
- "My master abandoned me, and that's exactly what you did to her... you and your precious Jedi Order!"
- ―Ventress accuses Skywalker of abandoning Tano during her interrogation
After Ahsoka is put on trial, Anakin is desperate to prove her innocence and hunts down Ventress. She reveals that she was not responsible and that she was not the only one who had talked to his former padawan. Barriss Offee had talked to Ahsoka while she was hiding in the Underworld.
Redemption and Death
- "Remember... you always have a choice to be better. You always have a choice to... to pick the right path. Even if that choice comes a little late."
- ―Ventress to Quinlan Vos
Months after the Jedi Temple bombing, Ventress continued to work as a bounty hunter, acquiring a new lightsaber off the black market. During this time, she came into contact with Quinlan Vos, a Jedi Master who asked for her help in assassinating Count Dooku. Despite her disdain towards the Jedi, Ventress's hate for Dooku ran deeper, and she ultimately agreed to the proposition. During the mission, Ventress subjected Vos to rigorous Dark Side training to introduce him to Nightsister culture. Dooku eventually took vos prisoner, but Ventress hired a group of Bounty Hunters, including Boba Fett, to help her rescue him.
However, Vos turned to the Dark Side during his time in captivity to get close to Dooku and Darth Sidious. Both Ventress and Vos pursued Dooku to a Separatist base on Christophsis. Republic forces bombard the base during the confrontation, and Ventress was wounded by artillery fire and falling debris. Shortly afterward, Dooku attacked Vos with force lightning, but Ventress, having fallen for Vos, jumped in front of him and took the lightning herself. As Dooku fled, Ventress used her last words to reconcile with Vos before dying of her wounds. Shortly afterward, Vos was pardoned by the Jedi Council, and he and Obi-Wan Kenobi buried Ventress on Dathomir, where her spirit rejoined those of her other fallen Nightsisters.
Clone Wars (2003)
- Star Wars: Clone Wars -- "Chapter 6"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars -- "Chapter 7"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars -- "Chapter 11"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars -- "Chapter 17"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars -- "Chapter 18"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars -- "Chapter 19"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars -- "Chapter 21" (Indirect mention only)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (film)
- "The Hidden Enemy"
- "Rookies" (Appears in hologram)
- "Cloak of Darkness"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
- "Brain Invaders" (Mentioned only)
- "ARC Troopers"
- "Heroes on Both Sides" (Mentioned only)
- "Witches of the Mist"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures — "Dark Side Duel"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Sith Hunters
- "To Catch a Jedi"
- "The Wrong Jedi"
- Star Wars: Dark Disciple
- Her design originated as concept art by Dermot Power for a potential female Sith Lord during the development of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. However her character was abandoned in favour of Count Dooku. Power wanted her earlier designs to look almost as if she was a samurai.
- In addition, Asajj Ventress had served as an early concept to Kit Fisto.