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[-[[caption-width-right:350:'''Sio Bibble''': There hasn't been a full scale war since the formation of the Republic.]]-]


[[folder: There is unrest in the Galactic\\
Senate. Several thousand solar\\
systems have declared their\\
intentions to leave the Republic.\\
This separatist movement,\\
under the leadership of the\\
mysterious Count Dooku, has\\
made it difficult for the limited\\
number of Jedi Knights to\\
maintain peace and order in\\
the galaxy.\\
Senator Amidala, the former\\
Queen of Naboo, is returning\\
to the Galactic Senate to vote\\
on the critical issue of creating\\
to assist the overwhelmed\\
Jedi.... ]]

''Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones'' is the 2002 sequel to ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', the fifth installment in George Lucas's wildly successful ''Franchise/StarWars'' saga, and the second installment in the prequel trilogy. Somewhat denser and darker than ''The Phantom Menace'', ''Attack of the Clones'' finally addresses Lucas' thirty-year-old plot point about what the Clone Wars really are and why they happen.

Contention within the Republic, spurred on by the events of [[Film/ThePhantomMenace the previous film]], leads to a group of "Separatists" forming their own government and, backed by many of the big galactic corporations and former Jedi Master Count Dooku, are more than equipped to handle a full scale war. The attempted [[ReverseWhoDunnit assassination]] of Senator Padmé Amidala, one of the biggest proponents to avoid the war, leads Obi-Wan Kenobi to investigate who is trying to start this conflict. At the same time, his apprentice twenty-year-old Anakin Skywalker is tasked with protecting Padmé and [[BodyguardCrush they struggle with their growing attraction to each other]], and Anakin has to deal with personal demons and the lure of the Dark Side. Following the clues he had, Kenobi travels to the far-flung world of Kamino and discovers a ''massive'' clone army; developed in secret, ostensibly commissioned and funded by the Jedi, meant to fight on behalf of the Republic and, even more mysteriously, is built on a particular bounty hunter under the employ of Count Dooku named Jango Fett. The different threads converge on the desert planet Geonosis, where the true extent of Dooku's machinations becomes [[EvilPlan apparent]], and where the [[NoodleIncident long-mythical]] Clone Wars [[MillionMookMarch finally]] [[StuffBlowingUp explode]] [[BigBadassBattleSequence violently]] [[BeamSpam and]] [[{{SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome}} awesomely.]]

The conduct of the wars and their eventual fallout is/was explored in a number of cross-media projects elsewhere-- ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' was an animated miniseries of 5-minute and 12-minute "episodettes" that enlarges the scale of the conflict and [[ADayInTheLimelight the people who fought in it]] by showing individual battles and [[AscendedExtra more obscure characters]], airing between the release of ''Attack of the Clones'' and ''Revenge of the Sith'', where the end of the Clone Wars is depicted. ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' was a CGI television show produced a few years after the release of ''Revenge of the Sith'', something of a SpiritualSuccessor to the previous series (very few production members are shared) but with a longer format to elaborate on the interpersonal conflicts and political atmosphere. This is all not to mention numerous other comic and novelized spin-offs covering everyone from Grievous to Boba Fett and back again.

Structurally, ''Attack of the Clones'' focused on Anakin Skywalker's [[ComingOfAgeStory maturation against the political drama and personal loss]], while showing [[CrapsackWorld decay and corruption on a galactic scale.]] It's purposefully a CallForward to ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''--everything from the inclusion and importance of the Fett family, to the usage of the Imperial March, and a chase through an asteroid field. Plot-wise, it hews closer to a MurderMystery-Political Thriller, and tries to inject some [[ActionFilmQuietDramaScene quiet moments]] in a galaxy on the brink of destruction.

Followed by ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.

'''Please move any character tropes to the proper [[Characters/AttackOfTheClones character page]].'''

!!''Attack of the Clones'' provides particular-to-this-film examples of:

* OneDimensionalThinking: Seen in the Force duel between Dooku and Yoda, where Yoda never thinks to push a falling pillar off to the side instead of keeping it suspended in midair.
* AggressiveNegotiations: TropeNamer, while Anakin tells Padmé a story.
-->'''Padmé:''' Aggressive negotiations? What's that?\\
'''Anakin:''' Ah, well, it's negotiations [[{{Dissimile}} with a lightsaber]].
* AIIsACrapshoot: One of the battle droids gets his head stuck onto C-3PO's body, which rendered it useless.
* AlasPoorYorick: Young Boba Fett holds the helmet of his father Jango Fett.
* AngelicAliens: [[http://www.scifi3d.com/downloads/Star_Wars/SWCharacters/large_kaminoan.jpg The Kaminoans]] are a hybrid of Space Angels and TheGreys. They dwell on the ocean world of Kamino and possess advanced cloning technology. They are peaceful and polite, although they unwittingly provide the Sith with the clone army that would later form the foundation for the army of the Galactic Empire, and their grace is shown in long necks, slow speech, narrow robes, and desaturated colors.
* ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount: One Jedi Master could order up an entire clone army and fleet of warships apparently without having to go through any kind of budget request to either the Jedi Council or the Senate. The ''Legends'' novel ''Literature/DarthPlagueis'' states that the funding was provided by the titular character, who happens to be a wealthy banker as well as a Sith Lord. Within canon, it is justified by having Count Dooku - essentially the richest man in the galaxy - fund the army under his Sith name Tyranus.
* AsideGlance: When Anakin and Obi-Wan first meet Padme at her apartment, Jar Jar gives a quick one with a grin, as if he's saying to the audience "Meesa still here!"
* AssassinationAttempt: The film opens with two assassination attempts on Senator Padme Amidala, forcing her into hiding along with the wholesome and untroubled Anakin Skywalker while Obi-Wan investigates who ordered the attacks.
* AssassinsAreAlwaysBetrayed: After Zam Wesell has been caught by Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jango Fett shoots her with a poison dart to keep her from spilling any details on their attempt to kill Senator Amidala.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Anakin's LeeroyJenkins moment against Count Dooku has him going at it with [[DualWielding two lightsabers]]. CrowningMomentOfAwesome that it is, he lacks the skill necessary to keep it up for long and ends up getting himself disarmed...in [[AnArmAndALeg both senses]] of the word.
* BackToBackBadasses:
** Obi-Wan and Mace Windu end up back to back in the final battle while deflecting enemy fire from the Droid Army.
** Anakin and Padmé make a rather spectacular team in the Geonosis arena, with Anakin deflecting blaster bolts away from Padme and himself, while she uses a discarded droid blaster rifle to pick off attackers with methodical precision.
* BareYourMidriff: Padmé's outfits are quite a bit more revealing in this film than the first, presumably because SheIsAllGrownUp (in universe, at least). In the Geonosis battle sequence, it occurs due to ClothingDamage.
* BarFullOfAliens: Anakin and Obi-Wan pursue an attempted assassin into a bar in the lower levels of Coruscant. The clientele includes Twi-leks in the background and an alien who tries to sell Obi-Wan [[FantasticDrug "death-sticks"]].
* BeastlyBloodsports: Anakin, Padmé, and Obi-Wan are almost killed by animals in the arena on Geonosis.
* BilingualBonus: The double that Padmé leaves while on her "extended leave" is named Dorme, which means "sleeper" in French.
* BittersweetEnding: The main heroes are saved, Padme and Anakin are married... but Count Dooku starts the Clone Wars and escapes, Anakin commits his first evil act, and Palpatine got emergency powers.
* BlatantLies:
** Jango Fett: "I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe." and "Always pleasure to meet a Jedi." Of course, he might meant that he's pleased [[WorthyOpponent in different way]]. Regardless, within the next five minutes, he's in full body armor trying to murder said Jedi.
** Palpatine: "It is with great reluctance that I have agreed to this calling. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I love democracy. I love the Republic.]] The power you give me I will lay down when this crisis has abated."
* BodyDouble: As before, Padmé employs women to impersonate her. This proves useful when an assassination attempt takes the life of one of her decoys.
* BottomlessMagazines: A rare aversion for a ''Franchise/StarWars'' film. Just prior to the climactic fight with Dooku, when Anakin and co. are chasing his speeder in a Republic gunship, the only reason [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim they don't avoid a lightsaber duel by shooting him down]] is that they ran out of missiles in the preceding battle.
* BreadAndCircuses: In the Geonosis Arena, Obi-Wan disarms and dismounts a Geonosian riding by on an Orray so that he has a weapon to defend himself against the Acklay. The Geonosian recovers just in time to see the Acklay walking towards him and he gets stepped on by its spear-like leg. And the crowd ''cheers''.
* BrickJoke:
** As Anakin chases Zem Wesell, Obi-Wan says that he doesn't hate flying, just the way Anakin flies. Later, in his pursuit for Jango Fett, he says "This is why I hate flying!" when Jango opens fire.
** Obi-Wan chastises Anakin's excuse for taking his time getting a speeder to rescue him, saying that if he spent half as much effort training as he did on his wit, he'd be a better swordsman than Yoda, who at that point had only been shown as a barely-mobile octo-centenarian. The fight before the final battle shows just how good a swordsman Yoda is [[LetsGetDangerous when he needs to fight]].
** What is more, Dooku makes the same claim of being more powerful than Yoda and gets proven wrong. After beating the other contender for the title no less. [[{{Foreshadowing}} It seems]] that a Jedi defying the Grand Master is an early sign of [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels defection.]]
* ButtMonkey: Obi-Wan certainly gets the crap kicked out of him throughout the movie; dropped from a great height over Coruscant, head-butted, pummeled, lassoed and dragged by Jango Fett, taken captive, then chased repeatedly by an Acklay before finally being slashed by Dooku's lightsaber.
* CallForward:
** [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Anakin_Skywalker%27s_first_lightsaber Anakin's lightsaber]] in this film is a PaletteSwap of [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Darth_Vader%27s_lightsaber the one used by Darth Vader]] during the Original Trilogy.
** After his nightmare, Anakin stands in front of a window in the same pose from several scenes in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
** "It seems that [R2] is carrying a message from an Obi-Wan Kenobi."
** The clone trooper gunships have spherical turrets with a ConvergingStreamWeapon emitting a green laser beam.
** An exasperated Obi-Wan to Anakin: "Why do I get the feeling you'll be the death of me?"
** Anakin gets hit by Force lightning from Count Dooku, referencing Vader's HeelFaceTurn and death in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
** Anakin sits in the same spot his son will, and Owen will sit in the same spot his dad was in.
-->'''Owen:''' ''(to Anakin)'' Where are you going?
** Jango Fett bumps his head on the door to his ship as it's closing when he and Boba are leaving Kamino, referencing the Stormtrooper who famously bangs his head in ''Film/ANewHope''. It can be hard to see, but features the same "bonk" sound effect as when his jet pack hit the tower before exploding.
** The film's BigBad has TheHero at his mercy and tries to convince him to switch sides by revealing he used to be the master of TheHero's mentor. Granted, it comes off more like "Obi-Wan, I am your father figure's father figure", but the parallels to ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' are there.
* CaptainObvious:
** In a deleted scene, where Anakin and Padmé are put on [[KangarooCourt "trial"]] for espionage. Padmé tells Archduke Poggle the Lesser that he's committing an act of war, and says that she hopes he's prepared to face the consequences. Poggle responds with "We build weapons, Senator. Of course we're prepared!"
** Yoda: "But for certain, senator. In grave danger you are."
* CasualDangerDialogue: Obi-Wan and Anakin are pretty fond of ribbing each other in the heat of battle. The most notable instance is while chasing Zam Wessel, where each criticizes the other's tactics while jumping hundreds of feet from spacecraft to spacecraft.
* CasualHighDrop:
** During a chase scene padawan Anakin Skywalker politely says "If you'll excuse me" to Jedi Kenobi, then leaps out of their vehicle to plummet several stories through Coruscant's [[FlyingCar flying traffic]] to land on the assassin's vehicle. Kenobi grumbles, "I hate it when he does that."
** At the arena Mace Windu confronts the separatist leaders in their balcony overlook, then leaps down to the arena floor, deflecting blaster bolts the whole way down.
* TheCavalry: Twice in the final act of the film; first time occurs when Mace Windu shows up with over two hundred Jedi to rescue Anakin, Obi-Wan and Padmé from Dooku. After many of them being killed off in the following battle against the droids and Geonosians, it happens again; with Yoda and the Clone Troopers showing up (this one goes over much better; they actually win).
* ChainedToARock: Anakin, Padmé, and Obi-Wan on Geonosis.
* TheChampion: When Anakin professes his love for Padmé he says that he will do anything she asks.
* ChewingTheScenery: Hayden Christensen was mostly criticized for DullSurprise. But given that EvilIsHammy, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCw127qWhuU Anakin confessing his Tusken massacre to Amidala]] has an inflection only the Dark Side can provide.
* TheCityNarrows: The lower levels of Coruscant's giant city towers which are in permanent darkness due to the shadows of the impossibly tall buildings.
* CloneArmy: Boba/Jango/Everyone Fett. Indeed, the Clones and by extension the early Stormtroopers are all clones of Jango Fett. They are genetically engineered for obedience and age at twice the normal rate, except for Boba.
* ContrivedCoincidence: There are many, as there so often are in this [[YouCantFightFate universe where everybody has a destiny]], but Shmi Skywalker dying just minutes after her son just happens to show up to rescue her stands out.
* ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument: Count Dooku and Senator Palpatine removed the Kamino system from the star charts in the Jedi library. Fortunately for Obi Wan, they forgot to adjust the rest of the map to compensate for gravity's pull.
* ConveyorBeltODoom: Several that Anakin and Padmé survive by the skin of their teeth in the droid factory on Geonosis.
* CoolBike: The [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Zephyr-G_swoop speeder bike]] that Anakin borrows from Owen.
* CourtlyLove: Keeping with George Lucas' love of different genres influencing his works (in this case, European medieval stories), Anakin and Padme's courtship is this, right down to the young {{knight in shining armor}} wooing the beautiful woman of [[{{Blueblood}} noble status]].
* CraniumChase: [=C-3PO=] loses his head (which is attached to a [[{{Mook}} battle droid]] body) and gets himself a battle droid head instead. Both parts of [=C-3PO=] then travel to the Geonosis Arena with the battle droids, where R2 and a Jedi help reassemble [=C-3PO=].
* DarkerAndEdgier: This film is notably much darker in tone than the previous movie with assassination attempts on Padmé's life, the growing tensions in the Republic, Anakin's StartOfDarkness after he slaughters the Tusken Raiders when they kidnapped, tortured and killed his mother, Jango Fett getting beheaded on-screen in front of his son, and the start of the Clone Wars after massive deaths during the Battle of Geonosis.
* DeceasedFallGuyGambit: The whole deal with [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sifo-Dyas Sifo-Dyas]] in the backstory seems like it's just the Sith assigning blame to a random dead Jedi but it isn't; it's all breezed over so quickly that misunderstandings are inevitable.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Subverted with the Nexu that was attacking Padmé. Padmé, while on top of the execution pole with the Nexu trying to eat her, kicks it off. It seems like it died from the fall, only for it to get back up and attempt to resume its attempt at eating Padmé. The Nexu is then promptly [[RammingAlwaysWorks rammed]] by a reek that Anakin has somehow managed to tame, killing it for real.
* DisposablePilot: When Obi-Wan and Anakin board a clone-piloted gunship to pursue Dooku, said gunship is blasted into flaming scrap within ten seconds of them being dropped off.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Anakin massacres the entire village of Tuskan Raiders; not just the men, but the women, and the children too, to avenge his mother's death. [[ItsPersonal It was personal]].
* DramaticIrony: Jango Fett, who was the template for the Republic clone army, is on the side of he Seperatists (if just for monetary reasons) and is killed by Mace Windu just before the Clone Troopers arrive to save the Jedi and start the first battle of the Clone Wars.
* DrugsAreBad: According to Obi-Wan and his JediMindTrick, if you're a drug dealer, "you should go home and rethink your life."
* DualWielding: Anakin fights Dooku with two lightsabers at one point. Unfortunately, it only lasts a short while before he's forced to switch back to one.
* DullSurprise: Often, the Jedi will react to terrifying news with a simple shake of the head and an emotionless condemnation, reflecting their ritual suppression of emotion.
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Padmé confesses her feelings to Anakin right before they're brought out to be executed.
* EmergencyAuthority: The TropeNamer. Palpatine manipulated the Galactic Senate to grant Emergency Powers to the Chancellor in the wake of the Separatist Crisis. This meant he received executive privilege to declare the creation of an army and extend his term of office long after it was constitutionally required to end. Such broad powers allowed him to write and pass the Sector Governance Decree, which allowed him to appoint military governors (read: Moffs) to every planet in the Republic.
* EvilIsPetty: Nute Gunray wants Padme assasinated and to have her head brought to him, simply because she brought him to justice for invading her planet and imprisoning and killing countless people. And this is after Gunray was acquitted for war crimes after ''four trials'' (which, admittedly, cost him a fortune in credits). This is especially nonsensical since Padme is the leader of the opposition to the Republic using armed force against the Separatists, so the Separatist leaders should have a vested interest in keeping her around. Talk about having a sense of entitlement!
* FairytaleWeddingDress: Padme's outfit during her and Anakin's wedding picnic is nothing short of this.
* {{Fanservice}}: Several of Padmé's outfits, but especially her [[BareYourMidriff bare midriff]] due to ClothingDamage near the end of the film, and her black leather Flapper-inspired strapless number. Next to nothing on the male side, although Anakin is briefly seen [[ShirtlessScene shirtless]].
* FantasticDrug: Elan Sleazebaganno/Sel'Sabagno's "Death Sticks," which he tries to sell to a Obi-Wan to little success.
* FoundTheKillerLostTheMurderer: An assassin tries twice to kill Senator Amidala. When the Jedi capture the assassin, Jango Fett enacts this trope with great prejudice.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Has its own [[Foreshadowing/AttackOfTheClones page]].
* FrontlineGeneral: The Jedi are made generals of the Grand Army of the Republic and lead the clones into battle.
* GambitRoulette: Darth Sidious' plan to start the Clone Wars required that the well-renowned bounty hunter Jango Fett failed to kill Padmé, would be sloppy enough to leave a clue that would lead a Jedi to the planet Kamino (which nobody in the Jedi Order knew existed due to it being erased from the Jedi Archives, and Obi-Wan only found it because his old friend had knowledge of it) and learn of the Clone Army, and a Jedi would go to Geonosis and get captured after they had relayed the existence of the Separatists so the Senate could be pressured into giving the Chancellor emergency powers.
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: Has its own [[GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion/AttackOfTheClones page]].
* GunshipRescue: Yoda, Jedi Knights and a squad of Clone Troopers land gunships in the arena just in time to rescue Padmé and Anakin. Considered one of the most iconic examples of the trope.
* TheHeavy: Count Dooku is working under Darth Sidious, though he's still the one to execute the Clone Wars and is the primary villain of the film.
* HeldGaze: This happens between Anakin and Padmé twice: once as a gentle lover's gaze into each other's eyes, and then later as an indicator they are about to BigDamnKiss.
* HollywoodTactics: The Jedi battle in the Geonosis arena features an army of supposedly invincible Jedi getting torn apart by battle droids, because they decided to abandon sound battle tactics for a ZergRush. The subsequent clone trooper assault is much more effective because it uses proper combined arms tactics. Justified in that the clone army, being an actual army, is trained specifically in such things, while the Jedi are not.
* HurricaneOfPuns:
** The arena battle is full of them, starting with Obi Wan remarking that Padmé (who is climbing onto the top of the pillar she was chained to) "seems to be on top of things."
** Threepio gets in a couple as well:
*** "Oh, this is such a drag!" while Artoo tows his head from the [[ItMakesSenseInContext droid body he was attached to]]...
*** ..."I'm beside myself!" as Artoo brings Threepio's head to his proper body.
* {{Hypocrite}}: "Hey, no droids!" Said by a droid bartender to R2.
* HypocriticalHumor: Obi-Wan says "I hate it when he does that!" in response to Anakin jumping out of his speeder to catch Zam's. Never mind that just a few minutes earlier, Obi-Wan himself dove straight through a glass window--of a building that's ''hundreds'' of storeys high--to catch Zam's droid.
* InstantThunder: Averted on Kamino, and lampshaded in the DVDCommentary.
* ItHasOnlyJustBegun:
** The last lines of the film.
-->'''Obi-Wan:''' I have to admit that without the clones, it would have not been a victory.\\
'''Yoda:''' Victory? Victory you say? Master Obi-Wan, not victory. The shroud of the dark side has fallen. Begun the Clone War has.
** When Dooku escapes Geonosis, he says this to Yoda:
--->'''Dooku:''' This is just the beginning!
* ItIsBeyondSaving: The Separatists use rationalizes that the Republic has become too corrupt to be saved from within in a deleted scene.
* TheJailBaitWait: Padme goes so far as to remark "You'll always be the little boy I knew on Tatooine."
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Dooku has Obi-Wan imprisoned and tells him the truth: Darth Sidious is in control of the Republic. Not only does this ''not'' backfire, it actually ''helps'' the Sith. By telling the Jedi this, they start investigating Republic senators and Sidious latches on to this to create tension between the Jedi and Republic, ultimately allowing him to declare them traitors. [[XanatosGambit If they did nothing, Sidious continues his plan unbothered so he wins either way.]]
* KickChick: On the Geonosis arena, a female Jedi is seen gracefully kicking down droids.
* LeeroyJenkins:
** Anakin's initial approach to fighting Dooku is to swing at him wildly. It doesn't work and Anakin loses a hand for his troubles.
** The Super Battle Droids are also like this. They're shown several times blasting or smashing aside droids that get in their way during battle.
* LetsGetDangerous: So far (in the original trilogy and Episode I) Yoda had been just a teacher. This is the first film where Yoda steps into a real fight... and, despite his age and small size, proved quite capable of holding his own.
* LoopholeAbuse: After Anakin re-transmits Obi-Wan's message to the Jedi Council, Mace Windu informs him the Jedi are on their way to rescue Obi-Wan, and orders him to stay with Padmé and continue to guard her. When Padmé points out to Anakin that she and he are much closer to the planet where Obi-Wan is than anyone else and the other Jedi aren't likely to arrive in time, Anakin insists that (for once) he's going to follow his orders and stay with her to keep her safe. Her solution is to insist that ''she's'' going to go rescue Obi-Wan, so in order to follow orders, he'll have to come with her. Interestingly, when their rescue attempt predictably gets them in trouble, Anakin doesn't bother pointing out that this was technically all ''her'' idea when Obi-Wan is chiding him for taking such a stupid risk.
* LoveTheme: "Across the Stars", a slow, appropriately melancholy, considering the eventual fates of the couple involved, piece with occasional faster, more militaristic portions reflecting a galaxy on the edge of war.
* MacrossMissileMassacre:
** The Republic gunships fire a ''lot'' of missiles during the Battle of Geonosis. Averting BottomlessMagazines, this means they've run out when chasing Dooku's speeder.
** The Separatists have a droid tank (appropriately called the ''[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/IG-227_Hailfire-class_droid_tank Hailfire]]'') that is built around this.
* MaleGaze: When Padme and Anakin are reunited and Padme remarks that Anakin has grown, he replies "So have you" while staring at her chest.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: Anakin couldn't be more obvious about his attraction to Padmé if he'd tried. She turns him down, saying that they shouldn't be together... But she also takes him to the most beautiful parts of Naboo, wearing a SexyBacklessOutfit.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: One spanning both this film and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. Assassination attempt on a senator → A clone army, that no one seems to remember ordering, ready just as the Supreme Chancellor commissions a Grand Army of the Republic to deal with the Separatist Crisis → Plot by the Supreme Chancellor to overthrow the Republic and destroy the Jedi.
* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It gets a very hard 4, thanks to several Tusken Raiders and Jango Fett being bloodlessly beheaded and Anakin Skywalker losing part of his arm in a lightsaber duel with Count Dooku.
* MomentOfWeakness: Anakin gives into his rage after his mother dies in his arms. If Anakin is to be trusted, he proceeded to slaughter an entire village of Sand People, including women and children.
* MonsterMunch: One of the Geonosians gets eaten by one of the monsters (a Nexu) at the start of the arena scene.
* MorallyBankruptBanker: A PlanetOfHats of them in the Banking Clan.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Anakin after his slaughter of the Tusken Raiders.
* MythologyGag:
** Jango Fett bumping his head (with helmet on) on the door to ''Slave-1'', in a manner much like that one Stormtrooper in ''Film/ANewHope'', and Boba's head-bump on ''Slave-1'''s door in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. Seems head-bumping is genetic amongst the clones.
** Cliegg Lars tells Anakin and Padmé that after Shmi's abduction, he formed a search party of 30 people, but after being attacked by Sand People, only 4 people survived, including himself. In ''Film/ANewHope'', 30 Rebel starfighters were sent to destroy the Death Star ("We count 30 Rebel ships, Lord Vader."), and in the end, only 4 ships survived (Luke and Wedge's X-Wings, the ''Millennium Falcon'', and a Y-Wing).
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The ending where Palpatine is observing from a balcony regarding the Clone Troopers departing from Coruscant in the beginning of the Clone Wars gives some similarities to UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, particularly Leni Riefenstahl's ''Triumph of the Will''.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Padmé's decision to try and rescue Obi-Wan only results in her and Anakin getting captured and nearly executed. Obi-Wan even LampShades this:
-->'''Anakin Skywalker:''' Then we decided to come rescue you.\\
'''Obi-Wan Kenobi:''' [[SarcasmMode Good job.]]
* NoodleIncident: Obi-Wan and Anakin's prior assignment [[Literature/TheApproachingStorm (the "border dispute on Ansion")]]. Also the time they fell into a gundark nest. [[RuleOfThree Also]], Obi-Wan's exasperated "I hate it when he does that" suggests Anakin has a habit of doing crazy things without informing him. What those past events were is, naturally, never elaborated upon.
* NowOrNeverKiss: Anakin and Padmé when they're about to be executed.
* OfCorsetsSexy: Padmé's black leather dinner outfit, which almost enters "dominatrix" territory. No wonder Anakin feels she's sending him mixed messages.
* OffWithHisHead: Mace Windu defeats Jango Fett by beheading him with his lightsaber.
* OhCrap:
** Kenobi gets this when he kicks Jango off the miles-high landing platform... and then realises he's still attached to him by a grappling hook.
-->'''Obi-Wan:''' Oh, ''not'' good!
** Obi-Wan gets another one during the arena battle after he lobs a spear at the attacking acklay. He manages to hit it in the shoulder, elicting a grin from the Jedi...until the beast rips the spear out and snaps it between its teeth. Obi Wan's face completely depicts this trope as he realises he's thrown away his only weapon for the sake of inflicting a minor injury that's only made the acklay even angrier.
* OhNoNotAgain:
** Anakin dives off a speeder in the middle of aerial traffic and all Obi-Wan can come up with is a mildly disgruntled "I hate it when he does that."
** This is also Anakin's reaction when his lightsaber is destroyed.
--->'''Anakin:''' Not again. ''[sighs]'' Obi-Wan's gonna kill me.
* OneWheeledWonder: The droid waitress WA-7 in Dexter's Diner on Coruscant serves customers while balanced upon a single wheel.
* OnlyPointTwoPercentDifferent: The clones. {{Lampshaded}} in [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars the animated series]] when three clones are alone with Yoda, and Yoda explains that though their faces may be alike (being clones of Jango Fett and all, modified only to age faster), through the Force he can see their minds are as diverse as other human groups.
%%* PackedHero: Threepio in the combat droid factory.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Anakin's slaughter of the Tusken Raiders for killing his mother.
* PsychoStrings: When Anakin begins his rampage against the Tusken Raiders.
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: Dooku had started out as one of Yoda's students.
* PurpleIsPowerful: Mace Windu's purple lightsaber. All of the other Jedi use blue and green.
* PyrrhicVictory: Obi-Wan muses that he is grateful they have the clone army, otherwise they wouldn't have won the day. Yoda emphatically tells him it ''was not'' a victory, because the most devastating war in the history of the Republic has begun.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: This is how Anakin saves Padmé from the Nexu: He manages to tame a Reek via the Force, and then promptly has it ram into a Nexu just as it was getting up from surviving a huge fall. The Reek, like a giant space rhino, seems designed to take advantage of this trope.
* RealMenWearPink: Mace Windu's purple lightsaber, the result of ExecutiveMeddling by Samuel L. Jackson.
* RedHerring: When Anakin is trying to fight against the Geonosians inside of the Droid factory, he at one point gets his arm trapped within a piece of molded armor, and is drawing closer and closer to a crushing machine/cutting machine, causing the audience to think he'll lose his arm as a result of the battle in a CallForward to ''The Empire Strikes Back''. Turns out, he actually loses it during the battle with Dooku later.
* RedshirtArmy: The Jedi strike team that raids the Geonosian Arena suffers heavy losses at the hand of Droid {{Mook}}s, despite having equal training to the main characters that cut up Droids like butter, due to facing ''thousands'' of droids all at once.
* {{Retcon}}: Mace Windu's lightsaber was originally supposed to be blue; his ''[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Phantom Menace]]'' toys came with a blue lightsaber, and he also had a blue blade in the ''Jedi Power Battles'' [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames video game]]. Samuel L. Jackson requested a purple lightsaber to make him more distinct.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After watching his mother die, Anakin kills all of the Tusken Raiders from the tribe that kidnapped her.
* RoboticAssemblyLines: The droid factory on Geonosis, where a battle takes place.
* RunningGag:
** The use of the word "possibly" in a somewhat sarcastic tone in response to a direct question.
** In the commentary, WordOfGod is that each film has its own running gag, in this one it's Jedi losing their lightsabers. The film-specific running gags are interestingly most obvious in both "part two" films, with disarmed Jedi in ''Attack of the Clones'' and the malfunctioning hyperdrive in ''The Empire Strikes Back.''
* SamusIsAGirl: In the opening scene, when the Republic cruiser is destroyed, one of the starfighter pilots takes off their helmet to reveal their identity as Padmé.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: [[AllThereInTheManual Chapter 18 of the movie novelization]] explained that by "200,000 units," Lama Su meant 200,000 units of production, as in 200,000 ''clones'', not 200,000 ''military units''. That's roughly one trooper for every five planets in the Republic. Many different attempts to explain this discrepancy were attempted, all of which were relegated to non-canon status when the old EU became Legends. The canon information from Star Wars: Complete Locations indicates that there were millions of clone divisions in training at the outbreak of the war, despite what the novelization says.
* SexyBacklessOutfit: The dress Padmé wears to the lake house combines a halter top, backless to the waist, with detached sleeves and filmy drapery for an elegantly sexy look.
* ShirtlessScene: Anakin sleeps shirtless, as the audience sees once he wakes up from a nightmare.
* ShownTheirWork: When the two Jedi are interrogating Zam Wesell to figure out who hired her, just as she's about to spill the beans, a projectile (later revealed to be a Kaminoan Sabre-Dart) imbeds itself in her neck, followed by the report of the weapon that fired it--though this may seem a plot contrivance to make sure that we're surprised by the dart, in actuality this is an example of this trope, as in reality, super-sonic weapons fired from a long range (Jango Fett is clearly a long way off in the subsequent shot) impact before the sound of their firing reaches the target, which is part of the reason why they're so deadly. You don't get to hear the shot and drop, as is often shown in cinema, you drop and then you hear the shot (or, if you're the target, your buddies do, but by then the shooter's usually re-located, again, as in the film.)
* SkewedPriorities: After Anakin's lightsaber is destroyed while he's trapped in the droid factory:
-->'''Anakin''': Not again. Obi-Wan's gonna kill me.
* SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: Killing the Tusken Raiders is Anakin's first openly evil act, specifically intended to foreshadow his eventual fall.
* SoftGlass: Obi-Wan jumps a window to go after a probe droid, and is completely unharmed by the shattered glass.
* SolarSail: Count Dooku flees in a ship that is at least partially propelled by a small solar sail.
* SoLastSeason:
** During the Battle of Geonosis, destroying Core Ships proves to do nothing to stop the battle droids; in the novelization the first time this happened the droids would shut down briefly, then reactivate when their built-in processors kicked in.
** Also, in contrast to the [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy battle droids]] becoming comic relief, the [[EliteMooks Super Battle Droids]] (those tall grey droids with an ArmCannon) are introduced in the Geonosis battle and help kill many Jedi.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Kind of: When Anakin meets Watto again and asks where Shmi Skywalker is, Watto wonders if he is Anakin, but then decides he really is Anakin after he notices that his pit droid was fixed.
* SpheroidDropship: The [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Lucrehulk-class_Core_Ship Lucrehulk-class Core Ships]] are dual purpose ships. They're the central "command" core of the Trade Federation ships, but can also detach to serve as landing craft, or fly independently. This makes sense since they are supposed to be space tractor-trailer cargo haulers that the Trade Federation quickly slapped some guns on when they needed a war fleet. Although seeing several of them landed on Geonosis, clustered around each other, makes the scene amusing instead of ominous, if you've ever seen Spaceballs.
* StarcrossedLovers: Jedi are forbidden from falling in love and having relationships, since that would rather interfere with the whole 'there is no passion' theme they've got going, and Padmé can't afford any damage to her reputation as a senator by having a public relationship, ''especially'' with a Jedi. It's not going to be an easy ride for them. (Their love theme is even called 'Across the Stars', as if it weren't obvious enough.)
* StartOfDarkness: This film shows Boba Fett, a bounty hunter that first appeared as an adult in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', as a child. It's explained that Boba is actually a clone of his father, who was a bounty hunter that gets killed by the Jedi, leaving Boba an orphan with no direction in life.
* {{Stripperiffic}}:
** Padmé, to an extent. She arrives at the lake house in a totally backless gown, and wears a black leather corset to dinner with Anakin.
** Most of the women in the nightclub that Zam Wessel hides in.
* SupernormalBindings: Obi-Wan, when captured by Count Dooku is held captive, suspended in midair in a containment field that also rotates him slowly. It has several features designed to make Jedi less able to use the Force to escape.
* TemptingFate: "I guess I was wrong. There was no danger after all." Literally one second later...KABOOM!
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: The first thing Anakin says when he looks at his own hands is to admit that he killed the Tusken Raiders.
* TitleDrop: The German dub has Yoda deliver one at the end, in place of "Clone War". Badly done since it's in a negative context, implying that Yoda considers the clones the worst part of the mess, even though they're on the same side.
* UniformityException: [=C-3PO=] is pushed into a battle droid assembly plant on Geonosis where his head is soon attached to a battle droid's body. [=C-3PO=] becomes part of the battalion of 'bots that are sent into the arena to fight the Jedi Knights. He's not really up to the task.
-->'''[=C-3PO=]:''' What's that noise? A battle? Oh, there's been a horrible mistake! I'm programmed for etiquette, not destruction.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Amidala's had this trope since the beginning of the saga. Every single scene change necessitates a new PimpedOutDress for her.
* VillainsNeverLie: As per usual in ''Star Wars'': Dooku tells Obi-Wan the truth about the Separatists and the Clone Army, albeit leaving out the fairly significant detail that he himself is a Sith Lord.
* WatchingTheSunset: As the Clone Army ships lift off near the end of the movie. Visual shorthand for "[[TheEmpire dark times]] ahead".
* WeaponJr: Yoda teaches a class of Jedi initiates with training lightsabers in one scene.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Dooku offers to set Obi-Wan free if he'll join the Separatist cause, much like Vader does to Luke in ''The Empire Strikes Back''. Obi-Wan refuses, of course.
* WeHaveBecomeComplacent: The Jedi Order's surest sign of its blindness to the growing threat of Palpatine's scheme is when Obi-Wan was looking for info on the planet, Kamino, and there was none to be found. The Head Librarian, Jocasta Nu, is so sure of the archives' comprehensiveness that she automatically dismisses the planet's existence without considering any other possibility of why there is no record. It takes one of Yoda's preteen students to suggest the obvious: that the Archives' records were tampered with to hide Kamino's existence.
* WhamLine: "Welcome home, Lord Tyranus." This tells the audience Count Dooku was the one who recruited Jango Fett for the clone army.
* WorfHadTheFlu: Anakin and Obi-Wan's poor performance against Count Dooku is explained in the novelisations to be due to being fatigued from fighting in the arena, in comparison to the more freshly rested Dooku, although it's also established in supplementary materials that Dooku's lightsaber style is more suited for lightsaber combat than his opponent's.
%%* {{Wuxia}}


-->'''Yoda:''' Begun the clone war has.