Radar / Star Wars: The Clone Wars

It's Star Wars! Action-packed, idealistic, filled with good messages, and, of course, family-friendly... right?

Even by Cartoon Network's usual standards, this series managed to get away with a lot for a kids' show, and it didn't always have to be subtle about it (especially in the later seasons). So in some cases, it didn't just get past the radar; it destroyed the radar with the Death Star.

Please add examples in chronological order.

  • In "The Hidden Enemy", there were a couple of posters in the clone barracks with half-dressed Green Skinned Space Babes posing suggestively on them.
    • In the same episode pretty much every exchange between Obi-Wan and Ventress.
    Obi-Wan: Ventress. And here I thought this mission will be unpleasant.
    Ventress: The pleasure all mine, my dear Obi-Wan. I've missed you. [drops her cloak, and camera suggestively moves to her leg]
  • In The Movie, Ventress tried to distract Obi-Wan by removing and throwing her skirt on him, revealing her hot pants. Obi-Wan simply cut through the skirt, remarking "You'll have to do better than that, my dear."
  • In "Downfall of a Droid", an undercover Anakin calls Ahsoka "pookums". Judging by her reaction, Ahsoka knows exactly what her master just called her.
  • In "Bombad Jedi", just what was that Jedi robe doing in that compartment on Padmé's ship?
  • In "Dooku Captured" and "The Gungan General", Hondo and his gang demand "spice" as a ransom from the Republic in exchange for handing over Dooku. Anyone familiar with the Expanded Universe (or with Real Life slang) will immediately recognize that Hondo is asking for drugs. Worse still, the Republic (the supposed good guys) is willing to barter said drugs for Dooku. Let that sink in: Padmé, Obi-Wan and the other Jedi were ready to hand over a large amount of illegal drugs to a gang of criminals.
    • In case any of the viewers missed the real meaning of the term "spice", it was even hinted at when Hondo had the drinks he offered to Anakin and Obi-Wan spiced.
    • Much later in the Season 5 premiere, spice made its onscreen debut. That's right, they showed drugs in a cartoon!
    • "Dooku Captured" had a scene when one of the pirates molested a "waitress" at their bar.
    • Similarly to "The Hidden Enemy" above, "Gungan General" had a poster of a scantily-dressed Twi'lek girl posing suggestively, on the wall of the pirate base's speeder "garage".
      • Those posters are reused quite often as background scenery across several episodes, usually in seedier locales, but also fairly often in clone trooper barracks.
  • In "Mystery of A Thousand Moons" we get this little gem:
    Anakin: If you ask me, it sounds like a load of
    Obi-Wan: Superstition?
    Anakin: That's one word for it.
  • In "Hostage Crisis", Anakin gave his lightsaber to Padmé as a proof of his love. Let that sink in. He gave a long, hard, cylindrical object that can expand in size to the love of his life. In the next scene, he is forced to hide under Padmé's desk to avoid being caught, even though they could have easily excused themselves, since everyone knows they're good friends. Due to this, the lightsaber remained with Padmé, and Anakin was forced to fight Cad Bane's group of bounty hunters unarmed. After Anakin was captured, Cad Bane remarked that "he's not so impressive without his lightsaber".
  • When Cad Bane first met Ahsoka, he electrocuted her to knock her out, then handcuffed her. Afterwards he caressed her head in a creepy manner, before taking her Padawan braid as a trophy. He even asked her if she was "impressed" (which she said she wasn't before she was knocked out earlier).
  • In "Senate Spy", Padmé and the Jedi Council refer to the fact that she used to have a romantic relationship with a senator currently suspected of treason. Throughout the entire episode no characters even once use the term date, dating, romance, girlfriend/boyfriend or any other explicit relationship term. Instead they refer to it as "friendship" and "close friendship", with strong emphasis on the "close", often with a significant pause before and after.
  • In "Landing at Point Rain", Ki-Adi-Mundi and his forces are fighting their way through a Geonosian-infested cave. This one order has savage effects:
    Ki-Adi-Mundi: "We're almost through! Bring in the flamethrowers!"
    • The scene proceeds to SHOW the clones using flamethrowers on the Geonosians and watching them burn to death. Flamethrowers are a VERY nasty weapon, and a Cartoon Network series shows their horrifying effects for all to see.
  • In "Legacy of Terror", Obi-Wan chides Anakin for thinking with his lightsaber.
  • Also in "Legacy of Terror":
    Geonosian Queen: [referring to Luminara Unduli] Now, Jedi, watch as my child enters your Jedi friend.
  • In "Lightsaber Lost", Anakin and Ahsoka were sent to arrest an arms dealer Anakin ordered Ahsoka to guard the entrance of the Bad-Guy Bar, to stop their quarry in case he tried to escape. While waiting outside, Ahsoka noticed two pirates gazing her in a rather creepy manner.
  • In "Lethal Trackdown", Aurra Sing arrives at Ohnaka's hideout and kisses him. He then looks at young Boba next to her and goes "Not mine, I take it."
  • "ARC Troopers": In a scene that did not get past the radar, because it was cut from syndication (but is available on DVD/Blu-Ray and Netflix, the latter especially notable since the medium frequently saw it pop up in suggested viewing under the kids section that utilized parental controls despite the TV-PG rating), Asajj kisses a dying clone on the cheek, then informs the cyborg General Grievous in a seductive tone that...
    Asajj Ventress: My dear General... there is nothing you have that I could want.
    • Earlier in the same episode, following the start of the attack on Tipoca City, we see towers of cloning tanks being destroyed. That is hundreds of babies dying on-screen.
  • In "Assassin", there was a couple of shots on Aurra Sing's butt and cleavage, and Ahsoka bending over the balcony. Oh and by the way, the plot of the episode was about an assassination attempt against a politician.
  • In "Hunt for Ziro", there's a dance scene in the Hutt bar, with three barely-dressed (they're wearing slave bikinis identical to the one Leia wore in Return of the Jedi) Twi'lek girls performing.
  • In "Pursuit of Peace", the bounty hunters Chata Hyoki and Robonino hang out in a bar to receive their next orders from Count Dooku. In the background, you can find a Twi'lek girl posing suggestively on top of a table with her arms crossed over her chest. Between her clothing being the same color as her skin (if she's even wearing any clothing), the shadowing in the bar and the camera not directly focusing on her (again, making it difficult to tell if she's actually wearing anything or not), one could assume the bar was a PG-rated strip club.
  • In "Monster", Ventress had a couple of blink-and-miss it Panty Shots while fighting the Nightbrothers.
  • We get this line in "Ghosts of Mortis":
  • The climax of the Mortis arc also features the Father stabbing himself with the Dagger of Mortis to take away his son's power. That is unambiguous, onscreen, murder-suicide in a children's cartoon.
  • The whole premise of the Season 3 finale. Seriously, a group of hunters (predators) kidnapping Jedi younglings (children), because Knights (adults) are too strong for them?!
    • Not to mention the lines like these provided by their leader, Garnac:
      Garnac: She (Ahsoka) can't hide for ever. Mark my words, I'll have her hide, and nail it to the wall for killing my son.
      Garnac: A valiant effort, little younglings. Especially you, Togruta. You'll be a prized trophy of my collection.
  • "Prisoners" has Riff Tamson's death — he's destroyed by his own knife bomb, but what's really peculiar is that you can see the blood and bits of flesh from the body, as well as his head floating through the water.
  • The Season 4 Slaves of the Republic arc was full of this:
    • For one it has Ahsoka in a slave disguise that's even more Fanservice-y than her first outfit was (though a bit more reserved than the one she had in the original comic). After The Reveal of the costume, one of the slaver queen's pet birds examined Ahsoka's curves with surprising interest.
    • In the same episode, after the Zygerians thwarted the Jedi's attempt at escaping, Ahsoka was locked in a cage suspended at the top of the royal castle, with a shock collar on her. Atai went to her and told her, with a suggestive tone, that once Anakin bowed to the queen, Atai will own Ahsoka. Her response makes it very clear that, yes, he meant it like that, and she's fully aware of it. His expression while electrocuting her for the response also strongly implies this.
    • Also in the scene when our heroes arrive on Zygerria, Ahsoka asked why she was playing the part of the slave. Anakin responded with "the role of Master comes easily to me".
    • Anakin's relationship with the Queen of Zygerria, both before and especially after his failed rescue attempt. All of it. They don't even try to hide the BDSM overtones, not even slightly. There's also the part where Anakin whispers something into the Queen's ear, that based on her reaction and playful slapping him, was very much inappropriate for this timeslot.
    • Two Twi'lek children were shown among the slaves a few minutes later.
    • A Twi'lek slave girl committing suicide after she failed to assassinate the queen. That makes the second totally unambiguous suicide in the show.
      • The Twi'lek slave girl was a young human child in the original comic, so a human child committing suicide doesn't get past, but an alien teen killing herself does.
    • The next episode "Escape from Kadavo" finds Ahsoka patiently waiting in the cage she was last seen inside, laying on her side. Cue a close-up, front-screen shot on the back of her bare thigh.
  • In "A Friend in Need", Bo-Katan, a female officer of Death Watch, slapped Ahsoka on the butt after examining her, remarking that she's a bit skinny. Immediately thereafter, Lux says "She serves her purpose."
    • Ahsoka's on-screen quadruple decapitation of four Death Watch soldiers. Of special note is that unlike other decapitations in the series, this one does not get a Gory Discretion Shot and it was not censored at all when it was aired on television (there is no Director's Cut version of the episode). This most likely snuck past the censors because there was a slight delay in the heads falling off their shoulders after Ahsoka slashes at their necks and when they do fall off, it's not easy to notice on first viewing.
  • While drinking alcohol had been shown previously, in "Deception" Obi-Wan disguised as Rako Hardeen seemed to have been very off, and Anakin explicitly said "He's drunk."
  • Also from the same saga, in "Friends and Enemies" as Anakin and Ahsoka are entering a bar, a very wasted Sy Snootles is shown leaving, escorted by two barely dressed Twi'lek girls.
    • In the same while Anakin is fighting Obi-Wan disguised as Rako, Anakin knees him in the groin at some point in the fight.
    • There was also Cad Bane's remark to Ahsoka about "they'll have to dance another time". Of course he meant fight, but putting it that way, had a quite creepy No Yay subtext.
  • In "Massacre", Ventress had to take a bath in what Mother Talzin previously called the "Water of Life" as part of ritual that established her as a fully recognized member of the Nightsisters clan. The goo stuck on her clothes really looked like something else.
  • At the beginning of "Bounty", Ventress tries to drown her sorrows in the Mos Eisley cantina following the events of "Massacre". While doing so, an alien bounty hunter, Oked, tries to make some not-so-subtle sexual advances on her. When she tries to brush him off, he tries to get more assertive with the advances. Thankfully, given this is Ventress we're talking about, Oked ends up with a lightsaber in the gut for doing that.
    • Later in the same episode, we learn that the treasure the bounty hunters were escorting - a young Kage girl named Pluma - is a would-be-bride for Otua Blank.
  • In "Revenge", it's strongly implied that Maul slaughtered the children who went to his ship, expecting the supplies to have arrived.
    • Also in "Revenge", Ventress discovers an unconscious Obi-Wan whom she shakes awake, leading to this exchange:
    Obi-Wan: Ah, a lovely sight to wake up to.
    Ventress: Don't flatter yourself, Kenobi.
  • In "Revival":
    • After Savage impaled Adi Gallia on his horns, her shirt and tunic were stained by blood.
    • After Obi-Wan cut off Savage's arm the audience is treated to a "long" close-up shot of the severed limb. There were also blink-and-miss-it shots on the cut end of the stub.
  • In "A Test of Strength", Ahsoka foiled Hondo's attempt to lay hands on the lightsaber crystals the Jedi younglings just harvested on Illum, but is captured by the pirates in the process. Hondo, angry that he lost his profit, has Ahsoka knocked out by one of his men, then tells the unconscious girl that he'll turn her into profit, while holding her chin and caressing her lips. It's even more blatant in the following episode, where he notes that some criminals will pay handsomely for "a female Jedi" (emphasis his). The fact that Ahsoka's a minor makes this worse.
  • Hondo spends the last third or so of "Bound for Rescue" extremely drunk. A highlight is when he says "I may not be as young as I once was, but I'm older!" while being escorted by two scantily-clad female Twi'lek.
    • Hondo at one point explicitly says he beheaded the last circus act that disappointed him. This is almost immediately followed by "I love a kiddie act!" This is the same episode in which Hondo makes it clear he's perfectly OK with selling Ahsoka (a teenager) as a sex slave. Yeah...
    • The circusmaster actually says "Those blasted kids have screwed everything up."
  • 79's, the Clone Bar in "Orders". We are first introduced to the place with a group of drunk clones.
  • In the first part of "The Disappeared", after Jar Jar Binks and Queen Julia share a kiss, the latter calls Jar Jar over to her quarters to "meditate" with her. Even though they do exactly what she said they'd be doing, the initial implication seems to be something else. Later, when Mace questions Jar Jar on what he was doing with her the previous night, he says he was just rekindling his love for the Queen and asks what's wrong with that?
  • Lom Pyke, in addition to being a spice dealer like the syndicate he runs, is also an addict. The earliest signs of this we see in "Eminence" are the stains on his lips and fingertips. When he see him again in "The Lost One", he's actually smoking it and now wearing what appears to be drug impairment goggles. The fact that this never made it to television is probably why they got away with it. He also follows the proud criminal tradition of having Green Skinned Space Babes lounging around in skimpy clothing.