Recap: Star Wars The Clone Wars S 3 E 13 Monster

"Evil is not born, it is taught."
Episode Morale

After failing to assasinate Dooku, Ventress with the aid of Mother Talzin begins a deadly game with her former Master.

This episode provides examples of:

  • An Axe to Grind: Savage's first weapon is an enchanted poleaxe.
  • Amazon Brigade
  • Barbarian Tribe: The Nightbrothers.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Savage towards Feral, pre-transformation.
  • Bloodless Carnage: During the Selection, Ventress used the Nightbrothers's own bladed weapons (spears, axes etc) against them, but there wasn't a single drop of blood whenever she impaled one of them.
  • Body Horror: Savage's transformation.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Savage.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Ventress vs the Nightbrothers. Savage was the only one to come near to matching her.
    • Also Savage vs the Jedi Master Halsey, his Padawan, and their clone troops.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: See below at Panty Shot.
  • Expy: Savage to Darth Maul, both in-, and out-of-universe. They're brothers.
  • Eyes of Gold: Savage and most of the Nightbrothers.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: See Curbstomp Battle above.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Savage from one of the many tribal leaders of the Nightbrothers, to a hulking monster, and Dooku's new Sith apprentice.
  • Hitler Cam: Used to accentuate Savage's new height after he's transformed by the Nightsisters.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Savage's last test of brainwashed loyalty was to kill his brother. He hesitates, but ultimately obeys.
  • Klingon Promotion: This is the first time Dooku actually considers the possibility of overthrowing Palpatine.
  • Neck Snap: How Savage kills Feral. With one hand.
  • Noble Demon: Savage was a caring brother before the Nightsisters transformed him.
  • Oh, Crap: One of the Nightbrothers after Ventress caught the spear he threw at her gets one moment for this, before Ventress threw it back at him, impaling him.
  • Panty Fighter: Ventress had a few, very quick panty shots, during her fight with Savage, when some of her kicks had been shot from an appropriately low-angle.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy/Prophetic Fallacy: Palpatine ordered Dooku to execute Ventress because he worried that Dooku might use her to turn against him. Until then, Dooku never considered the possibility, but once he got Savage as a replacement for Ventress, he immediately decided on turning against his Master, once Savage is ready.
  • Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality: Level 8.
  • Villain Episode
  • Waif-Fu: Ventress' unarmed combat style. Crossed into She-Fu a bit.
  • Worthy Opponent: The Nightsisters choose mates-servants from among the Nightbrothers by competeing with them in battle. The one who survives is worthy, and taken from the village.