Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S3E13 "Monster"
Evil is not born, it is taught.

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


  • Big Brother Instinct: Savage towards Feral, pre-transformation.
  • Bloodless Carnage: During the Selection, Ventress uses the Nightbrothers' own bladed weapons (spears, axes etc) against them, but there isn't a single drop of blood whenever she impales one of them.
  • Body Horror: Savage's transformation is clearly incredibly painful, and turns him into a hulking brute.
  • The Brute: The Nightsisters turn Savage into this.
  • Curbstomp Battle:
    • Ventress vs the Nightbrothers. Savage is the only one to come near to matching her.
    • Savage vs Jedi Master Halsey, his Padawan Knox, and their clone troops.
  • Exact Words: Pre-transformation Savage asks only that she not kill his brother Feral and his life would be hers. She does not kill Feral.
  • Expy: Savage to Darth Maul, both in-, and out-of-universe. They're brothers.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Upon arriving at Devaron, Savage tosses aside battle droids and clone troopers alike to reach the Jedi.
  • 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.
  • Glowing Eyes: The Nightbrothers' irises glow in the dark.
  • 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 is to kill his brother. He hesitates, but ultimately obeys.
  • Klingon Promotion: This is the first time Dooku actually considers the possibility of overthrowing Palpatine.
  • Meaningful Name: Zigzagged. "Savage" is in keeping with the names all the Nightbrothers have, but he doesn't really fit it until after his transformation.
  • Neck Snap: How Savage kills Feral. With one hand.
  • Noble Demon: Savage is a caring brother before the Nightsisters transform him.
  • Oh, Crap!: One of the Nightbrothers, after Ventress catches the spear he throws at her, has a brief moment of panic before Ventress throws it back at him, impaling him.
  • Panty Fighter: Ventress has a few, very quick panty shots during her fight with Savage, with some of her kicks 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 has Savage as a replacement for Ventress, he immediately decides to turn against his Master, once Savage is ready.
  • Stock Scream: A Wilhelm Scream is heard as Savage is transformed.
  • Villain Ball: The Nightsisters lure an unsuspecting Dooku to their planet, alone. They sit him down at a table and he drinks a potion of their making... that does absolutely nothing. They send him on his way, and begin preparing a complex plan involving training an apprentice to replace Ventress and eventually betray Dooku.
  • Villain Episode: The only characters from the Republic to appear are a couple of Red Shirt Jedi and their clones.
  • Waif-Fu: Ventress' unarmed combat style, crossing into She-Fu a bit.
  • Worthy Opponent: The Nightsisters choose mates/servants from among the Nightbrothers by competing with them in battle. The one who survives is worthy, and is taken from the village.