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

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

After failing to assassinate 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 uses the Nightbrothers's 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.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Savage.
  • Curbstomp Battle:
    • Ventress vs the Nightbrothers. Savage is the only one to come near to matching her.
    • 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.
  • Glowing Eyes: The Nightbrothers' irises glow in the dark.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality: Level 8.
  • 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.