Star Wars The Clone Wars: Tropes G to N
The list of tropes used in Star Wars: The Clone Wars
from G to N. Tropes A to F can be found here
and tropes O to Z can be found here
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- In the novelisation of the movie, Rex noticed that Ahsoka was watching intently a rodent they have disturbed between the rubble on Christophsis. Remembering that togrutas are predatory in nature, he asked her not to snack on it while he was watching. Ahsoka replied that she hates rodents, because they make her gassy.
- How does Gha Nachkt first greet Anakin and Ahsoka? By farting in their faces of course!
- Gatling Good: The Z-6 and Z-7 rotary blasters are of the Energy Weapon variety.
- General Failure: Pong Krell. He belittles and insults his soldiers and their clone nature, and orders full-frontal attacks with exhausted soldiers against fortified positions. His own soldiers point out the flaws in his strategies, and think that he might be deliberately trying to get them killed. As it turns out, he was intentionally sabotaging the Republic's efforts on Umbara so he would have a good accomplishment to present to Dooku when he defected to the Separatists. Suffice to say, this comes back to bite him.
- Genre Roulette: While the series primarily remained true to the Science Fantasy Space Opera-genre of the movie saga, it also weaved dosens of other genres in. Just a few examples:
- The large battle-centric episodes/arcs are often straight-up mini-Military and Warfare Films, most notable of which is the Umbara-arc.
- The Mortis-trilogy, "Nomad Droids", a large portion of the Darth Maul-storyline, and the Yoda-arc are pure Fantasy stories set in space.
- "Senate Spy", "Duchess of Mandalore", "Pursuit Of Peace", "Senate Murders", the Season 4 Obi-Wan undercover-arc, the Season 5 Fugitive Ahsoka-arc, and the Season 6 Fives-arc are Conspiracy Thrillers.
- The Zillo-duology is a Monster movie.
- "Legacy of Terror", "Brain Invaders" and "Massacre" edge on being Horror episodes.
- Genre Savvy:
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Has a page.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The Son from "Overlords" has them in his default and gargoyle forms. Not surprising considering he is the living personification of the Dark Side.
- Gonna Need More X: When Anakin confirms that not only are they going to rescue Obi-Wan from a slave facility, but every single slave, Ahsoka states that they are going to need a bigger ship.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: When Master Luminara and Ahsoka are interrogating Nute Gunray, Luminara calmly and systematically questions Gunray and picks apart each denial he makes. Ahsoka, feeling this method takes too long, draws her lightsaber and threatens to gut Gunray right then if he did not talk. Unfortunately for the interrogation, this had not been planned out and Luminara drags Ahsoka away to sternly remind her that threats are not the Jedi way.
- Good Is Not Soft: The Jedi Order. They still classify themselves as Peace Keepers, but have taken up arms in the war because that is the best way to restore the peace. The nature of the trope is discussed by many characters throughout the series, as they wonder at what point it changes from Good-Doing-Hard-Things to just plain being bad.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Darth Maul's rampage in "Revenge".
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Averted sporadically. At certain points in the series, first in the episode "Rookies", characters will say the word "hell" when shocked, surprised or needing to use emphasis. There was backlash after those episodes aired, however, and subsequent airings had the points edited to replace them with "Heck". The original "hell"s were retained on the home video releases.
- Götterdämmerung: The Mortis-trilogy introduces the Force-wielders, who are manifestations of the Light side, Dark side and Balance of the Force. The Son (the Dark side) tries to turn Anakin to his side, which both the Daughter and the Father tries to prevent, so they start fighting. Things end with all three of them dead.
- Green Around the Gills: In the movie Ahsoka noted that Rotta was so sick he turned every shades of green, except the one he was supposed to be.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Lots of alien women show up with bodies almost identical to humanity, and quite few of them are rather Stripperific. Ahsoka is the most prominently featured as one of the main characters, but is not very heavily sexualized given her age.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: On the rare occasions when they remember that they have the ability to use the Force, Jedi can use their enemies as weapons.
- Guns Akimbo:
- Captain Rex. Apparently, he has a bit more of Jango in him than the average clone.
- Chairman Papanoida of Pantora pulls it off briefly.
- Every single Mandalorian soldier. Word of God states it is meant to reflect the symmetry that their culture favours.
- Boba Fett has two blaster pistols in "Bounty", and also in "R2 Come Home" and "Lethal Trackdown", although he does not use both of them at once in the latter two examples.
- Gunship Rescue: In "Landing at Point Rain", the clone troopers under Obi-Wan Kenobi are falling back and an injured Obi-Wan lights his saber for their Last Stand... and a squadron of Y-Wings arrive to take out the incoming droids and bugs.
- In the opening to the Umbara arc, Anakin and his clones call in a squadron of bombers to take out a strong section of Umbarans.
- Hack Your Enemy: The Citadel-arc involved three Battle-droids who were reprogrammed to work as R2-D2's troops. They were needed to fly the infiltrator team's ship, since battle droids are nothing unusual on a Separatist planet.
- Half-Human Hybrid: According to other sources, the children of a Twi'lek mother, Suu Lawquane, were fathered by a human male before she married Cut (also a human, but a cloned one).
- Half the Man He Used to Be: When Kit Fisto leads the ambush on General Grievous in "Lair of Grievous", Grievous's legs are cut off as the clones trap him with cables. Unlike most examples of the trope, however, Grievious's four arms mean that he is still mobile, and the loss of his legs is more of an annoyance than crippling injury. He is repaired during the episode and returns fully active.
- Hand Cannon: Even though the DC-15S Blaster is categorized as a carbine, it is small enough and light enough to handle as a pistol. More experienced soldiers like Captain Rex, or other troopers akin to him, seem to utilize this trope.
- Have You Told Anyone Else?: When Korky informs Prime Minister Almec that he has information about corruption, Almec tells Korky tot meet him and bring the recording and everybody else who knows about it.
- Heel-Face Turn: Nossor Ri and the Quarren Army at the end of the Mon Calamari Trilogy, General Tandin in the Onderon Trilogy.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- Herr Doktor: Dr. Vindi, the Mad Scientist in "Blue Shadow Virus" certainly has the accent down pat, despite being an alien. He looks the part much better when he puts on a pair of pince-nez spectacles.
- He's Back: Darth Maul
- Hey, Wait!: In "Heroes on Both Sides" Grievous sent a group of droids designed for infiltration and suicide-bombing to destroy a Coruscant power-plant. The droids were built to look like sweeper-droids in their disguised forms, and were given fake permits to enter the secured zone. After a clone sentry examined the permit, and let the droids pass, he stopped them again as they were about to turn around the corner...because they almost turned around on the wrong corner!
- Hijacked by Ganon: Who hired Aurra Sing to kill Padmé? Ziro.
- Hoist by His Own Petard:
- The BXs in "Rookies" gain access to the base by pretending to be clone troopers. The surviving troopers gain entrance to the base by pretending to be BXs.
- In "Prisoners," Riff Tamson stabs a few enemies with small time bombs that blow them into a bloody mess. Lee-Char manages to fight Tamson and kills him by taking and stabbing Tamson with one of his own bombs.
- Hold Your Hippogriffs:
- Played straight when he said "There's more than one way to skin a womp rat."
- Days get referred to both as days and as "planetary rotations".
- Obi-Wan plays this trope straight again in another episode when he says "out of the quicksand and into the sarlacc pit."
- Hollywood Tactics:
- Apparently, standard tactic for Clone Troopers is "stand out in the open, ignore cover, and shoot at the enemy."
- The second invasion of Geonosis was determined to be a ground invasion, focused on infantry and armor attack. Thusly, they used all of their aircraft and spacecraft to land their troops instead of attacking.
- Holographic Disguise: The "Holographic Disguise Matrix" introduced in "Crisis on Naboo", invented by Bounty Hunter Sinrich. Cad Bane, Twazzi, Derrown and Embo used it to disguise themselves as Senate Guards during an attempt to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine.
- Holy Halo: The Daughter is visibly glowing in both her humanoid and griffin form. Not surprising considering she is the physical embodiment of the Light Side.
- Horrible Judge of Character: It is eventually revealed that almost every named official in Duchess Satine's government is a traitor or corrupt in some way. Pre Viszla, governor of Concordia, is the leader of Death Watch and senator Tal Merrik is in league with him. Prime Minister Almec controls the black market on Mandalore, supplied with smuggled goods and protected by bribes and corrupt security officials. Satine never suspects any of them until they are exposed by other characters.
- Horse of a Different Color: Pops up a few times:
- In "Tresspass" the Talz were using Narglatchs (blue-skinned, saber-tooth lion-creatures) to ride into battle.
- The Twi'lek La Résistance in "Liberty on Ryloth" used Blurrg-s, large, bipedal reptilian creatures both as beasts of burden and as riding mounts.
- The Zygerians were using Brezak or "gliding lizards" for air-gliding around their city.
- The Kage warriors of Quarzite in "Bounty" used giant centipedes called milodons for traveling, and chasing the subtram.
- The Onderon La Résistance used various beasts: large fambaas to pull carriages and horse-like dalgos as battle mounts. They also used the large flying creatures called rupings for stealth infiltration, and to provide air-support during battle.
- Hostage Situation: Defied by Anakin in the Zygerrian arc. When they threaten to kill the Togruta colonists if he doesn't surrender, he dismissively states that he's done listening to slavers. It also helps that he brought a Republic fleet for backup.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Ziro x Sy Snootles (that long-lipped alien singer in Jabba's palace). Even if Ziro's kinda small for a Hutt, that just boggles the mind.
- Huge Holographic Head: A team of maintenance droids rule a primitive society by generating a giant hologram.
- Human Shield: During his breakout from Republic captivity, Gunray is held before his rescuer, who knows that the clones will not want to risk the valuable intel that Gunray can provide. This is true, so the clone shoots his blaster and then proceeds to fight him hand-to-hand.
- Humiliation Conga: Happens in the season 5 premiere "Revival". Darth Maul and Savage Opress first double-team a lone (albeit Dual Wielding) Obi-Wan and lose, with Savage losing his arm in the process. The two of them then flee, thinking they're regrouping with the pirates they recruited, only to be ambushed by them and forced to flee once again, this time with Maul getting one of his robotic legs shot off in the process. Then once they manage to hobble back into their ship and take off, it gets shot down, and they're forced to jettison out the escape pod. In other words, their plan fails spectacularly, and the next we see of them, they're still drifting around in space and are nearly frozen to death.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Trandoshans kidnap members of many different species to release on an uninhabited world to hunt. Jedi Knights are too difficult to capture, so they often take Padawans.
- Hypocritical Humor: While still in prison fatigues, Cad Bane says that they need to get new clothes so they don't stand out. Naturally, he goes for the first Nice Hat he can find, even though it stands out in a crowd. He's called on this, and indeed Ahsoka is able to spot him from a distance later on precisely because he's wearing the hat.
- I Am the Noun: When Boba Fett says he wants justice (For the death of his father), Plo Koon simply responds "We [the Jedi] are justice". Unlike most examples of the trope, he says it with such calm certainty that even Boba is affected by the statement.
- I Don't Pay You to Think: In "A Sunny Day in the Void," when one of the droids says that he's been thinking, Colonel Gascon tells him that it's his job to think, not the droid's.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Ahsoka finds herself the only individual not infected with a mind-controlling parasite in the second season, and spends some time trying to snap people out of it. However, once it becomes clear that she cannot snap the other person out of it she does fight to defend herself..
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten:
- Queen Miraj Scintel orders Anakin to whip Obi-Wan Kenobi in order to prove that he really is a slaver.
- Aurra tells young Boba to shoot a clone. Yes, a clone. Basically his brother. He doesn't go through with it, so Aurra does.
- I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: When Rex realizes that his duty requires him to report Cut, a clone deserter, to the authorities, he expresses regret that his memory of the event will be too poor for him to make any kind of report.
- I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: The droid here.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: Master Even Piell does this to Ahsoka in order to make sure the hyperspace route he's carrying gets to the Republic.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
- The Kadavo slave master meets his end at the business end of a shock staff.
- Savage Oppress gets killed this way by two lightsabers, courtesy of Darth Sidious.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy:
- The droids. "Rookies" has one trooper evade droid fire for a few seconds by walking sideways. Their effectiveness does vary by episode, starting in "The Hidden Enemy", with zero droid humor and an obscenely large clone body count.
- "Point Of No Return" sees a bunch of Separatist battle droids walking toward a corridor intersection, with a bunch of Republic droids crossing in front of their field of fire. The battle droids unload their blasters trying to hit the Republic droids, and the droids who are being shot at all make it past the unending stream of blasterfire safely...except for one, who can only take little tiny baby steps. And even with that poor slow-moving bastard, the battle droids miss him like twenty or thirty times before one bolt finally blows his head off.
- The clone troopers also tend to miss their targets a lot, although not as much as the droids.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: Lightsabers, naturally, but "The Mandalore Plot" manages to up the cool factor by introducing an old-school lightsaber with a black blade.
- Indy Ploy: Many characters tend to go with the flow, coming up with plans along the way: Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, the clone troopers, Padme, Yoda, and Cad Bane, but Anakin has definitely pulled this the most often. His tendency way even lampshaded by Obi-Wan and Windu, in "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back", as they watched Anakin cut apart the hulk of their escape ship, which was in the grasp of the Zillo:
Mace Windu: What is Skywalker doing?
[hands macrobinoculars to General Kenobi]
Obi-Wan Kenobi: It appears to be one of Anakin's improvised plans.
Mace Windu: How can it be a plan if it's improvised?
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Not to worry, just catch them when they fall.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: Slick accidentally reveals that he is the traitor by saying "when the Jedi get back", when only the traitor could have known the Jedi were gone.
- Infant Immortality: Averted, a lot of episodes shows children being killed. The season 3 premier in particular shows towers of cloning tanks being destroyed during an attack on Kamino. That is hundreds of babies dying on-screen.
- Interquel: Set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
- Informed Ability: Much talk is made about how General Pong Krell's tactics are very effective, but every command he issues during the show leads to defeat that his troops need to reverse by disobeying his orders. Even the opening narration describes him as reckless. It turns out he was deliberately sabotaging the Republic advance prior to his planned defection to the Separatists.
- In a Single Bound: Jedi tend to leap through very large distances easily. Justified, since they use the Force to do it. Others like Embo and Cassie Cryar can jump obscenely far and high due their Bizarre Alien Biology.
- Insectoid Aliens:
- The Geonosians. They even have a queen, who is immobile and spends her time laying eggs, living deep inside the catacombs of the Progate temple.
- Admiral Trench is a humanoid-spider, with six arms, six eyes, large chelicerae, and small mouth with fangs. If that wasn't creepy enough, he later returned with half his body consisiting of cybernetics.
- Insignia Ripoff Ritual: Ahsoka gets her padawan braid taken when she is expelled from the Order in the season 5 finale. They offer it back once she is cleared, but she declines.
- Invincible Hero: After Star Wars: Clone Wars promoted the Jedi into near unstoppable forces of nature, this series has toned it down a little to allow some drama, allowing numerous villain victories.
- Invisible to Normals: A slight variation. Lightsaber crystals only glow for their intended owner, while others see nothing.
- Invulnerable Knuckles: Downplayed. Though nobody is ever shown breaking their fist on the metal, whenever a clone trooper punches a droid he reacts in pain and has to shake his hand out afterwards. This occasionally has tragic outcomes, as their moments of pain and distraction often lets other droids shoot them dead.
- Iris Out: True to Star Wars form, every episode except for "The Wrong Jedi" ends with the screen turning to solid black starting at the edges and pushing inwards.
- Ironic Echo: In "Rookies": "Roger, roger."
- I Surrender, Suckers:
- Obi-Wan and Anakin both pull the ploy.
- Kit Fisto pulls a similar trick on Grievous, but substitutes an escape for the trope's dictated attack. Greivous' look when his surrender demand is (seemingly) accepted? Priceless.
- It Amused Me:
- Cad Bane captures Threepio in order to get information out of him by administering painful electrical shocks. When he learns he has grabbed the wrong droid of the duo he dispatches his minions to grab Artoo, and while he waits he continues to zap the bejesus out of poor Threepio.
- Once General Krell admits that he was a traitor, Captain Rex asks him why. "Because I can. Because you fell for it. Because you're inferior."
- It Has Been an Honor:
- The reprogrammed Battle Droids in "Citadel Rescue" told R2, who was their designated commander during the mission, that it was an honor serving under him.
- Clone Commando Gregor told this to Colonel Gascon, after thanking him for reminding him who he was. Although he also promised that he would fight his way home.
- It Only Works Once: In "Plan of Dissent", Fives and a couple other troopers, unwilling to risk their lives under Krell's reckless command, plot a mission against a resupply ship which they liken to Anakin's destruction of the droid command ship in Episode I. They manage to get up to the ship and fire on its reactor, but the droids activate a ray shield to block them. One of the troopers has to physically disconnect a damaged cannon, walk it around the shield, then smash it into the reactor to detonate it.
- It's Personal: In "Kidnapped," Anakin is particularly furious with the slave-trading Zygerrians because of his own childhood status as a slave. The Zygerrians themselves have a vendetta against the Jedi, who destroyed their Slave Empire and greatly reduced their galactic influence and planetary prosperity.
- I Will Only Slow You Down:
- The nameless Senate Guard piloting Chancellor Palpatine's escape shuttle in "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back" insists that Palpatine escape riding R2-D2's jets, which cannot carry them both. He is squashed by the Zillo mere moments later.
- Kalifa to Ahsoka.
- Kaiju: The Zillo Beast is pretty much the Star Wars counterpart to Godzilla.
- Kangaroo Court: Two within one episode, "The Wrong Jedi":
- The Jedi Council brought the verdict of Ahsoka being guilty of the crimes she has been accused of in advance, without even giving her an audience first. When they did they constantly interrupted and further confused her with cross-questions. They were themselves being pressured by the Senate. Anakin even lampshaded it:
Anakin: You've already made your decision haven't you!? This meeting is just a formality!
- The military tribunal was just as bad. Tarkin, the prosecutor, presented indirect evidence and presumptions he made based on them as if they were unshakeable proofs. When Padmé brought attention to the lapse of logic in them, he simply steared the conversation away, to another question, that was completely irrelevant to the point that had been discussed until then! Palpatine, the presiding judge, gets to make an argument against the defense before the jury has rendered a verdict.
- Keystone Army: In the Onderon arc, the rebels take out the city's primary power generator, knocking out every substation in turn. With no power, the droids have no way to recharge, making their defeat an eventuality. This only applies locally, though; there's nothing keeping Dooku from sending reinforcements, which is exactly what he does.
- Kick the Dog:
- Magna guards kick Artoo. Off a cliff!
- Grievous decides to attack medical frigates as a prelude to attacking the whole medical outpost.
- Asajj Ventress's final initiation for a newly-brainwashed Savage Opress was having him kill his brother.
- Season 5 Episode 16 "The Lawless", Darth Maul takes over Mandalore and uses pacifist Duchess Satine to lure Obi-Wan Kenobi to Mandalore as part of his Roaring Rampage of Revenge. When Obi-Wan and Satine are both captured, Maul kills Satine in front of Kenobi just so he can watch Obi-Wan feel the pain that he felt in the years after his defeat.
- Kid-Appeal Character:
- The younglings in the "Young Jedi" arc.
- Kid Hero:
- Ahsoka, who canon places at 14 years of age. Lucas originally intended her to be 11.
- The younglings in the "Young Jedi" arc also get their shot at being heroes.
- Killed Mid-Sentence:
"Eventually you'll have to do the right thing and—*blam*
- Many, many hapless droids. One example of many:
Droid 1: What is that?
Droid 2: It looks like an explosive.
How can you tel..[explosion]
- Moments later in the same episode:
Droid: Surrender rebel! You will answer for your crimes agains.. [explosion]
- Kill It with Fire: Those Geonosians got burned.
- Kill It with Ice: Geonosian parasites, although it is just cold in general, not necessarily ice.
- Kiss of Death: This little bit of Ventress killing a clone trooper from "ARC Troopers" that Cartoon Network insisted be cut before the episode's airing.
- The Lancer:
- Anakin usually fulfills this role to Obi-Wan when they are on a mission together.
- Ahsoka and Rex share the role for Anakin.
- La Résistance:
- Season 1's Ryloth arc, wherein Mace Windu teams up rather reluctantly with an cynical insurgency to drive the Separatist forces off the planet.
- Season 5's episodes "A War on Two Fronts" and "Front Runners", in which Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Ahsoka train a group of insurgents to fight against the occupying droid army.
- Large Ham:
- Doc Vindi, played by Michael York. He is pretty much a card-carrying Hammer villain, complete with dramatic underlighting, thick German accent and exclusive use of his own personal Hitler Cam.
Jar-Jar: Yousa not creatin' life! Yousa takin life!
Vindi: Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yes yeah yeah yeah yes!
- General Grevious is quite the ham as well. His lines are all exaggerated as well as tearing off a droid's head when things go wrong.
- Separatist general Lok Durd, played by George Takei.
Lok Durd: Let's get these shield generators in place! When Count Dooku sees how successful my weapon is against civilian targets, I will no doubt be promoted to a more substantial position within the alliance!
Battle Droid: ...Riiight...
- Darth Maul could also qualify as well, especially in his monologue to Obi-Wan in Revenge.
- Major Gascon from the D-Squad Arc, helped by his Napoleonic ego.
- The Space Pirate Hondo Ohnaka takes hammyness to glorious new levels.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: The Father erases Anakin's memories of future, which includes the knowledge of his Face-Heel Turn and progression to Sith Lord Darth Vader, to keep him from siding with the Son.
- Lava Adds Awesome: Several episodes and scenes took place on volcanic worlds, but most the time the lava is there only for the "awesome special effect bonus".
- The Laws and Customs of War: The series presents the first explicit mention of a codified set of laws governing the rules of warfare within the Star Wars universe: the Convention of Civilized Systems, named in "Trespass". The exact nature and details of these laws, however, have yet to be revealed.
- Leave Him to Me: Pre Vizsla does this twice, once with Obi-Wan and again with Ahsoka. He eventually had to call for backup with Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka abandoned the fight after taking out his jetpack.
- Left Hanging: What becomes of Darth Maul, Bo-Katan and some other characters? We may never know, as the series finished after Season Six and left some loose ends.
- Leitmotif: Practically all important and semi-important characters have their own theme-tune, that somewhat reflects either their personality or the role they play: Ahsoka's bright and confident, Ventress' sinister, Savage's ominous etc. Even the clone troopers got a theme, worthy of any war movie!
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen:
- The episode "Nomad Droids" featured a bunch of aliens so tiny that C-3PO was -accidentally- able to kill their tyranic leader by simply toppling R2 over on him.
- Colonel Gascon is also quite small, which is a constant source of frustration for him, due to his dreams of becoming a front-line war hero.
- Limited Wardrobe: Initially, everybody except for Padme due to the expense and effort it would take to render separate models. It is a little strange when Obi-Wan is constantly wearing his battle armor even while in the Council Chamber, and Ahsoka and Barriss Offee sleep in their bed without blankets and still in their normal clothes, complete with boots for Ahsoka and long robe for Barriss. They all have new outfits as of "Heroes on Both Sides", and receive small variations in later seasons.
- Love Triangle: In the Onderon-arc, both Steela, one of the leaders of the rebels, and Ahsoka have a crush on Lux Bonteri. The triangle eventually smooths out without conflict, as Lux begins to reciprocate Steela's feelings and Ahsoka easily slides into simple friendship.
- Lower Deck Episode: Several episodes features almost nothing but clone troopers, although a Jedi or two may make a token appearance.
- Ludicrous Gibs: This happens when Artoo accidentally kills the leader of some Lilliputians on a world he and C-3PO are visiting. R2 spends the rest of "Nomad Droids" with alien blood spattered all over him.
- The Nexus Route coordinates carried by Master Even Piell and Captain Tarkin from the Citadel-trilogy, which are marking a hyperspace-lane that connects Coruscant with Separatist space. Getting them is of immense interest of both sides, but they will not be put into use until Revenge of the Sith.
- The "cargo" Boba's crew and Ventress were entrusted with protecting in "Bounty". It turned out to be a Damsel in Distress, Pluma Sordi, sister of the Kage leader Crismo, who was to be wed to the belugan dictator, Otua Blank.
- In the Young Jedi-arc, the lightsaber crystals had very little actual purpose after the younglings found them in "The Gathering", but Hondo wanting to get them kicked off a chain of events long enough for three more episodes.
- The incription module, getting which was Colonel Gascon's and the droids mission in the D-Squad-arc.
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Nuvo Vindi.
- Madness Mantra: From "The Unknown":
- The Mafia: The Hutt clans.
- Magic Knight: Both the Jedi and the Sith use the Force for various puproses, including Combat Clairvoyance which allows them effective use of their lightsabers. However the Sith appear to be more on the "magic" side, while the Jedi seem to be purposfully limiting their more direct applications of the Force.
- Magic Plastic Surgery: A simple injection (nanites, presumably) can rebuild a person's entire facial structure. In all fairness, it's shown to be incredibly painful.
- The Magnificent: Jabba.
- The Magnificent Seven Samurai: "Bounty Hunters".
- Make It Look Like an Accident:
- In the pilot movie, when Ziro explains to Count Dooku that Padme has been snooping around, Dooku suggests that he "have her meet with an accident with extreme prejudice" if she continues to be a problem.
- In the series proper the Mandalorian Death Watch straps Obi-Wan to a Conveyor Belt-O-Doom in order to make his death look like an accident.
- Male Gaze: Ahsoka is the subject of one in "Heroes on Both Sides". She immediately lampshades it. Incidentally, there was a time skip between the previous episode and this one, since Ahsoka has visibly grown up since the last time we saw her.
- Malevolent Architecture:
- The Citadel is chock full of leathal traps, like electronised walls, electromagnets on the ceiling that can disarm any intruders. Even the airwents have security doors that can cut a human in half!
- The titular "Box" of the episode "The Box". It is a death trap maze that is meant to lethally weed out bounty hunters to find those skilled and hardy enough to participate in a plot to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine. It helps that it is also being run by a Killer Game Master who wants to kill his closest rivals to prove he is the number-one bounty hunter.
- Mama Bear: Satine may be a pacifist, but she is willing to threaten someone with violence at the hands of her guards when the lives of children are at stake due to poison. She is also clearly outraged/devastated at everyone else's apparent indifference to the situation. It is actually quite fitting for her since, in the EU, Mandalorians are traditionally protective of children, whether their own or not.
- Manipulative Bastard: Dooku and Darth Sidious.
- Masculine Lines, Feminine Curves: While generally not the case in character designs, this seems to be one of the Togruta's Secondary Sexual Characteristics: adult males have large angular horns, and short head-tails, while females have smaller, curvaceous horns, and very long, rounded head-tails.
- Mass Oh Sithspit: The pirates have one when reminded that Dooku knows where they live.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: Typical Star Wars fare, although it gets a bit long here:
- Yoda > Count Dooku > Qui-Gon Jinn > Obi-Wan Kenobi > Anakin Skywalker > Ahsoka Tano.
- There's also the rather entangled chain of Sith:
- Darth Sidious > Count Dooku > Ventress > Savage Opress
- Darth Sidious > Count Dooku > Savage Opress
- Darth Sidious > Darth Maul > Savage Opress
- Mathematician's Answer: In "A Test of Strength", a couple of pirates discuss how to capture the Jedi younglings.
Pirate 1: Dead or alive?
- Mauve Shirt:
- Poor, poor Nahdar Vebb, who was apparently created just to get shot full of holes by Grievous. Rather humorously, the clone troopers who accompanied him all wore red armor and also died horrible deaths.
- Clone trooper Sergeant Denal showed up in two episodes and, despite receiving only a few lines, was memorable due to his distinctive armor design. In his second appearance Cad Bane shoots the trooper to fake his own death, then takes Denal's armor. The outcry on The Force.net's message boards was amazing.
- Captain Rex serves the same role to Anakin as Commander Cody does to Obi-Wan, except he was not seen in Revenge of the Sith. It gives his story in "The Deserter" where he gets injured a bit more unease because he can die.
- ARC Trooper Echo was wearing one of these shirts during "The Citadel" arc.
- Waxer, who was given a lot of focus and likability in "Innocents of Ryloth" dies in "Carnage of Krell".
- Meaningful Background Event: When Ahsoka, Captain Rex and Commander Bly are running flat-out after a probe droid and frantically wondering where it went in the tall grass, Aayla Secura can be seen slowly walking behind them looking around. Immediately afterwards, when the probe has out-floated its pursuers, Aayla simply steps out from in front of it and cuts it in half, having previously seen where it was heading and cutting it off.
- Meaningful Name:
- Jedi Master Di, full name Ima-Gun Di ("I'm gonna die.")
- Many of the clones do, as none of them are given birth names and so they give each other or pick names.
- "Chopper" was taking Battle Droid fingers to string together as a necklace.
- "Droidbait" is frequently the first one shot in training combat, and is the first of Domino squad to die in actual combat.
- "Echo" repeats instructions, rigidly sticking to orders and the plan.
- "Cutup" frequently makes sarcastic remarks.
- "Hardcase" is a Blood Knight who enjoys battle more than the other clones.
- "Slick" is a traitor and extremely difficult and slippery to catch.
- "Dogma" is fanatical about obeying orders and the official chain of command.
- Mecha-Mooks: Battle droids.
- Merchandise-Driven: And how! The movie's DVD case even has advertisements for all the assorted Star Wars stuff you can buy.
- Metaphorically True:
- Obi Wan's famed penchant for using half-truths is lampshaded in "The Voyage Of Temptation," when Satine refers to him as "a collection of half-truths and hyperbole."
- The Mortis arc is filled with obscure, misleading and contradictory information from the Father, Daughter and Son, all couched in metaphorical language. The Son even quotes the original trope name, from Return of the Jedi: His actions are good, or evil, "from a certain point of view".
- Mind Rape: Three Jedi pull this on Cad Bane at one point.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal:
- Throughout the Mon Calamari arc, Tamson never misses an opportunity to belittle, threaten, and bully Nossor Ri and the Quarren. Eventually, they decide that enough is enough, and turn against him.
- Despite the general policy of betrayal amongst the Sith, Count Dooku had no active plans to overthrow Darth Sidious until Sidious had Dooku kill Asajj Ventress to prove his loyalty. Afterwards, killing Sidious became a present goal.
- The Mole: Happens in several stories: R3-S6, Captain Argyus and Slick.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Some creatures and even a few sapient alien beings look like amalgamations of Earth-creatures: The Mastiff phalones from "Jedi Crash" have vulture-head, feet, and talons, frontal body, and legs propotioned like a big cat's, covered by a mane of thick feathers, but wind a hind resambling a canine.
- Moral Dissonance: Brought up numerous times throughout the series. The Republic in its entirety, and the Jedi specifically, employ millions of clones as slave labor. They are sent out to fight and die without regard for their own wants or desires, going their entire lives without being allowed to make a single decision for themselves. Leaving the military, for any reason, is considered treasonous desertion and A.W.O.L., even if the clone in question has not yet even graduated training or only leaves to become a farmer. Even clones who are unable to become soldiers, due to either physical or mental deformity, are not released from service, instead becoming support workers for the military industrial complex. Throughout this treatment, however, the Republic government and the Jedi continuously speak about how their war revolves around the core concepts of freedom and liberty, and they see no problem with ensuring this via the martial might of those fundamentally without liberty. Ironically, the Jedi themselves would likely have the best understanding of the clones, because although they have a right to leave, they themselves for the most part never had a life that preceded training in the Jedi academy.
- Morally Bankrupt Banker: A Planet of Hats of them in the Banking Clan.
- More Dakka: Quite a few examples, but the battleship Malevolence, the dorsal surface of which was studded by countless guns, probably takes the cake.
- Mugged for Disguise: Fives does this to a fellow clone trooper in the Order 66 arc. Of course, in this case they are all clones and thus sized identically.
- Multiple-Choice Past: A new backstory was written for General Grievous for this series, in which his inability to become a Jedi Knight motivates him to procure robotic upgrades to improve his fighting ability, as well as instilling a hatred and resentment of the Jedi. This contradicts the existing backstory, in which he was mortally injured in a shuttle crash arranged by Count Dooku and agreed to help the Separatist cause in exchange for a robotic body. The new backstory is not explicitly shown in "Lair of Grievous", but is implied by a series of statues that exhibit him in various stages of his transformation and a comment from Grievous that he chose the modifications himself. The creators have explicitly stated that they prefer to let the viewer decide which backstory to follow.
- Seems to be averted now that the shuttle-crash backstory, along with the rest of the Expanded Universe, is now considered a separate continuity.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: At the end of "Senate Spy", Anakin left Clovis to Lott Dod and his droids. Anakin had displayed jealousy and barely-concealed rage towards Clovis throughout the entire charade.
- Musical Spoiler: It's pretty easy to guess that everything isn't going to be sunshine and daises in the season 5 finale given the music that precedes the big moment.
- Mythology Gag:
- My God, What Have I Done?: Nobody actually says it, but when, in Season 5's finale, Ahsoka resigns from the Jedi Order in response to the Council's distrust and discarding of her during her trial, the looks on several of the Masters' faces, especially Yoda's, convey this message painfully well.