Star Wars The Clone Wars: Tropes O to Z

The list of tropes used in Star Wars: The Clone Wars from O to Z. Tropes A to F can be found here and tropes G to N can be found here.

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    O 
  • Off with His Head!:
  • Oh, Crap: In "The General," a screaming, mechanical thing erupts from the ground right in front of a trooper.
    "Oh, skrag."
  • Old Master:
    • The season 2 episode "Lightsaber Lost" introduces Tera Sinube. He is a seemingly-feeble old Jedi who shows considerable wisdom, approaches any problem with a calm, methodical approach to great success, disarms a thief who stole Ahsoka's lightsaber using his own lightsaber which is built into his walking stick, and is one of the foremost experts on Coruscant's criminal underworld.
    • On the evil side there is Count Dooku, who is in his eighties, but can still beat the younger Anakin, his own failed apprenitce Ventress and the monstrously powerful Savage Opress.
    • Darth Sidious himself, in his seventies and still the single most powerful individual in the Galaxy.
  • Oh My Gods!: In the Mortis arc, Ahsoka asks "What in the Universe was that?"
  • Old Soldier: When Anakin remarks that new trooper Dogma reminds him of Captain Rex, Rex responds that that might have been true, but only "back in the day."
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Savage Opress' theme song includes a male-choir chanting ominously in what sounds at least similar to latin.
  • Once a Season: R2-D2 had A Day in the Limelight episodes in every season, in which he usually ended up saving the day.
  • Once per Episode:
    • During Seasons 1 and 2, a character would quip either "I have a bad feeling about this" or "It's a trap!" in nearly every single episode. Sometimes two different characters dropped one of the two each within the same episode! Later it got toned down, but they still popped up from time-to-time.
    • In the four part D-squad-arc, WAC called Colonel Gascon "a map-reader" once in each episode.
  • One-Man Army:
    • The Jedi in general, but Yoda was explicitly described as such in the first episode of the series, "Ambush," where King Katuunko decreed that Yoda was worth a thousand battle droids.
    • The nameless Death Watch commando from the beginning of the Mandalorian arc single-handedly attempted to take an entire Republic cruiser out of commission. He does not quite succeed, but kills himself rather than be captured and interrogated, and it is implied he came within a hair's breadth of completing his mission.
  • Only a Flesh Wound:
    • Captain Rex is the king of this trope. He gets on his feet within less than a day from taking a blaster shot straight to the chest, which leaves a visible burn on his back.
    • Said word-for-word by a medical droid in "Assasin", after Aurra injured Padmé on the shoulder.
  • Opening Monologue: Each episode starts with a short clip-show and the narrator explaining events leading up to the story of the episode. Overlaps with Previously On, when it recounts the events of an earlier episode of multiparter arcs.
  • Opening Scroll: Although not used in the show itself, for a while the offical episode guides included a crawling-text version of the episode's Opening Monologue.
  • Orphaned Etymology
    • Obi-Wan once said that R2 droids were "a dime a dozen", despite the decicred serving as their '1/10 of a unit' monetary unit.
    • In "Clone Cadets", when Bravo Squad is complimented, Cutup remarks "Bravo for Bravo Squad", and Bravo Squad later mocks Domino Squad with "time to watch the Dominos fall". The Italian language and the game of dominoes are not otherwise shown to exist.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: From "Legacy of Terror". Immune to pain and injury? Check. Creepy? Check. Caused by mind-control worms that go up people's noses? Check.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: When Rex uses Anakin's first name when addressing him over a comlink, Anakin realizes that Rex has been taken hostage and has been made part of a trap by Asajj because Rex would never address him by his first name.
  • Out of Focus: Anakin's screentime in Season 5 was reduced in comparison with previous seasons, along with Obi-wan to a lesser extent. Ashoka, on the other hand, got a lot more.

     P 
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Anyone who gets between Anakin and Ahsoka is going to figure this out the hard way. Unsurprising, considering his previous record. See Berserk Button.
    • Chairman N. Papanoida is a prime example, being willing to break into Jabba's Palace and gun down waves of outlaws in order to save his missing daughters.
  • Parasite Zombie: The mind-control worms from "Legacy of Terror".
  • The Pass Word Is Always Swordfish: Rush Clovis used "Padme" as his password to access the plans of the Separatist's new droid factory, because he had a long lasting crush on Padme Amidala. She successfully guessed it just after a few tries, and was visibly unnerved at how creepy it was.
  • Percussive Maintenance:
    • Anankin restarted the faulty beacon in "Trespass", after Obi-Wan and the clones failed with their more subtle attempst.
    • Hilariously, Chewbacca does this to a Trandoshan after the lizard man proves initially resistant to the Jedi mind trick.
  • Pirates: Hondo Ohnaka's Space Pirate gang.
  • Physical God: The Force wielders. Their power is so great they have to be confined and kept secret from the rest of the galaxy.
  • Place of Power
    • Mortis is an intersection of the Force, where the Ones lived. When Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka arrived there, they immediately noted that the Force is exeptionally powerfull. Also, Anakin was able to draw on the planet's power to defeat the Son and the Daughter simultaneously.
    • According to the manuals, Dathomir is also an intersection of the physical and the spirit world.
  • Plant Aliens: The kindalo from "Mercy Mission" are basically ents, that look like humanoid-skeletons.
  • Praetorian Guard: Palpatine's red guards from the films show up. The Jedi also have an internal guard force who dress in identical white robes with white masks and carry yellow, double-bladed lightsabers.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • In "Rookies", one of the soliders screams "What the hell was that?" This caused many parents to complain and it was removed for later airings, though retained on the home video release.
    • It is dropped again regarding the fight Ryloth's freedom fighters put up in "Liberty on Ryloth".
  • Previously On: Every episode starts with a newsreel-style recap of previous episodes. Sometimes they reveal the backstory of a new story arc as though it was a previous episode, fitting with the Star Wars aggressive sense of history.
  • Psychic Strangle:
    • Anakin mainly uses it when his Berserk Button (his loved ones being endangered) is pushed, and he also prefers it as an interrogation technique.
    • For Asajj Ventress it seems like a finishing and/or desperation attack.
    • For Savage Opress, it is more-or-less his Signature Move, although he is fine with the "normal" bare-handed Neck Snap as well.
    • After Bo-Katan insulted him, Maul started to strangle her while he gave a speech to Vizsla and the rest of the Death Watch about how beneficial an allance between them would be. However, after he released her and left, Bo-Katan and Vizsla smirked at one another in apparent success, so it appeared that they expected him to try such an intimidation tactic.
    • Darth Sidious, upon arriving on Mandalore, off-handidly choked two Death Watch commandos who tried to stop him while walking past them. Later he strangled another pair before entering a room.
    • Becomes a plot-point in the Season 5 finale, when someone Force-chokes Letta, the woman who bombed the Jedi Temple, while Ahsoka was the only one in her cell. Since the two were alone, and Letta's death was recorded on camera, Ahsoka's frantic arm movements made it look like she was the one killing her.
  • Psycho Strings: The main intrument in Ventress' leitmotif is a sinister sounding violin, emphasizing how dangerous and unpredictable she is.
  • Punishment Detail: When Waxer and Boyle become preoccupied by a twi'lek child they have encountered, they are delayed from returning from their scouting mission. When Commander Cody makes radio contact, they expect to be put to work cleaning R2 units.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • Here. They. COOOOMMMMMEEE!
    • THIS EFFORT! IS NO LONGER! PROFITABLE!
    • I said on. Your. Knees.
  • Puppet King:
    • Invoked by Dooku in "Ambush", when he ordered Ventress to kill Katuunko, as he would have an easier way "negotiating' with Katuunko's replacement.
    • King Sanjay Rash of Onderon was so obviously a figure-head that even the people recognised it and had little tolerance for him. It was only the droid army stationed in the capital that kept him in power.
    • In "Shades of Reason" Prime Minister Almec of Mandalore willingly became the public face for Maul's rule when the Sith took over Death Watch, and the freshly conquered planet with it.
  • Puppet State: While not even the Republic Senate has any real influence over galactic events due to the manipulations of the Sith, Senators and politicians like Padmé and Satine can alter events by overcoming such manipulation, even if they do not realize that that is what they are opposed with. The Separatist Parliament on the other hand has absolutely no power, Dooku quite simply ignores their decisions as he pleases. The vast economic organizations such as the Trade Federation and the Banking Guild are likewise under the control of Dooku and the Separatists, despite constantly claiming to be neutral in the war.

    Q-R 
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The bounty hunters Dooku hired during the Deception-arc.
  • Railing Kill: Plenty of these in "Wookiee Hunt" during the battle on the Trandoshan air fortress. Even their leader, Garnac, falls victim to this when Ahsoka Force pushes him through a door and over a guardrail to his death.
  • Ramming Always Works: Anakin's method of dealing with the blockade flagship.
  • Reality Has No Subtitles: The series has no subtitles at all throughout its entire run, all alien and droid languages are untranslated. Some information is conveyed to the audience by Repeating so the Audience Can Hear in Basic, but a lot of dialogue has to be interpreted solely by tone and context.
  • Recycled In Space:
  • Red Shirt: Many clone troopers, but several do get actual facetime to elevate into a Mauve Shirt.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Obi-Wan (blue) and Anakin (red) are the most obvious examples. Surprisingly, Anakin and Ahsoka constantly change their colours to each other.
    • Rex (red) and Cody (blue), who resemble Anakin and Obi-Wan in many ways.
  • Red Wire Blue Wire: Asajj ends up just slicing through the control panel.
  • Religion of Evil: In addition to the Sith, we have the Frangawl Cult in the "The Disappeared" two-parter.
  • Repeating so the Audience Can Hear: Since there are no subtitles, some information is relayed to the audience by having one member of the conversation repeat alien or droid dialogue in Basic.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Trandoshans in general, but especially the hunters in "Padawan Lost" and "Wookie Hunt". Terra Sinube is an exception.
  • La Résistance:
    • The Twi'leks fighting against Separatist occupation in "Liberty On Ryloth". Lucas had all the Twi'leks speak with a French accent to compare them to the French resistance during WWII.
    • The Onderon freedom fighters from Season 5, whom the Jedi decide to train on Anakin's advice.
  • Retcon: Previously established continuity from the Expanded Universe is accepted in general fashion, but many parts have been re-written at the behest of George Lucas to suit the needs of the show, both in the setting of episodes and character/species history. Ironically, the retcons applied by the series itself now supersede the EU in canon after Disney declared the EU to be an Alternate Continuity.
  • Reused Character Design: Plenty, due to budget limitations. The most frequently used example is a green twi'lek female, whose model appeared completely unaltered on separate occasions as a bar dancer in two episodes, as a pair of twin dancers at Jabba's palace, in Anakin's visions on Mortis, as a slave girl on Zygerria, and as another slave girl on Zygeria who committed suicide.
  • Reverse Grip:
    • Ahsoka's standard lightsaber posture, although there are some times where the switches to a traditional hold during actual combat. In the season two episode "Brain Invaders" she holds her fork in the same fashion when she and Barriss are eating in the messhall. After the Time Skip in season three she begins to Dual Wield two lightsabers, switching back and forth between wielding them both in reverse and wielding one frontwards.
    • When Obi-Wan picks up Quinlan Vos's lightsaber to Dual Wield in "Hunt For Ziro", he holds Vos's lightsaber in a reverse grip.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Apparently, despite being backed primarily by wealthy merchant conglomerates, the Separatists as a whole are cheap as hell, since their preferred method of payment is a lightsaber through the back. Then again, when you are dealing with a crazy dark Jedi or a crazy cyborg and start making demands, you are really just asking for it.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter:
    • The Convoree from the Season 3 finale, and their recycled version from Season4.
    • The cat-like Tookas (not the dolls based on them in-universe seen in earlier episodes) that appeared for the first time in the flesh in "To Catch a Jedi."
  • Ridiculously Human Robots:
    • The separatist battle droids are full of humorous charm and personality.
    • Taken up a notch in "A Friend In Need". Death Watch has a bunch of harmless battle droids that they use for target practice which beg for mercy and scream "Why?" (albeit in monotone). They beg to be repaired by R2 as they crawl to him for help. It is very satisfying when R2 gives them the chance to get some retribution.
  • Rite of Passage: Season 5 features the "Gathering" during which Jedi younglings find and harvest their first lightsaber-crystals in the Temple-cavern on Illum. To find their crystals, each must face and come over their flaws and short-comings, such as selfishness, fear, lack of self-confidence, or lack of faith.
  • Roof Hopping: Done in "Lightsaber Lost" when Ahsoka chases Cassie Cryar, who has her lightsaber, over the rooftops of Coruscant.
  • Rousing Speech:
    • Parodied in "Heroes on Both Sides", where Grievous tells a bunch of purpose-built suicide infiltrator droids that none of them will be coming back.
    • Played straighter by Padme Amidala one episode later when she convinces the Senate to vote against deregulating the banks for more troop funding. Even her political enemies applauded.
  • Rule of Cool: While not elevated to Clone Wars level of insanity, the show exists primarily to give us some more Star Wars battles.

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  • Sadistic Choice:
    • Tal Merrik tries to pull this on Obi-Wan and Satine by forcing them to kill him to stop him, wanting to get the pacifist to prove herself a hypocrite or have her Jedi love interest kill an unarmed man in front of her. Anakin presents an alternative.
    • The Father in "Overlords" makes Anakin choose whether to save Ahsoka or Obi-Wan. It was actually a test to see if he had what it took to Take a Third Option.
  • Savage Wolves: The anoobas from the Citadel-trilogy. Osi Sobeck warden of the prison released a whole pack of them to try to track the rescue party that broke Master Even Piell out. They proved to be rather formidable, one of them even killed Master Piell, while he was distracted by fighting droids. Bounty Hunter Embo also has one of these creatures - an albino one named Marrok - as a pet.
  • Scenery Porn: The enviroment and backgrounds are all done in spectacular, nigh-cinematic level, photo-realistic CGI, with so much details, that it takes a number of rewacthing just to register most of it.
  • Science Fantasy: The series mixes Sci-fi and Fantasy elements far more than the movies did. Probably best testifying this are the two last story-arcs of Season 4. The Deception-arc features amongst others Magic Plastic Surgery and Holographic Disguise devices, while the Brothers-arc shows a Necromancer raising an Army of the Dead, Mother Talzin torturing Dooku with a Voodoo Doll, crafting magicybernetic-limbs, and healing psychosis with her magics.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale:
    • In "Supply Lines", the Republic is attempting to feed the entire population of Ryloth. They accomplish this with a single food shipment that could, at best, feed a single village for a few days. This works because the entire planet is apparently populated by only a few dozen individuals.
    • In "Pursuit of Peace", the Senate debates whether or not to buy five million new clones for the war, which is being fought on numerous planets across an entire galaxy. For reference, the Allies had five million troops on the Western European Front alone in World War II.
    • In "Plan of Dissent" the clones mention that among the obstacles to taking a capitol are missiles with a "100 megaton yield". We later see some strikes with weapons that produce standard explosions, affecting an area no more than a couple hundred feet each. For comparison, not even the biggest, most powerful nuclear weapons ever made had a 100 megaton yield, and would cause miles of devastation. While granted those missiles were never identified as the 100-MT ones, why bother mentioning the yields and then showing missiles being fired if they're not going use the same missiles?
  • Scream Discretion Shot: Done during the Citadel arc, where a clone is cut in half by a slamming door. One slams in front of him right before his Family-Unfriendly Death.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: When Captain Rex encounters Cut, a clone who deserted from the army, it is his duty to report him to the authorities...it is too bad that Rex feels his memory of the whole affair will be too poor to make any kind of report.
  • Secondary Sexual Characteristics: Adult togruta males appear to have rather large and angular horns with short head-tails, while females have smaller and curved horns, and very long head-tails.
  • Send in the Clones: Sort of expected.
  • Sergeant Rock:
    • Captain Rex, even though he is not an NCO.
    • Master Chief Bric from "Clone Cadets" qualifies.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Quite a few in the series
    • In "ARC Troopers", 99 ends up dying in an attempt to get more grenades. While it is certainly heroic that he was willing to try, that hallway was a deathtrap and even a Jedi would have had trouble running that gauntlet. His death ultimately accomplished nothing, though his life certainly mattered.
    • In Shadow Warrior, General Tarpals' heroic sacrifice in defeating and capturing Grievous and dying in the process ends up turning into this, because they end up having to give Grievous back to the Separatists in exchange for Anakin Skywalker, who was captured by Dooku shortly after Grievous's capture.
  • Shaggy Search Technique: Apparently a species trait of Gungans is "Amusing Alien who stumbles into exactly what the competent characters are looking for". This happens several times in "Blue Shadow Virus".
  • Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Inverted in "Overlords", where The Son takes the form of Anakin's dead mother, in order to convince him to let go of his guilt and embrace his inner darkness.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: In "Voyage of Temptation", Obi-Wan says this at Anakin in regards to the Mandalorian noblewoman they are trying to rescue.
  • Shoot the Dangerous Minion: Sidious orders Dooku to kill Ventress as a test of loyalty, since he believed that she was growing too powerful.
  • Shoot the Dog:
    • Captain Rex is going to execute General Krell once he learns of his planned desertion to the Separatists, since he will be able to give them enough information to cripple the Republic war effort. Dogma does it for him.
    • The Kadavo slave master knows that Jedi do not kill unarmed prisoners, but he fails to consider the presence of Rex.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog:
    • For all their character developments, crowning moments of awesome, crowning moments of heartwarming and Big Damn Heroes moments... these clone troopers are still going to end up executing Order 66, slaughter all the Jedi and become evil stormtroopers.
    • Duchess Satine's efforts to keep Mandalore as a neutral, pacifist planet lead to economic havoc when the Republic redirects resources elsewhere, leading to the betrayal of her Prime Minister. Next, a vast army of criminals in secret league with Darth Maul terrorize her populace until the Deathwatch "saves" them. Then Maul and the Deathwatch mosey on in and overthrow her to vast popular acclaim. She is used for bait to draw in her old flame Obi Wan, their escape attempt fails, and she is murdered in front of him. To top it all off, a new civil war breaks out in her capital city. From the EU, we know that her pacifist ideals completely failed to take and Mandalore went right back to its old warrior ways.
  • Shoot Your Mate: Darth Sidious orders Count Dooku to kill Asajj Ventress in order to test his loyalty, claiming that refusing to comply would indicate his plan to eventually overthrow Sidious with Ventress's help.
  • Shout-Out: The series is so Reference Overdosed, that Shout Outs and Continuity Nods got a page of their own.
  • Shock and Awe: Force Lightning of course.
    • Dooku is usually the one to deliver it, employing it in most of his fights throughout the series.
    • The Son, the personification of the Dark Side of the Force, can use a red variant.
    • The one time he fights in the entire series, Darth Sidious uses it with expertise.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: General Krell claims that is no longer naive enough to believe in the ways of the Jedi, which is why he is planning to betray the Republic and defect to the Separatists.
  • Single-Biome Planet: Even more-so than the movies. According to the DVD special features, the ice-world from "Trespass" is supposed to be what Hoth would have been like if George Lucas did not film on location in Real Life. An actual ice-world, there are not even any rocks visible in the episode, although the producers do admit that this raises some questions regarding events in the episode which they advise you not to think about.
  • Single Tear:
    • Waxer dies shedding one.
    • Ahsoka sheds one after leaving the council.
  • Smug Snake:
    • Pong Krell
    • Neimoidian fleet commander Mar Tuuk.
    • The T-series tactical droids are the epitome of this trope, speaking in a Condescending Monotone.
    • Morley, a literal one, found by Savage Opress on the junk planet and who leads victims to Darth Maul's lair where they will be killed and he can eat the remains.
  • Soft Water: In "Gungan Attack" the gungan army jumped headfirst into the Mon Calamari ocean from the lower dock of a Venator that was hovering several stories high above the water, and apparently the worst they got from it was getting water in their meatuses. Could be handwaved by them being water-dwelling aliens.
  • Soldiers at the Rear: One of the criticisms of General Krell is that his plans are reckless. When one clone points out that so are Skywalker's, another points out that Anakin leads from the front. Anakin is willing to share the risk, in direct contrast to Krell's We Have Reserves attitude.
  • Something Only They Would Say: In "Rookies", Cody and Rex are visiting an outpost for an inspection, unaware that it has been taken over by droid forces. When a droid ends a radio communication with their trademark "Roger, roger" they notices that something seems off, and actually say as much, but never make the realization that they were speaking to an impostor.
  • Space Clouds:
    • Inside a nebula, you literally only can see objects a few meters away from your viewport.
    • Umbara, a planet that is located inside a nebula, is permanently stuck in darkness.
  • Space Elevator: The planet Quarzite from "Bounty" has one, as due to its high pressured atmosphere it is impossible to land a spacecraft on it.
  • Space Is an Ocean: After the "Malevolence" gets its primary weapons destroyed, the ongoing fires around the damaged areas are accompanied by plumes of smoke billowing "upwards" as it cruises along. Not to mention the Republic ship that gets damaged and goes "down" later. It is particularly notable because the only planet in sight, and thus the only gravity well, is behind the ship.
  • Space Pirates: The "Ohnaka Gang", Hondo's band of primarily weequay pirates.
  • Space Station: Quite a few of them shows up.
    • In "Shadow of Malevoulence" Grievous attempted to destroy a Republic medical-base, treating sixty-thousand clones.
    • In "Brain Invaders" Ahsoka and Barriss accompanied a transport of supplies to another medical-base.
    • The plot of "Bounty Hunters" was kicked-off by the Republic losing contact with -yet again- a medical-base orbiting Felucia.
    • In "Revival" Maul and Savage robbed a Banking Clan space-station.
    • In "Point of No Return" the Separatist attempted to blow up a military-station which housed the Republic's strategy conference.
  • Space Whale: The nebray mantas.
  • Spanner in the Works: The only thing Jar Jar Binks is useful for.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Animals seem willing to do whatever Jar Jar asks of them for some reason.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": How do you know the difference between this and the the previous Star Wars animated series at a glance? This one has a "the" in the title.
  • Spider Tank: The Separatist spider droids and the Umbaran juggernauts.
  • Spirit Advisor: Qui-Gon appears as one to Obi-Wan in "Overlords". Later in the same episode it looks like Shimi Skywalker has appeared in front of Anakin, but it turns out in was just The Son in disguise. Qui-Gon appears to Anakin later in the episode arc, as well.
  • Standard Sci-Fi Army: Both the clone army and the droid army fit.
    • The clone army is divided to infantry units, light combatvehicle drivers (armed speeders and the "chicken-walkers") and heavy vehicles. There are also special units, such as AR Cs, Commando's, explosive-techinicians and scuba-troopers.
    • The droid army with its massive array of different types of droids is more devided: light infantry consists of B1-droids, heavy infantry from B2 superbattledroids, and the Commando droids fill in the rank of elite-squads. Then they have lightvehicle-type Spiderdroids and Crabdroids, with the hovering AAT tanks as heavy-vehicles. Somewhere in-between are the droidekas, which have the firepower of tank, but size of the B2s combined with high speed. And that is just scratching the surface!
  • Standard Sci-Fi Fleet: Once again both the Republic and the Separatist fleets. They both mainly consist of capitalships, supportships, fighters and fighter-bombers.
  • The Starscream:
    • Falso was this to Hondo in "Gungan General".
    • Despite the general policy of betrayal amongst the Sith, Count Dooku had no active plans to betray Darth Sidious until Sidious forced him to betray Ventress. Afterwards, killing Sidious became a stated goal.
  • Status Quo Is God: As part of being Doomed by Canon, the series cannot show any real progress in the war because the whole ordeal was basically a stalemate until Revenge of the Sith. There will be setbacks in a battle, peace negotiations will not succeed, and so on.
  • Stealth in Space: In "Cat and Mouse" Anakin is given a special new Republic ship with a stealth shield that renders it invisible from eyes and scanners to fly past a planetary blockade.
  • Stepping Stones in the Sky: When the energy bridge is shut off beneath the feet of Mace Windu during his liberation of Ryloth, he leaps atop the falling pieces of equipment and transports to reach a battle droid speeder. This he crashes into another battle droid before leaping across the side of the chasm.
  • Stock Scream: Inevitable, this being Star Wars we are talking about. A clone trooper lets out a Wilhelm scream on the third of the Citadel episodes, and that's just one of several examples of the Wilhelm scream in the series.
  • Story Arc: Most episodes are standalone stories forming a greater whole, such as focusing on the efforts of different characters during a particular event.
  • The Strategist: Given the portrayals of other Neimodians, Mar Tuuk is a surprisingly capable. He is able to anticipate most of what his opposition will do, and makes an effort to know his enemy by learning all he can about Anakin.
  • Strawman Political: The leader of the Lurmen, Tee Watt Kaa, seems to be a straw pacifist. There are a lot of solid arguments to be made against war and violence. These arguments are made stronger by all of the on-screen deaths in the series, some of which are pretty horrific. Tee Watt Kaa could have made some of these arguments, but he does not. His position pretty much boils down to "if we put up any kind of fight at all, for any reason, even if we don't kill anybody, we'll be evil", and he does not explain any further than that. Plus, he does not even run for cover when he is in danger, and he orders his people to similarly stand still and accept their fates, which makes absolutely no sense.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: It IS Star Wars, after all.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: In "Altar of Morits", The Daughter sacrifices herself to save The Father and ends up breaking the balance of the Force. She has the Force and could have easily used that instead.
  • Suggested By: "Bounty Hunters" is based on "Seven Samurai", complete with an on-screen dedication to Akira Kurosawa.
  • Suicide Attack: Used by fake cleaning droids on Coruscant in season three, to avoid the signature of a peace treaty. And it works.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Queen Miraj Scintel thinks she can control Jedi almost as easily as any other slave, a fact which Dooku was quick to correct her on. Then she tried to disobey Dooku himself, and things naturally went downhill from there.
  • Suicidal Pacifism: An entire planet of them.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: "Bombad Jedi". It may be a native creature, so it is not exactly summoned, but otherwise this trope is played completely straight. Fish and all.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Many of General Grievous' failures can be at least partially attributed to the hopelessly incompetent Battle Droids serving under him. One gets the impression he would be a very capable opponent if he could only convince the Trade Federation to build some more intelligent droids.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When their unauthorized experiments with the Umbaran fighters set off alarms in the control room, Fives attempts to cover and dissuade General Krell from investigating. Amidst a general ramble that was a reference to Han Solo's comm call in A New Hope, Fives insists that there is nothing out of control in the hangar.

    T 
  • Take-That Kiss: In "ARC-troopers", Ventress delivers one to an ARC Trooper after knocking his helmet off, just before he expires from her running him through the chest with her lightsaber.
  • Taking the Bullet: When investigating corruption on Mandalore, the Duchess Satine has to bully a customs captain into investigating over his protests that there is no corruption on his dock. However, though it initially seems like he is deliberately stalling and covering up, when they stumble upon active smuggling he instantly leaps in front of Satine to shield her from the blaster fire. Fortunately, neither of them want to be shot and they quickly take cover once they realize the situation.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: "Innocents of Ryloth has Waxer give a ration bar to a starving Twi'lek girl over Boyle's protests. She decides to adopt the both of them and tag along.
  • Technicolor Eyes: In an interesting variation the Father has black eyes but with green irises like his Daughter. This reflects his role as the balancer between the Light and the Dark.
  • Technology Porn: Much like the backgrounds mentioned above, the creators went out of their way to put as much detail as possible on spaceships (the best examples might be the Venator Star Destroyers, which are indistinguishable from the ones in Revenge of the Sith), and many episodes included other ways of showing off technology.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Early on Ahsoka used to say things like this in practically all of her appearences, like this exchange in the pilot movie:
      Ahsoka: Well, the hard part's over, right?
      Anakin: I wish you wouldn't say that...
    • "This is the lowest job in the droid army! I can't imagine anything worse than this." *Obi-Wan closes the door of the cell he's cleaning.* "Oh. Oh."
    • A clone in a gunship flying through flak during the Second battle of Geonosis: "Good thing those bugs can't aim!"
    • TX-20 may want to run those figures again...
      TX-20: Their chances of success against us are 742 to 1.
      Wat Tambor: You had better be right!
      TX-20: I am a droid. I am always right.
  • Terrifying Rescuer: Obi-wan scares the crap out of an alien he is trying to rescue from slave traders, because he is disguised as one of them.
  • Three Successful Generations: Ahsoka is the young student, determined to succeed and become a Jedi, Anakin is the adult who both guides Ahsoka, and gets stuff done, and Obi-Wan is the one who oversees and supports both of them.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: When Rex finally decides that General Krell is going too far in his treament of Clone troopers, he affirms that he is to be addressed as "Captain," not CT-7567.
  • Third-Person Person: Moralo Eval.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Grievous and whichever clanker is his number one today.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock:
    • In "Downfall of a Droid", R2 threw an assasindroid out of Gha Nachk's ship when it attempted to stop him from trying to contact Anakin. Unfortunately, Gha Nachk caught him and was not amused by his deeds.
    • In "Cargo of Doom" Cad Bane threatened Anakin with killing Ahsoka by throwing her out the airlock if he did not open the Jedi Holockron.
  • Time Lapse: In "Voices" Yoda asks the Council to meditate with him in an attempt to find out the origin of the voice talking to him from within the Force. As they immerse themselves, images of the Temple and Corruscant are shown as the sun rises and sets a couple of times, and traffic passing with changing speed.
  • Time Skip: "Heroes on Both Sides" jumps ahead a few years, bumping Ahsoka up to her mid-teens along with a wardrobe change for the main cast.
  • Token Heroic Orc: The Citadel story arc features a squad of Battle Droids that have been captured and reprogrammed by the Republic to serve as infiltrators for covert operations.
  • Touch of Death: The Son has such a strong connection to the Dark Side that he can kill with a single finger.
  • Traitor Shot: Palpatine at the end of "Duchess of Mandalore", when the evidence that undoes the Separatist plot is revealed.
  • Train Escape: A variation happens in "To Catch a Jedi", when Ahsoka is recognised by law-enforcement while on a train. After being chased through a few cars, she uses the Force to open a door, and jumps off the moving train...just to run into even more police officers.
  • Train Job: The plot of the episode "Bounty" revolves around a team of Bounty Hunters led by Boba Fett protecting cargo on a subterranean tram from a group of ninjas.
  • Traintop Battle:
    • A short one occurs in "Lightsaber Lost" between Ahsoka and Cassie Cryar, who got hold of the former's lightsaber. It ends when the bounty hunter uses the weapon to cut a window and enter the car.
    • In "Bounty", Ventress duels the Kage warriors on the top of the sub-tram.
  • Transforming Mecha: The suicide-bomber infiltration droids from "Heroes on Both Sides" can not only disguise themselves as cleaning droids, but combine into bombs so they can fulfill their function.
  • Trap Is the Only Option: In season 6, the Jedi discover that the Sith were behind the creation of the clone army. However, given they are now in a full-scale war with the Separatists, they have no choice but to continue using the clones and hope that they can win the war before the Sith can enact their endgame.
  • Trojan Horse: The aforementioned infiltration droids.
  • Trojan Prisoner: A variation from "Dooku Captured": Anakin is ordered to let himself be captured by Dooku so Obi-Wan and a cruiser can track down the Count's whereabouts.
  • Tron Lines: This is a recurring trait in Umbaran technology.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Chairman Cho declares his intentions to exterminate a race that was willing to make peace with him, but had shown themselves to be a tad kill-happy in the past, and does it to their face. He then personally leads an attack against a numerically superior force that is lying in wait on their own territory without any military support of his own. It seems like he is actively attempting to earn the trope.
    • Though he lives, Anakin demonstrates some pretty bad judgement in "Sabotage". While investigating the home of munitions expert they suspect bombed the Jedi Temple, he warns Ahsoka to watch out for traps. While she walks off with the scanner, he sees something with a blinking red light and his first reaction is to walk up and touch it.
  • 24-Hour Armor:
    • Present in the first two seasons, because it was easier to animate Jedi wearing armor over their robes. This led to situations like the entire Jedi Council in session, wearing their armor for some reason.
    • After Savage Opress receives his armor from Talzin, it never comes off. Not even when he was in surgery/having his arm replaced after Obi-Wan chopped off his arm.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: The Umbara arc opens with Anakin being recalled to Coruscant and General Krell being given command of his clones. He immediately begins to denigrate the troopers, insult their laboratory origin, exclusively refer to them by their identification numbers, and give them horrible tactical orders. Turns out that was all intentional: he is planning to defect to the Separatists and wants to degrade the Republic war effort before he does as a gift to Dooku.

     U 
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Captain Tarkin never misses an opportunity to berate his saviors' rescue plan, question their competence as military leaders (Anakin actually agreed with him on this), and only gives the barest of compliments when rescued from a firey death.
  • Uniformity Exception: All of the Republic troopers are clones of Jango Fett. A sergeant or lieutenant will often sport a peculiar haircut or tattoo, especially if they speak with Obi-Wan Kenobi or Anakin Skywalker. This is mentioned in supplemental material to be a mechanism for humanizing these troopers; they are meant to be seen as Red Shirts, assisting the Jedi in preserving law and order.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Usually averted. Someone makes a plan and the explanation of this plan does not impact whether or not it fails. In "Storm over Ryloth", for instance, both Anakin and Ahsoka explain their plan in detail to the clones and they work perfectly.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Obi-Wan and Duchess Satine, complete with She Is Not My Girlfriend teasing from Anakin.
  • The Un-Reveal: When Grievous takes some damage and is in need of repairs, his medical droid begins to remove his cracked and charred mask... and we cut to commercials.
  • The Uriah Gambit: General Krell's horrendous battle tactics were revealed to be part of his plan to sabotage the Republic advance in preparation for his defection to the Separatists. By giving his troops impossible assignments they would be easily defeated, and ultimately wiped out, by the Separatist forces.
  • Use Your Head: Captain Ackbar takes out an aquadroid this way in the climatic final battle on Mon Calamari.

    V 
  • Variable Terminal Velocity: Averted in "Landing at Point Rain". Anakin and Ahsoka throw Rex off a ledge to avoid an explosion, then jump down to the ground below and catch him using the Force. In order to reach the ground first they specifically throw him up so that they have time to land and brace themselves for the Force.
  • Vibroweapon: BX-series droid commandos often use vibroswords.
  • Viewers Are Morons: Ziro is one of the only Hutts that speak "Basic" over Huttese. Originally, he was supposed to speak into a microphone which translated his words, but the idea was nixed because they thought that no one would make the connection as to what the microphone was for. Left unexplained is why Ziro sometimes speaks Basic even when talking to fellow Hutts.
  • Villain Episode:
    • The "Nightsisters" arc is almost exclusively on Asajj Ventress and her vendetta against Dooku.
    • "Massacre" features absolutely no good guys at all, merely the battle between the Separatists and Nightsisters.
    • "Eminence" features the combined efforts of the Death Watch and Darth Maul against the Black Sun and Hutts, with nary a hero to be found.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left:
    • Oh so many with General Grevious. They must have used that same animation of Grevious escaping in his own personnal ship a dozen times.
    • Darth Maul and Savage Opress pull one in "Revival".
  • Villain Has a Point: While his methods may have not been the best, the motivation for Slick's betrayal does have merit. He argues that the clone soldiers are nothing more than puppets to the Jedi Order and merely wanted freedom from them, which considering how they are created by and indoctrinated from birth to follow them without question and are treated as disposable throughout Star Wars, it is hard to say this is not the case.
  • Villainous Glutton: Lok Durd, from the looks of him.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Queen Miraj Scintel to Anakin. Of course, he was attempting to invoke this.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Obi Wan and Anakin are a classic case - and it would seem that Ahsoka is learning well from her master (and his).
  • Visual Pun: A very non-humourous example occurs during Darth Maul and Savage Oppress's escape from Hondo's stronghold. During the battle, Obi-wan slices off Savage's left arm with his lightsaber. A short while later, Maul gets part of his leg chopped off.
  • Voice of the Legion:
    • Mother Talzin has a second, much deeper hissing voice, which is slightly out of sync. Interestingly, it is not heard during her holographic conversation with Dooku.
    • All the force wielder from "Overlords" have voices with a permanent echo as well.
    • Anakin gets one temporarily when he taps into the Force to tame the Son and Daughter.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: According to The Father, the force wielders "can take many shapes".
  • Vulcan Has No Moon: Moons are always depicted to be impossibly close to their planet, and they are quite often at least a quarter of the size of it.

     W 
  • Wacky Wayside Tribe: Certain filler episodes involve these. Lampshaded in "Mercy Mission".
    Clone Pilot: Great, it's going to be another one of those planets.
  • War Is Hell: The series embraces this view, highlighting the brutality of fighting, the harsh conditions it forces civilians into, and the ultimate futility of combat.
  • Wave Motion Gun: General Grievous' giant, ship-mounted ion cannon.
  • Weapon Tombstone: After making peace with the Talz, Senator Chuchi of Pantora uses a Talz spear to plant the former Chairman's helmet, crossed with the chief Talz's own weapon, in the ground to seal the deal.
  • We Have Reserves: Oddly, the clones see themselves as expendable. They believe they are replaceable, and if the mission is over there is no reason for other clones or Jedi to risk their own lives to save them. Lampshaded by Slick in "The Hidden Enemy", who is pretty angry about it and feels that the clones deserve better. One senator takes this attitude towards the clones as well, but Padme objects to it, telling him that they are people as well.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
  • Wham Episode:
    • The Nightsisters trilogy served as one long Wham Episode: It features a major change to the status quo ( Darth Sidious forces Dooku to have Ventress killed, but she survives and deserts from the Seperatists), delves into Ventress' past, introduces the Nightsisters, Mother Talzin, and Savage Opress, and sets up a major future event, namely Darth Maul's return.
    • The Mortis trilogy. Anakin Skywalker realizes the burden on his shoulders as The Chosen One, which was something he previously dismissed as a myth. Meanwhile, Ahsoka Tano sees a vision of her future self telling her to stay away from Anakin, because he will lead her to the Dark Side. The Son also corrupts Ahsoka, and through "Sithsoka", she reveals her subconscious fears and resentments: her frustration towards Anakin's criticality and dissatisfaction.
    • The Shadow Collective arc ("Eminence", "Shades of Reason", and "The Lawless"). By the end of "The Lawless", Pre Vizsla, Duchess Satine, and Savage Opress are all dead, Darth Maul has successfully conquered both the criminal underworld and Mandalore before being left at the mercy of Darth Sidious, and Mandalore is left in the midst of a civil war, with the future of both the planet and Maul being left unresolved.
    • The Sabotage arc (comprising the final episodes of season 5) covers one of the few issues that isn't a Foregone Conclusion in this show: what happens to Ahsoka between now and Revenge of the Sith. After feeling betrayed by the Council and actually being betrayed by Barriss, Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order.
  • Wham Line:
    • A dying Waxer delivers one, revealing that General Krell set two battalions of clones against each other, planning for them to all be killed.
      Rex: Tell me who gave you orders to attack us.
      Waxer: It... it was General Krell. He sent us to these coordinates to stop the enemy. We thought they were wearing our armor. But... it was... you...
    • Ahsoka in "The Wrong Jedi":
      Ahsoka: I'm sorry, master, but I'm not coming back.
  • Wham Shot: Darth Maul's Early-Bird Cameo in "Witches of the Mist".
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Ahsoka lampshades the trope in the pilot movie. After the helpful droid thanks the Jedi for freeing him from battle droids and points out where the baby Hutt is being held, he disappears from the narrative. When he reappears a few scenes later, his role now revealed, Ahsoka actually comments that she had been wondering where the droid had gone to.
    • In a straight example of the trope, early in the movie Mace Windu requests three Republic cruisers to help with the current situation and is never seen again, with no reference made to what the ships were for or where he is during this critical point in the war.
  • What If?:
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Clone troopers die throughout the Citadel trilogy and the other troopers and Jedi continue onwards, but when Jedi Master Even Piell dies the entire group pauses for a brief funeral.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?:
    • Averted. Obi-Wan wants to protect the rights of the Talz, which are less human-looking and more technologically primitive than the Pantorans who want them eliminated for their land.
    • Played straight and averted with the droids. R2-D2 and C-3PO are still afforded a moderate amount of sentience, but Seperatist droids are sliced through with no regret.
  • What's an X Like You Doing in a Y Like This?:
    • In "The Blueshadow Virus" Doctor Nuvo Vindi asked Padmé "what's a lifeform like you, do in a swamp like this" when she got caught by the droids protecting his lab. She replied that she was about to ask him the same question.
    • In "Bounty" after Ventress entered the Cantina, and asked for a drink, a Bounty Hunter tried to hit on her with this question. When he continued pushing her, she stabbed him with a lightsaber.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • In "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much", Ahsoka snaps at Anakin about seemingly doing nothing to help her after she was arrested, and doesn't think much of his excuse that the guards wouldn't let him see her. As she has just spent the last third of the episode evading capture, she gets more reasonable once given a chance to calm down.
    • Another one in "The Wrong Jedi", where Ahsoka walks away from the Jedi Order because the Jedi Council threw her under the bus and pretty much made up their minds about her before her trial with them. She never calls them out directly, but she shares it with Anakin, who agrees. Ventress outright calls Anakin on this, and he can't really contradict her because she's right.
  • Whip It Good: The Zygerian slave arc features many laser-whips used to keep slaves in line.
  • Who Dares?:
    • When attacked, General Krell decrees "You dare to attack a Jedi?!"
    • Huyang also says it when his head gets blasted off by a Weeqay pirate.
  • Why Am I Ticking?:
    • Todo has no idea Cad Bane's installed a bomb in him until moments before it goes off.
    • In "Sabotage", an unwitting munitions specialist for the Jedi is fed explosive nano-droids in a plot to attack the Jedi Temple.
  • Wipe: Most of the scene-changes are executed by having the two scenes overlap, much like in the movies. In fact it's easier to count when it's not used. Idiosyncratic Wipes, like a clock-effect are also used a lot.
  • With Due Respect: Used a few times.
    • In "Trespass", the warmongreling Chairman Cho of Pantora tried to order Rex and his troops to attack the talz. Rex refused, stating that his orders are only to personally protect the Chairman.
    • In "Gungan Attack" the inexperienced Prince Lee-Char wasn't willing to follow Anakin's advice of leaving the Separatist and Quarren occupied Mon Calamari, because he feared he'd leave his people to die. Anakin warned him with "due respect" that if they stayed, all them were going to die.
    • In "To Catch a Jedi" Windu wanted to keep Anakin out of the search for Ahsoka, who escaped to the Corruscant underworld after being framed. Anakin refused his suggestion with "due respect".
  • With My Hands Tied: Ahsoka does this to a round-dozen corrupt Mandalorian Police after being captured in "The Academy" while blocking stun blasts from mounted turrets, even managing to capture their leader in the process, all with her hands bound. She also does it in "A Friend in Need".
  • World-Healing Wave/World-Wrecking Wave: Taken to their logical extreme in the Mortis trilogy: on Mortis the healing and wrecking wave are following eachother in a constant circle, as part of the planet's Light and Dark in-balance symbolism: when night falls all plants die, and are reduced into ghastly glowing forms, and massive thunder storms start. When dawn approaches all plant life is renewed.
  • World of Badass: The odds are that any named character in this series will be of varying degrees of badass, or at least will take a few levels by the end of their episode. That, or they're killed off.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Dooku says this of Obi-Wan, after he successfully twarted two attempts to kidnap Palpatine in one day.
    • Captain Mar Tuuk in "Storm over Ryloth" openly stated that he respected Skywalker's military skills, and wanted to defeat him mainly because of this.
    • Admiral Trench from "Cat and Mouse" also claimed this about Anakin, in much the same way as Mar Tuuk did.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Several examples:
    • Savage Opress kills Adi Galia by impaling her TWICE, once with his horns on his head, the second stab with his lightsaber.
    • Darth Maul chokes Bo-Katan (but doesn't kill her) with the Force to make a point about doubt leading to failure. He later ruthlessly murders Duchess Satine.
    • Taken Up to Eleven by General Grievous, who has all of zero qualms about committing genocide against the Nightsisters, an all-female clan.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • General Grievous has multiple Padawan braids among his trophies in "Lair of Grievous" and later relishes the idea of killing the Jedi younglings for their lightsabers in "A Necessary Bond".
    • Darth Sidious has several Force-sensitive infants abducted so that he could perform potentially lethal experiments on them. Cad Bane, who did the actual abducting, didn't care what became of the children, so long as he was paid.
    • Prime Minister Almec threatens to kill Satine's nephew if she doesn't give in to his demands.
    • The Trandoshans kidnap members of many different species to hunt on an uninhabited world. Since Jedi Knights are too dangerous, they often specifically target Jedi Younglings and Padawans.
    • Darth Maul slaughters dozens of innocent people, including several children, to draw the attention of the Jedi.
    • Hondo Ohnaka didn't seem to object to the idea of hurting the younglings in the episode "A Test of Strength" in order to get their lightsaber crystals. He averts this two episodes later when he claims he doesn't like taking children into battle, and waves off the earlier incident. He probably just jumps between Would Hurt a Child and Wouldn't Hurt a Child depending on his mood. Word of God is that he would have hurt the kids if necessary, but was hoping to retrieve their crystals with a minimum of fuss.
  • Wrench Wench: Ahsoka, taking after her master, has become a skilled mechanic during the series; in the Mortis trilogy, she is shown repairing a badly wrecked shuttle by herself and even modifying the repairs at Obi-Wan's request.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: While fighting Obi-Wan in "Kidnapped", Darts D'Nar at one point hoists Obi-Wan high over his head and then slams him down onto the floor.

     X-Y 
  • Xanatos Gambit: Palpatine is the Big Good chancellor of the Republic and he's also the Big Bad on the Seperatist side. He'll be in power no matter which side wins.
  • You Are Number Six:
    • When Aurra Singh and Boba Fett send Mace Windu a video threatening to execute hostages if Mace does not come face them, they demand one of the clone's name before executing him. He contemptuously replies that he is CT-411. Anakin, watching the video with Mace, sadly comments that he was 'Ponds'.
    • General Krell makes a deliberate point of referring to every clone trooper by their identification number instead of by the nicknames that they have been given by fellow clones. He does refer to Sergeant Appo by his nickname, and even uses Rex's name at one point, so it seems that using the identification numbers is something he only does when he is mad at the clone in question or when he is proving a point. Which is most of the time.
  • You Fool!: At the conclusion of Umbara arc, General Krell decrees that Dogma was "the biggest fool of all."
  • You Have Failed Me:
    • Grievous, frequently, but it helps that he does this to droids. One episode had a droid continually irritating him, and any viewer who saw the trailer was wondering when he would get his head smacked off.
    • In a more brutal example, the leader of Death Watch casually kills one of his men for failing to kill Obi-Wan. Death Watch themselves get hit with this by Dooku for failing to get rid of Satine. They survived, but now they're independent.
    • Count Dooku quotes the complete line when he disavows Asajj Ventress as his apprentice and orders her death. Particularly painful since she had not actually failed him, but Darth Sidious wanted to test Dooku's loyalty.
      Count Dooku: You have failed me for the last time.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • After delivering a captured R2-D2 to the Separatists, Trandoshan scavenger Gha Nachkt demands a higher fee from General Grievous, who promptly gives him a "bonus" in the form of a lightsaber through his gut.
    • Argyus received "payment" for his help in freeing Nute Ginray, courtesy of Ventress.
    • The Son gave Ahsoka a Touch of Death after she delivers to him the only weapon that can kill the Father.
    • Dooku does this to Moralo Eval when his testing course for the bounty hunters is easily outwitted. Fortunately for Eval, he did this by forcing him to fight Rako Hardeen to the death. Since Hardeen is Obi-Wan in disguise, he spares Eval. As such, Eval just got replaced by Cad Bane as team leader.
  • You Killed My Father:
    • Boba Fett's quest for revenge against Mace Windu for killing his father/genetic template Jango in Attack of the Clones.
    • "Padawan Lost" features a father determined to avenge the death of his son.
  • Young and in Charge:
    • Ahsoka was fourteen at the begining of the series, but as a Padawan she was automatically ranked as a Commander.
    • In the Season 4 premier, part of the reason the Quarrens refused to accept Prince Lee-Char as the new King of Mon Calamari was his young age.
    • Boba Fett is seen several times leading (or trying to lead) groups of bounty hunters far older and more experienced than he is. Lampshaded by Asajj Ventress
      Ventress: Boss? He is your boss?
      Boba: You got a problem with that?!
  • You Remind Me of X:
    • At the conclusion of "Arc Troopers," Commander Cody and Captain Rex congratulate Echo and Fives on their performance during the battle. Rex explains that they showed valor and real courage, and then says that they reminded him of himself.
    • When Dogma is first introduced, Anakin remarks that his determination and reflexive obedience to orders reminds him of Captain Rex. Rex concedes that that might have been true, but only back in the day.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Discussed in regards to the Onderon freedom fighters, who Obi-Wan is worried might become terrorists under the wrong circumstances. He joins the mission with Anakin and Ahsoka to hopefully keep them in the "freedom fighter" category.
  • You Shall Not Pass: See Heroic Sacrifice.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: When Captain Rex is going to execute General Krell, Krell taunts him over his inability to pull the trigger and his inherent weakness. Too bad for him that Dogma is there to pull the trigger.

     Z 
  • Zerg Rush:
    • The standard (And admitted) battle droid strategy. Due to the use of Hollywood Tactics, this often becomes the Clone strategy as well.
    • After Obi-Wan freed them from Separatist captivity, a horde of twi'leks save him and exact their revenge by swarming over a droid battle tank and ripping apart the tactical droid commander with their bare hands.