Western Animation: Star Wars: The Clone Wars aka: The Clone Wars
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Subtlety has never been one of your strong suits. Anakin Skywalker: Everything I learned, I learned from you. Obi-Wan Kenobi: If only that were true.
A CG-animated film and television series set in the Star Wars universe, covering the period betweenEpisode II and III. The film was released in the United States in August 2008 while the TV series debuted on Cartoon Network in fall 2008.It's easy to confuse this series with Star Wars: Clone Wars, Genndy Tartakovsky's 2003 mini-episodic Animated Series, which also aired on Cartoon Network and covers the same time period. The Clone Wars, while having no writers in common, borrows many design and plot elements from its predecessor. George Lucas is a producer while Dave Filoni (known for his work on Avatar The Last Airbender) is director and head writer.The film began development as a three-part pilot episode arc for the series, but was converted into a Compilation Movie after Lucas screened the episodes himself. The movie was generally panned by critics and subject to fan backlash, but being a Star Wars production, was still financially successful.The series itself has been better received, likely because it is shown in the medium for which it was intended. A major advantage of the television format and choice timeslot is the inclusion of PG-13 level content. Characters are killedin unsettling and dramatic fashion, and some adult language and mild sexual content have slipped in under the radar. Like Clone Wars, episodes feature more obscure Jedi, stories centered entirelyaround Clone Troopers and sometimes even the politicians. There is also a set of novels set during the events of the series.The series was designed in an anthology format with Anachronic Order as a very intentional stylistic choice. Each season there is a loosely connectedStory Arc (most two or three part episodes) while the "Filler" tends to jump around to any point in the timeline. This has resulted in some Story Arcs being told almost in reverse.The series finished its run after 5 seasons in March 2013 much to the surprise of fans who assumed Disney would continue it. Material that was already in production for Season 6 will be finished and released in a yet-undefined format.Recaps of the show are under construction here.See Clone Wars Gambit for the novel tie-ins.For the unfamiliar, the Clone Wars was a period in Star Wars history that was the result of "Separatists" leading a rebellion against the Galactic Republic. The Republic didn't have a unified military and the Separatists were well financed with a droid army. But it was revealed in Episode II: Attack of the Clones that a secret conspiracy gave the Republic a fully stocked and trained clone army, which served to stretch out the war.The Jedi serve as the generals of the war, with their own legion and loyal clone commanders. Anakin Skywalker is forcibly given a Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, and they deal with the various battles and adventures fought during this epic war. If you've seen Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (which is set three years after Attack of the Clones), you knowhow this war ends.
Ahsoka, who just as often rescues her Jedi instructor as he rescues her.
Whenever Padme actually starts fighting, she tears things up.
Other female characters appear more sporadically, but their action scenes are of similar high quality. Even Duchess Satine of Mandalore, an Actual Pacifist, manages to take care of herself while remaining completely non-lethal.
In The Clone Wars webcomic "Departure", C-3PO and Jar Jar Binks meet "Dannl Faytonni" and "Ach Med-Beq". The latter pair are characters based on cameos by Anthony Daniels and Ahmed Best in the bar scene in Attack of the Clones.
There is a character named "Satine" with whom Obi-Wan, originally played in the prequels by Ewan McGregor, has a romantic entanglement that ends tragically.
The Mandalorian assassin in "Duchess of Mandalore" is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, the voice of the clone troopers (who are cloned from Jango Fett, a Mandalorian bounty hunter).
Satine is this, being bound and determined to keep her people out of the war. This is somewhat ironic as she happens to be the Duchess of Mandalore, whose people were once some of the most feared warriors in the galaxy. The local rebel group "Death Watch" violently disagrees with her, and hopes to return their planet to its past ways.
Aesop Amnesia: In the first-season episode "Storm over Ryloth", Ahsoka disobeys orders to pull back and gets most of her fighter squadron killed, which naturally makes her feel like mud. In the season two premier, Ahsoka is in the exact same situation and given just about the same orders, the only difference being that she is commanding troops on the ground rather than starfighters. Obi-Wan tells her that she is putting her troops' lives in danger. You would think this would make her stop and think, rather than continuing to do the same thing that she did in the previous episode, but instead, Obi-Wan and Anakin practically have to drag her off of the battlefield.
Air Vent Passageway: The writers seem to be in love with this trope as everyone seems to escape from fights by way of air vent. Hondo proves he's Dangerously Genre Savvy by immediately recognizing the trick and having smoke bombs dropped into the vents to flush out the occupants.
The Alcatraz: The Citadel can be found on a remote, volcanic planet. The tower is full of traps, and guarded by battalions of droids. It's explicitly stated that even if someone manages to escape the institute, they still can't really go anywhere because the landscape is almost impossible to cross—especially while being chased. And then to get off the planet they need a ship, and still have to cross the Separatist blockade.
All There in the Manual: A lot of major plot points are explained in the opening narration or the webcomics, without being featured in the actual episodes.
The most egregious example so far was at the end of "Dooku Captured" and the beginning of "The Gungan General". "Dooku Captured" ended with pirates attempting to subdue Obi-Wan and Anakin with drugged drinks. The two notice the attempt and easily avoid it by switching drinks with the pirates they are sitting next to, whom promptly pass out. In "The Gungan General", however, they have both somehow been drugged and imprisoned, with no on-screen explanation as to how this had happened. This was only explained in the webcomic.
Other elements involve plot points made more explicit in the Expanded Universe, like the reason Aurra Sing has such a grudge against the Jedi is because she was trained as a Jedi and always resented them and their authority.
An Aesop: At the opening of every episode is a quote that is to be the moral of the episode.
Anachronic Order: Though the show has multi-episode story arcs, stand-alone episodes and arcs as a whole are aired anachronistically. By making each episode mostly self-contained, you are able to discover additional elements that surround a story you had already seen. Even the official episode guides are chipping in, helping with the identification and leading to some All There in the Manual moments.
Chronologically the story order surrounding the planet Christophis is "Cat and Mouse" (season 2: episode 16), "The Hidden Enemy" (1:16) and then The Movie.
The story around the planet Ryloth seems to go "Supply Lines" (3:03), "Ambush" (1:1) and the Ryloth Trilogy (1:19-21).
"Clone Cadets" (3:1) takes place before "Rookies" (1:5). "ARC Troopers" (3:2) then continues the story of a particular pair of clone troopers.
"Holocron Heist" to "Children of the Force" (2:1-2:3) take place before "Evil Plans" (3:8), "Hostage Crisis" (1:22) and "Hunt for Ziro" (3:9), which form their own arc in that order.
"Heroes On Both Sides" (3:10) and "Pursuit of Peace" (3.11) take place before "Senate Murders" (2:15).
In season 5, the Onderon and Young Jedi arcs take place prior to events with Darth Maul, since Adi Gallia is around in the former and Hondo's base on Florrum is still intact (at least until the end of the latter).
And Then What?: At the end of the Umbara arc, a dejected Rex and Fives discuss the war. When Fives attempts to cheer Rex up by pointing out that the war will eventually end, Rex wonders what will happen to all the clones once it does. Fives does not know, and cannot think of anyone who does.
Animesque: Which is impressive, considering that the series is entirely CGI.
Animorphism: The Daughter and Son can turn, respectively, into a griffin and a gargoyle at will.
Armed With Canon: George Lucas' approach to many elements of the show, which he sometimes outlines in precise details for the writers to use.
Army of the Dead: The Nightsisters are able to revive the corpses of their fallen to battle on their behalf. Though effective against droids, Grievous treated them like a nuisance.
Art Evolution: The show started off fairly high quality, especially for an All-CGI Cartoon, but the art style lend itself to making the characters look like mannequins and outside of action scenes they would be rather stiff. Later episodes improved upon the facial expressions as well as the character movement, in addition to a Jedi costume switch from (easily animated) body armor and gauntlets to the tunics they are seen wearing in the movies.
Artistic License - Military: Naturally, the military in Star Wars greatly differs from pretty much anything here on Earth, but it's generally accepted that faking a surrender (which is done at least twice throughout the series - by the Republic) is a pretty significant war crime. Of course, it's only considered wrong when the Separatists do it.
Satine and Obi-Wan have one of these moments in the episode, "Voyage of Temptation", when upon being attacked by numerous tiny droids, Satine whips out a droid deactivator and begins firing whilst Obi-Wan defends with his lightsaber.
Jedi General Ima-Gun Di and his clone officer Captain Keeli perform this feat during their last stand on Ryloth.
Ima-Gun Di: Captain Keeli! Keeli: I'm not finished yet, Sir... we can do this, General! Ima-Gun Di: Then let's make the end memorable!
Obi-Wan and Ventress, of all people, have a moment of this in "Revenge".
The commander of the Citadel executes droids not just for failure, but even for discovering somebody else's failure.
Surprisingly averted with Hondo Ohnaka, who appears to treat his men remarkably well. For a pirate boss, anyway.
Bad Guys Do The Dirty Work: After a fashion. The show frequently has characters who are not villains perform actions which are not evil, but which are nonetheless morally grey and provide an ethical dilemma for the other characters.
Rex himself got in on the action in the Zygerrian arc. Keeper Agruss bragged that a Jedi couldn't kill an unarmed man. Rex isn't a Jedi, and Agruss really had it coming.
Bad News, Irrelevant News: In "A Sunny Day in the Void", Wac informs Colonel Gascon that he has good news and bad news. The bad news is that the ship is flying into a large group of comets. The good news is that he'll have an excuse for the council if his mission fails because of it.
Bald of Awesome: Mace Windu of course. And many clone troopers shave their heads, Rex included.
Bald of Evil: As of Season Four, Pre Vizsla has shaved his head, and received a nasty scar from a fight with Count Dooku.
Asajj Ventress, though she's considerably less evil since Dooku abandoned her in Season 3 and she's moved on to bounty hunting and controlling her own destiny.
Batman Gambit: Dooku and Ziro's treachery. They create conflict for episodes and even multi-episodes by exploiting how their betrayee will react.
In "A Friend In Need", Lux Bonteri barges into a peace negotiation to loudly proclaim that Dooku murdered his mother. He is brought to a hologram of Dooku for this. Lux knew that he would be, and brought a signal tracker so he could find where Dooku was hiding. His escape didn't seem well thought-out, but Ahsoka did interrupt.
In "A Necessary Bond", R2 cons his way past a droid security checkpoint by getting belligerent with the guards about his clearance. The leader, taking offense at an astromech droid talking back to him, warns that he could have R2 melted down before letting him go by.
In "Secret Weapons", Wack tricks a pair of Super Battledroids into a closet by claiming to be under orders from General Grievous to run a security check, having them "hide" in the closet so he can trigger a power surge without damaging them.
Beauty Is Never Tarnished/Bullet Proof Fashion Plate: During the Zygerian arc, an entire colony of togrutas had been forced into a mining facility, and they had been kept there for about two weeks at the least. Despite this none of them had any bruises, scratches or even dirt on their faces when Obi-Wan was sent there too. It's made even more poignant because Obi-Wan was already full of bruises, his tunic torn and singed when he arrived.
The Bechdel Test: With the anthology nature of the series and its rotating cast, the main characters vary from episode to episode. This results in several episodes that revolve almost solely around female protagonists, and other episodes which pass the test even with male characters present.
In the colony town on Kiros, all the buildings are designed after the Togruta's horns.
Coruscant's undercity is so massive there are skyscrapers hanging down from the layer above.
Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: At first glance, you wouldn't think that Asajj Ventress is actually female member of Darth Maul's race. Female Dathomirians tend to have chalk-white skin, and if they have any hair, it'll also be chalky in color. Males look more like Darth Maul himself, with red/gold and black skin and a crown of horns on their heads. It originally started out as a Gender Equals Breed, with the Nightsisters originally being humans, who have been crossbreeding with the Zabrak Nightbrothers for generations, and by the time of the Clone Wars they became a race of their own.
Blond Guys Are Evil: Played straight with senate commando Captain Argyus, and more mildly with the Mandalorian Death Watch leader, as well as the rest of his sect.
Blood Knight: Clone trooper "Hardcase" seems to be turning into one of these. He wields a Z-6 rotary cannon and seems to enjoy standing out in the open hosing down the enemy while bellowing things like "you want a piece of this?" even when ordered to seek cover. Other clones speculate his tank must have been damaged in some way while he was gestating.
The Mandalorian Death Watch are made of this trope. They torment droids by taking potshots at them, and they torch unarmed settlements for fun.
Bloodless Carnage: Justified in most cases, as lightsabers and blasters would cauterize wounds instantly, with occasional aversions.
Played straight during the Nightsisters arc, Ventress spears and slashes several Nightbrothers, and Savage tears through clone troopers, as well as two Jedi (outright impaling one of them) and not a drop of blood is seen. This is with an ordinary spear, mind you.
Averted with Riff Tamson, whose explosive death results in a murky cloud of blood trailing from floating chunks of flesh and his severed head.
Body Count Competition: "Landing at Point Rain", Anakin and Ahsoka start one up. At the end, Anakin has 55 while Ahsoka has 60. Then Ki-Adi-Mundi says he has 65 and asks what his prize was. It is simply Anakin's respect, though admittedly this is not easy to come by.
Savage Opress's transformation in "Monster", where his body mutates into a larger, more powerful form. His bones audibly crack as they expand, and his horns visibly extend from his skull.
Obi-Wan's transformation into "Rako Hardeen" (from "Deception), which involves his skin visibly warping, and his skull reshaping itself to create his new face. Judging from his reactions, the procedure was very painful.
Darth Maul's condition in "Brothers". His missing lower body has been replaced with a crude, spider-like apparatus, his horns have tripled in length, he has lost an unhealthy amount of weight, and there are veins visible all over his body. His symptoms are healed by Mother Talzin, and his missing legs replaced with a more humanoid prosthetic, in the following episode.
In "Hostage Crisis", the bounty hunters manage to disable and capture Anakin after he tries to stop their invasion of the senate building. However, instead of just killing him, like they did with every other soldier who tried to stop them, they tie him up and leave him with the senators, planning to kill him with a bomb later.
In "Nightsisters", Asajj Ventress decides to get revenge on Count Dooku after he betrays her, and is given a poison dart that will impair his sight and reflexes so she can defeat him in the ensuing fight. Just making it a lethal poison is never even considered.
In hindsight, it seems that Talzin needed Dooku alive to teach Savage Opress, so to use a more subdued poison and give Dooku a fighting chance might have been the point. Ventress probably didn't have any real reason to believe that Mother Talzin wouldn't use her best preparations to help assassinate Dooku.
In the final arc of Season Five, in the second to last episode, Barriss Offee attacks and knocks out Assaj Ventress and takes her mask and lightsabers to pose as her when she attacks Ahsoka, but, does not kill her. Eventually, Anakin finds out from Ventress about Ahsoka contacting Barriss, and Anakin manages to bring Barriss to justice.
Boom, Headshot: In season three's "Counter Attack", the commander of the Citadel executes a clone trooper with a direct shot to the face during his interrogation of the captured Jedi. Lucky for the rest of the clones, Commander Cody was next in line, so fate had to intervene.
Bounty Hunter: Season two was actually advertised as "Rise of the Bounty Hunters".
Broad Strokes: Typical for Star Wars, though this series has its own place in regular Star Wars canon. Star Wars has a complicated "level" system of canonicity, starting with the films and then working down to include novels, comics, , specials and other entries in the Expanded Universe, with each entry receiving its own level determining its place in Star Wars history. Details from the "lower" levels are taken as needed to fit the story of this series, with frequent input from George Lucas on what is or is not an immutable part of official canon.
In "A Friend In Need", the village being held hostage by the Death Watch.
But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Dooku acts like this when discussing the death of Mina Bonteri with Lux. He claims he can't recall her death since it was so meaningless on a grand scale. It's clear he's just doing it to be a jerk, though.
Captain Ersatz: Savage Opress was explicitly created as replacement for Darth Maul: the species, the double-bladed red lightsaber, ferocious fighting style, being Maul's brother no less. Ironically, he proved so popular with the crew and George Lucas, the next move was to bring back Darth Maul himself and teaming the two up. Time will tell whether Opress ends up being Overshadowed by Awesome.
And the answer, as of the end of season five, is "nope".
"The Box" episode featured no less than 13 bounty hunters, of which only 5 made it to the end. To avoid killing off popular characters and to save production costs of making new models, quite a lot of them are simply re-colored versions of pre-existing bounty hunters: Jakolli is an Expy of Greedo, Twazzi is an Expy of Rumi Paramita (from "The Bounty Hunters"), Mantu is an Expy of Chata Hyoki (from "Pursuit of Peace"), Sixtat is almost identical to a minor nameless character is "Wookiee Hunt".
Throughout the series there are hints of Anakin's future as Darth Vader, with circumstances frequently pushing him to more pragmatic and cold-blooded actions during the war. As the war progresses he has engaged in Cold-Blooded Torture and allowed his Clone Troopers to execute prisoners.
Asajj Ventress gets some in "Nightsisters". Before that, she was just a Card-Carrying Villain in the show, although in her earlier portrayal in the Dark Horse comics, she had more depth.
Characterization Marches On: In Pre Vizsla's first appearences, he was a political terrorist bent on rebuilding the Mandalorian warrior culture. When we see him again in Season 4, he has become a psychotic madman who burns down villages for fun.
The Chessmaster: Palpatine's manipulating almost everybody to make sure the war lasts as long and becomes as intense as possible. "Duchess of Mandalore" is perhaps the only episode where he suffers a real defeat.
The Chew Toy: If you're a battle droid, then it sucks to be you.
Ahsoka. Some characters have called attention to it, but nobody really sees a problem with sending a fourteen-year-old into fatal situations when, by the very definition of being a Padawan, she has not yet even completed her training. This is especially evident in the early episodes, when Ahsoka would become depressed and self-critical after a defeat, showing that she is unable to cope with the emotional toll of warfare. After the short timeskip, the older Ahsoka instead seems to be more annoyed that Anakin has apparently realized this himself, and is holding her back from the more dangerous missions.
In "Arc Troopers," during a Separatist invasion of Kamino several troopers wind up in the barracks for the still-children clones undergoing basic training. The cadets are armed and brought into the fight as part of a trap set for the droids sent to kill them and the other clones still being trained.
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Dooku and the Separatist Generals have a persistent habit of screwing over the local leaders and/or populations they ally with for help in taking over systems - sometimes for failing to fall in line as utterly as they want, sometimes for no real reason at all. Given that it's run by a pair of Sith Lords, the all time masters of backstabbing once they no longer need people (or even because they need people), it's not surprising.
In seasone one's "The Hidden Enemy," the question of a problem during the cloning procedure is raised in order to help explain the actions of a rogue trooper.
The blues are revealed to be an expanding issue in season three. With Jango dead, the cloning agents do not have fresh genetic stock, so Jango's stored template has been used more than intended. While they seem to be pretty good at keeping problems to a minimum, there are defective clones.
The clones' uniforms tell who they serve under. Blue for members of the 501st, which can usually be seen along side Anakin, and orange for the 212th attack battalion which is under Obi-Wan's command. Red is for those stationed on Coruscant.
In "The Carnage of Krell", the Clone Troopers are members of the 501st and thus wear blue, and the enemy Umbarans wearing stolen uniforms wear yellow. Except the "enemies" are clone troopers, as well, and both sides have been told the other were impersonators so they would wipe each other out.
After some time trying to figure out how they were going to portray General Grievous, he was eventually made to be more than willing to use cheap tactics and sic magnaguards on his target before going in himself. It makes his presence much different than Asajj Ventress or Count Dooku and makes him different than a straight-up badass.
Cad Bane lives this trope, since he's a non-Force user who often finds himself fighting Jedi.
Pre Vizsla will not hesitate to use blasters, flamethrowers or his jetpack to get the edge in a fight with a Jedi.
"Witches of the Mist" starts with a short appearance by Delta Squad. They may get more action at some point, as the director admits to being a big fan of them.
The season three finale has one with Tarfful, the Wookiee Chieftain that fans of Star Wars Republic Commando should also immediately recognise. Also, some of the Trandoshans use the energy shotguns from that game.
Continuity Snarl: The Star Wars Expanded Universe is not a single hard-and-fast canon. If George Lucas gives his consent for a production to be canon, then that production can supersede different portions of the EU, which is separated into separate levels. This series is "T-canon," which is one level higher than the Expanded Universe, but one level below the films. The original microseries was "C-canon," which is the same level as comics, books, etc. All works are canon, but some take precedence if there is a conflict. See here for more information. This means that even characters, planets, etc. that originated in the EU, like Asajj Ventress and Ryloth, can have their backstories changed for the purposes of an episode or two. Word Of God has said the novels are the canonical sequels to the Original Trilogy, as most of the recent productions which directly spring from Lucas are placed within the era of the prequel films and earlier.
WIRED: What about the reports that Episodes 7, 8, and 9 - which exist in novel form - will never reach the screen?
GEORGE LUCAS: The sequels were never really going to get made anyway, unlike 1, 2, and 3, where the stories have existed for 20 years. The idea of 7, 8, and 9 actually came from people asking me about sequels, and I said, "I don't know. Maybe someday." Then when the licensing people came and asked, "Can we do novels?" I said do sequels, because I'll probably never do sequels.
It turns out that while he won't, Disney will. How that will tie into current canon remains to be seen.
In "A Test of Strength", Ahsoka plans to get Hondo's pirates off her ship by firing the engines to disrupt the seal on their docking clamp. The resulting lack of pressure will suck everyone back through the docking tube. Aside from dragging one unfortunate pirate through the hole, this plan works pretty much as intended.
Used in "Point of No Return" to clear a room of buzz droids.
Contractual Immortality: No matter how dire the situation, we already know Anakin and Obi-Wan are going to live, as well as everyone who was in Revenge Of The Sith.
Convection Schmonvection: Zig-zagged in "Citadel Rescue". The episode takes place almost entirely in arms reach of a massive lava flow, yet can't even manage internal consistency. Characters hang mere meters over the lava with no problem in one scene, yet the burial cloak for a Jedi burns before it even touches it. Animals die instantly, yet said Jedi's wrapped corpse somehow floats downstream and the worst that happens is it is still on fire.
Cool Bike: Speeder-bikes, the Star Wars equivalent, make frequent appearances. They come in non-armed "swoop" configurations, blaster-wielding military models, and even with gunnery-mounted sidecars on occasion.
Creepy Crossdresser: Ziro the Hutt, a Giant crossdressing evil purple space slug version of Truman Capote.
Curb-Stomp Battle: In the first aired episode of the series, Yoda beats Ventress, who foolishly thinks she can challenge him using nothing but the force. Essentially, the entire scene showed that she would never be a threat to him.
Savage Opress single-handedly demolishes a batallion of clones and slaughters two Jedi in "Monster".
Darth Maul and Savage curb-stomp Obi-Wan in "Revenge", with Maul distracting him, then Savage getting the drop on him, brutally overpowering Obi-Wan, and ending with both of them beating Obi-Wan unconscious.
Grevious and his army against the night sisters in "Massacre".
Day in the Limelight: Many episodes will be dedicated to minor characters. "Bombad Jedi" and "Shadow Warrior" has Jar Jar, "Lair of Grievous" has Kit Fisto, etc.
Deadpan Snarker: Obi-Wan sure loves dispensing sarcastic quips, even in the middle of a battle.
Deconstruction: The tie-in novels written by Karen Traviss can be considered deconstructions of many aspects of the series. No Prisoners in particular calls attention to the problems with the orthodox Jedi code and leadership, among other things.
In "Hostage Crisis" (written by Eoghan Mahony), Anakin makes a large speech about how Padme is the single most important thing in his life, whereas she seems preoccupied by the duties and responsibilities of her office and their obligations to the Republic. However, in "Senate Spy" (written by Melinda Hsu), their positions are diametrically reversed, and Padme becomes upset when Anakin lectures her on the nature of responsibility and the duties they have that supersede their personal desires.
The Nightsisters, introduced in the EU novel The Courtship of Princess Leia, were regarded as "witches" because their planet had lost the knowledge of the Force and could only explain their power through magic and witchcraft. With the exception of using verbal "spells" (which worked because they thought that was the only way to get their magic to work), they had none of the trappings of stereotypical witchcraft. In The Clone Wars, they have all the trappings of Hollywood Witches - they refer to their groupings as "covens", use potions and cast spells upon weapons.
Determinator: Savage Opress is a nice break from the proud Clone Wars villainous tradition of running away as soon as they encounter someone who can match them in battle. Not only does he continue to fight multiple enemies, all of who outclass him, in rapid succession, he also shrugs off repeated blaster shots, Force lightning and slamming against walls, which would have instantly killed or at least incapacitated most other people. By the time he did retreat he was half dead from all the abuse he took.
Diabolus ex Machina: In "Bound for Rescue", the Jedi younglings report Ahsoka's capture to Obi-Wan, who insists they stay put while he arranges a rescue. It takes less than a minute for Separatist warships to hyperspace in and attack his fleet, negating his ability to help, while the younglings find their ship will explode if it doesn't land, forcing them to go to Florrum anyway.
Die Hard on an X: Anakin channels John McClane when Cad Bane takes some hostages in the Senate Building. Though because of a complicated set-back he finds himself without his lightsaber, limiting his normal strategy and leads to an interesting situation that forces him to fight an assassin droid bare-handed.
Disaster Democracy: In "Nomad Droids", after R2-D2 and C-3PO accidentally kill the leader of a group of Lilliputians, they want to put the droids in charge, and C-3PO holds an impromptu election. The three candidates proceed to beat each other up afterwards while the droids leave the system.
According to the official site, Chairman Chi Cho's behavior, accent, and dialogue were supposed to bring to mind apartheid-era South African dictators. The battle itself is similar to the Battle of Isandlwana in the Zulu Wars. In Isandlwana you have a clear tech advantage in the hands of the British that is wasted due to an arrogant commander stretching his forces too thinly for their superior firepower to overcome the enemies' superior numbers and arguably superior tactics, which is exactly what happens.
The New Mandalorians, who are a race of tall, mostly blond, blue-eyed humans with long, angular facial features desperately trying to distance themselves from their ancestors' reputation as brutal conquerors. Opposing them are the Death Watch, who want to return to traditional Mandalorian ways, and whose über-Aryan-looking leader wears his hair◊ in a slight variation of the stereotypical Wehrmacht cut.
"Sabotage" has the Jedi being protested for their involvement in an increasingly unpopular war. Any number of real-world war protests could apply.
Savage Opress also predictably turns on Ventress, who treated him even worse than Dooku did either of them.
Doomed by Canon/Restricted Expanded Universe: All the material set chronologically after this show has pretty much guaranteed that most of the main cast and supporting cast will either die/be Put on a Bus or survive anything that comes their way. Examples include: General Grievous and Anakin being unable to meet face to face, due to Revenge of the Sith being their first actual meeting; any so-called "decisive blow against the Republic/Separatists" being doomed to failure; and all of Padme's attempts at a diplomatic solution being sabotaged or ineffective.
Its almost as bad for Latts from "Bounty", whose species has been established as being almost entirely extinct by the time of ROTJ.
Double Standard: Abuse—Female on Male: Averted. The Nightsisters' cruel abuse of the Nightbrothers, to the point of brainwashing and forcing one to murder his own brother so they can use him as a pawn in a scheme to kill Dooku is not portrayed as ok. Savage turns on Ventress rapidly for her abuse and tries to Force strangle her, and the whole scheme ends in total failure and a subsequent vicious retaliatory massacre of the Nightsisters by General Grievous.
The Dragon: There is so much Man Behind the Man stuff on the Separatists' side that the only person who really resembles the role is Asajj Ventress, who is sent out specifically to make the heroes' job harder in Dooku's name. Grievous clearly thinks he has this role, but whenever they're in the same scene it's very clear who's really Dooku's top subordinate. However, since Ventress' abandonment, Grievous has definitely taken up the role (although Savage Opress served as Dooku's Dragon for a brief time as well).
In the episode "Clone Cadets", the troopers of Domino Squad are under the charge of Master Chief Petty Officer Bric, a Siniteen bounty hunter with an oversized brain and a scholarship to the R. Lee Ermey school of drill instruction. He does not seem to actually have his troops best interests at heart, but his tough style seems to work and get the troopers motivated to pass their exams.
Averted with his Arcona counterpart El-Les, who is rather caring for a drill instructor.
Driven to Suicide: A Twi'lek slave, after a failed assassination attempt on her master, throws herself off a balcony rather than continue being a slave.
Kit Fisto picked it up on the fly and it was awesome.
Asajj Ventress does this as her schtick.
General Grievous goes even farther by double dual wielding. He has four arms and is capable of using a lightsaber in each one.
Starting in season three, Ahsoka Tano gets in on the action.
General Krell dual-wields double-bladed lightsabers!
Obi-Wan and Darth Sidious join the list in season 5.
As well as Anakin Skywalker and Bariss Orfee in the the finale.
Dwindling Party: Domino Squad. In their first appearance in "Rookies" they lost Droidbait, who was the first to be killed by the invading droids, Cutup was eaten alive by a Rishi eel, and Hevy was forced to pull a Heroic Sacrifice when the bomb's remote had a malfunction. Echo and Fives survived, and upon returning to Kamino, they lost 99 a "honorable" member of their squad, just before they were made ARC-troopers. Then came the Citadel arc, which left Fives as the Sole Survivor of the squad.
Dynamic Entry: One of the droid commando squads enter a fight by throwing the basic battle droid at the clones.
El Cid Ploy: Jar Jar Binks needs to dress as Boss Leoni when the Gungan leader is in a coma after being brainwashed into leading the Gungans into war against the rest of Naboo.
Electric Jellyfish: The Hydroid Medusa from the Season 4 premiere. Justified since they're half-machine.
Elite Mooks: The coldly effective droid commandos, who display a level of competence and ruthlessness far above and beyond that of their hapless B-1 cousins. Their commander actually uses a freaking sword. There are also a few others like the super battle droids, droidekas, and tactical droids.
Enemy Mine: Obi-Wan and Ventress team up against Maul and Savage in "Revenge".
This became the first of a couple of Enemy Mines Obi-Wan had against Maul. In Season 5 he teams up with the pirate Hondo Ohnaka (although his status as an enemy is debatable), and then later the Death Watch member Bo-Katan, who had gone against Maul's take-over of the Death Watch and Mandalore. Bo-Katan even Lampshades this when she does an earlier Enemy Mine with her sister, Satine.
Bo-Katan: The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Ahsoka and a couple of Jedi younglings also teamed up with Hondo and his pirates in order to fight General Grievous and escape Florrum.
Enemy Rising Behind: In "Tipping Points", a damaged droid gunship is still active enough to level its blaster at Ahsoka while she's distracted.
Enhance Button: Used egregiously in "The Academy", where Ahsoka is able to use her handheld computer to enhance a hologram of a voiceless, cloaked figure, adding his face when it was never recorded in the first place. No amount of factors given by the hologram could have reliably allowed her computer to do such a thing.
Ensign Newbie: Rex explicitly points out to Ahsoka that, regardless of what her technical rank is, experience and knowledge in combat is what really counts.
Establishing Character Moment: The slave pen warden in the episode adaption of Slaves of the Republic has one when he drops a band of slaves down into an inactive volcano, killing them through the sheer drop, just to make a point to Obi-Wan of how he intended to break his will.
Even Evil Has Standards: Cad Bane saves Rako Hardeen when Moralo Eval tries to kill him. Not because he cared for Hardeen, but because Eval purposefully cheated Hardeen out of victory then caused the floor to fall out beneath him. Bane felt that Eval should at least give him a fair fight.
The pirate Hondo Ohnaka hates Sith Lords and Separatists (mainly because they can't be bargained with like reasonable people) and also claims he doesn't like taking children into battle.
Everything's Deader with Zombies: The "Legacy of Terror" episode had alien insect warrior zombies, followed by clone trooper and Jedi zombies (well, just one Jedi zombie) in the next episode. Nightsister zombies make an appearance two seasons later.
Evil Chancellor: Besides Palpatine, there is also the prime minister of Mandalore.
Evil Detecting Giant Monster: Word Of God says that the Zillo Beast knew Palpatine was evil and set out to hunt him down when it escaped the lab, though it's unclear whether or not he was serious.
When Anakin takes off on Dooku's speeder bike to save Ahsoka in the movie, Dooku is said to be "(LAUGHING MALICIOUSLY)" according to the subtitles.
Riff Tamson seems determined to laugh evilly once for every 5-10 lines of actual dialogue he has.
Once General Krell admits that he is a traitor, he laughs deeply in every following conversation.
Evil Sounds Deep: Savage Opress gets a deeper voice after the Nightsisters take control of him with their magic. Being voiced by Clancy Brown helps too.
Evil Versus Evil: Count Dooku has to betray Asajj Ventress at Sidious' request, nearly resulting in her death. Asajj seeks shelter with the Nightsisters of Dathomir and begins plotting her revenge against Dooku. To this end she and the other Nightsisters train one of the subjugated males on their planet, Savage Opress, to become a Force-using killer. Once this is done Mother Talzin, leader of the Nightsisters, offers Savage to Count Dooku as his new apprentice. The plan is for Savage to work his way into Dooku's confidence, learn to become even deadlier under the Sith Lord's tutelage, and finally murder him when the time is right. Opress does betray Dooku eventually, but fails to kill him. A frustrated Ventress turns on Opress because she believes he is too weak, resulting in Opress attacking her. A lightsaber duel with all three of them trying to kill one another ensues, amazingly with none of the three dying. Talzin helps Opress go into hiding to avoid Separatist retribution, and then welcomes Ventress back, convincing her to forget about Dooku and begin a new life on Dathomir as a full-fledged Nightsister. Just when it seems like this conflict has finally ended and Ventress is becoming happy with her new family, Dooku orders Generel Grievous to attack Dathomir and wipe out all of the Nightsisters for not only supporting Ventress, but sending Savage Opress to kill him. Grievous succeeds, leaving Ventress distraught and more than likely wanting to go after Dooku once more...
In season 5, Darth Maul has successfully seized control of Mandalore, installed a puppet government and executed both Pre Vizsla and Duchess Satine, and is on the verge of expanding his conquests further. Moreover, he successfully drove Obi-Wan from Mandalore, and short of the Republic invading the system (unlikely, as Mandalore has declared itself neutral), there is nothing anyone can do to stop him. But of course, Darth Sidious has a few words for his former apprentice...
Exactly What I Aimed At: In a fight with Pre Vizsla, Ahsoka slashes his jetpack. He commends her on the close call, only for her to explain that she didn't miss. He quickly realizes that his jetpack is about to explode and ditches it.
Face Heel Turn: Senate Commando Captain Argyus, Clone Sergeant Slick, Pong Krell, Barriss Offee (in the Season 5 finale), and Clone Trooper Tup (in a preview clip of a bonus post-series arc).
Faceless Goons: Subverted. Though their bodies and voices are identical, many clones are portrayed with a surprising amount of individuality. A great deal sport varying tattoos and haircuts when seen without their armor. Some episodes will deal with the differences in certain clones' personalities, occasionally as a main plot point. For example, while most clones are depicted as totally believing in the cause of the war, others do not like it but simply go along with it. Others still have become extremely disillusioned with the war and develop a level of pacifism that borders on desertion or treason, which actually does in at least two episodes.
Failure Is the Only Option: There are several episodes dedicated to capturing Grievous, which never work. Obi-Wan notices and lampshades this trope at the end of "The Deserter", and you can see how much it disgusts him.
Faking the Dead: The Jedi hire a sniper to shoot Obi-Wan, who takes a drug to make it look like the shot killed him. Then they use Magic Plastic Surgery to make him look like the sniper and have him sent to prison, so he can infiltrate a plot to assassinate the Chancellor.
During the series even the technically identical clone troopers will be given a moment or two in order to establish a unique personality and general likability, and then will be killed in way that both uses or subverts the Discretion Shot.
Grievous graphically killed an alien mechanic/hacker with the lightsaber blade visibly tearing through his chest!
It is not just the villains carving people up with lightsabers, but the good guys, too. When Ahsoka is being attacked by a mind-controlled clone she takes out her lightsaber and guts him, with a close-up of the sword impacting the clone.
They really turned it up to eleven with flamethrowers being used on Geonosians. They burn and scream the whole scene and some of them got especially lucky with being sliced in vertical halves by the Jedi.
The season three "Nightsisters" arc is rife with this. Most notable are the many ways in which Asajj dismisses unsatisfactory Nightbrothers when she is selecting her future minion from among them, and said minion's test of loyalty.
During an escape scene in "Counter Attack", a clone dies in a rather horrible way: being cut in half by a vent's security doors, thankfully blocked out by a convenient door closing just prior.
Even Piell in the same trilogy gets mauled by an alien tiger. Though they skipped on showing the wounds he should have had, it's quite clear that it nearly tore out his throat.
Riff Tamson got blown to bits, with his severed head shown on screen.
In his first appearance in the show, Cad Bane snaps a guard's neck.
In "Bounty", Dengar kills two Kage Warriors by sticking remote explosives to their chests and detonating them; only the camera angle saves the viewers from the Ludicrous Gibs that could have been. And later, Krismo Sodi takes out Major Rigosso with an electrified sword through the gut.
In "Eminence", Savage Opress decapitates a room full of Black Sun vigos when they refuse to side with Darth Maul.
In "Shades of Reason", Darth Maul decapitates Pre Vizsla in a blatant execution.
In "Carnage of Krell," not only does Waxer had tearful last words, but Krell suddenly stops using his lightsabers on the clones and snaps a clone's spine over his knee. At the end, Dogma executes Krell onscreen.
Fantastic Slurs: Tinnies for droids, while Boyle calls the Twileks "Tail Heads" rather disparagingly in "Innocents of Ryloth".
Fauxshadow: The episode "The Deserter" gives an almost assured impression that Cut Lawquane would be killed by the episode's end in a sort of Heroic Sacrifice/Last Stand. He deserted the clone army on Geonosis, something that he feels greatly ashamed by, and that he thinks Rex would view him as a coward for doing so, but he mentions that if it came down to it, he would die to protect his adopted children, and when they are later attacked by droids Cut elects to hold them off himself, leaving Rex as the last line of defence between them and his family. He lives to the end, and Rex leaves him in peace with his family.
Fem Bot: The BD-3000 "Betty Droid" that was in the Galactic Senate building.
Finagle's Law: The opening quotation of season three's "Counter Attack" is "Everything that can go wrong will."
In "Brain Invaders", mind-controlled clones open fire on Barris and Ahsoka. When they manage to incapacitate Barris, one clone remarks that if there is one thing the clones know, it is how to take down Jedi.
In "Voyage of Temptation". "Who will strike first and brand themselves a cold-blooded killer?" Cue lightsaber through the chest from Anakin, complete with a subdued section of "The Imperial March" as the background music for the scene.
In "Overlords", The Daughter — the personification of the Light Side — tells Anakin he's forbidden to touch her, while The Son — the personification of the Dark Side — has no such reservations.
Also in the same episode, Anakin is shown by the son in a vision what he will become and in his efforts to prevent that harm, he turns to the dark side just like he is later convinced to do over preventing Padme's death.
In "Clone Cadets", Shaak Ti comments on how one of the clones, Echo, fails to adapt to the simulation known as The Citadel. Evan Piel says in "The Citadel" is "Adaptation is the key to survival". Guess who doesn't survive the episode after that?
In "Citadel Rescue", as Tarkin and Anakin shook hands before parting, a short section of "The Imperial March" was used as the background music.
Forgot About His Powers: Quite often, the Jedi need to gain hold of something just out of reach and, instead of grabbing it telekinetically like they did thirty seconds ago, they will instead try to grab it manually.
In "Children of the Force", Mace Windu literally steps into a painfully obvious trap to get the Holocron, while he could just as easily have used the force to grab it and not sprung the trap.
In "Lightsaber Lost", even though Ahsoka lifted, pulled and pushed numerous opponents throughout the episode, she never just uses the Force to grab her lightsaber from her opponent's hands.
In "Altar of Mortis", The Daugter decides the best way to stop The Son from killing The Father is to run between them and get stabbed in the back instead of using her telekinetic powers or turning into a griffin to knock him away, like she did earlier in the same episode.
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."
Frameup: In the final arc of season 5. Ahsoka is framed for the bombing of the Jedi temple and the murder of Letta, who was used as a proxy to deliver the bomb. She's then aided in escaping but made to look like she murdered several clones. On top of that, the real bomber then knocks out Ventress and borrows her helmet and lightsabers, in order to fool Ahsoka into thinking that Ventress is the bomber. To their credit, both Plo Koon and Anakin find it a tad convenient that Ahsoka just happens to be found next to a huge cache of explosives when they do catch her.
Freeze Frame Bonus: It's very hard to notice, but Palpatine's eyes go Sith yellow for a few moments in the season 5 finale during Barriss' rant against the Jedi.
From a Certain Point of View: Obi Wan's famed penchant for this is lampshaded in "The Voyage Of Temptation," when Satine refers to him as "a collection of half-truths and hyperbole."
Full Name Ultimatum: General Krell refers to Rex as CT-7567 most of the time. However, when he is sufficiently impressed by Rex's nerve, he calls him Rex. He also uses Sergeant Appo's nickname, probably because Appo has not ticked him off as much as Rex has yet.
Future Me Scares Me: Though time travel is not involved, Ahsoka is clearly scared by the vision of her older self warning her of the Dark Side. The same thing happens to Anakin when he sees what he will do as Darth Vader: he is so terrified, he cooperates with The Son. He figures that being evil now is far better than the monster he will become. Ultimately, he does not remember at the end of the episode and continues on his path unchanged.
Gasshole: How does Gha Nachkt first greet Anakin and Ahsoka? By farting in their faces of course!
General Failure: Pong Krell. It is better to have rested soldiers than tired soldiers, better to have high morale than low morale, and better to attack from cover than to attack without any cover. Krell sent tired soldiers to attack a city out in the open where they could be easily gunned down like fish in a barrel, and all this after letting them all know that as far as he was concerned, they were expendable pieces of crap. He's no Sun Tzu, that's for sure. As it turns out, he was intentionally sabotaging the Republic's efforts on Umbara so he'd have a good accomplishment to present to Dooku when he defected to the Separatists. Suffice to say, this comes back to bite him.
After several episodes of villains being paid for their services with a lightsaber through the back, the pirate leader Hondo Ohnaka, who captures Count Dooku in "Dooku Captured", knows better than to try and ransom him back to the Separatists. The Separatists will offer large amounts of cash, but then they will simply land an army and kill the lot of them. Better to deal with the Republic, who will probably actually front the cash. Of course, he then subverts it by capturing the Jedi that came to make sure the claim was legit (although to be fair on Hondo, he'd never dealt with a Jedi before, and it took outside intervention in order to help Anakin and Obi-Wan escape).
Hondo shows more genre savvyness when, in "A Test of Strength", he realizes that the younglings are hiding in the ventilation system, and orders his men to smoke them out.
Prime Minister Almec is very savvy. He knows that he may very well have to contend with Jedi considering that Obi-Wan Kenobi is a... friend of Duchess Satine, so he trains his co-conspirators to resist Jedi mind tricks and even trained them to play along if neccesary. However, they stop short of being Dangerously Genre Savvy by not using anything stronger to contain Ahsoka besides handcuffs, not even placing anybody in the already open cell right behind them.
Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Averted once - hearing someone say "What the hell?" on Cartoon Network was quite a surprise. Unfortunately the line has been removed from syndication, but not the violent death that preceded it. Later in the same episode there is a brief exchange that ends with "Like hell you did." The episode on iTunes and home release has both "hell" lines intact. Even funnier when you consider that in the same episode, Commander Cody only asks Rex "what the heck [he was] doing" when Rex shoots what appears to be a fellow clone in the head. It's actually just a droid, but still...
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's 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 doesn't use both of them at once in the latter two examples.
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).
Hand Cannon: Even though the DC-15S Blaster is categorized as a carbine, it's small enough, and very much light enough to handle as a pistol. More experienced soldiers like Captain Rex, or other troopers akin to him, seem to invoke this trope.
Subverted in "Weapons Factory", when Ahsoka and Barriss Offee assume that using their hijacked battle tank to destroy a power reactor will take them with it, and are prepared for a triumphant death in a blaze of glory. However, this particular battle tank was touted as invincible, and lived up to that. They find themselves trapped in the rubble afterward and the prospect of dying of either starvation or asphyxiation is much less appealing than death in combat.
In "Arc Troopers" "99", the deformed clone who does maintenance duties on Kamino, dies like a soldier while trying to get extra ammo for the troops fighting invading droids. For bonus points, Hevy was a friend of his, perhaps the only friend a defective clone like him ever had, and treated him like any other soldier. However, his death ultimately accomplished nothing, and could also be counted primarily as a Senseless Sacrifice.
In "Supply Lines", Master Di and his troops fight an unwinnable battle to stall the advancing droid army long enough for the Twi'leks to retreat. Di only goes down after hearing that supplies have come, and he had already been shot once and was the last man standing.
The Daughter does this twice in a row to save The Father and Ahsoka.
In "Shadow Warrior" Captain Tarpals allows himself to be run-through by General Grievous  in order to put himself in the proper position to disable Grievous in turn. Unfortunately, it eventually ends up not ending well.
Grevious: Tell me, how does dying feel?
Captain Tarpals: Not dying. Sacrifice!
Clone trooper Hardcase leaves his ship to get past the ray shields that are protecting the generators he and two other clones are there to destroy. He tells the other two troopers to fly away and escape the explosion, telling them to live to fight another day.
In "Missing in Action", Gregor takes out an entire shuttleport and himself with it to give D-Squad the time to escape, though the door is left open for his return.
In "Point of No Return", M5-BZ blows himself and a swarm of buzz droids out of an airlock to save the rest of D-Squad. R2 also tried to do this, but his Plot Armor is a lot thicker and he came out of it ok.
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 taking and stabbing Tamson with one of his own bombs.
Averted when Obi-Wan said that certain droids were "a dime a dozen".
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 just... painful to watch. Obi-Wan, Anakin and Muundi have to assault a very large well fortified factory that is protected by a bubble shield. Fortunately for the Republic they have total orbital dominance and almost all of the fortifications are outside of the shield and the jedi take advantage of this monumental blunder by... fighting their way through the defenses in a head on ground and low altitude air assault. They could have bombarded the entire surrounding area from orbit and turned the entire facilities garrison into molten glass but instead they charged headlong into the Geonosian defensive line and as a direct result Muundi got lost in a cave for a half an hour, Obi-Wan got shot down, completely surrounded and nearly overrun and Anakin and Ahsoka had to fight their way past what amounted to the Hoover Dam of doom.
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.
Hope Spot: During the Battle of Kamino, General Grievous and his droids are charging the chamber in which Jango Fett's DNA is being kept, which is guarded by ARC commander Colt and two regular troopers. We see them gun down droid after droid, then first one trooper is killed, then the other. Commander Colt takes cover behind a wall, reloads, breaks cover and starts firing away. Now, he's a badass ARC trooper, we know he's gonna — oh, wait, Asajj Ventress comes out of nowhere and force chokes him.
Hostage Situation: Defied by Anakin in the Zygerrian arc. When they threaten to kill the tortugan 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.
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.
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.
Seems to be picked up by anyone that goes up against Cad Bane. He's competent as is, but the Jedi consistently do stupid things to make his job easier.
Ahsoka's behavior in the season 3 finale has a minor amount of Idiot Ball to it. Kaleefa tries to Force Choke one of the hunters, but Ahsoka convinces her not to. Part of the reason is that Kaleefa is obviously doing it out of anger, a path to the Dark Side if ever there was one, but it doesn't seem to occur to Ahsoka that he'll give away their position if not killed, which he does mere seconds later.
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.
Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The droids. "Rookies" has one trooper evade droid fire for a few seconds by walking sideways. Their effectiveness varies, such as 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.
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 try these in the series: Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, the clone troopers, Padme, Yoda, and Cad Bane but Anakin probably has pulled this the most.
Infant Immortality: Averted. The season 3 opener shows towers of cloning tanks being destroyed during an attack on Kamino. That is hundreds of babies dying on-screen.
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.
Insignia Ripoff Ritual: Ahsoka gets her padawan braid taken when she's expelled from the Order in the season 5 finale. They offer it back once she's cleared, but she declines.
Invincible Hero: After Clone Wars promoted the Jedi into near unstoppable forces of nature, this series has toned it down a little to allow some drama. There are still come concerns from the fans that the good guys are winning nearly every conflict, but thankfully there are a few major villain victories to help offset that. Not to mention that "winning" is a Foregone Conclusion.
Invisible to Normals: A slight variation. Lightsaber crystals only glow for their intended owner, while others see nothing.
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 busted up their slaving operations thousands of years ago, reducing them to common slavers instead of a galaxy-spanning operation which benefited their entire planet.
Jerkass Has a Point: When Bric sabotages Domino squad, he's not doing it with their interests at heart, but Shaak Ti points out to El-Les that battlefield conditions will be even less forgiving and they need to figure this out (which ultimately derives from why living beings are considered superior to droids on the battlefield, because droids can't improvise).
Just a Machine: Ironically, the Jedi and clones view the battle droids this way despite said droids exhibiting a whole lot more personality and emotion than they did in the prequel trilogy. Obi-Wan even feels this way about Artoo.
Obi-Wan: R2 units are a dime a dozen. I'm sure you'll find a suitable replacement.
The clone troopers have become Australian, due to Dee Bradley Baker replicatingTemuera Morrison's New Zealand accent. They all have slight variations, making each clone distinct.
Aayla Secura, as played by Jennifer Hale, and the rest of the Twi'leks are French - a nod to the French Resistance.
The Pantorans are South African - a nod to Apartheid-era dictators.
The Felucians sound vaguely Japanese - a nod to Seven Samurai.
Kit Fisto has a slight Jamaican accent. Coming from Phil LaMarr, he sometimes sounds like Hermes Conrad from Futurama.
Just Hit Him: Both played straight and averted during Darts D'nar's fight with Obi-Wan in "Kidnapped". Darts throws Obi-Wan across the room a number of times when it probably would've been more effective to just start beating the hell out of him right where they were. But at other times during the fight Darts does beat on him, and choke him, and pick him up only to slam him onto the floor. As much as he wanted to win, he also wanted revenge; Obi-Wan made a good outlet for those frustrations.
Ahsoka arrives just in time to save Anakin from Jabba. Subverted, as he decides to kill them anyway. Then Just in Time kicks in again as Padme's transmission saves them both.
In "Blue Shadow Virus", Rex deactivates the bomb with what appears to be a few fractions of a second before detonation and then comments "plenty of time to spare".
Kaiju: The Zillo Beast is pretty much the Star Wars counterpart to Godzilla.
Kangaroo Court: Though not as bad as other examples, one could hardly call Ahsoka's trial (which may result in the death penalty) fair when 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.
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.
Lampshade Hanging: In the season five finale, Anakin learns that Ventress didn't attack Ahsoka; rather, somebody knocked Ventress out, stole her lightsabers, and used them to attack Ahsoka while posing as Ventress. Later, Anakin finds Ventress' lightsabers in the possession of Barriss Offee, who could have easily disposed of the evidence earlier if she had wanted to. Anakin lampshades this:
Anakin: You should have gotten rid of those!
The Lancer: Anakin usually fulfills this role to Obi-Wan when they are on a mission together.
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, Cad Bane and some other characters? Or what will be Ahsoka's final fate now that she left the Order, and narrowly evaded direct danger of Order 66? And how does Wat Tambor and Poggle the Lesser get broken out of prison to be with the rest of the CIS Leaders in Revenge of the Sith? We may never know, as the series finished after Season Five, which left some loose ends.
Limited Wardrobe: 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", but you can pretty much count on these outfits staying for the rest of the series barring episodes set before that point.
It got a lot better by Season 4, as Ahsoka alone had three different outfits in addition to her usual.
Love Triangle: In the Onderon-arc, both Steela, one of the leaders of the rebels, and Ahsoka have a crush on Lux Bonteri.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Jedi Master Di, full name Ima-Gun Di ("I'ma gonna die.")
Many of the clones do, as none of them are given birth names and so they give each other or pick names. For example clone trooper "Dogma," is almost fanatical about obeying orders and the official chain of command.
Merchandise Driven: And how! The movie's DVD case even has advertisements for all the assorted Star Wars stuff you can buy.
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.
The Mole: Happens in several stories: R3-S6, Captain Argyus and Slick.
Moral Dissonance: 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.
More Dakka: Quite a few examples, but the battleship Malevolence, the dorsal surface of which was studded by countless guns, probably takes the cake.
Multiple-Choice Past: A new backstory was written for General Grievous, 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.
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.
Ahsoka, an apprentice of Anakin Skywalker, starts off in the series wielding a single lightsaber with a reverse grip. When she reappears with her new look for the third season, she has taken up Dual Wielding. Huh... why does that sound familiar?
In "Brothers", Darth Maul recites part of the Sith Code while ranting deliriously.
Darth Maul: Through power I gain victory; through victory my chains are broken...
In the episode "Revival", Hondo refers to Darth Maul as a Menace...
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.
New Meat: When Ahsoka first meets Captain Rex in the pilot movie she wonders if, as a Jedi, she is automatically his ranking superior. Rex explains that, in his book, experience outranks everything. Throughout the series there are frequent introductions of clones who have not previously served on the front lines, and they try to deal with gaining real-world experience on top of their training.
In the pilot, Ahsoka accidentally triggers a droid trap that nearly overwhelms Anakin; even when her actions ended up saving his life, he was quick to tell her that he should not have been in that situation in the first place.
The hair on the human characters are solid as rock, Obi-Wan's beard being the best example. The Jedi also all wear gauntlets and have no sleeves and wear sleeveless Jedi robes which are easier for the animators to deal with than if they wore the traditional live action costumes.
Padme and Satine manage to avoid this ever so slightly - their bangs / braids sway with movement, but barely so, and the rest is still solid.
The Daughter's hair in "Overlords" sways much more noticeably, albeit in a very unnatural way, which may have been what they were going for.
Ventress first averts this by always wearing a skirt, but has to take it off before fighting because they thought that it was too difficult for them to animate her with her skirt on. Eventually they played this painfully straight where Ventress ends up losing the skirt altogether from Season 3 onwards.
More recent episodes have made efforts to avert this, with Obi-Wan's hair swaying slightly if he is hit hard enough for it to fall out of place (in "Kidnapped", and "Revenge", for example). Also during the Zygerian-arc both the sleeves of Ahsoka's robe, then her skirt and parts of her head piece swayed noticeably. Her lekku are also given some sway sometimes, when her movements really demand them to move.
Noir act, really. At the end of the pilot movie Padme goes to meet with Ziro the Hutt. His lair, a den of crime and vice, is in a dingy nightclub playing classic jazz straight out of a 1940's Film Noir.
Non-Mammal Mammaries: Most glaring on the Gungan, Rodian and Mon Cala females. 'Tho slightly subverted in that even "nursing" mothers have a much smaller size than an average humanoid. Can be justified as Bizarre Alien Biology.
Not So Different: As shown in "Heroes on Both Sides", aside from the military commanders, most Separatists are not the greedy bloodthirsty monsters the Republic makes them out to be. In fact, they are being manipulated into believing the Republic are the ones who started and are perpetuating the war and many members of their civilian government sincerely believe that they are fighting for democracy against the oppressive and corrupt Republic. If anything their Parliament seems less corrupt, although, much like the Republic Senate, they are not really in charge.
In the episode "The Lawless", Darth Maul loses his brother Savage in a similar manner to how his rival Obi-Wan lost Qui-Gon.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: For all his whining and cowardice, Nute Gunray can be quite surprisingly cunning and resourceful when he wants to be.
Not What It Looks Like: A dramatic example. In "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much", Ahsoka is in Letta's cell when she's force-choked by an unseen party (eventually revealed to be Barriss Offee). As the audio receivers in the cell were conveniently offline but the holorecorder was still running, Ahsoka's frantic motions come across as much more sinister than they really are.
Again in "To Catch a Jedi", where Ahsoka is found in a room loaded with explosive nanodroids matching the type used in the temple attack, knocked in there by an unidentified attacker (eventually revealed to be Barriss Offee) after having the tar beaten out of her by said attacker. She tries to explain, but the troopers stun her and knock her out before she has a chance to go beyond "I can explain". To their credit, Anakin and Plo Koon note that things do not add up.
Nonchalant Dodge: This backfires on Anakin in "Sabotage". When a droid fighter fires a missile at him and Ahsoka, Ahsoka rolls off to the right while Anakin just lowers his wing slightly so the missile will fly past. As a result, the missile releases its payload of buzz droids right ahead of his fighter, covering it from top to bottom, while Ahsoka's maneuver has put her completely out of harm's way.
Nonuniform Uniform: Most clones customize their armor or hairstyle/hair color in the show.
Off with His Head!: Numerous times. Ahsoka takes out four Death Watch mooks this way. Riff Tamson didn't technically lose his head, but rather it was the only thing left of him after he blew up. The droid Huyang got a non-fatal version, and it was eventually reinstalled. Savage Opress threw his double-bladed saber to decapitate a Black Sun leader. Finally, Darth Maul is fond of it, killing a bunch of people in one swing in "Revenge" and again on Pre Vizsla, with his own darksaber.
Old Master: Besides Yoda, the season 2 episode "Lightsaber Lost" introduces Tera Sinube, 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 supposedly one of the foremost experts on Coruscant's criminal underworld.
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 certainly counts, single-handedly attempting 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 now is officially 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.
The Other Darrin: All characters from the live-action Star Wars movies are voiced by different actors in the Clone Wars series, except for Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, a few episodes with Ahmed Best as Jar-Jar Binks, Matthew Wood as General Grievous, who also voiced him in Revenge of the Sith, and Liam Neeson reprising his role as Qui-Gonn Jinn.
Also Boba Fett, who is voiced by Daniel Logan (who played him in Attack of the Clones)
Ahmed Best himself was Darrin-ed, as many appearances have used an actor named BJ Hughes.
Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Lee put in appearances in the Clone Wars movie before being replaced in the series itself.
After the passing of Ian Abercrombie, Tim Curry takes over as the voice of Chancellor Palpatine.
The Other Marty: When the the three original episodes were edited and released as a feature film, Christopher Lee returned to voice Count Dooku. Corey Burton, who plays Dooku in the ongoing series, had already recorded his lines and Lee re-recorded them, matching his performance to the already-rendered images.
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 has been drastically reduced in comparison with previous seasons. Also Obi-wan to a lesser extent (while Ashoka, on the other hand, got a lot more).
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.
The Pass Word Is Always Swordfish: Rush Clovis used "Padme" as his password to access the plans of the Separatists new droidfactory, because he had a long lasting crush on Padme Amidala. She successfully guessed it just after a few tries.
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.
Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Inverted and played with in "Bounty". When Ventress killed a man in a bar, the patrons all look at her strangely. When she delivers a one-liner, they all go back to what they were doing.
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.
"Bounty Hunters" is The Seven SamuraiIN SPACE, indicated by the memory card at the beginning. Toshiro Mifune, who played one of the samurais in the film, was first intented to play the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi before Alec Guinness was chosen.
Reused Character Design: Plenty, due to budget limitations. The most frequently used example is a green twi'lek female, who's modell 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 Zygeria, 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.
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.
Taken up a notch in "A Friend In Need". Death Watch has a bunch of harmless battle droids they use for target practice. They beg for mercy and scream "Why?" (albeit in monotone), then 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.
Roof Hopping: Done in "Lightsaber Lost" when Ahsoka chases Cassie Cryar, who has her lightsaber, over the rooftops of Coruscant.
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 Front in World War II and it was still a close battle.
In "Plan of Dissent" the clones mention that one of the obstacles to taking a capitol is missiles with a "100 megaton yield". We later see some strikes with the 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?
In "ARC Troopers", 99 ends up dying in an attempt to get more grenades. While it's 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 "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.
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.
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.
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 don't kill unarmed prisoners, but he fails to consider the presence of Rex.
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.
"Shut Up" Kiss: A somewhat more literal example than most. Ahsoka is chewing out Lux for trusting Deathwatch while they're waiting for Pre Vizsla. Noticing that Pre Vizsla's headed for the tent, Lux kisses her to shut her up. She had passed herself off as his betrothed to avoid suspicion, hence it was the only way to do it believably. It's very awkward and not meant to be romantic.
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.
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.
Something Only They Would Say: In "Rookies" when a clone trooper inspection team is heading towards a base occupied by droids, who pretend to be the regular troopers. When the droid signs off with their trademark "Roger, roger", the inspector notices that something is wrong, and actually says as much, but never makes the realization that he was speaking to an impostor.
Space Clouds: Inside a nebula, you literally only can see objects a few meters away from your viewport.
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.
The Nightsisters trilogy reveals that Count Dooku has ambitions of overthrowing Darth Sidious.
Status Quo Is God: As part of being Doomed by Canon, the series can't 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.
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.
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.
This happens somewhat with near every local population that would prefer peaceful lives and/or neutrality over picking a side in the war - as well as near everyone outside the Republic itself who has reservations about it or suspects corruption. Ultimately, though the characters respect their opinions the narrative tends to present them as naive and misguided, if not weak.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Echo is this in "Counter Attack", where he just charges right to the shuttle they were supposed to protect, while a commando droid fires a turret at him and he takes cover under the shuttle, only to be blown to smithereens, taking away the group's one way ticket out.
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.
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.
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.
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 speaks Basic even when talking to fellow Hutts.
Villain Episode: Some toe the line with a greater focus on the villains rather than the heroes, but the "Nightsisters" arc is almost exclusively on Asajj Ventress and her vendetta against Dooku.
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.
Weapon Tombstone: After making peace withe 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: Barriss Offee reveals herself to be this when she gives her reasons for bombing the Jedi Temple in "The Wrong Jedi". She believed that the Order had started the war and were fighting for a corrupt Republic and bombed the Temple to strike a blow at that. Slick would also qualify in "The Hidden Enemy".
The Mortis trilogy. Anakin Skywalker realizes the burden on his shoulders as The Chosen One, which was something he previously dismissed as a myth. His vision of his own future would also count if the Father hadn't erased his memories of it. Meanwhile, Ahsoka Tano sees a vision of her future self telling her to stay away from Anakin, because he'll 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 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, features a number of brutal death scenes (heralding the darker tone for the series from that point on), and sets up a major future event, namely Darth Maul's return.
In "Revenge", Darth Maul returns with a vengeance, makes it brutally clear what sort of measures he's willing to take for the sake of revenge on Obi-Wan, and survives the episode, with the ending showing that he's not going away any time soon...
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 Order.
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.
In Slaves of the Republic, the last time we see R2-D2 is when he gives our heroes their lightsabers in their escape attempt. After the escape is foiled, we don't see Artoo again, nor do we see him getting captured as well.
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 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.
Chairman Cho: There they are. Fire when you're in range!
Rex: Sir, with all due respect, we're only here to protect you.
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.
A separatist general in "Storm over Ryloth" said this of Anakin. "As a general yes (I admire him); his record speaks for itself. He is a great warrior. I want him to know that it is I who defeated him."
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.
Would Hurt a Child: 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.
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 Mortistrilogy, 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.
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: 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."
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.
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.
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.