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[[folder: The Films]]

* ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'':
** Nute Gunray.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The guy who is running a Trade Federation consisting of what would be the equivalent of hundreds of ''billions'' of credits of equipment, fleets, robots and manpower wouldn't blindly follow the orders of a hologram of a man he's never met or even seen the face of. Even if he ''knew'' Palpatine as behind it all, Palpatine ''couldn't'' give him any favors considering his position.\\
'''Instead:''' Not only does he do so, but he continues to be involved in a losing effort in a role that just '''''screams''''' "expendable fall guy."
** While from the very beginning, the invasion of Naboo was orchestrated by Palpatine, it still requires the Trade Federation to do some really stupid things. \\
'''You'd Expect:''' The Trade Federation to be smart enough to realize that a treaty signed under pressure would be rendered void. Not to mention all the legal consequences of attacking Naboo for shits and giggles.\\
'''Instead:''' The Trade Federation invades Naboo and occupies it. You'd think stunts like that are bad for business.
** This may be a bit of a stretch, but it may be a stupid moment. At Theed, a transmission from Senator Palpatine gets cut off, due to the Federation jamming communications. That can mean only one thing: invasion.\\
'''You'd Think''': Amidala to do the following: Maybe look to the Gungans, set up an alliance with them, and try to stop this invasion. Note that she does it way later in the movie, after she returns to Naboo. Alternatively, they have a starfighter air force, and they could try to repel the invasion that way. Humans can think more creatively than droids, even if you were outnumbered, they still have a fighting chance.\\
'''Instead''': Amidala says, "I will not condone a course of action that will lead us to war.", and just sits on her butt, and lets the Trade Federation take over Theed without a fight.
** Nute Gunray has Queen Amidala under his control, and sends her off to be processed at a prison camp called Camp Four.\\
'''You'd Think:''' Gunray would assign a large and elite escort to send Amidala prison camp. Preferably one with [[EliteMook Destroyer Droids]], since the first time we saw them in action, they were able to fight two Jedi to a stalemate.\\
'''Instead:''' He sends her with a few droids who are outnumbered by their prisoners two to one (''what?!'') despite knowing that there are two Jedi in the area, unaccounted for and looking for the queen. ('''''WHAT?!''''') [[ForegoneConclusion Guess what happens.]]
** After getting the necessary parts for the Naboo ship repair, the group heads to Coruscant, the capital of the Galactic Republic. Queen Amidala plans to plead her case of the Naboo invasion to the Senate.\\
'''You'd Think''': Amidala would bring some evidence (i.e. The "death toll is catastrophic" message from the governor of Naboo, and possibly holo-footage of their escape from Naboo, where they were being blasted by Trade Federation battleships) to plead her case in the Senate. That way, there is proof of what the heck is happening, and possibly, gain more sympathy in her case.\\
'''Instead''': Amidala doesn't even think to bring possible evidence with her to the Senate. Sen. Lott Dodd of the Trade Federation then causes manages to block Amidala's case, claiming, "There is no proof!", making nobody want to support her case. Palpatine (who is secretly, Darth Sidious, the titular Phantom Menace) then manages to persuade Amidala to vote "no confidence on Chancellor Valorum", which results in him losing his job as Chancellor of the Senate. It was even lampshaded in the ''HowItShouldHaveEnded'' spoof of the movie.\\
'''The Result''': Palpatine becomes the new chancellor, and his evil scheme gets set in motion.
** A large army of Gungans mass outside the city.\\
'''You'd Think:''' The Trade Federation would take advantage of having a fortified position and simply wait for the Gungans try to penetrate it, firing from behind the walls which are a few dozen feet high and look sturdy.\\
'''Instead:''' They decide to ''leave'' the city, split their forces, and wage war on an open field negating any sort of tactical advantage they might have had. It also acts as a wonderful distraction for the Jedis operating in town. SunTzu, these guys ain't.
** Darth Maul has Obi-Wan down for the count. Confident that he prevailed, Maul waits for Obi-Wan to fall into the pit. However, Kenobi force jumps above Maul and force pulls Qui-Gon's lightsaber.\\
'''You'd Think:''' Maul would continue using his superior skills to defend himself. Or to push Obi-Wan off the spot where he hangs with the Force again.\\
'''Instead:''' He stalls in shock for Obi-Wan to land behind him and thus gets cut in half. Even with his initial moment of surprise, he had more than enough time to react due to having Force-enabled SuperReflexes. \\

* ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'':
** Senator Amidala is marked for assassination and has already survived one attempt. \\
'''You'd Expect:''' Anything but what she ends up doing. Seriously, anything.\\
'''Instead:''' She doesn’t use a decoy, even though that plan alone has worked for her multiple times already. She stays in her designated room, which apparently every dog in the city knows about. She sleeps in a room with a ''huge'' window overseeing the city, that a small droid can cut through with a laser. She turns the surveillance cameras off, [[SkewedPriorities so that Anakin cannot peek on her sleeping]], which even with his creepy behavior, seems a bit of a stretch, and it doesn't occur to her to simply make him promise not to. Additionally, what is R2-D2 doing? Droids don't need to sleep, and since Padmé trusts it enough to stay in her room, why can't ''R2'' keep a lookout for suspicious activity?\\
'''Later on:''' Padmé secretly travels back to Naboo, where she lives in isolated areas of the planet with just a single rookie Jedi around, and hangs out in ''wide open spaces'', exposing herself so much that assassins would cream their pants at such an easy target.\\
'''Additionally:''' The suggested explanation that Padmé wanted to lure the assassins out by using herself as a bait is an example itself. The assassins have already demonstrated that they don't need to reveal themselves to make an attempt, and in that world of highly advanced weapons and droids it's unlikely they ever will, which is exactly what happens, and the plan only works because, as noted below, the assassins themselves are idiots. Regardless, Obi-Wan was placed in charge of Padmé's security and was strongly opposed to the idea of them seeking the assassins.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That since he couldn't be unaware of all the aforementioned idiocy, he would've promptly put an end to it and arranged accomodation for Padme that was actually secure.\\
'''Instead:''' He just goes along with it.
** Jango Fett instructs an assassin, Zam Wessell, to kill Padmé, using a flying droid that can drill a hole in her bedroom window. This comes after they nearly killed her at the start of the film with explosives. [[spoiler: However, neither of them know that Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious) wants her in danger but alive so he can use her to manipulate Anakin.]]\\
'''You'd Think:''' This droid would fire a bomb into Padmé's room, then self-destruct or fly away immediately to eliminate any connection to the assassin. There's no need for subtlety: everyone knows that somebody wants Padmé dead due to an earlier assassination attempt.\\
'''Instead:''' Jango gives Zam [[AnimalAssassin a couple of venomous creatures to place in Padmé's room]]; they linger there long enough for Obi-Wan and Anakin to sense them and kill them. The droid, which has hovered at Padmé's window all this time then flies back to the assassin, giving the Jedi a lead. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] thoroughly in [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0226.html this]] ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' strip.
** The Jedi have just captured Zam, and start questioning her. Her accomplice, Jango Fett decides to kill her to stop her spilling the beans.\\
'''You'd Think:''' Jango would kill Zam by shooting her with a blaster, which would not provide any leads.\\
'''Instead:''' He uses a toxic dart manufactured on the same planet he currently resides. Obi-Wan uses it to track him down, and Jango is subsequently forced to flee for his life.
** To protect her from further assassination attempts, the Jedi Council decide to send Padmé back to Naboo. Since Padmé represents her home planet in the Galactic Senate, she'll need to get someone else to be the representative while she's gone.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Padmé would pick someone who's competent, doesn't let themselves be pushed around, and preferably supports her beliefs of non-militarisation. It's not hard to imagine Naboo having such people, and it shouldn't be too much of an issue to fly them to Coruscant. \\
'''Instead:''' She picks Jar-Jar Binks, a guy with virtually no experience in politics. Jar Jar subsequently ends up being manipulated into convincing the Senate to approve the creation of the Grand Clone Army of The Republic, the last thing Padmé would have wanted. The only consolation that comes out of it is that Obi-Wan does managed to get rescued later, and he would eventually go on to train Luke in Episode IV, but as for everything else, not so much.
** During the Battle of Geonosis, Anakin and Obi-Wan's gunship spots Dooku escaping on his speeder bike, accompanied by a couple of Geonosian fighters. Anakin orders the gunship to shoot Dooku down, but the pilot says, "We're out of rockets, sir.".\\
'''You'd Expect''': Anakin to order the pilot to use the gunship's laser cannons and laser beam turrets (that were seen blasting droids away during the extraction from the Geonosian arena) and blast Dooku and his Geonosian fighter escort away with them, problem solved, the Clone Wars doesn't have to happen, the end!\\
'''Instead''': Anakin ''completely'' forgets that the gunship has blaster cannons and orders the pilot to just follow Dooku, without any attempt to use the laser cannons to blast Dooku away. Dooku then orders his fighter escort to fire on the gunship which knocks Padmé overboard, and eventually, the fighters shoot down the gunship after Anakin and Obi-Wan track Dooku to the hanger, and get into a lightsaber fight with him and lose, leading to the below moment.
** Yoda is duelling with [[BigBad Count Dooku]]. Realising that he might not win this fight, Dooku decides [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere to flee]], and uses the Force to cause a [[BuffySpeak giant metal cylinder thing]] to fall towards the wounded Anakin and Obi-Wan, in the hope of distracting Yoda.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Yoda to use the Force to quickly pull/push Anakin and Obi-Wan out of the way of the metal pillar, or push the metal thing out of the way without slowly grabbing it, before turning his attention back to Dooku.\\
'''Instead:''' He grabs the metal thing, moves it so it's not above Anakin and Obi-Wan, before dropping it. It takes him several seconds to do this.\\
'''The Result:''' Dooku escapes and the Clone War begins.
** In one of the worst StrangledByTheRedString moments in recent memory (also pointed out by Creator/RedLetterMedia), Anakin and Padmé's interactions throughout the film. From the moment he meets her as an adult, Anakin comes off as ''very'' unprofessional and creepy. He makes inappropriate and arrogant remarks whenever he's around her, openly defies her authority on at least one occasion, makes bizarre, leering gestures towards her, shows open support for dictatorships (stating that politicians who don't agree should be "made to"), and attempts to justify [[MisplacedRetribution his massacre of the Sand People - including women and children]] - to her (with her reaction making it look like she's incredibly freaked out by this revelation).\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That, after all that, she'd politely cut off ties from him after the threat is over and avoid him as much as possible, seeing as he's already proven multiple times over that his actions are incredibly inappropriate. Or, if she's attracted to him, wait a few years so the somewhat perverted nineteen year old boy can be a more mature adult.\\
'''Instead:''' She not only flirts with him by wearing revealing clothing (and toys with him by saying that she can't love him because she's a senator), but she marries him at the end of the film!

* ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'':
** Anakin goes to see Master Yoda after having a terrible dream (possibly a premonition) about Padmé suffering and dying.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' that the wise and compassionate Master Yoda would explain the nature of self-fulfilling prophecies and recommend that Anakin not go to dangerous extremes even to do something so noble as save the people he cares about. At the very least, he would say something to placate him. Something like, "Always in motion is the future. Do not be reckless."\\
'''Instead:''' Yoda quite callously tells Anakin to let go of ''everything he loves,'' never mourning their loss or even ''missing'' them. As a result, Anakin stops listening to the Jedi and starts listening to Palpatine.
** Speaking of the above dream, that Padmé will for an unknown reason, die in childbirth, Anakin is convinced that it will come true unless he does something about it. Understandable, due to him once having a similar dream about his mother, who did die.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Anakin would ensure that there's no chance of Padmé dying, using methods he should know and understand. He could try and convince Padmé to have an extensive medical check, in case the cause of death is a pre-existing condition they don't know about. He could also arrange to have her give birth and recover from it in secret, if he thinks someone will try to assassinate her when she's having the kid.\\
'''Instead:''' He decides to join up with a Sith Lord, who claims that the Sith have the ability to save people from dying, and that if he follows his orders, which at a very early point include [[WouldHurtAChild MURDERING CHILDREN]], Padmé will be saved. And Anakin remains convinced of this throughout and never asks himself what any of this has to do with saving Padmé.
** Palpatine keeps acting and behaving suspiciously around Anakin, like knowing things about things like the Sith that he shouldn't, prompting Anakin to kill defenseless captives, suggesting he ''abandon'' Obi-Wan needlessly to his death and making broad comments about how the Sith were able to prevent people from dying.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Anakin to take a hint.\\
'''Instead''': Palpatine does everything but scream in Anakin's ear "'''I'M A SITH LORD!'''" before tricking him - not seducing him, but ''tricking him'' - into following the Dark Path, to the point where Anakin does everything including ''killing young children''. And ''then'' Palpatine tells him more and less that ''[[ILied he lied]]'' about bringing keeping people from dying and utters some bullshit about "finding out together" how to do it.\\
'''You'd Then Expect:''' Anakin to take the time to either gut Palpatine like a fish or return to the Jedi Council and admit his mistake.\\
'''Instead:''' Anakin continues to do Palpatine's business for him and tries to murder Obi-Wan, despite ''everything'' Palpatine told him was a blatant lie.
** Near the end of ''Revenge'' Gunray and other separatists are hiding on a distant planet. Their mysterious... ally?... master?... employer?... benefactor? (seriously, what ''were'' their relations with Sidious?) ...contacts Gunray and promises to send his apprentice to them, who will "... take care of them."\\
'''You'd Think:''' Gunray would say "Thank you" to Sidious, end the communication and ''immediately'' [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere get the hell out from there]]. You'd have to be TooDumbToLive not to pick up on that hint.\\
'''Instead:''' They just sit on their butts until Anakin Skywalker (aka Darth Vader) arrives and... well, [[DeadlyEuphemism takes care of them]].\\
'''Even Worse:''' In the non-canon video game adaptation, they get holographic footage of Anakin killing a couple Nemodian aides and several guards, and make the guards try to stop him, and even then, they don't try to escape until Anakin is about to enter the room they're in.
** Obi-Wan discovers that Anakin has turned to TheDarkSide, fights him and ends with having him without legs and one hand, burning, and sliding into a river of lava. He senses that Emperor Palpatine is approaching via shuttle and has no time to climb down the slope to finish Anakin off.\\
'''You'd think''': That he'd hurl a lightsaber at him or Force push him ''into'' lava, thus granting him a quick death. Even though Obi-Wan is a Jedi, the least you could do is put the person who was formerly your friend out of their misery, so that the death would not be as painful.\\
'''Instead''': He leaves him to a painful death, assuming that it would be left to the will of the Force.... [[DoomedByCanon and has to deal with the consequences.]]
** After Anakin is encased in the black armour of Darth Vader, he learns that Padme - the one character he gave up everything for - died because of his actions. Actions that were spurred by his attachment to the Dark Side of the Force. Which Palpatine taught him about.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Anakin, having been ''thoroughly'' screwed over by Palpatine in the most complete way possible, would finally realise what has happened: that he was suckered into becoming a Sith and that, effectively, Palpatine turned him into his wife's killer after promising to do the opposite. You would also expect that Anakin, at this point - having nothing left to live for after having been forced to betray the organization that raised him and kill the only person he cared about - would probably be a tad bit miffed at Palpatine. A "I'll kill you or die trying" attempt would be a logical result.\\
'''Instead:''' Anakin just sort of decides to go along with it all, blindly following the orders of the man who destroyed his life for another ''19-20 years.''

* ''Film/ANewHope'':
** Vader and the crew of his Star Destroyer have captured the Rebel Blockade Runner with Princess Leia and the stolen Death Star plans aboard. An imperial gunner and his commanding officer detect a jettisoned escape pod with no life readings aboard.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That they'd blast the pod just to be on the safe side, or at least have it tractor-beamed into an empty cargo bay and send in some Stormtroopers to check it. After all, data is not alive. Leia could have tossed the plans inside and jettisoned it for the Rebels to find later. Or there might be droids aboard! (Imagine that.)\\
'''Instead:''' The officer orders the gunner to just let it go. Turns out that the plans WERE in there, and they ultimately make it into the hands of the Rebels, giving them a way to destroy the Death Star.
** Admiral Motti boasts that the Death Star with its giant, planet-killing laser cannon is "the ultimate power in the universe." Vader admonishes the Admiral for such hubris by saying "the ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force."\\
'''You'd Think:''' Motti would smile and nod and avoid saying anything at this juncture that might anger the Dark Lord of the Sith.\\
'''Instead:''' He kicks things off by insulting Vader and his religion right in front of everyone in that meeting room. That alone was highly uncalled for and would very likely get you fired in real life. As if he hasn't already committed an act of monumental douchebaggery at this point, he then insinuates that Vader is incompetent because he has yet to "conjure up the stolen data tapes or find the Rebels' hidden fortr--", which leads Vader to strangle Motti, saying that he "finds his lack of faith disturbing". He's only saved from being telekinetically strangled to death when Grand Moff Tarkin orders Vader to stop.
** When the ''Millenium Falcon'' escapes from the Death Star, pursued briefly by a mere four TIE Fighters, Leia correctly deduces that the Empire deliberately allowed them to leave and are currently tracking them in an attempt to find the secret base that they've been searching for the entire film.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Han to take Leia's words into consideration. They could then have Leia to immediately contact the rebels and arrange a drop-off at some remote system, where they could transfer her and R2 to a different, untracked ship before the Empire could catch up to them. Even though Han is in command of the Millenium Falcon, it still isn't really an excuse to disregard her warning.\\
'''Instead:''' Han disregards her warning, just because he's in command of the ship, and they fly the ''Falcon'' directly back to the rebel base, with the Empire happily following a few hours behind them.
** The Death Star has arrived at Yavin to destroy the Rebel base on its moon. Unfortunately, they're currently on opposite sides of the planet. It will take time for their orbits to overlap, but time is short because the Rebels are attacking.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The Empire to cut to the chase by firing at Yavin, causing the planet's explosion to wipe out its moons.\\
'''Instead:''' They opt to wait and make the trip around orbit, giving the rebels enough time to destroy the Death Star.

* ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'':
** When the Imperial fleet gets the info that the Rebels are on Hoth they get going there. In command of the fleet is Admiral Ozzel.\\
'''You'd Think''': Ozzel would have the fleet come out of hyperspace at a good distance that is not too close to the Hoth system, that way, the Rebellion wouldn't be alerted to their prescence.\\
'''Instead''': He has the fleet come out of hyperspace far too close to the system, which alerts the Rebels, and allows them to buy a little bit of time of preparation for evacuation.\\
'''The Result''': Darth Vader [[YouHaveFailedMe strangles Ozzel to death with Force choke for this act of stupidity]].
** During the Battle of Hoth, the Rebel fleet must evacuate the planet as Star Destroyers approach it.\\
'''You'd Expect''': The Rebel ships to flee in any number of directions AWAY from the Star Destroyers, possibly staying in the atmosphere and going around the planet first.\\
'''Instead''': The Rebel fleet tries to escape by going THROUGH the Star Destroyers, taking the risk of many of them being shot down. Lampshaded in a Family Guy spoof.

* ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''
** The Rebels have a plan to destroy the second Death Star (which has Emperor Palpatine on it): The shield around the Death Star must be disabled. To that end, they plan on landing a strike team on the surface in a stolen Imperial shuttle to sneak onto the planet. [[spoiler: But little do they know that Palpatine leaked the info to create a trap in an attempt to cause the death of the Rebellion.]]\\
'''You'd Expect''': The Rebels to consider the possibility that it could be a trap, and have a Plan B on turning the shield off, in case the "shuttle landing Han's team" thing doesn't work out and the shield is still up.\\
'''Instead''': They go ahead with the plan without so much as a backup plan, ''completely'' confident that the "shuttle landing Han's team on Endor" will work in time for the fleet to arrive and be able to destroy the Death Star. Unfortunately, the plan doesn't work, Han and Leia's team gets ambushed, and the shield is still up when the fleet arrives, falling right into a trap, and the Rebellion almost gets destroyed.

%% *''Film/TheForceAwakens'' (wait to put till after its release on December 18th, 2015)

[[folder:Canonical Animated Series]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''
** In "Downfall of A Droid", Anakin is given a new R3 unit after losing R2. It proves to be completely incompetent, because it's secretly a Separatist spy.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Anakin to immediately have it sent in for repairs and get a new one which isn't broken. It's not like he can't find one on a warship.\\
'''Instead:''' He continues to rely on the incompetent droid for a mission in which its skills are ''vital to their success''.
*** Also in that episode, Anakin is able to get authorization to find R2 because R2 has vital intelligence on the Republic military in violation of protocols. Anakin does this deliberately, since mind-wiping R2 per protocol would take away the quality which makes R2 so effective.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' If he wants to retain R2's personality, then he could least make sure R2 encrypt or outright erase any Republic military data in the event of capture, or maybe just access the necessary files whenever he needs to from the drives of whatever ship he's on.\\
'''Instead:''' R2 carries around copies of potentially damaging material for no reason, and it nearly falls into Separatist hands.\\
'''Even Worse:''' Anakin doesn't learn from this mistake. In an episode of Season 3, Cad Bane manages to capture R2 and download information on the Republic Senate Building, which helps him stage the Senate hostage crisis later.
** "Duel of the Droids". The clones throw a shock grenade at a group of commando droids, who reasonably attempt to shoot it so it doesn't go off (which fails). Then the clones do the same to another group of regular battle droids who had just witnessed this.\\
'''You'd Think:''' If nothing else, this group of droids would do the same, or kick/throw the grenade back.\\
'''Instead:''' One of the droids proceeds to pick the grenade up as if it's a mysterious device and predictably get zapped.
** "Cloak of Darkness": Commander Gree fights the traitorous Senate Commando, Captain Argyuss, who has freed Nemodian Separatist Viceroy Nute Gunray. During one point in the fight, Argyuss kicks Commander Gree, knocking his helmet off. Gree eventually beats down Argyuss.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Commander Gree to put his helmet back on, or at least take notice that Viceroy Gunray is about to knock him out by hitting him with a blaster rifle as a club, and then subdue Argyuss.\\
'''Instead''': He doesn't put his helmet back on (ouch), and wastes precious time [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim gloating to Argyuss about disagreeing on what makes a good soldier]], and gets clubbed by Viceroy Gunray. \\
'''The Result''': Viceroy Gunray and Argyuss escape.
** "The Lair of Grievous": After Kit Fisto, Nhadar Vebb, and their clone troopers (including Commander Fil) are unable to retreat from Grievous's lair, Commander Fil contacts the two troopers watching the Kit Fisto's fighter and Nhadar's shuttle, Niner and Bel. He tells them to contact the fleet at Bestine to tell them that they engaged Grevious and require reinforcements. Unfortunately, three Magnaguards are watching the troopers.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Niner and Bel to check the area for droids spying on them, since the heavy fog impedes visibility and makes a surprise attack simple. And once they take care of the droids, they can then warm up the shuttle's long range transmitter and then contact the Republic fleet at Bestine.\\
'''Instead:''' They don't bother checking and go back into the shuttle, which leads to the Magnaguards blowing them up and the shuttle, making contact with the fleet impossible.
** "Holocron Heist": Cad Bane has Todo 360 create a hole to go to the communications center, while Cad Bane blows up the gate to the holocron vault. An explosion goes off. Anakin and Obi Wan see the hole Todo made, but unfortunately, the holocron vault gate has been opened.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Anakin and Obi-Wan to notice the opened gate of the holocron vault and go, "Wait, I think someone might break into the vault! Let's stay and guard it!"\\
'''Instead''': They don't bother checking the holocron gate, which leads Cad Bane to break in, and steal the holocron undetected.
** "Cargo of Doom": After Ahsoka is knocked out and captured by Cad Bane, he uses her as Jedi-bait to lure Anakin into an unfair deal. If he doesn't unlock the holocron for Cad Bane, he'll open the airlock door and Ahsoka will be pulled out into space and die. Anakin ends up submitting to Bane's request, despite Ahsoka not wanting Anakin to do it (sort of like "forget about me and save yourself and the holocron!" type thing), dropping his lightsaber on the ground, saying "We'll deal with the holocron later."\\
'''You'd expect:''' Anakin to pull off an "ISurrenderSuckers" moment on Bane and pretend he's going to unlock the holocron, but not do it all, and instead use the Force to grab both his lightsaber and Ahsoka's while Bane is distracted by the holocron being levitated by the Force, kick Bane's butt, and save Ahsoka, AND prevent the holocron information from being unlocked.\\
'''Instead:''' He plays it all real and DOES open the holocron, thus giving Cad Bane access to the names of future younglings, and giving him the ability to kidnap any of them at will, then he does ''exactly'' what the "You'd expect" part says anyway, meaning he could have saved Ahsoka right from the start. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job making it worse, Anakin!]]\\
'''The Result:''' Cad Bane starts kidnapping Force sensitive infants.
** "Children of the Force": Cad Bane kidnaps Force sensitive infants, using information from the holocron that Anakin opened in the previous episode. He manages to wipe clean the navigation records so that the Jedi don't discover that he went to Mustafar. ''However'', he did not erase his fuel computer which hints which planets he went to, including Mustafar.\\
'''You'd Think''': If Bane is intelligent enough to erase his flight log, he would be equally aware of his fuel log. Maybe give the ship a spray down while he's at it, to get rid of any physical evidence. Darth Sidious would be able to have the infant future younglings go to the Dark Side, no problemo.\\
'''Instead''': Bane ignores the fuel computer, and doesn't clean up the volcanic ash off his ship, which then leads Anakin and Ahsoka to figure out that they need to go to Mustafar, and save the two infants from the Dark Side.
*** Also in this episode, Obi-Wan and Mace Windu go to Black Stall Station -- after interrogating Cad Bane -- to get the holocron back. Bane says "There is your precious holocron." Mace prevents him from going to get it because he doesn't want anymore of his tricks. However, there is a laser field in the floor that will set off the alarm.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Mace Windu to check if there are any traps, or simply use the Force to pull the holocron from a distance.\\
'''Instead''': He doesn't check to see if there are laser traps in the floor, literally steps into the trap, and sets off the alarm, causing blasters to be fired at Obi-Wan and Mace. Although the Jedi do succeed in getting the holocron back, Cad Bane escapes in the ruckus.
** In "Landing at Point Rain", the Jedi launch a massive attack to destroy the shield generator of a massive weapons factory, which they plan to destroy in the next episode, "Weapons Factory".\\
'''You'd expect''': Them to just call in an airstrike and bomb the facility, given that they just destroyed the only obstacle protecting the factory from the air.\\
'''Instead:''' They send Ahsoka and Barriss to blow up the main power generator and the factory with it from the inside, while Anakin and Luminara engage the droids in a battle that demands heavy casualties.\\
'''It Gets Worse:''' When Ahsoka and Barriss infiltrate the factory generator, they end up having to sneak past a group of sleeping Geonosians. They end up accidentally waking up one, who then would spy on Ahsoka and Barriss as they infiltrate the factory.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Since they're inside the enemy's base, Ahsoka and Barriss would check whether they're being followed or not.\\
'''Instead:''' They don't bother checking, which leads to the two of them being discovered, and their explosives taken away after Ahsoka is knocked out, forcing them to blow up the generator after Ahsoka regains consciousness using the weapons of a captured tank, which almost got both of them killed.
** In "Lightsaber Lost" a pickpocket stole Ahsoka's lightsaber (she only had one at the time). After a long investigation she finds it in the hands of an amateurish bounty hunter, Cassie Cryar.\\
'''You'd Think:''' Ahsoka would simply just use the Force to pull the weapon out of Cassie's hands.\\
'''Instead:''' Ahsoka follows her on a lengthy pursuit, during which she used the Force several times to try to slow Cassie down, but doesn't bother to use the Force to grab her lightsaber from her hands.\\
'''It Gets Worse:''' The next day, when Ahsoka chases Cassie on an air train, Cassie eventually breaks into of the cars and holds a Twi'lek mother and her son hostage.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Again, Ahsoka to disarm Cassie by using the Force to grab her lightsaber.\\
'''Instead:''' Again, she doesn't bother to try using the Force and just demands Cassie to surrender the lightsaber to her since Cassie has nowhere to run, which she says not to tell her what do, and Ahsoka tries to convince Cassie to hold her hostage instead of the Twi'lek mother and son, but Cassie also says "no deal" to that, thinking she might get mind tricked by her and Ahsoka then gives up. If Terra Sinube hadn't been at the next station at the right time, Ahsoka would've lost her lightsaber forever.
** In "The Mandalore Plot", Obi-Wan gets knocked out and captured by a couple of Death Watch members on Concordia while he investigated a mining facility to see if it is abandoned and not operational. They then put Obi-Wan on a ConveyorBeltODoom.\\
'''You'd expect''': The Death Watch goons to take Obi-Wan's wrist comlink and smash it (like Lo-Tarren does in "Padawan Lost") so that he would not be able to call for help from Satine.\\
'''Instead:''' They ignore the comlink, and just keep his lightsaber. Obi-Wan is able to get in contact with Satine after he regains consciousness.\\
'''Later:''' When Satine arrives at the mining facility where Death Watch is hiding to save Obi-Wan, she sets off the alarm so that she could have guards respond and get distracted from Obi-Wan.\\
'''You'd Think:''' One of the Mandalorian Death Watch members would be DangerouslyGenreSavvy and tell the other to stay and keep a watch on the ConveyorBeltODoom, while he goes goes to investigate the disturbance at the entrance, and the guard at the conveyer belt would be able to stop Satine from saving Obi-Wan when she eventually arrives at the scene.\\
'''Instead:''' [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy Both of the Mandalorians go check out the disturbance and not have one watch the conveyer belt and let Satine help Obi-Wan]]. And by the time the guards get back to the room, Satine has already prevented the conveyer belt from smashing Obi-Wan to bits.
** In "Voyage of Temptation", when Obi-Wan finally finds Tal Merrick, who kidnapped the Duchess of Mandalore, Satine, he demands that Merrick surrender and release the duchess. Sen. Merrick then shows that he holds a remote detonator, and has set explosives on the ship. One press of a button, and everybody on it is blown to kingdom come. And this puts pressure on Obi-Wan.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Obi-Wan to simply use the Force to disarm Sen. Merrick by grabbing his detonator remote and pistol, saving Satine.\\
'''Instead:''' He just follows Merrick, who still holds the detonator and is ''still'' holding Satine hostage, and does NOTHING about stopping him from blowing up the ship!
** In "Hostage Crisis" (which is actually set after Season 3's "Evil Plans"), Anakin visits his secret wife, Padmé. During the first scene with the two of them, Anakin gave his lightsaber to Padmé as a proof of his love. They get interrupted by Bail Organa and C-3PO, forcing Anakin to hide under her desk.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Anakin to either take it back or Padmé to give it back. They certainly had enough time before Padmé had to leave.\\
'''Instead:''' Anakin just stays hidden and Padmé shoves the lightsaber up her sleeve.\\
'''The Result:''' Because of that, Cad Bane manages to get away with the hostage crisis! [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job causing your own defeat, Anakin and Padmé!]]
*** In the same episode, Bane has Anakin KO'd and captured, and tosses him in with the other senators. He then plans to blow up them all up to eliminate witnesses.\\
'''You'd Think:''' Bane would execute Anakin instead of just leaving him unconscious. Lightsaber-less or not, he's a Jedi and thus dangerous..\\
'''Instead:''' He doesn't bother killing Anakin, nor does give any reason for not doing so, and leaves after setting the laser triggers to explosives. Anakin regains consciousness, manages to save everybody in the room by cutting a hole in the ground so that they would not get blown up.
*** Also in "Hostage Crisis", Commander Fox and his troops try to apprehend Cad Bane as he leaves the Senate Building. Cad Bane threatens to blow up the hostages if they don't stand down, so they do. Bane and his posse walk off.\\
'''You'd Think''': At the very least, Commander Fox would trail Bane or keep an eye on him somehow. Bane went back on his word and detonated the explosives. His bargaining chip was gone. They should have caught him. They could also have tried to stun him, but that would have been riskier.\\
'''Instead''': They let him go and don't follow him, not only letting him escape the area but the entire planet.
** In "The Academy", Ahsoka infiltrates a Mandalorian prison to free Satine after the [[EvilChancellor corrupt prime minister]], named Almec, imprisons her. Almec and his henchmen eventually catch Ahsoka in the act, revealing that [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy the mind tricks don't actually work on his guards]], and as a result, revealed herself (in his eyes) as a conspirator. He then weakens her with a stun shot from one of the auto turrets in the room. Ahsoka is then captured.\\
'''You'd Think:''' Prime Minister Almec would put Ahsoka into the already opened cell, so that he can torture Satine and her nephew, Korkie, to death, and Ahsoka would not be able to intervene.\\
'''Instead:''' He just has a guard handle her, and as he has one of his goons put a shock collar on Korkie, Ahsoka starts attacking [[WithMyHandsTied with her hands cuffed]] and beats up Almec's henchmen and eventually puts Satine's shock collar on him, and ends up losing and getting himself imprisoned.
** In ''Altar of Mortis'', when Obi-Wan throws Anakin the Dagger of Mortis to use it to kill the Son of Mortis, Ahsoka, who was possesed by the Son, catches it. The Son tells Ahsoka to give him the Dagger so he can use it to kill the Father of Mortis.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Anakin, being the least exhausted of the good guys, to use the Force to pull the Dagger of Mortis of Ahsoka's hand and eventually try to kill the Son with it and possibly un-possess Ahsoka.\\
'''Instead:''' He just begs for Ahsoka not to give the Dagger to the Son, and lets Ahsoka, who doesn't listen to Anakin, give the dagger to the Son, who then taps Ahsoka's forehead, killing her instantly ([[BackFromTheDead She got better later]]).
** ''Counter Attack'': The Jedi and their troops are attempting to escape from the Loyla Sayu Citadel. A commando droids mans one of the turrets and is ready to destroy the shuttle, which the Jedi's one way ticket out.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Echo to use his viewfinder and maybe snipe the commando droid.\\
'''Instead''': He just charges right to the shuttle they were supposed to protect, while a commando droid fires a turret at him and takes cover under the shuttle, only to be blown to smithereens, taking away the group's one way ticket out.
** In "Padawan Lost" the Republic and the Separatists are battling on Felucia.\\
'''You'd Think:''' the two warring sides to have at least a few battle ships stationed above the planet, prevent the other side, from both sending in reinforcements and/or evacuating their troops.\\
'''Instead''': They don't even monitor the sky for ships entering or exiting the orbit, allowing for a Trandoshan hunting party to sneak in and kidnap Ahsoka undetected.
** In ''Prisoners'': After Anakin and Kit Fisto are captured by Riff Tamson, he imprisons them in a couple of cages made from electric eels (very dangerous), he uses them for interrogation. After refusing to help Padmé from drowning due to a cracked helmet, claiming that he doesn't have to, he exits the room. Anakin and Kit Fisto manage to attempt to create a bubble for Padmé to breath in to prevent her from drowning, but Jar-Jar uses his spit to seal the crack. So that means Jedi can still use the Force.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Anakin and Kit Fisto to also use the Force while no guards are around, to break the chains that are holding the eels together, or kill the eels (they are not innocent), and maybe try to start an uprising. Or they could try mind tricking the Quarren guards into letting them go.\\
'''Instead:''' They just sit there and do nothing and don't even try to use the Force to free themselves!
*** Also in ''Prisoners'', when Prince Lee-Char is caught and demands to have an audience with Riff Tamson and Nossor Ri, he tries to convince him about the unity between the Quarren and Mon Calamari once had when his father was king, and how he worked with Nossor Ri on having a better relationship. However, the words seemed to be in vain. Riff knows that Lee-Char is the symbol of hope for the Mon Calamari people. His plan: kill him and kill hope for the Mon Calamari by executing him.\\
'''You'd Think''': Riff Tamson would simply have Lee-Char taken away after saying "Hmm, 'hope'. We are of the same mind, Prince.", and without saying to Lee-Char that he has scheduled his execution. He would also then keep the details of Lee-Char's public execution a secret from Nossor Ri so that he could not regret his mistake for joining the CIS until it is far too late, after the prince is eaten, [[TheBadGuyWins and Riff would be able to be permanently victorious on Mon Calamari]].\\
'''Instead''': He says out loud that to Lee-Char he has scheduled his public execution, with everybody in the room, including Nossor Ri and a couple of Quarren guards, would hear it, and Nossor Ri starts to grow a conscience, realizing that Riff has gone too far by scheduling an execution for Lee-Char. Nossor Ri then pulls off a HeelFaceTurn during the execution by saving Lee-Char from the Karakodan executioners and helps the Republic be victorious against the Separatists. NiceJobFixingItVillain indeed!\\
'''It Gets Worse''': Tamson collected all the prisoners his army captured during the earlier battles to make them watch Lee-Char's execution (clones and gungans for whom the prince meant basically nothing, included), and he didn't even had them handcuffed!\\
'''The Result''': Lee-Char defeats Riff Tamson and succeeds his father as king of Mon Calamari, and the Mon Calamari and the Quarren go back having a positive relationship with each other.
** In "Carnage of Krell" the clones attempt to arrest Krell for treason, who however escapes from the base easily, and runs into the dark and foggy jungle.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Krell to go straight to the Umbarans, especially, since he knew their remaining army is headed towards their location.\\
'''Instead:''' He starts slaughtering clones who followed him, apparently just ForTheEvulz. You could say that he engaged them to prevent them from pursuing, except the clones admittedly had problems following him even on a short-run. He could've escaped them easily.\\
'''It Get's Worse:'''When it became apparent that the clones are absolutely no match for Krell, Tup pulled a BringIt ploy, standing right next to a [[CombatTentacles Combat Tentacled]] ManEatingPlant.\\
'''You'd Think:''' Krell, who was pursuing other clones, would casually use the Force and break Tup's neck or something similar from afar.\\
'''Instead:''' He gives up his pursuit, runs up to Tup, preparing to gut him with his lightsabers, and promptly triggers the trap, sealing his fate.
** ''Slaves of the Republic'', Ahsoka grabs her lightsaber and takes out the Zygerrian queen's guards. Anakin then tells her to hold her hostage after the queen orders the Zygerrians to subdue Anakin and Obi-Wan. Ahsoka still has her slave shock collar on her.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Ahsoka to remove the shock collar on her before trying to hold Miraj Scientel hostage.\\
'''Instead:''' She keeps it on, which leads the escape plan to go downhill, because Queen Miraj then presses a button and electrocutes Ahsoka (who still had the shock collar on), and knocks her out. This also leads to the queen not being held hostage and then the Zygerrians pwn Anakin, Obi-Wan and Rex.
** In ''Tipping Points'' King Dendup and his body guards are trapped inside the cave the rebels used as an HQ, with droids outside. The cave only has one narrow tunnel as an entrance, which could be protected easily from the inside.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The body guards to keep the king there and shoot down any intruders, until reinforcement arrives, and takes care of the droids, and escape with the king only when it's safe outside.\\
'''Instead:''' They try to escape when Steela's the only reinforcement that arrived, and the battle's still raging, so the remaining droids naturally start to pursue them immediately.\\
'''It Gets Worse:''' You'd think they would to try to hide the king in the brushes, that surrounds them from every angle except in the front and the back.\\
'''Instead:''' They continue running straight forwards, towards a ravine, which they must be very well aware of.
** In ''A Necessary Bond'', General Grievous is dueling Ahsoka, and he grabs her head in one of his fully prehensile robotic feet.\\
'''You'd Think''': Grievous would maybe crush Ahsoka's head, either between his talons or just by shifting his entire massive weight on top of her. Either that, or stab her in the gut. Another lightsaber for his "collection".\\
'''Instead''': He flips her over his head and onto the ground before trying to cut her up with his lightsabers. Seconds later, she escapes.
** In ''Eminence'', when Maul and Pre Vizla talk about the fact that Death Watch is waiting to retake Mandalore, Maul offers that he could help Pre Vizla with that task. Pre Vizla likes this idea because he can then punish Obi-Wan Kenobi for being the cause of their exile from the Mandalore system, and that he and Maul have a common enemy. Bo-Katan doesn't like the idea of working with Maul, because Sith can't be trusted, due to the fact that Death Watch ended up ending its working relationship with Count Dooku after failing to takeover Mandalore during the events of Season 2. \\
'''You'd Expect:''' Bo-Katan to wait for Darth Maul to leave the tent and then express advising against allying with Maul when he's not around so that she wouldn't anger him.\\
'''Instead:''' She immediately expresses her doubts and insults Darth Maul, leading Darth Maul to choke her to make a point about doubt leading to failure, but doesn't kill her. It may have been intentional, but if she went too far on her insults, Darth Maul would have most likely choked her until she was dead as a doornail, or even worse, break her neck with the Force choke.
*** Also in ''Eminence'', Maul, Savage, Pre Vizla and Death Watch go to Mustafar to recruit the Black Sun into the Shadow Collective. The council of the Black Sun says no, claiming that they are no mercenaries. Savage then breaks one of the guards' neck and throws his corpse on the table. Maul then warns the council saying, "This is your last opportunity to join us."\\
'''You'd Think:''' The Black Sun Council to carefully consider the possibility that this is a fight you can't win. Heck, Savage just killed a guard by breaking his neck. And with careful consideration, they would join and avoid getting killed.\\
'''Instead''': The council leader tells Maul to shut up, and with great hubris says, "WE ARE THE BLACK SUN!". And unfortunately, they end up suffering the consequences and get beheaded by Savage Opress's double bladed lightsaber.
** In ''Shades of Reason'', Pre Vizsla and Death Watch's plan on taking over Mandalore gets completed. Maul then arrives and Vizsla betrays him by arresting him.\\
'''You'd Think:''' Pre Vizsla would have Maul executed on the spot, exactly what he said he was going to do. Or, .\\
'''Instead:''' He just throws him into prison.\\
'''Additionally, You'd Think:''' That at the very least, Vizla would not have Maul thrown into ''the same cell'' as Savage.\\
'''Instead:''' He throws Maul into the same cell as Savage. Maul and Savage Opress then predictably break out of prison, along with [[EvilChancellor Prime Minister Almec]], the corrupt Prime Minister from earlier, and are now determined to kill Pre Vizsla and take over as the new ruler of Mandalore.\\
'''It Gets Worse:''' Darth Maul ends up challenging Pre Vizsla to a duel, which his honor forces him to accept, eventually leading to Maul getting the upper hand.\\
'''You'd Think:''' Pre Vizsla, who has been in this exact situation with Obi-Wan in Season 2, to do what he did then: cheat and call on his mooks for backup. Worst case scenario they wouldn't go for it.\\
'''Instead:''' He just accepts his demise and acknowledges that he deserves to die since Maul has proven himself to be his superior, and gets [[OffWithHisHead decapitated]], causing Darth Maul to take over Mandalore and take over command of Death Watch (excluding Bo-Katan and some of her supporters, some from her unit, the Nite Owls, who split from them).
** In ''The Jedi Who Knew Too Much'' Ahsoka gets framed for murdering Letta, the sabotour who bombed the Temple, which also makes her the prime suspect of being the master mind behind the bombing. A while later in her cell, she spots a keycard lying in front of her cell door and her lightsabers.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Ahsoka to be suspicious about the key card and lightsabers, stay put, wait until Anakin gets through Tarkin's orders, and explain to him what has happened, leaving the investigation to him.\\
'''Instead''': Without thinking logically or using common sense, she jumps to the conclusion that Anakin left a keycard lying just in front of the door of her cell, and escapes, further incriminating herself.\\
'''It gets worse''': She walks straight into a trap that sets her up as the murderer of several clone officers.\\
'''The Result:''' It sets off a chain of events that [[spoiler: [[DespairEventHorizon break Ahsoka's faith in the Jedi Council and her exit from the Jedi Order]] ]].
** In the last episodes of Season Five, the Jedi Temple gets bombed. The perpetrator is revealed at the end of the arc as [[spoiler: Barriss Offee, Luminara Unduli's Padawan. In the second to last episode, ''To Catch a Jedi'', while Barriss goes to the abandoned warehouse that she sent Ahsoka to, she knocks out Assaj Ventress and takes Ventress's mask, and lightsabers.]]\\
'''You'd Think''': [[spoiler: Barriss Offee would kill Assaj Ventress as well after taking her equipment to pose as her when she confronts Ahsoka. And after that you would also think that Barriss would destroy Ventress's lightsabers, so that there is no proof that she attacked Ahsoka. Then she will have gotten away with bombing the Jedi Temple while Ahsoka gets tried and executed for the crime]].\\
'''Instead''': [[spoiler: She just takes Ventress's mask and lightsabers, [[BondVillainStupidity but DOES NOT kill Ventress]]. And also, she doesn't get rid of Ventress's lightsabers. And because of that, Anakin eventually finds out from Ventress that Ahsoka contacted Barriss, Barriss gets caught, and Ahsoka doesn't get executed]].\\
'''It gets worse:''' [[spoiler:Not only does Barriss not destroy the lightsabers, she keeps them on her person. And USES them against someone who has just questioned her about the owner of those same lightsabers.]]


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