YMMV / Attack of the Clones


  • Accidental Innuendo: Padmé: "My goodness, you've grown!" "So have you", says Anakin, his eyes fixed squarely on Padmé's chest.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Regarding Anakin and Padmé's relationship.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Some fans suspect that Yoda training all Jedi as children was thrown in to fix the continuity issue of Qui Gon being Obi Wan's master in the last film, when he'd called Yoda "the Jedi Master who instructed me" in Empire Strikes Back.
    • Jango Fett's prominent role in this film was most likely put in to appease fans who complained about the Ensemble Darkhorse Boba Fett being tragically underutilized in the Original Trilogy, and getting almost no action scenes despite being built up as a badass. Note that Boba is established as an exact genetic clone of his "father" Jango, meaning that Jango is Boba Fett, for all intents and purposes. Unlike his "son", he gets an elaborately choreographed showdown with a Jedi Knight, a space battle, and an appropriately epic death scene.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Obi-Wan's encounter with the goofy antennaed drug dealer guy. It adds zilch to the plot and is very brief and the drug dealer is never heard from or seen again. It simply exists as a brief, humorous "breather" during a somewhat tense situation (as well as indicate the type of clientele the bar may attract).
  • Complete Monster: Palpatine starts the Clone Wars and uses the war to gain ever more power as chancellor of the galaxy so he can kick off his plot to rule the worlds with an iron fist.
  • Contested Sequel: Was AOTC better than, worse than, or about the same as The Phantom Menace? Fans can't agree.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Lucas apparently finally recognized Boba Fett's massive popularity with fans, so he retroactively gave the character a much more important role in the story and gave us Jango Fett, his father/clone who looks and dresses just like him but actually gets several awesome action scenes.
    • Jango's bounty hunting partner Zam Wessel was also a popular character, despite her limited screentime.
    • Among the Separatists, Wat Tambor is uniquely beloved for his funky retro-future design and distinctive voice. Befitting his popularity, he was given a role in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
    • Christopher Lee as Count Dooku, Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine, Oliver Ford Davies as Sio Bibble and Silas Carson as Ki-Adi Mundi and Nute Gunray all in due part to their performances, even if one of them is non-speaking.
    • Kit Fisto was very popular among the Jedi featured in the Arena battle for his unique look and cheesy grin, and like so many Ensemble Darkhorses from the prequels, was given an expanded role in the cartoon.
    • Aayla Secura, thanks to being sexy Twi'lek Jedi girl. Likewise, she also gets few episodes focused on her in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
    • A very, very minor one with the Balosar (a species of humanoids with antennae) drug dealer, Elan Sel'Sabagno aka Elan Sleazebaggano. He's name-less in-film and only in the movie for less that a couple of seconds yet his bit with Obi-Wan Kenobi is considered a comedic "high-point" in the movie.
  • Fight Scene Failure: The duel between Obi-Wan and Count Dooku is pretty weak, considering that Obi-Wan is a Jedi Master and Council member by this point in his career, yet he gets taken down by Dooku in about 30 seconds flat. Anakin does better than him (though he still loses) despite being only an apprentice. Even Ewan McGregor said he thought the swordplay in this movie was unsatisfactory compared to Revenge of the Sith. It's technically justified; Obi-Wan had been fighting all day after all against both Jango Fett and dozens upon dozens of droids, not to mention the acklay, while Dooku is not only freshly rested, but his lightsaber style is more energy-efficient and suited for lightsaber combat than Obi-Wan's.
    Dooku: Master Kenobi, you disappoint me! Yoda holds you in such high esteem. Surely you can do better!
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Anakin's guilt over murdering the children of the Sand People becomes extremely disturbing after the next movie, in which we see one of his first deeds after turning to the dark side is killing younglings at the Jedi temple.
    • Also Anakin, when complaining of his nightmares, says he'd much rather dream about Padmé. When you know what happens in the next movie...
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: The fact that Hayden Christensen managed to have a bit of fun with the "sand hate" meme goes to show that he's doing well despite the prequels. God only knows how much crap he must have received over the years from people who disliked his portrayal of Anakin.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Sio Bibble used "OUTRAGEOUS!" way before AQUAMAN did.
    • Jango isn't the only person in cinema to have a name out of a western, AND to go up against Samuel L. Jackson.
    • Elan wanted to sell Obi-Wan "deathsticks". So wait—he was in possession of the extremely rare and sought-after Elder Wand, and never told anyone?
    • When he's being held prisoner, one of the first things Obi-Wan said to Dooku is "Traitor!"
    • After the release of Phantom Menace, there was a TV special about ILM hosted by Samuel L. Jackson. At the end, he said "Don't expect the next Star Wars film to be driven by special effects!" One of the most common criticisms of this film would be the over-dependence on special effects.
  • Informed Wrongness: Anakin's slaughter of the Sand People after his mother's death is treated by this movie and every other bit of Star Wars media that references it as a major Kick the Dog moment for Anakin. Thing is, the Sand People are near universally shown throughout all of the Star Wars to be a bunch of psychopathic Always Chaotic Evil mass murderers to a man that kill everybody who isn't one of them on sight for no apparent reason. Anakin killing the Sand People is not only understandable due to the circumstances, but anywhere else the heroes would drop members of a species like the Sand People by the score with nary a mention.
  • Jerk Ass Woobie:
    • Anakin. The poor guy lost both his arm and his mother, both happening within a week of each other.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • When people speak of this movie's more positive aspects, it's pretty much a universal agreement that the best parts are the sections where Obi-Wan is playing space-detective.
    • Yoda going crazy with a lightsaber is also such a bizarre moment that people had to see to believe.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Count Dooku. After all, he is played by Christopher Lee!
  • Memetic Mutation: See the above Hilarious in Hindsight. Star Wars fans have noticed Django and Jango Fett's names have identical pronunciations and have created mash up photos of the two franchises.
    • "Begun, the [X] wars have."
    • "I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating, and it gets everywhere." See below.
  • Narm: The presence of a diner blatantly styled like something out of 1950s America on Coruscant.
  • Narm Charm: Many found this to be the case, often due to crossing over into So Bad, It's Good, especially Anakin's "I don't like sand" speech. The love story as a whole is this; as clunky as the dialogue may be, some of their scenes together are actually legitimately moving. The "Across the Stars'' theme really helps carry it.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Anakin hates sand. And loves Padmé because she's not sand. Yeah, that speech really could have been written better.
    • In general, Attack Of The Clones has the reputation of being "the Star Wars movie with the unintentionally-awkward romantic arc that lasts for too long" over having a better handling of pacing and much less Jar Jar than its immediate predecessor.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: At least to some degree between Anakin and Padmé. Probably made more glaring by some of their scenes having toe-crunchingly awkward dialogue. While by no means the worst tumor in film history, being a Star Wars film is the reason that the trope was originally called "George Lucas Love Story".
  • Rooting for the Empire: Actually encouraged by George Lucas. The movie introduces the sympathetic Clone Troopers, who save the Jedi and rout the movie's villains. Then comes the finale, and the movie reminds the viewers that they had been rooting for what will become the Empire by playing the Imperial March.
  • Signature Scene: Several.
    • It's a Never Live It Down moment, but Anakin's sand hate is definitely one.
    • The death of Anakin's mother, and his following massacre of the sand-people. Not to mention Anakin's "slaughtered them like animals" rant that came afterwards.
    • Obi-Wan discovering the Kamino cloning facility.
    • The Geonosis stadium sequence.
    • Yoda using a lightsaber against Count Dooku.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • During the scene where the Kaminoans are showing Obi-Wan the clone army, there's a shot of several dozen clones eating in a cafeteria. The plates they are "eating" from do not actually have any food on them. They attempted to obscure it by placing a bowl in front of the center clone's plate, but it's obvious there's nothing behind it, and you can also see the empty plates of the clones on his left and right if you look fast enough.
    • Obi-Wan's beard has a tendency to look fake in certain scenes.
    • The CGI as a whole is often a point of criticism when it comes to the movie. As it's both overused and, by large, cheap-looking and ugly.
    • The final Battle of Geonosis between the clones and droids is where the outdated CGI shows at its worst with the actual human characters, for some reason, having to awkwardly act alongside clone troopers made entirely of CGI. Why Lucas didn't just have a few actual people put on a couple clone trooper suits on set is anyone's guess. In addition, a CGI version the Jedi, Aayla Secura, can be seen walking towards the droid army...but remains stuck in one place as if she's on a treadmill. It happens at the 2:24 mark of this video.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Lucas finally admitted that Jar Jar was a horrible character, and in making him responsible for enabling Palpatine's rise to totalitarian power, just wanted to give viewers one last reason to hate him. He later had a statue put up in his studio of Jar Jar frozen in carbonite, so at least he can laugh at himself.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • An assassin who's also a shapeshifter? Awesome! (And also hyped in the pre-release publicity.) Sadly, Zam Wessel's ability to change her appearance is never actually used in any way whatsoever, even in a crowded bar where it would seem that looking like someone new (and taking your distinctive headgear off) might help you approach your targets. It was evidently more important to recreate the "disarming" from the Cantina Scene in A New Hope.
    • Luke's Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru from A New Hope first appear here chronologically, but they're barely in the film. Owen is established as Anakin's stepbrother, but the story doesn't allow them to form any sort of bond (much less establish a reason as to why Owen and Beru would be willing to take care of Luke later on) considering their only interactions with Anakin are informing him that his mother's been kidnapped and grieving briefly with him at her funeral. This also contradicts Obi-Wan's account in A New Hope where it seems like the two had a long history together, since this appears to be the only time they ever actually meet and there's no evidence that Anakin kept in any sort of contact with his stepbrother during the Clone Wars.
    • The namedrop of a past Jedi named Sifo-Dyas, who ordered the secret creation of a clone army on Kamino, was a decent foundation for some sort of ongoing mystery. Unfortunately, there was never any further investigation into the character, and now comes off more like a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment.
  • Uncanny Valley: Seen Temuera Morrison? Cool. Seen a million Temuera Morrisons in CGI? Yeah.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Even detractors of the movie can't deny that the design of the Kamino cloning facility looks incredible.
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Cliegg Lars was confined to a hovering chair after losing his leg during his search for his wife.

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