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YMMV: Attack of the Clones

  • Accidental Innuendo: Padme: "My goodness, you've grown!" "So have you", says Anakin, his eyes fixed squarely on Padme's chest.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: A lot of the romance subplot actually begins to make sense if you interpret Anakin as (un)intentionally using the Force to manipulate her emotions, causing her to fall in love with him. This isn't actually too far out there because its not like we haven't seen Jedi casually Mind Rape people to get what they want.
    • Though the EU (especially the comics) don't take it as far as Mind Rape, they clearly present Anakin's obsession with Padme as extremely unhealthy, possessive, and dysfunctional. What is unclear is whether or not Lucas intended to imply this interpretation, or whether he was genuinely trying to write them as a romantic couple and that somehow fell through.
    • Why she seems to somehow forget what Anakin did to the Sand People, including killing their children, between him telling her this and when he murders the Jedi Younglings in Revenge of the Sith. Though to be fair, a great deal of time passed between movies two and three, during which the Clone Wars raged. While it would seem hard to believe she completely forgot what happened, it can't be denied there was likely a lot on her mind prior to the attack on the Jedi Temple.
      • Hadn’t the Tusken Raiders just brutally kidnapped, tortured, murdered, and possibly raped his mother? After all, similar behavior never stopped women from falling in love with John Wayne in numerous Westerns.
    • The Gungans choosing Jar Jar Binks as their delegate in the Senate was less reward and more a way to finally get rid of him.
  • Awesome Music: If you didn't think Anakin and Padme dialogue's showed they were in love, their theme "Across the Stars" hopefully did a better job of that.
  • Broken Base: Was AOTC better than, worse than, or about the same as The Phantom Menace? Fans can't agree.
  • Complete Monster: Palpatine.
  • 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.
    • Unfortunately, having a set in stone backstory as part of the main story takes away a lot of Boba Fett's mystique. To say nothing of the Narm that comes from seeing him as a kid.
  • 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 Padme. When you know what happens in the next movie...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • 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."
  • Narm Charm: Many found this to be the case, often due to crossing over into So Bad, It's Good, especially Anakin's "I hate sand" speech.
    • Part of why the "sand" speech is rather charming is the realization that Anakin is 19, has no experience with romance, and his childhood crush is standing very near him wearing an outfit that displays a great deal of "soft and smooth" skin.
  • Never Live It Down: Anakin hates sand. And loves Padme because she's not sand. Yeah, that speech really could have been written better.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: At least to some degree between Anakin and Padmé. Probably made more glaring by some of their scenes being really toe-crunchingly awkward. 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 's Love Story".
  • Rooting for the Empire: Actually invoked by George Lucas. The movie introduces the sympathetic Clonetroopers, 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.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Hayden Christensen's acting, especially when he has to be romantic.
  • 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 Episode IV.
  • Throw It In: Nick Gillard mentioned that he had worked on developing a signature lightsaber style for Mace Windu but Samuel L. Jackson had already devised the very smooth and efficient style you see in the film. "It's Sam Jackson, he has a style all his own."
  • Uncanny Valley: Seen Temuera Morrison? Cool. Seen a million Temuera Morrisons in CGI? Yeah.
    • Considering the nature and purpose of the clone army, one could make a case for it being an Intended Audience Reaction - a million-strong Temuera Morrison army is never going to not be Uncanny Valley, and considering the dubious origins of the army and their eventual hand in eliminating the Jedi, taking advantage of the Uncanny Valley to highlight that there's something off about all of this seems to be a feasible thing to do.
  • What an Idiot: During the Battle of Geonosis, Obi-Wan and Anakin spot Dooku escaping, and Anakin orders the gunship's pilot to shoot him down, but he replies that they are out of rockets. Anakin doesn't even think to order the pilot to use the gunship's laser cannons and laser beam turrets to blast Dooku away. If they did, Dooku would've been killed off, he wouldn't have escaped, the Clone War doesn't have to happen, problem solved.
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Cliegg Lars was confined to a hovering chair after losing his leg during his search for his wife.

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