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** Dave Filoni confirmed that [[spoiler: Ahsoka's appearance in the finale, with white robes and a staff,]] is a deliberate homage to [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings the fall and return of Gandalf]], with [[spoiler: Ahsoka returning from her apparent death and changing from grey robes to white after her battle with the "Balrog" Vader.]]

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** When Ezra speaks with Yoda, he usually appears in a black, void-like space filled with stars and white glowing runes, [[spoiler: which is exactly the form the World Between Worlds takes.]]


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** The words "[[ArcWord All paths are coming together]]" are spoken several times before we reach [[spoiler: the World Between Worlds, which consists entirely of long pathways linked together.]]

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* BoringButPractical: Thrawn realizes the Rebellion has a significant fighter advantage, so his master plan is "develop better starfighters." It's not as flashy as a superweapon, but just the handful of prototypes he gets built nearly destroy the Rebellion before it begins.

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** There's a reason why [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill ridiculously excessive force]] to crush a vastly smaller opponent is not often a workable strategy, and treating your soldiers and facilities as [[WeHaveReserves expendable]] will play into the hands of a numerically inferior enemy. It is ''not'' a good idea to sacrifice a site of massive strategic importance to your cause just to take out your enemy's leadership, as Pryce discovers when she [[spoiler: detonates her own power plant with Kanan inside.]] Sure, she managed to kill a major enemy leader, but at a steep [[IncrediblyLamePun price]]. The Empire can't afford to give her the resources she needs to fix the damage her dumbass mistake caused (and has no reason to do so), and is forced to [[GodzillaThreshold take extreme aggressive measures]] to cement its hold on the planet as a result.


** The Lothal cave paintings reveal some history. Kanan's implied connections (which was teased by his voice actor) to the Lothal cave paintings is never clarified and kept a mystery.

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** The Lothal In "Wolves and a Door", Kanan and Ezra discover a mysterious cave painting in the Loth-wolf den, which shows what appears to be Lothalian wildlife watching a child being abducted by two Jedi that resemble Yoda and Ki-adi Mundi. Kanan is heavily implied to have a connection to these cave paintings reveal some history. Kanan's implied connections (which was (even being teased by his voice actor) to the Lothal cave paintings actor), but this apparent connection is never clarified and kept a mystery.not explored again.

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* TortureIsIneffective: Despite Hera's claim in one episode that they keep information on a need-to-know basis because "[[TortureAlwaysWorks the Empire can make anyone talk]]", no torture scene is ever shown to actually work, even with the help of TruthSerums. The closest they get is making a person chattier than usual, but even then they manage to keep enough of their wits about them to not answer the torturer's questions.


* GreaterScopeVillain: Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine; The Inquisitor works for Darth Vader while Emperor Palpatine is, of course, the ruler of the [[PunctuatedForEmphasis First! Galactic! Empire!]] Vader steps down to a more direct role in season 2, and after four seasons, [[spoiler:Palpatine finally takes the BigBad seat of the show for the final episodes after a brief voice cameo in the Season 2 premiere, although his role is ultimately secondary to Thrawn's.]]

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Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine; The Inquisitor works for Darth Vader while Emperor Palpatine is, of course, the ruler of the [[PunctuatedForEmphasis First! Galactic! Empire!]] Vader steps down to a more direct role in season 2, and after four seasons, [[spoiler:Palpatine finally takes the BigBad seat of the show for the final episodes after a brief voice cameo in the Season 2 premiere, although his role is ultimately secondary to Thrawn's.]]]]
** In a non-person example, the Death Star. Starting towards the middle of Season 2, more and more of the conflicts the ''Ghost'' crew encounter are caused by the fallout of the Empire's construction of their super weapon. Thrawn works hard on his [[spoiler: TIE Defender]] project in direct competition with the Death Star for Imperial resources and funding, and, as he's TheHeavy of the show's second half, it naturally helps cause great conflict for the heroes.



* GroinAttack: Hera punches Lando in the nads after he puts her through trouble in "Idiot's Array".

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Hera punches Lando in the nads after he puts her through trouble in "Idiot's Array".



* HeroOfAnotherStory: [[Creator/DaveFiloni Dave Filoni]] mentioned/hinted in an [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/10/27/star-wars-rebels-dave-filoni-on-kanan-as-a-flawed-jedi-master interview]] that this is what the Ghost crew are and would end up as through the course of the story with relation to the Rebel Alliance from ''A New Hope''.

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** Season 4 takes the Implied part of their relationship and shoves it out the airlock. The trailers leading up to the season premiere showed Kanan wanting to upgrade their relationship. Episode 5 marks their first onscreen kiss. Episode 8 has Hera finally confess to Kanan the full extent of her feelings for him [[spoiler:moments before Kanan is killed]]. And to top it all, [[spoiler:the series finale reveals in its epilogue that they had a child prior to Kanan's death.]]

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** Season 4 takes the Implied part of their relationship and shoves it out the airlock. The trailers leading up to the season premiere showed Kanan wanting to upgrade their relationship. Episode 5 marks their first onscreen kiss. Episode 8 has Hera finally confess to Kanan the full extent of her feelings for him [[spoiler:moments before Kanan is killed]]. And to top it all, [[spoiler:the series finale reveals in its epilogue that they had conceived a child prior to Kanan's death.]]



** [[ArcWords "I'll be right behind you."]] Specifically, these were the last words Depa said to Caleb [[ComicBook/StarWarsKanan during Order 66]], [[HeroicSacrifice to save himself while she stalls]]. In "Call to Action", [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice Kanan stays behind to stall the Imperials]] so that the crew can live to fight another day, knowing he will be captured.]]

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** [[ArcWords "I'll be right behind you."]] Specifically, these were the last words Depa said to Caleb [[ComicBook/StarWarsKanan during Order 66]], [[HeroicSacrifice to save himself while she stalls]]. In "Call to Action", [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice Kanan stays behind to stall the Imperials]] so that the crew can live to fight another day, knowing he will be captured. They also end up being more or less his last words when he sacrifices his life in late Season 4.]]



* MoodWhiplash: Episode 11, "Call To Action", feels like this. Two episodes previous, we were hyuk-hyuking it up with Lando Calrissian in cartoon hijinx which, while enjoyable, were ultimately light-hearted. The first scene after the intro of "Call To Action" itself has the two recurring funny bumbling cartoon-like Imperials chasing our heroes in a good fun bike chase. [[spoiler:And then, two episodes after Lando and five ''minutes'' after the chase, [[KnightOfCerebus Tarkin]] has said bumbling officers ''[[ShooOutTheClowns beheaded without warning]]'' in front of the other Imperial characters to make a point that failure will no longer be tolerated. The Imperials then barely let up on the brutality for the remaining fifty minutes or so of runtime of the season.]]

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Episode 11, "Call To Action", feels like this. Two episodes previous, we were hyuk-hyuking it up with Lando Calrissian in cartoon hijinx which, while enjoyable, were ultimately light-hearted. The first scene after the intro of "Call To Action" itself has the two recurring funny bumbling cartoon-like Imperials chasing our heroes in a good fun bike chase. [[spoiler:And then, two episodes after Lando and five ''minutes'' after the chase, [[KnightOfCerebus Tarkin]] has said bumbling officers ''[[ShooOutTheClowns beheaded without warning]]'' in front of the other Imperial characters to make a point that failure will no longer be tolerated. The Imperials then barely let up on the brutality for the remaining fifty minutes or so of runtime of the season.]]



* MythArc: The series ultimately revolves around two themes: the liberation of Lothal, and the question of what the Empire wants on Lothal in the first place. Initially, it seems that they just want its' resources, for [[spoiler: either Thrawn's TIE Defender Project or]] the Death Star, or something else. However, the endgame of the series reveals that [[spoiler: Palpatine himself wanted the Lothal Jedi Temple so that he could access a portal to the World Between Worlds and conquer all of time and space.]] The series finale also culminates with [[spoiler: the ''Ghost'' crew summoning as many allies as possible and ultimately liberating Lothal from the Empire.]]



** The mid-season trailer for Season 3 has [[spoiler:Maul confronting Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine, like he did in the ''Old Wounds'' comic]].

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** The mid-season trailer for Season 3 has [[spoiler:Maul confronting Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine, like he did in the ''Old Wounds'' comic]].



** The trailers for the second half of Season 3 greatly hyped up that the forthcoming confrontation between [[spoiler: Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi]] would be an epic battle with a massive scope. "Twin Suns", the episode the confrontation takes place in, actually focuses far more on Ezra himself, and the actual fight is very poetic, subdued, and quick, as opposed to the massive lightsaber battle the trailers hyped up.



* ProductionForeshadowing: Late in Season 1, Kanan mentions Mustafar as the place "where Jedi go to die." In ''Film/RogueOne'', released two years later, we found that Darth Vader has set up a castle on Mustafar.

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* ProductionForeshadowing: Late in Season 1, Kanan Hera mentions Mustafar as the place "where Jedi go to die." In ''Film/RogueOne'', released two years later, we found that Darth Vader has set up a castle on Mustafar.



** After numerous failed attempts at freeing Lothal, the Rebel Alliance [[spoiler: abandons Lothal as a lost cause.]] Despite being Ezra's homeworld, Lothal has no strategic value and is ultimately just one of the ''thousands'' of backwater planets being subjugated by the Empire.

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** It also goes the other way for the official Rebel Alliance. After numerous failed attempts at freeing Lothal, the Rebel Alliance [[spoiler: abandons Lothal as a lost cause.]] Despite being Ezra's homeworld, Lothal has no strategic value and is ultimately just one of the ''thousands'' of backwater planets being subjugated by the Empire.



** "A World Between Worlds" reveals that [[spoiler: Emperor Palpatine ''himself'' wanted Lothal and its' Jedi Temple because it housed a gateway to a dimension that lets a visitor influence and control all of time and space, which would let him essentially conquer all of reality. Furthermore, Ezra uses this dimension to save Ahsoka from being killed by Vader on Malachor, confirming her survival after two years of uncertainty.]]



** In the final episodes of Season 4, Creator/IanMcDiarmid returns as the Emperor.
* RunOrDie: Whenever the Grand Inquisitor shows up, the only option is to hold him off long enough to escape - at least until "Fire Across The Galaxy".

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** In the final episodes of Season 4, Creator/IanMcDiarmid returns as the Emperor.
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** [[spoiler:A WesternAnimation/StarWarsForcesOfDestiny short features Hera interacting with Leia and Han after the Battle for Endor, so she at least is confirmed to make it all the way through the Rebellion and into the era of the New Republic.]]

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** [[spoiler:A WesternAnimation/StarWarsForcesOfDestiny ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsForcesOfDestiny Forces of Destiny]]'' short features Hera interacting with Leia and Han after the Battle for Endor, so she at least is confirmed to make it all the way through the Rebellion and into the era of the New Republic.]]



* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Fulcrum's voice actor/actress goes uncredited prior to the character's reveal, most likely to avoid bringing an InterfaceSpoiler about. In fact, heavy distortion and different actors are used to throw off any attempt to figure it out. Not that [[TheUntwist it worked]], but points for trying.

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: As of the first half of Season 3, there have only been three female Imperials: Minister Tua, the Seventh Sister, and Governor Pryce, and ''none of them have ever had screentime with each other''.

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** After numerous failed attempts at freeing Lothal, the Rebel Alliance [[spoiler: abandons Lothal as a lost cause.]] Despite being Ezra's homeworld, Lothal has no strategic value and is ultimately just one of the ''thousands'' of backwater planets being subjugated by the Empire.


Set between ''[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith]]'' and ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,]]''[[note]]specifically starting 14 years after ''Revenge of the Sith'', which is also 5 years before ''A New Hope,''[[/note]] as the Galactic Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights, a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking form. The series premiered on October 3, 2014 as a one-hour special on Disney Channel and began airing regularly on Disney XD starting October 13, the first season finale airing on March 2, 2015. The second season premiered with another special on June 20, 2015 and began proper on October 14, 2015, and concluded on March 30, 2016. A third season premiered in Fall 2016, and a fourth season has been ordered for Fall 2017. At Star Wars Celebration in April 2017, Dave Filoni announced that the fourth season would be the last one.

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Set between ''[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith]]'' and ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,]]''[[note]]specifically starting 14 years after ''Revenge of the Sith'', which is also 5 years before ''A New Hope,''[[/note]] as the Galactic Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights, a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking form. The series premiered on October 3, 2014 as a one-hour special on Disney Channel and began airing regularly on Disney XD starting October 13, the first season finale airing on March 2, 2015. The second season premiered with another special on June 20, 2015 and began proper on October 14, 2015, and concluded on March 30, 2016. A third season premiered in Fall 2016, and a fourth season has been ordered for Fall 2017. 2016. At Star Wars Celebration in April 2017, Dave Filoni announced that the fourth season would be the last one.
one, which concluded the series in March 2018.


** FreezeFrameBonus: Right after [[spoiler: Ezra flies out of the portal in]] "World Between Worlds", for a split second one can see [[spoiler: the silhouetted figures of his parents in the portal]] behind him.

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** As mentioned in FreezeFrameBonus directly below, [[spoiler: the silhouettes of Ezra's parents are visible behind him as he flies through the portal, which foreshadows Palpatine using a portal to his old life to tempt him in "Family Reunion - and Farewell".]]
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FreezeFrameBonus: Right after [[spoiler: Ezra flies out of the portal in]] "World Between Worlds", for a split second one can see [[spoiler: the silhouetted figures of his parents in the portal]] behind him.

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** FreezeFrameBonus: Right after [[spoiler: Ezra flies out of the portal in]] "World Between Worlds", for a split second one can see [[spoiler: the silhouetted figures of his parents in the portal]] behind him.


** Just because you're in a kids' cartoon does not mean ArmorIsUseless. Going into battle with no protection whatsoever on your chest is a ''bad'' idea, even if the enemy your fighting with are essentially armed workers. [[spoiler: Gregor found that out the hard way.]]

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** Just because you're in a kids' cartoon does not mean ArmorIsUseless. Going into battle with no protection whatsoever on your chest is a ''bad'' idea, even if some of the enemy your enemies you're fighting with against are essentially armed workers. [[spoiler: Gregor found that out the hard way.]]


** No, [[IThoughtItMeant not the ship itself]]; a background character, Governor Arihnda Pryce is neither seen nor heard at any point, merely referred to... that is, until Season 3, where she appears in the flesh.

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** No, [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant not the ship itself]]; a background character, Governor Arihnda Pryce is neither seen nor heard at any point, merely referred to... that is, until Season 3, where she appears in the flesh.

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