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The Clone Wars retroactively corrects a significant amount of In-Universe errors that have been made in the Star Wars canon as well as the series itself.

  • The Clone Wars has received a great deal of praise for retroactively fixing Anakin's image: he's a more genuinely likable character in addition to being significantly less angsty. Also, his slow yet steady and inevitable turn to the Dark Side is explored in a much fuller degree and allows for his character development to properly blossom. Tied into that, Anakin and Obi-Wan in The Clone Wars actually feel like the Heterosexual Life-Partners the Prequel Trilogy tried to present them as, while likewise, the less stilted presentation of Anakin's relationship with Padmé helps to better give audiences the sense that they loved each other as deeply as they say they do in the films.
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  • There were also complaints that the mutual distrust between Anakin and the Jedi Council that is presented in Revenge of the Sith felt forced and the conflict was underdeveloped due to neither side having enough reason behind it. The Clone Wars nicely sets things up for this via presenting the Jedi Council lying to Anakin about Obi-Wan faking his death and abandoning Ahsoka when she was framed for a crime that she did not commit.
  • "Ambush" contains three:
    • After complaints about Yoda's readiness to fight and crazy lightsaber-flipping back in Attack of the Clones, he is presented in this episode as a Trickster Mentor (which is more akin to how he will chronologically be presented in The Empire Strikes Back) to the Clone Troopers who only fights once in the entire episode (and it's more or less to show off).
    • After complaints about the Grand Army of the Republic being expendable, this episode focuses primarily on how they are not expendable and have unique personalities despite being batch-grown.
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    • After complaints about Watto's design and personality, his people (the Toydarians) are presented as averting Planet of Hats and being nothing like him thanks to the presence of the Reasonable Authority Figure King Katuunko as their primary representative.
  • The Clawdite bounty hunter Cato Parasitti's role in "Holocron Heist" may be a response to those who complained about how another Clawdite bounty hunter named Zam Wesell did not utilize her Voluntary Shapeshifting to anywhere near her fullest potential in Attack of the Clones. Not only is Cato specifically enlisted by Cad Bane as an inside woman because she's a shapeshifter, she impersonates two Jedi within the same episode and has a holographic clothing projector to add further flexibility to her disguises.
  • Ahsoka's outfit in the Pilot Movie and first two-and-a-half seasons received complaints for being impractical to wear during battles and only consisting of a tube top and skirt with white leggings (not to mention the fact that she's only 14 years old at this point). The Mid-Season Upgrade in the third season gave Ahsoka a much more appropriate outfit consisting of a conservative yet form-fitting short dress and dark grey leggings.
  • The story arcs written by Christian Taylor were presumably written to re-mystify The Force as a result of the Prequel Trilogy being accused of demystifying it with the introduction of midi-chlorians.
    • The Mortis arc introduced the world of Mortis and the Force-wielders, adding a new sense of mystery to the Force.
    • The Yoda arc clarified what midi-chlorians actually are (the link between the living Force and the cosmic Force rather than the cause of the Force itself) and gave them an even more mysterious homeworld. The latter even included a slight jab at the accusations, with the Serene Priestess describing them as "what your science calls 'midi-chlorians'" to Yoda.
  • The Clone Wars presents Darth Maul making his return and gives him a fleshed out Ascended Extra role in order to appease those who thought that he was underutilized and defeated too early back in The Phantom Menace.
  • Darth Sidious' fight against Mace Windu and his elite Jedi squad that is featured in Revenge of the Sith was widely criticized for being poorly staged and goofy. The Clone Wars retroactively makes sure to succeed where Revenge of the Sith fell short by giving Sidious an absolutely epic lightsaber duel against Darth Maul and Savage Opress, which the fandom widely considers to be one of the best lightsaber duels in the The Clone Wars, if not the entire franchise. Sidious also wields two lightsabers in said duel, which explains how he had a lightsaber to fight Yoda with even though his lightsaber was kicked out of his office window by Mace during their duel; he had a spare.
  • Bringing Admiral Trench back as a cyborg during the sixth season can be seen as this to those who thought he was killed off too early (for specifics, at the end of "Cat and Mouse", which is his debut episode).
  • Some felt that Revenge of the Sith created a Continuity Snarl by implying that Qui-Gon Jinn had managed to become a Force spirit after his death. Namely, we see his corpse in The Phantom Menace, despite the fact that Jedi are supposed to lose their physical forms when they become one with the Force (such as Obi-Wan in A New Hope and Yoda in Return of the Jedi). Qui-Gon was also not seen with the other Force spirits in Return of the Jedi, even in the updated special editions. The Clone Wars clarified that Qui-Gon had not completed his training before his death and thus could only manifest himself as a disembodied voice instead of a proper Force spirit.
  • A significant amount have grown upset about Disney's treatment of the franchise over the years, such as the series’ untimely cancellation along with feeling that Disney was deliberately ignoring the Prequel Trilogy era and The Clone Wars in particular (a debate that we won't get into here). The mother of all saving throws happened at SDCC '18 when it was announced that Disney had funded its return for 12 more episodes, including the Siege of Mandalore, and judging by the YouTube comments on the revival video, it's safe to say many are satisfied and enthusiastic.


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