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The Clone Wars has a number of characters that are very popular with the fans.

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  • Many of the Jedi who have originated in the Prequel Trilogy are extremely popular with the fans as a result of them being fleshed out and receiving Ascended Extra roles in The Clone Wars:
    • Plo Koon was this in the Prequel Trilogy to supervising director Dave Filoni, and his likable portrayal as A Father to His Men made him very popular with fans as well.
    • Kit Fisto was already a popular character in the films, but his popular status has increased due to his laid back personality, attractive design, and Jamaican accent in this series.
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    • Luminara Unduli is popular with the fans due to her beautiful design, accent, and Lady of War portrayal.
    • Aayla Secura, thanks to being an attractive Action Girl with a French accent and an amazing voice.
    • Ki-Adi-Mundi was well-liked by fans in the films thanks to being a Mauve Shirt there while his ability to one-up both Anakin and Ahsoka in "Landing at Point Rain" helped solidify his status as a well-liked character among the fans.
    • Barriss Offee gained popularity from fans for her pretty design and friendship with Ahsoka, but it was her eventual tragic turn to the Dark Side that helped boost her status in the eyes of fans.
    • Shaak Ti's existing popularity as a capable Jedi from Legends only increased thanks to her kind personality in this series.
    • Originally a nameless background character in The Phantom Menace before becoming a major character in Legends comics (and he was a fan favorite in that continuity too) and a Canon Immigrant by mention in Revenge of the Sith, Quinlan Vos received a lot of fans for his cool design, sarcastic sense of humor and willingness to bend the rules of the Jedi Order. His popularity led to him receiving a more prominent role in Dark Disciple.
  • Among the Jedi who originated in The Clone Wars, we have:
  • Many of the clone troopers featured in The Clone Wars are also popular with the fans thanks to the characterization that the series has given them:
    • Rex, for being a clone of Jango Fett more than the others along with his twin pistols, design, servile snark, bond with Anakin Skywalker, and amount of moral choices throughout The Clone Wars. His popularity led to his return in Rebels, where he ended up doing the Fandom-Specific Plot of being disloyal to the Empire and teaming up with the Rebels and Ahsoka.
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    • The members of Domino Squad earned plenty of fans in their breakout appearance in "Rookies", which led to them receiving an Origins Episode called "Clone Cadets" in addition to having their story continued throughout The Clone Wars.
      • Hevy, for his role as the team's Blood Knight, friendship with 99, skills with a rotary blaster cannon, and sacrificing himself to destroy the listening post and save Kamino.
      • Fives, for his general Clones Are People, Too and Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! personality, loyalty towards his brothers, development from an ordinary rookie into an ARC trooper and one of Rex's closest comrades, and role of inspiring others to go against Krell during the Umbara arc. As a result, he ultimately got A Day in the Limelight as the main character of the Order 66 arc. Said story arc increased his popularity even further, due to him nearly managing to prevent Order 66 and expose Palpatine's true nature, and his death at end of "Orders" is considered one of the saddest scenes in the series.
      • Echo, for his lawful yet surprisingly independent nature, memorable personality quirks, development from a rule-obsessed nerd into a genuine Badass Bookworm, and close relationship with Rex. His abrupt death was seen as such a waste of a good character that the creators had him make a return during the Bad Batch arc.
    • 99, the malformed maintenance clone on Kamino. While he only appears in two episodes, he nonetheless earned plenty of fans for his sweet personality, supporting and inspiring Hevy and the rest of Domino Squad, and doing his best to help his brothers during the Battle of Kamino by leading them around and fetching weapons and ammo. After he dies in the battle, most fans agree with Cody when he declares 99 was a true soldier.
    • Cody, for being Obi-Wan's second-in-command as a result of their relationship being fleshed out.
    • Ponds, despite only appearing in a handful of episodes, was popular for his friendly demeanor.
    • Although he never had a major role in the series, Denal was pretty popular for having a unique paint job among the clone troopers of the 501st Legion during the first season (this was at a time when most non-officer clone troopers who weren't important to the plot of the episode in question had very uniform or no paint jobs on their armor), and was also the main character of a now-Legends cellphone game. Many fans lamented his sudden death and impersonation by Cad Bane in "Cargo of Doom".
    • Waxer and Boil, for their snarky Sensitive Guy and Manly Man friendship and designs as well as the fact that they help Numa during the Ryloth arc. Waxer's death in the Umbara arc is also widely regarded as one of the most emotional moments in the entire series.
    • Cut Lawquane, the Clone deserter who abandoned the war effort to start a family, only appears in "The Deserter", but he was very well-liked and received an indirect mention in Aftermath.
    • Keeli, the Clone Commander under Ima-Gun Di on Ryloth. While supplies are negotiated off-planet, he and his Jedi Master make the most of being One Episode Wonders by holding the Separatist droid army off at all costs, with Keeli courageously refusing to leave his Jedi general and dying alongside him.
    • Gregor, for his tragic backstory and the epic reclamation of his old identity, culminating in an apparent Dying Moment of Awesome that, as Rebels revealed, he survived.
    • Jesse, for his sarcastic personality, cool design, expanded role during the Umbara arc, and amusing lines. Him being revealed to have become an ARC trooper in the seventh season was met with cheers from the fans, and his tragic death in attempting to execute Order 66 made many a fan mourn his fate.
    • Kix, for his unique design, role as a clone medic, Adorkable yet kind personality, and concern for his brothers. His popularity received another increase after the Expanded Universe revealed him to be the only known clone to still be alive by the time of the sequel trilogy, with many fans hoping he'll appear in later works.
    • Hardcase, despite only appearing in four episodes, was considered a highly memorable character, for his similarities to Hevy, hyperactive attitude, design, and Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Thorn only appears in "Crisis at the Heart" and had a few minutes of screen time, but his rotary blaster cannon (which was nicknamed "Hammer"), Thor inspired paint job, and epic Last Stand made him a very popular clone trooper among the fans.
    • The Bad Batch (Hunter, Tech, Crosshair, and Wrecker) were very popular due to their unique designs, Bunny-Ears Lawyer tendencies, and how utterly badass they were. They became popular enough to earn their own spinoff.
    • Wolffe and his Wolfpack. Not only do these clones have a great designs, with Wolffe serving as the Number Two to another darkhorse Plo Koon, Wolffe in particular was one of the few clones that removed his control chip and would later join Rex and Gregor in helping the Rebel Alliance in Rebels.
    • Vaughn of the newly-created 332nd Battalion (a splinter regiment of the 501st Legion) didn't take long to resonate with fans thanks to his slightly-unique design, camaraderie with Ahsoka, and sudden heart-wrenching death, despite "Old Friends Not Forgotten" being the only episode he would appear in as a result of getting killed off towards the end of the episode. For some fans, the silver lining for his death was that they wouldn't get to see him be forced to execute Order 66 shortly after.
    • Glitch from one of the comics for his adorable interest in the Force and even trying (even if he miserably fails) to fight Pre Vizsla in lightsaber combat.
  • Admiral Wullf Yularen, who was once only known as a colonel in the Imperial Security Bureau thanks to a now-Legends trading card game, got a huge boost in popularity thanks to his voice acting by Tom Kane, role as a traditional military man being paired with Anakin's maverick, and polite demeanor.
  • Riyo Chuchi, who didn't appear in a lot of episodes, for her design as a golden eyed Blue-Skinned Space Babe, South African accent, voice, and willingness to defy Chairman Cho in order to make peace with the Talz.
  • Numa (the Twi'lek girl who appears in "Innocents of Ryloth"), for her roles as both a Moe and Heartwarming Orphan, design, being surprisingly helpful to Obi-Wan's team, and having very sweet interactions with Waxer and Boil. Her popularity earned the now-adult Numa several guest appearances in Rebels.
    • The Commando Droids, for having cool designs and being completely fricking badass compared to the Battle Droids.
  • AZI-3, who was introduced during the Order 66 arc, for bringing some much-needed humor to an otherwise dark story arc, showing more of a moral compass than the Kaminoans, and generally being very helpful to Fives throughout the story arc.
  • EV-A4-D, Grievous' medical droid in "Lair of Grievous". His Camp Gay voice (based on that of Paul Lynde) and ability to talk smack to Grievous and not face any consequences have earned him many fans.
  • Hondo Ohnaka, for his cool design, memorable voice, entertaining lines, and hammy, greedy yet caring personality. His popularity went Up to Eleven in "Revival" and then more so after "A Necessary Bond". Hondo snarks at even the Sith, how can we not like him?
  • Many of the Bounty Hunters featured in The Clone Wars are popular with the fans for their badassery:
    • Cad Bane, due to his cool design and skills along with the fact that he feels like a mix of Jango Fett and Lee Van Cleef with an impressive voice, great lines, and unusually sinister tendencies as well as the characteristics of spaghetti-western villains.
    • Aurra Sing, for her attractive design, voice, ruthlessly evil personality, former romantic relationship with Hondo, and sharpshooting skills with dual blasters and a sniper.
    • Cato Parasitti, for her design and abilities to shapeshift and disguise herself, which she made good use of when infiltrating into the Jedi Temple undetected.
    • Embo, since he has acrobatics that would make a Jedi jealous along with a Nice Hat that serves as a blaster-proof shield and as a Precision-Guided Boomerang in addition to the fact that he took on Savage Opress and survived (although, it was partly because Maul let him and the others go because they were bounty hunters and not their true adversaries). His anooba Marrok was also pretty popular for not only giving Embo a badass pet, but also having an adorable personality outside of battle.
    • Sugi, for being one of the more kinder Bounty Hunters and a capable fighter, as demonstrated when she held her own against Darth Maul and lived.
    • Boba Fett retains the popularity that he had with the fans during the Original Trilogy in The Clone Wars thanks to his skills along with his expanded role that shows him following his father's footsteps.
    • Bossk, for his design, voice, and portrayal as a protective figure for Boba Fett as a result of receiving an expanded role.
    • Latts Razzi, for her design, badassery, and necklace that doubles as a whip.
    • Dengar's appearance in the show garnered some fans for being a Badass Normal along with his voice and sarcastic sense of humor.
    • C-21 Highsinger, for being a Robot Buddy and his design along with his ability to take down mooks.
  • Admiral Trench, for being a clever tactician that was dangerous enough to necessitate a Jedi-led task force just to defeat him in the backstory of The Clone Wars. His reception among the fans was likely what led the writers to bring him back in the sixth and seventh seasons of the series.
  • The Zillo Beast has an impressive following with the fans despite the fact that it was not part of a humanoid species. Although, anything that can tell Palpatine is evil and tries to do something about it earns our respect.
  • The Force wielders (the Father, the Son, and the Daughter), who were introduced during the Mortis arc, are very popular with fans. Despite only appearing in three episodes, they are among the most memorable characters in The Clone Wars due to their impressive designs, cool voices, brilliant portrayals, memorable lines, and linking into the lore of the Force itself.
  • In addition to retaining the popularity with the fans that he had back in The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul's brilliant portrayal, excellent voice, memorable lines, awesome design, and fleshed out Ascended Extra role in The Clone Wars have made him even more popular with the fans.
  • Savage Opress, due to his tragic backstory and cool yet intimidating design along with the fact that he is an utter badass (even before getting a lightsaber) in addition to being Darth Maul's brother.
  • Some of the villains that appear in only one of the story arcs are popular among the fans. Riff Tamson and Osi Sobek are two good examples: Tamson is a Karkarodon in addition to both badass and unlikeable at the same time that he is an excellent villain while Sobek is a very savvy villain who runs a prison that was quite a bit harder to escape from than your usual Cardboard Prison and, just like the Tamson, he isn't afraid to get his own hands dirty.


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