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  • The Trade Federation, Banking Clan, and Techno Union are shown as pro-Separatist in the theatrical films, and yet they are constantly telling people that they're neutral in The Clone Wars. But Obi-Wan was the only person from the Republic around when the corporations declare their allegiance to Dooku back in Attack of the Clones. Since the Senate only has Obi-Wan's word to go on, Lott Dodd and the other senators representing the different companies publicly disavowed their pro-Separatist leaders such as Gunray. This way, the corporations have Plausible Deniability in order to play both sides while Nute Gunray, Wat Tambor and the other leaders who declared their support for Dooku remain in power as The Men Behind The Men with Lott Dodd and the others serving as Puppet Kings.
  • In "Lightsaber Lost", a common complaint is that Ahsoka doesn't just use the Force to disarm Cassie Cryar after the latter steals her lightsaber. Ahsoka is obviously in too much of a rush to slow down and think logically. Now, what was the Aesop of this particular episode again? That's right.
    • In a similar way, General Grievous gets away with fighting Jedi in lightsaber combat without being overpowered by Force abilities. Due to his reputation, the Jedi are too afraid, disgusted, or both to think straight. If Grievous ever fought a Jedi who can think straight in his presence, he'd lose quickly. A good couple examples are in "Grievous Intrigue": In order to enter the sealed bridge of the Star Destroyer Steadfast, Grievous cuts a hole with his lightsaber and then a few seconds later violently pushed the cut-off piece inside without Jedi Master Eeth Koth, who was on the other side and would go on stating his open disgust for Grievous, using the Force to push the large piece of metal in Grievous' face (he wouldn't think to use the Force until much later, after the Clone Troopers with him had already been killed and he was locked in a duel with Grievous, and by doing that he simply exposed himself to Grievous' MagnaGuards electrocuting him); later during the operation to rescue Koth Obi-Wan makes almost the same error (almost: Grievous sped-up the boarding and didn't give him time to push the door in his face) and part of the reason it ends with Grievous on the run was that he had prepared his Clone Troopers better to face Grievous back-up and managed to fight him without MagnaGuards.
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  • Obi-Wan, upon seeing a hologram of Savage Opress in "Witches of the Mist", initially thinks he's looking at Darth Maul and says so. At first, it seems as if he thinks all Zabraks (Maul's species) look alike or that he was the only one of his kind, so it seems a pretty stupid thing for him to say. But later, we learn that Savage is Maul's brother. Your mileage may vary concerning this Retcon and it may really bug you, but if there's a family resemblance between Maul and Savage then Obi-Wan mistaking one for the other makes a lot more sense. There's also the possibility that it was a response driven by emotion rather than logic. He's obviously rattled, albeit in his usual stoic way. Maybe the sight of a Zabrak killing Jedi instantly brought Darth Maul into his thoughts, knocking the rational part of his brain briefly off-kilter. Also, all holograms are blue in Star Wars, which means that Obi-Wan couldn't see his skin color so that he couldn't have known that Savage's skin was yellow and brown instead of red and black like Maul's. This may further explain Obi-Wan's mistake.
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  • Why does Savage use a double-bladed lightsaber? Dooku must have given it to him, he trained him after all. Dooku is an absolute master of the second form of lightsaber combat, Makashi, a form that has a weakness to power attacks, something Savage could be devastating with. If you are to fight with a double-bladed lightsaber, you'll likely train in Form VI, Niman, one that does not utilize power attacks (and it's harder to do power attacks with a double-bladed weapon anyway). Dooku knew Savage could be a great threat, and weakened him from the beginning.
  • Sam Witwer:
    • A meta-version, as this happened during the production — the Son is the embodiment of the Dark Side of the Force, and Sam Witwer was cast as him because he voiced Starkiller in The Force Unleashed, which was confirmed to Witwer as "Son is the Dark Side of the Force, so you might hear a little bit of Starkiller's voice in him". Witwer's response was that then you should hear elements of all of the different Dark Side characters, because in a sense, Son is all of those characters.
    • Additional meta brilliance, in the same game he also voiced the Emperor. There really is more than one darksider in his voice. Indeed, at some points, Son's voice changes into Palpatine's.
    • And it gets even better now that he's also voicing Darth Maul.
  • In "Hostage Crisis", Cad Bane breaks into the Senate, takes a dozen senators hostage... all so he can free that whiny pile of crap Ziro the Hutt? That's it? But in season two, it all makes sense. Jabba hired Bane to get Ziro free. The whole point was to show what lengths Bane would go to in order to complete his mission. He broke into the Senate just to do some second rate job. HOLY. CRAP. That makes Sidious hiring him in season two all the more suspenseful. Since if that was what he went through to do Jabba's job, then what will he do to accomplish Sidious' ones?
  • The Umbara arc and the Clone Troopers:
    • "Carnage of Krell" seems odd, since it is all about Clone Troopers disobeying orders in order to kill the traitorous Jedi giving them. Especially since this is the 501st, who would eventually raid the Jedi Temple. But Krell is exactly why they did it. Anakin is the Jedi they trust the most, and if he says the others have betrayed the Republic, Rex and the others would believe him. And they were the only Clone Troopers to have fought Jedi before. It still is impressive irony.
    • It also demonstrates the inherent problem of Order 66 as a legal order. It's clear that the Clone Troopers would rather have Krell alive and put on trial to explain himself, rather than simply killing him at first sight like they will do to other Jedi. Rex, despite being given the authority to execute Krell and having every reason to do so, can't pull the trigger and Krell mocks him for it. If this had been Order 66, the hesitation would be enough for the Jedi general to escape and the clone commander dead. This is all foreshadowing that Order 66 is not a normal order, but rather a secret biochip command code that overrides the Clone Troopers' free will and makes them openly attack Jedi on sight.
  • In "Carnage of Krell", we see a transmission from a clone trooper in the field warning Rex's battalion about Umbaran soldiers capturing clone uniforms and weapons, leading Rex and Waxer's troops to open fire on each other, mistaking each other for Umbarans in disguise. It turns out that the intel was really a ploy by Krell to pit the Clone Troopers against each other, which brings up the question on how the Clone Trooper who made the original transmission came across the false information in the first place. It's possible the Umbarans really were planning to attack in disguise and Krell merely took advantage of the opportunity — but then again, being a Jedi and all, he could have used a mindtrick on a clone trooper and planted the misleading intel in his head so that the Clone Troopers would assume it was coming from a reliable source.
  • In "Monster", Mother Talzin warns Count Dooku that men are "easy to acquire, harder to control". Fast-forward to the end of the next episode, and both Dooku and Ventress, who had taken Savage's loyalty for granted, manage to lose him, while Mother Talzin is the one Savage turns to when he feels that everybody else has betrayed him. As it turns out, it seems that the whole trilogy of episodes was a gambit by the old witch to "acquire" the most powerful of "her" Nightbrothers and ensuring that he only stays loyal to her. "Easy to acquire, harder to control" indeed.
  • In "Clone Cadets", Shaak Ti remarks that Echo fails to adapt to the simulation training known as the Citadel. The Jedi fortune cookie for "The Citadel" is "Adaptation is the key to survival." And guess who doesn't survive the episode after that?
  • Vizsla vs Obi-Wan:
    • How exactly did Pre Vizsla, a non-Jedi with a Jedi weapon and barely a match for Ahsoka, manage to hold his own against Obi-Wan Kenobi? Well, Satine was watching them, and Obi-Wan is extremely averse to courses of actions that would make her despise him, use of lethal force among them. Hence why he let Vizsla take the offensive, dodging and blocking his blows until he could see an opportunity to disarm him or bring him down using only his fists.
    • In the EU, Obi-Wan is established as preferring Form III, which is all about defense and The Clone Wars seems to be tacitly following that bit of characterization since he tends to do more blocking and deflecting, and generally fights more defensively than Anakin or Ahsoka. So his "default setting" was to let Viszla take the offensive ... which is where a Mandalorian warrior is most at home. Ahsoka, trained by Anakin, is a much more offensive fighter and gave Vizsla a much harder time because he's used to being on the attack.
  • Why did the writers give Darth Maul only a single-bladed lightsaber, when his non-canon counterpart in Old Wounds used a double-bladed lightsaber effectively, despite having the same kind of robotic legs? The Double Weapon, Maul's Iconic Item, represents who he once was; the single blade, the remnant of his Double Weapon, represents what he's become. In a way, the broken lightsaber is a metaphor for Maul himself. Both Maul and his lightsaber were cut in half by Obi-Wan. Both lost much of their potential. But both, when reactivated, are still fearsome killing machines.
  • Why did Maul never rebuild his double-bladed lightsaber, or build a new one, or even order Savage to hand over his? His lightsaber is an extension of himself and neither will be whole until his vengeance against Obi-Wan is complete.
  • How does Ahsoka, who had not been established as a mechanic before, suddenly have the skills to repair a shuttle during the Mortis arc after it was crashed when Anakin was standing right there? No idea about Anakin, but he might have been troubled by the entire series of events that Ahsoka had no memory of. Ahsoka, on the other hand, has the Republic's best mechanic as a teacher. Why wouldn't Anakin teach her mechanical skills, besides the fact that she may need them in the future? We saw a hint of this back in the Geonosis arc when Ahsoka mentioned offhand about being taught to hotwire a signal, so it is logical to conclude that Anakin tried to pass on his mechanical skills to his Padawan. And these skills could be useful in the war if she has to say, repair her starfighter in a pinch after a Vulture gets lucky or to hotwire an escape route for the Clone Troopers.
  • In one of the trailers for the fifth season, there's a character who states "some citizens of the Republic do not believe the Jedi are what they used to be" to Ahsoka. Now, think back to "Lightsaber Lost", when Ahsoka was hanging from that holoboard. Although it was background noise, Palpatine's speech on it was essentially saying that the idea that the Jedi Order started the war for their own power was impossible and inconceivable... and who would benefit from that idea mulling in people's heads? That's right, Palpatine. The Clone Wars is not only setting up the Republic to fall to the Empire; they are setting up why so many people are willing to follow Palpatine into forging an Empire, and we see it piece by seemingly unconnected piece.
  • Why would Maul consider Dooku a Sith pretender? Because Dooku was previously a Jedi before joining the Sith, as opposed to Maul, who was trained in the ways of the Dark Side from birth.
  • In the Pilot Movie and early season one episodes of The Clone Wars, the vehicles on the Separatist side are colored blue, and the ones on the Republic side are red, white and green. As the installment goes on, notice how the Republic starts getting bluer vehicles and even an entire blue division in the 501st. It's symbolic of the two sides being united under the surreptitious banner of evil.
  • A small one, but when Maul is talking to Almec, a Mandalorian tries to kill Savage by surprise... and misses. Another case of mook incompetence at first, but the Mandalorian directly went for the headshot because he knew that nothing else would be effective against Savage's armor, and he missed. That was smart.
  • Final duels:
    • If you rewatch the duel between Savage Opress, Darth Maul and Darth Sidious, you'll realize that it's exactly the same as the battle between Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, and Maul back in The Phantom Menace. First it's a 2 vs 1 duel, until Maul is briefly pushed back from the fight, leaving Savage alone against Sidious, resulting in his death. The look on Maul's face is heartbreaking. Then you realize that now he finally understands the pain he caused Obi-Wan by killing his master and his former lover.
    • More irony than just that: in "Shades of Reason", Maul waltzes into the Mandalore throne room and usurps Vizsla from power. In "The Lawless", Palpatine shows up and does the same thing.
    • And yet more irony: in "Revival", Maul quotes the Rule of Two to Savage to assert his superiority. In "The Lawless", Sidious quotes the same thing before blasting him with lightning.
    • Why does Maul refrain from using his Force powers or blaster bolt reflection against Vizsla during their duel? Because in addition to Mandalorians showing respect for skill at arms, his abilities with the Force never extended outside of the basic telekinetic pull and choke. He literally has to fight on their terms, hence why the duel is so evenly matched.
  • What made Barriss lose faith in the Jedi? Remember in "Weapons Factory", when Ahsoka and Barriss were trapped in the Separatist tank under a ton of rubble, Anakin was doing whatever he can to save them, while Luminara didn't even bother. Barriss probably found out about this development and concluded that the Clone Wars have corrupted the Jedi.
  • A lot of people wonder why Anakin, the Chosen One, is having a hard time against Barriss, even with his dual lightsabers and his strength, but then you realize that he's holding back because he needs her alive to save Ahsoka, and you can't exactly get a confession from a corpse.
  • Anakin, Ahsoka, and Revenge of the Sith:
    • The added bit of Fridge Brilliance kicks in with "The Wrong Jedi". Considering how fast the Council was to accuse Ahsoka and howl for her head on flimsy evidence without allowing her to defend herself, there’s little wonder Anakin wouldn't trust their hide-bound shebs as far as he could pitch them and why he had very good reason to believe they'd throw Padmé under a bus and jump to conclusions about Palpatine. And if they were willing to execute an innocent teenage girl, then what was he going to face for actually being guilty of violating the Order's brutal "no attachment" law? Furthermore, when she leaves the Order, there goes his Morality Pet and someone he could be honest with. He's stuck with Obi-Wan, who very much bought into the dogma and who he could not be truthful with.
    • The entire installment’s treatment of Anakin characterization-wise is a genius bit of re-contextualization of how he is in the Prequel Trilogy’s films. The Clone Wars goes out of its way to present the better, more noble and genuinely cool side of Anakin, which can be brought out by his relationship with Ahsoka, who forces him to be more mature and (slightly) emotionally-well-rounded (compared to how creepy and borderline psychotic he would get in the third film). But when he loses her, the one person that was having an honest-to-Force good effect on him psychologically (even Padmé couldn't do that!), he starts to regress back to his old temperament until Revenge of the Sith, and we all know what happened then. In conclusion, this troper now likes to think The Clone Wars was trying to reinterpret Anakin's portrayal in the Prequel Trilogy’s films as only one facet of who he is: the negative side brought out by the incredibly stressful events going on in those films, but The Clone Wars presents us the TRUE depiction of Anakin Skywalker. This also retroactively makes him a lot more sympathetic since it's now the equivalent of seeing only his really bad days when there's really so much more to this man.
  • Anakin's tendency to crash anything he flies is this when one considers how out of universe Anakin Skywalker has been diagonosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, which has as a symptom reckless driving.
  • Most fans might complain about Mama, since it implied Hutts had parents when the expanded universe says Hutts produce asexually. However, in one of the expanded Star Wars comics it was established that some Hutts were known to take mates with each other, such as Gorga and Anachro.
  • Mandalorian code and Death Watch:
    • Mandalorian fans have been known to comment that the Mandalorians are acting out of character in this installment, a far cry from all the nobility that Karen Traviss has portrayed them as having. But Death Watch are terrorists. After all, when do Al-Qaeda or the IRA follow their creeds to their letter during bombings? Just like real life terrorist groups, the Death Watch is selectively choosing what parts of the Mandalorian code to follow.
    • In fact, the depiction of Death Watch in this installment is actually pretty close to pre-Traviss depictions of Mandalorians in general from the Legends continuity. In the Legends era, Mandalorians were established as repeated willing allies of the Sith, literally deifying war, committing multiple acts of conquest, enslavement, murder of civilians, and even outright genocide, and were pretty much ruthless killers for the sheer love of killing. When their empire was shattered by the Jedi stopping their campaigns of conquest, they became mercenaries purely for the opportunity to keep fighting and be paid for doing so. The vaunted Mandalorian code of honor that Traviss loved to write about never existed until she created it, and was retconned into the greater Legends continuity — even then, it was something that came about only a decade or so before the Clone Wars broke out, and which was initially a small movement.
    • Even when Mandalorians have been depicted as Proud Warrior Race Guys (as in the Knights of the Old Republic games), they still had a rather Blue and Orange Morality, with the idea front-and-center that violence and conflict were good things. And for every Mandalorian who wholeheartedly believed in the codes of honor, there were three who only paid lip service and five who didn't give a shit as long as they could pound someone's face in.
  • In "The Wrong Jedi", after Ahsoka has been cleared of the charges, Mace Windu tells her that the Council believes it was the will of the Force, for things to turn out like this. In the light of how they abandoned her earlier, this might sound as an incredibly rude attempt to shrug off their responsibility, but when you consider how much of the events depended on mere chance and coincidence, it's hard to disagree. It's almost as if the Force wanted Ahsoka to leave the Jedi Order, before Order 66 was issued.
  • The Order 66 arc reveals that Order 66 isn't just an order, but a physical chip inside the head of every clone trooper that drives them against their will to murder Jedi. It's no wonder the Clone Troopers so gladly carried it out.
  • Many people complain about the incompetence of the Battle Droids and how the Separatists don't win enough battles. But it's interesting to note that the entire war has been orchestrated by the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic, who doesn't actually want the Separatists to win. He just wants them to be enough of a threat to further his own political and religious ideals. It's really not far-fetched at all to imagine that he instructed Dooku to construct battle droids that weren't as efficient as they would need to be in order to actually win the war. A hint to it comes from the pilot movie: the Grand Army's indirect artillery cannons prove themselves devastating on the droids, but the Separatist army never acquires similar weapons. Given that Grievous and other Separatist generals know what they're doing, it's rather jarring... Unless they're being sabotaged.
  • Some have pointed out that Anakin gives Ahsoka far too much freedom, but when one recalls Anakin's own apprenticeship to Obi-Wan, this makes a lot of sense. Anakin didn't like his apprenticeship, so he is going the opposite way with his Padawan.
    • Smartly, this is also shown to work against him when Ahsoka gets a little too fast and loose with orders later on and he's forced to admit he let her out on too long of a leash. It requires him to recognize that restraint and obedience are sometimes necessary when other lives are at stake. This maturation and insight likely contributed substantially to allowing him to empathize and understand Obi-Wan's position and improving their friendship.
      • And it is also undoubtedly part of why Yoda and the Council gave him a Padawan, especially a headstrong Padawan in the first place. As any teacher in any galaxy could tell you, there's nothing like teaching to gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for the subject you're teaching. And there's nothing like raising a child yourself to make you understand all those seemingly ridiculous rules your parent(s) imposed on you.
  • At the end of the Order 66 arc, after Chancellor Palpatine is done talking, Yoda can be seen giving him a bit of a subtle side-eye. Given the Jedi Council is already suspicious of the Chancellor by the time Revenge of the Sith starts, the strange incident with the Clone Troopers may have been one of the factors that raised red flags.
  • One of the few times Palpatine looks annoyed in the installment is when Mandalore and its allied systems successfully remain neutral. Since he controls both the Republic and the Separatists, it doesn't matter which side wins any given battle — but if a powerful group stays out of the conflict, he can't control them. This is also why he went to fight Darth Maul personally. He needed Mandalore handled quickly and efficiently, and couldn't trust that either side would be able to manage it without disrupting his plans.
  • Why did it take Barriss longer to be affected by the cold than the Clone Troopers while she was mind controlled by the Geonosian Brain Worm? In the Legends continuity, at least, her race comes from a cold (and dry) planet, meaning her body is better suited to withstanding them than the baseline human Clone Troopers.
  • In "Lethal Trackdown", Plo Koon states that "We [The Jedi] are Justice." This seems like a statement to try and counter his opponent, or even to try and get them to help, but it eerily echoes a certain line that is featured in Revenge of the Sith: "I am the Senate!" Given that it came out of Plo, Filoni's favorite character, it was likely an intentional hint that the Jedi are starting to fall, a theme that is explored in many later episodes as the Jedi do more and more questionable things.
  • The Clone Wars as a whole, if you look at it, starts out with a fairly straightforward Republic = good, Separatists = bad layout. As time goes on, more and more shades of grey are added, as we learn that there are good and bad people on both sides, and that both sides are being manipulated by the same parties — exactly as the people fighting that war start to get changed by the conflict, frequently for the worse. As the true shape and direction of the war is revealed to the audience, so does the installment get darker. In-universe, people become more cynical as the war seems to drag on without end.
  • This is more Fridge Brilliance for Star Wars in general, but Captain Rex and other Clone Troopers are frequently Dual Wielding throughout the installment. The reason is that most of the arguments against Dual Wielding don't apply to Star Wars weapons. The decreased accuracy from Dual Wielding doesn't matter as much when blasters are notoriously inaccurate, and the awkwardness of reloading with two full hands is moot when you don't need to reload.
    • Also, Clone Troopers and bounty hunters are the most likely to be Dual Wielding. Why? Because the biggest draw of Dual Wielding is that it's twice the amount of shots that a single gun would have, and Clone Troopers and bounty hunters are the most likely to face overwhelming numbers which need the firepower, i.e. legions of Separatist droids, or legions of law enforcement officers.
  • When Ahsoka is accused of terrorism and goes on the lam to clear her name, she calls Barriss and chats. Barriss keeps her on the line. To stall. That's an obvious possibility, but she doesn't stall because she's loyal to the Order, she stalls because she's the culprit.
    • Also, she says she has a 'clue', and Ahsoka asks her how. Barriss vaguely says she 'did some checking' and directs Ahsoka to an isolated location where she can be ambushed. Oh, and as Ahsoka points out, she doesn't even know what she's supposedly looking for. She'd be searching indefinitely, which is plenty of time for Barriss to sneak out.
    • When Ahsoka fights the mysterious stranger, not only is she wearing a different cloak, and outfit, but she doesn't say a single word and fights in a very utilitarian, defensive, and sneaky fashion. She even gives her position away by igniting her lightsabers too early, unlike Asajj's earlier successful ambush, where she only used the lightsabers for intimidation. She spends more time using her Force powers than her lightsabers, and when she does, she tends to use them singly, not in tandem, almost like she's not used to using two and doesn't think she can beat Ahsoka directly. Quite out of character, if Ahsoka had been paying attention instead of fighting for her life.
  • In "The Box", Cad Bane shoots a bounty hunter just for his hat. Kick the Dog? Sure. But there's more to it than that — he establishes his credentials as a badass who shouldn't be messed with (an excellent thing to do when about to compete for his life), removes one of the competition, and gets a nice hat, too.
  • It's often said that the Separatists lost the war because they were sabotaged by Sidious, as otherwise their numerical superiority would have won them the war, but aside for that nobody can point any evidence... But we can see it in action in many episodes:
    • In the pilot movie, a mere four AV-7 cannons mop the floor with a corps-level force, and they were already so infamous that the mere mention of the cannons made the Separatist commander on Christophsis realize his forces were toast without the theatre shield in place. Why didn't the Separatist procure anything to match such a devastating weapon? Because Sidious was keeping them from doing so.
    • During the Malevolence arc, the Separatists have a new ship that can take on an entire fleet of Star Destroyers and could single-handedly win them the war. Who's the commander? Grievous, an accomplished ground force general. The Malevolence is crippled by a single flight of Y-Wings and then destroyed in its first operative cruise.
    • In "Lair of Grievous", the eponymous Separatist commander demands to know how Dooku and Sidious expect him to win the war when he has only droids. How many battles did not go his way because his droids were too stupid to properly execute his plans? And how many times did Dooku and Sidious refuse to give him the proper troops he asked for?
    • Also in "Lair of Grievous", Dooku decides to test his general... by letting Kit Fisto, a Jedi Master, ambush him in his own home. Grievous drove Fisto away, but risked being killed and lost his castle and had Fisto successfully captured or killed him, his loss would have been a devastating blow to the Separatists both in practical and morale terms.
  • While it's unclear in the canon, in the Legends continuity, the Nightsister coven worshiped the Son and the Daughter (calling them the fanged god and the winged goddess). The females represent the Son (the dark side), with their cunning, selfish ambition, their red and black color scheme, and their darker powers. The males represent the Daughter (the light side), with their more selfless, servile nature and their more muted, yellowish color scheme. But there’s one Nightbrother that subverts this: Maul. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to claim that Maul and Savage are supposed to be the Son and Daughter, exemplifying the Sibling Yin-Yang trope. Maul, unlike other males, is red and black. His mother Talzin is also the Nightsister leader, and they are both selfish and ambitious. And both Maul and the Son are voiced by Sam Witwer. In contrast, his sibling Savage is goldish, loyal, honorable, and humble like the Daughter, as well as being the only one their darker counterpart actually cares for. With the deaths of Savage and the Daughter, their brothers are thrown out of balance (and the galaxy is plunged into darkness both times). Their last words refer to the difference of their natures. Even the camera angle used for their deaths is the same.
  • Wilhuff Tarkin's appearances are a good example of the Republic's slow transformation into the Empire and the effect it has on its defenders:

Fridge Horror

  • In "Pursuit of Peace", Padmé explains how, in addition to the war expenditures already existing, making 5 million new Clone Troopers would basically bankrupt the Republic, and that Padmé's assistant's children were unable to bathe or read by light in the evening despite living on Naboo, which was a relatively wealthy planet. Considering the massive military overspending that Palpatine did for the Star Destroyer fleet (each one individually worth more than the GDP of some star systems), the Super Star Destroyer fleet, the various superweapons... One shudders to think at how the Empire proceeded to pay for all this.
  • After the Clovis arc, Palpatine took control of the Intergalatic Banking Clan. All the money the Republic and the Separatists borrowed to finance the war is now his. He also seized and nationalized the Techno Union, Trade Federation, and other groups that bankrolled the CIS.
  • You know those adorable Jedi younglings that are introduced during the Young Jedi arc? Chances are they'll be killed by Anakin/Vader by the time Revenge of the Sith rolls around.
  • Palpatine has the list of every Force-sensitive child known to the Jedi. Imagine what's going to happen when Order 66 rolls around.
  • In "Bound for Rescue", Hondo has captured Ahsoka and plans to sell her to someone who has a keen interest in Jedi. Particularly female Jedi. Okay, so that's already rape and pedophilia in one go. And then he says that the buyer doesn't care if the Jedi is alive or dead.....yeah.
  • In "The Disappeared" two-parter, Mother Talzin tried to have Queen Julia's life force stolen from her to make her magic stronger. She also says that she's not a "natural Force-user". And the harvested Living Force is shown to be the same shade of green as Nightsister magic (and the "water of life"). Going by that observation, you could easily assume that Nightsister magic is actually using the Force through means of stolen Living Force. Now we may know where that screaming comes from when the magic is being used.
  • Imagine what will happen to Queen Julia and her order of Force-sensitives when the Empire comes into power. Chances are they were all wiped out by the end of Revenge of the Sith. Seems poor Jar Jar can't stop losing the people he cares about most.
  • When Commander Fox and his men set to stun, its only when Anakin explicitly orders him to do so, otherwise they shoot lethal rounds and even pull out rocket launchers when in pursuit, such as when chasing Ahsoka. Consider that most of the time Fox's men are assigned to police duties on Coruscant... and, as seen in the sixth season, Fox is in Palpatine's favor and is trusted to kill a fellow Clone if necessary in spite of the danger of Order 66 being revealed to him. The Empire's iron fist was already coming into effect during the Clone Wars.
  • During the Zygerrian Slavers arc, the Jedi Council deliberately sends Anakin, feeling he needs to "confront" his past as a slave. Their method actually resembles a real behavior therapy called flooding. However, no matter how well intentioned, there are some key issues with their application.
    • First, flooding is risky. It can actually exasperate an individual's trauma if used carelessly.
    • Second, Zygerria was not a safe environment. The Council sent not only Anakin, but some of his closest loved ones into an uncontrollable and dangerous situation. And indeed, things go wrong.
    • Finally, Anakin did not consent to this. He was ordered into this situation, unaware of the Council's intentions. Because he could not give informed consent, the attempt is essentially unethical.
  • There are two threats of rape during the Zygerrian Slavers arc. Atai threatens Ahsoka, a minor, with rape by force. Miraj, although she tries a pretense of consent, tries to coerce Anakin into becoming her lover.
  • It isn't until the events of the Mortis arc that Anakin comes to realize he's the Chosen One, previously believing it was a myth. Think about the implications of that. "Proof" of Anakin's status stems from the fact that he was immaculately conceived, per his mother's admission. Knowing Anakin's origins, it's easy to guess how he thought he was conceived.
  • Given the reveal during the Order 66 arc about the Clone Troopers' control chips, what happened to Cut Lawquane? He deserted from the Republic army shortly after the First Battle of Geonosis, and there's no way he would know about the chips. It's possible that, since he'd left the army, he wasn't accounted for when the chips were activated, but given that there were thousands of Clones in the army (it would be a hassle for Palpatine to contact them all individually, so an activation signal would be more convenient) and Order 66 reached Saleucami, he could have suffered a mental breakdown as a side-effect of the chip even without Jedi around...
    • He wouldn't want the Republic to know he deserted, so as long as he got rid of anything Palpatine might use to contact him, he was probably safe. And Aftermath confirms he still got to live out the rest of his days in relative peace.
  • In "Destiny", Yoda faces off against a dark side version of himself. At first, it seems cool to see what would happen if Yoda gave in to the dark side for the sake of speculation... but then, you remember that it's basically YODA AS A SITH LORD. Even Dooku and Sidious are both scared of what would happen if Yoda gave in to the dark side... and they are right. If Yoda DID give in to the Dark Side... then nothing could stop him. He would become more powerful than Palpatine and Dooku combined and he would have enough power to curbstomp the entire Jedi order. The galaxy would be screwed beyond belief. Of course, it's just a what-if scenario, but still, this is the episode that showed us that it was nonetheless a very possible scenario. If Yoda hadn't been contacted by Qui-Gon, he would've likely ended up becoming his own dark reflection...
  • When Savage wakes up in the Mandalorian tent, he immediately freaks out and destroys the droids surrounding him. While it's possible this is a reaction due to his aggressive nature and waking up in an unfamiliar place, it's also possible he was remembering the last time he woke up on a table surrounded by people...
  • In "The Wrong Jedi", Tarkin is appalled at having nearly got an innocent executed. After the end of the war he'll engage in the Antar Atrocity, in which he'll willingly do just that on a far larger scale to warn the Separatists Holdouts of what they were to expect if they didn't surrender. There's two possible explanations, and neither is good:

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