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Nightmare Fuel / Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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As Senator Padmé Amidala once told C-3PO, it's a big universe out there. That means there's also some horrors waiting that could stick into the minds of even the most fearless Jedi, whether it be the horrors of war, surprisingly brutal deaths, creepy locales, frightening species, or psychopathic individuals.

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     Season One 
  • In "Rising Malevolence", Clone Troopers getting their escape pods cracked by the nonchalant droids... humming a jaunty tune. Somewhat creepy coming from the usually goofy B1s/OOMs.
  • In "Duel of the Droids", there's something somewhat unsettling about seeing R2-D2 dissected while's he's still active, even though he's a droid. Even his beeps seems off-kilter and distressed.
    General Grievous: No need to fear. We're both droids here.
  • "Lair of Grievous" had a much darker tone compared to the other episodes of the installment.
    • The very nasty fight with Grievous that has the Jedi chopping his legs off, while he crawls on the ceiling.
    • A clone trooper getting incinerated in a lava pit, a la Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
    • Grievous' horrifying "pet" which mauls another clone trooper to death.
    • Grievous' droid doctor telling him that there may be "some discomfort" and then beginning to cut open his head as he screams in agony.
    • The eponymous lair itself, which has more than a little bit of H. R. Giger influence in its design and lighting.
  • "Blue Shadow Virus" features the titular Blue Shadow Virus, full stop. Once you're infected, you have 48 hours to live before the infection is fatal. It killed millions before it was eradicated, and spread throughout the galaxy. And just to make matters worse, the only cure is a root (which also comes from a Man-Eating Plant) located on a planet that no-one can leave without dying due to a Separatist defense system installed throughout the planet's moons. Then, Rex, Ahsoka, and Padmé as well as some Clone Troopers are infected by it and we see the virus's effects first hand. That's when you realize just how much damage the airborne strain that Dr Nuvo Vindi could have caused if the lab was breached and the virus escaped to the rest of Naboo, or if the plot to release it to several key star systems couldn't be stopped it in time.

     Season Two 

  • In "Cargo of Doom", there's a scene where Cad Bane tortures a Jedi using electricity. The entire sequence - Bane's coldness, the Jedi's death, complete with tongue sticking out, and what really sealed it was the emotionless battle droids.
  • The scene in "Children of the Force" where Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Mace try to gain information from Cad Bane by using a Jedi Mind Trick on him, all at the same time. It's pretty creepy to watch the cold, calculating bounty hunter thrash in obvious agony as they assault his mind, with the Jedi knowing full well it could destroy him both mentally and physically.
    • Ahsoka looks on while being horrified at what she is seeing, emphasizing that what the others are doing is questionable at best.
  • The SD-K4 assassin droid in "Voyage of Temptation". Imagine a giant metal spider with dozens of glowing red eyes and blades on its legs, and it's trying to kill you. Now imagine that when you kill it, it starts spewing out dozens of little metal spiders, also trying to kill you. And not even full body armor will protect you from them, as we get a shot of one Clone having some crawl up into his helmet.
    • There's also that one scene of it moving Clone Trooper Redeye's corpse like a macabre marionette when Anakin comes across it before throwing the corpse at him. What's real scary is that this seems to be based off of the behavior of a real-life insect!
    • Anakin killing Tal Merrick, sure he justifies it but scarier part is The Imperial March plays after he does it.
  • The Geonosis arc was heavily-action packed for the most part, but the final two episodes of the arc ("Legacy of Terror" and "Brain Invaders") took a dive into horror territory.
    • If you didn't think undead Geonosians were creepy enough, the source of their reanimation is even worse: the Brain worms, which can not only control dead Geonosians, but living members of other species too. One of the Geonosians pulls out a mind-control worm and shows it to Luminara. Anakin wishes to free her, but Obi-Wan tells him to wait it out. The Geonosian then puts the worm on Luminara's face and Obi-Wan is still waiting to see how the worm will enter her head, although he really wasn't and was just stalling Queen Karina so Commander Cody's men can get ready to blind her and the undead for their rescue plan.
    • Even with the death of Queen Karina the Great (the Geonosian Hive Queen controlling the worms), the worms are still a threat, as they now look for a new host for control. At the start of "Brain Invaders", the first worm enters a clone and his eyes roll back into his head as the worm starts taking over, and when he wakes up, he suddenly gets back up on his feet in a way not dissimilar to a reanimating corpse.
    • The scene where Ahsoka and Barriss watches a bunch of infected Clone Troopers force a Brain worm up another clone trooper's nose. Meanwhile, the infected Clone Troopers are speaking in fluent Geonosian, which should otherwise be very difficult for humans to speak. It gave a whole new meaning to Mind Rape.
    • Ahsoka's lightsaber duel with the worm-possessed Barriss, who at one point screams at Ahsoka with the worm coming out of her mouth like a long, snake-like tongue
    Barris: Kill me! Please!
    • When Ahsoka ruptures the cooling system to kill the worms, one of the infected clones drops to his knees and screams as the worm is dying. The worst part is how his jaw contorts as he screams.
    • Anakin interrogates Poggle, who is the only person who knows the worm's weakness. Anakin punches the prisoner into a wall after he refuses to comply, which then followed by him full on FORCE CHOKING the now victim. It's horrible enough on its own and with the protocol droid translating everything Poggle says in a Creepy Monotone, but the background music sends it further into Nightmare fuel. The music? The Imperial March. The cold, calm voice Anakin uses while threatening Poggle is its own kind of terrifying. It's not quite the detached tone of Darth Vader, but it's clear that he's getting closer to that mindset.
      Poggle: Your feeble Jedi mind tricks do not work on Geonosians. The other Jedi already discovered this.
      Anakin: Mind tricks? [strikes Poggle, sending him across the room] I don't need mind tricks to get you to talk...
  • It's just a small thing, even having done the terrible things Boba Fett did to get revenge on Mace Windu, that the Jedi put a ten/eleven year old child in the general population of a prison is horrifying. There's probably a good reason Bossk decided to become Boba's bodyguard in prison despite no apparent rewards to be gained from it.
    • Honestly, the complete lack of compassion from anyone for a child who was clearly traumatized by his father's death and is being heavily manipulated by the adults "caring" for him is pretty unsettling. The guidebook Scum and Villainy adds some further horrific implications. As Boba is technically a rogue Clone, he wouldn't have received due process in the Republic Judiciary, but Mace requested that Boba get a lighter sentence. If prison time can be considered a lighter sentence (and considering what we've already seen of the Republic Judiciary in Season 5's Fugitive arc), a lot worse could have happened to Boba.

     Season Three 
  • Savage Opress' transformation in "Monster", where his body is mutated into a larger, more powerful form, with his bones audibly cracking as they extend. The change to his personality is no less horrifying: he is turned from a decent, honourable man into a violent, brutish monster, willing to murder his own brother in cold blood with only a moment's hesitation. The murder of his own brother doubles as a Tear Jerker. Savage's death scene in "The Lawless" lends itself to some disturbing Fridge Horror: as he dies, Savage's body changes back to its original appearance and his personality seems to revert back to his pre-transformation self, which raises the question of whether any of Savage's evil acts were his own choice, or if he spent the final months of his life as a slave of the Nightsisters' brainwashing.
  • Also from "Monster", Savage's rampage on Devaron. Both a Moment of Awesome for Savage and a horrific Mook Horror Show for the Clone Troopers he kills. He takes a blaster bolt to the chest and doesn't even slow down. Here's a bit of Fridge Horror for you: when Savage killed Feral, we all cried because Feral was a young, innocent man. But think about this — Savage then went searching for his brother... Darth Maul, who was a VERY nasty piece of work. Maul and Savage then joined together in wreaking havoc throughout the galaxy, all in the name of simply capturing and torturing Obi-Wan Kenobi. They were only stopped when they encountered Palpatine. Feral would likely have joined his brothers in their rampage and then there would be THREE homicidal Zabraks let loose upon the galaxy...
  • The Son (who was introduced during the Mortis arc) is basically the Dark Side incarnate. He also sounds like Emperor Palpatine at times.
    • In "Ghosts of Mortis", Anakin's vision of his future was horrifying. He's basically watching himself become Darth Vader and butcher innocent children, fatally throttle his beloved wife, attempt to murder his best friend, and be party to the destruction of a planet and the genocide of billions of innocent people, all while being unable to stop the visions. Forget turning to the Dark Side, he's lucky he didn't go insane from the experience. And the worst part? There's nothing in those visions that he cannot prevent.
    • Ahsoka after the Son brainwashes her into becoming his dark side servant in "Altar of Mortis". Especially the part where we see her eye open, where we see it turn yellow (the color for the eyes of a Dark Sider).
  • The torture scene in "The Citadel" deserves mention, especially those six words said by the torture droid as it reached for Even Piell's eye; "Say goodbye to your good eye." Brr...
    • Early in "Counterattack", we have a poor clone trooper's infamous death-by-security-door. Sure, what happens is blocked out by another door, but it isn't really difficult to figure out what exactly happened behind it (especially after Obi-Wan told them specifically why to get out of their way).
    • The fact that the strike team entering the Citadel had to freeze themselves in carbonite, which, as The Empire Strikes Back presents, can be very traumatic to a normal living being.
      • Also, consider the fact that a child willingly froze herself just to join a mission.
      • And the very likely possibility that the carbon-frozen strike team could've been lost in space as they let droids fly the shuttle and the chances of technological malfunctions happening... they were luck to make it to the Citadel and not be lost in space for centuries. In a Clone Wars: Infinities story, this exact scenario happens, except they are only frozen for nearly twenty years and the Empire has risen to power while they were asleep. The silver lining is that Padme gave birth to Luke and Leia without dying and Anakin didn't fall to the Dark Side.
  • "Padawan Lost" gave us a lovely close-up on the face of a Wookiee skin (empty eye sockets included) in the Trandoshans' hunting lodge. [1]
    • There's a particularly creepy moment in this episode where after killing the Trandoshan leader's son, helps Kalifa to her feet and starts leading her to safety, and then BOOM! a blaster bolt right through Kalifa's chest. Not to mention that the grief and rage of Garnac, the Trandoshan leader, over his son's death is both sad and terrifying.
    • Going even further, being hunted for sport is a terrifying concept, but these Trandoshans also take trophies from sentient prey, and it's not limited to Wookiees. In addition to animal trophies, that hunting lodge mentioned above includes the heads of an Ithorian, a Gungan and a Gran among others stuffed and mounted on pedestals. And then we have the not very kid-friendly implication that if Garnac (leader of the Trandoshan hunters) was the one who came out on top in the season three finale, he would have gone through with his promise to nail Ahsoka's hide to the wall for killing his son. *shudders*. Even before that, his intention for Ahsoka after hunting her down successfully was to behead her body and mount her stuffed, severed head alongside his other trophies. And you know how Kalifa mentioned that there were other Padawans/younglings on Wasskah before Ahsoka came? They were most likely taxidermied after being killed too.

     Season Four 

  • The Mon Calamari arc features exploding Gungans, Mon Calamari, and Quarren, courtesy of Riff Tamson's knife bombs. It gets even more gruesome when Lee-Char blows Tamson to bits with one of the shark-man's own bombs. We not only see blood onscreen, but also some of Tamson's remains, including his head, sink to the bottom of the sea.
    • Riff Tamson himself is pretty terrifying on his own. The aquatic life forms are all based off of squids, octopus and some kind of amphibian. Tamson? He's a freaking Shark. It's shown that he's fast enough to catch enemies on motorized water skis with just his own swimming prowess, and on top of his exploding knives, it's shown that his own teeth can crack glass meant to withstand the pressures of deep-sea diving. His incredibly loud roar will give you nightmares every time you here it. He's also a ruthless and cunning warlord. If it wasn't for his preference for close combat, Prince Lee-Char might have never stood a chance against him. Even worse is he brought along more of his race to help him in the Prince's public execution, and their method of execution is to eat him alive while chained.
  • Being from the Clone Troopers' perspective, the Umbara arc is a study in War Is Hell, especially once General Pong Krell takes command of the 501st Legion.
    • It's not enough that he's one of the most evil characters. They just had to give Krell a character design and voice that make him seem like something out of your worst nightmare. His face radiates smug malice at every turn, and his voice sounds almost demonic.
    • Even before Krell takes command, things aren't that much better for the 501st.
    • The planet itself isn't safe either, especially with the existence of two particular creatures encountered in the campaign. The first of these is the Vixus. Because it's Always Night on Umbara (thus lowering visibility) and there's a lot of fog and vegetation anyway, you might not notice that the vine you just tripped on was the tentacle of a large sarlacc-like passive predator with a claw-tipped tongue (and the similarities are no coincidence, as later sources confirm they are related species), and there's more than one of these things on the planet. Oh, and the inside of its mouth glows. You also need to keep your eye on the sky, or an Umbaran banshee may swoop down on you looking for a meal, and those things are big enough to lift a full-grown human off the ground. There's also a lovely moment where we see them feeding on what is unquestionably a body. However, because they're carrion feeders, you look promising to them when you're either dead or wounded or may attack even when you've got your back turned. With creatures this dangerous lurking in the wilds, it's no wonder the Umbarans are so technologically ahead of the rest of the galaxy: they had to develop faster.
    • The Reveal in "Carnage of Krell" that Rex and his men have been killing other clones because of Krell's manipulations.
    • General Krell's rampage in "Carnage of Krell" as well as his obvious sadistic glee in taunting and butchering the Clone Troopers is very frightening.
  • A more subtle one, but in the first episode of the Deception arc, Obi-Wan fakes his own death to go undercover as Rako Hardeen and insists that keeping Anakin in the dark was vital because "everyone knows how close we are" and Anakin's reaction would sell it. So, Anakin's best friend and Heterosexual Life-Partner (who knows Anakin has major issues with rage, grief, and loss) purposefully manipulated his emotions to hurt him to further the mission. Ouch. No wonder Anakin has such major trust issues by the time Revenge of the Sith rolls around. In fairness, Obi-Wan's horror at seeing how much his "death" has unhinged Anakin in "Friends and Enemies" seems to caused him regret. From the same arc, Obi-Wan's transformation into Rako Hardeen, which looked very agonizing.
  • The Zygerrian Slavers arc provides a surprisingly brutal depiction of slavery that is almost accurate with how it works in Real Life. Not only do the slaves live in terrible conditions, they are sometimes killed on a whim to make a point to others or emotionally broken to become more compliant. One early sign of how bad the system is shows a slave girl choosing to commit suicide after a failed assassination attempt on Queen Scintel rather than be reprocessed.
    • Tying into this is the fact that in "Escape From Kadavo", Anakin looks a bit too gleeful in slaughtering the Zygerrian slavers and their guards. Granted, they deserve to die, but it's another clear sign of the Dark Side getting a hold of him...
  • Almost everything in "Massacre", including Mother Talzin's Cold-Blooded Torture of Dooku via a voodoo doll (which includes dipping the doll in boiling water and causing boils to form on Dooku's face) and the Nightsister zombies. Unlike the Geonosian zombies in "Legacy of Terror", the Nightsister zombies are more human-like and much more grotesque, as parts of their skeletons are exposed through that rotting flesh. This image demonstrates how grotesque they are.
  • Quite a few things in "Brothers" and "Revenge":
    • Darth Maul. He's become a psychotic, deranged lunatic who skitters around on a spider-like contraption and rants dementedly. If possible, his single moment of sanity at the end of his first appearance is even worse; an unblinking, yellow-eyed Death Glare, showing that beneath his insanity, Maul is still a vicious predator, obsessed with revenge.
      Darth Maul: Revenge... I must have revenge...
      • He's laughing and crying at random intervals between broken ramblings interspersed with coherent phrases about revenge, and there's the implication that he is fully aware of his broken mental state.
        Darth Maul: The chains... The chains are the easy part. It's what goes on in here that's hard [taps head, begins to sob].
      • Want to know what's worse? The above quote (about the chains) is a Call-Back specifically to the Mortis arc. The person who said it first? The Son. Think about that for a second...what sorts of horrors did Maul witness between the events that occurred back in The Phantom Menace and his arrival on Lotho Minor??? And how powerful does he have to be to have survived such encounters, especially in his state?!!
      • While's he's in his state of insanity on Lotho Minor, it is said he's been feeding on vermin and other creatures to stay alive. Considering that Lotho Minor's an uninhabitable hellish junkyard world and that he's malnourished, what's not to say some of the creatures he's been eating were sapient if Morley's comments about feeding on the left-overs are anything to go by? Also, according to a documentary on the season four DVD set, his lower body would've been formed from the scraps of the creatures he has been feeding on before they settled on the scrap metal.
      • He's no less horrifying after being healed. Now, instead of being a crazy, ranting lunatic, he's a vicious, calculating psychopath who's willing to butcher dozens, maybe hundreds of innocent people just to get Obi-Wan's attention. Adding on his torture of Obi-Wan, the "beyond excruciating" vengeance he had planned, and his sheer implacability makes Maul into, perhaps, the most terrifying villain to appear in The Clone Wars to date.
      • The forging of Maul's new legs: the wires from destroyed battle droids fuse themselves to his spine, then the metal is superheated, with the legs themselves being forged from the slag. And through it all, despite being in a magical sleep, Maul never stops screaming.
    • While it's not shown on screen, it's implied that Maul killed a bunch of kids in "Revenge".
    • The Raydonian village after Darth Maul's rampage in "Revenge". Having Maul himself there, standing in front of a burning village, makes him look like something that crawled from the depths of hell and only makes the scene even more nightmarish.
      • Instead of having Savage Opress ambush Obi-Wan like in the final cut, a deleted scene shows that Maul and Savage spared one villager by the time Obi-Wan arrived. Savage has her head at lightsaber point as a hostage to force Obi-Wan to surrender. Obi-Wan concedes, only for Maul to order Savage to execute the villager anyway.

     Season Five 

  • D-Squad being overrun by Buzz Droids in "Point of No Return".
  • Though it's a quick scene, Grievous' treatment of one very unfortunate clone trooper in "Bound for Rescue". Grabbing him in one foot, before using him to bludgeon another clone trooper hard enough to kill that one instantly, pinning him down while he desperately struggles to get free, then casually crushing him to death as he desperately reaches a hand out to Obi-Wan. It’s even complete with Sickening "Crunch!".
  • The idea of someone like Darth Maul ruling an entire planet.
  • Darth Sidious in action. The way he moves and fights is both inhuman and demonic. His power is enough to make even someone like Maul beg at his feet in terror, which results in everything about Sidious being Satan is true... and he does it all with a smile of sadistic glee with a few Evil Laughs thrown in.
    • This cannot be said enough. He instantly slams Savage and Maul into windows way off the ground and pins them there. The only reason they got to fight at all instead of getting crushed to death/Force-choked is because he let them.
    • And worst of all: this man is the same "Good Chancellor Palpatine" we have seen for the pilot film and first five seasons. This man is the kindly and parental authority figure for Anakin and Padme. This man rules the Republic and the Confederacy and the powerful warriors Dooku and Grievous are utterly subservient to him. The Jedi have no idea. That power you see him use? He's masking it as we literally see him in a significant amount of episodes.
    • It's frightening enough to see Maul kill Satine just to torment Obi-Wan, but when you find someone who can make Maul afraid, then you realize how terrifying Sidious is. Maul, at best, is a planetary threat. Sidious holds the entire galaxy in his pocket. The way Sidious effortlessly beats Maul and Savage, you start seeing how he's been compared to Satan and deemed more evil.
    • How casually he murders four Mandalorian guards before the fight with the two brothers. The first two try to stop him, he simply lifts his hand and they start choking. The other two are standing in the room with Maul and Savage when they suddenly start to choke, levitate into the air, and are still choking as Sidious enters. Their bodies then drop to the floor. All with Sidious barely even breaking stride. If Sidious hadn't wanted to fight Maul and Savage, he could have likely killed them all without even entering the room.
  • "Sabotage" introduced exploding nanodroids that were fed by Letta to her husband, turning him into a living bomb. She used him to commit a sabotage against the Jedi Temple. All that was left of the poor guy was his hand. Doubles as Paranoia Fuel, as you could end up being made a host without even realizing it. And considering who Letta was willing to use.
    • Letta's claim that a Jedi came up with the plan to bomb the Temple. It's possibly untrue, but the implications are still bone-chilling. As it turns out, it's true, and it's someone one would've least expected: no less than Barriss Offee, who's grown disillusioned with the Jedi.
  • The final few minutes of "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much". Watching Anakin and Ahsoka confront each other is chilling. And it's only accented by Anakin desperately trying to pacify his understandably pissed off, hurt and confused Padawan, with Ahsoka growing near hysterical to the point that she's outright yelling at him. The episode then ends with Ahsoka jumping onto a freight headed for Coruscant's Underworld. Holy crap.
  • Anakin and Barriss' duel in "The Wrong Jedi" once the former discovers that Barriss was the one responsible for the bombing of a hanger in the Jedi Temple. While seeing Barriss fighting with Asajj's red Sith Lightsabers might be disturbing enough, what really makes this scene chilling is Anakin's expression during the latter stages of the battle: one of pure fury and hatred. It translates into his fighting style too as his attacks against Barriss become increasingly brutal and ferocious. Towards the end of the fight, Anakin picks up Barriss with the Force and viciously hurls against the tree, and her expression of fear and gasping for air heavily implies that he was Force-choking her. Who do we know uses Force-choking on a regular basis? The Sith. If there weren't Jedi trainees and guards around, and if Anakin didn't need Barriss to confess and exonerate Ahsoka, it's very possible that Anakin might have strangled Barriss to death right then and there. It's scenes like this that remind us that this man is very soon going to become Darth Vader.

     Season Six 

  • Order 66 can be seen as such, as the arc exploring the origins of the Order retroactively make it more disturbing both in this installment and Revenge of the Sith. For starters, the Clone Troopers have chips planted in their brains before birth that take the form of tumors, and when the Order is finally given, it takes over their thought processes, although Dr. Nala Se claims that these inhibitor chips are designed to make them more compliant and repress any insanity inherited from Jango Fett (Jango was not insane). In other words, the Jedi have unknowingly been leading an army of Manchurian Agents throughout the entire war, and said agents are just as much of victims of Order 66 as the Jedi are. When Tup has a malfunction in his chip that causes the Order to trigger prematurely, he's shown to be a lot crazier than Clone Troopers that would eventually receive the Order from Palpatine.
    • Not only that, but when the bout subsides occasionally (read: any time he doesn't see a Jedi), Tup has amnesia. Imagine you suddenly have amnesia, and then learn you killed your general completely randomly. That's pretty likely the reaction of every single clone after Order 66.
    • To make things more disturbing, it's implied that - despite being in on the Sith conspiracy to an extent - the Kaminoans are unaware of the true purpose of the "inhibitor chips" and that Dooku is lying to them too (Count Dooku said they were inhibitor chips in his conversations with Lama Su and Nala Se; they may not be aware that Tyranus and Dooku are the same person or that Tyranus is a Sith Lord).
    • Getting a better look at the true nature of the Kaminoans, you get the feeling life for the clones would have been a lot worse without Jedi such as Shaak Ti around. If a clone is seen as defective, they will at best be resigned to maintenance duty like 99 (who was only born malformed), or at worst, be euthanized for having any mental defects. Barring the likes of Pong Krell, the Jedi at least have the decency to treat them like human beings, whereas the Kaminoans only see them as slaves and property.
  • You remember the buzz droids? Those tiny, big-eyed droids that are featured during the D-Squad arc and Revenge of the Sith? They make a comeback. We get more buzz droid-related horror in "The Unknown" during the attack on the medical shuttle. Let's just say you don't want to be meeting those little gremlin-bots out in space. If you're the pilot and they drill into the cockpit, you're already dead. Never mind them attacking the pilot; just the idea of buzz droids is disturbing. With their spider-like movement and high-pitched, insanity-inducing laughter, they're probably the most terrifying things you'll find in the Star Wars universe. Say what you will about the Sith, the Destroyer Droids, The Son, The Death Star, even the Dark Side — those things look like they crawled out of the depths of hell itself. They may be Awesome, but Impractical when it comes to flat-out destroying ships, but when they do what they're designed for, they are a non-Jedi pilot's worst nightmare.
    • The shuttle attack scene in general. In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it-moment, one of the Rocket Droids can be seen forcefully removing a clone trooper's helmet to have him asphyxiate. Anakin, Rex and Fives investigating the aftermath of the attack is a haunting sight as well, complemented by the eerie background music and the frozen-over corpses.
  • Let's talk about Anakin Skywalker. You know? The guy with a list of Berserk Buttons and eventually becomes Darth Vader? He's been shown to be pretty scary in the past if you've managed to push one of those buttons (being a slaver, endangering or killing those he cares about, etc) , but his brutal beatdown of Rush Clovis for advancing on his wife in "The Rise of Clovis" is probably his darkest action in the history of the installment. If Padme hadn't told him to stop and that he went too far, he probably would have turned to the Dark Side a lot sooner. What makes it somewhat more disturbing is that he is shown a lot more as a good person. The installment basically shows how you can turn a hero into a villain without mind control, just a slow process that becomes slowly evident as the seasons go on. Many of Anakin's dark moments have some form of reasoning behind them (Force strangle Poggle the get the information to stop a zombie worm outbreak, his freakout over Rush Clovis being partially jealously, partially the fact that the last time he was around his wife, she was poisoned, etc.) If Sidious wanted to see someone else as his apprentice (Mace, Obi-Wan, etc), you'd probably see the same process be applied to them.
  • The Frangawl Cult's modus operandi involves specifically draining the living Force out of organic beings. And this is coming from a story arc that was otherwise a light-hearted Indiana Jones homage with Jar Jar Binks as one of the main characters. Also, Mother Talzin uses those stolen life-forces to power her magic. And according to Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, she wastes away some of her body every time she casts a spell, adding another reason to why she's harvesting the living Force. You can tell she's already losing some of her body after having restored Darth Maul's sanity just by the fact that parts of her character model are phasing in and out of reality and "leaking" some of her magic. When her plan's foiled, she dissipates letting out a scream and she's left without a physical form for some time.
  • Part Moment of Awesome as well, Darth Sidious Force choking Count Dooku. To put it in perspective, he did this from nearly half-way across the galaxy... through a hologram transmission. When you consider that Coruscant in in the Core Worlds (where Sidious usually operates) and Serenno is in the Outer Rim, no place in the galaxy is safe if your on Sidious's list of contacts.
  • What happened to Silman, an aide of Chancellor Valorum's who accompanied Sifo-Dyas in dealing with Pyke Syndicate before he died, in "The Lost One". After shooting down Sifo-Dyas's shuttle over Oba Diah's moon and killing him, the Pykes took Silman - who survived the crash - hostage and held him as leverage. When Obi-Wan and Anakin find him, it's very clear the Pykes didn't take very good care of him for the last ten years. Silman's now insane (not unlike Darth Maul's Spider-Maul phase) and asking for food not because he's starving but because he's worried about the maggots in his cell getting angry (probably because he doesn't want them eating him due to his health, and they're already crawling around him). It also looks like he's developed Stockholm Syndrome, believing his cell to actually be his home.
  • In "Destiny", the idea that Yoda of all people has a Dark Side.
  • Then there was Yoda's trial for temptation in that same episode: he saw the temple in ruins with various Jedi slain, including a lingering shot of Petro. Then, he comes across a dying Ahsoka Tano, who asks him if she'll still be able to become one with the Force even after being expelled from the Order. If anything, this shows us he still regrets his part in "The Wrong Jedi". The Utopian scenario is just as creepy, except in a more subtle way. It's 100% peaceful, characters who died as a result of the Sith's machinations and no one has left/betrayed the Jedi Order. Oh, and there's no background music and background chatter, just the sound of wind chimes, and it's Katooni that introduces him into this scenario. Even Yoda knows it's too good to be true. The peaceful part breaks when the previously friendly Dooku turns dark (and gets red eyes) and the scenery starts to break apart and turn dark.
  • Moraband is pretty scary, though that's to be expected, seeing as it's the Sith homeworld. We have talking Sith snakes forming a larger snake and some Sith ghosts spouting out their fatalistic philosophy of no life after death (whether it's The Nothing After Death or Cessation of Existence isn't entirely clear), including that of Darth Bane. Sure the Priestesses said they were a part of Yoda's trial, but whether they're fabrications by the Priestesses or a normal part of Moraband that they knew they could use as part of the trial (as is the case with old Expanded Universe interpretations of the planet) remains a mystery. It says something about Yoda when he isn't scared of this stuff and can talk down (or up, rather) to Darth Bane's ghost.

     Subsequent stories 
Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir

"Crystal Crisis on Utapau" reels

  • At the end of the arc, Yoda reveals that the ancient Sith used superweapons powered by giant kyber crystals like the one that the Separatists tried to buy from the Sugi. Couple that with the familiar sound effect given by the crystal's energy discharge and the utter destruction that just one can cause, it's an omen for things to come.
  • The incomplete animation may slightly put it into Nightmare Retardant territory, but that's just it; the animation is only incomplete and some of the grislier scenes would've been more detailed had it been finished. In the third reel, we are given a first demonstration of what a giant kyber crystal is capable of when it has absorbed enough laser energy and then intensifies and releases that energy on a Sugi warrior (to put in perspective, he's being shot with only a fraction of the Death Star's power). A kyber-powered shockwave disintegrates everything it touches, so had the animation been completed, the Sugi warrior would have been visibly disintegrated on-screen by the laser.

"The Bad Batch" reels

  • This arc goes out of its way to establish that, out of all the corrupt Mega Corps allied with the Separatists, the Techno Union is probably the most horrific of them all, as they're willing to experiment on living beings.
    • They used the previously-believed-to-be-dead clone trooper Echo as a living computer to decode the Republic's military strategies, attaching him to a messy life-support system in a stasis pod and having him relive the last moments until his "death" at the Citadel. They also have no problem claiming him as merchandise bought from the Separatists.
    • Just the way Echo looks like. He's terribly malnutritioned, lost one arm, both legs, all of which are replaced by cybernetics, and he has cybernetic implants embedded into his chest, shoulders, all the way along his spine, and of course in his head. The unfinished animation just makes it even more disturbing.
    • The Organic Decimator, some type of probe droid that functions as a smaller-scale version of the Defoliator. While the Defoliator just incinerates all organic matter quickly, the Decimator fires off multiple long-reaching energy tentacles to seek out organic matter and once they find some, all tentacles home in on the target and vaporize it, leaving behind a pile of ash, as Wat Tambor demonstrates on a Poletec test subject. It also has a laser for cutting through doors in case someone tries to obstruct its path. The clone army would have been lucky if this particular unit was the prototype, as this weapon would have proven really nasty in close-quartered areas such as the insides of bases, and it came dangerously close to killing Wrecker.

Dark Disciple

  • Asajj Ventress reveals to Quinlan Vos that the Nightsister Rite of Passage involves the Sisters going into an oily lake deep in the Nightsister Fortress first seen in "Massacre". What Asajj was lucky to not have to do because she joined late was going in deeper to claim a piece of an ancient creature known as the Sleeper. Before Asajj and Quinlan saw the whole creature, other Nightsisters only got vague but conflicting descriptions of it; the only thing they could agree on was that it was terrifying. Talia's sister got too paralyzed with fear and was eaten by the Sleeper.

  • Other
  • While it's mostly an awe-inspiring moment of pure joy for every The Clone Wars fan, the revival trailer is nevertheless creepy, featuring a long slow pan out from Captain Rex's helmet, through the helmets of Wolfe, Waxer, Cody, and many others through row after row after row of empty, discarded Clone Trooper helmets like a field of skulls, with screaming, gunfire, and artillery in the background. The teaser ends with a rocket striking the ground and the entire field of helmets (including the camera) being engulfed in a wave of fire.


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