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It's Star Wars! Action-packed, idealistic, filled with good messages, and, of course, family-friendly... right?

Even by Cartoon Network's usual standards, The Clone Wars managed to get away with a lot of things despite being intended to be viewed by kids and it didn't always have to be subtle about it, especially in the later seasons. So in some cases, it didn't just get past the radar, it destroyed the radar with the Death Star.


  • In General:
    • Posters of scantily-clad female Twi'leks posing suggestively are reused quite often as background scenery across several episodes, usually in seedier locales, but also fairly often in Clone Trooper barracks.
  • "The Hidden Enemy":
    • Pretty much every exchange between Obi-Wan and Ventress.
    Obi-Wan: Ventress. And here I thought this mission would be unpleasant.
    Ventress: The pleasures’ all mine, my dear Obi-Wan. I've missed you. [drops her cloak, and camera suggestively moves to her leg]
  • The Pilot Movie: Ventress tries to distract Obi-Wan by removing and throwing her skirt on him, revealing her hot pants. Obi-Wan simply cuts through the skirt and blocks her attack before remarking, "You'll have to do better than that, my darling."
  • "Downfall of a Droid":
    • An undercover Anakin calls Ahsoka "pookums". Judging by her reaction, Ahsoka knows exactly what her master just called her.
  • "Bombad Jedi":
    • Just what was that Jedi robe doing in that compartment on Padmé's ship?
  • "Dooku Captured": Hondo and his gang demand "spice" as a ransom from the Republic in exchange for handing over Dooku. Anyone familiar with the Expanded Universe (or with Real Life slang) will immediately recognize that Hondo is asking for drugs. Worse still, the Republic (the supposed good guys) is willing to barter said drugs for Dooku. Let that sink in: Padmé, Obi-Wan and the other Jedi were ready to hand over a large amount of illegal drugs to a gang of criminals.
    • In case any of the viewers missed the real meaning of the term "spice", it was even hinted at when Hondo had the drinks he offered to Anakin and Obi-Wan spiced.
    • One of the pirates molests a "waitress" at their bar.
  • "Mystery of a Thousand Moons":
    Anakin: If you ask me, it sounds like a load of s—
    Obi-Wan: Superstition?
    Anakin: That's one word for it.
  • "Cargo of Doom":
    • When Cad Bane first met Ahsoka, he electrocuted her to knock her out, then handcuffed her. Afterwards, he caressed her head in a creepy manner before taking her Padawan braid as a trophy. He even asked her if she was "impressed" (which she said she wasn't before she was knocked out earlier).
  • "Senate Spy":
    • Padmé and the Jedi Council refer to the fact that she used to have a romantic relationship with a senator currently suspected of treason. Throughout the entire episode, no one once uses the term date, dating, romance, girlfriend/boyfriend or any other explicit relationship term. Instead they refer to it as "friendship" and "close friendship," with strong emphasis on the "close," often with a significant pause before and after.
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    • It's brief, but before Anakin is called away by the Jedi Council, he and Padmé are about to kiss...and while one hand is on her waist, the other is very close to her butt.
  • "Landing at Point Rain":
    • In general, the whole episode is an homage to war movies covering hard advances against stiff enemy resistance, and doesn't shy away from many of the tropes and violence that implies.
    • Ki-Adi-Mundi and his forces are fighting their way through a Geonosian-infested cave. This one order has savage effects:
    Ki-Adi-Mundi: "We're almost through! Bring in the flamethrowers!"
    • The scene proceeds to SHOW the clones using flamethrowers on the Geonosians and watching them burn to death. Flamethrowers are a VERY nasty weapon and an animated Star Wars installment that mainly airs on Cartoon Network shows their horrifying effects for all to see.
  • "Legacy of Terror":
    Queen Karina the Great: [referring to Luminara Unduli] Now, Jedi, watch as my child enters your Jedi friend.
  • "Lightsaber Lost": Anakin orders Ahsoka to guard the entrance of the Bad-Guy Bar, to stop their quarry in case he tries to escape. While waiting outside, Ahsoka notices two pirates gazing her in a rather creepy manner.
  • "Lethal Trackdown": Aurra Sing arrives at Ohnaka's hideout and kisses him. He then looks at young Boba next to her and goes, "Not mine, I take it." And the next couple of lines he has don't help matters:
    Hondo: (To Castas, who's leaving the crew) Not to worry. You're not the first man to bail out from under her...command.
    Aurra Sing: He's speaking from experience.
  • "ARC Troopers":
    • In a scene that did not get past the radar, because it was cut from syndication (but is available on DVD/Blu-Ray and Netflix, the latter especially notable since the medium frequently saw it pop up in suggested viewing under the kids section that utilized parental controls despite the TV-PG rating), Asajj force chokes a clone then drags him on to her lightsaber and kisses him as he dies, then informs the cyborg General Grievous in a seductive tone that...
    Asajj Ventress: My dear General... there is nothing you have that I could want.
    • Following the start of the attack on Tipoca City, towers of cloning tanks are shown collapsing. That is hundreds of babies dying on-screen.
  • "Assassin":
    • The plot of the episode is about an assassination attempt against a politician.
    • There are a couple of shots on Aurra Sing's butt and cleavage, and Ahsoka bending over the balcony.
  • "Hostage Crisis":
  • "Hunt for Ziro": There's a dance scene in the Hutt bar, with three barely-dressed (they're wearing slave bikinis identical to the one Leia wore in Return of the Jedi) Twi'lek girls performing.
  • "Pursuit of Peace": The bounty hunters Chata Hyoki and Robonino hang out in a bar to receive their next orders from Count Dooku. In the background, a Twi'lek girl is posing suggestively on top of a table with her arms crossed over her chest. Between her clothing being the same color as her skin (if she's even wearing any clothing), the shadowing in the bar and the camera not directly focusing on her (again, making it difficult to tell if she's actually wearing anything or not), one could assume the bar was a PG-rated strip club.
  • "Monster": Ventress has a couple of blink-and-miss it Panty Shots while fighting the Nightbrothers.
  • The Mortis arc:
    • This line from the Son, while caressing the Daughter's face:
    • The climax features the Father stabbing himself with the Dagger of Mortis to take away his son's power. That is unambiguous, onscreen, murder-suicide in a children's cartoon.
  • The whole premise of "Wookie Hunt". Seriously, a group of hunters (predators) kidnapping Jedi younglings (children), because Knights (adults) are too strong for them?!
    Garnac: A valiant effort, little younglings. Especially you, Togruta. You'll be a prized trophy of my collection.
  • "Prisoners": Riff Tamson's death — he's destroyed by his own knife bomb, and the blood and bits of flesh from the body are shown, as well as his head floating through the water.
  • The Umbara arc: The Umbaran Militia wear pressure suits, and one of them starts to panic when he gets his helmet breached. Without context, there's some Fridge Logic as to why a native species needs protection from their own planet's atmosphere when the other non-native oxygen-breathing species don't, and Continuity Snarl when it was previously shown that Umbarans can breathe oxygen. Then one of the episode guides revealed that the suits aren't for atmospheric protection, but rather enhancing the militia with a gaseous hyperactive stimulant. In other words, the Umbarans are drugging their own militia to be better soldiers, and the militiaman who got his helmet breached was experiencing instant withdrawal.
  • The Zygerrian Slavers arc:
    • Ahsoka complains about having to play the role of slave to Anakin's master, and asks him why it has to be this way.
    • Ahsoka's slave disguise is Fanservice-y than her first outfit (though a bit more reserved than the one from the original comic book storyline).
    • One of the slaver queen's pet birds examines Ahsoka's curves with surprising interest.
    • After the Zygerrians thwart the Jedi's escape attempt, Ahsoka is locked in a cage suspended at the top of the royal castle, with a shock collar on her. Atai goes to her and suggestively says that that once Anakin bows to the queen, Atai will own Ahsoka. Her response makes it very clear that, yes, he means it like that, and she's fully aware of it. His expression while electrocuting her for the response also strongly implies this.
    • Anakin's relationship with the Queen of Zygerria, both before and especially after his failed rescue attempt. All of it. They don't even try to hide the BDSM overtones.
      • At one point, Anakin whispers something into the Queen's ear. Based on her reaction and playful slapping him, it was very much inappropriate for this time-slot.
      • After the failed rescue attempt, the queen tries to emotionally blackmail Anakin with his companion's welfare into being her bodyguard and "lover."
    • Two Twi'lek children are shown among the slaves.
    • A Twi'lek slave girl commits suicide after failing to assassinate the queen. That makes the second totally unambiguous suicide in the installment.
      • The Twi'lek slave girl was a young human child in the original comic, so a human child committing suicide doesn't get past, but an alien teen killing herself does.
    • Ahsoka patiently waiting in the cage, laying on her side. Cue a close-up, front-screen shot on the back of her bare thigh.
  • "A Friend in Need": Bo-Katan, a female officer of Death Watch, slaps Ahsoka on the butt after examining her, remarking that she's a bit skinny. Immediately thereafter, Lux says "She serves her purpose."
    • Ahsoka's on-screen quadruple decapitation of four Death Watch soldiers. Of special note is that unlike other decapitations in the installment, this one does not get a Gory Discretion Shot and it was not censored at all when it was aired on television (there is no Director's Cut version of the episode). This most likely snuck past the censors because there was a slight delay in the heads falling off their shoulders after Ahsoka slashes at their necks and when they do fall off, it's not easy to notice on first viewing.
  • The Deception arc:
    • When Hardeen enters the bar, a female guest mentions in a very suggestive tone that she "wouldn't mind checking out his midichlorian count".
    • While drinking alcohol had been shown previously, Obi-Wan disguised as Rako Hardeen seemed to have been very off and Anakin explicitly said "He's drunk."
    • Anakin and Ahsoka are entering a bar, a very wasted Sy Snootles is shown leaving while being escorted by two barely dressed Twi'lek girls.
    • While Anakin is fighting Obi-Wan disguised as Rako, Anakin knees him in the groin in the scuffle.
    • Cad Bane's remark to Ahsoka about "they'll have to dance another time". Of course, he means fight, but putting it that way has a quite creepy No Yay subtext.
  • "Massacre":
    • Ventress has to take a bath in what Mother Talzin previously called the "Water of Life" as part of ritual that establishes her as a fully recognized member of the Nightsisters clan. The goo stuck on her clothes really looked like something else.
    • The massacre of the Nightsisters is essentially a genocide.
  • "Bounty": Ventress tries to drown her sorrows in the Mos Eisley cantina following the events of "Massacre". While doing so, an alien bounty hunter named Oked tries to make some not-so-subtle sexual advances on her. When she tries to brush him off, he tries to get more assertive with the advances. Given this is Ventress, Oked ends up with a lightsaber in the gut for his troubles.
    • The treasure the bounty hunters were escorting - a young Kage girl named Pluma - is an unwilling would-be-bride for Otua Blank.
  • "Revenge":
    • It's strongly implied that Darth Maul slaughtered the children who went to his ship, expecting the supplies to have arrived.
    • Ventress discovers an unconscious Obi-Wan whom she shakes awake, leading to this exchange:
      Obi-Wan: Ah, a lovely sight to wake up to.
      Ventress: Don't flatter yourself, Kenobi.
  • "Revival":
    • After Savage impales Adi Gallia on his horns, her shirt and tunic are stained by blood.
    • After Obi-Wan cuts off Savage's arm, there's a "long" close-up shot of the severed limb. There were also blink-and-miss-it shots on the cut end of the stub.
  • "A Test of Strength": Ahsoka foils Hondo's attempt to lay hands on the lightsaber crystals the Jedi younglings just harvested on Illum, but is captured in the process. Hondo, angry that he lost the crystals, has Ahsoka knocked out and then tells the unconscious girl that he'll turn her into profit while holding her chin and caressing her lips. It's even more blatant in the following episode where he notes that some criminals will pay handsomely for "a female Jedi." The fact that Ahsoka's a minor makes this worse.
  • "Bound for Resue":
    • Hondo spends the last third or so of the episode extremely drunk. A highlight is when he says "I may not be as young as I once was, but I'm older!" while being escorted by two scantily-clad female Twi'lek.
    • Hondo at one point explicitly says he beheaded the last circus act that disappointed him. This is almost immediately followed by "I love a kiddie act!" This is the same episode in which Hondo makes it clear he's perfectly OK with selling Ahsoka (a teenager) as a slave. Yeah...
  • "Orders": 79's, a bar for Clone Troopers is first introduced with a group of drunk clones.
  • In the first part of "The Disappeared", after Jar Jar Binks and Queen Julia share a kiss, the latter calls Jar Jar over to her quarters to "meditate" with her. Even though they do exactly what she said they'd be doing, the initial implication seems to be something else. Later, when Mace questions Jar Jar on what he was doing with her the previous night, he says he was just rekindling his love for the Queen and asks what's wrong with that?
  • Lom Pyke, in addition to being a spice dealer like the syndicate he runs, is also an addict. The earliest signs shown in "Eminence" are the stains on his lips and fingertips. When he appears in "The Lost One", he's actually smoking and now wearing what appears to be drug impairment goggles. The fact that this never made it to television is probably why they got away with it. He also follows the proud criminal tradition of having Green Skinned Space Babes lounging around in skimpy clothing.
  • The Arquitens-class cruiser's name is in Latin. It literally translates as "rainbow maker".


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