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Prequel Trilogy

  • Anakin's story arc in general shows that someone raised as The Chosen One from an early age and being told of his importance, while also being told not to fall in love despite attraction to others, results in an immature young man with a god complex.

     The Phantom Menace 
  • Harsh as it may be, the Gungans are rather in the right about banishing Jar Jar from their underwater home. His clumsiness nearly destroyed them at one point and it would be better to send him away where he can do the least likely harm to his civilization.
  • During the pod race, it was establish that Sebulba isn't above sabotaging pod racers and was likely the reason Anakin lost in a previous race. Not surprisingly he attempts to do so in the current race as well. His cheating ways ultimately catch up to him when he tries to ram his podracer into Anakin's. This results in their engines getting stuck and ultimately him crashing because he can't swerve away from an incoming rock once he gets unstuck. Considering he had the lead at the time, he might have had a chance if he had just raced normally.
  • The Jedi do have a point about their reservations in taking in Anakin for training. Jedi usually always start at a very young age when they're still fresh and don't have much to tie them down. Anakin, however, ended up leaving his mother behind because he was told he was destined for something greater, leaving his negative side to fester.
  • While the Gungans put up a fight and have all sorts of exotic alien technology like their shields, they are still no match for Trade Federation battle droids and especially droidekas in an open field. This is made even worse when one of the droids out their shields, and they are even less of a match for Trade Federation tanks, at which point they either retreat or surrender.

     Attack of the Clones 
  • Anakin shows how a young man with anger issues, a Dark and Troubled Past, and a Laser Blade would handle his mother and only family dying in front of him after days of torture while currently in the presence of her murderers. He slaughters them all in a Dark Side rage.
  • During the coliseum battle, Padmé, Anakin, and Obi-Wan manage to survive the monsters thrown at them, but are still stuck in a Federation run facility to which they're surrounded by Separatist droids. The Jedi manage to infiltrate the building but are also outnumbered by the numerous droids and even with the Jedi's heightened senses, they can only deflect so long. The surviving ones are rounded up and are about to be executed when Yoda arrives with Clonetroopers to save them.
  • Despite being outnumbered two-to-one, Count Dooku is much more experienced than either Obi-Wan or Anakin and he manages to defeat both of them easily, even taking one of Anakin's hands. They might've been able to beat him if they had taken him on together like Obi-Wan suggested, but the overeager Anakin immediately tried to rush Dooku and got blasted with Force Lightning for his trouble, temporarily taking him out of the fight and leaving Obi-Wan to face the Sith Lord alone.
  • A deleted scene showed one of the Trade Federation control ships being destroyed in orbit over Geonosis during that battle, and all of the battle droids on the planet powering down like they did in the previous film... for all of a second before backup control systems kick in and they continue the fight. No military in their right mind would just ignore an obvious, fatal weakness in their tactics or technology, after all, especially after another military force managed to defeat them by exploiting it.

     Revenge of the Sith 
  • Anakin learned his lesson from the last movie and fights Dooku with Obi-Wan instead of on his own. The fight goes much better that way. The novelization adds that Dooku still expected to be able to take them both on as easily as last time—only to realize that the two had naturally improved in the three years since they last fought and he's forced to split them up in order to stand more of a chance.
  • A particularly brutal example in the Order 66 montage. When the clone army turns on the Jedi, there's no dramatic final battle or unstoppable Jedi Masters cutting through armies. The clones engage the Jedi with overwhelming numbers and firepower, take them by surprise, shoot them from every angle until they stop moving, shoot them more until their constituent molecules can no longer form bonds, and then continue shooting the bodies, just to make sure. The result is that most of the Jedi are massacred, shot to death before they even know what's going on or blown to smithereens by vehicle-mounted weaponry. An entire legion of heavily armed clones with artillery support then sack and burn the Jedi Temple after killing everyone inside.
  • In the finale of their duel, Obi-Wan warns Anakin not to attack him from his position as Obi-Wan has the high ground. Indeed, the two were on a steep incline and trying to jump at Obi-Wan from that angle was foolhardy as it would take more energy to do the move before he can even try an offensive no matter how fast he was. Also considering the two were nearing exhaustion after fighting over a lava river, that was energy Anakin likely didn't have. Not to mention Obi-Wan having much more experience as well. Oh, and Obi-Wan himself came up with that move two movies ago, and is therefore able to devise a counterattack to said move. Regardless, Anakin thought he could make it...and ends up getting all his remaining organic limbs cut off for his trouble before he can even land.
  • After losing his limbs, Anakin slides down the lava bank and bursts into flames despite being a few feet away from the lava. This is one of the few aversions of Convection Schmonvection in fiction (prior to this, Obi-Wan and Anakin are able to avoid being burned in their duel by a combination of the Force and ray shields on the surfaces they fought on - notably, parts of the facility almost immediately started falling apart after damage to the control consoles disabled part of those shields - and even then, their Jedi tunics are covered in ash and singe marks, so they didn't come out unscathed).
  • The part about Padmé losing the will to live seems silly, but it is indeed crucial for childbirth as it can cause the body to fail if the mother's not emotionally stable, as was the case when Padmé was devastated that Anakin became a murderer just to save her. The novelization has a different example, where medical robots made for and by non-humanoid aliens missed internal injuries from a Force Choke and concluded the patient died for literally no reason.


Original Trilogy

  • Luke Skywalker may be The Hero with pluck and righteousness on his side, but that's no substitute for training and experience. He first learns this in The Empire Strikes Back, when he's a half-trained Jedi student up against a Dark Lord of the Sith who is perfectly willing to fight dirty, and he ends up a hand short because of it. Similarly, in the climax of Return of the Jedi, when he proudly refuses to turn to The Dark Side, the Emperor responds with a blast of Force Lightning, an attack that Luke has no defense against. He would've died right then and there if not for Vader's Heel–Face Turn.
  • When the AT-AT first appears, it looks intimidating, fearsome, and unstoppable... right until a rebel snowspeeder demonstrates the drawbacks of long, ungainly legs. The same thing happens with the AT-ST in Return of the Jedi; two legs makes it even easier to be tripped.

     A New Hope 
  • As shown by Luke's horrified Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!. He realizes the Empire can (and does) track the droids from where they landed from their escape pod and traced where they've been, ultimately leading them to Luke's aunt and uncle, whom the Empire kill without remorse.
  • Bullying someone just because you can and claiming you're likewise a killer will never, ever end well, as the two bar patrons found out the hard way when they hassled Luke just because "they didn't like him" and one of them went home short an arm because of it via Obi-Wan.
  • Despite Obi-Wan and Vader both having been extremely powerful Jedi two decades ago, age has more or less caught up to them (as well as Vader's crippling injuries) and they can't move quite as gracefully as they did in their prime.
  • Han initially doesn't want anything to do with the Rebellion or the Empire. He was offered a job by Obi-Wan for a big payout and that was it. Once his job was done and he got what he wanted, he had planned to leave and not look back. It was only conscience that caused him to come to the Rebellion's aid at a critical moment.

     The Empire Strikes Back 
  • A New Hope deals with The Empire discovering the location of the secret Rebel base on Yavin 4, and their attempt to destroy the planet with the Death Star. Luke blows up the Death Star and saves the planet, but nevertheless The Empire Strikes Back starts with the Rebels having fled Yavin and hiding out on Hoth. Even if the Empire doesn't have the capability to destroy the planet outright anymore, they still know where it is now and have conventional forces which the Rebellion don't have the numbers or resources to beat in a stand up fight, so they needed to evacuate and find a new hideout.
  • Lando does have a point in betraying Han to Vader. He's the leader of a city and the Empire will no doubt lay waste to it if he refuses their demands. He was stuck between a rock and a hard place, and though it hurt to sell Han out, the lives of millions were more important.
  • That said, when he does have a change of heart after Vader "alters the deal" (meaning Vader would likely go back on his word about sparing Cloud City; the Empire isn't exactly trustworthy, after all, considering what happened to Alderaan) and tries to help Leia and Chewie, the two are understandably pissed at him and want nothing to do with his help at first. They only relent since Lando knows his way around Cloud City to get around the Stormtroopers and can operate the Millennium Falcon better than they can.
  • And about Vader "altering the deal" — if you make a deal with someone and then move the goalposts whenever it suits you, don't be surprised when that someone finally says "screw it" and turns on you.
  • Luke naturally is in a bit of distress to learn Darth Vader is his father. Not only because he just lost an arm (to Vader, at that), but because he always believed that his father was a hero killed in the Clone Wars. So this new information hits him like a ton of bricks and, despite Vader trying desperately to forge a We Can Rule Together, he chooses death since... well, why would you go with someone you don't even know despite that claim? Especially since they just tried to kill you not moments before.

     Return of the Jedi 
  • Han coming out the carbonite is akin to coming out of a coma. He's very disoriented and having your eyes closed for a very long time takes awhile for his eyesight to return in full.
  • Jabba may be a dangerous criminal but that's only because he has more capable people working for him and ruling through influence, not to mention he's pretty much a slug like creature. Once an opportunity presented itself, Leia manages to easily strangle him to death with her chain, with him barely able to fight back and all of his henchmen focused on the more obvious lightsaber-wielding threat.
  • Unbeliveable as it is, the Ewoks overpowering the Stormtroopers wouldn't be quite as silly as you think. The Endor forest is their home, so of course they would be able to know where to set up ambushes and use the surroundings to their advantage. Allowing them to get the drop on their enemies despite their better firepower.
    • It also shows why most real-world militaries have introduced some form of camouflage into their uniforms since guerrilla warfare became the norm; it's not that hard for the enemy to get the drop on you when you're all dressed in high-contrast white-on-black in dense woods.
    • On the flip side, the movie shows that not all of the Ewok's primitive weapons and techniques were effective, especially when used against the AT-STs. Trying to take down a Walking Tank with rocks thrown from a catapult or by trying to trip it up with some rope that's only held up by a couple of small teddy bears goes as about as well you'd expect.
  • Luke managing to beat Vader is again due to age difference; sure, Vader is likely holding back and has the experience, but Luke is working through his emotions at this point and when enraged allows him to strike much harder and faster than Vader can block, ultimately costing Vader his arm.
  • Despite Vader managing to toss the Emperor to his doom, Palpatine was waving around Force Lightning when he did it. This struck the life support system in his suit, which was the only thing keeping him alive. He dies shortly after.
  • When Vader is unmasked, he's very pale and sickly looking. Having spent the majority of his adulthood in his suit which operated as a life support system and not being exposed to the sun much, it's understandable why he looks like that.

Sequel Trilogy

     The Force Awakens 
  • Even though the Sith lord and his apprentice are killed, that doesn't mean the Dark Side is well and truly dead. There will always be others who will give in to its seduction. And the one that does may be your own son or nephew.
  • Yes, Palpatine is dead. Yes, his Empire is a mere shadow of its former self. However, this doesn't mean it's given up its ambitions of galactic domination. The Rebels won and the Empire itself was reduced into a mere rump state, with the New Republic being the current dominant galactic power. However, various ex-Imperial officers fled with their fleets into the Unknown Regions, eventually reforming into the New Order, which is less a direct continuation of the Empire, and more of a cult that idolizes its worst excesses (even the Knights of Ren don't seem to have any direct connection to the old Sith Order, other than trying to emulate a Darth Vader they only vaguely understand).
  • There's a big difference between having a lightsaber and knowing how to use it. Finn kills one trooper, but gets his ass kicked by a second who has a stun baton and actual training with his weapon. Rey doesn't fare much better when she uses it to fight Ren even with the Force backing her up.
  • The loss of a child frequently leads the end of marriages/relationships. Han and Leia still love each other, but the emotional damage was too much for both of them.
  • Badass Made of Iron Force user or not, being shot is painful and debilitating, as Kylo Ren finds out the hard way. It's how Rey was able to get the upper hand on him during the climax; while Ren was much better than her, he was having to work through a blaster shot wound, and she wasn't.
  • Precognition is an utterly broken power and saves Kylo Ren's life multiple times. It is less helpful if you're too stressed to pay attention to its warnings. Which is exactly how he gets shot.
  • Realizing both Rey's potential and the fact that she's overcoming him, Kylo Ren desperately offers to train her in the ways of the Sith, possibly believing his earlier Pet the Dog moments towards her would cause her to at least consider it. After everything he put her through, Rey isn't willing to entertain the idea.
  • Stormtrooper FN-2187 sees combat for the first time and realizes that he is, in fact, working for an Evil Empire who sees him only as an expendable Mook. He then heroically goes to break out the Resistance prisoner because it's the right thing to do, right? Actually, he just wanted a pilot to get him off-base and his initial plan had been to get as far away from the First Order as possible. Just because someone performs a Heel–Face Turn, doesn't automatically mean they'll be willing to fight against their former employer.
  • Kylo Ren is convinced that murdering his father Han Solo will make him stronger in the Dark Side of the Force by suppressing his love for his family and the call of the Light Side that it causes. It doesn't work.
  • Even though Anakin Skywalker died redeeming himself and became one with the Force, some of the dialogue makes it clear that most of the galaxy still sees him as the evil Darth Vader and remembers him for the terrible things he did. (The fact that only his son Luke saw his redemption doesn't help.)

     The Last Jedi 
  • In general, the film dedicates itself to subverting common tropes or playing them out realistically. The sort of Indy Ploy that has worked in the original trilogy and gets emulated here won't necessarily produce the same result. If anything, it actually makes things worse.
  • What happens when the dominant political power in the setting decides to almost completely dismantle its military, on the grounds that they are at peace and have no need of one? The very first faction that manages to assemble one in secret proceeds to waltz in and conquer everything effortlessly, of course.
  • Rey's parentage. Based on her resemblance to Leia, fans initially assumed she was a Skywalker, when in fact Kylo Ren is Han and Leia's only child. Similarly, when Rogue One was announced, many assumed that Jyn would prove to be Rey's mother, which was also shown not to be the case. Then in The Last Jedi, it turns out that her parents were long-dead alcoholic junk-rats who sold their own daughter into slavery for booze money; Rey just blocked out that memory and was hoping for some Changeling Fantasy in order to not confront that Awful Truth. In Real Life, not every significant person is linked by blood or some other direct connection, and there is no reason why the central figure of one movie must be the offspring or protege of the previous protagonist. That said, that doesn't mean one can't make a difference regardless of upbringing.
  • The above entry regarding the Rebels having evacuated Yavin Base repeats itself with La Résistance clearing out of D'Qar. Poe and his fighters may have stopped Starkiller Base from obliterating the system, but the First Order can still attack with more conventional means (in fact, they do so before our heroes have finished evacuating).
  • Finn and Rose sneak aboard the Mega-class Star Dreadnought Supremacy and disguise BB-8 by putting a trash bin on top of him, mirroring Luke and Han's original Indy Ploy in sneaking aboard the Death Star in A New Hope. Unfortunately, they're easily spotted (by a random droid) and caught. The only thing that stops them from being executed is Admiral Holdo ramming the Supremacy with the Raddus going into hyperjump.
  • Leia actually had a plan all along, and her substitute was following it instead of blindly floundering, like Poe thought. After all, any experienced military leader knows about command continuity. Similarly, it turns out that under most circumstances, small ragtag rebel forces survive best by running and hiding, rather than dramatically attacking the numerically superior forces of The Empire directly and taking horrendous casualties for long-shot objectives.
  • Despite Leia's plan, Poor Communication Kills was still in effect since, while it keeps the enemy forces from knowing your true intentions, it likewise leaves a majority on her side in the dark as well. And since Holdo had to play her role to the hilt to keep the charade going, some of the Resistance's dissatisfaction with her wasn't completely unwarranted since they didn't know her true intention. Especially in a time of desperation for the organization.
  • Rey allows herself to be captured by Ren in hopes of convincing Ren to give up the Sith and turn him around. However this turns to be a very foolhardy move since, while she does have some more experience with the Force, she's barely even got a grasp of the basics. Painfully demonstrated when she's brought before Snoke who gleefully showcases how he outmatches her in power and could kill her himself if he wished.
  • Kylo kills Snoke, but he's not turning back to the light. He just thought he could do a better job. As Sith do. Of course, even after using a clever trick to blindside Snoke and forcibly taking the reins of the First Order, he quickly demonstrates that he's still as impulsive, erratic and emotional as he was before. One clever trick and a successful coup does not make a powerful villain.
  • Finn and Rose find a shady, amoral codebreaker who they persuade to help them against the First Order. They find out that just because a guy is charming and does something nice like return Rose's necklace, it doesn't mean he's a rogue with a heart of gold. Instead, as soon as they're caught, he sells them out to the First Order and gives up the fleeing Rebel ships, all for a pile of money. Also, that guy was their second choice, after they failed to get near the guy Maz apparently sent them to find because they have absolutely no idea how to act and stick out like sore thumbs on a fancy casino world. (That, and the fact that they either didn't know or didn't care about Canto Bight's parking laws got them arrested.)
  • The New Republic has just been dealt a devastating blow when Starkiller Base destroys the Hosnian System and crippling the galaxy's leadership, surely leaving the entire galaxy in chaos. Even if the Starkiller Base is destroyed, the First Order is still a force to be reckoned with, with mighty starfleets that span across the galaxy, while the Resistance has much less (they're in a worse state than the Rebel Alliance in Empire era, in comparison). So towards the end of the film, nobody shows up to help the Resistance during their Darkest Hour. Any chance of victory is impossible, and they'd rather save their forces to defend themselves rather than sending them on a lost cause of helping the Resistance.
  • Ben Solo was a conflicted teenager separated from his parents for a lengthy amount of time, idolized his grandfather Darth Vader, and falling under the influence of the Dark Side. Naturally, when he wakes up to see his loving uncle standing over him with a lightsaber in his hand, he will feel betrayed by one of the only people who could help him avoid his temptations and want to kill him out of pure rage and hatred.
    • Related to this, the last time Luke had felt the Dark Side’s presence so strongly was when Darth Sidious was torturing him to death. Luke Skywalker has always had a tendency to act impulsively when he’s afraid, and while it was never shown, it’s entirely possible that he developed PTSD or something similar from the events aboard the Death Star II. He drew his lightsaber out of pure instinct because he was mentally reliving that moment, and has regretted that one single moment ever since, going so far as to isolate himself from his best friend and sister due to the guilt he feels over Ben’s fall from grace.
  • When Rey finds Luke and tries to convince him to fight the First Order, he makes a point that one Jedi isn't going to instantly dismantle them. Jedi are powerful but still mortal, not to mention Luke has likewise aged by this point in the story and suffering PTSD from failing Ren, so not in the best of shape for a confrontation. At most he does train Rey to focus her power for a bit and comes to the aid of the Resistance via a astral projection to distract Ren and buy time for them to escape. However the latter action taxes his body heavily that, when he feels he's done all he can and dispels the projection, ultimately passes away.

Anthology Films

     Rogue One 
  • In a general sense, the film shows that the the Rebellion, instead of the steadfast, unified good guys from the Original Trilogy, we get a glimpse of the actual inner workings in this movie, and it's not all that pretty or clean cut. Justified in that the Rebellion has only started working together as a single coherent entity in the past couple of years, instead of localized and independent movements with varying goals. For instance, Saw Gerrera's Partisans are extremist to the point that the Alliance is reluctant to touch them with a ten-foot pole.
  • The reality that a Rebellion often has to do things that would be considered morally and ethically questionable, even wrong to accomplish their goals. Assassination, sabotage, and bombings are the necessities the Rebellion needs to undertake in order to score hits against the Empire without losing irreplaceable forces of their own. Compared to the more clean-cut Rebel Alliance of the original trilogy, the Alliance in Rogue One is shown using tactics more akin to the IRA or Taliban.
  • We get to see some internal workings of the Empire as well. The Empire is a huge organization. This means that they are open to infiltration and security breaches, and that there will be members who cannot stomach the brutality like cargo pilot Bodhi. Also, Krennic should have expected repercussions for the security breaches that happened on his watch, considering how little patience for failure the Empire is known to have. He is lucky to be alive at all.
  • Jyn gives the Rebels a Rousing Speech, trying to motivate them into mobilizing the Rebel Fleet so they can get the Death Star plans in the wake of Jedha's destruction. It fails, as from their perspective, Jyn is a criminal, and a daughter of a known Imperial collaborator. She also has no solid proof that Death Star actually existed as she did not recover her father's message in her rush to escape Jedha. And much of the Rebel leadership has lost hope and is considering surrendering knowing that they are up against a weapon that could kill all of them in one swift stroke. Despite this, however, some of the Rebels who are already eager to take the fight back to the Empire decide to sneak away with her, forming the titular Rogue One.
    • That said, once they head for the satellite, they know it's a suicide mission. They're only a handful of people against just a fraction of a larger army and horribly outgunned. It doesn't take long for them to get picked off one by one once the mission starts (albeit mostly in Heroic Sacrifice) and they just barely are able transmit the plans to the others before Darth Vader and Empire reinforcements arrive, leading to the following below.
  • As the Rebels try to keep the Death Star plans away from Darth Vader while they transfer over to the Tantive IV, the delivery man - who is reasonably scared for his life - is stuck on Vader's side of the door, begging his allies on the other side to open it up instead of just handing the plans through the crack in the door. He doesn't do the latter until he's the last man standing between Vader and the door and knows he's a dead man.

  • During the escape from the gang members with his then girlfriend, Qi'ra, Han tries to drive his hovercraft through a narrow alley by tilting it to lose his pursuers. It works...until the craft ends up slowed down and ultimately wedged on the sides of the buildings, forcing the two to leave it and continue to a ship port on foot.
  • Han ends up punished for speaking out against the Empire and "desertion" to which he's thrown into a pit where Chewbacca is being held as a way for him to be executed. He would've been killed right there, if he didn't know Chewie's language — which, lucky for him, he did, allowing him to convince Chewie they can escape together. Considering Chewie had no love for the Empire, it didn't take much to be convinced of the plan.
  • During the train heist, one of the Cloud Riders makes it onto Rio's ship and shoots him in the shoulder. He seems to shrug it off as Just a Flesh Wound and even claims he's okay, but Tobias can tell from the way the ship is wobbling over the train that he's lying. Han manages to make his way onto the ship and sees the wound is much more severe then it looks. Just as Han takes over flying the ship, Rio passes away.
  • Also on the train heist, the Cloud Riders have the train compartment teetered with their cables and Han, Tobias and Chewie's cables hooked onto their ship. Due to this, the ship the protagonists are using can't go any higher and are threatened with flying into a mountain. Despite Tobias's orders, Han doesn't hesitate to cut the cables as losing the goods is better then losing their lives in a game of tug of war with their opponents.
  • Han tries to take on Lando in a game of Sabacc for the Millennium Falcon. It's pretty even until the last hand where Lando manages to beat him. However Han noticed something during the match but can't say anything due to present matters. At the end of the film, they play again, this time with Han taking away the card Lando had hidden away having noticed it the first time. When forced to play fair, Lando ends up losing. You can only cheat for so long after all.
  • During the secondary heist, the heroes create a breakout to complete their objective, causing a fire fight among the guards and prisoners. During this fight, Lando's droid partner, L-3, wanders out in the midst of the lasers yelling about revolution... and ends up shot by a stray laser which severely damages her. Lando likewise ends up clipped trying to pull her away.
  • After the Kessel job, Lando is none too pleased that his prized ship ended up busted and makes it clear he wants nothing to do with Han once the delivery is finished. When the Cloud Riders make a sudden appearance to the group, he instantly flies off, not even bothering to get his share of the profits and leaving Han, Tobias, Chewie and Qi'ra to fend for themselves.
  • Qi'ra and Han had planned to flee together to make a new life away from thievery. However just when they were about to board the ship off the planet, Qi'ra was captured by their pursuers with Han being forced to leave her behind. They wouldn't see each other again until three years later, but by that point they've taken different paths in life and things have changed. They try to pick up their romance, but when it becomes clear Qi'ra only cares about her own ambitions and willingly sells out Han. Han ultimately gives up on her.
  • In the climax, Han and Tobias face off in a duel. Tobias lectures Han all the while, though readies his pistol expecting Han to listen through his monologue and get the drop on him. Han however, fires while he's still talking and kills him on the spot. Tobias even compliments Han for taking the advantage as he dies.
  • Considering that Han is running with professional criminals and crime lords, the amount times that he is betrayed makes sense.
  • As in A New Hope, when the Cloud Riders, having revealed to be a cell of the Rebellion, ask Han to join them, he refuses, not wanting anything to do with the fight against the Empire. Considering he used to work for them, it's understandable.


    The Clone Wars 

  • When properly used, artillery is utterly devastating against a force of tanks and infantry that has no artillery support of its own, as shown in the pilot movie when a battery of four cannons started massacring a Separatist column from afar. To his credit, the Separatist commander Whorm Loathsom immediately retreated to regroup as soon as he realized what was happening, and didn't come back until he could protect his troops with an expanding theatre shield impervious to the cannons' shells.
  • Sometimes, Clone Troopers are seen attacking Battle Droids bare-handed when either in close-quarters or they are out of ammo, but will end up spraining their hands doing so and then in worst-case scenarios, getting shot.
  • The Clone Troopers may have been raised to be soldiers from birth, but they are still human beings. In the case of Sergeant Slick, he started to realize the Clones were essentially slaves and betrayed his brothers in a misguided attempt to free them. Cut Lawquane deserted during the Battle of Geonosis (his first foray into actual war) when it became apparent that he would die if he stayed and fought.
  • "Storm Over Ryloth":
    • If you make a habit of bucking the rules and disobeying orders, as Anakin does, don't be surprised if your Padawan takes that lesson to heart and has it backfire on them. Anakin clearly recognizes that he's partly to blame for Ahsoka's mistake.
    • Ahsoka may have been put in charge of a fighter squadron, but she's still only a teenager. As such, she's shell-shocked by the deaths her mistake caused. When Anakin thrusts the responsibility of rescuing him on her during the second attempt to break the blockade not long after, she's initially afraid to go along with his plan.
  • A few episodes in the installment’s second and third seasons present that using a lightsaber is not the same as knowing how to fight with one:
    • "Holocron Heist" features the Clawdite Bounty Hunter Cato Parasiti infiltrate the Jedi Temple to help Cad Bane steal a holocron. When Ahsoka comes across her, she's disguised as Jedi librarian Jocasta Nu and they get into a lightsaber fight. However, as noted by one of the episode documentaries, Cato's put on the defensive due to her lack of experience with a lightsaber and is trying to avoid accidentally cutting herself, as compared to a conventional sword, lightsabers naturally have less weight and the blade can cut through almost any material from any angle with little-to-no external force applied. The fight ends when Ahsoka Force pulls a chair into her path and trips her over, something a Jedi would be able to reflexively avoid. As Ahsoka points out, "[Cato] may have Madame Jocasta's shape, but not her skill."
    • In "Lightsaber Lost", Ahsoka loses her lightsaber to a pickpocket, and it eventually circulates into the hands of killers. The last person to get the lightsaber, Cassie Cryar, has trouble knowing how to turn it on until partway through the Chase Scene. Even further, when another Jedi, Tera Sinube — a seemingly slow and kooky old man — ambushes her, he manages to knock the stolen lightsaber out of her hand with ease.
    • Cad Bane is one of the deadliest non-Force-sensitive characters featured in the installment. However, at the end of "Hunt for Ziro", during a duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Quinlan Vos, he manages to get a hold of the latter's lightsaber, but only gets to wield it for a second before getting it knocked out of his hand. Being a Badass Normal doesn't make one an Instant Expert with every weapon they get their hands on.
    • Even individuals who have had modifications or enough years to practice wielding lightsabers such as General Grievous and Pre Vizsla are at a major disadvantage when fighting against Jedi or Sith. They may be the Jedi/Sith's equal in swordplay for one minute before being taken down by the Force. Even during the duel between Darth Maul and Pre Vizsla - where Vizsla used his entire arsenal while Maul deliberately held back his powers to impress his Mandalorian audience - Maul ultimately came out on top.
  • Contrasting with previous depictions of the Mandalorians, a culture built around being a Proud Warrior Race does not allow much room for political stability, especially with the gradual cultural evolutions.
    • A Proud Warrior Race can't survive without non-warriors who are producing supplies and equipment. And if that race both abuses its non-warrior members and ravages the environment of its home-world to fuel its war machine, eventually, the non-warriors will get fed up with them and get rid of them. This leads to the pacifistic New Mandalorian society.
    • Conversely, being an Actual Pacifist doesn't do much for your popularity when you're a traditionally warrior culture or when you run into people that will see "pacifist" and think "target", as Satine Kryze and her New Mandalorian faction finds out during the Mandalore arc. First off, Death Watch, a nationalist terrorist group unhappy with the changes, emerges to bring Mandalore back to its roots, under the pretense that the shift to pacifism weakens them and robs them of their cultural identity. When Pre Viszla and the Death Watch finally make their move to overthrow the government with the assistance of Black Sun, the Pyke Syndicate, Darth Maul, and Savage Opress, the Mandalorian police prove to be completely inadequate at attempting to fight them off, while the Death Watch coming in to "save the day" from the terrifying criminals have the people's support due to saving them in contrast to the seemingly incompetent and helpless New Mandalorians.
    • Once Darth Maul takes the throne after executing Vizsla, their society goes back to the status quo and is caught in a civil war once again. Even when Maul abandons the Mandalorians after the Siege of Mandalore, these political complications continue into the era of the Empire.
  • Ventress had been built up in previous episodes as utterly loyal to Dooku, but all of that goes out the window in "Nightsisters". She once killed an ally just for downplaying her abilities, so she's going to go berserk when someone she saw as a Parental Substitute tries to murder her. It doesn't help that she has no way of knowing that Sidious ordered Dooku to do it. As soon as she's recovered, she's not conflicted at all- the only thing she wants is his death.
  • The installment occasionally uses the Air-Vent Passageway trope, but two particular instances demonstrate that air vents are air vents first and not always meant to be crawled through.
    • In "The Citadel", the infiltration team has their originally-intended entrance into the titular fortress blocked by a shield. Ahsoka points out the airvent, but Anakin points that the adults are too big fit through it. Ahsoka, a girl in her mid-teens, isn't too big to fit through, but just barely and she has a little trouble moving through it.
    • "In Search of the Crystal" features Anakin and Obi-Wan aboard the ship of Sugi Arms Dealers, who then receive orders from Count Dooku to kill the Jedi. Anakin tries the usual idea of having him and Obi-Wan escape through the ventilation ducts, but not only do the Sugi simply shoot into the ducts, the ducts are cramped enough that the two Jedi have very little room to move and have to use the Force to move each other great distances quickly.
  • The Umbara arc has a few moments:
    • Between his reckless strategies that result in massive casualties among his own men and his lack of respect for Clones, the 501st Legion has very little respect for General Pong Krell in turn, especially when Anakin's strategy before Krell took command of the Legion was a lot less risky and more tactically reasonable. The only Clone who is unquestioningly loyal to him, Dogma, is a rookie out of his depth. After he tricks the 501st and the 212th Attack Battalion into killing each other, most of the Clones don't hesitate to mutiny against Krell, and this was before they got direct confirmation that Krell was deliberately sabotaging the Republic's campaign on Umbara.
    • In "The General", Fives and Hardcase hijack some Umbaran starfighters to use against the enemy. However, neither of them are trained pilots (not to mention they are working with unfamiliar alien technology) and end up flying them out of control, only seizing victory for the 501st out of sheer luck. In "Plan of Dissent", Hardcase figures out the controls for the fighters in depth, but not without some massive trial-and-error that causes some damage to the hangar (and giving General Krell another excuse to keep the fighters on lockdown, keep them from attacking a Separatist supply ship in orbit, and have the clones advance on a path being bombarded with missiles that the ship in question has been supplying to the Umbarans).
  • In "Deception", Obi-Wan comes up with an elaborately convincing plan to fake his death as part of a deep cover operation.
    • After his "funeral", Obi-Wan notes that the part where he was seemingly killed wasn't entirely foolproof. After he took the shot from Rako Hardeen, he fell off a building and that's when the vital suppressants kicked in. Normally, Jedi are able to survive such falls because they use the Force to cushion their landings, but because Obi-Wan was going unconscious when he fell, he wasn't in any state to cushion the landing. Him surviving the landing was down to luck.
    • The part about convincing Anakin that he was really dead (so as to make it not look suspicious to everyone else) works too well, as Anakin was really close to Obi-Wan and is not someone who takes the loss very well. As a result, he develops a personal grudge against Rako Hardeen (who Anakin doesn't know is Obi-Wan in disguise) and almost kills him in "Friends and Enemies". Even after Anakin learns the truth of the matter, the fact that he was emotionally manipulated the way he was hurts his trust in the Jedi Council in the long term.
    • Aside from Obi-Wan, the survivors of "The Box" include a bounty hunter that's already known as the current ace in the business (Cad Bane), highly-skilled acrobats (Cad Bane, Embo, and Twazzi), and/or aliens with biological quirks that would give them advantages over most humanoids (Embo and Derrown, who are a Heavyworlder and a Living Gasbag that can emit bioelectricity and accept an otherwise lethal serum, respectively), making it very easy for most of them to pass the tests once they got Obi-Wan's advice. Those that didn't survive only had some other achievement unrelated to bounty hunting (one of them was best known as an inventor) or a character quirk (such as being a Psycho for Hire or Stereotype Flip) backing up their fame. As these tests are mostly obstacle courses that require inhuman reflexes, they are also used to help out "Rako Hardeen" (who at this point, is best known as a guy who "killed" a Jedi with a sniper rifle) as an undercover Jedi to Count Dooku.
  • In "Massacre", the Nightsisters attempt to battle General Grievous and his droid battalion (robots who are wielding guns and tanks) using spears, bows, and their fists. Instead of gaining a totally badass underdog victory, they all get slaughtered, with the droids just shooting them to death when charged at or using artillery to attack from a distance. Things seem to be going well for the Nightsisters when they receive support from an army of undead Nightsisters and they destroy the Defoliator (the artillery), but things go back to square-one for them once Grievous kills the necromancer.
  • Being a Bad Boss is a terrible way to secure genuine loyalty. In "Revival", Darth Maul tries to control Hondo Ohnaka's pirates through violence and fear, but as soon as the tide turns against them, the pirates defect back to Hondo, who they trust not to kill them for no reason. This also carries over into Son of Dathomir (an adaptation of four un-aired episodes). Even though Maul was able to build his Shadow Collective from some of the major crime syndicates, he strong-armed most of them into service in the first place and they had a lot of individual power before that (the only groups genuinely loyal to him are the Dathomirians due to family connections, and the Mandalorian Super Commandos due to shared grudges and a philosophy of Asskicking Equals Authority). Almost right after he was captured by Darth Sidious in "The Lawless", the Hutts broke off from the Collective. Likewise, once the Collective gets into conflict with the Clone War's leading superpowers (and nearly getting slaughtered at the Battle of Ord Mantell), the remaining crime syndicates start to question if Maul's grudge is worth getting paid for and jump ship as soon as the Separatists send numerically and militarily superior forces against their strongholds.
  • Ahsoka Tano leaves the Jedi Order even after she's found innocent and offered a promotion to Jedi Knight. After being framed for a terrorist attack by one of her best friends, being thrown under the bus by a majority of the Jedi Council (effectively her adoptive family) just to save face against public pressure, almost potentially getting the death penalty in a government court, and only a few members of the Council apologizing without platitudes of her going through a great trial or "the Force working In Mysterious Ways", she wants nothing further to do with them after all she's been through.
  • A tragic example occurs with Fives in "Orders" when he tries to tell Anakin and Rex that Chancellor Palpatine is plotting to destroy the Jedi. However, he doesn't have any tangible evidence to present them other than his word, and he isn't helping his case by having tried to kill the Chancellor, resisting arrest, and trapping his friends in a ray shield out of paranoia (although, his resistance is justified by Palpatine wanting him dead and his paranoia justified by him being drugged earlier), and as such, they aren't in a position to accept his word as truth.
  • Anakin and Padmé's marriage is a secret due to the fact that Jedi are supposed to take a Vow of Celibacy. However, as Padmé is not a Jedi, she is not under the same restrictions and is single as far as the public is concerned. As such, Anakin can barely protest without drawing attention when someone so much as says anything flirtatious about her, even when she's not around to hear it (and this being Anakin, it's not exactly easy for him).
    • In a Played for Laughs example, Clone Task Force 99 AKA the Bad Batch has a provocative pin-up of Padmé as their shuttle's nose art and Wrecker makes a Double Entendre about it and all Anakin can say to Captain Rex is that the nose art isn't staying.
    • The more serious consequences of their Secret Relationship happen when Padmé's Old Flame, Rush Clovis, is involved. Even though Padmé dates him as part of an undercover operation, Anakin can't voice all of his concerns when Clovis starts getting too close to her for comfort. In "The Rise of Clovis", this results in Clovis getting nearly beat to death when no one else is watching.
    • Even without other people hitting on her, Padmé points out that her Secret Relationship with Anakin isn't really healthy. Even if Anakin wasn't pre-occupied with fighting a war for the most of three years, she and Anakin haven't been able to spend a lot of time together, unable to do things public couples do, and they haven't been able to build up as much as trust as they would like.
  • In "The Rise of Clovis", during their very brutal fight, Rush Clovis tries to pull a Punch Parry against Anakin. As Anakin has a well-built cybernetic hand, only Clovis sprains his hand.


  • For most of the first season, the crew is regularly skirmishing with the local Imperials, in a pretty ratings-friendly way, and with some of the Imperials even acting a bit like standard "I'll get you next time!" villains. In "Call to Action", Tarkin grows tired of this incompetence and shows up to handle things personally. Which begins with the brutal execution of Aresko and Grint as a warning to the others.
  • A lot of these happen when Kanan and Rex impersonate Stormtroopers in "Stealth Strike". Rex lampshades the hell out of the impracticality of the Stormtrooper Armor and how the helmet actually makes his marksmanship go down. And just because they know which cell block Ezra is being held in doesn't mean they know how to get there. Finally, running towards your ally while disguised as the enemy probably means you're gonna get shot at instead of a welcomed hello, as both Rex and Kanan found out the hard way when they showed up moments after Ezra just escaped from his Stormtrooper Guards. Thankfully, Ezra had his gun set to Stun, and it was a good thing Ezra recognized Chopper in spite of his disguise.
  • And as for Rex, he may have been an uber-badass soldier in his prime and he may still be a good fighter, but he's not as young as he used to be. His genetically-accelerated aging coupled with his falling out of practice on Seelos means that he has far less stamina than his younger allies, leading to him being captured and needing Kanan to rescue him.
  • In "The Last Battle", the Ghost crew comes across a Separatist holdout on Agamar, and the leader of this holdout, General Kalani, decides to play a war game with Captain Rex just to get a sense of closure on the Clone Wars. Droids can potentially live forever if properly maintained, but while still functional, Kalani's holdout has been abandoned and untouched for more than fifteen years, so all of the droids under his command are in disrepair and malfunctioning. Even the Droidekas, once the bane of Jedi Knights, are in such poor condition that their shields (which typically repel projectiles based on how fast they are moving) can be bypassed by throwing a helmet at them. Conversely, the Separatist droids left behind on Geonosis in "Ghosts of Geonosis" are in much better condition because someone was there to maintain them.
  • In "Double Agent Droid", the Imperial Security Bureau has long since become familiar with Chopper's infiltration methods. After several repeated infiltrations using the same disguise, a simple paint job doesn't mean much when Chopper is not only an astromech droid model the Empire doesn't use anymore, his unique appearance and reputation (as recorded by Thrawn) makes him recognizable to the Controller. Also, the facility Chopper enters scans to see if Chopper is actually a registered Imperial droid.
  • Maul has made his way to Tatooine to finish his business with Obi-Wan Kenobi. There's just one problem: Tatooine is a planet, and planets are big. When we see him again, Maul has been lost for some time, and no closer to finding Kenobi.
  • Similarly, when Maul finally finds Kenobi , their final duel is over in three strokes, which is exactly how most samurai duels went in real life. While both of them are much older, Kenobi still has his entire body and has spent his time in the desert productively, training and meditating until he is truly a master of all the forms of lightsaber combat - shown in the shifting stances he takes before the first swing. Maul, in contrast, is literally Half the Man He Used to Be both figuratively and in terms of skillset, has done absolutely no training or done anything to attain the "inner peace" that Obi-Wan has, and is driven by little more than his hatred and vengeance. All of this on top of the fact that Obi-Wan has been peacefully relaxing at his camp, while Maul has been hunting him fruitlessly through the desert for weeks and is half-mad from thirst, hunger, exhaustion, and heat exposure, as well as other reasons. The Power of Hate is no substitute for training and discipline, especially when you've only got half the body you had at your highest point. In addition, Maul tries to kill Obi-Wan with the same move he successfully used on Qui-Gon — not figuring that since Obi-Wan witnessed and remembered this, he would also come up with a way to counter it.
  • Just because you're in a kids' cartoon does not mean Armor Is Useless. Going into battle with no protection whatsoever on your chest is a bad idea, even if some of the enemies you're fighting against are essentially armed workers. Gregor found that out the hard way.
  • No matter how vastly outnumbered and outgunned the rebellion is by The Empire, arrogance and inexperience are not qualities you want in your military leadership, as Pryce and Konstantine demonstrate on multiple occasions. The chain of command exists for a reason, and insubordination by someone commanding armies can be absolutely catastrophic. When Pryce and Konstantine ignore orders from Thrawn and take matters into their own hands on how to deal with the rebels, it usually backfires spectacularly. Konstantine breaking from the formation during an aerial bombardment mission just so he can have his own shot at glory gets his flagship blown up with him on board, and Pryce ordering her troops to blow up the Imperial fuel deposits just to kill Kanan cripples the Imperial operation on Lothal and scuttles the TIE Defender program with only a single dead Jedi to show for it. Thrawn is absolutely seething with rage in both these scenarios, and the only reason he doesn't have both Pryce and Konstantine court-martialed and executed is because both of them die before he gets the chance.
  • There's a reason why ridiculously excessive force to crush a vastly smaller opponent is not often a workable strategy, and treating your soldiers and facilities as expendable will play into the hands of a numerically inferior enemy. It is not a good idea to sacrifice a site of massive strategic importance to your cause just to take out your enemy's leadership, as Pryce discovers when she detonates her own power plant with Kanan inside. Sure, she managed to kill a major enemy leader, but at a steep price. The Empire can't afford to give her the resources she needs to fix the damage her dumbass mistake caused (and has no reason to do so), and is forced to take extreme aggressive measures to cement its hold on the planet as a result.
  • The Galactic Empire is huge. Even when taking the franchise's usual approach to scale into account, no matter how powerful the Empire is, it can't possibly hope to maintain absolute control of every planet, especially during a time of Galactic Civil War when the Empire's resources are severely strained both by the ongoing conflict and by massive costly expenses like the Death Star project. Consequently, when Phoenix Squadron destroys the Imperial control center and wipes out the Imperial presence on Lothal in one fell swoop, and the citizenry seizes on this opportunity by revolting en masse, the Empire cuts its losses and abandons the planet to the Rebellion rather than waste time and effort it can't afford reclaiming a backwater planet which offers little strategic importance. As a result, Lothal gets to experience a period of peace and freedom unprecedented amongst the primary worlds for at least the entire period of the original trilogy.
    • In addition, this all happens shortly before the rebels go on a new offensive — attacking Eadu and Scarif, stealing the Death Star plans, and destroying the Death Star itself. Even if the Empire had any plans to re-occupy Lothal, they suddenly had much bigger problems to deal with.
  • It also goes the other way for the official Rebel Alliance. After numerous failed attempts at freeing Lothal, the Rebel Alliance abandons Lothal as a lost cause. Despite being Ezra's homeworld, Lothal has no strategic value and is ultimately just one of the thousands of backwater planets being subjugated by the Empire.

  • As a non-Force sensitive, Kaz has more trouble pulling off feats that Force-sensitive protagonists in the previous shows could do without breaking a sweat, such as platform-jumping.
  • Unlike in The Clone Wars and Rebels, most of the cast are not fighters. Combined with the Colossus's ban on blasters unless you have a permit (like Yeager), this means most of the characters have to flee and hide when they get into a violent encounter. At the very least, Yeager is a retired veteran soldier, Tam knows some self-defense, and Kaz had military training (albeit his klutziness and lack of experience often keeps him from effectively engaging in direct physical combat).
  • "Signal From Sector Six":
    • Kaz is a pilot, not a soldier, and not at all athletic. He manages to carry Synara fine when he's terrified and running from the ape-lizard, but when Poe leads it away the adrenaline crashes and he can barely drag her.
    • Likewise, Kaz has no combat experience outside a fighter, is unarmed, and is trapped on a freighter with a monster he's already seen eat two people. Does he show Nerves of Steel? Nope, he's as terrified as anyone else would be in that situation.
  • "Secrets and Holograms": Since Kaz didn't change his name while going undercover, Captain Doza found out that he used to be a pilot for the New Republic Navy. And since Torra keeps an eye on what her father is doing, she is able to know what he knows.
  • "Station Theta Black":
    • Kaz did get marksmanship training at the academy, but he's never had to use it in actual combat due to growing up in the luxurious and lawful Core Worlds at a time of galactic peace. When combat actually starts up, he's too freaked out to aim properly, and has to rely on his wits and the environment to take out enemies.
    • A lot of the shooting in this episode is done while both parties are running full tilt... and thus, almost no one gets a hit on either side (and that's ignoring Stormtroopers' track records with shot accuracy). The only times Poe manages to shoot someone are when both he and the target are relatively stationary, and he can't stay that way for long since it opens him up to attack.
  • "Bibo": Just as in most places in real life, inciting a panic is a felony. Kaz and Synara nearly get arrested for attempting to pull the pirate alarm before the monster actually appears.
  • "Descent:"
    • Kaz, Neeku, and Yeager get into a long, emotionally-charged conversation while sneaking around in the Colossus's maintenance tunnels. Because it's emotionally-charged, it gets loud enough that the stormtroopers searching for them easily find them (and lucky for Team Fireball, so do Kel, Eila, and the Chelidae).
    • Kaz flying the Fireball in combat against the First Order in "The Core Problem" is what outed him as a Resistance agent, owing to the distinctive paint scheme and the fact that he was trespassing in a restricted sector alongside Poe's X-Wing.


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