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As a result of having a Foregone Conclusion (which also involves characters and elements featured in this installment that are Doomed by Canon), Star Wars: The Clone Wars has a significant amount of moments that are very sorrowful.


    Season One 
The Pilot Movie
  • Rotta, a Huttlet of all things, invokes this. He's simply an innocent child (barely more than an infant) caught up in a war he's too young to understand. The conditions the little Huttlet was forced to endure before Anakin and Ahsoka rescue him are terrible: he's trapped in a large, dirty-looking room, with no windows or lights of any kind. The room is totally bare, and the Huttlet wasn't even given a bed or a chair to rest on. By the time he's rescued, he's sick and suffering from a fever.

"Rising Malevolence"

  • The exchange between Plo and Sinker. While Plo rapidly denies that his men are expendable, and does so for the second time in this episode, it shows the heartbreaking values that Sinker, Boost, and all of the other clone troopers grew up on.
  • A small moment, but still sad: After being rescued, we see Plo genuinely saddened after he finds out that he, Wolffe, Boost, and Sinker are the only ones who survived the attack.

"Shadow of Malevolence"

  • The deaths of several members of Shadow Squadron.
  • Anakin mourning the losses of his men among Shadow Squadron, despite the great victory their lives had earned.

"Rookies"

  • Hevy's Heroic Sacrifice. It's most certainly this due to "Clone Cadets". During training, Hevy befriended a clone assigned to maintenance duty named 99. When his teammates end up back on Kamino in "ARC Troopers", they have to tell 99 that he died.
  • Cutup and Droidbait's deaths are shockingly abrupt and brutal. It's especially harsh if you're watching in the series in chronological order and have already seen "Clone Cadets".

"Downfall of a Droid"

  • The ending of this episode, where now no one cares and forgets about R2 (because he's assumed destroyed in action) except for Anakin. Obi-Wan is surprisingly cruel, stating R2 is "just a droid" when he's known the little astromech and worked along side him longer than Anakin.

"Lair of Grievous"

  • The death of Nahdar Vebb. Kit Fisto's reaction in which utters, "No...", is especially depressing.
  • Oddly enough, Grievous does sound to be upset at the death of Gor.

"The Gungan General"

  • This episode presents Anakin and Obi-Wan working together with Dooku when they are captured and shackled together. Among the snarking and banter, one might think that Dooku never turned to the Dark Side and is mentoring the younger Jedi on a mission. Of course, only for a moment.

"Defenders of Peace"

"Trespass"

"The Hidden Enemy"

  • This episode presents that one of the clone troopers, Sergeant Slick, has betrayed the Republic. And in a way, he was justified. With the Jedi using the clone troopers as fodder in the war, he was desperate for a way out. Even then, his last line felt genuine.
    "I- I love my brothers. You're too blind to see it, but I was striking the blow for all clones."
  • The plot of this episode also brings its aesop back to mind rather painfully.
    Truth enlightens the mind, but won't always bring happiness to your heart.

"Storm Over Ryloth"

  • Ahsoka becoming depressed after losing 8/10 of Blue Squadron (though they say it was the whole squadron, but there were 2 survivors besides Ahsoka). This is made even worse that it was her fault because she disobeyed Anakin.

"Innocents of Ryloth"

  • There is a moment in this episode where a Twi'lek girl named Numa shows the clone troopers Waxer and Boil what used to be her home. And to top it all off, she starts crying when Waxer finds her doll and gives it to her...

    Season Two 
"Weapons Factory"

"The Deserter"

  • Cut Lawquane's backstory and what led him to deserting the clone army.

"Senate Murders"

  • Onaconda Farr's death in this episode, especially the funeral.

"The Zillo Beast Strikes Back"

"Death Trap"

  • Boba's interactions with the clone troopers in this episode. The worst part is that he didn't want to harm any of them.
    Clone Trooper: (as Boba points his own weapon at him) We're brothers. Don't shoot!
    Boba: You're not my brother.

"Lethal Trackdown"

  • Anakin's reaction to Commander Ponds' execution by Aurra Sing.
    Anakin: That was Ponds....
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    Season Three 
"ARC Troopers"
  • When Kamino is attacked, 99 does everything he can to help the clone troopers survive, eventually getting killed while trying to get more grenades in the middle of a firefight.
  • 99 has the body of a frail old man, but like all clones at the time, he's no older than 13.

"Heroes on Both Sides"

  • Mina Bonteri (A member of the Separatist civilian government and Padmé's friend) gets killed off for advocating peace. Just another of the senseless sacrifices of war.

"Supply Lines"

  • The last stand of the Republic. Especially crushing is Ima Gun-Di's last stand with Captain Keeli and his last words "The Twi'leks will live to fight another day" as he's finally overwhelmed.
  • Notice the grave look on Gun-Di's face when he gives his men the order to get ready for what is basically a suicide mission. The clone troopers are naturally all eager to do whatever is required of them, but Gun-Di obviously feels terrible asking them to make this sacrifice.

"Nightsisters"

  • Count Dooku being forced to have Asajj Ventress killed. The reveal of Ventress's full backstory is just as sad.

"Monster"

  • The newly brainwashed and transformed Savage Opress killing his brother Feral as a test of loyalty to Ventress and Mother Talzin. Also doubles as Nightmare Fuel.

"Witches of the Mist"

  • The death of King Katuunko in this episode is sorrowful.

"Overlords"

  • Anakin seeing his mother again when it turns out to be The Son of Mortis impersonating her.

"Altar of Mortis"

"Ghosts of Mortis"

  • In this episode, Anakin (while controlled by the Son of Mortis) discovers that he will become Darth Vader and murder Obi-Wan (as well as many innocents) in the near future. When the pair face off Anakin destroys Obi-Wan's transport in order to keep him stranded on the planet, telling him that he's only doing it to keep him safe, "for his own good". Well, we all know how that turns out...
  • Obi-Wan's face when he sees Anakin corrupted by the Dark Side.
  • Before the Father erases the memory, claiming that nothing is set in stone; Anakin, on the verge of tears, tells him "But I will cause so much pain!".
  • The Son of Mortis, while retrieving the Dagger of Mortis from the Daughter's tomb, tells his deceased sister that he truly did care for her. This also counts as a Heartwarming Moment.
    Son: It's ironic, my sister. You were the only one I truly loved...
  • The Father committing suicide to take the Son's power away from him and the Son dying in his father's arms after Anakin mortally wounds him.
    Son: And so, you have betrayed me, Father...
  • The fact that the Son's story is basically foreshadowing the events of Anakin's turn. He, too, will lose the struggle against darkness and ultimately destroy everything he holds dear.

"Counterattack"

  • Echo's death in the episode. It's even more tragic when you realize that Fives is now the only surviving member of Domino squad. He's lost everyone he's grown up with.
    Fives: ECHO!

"Citadel Rescue"

  • Master Even Piell's death in the episode.
  • The reprogrammed Battle Droids under R2D2's command are ordered to hold off a large force to cover the escape of the Jedi and the prisoners. Knowing that there's no way they'll survive, one of the battle droids says to R2 "It was an honor to serve with you."

"Padawan Lost"

    Season Four 
"Gungan Attack"

"Shadow Warrior"

  • The death of General Tarpals. It turns from a Heroic Sacrifice into a Senseless Sacrifice because instead of keeping General Grievous as a prisoner, they end up having to give him back to the Separatists in exchange for Anakin Skywalker, who was captured by Dooku shortly after Grievous's capture.

"Nomad Droids"

  • R2-D2 and C-3PO running out of power and shutting down. Threepio softly begs Artoo not to leave him, then slowly shuts down himself while telling his friend that he'll be joining him soon. Sure, they predictably get better, but we still had to see what Threepio's reaction to losing R2 would be.

"Plan of Dissent"

"Carnage of Krell"

"Slaves of the Republic"

  • Ahsoka's final scene in the episode has her being tortured by Atai Molec after trying to fling him off a ledge while caged above the queen's palace and he continues torturing her as the scene wipes to the slaver ship carrying Obi-Wan arriving at Kadavo, while we hear her screams of torture echo out. It is made even more tragic that it was the last shot of her in the first half of the fourth season, and that we would not find out if she will be saved until January 2012. This is truly one of the most heartbreaking moments of the installment.
  • The entire episode's third act after the Zygerrians thwart the Jedi's attempt to escape is especially tragic. By the end of this episode, our heroes have no hope of escape, and apparently will end up living in slavery forever. That makes the month long wait for "Escape from Kadavo" especially depressing.

"Escape from Kadavo"

  • In a kind of Alas, Poor Villain sort of way, Queen Miraj Scintel's death at Dooku's hand.

"Deception"

  • Obi-Wan's "funeral", especially Satine's reaction. While any adept viewer (or anyone who's seen Revenge of the Sith) would realize that Obi-Wan isn't actually dead, Satine genuinely believes that the man she loves is dead and seeing her break down crying, particularly after she has spent every other episode she appeared in keeping up a strong, unflappable appearance, is heartbreaking.
  • Also a bit earlier in the episode, seeing Ahsoka barely holding her tears and at the same time, hearing Anakin's desperately calling out Obi-Wan's name while trying to wake him.

"Friends and Enemies"

  • Anakin vs. Rako Hardeen, who is actually Obi-Wan in disguise.

"Massacre"

  • The end of the episode, where all of the Nightsisters (excluding Ventress and Mother Talzin) are killed, with Ventress' reaction selling it.
  • Poor young Karis dying words to Ventress, still holding onto hope that the Nightsisters could defeat the Separatist droid army.
    Karis: Go, and lead us to victory...
  • Ventress outright begs Mother Talzin not to leave her alone on Dathomir after General Grievous and his Separatist droid army finish massacring majority of the Nightsisters.

"Revenge"

    Season Five 
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"I'm sorry, master, but I'm not coming back."

"Revival"

  • The death of Adi Gallia is very sudden yet sorrowful.

"Tipping Points"

  • The death of Steela Gerrera at the end of the episode. What makes it even worse is that it's a result of a freak accident after the battle had all but been won. Even worse, Saw feels responsible for it since he shot down the Droid Gunship that not only caused the cliff Steela was standing on to collapse when it crashed, it still had enough power left to disrupt Ahsoka's attempt to save her.

Young Jedi arc

  • This story arc isn't a Tear Jerker on first glance... until you consider that these younglings probably will not survive the Jedi Purge following the execution of Order 66.

"Missing in Action"

  • Gregor's apparent death in the episode. Colonel Gascon's reaction to it is equally depressing.

"Point of No Return"

  • BZ sacrifices himself to defeat the buzz droids by letting them out of an airlock, along with himself. Doubles as a Moment of Awesome.
  • Also, R2's near-death is this, especially for viewers who haven't seen Revenge of the Sith and onwards. It really does look like that the previous episode's events have inspired D-Squad. Anakin's tone of voice when he orders for a search party to look for R2 is also heartbreaking.

"Shades of Reason"

  • Pre-Vizsla's death is pretty sorrowful. Bo-Katan's reaction to Pre Vizsla's death is also heartbreaking as well, especially the extended cut of the scene in the DVD version of the episode. In that version, it is all Bo-Katan can do to keep herself from breaking into tears.
  • Bo-Katan sounds pretty angry, perhaps heartbroken, when half of the witnesses there bow to Maul right after Vizsla's death and the two sides end up trying to kill each other momentarily as she and the others that are still loyal to Vizsla flee the palace. While Death Watch is definitely a terrorist group and doesn't quite have the best for society in mind, you can see in other scenes that that they had camaraderie and relationships with each other, so this scene partly showed what some of them ultimately felt about their cause.
  • And even before that, when Vizsla is just about defeated, he looks around at his men, whose faces just read complete disappointment. The very man that told them to believe in the old ways and join Death Watch in the first place, that the strongest deserve to live while the weak perish, is a Hypocrite to them; a failure. Especially when his loss is to a non-Mandalorian.

"The Lawless"

  • Satine's death at the hands of Darth Maul to break Obi-Wan and her last words to Obi-Wan are also tragic: "Remember, my dear Obi-Wan. I loved you always. I always will".
  • Obi-Wan stares into the chaos of the Mandalorian Civil War and you can feel him break, knowing Satine's dream is dead... and he could do nothing for either.
  • And later when Obi-Wan has to flee Mandalore, he says to Bo-Katan:
    Obi-Wan: You're Satine's sister, aren't you? ... I'm so sorry...
    • For vehicle enthusiasts and fans that have been around ever since the beginning of the installment, the Twilight's destruction.
  • Savage's death and his last words to Maul. If you look at the scene more closely, you'll notice that it almost mirrors Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon's battle against Maul back in The Phantom Menace. In this installment, Maul finds himself watching helplessly as his brother fights Sidious alone which ends in his death, putting Maul in the very same position as Obi-Wan over a decade before when Qui-Gon was killed. Seeing the devastated look upon Maul's face, it's almost as if he finally understands the pain he put Obi-Wan through when he killed Qui-Gon.
  • It's not like he didn't have it coming, but it's still really hard to watch Sidious torture Maul. It's obvious that his brother's death has broken him and Maul's absolute terror of his former master really makes you wonder how many times similar scenes played out in the past, especially when you remember that Sidious raised Maul from infancy.

"The Jedi Who Knew Too Much"

  • One has to feel for Ahsoka at the end of the episode. In probably less than a day, her entire life was ruined by someone (a Force user) setting her up for reasons she can't comprehend, and even her master hasn't (from her point of view) done much of anything to help her.
  • Then, there's Anakin. Ahsoka is practically his daughter/little sister, and he's unable to help her in any way other than convince her to come back with him. Just seeing him trying desperately to find her is enough to make anyone tear up, especially when you consider how badly Anakin reacts to losing his loved ones.
  • And then, there's Rex. When he's issuing Anakin's orders, his tone of voice makes it obvious just how shocked he is by the turn of events.

"The Wrong Jedi"

  • The horror on Anakin's face just screams My God, What Have I Done? as he realises that Ventress is right about comparing how the Jedi Council abandoned Ahsoka to how Dooku did the same to her. Also the compassion and blame in the once psychotic Nightsister's voice as she explains this.
  • What makes this episode almost unbearable is that Barriss is right. The Jedi are fighting a pointless war in the name of a Sith Lord, (albeit unknowingly) and the Republic that they have fought so hard to protect will soon cease to exist. You can tell by Palpatine's expression that her speech strikes a nerve.
    Barriss: This republic is failing! It's only a matter of time.
  • Barriss's look of remorse toward Ahsoka as she is led off to prison. While she feels justified at having done everything else, it seems involving Ahsoka to the point of inadvertently risking her life is Barriss's sole regret.
  • Think back to the trauma that Barriss, a young Jedi, has had to deal with in this war, particularly the Brain worms. And then remember that after all that, she came to realize that the side of the war she fought for and went through all that for is wrong and corrupted. While it can't excuse her becoming a terrorist in response, is it any wonder the poor girl snapped?
  • The ending of "The Wrong Jedi", where Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order, even after her name is cleared, because her faith in the Order is so shaken that she can't bear to stay.
  • Though the focus in the scene is on Anakin, a couple shots of Obi-Wan show him looking devastated.
  • Yoda hangs his head in shame, looking as though he is thinking "What have I done?" Or more specifically, "what have I not done", as Yoda was one of the few who did believe Ahsoka, and yet he did very little to help her because he felt overruled by the majority of the Council. And as a result, the Order is losing one of its most promising Padawans.
  • And even with the mask, Plo looks completely broken-hearted.
  • The last shots of Ahsoka's face as she leaves the Order take it to an entirely different level. The always cheerful, optimistic, and enthusiastic girl cries without hiding.
  • The fact that Dave Filoni kicked everyone out of the recording studio except for Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker) and Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano) to record this scene further shows how powerful it is.
  • Ahsoka's look of shock upon learning that Barriss was the one who orchestrated the whole plot. One can only imagine what Luminara's reaction would be, seeing as her once-model apprentice has fallen to the Dark Side.
  • And even before that, she's totally despondent while sitting in a Republic jail cell in "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much", pretty much convinced that she's doomed because Anakin is the only one actually trying to help her (not that she faults Padmé for defending her, mind you, she's just quite convinced it's pointless).
  • Tarkin's horror when he realizes Ahsoka was innocent and he nearly got her sentenced to death: this is the moment where we see that, once upon a time, Wilhuff Tarkin was a genuine Well-Intentioned Extremist who didn't want to harm innocents and only used genuine villains to show potential criminals what they were in for... And not someone who'd literally blow up a planet to scare people into serving a dictator.
  • The ending credits also qualify. Instead of the usual circle wipe and ending theme, the scene just fades away and a rather somber version of Ahsoka's theme plays through the credits. Cartoon Network didn't even do their usual picture-in-picture credits advertisements when the episode first aired on television.
  • Doubles as a meta-example, as this episode not only marks the end of the series (at least on television), as Disney said "no" on continuing it (even though Lucasfilm Animation would release new story arcs of The Clone Wars in the form of a Netflix-exclusive season and unfinished animatics), but it also marks the end of Lucasfilm's collaboration with Cartoon Network, as future Star Wars animated programs will be airing on Disney XD or Disney+.

    Season Six 
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Order 66 arc

  • Tup's fate. He had absolutely no control over his actions (killing a Jedi master) and for that he got drugged, restrained and was prepared to be killed and dissected by the Kaminoans (who are revealed to be part of the Sith conspiracy). Then, Fives and his Robot Buddy, in the course of trying to save him, discover the reason behind all of this... only for Tup to die anyway since he was weak to begin with.
  • Fives is taken back to Coruscant to reveal what he knows... to Chancellor Palpatine. You can guess where this is headed. Having been injected with some sort of drugs by Nala Se beforehand, Fives can't properly convey what he knows and grows ever-more paranoid while being hunted for trying to assassinate the Chancellor, who revealed the entire plot to him. Finally, he's gunned down by one of his fellow clone troopers while reaching for a weapon, and the chance of stopping Order 66 dies along with him.
  • Fives' understandable anger when he lashes out at a cab driver after he'd just learned that the Chancellor was behind the whole conspiracy.
    Fives: (the driver states that he likes mysteries) Yeah, you ever hear the one about the people who were engineered to kill? Kill their best friends, their leaders! And they don't even know it!?
  • Then, there's Fives' Famous Last Words to Rex. "The mission... The nightmares... They're finally... over..." After everything he's gone through, he just sounds relieved to finally be free.
  • Rex, trapped under a rayshield, can only watch and scream Fives' name as his brother is gunned down. When he's released, he immediately rushes to Fives' side, holding him and telling him to stay awake. After Fives stops breathing, Rex completely breaks down, shaking him and begging him to wake up, until the reality finally sets in.
  • Even Commander Fox's men of the Coruscant Guard (who were the ones who gunned Fives down) are saddened and take off their helmets in respect. Their expressions and bafflement suggest that somehow they sense a deep dread about what's to come even if they don't fully comprehend Fives's final words about the "nightmare."
  • The last Domino has fallen.
  • Order 66 in general can be seen in a much harsher light after this story arc. All of the clone troopers are affected by it due to the inhibitor chips that have been installed in their brains by the Kaminoans, and they don't even know about it. Once the Order is officially issued, the clone troopers are just as much of victims of it as the Jedi are.
  • The clone troopers are rarely seen interacting with the Republic's citizenry outside of a purely military capacity. They have no friends, no family and no roots outside of their brothers in arms. Of all the people who would have most recognized and respected the clone troopers for their service, it would have been their Jedi commanders who led them in the field. Order 66 meant that the clone troopers had to gun down some of the few people who would have advocated for their recognition by the Republic and respected them as individuals.
  • Fridge Horror wise, what may have happened to AZI-3, the main source of comic relief in this otherwise dark story arc? Considering that he was involved in helping an allegedly "defective" clone rebel against the Kaminoans, he was most likely deactivated or memory-wiped sometime after Fives went back to Coruscant.
  • At the beginning of the scene in Palpatine's office following Fives' execution, you can see Anakin mourning over Fives' death.

Clovis arc

  • Rush Clovis's ultimate fate as it were. All he wanted to do was purge the Intergalactic Banking Clan of corruption and keep it a neutral party as it used to be. Then after getting aided by Count Dooku in finding the stolen accounts and coming to power, Dooku blackmails him into "favoring" the Separatists and then sends an invasion fleet to Scipio to make it look like he's abusing his power. In the end, he inadvertently brought war to Scipio, deliberately fell to his death to let his beloved live, he is blamed for the corruption in the Banking Clan (especially when he was worried about his own legacy) and control of the Clan ends up falling to the Republic alone (giving Palpatine's future empire a large source of income for weapons such as the Death Star).
  • Also in this story arc is Anakin's reaction after beating Clovis in "The Rise of Clovis". He's horrified at what he did despite hating Clovis. Considering that he is also at an emotional low (Ahsoka's gone, he's losing faith in the Jedi, etc.), we get an idea of just how much inner turmoil he's experiencing. And then there's his talk with Padmé afterwards that perfectly demonstrates how the Dark Side works. It eats away at you, slowly driving you deeper into it's grasp, and then it breaks you. Imperial March playing doesn't make the scene any more cheerful.
  • Padmé's talk with Anakin in "The Rise of Clovis" after he beat up Clovis harshly illustrates that while they genuinely love each other and even if Anakin wasn't busy fighting a war for the most of three years, their respective careers make it all but impossible to maintain a healthy marriage. Because Anakin's a Jedi, he and Padmé can't do all the things that more functional couples have the freedom to do. Between this realization and Anakin's possessive behavior, it's little wonder Padmé suggests they stop seeing each other for a while.

"The Lost One"

  • Former Chancellor Finis Valorum's brief appearance in the episode. Here, we see he was a good man and a good Chanchellor, unwilling to be stifled by the bureaucracy and the Senate's corruption and refusal to admit certain problems existed... Who just happened to be in the way for Palpatine's rise to power, and thus was reduced to a Puppet King that had to send Jedi on secret missions to try and get things done, and was in the end dismissed as incompetent.

"Destiny"

  • The trial of temptation in the episode. First, Yoda is given an apocalyptic scene of a hallway in the Jedi Temple with the bodies of fallen Jedi, including Mace Windu, Petro and Ahsoka Tano. To make the last even more heart-breaking, Ahsoka asks if she'll still be able to become one with the Force despite being cast out of the Order by the Council before dying. Then, Katooni brings Yoda to a more idyllic scenario: there is no war, and everyone Yoda knows is still part of the Jedi Order, including characters who previously died (such as Qui-Gon Jinn, Tiplar, Knox and Adi Gallia) or left/betrayed the Order due to circumstances connected to the war (Dooku, Barriss Offee, and Ahsoka Tano). Yoda really longs for those happier times, but he knows this isn't real.

"Sacrifice"

    Season Seven 
"The Bad Batch"
  • In a brand new scene that wasn't in the unfinished story reels, we have Rex sadly sitting in the barracks looking at a photo of himself, Cody, Fives and Echo, the latter of the two of have long since died (or so it seems in Echo's case), lamenting that many of the brothers he has known have died over the course of the war and having a bit of Survivor Guilt.
    Rex: Fives, Echo, and before that, Hevy. There's so many troopers gone.
    Cody: Yeah, regular folk don't understand. Sometimes in war, it's hard to be the one that survives.

"A Distant Echo"

  • Just as the squad is about to infiltrate the Techno Union HQ on Skako Minor, they notice that the supposedly still-alive Echo is no longer emitting the algorithm to let them trace him, leading Hunter suspect that Echo might actually be dead. When Rex suggests against the idea, Crosshair coldly suggests that Rex is letting his feelings get the better of him because of his guilt over leaving Echo behind, and to pour more salt in the wound, suggests he would have left him for dead too when he says he had no choice. This leads to Rex, who is already suffering from Survivor Guilt, physically lashing out at him.
    Crosshair: I think you're letting your personal feelings get in the way because you left him for dead at the Citadel.
    Rex: I had no choice. You hear me?
    Crosshair: Oh, I don't blame you. I would've left him for dead too. Besides, he's just another reg.
    • The original cut wasn't much better either. In that version, Crosshair suggested that Echo might have deliberately turned on them out of resentment for being left behind, even stating that he wouldn't stay loyal if he was left for dead too.

"On the Wings of Keeradaks"

  • Rex tells Echo that with him back, he hopes it can be like old times. However, in a newly-added line to the ending, Echo replies "Yeah... Just like old times." with a hint of sadness and ominousness. Given that the Techno Union was experimenting on him since the Citadel (and may have discovered some things about himself he wasn't meant to know about), he went through some horrific experiences, and Fives died before they found him, it's highly unlikely he can go back to those old times.

"Old Friends Not Forgotten"

  • Numerous Jedi Masters have been sent to the worlds we see them die on, Anakin and Obi-Wan have been called to rescue the Chancellor from General Grievous. We know what happens next.
  • Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka's reunion, rather than being heartwarming or tender, is bitter and fraught with tension. Ahsoka is angry at the Jedi which comes out in her interactions with Anakin and Obi-Wan, Anakin is elated to have her back but shocked by her coldness and still conflicted over her leaving, and Obi-Wan is just overwhelmingly tired and sad from everything that's happened in the war. Things are too urgent for them to truly interact as friends, putting it all off until "after all this is over", which the viewer already knows will never come. It's the last time the Power Trio will ever be together and they left on poor terms that'll haunt them for the rest of their lives.
    • Adding to it is Anakin's final interactions with Ahsoka. It's heartwarming, yes, seeing her wish him luck and him give her an encouraging smile in return, but it swings back around into tearjerker territory knowing that this little moment is the last time they'll see each other as friends. It gets worse knowing that the next time they meet, Anakin - in his persona of Vader - has been warped beyond recognition and he will stop at nothing to see Ahsoka dead.
  • When Captain Vaughn dies, his last words were of his regret thinking that he failed his respected commander. Given that the Siege of Mandalore takes place before and during the execution of Order 66, Ahsoka could only blame herself for failing to save him and the other clones ... right before the inevitable happens. Especially when they painted their helmets after her as a sign of their dedication, and their respect.

"The Phantom Apprentice"

"Shattered"

  • After twelve years in the making, the time has come.
  • Ahsoka sensing the confrontation in Palpatine's office and that something terrible has happened to Anakin, but she's not sure what.
  • Rex briefly managing to overcome Order 66 so he can buy time for Ahsoka and to tell her to "find Fives", all while shedding tears from the combination of not wanting to kill one of his dearest friends, that he may have to hurt and kill his brothers to save her, and realizing that Fives was right. Then he pulls the trigger and the heartwrenching climax to Anakin's Dark Deeds begins playing.
    • Rex's fear of having to kill his own troopers comes horribly true at the end of the episode; upon having his biochip removed, he is immediately forced to gun down several troopers to stop them from killing Ahsoka and the droids. He then spends the next few seconds just staring at the wall in dumbstruck horror as the weight of what's all happening hits him.
      • It doesn't help that he sheds a single tear like Waxer did when he fired on his brothers.
  • As if Order 66 wasn’t bad enough, what makes it worse is that the 332nd clones are still wearing the helmets painted in Ahsoka's honor as they’re trying to kill her. Just minutes ago these men would have gladly laid down their lives for her, and now they’re trying to gun her down without mercy.
  • Given his demonstration of Undying Loyalty last episode, seeing Jesse leading the charge into the bridge to execute Ahsoka is downright painful to watch.
  • Does the medic symbol on the medical bay doors remind you of anyone?

"Victory And Death"

  • When Ahsoka voices to Rex that their escape plan is complicated in that she doesn't want to hurt the clones, he gets upset and says that they have to because his brothers are willing to hurt them. Understanding how horrible this situation must be for him, Ahsoka takes off his helmet and we see Rex shedding a Single Tear as Ahsoka assures him that they're all good soldiers and that's why she refuses to kill them.
    • And yet, they did kill them all. Decisions they both made in the previous episode (Rex ordering the destruction of the ship's escape pods, and Ahsoka releasing Maul) result in the loss of the ship with all hands other than themselves. The fact that they couldn't have known this would be a result (Maul being a wild card) arguably makes it worse.
  • R7 takes a blaster bolt that would have hit Ahsoka. A truly loyal droid who served her to the end.
    • R7's remains are seen sitting below the Y-Wing as Ahsoka is discarding her lightsaber, showing that Ahsoka dug through the wreck to find him and put him back together as a memorial to his sacrifice.
  • Seeing the Venator-class Star Destroyer plummeting down into the desolate moon is one of the most tragic sights to behold. Once a proud, iconic battlecruiser of the Republic used by the Jedi and the clones, the ship is torn apart by the chaos caused by Order 66 and those aboard are brainwashed clones, too consumed by their directive to kill their former friends to care about their impeding death. None of them survive the crash and the ruined ship serves a monument to the old Republic that no longer exists.
  • Likewise, Cheep and G-G getting executed for helping Ahsoka and Rex.
    • The way in which they're executed is rather brutal. Jesse rather coldly orders them to be blasted at point-blank range. The fact that the pair let out a terrified scream just before they die doesn't help.
  • Ahsoka and Rex give the fallen clones a proper burial. Even though they were brainwashed in the end, they were once loyal soldiers and comrades, and were ultimately victims of a plot far beyond their imaginations.
    • Jesse and the 332nd died believing Ahsoka and Rex betrayed them, leading to their own betrayal.
  • The fact that Rex is going into hiding from his own brothers, who are no longer themselves due to being Brainwashed and Crazy by their chips. The only respite is that we know eventually he'll be joined up by Wolffe and Gregor, who too overcome their programming offscreen, to keep him company.
  • The pain in Rex's voice when he tells Ahsoka that all of the clones are affected. Even though he's done the impossible before, even he knows he won't be able to save all of his brothers. What's worse is that in Rebels it's shown that in the end he may have only saved Wolffe and Gregor (being unaware of other clones that might have resisted the chip or been frozen during the order) out of the millions of brothers he had.
  • In the end, Ahsoka never actually knows what happened to Anakin, only that it was something horrible and that she couldn't save him. She would have to live with that guilt for the next 16 years, until she finds out that Anakin's fate was far worse than she could have imagined.
  • Like in the Ahsoka novel, Ahsoka has to leave behind her lightsaber so anyone who comes looking will think she's dead, and it clearly pains her to do it.
  • In the final scene, Darth Vader has tracked down the crash site and finds Ahsoka's old lightsaber by the crashed Star Destroyer, the very same one he gave her the last time they met as friends. He brushes off some of the ice, ignites it for a few moments, then walks away with the lightsaber still in hand. It serves as a sad reminder of the tragedy that befell Anakin, the great friendship that he and Ahsoka once had, and how things will never be the same between them when they meet again.
    • To quote Tumblr user rise-of-ahsoka, "Vader didn't have to fly to a small, remote moon to look for the remains of one, insignificant Jedi in the old wreck of a Republic Cruiser, but Anakin — oh, but Anakin needed to."
  • Consider everyone Ahsoka had ever met and known throughout the series:
    • The last time Ahsoka interacted with Padmé was when the latter defended her at her trial. Her losses in this episode are bad enough, but it's only gonna get worse when she hears the news of Padmé's death. For the longest time, she never knew that Anakin killed Padmé. She also likely didn't know Padmé was pregnant (unless Anakin or Rex told her offscreen) so when she met Bail again she probably had to learn the woman who defended her from the death penalty died with her unborn child. She also knew about Anakin and Padmé's relationship, so she probably would assume she died trying protect him.
    • Ahsoka's last interaction with Plo Koon was when she refused his and Council's offer to her to rejoin the Order. And he couldn't join the meeting in the previous episode because he was busy flying with his squadron... Unlike with Yoda, Obi-Wan, or Anakin, he never got to make some sort of amend with Ahsoka before everything came crashing down.
  • The fact that there's no glimmer of hope at the end. We may know better, but far as everyone knows, there is no hope left. Every movie and show ended with a celebration or a scene that reminds everyone there is still hope, from the Naboo Victory Celebration of The Phantom Menace to Rey rechristening herself as a Skywalker ready to rebuild the Jedi in The Rise of Skywalker. But not The Clone Wars. It ends on a clone graveyard in the shadow of a crashed Republic ship, as a fallen hero visits it as the galaxy's tyrant.
  • The final shot of the series carries quite a bit of bleak symbolism with it. After years of bloodshed, the legacy of the Clone Wars was one of complete and utter failure to protect the Republic as an Empire — reflected quite literally by the presence of Darth Vader — marches away to enforce a new system of oppression. All that remains of the once-proud 332nd Company is a mass grave on a dead moon, with the heroic deeds of some of the Republic's greatest soldiers lost to time, never to be remembered in the wake of their ultimate betrayal. And Darth Vader has turned his back on a helmet representing his former student, with that part of himself dead.
    • The music adds onto the tragedy. It's a low, mournful tune, one that musically, reinforces what the episode's final moments tell us: everything that the heroes did was for nothing.
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Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir
  • In Issue 4, Mother Talzin sacrificing herself to Darth Sidious so Maul can escape from Dathomir. When Rook Kast arrives with Maul's personal Gauntlet fighter to help him retreat, Talzin tosses Maul aboard and orders him to flee while she tries to hold off Sidious's Force lightning. Maul begs Talzin to come with him, but she tells him she can't escape this time, and if she tries, they'll both die. Kast and one of her men are forced to restrain Maul as he struggles to help his mother and watches General Grievous impale her. Now Maul has lost both his brother and his mother, and the only allies he seems to have left are the Mandalorian Super-Commandos (the Nightbrothers' fate is ambiguous, but the ending implies they were killed).

Dark Disciple

  • The genocide of the Mahran ordered by Dooku, presented from the point-of-view of a confused fugitive.
  • Ventress and Quinlan both establish a friendly relation with Marg Krim's family, whom they're hired to rescue from the Black Sun. As they leave, after successfully reuniting the family, and getting paid double by the grateful Pyke, they still see the Black Sun arrive with a huge fleet...
  • Ventress's Taking the Bullet and subsequent death to save Quinlan from Dooku's Force-lightning.

"Crystal Crisis on Utapau"

  • In "In Search of the Crystal", after Anakin and Obi-Wan have lost track of their target, Anakin gets the idea to call Ahsoka in for backup, only to remember that she's gone. As he goes through his conflicting emotions about the whole thing, he asks Obi-Wan what it would feel like if he betrayed Obi-Wan's trust. Obi-Wan gratefully says that hasn't happened, and never will.
    • Considering that Anakin has always feared losing the people who are close to him (he will turn to the Dark Side because he was so scared of losing Padmé), it's clear that Ahsoka's decision to leave the Jedi Order deeply hurt him. Obi-Wan attempts to comfort Anakin by saying it was Ahsoka's own decision and wasn't caused by any fault of Anakin's, but Anakin still profoundly feels the loss of someone who was like a little sister to him.

    Meta 
  • Every time you watch The Clone Wars, keep in mind the events that we know are going to happen in the future of the Star Wars canon (which is presented in the installments that take place after The Clone Wars. That is, the events in Revenge of the Sith and the Original Trilogy): Anakin will turn to the Dark Side and become Darth Vader (along with the fact that Mace, Padmé, and Obi-Wan will all die by his hands), the Jedi Order will be mostly exterminated (meaning that every single Jedi featured in The Clone Wars will most likely be victims of Order 66), the 501st Legion will become Darth Vader's personal hit squad, Yoda will be forced into exile for the rest of his life, Palpatine will turn the Republic in to an oppressive Empire, etc. This make all the 'happy' episodes (every time Anakin and Padmé reunite, the future 501st Legion soldiers in training, Yoda giving words of encouragement to the clone troopers) much harder to watch.
    • On that note, there's the vision the Son gives Anakin of what he's going to become in "Ghosts of Mortis". It's a rapid succession of scenes featured in Revenge of the Sith, ending in an image of Darth Vader and the destruction of what is probably Alderaan. This is all bad enough, but then there's Anakin's reaction - he's horrified that this might possibly come true, and he's desperate to prevent it. This, combined with Dramatic Irony, just makes the whole thing even worse.
      • Despite Yoda's claim that "the future is always in motion", every Force vision Anakin has in the Prequel Trilogy lends legitimate insight into future events. This would imply Anakin's visions of Vader were an inevitability rather than possibility, which has a number of disturbing implications. On a metatextual level, the mere existence of the Original Trilogy meant his role was set in stone. His character never had a choice to become anything but Darth Vader, and that casts a pall over every action he takes in denial of his fate, making it pitifully futile.
    • Of particular note relating to the inevitability, The Clone Wars retroactively presents Anakin's fall to the Dark Side in horrific detail. In the pilot movie, he is brave, resourceful, humorous, compassionate, and wise. Over the course of the first three seasons, we see him push himself further and further in addition to dancing with the Dark Side in order to save those he cares for. Then, the later seasons present the reasons why Anakin is so distant from the rest of the Jedi. First, Obi-Wan's faked death is kept from him so his reaction helps sell it. Then, the Council basically abandons Ahsoka when she is framed for a crime that she did not commit. Considering the Council knows that Anakin has issues, you'd think they were trying to turn him against them.
      • Perhaps they were. In particular, Mace's character is ambiguous at best. He was the one who casually dismissed the idea of the Sith's return in The Phantom Menace and his first thought upon hearing that Palpatine is a Sith is to go and murder him in Revenge of the Sith. Had he fallen to the Dark Side?
    • Rex speaking to Cut about how he fights so that their children and their children's children won't have to fight in "The Deserter" becomes Harsher in Hindsight when you realize that the Sequel Trilogy exists and tells the story of how people about 50 years later (including the children and grandchildren of those who lived through the Clone Wars) are still fighting in a conflict that had roots in the Clone Wars or possibly even further back.
  • Every time a clone goes to certain death, saying something like "This is what I was born for."
  • Think of all the times in the series that Obi-Wan works with Commander Cody, how well they seem to work together... and now remember the Battle of Utapau that will occur in Revenge of the Sith.
    • Heck, think of all the times the clone troopers have worked with the Jedi and remember the execution of Order 66.
  • Kix was the last person to see Fives before the latter was killed for learning about Order 66. In the Canon, it turns out that he decided to follow his lead, which unfortunately, also attracted the attention of Dooku and the Separatists once again. He got captured before he could warn the Jedi and the Republic, put into cryogenic sleep, and was supposed to be sent to Dooku for personal interrogation, but the transport was ambushed by clone troopers. As per protocol, the ship was randomly sent through hyperspace, crashing into a remote desert world, far out in the Outer Rim. It isn't until nearly half a century later that a group of bounty hunters find him, and he has to deal with not only all the advances from the past several decades, but the fact that all his friends are dead and that he couldn't save the Republic, the Jedi, or anyone, including those even after the Clone Wars. Wow.
  • For viewers who saw the Grand Finale of Rebels, knowing that Ahsoka is the only one of this series' Power Trio to come out of the original six Star Wars film alive hurts. All their adventures, their triumphs, their failures, all the meaningful moments they shared...and in the end, only Ahsoka is left to tell the tale of The Tragedy Of Anakin Skywalker.


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