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A general list of tropes for the first six seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.


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  • Aborted Arc: At the end of "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back", Palpatine gave Dr. Boll her next instruction: to clone the Zillo Beast. This plot point never came up again.
  • Absolute Cleavage:
    • Suu Lawquane's shirt is open down the center to her stomach.
    • The Daughter wears a very low-cut dress.
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: In "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much", a chase scene involving Ahsoka, Anakin, and a garrison worth of Clone Troopers took place in a sewer system as homage to The Fugitive.
  • Absurdly Youthful Father: Cut Lawquane is a deserter Clone Trooper who married a twi'lek woman named Suu and adopted her two young children. Cut is chronologically eleven/twelve years old at the most, but he is biologically about twice that old due to growth-acceleration.
  • Action Girl:
    • Ahsoka Tano, who is a female Togruta and a very skilled (now-former) Padawan learner of the Jedi Order. She saves her Jedi Master Anakin Skywalker almost as many times as he saves her.
    • Whenever Padmé Amidala starts fighting, she is as competent as any other character, and is one of the most accurate characters with a blaster.
    • Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore, who is an Actual Pacifist, manages to take care of herself while remaining completely non-lethal.
    • Other female characters appear more sporadically, but their action scenes are of similar high quality.
  • Actual Pacifist:
    • The Lurmen, a race of Perfect Pacifist People. They take pacifism a little too far, as their philosophy does not allow running away from danger.
    • This is later deconstructed. Satine is one through being bound and determined to keep her people out of the war, but leads the planet of Mandalore, whose people were once some of the most feared warriors in the galaxy. The local rebel group Death Watch violently disagrees with her and hope to return their planet to its past ways. In a galaxy that is at war and her leading the Mandalorians, the Death Watch teams up with Darth Maul, stages an invasion of the planet by an army of criminals to reinforce how pacifism has made Mandalore vulnerable to those willing to prey on those who refuse to fight back, and then Death Watch comes along to "quell" the criminals. In the end, the people of Mandalore see the Death Watch as heroes, Satine is removed from power, Mandalore goes into another civil war not long after Maul takes the throne, and Satine is coldly murdered by Maul for the sake of emotionally tormenting Obi-Wan.
  • Advert Over Loaded Future: Coruscant is very heavily advert overloaded despite the fact that The Clone Wars is set A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far Far Away... and not in the future.
  • Aesop Amnesia: In "Storm Over Ryloth", Ahsoka disobeys orders to pull back and gets most of her fighter squadron killed, which naturally makes her feel like mud. In "Holocron Heist", Ahsoka is in the exact same situation on Felucia and given just about the same orders. The only difference being that she is commanding Clone Troopers on the ground rather than starfighters. Obi-Wan tells her that she is putting her Clone Troopers' lives in danger. This should've made her stop and think rather than continuing to do the same thing that she did in Ryloth, but Obi-Wan and Anakin practically have to drag her off of the battlefield instead.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: The writers appear to be in love with this trope as most characters tend to use air vents:
    • In "Duel of the Droids", Ahsoka escaped Griveous this way.
    • In "Cloak of Darkness", Ventress used the air vents to infiltrate and sabotage a Republic Star Destroyer unnoticed.
    • In "Holocron Heist", Cad Bane infiltrated the Jedi Temple through the air vents, which are so large they double as Absurdly Spacious Sewers.
    • In "Brain Invaders", Ahsoka and Barriss escape from mind-controlled Clone Troopers by jumping into the air vents. Later in the episode, Ahsoka uses the same vents to travel to the coolant control room and the bridge while she's running from Barriss.
    • In "Assassin", Aurra Sing used these during her assassination attempts of Padmé.
    • In "Nightsisters", Ventress and her companions infiltrated Dooku's palace through the air vents.
    • Lampshaded in "The Citadel". With the entry point the Jedi wanted to use blocked, Anakin and Obi-Wan muse how to get in, and Ahsoka points on the ventilation hatch. Anakin argues that they are too small to gain access, but in response Ahsoka points out that though they might be too small for Anakin, Obi-Wan, and the Clone Troopers, she might be able to squeeze through — which she is, although barely. In "Counterattack", Obi-Wan's entire team tries to escape the Citadel in absurdly spacious air vents. However, these had lethally effective security doors and the warden at least had enough common sense to send at least one drone in the air vents.
    • In "A Test of Strength", Hondo immediately recognizes the trick and having smoke bombs dropped into the vents to flush out the occupants.
    • During the Crystal Crisis on Utapau arc, Anakin and Obi-Wan have been captured by arms dealers and try to escape the dealers through their ship's air-vents. The dealers respond with applying continuous blaster-fire to the ducts, which Anakin and Obi-Wan could barely avoid due to the lack of space and had to use their telekinetic powers on each other to get to safety.
      Obi-Wan Kenobi: Brilliant Idea. This is a much narrower space. No room to maneuver, we'll be shot for sure.
      Anakin Skywalker: Sorry. I thought it would be a good place to hide.
      Obi-Wan Kenobi: It's never a good place to hide. We're always in the ventilation duct, every ship we go in.
  • The Alcatraz: The Citadel can be found on a remote, volcanic planet. The tower is full of traps and guarded by battalions of Separatist droids. It is explicitly stated that if someone manages to escape the institute, they still cannot really go anywhere because the landscape is almost impossible to cross—especially while being chased. And then to get off the planet they need a ship, and still have to cross the Separatist blockade.
  • Alien Non-Interference Clause: The Republic has rules against interfering in the internal matters of a government or planet. The Clone Wars runs into the usual logical fallacies and misapplications the trope encounters in almost all sci-fi universes, but also examines what happens when the Republic does get involved where it should not.
    • During the Mandalore arc, the Separatists try to make it seem like they are helping the Death Watch (which they are, but not the extent they want it to seem) so that the Republic will not see it as a manageable internal Mandalore situation. This would lead to a Republic occupation of Mandalore to restore order, but that would turn the population of Mandalore against the Republic, which the Death Watch could use to rally support and conquer the planet with a mass uprising.
    • During the Onderon arc, the Republic decides to train and supply the Onderon resistance to the Separatist puppet king in order to occupy Separatist resources in combating a costly guerrilla campaign. However, as the arc progresses their stated rationale changes to using the resistance because they cannot get openly involved in an internal Onderon matter. The change in motivation is never explained, but leads to disaster for the resistance when the Separatists send in heavier forces and the Republic refuses to commit heavier forces or weapons to fight them. Anakin eventually circumvents the issue by hiring Hondo to deliver heavy weapons to the resistance, giving the Republic deniability.
    • During the Shadow Collective arc, the Jedi state that they cannot get involved in the Death Watch takeover of Mandalore since Obi-Wan (who does want to get involved) confirms that the Death Watch and Separatists are no longer allies. As a purely internal Mandalorian matter, the situation is out of their hands, but Obi-Wan goes anyway and the arc ends with him going back to the Republic to tell them that the Sith are involved, which he expects will lead to a full invasion and occupation of Mandalore.
  • Alien Sky: This is used quite often for the various planets the heroes visit. A planet having multiple moons is the most frequent use of this trope.
    • Although just vaguely in "Mystery of a Thousand Moons", some of said moons were visible from Iego during the day.
    • Dathomir's sky is blood-red at all times and the planet has four moons.
    • Mortis's sky was filled with levitating rocks.
    • Lola Sayu's sky has a deep violet color and it's primary light sources seem to be the giant, sulfuric-yellow lava-oceans on it's surface, giving it a bottom lighting. Further more, it's planetary ring is visible from the surface.
    • Abafar's orange sky is so thick that it makes it impossible to see the sun.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: The Clone Wars has very high quality 3D CGI animation along with an art style and character designs that are very visually appealing.
  • All Planets Are Earth-Like:
    • Almost every planet visited by the characters have atmosphere breathable to them regardless of their species, as well as gravity equal to each other's. Justified as these worlds would be most useful to a galactic society composed of species mainly from these types of planets. Non Earth-like planets exist but for the most part do not appear, although several characters from worlds with abnormal gravity (Kyuzo like Embo) or atmospheres (Kel Dor like Plo Koon) do appear.
    • Downplayed with Quarzite. It is said that the planet's surface has a high-pressure atmosphere and only the underground is safely inhabitable. However the atmosphere within those underground tunnels is perfectly fine.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The Clone Wars averts this trope, showing several species who had previously only been encountered as antagonists into loyal and committed Republicans, including (but not limited to) Rodians (Greedo), Dugs (Sebulba), and Toydarians (Watto). And, as the name implies (as of "Heroes on Both Sides"), this aversion also applies to the Separatists.
  • Always Night: It is always night on the shadow world known as Umbara.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Nightsisters.
  • An Aesop: At the opening of every episode, there is a quote that is the moral of the episode.
  • Anachronic Order: The Clone Wars has a significant amount of story arcs and stand-alone episodes that are aired anachronistically. This allows for the viewers to be able to discover the additional elements that surround a story arc and/or stand-alone episode they had already watched. The official episode guides help with the identification and lead to some All There in the Manual moments. For a full chronological listing of episodes, see here.
    • The chronological order of the story arc focusing on the planet Christophsis is "Cat and Mouse" (2:16), "The Hidden Enemy" (1:16), and the Pilot Movie.
    • The chronological order of the story arc focusing on the planet Ryloth is "Supply Lines" (3:03), "Ambush" (1:01), and the Ryloth Trilogy ("Storm Over Ryloth", "Innocents of Ryloth", and "Liberty of Ryloth"; 1:19-21).
    • The chronological order of the story arc focusing on the Domino Squad is "Clone Cadets" (3:01), "Rookies" (1:05), and "ARC Troopers" (3:02).
    • "Holocron Heist" (2:01), "Cargo of Doom" (2:02), and "Children of the Force" (2:03) take place before "Assassin" (3:07), "Evil Plans" (3:08), "Hostage Crisis" (1:22), and "Hunt for Ziro" (3:09) (which form their own story arc in that order).
    • "Heroes on Both Sides" (3:10) and "Pursuit of Peace" (3:11) take place before "Senate Murders" (2:15).
    • In season five, the Onderon and Young Jedi arcs take place prior to the events with Darth Maul that open the season since Adi Gallia is alive in the former and Hondo's base on Florrum is still intact (at least until the end of the latter). Averted on the season five DVD/Blu-Ray release, where "Revival" is in its correct chronological placement and grouped with the arc it was part of.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Inverted, as the Aesop comes before the installment actually starts. Some episodes do play this straight whenever characters discuss the lessons that they have learned from their experiences.
  • And Then What?: At the end of the Umbara arc, a dejected Rex and Fives discuss the war. When Fives attempts to cheer Rex up by pointing out that the war will eventually end, Rex wonders what will happen to all the Clone Troopers once it does. Fives does not know and cannot think of anyone who does.
  • Angelic Aliens: The Diathim, who are also known as Angels. They were first mentioned back in The Phantom Menace by a young Anakin, who says they are the "most beautiful creatures in the universe". They are featured in one episode of the installment as tall, glowing humanoids with butterfly-like wings.
  • Animorphism: The Daughter and the Son can respectively turn into a griffin and a gargoyle at will.
  • Anyone Can Die: Played With. While the characters who appear in Revenge of the Sith and/or the Original Trilogy had to survive, everyone else was allowed to die within the installment.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: In "Mystery of a Thousand Moons", Anakin and Obi-Wan immediately dismisses the idea of the planet being cursed/haunted by a phantom called "Drol" as superstition. While they turned out to had been correct to doubt in this case, the fact remains that they regularly use Psychic Powers granted to them by the Sentient Cosmic Force. Justified in that belief in the Force explicitly renders ghosts impossible, as all beings become one with the Force when they die. The idea that someone can return from the Force to communicate with the living is met with equal skepticism during the Yoda arc.
  • Arc Villain: Since The Clone Wars follows an anthology-format of loosely connected Story Arcs, most of the villains have a role only in their own arcs and never show up again. A number of them are small scale dragons to Dooku instead of independent antagonists with an agenda of their own. Examples of this type of villain include Osi Sobeck, Riff Tamson, and Moralo Eval.
  • Arc Welding:
    • As noted above at Anachronic Order, the first half of The Clone Wars' third season was spent to expand upon, tie together, and/or conclude some of the story arcs in the installment's first two seasons.
    • The Shadow Collective arc, which features Darth Maul and Savage Opress forming an alliance with Death Watch, tied the Nightsisters and Brothers arc to the Mandalore arc.
  • Artificial Brilliance: In "Liberty on Ryloth", the OOM Command Battle Droid makes a surprisingly good tactical decision that after disabling the lead vehicle in a column, they should attack the trailing vehicle and "Box them in".
  • Armed with Canon: George Lucas' approach to many elements of the Canon in The Clone Wars, which he tends to outline in precise details for the writers to use.
  • Armor Is Useless: In most cases, the body armor that some of the Jedi wear is not shown providing any protection from enemy blaster fire or protection against unarmed hand blows.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: This is featured in "To Catch a Jedi". While Ahsoka was on run after being framed for bombing a hanger in the Jedi Temple, she recalibrated a holobooth's frequency to prevent anyone from tracing her transmission. Seeing this, Ventress sarcastically remarked that by doing so, Ahsoka is adding another act to her own criminal record - a record which by that point included sedition, terrorism, and multiple murders.
  • Art Evolution: The Clone Wars began with having very high quality 3D CGI animation and a visually appealing art style and character designs, especially for an All-CGI Cartoon. However, the art style and animation, while visually appealing, initially made the characters look slightly like mannequins and, outside of the fight scenes, move kind of stiffly. The second season improved upon the facial expressions as well as the character movements and the second half of the third season featured a Jedi outfit switch from (easily animated) body armor and gauntlets to the tunics they are seen wearing in the theatrical films.
  • As You Know: During the Citadel arc, Count Dooku explains the importance of the Nexus-route coordinates to Osi Sobeck, warden of the Citadel.
    Count Dooku: I don't need to remind you...
  • Ascended Extra: The Clone Wars gives fleshed out expanded roles to a significant amount of peripheral characters that are featured in the theatrical Star Wars films (particularly the Prequel Trilogy and the Original Trilogy). A couple of examples include:
    • The members of the Jedi Order who received a small amount of screen time and barely any lines in the Prequel Trilogy are fleshed out and shown to be great and noble warriors with brilliant skills and personalities as a result of result of receiving expanded roles along with a lot more screen time and lines in the installment.
    • The Clone Troopers get names, personalities, and relationships they never had before as a result of receiving expanded roles in the installment.
  • Asskicking Pose: The episodes directed by Steward Lee often include the characters striking a badass pose before going into battle. The prime example would be "Defenders of Peace", which features Anakin, Ahsoka, Aayla, Rex, and Bly posing in front of the Deflector Shield they set up in order to protect the villagers as the Separatist droids close in on them. Other directors used Asskicking Poses as well, but they are used less often and usually more subtle than the episodes directed by Lee.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Zillo Beast in its titular two-part episode, which directly homage the Godzilla movies with a little bit of King Kong thrown in.
  • Audience Surrogate: Ahsoka is this in The Clone Wars via being a young Padawan learner who is suddenly thrust into adventure.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Keeping in line with the theatrical films, the Republic walkers. They are large, slow, hard to maneuver, and their weaponry is locked in forward position.
  • Back for the Dead: A significant amount of supporting characters would disappear for long stretches of time, only to die upon their return.
    • Duchess Satine was an important character during the second and third seasons, but she had only one minor appearance in season four. During the Shadow Collective arc, she gets killed by Darth Maul.
    • ARC trooper Fives, who last appeared during the Umbara arc, once again becomes the central protagonist during the Order 66 arc. Unfortunately, due to his investigation on Tup's "break-down" induced murder of a Jedi, threatened the plan of the Sith, he is set up by Palpatine and killed by his own brethren.
    • Tup who appeared for the first and last time during the Umbara arc, also got a small yet very significant role during the Order 66 arc that results in his death because his malfunctioning inhibitor chip was removed.
    • Senator Rush Clovis, who hasn't appeared since "Senate Spy", received a fleshed out backstory and a prominent role during the Clovis arc. He dies after he's played by the Sith.
    • Teckla Minnau (Padmé's aide), who previously appeared in "Pursuit of Peace", received a minor role during the Clovis arc, only to be killed by Embo.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses:
    • Obi-Wan and Satine have one of these moments in "Voyage of Temptation", when, upon being attacked by numerous tiny spider droids, Obi-Wan defends with his lightsaber whilst Satine whips out a droid deactivator and begins firing at the spider droids.
    • Jedi General Ima-Gun Di and his Clone Trooper Captain Keeli perform this feat during their last stand on Ryloth.
      Ima-Gun Di: Captain Keeli!
      Keeli: I'm not finished yet, Sir... we can do this, General!
      Ima-Gun Di: Then let's make the end memorable!
    • Obi-Wan and Ventress, of all people, have a moment of this in "Revenge".
  • Badass Army: The Clone Troopers are most certainly this trope.
  • Badass Beard: Certain characters like Obi-Wan and Count Dooku have very nicely designed facial hair.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Yoda delivers an awesome one to his Enemy Without in "Destiny".
      Yoda: Part of me you are, but power over me you have not!
    • "Unfinished Business", which was released in story reel format on the official Star Wars website, features Mace Windu say one to a group of Battle Droids:
      Mace Windu: My name is General Mace Windu, of the Jedi Order. At this point of the Clone War, I have dismantled and destroyed over 100,000 of you type 1 Battle Droids. I am giving you an opportunity to peacefully lay down your weapons, so that you may be reprogrammed to serve a better purpose than spreading the mindless violence and chaos which you have inflicted upon the galaxy.
  • Badass Family: Chairman Papanoida's family. Him, his son, and his daughter take on an entire bar full of bloodthirsty outlaws and bounty hunters and win.
  • Bad Boss:
    • Grievous regularly destroys and "abuses" the incompetent Battle Droids under his command out of frustration.
    • Osi Sobeck (the commander of the Citadel) executes droids not just for failure, but for discovering somebody else's failure.
    • Averted with Hondo Ohnaka, who appears to treat his men remarkably well. For a pirate boss, anyway.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Several episodes have the villains coming out on top.
    • In "Cloak of Darkness", Ventress successfully cripples the Republic cruiser and the traitorous Captain Argyus breaks out Nute Gunray.
    • In "Lair of Grievous", Grievous kills all the Clone Troopers and one of the two Jedi attempting to capture him, which results in Kit Fisto being forced to escape.
    • In "Heroes on Both Sides", Grievous's bombing of Coruscant goes off without a hitch, Padmé's bill fails to pass, Mina Bonteri is killed, and the war profiteers get everything they wanted.
    • In "Massacre" (which is an Evil vs. Evil episode), Grievous commits genocide against the Nightsisters, wiping out all but Ventress and Talzin.
    • In "The Lawless", Darth Maul thwarts Obi Wan's rescue attempt and then executes Satine in front of him just to torment him. In turn, while Obi-Wan escapes Mandalore, Darth Sidious arrives on Mandalore and kills Savage and captures Maul, making it an example of the worse guy winning.
    • In "Orders", Fives fails to convince anyone of the hidden conspiracy against the Jedi, is killed by Commander Fox, and Palpatine pins the whole affair on a brain parasite.
    • The entirety of The Clone Wars qualifies through the fact that no one realizes that Palpatine is playing both sides for fools, weakening them to the point where he will able to corrupt Anakin Skywalker, proclaim himself Emperor of the Galactic Empire, and exterminate the Jedi and millions of others under his heel.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Played With. The Clone Wars frequently has characters who are not villains perform actions which are not evil, but which are nonetheless morally grey and provide an ethical dilemma for the other characters.
    • Anakin does this in "Voyage of Temptation" right after Tal Merrik asks, "Come on then! Who will strike first and brand themselves a cold blooded killer?". This is made all the more poignant by The Imperial March, Darth Vader's theme song, playing in the background.]]
      "What? He was gonna blow up the ship".
    • Once Captain Rex captures General Krell, he was going to execute him to prevent him from being freed by the Separatists. Dogma ultimately pulls the trigger for him.
    • Rex himself gets in on the action during the Zygerrian Slavers arc. Keeper Agruss brags that a Jedi would not kill an unarmed man. Rex is not a Jedi, but Agruss really had it coming.
  • Bad News, Irrelevant News: In "A Sunny Day in the Void", Wac informs Colonel Gascon that he has good news and bad news. The bad news is that the ship is flying into a large group of comets. The good news is that he will have an excuse for the council if his mission fails because of it.
  • Bald of Awesome:
    • Mace Windu, of course.
    • Many Clone Troopers, particularly Captain Rex, have shaved their heads.
  • Bald of Evil:
    • Asajj Ventress is a female example.
    • As of season four, Pre Vizsla has shaved his head and received a nasty scar from a fight with Count Dooku.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: The male characters who got a Shirtless Scene all lacked nipples. While this could be handwaved in the case of Rubber-Forehead Aliens like Kit Fisto, Savage Opress, Darth Maul, and other Zabrak Nightbrothers as Non-Humans Lack Attributes, it would not explain why Captain Rex, a human clone, lacks them as well.
  • Bash Brothers: Anakin and Obi-Wan are this, of course (although they are not biologically related). Maul and Savage also count as well.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Dooku and Ziro's treachery. They create conflict for episodes and multi-episodes by exploiting how their betrayee will react.
    • In "A Friend In Need", Lux Bonteri barges into a peace negotiation to loudly proclaim that Dooku murdered his mother, for which he is brought before Dooku via hologram. Lux knew that he would be, and brought a signal tracker so he could find where Dooku was hiding. His escape did not seem well thought-out, but Ahsoka did interrupt.
  • Battle in the Rain:
    • In "Shadow Warrior", a storm started exactly when Grievous and the Gungans started to fight. Both prior and after the battle it was sunny.
    • In "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much", it started to rain during Ahsoka's escape from the Republic army HQ. The timing is more jarring than it would be usually, because Corruscant is a weather-controlled planet.
  • The Battle Star: Several large capital ship-classes serves both as fighter-carriers and battleships. The most prominently featured are the Republic Venators and the Separatist Munificent-class star frigates.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill:
    • In "Bombad Jedi", C-3PO manages to get a pair of Battle Droids to stop guarding a room he was trying to get into by warning about a incoming Jedi and just continuing to walk on past them when they dash off.
    • In "A Necessary Bond", R2 cons his way past a droid security checkpoint by getting belligerent with the guards about his clearance. The leader, taking offense at an astromech droid talking back to him, warns that he could have R2 melted down before letting him go by.
    • In "Secret Weapons", WAC-47 tricks a pair of Super Battledroids into a closet by claiming to be under orders from General Grievous to run a security check, having them "hide" in the closet so he can trigger a power surge without damaging them.
  • Beam-O-War: There is one between the Son and Daughter and later the Son and the Father, square off against each other during the Mortis arc.
  • The Beastmaster: Jar Jar, of all people, has a way with animals.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: In "Brain Invaders", Barriss Offee and Ahsoka Tano are trapped aboard a Meat Puppet-infested starship. Barriss is herself taken over and turns against Ahsoka, who can not bring herself to kill her friend. When Ahsoka finally manages to subdue Barriss, she cradles her in her arms and holds her unconscious body until Ahsoka passes out as well and lies with her.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
    • Kalifa is certainly dirty enough to indicate that she has been trapped on the Trandoshan hunting word for a long time, but her hair is nonetheless still cut in a perfect and precise bob cut, despite being there longer than anyone else.
    • During the Zygerrian Slavers arc, an entire colony of Togrutas had been forced into a mining facility, and they had been kept there for about two weeks at the least. Despite this none of them had any bruises, scratches or dirt on their faces when Obi-Wan was sent there too. It's made more poignant because Obi-Wan was already full of bruises, his tunic torn and singed when he arrived.
  • Becoming the Mask: This is discussed when Obi-Wan was disguised as Rako Hardeen.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Satine and Obi-Wan, who are pretty much the Beatrice and Benedick of this installment.
  • Beneath the Earth:
    • In "Mercy Mission", R2-D2 and C-3PO end up wandering about the cave-system beneath the surface of planet Aleen. There they encountered the inhabitants, who were causing earthquakes, trying to seal the breach between them and the surface because surface air was poisonous to them.
    • In "Bounty", Asajj Ventress and Boba Fett's crew visited a planet, Quarzite, which was inhabitable only below the surface. The two native species (the Belugans and Kages) were engaged in a Civil War.
    • A double-fold, Lost World version is the planet that is the origin of all life, and birthplace of the midichlorians. The planet itself is hidden inside Space Clouds of glowing gases, emanating from countless "geysers" on the planet's rocky desert surface. Below the surface is a gigantic opened space filled with the same gases with Neebray mantas flying through it, between hundreds of levitating islands covered in lush jungles.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: A Death Watch bomber commits suicide rather than be arrested and interrogated.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Jar Jar is as clumsy as ever, but he does show surprising amounts of insight from time-to-time and he had actually saved several of the heroes on multiple accounts by combining these traits.
  • BFG: Some of the Clone Troopers use the Z-6 rotary cannons, which are laser miniguns that have a blistering rate of fire.
  • Big Bad: Darth Sidious, who is secretly playing both sides of the war to his own plans.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: This happens every few episodes, interspersed with smaller confrontations and episodes with more personal stakes. A special note can be given to "Landing at Point Rain" where the Republic retakes Geonosis, there isn't any Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene or a pause in the action where it slows down.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Obi-Wan to Anakin and Anakin to Ahsoka.
    • Between Savage Opress and Darth Maul. Despite Maul's adherence to the Sith code and forceful enforcement of the Master/Apprentice chain, his brother is still the only being he shows legitimate caring and concern for.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies:
    • The gutkurrs introduced in "Innocents of Ryloth" are essentially two meters tall fleas, with raptor legs. Also they were carnivorous and more than happy to eat the Clone Troopers.
    • The milodon introduced in "Bounty" are giant centipedes large enough for a group of Kage warriors to travel on their backs, and fast enough to catch up with a hover-subtram.
  • Big "NO!": This is used quite a lot, since it is Star Wars.
    • Barriss Offee yells one in "Brain Invaders" when she gets possessed by a Geonosian Brain Worm offscreen.
    • Anakin yells one in "Altar of Mortis" when Ahsoka is temporarily killed by the Son of Mortis. She gets better, though.
    • Obi-Wan yells one in "Revival" when Savage Opress kills Adi Gallia.
    • Colonel Meebur Gascon yells one in "Point of No Return" when M5-BZ sacrifices himself by opening the airlock and getting sucked out of the ship without magnetizing himself.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The Aurebesh script used throughout The Clone Wars is directly translatable to English, meaning every instance of its use is readable.
    • The text stenciled into the gunship commanded by Master Plo Koon as seen in "Citadel Rescue" says "Plo's Bros" above cartoon images of Plo and two Clone Troopers.
    • Kix has a tattoo on the side of his head that reads: "A good droid is a dead one."
    • In "Cat and Mouse", we see on Admiral Yularen's computer that Admiral Trench is actually named Taranch.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: A frequent occurance between alien species and droids. When one of them speaks Basic, it often leads to Repeating so the Audience Can Hear since there are no subtitles.
  • Big Eater: Ziro's mother.
  • Binary Suns: In addition to the inavitable Tatooine, Mon Cala is revealed in "Gungan Attack" to orbit twin stars as well.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • At the end of the Umbara arc, the Republic finally captures Umbara and Krell is killed off. However, the Clone Troopers themselves suffer a ton of casualties (such as Hardcase and Waxer) and Dogma is arrested.
    • "Sacrifice" ends with this as well. Yoda fights a vision of Sidious on Moraband, but Sidious detaches himself from the vision before Yoda find out his identity as Palpatine. Nevertheless, Yoda gains a glimpse into the future and accepts that while the Jedi may not be able to win the Clone Wars, the light will prevail in the end.
  • Bizarrchitecture:
    • In the colony town on Kiros, all the buildings are designed after the Togruta's horns. There was an explicit statement that Kiros was populated largely by artists.
    • Cato Neimoidia's cities are built on gigantic simple suspension bridges, suspended between hill cliffs, hundreds if not thousands of meters above the ground. While this alone would be weird enough, it presented in "Sabotage" that some of them are hanging upside-down from said bridges.
    • Coruscant's undercity is so massive that there are skyscrapers hanging down from the layer above.
  • Black and Gray Morality: As in the films, the Republic and Jedi Order do questionable things, which becomes more apparent in the later seasons. In addition to leading an army of soldiers trained to fight since birth (the moral implications of which are brought up from time to time as early as the first season), there are some senators only out for their own interests and the Jedi Order has taken some questionable actions, such as their willingness to throw Ahsoka over to a biased Republic court when she is falsely accused of murder. On the other hand, while the Separatists have some good people, they have some truly evil people too and those few good people either do not have any real influence on the Separatist cause or (like Mina Bonteri) get removed. This is all a result of Palpatine playing both sides.
  • The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In: This happens with Garnac's dagger after Ahsoka kicks it out of his hand in "Wookiee Hunt".
  • Bleak Border Base: "Rookies" takes place on the barren Rishi moon, home only to a small scanning outpost and the gigantic Rishi eels. Naturally, the Separatists attack it.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Satine (blond), Bo-Katan (redhead), and Rook Kast (brunette) are the three major female characters of the Shadow Collective arc.
  • Blood Knight:
    • Clone Trooper Hevy wields a Z-6 rotary cannon and seems to enjoy standing out in the open hosing down the enemy while bellowing things like "you want a piece of this?" when ordered to seek cover. Other Clone Troopers speculate his tank must have been damaged in some way while he was gestating. His Suspiciously Similar Substitute, Hardcase, also has this tendency, though downplayed.
    • The Mandalorian Death Watch are made of this trope. They torment droids by taking potshots at them and they torch unarmed settlements.
  • Bloodier and Gorier:
    • Since the sixth season was released on Netflix, they could go significantly more graphic with the violence in a few instances, such as the deaths of Fives and Commander Thorn. Both are killed by blaster-bolts to the chest. However, unlike the dozens of other such moments in the installment, the camera focuses on the huge glowing holes left by the blasters.
    • Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir also could take this approach through getting Grievous's claws covered in blood and showing Mother Talzin's body rapidly decompose after being killed by Grievous.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Played With. It is justified in most cases, as lightsabers and blasters would cauterize wounds instantly, thought there are occasional aversions.
    • Played straight during the Nightsisters and Brothers arc, Ventress spears and slashes several Nightbrothers and Savage tears through Clone Troopers as well as two Jedi (through outright impaling one of them) and not a drop of blood is seen. This is with an ordinary spear, mind you.
    • Averted with Riff Tamson, whose explosive death results in a murky cloud of blood trailing from floating chunks of flesh and his severed head.
    • Averted in the Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir comic through being an adaptation of an unaired story arc aimed at teenage or older fans of the installment, which allowed them to get away with more explicit violence (General Grievous makes a man bleed on him) than what would have been allowed on television (although The Clone Wars already got a lot of stuff past the censors when there was some censorship).
  • Body-Count Competition: In "Landing at Point Rain", Anakin and Ahsoka start one up. At the end, Anakin has 55 while Ahsoka has 60. Then, Ki-Adi-Mundi says he has 65 and asks what his prize was, to which Anakin responds that it his everlasting respect.
  • Body Horror:
    • Savage Opress's transformation in "Monster", where his body mutates into a larger, more powerful form. His bones audibly crack as they expand and his horns visibly extend from his skull.
    • Obi-Wan's transformation into "Rako Hardeen" in "Deception, which involves his skin visibly warping, and his skull reshaping itself to create his new face. Judging from his reactions, the procedure was very painful.
    • Darth Maul's condition in "Brothers". His missing lower body has been replaced with a crude, spider-like apparatus, his horns have tripled in length, he has lost an unhealthy amount of weight, and there are veins visible all over his body. His symptoms are healed by Mother Talzin and his missing legs replaced with a more humanoid prosthetic in "Revenge".
  • Bond One-Liner:
    • "Duel of the Droids": After General Grievous kills Gha Nachkt when the latter demanded more money for capturing R2-D2, he responds to his demands by gloating, "There's your bonus."
    • "Bounty": When Ventress kills a man in a bar, the patrons all look at her strangely. After she delivers a one-liner they all go back to what they were doing.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity:
    • In "Hostage Crisis", the bounty hunters manage to disable and capture Anakin after he tries to stop their invasion of the senate building. However, instead of just killing him like they did with every other soldier who tried to stop them, they tie him up and leave him with the senators, planning to kill him with a bomb later.
    • The Death Watch in "The Mandalore Plot" manage to knock Obi-Wan unconscious and then put him on the ever-so cliche Conveyor Belt o' Doom with a rock grinder at the end. Their justification for this is so it looks like an accident. Later, when he is on the run and disarmed, Pre Vizsla shows up with several mooks and he proceeds to return Obi-Wan's lightsaber so they may duel fairly.
    • In "Nightsisters", Asajj Ventress decides to get revenge on Count Dooku after he betrays her, and is given a poison dart that will impair his sight and reflexes so she can defeat him in the ensuing fight. Just making it a lethal poison is never considered by any of the assassins.
  • Boom, Headshot!: In "Counterattack", Osi Sobeck (the commander of the Citadel) executes a Clone Trooper with a direct shot to the face during his interrogation of the captured Jedi. Luckily for the rest of the Clone Troopers, Commander Cody was next in line, so fate had to intervene.
  • Bounty Hunter: The second season was advertised as "Rise of the Bounty Hunters". Many Bounty Hunters became recurring characters throughout The Clone Wars, receiving some episodes (along with a story arc towards the end of the season) dedicated to them as enemies of the main cast or the protagonists of an episode.
  • Broad Strokes: As a result being confined to the new Disney-era canon system, The Clone Wars is a full and equal part of the Star Wars Canon. However, since it was made under the previous regime, this comes up occasionally in regards to Legends material.
    • Under the old system, Star Wars had a "level" system of canonicity, starting with the films and then cascading to include TV, novels, comics, specials and other entries in the Expanded Universe, with each entry receiving its own level determining its place in Star Wars history. Details from the "lower" levels are taken as needed to fit the story of this installment, with frequent input from George Lucas on what is or is not an immutable part of official canon (so, for instance, this installment's version of Mandalore was largely a new invention and it was up to the novels to reconcile their portrayal with this one rather than vice-versa). Some of the references to old EU material in The Clone Wars may be taken to mean that those works are Broad Strokes within the new canon - for instance, the cameo by Delta Squad, heroes of Republic Commando.
  • Brought Down to Normal: While not removed of his force abilities, Anakin found himself trying to offset a Hostage Situation without his lightsaber. He is capable of superhuman feats on his own, but things would be much more difficult for him without his Weapon of Choice.
  • Bullet Dancing: In "A Friend in Need", the Death Watch made a bunch of droids "dance" by firing under their feet.
  • Bus Full of Innocents:
    • The medical station that the Malevolence meant to destroy.
    • In "A Friend In Need", the village being held hostage by the Death Watch.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Dooku acts like this when discussing the death of Mina Bonteri with Lux. He claims he cannot recall her death since it was so meaningless on a grand scale. It is clear he was just doing it to be a jerk, though.
  • Bring It Back Alive: The Zillo Beast. Inevitably, the beast breaks free and wreaks havoc.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Inspector Tan Divo.
  • Camp Straight:
    • Obi-Wan Kenobi can be this at times.
    • Ziro the Hutt's very camp voice and mannerisms come from the real life gay writer Truman Capote. However (while technically a hermaphrodite and therefore not male or "straight"), like his nephew Jabba, Ziro has a sexual attraction towards female life-forms.
  • Canon Immigrant: The Clone Wars has become retroactively full of these since the Disney buyout made Legends old continuity no longer canon. Just like the six theatrical Star Wars films, The Clone Wars has been included by Disney to be part of their Star Wars Canon. Any character or lore that ascended from the "lower" levels of the old canon system has been carried forward into the new continuity in at least some capacity, such as Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos, the existence of Delta Squad from Republic Commando or the Selkath from Knights of the Old Republic and locations like Onderon and its capital Iziz and Moraband. It remains to be seen, though, if those elements of old continuity will ever be developed further or their status clarified.
  • Captain Ersatz:
    • Savage Opress was explicitly created as replacement for Darth Maul via being from the same species and given the same form of weapon. (Maul had, supposedly, died.) Opress, ironically, became so popular amongst the creative team that they made him and Maul brothers and used Savage to have Maul return in The Clone Wars.
    • "The Box" featured no less than thirteen bounty hunters, of which only five made it to the end. To avoid killing off popular characters and to save production costs of making new models, quite a lot of them are simply re-colored versions of pre-existing bounty hunters: Jakolli for Greedo, Twazzi for Rumi Paramita (who was introduced in "Bounty Hunters"), Mantu for Chata Hyoki (who was introduced in "Pursuit of Peace"), Sixtat is almost identical to a minor nameless character is "Wookiee Hunt".
  • Captain Obvious: Ahsoka plays this part every now and then.
  • Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: Commander Cody (Smooth) and Captain Rex (Rough), especially in "Rookies" where they are paired together without their associated Jedi. Their personalities also mirror their immediate Jedi commanders; Cody reports to Obi-Wan (Smooth) and Rex reports to Anakin (Rough).
  • Cardboard Prison:
    • Subverted in "The Gungan General". Hondo's prison cells were not much of hindrance for Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Dooku, but being chained to each other and not knowing the outline of the base was.
    • The Central Republic Prison on Coruscant. Apparently, the guards let Aurra Sing in to talk to Ziro. Cad Bane admitted to having escaped from it multiple times, according to Word of God including a case when he broke out Aurra. Then in "Deception", Cad Bane, Moralo Eval, Rako Hardeen, Boba Fett, and Bossk staged a mass-breakout during a prison-riot.
    • The Mandalorian prison. Within "Shades of Reason" and "The Lawless", there were four break-outs from it, although admittedly one of them the guards wanted to happen. The prisoner saved in the last one did not get inside the facility.
  • Car Fu: Captain Rex practices speeder-fu, as he saves the Chairman of Pantora from being killed by a Talz by riding over the chairman and knocking back the attacker.
  • Cargo Cult: Some droids set one of these up on a primitive world in "Nomad Droids", with a giant hologram. R2-D2 sees right through it, exposing them and personally kicking one of them out of their Hacker Cave. Then, the natives destroy their facility, which was apparently Made of Explodium.
  • Cassandra Truth: In "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much", Ahsoka quickly realizes that no one will believe she didn't murder Letta.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Played for Laughs frequently throughout the entire war.
  • Cavalry of the Dead: The Nightsisters are able to revive the corpses of their fallen to battle on their behalf. Though effective against droids, Grievous treated them like only a nuisance.
  • Ceiling Cling:
    • Ahsoka is quite prone to using this:
      • She manages to do this while using the Force to suspend Chuchi off the ground in "Sphere of Influence".
      • In "Ghosts of Mortis", she clings onto their shuttle's ceiling to escape from Anakin, who temporarily joined the Son.
      • In "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much", after she got framed with terrorism and murder, she used it to avoid a group of Clone Troopers searching for her in the building of the GAR HQ.
    • In "Eminence", Sugi used it to make the jump on Maul, who was threatening her current employers the Hutts.
  • Chained Heat: Averted in "The Gungan General". Obi-Wan and Anakin do not become better friends with Dooku, which is the way it has to be.
  • Chair Reveal:
    • In "Lair of Grievous", Fisto and Nahdar walk up to a chair in which they though Nute Gunray was sitting. When they turned it around, it was revealed that Gunray was present only via hologram.
    • In "Senate Murders", after Padmé and Bail had been ambushed while investigating the death of Onaconda Farr, they assumed that Senator Mee Deechi set them up and went to confront him. When they turned his chair around, they found him with a dagger in his chest.
  • Character Development:
    • Throughout The Clone Wars, there are hints of Anakin's future as Darth Vader, with circumstances frequently pushing him to more pragmatic and cold-blooded actions during the war. As the war progresses, he has engaged in Cold-Blooded Torture and allowed his Clone Troopers to execute prisoners.
    • Asajj Ventress gets some of this in "Nightsisters" and her subsequent appearances after this episode. Before this episode, she was just a Card-Carrying Villain.
    • At the end of the Umbara arc, Rex hesitates to execute Pong Krell, who taunts him for being conflicted about it, resulting in Dogma stepping in and taking the shot for him. At the end of the Zygerrian Slavers arc, Rex is the one who kills a similarly smug villain who is taunting Obi-Wan for his inability to do it.
  • Characterization Marches On: In "The Mandalore Plot", Pre Vizsla was a political terrorist bent on rebuilding the Mandalorian warrior culture. By the time of the fourth season, he has become a psychotic madman who burns down villages for fun after his time in exile.
  • Chemically-Induced Insanity: During the Order 66 arc, Fives finds out about the fact that the inhibitor chips in the Clone Troopers will force them to kill the Jedi when Order 66 is activated. A Kaminoan doctor named Nala Se drugged him with something that makes him ultra paranoid. This combined with Palpatine telling him the truth about everything has Fives acting more and more deranged until he is killed by Commander Fox.
  • The Chessmaster: Palpatine's manipulating almost everybody to make sure the war lasts as long and becomes as intense as possible. "Duchess of Mandalore" is perhaps the only episode in the installment where he suffers a real defeat.
  • The Chew Toy: If you're a Battle Droid, then it sucks to be you.
  • Child Soldiers:
    • Ahsoka. Some characters have called attention to it, but nobody really sees a problem with sending a fourteen-year-old into fatal situations when, by the very definition of being a Padawan, she has not yet completed her training. This is especially evident in the first season, when Ahsoka would become depressed and self-critical after a defeat, showing that she is unable to cope with the emotional toll of warfare. After the short timeskip, Ahsoka instead seems to be more annoyed that Anakin has apparently realized this himself and is holding her back from partaking in the more dangerous missions.
    • In "ARC Troopers" during the Battle of Kamino, several Clone Troopers ended up in the barracks for the still-children clone cadets undergoing basic training. The cadets are armed and brought into the fight as part of a trap set for the Separatist droids sent to kill them and the other Clone Troopers still being trained.
    • Technically, all the Clone Troopers qualify as this since they are actually around 11-12 years old despite their accelerated aging.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Count Dooku and the Separatist Generals have a persistent habit of screwing over the local leaders and/or populations they ally with for help in taking over systems - sometimes for failing to fall in line as utterly as they want, sometimes for no real reason at all. Given that it's run by a pair of Sith Lords, the all time masters of backstabbing once they no longer need people (or because they need people), it's not surprising.
  • *Click* Hello: In "Rookies", Commando Droids have taken an outpost manned by Clone Troopers wear Clone Trooper armor to try and deceive more arriving Clone Troopers. Captain Rex and Commander Cody turn the tables on them via pretending to be Commando Droids in Clone Trooper Armor (and holding up a severed Commando Droid head for a camera when asked to remove a helmet.) Rex keeps repeating "Roger roger," leading the other Commando Droids to think his vocabulator is malfunctioning, right up until they open the door.
    Commando Droid: Clones!
    Rex: Roger, roger. [BLAM]
  • Clones Are People, Too: The Clone Wars has several episodes which highlight the casual way that Clone Troopers are discarded, but it comes to a head during the Umbara arc. The Clone Troopers begin to resist after they continuously receive horrible and incompetent orders. They do not mind dying for the cause, but dying pointlessly is going too far. They ultimately turn on their leader, claiming that they are not droids, but men.
  • Cloning Blues:
    • In "The Hidden Enemy", the question of a problem during the cloning procedure is raised in order to help explain the actions of a rogue trooper.
    • The blues are revealed to be an expanding issue during the third season. With Jango dead, the cloning agents do not have fresh genetic stock, so Jango's stored template has been used more than intended. While they seem to be pretty good at keeping problems to a minimum, there are defective clones.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Played with in a few episodes. The risks inherent to doing this are notably touched upon in "Cargo of Doom" where the subject dies during the interrogation.
  • Cold Sniper:
    • Aurra Sing is shown to be this in "Assassin" and "Hostage Crisis".
    • An unidentified Death Watch assassin is presented as this in "Duchess of Mandalore".
  • Colour Coded Armies:
    • The Clone Troopers' uniforms tell who they serve under. Blue is for the members of the 501st Legion (which can usually be seen alongside Anakin), orange is for the members of the 212th attack battalion (which is under Obi-Wan's command), Grey is for Plo Koon's Wolf Squad, and green is the marking of the Clone Troopers serving under Luminara Unduli. Red is for the Clone Troopers stationed on Coruscant.
    • In "Carnage of Krell", the Clone Troopers are members of the 501st and thus wear blue and the enemy Umbarans wearing stolen uniforms wear yellow. Except the "enemies" are Clone Troopers, as well, and both sides have been told the other were impersonators so they would wipe each other out.
    • Usually the blasters of the side for which the audience is supposed to cheer for are firing blue laserbolts and the "antagonists" are firing red. It becomes a bit jarring when Hondo's temporarly split-up gang starts fighting: those who remained faithful to Hondo are using blue, while the traitors are using red. Once they reunite all blasters turn blue despite using red before. This may indicate that the color is used in-universe as a tracer to better identify which side is which.
  • Combat Breakdown: In "Hunt for Ziro", Obi-Wan and Quinlan Vos fight Cad Bane. They initially all use their primary weapons (Lightsabers vs. blasters), but are all disarmed one after the other. They eventually resort to just their fists, jet-boots (Cad Bane), the Force, wrist flamethrowers, and all the other miscellaneous gadgets two Jedi and a bounty hunter have at their disposal.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • General Grievous is more than willing to use cheap tactics and sic Magnaguards on his target before going in himself. It makes his presence much different than Asajj Ventress or Count Dooku and makes him different than a straight-up badass.
    • Cad Bane lives this trope since he is a non-Force user who often finds himself fighting Jedi.
    • Pre Vizsla will not hesitate to use blasters, flamethrowers, or his jetpack to get the edge in a fight with a Jedi.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Cad Bane is explicitly modeled on Lee Van Cleef, who is the star of many westerns in The '60s.
  • Comm Links: They are often used exactly in the manner described on the trope page: a tiny Super Wrist-Gadget, with only a few buttons, yet the caller always calls the right "number", and the callee is always available. They also work between characters star-systems away from each other and between spaceships while they are traveling in hyperspace.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: In "The Mandalore Plot", Obi-Wan starts complaining before Satine has finished rescuing him.
    Obi-Wan: Well it certainly took you long enough.
    Satine: You know I haven't saved you yet.
    Obi-Wan: Yes, no need to remind me of that.
    Satine: Be patient.
    Obi-Wan: I happen to be a bit short on patience right now.
  • Concealment Equals Cover: Zigzagged. Sometimes hiding behind a wooden table can protect someone from blaster-fire while at other times the same blasters can shoot straight through a body and still leave glowing a hole on the wall behind. Walls seem to provide effective cover, yet on at least one occasion the Clone Troopers could destroy support pillars made of solid stone with hand-held blasters.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: The Separatist droid army outnumbers the Republic clone army, but the Clone Troopers can be creative. This is especially blatant with Force-users; if you have a lightsaber (even if all your enemies have lightsabers), you're going to have no problems holding your own until you get into one-on-one combat again.
  • Continuity Cameo:
    • "Witches of the Mist" starts with a short appearance by Delta Squad.
    • "Wookiee Hunt" has one with Tarfful, the Wookiee Chieftain that fans of Star Wars: Republic Commando should also immediately recognise. Also, some of the Trandoshans use the energy shotguns from that game.
  • Continuity Nod: See here.
  • Continuity Porn: The Clone Wars is so full of Continuity Nods that they are sharing with Shout Outs on a page of their own.
  • Continuity Snarl: Zigzagged. This is mostly averted in regards to the Canon, as not only did the Legends decision render all previous Expanded Universe material outside The Clone Wars and the six theatrical Star Wars films non-canon and thus leaving it with very little to contradict, almost every work in the Canon has consistently worked with elements introduced via the installment. However, The Clone Wars is part of both Canon and Legends due to the installment running before the decision. Regardless, The Clone Wars became notorious for contradicting a lot of previously written material from the latter continuity and, in some cases, retconning it due to the installment being in the second-highest tier of the Legends continuity (which at the time, was created for installments produced by Lucasfilm, since none of the other planned series got off the ground, The Clone Wars was the only work designated under this tier). Had The Clone Wars continued under the same tiered-canon system, many more snarls would have occurred (season seven along with the other mediums are solely confined to the Disney Canon).
  • Continuous Decompression:
    • In "A Test of Strength", Ahsoka exploits this in a plan to get Hondo's pirates off her ship by firing the engines to disrupt the seal on their docking clamp. The resulting lack of pressure will suck everyone back through the docking tube. Aside from dragging one unfortunate pirate through the hole, this plan works pretty much as intended.
    • This is used in "Point of No Return" to clear a room of buzz droids.
  • Convection Schmonvection: ZigzaggedTrope in "Citadel Rescue". Characters hang mere meters over the lava with no problem in one scene, yet the burial cloak for a Jedi burns before it touches it. Animals die instantly, yet said Jedi's wrapped corpse somehow floats downstream and the worst that happens is it is still on fire.
  • Conveyor Belt o' Doom: It is still in vogue on the moons of Mandalore, apparently.
  • Cool Bike: Speeder-bikes, the Star Wars equivalent, make frequent appearances. They come in non-armed "swoop" configurations, blaster-wielding military models, and with gunnery-mounted sidecars on occasion.
  • Cool Old Guy:
    • Yoda embodies this trope as he is a very powerful Jedi Master and one of the oldest characters featured in the installment. He is always there if someone needs advise with the Force and he is not above having some fun if the situation allows it.
    • Tera Sinube qualifies as this as well. His lightsaber hilt is built into his cane.
  • Cool Ship: The Clone Wars features a significant amount of amazing ships. Among them is the Twilight. After being introduced in the Pilot Movie however, it was used less and less as The Clone Wars progressed. By the time of "The Lawless" (its final appearance), it is in extremely poor shape and falling apart as Obi-Wan lands it on Mandalore. Obi-Wan decries its many deficiencies and claims that he will never borrow a ship from Anakin again.
  • Corporate Warfare: The Separatist army is an amalgamation of several corporate armies.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The Trade Federation and especially the heads of the Banking Clan, both of whom cheat both sides of the war for massive profit - on Dooku's orders, no less. The Clovis arc involves removing the old, corrupt heads of the Banking Clan, only for their successor to discover that Dooku will manipulate anyone in their position to become like them or die no matter what.
  • Crazy-Prepared: When the Duchess Satine discovers a warehouse filled with smuggled, possibly toxic tea, she orders her guards to burn it down to display her disgust and refusal to accept corruption. Her guards, whose general duties are her personal protection and who currently are performing a criminal investigation, walk to their speeders and pull out flamethrowers that they apparently always carry.
  • Creepy Monotone: The T-series Tactical Droids, Super Tactical Droids, and Commando Droids speak with a monotone voices that are very creepy.
  • Creepy Souvenir:
    • In "Lair of Grievous", it is revealed that lightsabers are not the only things collected by General Grievous. He has about a dozen Padawan-braids on full display, all collected from the ones he had slain.
    • In "The Hidden Enemy", a Clone Trooper named Chopper was forced to reveal that he has been collecting the severed fingers of Battle Droids as trophies.
    • After capturing her, Cad Bane took one of Ahsoka's silka bead braids as a trophy that he hung from his belt. She takes it back after the situation reverses.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Quite a few:
    • In "Ambush", Yoda beats Ventress using nothing but the force, not deigning to move or draw his lightsaber. Essentially, the entire scene showed that she would never be a threat to him.
    • Savage Opress single-handedly demolishes a batallion of Clone Troopers and slaughters two Jedi in "Monster".
    • Anakin simultaneously taming the Daughter and the Son, who are respectively the embodiments of the Light and the Dark Side of the Force.
    • Darth Maul and Savage curb-stomp Obi-Wan in "Revenge", with Maul distracting him, then Savage getting the drop on him, brutally overpowering Obi-Wan, and ending with both of them beating Obi-Wan unconscious.
  • Cut Short: After Disney's acquisition of the Star Wars franchise, The Clone Wars was canceled after the end of the fifth season and the remaining episodes were released on Netflix. Despite this, both the last broadcast and the last released episodes serve as a fit ending for The Clone Wars: one ties up the Fugitive arc and the other ends with a philosophical conclusion about the greater role of the Jedi in the Clone Wars. Averted in 2018 however with the announcement of the installment's renewal.
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  • Day in the Limelight: Many of the episodes are focused on other characters (or occasionally at least paired the three main protagonists with them), such as the other Jedi, the Clone Troopers, the Galactic Senate, and the Sith.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Clone Wars began with a fairly light-hearted and kid-friendly tone that gradually became darker and more mature, especially in the later seasons.
  • The Dead Have Names: When Aurra Sing and Boba Fett send Mace Windu a video threatening to execute hostages if Mace does not come face them, they demand one of the Clone Troopers' name before executing him. He contemptuously replies that he is CT-411. Anakin, watching the video with Mace, sadly comments that he was "Ponds".
  • Deadly Euphemism: When Count Dooku orders a pair of criminals to kill Padmé, he says that she should be "taken out of the game".
  • Deadly Graduation: After the tests to determine the strongest Zabrak on Dathomir and then the use of Nightsister magic to brainwash him and make him stronger, the final test of Savage Opress is to kill his brother Feral, whom he had previously sworn to defend. He does.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A lot of people have their moments, and Obi-Wan sure loves dispensing sarcastic quips in the middle of a battle.
  • Death by Materialism: Gha Nachkt, most notably.
  • Death Is Dramatic: When recurring characters die, they usually either get a bridge dropped on them or this trope. If it's this option, expect them to give a Final Speech. One-Shot characters also often get a Dying Moment of Awesome to make-up for the audiences lack of familiarity with them.
  • Death of a Child:
    • "ARC Troopers" presents towers of cloning tanks being destroyed during the Battle of Kamino. That is hundreds of babies dying on-screen.
    • In "Padawan Lost", Kalifa, a teenage female Jedi Youngling, was murdered by Garnac, a Trandoshan Egomaniac Hunter.
    • In "A Friend in Need", Pre Vizsla leader of Death Watch, killed a teenage girl named Tryla because her grandfather dared to speak up against the way his gang treated their village.
    • In "Revenge", Darth Maul slaughters a village, including children, to get the Jedi's attention. For once, The Clone Wars plays it safe and keeps the slaughter largely offscreen.
  • Decapitation Presentation: The Talz plant their spears in the ground to mark where they have defeated their enemies, placing decapitated Battle Droid heads or the helmets of killed Clone Troopers on the ends of the spears.
  • Deconstruction: The Clovis arc shows that since it's dependant on secrecy and deception, Anakin and Padmé's marriage really isn't all that healthy and cracks are beginning to form in their relationship. It also foreshadows Anakin's jealousy and possessiveness, which will prove disastrous in Revenge of the Sith.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Captain Tarpals allows General Grievous to run him through with a spear in order to get close enough to disable Grievous in turn.
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • In "Hostage Crisis" (written by Eoghan Mahony), Anakin makes a large speech about how Padmé is the single most important thing in his life whereas she seems preoccupied by the duties and responsibilities of her office and their obligations to the Republic. However, in "Senate Spy" (written by Melinda Hsu), their positions are diametrically reversed via the fact that Padmé becomes upset when Anakin lectures her on the nature of responsibility and the duties they have that supersede their personal desires.
  • Determinator:
    • Several Jedi have shown remarkable determination. Bolla Ropal and Evan Piell in particular resisted severe Electric Torture, but refused to co-operate with their captors, which in Master Ropal's case resulted in his death.
    • Anakin was also shown on several occasions that once he makes up his mind, there's no standing in his way.
    • Darth Maul combined this with the Power Of Hate to simply stay alive after Obi-Wan cut him in half way back in The Phantom Menace.
  • Deus ex Machina: The Father simply negating Anakin's conversion to the Dark Side in "Ghosts of Mortis".
  • Diabolus ex Machina: In "Bound for Rescue", the Jedi younglings report Ahsoka's capture to Obi-Wan, who insists they stay put while he arranges a rescue. It takes less than a minute for Separatist warships to hyperspace in and attack his fleet, negating his ability to help, while the younglings find their ship will explode if it does not land, forcing them to go to Florrum anyway.
  • "Die Hard" on an X: Anakin channels John McClane when Cad Bane takes some hostages in the Senate Building. Though because of a complicated set-back, he finds himself without his lightsaber. This limits his normal strategy and leads to an interesting situation that forces him to fight an assassin droid bare-handed.
  • Disaster Democracy: In "Nomad Droids", after R2-D2 and C-3PO accidentally kill the leader of a group of Lilliputians, they want to put the droids in charge and C-3PO holds an impromptu election. The three candidates proceed to beat each other up afterwards while the droids leave the system.
  • Dispense with the Pleasantries: When Count Dooku calls Osi Sobeck, he tells him to "dispense with the proprietaries".
  • Distinction Without a Difference: "I don't think this is a kidnapping, I think they're holding them hostage."
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • According to the official site, Chairman Chi Cho's behavior, accent, and dialogue were supposed to bring to mind apartheid-era South African dictators. The battle itself is similar to the Battle of Isandlwana in the Zulu Wars. In Isandlwana, you have a clear tech advantage in the hands of the British that is wasted due to an arrogant commander stretching his forces too thinly for their superior firepower to overcome the enemies' superior numbers and arguably superior tactics, which is exactly what happens.
    • The New Mandalorians, who are a race of tall, mostly blond, blue-eyed humans with long, angular facial features desperately trying to distance themselves from their ancestors' reputation as brutal conquerors. Opposing them are the Death Watch, who want to return to traditional Mandalorian ways and whose über-Aryan-looking leader wears his hair in a slight variation of the stereotypical Wehrmacht cut.
    • The Onderon arc bears several similarities to the Soviet-Afghan War. Both involve a larger power (the Separtists/the Soviet Union) sending its military to support a local puppet government (King Sanjay Rash/the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan). A local militia fighting them (the Onderon Rebels/the Mujahideen) is supported by another greater power who cannot directly intervene (the Republic/the United States) but sends special forces to train the rebels and smuggles anti-air launchers to combat the enemy’s air superiority (droid gunships/Soviet helicopters). The invading power is never outright defeated by the rebels, but eventually decides that the war is not worth their trouble, so they withdraw their forces and the rebels quickly defeat the puppet government. Later, one of the leaders of the rebels (Saw Gerrera/Osama bin Laden) ends up fighting against the power that previously assisted him (the Empire/the United States) and is widely regarded as an extremist terrorist.
    • "Sabotage" has the Jedi being protested for their involvement in an increasingly unpopular war. Any number of real-world war protests could apply.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Savage Opress predictably turns on Ventress, who treated him worse than Dooku did either of them.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: Nahdar Vebb uses the line verbatim when facing General Grievous. However, instead of indicating that Nahdar wishes not to hurt Grievous, it demonstrates Nahdar's arrogance and presumption that he is in control of the situation.
  • Doomed by Canon: All of the theatrical films and other canonical installments that are chronologically set after The Clone Wars have pretty much guaranteed that most of the main cast and supporting cast along with the antagonists will either survive anything that comes their way or die/be Put on a Bus in the installment, which also leads to the Star Wars characters featured in The Clone Wars being unable to do anything that contradicts the theatrical films that take place after this installment. Some particular examples include:
    • General Grievous and Anakin are unable to meet face to face in this installment due to Revenge of the Sith being their first actual meeting; any so-called "decisive blow against the Republic/Separatists" being doomed to failure, and all of Padmé's attempts at a diplomatic solution being sabotaged or ineffective.
    • During the Order 66 arc, Fives could not successfully reveal the truth about the Clone Troopers' origins or the true intention of the inhibitor chips that the Kaminoans implanted into each Clone Troopers' brain.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: Not just any droid factory, but a droid factory... of DOOM! And Cargo... of Doom!
  • Double Speak: Averted. A bill being considered by the Senate to take certain measures that would invade people's privacy is called the "Enhanced Privacy Invasion Bill".
  • Double Standard: The fact that she was expelled from the Order and sentenced to be executed without allowing her to prove her innocence over the bombing in the Jedi Temple’s hanger while Barriss Offee, who was the real bomber and had framed her, was let off with pretty much a slap on the wrist was among the things that prompt Ahsoka to tell the Order to stuff it when they offer her to rejoin the Order.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Averted. The Nightsisters' cruel abuse of the Nightbrothers, to the point of brainwashing and forcing one to murder his own brother so they can use him as a pawn in a scheme to kill Dooku, is not portrayed as OK. Savage turns on Ventress rapidly for her abuse and tries to Force choke her.
  • Downer Ending: Oh boy. Where do we even begin:
    • The conclusion of the Shadow Collective arc throws one giant gut punch. All of Satine's work to keep Manadalore peaceful goes down the drain as it becomes engulfed in a Civil War and is killed by Maul, Bo-Katan is left to free the planet from Maul's forces, and Sidious defeats Savage and Maul, killing the former and leaving the other to a fate worse than death.
    • The Fugitive arc then slams down with a massive curveball: Barriss is revealed to be the bomber of the Jedi Temple as well as the one that framed Ahsoka, and is arrested for her crimes. The Jedi Council offers Ahsoka to region the Order after kicking her out. But having completely lost her trust in them, she leave the Jedi Order, leaving behind Anakin and the people she considered a family. The end.
    • The conclusion of the Order 66 arc. Tup dies and Fives dies as well, having found out about the conspiracy against the Jedi, but being unable to convince anybody about the truth. Meanwhile, Darth Sidious and Count Dooku celebrate their victory.
  • The Dragon: There is so much Man Behind the Man stuff on the Separatists' side that the only person who really resembles the role is Asajj Ventress, who is sent out specifically to make the heroes' job harder in Dooku's name. Grievous clearly thinks he has this role, but whenever they are in the same scene, it is very clear who is really Dooku's top subordinate. However, ever since Ventress' abandonment, Grievous has definitely taken up the role.
  • Dramatic Irony: This is one of the signature staples of The Clone Wars. The tension between audience knowledge and what the audience hopes (or fears) will happen leads to some exquisite television. It is impossible to ignore the fact that Anakin will turn into Darth Vader and end up killing all of the people he helps and the Clone Troopers will be brainwashed and eventually turn into (and eventually be replaced by) the Stormtroopers of the Empire.
    Rex: If we fail, then our children and their children could be forced to live under an evil I can't well imagine.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty:
    • In "Clone Cadets", the Clone Troopers of Domino Squad are under the charge of Master Chief Petty Officer Bric, a Siniteen bounty hunter with an oversized brain and a scholarship to the R. Lee Ermey school of drill instruction. He does not seem to actually have the Clone Troopers' best interests at heart, but his tough style seems to work and get this particular group of Clone Troopers motivated to pass their exams.
    • Averted with his Arcona counterpart El-Les, who is rather caring for a drill instructor.
  • Driven to Suicide: A Twi'lek slave, after a failed assassination attempt on her master, throws herself off a balcony rather than continue being a slave.
  • Dual Wielding:
    • Kit Fisto picked it up on the fly via using his lightsaber and Nahdar Vebb's own in order to duel General Grievous in "Lair of Grievous".
    • Asajj Ventress has the tendency of using two red lightsabers as her main weapons.
    • General Grievous goes farther by double dual wielding. He has four arms and is capable of using a lightsaber in each one.
    • Ahsoka Tano gets in on the action in the middle of season three, carrying two lightsabers and wielding either one or both of them in a Reverse Grip.
    • General Krell dual-wields double-bladed lightsabers!
    • Obi-Wan tends to perform the feat whenever he is with another Jedi who is disarmed or killed, which results in him using their lightsaber along with his own. In "Grievous Intrigue", he picks up the energy staff of a destroyed Magnadroid and briefly wields it and his lightsaber against General Grievous. In "Hunt for Ziro", he briefly uses Quinlan Vos’s lightsaber in addition to his own in order to fight Cad Bane.
    • Darth Sidious joins the list in season five via carrying two lightsabers up his sleeve.
    • Anakin Skywalker and Barriss Offee in "The Wrong Jedi".
  • Dwindling Party: The Domino Squad. In "Rookies" (their first appearance air-date wise), Droidbait was among the first to be killed by the invading Separatist droids, Cutup was eaten alive by a Rishi eel, and Hevy was forced to pull a Heroic Sacrifice when the bomb's remote had a malfunction. When the survivors returned to Kamino, they lost 99 (who is an "honorary" member of their squad) just before they were made ARC troopers. Then came the Citadel arc, which left Fives as the Sole Survivor of the squad. The Order 66 arc featured him dying as well.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome:
    Battle Droid: Do we take prisoners?
    Hevy: I don't.
  • Dynamic Entry: One of the commando droids entered a fight by throwing a destroyed B1-Battle Droid at the Clone Troopers.
  • The Easy Way or the Hard Way: Plo Koon offers Aurra Sing the options "we can do this the difficult way or the simple way, the choice is yours" when he confronts her looking for the hostages she has taken. She inevitably chooses the difficult way and he quickly demonstrates that it is not difficult for him.
  • El Cid Ploy: Jar Jar Binks needs to dress as Boss Lyonie when the Gungan leader is in a coma after being brainwashed into leading the Gungans into war against the rest of Naboo.
  • Electric Jellyfish: The Hydroid Medusa introduced in "Water War". Justified since they're half-machine.
  • Elite Mooks: The coldly effective droid commandos, who display a level of competence and ruthlessness far above and beyond that of the B1-Battle Droids. Their commander actually uses a freaking sword. There are also a few others like the Super Battle Droids, Droidekas, and T-series Tactical Droids.
  • Emergency Impersonation: Jar Jar puts on a Jedi cloak he found and is quickly mistaken for being a Jedi.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • In "Revenge", Obi-Wan and Ventress team up against Maul and Savage, and later Obi-Wan teams up with the Death Watch member Bo-Katan, who had gone against Maul's take-over of the Death Watch and Mandalore. Bo-Katan lampshades this when she does an earlier Enemy Mine with Satine.
      Bo-Katan: The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
    • Ahsoka and a couple of Jedi younglings teamed up with Hondo and his pirates in order to fight General Grievous and escape Florrum.
  • Enemy Rising Behind: In "Tipping Points", a damaged droid gunship is still active enough to level its blaster at Ahsoka while she is distracted.
  • Enhance Button: This is used in "The Academy", where Ahsoka is able to use her handheld computer to enhance a hologram of a voiceless, cloaked figure, adding his face when it was never recorded in the first place. No amount of factors given by the hologram could have reliably allowed her computer to do such a thing.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • In "Hostage Crisis", Cad Bane and his team effortlessly infiltrate the Senate and take numerous Senators hostage. When he declares them to be his prisoners, one of the Senators states that he won't tolerate this "insolence" and walks past him, trying to leave. Bane promptly shoots him In the Back, without turning to look.
      • Aurra Sing also had one in the same episode, which was her first appearance in The Clone Wars air date wise. After Bane killed a bunch of guards with a hand-grenade, she sees a survivor crawling towards the door, begging for help. Sing with a cold smile shot him on head.
    • The Zygerrian Slaver Keeper Agruss in "Slaves of the Republic" has one when he drops a band of slaves down into an inactive volcano, killing them through the sheer drop, just to make a point to Obi-Wan of how he intended to break his will.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The Son might be the personification of the Dark Side, but he still shrieks in horror and flees after he accidentally stabs his sister the Daughter with the one weapon which can kill her. When the Father later stabs himself, the Son pleads for him not to die, although he had tried to kill him earlier.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Cad Bane saves Rako Hardeen when Moralo Eval tries to kill him. Not because he cared for Hardeen, but because Eval purposefully cheated Hardeen out of victory then caused the floor to fall out beneath him. Bane felt that Eval should at least give him a fair fight.
    • The pirate Hondo Ohnaka hates Sith Lords and Separatists (mainly because they cannot be bargained with like reasonable people) and also claims he does not like taking children into battle.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: The Duchess Satine is an important character in two story arcs and makes brief appearances in several individual episodes.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: "Legacy of Terror" had Geonosian warrior zombies, followed by Clone Trooper and Jedi zombies (well, just one Jedi zombie) in "Brain Invaders". Nightsister zombies make an appearance in "Massacre".
  • Evil Chancellor:
    • Chancellor Sheev Palpatine is most certainly the poster boy for this trope as a result of being both the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic and secretly The Man Behind the Man for the Separatists (in his Darth Sidious persona).
    • There is also Almec, the prime minister of Mandalore.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Word of God says that the Zillo Beast knew Palpatine was evil and set out to hunt him down when it escaped the lab, though its unclear whether or not he was serious.
  • Evil Is Hammy:
    • General Grievous is quite the ham. His lines are all exaggerated as well as tearing off a Battle Droid's head when things go wrong.
    • Separatist general Lok Durd, played by George Takei.
      Lok Durd: Let's get these shield generators in place! When Count Dooku sees how successful my weapon is against civilian targets, I will no doubt be promoted to a more substantial position within the alliance!
      Battle Droid: ...Riiight...
    • Doctor Nuvo Vindi, who is voiced by Michael York. He is pretty much a card-carrying Hammer villain, complete with dramatic underlighting, a thick German accent, and exclusive use of his own personal Hitler Cam.
      Jar-Jar: Yousa not creatin' life! Yousa takin life!
      Vindi: Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yes yeah yeah yeah yes!
    • There's a good reason why Ashley Eckstein said she had a lot of fun voicing a Dark Sided Ahsoka.
    • Darth Maul could also qualify as well, especially in his monologue to Obi-Wan in "Revenge".
  • Evil Laugh: Once General Krell admits that he is a traitor, he laughs deeply in every following conversation.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Savage Opress gets a deeper voice after the Nightsisters take control of him with their magic. Being voiced by Clancy Brown helps too.
  • Evil vs. Evil:
    • The Nightsisters and Brothers arc is a villain-focused story arc which featured numerous instances of Nightsister vs. Separatist fighting. The factions remained at odds throughout The Clone Wars until the Separatists exterminate the entire clan.
    • The Shadow Collective arc featured numerous odds of Sith/Death Watch vs. criminals, Sith and Death Watch vs. each other, Death Watch vs. Death Watch, and ultimately Sith vs. Sith. Obi-Wan eventually gets involved in the final episode of the arc, but ultimately he can do nothing.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: In a fight with Pre Vizsla, Ahsoka slashes his jetpack. He commends her on the close call, only for her to explain that she didn't miss. He quickly realizes that his jetpack is about to explode and ditches it.
  • Extranormal Prison: The Citadel was a prison built by the Republic to contain Jedi who have lost their way and other Force-using criminals. The Separatists found that it is perfectly capable of holding good Jedi.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Senate Commando Captain Argyus, Clone Sergeant Slick, Pong Krell, and Barriss Offee (during the Fugitive arc).
  • Faceless Goons: Averted. Although their bodies and voices are identical, many Clone Troopers are portrayed with a surprising amount of individuality. A great deal sport varying tattoos and haircuts when seen without their armor. Some episodes will deal with the differences in certain Clone Troopers' personalities, occasionally as a main plot point. For example, while most Clone Troopers are depicted as totally believing in the cause of the war, others do not like it but simply go along with it. Others still have become extremely disillusioned with the war and develop a level of pacifism that borders on desertion or treason, which actually does in at least two episodes.
  • Face Palm: An OOM-series Battle Droid does one in "Ambush" in response to the stupidity of one of its subordinates.
  • Fade Out: "The Wrong Jedi" and "Sacrifice" both end with the screen slowly fading into black. These are the only two episodes of The Clone Wars to end this way, the former being the season five finale while the latter is the season six finale.
  • Failure Is the Only Option:
    • There are several episodes dedicated to capturing Grievous, which never work. Obi-Wan notices and lampshades this trope at the end of "The Deserter" and you can see how much it disgusts him.
    • Just about any of Padmé's attempts to stop the war are doomed to fail. This is subtly lampshades in "A Friend in Need", in which her peace talks with the Separatists go downhill within the first five minutes of the episode.
  • Fake-Out Make-Out: In "A Friend in Need", Ahsoka went Undercover as Lovers with Lux to the Death Watch's base. When they were left alone she started chewing out Lux for trusting Death Watch. Noticing that Pre Vizsla's headed for the tent, Lux kissed her to shut her up.
  • Fake Special Attack: Despite his skills in many other fields of combat, Cad Bane apparently has no ability when it comes to wielding a lightsaber. When he picks up a lightsaber during his fight in "Hunt for Ziro", he delivered a confident and mocking laugh, but got a total of three moves in before Obi-Wan disarmed him.
  • Faking the Dead: The Jedi hire a sniper to shoot Obi-Wan, who takes a drug to make it look like the shot killed him. Then they use Magic Plastic Surgery to make him look like the sniper and have him sent to prison, so he can infiltrate a plot to assassinate Chancellor Palpatine.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Let's just say the installment dial this Up to Eleven.
    • The genetically identical Clone Troopers are given screen time to establish personalities and likableness, but they are still killed off in violent ways. Notable examples include two naval officers being sucked into vacuum by having their escape pod cut open in "Rising Malevolence", Sergeant O'Niner's execution by Commando Droids in "Rookies", and Cutup's being eaten by a giant eel in "Rookies".
    • In "Duel of the Droids", Grievous graphically killed an Transdoshan scavenger named Gha Nachkt with the lightsaber blade visibly tearing through his chest.
    • In "Lair of Grievous", a Clone Trooper fell into a pit of lava and died.
    • In "The Gungan General", Pirate Turk Falso was Force choked by Dooku to death onscreen.
    • Cad Bane is the guy who manages to get away with gangland style, on-screen executions in a children's show. In "Hostage Crisis", Cad Bane snaps a guard's neck.
    • In "Cargo of Doom", a Rodian Jedi Master named Bolla Ropal is tortured to death on screen by Cad Bane and the Battle Droids. When he finally dies, the droid operating the controls announces it in such a disturbing tone of depression in comparison to their usually high-pitched voices, you can't help but shiver.
    • In "Landing at Point Rain", they turned it up to eleven with flamethrowers being used on Geonosians by the Clone Troopers. They burn and scream the whole scene and some of them got especially lucky with being sliced in vertical halves by the Jedi.
    • In "Brain Invaders" when Barriss Offee is being attacked by a mind-controlled Clone Trooper, she takes out her lightsaber and guts him, with a close-up of the weapon impacting the Clone Trooper.
    • In "The Mandalore Plot", a bomber commits suicide by jumping to his death from a balcony in order to avoid being captured.
    • In "Voyage of Temptation", Anakin stabs Tal Merrick with his lightsaber, with the blade going through his back and out his front, center-frame. What makes it worse is the casual, almost sardonic way he dismisses the murder of an unarmed man...
    • In "Bounty Hunters", Embo effortlessly breaks a pirate's neck, with the shot being filmed from behind the only thing hiding it.
    • In "Monster", Asajj Ventress travels to the far side of Dathomir, where she holds incredibly violent contests to determine which Nightbrother clan representative should receive Sith alchemical augmentation and serve as her spy against Count Dooku.
      • She does this by bringing the candidates to an arena, dimming the area lights and systematically murdering all but two of them with a scythe on a chain and their own weapons.
      • Ventress clearly decapitates at least two while laughing maniacally and when another throws a spear at her, she grabs it in midair only to whip it quite visibly into the chest of another man.
      • Then, after Ventress has selected Savage and brought him back to the Nightsisters to be imbued with their Magicks the "coven" tests his loyalty—commanding Savage to kill the only other survivor of the games, a man heavily implied to be Savage's blood brother. Savage does so, with a Neck Lift and the customary follow-up.
    • During an escape scene in "Counterattack", a Clone Trooper dies in a rather horrible way: being cut in half by a vent's security doors. Thankfully, the scene is blocked out by a convenient door closing just prior.
    • In "Citadel Rescue", Even Piell gets mauled by an anooba. Though they skipped on showing the wounds he should have had, it is quite clear that it nearly tore out his throat.
    • In "Prisoners", Riff Tamson got blown to bits, with his severed head shown on screen. He also uses his explosive knives on multiple Republic fighters and they also scream as they die.
    • In "Carnage of Krell", not only does Waxer have tearful last words, but Krell suddenly stops using his lightsabers on the Clone Troopers and breaks a clone's back over his knee. At the end, Dogma executes Krell via shooting him in the back with a blaster onscreen.
    • In "Escape from Kadavo", Keeper Agruss lords over Obi-Wan that as a Jedi it's against their code of honor to kill an unarmed opponent, including one as sadistic and evil as him. Captain Rex notes that Clone Troopers have no such rule and proceeds to throw an electrostaff clean through him, his hoverchair loses control and veers into the nearby console, letting the electrocutions finish off what the impalement started. This probably wouldn't have slipped through the censors if the slaver wasn't such a utterly evil bastard.
    • In "Bounty", Dengar kills two Kage Warriors by sticking remote explosives to their chests and detonating them; only the camera angle saves the viewers from the Ludicrous Gibs that could have been. And later, Krismo Sodi takes out Major Rigosso with an electrified sword through the gut.
    • In "Revival", Adi Gallia's tunic is drenched with blood after Savage impaled her on his horns. The scene is so brief and is shot from an angle that is very easy to miss.
    • In "Eminence", Savage Opress decapitates a room full of Black Sun members when they refuse to side with Darth Maul.
    • In "Shades of Reason", Darth Maul decapitates Pre Vizsla in a blatant execution. The camera moves behind Bo-Katan too quickly so her back blocks the execution from being fully viewed.
  • Fanservice: Several female characters in The Clone Wars are very beautiful in addition to having the tendency to wear rather revealing outfits, the most prominent examples are Aayla Secura, Ahsoka Tano, Padmé Amidala, Asajj Ventress, Suu Lawquane, and the Daughter. Well-muscled males also get Shirtless Scenes, including Captain Rex, Kit Fisto, and Savage Opress.
  • Fanservice Pack:
    • While she was attractive from the beginning in The Clone Wars, Ahsoka, being a teenager, understandably has a more voluptuous yet athletic body after the Mid-Season Upgrade. Notably, while this trope is often accompanied by the character getting more Stripperiffic, since Ahsoka's first outfit was already very questionable, her redesign came with a more reserved wardrobe.
    • "The Lawless" revealed that Soniee and Lagos, the female cadets that were introduced in "The Academy",were hit by puberty rather hard over the Mid Season Up Grade via developing voluptuous yet athletic bodies and large busts.
  • Fantastic Flora: There are quite a few planets that seem to have flora a bit on the "weird" side.
    • Maridun with its vast savannah and gigantic trees is probably the least abnormal among them.
    • Rugosa (introduced in "Ambush") is mostly covered by giant coral forests.
    • Felucia's jungles are filled with luminescent plants.
    • Dathomir is filled with creepy, skeletal trees that sprout weird, approximately human-sized, fleshy "fruits".
    • Umbara has a surprisingly dense jungle for a world permanently cut off from sun light. And all of these plants are—once again—glowing. The flora also includes Man Eating Plants.
    • Carlac has trees with coral-like Cherry Blossoms in the middle of winter.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Chairman Chi Cho and his hatred of the "savage" Talz.
    • Pong Krell absolutely despises Clone Troopers, referring to them at one point as "creatures bred in some laboratory".
  • Fantastic Slurs:
    • "Tinnies" and "Clankers" for the Separatist droids.
    • A Clone Trooper named Boil calls the Twi'leks "Tail Heads" rather disparagingly in "Innocents of Ryloth".
  • Fantasy Conflict Counterpart: The battles presented in The Clone Wars are depicted as being similar to World War II (an armed conflict encompassing the whole galaxy) and the Cold War (neutral worlds being disputed between two major superpowers).
  • Faster-Than-Light Travel: Hyperspace-jumps are (ab)used quite egregiusoly, since they often appear to take no time at all. One specific inversion to this was the Malevolence 's attack against the Kaliida Shoals Medical Station. Due to the size of the ship, it had to take the longer hyperspace-route around a nebula, which took more time than it took for Anakin's bomber-squadron to navigate through the nebula.
  • Fauxshadow: "The Deserter" gives an almost assured impression that Cut Lawquane would be killed by the episode's end in a sort of Heroic Sacrifice/Last Stand. He deserted the clone army on Geonosis and that he thinks Rex would view him as a coward for doing so, but he mentions that if it came down to it he would die to protect his adopted children. When they are later attacked by Commando Droids, Cut elects to hold them off himself, leaving Rex as the last line of defense between them and his family. He lives to the end and Rex leaves him in peace with his family.
  • Fem Bot: The BD-3000 "Betty Droid" that was in the Galactic Senate building.
  • Finagle's Law: The opening quotation of "Counterattack" is "Everything that can go wrong will."
  • Flanderization: Yoda undergoes this in The Clone Wars. In the theatrical films, he occasionally talks backwards for emphasis. In this installment, practically every sentence it is.
  • Flaunting Your Fleets: Part of the massive amounts of Scenery and Techo Porn in The Clone Wars, there are numerous shots of the various star fleets. The two most massive examples are the Separatist fleet orbiting Serenno in "Massacre" and the Republic fleet protecting the Carida Space Station in "Point of No Return".
  • Flying Saucer: The signature ships of Hondo Ohnaka and his pirate gang.
  • Force-Field Door: They show up sometimes, though not as often as one would expect. Probably the most notable instance of this being used occured in "The Citadel", when the entry point the Jedi wanted to use to infiltrate the titular prison had been blocked by a ray-shield.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Almost anyone who fights Savage Opress gets tossed around like a ragdoll.
  • Foil: "The Disappeared" pairs up the unusual duo of Mace Windu and Jar Jar Binks. Mace proves to be rather humorless, upfront, and impatient, which contrasts with Jar Jar's friendly demeanor. Notably, the two become Fire-Forged Friends over the ordeal, as Windu comes to respect that side of him.
  • Foregone Conclusion: None of the protagonists are going to realize that Chancellor Palpatine is playing both sides for suckers until it is too late and the Star Wars characters who appear in Revenge of the Sith and/or the Original Trilogy (along with the other canonical subsequent installments) will also survive in The Clone Wars.
  • Foreshadowing: There are also Call Forwards. Anakin's future role as Darth Vader is particularly foreshadowed.
    • In "Brain Invaders", mind-controlled Clone Troopers open fire on Ahsoka and Barriss. When they manage to incapacitate Barriss, one of the Clone Troopers, Edge, remarks that if there is one thing the Clone Troopers know, it is how to stop Jedi. The same episode sees Anakin torture Poggle the Lesser via Force choking to force information out of him regarding the parasites.
    • In "Voyage of Temptation", Tal Merrik says "Who will strike first and brand themselves a cold-blooded killer?" Cue lightsaber through the chest from Anakin, complete with a subdued section of "The Imperial March" as the background music for the scene.
    • In "Cat and Mouse":
      Kenobi: Anakin, I've got enough problems without you becoming one of them.
    • "Assassin" deals with Ahsoka having terrifying visions and premonitions about Padmé Amidala dying and becoming increasingly intent and stressed in preventing the horrible future from coming to pass. There is also a scene where Ahsoka visits Yoda for help sorting out the visions in a clear reference to a similar scene in Revenge of the Sith. But Ahsoka's less secretive and more open way of relating her fears and confusion to others, a greater trust in others and her clearer head, cause her to deal with the issue with much less turmoil.
    • In "Overlords", The Daughter, the personification of the Light Side, tells Anakin he is forbidden to touch her, while The Son, the personification of the Dark Side, has no such reservations. In the same episode, Anakin is shown by the Son in a vision what he will become and in his efforts to prevent that harm, he turns to the Dark Side just like he is later convinced to do over preventing Padmé's death.
    • In "Clone Cadets", Shaak Ti comments on how one of the Clone Troopers, Echo, fails to adapt to the training simulation known as The Citadel. The first episode of the Citadel arc opens with the moral "Adaptation is the key to survival" and Echo dies later during the arc.
    • In "Citadel Rescue", as Tarkin and Anakin shook hands before parting, a short section of "The Imperial March" was used as the background music.
    • Early on during the Umbara arc, Pong Krell berates the Clone Troopers for not taking their mission seriously, telling them that if they fail, everyone fails. That's what he's counting on, since his plan is to sabotage the Republic's invasion. More than once, the Clone Troopers state that Krell's plans only make sense if he's trying to get them killed and that's exactly what he's trying to do.
  • Forgot About His Powers: This trope tends to occur quite often in The Clone Wars. The Jedi need to gain hold of something just out of reach and, instead of grabbing it with the Force like they did thirty seconds ago, they will instead try to grab it manually.
    • In "Blue Shadow Virus", both Anakin and Obi-Wan make awesomely dramatic leaps to manually catch thrown vials of the incredibly deadly eponymous virus, both times allowing the bad guy to (temporarily) make his escape.
    • In "Children of the Force", Mace Windu literally steps into a painfully obvious trap to get the Holocron, despite the fact that he could have just as easily used the force to grab it and not sprung the trap.
    • In "Lightsaber Lost", although Ahsoka lifted, pulled, and pushed numerous opponents throughout the episode, she never considered using the Force in order to grab her lightsaber from her opponent's hands.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: When Ahsoka wakes up after being infected with the Dark Side by the Son, she stares directly at you.
  • Frameup:
    • In "Duchess of Mandalore", Satine was framed for murder when the Death Watch assassin hunting her shot an informant that she was having a meeting with.
    • During the Fugitive arc, Ahsoka is framed for the bombing of a hanger in the Jedi Temple and the murder of Letta Turmond, who was used as a proxy to deliver the bomb. Ahsoka is then aided in escaping, but she is made to look like she murdered several Clone Troopers. On top of that, the real bomber then knocks out Ventress and borrows her helmet and lightsabers in order to fool Ahsoka into thinking that Ventress is the bomber. To their credit, both Plo Koon and Anakin find it a tad convenient that Ahsoka just happens to be found next to a huge cache of explosives when they do catch her.
    • In "Orders", Fives finds out about the inhibitor chips implanted in every clone, and is taken to Palpatine so he can make his case and ask the Chancellor to have the biochips removed. Palpatine instead privately tells Fives that it was him who ordered the biochips to be implanted, as well as their purpose. Hearing this, Fives attacks the Chancellor and gets framed for being insane and unstable as the result of the removal of his own biochip.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • In "Monster", Ventress had a couple of blink-and-miss-it Panty Shots while fighting Savage and the other Nightbrother competitors.
    • In "Escape from Kadavo", Ahsoka had a very smug grin on her face when Anakin released her from her cage, but it was literally only two or three frames long.
    • Ahsoka also had a very brief Panty Shot while dueling Pre Vizsla in "A Friend in Need".
    • In "Revival", Adi Gallia's tunic is drenched with blood after Savage impaled her on his horns. The scene is so brief and is shot from an angle that is very easy to miss.
    • In "Shades of Reason", Pre Vizsla losing his head is clearly visible in slow-motion or on freezed frames. On normal speed, the camera moves behind Bo-Katan too quickly, so her back blocks the execution from view.
    • Palpatine's eyes go Sith yellow for a few moments in "The Wrong Jedi" during Barriss's rant against the Jedi.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Tarkin is introduced as a mere Republic naval captain, albeit one who remarks that he has become good friends with Chancellor Palpatine. Apart from being somewhat arrogant and uncooperative, he has neither the power nor the goals of the Grand Moff that would later destroy an inhabited planet just to prove a point. As the installment progresses, his rank and importance increase - and so does his ruthlessness.
  • Frontline General:
    • The Jedi were given the rank of generals in the Republic army and they prefer to fight side-by-side with the Clone Troopers. Discussed during the Umbara arc; the Clone Troopers are disgusted by Krell's tactics and risks, but Rex points out that some of Anakin's plans seemed just as risky. That is countered when the other Clone Troopers point out that Anakin is with them when they take those risks, instead of waiting at the rear like Krell.
    • Despite his general cowardice that will lead to him flee at the moment the situation turns again him, General Grievous is often amongst the very first troops to board an enemy ship and fights on the front lines with his droids.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: General Krell refers to Rex as CT-7567 most of the time. However, when he is sufficiently impressed by Rex's nerve, he calls him Rex. He also uses Sergeant Appo's nickname, probably because Appo has not ticked him off as much as Rex has yet.
  • Fugitive Arc: The final story arc in season five has this trope as its title as it features Ahsoka framed for sedition, terrorism, and multiple murders and she has to go into hiding while searching for proof of her innocence.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Although time travel is not involved, Ahsoka is clearly scared by the vision of her older self warning her of the Dark Side in "Overlords". The same thing happens to Anakin when he sees what he will do as Darth Vader in "Ghosts of Mortis". He is so terrified that he cooperates with The Son. He figures that being evil now is far better than the monster he will become. Ultimately, he does not remember at the end of the episode and continues on his path unchanged.
  • Gasshole: In "Downfall of a Droid", how does Gha Nachkt first greet Anakin and Ahsoka? By farting in their faces of course!
  • Gatling Good: The Z-6 and Z-7 rotary blasters are of the Energy Weapon variety.
  • General Failure: Pong Krell. He belittles and insults his Clone Troopers and their clone nature, and orders full-frontal attacks with exhausted soldiers against fortified positions. His own soldiers point out the flaws in his strategies, and think that he might be deliberately trying to get them killed. As it turns out, he was intentionally sabotaging the Republic's efforts on Umbara so he would have a good accomplishment to present to Dooku when he defected to the Separatists. Suffice to say, this comes back to bite him.
  • Genre Roulette: While The Clone Wars primarily remained true to the Space Western-Science Fantasy-Space Opera-mashup genre within the franchise, it also had more oppurtunity to dip into other genres every week. Just a few examples:
    • The large battle-centric episodes/arcs are often straight-up mini-Military and Warfare Films of different sub-genres. "Cat And Mouse" is a World War II Sub Story, for instance, and the Umbara arc is a Vietnam War story.
    • The Mortis arc, "Nomad Droids", a large portion of the Nightbrothers and Sisters arc, and the Yoda arc are pure Fantasy stories set in space.
    • "Senate Spy", "Duchess of Mandalore", "Pursuit Of Peace", "Senate Murders", the Deception arc, the Fugitive arc, and the Order 66 arc are various sub-genres of Conspiracy Thriller. In particular, "Senate Murders" is a straight-up Murder Mystery, the Fugitive arc is a Hitchcock homage, and Fives is a 1970s Conspiracy Thriller protagonist as played by Warren Beatty or Robert Redford).
    • "Bounty Hunters" and "Bounty" are Space Westerns with the heavy emphasis on "Western" for a change.
    • The Zillo Beast two-parter is a Monster Movie.
    • "Legacy of Terror", "Brain Invaders", and "Massacre" lean heavily towards being Horror episodes.
    • The Young Jedi arc feels very much like an Eighties Amblin movie.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: It has its own page.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The Son (who is introduced in "Overlords") has them in his default and gargoyle forms. Not surprising considering he is the living personification of the Dark Side.
  • Gonna Need More X: When Anakin confirms that not only are they going to rescue Obi-Wan from a slave facility, but every single slave, Ahsoka states that they are going to need a bigger ship.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: When Master Luminara and Ahsoka are interrogating Nute Gunray, Luminara calmly and systematically questions Gunray and picks apart each denial he makes. Ahsoka, feeling this method takes too long, draws her lightsaber and threatens to gut Gunray right then if he did not talk. Unfortunately for the interrogation, this had not been planned out and Luminara drags Ahsoka away to sternly remind her that threats are not the Jedi way.
  • Good Is Not Soft: The Jedi Order. They still classify themselves as Peace Keepers, but have taken up arms in the war because that is the best way to restore the peace. The nature of the trope is discussed by many characters throughout The Clone Wars, as they wonder at what point it changes from Good-Doing-Hard-Things to just plain being bad.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Darth Maul's rampage in "Revenge".
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Averted. At certain points in The Clone Wars (first in "Rookies"), characters will say the word "hell" when shocked, surprised or needing to use emphasis. There was backlash after those episodes aired, however, and subsequent airings had the points edited to replace them with "Heck". The original "hell"s were retained on the home video releases.
  • Götterdämmerung: The Mortis arc introduces the Force-wielders, who are manifestations of the Light Side, Dark Side, and Balance of the Force. The Son (The Dark Side) tries to turn Anakin to his side, which both the Daughter and the Father tries to prevent, so they start fighting. Things end with all three of them dead.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe:
    • A lot of alien women show up with bodies almost identical to humanity and they tend to be very beautiful and Stripperific. Ahsoka is the most prominently featured as one of the main characters, but is not very heavily sexualized given her age.
    • Ironically, the yellow-green skinned female Mirialan, Jedi Master Luminara Unduli, is portrayed as classically beautiful rather than sexy. The same goes for her Padawan learner Barriss Offee (who is the same species as her).
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: On the rare occasions when they remember that they have the ability to use the Force, Jedi can use their enemies as weapons.
  • Guns Akimbo:
    • Captain Rex. Apparently, he has a bit more of Jango in him than the average Clone Trooper.
    • Chairman Papanoida of Pantora pulls it off briefly.
    • Every single Mandalorian soldier. Word of God states it is meant to reflect the symmetry that their culture favors.
    • Boba Fett has two blaster pistols in "Bounty", "R2 Come Home", and "Lethal Trackdown", although he does not use both of them at once in the latter two examples.
  • Gunship Rescue: In "Landing at Point Rain", the Clone Troopers under Obi-Wan Kenobi are falling back and an injured Obi-Wan lights his saber for their Last Stand... and a squadron of Y-Wings arrive to take out the incoming droids and bugs.
    • During the Umbara arc, Anakin and his Clone Troopers call in a squadron of bombers to take out a strong section of Umbarans.
  • Gutted Like a Fish: Ahsoka threatens to do this to Nute Gunray in "Cloak of Darkness".
    Ahsoka: Liar, liar! I'm sick and tired of all this whining! Tell us what we want right now, or I will gut you like a Rokarian dirt-fish!

    Tropes H to M 
  • Hack Your Enemy: The Citadel arc involved three Battle Droids who were reprogrammed to work as R2-D2's troops. They were needed to fly the infiltrator team's ship, since Battle Droids are nothing unusual on a Separatist planet.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: According to other sources, the children of a Twi'lek mother, Suu Lawquane, were fathered by a human male before she married Cut (also a human, but a cloned one).
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: When Kit Fisto leads the ambush on General Grievous in "Lair of Grievous", Grievous's legs are cut off as the Clone Troopers trap him with cables. Unlike most examples of the trope, however, Grievious's four arms mean that he is still mobile, and the loss of his legs is more of an annoyance than crippling injury. He is repaired during the episode and returns fully active.
  • Hand Cannon: Even though the DC-15S Blaster is categorized as a carbine, it is small enough and light enough to handle as a pistol. More experienced soldiers like Captain Rex, or other troopers akin to him, seem to utilize this trope.
  • Have You Told Anyone Else?: When Korkie Kryze informs Prime Minister Almec that he has information about corruption, Almec tells Korkie to meet him and bring the recording and everybody else who knows about it. Korkie sees nothing unusual about this whatsoever.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Nossor Ri and the Quarren Army at the end of the Mon Calamari arc.
    • General Tandin during the Onderon arc.
    • Bo-Katan and the Night Owl at the end of the Shadow Collective arc.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Hondo Ohnaka. To the extent that you can hold a betting pool about it every time he appears.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • In "Rookies", when a remote detonator malfunctions, Hevy stays behind to blow up the charge manually, ensuring both his squad's safety and that the Republic will know something is amiss.
    • Subverted in "Weapons Factory", when Ahsoka and Barriss Offee assume that using their hijacked battle tank to destroy a power reactor will take them with it, and are prepared for a triumphant death in a blaze of glory. However, this particular battle tank was touted as invincible, and lived up to that. They find themselves trapped in the rubble afterward and the prospect of dying of either starvation or asphyxiation is much less appealing than death in combat. Ahsoka is able to improvise a communicator to signal that they're alive and eventually are dig out of the debris.
    • In "ARC Troopers", 99 (the deformed clone who does maintenance duties on Kamino) dies like a soldier while trying to get extra ammo for the Clone Troopers fighting invading droids. For bonus points, Hevy was a friend of his, perhaps the only friend a defective clone like him ever had and treated him like any other soldier. However, his death ultimately accomplished nothing and could also be counted primarily as a Senseless Sacrifice.
    • In "Supply Lines", Master Di and his Clone Troopers fight an unwinnable battle to stall the advancing droid army long enough for the Twi'leks to retreat. Di only goes down after hearing that supplies have come, and he had already been shot once and was the last man standing.
    • The Daughter does this twice in a row to save The Father and Ahsoka.
    • In "Shadow Warrior", Captain Tarpals allows himself to be run-through by General Grievous in order to put himself in the proper position to disable Grievous in turn. Unfortunately, it eventually ends up not ending well.
    • Clone Trooper Hardcase leaves his ship to get past the ray shields that are protecting the generators he, Fives, and Jessie are there to destroy. He tells the other two troopers to fly away and escape the explosion, telling them to live to fight another day.
    • In "Missing in Action", Gregor takes out an entire shuttle port and himself with it to give D-Squad the time to escape, though the door is left open for his return.
    • In "Point of No Return", M5-BZ blows himself and a swarm of buzz droids out of an airlock to save the rest of D-Squad. R2 also tried to do this, but his Save By Canon status is a lot thicker and he came out of it alright.
  • Herr Doktor: Dr. Vindi (the Mad Scientist in "Blue Shadow Virus") certainly has the accent down pat, despite being an alien. He looks the part much better when he puts on a pair of pince-nez spectacles.
  • He's Back: Darth Maul makes his return after being presumably killed by Obi-Wan back in The Phantom Menace.
  • Hey, Wait!: In "Heroes on Both Sides", Grievous sent a group of Separatist droids designed for infiltration and suicide-bombing to destroy a Coruscant power-plant. The droids were built to look like sweeper-droids in their disguised forms, and were given fake permits to enter the secured zone. After a Clone Trooper named Commander Fox examined the permit and let the droids pass, he stopped them again as they were about to turn around the corner...because they almost turned around on the wrong corner!
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Who hired Aurra Sing to kill Padmé? Ziro.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • The Commando Droids in "Rookies" gain access to the base by pretending to be Clone Troopers. The surviving Clone Troopers gain entrance to the base by pretending to be Commando Droids.
    • In "Prisoners", Riff Tamson stabs a few enemies with small time bombs that blow them into a bloody mess. Lee-Char manages to fight Tamson and kills him by taking and stabbing Tamson with one of his own bombs.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs:
    • Played straight when he said "There's more than one way to skin a womp rat."
    • Days get referred to both as days and as "planetary rotations".
    • Obi-Wan plays this trope straight again in another episode when he says "out of the quicksand and into the sarlacc pit".
  • Hollywood Tactics: This gets Played With throughout the installment:
    • The Battle Droids are especially vulnerable to this, although one has to account for their commanders' strategies and tactics.
    • The Clone Troopers averted this most of the time, especially under the command of the more experienced Jedi, as they usually make use of cover and ambush tactics to gain the upper hand. However, apparently standard tactic for close-quarters fighting is "stand out in the open, ignore cover, and shoot at the enemy".
    • The Second Battle of Geonosis was determined to be a ground invasion and it focused on infantry and armor attack. As a result, they used all of their aircraft and spacecraft to land their Clone Troopers instead of attacking, with only the occasional bombing run.
    • During the Umbara arc, this trope gets averted. Both sides make good use of cover, there is omnipresent air support on both sides (and light mechanized support for the Clone Troopers, with some armored appearing for the shadow people occasionally), and both sides demonstrate a decent understanding of tactics. The trope is then Deconstructed when General Krell takes command of the 501st Legion. Not only do his tactics get a lot of Clone Troopers killed when it could have been avoided, this causes severe tensions between the Legion and their temporary commanding officer. Of course, there's another reason this happens that isn't Krell being incompetent...
    • Double Subverted during the Nightsisters and Brothers arc. In "Massacre", the Separatist armies land in an open area with little cover, indicating that the Nightsisters will engage them directly. Instead, Ventress orders the Nightsisters into elevated sniper positions where they will be safe and provides support for a ground counteroffensive by the more hardy and expendable Army of the Dead and only pressing the attack once the droids are routed. Ventress engages Grievous personally, knowing that the droids will be easy prey without him, but does not ambush him when she knows he would do the same to her. Then, she loses and all of the Nightsisters when they apparently disappear back to their home where they abandon all semblance of tactics and stand in the open firing randomly until they're killed. Only at the beginning of the battle does Grievous make use of air support.
      • Mother Talzin deserves specific mention during this arc. Despite clearly being capable of almost single-handedly wiping out the Separatist droid army, she declines to take part in the battle save for a brief involvement at the beginning. While she does attempt to target Count Dooku directly using magic, she does so in an extremely slow and inefficient way during the battle when she could easily have waited until after repelling the invasion.
    • Despite heavy use of fighters and bombers on all sides, nobody ever opts for orbital bombardment even of military-only targets.
  • Holographic Disguise: The Holographic Disguise Matrix introduced in "Crisis on Naboo" was invented by a Bounty Hunter named Sinrich. Cad Bane, Twazzi, Derrown, and Embo used it to disguise themselves during an attempt to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine.
  • Holy Halo: The Daughter is visibly glowing in both her humanoid and griffin form since she's the physical embodiment of the Light Side.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: It is eventually revealed that almost every named official in Duchess Satine's government is a traitor or corrupt in some way. Pre Viszla, governor of Concordia, is the leader of Death Watch and senator Tal Merrik is in league with him. Prime Minister Almec controls the black market on Mandalore, supplied with smuggled goods and protected by bribes and corrupt security officials. Satine never suspects any of them until they are exposed by other characters.
  • Horse of a Different Color: It pops up a few times:
    • In "Tresspass", the Talz were using Narglatchs (blue-skinned, saber-tooth lion-creatures) to ride into battle.
    • The Twi'lek La Résistance in "Liberty on Ryloth" used Blurrg-s, large, bipedal reptilian creatures both as beasts of burden and as riding mounts.
    • The Zygerrians were using Brezak or "gliding lizards" for air-gliding around their city.
    • The Kage warriors of Quarzite in "Bounty" used giant centipedes called milodons for traveling, and chasing the subtram.
    • The Onderon La Résistance used various beasts: large fambaas to pull carriages and horse-like dalgos as battle mounts. They also used the large flying creatures called rupings for stealth infiltration, and to provide air-support during battle.
  • Hostage Situation: Defied by Anakin during the Zygerrian Slavers arc. When they threaten to kill the Togruta colonists if he doesn't surrender, he dismissively states that he's done listening to slavers. It also helps that he brought a Republic fleet for backup.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Ziro the Hutt and Sy Snootles (the long-lipped alien singer in Jabba's palace) were in a relationship with each other. Even if Ziro's kinda small for a Hutt, that just boggles the mind.
  • Huge Holographic Head: A team of maintenance droids rule a primitive society by generating a giant hologram.
  • Human Shield: During his breakout from Republic captivity, Gunray is held before his rescuer Argyus, who knows that the Clone Troopers will not want to risk the valuable intel that Gunray can provide. This is true, so the clone shoots his blaster and then proceeds to fight him hand-to-hand.
  • Humiliation Conga: This happens to Darth Maul and Savage Opress in "Revival". Maul and Savage first double-team a lone (albeit Dual Wielding) Obi-Wan and lose, with Savage losing his arm in the process. The two of them then flee, thinking they're regrouping with the pirates they recruited, only for the pirates to open fire and force them to flee again, this time with Maul getting one of his robotic legs shot off in the process. Then after they frantically hobble back into their ship and take off, it gets shot down and they're forced to jettison out the escape pod. In other words, their plan fails spectacularly and the next we see of them, they're still drifting around in space and are nearly frozen to death.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Trandoshans kidnap members of many different species to release on an uninhabited world to hunt. Jedi Knights are too difficult to capture, so they often take Padawans.
  • Hypocritical Humor: While still in prison fatigues, Cad Bane says that they need to get new clothes so they don't stand out. Naturally, he goes for the first Nice Hat he can find, even though it stands out in a crowd. He's called on this, and indeed Ahsoka is able to spot him from a distance later on precisely because he's wearing the hat.
  • I Am the Noun: When Boba Fett says he wants justice (For the death of his father), Plo Koon simply responds "We [the Jedi] are justice". Unlike most examples of the trope, he says it with such calm certainty that Boba is affected by the statement.
  • I Don't Pay You to Think: In "A Sunny Day in the Void", when one of the droids says that he's been thinking, Colonel Gascon tells him that it's his job to think, not the droid's.
    • This becomes a running gag, as a droid named WAC-47 repeatedly states that "I've been thinking" or "I was thinking" or "I think" and Colonel Gason all but shouts "STOP DOING THAT!"
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: In "Brain Invaders", Ahsoka finds herself the only individual not infected with a mind-controlling parasite and spends some time trying to snap people out of it. However, once it becomes clear that she cannot snap the other person out of it, she does fight to defend herself.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten:
    • Aurra tells Boba to shoot a Clone Trooper. Yes, a Clone Trooper. Basically his brother. He doesn't go through with it, so Aurra does.
    • Queen Miraj Scintel orders Anakin to whip Obi-Wan Kenobi in order to prove that he really is a slaver.
  • I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: When Rex realizes that his duty requires him to report Cut, a clone deserter, to the authorities, he expresses regret that his memory of the event will be too poor for him to make any kind of report.
  • I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: Master Even Piell does this to Ahsoka in order to make sure the hyperspace route he's carrying gets to the Republic.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • Keeper Agruss meets his end via being stabbed by Rex with the end of a shock staff.
    • Savage Opress gets killed this way by two lightsabers, courtesy of Darth Sidious.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy:
    • The Battle Droids. "Rookies" has one Clone Trooper evade droid fire for a few seconds by walking sideways. Their effectiveness does vary by episode. Starting in "The Hidden Enemy", they had fewer humorous moments and an obscenely large Clone Trooper body count.
    • "Point Of No Return" sees a bunch of Battle Droids walking toward a corridor intersection, with a bunch of Republic droids crossing in front of their field of fire. The Battle Droids unload their blasters trying to hit the Republic droids and the Republic droids who are being shot at all make it past the unending stream of blaster fire safely...except for one, who can only take little tiny baby steps. And even with that poor slow-moving bastard, the Battle Droids miss him like twenty or thirty times before one bolt finally blows his head off.
    • The Clone Troopers also tend to miss their targets a lot, although not as much as the Battle Droids.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: The lightsabers are naturally this.
    • "The Mandalore Plot" manages to up the cool factor by introducing a historic lightsaber with a black blade called the Darksaber.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: Jedi Master Tera Sinube plants one on Ione Marcy's back; it's large, it beeps, and it isn't long before Cassie Cryar spots it and grinds it under her heel.
  • Indy Ploy: Many characters tend to go with the flow via coming up with plans along the way: Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, the Clone Troopers, Padmé, Yoda, and Cad Bane, but Anakin has definitely pulled this the most often. This tendency of his is lampshaded by Obi-Wan and Windu in "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back" as they watched Anakin cut apart the hulk of their escape ship, which was in the grasp of the titular Zillo Beast:
    Mace Windu: What is Skywalker doing?
    [hands macrobinoculars to General Kenobi]
    Obi-Wan Kenobi: It appears to be one of Anakin's improvised plans.
    Mace Windu: How can it be a plan if it's improvised?
    Obi-Wan Kenobi: Not to worry, just catch them when they fall.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison:
    • Slick accidentally reveals that he is the traitor by saying "when the Jedi get back", when only the traitor could have known the Jedi were gone.
    • During the Fugitive arc, Letta reveals herself by stating that the bomber is dead when only the person who actually planted the bomb would have known that. Anakin practically name-drops this trope, saying "We never said he was dead".
  • Ink-Suit Actor:
    • A lot of characters resemble their voice actors, alongside their facial expressions and body language being inspired by actors during recordings, where the production had cameras filming the actors.
      • Anakin Skywalker looks very similar to Matt Lanter.
      • Cham Syndulla and Gobi Glie resembles Robin Atkin Downes and Corey Burton respectively.
      • Wilhuff Tarkin looks like Stephen Stanton. Stephen took it one step further at Celebration VI by cosplaying as Tarkin himself.
      • Satine Kryze looks like Anna Graves, but she's been noted to have a Comic-Book Fantasy Casting resemblance to Cate Blanchett.
      • Chairman Chi Cho resembles Brian George.
      • Senator Mina Bonteri resembles Kath Soucie, except with short brown hair with graying streaks and a beauty mark near her mouth, and Lux Bonteri looks like a younger version of Jason Spisak.
      • Shmi Skywalker and Qui-Gon Jinn look like Pernilla August and Liam Neeson respectively.
      • Prime Minister Almec shares some resemblance to Julian Holloway, but with a beard.
      • Korkie and his friends resemble their voice actors.
      • The Father, the Son, and the Daughter resemble Lloyd Sherr, Sam Witwer, and Adrienne Wilkinson, respectively.
      • Kalifa, Jinx, and O-Mer look like younger versions of Gwendoline Yeo, Sunil Malhotra, and Cam Clarke, respectively. Weirdly enough, you can also see a bit of resemblance between Gwendoline Yeo and one of her characters Peppi Bow (who is a female Gungan).
      • Queen Neeyutnee resembles her voice actress Jameelah McMillan, although we never see her without her headdress and make-up.
      • Bo-Katan looks like Katee Sackhoff, except with short red hair. Her hairstyle is similar to Sackhoff's role as Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica.
      • Saw and Steela Gerrera resembles Andrew Kishino and Dawn-Lyen Gardner respectively (the latter except with dreadlocks and teal eyes).
  • Interquel: The Clone Wars is set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith in addition to being canon to the Star Wars franchise in the Disney era.
  • Informed Ability: Much talk is made about how General Pong Krell's tactics are very effective, but every command he issues during the Umbara arc leads to defeat that his Clone Troopers need to reverse by disobeying his orders. The opening narration describes him as reckless. It turns out he was deliberately sabotaging the Republic advance prior to his planned defection to the Separatists.
  • In a Single Bound: Jedi tend to leap through very large distances easily. Justified, since they use the Force to do it. Other characters like Embo and Cassie Cryar can jump obscenely far and high due their Bizarre Alien Biology.
  • Insectoid Aliens:
    • The Geonosians. They even have a queen, who is immobile and spends her time laying eggs, living deep inside the catacombs of the Progate Temple.
    • Admiral Trench is a humanoid-spider, with six arms, six eyes, large chelicerae, and small mouth with fangs. If that wasn't creepy enough, he later returned with half his body consisting of cybernetics.
  • Insignia Ripoff Ritual: DoubleSubverted. Ahsoka gets her Padawan braid taken when she is expelled from the Order in "The Wrong Jedi". They offer it back once she is cleared, but she declines.
  • Invincible Hero: Yoda is most certainly this. The reason why he rarely gets A Day in the Limelight is that the writers had problems coming up with something that would challenge him. He directly fought the Separatists only once, and eventually starred in a Force-themed story.
  • Invisible to Normals: A slight variation. Kyber crystals only glow for their intended owner, while others see nothing.
  • Invulnerable Knuckles:
    • Though nobody is ever shown breaking their fist on the metal, whenever a Clone Trooper punches a Battle Droid, he reacts in pain and has to shake his hand out afterwards. This occasionally has tragic outcomes, as their moments of pain and distraction often lets other Separatist Droids shoot them dead.
    • When Padmé punches Lolo in "Senate Murders", she immediately rubs her obviously injured hand.
    • Rush Clovis injures his hand when his fist connects with Anakin's cybernetic hand during their brawl.
    • Played straight whenever Clone Troopers fight each other bare-handed, since they're usually wearing armor. Most egregious with Fives during the Order 66 arc, where he spends most of an episode completely unarmed and unarmored and takes out fully-armored Clone Troopers with nothing but punches and kicks. Sure, he's an ARC trooper, but really!
  • Iris Out: True to Star Wars form, every episode except for "The Wrong Jedi" and "Sacrifice" ends with the screen turning to solid black starting at the edges and pushing inwards.
  • Ironic Echo: "Rookies": "Roger, roger."
  • I Surrender, Suckers:
    • Obi-Wan and Anakin both pull the ploy from time to time.
    • Kit Fisto pulls a similar trick on Grievous, but substitutes an escape for the trope's dictated attack. Grievous's look when his surrender demand is (seemingly) accepted? Priceless.
  • It Amused Me:
    • Cad Bane captures Threepio in order to get information out of him by administering painful electrical shocks. When he learns he has grabbed the wrong droid of the duo he dispatches his minions to grab Artoo, and while he waits he continues to zap the heck out of poor Threepio.
    • Once General Krell admits that he was a traitor, Captain Rex asks him why. "Because I can. Because you fell for it. Because you're inferior."
  • It Has Been an Honor:
    • The reprogrammed Battle Droids in "Citadel Rescue" told R2, who was their designated commander during the mission, that it was an honor serving under him.
    • Clone Commander Gregor told this to Colonel Gascon after thanking him for reminding him who he was. Although, he also promised that he would fight his way home.
  • It Only Works Once: In "Plan of Dissent", Fives, Jessie, and Hardcase are unwilling to risk their lives under Krell's reckless command and plot a mission against a resupply ship which they compare to Anakin's destruction of the droid command ship back in The Phantom Menace. They manage to get up to the ship and fire on its reactor, but the Separatist droids activate a ray shield to block them. Hardcase has to physically disconnect a damaged cannon, walk it around the shield, then smash it into the reactor to detonate it.
  • It's Personal: In "Kidnapped", Anakin is particularly furious with the slave-trading Zygerrians because of his own childhood status as a slave. The Zygerrians themselves have a vendetta against the Jedi, who destroyed their Slave Empire and greatly reduced their galactic influence and planetary prosperity.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down:
    • The nameless Senate Guard piloting Chancellor Palpatine's escape shuttle in "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back" insists that Palpatine escape riding R2-D2's jets, which cannot carry them both. He is squashed by the Zillo Beast mere moments later.
    • Kalifa to Ahsoka after Kalifa is shot through the chest.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Bric sabotages Domino squad he is not doing it with their interests at heart, but Shaak Ti points out to El-Les that battlefield conditions will be even less forgiving and they need to figure this out. Their struggles to overcome his challenges are what inspire them to excel, which everybody acknowledges at the end of "Clone Cadets".
  • Jet Pack:
    • It’s standard-issue for all Mandalorian Death Watch.
    • Used by some Clone Troopers, where it is apparently specialized equipment.
    • Cad Bane has jet boots. He uses them to maneuver while in Zero-G in addition to regular flight.
  • The Juggernaut: Savage Opress is nearly unstoppable. Not only does he continue to fight multiple enemies, all of who outclass him, in rapid succession, he also shrugs off repeated blaster shots, Force lightning, and slamming against walls, which would have instantly killed or at least incapacitated most other people. By the time he did retreat, he was half dead from all the abuse he took.
  • Just a Machine: Ironically, the Jedi and Clone Troopers view the Battle Droids this way despite said droids exhibiting a whole lot more personality and emotion in this installment compared to how they are in the Prequel Trilogy’s films. Obi-Wan also feels this way about Artoo.
    Obi-Wan: R2 units are a dime a dozen. I'm sure you'll find a suitable replacement.
  • Just a Stupid Accent:
    • Aayla Secura, as played by Jennifer Hale, and the rest of the Twi'leks are French - a nod to the French Resistance.
    • The Pantorans are South African - a nod to Apartheid-era dictators.
    • The Felucians sound vaguely Japanese - a nod to Seven Samurai.
    • Kit Fisto has a slight Jamaican accent. As a result of being voiced by Phil La Marr, he sometimes sounds like Hermes Conrad from Futurama.
  • Just Hit Him: Played With during Darts D'nar's fight with Obi-Wan in "Kidnapped". Darts throws Obi-Wan across the room a number of times when it probably would've been more effective to just start beating the hell out of him right where they were. But at other times during the fight, Darts does beat on him, and choke him, and pick him up only to slam him onto the floor. As much as he wanted to win, he also wanted revenge. Obi-Wan made a good outlet for those frustrations.
  • Just in Time:
    • In "Dooku Captured", Ahsoka and the Clone Troopers free Anakin and Obi-Wan from a cave filled with toxic-gas in the last second.
    • In "Blue Shadow Virus", a clone deactivates the bomb with what appears to be a few fractions of a second before detonation and then comments "plenty of time to spare".
    • In "R2 Come Home", Anakin and Mace Windu, injured and pinned in the wreckage of a downed starship, are extracted with only seconds to spare.
    • In a Call-Back to the Pilot Movie, "The Wrong Jedi" sees Anakin arriving to the trial with the proof of Ahsoka's innocence in the last moment, before the verdict is announced.
  • Kaiju: The Zillo Beast is pretty much the Star Wars counterpart to Godzilla.
  • Kangaroo Court:
    • Pong Krell invokes this in "Plan of Dissent", stating that Jesse and Fives will be court-martialed, found guilty, and executed. He then tops it moments later by deciding that this would take too long, and orders Rex to execute them without trial.
    • Two within "The Wrong Jedi":
      • The Jedi Council brought the verdict of Ahsoka being guilty of the crimes she has been accused of in advance, without even giving her an audience first. When they did they constantly interrupted and further confused her with cross-questions. They were themselves being pressured by the Senate. Anakin even lampshaded it when he says: "You've already made your decision haven't you!? This meeting is just a formality!"
      • The military tribunal was just as bad. Tarkin, the prosecutor, presented indirect evidence and presumptions he made based on them as if they were unshakable proofs. When Padmé brought attention to the lapse of logic in them, he simply steared the conversation away, to another question, that was completely irrelevant to the point that had been discussed until then! Palpatine, the presiding judge, gets to make an argument against the defense before the jury has rendered a verdict.
  • Keystone Army: During the Onderon arc, the rebels take out the city's primary power generator, knocking out every substation in turn. With no power, the droids have no way to recharge, making their defeat an eventuality. This only applies locally, though; there's nothing keeping Dooku from sending reinforcements, which is exactly what he does.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Grievous decides to attack medical frigates as a prelude to attacking the whole medical outpost.
    • Asajj Ventress's final initiation for a newly-brainwashed Savage Opress was having him kill his brother.
    • In "The Lawless", Darth Maul takes over Mandalore and uses pacifist Duchess Satine to lure Obi-Wan Kenobi to Mandalore as part of his Roaring Rampage of Revenge. When Obi-Wan and Satine are both captured, Maul kills Satine in front of Kenobi just so he can watch Obi-Wan feel the pain that he felt in the years after his defeat.
  • Kid-Appeal Character:
    • Ahsoka is this at the beginning of The Clone Wars, but she grows out of this role as the installment progresses (although she is very popular with older audiences).
    • The younglings introduced during the Young Jedi arc.
  • Kid Hero:
    • Ahsoka, who is an adolescent female Togruta and a skilled Padawan learner.
    • The younglings introduced during the Young Jedi arc also get their shot at being heroes.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence:
    • General Krell says "Eventually you'll have to do the right thing and—" only to be shot down mid-sentence.
    • Many, many hapless Battle Droids. One example of many:
      Battle Droid 1: What is that?
      Battle Droid 2: It looks like an explosive.
      Battle Droid 1: How can you tel..[explosion]
      • Moments later in the same episode:
      Battle Droid: Surrender rebel! You will answer for your crimes agains.. [explosion]
  • Kill It with Fire: A group of Geonosians in the Second Battle of Geonosis gets burned by flamethrowers.
  • Kill It with Ice: Geonosian brain-worms, although it is just cold in general, not necessarily ice.
  • Kiss of Death: This scene of Ventress killing an ARC trooper named Commander Colt that’s featured in "ARC Troopers". Cartoon Network insisted that it should be cut before the episode's airing.
  • Knight, Knave and Squire: Obi-Wan is the Knight, Anakin is the Knave, and Ahsoka is the Squire.
  • The Lancer:
    • Anakin usually fulfills this role to Obi-Wan when they are on a mission together.
    • Ahsoka and Rex share the role for Anakin.
  • La Résistance:
    • The Ryloth arc features Mace Windu teams up rather reluctantly with an cynical insurgency to drive the Separatist forces off the planet.
    • In "A War on Two Fronts" and "Front Runners", Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Ahsoka train a group of insurgents to fight against the occupying Separatist droid army.
  • Large Ham:
    • Colonel Gascon (who is introduced during the D-Squad arc), which is helped by his Napoleonic ego.
    • The Space Pirate Hondo Ohnaka takes hammyness to glorious new levels.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The Father erases Anakin's memories of future, which includes the knowledge of his Face–Heel Turn and progression to Sith Lord Darth Vader, to keep him from siding with the Son.
  • Lava Adds Awesome: A significant amount of episodes and scenes took place on volcanic worlds, but most the time the lava is there only for the "awesome special effect bonus".
  • The Laws and Customs of War: The Clone Wars presents the first explicit mention of a codified set of laws governing the rules of warfare within the Star Wars Canon: the Convention of Civilized Systems, named in "Trespass". The exact nature and details of these laws, however, have yet to be revealed.
  • Leave Him to Me: Pre Vizsla does this twice, once with Obi-Wan and again with Ahsoka. He eventually had to call for backup with Obi-Wan and Ahsoka abandoned the fight after taking out his jetpack.
  • Leitmotif: Practically all important and semi-important characters have their own theme-tune that somewhat reflects either their personality or the role they play: Ahsoka's own is bright and confident, Ventress's own is sinister, Savage's is ominous, etc. Even the Clone Troopers and the rest of the Galactic Republic in general received a theme that is worthy of any war movie!
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen:
    • In "The Mandalore Plot, tge Mandalorian leader of Death Watch Pre Vizsla returns Obi-Wan's lightsaber to him so that they may properly duel in a fair manner. He has his henchmen attack Obi-Wan once he starts to lose.
      • In "Shades of Reason", he returns Darth Maul's lightsaber to him when Maul challenges him to a duel.
    • Obi-Wan provokes an enemy into fighting him hand-to-hand in "Kidnapped" as a stalling tactic.
    • Rush Clovis challenges Anakin to "try fighting like a man without your Jedi tricks". Anakin is more than happy to oblige.
  • Lilliputians:
    • "Nomad Droids" featured a bunch of aliens so tiny that C-3PO was -accidentally- able to kill their tyrannic leader by simply toppling R2 over on him.
    • Colonel Gascon is also quite small, which is a constant source of frustration for him, due to his dreams of becoming a front-line war hero.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Initially, everybody except for Padmé due to the expense and effort it would take to render separate models. It is a little strange when Obi-Wan is constantly wearing his battle armor even while in the Jedi Council Chamber and Ahsoka and Barriss Offee sleep in their bed without blankets and still in their normal clothes, complete with boots for Ahsoka and a long robe for Barriss. They all have new outfits as of "Heroes on Both Sides" and receive small variations in later seasons, such as winter parkas and scuba gear.
  • Love Triangle: During the Onderon arc, both Ahsoka and Steela (one of the leaders of the rebels) have a crush on Lux Bonteri. The triangle eventually smooths out without conflict, as Lux begins to reciprocate Steela's feelings and Ahsoka easily slides into simple friendship.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: Several episodes feature almost nothing but Clone Troopers, although a Jedi or two tends to make a token appearance.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: This happens when Artoo accidentally kills the leader of some Lilliputians on a world he and C-3PO are visiting. R2 spends the rest of "Nomad Droids" with alien blood spattered all over him.
  • MacGuffin:
    • The Nexus Route coordinates carried by Master Even Piell and Captain Tarkin from the Citadel, which is marking a hyperspace-lane that connects Coruscant with Separatist space. Getting them is of immense interest of both sides, but they will not be put into use until Revenge of the Sith.
    • The "cargo" Boba's crew and Ventress were entrusted with protecting in "Bounty". It turned out to be a Damsel in Distress, Pluma Sodi, sister of the Kage leader Krismo, who was to be married to the Belugan dictator, Otua Blank.
    • During the Young Jedi arc, the lightsaber crystals had very little actual purpose after the younglings found them in "The Gathering", but Hondo wanting to get them kicked off a chain of events long enough for three more episodes.
    • The encyrption module, getting which was Colonel Gascon's and the droids mission during the D-Squad arc.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Nuvo Vindi is hellbent on releasing the Blue Shadow virus to the entire galaxy.
  • Made a Slave: Obi-Wan, Anakin, Ahsoka, and Rex in "Slaves of the Republic" and "Escape from Kadavo". Anakin starts out posing as a slave trader, although he hates doing it due to his background, and Ahsoka is his slave. But, Anakin winds up captured and made a servant to the queen, Ahsoka is put in a cage, and Obi-Wan and Rex get sold to the mines.
  • Madness Mantra: In "The Unknown":
    Tup: Good soldiers follow orders.
  • The Mafia: The Hutt Clans.
  • Magic Knight: Both the Jedi and the Sith use the Force for various puproses, including Combat Clairvoyance which allows them effective use of their lightsabers. However, the Sith appear to be more on the "magic" side, while the Jedi seem to be purposefully limiting their more direct applications of the Force.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: A simple injection (nanites, presumably) can rebuild a person's entire facial structure. In all fairness, it's shown to be incredibly painful.
  • The Magnificent: Jabba the Hutt.
  • The Magnificent Seven Samurai: "Bounty Hunters".
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: In "The Mandalore Plot", the Mandalorian Death Watch straps Obi-Wan to a Conveyor Belt o' Doom in order to make his death look like an accident.
  • Male Gaze:
    • Padmé Amidala tends to get subjected to these whenever she wears a very form fitting white bodysuit or other outfits that highlight her very shapely rear end.
    • Ahsoka Tano is occasionally subjected to these shots whenever the camera shows her very nice legs, especially in "Heroes on Both Sides". She immediately lampshades it. Incidentally, there was a Mid Season Up Grade between the previous episode and this one, since Ahsoka has visibly grown up since the last time we saw her.
  • Malevolent Architecture:
    • The Citadel is chock full of leathal traps, like electronized walls, electromagnets on the ceiling that can disarm any intruders. Even the air vents have security doors that can cut a human in half!
    • The titular Box in "The Box". It is a death trap maze that is meant to lethally weed out bounty hunters to find those skilled and hardy enough to participate in a plot to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine. It helps that it is also being run by a Killer Game Master who wants to kill his closest rivals to prove he is the number-one bounty hunter.
  • Mama Bear: Satine may be a pacifist, but she is willing to threaten someone with violence at the hands of her guards when the lives of children are at stake due to poison. She is also clearly outraged/devastated at everyone else's apparent indifference to the situation.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Darth Sidious and Count Dooku.
  • Masculine Lines, Feminine Curves: While generally not the case in character designs, this seems to be one of the Togruta's Secondary Sexual Characteristics: adult males have large angular horns, and short head-tails, while females have smaller, curvaceous horns, and very long, rounded head-tails.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The Weequy pirate gang led by Hondo have one when reminded that Dooku knows where they live.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: Typical Star Wars fare, although it gets a bit long as a result of this installment:
    • Yoda > Count Dooku > Qui-Gon Jinn > Obi-Wan Kenobi > Anakin Skywalker > Ahsoka Tano.
    • There's also the rather entangled chain of Sith:
      • Darth Sidious > Count Dooku > Ventress > Savage Opress
      • Darth Sidious > Count Dooku > Savage Opress
      • Darth Sidious > Darth Maul > Savage Opress
  • Mathematician's Answer: In "A Test of Strength", a couple of pirates discuss how to capture the Jedi younglings.
    Pirate 1: Dead or alive?
    Pirate 2: Yes. *Evil Laugh*
  • Mauve Shirt:
    • Nahdar Vebb was created just to get shot full of holes by General Grievous. Rather humorously, the Clone Troopers who accompanied him all wore red armor and also died horrible deaths.
    • A Clone Trooper named Sergeant Denal showed up in two episodes, and in "Cargo of Doom", Cad Bane kills Denal to fake his own death and then takes his armor.
    • Captain Rex serves the same role to Anakin as Commander Cody does to Obi-Wan, except he was not featured in Revenge of the Sith. It gives his story in "The Deserter" where he gets injured a bit more unease because he can die.
    • ARC trooper Echo was wearing one of these shirts during the Citadel arc.
    • Waxer, who was given a lot of focus and likability in "Innocents of Ryloth", dies in "Carnage of Krell".
  • Meaningful Background Event: When Ahsoka, Captain Rex, and Commander Bly are running flat-out after a probe droid and frantically wondering where it went in the tall grass, Aayla Secura can be seen slowly walking behind them looking around. Immediately afterwards, when the probe has out-floated its pursuers, Aayla simply steps out from in front of it and cuts it in half, having previously seen where it was heading and cutting it off.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Jedi Master Di, full name Ima-Gun Di is "I'm gonna die."
    • Many of the Clone Troopers have meaningful names, as none of them are given birth names and so they give each other or pick names.
      • "Chopper" was taking Battle Droid fingers to string together as a necklace.
      • "Droidbait" is frequently the first one shot in training combat and is the first of Domino squad to die in actual combat.
      • "Echo" repeats instructions, rigidly sticking to orders and the plan.
      • "Cutup" frequently makes sarcastic remarks.
      • "Hardcase" is a Blood Knight who enjoys battle more than the other Clone Troopers.
      • "Slick" is a traitor and extremely difficult and slippery to catch.
      • "Dogma" is fanatical about obeying orders and the official chain of command.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The Separatist droid army mostly consists of these.
  • Metaphorically True:
    • Obi-Wan's famed penchant for using half-truths is lampshaded in "Voyage Of Temptation" when Satine refers to him as "a collection of half-truths and hyperbole."
    • The Mortis arc is filled with obscure, misleading and contradictory information from the Father, Daughter, and Son. All of them are couched in metaphorical language. The Son quotes the original trope name that will be featured in Return of the Jedi: His actions are good, or evil, "from a certain point of view".
  • Mind Rape: Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Mace pull this on Cad Bane during their interrogation of him in "Children of the Force".
  • Mistaken for Own Murderer: Obi-Wan, when he's undercover during the Deception arc.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal:
    • Throughout the Mon Calamari arc, Tamson never misses an opportunity to belittle, threaten, and bully Nossor Ri and the Quarren. Eventually, they decide that enough is enough, and turn against him.
    • Despite the general policy of betrayal amongst the Sith, Count Dooku had no active plans to overthrow Darth Sidious until Sidious had Dooku kill Asajj Ventress to prove his loyalty. Afterwards, killing Sidious became a present goal for him.
  • The Mole: There are some characters in The Clone Wars that decide to betray the Republic: R3-S6, Captain Argyus, and Sergeant Slick.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Some creatures and even a few sapient alien beings look like amalgamations of Earth-creatures: The Mastiff phalones that were introduced in "Jedi Crash" have vulture-head, feet, talons, frontal body, and legs propotioned like a big cat's, covered by a mane of thick feathers, but wind a hind resambling a canine.
  • Moral Dissonance: This is brought up numerous times throughout The Clone Wars. The Republic in its entirety and the Jedi specifically employ millions of Clone Troopers as slave labor. They are sent out to fight and die without regard for their own wants or desires, going their entire lives without being allowed to make a single decision for themselves. Leaving the military, for any reason, is considered treasonous desertion and A.W.O.L., even if the Clone Trooper in question has not yet even graduated training or only leaves to become a farmer. Even Clone Troopers who are unable to become soldiers, due to either physical or mental deformity, are not released from service, instead becoming support workers for the military industrial complex. Throughout this treatment, however, the Republic government and the Jedi continuously speak about how their war revolves around the core concepts of freedom and liberty and they see no problem with ensuring this via the martial might of those fundamentally without liberty. Ironically, the Jedi themselves would likely have the best understanding of the Clone Troopers because although they have a right to leave, they themselves for the most part never had a life that preceded training in the Jedi academy.
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: A Planet of Hats of them in the Banking Clan.
  • More Dakka: Quite a few examples, but the battleship Malevolence, which has a dorsal surface of that was studded by countless guns, probably takes the cake.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Fives does this to a fellow Clone Trooper during the Order 66 arc. Of course, in this case they are all Clone Troopers and thus sized identically.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: At the end of "Senate Spy", Anakin left Clovis to Lott Dod and his Separatist droids. Anakin had displayed jealousy and barely-concealed rage towards Clovis throughout the entire charade.
  • Musical Spoiler: It's pretty easy to guess that everything isn't going to be sunshine and daises in "The Wrong Jedi" given the music that precedes the big moment.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Ahsoka, the Padawan learner of Anakin Skywalker, starts off in The Clone Wars wielding a single lightsaber with a reverse grip. When she reappears with a new design during the third season, she has taken up Dual Wielding. Why does that sound familiar?
    • In "Brothers", Darth Maul recites part of the Sith Code while ranting deliriously.
      Through power I gain victory; through victory my chains are broken...
    • Maul's robotic legs could be considered a reference to the non-canon comic Old Wound, which also features him hunting down Obi-Wan.
    • Ahsoka's role during the Fugitive arc is nearly identical to Zayne's storyline in Knights of the Old Republic
      • Speaking of the Knights of the Old Republic, Onderon is depicted much like it was in Knights of the Old Republic II:. Just like there, Onderon is a monarchy on a jungle planet. The capital city here is even the same as it was in KOTOR 2.
    • Pre Vizsla says the Darksaber was taken from the Jedi Temple by his ancestor during the fall of the Old Republic. In Star Wars: The Old Republic, a Mandalorian named Shae Vizsla was involved in a Sith attack on the Jedi Temple during the Sacking of Coruscant.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Nobody actually says it, but when Ahsoka resigns from the Jedi Order in response to the Council's distrust and discarding of her during her trial in "The Wrong Jedi", the looks on several of the Jedi Masters' faces (especially Yoda's) convey this message painfully well.

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  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
    • In general, Star Wars tends to be bad about this. Darth Sidious, Darth Tyranus, General Grievous...
    • The Mandalorian homeworld is threatened by an extremist group which wants to return to the old Mandalorian ways of combat. They are named "Death Watch".
    • The Dathomiarian Zabrak warrior and brother of Darth Maul has the name of Savage Opress.
    • Bounty Hunter Moralo Eval. "Moral Evil", get it? Also Cad Bane, for that matter.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted, as people openly talk about killing others and being killed along with dying.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: In the trailer for "The Wrong Jedi", the color of Anakin's second lightsaber was changed to green so that viewers wouldn't be as likely to suspect that Barriss was behind the bombing of the Jedi Temple.
  • New Content Countdown Clock: A countdown to "The Wrong Jedi" appeared during Ben 10: Omniverse, the lead-in show.
  • New Meat: Throughout The Clone Wars, there are frequent introductions of Clone Troopers who have not previously served on the front lines, and they try to deal with gaining real-world experience on top of their training.
  • Newsreel: The Previously On segment at the start of each episodes take the form of news blurbs that often verge into pro-Republic propaganda.
  • Nice Hat:
    • The broad-brimmed fedora worn by Cad Bane is rather awesome. Bane himself seems very fond of it; even when he's a wanted fugitive, he takes the time to replace it.
    • Embo essentially wears a metallic shield on his head. It is both nice AND practical.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Anakin and the Father have this during the Mortis arc, where their combined mistakes — the Father brings Anakin to Mortis awakens Son's vanity and Anakin turns down the Father's request to stay and keep the balance between Son and Daughter — results in the death of all three Force-wielders.
    • Yoda assigns a Padawan learner to Anakin in order to teach him a lesson about responsibility and attachments, but the way the Jedi Council (including Yoda) treats Ahsoka in "The Wrong Jedi" actually becomes another reason for Anakin losing his faith in them. Although, Yoda does have feelings of guilt about this, which manifest in "Destiny".
  • The Nicknamer: Ahsoka had a tendency to use these for people in the first season, but it eventually disappeared as The Clone Wars progressed.
  • Ninja: The Kage species who battled against the Belugans: black bodysuit, stealth, and great agility. If not clear enough, Kage is also the Japanese word for shadow, the realm of ninjas.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • The character, especially the voice, of Ziro the Hutt was based explicitly on camp gay true-crime author and actor Truman Capote, best known for either his writing of the seminal true-crime expose In Cold Blood or for his role as Lionel Twain in Murder by Death.
    • Several members of the Hutt crime families are based on real and fictional crime bosses. One is based on Marlon Brando's portrayal of Vito Corleone in The Godfather, another is based on real-life gangster Al Capone.
    • The voice of Osi Sobeck (the warden of the Citadel) was based off of Chistopher Walken's.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Darth Maul and Savage Opress inflict a brutal one to Obi-Wan in "Revenge", as a prelude to the "beyond excruciating" vengeance that Maul has planned for him.
  • No Flow in CGI: This is heavily present in the first season as the subsequent seasons saw significant advancement in fabric and hair movements.
    • The hair on most of the human characters was initially solid as rock, Obi-Wan's beard being the best example. The Jedi also all wear gauntlets and have no sleeves and wear sleeveless Jedi robes which are easier for the animators to deal with than if they wore their traditional robes.
    • Ventress first averts this by always wearing a skirt, but has to take it off before fighting because they thought that it was too difficult for them to animate her with her skirt on. Eventually, they played this straight where Ventress ends up losing the skirt altogether from the third season onwards.
  • Noir Episode: "Senate Murders" features a Who Dunnit on Coruscant.
  • Nom de Guerre: All of the Clone Troopers, since so few of them have actual names. Some examples include Rex, Fives, and Waxer.
  • Non-Lethal Warfare: Averted. Greatly.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: It is very glaring on the Gungan, Rodian, and Mon Calamari females.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: While most Clone Troopers wear the same basic armor, each battalion has markings of some color (blue for the 501st, orange for the 212th, etc.), and within the battalion, each clone will have his own pattern of colored markings to display individuality.
    • To a greater degree with Wolffe and especially Rex’s Phase II armor. Despite the rest of the 104th and 501st wearing the standard Phase II helmets, Wolffe has a helmet with a thin visor similar to those used by the 91st Recon Battalion, and Rex has a completely unique helmet design that incorporates a Phase I-style visor into a Phase II helmet.
  • No Hero to His Valet: General Grievous's doctor constantly berates him for getting damaged in battle, and even calls him out on becoming a cyborg, despite the fact that Grievous is more than capable of turning him into a pile of scrap. Justified, since this is the droid who repairs Grievous after a battle.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Domino Squad received an automatic failure on their final test when they abandoned Droidbait after he was more seriously wounded than intended during the simulation. They were told explicitly that they broke the number one rule.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Averted for the most part, but being the Star Wars Canon, disregard for safety regulations pops up every now and then.
    • There are plenty of walkways aboard both Republic and Separatist ships without guardrails, particularly in the reactor and engine rooms.
    • The transportation cars on the Malevolence 's tram system have very few rail (and General Grievous doesn't even use them), and the only safety system they have is an automated PA system reminding passengers to "Mind the gap". At the very least, the hangars have fire hoses in case of exploding ships, but unfortunately it seems that no one told the fire-control droids that the hoses need more than one person to operate without being thrown around by the high-pressure water blast (then again, the fire-control Separatist droids are Battle Droids).
    • The Hard Light bridge to Lessu on Ryloth seems pretty cool (and understandable for security purposes), but can be dangerous for those crossing if there's a power failure with the bridge controls. This is demonstrated in "Liberty on Ryloth", in which a Too Dumb to Live Battle Droid ignores the alert while on the bridge and falls to his doom.
    • The docks on Coruscant in "Senate Murders" have large crates that are stored near the edge of platforms without support rails, just above some civilian walkways. When one of these crates got knocked loose, it fell off the platform and almost crushed some civilians to death.
    • Averted with the Trandoshan air fortress on Wasskah, as it has plenty of guardrails to be OSHA-compliant. However, the rails don't save the Trandoshans from being thrown over by powerful Force-users and Wookiees.
    • The underground temple of Malmourral on Bardotta has some narrow stairways and walkways next to the sacrificial slide, but no safety rails around the outside. Cue a few cultists saying hello to the lava below (one of them even stumbles into it).
  • Not Helping Your Case: In "Holocron Heist", Ahsoka is being disciplined for disobeying orders and is reassigned to guard duty at the Jedi temple. When she exclaims in shock about the transfer and asks for how long, Mace Windu simply responds "longer now" after her outburst.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order in "The Wrong Jedi".
  • Not Quite Dead: Despite being cut in half by Obi-Wan, Darth Maul is still alive.
  • Not So Above It All: In "Landing at Point Rain", Anakin and Ahsoka hold a Body-Count Competition during battle. After the battle, Ahsoka asked for Anakin's total, and it turned out she won. Anakin however claimed that since he had called in the airstrike, it should add enough to his tally to make it a draw. Upon hearing this, Master Ki-Adi Mundi added his own total, which was larger than either Ahsoka's or Anakin's, then casually asked what had he won.
    Anakin: "My ever lasting respect, Master Mundi."
  • Not So Different:
    • As shown in "Heroes on Both Sides", aside from the military commanders, most of the Separatists are not the greedy bloodthirsty monsters the Republic makes them out to be. In fact, they are being manipulated into believing the Republic are the ones who started and are perpetuating the war and many members of their civilian government sincerely believe that they are fighting for democracy against the oppressive and corrupt Republic.
    • In "The Lawless", Darth Maul loses his brother Savage in a similar manner to how his rival Obi-Wan lost Qui-Gon.
    • Obi-Wan's backstory and present day story with Satine mirrors Anakin's story with Padmé, specifically something of a Bodyguard Crush back when Obi-Wan was apprentice to Qui-Gon Jinn. The Clone Wars then contrasts how Obi-Wan handles his feelings for her; he admits that if she asked he would have left the Jedi to be with her, as opposed to Anakin trying to be both a Jedi and have "attachments" by keeping it a secret. Along with some Ship Tease between Ahsoka and Lux, it is overall shown that many Jedi struggle with the commitments imposed to be a part of the Order.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: For all his whining and cowardice, Nute Gunray can be quite surprisingly cunning and resourceful when he wants to be.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: Averted by Kenobi in "Legacy of Terror" when he calls the zombies what they are.
  • Not What It Looks Like:
    • A dramatic example. In "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much", Ahsoka is in Letta's cell when she's Force-choked by an unseen party (eventually revealed to be Barriss Offee). As the audio receivers in the cell were conveniently offline but the Holorecorder was still running, Ahsoka's frantic motions come across as much more sinister than they really are.
    • In "To Catch a Jedi", where Ahsoka is found in a room loaded with explosive nanodroids matching the type used in the temple attack, knocked in there by an unidentified attacker (eventually revealed to be Barriss Offee) after having the tar beaten out of her by said attacker. She tries to explain, but the troopers stun her and knock her out before she has a chance to go beyond "I can explain". To their credit, Anakin and Plo Koon note that things do not add up.]]
  • Not Zilla: The Zillo Beast is a homage to Godzilla. Bonus points for being awakened by a proton bomb.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: This backfires on Anakin in "Sabotage". When a droid fighter fires a missile at him and Ahsoka, Ahsoka rolls off to the right while Anakin just lowers his wing slightly so the missile will fly past. As a result, the missile releases its payload of buzz droids right ahead of his fighter, covering it from top to bottom, while Ahsoka's maneuver has put her completely out of harm's way.
  • Nonuniform Uniform: Most Clone Troopers customize their armor or hairstyle/hair color in The Clone Wars.
  • Off with His Head!:
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • In "The General", a screaming, mechanical thing erupts from the ground right in front of a trooper.
      "Oh, skrag."
    • Darth Maul gets one in "The Lawless", which is also a Call-Forward to A New Hope:
      "I...sense a presence. A presence I haven’t felt since... (he realizes who it is) Master."
  • Old Master:
    • Yoda serves the role as this to the Jedi Order as a result of being a powerful, old, and legendary Jedi Master in addition to being as Grand Master of the Jedi Order.
    • Tera Sinube qualifies as this as well. He is a seemingly-feeble old Jedi who shows considerable wisdom, approaches any problem with a calm, methodical approach to great success, disarms a thief who stole Ahsoka's lightsaber using his own lightsaber which is built into his walking stick, and is one of the foremost experts on Coruscant's criminal underworld.
    • On the evil side, there is Count Dooku, who is in his eighties, but can still beat the younger Anakin, his own failed apprentice Ventress, and the monstrously powerful Savage Opress.
    • Darth Sidious himself as he is in his seventies and still the single most powerful Force using individual in the Galaxy.
  • Oh My Gods!: During the Mortis arc, Ahsoka asks "What in the Universe was that?".
  • Old Soldier: When Anakin remarks that the rookie Clone Trooper Dogma reminds him of Captain Rex, Rex responds that that might have been true, but only "back in the day."
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Savage Opress' theme song includes a male-choir chanting ominously in what sounds at least similar to Latin.
  • Once a Season: R2-D2 had A Day in the Limelight episodes in every season in which he usually ended up saving the day.
  • Once per Episode:
    • In the first two seasons, a character would quip either "I have a bad feeling about this" or "It's a trap!" in nearly every single episode. Sometimes, two different characters dropped one of the two each within the same episode. The tendency was toned down in the later seasons, but they still popped up from time-to-time.
    • During the D-Squad arc, WAC called Colonel Gascon "a map-reader" once in each episode.
  • One-Man Army:
    • The Jedi in general, but Yoda was explicitly described as such in "Ambush" where King Katuunko decreed that Yoda was worth a thousand Battle Droids.
    • An unidentified Death Watch commando featured during the begging of the Mandalorian arc single-handedly attempted to take an entire Republic cruiser out of commission. He does not quite succeed, but kills himself rather than be captured and interrogated, and it is implied he came within a hair's breadth of completing his mission.
  • Only a Flesh Wound:
    • Captain Rex is the king of this trope. He gets on his feet within less than a day from taking a blaster shot straight to the chest, which leaves a visible burn on his back.
    • This is said word-for-word by a medical droid in "Assassin" after Aurra shot Padmé on her shoulder.
  • Opening Monologue: Each episode starts with a short clip-show flashback and the narrator explaining events leading up to the story of the episode. It overlaps with Previously On when it recounts the events of an earlier episode of a story arcs.
  • Opening Scroll: Although not used in The Clone Wars itself, the offical episode guides included a crawling-text version of the episode's Opening Monologue for a while.
  • Orphaned Etymology
    • In "Downfall of a Droid", Obi-Wan once said that the R2 units of astromech were "a dime a dozen", despite the decicred serving as their 1/10 of a unit monetary unit.
    • In "Clone Cadets", when Bravo Squad is complimented, Cutup remarks "Bravo for Bravo Squad" and Bravo Squad later mocks Domino Squad with "time to watch the Dominos fall". The Italian language and the game of dominoes are not otherwise shown to exist.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Undead Geonosian warriors are featured in "Legacy of Terror". Immune to pain and injury? Check. Creepy? Check. Caused by mind-control worms that go up people's noses?Check.
  • Out of Focus: Anakin's screentime in season five was reduced in comparison with previous seasons along with Obi-wan to a lesser extent. Ahsoka, on the other hand, got a lot more.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Anyone who gets between Anakin and Ahsoka is going to figure this out the hard way, which is unsurprising considering his previous record.
    • Chairman Papanoida is a prime example via being willing to break into Jabba's Palace and gun down waves of outlaws in order to save his missing daughters.
  • Parasite Zombie: The Geonosian brain-worms introduced in "Legacy of Terror".
  • The Pass Word Is Always Swordfish: Rush Clovis used "Padmé" as his password to access the plans of the Separatist's new droid factory because he had a long lasting crush on Padmé Amidala. She successfully guessed it just after a few tries and was visibly unnerved at how creepy it was.
  • Percussive Maintenance:
    • Anakin restarted the faulty beacon in "Trespass", after Obi-Wan and the Clone Troopers failed with their more subtle attempst.
    • Hilariously in "Wookiee Hunt", Chewbacca does this to a Trandoshan after the lizard man proves initially resistant to the Jedi mind trick.
  • Pirates: Hondo Ohnaka's Space Pirate gang.
  • Physical God: The Force-wielders. Their power is so great they have to be confined and kept secret from the rest of the galaxy.
  • Place of Power:
    • Mortis is an intersection of the Force, where the Force-wielders lived. When Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka arrived there, they immediately noted that the Force is exceptionally powerful. Also, Anakin was able to draw on the planet's power to defeat the Son and the Daughter simultaneously.
    • According to the manuals, Dathomir is also an intersection of the physical and the spirit world.
  • Plant Aliens: The kindalo (which are introduced in "Mercy Mission") are basically ents that look like humanoid-skeletons.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: The Young Jedi arc was originally conceived of as a Pilot Movie for a potential Younglings spinoff, but was folded back into The Clone Wars after test screenings resulted in George changing his mind.
  • Praetorian Guard: Palpatine's red guards that were introduced in the films appear in this installment. The Jedi also have an internal guard force who dress in identical white robes with white masks and carry yellow, double-bladed lightsabers.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • In "Rookies", one of the Clone Troopers screams, "What the hell was that?" This caused many parents to complain and it was removed for later airings. Although, it was retained on the home video release.
    • It is dropped again regarding the fight Ryloth's freedom fighters put up in "Liberty on Ryloth".
  • Previously On: Every episode starts with a newsreel-style recap of previous episodes, often in the form of pro-Republic propaganda. Sometimes, they reveal the backstory of a new story arc as though it was a previous episode, which is fitting with the Star Wars aggressive sense of history.
  • Psychic Strangle:
    • Anakin mainly uses it when his loved ones get endangered. He also prefers to use it as an interrogation technique.
    • For Asajj Ventress, it seems like a finishing and/or desperation attack.
    • For Savage Opress, it is more-or-less his Signature Move, although he is fine with the "normal" bare-handed Neck Snap as well.
    • After Bo-Katan insulted him, Maul started to strangle her while he gave a speech to Vizsla and the rest of the Death Watch about how beneficial an allance between them would be. However, after he released her and left, Bo-Katan and Vizsla smirked at one another in apparent success, so it appeared that they expected him to try such an intimidation tactic.
    • Darth Sidious, upon arriving on Mandalore, offhandedly used the Force in order to choke two Death Watch commandos who tried to stop him while walking past them. Later, he strangled another pair before entering a room.
    • This becomes a plot point during the Fugitive arc, when someone Force-chokes Letta, the woman who bombed the Jedi Temple, while Ahsoka was the only one in her cell. Since the two were alone and Letta's death was recorded on camera, Ahsoka's frantic arm movements made it look like she was the one killing her.
  • ''Psycho'' Strings: The main intrument in Ventress's leitmotif is a sinister sounding violin, emphasizing how dangerous and unpredictable she is.
  • Punishment Detail: When Waxer and Boil become preoccupied by Numa (a Twi'lek child they have encountered), they are delayed from returning from their scouting mission. When Commander Cody makes radio contact, they expect to be put to work cleaning R2 units.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: A few characters shout like this sometimes. For example:
    Hondo Ohnaka': THIS EFFORT! IS NO LONGER! PROFITABLE!
  • Puppet King:
    • Invoked by Dooku in "Ambush", when he ordered Ventress to kill Katuunko, as he would have an easier way "negotiating' with Katuunko's replacement.
    • King Sanjay Rash of Onderon was so obviously a figure-head that the people recognized it and had little tolerance for him. It was only the droid army stationed in the capital that kept him in power.
    • In "Shades of Reason", Prime Minister Almec of Mandalore willingly became the public face for Maul's rule when the Sith took over Death Watch, and the freshly conquered planet with it.
  • Puppet State:
    • While the Republic Senate can't have any real influence over galactic events due to the manipulations of the Sith, Senators and politicians like Padmé and Satine can alter events by overcoming such manipulation, despite not realizing what they're up against.
    • The Separatist Parliament on the other hand has absolutely no power, Dooku quite simply ignores their decisions as he pleases. The vast economic organizations such as the Trade Federation and the Banking Guild are likewise under the control of Dooku and the Separatists, despite constantly claiming to be neutral in the war.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The bounty hunters Dooku hired during the Deception arc.
  • Railing Kill: Plenty of these are featured in "Wookiee Hunt" during the battle on the Trandoshan air fortress. Their leader, Garnac, falls victim to this when Ahsoka Force-pushes him through a door and over a guardrail to his death.
  • Ramming Always Works: Anakin's method of dealing with the blockade flagship.
  • Reality Has No Subtitles:
    • The Clone Wars has no subtitles at all throughout its entire run, all alien and droid languages are untranslated. Some information is conveyed to the audience by Repeating so the Audience Can Hear in Basic, but a lot of dialogue has to be interpreted solely by tone and context.
    • On the other hand, a lot more characters speak Basic than they did during their live action appearances in the theatrical films, including characters who never spoke Basic in their limited film appearances (such as Bossk).
  • Reality Ensues: 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. When Pre Viszla and the Death Watch finally make their move 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.
  • Recycled In Space:
  • Red Shirt: Many Clone Troopers, but several do get actual facetime to elevate into a Mauve Shirt.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Obi-Wan (blue) and Anakin (red) are the most obvious examples. Surprisingly, Anakin and Ahsoka constantly change their colors to each other’s own.
    • Rex (red) and Cody (blue), who resemble Anakin and Obi-Wan in many ways.
  • Red Wire Blue Wire: Asajj ends up just slicing through the control panel.
  • Religion of Evil: In addition to the Sith, we have the Frangawl Cult in "The Disappeared".
  • Repeating so the Audience Can Hear: Since there are no subtitles, some information is relayed to the audience by having one member of the conversation repeat alien or droid dialogue in Basic.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Trandoshans in general, but especially the hunters in "Padawan Lost" and "Wookie Hunt". Tera Sinube is an exception.
  • La Résistance:
    • The Twi'leks fighting against Separatist occupation in "Liberty On Ryloth". George Lucas had all the Twi'leks speak with a French accent to compare them to the French resistance during WWII.
    • The Onderon freedom fighters featured in season five, whom the Jedi decide to train on Anakin's advice.
  • Retcon: Previously established continuity from the Expanded Universe is accepted in general fashion, but many parts have been re-written at the behest of George Lucas to suit the needs of The Clone Wars, both in the setting of episodes and character/species history. Ironically, the retcons applied by the The Clone Wars itself now supersede the EU canonically after Disney declared everything in the Legends EU (except for The Clone Wars and the original six theatrical Star Wars films) to be non-canon.
  • Reused Character Design: The installment has plenty of these due to budget limitations. The most frequently used example is a green twi'lek female, whose model appeared completely unaltered on separate occasions as a bar dancer in two episodes, as a pair of twin dancers at Jabba's palace, in Anakin's vision on Mortis, as a slave girl on Zygerria, and as another slave girl on Zygerria who committed suicide.
  • Reverse Grip:
    • Ahsoka's standard lightsaber posture, although there are some times where the switches to a traditional hold during actual combat. In "Brain Invaders" she holds her fork in the same fashion when she and Barriss are eating in the mess hall. After the Mid Season Up Grade in season three, she begins to Dual Wield two lightsabers, switching back and forth between wielding them both in reverse and wielding one frontwards.
    • When Obi-Wan picks up Quinlan Vos's lightsaber to Dual Wield in "Hunt for Ziro", he holds Vos's lightsaber in a reverse grip.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Apparently, despite being backed primarily by wealthy merchant conglomerates, the Separatists as a whole are cheap as hell since their preferred method of payment is a lightsaber through the back. Then again, when you are dealing with a crazy Sith Lord or a crazy cyborg and start making demands, you are really just asking for it.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter:
    • The Convoree in "Wookiee Hunt" and their recycled version in season four.
    • The cat-like Tookas (not the dolls based on them in-universe seen in earlier episodes) that appeared in the flesh for the first time in "To Catch a Jedi".
  • Ridiculously Human Robots:
    • The Separatist droids (especially the Battle Droids) are full of humorous charm and personality.
    • Taken up a notch in "A Friend In Need". Death Watch has a bunch of harmless droids that they use for target practice which beg for mercy and scream "Why?" (albeit in monotone). They beg to be repaired by R2 as they crawl to him for help. R2 gives them the chance to get some retribution.
  • Rite of Passage: In "The Gathering", a group of Jedi younglings find and harvest their first Kyber crystals in the Temple-cavern on Illum. To find their crystals, each must face and come over their flaws and short-comings, such as selfishness, fear, lack of self-confidence, or lack of faith.
  • Role Reprisal:
    • Some of the actors reprised their roles as the characters that they portrayed in the theatrical films. They include Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks (although Binks was voiced by B.J. Hughes in three of the season one episodes), Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn, Pernilla August as Shmi Skywalker, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, Daniel Logan as Boba Fett & the younger clone cadets, and Matthew Wood as General Grievous & the Battle Droids.
    • Some of the voice actors from previous Star Wars works such as Star Wars: Clone Wars and the franchise's videogames returned, which include James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Tom Kane as Yoda, Terrence C. Carson as Mace Windu, and Corey Burton as Count Dooku.
  • Roof Hopping: This is done in "Lightsaber Lost" when Ahsoka chases Cassie Cryar (who has her lightsaber) over the rooftops of Coruscant.
  • Rousing Speech:
    • Parodied in "Heroes on Both Sides", where Grievous tells a bunch of purpose-built suicide infiltrator droids that none of them will be coming back.
    • Played straighter by Padmé Amidala in "Pursuit of Peace" when she convinces the Senate to vote against deregulating the banks for more troop funding, which was powerful enough that her political enemies also applauded.
  • Rule of Cool: The Clone Wars exists primarily to give us some more Star Wars battles.

    Tropes S to Z 
  • Sadistic Choice:
    • Tal Merrik tries to pull this on Obi-Wan and Satine by forcing them to kill him to stop him, wanting to get the pacifist to prove herself a hypocrite or have her Jedi love interest kill an unarmed man in front of her. Anakin presents an alternative.
    • The Father in "Overlords" makes Anakin choose whether to save Ahsoka or Obi-Wan. It was actually a test to see if he had what it took to Take a Third Option.
  • Scenery Porn: The art style, character designs, technology designs, environments, and backgrounds of The Clone Wars are all well-done in a very visually appealing, spectacular, and nigh-cinematic level with photo-realistic CGI that has so much detail to the point of which it takes a number of rewatchings just to register most of it.
  • Schrödinger's Canon: The Clone Wars occupies an interesting slot. At its inception, it was EU canon, though the highest tier of EU canon. As such, it was free to incorporate, modify, or ignore lower-tier EU works. After the Disney buyout, all previously EU material except The Clone Wars and the six theatrical Star Wars films were declared Legends, meaning The Clone Wars retroactively observed and included true, false, or both many aspects of Legends into the Star Wars Canon.
    • Notably, Ryloth had long been the home world of the Twi'leks, and this, along with some of their Proud Warrior Race aspects from the X-Wing novels, were observed true. However, Ryloth in Legends is tidally locked, one side permanent scorching day, the other side permanent frozen night, and only the small band of twilight at the terminator comfortably habitable. Ryloth in The Clone Wars seems to have a normal day-night cycle.
    • The Kyber crystals had long been an important part of Legends and are the focus of the Young Jedi arc.
    • The Nightsisters of Dathomir were prominent villains in some Legends works before appearing in The Clone Wars.
    • Overlapping with Ascended Fanon, the 501st started out as an official fanclub for stormtrooper cosplay enthusiasts, who began styling themselves as the elite "Vader's Fist" Legion of stormtroopers, before it was canonized in Legends that the 501st was Darth Vader's personal stormtrooper legion. In this installment, Rex commands the 501st Clone Troopers, which are assigned to Anakin Skywalker. Notably, Star Wars Battlefront 2 had previously indicated that 501st Clone Troopers morphed into the 501st Stormtroopers during the transition from Republic to Empire.
  • Science Fantasy: The Clone Wars mixes Sci-fi and Fantasy elements far more than the original six theatrical films did. Probably the best testifying this are the two last story arcs in season four. The Deception arc features amongst others Magic Plastic Surgery and Holographic Disguise devices, while the Nightsisters and Brothers arc shows a Necromancer raising an undead army, Mother Talzin torturing Dooku with a Voodoo Doll, crafting magicybernetic-limbs, and healing psychosis with her magics.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale:
    • Planet-wide (or sector-wide) battles often amount to, at max, a few hundred soldiers on either side fighting over a single city or other small area. However, some episodes imply that what the viewer sees is only part of the bigger picture, with concurrent operations going on off-screen.
      • In "Supply Lines", the Republic is attempting to feed the entire population of Ryloth. They accomplish this with a single food shipment that could, at best, feed a single village for a few days. This works because the entire planet is apparently populated by only a few dozen individuals.
      • In "Gungan Attack", the Republic has to arrange for reinforcements to retake the planet of Mon Cala from the Separatists. The entirety of the Separatist army in this planet-wide battle appears to be several hundred droids and less than a dozen heavy machines converging on a very large underwater city. The Republic reinforcements consist of (in two waves) around five dropships worth of Clone Troopers and then a few hundred Gungans. The whole planet appears to be populated by two races of maybe a thousand people each in two cities.
      • In "Liberty on Ryloth", this trope is revealed to actually be averted. Mace Windu's campaign on Ryloth spans several cities, and is only one part of the whole offensive. At one point he states that "Master Kenobi has already taken the Jixuan Desert, so the Southern hemisphere is ours." This indicates that the operations shown onscreen are merely a part of the overall war, and other (presumably less vital) operations are occurring elsewhere.
    • In "Pursuit of Peace", the Senate debates whether or not to buy five million new Clone Troopers for the war, which is being fought on numerous planets across an entire galaxy. For reference, the Allies had five million troops on the Western European Front alone in World War II. To be fair, the total number of Clone Troopers in the Grand Army of the Republic prior to the new Clone Troopers being produced was a paltry three million. Meanwhile, the Separatists buying an additional three million droids was treated as some sort of game-changer. A previous episode had established that the Separatists were already outnumbering the Clone Troopers a hundred to one, so not only are the Separatists adding a relatively small army to their established numbers, but their whole army is positively tiny for a galactic-scale conflict.
    • In "Clone Cadets", Master Shaak Ti is identified as the General in charge of training new Clone Troopers. This apparently means she personally oversees the exercises of each clone squad. This is clearly impossible for the number of Clone Troopers shown in the episode, never mind the number necessary for the whole war. However, there is mention of other cities on Kamino, with Ti only overseeing training in the capitol, implying that the Clone Troopers we see are only a small part of the whole program.
    • In "Plan of Dissent", the Clone Troopers mention that among the obstacles to taking a capitol are missiles with a "100 megaton yield". We later see some strikes with weapons that produce standard explosions, affecting an area no more than a couple hundred feet each. For comparison, not even the biggest, most powerful nuclear weapons ever made had a 100 megaton yield, and would cause miles of devastation. Granted, while those missiles were never identified as the 100-MT ones, why bother mentioning the yields and then showing missiles being fired if they're not going use the same missiles?
  • Scream Discretion Shot: This is done during the Citadel arc, where a Clone Trooper is cut in half by a slamming door. One slams in front of him right before his Family-Unfriendly Death.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: When Captain Rex encounters Cut, a clone who deserted from the army, it is his duty to report him to the authorities...it is too bad that Rex feels his memory of the whole affair will be too poor to make any kind of report.
  • Secondary Sexual Characteristics: Adult Togruta males appear to have rather large and angular horns with short head-tails, while females have smaller and curved horns, and very long head-tails.
  • Send in the Clones: Sort of expected.
  • Sergeant Rock:
    • Captain Rex, although he is not an NCO.
    • Chief Bric (who was introduced in "Clone Cadets") qualifies.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: There are a couple in The Clone Wars:
    • In "ARC Troopers", 99 ends up dying in an attempt to get more grenades. While it is certainly heroic that he was willing to try, that hallway was a deathtrap and a Jedi would have had trouble running that gauntlet. His death ultimately accomplished nothing, though his life certainly mattered.
    • In "Shadow Warrior", General Tarpals' heroic sacrifice in defeating and capturing Grievous and dying in the process ends up turning into this, because they end up having to give Grievous back to the Separatists in exchange for Anakin Skywalker, who was captured by Dooku shortly after Grievous's capture.
  • Shaggy Search Technique: Apparently, a species trait of Gungans is "Amusing Alien who stumbles into exactly what the competent characters are looking for". This happens several times in "Blue Shadow Virus".
  • Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Inverted in "Overlords", where the Son takes the form of Anakin's dead mother in order to convince him to let go of his guilt and embrace his inner darkness.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: In "Voyage of Temptation", Obi-Wan says this at Anakin in regards to the Mandalorian Duchess they are trying to rescue.
  • Shoot the Dangerous Minion: Sidious orders Dooku to kill Ventress as a test of loyalty since he believed that she was growing too powerful.
  • Shoot the Dog:
    • Captain Rex is going to execute General Krell once he learns of his planned desertion to the Separatists since he will be able to give them enough information to cripple the Republic war effort. Dogma does it for him.
    • The Kadavo slave master Keeper Agruss knows that Jedi do not kill unarmed prisoners, but he fails to consider the presence of Rex.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog:
    • For all their character developments and unique personalities, the Clone Troopers are going to end up executing Order 66 as a result of being brainwashed by an inhibitor chip that is located in each of their brains via slaughtering all the Jedi before they are largely abandoned and replaced by the Empire.
    • Duchess Satine's efforts to keep Mandalore as a neutral, pacifist planet lead to economic havoc when the Republic redirects resources elsewhere, leading to the betrayal of her Prime Minister. Next, a vast army of criminals in secret league with Darth Maul terrorize her populace until the Death Watch "saves" them. Then, Maul and the Death Watch mosey on in and overthrow her to vast popular acclaim. She is used for bait to draw in her old flame Obi-Wan, their escape attempt fails, and she is murdered in front of him. To top it all off, a new civil war breaks out in her capital city. As a result of the events that occur in the subsequent installments in the Canon, we know that her pacifist ideals completely failed to take and Mandalore went right back to its old warrior ways.
  • Shoot Your Mate: Darth Sidious orders Count Dooku to kill Asajj Ventress in order to test his loyalty, claiming that refusing to comply would indicate his plan to eventually overthrow Sidious with Ventress' help.
  • Shout-Out: The Clone Wars is so Reference Overdosed that Shout Outs and Continuity Nods got a page of their own.
  • Shock and Awe: Force lightning, of course.
    • Dooku is usually the one to deliver it, employing it in most of his fights throughout the installment.
    • The Son, the personification of the Dark Side of the Force, can use a red variant.
    • Darth Sidious uses it with expertise during the two times he fights in the entirety of The Clone Wars.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: General Krell claims that is no longer naive enough to believe in the ways of the Jedi, which is why he is planning to betray the Republic and defect to the Separatists.
  • Single-Biome Planet: Up to Eleven in the installment. According to a DVD special feature that’s about "Trespass", the ice world of Orto Plutonia is supposed to be what Hoth would have been like if George Lucas did not film on location in Real Life. As an actual ice-world, there are no rocks visible.
  • Smug Snake:
    • The T-series Tactical Droids are the epitome of this trope, speaking in a Condescending Monotone.
    • Morley, a literal one, is found by Savage Opress on the junk planet. He also leads victims to Darth Maul's lair where they will be killed and he can eat the remains.
  • Soft Water: In "Gungan Attack", the gungan army jumped headfirst into the Mon Calamari ocean from the lower dock of a Venator that was hovering several stories high above the water, and apparently the worst they got from it was getting water in their meatuses.
  • Soldiers at the Rear: One of the criticisms of General Krell is that his plans are reckless. When one clone points out that so are Skywalker's, another points out that Anakin leads from the front. Anakin is willing to share the risk, in direct contrast to Krell's We Have Reserves attitude.
  • Something Only They Would Say: In "Rookies", Cody and Rex are visiting an outpost for an inspection, unaware that it has been taken over by droid forces. When a droid ends a radio communication with their trademark "Roger, roger" they notices that something seems off, and actually say as much, but never make the realization that they were speaking to an impostor.
  • Space Clouds:
    • Inside a nebula, you literally only can see objects a few meters away from your viewport.
    • Umbara is a planet that is located inside a nebula and permanently stuck in darkness.
  • Space Elevator: The planet Quarzite that’s introduced in "Bounty" has one, as due to its high pressured atmosphere it is impossible to land a spacecraft on it.
  • Space Is an Ocean: After the Malevolence gets its primary weapons destroyed, the ongoing fires around the damaged areas are accompanied by plumes of smoke billowing "upwards" as it cruises along. Not to mention the Republic ship that gets damaged and goes "down" later. It is particularly notable because the only planet in sight, and thus the only gravity well, is behind the ship.
  • Space Pirates: The Ohnaka Gang, Hondo's band of primarily Weequay pirates.
  • Space Station: Quite a few of them shows up.
    • In "Shadow of Malevoulence", Grievous attempted to destroy a Republic medical-base that treats sixty-thousand Clone Troopers.
    • In "Brain Invaders", Ahsoka and Barriss accompanied a transport of supplies to another medical-base.
    • The plot of "Bounty Hunters" was kicked-off by the Republic losing contact with -yet again- a medical-base orbiting Felucia.
    • In "Revival", Maul and Savage robbed a Banking Clan space-station.
    • In "Point of No Return", the Separatist attempted to blow up a military-station which housed the Republic's strategy conference.
  • Space Whale: The neebray mantas.
  • Spanner in the Works: The only thing Jar Jar Binks is useful for.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Animals seem willing to do whatever Jar Jar asks of them for some reason.
  • Spirit Advisor: Qui-Gon appears as one to Obi-Wan in "Overlords". Later in the same episode, it looks like Shimi Skywalker has appeared in front of Anakin, but it turns out in was just The Son in disguise. Qui-Gon also appears to Anakin later in the episode as well.
  • Standard Sci-Fi Army: Both the Republic clone army and the Separatist droid army quality for this trope.
    • The Republic clone army is divided to infantry units, light combat vehicle drivers (BARC speeders and All Terrain Recon Transports) and heavy vehicles (such as AT-AT Walkers). There are also special units, such as Clone Captains, Clone Commanders, ARC troopers, Clone Trooper Pilots, Clone ordnance specialists, and Clone SCUBA troopers.
    • The Separatist droid army with its massive array of different types of droids is more divided: light infantry consists of B1-Battle Droids, heavy infantry from B2-Super Battle Droids, and the Commando Droids fill in the rank of elite-squads. Then, they have light vehicle-type Spider Droids and Crab Droids, with the hovering AAT tanks as heavy-vehicles. Somewhere in-between are the Droidekas, which have the firepower of tank, but size of the Super Battle Droids combined with high speed. This is just scratching the surface.
  • Standard Sci-Fi Fleet: Once again, both the Republic and the Separatist fleets. They both mainly consist of capitalships, supportships, fighters, and fighter-bombers.
  • The Starscream:
    • Falso was this to Hondo in "The Gungan General".
    • Despite the general policy of betrayal amongst the Sith, Count Dooku had no active plans to betray Darth Sidious until Sidious forced him to betray Ventress. Afterwards, killing Sidious became a stated goal.
  • Status Quo Is God: Played With. As part of being Doomed by Canon, The Clone Wars cannot present any real progress in the war because the whole ordeal was basically a stalemate until Revenge of the Sith. There will be setbacks in a battle, peace negotiations that will not succeed, and so on. However, the status quo to many other points in the installment are changed significantly.
  • Stealth in Space: In "Cat and Mouse", Anakin is given a special new Republic ship with a stealth shield that renders it invisible from eyes and scanners to fly past a planetary blockade.
  • Stepping Stones in the Sky: When the energy bridge is shut off beneath the feet of Mace Windu during his liberation of Ryloth, he leaps atop the falling pieces of equipment and transports to reach a Battle Droid's Single Trooper Aerial Platform, which he uses to crash into another Battle Droid's STAP before leaping across the side of the chasm.
  • Stock Scream: Inevitable since this being Star Wars we are talking about. A Clone Trooper lets out a Wilhelm scream during the Citadel arc and that's just one of several examples of the Wilhelm scream in The Clone Wars.
  • Story Arc: A significant amount of the episodes in the installment are part of different story arcs that focus on the efforts of different characters during a particular event in the Clone Wars.
  • The Strategist: Given the portrayals of other Neimodians, Mar Tuuk is a surprisingly capable. He is able to anticipate most of what his opposition will do, and makes an effort to know his enemy by learning all he can about Anakin.
  • Strawman Political: The leader of the Lurmen, Tee Watt Kaa, seems to be a straw pacifist. There are a lot of solid arguments to be made against war and violence. These arguments are made stronger by all of the on-screen deaths in the installment, some of which are pretty horrific. Tee Watt Kaa could have made some of these arguments, but he does not. His position pretty much boils down to "if we put up any kind of fight at all, for any reason, even if we don't kill anybody, we'll be evil" and he does not explain any further than that. Plus, he does not run for cover when he is in danger and he orders his people to similarly stand still and accept their fates, which makes absolutely no sense.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: It IS Star Wars after all.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: In "Altar of Morits", the Daughter sacrifices herself to save The Father and ends up breaking the balance of the Force. She has the Force and could have easily used that instead.
  • Suggested by...: "Bounty Hunters" is based on "Seven Samurai", complete with an on-screen dedication to Akira Kurosawa.
  • Suicide Attack: This is used by fake cleaning droids on Coruscant in season three in order to avoid the signing of a peace treaty. And it works.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Queen Miraj Scintel thinks she can control Jedi almost as easily as any other slave, a fact which Dooku was quick to correct her on. Then, she tried to disobey Dooku himself and things naturally went downhill from there.
  • Suicidal Pacifism: An entire planet of them on Maridun.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: "Bombad Jedi". It may be a native creature, so it is not exactly summoned, but otherwise this trope is played completely straight. Fish and all.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Many of General Grievous's failures can be at least partially attributed to the hopelessly incompetent Battle Droids serving under him. One gets the impression he would be a very capable opponent if he could only convince the Trade Federation to build some more intelligent droids.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When their unauthorized experiments with the Umbaran fighters set off alarms in the control room, Fives attempts to cover and dissuade General Krell from investigating. Amidst a general ramble that was a reference to Han Solo's comm call in A New Hope, Fives insists that there is nothing out of control in the hangar.
  • Sword Cane: The elderly Jedi Master Tera Sinube used his with great effect against Cassie Cryar.
  • Take That!: The Clone Wars's depiction of the Mandalorians — a once-brutal, war-like culture who so devastated their own planet with internecine conflict that, eventually, the downtrodden non-Warrior castes rose up, exiled their warriors to the moon to die out on their own, and painstakingly rebuilt their planet whilst embracing a philosophy of pacifism — seems almost to have been made to give a great big middle finger to the depiction of Mandalorians favored by Karen Traviss.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: In "ARC Troopers", Ventress delivers one to an ARC Trooper named Colt after knocking his helmet off just before he expires from her running him through the chest with her lightsaber.
  • Taking the Bullet: When she was investigating corruption on Mandalore, the Duchess Satine has to bully a Customs Captain into investigating over his protests that there is no corruption on his dock. However, it initially seems like he is deliberately stalling and covering up, when they stumble upon active smuggling, he instantly leaps in front of Satine to shield her from the blaster fire. Fortunately, neither of them want to be shot and they quickly take cover once they realize the situation.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Combatants on both sides often relay orders or have conversations in the middle of firefights. Especially egregious when it's a Jedi who was previously busy deflecting laser fire with all their attention.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: "Innocents of Ryloth" has Waxer give a ration bar to a starving Twi'lek girl over Boyle's protests. She decides to adopt the both of them and tag along.
  • Technicolor Eyes: In an interesting variation, the Father has black eyes but with green irises like his Daughter. This reflects his role as the balancer between both the Light Side and the Dark Side.
  • Technology Porn: Much like the backgrounds mentioned above, the creators went out of their way to put as much detail as possible on spaceships (the best examples might be the Venator Star Destroyers, which are indistinguishable from the ones in Revenge of the Sith) and many episodes included other ways of showing off awesome technology.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • In the first season, Ahsoka had the tendency of saying things like this in practically all of her appearences.
    • "Innocence of Ryloth" features one:
      Battle Droid: "Yup, this is about the worst job in the droid army."
      The Battle Droids in the hallway are cut down and the Battle Droid looks up to see Obi-Wan in the hallway, holding Numa, and he smiles.
      Battle Droid: "And it just went into overtime." Obi-Wan uses the Force to push a button on a control panel on the wall, closing the cell door. "Oh. Oh."
    • TX-20 may want to run those figures again...
      TX-20: "Their chances of success against us are 742 to 1."
      Wat Tambor: "You had better be right!"
      TX-20: "I am a droid. I am always right."
    • A Clone Trooper in a Republic gunship flying through flak during the Second Battle of Geonosis: "Good thing those bugs can't aim!"
  • Terrifying Rescuer: Obi-Wan scares the crap out of an alien he is trying to rescue from slave traders because he is disguised as one of them.
  • The Resolution Will Not Be Televised: When The Clone Wars was canceled, multiple episodes were still in different stages of production. Some of that material was released in various formats:
    • The sixth season comprised of 13 finished episodes that aired on Netflix and was released on Blu-Ray.
    • Two story arcs of four episodes each ("Crystal Crisis" and "Bad Batch") were released on Star Wars.com with unfinished animation, but complete voice-over and sound effects.
    • The events of an eight episode story arc were adapted into the Dark Disciple novel.
    • Another four episode story arc was adapted into the Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir mini comic book series.
    • Averted, however, following the announcement at San Diego ComicCon 2018 that The Clone Wars had been revived for a seventh season, which will finish up many of the story arcs that were left unfinished by the initial cancellation.
  • Three Successful Generations: Ahsoka is the young student who is determined to succeed and become a Jedi, Anakin is the adult who both guides Ahsoka and gets stuff done, and Obi-Wan is the one who oversees and supports both of them.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: When Rex finally decides that General Krell is going too far in his treatment of Clone Troopers, he affirms that he is to be addressed as "Captain", not CT-7567.
  • Third-Person Person: Moralo Eval.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Grievous and whichever Battle Droid is his number one.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock:
    • In "Downfall of a Droid", R2 threw an assassin droid out of Gha Nachk's ship when it attempted to stop him from trying to contact Anakin. Unfortunately, Gha Nachk caught him and was not amused by his deeds.
    • In "Cargo of Doom", Cad Bane threatened Anakin with killing Ahsoka by throwing her out the airlock if he did not open the Jedi Holockron.
  • Time Lapse: In "Voices", Yoda asks the Council to meditate with him in an attempt to find out the origin of the voice talking to him from within the Force. As they immerse themselves, images of the Temple and Coruscant are shown as the sun rises and sets a couple of times and traffic passing with changing speed.
  • Token Heroic Orc: The Citadel arc features a squad of Battle Droids that have been captured and reprogrammed by the Republic to serve as infiltrators for covert operations.
  • Touch of Death: The Son has such a strong connection to the Dark Side that he can kill with a single finger.
  • Traitor Shot: Palpatine at the end of "Duchess of Mandalore", when the evidence that undoes the Separatist plot is revealed.
  • Train Escape: A variation happens in "To Catch a Jedi", when Ahsoka is recognised by law-enforcement while on a train. After being chased through a few cars, she uses the Force to open a door, and jumps off the moving train, just to run into more police officers.
  • Train Job: The plot of "Bounty" revolves around a team of Bounty Hunters led by Boba Fett protecting cargo on a subterranean tram from a group of Kage Warriors.
  • Traintop Battle:
    • A short one occurs in "Lightsaber Lost" between Ahsoka and Cassie Cryar, who got hold of the former's lightsaber. It ends when the bounty hunter uses the weapon to cut a window and enter the car.
    • In "Bounty", Ventress duels the Kage warriors on the top of the sub-tram.
  • Transforming Mecha: The suicide-bomber infiltration droids introduced in "Heroes on Both Sides" can not only disguise themselves as cleaning droids, but combine into bombs so they can fulfill their function.
  • Trap Is the Only Option: In the sixth season, the Jedi discover that the Sith were behind the creation of the Republic clone army. However, given they are now in a full-scale war with the Separatists, they have no choice but to continue using the Clone Troopers and hope that they can win the war before the Sith can enact their endgame.
  • Trojan Horse: The aforementioned infiltration droids served the role as this.
  • Trojan Prisoner: A variation is featured in "Dooku Captured": Anakin is ordered to let himself be captured by Dooku so Obi-Wan and a cruiser can track down the Count's whereabouts.
  • Tron Lines: This is a recurring trait in Umbaran technology.
  • Trophy Room: During the Trandoshan arc, the Trandoshan hunter named Garnac has a very creepy one of these containing all his hunting trophies, including Wookie hides, mounted Gungan heads and many other races. Most disturbingly, he spends the episodes hunting Ahsoka, intending to make her his newest trophy by mounting her severed and stuffed head on his wall.
  • Took a Level in Badass: General Grievous in the early episodes of The Clone Wars was close to losing nearly every battle and retreated before his ship or outpost was destroyed. This is lampshaded in "Lair of Grievous", where Dooku is unhappy with Grievous's unsuccess in battles and sets out to test him. As a result, "Grievous Intrigue" and later episodes downplayed Grievous's ineffectuality via presenting him as a nasty, menacing villain, a Chessmaster, and a legitimate threat who still runs when he feels that he's on the losing side.
    • He then took another level of badass in "Massacre" through his duel with Ventress and orchestration of the extermination of the Nightsisters.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Chairman Cho declares his intentions to exterminate a race that was willing to make peace with him, but had shown themselves to be a tad kill-happy in the past, and does it to their face. He then personally leads an attack against a numerically superior force that is lying in wait on their own territory without any military support of his own. It seems like he is actively attempting to earn the trope.
    • Though he lives, Anakin demonstrates some pretty bad judgement in "Sabotage". While investigating the home of munitions expert they suspect bombed the Jedi Temple, he warns Ahsoka to watch out for traps. While she walks off with the scanner, he sees something with a blinking red light and his first reaction is to walk up and touch it.
  • 24-Hour Armor:
    • This is present in the first two seasons because it was easier to animate Jedi wearing armor over their robes. This led to situations like the entire Jedi Council in session wearing their armor for some reason.
    • After Savage Opress receives his armor from Talzin, it never comes off, including when he was in surgery/having his arm replaced after Obi-Wan chopped off his arm.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: The Umbara arc opens with Anakin being recalled to Coruscant and General Krell being given command of his Clone Troopers. He immediately begins to denigrate the Clone Troopers, insult their laboratory origin, exclusively refer to them by their identification numbers, and give them horrible tactical orders. It turns out that was all intentional: he is planning to defect to the Separatists and wants to degrade the Republic war effort before he does as a gift to Dooku.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • Captain Tarkin never misses an opportunity to berate his saviors' rescue plan, question their competence as military leaders (Anakin actually agreed with him on this), and only gives the barest of compliments when rescued from a firey death.
    • Duchess Satine has this in her first two episodes, showing little to no respect for Obi-Wan or the Jedi when Obi-Wan's trying his best to help her.
  • Uniformity Exception: All of the Republic’s Clone Troopers are clones of Jango Fett. A sergeant or lieutenant will often sport a peculiar haircut or tattoo, especially if they speak with Obi-Wan Kenobi or Anakin Skywalker. This is mentioned in supplemental material to be a mechanism for humanizing the Clone Troopers; they are meant to be seen as Red Shirts and assist the Jedi in preserving law and order.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Averted usually. Someone makes a plan and the explanation of this plan does not impact whether or not it fails. In "Storm Over Ryloth", for instance, both Anakin and Ahsoka explain their plan in detail to the Clone Troopers and they work perfectly.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Obi-Wan and Duchess Satine, complete with She Is Not My Girlfriend teasing from Anakin.
  • The Un Reveal: When Grievous takes some damage and is in need of repairs, his medical droid begins to remove his cracked and charred mask... and we cut to commercials.
    • Anyone who has never seen the any of the theatrical films (more specifically Revenge of the Sith) or doesn't know about the Canon may feel this way about Darth Sidious. While Chancellor Palpatine is presented in a shady enough light from time to time for the average viewer to know that something is up with him, no single scene ever flat-out says that he and the Dark Lord are one in the same (though some come incredibly close).
  • The Uriah Gambit: General Krell's horrendous battle tactics were revealed to be part of his plan to sabotage the Republic advance in preparation for his defection to the Separatists. By giving his Clone Troopers impossible assignments they would be easily defeated, and ultimately wiped out, by the Separatist forces.
  • Use Your Head: Captain Ackbar takes out an Aqua droid this way in the climatic final battle on Mon Calamari.
  • Variable Terminal Velocity: Averted in "Landing at Point Rain". Anakin and Ahsoka throw Rex off a ledge to avoid an explosion, then jump down to the ground below and catch him using the Force. In order to reach the ground first they specifically throw him up so that they have time to land and brace themselves for the Force.
  • Vibroweapon: BX-series droid commandos often use vibroswords.
  • Villain Episode:
    • The Nightsisters and Brothers arc is almost focused exclusively on Asajj Ventress and her vendetta against Dooku and featured Savage Opress going on a quest to find his long lost brother: Darth Maul.
    • "Eminence" features the combined efforts of the Death Watch and Darth Maul against the Black Sun and Hutts, with nary a hero to be found.
  • Villain: "Exit, Stage Left!":
    • Oh so many with General Grievous. They must have used that same animation of Grievous escaping in his own personal ship a dozen times.
    • Darth Maul and Savage Opress pull one in "Revival".
  • Villain Has a Point: While his methods may have not been the best, the motivation for Slick's betrayal does have merit. He argues that the Clone Troopers are nothing more than puppets to the Jedi Order and merely wanted freedom from them, which considering how they are created by and indoctrinated from birth to follow them without question and are treated as disposable throughout Star Wars, it is hard to say this is not the case.
  • Villainous Glutton: Lok Durd, from the looks of him.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Queen Miraj Scintel to Anakin. Of course, he was attempting to invoke this.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Obi Wan and Anakin are a classic case - and it would seem that Ahsoka is learning well from her master (and his).
  • Visual Pun: A very non-humourous example occurs during Darth Maul and Savage Opress's escape from Hondo's stronghold. During the battle, Obi-wan slices off Savage's left arm with his lightsaber. A short while later, Maul gets part of his leg chopped off.
  • Voice of the Legion:
    • Mother Talzin has a second, much deeper hissing voice, which is slightly out of sync. Interestingly, it is not heard during her holographic conversation with Dooku.
    • All the Force-wielders introduced in "Overlords" have voices with a permanent echo as well.
    • Anakin gets one temporarily when he taps into the Force to tame the Son and Daughter.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: According to The Father, the Force-wielders "can take many shapes".
  • Wacky Wayside Tribe: Certain filler episodes involve these. Lampshaded in "Mercy Mission".
    Clone Pilot: Great, it's going to be another one of those planets.
  • War Is Hell: The Clone Wars embraces this view through highlighting the brutality of fighting, the harsh conditions it forces civilians into, and the ultimate futility of combat.
  • Wave Motion Gun: The giant, ship-mounted ion cannon that's on the Malevolence (General Grievous's first heavy cruiser).
  • Weapon Tombstone: After making peace with the Talz, Senator Riyo Chuchi of Pantora uses a Talz spear to plant the former Chairman's helmet, crossed with the chief Talz's own weapon, in the ground to seal the deal.
  • We Have Reserves: Oddly, the Clone Troopers see themselves as expendable. They believe they are replaceable and if the mission is over, there is no reason for other Clone Troopers or Jedi to risk their own lives to save them. Lampshaded by Slick in "The Hidden Enemy", who is pretty angry about it and feels that the Clone Troopers deserve better. One senator takes this attitude towards the Clone Troopers as well, but Padmé objects to it and tells him that they are people as well.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
  • Wham Episode:
    • The Nightsisters and Brothers arc served as one long wham story arc: It features a major change to the status quo via the fact that (Darth Sidious forces Count Dooku to have Ventress killed, but she survives and deserts from the Seperatists), delves into Ventress' past, introduces the Nightsisters, Mother Talzin, and Savage Opress in addition to setting up a major future event, namely Darth Maul's return.
    • During the Mortis arc, Anakin Skywalker realizes the burden on his shoulders as The Chosen One, which was something he previously dismissed as a myth. Meanwhile, Ahsoka Tano sees a vision of her future self telling her to stay away from Anakin because he will lead her to the Dark Side. The Son also corrupts Ahsoka and through her, she reveals her subconscious fears and resentments: her frustration towards Anakin's criticality and dissatisfaction.
    • The Shadow Collective arc is most certainly this. By the end of "The Lawless", Pre Vizsla, Duchess Satine, and Savage Opress are all dead, Darth Maul has successfully conquered both the criminal underworld and Mandalore before being left at the mercy of Darth Sidious, and Mandalore is left in the midst of a civil war along with the future of both the planet and Maul being left unresolved due to the installment's cancellation.
    • At the end of Fugitive arc, Ahsoka feels betrayed by the Council and actually being betrayed by Barriss, and leaves the Jedi Order.
  • Wham Line:
    • A dying Waxer delivers one in "Carnage of Krell", revealing that General Krell set two battalions of Clone Troopers against each other, planning for them to all be killed.
    • Ahsoka in "The Wrong Jedi":
      Ahsoka: I'm sorry, master, but I'm not coming back.
  • Wham Shot: Darth Maul's Early-Bird Cameo in "Witches of the Mist".
  • What If?: In "Destiny", Yoda has a vision of an utopistic Jedi Temple, in which Count Dooku is still a respected Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn and Adi Gallia are alive, Barriss Offee and Ahsoka Tano are still members of the Order, and everyone seems serene.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?:
    • Averted. Obi-Wan wants to protect the rights of the Talz, which are less human-looking and more technologically primitive than the Pantorans who want them eliminated for their land.
    • Played straight and averted with the droids. R2-D2 and C-3PO are still afforded a moderate amount of sentience, but Seperatist droids are sliced through with no regret.
  • What's an X Like You Doing in a Y Like This?:
    • In "Blue Shadow Virus", Doctor Nuvo Vindi asked Padmé, "what's a lifeform like you, do in a swamp like this" when she got caught by the droids protecting his lab. She replied that she was about to ask him the same question.
    • In "Bounty" after Ventress entered the Cantina and asked for a drink, a Bounty Hunter tried to hit on her with this question. When he continued pushing her, she stabbed him with a lightsaber.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • In "Deception", Obi-Wan and the Jedi Council fake his death in order for him to go undercover and prevent Palpatine from being kidnapped. Anakin, who was distraught over Obi-Wan's seeming death, eventually learns the truth and is furious with both Obi-Wan and the council for lying to him.
    • In "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much", Ahsoka snaps at Anakin about seemingly doing nothing to help her after she was arrested, and doesn't think much of his excuse that the guards wouldn't let him see her. As she has just spent the last third of the episode evading capture, she gets more reasonable once given a chance to calm down.
    • Another one in "The Wrong Jedi", where Ahsoka walks away from the Jedi Order because the Jedi Council threw her under the bus and pretty much made up their minds about her before her trial with them. She never calls them out directly, but she shares it with Anakin, who agrees. Ventress outright calls Anakin on this, and he can't really contradict her because she's right.
  • Whip It Good: The Zygerrian Slavers arc features many laser-whips used to keep slaves in line.
  • Who Dares?:
    • When he was attacked by the 501st legion of Clone Troopers, General Krell decrees "You dare to attack a Jedi?!"
    • Huyang also says it when his head gets blasted off by a Weeqay pirate.
  • Why Am I Ticking?:
    • Todo has no idea Cad Bane's placed a bomb into him until moments before it goes off.
    • In "Sabotage", an unwitting munitions specialist for the Jedi is fed explosive nano-droids in a plot to attack the Jedi Temple.
  • Wipe: Most of the scene-changes are executed by having the two scenes overlap, much like in the theatrical films. In fact it's easier to count when it's not used. Idiosyncratic Wipes, such as a clock-effect, are also used a lot.
  • With Due Respect: This is used a few times.
    • In "Trespass", the warmongering Chairman Cho of Pantora tried to order Rex and his Clone Troopers to attack the talz. Rex refused, stating that his orders are only to personally protect the Chairman.
    • In "Gungan Attack", the inexperienced Prince Lee-Char wasn't willing to follow Anakin's advice of leaving the Separatist and Quarren occupied Mon Calamari, because he feared he'd leave his people to die. Anakin warned him with "due respect" that if they stayed, all them were going to die.
    • In "To Catch a Jedi", Windu wanted to keep Anakin out of the search for Ahsoka, who escaped to the Coruscant underworld after being framed. Anakin refused his suggestion with "due respect".
  • With My Hands Tied: Ahsoka does this to a round-dozen corrupt Mandalorian Police after being captured in "The Academy" while blocking stun blasts from mounted turrets, even managing to capture their leader in the process, all with her hands bound. She also does it in "A Friend in Need".
  • Worf Had the Flu:
    • In "Altar of Mortis", the Daughter is visibly exhausted by her battle with the Son, so when he tries to stab the Father, all she can do is throw herself between them.
    • In "To Catch a Jedi", Ahsoka during her duel against the Hooded Assailant, had a double dose of this. For once, everything she went through until that point, had left her exhausted and confused (the latter of which even she herself realized and admitted, when she had to be reminded to the use emergency breaks in a malfuctioning elevator by a child), and she also lost one of her lightsabers while escaping from the GAR HQ.
  • World-Healing Wave/World-Wrecking Wave: Taken to their logical extreme during the Mortis arc. On Mortis, the healing and wrecking wave are following eachother in a constant circle, as part of the planet's Light and Dark in-balance symbolism: when night falls all plants die, and are reduced into ghastly glowing forms, and massive thunder storms start. When dawn approaches all plant life is renewed.
  • World of Badass: The odds are that any named character featured in The Clone Wars will be of varying degrees of badass or at least will take a few levels by the end of their episode. It’s either that or they're killed off.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Captain Mar Tuuk in "Storm Over Ryloth" openly stated that he respected Skywalker's military skills and wanted to defeat him mainly because of this.
    • Admiral Trench in "Cat and Mouse" also claimed this about Anakin, in much the same way as Mar Tuuk did.
    • Dooku says this of Obi-Wan after he successfully twarted two attempts to kidnap Palpatine in "Crisis on Naboo".
  • Would Hit a Girl: Some examples of this trope include:
    • Savage Opress kills Adi Gallia by impaling her TWICE, once with his horns on his head and the second stab with his lightsaber.
    • Darth Maul chokes Bo-Katan (but doesn't kill her) with the Force to make a point about doubt leading to failure. He later ruthlessly murders Duchess Satine.
    • Taken Up to Eleven by General Grievous, who has all of zero qualms about committing genocide against the Nightsisters, an all-female clan.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • General Grievous has multiple Padawan braids among his trophies in "Lair of Grievous" and later relishes the idea of killing the Jedi younglings for their lightsabers in "A Necessary Bond".
    • Darth Sidious has several Force-sensitive infants abducted so that he could perform potentially lethal experiments on them. Cad Bane, who did the actual abducting, didn't care about what became of the children, so long as he was paid.
    • Prime Minister Almec threatens to kill Satine's nephew if she doesn't give in to his demands.
    • The Trandoshans kidnap members of many different species to hunt on an uninhabited world. Since Jedi Knights are too dangerous, they often specifically target Jedi Younglings and Padawans.
    • Darth Maul slaughters dozens of innocent people, including several children, to draw the attention of the Jedi.
    • Hondo Ohnaka didn't seem to object to the idea of hurting the younglings in "A Test of Strength" in order to get their lightsaber crystals. He averts this two episodes later when he claims he doesn't like taking children into battle and waves off the earlier incident. He probably just jumps between Would Hurt a Child and Wouldn't Hurt a Child depending on his mood. Word of God is that he would have hurt the kids if necessary, but was hoping to retrieve their crystals with a minimum of fuss.
  • Wrench Wench: Ahsoka, taking after her master, has become a skilled mechanic. During the Mortis arc, she is shown repairing a badly wrecked shuttle by herself and modifying the repairs at Obi-Wan's request.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: While fighting Obi-Wan in "Kidnapped", Darts D'Nar at one point hoists Obi-Wan high over his head and then slams him down onto the floor.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Palpatine is the Big Good chancellor of the Republic and he's also the Big Bad on the Seperatist side. He'll be in power no matter which side wins.
    • Almost every single multi-episode arc is a Xanatos Gambit by Palpatine, in one way or another (though some of them are very subtle.) Either way the episode resolves, whether the heroes succeed or fail, the plans of Palpatine are ultimately advanced either way. Very rarely is an episode or episode arc set up in such a way that it is possible for Palpatine's plans to be thwarted (and sometimes it's usually only a delay.)
      • Notably, the Order 66 arc. While there is a potential for failure if the Jedi figure out what the inhibitor chips are really for, along with if the "defective" Clone Trooper is caught by the Separatists or delivered to Kamino, Palpatine gets the information he needs to make sure his plans are secure.
  • You Are Number 6:
    • When Aurra Sing and Boba Fett send Mace Windu a video threatening to execute hostages if Mace does not come face them, they demand one of the clone's name before executing him. He contemptuously replies that he is CT-411. Anakin, watching the video with Mace, sadly comments that he was 'Ponds'.
    • General Krell makes a deliberate point of referring to every Clone Trooper by their identification number instead of by the nicknames that they have been given by fellow Clone Troopers. He does refer to Sergeant Appo by his nickname, and uses Rex's name at one point, so it seems that using the identification numbers is something he only does when he is mad at the clone in question or when he is proving a point. Which is most of the time.
  • You Fool!: At the conclusion of Umbara arc, General Krell decrees that Dogma was "the biggest fool of all."
  • You Have Failed Me:
    • Grievous frequently has this reaction, but it helps that he does this to the Battle Droids. One episode had a Battle Droid continually irritating him and any viewer who saw the trailer was wondering when he would get his head smacked off.
    • In a more brutal example, the leader of Death Watch casually kills one of his men for failing to kill Obi-Wan. Death Watch themselves get hit with this by Dooku for failing to get rid of Satine. They survived, but now they're independent.
    • Count Dooku quotes the complete line when he disavows Asajj Ventress as his apprentice and orders her death. Particularly painful since she had not actually failed him, but Darth Sidious wanted to test Dooku's loyalty.
      Count Dooku: You have failed me for the last time.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • After delivering a captured R2-D2 to the Separatists, Trandoshan scavenger Gha Nachkt demands a higher fee from General Grievous, who promptly gives him a "bonus" in the form of a lightsaber through his gut.
    • Argyus received "payment" for his help in freeing Nute Ginray, courtesy of Ventress.
    • The Son gave Ahsoka a Touch of Death after she delivers to him the only weapon that can kill the Father.
    • Dooku does this to Moralo Eval when his testing course for the bounty hunters is easily outwitted. Fortunately for Eval, he did this by forcing him to fight Rako Hardeen to the death. Since Hardeen is Obi-Wan in disguise, he spares Eval. As such, Eval just got replaced by Cad Bane as team leader.
  • You Killed My Father:
    • Boba Fett's quest for revenge against Mace Windu for killing his father/genetic template Jango back in Attack of the Clones.
    • "Padawan Lost" features a Trandoshan who is determined to avenge the death of his son.
    • Lux Bonteri wants to get back at Count Dooku after Dooku killed his mother Mina.
  • Young and in Charge:
    • Ahsoka was fourteen at the begining of The Clone Wars, but as a Padawan learner, she was automatically ranked as a Commander.
    • In "Water War", part of the reason the Quarrens refused to accept Prince Lee-Char as the new King of Mon Calamari was his young age.
    • Boba Fett is seen several times leading (or trying to lead) groups of bounty hunters far older and more experienced than he is. Lampshaded by Asajj Ventress
      Ventress: Boss? He is your boss?
      Boba: You got a problem with that?!
  • You Remind Me of X:
    • At the conclusion of "ARC Troopers," Commander Cody and Captain Rex congratulate Echo and Fives on their performance during the battle. Rex explains that they showed valor and real courage, and then says that they reminded him of himself.
    • When Dogma is first introduced, Anakin remarks that his determination and reflexive obedience to orders reminds him of Captain Rex. Rex concedes that that might have been true, but only back in the day.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Discussed in regards to the Onderon freedom fighters, who Obi-Wan is worried might become terrorists under the wrong circumstances. He joins the mission with Anakin and Ahsoka to hopefully keep them in the "freedom fighter" category.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: When Captain Rex is going to execute General Krell, Krell taunts him over his inability to pull the trigger and his inherent weakness. Too bad for him that Dogma is there to pull the trigger.
  • Zerg Rush:
    • The standard Battle Droid strategy. Due to the use of Hollywood Tactics, this often becomes a strategy for the Clone Troopers as well.
    • After Obi-Wan freed them from Separatist captivity, a horde of Twi'leks save him and exact their revenge by swarming over a droid battle tank and ripping apart the T-series Tactical Droid Commander with their bare hands.

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