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


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  • 24-Hour Armor:
    • This is present in the first two-and-a-half seasons because it was easier to animate Jedi wearing armor over their robes. This has led to situations like the entire Jedi Council in session wearing their armor for some reason.
    • After Savage Opress receives his armor from Talzin in "Monster", it never comes off, including when he was in surgery/having his arm replaced in "Eminence" after Obi-Wan cut off his arm in "Revival".
  • Aborted Arc: At the end of "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back", Palpatine gives new orders to Dr. Boll: clone the Zillo Beast. This plot point never comes up again.
  • Absolute Cleavage:
    • Aayla Secura's top showcases more than it covers.
    • Suu Lawquane wears an outfit that is open down on 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 takes place in a sewer system.
  • 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 about eleven/twelve years old at the most, but he is biologically about twice that old due to growth-acceleration.
  • Action Girl:
    • Ahsoka Tano is a female Togruta and a very skilled (now-former) Padawan learner of Anakin Skywalker and a member of the Jedi Order. She saves Anakin almost as many times as he saves her.
    • Whenever Padmé Amidala starts fighting, she's competent and skilled with using a weapon to fight (such as a blaster) as any other character.
    • Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore, who is an Actual Pacifist, manages to take care of herself while remaining completely neutral and non-lethal via using a deactivator pistol.
    • 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 she leads the planet Mandalore, whose people were once some of the most feared warriors in the galaxy. The Mandalorian splinter 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 and Savage Opress, 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 Death Watch comes along to defeat the criminals. In the end, the people of Mandalore perceive the Death Watch as being heroes, Satine is removed from power, Mandalore gets into another civil war not long after Maul takes the throne, and Satine is brutally 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 Star Wars is set A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far Far Away... and not in the future.
  • An Aesop: The opening of every episode has a moral shown.
  • Aesop Amnesia: In "Storm Over Ryloth", Ahsoka disobeys orders from Anakin and Admiral Yularen to pull back and gets most of her squadron killed, which naturally makes her feel upset. In "Holocron Heist", Ahsoka is in the exact same situation and given just about the same orders from Anakin and Obi-Wan during the First Battle of Felucia. The only difference is that Ahsoka is commanding clone troopers on the ground instead of starfighters. Obi-Wan tells her that Ahsoka is putting her clone troopers' lives in danger. This should have 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:
    • In "Duel of the Droids", Ahsoka escapes Grievous this way.
    • In "Cloak of Darkness", Ventress uses the air vents to infiltrate and sabotage a Republic Venator Star Destroyer unnoticed.
    • In "Holocron Heist", Cad Bane infiltrates the Jedi Temple through the air vents, which are so large that 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 uses these during her assassination attempts on Padmé.
    • In "Nightsisters", Ventress and her fellow Nightsisters infiltrate Count Dooku's palace through the air vents.
    • Lampshaded in "The Citadel". With the entry point that the Jedi wants to use being 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 Ahsoka points out that though they might be too small for Anakin, Obi-Wan, and the clone troopers and 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, the air vents have lethally effective security doors and the warden at least has enough common sense to send at least one drone in the air vents.
    • In "A Test of Strength", Hondo immediately recognizes the trick and has smoke bombs dropped into the vents to flush out the occupants.
  • The Alcatraz: The Citadel is located on a remote, volcanic planet called Lola Sayu, with the prison itself full of traps and guarded by battalions of Separatist droids. It's 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, they need a ship to get off the planet 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 series 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 to 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 story arc progresses, their stated rationale changes to using the resistance because they cannot get openly involved in an internal Onderonian 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/Shadow Collective’s 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 story 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: Used quite often for the various planets the heroes visit. A planet having multiple moons is the most frequent use of this trope:
    • Some of the moons on Iego are visible during the day (albeit vaguely).
    • Dathomir's sky is always blood red and the planet has four moons.
    • Mortis' 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-colored 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's impossible to see the sun surrounding the planet.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: The animation style that the series uses.
  • All Planets Are Earth-Like:
    • Almost every planet visited have atmospheres 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. There are other planets that exist, but they do not appear for the most part. Although, several characters from worlds with abnormal gravity (Kyuzo, like Embo) or atmospheres (Kel Dor, like Plo Koon) do appear.
    • Downplayed with Quarzite. It's 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 members of the Galactic Republic, 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's always night on Umbara (which is also known as the Shadow World). It’s quite fitting since the name is based on "umbra", the Latin word for "shadow" or "shade".
  • Amazon Brigade: The Nightsisters.
  • Anachronic Order: The Clone Wars has a significant amount of story arcs and standalone 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 standalone 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 Christophsis arc is "Cat and Mouse" (2:16), "The Hidden Enemy" (1:16), and the Pilot Movie.
    • The chronological order of the Ryloth arc 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 Domino Squad arc is "Clone Cadets" (3:01), "Rookies" (1:05), and "ARC Troopers" (3:02).
    • The Holocron arc ("Holocron Heist", "Cargo of Doom", and "Children of the Force"; 2:01-03) takes place before "Assassin" (3:07), "Evil Plans" (3:08), "Hostage Crisis" (1:22), and "Hunt for Ziro" (3:09) (which are part of the Ziro the Hutt arc that began with the Pilot Movie).
    • "Heroes on Both Sides" (3:10) and "Pursuit of Peace" (3:11) take place before "Senate Murders" (2:15).
    • The Onderon and Young Jedi arcs take place before "Revival" (5:01) 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 Shadow Collective arc (which is the story arc that it is actually part of).
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Inverted, as the Aesop comes before the episode 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 Angels are essentially this trope. They were first mentioned back in The Phantom Menace by Anakin (when he was nine years old), who says they are the "most beautiful creatures in the universe". An Angel appears in "Mystery of a Thousand Moons" as a tall, glowing humanoid with butterfly-like wings (they also provide the trope image).
  • 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 have to survive, everyone else is allowed to die.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: In "Mystery of a Thousand Moons", Anakin and Obi-Wan immediately dismiss 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 spirits 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 from Ki-Adi-Mundi during the Yoda arc.
  • Arc Villain: Since The Clone Wars follows an anthology format of loosely connected Story Arcs, most of the villains have an antagonistic role during only one story arc and never show up again as a result of being either arrested or killed. Also, an interesting case is that a number of them are small-scale dragons to Count Dooku instead of independent antagonists with an agenda of their own.
  • Arc Welding:
    • As noted above at Anachronic Order, the first half of The Clone Wars' third season expands on, ties together, and/or concludes some of the story arcs in the series’ first two seasons.
    • The Shadow Collective arc, which presents Darth Maul and Savage Opress forming an alliance with Death Watch, ties the Nightsisters and Brothers arc to the Mandalore arc.
  • Armed with Canon: This is 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: In "To Catch a Jedi", while Ahsoka is on run after being framed for bombing the Jedi Temple hangar, she recalibrates a holobooth's frequency to prevent anyone from tracing her transmission. Seeing this, Ventress sarcastically remarks that by doing so, Ahsoka is adding another act to her own criminal record — a record which by that point includes sedition, terrorism, and multiple murders.
  • Art Evolution: The Clone Wars begins with CGI animation. However, the art style and animation initially make the characters look slightly like mannequins and, outside of the fight scenes, move kind of stiffly. The second season improves upon the facial expressions as well as the character movements and the second half of the third season presents a Jedi outfit switch from (easily animated) body armor and gauntlets to the tunics they wear in the films.
  • Artificial Brilliance: In "Liberty on Ryloth", a OOM-series 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".
  • Ascended Extra: The Clone Wars gives fleshed out expanded roles to a significant amount of peripheral characters that are featured in the six original Star Wars films. 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 presented as being 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 series.
    • The clone troopers have names, personalities, and relationships they never had before as a result of receiving expanded roles.
  • 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 subtly than the episodes directed by Lee.
  • As You Know: During the Citadel arc, Count Dooku explains the importance of the Nexus Route coordinates to Osi Sobeck, who is the warden of the Citadel.
    Count Dooku: I don't need to remind you...
  • 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: The Republic's AT-TE walkers are this as a result of being large, slow, difficult 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 Kryze is an important character during the second and third seasons, but she has only a few minor appearances in season four. During the Shadow Collective arc, she gets killed by Darth Maul.
    • ARC trooper Fives, who previously appeared during the Umbara arc, once again becomes a central protagonist during the Order 66 arc. Unfortunately, due to his investigation of Tup's "breakdown"-induced murder of a Jedi threatening the plan of the Sith, he is set up by Palpatine and killed by his own brethren.
    • Tup, who previously appeared during the Umbara arc, also receives a small yet very significant role during the Order 66 arc that results in his death because his malfunctioning control chip has been removed.
    • Rush Clovis, who hadn't appeared since "Senate Spy", receives a fleshed-out backstory and a prominent role during the Clovis arc. Clovis gets killed after he is deceived by Count Dooku.
    • Teckla Minnau (Padmé's aide), who has previously appeared in "Pursuit of Peace", receives 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-like assassin droids, Obi-Wan defends with his lightsaber while Satine equips a deactivator hold-out pistol and begins firing at the assassin probes.
    • Jedi General Ima-Gun Di and his Clone Captain Keeli perform this feat in "Supply Lines" during their last stand on Ryloth.
      Ima-Gun Di: Captain Keeli!
      Captain 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" while they are engaged in a lightsaber duel against Darth Maul and Savage Opress.
  • 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 has been released in story reel format on the official Star Wars website, features Mace Windu giving 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 are presented as being this in "Sphere of Influence". Papanoida, 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 Battle Droids under his command out of frustration towards their incompetence.
    • Osi Sobeck (the commander of the Citadel) executes Separatist droids not just for failure, but for discovering someone else's failure.
    • Averted with Hondo Ohnaka, who appears to treat his men remarkably well. For a pirate captain, anyway.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Several episodes end with the villains triumphing over the heroes.
    • 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' 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 features Evil vs. Evil), 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 Order and millions of others under his heel.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Played With. The Clone Wars occasionally features a heroic character perform an action that is morally questionable and provides 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.
      Anakin Skywalker: What? He was gonna blow up the ship.
    • Once Captain Rex captures General Krell in "Carnage of Krell", he intends 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 to Obi-Wan that a Jedi would not kill an unarmed man. Rex is not a Jedi. 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 Jedi Council if his mission fails because of it.
  • Bald of Awesome:
    • Mace Windu is bald in addition to being a very powerful Jedi Master that is strong in the Force and a member of the Jedi Council.
    • 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 hand-waved in the case of Rubber-Forehead Aliens like Kit Fisto, Savage Opress, Darth Maul, and other Zabrak Nightbrothers as Non-Humans Lack Attributes, it does 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:
    • Count Dooku and Ziro's treachery. They create conflict for story arcs by exploiting how their betrayer will react.
    • In "A Friend in Need", Lux Bonteri barges into a peace negotiation to loudly proclaim that Count Dooku murdered his mother, for which he is brought before Dooku via a holographic transmission. Lux knew that this would happen, and brought a signal tracker so he can find where Dooku is hiding. His escape does not seem well thought out, but Ahsoka does interrupt.
  • Battle in the Rain:
    • In "Shadow Warrior", a storm begins exactly when Grievous and the Gungans start to fight. It was initially sunny both before and after the battle.
    • In "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much", it begins to rain during Ahsoka's escape from the Republic army HQ. The timing is more jarring than it would be usually because Coruscant is a weather-controlled planet.
  • The Battlestar: Several large capital ship classes serve both as fighter-carriers and battleships. The most prominently featured are the Republic Venator-class 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's 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 Separatist droid security checkpoint by getting belligerent with the guards about his clearance. One of the battle droids, 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 Battle Droids 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 the Daughter and later the Son and the Father in a 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 Pelta-class frigate. Barriss is herself taken over and turns against Ahsoka, who cannot 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 are forced into a mining facility and they have been kept there for about two weeks at the least. Despite this, none of them have any bruises, scratches, or dirt on their faces when Obi-Wan gets sent there. It's made more poignant because Obi-Wan is already full of bruises and his tunic is torn when he arrives.
  • Becoming the Mask: This is discussed during the Deception arc when Obi-Wan was disguised as Rako Hardeen.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Satine and Obi-Wan, who are pretty much the Beatrice and Benedick of the series.
  • Beneath the Earth:
    • In "Mercy Mission", C-3PO and R2-D2 end up wandering about the cave system beneath the surface of planet Aleen. There they encounter the inhabitants, who were causing earthquakes, trying to seal the breach between them and the surface because surface air is poisonous to them.
    • In "Bounty", Asajj Ventress and Boba Fett's crew visit Quarzite, which is inhabitable only below the surface. The two native species (the Belugans and Kages) are engaged in a Civil War.
    • A double-fold, Lost World version is the Wellspring of Life, which is a planet that is both the origin of all life and the birthplace of the Midi-chlorians. 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 open 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: In "The Mandalore Plot", 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 present surprising amounts of insight from time to time and has actually saved several of the heroes on multiple accounts by combining these traits.
  • BFG: Some of the clone troopers use Z-6 rotary cannons, which are laser mini guns that have a blistering rate of fire.
  • Big Bad: Darth Sidious, who is secretly playing both sides of the war to his own ends.
  • 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, since 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 Code of the Sith and forceful enforcement of the Rule of Two, 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-metre-tall fleas, with raptor legs. They are also carnivorous and more than happy to eat clone troopers.
    • The milodons 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 Eater: Ziro's mother is shown to be this trope.
  • 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 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 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 that is used throughout The Clone Wars is directly translatable to English, meaning every instance of its use is readable.
    • The text stenciled into the Republic gunship commanded by Master Plo Koon as seen in "Citadel Rescue" says "Plo's Bros" above two-dimensional 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: This is a frequent occurrence 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.
  • Binary Suns:
    • Tatooine is a sparsely inhabited circumbinary desert planet that is part of a binary star system and oppressed by scorching suns.
    • Mon Cala is a water planet that 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 gets killed by Dogma. 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 Darth 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. This was an explicit statement that Kiros was populated largely by artists.
    • Cato Neimoidia's cities are built on gigantic simple suspension bridges that are suspended between hill cliffs in addition to being hundreds if not thousands of meters above the ground. While this alone would be weird enough, it's 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: 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 and treason. On the other hand, while the Separatists have some good people, they have some truly evil people as well 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 clones 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. As presented in "A Friend in Need", 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, the camera focuses on the huge glowing holes left by the blasters.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Played With. It is justified in most cases, as lightsabers and blasters 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 Son of Dathomir through being an adaptation of an unaired story arc aimed at teenage or older fans, 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 is 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", a group of bounty hunters manage to disable and capture Anakin after he tries to stop their invasion of the Senate Office 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.
    • In "The Mandalore Plot", the Death Watch manage to knock Obi-Wan unconscious and then put him on the ever so cliché 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 receives 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 warden 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 clones, 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.
  • Bring It Back Alive: The Republic does this to the Zillo Beast. Inevitably, the Zillo Beast breaks free and wreaks havoc.
  • 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 the series, with frequent input from George Lucas on what is or is not an immutable part of official canon (so, for instance, the series' 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 Canon — for instance, the cameo by Delta Squad, heroes of Republic Commando.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Downplayed in "Hostage Crisis"; Anakin, while not removed of his Force abilities, finds himself trying to offset a Hostage Situation without his lightsaber. He is capable of superhuman feats on his own, but things are much more difficult for him without his Weapon of Choice.
  • Bullet Dancing: In "A Friend in Need", the Death Watch make a bunch of droids "dance" by firing under their feet.
  • Bus Full of Innocents:
    • Kaliida Shoals Medical Center serves the role as this in "Shadow of Malevolence", as the Malevolence intended to destroy it while it was full of injured clones and under the command of Dr. Nala Se.
    • A town inhabited by Ming Po on the planet Carlac serves the role as this in "A Friend in Need" as a result of being held hostage by the Death Watch.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: In "A Friend in Need", Count Dooku acts like this when discussing the death of Mina Bonteri with Lux. He claims that 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.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Inspector Tan Divo is essentially this, as he will tolerate no outside interference in his investigations. Unfortunately, his investigations tends to move pretty slowly, making outside action necessary.
  • 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 original six 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 Korriban/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 a 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 among 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 on making new models, quite a lot of them are simply re-colored versions of pre-existing bounty hunters: Jakoli 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 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 Generals; Cody reports to Obi-Wan (Smooth) and Rex reports to Anakin (Rough).
  • Cardboard Prison:
    • Subverted in "The Gungan General". Hondo's prison cells are not much of a hindrance for Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Dooku, but being chained to each other and not knowing the outline of the base is.
    • The Republic Judiciary Central Detention Center on Coruscant. Apparently, the guards allowed Aurra Sing in to talk to Ziro. Cad Bane admits to having escaped from it multiple times, including a case when he broke out Aurra (according to Word of God). Then in "Deception", Cad Bane, Moralo Eval, Rako Hardeen, Boba Fett, and Bossk stage a mass breakout during a prison riot.
    • The Mandalorian prison. Within "Shades of Reason" and "The Lawless", there are four breakouts from it, although admittedly one of them the guards wanted to happen. The prisoner saved in the last one doesn't even 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 the Separatist droids, Grievous treats them like only a nuisance.
  • Ceiling Cling:
    • Ahsoka is quite prone to using this:
      • In "Sphere of Influence", she manages to do this while using the Force to suspend Senator Chuchi off the ground.
      • In "Ghosts of Mortis", she clings onto their shuttle's ceiling to escape from Anakin, who's temporarily joined the Son.
      • In "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much", after she gets framed for terrorism and murder, she uses it to avoid a group of clone troopers searching for her in the building of the GAR HQ.
    • In "Eminence", Sugi uses it to make the jump on Maul, who is threatening her current employers (the Hutt Clan).
  • 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.
    Dooku: I would kill you both right now if I did not have to drag your bodies.
  • Chair Reveal:
    • In "Lair of Grievous", Fisto and Nahdar walk up to a chair in which they think Nute Gunray is sitting. When they turn it around, it is revealed that Gunray was present only via a holographic transmission.
    • In "Senate Murders", after Padmé and Bail have been ambushed while investigating the death of Onaconda Farr, they assume that Senator Mee Deechi set them up and go to confront him. When they turn his chair around, they discover 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.
    • Asajj Ventress gets some of this in "Nightsisters" and her subsequent appearances after this episode. Before this episode, she is 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 is 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 control chips in the clone troopers will force them to kill the Jedi when Order 66 is activated. A Kaminoan doctor named Nala Se drugs 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 is manipulating almost everyone to make sure the war lasts as long and becomes as intense as possible. "Duchess of Mandalore" is perhaps the only episode where he suffers a real defeat.
  • The Chew Toy: If you're a battle droid, then it sucks to be you.
  • Child Soldiers:
    • Ahsoka is an adolescent Padawan learner who participates in the battles and missions of the Clone Wars. Some characters have called attention to it, but no one really sees a problem with sending a teenager into fatal situations when, by the very definition of being a Padawan, she has not yet completed her Jedi training. This is especially evident in the first season when Ahsoka becomes upset after losing most of her squadron in "Storm Over Ryloth", 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 clones 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 who have taken over an outpost manned by clone troopers wear clone armor to try and deceive more arriving clones. Captain Rex turns the tables on them via pretending to be a commando droid in clone 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!
    Captain 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 clone trooper.
    • The blues are revealed to be an expanding issue during the third season. With Jango dead, the Kaminoan doctors 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 colors on the clone troopers' uniforms represent the military division in the Republic army that they are part of along with who they serve under. Blue is for the members of the 501st Legion (which is under Anakin's command), orange is for the members of the 212th Attack Battalion (which is under Obi-Wan's command), grey is for the members of the Wolfpack (which is under Plo Koon's command), and green is for the members of the 41st Elite Corps (which is under Luminara Unduli's command). Red is for the Clone Troopers stationed on Coruscant.
    • In "Carnage of Krell", the clone troopers that are members of the 501st Legion wear blue while the enemy Umbarans wearing stolen uniforms wear orange. 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 temporary 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 was 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 caller 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 Kenobi: Well it certainly took you long enough.
    Satine Kryze: You know I haven't saved you yet.
    Obi-Wan Kenobi: Yes, no need to remind me of that.
    Satine Kryze: Be patient.
    Obi-Wan Kenobi: I happen to be a bit short on patience right now.
  • Concealment Equals Cover: Zigzagged. Hiding behind a wooden table can occasionally 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 recognize. 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 a page of their own with the Shout Outs.
  • 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 original six 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 that were introduced. However, The Clone Wars is part of both Canon and Legends due to the series running before the decision. Regardless, The Clone Wars is notorious for contradicting a lot of previously written material from the latter continuity and, in some cases, retconning it due to 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: Zigzagged 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 a very powerful Jedi Master and one of the oldest characters featured. 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 Count 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.
  • Costume Evolution: In the first two-and-a-half seasons, Anakin and Obi-Wan wear armor over their Jedi robes while Ahsoka wears a tube top and skirt with white leggings. After the Time Skip around halfway in the third season, Anakin and Obi-Wan remove the armor and wear full Jedi robes and Ahsoka has updated to a short-dress and dark grey leggings. A trailer was made to commemorate the changes.
  • Crazy-Prepared: When 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 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 ones he had slain.
    • In "The Hidden Enemy", a clone trooper named Chopper is forced to reveal that he has been collecting the severed fingers of battle droids as trophies.
    • In "Cargo of Doom", Cad Bane takes Ahsoka's Padawan braid as a trophy that he hangs from his belt after capturing her. In "Children of the Force", 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 shows that she will never be a threat to him.
    • Savage Opress single-handedly demolishes a battalion 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 Dark Sides 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 series' renewal.
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  • A 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 begins 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: In "Lethal Trackdown", when Aurra Sing and Boba Fett send Mace Windu a holographic transmission threatening to execute hostages if Mace does not come face them, they demand one clone trooper's name before executing him. He contemptuously replies that he is CT-411. Anakin, watching the holographic transmission with Mace, sadly comments that he was "Ponds".
  • Deadly Euphemism: In "Pursuit of Peace", Count Dooku orders a pair of criminals to kill Padmé via saying 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 magick 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: Whenever 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:
    • In "ARC Troopers", towers of cloning tanks get destroyed during the Battle of Kamino. That is hundreds of babies dying on-screen.
    • In "Padawan Lost", Kalifa, a teenage female Jedi Youngling, is murdered by Garnac, a Trandoshan Egomaniac Hunter.
    • In "A Friend in Need", Pre Vizsla, leader of Death Watch, kills 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 on Raydonia that’s full of innocent people, including young children, to get the Jedi's attention. For once, The Clone Wars plays it safe and keeps the slaughter largely off screen.
  • 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 dependent 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: In "Shadow Warrior", General 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 Even Piell in particular resist severe Electric Torture, but refuse to co-operate with their captors, which in Master Ropal's case results in his death.
    • It's shown on several occasions that once Anakin makes up his mind, there's no standing in his way.
    • Darth Maul combines 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 Office Building. However, because of a complicated setback, 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 barehanded.
  • Disaster Democracy: In "Nomad Droids", after C-3PO and R2-D2 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".
  • 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" features the Jedi Order being protested for their involvement in an increasingly unpopular war. Any number of real-world war protests could apply.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In "Witches of the Mist", Savage Opress predictably betrays Asajj Ventress, who treated him worse than Count Dooku did to either of them.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: In "Lair of Grievous", 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 films and other canonical works 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, which also leads to the Star Wars characters featured in The Clone Wars being unable to do anything that contradicts the films that take place afterwards. Some particular examples include:
    • General Grievous and Anakin are unable to meet face to face 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 cannot successfully reveal the truth about the clone troopers' origins or the true intention of the control chips that the Kaminoans implanted into each clone's 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 of the Jedi Temple hangar while Barriss Offee, who was the orchestrator of this terrible event and had framed her, was let off with pretty much a slap on the wrist are among the things that prompt Ahsoka to tell the Jedi Order to stuff it when they offer to let her rejoin the Order in "The Wrong Jedi".
  • 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 Mandalore 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 Offee is revealed to be responsible for the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar as well as the one who framed Ahsoka for the crime, which results in her arrest after being defeated in a lightsaber duel with Anakin. The Jedi Council gives Ahsoka the offer to come back after kicking her out, but she leaves the Jedi Order after losing her trust in them.
    • 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 anyone 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 Count Dooku's name. General 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.
    • This is, of course, not even mentioning that Dooku is the Dragon to the true Big Bad, Darth Sidious, aka Chancellor Palpatine.
  • 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.
    Captain 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 cadets 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 clones' best interests at heart, but his tough style seems to work and get this particular group of clones motivated to pass their exams.
    • Averted with his Arcona counterpart El-Les, who is rather caring for a drill instructor.
  • Driven to Suicide: In "Slaves of the Republic", a Twi'lek slave, after a failed assassination attempt on her master (Zygerrian Queen Miraj Scintel), throws herself off a balcony rather than continue being a slave or be taken for reconditioning.
  • Dual Wielding:
    • Kit Fisto picks 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 tends to use 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 the third season, 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 electrostaff of a destroyed MagnaGuard and briefly wields it and his lightsaber against General Grievous. In "Hunt for Ziro", he briefly uses Quinlan Vos' lightsaber in addition to his own in order to fight Cad Bane.
    • Darth Sidious joins the list in "The Lawless" via carrying two lightsabers up his sleeves.
    • Anakin Skywalker and Barriss Offee engage in a lightsaber duel in "The Wrong Jedi" that involves them using two lightsabers in order to duel each other.
  • Dwindling Party: The Domino Squad. In "Rookies" (their first appearance airdate-wise), Droidbait is among the first to be killed by the invading Separatist droids, Cutup gets eaten alive by a Rishi eel, and Hevy is forced to pull a Heroic Sacrifice when the bomb's remote has a malfunction. When the survivors return to Kamino, they lose 99 (who is an "honorary" member of their squad) just before they're made ARC troopers. Then comes the Citadel arc, which leaves Fives as the Sole Survivor of the squad. The Order 66 arc kills him off as well.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome:
    Battle Droid: Do we take prisoners?
    Hevy: I... don't.
  • Dynamic Entry: In "Liberty on Ryloth", a commando droid enters a fight by throwing a destroyed B-1 battle droid at the clone troopers.
  • The Easy Way or the Hard Way: In "Lethal Trackdown", 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: In "Shadow Warrior", 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 commando droids, who display a level of competence and ruthlessness far above and beyond that of the 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: In "Bombad Jedi", Jar Jar puts on a Jedi robe 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 in "The Lawless".
      Bo-Katan Kryze: The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
    • In "A Necessary Bond", Ahsoka and a group of Jedi younglings team 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 Office Building and take numerous Galactic 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 has one in the same episode, which was her first appearance in The Clone Wars airdate-wise. After Bane kills a bunch of Senate Commandos with a hand grenade, she sees a survivor crawling towards the door, begging for help. With a cold smile, she shoots him in the 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 intends 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:
    • In "The Box", Cad Bane saves Rako Hardeen when Moralo Eval tries to kill him. Not because he cares for Hardeen, but because Eval purposefully cheated Hardeen out of victory and then caused the floor to fall out beneath him. Bane felt that Eval should have at least given 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: 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" features Geonosian warrior zombies. "Massacre" features the Nightsister zombies.
  • 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, not to mention his tendency of destroying subordinate battle droids 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 under lighting, a thick German accent, and exclusive use of his own personal Hitler Cam.
      Jar Jar: Yousa not creatin' life! Yousa takin' life!
      Dr. 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 Ahsoka while she is corrupted by the Dark Side in "Altar of Mortis".
    • Darth Maul qualifies as being hammy, especially in his monologue to Obi-Wan in "Revenge". Sam Witwer practically tears apart the scenery around him.
      • This is also true for Witwer's earlier antagonistic role as the Son, who dips into a bit of his Emperor Palpatine voice at times.
  • 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 magick in "Monster". Being voiced by Clancy Brown helps too.
  • Evil vs. Evil:
    • The Nightsisters and Brothers arc is a villain-focused story arc that presents some instances of fights between the Nightsisters and Separatists. The factions remain at odds throughout The Clone Wars until the Separatists exterminate the Nightsisters.
    • The Shadow Collective arc presents 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 Lawless", but he ultimately cannot do anything to solve the situation.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: During her duel with Pre Vizsla in "A Friend in Need", 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 clones' 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 happens in at least two episodes.
  • Face Palm: In "Ambush", an OOM-series Battle Droid does one 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, being the finales of seasons 5 and 6.
  • 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 goes Undercover as Lovers with Lux to the Death Watch's base. When they're left alone, she starts chewing out Lux for trusting Death Watch. Noticing that Pre Vizsla's headed for the tent, Lux kisses 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 delivers a confident and mocking laugh, but gets a total of three moves in before Obi-Wan disarms him.
  • Faking the Dead: During the Deception arc, the Jedi hire a bounty hunter named Rako Hardeen 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 Hardeen and have him sent to prison so he can infiltrate a plot to assassinate Chancellor Palpatine.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death:
    • 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 kills a Transdoshan scavenger named Gha Nachkt with the lightsaber blade visibly tearing through his chest.
    • In "Lair of Grievous", a clone trooper falls into a pit of lava and dies.
    • In "The Gungan General", Pirate Turk Falso gets 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 Senate Commando'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 turn 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 she is being attacked by a mind-controlled clone trooper, Barriss Offee takes out her lightsaber and guts him, with a close-up of the weapon impacting his chest.
    • 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 Merrik 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 magick, the "coven" tests his loyalty via 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 is 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 one'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 on 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 it’s 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 sexy 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 is attractive from the beginning in The Clone Wars, Ahsoka, being a teenager, understandably develops 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 is already very questionable, her redesign comes with a more reserved wardrobe.
    • "The Lawless" reveals that Soniee and Lagos, the female cadets that are introduced in "The Academy",were hit by puberty rather hard over the Mid-Season Upgrade 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.
    • Rugosa is mostly covered by giant coral forests.
    • Maridun, with its vast savannah and gigantic trees, is probably the least abnormal among them.
    • 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 sunlight. 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" are nicknames for the Separatist droids.
    • Clone trooper 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 egregiously, since they often appear to take no time at all. One specific inversion to this is the Malevolence's attack against the Kaliida Shoals Medical Station. Due to the size of the ship, it has to take the longer hyperspace route around a nebula, which takes more time compared to Anakin's starfighter squadron navigating through the nebula.
  • Fauxshadow: "The Deserter" gives an almost assured impression that Cut Lawquane will be killed by the episode's end in a sort of Heroic Sacrifice/Last Stand. He deserted the Republic clone army on Geonosis and he thinks Rex will view him as a coward for doing so, but he mentions that if it comes down to it he will 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 Droids", which appear from time to time.
  • Finagle's Law: The opening moral of "Counterattack" is "Everything that can go wrong will."
  • Flanderization: Yoda undergoes this in The Clone Wars. In the films, he occasionally talks backwards for emphasis. Here, practically every sentence is.
  • Flaunting Your Fleets: Part of the massive amounts of Scenery and Techno 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 Valor space station in "Point of No Return".
  • Flying Saucer: The signature ships of Hondo Ohnaka and his pirate gang.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Almost anyone who fights Savage Opress gets tossed around like a rag doll.
  • 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.
  • Force-Choke:
    • 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 insults him, Maul starts to strangle her while he gives a speech to Vizsla and the rest of the Death Watch about how beneficial an alliance between them would be. However, after he releases her and left, Bo-Katan and Vizsla smirk at one another in apparent success, so it appeared that they expected him to try such an intimidation tactic.
    • In "The Lawless", Darth Sidious, upon arriving on Mandalore, offhandedly uses the Force to choke two Death Watch commandos who try to stop him while walking past them. Later, he strangles 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 hangar, while Ahsoka was the only one in her cell. Since the two were alone and Letta's death was recorded on camera, but the sound was conveniently down, Ahsoka's frantic arm movements make it look like she was the one killing her.
  • Force-Field Door: They show up sometimes, though not as often as one would expect. Probably the most notable instance of this being used occurrs in "The Citadel", when the entry point the Jedi wanted to use to infiltrate the titular prison has been blocked by a ray shield.
  • 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:
    • 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 Citadel" (which is the first episode of the Citadel arc) opens with the moral "Adaptation is the key to survival" and Echo dies later during the story arc.
    • 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 clones 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 lifts, pulls, and pushes numerous opponents throughout the episode, she never considers 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 in "Altar of Mortis", she stares directly at you.
  • Frame-Up:
    • In "Duchess of Mandalore", Satine is framed for murder when the Death Watch assassin hunting her kills an informant that she has a meeting with.
    • During the Fugitive arc, Ahsoka is framed for the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar 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 deceive 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 control 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 control chip. That he had been drugged into incoherence does not help.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • In "Monster", Ventress has a couple of blink-and-you-miss-it Panty Shots while fighting Savage and the other Nightbrother competitors.
    • In "Escape from Kadavo", Ahsoka has a very smug grin on her face when Anakin releases her from her cage, but it is literally only two or three frames long.
    • Ahsoka also has 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 getting decapitated by Darth Maul is clearly visible in slow motion or on freeze frames. At 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' 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 will later destroy an inhabited planet just to prove a point. As the series progresses, his rank and importance increase — and so does his ruthlessness.
  • Frontline General:
    • The Jedi have been 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 clones are disgusted by Krell's tactics and risks, but Rex points out that some of Anakin's plans seemed just as risky. This 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 the fifth season of the series has this trope as its title since it features Ahsoka getting 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.
  • Futureshadowing:
    • In "Destroy Malevolence", General Grievous jumps down behind Obi-Wan and greets him with a "Hello, there." Obi-Wan does the same thing to Grievous in Revenge of the Sith in a retroactive Ironic Echo. Grievous also commands the Separatist droids to "kill him" and when that fails, he declares that he'll deal with the Jedi himself, almost exactly like in the film.
    • In "Jedi Crash", Anakin is briefly incapacitated by an explosion and placed on life support in a Republic cruiser. While he's hooked up to a respirator machine, the sound effect is the same as for Darth Vader's iconic breathing.
    • A vulture droid smashes into the bridge of the Resolute during the initial battle. It seems that the bridges of Anakin's flagships have a strange tendency to be impacted by crippled fighters.
    • In "Brain Invaders", mind-controlled clone troopers open fire on Ahsoka and Barriss. When they manage to incapacitate Barriss, one of the clones, Edge, remarks that if there is one thing the clone troopers know, it's how to stop Jedi.
    • In "Voyage of Temptation", Satine chews out Obi-Wan for his tendency to speak in half-truths:
      Satine: Senators, I presume you're acquainted with the collection of half-truths and hyperbole known as Obi-Wan Kenobi?
    • In "Cat and Mouse":
    • During Anakin's and Ahsoka's lightsaber duel in "Altar of Mortis", Anakin disarms Ahsoka the same way Vader will disarm Luke early on in their duel in The Empire Strikes Back.
    • In "Citadel Rescue", as Tarkin and Anakin shake hands before parting, a short section of "The Imperial March" is used as the background music.
    • In "Ghosts of Mortis", Anakin turns to the Dark Side to stop the Clone Wars, bring peace to the galaxy, and protect his loved ones, even if he has to kill all the Jedi to do so. This is exactly what happened in Revenge of the Sith.
    • In "Escape from Kadavo", the death scene of Zygerrian queen Miraj Scintel is a shout-out to Anakin/Vader's death scene in Return of the Jedi. Miraj even quotes Anakin's Famous Last Words, "You were right."
    • In "Crisis on Naboo", Anakin and Palpatine enter a dining room where Dooku happens to be waiting for them ala The Empire Strikes Back, which ironically has Anakin as Darth Vader doing this to Han, Leia, Chewie, and Lando.
    • In "A War on Two Fronts", Anakin finds Steela's marksmanship "Impressive. Most impressive."
    • Tarkin entering the cell that Ahsoka is held in is framed in the same manner as Darth Vader entering Princess Leia's cell in A New Hope. Also, Tarkin holds Ahsoka's chin in much the same way he held Leia's in the same film.
    • The ending of "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much" is highly reminiscent to the climax of The Empire Strikes Back, with Anakin/Vader trying to convince someone close to him to go with him, and that someone throwing themselves into the deep.
    • In "Voices", R2 is rather creeped out when Yoda leaves him alone on Dagobah. When Luke headed to the planet in The Empire Strikes Back, R2 warned him against going there.
  • 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 is intentionally sabotaging the Republic's efforts on Umbara so he'll have a good accomplishment to present to Dooku when he defects 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 and story arcs are often straight-up mini-Military and Warfare Films of different sub-genres. For instance, "Cat And Mouse" is a World War II Sub Story and the Umbara arc is a Vietnam War story.
    • The Mortis arc, "Nomad Droids", a large portion of the Nightsisters and Brothers 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. It’s not surprising considering he is the living personification of the Dark Side.
  • Gonna Need More X: In "Escape from Kadavo", 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 in "Cloak of Darkness", 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 terror is not a weapon that the Jedi use.
  • Good Is Not Soft: The Jedi Order. They still classify themselves as peacekeepers, 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 try to prevent, so they start fighting. Things end with all three of them dead.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe:
    • A lot of alien females 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 wields two guns. Apparently, he has a bit more of Jango in him than the average clone trooper.
    • Chairman Papanoida of Pantora pulls it off briefly in "Sphere of Influence".
    • Every single Mandalorian Death Watch member. Word of God states it is meant to reflect the symmetry that their culture favors.
    • Boba Fett wields 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 are falling back and an injured Obi-Wan activates his lightsaber for their Last Stand... and a squadron of Y-Wings arrive to take out the incoming Separatist droids and Geonosians.
    • During the Umbara arc, Anakin and his troops 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 tired of all this whining! Tell us what we want right now, or I will gut you like a Rokarian dirt-fish!

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  • Hack Your Enemy: The Citadel arc presents three battle droids that were reprogrammed to work as R2-D2's sqaudron. The Republic uses them to fly the infiltration team's ship since battle droids are nothing unusual on a Separatist planet.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: According to other sources, the children of Twi'lek woman Suu Lawquane were fathered by a human male before she married Cut (who is 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, Grievous' 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. The more experienced clone troopers like Captain Rex (or other clone troopers akin to him) appear to utilize this trope.
  • Have You Told Anyone Else?: In "The Academy", Korkie Kryze informs Prime Minister Almec that he has information about the corruption on Mandalore. Almec tells Korkie to meet him and bring the recording and everyone 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 is this trope 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 is touted as invincible and lives 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 they're dug 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 Separatist 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 Ima-Gun Di and his Clone Troopers fight an unwinnable battle to stall the advancing Separatist 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.
    • In "Altar of Mortis", 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.
    • In "Plan of Dissent", 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 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 Saved by Canon status is a lot thicker and he comes 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 sends a group of Demolition Droids designed for infiltration and suicide-bombing in order to destroy Coruscant’s central power distribution grid. The Demolition Droids are built to look like sweeper droids in their disguised forms and have fake permits to enter the secured zone. After clone trooper Commander Fox examines the permit and allows for the droids pass, he stops them again as they're about to turn around the corner... because they almost turned the wrong way!
  • Hijacked by Ganon: In "Assassin", who hired Aurra Sing to kill Padmé? Ziro.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • In "Rookies", Separatist droids take control of a Republic outpost on the Rishi moon via initiating an attack on the outpost. When Cody and Rex arrive for an inspection, they attempt to deceive them by disguising themselves in clone armour. The surviving clone troopers then gain entrance to the outpost via Captain Rex pretending to be a commando droid.
    • 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 in "Mystery of a Thousand Moons" when Obi-Wan says to Anakin "There's more than one way to skin a womp rat".
    • Days get referred to both as days and as "planetary rotations".
  • Hollywood Tactics: This gets Played With throughout the series:
    • The battle droids are especially vulnerable to this, although one has to account for their commanders' strategies and tactics.
    • The clone troopers averts 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, standard tactic for close-quarters fighting is apparently "stand out in the open, ignore cover, and shoot at the enemy".
    • The Second Battle of Geonosis is determined to be a ground invasion and it focuses on infantry and armor attack. As a result, they use 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 clones, 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 droid army lands 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 Separatist droids are routed. Ventress engages Grievous personally, knowing that the Separatist 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 die 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 the story 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 magick, 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, no one 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 use 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.
  • Hope Spot: "Conspiracy" ends with quite a cruel one. After finding out the Kaminoans plan to euthanize Tup, Fives enlists AZ's help to prevent that from happening. In the end, they manage to remove the control chip that is causing Tup's illness, Shaak Ti arrives at the lab meaning Nala Se can't attempt any foul play, and Tup wakes up, seemingly starting to recover. Then it turns out the malfunctioning chip in his brain and the surgery to remove it have weakened Tup too badly, and he dies shortly after regaining consciousness.
    Fives: No. No! I thought I saved him...
  • 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 use Narglatchs (blue-skinned, sabertooth lion-like creatures) to ride into battle.
    • In "Liberty on Ryloth", the Twi'lek freedom fighters use Blurrgs, (which are large, bipedal reptilian creatures) both as beasts of burden and as riding mounts.
    • The Zygerrians use Brezak or "gliding lizards" for air-gliding around their city.
    • In "Bounty", the Kage warriors of Quarzite use giant centipedes called milodons for traveling and chasing the subtram.
    • The Onderon rebels use 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 is slightly 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 Commander Gree 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: In "Lethal Trackdown", Boba Fett says he wants justice (for the death of his father) and 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 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!"
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten:
    • In "Lethal Trackdown", Aurra tells Boba to shoot a clone trooper named Ponds. Yes, a clone trooper. Basically his brother. He doesn't go through with it, so Aurra does.
    • In "Slaves of the Republic", Queen Miraj Scintel orders Anakin to whip Obi-Wan in order to prove that he really is a slaver.
  • "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.
  • 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: In "Citadel Rescue", Master Even Piell does this to Ahsoka in order to make sure the hyperspace route coordinates he's carrying gets to the Republic.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • In "Escape from Kadavo", Keeper Agruss meets his end via being impaled on a shock staff thrown by Rex.
    • In "The Lawless", Savage Opress gets killed this way with two lightsabers, courtesy of Darth Sidious.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy:
    • The battle droids. In "Rookies", a clone trooper manages to evade droid fire for a few seconds by walking sideways. Their effectiveness does vary by episode. Starting in "The Hidden Enemy", they have fewer humorous moments and an obscenely large clone trooper body count.
    • In "Point of No Return", a bunch of battle droids are 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 ones 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. 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 black-bladed lightsaber called the Darksaber.
  • In a Single Bound: Jedi tend to leap 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 to being a Heavy Worlder and Bizarre Alien Biology respectively.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: In "Lightsaber Lost", Jedi Master Tera Sinube plants one on Ione Marcy's back; it's large, it beeps, and it's a surprisingly long time before Cassie Cryar spots and destroys it.
  • 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 have come up with plans, but Anakin has definitely pulled this the most often via instantly improvising a plan in the middle of the situation. This tendency of his is lampshaded by Obi-Wan, Mace and Rex in "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back" as they watch Anakin cut apart the hull of their escape ship, which is 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.
    Captain Rex: A lot of the General's plans involve falling.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison:
    • In "The Hidden Enemy", 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.
    • 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 (2003).
    • 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's deliberately sabotaging the Republic advance prior to his planned defection to the Separatists.
  • 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: Double Subverted. 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 had a prominent role during the Yoda arc.
  • Invisible to Normals: A slight variation. Kyber crystals only glow for their intended owner, while others see nothing.
  • Invulnerable Knuckles:
    • Though no one 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.
    • In "The Rise of Clovis", 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 clones 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" features this: "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 in "Lair of Grievous", but substitutes an escape for the trope's dictated attack. Grievous' look when his surrender demand is (seemingly) accepted? Priceless.
  • It Amused Me:
    • In "Evil Plans", 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. While he waits for his minions to return with Artoo, he continues to zap the heck out of poor Threepio.
    • Once General Krell admits that he was a traitor in "Carnage of Krell", 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" tell R2, who was their designated commander during the mission, that it's been an honor serving under him.
    • Clone Commander Gregor tells this to Colonel Gascon after thanking him for reminding him who he was. He also promises, however, that he'll 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 Commando 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 crushed by the Zillo Beast mere moments later.
    • Kalifa to Ahsoka after the former 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 out how to deal with problems like this. Their struggles to overcome his challenges are what inspire them to excel, which everyone acknowledges at the end of "Clone Cadets".
  • Jet Pack:
    • It's standard issue for the Mandalorians who are members of 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 anti-gravity 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 being slammed against walls, which would have instantly killed or at least incapacitated most other people. By the time he does retreat, he's 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 compared to how they are in the Prequel Trilogy's films. Obi-Wan also feels this way about Artoo.
    Obi-Wan Kenobi: 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 are. 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 wants to win, he also wants 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 at 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 before the wreckage collapses.
    • 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 will take too long, and orders Rex to execute them without trial.
    • Two within "The Wrong Jedi":
      • The Jedi Council brings 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 do give her an audience, they constantly interrupt and further confuse 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 is just as bad. Tarkin, the prosecutor, presents indirect evidence and presumptions he made based on them as if they're unshakable proofs. When Padmé brings attention to the lapse of logic in them, he simply steers 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:
    • In "Shadow of Malevolence", Grievous decides to attack medical frigates as a prelude to attacking the whole medical outpost.
    • In "Monster", 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 series 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 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, although it's on the DVD.
  • 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.
  • 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: In "Ghosts of Mortis", the Father erases Anakin's memories of his future, which includes the knowledge of his Face–Heel Turn and transformation into the 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 has to call for backup with Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka abandons 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 is bright and confident, Ventress' is sinister, Savage's is ominous, etc. Even the clone troopers and the rest of the Galactic Republic in general receive a theme that is worthy of any war movie!
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen:
    • In "The Mandalore Plot", Pre Vizsla, leader of the Mandalorian Death Watch, 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.
    • In "The Rise of Clovis", Rush Clovis challenges Anakin to "try fighting like a man without your Jedi tricks". Anakin is more than happy to oblige.
  • Lilliputians:
    • "Nomad Droids" features a bunch of aliens so tiny that C-3PO accidentally kills 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: Everyone except for Padmé initially mostly wears the same clothes in the first two-and-a-half seasons 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 beds 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: Some episodes feature almost nothing but clone troopers, although a Jedi or two tends to make a token appearance.
  • Luck-Based 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".
  • 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 are entrusted with protecting in "Bounty". It turns out to be a Damsel in Distress, Pluma Sodi, sister of Kage leader Krismo, who was to be married to the Belugan dictator, Otua Blank.
    • During the Young Jedi arc, the lightsaber crystals have very little actual purpose after the younglings find them in "The Gathering", but Hondo wanting to get them kicks off a chain of events long enough for three more episodes.
    • The encyrption module, getting which was Colonel Gascon and the droids' mission during the D-Squad arc.
  • 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.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Nuvo Vindi is hell-bent on releasing the Blue Shadow virus to the entire galaxy.
  • The Mafia: The Hutt Clan.
  • Magic Knight: Both the Jedi and the Sith use the Force for various purposes, 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's protocol droid is constantly coming up with new flattering adjectives for her boss.
  • 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 lethal 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:
    • 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 in "Lair of Grievous". Rather humorously, the clone troopers who accompanied him all wore red armor and also died horrible deaths.
    • A clone trooper named 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: In "Defenders of Peace", 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 Ima-Gun Di (which is pronounced as "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 nicknames or pick their own:
      • "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.
    • For a group example, Domino Squad. What are dominoes known for? Falling down one by one.
  • 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. This one is deliberate: Obi-Wan's been disguised as the bounty hunter hired to "kill" him so he can get criminal cred to get in on Moralo Eval's plot.
  • 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 has no active plans to overthrow Darth Sidious until Sidious forces Dooku to betray Asajj Ventress to prove his loyalty. Afterwards, killing Sidious becomes 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 are introduced in "Jedi Crash" have vulture-head, feet, talons, frontal body, and legs proportioned like a big cat's, covered by a mane of thick feathers, but wind a hind resembling 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 clones who are unable to become soldiers, due to either physical or mental deformities, 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 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 clones and thus sized identically.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: At the end of "Senate Spy", Anakin leaves Clovis to Lott Dod and his Separatist droids. Anakin has 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 daisies in "The Wrong Jedi" given the music that precedes the big moment.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Ahsoka Tano, 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?
      • The gag continues with Ashara Zavros, another dual-wielding Togruta Padawan.
    • 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 Wounds, 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.
    • 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 Vizla was involved in a Sith attack on the Jedi Temple during the Sacking of Coruscant.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: No one 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.

    N-R 
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
    • In general, Star Wars tends to be bad about this. Darth Sidious, Darth Tyranus, General Grievous...
    • Mandalore is threatened by a dangerous splinter group that wants to return to the old Mandalorian ways of combat. The name of this splinter group is "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 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 Offee was behind the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar.
  • 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 bringing Anakin to Mortis awakens Son's vanity, and Anakin turning 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".
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Ventress is beginning to have second thoughts about turning a young woman over to a warlord. Cue Boba Fett mouthing off at her, removing whatever hesitation Ventress had about double-crossing him.
  • The Nicknamer: Ahsoka initially has a tendency to use these for people in the first season, but it eventually disappears as The Clone Wars progresses.
  • Ninja: The Kage Warriors who battle against the Belugans wear black bodysuits and have great stealth and agility. If that’s 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. James Arnold Taylor also added a bit of Al Pacino to his voice as well.
  • 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. Season 7 is set to avert this by showing movie-accurate sleeves and 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, and Ventress ended up losing the skirt altogether from the third season onwards.
  • No Hero to His Valet: General Grievous' 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-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.
  • Noir Episode: "Senate Murders" presents a Who Dunnit on Coruscant.
  • Nom de Guerre: All of the clone troopers qualify for this since so few of them have actual names. Some examples include Rex, Fives, and Waxer.
  • 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.
  • Non-Lethal Warfare: Averted to a great extent.
  • 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. Interestingly, the earlier seasons have more distinctive-looking clone extras than the later ones.
    • 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 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 rails (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 Seperatist 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 the Second Battle of Geonosis. After the battle, Ahsoka asks for Anakin's total, and it turns out she won. Anakin, however, claims that since he called in the airstrike, it adds enough to his tally to make it a tie. Upon hearing this, Master Ki-Adi-Mundi adds his own total, which is larger than both Ahsoka's or Anakin's, and then casually asks what he's won.
    Anakin Skywalker: My everlasting 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 Obi-Wan 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 gets 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.
  • Off with His Head!:
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • In "The General", a screaming, mechanical thing erupts from the ground right in front of a clone 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."
  • Oh My Gods!: During the Mortis arc, Ahsoka asks "What in the Universe was that?"
  • 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 one of the most powerful Force-sensitive individuals in the Galaxy.
  • Old Soldier: In "Darkness on Umbara", 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' leitmotif includes a male choir chanting ominously in a language that 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 the phrases still popped up from time to time.
    • During the D-Squad arc, WAC calls Colonel Gascon "a map-reader" once in each episode.
  • One-Man Army:
    • The Jedi in general, but Yoda is explicitly described as such in "Ambush", where King Katuunko decrees that Yoda is worth a thousand battle droids.
    • An unidentified Death Watch commando during the beginning of the Mandalore arc single-handedly attempts 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. In "The Deserter", 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 in 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 arc.
  • Opening Scroll: Although not used in The Clone Wars itself, the official episode guides included a crawling text version of the episodes’ 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 decreed 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 Dominoes 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.
  • 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" are capable of controlling Geonosian corpses.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": In "Senate Spy", Rush Clovis uses "Padmé" as his password to access the plans of the Separatist's new droid factory because he's had a long lasting crush on Padmé Amidala. She successfully guesses it just after a few tries and is visibly unnerved at how creepy it is.
  • Percussive Maintenance:
    • Anakin restarts a faulty holo-table this way 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 Jinx's 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 live. When Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka arrive there in "Overlords", they immediately notice that the Force is exceptionally powerful. Anakin is able to draw on the planet's power in order 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 here. The Jedi also have a security force, the Temple Guards, 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.
    • In "Liberty on Ryloth", it is dropped again regarding the fight Ryloth's freedom fighters put up.
  • 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.
  • "Psycho" Strings: The main instrument in Ventress' leitmotif is a sinister-sounding violin, emphasizing how dangerous and unpredictable she is.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: A few characters shout like this sometimes. For example:
    Hondo Ohnaka:' THIS EFFORT! IS NO LONGER! PROFITABLE!
  • Punishment Detail: When Waxer and Boil become preoccupied with Numa (a Twi'lek child they have encountered) in "Innocents of Ryloth", 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.
  • Puppet King:
    • Invoked by Count Dooku in "Ambush" when he orders Ventress to kill Katuunko, as he will have an easier time "negotiating" with Katuunko's replacement.
    • King Sanjay Rash of Onderon was so obviously a figurehead 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 takes 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 Count 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:
    • 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 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 traditionally a 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 face time 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. Ironically, Rex is the one who wears blue.
  • 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 "Supply Lines" and "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.
  • The Resolution Will Not Be Televised: When The Clone Wars was cancelled, 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 StarWars.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 comic book miniseries.
    • 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.
  • Retcon: Previously established continuity from the Expanded Universe is accepted in general fashion, but many parts have been rewritten 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 Star Wars films) to be non-canon.
  • Reused Character Design: The series 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 she 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' 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 very cheap 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), which appear in the flesh for the first time in "To Catch a Jedi".
  • Ridiculously Human Robots:
    • The Separatist droids (especially the B-1 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 shortcomings, such as selfishness, fear, lack of self-confidence, or lack of faith.
  • Roof Hopping: In "Lightsaber Lost", 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 Demolition 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 a significant amount of additional Star Wars battles.

    S-Z 
  • Sadistic Choice:
    • In "Voyage of Temptation", 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.
    • In "Overlords", the Father 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 photorealistic CGI that has so much detail to the point where it takes a number of re-watchings 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 original six 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 is 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 fan club 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. Rex serves the role as the captain of the 501st Legion of clone troopers, who are assigned to Anakin Skywalker. Notably, Star Wars Battlefront 2 had previously indicated that the 501st clone troopers morphed into the 501st stormtroopers during the transition from the Republic to the Empire.
  • Science Fantasy: The Clone Wars mixes sci-fi and fantasy elements far more than the films did. Probably the best examples are the final two story arcs in season four. The Deception arc presents, amongst other tropes, Magic Plastic Surgery and Holographic Disguise devices; while the Nightsisters and Brothers arc presents Old Daka using magick in order to raise an undead army, Mother Talzin torturing Dooku with a Voodoo Doll, crafting magicybernetic-limbs, and healing psychosis with her magick.
  • 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 "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 "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 Republic gunships 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 "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 clones we see are only a small part of the whole program.
    • 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 war.
    • 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 when 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!: In "The Deserter", Captain Rex encounters Cut, a clone who deserted from the Grand Army of the Republic, and it is his duty to report him to the authorities... it's 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 montrals with short head-tails, while females have smaller and curved montrals with very long head-tails.
  • Send in the Clones: It's 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 gets captured by Dooku shortly after Grievous' capture.
  • 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 to Anakin in regards to the Mandalorian Duchess they are trying to rescue.
  • Shock and Awe: Force lightning, of course.
    • Count Dooku is usually the one to deliver it, employing it in most of his fights.
    • 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.
  • Shoot the Dangerous Minion: Sidious orders Dooku to kill Ventress as a test of loyalty since he believes that she's growing too powerful.
  • Shoot the Dog:
    • At the end of the Umbara arc, 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.
    • In "Escape from Kadavo", 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 a control chip that is located in each of their brains into 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 timeline, we know that her pacifist ideals completely fail to take and Mandalore goes right back to its old warrior ways.
  • Shoot Your Mate: A non-romantic example. In "Nightsisters", 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 its Shout Outs and Continuity Nods got a page of their own.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: General Krell claims that is no longer naïve 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. 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.
  • Single Tear: Waxer dies shedding one out of guilt at having killed his brother clones due to Krell's deception.
  • 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 jump headfirst into the Mon Calamari ocean from the lower dock of a Venator-class Destroyer that is hovering several stories high above the water and apparently the worst they get from it is 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 Separatist droids. When a commando droid disguised as a clone trooper ends a radio communication with their trademark "Roger, roger", they realize that something is wrong down there.
  • Space Clouds:
    • Inside a nebula, you can literally only see objects a few meters away from your view port.
    • Umbara is a planet that is located inside a nebula and permanently stuck in darkness.
  • Space Elevator: The planet Quarzite, introduced in "Bounty", has one since it is impossible to land a spacecraft on the planet due to its high-pressure atmosphere.
  • 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 Malevolence", Grievous attempts to destroy a Republic medical base that can treat up to 60,000 clone troopers.
    • In "Brain Invaders", Ahsoka and Barriss accompany a transport of supplies to another medical base.
    • The plot of "Bounty Hunters" is kicked off by the Republic losing contact with — yet again — a medical-base orbiting Felucia.
    • In "Revival", Maul and Savage rob the Cybloc transfer station, a space station owned by the Banking Clan.
    • In "Point of No Return", the Separatists attempt to blow up a military station hosting the Republic's strategy conference.
  • Space Whale: The neebray mantas are essentially this trope.
  • Spanner in the Works: This is 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 in the next 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 into infantry units, light combat vehicle drivers (BARC speeders and All Terrain Recon Transports) and heavy vehicles (such as All Terrain Tactical Enforcers). There are also special units, such as Clone Captains, Clone Commanders, ARC troopers, Clone 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 capital ships, support ships, fighters, and fighter-bombers.
  • The Starscream:
    • Turk is this to Hondo in "The Gungan General".
    • Despite the general policy of betrayal amongst the Sith, Count Dooku has no active plans to betray Darth Sidious until Sidious forces him to betray Ventress in "Nightsisters". Afterwards, killing Sidious becomes 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 quos of many other points in the series 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: In "Liberty on Ryloth", 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 droid's STAP before leaping across the side of the chasm.
  • Stock Scream: It’s inevitable, since this is 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 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 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 shown, 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 anyone, 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 Mortis", 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. Mind you, she looked exhausted beforehand...
  • Suggested by...: "Bounty Hunters" is based on "Seven Samurai", complete with an on-screen dedication to Akira Kurosawa.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: During the Zygerrian Slavers arc, Queen Miraj Scintel thinks she can control Jedi almost as easily as any other slave, a fact which Dooku is quick to correct her on. Then she tries to disobey Dooku himself, and things naturally go downhill from there.
  • Suicidal Pacifism: The Lurmen on Maridun, at least those who follow the views espoused by Tee Watt Kaa. His son and many other members of the younger generation disagree, however.
  • Suicide Attack: This is used by Demolition Droids on Coruscant in season three in order to avoid the signing of a peace treaty. And it works.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: "Bombad Jedi" presents this. 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' 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: In "Plan of Dissent", 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's 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 uses his with great effect against Cassie Cryar in "Lightsaber Lost".
  • 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-warriors 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: In "Corruption", Duchess Satine has to bully a customs captain into investigating over his protests that there is no corruption on his dock. However, it initially appears that 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" features Waxer giving a ration bar to a starving Twi'lek girl over Boil'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 animators have gone out of their way to put as much detail as possible on spaceships (the best examples might be the Venator-class 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 has the tendency of saying things like this in practically all of her appearances.
    • "Innocence of Ryloth" features this with an unfortunate battle droid:
      Battle Droid: Yup, this is about the worst job in the droid army.
      [the battle droids in the hallway are cut down and the 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 in "Landing at Point Rain": "Good thing those bugs can't aim!"
  • Terrifying Rescuer: In "Slaves of the Republic", Obi-Wan scares the crap out of Governor Roshti, whom he is trying to rescue from slave traders, because he is disguised as one of them.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: When Rex finally decides that General Krell is going too far in his treatment of the clone troopers, he affirms that he is to be addressed as "Captain", not CT-7567.
  • Third-Person Person: Moralo Eval.
  • 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.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock:
    • In "Downfall of a Droid", R2 throws an assassin droid out of Gha Nachkt's ship when it attempts to stop him from trying to contact Anakin. Unfortunately, he's then caught by an unamused Gha Nachkt.
    • In "Cargo of Doom", Cad Bane threatens Anakin with killing Ahsoka by throwing her out the airlock if he doesn't 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 passes with changing speed.
  • Token Heroic Orc: The Citadel arc features a squadron of battle droids that have been captured and reprogrammed by the Republic to serve as infiltrators for covert operations.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • The battle droids are essentially this trope as a result of not being very bright.
    • In "Trespass", 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the first season of The Clone Wars, General Grievous is 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' unsuccess in battles and sets out to test him. As a result, "Grievous Intrigue" and later episodes in the subsequent seasons downplay Grievous' ineffectuality via presenting him as a deadly, menacing villain, a Chessmaster, and a legitimate threat who still runs when he feels that he's on the losing side.
    • He takes another level of badass in "Massacre" through his duel with Ventress and orchestration of the extermination of the Nightsisters.
  • 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 recognized 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's gotten a 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 Demolition 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: During the Yoda arc, 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 Demolition Droids sent by the Separatists serve this role in "Heroes on Both Sides", posing as sweeper droids.
  • 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 Wookiee hides, mounted Gungan heads, and many other races. Most disturbingly, he spends the episodes hunting Ahsoka with the intention of making her his newest trophy by mounting her severed and stuffed head on his wall.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: The Umbara arc begins with Anakin being recalled to Coruscant and General Krell being given command of the 501th. 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 it's 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 fiery 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 them; they are meant to be seen as Red Shirts and assist the Jedi in preserving law and order.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: [Usually [Averted Trope averted]]. 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 clones 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 in "Lair of Grievous", 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 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 and the same (though some come incredibly close).
  • The Uriah Gambit: General Krell's horrendous battle tactics are 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'll 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 in "Prisoners".
  • Variable Terminal Velocity: Averted in "Landing at Point Rain". Anakin and Ahsoka throw Rex off a ledge to avoid an explosion before jumping down to the ground below and catching 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 presents Savage Opress going on a quest to find his long lost brother: Darth Maul.
    • "Eminence" presents the combined efforts of the Death Watch and Darth Maul against the Black Sun and the Hutt Clan in addition to not featuring any heroes.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Queen Miraj Scintel to Anakin. Of course, he was attempting to invoke this.
  • 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 in "The Hidden Enemy" does have merit. He argues that the clone troopers are used as nothing more than puppets to the Jedi Order and he merely wanted freedom. Considering how they were created for war and indoctrinated from birth to follow orders 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.
  • 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' escape from Hondo's stronghold in "Revival". During the battle, Obi-Wan slices off Savage's left arm with his lightsaber. A short while later, Maul gets part of his leg blasted 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.
    • The three Force-wielders introduced in "Overlords" have voices with a permanent echo as well.
    • In "Overlords", 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".
    Warthog: Great, it's going to be another one of those planets.
  • War from Another World: Occurs with somewhat increasing frequency because of Palpatine's machinations forcing many of the neutral planets to side with either the Republic or the Separatists. This is most prominent in "Jedi Crash" and "Defenders of Peace", which feature Anakin, Ahsoka, Aayla, Rex, Bly, and some Red Shirt clones crash-landing on Maridun. When the native peaceful Lurmen agree to aid the grievously injured Skywalker, the Separatists arrive not long after to claim the planet as their colony.
  • 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 clones 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 clones 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 Separatists, delves into Ventress' past, and introduces the Nightsisters, Mother Talzin, and Savage Opress in addition to setting up a major future event, 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.
    • At the end of the Fugitive arc, Ahsoka feels betrayed by the Council and actually being betrayed by Barriss, which leads to her deciding to leave 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 says one in 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 a utopian 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 Jedi 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 Separatist 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 asks Padmé "What's a lifeform like you doing in a swamp like this?" when she gets captured by the Separatist droids protecting his lab. She replies that she was about to ask him the same question.
    • In "Bounty", after Ventress enters a cantina on Tatooine and orders a drink, a Bounty Hunter named Oked tries to hit on her with this question. When he continues pushing her, Ventress stabs 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 Jedi Council for lying to him in "Crisis on Naboo".
    • 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 leaves 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 is being attacked by the 501st Legion in "Carnage of Krell", General Krell decrees "You dare to attack a Jedi?!".
    • Huyang also says it when his head gets blasted off by a Weequay pirate during the Young Jedi arc.
  • Why Am I Ticking?:
    • In "Holocron Heist", Todo-360 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 bomb the Jedi Temple hangar.
  • Wipe: Most of the scene-changes are executed by having the two scenes overlap, much like in the 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 tries to order Rex and his men to attack the Talz. Rex refuses, stating that his orders are only to personally protect the Chairman.
    • In "Gungan Attack", the inexperienced Prince Lee-Char isn’t willing to follow Anakin's advice of leaving the Separatist and Quarren-occupied Mon Calamari because he fears he'll leave his people to die. Anakin warns him with "due respect" that if they stay, all of them are going to die.
    • In "To Catch a Jedi", Windu wants to keep Anakin out of the search for Ahsoka, who escaped to the Coruscant underworld after being framed. Anakin refuses 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 has a double dose of this during her lightsaber duel against the Hooded Assailant. For once, everything she has underwent through until that point has left her exhausted and confused (the latter of which even she herself realizes and admits when she has to be reminded to use the emergency brakes in a malfunctioning elevator by a child) and she also previously 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 waves are following each other in a constant cycle, as part of the planet's Light and Dark Side in-balance symbolism: when night falls all plants die, and are reduced into ghastly glowing forms, and massive thunderstorms 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:
    • In "Cat and Mouse", Admiral Trench claims that Anakin is this trope.
    • In "Storm Over Ryloth", Captain Mar Tuuk openly states that he respects Anakin's military skills and wants to defeat him mainly because of this.
    • In "Crisis on Naboo", Dooku says this of Obi-Wan after he successfully thwarted two attempts to kidnap Palpatine.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Some examples of this trope include:
    • Savage Opress kills Adi Gallia via impaling her TWICE, once with his horns on his head and the second stab with his lightsaber.
    • Darth Maul Force-chokes Bo-Katan (but doesn't kill her) 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".
    • In "Children of the Force", Darth Sidious has several Force-sensitive infants abducted so that he can perform potentially lethal experiments on them. Cad Bane, who completes the actual abducting, doesn't care what becomes of the children, so long as he gets paid.
    • In "The Academy", Prime Minister Almec threatens to kill Satine's nephew if she doesn't give in to his demands.
    • During the Trandosha arc, a group of villainous 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.
    • In "Revenge", Darth Maul slaughters dozens of innocent people, including several children, to draw the attention of the Jedi, particularly Obi-Wan.
    • 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 both the Big Good Chancellor of the Galactic Republic and secretly the Big Bad Dark Lord of the Sith and leader of the Separatist Alliance. He'll be in power no matter which side wins.
    • Almost every single story 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. It is very rare for an episode or story arc to be 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 control chips are really for, along with if the "defective" clone 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:
    • In "Lethal Trackdown", Aurra Sing and Boba Fett send Mace Windu a video threatening to execute hostages if Mace does not come face them. They demand one clone trooper'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 clones. 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 trooper 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 them all".
  • You Have Failed Me:
    • Grievous frequently has this reaction, but it helps that he usually does this to the battle droids.
    • In a more brutal example, the leader of Death Watch (Pre Vizsla) casually kills one of his men for failing to kill Obi-Wan in "The Mandalore Plot". 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 in "Nightsisters". Particularly painful since she hasn't 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 receives "payment" for his help in freeing Nute Gunray, courtesy of Ventress.
    • The Son gives Ahsoka a Touch of Death after she delivers to him the only weapon that can kill the Father.
    • Count Dooku does this to Moralo Eval when his testing course for the bounty hunters is easily outwitted. Fortunately for Eval, he does 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 gets replaced as team leader by Cad Bane.
  • You Killed My Father:
    • During the Bounty Hunter arc, Boba Fett has a 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.
    • In "A Friend in Need", Lux Bonteri wants to get back at Count Dooku after Dooku killed his mother Mina.
  • Young and in Charge:
    • Ahsoka is fourteen years old at the beginning of The Clone Wars, but she is automatically ranked as a Commander as result of being a Padawan learner.
    • During the Mon Calamari arc, part of the reason the Quarren refuse to accept Prince Lee-Char as the new King of Mon Calamari is his young age.
    • Boba Fett is seen several times leading (or trying to lead) groups of bounty hunters that are far older and more experienced than he is. Lampshaded by Asajj Ventress in "Bounty".
      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 in "Darkness on Umbara", 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: In "Carnage of Krell", 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:
    • This is 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 frees them from Separatist captivity in "Innocents of Ryloth", a horde of Twi'leks save him and exact their revenge by swarming over an armored assault tank and ripping apart the T-series Tactical Droid Commander with their bare hands.

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