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  • Author's Saving Throw: The last five extended to 12 to 15 minutes, to fan praise.
  • Better on DVD: Considering the original 4 minute segments, it merges well into a wall-to-wall hour long movie. As a matter of fact, watching episodes 1–25 back-to-back will take less time than the entire runtime of Revenge of the Sith.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: During the escape from Grievous, the Jedi accompanying Palpatine get a brief respite when Grievous is being held off by the clones. While waiting for the elevator, they can hear the sound of Grievous slaughtering his way through the clones and getting closer and closer to them.......Not funny. One of the Jedi frantically pressing the "call" button on the elevator to get it to come faster? Funny.
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    • Captain Fordo, the leader of the ARC troopers. Also one of the first of the most badass and beloved clones in the franchise.
    • Durge, the insanely hardy bounty hunter who simply will not die.
    • This series also made it's own version General Grievous into one for the entire Star Wars universe.
    • In a vehicle example, the repainted Republic gunship used by Captain Fordo and his men is beloved by fans because of how badass it looks. As is Anakin's heavily modified Delta-7 Aethersprite-class Jedi starfighter, the Azure Angel, for much the same reasons.
    • The Nelvaanians are a race of Darkhorses, complete with their fictional language.
    • Despite only having a few minutes of screentime before being cut down by Grievous, the Whiphid Jedi Master K'kruhk was popular enough to be brought back by Legends writers, who revealed that he not only survived his duel with Grievous but also the entire Clone Wars and Order 66. Maybe it's because, while he did lose, for those few seconds he held his own against Grievous, he was fighting all on his own.
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    • While the series is far from her only source of popularity, Shaak Ti's marathon of a fight holding off Grievous and his Magnaguard was certainly a major contributor to her popularity among fans.
  • Epileptic Trees: Some people play the entire series as propaganda films made by a brief character in Windu's episode. Said character did (in Legends canon) make pro-Jedi propaganda during Palpatine's reign and his entire backstory began as an excuse to explain the inconsistencies in Jedi portrayal between the show and the films, which some fans had complained about. So it's somewhat implied in his backstory that these are his cartoons, or at least are very similar to them.
  • Evil Is Cool: Durge and the General Grievous.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Samurai Jack. In fact, Clone Wars' fandom is much more popular considering the Star Wars brand.
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  • First Installment Wins: General Grievous's debut to the franchise is easily the most popular of his characterizations, with Revenge of the Sith being criticized for his much weaker depiction, and the second animated series being viewed as an improvement, but not as good as the first, for being a balance between the two.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Darth Vader scene at the end of Rogue One must have been inspired by Grievous' slaughter of the Jedi.
    • Watching Barriss Offee defend a Jedi temple as it's being bombed becomes hard to stomach knowing that she would grow disillusioned with the Jedi over time and would go on to bomb a Jedi temple herself in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The natives of Nelvaan are blue, cat-like tribal aliens, similar to the aliens found in a popular movie released in 2009.
  • It Was His Sled: Grievous' extra pair of arms were a surprise when he first revealed them, but the later works have him using them all the time.
  • Memetic Badass: General Grievous. His failure to live up to it in subsequent series making the "Memetic" part stand out more.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Narm Charm: Grievous fighting with lightsabers held in his leg-claws instead of his hands and spinning around like a lawnmower to attack the Jedi is, honestly, pretty silly-looking. This does nothing whatsoever to diminish how frighteningly competent and intimidating he is.
  • Older Than They Think: A lot of Grievous' negative character traits actually originated in this series. For one, he suffers a humiliating defeat when Shaak Ti ties his cape to a train, and another when Mace Windu simply crushes his chest with the Force rather than fight him hand-to-hand.
  • Signature Scene:
    • Mace Windu fighting the Super Battle Droids on Dantooine.
    • General Grievous attacking the Jedi at Hypori.
    • Anakin's vision in the cave on Nelvaan.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Many fans prefer this over Episodes I and II.
  • Unfortunate Character Design:
    • San Hill. His eyebrows make him look like a butthead.
    • The Quarren appear to have scrota hanging off the backs of their necks.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Can be seen as this for people who hate the first two prequels.
  • Woobie Species: The Nelvaanians, Woobie-esque beast-men. Their men were captured by Separatists and used as test subjects, being mutated into grotesque obese mind-controlled creatures. Their reveal and their appearance are part-Nightmare Fuel part-Tear Jerker.

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