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  • And You Thought It Would Fail: The Clone Wars was originally against the odds due to the initial Animation Age Ghetto, the ties to the divisive Prequel Trilogy (which the series is set during), and the inevitable outcome presenting that the protagonists' actions will be for naught. Despite all of those odds, The Clone Wars managed to become well-acclaimed. The reception towards the series getting revived for a seventh season says it all.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: The Pilot Movie and first season have some of the juvenile elements of the Star Wars franchise that were presented back in The Phantom Menace, which goes hand-in-hand with George Lucas' various comments that Star Wars is intended for children. However, The Clone Wars plays with darker themes and more intense violence in some of the episodes in its first season and, by the end of it, adopts a more mature and dark tone.
  • Award Snub:
    • Dee Bradley Baker deserves to receive an award for his truly amazing vocal performance as every single clone trooper because he manages to differentiate each of them with just slight variations in his voice. Unfortunately, nothing aside from vocal tones and speech patterns has been nominated for an Academy Award exactly once.
    • Mark Hamill received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Darth Bane, but he didn't win the award. Hamill was actually glad since he was irritated that he had been nominated for 22 minutes of work as opposed to the regular cast members of the series who have put in years of excellent performances.
  • Awesome Art: The art style and character designs of The Clone Wars combined with its amazingly high quality CGI animation are very visually appealing in addition to being realistic, beautifully detailed yet stylized, and slightly Animesque.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
  • Better on DVD: The episodes being available on their own at any time means that they can be watched in any order, which allows for someone to watch the episodes of the first two-and-a-half seasons in chronological order. There are bonus points that go to the season five DVD set, where "Revival" (which aired on television as the season premiere) is now listed before "Eminence" as it was originally intended. Watching The Clone Wars on Netflix was also particularly helpful, as — provided that you have a list of the episodes in chronological order — it was easier to sort through the proper viewing order without having to jump back and forth between multiple discs.
  • Broken Base:
    • The Clone Wars is divisive among the old Expanded Universe fanbase due to the large amount of retcons that have been made.
    • Out of all the retcons that The Clone Wars' has made to the material of the old Expanded Universe, the most highly contested one is its depiction of the Mandalorians. Is the idea of a Proud Warrior Race culture becoming pacifistic a serious case of Badass Decay for them and an insult to how other writers have developed them (also not helped that what seems to be the only remnants of the warrior culture left are a fanatically bloodthirsty terrorist cult)? Or is it a much-needed reality check for the historical progression of the culture (as well as how the warrior culture would be viewed by outsiders) after Karen Traviss's depiction of it was controversial to some Legends fans. After the New Mandalorian government comes crumbling down during the Shadow Collective arc, the depiction of the Mandalorians (which is part of the canon) is still a contested territory and the Legends decision (which effectively erased almost all aspects of the old Mandalorians from the canon) didn't help this debate very much.
  • Can't Un-Hear It:
  • Character Rerailment: A retroactive yet canonical case in regards to Anakin Skywalker. In the Original Trilogy, Obi-Wan described Anakin to Luke as being a skilled star pilot, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. While the Prequel Trilogy more or less presented that Anakin was a good star pilot, they failed to provide enough evidence to support his other positive characteristics that Obi-Wan mentioned to Luke through that they presented Anakin as being very unlikeable, angsty, and self-entitled instead of being cunning, sympathetic, and skilled. Anakin's good friendship with Obi-Wan also did not receive enough screen time and focus to the point of which that it does not come across as one. The Clone Wars manages to retroactively redeem Anakin through presenting him with a stronger characterization of being genuinely likable, heroic, and relatable in order to show to support how he will chronologically be described in the Original Trilogy. Anakin and Obi-Wan also come across as being the good friends and Heterosexual Life-Partners in The Clone Wars that the Prequel Trilogy tried to present them as.
  • Continuity Lockout:
    • The Clone Wars relies on the events that occurred back in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones in order for the viewers to understand the general events of the series.
    • The Clone Wars also mostly consists of two-parters and story arcs that are usually around three to four episodes long, meaning that viewers who watch an episode in a story arc will be left confused as to what happened previously.
    • Furthermore, The Clone Wars is set in the same continuity as the important events that impact the Star Wars canon.
  • Creator Worship: As the supervising director of The Clone Wars, Dave Filoni has achieved deity status among a new generation of Star Wars viewers by the end of the series' original run thanks to his work. The announcement that Dave is reviving The Clone Wars after SDCC '18 practically has sent this into the stratosphere.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Besides the matter that neither the Galactic Republic nor the Separatist Alliance win the war and that Palpatine will take over the galaxy, the mature and melancholy tone that the later seasons of The Clone Wars have can make it difficult to care about the characters at times, particularly due to the Jedi Council's actions during the Deception arc (where Obi-Wan fakes his death to go undercover as Rako Hardeen and ends up giving Anakin a near mental breakdown) and the Fugitive arc (where Ahsoka is framed for murder and bombing the Jedi Temple hangar in addition to being arrested and deciding to leave the Jedi Order as a result). The story arcs in the third season focused on somewhat sympathetic yet still ruthless villains such as Asajj Ventress, Savage Opress, and Darth Maul (and they primarily didn't have happy endings), the many likable characters don't help the depression, and the deaths of Waxer, Satine, Tup, Fives, etc. present how fruitless the conflict is able to be. This trope was likely part of the reason why the Battle Droids' comic relief became more warmly regarded later on, as it could help avert this. Dave Filoni himself even lampshaded after the series' original run that the later seasons became way too dark.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • There are quite a few that dislike Lux because they would rather have Ahsoka paired with someone else.
    • They are also quite a few who dislike the shippings with Anakin/Rex/Barriss/etc. because they want her paired with Lux. It never ends.
    • Shippers of Anakin with Ahsoka are perhaps the worst offenders, however. Padmé Amidala has been murdered, driven crazy, subjected to nasty divorces, and outright ignored innumerable times in the name of this ship. It's still bad now, but it was especially bad in the early days of the fandom when Ahsoka didn't have a Love Interest of her own.
    • Those who like Anakin and Padmé as a couple would really be annoyed with Rush Clovis due to him being overly eager to pursue a relationship with Padmé, especially after she made it pretty clear that she no longer has feelings for him. Then again, it's already Foregone Conclusion that she will stay with Anakin as she's still Happily Married with him and pregnant with his child(ren) in Revenge of the Sith, so whether Clovis would somehow find out about their relationship and leave them in peace or continuously pursue romance with her despite her multiple rejections. He picked the latter and his days are numbered as the result.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Given that Anakin was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap in The Clone Wars, his more ruthless actions throughout the series have been defended by many fans, particularly his No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of Rush Clovis along with his anger at the Jedi for faking Obi-Wan's death and exiling Ahsoka to save face. True, Clovis did try to force himself on Padmé, and Anakin's disillusionment with the Jedi Order was more than justified, but his near-murder of Clovis was meant to be portrayed in the wrong.
  • Evil Is Cool: Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress, Cad Bane, Admiral Trench, Pre Vizsla, Bo-Katan, Savage Opress, Darth Maul (although Maul's various horrific crimes might somewhat lessen his standing), and Darth Sidious all embody this trope.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot:
    • Ahsoka and Shaak Ti interacting with each other, with emphasis put on both of them being Togrutas, is a very popular theme.
    • Fanfics that deal with Ahsoka's future, often include at least one of these elements:
      • Ahsoka fighting Darth Vader either during the execution of Order 66, or years later. These usually go down two ways: either she's killed, or Vader decides to spare her and let her run. Alternate Continuity stories where she kills Vader are practically unheard of.
      • Ahsoka is in the company of Rex, who decides to disobey Order 66 and warns her to run.
      • Ahsoka meets with Luke, sometimes because she survived due to one of the options above, 'tho Time Travel and Human Popsicle stories are also common.
      • Ahsoka and Barriss interacting and Luminara's reaction after the events of "The Wrong Jedi".
    • A lot of these are now pushed onto Rebels, especially any involving Ahsoka.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • The Clone Wars has this type of rivalry with every other Clone Wars era Expanded Universe media, especially the 2D non-canon micro-series. It's mostly died out, but still comes back whenever The Clone Wars does a minor Retcon. In some cases, this leads to a Fanon Discontinuity in which people choose Legends over the canon.
    • The Clone Wars has developed one with Rebels after it took its place (before it was revived), as fans of The Clone Wars dislike Rebels for having both a very lighter tone and different art style. This rivalry is one-sided though, as fans of Rebels also like The Clone Wars since it features characters that appeared in the sequel series.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans of the Legends comic books and novels set during the Clone Wars era have declared this on The Clone Wars. However, The Clone Wars being set in both the canon and Legends continuities has made it a lot easier for some to remove it out of their own personal Legends continuity. In other cases, this isn't always out of animosity towards it, but pragmatism due to the many Continuity Snarls it has with the rest of the Legends continuity and the lack of closure some story arcs had in the context of that continuity. Fans of both continuities tend to keep The Clone Wars confined to the canon since not only has it so far been handled a lot more cohesively there, but some of The Clone Wars' story arcs that were Left Hanging have received their closure in material that is only part of the canon (and the same applies to a lot of What Could Have Been material that has yet to be adapted in some form). At best they may apply Broad Strokes for elements referenced elsewhere in Legends and cut out anything that explicitly contradicts previous material such as the Fetts still being Mandalorians and Barriss never having a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Ahsoka/Rex (or Rexsoka, if you wish) remains the most popular Ahsoka pairing, even though she has a canonical love interest in the form of Lux Bonteri. This is probably because Lux is comparatively new on the scene and Rexsoka was already well-established in the fandom before "Heroes on Both Sides".
    • Anakin and Ahsoka is another very popular couple within the fandom, as well Obi-Wan and Ahsoka.
    • Obi-Wan/Satine has proven to be quite popular as well, given that the only thing stopping them from getting together is Obi-Wan's commitment to the Jedi.
    • As far as Ho Yay/Les Yay pairings go, Anakin/Obi-Wan and Ahsoka/Barriss seem to be the most popular.
    • Obi-Wan/Ventress is very popular as well. Considering that they spend almost every moment of their screentime together more-or-less flirting with each other, it's barely subtextual.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Asajj Ventress tends to have this with Obi-Wan. An example would be how the Pilot Movie features Ventress deciding to remove the skirt on her outfit and throw it at Obi-Wan in order to distract him during their lightsaber duel at the B'omarr Order Monastery on Teth. What's his retort when she tries to distract him by throwing said clothes in his face? "You'll have to do better than that, my darling". They continue this "flirtation" several more times throughout, as most of their battles double as a flirtatious word war, but it seems that Obi-Wan, at least, is being sarcastic. Although, unlike every other opponent that Ventress flirts with, Obi-Wan is often the one to start it. Then, there is their interactions when they work together during a lightsaber duel against Darth Maul and Savage Opress in "Revenge".
    • To an extremely disturbing degree, Darth Maul's psychotic obsession with (and revenge on) Obi-Wan. An example would be how Obi-Wan is the one thing that Maul remembered through his shattered mental state. He's even heard obsessively muttering Obi-Wan's name over and over again in "Revenge".
      Darth Maul: You may have forgotten me, but I will never forget you!
  • Gateway Series: The Clone Wars serves as the introduction of the Star Wars canon and franchise as a whole for a lot of people in the new generation.
  • He Really Can Act: The Clone Wars is full of fantastic performances, ranging from veteran voice actors to vocal newcomers alike:
    • Matt Lanter's performance as Anakin Skywalker is very popular due to portraying Anakin with a more likable and heroic characterization while also presenting moments that foreshadow the Chosen One's eventual and inevitable turn to the Dark Side.
    • James Arnold Taylor does a brilliant job with his performance as Obi-Wan Kenobi via portraying the wise and sometimes snarky Jedi Master with his own characterization that feels unique yet faithful to the other actors that have portrayed Kenobi before him in the films. Taylor also presents a versatile vocal range with other characters such as Plo Koon, Osi Sobeck, and Rako Hardeen (both the real Rako and when Obi-Wan disguises as Rako).
    • Ashley Eckstein's performance as Ahsoka Tano is very well received by many due to portraying Ahsoka's growth from a snippy Padawan to the fan favorite she's known for today. Her performance in "The Wrong Jedi" when Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order is almost guaranteed to make you shed a tear. Eckstein also gets bonus points for her performance as Ahsoka while she is corrupted by the Dark Side during the Mortis arc, where she manages to make Ahsoka's brief turn to the Dark Side very frightening.
    • Dee Bradley Baker's performances as all of the Clone Troopers is incredible, especially since he is able to differentiate each of them with just slight variations in his voice. A good example of this is the Umbara arc, where Baker does most of the voice work for four episodes. Baker gets another shoutout for his performance during the Order 66 arc, with Fives' death from trying to reveal the truth about Order 66 considered one of the most heartbreaking moments of The Clone Wars.
    • Corey Burton does a wonderful job as Count Dooku, showcasing the menacing Sith Lord in his own light. Christopher Lee also gave his own approval when he heard Burton's performance. Burton also does a great performance as Cad Bane, with a sinister voice that blends Spaghetti Western and Star Wars together.
    • Nika Futterman gives an excellent performance as Asajj Ventress thanks to her sinister voice and adding a great deal of depth to Asajj's character.
    • Liam Neeson retains every bit of Qui-Gon Jinn that made his performance as the calm Jedi Master back in The Phantom Menace well-regarded and makes every second of Qui-Gon's cameos count.
    • Sam Witwer has impressed many with his haunting performance as the Son during the Mortis arc. He takes it further with his excellent performance as Darth Maul and manages to make Maul's return one of the highlights of The Clone Wars.
    • Whenever you think of Jon Favreau, you probably think of Plucky Comic Relief characters like Happy Hogan. Not only is Pre Vizsla the farthest thing from that, but he's also a Knight of Cerebus, and Favreau shows the madness that only a psychotic terrorist could possess.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In a fanon-example, shipping Anakin/Ahsoka becomes this in the hindsight since Ahsoka's voice actor, Ashley Eckstein originally auditioned for the role of Padmé.
  • Hype Backlash: The Clone Wars receiving such a very high praise has prompted some complaints that it's overhyped. Most notably, the series has very excellent story arcs, but it can also become inconsistent due to the weaker ones. There's also some who are growing tired of claims that the series being darker and more violent automatically makes it better than its successors.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Obi-Wan. Several antagonists take his unshakably self-disciplined, compassionate nature as a challenge and harm or kill others specifically as a means to attract his attention or make him suffer, such as Keeper Agruss brutally torturing him and Darth Maul wanting nothing but revenge for being cut in half and left to suffer. Still, through it all, he never breaks.
    • Ahsoka. Over the course of the The Clone Wars, she has been beaten, tortured, hunted, nearly killed several times, once literally killed (on an occasion where she was also forced to turn to the Dark Side and attack Anakin and Obi-Wan), and watched several friends and allies suffer and die over the course of the war. Yet despite all of this, she never complains, gives up, and shows any sign of breaking. Although, there's a Heroic BSoD or two. It finally catches up to her in "The Wrong Jedi", though, when she leaves the Jedi Order after everyone save Anakin abandoned or betrayed her when she was framed as a terrorist.
  • It Was His Sled: Ahsoka is retroactively Saved by Canon in The Clone Wars after appearing in Rebels. It has become so commonly known that it's usually not considered a spoiler anymore.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: If it moves, it's likely that Ahsoka has been paired with it.
  • Love to Hate: Wilhuff Tarkin is a colossal dick to everyone right off the bat. He was introduced during the Citadel arc as badmouthing the Jedi while himself contributing nothing to the escape attempt. His return during the Fugitive arc, where he fixates on Ahsoka as the culprit and refuses to accept evidence to the contrary, only increases his hatedom, especially since the Foregone Conclusion means he'll never get any comeuppance until roughly two decades later. However, his role in The Clone Wars is held up as an example of how to correctly develop an Original Trilogy character's background as well as nicely foreshadowing the rise of the Empire and Anakin's inevitable turn to the Dark Side.
  • Memetic Loser: While General Grievous is nowhere near as badass and intimidating as the version from the non-canon micro-series, there are those who tend to heavily exaggerate his ineffectiveness by hammering his losses and overlooking his victories. Grievous has repeatedly proven himself a better swordsman than most of the characters he has engaged in a lightsaber duel against, with only Kit Fisto and Asajj Ventress actually taking the better of him without having to resort to using the Force. He has also come out on top in each of his confrontations with Obi-Wan. Despite this, he's "best remembered" by Ahsoka beating him (even though she barely survived the fight) and how he got captured by Gungans (regardless of the sacrifice they had to make to capture him in the first place).
  • Misblamed:
    • An inordinate amount of people seem to think that George Lucas is responsible for any problems with The Clone Wars, even though Dave Filoni is the supervising director of the series. To be fair, the Pilot Movie and episodes have been written on Lucas' orders and Dave Filoni has also implied that The Clone Wars would have been rather different if not for Lucas being the series' creator and executive producer.
    • Likewise, some people blame Filoni or other writers for disregarding certain EU elements even though, by their account, Lucas exercised Executive Veto power.
  • Misaimed Fandom: The action sequences in The Clone Wars are very praiseworthy, but a disturbing number of fans seem to miss the point of their brutality. Oftentimes The Clone Wars gets comparisons to being much better than the rest of Star Wars, despite that it's meant to show how the Clone Wars corrupted the Jedi Order and how much of a hellscape it can be.
  • Moe: Ahsoka, Yoda, R2-D2, Rotta the Huttlet, and Numa are absolutely adorable.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Mace Windu is a popular character in the films, but many found his insensitive comments to Ahsoka in "The Wrong Jedi" after she was found innocent of the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar hard to forgive. Instead of apologizing to her, he invoked the "Force works in mysterious ways" excuse despite that she was only cleared because Anakin found out the truth by searching for the true culprit of the crime. This was likely the final straw that made Ahsoka leave the Jedi behind, which infuriated many fans to the point of which that many of them saw Mace as an Asshole Victim who deserved his death in Revenge of the Sith.
    • Clone Commander Fox is mostly remembered these days for indirectly enabling Emperor Palpatine's rise to power, despite the fact that there is no evidence he was in Palpatine's inner circle. It started in "Heroes on Both Sides" where he let a group of Separatist Demolition Droids disguised as cleaning droids into Coruscant's power station. The Demolition Droids then exploded the power station, which shot down an attempt at peace talks between the Republic and Separatists. Then during the Fugitive arc, he had Ahsoka jailed after she was set up for the murder of Letta Turmond and refused to allow for Anakin to see her, starting the chain of events that led to her becoming a fugitive and then leaving the Jedi Order, thus indirectly having a part in Anakin's turn to the Dark Side. However, the moment that truly cemented his status for this trope in the eyes of the fanbase was his role in "Orders" where he's sent to hunt down Fives when he was deemed a fugitive under the pretense of attempting to kill Palpatine (from whom Fives had learned the truth about the control chips embedded in every Clone Trooper's brain) and then kills Fives for resisting arrest. This action among others kept the truth about Order 66 from becoming known (beyond a select few individuals) until it was too late. Even though Palpatine and Nala Se are more to blame for Fives' death, Fox gets a lot of heat for firing the killing shot. It got to the point that when Fox was executed by Vader for failing to inform his men that Vader was on their side in Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith, many perceived it as being Laser-Guided Karma for his actions under the Republic.
  • No Yay:
    • In "Cargo of Doom", Cad Bane electrocuted Ahsoka twice: the first was to knock her out and the second time was just for the fun of it before handcuffing her with shackles that hurt the more you struggle. Then, he caressed her head in a rather creepy manner before taking her Padawan braid as a trophy. In "Friends and Enemies", when Ahsoka protected an unconscious Anakin from him, Cad Bane promised her a dance at another time before he left.
    • The way Garnac, the leader of a Trandoshan hunting party, acted towards Ahsoka in "Wookiee Hunt". If the whole kidnapping Jedi children to hunt them down thing wasn't clear enough, he provides lines like these:
      Garnac: She (Ahsoka) can't hide forever! Mark my words, I'll have her skin and nail it to the wall for killing my son!
      Garnac: A valiant effort, little younglings. Especially you, Togruta. You'll be a prized trophy for my collection.
    • The arranged marriage between Lord Otua Blank and Pluma Sodi (note that Lord Blank is an overweight male Belugan and Pluma appears to be a child) in "Bounty" is also this in-universe. Asajj Ventress is clearly disturbed when she learns about this from the Belugan warlord, and that was just another reason for her not to hand Pluma over to him for the bounty she was promised (the first reason her being in a similar predicament to Asajj's childhood).
    • The Zygerrian Slavers arc is chock full of this, especially in regards to Miraj Scintel's decidedly amorous overtures to Anakin Skywalker - a man she has no problem blackmailing into servitude even knowing his background as a former slave.
  • Periphery Demographic: The Clone Wars was originally created for kids and pre-teens, but has a very large teen and adult fanbase as a result of its characters, wonderful voice acting, well-written episodes, visually appealing art style and designs, brilliant animation, CallBacks/Futureshadowings to the other installments in the franchise, and mature tone and themes.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
  • Ron the Death Eater: Lux Bonteri. People seem to hate him for no reason other than he is a heterosexual love interest for Ahsoka, going so far as to defend Barriss's horrible actions in "The Wrong Jedi" and exaggerating his flaws to make the option that Ahsoka is gay look more appealing.
  • Sacred Cow: The Clone Wars is held in high regard as one of, if not the, best installments to have ever been produced in the franchise after the Original Trilogy. Even saying that there's any type of flaws or if something else is better than it (especially when it comes to anything made since the Disney acquisition) will draw ire.
  • Self-Fanservice: It's not like that Ahsoka's outfits do not easily qualify her for Ms. Fanservice, but around half of the fanart of her on Deviantart depicts her either in less clothing and/or with a significantly larger bust, or at least in rather compromising poses. The same goes for Asajj Ventress and Aayla Secura.
  • Special Effects Failure: There are a few animation errors every now and then, but there were some pretty noticeable ones in some sections of the Pilot Movie and some episodes in the first season (such as "Downfall of a Droid", which is the second episode to be produced while it aired as the fifth episode) along with some of the episodes in the second season that were part of the production line of the first season. Some examples of these types of animation errors include character models missing some components in some shots (a couple of examples would be Commander Cody missing his over-visor in one shot and Captain Rex missing his kama), certain shots being obviously mirrored (this shot of R3-S6), or parts of models briefly clipping through themselves (though unlike the previous two errors, this one rarely happens). Some of the first episodes to be produced also seem to be very extreme with their lighting control, with this scene in "Downfall of a Droid" being a notable example (the medical bays in certain ships aren't supposed to be that bright). Some characters were improperly rendered at times as well, such as Numa at 0:42 here. However, as The Clone Wars progressed, these types of errors became less and less frequent. An archive of animation errors in the first four and a half seasons can be found here.
  • Squick: The level of violence in The Clone Wars can get more than a little unsettling at times. The worst offender of this is Riff Tamson being blown to bits onscreen, complete with a close-up on his severed head sinking into the deep.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: While Jar Jar was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap in The Clone Wars, some of his rescuing comes at his own expense. For instance, some of the people who don't know him as well are wary of working with him, suggesting they keep him out of some more delicate political matters and let someone more experienced handle the situation. On another occasion, Obi-Wan suggested that Jar Jar should be trained to use a blaster, with Captain Rex bluntly telling him he's not going to the one training him.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: After all the show did in humanizing the clones, you'd think that there would be a clone trooper who developed romantic feelings for another character, and yet we never actually see such a thing, unless you count Cut Lawquane who deserted the Republic and married a Twi'lek woman. Given that Republic Commando Series already had a romance subplot between Darman Skirata and Etain Tur-Mukan, a clone trooper and a female Jedi, it would've been intriguing to see something similar in this series.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The acclaim of The Clone Wars has set a shadow for the other animated Star Wars series that follow in its wake. While Rebels and Resistance do have their fans, many say that neither series has reached the critical reception that The Clone Wars has.
  • True Art Is Angsty: The Clone Wars receives a great deal of praise for taking on a darker tone within the franchise. To put in perspective: the morality is more grayer, there's deaths left and right, and there are moments that are emotional and devastating to watch. This is one of the reasons why The Clone Wars is acclaimed as one of the best installments in the franchise.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Hondo Ohnaka isn't exactly someone that a lot of people in the galaxy like. Both the Sith and Separatists hate him for either capturing their leaders or humiliating them in some way. He's not too popular with the Jedi either and Obi-Wan, the one Jedi whom Hondo considers his friend, sees having to deal with Hondo as an unpleasant chore. He can be popular with his own men but they would willingly backstab him if they saw an opening, since they're all space pirates. With the fans, however, Hondo is wildly popular as a Breakout Character, and is a main character at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The Clone Wars is very beautifully animated with expressive faces, smooth movements, visually appealing character designs, a beautiful art style, and downright gorgeous action sequences.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: From the very beginning, The Clone Wars has thoroughly averted both Non-Lethal Warfare and Never Say "Die" and features some exceptionally brutal Family Unfriendly Deaths along with some very dark, dramatic story arcs that have subjects such as torture, slavery, and murder handled with aplomb.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Some of the episodes written by Christian Taylor that explore the nature of the Force (the Mortis arc, "The Gathering", and primarily the Yoda arc) can be very surreal by Star Wars standards to say the least.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Many of the "deeper" episodes dealing with the political and economic realities of the Clone Wars contain what many consider to be increasingly thinly-veiled commentary about the political situation in America at the time (mostly the Bush Jr. Administration and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.) This likely contributed to the backlash and Pandering to the Base that resulted in such episodes all but vanishing in the second half of the third season and onwards.
  • Win Back the Crowd: The Clone Wars managed to re-establish the popular factor that the Star Wars franchise required in order to recover. It also did this for the people who were critical of (or outright despised) the Prequel Trilogy or anything made with George Lucas' involvement for that matter. This resulted in the fans (particularly the ones who like the Original Trilogy) who didn't like the Prequel Trilogy saying that The Clone Wars is what the Prequel Trilogy should have been like.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Ahsoka's outfit in the early seasons - it's only a tube top and a skirt. It's very bizarre for someone's that's only 14 years old, and that she's wearing it during full-time combat. Her other outfits in later seasons do get more modest, though.

    The Pilot Movie 
  • Ass Pull: Ziro the Hutt's introduction into the plot as the one who came up with the kidnapping plot comes with absolutely zero foreshadowing to his existence before Padmé mentions him, so it doesn't quite gel.
  • Critical Backlash: The Pilot Movie was widely panned by critics and, at the time, somehow more contentious than the Prequel Trilogy. Fans have retaliated by defending the pilot movie through noting that while it's not up to the standards set by the other Star Wars films, it wasn't meant to be since the pilot movie was originally intended to air on television in addition to being decent entertainment in its own right. Tellingly, when the series aired its first episode after its pilot movie on the medium that it was intended for (television), critics almost instantly warmed up to it in spite of there not being too much of a change in quality. The episodes included in the pilot movie are still regarded as being inferior in quality to many of the later episodes. It's also not uncommon for The Clone Wars' pilot movie to be listed as the worst theatrical release of any Star Wars film.
  • Critic-Proof: The Pilot Movie received negative reviews from critics yet grossed $69 million (plus another $25 million in US DVD sales; international DVD sales and other home video sales and TV revenues are unknown) on a TV-tier budget of $8 million for the equivalent of four strung-together episodes.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The Battle of Christophsis.
    • Anakin, Obi-Wan, and R2-D2 meeting Ahsoka for the first time.
    • Anakin accepting Ahsoka as his Padawan.
    • The Battle of Teth.
    • Anakin's lightsaber duel with Count Dooku.
    • Jabba the Hutt’s reunion with his son Rotta and the events that happen afterwards.
  • Ugly Cute: Rotta the Huttlet looks like a very adorable mixture between a pug and a slug with huge innocent eyes and a huge smile.
  • Vindicated by History: The Clone Wars' Pilot Movie was disliked upon its release, but those that enjoy the series have since warmed up to it. The dislike of the pilot movie most likely came from that it wasn't an "actual" Star Wars film, but served as the introduction of a CGI animated series that takes place between a couple of the Star Wars films in the Prequel Trilogy and, when taken as four episodes tied together instead of an actual movie, it works more effectively. It also helps that several of what were seen as creative missteps in the pilot movie were fixed relatively quickly in the series, thus allowing them to be seen as Early Installment Weirdness rather than the glaring faults they were on the pilot movie's initial release.

    Seasons One to Two 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Almec's claim that Jango Fett is not a real Mandalorian. Word of God says this is actually true, but is it also possible that Almec was simply exhibiting snooty elitism towards the Fetts? This would be befitting the canon's depiction of some Mandalorians feeling more deserving the label over others given their infighting over their cultural identity.
  • Bellisario's Maxim: "Trespass", which takes place on a frigid planet called Orto Plutonia, featured a scene with a group of native Talz huddled around a fire. According to the special Behind the Scene features, the producers and writers have been bombarded with questions asking what the Talz were burning, more-so from people involved with the production than rabid fans, and they can not give an adequate explanation. They quote the maxim almost verbatim and explain that this is something that people really should not think about.
  • Creator's Pet: Ahsoka Tano was this in the first season due to being perceived as a Spotlight-Stealing Squad. However, the writers eventually realized that she was getting this treatment and toned down her number of appearances in the subsequent seasons (while making sure that the episodes she did appear in were heavy on Character Development), which resulted in being her taken out of this trope.
  • Growing the Beard: Despite a somewhat rocky start with its contentious Pilot Movie and clear growing pains on the part of the development team, The Clone Wars began to receive better reception throughout its first season due to having a significant amount of well received episodes:
    • "Rookies" is very popular for its darker themes and more intense violence along with establishing additional stakes for the protagonists and introducing the efficient Commando Droids.
    • "Lair of Grievous" is very popular as well due to being the first episode to spotlight an obscure Jedi (who in this case is Kit Fisto), presenting why General Grievous is portrayed differently than the version from the non-canon Clone Wars micro-series along with establishing him as both a more complicated character and a very different kind of threat, and concluding with an exciting lightsaber duel alongside An Aesop about compromising your values and lusting for power under the pretext of war that becomes more prominent during the later seasons.
    • "The Hidden Enemy" is another fan-favorite episode within the first season for the same reasons as "Rookies" in addition to providing background information about the battle on the planet Christophsis that is featured in the Pilot Movie and presenting the Battle Droids as being intimidating whenever they are using swarming tactics and without the cheap jokes.
    • The Ryloth trilogy ("Storm Over Ryloth", "Innocents of Ryloth", and "Liberty On Ryloth") is very popular with the fans for the same reasons as "Rookies" along with its dark yet sympathetic tone, great animation, and brilliant writing. While the previous episodes in the first season seemed to mainly follow standard Saturday morning action cartoon plots, the Ryloth trilogy helped establish the signature tendency of presenting how locals react to a war on their turf.
    • "Hostage Crisis" is very popular among the fans due to featuring a darker tone, great action and animation, intense violence, and the debut of Cad Bane (air date-wise). This episode perhaps helped lead into covering aspects of the criminal underworld and exploring the perspectives of the antagonists, both of which were well received by the fans.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In "Ambush", the Battle Droids call Ventress "Supreme Leader". They end up making a Supreme Leader for the Sequel Trilogy: Snoke. Cue the Ventress is Snoke theory.
    • In "The Hidden Enemy", there's a Clone Trooper named Chopper who made a necklace out of severed droid fingers. In Rebels there's a droid named Chopper, who's become a Memetic Psychopath among the fanbase.
    • The Zillo Beast being a Shout-Out to Godzilla, in light of Gareth Edwards (Godzilla (2014)) directing Rogue One. Bonus points for the Zillo Beast arc airing on Toonami just a week after the film's release date.
    • "The Deserter" presents the offspring of a Twi'lek mother and a human father, which is rather amusing in light of the finale of Rebels, where Kanan and Hera have a kid who looks absolutely nothing like Cut Lawquane's.
    • Jon Favreau voiced Pre Vizsla, who is a Mandalorian. Now, he's writing and executive producing a show called The Mandalorian. Bonus points for Dave Filoni joining the series as an episode director and executive producer.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • The Jedi and Clone Troopers during the Search for R2-D2 arc would have saved R2 and destroyed the listening post with no trouble if it weren't for their insistence on bringing the obviously defective R3-S6 unit along and making it do important tasks that it inevitably screws up over and over again because it's a mole.
    • "The Gungan General" would have lasted about two to three minutes if not for every single character constantly taking leave of their senses:
      • It starts with Hondo deciding to hold Anakin and Obi-Wan for ransom. He apparently did not realize that when combined with taking Dooku prisoner, this would put him on the bad side of both the Separatists and the Republic (not to mention getting on the bad side of three of the most powerful and dangerous people in the galaxy).
      • Following this display of insanity, Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Dooku repeatedly forget that all three of them are powerful Force users who could easily get the restraints off or use a mind trick in order to force someone to do it for them.
      • It ends with Anakin holding Hondo prisoner and easily able to take him back for trial, only for Obi-Wan to instruct him to let Hondo go because they have no quarrel with them, apparently forgetting that Hondo kidnapped them, was planning on ransoming them, and tortured them when they tried to escape.
  • The second half of "Lightsaber Lost" is ten minutes of Le Parkour that could have been resolved with three seconds of telekinesis via Ahsoka using the Force in order to take her lightsaber from the person she was pursuing. This is made all the more apparent due to the multiple uses of the Force in the episode itself, just not when it would have caught the lightsaber thief.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • In "Shadow of Malevolence", General Grievous cheerfully shows us what a nice guy he isn't when he orders the Malevolence to target harmless, fleeing escape pods.
    • When it becomes clear that he's going to lose Ryloth in "Liberty on Ryloth", Count Dooku orders the bombing of every Twi'lek village on the planet, just to send the galaxy a message about "the cost of a Republic victory". Wat Tambor also crosses it with that action, explicitly stating "the inhabited ones first."
    • During the Holocron arc, Cad Bane makes it pretty clear that he isn't friendly via torturing a Jedi to death and kidnapping children.
  • Narm Charm: While there is nothing narmy about Bolla Ropal's death via torture, the Battle Droid torturer confirming his death in the B1's distinct high-pitched, nasally voice could have been so. However, Matthew Wood's cold and emotionless delivery while still using the B1 voice only serves to make the scene more chilling.
  • Signature Scene:
    • In "Ambush", Yoda giving his clone troopers a small lesson about them being individuals despite their origin as clones (and that it is their mind which makes them strong, not their numbers or weapons) and later fighting a full battalion of Separatist droids.
    • In "Rising Malevolence", Anakin and Ahsoka searching for survivors in the Abregado system and Plo Koon telling his group of clone troopers that they are not expendable.
    • In "Shadow of Malevolence", Anakin Skywalker briefing Shadow Squadron on their attack against the Malevolence, Anakin and Ahsoka leaving their Venator-class Star Destroyer with their squadron of Y-wing bombers (along with Plo Koon serving as a fighter escort), and the Battle of the Kalilda Nebula.
    • In "Destroy Malevolence", Anakin and Padmé's many heartwarmingly entertaining and romantic moments, Obi-Wan's first duel with General Grievous, and the battle between the Republic and the Separatists that lead to the destruction of the Malevolence.
    • In "Rookies", Hevy's Last Stand against the Separatist forces trying to retake the Republic's listening post and then sacrificing himself to alert the Republic.
    • In "Lair of Grievous", Nahdar Vebb's death and Kit Fisto's lightsaber duel with General Grievous.
    • In "The Hidden Enemy", Anakin and Obi-Wan's lightsaber duel with Asajj Ventress.
    • In "Hostage Crisis", Cad Bane makes his debut by breaking into the Galactic Senate building with a posse of bounty hunters and establishing his ruthlessness and savvy.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Tee Watt Kaa, the leader of the Lurmen in "Jedi Crash" and "Defenders of Peace", is a pacifist and wants his people to remain neutral in the Clone Wars. Unsurprisingly, the Separatists attack the Lurmen village and Tee Watt Kaa is portrayed as a Stupid Neutral Extreme Doormat, except for that he was absolutely right that remaining neutral should have kept his people out of the war and was only "disproven" because the Separatists attacked his people to test a weapon.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Several of General Grievous's appearances in the first season imply that there is a degree of friction between him and Count Dooku, with Grievous's track record and frustration with his incompetent Battle Droids being particular points of contention. This never goes anywhere and Grievous never shows any sign of discontent towards Dooku again. While Grievous must remain Dooku's general until they both die in Revenge of the Sith, the writers missed out on some prime Character Development for two of the biggest villains in The Clone Wars.

    Seasons Three to Four 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Did Savage Opress become evil of his own free will? Or are his evil actions the product of the Nightsisters' brainwashing? Or some combination of the two? Savage's death scene in "The Lawless" only serves to further muddy the issue since it features him reverting back into his pre-Dark Side self.
    • Is Darth Maul a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds who acts the way he does because of all of the hardships that he has endured throughout his life and, for all of his evil, genuinely cares about his brother Savage Opress? Or is he an utterly unsympathetic villain whose obsession with Obi-Wan has turned him into a revenge-fueled psychopath that treats Savage (who he began referring to solely as "apprentice") as a minion and an investment? There are arguments that can be made for both interpretations. Maul's reaction to Savage's death presents that he did care about his brother, albeit in a cold and detached Jerk with a Heart of Gold sort of way.
  • Ass Pull: Some fans considered Darth Maul's survival a twist too hard to swallow given the circumstances of his defeat in The Phantom Menace, where he was bisected at the waist then fell thousands of feet; only one of these would normally be enough to preclude survival, let alone both. Not helping is that the reason offered is that Maul's rage towards Kenobi enabled him to tap into the power of the Dark Side and sustain himself, an explanation that borders on A Wizard Did It. Tropes Are Not Bad, however, as Maul's return was well-received in-and-of-itself due to his character being significantly fleshed out and the episodes in which he appears being among the best of the series.
  • Catharsis Factor:
  • Crazy Awesome: Quinlan Vos is described as being eccentric from the get-go and he's one of the few Jedi that make Anakin look subtle. He's also very formidable because of this.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • Mother Talzin. She not only revives Asajj after her betrayal by Count Dooku, but she is able to revive Darth Maul. Bonus points for having the same voice actress as the infamous Rita Repulsa.
    • Darth Maul's appearances in The Clone Wars firmly establish him as a cold-blooded sociopath who cares nothing for murdering innocent people just to spite Obi-Wan. Nevertheless, he remains every bit as badass as he was back in The Phantom Menace.
  • Creepy Cute: In "Altar of Mortis", Ahsoka under the corruption of The Dark Side manages to be both terrifying and adorable at the same time. The pose and Ashley Eckstein's performance when she says the quote below further solidifies this:
    Ahsoka: He only wants what's best for the universe...
  • Crosses the Line Twice: In "Heroes on Both Sides", General Grievous's Rousing Speech to a squad of Demolition Droids designed specifically for suicide-bombing, telling them that none of them will be coming back just after he tells them some of them may not come back and the droids have no complaints about it.
    Grievous: You have been designed for this mission to be the ultimate infiltration units. Some of you may not return. Actually, none of you will return, but don't let that get in your way.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: This was intentional by the writers for the Mortis arc, which features a lot of symbolism and Mind Screw.
    Dave Filoni: If I answer directly what something is, I feel that I'll be robbing you of the purpose of that arc, which is to make you wonder; it's to make you challenge certain ideas, to ask certain questions.
  • Growing the Beard: The general consensus is that the beard finished its growth during the third season due to the Nightsisters and Brothers arc and the Mortis arc, which pushed The Clone Wars into a darker territory.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The second episode of MADtv has Gary Anthony Williams doing a parody of Count Dooku (or "Count Poo-Poo"). One year later, he is voicing Riff Tamson, one of Dooku's subordinates, on The Clone Wars.
    • During the Citadel arc, Stephen Stanton voiced Captain Tarkin, who was on the run from a Separatist prison, chased by the prison warden Osi Sobeck, a Phindian, voiced by James Arnold Taylor. Aiding Tarkin in the escape was Obi-Wan Kenobi, also voiced by James Arnold Taylor. Almost exactly a season later during the Deception arc, Stephen Stanton voiced Moralo Eval, a phindian on the run from a Republic prison, aided (and secretly thwarted) by Rako Hardeen, who was also voiced by James Arnold Taylor.
    • A line in "A Friend in Need" has Ahsoka telling Lux Bonteri "Careful not to choke on your stupidity". In what is either an amazing coincidence or the writers paying very good attention to the EU, Darth Vader says the line almost verbatim (changing only "stupidity" to "aspirations") when Force-choking Krennic in Rogue One.
    • When Cad Bane's droids are trying to find R2 to steal Republic secrets from his memory banks, they shoot a different astromech instead and a protocol droid with the astromech runs away in terror. These droids just happen to look almost identical to Chopper and AP-5, the two central central droid characters from Rebels.
    • A Wham Shot at the end of "Witches in the Mist" revealed that Maul was still alive, who was presumed dead back in The Phantom Menace. Come the trailer for The Rise of Skywalker about eight years later, his old master Palpatine is back as well.
  • Idiot Plot: "Shadow Warrior" is this, particularly on Grievous's part due to the errors that he makes in this episode.
  • It Was His Sled: Lucasfilm doesn't seem particularly concerned with keeping Darth Maul's return much of a secret. He's on the cover of the season four Blu-ray/DVD case, for crying out loud.
  • Love to Hate: Pong Krell is very contemptuous towards the Clone Troopers serving under him and a massive Smug Snake before being outed as a villain. Very few will deny that what he did throughout the Umbara arc (especially in "Carnage of Krell") was absolutely despicable. However, fans like him as a character both before and after his true colors are revealed precisely because of this, providing not only a good obstacle for the Clone Troopers from a narrative standpoint, but also demonstrating the corruption of war on the Jedi Order. And his death at the hands of Dogma was incredibly cathartic.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Pong Krell crosses it when he states that Jesse and Fives will be court martialed, found guilty, and executed. Worse still, when Rex tries to argue against it, he just decides to straight-up execute them without trial. If that doesn't already qualify, he definitely crosses it both in- and out-of-universe when he tricks the Clone Troopers into killing each other, as this is the point even the Clone Troopers decide he's gone too far. When confronted on this, he reveals he's actually been a traitor the entire time.
    • Keeper Agruss makes it clear right off the bat what kind of person he is by dropping several slaves to their deaths just to make a point to Obi-Wan.
    • Pre Vizsla crossed his by ordering the burning of a village that Death Watch had been terrorizing simply because they demanded the return of the women he had kidnapped, particularly the chief's daughter. Not only did he burn down the village and kill countless villagers, he started the massacre by returning the chief's daughter, only to literally stab her in the back immediately afterwards.
    • Darth Maul has his moment by murdering a village full of innocent people, including young children, just to get Obi-Wan's attention.
      Darth Maul: With the galaxy at war, Savage, there is only one way to draw the attention of the Jedi: slaughter of the innocent. Mercilessly and without compromise.
  • Narm:
    • The amount of times the word "corruption" is said in... "Corruption".
    • The name of Satine's nephew name is Korkie. It's hard to explain, but that name just cannot be taken seriously.
    • One that's more in hindsight than it is at the time, but upon being shot with a poison dart in "Nightsisters", Count Dooku stares at the dart and angrily shouts "What sorcery is this?". Count Dooku (the man who fights with a laser sword and can shoot lightning from his hands)...apparently doesn’t know what a poison dart is.
    • Pong Krell's "oof!" when he gets fatally shot, as it sounds more like someone stubbing a toe.
  • Narm Charm: Maul having spider legs in "Brothers" sounds hard to take seriously at first, but Sam Witwer manages to portray how far he's fallen over the years and makes it one of the scariest scenes to behold.
  • Older Than They Think: The concept of a cyborg Darth Maul was originally used in the non-canon comic Star Wars: Visionaries. The character's initial appearances (up until receiving a redesign during the fifth season) are directly based on his portrayal in said comic.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Liam Neeson reprises his role as Qui-Gon Jinn in "Overlords", "Ghosts of Mortis" (for one scene each), and "Voices".
    • The appearance of the characters from Star Wars: Republic Commando (Boss, Scorch, and the rest of the Clone Commando squad) in "Witches of the Mist".
    • General Ima-Gun Di and his clone lieutenant Keeli only appeared in "Supply Lines", but they're surprisingly popular and well-remembered thanks to "dying in a dramatic Last Stand in the climax."
  • Pandering to the Base: Dave Filoni acknowledged the negative reaction towards the first half of the third season (which was focused on heavily on politics, trade blockades, bank interests, etc.) and said that the amount of such episodes would be severely cut down.
  • Rooting for the Empire: A lot of people actually rooted for General Grievous and his Separatist droid army in "Massacre", likely reasons for this being the Nightsisters being a culture of misandrists and also General Grievous' Rule of Cool.
  • Shocking Moments: The Mortis arc's high points of this include the first time Qui-Gon Jinn appears (played by Liam Neeson, no less!) in The Clone Wars, Ahsoka being corrupted to the Dark Side and fighting Anakin and Obi-Wan, and the sequence where the Son shows Anakin what he is destined to become. There are bonus points for the subtle notes of the Imperial March as a dark cloud in the shape of Darth Vader appears.
  • Signature Scene:
    • In "Supply Lines", the Last Stand of Master Ima-Gun Di and Captain Keeli.
    • In "Nightsisters", Count Dooku's betrayal and abandonment of Asajj Ventress.
    • In "Monster", the creation of Savage Opress and his massacre of the Republic forces on Devaron.
    • In "Witches of the Mist", the reveal that Darth Maul is still alive.
    • In "Ghosts of Mortis", the Son showing Anakin his future, which ends with an image of Vader's helmet.
    • In "Carnage of Krell", the horrific "friendly fire" incident which exposes General Pong Krell as a traitor and sets the stage for the Clones' mutiny against him.
    • In "Revenge", Obi-Wan's reunion with Darth Maul at the burning Raydonia village. Also, Obi-Wan and Ventress vs. Darth Maul and Savage Opress.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • In "Corruption", Duchess Satine of Mandalore is shocked to discover just how far corruption has spread throughout her government. When she, Padmé, and her guards manage to find and apprehend smugglers bringing in tea which they have diluted with toxic chemicals, she orders the facility burned to the ground. The commander of the police protests that there is evidence in the building, but Satine explains that if he does not comply she will consider him a co-conspirator with the smugglers and then she goes off to find out just how high this conspiracy reaches. His initial disinterest in investigating her accusations certainly was suspicious, but by ignoring his advice and burning down the building, Satine has eliminated any chance of finding records or documentation listing who was involved in the smuggling program, physical evidence placing people at the scene, etc. For a person who claims she is interested in following the web back to its source, Satine ignores rather legitimate points about proper criminal investigations.
    • In "Heroes on Both Sides", the message of the episode appears to be that not all of the Separatists are evil. In fact, most of the Separatist people are not. Just the various leaders and villains of the week that show up from time to time. Anakin is clearly shown to not agree with this, viewing all of the Separatists as wrong at best and evil at worst. The problem with writing him off as the narrow-minded one though is that the only remotely decent Separatist characters we ever meet are the Bonteris and Bec Lawise. And Mina Bonteri and Lawise are both later killed by the man they openly admired, Count Dooku, and the death of the former prompts her son Lux to abandon the Separatists. Between this and all later named Separatist characters also being evil, it becomes a lot harder to disagree with Anakin's viewpoint. In fairness, most of these Separatist characters are the military leaders of the movement. We rarely if ever see much of the Separatist Senate or civilian populationnote , most of whom seem to be kept in the dark about the true nature of the Separatist Military and the war they are waging.
  • Squick: Ziro (a purple, Camp Straight, giant Hutt with a toad-like face) and Sy Snootles (a Pa'lowick, which is a long-limbed frog-like alien) are shown kissing on close-up in "Hunt for Ziro".
    • When Ziro asks Sy if she really cares about him, she answers "From the bottom of my fluid sac." Given, the fluid sac is basically the Pa'lowicks' version of a heart, but that doesn't make what she says any less nauseating.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Count Dooku suggests in the third season that he plans to betray Darth Sidious and become the new Dark Lord of the Sith. After Savage leaves Dooku's service, this plot point is never mentioned again, with Dooku spending the remainder of The Clone Wars as Sidious's loyal subordinate. Again, while Dooku remaining Sidious's apprentice is a Foregone Conclusion, it's still a lot of wasted story potential. Though What Could Have Been before the cancellation would have gotten to the Dark Disciple arc, which is now a novel and does allude to Dooku's intended betrayal.
    • While the Umbara arc is still held in high regard by fans as one of the best story arcs the series has to offer, some fans expressed disappointment with The Reveal that Krell was Evil All Along rather than just a hard-headed, reckless Jedi. It could have opened possibilities for the clones to consider whether or not the Jedi really are up to the task of being war generals if their reckless tactics get many of their brothers needlessly killed, sparking a new perspective on the clones' willingness to go through with Order 66, or even dealt with the concept of fragging their officer to avoid going through with suicidal orders.
  • Unexpected Character: Up until "Witches of the Mist", there was no indication whatsoever that Darth Maul would appear in The Clone Wars, much less that he was alive and well, or would become a major antagonist.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The C-3PO and R2-D2 Misadventures arc ("Mercy Mission" and "Nomad Droids"), while more light-hearted than Christian Taylor's episodes above, is also pretty out there. "Mercy Mission" presents C-3PO and R2-D2 travel into an alien underworld with sentient trees and magical blood-sucking nymph. "Nomad Droids" takes it further on the merit of the droids going from one bizarre misadventure to another in the span of a 22-minute episode.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Simon Pegg being the voice of Dengar in "Bounty" raised some eyebrows due to his frequent criticism of the Prequel Trilogy and the Special Edition and Blu-Ray versions of the Original Trilogy along with him taking every opportunity he can to bash anything Star Wars post-1983, even the people who like them. Some hated that he'd be allowed to be involved in the franchise, while others found satisfaction that die hard Prequel Trilogy detractor Simon Pegg found that The Clone Wars (or at least his role) lived up to his standards of Star Wars.

    Seasons Five to Six 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Barriss Offee after the events of the Fugitive arc:
      • Is Barriss a misguided but genuinely Well-Intentioned Extremist who is ultimately proven right about her views on the Jedi and their role in the galaxy? Or is she a hypocritical, self-righteous Knight Templar who is in denial of her own turn to the Dark Side? Again, arguments have been made for both interpretations.
      • In a similar vein, her mourning for one of the Jedi who were killed in the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar. Was she merely acting? Or was she showing some genuine remorse for carrying out the bombing? Likewise, was her conversation with Ahsoka after the memorial service manipulation? Or was she having doubts about her choices? The look of sorrow and guilt on her face as Ahsoka walks away suggests the latter, but her later actions imply the former. In the end, it's most likely both as Barriss was actively manipulating Ahsoka, but she still felt remorseful about having to do it, which is reinforced by the sad look she gives Ahsoka after being exposed and arrested towards the end of the story arc.
      • Her comment that she feels Ventress's lightsabers suit her muddies the waters even more. Only Sith use red lightsabers after all.
    • Ahsoka's decision to leave the Jedi Order. Did Ahsoka leave the Jedi Order because she realized that Barriss had a point about the growing corruption of Order's values and morals? Or was she simply too hurt by the way she had been betrayed by Barriss and abandoned by the Council?
    • A comment made by a Dark Side shadow of Yoda implies that Yoda may have actually experimented with the Dark Side in the past.
      Dark Yoda: Yoda plays not with me anymore. Yoda thinks me not worthy.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: In "The Wrong Jedi", Barriss Offee being responsible for the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar is not surprising due to it being foreshadowed out the wazoo. She's the only other person who Ahsoka talks to other than Ventress during the whole of her escape, as well as the only other Jedi with a similar build and outfit as the mysterious assailant who took Ventress's mask and lightsaber and attacked Ahsoka in an abandoned explosive warehouse containing crates of nano-droids, the same droids found at the scene of the crime.
  • Creepy Awesome: Darth Sidious, especially in "The Lawless" where he firmly establish how beyond the cast he is and continues to be the display the same sadism he's known for.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Hondo Ohnaka is this during the Young Jedi arc. For some reason, a large portion of the fandom was left puzzled by his willingness to kill children in "A Test of Strength" and "Bound for Rescue", claiming that it was completely Out of Character for him. This is surprising considering the evil stuff he had pulled in his earlier appearances, particularly capturing Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Dooku (along with torturing the former two) and threatening to kill Felucian farmers if they didn't hand over their crop to him. He also very much enjoyed shooting at said Felucians with a tank when they dared try to protect themselves.
    • Despite the terrible actions that she made during the Fugitive arc, Barriss Offee hasn't gotten nearly as much hate as one would suspect. It certainly helps that she was right in her views, though not her actions, and the Jedi Order she opposes is already perceived as Lawful Stupid in the eyes of many.
  • Idiot Plot: The Fugitive arc deals with Barriss Offee framing Ahsoka for the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar. The Downer Ending could have been averted if Ahsoka had done a single thing that didn't make her look more guilty or if the Jedi Council and Galactic Republic Senate had bothered to halfway try conducting a reasonable investigation.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • If whatever Darth Maul has done before hasn't set this in stone yet, his callous, brutal murder of Duchess Satine, which is done only to torture Obi-Wan, certainly has. Not just the act itself, but the sadistic pleasure he takes in Obi-Wan's suffering.
    • Barriss Offee crosses this by arranging the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar and then killing the pawn she used to orchestrate it and framing Ahsoka (her friend) for those crimes and more, which nearly resulted in Ahsoka being sentenced to death.
    • If placing inhibitor chips in all the clone troopers wasn't atrocious enough, Kaminoan scientist Dr. Nala Se may have crossed it when she attempted to have Tup euthanized for having Order 66 prematurely triggered (something beyond his control) and then tried to have AZI-3 and Fives mind-wiped for coming close to discovering the truth. If not that, her alternative MEH may have been when she drugged Fives on the trip to Coruscant, causing him to become paranoid and ultimately resulting in his death at the hands of his own brothers.
  • Narm:
    • Ganodi's disproportionate breakdown in "The Gathering" when confronted with a large number of Kyber crystals, especially since she was previously whining about not being able to find any crystals. Now, she's whining about there being too many.
    • Savage giving a panther roar in "Eminence".
  • One-Scene Wonder: In "Sacrifice", Darth Bane's appearance and the fact that he was voiced by Mark Hamill are this.
  • Padding: "A Sunny Day in the Void" is perhaps the most uneventful episode of the series, mostly consisting of D-Squad, Colonel Gascon, and WAC-47 wandering around the desert planet Abafar for 22 minutes. The only reason the episode seems to exist is as character development for two characters whom nobody really liked and it's not hard to imagine how it could have been made more interesting or replaced with an episode that was more exciting. To make matters worse, D-Squad more or less complete their mission in the previous episode and the events that occur in "A Sunny Day in the Void" are just caused by a Diabolus ex Machina that prevents them from returning home.
  • Ron the Death Eater: After the Fugitive arc, the members of the Jedi Council have the tendency of getting a larger chunk of blame for Ahsoka leaving the Jedi Order rather than Barriss, who made a good point about the Jedi losing their way in the war despite having orchestrated the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar and framed Ahsoka for the crime. Mace Windu is the member of the Jedi Council who receives most of the blame due to him making a rather insensitive comment towards Ahsoka after she was found innocent of the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar: Instead of apologizing to her, he invoked the "Force works in mysterious ways" excuse despite the fact that she was only cleared because Anakin found out the truth by searching for the true culprit of the crime. Curiously, some actually feel like the writers themselves have done this to the Jedi in The Clone Wars.
  • The Scrappy: WAC-47 and Colonel Gascon are disliked in the D-Squad arc, with some considering the duo to be so annoying that they made comparisons to Jar Jar Binks.
  • Shocking Moments: Any time Darth Maul shows up, he amps everything Up to Eleven. For instance:
    • In "Eminence" and "Shades of Reason", Maul led a band of Mandalorian warriors and completely owned the Hutts and Black Sun in addition to taking over all of Mandalore. In the previous Expanded Universe works, it's been established that going up against the Hutts or Black Sun (much less both at once) is more or less suicide, which makes it more impressive that Darth Maul took them both down one after another and made them his vassals. In short, no other Star Wars character in the past has accomplished a feat as awesome as what Darth Maul did by defeating the Hutt Clan and Black Sun in such a brutal and effective fashion. Granted, a lot of the older EU works where the Hutts and Black Sun are practically undefeatable (unless for if you're Luke, Leia, or Han) are now non-canon thanks to the Disney buyout. However, it's still pretty impressive how he was able to bring to heel two of the most powerful criminal organizations in the galaxy and take over Mandalore.
    • Darth Sidious actually fighting in "The Lawless". Darth Maul and Savage always posed a huge menace by themselves. However, Sidious not only pulls a massive Eviler Than Thou, but The Clone Wars has managed to enhance existing abilities of the Force and reduces Darth Maul to begging for mercy.
  • Signature Scene:
    • In "Shades of Reason", Darth Maul vs. Pre Vizsla.
    • In "The Lawless", Darth Maul murdering Satine in front of Obi-Wan and Darth Maul and Savage Opress vs. Darth Sidious.
    • In "The Wrong Jedi", Anakin vs. Barriss Offee and Ahsoka leaving the Jedi Order.
    • In "The Lost One", Anakin and Obi-Wan vs. Count Dooku.
    • In "Orders", Fives' death for knowing too much about Order 66.
    • In "Sacrifice", Yoda's battle with Darth Sidious in his mind.
  • Stoic Woobie: Obi-Wan, as of "The Lawless".
  • Squick: When questioned by Mace Windu about where he had been all night during their mission to Bardotta in "The Disappeared, Part 1", Jar Jar loudly and proudly admits that he was "loving Queenie Julia".
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot
    • Barriss Offee's motivations for bombing the Jedi Temple hangar are understandable and sympathetic since she makes a good point that the Jedi Order and the Republic were losing their ways over the course of the war, but it doesn't get a good amount of build-up.
    • Luminara Unduli is completely absent in "The Wrong Jedi", which includes the revelation that her Padawan learner Barriss Offee has become a Knight Templar terrorist responsible for the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar. This makes her exclusion rather glaring.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: While initially seen as a fitting choice, reception to Tim Curry's Palpatine was mixed, with some arguing he was perfect for Darth Sidious but unconvincing as Chancellor Palpatine, and others saying Curry's voice is simply too distinctive/different from both McDiarmid and Abercrombie's to convincingly work as Palpatine.
  • Ugly Cute: Embo's pet anooba, Marrok. Anoobas are vicious hyena-wolf creatures capable of tearing a man's throat out, but Marrok is like a puppy whenever he is not fighting. His more adorable side is best shown in "An Old Friend", where he can be seen giving Embo a sentry droid like he's wanting to play fetch or retrieving his hat when he loses it.

    Season Seven 
  • Awesome Art: Thanks to advancements in animation technology and other touch-ups on the series' animation, the art style and animation look more expressive, vibrant, and smooth.
  • "Common Knowledge": Due to the turbulent status of the franchise in early 2018, it's becoming increasingly common for many to state that Disney only uncancelled The Clone Wars in order to bring an end to the controversies (and let's keep it at that). However, given that most of these controversies were just a few months old, that animation (especially as visually appealing as The Clone Wars) takes a long time to make, and the teaser clearly has a few animated segments, such a thing would be impossible.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • In light of the revival, there has been much speculation on what the twelve new episodes in season seven will be about. The most common suggestions among many tend to be the unfinished story reels and the Siege of Mandalore, though others believe the episodes could be something else. Tom Kane also revealed that he recorded five new episodes for season seven, leading some to speculate if they were either for the opening narrations or for brand new episodes. At Celebration Chicago, the Bad Batch arc and the Siege of Mandalore arc were confirmed and a few fans were also able to correctly predict that Ahsoka's Journey arc would be presented in this season.
    • With the seventh season coming shortly after the conclusion of Rebels, some eventually started theorizing about minor revisions that could be made to the unreleased episodes to connect with Rebels and other canonical installments. Specifically, Depa Billaba and Caleb Dume/Kanan making cameos in the Jedi Temple and/or Depa being in the Jedi Council and saying that she's taking her padawan and men to Kaller, and Fenn Rau and/or Ursa Wren (with a mention or cameo of a baby Sabine) at the Siege of Mandalore.
    • A few have theorized that Ahsoka's new outfit in the SDCC '18 trailer is Mandalorian designed. Supporting evidence to this are Ahsoka's headpiece and skirt that bear a resemblance to Bo-Katan's headband and Ursa Wren's skirt respectively. Come the Celebration Chicago trailer, the design on her outfit also looks similar to the pattern of Mandalorian armor. Some believe it might be a gift from Bo-Katan and the Nite Owls after their previous encounter on Carlac and their Heel–Face Turn when Maul took over Mandalore, and that it could've belonged to Bo-Katan herself before she joined Death Watch.
    • The final trailer includes a shot of a holo-conversation between Anakin and Padmé where the latter is obviously pregnant. The fact that Anakin only finds out that Padmé is pregnant early in Revenge of the Sith, combined with the fact that the outfit she's wearing in the scene is the one she wears to Mustafar in the movie, caused speculation to run rampant about its meaning, with theories ranging from that it's a retcon of some kind to that it takes place during the events of the movie... or that Anakin is hilariously unobservant.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: At the Ahsoka's Untold Tales panel for Celebration Europe 2016, Ashley Eckstein learned about the Siege of Mandalore for the first time, with one of the storyboards shown being a scene where Ahsoka is greeted with a legion that painted their helmets after her. Three years and the series' revival later at Celebration Chicago 2019, she got to see the scene animated and voice acted.
  • It Was His Sled: With the seventh season of The Clone Wars being made after the conclusion of Rebels, many people know that Ahsoka, Rex, and Maul are guaranteed to survive due to their appearances in it.
  • Narm Charm: The SDCC '18 trailer that announced the revival of The Clone Wars feels almost fanmade with its first half being a shot of numerous clone trooper helmets with archival audio played, reused music from a trailer for The Force Awakens playing in its second half, and it ending with the rather unprofessional #CloneWarsSaved, but all of this is forgiven because of the love and care that went into the reveal.
  • Shocking Moments:
    • The announcement of The Clone Wars getting revived five years after its cancellation. Almost no-one expected it to come back, and its presentation was also a successful Bait-and-Switch at the SDCC '18 10th anniversary panel, where the series was deliberately talked about in past tense before announcing its revival at the very end.
    • It's a small moment, but in the Celebration Chicago trailer, Ahsoka's new lightsabers are blue.
  • Unexpected Character: The trailer features a recreation of the "I sense a plot to destroy the Jedi" scene from Revenge of the Sith. Among the holograms featured that weren't in the original scene are Depa Billaba and her Padawan, Caleb Dume.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After the Star Wars franchise saw turbulence with The Last Jedi's polarization and Solo's Box Office Bomb, Dave Filoni announced at 2018 San Diego Comic Con that The Clone Wars would be returning for a new 12-episode season. This news was met with near-unanimous praise from Star Wars fans, including ones who have been very unhappy with Disney's handling of the franchise.

Alternative Title(s): Star Wars The Clone Wars Movie, Star Wars The Clone Wars Season One To Season Six, Star Wars The Clone Wars Season Seven


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