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The chest piece that Anakin wears is the same design as the one he would later wear as Darth Vader.
Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks), Matthew Wood (General Grievous/Battle droids), Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn), Pernilla August (Shmi Skywalker), and Daniel Logan (Boba Fett) are the only actors and actress to reprise their roles from the Star Wars film franchise. Peter Mayhew was also consulted concerning Chewbacca's body movement, when the Wookiee made an appearance, but did not provide the voice.
In order to make the Clone Troopers sound like individuals, Dee Bradley Baker recorded every voice separately and gave each one a different inflection. He liked to write down a particular adjective for each one. For instance some sound a bit younger, others a bit more proper, whereas another may sound like a bully, or a grunt. During later seasons, he was able to record all the voices in the same take.
Dave Filoni based the character of Ahsoka Tano on the mannerisms Carrie Fisher displayed as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Further more, she combines Anakin's brashness with Obi-Wan's measured judgment, reflecting the shift between the Republic and the oncoming Empire.
Clone Captain Rex has a scar on his chin modeled after Harrison Ford's.
The first two and a half seasons were presented as an anthology, meaning the stories were not shown in chronological order, but would jump around in the time-line. This was much like George Lucas previous television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992).
It is an unwritten rule in films to have the good guys move from left to right and the bad guys right to left during battle scenes. The Clone Wars series, like Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) before it, shows the Republic Forces (the good guys) moving from right to left. This foreshadows the Clone Army becoming the Imperial army (the bad guys).
Hayden Christensen was interested in reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker. He, however, was not asked to return.
Guest voices George Takei and Simon Pegg are, of course, also veterans of the rival space franchise, Star Trek.
The series started the same year that the video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008) was released. Both this series and the game introduced an apprentice (Ashoka in the series and Starkiller in the game) to Anakin/Darth Vader. Both apprentices hold their lightsabers in the Shien reverse grip. The year Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (2010) was released both Starkiller's clone and Ashoka began dual wielding lightsabers. Sam Witwer voiced both Darth Maul on this series and Starkiller in the games, who also share several similarities.
In 2014, the series, alongside its sequel series Star Wars Rebels (2014) were made official Star Wars canon.
Dave Filoni, and first season head writer Henry Gilroy had originally assumed that Obi-Wan and Anakin would only make occasional appearances on the show, because most of their Clone Wars activities had already been told in printed work, and in Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003). Instead, the main characters were to be a Twi'lek Jedi, called Sendak, and his Togruta apprentice Ashla (later to become Ahsoka) who fought piracy and mercenaries around the galaxy. They would team up with a Han Solo like smuggler called Cad, his mistress Lupé, and their Gungan strongman Lunker. Another idea was to stick to a couple of recurring locations, not unlike the television show Firefly (2002), and keep landscapes to a minimum, for rendering and conceptualization reasons. However, they soon found out that George Lucas didn't intend to keep The Clone Wars small.
Plo Koon is Director Dave Filoni's favorite character.
Dave Filoni and George Lucas have both stated that the look of the characters is inspired by those from Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds (1965).
Captain Rex is based on Dark Horse comics ARC Trooper Alpha. But on realizing there were already three other characters who's name started with A (Anakin, R2-D2, and Ahsoka), George Lucas proposed the name "Rex" instead.
The series was done in a 2.4:1 aspect ratio, however it is cropped to 16:9 when it airs on Cartoon Network, so as to fill the entirety of a widescreen television set.
Though the series has revisited several characters and plot points from the entire saga, season six, titled "The Lost Missions", used unresolved story elements from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), mainly order 66, the force ghost, and the mystery of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas.
When Matt Lanter auditioned for the part of Anakin Skywalker, he was told he was up for the part of "Deak Starkiller". Dave Filoni and Producer Catherine Winder then told him to play a combination of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.
Season six was already in production, when Lucasfilm's intellectual properties were purchased by Disney, who then cancelled the show. Thirteen episodes were planned, and four were partially completed (rendered in animatic form, along with with pre-recordings from the voice actors). These episodes eventually resumed, and aired on Netflix in 2014. Unresolved storylines will continue in a project called The Clone Wars Legacy, which is comprised of novels and comic books.
The series was devised, and set up, to bridge the gap between Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), and details what went on during the Clone Wars during that three years.
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Asajj Ventress's mouth tattoos are identical to the mouth tattoos worn by Jerec in Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II (1997).
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According to James Arnold Taylor, the producers encouraged him not to do a straightforward impression of Ewan McGregor. Instead, the voice he uses for Obi-Wan Kenobi, is a mixture of McGregor and Alec Guinness.
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Ahsoka was originally supposed to have an Icelandic accent, but it was cut when the actress voicing the role, Ashley Eckstein, stated that she was not good at accents.
Nightsisters (#3.12), Monsters (#3.13), and Witches of the Mist (#3.14) was not the first appearances of the Nightsister Sith witches in the Star Wars universe. Their culture was first developed for in the 1994 novel "The Courtship of Leia" by Dave Wolverton. Subsequently, the character of Charal from the spin-off film Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985) was identified as a Nightsister as well.
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The look of the character Pre Vizla was based on Max von Sydow, who later played Lor San Tekka in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
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The role of Palpatine was originally played by Ian Abercrombie until his death in 2012. Before Ian McDiarmid played the part in the films, the part was voiced by Clive Revill in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Revill and Abercrombie both appeared in a Star Trek series as well. They have also both played Alfred Pennyworth in a Batman adaptation.
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The series is the follow up to the movie of the same name and acts as a sequel to Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003) but takes place within the series, specifically in between Star Wars: Clone Wars: Chapter 21 (2005) and Star Wars: Clone Wars: Chapter 22 (2005) .
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The feature film Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), from which the series continues, was originally planned to be four separate episodes of the first season, titled "The New Padawan", "Castle of Deception", "Castle of Doom", and "Castle of Salvation".
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According to Corey Burton, the voice he uses for Cad Bane is based on Lance Henriksen (who was originally considered for the role) and Peter Lorre.
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Disney Infinity 3.0, the latest installment in the very popular video game series, features a playset based on the television series.
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Obi-Wan Kenobi has a somewhat "secret" relationship with the character Satine Kryze. Obi-Wan was played by Ewan McGregor in the prequel trilogy. Ewan McGregor also starred in Moulin Rouge! (2001), in which he played a writer that has a "secret" relationship with a dancer (played by Nicole Kidman). That dancer's name is also Satine.
The series was devised to detail the events of The Clone Wars that happened between Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Blue Shadow Virus (2009) reflected on the swine flu pandemic that occurred at that time.
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Hondo Ohnaka was described as "Han Solo, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Boba Fett rolled into one". Keira Knightley, who played Elizabeth Swan in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, played Sabé, Queen Amidala's handmaiden in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
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Katee Sackhoff played a hard-nosed fighter in two science fiction television series: as Duchess Satine Kryze's rebellious sister Bo-Katan in this series, and also as Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace in Battlestar Galactica (2004).
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The planet Iego in Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Mystery of a Thousand Moons (2009) is an anagram of Lego and a nod to the constructions toys. In 1999, The Lego Company acquired the rights and released Lego play-sets of the Star Wars saga. Incidentally, the character of Jaybo Hood (a mechanic) whom lives on Iego, reprogrammed Battle Droids to serve him.
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In this series, Obi-Wan, Anakin Skywalker, and other Jedi knights lead the Clone troopers against Count Dooku and his army of Battle Droids. In the classic science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica (1978), Count Baltar (John Colicos) betrays humanity when he sides with the evil Cylon race. The Cylons are robots.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

There were many unfinished episodes or 'story arcs' for the show, among them are:
  • A Four Part arc about Obi-Wan and Anakin on Utapau finding out about a secret weapons deal between the Sumi Weapons dealers and General Grevious, the weapon turns out to be a giant crystal, ones like it later go on to power the Death Star. The Episode titles are "A Death on Utapau", "In Search of the Crystal", "Crystal Crisis", and "The Big Bang". These episodes were uploaded to Star Wars.Com in September of 2014 and are free to watch on the website. The animation, however, is not finished.


  • A Four Episode story about Captain Rex teaming up with a group of mutant super soldier clones known as The Bad Batch, to go to Skako Minor and save a fallen comrade. The episodes are "The Bad Batch", "A Distant Echo", "On the Wings of Keeridaks" and "Unfinished Business". The premiered at a Star Wars convention in early 2015 and were released online soon afterward. Like the above arc, they are unfinished.


  • Another four episode story in which Darth Maul's followers free him from prison and a war breaks out between the masters of the dark side. These episodes are "The Enemy of my Enemy", "A Tale of Two Apprentices", "Proxy War", and "Showdown on Dathomir", all four episodes were released in comic book form as Darth Maul" Son of Dathomir


  • An Eight Episode arc about Quinlan Vos teaming up with Asajj Ventress to assassinate Count Dooku, only to fall in love with her and become dangerously close to the dark side. The eight Episodes were ""Lethal Alliance", "The Mission", "Conspirators", Dark Disciple", "Saving Vos Part I", "Saving Vos Part II", "Traitor", and "The Path". These eight episodes were released in the novel Star Wars: Dark Disciple.


  • A "Top Gun Clone" arc that has Rex learn how to fly.


  • An arc that would have had Yoda and the Bad Batch team up with Wookiees to defend Kashyyyk. This Arc would have explored the friendship between Yoda and the Wookiees as well as exploring the Wookiee's connection and religious ties with the forest.


  • An arc about Padmé Amidala.


  • A 'creepy, disturbing episode arc inspired by The X-Files' arc was planned, possibly featuring the EU race The Yuuzhan Vong.


  • An arc about Ahsoka's life after leaving the Jedi, may have had her getting involved with the Pyke Spice trade to stop their criminal activities as well as being swindled by a crooked speeder salesman.


  • Another giant crystal arc that may have featured Depa Billaba.


  • A bounty hunter arc in which Boba Fett teams up with Cad Bane to save a girl from Sand People. This arc would have revealed that Cad Bane and Jango Fett knew each other.


  • An arc that would have had an injured Rex and R2 stranded behind enemy lines, working with a reprogrammed Super Battle Droid.


  • A return to Mon Cala arc that featured the return of Prince Lee-Char and the Separatist Quarren leader Tikkes as the antagonist. A sub-plot in the arc may have been Lee-Char not being very trusting towards the Republic anymore because of Ahsoka's trial.


  • Ahsoka teaming up with Anakin one more time to capture an escaped Barriss Ofee, although this is not confirmed.


  • An arc in which giant creatures from a hidden Sith Temple beneath the Jedi Temple surface and attack Coruscant. The Zillo Beast may have returned here.


  • Another Bounty Hunter story that may have been a jailbreak story, in which the bounty hunters free the Separatist leaders and generals. Boba may have reclaimed the Slave 1 from Hondo.


  • An Arc in which Bo-Katan calls Ahsoka for help and she and those loyal to Mandalore team up against Darth Maul.


  • An episode arc that retells the events of the Battle of Coruscant.


  • An arc that would have told the events of Revenge of the Sith through Rex and Ahsoka's point of views.


James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Phil LaMarr (Senator Bail Organa), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Dee Bradley Baker (Rex, Wolffe and Gregor), Jim Cummings (Hondo Ohnaka), Sam Witwer (Darth Maul) and Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker) all reprise their Clone Wars characters on Star Wars Rebels (2014).
Savage Opress, introduced in season three, is the only character in the Star Wars canon to have battled all four Lords of the Sith, having fought Count Dooku (Darth Tyranus) alongside Asajj Ventress, briefly sparred with Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) shortly after, momentarily challenged his brother, Darth Maul, and eventually being killed by Darth Sidious.
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Though most of the unfinished story lines created for the seventh season was released online or made into novels and comic books, there was still a lot of unfinished story lines that was written down. Such stories included Ahsoka's journey in the criminal underworld of Coruscant, a Boba Fett and Cad Bane team up, Yoda helping the Wookies on the planet Kashyyyk, and a showdown between Boba Fett and his bounty hunters, against Count Dooku. This last scene turned out to be part of one of the two unfinished arcs starring Asajj Ventress that were adapted into the novel Dark Disciple".
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Several characters from the Original Trilogy guest star on the show, such as Chewbacca, Bossk, Dengar, Greedo, and Sy Snootles. There are also characters, such as Chancellor Valorum from Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
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The series created several continuity errors to the Star Wars timeline:
  • Rotta the Hutt, Jabba the Hutt's son, was introduced in the series however his son is never seen or mentioned in the Star Wars Saga.


  • Anakin and Grievous fight each other on numerous occasion throughout the series however they first meet each other in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). Although they only fight through ship battles in the series, in the season 4 episode "Shadow Warrior" Grievous is captured and taken hostage in exchange for Skywalker who has also been taken hostage. Grievous laughs at Anakin and physically sees him as he walks back to his ship.


  • Greedo is shown to speak English in season 3 episode "Sphere of Influence" while he's shown to speak Huttese in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977).


  • In season 2, Boba Fett is shown to be partners with Bossk, a trandoshian bounty hunter. However in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) they are shown to be competing to hunt down Han Solo. He is also shown to speak English in the show while he growls and grunts in the film.


  • In the season 6 episode "Sacrifice", Yoda earns about Force Ghosts and learns there is "another Skywalker". However in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) he just learned about Anakin and Padme's kids.


  • In the season 6 episode "Voices" a vision of the future shows Darth Sidious defeating Mace Windu, Eeth Koth, Kit Fisto and Saseen Tinn. In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) however Agen Kolar is hacked down by Sidious.


Count Dooku and Anakin battle on numerous occasions thoughtout the series but Anakin's remark "My powers have doubles since the last time met count" in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) implies that they haven't fought since The Battle of Geonosis in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2003). In the show however, Anakin and Dooku last fight a few months before the start of Revenge Of The Sith.
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