While the Star Wars films have been controversial as of late, their two big TV shows have consistently had people interested from the very beginning. Star Wars: The Clone Wars remains one of the best prequel stories as well as one of the best CGI TV shows in history. Not only does it further enhance Anakin’s fall to the Dark Side, but brings light to certain characters who would otherwise go unnoticed. Likewise, Star Wars: Rebels details the time in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It shows how the Rebellion gains their legs as well as what happened to the Jedi Order.
Both of them might be great in their own rights, but it hasn’t stopped fans arguing which one is better. Some people say that The Clone Wars is better because it wasn’t a result of Disney’s new canonical universe. Others would say that Rebels is better because it built on the events established in the former. Wherever you may stand, we’re here to fuel the fire with memes that have been circulating around the internet for years. Here are 15 memes that pit Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels against each other.
15. A NEW GALACTIC ERA
When Disney bought out the Star Wars franchise, no one expected the result to be as massive as it was. Instead of expanding on the lore that was already there, Disney gutted the entire series, making most of the popular books and comics no longer canon. Part of this decision was the removal of Star Wars: The Clone Wars to make room for Star Wars: Rebels.
The sad part about it all was that The Clone Wars had one last arc left to handle, but it was never given the chance. Yet, the excitement for Rebels was so high that not many people cared about The Clone Wars going away. It’s sad to think that all of the prequel content died with thunderous applause. What’s next? The Battlefront series goes away too? Oh, wait.
14. AHEAD OF THE CURVE
Fidget spinners quickly became the toy to have for kids in the past few years. Despite everyone seemingly having one, fidget spinners weren’t invented around that time. As a matter of fact, the product has been around for several years, and Star Wars was already ahead of the curve in this matter, having their own set of futuristic fidget spinners used to conquer the galaxy.
The Inquisitor had a very unique dual lightsaber with a handle that could rotate and spin his blades around. There’s no denying the uncanny resemblance to a fidget spinner, though that one is fueled with malice and suffering. This is why the Jedi don’t get too fancy with their lightsabers; they could potentially end up with something as trivial as a killer fidget spinner.
13. A PERFECT INDICATOR
When testing how well certain programs will work, most people will just resort to using the best software they have available to them. There are some people that are a bit more adventurous, though, and willing to try some unconventional solutions. For example, if you test a program on Internet Explorer and it works, then it will undoubtedly function even better on other browsers. If it doesn’t work as well there, then you’ll resolve to try it on much better servers.
Likewise, it would be a similar situation to test a crummy starfighter as a gauge for how much more useful better ships would be. We have to give it to Quarrie; he’s kind of a mad genius, but there’s no arguing with his logic.
12. NEVER THE SAME
While some people were excited to see what Star Wars: Rebels would bring to the franchise, there were many who were broken-hearted that The Clone Wars had reached its premature end. When footage started to debut, it was clear that the animators were re-using some assets from the canceled show into the new project.
Fans of The Clone Wars could easily pick up on this and had no reaction other than unabashed tears. One of their favorite shows had come to an end without its intended ending. Alas, they would never get to see the journeys of Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex during the days of Order 66. That said, at least the characters from The Clone Wars did appear in Rebels to tie the two shows together.
11. DEFINITELY NOT THAT COOL
Darth Vader has always been the poster boy for how cool Star Wars can be. After his presence in the films, he has gone on to have a big part in other productions in the universe. With each new appearance of the Sith Lord, he becomes cooler and cooler. It’s almost difficult for us to want to be a part of the Dark Side.
As if it weren’t possible to get any cooler than Darth Vader already is, here he is surfing on a TIE Fighter with little to no effort. Anyone trying to escape his wrath would immediately tremble in fear if they saw this image barreling toward them. We don’t care how cool you are, you’ll never be as cool as this Dark Lord of the Sith, no matter how hard you try.
10. NO POINT AT ALL
The Twilight was the famous ship used by Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and Plo Koon during The Clone Wars. It was used to escape the ion cannon found on the Malevolence. However, the ship went largely unseen for around three whole entire seasons. As such, many fans were excited to see its return on the small screen. Unfortunately, as soon as it appeared, it was taken away for good.
So who was responsible for its destruction? It was none other than Darth Maul and his Shadow Collective at the Battle of Sundari. After his defeat at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi and betrayal by Darth Sidious, Maul forged his own path through the Force and decided to try and exact his revenge on both parties.
It takes a lot to wash out the sour taste of the prequel trilogy, but The Clone Wars managed it well. On top of creating interesting stories and fixing problems with Anakin Skywalker, they actually gave Jar Jar more purpose than just being the comic relief. On one mission, Jar Jar got close to Queen Julia of Bardotta. Liking his pleasant attitude, she actually fell for him and vice versa.
It’s shocking to think that many of us are still living the single life while Jar Jar Binks can actually get a girlfriend. No doubt, this is proof that the best way to get a woman to notice you is by just being yourself and being honest with the ones you love. Even when Mace Windu tried to remind Jar Jar of the mission, Binks put her trust in him above everything else.
9. HE NEVER STOOD A CHANCE
When it was revealed that Darth Maul was returning to the Star Wars universe, fans desperately wanted to see if he and Obi-Wan would have a rematch. Thankfully, they got what they wanted in Star Wars Rebels. Maul wound up on Tatooine in search of Kenobi. When the two encountered each other, the former Sith made a few stabs at how far he’d fallen, but Kenobi knew better.
He had risen above the tainted ways of the former Jedi Order and was now spending his days protecting the Chosen One. Due to this new enlightenment, he quite literally had the high ground against Darth Maul. As you might imagine, their fight didn’t last long and Kenobi came out on top. If only Maul had paid more attention.
8. SOMEONE GOT LEFT OUT
When talking about Star Wars: The Clone Wars, it’s important to make the distinction on which version you’re referring to. There is the CGI one, but there is also the 2D one that aired way back in 2003. This cartoon definitely had some odd character designs, but the storytelling was interesting enough that it garnered a continuation with a much larger budget.
As such, most people forget that the 2003 show ever existed. Because of this, there aren’t nearly as many memes on the show. All of the efforts are saved for the CGI Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. We can imagine that fans of the series are in agreement with General Grievous here, as the show is just as deserving of hilarious memes.
7. DON’T BLAME ME
When it comes to having soldiers that don’t know how to shoot, Star Wars is really the cream of the crop. The Empire’s Stormtroopers are famous for their inability to land a single shot on any single main character. Likewise, the Droids aren’t all that accurate either. That said, the Droids actually have a reason for how terrible they shoot: their programming.
The Droids used in the Separatist army don’t exactly think for themselves. They’re all programmed to perform and react in certain ways. Because of this, every time they miss a shot, it isn’t their fault. It’s all due to the limitations of their programming. That could be why the Emperor opted to use the Clones for an entirely new army after he brought down the Jedi Order.
6. DO THEY NOW?
Ezra Bridger has learned a lot since the first few days he got swept up in the Rebel Alliance. He’s grown and learned the ways of the Force in the process. He’s also become a bit cocky at the same time, thinking of himself as a “good soldier.” However, leave it to a former Clone Trooper to know everything there is to know about being a good soldier. After all, “good soldiers follow orders.”
The ironic part is that it’s this philosophy that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Jedi as the Clones had to turn on their former generals. If anything, this says that it’s not always a good thing to be a “good soldier.” You may have to do things you’ll regret for the rest of your life.
5. TAKE THE BACKSEAT, DROID
The Clone Wars was one of the biggest eras in the Star Wars Universe. When the Separatists began mounting great assaults with the Droid army, the Republic called the Clone Army to their side in order to fight for the good of the galaxy. As such, the era was named after these troopers that fought the Droids.
It’s not difficult to imagine that the Droids felt left out by this. Considering they had been around longer than the Clones, they’d want the era to be called the Droid Wars. Alas, that wasn’t the case. The Clones got a period named after them as well as an entire TV series that still remains one of the best Star Wars productions to date. Long live The Clone Wars!
4. FOUGHT IN THE CLONE WARS
The big cliffhanger at the end of The Empire Strikes Back shocked the entire audience who say it in the theater for the first time. The reveal that Darth Vader was Luke’s dad probably would’ve sparked a million memes back in the day (if memes were a thing back then), but thankfully today’s youth continue to create quality tributes to the moment. This particular meme has Obi-Wan explaining to Luke all about his history with Luke’s father.
Both Obi-Wan and Darth Vader (or Anakin Skywalker) appeared in The Clone Wars cartoon, as much younger versions of themselves, obviously. Both also had very memorable moments on-screen in Star Wars: Rebels, with Obi-Wan taking on Darth Maul in a Phantom Menace rematch, and Anakin (as Darth) taking on his former apprentice, Ahsoka.
3. THIS REMAKE IS STRONG WITH THE FORCE
Many people have begged for Disney to bring The Clone Wars, but why stop at just a final season? Instead, Disney could make a full-blown remaster of the original series with better visuals and animation. On top of that, they could take the time to redesign Ahsoka to look more in line with the other Jedi that she studies under.
Taking a page out of the action figure handbook, Ahsoka could be something more akin to a cyborg. Complete with dual lightsabers and wings on her back, this design opens up countless more possibilities. What would make it even better is no one in the series acknowledged it, leaving only the audience to react to the change. It’d be a perfect solution that would go down in Star Wars history.
2. NO CONTEST
Guys, we’ve all been there. When we date a girl who has some sort of male friends, we start to get a little jealous. She tells us not to worry, but it’s hard to react that way when the guys are significantly more attractive than we are. If you don’t quite understand this, then try and compare the new Star Wars: Rebels to The Clone Wars. Both of them are excellent, but the general consensus is that The Clone Wars was a lot more exciting in the long run.
That said, there are people who still unabashedly love Rebels more than its predecessor. Likewise, the right girl will love and appreciate you more than any other guy because that’s what love is. It doesn’t matter how objectively better the other guy or, in this case, Star Wars TV show may be.
1. I’M A “ONE WOMAN” KIND OF GUY
The fans of The Clone Wars are not a small margin. When other Star Wars shows came out like Rebels and Forces of Destiny, the fans weren’t on board. You could theoretically ask them if it won’t get lonely only watching content from one TV show, but they probably wouldn’t care. Watching The Clone Wars from start to finish is likely more than enough adventure for them, everything else be darned.
Again, it’s important to note that Rebels isn’t bad by any means, but it hasn’t had the same impact that The Clone Wars once did. It will only ever be a faint echo of what used to be. If Disney wanted to bring in even more cash, they would allow a final season of the show to be made to satisfy the long time fans.
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