I have been thinking about the portrayal of the Separatists in the Clone Wars and wanted to discuss their victories against the Republic in the war and the ways in which they are shown to be competent (I feel their incompetence receives too much attention). I also, wanted to compare their victories in TCW to those in the multimedia project -- my theory is that TCW is actually better in this regard. So for victories I can remember the opening battle of the Malevolence arc, Anakin is forced to retreat in the first episode of season one's droid arc (granted he went in alone), the episode "Cloak of Darkness", the episode "The Lair of Grievous," Savage Opress's first battle, and the opening part of the Battle of Ryloth (to me it seems like the Republic is forced off world and then returns. Are there any more Separatist victories? It is been a while since I watched the show; I sure hope so, but I don't think that's necessary. This show focuses on Anakin and Obi-Wan -- the heroes of the Clone Wars. When focusing on them we can expect the vast majority of battles to be Republic victories. Also, the show is primarily composed of isolated arcs or episodes. In this situation, we are more likely to see the Republic won because having the bad side lose is likely more appealing to viewers. The multimedia project was similar in this regard, the only separatist victories were the evacuation of Ren Var, the Duel of Bakura, The Battle of Jabiim, The Battle of Hypori, and the Second Battle of Tythe may have been shown. This isn't much different than Separatist victories in TCW. I should note that I'm not counting battles that are only referenced, shown in an episode's opening sequence (the montages for the microseries or the announcer in TCW), discussed in a Holonet News article, or found only in a source book. While all of these show Separatist victories, they aren't part of the story the audience is seeing/reading. Thus we are left with TCW having more victories. For the rest, I'm only going to focus on canon sources. First, in terms of leadership the Separatists aren't shown to be inept. Assajj Ventress, Admiral Trench, and Dooku are all shown to be competent. Then there's General Grievous, who is the most complained about character on the side of the Separatists. I actually don't mind him. He was fairly terrifying in Lair of Grievous, and his loss in the Malevolence arc doesn't seem to be the fault of incompetence and solely do to Anakin's skill. His victories against the Nightsisters, and in the Son of Dathomir comic show him to be a skilled leader (didn't he also defeat Hondo's pirates?). It is true that Ahsoka was able to hold her own against him, but it was more of a fighting retreat that barely lasted a minute, after which she hid and tried to avoid him. His most ridiculed moment is when he's captured by Gungans. But honestly this isn't that big of a deal; it was just him against am army which was armed with weapons that would be effective against machines. I don't think many people could win in his situation. I feel like these complaints have more to do with a dislike for Gungans rather than with the actual plausibility of his capture. While I too dislike the Gungans, in universe they are supposed to be formidable warriors. I will say the Battle Droid humor is terrible, but I don't think they are completely horrible soldiers. When they are actually in a fight with the clones, they seem to be about on equal footing and we see them force the Republic to retreat (for example season 1:16 The Hidden Enemy). When the droids are attacking their losses don't usually appear to be due to incompetence or at least would have still occurred of they were competent (for example the droids picking up the grenades in "Duel of the Droids" was a moment of incompetence, but the end result would have happened regardless). Also, the ay the destroyed Assajj's Nightsister clan was primarily composed of B-1 Battle Droids. This is actually am impressive feat considering the force abilities of the Nightsisters. While the Battle Droids are the worst aspect of the portrayal of the Separatists, it isn't terrible and doesn't take away from the threat posed by the Separatists. Overall, I feel that TCW handled the Separatists in a good way and showed the conflict in an appropriate manner.