This week on Star Wars Character Corner, we discuss one of the main characters from the Clone Wars television series, Ahsoka Tano! This Togruta Jedi Padawan was Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker’s padawan during the series, and serves as one of the show’s main characters alongside Anakin, and Obi-Wan.
Ahsoka Tano, who would later earn the nickname ‘Snips’ from her master, was born on Shili thirty-six years before the battle of Yavin. She was discovered by Jedi Master Plo Koon at the age of three, and was brought to the Jedi temple. She received training from several masters, including Yoda.
The council decided to assign Ahsoka to Anakin Skywalker, with the hopes of both teaching Anakin responsibility, and to help Ahsoka become more independent as well as less reckless. Master and padawan first met during the battle of Christophsis, to aid in the battle and pass on a message. The battle quickly turned against them, but they were able to succeed. Anakin was at first reluctant to take Ahsoka as a padawan, but they quickly found common ground.
Ahsoka and her master went on a great number of missions for the Jedi and republic during the clone wars. They participated in battles at Gwori, Skytop Station, Maridun, and more. She forged a rivalry against dark Acolyte and Count Dooku’s apprentice Asajj Ventress, whom she fought with during several missions. She would also fight against General Grievous multiple times, as well as the notorious Jedi hunter Cad Bane.
Responsible and honest, Ahsoka was touched deeply by the events of the war. She suffered knowing that clones under her command were being killed, and refused to let herself be used to blackmail others. Prone to overconfidence, Ahsoka would sometimes refuse to follow her master’s orders, but always admitted to her responsibility.
One of the most important things that happened during the clone wars was the Mission to Mortis. Ahsoka, Anakin, and Obi-Wan traveled to the Chrelythiumn system. There, they met physical embodiments of the light side – the Daughter – the dark side – the Son – and balance between the two, known as the Father. During the mission, the three take shelter in a cave, and Ahsoka is awoken by a vision of her future. In it, her future self tells her that Anakin will fall to the dark side and that by staying with him she could prevent it. This became a defining conflict for Ahsoka during the rest of the clone wars.
Near the end of the Clone Wars series, Ahsoka is framed for the death of a saboteur — responsible for a bombing at the Jedi temple — and imprisoned. Seemingly freed by her master, she is again quickly framed for the death of several clone troopers killed by lightsaber. She briefly allied with Ventress before separating, and being attacked by an unknown assailant. She was captured and tried by the Jedi council, but her master appeared to reveal the true culprit: Barriss Offee, a Jedi warrior, and previously someone Ahsoka thought she could trust.
Ahsoka was invited to reenter the Jedi order, but she felt betrayed by the council and their lack of trust in her. Her master tried to convince her to stay, but she ended up leaving the order, leaving Anakin alone, and setting up the very events her future self had warned her about.
Behind the scenes:
Ahsoka was voiced by Ashley Eckstein for both the Clone Wars film and the television series. She was originally going to be named Ashla. She is fourteen years old when she first appears as Anakin’s padawan. The pattern of her face is inspired by the Studio Ghibli film Princess Mononoke.
Ahsoka Tano is an interesting to the character corner. She is a major player in the only official canon television appearance (at least, until Rebels begins), but she appears nowhere else in the Expanded Universe. Other than the information that’s in the Clone Wars television series (as well as a comic book that was adapted into an episode) there is nothing about her. Following Lucasart’s decision to restrict current cannon to the live-action movies and this series, we may or may not have the opportunity to hear more about Ahsoka.
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