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Ahsoka Tano
AhsokaTano TheCloneWars.jpg
Position Jedi Padawan assigned to Anakin Skywalker
Homeworld Shili
Species Togruta
Gender female
Affiliation Jedi Order, Galactic Republic
Portrayed by Ashley Eckstein (voice)

Ahsoka "Snips" Tano is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, appearing in the 2008 animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the following series. She is depicted as a 14-year-old Togruta female.[1]

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Development

George Lucas stated that the character of Ahsoka was developed for the series as a means of illustrating how Anakin Skywalker develops from the brash, undisciplined Padawan in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones to the more reserved Jedi Knight in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.[2] Giving Anakin his own Padawan would place the character into a paternal role where he would be forced to become more cautious. It would also give Anakin new insight into his relationship with his own mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and explain how their relationship matured. Lucas stated that, having raised two daughters, he "knew something about the subject," and decided to make Anakin's apprentice a young female.[2]

Depiction

Ahsoka Tano is discovered by Master Plo Koon and raised in the Jedi Temple. She graduates to Padawan at an early age, both due to the ongoing Clone Wars and as an effort by Master Yoda to teach Anakin Skywalker a greater sense of responsibility. She wields a green lightsaber and wears a Togruta-inspired outfit that includes the akul-tooth headdress (a surprising feat for someone her age).

Ahsoka displays the same type of rash and rebellious behavior that Anakin is known for. She adopts a highly informal attitude towards her new Master and tends to address individuals by nicknames; for example, Anakin is dubbed "Sky Guy" and R2-D2 is referred to as "Artooey". Anakin in turn refers to her as "Snips", in reference to her "snippy" attitude when they first met.

She first appears in the Clone Wars film as a messenger sent by Yoda to Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Anakin initially believes that Ahsoka is to be Obi-Wan's new Padawan, but she claims that Yoda has in fact assigned her to Anakin, much to his chagrin. It is later revealed that Obi-Wan and Yoda engineered the confusion over who was to be Ahsoka's Master as a means of forcing her upon Anakin in order to make him look like a more responsible Jedi than in his previous recklessness. After earning Anakin's respect on a dangerous mission to destroy a Separatist shield generator, Ahsoka accompanies him on a quest to rescue the infant son of Jabba the Hutt. Her impetuous nature both annoys and endears her to her Master, and by the end of the film, Anakin reveals a newfound affection for his new apprentice, abandoning a duel with Count Dooku when he believes her life to be in danger.

In the Clone Wars series, Ahsoka and Anakin fight against General Grievous' ship, the Malevolence, which is armed with an ion cannon. They eventually destroy the Malevolence, but Grievous escapes. In another episode, Anakin and Ahsoka have to rescue R2-D2 from falling in the hands of the Separatists. Afterwards, Ahsoka and Luminara Unduli have to defend a Republic ship in which they have as prisoner Nute Gunray, viceroy of the Trade Federation. Asajj Ventress, Dooku's apprentice, fights against Ahsoka and ends up escaping with Gunray. In another episode, Ahsoka, Anakin and Aayla Secura end up shipwrecked in a far away planet inhabited by the Lurmen people.Although Anakin is gravely injured, Aala Secura tells her she shouldn't get so attached and should focus on her mission. This planet is to be a test for a Separatists' new weapon. The Jedi rescue the Lurmen people from dying, and take the Separatist leader back to Coruscant. In another episode, Ahsoka, Anakin and Obi-Wan discover a secret Separatist lab, controlled by Dr. Nuvo Vindi, on the planet of Naboo. In this lab, Vindi had planned to spread a deadly virus known as the Blue Shadow Virus across the galaxy. Ahsoka, Padmé Amidala and Clone Captain Rex are trapped inside the lab, when a bomb with the virus explodes. Anakin and Obi-Wan have 48 hours to get the antidote, and arrive in time to save their lives. In the last episodes of the season, Ahsoka fights against the Separatists to liberate the planet of Ryloth from the occupation made by Wat Tambor. Ahsoka, Anakin, Obi-Wan and Mace Windu free the planet and capture Tambor.

In the second season, Ahsoka helps Anakin, Obi-Wan and Plo Koon to defeat the Separatists in Felucia. However, she disobeys orders to retreat, and instead she continues fighting the battle droids. Anakin and Obi-Wan retrieve Ahsoka in a gunship and they are forced to leave. For disobeying orders, Ahsoka is punished by the Jedi Council. Ahsoka is removed from active duty and she is tasked with guarding the Jedi archives. However, bounty hunter Cad Bane appears and steals a holocron. Anakin and Ahsoka then go to capture Bane and retrieve the holocron. In a space battle, Ahsoka and Anakin manage to corner Bane and enter his ship. However, Ahsoka recklessly chases Bane. After a short battle, Ahsoka is captured and placed inside a force field. Anakin tries to rescue her but Bane threatens to kill Ahsoka if Anakin does not unlock the holocron. Anakin unlocks the holocron and frees Ahsoka, but Bane escapes. Anakin and Ahsoka are forced to escape the ship, after Bane has put it in self-destruct sequence. Later, Ahsoka finds out that Bane is in their ship. Ahsoka tries to stop him, but Bane escapes. The Jedi Council find out Bane's plan, to kidnap Force-sensitive children and bring them to Mustafar. Ahsoka and Anakin find Bane in Naboo and capture him. After interrogating him, Obi-Wan and Windu recover the holocron but Bane escapes. Ahsoka and Anakin find volcanic ash in Bane's ship, and they go to Mustafar. Ahsoka and Anakin manage to rescue the children. Ahsoka later goes with Anakin to help destroy a droid factory on Geonosis. And after the battle, Ahsoka and Barris Offee run an errand to go to get supplies, not knowing that Geonosian worms have infected the crew. On mission to apprehend an arms dealer with her master, Ahsoka loses her lightsaber to a thief, but recovers the lightsaber and captures the thief with the help of an elderly Jedi Master.

Toys

  • Transformers Crossovers Ahsoka Tano (2009)
A remold of the toy first used for Saesee Tiin, she becomes a Delta-7B Aethersprite starfighter with Astromech droid R7-A7.

External links

References

  1. ^ StarWars.com | Skywalker, Anakin
  2. ^ a b TV Guide Article August 11, 2008
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