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|Star Wars: The Clone Wars character|
|Portrayed by||Ashley Eckstein (voice)|
|Position||Jedi Padawan assigned to Anakin Skywalker|
|Affiliation||Jedi Order (formerly), Galactic Republic|
Ahsoka "Snips" Tano is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe and a protagonist in the 2008 animated film: Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the following series. When the series began with the Clone Wars movie she was depicted as a 14 year old Togruta female.
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. However, Master Yoda (Frank Oz) worries about Skywalker's personal relationships. By giving Skywalker his own Padawan, it would place the character into a paternal role where he would be forced to become more cautious and responsible. It would also give Skywalker 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 Skywalker's apprentice a young female.
Ahsoka Tano was discovered by Master Plo Koon. Abandoned by her parents she was raised in the Jedi Temple. She graduates to Padawan at 14 (two years earlier than most Padawans), both due to the ongoing Clone Wars and as an effort by Master Yoda to teach Anakin Skywalker a greater sense of responsibility. She uses her lightsaber in a backhand style, different than most Jedi. Later in the war (when she is most likely 16) she wields 2 lightsabers one green and one yellow, 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 known as "Sky Guy", R2-D2 is referred to as "Artooie" and CT-7567 Clone Captain Rex as "Rexster". 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 him, 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 a more responsible Jedi. After earning Anakin's respect on a dangerous mission to destroy a Separatist shield generator, Ahsoka joins 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 into the hands of the Separatists, in which Ahsoka fights Grievous and escapes. 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, Aayla 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 2nd 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. The Jedi Council removes Ahsoka from active duty as punishment for disobeying orders, and assigns her to 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, tied up, 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. They 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 on 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 joins 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 a mission to apprehend an arms dealer with her master, Ahsoka loses her lightsaber to a thief, but recovers it and captures the thief with the help of an elderly Jedi Master. In another episode, Ahsoka, alongside Anakin, Obi-Wan and four bounty hunters, endeavors to protect a village from Hondo Ohnaka and his pirates. She would later aid Master Plo Koon in the capture of Boba Fett on the planet Florrum and seemingly dispatches Aurra Sing, who was aiding Fett in his bid for revenge against Mace Windu.
The 3rd season features Ahsoka in many other episodes. At one point, Ahsoka travels with Senator Riyo Chuchi to investigate the Trade Federation blockade of Pantora, uncovering evidence of links to the kidnapping of Chairman Papanoida's daughters. She also aids several Mandalorian cadets in putting a halt to black market dealings there. Another episode explores Ahsoka's friendship with Padmé. When Aurra Sing reemerges, despite her apparent earlier death, Ahsoka must thwart her attempts to assassinate Senator Amidala. Ahsoka and Padmé team up once more when they venture to the Separatist capital of Raxus to negotiate an end to the war, which proves inconclusive following a terrorist attack on Coruscant. However, Ahsoka meets a new friend, Lux Bonteri, during the journey, and is forced to rethink her previously narrow views of the war. Ahsoka doesn't appear again until the Mortis trilogy, when she finds herself stuck on a mysterious planet with Anakin and Obi-Wan, and becomes embroiled in a power struggle between powerful Force users. Later on, Ahsoka sneaks on a mission to free Jedi Master Even Piell and Captain Wilhuff Tarkin from the dreaded Citadel, and aids the group in accomplishing their objective. Ahsoka finally features prominently in the last two episodes of Season 3, when she's captured by several Trandoshan headhunters following a battle, and taken away to a jungle planet. There, she teams up with three Jedi Padawans and Chewbacca to defeat the Trandoshans and escape the planet.
In Season 4, Ahsoka features in several episodes. She first appears in the Mon Calamari arc, wherein she is part of a Republic task force alongside Anakin Skywalker, Kit Fisto, Padme Amidala and Jar Jar Binks, helping to defend Prince Lee-Char and aid his military commander Ackbar in defending the planet Mon Calamari against Separatist forces allied with the opposing Quarren. After the Mon Calamari forces and the accompanying Republic taskforce are forced to surrender to Separatist leader Riff Tamson, she helps the prince to evade capture and later assists in negotiations with the Quarren, who eventually turn against the Separatists after realizing their mutual mistreatment and marginalization at their hands. Afterwards, Ahsoka doesn't make another appearance until the series adaptation of the Slaves of the Republic comics, wherein she helps recover the enslaved Togrutas of the planet Kiros from the Separatist-aligned Zygerrians, though briefly at the expense of her own enslavement, as well as that of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Captain Rex. Following this appearance, Ahsoka features prominently in a stand-alone episode wherein she rescues her old friend, Lux Bonteri, from the clutches of Count Dooku's forces and is later forced to contend with Bonteri's alliance to the rogue Mandalorian terrorist group Death Watch, who plan to aid Bonteri in getting his revenge on Dooku. Managing to convince Bonteri of their dishonor and brutality, the duo manage to escape from the murderous brigands, before Bonteri departs from Ahsoka's presence yet again. Later in the series, when Obi-Wan Kenobi is seemingly assassinated by bounty hunter Rako Hardeen, Ahsoka helps her master in apprehending a transformed and disguised Obi-Wan Kenobi, posing as the would-be assassin, before assisting Anakin Skywalker in tracking down "Rako Hardeen," and his newfound partners Cad Bane and Moralo Eval, in an effort to prevent a conspiracy to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine and hold him as a hostage. Ahsoka is last seen with her master at a diner on the planet Stobar, where her master senses a sinister force arising in the galaxy following an altercation involving Savage Opress at the location.
Ahsoka appears in the Onderon arc of the 5th season. In the first episode of the arc, she, Anakin, Obi-Wan and Rex travel to the planet and go train the rebel alliance to fight the Separatists. In the hope that they will join the Republic in the end. Ahsoka finds out that the people of Onderon will not be joining even after the battle is over. While training the rebels, she starts to develop a fondness towards the leader, Saw Gerrera, and personally teaches him how to properly dispose of a droideka. She helps Saw and the former Death Watch terrorist Bonteri destroy a tank when the rebel base is discovered. She stays on Onderon when Anakin, Obi-Wan and Rex leave, and works as a supervisor, but does not feel good about being unable to assist them. She later breaks her cover and helps the rebels escape from the Separatists at a public execution. During the final battle of Onderon, she attempts to save Saw's sister Steela from falling to her death, but loses focus and Steela dies. But the battle is won, and a future for Onderon is made, in which they might join the Republic.
Ahsoka goes on many adventures during the Clone Wars with her master Anakin and often learns a lot from him. Despite the conflict of war, Ahsoka manages to make her way through getting stronger for such a young age. She also learns many life lessons from the clones in the 501st legion. At the beginning of the war she is very naive and immature, this dramatically changes as the war progresses. She becomes particually close to Jedi Padawans such as Bariss Offee and Anthony Bottino.
Ahsoka is in the young Jedi arc. She leads a group of younglings to the planet Ilum so they can construct their own lightsabers with the special crystals. She and Yoda watch as the younglings search for the crystals, and are pleased when they all get their saber crystals. She later has to fight Hondo Ohnaka when he attacks her ship to steal the lightsaber crystals belonging to the younglings. She later has to help Hondo when Grievous attacks Florrum and destroys his stronghold. She ends up dueling Grievous while defending the younglings. Though the cyborg general is still more than a match for her, Ahsoka's agility allows her to escape from Grievous.
Ahsoka is the main focus of the 4-part arc that concluded the 5th season. After a bombing of the Jedi Temple hanger, Anakin and Ahsoka are sent to investigate. Eventually they discover a woman called Letta was behind the attack. After a chase Letta is captured and is taken to jail. After the funeral for Jedi caught by the explosion, Ahsoka visits Letta in jail where Letta tells her a Jedi gave her the explosives. During this conversation, Letta is mysteriously force-choked. Letta is killed, and Tano is arrested. Later on, Tano breaks out, only to come across 3 dead clones. Commander Fox then sees Tano stading over the corspes, incriminating Ahsoka even further. After a long chase by massive squads of clone troopers, Anakin catches her at the end of a pipe line. Skywalker tries to convince Ahsoka to come back, but unsure of who she can trust and certain no one will believe her, Ahsoka says goodbye, asking Skywalker to wish her luck. She then leaps off the pipe, down into the Corusant underworld. She went through the underworld looking for the one behind everything, keeping in contact with only her friend Barriss Offee. Asajj Ventress crossed paths with Ahsoka, looking for the money that was offered for Ahsoka's capture. Ahsoka believed that Ventress was behind everything, but Ventress herself was confused. The 2 form an alliance together, and Ventress leads Ahsoka to the warehouse that Letta got the nanodroids from. Ahsoka was then attacked by someone wearing Ventress's helmet and wielding her lightsabers. Ahsoka believed herself to be betrayed and dueled with them until an explosion disarmed her, and they escaped. Ahsoka was later captured, expelled from the Jedi Order, and put on trial before the Senate. Just as her verdict was to be delivered, Anakin walked in with the real culprit Barriss Offee, much to Ahsoka's shock. After her name was cleared and Barriss was put in the cooler, Ahsoka was later offered to be re-instated. Unfortunately, Ahsoka, feeling she can't trust the Council, or herself, anymore, refuses and leaves the Temple, tearfully.
Ahsoka most likely survives the Clone Wars, as director Dave Filoni stated in an interview that he was all for Ahsoka living past the Clone Wars.
2008 "The Clone Wars Ahsoka (with Rotta the Huttlet)" The first figure of Ahsoka based on her appearance from the movie and first 2 seasons. It comes with a lightsaber and a backpack that fits Rotta the Huttlet.
2008 "Vulture Claw Battle Pack" A battle pack released that is based on a scene from the episode "Downfall of a Droid", it comes with Ahsoka, Anakin Skywalker, an IG-86 droid, and Gha Nachkt. Ahsoka and Anakin are wearing their Jedi ponchos.
2009 "Space Suit Ahsoka" A new sculpt of Ahsoka in her space gear based off the episode "Cargo of Doom". It comes with a Lightsaber and space helmet.
2011 "Ahsoka (New Outfit)" A new older-looking mold of Ahsoka, based on her new design from the third season and beyond. It comes with two Lightsabers and their hilts.
2011 "Cad Bane's Escape Battle Pack" A battle pack released based on a scene from the episode "Children of the Force", it comes with a more accurate repaint of Ahsoka in her space suit, Anakin Skywalker and Cad Bane in his Denal disguise with a Jedi holocron.
2012 "Swim Suit Ahsoka" A new mold of Ahsoka based on her appearance in the Mon Calamari trilogy of episodes from Season 4. It comes with two Lightsabers and removable scuba gear, and a "Lightsaber launcher".
2012 "The Clone Wars Vintage Collection Ahsoka" A new mold of Ahsoka, based off a realistic imagining of her. She is in her newer design that is used from the third season onward in the show, with two Lightsabers and their hilts.
Star Wars Transformers 
Ahsoka Tano was added to the Star Wars Transformers line of toys in 2009; it was a remold of the toy first used for Saesee Tiin. She becomes a Delta-7B Aethersprite starfighter with Astromech droid R7-A7. She is the only female character in the toy line.
- StarWars.com | Skywalker, Anakin
- TV Guide Article August 11, 2008