|“||I'm the new Padawan learner. I'm Ahsoka Tano.||„|
|~ Ahsoka Tano introducing herself.|
Ahsoka Tano is one of the main protagonists of the epic space opera franchise Star Wars. She is the deuteragonist in the 2008 animated feature film Star Wars: The Clone Wars and one of the tritagonists of seasons 1-6 and the main protagonist of the seventh and final season of the subsequent 2008-2020 animated series of the same name. She appears as a recurring supporting character in the 2014-2018 animated series Star Wars Rebels, specifically serving as a cameo character in season 1, as the deuteragonist of season 2 and as a supporting character in season 4. She also serves as the titular main protagonist of the 2016 young adult novel Ahsoka. Ahsoka made her first live action appearance in the second season of the live-action television series The Mandalorian.
Nicknamed Snips by her master Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka was a Togruta Jedi Padawan during the Clone Wars, the conflict between the Galactic Republic, the dominant galactic government of the time, and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the faction of planetary and sectorial governments seeking to leave it.
She is voiced by Ashley Eckstein in The Clone Wars, Rebels, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and was portrayed by Rosario Dawson in the second season of The Mandalorian, who also played Claire Temple in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As a teenager, Ahsoka was snarky, cocky, aggressive, feisty, stubborn, reckless, and impulsive, yet loyal, generous, and kind-hearted. She was quite selfless as she willingly risked her life many times to protect the innocent, as well as her friends. Ahsoka also has very good maternal instincts; she was friendly and was not above apologizing or admitting when she was wrong. She humbly acknowledged her mistakes and learned from them as well. Although Ahsoka was usually an honest person, she was capable of lying well enough to fool her master into thinking that Plo Koon had allowed her to join the mission to rescue Even Piell.
During the Clone Wars, Ahsoka matured and became more responsible in many ways. However, unlike her then-mentor Anakin Skywalker, this stopped her from being reckless and impulsive (at least for the most part). During her brief infection with the dark side on the planet of Mortis during the Clone Wars due to the Son (the physical embodiment of the dark side of the Force), Ahsoka's personality changed completely until she was healed of the infection and returned to the light side; she became cruel, sadistic, and prone to bouts of complete insanity and rage, venting all her frustrations at Anakin and attempting to kill him for perceived slights towards her. As such, it was fortunate that Anakin and the Daughter (the physical embodiment of the Light Side of the Force) managed to help return her to normal.
However, when Ahsoka was framed for murder and treason, she was horrified when the Jedi Order coldly cast her out and all but condemned her to a Republic military trial and came very close to being sentenced to death. When Anakin unveiled the true culprit, Ahsoka was shocked to see it was her friend Barriss Offee. When Ahsoka was offered to return to the Jedi Order as a full-fledged Jedi Knight, she was deeply conflicted, but ultimately chose not to, having lost faith in the Order for not standing by her, and felt she could no longer devote herself to the Order after it had become clear that it was serving the political interests of the Republic instead of than following its ancient ways and traditions.
As an adult, Ahsoka is still a good person despite her tragic departure from the Jedi Order on bad terms; now, she is very calm, level-headed, and mature, with a strong sense of justice, honor, and good morals. Though no longer a Jedi, Ashoka has taken the teachings to heart to find balance in Jedi tradition and her morals, allowing her to mature greatly into a distinct Force-user who imparts deep wisdom to her allies.
Despite being generally composed, Ahsoka struggles with her past and her difficulty coming to terms with it since she was unable to help her friends while on the run from the Empire. Despite everything the Council put her through, Ahsoka felt guilt and remorse for walking away from the Jedi Order, though mainly because she left Anakin.
With past ties torn, Ashoka suffered from severe grief over the fates that had befallen her friends and allies. The most significant blow was her discovery that Darth Vader was her former mentor Anakin; even after she entered the Lothal Jedi Temple and discovered how Anakin fall to the dark side, she was still in denial that Anakin and Vader were the same people. However, after Ahsoka slices off part of Vader's mask, she sees Anakin's disfigured face; she was shocked and saddened, but finally accepts that Anakin and Vader are one-and-the-same.
|“||It was Master Plo Koon who found me and brought me to the Temple where I belonged.||„|
|~ Ahsoka to Anakin about her backstory.|
Thirty-three years before the Battle of Yavin, Ahsoka Tano was discovered by Jedi Master Plo Koon among her people on the planet Shili at the age of three and accepted into the Jedi Order. Around this time, she was nearly enslaved by an impostor who intercepted the signal to the Jedi Order and who hoped to use her powers for their ends. However, this scheme was thwarted, and Tano began her life as a Jedi. Like all Jedi of her era, she was raised at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.
|“||You're reckless, little one, you never would've made it as Obi-Wan's Padawan, but you might make it as mine.||„|
|~ Anakin to Ahsoka after the Battle of Christophsis.|
She was assigned to Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker by Jedi Grand Master Yoda and showed an eagerness to prove herself worthy to be his apprentice. Tano was involved in the defeat of the Separatist army on the planet Christophsis and was important to Republic efforts during the Battle of Teth. Along with Skywalker, Tano was instrumental in acquiring the Republic's safe passage through Hutt Space, due to her part in rescuing the son of Jabba the Hutt, which ensured an alliance between the Republic and the Hutts.
Along with her Master, Tano proved a key figure during the events surrounding the Separatist superweapon, the Malevolence, a ship capable of destroying entire Republic fleets with its dreaded ion cannons. Partially due to her involvement in the crisis, the Republic was able to destroy the superweapon, removing yet another advantage possessed by the Confederacy. Later, Tano would duel the feared General Grievous himself, becoming one of the few Jedi to survive such an encounter with the cyborg.
Along with Mirialan Jedi Master Luminara Unduli, Tano was involved in the failed Republic effort to foil a mission mounted by Dark Acolyte Asajj Ventress to rescue Viceroy Nute Gunray and engaged the Dark Jedi in an extended duel. Later, she was a key figure in the rescue of Jedi Master Aayla Secura during the Sky Battle of Quell and later participated in the defense of the planet Maridun, where Separatist General Lok Durd attempted to use an experimental weapon on the planet's inhabitants. Notably, Tano helped to ensure that the deadly Blue Shadow Virus was not released into key Republic systems by the Separatists, and also fought in the Battle of Ryloth, helping to eliminate the Separatist blockade surrounding the planet and allow invasion forces to land, during which she led a squadron for the first time.
After her friend Barriss Offee betrayed her and incriminated her for bombing the Jedi Temple, she was captured and imprisoned by her clone troopers. She was then expelled from the Jedi Order and turned over to the Republic for trial. Ahsoka came close to a conviction and death sentence, but Barriss was captured by Anakin and forced to tell the truth to the court that she was behind the attack.
Afterward, Ahsoka was pardoned and invited back into the Jedi Order, but she refused to rejoin and left, having lost faith and trust in the Order for not having much in her. In the final days of the Clone Wars, she led a siege on Mandalore to free it from Maul. However, it ultimately failed when Order 66 was initiated by Darth Sidious; Ahsoka and Rex both escaped by faking their deaths.
During the Rebellion against the Empire, she took the secret identity known as Fulcrum where she was part of a Rebel cell against the Empire. She has also two new lightsabers with white blades. In a battle against Darth Vader, she slashes his former masters mask and horrified to learn that Vader is indeed Anakin Skywalker underneath that mask. When Ashoka was about to be killed Ezra saved her life with a time portal.
Ahsoka survived the end of the war and went with Sabine to find Ezra.
By 9 ABY she was still searching for Thrawn on the planet of Corvus, trying to obtain his location from the cruel magistrate of Calodan, Morgan Elsbeth. It was during this time that she encountered Din Djarin and his ward The Child. Communing with the child through the Force she learned that the child's name was Gorgu and that he had been raised at the temple on Coruscant up through the end of the Clone Wars. She revealed to Din Djarin that Grogu had been hidden away at the end of the war, and survived by hiding his abilities in the Force.
Confirming that Grogu was still very strong in the Force, she sensed much fear in him over losing Djarin. Ahsoka believed that attachment made Grogu vulnerable to the dark side should he be trained, and that if she trained him that Grogu might follow in her former master's steps and fall to the dark side. After Djarin helped her liberate Calodon from Elsbeth, she told Djarin to take Grogu to Tython and place him on the seeing stone, where Grogu could decided what path he wanted to follow for himself.
Sometime between 9 ABY and 35 ABY, she presumably died, due to old age or an unexplained event. She is one of the numerous voices of past Jedi that tell Rey that they are with her.
Powers and Abilities
- The Force: Ahsoka has a strong connection to the Force. Although she is not as powerful as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, Ahsoka is still one of the most powerful Force-users currently alive.
- Telekinesis: Ahsoka utilizes Telekinesis either as offensive or defensive.
- Force Push: Ahsoka utilized Force Push to send her opponents flying through the air, causing them serious injury or temporarily incapacitating them/knocking them unconscious.
- Force Pull: Ahsoka utilized Force Pull to pull her opponents or objects towards her.
- Force Grip: Ahsoka utilized Force Grip to lift her opponents off the ground and into the air, sometimes by the neck, to immobilize them. She notably throttled a Trandoshan hunter on Island Four, lifting him into the air to slam him onto the ground.
- Mind Trick: Ahsoka utilizes Mind Trick to control the minds of other sentient beings. However, it does not work on individuals who have very strong wills.
- Force Jump: Ahsoka utilizes Force Jump to jump or leap at great distances.
- Force Dash: Ahsoka utilizes Force Dash to move at amazing speeds.
- Force Sense: Ahsoka utilizes Force Sense, to sense another sentient being's emotions, the future, ripples in the Force caused by momentous or traumatic events, impending danger, and the presence of the Dark Side.
- Force Vision: Ahsoka utilizes Force Vision, to have visions of the past, the present, and the future; however, like all Force-users, her visions were not always clear or sometimes had visions even when she was not utilizing this power at will.
- Telekinesis: Ahsoka utilizes Telekinesis either as offensive or defensive.
- Lightsaber Skills: Ahsoka is very skilled in lightsaber combat and a very gifted duelist. Even as a Padawan, she displayed considerable skill with a lightsaber, being able to defeat three MagnaGuards single-handed, and at least temporarily hold her own against more powerful and experienced opponents, like General Grievous and Asajj Ventress. However, whilst fleeing from the Clone troopers after being framed for murder, Ahsoka lost her shoto lightsaber and was forced to use only her main lightsaber to fight the recently turned Dark Jedi Barriss Offee. Her duel against her former friend Barriss showed that she had become too reliant on her second lightsaber; although she did put up a considerable fight, Barriss ultimately defeated her relatively easily. By the time of the events of Star Wars Rebels, Ahsoka's skills in lightsaber combat have greatly improved to mastery; this is seen in "The Future of the Force", when she defeated the two elite Inquisitors, the Fifth Brother, and the Seventh Sister, relatively easily. In "Twilight of the Apprentice", Ahsoka was able to duel evenly with the former Sith Lord Darth Maul, and even hold her own reasonably well against her former mentor, Anakin Skywalker, now the ruthless Sith Lord Darth Vader and even managed to crack his mask; however, it is unknown who ultimately came out on top in their duel, as the outcome wasn't seen and her fate remains ambiguous. Ahsoka is one of the greatest lightsaber duelists currently alive.
- Form IV: After becoming Anakin's Padawan, Ahsoka trained in Ataru and became extremely skilled at it.
- Form V: Ahsoka is extremely skilled in Shien/Djem So. While still a little girl, Ahsoka trained the Shien variant. After becoming Anakin's student, she studied the Djem So variant.
- Form VI: After becoming Anakin's apprentice, Ahsoka trained in Niman and became extremely skilled at it.
- Jar'Kai: At some point during the Clone Wars, Ahsoka began to study Jar'Kai and became extremely skilled at fighting with two lightsabers. During her second duel with General Grievous, who was a master of Jar'Kai himself, Ahsoka displayed enough mastery of dual-blade combat to defend herself against all four of the cyborg's lightsabers for an even longer period than in their first encounter, which took place before Ahsoka had begun to learn Jar'Kai. By the time of her duel against the Fifth Brother and the Seventh Sister, she had completely mastered the style to perhaps it's the highest level and used it to easily outmatch and overpower the two dark side Force-users.
- Expert Hand-To-Hand Combatant: Ahsoka is extremely skilled in unarmed combat, being able to defeat the veteran Trandoshan sport hunter Garnac and infamous bounty hunter Cad Bane in unarmed combat, respectively, even though they were larger, stronger and more experienced hand-to-hand combatants than her. While on the run from the Republic, she was also able to defeat several clone troopers at once effortlessly but refused to kill them.
- Skilled Pilot: Ahsoka is highly skilled in piloting most speeders and most types of flying crafts.
- High-Level Intellect/Expert Tactician/Leader: Ahsoka is highly intelligent and wise; her intelligence and wisdom are surpassed only by Yoda, Sheev Palpatine/Darth Sidious, and Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader respectively. As a former Jedi Commander, Ahsoka is a highly skilled tactician and a very capable leader.
- Multilingual: Ahsoka is capable of fluently speaking English/Galactic Basic, Togruti, and Shyriiwook.