The amazing women of Star Wars

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Ahsoka Tano

Ahsoka debuted to the world on August 10, 2008 via the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film that just reached its tenth anniversary last week. Though not a critical darling, the movie was enough of a financial success that it paved the way for a popular six-season run on TV (which was just announced to be relaunched as a part of the new Disney streaming service).

Throughout the course of the show, we were able to see the growth of her character from an anxious, youthful Padawan ready and eager to prove her worth to the Jedi Order (and her master, Anakin Skywalker) to a precocious young woman who developed into a distinguished warrior in her own right, capable of making difficult decisions with clear judgment.

Her most difficult decision came after she was accused of a fatal bombing at the Jedi Temple. She was subsequently expelled from the Jedi Order and was placed on trial for her life. Republic senator, Padmé Amidala defended Tano in court and though she was very nearly convicted of the crime and sentenced to death, she was ultimately found innocent but the damage had already been done.

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Her previous faith in the Jedi Order had been severely shaken during her entire ordeal as a result of their lack of faith in her during a time when she needed it the most.

Despite her eventual exoneration, she still made the arduous choice to depart from the Jedi Order. She could no longer serve a group whose core leadership distanced themselves from her so quickly and resolutely.

Her departure had a massive effect on Anakin and just before she left, she remarked to him that she sensed his own rising dissatisfaction with the Jedi.

Years later, Tano became a part of the Rebellion and introduced herself to the crew of the Rebel starship, the Ghost.

A fully adult and enlightened Ahsoka provided her services in support of Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Hera Syndulla and the rest of the protagonists from Star Wars: Rebels.

Her efforts led her right into an epic lightsaber battle with her former master, Anakin Skywalker under his new identity as Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader.

Voiced by actress Ashley Eckstein, Ahsoka Tano has been fully established as a beloved member of the Star Wars family who has thoroughly captured the attention of the fans.