Snips: the evolution of Ahsoka Tano

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She went from being hated by some fans to a fan favorite. Ahsoka Tano served as a new beginning for the women of the Star Wars universe.

Revenge of the Sith began a revolution for fresh Star Wars content. Released in 2005, the film opened a gateway for a new animated series. After three years of development, the series entitled Star Wars: The Clone Wars debuted in 2008.

The film shared the same name as the show and contained a trilogy of episodes featuring Rotta, Jabba the Hutt’s son. The opening of the movie started as a flashback episode, which introduced the Padawan. While we witnessed a newly minted Jedi Knight in Anakin Skywalker, he was still the cocky young man we remember from Attack of the Clones. In the film, he gained a surprise addition to the 501st with a new Padawan.

When the news came out of Lucasfilm, fans scratched their heads. Anakin didn’t mention an apprentice in Revenge of the Sith. Why’d they give him one when he never mentioned one? Anakin receiving an apprentice showed his evolution between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

The teenager wound her way into Anakin’s heart and that of the audience. Her name? Ahsoka Tano. Let’s explore her origins and how she evolved.

Basic Beginnings

A Togruta, Ahsoka’s birth took place on the planet Shili. While on a mission to the planet, Plo Koon found her as a 3 year old and took her to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Like all younglings, Yoda taught Ahsoka the basics of being a Jedi. From what’s implied, Yoda was fond of Ahsoka, though he’d never admitted it.

She formed a close bond with Master Plo, seeing him as a father figure and close friend. She showed great potential in the Jedi ways. When she reached 14, Yoda pulled her aside and told her she’d enter the Clone Wars as a Padawan. Ahsoka got the surprise of her life when Master Yoda informed her who her mentor was.