Ahsoka: Why Anakin Calls Ahsoka “Snips”

Ahsoka episode 4. Image courtesy StarWars.com
Ahsoka episode 4. Image courtesy StarWars.com /

“Hey, Snips”.

For Star Wars fans who know and understand the meaning behind Ahsoka Tano’s affectionate nickname “Snips,” the shocking and exciting reveal at the end of the fourth episode of Ahsoka was absolutely magical. For those who don’t, though, it was still an incredible moment to see the return of Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker once more. Fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels have been on such a far deeper emotional journey with these legendary characters over the years, so it is quite a remarkably special thing to hear Anakin refer to Ahsoka by her iconic nickname after so long.

The more casual fan who may not have seen the animated adventures in a galaxy far, far away might be wondering, “Why does Anakin call Ahsoka ‘Snips?'” Well, in 2008’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie, the two Jedi first met during the Battle of Christophsis in the very early days of the Clone Wars. Anakin quickly took note of Ahsoka’s brash attitude, so similar to his own. In front of his Clone Trooper buddies, Ahsoka told Anakin, “You’re stuck with me, Skyguy,” and Anakin took offense, telling her, “Don’t get snippy with me, little one.” This exchange leads the two Jedi lovingly refer to each other as “Skyguy” and “Snips.”

That day, Anakin was reluctant at first to take on an apprentice but is very quickly captivated by Ahsoka, as the Togrutan Jedi youngling reminds him so very much of himself: brave, cocky, reckless, heroic, and eager to take on whatever a galaxy at war has in store. “Skyguy” and “Snips” have been through countless adventures full of electrifying excitement and rousing heroics, but just as many full of devastating loss and painful heartbreak. Seeing it all is why this reunion in Ahsoka has many fans so pumped.

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