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Julie Muncy, io9:

My favorite moment with Ahsoka Tano is in the second season of Star Wars Rebels. In it, Kanan and Ezra are being pursued by two of the Empire’s Inquisitors, Force users trained by Vader himself to hunt down and eliminate the remaining Jedi. With brutal efficiency, the two villains take the young Jedi down, placing Kanan and Ezra at their mercy in seconds.

Then a door behind the Jedi opens, and out walks Ahsoka. It’s been over a decade since she made her fateful decision to leave the Jedi Order. She walks out bathed in light, but not with the spring breeze serenity of a classic Jedi. Instead, there’s a grim set of determination on her face. A hint of anger, even, as she surveys the Inquisitors. She’s ready for a fight. And then, with twin lightsabers of pure white, she dismantles them. Ahsoka fights almost absentmindedly, dominating every moment of the two-on-one duel with precision, grace, and a hint of well-deserved ego.

Ahsoka is both the idealism and the cynicism of the prequel era wrapped up into a bold young heroine, and her successes and failures make her master Anakin Skywalker’s fall feel both more tragic and more inevitable.

Ahsoka emerges in Rebels as an iconoclastic warrior sage, guiding a new generation of heroes while living in adherence to a creed she created for herself herself out of the wreckage of the Jedi’s betrayal in The Clone Wars and the fall of the Republic itself.

It’s that rebellious independence, that almost hint of pride to Ahsoka, that makes her so compelling to me. She’s someone who rejects the path before her and rebuilds herself. She makes it look easy, at that. And she does so while dodging the tragic fate that almost everyone assumed was inevitable for a character introduced as Anakin Skywalker’s unheard-of Jedi apprentice on not one but two separate Star Wars cartoons. There’s a lot to admire there, and something to emulate on my own journey. Star Wars needs more characters like her. A lot of stories do.

Ahsoka Tano

My other favorite Ahsoka moment is during “Twilight of the Apprentice.” She’s standing down Darth Vader, who she’s struggling to believe is her former master. She calls him out, and he says that he “destroyed” Anakin Skywalker. Ahsoka prepares for battle, barely restrained grief and fury on her face, and she says she’ll avenge his death. Vader retorts that revenge isn’t the way of the Jedi.

“I am no Jedi,” Ahsoka says. And she’s not. So far as I’m concerned, she’s something better.

Paul Ciano

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