Ahsoka Tano’s Best Moments in Star Wars Television

Ahsoka Tano™ is a Force to be reckoned with. A powerful light side wielder with a strong sense of justice, Ahsoka made her debut as a young Padawan™ and has gone on to have one of the most instrumental roles in a galaxy far, far away.

How exactly has Ahsoka Tano shaped the Star Wars universe? Let’s take a look back at her best moments in Star Wars television, from The Clone Wars™ to The Mandalorian™, to get an understanding of just how instrumental this tenacious Togruta™ is.


Escaping the Trandoshans

The Clone Wars

Later in her training, Padawan Ahsoka Tano finds herself caretaker and protector for less experienced younglings. In some episodes, Ahsoka assists young Force-wielders in constructing lightsabers and kyber™ crystals. But in one of her most impressive episodes, “Padawan Lost,” Ashoka must take charge and lead younglings to safety after they are all trapped on a Trandoshan™ moon. Cast as prey in a deadly game, these Jedi-in-training™ seem like easy pickings for their hunters. But these predators have underestimated Ahsoka Tano.

She steps up as a rational and cunning leader. Using both her strategy, senses, and emotions, Ahsoka is able to save herself and her temporary wards from an awful fate. She does so not only by protecting the kids, but teaching them to defend themselves. “Padawan Lost” demonstrates how much the impulsive Snips — Ahsoka’s nickname — has grown since we first met her.


Leaving the Jedi Order

The Clone Wars

This list isn’t in order, but this is definitely Ahsoka Tano’s best moment. After becoming a scapegoat in a plot against the Jedi Order™, Ahsoka is tried for crimes against the institution charged with protecting and nurturing her. Along the way she comes to understand the hypocrisy within the Order and war crimes for which the Jedi are responsible. So even when her name is cleared, Ahsoka Tano leaves the Jedi Order to pursue her own path.

It’s an emotional episode for sure. Ahsoka’s Master, Anakin Skywalker™, is extremely hurt by her decision. Even though he empathizes with the choice, he can’t support it and begs her to reconsider. But, stubborn and confident as ever, Ahsoka strikes out on her own to save the galaxy her own way.


Defeating Darth Maul

The Clone Wars

Despite walking away from the Jedi Order, Ahsoka does return to assist in their most desperate hour. During the Siege of Mandalore™, Ahsoka, as the only light-side Force-wielder available to help, goes up against Darth Maul™. This lightsaber duel is widely considered one of the best in Star Wars history. The lead-up is also incredibly tense. Darth Maul almost reveals Emperor Palpatine’s™ identity and plot, and he also warns Ahsoka against Anakin’s downfall.

But Ahsoka can’t imagine her old Master would turn to the dark side. So she lunges at Maul, engaging him in a fateful and fast-paced battle. Eventually she strings him up on a crumbling ceiling. The image of the spider caught in his own web brings us back to Maul’s life right after he was cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi™. It’s a fitting, if not frustrating, defeat for the former Sith™. Ahsoka’s victory is both sweet and a sinister reminder of what’s to come.


Refusing to Kill the Clones

The Clone Wars

We all knew going into The Clone Wars series that we’d have to witness Order 66™. No matter how many times we see it played out, the different perspectives from different characters make the event heart-wrenching each time. Perhaps the most emotional version is the extended Order 66 sequence in the final episodes of The Clone Wars season 7. Isolated inside a starship hurtling through space, Ahsoka Tano must save Captain Rex™ from his inhibitor chip. But she can’t save the rest of the clone trooper™ battalion.

Still, Ahsoka refuses to kill her brothers-in-arms. “They may be willing to die today,” she explains in a moving quote, “but I am not going to be the one who kills them.” Even engaged in combat with the clones, Ahsoka avoids lethal blows at every cost. She and Rex escape with their lives. When the ship crashes, she and Rex also bury every single clone in separate graves. Ahsoka will never be able to escape her grief and trauma, but there is much relief in knowing her friends’ blood is not on her hands.


Fighting the Inquisitors

Rebels

Ahsoka Tano’s combat skills are legendary. So whenever she gets to show them off, the audience is in for a treat. This is especially true of her battle in Hammertown™. After saving Force-sensitive infants from the Inquisitors™, Ahsoka Tano and the Ghost crew must flee. However, our protagonists are beset by a powerful group of the Inquisitors — dark-side wielding Jedi hunters. The Inquisitors have already bested Kanan Jarrus™ and Ezra Bridger™, so the rebels are in for a hard time.

Fortunately, Fulcrum™ — AKA Ahsoka —  makes quick work of them. When she breaks Seventh Sister’s™ lightsaber, our jaws drop. Most definitely, Ahsoka is the reason that the rebels survive this bout. Even after all that time away from the Jedi, her skills have not faded — if anything, she’s a more formidable opponent than ever.


Staying with Darth Vader

Rebels

On Malachor™, Ahsoka once more comes face to face with her Master. Well, she must confront what is left of him. Darth Vader™ mocks her and Anakin ruthlessly, and seeks only to obtain the Holocron while killing emerging Jedi Ezra Bridger. Vader decides to remain inside the crumbling infrastructure to pursue his prey. Although she is offered escape, Ahsoka refuses to leave Darth Vader alone in the dilapidated Sith Temple™.

She approaches him, appealing to Anakin. When she cannot find him, she stays to fight Vader and give the rebels time to flee. When she decides to do this, she also tells Vader that she won’t leave him — a parallel to when she walked away from him and the Jedi path all those years ago. This scene hits us right in the feels on every single rewatch!


Searching for Ezra Bridger

Rebels

Star Wars: Rebels™ ends on a major cliffhanger. Along with the villain Grand Admiral Thrawn™, Ezra Bridger disappears into the galaxy without a trace. Fast forward quite a few years, and Sabine Wren™ has survived the war against the Empire. Looking out upon the free planet Lothal™, Sabine reflects on Ezra’s last words. He’s counting on her, and she thinks that means she should find him.

On her quest, Sabine is joined by none other than Ahsoka Tano. In gorgeous new garb, and with all the wisdom of a master of the Force, Ahsoka meets Sabine. Together they plan to search for Ezra Bridger. However, we don’t know how this search goes or if they manage to find our missing Jedi. Fans have speculated that Ahsoka Tano’s upcoming solo television series, entitled Ahsoka™, might answer our many questions about her journey.


Helping Grogu

The Mandalorian

Most recently, we’ve seen Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian. She had a grand entrance into live action. However, while her lightsaber fights were awesome, her best moment comes later. Although Ahsoka Tano refuses to train the Child, as she is no longer a Jedi herself, she does offer to help him in her own way. Communing with the Child through the Force, she helps him unlock and sift through painful memories. She also learns his name. This is a very important moment for her, Grogu™, and Din Djarin™, who is Grogu’s guardian and father figure.

The scene is serene and moving. Ahsoka sits across from Grogu, a crackling fire between them and a sparse forest around them. At this moment we really grasp the weight of her journey, understanding just how much she’s learned and changed. Just a few years ago she was Snips, stubborn and outspoken. Now she’s just as stubborn and outspoken, but her words carry more gravitas. Plus, she’s willing to be a temporary teacher to a youngling. No longer is she a mere Padawan. This is a Master, Jedi or not.


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