Star Wars: Captain Rex’s Best Quotes from The Clone Wars to Rebels

CT-7567™, more commonly known as Captain Rex™, serves as a clone trooper™ captain during the Clone Wars™. A commanding officer in the Torrent Company as well as the 501st Legion, Rex works closely alongside Anakin Skywalker™ and Ahsoka Tano™ during the duration of the intergalactic conflict.

But Rex is more than a soldier. A wise leader and fiercely compassionate friend, Rex is both an anchor and adviser for many characters throughout Star Wars™ television. So below, we’re breaking down Captain Rex’s best quotes — and we hope they provide inspiration or motivation for you, too.


“In my book, experience outranks everything.”

The Clone Wars

Obviously, as a captain in the clone army, Rex is a high-ranking officer. Men follow his orders. Most Jedi treat Rex as an equal strategist and warrior. However, Rex does not allow this to make him complacent. He tells Ahsoka that experience outranks everything, reminding her that her role as a Jedi does not discount his years of practical experience on the battlefield.

This is a great mindset to have. While a rank could be just a title or honorific, actual time spent in your role is far more important. Rex knows better because he’s had years to become better. So never let a rank — or a rookie — stop you from affirming your place at work or even in life.


“That’s what brothers do.”

The Clone Wars

Rex never gives up looking for Echo™, a clone who went missing in action years ago. While the other Republic soldiers are convinced that Echo is dead, Rex searches for clues everywhere that will help him find his brother. He trains, gathers forces, and stages an entire rescue mission.

Echo is of course thrilled by their reunion, but he expresses shock at the lengths to which Rex went. Rex replies simply that it’s what brothers do, illustrating his unwavering love and loyalty to his Kaminoan™ counterparts. Hopefully you have family, either found or biologically related, that would do the same for you.


“Many people wish [the war] never happened. But without it, we clones wouldn’t exist.”

The Clone Wars

The Clone Wars are a complex series of conflicts for a variety of reasons. One of them is the creation of the clones. While many beings in the galaxy are against the war, they can’t blame the men who were born to fight in it. The clones are thankful to be alive, but a few of them even end up hating the war. Their very existence is politicized, and often clones are victims of vicious prejudice.

So where does Rex stand in all this? He loves his brothers. He is happy to be alive, befriending Ahsoka, Anakin, and Obi-Wan Kenobi™. His conclusion that the clones wouldn’t exist without the war migght seem simple, but it illustrates that he can find something special amid the fight. Rex sees a war, which generally means death, and instead associates it with life.


“You have to learn to make your own decisions.”

The Clone Wars

Here Captain Rex is explaining that the clones are not wired or programmed. They are not built like mindless droids. He explains that being a good soldier is not doing everything he’s told to and following orders without fail, but rather questioning authority and following his own moral code.

We can apply this to our own lives as well. Growing up, we’re influenced by many outside factors. Eventually we have to learn to form our own decisions and forge our own paths.


“If that’s where you feel your place is, then that’s where you belong.”

The Clone Wars

After Echo’s rescue, Echo feels out of sorts with the “regular” clones. Rex notices this. He encourages Echo to join Clone Force 99 — AKA the Bad Batch — because he will be happier there. Rather than stick to regulations, Rex wants his brother to be happy, and thus helps him find that joy with a bunch of misfits.

Again, this illustrates Rex’s healthy mindset. He’s grown into a man capable of free will, offbeat decisions, and emotional maturity. No longer is he a cut and paste soldier.


“I spent my life defending the Republic. Can’t stop now.”

The Bad Batch

Although he’s officially dead on record, and in hiding, Rex won’t stop fighting for an end to tyranny. This quote illustrates his unwavering commitment to justice. Despite not having any official duty to the Rebellion, Rex enlists in Bad Batch’s ragtag army. He knows what he’s good at, and he will use those skills to continue battling the galaxy’s oppressors.

Rex’s quote here reminds us of the value of perseverance. Overwhelming odds are against this man. He’s been beaten. He’s lost. Yet he still picks himself up and follows his honor code.


“We all had a choice.”

Rebels

In Rebels, we meet a much older Rex. Grizzled and weary, he’s retired with a couple other clones. But it’s clear the aftermath of the war still weighs heavily on him. When confronted by fear and accusations from the Jedi Kanan Jarrus™, Rex does not launch into long explanations or shout. He just gives the truth, as well as his opinion on the clones’ free will.

It’s a powerful scene. Despite having an inhibitor chip that forced him to turn against his Jedi, Rex still calls that moment a choice. Because he resisted during Order 66™, having already spent time becoming a clone capable of resistance, he considered it something he could choose. It seems that old man Rex is also exceedingly wise.


“The war left its scars on all of us.”

Rebels

This quote is Rex’s most powerful because it truly acknowledges his suffering. Always putting on a brave face, Rex hardly allows for the decades of defeat and death to show through his tough exterior. Yet in Rebels, he’s willing to admit the anguish. Speaking to young Ezra Bridger™, Rex explains that scars from the war are more than just old battle wounds. They are inside the soldiers’ minds and just as hurtful as anything physical.

Use this quote as a reminder that not all wounds are externally visible. Give yourself time to heal everything that hurts on the inside, as well. Recognize your pain like Rex did. Then gather people to help you work through it, and maybe even take down the Empire while you’re at it.


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