If you’ve never heard of Ahsoka Tano, then you’ve clearly been living under a rock. She is finally going to get her live-action debut during the second season of The Mandalorian, featuring Rosario Dawson.
To honor Ahsoka’s greatness and on-screen premiere, here are the top 5 reasons why Ahsoka Tano is the best Star Wars character of all time.
1. From Immature Teenager to Hero
Ahsoka Tano’s character development is unrivaled. Many Star Wars fans have grown up with her, and to think: She made her small-screen debut in The Clone Wars 12 years ago. Her character starts out as an annoying kid and fully blossoms into a strong and independent Jedi Master.
Through that maturity and growth, we’ve seen her challenge my favorite concept that makes Star Wars so fascinating: the shades of grey within the Jedi Order. This video is Ahsoka Tano’s first ever appearances in The Clone Wars movie.
She has been involved in many incidences challenging the path of the Jedi Council versus what needs to be done. Ahsoka Tano has not only grown into a critical thinker but also a strong and independent woman who fights for what she believes is right. While her final story arc with Darth Maul was easily most memorable (we’ll get to that in a little bit), the build-up of Ahsoka’s character makes her an unforgettable character.
This is a character who has grown leaps and bounds emotionally and wise. She understands that war is not just about good vs. evil. Ahsoka’s heroics can be stated in the fact that her entire self-identity is exemplified by her actions.
Unlike many of the characters we’ve seen on the big screen, everything about what makes Ahsoka Tano amazing is completely earned. Nothing about her character is shoved in your face.
2: The Brightest Star in a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Ahsoka Tano is unique. The Star Wars franchise has created multiple fascinating characters in its history, arguably no more than Ahsoka Tano. She was betrayed by her own family and questioned her own self-confidence. Yet, she never stopped fighting for her beliefs. She spoke her mind and was bold for what mattered to her.
See that in the clip above when she confronted Obi-Wan during Season 7, Episode 9 of The Clone Wars.
Ahsoka becoming enraged that Obi-Wan would rather save Chancellor Palpatine than help Bo-Katan and the people of Mandalore was perfect for her character. This was also the same episode we see Anakin give her the famous, white dual-lightsabers. She is as independent and fierce as she is unique and courageous. She doesn’t ask for your respect, it is earned.
3: Her Conflict with the Force
Ahsoka Tano is someone who values friendship and truth above tradition. A great chunk of this stems from her relationship with Anakin Skywalker.
It’s wild to think about the implications revolving Ahsoka leaving the Jedi Council. Not just for Ahsoka’s character moving forward, but also for what it meant for Anakin and his character arc, eventually evolving into Darth Vader. Would Anakin have become Vader if Ahsoka ever left the Jedi Council?
Anakin losing his Padawan was immense. However, it allowed Ahsoka to cement her own independence. I’ll never forget this moment. The dynamic between Ahsoka and Anakin is masterclass.
She always brought out the best in Anakin and is a key variable into Anakin losing his way. Here is an early scene of Ahsoka saving Anakin’s life from The Clone Wars.
4. Certified, Jedi Badass
Ahsoka had several standout moments that cemented her character as a certified Jedi badass. One of my favorite moments came from The Clone Wars during season. Watching Ahsoka jump ship-to-ship with her white lightsabers alongside the beautiful John Williams’ score in the background was an unforgettable experience.
The moment Ahsoka lands on Mandalore with the ship exploding behind her was hands down one of Ahsoka Tano’s best moments. However, her greatest moment can be found in Star Wars: Rebels when she finally realizes who is underneath the Vader mask.
This fight scene was incredibly emotional and the culmination of incredible character development. This scene was an emotional uppercut to the face. Ahsoka realizing just how lost Anakin has become will never be forgotten. Not only is this scene the single greatest moment of the Star Wars: Rebels series, this was Dave Filoni putting the animated Star Wars-verse on a pedestal
5. Her Dynamic with Darth Maul
It would be wrong to have an article about Ahsoka Tano without mentioning her dynamic with Darth Maul. Episode 10, Season 7 of The Clone Wars finally gave fans the heavyweight fight we all wanted. Ahsoka and Maul’s fight scene, with the beautiful camera shots and drum score in the background, flat out gave me chills.
This scene solidified the four-part finale of The Clone Wars was actually one giant film rather than a TV series on Disney Plus. Even Maul’s fight choreography felt like it was ripped straight out of Episode One. In fact, Ray Park, who played Maul in The Phantom Menace, returned to motion-capture the fight sequence.
Ahsoka Tano’s capture of Darth Maul is one of my favorite moments of Star Wars.
It was thrilling and the anticipation was immense. The payoff delivered. This was Ahsoka’s arrival as Jedi Master. “You don’t know what you’re doing. We’re all going to die,” screams Darth Maul as he’s being captured. We then see Ahsoka showing clear concern as she stares at the stars and the credits hit.
Moving forward, I have a very good feeling that this will not be the last time we see Ahsoka and Maul on the same screen.