With Ahsoka Tano the focus of a lot of attention right now, I wrote an introduction to who she is.
But I would also really strongly encourage you to check out both The Clone Wars and Rebels, as both animated series are absolutely fantastic, and explore the character much more in-depth. I really encourage you to watch the full series of both, but if you’re really just wanting to get a better idea of who Ahsoka is, I’ve compiled ten “stories” that I would most encourage you to check out.
And if ten sounds too much, I’ve starred five of them that I think are especially important and good.
What do you think? What’s your favorite Ahsoka story?
1. The Clone Wars movie *
The Clone Wars TV series actually began with a theatrically-released film, and while it wasn’t too well-received, it set in motion the beloved TV series. Most notably, it introduced iconic new Star Wars characters like Clone Commander Rex and Jedi padawan Ahsoka Tano, both of whom starred alongside familiar faces like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, but who have since grown to become fan favorites in their own right. In many ways, The Clone Wars series is about the two of them. And here, they are introduced to audiences for the very first time.
2. The Mortis arc
The Clone Wars episodes 3.15 (“Overlords”), 3.16 (“Altar of Mortis”), and 3.17 (“Ghosts of Mortis”)
In season three, the main Jedi trio of The Clone Wars series – Kenobi, Skywalker, and Tano – are brought to the mysterious world Mortis, where they encounter the Force demi-gods the Father, the Son, and the Daughter. The arc is mainly about determining whether Anakin Skywalker really is the Chosen One, but it also features some very key moments with Ahsoka – some that, depending on who you ask, carry significant implications to this day with stories about her.
3. Padawan lost
The Clone Wars episodes 3.21 (“Padawan Lost”) and 3.22 (“Wookiee Hunt”)
Ahsoka is kidnapped by Trandoshan hunters and taken to an island with other fugitives to be hunted down as a game. Without her master, she must rely solely on his training and her skills to survive and escape.
4. The Wrong Jedi *
The Clone Wars 3.17 (“Sabotage”), 3.18 (“The Jedi Who Knew Too Much”), 3.19 (“To Catch a Jedi”), 3.20 (“The Wrong Jedi”)
If you’re looking to get to know Ahsoka Tano more, this is one of THE most essential arcs of them all. It means a whole lot more if you watch the first five series of The Clone Wars, but here, at the end of season five, Anakin and Ahsoka are recalled to the Jedi Temple to investigate a bombing – but Ahsoka is framed for it and on the run. As the Jedi fail her and the Republic closes in, Anakin is forced to try to prove his padawan’s innocence, in an arc that has massive implications on the series.
5. The Siege of Mandalore *
7.9 (“Old Friends Not Forgotten”), 7.10 (“The Phantom Apprentice”), 7.11 (“Shattered”), 7.12 (“Victory and Death”)
If you’re looking for just one Ahsoka story, this is the one. The long-awaited conclusion to The Clone Wars, which was released earlier this year, sees Ahsoka, Rex, and Bo-Katan Kryze leading a siege of Mandalore, trying to capture Maul and re-take the planet. But as this all happens, so does Order 66 – which changes the whole situation from one of victory to just trying to survive.
6. The Siege of Lothal (2.1)
Rebels 2.1-1 (“The Siege of Lothal”)
In Rebels, many years after The Clone Wars, the Ghost crew encounters Darth Vader, who lays siege to Lothal to try to draw them out and capture them. They escape, but Vader tracks them – leading to a pivotal moment where the master and apprentice discover that the other lives.
7. The Future of the Force (2.10)
Rebels 2.10 (“The Future of the Force”)
The Jedi Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger team up with Ahsoka to try to rescue Force-sensitive children before the Empire’s Inquisitors can get them, setting up a climactic clash between the former Jedi apprentice and the Inquisitors.
8. Shroud of Darkness
Rebels 2.18 (“Shroud of Darkness”)
With Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka all looking for answers, the three travel to an ancient Jedi Temple to learn from the Force – and Ahsoka learns the truth about what happened to her master.
9. Twilight of the Apprentice *
Rebels 2.21-22 (“Twilight of the Apprentice”)
This is the moment that Rebels had been setting up all throughout season two, as Ahsoka Tano comes face-to-face with her former master, now Darth Vader. Mysteries of the Sith are explored, an old enemy returns, and the fateful duel between Vader and Ahsoka occurs.
10. A World Between Worlds *
Rebels 4.13 (“A World Between Worlds”)
So what happened to Ahsoka? This episode dives into it, delving much deeper into the Force and seeing Ezra find Ahsoka through time and rescue her, before having to face of with a sinister Sith master.