Ahsoka’s 10 Best Moments From Every Star Wars Show, Ranked


Summary

  • Ahsoka Tano’s journey from hated to beloved character showcases the power of character development in the Star Wars universe.
  • Ahsoka’s iconic moments, from using the Force as a baby to facing off against Darth Vader, highlight her growth and strength.
  • Ahsoka’s story spans various Star Wars media, revealing her evolution from Padawan to powerful Force user in the galaxy.

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Since her introduction in the 2008 Clone Wars animated film, Ahsoka Tano has had an interesting growth within the Star Wars franchise. While originally hated by fans due to her plucky attitude and being seen as a retcon to the events of Revenge of the Sith, over time, she became a fan-favorite character in the Star Wars universe. She’s gone from a supporting character and Padawan to the star of her own Disney+ series and a powerful Force user (she’s no Jedi, after all, so we can’t call her that).

She’s appeared in a number of Star Wars media, from animated shows like Clone Wars and Rebels to live-action series like The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett. And throughout them all, Ahsoka has had some incredible moments. Some of them are just plain epic, underscoring the lightsaber skills, Force abilities, and heroics that have turned this orange warrior into a fan-favorite character. Some moments are more emotional and meaningful to her character arc, while others capture the defiance and fierceness that make Ahsoka Tano who she is.

Ahsoka

Ahsoka

Release Date
2023-08-00

Main Genre
Sci-Fi

Seasons
1

10 Baby Ahsoka Uses the Force – Tales of the Jedi (Episode 1)

Tales of the Jedi is an animated anthology series where each episode covers a different Jedi. The very first episode is all about Ahsoka and shows a period of her life that we’ve never seen before: her birth. Here, we’re treated to an adorable, pint-sized version of Ahsoka, who goes on a hunting trip with her mother while tucked away in an intergalactic baby carrier. During the trip, she’s kidnapped by a saber-toothed predator known as a Raxshir.

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Things look grim — until baby Ahsoka reaches out a pudgy hand and seemingly calms the beast with the Force. She commands the animal to return her to her village, where the village elder recognizes her unique abilities. It’s an awesome moment that demonstrates how powerful Ahsoka truly is with the Force, even during her infancy.

9 Reuniting with Ezra – Ahsoka (Episode 7)

Ahsoka reunites with Ezra
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During Rebels, Ahsoka develops a close relationship with Jedi Ezra Bridger during their work together with the Rebel Alliance and becomes a sort of mentor to him. It’s a huge blow when Ezra goes missing, along with the Empire’s Grand Admiral Thrawn. Finding both characters serves as the main storyline for Ahsoka, even though she believes Ezra to be dead. Thanks to Ahsoka’s apprentice Sabine (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), they manage to find Ezra (Eman Esfandi) on the planet Peridea, alive and well.

It’s a touching, happy moment to see Ahsoka finally reunite with Ezra in episode 7. Because of her Jedi training, Ahsoka is typically calm and unemotional. But even she can’t help but light up and crack a smile as she embraces her old friend again. We are certainly hoping to see more of Ahsoka and Ezra in season two of Ahsoka.

8 Conversing with Grogu – The Mandalorian (Season 2, Episode 5)

Ahsoka with Grogu
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Season two of The Mandalorian thrilled Star Wars fans by providing our first live-action version of Ahsoka. She makes her grand entrance in the episode “The Jedi”, wielding her two iconic white lightsabers. In this episode, she meets Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), also known as The Mandalorian, and his small, Force-sensitive, young sidekick, who’s known only as the Child — or to Star Wars fans, Baby Yoda.

It’s a pivotal moment in the show as Ahsoka is the first legitimate Force user to interact with the Child and analyze his mind and abilities. After doing so, she finally reveals his mysterious name to both Din and the audience: Grogu. Seeing Ahsoka in live-action was a great treat for fans but it was making her an important figure that revealed to the audience key details about a character that had grown to know and love which made her a vital character to an entire audience who was encountering her for the first time.

7 Joining Luke – The Book of Boba Fett (Episode 6)

Ahsoka talking to Luke about Grogu
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The Book of Boba Fett surprised everyone when it cut away from Boba Fett’s central story (Temuera Morrison) to check in on little Grogu. In “Chapter 6: From the Desert Comes a Stranger”, we’re treated to seeing Grogu train under the famous Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). And who should be there with them but Ahsoka Tano? They gaze upon Grogu fondly, probably thinking of another similar-looking Jedi, while Ahsoka gives Luke advice on how to approach his training.

These iconic warriors are connected by more than just the Force; they also share a unique history with Darth Vader, which makes this interaction an unforgettable moment. While some fans might have wanted to actually see the first time Anakin’s former apprentice met his son for the first time, just seeing the two on screen together was enough to delight fans and bring to life a dream many thought they would never see.

6 Leaving the Jedi Order – The Clone Wars (Season 5, Episode 20)

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The Clone Wars animated film may have introduced audiences to Ahsoka Tano, but it’s the Clone Wars animated series that really fleshed out her character and gave her a larger role within the Star Wars universe. For five seasons, we watched Ahsoka train under Anakin Skywalker, developing a close bond with him while becoming a powerful Jedi Knight. But all that changes in season five. Ahsoka is blamed and imprisoned for bombing the Jedi Temple and murdering the people inside.

She struggles to prove her innocence and seems to lack support from everyone but Anakin. Skywalker eventually helps her get exonerated, unveiling the true culprit behind the bombing. But by that point, the damage is already done. Disillusioned with the Jedi Council and their lack of support, Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order, choosing herself over the Jedi. It’s an epic moment that doesn’t require any action or lightsabers to show how badass Ahsoka is.

5 The Fulcrum Reveal – Rebels (Season 1, Episode 15)

Ahsoka - Rebels
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Rebels is an animated series that follows the pivotal and tragic events of The Clone Wars. Set 14 years later, the Empire now rules the galaxy, Anakin Skywalker has been turned into the evil Darth Vader, the Jedi have largely been killed off, and the Rebel Alliance is fighting the good fight against the Empire. Season one follows a Rebel team under the command of Senator Bail Organa, Leia’s father, and includes familiar names like Ezra, Kanan, and Sabine. Throughout season one, they receive help from a mysterious intelligence officer known only as “Fulcrum.”

The identity of Fulcrum isn’t revealed until the season one finale, “”Fire Across the Galaxy”. Fans rejoiced, after picking their jaws off the floor, at the unexpected return of Ahsoka, who becomes a major character for the remainder of the show. This was a huge moment for fans as after the cancelation of The Clone Wars in 2012, many assumed Ahsoka died from Order 66, but this was the first time fans got confirmation that she survived and was not a vital part in the formation of the Rebel Alliance.

4 Ahsoka vs Maul – Clone Wars (Season 7, Episode 10)

Ahsoka was created for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, so it makes sense the final arc of the series be centered around her. The final four episodes of the series focus on the Seige of Mandalore, where Ahsoka Tano and Bo Katan team up to take back the planet Mandalore from Maul, the former apprentice of Darth Sidious, who has taken control of the planet thanks to his gang known as Death Watch. Maul was hoping to lure Anakin Skywalker in an attempt to stop his former master’s plan and tries to get Ahsoka to join him. Ahsoka almost accepts but refuses to believe Anakin would turn to the dark side, and the two engage in an epic lightsaber duel.

This is certainly the best lightsaber duel in all of The Clone Wars, partially because the original Darth Maul actor Ray Park was used as a reference for the animators, but also in terms of character drama. The entire future of the Star Wars galaxy hangs in this lightsaber battle, as it could be the moment that crisis and disaster is averted. Ahsoka has faced many challenges serving in the Clone Wars against powerful allies, but the duel with Maul feels as epic as the Duel of the Fates in The Phantom Menace. In the end, Ahsoka beats Maul, but the galaxy as she knows it will fall. It is a short-lived victory.

Watch Dave Filoni break down Maul and Ahsoka’s fight HERE

3 Reliving the Past with Anakin – Ahsoka (Episode 5)

After losing the aforementioned battle against Baylon, Ahsoka finds herself in the World Between Worlds. There, she meets her old master, Anakin (Hayden Christensen). The two warriors briefly duel as Anakin transitions in and out of his Darth Vader persona. They also relive fragmented memories of the Clone Wars, offering us curt glimpses of the live-action battles that we never got to see. Even after everything Anakin’s done, it’s clear that Ahsoka still has love for her former master. And before she departs, Anakin graces her with one last important lesson.

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Watching these characters reunite — master and apprentice, after all this time, after everything that’s happened — is a meaningful Star Wars moment, especially since this is the first time we’ve ever seen their live-action counterparts interact. Dawson and Christensen perfectly tap into the dynamic their animated counterparts have, and it feels like a natural blend of the animated series and the live-action elements of the franchise. It also was just great finally getting to see Christensen get to share a scene with Ahsoka Tano, as the character was created after the prequel trilogy concluded.

2 Surviving Order 66 – Clone Wars (Season 7, Episode 11)

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The final season of Clone Wars overlaps with Episode III: Revenge of the Sith — and it ends just as tragically. The penultimate episode answers what most Star Wars fans have been wondering since the beginning: How does Ahsoka survive Order 66? While soaring through space, Ahsoka senses Anakin’s betrayal and transformation into Darth Vader, courtesy of the actual audio from Revenge of the Sith. Mere seconds later, Darth Sidious gives the go-ahead on Order 66, sanctioning the murder of every Jedi in the galaxy. Well, almost every Jedi.

In one of her most epic scenes, Ahsoka whips out her dual lightsabers, evades the Clone Troopers murderous attempts, and escapes. A future episode in Tales of the Jedi provides additional context to this scene. As it turns out, it was Anakin’s training that Ahsoka utilized at that moment, ultimately saving her life.

1 “I’m no Jedi” / Ahsoka vs Darth Vader – Rebels (Season 2, Episode 22)

Rebels deliver one of the greatest lightsaber battles ever in its season two finale, “Twilight of the Apprentice: Part 2.” For the first time, Ahsoka sees what’s become of her Jedi master, Anakin Skywalker, who’s now embraced his identity of Darth Vader. Wielding her two iconic white lightsabers, Ahsoka leaps into action and takes on the new Sith lord. It’s an emotionally charged battle, and despite Vader’s tremendous power, Ahsoka manages to hold her own. By the end, both warriors are weary and battered but still breathing.

But this moment provides more than an epic lightsaber duel; it also birthed Ahsoka’s greatest quote. “Revenge is not the Jedi way,” Darth Vader warns her early on. “I am no Jedi,” Ahsoka hits back. This line has become famous within the Star Wars community and has become Ahsoka’s catchphrase. She’s since repeated it a few times, particularly in the Disney+ series Ahsoka. This was the moment fans had been waiting to see since Ahsoka was introduced in 2008, and finally getting to see her face off against Darth Vader, as well as saying her most memorable line certainly earns the top spot on this list.

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