The Star Wars universe is full of a wide variety of characters and planets (now also galaxies), which increases with each film and series, productions in this science fiction world that are still relevant even after so many years is to offer more to discover. A large portion of the public is still obsessed with the original trilogy, where characters like Luke and Leia and Han Solo shone. Other people didn’t have the chance to grow up with these characters, so perhaps they met Anakin and Padmé first. No matter what era you come from, the franchise has always found a way to reach people, as was the case with Rey, Finn and Poe in the last series of films a few years later.
However, Star Wars was never reduced to a single medium, and just as the expansion of this world in the realm of fiction did the same in reality, first moving to television with several animated series and then fading away after becoming part of Disney, He continued these projects and also added the live-action series. Into this entire tale of a galaxy far, far away came Star Wars: The Clone Wars – 18%, a film predating Cartoon Network’s 2008 animated series that quickly won over fans. There, one day, the public was able to meet a young Togruta named Ahsoka Tano, who joined the heroes during a time of chaos and destruction in the galaxy.
Jedi, rebel and hero are some of the words that have been used to describe Ahsoka over time, in this incredible journey taken by this beloved character from the Star Wars series who first appeared on the small screen. Years later, it still feels like what we saw is just the beginning of this character, following his appearance in the Clone Wars film and subsequent series in productions such as Star Wars Rebels and the most recent Star Wars: Tales of involved the Jedi – 89%, as well as the opportunity where he made the leap into the live-action world thanks to “The Mandalorian” – 80% and “The Book of Boba Fett” – 63%. All of this, of course, before what already seemed inevitable: starring in Ahsoka – 77%, her own series on Disney Plus.
Ahsoka, played by Ashley Eckstein in the animated productions and Rosario Dawson in the live-action productions, was co-created by George Lucas and Dave Filoni as a padawan for Anakin Skywalker. In a YouTube short film published by the account GeneralKenobot, which collects information about the creation process of Ahsoka Tano, states that the “big” discussion between Lucas and Filoni was that the Star Wars creator had an apprentice, while Filoni only said that the Jedi had none and Lucas He just looked at him and said yes. The introduction of the Togruta was eye-catching for some, but wasn’t a hit for most Star Wars fans. Actually, Ashley Eckstein He recently recalled that he received a lot of hate messages at the time and that he didn’t understand why the public couldn’t see that his character was great.
Over time, public opinion changed until Ahsoka became one of the most popular characters in all of the Star Wars films and, it must be said, the best character the franchise has produced in recent years since her debut on screen. Or why not, one of the best things it has done in its entire history. Below, we’ll take a look at what makes Ahsoka such a special character, from the impact she’s had since her first appearance to how much she continues to inspire Star Wars fans.
Ahsoka has had more room to grow than any other Star Wars character
After her debut, Ahsoka Tano annoyed some fans and instead of winning them over, she became the reason for their frustration. On screen, the padawan didn’t get along at all with Anakin, whom she nicknamed Skyguy. The dynamic between the two included many arguments (he referred to her as Snips), but this relationship changed over the seasons until a friendly bond developed between them and Ahsoka matured in the process. The development that the character has undergone is the best that has been seen in the series, in which characters like Luke Skywalker have been present for a long time, even though various stages of his life were also presented before his departure in Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 91%, maybe it doesn’t have the same depth as the Togruta story. Ahsoka went from being a divisive character to being unanimously loved by fans, or at least respected, thanks to the fact that Dave Filoni’s obvious affection for her has given her an arc full of detail that has been established across various media. Thanks to her sympathy, her compassion, her way of living a life focused on helping others and her endearing relationship with Anakin and Captain Rex and, above all, her challenging view of the Jedi world and their beliefs Ahsoka Tano has become a compelling and prominent figure in the world of Star Wars.
Ahsoka Tano is another character whose story unites the franchise
One of the most interesting details about Ahsoka’s life is that she forged her own path within the Force rather than following the Jedi code, which can be quite outdated. In The Clone Wars, she clearly states that she was trained as a Jedi as a guardian of the peace rather than a soldier, and questions the Jedi Council since her time as a Padawan due to the confusing political situation at that time only as a soldier and the way his people looked more like generals in a war. This led to one of the most difficult storylines in the franchise, as Ahsoka was stripped of her Padawan title and put on trial for a temple bombing, which led to her turning her back on the Council. She always stood her ground and refused to see Jedi doctrine in black or white; Something similar was seen in Star Wars: Episode VII when Luke Skywalker in Black seemed to embrace the Force in a negative way until it was revealed at the end that he had always been on the light side but stayed on that gray path and was there it’s what Ahsoka has been doing for a few years now and which allows her to see a more nuanced side of the world. Ahsoka Tano’s influence can be seen in other characters: Anakin, Hera Syndulla and Sabine Wren, even Bo-Katan Kryze. With the new productions, we’ve seen his legacy include moments like the reveal of Grogu’s name and a bit of his past in The Mandalorian – 80%, the reconstruction of the Jedi Order in The Book of Boba Fett and of course the return of Thrawn to the big screen and for the first time in live action in Ahsoka. We can even mention that Rey heard her voice in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – 61% when she was on Exegol. Now, with Ahsoka, he has united the Star Wars universe more than ever before, reuniting with the characters from Star Wars Rebels, and his story has helped expand what is known to fans and empowered them to visit other galaxies at some point.
“I am not a Jedi”: Ahsoka inspired a generation of Star Wars fans
Fans had already closely followed Ahsoka’s evolution from Star Wars: The Clone Wars to Star Wars Rebels, who by then was already becoming a powerful heroine with characteristics that made her a great Jedi (although she was Darth Vader at the time Famous told). Sentence “I am not a Jedi”). She has always tried to help others and prefers to put other characters before herself when there are problems in order to protect them. Additionally, Ahsoka Tano changed the game in terms of female representation in Star Wars, as there wasn’t much special, especially at the time of the prequel trilogy. We could mention Padmé, but we already know how her story ended. Ahsoka experienced something completely different, and that was just the beginning, because from the first moment she was not a damsel in distress and as time went on, it became clear to the public that she was not a love interest either. Thanks to his training, he developed into a character full of skills, rivaling characters like Darth Maul and Darth Vader, moving from using a lightsaber to mastering the use of two sabers at the same time. She is undoubtedly a warrior who knows how to adapt to situations and has always fought for the good, even when she had to work undercover to help the rebels under the name Fulcrum. She embodies everything a Star Wars heroine should be, as well as being one of the most selfless and compassionate characters in the entire franchise. People of all ages love and admire Ahsoka, and the generations that grew up with her from the animated series or caught up with her later are watching a character with good values who continues to inspire generations of Star Wars fans.