Even though she has been around for more than a decade already, not many people know many things about Ahsoka Tano. That’s because she has only appeared twice in the live-action universe of Star Wars and has never been in any movie. She was almost exclusively a character that only appeared in the animated Star Wars universe, and that’s why the ‘Ahsoka’ series is the first time that she will be front and center in a live-action production.
In that regard, there are a lot of fun facts that people should know about Ahsoka because these facts can be interesting. While these aren’t the most important facts to know about Ahsoka, they are very much fun to learn as they will help enrich your knowledge about the character while also giving you a new perspective. So, with that said, let’s look at some surprising facts that you may not know about Ahsoka Tano.
10. George Lucas chose her name
Even though Ahsoka Tano was created by Dave Filoni, who was responsible for creating ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars,’ George Lucas had a hand in her creation as well. That’s because Lucas was the one who chose Ahsoka’s name, and that means that we can say that he is her real-life godfather. She was named after Ahsoka the Great, who was a great Indian Emperor.
On top of that, Lucas was the one who chose Anakin to be Ahsoka’s master. That means there might have been a good chance that Filoni was about to turn Ahsoka into Obi-Wan’s new Padawan. Of course, things would have changed had Lucas not been there to tell Filoni to turn her into Anakin’s apprentice.
9. Ahsoka was 14 when she became Anakin’s Padawan
Because the First Battle of Geonosis took the lives of many Jedi and that the Clone Wars required more Jedi to be on the field, the Jedi High Council decided to accelerate the training of the Jedi. In that regard, Ahsoka was only just 14 years old when she became Anakin’s Padawan. That explains why she was headstrong and very reckless during the early part of her training.
Eventually, however, Ahsoka became more mature through age and experience as the entire Clone Wars experience forced her to become an adult. She was around 17 years old by the time Order 66 happened. Ahsoka is right around 45 years old in the ‘Ahsoka’ series.
8. She doesn’t have hair!
When people look at Ahsoka, they can’t ignore the large hair-like thing that’s on her head. It sometimes looks like a headdress, but it is neither hair nor a headdress. That’s because this is actually an appendage that’s unique to Ahsoka’s people.
Ahsoka is a Togruta from the planet of Shili. The Togruta don’t have hair but have horn-like appendages called montrals and head tails called lekku. Their montrals serve as a way for them to sense the movements of objects near them as the Togruta live in somewhat primitive communities that require them to hunt or escape anything that is hunting them.
7. She learned Jar’Kai midway through the Clone Wars
During the early part of ‘The Clone Wars,’ Ahsoka only had one lightsaber that she often wielded in an unconventional reverse grip consistent with her Form V: Shien combat style. But she needed to add more dimensions to her fighting style as she realized that she needed to become stronger, especially when she was up against Asajj Ventress, who used two lightsabers, and General Grievous, who used four lightsabers.
To that end, Ahsoka decided to get a second lightsaber by going to Ilum to secure another lightsaber Kyber crystal. She decided to take up Jar’Kai, the art of using two lightsabers in combat. Her second lightsaber is called a shoto lightsaber because of how short it is. Ahsoka mastered Jar’Kai by training with Anakin and even Yoda.
6. She died once
Not a lot of people remember this fact, but Ahsoka actually died once. That was when she, Anakin, and Obi-Wan stumbled upon the Mortis Force gods when they were taken to the mysterious planet of Mortis. They met the Father, the Daughter, and the Son. While the Father represented the balanced state of the Force, the Daughter and the Son represented the light and the dark sides of the Force.
The Son used his power to corrupt Ahsoka but eventually killed her after siphoning off all of her life force. Ahsoka was truly dead before the Daughter sacrificed herself to save her. As such, Ahsoka was brought back to life and became connected to the Daughter through a bird named Morai, who was an avatar of the Daughter herself.
5. Her last moment with Anakin was before the Battle of Coruscant
After Ahsoka left the Jedi Order, she stumbled upon Bo-Katan Kryze, who asked her for assistance in the matter concerning Darth Maul on Mandalore. That was why Ahsoka approached Anakin and Obi-Wan, who were supposed to go with her to Mandalore to defeat Maul. But things changed when Grievous kidnapped Chancellor Palpatine.
As such, Anakin and Obi-Wan were called to rescue Palpatine, and we know that this happened during the opening scene of ‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.’ Before Ahsoka left for Mandalore, she had a moment with Anakin as they spoke to one another one last time before Skywalker fell to the dark side.
4. She isn’t a Jedi in name
Of course, Ahsoka Tano left the Jedi Order before she even became a Jedi Knight. That’s why she often said she wasn’t a Jedi, as she wasn’t part of the Jedi Order even though she had training.
While that may be true, she was a Jedi in everything but name. Ahsoka may not have been a Jedi, but she always acted like a Jedi by staying loyal to the light side and by helping oppressed and innocent people around the galaxy. She was what the Jedi should have been in many ways if they had stuck to their core values.
3. She helped heal rifts between the Jedi and the Mandalorians
The Jedi and the Mandalorians were never friends due to the many wars they fought in the past. In that regard, the Mandalorians weren’t fond of the Jedi, which was clear when the Death Watch Mandalorians were apprehensive of the Jedi during the Clone Wars.
However, Ahsoka was one of the people that helped heal the rifts between the Jedi and the Mandalorians. She assisted Bo-Katan in defeating Maul so that the Mandalorians could take Mandalore again. Then, in ‘The Mandalorian,’ Ahsoka befriended a Mandalorian named Din Djarin. In that regard, she helped make it possible for the Jedi and the Mandalorians to have peaceful relations.
2. She fought during the Rebellion
Many people often think the Rebellion period happened during the original Star Wars trilogy. However, the Rebellion started a few years before Luke Skywalker became a Rebel, as various Rebel cells were already operating around the galaxy before the Rebels became an official alliance.
Ahsoka Tano was one of the first few Rebels in the galaxy as she started as early as 18 BBY when she left her rural life to help out Bail Organa and his efforts to oppose the Empire in secret. It was only during the events of ‘Star Wars: Rebels’ that Ahsoka finally came out in the open as a Rebel.
1. She has a deep connection with the light side
While we all know that the Jedi were supposed to be allied with the light side of the Force, Ahsoka has a deeper connection with the light side compared to the other Force wielders. And it goes all the way back to the fact that the Daughter was the representation of the light side of the Force.
After the Son killed Ahsoka, the Daughter gave her life to save Ahsoka as she became closer to the light side of the Force. In fact, during the events of ‘Rebels,’ Ahsoka was often accompanied by a bird named Morai, who was seemingly an avatar of the Daughter herself. And that means that her affinity to the light side of the Force is purer and deeper than most Jedi.
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