The relationship between Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano is one of the most interesting dynamics in Star Wars. Ahsoka, set to star in the upcoming ‘Ahsoka’ series, was the Padawan learner of Anakin, the Chosen One. This relationship allowed them to bond and become incredibly close to one another to the point that Anakin had a nickname for Ahsoka. So, why did Anakin call Ahsoka “Snips?”
Anakin called Ahsoka “Snips” because she had a snippy attitude when she was younger. When Ahsoka was introduced, she was impatient, easily frustrated, and somewhat quick to “snip” back at Anakin. That was when Anakin started calling her Snips instead of her given name.
It is interesting to take note that Anakin and Ahsoka were like siblings to one another during their entire run as a master-and-apprentice duo during the events of the Clone Wars. That was why Anakin and Ahsoka were quite casual with one another, as they were more like siblings and friends instead of colleagues. Part of their dynamic involved giving nicknames to one another. Now, let’s talk more about Ahsoka’s nickname.
Anakin and Ahsoka had nicknames for each other
One of the things that we know about Anakin Skywalker in the world of Star Wars is that he had a habit of forming close relationships with the people around him. It wasn’t bad for a Jedi to be friendly and committed to the people around him.
But the problem with Anakin was that he was too attached to those he chose to form bonds with. That was the reason why Jedi Master Yoda decided to give Anakin a Padawan learner right after he became a Jedi Knight so that he could learn how important it was not to form attachments with people.
Of course, the relationship between a Jedi and their Padawan is mostly professional, even though they are supposed to bond in the Force to work well with one another. The dynamic between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker was like an older brother teaching his much younger sister the ropes. However, the bond between Anakin and Ahsoka Tano, the Padawan that Yoda assigned to him, was very different.
Anakin and Ahsoka still maintained a professional relationship because of their master-and-apprentice role to one another. However, they were actually very close to one another.
This relationship was a lot like an older brother and a younger sister but was a lot less professional compared to the relationship that Anakin had with Obi-Wan. That’s because Anakin and Ahsoka were quite casual with one another even though Skywalker still maintained his authority over his Padawan.
The relationship between Anakin and Ahsoka was very strong due to their common experiences during the Clone Wars. Of course, their closeness allowed them to give each other nicknames. Ahsoka called Anakin “Skyguy,” which is a pretty straightforward nickname due to his Skywalker surname and the fact that he was one of the best pilots in the galaxy. On the other hand, Anakin called Ahsoka “Snips.”
This Snips nickname can confuse those who haven’t been following Anakin and Ahsoka’s story during the events of ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars.’ But there’s a really good reason why Anakin called Ahsoka this nickname.
When Ahsoka was introduced to Anakin, she had a headstrong nature that was not unlike the fearlessness and confidence that Skywalker was always known for. In a way, Anakin and Ahsoka mirrored one another because they both carried similar personalities.
This was probably one of the reasons why Ahsoka was assigned to Anakin, as dealing with another impatient and headstrong person would allow him to learn to be more patient.
Because Ahsoka’s penchant for being a bit too headstrong and confident, Anakin noticed how snippy she could get. There were a lot of instances wherein Ahsoka would also quickly snap back at him whenever they had heated conversations. As mentioned, Ahsoka was never the most patient Padawan because she believed too much in her talents as a Jedi.
It might be true that Ahsoka was a lot stronger and more talented than most of the other Padawans of her age. But this only made her overconfident in her abilities. As such, whenever she became too headstrong for her own good, Anakin often scolded her. But the problem was that Ahsoka sometimes responded rudely and frustratedly.
The fact that Ahsoka often snapped back at Anakin allowed him to notice that she had a snippy personality. That was why he started calling her “Snips,” referring to her snippy personality, as her younger version was a bit too headstrong for her own good at times.
When did Anakin start calling Ahsoka snips?
Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano first met before the Battle of Christophsis during the events of the 2008 ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’ movie. In this film, Ahsoka accompanied Anakin and Obi-Wan while they were on a mission on the planet of Christophsis. The fact that Ahsoka often snapped back at Anakin when the latter scolded her earned her the “Snips” nickname.
However, as some fans noticed, Anakin slowly abandoned this nickname for Ahsoka during the latter events of the Clone Wars. That’s because the atmosphere of the Clone Wars era became darker and darker, especially during the war’s final year. Of course, that was also when Ahsoka started to mature more into a wise and patient person that was far off from the overconfident young teenager she used to be when the war first started.
So, while Ahsoka may have been snippy during the start of the war, she showed patience and wisdom near the end of it, especially during the time that she was working with the Martez sisters, as she was the only one that was level-headed among them. And when she took part in the Siege of Mandalore to capture the renegade Sith Lord, Darth Maul, she was quite patient in her approach.
Ahsoka’s patience and discipline allowed her to survive the events of Order 66 because she didn’t rush into the unknown in her usual overconfident manner. As such, while she may have been quite snippy during the start of her storyline, Ahsoka’s character development was evident during the final parts of ‘Clone Wars’ when it became clear that she had outgrown her Snips nickname.
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