11 of The Best Anakin and Ahsoka Moments on ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars;’ From Their Good Team Efforts To Some Times of Struggle
The newest, and final, TV spot for Star Wars: The Clone Wars last arc just arrived yesterday, and it teases Ahsoka and Anakin’s reunion. Anakin and Ahsoka have such a strong bond, through the Force and also as a family to one another. When she left the Jedi, it affected the way he saw the Order and definitely had a part in his turn to the Dark Side. Fans know what lies ahead for Anakin since Season 7 happens right around the same time as Revenge of the Sith, and his upcoming reunion with his former Padawan will hit everyone in the feels. Here are some of Anakin and Ahsoka’s best moments, so you can relive their good and bad times before the inevitably emotional next episode.
1. It was a rough first meeting, but Anakin finally accepted Ahsoka as his Padawan
In The Clone Wars movie, which came out before the first season in 2008, Obi-Wan wants to take on a new Padawan, since Anakin’s a full Jedi Knight at this point. But, Yoda assigns Ahsoka Tano to Anakin instead, much to his chagrin. However, even though he originally thought a Padawan would slow him down, the cocky Skywalker finds he actually likes Ahsoka after their first mission together. She reminds him a lot of his younger self and says she “just might make it” as his student. It’s truly a touching moment and sets the tone for their entire relationship moving forward.
2. Ahsoka and Anakin liked to make missions into competitions which was a very sibling thing to do
Later in the film, Ahsoka and Anakin’s sibling-like rivalry starts to show a bit more. This is something that’s seen time and again throughout the series, and shows just how alike they really are. Whereas Ahsoka would never think of challenging any other master, like Obi-Wan or Plo Koon, she has no issues with Anakin.
3. Anakin was too attached to his Padawan according to the Jedi Code, but never lost faith in her either
In Season 2, Ahsoka and another Padawan Barriss Offee complete a very important mission on Geonosis but nearly die under the rubble. The whole time, Anakin doesn’t want to admit that Ahsoka might be dead, even though Master Luminara warns Skywalker to let go. This really highlights the Jedi’s ideals and how they’re a bit extreme for anyone, especially Anakin who has an issue with attachment. It also shows just how close he is to Ahsoka even by Season 2. Not being able to let go of her is something Yoda worried about from the beginning, and for good reason considering what happens later.
4. Throwback to when ‘The Clone Wars’ recreated a ‘Return of the Jedi’ scene with Anakin, Ahsoka, Obi-Wan, and Rex
A fun, yet often overlooked arc is in Season 4, when Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Ahsoka go to break up Zygerrian slavers. Anakin is a great actor on this one, considering just how much he hates slavers given his past. But, ultimately, the best part of this arc is when the scene from Return of the Jedi on Tatooine is recreated. When Han Solo and Luke Skywalker were about to be fed to the Sarlacc Pit, Luke gives a signal to Lando and R2-D2, just like Anakin does in this episode. Their lightsabers come flying out, and Rex and Ahsoka spring into action as well. It doesn’t end as well as it did for his son, but it’s an awesome nod to the original movies and a cool moment for fans.
5. Just like her master, Ahsoka doesn’t follow every order
Back near the end of Season 3, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and a team of Clone troopers are tasked with saving Master Piell from the Citadel. This is a prison specifically to hold Jedi, and because of this, Anakin doesn’t allow Ahsoka to come along. However, she does anyway, and the end of this clip is absolutely hilarious. Even though Anakin’s temper might have scared others, Ahsoka is not going to let her master deny her a mission because he’s being protective.
6. Without Anakin’s teaching, Ahsoka wouldn’t be the Jedi she became
After Ahsoka is taken prisoner by the Trandoshans, she’s the reason why she and the other captives — including Chewbacca — come out alive. Anakin, as you can expect, was worried sick, and his reunion with her is very special. Not only is he happy to see her alive, but it’s also one of the first times where Ahsoka puts into words just how much she values Anakin’s teachings. Without him, she wouldn’t have lived and wouldn’t be the skillful Jedi she is today.
7. Ahsoka always has Anakin’s back
In Season 4, Obi-Wan fakes his death and poses as the guy who “murdered” him, Rako Hardeen, to gain access to Cad Bane and other bounty hunters. Anakin is, of course, furious and makes it a point to viciously pursue Hardeen (Obi-Wan). So furious, in fact, that he gets too risky and sloppy, which allows Obi-Wan to put Anakin into a slumber. But Ahsoka is there to protect her master, no matter what.
8. Again, Ahsoka saves the day along with her master
Speaking of Ahsoka protecting Anakin, in her last arc of Season 5, Ahsoka saves Anakin’s life once again. In fact, this opening scene is very reminiscent of Anakin and Obi-Wan’s first mission in Revenge of the Sith. Even down to her saving him, again (something Anakin joked about with Obi-Wan too). It perfectly illustrates how much Ahsoka has grown as a Jedi. And Anakin’s incredulous yet proud look at the end perfectly sums up his relationship with Ahsoka.
9. Ahsoka’s chase through Coruscant is one of the most painful Anakin/Ahsoka moments yet
Later in that arc, Ahsoka is framed for bombing the Jedi Temple. Even though she didn’t do it, and has proven herself to be a model student that would never do such a thing, the Council and Republic have deemed her a valid suspect. She has nowhere to go or anyone to turn to, even Anakin at this point. This scene in the tunnels of Coruscant is very significant. It shows her frustration with Anakin, even though she never loses trust with him. It also shows just how distraught she is. It’s an incredible arc, and this scene is one of the best in the series thus far.
10. When Ahsoka leaves, it really impacts Anakin’s relationship with and mindset about the Jedi
This final arc really put Anakin and Ahsoka through the wringer, and in the end, it was too much. Ahsoka decided to leave the Jedi Order even though they welcomed her back in after her name was cleared of the crime. She lost too much trust in the Order and in herself. She only ever knew the life of a Jedi, and now needs to forge her own path away from them. This final scene shows how bonded Anakin and Ahsoka were, even solidifying that Ahsoka knew about him and Padmé. And throughout this arc, Anakin’s disillusionment with the Jedi is further shown as well, aiding in his turn to the Dark Side.
11. Anakin and Ahsoka sense each other for the first time since she left the Jedi Order
Lastly, in a way more recent episode, Ahsoka and Anakin surprisingly come in contact with each other in Season 7. When Ahsoka’s flying out of Coruscant with the Martez sisters, Trace runs into the military lane. Anakin and Ahsoka share a moment through the Force, thanks to their strong Force connection and bond. Anakin lets them go, and has a sadness to him. Ahsoka’s leaving wasn’t easy on either of them, which makes their upcoming reunion all the more emotional. Ahsoka called him her big brother, and it’ll be one of the most bittersweet moments the series will ever give its fans.