Why Did Ahsoka Call Anakin 'Master' in 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'?

Thanks to Disney+ and the renewed fervor for Star Wars: The Clones Wars and its final season, more and more people are learning about Ahsoka Tano. Despite only really appearing in the animated series, she has such an important spot in Star Wars canon as Anakin’s Padawan. While there isn’t mention of her in the movies (because she wasn’t created yet), Season 7 showed just how intertwined she still is in the prequels. 

With all that said, why does Ahsoka call Anakin “Master” even though he isn’t on the Council and doesn’t have the rank of Master? This is a pretty big deal in Revenge of the Sith, which comes after Ahsoka’s time with Anakin. Let’s break it down. 

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Ahsoka became Anakin’s Padawan not that long after ‘Attack of the Clones’

Anakin Skywalker was just a trigger-happy, overconfident teenage boy in Attack of the Clones. Even though it’s not shown in current canon, Anakin loses his Padawan braid and becomes a Jedi Knight before the 2008 The Clone Wars movie. He still goes on missions and serves with his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, but he’s not a Padawan anymore. 

This is why Yoda is allowed to give Anakin a Padawan of his own. Now, he doesn’t want one. Like, at all. He’s very adamant that a Padawan would just slow him down and knowing Anakin, he’s also not the best at taking care of younger beings. But, Yoda and Obi-Wan can foresee that a Padawan would teach Anakin good skills he’s missing. And George Lucas gave him a Padawan because he wanted someone to help take him from that cocky teen to the established Jedi Knight we see in Revenge of the Sith

But, since Ahsoka comes into the picture not that long after Episode II (it’s the same year), Anakin is still closer to his teen side. So they develop a very teen brother and sister bond and relationship at first. It still follows them throughout their time together, but especially in the beginning, there’s a lot of taunting and competitiveness going on. 

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Anakin is Ahsoka’s master, but that isn’t the same thing as having the rank of master on the Council

No matter what part of their journey you look at, Ahsoka is Anakin’s Padawan. Because of this, she calls him “Master” or “Master Skywalker.” That is, when she’s not calling him “Skyguy” or just “Anakin.” But why?

Well, in the Jedi Order, there’s a Jedi Council. They’re the ruling, leading body in charge of the Jedi. They do things like deciding whether a youngling is allowed to start training or how to go about fighting the Sith. Some of the oldest and wisest Jedi are a part of the Council like masters Windu, Obi-Wan, and Yoda. 

It’s one of the highest honors for a Jedi Knight to be a part of the Council, but it’s not the only way you can become a master. When you’re on the Council, you have the high rank of “Master.” But any Jedi Knight can train a Padawan. When you receive a Padwan, then you become a Master to them, but that’s different than the rank of master. 

Even though their numbers aren’t given, there are a lot of Jedi before the purge in Revenge of the Sith. But, if you can recall from The Clone Wars and the movies, the Council has maybe two dozen Jedi involved. So, there are a lot of Jedi that are masters to their padawans, but not that many that rank as master. 

Ahsoka left the Order because of the Council but did think of returning

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The reason Anakin is so insulted when denied the rank of master is not that he’s annoyed at not receiving the rank. It’s that Palpatine elected him as his representative on the Jedi Council, but they don’t give him said rank. As he tells Obi-Wan, it’s not something that’s ever been done in history. He finds it insulting. 

Regardless, Ahsoka leaves the Order before that whole conversation even transpires. Barriss Offee framed her for bombing the Jedi Temple and the Council banned her nearly right away. They didn’t defend her against the allegations and didn’t investigate whether she actually bombed the temple. Ahsoka left because she couldn’t trust them or herself since everything she ever knew and lived for wasn’t at all what she thought. 

However, Season 7 shows that Ahsoka was closer to rejoining the Jedi Order than previously thought. Coming back and working for a good cause while using her Jedi training made her want to talk to Anakin. It seemed like she was having second thoughts, and Anakin would have been all for having his Padawan back. 

However, everything went wrong, and Anakin turned to the Dark Side. When Ahsoka shows up again in Star Wars Rebels, she’s still not a Jedi. But she is one of the most powerful Force wielders, and that’s all thanks to the lessons Master Skywalker gave her. 

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Anakin Skywalker Is The Reason Why Ahsoka's Lightsabers Changed Color in 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Season 7

Ahsoka Tano’s journey on The Clone Wars has been long and full of some of the best character development in all of Star Wars. From a snippy 14-year-old Padawan to an older, wiser Force wielder on her own path outside of the Order, Ahsoka is nearly a different person. In Season 7, she’s dealt with her fair share of difficulties but nothing like what’s going down with the Siege of Mandalore. In the latest episode, her former master Anakin Skywalker gives her back some very important weapons to help her out, but they’re a bit different than audiences remembered. [Spoiler alert: Spoilers ahead for The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 9].

Ahsoka received her lightsabers back from Anakin after she left the Jedi Order in Season 5

After Bo-Katan recruits Ahsoka, they contact Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi to see if the Republic will aid them in a siege on Mandalore, since Maul currently has control of the planet. It would be the perfect opportunity to capture the rogue Sith Lord and put a stop to his terror on Mandalore. It becomes clear that Obi-Wan doesn’t support this plan, and then Chancellor Palpatine gets kidnapped, Ahsoka has to go in alone. Anakin gives Ahsoka part of the 501st Legion — now the 332nd company, which includes Captain Rex — so that she’s not going in empty-handed. 

On top of that, Anakin has Ahsoka’s lightsabers, which she had to give up when she left the Jedi Order. It’s a very tender moment and shows how much forethought Anakin had.

“It was a touching moment when Anakin gave Ahsoka her lightsabers back and you can definitely tell that meant so much to Ahsoka,” Ashley Eckstein, who voices Ahsoka, said on the recent “Clone Wars Download” video. 

Keith Kellogg, the animation director for The Clone Wars, said that one of the shots shows Ahsoka looking up at Anakin when she gains her lightsabers back. It’s a moment Kellogg loves from the episode. 

“You can just see how much it means to her that he would do something like this,” Kellogg said in the video. “And that was really what we wanted to convey in that look. In that, ‘You’ve always had my back,’ kind of thing.”

Even though they’re the same lightsabers, they’ve changed colors now; why?

If you can remember, Ahsoka’s old lightsabers were green. She originally just had one, and then took on another to enhance her fighting in Season 3. So when she lights up her new ones, fans might wonder why they’re now blue. Well, who else has a blue lightsaber? Anakin.

“Of course, she lights them up and they’re blue,” Kellogg shared. “Typical Anakin. Has to make things ‘better.’”

While it wasn’t explicitly stated why they were blue in the episode, Kellogg’s comment solidifies that Anakin changed them for Ahsoka. And in the episode, Anakin also states that they’re even “a little better” than before, after he took care of them while she was gone. 

Lightsabers work because of the kyber crystal inside of them. That’s what gives it its power and also what chooses the color. In canon, a lightsaber adjusts to the “spiritual alignment” of the Jedi or Force wielder in charge of the lightsabers. This is what turns it blue, green, purple, yellow, etc. with blue and green the most common. Since Anakin had control of Ahsoka’s lightsabers, he turned them blue, which often denotes bravery. He could have done it on accident, or on purpose, but however he did it, it’s the final gift he’ll ever give Ahsoka. 

Ahsoka has one more major lightsaber change in her lifetime, and this is after Order 66. Told in the Ahsoka novel by E.K. Johnston, Ahsoka no longer has her lightsabers a year later. But she does need a pair in her anti-Empire work, so she takes two bleeding crystals and clarifies them. They become white and they’re the lightsabers Ahsoka wields in Star Wars Rebels. They’re white to show she’s on her own path and neither a part of the Jedi nor the Sith. 

This final arc is important and one of the ‘hardest’ things done on ‘The Clone Wars’

If you couldn’t tell just by Episode 9 alone, The Clone Wars is heading into one of its best and most epic arcs ever. As Kellogg said in the video, executive producer and supervising director Dave Filoni called the Siege of Mandalore “the hardest thing” their team has done. “This is what fans have been clamoring for,” Kellogg shared.  

Ahsoka and Bo-Katan went to Mandalore with their new Republic Clone troopers in hopes to capture Maul and bring justice back to the Mandalorians and Mandalore. Fans already know what happens to the main characters from, Revenge of the Sith. The finale of the series will show what happens to the others.

“The film’s saga tells the story of Anakin Skywalker and his rise and fall and his redemption. I don’t need to tell that story in The Clone Wars. Knowing that, identifying the main characters of the series then are probably Ahsoka and Rex,” Filoni said in “Clone Wars Download.” “They’re the characters that we don’t know about. We see the series largely through their eyes through many different story arcs. So there was a responsibility to tell the end of their story and then hand off Anakin and Obi-Wan to their proper conclusion which is the film, Revenge of the Sith.”

With three episodes left, audiences are dying to know how Ahsoka escapes Maul’s ambush. April 24 will bring the answers.

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