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"STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS"
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A clone trooper valiantly fights against an army of battle droids and super battle droids in an action-packed scene from STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. The Lucasfilm Animation production will be released Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, by Warner Bros. Pictures. (c) Lucasfilm Ltd. & (TM). All rights reserved.

ANAKIN SKYWALKER

A Jedi Knight whose exceptional Force abilities and rebellious nature will one day lead him down the dark path of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker is nonetheless an idealistic leader and a heroic champion of the Galactic Republic.

Guided by a self-assurance that borders on arrogance, he is bold and aggressive, but as he's matured, he has also learned that sometimes strategy and temperance can prove more effective than a flashing lightsaber. Even so, Anakin's brash impulsiveness prompts Master Yoda to pair him with a new apprentice in an effort to help curb the young Jedi's wild ways.

As Anakin steps into the role of teacher, he finally sees the other side of the Master-Padawan relationship and recognizes the difficulties that he presented for his own former Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Leveraging his experiences as a problem Padawan, Anakin commits to becoming a good example for his own apprentice -- but in tight situations, he still relies on derring-do and instinct.

OBI-WAN KENOBI

Though he is deadly with a lightsaber and skilled in the art of war, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi is a peaceful soul, guided by an empathetic spirit even amidst the violence and devastation of the Clone Wars. He recognizes that there are often alternatives to fighting, and takes up arms only in an effort to defend the values and ideals of the Galactic Republic.

In stark contrast to his volatile former Padawan, Obi-Wan remains calm and level-headed in even the most dangerous situations, relying on temperance, discipline and dry wit where Anakin would default to violence. Having recently seen Anakin graduate to the status of Jedi Knight, Obi-Wan now finds endless delight in watching his friend and one-time student struggle with a strong-willed learner of his own.

AHSOKA TANO

A new addition to the Star Wars universe, Ahsoka Tano is a teenaged Togruta girl assigned by Yoda to serve under Anakin Skywalker as his Padawan apprentice.

Discovered as an infant by Jedi Master Plo Koon and raised in the Jedi Temple, Ahsoka is a devoted student of the Jedi ways, eager to prove herself to Master Skywalker. Headstrong and enthusiastic with a bubbling abundance of innocent optimism she rarely hesitates to express her youthful exuberance... though she has yet to learn the finer points of diplomacy and timing.

A formidable swordswoman, budding tactician and shrewd critical thinker, she is nonetheless still a youngling; at the age of 14, she is still two years shy of the traditional graduation age. But the ever-escalating galactic conflict has stretched the Jedi resources thin, and thus Ahsoka's talents earn her an early promotion. Master Yoda chooses to pair the young Padawan with Anakin in an effort to help the brash older Jedi learn a greater sense of personal responsibility.

Besides being impressed with the girl's composure and Force abilities, Yoda hopes the responsibilities associated with having a Padawan will teach Anakin to behave with more Jedi-like patience and maturity himself.

Straddling the chasm between Anakin's impulsiveness and Obi-Wan's staid deliberation, Ahsoka also brings her disarming wit to the front lines, often lightening the burden of war with a well-timed quip or an insightful jab.

As a result of her rigorous education, Ahsoka tends to play most situations closer to the book than does her Master, but she's quickly learning that sometimes there's no substitute for a healthy dose of improvised derring-do. Despite her inexperience, she rarely hesitates to question orders and voice her own opinion, much to Anakin's chagrin.

ASAJJ VENTRESS

Lithe and lethal, Asajj Ventress is the trusted assassin of the villainous Count Dooku, serving him from the shadows as he weaves his web of deception throughout the Clone Wars. Though she's not officially a Sith apprentice, she has been well trained in the ways of the dark side, and can wield her twin lightsabers with surgical precision and deadly force. In addition, her serpentine grace and devious cunning make her a deadly foe for even the most seasoned Jedi Knights.

A lifetime of enduring cruel hardships has purged any compassion from her evil heart; forged in the crucible of her bloody homeworld, her deep-seated rage and smoldering bitterness keep her on the dark path and bolster her dark side powers.

THE CLONE TROOPERS

Created from the formidable genetic template of Jango Fett -- a bounty hunter feared throughout the galaxy for his deadly abilities -- the clones are nonetheless a force for good in the galaxy. Bred and trained on the oceanic Outer World planet of Kamino, they are born to support their Jedi leaders and to protect the noble ideals of the Galactic Republic with unflinching loyalty.

Despite shared genes and a shared mission, however, the clones are by no means mindless drones or mere copies of Fett. Each soldier takes great pride in his own unique personality, often going to great lengths to find ways to demonstrate individuality. It's common for clones to give themselves names, and to distinguish themselves further through stylized haircuts and tattoos.

While their intensive training conditions the clones not to question their role in the galactic conflict, they are also burdened with a humanity that sometimes causes doubt and remorse.

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