Ahsoka Tano is one of the most popular Jedi characters in the Star Wars storyline because many fans of the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series witnessed her development from an immature young Padawan to a true Jedi in spirit and deed during her adult years. In that regard, Ahsoka learned a lot from her master, Anakin Skywalker, who was yet to fall to the dark side when he taught her Padawan how to be a true Jedi. But when did Anakin and Ahsoka meet?
Anakin Skywalker met Ahsoka Tano during the events of the 2008 Star Wars: Clone Wars movie, which also served as the pilot movie to the entire Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series. She was introduced as the Padawan of Anakin, who had just been promoted to Jedi Knight after passing his trials.
While Anakin may have been quite young when he first met Ahsoka and started training her, the thing is that they both grew together. Anakin taught Ahsoka the ways of the Jedi, while Ahsoka taught Anakin how to be more patient. As such, it was a relationship that was actually beneficial to both parties. So, with that said, let’s look at when and how Anakin and Ahsoka first met.
When Did Ahsoka First Meet Anakin?
The first time we met Anakin Skywalker as an adult was when he was a Jedi Padawan learning the ways of the Force under Obi-Wan Kenobi. At that time, Anakin was still a very immature young man who tried to do things his way instead of listening to the people around him. In a sense, he didn’t mature much from the first time we saw him when he was just nine years old during the events of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Nevertheless, he was stronger than most Jedi Padawan his age when he was still trying to learn more about what it meant to be a Jedi when he saw the start of the Clone Wars during the events of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
Of course, Anakin was eventually promoted to the rank of Jedi Knight after the events of Attack of the Clones. That was because he had already become a true member of the Jedi Order during the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. He was already more mature than he was when he was just 19 years old. On top of that, Anakin had proven himself strong enough to beat Count Dooku in a lightsaber duel.
But the thing that fans who only watched the movie wouldn’t know are that, in between the events of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, Anakin had a Padawan in the form of Ahsoka Tano, who wasn’t around during the events of Episode III. As such, Anakin spent three years training Ahsoka between the events of Episodes II and III and was able to grow both as a Jedi and a mentor during the Clone Wars. But when did Ahsoka first meet Anakin?
Anakin met Ahsoka during the events of the 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie, which wasn’t as well-received as its series counterpart but could still contribute to the canon storyline of Star Wars. This movie served as the bridge between the events of Episode II and the events of the Clone Wars series. Of course, fans need to watch the Clone Wars to understand the things that happened between Episodes II and III, and one of the things that happened during the three-year time skip was the meeting between Anakin and Ahsoka.
As such, Anakin and Ahsoka didn’t meet in an episode of the Clone Wars series. That’s because they met in the Clone Wars movie, which served as the pilot for the series. This explains why the first few episodes of the Star Wars: Clone Wars series immediately allowed us to see Anakin training Ahsoka as his Padawan instead of introducing us to Ahsoka. They had already met in the 2008 Clone Wars movie and were already familiar with one another when the series started.
How Did Ahsoka And Anakin Meet?
Ahsoka Tano was only 14 years old, while Anakin was 19 when they first met. At that time, the Jedi High Council had decided to speed up the training of younglings to make up for the losses incurred among the ranks of the Jedi during the First Battle of Geonosis. As such, Ahsoka was allowed to be a Padawan learner at a very young age.
Meanwhile, Anakin had just passed his Jedi Trials and was given the rank of Jedi Knight at 19. As such, it was pretty surprising for him to be a master to a Padawan at his age. Still, Anakin was given a Padawan learner that he needed to guide throughout the events of the Clone Wars.
It was Jedi Master Yoda that ordered Anakin to train Ahsoka as his Padawan learner. That’s because Yoda thought that this would benefit Anakin’s maturity as he would become more patient if he could learn to be patient with a younger person that he needed to guide properly. Of course, Ahsoka was eager enough to learn under Anakin Skywalker to prove that she was worthy of being his apprentice.
While this fact is also often overlooked, Yoda gave Anakin a Padawan to learn how to let go of his fear of losing a loved one, which he struggled with throughout his life. He thought Anakin could learn how to become more emotionally mature and understanding by becoming a teacher.
In that regard, the Ahsoka Tano met Anakin and Obi-Wan just before the start of the mission to the planet of Christophsis. Ahsoka was sent to that planet on her first mission to meet her new mentor and inform Obi-Wan that they needed to return to the Jedi Temple.
So, when Ahsoka arrived on the planet, Obi-Wan thought that she was there to be his new Padawan learner as it wasn’t normal for younger Jedi Knights to have Padawans. To his surprise, Ahsoka corrected him and told him that Yoda had personally sent her to that planet to tell Anakin that she would be his new Padawan. Obi-Wan, of course, wasn’t completely in agreement with Anakin taking on a new learner but ended up agreeing with it because he thought that teaching someone could help with Anakin’s maturity and decision-making abilities.