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"Wait a minute, those critters are domesticated."
"I think we're on farmland, and where there is a farm, there is usually a farmer. Let's find his homestead."
―Jesse and Kix[src]

CT-5597, nicknamed "Jesse," was a clone trooper who served in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars as a part of the 501st Legion. Sometime after the Inhibitor chip crisis, Jesse became an ARC trooper.


Jesse was a clone of the bounty hunter Jango Fett and a soldier in the Grand Army of the Galactic Republic's 501st Legion.[3]

Jesse went with a squad of the 501st to track down Separatist General Grievous on Saleucami. When Captain Rex was wounded by a pair of commando droid snipers, Jesse saw that they were on farmland and decided to take Rex to the farmstead. There, they met a Twi'lek woman named Suu, who allowed them to leave Rex there to recuperate. Jesse was left in charge of the squad, and they continued through the wetlands to rendezvous with Jedi General Kenobi and Commander Cody's AT-TEs. Jesse and his squad tried to shoot down a shuttle that was trying to pick up Grievous, but they failed in stopping Grievous from escaping.[2]

Around 21 BBY, Jesse was with the 501st when the Republic launched their attack to retake Umbara. During the invasion, command of the 501st was given to Jedi General Pong Krell when Anakin Skywalker was called back to Coruscant. During their first attempt to take the Capital, Jesse and the rest of the 501st were forced to fall back.[4]

When they were ordered to take an Umbaran airbase, Jesse and Fives, were a few that spoke against Krell's disastrous tactics. Jesse held his ground against the Umbaran Militia's mobile heavy cannons till Fives and Hardcase were able to destroy them.[5]


Jesse takes part in the invasion of Umbara

After establishing camp at the airbase, Jesse, Fives and Hardcase then worked on the starfighters, breaking the Umbarans' codes. When Krell ordered a reckless attack on the Capital to aid General Kenobi, Jesse agreed with Fives that instead they could use the Umbaran starfighters to blow up the Separatist supply ship that was causing problems. However, when Krell refused to agree their plan, Jesse continued to work on the starfighters with Fives and Hardcase. However, Krell stopped them and insisted that they concentrate on their attack. Thus, Jesse, Fives, and Hardcase decided to attack the supply ship themselves, without Krell's support. They told Rex about their plan, but he warned them that he would not be able to protect them if they were caught. Jesse, Fives, and Hardcase then took the star fighters, posing as a recon patrol, and made their way into the supply ship. They were unable to destroy the ship's main reactor with its shields up, but as they started to question their plan, Hardcase jumped out of his fighter and told Fives and Jesse to leave. Fives was reluctant, but Jesse convinced him to leave by telling him that he knew Hardcase, and there wasn't any point in staying. Jesse and Fives made a narrow escape while Hardcase stayed behind to blow up the ship, sacrificing himself in the process. When Jesse and Fives got back, they were taken to General Krell, where he had them punished and sent to the brig.[6]


Jesse and Fives are prepped for execution by firing squad

Rex unsuccessfully argued with Krell to release Jesse and Fives, resulting in Krell ordering their execution. Just before the order came to fire, Fives spoke up against Krell's orders, and the firing squad missed Fives and Jesse on purpose. They were put back in the brig to keep them out of the way until they could be dealt with later. They were then freed by Rex, when he realized that Krell had set them up to attack the 212th Battalion squad under Waxer. Jesse, Rex, and the other clones then stormed the command center to arrest Krell for treason. However, Krell escaped into the jungle. Jesse, Rex, Fives and the other clones were then able to capture Krell, who revealed that he was a Separtist agent. Jesse then agreed with Fives and Rex that he should be executed. He then watched as Krell was executed by Dogma.[7]

Following the battle on Ringo Vinda, Jesse and Kix then went to 79's cantina, where Kix was given coordinates by Fives, who was wanted for attempted murder of Chancellor Palpatine. He then informed Rex and General Skywalker of this.[8] Jesse then became ARC trooper.[9]

Jesse continued to fight alongside Skywalker, Rex and the 501st on Anaxes. He was an ARC Trooper at that point. He accompanied Rex, Cody, and Clone Force 99 - known as the Bad Batch - on a mission behind enemy lines to confirm Rex's suspicions that the Separatists had his battle strategy algorithm.[9]

When Bad Batch member "Crosshair" questioned Rex's plans, Jesse stepped up to Crosshair in Rex's defense. Bad Batch member Wrecker then got involved, taking and lifting Jesse by the throat. Rex insisted Wrecker put Jesse down, but the situation didn't resolve until Bad Batch member "Hunter" told Wrecker to drop Jesse. Jesse then helped Rex and the Bad Batch invade a Separatist outpost before going on to break into a Separatist cyber center.[9]

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