- "Thire. Rush not into fights. Long is the war. Only by surviving it, will you prevail."
- ―Yoda, to Thire
"Thire" was the nickname of a clone shock trooper who served as a lieutenant in the Coruscant Guard of the Grand Army of the Republic. During the Clone Wars, he accompanied Grand Master Yoda of the Jedi Order on an diplomatic assignment to meet with King Katuunko of Toydaria in 22 BBY. In the course of their mission Yoda inspired his clone troopers to take strength from their individual traits, such as Thire's patience.
Following the initiation of Order 66 and the subsequent confrontation between Yoda and Emperor Palpatine in 19 BBY, Thire and his troopers were ordered to hunt the Jedi Master. The failure to locate his body convinced Mas Amedda that Yoda was still alive, leading the Emperor to order Thire to resume the search. However, Yoda succeeded in escaping from Coruscant with the aid of Senator Bail Organa.
Clone Lieutenant "Thire" was a clone shock trooper who served in the Coruscant Guard, an elite group of Grand Army clone troopers tasked with keeping the peace on the Galactic Republic capital world of Coruscant, during the Clone Wars. Like all clone troopers, Thire was created on the planet Kamino using the genetic source of the bounty hunter Jango Fett.
Mission to RugosaEdit
- "Learned something today, have you Lieutenant?"
"I think we all did, General."
- ―Yoda and Thire
Following the Battle of Geonosis in 22 BBY, Jedi General Yoda—the Grand Master of the Jedi Order—journeyed to the moon Rugosa to negotiate an alliance between the Galactic Republic and King Katuunko of Toydaria against the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Lieutenant Thire, along with two other clone guards nicknamed "Jek" and "Rys," accompanied Yoda to meet with the leader of the Toydarians.
In the course of their journey to Rugosa, Separatist warships attacked the Jedi Master and his troopers in an effort to impede the meeting between Yoda and Katuunko. Forced to abandon their Republic frigate, Yoda, Thire, Jek and Rys boarded an escape pod to reach the moon's surface. As a result, the Separatist Droid Army was sent to hunt and eliminate the Republic envoy in order to convince Katuunko to support the Confederacy's cause. Using the terrain to their advantage, Thire and his troopers managed to set an ambush for the battle droids, eliminating multiple enemy units in the process. Due to the droids' numerical advantage, however, Yoda ordered the clones to fall back while using his skills to cover their retreat.
After locating a cave, Yoda gave the clones time to recuperate before continuing the mission. Thire was given a modified DC-15 blaster rifle to use as a makeshift crutch by Yoda, having injured his leg during the skirmish. While taking inventory, the clones saw their dwindling supplies as inefficient against a battalion of droid soldiers. Noticing their low morale, Yoda inspired them to find strength in their individualism and personal traits; to Thire, he advised the clone lieutenant to utilize patience instead of rushing headlong into battle, for the war would be long and survival was key to success. After meditating on the Grand Master's advise, Thire and his men departed the cave to investigate a nearby group of battle droids.
Yoda decided to confront the droids on his own, ordering the shock troopers to stand by and wait for the right opportunity to support him. While the general single-handedly destroyed numerous units, the clones noticed a group of droideka reinforcements approaching Yoda's position. Using the squad's last rocket, Thire created a rockslide on the side of the canyon to destroy the droidekas. Having made their general proud, the clones and Yoda continued to the rendezvous point and ultimately prevented the Separatist commander Asajj Ventress from assassinating Katuunko. Impressed by their efforts, the king pledged his loyalty to the Republic. Afterward, Republic reinforcements arrived on Rugosa, allowing Thire to board a Low Altitude Assault Transport/infantry gunship with Yoda, Katuunko, Jek and Rys.
- Thire: "There's no sign of his body, sir."
- Mas Amedda: "Then he is not dead."
- Darth Sidious: "Double your search!"
- Thire: "Yes, sir! Right away."
- ―Thire, Mas Amedda, and Darth Sidious[src]
In 19 BBY, as the Clone Wars drew to an end, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine—alter ego of the Sith Lord Darth Sidious—declared that all Jedi were traitors and enemies of the state. He therefore commanded the clone army to execute Order 66, a hidden protocol authorizing the extermination of the Jedi. The clone troopers obeyed the chancellor without hesitation, having been secretly programmed to comply with Order 66. As a result, Thire also turned against the Jedi and, like his brothers soon found himself in service to the Galactic Empire that replaced the Republic.
Following Yoda's attempt to cut short the reign of the newly-anointed Emperor Palpatine, the Coruscant Guard searched the Senate Building but could find no evidence of Yoda's demise. Thire reported their lack of progress directly to the Emperor and Mas Amedda, who concluded that the Grand Master was still alive. Palpatine ordered Thire to resume the search before traveling to Mustafar to retrieve his apprentice Darth Vader. Ultimately, Yoda eluded his pursuers by escaping into exile with the help of Senator Bail Organa.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "There's not much to look at here, sir. We all share the same face."
"Deceive you, eyes can. In the Force, very different each one of you are."
- ―Thire and Yoda
Like his clone brothers, Thire was trained to become a capable and loyal soldier of the Galactic Republic. He was also dedicated to completing his assignments; at one time, Thire volunteered to remain behind with his men and confront a battalion of battle droids so that Yoda could move forward with their mission on Rugosa. The Jedi Master declined Thire's offer and instructed his troopers to remove their helmets, an order which Thire followed but did not understand. In his mind, there was nothing physically unique about the clones as they were all genetically identical to each other, having been grown from the same template. Yoda contended that although Thire and his brethren were clones, each of them felt uniquely different to him through the Force. He therefore encouraged them to draw strength from their individual traits, such as patience in Thire's case. Upon defeating the droid battalion, Thire felt that he and his men benefited from the teachings of Yoda.
After the Clone Wars, Thire complied with an order to hunt Yoda, by now his former ally-turned-fugitive. As with every clone trooper who possessed a control chip in their brain, Thire's programming enabled him to follow Order 66 without question or hesitation, despite the long-standing alliance between the clones and their Jedi leaders. In contrast to his turning against the Jedi, Thire remained obedient to the will of Emperor Palpatine.
With the exception of certain alterations that affected growth acceleration and enhanced docility, Thire was a physically identical clone of Jango Fett, a human male who stood at 1.83 meters. Like his progenitor, Thire possessed black hair and brown eyes as well.
Thire originally wore the Phase I clone trooper armor, the standard armor worn by all regular clone units at the beginning of the Clone Wars. In addition to featuring the distinctive red patterns that identified him as a member of the Coruscant Guard, Thire customized his armor with a few additional pieces such as a command pauldron and macrobinoculars. By the end of the Clone Wars, Thire had switched over to the Phase II clone trooper armor and customized it with the Guard's new markings.
In addition to two DC-17 hand blasters, Thire wielded the standard DC-15 blaster rifle. During the mission on Rugosa, he also utilized a rocket launcher to protect his Jedi general from a group of droidekas.
Behind the scenesEdit
Thire first appeared in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, where he was voiced by Temuera Morrison. Like every clone trooper in the film, he was portrayed through computer-generated imagery. The clone trooper voiceover artist Dee Bradley Baker provided Thire's voice in "Ambush," the first episode in Season One of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- Star Wars: Force Collection
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (First appearance)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars: Force Collection
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Orders"
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones