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"Sister!"
―Tiplee, as Tup executes Tiplar[src]

Tiplar was a Mikkian female Jedi Master who served as a Jedi General within the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. As part of her military service, Tiplar sometimes worked with her twin sister and fellow Jedi Master, Tiplee; as well as Clone Commander Doom. Such was the case during the Battle of Ringo Vinda, in which the three of them collaborated with Jedi General Anakin Skywalker's 501st Legion to oust the Confederacy of Independent Systems from a space station orbiting Ringo Vinda. At the height of the campaign, 501st clone trooper Tup executed Tiplar due to a malfunction in his inhibitor chip, which triggered a premature activation of Clone Protocol 66, a Sith-implanted directive that branded all Jedi as traitors. Tiplar's death cost the Republic forces a potential victory and instead forced them to retreat, while Tup's apparent act of treason sparked a high-profile investigation that led ARC trooper Fives to uncover the existence and function of the clones' inhibitor chips.

BiographyEdit

Casualty of the Clone WarsEdit

"Good soldiers follow orders."
―Tup, just before gunning down Tiplar[src]

Tiplar, a Mikkian female, lived during the final decades of the reign of the Galactic Republic.[2] She and her twin sister, Tiplee, were both Force-sensitive and were inducted into the Jedi Order, with both of them eventually attaining the rank of Jedi Master. Following the outbreak of the Clone Wars, Tiplar and her sister accepted commissions as Jedi Generals in the Grand Army of the Republic,[2] and they sometimes served together[3] in military campaigns against the Confederacy of Independent Systems.[2] They frequently fought alongside clone troopers under the command of Clone Commander Doom.[4]

Tiplee and Tiplar

Tiplar and Tiplee lead the Republic's advance during the Battle of Ringo Vinda.

Over two years into the war,[5] Tiplar joined forces with Tiplee, Doom, and Jedi General Anakin Skywalker to repel a Confederate battle group from an orbital space station that encircled the planet Ringo Vinda. The ensuing campaign lasted several rotations, leading to a stalemate between the Republic and Confederate forces. Determined to break the deadlock, Tiplar and her comrades launched an offensive against the battle droid infantry led by Confederate Admiral Trench, advancing through the space station's corridors in an attempt to reach[2] a communications center.[6] Upon encountering a squad of BX-series droid commandos, Tiplar ordered Doom and his clone soldiers to shore up their left flank against the incoming droids. The appearance of a trio of droidekas led Tiplar to have her men prop up their energy shields, which they used to repel the droidekas' heavy barrages of blasterfire. Reaching out with the Force, Tiplar telekinetically pushed the droidekas off their footing long enough for Doom and his soldiers to roll Electro Magnetic Pulse grenades underneath the droids' shields, thus disabling their adversaries. They proceeded to the communications center, where they eliminated the droids manning the station.[2]

Once they had secured their position, Tiplar and Tiplee met with Skywalker and his troops from the 501st Legion to coordinate their assault on Trench's command center. Trench had requested reinforcements, so it was imperative that they capture the enemy facility as soon as possible. Since there were three hallways that led to the command center, Skywalker suggested that each Jedi General take one of the corridors; their teams would converge on Trench's position at the same time, thereby overwhelming his defenses. Skywalker had ARC trooper CT-5555 and 501st trooper CT-5385—nicknamed "Fives" and "Tup," respectively—bring along ten of their best soldiers to supplement Tiplar and Doom's men, who had been severely depleted in the earlier assault.[2]

With their plan in place, Tiplar and Doom proceeded to the left passageway with Fives, Tup, and their troops and marched through the corridor, demolishing all of the droid forces that they encountered. Tiplar and her troopers soon reached the spacious chamber in front of Trench's command center, where they used some stacks of crates as cover from Trench's B1 battle droids, DSD1 dwarf spider droids,[2] and super battle droid rocket troopers.[6] However, just as the Republic forces were on the verge of conquering Trench's infantry,[2] a malfunction in Tup's inhibitor chip caused him to prematurely execute Clone Protocol 66, a Sith-engineered command to execute all Jedi as traitors.[7][8] As Tiplar was deflecting incoming enemy blasterfire with her lightsaber, Tup strode over to her and fired a headshot at point-blank range with his DC-15A blaster, instantly killing her.[2]

LegacyEdit

"Why? Why would he do this?"
"I'm about to find out."
―Tiplee and Anakin Skywalker, proceeding with Tup's interrogation following his murder of Tiplar[src]
PrematureExecution-TU

Tup's mid-battle execution of Tiplar was the result of a premature activation of Clone Protocol 66.

Tiplar's death impeded the Republic's advance, turning an imminent victory into a retreat. Tiplee was shocked to witness Tiplar's execution and mourned her late sister. Tiplar's comrades brought her body back to the communications center, where Skywalker and 501st Clone Captain CT-7567, nicknamed "Rex," interrogated Tup regarding his apparent act of treason. Yet, Tup merely repeated the phrase, "Good soldiers follow orders," before unsuccessfully attacking Tiplee. Meanwhile, news of Tiplar's death reached Separatist leader Count Dooku, who ordered Trench to retrieve Tup for analysis. Trench's efforts failed,[2] and Fives and Rex escorted Tup back to the clone homeworld of Kamino, where Jedi Master Shaak Ti and Kaminoan Chief Medical Scientist Nala Se subjected Tup to medical examination to uncover the source of his breakdown.[7]

Ultimately, Fives learned of the Sith's conspiracy against the Jedi and the machinations leading to Tiplar's murder,[8] but he was killed before he could prove his findings to the Jedi. The Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious, in his guise as Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, provided the Republic's official explanation that a Ringo Vinda parasite had led Tup's inhibitor chip to deteriorate, thus causing his execution of Tiplar.[9]

Toward the end of the Clone Wars,[10] Jedi Grand Master Yoda traveled to a planet that was the birthplace of the midi-chlorians. There, five Force Priestesses subjected him to a series of trials to determine whether he was worthy of learning the knowledge they possessed. In the Valley of Extinction, Yoda saw a vision of the Jedi Temple training ground, where Tiplar and a number of other Jedi, alive and dead, appeared as they had before the war. Though tempted to join his colleagues, Yoda recognized the impossibility of the illusion and overcame it, bringing the vision to an end.[11]

Personality and traitsEdit

"Shields up!"
"Yes, sir!"
―Tiplar and her soldiers react to the deployment of droidekas during the Battle of Ringo Vinda[src]
Tiplar and Doom marines

Tiplar and Doom collaborated in campaigns during the Clone Wars.

A Mikkian female, Tiplar had yellow-green skin and blue eyes. Her forehead was adorned with a tattoo[3] that was identical to that of her twin sister, Tiplee. Tiplar formed a good working relationship with Commander Doom and the soldiers under her command, and they worked together to efficiently eliminate threats on the battlefield, summarily disabling BX-series droid commandos as well as droidekas during[2] the Battle of Ringo Vinda.[4] Tiplar ultimately became a casualty of the Clone Wars, and Tiplee mourned her death.[2]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Tiplar possessed a mastery of the Force and consequently achieved the rank of Jedi Master. She was adept with telekinesis, evinced during the Battle of Ringo Vinda when she pushed a trio of enemy droidekas off their footing long enough for her clone troopers to dispatch them. She was also skilled with a lightsaber, which she employed to deflect blaster shots and disable droid opponents. Yet, she was unprepared for friendly fire from Tup, who succeeded in gunning her down.[2]

EquipmentEdit

Tiplar wielded a green-bladed lightsaber in combat. Her apparel consisted of a full-body outfit, boots, and a headpiece.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

Female Sith Concept Art

Tiplar and Tiplee were based on concept art by Iain McCaig.

The character of Tiplar was created for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series and debuted in the episode "The Unknown."[6] The episode was released as part of The Lost Missions, the series' sixth and final season, on March 7, 2014.[12] On March 11, 2013, almost a year prior to the episode's release, Tiplar was featured in a promotional clip for the series.[13] Both Tiplar and her sister, Tiplee, were portrayed by voice actor Anna Graves,[2] who also voiced other recurring characters throughout the series like Duchess Satine Kryze and the bounty hunter Sugi.[14][15]

Tiplar's and Tiplee's character models were based on artist Iain McCaig's concept design of a female Sith Lord, which was developed for the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones but was ultimately not used in the film.[6] Tiplar's species was not identified in "The Unknown,"[2] but promotional material for the 2015 mobile game Star Wars: Uprising specified it as Mikkian,[16] leading her Databank entry on StarWars.com to be updated to reflect her species' name.[3]

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  2. 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 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Unknown"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 StarWars-DatabankII Tiplar in the Databank (backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 StarWars-DatabankII Clone Commander Doom in the Databank (backup link)
  5. According to Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Ahsoka Tano spent two years as a Jedi Padawan, from the events of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film until those of the episode "The Wrong Jedi." Since the film is set at the beginning of the Clone Wars, "The Wrong Jedi" takes place in the second year of the war. Furthermore, since SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link) places "The Unknown" after "The Wrong Jedi," it can be concluded that "The Unknown" takes place over two years into the war.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 SWCustom-2011 "The Unknown" Episode Guide - The Clone Wars on StarWars.com (backup link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Conspiracy"
  8. 8.0 8.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Fugitive"
  9. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Orders"
  10. StarWars-DatabankII Moraband in the Databank (backup link)
  11. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destiny"
  12. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions Now on Netflix on StarWars.com (backup link)
  13. SWCustom-2011 A New Direction for Lucasfilm Animation on StarWars.com (backup link) (Promotional clip removed after article's release)
  14. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
  15. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bounty Hunters"
  16. Star Wars™: Uprising official site. Kabam. Retrieved on June 4, 2015.

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