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- "One, orders. You follow orders. They keep you alive. Two, you're part of a team. We look out for our buddies—I cover your back, you cover mine. And three, an officer rank doesn't give you automatic respect. You earn it. It's not just Skywalker's rank that makes us give him one hundred percent. It's because he treats us with respect, and he puts himself on the line with us."
- ―CT-7567, to Ahsoka Tano
CT-7567 was a veteran clone trooper captain who led the Grand Army of the Republic's acclaimed 501st Legion during the Clone Wars. Bred and trained on Kamino, 7567 entered into Republic service at the Battle of Geonosis in 22 BBY. He gained respect as an honorable commander from Jedi officers and clone troopers alike, becoming known as one of the best and toughest clone troopers in the Grand Army. 7567 was even selected for special command training under Advanced Recon Commando Alpha-17, following which he took the nickname "Rex." As the captain of the 501st, Rex served as second-in-command to Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, whose bravery and unorthodoxy in battle he came to share. He was close friends with Marshal Commander Cody, their relationship mirroring that of their respective Jedi Generals, Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The four of them often received joint assignments to coordinate front-line campaigns against the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
At the Battle of Christophsis, Rex became a mentor to Skywalker's newly assigned Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, with whom he forged a strong bond. He also managed to rebound from the following Battle of Teth, an engagement he would never forget due to the near-complete eradication of his 501st unit, Torrent Company. While on a listening post inspection tour with Cody, Rex rallied a small team of rookie soldiers to retake Rishi Station, which they thereafter destroyed to thwart the Confederate General Grievous's planned invasion of Kamino. He was soon deployed on tour aboard Skywalker's flagship, the Resolute, and joined Skywalker and Tano in leading 501st offensives at Bothawui, JanFathal, and other flashpoints across the galaxy. He took part in countless campaigns on the war front, from the containment of the Blue Shadow Virus on Naboo and the liberation of Ryloth, to other hard-won victories like the Battle of Malastare, the Second Battle of Geonosis, and the Battle of Kamino.
Throughout his career, Rex proved to be an effective leader who truly cared for the men under his command, even as he began to doubt his clone brethren's future in the Republic. The Battle of Saleucami saw him meet the clone deserter Cut Lawquane, whom he came to respect despite their striking differences. Around 21 BBY, his leadership was put to the ultimate test at the Battle of Umbara, when he was forced to unite the 501st Legion under an interim Jedi General, the aggressive and obstinate Pong Krell. Rex did not see eye-to-eye with Krell and found himself having to balance his troops' well-being with Krell's high-casualty plans. When Krell manipulated the 501st into a fatal confrontation with their comrades from the 212th Attack Battalion, Rex realized that their general was a traitor to the Republic, and he risked charges of treason to lead his men in arresting Krell. The ordeal challenged his hardline obedience to orders, as he also learned the value of making his own decisions as a soldier.
Rex's dedication to the Republic, and his promise to defend its citizens from harm, kept him on the front lines throughout the three-year span of the Clone Wars. He aided Skywalker, Tano, and Kenobi in rescuing Togruta colonists from enslavement by the Zygerrian Slave Empire, and also offered his soldier's expertise to help the Jedi train rebel soldiers to emancipate Onderon. In a stark turn of events, he and Skywalker apprehended Tano on Coruscant after she was framed for a bombing of the Jedi Temple, an incident that culminated in her resignation from the Jedi Order.
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A number and a nameEdit
- "He's wound tight, but he's loyal."
"He kind of reminds me of you."
"Maybe… back in the day."
- ―Rex and Anakin Skywalker, on rookie trooper Dogma
A Human male clone of the acclaimed bounty hunter Jango Fett, the clone trooper who received the designation CT-7567 was born around the year 32 BBY on the planet Kamino for service in the Grand Army of the Republic. Granted advanced growth by the Kaminoan cloners, 7567's early life largely comprised Kaminoan flash training. As was the case with other clone officers, the Kaminoans spotted his natural leadership abilities early on, and over the next decade, he was put through additional command training and intensive programmed learning to develop his skills. In 22 BBY, 7567 served on the planet Geonosis in the opening battle of what became known as the Clone Wars, fighting on the side of the Galactic Republic against the native Geonosians and the Droid Army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Surviving the First Battle of Geonosis, 7567 continued his Grand Army service in the resultant intergalactic conflict, swearing to defend all Republic citizens from harm as part of his oath of loyalty to the Republic state.
7567 served with Jedi Generals on multiple occasions and learned to respect their abilities; in turn, Jedi officers came to rely on him. His aggression on the battlefield earned him a reputation as one of the Republic Military's best and toughest clone troopers. Such was his prowess that he was among the one hundred clone officers recalled to Kamino to undergo specialized command training. Under the hardened eye of Advanced Recon Commando Alpha-17, 7567 and his fellow soldiers endured grueling exercises to develop independent thought, improvisation, and individuality. The ARC training led 7567 to befriend another officer, Marshal Commander CC-2224. After Alpha-17 rewarded their individualism by granting them proper names, 7567 and 2224 became known as "Rex" and "Cody," respectively, with the former keeping the origins of his nickname to himself. Rex often found himself working with his new friend Cody, particularly in a number of dangerous campaigns, including a dire operation on the planet Tibrin alongside several Jedi that the two managed to survive.
Within several weeks of the First Battle of Geonosis, Rex, having become well respected by clones and Jedi officers alike, was given the rank of clone trooper captain. In addition, the Mandalorian veterans who trained clone officers on Kamino bestowed on him the battle honor of Mandalorian Jaig eyes, and he had the adornments emblazoned on his clone trooper armor's helmet. In the same year, a new elite unit was formed within the Grand Army: the 501st Legion, whose members' training surpassed even that of the lethal Advanced Recon Commandos. Rex was given command of the core group of the 501st Legion, with which he was tasked with patrolling the galaxy's feared Outer Rim Territories. As part of his designated 501st detachment, Rex received his own troop detail—Torrent Company, which became based out of the GAR clone barracks on the galactic capital of Coruscant. He and his men were placed under the overall command of Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, who accepted his officer's commission after being appointed as a Jedi Knight four weeks into the war.
As Skywalker's second-in-command, Rex learned much from his commanding officer, developing a certain friendship with him. He operated with Skywalker on the front lines, with the two frequently turning unconventional tactics into Republic victories. As Skywalker later recalled, Rex, as a rookie trooper, was initially eager to follow every order to the letter but became less wound tight with the passage of time. The 501st Legion garnered fame and veteran status under their leadership, and Supreme Chancellor Palpatine took notice of how Rex and his men adopted Skywalker's unorthodox strategies with repeated success. Under Palpatine's direction, the 501st grew into an amalgamation of clone units whose members underwent secret training and were moved across the galaxy's battlefields as the war effort required. Besides his friendship with Cody, Rex formed a working relationship with Denal, a fellow 501st member, and befriended Advanced Recon Force Sergeant CS-2207, nicknamed "Boomer." He also became acquainted with Cody's own Jedi General, Obi-Wan Kenobi. On one assignment, Rex and his battalion teamed up with a squad of elite Advanced Recon Commandos to attack a battle droid army that had captured a strategic city.
Captain of the 501stEdit
Battle of ChristophsisEdit
- "Not good. We've got an energy shield. It's gonna make things damn near impossible. If you want experience, little one, it looks like you're about to get plenty."
- ―Rex, to Ahsoka Tano, during the battle for Crystal City
Seven weeks into the war, Rex and Cody were dispatched with a Republic battle group under the command of Skywalker and Kenobi to liberate the planet Christophsis, which had fallen to the Confederacy and its Retail Caucus conglomerate. En route to Christophsis aboard a Venator-class Star Destroyer, Rex witnessed a holographic broadcast alongside Kenobi, Skywalker, and Cody in which General Whorm Loathsom, the leader of the enemy invasion, ordered the Christophsian populace to submit to Separatist rule. After reaching the Christoph system, the Republic forces defeated Confederate Admiral Trench's naval blockade and established a base on the world. Skywalker and Kenobi then took a clone contingent led by Rex and Cody into the capital, Chaleydonia, more commonly known as Crystal City. Once there the Jedi and clones prepared an ambush to offset the Confederacy's advantage in troop strength. They moved into a business complex with two north and south-facing towers, from where they intended to intercept a Separatist droid battalion set to pass through the major plaza below. Skywalker and Rex stationed their men in the North tower's forty-sixth level, while that of the South tower housed the detail led by Kenobi, Cody, and Clone Sergeant Slick.
As the Separatist battalion commanded by the T-series tactical droid TJ-55 marched through the business complex's plaza, the troop column unexpectedly split in half. The Republic's strategy was thus compromised when numerous B1 battle droid squads ambushed Kenobi's men in the South tower. After signaling clone pilot Hawk for an evacuation, Skywalker, Rex, and their men used their DC-15A blaster rifles' grappling hooks to rappel over to the South tower. They avoided laser fire from the droid infantry below and arrived to reinforce Kenobi and Cody, who were holding out against overwhelming numbers. Once Kenobi temporarily impeded the droids' advance by Force-pushing a blaster cannon at them, the combined clone detachment took a turbolift to the roof for their evacuation. TJ-55 and more droid troops pursued them to the roof, and Rex, Cody, and the clones provided cover fire for Skywalker and Kenobi to cut through the droids. Hawk's LAAT/i gunship soon arrived, and Rex and his comrades escaped with TJ-55's cranial unit, which trooper Gus had pilfered.
Back at the base that night, Rex and Cody analyzed TJ-55's cranial unit in the command center under a robolobotomy, but they only confirmed that the Confederacy had been aware of their plan before the unit stopped processing. Upon being apprised of their clone officers' findings, Skywalker suggested that a security breach had allowed the Separatists to obtain their strategy, but Kenobi went so far as to suspect that there was a spy among their men. Skywalker and Kenobi decided to investigate behind enemy lines, ordering Rex and Cody to keep their mission confidential and remain behind to apprehend the traitor. Shortly after the Jedi departed, Cody was alarmed to find a Hush-98 comlink deliberately left activated on a nearby table with the troops' other equipment, indicating that someone had remotely eavesdropped on their entire conversation with the Jedi. Rex then noticed a figure in the hallway too far away to be identified—Sergeant Slick, who had become a spy for the Dark Acolyte Asajj Ventress and the Confederacy out of a grudge against the Jedi. Slick immediately broke into a run and ignored Rex's commands to halt, forcing Cody and Rex to pursue him through the base. Despite losing their target, the two officers were able to follow his path through the complex's hallways to the mess hall, where they realized—due to the fact that only their fellow clones were present there—that the traitor was one of their own brethren.
Returning to the command center, Rex and Cody attempted to contact Skywalker and Kenobi but found that communications were being blocked, potentially by the spy in their camp. Rex resolved to use Skywalker's astromech droid, R2-D2, to check the station's outgoing transmission logs. Musing through R2-D2's findings with a datapad, Rex traced an odd spike in wavelength interference to a computer terminal in the barracks of Slick's platoon. Inferring that one of Slick's men was the spy, Rex and Cody decided to individually interrogate the platoon's members despite protest from Slick. Though troopers Jester, Punch, Sketch, and Gus all passed interrogation with credible alibis, trooper Chopper was forced to reveal that he had broken war protocols by stealing battle droid fingers from the battlefield and making a necklace out of them. While attempting to put Chopper's credibility into question, Slick inadvertently revealed his knowledge of the Jedi's mission—information he could have only obtained via the open comlink that Cody had found. When put on the spot, Slick attacked Cody and Chopper and promptly fled from the barracks, leaving his platoon charges, as well as Rex and Cody, shocked with the revelation of the sergeant's true allegiances.
Rex and Cody immediately gave chase to the exposed Slick, tracing a signal from his utility belt to the gunship landing platform. There, they found—instead of Slick—his utility belt attached to a primed thermal detonator, and they scrambled for cover just before the explosive triggered a series of others. The resulting explosion compromised the landing platform and the weapons supply depot, as well as the base's power. Upon learning from Gus and Chopper that Slick had been spotted running into the command center, Rex headed with Cody to apprehend the saboteur, leaving Slick's platoon and the other troops to seal the perimeter. In the command center, Rex and Cody noticed that Slick was hiding in the above ventilation shaft and engaged in a ploy to bait him out of his hiding place. While Cody secretly removed the ammunition from his DC-15S blaster and left the weapon on the holotable console, Rex appeared to leave for the south exit to restart the base's generators. Once the blast doors had closed behind him, he reentered the room and assisted Cody in confronting Slick, who had forsook his cover to steal Cody's empty blaster. Although held at blasterpoint, Slick refused to surrender, grabbing Rex's DC-15S blaster and bowling him over.
In the ensuing brawl, Cody and Slick disarmed each other and engaged in unarmed combat. When Rex joined in, he received a blow to the head, and Slick knocked him to the floor and used the "groin popper" maneuver to dislocate his leg. Nevertheless, Cody swiftly knocked out Slick, and the enemy agent was detained and locked in handcuffs. When Skywalker and Kenobi returned, Rex and Cody presented them with Slick, who, having regained consciousness, attempted to justify his actions with his hatred for the Jedi. Slick's accusations elicited rebuttals from his clone officers, who countered that his exploits had endangered the lives of his so-called beloved brothers. Once Slick had been taken away to lock-up, Rex and Cody reported the sabotage of the weapons depot to Skywalker and Kenobi, who replied that they had discovered the full strength of the on-world Separatist invasion force, numbering close to a thousand units.
It was not long before Whorm Loathsom launched his first assault on the Republic forces, which became based out of Crystal City. After several days of battle, the Jedi and clones were able to beat back the Separatists, forcing them into retreat for the time being. Rex took advantage of the lapse in fighting to shave his hair and review casualty reports on his datapad near the Republic's temporary forward aid station. There, he conferred and joked with the medic on duty, Clone Sergeant Coric, and a patient, trooper Ged, who was being treated for a shoulder injury. The moment the Confederate forces initiated another attack, Rex grabbed his rifle and joined Skywalker and Kenobi in the streets. While Cody assisted Kenobi in marshaling a defense of their base, Rex took a clone platoon to accompany Skywalker along a route parallel to the city's main street. As they made their way behind enemy lines, Rex recalled how the antebellum Crystal City had been glittering with beauty just days before until the fighting crippled the city. He followed Skywalker and the rest of their men, including Coric and a patched-up Ged, to an energy sphere tower, where they divided their troops. While most of the platoon was tasked with targeting the street-level droids, Rex and Skywalker took several troopers to the roof to surprise a trio of advancing octuptarra magna tri-droids from above. Rex and his men used JT-12 jetpacks to reach the street below, while Skywalker landed on one of the tri-droids himself.
Rex's and his comrades' combined efforts brought down the three droids, and they turned their attention to the droid infantry's exposed rear flank, pressing on without haste. Once Loathsom and his droid army had been driven into another retreat, a Republic Nu-class attack shuttle landed in Crystal City's Central Plaza. Although Kenobi believed that his new Padawan learner was on board, he and Skywalker found that the shuttle had not brought reinforcements as they had believed—in their place was the young Padawan Ahsoka Tano, who had been apprenticed to Skywalker. Rex was introduced to Tano at the base's observation post and was surprised to meet the new Padawan, as Skywalker had previously sworn never to take a Padawan. Rex could not help but chuckle when Tano nicknamed her new Master "Skyguy," but Skywalker, annoyed with her arrogant behavior, told his captain to give her an "acquaint of the position" while taking her on his inspection rounds of Central Plaza's lookout points. He complied and ushered Tano away to confer with her privately.
Harnessing various elements of his training, Rex helped Tano to better understand her role in the Grand Army, and they were able to reach an understanding of each other—although Tano was still eager to prove she was ready to be an apprentice, she learned to be more appropriate and respectful to her superiors. While near the Republic's setup of AV-7 Antivehicle Cannons, Tano noticed that the Confederacy was deploying a deflector shield, a development that alarmed Rex, who knew that such a shield would render the Republic's artillery useless. Both of them joined Skywalker and Kenobi at the comm station to devise a tactic to repel the imminent Separatist counterattack. It was decided that Skywalker would take his Padawan behind enemy lines to eliminate the shield generator, while Kenobi and Rex would engage the droids to stall for time. After Skywalker and Tano departed, Rex and Kenobi attempted to use the heavy cannons against the enemy shield but only confirmed that they were indeed useless. Using an unencrypted comlink channel to appear more convincing to the Separatists, Rex ordered the clone forces to fall back before switching back to a secure channel. Via eavesdropping on Confederate voice traffic, he learned that Loathsom had ordered his forces to target the heavy cannons, which had impeded his troops earlier in the battle, but were now ineffectual and vulnerable.
As soon as the deflector shield passed over them, Kenobi led a forward charge on Loathsom's front lines, while Rex and his men lured the droids into the buildings along the main street. When the droids fired a missile at the comm post that Rex was using as cover, the explosion winded him and knocked him to the ground. After being forced to pull back his men, he met with Kenobi at the command center. Although Rex proposed that they use the heavy cannons in spite of the shield, which would cause fatal overpressure and result in severe collateral damage, Kenobi instead ordered him to mobilize a defense of the cannons while the Jedi Master himself delayed the droids. Despite his reluctance to leave Kenobi to fend for himself, Rex obeyed orders and retreated while Kenobi confronted the oncoming droids. As the shield approached the heavy cannons, Rex, Coric, and their men countered the advancing droids' fire from some rubble near the main street. Rex soon learned that Kenobi had surrendered to Loathsom, but he deduced that the Jedi General was simply stalling and rallied his men to hold the line.
As Rex and his men withstood the onslaught from the droids' overwhelming numbers, Skywalker and Tano eliminated the shield generator. Rex was aiming at a Kerkoiden tank commander when he caught a glimpse of the receding shield, and he killed the enemy officer out of sheer relief at the sight. He quickly ordered the heavy cannons to commence firing on the exposed Separatists and their Armored Assault Tanks, to great effect. With Admiral Wullf Yularen and Jedi Grand Master Yoda arriving with reinforcements to complete the process of securing Christophsis, Rex allowed himself to breathe and personally feel the deaths of his men, acknowledging the pain that came with losing them. Although LAAT/i gunships flew in and began to bombard the nearby droid lines, he braved the incoming fire to help Coric search through the debris for the two surviving troopers whom they had located via their helmets' heads-up displays. Rex later took a gunship to pick up Skywalker and Tano from the shield generator site, then returned with them to the command base in Crystal City. During the flight back, he congratulated Skywalker and Tano on their successful mission—making a point to commend the young Tano, who was slowly earning his respect.
Battle of TethEdit
- "If we can't stop them, then we delay them as long as we can, and after that we make sure they have to crawl over our bodies. It's been an honor, gentlemen."
- ―Rex, to Torrent Company
Following the victory on Christophsis, Skywalker and Commander Tano were assigned to rescue Rotta, the son of the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure, from enemy kidnappers. Their orders came as part of the Republic's overall effort to convince Jabba to grant the Grand Army access to hyperspace lanes running through Hutt-controlled space. Rex and Torrent Company accompanied the two Jedi to the planet Teth—where Republic Advanced Recon Force trooper scouts had tracked the Huttlet—in an Acclamator-class transport. Because the clifftop monastery where Rotta was being held was a half-mile off the ground and was being guarded by a detachment of battle droids, Skywalker elected to launch a vertical assault up the cliff face to reach the monastery. LAAT/i gunships ferried Torrent Company to the surface, and LAAT carriers brought a pair of AT-TE walkers along as extra support. When the monastery's droid defenders opened fire on the approaching craft, Clone Lieutenant Hawk—the pilot of the gunship carrying Skywalker, Tano, Rex, and their men—closed the gunship's blast shields to deflect the incoming fire. The gunships landed in the forest below the cliff, and the AT-TEs returned fire at the droids, providing cover for the Jedi and clones to take refuge in an overhang.
Rex soon sighted an object falling from the cliff, and though he initially believed it was an explosive device, it was identified as a fallen battle droid. Following Skywalker's and Tano's lead, the men of Torrent Company employed their blasters' ascension cables to scale the cliff, with Rex using his rappel line to ascend it. As a vertical crossfire commenced, the droid cannonades targeted one of the AT-TE walkers, severing its grip on the cliff. Rex watched in horror as the AT-TE plummeted to the ground, taking all of the troops beneath along with it. When B1 battle droids on Single Trooper Aerial Platforms flew in to attack the clones in mid-climb, Rex trained his blaster fire at the flying droids before Skywalker eliminated them. Torrent Company reached the monastery and destroyed all of the droids, albeit at the loss of half of its men. Upon arrival at the summit, Rex called in a gunship to casevac their fifteen wounded troopers, assigning several men to look after them in the meantime. He and Skywalker deduced from the heavy droid presence that the Separatists were the Huttlet's captors.
Leaving most of the men outside in the event of another assault, Rex took Sergeant Coric and troopers Lunn, Vaize, and Ayar to help Skywalker and Tano scour the monastery for the missing Huttlet. Entering the dimly lit castle, Rex and his men activated their helmet's headlights for better vision. Inside, the protocol droid 4A-7, claiming to be the monastery's caretaker, greeted and thanked them for liberating him from the battle droids. Learning from the protocol droid that the Separatists had kept their prisoners on the detention level, Skywalker and Tano proceeded there to rescue the Huttlet while Rex and his men stayed behind to guard the entrance. Yet Rex suspected that something was amiss about 4A-7, and though he was unable to confirm his suspicions, he was correct—the droid was aiding the Dark Acolyte Asajj Ventress as part of a Separatist plot to frame the Republic and the Jedi Order for Rotta's kidnapping. Rex returned to the monastery courtyard and finished securing the castle with his troops. As midday approached, he learned from Skywalker that Rotta had been found and sent Coric to help transport the Huttlet with a backpack. Upon their return, Skywalker and Tano prepared to leave Teth with Rotta aboard a gunship that Rex had on standby for them. However, Tano's discovery that the Huttlet was ill halted their preparations for an evacuation and forced them to consider another solution.
While Skywalker and Tano were delivering a status report to Kenobi through R2-D2's holoprojector link, a pair of Confederate C-9979 landing craft approached the monastery and deployed Vulture droid starfighters and ground troops. With battle droids invading the courtyard, Rex and Skywalker mobilized Torrent Company to defend their position while Tano returned inside with Rotta. After briefly conferring with Skywalker on the weak chances of getting Tano and Rotta safely off-planet, Rex dispatched Sergeants Coric and Hez and their squads to provide covering fire for the rest of the company. Their remaining AT-TE walker was shot down, and Torrent Company began to take heavy losses. Rex joined his men in retreating into the monastery, and with everyone else inside, Skywalker ordered his captain to shut the entrance door. He initially refused, as Skywalker would be locked outside with the droids, but he complied when his general repeated the order, firing a blaster round at the controls. Skywalker used the Force to propel himself through the closing gap and into the entrance chamber, sealing all of them inside. With three-quarters of their men dead, several wounded, and only three medic-trained troopers remaining, Tano convinced her Master that it was best to find medical attention for the sick Rotta. Skywalker and his Padawan left with R2-D2 to escape from the castle while Rex remained with Torrent Company to hold their position.
Rex and his men braced themselves as the Separatist battalion—under the command of Asajj Ventress—disabled the door's lock mechanism, allowing B1, B2, and DSD1 dwarf spider droids to flood into the stronghold in overwhelming numbers. Rex watched as his men fall to enemy fire one by one before being knocked to the ground himself. Feigning death, he secretly contacted his surviving comrades through their private comm frequency and learned that only five of his men, including Coric, remained. As Ventress entered the antechamber and gave orders to an OOM command battle droid, Rex destroyed the droid with one of his DC-17 hand blasters and then targeted the Dark Acolyte. Ventress, however, immediately drew her double-bladed lightsabers and deflected his laser shots. She telekinetically disarmed him of his blaster pistol and Force-choked him, demanding that he reveal Skywalker's whereabouts. Having been trained in mental resistance, Rex kept repeating his name, rank, trooper designation, and battle group to avoid succumbing to her influence. She finally gave up her interrogation and, after dropping the defiant Rex to the floor, performed a mind trick, ordering him to contact Skywalker and ask for his general's location.
Rex resisted Ventress's influence and commed Skywalker of his own accord, using a false voice and addressing him as "Anakin" instead of his usual "General Skywalker" to allude to Ventress's presence. Unaware of his exploit, Ventress threw him aside and departed to personally confront Skywalker, tasking her battle droids with guarding the survivors of Torrent Company. Though he suspected that his ribs had been broken, Rex mimicked unconsciousness to avoid attracting the droids' attention. He repeatedly checked in with his men over their private frequency, keeping them prepared to mount a last stand. Skywalker soon made contact via comlink, and because Rex had forgotten to divert the signal to his helmet, the battle droids overheard the device. As the enemy units converged on him, he destroyed several of the droids closest to him and stole an E-5 blaster rifle from one of them. Moving as one, the other 501st survivors—Coric, Nax, Zeer, CT-9932, Del, and Attie—sprang to their feet and also attacked their captors, pilfering blasters for themselves. Using the fallen AT-TE as cover, they engaged the droids in a crossfire. Rex took a painkiller from his utility belt medpac before reporting their situation to Skywalker. Eventually, Zeer planted explosives in an eviscerated super battle droid and detonated the unit once it had been sent back into the Confederate lines. The trap droid destroyed many of its comrades, but only a few minutes elapsed before the droids regrouped to resume their attack.
Rex and his comrades were able to bring down an advancing Vulture droid starfighter, using it as cover to combat the droids at a closer proximity. Nevertheless, the troopers remained outnumbered, and the battle droids demanded their surrender. At that moment, Obi-Wan Kenobi arrived at Teth with Commander Cody, the 212th Attack Battalion, and an armada under the command of Wullf Yularen. Leading an air assault on the droids, Kenobi jumped out of his Delta-7B starfighter to assist Rex and the other Torrent Company survivors while LAAT/i gunships deployed Cody and his men. Learning from Rex that Skywalker was most likely still in the stronghold, Kenobi left to find the Jedi General. Eventually, Skywalker—having found and commandeered the Twilight, an old spice freighter, with Tano and Rotta—contacted Rex, reluctantly telling him that they would be unable to give support, as returning Rotta to his father on Tatooine was still their priority. Rex understood his general's position and replied that he and his men would be able to hold out thanks to Kenobi's arrival. Under covering fire from his men, Rex charged at an advancing dwarf spider droid and planted a primed thermal detonator on it, jumping away in time to avoid the explosion that engulfed it.
As Rex and his men cut through the battle droids, Kenobi returned from a duel with Ventress. Rex voiced his doubt that Skywalker and Tano would be able to reach Tatooine in their dilapidated freighter, but Kenobi was confident that Skywalker's expertise at a starship's controls would prove adequate. After the Republic finally emerged victorious on Teth, Rex conferred with Cody amidst the settling dust, venting his frustration with the poorly handled operation. Although Rex was still devastated with the loss of Torrent Company, his friend stated that their efforts had not been in vain, as Skywalker and Tano had reached Tatooine with Rotta. The two clone officers accompanied Masters Yoda and Kenobi to Jabba's Palace on Tatooine to retrieve Skywalker and Tano, who had returned Rotta to his father and established a treaty with the Hutts for Grand Army access through Hutt Space. Upon meeting with Rex, Skywalker and Tano wanted to hear all the details of the battle's end, of the men who had won and paid the ultimate price for the victory. Despite his distress, Rex agreed to recount it to them. Though Torrent Company was replenished with new troops, the defeat of the original unit stayed with Rex for a long time.
Shipyards of GworiEdit
- "Still no word. We have to assume they're in trouble. I think it's time to alter Master Skywalker's orders."
"Are you sure, sir?"
"Rex, just like Master Skywalker, you will have to learn to trust me."
- ―Ahsoka Tano and Rex, on their orders to stay put during the infiltration of Gwori
As warfare continued to devastate the galaxy, the Confederate Navy, outnumbering the Republic Navy fourfold, put the Republic's war effort at a supreme disadvantage. With the rising likelihood of losing the war, the Jedi High Council decided to impede Separatist starship production by targeting the InterGalactic Banking Clan's Confederate-allied Gwori shipyards. Because the shipyards' exact location had yet to be determined, the task of pinpointing the facility fell to Skywalker, Kenobi, and Rex. To penetrate Gwori's defenses—namely, a droid-operated blockade and a radiation beam that eradicated all life forms attempting to reach the planet—Skywalker chalked out a plan for a small strike force to be frozen in carbonite. R2-D2, whose presence would not cause much suspicion, would then pilot the team to Gwori and release them from the carbonite. After locating the shipyards, they would relay the coordinates to Generals Plo Koon and Saesee Tiin, who would move in and eliminate the facility with a Republic squadron. Initiating preparations on Coruscant, Rex gathered a clone squad at carbonite freezing plant CT-642, where Skywalker assured his captain that they would not be frozen long enough for hibernation sickness to take effect. Rex and his men, along with Skywalker and Kenobi, were encased in carbonite with the addition of Tano, who had been ordered not to participate in the mission but nonetheless manipulated Admiral Yularen to receive clearance.
Rex and the strike team proceeded to Gwori aboard the freighter VX-391, with R2-D2 at the controls. When the blockade's battle droids discovered that the ship was unregistered, R2-D2 was forced to release the task force and escape himself just before the battle droids shot down their vessel. The astromech droid freed Tano from her carbonite slab, and she in turn released Rex and the others. Once they had found the enemy facility, Skywalker and Kenobi sent Tano, Rex, R2-D2, and two other clone troopers to contact Koon and Tiin from a nearby communication tower. After they broke into the station, Tano transmitted the shipyards' coordinates to Koon, Tiin, and Yularen, who were waiting in the Moskk system. Before Rex and his comrades could arrange to be evacuated from Gwori, the transmission was cut off when the shipyards' supervisor, Overseer Juhm, contacted the station and discovered the presence of the Republic strike team. Tano, Rex, and their men managed to flee with R2-D2 just before Juhm remotely destroyed the station, and Tano relayed the developments to Skywalker and Kenobi. While their superiors infiltrated the shipyards, Rex, Tano, and their team went to find cover on Gwori's plains, where a squad of jetpack-equipped B2-RP battle droids attacked them.
After escaping from the droids, Rex and his comrades took refuge in a cave that they soon found was the current residence of a large lizard-like creature, which killed one of the clones before Tano could eliminate it. As time passed, the extended lack of communication from Skywalker and Kenobi led Tano to conclude that their commanders were in trouble. She decided that it was time to "alter" Skywalker's orders of staying concealed, and though Rex voiced some doubt, he left the cave with Tano and the other trooper. However, Juhm was waiting for them outside the cave with a squad of B2 super battle droids and killed their clone companion on sight. Presented with the choice of either surrendering or being immediately gunned down, Rex and Tano decided to comply with Juhm's demands and were taken away, leaving R2-D2 back in the cave. As night fell, Juhm had Rex and Tano attached to electrically charged frames alongside Skywalker and Kenobi, who had been captured at the shipyards. Before departing, Juhm left a trio of IG-100 MagnaGuards to guard them from spiders, his intent being to let them survive as a reminder to the shipyards' slaves of his absolute superiority. Although the four were tortured and electrocuted in turn, Rex grudgingly expressed his gratitude for the MagnaGuards' protection from the spiders.
In an attempt to free themselves, Skywalker, Kenobi, and Tano used the Force to destroy the MagnaGuards, and R2-D2 arrived and cut them and Rex from their frames before the spiders could attack. The team proceeded to the shipyards and convinced Juhm's slaves, who numbered over a thousand, to emancipate themselves from their servitude. At dawn the next day, Skywalker, Tano, Kenobi, and Rex stole one of the shipyards' near-completed Munificent-class star frigates and escaped aboard it with the ex-slaves, just as Koon and Tiin arrived with their team of bombers. Koon and Tiin led the BTL-B Y-wing starfighters of Hunter Squadron on their strike on the Banking Clan facility, dropping their munitions on the site. Skywalker, meanwhile, used their frigate's tractor beam to retrieve trooper Toomer, who had been left behind when his carbonite slab's controls malfunctioned, and headed for the Separatist blockade. However, the battle droids overseeing the blockade detected the mass of life forms aboard the stolen frigate via scanning and activated the radiation beam. Before the beam could vaporize Rex and the other passengers, Koon and Tiin intervened, disabling the scan gate projecting the beam. The two Jedi Masters hitched a ride on the vessel, as their hyperdrive booster rings had been destroyed, and they left the Gwori system for Coruscant. There, Juhm's ex-slaves found employment with the Republic. Once Toomer had been freed from his carbonite, Rex reassured the disappointed trooper that there would be more fighting to come.
- "All right, listen up. There's only one target of interest in this sector: Kamino. It's the closest thing we clones have to a home. Today, we fight for more than the Republic. Today, we fight for all our brothers back home. Understood?"
"Sir, yes, sir!"
- ―Rex, to Echo, Fives, and Hevy
Rex was stationed with Skywalker, Tano, and Admiral Yularen on board Skywalker's flagship, the Venator-class Star Destroyer Resolute, when it was deployed to the Bith system during the emerging threat of a new Separatist superweapon. After the enemy weapon executed a devastating assault on Plo Koon's forces in the nearby Abregado system, the Resolute was reassigned to protect the Republic's supply convoys alongside Kenobi; his flagship, the Negotiator; and the rest of their fleet. Skywalker thereafter divided the fleet to increase their defensive perimeter and departed with Tano to scout ahead for enemy activity. Rex was present on the Resolute's bridge with Yularen when Kenobi contacted them to check on their progress as well as Skywalker's whereabouts. Yularen reported that the convoys were on schedule and also informed Kenobi of Skywalker's orders. Skywalker and Tano soon discovered that the Separatist superweapon was the Malevolence, a powerful warship that was equipped with an ion pulse cannon. The Resolute was again reassigned, this time to join a Republic naval strike on the Malevolence near the Kaliida Nebula. The ensuing Battle of the Kaliida Nebula saw the battleship eradicated, its threat to the Republic ended.
Rex and Commander Cody were next assigned to inspect several small Republic bases and listening posts. Their first inspection site was a tracking station in the Pastil system. Upon arrival on Pastil aboard Rex's Nu-class attack shuttle, the Obex, Rex began assessing the outpost with Cody and commented on the station's extreme cleanliness. Trooper Stripe informed them that an MSE-series droid nicknamed "Rodent" maintained the base, mentioning that the droid had a glitch and spent hours cleaning the outpost. Recognizing the droid's characteristics as those of a spy droid, Rex called out a Code Aurek alert and ordered the facility's troopers to track down Rodent. The rookie clones were unaware of Rex's suspicions and initially thought he was crazy, but when Rex found the droid and blasted its body, the droid's wheels activated of their own accord and fled, a feature uncommon in regular MSE droids. The troopers eliminated three of the wheels, and when the fourth made for a grate, Stripe destroyed it with a thermal detonator; the resulting explosion caused a significant amount of damage to the hallway. Amused with Stripe's solution, Rex told the troops to clean up the mess before leaving the station with Cody.
After Cody reported their successful inspection to Skywalker and Kenobi, who were aboard the Resolute, he and Rex proceeded to Rishi Station, an outpost in the Outer Rim's Rishi system. They were unaware that Confederate BX-series droid commandos had just overrun the base. When Cody contacted Rishi Station for landing authorization, a droid commando posing as a clone trooper answered the transmission. Hearing the trooper's droid-like responses, Rex sensed that something was amiss but continued with Cody to the moon where the outpost was located, with Cody placing him in charge of the inspection. Upon landing at the station, Rex noted the absence of an on-duty deck officer, remarking that such an error was sloppy. A droid commando disguised in clone armor came out to greet Rex and Cody. When Rex caught sight of a droid attack flare launched from close by, he promptly shot the "trooper" who had greeted them in the head. At first Cody was shocked with his brazen behavior, but Rex removed his victim's helmet to unmask the disabled droid.
More droid commandos appeared and ambushed Rex and Cody, who exchanged fire with them while using some of the surrounding crates as cover. The droids tossed a series of thermal detonators at the Obex, forcing the two officers to jump off the landing platform. They fired their blaster cables at the underside of the platform and rappelled to the ground below; the droids, meanwhile, presumed that the explosion had claimed their lives. With the Obex destroyed, Rex and Cody mused over being stranded on the Rishi moon, recalling their similar situation on Tibrin. They came across the three survivors of the droid assault—CT-782, CT-27-5555, and CT-21-0408, nicknamed "Hevy," "Fives," and "Echo," respectively, who had also launched the warning flare—and Rex ordered them to take off their sunbonnets to verify that they were clones. After the three did so, a predatory Rishi eel emerged from a nearby crevice; Rex impressed the three rookie troopers by expertly killing the eel with a single blaster shot to its eye. Once they introduced themselves, Rex and Cody learned from Echo that their sergeant had died in the initial attack. Dubbing Echo, Hevy, and Fives "shinies," a derogatory term for their as yet unspoiled armor, Rex placed a handprint of blood from the eel's carcass on Echo's armor to commemorate his valor.
When Hevy expressed the rookies' shared desire to recover their outpost regardless of their inexperience, Rex stated that there was hope for them yet. The five troopers climbed up the canyon wall to Rishi Station, with Rex and Cody offering the carbines of their DC-15S blasters to the rookie troopers. Rex devised a plan to gain access to the enemy-held base, posing as Commando Unit 26 in clone armor and mechanically walking toward the blast doors' surveillance systems. He conferred with Droid Units 07, 08, and 09, who were guarding the entrance from inside. He maintained his cover by pretending to adjust his "vocabulator" and using an inert droid head as visual verification of his identity. Although Cody doubted the tactic would work, the droids admitted Rex entry, and he and the others gunned down the guards with celerity. Taking point despite Hevy's request for the lead position, Rex led the assault on the droids in the command center. He gunned down several of the droid commandos manning the central computer before the commando droid captain targeted him from atop a perch on a higher level. Rex blasted the droid's blaster out of his hand, which only caused his opponent to draw a vibroblade, but he quickly snapped the droid's neck with his gloved hands.
Though Rex and the others triumphed over the droid commandos, their victory was short-lived. The group of five discovered that a Separatist fleet—led by General Grievous—was passing over the moon, and they deduced that the droids had hot-wired the station's all-clear signal to prevent the Republic from learning of the impending invasion. To investigate the lack of response from the droid commandos, Grievous dispatched a C-9979 troopship, which landed at the base and deployed droid infantry reinforcements. As Cody noted their slim chances of success, Rex decided that they had to destroy Rishi Station: despite the plan's lack of convention, the subsequent cessation of the all-clear signal would alert the Republic to the invasion. Echo contributed to Rex's plan, offering that they could repurpose the station's supply of liquid tibanna gas as explosives for the venture. Before setting the operation into motion, Rex and Cody spoke with Echo, Fives, and Hevy to prepare them for the forthcoming battle. Rex stated that the Confederacy's main target could only be Kamino and cited its personal importance to the clones, rallying the rookie troopers with the knowledge that they were fighting for all of their brethren back home.
While Cody, Hevy, and Fives confronted the battle droids at the entrance, Rex and Echo ushered several PLNK-series power droids, or "plunk droids," containing the liquid tibanna into the command center. As they wired the three plunk droids together, Rex encountered problems with the detonator's remote handset. Hevy offered to stay and repair the remote, allowing Rex, Cody, Echo, and Fives to escape outside via a maintenance pipe. Rex assumed that Hevy had summarily fixed the remote and was right behind them, but when he told Hevy to detonate the explosives, he discovered that the trooper had not yet joined them. He contacted Hevy and ordered him to vacate the base, but Hevy stated that he would have to manually activate the charges due to the remote's defectiveness, ignoring Rex's protests. Although Rex and the others backtracked to help Hevy, he sacrificed himself to destroy the base and warn the Republic of the Separatist invasion. The termination of the all-clear signal elicited an immediate rection from the Republic fleet, which arrived and forced Grievous's invasion force out of the system. LAAT/i gunships collected Rex, Cody, Fives, and Echo from the moon and brought them aboard the Resolute. In the Star Destroyer's hangar, Skywalker and Kenobi commended Echo and Fives for their valor, awarding them medals and also honoring Hevy's sacrifice. Rex, impressed by the efforts of the former "shinies," inducted Hevy and Echo into the 501st Legion.
- "Your troops are settled, Captain? And ready for the fray?"
"Yes, sir. They've adjusted well, and will do you proud."
- ―Anakin Skywalker and Rex, upon the latter's arrival on the Resolute
Rex and Skywalker soon returned to Coruscant, where Rex manned a blaster training range to maintain his troops' marksmanship skills. Just over a week after their return, word reached the Jedi High Council that General Grievous was targeting the planet Bothawui, home to the key Republic-affiliated Bothan Spynet. Skywalker was subsequently given command of his own battle group to defend the strategic world from the Confederacy. Kenobi, who was out of action due to injuries from a recent terrorist bombing, had Rex and the 501st Legion put on standby, knowing that Skywalker would want them for his strike force. After receiving his orders, Rex got his men settled on the Resolute, which was being prepared for Skywalker's fleet along with two other Venator-class Star Destroyers, the Pioneer and Dauntless. He enjoyed a brief reunion with Skywalker and Tano, who were pleased that he had been assigned to their task force. Once all was ready, they set off for the Both system, with Grievous and an armada of four Munificent-class star frigates pursuing them there. Although they beat Grievous to Bothawui, Skywalker, Tano, and Rex learned from Kenobi that Grievous had not abandoned his pursuit of them.
As Kenobi told them, Grievous was still on course to the Both system, having stopped to take on two additional frigates to overwhelm Republic forces on the planet Falleen. Despite being outnumbered two-to-one in vessels, Skywalker was intent on protecting Bothawui and was unwilling to let it fall to the Confederacy. He deployed a detachment of AT-TE walkers under Rex's command to the asteroid belt surrounding the gas giant Bothawui Prime, from where they would be able to outflank Grievous once his fleet passed through the asteroids. After Grievous's frigates arrived in the system, passed through the asteroid belt—as well as the AT-TEs hidden there—and opened fire on the Republic Star Destroyers, Rex and his men turned the tide of the battle by attacking the frigates, targeting their aft sections. The ambush was all the more successful because the unsuspecting Grievous had diverted all of his frigates' power to their forward shields instead of their rear ones. The Resolute, Pioneeer, and Dauntless annihilated the trapped Separatist armada, but not before Grievous was able to flee from his command ship. Skywalker's Delta-7B starfighter took on damage while pursuing Grievous's personal starfighter, Soulless One, and veered off-course toward the asteroid belt.
Rex rescued Skywalker from his crippled starfighter but could not save R2-D2, who had served as the Jedi General's astromech droid co-pilot. Rex and Tano met with Skywalker in the Resolute's medbay once he had regained consciousness and brought him up to date with the battle's success, albeit with the loss of R2-D2. After conducting an unsuccessful search for his astromech droid, Skywalker was forced to declare R2-D2 officially missing in action. Believing that the Resolute, Dauntless, and Pioneer could use modifications, Skywalker took his fleet back to the Allanteen Six shipyards where they had been manufactured. Eventually, Kenobi contacted Skywalker and Tano and tasked them with finding a new Confederate listening post before it continued to intercept Grand Army transmissions and pose a threat to the Republic war effort. Departing from the shipyards on his new assignment, Skywalker elected to personally reconnoiter space suspected of Confederate activity while the rest of his forces concentrated on a more central path. Upon being informed of Skywalker's reconnaissance plan, Rex questioned whether he was sure he wanted to scout ahead alone, but Skywalker was certain that more than one fighter would attract too much enemy attention.
Skywalker brought along the replacement astromech droid R3-S6 and departed from the Resolute in his retrieved Delta-7B starfighter, unaware that R3-S6 was a spy working for Grievous. Not long after Skywalker left, Tano received a signal from the homing beacon of her Master's fighter—his covert position had been compromised. Rex quickly gathered a squad of troopers to accompany Tano aboard the Twilight, and they arrived to reinforce Skywalker, whom Grievous was cornering with two Munificent-class frigates and a squadron of Vulture droids. Due to the fact that enemy fire had ruptured his hyperspace docking ring, Skywalker piloted his starfighter into the Twilight's cargo bay to retreat aboard the freighter. With Rex and his men providing covering fire as gunners, Tano maneuvered the Twilight right between the adjacent wings of the enemy frigates. As soon as they were clear, Rex engaged the Twilight's hyperdrive, executing a successful escape. A short while later, R2-D2, whom the scavenger Gha Nachkt had captured, was able to get a message through to the Twilight. Rex tracked the transmission's origin to Ruusan 2, a moon of the planet Ruusan, where they proceeded to investigate the source.
At Ruusan 2, Rex and his comrades found Skytop Station, the Separatist listening post that they were after, and they concluded from R2-D2's message that the astromech droid was aboard the station. Despite orders from Kenobi to focus on sabotaging the enemy outpost, Skywalker resolved to mount a dual operation to destroy the base and save R2-D2. Once the Twilight entered the gassy atmosphere of the moon, Skywalker, Tano, Rex, and four other troopers used the Force and JT-12 jetpacks, respectively, to safely land on the station many meters below. Rex carried R3-S6 to the station on Tano's orders, a job he was not enthusiastic about undertaking because of the astromech's substantial weight. Upon landing with the heavy R3-S6 in his arms, he insisted that he would never lug around an astromech droid again. Rex entered the station with the squad and joined another trooper in shooting down two B1 battle droid guards in their path. At a nearby computer terminal, R3-S6 accessed the building schematics of the battlesphere, which Rex used to brief their team on the location of the station's reactors. If its reactors were destroyed, Skytop Station's repulsorlift generators would be compromised, which would consequently plummet the battlesphere to Ruusan 2's surface.
While Skywalker left to rescue R2-D2 on his own, Tano, Rex, and their men went to plant explosives at the reactor room thirty levels below, where they found that an alarm had triggered the door's ray shield. R3-S6 plugged into a terminal and tried to bypass the shield, but as time went on Rex became doubtful of R3-S6's abilities and questioned them. Though Tano admonished him, telling him to be patient, R3-S6 was actually stalling to give a battle droid patrol time to ambush the Republic team. The astromech droid's efforts succeeded when a squad of B1 battle droids reached their location and attacked them. While Tano deflected laser shots with her lightsaber, Rex and his men used the hallway's supports as cover and opened fire on the battle droids. R3-S6, meanwhile, activated the reactor room's secondary door, sealing off the Jedi and clones from the reactors. When B2 super battle droids arrived from the other direction, effectively outgunning the clone troopers and trapping them in a crossfire, Tano had Rex utilize electro magnetic pulse grenades—nicknamed "droid poppers"—against their adversaries. A grenade tossed in both directions deactivated all of the droids, though the ensuing respite in fighting did not last long. Immediately thereafter, Grievous arrived and confronted the team, batting Tano aside and attacking Rex and the clone troopers. They targeted their blaster fire at Grievous but were knocked aside, and all of the troopers save for Rex and Denal were killed.
As Grievous prepared to kill the unconscious Rex, Tano intervened mid-strike to block the cyborg general's blow with her own lightsaber. She continued to distract Grievous by drawing him into a storage room; Rex and Denal learned of her exploits after regaining consciousness. Although Rex protested to Tano's course of action over a comlink transmission, he complied with her orders to complete their mission. He and Denal broke into the reactor room and planted the explosives, then departed for the landing bay to rendezvous with Skywalker and the Twilight. The Jedi General was alarmed to learn that Tano had engaged Grievous in single combat and insisted that they take him to assist her. As Rex and Denal headed for the hangar's exit with Skywalker and the Twilight's clone pilot, R3-S6 closed the blast doors and sealed all of the exits. The astromech droid also activated several Vulture droids hanging from the roof to prevent the Jedi and clones from escaping, revealing his loyalties to Grievous and the Separatists. Surrounded by Vulture droids on one side and super battle droids on the other, Rex, Skywalker, and the troopers ran for cover behind several nearby crates while returning the droids' blaster fire.
During the ensuing firefight, Skywalker ordered Rex to activate the explosives at the reactors despite the fact that they were still in the station. Rex complied and detonated the charges, beginning Skytop Station's gravity-pulled descent into the atmosphere of Ruusan 2. Presently, Tano—having escaped from Grievous—reached the hangar via a ventilation shaft and joined the fight, eliminating two of the Vulture droids. When Rex noticed several fuel cells close by, Skywalker called on the Force to hurtle one of them at the droids, and Rex placed a well-aimed shot on the cell. The resulting explosion obliterated all of the battle droids. Once R2-D2 opened the hangar door via an external terminal, the Jedi and clones escaped from the doomed Skytop Station aboard the Twilight, and Skywalker completed their successful operation by finally retrieving his astromech droid.
While Rex, Skywalker, Kenobi, and Tano were serving aboard the flagship of the Republic Navy, Tano intercepted a Rebel SOS signal from Tatooine. Determined to prove herself, she secretly took a shuttle to investigate the transmission's source. Skywalker, Kenobi, and Rex soon discovered her absence and also learned that the signal had been fake—Tano had fallen into a Separatist trap. The two Jedi Generals quickly took the Twilight to Tatooine, where they rescued Tano from a battle droid detachment.
Mission to JanFathalEdit
- "You don't mean to go on the mission, do you, Captain? It's not really your job. It's mine, in the absence of any embarked troops. And I've done extractions before. Except we'll do this one my way, and with any luck it won't turn out like Teth."
- ―Rex, to Gilad Pellaeon
Several months into the war, Rex agreed to relieve Skywalker of his Padawan for a few days by taking her along on a three-day shakedown cruise aboard Republic Navy Captain Gilad Pellaeon's newly refitted assault ship, Leveler, in the Dantus sector. After Pellaeon, an old acquaintance of his, permitted him to join Leveler's testing session, Rex departed to join the cruise with Tano, Sergeant Coric, and six clone troopers new to Torrent Company—Ross, Boro, Joc, Hil, Vere, and Ince, who had completed their training several days prior. En route to Leveler aboard a shuttle, Tano questioned if her Master had taken a respite from training just for a break from her, but Rex abstained from directly answering to avoid speculating about Skywalker. He was more concerned with his new troops, considering using the inconsiderate tally sensor to tell the six apart because they had so far failed to display unique personalities. After Rex and his men arrived aboard Leveler, Pellaeon greeted them and allowed them to move into their barracks. At Tano's request, Rex took her to examine Leveler's experimental concussion missiles, and Pellaeon joined them at one of the missile bays.
Rex and Pellaeon were cut off from a discussion about Leveler's new weapons by an alert that a flotilla of Confederate ships had exited hyperspace in the nearby Fath sector. While Rex and Pellaeon monitored the Separatist activity, Tano sensed a disturbance in the Force which, at Rex's advice, Pellaeon took seriously. Despite the possibility that the enemy activity would not result in anything, Rex took precautions and went to round up his men in case they were needed. After he returned to Torrent Company's barracks and relayed the situation, Job's inquiries into Pellaeon's private life sparked a debate between Tano and the rookie clones about the Jedi Code's ban on emotional attachment. Rex ended the argument by putting his men on standby, while Tano departed to check out the ops room at his suggestion. Once she had left, Rex reproved his men for putting her on the spot, but was also pleased that they were settling in and expressing themselves. In an effort to keep them occupied, he took his men to the hangar deck to perform some deck circuits and familiarize themselves with the Fath system, where Leveler was headed to keep a closer eye on the active Separatist armada.
Rex contacted Skywalker to inform him of their diversion to the Fath system, and Skywalker responded by setting off to rendezvous with Leveler despite his captain's admission that his involvement was unnecessary. After taking a moment to shave his hair from a blue-dyed haircut—in support of the Sullustan Bylluran Athletic bolo-ball team—Rex joined Tano and Pellaeon on the bridge just as the warship became host to the Altisian Jedi sect. Jedi Master Djinn Altis, who spoke for the group, asked for permission to dock his freighter, Wookiee Gunner, on the grounds of receiving a distress signal from a Republic agent on the nearby planet JanFathal. Republic Intelligence confirmed Altis's story and reported that the agent had been captured during a Separatist-allied rebel uprising. Pellaeon approved the rendezvous with Altis, and Rex promised his men for the hostage extraction that they would soon be performing. Matters were complicated, however, when the captive operative was identified as Hallena Devis, a close acquaintance of Pellaeon. While Rex and his men were examining JanFathal's capital of Athar—where Devis was being held—via a holochart in Leveler's meeting room, Master Altis and fellow Jedi Callista Masana and Geith Eris convened with them, Pellaeon, and Tano to formulate a plan to rescue Devis.
As Pellaeon briefed the impromptu team on the objective at hand, Rex objected when Pellaeon implied that he intended to participate in the mission; the clone captain cited that in the absence of embarked troops, the responsibility fell to him and his men. He noted that all they could hope for was a successful rescue operation and not a full-scale ouster of the Separatists from JanFathal. Eris and Masana voiced their desire to reconnoiter Athar on their own, as they did not approve of clone trooper production due to their beliefs, but Rex and his men insisted it was their job. With a plan in place, the team headed down to Leveler's hangar bay, where a replenishment shuttle was prepared for them to take to JanFathal. Rex refused Pellaeon's suggestion to use civilian clothing, stating that he preferred armor advantages over stealth, and also assured the distressed Pellaeon that they would rescue Devis. Once the sensor technician Benb finished outfitting the shuttle, Rex and his men boarded the craft alongside Tano, Altis, Masana, and Eris. As Sergeant Coric flew them to Athar, Rex attempted to mediate a heated conversation between Tano and the Altisian Jedi, whose controversial beliefs conflicted with the orthodox Jedi principles upon which she had been raised. He also checked in with his rookie troopers over their private circuit and took pity on the new inductees, as they had not been prepared to be confronted with Jedi of such incongruity.
After bypassing a Separatist landing craft, Coric landed the team's shuttle in the south district of Athar. Rex immediately disembarked with the others and headed for a nearby building, where Altis and Ross worked with a recording remote to observe the surrounding enemy deployments in the city. Rex, Tano, and Masana then moved in to reconnoiter the vicinity of the building where the Separatist-backed rebels were holding Devis. Rex formed a plan for a standard hostage extraction, electing to first secure the building's exit and then deploy teams to infiltrate the structure via the roof and front entrance. After the rest of the team joined them, Rex sent Altis with Joc, Ince, and Ross to cover the exit and led the others to enter the building via the roof. Once Altis had distracted Devis's captors—the young insurgents Merish Hath, Shil Kaval, and Varti—Rex and his men used explosives to open a hole in the roof and joined the Jedi in confronting the rebels. Though Varti, holding his blaster to Devis, tried to bargain with him, Rex surprised everyone by shooting down Varti, subsequently freeing Devis. He used a vibroblade from his gauntlet to sever Devis's handcuffs and ushered her toward the exit, ignoring her attempts to retrieve her comlink from the badly wounded Kaval.
After Devis had been moved to safety, the building began to crumble, and Rex charged out of the structure with Altis, Vere, and Boro. While Ince headed to Coric's shuttle with Devis, Rex joined the fight against an incoming force of battle droids. In the ensuing battle, Vere was wounded beyond help, leaving Rex pained with the loss of the rookie trooper. Although Boro tried to revive Vere, Rex told him to continue fighting, as Boro endangered his own life with every second he spent trying to help Vere. Launching grenades at the droid infantry with his rifle, Rex prepared to lay charges and sacrifice himself so that the others could escape, despite protests from both Tano and Boro. Before he could execute his plan, Altis, Masana, and Tano focused through the Force, toppling an adjacent building onto the droids and barricading the enemy's path with rubble. Rex contacted Coric and was surprised to learn that the sergeant—despite having been ordered to wait only for Devis and the Jedi—was landing nearby to extract the rest of the team. Although Coric had disobeyed orders, Rex was grateful that he had decided to return for them.
Once all of the Jedi and clones were on board, Coric piloted the shuttle out of the area, barely evading the pursuant battle droids. En route to Leveler, Devis thanked Rex for his men's efforts, but he avoided initiating a conversation with her so as to reflect on Vere's death. He noticed that Ross, Boro, Joc, Hil, and Ince had opened up a private comlink frequency and respected their privacy, knowing they needed to discuss personal matters—including the painful loss of Vere. He instead voiced his congratulations to his men on the successful rescue, though he noted that JanFathal was lost to the Republic. Meanwhile, the Separatist destroyer Reaper attacked Leveler and forced Pellaeon to flee to hyperspace before Coric's shuttle could dock, leaving Rex and his team to fend for themselves. With their main source of life support—Leveler—gone, Rex ordered Coric to disable all nonessential systems. Boro calculated that with their limited oxygen supply, they would only be able to make it halfway to the shipyards at Kemla Yard, the closest Republic-allied location. Instead, they elected to return to Athar and mount a last stand against the Separatist army there. Shortly thereafter, Skywalker arrived in the system aboard the V-19 Torrent starfighter Echo-97 and contacted Rex, who updated him on their situation. Rex and the others rendezvoused with Skywalker in Athar, where Skywalker was introduced to the rookie clones and the Altisian Jedi.
Rex's and his men's spirits were lifted when Skywalker told them he had spotted several of the Separatists' hyperdrive-equipped CR-20 troop carriers, which could be used to escape off-world. Altis presently received word from his colleague Ash Jarvee that Leveler was returning to the system from a miscalculated hyperspace jump. In the meantime, Skywalker sent Masana, Rex, and the clone troopers to a road bridge along the Cadaman Royal Highway while he and the other Jedi seized a CR-20. Rex and his comrades would provide covering fire until the troop carrier lifted off and would then board the ship. Once Masana, Rex, and the clones were in position, Skywalker commandeered the troop carrier with Tano, Altis, Eris, and Devis and arrived to rescue them. Yet Ince was injured in battle with the droids, and Hil hurriedly treated him for his wounds. A Vulture droid approached and fired at some paving behind them, but Masana diverted the falling debris with the Force and edged over to attend to Ince. Rex and Ross stayed to keep the droid starfighter occupied, buying time for Masana and the others to carry the injured Ince onto the hovering troop carrier.
The Vulture droid landed and advanced on the two clones in walking mode, and Ross got the droid's attention while Rex tangled its legs with his rappel line, pulling himself toward the droid. He hung on despite its attempts to throw him off, causing the droid to become more and more tangled in the line. Rex's and Ross's combined blaster fire brought down the droid, and they escaped to the CR-20, which Skywalker promptly piloted toward Leveler. While the wounded Ince was stabilized, the battle-weary Rex manned the CR-20's blaster cannons with Tano, returning fire at the attacking Separatist armada. As soon as their CR-20 landed aboard Leveler, the assault ship escaped to hyperspace; Ince, meanwhile, was rushed to the medbay. Rex joined his comrades there, trying to endure the aggravating wait for developments in Ince's case. When Ince died from blood loss, Rex, devastated and furious with the loss of a second solider, took refuge in the mess hall. Tano found him there and discussed the Altisian Jedi views on the Clone Army with him, a discussion that soon undermined Rex's own beliefs as well as Tano's. Accepting that he and his comrades were making the best of an unwanted situation, Rex finally regained stability with his principles, though Tano found it more difficult to do so.
- "Try and keep them out of trouble, Captain."
"Sorry, sir. I can't make any promises where those two are concerned."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi and Rex, on Skywalker and Tano
As the war continued, Rex participated in a battle on a world against anti-Republic forces with Skywalker and Tano. During the fighting, Rex oversaw the operation of the Republic's AV-7 Antivehicle Cannons and had them return bombardment to the enemy artillery. Eventually, Skywalker learned that Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray, a member of the Separatist Council, had been arrested on the planet Rodia. While Tano departed to assist Jedi Master Luminara Unduli in transporting Gunray to Coruscant for trial, Skywalker and Rex stayed to maintain the Republic's position on the embattled world. When the Republic launched a later campaign to capture Confederate Head of State Count Dooku, Rex served with Skywalker, Kenobi, and Tano aboard the Resolute, searching for traces of the Sith Lord in the hopes that removing him from the Confederate leadership would effect a quicker end to the war. Once they located Dooku's Munificent-class star frigate in the Vanqor system, Skywalker and Kenobi infiltrated the frigate to detain the count while Rex, remaining behind with Tano, took Wullf Yularen's place of commanding the Resolute, as the admiral was recovering from the previous run-in with the Malevolence.
As soon as Skywalker and Kenobi were aboard Dooku's frigate, Rex had the Resolute move into position and open fire, crippling the enemy vessel. However, Dooku escaped aboard his solar sailer, and Skywalker and Kenobi gave pursuit in a stolen Sheathipede-class transport shuttle, ordering Rex and Tano to follow in any available craft. Although Skywalker and Kenobi crash-landed on the planet Vanqor alongside Dooku, a band of pirates brought the Sith Lord to their base on Florrum. After Tano retrieved Skywalker and Kenobi from Vanqor, Rex was present on the Resolute's bridge when Masters Yoda and Mace Windu of the Jedi Council delivered them new orders. Hondo Ohnaka, the leader of the pirate gang that had captured Dooku, had issued a ransom of one million credits for the count, and Skywalker and Kenobi were to verify that the Florrum pirates had custody of Dooku so that the Republic could pay the ransom. Yet Ohnaka's pirates also captured Skywalker and Kenobi, who failed to prevent Dooku from escaping from Florrum.
While liberating the planet Queel from the Confederacy alongside Skywalker, Kenobi, and Tano, Rex accompanied the latter to eliminate the enemy's artillery encampment. Rex used a jetpack to cross the swamp to the artillery base, while Tano rode a large dragon-like creature. Attacking the battle droids guarding the blaster cannons, Tano threw a blaster battery at the cannons with the Force, and Rex detonated the explosive by shooting the flying target, annihilating the cannons. He and Tano then returned to the Republic's forward command post with Skywalker and Kenobi to receive an incoming message from the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. In a conference with Jedi Masters Yoda and Ki-Adi-Mundi, Skywalker and Tano were assigned to intercept the Separatist agent Messo—who had stolen a Republic data file—in the Mon Gazza system, while Kenobi was to finish the campaign on Queel. Rex went with Skywalker and Tano aboard the Twilight to undertake their assignment on the planet Mon Gazza. There, Skywalker left to find Messo while Rex and Tano stayed behind to secure the freighter. After changing out of his usual armor, Rex donned a heavily covered-up disguise and traveled with Tano to find her Master. When Skywalker confronted Messo in a podracing arena, he discovered that the enemy agent had already transferred the data file. To further complicate matters, Messo was killed in a collision with a podracer before he could reveal any more information.
Rex and Tano joined Skywalker in the stands to watch the race and learned that Skywalker, believing that Messo's contact belonged to one of the teams in the racing circuit, had entered Tano as a contestant to go undercover with the other racers. They proceeded to the podracing stalls to begin outfitting Tano's podracer, with Skywalker, Rex, and R2-D2 posing as her pit crew. The skilled podracer Kidd Kareen became their prime suspect for being Messo's correspondent, as Tano learned via Jedi intelligence that several recent espionage incidents had coincided with the racing circuit's presence in the same system, with Kareen and his crew being present for each of the events. Once Kareen's crew had left their stall for the day, Tano kept Kareen occupied while Skywalker took a look around the stall, with Rex and R2-D2 on lookout. However, Kareen's fellow crew member San Maxus caught Skywalker snooping around, and a fistfight began between the Jedi and Kareen's crew. Shortly after Rex joined the fray, Tano and Kareen returned and halted the fight, and Tano was forced to apologize for her crew's actions. Rex and his comrades hurriedly left to prepare when they learned that the Padawan's debut race was next.
At the race, Rex and Skywalker tracked Tano's progress through the course via R2-D2's hololink, rushing to her aid when another podracer rammed her from behind near the finish line. Although Tano's podracer had been demolished in the crash, Kareen offered to loan her one of his spare podracers. Skywalker and Rex later trailed Maxus into a pub and used R2-D2 to eavesdrop on him. They discovered that Maxus was the Separatist spy when he contacted Count Dooku, and they also overheard Dooku arranging to have another agent collect the stolen Republic datachip from Maxus the next day. That day, during Tano's next race alongside Kareen and Maxus, Skywalker and Rex noticed Maxus recovering the stolen datachip from the podracing pits and chased after him. Though Maxus escaped, he left the rest of Kareen's crew to engage them in blaster combat. While Rex and R2-D2 fought off the podracers, Skywalker departed to help his Padawan, and the Jedi managed to prevent Maxus from handing over the datachip to Asajj Ventress thanks to assistance from Kareen. With their task completed, Skywalker, Tano, and Rex bid farewell to Kareen before leaving Mon Gazza aboard the Twilight. The three reported their success to Kenobi, who was still on Queel.
When rumors abounded of a new Confederate project in the Outer Rim, Rex became involved with sending Denal on various missions to counter the menace. While Denal was on Rodia investigating the rumors, Rex contacted him and ordered him to make way for Republic reinforcements by purging a nearby jungle clearing of battle droids. Once Denal had done so, Rex sent him to destroy a transport factory by activating its self-destruct mechanism. On Rex's orders, Denal next took a squad to Tatooine to scout out an allegedly deserted Separatist base, which was discovered to be teeming with droid forces. After Denal's team cleared the outpost of hostiles, Rex relayed the news that another enemy base had been discovered on Tatooine, this time a research station. As the outpost was reportedly connected to the new Separatist project, Rex told Denal to act quickly before the facility could be evacuated and any evidence destroyed. Denal infiltrated the station and uncovered plans for a superweapon that could cloak entire armies from the Republic. He later destroyed the superweapon at its construction site on the ice world Orto Plutonia. Shortly after Denal returned to the Republic fleet and received commendations from Obi-Wan Kenobi, Rex dispatched the trooper on yet another assignment.
Rex was sent with Skywalker and Tano to the planet Taronda to secure raw materials that the Republic desperately needed. Yet the Separatists were also interested in Taronda's resources and targeted a mining settlement on the world to divert the Republic's attention. With Vulture droid starfighters attacking from above, Skywalker had Rex gather the miners and prepare the encampment's deflector shield. Though Tano fell down a crevice leading to a mineshaft, Rex informed Skywalker of a more pressing matter: the arrival of a Separatist assault force composed of a C-9979 troopship, Multi-Troop Transports, and multiple Armored Assault Tanks. After bringing the wounded civilians to safety, Rex triggered the shield and called in Republic reinforcements. Asajj Ventress appeared just beyond the shield and revealed that she had sent dwarf spider droids after Tano, but Rex told Skywalker to have faith in his Padawan and restrained him from confronting Ventress. She withdrew her droid forces from Taronda upon discovering that a Republic Star Destroyer was inbound. Rex thereafter deemed it safe to disable the shield, and Tano, who had defeated the spider droids on her own, soon rejoined him and Skywalker.
When the Republic Ninth Fleet received a distress call from the Deyvus, a malfunctioning merchant starship locked on course with an unstable nebula, Skywalker, Tano, and Rex were sent to rescue the ship aboard the Twilight, as their craft was the nearest and fastest one available. On approach to the Deyvus, Rex noted that the damage appeared to be severe, with its ion drive gone critical and its stabilizers offline. As they prepared to send R2-D2 to access the Deyvus's maintenance systems, the vessel revealed a number of battle droid–manned laser cannons, leading Rex, Skywalker, and Tano to realize that it was a Separatist trap. Before they could maneuver the Twilight out of range, the droids targeted its engines; Rex used a fire extinguisher to put out the accompanying flames in the cockpit. He informed Skywalker that another impact would cripple the Twilight, as its hull could not withstand further damage. While the Twilight began to be pulled toward the collapsing nebula, General Grievous holographically contacted Skywalker, Tano, and Rex and lured them aboard the Deyvus, from where he claimed to be watching their deaths. Skywalker had R2-D2 begin repairing the Twilight's engines and took Rex with him to the Deyvus to capture Grievous.
Rex and Skywalker used a pair of grappling hooks to pull themselves toward the Deyvus through the void of space. Along the way, Rex questioned the boldness of their plan, to which Skywalker replied that it was boldness that distinguished them from the Separatists. Sneaking past the heavy laser cannons, Skywalker and Rex boarded the gun deck and proceeded into the Deyvus's system of hallways. Before they could get far, B1 battle droids and shielded droidekas surrounded them. Skywalker responded by slicing a hole in an adjacent wall with his lightsaber to blaze a detour to the bridge, where they assumed Grievous was sequestered. They passed through three floors, eliminating all of the battle droids in their path. On the bridge, they discovered that Grievous was not aboard the Deyvus; instead, a multitude of primed thermal detonators greeted them. Grievous contacted them from the safety of a Separatist cruiser and taunted their predictability before severing the connection. Skywalker quickly cut intersecting slices in the cockpit's roof with his lightsaber, and Rex blasted a hole through the weakened metal, allowing them to return to the Twilight moments before the Deyvus exploded. Though they failed to capture Grievous, they had foiled his trap for them.
Eventually, the Jedi Order learned—via a datachip that Ros Lai, an outcast of the Nightsisters clan of Dathomir, had provided—that the Confederacy had established an alliance with the Nightsisters. Rex returned to Christophsis with Republic Senator Padmé Amidala, her protocol droid C-3PO, and R2-D2 to pursue Lai's leads about the new enemy partnership for the Jedi High Council. During their investigations, Amidala discovered that the Separatist Droid Army was mining for something on Christophsis, though she was unable to determine what it was. Amidala reported her findings to the High Council and prepared to leave Christophsis with Rex and her droids. Before they could get off-world, enemy forces shot down their ship, and Rex was injured in the subsequent crash. He, Amidala, and C-3PO and R2-D2 were imprisoned in the Separatist base, where the battle droids were conducting their mining operation. While there, they overheard their guards saying that the Confederacy was harvesting crystals from the planet core, which were to be used to power the newly constructed Separatist warship Devastation.
A Jedi team of two—having been sent with Clone Commander CC-1004, nicknamed "Gree," to rescue Amidala—soon freed Rex and his friends from their prison cell. While R2-D2 and C-3PO remained behind to assist in the Jedi's continuing investigation, Amidala helped Rex to Gree's LAAT/i gunship, which had a medical console on standby for him. The Jedi later destroyed the Devastation before it could assault Coruscant, killing the Nightsister leader, Sai Sircu, and terminating her alliance with Dooku and the Confederacy.
From Quell to MaridunEdit
- "You know, I can't figure those villagers not wanting to fight. No pride, I guess."
- ―Rex, on the Lurmen pacifists of Maridun
While stationed aboard the Resolute, Rex accompanied Skywalker, Tano, and Yularen to aid Jedi General Aayla Secura, whose fleet was being ambushed by Confederate forces in the Quell system. By the time the Resolute arrived over Quell, two of Secura's Star Destroyers had fallen to a fleet of Munificent-class frigates; only Secura's command ship, the Liberty, was maintaining altitude. As the Separatists launched jetpack-equipped B2-RP battle droids to board the Liberty, Skywalker, Tano, and Rex took several LAAT/i gunships with troops from the 501st Legion to evacuate Secura and her 327th Star Corps personnel from her crippled flagship. After Skywalker reached the cruiser ahead of the others, a B2-RP battle droid intercepted the gunship carrying Rex and Tano, who pulled their clone pilot to safety in the troop bay after the battle droid forced him out of the cockpit. The droid also sabotaged the gunship's controls, plunging the craft uncontrollably toward Secura's flagship. As soon as they crashed through the Liberty's hull, Tano, Rex, and their squad jumped out of the burning transport without pause and began running through the Star Destroyer's corridors, disabling all of the droids in their path.
Rex and Tano caught up with Skywalker, Secura, and Marshal Commander CC-5052, nicknamed "Bly," in one of the Liberty's hallways, and they headed to the lower hangar to escape aboard a Consular-class cruiser that Skywalker had called in. As the gangway was extended to the frigate, the Confederate fleet's intensifying cannonades caused an inferno to rage through the Liberty. Sacrificing himself, Skywalker Force-pushed Rex and the others into the airlock, sealing the blast doors shut in both directions, then used the Force to hold back the advancing flames. Despite his efforts, the inferno finally blasted through, throwing him against the airlock. Once Tano and Secura had brought the wounded Skywalker aboard, Bly detached their Consular-class cruiser from the Liberty. Just as Bly was docking their frigate to the Resolute, a Vulture droid attack inadvertently activated the frigate's hyperdrive. Although the Resolute maneuvered away in time, the frigate jumped to hyperspace with the Jedi, clone officers, and other troop evacuees aboard.
While Skywalker was treated in the medbay, Bly discovered that the navigation computer's incorrectly inputted coordinates were heading them straight toward a star. Rex and Bly joined Secura and Tano on the bridge, and they decided to disengage the hyperdrive by shutting down all primary power units so that they could avoid colliding with the star. With Tano at the controls, Secura deactivated the frigate's power, bringing them out of hyperspace. Due to the vessel's uncontrollable speed and the lack of artificial gravity, Rex lost his grip on the back of Tano's seat and was smashed against Secura, breaking her hold on the power switch. Secura telekinetically reactivated the switch, enabling Tano to pilot the frigate out of its collision course. Yet she could not stop the ship from heading toward the nearby planet Maridun. The frigate suffered damage while entering the planet's atmosphere before finally crash-landing. Rex, Bly, and the clones escaped first, and Rex helped another trooper out of the frigate while Tano and Secura jumped out with Skywalker, just before the ship exploded. Once they had erected a makeshift shelter for Skywalker from the wreckage, Secura, Tano, and Bly took their only surviving troopers—Cameron, Lucky, and Flash—to seek out medical aid for Skywalker while Rex stayed to watch over him. Before Tano left with the others, Rex assured her that he would take good care of her wounded Master and also wished her luck.
Rex diligently guarded Skywalker through the night. When Skywalker finally awoke and tried to get up, Rex ran over and checked on his condition. However, a carnivorous mastiff phalone that had been watching the two for hours attacked Rex, pinning him and trapping his blaster hand under one of its claws. Rex managed to fire a shot, startling the creature and scaring it away, and aimed several final blasts at its retreating form. Skywalker fell back asleep and did not reawaken until the next morning. When he did, Rex insisted that he maintain his rest, but Skywalker told him that he could hear the mastiff phalones returning. Both of them drew their weapons just as two more of the creatures arrived and attacked. Rex gunned one of the beasts down, but the other charged into the makeshift shelter, knocking both him and Skywalker aside. At that moment, Tano and Bly returned with Wag Too, a healer from Maridun's Lurmen colony. Too wrapped a rope around the feet of the remaining mastiff phalone, and Tano assisted Too—as did Rex, despite an arm injury—in pulling the creature's feet out from underneath it using the rope. Once the mastiff phalone had fallen to the ground, Too secured the rope around its legs. Rex then followed Tano, Bly, and Too back to the Lurmen village, with Skywalker in tow on a stretcher cobbled together from the remains of the shelter.
While the Lurmen tended to Skywalker's wounds, Rex kept watch on the outskirts of the settlement. During his shift, he noticed the arrival of a Confederate troopship and reported it to Bly, who was back at the colony with the Jedi and ordered him to return. Rex joined the others in the seedpod hut where Skywalker was being treated. Give that Maridun was a neutral world, the Jedi and clones decided to abscond before the Separatists found them there, so as to ensure that the Lurmen did not suffer for hosting them. Rex and Bly aided Skywalker and, with Tano and Secura following in their wake, made for a nearby field of tall grass behind the village. While there, Rex and Tano discussed the Lurmen's pacifism, denouncing the colonists as cowardly until Secura intervened and asserted that it took courage to follow one's beliefs. When Skywalker suggested that they pilfer a shuttle from the Confederacy to escape off-world, Rex agreed with his Jedi General, eager to steal from the Separatists. Tano then noticed that a Separatist recon droid was spying on them. Rex joined her and Bly in pursuing the probe droid, but it was Secura who disabled the probe by maneuvering in front of it through the grasses. Searching for the probe's origin from atop a nearby tree, Rex and his comrades discovered the Separatists' base and watched as General Lok Durd held a test run of his Defoliator, an experimental cannon capable of liquidating organic matter while leaving mechanical units unharmed.
As Rex and Bly moved in for a closer look at the Defoliator, Durd sent two B1 battle droids—inadvertently, in the direction of the approaching clone troopers—to serve as test subjects. When the Defoliator Deployment Tank fired a capsule at the battle droids' location, it birthed an expanding wave of fire that decimated all life in the area, flora or otherwise. Rex and Bly turned and fled for higher ground, firing their blasters' grappling hooks at the tree. Rex made it to safety, and though Bly tripped and misfired his cable, Secura swung down on a vine and pulled him to refuge. They watched as Durd departed with several squads of troops, and Skywalker concluded that Durd intended to test the Defoliator on the Lurmen village. Rex and the others resolved to protect the Lurmen, waiting until after nightfall to raid the Separatist base for a starship. Once Rex, Skywalker, and Bly had cut down the droid guards outside the facility, Tano and Secura opened the door, enabling the others to infiltrate the base. Using various crates as cover, Skywalker, Rex, and Bly reached the communication center and destroying the droids in command. Rex noticed a pair of mobile shield generators and, on Skywalker's orders, helped Bly bring them aboard the Sheathipede-class shuttle that the Jedi had commandeered.
When Rex and the others landed at the Lurmen village at daybreak, the Lurmen chieftain, Tee Watt Kaa, did not appreciate their return, as he believed that they had brought the Clone Wars to Maridun. Rex soon caught sight of Durd's inbound battle group from the village's perimeter. In spite of protest from Kaa, Rex and his comrades formed a seedpod barrier to protect the village from the imminent engagement with Durd, working in teams to haul the seedpods in front of the settlement. Once Bly and Tano had moved the shield generators into place, Rex noted that Durd's battle droids were holding position a considerable distance away; Skywalker theorized that Durd would attempt to use his long-range artillery before mounting a charge. Sure enough, Durd had his droids fire a Defoliator shell, but the deflector shield proved effective in repelling the wave of destruction. Unable to attack from afar, Durd sent in his first squad. While Skywalker, Tano, and Secura waded into the enemy ranks, Rex and Bly, remaining in front of the shield, provided covering fire with their DC-15A blaster rifles. Although they defeated the first wave of droids, the second wave—comprised of Durd's second and third squads—swiftly followed.
Due to their superior numbers, numerous battle droids slipped past the three Jedi, forcing Rex and Bly to retreat behind the seedpod barrier. Despite the clones' efforts, the droids breached both the deflector shield and the seedpod wall and marched into the village, eliminating the shield generators. Secura and Tano joined Rex and Bly in defending the Lurmen, while Skywalker disabled the Defoliator Deployment Tank and captured Durd. Aided by Too and several other Lurmen, who sacrificed their pacifist upbringings to repel the invaders from their colony, Rex and his comrades eradicated the battle droids, preventing them from demolishing the village. With the battle over, Rex and Bly ushered the captured Durd and his Aqualish aide, Pune Zignat, into the Sheathipede-class shuttle. Too thanked the group for their efforts, as did Kaa, though he questioned the cost of the victory. As the Jedi and clones prepared to leave Maridun, Admiral Yularen arrived in orbit with a fleet of Star Destroyers, having finally tracked the Jedi there from Quell.
War on Orto PlutoniaEdit
- "Sir, the gunships can't take off in this storm. We don't have enough bikes for the entire platoon."
"Have the rest of the men stand by here. No matter what the chairman thinks, we're not going to war."
- ―Rex and Anakin Skywalker
When the Republic lost contact with Glid Station, a base on Orto Plutonia, Rex went with Skywalker, Kenobi, and a detail of cold assault troops to investigate the lack of response. They were accompanied by Chairman Chi Cho and Senator Riyo Chuchi from the orbiting moon of Pantora, which claimed the ice world as a protectorate due to its lack of sentient life. Upon arrival over Orto Plutonia aboard the Resolute, Rex, Skywalker, Kenobi, and the Pantoran dignitaries proceeded to Glid Station with a landing force of LAAT/i gunships. Rex and his men were forced to use cold assault armor that, while necessary for protection from the icy conditions, heavily restricted their movements in battle. After landing at the base and having his men place sensor beacons to survey the area, Rex followed Kenobi inside, where they discovered that the clone troopers there had been slaughtered, though there was no evidence of a battle with Separatist droids. Following their scouts' discovery of a nearby Confederate base, Rex took several troopers aboard Freeco bikes to examine the facility with Skywalker and Kenobi.
At the enemy outpost, which was composed of two connected XT Beetle Transports, Rex assisted Skywalker in placing sensors around the building before entering the complex with his general. Sorting through the communication records in the control center, Kenobi uncovered a holorecording of a large life form attacking a B1 battle droid. While Skywalker and Kenobi speculated as to what had attacked the droid, Rex reported that the droids' log indicated they had last been scouting the southern canyon. He returned to Glid Station with the other troopers while Skywalker and Kenobi followed up on the lead. As a storm began to brew outside, the Jedi returned with news of their discovery—contrary to the findings of previous scouting parties, sentient life inhabited Orto Plutonia: a colony of the Talz species. Upon learning of the Talz, Cho sought to protect Pantora's claim to Orto Plutonia and immediately ordered Rex to prepare his troops for battle, but both Skywalker and Kenobi intervened and told him they had arranged a meeting with the Talz to negotiate peace, much to Cho's chagrin. As the Republic forces prepared to leave for the rendezvous, Rex reported to Skywalker that their gunships would not be able to take off in the storm. Skywalker ordered the rest of the clone platoon to remain at Glid Station—despite Cho's aggressive claim to Orto Plutonia, the Jedi did not intend to go to war with the Talz.
Rex set off with Cho, Chuchi, Skywalker, Kenobi, and their clone troops for the Confederate base, which was to serve as the neutral meeting ground with the Talz. Once there, Cho told Rex to position his men on a nearby ridge from which to ambush the Talz, but Kenobi countermanded the order, as the Talz had already arrived. Leaving Rex and the clone troopers outside with an explicit directive to avoid provoking the Talz, the Jedi and Pantorans entered into negotiations with Chieftain Thi-Sen. Despite the efforts of all other parties to prevent armed conflict, Cho declared war on the Talz in an effort to expunge them from Orto Plutonia, with no one holding the authority to revoke his decision. While Skywalker, Kenobi, and Chuchi returned to Glid Station to search for a solution to the hostilities, Rex and his men took Freeco bikes and BARC speeders to accompany and protect Cho. When they encountered several narglatch-mounted Talz scouts near an ice ridge, Cho ordered the clones to open fire on the spot. Although Rex reminded Cho that they were only there for his protection, not to fight his war with the Talz, the captain and his troops were forced into battle when more Talz appeared and ambushed them. After a Tal warrior and his narglatch forced him out of his Freeco swoop, Rex retaliated by gunning down his attackers. He kicked his bike over for cover, ordering his men to do the same to form a defensive perimeter around Cho and his bodyguards from the Pantoran Guard.
As the Talz flung spears at them, Rex ordered his men to retreat. Though Cho refused to pull back, one of the spears soon hit him, impaling him through the back. Rex quickly slammed a BARC speeder into an advancing Talz and defended the wounded chairman from more of the warriors, doing his best to fend off Cho's attackers. He carried Cho onto a spare speeder and joined the rest of his men in their retreat. Yet further on, the collapse of an ice bridge across a gorge compromised their only path to safety. Despite being trapped between the ravine and the line of Talz warriors, Rex was ready to fight to the last man. As spears began to fly, he signaled his few surviving men to use their vehicles as cover from the charging Talz. They countered the Talz's spears with blaster fire and were saved when Skywalker, Kenobi, and Chuchi landed at their position with several LAAT/i gunships and clone reinforcements.
Though the Talz were forced to halt their offensive, both they and the clone troopers had suffered devastating casualties. After Cho, who remained hell-bent on eliminating the Talz to his last breath, succumbed to his injuries and passed on, Chuchi—having received sufficient jurisdiction from the Pantoran Assembly—negotiated an end to the bloodshed with Thi-Sen. She peaceably transferred overall control of Orto Plutonia to the Talz, in recognition of their sovereign status. With the Battle of Orto Plutonia brought to an end, Rex and his men departed from the battlefield with Chuchi, Skywalker, and Kenobi aboard the gunships.
Virus outbreak on NabooEdit
- "We may be dead men, but we could still stop those droids."
- ―Rex, after discovering that he and his men are infected with the Blue Shadow Virus
When the Separatist-allied Doctor Nuvo Vindi was discovered to be resurrecting the fatal Blue Shadow Virus in a laboratory on Naboo, Rex was sent with Skywalker, Kenobi, Tano, and the clone units Snow Wolves, Calm Tree, and Wildfire to shut down Vindi's facility. Once Tano breached the underground lab with explosives, Rex and his men joined her in drawing the attention of the battle droid defenses so that Skywalker and Kenobi could infiltrate the lab elsewhere without resistance. From an LAAT/i gunship, Rex and his men rappelled into one of the ruptured tunnels and followed Tano in cutting through a patrol of B1 and B2 battle droids. However, the arrival of two droidekas halted their charge, forcing them to retreat while returning the droids' fire. As their men fell one by one, Rex and Tano were saved by Kenobi and the clone bomb squad, who collapsed part of the roof on the droidekas. Rex and his two remaining troopers followed Tano and Kenobi to a junction, where they decided to split up upon encountering more droids: Kenobi took the bomb squad to find Vindi's virus bombs—which, per Vindi's design, were to be used to spread the Blue Shadow Virus to key Republic star systems—while Tano, Rex, and their squad stayed to engage the droids.
Shortly thereafter, Vindi remotely activated the virus bombs. Once Rex and Tano had defeated the battle droids, they ran into Skywalker, Senator Padmé Amidala, and Representative Jar Jar Binks of Naboo—the latter two of whom had been captured by Vindi before Skywalker rescued them—at another junction. Skywalker informed Rex and Tano that one of the active bombs was missing and ordered them to split up and find Vindi's LEP servant droid, LEP-86C8, who Amidala recalled had taken the bomb. While Tano and Rex searched for the bomb, Skywalker and Kenobi chased down Vindi before the scientist could escape from Naboo. When Amidala reported that she and Binks had retrieved the missing bomb from LEP-86C8 in the arboretum, Tano and Rex quickly brought the bomb squad to deactivate the bomb. The ordinance specialists finished disabling all of the virus bombs with only seconds to spare, much to the relief of Rex and the others. Skywalker and Kenobi, meanwhile, apprehended Vindi and left to escort him to Naboo's capital, Theed, for trial. Unbeknownst to the Republic forces, LEP-86C8 had removed the virus vial from the last bomb before escaping. The droid used a spare explosive in the bomb room to release the Blue Shadow Virus to the laboratory.
Rex was on patrol with Tano and several troopers when LEP-86C8 detonated the virus bomb, and they rushed for a safe room before the airborne virus could catch up to them. They were nearly sealed out of the safe room when its blast doors were triggered, but Tano held the doors open with the Force, allowing Rex and the other soldiers to jump through the crack. They in turn pried the doors open long enough for Tano to clear the jump. However, they discovered that some of the virus had entered: they had been exposed to the plague. Despite being infected, Rex believed that they could still contain the laboratory's remaining battle droids before they broke out and released the virus to Naboo's surface, even if such an act would be his last. Soon, Amidala and Binks, clad in enviro-suits, let them out of the safe room, dismayed that they could not do anything to help their infected comrades. After offering a DC-15S blaster to Amidala, Rex joined Tano and another trooper in cutting off the battle droids from the bunker's north corridor, while Amidala, Binks, and the other troops took the south passage. They met halfway at an exit hatch, where Rex helped Amidala gun down the last battle droid attempting to cut through the hatch. Over the next six hours, the group continued through the compound, eventually being faced with a pair of droidekas—at which point Rex and the others provided covering fire for Tano as she charged at and engaged the droids.
Although Tano finished off the droidekas, Amidala's enviro-suit was breached in the ambush, and she was consequently infected with the virus. Rex and the others did not stop until they had rooted out and eliminated the last of the droids. As the virus took its toll, Rex aided Amidala in tending to the other four infected troopers. While Amidala lamented the clones' wasted lives, Rex replied that it was what they had been born to do. Tano thereafter fainted from the virus's effects, and Rex caught her as she collapsed.
Meanwhile, Skywalker and Kenobi collected a sample of reeksa root—a cure for the Blue Shadow Virus—from the planet Iego and returned to Naboo. They thus neutralized the virus with the antidote, just in time to save their friends. Expected to make a full recovery, Rex and the other afflicted were placed on mobile stretchers and brought onto the complex's landing pad, where 2-1B medical droids ushered them onto waiting LAAT/i gunships. Before departing, the ailing Rex made it clear to Kenobi that he did not intend to help train Binks, whom Amidala had recommended for blaster training. Rex later healed and returned to fighting shape. For his part in protecting the Naboo people from the virus, Naboo's Theed Arms gifted him with a set of specially chromium-plated blaster pistols dubbed the "Vigilance" and "Negotiator."
Ryloth and its aftermathEdit
- "I wish General Skywalker had discussed this plan with us. The odds are very much against us."
- ―Rex, on the impending task of breaking the Separatist blockade
Rex was deployed aboard a Republic fleet led by Skywalker, Tano, and Yularen to the Twi'lek homeworld of Ryloth, which the Confederacy had earlier seized with the aid of the Techno Union. They were tasked with eliminating the Separatist blockade of Ryloth to secure passage to the surface for a Republic invasion force under the command of Kenobi and Mace Windu. During the assault on the blockade, the arrival of Separatist reinforcements forced the Star Destroyers Resolute and Defender to withdraw from the Ryloth system, while the Redeemer collapsed to enemy fire. Yularen was injured, and Tano, who led Blue Squadron in her first command position, lost the majority of her men. As the Resolute and Defender reached their staging area, Windu asked for a status update from the Resolute, prompting Rex to go looking for Skywalker. He found his Jedi General in the hangar with Tano, who was distraught from the loss of her squadron, and told him of the incoming transmission. After compiling a damage report for Skywalker, Rex joined him on the bridge to speak with Kenobi and Windu, who granted Skywalker a single planetary rotation to complete his assignment. At his general's request, Rex went to locate Tano and found her in the medbay visiting Yularen; she left with Rex upon hearing that her Master was looking for her. Rex later received word of a complication aboard the Defender, which had been hit heavily during the engagement, and notified Skywalker via comlink.
Due to the Defender's damages, Skywalker chalked out a plan to sacrifice the cruiser. He intended to pilot it into a collision with the lead ship of the Separatist blockade, which would leave the enemy fleet in disarray without its commander, Captain Mar Tuuk. Skywalker thus ordered the Defender evacuated, and Rex helped him supervise the processing of the Defender's supplies as LAAT/i gunships transferred its matériel to the Resolute's hangar bay. When Tano arrived, Rex stepped in to oversee the cargo sorting while Skywalker explained his plan to his Padawan. Tano's role involved her assuming command of the Resolute to assault the remainder of the blockade. Though she felt unprepared to do so, Skywalker continued on and gathered Rex and their men, informing them that Tano would fill them in on the full plan. Before Skywalker left for the Defender, Rex asked him to leave some battle droids for him and the clones, though Skywalker made no promises. With Yularen still out of action, Rex joined Tano and the Resolute's navigation officer on the bridge to coordinate their next move. Upon hearing Skywalker's plan, Rex, believing that the odds were not in their favor, voiced hesitancy along with the clone naval officer about the strategy's chance for success.
Once Skywalker had annihilated the blockade's command ship, the Resolute would be exposed to attack from the Confederacy's six remaining Munificent-class frigates. To counter the enemy firepower, Tano proposed that they angle the Resolute's hull toward the Confederate frigates, drawing them in with a classic Marg Sabl maneuver, at which point Republic starfighters would launch to outflank them. Both Rex and the naval officer were apprehensive about employing a risky Marg Sabl, but a convalescent Yularen arrived to support Tano's proposal. Upon their return to the Ryloth system, Tano delegated command of the Resolute to Rex and Yularen while she prepared to command the starfighter assault. The Resolute moved into place following the Defender's obliteration of the Confederate command ship, and yet the other frigates did not immediately converge on the Resolute. Though Rex and Yularen believed that they would have to retreat if the Separatists did not attack, Tano advised them to be patient, believing that the battle droids overseeing the frigates would take the bait. Sure enough, the frigates moved in just a few moments later, and Tano responded by leading several fighter squadrons into battle against them. The Separatist blockade was outflanked, and Kenobi and Windu thereafter arrived with the invasion troops aboard a trio of Acclamator-class transports. After referring the Jedi Masters through to Tano, Rex sent a shuttle to retrieve Skywalker's escape pod.
With the blockade broken, Windu and Kenobi were able to land their forces and recaptured Ryloth's capital, Lessu. They also arrested Techno Union Foreman Wat Tambor, who had overseen the Confederate invasion. Following the Battle of Lessu, Skywalker, Tano, Rex, and the 501st Legion were tasked with clearing out the remaining Confederate holdouts on Ryloth, which—in spite of the capture of Tambor and the defeat at Lessu—were refusing to surrender to the Republic. Rex landed his troops in the wastelands near the city Resdin, out of which the Separatists were based, and led an assault on the battle droid infantry there. He waded into the fray and gunned down a number of battle droids before Skywalker and Tano joined him; the pair proceeded to infiltrate the enemy's position. Rex and ARF Sergeant Boomer caught up with the Jedi on the city outskirts after they had defeated an octuptarra magna tri-droid, reporting that all of the droids in the area had been eliminated. Rex then joined Skywalker, Tano, Clone Sergeant CS-1004, nicknamed "Kano," and trooper CT-3899, nicknamed "Rookie," on an LAAT/i gunship into the ruined city, where their squad disembarked. Rex reported that their patrols had encountered stiff resistance from the Confederacy, and he cautioned Skywalker and Tano as they departed to reactivate the city's outer holo-bridges. They succeeded in restoring power to the bridges, allowing the 501st Legion to enter Resdin.
That night, Rex went on a patrol of Resdin with Boomer aboard All Terrain Recon Transports. They found numerous battle droids in the city streets and fought through the enemy squads. After they exited a narrow alley and reached a large area below, more groups of B1, B2, and DSD1 battle droids ambushed them. The two troopers used their AT-RT walkers' cannons to decimate the droids and entered another street. There, Rex and Boomer noticed a suspicious figure running out from behind a building amidst the shadows, and they dismounted for a closer look. Rex reported the strange activity to Skywalker and Tano, but just as he transmitted his coordinates, he and Boomer were attacked by the figure whom they had spied—notorious bounty hunter Cad Bane. Bane took the two clones hostage and brought them to an underground hangar, where they awoke in binders. With their binders wired with explosive charges, Rex and Boomer were forced to help Bane transport a crate he had stolen to his ship, though they first had to contend with a contingent of Separatist battle droids that broke into the facility. Once Bane unlinked their binders and let them retrieve their blasters, Rex and Boomer joined the bounty hunter in battling the droids, using several crates as cover.
Rex closed the main hangar door and several auxiliary hatches via computer terminals, sealing out the droids. A Vulture droid thereafter broke through, but Rex used a rocket launcher from Bane to make short work of the droid. Though Boomer believed they could defeat Bane, Rex kept him focused on the matter at hand when Separatist reinforcements turned up in the form of B1, B2, and sabotage droids. Skywalker and Tano soon arrived and grudgingly decided to assist Bane, helping to eliminate the incoming droids. Bane then opened fire on Rex and his comrades, but Skywalker rebounded his blaster fire, forcing the bounty hunter off a platform. Upon learning of Bane's "arrangement" with the cuffed Rex and Boomer, Skywalker severed their binders with his lightsaber, neutralizing Bane's bargaining chips, and had the clones disarm Bane. As explosions began to shake the hangar, Bane offered his Telgorn dropship, the Sleight of Hand, as an escape craft. Skywalker took up Bane on his offer and sent Rex and Boomer to find an elevated position from where to provide covering fire from the surrounding battle droids. Rex and Boomer took a path overlooking Ryloth's wastes, gunning down numerous droids along the way, including several tri-droids.
Once they had cleared the way and were in position, Rex commed Skywalker, who came to join them with Tano, Bane, and the latter's crate, which Skywalker intended to have the Republic investigate. While Rex and Boomer engaged the droids above a canyon, the others pressed through enemy waves below. When the Jedi found starship wreckage blocking their path, Rex fired a rocket at the rubble, allowing them to climb over the debris. Skywalker, Tano, and Bane soon began to move out of range, and Skywalker thanked Rex for the assistance, ordering him and Boomer to rendezvous with them at the Sleight of Hand. They arrived at the dropship a short while later to find Skywalker and Tano in mid-battle with the Separatist scientist Kul Teska, from whom Bane had stolen the crate. Although Teska encased Skywalker and Tano inside an energy bubble, Skywalker told Rex and Boomer to focus on Teska instead of rescuing them; the two troopers complied and engaged him in combat. Teska issued to them an ultimatum: kill him or save their Jedi commanders, promptly programming the energy bubble to close in on Skywalker and Tano. Rex and Boomer came to the Jedi's aid and disabled the sphere, while Teska boarded the Sleight of Hand and escaped off-world with his retrieved crate. Though Rex was disheartened by his failure to prevent Teska's getaway, Skywalker thanked him and Boomer for rescuing them. Tano, meanwhile, discovered that Bane had also absconded.
Following the conclusion of the Battle of Ryloth, the Jedi High Council learned that Teska, based out of an underground base on Behpour, was planning on collapsing the Naboo system's sun with a superweapon known as the gravitic polarization beam. Rex and Cody were dispatched alongside Skywalker, Tano, Kenobi, and Windu to destroy the facility with a clone battle group. He and Cody staged a diversionary assault, marching through a canyon on AT-RT walkers and demolishing all Separatist forces they encountered, so that Skywalker and Kenobi could infiltrate the base and disable its deflector shields. With Rex and Cody distracting the droids, Skywalker and Kenobi deactivated the shield barrier, in turn enabling Windu and Tano to enter the underground facility and secure the entrance with the main detachment of troops. Inside, Rex and Cody rendezvoused with Clone Commander CC-6454, nicknamed "Ponds," whom Windu had sent to help them set up an evacuation zone for their forces. The trio fought their way through the base and secured a landing pad, where Rex destroyed a Vulture droid with a series of rockets.
From a computer terminal, Cody used the base's emergency beacon to signal R2-D2, who piloted the Twilight to the platform to serve as an escape vessel. Eventually, Count Dooku came in person to confront Rex, Cody, and Ponds, and though they directed blaster fire at him, Dooku Force-pushed them into the Twilight's cargo bay and sealed its hatch shut. Dooku then used the Force to topple a beam onto the Twilight, plunging the clones and their ship into the abyss below. However, Rex and his comrades survived the fall and returned to rescue Kenobi and Windu—who had begun a duel with Dooku—just as falling debris impacted the platform's supports. Once Windu and Kenobi had boarded the Twilight, Rex and the others withdrew from the base, which was beginning to collapse. At Kenobi's recommendation, they hovered above the entrance and waited around long enough for Skywalker and Tano, who were still inside, having been delegated the task of disabling the gravitic polarization beam. Skywalker and Tano soon arrived and jumped aboard from STAPs with Padmé Amidala, whom they had rescued from Teska's custody. Rex congratulated them on their victory, and they left Behpour shortly before the sabotaged superweapon imploded the base, claiming Teska's life and the local site along with it.
In service to the RepublicEdit
Felucia and DevaronEdit
- "Check your fire! Hit one of those shells and this fight is over for all of us!"
- ―Rex, to his clone squad, during the firefight aboard Cad Bane's frigate
Following a Confederate invasion of the contested world Felucia, Rex was among the troops sent to defend the planet alongside Skywalker, Tano, Kenobi, and Cody. Their contingent of clone troopers became based in a jungle clearing, from where they launched strikes on the outlying droid infantry. However, Rex and his comrades were soon surrounded and overwhelmed, and they called for an evacuation. Once LAAT/i gunships had broken through the Separatists' orbital defenses and had landed in the clearing, Rex and Cody herded their men onto the gunships, backing into one of the vessels while returning blaster fire at the encroaching battle droids. As soon as Skywalker and Kenobi had joined them on the gunship, they went to retrieve Tano, who was overseeing a jungle patrol elsewhere. Although Tano initially refused to retreat, Skywalker had the gunships land between her patrol and the droid army, forcing her to disengage from the fight and join Rex and the others on board their craft. They lifted off just as droid reinforcements annihilated the ground vehicles that Tano had abandoned.
Although the Republic was unable to hold Felucia, it was not long before Rex returned to the war zone. He next joined Skywalker, Tano, and Admiral Yularen aboard the Resolute on their assignment to intercept the bounty hunter Cad Bane, who had stolen a holocron from the Jedi Temple Archives. They proceeded to the Devaron system, where Bane's next target, Jedi Master Bolla Ropal, had last been heard from. By the time the Resolute arrived at Devaron, Bane had already captured Ropal to access the Kyber memory crystal, a device whose safety had been entrusted to Ropal. The Resolute moved in and opened fire on the Trade Federation fleet of Munificent-class frigates with which Bane was rendezvousing, decimating Bane's naval escort and stranding him in-system by disabling his command ship's hyperdrive. Assembling their forces in the Resolute's hangar, Rex rounded up three brigades of troops for the impending mission. When he learned from Skywalker that they were to board the enemy frigate to rescue Ropal and the stolen holocron, he expressed hesitancy, as their only available assault craft were the Twilight and a few starfighters. In response, Skywalker decided that they would repurpose several available AT-TE walkers as landing craft. Although Yularen was appalled at the idea, both Rex and Tano recognized that the walkers were suitable for space and complimented Skywalker on his resourcefulness.
Rex assigned Execute Battalion to walker ATAT300, while Carnivore Battalion was to use Walker 773. Once the boarding party was ready, the Resolute maneuvered into position over Bane's frigate and dropped ATAT300, 773, and a third walker with the Jedi and clones aboard onto the hull of the enemy craft. While the AT-TE tank gunners targeted several oncoming Vulture droid starfighters and droid-piloted STAPs, Rex and his men provided covering fire for Skywalker and Tano to eliminate the Vulture droids. Once the droids had been repelled, R2-D2 opened a hatch on the frigate's hull, allowing Rex and the rest of the boarding party to enter the vessel. They then stormed the bridge, swiftly eradicating the frigate's battle droid crew—yet Bane was nowhere to be seen. R2-D2 soon uncovered a record of a holographic conversation between Bane and Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray from the frigate's computer. Replaying part of the transmission, Skywalker, Tano, and Rex learned that Bane had now acquired the memory crystal as well as the holocron, having stolen the former from Ropal. On Skywalker's orders, Rex sent a squad of troopers to secure the hangar bay and disable the frigate's escape pods to prevent any enemy forces from escaping. Yet he refrained from accompanying the squad when explosions began to rock the ship, as a result of Bane's remote activation of the self-destruct sequence. Rex instead joined Skywalker and Tano in searching the ship for Ropal.
When Tano found Ropal dead in one of the holding cells below decks, Skywalker ordered Rex to have some of his men transfer Ropal's body to the Resolute. The deck lights were suddenly extinguished, and R2-D2 used his headlamps to lead Rex and the others through the dark hallways in search of Bane. Upon blindly colliding with a protrusive pipe, Rex told his men to switch their helmet visors to night vision, doing so himself by pulling down his helmet scope. They soon caught sight of a fleeing Bane and pursued him to the gunnery deck, where Bane, having lured them there, revealed a detachment of battle-ready droids. As Rex and his comrades engaged the B1 and B2 battle droids with blaster fire, Bane decided to intensify the fight by switching off the artificial gravity. Rising off the ground, Rex and his men used their magnetic gripsoles to latch onto various footholds before resuming their efforts against the battle droids, with Rex securing himself on one of the artillery guns. When a blaster cannon–wielding trooper hit a disabled droid and inadvertently dislodged an ammunition canister from an artillery gun, Rex warned his men to check their aim to avoid detonating a shell. They continued the battle even after R2-D2 reactivated the gravity generators.
Shortly thereafter, Bane lured Tano into a trap, drawing her into a dead-end hallway and sealing the blast doors behind her. Skywalker rushed over and began to cut through the blast doors with his lightsaber to rescue his trapped Padawan. Presently, a battle droid tripped and misfired at an ammunition canister. The blast from the exploding shell caused debris to seal off Rex and the rest of his men from Skywalker. Unable to move the heavy mounds of rubble, Rex called out to his Jedi General and finally got a reply from him, confirming he was alive. On Skywalker's orders, Rex headed for the hangar bay with R2-D2 and their troops to secure a transport with which to evacuate from the doomed frigate. In the hangar, Rex found that the squad he had sent earlier was already confronting B1 and DSD1 dwarf spider droids that were guarding a Sheathipede-class shuttle. He and the others joined the fight for the shuttle, using crates as cover to return the advancing droids' fire. Rex soon received word from Yularen that the frigate's main reactor was exposed and would implode at any moment. Splitting his forces, Rex sent troopers Denal and Koho to assist Skywalker and Tano in their pursuit of Bane. In the meantime, the captain and his men managed to cut a path through the droids and seized the shuttle.
As Rex began to herd his troops aboard, he finally received word from Skywalker, who had rescued Tano and was heading to the hangar with her. He informed Skywalker that with the danger that the reactor posed, they had to leave as soon as possible. The clone troopers held out against more battle droids long enough for Skywalker and Tano to arrive; Rex immediately waved the two on board the shuttle. Before jettisoning away from the frigate, the shuttle picked up Denal, whom Rex and his comrades had witnessed shoot Bane on an overhang above the hangar. However, the armor-clad trooper was in fact Bane, who had killed both Denal and Koho and had stolen the former's armor. When Skywalker questioned him, "Denal" alleged that he had been unable to retrieve the holocron from Bane. Rex's shuttle withdrew moments before the supply of ammunition aboard the frigate detonated, ripping the vessel apart.
After reaching the Resolute, the Jedi and clones disembarked from the shuttle, though Rex and another trooper discovered that someone had left behind green blood on the shuttle's deck. Rex called Skywalker back aboard the transport and showed him their discovery, musing that the blood was definitely not from any of the clone troopers. Skywalker and Tano simultaneously realized the exploits of Bane, who knocked Tano to the floor and promptly fled for the hangar's nearby stock of starfighters. Skywalker jumped onto the V-19 Torrent starfighter that Bane was powering up, though he was unable to do much interference with the bounty hunter already in the cockpit. Rex, a recovered Tano, and the other present troopers could only watch as Bane forced Skywalker off his stolen starfighter and piloted it out of the Resolute's hangar. Despite being alerted by Skywalker, Yularen was unable to lock down the hyperspace booster rings in time, and Bane appropriated one to escape to hyperspace. Though Bane remained at large, the Jedi Order later recovered the stolen holocron from his hideout.
Following the Battle of Devaron, Rex returned to Coruscant with Skywalker and Tano. At one point, he was sent to take a priority message from the Jedi High Council to Jedi General Keelyvine Reus, her Padawan Tyzen Xebec, Clone Commander Ganch, and the Agricultural Corps worker Sanya, who had just arrived aboard the Star Destroyer Selfless following a campaign on the planet Ukio. Rex informed Reus that she and Xebec were to report to Master Yoda at the Jedi Temple. He also offered to take Ganch, whom Reus had excused from duty, to spend some downtime at the Republic Service Organization center. Ganch accepted the invitation and brought along Sanya, while Xebec returned to the Temple with his Master. Ganch soon received word from Reus that he would not be required for her and Xebec's next operation.
At the Service Organization's headquarters, Rex found Cody at one of the tables in the mess hall and, after introducing Ganch and Sanya to Cody, settled down to have a drink with his comrades. However, their downtime was cut short when Sanya discovered that someone had wired all of their chairs with remotely activated detonite charges. Further investigation on Sanya's part revealed that only the clone soldiers' chairs had been wired and that the detonators were all linked in series. Because the charges required simultaneous defusing, all available personnel from the Service Organization volunteered their services for the task. Although Rex was concerned with the amount of coordination that such a maneuver would require, the workers were able to disable the detonators under Cody's close supervision. When one staff member hastily made an exit, revealing herself as the infiltrator who had planted the explosives, Ganch and Sanya quickly went in pursuit of the saboteur, though they were unable to capture her. Ganch received orders to return to the war front shortly thereafter.
The Zillo Beast of MalastareEdit
- "Stay with General Kenobi. I'm on my way."
"Better hurry, sir. You're missing all the fun."
- ―Anakin Skywalker and Rex, responding to the Zillo Beast's escape on Coruscant
When the Confederacy initiated a conquest of the planet Malastare, Rex accompanied Skywalker, Windu, and Commander Ponds to oversee the Republic's defense of the beleaguered planet, as the Grand Army coveted its vital fuel reserves. In what was to become one of the lengthiest and fiercest engagements of the war, the Separatists gained the upper hand with an army several thousand battle droids strong. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine responded by authorizing the use of the electro-proton bomb, a creation of Doctor Sionver Boll that would generate an electron field capable of deactivating the entire droid army. Rex was tasked with shoring up the fortifications of Doge Nakha Urus's Imperial palace until the bomb was detonated, and he proceeded to the front of the palace's defense lines to command the Republic troops. There, he monitored the massive droid army's approach with a set of electrobinoculars. Once the battle droids launched their assault, Rex held the line with his men, working in tandem with squads of insectomorph-mounted Dug cavaliers to repel the droid infantry.
Presently, a starfighter squadron dropped the electro-proton bomb in the middle of the droid army, producing an explosion that transformed into an electromagnetic pulse. The enlarging pulse disabled all of the droids and disrupted the clone troopers' helmet systems for a short time. The bomb also destabilized the surrounding ground, and Rex and his troops turned tail and bolted away as an enormous sinkhole opened up. Rex nearly fell into the expanding sinkhole when he became trapped on an unstable plateau, but he managed to jump to higher ground with his troops' help. While rescue teams searched for the Republic personnel trapped in the crater, Rex joined Skywalker, Windu, Urus, R2-D2, and Doctor Boll at the Imperial palace, where they reestablished holographic communications with Palpatine. After Windu and Urus conferred with Palpatine on the status of the Republic's fuel treaty with the Dugs' council, Rex reported to them that they had lost contact with the rescue team in the crater. Skywalker and Windu thus departed to, respectively, attend to the Dug leaders and aid the rescue team. Both Jedi soon found that the electro-proton bomb had awakened a colossal Zillo Beast in the crater; not even Skywalker's lightsaber made so much as a dent on the creature's tough scales.
As night fell, Rex met with Skywalker, Windu, and Boll at Urus's palace to discuss the problem of the uncontrollable Zillo Beast with Palpatine. While the Dugs wanted to kill off the Zillo Beast on account of an ages-old enmity with its kind, the Jedi wanted to preserve the creature, as it was one of the last of its near-extinct species. To appease the Dugs and ensure the ratification of the fuel treaty while also saving the Zillo Beast, Skywalker devised a plan to knock out the creature with the Republic's RX-200 Falchion-class assault tanks and then transport it off-world, thereby concealing its survival from the Dugs. The following morning, Rex served with the unit that was sent to subdue the beast under the command of Skywalker and Windu. Once the Republic forces rendered the Zillo Beast unconscious using SKywalker's strategy, Rex returned with Skywalker and Windu to the Imperial palace, where Urus and the other Dug leaders signed the fuel treaty. As the Republic forces prepared to depart from Malastare, complications arose regarding the matter of the Zillo Beast. Although the Jedi had planned to deliver the creature into peaceful solitude on an uninhabited world, Palpatine ordered that they bring it to Coruscant for study before its release into the wild.
Rex returned to Coruscant with Skywalker, Windu, and Boll aboard an Acclamator-class transport. Back on the capital, the Zillo Beast was transferred to the Republic Science and Technical Center, where Boll began to analyze the creature's unusually durable scales in the hopes of synthesizing them into a new, impenetrable clone trooper armor. That evening, despite substantial containment measures, the Zillo Beast broke out of the Science and Technical Center and began to rampage across the ecumenopolis of Coruscant. As the creature headed for the Republic Executive Building, Rex joined an LAAT/i gunship force led by Kenobi and Windu that had set out to contain the beast. He contacted Skywalker through R2-D2, both of whom were with Palpatine and Padmé Amidala in the Chancellor's Suite at the Executive Building, and confirmed that he was to serve with Kenobi for the time being. Yet when Rex, Windu, and Kenobi reached the Senate Plaza with their detachment of clone troopers and stun tanks, they found that the Zillo Beast had taken hold of the H-2 executive shuttle that Palpatine, Skywalker, and Amidala had been using to flee from the Executive Building with R2-D2 and C-3PO.
Rex, monitoring the Zillo Beast and its captives through a pair of electrobinoculars, noticed that Skywalker was cutting the shuttle in half with his lightsaber and notified Windu. Kenobi deduced that Skywalker intended to free himself and the other passengers by severing the ship in two. While the recently arrived Yoda and Secura ran interference to distract the Zillo Beast, Skywalker finished slicing the shuttle in half, freeing himself and the others from the creature's grip. Windu and Kenobi quickly used the Force to stabilize the section of the shuttle carrying Palpatine and a Senate Commando, preventing them from falling off the dome of the Executive Building. While the stun tanks targeted the Zillo Beast, the LAAT/i gunships launched with Rex, Windu, Kenobi, and their men aboard and also opened fire, though neither approach proved effective in subduing the rampant beast. With no other options, Palpatine ordered the gunships to release toxic gas bombs that Boll had developed to kill the creature. Though the gas bombs proved successful, thus saving the Coruscanti populace from the Zillo Beast, the victory came at the price of the beast's life. The next morning, the slain Zillo Beast was transported back to the Science and Technical Center. Rex and his comrades met with Palpatine at the Senate Plaza to debrief the disaster, mourning the loss of the creature. While Rex and the others departed from the Senate Plaza, Palpatine secretly gave Boll orders to clone the Zillo Beast.
Return to GeonosisEdit
- "Rex, tell the men to fall back!"
"But—sir, you can't be asking us to turn tail and run!"
"I'm not asking you to run, Rex. I want to draw those tanks out onto the bridge."
- ―Anakin Skywalker and Rex, during the assault on Poggle the Lesser's main droid foundry
Eventually, the Republic learned that Geonosian Archduke Poggle the Lesser had overseen the reconstruction of a major battle droid foundry for the Confederacy on Geonosis, despite the Republic's capture of the planet following the First Battle of Geonosis. In response, Rex took a detachment from the 501st Legion to reconnoiter Geonosis in preparation for a Republic assault. Upon arrival in orbit, his task force tried to hail the clone troopers on the surface but failed to establish contact. Running a preliminary scan, Rex discovered that the Geonosians had built not one, but several droid foundries that were either nearing completion or already operational. In his report to the Jedi High Council, Rex classified the Geonosians' actions as a major revolt and asserted that a full-scale planetary invasion would be necessary to retake the Outer Rim world. Before ending the transmission to Coruscant, he promised to provide a further analysis of the Geonosian defenses once he had completed his mission. Based on his findings, the Jedi Council authorized an immense invasion force to reclaim Geonosis and shut down its droid factories. Kenobi, Ki-Adi-Mundi, and Luminara Unduli were given overall command for the campaign and brought the invasion fleet to Geonosis, soon followed by the arrival of Skywalker and Tano, who had come from defending the planet Dorin from General Grievous.
As the Republic fleet held position in orbit of Geonosis, Rex, Cody, and Mundi's clone commander, CC-1993, joined their Jedi officers aboard one of the Star Destroyers to plan out their attack. Cody led the briefing in the war room, explaining their plan for a three-pronged assault on the Geonosian defenses. As their main target was the ray shield generator protecting the droid factories, the invasion team would establish a staging area—termed "Point Rain"—before launching an attack on the Ray Shield Fortress. While Mundi and CC-1993, nicknamed "Jet," would oversee the advance from the north, Kenobi and Cody would execute the central push, and Skywalker, Tano, and Rex would lead the assault from the south. All three teams would rendezvous at Point Rain and then assault the Ray Shield Fortress. With the plan set, the Jedi and their clone officers split up to begin preparations for the invasion. Once the fleet was ready, Skywalker, Tano, and Rex launched with their LAAT/i gunships and LAAT carriers, the latter craft hauling several AT-TE walkers; their deployment followed and preceded that of Kenobi and Mundi, respectively. All of the gunships encountered stiff resistance from the Geonosians' surface artillery and Nantex-class starfighter squadrons.
The gunship carrying Rex, Skywalker, and Tano was among the first to be shot down, and they crashed near an emplacement of blaster cannon–equipped Geonosian warriors. Once Skywalker heaved away the wreckage of the gunship, Rex joined him, Tano, and their men in assailing the Geonosian lines. After they lost their AT-TE walkers, Rex tried to hail Kenobi for reinforcements, but he learned from Cody—whose team had so far been the only one to reach Point Rain—that Kenobi's gunship had crashed. Ducking behind some rock cover with Skywalker, Rex informed him and Tano that Kenobi would be unable to provide support. Making use of their available resources, Rex and the Jedi led their men in rushing the blaster cannons. They pressed on toward Point Rain, but their trek led them through a canyon blocked by a massive Separatist barricade, riddled with numerous gun emplacements and battle droids. Rex and his comrades rushed for cover from the incoming blaster fire; several troopers were slain before they could reach safety. To collapse the wall and clear a path to Point Rain, Skywalker and Tano each took a backpack filled with thermal detonators and left Rex in command of the troops. While Skywalker and Tano ascended the barrier and fought through the thick droid defenses, Rex targeted one of the enemy cannons, gunning it down. He then had his men focus their fire on the battle droids atop the wall while he went to ascend the barrier himself.
Rex aided Skywalker and Tano in their fight with a pair of droidekas, sneaking up on the one attacking Tano. He walked right through its deflector shield and shot it in the head; the distraction also enabled Skywalker to eliminate the droid's companion. Skywalker and Tano wasted no time with tossing their primed detonator–laden backpacks into a nearby hatch, and they then used the Force to levitate Rex off the wall and into the air. They jumped off the barricade, with Rex falling close behind, just as the explosives tore through the wall. Skywalker and Tano used the Force to slow their descent as they landed, employing the same technique to halt Rex's fall centimeters from the ground just as the barricade came crashing down around them. Rex and the others headed for Point Rain and soon caught sight of a number of smoldering Geonosians falling out of a clifftop cave close by. Skywalker recognized Mundi atop the cliff with his troopers and, via comlink, learned that Mundi's squad had taken a detour through the cave en route to the landing zone. Once Skywalker and Mundi had joined forces, all of them proceeded to Point Rain, were Cody and Kenobi were in desperate need of support against the Geonosians.
Shortly after a Y-wing bomber squadron drove away the Geonosians from Point Rain, Rex and his comrades arrived, repelling the last of the enemy insurgents. After Rex and his fellow officers decided on a plan, they set out for their final objective: destroying the Ray Shield Fortress. Once Skywalker, Tano, and a small squad had disabled the Geonosians' blaster cannons with EMP grenades, Cody moved in with the AT-TE walkers and took out the shield generator and its artillery stations. With the shield down, Mundi, Jet, and Rex landed at the Ray Shield Fortress with the main body of troops and forced the outnumbered Geonosians to surrender. Kenobi and Mundi, both wounded from the battle, returned to the fleet for treatment, leaving Skywalker, Tano, and Rex to eliminate the near-completed primary droid foundry, where Poggle the Lesser was holed up.
Skywalker, Tano, and Rex moved their troops to the cliff opposite the factory, which was on the other side of an immense canyon spanned by a single bridge. Luminara Unduli, her Padawan Barriss Offee, and Commander Gree soon arrived with reinforcements, and Rex greeted Unduli and Offee when their gunship landed and directed them to Skywalker and Tano. Together, the four Jedi devised a plan to cripple the droid foundry: Skywalker and Unduli would spearhead an assault on the foundry, acting as decoys for Tano and Offee to infiltrate the facility via the network of catacombs beneath it and plant explosives at the main reactor. Although a full frontal offensive would be risky due to the lack of cover along the canyon bridge, Skywalker and Unduli hoped to consequently entice Poggle into engaging them in open warfare. After the two Padawans had departed, Skywalker and Unduli began the assault. Deployed factions of B1 and B2 battle droids intercepted them on the canyon bridge, and Rex and his fellow officers headed the charge on the Separatists. Despite a Geonosian offensive from the rear, the Jedi and clones maintained their parade-style march toward the factory. When several droidekas rolled into range and opened fire, Rex ordered trooper Draa forward with an RPS-6 rocket launcher. Draa blasted the droidekas to smithereens in one shot, and the heavy firepower from the battle group's AT-TE walkers impeded the remaining droid forces.
Rex and his troops were thereafter faced with the deployment of several droid-manned super tanks, which Poggle's foundry had just completed. On Skywalker's order, Rex mobilized four AV-7 Antivehicle Cannons, having them open fire on the super tanks just as they reached the opposite end of the bridge. However, the ray-shielded tanks withstood the dense cannonades and continued onward. Rex was forced to take cover with Skywalker, Unduli, Gree, and their men when the super tanks released a multitude of warheads at their position. The ensuing bombardment obliterated the heavy cannons and AT-TE walkers, and the clone troopers also suffered significant casualties. When Skywalker ordered Rex to have the troops fall back, Rex was initially adamant against retreating, but he complied when Skywalker detailed his plan: after the tanks had reached the bridge, Skywalker and Unduli would collapse it with explosives. Once Rex and his men retreated, luring the tanks onto the span, Skywalker and Unduli swung under the pass hand by hand and planted thermal detonators on its underside. When they had reached the other side, Skywalker activated the charges, collapsing the bridge and plunging the super tanks into the deep chasm below.
While waiting with Unduli for their Padawans outside the foundry, Skywalker commed Rex and questioned whether he had spotted Tano or Offee from his side of the canyon. Rex replied that he had not yet sighted either Padawan and also urged Skywalker to board an evacuation ship, though Skywalker refused to leave without Tano. Meanwhile, Poggle and a squad of Geonosians intercepted Tano and Offee at the foundry's reactor. When the enemy soldiers stole their explosives, the two Padawans saw no other choice but to use a super tank to destroy the power generator, sacrificing themselves to liquidate the facility. Once the rubble settled, Rex and Gree found Skywalker and Unduli amidst the debris field aboard an LAAT/i gunship. Rex reported to his generals that the LAAT carriers were moving the debris to search for the Padawans, who had been buried with the remains of the factory. Though Rex and his men did their best to locate the trapped duo, it was Tano who signaled them to her and Offee's location by boosting her comlink's reception with a power cell from the super tank. Rex and his fellow officers proceeded to the indicated area, and despite Rex's offer to have the gunships move the heavy rubble, Skywalker and Unduli instead elected to lift the debris with the Force. Once their super tank had been freed, Tano and Offee emerged, grimy but otherwise unscathed. Rex and his men looked on as the Padawans enjoyed a reunion with their Masters.
Following the decimation of the main foundry, Rex went with Tano and Offee to one of the Republic's staging areas, where he sent them back to the fleet for a much-deserved rest. Before departing aboard a medical convoy of gunships, Tano and Offee promised to return soon. Meanwhile, as other key droid factories were eliminated, Unduli and Kenobi initiated a manhunt for Poggle to bring the Separatist leader to justice. They and Skywalker eventually captured him in the catacombs beneath the Progate Temple, the lair of Geonosian Queen Karina the Great, who perished during their escape from the catacombs. With Karina dead, the Republic triumphed over the Geonosians and cemented its control of Geonosis. Shortly thereafter, Tano and Offee were assigned to take the Republic Pelta-class frigate TB-73 on a supply run to a medical station near the planet Ord Cestus. In the meantime, Rex accompanied Skywalker, Unduli, Kenobi, and Mundi aboard a Venator-class Star Destroyer to escort the captive Poggle to Coruscant for trial. At one point during their voyage through hyperspace, Rex accompanied the four Jedi Generals to the bridge to discuss a complication. Unduli had discovered that the Padawans' transport had failed to check in on schedule, and when she tried to contact TB-73, the crew proved unresponsive. While Skywalker concluded that something was wrong, Kenobi convinced him that it was not worth worrying over.
Mundi turned their attention back to Poggle, who was refusing to disclose any Confederate military intelligence. Before leaving to continue interrogating Poggle with the other Jedi, Skywalker privately told Rex to remain on the lookout for any contact from Tano, which he agreed to do. Rex soon contacted TB-73 himself, and Tano answered the transmission, expressing her relief to hear from him. Once Rex put Skywalker through, Tano reported that Geonosian brain worms had overrun her frigate. The worms, originating from Karina the Great's hive, were capable of mind control and had already infected most of TB-73's embarked troopers from Tango Company. After resolving to wheedle information on the worms from Poggle, Skywalker severed the connection and headed to the detention level. Skywalker soon rejoined Rex, Unduli, Mundi, and Kenobi on the bridge and reported Tano's predicament, continuing with the news that the worms were susceptible to cold temperatures. Skywalker evaded the other Jedi's inquiries as to how he had extracted the information from the so-far uncooperative Poggle. He relayed the worms' weakness to Tano, who neutralized them before TB-73 reached the Ord Cestus medical station.
Escapades at SaleucamiEdit
- "It's the day I felt my life didn't have any meaning. Everyone I cared about, my team, was gone. I was just another expendable clone, waiting for my turn to be slaughtered in a war that made no sense to me. Can you understand that, Rex?"
"I've been in countless battles and lost many brothers. They were my family, my home."
- ―Cut Lawquane and Rex begin to reach common ground
After the Jedi Order learned that General Grievous had captured Jedi Master Eeth Koth, Skywalker, Kenobi, and Master Adi Gallia mounted a rescue mission to save Koth from Grievous's clutches and also capture the cunning Separatist general. Rex and a squad of troopers accompanied Skywalker and Gallia aboard an Eta-class shuttle, which joined the rest of the assembled Republic fleet in orbit of Coruscant in preparation for the assault. From his Arquitens-class light cruiser, Kenobi contacted Skywalker, Gallia, and Rex aboard their shuttle and conveyed the plan: Kenobi himself would head to the Saleucami system with the Republic fleet, distract Grievous's forces there, and transmit the coordinates of Grievous's command ship, which the Jedi presumed was where Koth was being held in custody. Skywalker's shuttle would then be able to jump into the system undetected, infiltrate the command ship, and rescue Koth. While Kenobi and the Republic fleet departed for Saleucami, Rex and the others waited for Kenobi's transmission. Once Kenobi and Cody had transmitted the exact coordinates of Grievous's Recusant-class light destroyer, Skywalker took their shuttle to join the battle over Saleucami.
With Kenobi, Yularen, the Resolute, and the rest of the Republic fleet keeping the Confederate armada occupied, Skywalker's shuttle emerged from hyperspace and sped unopposed through the ongoing battle, quickly rotating upside down to dock to Grievous's destroyer. After securing the shuttle, Skywalker cut a hole in one of the command ship's hatches with his lightsaber and boarded the destroyer with Gallia, Rex, and their men. On Skywalker's orders, Rex and his men stayed to guard the hatch, as it was their only escape off the ship. While Skywalker and Gallia rescued Koth from captivity on the bridge, Grievous broke off from his ongoing duel with Kenobi aboard the Republic light cruiser and headed back to his own ship. Gallia subsequently went to prevent Grievous from escaping while Skywalker brought the weakened Koth back to the escape hatch, where Rex and the clones helped him into the shuttle before boarding themselves. As Skywalker released the shuttle from the destroyer, he and his comrades were contacted by Kenobi, who had pursued Grievous back to his command ship with Gallia, Cody, and several other clones; Kenobi requested transport off the ship before they became trapped there, as Grievous was abandoning ship. Skywalker complied and took the shuttle to the destroyer's main hangar, where they rescued Kenobi, Gallia, Cody, and another trooper before the destroyer was damaged by debris from the naval engagement.
Although Rex and his comrades had completed their primary objective of rescuing Koth, they had not succeeded with their secondary goal of capturing Grievous. Nonetheless, the Confederate general's attempted escape from the battle with a droid detachment was foiled when their C-9979 troopship was hit by debris and forced to crash-land on Saleucami. Kenobi resolved to head to the surface with Rex and Cody to apprehend Grievous while Skywalker and Yularen continued the space battle. After Skywalker piloted the shuttle into the hangar of one of the Republic cruisers, Rex helped Koth out of the shuttle and then passed him on to Gallia and a 2-1B medical droid, who escorted him to a medical frigate. Rex and a contingent from the 501st Legion then joined Kenobi and Cody on an Acclamator-class assault ship for the voyage to Saleucami's surface. Once the transport had landed and unloaded its personnel and matériel, Kenobi briefed Rex on their plan: instead of scattering their men to locate all of the enemy troopship's escape pods, they would first investigate the ship's wreckage. Deploying biker scouts and AT-TE walkers, Rex and Kenobi began the search for the downed transport, with Rex traveling on a BARC speeder. Upon arrival at the crash site, the clone troopers began to examine the transport for potential leads as to where the escape pods had landed. Rex and 501st trooper CT-5597, nicknamed "Jesse," found that the troop compartments were significantly damaged and relayed their findings to Kenobi and Cody. Kenobi decided to send teams to search for the escape pods, with Rex leading a patrol of Saleucami's wetlands.
Before Rex departed with a 501st squad comprising troopers Jesse, Kix, and Hardcase, Kenobi instructed him to send back word before engaging Grievous if they happened to encounter the elusive general. While leading his men through the lush wetlands aboard BARC speeders, Rex became the target of a two-member droid commando sniper team. One of the droids fired at him with a sniper rifle, knocking him off his speeder with a shot through the chest. Rendered unconscious, he could only lie sprawled where he had fallen as his speeder crashed into some nearby brush. While Kix, the squad's medic, circled around to protect Rex, Jesse and Hardcase eliminated the droid commandos. Lifting off Rex's helmet, Kix did a cursory examination of him but needed to remove his armor to discern the full extent of the damage. Realizing that they were on farmland, Jesse, Hardcase, and Kix decided to head for the grounds' homestead to find a safe place to tend to their fallen captain. After assembling a makeshift litter for Rex and affixing it to his own BARC speeder, Jesse led the team to the homestead with Rex in tow. There, they received permission from the Twi'lek farmer Suu to use an eopie barn for Rex.
Jesse, Hardcase, and Kix carried the still-unconscious Rex onto a bench, removing his armor and the top half of his black body glove so that Kix could properly tend to him. Rex finally regained consciousness after Kix had dressed his chest wound with a pair of bacta patches, waking up to discover from Hardcase that, had the potshot been two inches to the left, it would have passed straight through his heart and caused instantaneous death. He also found that he was unable to move his left arm due to nerve damage. Pulling himself up into a sitting position, Rex told Kix to patch him up so that they could continue the search for Grievous. However, Kix told him that his wound would take time and rest to heal, countermanding his orders with his authority as the team's medic. Rex's argument with Kix was cut short when Suu arrived at the barn with some food for the clones. Her daughter, Shaeeah, entered the room chasing a ball and, upon catching sight of Rex, blurted out that he resembled her own father, a comment that intrigued him and his comrades. Despite Suu's demonstration of kindness, Rex sensed that something was bothering her, though he could not fathom what it was. While Suu conferred with Jesse and gave him the plate of food, Kix dressed Rex in an arm sling to help avert his temporary paralysis. Hardcase retrieved one of the captain's DC-17 blaster pistols from the pile of his armor on the ground, placing it next to him on the bench for easy accessibility.
After Suu had left with Shaeeah, Rex—recognizing that he needed to rest if he wanted his injuries to heal—reluctantly ordered his men to continue searching for Grievous without him, entrusting command of the squad to Jesse. He, Kix, and Hardcase departed from the farm, leaving Rex behind. As night fell, Rex fell asleep on his bench, but a nosy eopie interrupted his slumber, sniffing him and licking his face. He forced the animal away, sighing before returning to sleep. He was later awoken a second time, this time by the furtive sounds of an approaching figure—the farmer, Suu's husband. Rex's eyes snapped open, but he decided to feign continued slumber while slowly reaching for his blaster pistol. Once the farmer was close enough, Rex struck out at his assailant with his blaster, but the farmer disarmed him with a staff. The unarmed Rex looked up at his host and was shocked to find himself staring at his own face—the farmer was also a clone trooper. Recognizing this as the cause of Suu's earlier unsettledness, Rex demanded to know the trooper's number and rank, but the clone instead introduced himself as Cut Lawquane, a simple farmer. Realizing that Lawquane was a deserter, Rex called him out on his sworn oath to the Republic, but Lawquane replied that his duty was to his family, not to killing as a soldier. Their heated argument was interrupted when Suu brought her and Lawquane's children, Shaeeah and Jek, to welcome their adoptive father home.
After greeting his children, Lawquane invited Rex to dinner with his family, which he accepted when Shaeeah and Jek begged him to come. Putting the top half of his body glove back on, Rex joined the Lawquanes at their home, with him and Lawquane debating their distinct ideologies over a meal of roast nuna. Though Lawquane argued that the clones deserved more individuality, Rex countered that he was making an individual choice to serve the Republic, a decision he did not regret. Despite disagreeing, Lawquane respected his opinion, believing that everyone had a right to his or her own beliefs. After dinner, Rex and Lawquane continued their discussion of their principles over a game of dejarik holochess. Following Rex's inquiries into the cause of his desertion from the Republic Military, Lawquane recounted his service in an engagement shortly after the First Battle of Geonosis. A devastating ambush by enemy battle droids had caused him to flee the carnage-laden battlefield, and he had subsequently begun to question his apparent expendability in the war.
A survivor of Geonosis himself, Rex sympathized with Lawquane and stated that he, too, had lost many brothers—whom he had come to regard as his family and home—during the course of his military career. They began to reach common ground, with Rex in particular gaining a newfound respect for the man he had, at first, labeled nothing more than a deserter. In the meantime, Shaeeah and Jek received permission from Lawquane to play outside, prompting Rex to express his admiration of the children to their father. In response, Lawquane, perceiving that Rex believed he was a coward, maintained his determination to keep his children safe until his dying breath. Rex, Lawquane, and Suu jumped to their feet when Jek and Shaeeah returned to the homestead in screams. Learning from Shaeeah that they were being followed by "monsters," Lawquane grabbed a pair of electrobinoculars to see what she meant. Training his binoculars through the dark fields, he spotted some twenty droid commandos, having been deployed from a crashed Separatist escape pod, beginning to surround the homestead. Lawquane prepared for a confrontation with the droids, locking the front door and sending Suu to take refuge upstairs with Jek and Shaeeah.
When Rex inquired after Lawquane's weapon supply, Lawquane headed over to a closet and pulled out a blaster pistol for the captain, taking a rifle and carbine for himself. Rex volunteered a plan to catch the droids in a crossfire, but Lawquane cited the captain's injuries as a weakness and refused. Though taken aback by Lawquane's assertion, Rex grasped his meaning when the farmer clarified it for him: he was asking Rex to serve as a last line of defense for his family while he himself took point against the droids. Assuring Lawquane that he would take care of them, Rex went to join Suu, Shaeeah, and Jek in the bedroom on the second floor. Presently, the droids launched their attack on the homestead. Although Lawquane eliminated a number of them, several made it past him, and he warned Rex about the approaching droids. While Suu hid with Jek and Shaeeah by the bunk beds, Rex took up position, waiting at the end of the hallway leading to the stairwell doorway. Once the droid commandos had entered the hallway, Rex forsook his hiding spot and opened fire on them, gunning down a pair of the enemy units. While exchanging blaster fire with another of the droids, he managed to hit the droid in the head, but not before it released a barrage of fire at the platform he was crouching on.
Rex fell through the floor and landed beside Lawquane, losing his grip on his blaster in the process. One of the droid commandos seized Rex by the throat in a choke hold, but Lawquane grabbed the fallen blaster and shot the droid's head cleanly off. With that, the last of the droids was destroyed, ensuring the safety of Suu and the children. The next morning, Rex prepared to rendezvous with Kenobi's assault force, recovering his armor and borrowing one of Lawquane's eopies, onto which he loaded the remainder of his gear. When Suu questioned if he was going to turn in Lawquane for his desertion from the Grand Army, he stated that doing so was his duty but mused that in his condition, he might not "remember" his meeting with them. His discretion earned him a relieved thanks from Suu, who was grateful that she would not be separated from her husband. Rex was soon contacted via comlink by Kenobi, whose assault the previous night had failed to detain Grievous yet again. Kenobi was glad to hear that Rex was on the mend, informing him that their battle group was standing by for him before they left Saleucami. Although Lawquane offered Rex a place at his home, he politely refused, not intending to impose on the farmer's family, and stated that his own family was elsewhere. With that, he bade goodbye to the Lawquanes and set off to rejoin Kenobi, leaving with a broader view of a clone's loyalties and duties.
- "Assassin droid. How did that monster end up in the hold?"
"Question is, who smuggled him on board?"
- ―Rex and Anakin Skywalker, upon defeating an assassin probe aboard Duchess Satine Kryze's Coronet
The Mandalorian Death Watch, a terrorist splinter group allied with the Confederacy, later emerged in opposition to Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore and her dominant regime, the pacifistic New Mandalorians. With Kryze's life in danger, Rex was assigned with Skywalker, Kenobi, and Cody to escort Kryze to Coruscant, where she intended to reaffirm her people's position of neutrality before the Galactic Senate. Rex, Cody, Skywalker, and their clone squad met with Kenobi—who had been conducting an investigation into false rumors that Kryze had joined the Confederacy—at a spaceport in Mandalore's capital city, Sundari, where Kryze's starship, the Coronet, was preparing to depart. After checking in with Kenobi, Rex and his comrades joined Kryze and her entourage aboard the Coronet, which then left for Coruscant. En route to the Republic capital, Skywalker and Kenobi gathered their troops in the cargo hold for a briefing. The Jedi told the clones to stay vigilant for the Death Watch, which would stop at nothing to assassinate Kryze before she reached Coruscant. Rex and Cody then sent their men to begin their rounds of the cargo bay, patrolling for any signs of danger, while Skywalker and Kenobi left to meet with Kryze.
During their patrol, Rex and Cody bumped into R2-D2, who appeared to have been frightened by something. The two officers also found they were unable to make contact with two of their men, Mixer and Redeye. Rex contacted Kenobi, who sent Skywalker back to assist in investigating the disturbance. Bringing the squad with them, Rex and Cody followed Skywalker and R2-D2 with headlamps ablaze through the labyrinth of containers in search of Mixer and Redeye. Their focus shifted upon finding an open and overturned crate, with Skywalker ordering Rex, Cody, and their men to find the box's missing contents. The disappeared cargo manifested itself as a large assassin probe droid, which had killed Mixer and Redeye and now began to attack Skywalker. Rex and his comrades intercepted the droid during its fight with Skywalker, disabling it with blaster fire before it could crush their Jedi General with its large legs. However, a second assassin probe took advantage of their distraction to head for the turbolift shaft leading to the dining room, where Kenobi was guarding Kryze and her Senatorial colleagues. Rex and the others ran for the lift but were unable to prevent the assassin probe from climbing up to the dining room; Skywalker notified Kenobi of the impending danger via comlink.
As Skywalker speculated on the possibility that more assassin droids were aboard, the fallen assassin probe released an army of tiny but deadly probe killer droids. Rex, Cody, and their men opened fire on the probe killers and, despite some casualties, managed to repel the majority of the nuisances. Although Rex mused as to how the assassin probe had gotten on board the Coronet, Skywalker instead focused on a more specific question: who had smuggled it aboard to assassinate Kryze. After finding the protocol droid in charge of the cargo manifest, Skywalker ascertained that someone had used a Senate stamp to approve the shipment of the crates containing the assassin droids. Acting on that lead, Kenobi launched into an interrogation of the four senators aboard the Coronet—Onaconda Farr, Kin Robb, Orn Free Taa, and Tal Merrik—to determine which one of them had smuggled the droids aboard, while Rex and his men joined Skywalker in searching for the third and final assassin probe in the cargo hold. While patrolling with Rex, Cody became the victim of a probe killer hiding in a fallen clone helmet that he stopped to examine. Cody fell to the floor as he tried to fight off the probe killer, and when Rex tried to grab the droid off his comrade, two more of them jumped onto the captain as well. Both officers were saved by the timely arrival of Skywalker and R2-D2, who disabled the enemy droids with lightsaber and electric shocker, respectively.
Rex informed Skywalker that he still had not seen the remaining assassin probe, but a moment later, the droid jumped out from behind some nearby crates and bowled the captain over. With Rex taken by surprise, the assassin probe climbed on top of him and prepared to impale him with its front pincers. Recovering quickly, Rex grabbed the droid's legs and kicked his attacker off him before it could do any harm. He and Cody fired at the droid as it escaped up a wall, and though both of them landed hits, it was not until Skywalker threw his lightsaber at the droid and severed most of its legs that it toppled back to the floor. Running over, Rex slammed his foot down on the disabled probe and rained down blaster fire on its cranial unit, preventing it from hatching its probe killer spawn. A triad of Separatist Droch-class boarding ships—called in by Tal Merrik, who was exposed as the Death Watch agent—thereafter assaulted the Coronet, penetrating its hull to deploy a boarding party of super battle droids. Joining Skywalker in one of the hallways, Rex and Cody led their men in a firefight with the battle droids. Rex and the others were able to bring about the Separatists' defeat and left the hallway littered with droid parts.
The rest of the Coronet's journey went uninterrupted, with Rex and his comrades safely transporting Kryze and her entourage to Coruscant. After they docked at a landing pad, Rex, Cody, and their men disembarked with Skywalker and Kenobi, their escort duty ending as a success.
Mission to TaloraanEdit
- "You'd rather be fighting?"
"Well, I don't like it. But it's more interesting to me than diplomacy. That's all just talk!"
"Seems just a different kind of fighting to me. A kind I'm not trained for."
"Do you like fighting, Rex?"
"It's what I know. That's all."
- ―Rex and Ahsoka Tano, on the subject of diplomacy
During an attack on Separatist-loyal Trade Federation forces over the Bothan colony world of Kothlis, Rex served as the gunner of Tano's BTL-B Y-wing starfighter. Each in their own starfighter, Skywalker, Kenobi, and Tano led the attack on the Vulture droids deployed from a Federation Lucrehulk-class battleship. Upon reaching the battleship, Tano assaulted the vessel with proton torpedoes; Rex regarded the ship's subsequent destruction as a beautiful sight. The Separatist Dreadnaught-class heavy cruisers were forced to flee, securing the Republic's victory over Kothlis. Shortly thereafter, Rex accompanied Kenobi, Skywalker, and Tano to the planet Taloraan, where the Jedi were to undertake negotiations for tibanna gas with the Denfrandi tribe, the dominant clan on the world. En route to Taloraan aboard the Resolute, Rex conferred with Tano on the prospect of the diplomacy that she would be engaging in over the next few days. Whereas Tano found diplomatic negotiations boring, Rex respected them as a different method of fighting. While the three Jedi left for the capital, Taloraan City, in a Nu-class shuttle, Rex remained on board the Resolute with Wullf Yularen to regularly check in with the Jedi.
To contact the Jedi, the Resolute had to routinely leave orbit for a closer signal range. Unbeknownst to the Republic, Denfrandi Magister Orlin Denache had secretly formed an alliance with the Confederacy and was housing battle droids on Taloraan. During one of the Resolute's regular trips into comm range, Yularen was warned by the Jedi, who had discovered the Separatist presence in Taloraan City, that the Resolute was heading into a trap—a Confederate Munificent-class frigate commanded by Captain Canteval was preparing to attack the cruiser. Yularen raised the Resolute's deflector shields just in time to deflect fire from the enemy frigate. While the Resolute battled Canteval's ship, Yularen sent Rex and a clone detachment to rescue the Jedi, whose shuttle had been destroyed. After landing with several LAAT/i gunships at a platform in Taloraan City, Rex and his men fell under fire from the Separatist-allied Denfrandi, who had taken up positions behind some cargo boxes. The brief firefight ceased when Denache's Republic-loyal emissary, Sech Govlinder, rallied the rest of the Denfrandi to defeat the Separatists. The Jedi established an accord to cease hostilities between the Denfrandi and their rival tribe, the Wind Raiders, thanks to Tano's personal involvement in the matter. When Rex questioned if Tano had changed her mind about her disregard for diplomacy, she replied that she had indeed due to her firsthand experience in the field.
Defense of KaminoEdit
- "With all due respect, General, if someone comes to our home, they'd better be carrying a big blaster."
"I concur with Captain Rex, sir. This is personal to us clones."
"We'll make sure Kamino is secure. Tell your troopers in the 501st they're going home."
- ―Rex, Cody, and Anakin Skywalker
When the Republic intercepted a transmission between General Grievous and Asajj Ventress, it was discovered that Grievous was planning another invasion of Kamino, mere months after his last attempt had been thwarted at Rishi Station. Examining the message aboard the Resolute, where the 501st had been stationed, Skywalker, Kenobi, Rex, and Cody learned of Grievous's plan to cripple Kamino, a prospect that both Rex and Cody found quite personal. To notify Kamino of the impending threat and aid in the defense, Skywalker and Kenobi set course for Kamino. En route, Rex met with his 501st troops in the Resolute's hangar bay to inform them of their new assignment. Finding Echo and Fives in the process of unloading supplies from a gunship, Rex conferred with the new recruits and discovered that given their lengthy service since joining the 501st, they had expected that Cody would have already made them Advanced Recon Commandos—to which Rex told them they would earn the promotion when they no longer had to ask for it.
After transferring to an Acclamator-class transport, the Jedi and the 501st landed at the Military Complex of Kamino's capital, Tipoca City, where Skywalker, Kenobi, Rex, and Cody met with Jedi General Shaak Ti and Prime Minister Lama Su to relay the news of the Separatists' plan. Though they quickly marshaled Kamino's defenses, it was not long before Grievous's fleet arrived to challenge the Republic blockade protecting the planet. While Skywalker and Admiral Yularen oversaw the space battle against Grievous's flotilla, Rex joined Cody, Kenobi, Ti, and Su in Tipoca City's command center to monitor their progress. However, as debris from some Separatist cruisers fell into Kamino's ocean, the space engagement proved to only be a diversionary assault when the remains of the ships turned out to be disguised modules for Trident-class assault ships, which the Separatists secretly reassembled below sea level. Using the craft, Grievous and Ventress landed hundreds of droid troops in Tipoca City and proceeded to beleaguer the vital cloning facilities. As the droids began to overrun the Military Complex, Rex and the others were joined by Skywalker, who returned to the war room to help organize the city's fortifications. Rex and his comrades agreed that the Separatists' primary target would be the DNA archive—which was crucial for future clone production, as it stored the limited remainder of Jango Fett's DNA.
While Skywalker and Kenobi headed off to guard the DNA archive chamber and oversee the main assault on the battle droids, Rex and Cody found Echo, Fives, and the maintenance clone 99 with several young clone cadets at the barracks. Having been separated from their group, the cadets had required the troopers' assistance to return to the barracks. Although the cadets did not believe that they could be of help, as they had not yet graduated from their training, Fives and Echo rallied them to take up arms, underlining that it was their home they were defending. With the droids about to reach the barracks, Rex and Cody followed 99 to the nearby armory to retrieve weapons for the others so that they could stage a retaliatory assault. The cadets hid in the raised retractable sleeping chambers to provide extra firepower at the right moment. When a squad of B1 battle droids led by Grievous broke into the barracks, Rex, Cody, Echo, and Fives immediately gunned down the advance forces at the entrance. They could not eliminate all of the droids, however, and were forced to retreat into the barracks, stampeding back along the main corridor with the droids in close pursuit. Rex quickly found cover behind several crates alongside Cody, Fives, and Echo to return the enemy fire. As the droids gained ground and pushed Echo, Fives, and Cody back toward Rex's position, 99 tossed Rex a thermal detonator, which he launched at the advancing droids. Yet he missed, instead hitting an adjacent crate.
Once the battle droids had passed by the cadets' hiding places, Rex commed the young trainees to open fire on the droids, which they did to great effect. As more droids fell in the ensuing crossfire, Cody used up the last of the thermal detonators. Though 99 opted to retrieve another supply of explosives from the armory, his decision to abandon his cover—despite protest from Rex and the others—cost him his life, as he took enemy fire to the back and died. Cody thereafter received word from Ti that the droids had been pushed back to the main hangar. The Republic forces soon secured a victory over the remaining Separatist forces, forcing Grievous and Ventress to retreat. However, the damage had been done: Rex, Cody, Fives, and Echo took some time to lament the loss of 99, who they believed, in spite of his debilitative cloning malformations, had been a true soldier. While clone troopers and Kaminoan cloners alike began to repair the damage to Tipoca City, Rex and Cody found Fives and Echo in the Military Complex's hangar and commended them on the true valor they had displayed during the battle. Once again impressed with their efforts, Rex and Cody officially promoted both 501st troopers—who had been only cadets not too long ago—to the prestigious rank of Advanced Recon Commando, saluting the Grand Army's newest ARC troopers.
Later in the war, the Trade Federation blockaded Pantora, suspending all commerce with the system to pressure the Pantorans into an alliance with the Confederacy. While with Skywalker on Coruscant, Rex saw Padmé Amidala off from a landing pad as she was preparing to leave the capital aboard her J-type diplomatic barge. The three of them soon received news from Tano that Chi Eekway and Che Amanwe—the daughters of Chi Cho's successor, Chairman N. Papanoida—had been kidnapped. Skywalker sent his Padawan to aid Riyo Chuchi in investigating the matter, and Tano and Chuchi helped Papanoida rescue his daughters from the Separatists. They restored relations between Pantora and the Trade Federation, ceasing the blockade.
While on their way to rendezvous with Jedi General Kit Fisto, Rex and Skywalker made a brief stop on Mandalore. The reason for their visit was to drop off Tano, whom the Jedi High Council had delegated—at the request of Satine Kryze—to teach cadet classes at the Royal Academy of Government. Because the world had become engulfed in a black market crisis, Tano's involvement was intended to curb the planet's deeply rooted corruption among its future leaders. After arriving at the Sundari docks aboard an Eta-class shuttle, Rex and another trooper stood by while Skywalker and Tano were received by Kryze and her Prime Minister, Almec. With Fisto expecting them, Rex reminded Skywalker of their orders, and they soon left Mandalore to join up with Fisto. Tano and her students, meanwhile, found that Almec was behind the ongoing black market conspiracy and helped Kryze bring him to justice.
Shortly after returning to Coruscant, Rex and Skywalker were given command of the Grand Army's Third Legion for another assignment. A large-scale civil war had consumed the planet Balith, and in response to an appeal for Republic aid, the Jedi Council tasked Rex and Skywalker with intervening in the fighting. While Tano stayed at the Jedi Temple to focus on her studies, Rex and troops from Torrent Company picked up Skywalker with a Nu-class attack shuttle, then boarded a waiting Venator-class Star Destroyer for the voyage to Balith.
Bloodshed and rescuesEdit
- "It's no use. Whatever bright idea they cooked up to fix the comm problem doesn't seem to be working. At least not yet. We're on our own, Ahsoka."
"I'm going to find Master Kenobi. And another gunship. I'm getting you out of here Rex. Do you hear me?"
- ―Rex and Ahsoka Tano, shortly before the former nearly collapses from his injuries on Kothlis
In 21 BBY, at some point following the Defense of Maridun, Rex and Torrent Company were transferred with Skywalker, Kenobi, Tano, and Yularen to the recently christened Star Destroyer Indomitable while the Resolute underwent a refit. Presently, the Jedi and their fleet—comprised of the cruisers Indomitable, Pioneer, and Coruscant Sky—received intelligence from the Grand Army's Special Operations Brigade that General Grievous was planning on seizing Kothlis and its Bothan Spynet facility. While in Indomitable's mess hall, Rex, Sergeant Coric, and trooper Checkers were joined by Tano, who reported that the fleet was heading to mount a defense of Kothlis. Rex learned from Tano that a ground assault on the planet was highly possible; if the Separatists had already begun to invade Kothlis, the counterattack on the surface would be led by herself and Kenobi while Skywalker commanded the space battle. The captain then put his men on standby and had them begin preparations for the imminent battle. When Indomitable, Pioneer, and Coruscant Sky arrived at Kothlis, they found that Grievous had already arrived and had begun to beleaguer the undefended planet. The Jedi additionally discovered that Grievous was employing a computer virus to jam all of the Republic's comm channels.
Skywalker met with Rex, Tano, and their waiting men in their barracks and informed them of the Separatists' comm jammer. Although Rex was concerned with the news, Skywalker stated it was possible that comms would be restored in time; if necessary, reinforcements could be requested. Before proceeding to the gunship hangar with Tano and Torrent Company, Rex wished his general good hunting. Once Skywalker and his Gold Squadron pilots had initiated the space battle against Grievous, Rex and Tano were joined by Kenobi in their gunship and led the assault force's launch from the fleet. En route to the surface of Kothlis, Rex spared his men a few last-minute words for preparation. After landing, Kenobi ordered Rex and Tano into the fray while he led the assault on the Separatist-claimed Spynet facility. Rex, Tano, and Torrent Company engaged the entrenched droid infantry forces in the central plaza of Kothlis's capital, Tal'cara, fighting furiously against super battle droids, droidekas, and STAP-mounted droids. With only one gunship for air support, however, Torrent Company took heavy losses—their highest since the Battle of Teth.
Rex was among the injured, taking wounds to his right arm and chest. Checkers, who was wounded less severely, stood with his captain, ready to support him if he needed it. With the fight against the droids in the plaza reaching a temporary standstill, Tano ordered Rex and his men to fall back and tried to contact Yularen for assistance, but her attempt failed due to the Separatists' still-active comm jammer. Seeing no other options, she left to get help from Kenobi while the barely conscious Rex stayed to watch over his men. Tano rendezvoused with Kenobi and assisted him in reclaiming the Spynet facility from the Confederacy, in part thanks to the efforts—and sacrifices—of Torrent Company and other clone forces. The Republic fleet also managed to drive Grievous's forces away from Kothlis. Rex, Coric, and the other clones who had been wounded in the engagement were sent for treatment at the Republic's Kaliida Shoals Medical Center, one of the Republic Sector Armies' twenty Haven-class medical stations. Tano chose to be treated with them at the Outer Rim medcenter so that she could provide moral support.
Although Tano's injuries were quickly fixed by the Kaminoan doctors, Rex, Coric, and several others had to undergo bacta treatment and received their own bacta tanks. Rex and Coric were among those who made full recoveries, though the Kaminoans did not have as much success with some of the other troopers. Eventually, Rex, Coric, Checkers, and the other survivors were discharged and returned to Coruscant's GAR clone barracks on furlough to rest up before their next assignment. Tano arrived at their barracks an hour after their return to welcome them back. She revealed to Rex and Coric that she was concerned for her Master, whose life had been put into grave danger while on a confidential mission with Kenobi. Unable to rescue their generals for the time being, Rex and Coric tried to cheer up Tano with a game of turbo-darts. As they had not received new orders yet, Rex only intended to take a few days of recuperation before resuming Torrent Company's training. Their next deployment came within a few days, a day after the Separatists launched a devastating bioweapon attack on the planet Chandrila. Although GAR command did not inform him of their destination, Rex learned about their full assignment from Tano, who was to accompany them on their mission.
Tano explained that Torrent Company was joining a battle group bound for the Separatist-occupied planet Lanteeb to rescue Skywalker and Kenobi, who had been trapped there by forces under the command of General Lok Durd—a recent escapee from Republic incarceration. Durd was manufacturing a damotite-based bioweapon on Lanteeb, which had been responsible for the massacre on Chandrila, and the Republic intended to eliminate the weapon's stockpiles before it could be used again. Admiral Yularen was given command of the battle group bound for Lanteeb, and Rex, Tano, and Torrent Company joined him aboard Indomitable, which had undergone repairs following the recapture of Kothlis. Their three-cruiser battle group—consisting of Indomitable, Pioneer, and Coruscant Sky—received the addition of Mace Windu's Dagger, which came from safeguarding Kothlis in the wake of the Separatist assault. Upon reaching Lanteeb in the Malor-77 system, the Republic forces found that not only was Lanteeb being heavily blockaded by more than twenty-five enemy warships, but also that Grievous was leading the blockade. Among their scant good news was that Grievous's communications jammer virus had been temporarily nullified, restoring communications in the interim.
After executing three starfighter assaults against Grievous's flotilla, Yularen's battle group received reinforcements in the form of a large volunteer civilian fleet, which had been organized by Senators Padmé Amidala and Bail Prestor Organa. Rex and the 501st prepared to aid in rescuing Skywalker, Kenobi, and Jedi Master Taria Damsin, who had slipped through the blockade to help the trapped generals. With the aid of the civilian ships, Yularen's fleet broke through the blockade, forcing Grievous to retreat. While Yularen oversaw the battle group's efforts to liberate Lanteeb from Separatist control, Rex joined Tano and Windu in leading the 501st and another Grand Army unit, the 95th, to the Lanteeban city Torbel, where Skywalker, Kenobi, and Damsin were desperately defending the village populace from Durd's droid army. The 501st and 95th took a squadron of thirty gunships to Torbel, with Rex and Tano being piloted by clone pilot Jinx. Once they arrived in Torbel, Rex, Coric, and Checkers joined their comrades in cutting through the battle droids; the Separatist detachment was defeated in under an hour.
As Windu coordinated the Republic's various mopping-up operations, the sun began to set on Lanteeb, so Rex arranged for the floodlighted gunships to be positioned around the village square for additional light. Since the battle had reduced Torbel to little more than ruins, the Republic granted the villagers refugee status, and Amidala and Queen Jamillia offered to give them homes on Naboo. While Windu stayed behind to discuss the civilians' future with the village speaker, Rikkard, Rex and a clone medic escort shuttled Tano and the heavily injured Skywalker, Kenobi, and Damsin to Indomitable for proper medical treatment. Windu then took Skywalker, Kenobi, and Damsin back to Coruscant aboard Dagger, with Rex and Tano being entrusted with overseeing the remainder of the Republic's cleanup efforts on Lanteeb with the 501st Legion.
- "Target's dead ahead, General. But I don't think we brought nearly enough troopers…"
"Not like you to be so dramatic, Rex. You're leading a battle-hardened unit, supported by Juggernauts, commandos and two Jedi!"
- ―Rex and Anakin Skywalker, on the threat of the Bogg Behemoth on Makem Te
When a group of clone troopers, having just pilfered the coordinates for the Separatist hypermatter generators, crashed on the Hutt Space world Asuin, Skywalker, Kenobi, and Rex were dispatched to rescue the clone squad before the Confederacy could recover the intelligence. After Rex located the squad's escape pod on the surface via scanning, Skywalker and Kenobi moved in to secure the craft. While battling the Separatists, Rex made contact with his Jedi Generals and reported that battle droid reinforcements led by Asajj Ventress were heading for their position. Skywalker and Kenobi managed to rescue the sole surviving trooper of the crash, but Ventress then confronted them. Although she destroyed J-3PO, the protocol droid containing the hypermatter generator coordinates, Skywalker and Kenobi were able to escape from the battlefield. Shortly after the planet Makem Te rejoined the Republic, the Separatists deployed an advanced Bogg Behemoth tank on the world, and the Jedi Council dispatched Rex, Skywalker, and Kenobi to combat the new threat. Taking a battle group of Heavy Assault Vehicle/wheeled A6 Juggernaut tanks and a clone legion to Makem Te, Rex and his Jedi Generals found the Bogg Behemoth in the desert near the city Thousand Thousand.
Rex voiced skepticism to Skywalker and Kenobi that they would be able to carry out their orders of capturing the Bogg Behemoth, even with their elite detachment. Because intelligence alleged that the Bogg Behemoth was still undergoing final testing, Kenobi mobilized their forces to strike before the tank came online. When Rex led his men against the Bogg Behemoth, their intelligence proved to be faulty—the tank, already functional, began to launch scores of missiles at the clone soldiers. Though Rex had the Republic's AV-7 Antivehicle Cannons commence firing, the tank's shield and heavy armor allowed it to endure the thick bombardment. With their men taking losses, Skywalker and Kenobi elected to instead assault the Bogg Behemoth from above. Rex and the Jedi landed their troopers on the tank via LAAT/i gunships, but they were confronted by hundreds of DSD1 dwarf spider droids before they could secure the deck. As Rex and his soldiers held out against the dwarf spider droids, Skywalker and Kenobi infiltrated the tank and forced its Geonosian operator, Bogg, to deactivate the tank and its defenses. Despite the clones' capture of the Bogg Behemoth, Kenobi chose to destroy it, as he simply did not believe that the Republic could adapt such destructive weapons for proper ethical use.
On another occasion, Rex joined Kenobi, Cody, and a company from the 212th Attack Battalion to claim Bogoa, a world whose durable coral was coveted by the Confederacy for use as ship-building material. After battling the Separatists for three days, the Republic forces managed to compromise the enemy stronghold. During the intervening interlude in fighting, Rex remained at the Republic's staging area with Kenobi and the 212th troops while Cody embarked on roundup duty, searching for survivors amidst the carnage on the battlefield. Cody soon found the B1 battle droid Coppertop, whose battle protocols had been peculiarly overridden and had deserted the Separatist Droid Army to aid the wounded from both sides of the conflict. When Asajj Ventress and the bounty hunter Cyreltov attempted to reclaim Coppertop for Count Dooku, who had issued the experimental Order 99 directive modifying Coppertop's objectives, Coppertop sacrificed himself to prevent Kenobi and Ventress from fighting over him. Ventress and Cyreltov thereafter retreated from Bogoa, having failed to retrieve Coppertop, while Kenobi and the clones recovered from the battle.
Rex joined Skywalker and Tano in combating the Confederacy on the jungle planet Zeenada, where they were soon outgunned by a large Separatist invasion force. In response, Skywalker had Rex and Tano take a squad around the battle droid lines and stage a diversionary assault on their rear position. Doing so would cause the Separatists to believe that the Republic's main force was behind them, allowing Skywalker to capture the droids in a pincer maneuver. While circling around the enemy infantry, Rex and Tano were ambushed by a droid patrol. By the time the droids had been eliminated, only Tano, Rex, and two other troopers—Gunner and Sarge—remained of their squad. Rex advised that they abort the mission and return to Skywalker for reinforcements, but Tano maintained that Skywalker was depending on them to see their objective through. When they encountered a wild feline predator, Tano ordered Rex, Gunner, and Sarge to avoid firing at it unless absolutely necessary while she distracted the creature. Yet she was unable to defeat the predator, and when she felt the ground shaking underneath them, she quickly Force-pushed Rex and the others aside. The threat turned out to be an incoming pack of wild animals, but Rex and the others were able to avoid the stampede.
Although Sarge and Gunner were skeptical with Tano's experience on the battlefield, Rex ordered them to respect her command, as she was in charge. They proceeded through the Zeenada jungle, eventually arriving at a swamp right behind the Separatists' rear flank. Rex was not enthusiastic about having to trudge through the swamp, but Tano believed that they could cross it via several rocks running through the marsh. However, the rocks—which were actually reptilian eggs—turned out to be yet another example of Zeenada's native wildlife, as they hatched into massive swamp beasts, whose parent proceeded to attack Tano. While Tano ordered Rex and his men to safety, she had the idea to lure the beast onto the battlefield to attack the battle droids. Her plan worked, and while Skywalker ordered his forces to assault the droids' frontal flank, Rex, Gunner, and Sarge crossed the swamp and jumped into battle alongside Tano.
When Republic Admiral Tenant and his Star Destroyer's crew intercepted a message containing a 2,000-year-old Jedi distress code, the Jedi High Council sent Skywalker, Tano, and Kenobi to investigate the location of its origin: the remote Chrelythiumn system, a site far beyond the Outer Rim Territories in the relatively unexplored region of the galaxy termed Wild Space. As the transmission was suspected to be a Separatist trap, Rex was dispatched aboard a heavily armed Venator-class Star Destroyer to meet up with Skywalker, Tano, and Kenobi at the source. Although both Rex's Star Destroyer and Skywalker's Eta-class shuttle arrived at the rendezvous point and established contact via the HoloNet, a peculiar situation arose: neither Rex's cruiser nor the Jedi's shuttle were able to locate each other on their scanners. The peculiarity of the situation increased when an outside source cut off Skywalker's connection to the warship. While the concerned Rex continued his attempts to locate them, Skywalker, Kenobi, and Tano were transported to the planet Mortis by the Father, a powerful Force wielder who maintained the world. The Father wished to test Skywalker, who was believed to be the Chosen One of an old Jedi prophecy.
After Skywalker, Tano, and Kenobi underwent a series of tribulations on Mortis, they awoke aboard their shuttle. Seeing their craft reappear on his scanners, Rex reestablished holographic contact with them, confirming that they were all right. Although Rex did not understand when Skywalker stated that their communications blackout had lasted for more than a moment, Skywalker, commenting that they could not explain their ordeal, brought their shuttle in to join Rex aboard his Star Destroyer.
Infiltration of the CitadelEdit
- "I am concerned that the Jedi have elected this… child to lead the group."
"I've served with her many times, and I trust her, Captain."
- ―Wilhuff Tarkin is assured by Rex of Ahsoka Tano's capability during the escape from the Citadel
Following the Confederacy's capture of Jedi Master Even Piell, the Jedi Order sanctioned a mission to free the senior High Council member from incarceration in the Citadel, the most feared prison installation in the galaxy. Because Piell had just discovered the coordinates of the strategic Nexus Route, a secret hyperspace lane that spanned from Coruscant to the heart of Separatist space, his findings were of great value to both sides of the war. Rex was assigned to Skywalker's and Kenobi's elite team to rescue Piell alongside Cody, Fives, Echo, and several other clone troopers. When Plo Koon headed a briefing on the mission at the Jedi Temple's communication center, Rex was present at the conference via hologram. The task ahead would turn out to be one of Rex's most difficult ones since the outset of the war: because the Citadel had originally been designed to hold rogue Jedi who had fallen to the dark side of the Force, no team had ever been able to infiltrate the highly guarded prison. Although Rex was skeptical that Piell was still alive, the Jedi firmly believed that the Separatists would not kill Piell until they had extracted the Nexus Route coordinates, which were too valuable to waste. Once the Jedi had established a plan for infiltrating the Citadel on the planet Lola Sayu, Rex joined the others at a carbon-freezing chamber in the Jedi Temple Hangar, where they were to be encased in carbonite to circumvent the Citadel's lifeform scanners.
After being frozen in carbonite by the Republic engineer Erk Zallis, Rex and his comrades were ushered onto Shuttle 81572, a captured Separatist Class Type B escort shuttle, which would be piloted to Lola Sayu by R2-D2 and a squad of reprogrammed B1 battle droids. R2-D2's battle droids transported the infiltration team—including the unauthorized addition of Ahsoka Tano—to Lola Sayu, bypassing Citadel Command and safely reaching the prison. At a site amidst the Citadel's maintenance pipes, Rex and the others were unfrozen from the carbonite, taking some time to recover from the process before proceeding to the facility. In the meantime, R2-D2 and his battle droids remained behind to guard the shuttle. Separated from the cliff-side entry point to the Citadel by a river of sulfurous lava, the squad was forced to ascend the cliff to the lookout balcony. However, strong winds hampered the use of jetpacks and sensitive electro-mines thwarted ascension cables, so the Jedi and clones resolved to free-climb the cliff. Rex and his companions braved the dangerous conditions and managed to reach the lookout balcony, where Tano disabling the door's ray shield from the inside by slipping through a ventilation shaft.
Just as Rex, Cody, and their men were joining Skywalker, Kenobi, and Tano on the balcony, trooper Charger lost his footing and fell down the cliff, activating an electro-mine and being shocked to death. With alarms blaring and the Citadel's warden, Osi Sobeck, alerted to the Republic team's presence due to the tripped electro-mine, the Jedi and clones crept into the prison on the lookout for battle droid patrols. Avoiding droid guards and eliminating surveillance cameras along one of the hallways, the team cut through laser emplacements lining the walls. They soon discovered, however, that the hallway was electrified when Sobeck remotely activated that trap. While Rex and the others reached a safe passageway, trooper Longshot was killed before he could make it to safety. After locating and breaking into Piell's holding cell with his comrades, Rex gunned down the EV-series interrogator droid that had been on the verge of gouging out Piell's single remaining eye. Once Skywalker and Kenobi had freed him from his containment field, Piell revealed that he only possessed half of the Nexus Routes coordinates—the rest laid with his Republic Navy captain, Wilhuff Tarkin, who had committed them to memory and would also require rescuing, along with the rest of the clone trooper crew captured from Piell's flagship.
En route to free Tarkin and the other officers, Rex and his comrades were intercepted and surrounded from both directions by a squad of the Citadel's elite BX-series droid commandos. Though Rex assisted Skywalker and Tano in eliminating the droids at their end, the entire team fell prey to the powerfully magnetized ceiling, which pilfered their weapons and held them out of reach some meters away. As Kenobi, Tano, and Piell used the Force to hold droid commando reinforcements at bay, Skywalker, who had been pulled up to the ceiling because of his prosthetic arm, managed to reclaim his lightsaber and sliced through the magnet. Rex and his comrades quickly rearmed themselves and cut through the droids. Before continuing on with the others, Rex disabled the surveillance cameras in the area, through which Sobeck had been watching them. Once Tarkin and the clone officers had been liberated from their cell, the Jedi decided on a new plan to escape from the Citadel: while Kenobi and Piell took one group to create a diversion, another team led by Skywalker, Rex, Tano, and Tarkin would find an escape route from the fortress. With such a tactic, Piell's and Tarkin's halves of the Nexus Route intelligence would remain separated should one of them be recaptured by Sobeck and subjected to interrogation.
Using old data from the Jedi Archives, Skywalker located a hallway adjacent to one of the Citadel's original fortress tunnels. He cut a hole through the wall with his lightsaber, and Rex and the others entered the tunnels, with Rex having Fives and Echo replace the severed hole behind them to avoid detection by Sobeck's pursuant forces. As they headed for the entrance to a pipeline network, Skywalker took up position at the rear to guard their flank from the droids sent to recapture them, while Tano led the group onward. Along the way, Rex defended Tano's abilities from Tarkin, who doubted that the young Padawan was capable of leading them to safety. When they found themselves at a dead end, B2 super battle droids and droid commandos soon caught up with them, with the commandos sporting personal energy shields to counter the clones' blasters. While Rex, Skywalker, and their men faced down the droids, Tano used thermal detonators that Rex had been carrying in a supply backpack to rupture the obstructive wall, saving two of the explosives to use on the shield-wielding droid commandos. Both the wall and the droids were blasted apart, allowing Rex and his comrades to travel on toward the pipeline.
Rex and the others entered the large fuel line to ascend to the top of a ridge, where they were to meet R2-D2 and their escape shuttle. Due to the risk of igniting the pipe's flammable fuel, Rex and the other troopers deactivated their lights and kept their weapons locked during their climb. Upon exiting the fuel line at the top of the cliff, Rex and his comrades were faced with a squad of B1 battle droids and LM-432 crab droids. While Skywalker and Tano deflected the battle droids' fire, Rex and Tarkin headed for cover with their men behind a series of nearby hills. After joining them, Skywalker used a thermal detonator from Rex to explode the section of the fuel line that they had just exited, leaving the droids in pieces. As Kenobi and the shuttle had not yet reached the pipeline, Rex and the others resorted to their backup plan—meeting Kenobi at his position instead. Rex helped one of Piell's injured clone officers to the Citadel's rear landing platform, where Kenobi, Piell, and their soldiers were battling Sobeck's forces to reclaim their shuttle, from which the droids had separated them. Rex, Skywalker, Tarkin, Tano, and their group joined Kenobi's squad at their cover behind several crates, but their refuge was compromised with the arrival of battle droids aboard STAPs, which soared in to attack them from behind.
When Echo attempted to commandeer the shuttle, one of the platform's droid-manned blaster turrets blew the craft apart, taking Echo's life along with it. Their only option of escaping off-world now gone with their comrade-in-arms, the Republic team was forced to retreat. Once Kenobi and Skywalker had requested retrieval from Koon and the High Council, Rex and his comrades proceeded away from the Citadel, across the perilous and barely navigable landscape of Lola Sayu. Rex, Cody, and Fives scouted ahead for the team as they traveled through a series of caves partitioned by rivers of sulfur. Taking advantage of the brief lack of pursuant droids, Piell contacted Mace Windu and Yoda at the Jedi Temple. With Koon's rescue fleet of cruisers already en route to Lola Sayu, Yoda and Windu informed Piell and the others that their rendezvous point with Koon's evacuation ships would be a small island in the middle of a lake of lava. When a trio of droid commandos caught up with them, Fives tossed a thermal detonator at them, making quick work of their pursuers. Yet Sobeck's forces did not relent in their pursuit and next tried to surround Rex and his comrades at a cliff, with battle droids approaching along their path and a crab droid attacking from a nearby cliff face.
While R2-D2's reprogrammed battle droids sacrificed themselves to delay Sobeck's forces, Rex and the others used ascension cables to descend to the bottom of the cliff; Rex helped a clone officer down the ridge. Despite losing two troopers, they pressed on along the river of lava leading to the island rendezvous point. The group soon heard distant howling and realized that Sobeck had released a pack of hunters to lead his battle droids to them—specifically, the hunters were dangerous anooba trackers. As the anoobas were not far behind, the Jedi decided to use a nearby cave to their advantage: once Skywalker and Kenobi had led the anoobas past the cave, Piell, Tano, Rex, and their men would surprise them and the following battle droids from behind. After the pack of anoobas passed, Rex and his team rushed to join Skywalker and Kenobi, but several crab droids intercepted them. While Piell and Tano held off the crab droids, Rex pushed on with Tarkin, Cody, and the clones to Skywalker's position, where they found him and Kenobi in battle with the anoobas and a squadron of STAPs. Although the anoobas and droids were defeated, the victory came at a high cost: Piell died in combat with the anoobas. Tano—to whom Piell, with his final breath, had designated his half of the Nexus Route intelligence—brought Piell's body back to the others, who were saddened to learn of the Jedi Councilor's sacrifice.
Even with Sobeck pursuing them, Rex and his comrades paused to honor the fallen Piell, cremating his body in the lava of Lola Sayu. Once Piell had joined with the landscape, the Republic team continued on to the island. With several meters of sulfurous lava separating them from the island, Skywalker and Cody each connected a cable to the opposite shore, erecting a line across the magma; Rex and Tarkin were the first to climb their way across. As the others traversed the cables, Sobeck personally arrived with a squad of droid commandos aboard STAPs to reclaim his prisoners. A fierce lightfight ensued, and Rex and his men battled Sobeck in a final stand against the warden. Unwilling to let the Nexus Route coordinates reach the Republic, Sobeck tried to kill Tarkin but was cut down by Tano. Just as Koon and Clone Commander CC-3636, nicknamed "Wolffe," arrived aboard a gunship to rescue the Republic team, hordes of crab droids appeared and surrounded the Jedi and clones. After providing cover fire for the Jedi, Rex and his men boarded Koon's space gunship with their comrades and lifted off from Lola Sayu. They and their starfighter escort—provided by Adi Gallia, Saesee Tiin, and Kit Fisto—returned to Koon's fleet of Star Destroyers, which promptly escaped to hyperspace.
Rex and the other survivors of the Citadel mission returned to Coruscant with Koon's fleet. During debriefing, the Jedi High Council encountered problems with processing the Nexus Route intelligence: Tarkin had been instructed to take his half of the information directly to the Supreme Chancellor, while Tano, obeying Piell's dying wishes, intended to see that it was entrusted to the High Council. To resolve the matter, Yoda entered into discussions with Palpatine to determine the best way to debrief the information for Republic use.
An escalating warEdit
On the front lines of battleEdit
- "All squadrons are in position, General Fisto. You may deploy when ready."
"Commencing deployment now."
- ―Rex authorizes Kit Fisto for deployment at the Battle of Mon Cala
Having become a foothold of Separatist strength since the outset of the Clone Wars, Felucia was once again engulfed in conflict on account of being situated near the valuable hyperlane known as the Perlemian Trade Route. Rex went with Skywalker and Tano to repel the Confederacy from Felucia, leading a clone division of AT-TE walkers into the heart of enemy territory. They encountered squads of battle droids as they went but continued to gain ground, eventually joining forces with Plo Koon and Commander Wolffe to capture a Confederate outpost, to which General Grievous was sending reinforcements to fortify his hold on the system. As night fell, the Jedi and clones moved their forces to a ridge overlooking the outpost just as a C-9979 landing craft arrived with the droid reinforcements. Koon decided on a three-pronged assault plan to secure the outpost: while Koon and Wolffe attacked the base's left flank, Tano would breach the rear entrance with troops from Wolffe's Wolfpack squad. Skywalker and Rex, meanwhile, would spearhead the frontal assault on the station.
Once Skywalker's Felucian scouts had found them a secure way to the path leading to the outpost, Rex positioned half of their soldiers amidst the dense foliage on one side of the path, while Skywalker did the same along the other side. With all of their forces in place, Koon had their AT-TE walkers deliver long-range fire at the outpost from the ridge. The blasts baited tactical droid commander TZ-33's droid defenders out of the front entrance, and Skywalker and Rex began their attack once several DSD1 dwarf spider droids had been lured out into the jungle. Rex and Skywalker cut through the battle droids and joined Koon in capturing the base's command center, eliminating TZ-33. Although the enemy station had been secured, Tano was nowhere to be found—unbeknownst to her comrades, she had been captured by Trandoshan hunters for a ritualistic hunt on the moon Wasskah. In the meantime, Rex and his team received orders to return to Coruscant the next morning. As they prepared to depart, Skywalker had Rex and his men search the outpost and the surrounding area for Tano several times, to no avail. With gunships waiting for them, Skywalker was forced to call off the search, hoping that his Padawan would be located by Republic forces or spies in the Confederacy. Tano was later rescued from Wasskah and safely returned to the Jedi Temple.
Following the Second Battle of Felucia, Grievous oversaw a Separatist invasion of the Calamari system, home to the Mon Calamari shipbuilders who were vital to the Republic war effort. After the King of Mon Cala, Yos Kolina, was assassinated, Skywalker and Padmé Amidala were sent to quell the political tensions between the Mon Calamari and the Quarren in the wake of his death, hoping to stem the impending threat of a Mon Calamari–Quarren civil war. Despite their best efforts to peacefully resolve the conflict, Skywalker and Amidala were unable to stop the Quarren from withdrawing from the Republic in favor of an alliance with Commander Riff Tamson of the Confederacy. Upon learning that civil war on Mon Cala was now inevitable and imminent, the Jedi High Council commissioned, on the same day, a company of clone troopers for underwater combat to prevent the world from falling to Separatist control. Rex, Tano, and Kit Fisto were appointed to oversee the reinforcements for the Mon Calamari. Yet the battle began before they could arrive when Tamson and Quarren chieftain Nossor Ri led an assault on the undersea capital, Mon Calamari City, where Captain Gial Ackbar of the Mon Calamari Guard was hosting Skywalker and Amidala.
After arriving in the Calamari system aboard a Venator-class Star Destroyer, Rex remained on the bridge to supervise the clone detachment's deployment into the Calamari Sea. Outfitted in submersible gear, Tano, Fisto, Clone Commander Monnk, and their clone SCUBA troopers were taken to sea level by LAAT/i gunships, from which they dove into the waters of Mon Cala. Using OMS Devilfish subs to reach Mon Calamari City, Tano, Fisto, and their men joined Skywalker, Amidala, Ackbar, and Kolina's son, Prince Lee-Char, in the ongoing battle against the allied forces of the Separatists and Quarren. Thanks to further reinforcements from Naboo's Gungan Grand Army, the Jedi and clones were able to best Tamson's forces, with Nossor Ri and the Quarren realigning with the Mon Calamari and the Republic under newly appointed King Lee-Char.
As the war progressed, Rex made the jump from the old Phase I armor to the more advanced Phase II equipment. Despite not particularly caring for the new gear, he developed a unique suit of Phase II armor for himself, integrating the advanced equipment with salvaged Phase I parts. His troops in the 501st Legion and Torrent Company also adopted Phase II armor, carrying over their trademark blue-marked design.
Campaign on EreesusEdit
- "Well, I wish we had more like you. That kinetic communication's a nice piece of work, but you can shoot, too."
"I wish there were more of us too. Despite tonight's victory, we are outnumbered. The Separatists can make more droids, but we cannot make more men. No offense meant, Captain."
"None taken. We were made to be soldiers, it's true, but we're not machines. At least the Jedi don't regard us that way."
"May that always be so."
- ―Rex and Sollaw ap-Orwien, following their raid on the tactical droid's base on Ereesus
Rex and Sergeant Coric were dispatched to review security on the agriworld Biitu, where the Biituians were repurposing Separatist battle droid scrap as raw materials to be sold to the Republic Senate. Rex and Coric brought a detachment from Torrent Company aboard an LAAT/i gunship to the Pitor Processing Plantworks, where a disturbance had been reported, though GAR command did not provide specifics. As they approached the Plantworks, Coric voiced his disregard for war profiteers such as the Biituians, though Rex told him to stow his disrespectful attitude. Upon landing, they were greeted by Pitor, the foreman in charge of operations. Pitor brushed off the report of a "disturbance" and took the opportunity to give Rex and his squad a tour of the large facility, which, being the largest of its kind in the Outer Rim, received huge quantities of dismembered battle droids by the day. When Rex questioned Pitor as to why his men's presence had been requested, Pitor revealed that a battle droid calling itself the Reanimator, having forged himself from the bodies of his fallen comrades, had begun to bring the scrap droids back to life. Although Rex and Coric initially had trouble believing Pitor's tale, the Reanimator—an IG-100 MagnaGuard with a faulty neural processor—attacked Torrent Company at that moment, forcing them to take cover. While Pitor barricaded himself in his office, Rex's men fell one by one to the Reanimator and his droid army, until only Rex, Coric, and a third trooper remained.
Rex ordered a retreat so that they could find one of the Reanimator's weaknesses and exploit it. He and Coric helped their injured comrade to Pitor's office, where Coric forced Pitor to let them inside. As the enemy droids closed in, Rex devised a plan that would combine Pitor's skills with Coric's suicidal sense of duty. Proceeding to the roof, Rex and Pitor manned magnetic grapples that would allow Coric to pose as a clone with Force powers. When the Reanimator arrived with his droids, Rex's ruse distracted the Reanimator long enough for Coric to place a blaster shot through the droid's head. The clones remained at the Plantworks for another day to eliminate the rest of the droids. Their report of the incident resulted in the Senate agreeing to implement stringent checks on all Biitu-bound salvage shipments to prevent further complications, as the incident had been caused by deliveries of still-operable battle droids. Rex, Coric, and their men received Pitor's thanks before departing. As they lifted off, Coric commented to Rex that despite his still-low opinion of profiteers like Pitor, he had learned that the only reliable battle droid was a properly recycled one.
On another assignment without Skywalker, Rex and Torrent Company traveled to the planet Ereesus in the Outer Rim, where they entered into a collaboration with the local Ereesus Planetary Security Forces to repel a Confederate invasion. After establishing a forward operating base, Rex and his soldiers initiated an assault on the droid battle group, which was being overseen by a number of T-series tactical droids. The Republic's campaign soon took a turn for the worst: the Separatists captured a squad led by Planetary Security Forces Sergeant Palola—along with their Torrent Company liaison, Oz—while gaining substantial ground, threatening to collapse the 501st Legion's left flank. The same night, Rex and his men learned of the Separatists' demands for the hostage militiamen via a two-minute holographic transmission from the tactical droid that had seized the squad. Adding to Rex's growing headache were numerous rebukes from generals in Sector Command concerning the crumbling situation.
Rex was soon sought out at the forward base by Lieutenant Sollaw ap-Orwien and Corporal Dafyd, the former of whom asked to view the holorecording of the captive squad to see what Palola had said. Rex mistook ap-Orwien's entreaty as a misconceived notion, as the tactical droid had not allowed Palola to utter a single word during the transmission, but ap-Orwien insisted that being a Lorrdian, as Palola was, he would be able to discern a message. As Rex brought ap-Orwien and Dafyd over to the operations room, the former explained that during the Kanz Disorders of millennia prior, the Argazdan Myrialites had enslaved the Lorrdians and barred them from speaking. To the stupefaction of Rex and troopers Jesse and Ringo, ap-Orwien—instantly after taking his eyes off the holographic transmission from the Confederacy—relayed several key points of intelligence from Palola. The Lorrdian sergeant, Oz, and their five other militiamen were being held in a depot at the top of the Hidaci Ridge; the tactical droid's base of operations was a granary halfway up the hill; and the Separatists had stockpiled fuel and artillery on the road along the ridge.
ap-Orwien continued his explanation of the kinetic communication that the Lorrdians had developed during the Kanz Disorders, which had allowed them ever since to converse through the most minuscule movements and gestures. As an example, ap-Orwien left the room, with Dafyd listening in as Rex relayed some made-up tactical information to Jesse and Ringo. They were further impressed when ap-Orwien reentered and, after exchanging kinetic communication with Dafyd that almost missed Rex's scrutiny, repeated the fictitious orders word-for-word. After confirming with Sector Command, Rex chalked out a strategy to rescue Palola's squad from the Hidaci Ridge depot. To divert the Separatists' attention, he dispatched a squadron of BTL-B Y-wing starfighters to launch a bombing run on the fuel and artillery dumps. A sham 501st advance would additionally draw the battle droids south and allow the extraction team's gunship to move in on the hostage site from the north. Rex selected Jesse, Ringo, and Dogma, one of their recent recruits, to accompany himself, ap-Orwien, and Dafyd on the team, with Kix serving as their medic. Rex set the plan into motion that night, deploying the starfighters to deliver their ordnance while he departed with ap-Orwien, Dafyd, and the others on a stealth-outfitted gunship.
By the light of Ereesus's moon, Rex and his comrades flew to the Hidaci Ridge and lowered cables to the surface, fast-roping from the gunship into the depot. They landed at a speeder truck loading dock, where Rex and his soldiers switched on their night vision filters while the Lorrdian militiamen strapped night vision goggles over their eyes. Once they scanned the yard for hostiles and confirmed none were in the area, the team used explosives to blow open the main door and proceeded into the depot. Jesse and Ringo set a second set of charges to breach another door in the facility's office, which led downstairs to where Palola had reported that he and the other captives were being held. Immediately after the explosives did their work, Rex had Dogma toss an EMP grenade down the stairwell leading into the basement to deactivate the droid forces there. Following Jesse and Ringo into the basement, Rex placed a blaster bolt through the head of a still-twitching battle droid. As the troopers and militiamen were to discover, however, Dogma's electromagnetic pulse had not disabled all of the droids. While Rex and the others deactivated their night vision filters, Jesse yelled out from further down the stairs that there were still-active droid commandos. Rex rushed down the stairs in an attempt to spot the enemy droids; as a result, he narrowly avoided a commando that detached itself from the pipes on the ceiling and brought its vibrosword through where his head had been a moment prior.
The droid commando landed behind Rex and kicked him down the stairwell, then pinned him chest-down on the ground—resulting in a bloody mouth on his part, with his hands and blaster pistols trapped beneath him. ap-Orwien came to his aid, decapitating the commando with a blaster bolt and allowing Rex to free himself from under the now-defunct droid's body. With the rest of the droid commandos disabled, Rex and his team were left with an unopposed path to the locked door at the bottom of the stairwell. He had charges placed to blow open the door, with Dogma again tossing an EMP grenade through the rupture. On the other side, Rex smartly gunned down a droid commando that tried to pounce on them from the ceiling. He and his comrades were relieved to find Palola, Oz, and the other five hostages safe, with minimal injuries. Although Rex was about to radio the gunship for an immediate retrieval, he instead decided to act on Palola's findings, confirming from the Lorrdian that their tactical droid captor was headquartered in the nearby granary. Rex led his team and the former hostages to the granary, where they raided the droid encampment and captured the tactical droid's cranial unit. Rex then called in the gunship, and they returned to Torrent Company's forward operating base with the freed prisoners. When ap-Orwien asked if he and his fellow militiamen could spend the night at the clones' base, as it was too late for them to return to their own headquarters, Rex told them it would be an honor to have them bunk with Torrent Company. Nevertheless, he smiled and declined ap-Orwien's offer for a game or two of sabacc, not willing to take the risk of gambling with such masters of nonverbal communication as the Lorrdians.
The shadows of UmbaraEdit
- "Sir, if I may address your accusation, I followed your orders, even in the face of a plan that was, in my opinion, severely flawed—a plan that cost us men, not clones! Men! As sure as it is my duty to remain loyal to your command, I also have another duty: to protect those men."
"You have a spark of tenacity, Captain—I'll give you that. I know that I don't command like the Jedi you're used to serving—certainly not like General Skywalker—but I have my way. It may be difficult, but these are difficult times, and it's proven effective. I suppose your loyalty to your men is to be commended. They seem to admire this. That's important to an effective commander."
- ―Rex stands up to Pong Krell, defending the well-being of his troops, during the Battle of Umbara
As the Confederacy strengthened its control of vital but isolated supply routes throughout the galaxy, a major point of contention became the planet Umbara, whose Umbaran people had recently seceded from the Republic and were arming the Confederacy with their extremely advanced military weaponry. The Republic responded to Umbara's defection by sending a full invasion force from the Grand Army to secure the strategic Umbara system, which was located in the Expansion Region's remote Ghost Nebula. As part of the numerous units dispatched to Umbara, Rex and the 501st Legion joined Skywalker and Kenobi aboard one of the Republic fleet's lead Acclamator-class transports. After Ahsoka Tano and Barriss Offee breached the Separatist blockade of Umbara, Skywalker's and Kenobi's assault ship moved in on the Shadow World, so named because the Ghost Nebula eternally shrouded it in night. While their troops prepared to land on Umbara, Skywalker and Kenobi held a briefing in the hangar bay with Rex, Commander Cody, and other troopers to outline the plan for capturing the capital city. Jedi Generals Saesee Tiin and Pong Krell would be supporting Kenobi's and Cody's battle group in their southward attack on the Umbaran capital, while Skywalker, Rex, and the 501st Legion were tasked with intercepting enemy reinforcements to the north of the city. Opposing the Republic forces would be the heavily armed Umbaran Soldiers of the Umbaran militia.
Rex was pleased to learn that he and Skywalker would be assisted by an old friend, Advanced Recon Commando Fives, who was on special assignment to the 501st for the campaign. Once all of the Republic forces were ready for deployment, the Jedi and clones began their landing, taking space gunships to the planetary surface. Lieutenant Hawk piloted Skywalker, Rex, Fives, and some of the 501st troops—including veterans Hardcase and Jesse and new generation recruits Dogma and Tup—through the atmosphere's thick fog, with clone Z-95 starfighters providing support against enemy Umbaran starfighters. When the gunships were met with dense surface cannon-fire from the Umbaran militia, Hawk struggled to reach the predetermined landing site through the difficult conditions. After All Terrain Recon Transports and 501st AT-RT drivers were deployed to secure the landing zone against approaching Umbaran Soldiers and Umbaran hover tanks, Hawk brought Rex's and Skywalker's men to the drop site, where they joined the battle and led the 501st Legion's charge on the Umbaran lines. During their advance, Rex took notice of a nearby ridge, which Skywalker elected to claim for use as a staging area.
The heavily entrenched Umbarans and their hover tanks were relentless in defending their positions, and Umbaran starfighters proved an even greater danger, executing strafing runs on the 501st troops. Even with the added threat of a hungry vixus creature, Rex and his men prevailed, taking the ridge and converting it into a temporary post. While monitoring the ongoing battle's progress from the trenches along the ridge, Skywalker noted that Kenobi's battalion was nearing the capital. However, the interlude in fighting did not last long, as Umbaran Soldiers had moved in from the thick foliage behind the 501st lines to catch them off-guard. One of the enemy soldiers released a small but lethal millicreep droid, and the Umbarans took advantage of the clones' following distraction to ambush them. In the ensuing engagement, Skywalker cut through the millicreep, while Rex called in an airstrike on the enemy's position. Noting that there was an opening to the south of the ridge, Rex recommended that they move their men off the ridge in case the airstrike overshot, and Skywalker heeded his captain's advice. While Skywalker defended their flank, Rex led the 501st platoons out of the trenches to take cover amidst the scattered vegetation just below the hill. They were glad that they had done so, for a pair of BTL-B Y-wing starfighters arrived only moments later to initiate a bombing run on the Umbarans.
Led by clone pilot Odd Ball, who had been spared from General Krell's assault, the Y-wing bombers dropped munitions on the ridge, eliminating all of the Umbarans there. Shortly thereafter, Krell himself landed at Skywalker's position aboard a gunship to deliver new orders: in response to a request from Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, the Jedi High Council had ordered Skywalker back to Coruscant without delay. In the interim, Krell would assume command of the 501st Legion for the campaign on Umbara. Skywalker was concerned about leaving his troops in the middle of the battle, but Rex assured him that they would have the Umbaran capital under Republic control by the time he returned. Before departing aboard the gunship that had dropped off Krell, Skywalker introduced Rex to Krell, speaking highly of his captain. Although Rex told Krell that it was an honor to serve with him, as the Jedi Master had amassed an impressive record of key victories throughout the war, Krell—a hard leader who strictly observed protocol—dismissed his words as mere flattery and made it clear that his command style was of a much different temperament than that of Skywalker. Despite recognizing that Krell would be difficult to work with, Rex readied his men to move out with their new general for the capital.
While on an overland march through the hills, Rex and his men were attacked by a trio of flying banshees and raised their blasters in defense. They were unable to kill the banshees, which each grabbed a trooper and carried them into the air; only Krell's intervention stopped the creatures' rampage and saved their clone victims. Krell did not sympathize with the troops' plight and briskly led them onward. Rex and his men trekked across the rough terrain for twelve hours straight, with Kix, the unit medic, soon voicing concerns for the soldiers' increasing fatigue. Although Rex suggested to Krell that they make camp on a nearby ridge, Krell asserted their necessity of taking the capital as swiftly as possible—to him, the clones' comfort was not as important as completing their mission, as the other Republic battalions were relying on their success. They eventually reached the main road leading to the capital, at which point Rex and Krell met to resolve their plan of attack.
Rather than utilizing Skywalker's original plan for numerous surgical strikes on the capital, Krell opted to pit the entirety of the 501st platoons against the city's defenses in a full frontal assault—a plan that Rex saw as misguided, as it would surely result in high casualties. Despite Rex's concerns that they did not know the extent of the Umbaran defenses, Krell refused to let his orders be questioned and commanded the captain to lead the 501st toward the capital, explicitly instructing him to continue marching regardless of Umbaran resistance. Rex reluctantly obeyed Krell's directives and led the 501st platoons and AT-RT walkers on the route to the city, while Krell remained behind to command them from a distance. Tup and Fives regarded the plan as reckless, but though Rex acknowledged that he, too, disagreed with Krell's strategy, he focused his men on staying alert on the battlefield. The 501st troops thereafter encountered mines that had been planted along the road, and Ringo and Oz died in the detonations. While everyone else laid low, Rex had Fives execute a sensor sweep of the road ahead to root out any more mines waiting for them.
There were indeed more explosives, and Rex and his men were careful to avoid setting them off. However, Umbaran Soldiers subsequently ambushed them from the surrounding forest. In spite of lacking cover from the Umbarans, Rex ordered his men to maintain their position on the road. He took out several Umbarans himself, but the 501st's casualties mounted as the enemy advanced on them, attacking from all sides. With his men surrounded, Rex ordered a retreat so that they could draw the Umbarans out of the darkened jungle. Although the 501st's rear flank endured heavy losses, Rex's plan worked, and his platoons were able to return many of the casualties to the Umbarans, forcing them to abandon their pursuit. Immediately thereafter, Rex was confronted by a greatly displeased Krell, who was outraged that the captain's retreat had ceded control of the road to the Umbarans. Fives protested to Krell's accusations, only to have his defiance silenced when Krell ignited one of his lightsabers and ordered him to stand down. Yet Rex stood his ground, stating that he had followed Krell's orders and, as a result, had lost many men, whose well-being it was his duty to defend. Noting Rex's opinion, Krell acquiesced, deactivating his lightsaber and dismissing him, though Rex and Fives were unable to ascertain if the general's words had been meant as a compliment. The Umbarans had meanwhile regrouped and resumed their assault, and Rex mobilized his men to defend their position.
Upon entering the jungle to combat the Umbarans, Rex and the 501st Legion were faced with the further threat of Umbaran starfighters, whose ray shields effectively repelled their blaster fire. One of the starfighters moved in low to strafe them, and Rex and his men were unable to shoot it down before it pulled out of the vegetation. Rex elected to press toward the Umbaran lines before more starfighters could assail them. When Kix called for support to save some of the wounded, Rex led his men forward to cover Kix's position, having Jesse protect their right flank and Dogma their left. Kix managed to rescue several of the fallen troopers and administered temporary stimulants until they could receive proper medical treatment. In the midst of the fighting, Krell received word that Kenobi was unable to secure the capital due to its overpowering defenses, which were being resupplied by an Umbaran airbase to the west of the city. Before his battalion could advance on the capital, Kenobi required the 501st to capture the airbase so that the city's supply lines would be severed. Krell obliged, and Rex and his men set off with their general for the airbase, stopping when they reached a steep cliff overlooking the ravine leading to the enemy encampment. Rex examined the Umbaran defenses with a set of electrobinoculars and observed that the base was heavily guarded, with at least three tank divisions and numerous cannon installments contributing to its fortifications.
Krell decided that they would besiege the airbase in another full forward assault, as they had without success against the capital's defenses. As Rex pointed out, the narrow ravine would force them into single squads, which would make them easy targets for enemy fire. Although Rex recommended that they look for a more secure route, Krell decreed that they did not have time because Kenobi was urgently depending on their success. Despite disagreeing, Rex obeyed his orders. While 501st Sergeant CC-1119, nicknamed "Appo," remained with Krell, Rex gathered his men at the bottom of the cliff and organized them into two divisions, one that he would personally lead and another to be overseen by Fives and Hardcase. Many of the troops—including Jesse, Kix, Tup, and Fives—objected to Krell's tactics, and though Rex tried to defend Krell's recklessness by citing Skywalker's similar traits, Fives remained opposed to their interim general's decisions. Taking Fives aside, Rex tried to convince his comrade to ease the others' minds. When Fives argued that Krell's plan was too costly and not worth following, Rex reminded him that their duty was to follow orders, even if that meant sacrificing their lives for victory.
Rex led his men into the canyon, and after stopping to observe the airbase's defenses one last time with Hardcase and Fives, he split the 501st squads into the two groups. While Rex and his team marched along the outskirts of the canyon, Fives took his division through the other side of the gorge. Fives's detachment was the first to meet Umbaran resistance in the form of an Impeding Assault Tank, a deadly crawler tank that burrowed out of the ground to ambush them. As several of the ray-shielded tanks surrounded them, Fives requested rocket launcher support from Rex, who sent one of his men forward with an RPS-6 launcher. When that clone was injured by an Impeding Assault Tank, Kix tended to the fallen trooper while Hardcase took up the rocket launcher. By firing a missile directly into the cockpit of one of the tanks, Hardcase set off a chain reaction that blew the vehicle apart. There were still four more Impending Assault Tanks to counter, however, and Rex ordered his men to regroup and take cover from the mechanical monstrosities. With only a few seconds' lead over the tanks, Rex had his troops plant thermal detonators along the ravine corridor through which the tanks were advancing. The soldiers then lured the crawlers into the booby-trapped passage.
Once the tanks had fallen into their trap, Rex detonated the explosives, and he was blown into the air from the resulting explosion that consumed the four tanks. He and his men continued on in a single group, making their way through the seared wreckage of the tanks, one of which was still active. At Rex's word, Hardcase blasted its cockpit apart with a missile, and Rex made quick work of its Umbaran pilot. The clones also cut through several banshees that had been picking at some of the slain clones, though Rex had to order Kix to leave behind the fallen and move on. As they neared the airbase, Rex and his men stopped when they felt the ground shudder from doubtlessly more Umbaran forces. Sure enough, when he surveyed the area ahead with electrobinoculars, he saw that a far more deadly threat had been unleashed upon them: titanic six-legged juggernauts known as Umbaran mobile heavy cannons, each fitted with a powerful electromagnetic plasma cannon. He hurriedly ordered his men to fall back as the mobile heavy cannons opened fire, but the 501st platoons suffered severe casualties. Despite soliciting reinforcements from Krell, Rex was told that the rest of the 501st was guarding the entrance to the gorge so that his men could press forward to the airbase.
Forced to obey Krell's direct order to stand his ground against the cannons, Rex mobilized his men to move out, directing Kix to keep the wounded as quiet as possible. Although Fives and Jesse objected to Krell's head-on assault plan, neither of them had any ideas for an alternative strategy, so they fell in line with Rex in spite of their misgivings. Their RPS-6 launchers proved ineffective against the mobile cannons' heavy armor, and the 501st troops continued to endure terrible losses. In the tumult, Kix called out for help with getting the wounded to safety, and Rex assisted him in carrying one of the injured troopers to cover in nearby vegetation. When Kix made to rescue more of the wounded and expressed resentment with Rex's orders for the contrary, Rex stated that it was more important for him to survive the current crisis so that he could administer aid later. Although Tup was losing hope that they would be able to hold out, Rex, surveying the airbase once more, had an idea about how to destroy the juggernauts. He sent Fives and Hardcase to commandeer two of the base's Umbaran starfighters, which would provide some much-needed air support. Krell was infuriated when he learned of Rex's alternative plan and ordered him to continue his frontal strike under threat of being relieved of duty. Rex did so with the intention of distracting the Umbarans long enough for Fives and Hardcase to complete their stealth incursion, placing his trust in them.
Rex took up an RPS-6 rocket launcher and used it against one of the tanks, to no avail. He narrowly avoided being crushed and managed to disable one juggernaut's plasma cannon with a rocket, which prompted the Umbaran pilot to advance his vehicle on Rex's position. The return of Hardcase and Fives aboard their pilfered starfighters saved him from the tank, their artillery succeeding where the rocket launchers had failed. Rex and his comrades rallied to Hardcase's and Fives's success with eliminating the mobile heavy cannons. With the juggernauts destroyed, Krell sent Appo forward with the rest of the 501st Legion to capture the airbase, where the Umbarans were using four more juggernauts to beleaguer the Republic fleet in orbit. After setting up an outpost to the south of the airfield, Rex had the 501st move in, and—with the aid of a Jedi Knight—they eradicated the airfield's mobile heavy cannons, along with its supply lines to the capital. The Umbaran Soldiers at the base were taken prisoner and were locked in the prison levels. While reporting their hard-won success to Krell, Rex recalled the fact that many men had died to take the enemy facility, to which Krell dismissed the captain as myopic, replying that he had yet to understand the price of victory. None of his comrades approved of Krell's sentiment, and as the general walked away, Rex agreed with Fives that it was Krell who would never comprehend the depth of the clone troopers' sacrifices.
Against General KrellEdit
- "We all know who's responsible for what happened out there. What we don't know is why. Something has to be done. What I'm proposing is highly treasonous. If any man chooses to opt out, do it now. This point forward, we are entering uncharted territory. My orders are we arrest General Krell for treason against the Republic."
- ―Rex mobilizes his men to arrest Pong Krell
The 501st Legion established a staging area at the Umbaran airbase, making use of its barracks and attempting to crack the Umbaran starfighter access codes so that they could be converted for Republic use. However, the capture of the base had come at high casualties, further sowing mistrust with Krell's leadership within the 501st ranks. Furthermore, Krell and Rex soon discovered from Kenobi that the seizure of the airbase had not, ultimately, severed the capital's supply lines as they had hoped. Holographically conferring with Kenobi at the airbase's command center, Rex and Krell learned that the Umbarans had begun to receive arms shipments from a Separatist supply ship in orbit. With that new source, the Umbarans were continuing long-range missile attacks on Kenobi's position, preventing him from reaching the capital. When Rex inquired after the possibility of destroying the orbital supply ship, Kenobi stated that they had been unable to do so thus far due to the Separatist fleet's greater strength, leading Krell to resolve to take the capital regardless of the threat of the missiles. Before Kenobi could respond, the connection was severed due to enemy interference. Proceeding to ground level, Krell ordered that the 501st Legion be ready to move out in twelve hours for an assault on the capital, ignoring Rex's concerns that they should coordinate their attack with Kenobi's battalion, even as the Umbaran missile strikes targeted an area adjacent to the airbase.
Rex joined his men in Hangar 9-4, where the clones were working to break the starfighter access codes. Upon learning of Krell's decision to continue on for the capital, Fives, Jesse, and Tup were disgusted with their general's head-on tactics. Rex did not agree with Krell's plan either, but could not think of a better option to suggest to him. Fives solved that dilemma when he revealed that Jesse had cracked the starfighter access codes—they now had the ability to infiltrate the Separatist blockade as friendlies and eliminate the supply ship. Rex took Fives's proposal to Krell, who—obstinate as ever—dismissed it out of a lack of faith in the clones' ability to pilot the alien-designed starfighters, in spite of Rex's belief in his men's faculty for adaptivity. When Rex broke the news to Hardcase, Tup, Jesse, and Fives in the barracks, Fives proposed that they carry on with their illegal plan and accept the consequences, which would, at the very least, involve being court-martialed. Although he stated that he would have given the strategy his support if they had more time and training, Rex resolved that they lacked both. He continued to argue with Fives outside of the barracks, seeing his comrade's intention to disobey orders as bereft of honor.
Unable to convince Rex that Krell's orders were not worth following, Fives stubbornly left to round up some volunteers for the mission. He recruited Jesse and Hardcase as pilots for the Umbaran starfighters, but they drew Krell's attention when Hardcase accidentally liquidated the door of Hangar 9-4 while test-piloting one of the starfighters. Although Fives and Hardcase managed to convince Krell that the incident was a result of an enemy booby trap encoded in the starfighter, Krell only used it as further reason to Rex and Fives that the craft were too dangerous for their use. Krell consequently grounded the fighters, leaving Rex exasperated with Fives's and Hardcase's actions. That night, while leading a full perimeter sweep to patrol for enemy activity in the forest, Rex was sought out by Fives, Hardcase, and Jesse, who revealed that they were going to attack the supply ship in spite of the consequences for disobedience. When asked by Fives if he intended to stop them, Rex resignedly replied that he would not be able to help them when they got caught. After returning to the airbase, Rex witnessed the trio's launch from the hangar bay, and he was thereafter confronted by Krell about the illegal launch. Covering for his men, Rex claimed that he had authorized their launch so that they could reconnoiter the delta in preparation for the march on the capital, promising a full report to Krell.
Having concealed Fives's plan from Krell, Rex was next challenged by Dogma and Tup, who sought to report their comrades to avoid being found complicit in their insubordination. Rex intercepted the two young troopers and managed to turn them away before they could speak with Krell, forcing them to go through him before they approached the general. Eventually, Rex witnessed with Tup a massive explosion through the clouds overhead, and he realized that Fives, Jesse, and Hardcase had destroyed the supply ship. When only Fives and Jesse returned, Rex learned that Hardcase had sacrificed himself to eliminate the orbital transport. They were then interrupted by Sergeant Appo, who reported that Krell had summoned them to the command tower. There, Rex attempted to claim responsibility for his men's actions, but Fives insisted that he be punished instead, for he had committed the offense. Krell, caring little for the Advanced Recon Commando's display of honor, proclaimed that they would be court-martialed, for he brooked no insubordination among his troops. While Fives and Jesse were stripped of their weaponry and locked in the airbase's brig, Rex tried to convince Krell against court-martialing them. Krell came to agree with him, but not for the same reasons: believing that the insubordinate Fives and Jesse were defective, and convinced of the need to set an example for the rest of the men, he decided that the pair's punishment would instead be execution.
Krell ordered Rex to immediately prepare a firing squad for the execution, leaving the captain shocked with his orders. Rex, Appo, and several other clones reluctantly went to retrieve Fives and Jesse from the prison levels. Although the two troopers were disgusted when they learned of their punishment, they resigned to their fates and did not bear Rex blame for Krell's decision. Locked in binders, Fives and Jesse were brought outside for the execution, to be delivered by a firing squad that included Kix and Tup. When Dogma gave the order to fire, however, Kix, Tup, and their comrades could not bring themselves to shoot at their own brothers and misfired, instead hitting the wall behind them. Although Dogma insisted that they follow Krell's orders, Rex overrode him, having realized that Fives and Jesse did not deserve to be executed for their insubordinate yet heroic actions over Umbara, regardless of Krell's decision. While everyone save for Dogma stood with him, Rex had Fives and Jesse freed from their binders, telling Dogma that he would have little success with finding others to conduct the execution.
Krell called Rex and Dogma back to the command tower, where they faced his extreme displeasure at their disobedience. Rex stood up to Krell a second time, meeting his threats for retribution with stoic determination of his own. Their standoff was interrupted by an incoming transmission from trooper Waxer of Cody's 212th Attack Battalion, who, like Rex, was a veteran of the Battle of Ryloth and the Second Battle of Geonosis. Rex was unaware, however, that the message had been forged. Waxer alleged that the Umbarans had ambushed one of the clone platoons and pilfered weapons and armor, warning that they could be gearing up for a devastating attack. Postponing Jesse's and Fives's punishment and ordering them back to confinement, Krell had Rex mobilize his men to preempt the Umbarans with a preliminary strike. Krell made a point to warn Rex not to be confused by the enemies' clone armor, and Rex repeated the warning to his men. He then set off with Tup, Dogma, and a forward platoon into the briar fens of the forest.
Rex's platoon was soon assaulted by enemy forces, though the shrouded environment prevented them from identifying their attackers. He sent his men forward with mortar launchers, and they bombarded the enemy lines with artillery rounds. Kix, using his night vision filters, saw that the opposing soldiers were wearing 212th armor and concluded that they were disguised Umbarans, just as Krell had warned. The ensuing battle saw both the 501st and their enemies sustain numerous casualties. Yet as Rex was to soon discover, the attacking soldiers were not Umbarans. While heading through the battlefield, he noticed a fallen enemy soldier in a nearby grove and removed the trooper's helmet to verify his identity. To his abject horror, the face underneath was not Umbaran, but that of another clone trooper. Distraught, Rex ran out onto the battlefield, frantically ordering his men to cease their fire and take off their helmets to show that they were not enemies. He took the risk of doing so himself to halt the rising carnage, even tackling one of the enemy soldiers and removing the trooper's helmet to further show both sides that all of them were clones, none of them enemies. The 212th-marked troopers took off their helmets as well, equally aghast that they had attacked their brethren from the 501st.
As the hostilities dissolved into shock about the wrongful massacre, the 501st and the 212th tended to the many wounded and fallen. While a distressed Tup and Dogma questioned why their fellow soldiers had attacked them, Kix sought out Rex and reported that he had found Waxer, who had served as the platoon leader from the 212th and would surely have some answers to their questions. Kix led Rex and Dogma to Waxer, who was on the brink of death, being tended to by another 212th trooper. Removing his fellow veteran's helmet, Rex spoke face-to-face with the ailing Waxer and asked him who had ordered the 212th to attack the 501st. With his final breaths, Waxer revealed that Krell was responsible: he had supplied the coordinates to assault alleged enemy forces, who, they had been told, were wearing clone armor. While Waxer died, Rex—having long suspected that Krell's recklessness was rooted in darkness—realized that Krell was in fact a traitor to the Republic, and he resolved to arrest their general on charges of treason. Gathering the 501st and 212th survivors, Rex told them of his intentions and mobilized them to bring Krell to justice. Knowing that what he proposed was highly treasonous, he gave his troops the option to opt out, though all of them decided to stand by him.
Leading his men back to the airbase, Rex first stopped by the prison block with Kix and Tup to release and rearm Fives and Jesse, who fell in line with the others. They all proceeded to the command tower, where they stormed into the control room and surrounded Krell, directing their blasters at him. Rex told Krell that he was being relieved of duty and demanded his surrender, though Krell responded by proclaiming the clones' inferiority and releasing a massive Force pulse against his would-be captors. Krell activated his double-bladed lightsabers and used them to great effect, cutting through many of the soldiers in a matter of moments; Rex narrowly avoided being hit by a corpse that Krell kicked in his direction. Refusing to let Rex and the clones undermine him, Krell broke out of the command tower, smashing through the viewing window and forcing his way through the troops who confronted him below. By the time Rex made it to ground level with Jesse, Fives, and the others, Krell had escaped into the forest, leaving a long trail of carnage in his wake. Before they could pursue, Rex and his comrades were challenged by Dogma, who tried to remain loyal to his general, proclaiming that all of the clones were traitors.
Dogma raised his blaster at his fellow troopers, who did the same, but Dogma's uncertainty with his own position grew when Rex told him that they were not mindless, obedient soldiers—they were more than droids, and they had a duty to make their own decisions when it came to ill-natured orders. Dogma hesitated, then lowered his blaster, and several other troopers subdued him. Ordering that Dogma be taken to the prison block, Rex led the remainder of his men into the jungle after Krell, splitting them into groups to search for their rogue general. After a while, Rex checked with the other squads to see if anyone had found any sign of Krell. One of the other units had encountered him, and Fives spotted them up ahead; all of them fell to Krell's blades. Approaching Rex and his squad, Krell jumped into the trees and used the Force to magnify his voice, taunting the clone troopers and their loyalty to him. Krell then revealed himself and attacked, dealing a great number of losses. While Rex tried to hold the line with Fives and their diminishing troops, he was contacted via comlink by Tup, who had a plan to defeat Krell that required the general being lured toward him. Rex observed Tup's request to trust him and ordered everyone to circle around Krell and lead him in Tup's direction. They soon saw Tup's idea: to trick Krell into being captured by a nearby vixus, a threat that even the Jedi Master did not expect to encounter.
Tup succeeded, and although Krell was not eaten by the hungry creature, he was left winded upon breaking free of its tentacles. Tup killed the vixus and stunned Krell at point-blank range, and Rex congratulated the rookie trooper on his canniness. Locked in a set of binders, Krell was brought him back to the airbase, where Rex and his men installed him in a detention cell adjacent to Dogma's. Confronting the shackled Krell, Rex discovered that the Jedi Master had fallen to the dark side. Krell had foreseen that the Jedi were going to lose the Clone Wars and strove to become Count Dooku's apprentice, intending to curry favor with the Sith Lord by driving the Republic from Umbara. Although Rex refused to let Krell's ambitious plans come to fruition, the Jedi Master believed that the Umbarans would soon retake the airbase, at which point the Separatists would set him free. Troubled by their deposed general's resolve, Rex, Fives, Jesse, and Tup returned to ground level, where they witnessed bombings overhead from the Umbarans' long-range missiles. Appo reported to Rex that the command center's transmitter had been repaired, as it had been offline not due to enemy interference, but because of sabotage. Appo went on to convey that Kenobi's forces had conquered the capital city, though the remaining Umbarans were now regrouping to retake the airbase. Rex ordered Appo to mobilize all of their men on the perimeter in preparation for what looked to be a full-scale enemy assault.
Rex realized that Krell, having sabotaged the transmitter, had been against the clones from the beginning, leading Fives to conclude that if the Umbarans took custody of Krell, he would betray all of the Republic intelligence in his possession. Jesse and Tup agreed that they had to do something to silence Krell, and Rex reluctantly conceded that they would have to execute him. The captain returned to the prison block with Fives and Jesse to carry out the task at hand. While Fives brought Dogma out of his cell, Rex told Krell to turn around and step toward the back wall, then ordered him onto his knees. He drew one of his blaster pistols and had Jesse deactivate the shielded door of Krell's cell. Despite the necessity of executing the Jedi Master to prevent his information from falling into Separatist hands, Rex hesitated with killing an unarmed Jedi, even in spite of his crimes against the clones. Krell sensed his hesitation and savored his fear, calling the captain out on his inability to deliver the killing shot. In the end, the fatal shot came not from Rex, but from Dogma, who had lifted one of Fives's blaster pistols. Having been one of Krell's most loyal supporters, Dogma had consequently been devastated by his betrayal.
Their general permanently removed from duty, Rex and the others exited from the detention level. Republic LAAT/i gunships soon landed at the airbase, and Dogma was taken away on one of them, exchanging a respectful nod with Rex before leaving. Fives informed Rex that Kenobi's battalions had routed the last Umbaran holdouts—the Battle of Umbara was over, and the Republic was now in control of the Shadow World. With the hostilities abated, Rex wondered aloud why they were fighting the war and what would happen to the clone troopers when it ended. Fives, Jesse, Tup, and the others did not have an answer, and they simply watched as Dogma's gunship lifted off into the darkened Umbara sky. Following the campaign, Rex reported to his superiors on Krell's treason against the Republic and his betrayal of the Jedi Order, though responsibility for his execution remained with the arrested Dogma.
The Zygerrian Slave EmpireEdit
- "Come now, Master Kenobi. I know a Jedi won't kill an unarmed man."
"I'm no Jedi."
- ―Keeper Agruss is killed by Rex during the standoff at Kadavo
Following the Confederacy's invasion of the Togrutan artisan colony of Kiros—a peaceful society that had, up until that point, remained out of the war—the Jedi High Council sent a Grand Army detachment led by Skywalker, Tano, and Kenobi to liberate the world. Troops from Rex's 501st Legion and Cody's 212th Attack Battalion were assigned to the joint task force, which arrived at Kiros aboard a Republic Navy fleet, ten rotations after the Separatists' arrival. Rex served as one of the officers aboard Skywalker's new flagship, a Venator-class Star Destroyer that had replaced the Resolute, which had been lost at the previous Battle of Sullust. Rex discovered that there were no Separatist craft in the system from the earlier invasion force, and on Kenobi's order he moved their Star Destroyer into position for deployment. The Republic troops transferred to an Acclamator-class transport, whereupon they departed for the surface with AT-TE and AT-RT walkers aboard LAAT/i gunships. Upon landing in the capital city, Skywalker and Kenobi elected to patrol the city for Separatist activity on BARC speeders. Rex manned the sidecar of Kenobi's speeder while Tano rode with Skywalker, with other speeder-mounted 501st troopers falling into line behind them as they proceeded through the city streets.
Speeding through the city, Rex and his comrades were surprised to encounter an utter lack of Togruta colonists, who Skywalker and Kenobi assumed were hiding to wait out the fighting. Kenobi believed that they would have an easier time repelling the Separatists without having to worry about the risk of civilian casualties, but Rex was apprehensive about the situation, noting that the Separatists had never hesitated in the past to exploit civilians as living shields. As they headed for the city center, the silence from the absent colonists was broken by the appearance of Separatist forces ahead, taking the form of BX-series droid commandos riding Flitknot speeders. Rex and his men quickly returned the approaching biker droids' fire with their BARC speeders' repeating blasters, and they cut through a number of the droid commandos before passing by them. When the battle droids caught up with them again from behind, Rex and Tano revolved their sidecars and focused their blaster fire on the enemy units; between the two of them, they eliminated the remainder of the droids.
As they approaching the governor's tower at the city center, Rex and his comrades encountered more Separatist defenses, this time including two Armored Assault Tanks. While the others took care of the battle droids, Rex made quick work of one of the tanks, blowing it to pieces with a warhead from his RPS-6 rocket launcher before it could fire at his men. Tano destroyed the other tank with a pair of thermal detonators, and the last of the battle droids in the area were eradicated. On Kenobi's order, Rex deployed his 501st troops to secure the vicinity around the city center. AT-TE walkers were brought in as the Republic forces established a perimeter around the governor's tower, wherein the Separatist commander, a Zygerrian known as Darts D'Nar, had barricaded himself. When Kenobi went to negotiate terms for surrender with D'Nar, he discovered that D'Nar had set up thermal annihilator bombs all over the city, to be used as last-resort leverage against the Republic forces. Skywalker and Tano deactivated all nine of the annihilator bombs before D'Nar could use them to destroy the capital, and they also managed to prevent D'Nar from escaping aboard his Zygerrian slave ship, the Tecora.
Although the Republic succeeded in securing Kiros, it was revealed through a planetary bioscan conducted by Admiral Yularen that the Togruta colonists, all 50,000 of them, had completely vanished from their world. Being interrogated by Skywalker and Tano, D'Nar revealed that the Zygerrian queen was reviving the Zygerrian Slave Empire of old, a slave-trading government that had prospered for centuries before being previously dismantled by the Jedi Order, its slave trade forced into the criminal underworld. The Togruta were to be auctioned off into slavery on Zygerria, but the Jedi were determined to prevent the colonists from becoming slaves. To that end, Skywalker, Tano, Kenobi, and Rex took the Tecora to Zygerria, where they intended to infiltrate the Slave Empire and locate the missing Togruta. En route to the Zygerria system, Rex, Skywalker, and Kenobi assumed uniforms to pose as Zygerrian slave traders, while Tano masqueraded as a Togruta slave. After landing at a Zygerrian slave market, Rex and his comrades set off on their mission. While Skywalker distracted the Zygerrian queen, Miraj Scintel, Rex and Kenobi were to find the Togruta colonists. Splitting up from Skywalker and Tano, who were taken to the Zygerrian Royal Palace by Prime Minister Atai Molec, Rex and Kenobi proceeded to the Royal Palace's outdoor slave cells, where they discovered only one Togruta prisoner, an ailing Governor Roshti of Kiros.
With royal Zygerrian guards patrolling the compound, Rex kept watch for Kenobi to retrieve Roshti, who they found was took weak to reveal anything about the whereabouts of the other missing Togruta. Recognizing the need to get Roshti away from the Royal Palace, Kenobi commandeered a brezak lizard mount from a Zygerrian guard and helped Rex bring Roshti onto the creature's back. As other Zygerrian guards caught sight and ordered them to stop, Rex took up the brezak's reins and steered their mount for the other end of the compound. However, Kenobi was shot in the shoulder by a Zygerrian guard, and both he and Roshti fell off the brezak. Rex was forced to leave them behind and escaped while Kenobi and Roshti were captured. That evening, Rex proceeded to the royal auction house to provide support for Skywalker and Tano at Queen Scintel's Royal Slave Auction, in which the Togruta colonists were to be sold into slavery. While a Zygerrian auctioneer introduced the recaptured Roshti as a sample of the Togruta, Rex caught the eye of Skywalker, who was with Tano and Scintel in the queen's private viewing box, and showed him his acquired Zygerrian blaster rifle as a gesture of being ready for action. Rex and his comrades were met with a grim surprise, however, when Kenobi was brought out onto the auction block, introduced as a "special guest" of the queen.
Denouncing the Jedi as slaves to a corrupt Republic Senate, Scintel ordered Skywalker to whip Kenobi to teach the Jedi Master his place. Just as he activated his shock whip, Skywalker checked that both Rex and Tano were prepared for action, then joined Kenobi in attacking the Zygerrian guards on the auction block. As the guards in the stands opened fire on his comrades below, Rex disarmed one of the Zygerrians and shot at another group of them, exploding that part of the floor. With two blaster rifles in hand, he was stopped by a trio of royal guards and was then attacked from behind by another. Both Rex and his assailant fell out of the stands, landing on the ground several stories below. Before Rex had much time to recover, Scintel brought in reinforcements to subdue the infiltrators. The touch of a shock whip electrified Rex into unconsciousness, and Skywalker, Kenobi, and Tano were similarly defeated. The Zygerrians forced all four of them into slavery: while Scintel forced Skywalker to become her personal bodyguard, Rex and the others became her leverage to keep Skywalker in his place. Tano was imprisoned outside the Royal Palace, and Rex and Kenobi, fitted with shock collars, were meanwhile sent to be processed as slaves with Roshti.
The Zygerrian slave ship Spartan transported Rex, Kenobi, and Roshti to the volcanic world Kadavo, where the Zygerrians maintained a mining complex over a volcanic crater. There, Rex and the others discovered the population of Kiros, whom Agruss, the keeper of the facility, was subjugating into slavery for processing by the Zygerrian Slave Empire. As part of his welcome for his newest charges, Agruss dropped seven of the Togruta colonists into the crater below, making it clear that the Togruta would suffer for any trace of defiance from Kenobi. Rex and Kenobi were quickly forced into work alongside the Togruta in mining materials at the facility. On one occasion, while Kenobi was commenting to Rex on the state of the despairing Togruta, one of the Zygerrian slave masters interrupted him, whipping Kenobi as punishment for speaking. The Zygerrian then turned his shock whip on a nearby Togruta slave, forcing Kenobi to submit to save the colonist's life. Rex and Kenobi thus realized the Zygerrians' strategy: they intended to break Kenobi's spirit by punishing the Togruta instead of him. As Rex's and Kenobi's days in slavery continued, they were brought before Agruss in handcuffs in the facility's command center to speak with none other than Count Dooku, via holoconnection. Having learned of the Zygerrians' capture of the Jedi, Dooku had forced an uncooperative Scintel from power and had ordered the execution of Kenobi and Rex, effective immediately.
Just then, the Tecora made an unscheduled landing at the Kadavo mining complex. Aboard were Skywalker, Tano, and R2-D2, who had escaped from Scintel's custody on Zygerria and had come to rescue Kenobi, Rex, and the Togruta. The Zygerrians destroyed the Tecora, though an unfazed Skywalker and Tano began to cut through the facility's blast door with their lightsabers. Meanwhile, the Zygerrians rounded up all of the Togruta colonists in a holding cell and prepared to dump them into the crater below if Skywalker did not call off his forces. Nevertheless, Skywalker continued his efforts when his reinforcements arrived: Plo Koon and a Republic Star Destroyer under the command of Admiral Coburn. With the complex under attack by Koon's starfighter forces, Kenobi used the Force to sever his and Rex's shock collars, and the two attacked their Zygerrian captors. Rex disabled his handcuffs with a Zygerrian's electrostaff and took down several slavers on his own, pilfering an electrostaff from one and head-butting another. In response, Agruss activated the mechanism that would open the Togruta slaves' holding cell over the crater, jamming the controls so that Kenobi and Rex could not deactivate it.
As Rex and Kenobi finished off the last of the Zygerrian guards, the cornered Agruss attempted to barter for his life, taunting Kenobi that a Jedi would not kill an unarmed man such as the keeper. Though Kenobi was unable to pass judgment on him, Agruss failed to account for Rex, who did not share Kenobi's reservations and threw an electrostaff at the keeper. The staff plunged straight through Agruss and through the back of his hoverchair, killing him and causing his chair to crash him into an adjacent wall. Their work done, Rex and Kenobi left the command center and joined Skywalker out on the landing pad, where Koon's Wolfpack landed an LAAT/i gunship to retrieve them. In the meantime, Coburn took the Arquitens-class light cruiser Hand of Justice to assist Tano in rescuing the Togruta slaves from their holding cell. Once all of the Togruta were safely aboard the Hand of Justice, the Republic's LAAT/i gunships moved in and compromised the building's supports, destroying the slave processing complex and plunging it into the crater below. Following the successful rescue, Rex, Kenobi, Skywalker, and Tano were taken to Koon's Star Destroyer with the Togruta colonists, who began to receive treatment to recover from their ordeal in enslavement. After receiving Roshti's thanks for the rescue of his people, Rex and Commander Wolffe convened in the main hangar with their Jedi commanders to debrief the operation.
Training the Onderon rebelsEdit
- "A bit rough around the edges, wouldn't you say?"
"That's why I brought Rex here."
"They're not exactly what I would call shinies, sir, but—I can work with them."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Rex, on the Onderon rebels
When Supreme Chancellor Palpatine became the target of a Separatist kidnapping plot, Rex and some of his men from the 501st were assigned to be bodyguards for him, serving as extra security at the Chancellor's Suite on Coruscant. The Jedi High Council, meanwhile, authorized an operation to infiltrate the enemy plot. The sniper Rako Hardeen was allowed to appear to kill Kenobi, who then went undercover as Hardeen to gain the trust of Moralo Eval, the mastermind behind the conspiracy. After learning from Palpatine that Hardeen—actually Kenobi in disguise—had escaped to Nal Hutta with Eval and bounty hunter Cad Bane, Skywalker went to hunt down the sniper who had murdered his former Master, while Rex and two of his soldiers remained behind to guard Palpatine. That night, Mace Windu contacted Rex via the latter's Imagecaster and asked after Skywalker, who had failed to respond to his calls. Although Rex tried to hide his general's unsanctioned departure from the capital, Palpatine revealed that he had sent Skywalker to Nal Hutta, believing that the High Council should have more faith in Skywalker and his abilities. Palpatine ended the exchange with Windu by informing Rex that he was withdrawing for the night, and Rex and his men escorted him back to his apartment. Thanks to Kenobi's undercover efforts, the Jedi Order thwarted the kidnapping plot two days later at the Festival of Light on Naboo, preventing Eval and Bane from capturing Palpatine.
Around 20 BBY, as the Clone Wars entered their third year, Rex accompanied Kenobi to the Jedi Temple to watch a sparring duel between Jedi Master Quinlan Vos and a Jedi Knight. New orders came in soon enough for Rex, when the High Council received a plea for aid from the Onderon rebels, a grass-roots insurgency based on the planet Onderon. Despite their world's alignment with the Confederacy, the rebels refused to recognize the legitimacy of their Separatist-loyal monarch, King Sanjay Rash, and sought to deliver Onderon from battle droid occupation. Instead of direct intervention by way of the Grand Army, Skywalker developed the idea of sponsoring training for the local rebels, the objective being to empower the insurgents while also engaging the Separatists on another front. Rex joined Skywalker, Kenobi, and Tano as the fourth member of the team of advisors who would be instructing the rebels. Once they had prepared for the journey to Onderon, Lieutenant Hawk transported them to the night side of Onderon aboard the Republic shuttle Valkyrie 2929, hovering over the drop zone in the Onderonian jungle long enough for Rex and his robed Jedi comrades to reach the ground, via a jetpack and the Force, respectively. They were soon found by a dalgo-back patrol of guerrillas led by the young Steela Gerrera, who took Rex and the others to the insurgency's secret base a half-klick to the east.
Rex and his comrades arrived at the rebel camp at daybreak the next day, at which point Steela introduced them to her brother Saw, the self-proclaimed leader of the insurgency. Among the other rebels was Lux Bonteri, the former senator of Onderon and an old friend of Tano. Skywalker and Kenobi wasted no time, calling a gathering to introduce themselves to their new trainees. After Rex took a group of volunteers to retrieve supplies from their entry point, the Jedi decided to begin with a session on countering an Armored Assault Tank, a common sight amidst the Separatists' front lines. Using a captured tank as a visual aid, Tano laid out the vehicle's schematics to their rebel charges, explaining that both the top and front hatches had to be disabled to put the tank out of commission. As a demonstration, Rex, taking an EMP grenade in each hand, tossed one charge into the front cabin and then swung onto the main cannon to reach the topside chamber. He somersaulted off the tank a moment before it was disabled by the combined electromagnetic pulse. To practice the maneuver, Skywalker organized the rebels into teams of two, as each soldier would be able to target a separate port. Although the first pair, Saw and Bonteri, botched their attempt when the latter lost his hold on the main turret, Rex kept the exercise moving, supplying the next few groups with EMP grenades. He rallied each pair through the drill, treating them as soldiers and pushing them to give it their all.
In the next lesson, Skywalker, Tano, Kenobi, and Rex taught the insurgents how to disable a shielded droideka. Controlling three reprogrammed units from a wrist remote, Rex activated the shield of one of the sample droidekas, releasing several blaster shots at the shield to demonstrate its ability to repel high-velocity attacks. Tano presented the solution to the shield: a stationary or slow-moving object such as a carefully tossed EMP grenade, one of which she lobbed through the shield, deactivating the destroyer droid. When it was time for the rebels to conduct the exercise, only Bonteri mastered it on the first try. Rex broke the soldiers into pairs for further practice, in which others, including Saw, were able to perfect the maneuver. Following that, the Jedi moved on to target practice, with Steela exemplifying her natural abilities with a sniper rifle. Rex made sure to inform the rebels that a headshot was the only effective way to deactivate a battle droid, as the enemy units would otherwise continue relaying intelligence to central command. It was then that the insurgency's training escalated into full-blown combat, as a patrol of droids stormed out of the surrounding trees to quash the fledgling rebellion. Rex shouted for everyone to take cover as enemy blaster shots and rockets began to fly into the camp.
Jumping behind a wall with several of the rebels, Rex opened fire on the invading droids, the first wave of which was demolished thanks to the insurgents' homemade disruptors. The next wave of enemy infantry was headed by an Armored Assault Tank, which Bonteri and Saw worked as a team to disable with thermal detonators, just as Rex and his comrades had taught them. Despite several casualties, the young insurgents emerged victorious over the droids. Encouraged by their success, the rebels decided to infiltrate the capital city Iziz, where they would bring the fight directly to King Rash and his Confederate supporters. Posing as game hunters with a dalgo-drawn caravan, Rex and the others gained access to the walled Iziz from the battle droid guards at the gates, then split up to avoid detection. Rex accompanied Tano on her dalgo-drawn cart to find supplies for the rebels, rendezvousing with the others after nightfall.
The rebels' next course of action was to carry out a series of small-target strikes on droid patrols throughout Iziz. Rex helped coordinate one of the assaults, targeting a Separatist checkpoint in the city, while Skywalker observed their performance, waiting with Steela on a nearby rooftop. After Steela sniped at the B1 battle droid manning the checkpoint, then blasted through the security shield's controls, a DSD1 dwarf spider droid emerged and targeted her from street level. At that point, Rex signaled to the two soldiers accompanying him, and he watched as the insurgents used an EMP grenade to disable the dwarf spider droid. Rex, Skywalker, and the others then proceeded with Tano, Kenobi, and the rest of the rebels to their safe house in Iziz to review their progress.
Although Bonteri, the Gerreras, and the other rebels were proud of their growing number of successes, Kenobi and Tano—who, like Skywalker, had been monitoring the strikes as well as civilian reactions—voiced their concern that the public was frightened by the outbreaks of violence. While Bonteri proposed that they make a show of strength to garner public support, Rex withdrew from the safe house with Skywalker, Tano, and Kenobi. It was decided that Skywalker and Kenobi would return to Coruscant to report back to the High Council. Tano, meanwhile, would remain on Onderon as an advisor for the rebellion, while continuing to provide firsthand developments to the Council. With that, Rex left for Coruscant with Skywalker and Kenobi. After the rebels won a major victory by destroying Iziz's power generator, Rex was present at their following celebration via hologram with Skywalker and Kenobi, who offered encouragement and advice to the insurgents. In particular, Rex noted that Steela was emerging as a born leader, to which Kenobi agreed. Thanks to their training from Rex and the Jedi, the rebels were able to liberate Onderon from the Confederacy. Although Steela was elected to replace Saw as the rebel leader, she died during their final stand against the Separatists.
A comrade turned fugitiveEdit
- "Keep searching until we find her. Rex, call security. Tell them we need to search the entire base. Now!"
[Opens comlink channel] "General Skywalker has just issued an all-points bulletin on Commander Ahsoka Tano. She's… killed three clones and… should be considered armed… and dangerous."
- ―At Anakin Skywalker's word, Rex relays the order to recapture Ahsoka Tano, despite believing in her innocence
While stationed aboard a Venator-class Star Destroyer, Rex joined Skywalker, Kenobi, and Cody on the cruiser's bridge to review an intercepted transmission from General Grievous. Yet, due to a new encryption code that the Separatists had recently developed, the bridge team was unable to decipher the audio of Grievous's message. When Republic Intelligence encountered similar results, the Jedi High Council formed a squad of Republic droids to retrieve the Separatist encryption module responsible for encoding the transmission. The so-called D-Squad completed its mission, and also thwarted a Separatist terror plot that would have sabotaged the Republic strategy conference.
Rex and the 501st were soon assigned to respond to a Separatist invasion of the planet Cato Neimoidia. While Skywalker and Tano led the initial starfighter assault on the Confederate aerial defenses, Rex followed closely behind, overseeing the main body of troops from the gunship Lucky Lekku, which launched from the Republic fleet in orbit of Cato Neimoidia. Once his 501st landing force had reached the planet's bridge cities aboard their squadron of LAAT/i gunships, Rex received a request for retrieval from Skywalker, who had been stranded with Tano on an outcrop after Pistoeka sabotage droids destroyed his Eta-2 interceptor. Rex ordered his gunship squadron to change course, heading for the cliff to pick up Skywalker and Tano.
In the middle of the campaign on Cato Neimoidia, Skywalker and Tano were recalled to the Jedi Temple to investigate a terrorist bombing there. They immediately returned to Coruscant, as did Rex. Although Skywalker and Tano apprehended Letta Turmond, a Republic citizen who was responsible for orchestrating the bombing, Turmond was murdered while in Republic Military custody. After Tano was framed for the crime, now-Admiral Wilhuff Tarkin, who was leading the Military's investigation into the bombing, arrested and incarcerated her in the Republic military base. Despite an attempt on Skywalker's part to speak with his detained Padawan, the base's security staff—headed by Clone Commander CC-1010, nicknamed "Fox," of the Coruscant Guard—refused to let Skywalker see her, as per Tarkin's orders. Tano was thus left in the custody of Tarkin and the Military for the time being.
When Rex received word that Tano had escaped from her prison cell and was on the run, he rushed to the military base with Skywalker aboard a Praxis Mk. I turbo speeder. Once there, he and Skywalker hurried after Commander Fox, who was pursuing Tano through the corridors of the base. Upon discovering the bodies of three of his clone shock troopers, killed by lightsaber wounds and left in Tano's wake, Fox concluded that Tano had slaughtered the troopers and ordered his search team of shock troopers to shoot to kill if they found her. Catching up with Fox, Skywalker promptly countermanded the order, while Rex argued with the commander, refusing to believe that Tano would have killed the clone troopers. Skywalker silenced Rex and Fox in mid-argument and called out to Tano, who was still inside the base. Tano claimed that another party was framing her for the murders, and though Skywalker assured her that he believed in her innocence, she was convinced that no one else would trust her and refused to surrender. Assuming command of the manhunt for his Padawan, Skywalker ordered Rex to relay an all-points bulletin to the base's security team. In light of the present evidence, Rex was forced to state that Tano had killed the three troopers and described her as armed and dangerous.
As Rex and Skywalker joined Fox outside to oversee the security patrols, Fox reported that they had spotted Tano heading for the industrial pipeline that led away from the base. Skywalker ordered all of the shock troopers to set their blasters to stun mode, intending to take her alive. Rex, Skywalker, and Fox caught up on foot with the search teams just as they surrounded Tano near the pipeline's central viaduct. In spite of being outnumbered, Tano continued to evade capture, carving a hole into an adjacent pipe with her lightsaber and jumping into it. Rex followed his comrades in rappelling down into the pipe network. With spotlights activated, he and Fox searched for the fugitive Padawan amidst the shadows of the sewers. During the hunt, they were separated from Skywalker, who found Tano first and tried to convince her to turn herself in. Tano, however, was adamant against doing so and was determined to clear her name. Just as Rex and Fox found Master and Padawan at the edge of the water pipe, they were unable to prevent the latter from jumping out of the pipe. Rex and the others could do nothing but watch as she landed on a freighter far below, descending into the ventilation portal of the Coruscant Underworld.
- "To Catch a Jedi"
Personality and traitsEdit
Leader from the frontEdit
- "Permission to take point, sir?"
"I'm always first, kid."
- ―Hevy and Rex
Gruff, no-nonsense, and tough as carbonite nails, the elite Clone Captain CT-7567 was an aggressive and battle-scarred veteran of the Clone Wars. Hardened by countless engagements with the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Rex, as he chose to be named, retained a reputation as one of the best and toughest clone troopers in the galaxy. Freethinking, fearless, and resilient, he preferred to be more diplomatic than the headstrong Advanced Recon Commandos when it came to operating with his superiors, though in some cases he did not hesitate to give higher-ranking Jedi officers his blunt opinion. The brave and selfless Rex regarded his assignments with the utmost priority, and true to his genetic engineering, he often put them before his own safety, recognizing the importance of doing his part to ensure an objective's completion. A cunning warrior who was versed in military strategy, Rex led from the front and, in some cases, would have fought ahead of his Jedi General, Anakin Skywalker. Far from being recklessness, his courage and willingness to jump into the fray helped the Republic win numerous victories. His outspokenness and aggression notwithstanding, he held that it was a soldier's duty to follow orders and faithfully executed them—even when he disagreed with them—with little concern for his own well-being. Although he was willing to lay down his life for victory if need be, he eventually overcame his hardwired obedience to orders and realized that in some cases, soldiers had to make their own decisions.
Loyal to the Galactic Republic and his fellow troopers on the battlefield, Rex was resolute in his dedication to his comrades. He recognized the need for galactic order and believed that the war was crucial to preserve the civilization safeguarded by the Republic. In spite of sometimes disagreeing with the management of the Republic's war effort by the Jedi High Council and the Galactic Senate, he remained committed in his service to the Republic. While on the war's front lines, he often become concerned for the safety of his Jedi officers, particularly for Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, with whom he served during the war. As such, Rex was hesitant to follow orders that put the Jedi in danger, especially those that came from the Jedi themselves, and was willing to sacrifice his life for the Jedi. He came to regard his clone brethren as his home and family, and he never forgot the many brothers whom he had lost to the war. His first loss of a unit, Torrent Company, at the Battle of Teth hardened him even further, and the fact that he had been beaten to a standstill, stared death in the face, and lived to tell such a tale was visible in his character from then on. When overwhelmed by battle droids during that campaign, Rex did not waver in his commitment to the mission, in spite of the possibility that the battle could be his last. While leading a rookie clone squad against a full Separatist detachment for control of Rishi Station, he disregarded the odds against him, focusing only on his objective to retake the Republic base.
Despite witnessing enough of his comrades die to know that there was nothing glorious about war, Rex was unafraid to do his duty as a soldier of the Republic, even if it meant placing his own life and the lives of his troops in jeopardy. He made tough decisions calmly, would never back down from a fight, and was willing to fight to the last man if necessary; during the Second Battle of Geonosis, he even denounced a retreat as a cowardly tactic. Toughness aside, he viewed military service as an honor and greatly cared for the troops under his command, refusing to leave anyone behind if possible. He held the Separatist battle droids in contempt for all the damage that they had wrought on both him and his clone brethren, and cutting through droids became a frequent way to avenge his fallen brothers. Whenever the decimation of his men took its toll on him, he channeled his rage toward leveling the score with his droid adversaries, putting his strong feelings to use. Despite his enmity with the Separatists, he lived by rules of engagement that transcended unwarranted behavior, regardless of provocation. Rex was both angered and saddened by the near-eradication of Torrent Company at Teth and the loss of troopers Vere and Ince during a later rescue mission. After Vere's death, Rex pushed his anger to one side so that it would serve as fuel for the job at hand, intending to surrender to his feelings when in private. Sometimes, he even saw death as a method to assuage his belief that he had failed his men and to stop wondering how many more of them he would lose the next day. Yet he never gave up, watching over his troops throughout the pan-galactic conflict. Rex's care for his rookie 501st troopers on JanFathal was so substantial that he was surprised that his primary instinct was not to look after Tano, whom he usually guided, but to take care of his men.
Individualism and beliefsEdit
- "So if you're a Captain, and I'm a Jedi, then technically I outrank you, right?"
"In my book, experience outranks everything."
- ―Ahsoka Tano and Rex, upon becoming acquainted with each other for the first time
A seasoned soldier born to fight for the Republic, Rex was not often given to softness or sentimentality of any kind. According to Skywalker, he was very wound tight as a rookie, eager to carry out orders to the letter, but became less stiff as time progressed. He did not allow himself to be intimidated by his enemies, from battle droids to Dark Jedi like Asajj Ventress. He even expressed humor in the direst situations, such as during the Battles of Christophsis and Teth, as he believed that humor had many uses. He allowed himself to feel fear at rare moments, as he recognized that such anxiety was necessary to understand the severity of a situation, though he refused to let such feelings stop him from doing his job. He possessed an unusual individualism as a clone trooper, encouraged early on in his career during his specialized command training under Alpha-17. Though Rex took on a unique nickname, he opted to keep its origins to himself. Unlike most clones; he even kept the name's origins private from his Jedi commanders. Relying on instinct, he sometimes preferred to shoot first without bothering to ask questions, as was the case when a droid commando tried to pass itself off as a clone trooper at Rishi Station. Due to his training in thousands of drills on Kamino, he made a habit of reviewing mission parameters and objectives in his head prior to an operation, a trait shared by much of his clone brethren. Like many other clone troopers, he regarded Kamino with a degree of personal importance, as it was the closest place that he had to a proper home. As such, when it was discovered that the Confederacy was planning an invasion of his homeworld, he immediately requested to be part of Kamino's defenders against the impending threat. He fought proudly alongside Commander Cody and their brethren to repel the invading battle droids from Kamino, even rallying a group of young clone cadets to join the fight for their homeworld.
Rex did not always look to a soldier's rank for information and instead judged by experience, particularly battlefield experience, which outranked everything in his system of beliefs, even the seniority of his superiors. When addressing the rookie troopers of Rishi Station, he used the derogatory "shinie" slang to underline their inexperience in combat. He was pleased when the rookies rose to the challenge and acquitted themselves well in their first battle; he placed a handprint of Rishi eel blood on Echo's armor to recognize the trooper's valor and his transition to a seasoned warrior, and he also honored Hevy's ultimate sacrifice in ensuring the destruction of Rishi Station. He and Cody succeeded in sharpening the rookie clones into an effective fighting force. Rex subsequently inducted both Echo and Fives into the 501st Legion for their valiant service, and he later promoted them to Advanced Recon Commandos for their courage and determination during the defense of Kamino. Rex even saw a bit of himself in the two troopers.
A disciplined captain, Rex had honor as a soldier, respecting and executing orders even when he disagreed with them. He was good at maintaining a stoical front around his troops when facing setbacks. Even when deeply unsettled about the comm jammer situation at Kothlis, he was careful to maintain a focused outward attitude, to the point that his unease could only be sensed by Skywalker through the Force. Although Rex was not easy to rattle, he was visibly startled when he overheard trooper Checkers complimenting his skills as an officer, and he snapped at Tano and Checkers to "stow the chatter" after that comment. As a commanding officer, Rex was efficient and thoughtful, and his actions and choices reflected his proficiency. He often stayed focused on the current situation by keeping himself busy, which he found easy to do with his numerous day-to-day tasks as a soldier. He knew that over-preparation never hurt and kept his men ready for battle at all times. Opting for maximum situational awareness on the battlefield, Rex was not partial to the Republic's spacegoing navy. He preferred to have ground under his boots whenever possible, where he could use his natural senses to take in the environment around him, free of a starship's viewports. Even so, he learned to respect the willingness of civilian starship contractors to live or die by their workmanship's quality, as such workers often went space-side with assault craft on the war's front lines. He fell back on old-fashioned soldering whenever necessary, using hand signals to convey orders depending on the situation.
Rex learned what he could from the Republic's HoloNet News information bulletins and was used to absorbing information in this manner from his early Kaminoan flash training. He sometimes made judgments based on the contents of his training, and he respected diplomatic negotiations as a kind of fighting that he had not been trained for. On the other hand, he saw fighting simply as a skill in which he was versed, and he did not claim to absolutely like it when around Tano. Unlike some other officers in the Grand Army, he did not look down upon malformed clones like 99, whose strong spirit earned his admiration, and was greatly saddened when the maintenance clone lost his life during the Battle of Kamino. Some of Rex's views were less open-minded, particularly as he encountered different cultures of civilians on his tour of duty. At times he did not pay much attention to history or culture; he initially could not understand the Lurmen of Maridun and their pacifistic choice to avoid fighting, attributing such behavior to a lack of pride.
Rex also looked down on the Lorrdian militiamen during the battle for Ereesus, at first failing to understand their aptitude for kinetic communication. Nevertheless, he learned to trust and respect their abilities, acting on Sergeant Palola's garnered intelligence to launch an assault on the tactical droid commander's base. When it was too late for the Lorrdians to return to their own base, he welcomed them to bunk with his own men. The experience additionally led him to form a close working relationship with one of the Lorrdians, Sergeant Sollaw ap-Orwien, though he knew better than to accept an offer to play sabacc with the Lorrdians, on account of their advantage with kinetic communication. He was extremely passionate about certain matters and had several manners of etiquette that he strictly observed. He despised using the inconsiderate tally sensor to remember his troopers' names because it was an admission that he did not personally know his men. Additionally, he valued his troops' privacy while not on the front lines. After the five rookie clones under his command opened up their own comlink channel, Rex avoided intruding on their conversation, even if they were cursing him for the recent loss of trooper Vere, and would have only overrode the frequency in an emergency. Outside of life-or-death situations, he abstained from barking out orders to his subordinates or superiors, believing that such conduct was improper.
Rex was willing to lend his expertise as a soldier to help Skywalker, Tano, and Kenobi train the inexperienced members of the Onderon rebels. Even though they were not his usual clone trooper charges, Rex embraced his leadership role in training, treating the Onderonians as he would the soldiers under his command. He did not hesitate to push them, urging them to execute maneuvers like the soldiers they strove to become, and also offered encouragement where he saw fit. When the time came to leave Onderon, Rex was impressed with the rebels' efforts. In particular, he identified Steela Gerrera as a born leader, and she ended up being elected as the insurgency's next commander.
Rex was tan-skinned and stood 1.83 meters tall, weighing eighty kilograms. He was versed in Galactic Basic Standard, the primary language of the Republic. Because his natural growth was genetically accelerated by the Kaminoan cloners, he was ten years old by the time of the Battle of Christophsis in 22 BBY, though his physical development was that of an older Human man. He paid considerable attention to his hairstyle, as he found hair under a helmet to be bothersome and annoying. As such, he regularly kept his naturally black hair shaved to a fine polish to prevent it from interfering with his concentration on the battlefield. Even so, he dyed his hair a light blond, his most obvious unique trait, and let it grow out to a certain extent on various occasions. He experimented with other hairstyles as well, briefly dying his hair blue after choosing to support the Bylluran Athletic bolo-ball team when it reached the finals. However, he eventually deemed his new hair style as undignified and inappropriate for a commanding officer, and he shaved it off to better fit in with his black-haired troops. Rex had a small scar beneath his lower lip, and he sometimes bared his allegedly perfect teeth in a feral smile when adrenalized for a coming engagement with the Separatists.
- "I used to believe that being a good soldier meant doing everything they told you. That's how they engineered us. But we're not droids. We're not programmed. You have to learn to make your own decisions."
- ―Rex, in response to Dogma's attempt to stop him from arresting Pong Krell
A well-respected clone trooper captain, Rex viewed military service as an honor and acquitted himself as the leader of the 501st Legion. He projected an air of authority to his troops and earned their respect and obedience in this fashion. Leading by example, he saw the importance of being confident on the battlefield and motivating his troops to fight for victory. To him, honor and service were the most important parts of being a clone trooper, and he encouraged his men to put such conduct into practice. As was the case during the battle to retake Rishi Station, he inspired his rookie troops to execute their objective in the face of opposition from a large detachment of the Separatist Droid Army. He trusted the men under his command and was a role model to them, and he remained determined to achieve success in the face of danger, from frequently overwhelming enemy numbers to the life-threatening Blue Shadow Virus. Staking his life by the chain of command, he honored and followed superiors' orders regardless of whether he agreed with them, as he saw honor in doing so. Still, he came to recognize the value of making one's own decisions as a soldier: he questioned orders instead of mindlessly obeying them and would adapt to shifting situations and plans as required.
In the absence of orders from superiors, Rex took matters into his own hands, doing his best to ensure the survival of himself and his men. Despite doing his best to guarantee an operation's success by being cautious and acting on certainty, not hunches, he realized that in some cases there were no other options besides guesswork and improvisation. Although he was willing to place his own life and the lives of his troops in danger if it meant accomplishing his duty as a soldier, he was loyal to his men and greatly cared for their well-being, for which he earned their admiration. All of Rex's traits in leadership were a testament to his effectiveness as a military leader, which was noticed by many of his colleagues, from troopers Checkers and Tup to Jedi General Pong Krell. Rex was well aware of his own talents as a leader and therefore did his best to put them to good use, for the betterment of his men. Honoring his own code, he believed that as soldiers, the clone troopers had a duty to follow orders and, if necessary, lay down their lives for victory. Rex's leadership skills were put to the ultimate test during the Battle of Umbara, where he was forced to balance the well-being of his troops with his commanding officers' strict orders. During that campaign, Rex found difficulty with uniting the 501st Legion under the leadership of Krell, an interim Jedi General with whom he did not see eye-to-eye. Krell was focused on completing his mandates regardless of the cost, and he frequently employed strategies that the 501st perceived as reckless and costly. Though not afraid to speak out when he believed that he and his men were being treated inhumanely, Rex kept his men focused on their military objectives and set an example for the troops under his command. He did his best to respectfully cooperate with Krell despite the Jedi General's disagreeable behavior toward the clones.
Although Rex acknowledged to Fives that he did not agree with Krell's frontal assault plan to take the Umbaran capital, the captain concentrated on being alert on the battlefield. While executing Krell's often reckless orders, Rex was tenacious in safeguarding his men's lives, even if that meant deviating slightly from Krell's intended plans. Under Krell's strategy to mount a head-on assault on the Umbaran airbase, Rex encountered difficulties with carrying out the orders with the 501st Legion, as many of his men were appalled at the plan's potential for high casualties and viewed it as a suicide mission. When Fives, who was becoming more and more opposed to Krell's apparent recklessness, continually criticized their orders, Rex took his fellow veteran aside and attempted to have him support Krell so that the others would accept the plan and follow suit, though he was not successful in convincing Fives to do so. In the absence of alternative methods to defeat the Umbaran mobile heavy cannons, Rex heeded Krell's command to mount a full head-on attack on the juggernauts, though doing so caused even Kix to begin to resent the captain's orders. Looking for alternative methods to defeat the juggernauts, Rex devised on his own a plan to have Fives and Hardcase commandeer Umbaran starfighters from the nearby airbase, and he trusted the two troopers to see their mission through even when Krell did not have faith in such an operation.
Rex supported Fives, Jesse, and Hardcase when they developed a plan to assault the Separatist supply ship in orbit of Umbara, though he abandoned the idea after it was summarily shot down by Krell. Rex did not agree with Fives's intentions to carry out the plan against Krell's orders, but he realized that he would not be able to talk Fives, Jesse, and Hardcase out of doing so, as he recognized their belief in the impropriety of Krell's orders. Instead of forcing them to stand down, Rex made it known that he would not be able to save them from Krell's wrath once they were caught. Yet in spite of his word to Fives, Rex covered for them from Krell, and he also prevented Dogma and Tup from reporting to Krell their insubordination. When Fives and Jesse returned and were brought before Krell, Rex attempted to assume responsibility for their disobedience, claiming that he had ordered them to disobey Krell and sought to have their full punishment placed upon himself. Nevertheless, Fives returned the gesture by honorably reporting the truth of their disobedience. Rex outright disobeyed Krell's subsequent orders to execute Fives and Jesse. He knew that if such punishment was rendered even once, then all of the 501st Legion could eventually receive a similar demise, and he refused to let his men be subjected to fear of execution.
Rex was horrified when Krell deceived the 501st into attacking fellow clone troopers from the 212th Attack Battalion. The incident left him distraught with having killed his own brethren, but it also instilled in him the need for justice, to prevent similar disasters from befalling his troops. He thus resolved to lead his men into the "uncharted territory" of arresting Krell for treason against the Republic. Given the treasonous nature of his proposal, Rex knew that he could not force his men into participating in the move and gave them the option to opt out, though all of them except for Dogma supported his decision. Rex subsequently assumed overall command of the 501st Legion from Krell, whom he set out to detain. When Dogma tried to stop them from arresting Krell, claiming that they were all traitors for doing so, Rex was willing to have him locked up in the brig, though he still retained some respect for Dogma despite disagreeing with his staunch loyalty to orders. For the entirety of the episode, Rex did not waver in his commitment to his men, for whose safety he sought to remove Krell from action.
War of loyaltiesEdit
- "What if I am choosing the life I want? What if I'm staying in the army because it's meaningful to me?"
"And how is it meaningful?"
"Because I'm part of the most pivotal moment in the history of the Republic. If we fail, then our children and their children could be forced to live under an evil I can't well imagine."
"If you were to have children, of course, but… that would be against the rules, wouldn't it? Isn't that what somebody programmed you to believe, Captain?"
"No, Cut, it's simply what I believe. It doesn't matter if it's my children or other people's children."
- ―Rex maintains his ideologies during a discussion with Cut Lawquane
During the war, Rex swore to protect all Republic citizens from harm, and his promise extended even to the disagreeable Chairman Chi Cho. At the Battle of Orto Plutonia, Rex knew that his men were outnumbered and were risking their lives because of Cho's foolishness, but he nevertheless respected Cho's ill-advised but lawful commands, as Cho had Senatorial authority. For all his wartime service, however, Rex's challenges were not only posed by his enemies. His commitment to fight for the Republic was tested multiple times simply from his service in the war. While he was aware that he and his clone brothers had been bred to fight for the Republic and had been forced into the war without a choice, Rex made the best of the situation. He knew that the politics and ideology of fighting were beyond his influence and instead focused on the day-to-day activities of looking out for his brothers in arms, operating with a steely determination. When it came down to the essence of his commitment, it was not his relentless Kaminoan training or his loyalty to the Republic, but his dedication to his men and Jedi officers that kept him in service. His compassion and selflessness as a commander was evidenced at Kothlis when, despite being severely injured, his first concern was for the welfare of his troops and comrades, not his own. His loyalty was so potent that even if he had not been born to serve, he found the prospect of abandoning his brothers and friends to be unimaginable.
From experience, Rex learned to cope with his doubts about his origins as a clone trooper. Whenever the morality behind his manufactured birth was tested and his indoctrinated loyalty to the Jedi and the Republic challenged, he instead recalled the fact that the men under his command depended on him to lead them—and that he would never be able to fight for the Republic if he questioned or scrutinized his birth's ethics. In this way, Rex put aside his insecurity with his obedience for the greater good of the Republic so that he would be able to support his Jedi officers. Rex's strong loyalty to the Republic and the Jedi came into stark contrast with Sergeant Slick's hatred of the Jedi and betrayal of his comrades during the Battle of Christophsis. After Slick was revealed to be a Separatist spy, Rex displayed contempt toward him but was visibly unsettled with his comrade's view that the clone troopers of the Republic were slaves to their Jedi commanders. Despite Slick's claim that he had been striking a blow for all clones, Rex drew the conclusion that the sergeant's actions—particularly the fact that he had put his brothers' lives at risk by helping the Separatists—showed that the clone spy did not love and care for them as he so believed.
Rex's commitment to fighting for the Republic remained undeterred during his later discussions with the clone deserter Cut Lawquane, who had left the Grand Army relatively early on in the war. After first meeting Lawquane, Rex's lack of patience for those who would abandon their duty came into play, and he made his contempt for the deserter known. Once he had assumed a more respectful attitude toward Lawquane, Rex maintained that his beliefs had not been programmed into him, as Lawquane suggested, but that they were simply his own. Rex believed that his continued service made him a part of the most pivotal moment in the Republic's history and that the Grand Army's failure to defeat the Confederacy would mean the insurrection of an evil that he could not well imagine. Despite disagreeing with Lawquane's objections to and outlook on the war, Rex came to respect Lawquane, who viewed their service as more expendable to the Republic, as possessing a different type of loyalty—not to the Republic, but to his adopted family. Adding to his grudging but sincere regard for Lawquane was the deserter's brave effort to repel invading droid commandos from his family's home. When the time came to end his stay with Lawquane's family, Rex forwent his initial adamancy on turning in the fugitive Lawquane and instead returned Lawquane's hospitality by choosing not to report him as a deserter. In spite of Lawquane's actions, Rex concluded that he was certainly not a coward. Before departing, Rex politely refused Lawquane's offer of a place at the farm.
As the Clone Wars continued, Rex feared that the Republic was beginning to view the clone troopers as a disposable army that lacked importance. He nevertheless upheld the mindset that the clone troopers' responsibility was to carry out and die for their missions when necessary. As he argued with Fives during the Battle of Umbara, this belief stemmed from his own code, not from being engineered to think as such by the Kaminoans. In spite of his doubts about the clones' place in the Republic, he preserved his belief in the system for which he and his men were fighting, which required them to obey orders regardless of whether they agreed with them. He held that the clone troopers were not independent of one another: they were part of something larger than themselves, and it was thus not up to them to disobey orders in favor of strategies that they deemed more effective. Yet he was forced to draw the line when his loyalty to orders required that he see out General Pong Krell's command to execute troopers Fives and Jesse for insubordination. Despite knowing that he and his brethren had been engineered for obedience to superiors, Rex thus discovered that in some cases, it was necessary to make one's own decisions instead of blindly following orders like battle droids. Although he retained his loyalty to the Republic despite the incident with Krell, the Battle of Umbara left a lasting impression on his outlook as a clone trooper. In the face of so many casualties, he questioned the point of the war and wondered what would happen to the clones when the conflict ended, when they would no longer be needed as soldiers.
- "Master Krell, this is Rex, my first-in-command. You won't find a finer or more loyal trooper anywhere."
- ―Anakin Skywalker, introducing Pong Krell to Rex
During the war, Rex became acquainted with a number of his brethren. He was good friends with Commander Cody, their friendship stemming from their mutual ARC training under Alpha-17. Their close relationship mirrored that of Skywalker and Kenobi—Rex's impulsiveness and superb instincts in battle won Cody's admiration, although Cody often worried that he put too much faith in them and rushed into danger too frequently. Nevertheless, Cody's penchant for procedure tempered Rex's impulsiveness, making them a good fit. After Rex fought alongside Sergeant Boomer countless times, Boomer became one of his most trusted allies and a close friend, as did Sergeant Coric of Torrent Company and Advanced Recon Commando Fives. Rex also shared an acquaintance with Commander Ponds and came to rely on fellow 501st trooper Denal for his instincts and expertise in combat. Aboard Captain Gilad Pellaeon's Leveler, Rex found that he was comfortable with others who understood him as a fellow soldier, as opposed to Coruscant civilians who never would. Pellaeon described Rex as a solid, sensible chap who allegedly told very good jokes when not being the obedient solider around Skywalker. Cody admired Rex as a smart man, and Kenobi believed that he always thought on his feet. Tup held his leadership in high regard, and Checkers saw him as one of the Republic's best commanding officers. Callista Ming interpreted Rex as a hands-on commander who, on account of his duty as a soldier, did not want to look like he was letting others do the dirty work by sitting back while his comrades reconnoitered JanFathal's capital of Athar.
Serving closely with Skywalker throughout the Clone Wars, Rex learned much from the Jedi General's style of leadership and daring improvisation, learning to always think on his feet, to consider methods outside of the regulation manuals, and to never surrender or let seemingly overwhelming odds dissuade him on the battlefield. He adopted Skywalker's inclination for unconventional and unorthodox combat tactics, which often yielded spectacular results against the enemy. Rex was as headstrong and as brave as Skywalker, with full confidence in his own abilities, and it was the duo's similar lack of "by the book" methods that allowed them to get along so well and become such an excellent team. From his service with Jedi officers on the war front, Rex witnessed them in action, and he learned to both respect and never doubt their resolve or powers. He saw them as figures of authority from his first encounters with them, and he could not remember ever regarding them in a different manner. In turn, the Republic's Jedi Generals came to rely on him during battles, and his performance as an honorable military leader effected his being well-respected by Jedi officers and clones alike. However, he sometimes disapproved of the preference to debating over fighting that some of the Jedi possessed. On the other hand, Skywalker matched Rex in bravery, aggression, and decisiveness, and the general's "soldiery" traits helped Rex to form something of a friendship with him. He worked closely with Skywalker on the battlefield, offering thought-out suggestions about strategy as he saw fit, and respected Skywalker because he put himself on the line with his troops. Even though Skywalker maintained an authoritative demeanor of command at times, Rex did not hold such behavior against his general, knowing that respecting the chain of command was necessary in a good officer.
Rex shared Skywalker's aggression, free thought, and occasional recklessness—a combination that that got them both in and out of trouble. Like the rest of the 501st's Torrent Company, he was truly devoted to Skywalker and was proud of the trust that his general invested in him. Skywalker in turn thought highly of Rex, believing him to be the finest and most loyal trooper with whom he had worked, and introduced him to General Pong Krell as such. As a soldier, Rex was loyal to Skywalker both on the battlefield and at a personal level, as was the case with other members of the 501st Legion. When Skywalker was away from his troops, Rex kept him regularly apprised with the situation to prevent his general from facing the consequences of being caught out of the loop. He was not upset when Skywalker was unable to aid Torrent Company during the Battle of Teth: true to his belief that the mission always came first, he understood the Jedi's mandate to return Rotta the Huttlet to Tatooine. He also looked up to Skywalker as a role model; when serving away from his general, Rex would sometimes consider, as he did more than once during the battle on Ereesus, what Skywalker would have done in his position to ensure success. The time that Rex spent with Skywalker was such that he even became aware that his general had feelings for Senator Padmé Amidala, though he was unaware of the full extent of their attachment. On some occasions, he pitied Skywalker, who was often prone to guilt and regret when forced to prioritize assignments over serving alongside his captain. He became used to Skywalker's personal style of command and worked well with his Jedi General. Besides his friendship with Skywalker, Rex was acquainted with Kenobi, Skywalker's own former Master. Rex made it a goal to procure a laugh from Kenobi on the battlefield with his sarcastic jokes, though he did not have much success. In spite of his respect for his Jedi officers, Rex did not share all of their beliefs, particularly regarding the Jedi Code. Whereas Kenobi hesitated to kill the unarmed Keeper Agruss despite the Zygerrian's crimes as a slaver, Rex had no such reservations and acted decisively, killing the keeper.
After meeting Tano on Christophsis, Rex admired her spirit, though he was concerned with her initial naivety and arrogance toward her commanders, particularly Skywalker. Once the Padawan and captain reached an understanding of each other, they began to form a strong bond and supported each other as the galaxy-shaking war progressed. Rex often addressed Tano as "kid" instead of a more formal title. They came to respect each other, and he earned her trust with her life. He defended her proficiency against others who expressed hesitancy with her competence, including fellow officers like Gilad Pellaeon and Wilhuff Tarkin. In addition, Rex encouraged Skywalker himself to maintain his faith in his Padawan during a confrontation with Asajj Ventress on Taronda. Rex's attitude toward Tano was such that Skywalker came to trust him with her, and Skywalker additionally recognized that some of the Padawan's lessons were better learned from the captain instead of himself.
Rex helped Tano through several tough situations, including on Maridun, where their group was forced to find medical attention for a grievously wounded Skywalker, and at JanFathal when her beliefs in the Jedi Code were challenged. Rex also guided Tano in her first command position at Ryloth and assisted her by covering for her with the troops when she unintentionally demonstrated her insecurity with the role. Although he was skilled in strategy and carefully identified the obstacles that hindered Tano's plan to break the Separatist blockade of Ryloth, he remained respectful toward her and did not outright criticize her tactic, instead supporting her through her command. On occasions when Tano was unable to voice her full concerns to Rex because of security reasons surrounding certain assignments, Rex fully understood the reasons behind her withholding of confidential information, and he did not take it personally. As Tano's teacher in military matters when Skywalker was not present, Rex preferred to train by example, and it was in this manner that he often instructed Tano on the front lines of the war. Among his lessons for Tano was that smart remarks were unhelpful and disruptive in times of protocol, especially when they were directed at her Master. He also mentored her in leadership, instilling in her the importance of inspiring one's troops and leading by example on the battlefield, no matter the situation. Although in some cases he knew when she was concealing her fears from him, including those about her Master's life, he did not criticize her for being afraid; instead, he supported her in what ways he could.
During the search for the fugitive Tano at the Republic military base, Rex refused to believe that she had killed three clone troopers while escaping, even though the lightsaber cuts on the corpses indicated otherwise. Nevertheless, he was forced to set his personal beliefs aside in favor of the evidence at hand, stating in a following all-points bulletin that Tano had killed the three soldiers.
The trouble with KrellEdit
- "That's because you were the biggest fool of them all, Dogma! I counted on blind loyalty like yours to make my plans succeed!"
"That will never happen. You're a traitor, General. And you will be dealt with as one."
- ―Pong Krell, arrested and subdued, is confronted by Rex
By the time of the Battle of Umbara, Rex had become used to Skywalker's more personal style of command. He thus came into conflict with the 501st Legion's interim Jedi General on Umbara, Pong Krell, a hard leader who strictly adhered to the chain of command. Rex initially respected Krell for his impressive military record, but he found that Krell was difficult to work with because of his apparent lack of regard for clones—Krell often addressed them by their official designations instead of their personally chosen names, with which Rex took issue. Still, Rex nurtured the belief amongst his troops that as long as they treated Krell with respect, they would all cooperate well. While directly serving under Krell, Rex attempted to voice suggestions about strategy to him as he did with Skywalker, only to have his advice spurned by the Jedi Master, who was obdurately confident in his own methods and refused to tolerate any hint of doubt or insubordination. Rex frequently saw Krell's assault plans as flawed and reckless, as they often involved head-on attacks that cost them many men, but still did his best to see Krell's orders through. Yet he did take some liberties to preserve the lives of the troops under his command. After being accused by Krell of failing to claim the road leading to the Umbaran capital, and even after Krell further forced an uncooperative Fives to stand down by igniting his lightsaber, Rex firmly stood his ground against the Jedi General. He defended his troops' well-being and removed his helmet to speak Krell face-to-face, asserting that the clones were men rather than faceless, rank-and-file soldiers as Krell implied.
Rex's tenacity and loyalty to his troops won Krell's respect, but he still failed to see eye-to-eye with Krell as time went on. As Rex soon discovered, Krell did not lead his troops from the front like Skywalker, who inspired confidence in his men, Rex included, by putting himself on the line with them in the dangers of the battlefield. While confronting Umbaran mobile heavy cannons in the battle to take the Umbaran airbase, Rex disagreed with and protested to Krell's plan for a head-on assault, though he was forced to obey Krell's orders. At the first chance for an alternative, less costly strategy, Rex authorized two of his men, Fives and Hardcase, to secure two Umbaran starfighters from the nearby airbase to use against the juggernauts. Although Krell did not approve of his plan and even threatened to relieve him of duty for insubordination, Rex allowed Fives and Hardcase to carry out their stealth incursion, which proved successful in eliminating the Umbaran tanks. When Krell later stated that he had yet to understand that high casualties were the price of victory, Rex's respect for Krell waned, and he agreed with Fives that it was Krell who would never understand the clones' sacrifices.
Rex continually disagreed with Krell's self-justifications that they were on their own without support from the other Republic forces, especially as Krell's plans indicated the possibility for greater casualties. Yet though he did not agree with Krell's tactics, Rex had a duty to follow orders and intended to see them through with honor. Even so, he allowed Fives, Jesse, and Hardcase to carry out their plan to assault a Separatist supply ship in orbit of Umbara, against Krell's decree, and went so far as to cover for them during their absence. Rex remained calm while lying that he had sent the troopers on a reconnaissance assignment, claiming that he had taken it under his own authority to authorize their use of the locked-down Umbaran starfighters, and he was thus able to convince Krell of this cover story. When Krell ordered that Jesse and Fives be executed for their disobedience, Rex disobeyed the general's decree, maintaining that if such punishment was delivered for heroic actions, then one day every member of the 501st Legion could be faced with a similar fate. After the incident, his respect for Krell eroded as he continually refused to be intimidated by the general's threats for retribution, leaving Krell frustrated with his refusal to carry out the execution. Beginning to question Krell's authority as well as his sanity, Rex went so far as to suspect that Krell had betrayed the Republic, and his suspicions were proven correct when the general turned the clones against one another on the battlefield.
Rex was appalled with Krell's crimes against his men, especially since Krell was a Jedi Master. From that point onward, he resolved to treat him as a traitor, risking charges of mutiny to arrest Krell for treason against the Republic. Rex deplored Krell's fall from the Republic ideals and his quest for power with Count Dooku, and he refused to be intimidated by Krell's confidence in his own actions. With the imminent danger of the Umbaran militia advancing on the airfield, Rex reluctantly agreed with Fives, Jesse, and Tup that it would be necessary to execute Krell to prevent the deposed general from turning over his Republic intelligence to the Separatists. When about to execute Krell, Rex remained undeterred by Krell's taunts about being in a position of power. Yet for all the casualties that Krell had caused, and in spite of recognizing the necessity of executing Krell, Rex found it difficult to kill an unarmed Jedi. His hesitation further heightened and exploited by Krell's derision, Rex was unable to go through with executing Krell, who was instead shot by Dogma.
Skills and abilitiesEdit
- "That wasn't so tough."
"Still sharp as ever, Rex."
"It's all in the wrist."
- ―Rex and Ponds, after the former defeats a Vulture droid
Rex's ability to think well and lead his brethren into battle reached the attention of the Kaminoan cloners, leading him to be recommended for command training and intensive programmed learning on Kamino. He emerged as a skilled and cunning warrior, one who sported expertise in a variety of strategies and fighting styles. Further ARC training under Alpha-17 sharpened him into a lethal soldier on the battlefield. As an expert in multiple forms of combat, Rex was skilled in armed and unarmed fighting. He was knowledgeable in the use of a jetpack, taking squads through the most difficult of flight paths. He was additionally well-versed in reconnaissance and military tactics, and he was capable of leading specialty clone units when the need arose. His abilities were such that he came to be considered one of the best soldiers in the Grand Army. Rex greatly valued being an accurate shot with a blaster and thus honed a proficiency in marksmanship. He was able to hit both fast-moving targets—such as a flying fuel cell on Skytop Station or a Single Trooper Aerial Platform on Lola Sayu—and distanced marks alike, eliminating a gun emplacement on Geonosis from a point several hundred meters away. Rex knew his weapons like any good soldier and swore by his armor and gear, but he also knew that equipment alone could not win a battle—a soldier's mind was his greatest tool. Relying on intelligence rather than weaponry, he combined a commando's gift of improvisation with the toughness of an infantryman.
Having been trained to resist interrogation as a prisoner of war, Rex was adept in mental resistance and was able to shield himself from a Force mind trick performed by the Dark Acolyte Asajj Ventress. Thanks to his strong will and focus, he managed to resist her potent influence in the Force. He had an ingrained fast reaction time, even when away from the battlefront, and responded instantly with his blaster to the appearance of a Rishi eel on the Rishi moon, killing the predator with a single shot to the eye. Rex recognized the danger of hesitating in battle, even for a split second, as such actions would give the Confederacy's battle droids an opportunity to gain the upper hand over him. He therefore resolved to eliminate all of the enemies in his path, doing so without pause or even having to think about his maneuvers. He was quite smooth and casual in combat against the battle droids, as noted by Skywalker during the Battle of Christophsis. He was relentless in using his abilities and equipment against his adversaries, whether they were Separatist droids on Ryloth or aggressive Talz warriors on Orto Plutonia, the latter of whom he battled with a steely determination.
Rex was able to hold his own against the larger units within the Separatist Droid Army, including octuptarra magna tri-droids and heavily armed Vulture droid starfighters. Though he learned to dread the latter the most of all of the Separatists' combat droid models, he stood his ground against them. He was quite strong and was able to lift the injured Chairman Chi Cho without assistance. Additionally, he was able to escape defeat at the hands of a menacing assassin probe on the Coronet by employing his strength to grab and prevent the attacking droid's pincers from impaling him; he then managed to kick the large droid off himself. Against ruthless winds and menacing electro-mines on Lola Sayu, he was able to free-climb the cliff to an entry point to the Citadel at extremely high elevations, regardless of the hazardous lack of secure handholds along the rock face. Despite having a temporarily paralyzed arm during the Battle of Saleucami, Rex was able to roll and fight in blaster combat against several droid commandos as if he did not have the physical impediment.
- "You sure you don't need civilian clothing? You're rather visible."
"I'd rather trade armor advantages against stealth. And we're not going to be hanging around long."
- ―Gilad Pellaeon and Rex, on the mission at hand to JanFathal
Phase I armor and weaponryEdit
During the first months of the war, Rex used a suit of plastoid Phase I clone trooper armor that was customized with the white and blue of the 501st Legion. His polarized T-visor helmet sported Mandalorian Jaig eyes as battle honors and was equipped with a fold-down rangefinder scope that included a night vision filter. For supplemental head gear, he used a visor with an inbuilt telemetry system, and a pair of removable spot lamps that boasted a viewing range of forty feet. His helmet systems included infrared vision, an array of sensors, an internal comlink, visual and auditory buffers, and a heads-up display with thermal imaging and biosign indicators.
To complement his body armor, Rex sported a traditional kama half kilt, constructed out of leather and thick anti-blast armor, to repel low-flying shrapnel and debris. He also wore over his left shoulder a semi-blue pauldron armor plate, which was reserved for clone officers. It was punctured through the chest plate by an enemy droid sniper during the Battle of Saleucami. Besides boots with magnetic gripsoles, Rex used a variety of other tools: a vibroblade in one of his gauntlets, a wrist comlink for his left gauntlet, a medpac and high-calorie dry rations in his utility belt, and a rappel line with a winch control motor for climbing during combat. For some operations, he wore generic white clone trooper armor instead of his trademark blue-marked 501st armor. While on Orto Plutonia, he donned cold-weather armor—including a thermal suit and rebreather hood, the latter of which was decorated with his Jaig eyes—so that he could maintain protection from the cold. Although necessary for surviving Orto Plutonia's hazardous conditions, the extra gear dangerously limited his movements in battle.
Being skilled in marksmanship, Rex never underestimated the capabilities of a good old-fashioned blaster and used a variety of weapons in combat. He preferred to wield a pair of DC-17 hand blasters for their speed, a trait that he shared with the dual pistol–wielding Jango Fett, the bounty hunter from whom he was cloned. Rex cut his blasters' holsters at his waist to be able to draw them more quickly. Although his two DC-17s became his signature choice of weaponry, he would sometimes use a DC-15S blaster or a DC-15A blaster rifle. On JanFathal, he used a DC-15 with a customized detonite grenade launcher attachment. As thanks for his assistance in preventing the outbreak of the Blue Shadow Virus on Naboo, Rex received a set of modified DC-17s from Theed Arms. The pistols, dubbed the "Vigilance" and "Negotiator," were specially plated with metallic chromium, a prerogative of the Naboo royalty. When it came to heavy weaponry, Rex was capable with using missile launchers like the RPS-6 rocket launcher, which he employed against enemy ground vehicles.
Rex carried a set of electrobinoculars for increasing his viewing range on the battlefield as necessary. When the situation called for it, he used a JT-12 jetpack and flight equipment, as he possessed expertise with the gear. He used a space combat propulsion pack to boost his jetpack's range for high elevations, for as far reaches as realspace. While away from the front lines, Rex made himself comfortable with black fatigues instead of his usual hefty armor.
Transition to Phase IIEdit
When the Republic began to have its clone troopers transition to the Phase II set of clone trooper armor, Rex did not particularly care for the new equipment, as he believed that it was prefabricated and too disposable. He did not immediately switch over to Phase II, but when he did, he developed for himself his own unique version of Phase II armor, combining elements of his old Phase I suit and the latest Phase II technology into a hybrid of both armor sets. Salvaging the middle portion of his old Phase I helmet, including his rangefinder scope and original T-visor, he welded them together with the new Phase II helmet's upgraded breath filters and voice output annunciator. He did the same for portions of his chest plates, and the resulting weld marks became another one of his armor suit's distinctions.
Although Rex also made adjustments to his helmet, he still retained his Jaig eyes battle honors from his Phase I suit. Aside from a redesigned pauldron with an ammunition pack and an updated wrist comlink that he transferred to his right arm, he continued to use the rest of his previous Phase I equipment, including his kama, utility belt, removable spot lamps, and quick-draw blaster holsters. Though he still carried electrobinoculars, he began to use a polarized macrobinoculars attachment with his helmet. He even began to engrave tally marks into his helmet, gauntlet, and forearm and leg plates to record his growing number of kills. He also began to carry an Imagecaster holoprojector. In addition, he used a JT-12 jetpack with his Phase II armor as the situation required. Whenever necessary, he made use of a SCUBA trooper mask, decorated with his Jaig eyes and blue 501st markings, for underwater combat.
For the assignment of helping the Jedi train the Onderon rebels in combat, Rex donned a new suit of armor to avoid using his usual, distinguishable set of 501st white and blue. The result was a set of black fatigues with a limited amount of equipment, including a jetpack for the deployment into the Onderonian jungle. Although he chose a different helmet with a visor and goggles, he made sure to have a rangefinder for his helmet, and also sported his Jaig eyes on his chest plate.
Behind the scenesEdit
Leading clone of The Clone WarsEdit
- "It must be gratifying to see how Rex has resonated. People love this character."
"Rex is a rock, man. He is dependable, he's smart, he's flexible, and in a way, he's kind of the heart in the tragic change and tragic switch that has to happen with the demise of the Jedi and the Order 66 and everything that has to happen. I mean, he's been there from the beginning when this was a pure mission. And it slowly starts to fall apart or there's a misstep here or a misstep there… And you know things are starting to change for Anakin. You know that that's going to happen. But how does that happen for Rex?"
- ―IGN's Eric Goldman and voice actor Dee Bradley Baker, in an August 2011 interview preceding the television series' fourth season
The character of Captain Rex was created for the 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and television series, with his place in the spotlight causing him to become a fan favorite among Star Wars enthusiasts of all ages. Prior to being introduced in the television series, he was featured in February 2008 as a promotional mail-order figure that kicked off Hasbro's Star Wars: The Clone Wars toy line. After his "CC-7567" designation was attributed in his Databank entry on StarWars.com in May 2008, Rex made his first appearance in Star Wars canon in The Clone Wars film's novelization and junior novelization, which were published on July 26, 2008. As the television series' primary clone character, Rex continued to play a part throughout the series' five seasons, which were released from Fall 2008 to Spring 2013.
A heroic character in the television series, Rex has achieved considerable popularity with the Star Wars fanbase regardless of age, though particularly with younger fans of Star Wars. In August 2010, he was voted the thirty-sixth most popular character in Star Wars canon on IGN.com, beating Ahsoka Tano, who was voted the forty-third most popular character. Rex's popularity and character development throughout the series have been such that Series Supervising Director Dave Filoni made an effort to continue exploring his story and keep him at the center of story arcs within the series. In April 2011, Filoni stated that the fates of Rex and Tano within the television series have been the two story lines that he has been hoping to pursue the most, given both characters' inseparability and their absence from the chronologically later film Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
Voice actor Dee Bradley Baker provided Rex's voice, as well as the voices of all other clone troopers, throughout the television series. To make the distinction between the countless clone troopers, Baker has portrayed Rex with a somewhat deeper voice than the other clone characters, based on his confidence and aggression. Baker and Dave Filoni developed the idea that Rex is the central personality type of all clone characters, whom they all aspire to embody, while others experience an excess of various traits. Baker's intended distinction for Rex has been more prominent during clone-centric episodes such as "Rookies" and "The Hidden Enemy" from the series' first season, as well as "The Deserter" from the second season, all of which featured Rex as a lead character. The latter two episodes in particular contrasted him with Sergeant Slick and Cut Lawquane, two clone characters who were shown to have abandoned their service to the Republic for different reasons.
In the series' fourth season, Rex was featured in his very own four-part story arc, which focused on the Battle of Umbara in the episodes "Darkness on Umbara," "The General," "Plan of Dissent," and "Carnage of Krell." Those episodes evolved his character by bringing him into conflict with General Pong Krell while at the same showcasing his dedication and loyalty to his men.
Development for the seriesEdit
- "Rex keeps trying to wear the same armor; he's 'hybrided' his old armor into what you see now. And we thought that'd be kind of a good character trait for Rex to have, that he's welded his armor. It makes him more unique."
- ―Dave Filoni, on the evolution of Rex's character model for the fourth season
At first, the creators of The Clone Wars series planned to use Alpha-17, the Advanced Recon Commando featured throughout the Star Wars: Republic comic book series, as the television series' primary clone character. Series Producer George Lucas objected to that development because Alpha's name would make too much of an alliteration between several main characters—Anakin, Ahsoka, Artoo/R2-D2, and now "Alpha"—hence, another clone character was created. Lucas provided the name "Rex," securing the new character's role in Star Wars.
Rex's chin scar was based on the blemish that actor Harrison Ford—who portrayed the smuggler Han Solo in the original trilogy of Star Wars films—made famous in the Indiana Jones saga. Additionally, the Mandalorian Jaig eyes on Rex's armor helmet were drawn from concept art for the 1980 original trilogy film Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, as later released in The Empire Strikes Back Sketchbook.
Several scenes featuring Rex in two first season episodes—"Rising Malevolence" and "Storm Over Ryloth"—were cut from the final versions of the episodes, but they were included in their Director's Cut editions in The Complete Season One DVD collection. As part of his prevalence in the fourth season's "Battle of Umbara" story arc, Rex's animated character model for the series was redesigned, incorporating the new Phase II clone trooper armor that had been gradually introduced at the advent of the fourth season. Director Dave Filoni developed the backstory for his unique "hybrid" armor—the fact that Rex kept old parts from his Phase I suit and welded them with the new Phase II gear—as another character trait for him, adding to his distinctiveness and personality.
In Series Writer Matt Michnovetz's original script for the fourth season episode "Carnage of Krell," Rex was to execute General Pong Krell for his crimes against the Republic, but it was later decided that such a move would not be appropriate for his character. As a result, the role of Krell's executioner was given to rookie trooper Dogma. A cut storyline from the fourth season episode "The Box," written by Brent Friedman, involved Anakin Skywalker searching for the bounty hunter Rako Hardeen, whom Obi-Wan Kenobi was posing as for an undercover operation. The Jedi High Council attempts to prevent Skywalker from discovering the real Hardeen, who is in their custody, but when Skywalker discovers Rex transporting Hardeen off-world, the Council is forced to reveal the truth. The storyline was abandoned for time and clarity, as well as the unlikelihood of Rex keeping information of that importance from his Jedi General.
- "Rex is a strong, courageous character who is clearly one of the heroes of The Clone Wars. However, we were reluctant to use Rex because a very powerful attribute to our initial concept was the ability to look into the character's eyes, and Rex's helmet took away the emotional connection of eye contact. Recognizing this void and understanding the need to bring emotion and intensity back into the artwork, PILOT co-founder Chris Ford digitally painted an incredibly strong visual element with the ominous 'blue sky', giving the effect that you are on the frontlines in the Clone Wars."
- ―Bill Concannon, head of the packaging design firm PILOT that produced the 2010 "Clone and Sky" design
Apart from his predominant role in the television series, Rex appeared extensively throughout supplementary material to the series, including the series' tie-in webcomics; the Slaves of the Republic story arc of The Clone Wars comic series; the first three installments of the graphic novella series; the novels The Clone Wars: Wild Space, The Clone Wars: No Prisoners, Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth, and Clone Wars Gambit: Siege by authors Karen Traviss and Karen Miller; and several young reader books. He was also featured in the video games Jedi Alliance and Republic Heroes and was given a role in the non-canonical video game LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars.
Rex was featured in the 2008 Clone Wars and Clone Wars Tactics expansions of the Topps Comany's Star Wars PocketModel Trading Card Game. From 2008 on, Rex was designed as an action figure for several sets of Hasbro's Star Wars: The Clone Wars toy line, and in 2008 he was also made into a LEGO mini-figurine. His LEGO minifigure was given a uniquely designed head piece, a distinction from other LEGO clone figures. He was additionally included in packs for the 2008 The Clone Wars and 2009 Galaxy at War expansion sets of Wizards of the Coast's Star Wars Miniatures series. August 2009 saw Gentle Giant Studios release a life-size monument for Rex, which stood approximately six feet tall.
In 2010, Rex became the face of Star Wars merchandise packaging as part of the new "Clone and Sky" design. PILOT, the design firm that developed the artwork, was initially reluctant to use Rex because of its original intention to allow the viewer to look into the eyes of the featured character; Rex's helmet took away from that emotional connection. To address that void, the element of the "ominous" blue sky was added to imitate being on the front lines of the Clone Wars. The Rex "Clone and Sky" packaging lasted two years, with the Sith Lord Darth Maul replacing Rex as the featured face on Star Wars merchandise packaging in 2012. 2011 marked the year that Rex became immortalized as part of Sideshow Collectibles' Militaries of Star Wars deluxe figure line.
Rex appears in the Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures online video game, in which he is featured in several purchasable sets as well as in the game itself. He encourages the player character to play mini-games such as "Blaster Training" and "Galactic Forces," and to enter combat battle zones such as Ryloth and the "Battle of Umbara." He is also featured in the tutorial levels for the "Card Assault" mini-game.
Author Jason Fry referenced Rex's role in the 501st Legion in The Essential Guide to Warfare, a third-generation Essential Guide that was released in April 2012. Fry revealed in an interview that a story more prominently featuring Rex had to be cut from the final version of the book due to length constraints. Fry was later able to rework the omitted material as a short story, Speaking Silently, which was published in Star Wars Insider 139 in January 2013.
- "CT-7567, are you reading me?"
- ―Pong Krell addresses Rex by his revised clone designation in "Darkness on Umbara"
In Summer 2008, initial merchandising promotional material for the television series indicated that Rex was an Advanced Recon Commando, but that rank was never repeated in subsequent material and is therefore assumed to be an error. Furthermore, Rex was listed as a clone commander in Star Wars Insider 103's The Clone Wars: A Who's Who Guide, the Jedi Alliance Prima Official Game Guide, the Wizards of the Coast sourcebook The Clone Wars Campaign Guide, The Clone Wars Activity Annual: Summer Edition 2009, and the Encyclopedia entry for Saleucami, among other media. An issue of The Official Star Wars Fact File remake, meanwhile, referred to Rex as a sergeant on one occasion. Yet in all other Star Wars material, Rex is portrayed as a clone captain, which this article reflects.
Due to his rank as a captain, Rex's command over the 501st Legion lacks correlation with the rank structure of the Republic Grand Army, as detailed in the Expanded Universe. Per The Essential Guide to Warfare, a clone captain is in command of a company, while a senior clone commander would command a legion like the 501st. Some source material correctly reflects the system: the 501st Legion's Databank entry states that Rex led the core group of the 501st, while The Clone Wars novel series establishes him as the leader of Torrent Company, a 501st unit. Yet, other publications—including The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide and his Databank and Encyclopedia entries—simply introduce him as the leader of the 501st Legion, subordinate only to Anakin Skywalker. To date, no official explanation has been provided to resolve the inconsistency.
There has also been a discrepancy regarding the extent of Rex's mental resistance abilities. The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide suggested that Rex was not able to resist the mind trick performed by Asajj Ventress during the Battle of Teth, but the novelization of The Clone Wars film maintained that he was indeed able to avoid succumbing to her mind influence. This article assumes that the latter's interpretation is correct.
The junior novelization of The Clone Wars film incorrectly states that Rex had the brown hair customary of clone troopers, given that his hair is bleached blond. In Slaves of the Republic - Chapter 6: Escape from Kadavo, Obi-Wan Kenobi addresses a clone trooper who is wearing Rex's customized blue-and-white armor as "Cody." The Decoded re-airing of the first season episode "Jedi Crash" mistakenly referred to Commander Bly as Rex on one occasion. Also, the children's activity section of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.25 incorrectly identified the Advanced Recon Commando Havoc from the third season episode "ARC Troopers" as Rex.
In a young reader adaptation of the second season episode "The Zillo Beast," written for The Clone Wars Activity Annual: Summer Edition 2010, Rex initially stays with Anakin Skywalker, Mace Windu, and Dr. Sionver Boll at Doge Nahka Urus's castle on Malastare to oversee the Battle of Malastare, instead of leading the clone troopers on the battlefield as he does in the episode. Also, during the adaptation of "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back," Rex orders the LAAT/i gunships to fire their Malastarian fuel bombs at the Zillo Beast during the battle at the Republic Executive Building, whereas a clone trooper pilot delivers the order during the episode. In both cases, this article follows the episodes' interpretation of events.
The 2011 Battle of Umbara story arc of the television series' fourth season utilized "CT-7567" as Rex's clone designation instead of CC-7567, as established from earlier sources that had introduced him into Star Wars canon in 2008. A November 11, 2011 update to Rex's Encyclopedia entry on StarWars.com verified that this change was intentional and canonized the new CT-7567 designation.
In The Essential Reader's Companion, published in October 2012, an image depicting a scene from No Prisoners depicts Rex in his trademark blue-marked armor, despite him being portrayed in the novel in plain white clone trooper armor. As a further complication, the image also depicts Ahsoka Tano in her post–Season Three older outfit, despite the novel taking place relatively early in the chronology of The Clone Wars.
Republic Heroes Nintendo DS editionEdit
The Nintendo DS version of Republic Heroes presented very different portrayals of Rex's roles in several episodes of the television series' first season. In the game's interpretation of the Mission to Skytop Station, General Grievous is not present, and the Republic squad is divided into two groups: the first is led by Skywalker and Tano, while the second is comprised of Rex and Denal. The two groups approach the station's reactor from different directions, and Skywalker eventually has the two clones find a control panel and use it to reactivate all systems in Sector AA-23. After successfully destroying the station's reactor, Rex and Denal are then ordered to rendezvous with the Jedi at the hangar so that they can escape aboard the Twilight. The destruction of the reactor, however, triggers a failsafe lockdown, which seals the hangar's doors. R2-D2 discovers that there are two terminals controlling the lockdown; both of them need to be deactivated in order for the hangar doors to be opened. Arriving in the hangar bay, Rex and Denal defeat a number of battle droids there and prepare the Twilight for takeoff. Tano and R2 then join them in the hangar, and the astromech droid deactivates the first terminal. Traversing through the outer hull of Skytop Station, Skywalker reaches the second terminal and deactivates it as well, thus shutting down the lockdown.
As several IG-86 sentinel droids pin down Tano, Rex, and Denal inside the Twilight, Skywalker defeats them and opens the hangar doors before escaping the station with the group. This portrayal of events opposes the one featured in the episode "Duel of the Droids," in which the mission was first depicted. Rex is also featured in a different mission that conflicts with the episode "Lair of Grievous." Rex and two other clone troopers assist Jedi Master Kit Fisto in infiltrating General Grievous's castle on the third moon of Vassek, while in the episode, it is Jedi Knight Nahdar Vebb, Clone Commander CC-3714, nicknamed "Fil," and several other clones who accompany Fisto. Leaving the two clones outside, Fisto and Rex navigate through the lair's mazes and fight numerous B1 and B2 battle droids, eventually confronting Grievous himself. After a brief duel with Fisto, Grievous retreats further into the castle, and Rex tells the troopers outside to contact the Republic fleet at the planet Bestine and ask for reinforcements—an action that Fil does during the episode. The troopers, however, fail to complete their orders, as their only means to contact Bestine—their Nu-class attack shuttle—is destroyed by a Vulture droid. Fisto and Rex continue their pursuit of Grievous but are forced to split up. The Jedi Master eventually faces Grievous for a second time before retreating on his Delta-7B fighter.
Rex later participates in a mission to the space station Juma 9, which is a strategic Confederate outpost instead of a Republic mining facility like in the other editions of Republic Heroes. Using Separatist clearance codes that were previously stolen from Grievous's lair on the Vassek moon, Rex and another trooper accompany Luminara Unduli and Plo Koon to infiltrate the station. While Unduli and Koon set off to capture the station's bridge, Rex and the other clone get into position and prepare to breach the station's hull if needed. The two Jedi Masters eventually get trapped by droids between two force fields, and Rex is called in to assist them. He and the trooper move through the station and rescue the two Jedi. After doing so, the clones are ordered by Koon to secure the nearby vicinity while the Jedi Masters continue to make their way to Juma 9's bridge. Unduli and Koon are ultimately successful in completing their mission and taking over the bridge. Besides the Juma 9 mission, Rex is also featured in a bonus level that sees him racing through a battle zone to a checkpoint on Christophsis. Because of these story lines' contradictions of the television series that would require too much fan-based speculation to be implemented in the existing canonical biography, this article assumes that the Nintendo DS missions are non-canonical.
Slaves of the RepublicEdit
- "Always figured I'd catch a blaster bolt in some combat zone, not live out my years on the end of a whip."
"We'll get out of here eventually, Captain. My concern is what will be left of these people when we finally do. Anakin was right, you cannot truly know slavery until you've experienced it."
"I guess it does change one forever. These poor souls have lost everything."
- ―Rex and Obi-Wan Kenobi, in the original Slaves of the Republic comic story arc
In 2011, the 2008 Slaves of the Republic comic book story arc that had featured Rex was adapted by the television series into the fourth season episodes "Kidnapped," "Slaves of the Republic," and "Escape from Kadavo," with Henry Gilroy—previous Head Writer for the television series and the author of the original comics—writing the episodes. Aside from the notable difference of incorporating the new character models for Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and Obi-Wan Kenobi from its third season and Rex's Phase II model from previous fourth season episodes, the fourth season Slaves of the Republic arc incorporated many of the same plot elements as the six-part comic arc. They are therefore treated as the same story, with precedence being given to the television series in cases of inconsistencies.
In Slaves of the Republic - Chapter 1: The Mystery of Kiros, Rex, Skywalker, Kenobi, and Tano respond to the Confederate invasion of Kiros by launching a counterattack against the droid forces on the world as they do in the episode "Kidnapped." In the comic story, the Separatist leader is Commander Xerius Ugg, while the role was given to the Zygerrian Darts D'Nar in "Kidnapped." In the comic, when Skywalker and Tano go to defuse the thermal bombs around the capital city, Rex assists them when they come under fire from a sniper droideka at one of the bomb sites, using a sniper rifle to eliminate the droid. This scene is absent from "Kidnapped," in which Skywalker and Tano face off against two sniper droidekas on their own. In addition, the reason for the disappearance of the Togruta colonists is revealed by D'Nar during the episode's events on Kiros, instead of from the Zygerrian Captain Onyx as depicted in Chapter 2: Slave Traders of Zygerria.
In Chapter 2: Slave Traders of Zygerria, Rex accompanies Skywalker, Tano, Kenobi, and a squad of troopers aboard the Twilight to the black market haven known as the Shi'kar Straits, where they hoped to gather more information about the missing Togruta. Amidst the asteroids of the Shi'kar Straits, the Republic group encounters the Zygerrian slaver vessel Fate's Hand, captained by Onyx. Pretending to be slavers themselves, Skywalker, Tano, and Kenobi board the Fate's Hand to acquire what information they can, while Rex and his troops hide behind several crates as backup. When the Jedi give up the ruse and draw their lightsabers, Rex and the clones forsake their cover and begin a firefight with the Zygerrians. As Skywalker leads Tano, Rex, and several other clones to commandeer the Fate's Hand, more Zygerrians intercept them and catch them in a crossfire. When a Zygerrian fires a rocket that damages the seal between the Twilight and the Fate's Hand, Tano intentionally seals herself on board the enemy ship, while Skywalker, Kenobi, and Rex are stuck on the Twilight with several trapped Zygerrians, who surrender. A dismayed Rex reports Tano's actions to Skywalker and Kenobi, who deduce that she is attempting to infiltrate the ship by acting as a hostage.
Rex secures the docking clamps of the Twilight to ensure that they will not be further separated from the Fate's Hand. Attempting to force the Twilight away, Onyx takes his ship through the asteroid belt, and the Twilight's bottom stabilizer is compromised from a collision with an asteroid. After Skywalker fires at and disables the engines of the Fate's Hand, Tano contacts the Twilight, and at Kenobi's direction, she is able to unlock the Zygerrian ship's rear airlock before being discovered by Onyx. Rex and another trooper then accompany Skywalker and Kenobi into space to board the Fate's Hand and rescue Tano, but they are soon stopped by a Blixus creature that Onyx has released. The blaster-impervious creature quickly kills the other clone and captures the two Jedi in its tentacles before Skywalker kills it, halting its rampage. Rex boards the Fate's Hand with Skywalker and Kenobi, and they surprise and confront Onyx, who is forced to turn over his intelligence regarding the people of Kiros. Onyx reveals what Darts D'Nar does in "Kidnapped"—that the Royal Slave Auction is being revived on Zygerria, and the people of Kiros are to be sold into slavery. On Kenobi's orders, Rex takes Onyx to imprison him on the Twilight with the rest of his crew. None of the events of Slave Traders from Zygerria were used for the television series' adaptation of Slaves of the Republic, so they are excluded until their canonicity, if any, is clarified.
The episode "Slaves of the Republic" adapts events depicted in the third and fourth issues of the comic story arc, The Depths of Zygerria and Auction of a Million Souls. In the episode, Skywalker, Kenobi, Rex, and Tano take a Zygerrian vessel to Zygerria to investigate the Royal Slave Auction, though it is D'Nar's Tecora instead of Onyx's Fate's Hand from the comic. Although The Depths of Zygerria depicts Skywalker initially considering having Rex masquerade as the group's slave on Zygerria, only to be convinced otherwise by Tano, this detail is not present in "Slaves of the Republic," in which Tano is disguised as the slave from the beginning. Furthermore, after being sent back to the ship by Skywalker in the comic, Tano joins Rex and Kenobi in trailing Skywalker and his Zygerrian guard escorts to the Zygerrian Royal Palace. She is thus present when Rex and Kenobi discover the captured Governor Roshti in the catacomb cells beneath the palace. After freeing Roshti, Rex and his comrades escape from Zygerrian guards aboard two reptile-like creatures, with Rex accompanying Tano on her mount.
Skywalker eventually contacts Tano and orders her to come to the palace, as he requires slave merchandise to prove to Queen Miraj Scintel his cover story as a slave hunter. While Roshti and Kenobi are captured by the Zygerrians, Rex and Tano proceed to the palace as slavemaster and slave, respectively, helping Skywalker win Scintel's trust as well as a place at the Royal Slave Auction. The events of "Slaves of the Republic" proceed much differently, with Tano remaining with Skywalker to distract Scintel while Rex and Kenobi search for the Togruta colonists. Rex and Kenobi discover Roshti in the Royal Palace's outdoor slave cells instead of in the catacomb cells, and all three of them attempt to escape on a brezak mount, with only Rex succeeding. Rex does not return to the Royal Palace to pose as Tano's slavemaster as he does in the comic; this scene is absent entirely from the episode, which goes on to depict the Royal Slave Auction. In the comic, when Skywalker launches their attack on the Zygerrians at the auction house, Rex ambushes the royal guards by swining from a cable and is eventually knocked unconscious by a rocket from one of the guards. In the episode, he fights alongside the Jedi in the same fashion, though he is instead subdued by a Zygerrian guard's shock whip.
For the entirety of "Slaves of the Republic," Rex retains a Zygerrian slave trader suit, whereas in the comics he sports equipment to pose as a member of Skywalker's security detail, and then the bulky armor of a Zygerrian guard for the Royal Slave Auction. He thus retains his slave trader uniform when he arrives on Kadavo in the episode, instead of donning a plain robe as he does in Auction of a Million Souls. Although the keeper of the Kadavo facility goes unnamed in the comics, he is given the name "Agruss" for the television series' adaptation. In Chapter 5: A Slave now, a Slave forever, the Togruta are punished for Kenobi's defiance as they are in "Escape from Kadavo." However, absent from the episode but present in Chapter 6: Escape from Kadavo is the fact that the Togruta colonists believe that the Confederacy has destroyed their homeworld, a loss that heightens their despair. While working at an atmosphere-filtration turbine station alongside the Togruta, Rex and Kenobi subsequently rally the Kiros population with the news that their homeworld has been liberated from the Confederacy, giving the colonists a reason to survive the ordeal and live on. The Togrutas' response to this news, perceived as hope, is what leads the keeper to call Rex and Kenobi to the command center for execution, instead of being ordered to do so by Count Dooku, as is the case in the episode.
The manner in which Skywalker and Tano rescue Rex, Kenobi, and the Togruta slaves on Kadavo differs greatly between the comic and the episode. In the comic, Skywalker and Tano arrive on Kadavo with a clone strike force led by Commander Cody. The Confederacy responds by dispatching a fleet commanded by General Grievous and Asajj Ventress, the latter of whom leads a Vulture droid attack on the facility, as Dooku aims to hide his involvement in the slavery affair by eliminating the Togruta. Rex and Kenobi take advantage of the distracted Zygerrians by attacking them and joining Skywalker and Tano in rescuing the Togruta from falling into the lava. While Grievous recalls his assault fleet, the Jedi use the Force to pull the Togruta onto a freighter. When Ventress assaults the freighter with her personal starship, the Trident, Rex fires a rocket at the craft, and the arrival of Plo Koon and a squadron of V-19 Torrent starfighters forces Ventress to retreat. Also, the keeper is not killed, simply taken into Republic custody. In the episode, no enemy forces save for the Zygerrians oppose the Republic's rescue attempt. Cody is not present; instead, Commander Wolffe and Admiral Coburn arrive alongside Plo Koon to help coordinate the rescue effort. Rex and Kenobi are not involved with helping to rescue the Togruta; they kill Keeper Agruss and defeat his guards before departing from the facility, while Tano, Wolffe, and Coburn rescue the colonists.
The aftermath of the rescue on Kadavo was also modified from the comic's version for the episode. In the comic, the Jedi and clones spend four more rotations evacuating the Togruta, after which they prepare to destroy the processing hub. As Rex is about to detonate charges placed in the facility, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine contacts them and orders that the facility be left intact for future Republic use. The Jedi disagree with this order, and Rex proceeds with eradicating the complex. Upon being returned to Kiros, the Togruta forsake their pacifist ways to learn how to defend themselves, and Rex is among the clone troopers who educate them in blaster combat. In the episode's portrayal of the events, the Kadavo complex is destroyed during the battle by Koon's starfighter forces. The Jedi and clones debrief aboard Koon's Star Destroyer, but the Togrutas' return to Kiros is not depicted.
The following lists scenarios that have not been recognized as having canonical status for their contradictions to and disregard for established continuity.
Star Wars Miniatures advertisementEdit
- "What are we up to now, 64? 65?"
"Who knows what'll happen next?"
- ―Rex and Ahsoka Tano, after defeating Grievous
In an advertisement for the Star Wars Miniatures: The Clone Wars set, Rex and Ahsoka Tano defeat the bounty hunter Durge with a squad of several clone troopers and a Wookiee. General Grievous soon appears, but the clone troopers quickly incapacitate the cyborg, severing several of his limbs with blaster shots. Walking away from their victory, Rex questions how many orders they had been given.
LEGO Star Wars online comicsEdit
- "This is Captain Rex reporting in. We've encountered heavy resistance, but the mission is proceeding as planned. …Or not."
- ―Rex, as an OG-9 spider droid appears
In the LEGO Star Wars: The Clone Wars online comic series, Rex and a squad of clone troopers are assigned to undertake a mission, but their LAAT/i gunship is shot down on a desert planet by battle droids. Just as Rex reports that the mission is proceeding as planned, several B1 battle droids and an OG-9 homing spider droid appear. The spider droid knocks Rex over, and he and his troops open fire on the droids. While the other troopers attack the droid menace, Rex finds a clone from Batch 82-4 that is avoiding the battle out of his arachnophobia, a trait shared amongst the rest of the batch. The spider droid returns and charges at Rex and the trooper, and the two take refuge in the remains of the gunship. Rex explains to the scared trooper that it is a droid, not an actual spider, and he then watches as the clone takes up arms and defeats the spider droid single-handed. As Rex congratulates his men on their victory, however, three more spider droids appear.
Rex joins Skywalker, Kenobi, Tano, and Rotta the Huttlet in a search for Asajj Ventress. The group's AT-TE walker comes across a squad of IG-100 MagnaGuards and their Rogue-class starfighter, but a B2 super battle droid and several IG-227 Hailfire-class droid tanks appear and blast the walker off its feet. Emerging from their damaged vehicle, Kenobi, Tano, and Rex fight the new arrivals while Skywalker battles the MagnaGuards at the landing platform. However, Ventress appears with the Death Brick weapon and throws it at the three Jedi before escaping with the battle droids. Rex jumps into the line of fire and blocks the brick, which simply bounces off of his head harmlessly. Commander Cody then arrives with an LAAT/i gunship and transports Rex, Skywalker, Tano, and Kenobi away from the planet.
Rex is later sent with Kenobi, Cody, and a detachment of clones to rescue Skywalker and Tano in a space battle, but the group is pulled to the surface of a nearby planet by a Separatist tractor beam. R2-D2 is able to open the door of Rex's gunship—which had been jammed from the crash—in time, and Rex arrives with Plo Koon to save Skywalker, Tano, Kenobi, Cody, and a squad of troops from Ventress and an army of battle droids. The Separatists are repelled, and Rex reports R2-D2's actions to Kenobi. Rex is also present when Koon is given an award for his valiant efforts in the battle. Later, aboard Supreme Chancellor Palpatine's Venator-class Star Destroyer, Rex and Cody are present when Palpatine fires a clone scout squad in person for their incompetence and failure to find a missing R2-D2. Rex additionally accompanies Skywalker to Orto Plutonia when it is attacked by the Separatists. Traveling to the surface with Skywalker and several other clones in containers carrying Freeco bikes, Rex and his comrades defeat the droids on the planet.
In The Quest for R2-D2 short film, Rex and Cody are personally dispatched by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine himself to find R2-D2, who has gone missing in action. On an ice planet, the two clone officers lead a patrol and encounter a squad of B1 and B2 battle droids along with an OG-9 spider droid and an All Terrain Armored Transport. Skidding across the ice, Cody drops a projectile, and Rex swings at the piece with his blaster. The projectile cuts through the droids and hits the AT-AT walker, collapsing it onto the spider droid and overturning a nearby NR-N99 Persuader-class droid enforcer. With their enemies neutralized, the two clones build a Nu-class attack shuttle from the rubble. Rex and Cody then join Skywalker and Tano in raiding a Separatist Lucrehulk-class battleship and rescue R2-D2 from Grievous, Count Dooku, and Asajj Ventress. As the Jedi and clones prepare to face off against the Separatists, Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi arrive. Yoda uses the Force to collapse the floor beneath the Republic's three adversaries, forcing Dooku, Ventress, and Grievous into space, and additionally forms a CR90 corvette. The group uses the craft to escape the Droid Control Ship shortly before it explodes. Following the victory, Rex and Cody accompany the Jedi to the "Skywalker World" theme park. Rex is also featured in the film's tie-in online game.
Cartoon Network online gamesEdit
- "Rex ol' buddy, I've found your droid poppers."
"Nice work, sir. We'll take it from here."
- ―Anakin Skywalker and Rex in Path of the Jedi
Rex is featured as a non-playable character in the Path of the Jedi online game on CartoonNetwork.com, in which the player can choose to play as either Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, or Master Yoda. In the "Assassin's Snare" campaign, which adapts the first season episode "Cloak of Darkness," Rex and his men are battling Separatist battle droids aboard a Republic cruiser when the clones are cut off from their heavy weapons storage. If the player is playing as Tano, Skywalker sends her to retrieve the clone troopers' electromagnetic pulse grenades from behind the enemy lines. If the player chooses Yoda, it is a clone trooper who sends Yoda on the mission; if Skywalker is chosen, then Kenobi dispatches him to regain the captain's weaponry. Rearmed with their supply of droid poppers, Rex and his men make short work of the opposing battle droids. In the "Shadow of Grievous" campaign, which adapts the events of the episode "Duel of the Droids," Rex and a squad of his troops are defending a Republic medical station from the Separatists but are gradually outnumbered by the enemy forces. Depending on the chosen player character, Tano, Skywalker, or Yoda cuts through the battle droids and rescues Rex and his men.
In Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars Game Creator, Rex is one of five characters whom players can use while designing their own online games. The game system allows players to both create their own games and play those developed by others. His "Power Attack" in the game is launching landmines. In the Galaxy of Heroes game, Rex is one of the playable characters in various shooting-style missions. Armed with only his blaster pistols, Rex must first defeat all opposing forces at a battle droid compound. He is then given an AT-TE walker to pilot and is tasked destroying an enemy base, cutting through missile turrets, droid-manned STAPs, and laser emplacements to achieve his objective.
Clone Wars InfinitiesEdit
In the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine 2's Infinities version of the second season episode "Brain Invaders," brain worms infect both trooper CT-9544, nicknamed "Scythe," and Commander Cody in the wake of the Second Battle of Geonosis. While Ahsoka Tano and Kit Fisto contain Scythe and his infected clone comrades, Cody spreads the infection among the Republic fleet. Rex, Anakin Skywalker, and Obi-Wan Kenobi all fall victim to the worms, which then spread to the Jedi Order and the Republic government on Coruscant. Only Tano, Fisto, and Barriss Offee have the knowledge to contain the worms, but with the whole of the Republic at the worms' mercy, time begins to run out for the uninfected Jedi.
In the Infinities version of the third season episode "The Citadel," as presented in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.20, Rex, Skywalker, Kenobi, Tano, and their men are frozen in carbonite as planned to rescue Even Piell from the Citadel. When R2-D2 transports the elite team to the prison, a rogue hyperspace shadow collides with their shuttle, sending them completely off-course and shorting out R2-D2's circuits. While Rex and his comrades drift in space, locked in perfect hibernation, the Republic is transformed into the first Galactic Empire under the leadership of Emperor-for-life Palpatine, who is secretly the Dark Lord of the Sith. Almost twenty years after their unintentional detour, Rex and the team are found by Bail Organa and other members of the fledgling Alliance to Restore the Republic and are taken to the planet Dantooine to be unfrozen. Although initially shocked to learn of the developments that have taken place over the last two decades, including the end of the Clone Wars, the Jedi join the Rebel Alliance to resist the Empire's regime.
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone WarsEdit
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Head-to-HeadEdit
As part of the non-canon matchups presented in Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Head-to-Head, Rex is pitted against a Separatist demolition droid. The ensuing events mirror those of the third season episode "Heroes on Both Sides," in which a team of Separatist demolition droids execute a bombing of Coruscant's power generator complex. Rex is the first on the scene at the power generator, bringing along a clone trooper security team to intercept a demolition droid there. He quickly leaps behind cover to avoid the droid's arm laser cannons, returning fire with his twin blaster pistols. Ultimately, his precision saves the day: he prevents the demolition droid from arming itself as a bomb, knocking the droid's explosive charge from its housing. He then manages to disable the droid with several more blaster shots.
- The Clone Wars: Shadowed
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Hidden Enemy"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars novelization (First appearance, simultaneous with junior novelization, The Galactic Photobook, The New Padawan, Operation: Huttlet, Anakin in Action!, Battle at Teth, and Watch Out for Jabba the Hutt!)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars junior novelization (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Galactic Photobook (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The New Padawan (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Operation: Huttlet (First appearance) (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Anakin in Action! (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Battle at Teth (First appearance)
- The Clone Wars: Decide Your Destiny: Tethan Battle Adventure (Cover only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Watch Out for Jabba the Hutt! (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Prepare for Battle
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Official Movie Storybook
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Jedi Heroes
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Clone Cadets" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Shipyards of Doom
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rising Malevolence" ("Director's Cut" extended edition)
- The Clone Wars: Mouse Hunt
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rookies"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Grievous Attacks!
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Defenders of the Republic
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures (In-game location: Training Room)
- The Clone Wars: Wild Space
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Downfall of a Droid"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: R2-D2's Adventure
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Rescue in the Sky
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Downfall of a Droid
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Duel of the Droids"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Journey Through Hyperspace
- The Clone Wars: No Prisoners
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bombad Jedi" (Appears in flashback(s))
- The Clone Wars: Transfer
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Dooku Captured"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Crash Course
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars mobile game (Appears in hologram)
- "Keep the Faith!"—Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.2
- "Terror on the Twilight"—Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.5
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Jedi Crash"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Planets in Peril
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Defenders of Peace"
- The Clone Wars: Cold Snap (Pictured on dedication page only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Trespass"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Blue Shadow Virus"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mystery of a Thousand Moons"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Battle for Ryloth
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures (In-game location: Ryloth)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Holocron Heist"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cargo of Doom"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Children of the Force"
- The Clone Wars: The Valsedian Operation
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Zillo Beast"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Landing at Point Rain"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Weapons Factory"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Legacy of Terror"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brain Invaders"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Hunt for Grievous
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Voyage of Temptation"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Wind Raiders of Taloraan
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "ARC Troopers"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sphere of Influence"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Day One
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Academy"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Assassin"
- Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth
- Clone Wars Gambit: Siege
- "Hunted"—Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.16 (Voice only)
- "Burn the Behemoth!"—Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.17
- "The Only Good Clanker"—Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.26
- "Night Moves!"—Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.27
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Overlords"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ghosts of Mortis"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Citadel"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Counterattack"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Citadel Rescue"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Padawan Lost"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Water War"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Warriors of the Deep
- "A Small Scrappy War!"—Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.33
- "Speaking Silently"—Star Wars Insider 139
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Darkness on Umbara" (First identified as CC7567/Workbench2)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The General"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures – "Battle of Umbara"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Plan of Dissent"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Carnage of Krell"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Slaves of the Republic
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Kidnapped"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Slaves of the Republic"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Escape from Kadavo"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures (In-game location: War Room)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Friends and Enemies"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures – "Card Assault"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures – "Lightsaber Duel" (Ataru Mastery Pack)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A War on Two Fronts"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Front Runners"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Soft War" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Gathering" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Secret Weapons" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Missing in Action" (Appears in hologram)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sabotage"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "To Catch a Jedi"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Wrong Jedi" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars Miniatures: The Clone Wars advertisement
- Giant spiders are awesome
- Sith make the best pancakes
- That's no Space Station
- Every brick has a beginning
- A clone by any other name (Mentioned only)
- All good clones must come to an end
- Day 38: The Frozen Planet of Orto Plutonia
- Jedi Journal: Today started out with a most unusual event... (Appears on billboard only)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 game
- LEGO Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 film
- Path of the Jedi
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Game Creator
- LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
- Galaxy of Heroes
- (First pictured)
- (First mentioned)
- "Fighting The Clone Wars"—Star Wars Insider 95 (Picture only)
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 101
- (First identified as CC-7567)
- "Directing the Troops"—Star Wars Insider 102 (Picture only)
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 102
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide
- "Star Wars PocketModel TCG - Clone Wars" (Card: ) (Picture only)
- "Star Wars PocketModel TCG - Clone Wars" (Card: )
- "Star Wars PocketModel TCG - Clone Wars" (Card: ) (Picture only)
- "Launch Pad"—Star Wars Insider 103 (Picture only)
- "Cloak of Darkness"—Star Wars Insider 103 (Picture only)
- "Screen Idols: A Who's Who Guide to Star Wars: The Clone Wars"—Star Wars Insider 103
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 103
- The Clone Wars Annual 2009
- "Launch Pad"—Star Wars Insider 104 (Picture only)
- "Send in the Clones"—Star Wars Insider 104
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 104
- (included exclusive "Hologram of Captain Rex" figure)
- "Launch Pad"—Star Wars Insider 105 (Picture only)
- (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 5.1
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance: Prima Official Game Guide
- "Star Wars PocketModel TCG - Clone Wars Tactics" (Card: )
- "Star Wars PocketModel TCG - Clone Wars Tactics" (Card: ) (Picture only)
- "Star Wars PocketModel TCG - Clone Wars Tactics" (Card: ) (Picture only)
- "Star Wars PocketModel TCG - Clone Wars Tactics" (Card: )
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 5.2
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- "Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season One Episode Guide, Part One"—Star Wars Insider 106
- "Essential Star Wars 2008"—Star Wars Insider 106 (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 5.3
- The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
- "Sounding Out the Troops"—Star Wars Insider 107 (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 5.4
- (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 5.5
- "Launch Pad"—Star Wars Insider 108
- "Double Trouble"—Star Wars Insider 108 (Picture only)
- "Final Cut!"—Star Wars Insider 108 (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 5.6
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 109
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 5.7
- The Clone Wars Activity Annual: Summer Edition 2009
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 5.8
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 5.9
- "Season One Episode Guide (Part Two)"—Star Wars Insider 110
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 110
- The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 5.10
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 111
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Visual Guide Ultimate Battles
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 5.11
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 5.12
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes: Prima Official Game Guide
- (Indirect mention only)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary (Non-canonical mention)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Official Episode Guide: Season 1
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: Tension on Rishi's Moon)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: Destroy the Outpost!)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: The Republic Swoops In)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: Grievous' Cantankerous Ally)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: Ahsoka's Deadly Duel)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: Crack-Up on Maridun)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: Is It Right to Fight?)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: In Defense of the Lurmen) (Picture only)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: Wave of Death) (Picture only)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: Enter the Talz)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: An Avoidable Conflict)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: An Enemy Among Us)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: The Informer)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: The Hidden Enemy)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: Derailing a Mad Doctor)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: Clones in the Bomb Room)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: Seeking the Reeksa Root)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: Jaybo Bids Farewell)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: Anakin's Stern Guidance) (Picture only)
- The Clone Wars: Widevision (Card: Ahsoka Strikes Back) (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.1
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season One
- (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.2
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 114
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 32
- "A Brief History of the Mandalorians"—Star Wars Insider 115
- "The Art of Mandalore"—Star Wars Insider 116
- "Attack of the Clone"—Star Wars Insider 116 (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.4
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.5
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.6
- (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Heroes and Villains Flip Book
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 117
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.7
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 118
- The Clone Wars Activity Annual: Summer Edition 2010
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.9
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 119
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.10
- Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.11
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: New Battlefronts: The Visual Guide
- The Clone Wars Annual 2011
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.12
- "Launch Pad"—Star Wars Insider 120
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures – "Shop" (Set: Captain Rex)
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures – "Daily Trivia"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Official Episode Guide Series 1 & 2
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine 1
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures – "Card Commander" (Card: Captain Rex (Character - Warrior))
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures – "Card Commander" (Card: Captain Rex (Character - Leader))
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures – "Card Commander" (Card: Commander Cody (Character - Leader))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.13
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine 2
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.16
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.17
- LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars: Prima Official Game Guide
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Pocket Money Treats, First Edition
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine 4 (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.18 (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.19
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.20
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.21
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine 5
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.23
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures – "Shop" (Set: Aerial Captain Rex)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine 6
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures – "Shop" (Set: Clone Trooper Decoration Pack)