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"The platoons are in the formation you've requested, General. Should I send them to support Captain Rex?"
"I'll give the order when I give it, Sergeant Appo."
―CC-1119 and Pong Krell[src]

CC-1119, nicknamed "Appo," was a clone trooper officer who served as a Clone Sergeant and later as a Clone Commander in the 501st Legion during the Clone Wars. As a soldier in military service to the Galactic Republic, Appo participated in several major battles fought between the Grand Army of the Republic and the droid armies of the Confederacy of Independent Systems—from Umbara at the height of the galactic conflict, to the Republic capital world of Coruscant by the war's end. He was a loyal trooper who obeyed the orders of his commanding officer, conditioned to render unquestioned allegiance to the Republic.

As with all troopers in the Grand Army, Appo was cloned on the extragalactic world of Kamino, where Kaminoan scientists used the genetic template of Jango Fett, a human bounty hunter, to create a clone army for the Republic. Before Appo's promotion to the military rank of Commander, he served as a Clone Sergeant in the 501st Legion, led by Jedi General Anakin Skywalker and CT-7567 Clone Captain "Rex." During the Battle of Umbara, command of the 501st was temporarily transferred to another Jedi officer, General Pong Krell, as a result of Skywalker returning to Coruscant at the request of Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine. Sergeant Appo witnessed firsthand Krell's willingness to sacrifice his troops but nonetheless faithfully executed the general's orders.

In the final days of the war Chancellor Palpatine had put Order 66 into effect, declaring that all Jedi were enemies of the Republic. As a result, Appo, serving as the commander of the force of the 501st active on Coruscant, accompanied the Sith Lord Darth Vader as the 501st participated in the Siege of the Jedi Temple, invading the Jedi Order's home on Coruscant as part of a systematic purge that occurred across the galaxy. He encountered Senator Bail Organa during the attack, and used the threat of force to keep the Alderaanian politician at bay. But as Organa tried to leave, Padawan Zett Jukassa ambushed Appo's squad, striking down the commander and several of his troops.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

CC-1119,[5] also known as "Appo,"[1] was one of many clone troopers grown from the genetic source of the bounty hunter Jango Fett.[6] Bred on the extragalactic world of Kamino,[7] he was created to serve in an army of clone soldiers that had been developed in secret to become the armed forces of the Galactic Republic.[6] Within ten years of the clone army's inception, the Republic went to war with the secessionist movement known as the Confederacy of Independent Systems. As a result, Appo became a soldier in the newly-formed Grand Army of the Republic, serving in a number of critical battles across a galaxy divided by the Clone Wars.[1]

Service under Krell[edit | edit source]

"Sergeant, their defenses are down. Send in the rest of our forces. Attack the airbase."
"All units, move out."
―Pong Krell and CC-1119[src]

CC-1119 "Appo" served in the Battle of Umbara as a sergeant in the 501st Legion.

In 20 BBY,[8] Appo served as a sergeant in the 501st Legion by the time of the Republic invasion of Umbara.[1] At first he fought the Separatist-aligned Umbarans under the leadership of Anakin Skywalker, a Jedi Knight and general of the Grand Army. However, Skywalker was recalled to the Republic capital of Coruscant, leaving Appo and the legion under the command of another Jedi officer, General Pong Krell, for the duration of the campaign.[9]

Following a failed attempt to invade the capital city of Umbara,[9] Krell and the 501st were dispatched on a new assignment to secure a heavily fortified Umbaran airbase that was critical to the Republic's strategy. At the General's command, Captain CT-7567 "Rex" led a vanguard assault on the base's defense perimeter while Appo and the majority of the 501st remained at Krell's side as he observed the fighting from a distance. After the Umbarans' defenses were sabotaged by two clone infiltrators, the ARC trooper CT-5555 "Fives" and the trooper known as "Hardcase," Krell gave the order for a full-scale attack, allowing Appo to deploy the rest of the legion to occupy the airbase.[10]

Two clone prisoners were escorted to the site of their execution by Sergeant Appo and his men.

In the aftermath of the battle for the airbase, Krell had Fives and CT-5597 "Jesse" placed under military arrest for acts of insubordination.[11] Although they were originally scheduled to be court-martialed, the General used his authority to sentence them both to summary execution. Appo escorted the rogue clones to the site of their execution, although the firing squad ultimately refused to carry out the order. Shortly afterward, it was discovered that Krell had been secretly supporting the Separatist cause after falling to the dark side of the Force. In response to the fallen Jedi's acts of treason, Appo and the 501st Legion mutinied against Krell with the support of the 212th Attack Battalion. Despite sustaining a number of casualties, they successfully apprehended the former Jedi. Krell was ultimately executed by the trooper "Dogma," who was originally the former Jedi's most loyal follower until Krell admitted his betrayal.[3]

Coruscant and Order 66[edit | edit source]

"What's going on here?"
"There's been a rebellion, sir. Don't worry. The situation is under control. […] I'm sorry, sir. It's time for you to leave."
―Bail Organa and CC-1119[src]

After the Battle of Umbara, Appo was promoted to be a Clone Commander,[2] but Rex—despite only being a captain—held more authority, retaining his position as leader of the 501st as a whole.[12] In 19 BBY,[8] during the waning days of the Clone Wars, the Republic was confronted with a simultaneous Separatist attack on Coruscant and a crisis on Mandalore. General Skywalker made the decision to divide the 501st to respond to both threats, promoting Captain Rex to serve as the commander of a division,[13] the 332nd Division.[14] Appo remained in the previous force of the 501st, returning with that part of the legion to Coruscant and being made its commander.[2]

Commander Appo was wounded by Zett Jukassa during the 501st Legion's assault on the Jedi Temple.

Shortly after the Republic victory on Coruscant, Darth Sidious—the Dark Lord of the Sith who orchestrated the fall of democracy in his guise as Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine—activated Order 66,[4] a secret protocol implanted through a secret behavioral modification biochip that forced every clone in the Grand Army to terminate their Jedi leadership.[15] While Rex was still away from Coruscant and carried out the order aboard[16] the Tribunal,[2] Appo held authority over the 501st on the issuing of the Order.[17] Under the command of General Skywalker—now the the newly-anointed Sith Lord Darth Vader—Appo and the 501st marched on the Jedi Temple. The clones proceeded to slaughter their former allies, including padawans and younglings.[4]

The attack on the Jedi headquarters created a conflagration visible in the night sky of Coruscant's Federal District, drawing the Alderaanian senator Bail Organa to the Temple. Appo, along with a contingent of clones, barred the senator from entering the facility. Repeating the idea[4] enforced by his control chip,[15] he claimed that the Jedi had mounted a "rebellion" which the 501st was suppressing. When Organa ignored the clone's attempt to block his path, Appo threatened the politician at the point of a blaster. However, their encounter with Organa distracted the clones from the approaching Padawan Zett Jukassa, who managed to kill and wound several soldiers including[4] striking down Appo himself.[18] Jukassa was ultimately shot by Clone Sergeant CT-0000/1010 "Fox", and Senator Organa escaped the scene in horror.[4]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

For most of his life, Appo had been trained for service as a soldier of the Galactic Republic.[6] Like his clone brethren, he was also conditioned to be absolutely loyal to the chain of command, obeying every order without question.[19] Though he witnessed firsthand Pong Krell's willingness to sacrifice clone lives for victory,[1] Appo nonetheless remained loyal to his general until it was discovered that the Besalisk Jedi had betrayed the Republic.[3] As a result of his programming, in the form of a behavioral modification biochip in his brain,[15] Appo was forced to comply with Order 66.[4]

As a clone of Jango Fett, Appo was physically identical to his human male template in height and appearance. He stood at 1.83 meters and inherited his progenitor's hair and skin pigmentation as well.[1]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Appo's Phase II armor sported the blue markings of the 501st Legion.

As a clone soldier in service to the Republic, Appo was equipped with the Phase II armor which supplanted the original Phase I version as the standard armor of the Grand Army clone troopers.[20] In combat he utilized the DC-15A blaster carbine[4] and DC-15A blaster rifle.[3] In addition, his utility belt was equipped with a N-20 Baradium-core thermal detonator.[21] During his tenure as a sergeant, Appo's helmet had a white arrow shape running down its forehead.[22] However, by the time of Order 66 this symbol was removed.[4]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

CC-1119 "Appo" first appeared in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, where he was voiced by Temuera Morrison, and like every other clone trooper in the film, portrayed entirely with computer-generated imagery.[23] The clone trooper voiceover artist Dee Bradley Baker provided Appo's voice in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series. The arrow on Appo's helmet is a nod to Appa (Also voiced by Baker), a character from Avatar: The Last Airbender, a show that The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni had previously worked on.[22]

Although Star Wars Helmet Collection 16 establishes that CC-1119 was promoted to the rank of commander upon Rex abandoning his post and Order 66 being issued,[18] Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle! establishes that CC-1119 was promoted to commander after the Battle of Umbara, and was placed in command of the unit of the 501st that travelled to Coruscant while Rex led the 332nd Division. Since The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia is the newer source, this article assumes that information takes precedence.[2]

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