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"Your path is different. Like ours. If you ever feel like you don't fit in with them, well–find us."
―Hunter, to Echo, before the latter joins Clone Force 99[src]

CT-1409, nicknamed "Echo" and known as the Hero of Anaxes, was a clone trooper who served the Grand Army of the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars. Born on Kamino, Echo was originally identified as CT-21-0408, a cadet of the Domino Squad along with his friends, CT-782 "Hevy," CT-4040 "Cutup," CT-00-2010 "Droidbait," and CT-5555 "Fives," before he graduated from the clone training center. On his first assignment after graduating, Echo was tasked with guarding the Rishi Station moon base, where he, along with Fives, Clone Captain CT-7567 "Rex," Clone Commander CC-2224 "Cody," and Hevy, who sacrificed himself during the fight, aided in warning the Republic of an impending Separatist attack on Kamino. Echo was commended for his bravery and absorbed into the 501st Legion.

After the attack on the Rishi Moon, Echo defended his homeworld from Separatist forces as they attacked Tipoca City, where they sought to destroy the Republic's cloning facilities. Once Republic forces successfully repelled the attack, Echo and Fives were both promoted to the elite rank of ARC trooper. Echo was later tasked with a mission to Lola Sayu, where he joined a group of Jedi and experienced clone troopers to retrieve coordinates to the Nexus Route from the Jedi Master Even Piell, who had been imprisoned on Lola Sayu's Citadel lead by Commandant Osi Sobeck. After Piell and his surviving men were rescued, the group headed for the landing field to escape on a shuttle. However, when Echo noticed a commando droid target their shuttle with a laser turret, he advanced to secure their ship, ultimately being blown up with the ship in a massive explosion that led his comrades to believe he was killed. Despite the loss of Echo and Piell's death later during the mission, it was ultimately a success.

The severely injured Echo was taken prisoner by Separatist forces, where he was sold to the foreman of the Techno Union, Wat Tambor. Echo was kept alive by being turned into a cyborg, albeit at the cost of his consciousness. He became an unwitting pawn for the Separatists during their campaign on Anaxes, led by Admiral Trench. When Rex found traces of Echo's survival, he, accompanied by Clone Force 99 and Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, led a mission to rescue Echo on Skako Minor. They succeeded, and, in turn, Echo used his cybernetic capabilities to turn the tide against the Separatists on Anaxes, leading to the Republic's victory. After the mission, Echo decided to join Clone Force 99.

Biography

Graduating Domino Squad

"Nothing to repeat, Echo?"
"Not today."
―Cutup and Echo, moments before passing their final challenge[src]

Echo and Fives attempted to transfer out of Domino Squad, rather than work as a team, prior to their successful graduation.

CT-1409 was born on the planet Kamino, as all the clone troopers of the Galactic Republic were.[1] He sarcastically[8] received the nickname "Echo" for having a tendency to repeat orders during training exercises, which greatly annoyed his fellow troopers. Echo lived in the barracks of Tipoca City, where he endured physical and mental training, and was identified by the designation CT-21-0408 as a cadet. Like all clones, Echo was a genetic copy of the once renowned bounty hunter Jango Fett, although, due to the millions of clones straining what DNA was left of the deceased Fett, it was speculated by the Kaminoan Administrator Lama Su that Echo, along with the other cadets in his unit, was too deficient to be a soldier.[1]

During one of their final training exercises, Echo and Domino Squad—the cadets CT-4040 "Cutup," CT-00-2010 "Droidbait," CT-5555 "Fives," and CT-782 "Hevy"—had failed to work together on the battlefield and began to fight amongst each other during the exercise. Echo insisted that the squad simply follow orders to pass their training, for which he was mocked by Hevy as the squad cast blame for their repeated failures on each other. The string of recent disappointments by Domino Squad caused their trainers—the Togruta Jedi Shaak Ti, the Siniteen Bric, and the Arcona El-Les—to grow concerned about their chances of successfully being inducted into the Grand Army of the Republic. Shaak Ti observed that Echo had issues adapting to the battlefield, as he was too busy trying to impose the rules of the exercise on his squad-mates. Meanwhile, Bric stated his wish to flatly abandon the whole squad.[1]

Soon after, the ARC trooper "Colt" visited the cadets with the intention of pitting them against their final test: the Citadel Challenge. On the mock-battlefield, Echo and Domino Squad were expected to face nonlethal battle droids and climb to the top of a citadel. However, the squad was unable to work together yet again, automatically failing the test when they chose to leave an injured Droidbait behind. Colt reprimanded Echo and the others for breaking the most important rule of working together as one. Following their failure, Echo and Fives requested a transfer to Bravo Squad, a group that had easily passed the Citadel Challenge, as they were unable to cooperate with the rest of team. Shaak Ti denied their request, insisting the clones reassess their teamwork before they attempt their last chance at the final challenge.[1]

Echo and the Domino Squad cadets came together when it most mattered, passing their final test to go on and become clone troopers.

The next day, Echo and Domino Squad went into the challenge with a renewed inspiration; Hevy had received encouragement from the malformed clone 99, a member of the maintenance crew, while Cutup had proved resilient when Bric tried to goad him into a fight. Echo and his team coherently made their way through the battle droids on the battlefield, making it to the citadel without trouble. However, they were unable to conventionally scale the tower when they realized their ascension cables were not with them, having been removed by Bric beforehand without their knowledge. In a surprise to Bric, the clone cadets managed to strategize and used the citadel's blaster cannons to scale the tower after neutralizing them, leading to their success. Shaak Ti, in that moment, believed the squad to be one of the best she had ever seen. Echo and the other members of Domino Squad henceforth became clone troopers, and were sent on their first deployment to partake in the Clone Wars.[1]

Rookie on the Rishi Moon

"Personally, I like that it's so quiet out here. I can catch up on the reg manuals."
"Echo, what is wrong with you?"
―Echo and Hevy, on the Rishi Station[src]

Echo took a liking to the quiet post of the Rishi Moon and invested time in catching up on regulation manuals.

Echo's rookie post, along with the rest of Domino Squad, was sent to the Rishi Moon in the Outer Rim Territories. Echo served under Clone Sergeant "O'Niner" and, although Hevy disliked their boring assignment, took a liking to the quiet outpost, using the time to catch up on Republic Army regulations. Despite the seeming simplicity of their post, the squad did not realize the importance of the Rishi Station, as it was a listening post to ensure that no attack came to Kamino, their homeworld, by broadcasting a continuous all-clear signal. Unbeknownst to Echo or the rest of the stationed clones, the Separatist Alliance General Grievous planned on invading Kamino with a fleet of Munificent-class star frigates and Droid Control Ships, all of which were in orbit near the Rishi moon. Grievous sent an infiltration squad of BX-series droid commandos, an advanced type of battle droid that the clone troopers had not seen up to that point in the war, to covertly take over the Rishi outpost. After killing CT-327, the clone who was posted as the sentry outside, the commando droids made their way into the outpost and attacked the clones. When the initial wave of defense, including Sergeant O'Niner, were all quickly eliminated, Echo and the others fell back. As more troopers, including Droidbait and a trooper named Nub were killed, Echo—along with Cutup, Fives, and Hevy—escaped through a ventilation shaft as the droids took control of the outpost.[2]

The clones realize the outpost is under attack.

As the surviving clones made their way outside of the base and onto the barren cliffside, Cutup was killed by a native Rishi eel, which the rookies were unable to stop. Echo and the others then watched as a Republic shuttle, unaware of the situation and on a routine inspection, landed on the Rishi Station's landing platform above. The trio fired a droid attack flare into the sky to warn the unsuspecting Republic forces, and, above, the Clone Commander CC-2224 "Cody" and Captain CT-7567 "Rex" saw the warning flare and blasted the disguised droid that had just greeted them. The two experienced clone troopers were then attacked by the droid commandos that had been hiding nearby, and their shuttle was destroyed by a thermal detonator. To escape the blast, Cody and Rex jumped off the landing platform, finding their way to the clone rookies shortly after. Echo and the others were then forced by Rex to remove their helmets to prove they were not droids, just moments before a Rishi eel attacked the clones again before it was killed by the Clone Captain with a single shot to the eye. Once the danger had passed, Rex sized up the three troopers, telling Commander Cody that they had some "shinies" to work with. When Echo asked what that meant, Captain Rex strode over to the eel carcass, explaining that their armor was shiny and new, just like they were in terms of combat experience. He then placed his hand, covered in the blue blood of the eel, onto Echo's chest, leaving his handprint on his armor. Echo and the others then listened as Rex devised a plan to infiltrate the station by disguising his voice as that of a droid commando.[2]

Once at the blast doors of the Rishi Station, Rex successfully tricked the droids inside to open the entrance, and the group blasted their way through the remaining droids. Echo and the others experienced their first droid kills during the assault. As Echo and Hevy took down the last droid, they had a brief exchange about who got the credit for the kill. However, after Cody checked the all-clear signal, he realized the droids had hard-wired it, making it impossible to deactivate immediately. The clones realized they had little time once a landing craft of battle droids sent by Grievous to reinforce the droid commandos, which had not checked in, arrived on the platform outside. Rex suggested the clones instead destroy the Rishi Station, which would force the all-clear signal to cease, warning any nearby Republic fleets. Echo recommended using the station's liquid tibanna fuel reserve for the job, as the substance was highly explosive and was regularly used to heat the station from the cold Rishi weather. Rex and the others agreed, and they armed themselves to repel the oncoming droid assault.[2]

Rex prepared the rookie clones for the battle by reminding them that the safety of their homeworld was at stake.

While Cody, Fives, and Hevy held the droid forces at bay, Echo and Rex prepared the explosive tibanna by arming it to the station's GNK-series power droids and linking them to a detonator. After it was set, the clone troopers prepared to make their exit from the base, but the remote detonator failed, forcing Hevy to manually detonate it instead as Echo and the others escaped. Once the clones made it outside, Hevy was unable to follow after he was gunned down, but he successfully set off the detonator, completely obliterating the Rishi Station and the battle droids in the explosion. Once the all-clear signal stopped broadcasting, the Republic fleet, realizing that invasion could be imminent, entered the Rishi system and engaged Grievous' fleet, forcing the outnumbered Separatist General to flee. Echo and the others were then discovered and rescued by two Republic gunships.[2]

Echo and Fives, as the only rookie survivors of the attack on the Rishi Moon, were welcomed into the 501st Legion as their next post.

The four surviving clones would eventually arrive at Jedi General Anakin Skywalker's Venator-class Star Destroyer, the Resolute, where they were commended by Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi for their bravery as rookies and as the sole survivors of their post. After the Jedi awarded Echo and Fives medals, Captain Rex stepped forward to congratulate them. Echo asserted that they did not deserve the honor since they had failed to defend the outpost, but Cody reminded him that they had saved Kamino from potential invasion. Rex then said that they were the kinds of troopers he wanted serving alongside him in Skywalker's 501st Legion, which Echo and Fives were absorbed into.[2][8]

Defending Kamino

"I'm a soldier, like you! This is what I was bred for."
―99's last words to Echo and company[src]

Echo and Fives reunited with 99 on their return to Kamino, where 99 lost his life during the subsequent battle.

Sometime after the Rishi Station incident, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker intercepted a holographic message between Grievous and the Dathomirian assassin Asajj Ventress, which stated they were proceeding with an invasion of Kamino. After arriving at Tipoca City, Echo and Fives were both happy to be home, reuniting with clone 99. They informed 99 of the death of Hevy, who had given 99 his graduation medal before leaving Kamino for the Rishi Station. 99 was eager to help the two clone troopers in preparations for the oncoming Separatist assault and joined with Echo and Fives. Soon after, Grievous' fleet arrived and immediately began its assault on Kamino, with Ventress seeking to steal Jango Fett's DNA from the cloning facilities.[9]

After the battle started, the ARC trooper Havoc assigned Echo and Fives to take sniper positions above Tipoca City, noting it would be a dangerous assignment, and the two clones obliged. Meanwhile, 99 assisted Havoc's company by supplying DC-15A blaster rifles, but Havoc was killed shortly after demanding the malformed clone take refuge. 99 then met with Echo and Fives as they fired on an onslaught of AQ-series battle droids, and helped the pair by supplying them with grenades, doing what he could to aid the clone troopers in battle and prove his own worth as a soldier. Echo and Fives, desiring a better sniping position, agreed to make their way to the armory with 99 when a group of cadets that had been separated from the others appeared. Echo and Fives both tried to inspire confidence in the clone cadets, reminding them that they were fighting for their home.[9]

Echo and Fives received orders from ARC trooper Havoc during the Battle of Kamino to take up sniper positions.

The entourage of clones successfully reached the armory near the barracks, where they were confronted by General Grievous and a group of battle droids. Kenobi showed up and confronted the general himself, dueling Grievous in lightsaber combat and leading him away from the armory. Echo and the others were then cornered in the barracks, where they set a trap for the oncoming battle droids using the bunks as cover for the cadets. The troopers ran out of grenades to use against the droids, so 99 made his way to retrieve more, but he was shot down from behind, much to Echo's dismay. As they defeated the last of the droids, the clones gathered around 99, with Echo holding the old clone in his arms. Soon after, the battle was won as the Separatist Droid Army, including Grievous and Ventress, was routed all throughout Tipoca City, and the clone troopers mourned the death of their clone brothers. Once the battle ended, Cody and Rex commended Echo and Fives for their courage and effort in the battle, officially promoting them to the elite rank of ARC troopers. Both clones accepted the promotion and stated that they did what any clone would have done for their home.[9]

Mission to the Citadel

"This is our only chance, we've got to stop him!"
"Echo, look out! ECHO!"
―Echo and Fives, moments before Echo is seemingly killed by an exploding shuttle[src]

Echo and company were frozen in carbonite for their trip to Lola Sayu, which masked their life signs to the prison droids.

Some time after the assault on Kamino during the Clone Wars, the Lannik Jedi Master Even Piell was captured by the Separatists for his knowledge of the coordinates to the Nexus Route, a vital hyperspace route for the Republic. The 501st, including Echo and Fives, was tasked with Piell's rescue, led by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. Piell was being held at a prison known as the Citadel on the planet Lola Sayu, a prison built specifically to hold Jedi. To get to the Citadel covertly the rescue group was frozen in carbonite, which prevented their life signs from being detected aboard their transport. Subsequently, the astromech droid R2-D2 and a group of reprogrammed battle droids piloted the shuttle into Separatist space over Lola Sayu. After the shuttle gained passage to the Citadel once no signs of life were detected aboard, it landed in a remote area where R2 removed Echo and the crew from the carbonite blocks.[10]

The weather was too violent for the clone troopers to use jetpacks to climb the Citadel prison wall, so they used ascension cables and climbed by hand. Echo and the others witnessed the clone trooper Charger lose his balance and fall down the exterior prison wall, colliding with an electromine, which alerted the Phindian Citadel warden, Osi Sobeck. Despite Sobeck sending his forces after the rescue group, Echo and company were able to fight their way—which included avoiding electrified magnetic walls—to Piell's location, where they freed him from the prison's interrogator droid. Piell informed his rescuers that his crewman, Captain Wilhuff Tarkin, had memorized one half of the Nexus Route coordinates, while he had memorized the other. Echo and company then fought their way to free Tarkin and the rest of Piell's surviving crew, before they split up, with Kenobi and Piell creating a distraction for the others to escape and meet up afterward. Skywalker led Tarkin alongside Echo and Fives into the fortress's tunnels, an advantage Fives noted they had due to old Citadel archive data they possessed.[10]

Echo during the battle.

As the two groups headed to the rendezvous point to meet with R2-D2 and the shuttle, the astromech fooled the prison's tactical droid into letting him inside the prison, acting as a prisoner of the reprogrammed battle droids. This allowed Sobeck to set a trap around the abandoned shuttle, luring Kenobi and Piell into capture, which R2 used as an opportunity to meet with the Jedi Masters. In the meantime, Echo and Fives held off attacking battle droids as their group made its way through the tunnels, with the Padawan Ahsoka Tano taking point until they reached a fuel pipeline. Unaware that Kenobi and Piell had been captured, Echo and the others used the fuel line to make their way to the rendezvous, where they expected an extraction by R2. When the astromech failed to arrive, Skywalker led Echo and the others on his "Plan B": to board the shuttle by force. They were met with resistance, including numerous crab droids and battle droids on STAP repulsorcraft, as well as the threat of laser turrets positioned around the airfield.[11]

When Echo tried to secure a transport to make an escape from the Citadel, he was caught in an explosion that seemingly killed him.

As the battle continued, Echo witnessed a droid commando making its way for one of the laser turrets, intending to use it to destroy the shuttle that was supposed to pick up the rescue group. Echo attempted to stop the droid, carrying a personal riot shield as he fired his blaster pistol towards it, but ultimately failed. The droid successfully fired upon the crew's escape shuttle, causing a large explosion that caught Echo in the blast. He was thought to have been killed in said blast, as Fives and the others saw only his charred helmet. Without a transport, the crew retreated from the battle scene and called the Jedi Council for aid, requesting an evacuation.[11] Eventually, the mission was a success after the Kel Dor Jedi Master Plo Koon rescued what remained of the group. As intended, the group delivered the two halves of the Nexus Route coordinates, although Tano had to Piell's half after the Jedi Master was killed-in-action against Sobeck's hunting anoobas.[12] In truth, Echo survived without the knowledge of the Republic, although he was severely injured, sustaining wounds that cost him his right arm, legs, and lower torso. Echo was subsequently unable to resist the Separatist capture that followed.[4]

Pawn of the Separatists

"I think Echo's alive."
"That's not possible. He died at the Citadel."
"The way the droids are countering us here, the strategies I'm using, they're all old battle plans Echo and I drew up together."
"Look, Rex, I hear what you're saying. But it's just not possible."
"I hope you're right. But the fact is, Echo's fingerprints are all over these Separatist strategies."
―Captain Rex and Commander Cody[src]

Echo was kept in stasis and became an unwitting pawn for the Separatists, feeding them Republic strategies up until his rescue by Rex.

Following his capture by the Separatists, Echo was transformed into a cyborg.[8] He was outfitted with cybernetic replacements for his lower torso and legs,[4] while his right arm, which he had lost, was replaced with a socket-arm that allowed him to interface with computer systems.[6] Sometime following his capture, Echo was sold to the foreman of the Techno Union, Emir Wat Tambor, and further experimented on.[8] Tambor had the intention of using the clone for counterintelligence, accessing Echo's knowledge of strategic Republic algorithms, as, despite claiming neutrality in the war, the Techno Union was secretly allied with Separatists. Tambor took Echo to Skako Minor, where the clone trooper was placed in stasis—preventing him from regaining control of his consciousness—and forced to remotely feed information for the Separatists' campaign on the planet Anaxes. Neural and respiratory systems kept Echo both under control and alive during the long time he was in stasis,[4] and on Anaxes, due to Echo's unwitting part, the Republic efforts to repel the Separatists from their shipyards were failing on over a dozen fronts.[6]

Faced with major losses, Rex theorized that the droids had learned his personal playbook of strategies, noting that his specific tactics were consistently being countered. To learn how the Separatists were predicting his strategies, Rex and Commander Cody intended to lead a squad into Separatist lines to the Cyber Center. Before the mission, Rex sat in the barracks and looked at a picture of him with Fives and Echo, telling Cody that the strategies used by the droids were ones he had made with Echo. Rex began to think that his old friend might still be alive, although Cody felt it was impossible. Along with Clone Force 99—the experimentally enhanced clone commandos Crosshair, Hunter, Tech, and Wrecker, who called themselves the "Bad Batch"—Rex infiltrated the Cyber Center and discovered the source of Trench's strategic signal. Rex was shocked when the signal, coming from Skako Minor, identified itself as "CT-1409," Echo's clone trooper designation number.[13] Although the word was that the general staff did not support the mission, the Clone Captain planned on rescuing Echo, taking Skywalker and the "Bad Batch" with him to Skako Minor. Prior to rescuing Echo, both Skywalker and Hunter considered the option that Echo was dead.[4]

Echo and those who rescued him—the Bad Batch, Rex, and Anakin Skywalker—used the native keeradaks to make their escape from Purkoll.

Once on Skako Minor, the crew was able to infiltrate the Techno Union's headquarters in the city of Purkoll, where they faced numerous D1-series aerial battle droids before making their way to Echo's stasis chamber. Once there, Tech opened Echo's stasis chamber and Rex pulled him free. Echo regained consciousness and remembered only his last moments at the Citadel, but once Rex helped him orient himself, realized what was happening and was happy to see Rex had returned for him.[4] Immediately afterward, Tambor surrounded the stasis chamber and threatened the crew with the Decimator droid, but Echo, once Tech safely disconnected him from the computer system, was able to aid in their escape, using the knowledge of the base he acquired during his time spent connected to its computers. Echo guided the crew outside through the ventilation shafts; meanwhile, Wrecker destroyed his empty stasis chamber. After making their way out, the crew used the native keeradaks to fly away from the base, evading pursuit by the aerial D-wing droids. Their flight led to the village of the local Poletecs, natives Rex and the others had already encountered beforehand, where Rex used Echo as an example of Separatist cruelty to rally the Poletecs to fight alongside them. In the battle that followed, Echo, despite his weakened body, took part in destroying numerous droids as the Poletecs, Rex, Skywalker, and the Bad Batch destroyed the attacking octuptarra tri-droids. The battle was won, and the rescue crew returned to Anaxes with Echo in tow.[14]

Hero of Anaxes

"Echo, I'm sorry, but I just don't think you're ready for battle yet."
"I'm not a liability, Rex. I'm the best chance we have to take back Anaxes."
―Rex and Echo, prior to their victory on Anaxes[src]

Once back in secured Republic territory on Anaxes, Echo underwent refinements and was fashioned with new cybernetics that covered most of his body. Echo's socket-arm remained intact, and he was eager to fight back against the Separatists. When the Jedi Generals were briefing the 501st forces on Anaxes, Echo volunteered to commandeer a covert assault on Admiral Trench's forces. Although Rex was hesitant due to Echo's physical state, Windu was open to Echo's plan of infiltration. Echo proposed using his own Separatist capabilities against the Confederacy army, and planned to board Trench's dreadnought to feed him false information about the Republic's strategies. Echo ensured his allies that Tambor, despite his Separatist allegiance, knew that Trench would have him killed if he found out Echo was no longer in Separatist hands. Thus, Echo justified that sending strategic signals to Admiral Trench would not be suspicious to him, and, as the Anaxes shipyards were vital to the Republic forces for the Clone Wars, Windu agreed to go forward with Echo's plan.[6]

Echo was able to use his cybernetic implants to the Republic's advantage—by feeding the Separatists false strategies—up until his signal was jammed by Admiral Trench.

Echo once again traveled with the Bad Batch, Rex, and Skywalker aboard the Havoc Marauder, Clone Force 99's uniquely designed attack shuttle, to infiltrate Trench's dreadnought. Meanwhile, Generals Kenobi and Windu led numerous Republic gunships into the heart of the Separatists' war effort on Anaxes, a droid assembly complex, intending to make one final assault on the base as part of Echo's plan. Once the Havoc Marauder reached Separatist space, Echo used his socket-arm to interface with the starship's computer systems and masked the ship's identity, fooling the Separatist blockade into letting the transport dock with Trench's flagship as if it were a Separatist shuttle. Once aboard, Echo and the infiltration crew made their way to a nearby communications vault, where Tech rigged an interface for Echo to use and masked his signal, making it appear as if Echo was still transmitting from Skako Minor. Echo began his ruse just as Trench attempted to contact Skako Minor, intercepting the message and successfully taking over Trench's strategic algorithm.[6]

Although Kenobi, Windu, and their forces were already under heavy assault at the droid assembly complex, Echo sent the majority of the remaining battle droids to the Jedi Masters' location to gather the droids together, ensuring the two Jedi that it was part of the plan. Once the battle droids surrounded the Jedi, Trench believed himself on the verge of victory until Echo remotely sent a large feedback pulse that overloaded all of the battle droids' circuitry and left the Jedi victorious. As part of his contingency plan, Trench remotely activated a large bomb he had built in the assembly complex's reactor core, which Echo detected just before they were about to depart Trench's dreadnought. He informed Windu, who evacuated all of the Republic forces in the assembly complex before attempting to disarm the bomb with Echo's remote assistance. However, before Echo could give Windu the final disarming sequence for the bomb, Trench—who had discovered the source of Echo's signal—deliberately targeted Echo's neural system and jammed it, knocking the clone trooper unconscious. Skywalker had anticipated the possibility of Echo failing to disarm the bomb and had gone to the dreadnought's bridge to confront Trench himself.[6]

Echo decided to join Clone Force 99 after the battle for Anaxes.

Skywalker was able to strong-arm Trench into revealing the final sequence of the Anaxes complex bomb, which was relayed to Windu and used to disarm it and secure the facility, before he was forced to kill the Harch in self-defense. In the meantime, Rex slung his unconscious friend over his shoulder and carried Echo as the clones fought their way through the dreadnought's defenses to make their escape. Both Crosshair and Wrecker destroyed a large number of droids that ensured a clear path to the Havoc Marauder, where Echo and company regrouped with Skywalker. After boarding the Bad Batch's transport, Echo regained consciousness. Skywalker gave Wrecker the detonator to self-destruct Trench's dreadnought, which he had taken from the bridge, and the clone commando used it to destroy the orbiting Separatist fleet in the ensuing explosion just before the Havoc Marauder returned to Anaxes. Due to the mission's success, the Republic forces retook their vital assembly yards on Anaxes.[6] Echo became known as the Hero of Anaxes and was promoted to be a Clone Corporal.[15] After he, Rex, and the Bad Batch were informed they would receive medals, Hunter told Echo he would be welcome to join their commando squad. Echo was at first hesitant, but after being encouraged by Rex, who wanted the best for his friend despite no doubt wishing he would return to the 501st, he made the choice to stay with the Bad Batch.[6]

Order 66 and the rise of the Empire

"What–what just happened?!"
―Echo, after witnessing Depa Billaba being gunned down by her own troops[src]

Near the end of the Clone Wars, the Bad Batch was dispatched to the planet Kaller to reinforce Jedi General Depa Billaba and her forces in the ongoing battle there. Billaba had been supposed to get more reinforcements, but they were diverted to Coruscant due to the attack and kidnapping of the Supreme Chancellor. The Batch was met by Billaba's Padawan, Caleb Dume, who led them to the battle site. Echo took out several droids when the Batch began their attack, and they wiped out the droid unit pinning down Billaba and her forces with ease.[7]

After the attack, Dume introduced the members of Clone Force 99 to Billaba, who complimented their actions. As they were speaking, Tech, who had been listening to the encrypted comm chatter, announced that Obi-Wan Kenobi had engaged General Grievous on Utapau, and Echo commented that the Separatist command structure and droid army would collapse if Grievous were captured or killed. Billaba dismissed his theory as a matter they could not control and urged the clones to focus on the task at hand. Hunter then ordered his squad to get to work, and Dume, with permission from Billaba, accompanied them.[7]

As Clone Force 99 and Dume were departing, Dume sensed his master in distress and turned back for her:[7] the Supreme Chancellor, truly the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious, had issued the secret command Order 66, which forced almost all of the clone army to turn on the Jedi and kill them,[16] enforced via secretly implanted inhibitor chips which activated upon receipt of the order.[17] Echo was immune to the command, however, because his experience at the hands of the Techno Union had rendered his chip inoperable. The Bad Batch heard blaster fire and turned around to see Billaba falling at the hands of her own troops. Echo and his squad-mates tried to approach Dume, who had been told to run, but he ignited his lightsaber and warned them to stay away from him. He then vanished into the nearby forest. Echo asked what had happened, and Tech explained that the comm chatter was transmitting a single message, "Execute Order 66," on repeat. Unsure of what was unfolding, Hunter sent Echo and Tech to check with the commander to discern what was going on while he and Crosshair pursued Dume into the forest. Echo and Tech learned from Captain Grey that the "regs" had been ordered to execute the Jedi, and Tech passed the information on to Hunter, who subsequently let Dume escape over a canyon.[7]

Later, Echo and his squadmates returned to Kamino aboard their ship, the Havoc Marauder. Echo questioned Tech on how long they had been away, and Tech replied that they had been gone for 180 rotations in a standard cycle but that galactic adjusted changes put that figure at 205. Wrecker was confused, and Echo simply reiterated that they had been away a long time. As the ship entered Kamino's atmosphere, two V-wing starfighters approached and requested a clearance code. Echo was surprised, wondering how the starfighters did not know who they were, but Tech speculated that it was just a protocol drill. After Clone Force 99 confirmed their clearance code, the pilot ordered them to land at landing bay one-tac-one, and the Havoc Marauder subsequently arrived there.[7]

Upon exiting their ship, Clone Force 99 realized that it had not been a drill due to the heavy presence of the Coruscant Guard, and Wrecker wondered what they had missed. A nearby shock trooper informed the squad that they had missed the end of the war, as General Grievous was dead and the Separatist leadership had collapsed. Just then, a Jedi's corpse was carried by under a sheet, and their lightsaber fell to the ground near the squad. The shock trooper retrieved it and asked Hunter if there was a problem, but he denied the trooper's accusation. As the squad departed for their barracks, the shock trooper informed them that there would be a mandatory assembly at 1500 hours. On the way there, Hunter noted that all of the regular clones were acting just as strange as the ones on Kaller.[7]

Entering the barracks, Echo commented on the worsening smell, although Wrecker was unbothered. Sitting at the table in the centre of the room as the others largely dispersed to their bunks, Echo vented about what had happened on Kaller, wondering how the clones could have turned on Billaba so abruptly given that some of them had served under her for years, as the claim that the Jedi had all committed treason made no sense. Tech noted that it was well known that the Kaminoans had engineered the clones with behavioural programming which inhibited certain traits in order to make them more obedient, suggesting that this was to blame. He further suggested that the Bad Batch's genetic mutations, which the Kaminoans had enhanced, made them largely immune to the programming, although he could not be certain. When Hunter brought up the fact that Echo was technically a reg, Tech theorized that Echo's experiences at the Citadel and being subjected to experimentation afterwards had disrupted whatever programming he had been engineered with, noting that percentage-wise, he was more of a machine than a man. Echo sarcastically responded that he was lucky.[7]

Personality and traits

"Uh…shouldn't you be watching your scope, Hevy?"
"Yeah, let's take a look. Hmm, what ya know? All clear. Just like the last hundred times I looked at it."
―Echo and Hevy — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Echo and Fives served alongside each other since they were cadets

All clones were built to be loyal to the Republic, and Echo was no exception.[6] He was by the book and a stickler for the rules. This often grated on his fellow cadets, who called him a "know-it-all." He showed considerable respect for his trainers during his time as a cadet.[1] While posted on the Rishi Moon, he enjoyed the downtime that bored and frustrated his squad-mates, using it to read and catch up on military regulations. He frequently quoted said regulations to his teammates to explain or suggest strategies.[2] From his time as a cadet, his compulsion to repeat orders to his teammates gained him the nickname "Echo," which stuck with him throughout his career.[8] Although inexperienced at the time of the Rishi Moon incident,[2] Echo adapted quickly to battle using both his mental and military training.[2][9] Echo was commended on numerous occasions for showing bravery, courage,[2] ingenuity,[6] and skill in battle or otherwise during his service to the Republic.[9]

Echo developed a particularly close bond with Fives, which continued after the two were the only members of their squad to survive the Rishi Moon. Conversely, he often clashed with Hevy, who chafed at his obsession with rules and got into physical altercations with him when they were cadets.[2] Despite the friction in their relationship, Echo trusted Hevy and grieved his death when he sacrificed himself to destroy the Rishi Moon outpost. Echo later honored his sacrifice by adding an illustration of a blaster cannon to his armor with the Aurebesh words "For Hevy" written with it. He felt great sorrow when 99, who had served as a mentor to their squad, was killed during the Battle of Kamino.[9]

Echo remained loyal to the Republic despite his tribulations, showing bravery and courage numerous times during his career.

Echo showed considerable resolve and remained loyal to the Republic even following his Separatist capture. After being left for dead on the Citadel, he had been experimented on and forced to use his mind to aid the Separatist Alliance's military efforts.[4] Despite the capture he had been through,[4] Echo remained true to the Republic and was able to turn the tide of the Battle of Anaxes. Even though he felt very close to Rex, he decided to join the Bad Batch in the aftermath of the battle, feeling that he fit in with the unique squad.[6] Like the other members of Clone Force 99, Echo displayed a high level of creativity and deviance from standard protocol, though he was sometimes critical of his squad members' lack of cleanliness and order.[7]

Echo, as a genetic clone of Jango Fett,[1] was a human male with black hair, brown eyes, and tan skin.[2] Although all normal clones of Jango Fett were physically identical to the bounty hunter,[13] Echo was slightly skinnier than his fellow former Domino Squad teammates,[18] but still stood at the same 1.83 meters in height.[8] Following his Separatist capture, Echo's skin became pale during his time in stasis and his body was outfitted with numerous cybernetic implants[4]—including a socket-arm in place of his right hand—but he became weak and emaciated. He had also lost his hair.[5]

Equipment

ARC trooper

"Looks like we got ourselves a batch of shinies, Commander."
"Shinies, sir?"
"That's right. Your armor, it's shiny and new, just like you."
―Rex to Echo, coining the term "shinies" and stamping Echo's armor[src]

Echo kept Rex's handprinted stamp—from the blood of a Rishi eel—on his armor during the Clone Wars.

During Echo's time as a cadet, he and the rest of Domino Squad wore a green-colored variation of training armor, which had his cadet designation number—CT-21-0408—written in Aurebesh on his upper left leg's armor plating.[1] After his induction into the Grand Army of the Republic, Echo bore the standard white armor that all clone troopers were issued. Echo and his teammates at the Rishi Moon were referred to as "shinies" by Captain Rex, due to their new armor being unscathed and for Echo's inexperience with combat. After Rex killed a Rishi eel in defense of Echo and the clone troopers before they took back the Rishi Station, he stamped his hand, covered in the eel's blood, on Echo's armor.[2] Echo carried this stamped handprint on his armor for the rest of his time with the 501st, even after his promotion to the rank of ARC trooper.[9][10] With his new rank, Echo was issued standard ARC trooper armor and he clad it in blue paint;[10] this armor, along with his helmet, was destroyed when he was nearly killed on Lola Sayu.[11] He carried a DC-15A blaster carbine during the Battle of Kamino[9] and a pair of DC-17 hand blasters during his time as an ARC trooper.[10]

Clone Force 99

"You are more machine than man. Percentage-wise, at least."
"Lucky me.
"
―Tech and Echo discuss the latter's cybernetics[src]

Echo's upgraded "Bad Batch" armor.

Following his rescue from Separatist capture, Echo was outfitted with new armor on Anaxes that covered the cybernetic parts that the Separatists had outfitted him with and was also clad in blue—[6] the same shade that was once on his ARC trooper armor.[5] Some time after the Clone Wars, Echo upgraded his armor to fit more with the Bad Batch. He carried a DC-17 hand blaster.[19]

Behind the scenes

"I have to give you one spoiler because I know it meant a lot to some of you. Yes, Echo is alive."
―Dave Filoni on Echo's fate, prior to "The Bad Batch" reveal[src]

The character of Echo made his first appearance in the television episode "Rookies," the fifth episode of the premiere season of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series in 2008. He was voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, along with all other clone troopers in the series.[2] Echo later appeared in the episodes "Clone Cadets,"[1] "ARC Troopers,"[9] "The Citadel,"[10] and "Counterattack," the latter in which he was seemingly killed off.[11] When The Clone Wars series was canceled, numerous concepts and episodes featuring Echo went unfinished, but the series directing supervisor, Dave Filoni, teased that Echo would return following the premiere of the final season of The Clone Wars.[20]

Echo, for the The Clone Wars Legacy unfinished episodes, was conceptualized and appeared as a cyborg following his apparent death in The Clone Wars.

In April 2015, at the Celebration Anaheim Star Wars convention, the final unfinished episodes of The Clone Wars Legacy were revealed to feature Echo's return, and—grouped together as "The Bad Batch"—were later featured on StarWars.com.[21] The concept art of Echo as a cyborg for The Clone Wars Legacy was penned by Kilian Plunkett and Pat Presley.[5] Despite being unfinished, the episodes, like the rest of The Clone Wars series, are considered part of the official Star Wars canon by the Lucasfilm Story Group.[22] There were plans for Echo to become the fifth member of the Bad Batch on a mission to Kashyyyk in additional episodes, a clip of the animatics from these episodes were shown at the convention.[23]

Echo, as he appeared in the unfinished episodes when he joined the "Bad Batch" on Kashyyyk.

In the episode "The Bad Batch," Echo was officially identified by his clone trooper designation, CT-1409.[13] However, in the Star Wars sourcebook Ultimate Star Wars, released after the premiere of The Clone Wars Legacy episodes, Echo was identified by a different designation number, CT-21-0408.[24] This number was taken from Echo's designation number seen on his training armor in the episode "Clone Cadets," where it was fashioned on his leg. The number was never spoken aloud in the episode, although other cadets—like Hevy (CT-782), for example—did have their numbers spoken, which matched their training armor.[1] In the StarWars.com Databank, Echo is also identified as CT-1409,[8] but this article assumes that CT-21-0408 is also canon.[24]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Clone Cadets"
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rookies"
  3. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle!
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Distant Echo"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 StarWars.com Bad Batch Concept Art Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link)
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Unfinished Business"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 Star Wars Bad Batch.jpg Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Aftermath"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 StarWars-DatabankII.png ARC Trooper Echo in the Databank (backup link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "ARC Troopers"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Citadel"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Counterattack"
  12. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Citadel Rescue"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Bad Batch"
  14. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "On the Wings of Keeradaks"
  15. Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  16. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  17. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Orders"
  18. StarWars.com Rookies Concept Art Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link) (image 8 of 10)
  19. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle!
  20. StarWars.com To Fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Thank You on StarWars.com (backup link) (Excerpt: P.S. I have to give you one spoiler because I know it meant a lot to some of you. Yes, Echo is alive.)
  21. StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars "Bad Batch" Recon on StarWars.com (backup link)
  22. StarWars.com The Clone Wars Legacy on StarWars.com (backup link)
  23. StarWars.com Bad Batch Star Wars: The Clone Wars Panel - Star Wars Celebration Anaheim on StarWars.com (backup link) (timestamp: 4:14—4:42)
  24. 24.0 24.1 Ultimate Star Wars
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