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"Still got your sense of humor, I see."
―Fives, to Jesse[src]

CT-5597, nicknamed "Jesse," was an Advanced Recon Commando clone trooper who served in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. A soldier of the 501st Legion, Jesse served under Jedi General Anakin Skywalker and Clone Captain CT-7567 "Rex" while fighting the Separatist Droid Army from the Battle of Mimban to the Battle of Anaxes. During his service, he was promoted to the rank of Clone Lieutenant in the final days of the galaxy-wide conflict.

Bred from the genetic template of Jango Fett, a human bounty hunter, Jesse was a hard-fighting patriot who proudly wore the crest of the Galactic Republic on his helmet and on his face as a tattoo. He served in early battles of the Clone Wars, including the Battle of Mimban and the Battle of Saleucami. He was elevated to the status of ARC trooper by the time of the Battle of Anaxes; following the Battle of Yerbana, Jesse joined a detachment of the 501st Legion that had been sent to Mandalore to overthrow the former Sith apprentice Maul.

After the execution of Order 66, however, Jesse became completely loyal to the Sith Lord Darth Sidious as a result of his programming. He attempted to execute Ahsoka Tano, a former Jedi Padawan, and accused Clone Commander Rex of treason for defending her after he had his inhibitor chip removed. Jesse ultimately failed to kill either of them and died alongside his troops when their Venator-class Star Destroyer Tribunal crashed on a moon while en route to Coruscant. The bodies of Jesse and the other clones were buried at the crash site by Tano and Rex, their helmets serving as their grave markers.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Creation[edit | edit source]

CT-5597[6] "Jesse" was a clone of the bounty hunter Jango Fett and a soldier in the Grand Army of the Galactic Republic's 501st Legion.[1]

Battle of Mimban[edit | edit source]

Jesse (right) consults with Rex and the other clones on Mimban.

Jesse fought during the Battle of Mimban alongside Clone Captain CT-7567 "Rex" and Hardcase. The battle was led by Jedi General Laan Tik until he was killed and the chain of command granted Jar Jar Binks leadership. After that, Rex consulted with Jesse and two others as they planned to evacuate the 501st forces while the captain dealt with a shield generator.[7]

Battle of Saleucami[edit | edit source]

Jesse: "Easy with that weapon ma'am, we're here as friends."
Suu: "State your business."
Kix: "Our captain has been hurt–"
Suu: "I'm no doctor so just–"
Jesse: "We have a medic ma'am, we just need a place to tend him overnight."
―Jesse and the other clones meet Suu Lawquane.[src]

By the time of the Battle of Saleucami, Jesse had achieved a military rank higher than that of Kix and Hardcase. When the 501st landed with the 7th Sky Corps's 212th Attack Battalion on Saleucami to track down Separatist General Grievous, Jesse traveled with Captain Rex, Kix, and Hardcase on BARC speeders. When Rex was wounded by a pair of commando droid snipers, Jesse saw that they were on farmland and decided to take Rex to the farmstead for shelter and medical attention.[5]

Jesse riding his BARC speeder on Saleucami.

There, they met a Twi'lek woman named Suu, who allowed them to leave Rex there to recuperate. Jesse was left in charge of the squad, and they continued through the wetlands to rendezvous with Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi and Marshal Commander CC-2224 "Cody" and their forces. When Republic forces converged on Grievous, Jesse and his squad tried to shoot down a shuttle that was trying to pick up Grievous, but they failed to stop Grievous from escaping.[5]

Battle of Umbara[edit | edit source]

"We can’t even see the enemy!"
"That's why they're called the Shadow People, Tup!"
―Tup and Jesse[src]

In 20 BBY, Jesse was with the 501st when the Republic launched their attack to retake Umbara. After they landed and overtook the Umbaran's initial position, command of the 501st was given to Jedi General Pong Krell when Anakin Skywalker was called back to Coruscant by order of the Jedi Council. During their first attempt to take the capital, General Krell led the 501st to the main capital road without resting. An attack by the enemy forces forced Jesse and the rest of the 501st were forced to fall back.[8]

As the men tired out after long hours of marching, Jesse and Fives asked Rex if they could rest, but their request was denied by Krell. When they advanced up the main road without any recon, Jesse and CT-5385 "Tup" complained about Krell's tactics. Their advance ended in disaster, and the advancing squads retreated after suffering heavy losses.[6]

When they were ordered to take an Umbaran airbase, Krell commanded the troops to advance down a narrow gorge straight to the capital. This time a large portion of the men disagreed with the plan, with Jesse saying that Krell was crazy for telling them to advance without recon, expressing that without knowing what they were up against, the casualties would be high. However, the clones were instructed by Rex to trust their leadership. Jesse held his ground against the Umbaran Militia's mobile heavy cannons while the clones took more heavy losses until Fives and Hardcase formed their own plan and were able to destroy them with commandeered Zenuas 33 Umbaran starfighters.[9]

Jesse takes part in the invasion of Umbara.

After establishing camp at the airbase, Krell sent Jesse to stack ordnance while Fives and Hardcase worked on the Umbaran starfighters, breaking the Umbarans' codes. By the time Jesse joined them, Krell had ordered a reckless attack on the capital in an attempt to quickly aid Kenobi and his forces. When the clones learned about the long-range missiles that were standing in their way, Jesse agreed with Fives that instead they could use the Umbaran starfighters to blow up the Separatist supply ship that was causing the problems instead of follow one of Krell's "suicide missions" through the missiles. However, when Krell refused to agree their plan, Jesse continued to work on the starfighters with Fives and Hardcase. However, Krell stopped them and insisted that they concentrate on their attack. Thus, Jesse, Fives, and Hardcase decided to attack the supply ship themselves, without Krell's support. They told Rex about their plan, but he warned them that he would not be able to protect them if they were caught.[6]

Jesse, Fives, and Hardcase then took the starfighters, posing as a recon patrol, and made their way into the supply ship. They were unable to destroy the ship's main reactor with its shields up, but as they started to question their plan, Hardcase jumped out of his fighter and told Fives and Jesse to leave. Fives was reluctant, but Jesse convinced him to leave by telling him that he knew Hardcase, and there wasn't any point in staying. Jesse and Fives made a narrow escape while Hardcase stayed behind to blow up the ship, sacrificing himself in the process. When Jesse and Fives got back, they were taken to General Krell, where he had them punished and sent to the brig.[6]

Jesse and Fives are prepped for execution by firing squad.

Rex unsuccessfully argued with Krell to release Jesse and Fives, resulting in Krell ordering their execution. Just before the order came to fire, Fives spoke up against Krell's orders, and in response, the firing squad missed Fives and Jesse on purpose. They were put back in the brig to keep them out of the way until they could be dealt with later. Jesse and Fives were held in the brig when the rest of the clones were sent out for battle, who had unknowingly been set up by Krell so that they would attack the 212th Battalion platoon under Waxer and fire on their own men. When Rex and the 501st and 212th returned to arrest Krell, they freed Jesse and Fives along the way and gave them back their armor and weapons. Jesse, Rex, and the other clones then stormed the command center to arrest Krell for treason. However, Krell escaped into the jungle. Jesse, Rex, Fives and the other clones were then able to capture Krell, who revealed that he was a Separatist agent. Jesse then agreed with Fives and Rex that he should be executed. He then watched as Krell was executed by Dogma, who had previously put his faith in Krell's tactics.[10]

Battle of Ringo Vinda and aftermath[edit | edit source]

Jesse joined the 501st at the Battle of Ringo Vinda, which saw Skywalker lead them alongside Jedi Masters Tiplee, Tiplar, and their clone forces. When Tup fired on and killed Tiplar, Jesse and the rest of the Republic forces retreated. Following the battle, Jesse and Kix went to 79's, a cantina located on Courscant in its capital, Galactic City. There, Kix was given coordinates by Fives, who was wanted for the attempted murder of Chancellor Palpatine. He then informed Rex and Skywalker of this, and they would go to meet Fives there.[11] After Fives' death, Jesse became an Advanced Recon Commando.[12]

Battle for Anaxes[edit | edit source]

"If your plans were so good, why did Commander Cody have to call us in?"
"You can't talk to Captain Rex like that!"
―Jesse defends Rex from Crosshair's comment[src]

Jesse later participated in the Battle of Anaxes, a lengthy campaign between both the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems over the planet of Anaxes. During the campaign, the Republic forces were initially left at a loss, and the planet was on the verge of falling to the Separatists. Suspicious, Rex and Cody met with Skywalker and Mace Windu to discuss their recent failures. Rex theorized that the Separatists were predicting his personal strategies, and, because of the tactics used by himself and the CIS, he now thought CT-1409 "Echo" was still alive.[12]

Jesse as an ARC trooper on Anaxes.

Windu allowed Rex and Cody to bring a small squad of clones with them, which included Jesse and Kix, to go behind enemy lines and assault the Separatist cyber center to determine whether or not the enemy was in possession of Rex's algorithm. For the mission, Cody called for the help of Clone Force 99, nicknamed "The Bad Batch," an elite group of clones with desirable genetic mutations. Rex and Cody then gathered Jesse and Kix to walk with them and greet the mutated clones for themselves. As they arrived, the clone force flew their shuttle aggressively into the hangar, leading Jesse and Kix to exchange looks of contempt. Cody subsequently introduced everybody, and the group stepped into a Republic gunship to be taken behind enemy lines.[12]

When Bad Batch member Crosshair questioned Rex's plans, Jesse stepped up to Crosshair in Rex's defense. Bad Batch member Wrecker then got involved, taking and lifting Jesse by the throat. Rex insisted Wrecker put Jesse down, but the situation didn't resolve until Bad Batch member Hunter told Wrecker to drop Jesse. Jesse then helped Rex and the Bad Batch invade the Anaxes Separatist Security Outpost before they abandoned it to break into a Separatist Cyber Center. While Rex and Tech then extracted data of the algorithm being traced from Skako Minor, soon they were being overrun by Separatist reinforcements, so they left the Cyber Center and headed back to Republic lines.[12]

Jesse was later present at the planning base of the attack on the Separatists' assembly complex, where Windu suggested to move their forces to the assembly complex. He then participated in the combined attack on the complex to overtake it. After it was discovered that the Separatists had planted a powerful bomb in the assembly complex, Kenobi ordered Jesse to evacuate his men.[13]

The Siege of Mandalore[edit | edit source]

"We can go round and round in this circle if you want. I ain't telling you anything."
"It is not up to you. Your mind will speak, or it will break. Tell me. Who is this Ahsoka Tano?"
―Maul interrogates Jesse — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Following the Battle of Yerbana, a new 501st division was formed to take part in the Siege of Mandalore, a joint invasion of Mandalore by the Mandalorian resistance and the Grand Army of the Republic in order to capture the resurgent Sith Lord Maul. Jesse was one of the clones part of this company and accompanied former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano, Lady Bo-Katan Kryze, and others aboard a LAAT/i gunship as part of the first wave of landing craft en route to the capital city of Sundari. Before the battle began, he witnessed a communication via hologram between Kryze and Prime Minister Almec. Shortly afterwards, the Republic gunships fell under attack by Maul's forces, forcing everyone inside the gunship to join the battle in the air including Jesse who used his jetpack to combat them.[14]

Maul interrogates Jesse in the undercity of Sundari.

The Mandalorian resistance and Grand Army of the Republic managed to land and take control of much of Sundari in the ensuing battle, forcing Maul's forces into hiding. Jesse, along with several other clones, were on their way to reinforce the entry point on C-deck in the undercity of Sundari before Maul's forces attempted a counterattack against them. During the attack, Maul easily tore through their forces, asking about Tano as he did so. Using the Force, Maul managed to look in Jesse's mind and realized he was an older clone, most likely having served under Tano before. Knowing this, Maul took Jesse alive to get information from him about Tano.[15]

Being taken deeper in the undercity, Maul took Jesse to where his forces were hiding from the Mandalorian resistance and Grand Army of the Republic. Jesse was placed in stuncuffs and held in place by one of Maul's leaders, Rook Kast, and struggled while telling Maul that he wouldn't tell him anything. As Maul began to mention the plan laid out by Sidious, Jesse began to ask what plan he was referring to. With this, Maul explained that the plan had a grand design which he had had a part to play in but was cast aside when he had fulfilled his purpose. After explaining this, Maul turned back towards Jesse and said that he needed some information from him, but Jesse, not knowing of Maul's capabilities with the Force, refused to tell him anything. As Maul fully turned towards him, Maul explained that his mind would speak to him or it would break, reaching his hand out and using the Force to probe his mind for information on Tano. As the interrogation continued, Jesse began to cry out in pain.[15]

After the interrogation, Maul brought Jesse to the Sundari Royal Palace where he awaited the arrival of Tano, Kryze, and Rex. As they entered, Kryze rushed towards Maul and fired her blasters at him, but Maul effortlessly used the Force to push the blaster bolts aside before lifting Kryze into the air and dropping her. After this feeble attack, Maul used the Force to free Jesse of his stuncuffs and allowed him to return to his allies as a show of good faith towards them. Once he returned, he apologized for giving Maul information during his earlier interrogation. Tano forgave him and Rex helped him out of the palace.[15]

Order 66 and death[edit | edit source]

"Commander Rex, you're in violation of Order 66. I accuse you of treason against the Grand Army of the Republic. You'll be demoted in rank from Commander and subject to execution along with the traitor, Ahsoka Tano."
―Jesse accuses Rex of treason — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Jesse attempts to execute Ahsoka Tano.

Following the successful capture of Maul, Jesse departed Mandalore along with the rest of Rex and Ahsoka's surviving troops onboard the Venator-class Star Destroyer[16] Tribunal.[3] However, during the voyage back to Coruscant to deliver the captive Maul to the Jedi Council in order to stand trial, Darth Sidious, whom Maul had been growing increasingly paranoid of, initiated Order 66, activating all the clones' inhibitor chips, including Jesse's. The clones immediately turned on Tano, led by Rex. Jesse entered the command room alongside a group of other troopers, opening fire on Tano, who was able to escape in the smoky haze caused by the firefight. Seeing Tano had escaped, Rex ordered Jesse and the other troopers to hunt Tano down, reminding them of the directive of Order 66.[16]

Jesse accuses Rex of treason and threatens him with demotion and execution.

Shortly afterwards, Tano managed to capture Rex and remove his inhibitor chip.[16] Free of his programming to kill Tano, he began aiding her in her escape and cut all contact with the other clones, leaving Jesse to organize the clone forces hunting her. After Tano and Rex's escape from the medical bay, Jesse was informed that "Target 1" was on the move and asked after Rex's whereabouts, a conversation overheard by Maul, who had been released by Tano as a diversion for the clones, on a stolen wrist comm. When told that he was still missing, Jesse asked if Rex had assisted in Tano's escape, but no one was certain if this had indeed occurred. Maul later destroyed the Tribunal's hyperdrive, setting it on a collision course with a moon. After Tano and Rex took over the hangar control room, Jesse was informed that the clones had lost contact. This led Jesse to order several units to meet him in the main hangar to cut off anyone trying to escape, as the ship's escape pods had been destroyed earlier. Maul overheard that conversation as well.[4]

When R7-A7, one of the astromech droids assisting Tano, located a shuttle in Bay 12 and opened the bay's blast door, Jesse and his men revealed themselves, running out into the central hangar from the other bays and gathering in formation atop the doors to the repair bay. Jesse told his men that anyone trying to escape would have to go through them. He was shortly informed that Maul was on his way to the hangar just before Rex entered, having apparently taken Tano prisoner and ordering the clones to hold their fire. Jesse ordered all other forces on the ship to converge on his position, before reminding Rex that he was under orders to execute Tano. Rex claimed he had the situation under control, and attempted to persuade Jesse that as Tano was no longer a Jedi, she was not technically a target of Order 66. Jesse reiterated that Rex himself had earlier said they were under special orders from Sidious to execute her. Rex tried to appeal to his and Jesse's long comradeship, but after a brief hesitation, Jesse, unable to resist the inhibitor chip, accused Rex of treason against the Grand Army of the Republic, stating he would be demoted from Commander and executed alongside Tano.[4]

Jesse's helmet stands as a marker at his gravesite.

Before Jesse could execute the order, the hangar elevators were dropped by the droids assisting Tano and Rex. Jesse himself was Force-pushed by Tano into the hole, but survived the fall and, after waking up, began shooting at Tano, who had herself been Force-pushed into the hole by Maul and been caught by a cable from RG-G1. Jesse ordered the attack to be redirected at the droids when he realized the elevator controls were locked. Tano and Rex were eventually forced to retreat to the repair level after Jesse's reinforcements arrived and Maul escaped, leading to the droids' destruction after they had launched the lifts back up to clear the level. He led one last assault on the two targets, but he was pushed back by Tano with the Force. At that point, lateral control of the ship was lost after the command bridge exploded, causing a chain reaction of destruction through the ship. Tano and Rex were able to escape the Tribunal on a BTL-B Y-wing fighter-bomber they found in the repair bay before the ship crashed. Jesse was killed alongside the other clones when the Tribunal impacted the moon. His body was later recovered and buried by Tano and Rex, as were those of his men, with their helmets being placed above them to mark the troopers' final resting places.[4]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

"Don't beat yourself up about it. We made our choice. We knew what the price was."
"Yeah, speak for yourself."
"Still got your sense of humor, I see."
"Yeah, who said I was joking?"
―Fives and Jesse[src]

Jesse upgraded to Phase II armor prior to the Battle of Umbara.

The clone known as "Jesse" was a hard-fighting patriot who proudly wore the Republic crest on his helmet. Like his fellow clones in the tight-knit 501st Legion, Jesse was loyal to his Jedi General, Anakin Skywalker.[1] Among his fellow clone troopers, Jesse was well known to have a sense of humor, and Fives referenced it prior to their planned execution, believing that Jesse had simply made another joke.[10] Jesse was fiercely loyal to Captain Rex, confronting Crosshair when he felt that the clone had disrespected his captain.[12]

During the Battle of Umbara, Jesse strongly opposed Krell's tactics and felt that he was throwing away the lives of his brothers. He was one of the many clones to oppose his tactics, but Jesse took matters a step further when he joined Hardcase and Fives in directly disobeying Krell and taking Umbaran starfighters to carry out their own mission instead of following his orders.[6]

However, the execution of Order 66 turned Jesse against the Jedi Order, becoming blindly loyal to Darth Sidious.[1] As a result of his programming, Jesse lost all parts of his personality that allowed him to distinguish himself from the others. He accused his brother and comrade Rex of treason and ceaselessly attempted to kill his friend Ahsoka Tano, both without a second thought.[4]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Earlier in the war Jesse wore Phase I clone trooper armor with custom blue markings representing the 501st Legion.[5] Later when the clone army moved to Phase II clone trooper armor, Jesse's had blue markings as well similar to his phase I appearance. Jesse's helmet had the cog-shaped symbol of the Galactic Republic on it to match his tattoo, which was the same symbol.[8] During and following the Battle of Anaxes, Jesse wore Phase II ARC Trooper Armor. Jesse used a DC-15A blaster carbine, and was equipped with two DC-17 hand blasters.[12]

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