- "Wait a minute, those critters are domesticated."
"I think we're on farmland, and where there is a farm, there is usually a farmer. Let's find his homestead."
- ―Jesse and Kix
Jesse, designated "CT-5597", was a clone trooper who served in the Grand Army of the Republic's 501st Legion during the Clone Wars. By the time of the Separatist invasion of Anaxes, Jesse had been promoted to the status of ARC trooper.
Battle of Mimban
Jesse fought during the Battle of Mimban alongside Captain Rex and Hardcase. The battle was lead by Jedi General Laan Tik until he died and was took over by Jar Jar Binks. After, Rex consulted with Jesse and two others as they planned to evacuate the 501st forces while the captain dealt with a shield generator.
Battle of Saleucami
Jesse achieved a military rank higher than that of Kix and Hardcase, and went with a squad of the 501st to track down Separatist General Grievous on Saleucami. When Captain 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. 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 Commander CC-2224 "Cody" and their forces. 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.
Battle of Umbara
- "We can’t even see the enemy!"
"That's why they're called the Shadow People, Tup!"
- ―Tup and Jesse
Around 20 BBY, Jesse was with the 501st when the Republic launched their attack to retake Umbara. During the invasion, command of the 501st was given to Jedi General Pong Krell when Anakin Skywalker was called back to Coruscant. 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.
When they were ordered to take an Umbaran airbase, Jesse and Fives, were a few that spoke against Krell's disastrous tactics. Jesse held his ground against the Umbaran Militia's mobile heavy cannons until Fives and Hardcase were able to destroy them with commandeered Zenuas 33 Umbaran starfighters.
After establishing camp at the airbase, Jesse, Fives and Hardcase then worked on the Umbaran starfighters, breaking the Umbarans' codes. When Krell ordered a reckless attack on the capital to aid Kenobi, Jesse agreed with Fives that instead they could use the Umbaran starfighters to blow up the Separatist supply ship that was causing problems. 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. 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.
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. They were then freed by Rex, when he realized that Krell had set them up to attack the 212th Battalion platoon under Waxer. 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.
Battle of Ringo Vinda aftermath
Following the battle on Ringo Vinda, Jesse and Kix then went to 79's cantina, where Kix was given coordinates by Fives, who was wanted for attempted murder of Chancellor Palpatine. He then informed Rex and Skywalker of this. Jesse later became an ARC trooper.
Battle for Anaxes
Jesse later participated in the Battle for 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, with the Separatists seemingly able to predict the clone army's every next move. Suspicious, Rex and Cody met with Skywalker and Mace Windu to discuss their recent failures. Rex theorized to the Jedi that a copy of his strategy algorithm could have fallen into the hands of the Separatists - potentially stolen from Echo, who held a copy of the algorithm in which he would check over after his supposed death during the Battle of Lola Sayu.
Windu then ordered Rex and Cody to bring a small squadron of clones with them, which included Jesse and Kix to go behind enemy lines, and assault the Separatist data 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 the Republic gunship to be taken behind enemy lines.
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 a Separatist outpost before going on to break into a Separatist cyber center. Jesse, Rex and the Bad Batch then abandon the outpost. While Rex and Tech then extracted data of the algorithm being traced from Skako Minor but soon they were being overrun by Separatist reinforcements and they then left the cyber center and headed back to Republic lines.
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. Following the Republic's victory on Anaxes, he gave cheers for the "Bad Batch".
Personality and traits
- "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
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.
Earlier in the war Jesse wore phase I clone trooper armor with custom blue markings representing the 501st Legion. 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. During the battle of Anaxes, Jesse wore standard ARC trooper armor. Jesse used a DC-15A blaster.
- "501 Plus One"—Age of Republic Special 1
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Darkness on Umbara"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The General"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Plan of Dissent" (First identified as CT-5597)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Carnage of Krell"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Gathering" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Orders"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Bad Batch"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Distant Echo" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Unfinished Business"
- Dark Disciple
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded
- Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Dark Side
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
- ↑ "501 Plus One"—Age of Republic Special 1
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Darkness on Umbara"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The General"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Plan of Dissent"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Carnage of Krell"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Orders"
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Bad Batch"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Unfinished Business"