- "You have wonderful children."
"I know you think I'm a coward, Rex. But believe me. I'll fight to my last breath to keep them safe."
- ―Rex and Cut Lawquane
Cut Lawquane was a clone trooper who fought for the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars. Shortly after the First Battle of Geonosis, Lawquane's transport was attacked by Separatist gunships, leaving his fellow soldiers either dead or injured. Lawquane fled, deserting the army, and later married Suu Lawquane. The war later made its way to Saleucami, where Lawquane, Suu, and his two adopted children lived. Lawquane met Clone Captain Rex, who helped defend his family and home from BX-series droid commandos. Rex and Cut overcame their differences, and Rex agreed not to report Cut as a deserter. Sometime during the war, the clones of the Bad Batch visited Cut and his family.
After Order 66 and the end of the Clone Wars, Rex and the Bad Batch visited Cut in succession - the latter after they had defected from the newly-formed Empire and fled Kamino. At this time, the Lawquanes left Saleucami, with forged chain codes.
Early life and deserting the Republic
- "Shortly after the Battle of Geonosis, our troop transport got caught between two Separatist gunships. They fired at us with everything they had. We crashed. Most of us were either dead or severely injured. So when they started working their way through the wounded, killing us off, I knew there was no hope. I ran. It still haunts me."
- ―Cut Lawquane
Like all clone troopers, Cut Lawquane was a clone of the bounty hunter Jango Fett, and was bred in the Republic cloning facility on Kamino. He was developed within the Egg Lab, and injected with an inhibitor chip as an embryo, along with all other clones. After he completed his training, he would join the Grand Army of the Republic and leave Kamino.
Shortly after the First Battle of Geonosis, the first battle of the galaxy-wide Clone Wars, Cut was still serving in the Republic Military. On one of his missions, he boarded a troop transport along with several other troopers. Two Separatist gunships cornered and attacked the transport, crashing it, and killing a majority of the clones on board. The droids then proceeded to comb the wreckage and eliminate any surviving clones. Cut fled, realizing there was no chance of survival if he stayed with his fellow soldiers.
Cut eventually found his way to the Outer Rim planet of Saleucami, where he met Suu Lawquane, a female Twi'lek. He got to know Suu, and eventually fell in love. The two married, and Cut became the father of two human-Twi'lek hybrid children, Shaeeah and Jek. The four lived together on the planet of Saleucami, where the family maintained a farm. On the farm, the family grew crops and raised livestock, such as the eopies they kept in their barn.
Battle of Saleucami
- "So... I see the war has finally made its way out here, and I guess I can expect a visit from some droids soon."
- ―Cut Lawquane
In 21 BBY, the Clone Wars came to Lawquane's home of Saleucami. Separatist General Grievous intended to invade the planet, however, during the Battle of Saleucami, his landing craft was shot down by the Galactic Republic, forcing him and his droids to flee to the planet surface in escape pods. The Republic then landed on the surface, where Obi-Wan Kenobi and several squads of clone troopers took to speeder bikes in order to find the wreckage of Grievous's escape pod.
As the Republic's hunt for the general commenced, Clone Captain Rex was injured by a commando droid sniper. Rather than call off the search, Kix, the team medic, decided to find a place for Rex to recover overnight. As the squad debated where to take him, they realized the surrounding eopies were domesticated, and followed them until they came across the Lawquane Family's Farm. As they approached the farm, Cut's wife, Suu Lawquane burst out of the farmhouse, brandishing a blaster rifle. After Jesse explained the situation, Suu offered a bench in the barn for Rex to recover on, where they applied a bacta patch to his wound. As Suu brought in food for Rex, Shaeeah Lawquane lost control of her repulsorlift ball, and ran in after it. Upon seeing Rex, she remarked on the similarity between him and her father, Cut. Suu explained that Cut was delivering their first harvest, and was gone at the time. Rex's squad left, and resumed their search for General Grievous. When Cut returned from delivering the harvest, he entered the barn, only to see a stranger inside. Lawquane cautiously entered the barn, arming himself with a staff, slowly raising it up at the stranger. Rex heard the footsteps, and pulled a blaster pistol on him, which Lawquane swiftly knocked from his hand. Rex and Cut immediately recognized each other as clones. Rex quickly got upset at Cut, and accused him of deserting the Republic Army. As Rex confronted Cut, Shaeeah and Jek ran in, and began talking with their father. Jek showed Cut his drawing, while Shaeeah mentioned her encounter with Rex. When Suu explained the situation to Cut, he said that of course Rex could spend the night, and Jek agreed, saying that they would always help anyone they can.
At dinner, which was a roast nuna, Rex conversed with Cut, debating the ethics of deserting the army they were born to serve. During the conversation, Rex asked is his choice to continue serving matched with Cut's approval. Cut agreed, say that everyone should be able to do whatever they want with their life. Later, over a game of Dejarik, the two continued their conversation. Cut defended himself by telling Rex his story, but Rex remained resentful towards him. After they finished their chores, Cut's two children asked their father if they could play outside. Cut agreed, as long as they stayed within sight of the house. The children ran through the nearby crop field, where they discovered a droid escape pod from the battle overhead. While exploring it, Shaeeah accidentally hit a button with her elbow, activating the group of BX-series droid commandos stored inside. The children ran back to the house, where Cut identified the droids. Cut knew Rex was injured, and volunteered to take on the droids himself, leaving Rex as the last line of defense for his family. Cut gave Rex a blaster pistol, while Cut took his own DC-15A blaster carbine to fight the droids. Rex and the family fled to the upper level, while Cut stayed to battle the droids. Cut skillfully killed the majority of the droids, but ended up getting trapped under debris. The droids then progressed upstairs, chasing after the rest of the family. As Rex defended the family, Cut freed himself, and the two defeated the remaining droids together. Because of their experience together, Rex and Cut developed and understanding of each other's motives.
In the morning, Rex had recovered enough to return to his squad. As he prepared to leave, Cut offered him a place in their family. Rex declined, saying that his family was elsewhere. When Suu worriedly asked if Rex would turn Cut in, Rex agreed not to, using his injury as an excuse to feign amnesia in his report. Rex rode off on an eopie, as the Lawquanes saw him off.
The Imperial Era
- "What do we have here? More clones who have lost their way."
"It's been a while, fellas."
- ―Suu and Cut Lawquane upon the arrival of the Bad Batch
In 19 BBY, following Order 66, Rex arrived on Saleucami. Cut and Rex spoke, and the latter informed him of the inhibitor chips that caused the clone army to kill the Jedi. He warned Cut of the newly formed Galactic Empire, and Cut decided to leave Saleucami for a safer planet. Rex then left, but did not inform Cut of his destination.
The next day, Clone Force 99 arrived on Saleucami to meet with Cut and his family for advice on how to stay off the grid as deserters. Cut told them that the only way to continue unnoticed was to abandon military life and become a civilian. Cut asked where Crosshair was, but Hunter only told him it was complicated, not telling him that Crosshair betrayed the group and joined the Empire. Hunter introduced Cut and his family to Echo and Omega, and offered to take them off world in their ship. Cut told them that it was too dangerous for his family to travel with them, as the squad were wanted fugitives. He told them that they were making for the spaceport later that day, but when Cut and Hunter arrived there later, they discovered that the Empire had implemented a new policy requiring chain codes for legal passage. Being a clone, Cut would be unable to present proper identification without being discovered as a deserter.
Later, at the farmstead, Jek, Shaeeah, and Omega were playing in the field with a ball. When the ball was accidentally thrown past the fence, Omega went to retrieve it. Beyond the safety of the fence, Omega was stalked by a nexu, which was driven off by Hunter and Suu. This experience led Hunter to believe that he and his team were inadequate guardians for Omega, and he asked Cut and Suu to take her with them off world.
Meanwhile, Echo and Tech devised a plan to intentionally get their ship impounded and delivered to the dock, where they could create fake chain codes. Unbeknownst to Tech and Echo, however, Omega was sheltering on the ship following her encounter with the nexu. By the time Hunter found out and told the two, the plan was already in motion. Echo and Tech successfully retrieved chain codes, but still had to deliver them to the Lawquanes, who were on the other side of the spaceport. With the amount of clones present, Tech and Echo would be unable to cross in time. Omega took the chain codes, and began crossing the area, placing herself in harm's way. Wrecker saved Omega, and went to provide aid for Echo and Tech, while Omega continued towards the Lawquanes. When she arrived to present the chain codes, she remarked that there was an extra one, and Cut was stunned that Hunter did not tell her of the agreement. Hunter told Omega, and she reluctantly went with the Lawquanes. However, a few moments later, Omega decided to disobey Hunter and ran back to their ship just as they were making their getaway. As Cut was boarding the transport vessel, he was stopped by a clone, who began to recognize him, but was called away to help corral the Bad Batch, allowing Cut to board with his family.
- "Both of you, picking sides. Side you should pick is your family. No matter what. Above all else. But here you sit, bickering like a bunch of starkles over which one gets the first and last worm. You know the Lawquanes? Old man Cut, he fought in the Clone Wars. He saw the truth of things: No side in war is the right side. He did the right thing. Settled down. Had a family. Never got drawn back into the muck."
- ―Glen Taffral, to his children
Personality and traits
- "To each his own. Thats what I always say."
"What does that mean, Daddy?"
"It means you can do anything with your life that you want to."
- ―Cut and Shaeeah Lawquane
As a human clone, Cut Lawquane shared his face with Jango Fett and stood 1.83 meters tall. He was fit, with broad shoulders, fair skin, and brown eyes. He had medium length hair that was dyed red and pulled into a ponytail. While many clones had tattoos, Cut had no visible tattoos. By the time of the Galactic Empire, Cut had grown out his sideburns and had his hair pulled back in a bun.
- "My name is Lawquane. Cut Lawquane."
- ―Cut, after Rex demands him to tell this designation number.
After deserting, Cut became disillusioned with the Republic Army. He began to exercise his free will, making the choice to not kill for a living. As he fell in love and got married, this ideal developed. He deeply believed that everyone should get a free choice in what they want to do with their life. When he was confronted by Rex, he held fast to this belief, defending his decision to desert the Republic. Despite this, he fully accepted Rex's decision to remain in the army, saying it fit with his approval perfectly. He was determined to always help anyone he could, an ideal he passed on to his children. He went as far to offer Rex the same choice he made, offering Rex a place within the Lawquane family. Despite his individuality, his past memories of battle and war haunted him, even years after their occurrence.
A devoted husband and father
- "Battling droids was easy compared to raising a child."
- ―Cut, to Hunter
Cut was determined to protect his family, putting them above all else. He shared a close relationship with his wife, Suu, along with his two adoptive children, Shaeeah and Jek. When their farm was attacked by commando droids during the Battle of Saleucami, Cut protected his family fearlessly, willing to give up his own life to preserve those of his family. He comforted his terrified children, and prepared to fight the droids with no hesitation. Although Rex could have assisted him, Cut instead had Rex remain upstairs with his family, as a last line of defense. Before he departed, Rex commended his devotion, saying that while he still is a deserter, he was no coward.
When the Empire rose, Cut knew that he had to move his family off Saluecami instead of allow himself to be discovered. When they were visited by Clone Force 99, Cut was surprised to see the group of soldiers with a child, Omega. When Omega accidentally placed herself in danger by going outside the fence and was attacked by a nexu, Hunter initially berated her, but Cut warned him not to treat her like a soldier and instead consoled her before hugging her and carrying her inside.
Cut wore a dark green tunic with brown accents, along with baggy beige pants. Underneath, he wore a lighter green shirt. On top, he also wore a beige sash and a brown belt with large attached pouches. He wore light brown fingerless gloves and light brown boots.
Cut wielded a pointed staff, a DC-15A blaster carbine, and a DC-15A blaster rifle, although he also owned a blaster rifle used by Suu, macrobinoculars, and a DC-17 hand blaster he lent to Rex. He owned multiple eopies, which he kept in his barn and occasionally used as mounts.
Behind the scenes
Cut Lawquane first appeared in "The Deserter," a Season 2 episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which aired on January 1, 2010. He was voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, the same voice actor as other clones in the series.
He was indirectly mentioned in "Aftermath" and appeared in "Cut and Run," both Season 1 episodes of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. The episodes aired on May 4, 2021 and May 7, 2021 respectively.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Aftermath" (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Cut and Run"
- Aftermath (Mentioned only)
- Aftermath audiobook (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Two
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Five
- Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 44 (Guide to the Galaxy: Visiting Saleucami)
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 36 (Databank A-Z: Cut Lawquane–Lothal)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 48 (Databank A-Z: Sabe–The Separatist Council)
- "Clone Tales"—Star Wars Insider 187
- Collapse of the Republic
- Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle!
- (Indirect mention only)
- (Picture only)
Notes and references
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle!
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Fugitive"
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Landing at Point Rain" to 21 BBY, and Star Wars Helmet Collection 76 (Highlights of the Saga: The End of Endurance) dates the death of CT-411 "Ponds", as seen in the episode "Lethal Trackdown", to the same year. Since places "The Deserter" between "Landing at Point Rain" and "Lethal Trackdown," its events must take place in the same year.
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Cut and Run"
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Aftermath"
- The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi