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"For the 501st!"

"Hardcase" was the nickname of a Galactic Republic clone trooper during the Clone Wars that served under Clone Captain CT-7567 "Rex" in the 501st Legion. He served in the unit in multiple early engagements in the war, including at Benglor, Hisseen, and Mimban. When the 501st was deployed at the Battle of Umbara multiple years into the war, Hardcase and his fellow troopers saw their Jedi General, Anakin Skywalker, replaced by Pong Krell. Krell used questionable tactics that resulted in heavy casualties, causing the troops to begin to become divided under his leadership. Hardcase went against orders multiple times during the battle, including infiltrating the Umbaran airbase with ARC trooper CT-5555 "Fives" to steal Umbaran starfighters. Later, Hardcase, Fives, and CT-5597 "Jesse" went on a rogue mission in the starfighters to destroy a Separatist supply ship, and Hardcase ended up sacrificing himself to destroy the ship.


Early life[]

"My commander on Kamino said my growth acceleration chamber had a leak. Made me hyper-active, I guess."

As a clone of the bounty hunter Jango Fett,[1] Hardcase spent his early years training in the cloning facilities on Kamino.[source?] According to Hardcase, his commander on Kamino claimed that his growth acceleration chamber had a leak in it, which resulted in Hardcase developing a hyper-active attitude.[7] Upon completion of his training, Hardcase became a soldier in the Grand Army of the Republic's 501st Legion.[6]

Mission to Benglor[]

"We can't fall back! This thing swallowed Bellow! I won't stop until its head is mounted on our ship!"
―Hardcase, before charging the creature[8]

Not long after the beginning of the Clone Wars in 22 BBY,[9] Hardcase and the other members of the 501st traveled to the planet Benglor to investigate suspected Separatist activity. Under Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, the legion endured the sweltering heat of the world as they searched the forests for signs of the Droid Army. During a rest period, Hardcase discovered a mysterious slime-like substance and, suspecting it to be a clue to the Separatists' actions on the planet, alerted his superior, Clone Captain CT-7567 "Rex." Other clones soon discovered the remains of a B1-series battle droid laid out in a line leading deeper into the forest.[8]

Hardcase is attacked by the creature.

One of these troopers, a clone nicknamed "Bellow," followed the scraps until he was ambushed by a native creature. Hardcase began to fire upon the creature with a Z-6 rotary blaster cannon to protect his comrade, but the beast ignored the trooper's fire and swallowed Bellow. Enraged at his brother's death, Hardcase disobeyed the orders of Captain Rex and charged at the creature, only to be swatted away by the beast. The animal prepared to attack the trooper, but General Skywalker subdued the creature by reaching out through the Force, allowing Hardcase and the rest of the clones to fall back. Skywalker reprimanded Hardcase for disobeying direct orders, expecting the trooper to comply in the future.[8]

Siege of Hisseen[]

"Keep those clankers back! Give 'em all you've got!"
"Gladly, Captain Rex!"
―Rex and Hardcase defending Hisseen[8]

Hardcase fights alongside Rex and CC-2224 "Cody" on Hisseen.

Sometime after the mission to Benglor in the same year,[9] Hardcase and the 501st fought on the planet Hisseen against the forces of Count Dooku, the leader of the Droid Army, who sought to forcibly compel the Hisseenian parliament to join the Separatist movement. The clone legion fought alongside members of the 104th and 212th Battalions of the Grand Army to defend a Hisseenian village from the onslaught of the Count's army, though they were soon outmatched by the opposing B2-series super battle droids. The arrival of Generals Skywalker, Plo Koon, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, however, turned the tide of the battle in the Republic's favor. After destroying the droids, the Jedi departed to confront Dooku, leaving the clones to defend the village. Not long after, more droids arrived and engaged Hardcase and the other clone forces. During the firefight, the troopers were contacted by General Koon, who requested reinforcements be sent to his location.[8]

Battle of Mimban[]

Hardcase and the 501st fought during the Battle of Mimban alongside the Mud Jumpers, led by Captain Rex in support of Jedi General Laan Tik. They were accompanied by Junior Representative Jar Jar Binks, who was intended to act as an interface with the native Mimbanese. Hardcase was ordered to by Rex to get Binks out of the combat zone to safety. Hardcase complied, voicing his opinion that the representative shouldn't even be there in the first place and sarcastically commenting that he was doing "a heck of a job." When Laan Tik was suddenly struck down by battle droid blaster fire, the chain of command fell to Binks and the troopers were forced to fall back; Hardcase was ordered to lay down suppressing fire to cover their retreat.[10]

Battle of Saleucami[]

"Those two snipers might have called for backup. Unless we want to get picked off one-by-one, we should find better cover first."
―Hardcase, to Jesse and Kix[src]

Jesse, Hardcase, and Kix on Saleucami

In 21 BBY,[11] General Grievous captured Jedi Master Eeth Koth. Koth was freed and Grievous was left stranded on the nearby planet of Saleucami. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi led clone troopers of the 501st and 212th Attack Battalion to find and capture Grievous. During the mission, Hardcase rode a BARC speeder with fellow 501st troopers Captain Rex, Kix, and Jesse. Rex was injured by a droid, and Hardcase and the others decided to drop him off at a farm while they continued their mission.[5]

Battle of Umbara[]

"Live to fight another day, boys. Live to fight another day."
―Hardcase's last words during the Battle of Umbara[3]

Hardcase during the battle

In 20 BBY,[2] Hardcase and the 501st were deployed to fight in the Battle of Umbara under Skywalker. Skywalker led the initial assault and helped the troops reach a ridge, but they soon evacuated the area as Republic air support arrived. After the conflict, Skywalker was called back to Coruscant and replaced by Jedi General Pong Krell. After a brutal march towards the capital, Krell ordered the troops to advance straight down the main road, and despite initial opposition to the plan, Rex moved Hardcase and the other squads down the road. When CT-5385 "Tup" questioned why they were not probing the city's defenses first, Hardcase responded with confidence, saying that he believed they could take whatever they faced. When the troops were ambushed, Hardcase fired on the advancing natives with great effect, taunting his enemies until the overwhelmed clones swiftly retreated back the way they came. When Krell sent reinforcements to bail them out, Hardcase turned around and fired at the Umbarans, shouting at them when they began retreating.[12]

As the campaign progressed, the troops quickly began to discuss Krell's seemingly irrational and heavy-casualty tactics, but Hardcase maintained his focus, trying to be optimistic for the heavy fighting that awaited. However, his motivations quickly changed as the campaign progressed, and despite being optimistic about the assault on the Umbaran airbase, understood the concerns voiced by the majority of the troops, including ARC trooper CT-5555 "Fives" and Jesse. As the troops advanced down a narrow path directly into Umbaran resistance, Rex ordered a full retreat despite Krell's orders for them to press on. Hardcase and the others dropped back and tried to use rocket launchers to hit the Umbaran Militia's mobile heavy cannons, but their armor was too strong. He formed his own plan, and together with Fives, Rex tasked them with infiltrating the airbase to steal two Umbaran starfighters, going against Krell's orders for a full frontal assault. As Rex and the other troops held out and suffered even more casualties, Hardcase and Fives snuck into the base and, figuring out the controls on the fly, flew back and used the fighter's impressive firepower to destroy the cannons.[7]

After securing the airbase, Hardcase and clone trooper "Dogma" reported to Krell to inform him of the increased number of Umbarans attacking the base. Krell ordered the two clones to interrogate the prisoners to reconfigure the base's security for an effective defense. Now holding a position instead of constantly advancing, the clones had more time to debate Krell's leadership. When the majority of the troopers believed that Krell was out of control, Hardcase, Jesse, and Fives formulated a plan to use the captured Umbaran starfighters to disable the Separatist supply ship that was in orbit on the planet. The ship was resupplying nearby forces that was putting pressure on the 501st and their position.[3]

Hardcase flying an Umbaran starfighter

After cracking into the access codes, Hardcase once again attempted to fly the fighter in the hangar, which ended poorly. When they suggested the plan to Rex, he admitted he liked it but eventually returned to tell them that Krell had vetoed the idea. Tup voiced his concerns about their flying abilities, citing Hardcase's poor display that they would not last very long in an aerial engagement. When Hardcase again attempted to fly the fighter and accidentally destroyed the hangar, Krell confronted him. Hardcase explained that he had been working on the fighter when an enemy booby trap went off, which satisfied Krell but also reaffirmed that he would not be authorizing their mission. Regardless, Hardcase agreed to disobey Krell's orders and accompanied Jesse and Fives, who commandeered starfighters in an attempt to destroy a droid supply ship themselves instead of go along with Krell's plan.[3]

Hardcase's last moments

The three clones flew through the space battle, forming up behind other Umbaran starfighters and maneuvering to get close to the supply ship. When they were discovered, they flew into the interior of the ship to blow it from the inside. When their rogue operation was looking like it would fail, Hardcase got out of his starfighter to blow up the ship himself. Fives told him to get back inside his ship, but Hardcase was firm in his decision, saying it was the only way. When Jesse convinced Fives to let Hardcase finish their mission, Hardcase used one of the wing-mounted missile pods on the ship to trigger a massive explosion, sacrificing his life to destroy the supply ship.[3]

Personality and traits[]

"I don't know. Could be fun."
―Hardcase gives his opinion on General Krell's risky strategy[7]

Hardcase was a tough and loyal clone, but frequently forged his own plan and sometimes disobeyed orders. When he did exactly that during the Mission to Benglor, he was reprimanded by General Skywalker.[8] Hardcase loved a good fight and embraced the danger of their missions, even enjoying destroying his enemies.[3] He described himself as hyper-active and blamed it on a leak in his growth chamber.[7] When Hardcase and the others worked on the fighters, Hardcase teased and joked with his brothers. On the Separatist supply ship, Hardcase chose to sacrifice himself to aid in the destruction of the ship as a final favor to his comrades, whom he cared for deeply. He kept his head shaved throughout the war, and like many of his fellow clones, Hardcase had personalized tattoos on his face.[3]


"I appreciate a lightsaber and the Force as much as anyone, but give me a good blaster any day!"
"Only you would say that, Hardcase."
―Hardcase and Captain Rex[9]

Hardcase favored his Z-6 rotary blaster cannon

Early on in the war, Hardcase, like the rest of the clones, wore a set of standard Phase I clone trooper armor with distinct blue armor. Later, he would make the switch to Phase II clone trooper armor along with the rest of the clones, keeping the distinct, personalized design from his Phase I armor. His weapon of choice was a powerful, rapid-fire Z-6 rotary blaster cannon,[6] although he could be seen with a DC-15A blaster rifle during the Battle of Umbara.[7]

Behind the scenes[]

Hardcase first appeared in "The Deserter,"[5] which first aired on January 1, 2010 as part of The Clone Wars: Season Two.[13] He was voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, who voiced all clones for the show.


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 StarWars-DatabankII.png Clone Trooper Hardcase in the Databank (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events "Prisoners" and "Crisis on Naboo" to 20 BBY. As the episode "Plan of Dissent" takes place between the two episodes according to StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link), Hardcase's death must take place in that year.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Plan of Dissent"
  4. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle!
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Darkness on Umbara"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The General"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales 1
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales 1 places the mission to Benglor during the Clone Wars and prior to the Battle of Christophsis. Since the beginning of the Clone Wars and the Battle of Christophsis are dated to 22 BBY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, the mission to Benglor must take place in that year.
  10. "501 Plus One"—Age of Republic Special 1
  11. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Landing at Point Rain" to 21 BBY, and Helmet Collection logo small.png 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 StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link) places "Grievous Intrigue" and "The Deserter" between "Landing at Point Rain" and "Lethal Trackdown," their events, which include the Battle of Saleucami, must take place in the same year.
  12. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Darkness on Umbara"
  13. StarWars.com The Clone Wars Episode Guide: The Deserter on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)