- "This is my first time commanding a squadron, R7. Let's make a good impression."
- ―Ahsoka Tano
R7-A7 was an astromech droid with masculine programming who belonged to Ahsoka Tano. During the Clone Wars, he served in the astromech socket of her various starfighters whenever she flew in combat. R7 remained loyal to Tano after her departure from the Jedi Order, and assisted her alongside astromech droids CH-33P and RG-G1 when she found herself on the run from clone troopers after the issuance of Order 66, including capturing Clone Commander Rex to remove his behavioral modification biochip. R7 was subsequently destroyed by stray blaster fire when Tano and Rex were fighting other clones in the hangar of a crashing Venator-class Star Destroyer, but Tano and Rex salvaged his remains from the wreckage.
Battle of RylothEdit
R7-A7's first mission was serving in the Battle of Ryloth as co-pilot of Ahsoka Tano's Jedi starfighter. He flew with her on a mission to take out the Separatist blockade surrounding Ryloth, and was present when she disobeyed orders to retreat after Separatist reinforcements arrived, losing most of her squadron. After the Resolute and Defender retreated, Anakin Skywalker came up with a plan to pilot the heavily damaged Defender into the Confederacy's flagship, while Ahsoka was left to take out the remaining enemy frigates. Ahsoka was still shaken from her earlier failure, but received support from Admiral Wullf Yularen and led the counterattack. R7 would then fly with Ahsoka in a BTL-B Y-wing fighter-bomber. The attack was successful, and the Galactic Republic forces prepared to invade Ryloth and liberate the captive Twi'lek inhabitants from Techno Union leader Wat Tambor.
Later, R7 accompanied Tano in her starfighter as she and Skywalker shot down the Hyena bombers that had been ordered to destroy various Twi'lek villages by Count Dooku to show the galaxy the purported cost of a Republic victory.
During the beginning of the campaign to retake the Expansion Region planet Umbara, R7 again accompanied Tano when she flew into battle against the Separatist forces above the planet alongside her fellow Padawan Barriss Offee as they defended the landing of Republic forces, including the clones of the 501st Legion and the 212th Attack Battalion. 
R7 also flew in Tano's newer Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor when she accompanied her master Skywalker during the defense of Cato Neimoidia. When Skywalker's fighter was damaged by buzz droids and he was knocked unconscious, Tano had R7 take control of her fighter while she leapt over to Skywalker's fighter to rescue him. Following the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar, Tano and Skywalker were recalled to Coruscant. Sometime after their arrival, R7 was seen traversing the Temple hallways.
- "Careful! We're trying not to hurt him!"
- ―Ahsoka Tano to R7-A7 after the droid shocked a mind-controlled Rex unconscious
In the final days of the Clone Wars in 19 BBY, R7-A7 was stationed onboard a Venator-class Star Destroyer sent to Mandalore to aid Republic forces fighting in the Siege of Mandalore. Following the Republic's victory with the capture of the renegade Sith Lord Maul, Tano and Clone Commander Rex returned to the Star Destroyer, which jumped to hyperspace to deliver Maul to the Jedi High Council on Coruscant. However, with the execution of Order 66 by Darth Sidious, the clone troopers turned on Tano. After evading Rex, several shock troopers, and the rest of the 332nd Company aboard the ship, Tano managed to locate the room where R7-A7, as well as fellow astromech droids CH-33P and RG-G1, were being stored. Tano powered up R7, followed by Cheep and G-G, all of whom were distressed and confused by the clones' actions.
Tano recruited the droids to help her, which they were all eager to do. Tano ordered R7 to patch into the central computer to bring up all files related to the late ARC trooper Fives, based on a warning Rex managed to give her before his programming took him over. The droid displayed the files to her, including profiles on Fives and the also deceased clone trooper Tup, as well as a recording of Kaminoan doctor Nala Se discussing an alleged malfunction in Fives' inhibitor chip. Nala Se mentioned a grievance report filed by Rex in response to the situation, which Tano asked R7 to display. R7 told her that the report was sealed, but he managed to open the file after Tano told him to use Anakin Skywalker's personal clearance code, 8108. Within the file, Rex discussed his concerns with the inhibitor chips possibly having a purpose not fully understood, leading Tano to the conclusion that the chips forced the clones to comply with Order 66 against their will.
Tano became determined to remove Rex's chip, formulating a plan to do so with the droids' help. R7 and Cheep managed to trap Rex between blast doors, isolating him from his troops. R7 then displayed a pre-recorded hologram of Ahsoka telling Rex that it was not his fault for turning against her, and that she knew he was programmed through the inhibitor chip. In response, Rex aimed a blaster pistol at R7, ordering him to reveal where Ahsoka was. Tano revealed that she was standing right behind Rex and spoke to him, causing him to turn around. With Rex distracted, R7 shocked him unconscious, and Tano chided him, reminding the droid that they were taking care not to hurt Rex.
Tano and the three astromechs carried Rex to the medical bay. R7 ran a scan of Rex to look for the inhibitor chip within his brain, though nothing was found. Tano used the Force to look for the chip while touching Rex's head and chanting the Guardian's Mantra, and the chip subsequently appeared in the scan. She ordered R7 to start the procedure to remove the inhibitor chip. R7 expressed his concerns to her, but he started the procedure anyways after she pointed out that they were dead anyway if it didn't work. With the clones attempting to break into the medical bay, R7 oversaw the procedure on Rex while Tano held off the attackers and the other droids worked on re-sealing the door. Following Rex's recovery, he and Ahsoka managed to stun the clones and escape the area, with R7 and the rest of the droids following Tano and Rex's lead. Tano then ordered R7 to find them a safe path out, which R7 was successful in, leading them to head for the Star Destroyer's hangar to find a shuttle in order to escape.
As they sped towards the hangar, Maul, who had been freed from his imprisonment by Tano as a diversion, destroyed the Star Destroyer's hyperdrive, knocking it out of hyperspace and destroying the ship's engines, allowing it to be caught in the gravitational pull of a nearby moon. Arriving at the hangar control room, the group captured it, with Tano and Rex stunning and knocking out all of the clones inside. Now controlling the hangar, Tano ordered R7 to open the doors of Bay 12. After discovering from G-G that the hyperdrive was gone, Tano changed her orders for R7, instead ordering the astromech to open the main hangar doors, revealing the nearing moon and leading Tano to declare that they needed to get off the ship.
R7 then opened the hangar doors, revealing the Nu-class shuttle within, as well as an army of clones waiting for their eventual arrival under the command of ARC trooper and Lieutenant CT-5597 "Jesse." As the clones got into formation, Tano came up with a plan for how they could reach the shuttle. Crouching down, Tano asked if she could count on the three droids, to which they all agreed she could. As Tano and Rex ran out of the control room, she informed the group that she would explain her plan on the way.
As the clones remained in formation, Tano and Rex revealed themselves entering the hangar and asked the clones to hold their fire, feigning Tano's capture by Rex. As the droids sneaked past the clones, Rex unsuccessfully argued that the execution of Order 66 did not apply to Tano as she was no longer a member of the Jedi Order, allowing the droids just enough time to drop the lifts beneath the clones, reducing the number of clones present and making an escape more manageable. Just then, Maul arrived in the hangar and ran past the droids in an effort to steal the shuttle for himself. Maul managed to push Tano into the hole from the lifts with the Force, forcing G-G to use a cable to help her up. As Tano managed to make it back to the main hangar, Maul attempted to escape in the shuttle, but Tano held the shuttle in place with the Force to prevent its departure. As she was focused on this, more clones arrived, which R7 noted in warning to Tano and Rex as they began to fire upon them. While Tano attempted to stop the shuttle from escaping, one of the clones' stray shots hit R7 in the head, deactivating him.
After the battle ended with Rex and Tano's escape, the destruction of the Star Destroyer and the death of all the remaining clones onboard, as well as the destruction of Cheep and G-G, Tano and Rex retrieved what remained of R7 and placed his remains next to the Y-wing they had stolen from the crashing Star Destroyer.
R7-A7, as Ahsoka Tano's personal astromech droid, was loyal to her personally as well as the Galactic Republic and Jedi Order. He remained loyal to Tano even after her departure from the Jedi, and immediately agreed to assist her in her flight from the clones after the issuance of Order 66. He was considered quite an aggressive droid in battle, and was particularly adept at plotting hyperspace routes and repairing Tano's ship. He possessed many unique personality quirks, such as a salute he delivered to Tano with his manipulator arm.
R7 had mostly red plating, with green highlights and a silver dome, as well as a light blue sensor, a color scheme that matched both of Tano's starfighters. He was equipped with a holoprojector, scomp link, manipulating arm, and a spark projector.
Behind the scenesEdit
R7-A7 first appeared in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars first season episode "Storm Over Ryloth," which premiered in 2009. In official images, R7 is depicted as having a white middle stabilizing leg, but in season seven of The Clone Wars, the leg is maroon, matching the rest of his body.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Innocents of Ryloth" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Darkness on Umbara" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sabotage"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shattered"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Victory and Death"
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know (First identified as R7-A7)
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: Build Your Own R2-D2 48 (Droid Directory: Jedi Droids - Astromechs)
- Star Wars: X-Wing Second Edition – Delta-7 Aethersprite Expansion Pack (Card: ) (Reissued in Guardians of the Republic Squadron Pack, Sith Infiltrator Expansion Pack, Hotshots and Aces Reinforcements Pack) (Picture only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ The events of "Victory and Death" take place during the beginning of the Great Jedi Purge, which is dated to 19 BBY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Victory and Death"
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shattered"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Darkness on Umbara"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sabotage"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much"
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas