- "Ridge is down! Maul's advancing toward the main hangar!"
- ―A clone trooper reports to Commander Rex
"Ridge" was a clone trooper who served in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars as a part of the 501st Legion, first serving in the legion's Torrent Company during the Battle of Teth under Clone Captain CT-7567 "Rex" in the beginning of the conflict, and then the 332nd Company of the legion's new division by the end of the war.
Following the Siege of Mandalore that resulted in the capture of renegade Sith Lord Maul, Ridge participated in the implementation of Order 66 on Ahsoka Tano aboard her Star Destroyer, and was incapacitated when he and his fellow troopers encountered Maul. After Ridge was incapacitated, another clone trooper reported to Rex, now a Clone Commander, that Ridge was down and that Maul was moving towards the main hangar.
Battle of TethEdit
- "Ridge, your comm's got static."
- ―A clone trooper and Ridge, before the Battle of Teth
Ridge was a clone trooper that was grown on the planet Kamino from the DNA of Jango Fett, a bounty hunter who became the template of the clone trooper army. Ridge served in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Separatist Alliance, and belonged to Torrent Company of the 501st Legion.
After Jabba Desilijic Tiure's son, Rotta, was kidnapped by alleged bounty hunters, Ridge and his unit were dispatched to the planet Teth in 22 BBY in order to rescue him. Ridge was onboard the same LAAT/i gunship that carried Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Commander Ahsoka Tano, and Clone Captain CT-7567 "Rex" to the B'omarr Order Monastery where Rotta was suspected to be held captive. Falling under attack by Separatist forces on the monastery, the Battle of Teth commenced and the gunships came under heavy fire. During the landing, a clone trooper informed Ridge that his comlink had static, which Ridge quickly acknowledged and repaired by knocking on his helmet.
Republic forces soon landed and scaled up the monastery's rock wall until they managed to reach the structure itself. There, they managed to locate and rescue Rotta, but not before Separatist reinforcements trapped them on the monastery. Forced inside the building, Torrent Company suffered heavy casualties and eventually were captured and taken prisoner. It wasn't until Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi and the 7th Sky Corps arrived to reinforce Torrent Company that Captain Rex and his forces were able to fight off the droid forces. Eventually through the course of the battle, only a few survivors remained of Torrent Company.
Mandalore and Order 66Edit
- "All right. We know Ahsoka Tano is onboard. She's been marked for termination by Order 66."
- ―Commander Rex, to members of his unit during the implementation of Order 66
In 19 BBY, by the time of the Outer Rim Sieges at the tail end of the Clone Wars, Ridge was reassigned to the 332nd Company, a company within a division of the 501st Legion. When former Jedi Ahsoka Tano returned and met with her former teacher and friend Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi to discuss a joint operation between the Republic and the Mandalore resistance, Ridge was one of many clone troopers who customized their helmets in a stylized version of Tano's face and markings. Captain Rex was promoted to the military rank of Clone Commander, and along with Tano as an advisor, led Republic forces in the Siege of Mandalore against renegade Sith Lord Maul and the Shadow Collective, which controlled the planet from the city of Sundari.
After the Shadow Collective was defeated and Maul was captured, Ridge was among the remainder of 501st Legion forces that departed Mandalore aboard a Venator-class Star Destroyer that transported Maul to Coruscant. As the Venator-class Star Destroyer was en route, Republic Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, secretly the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious, enacted Order 66, a clone protocol that established all members of the Jedi as traitors to the Galactic Republic. After Rex, Advanced Recon Commando CT-5597 "Jesse," and members of the 501st and Coruscant Guard ambushed Tano on the bridge, Tano managed to escape and reached Maul, who was being held captive in a holding cell inside a Mandalorian vault.
Needing a distraction, Tano freed Maul and parted ways with the intention that Maul would shift attention away from her. As Tano sought for answers and a way to stop Rex and remove him from his trance, Maul made his way to the main hangar of the Star Destroyer and left a path of destruction in his wake. Encountering 501st clone troopers and clone shock troopers, Maul used pieces of the hallways as shields and as weapons with the Force.
Ridge and a contingent of clone troopers confronted Maul but began to retreat, as the Sith Lord was too powerful for them. Using a piece of metal from the hallway, Maul threw the metal and decapitated several clones in front of Ridge. Maul then used another piece of metal and Force pushed it into Ridge and another clone, impaling one and pinning him against the wall, and knocking the other to the ground. After the two were incapacitated, one of the three remaining clones contacted Commander Rex that Ridge was down, and that Maul was heading towards the hangar. After Rex gave them orders, the three clones escaped, although one had their limb amputated by Maul when he used the Force to hold him back as the doors of the hallway closed.
While Maul escaped, he utilized the Force to destroy the ship's reactor and hyperdrive, causing the vessel to exit hyperspace in a deteriorated state as it began to rapidly descend on a moon. After firefighting took place in the ship's main hangar between the 501st, Maul, and Tano along with Rex, who had his inhibitor chip removed, the Venator crashed on the surface, killing all onboard. The only survivors were Maul, who escaped via a Nu-class transport, and Tano and Rex, who survived by taking control of a BTL-B Y-wing fighter-bomber. In the aftermath, Tano and Rex were at the ship's crash site, with Rex gathering supplies and Tano burying the dead clones, using their helmets on poles as memorials.
Personality and traitsEdit
As a clone of Jango Fett, Ridge was a human male who stood at 1.83 meters and had brown eyes and tan skin, as well as natural black hair. When Order 66 was enacted, Ridge did not disobey the command and despite facing a Sith, Ridge continued to fire his weapon even as his comrades nearby were killed in various ways, including decapitation.
Skills and abilitiesEdit
Initially, Ridge was equipped with standard white Phase I clone trooper armor when he was a member of Torrent Company early in the Clone Wars. Towards the end of the war, Ridge was equipped with Phase II clone trooper armor in the blue markings of the 501st Legion, although Ridge later customized his armor set's helmet in orange-red coloring with the pattern reflecting a stylized version of Ahsoka Tano's face and facial markings. During combat, Ridge used a DC-15A blaster carbine.
Behind the scenesEdit
Ridge first appeared in the animated theatrical film Star Wars: The Clone Wars which was released on August 15, 2008 in the United States and was directed by Dave Filoni. He, like all clone troopers in in the film and in the TV series, was voiced by Dee Bradley Baker. Following his appearance in the film, Ridge was not featured in the show until the seventh and final season episode "Shattered", the penultimate of the series. This differs from Ridge's fate in the Star Wars Legends continuity, where he was established as having died during the events of the film.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 clones were based on the genetic template of the human male Jango Fett and created on the planet Kamino. The entry also establishes that they stood at a height of 1.83 meters and had brown eyes with tan skin. Since Star Wars: The Clone Wars portrays Ridge as a clone trooper, this article assumes he shares all those characteristics. states that
- ↑ The episode "Shattered," which includes Ridge's appearance, takes place concurrent to the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, which are dated to 19 BBY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Furthermore, the following episode "Victory and Death" takes place immediately afterwards, and demonstrates that there were no survivors aboard the Venator-class Star Destroyer when it crashed. Since Ridge was onboard the Star Destroyer, Ridge must have died as well.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Victory and Death"
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the Battle of Christophsis and the Mission to Rodia to 22 BBY. Since the Battle of Teth takes place directly afterward the Battle of Christophsis and prior to the Mission to Rodia, the Battle of Teth must have also taken place in the same year.
- ↑ The episode "Shattered," which includes Ridge's appearance and death, takes place concurrent to the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, which are dated to 19 BBY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shattered"
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Old Friends Not Forgotten"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Unknown" establishes that clone troopers were built to withstand any combat stress.
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars novelization