- "See, I'm flesh and blood, just like you."
- ―Waxer, to Numa
"Waxer" was the nickname of a clone trooper who served in Ghost Company, a unit of the Grand Army of the Republic's 212th Attack Battalion. During the Clone Wars, Waxer fought alongside Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker against the Separatist Droid Army, participating in the liberation of the planet Ryloth and its Twi'lek inhabitants. On Ryloth, Ghost Company—led by General Kenobi—was assigned to destroy the Confederate proton cannons in the city of Nabat, in order to allow the Galactic Republic Acclamator-class assault ships to land. After the company reached the city, Waxer and fellow trooper Boil were dispatched to scout ahead and soon found a young Twi'lek orphan named Numa in one of the city's alleys. Taking compassion on the girl, Waxer—despite Boil's protests—decided to take her with them, and the Twi'lek led the two clones to her destroyed home. There, the three were attacked by several gutkurr beasts, but they managed to escape thanks to Numa's knowledge of secret underground passages beneath Nabat.
After regrouping with the rest of the Republic troops, Waxer and Boil participated in an assault on the city's courtyard, where Nabat's captive inhabitants were being used as living shields for the proton cannons. While Ghost Company distracted the Confederate battle droids, Waxer, Boil, and Kenobi went behind enemy lines through a secret passage shown to them by Numa, liberated the Twi'leks, and destroyed the proton cannons. After the successful liberation of Ryloth, Waxer participated in a Republic offensive aimed at destroying several Separatist battle droid foundries on the recently rebelled planet of Geonosis. During the battle, Waxer and Boil rescued Kenobi, whose landing gunship had been shot down by Geonosian forces. Later in the war, Waxer, alongside the 212th, participated in a Republic campaign to retake Umbara, where he assisted General Kenobi in capturing the planet's capital city. In the midst of the fight, Waxer's detachment was contacted by General Pong Krell, who commanded the 501st Legion of the Grand Army, which provided support for the 212th. Krell provided Waxer with coordinates of the native Umbarans' upcoming attack, warning the troopers that the enemy would be wearing captured clone trooper armor. Waxer led a platoon of the 212th's troopers to the provided coordinates, where they engaged enemy forces in clone armor. However, the enemy was, in fact, the 501st, led by Clone Captain CT-7567. They had received the same orders from Krell, who had fallen to the dark side and was seeking to thwart the Republic's progress in the battle. Although Krell's ruse was exposed before the two clone detachments fully destroyed each other, it was too late for Waxer, who had been wounded in the firefight and died shortly thereafter.
A clone of the bounty hunter Jango Fett, the clone trooper nicknamed "Waxer" was born on the planet Kamino to fight in the Grand Army of the Republic. During the Clone Wars, the conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Waxer served under Clone Commander CC-2224—nicknamed "Cody"—in Ghost Company, a unit of the Grand Army of the Republic's 212th Attack Battalion.
- "We should do something. I say we take her with us."
- ―Waxer, to Boil, concerning Numa
In 22 BBY, after Techno Union Foreman Wat Tambor took control of the planet Ryloth and subjugated its Twi'lek inhabitants, the Republic mounted an offensive to liberate the Twi'leks. Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano were able to destroy the Separatist blockade surrounding the planet, allowing the Republic forces to land and initiate a ground assault. Alongside Kenobi, Cody, and the rest of Ghost Company, Waxer boarded an LAAT/i gunship—the Crumb Bomber—which set off for the city of Nabat. Aboard the gunship, Kenobi and Cody instructed Ghost Company to utilize their blasters and EMP grenades only, in order to avoid destroying the Twi'leks' home during their attempt to free them. Meanwhile, Separatist J-1 semi-autonomous proton cannons below began to harass the Republic Acclamator-class assault ships, forcing them to pull back.
Aboard one of the transports, Jedi Master Mace Windu used a holoprojector to contact Kenobi and tasked him and Ghost Company with destroying the cannons to allow the rest of the Republic troops to land. After reaching the planet's surface, the Republic forces were confronted by a group of B1 battle droids in a bunker on the outskirts of Nabat. Kenobi led Waxer and Boil closer to the bunker in order to use EMP grenades and disable the droids. After Waxer's first attempt to lob a grenade into the bunker failed due to the long distance, Kenobi used the Force to guide Waxer's and Boil's grenades and helped them reach their target. With the bunker neutralized, Ghost Company entered the city. Kenobi then told Cody to pick his best men and scout ahead. Following Kenobi's orders, Cody selected Waxer and two other troopers—Wooley and Boil. While scouting, the clones took notice that the city was deserted; the Twi'leks had been driven from their homes by the Confederate forces.
Cody suggested that the group should split up and ordered Waxer and Boil to go south—telling them to return by an appointed time—while he and Wooley checked the courtyard. Soon, Waxer and Boil stumbled upon the young female Twi'lek orphan Numa in an alley. Waxer wanted to take her with them, but Boil insisted that she would only slow them down. As the two started to argue, Waxer spotted a Separatist recon droid flying nearby. By hiding in the alley, the clones managed to remain undetected by the droid, but its appearance prompted Boil to hurry Waxer. The latter continued to insist on taking Numa with them and soon convinced Boil to do so. As Boil reached to Numa, however, she bit his finger, leading Waxer to believe that she must have mistaken the two for droids.
To ease the girl's fears, Waxer removed his helmet and tried to explain to Numa that he and Boil were living beings, just like her. Noticing that Numa looked starved, Boil and Waxer gave her a ration bar. After tasting the bar, the girl called the clones "nerra," a Twi'leki word unknown to Waxer and Boil. The clones then returned to their scouting mission, and Numa followed them. Soon, however, Numa ran away in the direction of the recon droid, and Waxer, unwilling to let her be killed by the droids, decided to follow her, much to Boil's dismay. The girl led the two clones to her destroyed home, where Waxer noticed a tooka doll lying on the floor. After he gave the doll to Numa, she began to cry, and the two clones comforted her.
The two troopers received an incoming transmission from Cody and realized that they were late. Boil wanted to answer the transmission, but Waxer stopped him and asked how they would explain their delay to the commander. Waxer then told Boil that it would be better if they hurried back to the Republic position and claimed that they had ran into trouble, lying that their communications had been jammed as further cover. Before the clones could get very far, however, several gutkurrs—predatory beasts released by the Separatists to fight the Republic forces—attacked them, and they were forced to retreat with Numa back into the home.
Liberating the Twi'leksEdit
- CC-2224: "Waxer, Boil. Where have you two slackers been?"
- Boil: "Sir, there is an explanation."
- Waxer: "We got sidetracked."
- Kenobi: [notices Numa] "I think I see what sidetracked you."
- ―Waxer and Boil try to explain their delay to Kenobi and Commander CC-2224[src]
To escape the creatures, Numa led the clones into an underground passage, and they resurfaced near Kenobi, Cody, and the rest of Ghost Company, who had just fought off a number of gutkurrs themselves. Conversing to Numa in Twi'leki, Kenobi discovered that she could lead them through secret passages to the Twi'lek prisoners, who were trapped at the courtyard near the proton cannons. While Cody and the rest of his company created a diversion to distract the droids, Waxer and Boil went with Kenobi to free the hostages. The three were successful in their mission and liberated the Twi'leks, who then took cover in the secret passage. There, Numa was reunited with her uncle, Nilim Bril. Kenobi then took control of one of the proton cannons, and with the help of Waxer and Boil—who loaded the cannon with shells—managed to destroy the other cannons. However, a shot from Separatist T-series tactical droid commander TX-20's Armored Assault Tank destroyed the commandeered cannon and blasted the three aside.
Numa, worried for her new friends, ran from her cover to the clones, and after they had recovered, she ran over to Kenobi. TX-20's tank targeted Numa and Kenobi, but the now-freed Twi'leks attacked the tactical droid and destroyed him. Mace Windu and the transports were then able to land. As the Republic forces prepared to head to the capital city of Lessu to retake it and free the planet, Waxer and Boil said goodbye to Numa and bid her well. Numa then called them "nerra" one last time, and Kenobi translated for them: "nerra" meant "brother." Eventually, the Republic was able to liberate Ryloth and destroy all of the droid forces.
- "Why do we always get the fun missions?"
"Oh, this isn't the fun part. Getting back to the square is the fun part."
- ―Waxer and Boil
Later in the war, the Geonosian population of the planet Geonosis—the site of the first battle of the war—rebelled against the Republic and began producing droids for the Confederacy in newly established droid foundries. Upon discovering this, the Republic launched an assault on the planet in the hopes of capturing the Geonosian leader, Archduke Poggle the Lesser, and destroying the newly ray shielded foundries. The Republic forces were divided into three groups, led by Generals Kenobi, Skywalker and Ki-Adi-Mundi, and set off in LAAT/i gunships to a rendezvous point, where they were to regroup for the assault on the shield generator. Waxer and Boil accompanied the strike team led by Kenobi and Commander Cody, and the assault force soon managed to reach the rendezvous point despite heavy fire from the Geonosians.
Upon landing, Cody circled his All Terrain Tactical Enforcer tanks into a defensive formation, and the clone troopers engaged the enemy Geonosians. However, it was soon discovered that during the landing procedure, Kenobi's gunship—the Bad Kitty—had been shot down and crashed five kilometers away from his forces' position. Hoping to rescue the general, Cody called Waxer and Boil and ordered them to reach Kenobi's gunship and check it for survivors. The two troopers raced through the ongoing firefight to the downed vehicle and opened the gunship. Inside it, they found two survivors: the injured Kenobi and clone trooper Trapper. Under covering fire from the Republic's AT-TE walkers, Waxer and Boil escorted the wounded pair back to Cody's position. Later, Skywalker's and Mundi's troops—along with some BTL-B Y-wing starfighters dispatched by Admiral Wullf Yularen—arrived to assist Kenobi's men and destroyed the shield generator. At some point during the battle, the Republic forces targeted one of the Geonosian weapons factories for destruction. Waxer was then dispatched to scout ahead and gather information about the enemy. He ran into a group of battle droids but was able to take them down before they revealed his position.
- "Tell me who gave you the orders to attack us."
"It…it was General Krell. *cough* He sent us to these coordinates to stop the enemy. We thought they were wearing our armor. *cough* But…it was…you…"
- ―Rex and the dying Waxer
In 21 BBY, when the native population of the planet Umbara seceded from the Republic and pledged their support to the Confederacy, the Galactic Republic launched an offensive to retake the strategically placed planet. As the Republic forces, led by Generals Skywalker, Kenobi, Saesee Tiin, and Pong Krell, closed in on the world, Waxer attended the pre-battle briefing held among the command staff aboard a Jedi transport. Waxer and the 212th Attack Battalion, under the command of Kenobi, was tasked with capturing the planet's capital city, while the rest of the troops provided support for that main assault. As the lengthy battle dragged on, the 212th received a message from General Krell, who had assumed command of the 501st Legion of clone troopers after Skywalker was recalled from Umbara. Krell warned the 212th that the Umbarans, wearing captured clone trooper armor, were planning an attack.
Waxer then led a platoon of 212th's men to the coordinates provided by Krell, where they indeed encountered a group of attackers in clone armor. Heavy fighting erupted between the two groups, during which many troops on both sides were killed and Waxer himself was fatally wounded. However, Waxer's men soon discovered that they were killing their own brethren from the 501st when one of the opposing soldiers—CT-7567, nicknamed "Rex"—took off his helmet and ran out to the middle of the battlefield in a desperate attempt to stop the fight. The 501st, via a fake transmission from Waxer engineered by Krell—who had fallen to the dark side—had been guided to the same location and warned about the disguised enemy. Pitting the two clone detachments against each other was another step in Krell's plan to ensure the Republic's defeat on Umbara. After Rex successfully broke the battle, he walked to the dying Waxer's side, who informed him about Krell's treachery. With a shocking realization that he had just killed several of his clone brothers, Waxer drew his final breath and died.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "Aw, you made a friend. Mission accomplished."
- ―Boil, to Waxer, regarding Numa
During his mission on Ryloth, Waxer was eager for combat. Although he had been hardened by the Clone Wars, Waxer was nevertheless a very compassionate soldier, showing considerable concern about Numa's well being and an amiable manner toward her. Although he and Boil were the best of friends, Waxer was often rather annoyed at Boil, who initially did not care for Numa or Ryloth's locals. Waxer also showed a fair amount of disobedience by deliberately deciding not to answer a call from command and planning on lying to his superior about running into trouble and having his communications jammed. According to Kenobi, it was uncharacteristic for Waxer and Boil to be late. During the Second Battle of Geonosis, Waxer was sarcastic regarding his and Boil's assignment to rescue Kenobi, complaining that they always got the "fun" missions. As a clone of Jango Fett, Waxer had the height of 1.83 meters. His eyes were brown in color. Waxer had his naturally black hair shaved clean for quicker grooming, and he enjoyed teasing Boil about his "fancy" mustache, thus arguing with Boil, who believed himself to be the tougher of the pair. He was trained in combat, recon, and military tactics. When Waxer discovered that he had killed other clones on Umbara, he was deeply affected by it, shedding a single tear before he died.
During his mission to Ryloth, Waxer wore standard Phase I clone trooper armor with Ghost Company's orange markings painted on it. By that time, Waxer's helmet was adorned with twenty-one marks, eight on the right side and thirteen on the left, along with a drawing of a battle droid, reflecting the number of droids he had destroyed. On Geonosis, Waxer sported Advanced Recon Force trooper gear, also decorated with his unit's colors. During both missions, he made use of a DC-15S. His equipment also included a pair of DC-17 hand blasters, and a Z-6 rotary blaster cannon featuring a built-in missile launcher. By the time of the battle on Umbara, Waxer had switched to the Phase II clone trooper armor, and he continued to keep count of the destroyed battle droids on his helmet and shoulder pad, which now totaled eighty. Waxer also added a cartoon illustration of Numa to his helmet in honor of the Twi'lek girl.
Behind the scenesEdit
Waxer was created for the 2008 The Clone Wars television series and first appeared in The Clone Wars: Slaves of the Republic - Chapter 1: The Mystery of Kiros, a comic book written by Henry Gilroy and illustrated by Scott Hepburn that serves as a tie-in to the series. Waxer then made an appearance in the twentieth episode of the series' first season, titled "Innocents of Ryloth," and the fifth episode of the second season, "Landing at Point Rain." In 2011, Waxer appeared in two more episodes of the series' fourth season, "Darkness on Umbara" and "Carnage of Krell," and was killed in the later episode. Like all clones in the show, Waxer was voiced by Dee Bradley Baker. Waxer was noted for being the first character on the series to be depicted crying.
Waxer also appeared in the young readers book The Battle for Ryloth, which features several minor inconsistencies with "Innocents of Ryloth." In it, both Waxer and Boil initially hesitate to take Numa with them, but ultimately decide to do so and then take her straight to Kenobi. In 2009, Hasbro released an action figure of Waxer as part of the "Assault on Ryloth" battle pack. Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season One, the DVD and Blu-ray release of the television series' first season, features an extended, "Director's Cut," version of "Innocents of Ryloth." Compared to the original version, it includes several new scenes. One scene features Waxer as he tries to throw a grenade into the droid bunker and misses the target, explaining why Kenobi has to use the Force to guide the following grenades in the aired cut of the episode. Waxer was later featured as a playable character in the Nintendo DS edition of the 2009 video game Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes, where his participation in the Battle of Ryloth was portrayed differently from "Innocents of Ryloth."
In Republic Heroes, Waxer teams up with Ahsoka Tano to destroy the proton cannons. The two advance through the streets of one of Ryloth's settlements, fighting B1 battle droids and B2 super battle droids along the way and working together to activate switches and open doors. Just near the plaza where the proton cannons are located, Waxer and Tano are temporarily stopped by a shielded turret but manage to deactivate its shield by overloading the nearby power generators. After destroying the turret, Waxer and Tano find out that the entrance to the plaza is sealed. They contact General Kenobi—who, along with Commander Cody, is advancing from the other side of the town—and request his assistance. Kenobi soon arrives, helps Tano to open the gates, and the two Jedi successfully destroy the cannons.
In 2011, Waxer was featured in the non-canon video game LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars as one of the playable characters in the level adapting "Innocents of Ryloth." Most versions of the game present a very different take on the events from the television episode. Waxer is armed with a rocket launcher. Waxer's and Boil's encounter with Numa is also completely omitted. Instead, they accompany Kenobi and Cody throughout the whole mission, participating in the fight against the gutkurrs. The exception to this is the Nintendo DS version, which more closely follows the plot of "Innocents of Ryloth" and features Numa. The game also features a series of "bounty hunter" missions, which involve Ziro the Hutt sending a team of bounty hunters to capture important Republic figures, intending to receive ransom for them. Waxer is one of the available kidnapping targets and has to be captured on Ryloth.
The fourth season of the television series also saw the Slaves of the Republic story arc adapted to the screen. However, as Waxer had just died in the previous episode, his role during the battle on Kiros was filled by Boil in the episode "Kidnapped." The television series is therefore given canonical precedence, and this article assumes that Boil participated in the Battle of Kiros instead of Waxer. The comic book version of the events is presented below.
Slaves of the Republic comic book appearanceEdit
- "Sir, we're still mopping up clankers here and there, but we've secured the city's north quadrant."
- ―Waxer reports to Obi-Wan Kenobi during the battle at Kiros
In the comic series, Waxer was among the Republic troops dispatched to liberate the Togrutan colony world of Kiros, which had been occupied by the Separatists. Led by High Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, and Skywalker's Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, the Republic forces quickly secured the northern quadrant of Kiros's capital and reached the headquarters of the Separatist commander, Xerius Ugg. As Cody and the rest of Ghost Company approached from the south through minimal resistance, Waxer reported to General Kenobi on the progress of the battle. The battle was ultimately won by the Republic, but it was discovered that all the Togruta had mysteriously disappeared. In fact, they had been transferred by the Confederacy to the planet Zygerria to be sold as slaves at an auction. Ultimately, the Jedi were able to liberate the Togruta and returned them back to Kiros.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars 1 (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Innocents of Ryloth"
- LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Non-canonical appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth" (Appears in flashback(s))
- The Clone Wars: The Battle for Ryloth
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes (Nintendo DS edition)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Landing at Point Rain"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Murders" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Darkness on Umbara"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Carnage of Krell"
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Official Star Wars Fact File Part 7 (HEA1, Z-95 Headhunter)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Carnage of Krell"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Innocents of Ryloth"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2
- ↑ The Official Star Wars Fact File Part 24 (22 BBY 85–86, The Struggle for Toydaria)
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Innocents of Ryloth" (Director's Cut version)
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Landing at Point Rain"
- ↑ 16.0 16.1
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Darkness on Umbara"
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes (Nintendo DS edition in-game databank)
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars 1
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Four, "Darkened World of Umbara" Commentary
- ↑ The Clone Wars: The Battle for Ryloth
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes (Nintendo DS version)
- ↑ LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Kidnapped"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars 6