The Clone Wars were one of the most epic and game-changing conflicts in Star Wars history, so it’s only natural that some of the best warriors in the galaxy emerged from them. The Grand Army of the Republic, made up of clones of the bounty hunter Jango Fett is, at first glance, made up of identical soldiers.
Although they all had the same origin, many of them followed different and unique paths. By the end of their travels, a select few of these elite clone troopers became legends thanks to their accomplishments and impressive range of abilities.
Updated February 21, 2021 by Theo Kogod. Around the time this article was initially published, a new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiered that finally helped end some of the lingering story lines. It also introduced a new group of clone troopers, Squad-99, also known as the Bad Lot. These highly specialized clones were some of the most skilled ever seen and should be included in any discussion of skilled clone troopers. In addition, there are a number of clones that were left out of the initial list and that deserve to be included, characters that fans will be delighted to see here.
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Hunter was the leader of Squad-99 (nicknamed the « Bad Lot »), which was made up of clones that had genetic abnormalities that set them apart from their peers. Another way that Hunter differed from the other clones was that it did not have a formal numerical designation. What he did have were heightened senses and so sensitive that he was able to sense the electromagnetic frequencies of a droid command center halfway across the planet.
The other thing that made him stand out from the rest of the Bad Hortaleza was his natural leadership and strategic thinking. His team witnessed the worst conflicts of the Clone Wars and he led them safely through dangerous missions time and time again.
14 Fives (CT-5555 or ARC-5555)
One of the Domino Squad members, Fives would outlive all of his teammates except Echo, and like Echo, he went on to become an ARC soldier as the war progressed.
The Domino Squad was initially seen as being rejected during their initial training, but they soon progressed to become some of the most respected clone troopers to serve in the Clone Wars, joining the 501st Legion. Fives actually discovered the conspiracy surrounding the biochips implanted in each clone that would later be activated to execute Order 66. He tried to reveal the truth about his discovery, but was killed, so the Jedi never found out about Order 66 until it was too late.
13 Echo (CT-1409)
Like Fives, Echo was a member of the Domino Squad who eventually joined the elite 501st Legion. He quickly rose through the ranks, eventually becoming one of the Legion’s top officers, as well as an ARC soldier.
Working with Captain Rex, Eco helped design some of the most effective strategies used by the Grand Army of the Republic. He and Fives also helped repel the droid assault on Kamino. After an explosion appeared to have killed Echo, he was taken prisoner by the Separatists, who subjected him to terrible experiments to extract the strategic algorithms that he and Rex had made, using the Republic’s own tactics against them. After being rescued, Echo joined Squad-99.
During the Clone Wars, several soldiers displayed exceptional physical prowess, favoring heavy weapons and excelling in hand-to-hand combat. None were as strong as Wrecker.
While fighting in the Battle of Anaxes, he lifted a LAAT fighter ship that had crashed over his head (despite the ship being capable of carrying thirty people). His temper often caused problems. He had a hard time sticking to a plan, especially in stealth missions, and he was known to lash out at other clone troopers, but there were few clones as effective in fighting as he was. Like all members of Squad-99, Wrecker had no formal numerical designation that was ever revealed.
Of all the members of the « Bad batch, » Tech was by far the least physically intimidating. He was also the smartest and most compassionate of the group.
As the name suggests, he was adept at using technology. He was also a talented battlefield tactician, capable of thinking on his feet in a fight and doing advanced calculations while under heavy fire to figure out the exact trajectory to make each thrown grenade and blaster shot deal maximum damage.
10 Fox (CC-1010)
Fox, a commander to be admired and respected, demonstrated unwavering courage as he participated in many dangerous missions and led his own squad of shock troops. Fox was a highly decorated soldier who stepped into danger without question and became a role model for all the clones around him.
By accepting certain morally ambiguous missions, such as agreeing to assassinate Ahsoka Tano and her comrade Fives, he was not a bad soldier. Rather, these served as proof of his absolute devotion to his superiors.
9 Fordo (ARC-77)
Leader of Muunilinst 10, a squad of elite ARC soldiers, Fordo played a vital role in the conquest of Muunilinst and in the capture of the city commander, San Hill, during a siege led by Obi-Wan Kenobi. He also participated in a successful rescue mission against General Grievous and fought on the ground during the Battle of Coruscant.
ARC-77 fought with two blasters and, as a commander, had access to all manner of radar, melee, and stealth gadgets. His skill set allowed him to assault multiple enemies simultaneously in close combat and ranged combat.
8 Sev (Delta-07 or RC-1207)
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Sev was the deadliest and most savage of the Republic Command Delta Squad and was the team’s ultimate weapon of destruction until the moment it fell on Kashyyyk. All manner of enemies fell under his wrath, from super battle droids to advanced A-DSD dwarf spider droids and MagnaGuards.
He was extremely adept at taking out enemies with his sniper rifle and was unrivaled in close combat, using his commando gear to full effect, especially the Knuckle Vibroblade.
7 Chief (Delta-38 or RC-1138)
The story of Delta Squad leader Boss goes beyond the Clone Wars. He and the survivors of his team – Scorch and Fixer – became integrated into the Fist of Vader, the terrifying 501st Legion. Since then, they have participated in numerous missions to hunt down the clones that had defected from their ranks, the Jedi who all the opponents of the Empire lived in hiding.
Boss was the most gifted and intelligent member of Team Delta, as well as its best strategist, and he was given command over his brothers for obvious reasons.
6 Cody (CC-2224)
Serving closely under the orders of none other than the legendary Obi-Wan Kenobi (until he betrayed him in Revenge of the Sith) Cody excelled as a commander at the head of the 212th Strike Battalion. He placed great emphasis on discipline and practically never failed a mission thanks to his excellent strategies.
However, the quality for which he was best known was his unwavering loyalty, a loyalty that was ultimately committed to Darth Sidious. Cody preferred fighting with the heavier but more powerful DC-15A blaster rifle.
5 Alpha (ARC-17)
Alpha served not only Obi-Wan, but also his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker. In the early stages of the Clone Wars, he fought the mighty Gen’Dai Durge, defeating him. Later, Asajj Ventress captured and tortured Alpha before his timely rescue.
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His bravery and abilities earned him the utmost admiration from Skywalker. ARC-17 went on to create an academy for clone officers, which inspired the idea of having different subdivisions of clone troops. Alpha, a deadly marksman, trained some of the best clones in history, including Rex and Cody.
4 Ordo (Null-11)
The capabilities of Ordo, a rare Null-class forward reconnaissance commando, caused severe damage to the Separatist forces. Due to his genetic modifications, Ordo was 30% more intelligent than his fellow normal clones. His enhanced memory allowed him to recall details with perfect precision.
Null-11 had also received various forms of training, including assassination, blaster rifles, and swordplay. His good name remained even after Order 66, when he defected.
3 Rex (CT-7567)
A legend among all clone troopers, a loyal friend to Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano, and the leader of multiple elite squads during both the Clone Wars and the Galactic Civil War, Rex lived the life of a true hero.
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Even after the Empire’s ascension, he eluded Emperor Palpatine’s orders of treachery and continued to support the Jedi cause, ultimately participating in Return of the Jedi’s crucial Battle of Endor. Beyond this remarkable resume, Rex was also in possession of astonishing leadership, robotics knowledge, and piloting skills.
Cloned from a Jedi Knight, the fate of the Force-sensitive X1 is closely tied to that of his brother, X2, with a similar talent. Both fought as clone troopers in countless battles, trained numerous clones, and killed Jedi after Order 66. During the rise of the Empire, X2 grew stronger on the dark side of the Force, especially after assassinating the same Jedi than he was. cloned.
X1 continued to fight on the side of the Empire until its eventual demise. In addition to his excellent melee and ranged combat and piloting skills, X1 was able to utilize telekinesis and Force Beam.
X1’s brother betrayed the Empire and fought on the side of the Rebellion, eventually meeting his brother in battle and defeating him. X2 lived to see the Emperor’s demise and to be Luke Skywalker’s personal apprentice. The Jedi Master’s guidance allowed the clone to advance his Force skills to the point where he was prepared to face his evil brother in a lightsaber duel, ultimately emerging victorious.
X2 could make good use of all kinds of weapons, from blasters and rifles to rocket launchers. He was a skilled pilot, engineer, and hacker.