One of the most impressive things about Star Wars is that, outside of the films, there is an entire legion of fascinating characters who have almost never appeared in live action. One great example of this is Captain Rex, the clone commander who served in the Clone Wars and eventually joined the Rebellion against the Empire. Rex is a hugely important character in Star Wars canon, even though he has a pretty meager presence in the live-action saga.
Die-hard Rex fans know the character pretty well, but there are things about him that even they may be unaware of. Rex was a clone trooper, but he never became a stormtrooper, and that is just one of the many fascinating facts about his long story through the Republic and Imperial eras. He is an important figure in the history of the Star Wars era, even if he only makes a very brief appearance in the movies. Be sure to vote up the most interesting things you learn about Rex.
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Rex Is A Generation I ClonePhoto: Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003) / Cartoon Network
Like all of the clones that served in the clone army, Rex was genetically identical to bounty hunter Jango Fett. Rex was among the first generation of troopers for the Army of the Grand Republic, and he eventually came to be known as one of the greatest soldiers in the Army of the Republic.
Rex's first-generation status also made him one of the older clones in the entire army. Although his life was shorter than many of the character's in the Star Wars universe, he was there from the earliest days of the Clone Wars, and saw the Empire's rise and eventual fall.Super cool?
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According To ‘The Clone Wars,’ Rex Was Present At The Battle Of GeonosisPhoto: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones / 20th Century Fox
Rex may not have been on screen at all in the prequels, but that doesn't mean he wasn't canonically present for some of the major events depicted in those movies. According to The Clone Wars, he was present at the Battle of Geonosis, battling the droid army in the first battle of what would become the Clone Wars.
At the time of the Battle of Geonosis, Rex was leading a battalion of troops, the 501st, but he wasn't yet the distinguished leader he would eventually become. His reputation only grew with time, and he eventually emerged as one of the great leaders in the clone army. On Geonosis, he began to create that reputation.Super cool?
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Rex Dyes His HairPhoto: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Lucasfilm
Like every clone trooper, Rex is a clone of Jango Fett, and as such, he obviously has dark hair, at least naturally. For most of the time we see him as a character, though, Rex's hair is blond, which means that he has made the conscious choice to dye it that color.
Rex's reasons for dying his hair are never explicitly stated, but it seems like an obvious way to distinguish himself from all of the clones that he serves alongside. Even clones have a number of different personalities, and Rex displayed his in part by dying his hair blond. As he aged, Rex's hair eventually went white, and he eventually went bald. During his youth, though, Rex was almost always rocking a dye job.Super cool?
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Early In The Clone Wars, Rex Was Selected For ARC Trooper TrainingPhoto: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Lucasfilm
Because of his enormous skill and obvious potential, Rex was selected for training as an officer in the early days of the Clone Wars. As part of this training, Rex was given Advanced Recon Command (ARC) training, which was only offered to a select group of clone troopers.
Troopers who received ARC training were often selected for leadership roles, but they could also be sent on dangerous missions that wouldn't be well suited for an average trooper. ARC troopers were also given their own armor, which featured many more components than the standard armor set and was designed for an elite soldier who often worked in dangerous conditions.Super cool?