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Who Is Sister, Star Wars’ Transgender Clone Trooper?

The young adult novel from E.K. Johnston, Queen’s Hope, introduced a transgender Clone Trooper into Star Wars named Sister.

The following contains spoilers for Queen’s Hope, on sale now.

Star Wars has made an effort in recent years to be more inclusive. Fans clamored for it because of how underutilized Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian and Samuel L. Jackson’s Mace Windu were. Fortunately, as seen with Moses Ingram’s Reva in Obi-Wan Kenobi and Finn and Rose Tico in the Sequel Trilogy, the franchise is making baby steps toward course-correcting. However, one addition that might have flown under the radar is a transgender Clone Trooper named Sister, who got introduced in the young adult novel from E.K. Johnston, Queen’s Hope.

In this book released earlier this year, Sister was a clone of Jango Fett, just like all the others made on Kamino. Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker met her while she was serving the Republic at the beginning of the Clone Wars and were impressed with how skilled she was in battle. In fact, she was better than most, piquing Anakin’s interest as he loved seeing such talented soldiers.

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And what was pretty welcoming was the book worked Sister in organically, rather than coming off disingenuous and trying to check a diversity box. She believed in liberation, matching what the Jedi were trying to do, and in Padme’s brand of diplomacy. And in this case, it led to “aggressive negotiations,” as the Republic feuded with the Confederacy of Independent Systems.

As their peacekeeping ventures synced up, Anakin and Obi-Wan learned from Sister. She confessed she was given the nickname by her brothers, who wanted her to feel a firm sense of belonging in their battalion. They fully supported her gender identity and the path she identified with, knowing she was one of the best out there. And while Sister worried the Jedi would be discriminatory, those fears quickly subsided. She enjoyed working under Obi-Wan, Anakin and Commander Cody, but she was more sensitive to the cost of war than her kin. Sister ended up having a private funeral for her Clones in the Seventh Corps, lining the helmets of her fallen brothers beneath a tree as a memorial.

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At the memorial, she ended up telling Anakin how her brothers made her feel accepted and that losing them meant that she was losing part of herself. That led Anakin to mention the Jedi belief of rising above things, taking a liking to Sister’s journey. It showed his compassion, echoing the likes of Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan while encouraging Sister to remain loyal to the Republic. And after they parted ways, Sister would briefly appear in Mike Chen’s Brotherhood, working with Anakin again on a relief mission to Langston. In fact, Anakin told Mill Alibeth about Sister as the youngling pondered about women in war.

Hopefully, more stories emerge with Sister, as it’s unknown what happened to her during and after Order 66. But seeing as The Bad Batch also introduced a female clone in Omega, it’s possible they’ll cross paths and share their stories. Regardless, Sister’s journey is a step forward for Star Wars, and one the franchise can continue to build on.

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