“Execute Order 66.”
“Yes, My Lord.”
Darth Sidious and various clone trooper commanders
When we were first introduced to the clone trooper army, we thought they were mindless fighting machines that only followed orders and never asked questions. When Order 66 was issued and the clones started exterminating the Jedi, we initially hated the clones. However, when we watched The Clone Wars and saw things from the clones’ perspective, we started to like the clone troopers even knowing what they would ultimately do in the end. The clones were not carbon copies of Jango Fett. Instead, each one had their own unique personality and individuality. They were more than soldiers and products of science; they were men. Their identical genetic code and blood ties to Jango Fett gave the clones a sense of brotherhood amongst them. Later in the series, we discovered the truth behind Order 66. It turns out the clone troopers did not betray and murder the Jedi willingly. When the clones were fetuses growing in vats, a type of inhibitor chip was implanted in their brains. Publicly, these chips were said to make the clones tolerant to war-based psychological trauma and make them more able to follow orders. However, the true purpose of the inhibitor chips was to transform the clones into soulless killing drones for the Sith to use against the Jedi. Once Order 66 was given and the inhibitor chips were activated, all of the clones’ individuality, free will, and humanity was wiped clean. They became no different from the droids they had fought throughout the Clone Wars. While the chips in their heads forced them to mindlessly obey orders, the clones were likely screaming in anguish in the back of their minds. The only way to free the clones was to remove the chips from their brains. The lives of the clone troopers was a sad story. They were bred to be a loyal defense force for the Galactic Republic only to be forced to betray their Jedi friends and later used and discarded by the Galactic Empire.