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Barriss Offee was wrong about a lot of things. She let her anger cloud her judgement and she tried to justify her actions without considering their wider effects. She was afraid of the war and she didn't trust people she should've listened to. But she had a point about the Republic and the Jedi. There was something wrong with them, and we were too locked into our traditions to see what it was. Barriss should've done something else. She shouldn't have killed anyone, and she definitely shouldn't have framed me for it, but if we'd listened to her, really listened, we might have been able to stop Palpatine before he took power.
~ Ahsoka Tano expressing her feelings over Barriss Offee's actions.

Barriss Offee is the main antagonist of the Jedi Temple Bombing arc (and therefore the final antagonist) in the fifth season of the TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

She is a Mirialan Jedi Knight, General, and Healer. She carries a blue lightsaber (later Asajj's two red lightsabers) and was a friend to Ahsoka Tano, as well as a mentioned character in Season One, and a supporting protagonist in Seasons Two, Three, and Four; before becoming one of the main antagonists of Season Five.

History

Barriss was once the loyal Jedi Padawan of Luminara Unduli and a skilled healer. In the period of the Clone Wars, she earned the rank of Jedi Knight and General. However, as she was fighting in this galactic conflict, she slowly realized how bad it was. She believed (quite rightly) that the Jedi became corrupt and had always been the true ones responsible for the Clone Wars; that the Jedi are the real villains, the real ones to be put on trial. This led her to secretly turn to the dark side.

Fueled by delusion and immoral, to show her protest, she launched a secret bombing on the Jedi Temple. She forced Letta Turmond to feed explosive nano-droids to her husband, Jackar Bowmani, who worked in the Jedi Temple as a munitions expert. The next day in the hanger, nano-droids blew up, killing Jackar and six Jedi as well as clone troopers. All evidence led to Letta and she is sent to the prison. When Ahsoka came to see her, Letta was Force-choked to death by Offee, but it was Ahsoka who ended up in the prison for "killing" her.

Offee later entered the prison, killed several guards and helped Ahsoka to escape, with her believing it was her master, Anakin Skywalker, who helped her. Unfortunately, Ahsoka was blamed for killing the guards and had to flee and attempt to prove her innocence. She contacted Offee, who pretended to help her and led Ahsoka to a warehouse. She then knocked off Asajj Ventress, stole her mask and lightsabers, and attacked the Togruta, disguised as Ventress. Their duel ended when Ahsoka fell off a balcony, landed near crates of nano-droids, and was arrested by the clones.

Shortly afterward, Ahsoka was brought before the Jedi Council, who proceeded to expel her from the Jedi Order, stripping her of her rank, title, and battlefield privileges, and turned her over to the Republic military courts so she could receive more "impartial' judgment.

Meanwhile, Anakin, who correctly believed Ahsoka was innocent, hunted for proof of the real culprit. He questioned Ventress who told him that Ahsoka was in contact with Offee. He came to the Mirialan's quarters where she attacked him with Ventress' lightsabers. He eventually managed to capture her.

Anakin brought Offee to Ahsoka's trial, saving his Padawan from capital punishment. Offee told the truth to the court. She fiercely stated she felt that the Jedi were corrupt, arrogant, and were the ones responsible for the Clone Wars. Afterward, she was imprisoned while all charges against Ahsoka were dropped. The young Togruta was personally invited by the Jedi Council to rejoin the Order, but she refused and left, having lost faith in the Council for not believing in her.

It's unknown what happened to Barriss Offee after her trial (in the canon version of Star Wars), but it's possible that like all other Jedi, she was seen as a threat to the coming Empire (even though she was not a member of the Order any longer) and was killed along with other Jedi during Order 66. Her former master, Luminara Unduli was betrayed and killed. Her bones were later used by The Grand Inquisitor to lure the Jedi who survived Order 66 from their exile.

Quotes

Anakin: "Ahsoka trusted you and you betrayed her!"
Bariss: "I've learned that "trust" is overrated. The only thing the Jedi Council believes in is
violence!"
~ Barriss Offee expressing her views.
I did it. Because I've come to realize what many people in the Republic have come to realize, that the Jedi are the ones responsible for this war. That we've so lost our way that we have become villains in this conflict, that we are the ones that should be put on trial! All of us! And my attack on the Temple was an attack on what the Jedi have become: an army fighting for the Dark Side, fallen from the Light that we once held so dear. This Republic is failing! It's only a matter of time.
~ Barriss Offee's confession.

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Trivia

  • Barriss Offee's final fate is unknown.
    • Some believe that Barris Offee joined the Inqusitorius of the Galactic Empire after the war, like many other former Jedi. Though this has yet to be confirmed.
    • Ironically, if she became an Inquisitor, she would have been trained and led by the very same man who exposed and captured her: Anakin Skywalker, who later became Darth Vader.
  • She was originally supposed to die in the season 5 finale but was spared since Dave Filoni said he had plans for the character. Said plans never took place, however, due the show's cancellation.
    • Despite this, Barriss hasn't appeared in any form of Star Wars media since then (for the moment).

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