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Crosshair, on the other hand, is not much of a conversationalist. But when you have to hit a precise target from ten klicks, Crosshair's your man.
~ Hunter's description of Crosshair.
You want to know why they put me in charge? It's because I'm willing to do what needs to be done. Good soldiers follow orders.
~ Crosshair to an Elite Squad Trooper before executing him for insubordination.
Hunter: Crosshair, forget the Empire. This isn't you. It's your inhibitor chip. We can help you.
Crosshair: Wrong. I had my chip removed a long time ago.
Hunter: Since when?
Crosshair: Does it matter?
Hunter: Yes.
Crosshair: This is who I am.
~ Crosshair claiming that his inhibitor chip had been taken from him and that he was fully aware of his vile choices.

Crosshair, whose designation is CT-9904, is a supporting character in the Bad Batch arc of Season 7 of the 2008-2020 animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the central antagonist of Season 1 of the latter's 2021 spin-off sequel webseries Star Wars: The Bad Batch.

Just like the rest of The Clones, Crosshair is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, who also voices Admiral Trench in the same series, Klaus Heissler in American Dad!, Bubble Bass in SpongeBob SquarePants, and Admiral Kassius Konstantine in Star Wars Rebels.

Appearance

Unlike regular clone troopers whose only defining features were various cosmetics, Crosshair was not an identical copy of his genetic donor Jango Fett.

Crosshair was more slender than his brothers, and stood ten centimeters taller than the standard 1.83 meters. His head was also slimmer, featuring sharper features and higher cheekbones that when coupled together made his face look gaunt.

Crosshair's skin was also lighter than his regular brother's, although his eyes were brown like theirs's. His hair was light grey and cut into a buzz cut. A thin semicircle marking with a pair of long perpendicular lines running through it was carved under his right eye, a feature that was reminiscent of a crosshair on a firearm (hence his name).

After a botched attempt to kill his brothers resulted in him suffering a large third-degree burn on the right side of his head near his inhibitor chip, Crosshair was forced to shave his hair off.

History

A genetically defective clone of Jango Fett, Crosshair served as a sniper in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. He was a member of Clone Force 99, also known as the Bad Batch, a squad of elite clone commandos who each bore favorable genetic mutations that gave them individually unique skills and abilities.

During Order 66, Crosshair was the only member of the Bad Batch that complied with the order due to his inhibitor chip being partially activated. When the Republic was transformed into the Galactic Empire by the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, Crosshair (unwillingly) continued to serve despite the defection of the rest of his team when Governor Tarkin had the influence of his chip amplified to beyond maximum effect.

Despite his loyalty to the Empire, Crosshair took an immediate disliking and even hatred for the non-clone Elite Squad he was assigned to command, often feeling a sense of alienation and even questions their own ability to act as soldiers. In addition, his new squad shows little to no respect or regard for their commanding officer, despite Crosshair being the more higher ranked and experienced in the group. Crosshair's hatred for the Elite Squad Troopers caused to him feel lonely and feel like an even bigger outcast than he was with the regular clone troopers to the point where he misses his old squad, wishing they'd join the Empire like he did.

He eventually had the chip removed, but he continued to willingly serve the Empire, and desired to reunite with his former teammates, albeit under the Imperial regime. This failed, however, and after escaping alongside his former squadmates during the destruction of Tipoca City on Kamino, Crosshair decides to remain with the Empire and the rest of the Bad Batch depart without him.

Powers and Abilities

  • Master marksmanship: Being a genetically enhanced clone, Crosshair had exceptional eyesight. Due to this, Crosshair had almost unrivaled accuracy with ranged weaponry, particularly with his sniper rifle; no matter the distance, Crosshair could almost always hit any target he was tasked with shooting. Crosshair could regularly hit objects, large or small, with exceptional precision from extremely long distance. As noted by Hunter, this precision could extend to miles away. On Ryloth, despite being positioned at what seemed to be more than a mile away, Crosshair shot Gobi Glie's starship out of the sky by destroying the engine. Not soon after, this was again displayed when he shot Orn Free Taa in the head so precisely, it did not kill him. Crosshair could also hit small objects while they were in motion. On Anaxes, in Clone Force 99's effort to destroy a wave of oncoming droids, Crosshair would shoot at explosive charges whilst they were in mid-air, causing them to activate early, maximizing damage. On Kamino, during Tarkin's battle simulation, he shot Wrecker's airborne knife into the head of a battle droid. On Skako Minor, Crosshair destroyed an entire hallway of battle droids using a single blaster bolt, by precisely firing it into a series of reflective apparatus that bounced off the walls and tore through multiple targets. In addition to his unrivaled marksmanship, Crosshair's enhanced eyesight also allowed him to see objects through low visibility. Following the destruction of Tipoca City, Omega nearly drowned when she swam after AZI-3. Crosshair saved them by precisely hitting the droid with his rifles grappling attachment to pull them both to the surface. He was able to achieve this despite his target being several meters under choppy sea water, a feat made even more incredible by the fact that it was night at the time.
  • Expert tactician:
  • Expert combatant: Crosshair showed some hand-to-hand combat skills and held his own against Hunter.

Equipment

  • 773 Firepuncher Sniper Rifle: Crosshair's primary weapon of choice was a modified 773 Firepuncher Sniper Rifle, which had a magnifying scope as well as several different types of ammunition. For instance, his rifle could fire ordinary laser bolts or darts that electrified a target on contact. The weapon also had alternate barrel configurations that could be manually swapped out, such as a barrel that fired a long cable.
  • DC-17 hand blaster: When his primary weapon was destroyed or he desired to fight at closer range, Crosshair wielded a DC-17 hand blaster. The DC-17 allowed for closer range fighting due to its more compact size and higher rate of fire.
  • Original Suit: During the Clone Wars, Crosshair wore a suit of heavily-modified Katarn-class Commando Armor. Like the rest of Clone Force 99, his armor was painted dark grey with red markings, and featured the insignia of the Bad Batch on its right shoulder. There was a semi-circular cut out on his helmet visor's right upper edge to adapt to his sniper rifle's scope. Crosshair also owned a comlink that could be mounted on the wrist. After the rise of the Galactic Empire, Crosshair's comlink was given to Omega by the rest of the squad, reasoning that he no longer needed it if he was with the Empire.
    • Reflective Disks: He also used a special type of disk that could stick to surfaces and re-deflect his blaster bolts, allowing him to hit multiple enemies with one shot.
    • Comlink: Crosshair also owned a comlink that could be mounted on the wrist. After the rise of the Galactic Empire, Crosshair's comlink was given to Omega by the rest of the squad, reasoning that he no longer needed it if he was with the Empire.
  • Current Suit: In service to the Galactic Empire, Crosshair wore a unique set of darker grey armor that more closely resembled standard Phase II clone trooper armor. More plain than his Katarn-class armor, Crosshair's Imperial uniform featured a green T-shaped visor, making his armor resemble armor worn by Death Troopers.

Gallery

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Star Wars: The Bad Batch

Trivia

  • Crosshair was created by director Dave Filoni and writers Brent Friedman and Matt Michnovetz for Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • He was inspired by renowned American actor Clint Eastwood, who often portrayed a cold-hearted gunslinger operating out of the Wild West in his movies.
  • Like Cad Bane, Crosshair is often shown chewing on a toothpick.

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