Who Are the Bad Batch in 'Star Wars: The Bad Batch' on Disney+?

Star Wars: The Bad Batch released its first episode on Disney+ on Star Wars Day. It's the latest animated show in the franchise's universe following The Clone Wars and Rebels. The Clone Wars viewers may recognize said Bad Batch from the final season of that show, which introduced the mutated Clone Force 99.

Who are the Bad Batch?

For those who missed Star Wars: The Clone Wars, here's the history that led to the creation of Clone Force 99.

In a Season 6 episode, we learned that a Jedi Master named Sifo-Dyas had visions of an upcoming galactic war after the events of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. After the Jedi Council refused his request to create an army for this battle, Sifo-Dyas went to the planet of Kamino, where the galaxy's best cloners live, and ordered an army of clones to be created.

This project was then taken over by the Republic, with Sifo-Dyas being killed and Emperor Palpatine's apprentice Count Dooku taking over the clone project which directly led to the events of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (The Bad Batch has been confirmed to be set just before the third prequel, Revenge of the Sith).

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Still from "Star Wars: The Bad Batch." Disney+

With Kamino creating clones on an industrial scale, not every one came out perfect, and occasionally some would be created with mutations. Most of these were considered unsuitable for combat, with some assigned to janitorial work and other maintenance tasks. Among these was 99, a clone who bonded with other clone troopers and helped them battle against an invasion of Kamino.

99 died in this battle, but his name lives on in Clone Force 99 in The Bad Batch. The group is named after the late clone. Like him, they all have genetic mutations. Unlike him, they have all been declared suitable to fight, with their mutations giving them extra powers that give them advantages on the battlefield.

Among the members we meet in the new Disney+ show are Hunter, who has heightened senses; Wrecker, who has superhuman strength; Crosshair, who has a natural affinity with weapons; and Tech, who has increased talent with technology.

This Bad Batch was teased in the last season of The Clone Wars, when Disney+ took over the series for its final Season 7. In that season, they were introduced as a special team who are given some of the most dangerous missions. Viewers then saw them work with Anakin Skywalker to rescue a Clone Trooper strategist. That strategist was Echo, who was turned into a Cyborg while in captivity. Since he had also been mutated, he too joined Force 99.

Though all of the clones have their own look and powers, they are all voiced by the same person: Dee Bradley Baker, who also voices The Clone Wars' Captain Rex.

Also joining the team in the new Star Wars show is a young medical assistant called Omega. In the first episode of the show, the crew meets a young girl of unknown origins with a pendant on her forehead. Who she is is sure to be one of the major plot points of the show as it continues.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch episodes are released on Fridays on Disney+.