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In the Star Wars: Rebels episode, "The Last Battle," Rex states that he doesn't keep track of how many droids he's destroyed like some clones did.

That got me thinking, do we know what the tallies on his armor refer to?

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In an interview, showrunner Dave Filoni indicated that they represented "kill marks". Given that the volume is waaaaay too low for the number of B1-Droids we see him blasting on-screen, these presumably represent significant droid takedowns (such as Destroyers and Tanks) or he might just be counting in tens.

"He's like this veteran now and he's got little kill marks all over his armor. I think Rex is becoming something of a little legend. He's such a long term survivor of the Clone War".

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS - WHAT'S TO COME IN SEASON 4

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  • Notice how he ran out of helmet space and started using other armour pieces lol Oct 23, 2016 at 10:54
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    @thegreatjedi Either that, or he's using different armor pieces for different types of droids - helmet for tanks, leg for destroyers, etc. Oct 23, 2016 at 19:57
  • While this is definitely correct, it’s also pretty confusing. Why would Rex say that he never kept track of droid kills? He even has these tick marks in “The Last Battle.”
    – Adamant
    Oct 24, 2016 at 0:33
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    @Adamant He may have been specifically referring to regular battle droids only.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Oct 24, 2016 at 0:48
  • "tens" is a bit low. Maybe hundreds, for someone like him. Alternatively, it could be the number of droid companies/battalions he has defeated over the years. Now those numbers feel more realistic. Those clankers are easy to kill but are everywhere! Why are we counting them individually? It makes more sense to count entire units! Remember, he's a ground fighter, not a pilot. Different realities. Oct 24, 2016 at 15:34
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It's not the number of droids he's killed, it's the number of men he's lost. In the beginning of the series he only has a couple marks and is more lively and has more personality; towards the end he has a lot more marks and is a lot more grim and cynical because of how many men he has lost.

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  • Do you have a source for this? Because his kill count also grew as the series progressed.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Apr 3, 2017 at 12:19
  • That's a pretty cynical take on things, but I really like that interpretation. Jun 4, 2021 at 1:35

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