Saesee Tiin (—19 BBY) was a male Iktotchi Jedi Master and Jedi Council member, a High General during the Clone Wars.
Master Tiin appeared as a tall, brown skinned Iktotchi humanoid with long, inwardly curved horns on each side of his head. His grim appearance made him a very intimidating figure in the Jedi Order.
Secretly, his colleagues on the Jedi Council questioned his contributions to that body, as he sat in solemn silence. Despite their accusations, Master Tiin was firmly loyal to the Order. It seemed the death of his master, who would later visit him as a Force ghost, had deeply affected Tiin.
As a testament to his great skill, Tiin was given the title of Master even though he had never taken a Padawan. He possessed telepathic abilities and was a master pilot. The Force gave him the ability to navigate hyperspace jumps without the assistance of a navigational computer.
He participated in the Battle of Geonosis in 22 BBY, and was mistakenly reported as killed in the conflict—this error was later attributed to the confusion of wartime journalism.
During the Second Battle of Coruscant, Saesee Tiin led a squadron of ARC-170 starfighters into the orbital battle between the Republic's Open Circle Fleet and the Confederacy's navy, led by the feared droid leader General Grievous. He was piloting a green Eta-2 Actis-class Jedi interceptor, and, when he saw a Republic Venator-class Star Destroyer being rammed by a Separatist cruiser that jumped out of hyperspace, he boarded the damaged cruiser and led the clone troopers in a boarding party to commandeer a Separatist cruiser. He cut through the hull with his lightsaber and entered the ship, destroying all the battle droids as he and his forces took control.
Saesee Tiin accompanied fellow Jedi Masters Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar, and Mace Windu in the attempt to arrest Chancellor Palpatine. Master Tiin was unprepared for the sudden attack of the Sith Lord and was killed by a slash to the chest right after Master Kolar's death. He never even got a chance to swipe his lightsaber.
Behind the scenes
In the novelization of the movie, Tiin was tricked by Palpatine and beheaded. Palpatine, pretending to be in a panic over the threat of his arrest, asked Master Tiin: "Master Tiin, you're telepathic. Tell me what I'm thinking right now." Saesee was trying to read Palpatine's mind, and Palpatine caught him off guard. He then quickly cut Master Tiin's head off. George Lucas considered this type of death too violent for the movie, and therefore changed it.