15 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Clone Troopers

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Ever since Luke Skywalker mentioned the Clone Wars in A New Hope, fans have been fascinated with what that meant. Theories spread all over the world about what it could mean, and eventually, we got the answer. The Clone Wars were a galaxy-wide conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, otherwise known as the Separatists. The Republic manned an army consisting entirely of Clones made from the Mandalorian bounty hunter Jango Fett, while the Separatists utilized droids.

The Prequel Trilogy, The Clone Wars, and The Bad Batch provided a great deal more information on what the lives of the Clone Troopers were actually like, and the comics have consistently added to the lore. There's a ton of information out there about everything from Clone Force 99 to Arc Troopers, leaving fans with plenty of answers, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few unanswered questions remaining, which have spawned quite a few fan theories over the years. Most fans know that cloning took place on Kamino, thanks to Palpatine's machinations, while others know a little about Jango Fett's contribution, but other than that, what does the average fan truly know?

Despite Star Wars being one of the most exciting and impressive franchises of all time, there's still a lot the general fanbase doesn't know about Clone Troopers. This list takes a look at the lore from as many sources as possible to uncover the things you didn't know about Clone Troopers in Star Wars.


  • Only A Limited Number Of Clone Troopers Can Be Made From A Genetic Sample

    Only A Limited Number Of Clone Troopers Can Be Made From A Genetic Sample
    Photo: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones / 20th Century Fox

    When Jango Fett was introduced in Attack of the Clones, it was clear that he remained on Kamino to help continue with the manufacture of his clones. What wasn't clear was why that was necessary. If the Kaminoans needed his genetic sample to create a clone, why did they need him to stick around? As it happens, the genetic sample is needed for cloning, but it degrades over time. When this happens, the source (clone template) must be tapped again, or the cloning would stop.

    Granted, the Kaminoans could have gotten a genetic sample from someone else, but the whole point was to create an army based on Jango Fett's DNA, so he had to remain. Every once in a while, he would be called to provide a sample, which would be used to create a new batch of clones. It was never clear exactly how many clones could be made from a single sample, but the number is likely in the low millions.

  • Some Clones Were Secretly Raised On Coruscant Instead Of Kamino And Became Shock Troopers

    Some Clones Were Secretly Raised On Coruscant Instead Of Kamino And Became Shock Troopers
    Photo: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    Preceding and during the Clone Wars, all of the cloning activity in the Republic was carried out on the planet Kamino. This was revealed in Attack of the Clones, and it was expanded upon in The Clone Wars. While the bulk of clone training was done on Kamino, it wasn't the only place in the galaxy that operated in such a manner. Another location was Coruscant, though this was an independent operation, separate from the training given to every other Clone Trooper in the Grand Army of the Republic.

    Imperial Shock Troopers were a specialized faction of Clone Troopers trained on Coruscant. Like their Clone Trooper counterparts, they were manufactured on Kamino from Jango Fett's DNA, but they were moved to Coruscant to take part in their training, severing them from the larger group. They made up the Coruscant Guard and could be differentiated from their fellow clones by the red coloration on their armor. Their primary role was security, which they provided for Republic Senators, Sheev Palpatine, and others.

    Additionally, they provided security for the Republic's prisons, and their training and tactics separated them from their Clone Trooper brethren. When the Galactic Republic fell to become the Galactic Empire, the Shock Troopers were utilized as the Imperial Special Forces, which carried out operations throughout Imperial space. Eventually, they were phased out for the non-clone Stormtroopers, but they were the most elite Stormtroopers in the galaxy for a while.

  • A Behavior Modification Chip Malfunctioned In A Clone And Nearly Revealed Order 66 To The Jedi

    Order 66 was the command given by Emperor Palpatine to all Clone Troopers across the galaxy at the very end of the Clone Wars. Every Clone Trooper turned on their Jedi commanders when it was received, taking out almost all of them. The Clones could be so easily swayed to turn on their commanding officers due to the implantation of a behavioral modification chip, which effectively forced them into action.

    Before the execution of Order 66, one of the behavior modification chips malfunctioned when Clone Trooper Tup executed Jedi General Tiplar. This occurred before the Emperor was ready to give the command, and it nearly exposed the existence of the conspiracy to the Jedi Order. The Jedi did discover that the chips existed, but Chief Medical Scientist Nala Se informed the Order that the chips were designed to make the clones less aggressive than their template, Jango Fett.

  • While Clones Are Bred To Be Obedient, They Retained Their Individual Creativity

    The Kaminoans took great steps to ensure the Clone Troopers were exceptionally obedient. This was done in a number of ways, including genetic manipulation via behavioral modification biochips, mental programming through training, and an altering of their brain chemistry. Obedience was crucial for various reasons, but mostly, it was needed to keep the Troopers in line and follow orders, which they almost always did.

    Still, crafting obedience doesn't mean a Clone Trooper didn't have any creativity in how they operated. Each clone was made with the ability to be creative kept intact, and the reason for this was due to the chaotic nature of combat.

    Clone Troopers would need to make changes to their operations on the fly, which could only be accomplished through creative thinking. Creativity could be seen among the Clone Troopers in small ways. Many Troopers preferred to shave their heads, while others preferred a more military cut. Additionally, they came up with their own names. Even though they shared the same genetic makeup, each Clone Trooper would adapt and evolve differently over time, as each had different experiences, making them unique.

     

  • Clones Categorized Themselves In Generations And Chose Their Own Names

    Clones Categorized Themselves In Generations And Chose Their Own Names
    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Cartoon Network

    Clone Troopers were manufactured on Kamino, where they were given a number instead of a name. This makes sense, seeing as the Kaminoans created well over a million clones and wouldn't bother to provide them with unique names. Instead, each Clone Troop was given a clone designation and number, which broke out as follows:

    • CC - Clone Commander
    • CRC - Clone Regimental Commander
    • N - Null-class Advanced Recon Commando
    • A - Alpha-class Advanced Recon Commando
    • RC - Clone (Republic) Commando
    • CC - Clone Trooper Captain
    • CL - Clone Trooper Lieutenant
    • CT - Clone Trooper

    Following each designation would be a unique number, all of which would categorize them into specific generations. This system worked well for the cloners and the Clones, but that didn't mean they wouldn't come up with names for themselves. There have been hundreds of named Clone Troopers identified over the years. Some of the best-known ones made up Clone Force 99, which consisted of Hunter, Crosshair, Tech, Wrecker, Echo, and Omega, who replaced Crosshair when he succumbed to his behavioral modification chip.

  • ARC Trooper Fives Tried To Expose Order 66 But Was Killed

    ARC Trooper Fives Tried To Expose Order 66 But Was Killed
    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Disney+

    When the killing of Jedi General Tiplar nearly exposed the Order 66 conspiracy, the Jedi weren't the only ones investigating the incident. While the Kaminoans explained to the Jedi that the behavioral modification chips were there to enforce obedience and curb aggression, a single Clone Trooper was looking into what happened. Not only did he uncover what was going on, but he nearly succeeded in exposing the conspiracy.

    ARC Trooper Fives was investigating the General's demise, and he uncovered the truth of the chips and their intended purpose. Unfortunately, he was slain by the Coruscant Guard before he could reveal the truth to the Jedi Order. While he couldn't fully expose the conspiracy, his information did eventually make it to Ahsoka Tano, who managed to remove Captain Rex's chip. This kept him from trying to kill her after Order 66 was given, and he managed to help get her to safety as a result.