Every Stormtrooper In The Star Wars Cinematic Universe, Ranked
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Every Stormtrooper In The Star Wars Cinematic Universe, Ranked

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While characters like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader may come to mind first when you think about Star Wars, the humble stormtrooper is one of the most indelible elements of the Skywalker Saga. Whether they're combing the deserts of Tatooine or patrolling the forest moon of Endor, every type of stormtrooper serves a unique role in the Empire or First Order.

And while every stormtrooper shares certain stylistic touchstones - rounded helmets, body armor, questionable marksmanship - each new chapter in the franchise offers new twists on the Imperial rank and file. The standard white-helmeted trooper is by far the most common, but almost every movie in the series has added a specialized spin on the original - from the cold weather assault stormtroopers of Empire Strikes Back to the jumptroopers of Rise of Skywalker.

This list compiles every stormtrooper to appear in a live-action Star Wars property (sorry, fans of the animated series, comics, and video games) to determine which ones are the most stylish members of the Imperial forces.

  • 1
    2,721 VOTES

    When They Show Up: Rogue One

    What They Do: These elite troops were named by Emperor Palpatine himself as a nod to galactic rumors about an undead force at his disposal. These soldiers serve as bodyguards and personal enforcers for the highest level of Imperial officers.

    2,721 votes
  • 2
    2,732 VOTES
    Clone Troopers
    Photo: Attack of the Clones / 20th Century Fox

    When They Show Up: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    What They Do: The original troopers commissioned by Darth Sidious to ultimately destabilize the Galactic Republic, clone troopers prefigure the classic stormtroopers, but sport variations in color and design to denote classes and divisions.

    2,732 votes
  • 3
    2,512 VOTES
    Scout Troopers
    Photo: Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox

    When They Show Up: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    What They Do: First appearing during a chase through the trees of Endor's moon, scout troopers are experts at reconnaissance and patrolling Imperial strongholds. They wear lighter armor and helmets designed to improve marksmanship.

    2,512 votes
  • When They Show Up: Episode IV - A New Hope

    What They Do: The original Imperial infantry, this is the most common type of trooper in the original trilogy. They may be found walking the halls of a Death Star or combing the streets in search of droids. Either way, they're a clear and immediate symbol of the Empire's influence.

    2,569 votes
  • When They Show Up: Rogue One

    What They Do: Also known as "shoretroopers," these forces are trained and outfitted for action in tropical settings. They are stationed on Scarif to guard the beaches and bunkers surrounding the citadel tower.

    2,282 votes
  • Cold Weather Assault Stormtroopers
    Photo: The Empire Strikes Back / 20th Century Fox

    When They Show Up: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    What They Do: These troopers sport insulated armor and heated helmets connected to a breathing apparatus to better handle subzero conditions. They reinforce Darth Vader during the strike on Hoth's Echo Base.

    2,327 votes