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.
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.
When They Show Up: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker
What They Do: They don't see much action, but these troopers are the most loyal followers of Emperor Palpatine's mission. They staff the Emperor's Final Order fleet of Star Destroyers, lying in wait for years while the Sith lord plans his ultimate return.
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.
When They Show Up: The Mandalorian
What They Do: Possibly the link between the Empire's troopers and First Order flametroopers, the incinerator stormtrooper makes an impact on The Mandalorian with a devastating flamethrower that is only stopped by a last-second act of the Force.