13 Things 'Star Wars' Fans Probably Didn't Know About Stormtroopers

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Vote up the most interesting things about stormtroopers.

At first glance, stormtroopers don't seem like the most interesting part of the Star Wars universe. For the most part, they're easily defeated by the heroes in (nearly) every iteration of the Star Wars story, but that doesn't mean there isn't a wealth of information about the Empire's army worth diving into. For instance, there's the 501st Legion - AKA Vader's Fist, was Vader's personal battalion that he carried over from the Clone Wars, and there were even academies where the Empire would train and indoctrinate stormtroopers.  

These lesser-known facts show that stormtroopers are well worth thinking about and dissecting. Sure, they may get made fun of for their terrible accuracy, but it's far too easy to underestimate the backbone of the Empire's ground forces. This is a collection of things most Star Wars fans probably didn't know about stormtroopers. Take a gander down below and be sure to vote up any facts that surprise you!

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    Death Troopers Were Technologically Augmented And 'Beyond Human'

    Death Troopers Were Technologically Augmented And 'Beyond Human'
    Photo: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Regular stormtroopers could typically be taken down with ease, but that wasn't true of some of the elite forces deployed by the Empire. The most notable of these elite troopers were the death troopers, which were typically deployed to protect high-level personnel like Director Orson Krennic and Grand Admiral Thrawn. 

    Death troopers were given classified training, and they also received technological augmentations that made them "beyond human." This augmentation likely didn't reach the extreme levels of someone like General Grievous, but it certainly made death troopers a much more formidable foe than the typical stormtrooper. Their advanced armor was equipped with voice scramblers that made their communications impossible for anyone except members of their squadron to understand, and if you were on the receiving end, it was intimidating as heck. Additionally, their armor was treated with a polymer spray that warped electromagnetic signals and enhanced their ability to complete missions with a large degree of stealth.

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    Darth Vader Had A Personal Legion Of Stormtroopers That Carried Over From The Clone Wars

    Darth Vader Had A Personal Legion Of Stormtroopers That Carried Over From The Clone Wars
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    Although most of the stormtroopers were conscripted citizens, Darth Vader held on to one batallion of clone troopers that traveled with him personally. The 501st Legion began as a legion of the Republic Army, and eventually became Darth Vader's personal legion of troopers inside the Imperial Army. They were known for their courage and ingenuity, as well as their ultimate loyalty to the Republic. 

    The 501st was part of a number of historic conflicts, including the Battle of Geonosis, and later, the Battle of Hoth. They were split in half during the last days of the Clone Wars, with half sent with Ahsoka Tano and the other half remaining with Anakin. The half with Anakin participated in the slaughter at the Jedi Temple, while the other half ultimately failed to take out Tano. 

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    Purge Trooper Units Contained Both Clones And Regular Recruits

    Among the many types of specialized stormtroopers, there were purge troopers whose sole focus was hunting down any remaining Jedi and executing them. Purge troopers were also unique in that they were a mix of conscripted humans and Jango Fett clones that stuck around from the days of the Clone Wars. 

    Purge Troopers were programmed to believe in and obey Order 66, which made them immediately hostile to any Jedi they came across. They were first activated in the wake of Order 66, and worked under Darth Vader and the Sith Inquisitors to hunt down Jedi across the galaxy after the fall of the Galactic Republic. 

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    There Are More Than 25 Types Of Specialty Stormtroopers

    There Are More Than 25 Types Of Specialty Stormtroopers
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox

    As the world of Star Wars developed following the first film, we kept getting introduced to new species, new vehicles, and new types of stormtroopers. Today, there are more than 25 different kinds of specialty stormtroopers that may be deployed in a wide variety of different circumstances. 

    Many of those stormtroopers are environment specialized and have been specifically trained to operate in a certain climate. There are cave troopers, forest troopers, and lava troopers, among a range of other sub-categories. There are also role-specialized troopers who have been trained to take on a specific role in combat, such as jump troopers, shock troopers, and recon troopers. Additionally, there are elite brigades of troopers that have special abilities or skills that allow them to perform special missions - like hunting down any remaining Jedi.

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    Most Of The Imperial Regulation Codes Stormtroopers Used Were Designed By Rex And Cody During The Clone Wars

    Most Of The Imperial Regulation Codes Stormtroopers Used Were Designed By Rex And Cody During The Clone Wars
    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Disney+

    The Empire outlived its need for clones, but that doesn't mean that the stormtroopers in the original trilogy were totally separate from the clone troopers who had come before them. Some troopers in particular carried a legacy of the Empire's army, whether they wanted to or not. 

    CCC-2224, AKA Cody, was a marshal commander in the clone army who served under the command of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Rex, meanwhile, was the commander of the famed 501st Legion and was second in command to Anakin. Between the two of them, Rex and Cody developed many of the codes that were still in use 15 years after they had stopped fighting wars for a living. The Empire may not have used clones, but the codes they developed still permeated their military. 

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    The First Stormtroopers Were Trained By Soon-To-Be Decommissioned Clone Troopers

    The First Stormtroopers Were Trained By Soon-To-Be Decommissioned Clone Troopers
    Photo: Star Wars: The Bad Batch / Disney+

    Following the events of the prequel trilogy, The Bad Batch shows that the first generation of stormtroopers were actually clones who were commissioned to fight for the Galactic Republic. After the dawn of the Empire, though, the Emperor (by way of Tarkin) decided that clones were both prohibitively expensive and a less than ideal force because of their accelerated aging process. As a result, he shifted stormtroopers into a conscripted force

    The first conscripted stormtroopers were actually trained by clones, who would be decommissioned as soon as the conscripted soldiers were ready to take on their full slate of duties. Those conscripted forces eventually became the backbone of the Empire's ground troop presence. 

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