“You are stormtroopers. You are the keenest weapon in the Emperor’s arsenal. Do not fail him. Do not fail me.”
―ISB Commander Alecia Beck
Stormtroopers, disparagingly referred to as bucketheads by dissenting citizens, were the elite shock troops in the Imperial Army, placed under the Stormtrooper Corps, the land-based forces of the Galactic Empire. They were particularly distinguished by their loyalty to Emperor Sheev Palpatine, the founder of the Empire, and were reputedly incapable of betraying either him or the Imperial regime. Stormtroopers wore white armor over a black body glove which, in addition to creating an imposing image, was outfitted with a wide array of survival equipment and temperature controls that allowed its wearer to survive in most environments, but offered limited protection against blaster bolts. Along with standard stormtroopers, there were several specialized subgroups, including, but not limited to, the scout troopers, snowtroopers, and the spacetroopers. They were equipped with E-11 blaster rifles.
Thirty years after the Battle of Endor, a variant of the Galactic Empire’sstormtrooper would exist under the auspices of the First Order.
The stormtroopers represented the ultimate evolution of the clone troopers, the soldiers who fought on the Galactic Republic’s side against the Confederacy of Independent Systems in a prolonged and protracted conflict that came to be known as the Clone Wars.
Following the execution of the Separatist Council, Sheev Palpatine, then Supreme Chancellor of the Republic, transformed the democratic government into a tyrannical regime of his own, which he dubbed the First Galactic Empire With the development of the new Imperial war machine, the clone trooper armor was upgraded.
Additionally, the new Emperor ordered the extermination of the Jedi Order, the members of which had served as officers in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. Within the new regime, the clone troopers—now known as stormtroopers—were placed under the guidance of Imperial officers and governors instead of Clone commanders or officers. Following the transition, stormtroopers were used to bring any remaining Separatist worlds into line.
As the clones’ accelerated aging process began causing their physical skills and abilities to deteriorate, they were replaced by non-clone volunteers and conscripts. Nonetheless, several clone troopers would remain in service to the Galactic Empire, with some serving as training instructors in the Imperial Academy, while other members remained in active duty such as Sergeant Crest and TX-828, who was still active following the Battle of Yavin.