Star Wars: Stormtrooper respect thread(Legends canon)

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Posted by Wolfrazer (16268 posts) - - Show Bio

So here we are again my people, another Star Wars blog by me. This time, we shall look deeper into the Galactic Empire's elite troopers...otherwise known as Stormtroopers! This thread here, will...dispel pretty much every single fracking notion that they are useless and are terrible shots, when that is entirely wrong on so many levels.

Folks, I give you the Stormtroopers!

Edit: Imperial Army Trooper respect thread

Edit: Imperial Royal Guardsmen respect thread

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Highly trained, motivated and pretty ruthless.
Highly trained, motivated and pretty ruthless.

Training/Guide/Fact File

The Stormtroopers of the Galactic Empire have...brutal training and to be honest, that's putting it rather mildly. So...what do Stormtroopers go through?

The Imperial Academy Carida drew the best and bravest Army cadets, with its 2 year long Stormtrooper training program legendary for its brutality. Stormtrooper training not only included grueling physical tests but also extensive indoctrination, which produced unswerving loyalty to the Empire. Very few attempts to bribe, blackmail or seduce a Stormtrooper succeeded.

- Taken from Essential Guide to Warfare

1st, they are drawn from only the best Imperial Army Troopers. Army Troopers themselves go through 1 full year of training, this includes H2H, Air drops, blaster training and so on, all on a variety of worlds. Only the best are chosen to become Stormtroopers, the training noted as being legendary for its brutality and this is true, as you will soon see. It's also a full 2 years of this training, so it's not as simple as some months or what have you, so ontop of what they do for Army Troopers, it's essentially 3 total years for Stormtroopers.

One of the several planets in the Caridan system, it was a large high gravity world with a wide variety of terrain. It was the site of the Empire's most important training center.

- Taken from Star Wars Encyclopedia

They train on the world of Carida, which is a high gravity with different terrain types.

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Carida's terrain includes Jungles, Deserts, Oceans and Arctic.

As his next target, Kyp would challenge the Imperial military training center on Carida. The military planet was a largish world with high gravity to toughen the muscles of potential stormtroopers. Its untamed land masses provided an appropriate range of training environments: arctic wastelands, trackless rain forests, splintered mountain crags, and searing desert hardpan crawling with venomous multilegged reptiles.

- Taken from Jedi Academy 3: Champions of the Force

Just a novel description of Carida, high gravity to strengthen the muscles of Stormtroopers, a variety of terrain including arctic, rain forests, mountains, deserts and crawling with venomous reptiles.

Future Stormtroopers trekked across burning deserts, slogged through dense rain forests, trained on heaving oceans and endured frostbite on the polar ice caps. Carida's life forms included the combat arachnids. Creatures so renowned for their fighting prowess, Jabba the Hutt purchased several to battle his pet rancor.

- Taken from Essential Guide to Planets and Moons

They also have to deal with the hostile life forms, most noted include the combat arachnids which are renowned for their fighting ability.

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As seen in the two panels, there's rock climbing with no safety gear, slogging through swamps, CQC combat, live fire exercises. The Instructors as shown, DO NOT give TWO ****, they literally don't care and will not help or let others help.

There are no do overs, no rests, no whining, the trainees pass or die. All over this the course of 2-3 years.

All this being said from my viewing and sources regarding Stormtroopers, I've come to note that they are peak human.

Through the cockpit’s transparisteel windows, they saw a squad of Imperial snowtroopers enter the hangar. Most wielded standard-issue blaster rifles, but one team carried a heavy repeating blaster cannon and a tripod. Leia guessed the snowtroopers would have their cannon set up in less than a minute, and she had a hard time believing the Falcon would be out of the hangar that soon.

- Taken from ESB novel jr

Meanwhile, a somewhat subdued young woman seated herself in the navigator's chair.

Outside the Millennium Falcon, stormtroopers worked with military efficiency to set up their enormous gun.

- Taken from ESB novel

Snowtroopers being able to work quickly in setting up an E-web turrent in less than a minute.

Heavy enough to provide devastating fire, the EWHB-10(E-web) can also be carried on maneuvers by its two-man crew. It can be set up as needed in temporary emplacements in 15 minutes.

- Taken from Imperial Sourcebook 2nd edition

It's impressive because normally it takes setting up an E-web longer.

In numbers, Stormtroopers make formidable opponents. Trained to work together, they are experts at dealing damage and bringing order through the judicious application of force.

- Taken from Rebellion Era Sourcebook

Experts at dealing damage, trained to work together.

Ultra Battle Droids fought with notoriety during the Outer Rim Sieges, but virtually disappeared by the wars' end. Several hundred units later saw use inside the urban warfare training zone on the Imperial Academy world of Carida.

- Taken from New Essential Guide to Droids

Stormtroopers trained against the deadly B3 Ultra Battle Droids.

Oh, and the gravity. It's as bad as you said, Dad. But I'm strong; if I wasn't, I wouldn't be here. Look at it this way -- someday I'll come back to the farm, and I'll be able to do the work of ten binary load lifters.

I know you've gotten flack about your daughter running off to join the stormtroopers. You know it's really not going to be like that. But it's sure not going to be CPI, either. First, they'll run us through the same boot camp as the other new arrivals, and then the rest of the first two semesters is almost nothing but tactics, strategy, and survival, "in no particular order." (That was Mogurk's joke -- I'm going to miss that old crank.)

Personally, I reckon survival's going to be part of every course.

-- Myrette

An interesting note about Carida where Stormtroopers train, a TIE flight cadet doing her final year goes through the same boot camp as the Stormtroopers. She notes that she would return to the family farm and be able to do the work of 10 binary load lifters.

A note about binary load lifters, is that they can lift several tons without damage or strain.

Heavy Lifting- The Droid's lifting arms are equally powerful and able to lift several tonnes without straining their hydraulic pivots.

- Taken from Fact File 30

Now obvious it's hyperbole with her quote, because if 1 year could do that, then 3/4 years of Stormtrooper training would make them superhuman in the several ton range.

But this shows that they are peak human, as Stormtroopers go through 3+ years of this in brutal training. Taking into account they also carry full armor and gear, which would also be heavier along with their body weight.

Another ridiculous thing, is that Stormtrooper cadets go through a 124 mile hike through a mountainous wasteland on their 3rd day.

It was during our third day of boot camp. And they really meant "camp" -- after a few days of brutal physical conditioning at the barracks, we'd been sent on a two-hundred-kilometer hike through a mountainous wasteland.

- Taken from Carida: Heavy Duty part 2

After that...she went on to do this hike 20 more times without pause.

Since then, I've made that trek twenty times, and never once failed to complete the journey.

-- Myrette

...20 more times on a 124 mile hike on a planet with heavier gravity than normal.

By the time they get done with their training, they should be able to go much longer distances without any issues.

Because a recruit's body reacts differently when in optimal physical conditions, trainees are expected to be in top physical shape form for combat training. At this point in training, a recruit undergoes several hours of physical exercise, followed by several more hours of combat training, either sparring with comrades or out on the firing range.

At the culmination of basic training, a recruit should be in peak physical condition and trained to fight and die on the battlefield.

- Taken from Galaxy at War

Now this is more a generic quote that specific, but the fact that it's noted the regular trooper is in peak physical condition is telling given that Stormtroopers get more training.

In the decades since the Clone Wars, the Empire has recruited many non-clones into the ranks of the Stormtroopers. Whether this is because the original clone facilities were dismantled or destroyed, the older Clone Troopers are dying of old age and attrition, or some combination of both, is unknown. However, training facilities on planets such as Carida now induct human recruits into the Stormtrooper Corps. There they go through intense indoctrination and rigorous training to recreate the skill and fanatical loyalty bred into the original Clone Troopers' genes.

- Taken from Edge of the Empire: Core Rulebook

Stormtroopers are equaled to Clone Troopers from the Clone Wars.

Far be it from me to criticize the Empire's policy of welcoming patriotic citizens into the ranks of the Stormtrooper Corps. These less-pricey 'natural' recruits are sufficient for the Empire's current needs, but in order to maintain the integrity of the program, optimal morphologic consistency with the previous cloning standards is required. Diverse, undirected human genetic stock may be constrained if we adhere to strict standards of conformity. As a cost bonus, this also allows for interchangeable uniforms and armor. If you command these troopers, rest assured they meet the minimum physical benchmarks of Kamino-grown clones.

- Taken from Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide

To add to the above, genetics are also looked at and at minimum the Stormtroopers met the physicals of Kamino-grown clones.

Imperial stormtroopers are calculating, fearless individuals with a reputation for efficiency and an absolute lack of mercy or any emotion in the execution of their duties. Stormtrooper sergeants, who command squads of eight such individuals, are expected to exemplify those traits and show an increased grasp of tactics and abilities.

- Taken from Edge of the Empire: Core Rulebook

They are calculating and fearless individuals with a rep for efficiency. Sergeants are even better.

In accordance to our orders of secrecy, we returned to silence the Jawas. Atop Banthas, and armed with crude blaster rifles, we attacked and destroyed the sandcrawler and its occupants, taking care to make the operation look like a raid from the Sand People.

- Taken from Galaxy Guide 1: ANH

Stormtroopers use the same equipment as Sand People to destroy both the sandcrawler and Jawas, to make it look like a raid from them.

Novel quotes

Of course that's what the Omega Exercise was for - to test cadets in battle and see what they were made of. Those who completed their missions with a satisfactory score would receive their commissions and graduate from the Imperial Military Academy at Cliffside on Carida.

The inner charges exploded with a flash of light. Morley jumped up, shoved the heavily damaged slab of metal to one side, and swore as a blaster bolt bounced off his reflective armor. An ambush? Kyle's worst fears had been realized. A wave of self-pity swept over him. He had joined to get an education, not die on some asteroid. It wasn't fair. Or was it? After all, no one had forced him to attend the Academy, he had chosen to do so - and the men were waiting for an order. Four years of hard, rigorous training kicked in. "Contact! Two grenades - one concussion - one high-explosive."

The words were no more than out of Kyle's mouth than two grenades sailed through the door, exploded, and threw shrapnel in every direction. Morley passed through the hole first, followed by Kyle, Hong, and the members of squad two. Suddenly, Kyle was faced with the harsh reality of what war does to people.

The battle raged on. The Rebs were a diverse bunch. Kyle saw men, women, and a scattering of aliens, some of which he recognized and some he didn't. They came in all colors, shapes, and sizes and fought with weapons as varied as they were. Kyle saw blasters old and new, plus some low-velocity projectile weapons, and at least one pre-Empire vibroaxe of the sort used to board enemy starships. It was an ugly weapon and cut through Imperial armor as if it were constructed from paper. Hong shot the axeman through the head, shot him a second time just to make sure, and led the charge that secured the room and fifty feet of passageway.

With that accomplished, Kyle took a moment to assess the situation. A quick count revealed that the platoon had suffered thirty percent casualties, with the second squad being nearly all killed, the third having lost two men, and the first, which had passed through the locks last, almost untouched. So much for the walkover theory. If this was the Academy's idea of easy, it was a wonder that anyone survived to graduate.

- Taken from Dark Forces: Soldier of the Empire

So as if the training weren't bad enough, cadets do a final exercise which involve them in a real battle. Here is Kyle Katarn in his Stormtrooper days battling against some Rebels on a relay station as a cadet with Stormtroopers which will decide if he's good enough to become a Stormtrooper.

The firing range was deserted when LaRone arrived. Deserted, that was, except for Grave, standing in the booth at the far end with his T-28 propped against his armored shoulder. "Grave," LaRone greeted the other solemnly. "How are you doing?"

For a minute Grave didn't answer. He kept firing, coolly and methodically, completing the pattern the range had set up for him. LaRone watched the monitor as Grave hit crossmark after crossmark with the kind of accuracy expected of stormtrooper snipers.

- Taken from Allegiance

Grave, a Stormtrooper sniper makes hit after hit with his rifle. It's noted that it's the kind of accuracy that is expected of Stormtrooper snipers.

But LaRone was an Imperial stormtrooper, ruthlessly trained in the arts of combat and survival, and those deeply embedded reflexes knew nothing about ISB mind games. His left hand snapped up of its own accord, slapping Drelfin's wrist and knocking the blaster away from his forehead.

It was probably the last thing Drelfin expected. He stumbled with the impact, snarling a curse as he tried to swing the weapon back on target. But even as he did so LaRone's right hand came up, catching the other's wrist and giving it an extra push. For a single, nerve-racking fraction of a second the blaster was again pointing at LaRone's face; then it was past, overcorrecting and swinging wide to LaRone's left. He swiveled on his right foot, spinning himself halfway around as he held on to the major's wrist, and a second later he had Drelfin hunched over, his arm twisted around, the blaster pointed harmlessly at the ceiling. "What was that about ISB whims being law?" he ground out.

"LaRone, are you insane ?" Brightwater demanded, his eyes bulging.

- Taken from Allegiance

LaRone, a Stormtrooper ruthless trained in combat and survival with deeply embedded reflexes from the cause of that training, swiftly disarms an ISB agent and takes him down.

Grave glanced over, quick-holstering his own pistol as LaRone tossed him the T-28. He spun back around, lifted it to his shoulder, and began adding his own deadly sniper attack to the rapid fire spitting from Brightwater's speeder bike.

The raiders never had a chance. The last thing they! could have expected this far from the hub's private security was serious resistance, and the very last thing they could have expected was resistance from Imperial storm-troopers. Brightwater spiraled around the raiders, running deft rings around the more amateur swoopers, keeping them herded together as Grave picked them off one by one.

- Taken from Allegiance

Grave(Stormtrooper) takes out swoop gang members while they ride their swoop bikes.

Swoops are among the fastest ground vehicles with top speeds exceeding 600 kilometers per hour.

- Taken from New Essential Guide to Vehicles & Vessels.

Swoop bikes being able to achieve speeds of exceeding 600 kilometers or 372 mph.

Duck! The command seemed to come from within, but Luke obeyed it. As he did, a dart whizzed past, skimming his hair as it blew by.

"That was close, Master Luke," C-3PO said worriedly. "We must seek cover before..."

Luke darted to his left, just as another dart streaked past. Something, his instincts, his senses - the Force? - was warning him of the danger a split second before it arrived. But he couldn't dodge darts indefinitely. He had to find a way to help his friends.

They're just unconscious, he assured himself, looking away from their still bodies and pale faces. They can't be...

"You're a quick one," a voice said from behind him. Luke whirled around to find himself face-to-face with a white-armored face mask. "Not quick enough."

The stormtrooper raised a force pike and jabbed him in the chest. Luke's body shuddered uncontrollably as the electric shock blazed through him. There was an explosion of pain, and his legs collapsed beneath him. The massive shock paralyzed his nervous system. He lay on his back, unable to move, staring up at the stormtrooper. Helpless.

Luke prepared himself to die.

The force pike struck again.

More pain.

And then, only darkness.

- Taken from Rebel Force 1: Target.

A Stormtrooper takes down Luke Skywalker using a Force Pike. This being post-Battle of Yavin, so while Luke is still trying to learn the Jedi ways, he was previously able to avoid poison darts, yet unable to avoid the Stormtrooper.

Luke dodged a barrage of fire, diving over a couch. He swore as one of the guards shot the blaster out of his hand, then activated his lightsaber, lashing out with the glowing beam. The stormtrooper darted out of his reach, then fired again. Luke grunted in pain and toppled backward as the laserfire blasted into his shoulder. Han rushed to help - then stopped, as he felt something sharp jab him in the back.

"Drop it," the guard's flat voice ordered.

Han raised his arms, letting his blaster clatter to the floor. Luke groaned and sat up - but a blaster in the face stopped him from going any further. The other two stormtroopers lay on the ground, unconscious or dead. Han grimaced - they'd almost managed to win.

But when blasters were involved, almost didn't count.

- Taken from Rebel Force 1: Target

A couple of Stormtroopers take down Luke and Han, blasting a blaster from Luke's hand, avoiding a lightsaber and blasted Luke in the shoulder before the 2nd hits Han in the back.

"Gentlemen, let's keep transmissions to a minimum, " Captain Janzor broke in. "And Sergeant Strepp, I've been monitoring you on this mission. Ease off on the boy. "

"Yes, sir, " Strepp answered.

"By the way, Dower, you are on guard duty tonight, " Janzor said. "Listen up, " the captain continued, now in open communication with the rest of the platoon. "There is a small Wookiee outpost five kilometers north by northwest of here. Capturing this outpost is our first objective. We must block its transmissions, then storm it before it can send out a signal. Assuming we can make a clean capture, this will become our base of operations. Do you have any questions? No? Then prepare for assault. "

The speeder scouts flew ahead, stationed themselves around the outpost, then switched on equipment for blocking transmissions just as we first caught sight of the outpost. It was a round building with arching beams and supports. A few antennas stuck out of its roof. Confused that their radio communications were cut off, a Wookiee peered out the window. When he saw our approach, he let out a screaming growl and ducked behind a wall.

"So much for the element of surprise, " Strander said as he came beside me. "Just the same, I don't think he knew we were coming. "

"Okay, men, we need five soldiers to go in and flush them out, " Strepp announced. "Dower, Strander, you two circle around the outside of the building and shoot any Wookiees trying to escape to the north. "

"Yes, sir, " I said, relieved not to be one of the lucky five storming the building.

"No second chances on this one, guys, " Janzor chimed in. "If word of our invasion gets out, we'll be fighting our way to a clearing and praying that the transport and air cover come in time to save any of us. "

Sergeants Strepp and Dalia led the charge on the outpost. I watched as they knelt down behind the cover of a stump. Troopers on the east and west sides of the building fired shots at the windows, and Strepp sprinted closer to the door as the red bolts dissolved into the walls in a shower of sparks. Agile and unafraid, he darted left and right, finding cover behind the smallest thickets. As he approached the chest-high fence surrounding the outpost, two Wookiees popped up from behind a window and fired bowcasters at him. Strepp dove to the ground and rolled behind a small branch.

Ten of our best marksmen sat waiting for the Wookiees to show themselves. When one of the Wookiees looked out to locate Strepp, three soldiers fired. It looked as if all of them hit their mark. "Remember, Strepp, " I heard Janzor say in an open transmission, "no collateral damage. No detonators, no wasted fire. I want this building in one piece. "

The second Wookiee peered through the window, then dropped for cover as our sharpshooters opened fire. Five bright red bolts flashed in the window, passing through the exact spot in which the Wookiee had stood. A moment later, Strepp leapt over the fence, rolled to the side of the building, and crawled under the window. He rolled onto his knees with his back pressed hard against the wall of the outpost, then slowly rose to his feet. From there he waited for Janzor to send him the "go ahead" signal.

Other soldiers followed. Sergeant Dalia waited in the back, bravely standing in almost open ground, shooting at any Wookiee that dared to approach the window. With snipers targeting them and an endless barrage of bolts from regular troops stationed around the perimeter, the Wookiees could not put up much of a fight.

Then the blaster fire stopped, and Strepp dove through into the outpost through the window.

I saw the glow of his blaster but could not tell if he had fired at anything in particular. Then three Wookiees came running out the back of the building. "Incoming, " I yelled as Strander and I fired volleys of bolts, taking out all three of the battle-stunned Wookiees as they came through the door.

"Not bad, Dower, " Strepp's voice said in my audio piece.

Up to this point in the mission, everything had gone better than planned. We landed unnoticed, disposed of any evidence of our landing, and captured our first objective nearly unopposed. Imperial forces operate in perfect order. The Empire operates in perfect order. That's why I love it.

- Taken from Pax Empirica: The Wookiee Annhiliation

A Stormtrooper platoon(38 Troopers) take over a Wookiee outpost with no trouble.

I looked back. From this distance the Wookiees and stormtroopers looked like miniature statues only a few centimeters tall. Hundreds of Wookiees flooded the grounds around the outpost. Using optical enhancement, I saw that they had bowcasters. They clearly outnumbered my platoon, and the sheer abandon with which they attacked confused the stormtroopers. The furry beasts seemed unconcerned about blaster fire, and many of them attacked with their paws instead of their weapons.

The Wookiees swarmed into the building from all sides, flushing Captain Janzor and a small band of 15 armed troopers out the eastern door. I could hear the Captain talking over my audio. "Stay tight. You, cover the flank. Fire! Fire! Fire!"

Just as the brown sea of Wookiees seemed to close around the stormtroopers, six rapidly fired bolts made them retreat. A stormtrooper had climbed to the top of the outpost. My goggles identified the hero as First Sergeant Oswald Strepp. Huddled beside a beam just behind the ledge of the outpost, he fired several shots at the Wookiees, drew their attention, then sprinted to a new location and fired more.

"If you can hear me, Dower, " Strepp shouted frantically, "return to the drop site.

That goes for anyone who can hear me. Return to the drop site. "

By this time, the Wookiees had regrouped. The small circle of troopers no longer had any chance of escape. Surrounded and pinned down, they tried to circle back for the shelter of the outpost; but Wookiees had overrun the building and fired on them from the doors and windows. As I watched him fight, Strepp bent down and pulled something up in his hand. Using my optical enhancer, I saw he held a thermal detonator.

"Janzor, " Strepp called. "I am dropping a TD. On my count, hit the dirt, then run for open space. "

I glanced quickly at the soldiers making a desperate stand. Three of the soldiers had fallen. Janzor stood at the head of the circle, firing wildly and still hitting targets.

"Drop!" Strepp called. And at that moment, the outpost lit up in a huge fireball as long streams of fire exploded through the windows and doorways. For a moment it looked as if the outpost would remain standing. Badly shaken, but possibly still alive, Strepp lay on the roof with his left arm dangling over a beam. Then the thatching

I beneath him disintegrated in a column of I smoke, and he toppled into the building. A moment later, the entire roof collapsed as the building turned into a well of flames.

As the vapor cleared from the battleground, I saw the bodies of dozens of Wookiees lying crumpled. Some rolled around wounded, others lay perfectly still.

- Taken from Wookiee Annhiliation

So hundreds of Wookiees ambushed a Stormtrooper platoon. A Stormtrooper platoon is only 38 troopers.

They were surrounded and pinned down, no chance of getting out and yet they fought on before one of them threw a thermal detonator ending the battle.

It was followed by a white-paneled hovercar that swooped into the plaza, scattering the crowds of pedestrians. A squad of stormtroopers leaped out of the back before it even stopped. With military precision the troopers singled out a specific being in the startled crowd. Tash saw that the creature-with its green skin, large purple eyes, and narrow snout-was a Rodian. Four of the troopers pounced on him. The leader of the stormtrooper squad activated a loudspeaker built into his armor:

ATTENTION, CITIZENS OF MAH DALA. THE BEING 'WE ARE TAKING INTO CUSTODY HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A SUSPECTED PIRATE AND SMUGGLER. HE IS BEING TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL!

- Taken from Galaxy of Fear 3: Planet Plague

Stormtroopers single out a specific person through crowds of pedestrians, leaping out of a moving airspeeder before it stopped.

At one point toward the bow, two stormtroopers were engaged in a vibroblade duel, apparently a friendly one, but their blows still caused deep scores in their white armor.

- Taken from X-Wing 6: Iron Fist

Just showing a couple of Stormtroopers engaging in a Vibroblade duel, even if friendly their blows still caused some deep scores to the armor.

Another Krizlaw lunged, extendable mouth open to engulf him. He swung his lightsaber again, this time with more force-using the thought of Mara and Ben to strengthen his resolve to stay alive. The blade cut through the creature's forelimbs, but it wasn't enough to halt its movement through the air. It connected solidly with Luke's chest, knocking him to the ground. Its huge, slavering jaws were suddenly centimeters from his face. Before he'd had the chance to bring his lightsaber up to defend himself, five blasts sounded from nearby, each one striking the alien's head. Mucus and blood splashed Luke's face, and the Krizlaw fell heavily to one side. He would have liked to offer his thanks to the stormtrooper who'd fired the shot, but he had already turned his attention to the other creatures attacking them. There wasn't time to be grateful.

- New Jedi Order: Force Heretic

Here a Stormtrooper saves Luke from a Krizlaw who mere centimeters from eating his face, eacho of the 5 shots hitting the Krizlaw right in the head.

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Here a Scout Trooper engages a Rebel SpecForce Trooper in H2H, fighting for a total of 45 minutes before coming to a truce. Noting that Rebel SpecForce Troopers are highly trained themselves.

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Disarming and taking out a Rebel Saboteur and wrecking Rebels at an outpost.

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They flattened to the ground and watched.

Han was engaged in a rousing fist fight with one of the scouts -he hadn't looked so happy in days.

- Taken from ROTJ novel.

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A single Scout Trooper knocks Han off his feet with one blow and also gives a rousing fist fight. The same Han who won a FFA Gladiatorial torunament at 17, knows many street fighting techniques, fought a Selonian, took out a group of thugs while holding a conversation and so on.

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Blasting R2 out of commission and wounding Leia.

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Scout Trooper blasting Leia off her speeder bike, noted that it's a testament to his training that he was able to make such a shot.

Therefore he risked everything to draw his blaster pistol and take aim at Leia. It was a testament to his training that even at high speed he was able to target the bike accurately and hit the rear of the vehicle.

- Taken from Fact File 86

Speeder bikes those in particular can travel up to 500 k/m an hour. Or 310 mph

Speeder bikes serve as excellent scout vehicles because they can reach up to speeds of 500 kilometers per hour.

- Taken from New Essential Guide to Vehicles & Vessels

And these blast points to accurate for Sand People, only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise.

- Obi Wan to Luke

They are noted as better shots than Sand People who are capable of tagging and destroying Podracers, as well as make neck/head shots.

Link to Sand People respect thread

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Stormtroopers wreck the Rebel Force aboard the Tantive IV, forcing them to retreat multiple times in the engagement before the Rebels surrendered.

Equipment: Helmet

Sir, " I said. I reached down and placed the helmet over my head. The moment it fit into place, the readout appeared in the goggles, identifying the sergeant as First Sergeant Oswald Strepp. Computers in our helmets recognized soldiers by their uniforms and identified them in our goggles.

"Are you reading me clearly?" Strepp asked.

"Yes, sir!" I answered. I could hear his voice clearly through my helmet, more clearly than before I put it on. Sensors in my helmet singled out the transport's engine noise and filtered it out as an unimportant interference.

- Taken from Wookiee Annhiliation

Stormtrooper helmets having computer readouts in identifying troopers, they also make voices more clearer and also filter out unimportant interference.

A bright red ring began glowing around my goggles. "What status have I signaled, trooper?" Strepp asked.

"Alert status, sir. " During combat, sergeants and officers signaled different alert statuses by illuminating these lights in our goggles. Red rings meant high alert. Yellow meant caution.

"That will be all, " Sergeant He spun around sharply and moved toward his next surprise inspection.

- Taken from Wookiee Annhiliation

The helmets have alert status when sergeants or officers singled in a particular way, the helmets either having Red for high alert and Yellow for caution.

I glanced quickly to make sure my helmet was turned off. Sergeants and officers could monitor communications made through helmets. I'd known more than a few soldiers who said foolish things and got caught by eavesdropping officers.

- Taken from Wookiee Annhiliation

Communications can be monitored through helmets.

I turned up the audio feeds into my helmet and listened to the rustling leaves and creaking branches. Using optical commands, I ran an infrared search of the trees around me, revealing scores of rodents and insects, but not much else. Even so, I could hear my own heart pounding inside my armor. So could Strepp. "You surviving down there, Dower?"

"All clear, sir, " I said.

- Taken from Wookiee Annhiliation

Having audio feeds also able to do infrared scanning.

And I had the pleasure of leading our band of soldiers, my blaster ready to fire at any moment. I tried to amuse myself by switching my goggles from day-for-night vision to infrared every few minutes. The good thing about infrared was that it would help me spot Wookiees long before they could see me. Unfortunately, the infrared vision caused the ground to look like a wavy mass of gray swirls, and I stumbled when I kept it on too long.

I also fiddled with my audio intakes, screening out the sound of my panting as I trudged forward. Transmissions between foot soldiers buzzed back and forth so quietly that I could barely hear them. Instead, I focused on sounds coming from trees around me. That first Wookiee moved so quietly and spotted me so quickly that I could not afford to wait for my sensors to alert me. The computers in my helmet, however, gave messages from superior officers precedence over my nervous scans. When Strepp contacted me, his voice blared through my helmet.

"You alert up there, Dower?" he asked.

"Sir, I could hear a knobby white spider from 40 meters, " I said.

"We're not looking for knobby spiders, " Strepp said calmly.

- Taken from Wookiee Annhiliation

Day to Night vision, more infrared, audio tweeking, able to hearing up to 40 meters.

I looked back. From this distance the Wookiees and stormtroopers looked like miniature statues only a few centimeters tall. As I watched him fight, Strepp bent down and pulled something up in his hand. Using my optical enhancer, I saw he held a thermal detonator.

- Taken from Wookiee Annhiliation

From a distance where Wookiees and Stormtroopers looked like mini statues, the helmet can enhance sight and see a thing as small as a thermal detonator in someone's hand.

Wookiees clearly had sharper senses than we did, but our helmets magnified our vision and let us see at night.

- Taken from Wookiee Annhilation

Magnified vision, able to see at night.

Kyle surprised himself by having the presence of mind to scan the bulletins with the tiny battle holocam built into his helmet.

Dark Forces: Soldier of the Empire

Scanning, a holocam built into the helmets.

"Four-seven-nine: acknowledged," Brightwater said, taking a quick look around as he turned into a wide circle that would bring him back to the rest of the scout troopers still maneuvering their way out of the transport. They'd come in on a ground-skimming course just to the north of a set of low, tree-sprinkled hills, with the edge of their target town a couple of hundred meters away on the far side. Activating his helmet's sensors, he gave the hills a quick but careful scan as he circled back toward the transport. There didn't seem to be activity anywhere, of any sort, which struck him as highly suspicious. The hills included a picnic area, several walking paths, and half a dozen trees that had been patiently nurtured and manipulated over the decades into an elaborate children's climbing structure.

- Taken from Allegiance

More scanning

And that was far and away the trickier half. Stormtrooper helmets included a tongue switch, which had to be tripped before removing the helmet. Otherwise, the comlink would instantly scramble both the frequency rotation sequence and the encryption suite, leaving it all but useless.

For most would-be infiltrators, that was an insurmountable hurdle

- Taken from Choices of One

Includes a tongue switch which needs to be tripped before removing, otherwise the comlink would scramble as would ecryption making it useless.

Marcross nodded and slid the helmet over his head. A few seconds of listening to the palace security chatter was all it took. "Yes, we're in," he confirmed, locking the helmet securely to his collar. "But it doesn't sound like we're on the same system as the gate guards."

"Shouldn't be a problem-you'll be talking to them in person anyway," Jade reminded him, giving each of their shoulder pieces a final check. "Put these two in that storeroom over there to sleep off the sonic-I've already sliced the lock for you. Then plug in your private frequency and make sure Brightwater and the others are in position in case we need a fast breakout. Which of you has it?"

- Taken from Choices of One

Can be on various frequencies including private.

They had gone perhaps ten more meters when Mara caught a glimpse of something ahead. "Hold," she murmured, running through the Jedi sight-enhancement techniques as they stopped. It hadn't been a movement she'd seen, exactly, but something else.

The stormtrooper, with his helmet's own vision enhancements, got it first. "We're looking through the archway into the shield generator room," he murmured back. "That was a reflection from the generator shell."

- Taken from Survivor's Quest

Vision enhancements work faster than Mara Jade's Jedi sight enhancement techniques.

A Stormtrooper's helmet is replete with high-tech gear. Polarized lenes protect troopers from bright flashes such as those caused by explosions and allow them to see in dark or hazy conditions.

- Taken from New Essential Guide to Weapons & Tech

Polarized lenes protect from bright flashes, can see in dark/hazy conditions.

A powerful transmitter allows Stormtroopers to communicate over long distances, while built in sensor arrays can pick up enemy signals and detect nearby life forms. Other helmet features include cellular padding to prevent head injuries, a helmet computer monitors the armor's functions, a Comtech Series IV speaker using three-phase sonic filtering for clear sound, an atmospheric recycling unit, and a complex air intake and exhaust system.

- Taken from New Essential Guide to Weapons & Tech

Cellular padding for head injuries, computer to monitor armor functions, speaker filtering for clear sounds, built in sensor arrays and other things.

Equipment: Body Armor

He glanced through the opening and found a dozen storm-troopers only ten meters away, still coming despite a hail of Tusken slugs. One fell to a hit through the lens, another with a wound through his throat, but most were simply falling as the projectiles splattered against their armor, then popping back up an instant later

- Taken from Tatooine Ghost

Able to withstand projectiles from Sand People Cycler Rifles, the same rifles that were taking down Podracers. The hits on the armor just knocking them down, only for them to get right back up.

Han fell in alongside the next beast and, struggling to keep pace, reached up and grabbed hold. His feet immediately went out from beneath him, which was just as well since a flurry of blaster bolts came flashing in under the bantha's belly. Most sizzled harmlessly past or ricocheted off his leg armor, but one managed to burn through and scorch his outer thigh.

- Taken from Tatooine Ghost

Armor is able to ricochet blaster bolts.

Fortunately for those guards, the Hand of Judgment didn't kill unnecessarily. Even more fortunately, they'd set up their defensive line well within an E-11's stun range. "Set for stun," LaRone ordered, flipping his selector and squeezing the trigger. The blue rings spread outward and the nearest guard twitched and fell over, his blaster sending a final spasmodic shot into the ceiling. One of the others managed to get two shots off, one of which caught LaRone in his upper chest plate, before they were all down.

"You all right?" Grave asked, leaning over for a look at the blackened spot on LaRone's armor.

"No problem," LaRone assured him, wincing as he moved his shoulder. There was definitely a burn there, but the armor had blocked most of the energy, and the injury wasn't bad enough to slow him down.

- Taken from Allegiance

Helps withstanding against blaster shots, not fully though but enough that one could still move.

Before Fel could even form a protest, Drask had the two of them back on their feet, rapidly retreating behind the stormtroopers' moving defensive screen. They reached the fleet tactical room, and with a quick look inside Drask shoved Fel through the doorway and jumped in after him. A second later, with one final burst of covering fire, the four stormtroopers were inside as well.

"Report," Fel ordered, feeling like an idiot and hoping the effects of the exertion would adequately cover his embarrassment. Getting shot at was hardly a new experience for him, but usually he was in the cockpit of a clawcraft at those times, with a familiar collection of sensors, shields, and weapons at his fingertips. Being attacked in dress uniform had startled him more than he would have expected. "Injuries?"

"No armor damage," Watchman reported. "Those bolts were weaker than standard."

"Comes of using the same Tibanna gas reserves for fifty years, I guess," Fel said.

- Taken from Survivor's Quest

Armor can fully tank with 0 damage, blaster bolts provided of course the Tibanna Gas is old. By a glance this feat may not seem like much, but considering how the gas is just a mere 50 years old and how bullets in Star Wars are outdated by thousands and thousands of years, which really puts into perspective on how bullets are rather useless if a blaster with only a 50 year old gas cartridge can't do damage to the armor, it's impressive.

A hermetic autoseal can be engaged to completely seal the armor suit, which is self contained and has its own small oxygen supply. This feature allows Stormtroopers to brave posionous atmospheres and even the vaccum of space for a short time.

- Taken from New Essential Guide to Weapons & Tech

The armor can be sealed having it's own supply of oxygen.

Aside from the insulating body glove, the Stormtrooper's armor contains sensitive temperature controls that automatically adjust based on prevailing conditions.

- Taken from New Essential Guide to Weapons & Tech

Simple, temperature controls in the armor.

Qorl stood inside the training chamber holding a wicked-looking spear in his black-wrapped left hand. His droid replacement arm gripped the gleaming shaft with enough force to dent the metal. The serrated head of the spear had a long central prong with two side spikes curving up like a dragon's barbed tail.

"You're late," Qorl said. He cocked his droid arm back-and hurled the deadly weapon at Norys with all the strength in his robotic servomotors!

Norys stood astonished as the deadly spearpoint hurtled toward his chest plate. He just had time to cry "Hey!" in a panicked voice amplified by his helmet speakers before the barbed tip impacted squarely with enough force to smash him backward.

Norys slammed into the wall, his helmet ringing against the hard metal bulkhead. His vision sparkled with impending unconsciousness. He expected to see a spear sprouting from his heart and waited for his nerves to send shouts of mortal pain. He wanted to scream that Qorl, his supposed teacher, had betrayed him, murdered him. But a split second later his thoughts cleared enough to hear the clatter as the spear shaft fell harmlessly to the floor. He looked down at his chest in amazement and saw only a nick in the white armor where the spear had struck.

- Taken from Star Wars Young Jedi Knights 4: Lightsabers

Armor can withstand a spear thrown by a powerful droid arm, leaving only a nick in the armor.

The creatures came at him from the front, side, and behind. Norys turned, remembering to think, point, aim, and shoot. He eliminated another creature.

Two more emerged from the ceiling, but Norys swiveled at the waist and forced himself to concentrate. One of the two struck from behind, though its claws skittered off Norys's white stormtrooper armor. He ignored it as he set the second mynock firmly in his sights and shot it.

- Taken from Star Wars Young Jedi Knights 4: Lightsabers

Mynock claws just skitter off the armor.

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Able to withstand explosions.

Can withstand electrical discharges powerful enough to illuminate a person's skeleton.

Arm Segments- Forearm segments are reinforced to intercept vibroblades in close combat. With an optional modification, the gloves can deliver stun shocks.

- Taken from The Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide

Arm segments in the armor can intercept vibroblades. This is ridiculously impressive, given that Vibroblade weapons can cut through armor like cloth and can be fatal wounding with the slightest hit.

The gloves can also power up to deliver stun shocks in H2H.

Here it's shown Dellis Tantor getting shot, the hit puts him out of commission but he survives.

The grand moffs were holding a secret conference-a Mofference. And leading the secret Mofference was razor-toothed Grand Moff Hissa, whose body had been nearly destroyed by a torrential flood of liquid toxic waste back on the planet Duro.

Grand Moff Hissa would never forget how High Prophet Jedgar had left him to die in the underground caverns of Duro. A stormtrooper saved Hissa's life, lifting him out of the bubbling acid slime that had eaten through his body. If the Prophets of the Dark Side were allowed to have their way, Grand Moff Hissa would not have lived to tell the tale; as it was, Hissa survived, although he lost both his arms and his legs.

Grand Moff Hissa adjusted his mechanical hover-chair to raise it a few inches above the floor as he presided over the Mofference.

- Taken from Jedi Prince 5: Queen of the Empire

A Stormtrooper saved Grand Moff Hissa's life, lifting him out of acid, implying that the armor can withstand acid.

Equipment: Utility Belt/Detonator/Misc

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Showing how effective the Thermal Detonator they carry is.

Stormtroopers are usually issued a thermal detonator. Controls set to arming, timing and blast intensity are not labelled so that enemy troops cannot use the powerful explosives if they are captured.

- Taken from Ep 4-6 Visual Guide

Controls aren't labelled so enemies cannot use them.

Standard issue equipment in the utility belt includes power packs, energy rations and a compact tool kit. The belt can carry additional gear such as a grappling hook, comlink, macrobionculars, handcuff binders or other items such as this combat de-ionizer.

- Taken from Ep 4-6 Visual Guide

What the Utility Belt carries.

Every component of a Stormtrooper's armor and equipment is manufactured to the highest standards in the Empire. Their armor lasts indefinitely and may still be found half buried at decades-old battle sites.

- Taken from Ep 4-6 Visual Guides

Armor is made to the highest standards in the Empire, able to last indefinitely.

Equipment: E-11 Blaster

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Notable feature to the Imperial E-11 Blaster Rifle.

1. Can alternate between single, semiautomatic, full auto and pulse fire.

2. Can use a variety of ammo, including darts, grenades and flares.

3. Computer enhanced scope compensates for dark, hazy or smoke conditions.

4. Folding stock for long range.

5. Stun can incapacitate a target for up to 10 minutes.

Power output can be varied on most models; the highest setting on most blasters will vaporize any material short of carbon-fiber reinforced durasteel.

- Taken from Tech Journal 2 Imperial Forces

Power output can vary, highest setting will vaporize any material short of reinforced carbon fiber durasteel.

The top three blaster makers in Imperial space are Merr-Sonn Munitions Inc, the SoroSuub Corporation and BlasTech Industries.

- Taken from Tech Journal 2 Imperial Forces

One of the top blaster makers is BlasTech which makes the Imperial E-11 blaster.

Feature: Optical scope with X2 magnification that interfaces with the tactical HUD of a Stormtrooper's helmet.

- Taken from The Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide

Scope is X2 magnification and links with the HUD of a Stormtrooper helmet.

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Sweet.

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Wow. Very impressive compilation, @wolfrazer... Well done, very well done.

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Pretty good. I might have a few things to offer you for this thread.

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Well done mate.

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#9 Posted by magnus18 (664 posts) - - Show Bio

Great thread. I now feel really bad for the Stormtroopers. All those years of training only to be defeated by the rebel alliance's plot armor. " The power to hit a target is insignificant compared to the power of the plot armor."

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Not my cup of tea but very informative and entertaining nevertheless.

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Most impressive work Wolf, I had no idea the Big Three got there asses whooped that many times lol.

I also have a strong suspicion that we'll be seeing a great deal of Stormtrooper badassery in TFA...

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@wolfrazer: So this must make Ewoks some of the best fighter in the galaxy lol.

Good job on the thread.

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#17 Posted by Wolfrazer (16268 posts) - - Show Bio

@sirfizzwhizz: Hardly, they won because of Chewie and his stolen AT-ST.

Also thanks.

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Bump for more views! Cause the people need to know!

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very impressive wolf, very impressive a lot of nice feats! XD

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oops wrong thread

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Nicely done. Lots of great information here, and I can only imagine the time and effort you put into it.

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@wut: Thanks and yeah, took time to compile everything and I don't even think I have everything of everything but still it's pretty good.

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One more bump, just for everyone to get a chance to view!

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Nice work.

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Nice. I feel like Stormtroopers' biggest weakness if the slowness of their shots. Peak Humans like Han can laser-time their shots.

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@wolfrazer in star wars rebels the training of cadets shows various danger roomesque obstacle courses

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Sure.....................

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JK I love Stormtroopers but the movies give them no justice

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@firestormfate1919: No he can't, blaster bolts are noted as impossible to avoid unless there's pre-cog involved.

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Sure.....................

JK I love Stormtroopers but the movies give them no justice

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Did you watch the same movies? They stomped everything they came across and gave trouble to the main cast. The few instances shown of them against Ewoks doesn't take away the fact, the Imperials were winning the battle up until Chewie turned it around via hijacking the AT-ST.

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@wolfrazer: Are you kidding me they could only hit fodder characters the whole trilogy

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@godzilla44: ....See gifs, they hit Leia twice and blasted R2. Oh off screen they also blasted 3PO on Bespin.

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@godzilla44: ....See gifs, they hit Leia twice and blasted R2. Oh off screen they also blasted 3PO on Bespin.

They hit her speeder bike not her, then hits her shoulder, but couldn't hit her giant freaking head that's poking out of cover, wow R2 3PO harmless droids, those troopers must be proud of them selves.

Their's no point in arguing, I love Stormtroopers, but the movie versions SUCK.

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@godzilla44: No they hit her, see gif, she got shot in the shoulder, yeah he hit the bike but that's still impressive and hey 3PO and R2 are actual characters not fodder.

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Its the police sir your son was killed by a hit and run driver, the driver was an alcohol

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I'll be bookmarking this...

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Hey, Wolfy/Zenny, i found something, not sure if it's any good, but here ya go.

Three hundred crack stormtroopers stood at attention in the echoing hall, motionless in perfect ranks. Their white armor glistened like polished bone. They were identical, intensively trained, precise military machines. These stormtroopers were the best of the best in the academy. Only the top Imperial recruits even began stormtrooper training, and these three hundred had excelled in every way.

—Star Wars: The Jedi Academy: Dark Apprentice

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@fated_xtasy: Eh nothing too different from other quotes, Stormtroopers are already the best of the best.

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stormtroopers are tough

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Fascinating. Good blog, good blog indeed.

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@wolfrazer: this is great man. Finally some respect for storm troopers. Thanks for all your hard work in this

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@wolfrazer: this is great man. Finally some respect for storm troopers. Thanks for all your hard work in this

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Good job I'm just surprised someone actually made this lol.

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@uugieboogie: Mmhm, I just got so sick of the false reputation people kept spouting out about them, so I decided to do something about it.

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@wolfrazer: Not gonna lie, was definitely expecting a troll face accompanied by a bunch of gifs of stormtroopers failing to hit their targets. But awesome thread regardless :P They're definitely a lot cooler than people give them credit for, although they're still no clone troopers.

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