We’re pretty thankful we don’t have to worry about swarms of Stormtroopers marauding this part of the universe like, “PEW, PEW, PEW!!” everywhere they go. As we all know by now, they only existed in a galaxy far, far away, and a long time ago. But let’s say they did exist on earth, would they ever have any time off to just hang out? Do they have families? Hobbies? One might wonder about how much they get paid? Without the armor, who are they? Unfortunately, we can’t answer any of these questions with certainty, but we looked up some other interesting facts about Stormtroopers.
Here are a few things about Stormtroopers we thought you should know. They may be black and white, but there is more to them than this binary palette. So let’s take a look at these surprising facts about the members of the Imperial Army and learn a bit about what it takes to become a Stormtrooper.
- Their armor was designed to dissipate blaster fire. That means they take the force of the blaster’s blast and spread it throughout the armor, allowing them to get up and get back into the fight. Each suit is made up of 18 plastoid plates.
- Stormtroopers all look the same to intimidate the rebels. Their armor, which gives them a unified and frightening appearance, is part of the ongoing psychological warfare used by the Empire.
- When the Rebels retaliated after the Empire blasted Alderaan by destroying the Death Star, they put a dent in the Stormtrooper program. An estimated 30,984 Stormtroopers died the Death Star explosion.
- Most recognize the standard, all-white Stormtroopers from the original trilogy. However, there are several divisions in the Stormtrooper Corps. Each division specializes in different equipment, environment and purpose. To name a few, there are Sandtroopers, Snowtroopers, Spacetroopers and most recently Death Troopers.
- Many people cameoed in the movies. The Stormtrooper armor was worn by Daniel Craig, Kevin Smith, Michael Giacchino and Nigel Godrich in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Stormtroopers were inspired by German soldiers during World War I. These specialist soldiers were trained in infiltration tactics to storm enemy trenches. They were known as Sturmmann and were formed into companies of Sturmtruppen, which translate to “storm man” and “attack troops.”
- Female Stormtroopers exist. They receive the same training, wear the same uniforms and sleep in the same barracks as their male counterparts. However, there were a lot of restrictions when it came to the women troopers. No more than three women were allowed to serve in a legion, and zero served on the Death Star.
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