09:54:53 AM Aug 28th 2013
One thing that bothers me about the description is that Obi-Wan never actually calls the Imperial Stormtroopers good shots. He just says "Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise." There's a difference between accuracy and precision... and on top of that, he never said that the Imperial Stormtroopers were on the good end of the precision scale; just that there was a difference of precision between them and the Sand People. In short, I don't think it's Informed Ability; I think Obi-Wan was trying to be sarcastic and failed.
11:41:47 AM Aug 29th 2013
There's a technical definition between accuracy and precision... but not really a colloquial one. I think you're meeting him more than halfway by believing it to be Sarcasm Failure. There's really no reason to think he meant anything other than what he said. That said, the entry is quite nattery.
04:49:13 AM Mar 7th 2013
Not that it changes the basic argument (accuracy in real life is typically much lower than in the movies), but the surprising bullets fired to targets hit ratio from WWII also has to do with the fact that a large number of soldiers would intentionally try to miss their target (not firing their weapon at all would lead to ridicule and/or serious punishment, however), because they were uncomfortable with the idea of killing a human being. This has supposedly become less of a "problem" in contemporary armies composed of professional volunteer soldiers, though.
09:58:06 AM Jun 2nd 2012
Oh god I remember seeing that picture on a funny pictures App for iphone. That was perfect.
07:19:00 AM Feb 10th 2011
01:37:51 AM May 7th 2011
my comeback is the heroes didn't do much better a job at shooting. also in obiwans words a sandperson is far less accurate than a storm trooper. kinda says alot about the tuskans doesn't it? considering the best shot they had was to clip a pod in episode 1 (and it wasn't even the heroes)
04:20:27 PM May 26th 2011
I seriously think the trope should be renamed "Stormtrooper Effect".
05:20:30 PM Nov 3rd 2014
The name isn't that intuitive, either. I never even saw any of the Star Wars movies. What about something like Mooks Have Bad Aim or Improbably Bad Aiming Skills or Terrible Marksmanship?
11:21:53 PM Nov 3rd 2014