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Grand General Tagge and Staff
Grand General Cassio Tagge
A noble from Tepasi, Tagge was the Chief of the Imperial Army and a member of the Empire's Joint Chiefs. He briefly visited the first Death Star with his fellow Chiefs, and unlike his peers he considered the Rebel Alliance to be a possible, if unlikely, threat. Following the Death Star's destruction, Tagge was made the Emperor's chief enforcer, with even Darth Vader subservient to him.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Much like his Legends counterpart, Tagge is a critic of the Death Star and doesn't think highly of Darth Vader. However, this incarnation of Tagge is much less cautious and much more brazen in his dislike of the Dark Lord, using his superior position to belittle Vader whenever he gets the chance.
- Benevolent Boss: He trusted Tolvan with commanding security at Eadu, but when that failed big-time, he had her relegated to sweeping out the abandoned rebel base on Yavin 4 for any useful scraps of information they could use against the rebels, which is as non-harmful as a punishment from the Empire can be.
- Blue Blood: He is a member of a wealthy and very influential family who run TaggeCo, a large corporation with business interests tied into the Empire's operations.
- Boring, but Practical: He embraces this trope; making it abundantly clear that he thinks the Death Star was a stupid idea from the very beginning and that those resources should have been used to simply build more Star Destroyers. He also does this while insulting Tarkin's and Vader's love of spectacle and grandiose design. When Vader sees him at work, even the Sith Lord admits he is effective.
- Bullying a Dragon: Namely bullying his own dragon. So far in the comics he has gone out of his way to belittle Vader's importance in the grand scheme of things and seems to enjoy pulling rank on the Sith. However, whenever Vader completes a mission Tagge assigns him, he always compliments him on a job well done, showing respect for Vader's skill but not his position.
- Commander Contrarian: A rare villainous version who is completely correct in everything he says. He argues with Tarkin and Motti about the vulnerability of the Death Star. He is also highly skeptical of the Emperor's decision to dissolve the senate, wondering how he plans to maintain control without the established bureaucracy.
- Composite Character: His more active attempts to undermine Vader are reminiscent of Orman Tagge, one of his Legends brothers.
- Cool Starship: After the destruction of the Death Star, Tagge uses the Super Star Destroyer Annihilator as his flagship.
- Digging Yourself Deeper: Vader expresses his distaste for Tagge's fixation on statistics and "graphs". After Tagge's star has fallen, he tries to defend himself to Vader by citing the percentage improvements and statistical upswing that his actions resulted in. Vader is not impressed.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Tagge becomes the Empire's main military commander after the destruction of the first Death Star; partially because he was right about the Death Star's vulnerabilities and putting all the Empire's eggs in one basket and partially because he is the sole surviving member of the Joint Chiefs. Even Vader is made subservient to him.Emperor Palpatine (to Vader): Tagge always argued against the arrogance of the Death Star as a sole weapon. He alone was properly aware of the Rebel threat. While the second Death Star is constructed his philosophy must be dominant. It was lucky he left the station before its destruction to return to his beloved fleet or I would have no one I could use. He is to assume primacy. You will act according to his will.
- Foil: He served as one to Tarkin (see Technician vs. Performer below) and is increasingly becoming one to Vader by being an emotionally detached, pragmatic and competent strategist who is able to see the big picture which in contrast tends to highlight Vader's Blood Knight and Not So Stoic tendencies. He is also of average height and slightly pudgy and doesn't really stand out in a crowd which contrasts nicely with Vader and Tarkin's more iconic looks. And to drive the point home when Vader defended Tarkin, saying that he was a man with vision, Tagge coldly, and correctly, pointed out that Tarkin was responsible of the Empire's biggest defeat so far while he has been busy salvaging the situation in the Battle of Yavin's aftermath.
- Guttural Growler: He has a noticably raspy voice, though he's too much of a Punch-Clock Villain to count as Evil Sounds Raspy.
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction when the Emperor removes him from supreme command of the Imperial military and replaces him with Darth Vader.
- Only Sane Man: He argues that the Rebels could pose a serious threat if they get their hands on the Death Star plans, but Motti and the rest of the officers in the conference room laugh at and dismiss his concerns.
- Punch-Clock Villain: By comparison to Vader, Tarkin and Motti. He never does or says anything evil during the meeting. He's just stating the situation like it is and questions odd decisions, like any competent military commander would. He's also visibly disturbed when Vader chokes Motti while the rest are just sitting there before Tarkin tells Vader to release him.
- Rank Up: Following his ascension to the Empire's main military commander, Tagge is promoted to Grand General.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is spelled "Taggi" in the credits of A New Hope, and "Tagge" everywhere else.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Originally in the old Legends continuity, he was supposed to have died on-board the Death Star when it blew. But in the new Disney canon, it's revealed he had returned to his starfleet (in order to investigate the alleged Rebel secret base on Dantooine) just before the battle and shows up alive in Darth Vader... at least, until issue #25.
- The Strategist: He is so far shown to be a very capable strategist and unlike some Imperial commanders, Tagge tends to keep a realistic assessment of his forces' strengths and weaknesses while at the same time he tends to avoid underestimating the enemy's capability.
- The Stoic: He is very big on not letting emotions cloud judgement. In fact, Tagge removes Vader from the hunt for the Rebel pilot that destroyed the Death Star on the grounds Vader is too emotionally involved in the subject (he is more right about that then he realizes).
- Technician vs. Performer: The Technician to Tarkin's Performer. This fact is actually discussed between him and Vader.Tagge: I look at the state of the Empire and ask myself "How many Super Star Destroyers could we have made with the resources we threw into Tarkin's Folly?"
Vader: Tarkin had vision. You have graphs.
Tagge: I have the graphs and the command. My plans may not be as glamorous or as grand as yours or the departed Tarkin but they work.
- Underestimating Badassery: He tends to view Vader as a simple thug and enforcer; albeit a pretty powerful one. Vader, however, is more intelligent and more cunning than Tagge gives him credit for.
- Additionally, he almost completely trusts Tulon Voidgazer, and is caught completely flatfooted when she, Cylo, and his remaining forces turn on the Empire. This almost loses them the Executor, and is the reason Palpatine demotes him.
- We Have Reserves: Sums up his strategic philosophy in a nutshell.Tagge: The Star-Fleet is a sea. It is endless and it cannot be beaten and given enough time turns even the strongest rocks into sand. Our larger plans cannot be based around any individual asset. Not a Death Star. Not you, Vader.
- You Have Failed Me: The Emperor removes him from command for his failures and replaces him with Vader, then leaves to let Vader "educate [his] subordinates about this brave new era". Vader then "educates" Tagge in his usual fashion.
A lieutenant aboard the Super Star Destroyer Annihilator and aide to Grand General Tagge.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Lasts all of one issue before Vader disposes of him.
An Imperial military investigator who Grand General Tagge assigns as Vader's new adjutant after Oon-ai's demise.
- Affably Evil: He is always very calm and quite polite, even while in the middle of interrogating a reluctant source.
- The Cameo: Tolvan looks at a picture of him and her in Doctor Aphra.
- Deadpan Snarker: He likes to add a bit of snark to his interrogations, and really lets it fly when belittling the Astarte twins.Doowan: What are you doing back on Anthan?
Thanoth: I missed the social scene.
- Face Death with Dignity: He allows himself to be killed by Darth Vader after uncovering his plan to overthrow the Emperor. He says that Palpatine has proven himself too weak and incompetent to run the Empire, and is happy to offer up anything (even his own life) to see that he is replaced with a more worthy successor.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Values results and information over making any sort of grand spectacle, and so he leaves useful sources of information alive rather than make examples of them. Thanoth is thus infuriated when the Astarte twins execute one of his best sources of information in the sector in order to establish their reputation and intimidate the rest of the local criminal underworld.
- Sherlock Scan: Determines that Vader had been to Anthan 13 simply by the ionization of surface dust that's still on Vader's armor.
- Undying Loyalty: Thanoth is likewise loyal to the Empire. Key word being the Empire, not the Emperor. Although Thanoth eventually uncovers Vader's true schemes, he simply tells Vader where to find the missing Aphra wishes Anakin luck, and accepts that Vader is going to kill him to leave no trail. He does this because he thinks Vader makes for a much more suitable ruler than the Emperor, as Thanoth blames the failure of the Death Star on his poor vision.
- Worthy Opponent: Vader comes to respect Thanoth's skills, and instead of arranging to dispose of him like he did Oon-ai, he simply manipulates him into calling off the search for Aphra to instead crush a Rebel unit that had been harassing Imperial forces in the area.
Other Grand Generals
Grand General Kenner Loring
A Grand General active after the Battle of Endor.
- Dragon Ascendant: One of several high-ranking Imperial officers vying for leadership of what remains of the Empire following Palpatine's demise.
- The Ghost: Has yet to appear, but he is frequently mentioned as leading a significant portion of the Imperial Army in a protracted battle against the New Republic on Malastare.
General Jylia Shale
A legendary Imperial general and strategist, General Shale commands the Star Destroyer Ascent. A few months following the Battle of Endor, Shale is among the high-ranking Imperials who gather at the conference on Akiva.
- Determined Defeatist: Despite her belief that the Empire has probably lost the war, Shale joins the other Imperials on Akiva in order to try and find some potential solution to bring it back from the brink. However, after her capture she cooperates with the New Republic and begins giving them information in an effort to end the war quicker.
- Foil: To General Borrum: both he and Shale are considered legends by the Imperial military but were sidelined by the Empire and were considered by Fleet Admiral Rax as potentially useful for his plans. Shale failed his tests due to her negativity about the Empire's chances of bouncing back after Endor and by pointing out all of the Empire's crime, while Borrum was selected to join his Shadow Council due to his unwavering loyalty.
- Genre Savvy: She is well aware of the Empire and the Rebellion's narrative roles in the story of the galaxy.Shale: This isn't some kind of inspirational story. Some scrappy, ragtag underdog tale, some pugilistic match where we're the goodhearted gladiator who brings down the oppressive regime that put him in the arena. They get to have that narrative. We are the ones who enslaved whole worlds full of alien inhabitants. We are the ones who built something called a Death Star under the leadership of a decrepit old goblin who believed in the 'darkside' of some ancient, insane religion.
- Gilded Cage: Due to her cooperation with the New Republic after her capture Shale is allowed to live in a sparse apartment under guard with luxuries she would never get in prison.
- Heel Realization: After the Emperor's death she began to doubt the Empire and its goals. Following her capture by the New Republic she has clearly become disgusted with having been part of that regime.Shale: What we did formed a scar across this galaxy, and I'm not sure it will ever truly fade.
- Ignored Expert: She opposed the creation of the Death Stars, viewing them as excessive and costly creations that put too many high-ranking officers at risk if they were to be destroyed. Due to this, Shale was shunted aside during the last years of the Emperor's reign, even though her fears proved correct.
- Insistent Terminology: Among the Imperials who gather on Akiva, Shale is the only one who calls the Rebels the New Republic, acknowledging their victory over the Empire.
- Living Legend: She is highly respected throughout the Imperial military.
- Meaningful Name:
- "Julia" is the feminine form of the Roman family name, Julius. The name that comes to mind is usually Julius Caesar, though ironically, he led the transition of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire, while Shale was okay with having the Empire surrender to the New Republic for practicality's sake. Their names have similar sounds as well.
- A shale is a type of rock made from hardened clay/mud and can be easily be broken into pieces. This contrasts her with Commander Kyrsta Agate of the New Republic, as well as referencing the fracturing of the Empire into various Imperial remnants with differing goals.
- Only Sane Woman: Among those gathered on Akiva, Shale is the only one who acknowledges that the war might truly be lost and that there is likely little hope of even forging a peace treaty with the New Republic. She even suggests that they might be spared if they surrender to the New Republic instead.
- She Knows Too Much: Rax arranges for her assassination due to the information she is providing the New Republic in her captivity.
- Worthy Opponent: She considers Admiral Ackbar one, warning her fellow Imperials that he is a master strategist who should never be underestimated.
General Hodnar Borrum
One of the eldest officers in the Imperial Military, Borrum served in the Grand Army of the Republic and continued serving the Empire. He is selected by Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax to serve on his "Shadow Council", a group of Imperial officials seeking to save and remake the Empire following the Battle of Endor.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: Despite having fought both alongside and against Jedi, he has little-to-no regard for the Force.
- Foil: To General Shale: both she and Borrum are considered legends by the Imperial military but were sidelined by the Empire and were considered by Fleet Admiral Rax as potentially useful for his plans. Borrum proved useful to him as his spirit was not broken and he still believed in the Empire, while Shale became a defeatist who denounced the Empire's actions and began providing information to the New Republic after her capture.
- Living Legend: His numerous campaigns and victories, including leading a charge of clone troopers on the last fortress of the Jedi at the end of the Clone Wars, have made him one of the Empire's most beloved heroes.
- Old Soldier: He was already old when he served the Republic, but Sloane notes that age has not affected his mind one bit and that his eyes shine with a keen military mind.
- Passed-Over Promotion: Many in the Empire were perplexed Kenner Loring was made Grand General instead of Borrum.
- Uncertain Doom: He is the only member of the Shadow Council whose fate is unknown after the Battle of Jakku. Borrum was last mentioned as commanding the Imperial ground forces on Jakku, which were almost completely wiped out and had no means of escape.
General Hurst Romodi
An officer serving under Grand Moff Tarkin during the early years of the Empire who participated in the invasion of Mon Cala.
- Fantastic Racism: Refers to the Mon Calamari as "finners," completely dismisses their forces as a threat, and suggests bombing them from orbit.
- Underestimating Badassery:She holds no respect for Ackbar and scoffs at his impending attack. He proves himself to be a worthy opponent moments later and destroys her sky base when his small watercraft fire dozens of missiles directly at her skybase.
Lieutenant-Inspector Magna Tolvan
The head of security on Eadu under General Cassio Tagge's command. When the rebels wreaked havoc at the base in an attempt to rescue/assassinate Galen Erso, she was demoted to captain and reassigned to investigating the remains of the evacuated rebel base on Yavin IV for failing to keep Eadu secure. She crossed paths with the Ark Angel crew when they were in search of the Ordu Aspectu.
- Adorkable: After realizing that Doctor Aphra sincerely finds her attractive, Tolvan develops a crush on her and acts like an awkward teenager around her. When an underling shows her security footage of one of Aphra's crimes, her first remark is "She has new bracelets." When she next meets Aphra in person, the first thing she says is "I like your hat."
- An Arm and a Leg: Tolvan's neck is always encased in a flexible brace, and both her hands & arms are either artificial (like Vader) or encased in prosthetic coverings (it's not clear which). No explanation of the circumstances which brought these on her has yet been provided.
- The Bus Came Back: After being a villain-of-the-week for Aphra in the first arc of Doctor Aphra, she returns to the story after Aphra fails at her scheme to sell Rur's crystal.
- Badass Gay: Her luck might not be so great but her combat skill are top notch. She has some Foe Romance Subtext with Aphra, which becomes outright Dating Catwoman when they kiss in issue 16 of Aphra's comic.
- Butt-Monkey: Not played for laughs. Its actually kind of sad. Shes been demoted for failing to protect Eadu, two of her bosses that she looked up to are dead, the whole debacle with the Aphra family has made her a mockery and got her demoted again, and the other Imperials dont hesitate to remind her of this.
- Dating Catwoman: Seems to be heading this way with Aphra as of their kiss in issue 16 and their clear desire to be with each other. Although due to her being an Imperial officer and Aphra a morally ambiguous criminal its not quite clear who the "Catwoman" is in this situation.
- The Determinator: Tolvan is definitely this, especially over the course of the "Remastered" story arc when she resorts to killing and skinning a fur-covered Defel member of Aphra's group and then wears what must still be the gory skin as a disguise to stowaway on their ship. The likely nausea-inducing Squick of it doesn't bother Tolvan one whit while she pursues Aphra.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Maybe. She at least respected her late bosses Tagge and Thanoth. After Ozzel brings up Tagge while mentioning how Tolvan used to be a highly-respected officer, she seems to be sad, either because she's still mourning her dead superior and/or the fact she's been Reassigned to Antarctica.
- Erotic Dream: Well, if her Imagine Spot about getting an Almost Kiss from Aphra doesn't count...
- Fake Memories: In issue #25, she volunteers to have her memories of Aphra wiped to give her a chance to escape Darth Vader. Aphra, knowing that Vader simply will not stop, and would kill them both anyway, changes Tolvan's memories so that she now believes that she killed Aphra after one betrayal too many.
- Foe Romance Subtext: Except not really subtext as its pretty obvious that while Tolvan may hate what Aphra's actions have done to her life, she is still very attracted to the young doctor. They end up kissing in issue 16.
- HeelFace Turn: After Sana rescues her, she willingly joins the Rebellion and seems quite happy there.
- Hidden Depths: According to Word of God, she's not actually loyal to the Empire. She's just a careerist, and the most easiest way to reach success is currently through the Empire.
- In the Back: Well, in the back of her right shoulder, Aphra's father strikes her there with a lightsaber when she holds Aphra at gunpoint.
- Ironic Name: "Magna" means great, but she's not as good as she used to be.
- MayDecember Romance: With Aphra, assuming Tolvan really is that much older.
- Oh, Crap!: Actually, "Oh, hell," are her exact words when she stumbles onto Aphra somehow being connected to none other than Lord Vader at the end of Issue #15.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: After the rebels laid destruction to the Imperial base on Eadu and got Galen killed while under her jurisdiction, Imperial command had her leading the combing of Yavin 4 for information on the rebels as punishment. It's rather tame in comparison to the other punishments that other Imperial superiors give out.
- It turns out that failing to apprehend the Aphra family or even retrieve the Rur crystal, in addition to being ditched on some backwater planet and having lost her entire legion during the mission, got her demoted to lieutenant and has essentially ruined her career.
- Shout-Out: Her neck brace and gloved(?)/artificial(?) arms are a nod to the prisoner-of-war prison commandant in The Grand Illusion, whose injuries required wearing gloves and a neck brace and relegated him away from being a frontline combatant, but develops a friendship with one prisoner despite the two being on opposite sides of a war.
- Silver Fox: Despite her aging appearance and graying hair, she's not that bad of a looker. Aphra seems to agree.
- Vague Age: Despite her grey hair, she otherwise looks and acts younger than a fifty year-old would. She seems to be in her thirties.
Imperial Special Forces
A member of the Imperial Special Forces and an inmate of the Rebel Alliance's Sunspot Prison. He is one of sixteen other inmates released when a team of mercenaries, who believe the prisoners should be executed rather than imprisoned, takes over Sunspot prison.
- Ambiguously Human: It's unclear if he's an alien or just a really ugly human.
- The Butcher: His nickname is "The Depopulator".
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Leia refuses to execute unarmed prisoners because she doesn't want to be like the Empire.
- Kill It with Fire: Leia and Sana herd him and several other escaped prisoners into a room, hoping to capture them alive. This doesn't matter as the mercenaries deactivate the prison's sun shields and burn them all alive.
- Prison Riot: He, along with sixteen other inmates, is released by an unknown party hoping to get Princess Leia to kill him.
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: His job. The Empire would send him into an enemy village and he'd leave everyone dead and the buildings burning.
- "Stop that ship! Blast them!"
Elite soldiers of the Galactic Empire. These faceless enforcers are considered an extension of the Emperor's will, and thus use brutal tactics as a way to keep thousands of star systems throughout the galaxy in line.
- Armor Is Useless: The Stormtrooper armor is demonstrably less resilient to punishment than that of their Clone predecessors, seemingly built more for scare value than any proper protection. At best, it prevents blaster shots going straight through troopers, avoiding a potential One-Hit Polykill. Fitting of the Empire's We Have Reserves policy.
- Bribe Backfire: As shown in the Rebels short "Entanglement", it is not a good idea to try to bribe a Stormtrooper.
- Butt-Monkey: Can't shoot straight, beat up by everyone and even if Vader wanted to facilitate the escape this is ridiculous.
- Clothes Make the Legend: You wouldn't have a Star Wars convention, or for that matter, any major sci-fi convention, without some guys showing up in Stormtrooper armour surrounding a guy dressed as Darth Vader.
- Elite Mooks: More of an Informed Ability in the movies when fighting heroes with plot armor.
- Against generic rebel troopers (the Tantive IV boarding and the attack on Hoth), this tends to be a different story - and the stormtroopers acquit themselves extremely well on the Death Star, where they were required to herd the Rebels back to their ship without making it obvious they were doing so.
- In the EU we learn about tons of even-more-elite troops, including Storm Commandos (Special Ops), Terror Troops (Psychological warfare), and Shadow Troopers. The Emperor's Praetorian Guard is also made of Stormtrooper elites.
- It's mentioned in some sources that they aren't the "regular" troops of the Empire. That'd be the little-seen Imperial Army troopers, whose job revolves around holding pacified worlds, compared to the Stormtroopers' job of assaulting and pacifying freshly-taken worlds (much like how historical German stormtroopers, one of their inspirations, were the first to assault enemy trenches, while the regular infantry moved behind them). So even if they're incompetent, they are still technically "elite".
- Enemy Chatter: They're occasionally talking with each other when their superiors aren't looking. Most prominently, the two by the tractor beam controls.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Downplayed. While the Empire is generally prejudiced against non-humans, there are women in the stormtrooper corps as revealed in A New Dawn.
- Faceless Goons: Very few of them are seen without their helmets.
- Fake Ultimate Mook: They are supposed to be the Empire's elite, yet are terrible shots and get defeated by Ewoks in Return of the Jedi. However, in the old EU they were portrayed as much more of a threat, and The Empire Strikes Back shows what they can do when they're not fighting people with Plot Armor.
- Pablo Hidalgo in Rebels Recon #1.09 explains that trooper quality can vary quite dramatically. Elite units like the 501st make short work of rebels like they did on the Tantive IV, while more generic troopers like those on the Death Star did things like fail to hit Luke and Leia while they were in a precarious situation, walk into a partially closed door, and flee from Han when he charged at them while screaming like a lunatic, only turning around when they got a large number of reinforcements. To give them some credit, they were under orders to allow them to escape.
- On the other hand, elite variants such as Death Troopers and Purge Troopers are genuinely badass soldiers.
- Fallen Hero: A few stormtroopers are veteran clone troopers who have been reduced from Republic heroes of the Clone Wars into Imperial tools of oppression.
- Heavily Armored Mook: The Phase II Dark Trooper. While Legends established the Dark Trooper Project as being droid stormtroopers, the Phase II seems to be regular soldiers with heavier armor and weapons.
- Highly Conspicuous Uniform: Stormtroopers will wear their stark white uniforms regardless of whether a mission takes them to the lush forest moon of Endor or the sunny desert planet of Tatooine.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Trope Namers, due to their inability to do more than graze the main characters after the opening of A New Hope. Lampshaded in the Rebels short "Art Attack" when Sabine tells them they need more time on the practice range. In a later episode Former Clone Trooper Rex blames the lack of accuracy on the helmet's limited field of view.
- A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back involved Tarkin and Vader wishing to keep the heroes alive, demonstrating just how expendable the Empire considers Stormtroopers (sacrificing squads just to gain one long-term advantage). On Endor, where there were no such orders to keep them alive, both R2 and Leia are hit by blaster fire, even in thick underbrush. Outside of the firefight at the bunker where they're distracted by fighting the Rebels still there, they have the advantage in the woods right up until Chewbacca steals a walker and starts using it against them.
- Light Is Not Good/Bright Is Not Good: Don't be fooled by the shiny white armor.
- Lowered Recruiting Standards: After the Clone Wars, the elite clone troopers who had been trained since birth were phased out of service and the Empire used human conscripts to fill the ranks. This is often seen as the reason why the Stormtroopers pale in comparison to their predecessors.
- Mascot Mook: Stormtrooper armor is one of the most iconic designs in Star Wars, and they show up constantly in the movies, the EU, and in marketing materials. Even in the Legends continuity, where Stormtroopers are supposedly Elite Mooks who actually make up only a small portion of Imperial infantry, they're absolutely ubiquitous while "Imperial Army troopers" are nowhere to be seen.
- Malevolent Masked Men/White Mask of Doom: They're dressed in white armour and serves an evil empire. They can be mean and sadistic, but on the other hand, many of them are Punch Clock Villains.
- Mooks: They are the Empire's main fighting force and tool of oppression.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Some of them. A Stormtrooper in the short story One Thousand Levels Down even offers his sympathy to Anandra Milon, a teenager of Alderaanian descent living on Coruscant after Alderaan was destroyed, for having to arrest her simply because of where her family is from.
- Retcon: In Star Wars Legends, they were described as being repurposed clone troopers that eventually got other gene donors somewhere along the line after samples from Jango Fett ran out, along with conscripts hired along the way. As of Rebels, the clone troopers were retired from combat with the conclusion of the Clone Wars, and Stormtroopers are now exclusively conscripts and volunteer forces. Interestingly enough, the original Expanded Universe explained that the Stormtroopers were conscripts up until Attack of the Clones. Certain sources indicate that some clones were kept around, however. For instance, a member of the Imperial Royal Guard in Lords of the Sith is revealed to be an aging Jango Fett clone.
- Samus Is a Girl: Female Stormtroopers are only indicated by their voices.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Stormtroopers (Scout Troopers included) grow even more incompetent in Return of the Jedi. While in A New Hope they're under orders to let the Rebels escape from Death Star and in The Empire Strikes Back Snowtroopers actually won the Battle of Hoth, here they have no any excuses for losing yet they're not only repeatedly outmatched but also outsmarted by the Rebels and, worse, Ewoks. It's especially bad that the Emperor claimed the Endor garrison to be a legion of his best troops, yet they aren't even close to be the best. To sum it up:
- They fall for C-3PO's I Surrender, Suckers.
- After Luke fell from his speeder bike during the chase scene with a Scout Trooper, said Scout Trooper turned around and attempt to shoot him down, ignoring the fact that Luke is armed with a lightsaber that can deflect blaster bolts. The result is predictable.
- When an Ewok stole a speeder bike, it shouldn't be trouble if there's only one Scout Trooper to chase it. Instead, they sent three, leaving only one trooper to guard the bunker's entrance. Unsurprisingly, he's ambushed by a bunch of Rebel Commandos shortly after.
- They actually twice pointed their blaster at the heroes (each at Leia and Han) and yelled "Freeze!" rather than just shoot them down.
- Villain Decay: By Rogue One they have abandoned any sense of being an "Elite" force. Stuck with menial tasks like prison guards and escorting cargo shipments. They are wiped out by the platoon load and attempt no tactics.
- We Have Reserves: Stormtroopers depend on their sheer numbers and fanatic devotion to the Emperor to overcome enemy troops.
Imperial Combat Drivers
The Imperial Army's elite ground vehicle pilots, known to operate the AT-DP walker, speeder bike, AT-AT walker, AT-ST walker, and the Imperial Troop Transport. The AT-AT Drivers are usually seen being commanded by an Imperial officer, such as Agent Kallus in Rebels and General Veers in The Empire Strikes Back.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The lightly armored neck of the AT-AT is the only point vulnerable to blaster fire. The rest is too tough. For most other Walkers such as the AT-DP the weakest points are the leg joints.
- Badass Driver: AT-AT Drivers definitely qualify. Mostly subverted for the AT-ST Drivers as many of them are outwitted by Ewoks in Return of the Jedi.
- Chicken Walker: AT-STs and their various derivatives/precursors. In fact, they are often called "Chicken Walkers" by fans.
- Companion Cube: Walker pilots were known to form strong attachments to their machines, often considering them as extensions of themselves.
- Cool Helmet: They wear variants of Stormtrooper helmets, except for AT-ST Drivers who wear maskless helmets.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Whenever AT-ATs are around, expect this to happen. An old Republic AT-TE piloted by veteran clone troopers didn't stand a chance, and neither did the Rebellion's Echo base on Hoth.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Combat drivers are generally cocky and abrasive, but AT-AT drivers considered themselves the elite amongst the elite.
- Faceless Goons: Except for AT-ST drivers whose helmets are maskless, though they sometimes wear large black goggles. It is established in some materials that the elevated height of AT-DPs and AT-ATs necessitates face protection.
- Giant Foot of Stomping: The AT-AT Walkers.
- Glass Cannon: The AT-ST Walker is powerful, but it explodes if the cockpit falls to the ground.
- Humongous Mecha: The AT-AT Walkers and to a lesser extent the AT-DP. The three AT-ATs that battled the old Republic AT-TE seemed to be even bigger variants.
- Interservice Rivalry: They are envied by their peers for their armored cockpits and powerful weapons.
- Light Is Not Good: AT-AT pilots wear white version of TIE pilot armor.
- Mighty Glacier: The AT-AT isn't very fast, but they make up for their incredible firepower. However, the walker is faster than it looks.
- Mook Mobile: They are more-or-less Stormtroopers who operate with ground vehicles.
- Walking Tank: The Walkers are probably the best-known examples of this trope.
Task Force 99/SCAR Squad
- Minor Major Character: They seem like a gimmick for the main Star Wars series, but it turns out that Crait was compromised as a rebel base because SCAR Squad found out about it, as seen in Storms of Crait.
Sergeant Kreel (Agent 5241) / "The Gamemaster"
An undercover stormtrooper and SCAR trooper of the Galactic Empire, serving in the 501st Legion under the direct command of Darth Vader. He was assigned to infiltrate Grakkus the Hutt's organization as his arena gamemaster in order to learn about his stash of Jedi artifacts. After completing that mission, Kreel is given command of a SCAR trooper squad, Task Force 99.
- Affably Evil: A Double Subversion. As Grakkus' Gamemaster, he may be rough, but he's overall a Reasonable Authority Figure who neither sugarcoats things for Luke, nor talks down to him. Considering he lives on Nar Shaddaa, this probably makes him the best person on the moon. But it turns out he is also an Imperial Agent trying to capture Luke. Then, in Issue 21, we learn that he's a stormtrooper who truly believes that what the Empire is doing is right.
- Ambiguously Human: Unlike most stormtroopers, his face is actually seen during his tenure as Grakkus' Gamemaster. But he partially concealed his face with a hood and his skin appears to be red at some angles, so it's rather uncertain whether he's human or Rubber-Forehead Alien. While the Empire is notoriously anti-alien, they do have some working for them and Darth Vader holds no bias against them, making it possible that he is a non-human serving in Vader's personal stormtrooper unit.
- An Arm and a Leg: His second fight with Luke ends badly, as Luke uses a powerful Force-push and knocks him and several heavy ship parts across a room, where one lands on his arm. Kreel is forced to cut off his arm in order to escape the exploding ship.
- Badass Normal: He's trained in the field of martial arts that are superior to that of his fellow troopers. He also has the capacity to wield a lightsaber — something that very few non-Force-sensitives can use safely.
- Boss in Mook Clothing: Let's put it this way: he's a Stormtrooper who can not only shoot straight (his entire squad can, in fact), but is competent enough to wield a lightsaber which he uses to fight Luke Skywalker, of all people.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When he was four, Kreel watched a man die. It made him cry like a baby for a dozen more times. Two years later, Kreel watched his own father being murdered in front of him, but he did not cry. He then started to kill people and worked in the fighting pits, making them his way of life in order to survive.
- Disappeared Dad: His father was murdered when he was six years old.
- Elite Mook: He is a SCAR trooper (Special Commando Advanced Recon trooper), an elite variant of stormtroopers.
- The Faceless: Averted as the Gamemaster where he wore a hood, instead. Played straight as stormtrooper.
- In the Hood: He wears a hood during his tenure as Grakkus' Gamemaster.
- Large and in Charge: He is pretty tall and muscular, and the leader of Task Force 99.
- Laser Blade: He keeps a green lightsaber that he took from Grakkus' palace.
- Master Swordsman: He was given the task of training Luke Skywalker to fight in the arena, and is skilled enough with a sword that he can wield a lightsaber.
- Mook Lieutenant: He is the leader of his own elite squad of SCAR trooper, Task Force 99.
- Mook Promotion: Started his career as a stormtrooper in Darth Vader's 501st Legion. He's later promoted to be the leader of Task Force 99.
- The Musketeer: As stormtrooper, he primarily uses a blaster, only using his lightsaber for close-quarters fighting.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Saved Luke from Kongo the Disemboweler, but only because he's under Darth Vader's orders to capture Luke alive.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: As the Gamemaster.
A Special Commando Advanced Recon (SCAR) trooper in Task Force 99, acting as the squad's sniper.
- All-Encompassing Mantle: Misty wears a hooded cloak that partially covers his/her torso.
- Ambiguous Gender: Misty's gender isn't specified. The name Misty, in and of itself, doesn't help.
- Ambiguously Human: Similar to Kreel, Misty is either human or a Rubber-Forehead Alien.
- Badass Boast: Upon guessing an enemy sniper's position:Kreel: Misty, if it was you, where would you be?
Misty: If it was me, you'd already all be dead. Luckily for us, rebel snipers are all rubbish.
- The Faceless: Misty is never seen without his/her helmet.
Species: Human (clone)
A clone trooper still in service to the Empire five years after the Clone Wars ended. He serves under Darth Vader.
- Rank Up: He starts out the story as a sergeant, and while he commits a couple of flubs early in the mission, nearly invoking the wrath of Darth Vader, he's able to redeem himself and ends the story as a lieutenant.
- Rapid Aging: Due to being a clone, he still suffers from rapid aging, and has to be at least somewhere in his forties during the timespan of Tarkin. Vader even wonders if perhaps this is affecting his skills or reaction time after he scrapes the Sith Lord's mediation chamber while loading it aboard the Carrion Spike.Darth Vader: Excuses won't suffice, Sergeant Crest, perhaps you are aging too quickly to remain on active duty.
- You Have Failed Me: Vader says this to him verbatim after he lets the Carrion Spike get stolen. Although it seems as if a Force-choke is in Crest's future, Vader postones executing him, and Crest manages to redeem himself by capturing crime lord Faazah's warehouse. For this, Vader not only spares his life but promotes him.
Sergeant Torrent (TX-828)
Species: Human (clone)
A clone trooper still in service to the Empire shortly after the Battle of Yavin 4. Torrent is stationed aboard the Star Destroyer Vehement and serves under the command of ISB officer Alecia Beck during her hunt for the Rebel unit known as the Shrikes.