The Evolution of the Stormtrooper Part 1 – The Clone Troopers
Star Wars has many visuals and characters that have become engrained in our pop culture as icons of science fiction. Arguably, one of the most recognizable characters can also be considered one of the most generic, the Imperial Stormtrooper. The iconic white armor and helmets have become synonymous with the Star Wars brand, and as such, the soldiers have been in nearly every film, TV show, book, and video game.
Though fairly anonymous, beneath each of those intimidating skull-like helmets, lies a wealth of potential Star Wars’ lore and history. To dive in, we will need to take a look at where it all began: The Clone Troopers.
The Clone Wars started as vague reference from an old Jedi master in Episode IV, and grew into a major event in Star Wars canon, with tales spanning across many films, television shows, and books. A wealth of new characters joined the Star Wars pantheon, and we also saw the start of what would become the most feared fighting force in the galaxy.
And it all started with one Jedi Master by the name of Sifo-Dyas.
Sifo-Dyas had been gifted by the Force with foresight of the future, but what he saw in his visions terrified him. A great war was coming soon, and the Republic was anything but prepared. He advocated to the Jedi High Council to create an army that would be able to combat any threat that may have been coming. However, the council feared his ideas were much too extreme and rejected the idea.
Not willing to take no for an answer, Sifo-Dyas disobeyed the council and contacted the inhabitants of the planet Kamino to commission his army. Kaminoans were already well known for their cloning, and with their help, Sifo-Dyas would be able to create an army of Clone Troopers capable of protecting the Republic from harm.
He would never live to see the war though. Ten years before the Clone Troopers’ first battle against the Separatist’s droids on the planet of Geonosis, Sifo-Dyas was murdered on the orders of Count Dooku.
The actions of Sifo-Dyas on Kamino caught the attention of Darth Sidious. Seizing the opportunity to have his own army, Sidious used Count Dooku to manipulate Jango Fett into becoming the template for all the clones. Showing he was already planning things ten steps ahead, Sidious had all these clones implanted with an organic microchip pre-programed with Order 66. So when the soldiers were found by Obi-Wan Kenobi, there was already a well-laid trap in place for the execution of the entire Jedi Order.
Trained from birth to be soldiers, the clones were also bred to age faster so that they would reach physical maturity within ten years. Jango Fett oversaw much the initial clone’s training personally, and may have even designed the Phase 1 armor.
The clones fought bravely for the Republic during the war, and many were fiercely loyal to their Jedi generals. When Order 66 was given by Chancellor Palpatine however, the clones had no choice but to obey and assassinate their superior officers.
The Cream of the Crop
Being genetic duplicates of Jango Fett, many of the clones searched for an identity that would differentiate them from their brothers. The Kaminoans tried to remove this drive for individuality from their clones, and purposefully only gave them code numbers instead of names to emphasize this. Still, many of the clones managed to overcome this programing, such as Captain Rex (Code: CT-7567) and Commander Wolffe (Code: CC-3636).
Additionally, like the Stormtroopers that would follow them, many Clone Troopers received specialized training to utilize different types of weaponry, or unique armor made specifically to traverse different alien worlds and environments. This superior training gave the Clones a reputation as one of the best and most elite fighting forces in any galaxy, and this renown would follow them in the years that followed, long, long after the cloning pods on Kamino were shut down for good.
So who are some of your favorite Clone Troopers or favorite stories from the Clone War? Do you agree that the Clone Troopers should be considered one of the best, if not the best army in the Star Wars universe?
See Part Two of the Evolution- Imperial Troopers- HERE!
See Part Three of the Evolution- First Order Troopers- HERE!
Let Your Geek SideShow and tell us in the comments below! Stay tuned to this space for part two of this series where we will dive into the transition from Clone Troopers to the Imperial Stormtroopers and beyond.