Star Wars Stormtrooper Costume Evolution [Infographic]

Star Wars Stormtrooper Costume Evolution

When George Lucas concieved of Star Wars, he created an industry - costumes and animatronics, special effects and digital sound, you name it! Many of the things we take for granted in movies today exists because of Lucas, LucasArts, Skywalker Sound, and Industrial Light & Magic. Nobody does iconic looks like George Lucas and his creative team, and next to Darth Vader himself, the Stormtroopers have some of the most noticeable and recognizable costumes in the Star Wars universe.


While the Stormtrooper and clone trooper armors haven't changed much in their look since the Clone Wars, their helmets have undergone the most drastic changes and had the most amazing variations throughout their use. From the onset of the Clone Wars to 2015's Episode VII: The Force Awakens, check out how the Stormtrooper costume has changed in it's nearly 50-year history!

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Stormtroopers Transcript

In a series of iconic characters, Star Wars' Stormtroopers is one of the most recognizable costumes worn in the galaxy far, far away. Between the original trilogy, and the prequel trilogy we see a lot of different versions of that iconic white and black armor, meant to inspire hope in the allies of the Republic & to strike fear into the enemies of the Empire. The armor of the troopers in Star Wars has changed significantly from film to film. As we prepare for the beginning of the new trilogy, we look back to how this iconic costume has changed and how Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens will change it further.


Phase 1

Clone Trooper
  • Designed by Kamino Armorers and Jango Fett
  • Bulky and inflexible
  • Weighed over 90 pounds
  • White in color due to Kaminoans seeing only in ultraviolet
  • Added colors denoted rank
    • Sergeant:  Olive Green
    • Lieutenant:  Blue
    • Captain:  Red
    • Commander:  Yellow


Phase 2

Clone Trooper
  • Included many benefits due to expanded knowledge of clone anatomy
  • Polarized lenses, padding, and lighter/stronger armor
  • Modular design allowed for customization
  • Added colors denoted unit designation
    • 501st Legion "Vader's Fist":  Tapered blue stripe down center of helmet
    • Coruscant Guard "Shock Trooper":  Red detailing over entire helmet
    • Commander Cody's 212th Battalion:  Orange triangle at top of helmet
    • 442nd Siege Battalion:  Green triangle at top of helmet



  • Intended to replace the Kaminoan Armors
  • Made-to-fit, for Non-Clone Humans
  • Modular design allowed for specialization for role and environment
  • Armor variants were changed according to role
    • Tie Pilot:  Black, helmet featured attached respirator and symbols at top
    • Shadow Trooper:  Black, helmet identical to regular Stormtrooper helmet
    • Scout Trooper:  White, squarer shape with altered visor
    • Snowtrooper:  White, rounded helmet with fabric mask/veil


The First Order

  • Used approximately 30 years after the Battle of Endor
  • Armor seems to be based on original Imperial designs
  • Customization according to role, similar to Imperial Storm Troopers
    • First Order Snowtrooper:  Arc-shaped visor, fabric covers on sides
    • First Order Tie Pilot:  Black armor and helmet
    • Flamethrower Trooper:  Flat-shaped visor
    • Captain Phasma Variant:  Chrome armor and helmet
  • High-tech armor coating used by at least one officer


Standard Issue:  Trooper Blasters

While the military armor in Star Wars is heavily varied, the armaments were pretty standard. The Clones and Stormtrooper legions used the same weapons in training as they used on the battlefield. While the arms were updated through time—when the Troopers found something they liked—they used it across the Galaxy.

  • DC15A:  Clone Wars
  • DC15S Blaster:  Clone Wars
  • Imperial E11 Blaster:  Imperial Regime/Galactic Civil War
  • First Order Blaster:  Used about 30 years after the death of the Emperor


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