How to Be a Stormtrooper
In the Star Wars saga (now spanning a whopping ten movies released and announced) perhaps one of the most iconic characters of all isn't a smuggler, a Jedi, or a Sith... but many characters that all look exactly alike: we're talking, of course, about Imperial Stormtroopers. Little is known about the people recruited to become Stormtroopers other than they come from all over the galaxy, are generally always human, and they must swear to serve and protect the Galactic Empire, its Emperor, and its loyal citizens. But if you're one of those few planets friendly with the Rebellion, you better watch out, because eventually there will be a swarm of glossy white soldiers heading your way to eradicate everything you know. .
Stormtroopers are prevalent in all the Star Wars trilogies. Their unique tactics and endless resources make them a formidable enemy for any rebel. In the films, they may seem easy to take down with high powered weapons, but add a whole squad, or a whole legion, or a whole Death Star full of them and you better start that Starship engine and get out of there are you'll be blaster fodder for sure. So, this is everything you’ve ever wanted to know about becoming a Stormtrooper for Halloween. From poses, to quotes, and especially all the variations in their helmets and weapons, you've found the right place to finally enlist and serve the mighty Galactic Empire with a cold, armored fist!
How to Pose for Pictures in Your Stormtrooper Costume
Now that you're ready to join the Galactic Empire in its quest to enforce law and order across the galaxy, you'll want to learn a few tricks of the Stormtrooper trade. Hopefully you're not one of those "Imperial tourists" who just likes the idea of wearing cool armor while holding a blaster rifle… you need a good reason for attempting to join Vader's finest, because it's hard work. You'll need to represent the Empire at all times. This is no royal sashay through Theed! If you're in it to be the best (and maybe even impress the Emperor himself) then this guide will help you become the best Stormtrooper you can be. Moving up in the ranks is hard without the right look. If you just stand there like a confused wookiee, you'll stay a grunt and certainly end up as bantha fodder. You need confidence. You need swagger. You need these posing tips! Use these classic trooper poses and you'll be on the road to a promotion in no time.
A Stormtrooper's greatest ally isn't a good E-11, a sturdy helmet, or even a Sith on the battlefield... it's strategy! While the Imperial strategy usually looks like it's nothing but, "send as many Stormtroopers in there as we have," they must coordinate to execute any plan correctly. Your strategic pose is key to your mission's success. This pose shows a Stormtrooper taking initiative in leading his fellow soldiers to victory... point prominently in the direction you want your squad to move, and you're sure to impress Lord Vader. "Impressive. Most impressive."
Lock and Load
After strategy, a Stormtrooper's greatest weapon is, surprise surprise, his weapon! The typical blaster is the E-11, because it's so reliable, and it also shows the Empire's enemies that sheer firepower in numbers can overthrow any rebellion. If you're looking to intimidate the rebels or just look very commanding and authoritative, you should stand up straight, and hold your blaster at your chest, bending your arms at the elbows. There's no slouching in the Empire. Always look proud and strong. Once you're in the lock and load pose you'll be in a perfect position to quickly aim and defeat anyone who dares defy the Emperor's wishes.
You've learned some of the various poses you need to know in many situations an Imperial Stormtrooper will certainly find themselves in on a mission, and take aim is yet another to remember for your pose arsenal. Every Stormtrooper, at some point, will have to do battle with rebels, unruly citizens, or possibly Ewoks, so learning how to take aim and shoot is a must. Put your weight on the back foot, front foot forward, and aim at your target. Some like to use the two handed position to give themselves better control, but if you want to look like you could take on the entire rebellion by yourself, use this one hand aim pose. Vader is sure to take notice.
Being a Stormtrooper is usually a pretty good gig. You get to work with interesting people, get decent benefits, and travel to exotic locations. Sure, you risk getting killed by rebels, or Ewoks, or maybe you'll fall into a womprat nest, but for the most part it's all positive. But some Stormtroopers end up as a big pile of armor on the floor because they don't follow protocol, or they don't follow orders. When this happens you might just meet Lord Vader, and it will be the first and last time you do so. This Vader's Victim pose is one you should hope you never have to make, but if you do, really sell it so everyone around you is so scared they don't fall to the same fate. Grab at your neck as if you're getting force choked by the Dark Lord of the Sith himself. We hope you never experience this, and the best way to make sure you don't is to never make Vader angry!
Couples Costumes to Pair With A Stormtrooper
You rarely see a Stormtrooper out there alone in the Star Wars films. You usually see them in huge legions, probably to strike fear into anyone who would even think about opposing them. The Empire uses overwhelming numbers to destroy their enemies. Of course, you can use this to your advantage when trying to find the perfect date. There's no better way to meet people than huge crowds of soldiers that look exactly alike. Okay, maybe that's not the best example, but Stormtroopers get to travel all over the galaxy with lots of time on starships, so getting to know your fellow squad mates isn't too hard. Take the opportunity to ask out that trooper you've gotten to know so well while you're out there patrolling. Tell them... "You’re the trooper I've been looking for," and you'll be on your way to a Tatooine honeymoon in no time.
Stormtrooper and Princess Leia
You can always team up with another Stormtrooper, but Princess Leia also makes a great date. You're supposed to be enemies, but as the saying goes, "opposites attract." She was once a prisoner on the Death Star after all... and what a great story to tell the grand kids someday! Unless, you know, something unfortunate were to happen to the Death Star and while you're out trying to defeat the rebels she meets a handsome smuggler who, if you're being honest with yourself, isn't scruffy looking at all. Well, there are plenty of princesses in the galaxy, right? You'll find one someday. If it's anything that Stormtroopers excel at, it's finding things.
It's hard to pick out someone you're attracted to when everyone you know wears a helmet almost all day every day, but it can be done. One word: cantina. Wherever you're stationed as a Stormtrooper there will probably be a cantina. Whether it's the infamous Mos Eisley cantina or the one run by Maz Kanata, you and your Stormtrooper comrades can get together off the Empire's clock and get in some real R&R time. That's when you can meet another trooper and possibly find your significant other. But when you're back on the Empire's time and you’re out there on a mission, it's got to be all business. There's droids to find, and rebels to blast.
How to Talk like A Stormtrooper
Stormtroopers aren't known to say a whole lot, but when they speak it means something. They give commands, they exclaim, and they certainly yell at Ewoks to stop throwing rocks. When you're out there in the galaxy patrolling and representing the Empire's might, you will want to memorize a few different phrases to use in any situation. These are some of our favorite and most memorable Stormtrooper quotes from the Star Wars films. Feel free to shout any or all of them as you're out there serving the Empire.
Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmets
While the armor of the Stormtrooper and Clone Trooper has always been unique, it's really the helmets that have changed the most and offer the most recognizable differences. The Imperial Stormtrooper started out as a soldier in the Grand Army of the Republic but would go on to be repurposed and redesigned for use in the Galactic Empire. The following helmets track the changes and variations in the helmets seen in the entire Star Wars saga from the prequels to the most current trilogy that began with The Force Awakens. If you're becoming a Stormtrooper or Clone Trooper and you want to add some unique markings to your armor, use this guide to see all of your options throughout the Star Wars canon.
The Emperor started his army out with clones, but having seen their robotic nature play out first hand with his own Order 66, he feared that the clones were easily corruptible and could actually be turned against him. That is when the Imperial Army began to grow with human recruits from all around the galaxy. They have never allowed aliens of any kinds to join the ranks (one of the many reasons you'll see far more aliens serving in the Rebellion). The regular Stormtrooper helmet is very recognizable, but the Empire also made armor by planetary type; the same soldiers with different suits. Tie Pilots are in all black, which makes the more invisible in their dark cockpits and the darkness of space. This is the same idea behind shadow troopers, the most elite of Stormtroopers. They will often be assigned the most covert (and dangerous) missions. Scout Troopers are seen on forested terrain, such as Endor, and Snowtroopers are, obviously, prepared for extreme cold and snow, like on Hoth.
We don't know as much about the First Order, because the trilogy starting with The Force Awakens is just getting started, but we know that the timeline has jumped from the original trilogy to thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi. The First Order trooper has a very similar armor and helmet to the original Galactic Empire, with some key differences: sleeker, more rounded design, one rebreather instead of two, and larger lenses for the eyes. The First Order is still using the same variation armor according to their mission or role, including updated armor for Snowtroopers, Tie Pilots, and now Flametroopers. We've included Captain Phasma's unique Chromium covered helmet, as well. Whether there are more Captains like her, we don't know, but it's certainly a slick and commanding helmet design.
Clone Trooper Helmets
The Clone Troopers made up the Grand Army of the Republic that (at the time) Senator Palpatine secretly commissioned through the mysterious Kaminoans. The Clones went to war against Separatist forces, but when the time came for the Emperor to take control, he used the Clone Troopers to do so, eradicating the Jedi and the Republic. They were a huge military army, fighting a war across a vast galaxy. This meant that they would have to fight on diverse and dangerous planets, and would have to constantly adapt to new situations and missions. This is why the Clone Trooper's helmets had, perhaps, the most variations of any of the Imperial successors. A galactic war of that magnitude drove them to innovate. This innovation is the start of the relentless Imperial rule we see in the original trilogy, connecting the past with the present. In the following images you'll see some of the early stages of the helmet, as well as the advanced stages, which shows how the Grand Army adapted to the war over many years.
The Phase 1 Clone Trooper armor was all white, with a slim, single lens in the center of the helmet which is similar to a Mandalorian design, which is in part due to Jango Fett's involvement with the Kaminoans as they co-designed the first Clone Trooper armor. Clones were never ones to complain, but their armor was said to have weighed over ninety pounds, and was not lightweight. They used simple color striping to communicate rank, which stood out very well against the white armor base.
The Phase 2 Clone Trooper armor shows an advancement in design stimulated by the war effort and the continued difficulty with the Separatists own advancements. The Clone Trooper helmet now looks far more like the Imperial helmet that we first see in the original trilogy. It gets the familiar twin rebreathers on the front, and splits the lenses into two (while connecting in the middle). It still maintains the fin on top of the head. The phase 2 armor is said to be made of lighter materials so they could be more proficient in ground combat. The colors and customization of the phase 2 armor became more elaborate as well, and allowed for many different types of Clone Trooper units to be made.
Star Wars Stormtrooper Blasters
The Empire may have agreed with Han Solo when he said that there's nothing like a good blaster at your side, because the vast majority of Stormtroopers (and Clone Troopers before them) used simple, utilitarian blasters to dominate the galaxy. The standard issue blasters below show the beginning to now, starting with the Grand Army of the Republic to the First Order. There's nothing particularly fancy about them, but they can still take down any rebel who gets in the way of the Empire.
This heavy blaster was the standard Clone Trooper weapon at the start of the Clone Wars. It was a very heavy rifle and took extensive training to use it properly. They were a powerful weapon, capable of penetrating most armor types, but they were far less accurate when repeating fire.
A lighter, more versatile cousin to the DC15A, the DC15S blaster was the preferred weapon of Captain Rex and many others. It could be deadly and accurate as a repeater, and some Clone Troopers even liked to dual wield them for missions that could use a little extra fire power.
Imperial E11 Blaster
The E-11 blaster was the standard issue rifle for Imperial Stormtroopers after the Clone Wars concluded. It's an upgraded version of the DC15S, and has similar capabilities. It was a lightweight, versatile weapon that could use many ammo types, and had a long range for many different combat situations. Other characters in the Original Trilogy can be seen using these common blasters, such as Lando Calrissian.
First Order Blaster
Not much is known about the upgraded E-11 style blasters that the First Order uses, but a few changes stand out. The grip is upgraded to be thicker, perhaps for better handling, the scope is larger and more prominent, and the color has been called out to mostly white, to match the glossy tone of the upgraded First Order Stormtrooper armor.
Finn Stormtrooper Helmet Printable
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens we first meet Finn on Jakku, he is a First Order Stormtrooper carrying out orders given to him by Captain Phasma and Kylo Ren. This battle (or slaughter) is an important moment in the course of Finn's life, because it changes who he is and places him on a new path towards the Resistance. This moment happens when he is grabbed by one of the bloodied fallen, imprinting him with a telling, bloody handprint. Not only does this help us identify him amongst the other stark white troopers, but it shows his internal struggle between duty and justice. We made a stencil (the PDF below) based on that very moment. All you have to do is print it out and use it to paint your very own Stormtrooper helmet.