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Stormtrooper Armour Is Not Ineffective

Discussion in 'General Movie Discussion' started by GingerByte, Jan 1, 2021.

  1. GingerByte

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    I know people like to say Stormtrooper armour is ineffective, but is it really?

    First, let's consider what armour is. It's an outer shell designed to protect the interior from as much damage as possible. So let's address the various 'faults' people point out and see whether the suit is as "useless" as people claim.

    I'll start with the most popular 'fault' people point out: the fact that Imperial soldiers collapse after taking a hit anywhere on their suit. Now this one I'll admit is only addressed outside of the films, so you can dismiss it out of principle. A significant portion of Stormtroopers hit by plasma that collapse are not actually dead, but unconscious. Plastoid, the material used in both phase 1/ 2 and Stormtrooper armor, is one that disperses energy instead of deflecting it. This ensures Stormtroopers have a higher chance of survival than most of the forces they face, who possess inferior armour.

    It also contains air filtration systems and temperature control functionality, something not even clone armour possessed. They had to be provided via external equipment.

    The Ewoks clubbed them into submission. That's totally unrelated to the quality of the armour, and all to do with blunt force. Most of the attacks on the Stormtroopers in Return Of The Jedi were to the head and chest, two of the most vulnerable parts of the body. The blunt trauma from the Ewok's attacks would've caused concussions, brain damage, and difficulty breathing (at least).

    The armour chips away when Din is attacked in The Mandalorian. How does that make it weak/ ineffective? It lessened the blow on his arm, and can be easily replaced later. It did its job, it protected its wearer. That's one advantage plastoid has over beskar; any damage your suit of armour takes doesn't have to be permanent. The only way to fix damage to beskar would be to reforge the part entirely.

    Lastly, regarding the previous two points, people seem to forget that laser guns are the predominant weapons used in combat within Star Wars, not maces and warhammers. So it makes little sense to address that issue with the standardised combat wear. You'd save that for the specialist units.
     
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    Yes, the main purpose of stormtrooper armor was to protect the wearer from blaster bolts. The penetrating force of the bolt is equally distributed across the armor, often putting the wearer out of commission, but still alive. Ewoks used blunt force, but there is one comic where a stormtrooper tells horrible stories about Endor, about how their bows were tipped with terrible poisons that could kill a human in a minute.
    Blunt force has much the same effect as blaster bolts, but the force is already much higher, so the plastoid armor breaks.
     
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    To be honest, the creators need to change it up. make the stormtroopers formidable opponents. Star Wars has been around for over 40 years and I think the creators are grasping onto the satiric element of Star Wars. In ANH, when the Stormtroopers board the blockade runner the Rebel troops must fall back. The creators of the new upcoming Star Wars series should harken back to that era, stop using stormtrooper as cannon fodder. There is a huge fan base like the 501 that take them really seriously.
     
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    TK armour is a really cool classic design, Mquarrie was one of a kind, but I agree with @Rogues1138, we need to see more effective and threatening Imp troopers, Dark Troopers & Death Troopers are underutilised.
     
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    I'd say that's less of an issue with the how Stormtroopers are portrayed, and more of an issue with how the heroes' stories are written. Most of Star Wars' stories always end with main characters taking on a whole army. So naturally the whole enemy force becomes incompetent, in order to ensure the heroes' survival. What we need is stories where the main characters face fewer enemies, because then you have to increase their effectiveness in order to raise the stakes.
     
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    steakfromjakefarm Rebel Trooper

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    The armor is fine in Thrawn: Alliances. They mention that they keep it at peak condition which is why it works so well. In the end, though, it's basically the plot needing the stormtroopers dead, so the armor just doesn't really work.
     
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