THE DARK TIMES
After the declaration of the Galactic Empire, the clone troopers who’d served the Republic became stormtroopers obeying the will of the Emperor, defeating the Empire’s enemies and enforcing its increasingly oppressive laws. Over time the stormtrooper ranks were filled not by clones but by recruits, trained for blind obedience and fanatical loyalty. On planets such as Lothal, stormtroopers became the face of the Empire, opposed by a brave few who dreamed of restoring freedom to the galaxy.
GALACTIC CIVIL WAR
Stormtroopers commanded by Darth Vader captured Princess Leia’s starship and searched for the Death Star plans amid the sands of Tatooine. After discovering droids had the stolen plans, stormtroopers traced them to the Lars farm, where they killed Luke Skywalker’s aunt and uncle. Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi escaped the Imperial dragnet, but were captured by the Death Star, where stormtroopers hunted the rebel fugitives through the battle station’s endless corridors.
Stormtroopers in cold-weather gear deployed from Imperial AT-AT Walkers and invaded Hoth’s Echo Base, capturing or killing many rebels but failing to prevent the Millennium Falcon from escaping. After Boba Fett tracked the Falcon to Bespin, stormtroopers captured Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca and eventually took over Cloud City. After being freed by Lando Calrissian, Leia and Chewie had to escape squads of armed stormtroopers between them and the Falcon.
The Empire stationed stormtroopers aboard the second Death Star and ordered them to defend the shield generator protecting the battle station on the surface of Endor. The rebels seeking to destroy the shield generator battled patrols of stormtroopers in scout gear, unaware that an entire legion of troops was defending the Imperial facility. The stormtroopers captured Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca, but were defeated by the unlikeliest of foes: the Forest Moon’s diminutive Ewoks.
Once a heroic Jedi Knight, Darth Vader was seduced by the dark side of the Force, became a Sith Lord, and led the Empire’s eradication of the Jedi Order. He remained in service of the Emperor -- the evil Darth Sidious -- for decades, enforcing his Master’s will and seeking to crush the fledgling Rebel Alliance. But there was still good in him…
At the time of their introduction, the Republic clone troopers represented the future of galactic warfare. Far superior to battle droids, the clone troopers formed the backbone of the Republic's new military that waged war against the forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. So symbolic were they of the times, the galaxy-wide conflict that saw their debut took its name from their ranks: the Clone Wars.
Luke Skywalker was a Tatooine farmboy who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the greatest Jedi the galaxy has ever known. Along with his friends Princess Leia and Han Solo, Luke battled the evil Empire, discovered the truth of his parentage, and ended the tyranny of the Sith. A generation later, the location of the famed Jedi master was one of the galaxy’s greatest mysteries.
Smuggler. Scoundrel. Hero. Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, was one of the great leaders of the Rebel Alliance. He and his co-pilot Chewbacca came to believe in the cause of galactic freedom, joining Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa in the fight against the Empire. But after the Battle of Endor, Han would face difficult times in a galaxy plagued by chaos and uncertainty.