Why are Stormtroopers so useless?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is soon to be with us, but there are so many questions from the Star Wars universe that remain unanswered - find out more.

11th December 2017
Why are Stormtroopers so useless? (© Lucasfilm Ltd/Image.net)

It’s because they’re a clone army. Among soldiers, valuable qualities include courage, adaptability, persistence and average intelligence. Loyalty, discipline and willingness to follow orders are crucial. The clones might all fit this profile but a fighting unit needs variety when facing unexpected challenges.

There are also specialist duties, from technical tasks and communications to maintenance and procurement. Clones designed for fighting would not be suited to these, nor to being commanding officers. These roles require high intelligence and leadership qualities that might be positively disruptive in a Stormtrooper. 


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