Updated: Research Note

June 20th, 2007  |  Published in etc

I love fanboys:

Canonical evidence from the films does provides circumstantial evidence that Stormtroopers are not clones. Upon Luke Skywalker’s arrival in her cell on the Death Star Princess Leia makes the sardonic comment “Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper?” The comment implies that all stormtroopers are of the same height; however, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo (both of noticeably varying heights) would not have been able to pass undected as Stormtroopers if they were in fact identical, the armour would also not fit, as it would be manufactured to a single size.

I think the comment could also imply that perhaps the stormtroopers have a minimum height requirement. The U.S. Army Airborne School has one, as do some state police agencies.

Before all the stormtroopers-are-clones retconning started going on, I personally thought Leia was referring to some height requirement.

Update: And as I came across this in the monitor feed this morning, I had another thought: They could all be clones and have different armor sizes, because a. nobody said all the clones are perfect (though the crummy CG “clone dining room” scene in the prequels might indicate they are) and b. who said every inhabitable planet in the galaxy has the same gravity? Maybe some clones were sent off to heavyworld assignments at an early age, where they’d tend to squish down, become more muscular, etc. You’d need to have body armor at least a few sizes down in height and out in build to compensate for that.

Should I enter these objections in Wikipedia’s entry?

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