They might seem like unimportant side characters, but Stormtroopers are a huge – and beloved – part of the Star Wars universe. In fact, Stormtroopers have a significant spot in popular culture. They are the most common inspiration from memes, jokes, and even merchandise that revolves around Star Wars.
And, quite often, the stuff refers to Stormtrooper quotes from the movies, series, and Starwars comics. So, without further ado, here are the 30 best Stormtrooper quotes from the Star Wars universe, including the new series on Disney+ and the comics.
Best Stormtrooper Quotes From Star Wars Movies
“Stop that ship! Blast ’em!”
This was a simple one-liner that resonated with the audience for its simplicity while still showing how little Stormtroopers think about their principles. They just blast people because they’re told to do so. It came in the very first Star Wars movie ever – Episode IV: A New Hope, when Han Solo agreed to fly Luke and Obi-Wan away from the planet of Tatooine.
The “Blast ‘em!” quote because incredibly popular and was later reused in almost all the movies, series, games, and comics.
“These aren’t the droids we’re looking for.”
“These aren’t the droids you’re looking for” is a famous quote from Episode IV: A New Hope, delivered by Obi-Wan Kenobi. The quote above is the response of the Stormtrooper, who was affected by Kenobi’s compulsion and mind trickery. It was an epic scene that’ll remain etched in pop culture and memes forever.
“I will tighten those restraints, scavenger scum. (…) I will remove these restraints and leave this cell with the door open.”
This one made me laugh hard. It came in Star Wars: The Force Awakens when Rey learns that she can compel others to do things by using the Force. The Stormtrooper fights back at first but falls to the compulsion moments later. Oh, and he also drops his weapon right on command.
Fun fact: It was Daniel Craig (James Bond) playing the Stormtrooper in question, albeit he’s uncredited for the role.
“There’s one. Set for stun.”
It also kind of rhymes. ‘Set for stun’ refers to the Stormtrooper’s blaster rifles, which they can use to kill or stun the enemy. We rarely see them stun anybody, but they did so when they captured Princess Leia.
“She’ll be alright. Inform Lord Vader we have a prisoner.”
This quote came right after the previous one on this list. It might actually be the only time in the entire franchise that Stormtroopers had done something right when they captured Princess Leia for Vader.
“The Death Star plans are not in the main computer.”
This was one of the first scenes in the first Star Wars movie ever – A New Hope, and it’s awesome. We see the first Vader choke on a Stormtrooper that really isn’t to blame for the error. However, the voice of the Stormtrooper is so nerdy and goofy – it’s like Lucas wanted us to know that Troopers are numb-nuts from the start.
“Maybe it’s another drill.”
This one is, again, from A New Hope, and it was quite funny. When Stormtroopers hear another alarm going off, the Death Star shields going down, and hearing shooting all over, they just assume it’s a drill. That’s how little Stormtroopers think about things, even if they’re right in front of them.
“Someone was in the pod. The tracks go off in this direction. Look, sir. Droids!”
Stormtroopers have a knack for stating the obvious. However, three such lines in a row were too hilarious not to be on this list. The quote is from A New Hope, and the moment where a Trooper raises a metal ring in the air and says, “Look, sir. Droids!” really gets me every time.
This is why people see Stormtroopers as idiots, and it’s also why it was hard for some fans to see them as more sophisticated and intelligent in the new, Rey-led trilogy.
“Close the blast doors! (…) Open the blast doors! OPEN the blast doors!”
This one still has me in tears. So, the Stormtroopers are hunting Han Solo and Chewbacca through the corridors of the Death Star. One of them thinks it’d be a good idea to trap them, so he yells, “Close the blast doors.” However, as the door closes, Chewbacca and Han slip through – and the Troopers remain trapped on the other side themselves, trying to get the door back open.
This short quote came in The Return of the Jedi when Stormtroopers finally found the droids they were looking for and captured them. However, it didn’t last long, as Ewoks set them free just moments later.
At the same time, other Stormtroopers capture Han Solo and Princess Leia and use the exact same line. That doesn’t last long, either, as Han moves out of the way for Leia to quickly shoot down the Troopers.
“‘Stop right there!’ ‘He’s blind.’ ‘Is he deaf?’”
This quote from Star Wars: Rogue One was too funny to me. I’m not sure if they were mocking Chirrut Imwe or just being dumb, but either way, they regretted it.
Best Stormtrooper Quotes From Star Wars Games
“It’s Solo, and he’s shooting first – that’s not fair!”
We all know that Han Solo is light on the trigger. But, “Han shot first” became a part of popular culture after George Lucas made some changes to Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. In the film, Solo meets Greedo, who points a blaster at him, threatening to shoot him, to which Han Solo shoots him under the table before Greedo could even react.
This was later changed because Lucas and Disney thought it made Han Solo too cold-blooded, but fans retaliated with the “Han shot first” slogan, so to speak. That’s where this Stormtrooper quote comes from in Star Wars: Battlefront II.
“You can’t stay on target with these things! You miss your first shot, and you’re lying on the ground with a hole blasted through your armor.”
This one isn’t really from the movies but rather the video game Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. The trooper saying this couldn’t be more right; those dudes can’t hit a damn tree in the middle of the forest. The quote comes in the Mission to the Cairn Installation.
“No, no, I’m sorry, sir, I’ll continue to look around. Alpha 956, out. Stupid know-it-all officer. How about you get into this armor and try to see out of this damn helmet, then I’ll sit around in my comfy office and tell you how dumb and incompetent you are!”
The quote came in Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, and it was hilarious because, hey – imagine seeing through that massive helmet! I’m surprised the Troopers can even walk straight!
“This guy thinks he’s a Jedi. Why don’t I need to see your identification?”
“Because you’re dead.” – answers Tyber Zann before Urai Fen reveals himself and kills the poor Trooper. The quote came in Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption (2006).
“‘Boy, I could sure go for a death stick right now.’ ‘Those things’ll kill you.’”
This funny quote came in Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. For those who don’t know, death sticks in star Wars are drugs that cause euphoria and hallucinations but shorten the user’s life span.
“‘I heard you got chewed out by the commander.’ ‘I was making faces at him the whole time. These helmets are great!’ ‘You do that too? I thought I was the only one…’”
I laughed too hard at this one, coming from Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. It’s probably the only thing that Stormtrooper helmets are good for.
“‘What’s that thing?’ ‘It’s a grenade of some kind.’ ‘It’s a lightsaber. Don’t you know any history? The fanatical Jedi cult used to carry them – until Lord Vader wiped them out.”
The quote came from The Movie Trilogy Sourcebook, written by Grant S. Boucher and Michael Stern, to summarize and detail the events of the original Star Wars trilogy. It was created for Star Wars: The roleplaying Game. The funniest thing is – even the guy who’s preaching history has no idea what he’s talking about.
“Blowing stuff up never gets old!”
This one is from Star Wars: Battlefront II. I have to agree with the Stormtrooper who said it – blowing stuff up really doesn’t get old!
“Let’s show him what a disturbance in the Force really is!”
Another quote from Star Wars: Battlefront II that came when a Stormtrooper saw Obi-Wan Kenobi on the battlefield. The quote is a direct homage to Kenobi’s quote in the first Star Wars movie, where he “felt a disturbance in the Force.”
Best Stormtrooper Quotes From Star Wars TV Series
“We have you four to one.”
This particular quote came in the very first chapter of The Mandalorian. It was silly of the Stormtrooper to even say that, considering the efficiency of Stormtroopers throughout the Star Wars universe. That’s why Mando answers: “I like those odds.”
“‘We need to search the premises. A Jedi was seen entering this camp. You seen anyone? Hey! I’m talking to you!’ ‘It’s just a loader. It doesn’t understand.”
In Obi-Wan Kenobi Part III, two Stormtroopers rally to find Kenobi, and one of them demands a NED-B droid for answers. It was a funny scene, showing once again how silly and dumb Stormtroopers can be.
“There’s not much to look at here, sir. We all share the same face.”
This is a quote from Star Wars: Clone Wars. These were still Clone Troopers, though – the clones that the Stormtroopers were later modeled by. Still, they’re the only Troopers I genuinely love. Here, Fives and other clones speak to Yoda, who answers: “Deceive you, eyes can. In the Force, very different each one of you are.” Makes me want to cry.
“Look around. We’re one and the same. Same heart, same blood.”
When clone troopers were first created, they all had their designated numbers – much like Stormtroopers later. However, when they retaliated, they all took new names, much like Fives, who said this particular quote. Although they share the same blood and genes, their thoughts and decisions are what make every one of the clones unique.
“We’re just clones, sir. We’re meant to be expandable.”
Another quote from Star Wars: Clone Wars that shows the harsh reality of the Clone Troopers. They were, indeed, created to be expendable. The quote came from Sinker but little did anybody know, Stormtroopers would be pretty much the same – expendable footsoldiers for the Empire.
“The war left its scars on all of us.”
Believe it or not, Captain Rex, Anakin Skywalker’s partner in the Clone Wars, was actually one of the Clone Troopers. This quote from him actually resonates with every Stormtrooper that came after him – each of them is scarred, just like each of the soldiers on the Republic side of the conflict.
Best Stormtrooper Quotes From Star Wars Comics
“‘You sure this is where we’re supposed to wait?’ ‘That’s what Lord Vader ordered. We’re to capture the Rebel when he tries to enter the computer room.’ ‘Oh. Then I guess we should ignore the alert I’m picking up, huh? The one about the top-secret information that’s just been illegally channeled to the kitchen terminal?”
This quote came in Star Wars 63: The Mind Spider, when two Stormtroopers were waiting to ambush Luke Skywalker and capture him. However, Luke found another way to get what he needed without ever encountering the two, who continued to follow commands like robots.
“The Empire does what is necessary. I am told this mining is an expensive venture. The Empire is smart enough to save where it is able.”
This quote came from Alan Dean Foster’s Legends book called Splinter of the Mind’s Eye. Leia Organa talks with a Trooper about how the Empire turned a temple into nothing more than a prison with some offices. He explains how they’re saving, to which Leia responds: “That probably extends to your pay and retirement benefits.”
“Hey! This ‘thermo-charge’ is just two comlinks tied together! I hate when this happens to me.”
A funny quote from Star Wars 52, published in 1977.
“Gosh, no. Thanks. I guess they must’ve—hey, waita-minit! Stormtrooper boots don’t have laces!”
This particular quote came in Star Wars 69: Death in the city of Bone (1977). A disguised Fenn Shysa tricked a dumb Storptrooper into believing his shoelaces were untied – only for the Trooper to realize he has none.