George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise is today, decades after its inception, still expanding and is becoming larger with every story published as part of the expanded universe. There are thousands of different topics that we could analyse in our articles and we are going to do a lot of them but one at a time. This is why we have opted for a comparison for today’s article, in which we are going to tell you whether the Clone Troppers/Stormtroopers are better fighters than the Mandalorians. Is the Imperial Army stronger than the Creed? Keep reading to find out!
Without a doubt, the Mandalorians are far stronger and better trained than either the Clone Troopers or their successors, the Stormtroopers. And while there might be individual units that are better or worse than the others, as a general rule – Mandalorians are far superior.
In today’s comparison, we are going to tell you who the Mandalorians are, as well as who the Clone Troopers and their successors, the Stormtroopers, are. Then, we are going to compare them and ultimately explain why one group is far superior to the other. You’re in for an interesting text, so keep reading until the end.
Who are the Mandalorians?
The Mandalorians were actually a clan-based ethnic group founded on the planet Mandalore. Contrary to popular opinion, they’re neither a race, nor a people but a multi-ethnic group comprising of members of different species and races (but are predominantly human) bound together by a code. This means that anyone who adheres to the Mandalorian code and the associated culture can become a Mandalorian.
The history of the planet Mandalore – a planet in the Outer Rim – is one of violence and war. Mandalore has been a martial planet for most of its history, which culminated in the great Mandalorian Civil War, where the pacifist New Mandalorians – with the help of the Jedi Order – defeated the martial traditionalists. This was the beginning of a new area in Mandalorian history that lasted until the Clone Wars, when a new Civil War topped the pacifist regime and reinstalled the martial traditionalists.
Mandalore was, because of that, subsequently occupied by the Galactic Republic and the occupation continued through the period of the Galactic Empire. The Mandalorians didn’t get along with the Empire which resulted in a third civil war, which was part of the general uprising against the Empire. The Mandalorian order went into hiding after the formation of the New Republic, due to being hunted by the remnants of the Empire during the Great Purge. As a result, most Mandalorians were killed and the order was practically wiped out, but some members survived.
Despite not being featured in the main film universe, the Mandalorians played an important part in the history of the Star Wars franchise. They are especially known for their fights against the Jedi, whose skills initially surprised the Mandalorians (especially the Force), but ultimately inspired a rapid technological advancement, as Mandalorians needed to adapt to their opponents. The Mandalorians, although sometimes employed by the Sith, weren’t actually a pro-Sith fraction – especially later, when they even allied with the Jedi – but were just perceived as enemies by the Republic, and since the Jedi protected the Republic, clashes were inevitable.
The history and the importance of the Mandalorians is explored in the Star Wars Legends universe, so you’re always welcome to consult the comic books and the books from the expanded universe. Until they appear in the main movie continuity, you can also enjoy a look into their lore in the TV series The Mandalorian.
Who are the Clone Troopers and the Stormtroopers?
Although they look practically the same, Clone Troopers aren’t exactly the same as Stormtroopers, although the latter were formed from the first. Here, we are going to explain the difference between these two groups.
Clone troopers were high-ranking officers within the Republican Army that was created for its protection and the fight against the separatists. They worked closely with the Jedi, but were under the control of the Chancellor and the Senate.
Bred at the cloning facilities on the ocean planet Kamino from their genetic template, Jango Fett, clone troopers were created to serve the Galactic Republic, which lacked a proper military force. They were the basis of the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. In reality, however, clone troopers were nothing more than a tool that Chancellor Palpatine, secretly the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, used to wipe out the Jedi Order. The clone army was commissioned by Palpatine’s Sith apprentice and Separatist leader Count Dooku long before the Clone Wars, but the Jedi were led to believe that deceased Jedi Master Sifo Dyas was the one who ordered its creation.
Futhermore, all clones were genetically modified to age at twice the rate of a normal human, and be predisposed toward unquestioning obedience to the chain of command, including being outfitted with mind-controlling chips. As such, at the end of the Clone Wars, which Palpatine had used to rise to power, the Sith Lord issued Order 66, which caused the clone troopers to execute their Jedi commanders, now seen as traitors of the Republic. Following the Republic’s conversion into the Galactic Empire, clone troopers became more and more uncommon as they were slowly replaced by Stormtroopers.
Stormtroopers were the elite shock troops/space marines of the Galactic Empire, under the leadership of Emperor Palpatine and his commanders. They were created from the Galactic Republic’s clone troopers, clones of the bounty hunter Jango Fett. Despite this, later stormtroopers are established as recruits; at the time of the original trilogy, only a few stormtroopers are clones.
Later, after the fall of the Empire, the upgraded stormtroopers served the First Order under the leadership of Supreme Leader Snoke and his commanders, most notably Kylo Ren, General Hux, and Captain Phasma. A variation of the Stormtroopers, known as the Sith Troopers, was also introduced as an upgraded variant of the First Order stormtroopers that sport red armor and serve the Final Order, led by a resurrected Emperor Palpatine.
Who is the better fighter – the Clone Troopers/Stormtroopers or the Mandalorians?
We usually start our comparisons by analyzing the powers and abilities of the protagonists of each article but today’s article is going to be an exception. Namely, neither the Mandalorians, nor the Clone Troopers/Stormtroopers have any inherent superpowers, since almost all Mandalorians are not Force-sensitive, while the latter are either clones or just regular civilians. In that aspect, we can present their powers and abilities in one paragraph, as they are roughly the same.
Namely, both these groups consist of regular “characters”, most of which are human(oid) citizens of the Galaxy (or clones thereof). In that aspect, they’re not superpowered in any way and their strengths are actually a consequence of the rigorous training they went through. Both groups (since we count the Troopers as one) are excellent fighters who’ve been trained both in physical and weapons combat. Certainly, the Troopers are no match for the Jedi or the Sith, while the Mandalorians have been known to be on par with the Force users, but on rare occasions only.
The Mandalorians’ training was certainly more rigorous and in terms of classical combat (weapons and non-weapons based), they’re one of the best fighters in the Galaxy. The Troopers have certainly gone through some combat training, but their focus was on using guns and similar weapons, rather than a classical mode of combat.
As far as guns and similar weapons are concerned, both groups consist of excellent marksmen. The Mandalorians’ training also includes this aspect, which is why they are so deadly with blasters and other guns. The Clone Troopers were excellent marksmen – as seen during the Clone Wars – while the Stormtroopers have a reputation of being the worst marksmen in the Galaxy, but that is more a consequence of them being villains rather than their poor shooting skills. Just imagine a group of 20+ Stormtroopers against Han Solo and Chewbacca and no one else; objectively, they would kill them very quickly, but since you cannot kill the heroes that easily, they had to make the Stormtroopers shoot like they were blind.
And with this, we conclude our analysis of their powers and abilities. So, who’s stronger?
The history of the Galaxy shows us that the Mandalorians are not just far superior to the Troopers, but also some of the best fighters in the whole Galaxy. They are a group that has been in almost constant war and are used to belligerent conditions. They had to train in order to survive, and survive they did – by becoming the best. Even some Force-users had trouble fighting the Mandalorians, which says enough about their powers.
The Troopers are just a regular army. Their strength lies in numbers and good leadership and while they are more skilled than your average civilian, they’re just no match for the Mandalorians. An equal number of Mandalorians would obliterate an equal number of Troopers; a smaller number of Mandalorians would also likely defeat a larger number of Troopers, while a smaller number of Troopers would be destroyed by a larger number of Mandalorians. Good thing that the Stormtroopers became sentient soldiers, which means that they know when to give up.
And that’s it for today. We hope you had fun reading this and that we helped solve this dilemma for you. See you next time and don’t forget to follow us!