Peacekeepers vs. Stormtroopers

The Peacekeepers of The Hunger Games and the Stormtroopers of Star Wars have many similarities:

  • Both wear almost entirely white full-body armor.
  • Both see out of dark, face-obscuring black glass.
  • Both are the faceless soldiers of tyrannical dictatorships.
  • Both have rounded, head-encasing helmets.
  • Both have "Wordotherword-er" names.

While Star Wars certainly didn't invent the concept of faceless soldiers, it did bring white and black armored faceless soldiers into pop-culture.

Has either Suzanne Collins or anyone associated with the films commented on the similarities?

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    Personally I always thought they looked more like Daft Punk. Nov 30, 2015 at 7:29
  • "Stormtrooper" is a "Verbnouner" name.
    – user40790
    Aug 4, 2016 at 21:20

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Firstly, the Peacekeepers didn't always look quite so much like Stormtroopers. In the first film, their helmets didn't encase their whole heads nor have those one-way visors of black glass:

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I found an article with a statement from the designer, Trish Somerville, that she was "inspired by insects, particularly the praying mantis", but makes no mention of the Star Wars Stormtroopers. It is sourced to this article and also backed up by this interview (thanks @Richard for the find!), where Summerville says:

I love the Peacekeepers that I did. I wanted to make them look a little more menacing, kind of insect-like. I draw a lot in my inspiration boards from different projects, a lot from nature, and animals, and insects. I just think that there’s so much there, in silhouettes and colors. The colors, they’re amazing, when you look in the insect world, and at in animals and nature. I wanted to make these Peacekeepers… after the first film, I felt like they needed to be bumped up a bit, because of what was going on in the second film with the rebellion that’s starting. I felt that we needed to show a transition, that the Capitol is stepping up its forces and making it much more intimidating and fearsome. So I went for this sort of spiny, praying mantis sort of look for them.


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