What do the letters/symbols on the back of a stormtrooper's armor represent or stand for? As the image below shows, it looks like a zero and two ones, or the letter O and two lines? I originally thought it said "OIL", but that seems silly.

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    Looks like Record and Pause. – TLP Mar 16 '12 at 14:05
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    BWAHAHAHA! I've been watching Star Wars for years and never thought that 'till just now... – Jersey Jul 25 '13 at 14:06
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    The cast and crew referred to it as "donuts and Twinkies". – Wad Cheber Sep 24 '15 at 22:02
  • I always thought it was "OIL" as a kid also. – Kevin Milner Mar 29 '16 at 15:59

The Stormtrooper armor was sectional, and when removed, you could access the inside of each piece. I believe the segment you are looking at covers the emergency air supply and some of the power/electronic equipment. (It's listed as the 'Backplate'.) Those aren't meant to be markings (Rank markings were indicated by a colored pauldron), but instead protrusions due to having to accommodate what was underneath of them.

Incidentally, the tube below is a custom thermal detonator, with a secret trigger code known only to the individual trooper. (Star Wars Official Fact file, volume 4.)

Most of this information comes from Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, as referenced by Wookiepedia.

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    I've heard (probably just a rumor) that it was a deliberate joke, intended to look like the 0 and 1 of an on/off switch. This is obviously not an in-universe explanation. – Keith Thompson Mar 16 '12 at 5:38
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    Incidentally, Wookipedia also mentions that "There are several anecdotes about the armor itself known to the film crews. The molded plastic back plate has two bars and a circular impression, comically called the "twinkies and donut" as if the backpack was an emergency food storage unit." but I don't see any source for this, so YMMV. – K-H-W Jul 25 '13 at 0:58

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