I'm watching Star Wars VI : Return of the Jedi on television. Approximately forty minutes into the movie, Lord Vader lands for the second time on a spaceship. Some beings wearing totally red clothing are waiting to greet him. What are these beings called? I'd never seen them before in Star Wars.

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    Red persons, LOL! – Eve Mar 23 '12 at 20:14
  • How would you call it? – RoflcoptrException Mar 23 '12 at 20:15
  • No, the title was funny before I read the question. ;) – Eve Mar 23 '12 at 20:20
  • By the way, I think the person landing and being received by the royal guard was in fact the Emperor, not Vader. – bitmask Mar 23 '12 at 23:42
  • @bitmask Yes, that's true. – RoflcoptrException Mar 24 '12 at 8:58

That's the Emperor's Royal Guard.

Royal Guard in one of the old films

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    Wow, that looks a lot more fake and plastic-like up close than I remember seeing in the movie. – Iszi Mar 24 '12 at 0:06
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    Surely an Emperor would have an Imperial rather than Royal Guard. – e100 Mar 24 '12 at 0:38
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    On closer look: First there were the Republic Senate Guardsman, then the Senate Guard (also known as the Blue Guard, which are the ones I'm referring to above), then the Red Guard which finally transformed into the Royal Guard. – Lstor Mar 24 '12 at 1:47
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    Didn't those people ever hear about it being BAD to be red-shirts? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Feb 5 '14 at 21:56
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    Incidentally, I always thought these guys were insanely awesome as a kid, and imagined that Luke would have been in deep trouble if he ever ran up against them. – FuzzyBoots Jul 24 '14 at 11:42

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