TK-421 was the call number of the Stormtrooper that was sent on the Millenium Falcon to investigate it once it was captured in the Death Star 1's tractor beam following their jump to the Alderaan system. TK-421 and another Trooper entered the Falcon, were ambushed, and Han and Luke emerged wearing their armor.

So, clearly their bodies would not be dragged off the ship because that would draw attention. So we can assume that their bodies (alive or dead) left the Death Star with the Rebels and brought (assuming they weren't jettisoned into deep space) to Yavin 4...

Is there any evidence (Legends or Canon) that details his fate or that deals with the whereabouts of these Stormtroopers?

EDIT: Also includes the scanning crew... are they amongst the dead stormtroopers?

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    He seems to be alive and well and Tweeting... twitter.com/TrooperTK421 - you might want to ask him how he survived.
    – user71418
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 13:27
  • Yeah, so I now have to ask: which of these is correct? They both seem to be written from credible sources but now which is the actual answer? Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 15:13
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    The Star Wars Novelisation (Jason Baker's answer) is considered legends. The Princess, the Scoundrel and the Farm Boy is considered Canon. If it were me, I'd go with Valorum's answer. Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 15:18
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    I'm right here.
    – TK-421
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 18:07
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    @TK-421 why aren't you at your post? Commented Aug 14, 2018 at 12:40

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He died (see below).

Basically every source is contradictory on this one. The official novelisation states that he/they were simply stunned, however the new (and hence fully canon) Star Wars Junior novelisation gives the very strong impression that he/they were killed by Han.

He had to give them a little credit—both stormtroopers were quick reaching for their guns, but very few in the galaxy were faster on the draw than Han. The two stormtroopers fell just as hard as the scanner crew did. “Nice shooting,” Luke said, clapping Han on the shoulder.

A New Hope: the Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy

This concurs with the older junior novelisation. Interestingly, the scanner crew weren't killed in this version, just knocked out.

The two stormtroopers glanced at each other, then marched up the landing ramp. They had no idea that the scanning crew had already been knocked out, and that it had been the Falcon’s captain who’d summoned them into the ship.

Han fired his blaster pistol twice. The stormtroopers never knew what hit them.

Star Wars: A New Hope - Junior Novelisation

(Note that Han's blaster doesn't have a stun setting).

That being said, in the Star Wars: Fact File, it's noted that the guards were merely stunned.

The prospect of leaving his escape from the battle station in the hands of an old man did nothing to improve Han Solo's temper. However, the calm air of confidence Kenobi exuded soothed Solo's doubts. Stunning the scanning crew and the two stormtroopers was not difficult. The overconfident Imperials had left no other guards.

Official Star Wars: Fact File 37

But which conflicts with the Star Wars Radio Play

COMM VOICE: What's your situation there?

2ND TROOPER: Sir, we're in the command office overlooking the captured starship. The scanning crewmen on the ship were knocked unconscious, and the guards have been shot.

COMM VOICE: Any sign of the Rebels?

2ND TROOPER: None, sir.

Which actually lines up with the early draft script.

GUARD: You have business here?

The guard is Han Solo. He struggles to hide a large blood stain under his right arm.

OFFICER: I thought I heard something down here.

As to why the trooper armour doesn't have any blood/scorch marks, this was addressed by authorised Star Wars artist Chris Trevas in his iconic "The Folly of TK-421" picture, commissioned by Lucasfilm in 2015 as part of their annual Star Wars Celebration

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With regard to the ultimate disposition of his body/their bodies, only the official novelisation seems to address this. Note that this source indicates that he was stunned rather than killed, but regardless he was found aboard the Millennium Falcon before they escaped.

Someone finally discovered the two unconscious guards tied in the service lockers on board the captured freighter. Both men remained comatose despite all efforts to revive them.

Under the direction of several bickering officers, troopers carried their two armorless comrades down the ramp and toward the nearest hospital bay.

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope - A Novel

Thus even if he didn't die from his wounds, it strongly suggests that he died on the Death Star when it exploded.

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    Huh. Weird that two different novelizations give different answers Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 13:52
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    @JasonBaker - Indeed. But only one is now considered to be canon.
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 13:54
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    Is it? All of my research suggests that ADF novel is still canon (I mean, insofar as the novelization as canon - where it doesn't conflict with what's shown). What am I missing? Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 14:00
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    Here's a question. If they were shot, why didn't the armor have blaster marks on them? They are covered in body armor with very little space to get a clean shot into without marking the armor. This makes me think they were stunned. Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 15:41
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    @Eleven-Eleven It does seem like a rather large plot hole. Maybe Han kept some spare stormtrooper armor? Shot those two, then used his disguise sets of armor? Otherwise, it seems rather implausible that he drew and shot quickly the two of them were hit perfectly where it wouldn't show on the armor.
    – Shane
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 19:33

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