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At 1:36 in Return of the Jedi (on my DVD, at least) there is a scene in which rebels on Endor are surrendering to Imperial forces. One of them appears to be wearing scout trooper armor without a helmet.

When did this happen?? Prior to the Imperial reinforcements, the rebels were being sneaky, but did not use subterfuge. Can anyone explain it?

Who's the half-dressed stormtrooper?

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    Added circle on the picture because it was hard to pick out for me. Rollback if you don't like it
    – The Fallen
    May 9, 2014 at 1:49
  • The real reason is simply that George Lucas re-used a lot of props and costumes from the first movie in the second and third, and new props from TESB in ROTJ; a great example is having IG-88's head show up in at least two places, on two different planets, in two different films. I am, however, unaware of any in-universe reason for this particular instance. It looks more like scout trooper armour to me, though, so perhaps the Rebels decided to take the scout troopers' armour while searching for Leia? May 9, 2014 at 1:59
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    That has to be the guy Han tapped on the shoulder. The Rebels captured him and took his helmet so he couldn't call for help. Since the rest of his squad was missing (gone pursuing the Ewok), I guess his rescuers didn't trust him.
    – Kyle Jones
    May 9, 2014 at 2:24
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    Circle is perfect. I didn't know you could do that. Definitely scout trooper armor. I'll rephrase in the question. So you're suggesting that, in-universe, this guy kills a scout trooper and is like, I wonder if his clothes fit me?
    – Scott
    May 9, 2014 at 2:25
  • @Scott - no problem, I had to download it and edit it in Photoshop (you can do it in other programs too)
    – The Fallen
    May 9, 2014 at 2:30

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The chap wearing the armour is Nik Sant (AKA 'Gramps'), one of the Endor Strike Team who assaulted the base.

Gramps - Star Wars

The armour belongs to the imbecile pictured below, listed as "Unidentified Scout Trooper" in the credits but almost certainly played by Peter Diamond who also portrayed a Stormtrooper, a Death Star Trooper, a Snowtrooper, a Scout Trooper and a Rebel Commando.

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It may interest you to know that the film's novelisation states that the hapless stormtrooper was rendered unconscious rather than being killed:

Back at the bunker, the last scout was undone. Subdued by Chewbacca, bound, stripped of his suit, he was being carried into the woods now by two other members of the strike team.

Leia peeked inside. No sign of life. She motioned the others, and entered the bunker. Han and Chewie followed close on her heels. Soon the entire team was huddled inside the otherwise empty steel corridor, leaving one lookout outside, dressed in the unconscious scout’s uniform. Han pushed a series of buttons on the inner panel, closing the door behind them.


It may also interest you to know that in a bonkers retcon, this character is tangentially confirmed to be Rex, a clone trooper from Star Wars Rebels

"…I think the one thing I have really thought about is I really do think that Rex is that guy on Endor. I really do. Why else is there a bearded old guy on Endor, Tano? Why? It makes no sense. If you don't want that to happen, do you know what that means? I'm gonna make that happen. I'm getting like Palpatine, I'm getting power crazy."

Dave Filoni - A 'Star Wars' Animated Character Might've Appeared In A Live-Action Star Wars Movie?

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    Aren't you a little old for a scout trooper? Apr 30, 2017 at 4:56
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    Captain Rex loves getting back in the armor. Apr 30, 2017 at 6:44
  • @WilliamJackson I love that theory. Even if it's impossible for the original film to have intended that, it's in my headcanon that Rex took part in the Endor Raid. May 14, 2018 at 3:51
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    Nik Sant is played by Lynn Berner. He lives in Klamath, California. He owned some of the land that the bunker scene is shot on and, in exchange for the use of the land, he was given roles in the movie. I know this because he's my first cousin once removed. I've got an email in to him to ask more.
    – Erick
    May 4, 2020 at 6:46
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    Whoever it may have originally been, the bearded Rebel Trooper has 100% officially been made to be Commander Rex.
    – Havok211
    Apr 8, 2023 at 9:26
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To answer this which was not directly answered in earlier answer: One of them appears to be wearing Scout Trooper armor without a helmet. When did this happen?

Rebel disguising himself as a Scout Trooper happens when the rebels enter the bunker after capturing 'Unidentified Scout Trooper' at 1.29. As they do this, behind Han, Leia etc you can see a person dressed as a Scout Trooper (by Han's leg) standing at the doorway facing outwards, adjusting his helmet as he pulls it on - presumably a rebel waiting at the doorway in case any other Imperials turn up.

I have attached a picture where you can see the Rebel/Scout Trooper waiting behind the main characters, but watching the film you'll see it much more clearly including the adjustment of the helmet.

Rebels entering the bunker with Scout Trooper in the background.

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    Thanks, BobFortuna. This goes a long way to filling in the blanks as to why and when. Richard's source Wookiepedia says that the character did this, but I'm very glad to see this in film. I have to say I never looked twice at the background in this scene. Very complete effort by Lucas here.
    – Scott
    Jun 9, 2014 at 15:07
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At the end of the Star Wars Rebels show, Sabine mentions that Captain Rex helped during the Battle of Endor. So perhaps the rebel soldier who dressed as the Biker Scout was Captain Rex... It all comes together.

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    I think they're looking for conclusive proof. Aug 26, 2021 at 16:09

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