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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 '14 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? – James Sheridan May 9 '14 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 '14 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 '14 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 '14 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.

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    Aren't you a little old for a scout trooper? – Celestialgranturismo Apr 30 '17 at 4:56
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    Captain Rex loves getting back in the armor. – William Jackson Apr 30 '17 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. – Sydney Sleeper May 14 '18 at 3:51
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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 the closest picture to this I could find online, where you can see the rebel\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 Bunker with Trooper in 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 '14 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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Old clone troopers who had defected from the empire and at some point in time have joined the rebellion to restore the republic. One of them can now possibly be captain Rex. With the events from Rebels being canon and you see in the trailer Rex and a few aged clone troopers it makes sense to have them join the fray for restoring their beloved republic and this little thing Lucas did to save money with extras has played Perfectly into that storyline. And if you check out the trailer of Rebels season 2 you'd see that they look the part. How fitting that a few clones who defied order 66 got to participate in the battle that ended the Sith Lord that had manipulated their destiny from the moment they were bred.

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    An interesting answer, certainly. Can you back up this bold assertion? – Valorum Jun 21 '15 at 20:42
  • this answer may explain who that person is, but not why he was wearing scout trooper armor, so I don't really think it answers the question here – psubsee2003 Mar 19 '18 at 0:20
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My answer is that Captain Rex of the 501st was present! This does look like Rex in my opinion.

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I think its the clone captain rex from the clone wars seriesenter image description hereenter image description here

  • But why would rex still be wearing his clone armour? – Edlothiad Dec 17 '17 at 11:30
  • this answer may explain who that person is, but not why he was wearing scout trooper armor. – psubsee2003 Mar 19 '18 at 0:19

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