Stormtroopers are the elite soldiers of the Galactic Empire. Like Imperial-class Star Destroyers and TIE Fighters, stormtroopers serve as ever present reminders of the Emperor's power, extensions of his will, and a method of keeping the Empire's thousands of star systems in line through fear.
Formed into the Stormtrooper Corps, stormtroopers operate alongside Imperial Army and Navy units independently, while some placed on Navy ships are given the name "marines."
Members of the Rebel Alliance SpecForce have several terms for stormtroopers, including whitehats, plastic soldiers, and snowmen. Other slang terms for stormtroopers are the "Boys in White," "Plastic Boys" and "Stormies", often used by Wedge Antilles and Corran Horn.