Stormtroopers get dumped on a lot for being terrible shots in the Star Wars movies. I feel bad for them because we hear they’re freaking amazing and we know they are feared and can take down Jedi! Many theories have come up with explanations including they were ordered to not kill Luke and friends on the Death Star (pretty solid one actually), but that doesn’t explain the later movies. Now, we are pretending plot armor is not a thing. I recognize that the real reason for the inaccuracy is plot armor, but why can’t we have fun and make an explanation that fits the universe, though?
Jesse Gill over at Nerdist believes the answer can be summed up in two words: The Force. Both Chirrut from Rogue One and Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope mention how the Force can control or influence the universe and tends to have a will of its own. We also learn from the anthology From a Certain Point of View, that “all Imperial military personnel–including stormtroopers–had their pay adjusted to correspond with their firing accuracy.” This makes some sense as you want to incentivize your soldiers to be the best they can be. This also helps explain the impossible shots that our heroes are pulling off constantly. How else could Chirrut take down that Tie Fighter? Check out the video below for all the arguments.
What’s your favorite theory about why Stormtroopers can’t hit anything?