After years of shining as a working-class character actor, Temuera Morrison starred in 2002’s “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones” as Jango Fett, a bounty hunter with an eerily familiar last name and a instantly recognizable Mandalorian armor set. However, in an unexpected twist, the film revealed that Jango was not the biological father of fan-favorite Boba Fett, in the strictest sense of the word. No, it turned out that Jango’s genes were the basis of the clone troopers that made up the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. As part of his payment, Jango requested that he be given a clone to raise like his son, Boba (one that was not modified to age and mature at an accelerated rate like the others).
Much like the droid soldiers of the Separatists (droid rights!), clone troopers were considered less than human by the Galactic Republic and treated as such during the Clone Wars (clone rights too!). Things haven’t improved for the clones either with the rise of the Galactic Empire. As seen in the animated series “Star Wars: The Bad Batch,” a quasi-sequel to “The Clone Wars,” it was Grand Moff Tarkin who decided the Empire had better hire “soldiers of conscription”, thinking they cost half as much. form as producing more clones. Tarkin, like other high-ranking Empire officers, was also prejudiced against clones and viewed them as little more than disposable weapons (again, clone rights!).
The downside was that these “conscription troopers” – who were known as, you guessed it, stormtroopers – were far less proficient in combat than clone troopers. Undeterred by this, the Galactic Empire destroyed the cloning facilities on Kamino and launched a galaxy-wide recruiting campaign, believing it could make up for the stormtroopers’ lack of skill in numbers.