501st Legion (29)Full unit name: 501st Legion
Last updated: 03.11.2022 20:00:43
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Basic info
First appearance: A New Hope
Events: Battle of Christophsis
Battle of Christophsis
Event
The Clone Wars
, Sky Battle of Quell
Sky Battle of Quell
Event
The Clone Wars
, Battle of Orto Plutonia
Battle of Orto Plutonia
Event
The Clone Wars
, Invasion of Kamino (21 BBY)
Invasion of Kamino (21 BBY)
Event
The Clone Wars
, Umbara Campaign (21BBY)
Umbara Campaign (21BBY)
Event
The Clone Wars
, Battle of Ringo Vinda
Battle of Ringo Vinda
Event
The Clone Wars
, The Fall of the Jedi Temple (ROTS)
The Fall of the Jedi Temple (ROTS)
Event
The Clone Wars
, Attack on Tantive IV
Attack on Tantive IV
Event
Galactic Civil War
, Battle of Hoth
Battle of Hoth
Event
Galactic Civil War
Known Facts (10)
Battle of Christophsis (1) »
Invasion of Kamino (21 BBY) (2) »
Umbara Campaign (21BBY) (3) »
The Fall of the Jedi Temple (ROTS) (2) »
Attack on Tantive IV (2) »
Summary
The 501st Legion, also known as the 501st or 501st Battalion during the Clone Wars and later known as "Vader's Fist" and the Five Hundred and First, was a brigade-sized Legion of elite clone troopers that was secretly commissioned by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Palpatine
(Human)
Character
Major Characters
. Shortly after Jedi Purge and the formation of the Galactic Empire, the 501st later became a unit of the Stormtrooper Corps. Since the First Battle of Geonosis
Battle of Geonosis
Event
The Clone Wars
, the 501st had gained a reputation for being an effective fighting force, often being victorious in battle even against overwhelming odds. While the Legion fought for the preservation of the Republic, they would also secretly undertake covert operations that would boost the political agenda of Chancellor Palpatine.
During the Clone Wars, the Legion initially wore the standard white Phase I clone trooper armor
GAR Clone Trooper, Phase I Armor
Organization
Grand Army of the Republic
, but had transitioned to wearing Phase II armor
GAR Clone Trooper, Phase II Armor
Organization
Grand Army of the Republic
with navy blue markings during the final years of the war. Made up of units like Torrent Company
Torrent Company
(501st Legion)
Organization
Grand Army of the Republic
, the 501st fought in many battles throughout the war, such as the Battle of Teth
Battle of Teth
Event
The Clone Wars
and the Battle of Coruscant, becoming one of the most well-known clone trooper Legions. In 19 BBY, Palpatine issued Order 66 and the 501st became Darth Vader
Darth Vader
(Human)
Character
Major Characters
's personal unit as he led them during Operation: Knightfall, in which the clones helped take down the Jedi, whom they believed to be traitors to the Republic.
Following the rise of the Galactic Empire, the 501st transitioned into a stormtrooper
Imperial Stormtrooper
Organization
Galactic Empire Military
unit, like other clone units. Given new armor and weapons, the 501st faithfully served the Empire, operating under the direct command of the Sith Lord Darth Vader. After the Kamino uprising, the 501st became the last remnant of the Grand Army of the Republic fully composed of Jango Fett
Jango Fett
(Human)
Character
Major Characters
clones, as opposed to the ever-growing and more diverse Stormtrooper Corps, where the Fett clones became a minority, with the inclusion of a pool of clones from different templates and birth-born recruits, while others were not clones, but humans from an Imperial academy; by 0 BBY though Vader was known to comb through the ranks of all stormtrooper units and transferring the very best to the 501st, a fact that angered other Imperial agents - like Mara Jade Skywalker
Mara Jade Skywalker
(Human)
Character
Major Characters
- who had to work with lesser qualified units.
The legion fought in a number of battles during the Galactic Civil War in an effort to defeat the Rebel Alliance and bring peace to the galaxy, although the Alliance ultimately triumphed. Though the 501st was disbanded after the Battle of Endor
Battle of Endor
(Endor Campaign)
Event
Galactic Civil War
, the Chiss
Chiss
Sentient Species
Grand Admiral Thrawn
Thrawn
(Chiss)
Character
Major Characters
resurrected the designation by forming a new 501st Legion. He also added more diverse recruits to the 501st, including non-Humans. The reconstituted 501st was stationed in the Unknown Regions, where they protected Thrawn's Empire of the Hand. Over a century later, the legion was in the service of a new Empire, by then under the rule of Emperor Roan Fel.
When Fel was deposed by Darth Krayt
Darth Krayt (A'Sharad Hett)
(Human)
Character
Major Characters
shortly after the conclusion of the Sith–Imperial War, the 501st Legion fell under the control of the Dark Lord of the Sith in the year 130 ABY. Seven years later, however, Fel returned from exile and joined in the war against Krayt in order to reclaim his throne. Under the leadership of General Oron Jaeger, the 501st deserted the Dark Lord's Galactic Empire in order to join the Fel faction.

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See also
Known subgroups, subsidiaries or members
Torrent Company
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Anakin Skywalker
Echo
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Rex
R2-KT
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Full unit name: 501st Legion Last updated: 03.11.2022 20:00:43