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Exploring Their Softer Side: Stormtroopers Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before (PHOTOS)

Ever wondered what Stormtroopers do when they’re not trying to kill members of the Rebel Alliance at the command of the Sith Lord?

Well, according to JD Hancock, self-proclaimed kid at heart, they like nothing more than a rousing game of Twister, goofing on Darth Vader and exploring their softer sides.  That is, of course, after they finish their chores.

Hancock takes macro photos of his favorite childhood pop culture icons but with his own special twist. He puts the characters in the most unlikely situations. The result is a sort of comical, behind the scenes look at the lives of some of the world’s most beloved characters. Hancock tells Yahoo he goes out of his way to make his photos fun and whimsical. “Trying to show someone something they’ve seen before but in a completely different way and in a way that hopefully makes them smile.”

And smile you will. Hancock has a ton of photos on his Flickr page featuring various superheroes and other fun stuff, but it’s his Stormtrooper series that really made me giggle.

All photos used with permission from JD Hancock, whose work you can also find on his website JDHancock.com

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  • Four Storms In A Twister 2 of 21
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    Stormtroopers playing twister on the Death Star.

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • "Stupid Garbage Compactor" 3 of 21
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     Being a Stormtrooper isn't always glamorous.

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • Career-Limiting Move 4 of 21
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     "Oooh, everybody look at me! I'm Darth Vader! I'm a big bad Dark Lord of the Sith! Neener neener neener!"

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • "It’s Fun To Stay At The…" 5 of 21
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     As Hancock says, "For some reason 70s music is really popular on the Death Star."

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • The Lonely Vacuum of Space 6 of 21
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     "This sucks."

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • Another Graduating Class 7 of 21
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     Good luck, gang!

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • Death Star Metal 8 of 21
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    Blowing off some steam.

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • Military Maneuvers 9 of 21
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    Everyone, including Stormtroopers, need to cut loose every once in a while.

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • See No Vader, Hear No Vader, Speak No Vader 10 of 21
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     "Is he gone yet?" Says the trooper on the left.

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • Fire Storm 11 of 21
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    As Hancock remarks on his Flickr page, "This stormtrooper managed to build himself a cozy campsite in a dark, secluded corner of the Death Star."

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • "Pay Day! Pay Day!" 12 of 21
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     Woo-hoo! It's everybody's favorite day! Time to put a down payment on that new BT-16!

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • A Little Rancor 13 of 21
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     "So who, exactly, decided we should try training a baby rancor monster?"

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • Storm Drain 14 of 21
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     Poor guy.

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • Rebels Suck 15 of 21
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    Even in their downtime Stormtroopers remain committed to hating on rebels.

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • Dancing With The Storms 16 of 21
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     A little love between a stormtrooper and Storm from the X-Men? Or is she getting ready to choke him? Probably the latter.

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • Storm-Tossed 17 of 21
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     Hard economic times in the Empire are never a pretty picture.

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • "I Hate Easter On The Death Star!" 18 of 21
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     "Every year I'm freaking PINK!"

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • Unwise Crack 19 of 21
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     "Have you guys seen the latest issue of Cracked? 'The Empire Strikes Out!' Hilarious! Hey, guys, where you going?"

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • If You Only Knew…The Flower of the Dark Side 20 of 21
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     Hancock created this image for Mother's Day.

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

  • Laughing Up A Storm 21 of 21
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     "What are you stormtroopers laughing at?"

    Image source: JD Hancock's Flickr page.

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