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The 501st Legion, also known as the 501st Battalion, was a unit of clone troopers in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars.[3] They were led by Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker,[4] who fell to the dark side of the Force and became the Sith Lord Darth Vader.[5]

One key member of this group was the ARC trooper "Fives", who discovers a secret Inhibitor chip installed into all clone troopers, which makes them carry out Order 66 without hesitation. He was killed to prevent him from revealing the truth regarding the Sith conspiracy to the Jedi or his fellow brothers. However, before his death, he managed to warn Captain Rex about the inhibitor chips hidden within the clone minds, allowing him to remove his own and disobey the Order.

Captain Rex was the leading captain of the 501st Legion, who turned down his post after the death of ARC trooper Fives. After him, Commander Appo took his place as the clone commanding officer of the legion. Rex is known to have disobeyed Order 66 as he removed his chip along with two other clone troopers, Commander Gregor and Commander Wolffe.

When the Order was enacted, it was the 501st that accompanied Skywalker - now known as Darth Vader - to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant to purge it. This became the first of many successful assignments with Vader.

During the reign of the Galactic Empire, the 501st Legion was nicknamed "Vader's Fist", and became Vader's personal battalion.[6] By this time, the Empire had abandoned the use of clones in favor of recruited soldiers.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

"501st Legion" is also the name of a fan costuming organization formed in 1997 by Albin Johnson and Tom Crews. The group originally intended to re-create accurate stormtrooper costumes, but has expanded to include Sith Lords, bounty hunters and other villains from the film series, encompassing EU source material as well as canonical ones. The group goes under the nickname, "Vader's Fist", and was the inspiration for George Lucas to add the organization into official Star Wars canon. The group actively does charity and volunteer work for a number of organizations, and currently consists of over 8000 members worldwide.

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