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"Let me see your identification."
"You don't need to see his identification."
"We don't need to see his identification."
"These are not the droids you're looking for."
"These are not the droids we're looking for."
"He can go about his business."
"You can go about your business."
"Move along."
"Move along. Move along."
―Wanten is mind tricked by Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

Wanten,[4][6] originally designated TD-110, was a sandtrooper commander in the military of the Galactic Empire who led Foot Patrol 7 based in Mos Eisley on Tatooine. While on patrol in the city, he and his unit stopped and questioned an old man, a teenager, a protocol droid, and an astromech droid on a speeder eventually letting the group pass after TD-110 was unknowingly mind tricked into doing so.[5] Foot Patrol 7 would later be called to reinforce other units by Commander TD-4445 during a skirmish to prevent the Millennium Falcon from leaving one of the city's landing bays.[5]

Wanten would eventually be on board the Death Star around the time Princess Leia Organa was rescued. Wanten had gained an awful headache as an aftereffect of the mind trick, which meant he had to give command of his troops to one of his subordinates. During his time on the Death Star, he realized that the droids he encountered in Mos Eisley were the droids the Empire had been looking for, as they contained the Death Star plans. On the way to Control Room 327 to control a skirmish there, he hit his head on the doorway and was briefly incapacitated, sparing him the death that met the other stormtroopers assigned there. Coming to, he noticed the droids that had eluded him and tried to shoot them in an attempt to redeem himself. However, he was stopped by a Moff who escorted him away for discipline. As a result of his mistakes, he was removed from his post on the Death Star.[1] This allowed him to avoid its destruction in the Battle of Yavin that took the lives of many of his comrades.[7]

Decades later, during the conflict between the First Order and the Resistance, Wanten served as a commander in the First Order military and was stationed on Vodran, where he hoped he would eventually be promoted to the Bittelari Cluster.[4] When the Resistance destroyed Starkiller Base, Wanten was rammed by a Griffin-class light shuttle by J-Squadron which killed him.[3]

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Personality and traitsEdit

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Wanten as a stormtrooper

A male human, Wanten had a thick trunk, beady blue eyes, and a Corellian nose that made it difficult to wear a stormtrooper helmet comfortably. By 34 ABY, he was bald, and his once-athletic body had turned fat.[4]

According to his subordinate Sardis Ramsin, Wanten would often say everything twice.[5]

Behind the scenesEdit

Wanten was played by an uncredited actor in the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[7] While entering his scene, the actor playing the stormtrooper inadvertently bumped his head on a door frame. Wanten was later identified in the short stories "Born in the Storm" and "Bump" from the 2017 anthology book From a Certain Point of View.[5][1]

Laurie Goode once recalled bumping his head on set while playing a stormtrooper, leading many fans to believe that he may have portrayed the trooper.[8] Michael Leader recalled a similar event, and when the actor died in 2016, at least one media obituary identified him as the actor.[9]

In the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, director George Lucas paid homage to the "head-bumping stormtrooper" bump scene by having Jango Fett bump his head on the door of the Slave I.[10] In the 2004 DVD re-release of the Star Wars original trilogy, the scene was enhanced with a sound effect to draw more attention to it.[11] In the DVD commentary of Attack of the Clones, Lucas suggested that Jango Fett's "bumping-head trait" was cloned into all the stormtroopers, implying that Wanten was a clone.[12] However this was contradicted by Wanten's backstory in From a Certain Point of View.[1]

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