The 501st Legion (nicknamed Vader's Fist) is an international fan-based organization dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate replicas of Imperial Stormtrooper armor, Sith Lords, Clone Troopers, bounty hunters, and other villains from the Star Wars universe. The 501st Legion, sometimes called by its nickname “Vader’s Fist,” is made up entirely of volunteers.Formed by South Carolina residents Albin Johnson and Tom Crews in 1997, the Legion now has over 6,500 active members worldwide, with nearly 11,000 approved costumes among them. The Legion is active on 5 continents, with Garrisons and Outposts in over 50 countries around the globe.Legion members make appearances at casual, promotional, and charitable events, often at the request of Lucasfilm's Fan Events department. Although not officially affiliated with the Walt Disney Company or Lucasfilm LLC., the 501st Legion is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming organization.
The 501st Legion, also known as the 501 or 501st Battalion during the Clone Wars and later known as "Vader's Fist" and the Five Hundred and First, was an elite unit of clone troopers commissioned by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine during the Clone Wars that later became a stormtrooper unit. Made up of units like Torrent Company, the 501st fought in many battles, such as the Battle of Teth and the Battle of Coruscant, becoming one of the most well-known legions.