Why Are TIE Fighter Pilots So Terrible?

Since the beginning of Star Wars coming to the cinematic world of Hollywood TIE Fighters are the equivalent of stormtroopers in space. There’s a multitude of them in battles and yet they do little damage and the good guys can beat them with relative ease. But why is this the case? Aren’t these trained pilots who have worked for years honing their piloting skills just like our rebel hero pilots? Don’t they have stories and emotions just as complex as the heroes and yet they’re disposed of without so much as a thought?

You know, I never realized how bad TIE fighter pilots have it until I recently watched The Last Jedi. When the TIE fighters chased the Millennium Falcon through the caverns on Crait they got obliterated one by one as they bounced and crashed off of the blood red crystal walls of the cave but the Falcon, this much larger ship, was able to slip through ridiculously slender gaps and weave its way through the cavern with remarkable ease. But how is that possible? I know, Chewbacca is a GREAT pilot but can you really expect that there aren’t any FABULOUS TIE fighter pilots as skilled as piloting their crafts as Poe or Han Solo? That doesn’t make sense.

TIE silencer

And then another part in The Last Jedi that shows how little respect is given to the TIE fighters is when the First Order ambush the Resistance. Kylo Ren terrorizes the Resistance and never gets hit by a wayward laser but his three TIE fighter wingmates all get obliterated in the short battle. Those poor fighters. They could’ve been made to be just as important as Kylo Ren but instead they were just these silent ships made to be annihilated.

Now, I’m not saying TIE fighters are entirely useless. They have caused a lot of pain and death to many rebels throughout the years but I’m just saying, I’m waiting for the Captain Phasma of TIE fighter pilots. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

What if there was a squadron of pilots like the Death Troopers called the Death Squad or something like that and every fighter in that squadron would be as impressive a pilot as Rey or Kylo or even Poe? That would be ridiculously incredible! Come on LucasFilm, make it happen, please. 🙂

Now I kind of want the trend of basically useless TIE fighters to continue so the rebels can have an easier time of winning the war but I would just love to eventually see these fighters treated with a little bit of respect and imagination.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day. May the Force be with you.


3 thoughts on “Why Are TIE Fighter Pilots So Terrible?”

  1. Hello Annlyel, I think the Empire, and later the First Order relied on “strength in numbers” rather than “strength in quality” when it came to tactics and training. There may have been some great Tie pilots but they would be hidden amongst the masses (for example the better pilots were promoted to fly Tie-Interceptors and Tie-Bombers etc in specialised roles).
    However this is in the current canon, but if you want to know about an elite Squadron of Tie pilots in the Expanded Universe, there was such a group. The squadron appeared in the Dark Horse Comics series “Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron: In the Empire’s Service” They were called the 181st Imperial Fighter Wing and at one point in time were commanded by Darth Vader himself as part of his Death Squadron. You can read about them here:

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      1. Hello again, to begin they were not-so-great but were whipped into shape later. They also had distinctive “Bloodstripe” red markings on their ships. We can only hope Disney try to recreate this squadron! Thanks and MTFBWY!

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