In Return of the Jedi, our heroes are taken prisoner by Ewoks -- except for C-3PO:

THREEPIO: I could be mistaken. They're using a very primitive dialect. But I do believe they think I am some sort of god.

Later on, the Ewoks plan to cook and eat our heroes:

THREEPIO: I'm rather embarrassed, General Solo, but it appears you are to be the main course at a banquet in my honor.

Luke uses the Force to lift up C-3PO and make him fly around. This makes the Ewoks afraid that C-3PO has magic powers, so they do as he says and free Luke and the others. C-3PO then tells them the story of the Rebellion, and they agree to help fight the Empire.

Did the Ewoks continue to think C-3PO was a god? Or did he explain that he was just a protocol droid?

If it's the former, then Threepio had a point: It is somewhat unethical to manipulate a Stone Age people by impersonating one of their gods, especially if you're persuading them to make war on the Galactic Empire.

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    As they intended to kill and eat our heroes, I'm inclined to think "sod 'em and their ethics."
    – TZHX
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 16:52
  • @TZHX: Fair point, but it's a bit harsh on the cute infant Ewoks if the Rebellion loses, and the Empire conducts reprisals with extreme prejudice. I suppose the end justifies the means, and all that. Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 17:01
  • @TZHX Oh, the Ewoks were only small. A couple of limbs should have done for a bang up feast. ;) Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 17:02
  • Weren't the Imperials already bothering the Ewoks? They probably would have killed them eventually.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 17:03
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    unethical??? These people just recently blew up a space station with 1 million people, overthrew (or tried to) a legitimate government, performed an extrajudicial hit on a local crime lord, and one of them joined an illegal traitorous cult and another was a drug trafficer! What do you expect, upstanding model citizens? Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 17:50

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According to the film's official novelisation, the Ewoks did indeed continue to believe that Threepio was a god, but that the decision to fight on the side of the Rebellion was taken largely because they'd shown themselves to be friends of the Ewoks ("leafbrothers") where the Empire had shown themselves to be enemies of the 'Great Forest' rather than simply because their god told them to:

Threepio translated for his friends: ‘Honorable Elders, we have this night received a perilous, wondrous gift. The gift of freedom. This golden god …’ - here Threepio paused in his translation just long enough to savor the moment; then went on - ‘… This golden god, whose return to us has been prophesied since the First Tree, tells us now he will not be our Master, tells us we are free to choose as we will - that we must choose; as all living things must choose their own destiny. He has come, Honorable Elders, and he will go; no longer may we be slaves to his divine guidance. We are free.

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