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Why is it that droids are deactivated / killed when they are chopped in half? The B1 Battle Droid is narrowist at its midsection, but that shouldn't affect the upper torso from continuing to operate.
During the Clone Wars, Galactic Republic clone troopers learned to aim at the hips, torsos, and arm joints of the B1s to quickly destroy them. But a head shot was the only decisive way to disable a droid. They didn't need arms, legs or even bodies to pass intel to central command.
But that certainly isn't true, because in both the cartoons and the movies we see droids getting killed by simply being chopped in half in their midsection.
Asoka is also able to kill a SUPER BATTLE DROID by chopping it in half.