According to the Star Wars script, C3PO introduces himself:

I am See-Threepio, human-cyborg relations.

What does he mean, cyborg? Is he claiming to be one?


C3PO didn't want to say about Human and Cyborg relationship because there were other alien species as well as AI-powered robots in Star Wars universe, too.
I think, "Human-Cyborg" is a word similar to "Humanoid Robot" in fashion for thinkable robots to say. We use word Cyborg for a human dependent on machine, but what about a machine dependent on human? C3PO was dependent on human design and architecture to walk etc. So, he was "Human-Cyborg", not "Gungan-Cyborg" or "Besalisks-Cyborg"..

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    Sorr, I just don't get what you are trying to say. – Wikis Sep 25 '11 at 19:37
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    He's saying C3PO is a human[shaped]-cyborg and that when he introduces himself he first says his name and then his race. – Kalamane Sep 28 '11 at 23:35
  • @Kalamane Exactly... – I Love You 3000 Sep 29 '11 at 19:04
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    I think it's sort of a case of style over substance. The script writers thought it sounded cool. What it meant never came into the equation--just like the stupid "ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs" comment. I guess that's just what happens when the writer is less geeky than his audience. – Lèse majesté Dec 15 '11 at 8:12
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    @SachinShekhar: now I've worked out what you meant, I accepted your answer and realise it's actually pretty clear... I guess I didn't have my thinking head on! – Wikis Dec 15 '11 at 15:29

I believe he means he communicates with humans and machines alike. Although it is a rather limited description, since he is fluent in over 6 million forms of communication.

  • Then why doesn't he say, human machines? – Wikis Sep 24 '11 at 21:23
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    @WikisAtArea51 Cause Human-Cyborg Relations sounds better with a British accent. – OghmaOsiris Sep 24 '11 at 23:42
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    Given George Lucas's slip-up with the word parsec, I usually assume that any sciencey kind of words need to be taken with a grain of salt, bottle of vodka, and a 40 pound sledgehammer blow to the head. – erdiede Sep 25 '11 at 15:31
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    Clearly he was designed to help relations between General Grievous and the Humans. – Kalamane Sep 27 '11 at 2:23

I had always interpreted it as a description of his name and function:

name: C3PO
primary function: human-cyborg relations

It had never occurred to me that "human-cyborg" might be his race, but now that it has, I see the line being read as if you were looking him up in an index, which strikes me as a very C3PO-esque way describing himself, as in:

    calculator of,
    sharer of,
    stiffness of,
    shininess of, 
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    Agreed, it sounds like "Hi I'm John, Sales Department". – Junuxx Apr 16 '15 at 23:01

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