Questions tagged [droids]

Droids are the artificially intelligent robots featured in the Star Wars universe. The term is short for Androids. They are specialized tools and are subservient to the biological characters in the Star Wars universe. Use this tag for questions about droids in general (e.g. how they operate, what their capabilities are, etc.).

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How do people understand astromech droids?

In all the Star Wars movies, R2D2 just boops and beeps his way around. And everyone understands him perfectly, though he is obviously not speaking Basic. How do people understand him - is there like ...
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Do all droids have a four alphanumeric character name and does this have any significance?

I was noticing that the two famous droids from Star Wars, C-3PO and R2-D2 have a four character alphanumeric name. Now, these are just two of so many droids out there, but I was wondering, in the ...
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Why Can't R2-D2 Talk?

Anyone who has written software with any complexity knows the importance of logging clearly readable error messages to make debugging easier. Cryptic or short error messages like "Error #5" won't ...
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Why are the B-1 battle droids in the Star Wars prequels and The Clone Wars (2008-2014) so dumb?

The everyday infantry droids in the Star Wars prequels and The Clone Wars TV series are dumb as rocks. They are constantly confused, hoodwinked and bamboozled by paper-thin schemes, when they aren't ...
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Is C-3PO a slave?

Does he have free will? What determines who he assists? I remember in Star Wars when C-3PO and R2-D2 were sold to the Skywalkers, there were control bolts inserted into C-3PO's chest. But how did ...
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What made R2-D2 reactivate in “The Force Awakens?”

During The Force Awakens, BB-8 tries to wake up R2-D2, but is unsuccessful. At the end of the movie, R2-D2 wakes up. I didn't catch anything really explaining why he would activate just at that time....
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Is a droid a ‘he/she’ or an ‘it’?

Inspired by this question. Are droids in the Star Wars universe referred to with gendered pronouns (i.e. he or she), or are they referred to as objects (i.e. it)?
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Has technological progress stopped or reached a peak in the Star Wars universe?

In the last 30 years, human technology has developed massively. Every year a new smartphone is released with a faster processor, more memory, better features. Why hasn't the same level of progress ...
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What happened to the battle droids after The Revenge of the Sith?

What happened to the battle droids we see in The Revenge of the Sith? Why are they not mentioned / used in (chronologically) later episodes? I know the separatist droid factory was destroyed in ...
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Was prejudice against droids common in the “Star Wars” universe? Or was it just the bartender at the Cantina?

When Wuher—the bartender at the Cantina at Mos Eisley spaceport in the first Star Wars—says: We don’t serve their kind. In reference to C-3PO and R2-D2 entering the bar, it’s certainly a bit ...
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How can Rey and others understand BB-8 in the Force Awakens?

Spoilers regarding Rey and BB-8 from The Force Awakens below: It seems like everyone can suddenly understand droid speak (from at least BB-8) in The Force Awakens. If I remember correctly, from the ...
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Is it possible to understand what R2-D2 is saying?

I often find myself in Null Void when someone talks to an astromech droid flawlessly. How can I understand voice of an astromech like R2-D2? Is it like an advanced version of Morse code or ...
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If C3PO is a protocol droid, why is he so annoying?

Anybody who's worked in the US foreign service can tell you that people in charge of protocol are often very polite, very considerate, and very attentive to how their actions and words come across to ...
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Who is the Maker?

C-3PO frequently speaks of “the Maker.” Is this a true droid religion, or is this a religious reverence by droids for their specific creators (in this case, Anakin, even though C-3PO has forgotten who ...
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Why does BB-8 follow Rey?

Is it because Rey just saved BB-8 from a net, and then the droid just decides to follow her about - or is it for some other reason? Does BB-8 have any idea who Rey is prior to being rescued by her? ...
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How does BB-8 move in the sand without skidding?

Question inspired by Neil deGrasse Tyson's tweet: In @StarWars #TheForceAwakens, BB-8, a smooth rolling metal spherical ball, would have skidded uncontrollably on sand. Is this ever explained in-...
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Are C3PO and R2D2 different from normal Star Wars Droids?

OK, remember a few things about Lucas' favorite droids: They are possibly not sentient. Sentience in Star Wars seem to be a fine line, and to be completely honest - does not seem to be consistently ...
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Why didn't R2-D2 and/or C-3PO spill the beans?

In the prequels we see that both C3PO and R2D2 are Anakin's droids and they clearly both know that he's gone over to the dark side. I would like to know an in-universe answer for the question; Why ...
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Do droids have consciousness?

Is the question of droid consciousness ever addressed in canon sources? Are they self aware or do they merely pass the turing test by seeming self aware?
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Do droids feel pain?

In Return of the Jedi, there's a garbage bin droid having his feet branded in Jabba's palace. It sounds like it's screaming in fear of pain, and makes more pained noises as the hot irons touch it's ...
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Why does C-3PO have a red arm in “The Force Awakens?”

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we run into our old friend C-3PO: Goodness! Han Solo! It is I, SeeThreepio! You probably don't recognize me because of the red arm. Look who it is! ...
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Why doesn't the Mos Eisley Cantina allow droids? [duplicate]

"We don't serve their kind here." The bartender at the Mos Eisley Cantina makes it clear to Luke that Threepio and Artoo have to wait outside. With such upstanding citizens as the Jawas around, I ...
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Where is a droid's brain located?

Inspired by this clip, I was wondering where the brains (CPU's?) for the B1 battle-droids and C-3PO are located. We see 3PO's head put on a battle droid's body and a battle droid's head put on 3PO's ...
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Interrogation droid syringe “British Made”

In Episode IV: A New Hope, an interrogation droid is used to torture Leia. Screencap from the movie This droid is equipped with a syringe. Photo of the actual prop in a museum This syringe is ...
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Do Force 'mind tricks' work on Droids?

Just wondering following from this and this question, do we actually ever see (or have evidence of) Jedi successfully (or even attempting) to use their 'mind tricks' on Droids?
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Why does Binary exist?

According to Wookiepedia, few organics have directly learnt and understood Binary, and these are mainly people who interact with droids frequently at a technical level, such as pilots, mechanics, ...
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Can astromech droids control and fly the ships they're mounted in?

I was wondering if astromech droids (like R2-D2) could fully control any unmanned ship they're mounted in.
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Do the different colors of the R2 units denote any specific differences?

Through out the Star Wars series we catch glimpses of different R2 units. Many of them are styled differently than R2-D2. Is there any listed standard that has an indication of differences in the ...
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How many R2 droid units were there according to canon?

We know that most Star Wars droids were designated using 4 letters of High Galactic alphabet (which is basically Latin so base 36 including numbers). Then, the upper bounds on named R2 units would ...
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Are 'robot' and 'droid' used interchangeably?

In Episode IV, after Luke is rescued from the Sand People by Ben Kenobi, he refers to C-3PO and R2-D2 as robots rather than droids. This struck me as odd as the latter seems to be the preferred term ...
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Why did the Lars family need an astromech droid?

It was very clear why Owen decided to buy C-3PO: OWEN: What I really need is a droid who understands the binary language of moisture vaporators. But they appeared to be really interested in ...
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In the Star Wars Universe, where do droids get their personality?

The droids in Star Wars have distinctive personalities. R2-D2 is bold and confident, C3PO is cowardly and a sycophant, EV-9D9 is sadistic, etc... Are these personality traits designed in wholesale ...
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What are BB-8's class of droids designed for?

It's well-known that C-3PO is a protocol droid. R2-D2 is an astromech. What is BB-8 and what does that function entail? This is likely to be answerable now based on marketing material or toy ...
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Why did Lucas choose to keep memory of R2-D2?

This is quite popular.. C3P0 had a memory wipe, but R2-D2 never had a memory wipe. This question is from out-of-universe perspective. Why did Lucas choose to do this after Prequel Trilogy? What did ...
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What was the inspiration for the design of R2D2?

Looking at R2-D2, I can't think of any robots I've seen in science fiction that vaguely resemble R2D2's design. So, my question is What was the inspiration for the design of R2D2?
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In-universe, how is BB-8's head adhered to his body?

In-universe, how is BB-8's head adhered to his body?
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Why does Rey treat BB-8 like a sentient being?

Related to What did Rey tell Teedo that caused him to release BB-8? - Rey approaches Teedo and intimidated him as if he captured a sentient being. Are all droids afforded a status that gives them ...
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What type of droid did Owen think he was buying from the Jawas?

LUKE: "Uncle Owen! This R2 unit has a bad motivator, look!" The droid uncle Owen wanted to buy at first, nicknamed "Red", was R5-D4, belonging to the R5-series, which was according to the Legends ...
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Is BB-8 female?

I don’t remember where I saw it, but I read somewhere that BB-8 is supposed to be female (s/he has a different “voice” than R2, at least). Is there any evidence supporting either gender for BB-8?
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Why do the Prequels recycle old sounds for R2-D2 and Chewie?

The sounds in the Star Wars universe are usually very unique and diverse. In the original trilogy the sounds made by Chewbacca and R2-D2 seem to be brand new sounds in each film, meaning that R2 and ...
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Are the B1 battle droids in Star Wars self-aware?

They're so stupid and funny, they don't act like the cold-blooded robots in Terminator at all... so I first thought that they must be conscious. But then I realized that the Jedi mercilessly kill ...
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Why do battle droids have personalities?

Civilian droids like protocol droids, I can see the importance of possessing sentient-like personalities. In military droids where intelligence is necessary, such as assassin or tactical droids, I can ...
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Why don't more droids remove their restraining bolts?

In "Downfall of a Droid" (S01E06 of The Clone Wars), R2-D2 is captured by a Trandoshan trader, who puts a restraining bolt on him and puts him in a storage bay of sorts. However, R2-D2 simply nudges ...
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Star Wars Droid Personalities

Why are B1 droids in Star Wars made to have personalities? Shouldn't they be programmed to be perfect soldiers?
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Type of droid pulling Anakin and Padme's cart on Tatooine?

In Episode 2, Anakin and Padme go to Tatooine to find Anakin's mother. When they arrive at Watto's place they are in some sort of cart being pulled by a droid. Does anyone know the name/type of this ...
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How many credits does 1 B-1AND 1 B-2 battle droid cost

I've watched the movies and most of Star-Wars The Clone-Wars TV series, and I keep seeing battles that consist of hundreds of thousands if not millions of droids, and that started making me wonder, ...
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Kenny Baker's attitude toward Star Wars

inspired by What has been Alec Guinness's attitude toward Star Wars?... I've heard claims here and there about Kenny Baker's attitude toward the Star Wars franchise, with some claiming that he ...
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Why wasn't the Separatist Army more lightsaber resistant? [duplicate]

In older galactic wars, when lightsabers are prevalent on both fronts, it was the norm for militaries, private security forces, bounty hunters and other adventurers alike to arm themselves with ...
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Force Sensitive Droids/Cyborgs [duplicate]

Is it possible for a Droid or a Cyborg to be sensitive to the force and ultimately train to become a Jedi/Sith? I was thinking General Grievous might be but I can't remember how he got his ...