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 did this character fly this ship?

In Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker, Rey flies Luke's old X-Wing, which has been under water on Ahch-To for a number of years. Assuming that the ship didn't suffer enough corrosion or damage ...
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Can Droidekas speak?

I'm curious about whether or how Droidekas can communicate with other droids, since they seem to be the only type of Separatist droid in the films to never be shown to say anything. Even Vulture ...
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Can all such Astromech droids stand up like this?

In The Mandalorian we see an Astromech droid extremely similar to R2-D2 (but a different unit) stand up like a person with 2 arms and 2 legs. Can all such units do this? Specifically, I'm wondering if ...
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Do realistic, human-like androids exist in the Star Wars universe?

Do androids — as we commonly conceive them — exist in the Star Wars universe? Meaning, droids that are convincingly life-like and sentient and can pass for humans, rather than robots with bipedal/...
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Is it common for protocol droids to be disallowed to translate the Sith language?

A plot point in The Rise of Skywalker is C-3PO's insistence that while he can read text written in the Sith language, his programming forbids him from translating it for others. Is this restriction a ...
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How many droid-smiths are in the Star Wars Universe?

Babu Frik is the first and only "droid-smith" that I've ever heard of. How many droid-smiths are in the Star Wars Universe?
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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 here.” In reference to C-3PO and R2-D2 entering the bar, it’s certainly a ...
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Why doesn't the Separatist Army use more non-droid soldiers?

In the Clone Wars, we see the Separatists use mostly droids in their army. The droids are a cheap and efficient force to field, but they have shown some weakness in combat with clones. In some ...
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What is the origin of the name of APD-40 droids in Star Wars?

Just curious because "APD-40" is the name of a major highway in my hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee. The only other usage of this term out-of-universe appears to be the designation of a US Navy ...
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Post-apocalypic 80s movie with giant land movers and some little humanoid droids (1 is bad and 1 is good) bad one drills a hole in good ones face

I remember watching this movie when I was a kid but it's only a few images that I remember. The droids in the movie were child-sized and just had "neutral mask" faces. Anyway, the biggest image is of ...
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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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Does the Star Wars universe have sex droids?

From the list on Wookipedia, droids in the Star Wars universe categorized by function include Assassin droids, Interrogation droids, Astromech droids, battle droids, medical droids etc. (the list goes ...
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Why is R2-D2 considered a droid?

Oxford dictionaries defines "android" as: a robot with a human appearance. I assume droid is a shortened version of android. This makes sense for C-3PO, who is obviously humanoid in appearance, ...
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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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Can droids be shut down manually?

Droids in Star Wars are known to have their own personality. Even astrodroids, like R2-D2 or BB-8 sometimes do not listen to a direct order, or do things based on their "moral" evaluation (e.g. when ...
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Who manufactures BB droids?

As of the Last Jedi, we've seen the BB-series used by the First Order as well as the Resistance- what company makes them and isn't shy about selling to both sides?
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What are the standard, stock color schemes available for an “off-the-shelf” BB unit droid?

Saw this quote from Poe Dameron in this question regarding BB-8: He’s a BB unit. One of a kind. Orange and white. Utterly unique and utterly invaluable. So, if BB-8 has some “utterly unique and ...
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Is BB-8's name inspired by BB ammunition?

The distinguishing feature of BB-8's design compared to other astromechs is his spherical body, whereas previously seen astromechs generally have a cylindrical body. Was the name inspired by BB ...
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Sarcastic Star Wars droid mentioned in 80s (?) SF novel

I have a vague memory of a novel, or possibly a shorter work, probably written in the 1980s, with a passing reference to a sarcastic droid in a recent Star Wars movie. It sounds like K-2SO in "Rogue ...
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What model droid is Chopper's mismatched leg from?

In the Season 2 episode of Rebels "Lost Droid" - we see Chopper obtain a replacement original strut to replace his mismatched (green) one What model astromech droid is the green leg from?
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Does dialog exist for BB-8? [duplicate]

BB-8 seems to have a sense of humour and have a cheeky/nasty side to him but is there a full list of what he is meant to be saying (not just fanboy hopeful assumptions)? As there is dialog for Chewie ...
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Can droids be force-sensitive? [duplicate]

In the Star Wars universe can droids be Force-sensitive? Were there any droids that could use Force powers? Is it possible in the Star Wars universe for a droid to become Force-sensitive? What about ...
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Are there records of Rebel usage of CIS technology?

For as long as I can remember, the Rebel Alliance (at least in its earlier years) has resorted to appropriating abandoned CIS (Confederacy of Independent Systems) droids, mechs and especially ships ...
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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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Why are Star Wars fighter ships crewed with humans and biological sapients instead of droids?

Why do the Galactic Empire, the Galactic Republic, and the Rebellion all use biological sapients in their one or two-man fighter ships? The x-wing, the tie fighters, the bombers, and just about every ...
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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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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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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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Are R-series astromech units obsolete?

Having watched TFA and TLJ a few times, I noticed that the only non-BB astromech droid we see is R2-D2, and he spends most of both of those movies in low-power mode and looking fairly worn out. Are R-...
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Are droids sentient or not?

In Star Wars, droids are frequently treated as second-class citizens by most of the galaxy. Even your working class people don't treat them with respect (see Owen Lars, A New Hope). Why is this? I ...
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How does one learn droid binary? [duplicate]

How does someone learn droid binary? It seems simple, but honestly, I don't see how anyone could (easily) learn how to understand droid binary. It seems to be just beeps and whistles. How do you say ...
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What happened to the deactivated droid army?

What did the Empire do with the millions (if not billions) of deactivated battle droids after the end of the Clone Wars? Were they melted down? Were they kept in storage? Any canon or Legends answer ...
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How many droids were in the droid army and how were they paid for?

I am aware that the Galactic Senate financed the GAR through legislative bills and therefore paying for "units" of clones (each clone costing at least 666 credits.) One the other side, how did 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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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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How valuable are C-3PO and R2-D2?

I ask this question because there are two contradictory events related to C-3PO and R2-D2: In A New Hope, we see several droids traded by Jawas. BERU ...
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How is a droid's gender determined? [duplicate]

Clearly, droids are programmed with, or given, a male or female gender. The majority of droid characters are clearly, and definitely, given a male identity and consistently referred to as 'he.' ...
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Why does R2-D2's computer interface arm rotate?

In a number of places in the star wars films where we see R2-D2 interface directly with a computer, his interface arm and the socket it plugs into both rotate periodically. The out-of-universe ...
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What does 'E chu ta' mean?

A protocol droid on Cloud City (E-3PO) says this to C-3PO. If C-3PO's reaction is any indication it was either an insult or an obscenity. Does anyone know a translated version of this word/phrase?
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Why did Princess Leia choose R2-D2?

We all know the opening scenes of Star Wars Episode IV, where the Rebel ship is captured, and Princess Leia places the Death Star plans into R2-D2's memory banks. R2-D2 and C-3PO then escape the ship ...
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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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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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Are droids hackable in the Star Wars universe?

Are droids hackable in the Star Wars universe? For example, theoretically, could an Imperial hacker hack into C3P0's memory (let's say while the poor robot is in pieces in the Cloud City, before ...
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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 wasn't the Sy Bisti language programmed into any Republic or Imperial protocol droids?

In the 2017 novel Thrawn, we find that Sy Bisti is a language used around the parts of the Galaxy known as Wild Space and the Unknown Regions. Throughout the novel, it is brought up that Imperial ...
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What is the difference between a TC-series and C-series protocol droid?

Wookieepedia and the canon source books have not helped me in this matter. The TC-series and C=series protocol droid seem to be the same height, and look the same. Is there a difference between them ...
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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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Why does a protocol droid know odds and statistics so well?

C-3PO is a pretty sophisticated piece of kit. Not only does he know six-million forms of communication and act very convincingly like a nervous butler, but he seems to be a tactical statistician too. ...
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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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How do restraining bolts work?

Based on A New Hope, I'm guessing that restraining bolts prevent a droid from straying too far from its owner. How does it achieve that effect, and what would happen if the droid tries to go out of ...