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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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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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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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 there no Imperial KX-series Security Droids in the original trilogy?

Rogue One had multiple never-before-seen Imperial Droids, so what happened to them between Rogue One and Star Wars IV? Episode IV starts exactly where Rogue One ends as far as I know, so why suddenly ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Does C-3PO ever do his job?

C-3PO is a protocol droid that is fluent in over six million forms of communication, but it seems like everyone in the galaxy can understand every other language. Has C-3PO ever had to translate? I ...
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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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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 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 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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Why would the binary language of moisture vaporators be that different from the binary language of other machines or droids?

In Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope Owen Lars says, "What I really need is a droid that understands the binary language of moisture vaporators." Was he just being overly specific in what he needed?...
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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 do battle droids need to speak in Basic?

You would think they would only need to communicate silently through internal transmissions. Having them have to communicate verbally seems pointless. What is the IN-UNIVERSE reason for this?
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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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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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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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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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In SW Universe, is the Owner responsible for the actions of their droid?

A couple of friends and I are about to embark on a Star Wars Roleplaying Game Campaign, in which one of the players is playing a Droid owned by one of the other players. This got us to thinking ...
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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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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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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 did Han own a training remote?

In Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope, Luke uses a training remote found onboard the Millennium Falcon as part of his lightsaber training. A picture on the Wookieepedia page for "Training Remotes" is ...
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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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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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When did C3PO get his restraining bolt removed?

Related to: Is C-3PO a slave? R2D2 tricks Luke Skywalker into taking his restraining bolt off so that R2 can run off and look for Obi-Wan Kenobi. But I don't recall any point in the movie where ...
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When does R2-D2 demonstrate his supposed 'extendable neck', and since when does he have this capability?

The Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection book provides this image which include #8 Hydaulic head extenders as well as this text: R2-D2 rarely uses his extendable neck, specifically ...
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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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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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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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How was an R2 unit supposed to be able to fix an X-wing while in flight?

The R2 units got pushed into a hole behind the pilot in the X-wing. This always required a big (bigger than normal) suspension of disbelief for me, because they were meant to be able to make emergency ...
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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's the difference between cyborgs and androids?

On Star Trek, Commander Data is not human, he's an android, not a cyborg. I thought cyborgs looked human (like terminator) but droids looked more robot than human (like C3PO). Is this an official ...
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Where do R2-D2's drinks come from?

This image from the Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection shows R2's drink serving arm, labeled #5. However, it doesn't explain where the beverage reservoirs are located. The only fluids ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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What kind of droid replaced Luke Skywalker's Hand?

What kind of droid replaced Luke Skywalker's hand at the end of Empire Strikes Back? Does a Protocol Droid have the kind of expertise needed for that?
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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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What does an astromech droid actually do while deployed in combat?

The answers to " Can an astromech droids control and fly the ships they're mounted in? " question make it clear that an astromech can fly a ship, but we normally see pilots controlling their ships ...
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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 ...