A deep-seated anti-droid sentiment existed in some segments of the galactic citizenry. The relationship between organics and mechanicals was rocky from early on, as could be attested by historical records of ancient uprisings and clashes that took place as droids became increasingly commonplace. Some came to fear them, regarding them as an "existential threat to biological life."
However, it was the Clone Wars, a three-year pan-galactic conflict that pitted the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, that exacerbated the prejudice towards automatons. Because the Confederacy's army was entirely made of battle droids, the Republic found a way to feeding on the prejudice, issuing a large amount of propaganda pieces showcasing terrifying robots. In the Core Worlds, far from the front lines of the early Clone Wars, businessbeings and government workers started fearing that their personal assistant droids had been co-opted with spyware to become mechanical eyes and ears for the enemy.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow of Malevolence"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Heroes on Both Sides"
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First appearance)
- Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy (First identified as Anti-droid sentiment)