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Counterparts

R2-D2 and C-3PO, astromech and protocol droid, played a significant role in the Clone Wars and the Galactic Civil War.

Droids, less commonly known as robots, were mechanical beings that possessed artificial intelligence. They were used in a variety of roles and environments, often those considered too menial or too dangerous for other species, but also in fields that required extensive specialization and knowledge.

DefinitionEdit

Droids were mechanical constructs designed to assist organic lifeforms in various tasks. Depending on the nature of the work they performed, they possessed various degrees of artificial intelligence.[1]

Droids came in all sizes and shapes, and many of them resembled humanoid organics, possessing an upright posture, two arms, two legs, hands, feet, one thorax, a neck, and a head.[2] The B1 battle droids were designed to resemble their insectoid Geonosian creators.[3] Likewise, the Colicoids designed the the three-legged droidekas in their image.[4] Some droids, like the LOM-series unit, were made to resemble the organics they served.[1]

Contrary to organics, who were born and healed slowly,[5] droids were easily built en masse, were less fragile, and could be repaired easily.[6] They also did not have to learn skills (such as calculation abilities), as they were directly programmed with them. Most droids possessed a form of self awareness, with advanced models even having emotions such as fear for their existence.[5] They did not need to sleep, although they could be deactivated as a form of sleep and had occasional maintenance cycles.[7]

Because they were not technically alive, droids were "dead" to the Force,[6] an energy field that connected all living things in the galaxy.[8] (The reprogrammed protocol unit Triple-Zero, however, theorized that the Force might flow through a droid equipped with a special engine driven by human blood.)[6]

Droids were usually completely obedient and precise, and normally followed their proprietors' orders.[8] Some droids, however, served as bounty hunters, operating independently, without a master.[9]

Classes of droidsEdit

Droids could be entrusted with a multitude of tasks, ranging from running elementary diagnostics to performing complicated medical procedures, or sending communications to flying starships.[1] Depending on their function, droids were grouped into at least five "classes." For example, medical droids were part of class one, while security droids belonged to class four, and construction droids to class five.[10]

HistoryEdit

Droids existed as far back as the earliest days of the Jedi Order,[11] which was founded over 5,000 years before the Clone Wars.[12] One such ancient droid, Professor Huyang, served the Jedi for several millennia.[11]

During the pan-galactic conflict known as the Clone Wars, the Confederacy of Independent Systems used a variety of war droids in its fight against the Galactic Republic. Ultimately, the Republic won the war and was replaced by an authoritarian Galactic Empire. Under the new regime, many people in the galaxy were afraid or otherwise distrustful of droids, due to their bad memories of the war.[13]

Behind the scenesEdit

The word droid was stylized as 'droid in the novelization of Star Wars: A New Hope, with the apostrophe standing for an, meaning that droid was originally a shortened form of the word android. In subsequently published novels, the apostrophe was not used.

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