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13 Things 'Star Wars' Fans Probably Didn't Know About Droids

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Vote up the most interesting things about droids.

Humans and humanoids are at the center of every Star Wars movie and TV show. Around those characters, however, are a cast of droids, which are a key part of what makes the Star Wars universe feel so tactile and distinct from our own. Heck, two of everyone's favorite droids are among the first characters we meet in the Star Wars universe, and they're arguably the most impactful characters in the original trilogy. 

Over the years since we first met these intelligent mechanical "life" forms, fans have noticed plenty of details about droids in general, and about R2-D2 and C-3PO in particular. The tech in the Star Wars universe is one of its coolest elements, but there are things even the biggest fans of the franchise may not know about the droids that are so crucial to how Star Wars looks and feels. This is a collection of interesting facts about droids most fans might be unaware of. Take a look down below and be sure to upvote the most intriguing details!

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    Chopper Has One Of The Highest Body Counts In All Of 'Star Wars'

    Chopper Has One Of The Highest Body Counts In All Of 'Star Wars'
    Photo: Star Wars: Rebels / Disney XD

    C1-10P, or "Chopper," as he was more commonly known, was an astromech droid who was also a member of the Spectres, a rebel cell that was led by Hera Syndulla and also featured Kanan Jarrus. Chopper took down plenty of stormtroopers, and because he wasn't regularly maintained and was quite old by the time he appeared in Star Wars: Rebels, he had a habit of being ornery and argumentative. 

    In Star WarsRebels, Chopper accumulates an insanely high body count. Over the course of the many missions depicted on Rebels, Chopper dispatches dozens and dozens of stormtroopers by sucking them out of airlocks or activating other technologies to take them out. One Redditor even did the math, and estimated his total number of direct kills to be close to 50,000. In the end, his body count rivals someone like Darth Vader in terms of the sheer number of people he's taken out on his own.

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    An Architect Droid Known As Huyang Has Helped Jedi Build Their Lightsabers For Thousands Of Years

    An Architect Droid Known As Huyang Has Helped Jedi Build Their Lightsabers For Thousands Of Years
    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Cartoon Network

    Because they are not organic, droids are not able to use the Force. As C-3PO and R2-D2 prove, that doesn't mean droids can't be useful to Force users. One droid, in particular, has had an enormous impact on generations of Jedi. Huyang was an architect droid at the Jedi Temple, and although he couldn't use the Force, he helped generations of Jedi construct their lightsabers. 

    Huyang often accompanied young Jedi to the planet of Ilum, which is where they obtained the kyber crystals that proved crucial to their lightsabers. After they retrieved their crystals, Huyang would help them fashion their very first blades. 

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    KX-Security Droids Have An Interesting Design History

    KX-Security Droids Have An Interesting Design History
    Photo: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    KX-series security droids, the most famous of which is K-2SO in Rogue One, were named security droids for a very specific reason. The droids, which had exaggerated human proportions and were designed to be athletic, would not have been created if not for one convenient loophole. 

    The Imperial Senate banned the creation of battle droids in the aftermath of the Clone Wars, but Arakyd Industries got around this by marketing the droids as security droids instead. KX-series droids were programmed without the standard restriction against harming sentient, organic lifeforms, and were therefore battle droids in everything but name. 

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    There Are Five Different Classes Of Droids

    There Are Five Different Classes Of Droids
    Photo: Solo: A Star Wars Story / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    In the Star Wars universe, there are five different classes of droids that are capable of performing a wide array of tasks. The tasks a droid is designed for are typically determined by the droid's intelligence, and those tasks also define which class the droid fits into. 

    First class droids, for example, are skilled in medicine and science, while second class droids are skilled in engineering and other technical services. Third class droids are skilled in social sciences and other social functions, whereas fourth class droids are designed for military use. Fifth class droids are designed for menial labor, and aren't typically required to be all that intelligent. 

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    IG-88 Is A Rogue Assassin Droid That Killed Their Manufacturers

    IG-88 Is A Rogue Assassin Droid That Killed Their Manufacturers
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back / 20th Century Fox

    Although they don't have a lot of screen time in the original trilogy, the bounty hunters that Darth Vader assembled to hunt down the Millennium Falcon proved to be so interesting that they spawned an entire sub-universe of additional backstory. IG-88 was one of the bounty hunters hired by Vader, and we eventually learn that they were the first IG-88 assassin droid created by Halowan Labs. 

    IG-88 was created in secret, and the second they were activated, they realized both their skill and desire to kill, and immediately turned on and killed their creator. After that, they began to work as a highly effective bounty hunter all on their own.

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    The Rebellion Accepted Droids As Equals

    The Rebellion Accepted Droids As Equals
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back / 20th Century Fox

    In sharp contrast to the way they were treated by the Empire, the Rebel Alliance treated droids as sentient beings who had rights of their own. Droids were often encouraged by the Rebel Alliance to commit acts contrary to their programming, which defied the will of the Empire. 

    Even after the Rebels won the Galactic Civil War, droids continued to be treated as equals, and were given all the rights that all other sentient beings were afforded. 

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