Fan Theories About Droids In 'Star Wars' That Actually Make Sense

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Vote up the most interesting theories about the droids in 'Star Wars.'

While Stars Wars is undoubtedly one of the most beloved franchises of all time, the droids are some of the most iconic yet underrated characters of the franchise. Star Wars fans are now turning to Reddit to bring some major droid fan theories to light. 

Some of these theories may prove to be more surprising than others. However, all of them have the capacity to give most fans more knowledge on Star Wars droids than they had previously.


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    250 VOTES

    How Droids Are Named

    From Redditor u/Jawzilla1:

    For a long time among Star Wars fans, there has been confusion about how droids are named. For example, R2-D2 is so named because he is an R2 model of astromech droid, and he is number D2. But there's no way that one letter and one number could be enough combinations to name all R2 units in the galaxy. Even if you're allowed to go double-digits, such as Obi-Wan's astromech R4-P17, there still wouldn't be enough combinations.

    Well, it seems the answer is revealed in The Clone Wars Season 6, Episode 2. In it, there is a medical droid named AZ-3. But when he gets into a debate with a clone trooper about names, he says his full name is AZ-345211896246498721347. In this case, we see that he is an AZ series medical droid, and his serial number comes after the dash. So AZ-3 is just his shortened nickname.

    250 votes
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    241 VOTES

    The Reasoning Behind The Silly Behavior Of The B1 Battle Droids

    The Reasoning Behind The Silly Behavior Of The B1 Battle Droids
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/JonathanRL:

    [Star Wars] The silly behavior of the B1 Battle Droids is due to a hive mind left running too long. 

    In The Phantom Menace, the B1 Battle Droid was competent enough but not silly in the same way. Most of the comedy came from interactions that could reasonably happen with a limited computer. But they seem to go overboard with this, especially in Episode 3 and the Clone Wars. So why would anybody program their horrible army of doom thusly? They did not. One of the fail-safes after the Battle of Naboo was obviously to ensure that droids could continue to battle after their master signal was disrupted or lost; otherwise, jamming would have been sufficient.

    So they implemented a hive mind of sorts - a cloud that helped the B1 Units act in the absence of direct control or a set of orders. However, droids in Star Wars require frequent mind wipes in order to not develop quirks or problems - such as sentience, one would guess. However, despite how much you mind wipe the B1s, they would still be affected by the hive mind that could probably not be shut down. Having seen hundreds of thousands of droids die in a shared cloud memory could very well make these limited units experience fear, fatalism, and sarcasm in the way they show - maybe even phantom pain?

    241 votes
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    176 VOTES

    Why Droids Were Made To Feel Pain

     Why Droids Were Made To Feel Pain
    Photo: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/EquivalentInflation:

    In Return of the Jedi, R2 and C-3PO pass by a droid torture chamber, where they see droids being burned by hot irons and screaming (RIP Gonk). C-3PO screams when he gets shot by a blaster, and he shows repeated fear at the thought of any kind of physical harm or pain. Compare that to Attack of the Clones, when he literally was decapitated, and had his head soldered onto a new body, cut off, then soldered onto a new one with only a few puns thrown in, and no sign of pain. The entire droid army advances even after being shot, and show no real fear or reaction to pain. A MagnaGuard literally is half crushed, and still goes for its staff.

    Droids after the Clone Wars had chips added to make them feel pain, to avoid them being used as soldiers again. The Clone Wars likely terrified the galaxy. Sure, highly trained clones could take down droids easily, but for your average civilian, even a basic B-1 droid could be a deadly threat. The Mandalorian shows us a brief clip of Separatists attacking a village that emphasizes how brutal those droids could be. Imagine an entire army that feels no pain, no fear, no exhaustion. Adding those chips was people's way of preventing any future war, or a robot revolution.

    176 votes
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    226 VOTES

    The Real Reason Why C-3PO Is So Annoying

    The Real Reason Why C-3PO Is So Annoying
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/morpen:

    The reason C-3PO is such a bumbling fool, even though making people at ease is his primary function: He was made by a nine-year-old.

    226 votes
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    146 VOTES

    Why R2-D2 Speaks With Beeps

    Why R2-D2 Speaks With Beeps
    Photo: Star Wars: Attack of the Clones / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/BrettFarkas:

    Why is it that R2-D2 communicates with beeps instead of normal language? The robot is capable of playing human speech (the hologram recordings), after all. I think it's because R2-D2 thinks and speaks with 3D images instead of words.

    R2 was originally a Naboo spaceship mechanic droid. How would these droids need to communicate with one another? If one R2 unit found a busted part on the ship, it wouldn't write a bunch of adjectives and verbs to the other robots, it would just send a 3D schematic of exactly what is broken and how it is broken. Then all the other R2 units would know precisely what needed to be fixed. So when R2 is beeping at someone, it's actually a 3D image of what R2 is thinking.

    R2 can understand 3P0 because the R2 units would have a one-way translation system so they can understand human speech, like the pilot yelling to prioritize a certain repair. I imagine this would have been added on by later engineers; the original R2 units would only interact with other robots. They can turn words into images and basically understand them, but they would have a harder time turning images into words and communicating them...

    146 votes
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    275 VOTES

    General Grievous’s Lightsaber Blades Are Extremely Heavy

    General Grievous’s Lightsaber Blades Are Extremely Heavy
    Photo: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/RemyAbode:

    In RotS and The Clone Wars, Grievous is repeatedly shown having a sloppy and slow lightsaber combat style. You would think that somebody with such enhanced cybernetics would have the strength to swing his sabers with even more speed than the Jedi are shown doing in the PT. Well, I propose that Grievous swings his sabers so slow because they are incredibly heavy for him. My reasoning for thinking so? In Rebels, we learn that your lightsaber blade becomes lighter as you become more in-tune with it. I propose that Grievous has no such connection to these sabers, and, being a cyborg, may even have the opposite effect, giving extra weight to the blades when he uses them since he’s not entirely organic. (This could also explain why Vader swings his blade so slow.)

    It could also be that since his sabers belonged to other Jedi, the crystals are basically “rejecting” him and adding more weight to the blades than they would otherwise. In RotS, it always bugged me how Grievous’s arms seem to recoil as he ignites his sabers to fight Obi-Wan, which we don’t see anywhere else in canon. But if this theory is true, then a large amount of weight is being added to the saber as Grievous ignites it, weighing his arm down suddenly and causing him to have to adjust.

    275 votes