Droids have been a part of Star Wars since the very beginning of the franchise, and part of the reason we love them is their personalities. R2-D2 has his loyalty and sense of humor. C-3PO has his testy attitude and contempt for the rude. BB-8 has his quirkiness and hyperactivity. The list goes on, but my favorite droids in the galaxy all have one thing in common: they’re mean. Not occasionally testy, not sometimes rude. They run on sass and destruction. Droids can’t use the Force (sorry, Skippy the Jedi Droid), but at times I’m left to wonder if the dark side flows through them. Some are nicer than others and some are just crazy, and we love them for it. Here are five droids that are lean, mean, fighting machines.
Chopper is the cranky, kind-of-nuts glue that holds the Ghost crew together in Star Wars Rebels. Over the course of Rebels, we’ve seen him shoot other droids out of an airlock, suggest he and Zeb blow up a baby because it might be a young Inquisitor, take down multiple Star Destroyers, and go on a wheelie-popping, blaster-firing rampage. Who wouldn’t want an astromech like that?
First introduced in the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, PROXY makes himself known as a close friend and ally of Vader’s secret apprentice, Galen Marek. A prototype holodroid, PROXY is skilled in combat, often times engaging his master in lightsaber duels to hone Galen’s skills. As the story progresses, it becomes evident that PROXY is slightly more sadistic than his kind voice, provided by David Collins, lets on. PROXY, in reality, has been programmed by Darth Vader to do his best to kill Galen Marek in order to truly teach Marek what combat would be like. It’s rare that a person actively trying to kill you would make jokes at the same time, but we’re not talking about a person. We’re talking about PROXY.
3. BT-1 and 0-0-0
Doctor Aphra’s dynamic droid duo are some of the meanest and most terrifying characters in the Star Wars. Coming onto the scene in Marvel’s Star Wars: Darth Vader, BT-1 (Bee Tee) and 0-0-0 (Triple Zero) accompany Doctor Aphra on her journey with Darth Vader. Bee Tee is a homicidal assassin droid who was created under the Tarkin initiative in order to trick unassuming members of the galaxy. His regular astromech appearance serves as a solid cover for a maniacal droid with an arsenal rivaling that of a Star Destroyer. Triple Zero, on the other hand, provides quips and jokes as he tortures unsuspecting enemies. As their creator Kieron Gillen put it in an interview with StarWars.com, Triple Zero and Bee Tee are “a ticking-time bomb” for Doctor Aphra. You can read more of their adventures in Marvel’s new ongoing series, Star Wars: Doctor Aphra. (And yes, this technically pushes the list to six droids, but we see Bee Tee and Triple Zero as pretty inseparable. And we don’t want to make them mad.)
Of course, K-2 was going to be in this list…Cassian said he had to. Making his debut in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, K-2 brought a warmth and sense of levity to the Rogue One crew in a way that few others others could. A KX-series Imperial Security Droid, K-2 had been reprogrammed by Captain Cassian Andor to serve the Rebellion, which he did with mild contempt and a ton of sass. Skilled in combat as well as infiltration, K-2 could sneak behind Imperial lines undetected, which served as an invaluable skill. In the end, K-2 was able to help the rebels steal the Death Star plans, and proved to have a big heart. Supporting Jyn and the crew when he was needed most, it’s safe to say that without K-2, the Rebellion would have continued to be just a dream.
Proclamation: In the opinion of this fanboy writer, HK-47 is the ultimate droid. HK-47 was introduced to the world via the stellar video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic as a temperamental droid, begging to purchased. Upon his purchase, HK reveals to you that he is, in fact, an assassin droid, capable of countless forms of homicidal behavior, perfect for the Jedi on the go. The true brilliance of the character comes from his manner of speak and dry wit, as he begins everything he says with descriptions. Statement, Objection, Interjection, Query, the list goes on. From there, HK tends to say things that are either completely inappropriate, or downright hysterical. Fond of referring to humans as “meatbags,” HK often suggests eliminating the other person to always be the best course of action. There’s a reason why so many Star Wars fans love HK-47, but it’s not his definition of love. To quote him, “Definition: ‘Love’ is making a shot to the knees of a target 120 kilometers away using an Aratech sniper rifle with a tri-light scope… Love is knowing your target, putting them in your targeting reticule, and together, achieving a singular purpose against statistically long odds.” He’s a wordsmith, through and through.
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Tyler Westhause became engrossed with Star Wars at the age of three, when he went to see The Phantom Menace in theaters. Tyler is also always happy to run your ear off about why Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is the greatest video game of all time. Follow him on Twitter @twesthause.