The Star Wars universe relies heavily on droids that are able to help the characters get through a lot of problems and even a few daily errands here and there. That’s because most droids were created to help deal with menial tasks that could be automated. As such, droids have always been a part of the things that the Star Wars characters do on a daily basis, including piloting ships, operating assembly lines, and working as assistants.
Of course, we know that droids are also capable of fighting, and we saw a lot of that during the events of the prequel trilogy movies, where the Separatists relied heavily on droids. Still, droids were huge assets to the popular characters of Star Wars because they were just as reliable and as important as sentient characters. So, with that said, let’s look at the best droids in the Star Wars universe.
10. Training Remote
We kick things off with one of the first droids we’ve seen in the Star Wars movies. The Training Remote was introduced during the first movie, which is Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. This droid was introduced during the time when Obi-Wan Kenobi was training Luke on the Millennium Falcon as he was teaching him how to use the Force to sense incoming attacks. That was where the Training Remote came in handy.
The Training Remote is capable of shooting tiny blasts of energy that aren’t enough to kill, wound, or injure a person but could still be quite uncomfortable. They are used for practical purposes due to their harmless lasers, as they are useful when it comes to teaching young Jedi. Of course, Training Remotes were also present in the Jedi Temple during the events of the prequel trilogy movies because younglings needed to go through these droids to learn how to use the Force.
While he isn’t one of the most popular droids when it comes to the overall story of Star Wars, BB-8 is still one of the best droids we’ve seen in the Star Wars universe due to how important and vital he was to the characters of the sequel trilogy. BB-8 is the trusty astromech companion droid of Poe Dameron and was actually one of the most important pieces of the first part of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens because he contained vital information regarding the whereabouts of the missing Luke Skywalker. As such, the First Order wanted to get their hands on BB-8, who ended up meeting Rey along the way.
Unlike some of the other droids on this list, BB-8 doesn’t look like he can do much because he doesn’t have weapons. Nevertheless, his loyalty was never questioned, as he always made sure to help his companions and friends whenever they needed him. It also helps that he has a unique design that is quite endearing to a lot of Star Wars fans.
8. Battle Droids
We can never forget about the funny, wacky, and simple Battle Droids that formed the bulwark of the Separatist army during the events of the Clone Wars. The Battle Droids were manufactured by the millions due to how easy and cheap they were compared to other types of droids. Of course, they aren’t the best droids by any measure, but the fact that they were vital to the events of Star Wars makes them deserving of a spot on this list.
Battle Droids were basic droids that simply pointed their blasters and fired. They weren’t capable of a lot of things because they were simpleton droids that only listened to the orders of their superiors. Of course, what made Battle Droids so entertaining is the fact that, in Star Wars: Clone Wars, they were portrayed to be incredibly stupid such that they were actually funny.
Throughout the events of the prequel trilogy movies, Anakin Skywalker had his own astromech droid. Of course, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi would not let his former Padawan outshine him because he also has his own protocol droid in the form of R4-P17, or simply R4. While we saw R4’s “death” during the early part of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, he played crucial parts during the events of the Clone Wars.
R4 was just as reliable and as capable as R2 because he was capable of all of the different things that astromech droids are capable of. But while R2 is known for his somewhat sassy and reckless behavior, R4 was on the tamer side of things and was actually quite compliant with the orders and requests of Obi-Wan.
One of the droids that became so endearing to fans of the Star Wars universe is IG-11, which is actually an assassin droid that was created to kill. He was an important character in the first season of The Mandalorian. IG-11 was with Din Djarin when they took on the mission to search for something that the remnants of the Empire wanted. This happened to be Grogu, who IG-11 was tasked to kill.
Before IG-11 could kill the child, Din Djarin shot it in the head. However, the droid was salvaged by Kuiil, who reprogrammed it to become a protocol droid. Despite the fact that Din Djarin had a deep hatred and distrust for droids, the way he saw them changed when the reprogrammed IG-11 healed his injuries in the season 1 finale and even sacrificed itself for the sake of the Mandalorian and Grogu while they were trying to make their escape from the Imperial forces.
The most popular protocol droid in the history of Star Wars is C-3PO, which was created by a young Anakin Skywalker back in Tatooine so that he could serve as an assistant to his mother. Of course, while he wasn’t vital during the events of the first movie, C-3PO joined Anakin and his group during the events of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Since then, he and R2-D2 formed the most popular duo of droids in the history of movies.
While C-3PO was never useful in battle, he served under Padme Amidala during the events of the Clone Wars because his knowledge of language allowed him to assist her. Of course, we also saw him playing a huge role in the sequel trilogy when he was able to reveal a hidden secret about the Sith due to his deep and vast knowledge.
While he hasn’t reached the height of popularity that the other droids on this list were able to reach, K-2SO is seemingly an underrated droid that had his moments during the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In fact, he stands as one of the most memorable droids in recent Star Wars history due to how he was more human than a lot of different droids. While he was originally programmed to be a violent droid, K-2SO was reprogrammed to be a loyal companion that was more proactive than humans because he didn’t need to wait for people to order him around before doing something.
Of course, during the events of Rogue One, he was one of the unsung heroes that contributed to the eventual destruction of the first Death Star. He aided the Rogue One characters in their mission. And that means that he sacrificed himself for a greater cause.
BD-1 is a game-only droid that was introduced in the canon Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order game, which features a young Jedi named Cal Kestis. This droid became an important part of Cal’s journey because it was his companion throughout the entire game, as he was useful in using its capabilities and data to map out different planets. In that regard, BD-1 is quite arguably the most important character other than Cal because of how he is vital to the events of the game.
As an explorer droid, BD-1 was meant to assist people in mapping out planets. That was why he was so important in Cal’s journey while he was trying to look for the location of the Holocron, which contained information on the location of all of the Force-sensitive people in the galaxy.
We can never have a list of Star Wars droids without R2-D2, who is undoubtedly the most important and most popular out of all of the droids in the Star Wars universe. He is an astromech droid that was introduced in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, where he saved the lives of Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Padme Amidala while they were making their way out of Naboo. Since then, he became a vital part of the storyline as he eventually became the personal astromech droid of Anakin Skywalker.
After Anakin fell to the dark side, R2-D2 was still quite useful because he aided Leia Organa and was a vital part of the success of the Rebellion because he contained information regarding the Death Star. He also became useful in the sequel trilogy as Rey’s personal astromech droid. Of course, on top of his usefulness, R2 possessed a sassy attitude that made him fearless and reckless.
While R2-D2 may be the most important and popular droid in the history of Star Wars, C1-10P has a sweet spot in our hearts due to the fact that he is one of the most unique droids in the history of the Star Wars universe. He is an astromech droid nicknamed Chopper (due to how his name resembles “CHOP) and is the personal droid of Hera Syndulla, who is one of the most important characters of the Star Wars: Rebels storyline.
Of course, Chopper was important in the events of Rebels because of how useful he was to the crew of the Ghost. But what makes him deserving of this top spot is the fact that he is the most unique droid in terms of his personality, as he is a sassy, grumpy, and vulgar old droid that fans believe has said a few swear words. He has a rebellious personality that has allowed him to stand out. So, if R2 seems like a sassy droid, Chopper is a lot sassier.