The 28 Best Star Wars Droids Ever, Ranked

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The 28 Best Star Wars Droids From Movies, TV, Books And Video Games

Any Star Wars fan knows the franchise is only as good as the droids that populate its galaxy. After all, what is Star Wars without C-3PO or R2-D2? It’s genuinely surprising how much heart this character roster of robots can bring to the franchise–in the movies, on TV shows, and even in theme parks.

What may surprise you, though, is exactly how many droids fans have met throughout the films, TV shows, video games, books, and even theme park experiences. Beginning with Star Wars: Episode 4 – A New Hope back in 1977 and all the way through the Disney+ original series The Mandalorian, Star Wars has provided some of the best mechanical friends a space traveler could have.

Which are the best droids, though? It’s a tough question and one that takes some time to contemplate. Luckily, we love thinking about Star Wars and have done exactly that. Take a look below at the 28 coolest droids in a galaxy far, far away. Did your favorites make the list? Drop a note in the comments to shout out your favorite droid.

28. Aly San San

First appearance: Star Tours

This spokesdroid appears only in the Star Tours ride at Disney attractions, but it lives in the hearts of many a sentimental park-goer. She not only pops up in advertisements within the ride’s queue, but also gives public safety announcements to riders.

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27. RA-7 (Death Star Droid)

First appearance: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

When introduced, the RA-7 units are seen on the Death Star and the Jawa Sandcrawler. With their insect-like heads, they stand out almost immediately. That’s both a good and bad thing; sometimes it’s hard to look away from those creepy bug eyes.

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26. Viper Probe Droid

First appearance: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

This droid’s crash into the surface of Hoth kicks off what becomes an action-packed movie. Plus, its arrival–and subsequent self-destruction–is an omen for the Empire’s arrival.

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25. Interrogation Droid

First appearance: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

While the interrogation droid doesn’t get a ton of screentime in A New Hope, its presence still haunts our nightmares. After all, this is a droid whose entire purpose is getting information out of a helpless captive, even through torture.

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24. 2-1B

First appearance: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

It’s not a major part of the Star Wars franchise, but this surgical droid plays a key role in Episode V. If not for 2-1B Luke Skywalker would still have only one hand.

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23. AP-5

First appearance: Star Wars Rebels

AP-5 is a very special RA-7 unit. Not satisfied with his life as an inventory droid, AP-5 befriends Chopper and joins the rebellion. This particular droid gets to show a lot of personality–even if it is a grumpy one.

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22. TT-8L (Gatekeeper Droid)

First appearance: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

The infamous eyeball-on-a-stick droid is one of the most bizarre in the Star Wars universe. When C-3PO and R2-D2 meet the security guard in Return of the Jedi, it’s hard not to laugh.

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21. R0-GR (Roger)

First appearance: LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures

Like his fellow Battle Droids, he once served in an army, but Roger is not programmed to be Rowan Freemaker’s best friend. There are many droid sidekicks throughout Star Wars, but Roger might be the only one considered a member of his master’s family.

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20. MSE-6 (Mouse Droid)

First appearance: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

It may not be weaponized, but it’s hard to forget the mouse droid. The tiny, wheeled robot can often be seen scurrying along in the background, headed to fix anything in need of repair. Without them, most of the galaxy would probably fall to pieces.

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19. Pistoeka sabotage droid

First appearance: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Their ability to attach to a ship in-flight and disassemble it makes them a powerful weapon. Our inability to pronounce their name, though, puts them at a disadvantage.

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18. WAC-47

First appearance: Star Wars: The Clone Wars

WAC-47, a pit droid piloting a ship, has a bit of an attitude, but it for good reason. It hates seeing other droids treated like property. #resist

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17. EV-9D9

First appearance: Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi

While 9D9 appears in only one movie, it certainly is a memorable moment. The supervisor droid is quick to put C-3PO and R2-D2 to work within Jabba the Hutt’s palace, paying no attention to their antics.

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16. AZI-3

First appearance: Star Wars: The Clone Wars

This medical droid befriends ARC trooper Fives and ends up assisting in uncovering the Order 66 conspiracy.

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15. Professor Huyang

First appearance: Star Wars: The Clone Wars

At over 1,000 generations old, Huyang is a little-known iconic piece of Star Wars history. The Garrick Ollivander of the Star Wars universe, this droid teaches Jedi younglings how to assemble lightsabers. One of those younglings: Yoda, who went on to become a Jedi Grand Master.

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14. D-O

First appearance: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

This little wheelie droid rolled its way into the hearts of many when it first appeared in the final chapter of the Skywalker Saga. We may wee D-O again–but then again we may not. If this is the little bots only entry in the franchise, it’s cute enough to make an impact.

13. Battle Droids

First appearance: Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace

These droids might be the most memorable thing about the first Star Wars prequel, thanks to their attack on Naboo. Equal parts silly and brazen, these droids are the perfect easily disposable foils in the movie.

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12. R2-KT

First appearance: Star Wars: The Clone Wars

The story behind R2-KT is what makes this pink droid do special. It first debuted in the real world, built for a young Star Wars fan suffering from brain cancer. After the droid made a cameo appearance in the Clone Wars movie, it went on to also appear in The Force Awakens.

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11. Droideka

First appearance: Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace

The battle droids are easily disposable in The Phantom Menace, but these destroyers are a different story. These vicious droids were heavily armed and come with forcefields that make them equal parts very cool and very deadly.

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10. T3-M4

First appearance: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

It’s hard to imagine KOTOR without this droid, which essentially functions as your closest ally. Clearly derived from R2-D2, T3-M4 has a quirky personality and is useful throughout the game.

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9. HK-47

First appearance: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

This assassin droid is more blunt than T3-M4 but makes for a much better ally in Knights of the Old Republic. It calls humans “meatbags” and is ready to kill anything that crosses it, but HK-47 is a fun and funny companion to have, regardless of what side of the Force you’re on.

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8. BD-1

First appearance: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Cal’s sidekick in the Fallen Order video game is one of the best droids a guy can ask for. BD-1 is an exploration droid and Cal’s mission in Fallen Order would have been impossible without him there to help along the way. Like most of the best droids, he has a unique and intriguing design that immediately makes you want to be his friend.

7. K-2SO

First appearance: Star Wars: Rogue One

Perhaps the funniest droid in all of Star Wars, K-2SO may also be the heart of Rogue One. The companion of Cassian Andor, K-2 is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the galaxy.

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6. C1-10P (Chopper)

First appearance: Star Wars Rebels chapter books

What R2-D2 is to the original Star Wars saga, Chopper is to Rebels. While it may come across as a grump at first, Chopper is loyal to the end when it comes to protecting the crew of the starship Ghost.

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5. R-3X (DJ Rex)

First appearance: Star Tours

This pilot droid may have originated as part of the Star Tours ride, but thanks to Star Wars Rebels, it is now a canonical character. What’s more, after his tenure on Star Tours, Rex is now the DJ at Oga’s Cantina at Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park land. Actor Paul Reubens voices all versions of the droid.

4. IG-11

First appearance: The Mandalorian

While it wasn’t long for this work, the bounty hunter droid voiced by Taika Waititi was the perfect dose of comedy in the first season of The Mandalorian. What’s more, thanks to its reprogramming, it was the best protector Baby Yoda could have possibly asked for, ultimately sacrificing its existence to keep the little green fuzzball safe.

3. BB-8

First appearance: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

What to say about this ball-like breakout hit of The Force Awakens? With a personality that’s equal parts childlike and sarcastic, BB-8 has quickly become one of the most personality-packed droids in all of Star Wars.

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2. C-3PO

First appearance: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

One half of the droid team that started it all, C-3PO is essentially R2-D2’s straight man. Having appeared in every saga movie thus far, 3PO provides a major throughline for the Star Wars universe; his importance can’t be overstated.

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1. R2-D2

First appearance: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Who else would rank as the best droid in Star Wars? R2-D2 captures everything that is fun about this franchise. Its happy-go-lucky, brave, selfless attitude as it goes on wide-ranging adventures are exactly what you’d hope for in Luke Skywalker’s companion.

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