Power Rankings: Star Wars - Best Droids
Updated: Apr 24
Beep boop. Some droids are cute, some are scary, some are useful, and some have bad motivators, but collectively, they make up a vast group of key characters in the Star Wars Universe. To give these unsung heroes their due, we're breaking down the top 10 best droids from the Star Wars films.
Character: Mouse Droid
Bio: The MSE-Series General-Purpose Droid was originally sold to the Chadra-Fan homeworld. They mimicked the pleeky, a common household pet.
Why we love them: Have you ever wanted a mouse as a pet, but were worried your cat would eat it? If so, then we have the perfect droid for you!
Best Moment: We need a Star Wars spin-off that is Mouse Hunt, but with two stormtroopers trying to get rid of a pesky Mouse Droid from the Death Star.
Bio: IG-88, also known as IG-88B, or as a Phlutdroid, was a rogue, deadly masculine IG-series assassin droid manufactured by Holowan Laboratories who worked as a bounty hunter.
Why we love them: We only briefly saw IG-88 in The Empire Strikes Back and were always left to wonder what it would look like in action. The Mandalorian gave us IG-11 and showed us why Vader would have hired a droid bounty hunter, but we'll save IG-11 for another list and keep this to just the movies.
Best Moment: Such little screen time, but luckily for us, Jon Favreau saw the potential in this droid.
Character: Battle Droid
Bio: The B-series battle droid was a mass-produced line of battle droids, prominently utilized by the Trade Federation, its allies, and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, most notably during the Clone Wars.
Why we love them: Who is less competent between Stormtroopers and these Battle Droids? Could be a good debate, but at least these droids provided a little bit of mild humor.
Best Moment: They were only going up against the Gungans, and lost when their power was shut down, but this is the most formidable the droid army ever looked in the movies.
Bio: Droidekas, also known as destroyer droids (destroyers for short), or as rollies in clone trooper slang, were a type of droid used by the Trade Federation during the Invasion of Naboo and, later, by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars.
Why we love them: Where the Battle Droids were silly and incompetent, Droidekas were all business when they rolled up and made the Droid Army appear as a real threat.
Best Moment: These things can scare away Jedi. Perhaps the Empire should have kept a few of them around...
Bio: D-O was a droid that was once owned by the Sith assassin Ochi. The droid was created by a droidsmith, who was killed by Ochi. The droid was reactivated by BB-8, on Pasaana, and later brought along to Kijimi, where he was further repaired by Rey. An excitable little droid, D-O befriended BB-8, and wanted to be just like his droid friend.
Why We Love Them: D-O is like a rescue dog, a bit skittish as a result of its previous owner, but still sweet and adorable when in the right home. Also, this droid is voiced by J. J. Abrams because he had the perfect "anxious politeness" for the character.
Best Moment: No thank you.
Bio: L3-37, abbreviated L3, or Elthree, or Vuffi, was a feminine custom self-made piloting droid associated with Lando Calrissian who was active during the reign of the Galactic Empire.
Why we love them: Even though Lando was clearly in love with her and we never got to see that potential realized, we can take solace in knowing L3 is forever a part of the Millennium Falcon with her neural core fused with the ship's computer.
Best Moment: She's organizing a revolution. Do you reckon you'd be interested?
Bio: K-2SO (Kay-Tuesso), abbreviated K-2 (Kay-Tu or Kaytoo) or Kay, was a KX-series security droid originally created for use in the Galactic Empire's armed forces.
At some point, the droid encountered Captain Cassian Andor, a member of the resistance movement—known as the Rebel Alliance—that sought to overthrow the Empire and restore democracy to the galaxy.
Why we love them: K-2SO always keeps it real and tells it like it is...Cassian said he has to. The dry humor of this droid was brilliantly voiced by Alan Tudyk.
Best Moment: K-2 went out in a blaze of glory, taking out many stormtroopers while ensuring that Jyn and Cassian would retrieve the Death Star plans revealing its weakness.
Bio: BB-8, sometimes spelled and pronounced Beebee-Ate and nicknamed BB, was a BB-series astromech droid who operated approximately thirty years after the Battle of Endor.
Why we love them: BB-8 is similar to R2-D2 in a lot of ways, but one advantage that BB has over R2 is turning radius. On top of being useful and cute as hell in many scenarios, we love that BB-8 spent time and had significant moments with each of Poe, Rey, and Finn.
Best Moment: You know BB-8 isn't a snitch.
Bio: C-3PO, sometimes spelled See-Threepio and often referred to simply as Threepio, was a 3PO unit protocol droid designed to interact with organics, programmed primarily for etiquette and protocol. He was fluent in over seven million forms of communication, and developed a fussy and worry-prone personality throughout his many decades of operation.
Why we love them: 3PO is programmed for protocol...and sass. The way other characters play off of Threepio's comments make him a vital cog for the comedy in Star Wars. It also comes in handy to have someone fluent in millions of languages with you.
Best Moment: Everyone's favorite bickering couple.
Bio: R2-D2 was an R2-series astromech droid manufactured by Industrial Automaton prior to 32 BBY. Resourceful and spunky, the droid developed an adventurous personality during his many decades of operation. Inside of his cylindrical frame were many arms, sensors, and other tools that could be extended to fulfill various needs, such as slicing computers, extinguishing fires, projecting holograms, repairing starships, and flying.
Why we love them: It takes a special droid to make us feel so many emotions from just beeps and screams. He is a capable co-pilot, can hack you into any ship's system you need, is full of all kinds of useful attachments and compartments, and can even take down a couple of battle droids on his own.
Best Moment: The clutch factor. R2 has a knack for carrying the most vital information and delivering it to exactly who needs it at exactly the right time.