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Droids are androids seen in Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Ben 10. The word is a registered trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd.[1]

Prominent examples of droids in Star Wars include R2-D2 and C-3PO. R2-D2 is an astromech droid, a class of droid used aboard spaceships for repairs and navigational computing. Protocol droids assist in communications and etiquette, and can also carry out administrative tasks;[2] the protocol droid C-3PO is "fluent in over six million forms of communication".[3] Most protocol droids have a humanoid shape similar to that of the people around whom they work.[2] The word droid originated as a contraction of "android", as evidenced by the fact that in the novelization of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the word is spelled with an apostrophe ('droid).

Motorola's late-2009 Google Android-based cell phone is also called the Droid. The term is used under license from Lucasfilm.[4]


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  2. ^ a b "protocol droid". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  3. ^ Cavelos, Jeanne (1999-04-15). The Science of Star Wars: An Astrophysicist's Independent Examination of Space Travel, Aliens, Planets, and Robots as Portrayed in the Star Wars Films and Books. St. Martin's Press. p. 118. ISBN 978-0312209582. 
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