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K-3PO
Production information
Date destroyed

3 ABY, Hoth[1]

Manufacturer

Cybot Galactica[1]

Model

3PO-series protocol droid[1]

Class

Protocol droid[1]

Technical specifications
Height

1.67 meters[1]

Gender

Masculine programming[1]

Sensor color

Yellow[2]

Plating color

White[2]

Equipment
Chronological and political information
Era(s)
Affiliation

Alliance to Restore the Republic[1]

"Oh, yes, it's that bothersome coordinating droid again. Honestly, Artoo, it's so degrading that a droid with speech capability should be such an officious dullard!"
C-3PO

K-3PO, or Kay-Threepio, was a white, older model 3PO-series protocol droid originally owned by Alliance to Restore the Republic starfighter pilot Arhul Narra. Narra maintained detailed records of his service with the Alliance, which often included top-secret data that he kept only in shielded files, within K-3PO. As K-3PO accumulated thousands of files over the years, the military tactics contained within began to seep into his comprehension circuits. Consequently, K-3PO became a tactical expert, and so Narra refrained from performing a memory wipe on his droid, whose military value increased every day. After an off-hand remark K-3PO made to Narra during the Battle of Ton-Falk prior to the Battle of Yavin revealed a simple tactic the Alliance exploited to defeat a sizable Imperial force, K-3PO became one of the few droids "recognized" by Alliance High Command. K-3PO served as the coordinator of all droids in High Command at the Alliance headquarters on Yavin 4, Thila, and finally Hoth, where he was placed in charge of the Echo Base droid pool. Although K-3PO was destroyed during the Battle of Hoth, his salvaged memory would later serve Rogue Squadron through the unit's protocol droid, M-3PO.

Contents

Biography

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Recognition

K-3PO's tactical abilities earned him a position with Alliance High Command.

A white 3PO-series protocol droid, K-3PO, also called just Kay,[1] had been in operation since the days of the Old Republic.[4] K-3PO was originally the property of Commander Arhul Narra, a veteran Alliance to Restore the Republic starfighter pilot who led the legendary Renegade Flight and helped form the elite Rogue Squadron, fighter squadrons attached to the roving Alliance High Command headquarters. A military junkie, Narra maintained detailed memoirs and records of the various missions and assignments during his service with the Alliance. Because these records often included top-secret Alliance data, Narra kept them only in shielded files within the memory banks of K-3PO.[1]

As the years passed, Narra refrained from wiping K-3PO's memory, and not without reason. The military tactics installed within K-3PO unexpectedly began to be absorbed into his comprehension circuits.[1] With the thousands of tactics and other files stored within K-3PO, the droid served more as a tactical advisor than a protocol droid.[3] In fact, during the Battle of Ton-Falk prior to the Battle of Yavin, K-3PO made an offhand remark to Narra that revealed an ingeniously simple tactic that Narra and his forces exploited, leading to an Alliance victory. The resulting Imperial losses during the battle—two frigates and a Dreadnaught-class heavy cruiser—proved K-3PO's value.[1]

Narra requested that Alliance High Command recognize K-3PO's worth. After some initial disputes, High Command agreed,[1] and, with at least two decades of military service, K-3PO became one of the few droids granted the honor of "recognition."[3] High Command assigned K-3PO to the Support Services branch of the Alliance Military. K-3PO served as the coordinator droid for all droids in Alliance High Command, first at the Massassi Station on Yavin 4 and later at the temporary Thila outpost following the Battle of Yavin.[1]

Echo Base service

K-3PO continued to serve High Command at Echo Base, the secret Alliance headquarters on the ice planet Hoth, by 3 ABY. As the coordinator in charge of Echo Base's droid pool, K-3PO became a fixture in the base's command center leading up to the Battle of Hoth,[5] where he served as an advisor to base commander General Carlist Rieekan and Princess Leia Organa. K-3PO, along with Head Controller Toryn Farr, also operated Echo Base's v-150 anti-orbital ion cannon and monitored its systems.[4]

During this time, K-3PO confronted C-3PO and R2-D2, attempting to reassign the former to Echo Base's communications center and the latter to ice cavern-drilling operations. Taken aback, C-3PO protested, claiming that he and R2-D2 were personal aides to Commander Luke Skywalker and Princess Organa, and warned that he was on an errand for the princess and that she would deactivate K-3PO if he interfered. K-3PO eventually rescinded the order. At the conclusion of the confrontation, C-3PO remarked that he and R2-D2 had turned up the heating system in the princess's chambers after finding the room freezing cold, which K-3PO alarmingly warned would result in the melting of the cavern walls and potential damage. C-3PO and R2-D2 rushed off to correct their error.[6]

The late K-3PO in the Echo Base command center

K-3PO was present in the command center shortly thereafter, monitoring a tactical screen, when Han Solo announced his intentions to leave the Alliance for personal reasons.[2] At some point, K-3PO detected a wampa in Echo Base's south corridor while on a late-night patrol, and he had to escape to call for help. Because the Rebels' tauntauns were irritated by ultrasonic frequencies emitted by certain droids, including himself, K-3PO was careful to keep his distance from them.[4] Nevertheless, K-3PO suffered structural damage to his external frame when an obstinate tauntaun's tail swatted a hole through his right breast plating, damage that would never be repaired.[5]

During the early stages of the Battle of Hoth, K-3PO occupied the command center as the Rebels fired off the opening shots of the engagement from Echo Base's planetary ion cannon.[2] He proceeded to help coordinate the base's evacuation and maintained communication with the Rebels' escaping GR-75 medium transports to verify their sublight and hyperdrive engines were operational.[4] Although K-3PO was destroyed during the battle when the command center was hit[1] and left as an armless, ruined hulk,[2] before being blown apart completely during the Imperial advancement,[7] the droid's valuable programming and memory were salvaged and would later serve Rogue Squadron more directly through the unit's protocol droid, M-3PO.[3]

Characteristics

"Artoo-Detoo and I are personal aides to Commander Skywalker and the Princess Leia Organa!…My counterpart and I were the ones who saved the Death Star plans!…"
"…Data not relevant."
C-3PO and K-3PO

K-3PO was an older model protocol droid[8] whose compiled military records of at least twenty years of service not only increased his military value daily but also made him a veritable tactical genius.[3][5] His strategic and analytical abilities earned him a position as the coordinator unit[9] of all droids in Alliance High Command, serving at the Alliance headquarters as it moved from Yavin 4, to Thila, and finally Hoth.[1]

K-3PO's impersonality put him at odds with the fussy C-3PO while on Hoth.

Despite avoiding a memory wipe through his decades of service, K-3PO never developed any sort of personality,[1] and he spoke with a mechanical, lusterless voice.[10] During their time together on Hoth, C-3PO came to disregard K-3PO for his meddling behavior, finding his complete lack of personality to be a disservice to droids with auditory abilities like himself. K-3PO likewise offered no regard for C-3PO's claims that he and R2-D2 were among the Heroes of Yavin.[6] Nevertheless, K-3PO performed his duties well.[1]

K-3PO's upper right chest was branded with red rank insignia.[5] His features included two photoreceptors and two audio sensors, a broadband antenna receiver, AA-1 VerboBrain, TranLang III Communicator module equipped with over six million languages, and a vocabulator system capable of emitting an extraordinarily wide range of sound effects and an exact impersonation of voices,[1] making K-3PO an expert interpreter.[4] His expertise included knowledge in alien species, bureaucracy, cultures, military history, planetary systems, and naval tactics.[1] K-3PO's skills proved particularly useful when the Alliance set up operations on alien planets.[4]

Additionally, K-3PO was skilled in repairing multiple types of systems. He could diagnose and repair computer and starship systems. In this capacity, he utilized a scomp link to more easily speak with computers directly, a device that bridged his logic housing with the system's interface port. K-3PO also employed a comlink to broadcast announcements to Echo Base's troops and a stentronic sensor pack, a compact, hand-held sensor array, which he used while patrolling the base to detect intruders and evaluate their potential threat.[4]

Behind the scenes

Notable appearances

K-3PO first appeared in the 1980 film Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back during three scenes in the Echo Base command center as an unidentified droid extra, played by Chris Parsons, who also played the droid bounty hunter 4-LOM.[5] The July 1996 second edition of the West End Games sourcebook Galaxy Guide 3: The Empire Strikes Back identified a coordinating droid appearing in the 1983 radio adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back as "K-3PO," a droid attached to Alliance High Command.[1][10] While Galaxy Guide 3 did not necessarily identify K-3PO as any droid appearing in the film, the November 1996 Hoth Limited expansion set of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game did identify K-3PO as the white protocol droid from Empire.[11]

The alternate R-3PO SWCCG card, featuring an image of K-3PO

Hasbro created a K-3PO action figure for its 2000 Power of the Jedi toy line.[4] The droid also appears in Hasbro's 2007 Star Wars Miniatures: The Force Unleashed set[12] and the 2008 set of the ongoing Star Wars: The Legacy Collection line.[13]

Inconsistencies

The 1998 Star Wars Encyclopedia explains that the Alliance put K-3PO in charge of Echo Base's droid pool following the death of Commander Narra at the Battle of Derra IV, which takes place just days before the Battle of Hoth. However, this seems inconsistent with Galaxy Guide 3, which explains that K-3PO served as the Alliance High Command coordinator droid since his time on Yavin 4, a base last occupied by the Alliance in 0 ABY, three years prior to Narra's death. Given that K-3PO's service at Yavin 4 is also referenced in the 2004 article Who's Who in Echo Base from Star Wars Insider 74, this article assumes K-3PO's position as Echo Base droid-pool coordinator predates Narra's death.[1][3][8]

The second edition of Galaxy Guide 3, explaining C-3PO and R2-D2's responsibilities while at Echo Base, states, "Threepio also had a role in the Alliance communications center, and Artoo helped with cavern drilling," a direct reference to K-3PO's reassignment orders from The Empire Strikes Back radio drama. However, in the radio drama, C-3PO successfully convinces K-3PO to retract the orders.[1][10]

The Hoth Limited SWCCG expansion set includes an alternate card for the protocol droid R-3PO that mistakenly features an image of K-3PO, seen here, the same image that appears on the K-3PO card. Despite the image error, the alternate card lists information respective to R-3PO.[14]

Galaxy Guide 3 and the K-3PO Databank entry on StarWars.com list K-3PO's height at 1.67 meters.[1][5] However, K-3PO's statistics from the Power of the Jedi toy line list the droid at 1.68 meters.[4] Likewise, Galaxy Guide 3 identifies K-3PO as being fluent in over six million forms of communication, while Power of the Jedi claims more than eight million.[4]

Appearances

Non-canon appearances

  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (Gameboy and DS versions)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 Galaxy Guide 3: The Empire Strikes Back, Second Edition
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Who's Who in Echo Base" - Star Wars Insider 74
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9  Star Wars: Power of the Jedi (Pack: K-3PO (Echo Base Protocol Droid)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5  K-3PO (Kay-Threepio) in the Databank
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Empire Strikes Back: The National Public Radio Dramatization
  7. Perfect Evil
  8. 8.0 8.1 Star Wars Encyclopedia
  9. The Official Star Wars Fact File 12
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back radio drama
  11. Star Wars Customizable Card GameHoth Limited (Card: K-3PO)
  12. Star Wars Miniatures: The Force Unleashed
  13.  Star Wars: The Legacy Collection (Pack: Hoth Recon Patrol (Battle Pack))
  14. R-3PO alternate SWCCG card

External links


This article uses material from the "K-3PO" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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