Can there be Force Sensitive Droids in Star Wars?

30 March 2023
In this discussion, we will explore why A.I. and robots cannot be force sensitive in Star Wars films or shows because they do not have midichlorians.

The force, a ubiquitous power in the Star Wars universe, is said to be an energy field created by all living things. It is described as being both an external and internal power that can be harnessed by those who are force sensitive. In the Star Wars universe, midichlorians are microscopic organisms that reside within the cells of living beings and are responsible for their connection to the force.

It is widely accepted that only living beings with midichlorians can be force sensitive. This means that A.I. and robots, which are not living beings, cannot be force sensitive. They lack the biological component necessary to connect to the force and harness its power.

Additionally, the force is often depicted as a mystical and spiritual energy that is closely tied to the nature of living beings. It is represented as a source of wisdom, intuition, and guidance that is accessible only to those who are in tune with their surroundings and attuned to the force. A.I. and robots, being machines, are not capable of experiencing this type of spiritual connection or developing the kind of intuition that would allow them to tap into the force.

In the Star Wars universe, the force is considered to be a unique and sacred energy that is intimately tied to the nature of living beings. It is not something that can be artificially created or manufactured by technology. 

Thus, A.I. and robots cannot be force sensitive, no matter how advanced their programming or design may be...

Stranger things have happened though eh?

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What about in Legends Canon - are there Force sensitive droids?

In the Star Wars Legends continuity, which includes books, comics, and video games that are no longer considered canon, there are several examples of droids that are force sensitive. One such example is Skippy the Jedi Droid, a comedic character from the comic book series "Star Wars Tales." Skippy was a protocol droid who, after being hit by a blaster bolt, discovered that he had the ability to manipulate the force.

Another example is the droid known as PROXY, who appeared in the video game "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed." PROXY was a prototype assassin droid designed by Darth Vader, but he was also programmed with a copy of the personality and fighting style of Jedi Master Rahm Kota. Over time, PROXY developed a sense of individuality and eventually became force sensitive, using the force to help his master Starkiller fight against the Empire.

In the novel "Dooku: Jedi Lost," which explores the backstory of the character Count Dooku, there is a mention of a droid named Huyang who was capable of sensing the force. Huyang was a droid who specialized in constructing lightsabers and was present at the Jedi Temple during the era of the Old Republic. It is said that Huyang had a special talent for sensing the force and was able to detect when a Jedi was ready to construct their own lightsaber.

In the current Star Wars canon, there have been hints that droids may be capable of tapping into the force. In the animated series "Star Wars Rebels," the character Chopper is seen using the force to activate a lightsaber when no other living being is around. While it is not explicitly stated that Chopper is force sensitive, this scene implies that droids may have some connection to the force, even if they are not able to use it in the same way as living beings.

It's important to note that these examples are not universally accepted as canon within the Star Wars universe, as they come from the Legends continuity or are simply hints within current canon. Additionally, the idea of force sensitive droids has not been explored in depth in the films or TV shows.

However, these examples do show that the concept of force sensitive droids is not entirely unheard of within the Star Wars universe.

In conclusion, A.I. and robots cannot be force sensitive in Star Wars films or shows because they lack midichlorians and do not possess the biological component necessary to connect to the force. Additionally, the force is closely tied to the nature of living beings and cannot be accessed or harnessed by machines that lack the spiritual connection and intuition necessary to tap into its power.


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