3B3-21 was a B1-Series battle droid who served in the Trade Federation Droid Army under Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray. The droid was a part of the invasion force that swept into Naboo's capital city of Theed in 32 BBY, and later defended the Federation-occupied Theed Palace from the planet's leader, Queen Amidala, during the Battle of Naboo. 3B3-21 was later deactivated, along with every other battle droid on Naboo, when the Federation's Droid Control Ship was destroyed.
3B3-21 was one of the many B1-Series battle droids in Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray's Droid Army. In 32 BBY, Gunray took his force to Naboo, and blockaded the planet as a way of protesting against the Galactic Senate's newly passed taxation of trade routes. Soon enough, he had his army invade Naboo. When the capital city of Theed was captured, so too was the planet's leader, Queen Amidala. 3B3-21 was originally assigned to escort the captured Queen, but the task was eventually carried out by a group of OOM security battle droids. Amidala later escaped from the droids thanks to the aid of two Jedi Knights, but the Federation's occupation of Theed and Naboo continued.
Later, Amidala was able to mount an attack on the Theed Royal Palace, where the Viceroy was staying. 3B3-21 was a part of the force that attempted to defend the palace from the Queen's incursion force. He and his fellow battle droids fought the Naboo natives in one of the Palace's spacious corridors, but the Queen and her soldiers were able to bypass the droids by scaling an outer wall to reach the level above. Shortly afterward, the Droid Control Ship orbiting Naboo and controlling all Federation droids on the planet was destroyed, which resulted in the instantaneous deactivation of the droids themselves. Amidala was able to capture Gunray, putting an end to the Federation's occupation.
Manufactured by Baktoid Combat Automata, 3B3-21 had white plating, black photoreceptors, masculine programming, and, like all B1 battle droids, stood 1.91 meters tall. 3B3-21 was equipped with command programs that allowed him to summon reinforcements to his designated patrol zone. He was able to do this whenever needed. 3B3-21 was also equipped with an E-5 blaster rifle, which he employed when battling Amidala's incursion force.
Behind the scenes
3B3-21 first appeared in George Lucas' 1999 film, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, as an unnamed battle droid in the climactic stages of the story. The character was later identified in the "Theed Palace Limited" set of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game.
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (First appearance)
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Theed Palace Limited (Card: 3B3-21) (backup link) (First identified as 3B3-21)