AZI-345211896246498721347 was a medical droid who served the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. He was known as AZI-3 by the ARC trooper "Fives," who felt that numbers were demeaning. In 19 BBY, AZI-3 struck an unlikely friendship with Fives as the two worked together to investigate a supposed "tumor" that had caused Fives' fellow soldier Tup to assassinate the Jedi General Tiplar. During the course of their investigation, the two discovered that all clone troopers had been implanted with inhibitor chips for an unknown purpose, which subsequently turned out to be Darth Sidious's planned Great Jedi Purge.
Biography[edit | edit source]
An unlikely friendship[edit | edit source]
AZI-3 served in the medical facility at Kamino's Tipoca City. He was present for the arrival of "Tup," a clone trooper who was suffering from a mysterious condition that had caused him to attack and kill the Jedi General Tiplar. AZI-3 was assigned to oversee testing on Fives, who might have been exposed to whatever condition had affected Tup.
Fives, wanting to help his friend Tup, convinced AZI-3 that, by not helping the patient, he was doing the opposite of what he was programmed to. After convincing AZI-3 to help him, Fives explained to the droid that no clone went by a number these days and his camaraderie with Tup. AZI-3 suggested that they complete a level 5 atomic brain scan on Tup, but the Kaminoan doctor Nala Se refused on the grounds that a post-mortem dissection would yield the proper results. AZI-3 and Fives were unaware that Nala was trying to conceal the existence of inhibitor chips in all clone troopers, which was central to Darth Sidious' Order 66.
Continuing to work with Fives, AZI-3 performed the procedure, eventually conducting a biopsy based on the readings, and discovered a mysterious "tumor" inside Tup. It transpired that the tumor was actually a control chip, and when it was removed, Tup died. Shortly, AZI-3 and Fives were corned by Nala Se and Shaak Ti. Following an argument, Shaak Ti and Nala Se reached an agreement for the "tumor" to be transported to the Jedi Temple and then the Grand Republic Medical Facility for further analysis.
Unmasking a conspiracy[edit | edit source]
Due to his role in helping Fives to defy his superiors' orders, AZI-3 was sent to have his memory wiped in order to purge his knowledge of these chips and their malfunctioning. On the way, AZI-3 casually informed Fives that the clone trooper was to undergo a memory wipe as well and to be reassigned to sanitation duty. Realizing that the Kaminoans were trying to hide a conspiracy, Fives broke free of his captors and fled the medical suite with AZI-3 in tow. The two stole a Kaminoan flight pod from a hangar and fled into the skies above Tipoca City.
Fives then informed AZI-3 that his plan was to use the flight pod's autopilot to distract the Kaminoan security forces while he and AZI-3 returned to the clone laboratories to continue their investigation into the "tumors." Fives flung AZI-3 into the sea before jumping in as well. AZI-3 then revealed that he could reconfigure his body into an improvised hover mode. AZI-3 and Fives then re-entered Tipoca City through a service hatch. Under Five's orders, AZI-3 lured another clone trooper into the service area so that Fives could knock him unconscious and steal his armor.
The two then made their way to Kamino's Genetic Records Hall, where AZI-3 compared the tumor's DNA to that of the late Jango Fett, who had been the clone troopers' genetic template. The scan confirmed that the "tumor" did not match Fett's genotype and that it was an organic chip that had been implanted into Tup. After Nala Se learned of their presence, AZI-3 and Fives escaped Shaak Ti and several clone troopers through a ceiling hatch. While crawling through the service tunnels, AZI-3 speculated that the chip had an unknown purpose. Fives convinced AZI-3 to operate on him in order to investigate whether he too had the implant.
After finding a sterile room, AZI-3 operated on Fives and found a healthy chip inside his head. The two then headed to the embryo room. On the way, they passed through a training room, and AZI-3 tried to distract the Kaminoan instructors by singing. After entering the embryo room, AZI-3 and Fives discovered that all of the clone embryos had been implanted with the chips at the third stage of their development. The two fugitives were soon cornered by Shaak Ti, Nala Se, and several clone troopers. Nala Se wanted to destroy Fives on the grounds that he was an "aberrant" clone who was Kaminoan property. However, Shaak Ti insisted that the clones were the property of the Galactic Republic and convinced Nala Se to allow Fives and the chips to be presented to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who was secretly Darth Sidious.
AZI-3 expressed jubilation that he had helped Fives prove his case to Nala Se and Shaak Ti. He escorted Fives to a transport that took him to the galactic capital, Coruscant. Despite the efforts of AZI-3 and Fives, Darth Sidious and his Sith apprentice Darth Tyranus successfully conspired to prevent AZI-3 from revealing the existence of the inhibitor chips to the wider public. The concealed clone inhibitor chips would play an important role in advancing Darth Sidious' Great Jedi Purge at the end of the Clone Wars.
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
AZI-3 was a medical droid with masculine programming. He was an optimistic "by-the-books" droid who usually followed protocol. AZI-3 was also a skilled surgeon and was familiar with the computer systems at the Tipoca City cloning facilities.
AZI-3 deeply cared for his clone-trooper patients. Fives was able to use AZI-3's devotion to his patients to convince the droid to help him investigate a "tumor" that was affecting his comrade Tup. AZI-3 displayed considerable bravery and loyalty to his unlikely friend Fives during the course of their mission. AZI-3's knowledge of the Tipoca City cloning facilities enabled him to help Fives discover that all clone troopers were implanted with inhibitor chips for an unknown purpose, later revealed to be Order 66.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
AZI-3 first appeared in The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions episodes "Conspiracy" and "Fugitive," which premiered on the German TV network Super RTL on February 15, 2014 and were later released in the US and Canada via Netflix on March 7, 2014.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Conspiracy" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Fugitive"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Orders" (Appears in flashback(s))
Sources[edit | edit source]
- "A Trip to the Light Side"—Star Wars Insider 152 (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded
- Star Wars: Extraordinary Droids