"But the translation from a forbidden language cannot be retrieved. That is short a complete redacted memory bypass."
"A complete what?"
"It's a terribly dangerous and sinful act performed on unwitting droids by dregs and criminals."
"Let's do that."
―C-3PO and Finn[src]

A complete redacted memory bypass was a process that could be preformed on a droid to retrieve translations of forbidden languages stored in a droid's memory banks. The protocol droid C-3PO considered the process terribly dangerous and sinful, claiming only dregs and criminals would perform it on unwitting droids,[1] but in 35 ABY,[2] he agreed to undergo the process in order to learn what had been written upon a Sith dagger. The bypass was performed by the droidsmith Babu Frik on the planet Kijimi, who plugged a large number of wires into the back of C-3PO's head as part of the procedure. It resulted in C-3PO successfully accessing the forbidden translation, but also caused the protocol droid to undergo a full memory wipe. C-3PO's memories were later restored from a backup.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

A complete redacted memory bypass was first shown in the 2019 sequel trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker.[1]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker occur thirty-five years after the Battle of Yavin. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Yavin to 0 BBY, the events of The Rise of Skywalker, which includes the complete redacted memory bypass, must occur in 35 ABY.
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