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"What did you do?"
"I am fulfilling my base function."
"Which is?"
"To nurse and protect."
―Din Djarin and IG-11[src]

IG-11, also known as Eyegee-Eleven or simply as IG or Eyegee, was a masculine-programmed IG-series assassin droid who was a bounty hunter during the New Republic Era. IG-11 was programmed to follow protocols of the Bounty Hunters' Guild, and had a built-in self-destruct mechanism to prevent himself from being captured while working as a hired gun.

Around 9 ABY, IG-11 took on a bounty that involved killing the Child, a Force-sensitive infant that was held in a encampment on the desert world Arvala-7. During the assignment, the droid teamed up with the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin, and the two worked together to eliminate the Nikto mercenaries in the encampment and confront the Child. Upon seeing the infant, IG-11 was destroyed by Djarin while the droid attempted to kill him.

The Ugnaught Kuiil later retrieved the droid's body from the encampment and repaired and re-programmed him in order to assist the retired vapor farmer. Now tasked with protecting the Child, he accompanied Djarin and his allies to the planet Nevarro after meeting them in Kuiil's moisture farm. Following the death of his new master, he assisted them after they were pinned down by Imperial forces and helped them escape. IG-11 later sacrificed himself via self-destruction in order to kill a platoon of stormtroopers to prevent the Child from being captured.

Biography[edit | edit source]

The unsuccessful job[edit | edit source]

"You are a Guild member? I thought I was the only one on assignment."
"That makes two of us."
―IG-11 and Din Djarin[src]

IG-11 uses his blasters to attack the mercenaries in the encampment.

During the New Republic Era, IG-11, also known as Eyegee-Eleven, was a bounty hunter affiliated with the Bounty Hunters' Guild.[2] Around 9 ABY,[1] IG-11 travelled to the desert world of Arvala-7 after acquiring a bounty to terminate[2] a Force-sensitive[6] infant known as the Child. Arriving at a heavily guarded encampment, he began eliminating a number of Nikto mercenaries after they refused to comply with subparagraph sixteen of the Bondsman Guild Protocol waiver—which stated that they were required to produce the asset to IG-11.[2]

After dispensing a number of mercenaries, the droid encountered another bounty hunter, the Mandalorian Din Djarin, by surprise and shot his shoulder, knocking him down. After getting up, Djarin offered to split the reward of the bounty on the target and the droid agreed so long as he would obtain the reputation merits associated with the mission. While speaking to Djarin, the pair was ambushed by more mercenaries who managed to corner the bounty hunters and overwhelm them. In compliance with his programming, IG-11 attempted to initiate his self-destruct mechanism various times to ensure that his design would not fall into enemy hands, in accordance with his manufacturer's protocols.[2]

Djarin shot IG-11 to save the Child.

IG-11 was ultimately convinced to continue fighting, and distracted a Nikto-manned turret so that Djarin could hijack it and use it to eliminate the remaining mercenaries. With the outpost's defenders terminated, the droid and Djarin proceeded to use the hijacked turret to cut through a blast door and enter the building where the Child was kept. Inside, they located the target, which was revealed to be an infant member of the same species as famed Jedi Grand Master Yoda. Despite Djarin insisting they keep the child alive, IG-11 protested, stating that the commission stated clearly that the target was to be terminated—contrary to Djarin's assignment, which preferred the target to be captured and brought in alive. Raising his blaster to complete the task, the droid was shot in the head and destroyed by Djarin, who then took the Child into his custody.[2]

Restoration[edit | edit source]

"Would anyone care for some tea?"
―IG-11[src]

IG-11 is repaired by Kuiil.

In the wake of his destruction, the Ugnaught vapor farmer Kuiil retrieved IG-11's body from within the encampment and took the droid's flotsam back to his moisture farm. With some considerable effort, Kuiil was able to repair the droid. Due to the damage caused by Djarin, little of the droid's neural harness remained, leaving him with no memories or abilities to speak of. Over the course of many days, Kuiil gradually re-trained the droid to assist him on his vapor farm, tending to the blurrgs and eventually preparing meals among other simple tasks. Kuiil reinforced IG-11's development with patience and affirmation.[3]

During the droid's rehabilitation, he began to develop a new personality and a seemingly far friendlier demeanor than his previous incarnation. When Djarin returned to Arvala-7 with former shock trooper Carasynthia Dune to recruit Kuiil, the droid entered the Ugnaught's hut to offer the newcomers tea. Djarin and his companion immediately drew their blasters, aware of the threat the droid posed to the Child. Kuiil explained that IG-11 was re-programmed and was no longer a hunter, but could still protect should the need arise. Djarin still refused to trust the droid and begrudgingly agreed to Kuiil's terms to bring the droid along on their mission.

IG-11 offers his companions a meal.

IG-11 later joined Kuiil aboard the Razor Crest on the mission to the planet Nevarro in order to assist Djarin and his allies. During the trip, he prepared a meal for his companions, the invitation to which Djarin swiftly declined. IG-11 stayed aboard the Razor Crest as per Djarin's orders for the duration of the mission. During the mission, Kuiil was gunned down by Imperial scout troopers a mere distance from the starship, while Djarin, Dune, and[3] the Guild's agent[7] Greef Karga were pinned down in Nevarro's cantina by Imperial remnant forces led by Moff Gideon.[3]

Nursing and protection[edit | edit source]

"You are protected."
―IG-11, to the Child[src]

IG-11 attacks a pair of scout troopers to rescue the Child

After Kuiil was killed by the Imperial scouts and the Child was kidnapped, the two troopers stopped and waited for authorization to return to the city. During that time, the scouts repeatedly taunted and abused the child. IG-11 found them, insisting that they cease their actions and introduced himself as the Child's nurse droid. Taken aback, the two imperial scouts laughingly demanded that the unusual IG droid leave. The droid then broke one of the trooper's arms and flipped him over before lifting the second trooper by his face-plate and repeatedly smashing him into his 74-Z speeder bike. Boarding the second speeder bike with the rescued infant, IG-11 set off into the city to rescue Djarin and his comrades.[4]

As the droid neared the city, Djarin attempted to contact Kuiil through his comlink. IG-11 responded through the comlink stored in the Child's sack and revealed that Kuiil had been killed. When Djarin asked what he had done, IG-11 stated that he was fulfilling his base function, which was to "nurse and protect." Making his way through the city on the bike, the droid eliminated many Imperial stormtroopers with his blasters, eventually reaching the cantina where his companions were trapped by Moff Gideon's troops. With the Imperials distracted by the droid's actions, Djarin, Dune, and Karga fought their way out of the cantina. IG-11 killed several stormtroopers alongside his allies, all the while protecting the Child from harm. The group later retreated to the cantina after Djarin sustained an injury to the head.[4]

IG-11 with his allies in Nevarro's sewer.

IG-11 provided an escape route into the sewers by using a built-in plasma cutter. This allowed Dune and Karga to escape with the Child, whilst the droid stayed behind with Djarin, who sought a warrior's death. The droid refused his request to kill him, reiterating that he was no longer a hunter, but was programmed to nurse and protect. He stated that he would need to remove Djarin's helmet in order to save the Mandalorian's life.[4]

Despite initially refusing and threatening the droid, the injured warrior relented after realizing that IG-11 was not a living being and thus it would not break his oath to be seen unmasked. He then applied a bacta spray to Djarin's injury and they rejoined the others in the sewer. He would follow Djarin to the covert of the Tribe. The droid provided protection to the group and the Armorer within, while they discussed the future of the Child and re-equipped themselves.[4]

Sacrifice[edit | edit source]

"We need you."
"There is nothing to be sad about. I have never been alive."
"I'm not sad."
"Yes, you are. I'm a nurse droid. I've analyzed your voice."
―Djarin and IG-11 — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

IG-11 would later join his companions aboard a droid-driven barge aboard a river of lava. While aboard the barge, Djarin's imaging systems revealed that there was an entire platoon of stormtroopers awaiting their arrival at the end of the river. Knowing that the Imperials would surely overpower the group, IG-11 deduced that the only way to fulfill his primary objective of protecting the Child was to initiate his built-in self destruct mechanism in order to eliminate them.[4]

IG-11 sacrificing himself to protect the Child and fulfilling his newfound purpose.

Djarin, who at that point had come to trust the droid and was saddened by this prospect, insisted that there was another way through the trap. IG-11 stated that he would be fulfilling his purpose and that he should not be mourned as he was never alive to begin with. Bidding the Child farewell by stroking one of his ears, the assassin-turned-nurse droid then stepped off the barge and into the molten lava. Making his way through the river towards the Imperial ambush, the droid stopped before the troops. With his final words acknowledging his manufacturer's protocol, IG-11 self-destructed, killing the entire platoon of stormtroopers and saving the Child and his companions. Djarin would later disable Gideon's TIE fighter and leave the planet with the Child in his care.[4]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

"Manufacturers Protocol dictates I cannot be captured. I must self-destruct."
―IG-11, to Djarin[src]

IG-11 had a bacta spray built into one of his arms.

IG-11 was a masculine-programmed IG-series assassin droid[2][5] with red sensors and gray and bronze plating. Due to his moving sensors, IG-11 had a sensory advantage on the battlefield. He was able to engage multiple targets at once in both hand-to-hand[4] and blaster combat.[2] IG-11 also demonstrated the ability to pilot a speeder bike whilst using his two blasters. The droid was also capable of lifting a scout trooper with one hand and was able to repeatedly slam him into his speeder bike to incapacitate him.[4]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

IG-11 had two utility belts around his body, and was armed with an E-11 blaster rifle and a DLT-20A blaster rifle. In addition to his blasters, IG-11 also had a detonator built into him as a self-destruct mechanism by his manufacturer in an effort to prevent his design from being stolen or copied.[2] He was equipped with a plasma cutter to cut open grates, as well as a bacta spray, which he used to heal Djarin.[4]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

"[IG-11] is very innocent and direct and doesn't know about sarcasm and doesn't know how to lie. It's like a child with a gun."
―Taika Waititi[src]

IG-11 was created to avoid contradicting the Legends stories about IG-88

IG-11 was a character created for the 2019 Disney+ live-action television series The Mandalorian,[8] which began airing on November 12, 2019.[9] A picture of IG-11 was revealed on series creator Jon Favreau's Instagram on December 25, 2018.[10] Footage of IG-11 was first shown in a trailer leading up to the show's release,[11] although fans mistook the droid for IG-88, a famous droid bounty hunter[8] who first appeared in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.[12] Pre-release information stated that IG-11 was often mistaken for IG-88 in-universe,[8] but the older character is never referenced in the show's first season.[13] Series director and producer Dave Filoni deliberately chose to make IG-11 a new character so as not to contradict the Star Wars Legends stories about IG-88.[14]

The character was voiced by Taika Waititi,[2] who also directed Chapter 8: Redemption.[4] Waititi stated his character was very innocent, direct, and unaware of sarcasm, and did know how to lie. He compared IG-11 to a child armed with a gun.[15] His motion-capture work was provided by Rio Hackford,[2] who also played Riot Mar in Chapter 5: The Gunslinger.[16]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 StarWars.com SWCC 2019: 9 Things We Learned from The Mandalorian Panel on StarWars.com (backup link) establishes that The Mandalorian is set about five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY. Therefore, the events of the series, including the appearance and destruction of IG-11, must have taken place around 9 ABY.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 The Mandalorian Official Logo.jpg The Mandalorian – "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The Mandalorian Official Logo.jpg The Mandalorian – "Chapter 7: The Reckoning"
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 The Mandalorian Official Logo.jpg The Mandalorian – "Chapter 8: Redemption"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 StarWars-DatabankII.png IG-11 in the Databank (backup link)
  6. The Mandalorian Official Logo.jpg The Mandalorian – "Chapter 2: The Child"
  7. StarWars-DatabankII.png Greef Karga in the Databank (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 James Hibberd (2019-08-25). The Mandalorian 5 new character details. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on November 12, 2019. Retrieved on November 12, 2019.
  9. The Mandalorian Media Kit (PDF). Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International p. 1. The Walt Disney Company (2019-09-24). Archived from the original on February 3, 2020. Retrieved on February 10, 2020.
  10. InstagramIcon.png Jon Favreau on InstagramMerry Christmas! (December 25, 2018). (backup link)
  11. StarWars.com D23 Expo 2019: 6 Highlights from The Mandalorian trailer on StarWars.com (backup link)
  12. Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  13. The Mandalorian Season One
  14. https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/10/01/the-mandalorian-ig-11-ig-88-taika-waititi-droid-assassin-dave-filoni-star-wars-disney-plus
  15. James Hibberd (2019-09-05). The Mandalorian unmasked: ‘We did things no Star Wars fan has ever seen’. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on November 12, 2019. Retrieved on November 12, 2019.
  16. The Mandalorian Official Logo.jpg The Mandalorian – "Chapter 5: The Gunslinger"

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