Mar 4, 2014

Does C3PO have Asperger's Syndrome?

I'm not a doctor. I'm not a professor of science. I'm a Star Wars fan. I'm a Star Wars fan who was watching the Big Bang Theory and I was enjoying how Dr Sheldon Cooper was oblivious to the situation around him.

He misses the blatant innuendo between his friends and he is completely oblivious to how rude he can be. The joke is that he has Asperger's Syndrome and it's never mentioned. And then they had James Earl Jones appear and I thought, crickey cobber, does C3PO have aspergers as well?

Now, let's be clear, this is a light hearted question. I have no expertise in this area (or any really) so read the rest of this article with a grain of salt (unless you have already thrown it over your shoulder.

NEVER TELL ME THE ODDS! once screamed Han Solo as he piloted the Millennium Falcon through an asteroid belt that was laced with potatoes. And during that stressful moment, C3PO decided to tell Han the odds of survival. It was completely inappropriate. Han and Chewie were doing their best too dodge moving rocks and attacking TIE fighters, surely a pretty stressful thing - and what does golden rod do? Tells them his prediction about surviving. A pretty rude thing do to? A pretty out there thing to say? Perhaps C3PO had missed the social situation he was in (impending doom) as perhaps Asperger's sufferer, Sheldon Cooper.

How many times has C3PO mentioned odds of something occuring in Star Wars? I have no idea but its a lot. It's like he's his primary directive is to share gambling information with humans and other robots. People with Asperger syndrome often display intense interests, perhaps this can be ascribed to C3PO in the form of his love for mathematics and probability?

In all truthfulness, one can be reasonably confident that when George Lucas wrote Star Wars he never would have intended his robot to suffer from Aspergers. It's almost become a beat up by critics and fans, perhaps in the same way people think Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie are gay. They were never intended to be but various quarters have embraced them as such. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Maybe the joke went to far with C3PO - let's just be happy hope that JJ 's Episode 7 doesn't have him talking about the quality of K-Mart or counting cards as that would be a space bridge too far.

K Mart sucks by the way.


  1. Replies
    1. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

  2. I only see a parrallel with the fact that Aspies are quite logical in their perspective and so are robots. C3PO is a robot and robots are very logical.