IG-88 is a bounty hunter who makes a brief cameo in the 5th installment of the Star Wars franchise. He’s a supremely intelligent robot who is incredibly effective at making his targets “go away” (if you will). Here’s a screen grab from the movie.
Can you see him? He’s the slender droid in between Boba Fett and Dengar. Here’s an up-close image of him.
IG-88 is one of my favorite characters in the Star Wars universe, and not just because he has nearly 15 different eyes. Here’s how his story breaks down: Some crazy scientists set out to create a new kind of artificial intelligence that could think and learn like no other droid had before. They created IG-88 and got a whole lot more than they bargained for.
Within minutes of his creation, IG-88 killed his creators and duplicated his consciousness four times into identical clones of himself. He quickly became known across the galaxy as a ruthlessly effective bounty hunter. While eventually all four of “him” were destroyed, I think my favorite part of his story is this one time when he almost took over the galaxy.
Yep, that’s right. IG-88 attempted a total takeover, and he would have gotten away with it too if it hadn’t been for those meddling Rebels (and some really unfortunate timing). You see, when IG-88 learned that the Empire was rebuilding a 2nd death ball of mass destruction, he hatched a brilliant scheme. Essentially his plan was this: IG-88 + Death Star = Profit.
So while the Rebels had the Empire entirely distracted, IG-88 uploaded his “brain” (for lack of a better term) directly into the Death Star. If he could control the largest killing machine ever created, he could cement himself in Galactic history and start a robotic revolution. Scary stuff!
In the end, IG-88 sort of succeeded in taking over. But if you want to get technical, the Deathstar blew up (IG-88 included) before he could ever do anything. So close!
Also, this story was erased from canon in the great Disney purge, but it’s still a fun tale to tell.