Star Wars -- C-3PO Is An Unwitting Imperial Spy
C-3PO has always been the most puzzling character in Star Wars. A "protocol" droid who's programmed to be as annoying as all hell? Can you imagine if Google Translate sassed you every time you needed help? Well, one theory posits that C-3PO is in fact one of the most important characters in the series. Why? Because he's a goddamn Imperial spy.
This may sound ridiculous, but it helps clear up some of the inconsistencies in the franchise. For instance, in the recent Rogue One, Princess Leia's ship goes into hyperspace to escape from Darth Vader:
And you felt badass for storming off on your dad when he didn't let you listen to Insane Clown Posse.
And yet, as seen in the original Star Wars, Vader's ship immediately finds Leia approaching Tatooine, which we learn is the galactic equivalent of an abandoned outlet mall. How the hell? In every other movie, when someone goes to light speed, they can't be followed. It's as if someone on board transmitted the info on their location. Now factor in that one of the droids on the ship was built by the guy who's chasing them ...
"Yay, almost done! Now to put a GPS in him in case I ever turn into a child-murdering dickwad."
Of course, we're not suggesting Threepio is doing this intentionally -- that would be altering his character from merely a golden D-bag to a full-blown villain. But what if Vader figured out that his childhood robo-pal was hanging out with the Rebels, and found a way to monitor his activities remotely? That would explain how they tracked Leia's ship. Also, how did the Emperor knew the Rebels exact plan in Return Of The Jedi?