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Lobot is a human male character in the Star Wars universe that made his first appearance in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) as Lando Calrissian's loyal aide at Cloud City. Lobot is best known for the Cyborg-like device that completely wraps around his head, effectively connecting him to Bespin's central computer system. This cybernetic implant grants Lobot incredible computational capabilities and allows him to coordinate the myriad administrative tasks involved in operating the Tibanna gas mining facility, effectively functioning as a living computer.

Played by actor John Hollis, Lobot maintains a stoic, silent demeanor throughout his appearances in the Star Wars films. He is a trusted confidant of Lando Calrissian and is solely responsible for overseeing the smooth operation of Cloud City. Beyond The Empire Strikes Back, the character has made his mark in various Star Wars-related media, such as comics, novels, and video games, in which his backstory and motivations have been explored.

Before serving as Cloud City's computer liaison officer, Lobot worked for the Galactic Empire as an Imperial data analyst. However, this cybernetic implant essentially turned him into a slave, stripping away his emotions and causing him to lose his sense of self. Trained in Echo Base, Lobot was one of the many cybernetically-enhanced individuals specialized in conducting information warfare against the Rebellion. His turning point came when he befriended Lando Calrissian, who eventually saved him from a different life as an Imperial pawn.

Lobot's transition from an Imperial data analyst to a trusted aide of Lando Calrissian is documented in the Marvel comic book miniseries "Lando" (2015). The comic series delves into Lobot's relationship with Lando before the events of The Empire Strikes Back and showcases their adventures as they attempt to steal a valuable ship from the Emperor. Lobot's cybernetic implant plays a crucial role, allowing him to accomplish high-risk infiltration missions, shut down enemy droids, and even take control of entire spaceships.

In addition to his film and comic appearances, Lobot can also be found in various Star Wars novels as a secondary character. An example is "Aftermath: Empire's End," which is part of Chuck Wendig's Aftermath Trilogy. In this book, Lobot appears alongside Lando Calrissian during the Battle of Jakku.

Lobot's character design was inspired by concept artist Ralph McQuarrie, who developed the character's distinctive cybernetic headgear. His look conveys a blend of a medical professional and a computer technician, reflecting his dual roles in maintaining both the mental and computational health of Cloud City's citizenry.

Lobot is a fascinating and memorable character within the Star Wars franchise, providing an intriguing exploration of the intersection between technology and humanity. Despite his minimal screen time, he has become a fan-favorite character and remains an essential part of the Star Wars lore, particularly in stories centered around Lando Calrissian and Cloud City.

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