The Entire C-3PO And R2-D2 Story Finally Explained

The Entire C-3PO And R2-D2 Story Finally Explained

December 10, 2019 22 By William Hollis


If you’re looking for the true lead characters
of Star Wars, look no further than C-3PO and R2-D2. Together they’re one of fiction’s greatest
duos, and the real POV characters of the franchise. Let’s take a look at the saga from their point
of view. R2-D2 came from the planet Naboo, where he
was one of several nearly identical astromech droids stationed on Queen Padmé Amidala’s
royal starship. When the Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice
Obi-Wan Kenobi helped the Queen escape from captivity during a blockade by the Trade Federation,
the starship was fired upon by ships hoping to recapture Amidala. A bunch of droids, including R2-D2, exited
the ship to make repairs from the outside. While several other droids were blown off
the ship and destroyed, R2 survived and made the repairs that enabled the ship to escape. He was personally thanked by the Queen, and
from that point on served her more directly. When Amidala’s ship stopped on the planet
Tatooine, they met C-3PO, a protocol droid that lacked his outer casing, which made him
look like a metal skeleton covered in wire. Young Anakin Skywalker claimed that he had
built C-3PO himself, although C-3PO’s databanks had already existed, and his body was a wreck
until Anakin reconstructed him from spare parts. When Qui-Gon saw Anakin’s potential to become
a Jedi, he won the boy’s freedom from the junk dealer named Watto who had enslaved him
and his mother, Shmi, but she and C-3PO were forced to stay behind. When Padmé Amidala’s term as Queen of Naboo
ended, she became a Senator. R2-D2 joined her on Coruscant, the Galactic
Capital, where the droid helped Obi-Wan Kenobi and a grown-up Anakin Skywalker foil an assassination
attempt on Padmé’s life. This led Anakin to take her into hiding off-planet,
bringing R2-D2 along, but when Anakin began having visions of his mother in peril, the
trio returned to Tatooine. There, they were reunited with C-3PO, who
now had a rusty metal covering that made him look more like a typical protocol droid. They also learned that Shmi Skywalker had
been freed from slavery by a man named Cliegg Lars, who became her husband. After being freed, Shmi and C-3PO moved to
the Lars moisture farm, but Shmi was captured by Tusken Raiders, and died just as Anakin
arrived to save her. C-3PO departed the Lars farm with Anakin and
Padmé, and he and R2-D2 accompanied them to Geonosis. There, they found their way into the foundry
where Battle Droids were built, and C-3PO’s head was swapped with a Battle Droid head,
much to his confusion. Fortunately, R2-D2 was able to reunite his
friend’s head with his body. R2 and 3PO escaped with their allies, but
the Clone Wars had begun. The two droids then attended the secret wedding
of Anakin and Padmé on Naboo. After six seasons of the animated series Star
Wars: The Clone Wars, R2-D2 and C-3PO have had far too many adventures to recount them
all here. Suffice it to say that R2-D2 usually accompanied
Anakin Skywalker on missions, while C-3PO was more often the companion of Senator Padmé
Amidala. They did have a few adventures together, however,
such as when they accompanied Anakin and Padmé to Cato Neimoidia as part of a plan to expose
Rush Clovis as a Separatist spy. While there, Padmé was poisoned and 3PO helped
a medical droid see to her recovery. The droids were heroes in their own right
when they were sent to the quake-ridden planet Aleen as a part of a relief effort. When R2 and 3PO found themselves trapped beneath
the planet’s surface, they discovered a way to stop the quakes, earning the eternal gratitude
of the Aleena people. In one of their strangest adventures, R2-D2
and C-3PO made an emergency landing on a planet where they were tied up by the miniature inhabitants. “May I say that this is no way to treat friendly
visitors to your planet.” The tiny people brought them before their
dictator, Hay-Zu, but R2-D2 accidentally squashed him, to the delight of the other citizens,
who then helped the droids repair their ship. C-3PO introduced them to the concept of democracy,
but it only led to more fighting as the droids made their escape. Then R2 and 3PO landed on the planet Balnab,
which was also ruled by a dictator. This one turned out to be a hologram operated
by a group of Pit Droids who were secretly running the planet themselves. By the closing days of the Clone Wars, R2-D2
was Anakin’s full-time co-pilot, while C-3PO stayed with Padmé on Coruscant. R2 accompanied Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi when
they boarded the flagship of Separatist military commander General Grievous, to rescue the
kidnapped Chancellor Palpatine, who was secretly a Sith Lord. R2 even fought off some Super Battle Droids
on his own, showing how much his abilities and personality had outstripped his programming. He joined Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Palpatine on
the bridge as Anakin crash-landed the flagship on Coruscant. C-3PO met up with R2-D2 soon thereafter, and
the two caught up on what they’d missed while they were apart. “Well, it couldn’t possibly be as bad as all
that.” Anakin Skywalker soon fell under the sway
of Palpatine, and R2-D2 was noticeably unsettled by his master’s changing behavior, but still
accompanied him to the lava-strewn planet Mustafar, where Palpatine had sent him to
kill the Separatist leaders. When a distraught Padmé followed Anakin to
Mustafar, C-3PO piloted her ship himself, showing that he had gained new skills as well. While Obi-Wan and Anakin fought their fateful
duel, the droids helped an injured and very pregnant Padmé back onto her ship. Both droids left Mustafar with Obi-Wan and
rendezvoused with Bail Organa of Alderaan . After Padmé died and her twin children,
Luke and Leia, were placed in hiding, Organa gave the droids to Captain Raymus Antilles,
who commanded his flagship. To protect the twins from Emperor Palpatine
and Anakin, who had now fully become Darth Vader, Organa told Antilles to have C-3PO’s
memory erased. C-3PO and R2-D2 spent most of the time between
the end of the Clone Wars and the Battle of Yavin serving Captain Antilles on board his
ship, the Tantive Four, which served as transport for Alderaan’s royal family and also flew
missions for the burgeoning Rebel Alliance. They occasionally had other duties, however,
such as when Bail Organa sent them to escort Imperial Minister Tua and an Aqualish arms
dealer named Amda Wabo on a mission to the planet Garel. Officially, C-3PO was there to translate between
Tua and Wabo, who lacked a shared language, but R2-D2 knew their true mission, which was
to prevent Tua and the Empire from getting their hands on a shipment of powerful weapons. The two droids were also at the Rebel Alliance
base on Yavin Four in the lead-up to the Battle of Scarif, where a suicide mission by a ragtag
group of rebels enabled the Alliance to obtain the schematics to the planet-destroying Imperial
space station known as the Death Star. Unbeknownst to the Empire, the Imperial engineer
who had designed the moon-sized weapon had included a weakness that would enable its
destruction. Ultimately the plans for the Death Star ended
up on the Tantive Four with R2 and 3PO aboard, which would lead to their biggest adventure
yet. Princess Leia Organa was fleeing from Scarif
to Tatooine with the Death Star schematics when Darth Vader’s forces attacked and boarded
the ship. C-3PO and R2-D2 became the most important
droids in the galaxy when Leia hid the Death Star files in R2’s memory banks. C-3PO didn’t know about the mission she’d
given R2, but still followed his friend to the surface of Tatooine. “How did we get into this mess? I really don’t know how. We seem to be made to suffer. It’s our lot in life.” On the desert planet once again, the droids
were captured by Jawas and sold to Owen Lars and his nephew, Luke Skywalker. R2-D2, however, was determined to fulfill
his mission for Princess Leia by finding the exiled Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi. He succeeded, along with 3PO and Luke, but
the Imperial search for the droids led to the murder of Luke’s aunt and uncle. Soon after, the droids, Luke, and Obi-Wan
escaped Tatooine on board Han Solo’s ship, the Millennium Falcon. After rescuing Leia from the Death Star, the
whole group arrived at Rebel Alliance headquarters on Yavin Four. When Luke volunteered to fly an X-Wing fighter
in the attack on the Death Star, R2-D2 performed the same function for him that he had for
his father, interfacing with the X-Wing’s astromech slot to help the ship fly. He took serious damage in that battle, and
C-3PO even volunteered to donate parts for his repair, but the Rebels, grateful to Luke
for destroying the Death Star, did an exceptional job of repairing R2 on their own. When the Rebels were forced to flee Yavin
for the ice planet Hoth, R2-D2 and C-3PO naturally came along. After assisting in the effort to locate Luke
and Han when they went missing, R2 and 3PO were forced to abandon the Hoth base along
with the rest of the Rebels when Imperial forces arrived. C-3PO left with Han and Leia on the Millennium
Falcon, while R2-D2 left with Luke in his X-Wing. When the Millenium Falcon arrived in Cloud
City on the planet Bespin, 3PO wandered away from his friends and was blasted to pieces
by Stormtroopers. Fortunately, those pieces were found by Chewbacca,
the tech-savvy Wookiee copilot of the Falcon, who was able to restore 3PO to consciousness
but didn’t have a chance to fully reassemble him. Meanwhile, R2-D2 went with Luke Skywalker
to the swamp planet Dagobah, so Luke could train with the Jedi Master Yoda. R2’s only role in Luke’s Jedi training was
as a weight to be lifted with the Force, and he spent a lot of time sitting around waiting. Eventually, Luke had a vision of his friends
in peril on Bespin, and he and R2 left to save them. There, R2 and the disassembled C-3PO were
reunited once again, and as they escaped on the Falcon, R2 helped put his friend back
together. Unfortunately, Han Solo had been captured
on Bespin and taken to the gangster known as Jabba the Hutt. C-3PO and R2-D2 were part of the mission to
rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, although as usual, 3PO wasn’t nearly as informed about
the plan as R2. “We bring a message to your master, Jabba
the Hutt, and a gift — gift, what gift?” They arrived in Jabba’s palace on Tatooine,
and R2 played a message from Luke Skywalker saying that both droids were gifts for the
Hutt. 3PO was horrified, but he served as Jabba’s new translator, while R2 carried a
drink tray on the Hutt’s sail barge. Eventually the plan came together, and when
Luke needed his lightsaber for the rescue, it turned out R2-D2 had been secretly carrying
it in a hidden compartment all along. C-3PO was much less help, and had one of his
eyes pulled out by Jabba’s monkey-like companion, Salacious Crumb. 3PO was lucky that R2 shoved him off the sail
barge before it exploded, and their friends plucked them out of the sand before leaving
Tatooine. R2-D2 took a brief detour with Luke to return
to Dagobah for one last visit with Yoda before he died of old age. Then both droids accompanied the Rebels on
a mission to the forest moon of Endor. When they encountered the native population
a bunch of teddy bear-like creatures called Ewoks the creatures mistook C-3PO for a god. With the help of Luke’s Force abilities, 3PO
was able to prevent the surprisingly vicious Ewoks from cooking and eating the Rebels,
and their cooperation helped the Rebels defeat the Empire. After the victory at Endor, C-3PO continued
to serve Princess Leia and Han Solo as they rooted out Imperial holdouts and restored
the Republic. When the First Order arose to attempt to reinstate
a Galactic Empire, Leia became the General of the Resistance that opposed them, and 3PO
followed her. On a mission for the Resistance, C-3PO formed
an unlikely friendship with a captured First Order protocol droid named O-MR1. When the droids were trapped on a dangerous
planet, a tentacled creature ripped off 3PO’s left arm. O-MR1 ultimately sacrificed himself to save
C-3PO, and 3PO wore his red arm for a time in memory of his friend. “You probably don’t recognize me because of
the red arm.” As for R2-D2, he stuck by Luke Skywalker’s
side as Luke built a new Jedi Temple and attempted to train a new generation of Jedi. Unfortunately, all of that was undone by Luke’s
own nephew, Ben Solo, who led the mysterious Knights of Ren in slaughtering the other trainees
and destroying the temple. R2 stood with his master as they watched the
Temple burn. Afterward, Luke left R2-D2 behind when he
went into hiding, and the exhausted droid entered a low-power mode that he would maintain
for years. Still wearing O-MR1’s red arm, C-3PO accompanied
General Leia Organa on a rescue mission to the planet Takodana. Back at the Resistance headquarters on D’Qar,
R2-D2 was still in hibernation mode when the Force prodigy Rey arrived and said that the
First Order already had found most of the map to Luke Skywalker’s hiding place except
for the part that had been hidden in young droid BB-8. Some part of R2 heard what Rey said, which
brought him out of his low-power coma. R2-D2 then helped BB-8 assemble the map to
Luke’s hiding place on the planet Ahch-To. Leaving C-3PO on D’Qar, R2 accompanied Rey
and Chewbacca on the Millennium Falcon to find Luke. When the First Order uncovered the location
of the Resistance base on D’Qar, it was C-3PO who received the transmission and informed
Leia that they would have to evacuate. He and Leia and most of the rest of the Resistance
leadership escaped aboard the starship Raddus. As the Raddus was pursued by the First Order,
the bridge was destroyed by TIE fighters, leaving Leia badly injured. C-3PO wanted nothing more than to stay by
her side while she recovered, but he found himself unwillingly involved in a mutiny led
by Poe Dameron against acting Resistance leader Admiral Holdo. When Leia woke up and stopped the mutiny,
3PO immediately surrendered. Meanwhile, R2-D2 was on the distant planet
of Ahch-To, where Rey was doing a poor job of convincing Luke Skywalker to train her
as a Jedi. Luke wanted nothing to do with teaching, but
R2-D2 changed his mind by playing the original recording of Leia that he’d delivered to Obi-Wan
Kenobi decades earlier. But before Rey’s training was complete, she,
R2, and Chewbacca headed back to the Resistance. After Admiral Holdo sacrificed herself and
the Raddus to enable the other Resistance survivors to escape, C-3PO fled with Leia
and the others to the salty planet of Crait. In the midst of a devastating attack from
the First Order, Luke Skywalker surprised everyone by arriving just in time to engage
his former protege Kylo Ren in combat. C-3PO seemed like he might have noticed something
askew about Luke, but he shut up about it when Luke winked at him. Sure enough, Luke turned out to only be a
Force projection, and not really on Crait at all. He was merely a distraction to give the Resistance
enough time to escape. “This facility is such a maze of endless tunnels
that the odds of finding an exit are 15,428 –” “Shut up!” “…to one.” Nevertheless, Luke’s gambit paid off, and
C-3PO was reunited with R2-D2 aboard the Millennium Falcon when Rey and Chewbacca arrived to help
with the evacuation. As for where R2-D2 and C-3PO’s unique path
through galactic history leads them next, we don’t really know. 3PO appears briefly alongside the other Resistance
heroes in the trailers for Star Wars: Episode 9 – The Rise of Skywalker, once with glowing
red eyes, but R2 is nowhere to be seen. Perhaps C-3PO’s new eye color could signify
a darker turn for the mild-mannered protocol droid or confirm earlier rumors of a personality
change. Still, regardless of what comes next, we all
know that R2-D2 and C-3PO are the real stars of the saga. After all, they’re the only ones who have
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