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Excuse me, sir, but that Artoo unit is in prime condition. A real bargain.
~ C-3PO to Luke Skywalker

R2-D2 (phonetically spelled Artoo-Deetoo, and called "R2" or "Artoo" for short) is a character in the Star Wars franchise. He is an astromech droid who served Jedi knight Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars. R2 went on many adventures with Anakin, his master Obi-Wan Kenobi, his protocol droid C-3PO and his padawan Ahsoka Tano. After Anakin became Darth Vader, R2 helped Anakin's children Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa defeat the Empire.

R2-D2 was one of the main characters of the original trilogy, serving as the plot device of A New Hope, the deuteragonist of The Empire Strikes Back and one of the pentagonists of Return of The Jedi. He also was a secondary protagonist in the films of the prequel trilogy. He is also in the sequel trilogy serving as a minor yet important protagonist in The Force Awakens and a supporting protagonist in The Last Jedi. He was also a major protagonist in the 2008 Clone Wars movie and a surprise cameo character in the 2016 film Rogue One.

He was one of the major characters in the 2008-2014 Clone Wars TV series, serving as the main protagonist of the episode Downfall of a Droid, and also appeared in two Star War Rebels episodes.

As of The Force Awakens, R2 and his friend C-3PO are the only two Star Wars characters who have been in every movie except Solo.

In the earlier films, he was portrayed by the late Kenny Baker. However, since his dialogue is merely beeping (apart from the rare "WRAAAAAAAAH!" scream), R2-D2 does not actually have a true voice. After Kenny Baker's death, Jimmy Vee takes over as the role of R2-D2.

Personality

An extremely well put-together little droid.
~ Quarsh Panaka on Artoo.
Despite not being a combat droid, R2-D2's greatest traits was his loyalty to his allies, and courage to fight during the Clone Wars, Galactic Civil War, and War against the First Order. His loyalty has been shown many times over, with Padme, Anakin, Obi-Wan, Bail Organa, and Luke, and Leia, who returned it. In addition, he showed himself to be adventures, being a foil to his fellow friend C-3PO, who was always nervous and anxious. Artoo also showed himself to be inspiring, as he gave Luke the hope to train Rey after showing him Leia's holographic message back from A New Hope. This inspiration also went to difficult situations, as he was quick thinking, resourceful, and according to Leia, able to "beep" himself out a of jam.

History

The Phantom Menace

32 years before the original Star Wars film, R2-D2 belongs to the Naboo defense forces and is one of four astromech droids deployed for repair duty on Queen Padmé Amidala's starship as it attempts to get past the Trade Federation blockade. The sole survivor of the four, R2-D2 follows Padme, Jar Jar Binks, and Qui-Gon Jinn on Tatooine and meets C-3PO and Anakin Skywalker. Later still, he serves as the astromech droid for Anakin's starfighter during the Battle of Naboo.

Attack of the Clones

10 years later, R2 still serves Anakin and his master Obi-Wan Kenobi. He accompanies Anakin and Padmé to Naboo, and then to Tatooine when Anakin tries to rescue his mother Shmi. Here, he is reunited with C-3PO, and the two get into various misadventures on Geonosis. He and C-3PO are later witnesses to Anakin and Padmé's secret wedding.

The Clone Wars Movie

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Revenge of the Sith

During the end of the clone wars, R2-D2 helps Anakin and Obi-Wan in their mission to rescue Chancellor Palpatine from Count Dooku's capital ship, the Invisible Hand. He is attacked by battle droids, but defeats them through ingenious tactics. After Anakin falls to the dark side of the Force and becomes Darth Vader, he takes R2-D2 with him when he goes to assassinate the Separatist Council, but tells him to stay with the ship. After the Galactic Empire is established at the end of the film, C-3PO's memory is erased to keep the knowledge of the locations of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia a secret from their father. However, R2-D2's memory isn't wiped (as a result, R2-D2 is the only surviving character who knows the entire story of the Skywalker family). Both R2-D2 and C-3PO end up in the possession of Captain Raymus Antilles on board the Corellian corvette Tantive IV.

Rebels

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Rogue One

R2-D2 and C-3PO briefly appeared (making an cameo) in Rogue One, being on a rebel alliance base on Yavin 4. The two witness rebel fleets leave to Scarif to aid Rogue One to collect the Death Star plans, the Galactic Empire's new battle station that was capable of destroying planets.

A New Hope

Later, R2 and 3PO are introduced on board the Tantive IV, along with Princess Leia of Alderaan, when they are fired upon by the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Devastator. Leia inserts in R2-D2 an information disc containing the plans for the Death Star battle station, along with encoding a distress message on the droid's holographic projector. The droids then escape in a pod that crashes on Tatooine near Obi-Wan Kenobi's desert abode.

R2-D2 and C-3PO are then abducted by Jawas and bought by Owen Lars, step-uncle of Luke Skywalker. While Luke cleans the sand out of R2-D2's gears, he discovers a fragment of Leia's message, and removes the droid's restraining bolt to see more; once free of the bolt, R2 claims to have no knowledge of the message. That night, R2-D2 leaves the farm to seek out Obi-Wan. Soon, by way of fate, Luke is forced to leave Tatooine with Obi-Wan, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, and they attempt to deliver R2-D2 to the Rebel Alliance. Along the way, they are pulled in by the Death Star's tractor beam, but eventually rescue Princess Leia and escape. R2-D2 delivers the plans to the Rebel Alliance, and serves as Luke's astromech droid during the attack on the station. R2-D2 is severely damaged during the battle, but is restored before the ceremony at the end of the film.

The Empire Strikes Back

After the destruction of the death star, R2 accompanies Luke to Dagobah where Yoda trains Luke, and later to Cloud City, where he helps to rescue and repair a heavily damaged C-3PO and to override city security computers. He also manages to fix the Millennium Falcon's hyperdrive, resulting in a last-minute escape from Imperial forces to Wedge Antilles and the Rebel fleet.

Return of the Jedi

Later, R2-D2 plays a critical role in rescuing Luke, Leia and Han from Jabba the Hutt. He later joins the Rebel strike team on Endor. He is badly damaged during the fight between the Imperial troops and the Rebels, but is repaired in time for the celebration marking the second Death Star's destruction and the end of the Empire.

The Force Awakens

After the Battle of Endor Luke Skywalker began to fulfill Yoda's directive to pass on what he had learned by training a new generation of Jedi. Unfortunately Han and Leia's son Ben Solo fell to the dark side and took on the name Kylo Ren after joining the Knights of Ren. Luke's nephew then proceeded to destroy all Luke built, killing his former classmates.

Feeling responsible for his nephew's fall to the dark side and the resulting deaths of his students, Luke went into exile. Before he left he provided part of a map to R2-D2 that would lead to his location. R2-D2 then went in to a low power mode so that he could defragment his memory and until such time that the map was needed and could be combined with the other part of the map.

Resistance technicians were unable to get R2-D2 to wake up, and his counterpart C-3PO feared he would never wake up or be the same ever again. Because of his status, R2-D2 was not recycled for parts but allowed to rest in the Resistance headquarters on D'Qar in the hopes that he would wake someday.

That hope was finally fulfilled when R2-D2 suddenly reactivated after BB-8 approached to say that he had the other part of the map in his possession and asked if R2-D2 could help him complete the map. Together they completed the map show where Luke had exiled himself to. R2 traveled with Rey and Chewbacca to find Luke and bring him home.

The Last Jedi

R2-D2 is appears in The Last Jedi, with Jimmy Vee becoming the new actor for the character. R2-D2 reunites with Luke Skywalker, who tells him that he wont train Rey until the former played Leia's holographic message to Obi-Wan. Inspired, Luke trained Rey in the ways of the force, giving her basic instruction and the history of the Jedi.

After Rey failed to redeem Kylo Ren, R2-D2 help the Falcon get the other half of the binary signal device as Rey and Chewbacca fought against the First Order. Afterward, Luke Skywalker used the last of his Force abilities to distract Kylo Ren so the Resistance could regroup with Leia, where R2-D2 reunited with C-3PO.

The Rise of Skywalker

R2-D2 is confirmed to appear in The Rise of Skywalker, with Jimmy Vee reprising his role.

Trivia

  • R2-D2 was designed by John Stears and specially created by Australian firm Petric Engineering and English firm C&L Developments.
  • Many scenes also made use of radio controlled and CGI versions of the character.
  • Both the original props of R2-D2 and C-3PO used in filming are used as audio-animatronics in the queue area of Disneyland's Star Tours ride.
  • Since he is round, R2-D2 is portrayed by the Eggs in Angry Birds Star Wars. R2-D2 uses his shocker to shock his target. He and C-3PO only appear in the bonus stages of both games. When flying, he does the "WRAAAAAAAH!" scream. He merely lets out blips and beeps when hitting objects or idling.

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