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Hero Overview

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 a major character in both the Skywalker Saga and in the 2008 Clone Wars movie. He also was a surprise cameo character in the 2016 film Rogue One.

He was a major character in the 2008-2014 Clone Wars TV series, serving as the 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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The Clone Wars Series

Anakin's astromech droid with unfaltering trust and loyalty served Anakin Skywalker since the very beginning of the Clone Wars, when he was promoted to Jedi General. R2-D2's help in Season One allowed the Clones to identify Slick as a traitor, and Anakin to rescue Padmé Amidala from General Grievous' The Malevolence. Anakin sabotaged the ship's navigation system, sending it to a destructive halt as it crash landed.

In "Downfall of a Droid", Anakin and his padawan Ahsoka Tano went to rescue a captive R2-D2, who was taken by the Separatists during a scrimmage with Grievous, and kept so that they could extract knowledge from him. Anakin seethed the droid he got as a replacement, R3-S6, and Ahsoka expressed empathy for the droid, condemning her master for being so harsh on it, even though the droid was making mistakes R2 would've never done. It was later revealed that R3-S6 was a spy for the Separatists when he activated hostile Separatist droids in a hangar to attack Anakin and Ahsoka. R2-D2 went to re-open the doors, and R3-S6 arrived to stop him. R2 neautralized the droid, despite Anakin being told that R3-units are more advanced than R2s.

Later, R2-D2 and C-3PO would be sent to the icy planet Orto Plutonia to investigate the disappearance of clones. However, the end result was C-3PO forming a treaty between the two alien species on the planet. Later in Season One, R2-D2 accompanied Anakin while apprehending an evil scientist, who would strike the Republic post-incarceration via the Blue Shadow Virus. On the planet Iego, Anakin and R2 escaped with the antidote thanks to R2 destroying the laser turrets that supposedly prevent anyone from leaving the planet, and they saved the lives of Padmé and Ahsoka.

Wat Tambor had enslaved the Twi'leks on Ryloth, and Anakin, Ahsoka, and R2-D2 were sent to save them. As an astromech droid, he repaired the Republic ships from damage of the onslaught. Anakin and his bold yet brilliant tactical assessment skills crashed his already damaged ship into the Separatist flagship, costing them nothing but victory.

In following seasons, R2-D2, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and Captain Rex hunted bounty hunter Cad Bane, who had stolen a kyber memory crystal and killed a Jedi Master while escaping pursuit. After being captured, R2 examined his ship to reveal that he had recently traveled to Mustafar. R2 and the rest of the squad traveled there to rescue Force-sensitive children. Back on Coruscant, C-3PO and R2-D2 were kidnapped at a droid spa by droids working for Cad Bane, and Cad Bane successfully raided the Senate Building using knowledge obtained from R2-D2.

R2-D2 and C-3PO were memory wiped, and had no memory of being kidnapped, but do remember the raid. Sometime later, Anakin and Clone Troopers were fighting droids on Malastare, and the Zillo Beast was awakened. Anakin and R2 barely escaped the Zillo Beast, which was brought to Coruscant for its impenetrable skin to be made armor. Sensing that Palpatine was a Sith, the Zillo Beast escaped captivity and headed for the Chancellor's building. Padmé, a now convinced Anakin Skywalker, and C-3PO tried unsuccessfully to turn the Chancellor's decision to kill the beast, but the Zillo Beast's death threat could not be ignored, so they changed their minds.

Sometime after the "indestructible" Zillo Beast was killed, Anakin fell for a trap set up by a young Boba Fett, to Boba's delight, as he hoped that the explosion would kill Mace Windu, the man who murdered his father, Jango Fett. Anakin put all of his faith in R2-D2 to rescue them from the ship that was collapsing on them, and Windu's response was skeptical. Before R2 found them, Mace's droid was destroyed by a Gundark alien species, and when R2 found them, Anakin told him to contact the Jedi Temple. R2 was being hunted by Aura Sing and her associates, and the bounty hunters embarassingly failed to capture the droid, as he dropped debris on them as they were climbing the ship. Mace then ridiculed R2-D2 for flying off in a Jedi Starfighter by reprimanding Anakin, but at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, Ahsoka greeted R2-D2, and Plo Koon stated that it was obvious R2-D2 has an important message. Anakin Skywalker and Mace Windu ended up owing their lives to R2-D2, and Windu took back everything he said about the droid, which made R2-D2 delightful. R2-D2 later participated in an unsuccessful mission to rescue Jedi Even Piell.

In another later episode, C-3PO and R2-D2 support Commander Wolffe came to save inhabitants of the planet Aleen from earthquakes, and thanks to the ubiquitous pair of droids, the earthquakes were stopped, which was met with skepticism by Wolffe. The earthquakes were apparently caused by underground residents. In more incredible adventures, the pair of droids accidentally end tyranny on the planet Patunna from R2-D2 toppling their obese leader. Incredibly, the second planet they land on appears to also be a dictatorship, and the two droids expose the fact that the planet Balnab's leader was just a bunch of Pit Droids, so the residents could rebel. They were captured both times before liberating the two planets, but they would be captured a third time by General Grievous, and owe their lives to Jedi Master Plo Koon coming to rescue them.

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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, all his students were killed at the same night that Han and Leia's son, Ben Solo, fell to the dark side. Ben later took on the name Kylo Ren after joining the Knights of Ren.

Feeling responsible for his nephew's fall to the dark side and the 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 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 returns once more in The Rise of Skywalker. Initially remaining at the Resistance base, he is shown watching Leia as she dies. He later plays an important role in restoring C-3PO's memory after Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron are forced to erase it so the droid can translate a Sith artifact that holds a clue to the location of the Sith homeworld and the new fleet of the resurrected Palpatine. R2-D2 accompanies Poe in his X-wing for the final assault, and is later shown joining the others in celebrating the defeat of the Final Order.

The Mandalorian

R2-D2 appears in the Season 2 finale "Chapter 16: The Rescue", at the end where Luke Skywalker arrives on the Imperial base to take possession and care of Grogu.

Other Media

Angry Birds Star Wars

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.

A.N.T. Farm

R2-D2 and C-3PO appear in the episode "ScavANTger Hunt".

Disney Infinity

R2-D2 appears in the Rise Against the Empire play set, which follows the events of the original trilogy. Since he does not speak, he is not a mission giver, unlike C-3PO. He can be unlocked for use in the Toy Box by getting silver in all challenges in the play set.

Princess Leia's Special Ability in Disney Infinity 3.0 is calling R2-D2 to attack her enemies. Like all the Star Wars characters, they make their debut in 3.0.

LEGO Star Wars

R2-D2 appears and is playable in all 3 of the main LEGO Star Wars games, and will appear in the upcoming 4th game, The Skywalker Saga.

Mickey Mouse

Mickey's 50 is a 90-minute special that aired on The Wonderful World of Disney on November 19, 1978, to put Mickey Mouse in the spotlight. R2-D2 appears alongside Chewbacca. On Donald Duck's 50th birthday, Donald Duck's 50th Birthday was exclusively aired on live TV, on November 13, 1984. C-3PO actually plays a brief speaking role in this special broadcast, and R2-D2 appears alongside him.

Phineas and Ferb

R2-D2 appears in the hour-long episode "Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars", where he accidentally falls into Phineas's speeder bike with the Death Star plans. Princess Leia gives R2 the Death Star plans, and tells Perry the Rebelpus to deliver it to Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tattooine, where the boys live. After offering the droid a ride to Ben Kenobi's house, R2 declined and went on his own, unknowingly leaving the Death Star plans on their speeder bike. With the opportunity to save the world, Phineas and Ferb use these plans to lead the Rebel Alliance to defeat the Empire. This is the episode where Ferb becomes Darth Ferb from Darthenshmirtz' Sith-inator; however, it ends victoriously, exactly like the medal ceremony in Return of the Jedi, and Isabella kisses Phineas.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

R2-D2 makes a brief appearance in Ralph Breaks the Internet when Vanellope runs past him, trying to avoid First Order Stormtroopers. C-3PO also makes an appearance in this movie.

Star Tours

R2-D2 appears in the Star Tours attraction in the queue. Passengers aboard the PeopleMover can also hear R2-D2 as it passes the Star Tours attraction.

Star Tours: The Adventure Continues

R2-D2 appears to have more control over the StarSpeeder 1000 than C-3PO. As an astromech droid, he is the one who is able to get the ship out of sticky situations. He appears in the queue just like he and C-3PO do in the original attraction.

Trivia

  • R2-D2 was designed by John Stears and specially created by Australian firm Petric Engineering and English firm C&L Developments.
  • 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.

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