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The Main Heroes

    As a group 

The core group of Rebel heroes and main protagonists of the Original Trilogy.


  • Action Heroes: Obviously, Luke is a Jedi and Han is a smuggler. Even Leia, who is mostly a politician, is not afraid to grab a blaster.
  • Experienced Protagonists: In the Sequel Trilogy, obviously.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Of a sort; Luke and Leia seem to get along relatively quickly, but neither of them take to Han right away - a sentiment he fully returns. Their escape from the first Death Star is what helps bring them together, their combined efforts to see to its destruction turn them into the Power Trio we know and love now.
  • Happy Ending Override: The backstory and plot of The Force Awakens reveal that they ended up failing in their primary goals following the defeat of the Empire, with Ben Solo's betrayal of Luke and destruction of his Jedi disciples ruining all of their lives. This makes them regress as people. Han becomes a smuggler again, Luke becomes a hermit, and Leia goes back to being a Rebel Leader. That said, Bloodline reveals that they did experience over twenty years of relative peace following the defeat of the Empire. It was only following the corruption of the New Republic and Ben Solo's betrayal that everything went to hell again.
  • Heartbroken Badass: The power trio in the Original Trilogy all turned into this.
    • Han and Leia had a family in the 30 years that have passed, but they suffered a great loss that utterly broke them. This turns out to be Kylo Ren, actually Ben Solo, turning to the Dark Side of the Force. Thus, their relationship (already rocky, judging by their conversation before Han leaves for the Starkiller Base) completely imploded.
    • Luke Skywalker became one of these when his new Jedi Order was betrayed from within and destroyed by the Knights of Ren. Led by his nephew and failed student, no less.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: Han Solo is said by Finn to be a war hero for his actions in the Original Trilogy, Luke Skywalker is regarded as a myth (though this is implied to be just for Jakku due to it being a backwater planet), and it's implied that Leia has a comparable level of fame.
  • Living Legends: They are highly revered in the Sequel Trilogy.
  • Older and Wiser: They have definitely grown by the time of the Sequel Trilogy.
  • Power Trio: The core of the team is Luke's optimism, Han's cynicism, and Leia's realism.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The story starts with a farm boy and an old hermit coming into the possession of two hapless droids, recruiting an ace pilot smuggler and his right hand Sasquatch, so they can rescue a princess. The princess then recruits all of them as officers in the Rebel Alliance, the farm boy becomes Kung-Fu Jesus, and they evolve into a Badass Crew.
  • The Team: Aside from R2 and 3PO being The Dividual, they are one of the most recognizable Five Man Bands, and the Trope Image for most of them. Luke is the archetypal Hero, who later becomes The Leader after learning the ways of the Force. Han is The Lancer as his foil and the cynical ace pilot. Leia is The Chick as the balance between her Love Interest Han and twin brother Luke and an Action Girl princess. Chewy is The Big Guy, a Genius Bruiser mechanic, and towering furry beast. C-3PO is a tall and skinny walking encyclopedia, and his counterpart R2-D2 is a short and stubby Gadgeteer Genius, making for a pair of Robot Buddy Smart Guys. Lando is Han's old friend, initially untrustworthy, but later proves his loyalty to the team and becomes the Sixth Ranger.
  • True Companions: The Heroes of Yavin: Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and the droids become as close as a family, with Lando joining in Return of the Jedi, which is especially true when Han and Leia actually become a family.

    Luke Skywalker 

Luke Skywalker

    Leia Organa 

Leia Organa

    Han Solo 

Han Solo

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    Chewbacca 

Chewbacca

    C-3PO 

C-3PO (See-Threepio)

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"We seem to be made to suffer. It's our lot in life."

Model: 3PO-series protocol droid

Portrayed by: Anthony Daniels
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish dub): Hannibal Brown (first dub), Carlos del Campo (second dub)
Voiced by (European Spanish dub): Miguel Ángel Valdivieso (original trilogy), Alberto Mieza (prequel trilogy, sequel trilogy, The Clone Wars, Rebels and most related media), Abraham Aguilar (Star Wars Battlefront)
Voiced by (French dub): Roger Carel (Original Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy), Jean-Claude Donda (Rogue One, Rebels, Battlefront, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi)

C-3PO, sometimes spelled See-Threepio and often referred to simply as Threepio, was a 3PO unit protocol droid designed to interact with organics, programmed primarily for etiquette and protocol. He was fluent in over seven million forms of communication, and developed a fussy and worry-prone personality throughout his many decades of operation along with accompanying the heroes on their various adventures, often against his will and to his great suffering. He was also rarely seen far from his counterpart and friend, R2-D2. Created by Anakin Skywalker from salvaged components to be a household companion for his mother, Shmi Skywalker, C-3PO was given back to Anakin by his stepfather after his mother's death. Anakin subsequently gave C-3PO to Padmé Amidala as a wedding present, and he served his new mistress faithfully in an official role until the destruction of the Republic and the rise of the Empire, when he was given over to Senator Bail Organa. In this role, he was a constant companion to Leia Organa, secretly Anakin and Padmé's daughter, and was thus instrumental in her rescue and the ultimate destruction of the Empire.


Tropes from the Prequel Trilogy

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  • Apologetic Attacker: He continually apologizes to the Jedi he is unwillingly shooting at while his head is stuck to an autonomous Battle Droid's body during the Battle of Geonosis.
  • Been There, Shaped History: He hasn't racked up as much as R2-D2, but he does have a fairly impressive history under his belt, including serving all members of the Skywalker family.
  • A Day In The Lime Light: In The Clone Wars, he had a focus episode Once a Season that was either on his own or with R2-D2.
  • Demoted to Extra: C-3PO gets next to no scenes of importance in Revenge of the Sith, which he lampshades by stating how helpless he feels regarding everything going on around him.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: At the end of Revenge of the Sith, Threepio gets his memory wiped to keep him quiet about what transpired throughout the Prequel Trilogy (Artoo gets spared this fate because he can't speak Basic or any other languages). This explains how he can't remember Tatooine in A New Hope after being built and living there for nine years in the Prequel Trilogy.
  • Loose Lips: In "Evil Plans", he's kidnapped and tortured by Cad Bane, who wanted to get the blueprints of the Senate from him. To Bane's annoyance, it turned out Threepio doesn't have that kind of information and he gave voice to this, claiming the droid to be useless. Hearing that, Threepio immediately revealed to him that blueprints were always stored inside R2's memory.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: In some of the installments set in the Prequel Trilogy’s era, C-3PO got an armor upgrade. In Attack of the Clones, he got utilitarian gray plating to cover the "naked" form he had back in The Phantom Menace. In The Clone Wars, he gets gold plating, which he retains in Revenge of the Sith.
  • Noodle Incident: So far, the exact details of how his right leg became discolored from the rest of his gold plating (which occurred sometime between Revenge of the Sith and Rebels) has been left unexplained. The official statement from Lucasfilm is that it had to do with a similar incident to what happened to him in The Empire Strikes Back. Conversely, the story of how his left arm was destroyed and replaced with a red arm between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens is covered in a one-shot comic.
  • Secret Keeper: He is one of the only characters who knew of Anakin and Padmé's secret marriage (and was one of only two attendants at their wedding, the other being R2-D2), knew of Padmé's pregnancy and the survival of Luke and Leia. However, at the end of Revenge of the Sith he gets his memory wiped to ensure he doesn't reveal any of this for the twins' protection.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Incidentally gets the least amount of screentime in the darkest theatrical film in the Canon.
  • SkeleBot 9000: The Phantom Menace depicts the unfinished Threepio as a "naked" skeleton with his "parts" showing, as Artoo quips.
  • Super Powered Robot Meter Maid: Zigzagged. His linguistic skills aren't really special for protocol droids, but given that he was made to be a housekeeping and general assistance bot, and that there are many other models of droid that Anakin could have built or salvaged for that purpose (like LEPs and DUMs, to name two), he seems rather overqualified for his intended role.

Tropes from the Original Trilogy

  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Threepio is the big guy to Artoo's little guy.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: Much of his banter with Artoo involves him switching to some of the alien languages he has under his belt.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is never safe from abuse in the Canon. Forms of abuse include R2 dragging him (sometimes literally) into various bizarre adventures, switching heads with a Battle Droid and suffering personality-takeover from his new body, being hit by a tram, teamed up with Jar Jar Binks, kidnapped and tortured by Cad Bane, kidnapped and sold by Jawas, getting his arm clubbed off by a Tusken Raider, being blasted apart on Bespin and then rebuilt the wrong way, becoming Jabba the Hutt's personal translator after learning what happened to his previous translator droid, getting one of his eyes chewed out by Salacious Crumb, etc.
  • The Cameo: Alongside R2-D2, C-3PO has a brief appearance in Rogue One as the characters leave the Rebel base.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: It's clear that without R2 around, C-3PO tends to end up being captured, partially disassembled or thrown on the scrap pile within a day.
  • Captain Obvious: C-3PO provides lines such as, "It's quite possible that this asteroid is not entirely stable."
  • Catchphrase: Always introduces himself with, "I am C-3PO, human-cyborg relations." Also says "We're doomed!" at least Once per Episode when faced with moments of great peril.
  • Characterization Marches On: A retroactive case. In A New Hope, C-3PO says, "I'm not much more than an interpreter, and not very good at telling stories." Either he was being modest, or he got better at it in the years between the two films (or actually had some stories to tell), because he does a gripping-enough Ewokese retelling of the trilogy so far (complete with sound effects!) that he gets the tribe to fight to the death on the side of the Alliance. It is probable that his storytelling skills suffered after being mind wiped. He saw the rise and fall of the Empire and Darth Vader, his original master and creator, but had all the interesting parts up from his mind to hide Leia and Luke. By the time of Return of the Jedi, he has a new set of interesting stories to tell.
    • Somewhat inverted in the case of his attitude towards travel via starships; in "Revenge of the Sith" Threepio pilots Padme Amidala's personal ship quite competently, remarking "I think I'm getting the hang of this flying business". But in "A New Hope", when he and the rest of Luke Skywalker's group make a hasty escape from Mos Eisley Spaceport aboard the Millenium Falcon, Threepio exclaims: "I'd forgotten how much I hate space travel!" Of course, as the protocol droid had suffered a mindwipe between Episodes 3 and 4, his capacity and comfort level for piloting spacecraft was most likely expunged.
  • Cowardly Sidekick: No Star Wars film goes without C-3PO saying "We're doomed!" at least once. And his face seems to be permanently stuck in the "We're doomed!" expression as well.
  • Cranial Processing Unit: Averted. He's able to function even after getting his head knocked off.
  • The Drag-Along: The heroes keep bringing him along, discovering that he's not much use in the current situation, and end up having to save him. He finally gets a payoff in Return of the Jedi when it turns out that speaking Ewok (and being gold-plated) is the difference between getting eaten and being worshiped.
  • Eye Lights Out: His eyes fade out if he loses consciousness, be that through running out of power, being shut down, or being blown to bits.
  • Flanderization: He becomes more cowardly and whiny in The Empire Strikes Back despite the fact that in A New Hope, he was much calmer and could be wily around the enemy. By the time of the Sequel Trilogy, however, he's become more level-headed as he was during A New Hope.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Downplayed, but he seems to be considered more of a hindrance or an annoyance to the main three than a friend. Even Artoo (apparently) finds him insufferable at times.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: Unlike most such eyes, they're not very menacing. Maybe it's the little louvres.
  • God Guise: In Return of the Jedi, Threepio is mistaken for a god by the primitive Ewoks and, with a little help from Luke's Jedi powers, is able to command their respect and gain their support for the Rebellion.
  • Guile Hero: In spite of whiny and pretentious, he can be pretty wily on occasion. In A New Hope, he pulls a Bavarian Fire Drill and escapes being captured by Stormtroopers by asking politely to leave. In a deleted scene in The Empire Strikes Back, he tears down warning signs around Echo Base so Stormtroopers run headfirst into Wampas while the rebels try to escape. And finally, in Return of the Jedi, he pulls Look, a Distraction! so the Ewoks can mount an ambush.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He says he's not much of a storyteller, but his recounting of the story so far to the Ewoks was apparently good enough to convince the little furballs to throw themselves fully into the rebel cause. It paid off in that the Ewoks were a critical factor in the ground side portion of the Battle of Endor.
  • Honor Before Reason: This trait goes hand-in-hand with the rules of robotics and not fighting his programming. When he is initially worshiped as a god, he refuses to play into the deception because it would be unethical and goes against his programming. This infuriates Han who points out that they are going to be eaten if he doesn't try. Luke convinces him to make an attempt anyway, either indicating that he's very flexible in his programming or very loyal to his masters, or both.
  • If My Calculations Are Correct: C-3PO annoys Han Solo with his tendency to, for example, tell him the odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: A bumbling servant full of helpful-but-useless advice.
  • The Load: Somewhat justified, however, in that he's freely admits he's "little more than an interpreter."
  • Losing Your Head: This happens to Threepio in Attack of the Clones and The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Made of Iron: Pun aside, he's surprisingly durable: Back in Attack of the Clones, he gets his head callously knocked off and accidentally hardwired onto a battle droid's body, but this has no adverse effect on his hardware in the long run, and Artoo is able to remove and rewire his head back to his normal body with a simple tool on hand. Back in The Clone Wars, he gets hit by a fast-moving tram without getting smashed to pieces. In The Empire Strikes Back, he gets blown to pieces by a laser blast, only to be assembled back together no worse for wear with no real tools on hand.
  • Moment Killer: He has a strong tendency to do this, particularly with Han and Leia. He interrupts their first kiss to report that he's found the backup power coupling in Empire; then in The Force Awakens, leans into the shot while they're having an emotional reunion just to say hi.
  • Nested Ownership: Anakin built him to help his mother, who was a slave at the time.
  • Non-Action Guy: Since he is a just a protocol droid, he has no combat skills whatsoever, and would prefer to be nowhere near the action.
  • Omniglot: His primary function is as an interpreter, being fluent in over six million different forms of communication. This is initially a throwaway character trait just to get Luke's uncle Owen to buy him and thus become a part of Luke's life (and to interpret what R2-D2 is saying). It does eventually become important in Return of the Jedi, where he is seen as a god by the Ewoks and gets their support in defeating The Empire. By the time period of The Force Awakens, he is fluent in nearly seven million forms of communication.
  • Pet the Dog: He's shown comforting a distraught R2-D2 after the droid is forced to help the newly anointed Darth Vader.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Despite his cowardice, he's always eager to be of help in any capacity that doesn't involve getting shot at.
  • Refuge in Audacity: He manages to convince a squad of Imperial Soldiers in A New Hope that he and R2-D2 were just a pair of innocent droids taken hostage by Luke, Han and the others and thrown in a closet, and gets them to let them go. They were the droids that the Empire had been searching for the entire film.
  • Regular Character: Word of God is that he and R2-D2 may be the only characters who end up appearing in every Star Wars theatrical film.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: He's bossy, conceited, and whiny, but also has a heart of gold.
  • Robot Buddy: Starts out as one to Luke; but the way things develop, he's usually teamed up with Leia.
  • Series Mascot: He and R2-D2 form a dual series mascot, second only to Darth Vader himself.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: C-3PO is very wordy. This is justified since he's a linguist and an interpreter.
  • The Smart Guy: He's able to interpret various codes and languages, and serves as a source of exposition.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His full name is sometimes spelled out as "See-Threepio".
  • Supporting Protagonist: The first third of A New Hope has C-3PO dragged along for the ride while R2-D2 sets out on his mission to deliver the Death Star plans to Obi-Wan.
  • Those Two Guys: Along with R2-D2 throughout the Canon.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He manages to catch a break in Return of the Jedi when he is worshiped as a god by the Ewoks and helps forge an alliance with them, resulting in a decisive Rebel victory against the Empire.
  • Translator Buddy: Threepio serves as this for Artoo, at least in the theatrical films. In The Clone Wars, more people seem to be able to understand "astromech babble" without needing this service.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Although he's constantly haranguing R2-D2, they're obviously friends and partners of long standing. Conversely, he seems to get along pretty well with BB-8.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He has a recurring discomfort with flying on starships throughout the Canon. Funnily enough, he says he's finally starting to get the hang of flying in Revenge of the Sith, and is even able to pilot a ship... before he gets his memory erased, that is.
  • With Friends Like These...: He's not really a lot of help, and has a tendency to lament how his "friends" tend to get involved in dangerous situations he'd really rather avoid.

Tropes from the Sequel Trilogy

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Having continued to serve Leia during her tenure as a New Republic senator, C-3PO joins her when she founds the Resistance against the First Order. Serving as Droid Communication Chief for the Resistance, C-3PO plays a vital role in the fight against the First Order.


  • Ascended Extra: In contrast to his diminished role in the Prequel Trilogy and especially Revenge of the Sith, his presence in The Force Awakens greatly overshadows R2-D2's — a first for the franchise.
  • Converse with the Unconscious: Threepio is noted to talk to the unresponsive R2, as well as somehow manage to get into arguments with him.
  • If My Calculations Are Correct: He gets shushed by Poe while trying to talk about the odds of the Resistance finding another exit to the Crait base among its many winding tunnels.
  • Moment Killer: Han and Leia are staring at each other, reunited for the first time in years... and C-3PO inserts himself between the two, apparently under the impression that Han had forgotten who he was.
  • No Doubt the Years Have Changed Me: Parodied when C-3PO meets Han for the first time in many years, and Threepio thinks Han might not recognize him with his new red arm. Han just glares at him, leading him to shut up and walk away.
  • Noodle Incident: He somehow lost his left arm and could only get it replaced with one of a different color.
  • Shout-Out: Threepio's red arm was a nod to Venom Snake from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, as Hideo Kojima and J. J. Abrams are friends in real life. Similarly, The Phantom Pain allows players to unlock a gold arm akin to Threepio's.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He is able to communicate with certain animals, inciting them to attack First Order troops.
  • The Spymaster: His main job for the Resistance is to manage the large number of droid spies and informants they have scattered throughout the galaxy. Thanks to his network, the Resistance learns about BB-8 being on Takodana and send forces there just in time to save the heroes from a First Order assault. Yes, the droid who in previous decades was subject to memory wipes because of his inability to keep a secret is now in charge of espionage for the Resistance. Must've gotten a programming upgrade.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He is now in charge of the Resistance's droid spies. His standalone comic also shows that he can be calm and decisive under pressure.
  • Tragic Keepsake: According to supplementary materials, the red arm Threepio sports in The Force Awakens is a memento of the sacrifice that Omri, a fellow droid, made. By the end of the movie, however, he's since re-obtained his gold arm.

    R2-D2 

R2-D2 (Artoo-Detoo)

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"Beep-boop!"

Model: R2-series astromech droid

Portrayed by: Kenny Baker (1977-2015), Jimmy Vee (2017-)

R2-D2, pronounced Artoo-Detoo and often referred to as R2 (Artoo), was an R2 series astromech droid who aids the heroes with his superb mechanical skills and fighter pilot assistance. He formed an unlikely but enduring friendship with the fussy protocol droid C-3PO. R2 had masculine programming, so he won't be addressed as 'it'. Originally part of the squad of astromechs tending to the Naboo Royal Palace's hangar, he was instrumental in Queen Padmé Amidala's escape when Naboo was conquered. When Anakin Skywalker became a Jedi Knight, Padmé gave R2 to Anakin and the astromech droid served loyally on the front lines throughout the Clone Wars, even being involved in his own secret mission to recover a Separatist decoding chip. Alongside C-3PO, he was given to Senator Bail Organa and came to serve first Leia Organa and then Luke Skywalker, serving as the young Jedi's astromech much as he had done for Anakin before the senior Skywalker's fall to the Dark Side.


Tropes from the Prequel Trilogy

  • Badass Adorable: He is a very adorable astromech droid that is very intelligent and skilled to the point where you should not mess with him. In The Phantom Menace, he manages to repair the Naboo royal starship's shield generator while all the other astromechs get blasted away in the vacuum of space. In The Clone Wars, he set a Separatist astromech droid called R3-S6 on fire and sent him hurtling to a flaming, explosive doom. In Revenge of the Sith, he destroys two Super Battle Droids by spraying them with oil and firing his thrusters.
  • Been There, Shaped History: He was involved in the key moments of the galactic history in the Canon during the events of The Phantom Menace and onward. Since his memories weren't wiped like C-3PO's, he can remember everything that's happened in the theatrical films and The Clone Wars and has worked with (or against) every major figure in the Canon. And despite all this, he probably doesn't show up in any holo histories because nearly everyone outside of the circle of heroes views him as just another astromech droid.
  • Beneath Notice: Throughout his entire lifespan, he has repeatedly put a wrench in villains' plans (and helped the heroes in their darkest hours) just from the fact that they pass him off as just another astromech droid and underestimate him. Rule of thumb: if Artoo is along for the ride, chances are that he's going to prove helpful at some point, even if he doesn't have a heavy presence in the story he's in.
    • In The Clone Wars episode "A Friend in Need", Death Watch assigned him to droid maintenance duty, only for him to gain the droids' gratitude and make an army to use against Death Watch to help him save Ahsoka and Lux.
    • During the Zygerrian Slavers arc in The Clone Wars, he was the only one of the heroes to not be taken into slavery. He disappeared in the last act of "Slaves of the Republic" and didn't show up again until the first act of "Escape from Kadavo" to help Anakin escape from his captors.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: R2 can only speak in "astromech babble", an arrach of mechanical chirps, whistles, warbles and beeps. So, it's very hard to understand what he's saying - fortunately, C-3PO can understand "astromech babble" and can translate for us. The Sequel Trilogy reveals that Luke can understand this too.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: If you listen closely when he beeps, R2 sometimes makes a robotic version of blowing a raspberry while bickering with other characters, especially C-3PO.
  • Break the Cutie: He ends up assisting Anakin in both the attack on the Jedi Temple and the assassination of the Separatist leaders, which he is clearly distraught by if his conversation with C-3PO is of any indication.
  • Can't Use Stairs: Attack of the Clones shows R2-D2 getting slowed down by Naboo city steps, but he still manages to keep up with the humans.
  • A Day In The Lime Light: He gets an episode of focus in The Clone Wars Once a Season, either on his own or with C-3PO.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted in "Point of No Return" in that said sacrifice didn't completely destroy him. He stays behind on a Republic cruiser filled with enough explosives to blow up a gathering of the Republic fleet to prematurely detonate it from afar (according to the Super Tactical Droid in charge of the attack, the countdown couldn't be stopped once it started). He barely survived this explosion, with his body badly damaged to the point that he was shut down, and all it took to get him up and running again were a salvage crew and a repair job.
  • Made of Iron: In The Clone Wars, he survives (point-blank) an explosion intended to blow up a Republic fleet gathering, with only his outer body damaged.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Briefly. He ran at least two missions with a Sith Lord, staying by Darth Vader without complaint as he massacred both the Jedi Temple and the Separatist hideout on Mustafar. Granted, as soon as Obi-Wan and Padmé landed, he had a way out and didn't look back.
  • The Only One: As the protagonists are trying to escape the Trade Federation blockade in The Phantom Menace, all the other astromech droids are blasted away by laser fire, leaving R2 to repair the shield generator alone. It's just the first of many times he saves the day.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He is a small astromech droid that shouldn’t be messed with by anyone. In Revenge of the Sith, he proves that he can take care of two Super Battle Droids that are twice his size with some oil and flame thrusters.
  • Secret Keeper: He is one of the few characters who is privy to Anakin and Padmé's Secret Relationship (along with C-3PO, he was one of the only two attendants at their wedding) and also knows the truth about Luke and Leia. Unlike C-3PO, he doesn't get his memory wiped and still never says a word about any of this for decades.

Tropes from the Original Trilogy

  • Beneath Notice: Throughout his entire lifespan, he has repeatedly put a wrench in villains' plans (and helped the heroes in their darkest hours) just from the fact that they pass him off as just another astromech droid and underestimate him. Rule of thumb: if Artoo is along for the ride, chances are that he's going to prove helpful at some point, even if he doesn't have a heavy presence in the story he's in.
    • In The Clone Wars episode "A Friend in Need", Death Watch assigned him to droid maintenance duty, only for him to gain the droids' gratitude and make an army to use against Death Watch to help him save Ahsoka and Lux.
    • During the Zygerrian Slavers arc in The Clone Wars, he was the only one of the heroes to not be taken into slavery. He disappeared in the last act of "Slaves of the Republic" and didn't show up again until the first act of "Escape from Kadavo" to help Anakin escape from his captors.
    • In Return of the Jedi, nobody on Jabba's payroll bothered to check if he was carrying something that might prove useful to the heroes, as he had smuggled Luke's lightsaber in as part of his elaborate gambit to rescue Han. No one noticed him slip away onto the barge's flight deck to get in position to deliver it, either.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He saved the heroes more times that he could count. This includes saving them just before the trash compactor crushed them, leading them to safety in Cloud City by unlocking the door to the landing platform, then uses his fire extinguisher as a smoke screen to cover their escape, fixed the Falcon's hyperdrive right before the Imperials lock on with a tractor beam and gives Luke his new lightsaber during the battle against Jabba. He also does this many times in the Prequel Trilogy and The Clone Wars.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The little guy to C-3PO's big guy.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: R2 can only speak in "astromech babble", an arrach of mechanical chirps, whistles, warbles and beeps. So, it's very hard to understand what he's saying.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: If you listen closely when he beeps, R2 sometimes makes a robotic version of blowing a raspberry while bickering with other characters, especially C-3PO.
  • Breakout Character: R2-D2 is perhaps one of the most merchandisable and popular characters from the Original Trilogy.
  • The Cameo: Alongside C-3PO, R2-D2 has a brief appearance in Rogue One as the characters leave the Rebel base.
  • Cute Machines: He's small, adorable, plucky, and confident.
  • The Gadfly: To C-3PO, and Colonel Gascon during the D-Squad arc. He really likes to mess with those that have big egos.
  • Guy in Back: R2-D2 serves as such during the Space Battles in The Phantom Menace, Revenge of the Sith, and A New Hope. To add to the drama, he is badly damaged during the final trench run in A New Hope.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: R2-D2, particularly if viewed as specifically C-3PO's sidekick, is far more useful in the heat of the action than Threepio, and is shown a number of times to be particularly brave and determined.
    • Even viewed as the sidekick to the heroes as a whole, R2's ability to save the day either by hacking the operating systems around him or fixing mechanical problems on the heroes' ships makes him probably the most valuable member of the team besides Luke.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: He shares this role with C-3PO in the Original Trilogy, by virtue of being small, cute and plucky.
  • Made of Iron: In A New Hope, R2 takes a direct hit from a TIE fighter laser and lives to tell the tale, despite getting some clearly visible (but repairable) damage from it. The same thing happens again in Return of the Jedi, once again surviving a laser blast while trying to open the blast doors to the Death Star shield generator bunker.
  • Narrator All Along: Animation director, Rob Coleman, says that George Lucas told him that the Opening Scroll to each movie is actually R2D2 explaining the story to the keeper of The Journal of The Wills 100 years after Return of the Jedi.
  • The Navigator: One of Artoo's functions as an astromech droid is to calculate hyperspace jumps using coordinates he's stored for the ship he's plugged into.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Serves as a beeping Robot Buddy for Luke in the original trilogy and Anakin in the prequels.
  • Only Sane Man: R2-D2 seems to cater to this, especially considering he never had his memory wiped and is fully aware of everything that has taken place since The Phantom Menace.
  • Plot Coupon: The Death Star plans and a message from Princess Leia he carries in A New Hope.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Less so than C-3PO, but still, he's good for breaking tension.
  • Robot Buddy: Has a seemingly endless supply of gadgets for every conceivable task.
  • The Scream: R2 has his own distinctive robotic scream. UWAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOO!!!
  • Secret Keeper: He's the only hero who knows the events from every era, being featured in all eight main films so far and appearing in most spinoffs. Threepio has the same attendance record but got his memory wiped in between the prequels and originals. In particular, he hides the truth of Luke and Leia's parentage and relationship from them so that Yoda, Obi-Wan, and Bail's plan can succeed. He also hides the truth about Anakin from Ahsoka after she joins the Rebellion.
  • Shock and Awe: Though hardly built for combat, his electro-welder can be used as a pretty effective makeshift taser, and he does so repeatedly throughout his appearances in The Clone Wars.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns:
    • In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke and Artoo go to Cloud City to rescue the others. When Luke enters a room to have a dramatic confrontation with Darth Vader, Artoo gets locked out.
    • Anakin orders Artoo to stay with his ship on Mustafar as he makes his way to slaughter the Separatist leaders and duel Obi-Wan to the death in Revenge of the Sith.
  • Silent Snarker: Artoo, judging by C-3PO's reactions to what he's saying, is quite the Deadpan Snarker.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: If Threepio is anything to go by, Artoo can have quite a dirty mouth... er... vocoder. The fact all of his speech is rendered in beeps has certainly lent itself to Memetic Mutation in this regard, though not without precedent.
    0-0-0: My, what language. He certainly is a foul-mouthed little astromech.
  • The Smart Guy: He's the one to provide technological assistance when the heroes need it, whether it be hacking computer systems, repairing starships, or keeping his masters' starships flying.
  • Smart People Play Chess: R2 is shown playing chess against Chewbacca in A New Hope. After Han tells them what Wookiees do to others when they lose, Threepio suggests he should let Chewie win.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Like Threepio, his full name is sometimes written as "Artoo-Detoo". And in Latin America, he's sometimes referred to as "Arturito" (Little Arthur) among fans, due to the similar pronunciation.
  • Supporting Protagonist: The first third of A New Hope focuses mainly on his attempts to deliver Princess Leia's message to Obi-Wan before he ends up in Luke's ownership.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: He has tons of hidden gadgets built inside him, including rocket boosters, a taser, several pointy manipulator arms, a sawblade, etc.
  • Those Two Guys: With C-3PO, and they are always very happy to see each other after any time they get separated.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the main heroes, specifically the Skywalkers. Luke's disappearance in The Force Awakens puts him in a Heroic BSoD.
  • The Unintelligible: He communicates through beeps and whistles. Though C-3PO is usually there to interpret for him, others are able to get the gist of what he's saying through his abundant personality alone.
  • Unreliable Narrator: George Lucas has said (occasionally) that the movies are the story as told by R2-D2 to an alien race. This probably explains why he gets a lot more heroic moments in scenes where he's alone.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With C-3PO. Despite their bickering, they are always very concerned about each other's safety. The sequel trilogy hammers this home - C3PO's first words to R2 are to say how much he "missed" him.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Mostly averted by his close friends who treat him more than just an astro-droid. Played straight with other characters. Obi-Wan Kenobi views droids as just machines, although R2 seems to be an exception if the novel of A New Hope is to be believed.

Tropes from the Sequel Trilogy

  • Chekhov M.I.A.: In a sense in The Force Awakens. Yes, he is physically present, but he shut himself off for most of the film and only reactivates near the end just in time to reveal that he already got most of the map on Luke's whereabouts.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: He apparently lets a big one loose on Luke in The Last Jedi, who chides him for doing it on a sacred planet.
    Luke Skywalker: Hey, sacred island; watch the language!
  • Demoted to Extra: R2-D2 is only shown in the latter half of The Force Awakens and spends nearly all of his screen time in "low-power mode", but holds the key to finding Luke: the rest of the map. He has a slightly bigger role in The Last Jedi however. It's him who convinces Luke to train Rey by showing him the old hologram of Leia calling for Obi-Wan Kenobi's help, and he helps Rey and Chewbacca onboard the Millennium Falcon during the battle of Crait.
  • Good Old Robot: Artoo's over seventy years old, he's kept around because of his connection to Luke. However, it's noted that even if he wasn't in his "coma" he'd still be showing his age, and be outpaced by newer, more advanced models of astromech droid.
  • Heroic BSoD: One bordering on Despair Event Horizon in The Force Awakens. After Ben Solo's betrayal and Luke's departure, R2-D2 essentially shut down and hasn't spoken with anyone in years. He ultimately gets over it by the end of the film. Assuming his "shutdown" wasn't planned by him and Luke to make sure that Luke was never found.
  • Morality Pet: Even in the depths of his Took a Level in Jerkass tendencies, Luke still remains very friendly with R2-D2.
  • Plot Coupon: Like in the Original Trilogy, he's carrying a hologram needed to advance the plot.
  • Small Role, Big Impact:
    • Without his timely reactivation in The Force Awakens, the Resistance would never have found Luke.
    • To boot, if he hadn't tagged along on the trip to find Luke in The Last Jedi, then Rey (and Yoda) never could've convinced him to join the fight.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Supplemental materials state R2's fame is all that's saving him from being melted down to save resources.

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