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Star Wars: Droids — The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO is a cartoon from the mid-80s, produced by Nelvana for ABC starring the titular robots of Star Wars. It follows the two droids during their adventures long before the original trilogy (four years after Revenge of the Sith, to be exact). Along the way, they run into angry mob bosses, lost kings, and all manner of monsters and hostile robots. It was partnered with fellow Star Wars-based cartoon Ewoks, though this show didn't get a second season unlike Ewoks.
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Due to the Legends revamp, this show is no longer considered canon. However, it's still worth checking out for those who are curious as to how far Lucasfilm animation division has come over the years.

Artoo! HELP!! We're being attacked by the following tropes!

  • Abusive Parents: Sise Fromm isn't especially fond of his son, Tig. This is probably because Tig brings his father no small amount of misery.
  • Action Girl: Kea Moll. Jessica Meade as well. At least, during their introductions.
  • Berserk Button: For Tig Fromm, it's being called "Tiggy".
  • Big Fun: Jord Dusat. Unusually for an 80's cartoon, his size is never brought up in conversation, nor is he ever seen taking any particular pleasure in food.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Slarm. He's basically an Expy of Velma.
  • Call-Forward: The diner from the beginning of "The Lost Prince" seems similar to the Mos Eisley cantina, and a similar diner from The Clone Wars episode "Missing In Action." (For extra kicks, it also has a band similar to Jabba's thrown in.)
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  • Catchphrase: Threepio has "It is our honour and privilege to serve!" and "I do love a happy ending!", the latter said at the end of each episode cycle.
  • Character as Himself: R2-D2, thanks to his voice being recycled.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Admiral Screed shows up in "A Race to the Finish" before becoming a major villain.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: After finishing Marvel Star Wars, Marvel Comics made an eight-issue comic based upon the show. However, the comic takes place several years after the show and, in its final issues, tells the story of a certain movie from the droids' perspective.
  • Creepy Monotone: IG-88. For good measure, Evil Sounds Deep as well.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Great Heep has a significantly darker and more sinister tone than the rest of the series, especially when compared to the first few episodes of the show.
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  • Drives Like Crazy: Artoo in "The Trigon Unleashed." To be fair, he was trying to maneuver a fast-moving platform while inside a building with narrow hallways.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The Trigon One, at full power, has the capacity to blow up a planet. Apparently the Empire got their superweapon ideas from low-life gangsters.
  • The '80s: Hoo baby. Everything about this show — the hair, the animation, the music, the art style — screams eighties like you wouldn't believe. Appropriately enough, the show ran from 1985-86.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Admiral Screed — Imperial warlord and representative of Palpatine — draws the line at using Rooze Disease to wipe out insurgents. Justified, since he's seen it used before, and it ended up killing as many Imperials as Rebels.
  • Evil Chancellor: Ko Zatec-Cha...
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: ...who sounds like he smokes ten packs a day.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Whenever stormtroopers showed up, instead of rifles or pistols, they'd use force pikes instead (though these were retroactively labeled as force pikes, previously they were simply "blaster staffs"). The heroes don't use anything resembling the usual guns in the films, more like block-shaped devices are used instead. The hypocrisy is especially odious considering the typical kids would be familiar with the regular weapons of the franchise, such as the films and toys.
  • Fire/Water Juxtaposition: The Frozen Citadel is located atop (or rather, inside) a snow-covered mountain...which just so happens to be a volcano.
  • Fun Size: Artoo, after touching the shrinking mirror.
  • Genre Shift: It can be hard to remember this series takes place in the Star Wars universe.
  • The Good King: Mon Julpa.
  • Happiness in Slavery: This is Threepio's line of thinking.
    C-3PO: What are we going to do now? We can't function without a master.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Both our robotic heroes, actually. Threepio for surviving each hazard they fall into; Artoo for putting up with Threepio's incessant whining.
  • Killer Robot: But of course! This is the Star Wars universe. (Obviously averted by our two heroes, however.)
  • Knight of Cerebus: Admiral Screed. In contrast to the show's usual harmless villains, Screed's men were responsible for, among other things, theft, poisoning, attempted murder and even ( failed) genocide. Appropriately enough, he was the face of the Galactic Empire on the show.
    • The Great Heep, the main villain of the made-for-TV movie of the same name, was one of the most terrifying villains ever on the show. Appropriately enough, Screed first appeared in this episode as well (in fact, they are working together). Thankfully, the Great Heep is destroyed at the end of the movie.
  • Lazy Artist: It's easy to see places where the animators cut corners — characters' skin colour will change randomly between frames; they can even lose (and suddenly regain, then just as suddenly lose) entire facial features.
    • Interestingly, the show had a surprisingly large budget for the time it was made (it cost between $500k and $600k to produce two episodes of Droids and Ewoks).
  • Lighter and Softer: Although the original trilogy was fairly idealistic, the cartoon is far more so.
  • Mechanical Abomination: The Great Heep from the movie of the same name. Later Star Wars material would reveal that he is an Abominor, an extra-galactic droid that even the Yuuzhan Vong feared.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Threepio, Threepio, Threepio. No sooner do you open your mouth (well, activate your audio) then you find yourself in trouble, screaming for Artoo to save you. And then when he does, you claim you had the situation under control the entire time!
  • Mythology Gag: Lucasfilm has made many nods to this show over the years.
    • The Boonta Speeder Race is very similar to the Boonta Eve Podrace from The Phantom Menace, and not just in the name.
    • General Grievous's wheel bike from Revenge of the Sith seems inspired by a similar vehicle driven by Jann Tosh.
    • In Attack of the Clones, Jango Fett mentions being recruited by Count Dooku on one of Bogden's moons — a planet the droids visited in one episode.
    • One of the show's villains is named Kybo Ren — a name strangely similar to Kylo Ren.
    • Two entire episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars are based around Artoo and Threepio getting into weird mishaps. Predictably, they were two of that show's weirdest episodes.
    • Supplementary materials for Star Wars Rebels reveals Kanan's speeder bike as a product from Zebulon Dak Speeder Corporation called the Joben T-85, presumably designed by Thall Joben himself.
  • Never My Fault: Governor Koong in his final appearance blames Mungo Baobab for all his misfortune, not taking any responsibility for his own greed and incompetence.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Subverted when Coby shoots the bridge holding the patrol droid which has captured Greej. At first, it appears Greej is going to fall, but he grabs a hanging piece of wood, and the droid falls alone.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: In "The White Witch", after Threepio gets shocked and collapses, he says, "Artoo, you look lovely!"
  • Noodle Incident: The pilot episode begins with the droids left in the middle of nowhere after an unexplained incident.
  • Off Stage Villainy: The Galactic Empire is nowhere to be seen until later episodes. Possibly explained by the fact that the show takes place in 15BBY --- the Empire may not have taken over the entire galaxy yet.
  • Prequel: The show takes place in 15BBY, placing it 15 years before A New Hope. That's right; Star Wars had prequels before the prequel trilogy.
  • Ramming Always Works: In the third episode, the gang reprograms the Trigon One to collide with its owners' base.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Or rather, Old Iron Pants is Jess Meade.
  • Short-Runners: A single 13-episode (well, 14 if you count The Great Heep) season from '85-'86.
  • Space Pirates: The droids encounter these in a few episodes.
  • Stealth Pun: Sise (pronounced size) Fromm is a Fat Bastard.
  • Stock Sound Effects: Everything. Ben Burtt's original sound designs from the films pretty much dominated the show.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: You thought Artoo was useful in the movies? You ain't seen nothing yet. He's got everything from a parachute to an umbrella in there.
  • The Klutz: Threepio, full stop.
  • Too Important to Walk: Sise Fromm tends to get around via his hover-chair, rather than by using his legs.
  • Troll: Take a wild guess.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Artoo and Threepio. They may bicker incessantly, but it's clear that they're True Companions.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Because this show is rated G.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: The Durkii. Normally, it's a Gentle Giant. But when infested with Kleex, it becomes hostile.

Alternative Title(s): Star Wars Droids

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