15 Awesome Facts About R2-D2 & C-3PO

The droids everyone is looking for are the “odd couple” of the Star Wars franchise. One's a cheeky astromech, the other a golden protocol droid who's a stickler for the rules.

R2-D2 and C-3PO have been there from day one since they were given some secret plans by Princess Leia with a mission to get them to Obi-Wan Kenobi –  in fact, they were around when Anakin Skywalker was an idealistic cherub who was into pod racing.

This is to say these androids have had many adventures and given viewers many laughs!

Here are some cool facts and trivia about them, the actors that fit into the tin suits, and how they came to be the most heroic robots in the galaxy.

  • George Lucas took a lot of his inspiration from a movie called The Hidden Fortress. It featured a pair of bickering sidekicks who served as comic relief and crucially managed to help keep the plot ticking along. Lucas adopted this concept and applied it to the robots. This is quite amusing as it appears in real life that Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels didn't get on too well – it's well-documented that Daniels has been quite vocal about Baker's attitude.
  • Anthony Daniels, who voiced C-3P0 and climbed into the tin suit, is the only actor to appear in all nine Star Wars trilogy films – you may also count his The Clone Wars animated film and Rogue One appearances too!
  • Kenny Baker did not actually film anything for Revenge of the Sith. His parts were a mix of CGI and footage recycled from Attack of the Clones.
  • C-3PO's most famous quote is perhaps “I suggest a new strategy, Artoo: let the Wookie win” which pretty much speaks for itself! As a side note, that game between Chewbacca and R2-D2 was never finished. When Finn bumps the table in The Force Awakens, it's the same game of Dejarik from A New Hope. That game is also referenced in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
  • A lot of people miss it, thinking that C-3PO is totally golden, but his right knee down is silver. In The Force Awakens, he had a red arm for most of the movie.
  • R2 stands 96cm tall.
  • Ralph McQuarrie designed C-3PO by taking influence from the Maschinenmensch in the film Metropolis:
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Image Courtesy of Lucasfilm
  • R2-D2 was infamously given the ability to fly in the prequel movies, which bugged many fans (despite the fun he had on screen). This was rather roughly explained in other fiction that after the Clone Wars the company responsible for the development of his boosters went out of business. When his rocket boosters were damaged they were unable to be repaired.
  • R2-D2 and C-3PO were snuck into a scene in Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark as well as J.J. Abrams' two Star Trek movies.
  • The characters were so popular they had their own animated television series for a short time and once appeared in episodes of The Muppets and Sesame Street where R2 oddly appeared to fall in love with a fire hydrant!
  • R2-D2 served several masters – starting with Padmé, Anakin, Bail Organa, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, and for a time, Jabba the Hutt. In the expanded universe R2 accompanies the descendants of Skywalker on many adventures.
  • The two robots are the subject of Obi-Wan's most famous quote, “These aren't the droids you're looking for.” This line has become a common phrase used to indicate that the issue or matter being discussed is not relevant, often said with a knowing wave of the hand.
  • When Obi-Wan finds General Grievous on the planet Utapau, his first words are “Hello, there.” This is exactly what said when he first met R2-D2 in A New Hope. It's now a famous internet meme.
  • Fun fact: Anthony Daniels voiced Legolas in Ralph Bakshi's animated film version of The Lord of the Rings. Another fun fact is that Obi-Wan was inspired by Gandalf.
  • Here's some early concept art that focuses on the Cantina scene in A New Hope. Check out the design of our robots to the left – and that green guy in the middle is Gredo, the guy who shot second:
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Image Courtesy of Lucasfilm

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