C-3PO and R2-D2 are robot characters from the Star Wars franchise. They have appeared in all six theatrical Star Wars films, and several spin-offs including animated series Droids and Clone Wars, concept albums and TV specials.
Anthony Daniels played C-3PO in both the movies and all Muppet appearances. For R2-D2, although Kenny Baker originated the role in the movies, a "three footed" R2 robot was used for his Muppet appearances, operated by radio control. On The Muppet Show, R2 was credited as being played by "Himself."
C-3PO on the planet Koozebane, on The Muppet Show.
R2-D2 on Koozebane
C-3PO, also spelled See-Threepio, also called Threepio for short, was a protocol droid—a droid specifically designed to interact with organics. C-3PO's TranLang III Communicator module combined with his AA-1 VerboBrain allowed him to be fluent in over six million forms of communication. He was also equipped with over thirty secondary functions. C-3PO was generally seen with his counterpart, R2-D2, a small, wheeled R2-series astromech droid. C-3PO's main function as a protocol droid was to assist with etiquette, customs, and translation so that meetings of different cultures ran smoothly. In his time, C-3PO loyally served over forty masters. He hated adventure and space travel, as they often resulted in him coming out on the wrong end of a fight, losing parts, and having them reattached, sometimes incorrectly. Along with R2-D2, C-3PO played a pivotal role in galactic history, however lowly he may have thought of himself.
C-3PO was originally activated on the Cybot Galactica foundry world of Affa in 112 BBY. His more well-known incarnation, however, was "born" on Tatooine around 32 BBY. It was then that a young boy named Anakin Skywalker, exploring a Mos Espa street with his friend Kitster Banai, came upon the 3PO-series's discarded head and gutted chassis and decided to rebuild the droid.
Anakin found that the droid's balance gyro was quite old, dating back several decades, but he was able to make the droid functional again with the addition of scrounged and improvised replacement parts. However, while Threepio boasted a standard protocol droid verbobrain and communicator module, it is unknown whether these parts originated with his chassis, or if they were acquired independently by Anakin. Threepio's wiring and construction were sound, but Anakin could not afford even the simplest of droid coverings.
Originally designed to help his mother, Shmi, Anakin carried Threepio along when he bartered with nearby Jawa traders. On one occasion Anakin came across a wounded Tusken Raider. Due to 3PO's fluency in millions of languages Anakin was able to nurse the Tusken Raider back to health, though the Tusken Raider was not fond of Threepio, and roared at him to "shut up" in his own language.
In 32 BBY C-3PO met his future partner, R2-D2, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, Queen Padmé Amidala of Naboo and the Gungan Jar Jar Binks, whom he characterized as "odd." Threepio did not know he was "naked" before R2 mentioned it. He was extremely embarrassed by this, but Padmé remarked that the droid was perfect. C-3PO and R2-D2 formed a fast friendship, working together to perfect Anakin's podracer for the Boonta Eve Classic. The more experienced droid told Threepio of the danger of space travel, to which Threepio proclaimed that no one would get him to go on a starship.
Shortly afterwards, C-3PO became part of Anakin's pit crew during the Boonta Eve Classic, where he saw Anakin defeat Sebulba. Unfortunately, C-3PO and his master parted ways when Qui-Gon freed the boy after winning a bet with Anakin's master, Watto. Before parting with his master, Anakin assured the droid that he would make sure Shmi didn't sell him and said his final goodbye.
Nearly five years later, Shmi married Cliegg Lars; C-3PO, along with Shmi, went to live with Lars and his son Owen. Three years earlier, Shmi upgraded Threepio with coverings so that he might last longer in the sandy environment.
In 22 BBY, Shmi was kidnapped by a group of Tusken Raiders. Sensing that his mother was in danger, Anakin and Padmé traveled to Tatooine where they reunited with Threepio. C-3PO recognized Anakin and Padmé instantly and presented them to Beru Whitesun, Owen, and Cliegg Lars. Once Anakin returned with his mother's lifeless body, C-3PO attended her small funeral in the back of the Lars homestead.
After Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala's visit to Tatooine, C-3PO left with his old master at Owen's suggestion, who said it was what Shmi would have wanted. Threepio accompanied his master to the planet of Geonosis to rescue his Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Shortly afterwards, he followed Artoo after the little droid disobeyed direct orders from Anakin. He found himself in a droid construction facility and, after being pushed onto one of the platforms by Artoo, his head was taken off and temporarily attached to the torso of a B1 battle droid, while the head of the droid was placed onto Threepio's torso. Due to the combat droid's programming, Threepio reluctantly participated in the Battle of Geonosis, as did the battle droid who had his torso. There, Threepio was stopped by Kit Fisto; using a Force Push to pin him underneath a B2 super battle droid. Meanwhile, the battle droid who had his torso was decapitated by a deflected blaster bolt. After being rescued by Artoo and reunited with his body he, with the rest of the Republic, left Geonosis. He became one of the three witnesses to Padmé and Anakin's marriage a while later back on Naboo.
C-3PO was given to Senator Amidala as a gift from her husband, Anakin Skywalker. The droid would go on to serve as Amidala's personal protocol droid for most of the Clone Wars. When on Naboo, the senator often assigned C-3PO to assist the Naboo Royal Council. Early in the war, C-3PO was on Coruscant, and along with the senator and R2-D2, witnessed Skywalker depart the planet in a starfighter on his way to lay siege to Muunilist. Following the defense of Naboo and the bio-plague of Ohma-D'un by the Confederacy, Queen Jamillia appointed C-3PO to serve as liaison to the Jedi during that campaign. Some time later, C-3PO and R2-D2 were traveling with Amidala in her H-type Nubian yacht while the ship was host to the Jedi Master Yoda. After Yoda convinced Amidala and Captain Typho to make a detour, the ship headed to Ilum on a rescue mission of the Jedi Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee. The Jedi Master set out into the planet's blizzard alone, causing some worry on Amidala's part. Although C-3PO assured her that it was safer to remain at the ship, the senator set out into the blizzard, accompanied by the two droids. After being ambushed by three cloaked Separatist Chameleon droids, Amidala destroyed all three by using her cloak and C-3PO as decoys to attract blasterfire. Despite being in the vicinity of the explosion of a thermal detonator thrown by Amidala, C-3PO remained unscathed, and the victorious trio were greeted by their three wayward Jedi.
After returning to Coruscant, C-3PO received a new gold plating to replace his dull silver one, save for an exceptional right foreleg which remained silver. Afterwards, he and Amidala, both disguised in hooded cloaks, were walking in Coruscant's undercity when the senator disappeared. Searching for her, C-3PO was pulled into an alleyway by Anakin Skywalker, who had been engaging in a private rendezvous with Amidala. After being told by the Padawan that he looked different, C-3PO removed his cloak and revealed his new plating. Skywalker was promptly commed and summoned by Obi-Wan Kenobi, and was subsequently granted the title of Jedi Knight. Free of his Padawan braid, he gave the hairpiece to C-3PO to present to Amidala as a gift. R2-D2 accompanied the protocol droid as he made the transfer. C-3PO also, in a meeting of the Loyalist Committee, became the first entity in the galaxy to address Supreme Chancellor Palpatine as "Your Majesty". He also severely disapproved of combat droids, once demanding to "have a serious talk with their programmer."
When Padmé received intelligence from Supreme Chancellor Palpatine that the InterGalactic Banking Clan wished to establish a treaty, she immediately went to meet the supposed member, bringing Threepio along with her. However, it turned out to be a trap, for they came out of hyperspace right into the middle of a battle between the Republic and the CIS warship Malevolence. General Grievous soon pulled their ship aboard via a tractor beam, in the hopes of taking a Senator hostage and halting the Jedi's efforts of pursuit. Padmé overloaded her ship's engine as a trap, but Grievous survived her trap. They rendezvoused with Anakin and Obi-Wan at the rail jet tracks, who had come aboard to rescue her. With droids coming up behind them, Padmé pushed Threepio onto one of the cars. Obi-Wan tried to use telekinesis to salvage the protocol droid, but an oncoming car throttled him out of reach. Luckily, Anakin sent Artoo to find him, and the group of five got off the Malevolence, shortly before it crashed into the nearby moon, thanks to sabotage to the warship's navicomputer.
When Padmé went on a mission to Rodia to ensure its allegiance to the Republic, Threepio and Jar Jar Binks accompanied her. There, Padmé shockingly discovered that long-time family friend Senator Onaconda Farr had already allied himself with the Confederacy, and that Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray was already on his way. Padmé was taken prisoner, and Jar Jar and Threepio encountered battle droids in the hangar. They miraculously managed to repel them, but Jar Jar accidentally destroyed their yacht, and was later mistaken for a Jedi after putting on a Jedi robe stored in a closet in the yacht (most likely belonging to Anakin). After Jar Jar fell down through a grate and into the water below, Threepio was taken away by battle droids. However, an escaped Padmé managed to free him. Padmé sent Threepio to find a communications station and contact the Republic for assistance. After sending a harried message, Threepio was taken prisoner, but as droidekas prepared to shoot him and Padmé, Jar Jar enlisted the help of "Boogie", a Kwazel Maw, to destroy the droids. In the following confusion, Padmé was able to corner Gunray, and Onaconda promised his allegiance to the Republic, having made a grave mistake in an alliance with the Separatists.
After a clone base was attacked on Orto Plutonia, Anakin and Obi-Wan investigated, bringing along Artoo and Threepio with their squad. Pantoran Chairman Chi Cho and Senator Riyo Chuchi accompanied them. They later learned that a tribe of Talz, who were apparently native to the planet, had defeated a squad of battle droids, and the outpost had been caught in the middle. Though the Jedi did not have Threepio with them, they managed to arrange a meeting between the Talz and Pantorans to negotiate peace. Threepio was brought to translate for both sides. However, the protocol droid was forced to tell Talz leader Thi-Sen that Cho would declare war on the planet he declared his. After a small skirmish, Threepio translated for Chuchi, who was given the authority to negotiate peace instead of war.
When battle droids were found on Naboo, Queen Neeyutnee, fearing another invasion, requested Padmé's presence back on her home planet, and she came at once with Jar Jar and Threepio in tow. Threepio assisted Captain Gregar Typho in trying to trick a tactical droid into revealing its mission, but unfortunately, Jar Jar accidentally destroyed it by causing shelves of spare droid parts to topple over. Luckily, the clue of a slug-beetle that arrived at the palace with the droid gave Padmé a lead, and she set off with Jar Jar, while Threepio stayed back to assist with any further investigation of the battle droids. Upon stumbling across the laboratory of Dr. Nuvo Vindi, the two were captured, and the Confederacy-allied Vindi revealed that he was planning on re-releasing the Blue Shadow Virus into the galaxy. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin, and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano arrived to rescue the pair and stop the release of the virus, and they also managed to capture Vindi. However, shortly before Obi-Wan and Anakin took Vindi back to Theed, Vindi's servant droid LEP-86C8 released the virus, and Ahsoka and the clone troopers, and later Padmé, were infected. Fortunately, Anakin and Obi-Wan managed to find a cure on the planet Iego.
Near the end of the Clone Wars, Threepio became concerned about Padmé and Anakin's behavior. He was aware of Padmé's pregnancy and the meetings she held with the Loyalist Committee, which included Bail Prestor Organa and Mon Mothma. After Skywalker and R2-D2 returned from Anakin's massacre of the Jedi, Threepio and R2 held a quiet discussion about Anakin, but he assured the little droid that he must have been stressed.
However, C-3PO became a witness to his maker's turn to the dark side of the Force when he accompanied Padmé to Mustafar. When Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi's duel moved to the interior of the facility on Mustafar, C-3PO and R2-D2 took it upon themselves to get the injured Senator aboard her cruiser. When Obi-Wan returned to the ship, C-3PO piloted it to the asteroid facility of Polis Massa and witnessed Padmé give birth to the Skywalker twins and die shortly afterwards. C-3PO and R2-D2 fell into the custody of Bail Organa, who turned them over to Captain Raymus Antilles and ordered Threepio's memory wiped on the Tantive IV in order to protect the twins from the Emperor and their father, Anakin Skywalker, who had become the Sith Lord known as Darth Vader. After his memory was erased, Threepio would state that he had first worked with binary loadlifters. Unbeknownst to Threepio, he would later reunite with the Skywalker twins nearly two decades later.
Though he and R2-D2 were officially part of the droid complement of the Tantive IV for the next 19 years, C-3PO also served Alderaan's royal house, the House of Organa, on Alderaan on occasion. While accompanying them to the Emperor's Ball, he mistook Anakin Skywalker, now Darth Vader, for a new droid: he was reassigned as a preschool teacher for a year as punishment.
The droid duo's servitude on the Tantive IV was short lived, however. During a routine drill—supervised by Chief Petty Officer Corla Metonae—that involved the launching of the ship's escape pods, the Tantive IV was attacked by a pirate group from the Karthakk system. The Corvette was forced to flee, leaving its jettisoned pods behind. It was later discovered that C-3PO and his counterpart were aboard one of the abandoned pods. Bail Organa placed high priority on recovering the droids.
Following this alarming event, C-3PO and R2-D2 began being traded around by various owners. They found themselves traveling the galaxy serving a series of different masters, such as Ambassador Zell of Majoor. One owner, a glitterstim smuggler, left the droids on Ingo. It was there that they were owned by Thall Joben and Jord Dusat. This got them involved in a speeder race against none other than bounty hunter Boba Fett. After that, the two helped Jann Tosh and Mon Julpa restore the Tammuz-an monarchy. Later, Tosh, on his way to enroll in the Imperial Academy, left the droids on Manda. It was there that they got jobs at a hotel. From there they went to Biitu and were involved with the Great Heep. Mungo Baobab saved them from the Heep and took the droids back to Manda. Later, on Roon, Baobab found some Roonstones which C-3PO told him were etched with the ancient poem Dha Werda Verda. The Roonstone events even led to C-3PO competing in the Roon Colonial Games. When the droids went with Mungo to the Baobab Archives, however, they were separated from him and sold to a used technological goods trafficker.
When another owner, Governor Wena, put the droids up for auction, they ended up going to Hosk Station. Between there and Kalarba, the droids had a number of adventures with Nak Pitareeze and his family, Olag Greck, and Jace Forno. Though Nak would often disrespect him, Threepio nonetheless cared for the boy and his family. When Plag kidnapped Nak and forced him to fix his ships, Threepio and his counterpart came to the rescue and foiled Greck's plans. One time, Threepio fell out of a speeder and cracked his faceplate. The crude repair job he got afterward was two pieces of tape in the shape of an X. That X on his head led him to be mistaken for C-3PX, an extremely dangerous assassin droid who was wanted in seven systems. Some Hosk Arena promoters who thought Threepio was 3PX tried to make him fight in a droid death match. 3PX later sacrificed himself to save 3PO, having decided that he had no interest in staying alive in a galaxy where he would eventually die whatever he chose.
C-3PO and R2-D2 later went with a police droid named Unit Zed to Nar Shaddaa, where Jace Forno blasted off his left leg below the knee. However, the replacement leg that he got actually contained secret programming that overrode his regular personality. The "new" C-3PO led a droid rebellion against Boonda the Hutt. However, his original programming was later restored when R2-D2 replaced his "possessed" leg and he ran software repair, recognising that, for all that his 'troops' respected him, R2-D2 missed his friend more. After that, the two droids were owned by an Ithorian botanist named Zorneth and then a diplomat, Councilor Harthan.
Some other masters of the droids during this time included Stigrit Krax, Larka Nimondro, Prince Jagoda, Lott Kemp, Jost Ellon, Vik Idd and Nikki Idd, King Gokus, and Van P. Quist. After all their many adventures, the droids finally returned to the Tantive IV. Serving the Rebel Alliance, the droids deactivated an Imperial defense system during the Battle of Wayland, allowing the Alliance Fleet to land on Fresia.
When the Tantive IV came under attack by Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer Devastator, C-3PO and R2-D2 were launched in an escape pod on the orders of Princess Leia Organa to deliver a secret message to Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi. On Tatooine, C-3PO and R2-D2 were captured by Jawas, taken into their Sandcrawler, and sold to Owen Lars. In the process of being sold, Threepio managed to convince Owen's nephew, Luke Skywalker, son of his creator Anakin Skywalker, to buy Artoo.
During a conversation with Luke, Threepio revealed to the lad that he and his counterpart were well acquainted with the rebellion against the Empire. While cleaning R2-D2, Luke stumbled across the hidden message from Princess Leia, though C-3PO claimed he had no idea whom she was and that it may have been old data. That night, R2-D2 made a daring escape from the homestead after Luke had removed his restraining bolt. C-3PO attempted to stop him but was unsuccessful. He would later join Luke in his search through the Jundland Wastes. When they did find R2, they were attacked by Tusken Raiders, causing C-3PO to stumble over and have his arm ripped off. Thankfully, Obi-Wan Kenobi had found them and assisted them back to his home, although C-3PO said that there was no need to risk themselves on his account. Soon after being repaired and R2 showing Obi-Wan the message from Leia, they discovered the ruined Sandcrawler and Jawas who had sold him. Luke had sped off to discover that Owen and Beru Lars had been murdered by Imperial stormtroopers, leaving C-3PO and R2-D2 in Luke's care. After traveling to Mos Eisley while evading stormtroopers, C-3PO and R2-D2 escaped on the Millennium Falcon with Luke, Obi-Wan, the ship's captain Han Solo, and his first mate Chewbacca, with whom he would assist R2-D2 against in a game of dejarik. After hearing that Wookiees were known to rip peoples' arms out of their sockets when they lost, he gave R2-D2 one final piece of advice: "let the Wookiee win."
When finally arriving in the Alderaan system, they found the planet gone and themselves brought aboard the Empire's new weapon, the Death Star. He and R2 were left in the hangar control center, with the only advice given to lock the doors if they were to be discovered. Of course this almost became the end for C-3PO's master when Luke, Han, Chewbacca and the now rescued Princess Leia escaped stormtroopers by jumping into a trash compactor and the compactor was initialized. C-3PO had left the comlink he had been using to stay in touch with the group out while he and R2 hid from stormtroopers. Moments after C-3PO had found the comlink, he cursed his metal body that they had been killed. Fortunately, R2 was able to halt the compactor and unlock the door. Finally, the group was able to make it back to the Falcon and escape after Obi-Wan Kenobi sacrificed himself while fighting Darth Vader.
Making haste to the Rebel base on Yavin 4, a plan was made to attack the Death Star. Despite being constantly annoyed by R2-D2's recklessness and impulsive nature, Threepio discovered that he considered R2 his best friend, and told R2 that he'd better make it back or his life would get boring. When the battle was won, R2-D2 made it back. However, he was badly damaged and C-3PO had offered to donate any of his parts that would be helpful in his repair. R2-D2 was repaired and looked good as new. It is unknown if C-3PO donated any of his parts.
Following the Battle of Yavin, C-3PO accompanied Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and R2-D2 on numerous missions for the Alliance. On one such mission, Threepio and Luke encountered the bounty hunter Beilert Valance on Feriae Junction while they were looking for parts to repair Artoo. While exploring Junction City, Threepio and Luke met a man named Skinker who took them to his salvage yard. Unaware of Darth Vader's bounty on himself, Skywalker, and R2-D2, C-3PO and the others fell into a trap. Sensing a trap, Skywalker shoved C-3PO into Skinker's office and dove in after, and then sent the droid out the back way while he tried to hold off the bounty hunter. As Valance was about to deliver the final blow, C-3PO suddenly reappeared and placed himself in front of his master, willing to sacrifice himself to save Skywalker. The boy in turn, concerned for his droid's safety, tried to send him away. Valance, not understanding the droid's actions questioned Threepio. He answered "Certainly it's not widely accepted. But perhaps if it were, even being a cyborg might be easier to bear." Because of Threepio's selfless act, the bounty hunter left them, allowing C-3PO to pick up Skywalker's fallen lightsaber and carry him back to their ship.
During this time, 3PO served as interpreter for and worked with Leia Organa at the Rebels' ring base. He traveled with Luke Skywalker on a mission to Panna to rescue Han Solo for the first time. After arriving on Panna, Threepio and the others encountered the bounty hunter Boba Fett, who was also on the planet seeking to get information from Luke Skywalker about the Rebel Alliance.
When the Alliance transferred to the ice world of Hoth, C-3PO continued to work with Princess Leia on some personal matters such as drying out her clothes in the frozen environment. Things became worse when Luke Skywalker went missing on a scouting mission. After failing to pinpoint his exact location, Threepio could do little but wait until Han Solo returned with the latter. Fortunately, Skywalker was saved due to the efforts of Solo. The evening after Skywalker recovered from his bacta treatment, Echo Base came under attack by a hoard of wampa ice creatures. Threepio, along with R2-D2, was instrumental in alerting the base's defenders how to help stop the creatures. They noticed that behind each individual attack was one commonality: the high-pitched beeping of the base's astromech droids seemed to drive the wampas into berserker rages. They informed Major Bren Derlin, the base's head of security, and the Rebels finally had an advantage. They used recordings of astromech droids to round up the final wampas still hiding within the base, stunned them into incapacitation, and secured them in highly shielded pens. Later, C-3PO was responsible for identifying the Empire's probot, alerting the Rebels to the Empire's awareness of their location.
Soon afterward in the Battle of Hoth, C-3PO joined Solo, Organa, and Chewbacca in a desperate race to the Millennium Falcon while in hot pursuit from an advanced group of the Empire's invading snowtroopers. During the escape, C-3PO came upon one of the wampa pens. Pasted on the door was a yellow and orange hazard label. An ancient part of him, a holdover from one of his earlier daring masters, seemed to take over. C-3PO reached out, and tore the label off. He continued to run faster than before after his party, disappearing around the next bend in the corridor. The group of pursuing snowtroopers came upon the door, and marched inside with military efficiency. They were quickly slaughtered by the caged wampas inside, buying the escaping Rebels just enough time to flee the planet. C-3PO escaped with Solo in the Millennium Falcon, while his partner joined Skywalker in his pursuit of the mysterious Yoda.
During this time, C-3PO and Han developed a strange relationship, with C-3PO quoting odds and Han defying them. Normally, Han would have simply shut C-3PO down but due to the mechanical failures on the Falcon, C-3PO was plugged into the ship and communicated with it to determine the problem (which Han took credit for). He would later comment that the Falcon had a most peculiar dialect. After a chase through the Hoth asteroid field, the Falcon escaped to Cloud City on Bespin.
While exploring a room almost immediately after his arrival, C-3PO was blasted by a stormtrooper from Gamma Squad. Vader demanded his memory be retrieved and when he saw his parts, recognized his creation and ordered its destruction. However, after being gone for far too long, Chewbacca headed to the Ugnaught recycling facility where he found the dismembered droid. When Darth Vader revealed his presence to the group, Chewbacca was sent into a holding cell but, after an apparent change of heart from Vader, was permitted to rebuild the droid, which, much to the displeasure of C-3PO, was done poorly. While still being repaired, Chewbacca carried C-3PO on his back during Han Solo's encasement in carbonite.
With the help of the city's administrator, Lando Calrissian, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO were able to escape. Although Chewbacca upon instant release attempted to choke Lando for Han Solo's capture, C-3PO apologized for the enraged Wookiee's behavior, which he feared would be the end of him. Having C-3PO on Chewbacca's back was beneficial: when Boba Fett escaped the city with Han Solo, C-3PO notified them of pursuing stormtroopers. Finally, after a chase through the corridors of Cloud City, the group made it to the Millennium Falcon. R2-D2, whom they found after Luke Skywalker arrived to rescue them, unlocked the door to the landing pad under C-3PO's command. After successfully escaping Vader's flagship, the Executor, C-3PO was fully repaired by R2-D2.
Shortly after escaping Imperials on Cloud City, C-3PO joined in the search for Solo. On one occasion, he and Artoo piloted Han's ship, the Millennium Falcon, and rescued Leia from Prince Xizor.
Roughly a year after escaping Cloud City, Luke commanded C-3PO and R2-D2 to deliver a message to Jabba the Hutt, the gangster who had the encased Han Solo in his palace. Unbeknownst to him, Luke had given the droids to Jabba as a ploy to gain entrance. C-3PO was placed as Jabba's replacement translator while R2-D2 served on his sail barge. C-3PO's first translation for the crime lord was of Boushh claiming the bounty for Chewbacca, whom he had on a chained leash. The meeting became intense when Boushh demanded 50,000 credits and in surprise, Jabba the Hutt smacked C-3PO who then noticed Boushh had a thermal detonator. Fortunately, C-3PO was undamaged and was able to negotiate the deal of 35,000 credits to Boushh (which came as a relief to the paranoid droid).
While Boushh was discovered to be Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker infiltrated the palace and killed Jabba's pet rancor in a fierce duel. This angered Jabba and he transferred his court to the sail barge with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca as food for the Sarlacc, while Leia served as Jabba's slave. Just as Luke Skywalker was pushed off the plank, he bounded back up and R2-D2 tossed him his lightsaber. In the midst of the battle, C-3PO was attacked by Salacious B. Crumb, yanking one of his sensors out its socket. Salacious was forced off by R2-D2, which gave C-3PO and R2-D2 a chance to escape the sail barge. Making their way to the platform, R2-D2 pushed C-3PO off and rolled off himself into the sands of the Dune Sea. As the sail barge was burning, the two were quickly rescued and the group headed off planet to the Rebels' gathering on Home One.
C-3PO accompanied the strike force to forest moon of Endor to disable the shield generator protecting the Death Star II. When he, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, and R2-D2 were captured by the Ewoks, they thought he was a prophesied god known as the Golden One. Though C-3PO claimed that pretending to be a deity was "against his programming", the droid was brought to Bright Tree Village as an honored guest at a banquet. Meanwhile, his companions were brought to the Ewok village as prisoners, intended to be the main course at a banquet honoring "the Golden One."
Despite the droid's reluctance, Luke Skywalker convinced C-3PO at the banquet to demand that the release of the prisoners. C-3PO told the Ewoks he'd bring down lightning and fire and wrath if his friends were not released. Skywalker then levitated the frightened droid above the clamoring crowd, "proving" to the Ewoks that the droid really did have "magic" powers. Later that night, C-3PO acted as a storyteller, Battle of Endor.and intentions of the Rebels to the tribe. This gained sympathy from the Ewoks and convinced them to help the Rebels at the
C-3PO's part in the Battle of Endor was not yet complete, however. After infiltrating the shield bunker and being captured by Imperial forces, C-3PO began the Ewoks' assault on the Empire by calling over a group of stormtroopers with a false surrender. Chaos ensued as Ewoks jumped from hiding and attacked the Imperials, allowing for Han Solo and Leia to reach the bunker controls. When R2-D2 was forced to assist in infiltrating the bunker, C-3PO nevertheless followed, evading enemy fire. The battle ended with the Death Star II's destruction and the death of the Emperor. C-3PO was present at the celebration afterward.
After the Battle of Endor and the destruction of the second Death Star, C-3PO continued to travel with his permanent partner, now his friend. C-3PO would assist Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, and their allies in the Alliance (and later, the New Republic) on many missions. At Bakura, he translated Ssi-ruuvi, the language of the Ssi-ruuk, and helped decipher their codes to aid the Alliance and the Empire following a short-lived truce. During a session at the Bakuran Senate when the Ssi-ruuk puppet Dev Sibwarra revealed his master's intentions of enteching Bakura's population, C-3PO expressed his shock and horror at the spectacle on behalf of droids. However, this did little to allay the prevalent anti-droid sentiment among many Bakuran senators who responded with catcalls.
Later during the campaign, C-3PO and R2-D2 managed to translate the Ssi-ruuk communiques, and learned that not only did the Ssi-ruuk plan on capturing Skywalker, but also intended on attacking Bakura an hour later. They also learned the precise location and time when the Ssi-ruu planned on seizing the Jedi. The droid met up with Solo, who had just learned of the arrest of Leia and two Bakuran officials. Solo learned from C-3PO that Organa had been taken to a rural retreat used by Nereus, and was also apprised of the Ssi-ruu intention.
After first cutting Solo a highly illegal override code, C-3PO was then ordered to dress in a suit of stormtrooper armor forcibly acquired by Solo and proceed to the Millennium Falcon to rendezvous with Chewbacca and warn Skywalker. However, upon arriving at the light freighter, C-3PO was mistaken for a stormtrooper by Chewbacca and shot down. Although he had sustained only minor damage and was able to warn Skywalker about the capture attempt, the protocol droid was indignant.
C-3PO and R2-D2 were also members of Senate Planetary Intelligence Network (SPIN) for a short time, and underwent transformation by the Droid Modification Team to be disguised as Kessel droids so that they could infiltrate a gathering of Imperials to find out who was planning to take control of the Empire.
In 8 ABY, C-3PO was led to believe that Han Solo was actually the King of Corellia during Solo's competition with Isolder for Leia's hand in marriage. Threepio agreed to assist Solo in his efforts, as one of his functions was as a counselor droid, but was shocked when the Corellian kidnapped the princess and took her to Dathomir. Present with Han on this crazed adventure, Threepio continued to present Han in the best possible light and wrote a song (with at least fifteen verses) for Han Solo entitled "The Virtues of King Han Solo." He surprised everyone when he performed the song, which he not only sang (in a voice reminiscent of that of popular vocalist Jukas Alim), but backed with the sound of a full symphony orchestra. He later discovered that Solo's newfound royalty was actually untrue. Surviving the hazards of Dathomir and the Imperial occupation fleet, he was present at Han and Leia's wedding.
Shortly afterwards, C-3PO returned to Tatooine where he helped Han and Leia in their search for an Alderaanian moss painting storing a valuable code. It was here that Threepio reunited with Kitster Banai and Wald, childhood friends of Anakin Skywalker. With their help C-3PO and the others discovered Shmi's diary and in it, contained valuable information on the man that became the most feared figure in the galaxy. After reading the diary, Leia remarked that the droid her grandmother described reminded her of Threepio. The code was eventually found and destroyed.
Threepio later went to Honoghr with Leia during the Thrawn Crisis during her quest with Khabarakh to discover what had caused the plight of the Noghri. Threepio was forced to hide with Leia and Chewbacca when Imperial forces arrived overhead, but later returned with Leia to Coruscant, where she gave birth to Jaina and Jacen Solo. Threepio would serve as caretaker for both the twins, and later Anakin Solo as well. To keep herself from being overwhelmed by the tasks that confronted her, Leia would enlist C-3PO's help. The protocol droid had uploaded information regarding child-rearing into his memory banks and would meet the challenge with an initial enthusiasm but mixed results. In an attempt to hide Leia from Imperial kidnappers, Threepio was temporarily reprogrammed by Lando on Nkllon to sound exactly like Leia. However, the Empire, led by Grand Admiral Thrawn, saw through the deception. Threepio also accompanied Han, Lando, Artoo, Luke, Chewbacca, and Mara Jade to Wayland on a mission to destroy the Mount Tantiss storehouse. Thanks to Threepio and some Noghri, the party was able to recruit aid from the local Psadans and Myneyrshi and destroy the storehouse.
The team of C-3PO and Chewbacca would typically take care of Jacen and Jaina when their parents were away. C-3PO would recite stories such as The Little Lost Bantha Cub and take them on field trips along with Chewbacca, who would keep an eye on them. On one such instance though, while attending a diplomatic reception, the twins started playing near a tentacle-cactus. When Threepio went to retrieve them, he himself became entangled in the plant, but was eventually saved.
In another particularly dangerous experience for the Solo twins, they escaped from Chewbacca's and Threepio's watch during a trip to the Holographic Zoo of Extinct Animals on Coruscant and ended up in the sub-levels of Coruscant. Distraught, Threepio frantically searched for them, but they had been found by King Onibald Daykim and were reunited with their parents.
In 10.5 ABY, Emperor Palpatine was resurrected through the use of cloning technology. However, the clones became faulty due to the tampering of his DNA by Carnor Jax, causing Palpatine to target Leia and her unborn child as he needed to possess the child's body. After fleeing to Nespis VII, Leia gave birth to a son she named Anakin after his grandfather. While on Nespis VII, Threepio and Artoo were nearly destroyed after they spotted an Imperial installing a homing beacon on the Millennium Falcon. They were saved due to the timely arrival of Captain Solo and Chewbacca. Unfortunately, the reborn Emperor and his fleet discovered the Alliance's existence, leading C-3PO and the others to flee to Iziz, a city on the planet of Onderon. Palpatine eventually found them but was shot in the back by Han. He was finally destroyed when Empatojayos Brand sacrificed himself to save Anakin.
Threepio and Artoo later accompanied Leia on a diplomatic mission to Nam Chorios but were unable to save her from being drugged and kidnapped. They also could not stop the Death Seed plague from being unleashed on the crew by Seti Ashgad and Dzym. Taking flight with one of the few surviving crewbeings, the two fled in a small ship, but the crewman died and they were stolen. Eventually rescued by Han and Lando, the two droids finally managed to convey their message for help, though the sector was rife with chaos due to the plague.
In 14 ABY, C-3PO accompanied Master Skywalker and Han Solo on their mission to Crseih Station to investigate rumors of a healing cult, and the possible existence of Jedi trainees. Instead of finding Jedi trainees, they found Waru, a creature from another dimension. Though astonished at first, Threepio and the others soon learned of Waru's alliance with Lord Hethrir and the kidnapping of the Solo children. Fortunately, Hethrir was destroyed following a confrontation with Leia, Han, and Luke while Waru returned to his dimension.
In addition to becoming the caretaker of the Solo children, C-3PO would also undertake several missions with his family and friends. In 16 ABY, Threepio accompanied Lando Calrissian, R2-D2, and Lando's associate Lobot on a mission to investigate the mysteries of the runaway alien ship known as the Teljkon Vagabond. After a long exploration of the ship's innards, and some minor damage to Threepio's circuitry, the team discovered that the ship actually contained the last vestiges of the Quella civilization.
In 17 ABY, during the Kueller crisis, Threepio along with Artoo and a young mechanic named Cole Fardreamer, was instrumental in stopping Kueller from regaining power by disabling the explosive devices he had placed in a large number of droids.
A year later, Threepio accompanied the Solos on a vacation to Corellia. During the outbreak of the First Corellian Insurrection, Threepio and Chewbacca managed to get Jaina, Jacen, and Anakin away from the burning Corona House. Threepio also accompanied Luke, Gaeriel Captison, Belindi Kalenda, and Lando to Centerpoint Station, and alerted them to the fact that the temperature inside Hollowtown was increasing to dangerously high levels. C-3PO also participated in Talon Karrde's expedition to the Kathol Sector to find Jorj Car'das, serving as a translator particularly in Old Tarmidian.
With the onset of the Yuuzhan Vong War and the stirring up of much anti-droid frenzy, C-3PO entered a phase of contemplation regarding his own mortality, and his place in a biological society. Evidence indicates that he may have emerged from the Vong war more assertive and less tolerant of abuse from his biological companions—from Captain Solo in particular. Despite his inner conflict, Threepio continued to participate in the war effort. He was the one who was able to translate the Yuuzhan Vong language which benefited the New Republic greatly. When Viqi Shesh, accompanied by a group of Yuuzhan Vong infiltrators attempted to break into the Solo apartment, Threepio was waiting for them and lead them to a trap; they were immediately surrounded by Noghri bodyguards and dealt with, though Shesh escaped. C-3PO would also have a huge role in the war, saving Luke's infant son, Ben Skywalker, from Viqi Shesh after he was captured. In 29 ABY, Threepio participated in the Liberation of Coruscant, where he and Artoo helped Han, Leia, and the Priest Harrar, pilot the Millennium Falcon into an opening at the Well of the World Brain.
In the years following the Yuuzhan Vong War, C-3PO still served the Solos and was often at odds with Han Solo. During a tour around the Solos' new home, C-3PO was outsmarted by a teenage Ben Skywalker and felt embarrassed.
During the Second Galactic Civil War C-3PO was left alone in the Solos' as Leia and Han were not allowed on Coruscant as they had betrayed the Galactic Alliance. Similarly, they were seen as enemies of the state on Corellia, and had a bounty placed on their heads by Thrackan Sal-Solo. Eventually Threepio was allowed to join the Solos on the Falcon. The three were summoned to the Kiris Asteroid Cluster, where they met with Wedge Antilles and Dur Gejjen. During their meeting, Threepio attempted to record their meeting but was asked to leave by Leia. He later learned of the Corellians' plan to draw out the Queen Mother using the Solos though Threepio was highly against Han's role in the plan which was to be a decoy. He felt Captain Solo would embarrass not only himself but Leia as well if they executed the plan. Shortly thereafter, Threepio accompanied the Solos on their diplomatic mission to Hapes where they expected to meet with her to discuss her role in the war. Unfortunately, the Solos and Threepio were forced to make a hasty retreat once they were caught up in an attack on Tenel Ka's life.
Shortly afterwards, the Solos encountered the assassin, Nashtah (actually Aurra Sing), who tried to assassinate Tenel Ka in the Hapan Palace. Because the Solos were seen leaving with Nashtah, they were suspected of being involved in the plot to kill Tenel Ka and her daughter, Allana. Unbeknownst to Threepio, the real reason for their temporary allegiance with the assassin was to draw out the coup's leader. Chased after by Hapan security guards, the four went deep in Hapan space where the Solos met Lalu Morwan, who was the one who hired Sing for the job. On the Falcon Morwan explained to the group the reason for her wanting to kill Tenel Ka and her affiliation with the Heritage Council. Despite Lalu's dislike of the droid, the two worked together briefly to heal Captain Solo's badly damaged arm. As part of the plan to pass on valuable information to the Queen Mother, Threepio was tasked with watching Morwan to make sure she didn't discover the Solos' true intentions. However, things turned ugly when Han was forced to disable Lalu by punching her in the nose. The trio and Falcon then unexpectedly entered the Battle of Hapes where they were shot upon by the Anakin Solo, commanded by Jacen, though they were able to escape. While the Millennium Falcon was being repaired at a Tendrando Arms space station at Gyndine, Threepio was left to watch and catalog all the mechanics did to the Falcon. He later rejoined Han and Leia after the Falcon's repair was complete.
Following the bombardment of Kashyyyk by Darth Caedus, the New Jedi Order took C-3PO with them when they evacuated their facilities to Endor. Because of C-3PO's prior experiences on Endor, the Jedi were able to use him to communicate with the local Ewok tribe that inhabited the areas where the Jedi were hiding. Kyp Durron reported to Luke Skywalker that the local tribe was working quite well with C-3PO, and that it had also been a good idea to bring him along.
In 43 ABY, C-3PO helped the Solos take care of Allana Solo when they decided to go to Kessel to aid Lando Calrissian. He and R2-D2 were charged with watching over her while Han and Leia went into the caverns to discover what was causing the planet to fall apart. After Allana convinced him to let her go outside, she left the two droids and heard a voice in The Force. She ran away from the voice and bumped into C-3PO, who was overjoyed to see she was unhurt. When he told her what Leia and Han might have done to him had he reported to them that she was hurt, she asked him who his maker was. He told her he was not quite sure who made him, however because he believed his existence to be a good thing he was sure that his maker was a "benevolent and forward thinking" person.
Many years later, C-3PO was found in a cave on an unknown planet, which was home to the Vindar, by two youths by the names of Otalp and Remoh, who had been searching for him due to a vision from their Den-mother. He was missing both the lower half of his body, his arms, and even parts of his faceplate but was still semi-functional. At first, he simply muttered nonsense about "Master Luke" and "Artoo" in Basic but, when the two youths started to talk, he adjusted to their language. The trio had a brief conversation in which 3PO told the youths of his past adventures with Luke Skywalker. 3PO was shot by the Vindar a few moments later, but not before inspiring the two youths to start a revolution against the oppressive Vindar. His last gift to the galaxy was a green lightsaber found next to his destroyed body.
The following is a chronological list of owners. When a being's name appears twice, it means that Threepio fell out of their possession, and then later returned.
Older accounts of C-3PO's creation on Affa in 112 BBY may seem to have been overruled by his portrayal in The Phantom Menace. In fact, the older version of C-3PO's origin also originated with George Lucas, and both versions were harmonized from the outset: in 1977, Lucas provided a guide for early Expanded Universe creators, in which C-3PO's origin on Affa was established, and also the fact that he was "totally reassembled by a young boy working for a junk dealer" before joining the Alderaanian diplomatic corps "several years" later, around 20 BBY. While some of the early material in this guide has been superseded, there is no reason for discarding this particular plot-point.
C-3PO's name is often misspelled (even in official sources) as "C-3P0" (with a zero instead of the letter "O").
In the Italian version of the original trilogy, C-3PO's name is changed to D-3BO. The original name was restored in the new trilogy. In the French version of the original trilogy, the name is Z-6PO, but the original name was restored in the new trilogy as well.
C-3PO is the first character to speak in A New Hope ("Did you hear that? They've shut down the main reactor. We'll be destroyed for sure!") and the last character to speak in Revenge of the Sith ("What? Oh, no."), giving C-3PO the honor of having the first and last words in the Star Wars movie saga (taking the films in the order they were made).
In the The New Rebellion, C-3PO tells the Red Terror that he has never had a memory wipe. This contradicts Revenge of the Sith, where Bail Organa orders C-3PO's memory to be wiped. Although of course it is possible that C-3PO did not remember having his memory erased.
In the novel Tempest, C-3PO is described as "dropping his chin" when surprised, even though his mouth cannot move in the films.
C-3PO, along with R2-D2, appears as an easter egg in the video game Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast in the levels "Bespin Platform" and "Jedi Academy".
C-3PO was portrayed by Anthony Daniels in all six Star Wars films. Originally George Lucas wanted a different voice, but Anthony Daniels voiced the droid during filming and the crew agreed his voice and manner, like a "fussy British butler," was perfect. The original concept for C-3PO was an "eager-to-please oily car salesmen". In Episode I, someone else puppeteered the skeletal C-3PO model, and the puppeteer was then digitally removed in post-production. For Episode II Daniels requested to take over the puppeteering duties, but those scenes were edited out and replaced with Daniels in the C-3PO costume during post-production. Daniels gave the voice, wore the costume during principal photography, and provided the movements from Episodes III to VI.
Daniels also performed C-3PO in the live-action segments of The Star Wars Holiday Special, while only voicing the character in the animated portion. He was also the voice of the character in the three Star Wars animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars, Star Wars: Droids, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars as well as in the radio drama adaptations of the three films of the original trilogy.
Daniels reprised C-3PO for the Disney thrill ride Star Tours, which was co-created by George Lucas in 1987. He was videotaped while recording the dialogue, and this tape served as reference for the Imagineers to program the Audio-Animatronic C-3PO in the queue area. Daniels also donned the costume for certain video segments played before and after the simulator ride itself, and also portrayed an electronically disguised Ewokese announcer heard in the queue area. Daniels also appeared in the C-3PO costume for various promotional materials for Star Tours, including the electronic presskit, a Disney special on Star Tours hosted by Gil Gerard, and various opening day skits. When Star Tours opened a bilingual version at Disneyland Paris, Daniels re-recorded C-3PO's dialogue in French, but does not voice the Tokyo C-3PO.
Voice actor Tom Kane played C-3PO in several video games: Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace (game), Episode I Insider's Guide, Force Commander, Galactic Battlegrounds, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike and Star Wars: Empire at War. Jim Ward played C-3PO for the Dark Empire set of audio dramas.
Daniels made several appearances as 3PO on numerous TV shows, commercials and video games, most notably on a Star Wars-themed episode of The Donny and Marie Show in 1977, on a Star Wars-themed episode of The Muppet Show in 1980, a trio of episodes of Sesame Street, Monopoly Star Wars Edition, Star Wars: Pit Droids, Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game).
Daniels revealed that initially he did not agree to be cast as a robot he imagined to be just a mindless box on legs, as was the stereotypical robots in many of the science fiction stories of the time. He changed his mind after reading 3PO's part in the script and seeing a concept painting by Ralph McQuarrie, understanding this robot had a personality.
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Recommended combat levels: 80 and higher
C-3PO is one of the famous star wars characters which appear in the game. He can be found at several different locations where he will be giving out missions belonging to various quests. C-3PO is your first contact to start the rebel theme park.
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Mission Description: Restock the medical supplies for the guard posts on the outer perimeter of the Rebel Base.
This mission requires no combat, and takes about 5 minutes to complete. First go to the medical center and retrieve the medical supplies (-6518, 6004). Once you retrieve the supplies via the radial menu, the mission will update.
Next proceed to the guard posts and restock the supplies. There will be 3 ‘a field medical supply kits' within close proximity to each other. Their waypoints are the following:
First Guard Post: /wp -6527 5909
Second Guard Post: /wp -6483 5914
Third Guard Post: /wp -6567 5946
Finally, talk to the "Rebel Guard Captain" at /wp -6435 6032 to restock the final guard post.
Return to C-3P0 and claim your reward.
Reward: 150 GCW Points and 425 Experience
The Spy's Contact List [Group] 85
Mission Description: One of the Rebel Spies operating on Naboo has been captured by the Empire. Travel to Naboo and recover his contact list before the Imperial troopers have a chance to find it.
Upon traveling to Naboo you will receive the waypoint to the location of the contact list (-3864, -5270). The contact list is located at the very bottom of the small base. It is possible to solo this mission, but you will most likely want to bring a friend.
Once you arrive at the base, you will see a small bunker guarded by 4 level 50 non elite Storm troopers. Don't be fooled, inside you'll find level 84 elites. The base has the same layout as a detachment headquarters. Most of the NPC's can be single pulled, with the exception of the last two pairs, which we provide a bit of a challenge.
At the far end of the last room there is a green data disk. Using the radial menu retrieve the contact list from the ‘data disk'.
Once you retrieve the contact list the mission will update and you will need to travel to Moenia to deliver it to Bertos Goodner. He can be found in front of the Moenia Starport at 4803, -4698.
Return to C-3P0 and claim your reward.
Hint: (you don't need to be level 85 to do this mission) I did the mission being on leave. This way I went to the disk undisturbed, change duty status and run the hell out (being jedi is was easy to run).
Reward: 112,160 Experience, Forest Camouflage Armor Left Bicep and GCW Points.
After finishing the two missions for C-3P0 you will be sent to Qual'do Herm. You can find him in the medical center inside the Rebel Hideout at -6513, 6003.
A fussy and worry-prone protocol droid, C-3PO was cobbled together from discarded scrap and salvage by a nine-year old prodigy on the desert planet Tatooine. Young Anakin Skywalker had intended the homemade droid to help his mother, Shmi. With limited resources, the droid that Anakin built was truly remarkable. It lacked an outer shell, though, and Threepio had to live with the indignity of being "naked," with his parts and wiring showing. When Anakin befriended Padmé Naberrie of Naboo, Threepio first met her astromech droid, the blue-and-white droid R2-D2. The two formed a fast friendship, working together to perfect Master Anakin's blazing fast Podracer for an upcoming competition. The more experienced Artoo told Threepio of the hazards of space travel, to which Threepio proclaimed that he would never set foot into one of those, as he put it, dreadful starships.
The Podrace was pivotal in Anakin's life, due to a wager that earned him his freedom upon victory. Anakin left Tatooine with Padmé and Artoo, leaving Threepio behind with Shmi. Years passed before Shmi was eventually freed by Cliegg Lars, a moisture farmer who had fallen in love with her. She relocated to the Lars moisture farm, a small homestead not far from Anchorhead, and took Threepio with her.
Threepio became just one of the many droids working on the farm, but Shmi took special care of Anakin's creation. To better protect his fragile inner wiring from the abrasive Tatooine sands, Shmi fitted Threepio with discolored and mismatched coverings that nonetheless gave the protocol droid a sense of completion.
Tragedy struck the Lars family when Shmi was abducted by savage Tusken Raiders. A month after this sad event, Anakin Skywalker suddenly returned to Tatooine, seeking out his mother. There was no time for sentimental reunions -- Anakin sped off into the desert, and returned with Shmi's body. After a quiet funeral, Anakin and Padmé left on an important mission to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi. Since Threepio was the rightful property of Anakin, the Larses let the young Jedi take the protocol droid with him. This marked the first time the nervous Threepio had ever been aboard a starship.
Arriving on Geonosis, Anakin and Padmé ventured into the dark catacombs of the Geonosian hives, leaving the droids behind. Artoo-Detoo, once again reunited with Threepio, insisted they follow. Threepio simply could not understand the astromech droid's clearly faulty logic -- they had been instructed to stay behind -- but the stubborn little droid nonetheless journeyed into the unknown with Threepio in tow.
The droids discovered an immense droid factory churning out countless combat automata for the growing Separatist movement. The concept of machines manufacturing machines gave Threepio's logic circuits a flutter, and in the confusion of the factory, the protocol droid tumbled into the dangerous machinery.
A piece of heavy equipment cleanly sheared Threepio's head from his body, though both segments were still active. The headless body wandered into a battle droid assembly line while the head landed on a conveyer belt full of battle droid heads. A battle droid head was then automatically affixed to Threepio's body, and Threepio's head was welded to a battle droid body.
Both mismatched droid assemblies wandered confusedly into the battle droid ranks, and when the Separatist droids attacked a Jedi taskforce sent to Geonosis, poor Threepio was drawn into the fray. His twisted ordeal was brought to an end when both bodies were incapacitated.
R2-D2 came to Threepio's rescue, tugging the protocol droid's head to his inactive body and reattaching the two. As Threepio's electronic brain tried to process the madness of battle, Threepio likened the unsettling body-swapping to a peculiar dream.
Years later, Threepio and Artoo would become the property of the Royal House of Alderaan, an influential family of nobles with ties to the growing Rebel Alliance. The two droids were aboard Princess Leia Organa's consular vessel when it was attacked by an Imperial Star Destroyer due to suspected complicity in Rebel actions. The vessel crippled, Leia stored vital Rebel information in Artoo's memory systems -- unbeknownst to Threepio. Artoo then took it upon himself to complete Leia's failed mission, though Threepio knew nothing of its details.
Artoo commandeered an escape pod, and rocketed away from the captured craft, crashlanding on the barren desert world of Tatooine. There, the droids were taken captive by Jawa traders, and sold to moisture farmer Owen Lars and his nephew Luke Skywalker. Determined to complete his mission of finding famed war hero General Obi-Wan Kenobi, Artoo ran away in the middle of the night, leaving Threepio and Luke to search for him the next morning.
Threepio andLuke eventually found Artoo, as well as Obi-Wan Kenobi. This started an incredible chain of events that saw Threepio catapulted into an adventure beyond his imagination. Threepio and Artoo were crucial in assisting Luke spearhead a rescue mission to free Princess Leia from the heart of the gargantuan Imperial space station, the Death Star. Both droids navigated the complex Imperial computer system to provide the rescuers with timely assistance and status updates.
Having returned to the Alliance base with Princess Leia, Threepio and Artoo continued to be mainstays with the core group of Rebel heroes. During the relocation to Hoth, Threepio braved having his joints frozen by subzero temperatures to assist in Echo Base's command centers. Threepio's fluency in millions of languages allowed him to postulate that an intercepted signal was in fact an Imperial code, alerting the Rebels to the presence of a probe droid dangerously close to their base.
During the evacuation from Hoth, Threepio and Artoo were separated. Threepio, accompanying Princess Leia, left Hoth aboard Captain Han Solo's recalcitrant freighter, the Millennium Falcon. Although Threepio was nowhere near as skilled a mechanic as Artoo, he was helpful in translating the odd language of Falcon's main computer.
During a respite in the Bespin system, in the pastel-hued corridors of Cloud City, Threepio was blasted into pieces by an Imperial stormtrooper. His shattered remains were the first clue to the Rebel fugitives that Cloud City was an Imperial trap. The Wookiee Chewbacca attempted to piece together Threepio's remains, but lack of time and resources meant that Threepio would have to remain incomplete for the time being.
During a daring mission to rescue a captive Han Solo from the loathsome gangster Jabba the Hutt, Threepio and Artoo were sent into the Hutt's palace on Tatooine. There, they became the gristly crime lord's property. Threepio was pressed into service as Jabba's translator until Luke Skywalker came to rescue his friends.
Shortly thereafter, Threepio accompanied the Rebel strike force that was sent to knock out the Imperial shield generator on Endor. Although some would question the addition of a protocol droid on this military mission, it ended up quite fortunate that Threepio went along. On Endor, the strike team encountered an indigenous species of primitives that worshipped the golden droid as a god. The Ewoks, a tree-dwelling tribal people, proved to be valuable allies. Were it not for their allegiance, which was won by Threepio's impressive retelling of key events of the Galactic Civil War, the Rebellion would not have been victorious at the decisive Battle of Endor.