The Astromech droid R2-D2
|Affiliation(s):||Royal House of Naboo|
House of Antilles
Alliance to Restore the Republic
New Jedi Order
Galactic Federation of Free Alliances
R2-D2 is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. R2 is an astromech droid who has come to be known as one of the most popular Star Wars characters ever. It is at many times seen with it's partner Protocol droid C-3PO. Often seen as the mischievous side of the robot duo, R2-D2 often disobeys C-3PO and causes trouble. Given his Astromech status, R2-D2 is able to hover above ground level, and is also very good at opening locks and fiddling with security systems. R2-D2 is also able to fit into an indent on the exterior of Luke Skywalker's X-Wing, allowing him to act as co-pilot and navigator, although he is vulnerable to the odd stray shot from enemy ships!
R2-D2 becomes a key character to the main plot of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope when he arrives on Tatooine via the Jawa traders their Sandcrawler, and is purchased by Luke Skywalker's uncle Owen Lars. When being serviced, R2-D2 reveals a fragment of a message sent by a desperate Princess Leia that is intended for Ben Kenobi. This event sets in motion the whole saga, and is the catalyst that sparks the fate of both Luke Skywalker and that of the entire Galaxy.