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In the prequels we see that both C3P0 and R2D2 are his droids and that they know he goes over to the dark side.

I would like to know an in-universe answer for the question; Why did they not tell Luke

that Vader is Anakin?

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Leia was a baby and was seporated from her brother, They knew lukes heritage because he kept the last name Skywalker. Im asking why they never told Luke that Anikan his father is Vader –  giacomo casanova Mar 2 at 1:04
    
From Wookiepedia: Although R2-D2's inability to speak basic spared him from experiencing a memory wipe, it did undergo reprogramming to restrict access to the holo-recordings of Leia's birthparents, including Skywalker choking Amidala and her deathbed during delivery, to ensure that Leia's true parentage remained a secret. Maybe this also prevented him from telling Luke about Skywalker being Vader. –  Philipp Mar 2 at 1:12
    
Ok, could you please take off the flag and put this as an answer –  giacomo casanova Mar 2 at 1:16
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Out of universe = Lucas is not a great story-teller and back-pedals a lot. If George was a rapper he might be named Sir Ret-ConsALot. –  Meat Trademark Mar 2 at 2:55

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From Wookiepedia:

Organa entrusted R2-D2 and C-3PO to Raymus Antilles, the Captain of the Tantive IV, who was instructed to treat them well and to wipe C-3PO's memory. Although R2-D2's inability to speak basic spared him from experiencing a memory wipe, it did undergo reprogramming to restrict access to the holo-recordings of Leia's birthparents, including Skywalker choking Amidala and her deathbed during delivery, to ensure that Leia's true parentage remained a secret.`

I think for C-3PO the situation is clear: After his memory wipe he shouldn't have been able to remember that Vader was Anakin. For R2-D2 it is very likely that the reprogramming prevented him from telling Luke about Skywalker being Vader.

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It is quite explicitly-stated, actually, that R2-D2 can tell Luke who his father is, but chooses not to due to his "owner-protection protocols." In other words, he knows that the knowledge that his father murdered his mother would hurt Luke, and therefore doesn't tell him. This is in The Swarm War, the last book in the uninspiring Dark Nest Trilogy. –  James Sheridan Mar 2 at 5:24
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@JamesSheridan Very interesting. This comment is worthy of being an answer of its own. –  Philipp Mar 2 at 15:13
    
I wish I could, but I no longer own that book. If someone else here does, feel free to post it as an answer. –  James Sheridan Mar 3 at 3:35

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