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R2D2 tricks Luke Skywalker into taking his restraining bolt off so that R2 can run off and look for Obi-Wan Kenobi.

But I don't recall any point in the movie where C3PO has his own restraining bolt removed.

Did C3PO ever get it removed? If he did, when did it happen?

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Yes, he did have it removed.

In Episode 4, you can see that he still has it on during the Sand People scene, but by the time Luke and Ben retrieve him after the attack it's gone, and it stayed gone after that.

With Restraining Bolt No Restraining Bolt

Presumably it was therefore knocked off (or removed by one of the Sand People) during the attack.

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I was in the middle of writing up the same answer and looking at the screenshots/videos and shocked to notice the bolt suddenly missing. I've never seen it mentioned in any of the lists of goofs/continuity errors. –  phantom42 Mar 12 at 18:09
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Those sand people. Always stealing restraining bolts. –  Xantec Mar 12 at 18:15
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On the other hand, maybe the Sandpeople are surprisingly progressive and simply wanted to free C3PO from his opressive human overlords. –  Zibbobz Mar 12 at 18:17
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I'd noticed it missing in Ben's hut before and had assumed that it had been removed at that time (which would have made some more sense - I too had a half-written answer saying "it happened in Ben's hut"); I was also quite surprised to see that it happened earlier. @Zibbobz - Freedom! Horrible, horrible freedom! –  Darth Satan Mar 12 at 18:18
    
Think of a restraining bolt like a lojack (not Lobot). Thieves want to disable it as quickly as possible. :-) –  Art Taylor Mar 12 at 19:46

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