Leia used R2-D2 and C-3PO to send a message to Obi-Wan Kenobi. R2-D2 was the primary astromech of Luke Skywalker. In Star Wars: Rebels, Bail Organa used R2-D2 and C-3PO against the Empire. Both droids always danced in rebel base and traveled with our heroes.

All this is despite the fact that C-3PO was designed by the first hand of Emperor in his childhood, and R2-D2 was his primary astromech and a friend of his? Couldn't this increase the probability of identity sabotage? Other than that, why would you trust those droids which were so close to the enemy? And, why couldn't they buy or pick a new shiny latest astromech and translator droid?

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    Presumably because they've always been reliable. Also, Leia doesn't have huge luxury of time when it comes to choice.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 2:39
  • @Kyle Actual spelling of C3P0 is with zero, not English alphabet O. Zero is generally pronounced such way.. MS Office two dot O.
    – user931
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 2:42
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    1) Is there any evidence that Leia knew anything about the droids and their past? 2) The droids didn't belong to Leia, they belonged to Captain Antilles. Is there any evidence that he wasn't the one who picked them to come on the mission? 3) Is there any evidence that Captain Antilles knew anything about the droids and their past?
    – phantom42
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 3:14
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    Actually I think Leia was being used by R2-D2 more than the other way around. Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 3:30
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    @phantom42 In Rebels Senator Organa is shown with the droids. Specifically R2D2* so they are "his" droids to begin with. ( as part of the new canon ) how Wedge gets his hands on them will be interesting to see. --------- * We see at the end of an episode that Organa has sent R2D2 to Spy/record the crew (Droids in Distress)
    – Cherubel
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 9:01

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Despite C-3PO being crafted by Darth Vader, something that may not even be known by Princess Leia and especially wouldn't be known by Luke, he is in all regards an average protocol droid.

Silver protocol droid with very similar integument to C-3PO

While it's true this makes it easy to disguise another protocol droid as him for infiltration, there's no reason for the Empire to try anything like this - he's a single little-known protocol droid that hardly does anything significant to help the Rebel cause. It'd be much easier to plant an organic spy, who would be able to adjust to the situation and wouldn't be subject to repair jobs by the rebels that might reveal his nature as a spy.

R2-D2, despite being a remarkable little droid, is also a factory model, and despite carrying valuable information, isn't seen as much more than a piece of machinery by the imperial troops.

Couple that with the fact that they're always paired with Luke Skywalker, the irrefutable hero of the first Death Star run, and Princess Leia the once-princess of an entire planet, and you have two droids who are not much trouble to keep around, with two people who very much have the pull to keep them from being taken away.

As for why Luke and Leia want them kept around...well, they did save their lives that one time in the trash compactor...

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    In regards to the spy thing, isn't there a droid assassin in the EU/Legends that was disguised as a C3P0-like protocol droid?
    – KSmarts
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 16:25
  • You probably mean C-3PX. There's also the BL-series Battle Legionnaire.
    – Judy
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 18:29
  • Oh, and this chap. Just missed the editing window which I didn't know existed.
    – Judy
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 18:38
  • I think that C3PO has terror of erase memory for a reason. I think he was erased at least once before and that R2 is the primary story-teller here. Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 17:56

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