C3P0 had a memory wipe, but R2-D2 and Darth Vader never had their memories wiped. Both were terrific friends. Did they ever interact with each other again?

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    For the record, R2D2 was friends with Anakin, not Vader.
    – Valorum
    Jan 23, 2015 at 2:33
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    Oh, I see you're the same person who did the other 'Vader-Droids' question. I'll repeat one thing I commented about there. There is a comic where Vader reflects on stuff when he discovers Threepio blasted apart on Bespin, but Threepio is deactivated (and wiped anyway). AFAIK this is the only "interaction" between Vader and either droid that acknowledges his past association but like I said, it's old EU canon, so it's now irrelevant anyway. It may still be of interest. IIRC it was one of the one-off stories in the 'Star Wars Tales' series. I'll have a quick look.
    – Judy
    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:42
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    Oh, that was easy. Found it in seconds. It's called Thank the Maker and is used as backstory and humanisation for Vader. Except like I said, it's now been chucked in the bin with the rest of the EU.
    – Judy
    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:48
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    I wonder if Luke could teach R2D2 to communicate with Anakin's force ghost.
    – No Magic
    Jan 23, 2015 at 9:11
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    @Richard For the record, R2D2 was friends with Anakin, not Vader. What you wrote is true... "from a certain point of view" :)
    – jub0bs
    Jan 23, 2015 at 13:09

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Within the established Disney/Lucasfilm canon (the six theatrical movies, Clone Wars TV series, Clone Wars film and Star Wars : Rebels TV Series) Darth never spoke with R2D2 again, although they did briefly interact in 'A New Hope'.

A New Hope :

  • Darth just misses R2D2 on the Tantive IV.

  • They're both on the Death Star at the same time but it's reasonably clear that they didn't meet, even for a polite lunch.

  • They're around 50 yards from each other during the trench run. Vader shoots at Luke and inadvertently hits Artoo in the head. Awkward.

Empire Strikes Back

  • Darth just misses R2D2 during the Hoth escape.

  • They're both (briefly) in Cloud City together. Once again, they fail to meet up, even for drinks or a chat. Possibly R2D2 is still sore about the whole "shot me in the head" thing.

Return of the Jedi

  • They're both on the surface of Endor during the rebel assault sequence. Once more, they fail to touch base. At this point it's looking almost deliberate.

  • They do have the opportunity for a tête-à-tête at the very end of the film (back on Endor) but unfortunately Darth Vader is dead and hence not much of a talker. My guess is that the main topic of conversation would be around the subject of "who shot who in the head" so it's probably for the best anyway.

The Force Awakens

  • Darth Vader is dead anyway. Only his helmet survived which can't interact with R2-D2.

  • It's not clear whether R2-D2 can see a force ghost.

Star Wars Comic

As of April 2014, the comic serial is now considered part of the main Star Wars canon.

In Book 1, Part 2 of the New Marvel Star Wars serial, both Vader and Artoo are on Cymoon 1. At one point, Artoo is in an Imperial Walker that attempts to stamp on Vader. Once again events conspire to prevent them from speaking to each other.

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    Funny answer, +1, but... What about their facebook profiles? Had they added each other as friends?
    – SJuan76
    Jan 23, 2015 at 8:03
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    @SJuan76 - Relationship status : It's really complicated.
    – Valorum
    Jan 23, 2015 at 9:22
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    @SJuan76 Contact via SpaceBook was likely limited because the Emperor cracked down on HoloNet access for non-Imperials, turning it into a military network and propaganda machine. Jan 23, 2015 at 10:34
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    Does R2D2 have the ability to perceive force ghosts?
    – jpmc26
    Jan 23, 2015 at 12:43
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    @jpmc26 - Only Skippy the Jedi Droid can see force ghosts
    – Valorum
    Jan 23, 2015 at 14:58

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