Questions tagged [r2-d2]

R2-D2 is a droid from Star Wars. This tag should be used in questions about this droid. Use this tag for questions about the character, not those that merely mention him. Use this with the [star-wars] tag.

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How valuable are C-3PO and R2-D2?

I ask this question because there are two contradictory events related to C-3PO and R2-D2: In A New Hope, we see several droids traded by Jawas. BERU Luke, tell Owen that if he gets a translator to ...
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Why did R2-D2 not fly in Return of the Jedi?

In Return of the Jedi: Artoo butts the golden droid over the edge and steps off himself, tumbling toward the sand. But in Attack of the Clones: ARTOO uses his rocket jets to fly up and into the ...
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Did R2 lose the ability to fly? [duplicate]

In Attack of the Clones, it is first revealed that R2-D2, using his thrusters, can fly. The skill is used in excess in The Clone Wars, where R2 flies in almost every episode he's in. But, in the ...
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How could rebels trust R2-D2?

R2-D2 served Anakin for too long. In fact, they even developed a close relationship. And yet, Bail Organa or Obi-Wan Kenobi or rebels never objected why Leia or Luke used it. Please, note that: The ...
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Did R2-D2 ever meet Yoda prior to Yoda's exile on Dagobah?

Is there a specific proof in the canon (of any kind) showing that R2-D2 had met/seen/been aware of existence of Master Yoda at any time between the siege of Naboo and Yoda going into Exile on Dagobah? ...
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Did Anakin modify R2-D2, or do all R2 units come with crazy gadgets?

R2-D2 has jet boosters, a buzz saw, an oil gun, and all sorts of exciting weaponry. Is this default equipment for an astromech droid? Or did Anakin (or someone else) modify R2-D2?
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What was the inspiration for the design of R2-D2?

Looking at R2-D2, I can't think of any robots I've seen in science fiction that vaguely resemble R2D2's design. What was the inspiration for the design of R2-D2?
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Has R2-D2 ever used its rocket thrusters to fly outside of Attack of the Clones?

In Attack of the Clones, R2-D2 uses rocket thrusters to fly around the droid factory on Geonosis. To my knowledge, the droid never uses them to fly around in any of the other films (and it has already ...
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Are C3PO and R2D2 different from normal Star Wars Droids?

OK, remember a few things about Lucas' favorite droids: They are possibly not sentient. Sentience in Star Wars seem to be a fine line, and to be completely honest - does not seem to be consistently ...
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Why did Princess Leia choose R2-D2?

We all know the opening scenes of Star Wars Episode IV, where the Rebel ship is captured, and Princess Leia places the Death Star plans into R2-D2's memory banks. R2-D2 and C-3PO then escape the ship ...
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Is there only one R2-D2 droid in the galaxy or were other R2-D2 droids made?

I know there are different versions of R2 droids but are there multiples of each version of those droids? In other words were there any other R2-D2 droids manufactured in the galaxy or is there only ...
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Why didn't R2-D2 and/or C-3PO spill the beans?

In the prequels we see that both C3PO and R2D2 are Anakin's droids and they clearly both know that he's gone over to the dark side. I would like to know an in-universe answer for the question; Why ...
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Can all such Astromech droids stand up like this?

In The Mandalorian we see an Astromech droid extremely similar to R2-D2 (but a different unit) stand up like a person with 2 arms and 2 legs. Can all such units do this? Specifically, I'm wondering if ...
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Has George Lucas ever explained why Obi-Wan doesn't remember R2? [duplicate]

Probably at the time he didn't even have the backstory in his head, but did Lucas ever explain why Obi-Wan Kenobi didn't recognize R2-D2 in "A New Hope"?
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Star Wars Episode 5, R2D2's memory [duplicate]

I was watching Episode 5 recently and something strange come to my eye. When Luke arrives at Dagobah it seems that neither Yoda and R2D2 seems to remember each other. As far as I know R2D2 never had ...
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How did Capt. Panaka read R2's serial number?

In Phantom Menace, after R2 repairs Amidala's ship and gets everybody safely through the blockade, they're brought in front of the queen to get a commendation. From the script: QUI-GON, OBI-WAN, ...
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How old is R2-D2 and where did he originate?

C3PO's (improbable) creation is featured in the Star Wars films but what about R2-D2? Is there any source (probably outside the films) that explains where he (it) came from and how old he is?
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Is there any actual written dialog for the astromech droids?

When R2-D2 and BB-8 converse in The Force Awakens for example, is there any written record of what the two characters were saying to each other? I mean actual dialog, if it exists, and not something ...
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Why Can't R2-D2 Talk?

Anyone who has written software with any complexity knows the importance of logging clearly readable error messages to make debugging easier. Cryptic or short error messages like "Error #5" won't ...
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Why does R2-D2's computer interface arm rotate?

In a number of places in the star wars films where we see R2-D2 interface directly with a computer, his interface arm and the socket it plugs into both rotate periodically. The out-of-universe ...
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Does R2 have a color holoprojector? [duplicate]

Why is the holoproject of Luke in color during the Jabba the Hutt scene in Return of the Jedi? To my knowledge, all of the other holoprojectors are blue.
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What is the maximum degree of rotation of R2-D2's primary limbs?

R2-D2, from what I recall, can tilt his body forward or backward at approximately 45 degrees, most often backward as he rolls around using his third leg. Is it mechanically possible for him to tilt ...
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Does R2-D2 have coin slots on its side?

Why does R2D2 have coin slots and a coin return?
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What is the first on-screen use of R2-D2's "taser"?

I can't recall R2 using it in A New Hope, and I know he shocks an Ewok in Return of the Jedi, but I can't recall the first time audiences see that R2-D2 has this ability. When was the first time ...
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Was the ground really "much too rocky" for R2?

In A New Hope, C-3PO says to R2-D2: Where do you think you're going? Well, I'm not going that way. It's much too rocky. - A New Hope script Later we see the place where R2 has wandered, and ...
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Why didn't R2D2 recognize Obi-Wan in a New Hope?

This is the flipside of another question. When Obi-Wan comes across the unconscious Luke, R2D2 seems afraid. Fast-forward to 2:15 in this video clip. R2D2: Beeps when ...
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How much was R2-D2 damaged by Darth Vader during the battle of Yavin?

R2-D2 survived a direct shot by Darth Vader during the assault on the first Death Star. (Not sure how somebody as Force powerful and skilled a pilot as Darth Vader could have missed blowing the X-Wing ...
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Who owns R2-D2 & C-3PO in the Prequel trilogy?

Is there any concrete evidence that Anakin officially owned R2-D2 or C-3PO? I found this episode of Star Wars: Clone Wars that shows it, but it's fairly vague...
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When does R2-D2 try to electrocute Yoda?

The question Why does R2-D2 try to electrocute Yoda? presuposses that such an attempt at electrocution occurred, something that I don't recall ever even happening in The Empire Strikes Back in the ...
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Why did R2-D2 have the ability to record & project holograms?

R2-D2 was a mech. droid. Why did R2-D2 have the ability to record & project holograms? It does not seem to be for R2 to communicate. R2 was able to communicate with other entities in different ...
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Kenny Baker's attitude toward Star Wars

inspired by What has been Alec Guinness's attitude toward Star Wars?... I've heard claims here and there about Kenny Baker's attitude toward the Star Wars franchise, with some claiming that he ...
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Does R2D2 know that Darth Vader is Anakin? [duplicate]

I have looked through a lot of posts on here, but cannot find any specific answer for this question. Now, it's been pretty fairly established that due to having his memory wiped, C-3PO would not ...
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Why does R2-D2 have an actor inside nowadays?

Why does R2-D2 have an actor inside? I can't imagine it really being necessary any more. It could easily be done by remote control or even fully CGI, which both happen in some scenes I think. But why ...
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R2D2 sounds similar to "Arturito" when spoken out loud. Was this intended?

R2D2 sounds very similar to "Arturito" when spoken out loud. Arturito is a diminutive form of the name Arturo, which is the Spanish equivalent of the name Arthur. Furthermore, in the prequels he is ...
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Why did the Lars family need an astromech droid?

It was very clear why Owen decided to buy C-3PO: OWEN: What I really need is a droid who understands the binary language of moisture vaporators. But they appeared to be really interested in ...