C-3PO ( , phonetically spelled See-Threepio, and called 3PO or Threepio for short) is a character from the Star Wars universe, who appears in both the original Star Wars films and the prequel trilogy. He is also a major character in the television show Droid, and appears frequently in the series' "Expanded Universe" of novels, comic books, and video games. C-3PO is one of the four characters to appear in all six of the Star Wars feature films, and one of only two characters portrayed by the same actor in all six installments of the series (the other being Kenny Baker as R2-D2). In all his various appearances, he is portrayed by Anthony Daniels.
C-3PO is a protocol droid designed to serve humans, and boasts that he is fluent "in over six million forms of communication." C-3PO is generally seen with his long-time counterpart, R2-D2, a small, quirky droid. Threepio's main function as a protocol droid is to assist with etiquette, customs, and translation so that meetings of different cultures run smoothly. Alongside the astromech droid R2-D2, Threepio played a vital and pivotal role in the Galaxy's history.
In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, C-3PO and R2-D2 are aboard the Tantive IV when it is attacked by Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer Devastator. C-3PO and R2-D2 are launched in an escape pod on the orders of Princess Leia Organa to deliver a secret message to Obi-Wan Kenobi. On Tatooine, C-3PO and R2-D2 are captured by Jawa, taken into their Sandcrawler, and sold to Owen Lars. In the process of being sold, C-3PO convinces Owen's nephew, Luke Skywalker, to buy R2-D2 as well.
During a conversation with Luke, C-3PO reveals that he and his counterpart are acquainted with the Rebel Alliance and its fight against the Galactic Empire. While cleaning R2-D2, Luke stumbles across the hidden message from Princess Leia, although C-3PO claims he had no idea who she is and that it may be old data. That night, R2-D2 leaves the homestead. C-3PO later joins Luke in his search through the Jundland Wastes. When they find R2, they are attacked by Tusken Raiders, causing C-3PO to stumble over and have his arm ripped off. Obi-Wan Kenobi saves them and assists them back to his home. Soon after being repaired, R2 shows Obi-Wan the message from Leia. Luke goes to discover that Owen and his wife Beru have been murdered by Imperial stormtrooper, leaving C-3PO and R2-D2 in Luke's care. After traveling to Mos Eisley C-3PO and R2-D2 escape on the Millennium Falcon with Luke, Obi-Wan, the ship's captain Han Solo and his first mate, Chewbacca.
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