The heroic little droid R2-D2 saved the good guys many, many times throughout the Star Wars saga. Without Artoo, who would have saved them?
The Star Wars Universe is full of heroes, and more are continually added.
These heroes come in all forms: humans, aliens, even robots (or droids). One hero, in particular, is in fact a droid… R2-D2. This droid has consistently managed to selflessly save the day many times over. Whether it be before, during, or after the Clone Wars or even into the Galactic Civil War between the Empire and Rebellion.
Artoo demonstrated heroics as early as The Phantom Menace where he repairs the ship drive of the Nubian ship of Queen Amidala. Surely the heroes were sitting ducks without Artoo. Later, the droid accompanies Anakin as he destroys the Separatist battle station.
A decade later brings another great save as he puts C-3PO back together during the battle of Geonosis. Artoo shines again throughout the Clone War and into Revenge of the Sith as he faces buzz droids in space above Coruscant, saving Skywalker’s ship during the mission to rescue the chancellor.
Nearly 20 years later, Artoo and Threepio jettison off Tantive IV with secret blueprints of the Death Star and a message from Princess Leia meant for Kenobi. Artoo sees to it that Kenobi gets the data. Luke, Obi-Wan, Han, Chewbacca and the droids mount a successful rescue of the princess after becoming trapped aboard the Death Star, thanks to the astromech finding the cell. Artoo even stops the trash compactor from crushing the heroes. The droid later flies with Luke as the Rebellion attempts to destroy the dreaded Death Star.
Fast forward to the events of The Empire Strikes back and we find Artoo fixing the hyperdrive on the Millennium Falcon.
In Return of the Jedi, the astromech R2-D2 launches Luke’s lightsaber, giving a helping hand to the rebels; the battle begins, the droid helps to release Leia from the vile gangster, Jabba the Hutt. Now on Endor, the droid is able to unlock the Empire’s Shield Generator bunker so the rebels can destroy the second Death Star.
Without the presence of R2-D2, the heroes of the prequel trilogy and original trilogy would have died many times over. The little droid is an invaluable player and highly heroic member of both the Republic and later the Rebellion.
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