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DarkStar Star Wars Character Database: C-3PO

5 May 2023  |  Captain Rex

C-3PO - The Loyal Protocol Droid

C-3PO is a widely recognized and endearing character in the Star Wars universe, known for his role as a protocol droid fluent in over six million forms of communication. Originally created by Anakin Skywalker on the desert planet of Tatooine, C-3PO's primary function is to facilitate communication and diplomacy, though he often finds himself in the midst of dangerous adventures alongside his friends and allies.

Throughout the Star Wars saga, C-3PO serves as a loyal companion to numerous characters, including Padmé Amidala, Leia Organa, and Luke Skywalker. Alongside his astromech counterpart, R2-D2, C-3PO plays a crucial role in the fight against the Galactic Empire and later, the First Order. His vast knowledge of languages and customs proves invaluable on numerous occasions, though his anxious and risk-averse nature often creates a comical contrast to the daring exploits of his companions.

C-3PO's unwavering loyalty and devotion to his friends have made him a beloved figure in the Star Wars galaxy. As a constant presence throughout the saga, his unique blend of wit, wisdom, and humor has endeared him to generations of fans.

Appearances in Movies, TV Shows, and Books

C-3PO has appeared in various Star Wars media, including:


  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
  • Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

TV Shows:

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-2020)
  • Star Wars Rebels (2014-2018) [voice]
  • Star Wars: Droids (1985-1986)

Books (selected):

  • Star Wars: Thrawn Trilogy (1991-1993) by Timothy Zahn
  • Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series (1999-2003) by various authors
  • Star Wars: C-3PO: Tales of the Golden Droid (1999) by Ryder Windham
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