If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’re probably familiar with the iconic character R2-D2. This spunky little astromech droid has been a fan favorite since the first Star Wars movie was released in 1977.
But does R2-D2 actually appear in every Star Wars movie? Let’s take a closer look.
The Original Trilogy
R2-D2 made his debut in the very first Star Wars movie, Episode IV: A New Hope. Throughout the original trilogy, he played a key role as the faithful companion of Luke Skywalker and his friends. In fact, R2-D2 is one of only two characters (the other being C-3PO) to appear in all three films.
Episode IV: A New Hope
In the first film, R2-D2 is introduced as the droid carrying Princess Leia’s message to Obi-Wan Kenobi. He quickly becomes an important member of Luke’s team, helping them navigate dangerous situations and even saving their lives on more than one occasion.
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
In the second film, R2-D2 continues to play a crucial role. He accompanies Luke Skywalker to Dagobah to train with Yoda and helps him escape from Cloud City after his battle with Darth Vader.
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
In the final film of the original trilogy, R2-D2 once again assists our heroes in their mission to defeat the evil Empire and rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt.
The Prequel Trilogy
The prequel trilogy takes place before the events of the original trilogy and tells the story of how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. While R2-D2 isn’t featured quite as prominently in these films, he still makes appearances in all three movies.
Episode I: The Phantom Menace
In the first prequel film, R2-D2 is introduced as the droid assigned to Queen Amidala’s ship. He helps repair the ship’s shields during a battle and later accompanies Qui-Gon Jinn and Padmé Amidala to Tatooine.
Episode II: Attack of the Clones
In the second prequel film, R2-D2 once again serves as a loyal companion to Anakin Skywalker. He helps save Anakin and Padmé from certain death on more than one occasion.
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
In the final prequel film, R2-D2 is instrumental in helping Obi-Wan Kenobi defeat General Grievous. He also plays a key role in hiding Luke Skywalker from Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.
The Sequel Trilogy
The sequel trilogy takes place after the events of the original trilogy and tells a new story with a new generation of heroes. Once again, R2-D2 appears in all three films.
Episode VII: The Force Awakens
In the first film of the sequel trilogy, R2-D2 has been in “low power mode” since Luke Skywalker disappeared many years ago. However, he is awakened when Rey arrives on Ahch-To with BB-8 and helps them locate Luke.
Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
In the second film of the sequel trilogy, R2-D2 plays a smaller role but still makes several appearances. He accompanies Rey on her journey to find Luke Skywalker and later assists Finn and Rose in their mission to disable the First Order’s hyperspace tracker.
Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
In the final film of the sequel trilogy, R2-D2 once again plays a key role. He helps Rey, Finn, and Poe locate the Sith world of Exegol and later assists in the final battle against the Emperor’s forces.
So there you have it – R2-D2 appears in every single Star Wars movie! From his debut in A New Hope to his final appearance in The Rise of Skywalker, this plucky little droid has been a constant presence throughout the entire saga. Whether he’s saving our heroes from danger or just providing some much-needed comic relief, R2-D2 is a beloved character that will always hold a special place in fans’ hearts.