Place of Birth:
C-3P0 looks just like the typical protocol droid, plated in a golden shell.
Form of Dress:
Threepio does not wear any clothes.
A fussy and worry-prone protocol droid, C-3PO was cobbled together from
discarded scrap and salvage by a nine-year old prodigy on the desert planet
Tatooine. Young Anakin Skywalker had intended the homemade droid to help his
mother, Shmi. With limited resources, the droid that Anakin built was truly
remarkable. It lacked an outer shell, though, and Threepio had to live with the
indignity of being "naked," with his parts and wiring showing.
His frame is actually quite old, and some of his components date back a century,
forged on the mechanized world of Affa. He was more than a run-of-mill Cybot
Galactica 3PO-unit. His salvaged nature imbued in him special qualities that set
him a brand apart from his droid cousins.
Designed to help Shmi Skywalker, Threepio was nonetheless an asset to young
Anakin, who took the skinless interpreter along when he bartered with nearby
Jawa traders. Threepio's fluency in millions of languages -- thanks to a
sophisticated TranLang III Communicator module coupled with an AA-1 VerboBrain
-- helped too when Anakin aided a wounded Tusken Raider during a trip outside
When Anakin befriended Padmé Naberrie of Naboo, Threepio first met her astromech
droid, the blue-and-white droid R2-D2. The two formed a fast friendship, working
together to perfect Master Anakin's blazing fast Podracer for an upcoming
competition. The more experienced Artoo told Threepio of the hazards of space
travel, to which Threepio proclaimed that he would never set foot into one of
those, as he put it, dreadful starships.
The Podrace was pivotal in Anakin's life, due to a wager that earned him his
freedom upon victory. Anakin left Tatooine with Padmé and Artoo, leaving
Threepio behind with Shmi. Years passed before Shmi was eventually freed by
Cliegg Lars, a moisture farmer who had fallen in love with her. She relocated to
the Lars moisture farm, a small homestead not far from Anchorhead, and took
Threepio with her.
Threepio became just one of the many droids working on the farm, but Shmi took
of Anakin's creation. To better protect his fragile inner wiring from the
abrasive Tatooine sands, Shmi fitted Threepio with discolored and mismatched
coverings that nonetheless gave the protocol droid a sense of completion.
Tragedy struck the Lars family when Shmi was abducted by savage Tusken Raiders.
A month after this sad event, Anakin Skywalker suddenly returned to Tatooine,
seeking out his mother. There was no time for sentimental reunions -- Anakin
sped off into the desert, and returned with Shmi's body. After a quiet funeral,
Anakin and Padmé left on an important mission to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi. Since
Threepio was the rightful property of Anakin, the Larses let the young Jedi take
the protocol droid with him. This marked the first time the nervous Threepio had
ever been aboard a starship.
Arriving on Geonosis, Anakin and Padmé ventured into the dark catacombs of the
Geonosian hives, leaving the droids behind. Artoo-Detoo, once again reunited
with Threepio, insisted they follow. Threepio simply could not understand the
astromech droid's clearly faulty logic -- they had been instructed to stay
behind -- but the stubborn little droid nonetheless journeyed into the unknown
with Threepio in tow.
The droids discovered an immense droid factory churning out countless combat
automata for the growing Separatist movement. The concept of machines
manufacturing machines gave Threepio's logic circuits a flutter, and in the
confusion of the factory, the protocol droid tumbled into the dangerous
A piece of heavy equipment cleanly sheared Threepio's head from his body, though
both segments were still active. The headless body wandered into a battle droid
assembly line while the head landed on a conveyer belt full of battle droid
heads. A battle droid head was then automatically affixed to Threepio's body,
and Threepio's head was welded to a battle droid body.
Both mismatched droid assemblies wandered confusedly into the battle droid
ranks, and when the Separatist droids attacked a Jedi taskforce sent to Geonosis,
poor Threepio was drawn into the fray. His twisted ordeal was brought to an end
when both bodies were incapacitated. R2-D2 came to Threepio's rescue, tugging
the protocol droid's head to his inactive body and reattaching the two. As
Threepio's electronic brain tried to process the madness of battle, Threepio
likened the unsettling body-swapping to a peculiar dream.
During the Clone Wars, the protocol droid became more the property of Padmé
Amidala. When on her native Naboo, Amidala often assigned the droid to assist
the Naboo Royal Council. Following the devastation of Ohma-D'un by the chemical
weapons of the Confederacy, Queen Jamillia appointed the droid to serve as
liaison to the Jedi during that campaign.
Threepio and Artoo would travel with Senator Amidala during the early months of
the wars. At the time of the Battle of Muunilinst, they were aboard Padmé's
vessel when she flew to Ilum to stop a Separatist chameleon droid attack on the
sacred Jedi caverns there. Years later, after they had had their memories wiped
out for the sake of the Skywalker family offspring, one in a string of careless
owners jettisoned Artoo and Threepio over the deserts of Ingo. After such an
unceremonious disposal, Threepio and Artoo finally found some responsible
masters -- the speeder racers Jord Dusat and Thall Joben. The droids helped the
racers win the Boonta speeder races.
During a short stint with the Intergalactic Droid Agency, Threepio and Artoo
were assigned very odd jobs, including waiting tables at Doodnik's Cafe on
Tyne's Horky. The droids found themselves on auction, and soon became the
property of miner Jann Tosh. It was around this time that Threepio and Artoo
became embroiled in the intrigue surrounding the ascendancy of Tammuz-an's royal
Threepio and Artoo came to be property of Mungo Baobab, a trader from the Manda
system. After some adventuring in and around the Roon system, Threepio and Artoo
again found themselves without a master before arriving at Kalarba.
There, the Pitareeze family took in the droids, and gave them a good home. The
family had acquired considerable wealth from the development of a popular
hyperdrive model. Despite living in their most comfortable surroundings in
months, Threepio and Artoo still managed to find trouble. They had several
run-ins with not-so-legitimate businessman Olag Greck on nearby Hosk Station. In
one encounter, Threepio was nearly scrapped when he was sent to compete in a
gladiatorial arena match after being mistaken for the assassin droid C-3PX.
After thwarting another of Greck's schemes, Threepio and Artoo were deputized by
Unit Zed, security constable for Hosk Station. The two pursued Greck and became
mixed up in the cutthroat rivalry between businessmen Movo Brattakin and Boonda
the Hutt. Threepio, outfitted with modified programming, even became a tool of
Brattakin's, leading a droid rebellion against Boonda. By caper's end,
Threepio's newfound firebrand programming was returned to its original
Threepio's next master was an Ithorian botanist named Zorneth, who had a
good-intentioned but ill-thought-out plan to end aggression and conflict in the
galaxy with a potent mind-altering herb called savorium. Militant factions on
Targonn wanted to use the herb as a weapon against their enemies, and the droids
again barely escaped unscathed.
Years later, Threepio and Artoo would become the property of the Royal House of
Alderaan, an influential family of nobles with ties to the growing Rebel
Alliance. The two droids were aboard Princess Leia Organa's consular vessel when
it was attacked by an Imperial Star Destroyer due to suspected complicity in
Rebel actions. The vessel crippled, Leia stored vital Rebel information in
Artoo's memory systems -- unbeknownst to Threepio. Artoo then took it upon
himself to complete Leia's failed mission, though Threepio knew nothing of its
Artoo commandeered an escape pod, and rocketed away from the captured craft,
crashlanding on the barren desert world of Tatooine. There, the droids were
taken captive by Jawa traders, and sold to moisture farmer Owen Lars and his
nephew Luke Skywalker. Determined to complete his mission of finding famed war
hero General Obi-Wan Kenobi, Artoo ran away in the middle of the night, leaving
Threepio and Luke to search for him the next morning.
Threepio and Luke eventually found Artoo, as well as Obi-Wan Kenobi. This
started an incredible chain of events that saw Threepio catapulted into an
adventure beyond his imagination. Threepio and Artoo were crucial in assisting
Luke spearhead a rescue mission to free Princess
Leia from the heart of the gargantuan Imperial space station, the Death Star.
Both droids navigated the complex Imperial computer system to provide the
rescuers with timely assistance and status updates.
Having returned to the Alliance base with Princess Leia, Threepio and Artoo
continued to be mainstays with the core group of Rebel heroes. During the
relocation to Hoth, Threepio braved having his joints frozen by subzero
temperatures to assist in Echo Base's command centers. Threepio's fluency in
millions of languages allowed him to postulate that an intercepted signal was in
fact an Imperial code, alerting the Rebels to the presence of a probe droid
dangerously close to their base.
During the evacuation from Hoth, Threepio and Artoo were separated. Threepio,
accompanying Princess Leia, left Hoth aboard Captain Han Solo's recalcitrant
freighter, the Millennium Falcon. Although Threepio was nowhere near as skilled
a mechanic as Artoo, he was helpful in translating the odd language of Falcon's
During a respite in the Bespin system, in the pastel-hued corridors of Cloud
City, Threepio was blasted into pieces by an Imperial stormtrooper. His
shattered remains were the first clue to the Rebel fugitives that Cloud City was
an Imperial trap. The Wookiee Chewbacca attempted to piece together Threepio's
remains, but lack of time and resources meant that Threepio would have to remain
incomplete for the time being.
During a daring mission to rescue a captive Han Solo from the loathsome gangster
Jabba the Hutt, Threepio and Artoo were sent into the Hutt's palace on Tatooine.
There, they became the gristly crime lord's property. Threepio was pressed into
service as Jabba's translator until Luke Skywalker came to rescue his friends.
Shortly thereafter, Threepio accompanied the Rebel strike force that was sent to
knock out the Imperial shield generator on Endor. Although some would question
the addition of a protocol droid on this military mission, it ended up quite
fortunate that Threepio went along. On Endor, the strike team encountered an
indigenous species of primitives that worshipped the golden droid as a god. The
Ewoks, a tree-dwelling tribal people, proved to be valuable allies. Were it not
for their allegiance, which was won by Threepio's impressive retelling of key
events of the Galactic Civil War, the Rebellion would not have been victorious
at the decisive Battle of Endor.
C-3P0 has been under the care of Leia Organa ever since the end of the Battle of
Endor, helping her in her role as diplomat and representative of the Rebel
A brilliant linguist, capable of speaking fluently millions of languages and
codes, C-3P0 is beyond the regular protocol droid. Although initially set out to
be a home-made droid, his salvaged nature imbued in him special qualities that
set him a brand apart from his droid cousins. He is a reluctant adventurer and
does not enjoy space flying, and will often clash his opinion with his
Vehicle of Choice:
Skills & Talents:
Having been changed throughout the years, Threepio is a droid capable of
speaking millions of languages, versed in piloting a speeder, a wiz with
mathematical equations and good computer programmer.
He has no personal items that he carries with him.