There’s not enough lukewarm takes in the world, so here’s our contribution. And even though this take could never be described as scalding in the slightest, but we do have a lot of passion behind what we are saying, and that is what matters when it comes to opinions, right? So here it is. C-3PO and R2-D2 are the protagonists of Star Wars. The entire series and extended universe. Don’t worry, I’ll expand on this point further, but first I need you to wrap your mind around this truth and realize that from this point forward you will never look at Star Wars the same way again.
Protagonist – the leading character or one of the major characters in a drama, movie, novel, or other fictional text.
Who does the series revolve around? The Skywalkers. Who were created by and also oversaw the birth of multiple Skywalkers? R2-D2 and C-3PO. Bam. Need I say more? Sure.
The first time I realized this was true was when those two legends showed up in Rogue One. This not only put them both in 10 movies in the series, but it proved that both space and the concept of linear time do not matter to either of them. They exist beyond it all and yet still decide to lend their hands to a young gay teen and his sister. Which of course, if you’ll remember, they watched being born by their dying mother.
That is the act of a hero. That is an act of a protagonist.
Want to know another example? Remember in Attach of the Clones when R2 suddenly can fly? Yeah, that was awesome, right? Well let me tell you something. Only a protagonist can get away with that kind of thing and no one will ask questions. This took place before moments where we have seen R2 never use something like that. He can barely move in 4-6!
Listen, I know none of this matters and clearly they are just gay lovers that got mixed up in the Skywalker’s drama, but I truly believe that they were behind everything that took place. Every victory was theirs as was every defeat. They were the end all be all of the resistance and the rebellion.
And that’s that on that.