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R2-D2 was an astromech droid, an automated mechanic droid used on starships, manufactured by Industrial Automaton. Serving an array of people during his time, R2-D2 had most of his memory intact, unlike his partner C-3PO who had his memory wiped out before serving Bail Organa together. The memories built into his program made him develop a somewhat brave and adventurous character. Together with C-3PO, he always found himself being a part of historical events, and aiding in the liberation of the galaxy.
R2-D2's first service was with Queen Padme Amidala, and then later her husband Anakin Skywalker. He served as an astromech droid for Anakin during the reign of the Galactic Republic, and then alongside his new found friend and partner C-3PO during the Clone Wars. After the death of Padme and Anakin falling to the dark side, the pair would serve Bail Organa for 19 years.
With the fall of the Galactic Republic and the rise of The Alliance, both R2-D2 and C-3PO play pivotal roles in aiding The Alliance in their fight against the Galactic Empire; among which was to deliver the plans of the Death Star to Obi-Wan Kenobi, resulting in the destruction of the Death Star by Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. R2-D2 would then continue to loyally serve Luke, Princess Leia, and Han, and aid in both the Battle of Hoth and the Battle of Endor.
In the three decades after the fall of the Galactic Empire, R2-D2 follows Luke on his quest to restore the Jedi Order, which fails after the fall of Ben Solo to the dark side, consequently pushing Luke to disappear and live in exile. Upon Luke's disappearance, R2-D2 puts himself in a low power sleep mode, accepting that it is time for the newer droids to take over his tasks.