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―R2-R9 wails as it is destroyed — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

R2-R9 was an R2 series astromech droid that served the Royal House of the planet Naboo during the Invasion of Naboo by the Trade Federation in the year 32 BBY. It served aboard the Naboo Royal Starship when Queen Padmé Amidala used the vessel to flee from the besieged planet. When the starship took damage from Trade Federation fire, R2-R9 and several other astromech droids traveled to the ship's exterior to try and repair damage to the shield generator. However, R2-R9 was struck by enemy fire and destroyed while trying to carry out repairs.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Escaping Naboo[edit | edit source]

"Hello, boyos."
―Jar Jar Binks greets R2-R9 and the other astromech droids aboard the Naboo Royal Starship — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

The R2 series astromech droid designated R2-R9[4] served the Royal House of the planet Naboo during the reign of Queen Padmé Amidala.[2] In the year 32 BBY,[1] Naboo was invaded by the Trade Federation, and the planet's capital of Theed was captured. With the aid of the Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Amidala and some of her staff escaped from the Federation and boarded the J-type 327 Nubian Naboo Royal Starship in one of the hangars of the Theed Royal Palace.[2]

R2-R9 was one of several astromech droids aboard the starship when it departed the hangar to try and escape Naboo. As the starship left Naboo's atmosphere, Kenobi brought the Gungan Jar Jar Binks down to[2] the droid hold, where R2-R9 and the other astromechs were recharging at droid stations,[4] and told him to wait there with the droids. The Royal Starship then came under fire from Trade Federation[2] Lucrehulk-class LH-3210 cargo freighters[7] blockading the planet.[2]

Lost in the line of duty[edit | edit source]

"We're losing droids fast."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi comments on R2-R9's destruction — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

R2-R9 was destroyed while trying to repair the Naboo Royal Starship during its escape through the Trade Federation blockade.

A shot from one of the freighters damaged the Royal Starship's shield generator, which set off an alarm in the droid hold. R2-R9 and the other droids immediately left their docking stations and rolled over to a lift that would take them to the ship's exterior. R2-R9 was second onto the hull after[2] G8-R3,[8] and the droids quickly set about attempting repairs.[2]

As R2-D2—the last droid onto the ship's exterior—reached the damaged generator, R2-R9 was struck by a shot from one of the Trade Federation vessels and was destroyed. Each of the other droids were then picked off one by one until only R2-D2 remained; however, he was able to complete the repairs to the generator and save the ship, which successfully escaped the blockade.[2]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

R2-R9 was an R-series astromech droid with red-and-silver paneling. The droid's equipment included a polarity sink at the base of its body and a sensor hatch in its dome.[4] R2-R9's status indicator was red in color when active, and its sensor was black.[2] Like all R2 units, it was manufactured by Industrial Automaton[3] and stood 0.96 meters (3ft 2in) tall.[6]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

R2-R9 first appeared in the 1999 prequel trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. The droid was not named in the film[2] but first received identification in the new Star Wars canon in the "Rise Against the Empire" expansion of the 2015 video game Disney Infinity 3.0.[9] Despite the game's non-canon status, Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo confirmed that the names it uses for film characters are considered canon.[10] The droid's designation originated in the 1999 Star Wars Legends PC program Star Wars: Episode I Insider's Guide, developed by LucasArts.[11]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, which includes R2-R9's destruction, to 32 BBY.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition establishes that R2-R9 is an R2 series astromech droid, which is part of the R-series line and manufactured by Industrial Automaton, according to Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  5. Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition establishes that R2-R9 is an astromech droid, which is a second class droid, according to Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded states that R2 series astromech droids stand 0.96 meters (3ft 1in) tall. As Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition shows R2-R9 to be an R2 series astromech droid, it must also stand 0.96 meters tall.
  7. Ultimate Star Wars
  8. Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: G8-R3 (★★★) (link))
  9. Disney Infinity 3.0
  10. TwitterLogo.svg Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) on Twitter: "@LelalMekha Yeah, same with Infinity." (screenshot)Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group has confirmed that the character names introduced in LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Disney Infinity 3.0 are considered canon, despite the video games themselves being non-canon.
  11. Star Wars: Episode I Insider's Guide
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