Everyone’s favorite astromech droid joins the likes of Tonto (The Lone Ranger), Hobbes (Calvin & Hobbes), Willow (”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Samwise Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings) and Arthur (”The Tick”), among others in the article “Inventory: 13 sidekicks who are cooler than their heroes” from the A.V. Club section of The Onion.
3. R2-D2, Star Wars
He’s shaped like a trash can on wheels and communicates entirely in digital bloops and squeals, yet the little astromech droid R2D2 is in many ways the heart and soul of the Star Wars movies. Robot or not, he’s one of its most human characters, and he expresses a greater range of emotion than some of the flesh-and-blood actors. Though small and fragile, Artoo is also plucky, resourceful, and reliable enough to earn the trust of the Jedi and pilots who outrank him. Indeed, the first third of A New Hope hinges on Artoo’s top-secret mission to deliver the Death Star plans to the Rebellion. True, his underdog heroics in the original trilogy were ballooned into cartoonish super-competence in the prequels. But it’s a testament to the character that his slide into late-period Lucasian mediocrity wasn’t as sharp a decline as that of the newly petulant Darth Vader. When even the new Star Wars movies can’t make a character completely uncool, that’s a sign of endurance.
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Inventory: 13 sidekicks who are cooler than their heroes