this Cybot Galactica 3PO-series protocol droid was originally manufactured on Affa more than 100 years before the Battle of Naboo. Over time, the original was dismantled, but the frame remained intact and turned up on Tatooine. There, C-3PO was rebuilt from spare parts by the nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, although the finished product was virtually indistinguishable from a manufactured version. The droid's presence was a secret, as Anakin didn't want him taken away by his master, Watto. The number 3 in the droid's name was Anakin's attempt to indicate that the droid would be the third member of his family, beside himself and his mother. According to A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, C-3PO was activated around 95 PE. By the time Anakin was freed from slavery by Qui-Gon Jinn, C-3PO was nearly completed. All C-3PO lacked was an outer skin and minor modifications. After young Anakin left to train with the Jedi Knights, his mother Shmi took it upon herself to complete the droid, since it had become practically a member of her family. Shmi kept the droid as an assistant, and she eventually gave him a battered outer skin, just after she married Cliegg Lars. Just prior to the Battle of Geonosis, C-3PO was reunited with the astromech droid named R2-D2, whom he had met when Anakin met Qui-Gon Jinn, when Anakin returned to Tatooine to rescue his mother. After Shmi died, C-3PO was taken by Anakin to Geonosis, during an attempt to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi. C-3PO was caught in the droidworks on the planet, and his head was replaced with that of a Battle Droid. R2-D2 was later able to repair C-3PO, and the pair of droids served as the only witnessed to the marriage of Anakin and Padme' Amidala. When Padme' presented Anakin with R2-D2 as a show of affection, Anakin returned the favor by turning C-3PO over to Padme'. He claimed that he simply wanted her to keep an eye on the droid, but hoped that she would help her with her Senatorial duties. In the wake of the Clone Wars, C-3PO was turned over to Raymus Antilles, and his memory was wiped to eliminate any information the droid might have retained by Padme's death during the birth of her twins, Luke and Leia. To prevent any possible recovery of information, the droid was also given deeply-hidden subroutines that prevented him from revealing information about any past experiences. Once they were deemed ready, the droids were sold off as a pair. With C-3PO acting as a translator for the astromech, the pair had many adventures avoiding Olag Greck in the Kalarba System. C-3PO was the victim of tampering by Movo Brattakin, who inserted an initiative submodule in his leg to help expose Greck and Jace Forno on Boonda the Hutt's moon. After these adventures, the droids were once again split up, and it was rumored that C-3PO was for use in the Imperial Senate, translating the proceedings for a number of alien ambassadors. It was during this time that he was again reunited with R2-D2, who had been working as one of the Navy's astromech droids. Even though they had separate functions and programming, they maintained their version of friendship. Note that, despite what the Droids comics say about their meeting, the Star Wars Radio Drama infers that C-3PO and R2-D2 didn't meet until C-3PO was assigned as R2-D2's translator during routine labor assigning on the Tantive IV. While the exact truth has been lost over time, what was known was that the Alliance took Threepio under their domain and assigned him to mediate the various agreements between the Alliance and alien worlds. Note that Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope indicates that C-3PO was either still owned by Antilles during this time, or was reacquired by Antilles. One such mission led him onto the Tantive IV, where he was again working with R2-D2. When the spunky astromech suggested they escape from the ship in an escape pod, Threepio followed him, fearing that the Empire would only melt him down. Unknown to Threepio, Artoo carried the plans to the first Death Star, and had been ordered by Leia Organa to deliver them to Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine. Arriving on Tatooine, the droids were purchased by Owen Lars and his nephew, Luke Skywalker. Owen planned to use them on his moisture farm, but R2-D2 tricked Luke into removing a restraining bolt and fled the Lars homestead. C-3PO was damaged when Luke took him to recover the astromech droid, and they were beset by Tusken Raiders. This was fortuitous, however, as they were rescued by Obi-Wan. It was during this time that some of Threepio's hidden programming was forced into activity. When Anakin Skywalker's old lightsaber was presented to Luke by Obi-Wan, this programming forced Threepio to enter a shutdown mode, to prevent the droid from revealing information about Anakin's true nature. Luke became C-3PO's forty-third master when Owen and Beru Lars were killed by Imperial stormtroopers, and remained by Luke's side for many years. It was C-3PO who helped Luke, Leia, and Han Solo escape from the trash compactor on the first Death Star, allowing them to survive and return R2-D2 to the Alliance personnel at Massassi Base on Yavin 4. IN the wake of the Battle of Yavin, C-3PO served the Alliance on Hoth and other worlds, always working with R2-D2 as translator and sidekick. On the Forest Moon of Endor, C-3PO found himself an object of by the Ewoks, who believed him to be a god. This allowed Threepio to gain the trust of the Ewoks, an act which ultimately helped the Alliance win the Battle of Endor and defat the Empire. During the early years of the New Republic, C-3PO was used by Luke, Leia, and Han in a number of missions, acting as translator and actor as needed. It wasn't until the Yuuzhan Vong invaded the galaxy that C-3PO started to wonder about his own mortality, as the alien invaders began destroying any droid they found as an abomination. Despite these overwhleming odds, C-3PO continued to serve Luke and the Republic, even assisting in the translation of the Yuuzhan Vong language. When the Yuuzhan Vong finally surrendered at Coruscant, Threepio and Artoo-Detoo found that there was another battle they needed to confront: obsolescence. The two droids agreed that they would meet this and any other challenge just as they always had, with each other. Note that The New Rebellion states that C-3PO was three models out of date, some seventeen years after the Battle of Endor. This was unusual, given that C-3PO is supposedly well over 120 years old at the time.