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Is R2-D2 Male or Female? March 6, 2008

Posted by Andy in robot, Star Wars.
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r2d2 Star Wars has become hugely popular in my house now that my son is old enough to enjoy it. One of the more interesting characters who plays an important role in all six movies is the droid, R2-D2.

For reasons beyond understanding, I recently started wondering what gender R2 was. My son is sure he is a boy, and that was also my first reaction. When I asked him why he thought R2 was a boy, he said with the certainty of a 5 year old that “R2-D2” is a boy’s name. I asked him how many boys he knew who were named R2-D2, and he countered that he didn’t know any girls with that name, so it must be a boy’s name.

So I decided to look at the evidence from the films, and after doing so, I came to the conclusion that R2-D2 is in fact female. Here is why:

  • In most species, females are smaller than males, and R2 is smaller than most other droids (most notablyC-3P0)
  • Ships are “she’s”(“She’ll make .5 past lightspeed”) so why not driods?
  • The high noises R2 uses to communicate are oddly similar to the sound a group of 5 or more women make when gathered for coffee
  • When in an X-Wing or similar ship, R2 does not actually drive but instead offers assistance and encourages the pilot to stop and ask for directions when lost
  • R2 was working as a waitress on Jabba’s cocktail barge.
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1. Jon - July 5, 2008

heh

i have to agree.

2. Steve - September 23, 2010

Alternatively, R2 is the logical one of the partnership with 3CPO. He’s got blue panels, traditionally a boy colour. More importantly he’s an astromech droid. A both a mechanic and a highly skilled navigator.

Definitely male!

3. Darth Bunny - May 25, 2012

Ive also wondered if R2 isnt also a spy for the sith.

4. Bob Chapman - July 20, 2012

But R2-D2 has that probe that inserts into the computer ports of the ships (which are females).

The Critic - July 9, 2013

that is true but vulgar

Bob Chapman - July 9, 2013

Apparently you aren’t aware of how electricians refer to connections in everyday life. There are male and female connections, with that as the criteria.

5. HB (@9H9B9) - February 5, 2013

At the end of “A New Hope” when Luke arrives at the rebel base in Yavin after blowing up the death star R2 is all messed up after Vader shot it. When they are bringing it down from the star-fighter C3PO asks, “You can repair can’t you?? You must repair !!” So R2 is a male. It never crossed my mind that he could be a female and your son is right R2-D2 is a male name LOL 😄

6. HB (@9H9B9) - February 5, 2013

For some reason the word (HIM) got deleted from my quotes, C3PO called R2 (HIM) twice in the film so hes a boy

7. JT - March 7, 2014

R2-D2 is male, as far as by state of androids. In A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi states in gender specific, “Plug-in, he should be able to interpret the entire Imperial network.”

8. Edward - October 28, 2015

I remember during A new Hope, where R2-D2 and C-3PO were capture by the sandman to be sold to Luke’s family. Unfortunately, only C-3PO were selected. what happened next is that R2-D2 started to jump and atound around to catch the notice of C-3PO. That’s normally how girls react to get something or being notice. I strongly believe that R2-D2 is a girl. 😀

9. These Are Not The Droids You’re Looking For | I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog - November 1, 2015

[…] in an X-Wing or similar ship, R2 does not actually drive but instead offers assistance and encourages the pilot to stop and ask for […]

10. Rob - November 11, 2016

quote from Han Solo:
“What’s so important? What’s HE carrying?


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