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C-3PO is a humanoid Protocol Droid known for his distinctive golden appearance and his anxiety-prone, polite personality in the Star Wars universe. Serving as a translator and the best friend of R2-D2, C-3PO's primary purpose is to facilitate communications between different species and cultures. Being fluent in over seven million forms of communication, this talkative droid has proved his value in a variety of situations throughout the Star Wars saga.

C-3PO first appeared in the original Star Wars film, "A New Hope" released in 1977. He returned in various installments including The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker. Created by Anakin Skywalker, C-3PO's stories span across multiple timelines, serving a diverse set of characters throughout the series.

The droid's design was inspired by the work of legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, particularly the character Tahei from the film, "The Hidden Fortress." Director George Lucas wanted to create a similar comical yet essential character in the Star Wars movies. C-3PO's exterior is inspired by the golden robot Maria, from the 1927 German film "Metropolis."

C-3PO's character was portrayed by actor Anthony Daniels throughout the films and many other Star Wars productions. Daniels' costume was a complex, metal armor that initially limited his movement and caused him physical pain. According to the actor, the suit became more comfortable as the series progressed.

Beyond the films, C-3PO's character has appeared in comic books, novels, television series, and theme park attractions within the Star Wars universe. His role in the franchise extends to promotional events, where C-3PO and R2-D2 often represent the Star Wars brand. The two droids are among the most recognizable and enduring characters in the galaxy far, far away.

Alongside his numerous appearances, C-3PO's character has a significant cultural impact. Phrases like "I have a bad feeling about this" and "We're doomed" have become part of the pop culture lexicon. In addition, C-3PO's relationship with R2-D2 has served as inspiration for other robotic duos, such as WALL-E and Eve from Pixar's "WALL-E."

C-3PO is an iconic and beloved character in the Star Wars franchise. His role in storytelling, diplomacy, and negotiation made the humanoid Protocol Droid a crucial element in the success of various film characters' missions. This gold-plated anxiety-ridden droid remains a fan-favorite, leaving a lasting legacy in the world of science fiction.

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