If you have ever owned a single piece of technology (which you probably have, considering the fact that you're reading an article online), then you understand the concept of upgrades. Sometimes technologies become outdated, and you must improve or enhance them in some form or another. The Star Wars galaxy is no different. Now it seems that, in addition to receiving a handy new red arm, Anthony Daniels' C-3PO received some significant linguistic upgrades around the time of The Force Awakens. Check out the Star Wars tweet below to see the nifty update for yourself.
As you can see from that Twitter picture, C-3PO underwent a major software update between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Specifically, he added another one million languages to his programming, thus making him fluent in over seven million forms of communication. He obviously didn't show off many languages in The Force Awakens due to his significantly reduced screen time, but this revelation definitely adds to the existing Star Wars mythology in a way that always manages to get fans excited. Even if it has no bearing on the plot, it shows that the folks behind the saga from a galaxy far, far away are always thinking about ways to add depth to the lore.
Of course, most of you already know C-3PO's biggest contributions to the Star Wars movies comes in the form of his abilities as a translator. In the Original Trilogy, it is revealed that the timid protocol droid is fluent in over six million forms of communication. And yes, before you ask, that includes the binary language of moisture vaporators used on Tatooine. His ability to speak to all sorts of life forms (organic or otherwise) has regularly helped our heroes get out of a wide variety of deadly situations, and now it seems that future films will likely afford him the opportunity to speak even more languages. Everyone has his or her purpose in these movies, because teamwork makes the dream work.
Although C-3PO barely factored into the narrative of The Force Awakens, we have a distinct feeling that he will play a much bigger role in future Star Wars adventures. Now that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has been found, and R2-D2 has awoken from his power saving mode, C-3PO will be able to join his friends and contribute like he did back during the days of the original three Star Wars films.
We will just have to wait and see how many languages C-3PO shows off when Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi hits theaters later this year on December 15. CinemaBlend will bring you any and all relevant updates related to the future of the Star Wars franchise as they become available to us, so make sure to stay tuned for more awesome details!