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"She was… very beautiful. Kind, but… sad."
―Leia Organa, to Luke Skywalker, the former reminiscing their deceased mother[src]

Padmé Naberrie, known publicly as Padmé Amidala, was a human female politician who became an influential figure in the declining days of the Galactic Republic. Amidala was elected Queen of Naboo at a young age, and led her people through the Trade Federation's invasion of the planet. With the help of the Jedi Order, Amidala was able to lead her people in liberating Naboo from the Federation. When her two terms as queen ended, there was a movement to amend the law so she could continue to serve, but she declined and instead accepted the role of Senator of Naboo.

In the lead-up to the Clone Wars, Senator Amidala was an outspoken critic of the creation of a Grand Army of the Republic to combat the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The war broke out anyway, however, and Amidala was present on Geonosis during the first battle; Amidala had been captured there by the Separatists, leading to her fighting in the ensuing battle. After the battle, Amidala secretly married Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker.

Amidala continued her pursuit of peace after the war began, attempting to broker a peaceful solution between the Republic and the Separatist Alliance. Those attempts failed, however, though Amidala did achieve some victories against the war hawks, including in her push to allow Mandalore to declare neutrality in the war. The war continued on, often separating Skywalker and Amidala for long periods of time.

At the end of the war, Amidala became pregnant with twins, and Skywalker began having visions of her dying in childbirth. His attempts to save her led him to the dark side of the Force, and he became the Sith Lord Darth Vader. In the ensuing days, and after the destruction of the Jedi Order, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine—who was secretly the Sith Lord Darth Sidious—transformed the Republic into the Galactic Empire. Amidala later tried to save Vader from the dark side, but failed in her efforts. She lost the will to live and died just after giving birth to her twins, Luke and Leia. Leia followed in her mother's footsteps, becoming a member of the Rebel Alliance, while Luke became a Jedi Knight and redeemed Anakin from the dark side. Amidala was also the maternal grandmother of Leia and Han Solo's son Ben, who would later be known as Kylo Ren.

BiographyEdit

Rise to queenshipEdit

"I wasn't the youngest Queen ever elected. But now that I think back on it, I'm not sure I was old enough. I'm not sure I was ready."
―Padmé Amidala[src]

The female human best known as Amidala was born on the bountiful planet of Naboo fourteen years prior to its invasion, under the name of Padmé Naberrie. Although her parents were of modest origins, Naberrie was identified as a gifted and brilliant young girl at an early age. As a child, she devoted herself to public service.[2] Her father Ruwee Naberrie was a friend of Senator Onaconda Farr, who represented the solar system of Rodia in the Senate of the Galactic Republic. Naberrie was very fond of the Rodian, whom she referred to as "Uncle Ono."[9] At age twelve, Naberrie participated in the Legislative Youth Program, in which she met a slightly older boy named Palo. The two fell in love, but their relationship did not last, as they parted ways when Palo left politics and chose to become an artist.[6] Two years later, at the tender age of fourteen, Padmé Naberrie was elected Queen of Naboo, and she adopted Amidala as her name of office.[2] Although she was not the youngest sovereign ever elected, she would later question her own maturity at the time of her election.[6]

The Invasion of NabooEdit

"I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee!"
―Queen Amidala, to the Galactic Senate — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Shortly after her election, the young queen was faced with a major crisis when the Trade Federation decided to lay siege to her home planet. The Federation's devious leader, Viceroy Nute Gunray, intended to force her to sign a treaty that would legitimize the invasion in the eyes of the Galactic Republic. However, Amidala refused to submit to the Federation. The Viceroy then sent her to Camp Four. However, Amidala was rescued in the eleventh hour by two Jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi. The two had been charged with negotiating a truce with the Trade Federation, but Gunray had tried to kill them as soon as they had arrived. The Jedi freed Amidala and her entourage from the clutches of the Federation's battle droids, and the group fled the blockaded Naboo aboard the queen's royal starship.[1]

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Queen Amidala of Naboo

However, the royal starship was damaged in combat while trying to break though the blockade of battleships the Federation had deployed around the Naboo star system. The hyperdrive generator needed to be repaired, which prompted the crew to make an emergency landing on Tatooine. The queen, who was curious about the desert world, disguised as one of her handmaidens—using her birth name of Padmé Naberrie—so she could accompany the Jedi on the planet's surface. With her companions, Amidala ventured into the spaceport of Mos Espa, which Qui-Gon Jinn described as a haven for "those who do not wish to be found." While trying to negotiate for spare parts with the junk dealer Watto, the party met Anakin Skywalker, a nine-year-old human slave. The boy was immediately fascinated by Amidala's aura of beauty, asking her whether she was an angel from the moons of Iego. In turn, the queen thought the boy was a bit odd, yet charming.[1]

Since the Jedi and the queen could not raise the money needed to purchase the repair parts for the royal ship, Skywalker offered to compete in the incoming Boonta Eve Classic Podrace so he could earn the required funds for them. Master Jinn promptly accepted the offer, but Amidala criticized his actions; although she did like Skywalker, she thought it was unwise to place the fate of Naboo in the hands of a nine-year-old boy. However, Skywalker managed to win the race, beating the reigning champion Sebulba against all odds, and Amidala joined the scenes of jubilation that followed the boy's victory in the Grand Arena of Mos Espa. Thanks to a bargain Qui-Gon Jinn had made with Watto, Skywalker was now freed from slavery and allowed to accompany the Jedi in their travel. On the way to the galactic capital of Coruscant, Amidala, still in the guise of the handmaiden Padmé, helped Skywalker cope with the loss of his mother Shmi, whom Watto had refused to let go.[1]

The fight for TheedEdit

"Now, Viceroy, we will discuss a new treaty!"
―Queen Amidala after capturing Nute Gunray — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Once the group arrived on Coruscant, Amidala resumed her role as queen. In preparation for her public appearance before the Republic Senate, she met with Sheev Palpatine, who represented the Naboo system in that governing body. While she wished to plead for the Senate to rescue her homeworld, Palpatine informed her that the assembly was too corrupt to care about their situation. The senator then encouraged Amidala to move for a Vote of No Confidence in the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum, ruler of the Republic. Valorum was a well-meaning politician, and the queen initially refused to move against him. However, upon witnessing the problems of politics during the Senate session in which she pleaded, Amidala ended up following Palpatine's advice, asking for Valorum's ousting from office. An election was decided, and Palpatine himself emerged as a likely candidate to succeed the disgraced Valorum. Although the senator asked to stay on Coruscant until the end of the elective process, Amidala decided to return to Naboo, intent on retaking her world without the Senate's help.[1]

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Amidala and the Naboo Security Forces fight for control of the palace.

En route, the queen revealed to a concerned Master Jinn that she planned to unite with the Gungans, the sentient amphibians native to Naboo. However, Jinn and his apprentice Kenobi had met the Gungans at the beginning of their adventure, and the natives had expressed their lack of interest for the fate of the Naboo humans. Having once again assumed the identity of a handmaiden, the queen journeyed through the swamps of Naboo with her party. They managed to locate the sacred place where the Gungans had taken refuge after evacuating their city of Otoh Gunga. Initially, the decoy queen Sabé tried to negotiate herself with Boss Nass, leader of the Gungans, but to little avail. As a sign of trust, the real Amidala decided to reveal her identity, which surprised not only the Gungans, but also all of her companions. The queen then kneeled in front of Boss Nass, asking for help in battling the Federation troops. Impressed by the queen's respectful attitude, Nass heartily agreed.[1]

Though the queen's plan ended up working perfectly, it did not come about without loss. On the grassy plains of Naboo, there were Gungan casualties until Anakin Skywalker destroyed the Federation's Droid Control Ship. Additionally, Master Qui-Gon Jinn was killed during his duel with the Sith Lord Darth Maul. Now that Naboo was freed, Amidala greeted Palpatine, who came to announce to her that he had been elected Supreme Chancellor, since many had voted for him in an outpouring of sympathy. In the immediate aftermath of the invasion, Amidala attended Qui-Gon Jinn's ritual cremation in a funeral temple of Theed to pay her respects. Finally, a huge parade was held in the Naboo capital to celebrate the official unification of the humans and Gungans. During the ceremony, which was attended by Chancellor Palpatine, the members of the Jedi Council, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker, Amidala handed over the Globe of Peace to an overjoyed Boss Nass.[1]

Separatist CrisisEdit

"Wake up, Senators… you must wake up! If we offer the Separatists violence, they can only show us violence in return! Many will lose their lives. All will lose their freedom."
―Padmé Amidala, before the Galactic Senate, after the first of many attempts on her life[src]

At the conclusion of her two terms as queen, Amidala stepped aside for her elected successor, Queen Jamillia. However, the Naboo had grown so fond of Amidala that there was widespread talk that the constitution should be amended to allow her another term. After her coronation, Queen Jamillia asked Amidala to serve as Naboo's representative in the Galactic Senate, a request that Amidala ultimately accepted.[6] Amidala entered the Senate in the same year as Senator Rush Clovis of Scipio. The pair served on several Senate committees together and became close; Amidala ultimately ended the relationship however.[10] Ten years after the Invasion of Naboo, former Jedi Count Dooku became the public face of a Confederacy of Independent Systems that had withdrawn from the Republic in opposition to the corruption they believed had enveloped the Senate. In response to the threat posed by this Separatist Alliance, the Republic Senate debated the proposed Military Creation Act that would allow Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to formally commission a Grand Army of the Republic. During this time, Senator Amidala became a member of the Chancellor's Loyalist Committee and was regarded as the leader of the opposition to the Military Creation Act.[6]

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Amidala and the Loyalist Committee meet with Chancellor Palpatine.

On the eve of the vote in the Senate over the Military Creation Act, Senator Amidala arrived on Coruscant. Upon landing, her cruiser was hit in an assassination attempt by bounty hunter Zam Wesell, who had been hired to kill Amidala by Jango Fett, himself under the employee of Count Dooku. The explosion killed several of her guards as well as Amidala's double, Cordé. At the request of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, the Jedi Council assigned Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakain Skywalker to protect Amidala and investigate the incident, though Amidala objected to the added security. That evening, Amidala met with Kenobi and Skywalker in her penthouse apartment. With several years having passed, Skywalker was nervous to meet Amidala and while she hid her feelings, Kenobi noted that the senator was pleased to see Skywalker as well. That night, Zam Wesell tried again to kill Amidala by releasing two deadly Kouhuns into her apartment using a droid. Kenobi and Skywalker sensed the attack and rushed into the bedroom. Skywalker managed to kill the Kouhuns as Kenobi jumped through the bedroom window and grabbed on to the droid as security officers rushed into the apartment. Kenobi and Skywalker, after a chase through the Coruscant skylanes, were able to capture Zam Wesell. Before she could reveal the plot behind the assassination attempts on Senator Amidala, Wesell was killed by Jango Fett using a Kamino dart.[6]

In the aftermath of continued attacks, Amidala was convinced to leave Coruscant and to return to Naboo. While Skywalker went with her to continue protecting her, Kenobi continued the investigation into the assassination attempts. Upon arriving on Naboo, Amidala and Skywalker grew closer in their relationship and Skywalker told her of his love for her. However, since Skywalker was committed to the Jedi Order and Amidala to the Senate, they both agreed to forgo pursing a more romantic relationship. While on Naboo, Skywalker started experiencing Force visions of his mother in danger. Convinced he had to save her, he determined to travel to Tatooine. Amidala traveled with him and upon their arrival at the Lars moisture farm, Skywalker discovered that his mother had been taken by Tusken Raiders. He was able to track them down, but was too late and his mother died in his arms. Angered, he slaughtered the entire village including the women and children. He returned to the homestead to bury his mother. Later, Skywalker confessed to Amidala his despair and anger and what he had done and she attempted to comfort him.[6]

War and marriageEdit

"You call this a diplomatic solution?"
"No, I call it aggressive negotiations."
―Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Meanwhile, Kenobi had traced Jango Fett to the planet Geonosis and discovered that Count Dooku was behind the assassination attempts. He also learned that the Separatists had built a droid army to attack the Republic and that the Republic had at its disposal an army of clone troopers supposedly commissioned by the long deceased Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas. Requesting that Skywalker relay his message to Coruscant, Kenobi informed the Jedi and the Senate what he had discovered, just before he was captured. The Jedi decided to send an assault team, while Skywalker was ordered to stay with Amidala. Torn over the desire to rescue his master but yet also protect the senator, Amidala came to the decision to help Skywalker by traveling to Geonosis, forcing Skywalker to accompany her. However, their rescue was a failure and they were captured. Before they were led to the arena to be executed, Amidala confessed her love for Skywalker, reasoning that there was no point in denying it before they died.[6]

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Amidala and Skywalker are married.

The execution of Amidala, Skywalker, and Kenobi was to be carried out by several creatures brought into the the arena, a reek, an acklay, and a nexu. As they were released and attacked, Jedi Master Mace Windu arrived and the Jedi revealed themselves. A full out battle erupted, and though Amidala had been wounded by one of the creatures, she also grabbed a blaster and fought side-by-side with the Jedi. Of the original two hundred Jedi who had arrived, only a few were left and the situation seemed lost. At that point, Master Yoda arrived with the newly christened Grand Army of the Republic and the Battle of Geonosis began in earnest. Skywalker, Kenobi, and Amidala pursued Count Dooku in a Republic gunship, but Amidala and the trooper were knocked from the troop bay by a cannon blast. They were able to call backup, but arrived too late to stop Dooku who had fought against Skywalker and Kenobi before being defeated by Yoda. After the battle, Skywalker and Amidala returned to Naboo where they were secretly married.[6]

The Clone WarsEdit

Negotiations with the HuttsEdit

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Amidala pleads with Jabba.

Sometime after the Battle of Geonosis, Amidala spoke with the Chancellor about Naboo's new security measures due to several new battles in the Outer Rim. Amidala was then informed that Jabba the Hutt believed Skywalker had kidnapped his son, Rotta, and that he was refusing to negotiate with the Republic. Amidala then offered to negotiate with Jabba through his uncle, Ziro, who lived on Coruscant at his palace. Amidala went there to speak to him, but he refused to listen to her. Amidala sneaked back into his palace where she overheard Ziro speaking with Count Dooku, promising that Rotta, Skywalker, and his apprentice would be eliminated, that the Jedi would bring Jabba to justice and Ziro would become head of the Hutt Clan. Amidala was discovered and captured by Ziro's droids and was promised to Dooku as his prisoner. Amidala was taken to the palace dungeon where she was able to trick the droids into activating her communicator, alerting her assistant C-3PO to her predicament before the droids destroyed it. Ziro, seeing that Amidala was too dangerous to be kept alive, decided to execute her knowing his powerful friends in the Senate would protect him. Amidala was then rescued by C-3PO, who brought in Coruscant Guard Commander Fox and his troopers. Amidala then subdued one of her guards, took it's weapon and held Ziro at gunpoint. She contacted Jabba, informed him of his uncle's treachery, and ensured a treaty between the Republic and the Hutts.[11]

Trap on the MalevolenceEdit

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Amidala's ship is caught by the Malevolence's tractor beam.

Amidala was then sent on a mission by Palaptine to negotiate with a representative of the Banking Clan about withdrawing from the war. She, along with C-3PO, traveled to the rendezvous. However, Amidala learned that it was all a trap when she came out in the middle of a battle between the Republic fleet and the Confederacy's heavy cruiser, the Malevolence. She tried to move away from the heavy cruiser, but was pulled in by the Malevolence's tractor beam. Though she urged the Republic fleet to continue their attack, her husband ordered them to stop. As her ship set down in the hangar bay, Amidala rigged it to blow. She and C-3PO then managed to make their escape from General Grievous into the bowels of the Malevolence. She was able to contact Skywalker and Kenobi, who had boarded the ship to rescue her.

The two groups met at a point halfway between them, though Skywalker and Amidala soon became separated from Kenobi, Threepio and Artoo. While Kenobi was forced to delegate the rescue of 3PO to R2, to ensure that the hyperdrive stayed offline, Skywalker and Amidala made their way to the bridge to make adjustments to the navicomputer that would cause the Malevolence to pilot itself into a moon. Both missions proved a success, and the group managed to escape the Malevolence.

While Grievous personally took his starfighter, the Soulless One, and several other fighters that attacked the group as they attempted to dock with the Republic fleet, the Malevolence began to move towards a near moon, before colliding with it, destroying the heavy cruiser instantly. With the loss of the Malevolence, Grievous fled the battle, and Amidala and her companions reached safety.[12]

Crisis on RodiaEdit

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Amidala on Rodia

Amidala then traveled to Rodia with C-3PO and Representative Jar Jar Binks in an effort to persuade her old friend, Senator Onaconda Farr to remain loyal to the Republic. Unfortunately, when she arrived, Amidala learned that Farr had already pledged his system to the Separatists as Viceroy Nute Gunray could provide them with supplies and protection, unlike the Republic. Amidala was imprisoned to await Gunray's arrival, while Threepio was scheduled to be scrapped and Binks managed to evade arrest.[9]

Wearing a discarded Jedi robe he found within Amidala's cruiser, Binks mistakenly caused his pursuers to believe he was a Jedi. After hearing word of a Jedi being near by, Amidala managed to outsmart the battle droids and escape her cell. Amidala then proceeded to rescue Threepio; and was dismayed to learn that the Jedi she had heard about was merely Jar Jar in disguise. Amidala found herself in trouble once again, after Gunray arrived on the planet and captured her. However, Binks and a Kwazel Maw called "Boogie" happened to cause chaos among the Viceroy's guard; forcing him to attempt to escape, only to find himself at gunpoint. Gunray was confident Senator Farr would rescue him from Amidala; however, he soon learned that the two Senators had planned to capture him the entire time.[9]

A Republic cruiser subsequently arrived and Gunray was taken into custody. While Farr requested that Amidala accept his apology for his brief betrayal, she remained adamant that it was the Republic that owed him an apology for forgetting that just because Rodia was not a particularly powerful ally did not make it any less important than any other system[9].

Following the Gunray's capture and escape, Amidala was with Palpatine when he received word from Hondo Ohnaka's pirate gang that they had managed to capture the leader of the Separatists, Count Dooku. Being that Dooku was a powerful Sith Lord, the Jedi Council, the Chancellor and Amidala found it difficult to believe that mere pirates could capture him. Amidala counseled Palpatine, advising him to have the Council send two Jedi to confirm the validity of Hondo Ohnaka's claims before sending diplomats to deliver the ransom that he demanded.[13]

The Blue Shadow Virus crisisEdit

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Amidala destroying battle droids before they can break out of Vindi's laboratory.

Amidala and Binks were then recalled to Naboo by Queen Neeyutnee. The queen revealed that a squad of battle droids had been found and destroyed onworld, and requested that Amidala petition the Senate or the Jedi Council to help protect Naboo. Unfortunately, Amidala knew that more evidence would be needed to warrant action by the Senate or the Jedi. She then took it upon herself to search the swamplands for signs of a greater Separatist presence on her homeworld; as had been indicated by a captured tactical droid and a bug on it.[14]

After following a tainted water stream, Amidala and Binks came across a hatch which they proved unable to open. Amidala was able to contact Captain Typho to give him the location of the lab. During their attempts to open the hatch they became surrounded by battle droids and were swiftly captured. The pair was then taken before Separatist scientist, Doctor Nuvo Vindi, who revealed that he had perfected the long thought eradicated disease, the Blue Shadow Virus, which he planned to release into the galaxy. Fortunately, her Jedi allies Skywalker, Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano arrived on Naboo to aid her. Tano, with the help of Gungan native Peppi Bow, located the secret lab of Doctor Vindi.[14]

When Skywalker and his troops came to rescue her, Vindi threatened to kill Amidala and Binks. Following a struggle, Skywalker was able to rescue them. When Skywalker pursued Vindi, Amidala and Binks went with him and his troops. When they joined Ahsoka and Rex, Obi-Wan told them that Vindi had activated the bombs and that one of the bombs was missing. Amidala then remembered that Vindi had given a little droid the bomb. When everyone split up, the Naboo senator and Binks found the droid. At first, Amidala tried to get the bomb nicely back from the droid, but the droid growled at them and tried to run away with it. Luckily Jar Jar grabbed the droid and secured the bomb. Ahsoka then brought the bomb squad and the bomb was deactivated. The Jedi and a squad of clones were then able to captured Vindi for trial.[14]

Unfortunately as the Jedi prepared to take the mad scientist to trial on Coruscant, Amidala and the clones discovered that one of his virus bombs was missing the vial that contained the virus; meaning that it may have found its way into the wrong hands and could still be released. As they had suspected, the virus had fallen into Separatist hands, Vindi's assistant droid LEP-86C8, who released it within the laboratory, causing the facility to lockdown with Tano, Amidala, Binks, and several clones trapped inside. The few remaining battle droids then started slicing the exits, hoping to release the virus into Naboo's atmosphere. The remaining Republic forces in the lab began to pick off the droids before they could break out. While being attacked by droidekas, Amidala's biohazard suit was breached and she became infected with the virus.[15].

However, she persevered and eventually the remaining droids were destroyed. Amidala and Tano contacted Skywalker and Kenobi on the surface, telling them not to open the lab, so as to prevent the virus escaping. The transmission was cut off before Amidala could say her last goodbye to her husband, but Skywalker refused to abandon his wife to her fate. After the skirmish, two clone troopers died because of the virus. Subsequently Amidala said she that she hoped that their sacrifice would help bring peace to the galaxy, a sentiment agreed to by Tano. Soon after, Tano herself lost consciousness, due to the virus. However, before the virus could kill Amidala and Tano, Skywalker and Kenobi arrived with the cure, freeing the survivors from the contaminated compound and ensuring that Naboo, and the galaxy itself, was safe from the virus.[15]

The Zillo Beast incidentEdit

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Skywalker and Amidala on the roof of the Senate building

Following the Battle of Malastare, Amidala spoke with Kenobi about the Zillo Beast that had been brought to Coruscant. Amidala hoped that she would be able to use her relationship with Skywalker and Palpatine to bring about the release of the creature. Although she was able to secure a meeting with Skywalker and Palpatine, she was cut short when the Zillo Beast escaped its confines, rampaging towards the Senate building to settle a personal vendetta against Palpatine after witnessing him order its death sentence.[16]

Amidala, Skywalker and Palpatine, along with droids C-3PO and R2-D2, evacuated to Palpatine's personal escape shuttle, although they were grabbed by the beast's claws. Skywalker was able to cut the shuttle in half, releasing himself, Amidala and the droids out onto the sloped roof of the Senate building. Although Amidala had no means to stop her descent while sliding down the roof, she was soon caught by Skywalker. With the help of Yoda and Aayla Secura, Skywalker then withstood the fatal toxin-attack against the Zillo Beast. Amidala and her companions survived the incident largely unscathed.[16]

Spying on Senator ClovisEdit

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Senator Amidala dining with Senator Clovis.

Later, Senator Amidala agreed to help General Skywalker and the Jedi Council to spy on her old friend Senator Rush Clovis, who was suspected of working with the Separatists. As part of her mission, Amidala befriended Clovis and agreed to accompany him on a trip to Cato Neimoidia to negotiate with the Trade Federation. She was accompanied by R2-D2 and Skywalker, who displayed aggressive behavior towards Clovis during the trip for flirting with his wife. On one occasion, he damaged the seat beside Amidala's seat to prevent Clovis from sitting behind her. On takeoff, Skywalker even jerked the ship to prevent Clovis from kissing Amidala again.[10]

Upon arriving on Cato Neimoidia, Amidala and Clovis were greeted by the Trade Federation Senator Lott Dod, who arranged for his servants to show Senator Amidala to her quarters. While Skywalker and R2-D2 stayed on the ship to await further instructions, Amidala managed to spy on Clovis, Dod, and the Geonosian Archduke Poggle the Lesser who were meeting in the garden. Senator Clovis refused to lend anymore credits for the Separatists to build a new droid foundry on Geonosis. Amidala was unable to view their holographic blueprints since the Separatists had taken precautions to shut it down. Realizing that Senator Clovis was infatuated with Amidala, Dod and Poggle connived to poison her in order to extract leverage from Clovis.[10]

During a formal dinner that night, Lott Dodd tricked Senator Amidala into sharing his drink, which had been contaminated with poison. Once dinner had finished, Senator Clovis took Amidala on a tour of the palace. During the tour, Amidala began to succumb to the effects of the poison including thirst and head-throbbing. While Clovis went away to fetch her a drink, Amidala took the opportunity to access the palace's files and managed to download the blueprints for the Separatist factory on Geonosis. She then contacted Skywalker and arranged for him to meet in her quarters. In addition, Amidala also managed to steal a hologram disc.[10]

After making her way back to her quarters, Amidala passed the disc to Skywalker. Shortly later, she passed out in her chamber. Meanwhile, Senator Clovis realized that Amidala was a spy after discovering that his holodisc was missing. Clovis strode into Amidala's quarters to confront her only to discover that she was unconscious and to encounter a furious Anakin Skywalker. Realizing Skywalker's love for Amidala, Clovis agreed to get the antidote in exchange for the holodisc. While carrying Senator Amidala back to her ship, Skywalker and Clovis were cornered by Lott Dod and his men. After Clovis managed to force Dod at gunpoint to hand over the antidote, the three fled. However, Skywalker purposely left Clovis behind to face the wrath of Senator Dod. Having escaped Dod, Skywalker injected the antidote into Amidala.[10]

The Mandalorian crisisEdit

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Senator Amidala (center), surrounded by Satine Kryze, Skywalker, Kenobi, Palpatine, and Mas Amedda

Following her near-death encounter on Cato Neimoidia, Senator Amidala took an interest in the growing instability on the planet Mandalore. While the New Mandalorians-led government wished to remain neutral, a hardline faction known as the Death Watch wanted to side with the Separatists. Following an assassination attempt on the Mandalorian Duchess Satine Kryze, Amidala informed her friend the Duchess that the Galactic Senate had recently voted to occupy Mandalore and that warships were preparing to depart at sunrise. The Senate's decision had been influenced by a tampered holo-recording from the deceased Deputy Minister Jerec, claiming that the planet was in crisis. In reality, Senator Jerec had rejected Republic military intervention and stressed that it was an internal matter for the Mandalorians to handle alone.[17]

Despite the Death's Watch efforts to stop Duchess Kryze from delivering the datacard containing Jerec's real recording to the Senate, the Duchess managed to delivered the card to Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, who then passed it to Senator Amidala. When Chancellor Palpatine asked if any Senators objected to the Republic intervention on Mandalore, Senator Amidala took the opportunity to present Jerec's real recording before the Galactic Senate. As a result, the Galactic Senate voted to recall the occupation force from hyperspace before it could land on Mandalore. Due to her efforts, Senator Amidala won the praise and goodwill of Duchess Kryze.[17]

The blockade of PantoraEdit

Senator Amidala was later present when Ahsoka Tano informed her master, Anakin Skywalker, that the newly elected Chairman of Pantora Baron Papanoida's daughters Chi Eekway and Che Amanwe had been kidnapped. The kidnapping had coincided with a Trade Federation blockade of Pantora under the pretext that the planet had outstanding debts to pay. However, the blockade was merely a shadow-play by Count Dooku to force the Pantorans to join the Separatist Alliance. With the consent of Skywalker, Tano traveled to Pantora with Senator Riyo Chuchi and succeeded in rescuing the girls and exposing the Trade Federation's links to the Separatists.[18]

Mission to MandaloreEdit

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Amidala speaks with the New Mandalorian Ruling Council.

Later, Senator Amidala traveled to Mandalore, which was facing an economic crisis due to the disruption to trade caused by the Clone Wars. Due to the shortage of goods, smuggling had become a problem on that planet. During her visit to the Mandalorian capital of Sundari, she did her best to assure Duchess Satine Kryze of aid from helpful factions in the Galactic Senate. Amidala's mission was complicated by the inability of the New Mandalorian Ruling Council's to adopt a common position on seeking aid from the Galactic Republic. Her visit also coincided with the arrival of a group of Moogan smugglers imported a shipment of tea with a toxic chemical called slabin.[19]

While visiting a hospital, Amidala and Kryze were horrified to discover that a large number of children had been poisoned by an unknown substance. Since all of these students had attended the same school, the two Senators quickly deduced that the poisoning had been caused by some contaminated foodstuffs. Amidala and Kryze decided to visit the school to investigate the poisoning. There, they discovered that the school's tea drinks had been contaminated with slabin. After interrogating the school's superintendent, they learned that the school had sourced the tea from a middleman named Siddiq, who was employed by a shipping company.[19]

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Amidala helping Duchess Satine to investigate the poisoning.

From Siddiq, Amidala and Kryze learned that the tea shipment had come from Moorja and that another shipment was due to arrive that night. That night, Amidala, Satine, and one of the Ducal guards infiltrated the pier in question and witnessed the shipment's arrival and the complicity of a customs officer. While the police captain initially denied that any criminal activity occurred in his jurisdiction, he changed his mind when he visited the dock warehouse where the tea was stored and saw the operation with himself. Following a skirmish with the Moogan smugglers, Satine had the warehouse and its contents burned down. Following the raid, Amidala and Kryze reported to Prime Minister Almec, who was reluctant to acknowledge the corruption within the Mandalorian government but promised to investigate the matter. Before Amidala left, Satine suggested sending an undercover Jedi agent to investigate the Royal Academy of Government, and Amidala promised to bring the matter before Master Yoda. [19]

Brush with death on AlderaanEdit

Senator Amidala later attended a conference on the planet Alderaan that had been convened by Senator Bail Organa to address the plight of wartime refugees. Amidala was accompanied by Skywalker's Padawan Ahsoka Tano, who had been experiencing visions that the supposedly-dead bounty hunter Aurra Sing was planning to kill the Naboo senator. Prior to the conference, Amidala tried to assure Tano that she had felt the same sense of insecurity when she was Queen of Naboo. During the conference, Tano's fears proved founded when Aurra Sing shot Amidala while she was about to open her speech. Ahsoka's timely intervention prevented Sing from killing the Senator, who only sustained a shoulder wound. However, Sing managed to escaped capture.[20]

Following the failed assassination attempt, Tano devised a plan to capture Aurra Sing by having a luxury droid, wreathed in a robe, take Amidala's place at the conference. Meanwhile, the real Amidala cast her speech through the droid via telecommunications from the safety of her private quarters. However, Sing saw through the plan and attempted to ambush Amidala. However, Tano sensed Sing's intentions through her precognitive abilities and intercepted her before the bounty hunter could carry out her second attempt. During a brief struggle, Sing managed to wound the Padawan, but was stunned by Amidala with a concealed blaster. Due to Tano's efforts to rescue her, Amidala developed a warm friendship with her. Later, Tano used her precognitive abilities to expose the imprisoned Hutt crime lord Ziro as the individual who had hired Sing to assassinate Amidala.[20]

The Senate hostage crisisEdit

While Senator Amidala and General Skywalker were arranging a party for her colleague Senator Aang, they discovered that they were short on jogan fruit, an essential ingredient in jogan fruit cake. Skywalker sent R2-D2 and C-3PO to buy jogan fruit from the market place in Coruscant. However, the two droids were then kidnapped by the bounty hunter Cad Bane, who was working for the Separatists. Bane had been hired by the Grand Hutt Council to rescue Ziro from prison and had devised a plan which involved taking the Galactic Senate hostage. After extracting a layout of the Galactic Senate building from Artoo's databanks, Bane had the two droids mind-wiped and returned to their original places. Ignorant of Bane's plans, the two droids returned to their masters with the jogan fruit.[21]

Shortly later, Bane and his associates, including the newly-freed Aurra Sing, put their plans into action. They infiltrated the Senate and overpowered the Senate Commandos guarding the entrance. Meanwhile, Amidala was talking with Skywalker in her office. Her husband proposed taking her to somewhere in the galaxy for a few weeks where no one would recognize them. Amidala declined since she was too focused on her work as a Senator. During their conversation, Skywalker even gave his lightsaber to Amidala to show her that he trusted her with his life. However, Skywalker was forced to hide when Senator Organa and C-3PO entered Amidala's office. Organa had invited Amidala to attend a meeting of senators who were concerned about the new Enhanced Privacy Invasion Bill. Before she departed, Amidala hid Skywalker's lightsaber under her sleeve.[22]

While Amidala and her colleagues were making their way to their meeting room, they were ambushed by Bane and his associates in the lobby. After securing the Senators, Bane issued an ultimatum to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and demanded the release of Ziro the Hutt. When Palpatine refused, Bane retaliated by locking down the entire building and severing all communications with the outside world. He took everyone's comlinks. Before he could search Senator Amidala, Bane spotted Skywalker in the upper levels and sent his henchmen to pursue the Jedi. Following a protracted pursuit throughout the Senate Building's corridors, Bane's associates managed to capture the Jedi Knight. Amidala was present when Sing and Shahan Alama delivered an unconscious Skywalker to the lobby.[22]

Meanwhile, Chancellor Palpatine backed down and agreed to release Ziro. Prior to leaving, Bane and his bounty hunters planted several explosives in the lobby of the Senate building. Amidala tended to the wounded Skywalker and managed to rouse him. Skywalker then used his lightsaber to carve a hole around the senators and dropping everyone one floor down. This enabled Amidala and her colleagues to narrowly escape Bane's explosives, which exploded shortly after. Having achieved their objectives, Bane and Ziro departed offworld.[22]

Peace mission to RaxusEdit

When the Galactic Senate began debating a bill that would eliminate government oversight of the InterGalactic Banking Clan in order to fund the Republic's military efforts, Senator Amidala suggested opening negotiations with the Separatists to find a peaceful solution to the Clone Wars. Amidala's efforts were opposed by the war profiteering Senate representatives of the Trade Federation, the Techno Union, and the InterGalactic Banking Clan: Lott Dod, Gume Saam, and Nix Card. These senators conspired to sabotage Amidala's efforts by arranging for a Separatist attack on Coruscant.[23]

Accompanied by Ahsoka, Amidala traveled behind enemy lines to the planet Raxus to meet her old friend and mentor Senator Mina Bonteri, who had joined the Separatist cause. After a tense but cordial reunion, Amidala and Bonteri agreed to initiate a motion to petition the Galactic Senate and the Separatist Senate to discuss a diplomatic solution to the Clone Wars. The Separatist Parliament approves of the motion by a majority vote with the exception of a few dissenting votes including the Corporate Alliance.[23]

While Count Dooku publicly supported the motion, he gave secret orders for General Grievous to deposit a group of droids disguised as sanitary units on Coruscant to commit acts of sabotage. These droids managed to blow up the Senate District's power generator; creating a massive power outage which coincided with the Senate's hearing on the Separatist peace proposal. This terror attack succeeded in hardening the Senate's stance towards the Separatists and it passed a bill deregulating the banks. As a result, Senator Amidala's diplomatic efforts to end the Clone Wars came to naught.[23]

Murders in the SenateEdit

Subsequently, Kaminoan senator Halle Burtoni proposed a bill for the creation of five million more clone troopers. Amidala and Organa argued against the proposal in the Senate; it was then Dooku sent them a message informing them Bonteri had been killed during an attack he attributed to the Republic. Opponents to the bill were dissuaded to vote by threats, while she, Farr and Organa were attacked by the bounty hunters Robonino and Chata Hyoki. Organa was injured, so Amidala made an impassioned speech against taking away any more credits from social services in his stead, which was broadcast on the HoloNet.[24]

At a subsequent toast, Farr suddenly died. After his funeral, Palpatine summoned her and Farr's aide Lolo Purs to his office, where Inspector Tan Divo revealed Farr had been poisoned. Amidala suspected Umbaran senator Mee Deechi, but after he was murdered too, suspicion fell on Burtoni. Amidala deduced Purs murdered Farr when Divo stated the poison, which only affected Rodians, had been in all their drinks, and realized she did not drink at the toast. After she got Purs to confess, she apprehended her with a punch to the face. Afterwards, Burtoni's bill was approved.[25]

Later wartime activitiesEdit

Amidala and her husband participated in the Battle of Mon Cala,[26][27][28] and then a skirmish on Naboo.[29] Meanwhile, she sent C-3PO and R2-D2 on a humanitarian mission to Aleen.[30][31]

She then attended a Confederate–Republic peace conference on Mandalore. Present was Mina's son Lux Bonteri, who had followed her into the Separatist Senate, who accused Dooku of being behind his mother's death. Amidala feared a reprisal, and asked Ahsoka Tano to protect him.[32]

Amidala attended Obi-Wan Kenobi's funeral after he was believed killed by Rako Hardeen, which was actually a plot to infiltrate to kidnap Palpatine by having Kenobi impersonate Hardeen.[33] Amidala welcomed Palpatine when he came to Naboo for the Festival of Light. As the attack got underway, Ahsoka escorted Amidala and the other delegates to safety. The next morning, Amidala thanked the Jedi on the Naboo's behalf for protecting the Chancellor. When Dooku made another attempt to kidnap the Chancellor, she arrived with the Palace Guard to protect him.[34]

She acted as Ahsoka Tano's lawyer during her tribunal after she was framed for the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar and Letta Turmond's murder.[35]

Amidala went on a diplomatic mission to Scipio, where she reunited with Clovis and uncovered corruption at the InterGalactic Banking Clan. They were targeted by Embo, but Anakin saved them.[36] Clovis became head of the Banking Clan,[37] but she discovered he had done it on Dooku's behalf, raising interest rates for the Republic before Separatist forces came to occupy Scipio. Amidala warned Anakin, and the Republic attacked, seizing control of the banks, while Clovis committed suicide.[38]

Final daysEdit

"Obi-Wan… there is good in him… I know. I know there is… still…"
―Padmé Amidala's final words[src]

As the Outer Rim Sieges raged on, Amidala had fewer opportunities to see her husband. While she did become pregnant, she was unable to share this news with Skywalker until after the Battle of Coruscant. The news, while exciting for both parents, placed them in a bind as it threatened to reveal their marriage. Meanwhile, Skywalker began suffering from nightmares foreshadowing the death of Amidala. Not wanting to risk this and suffer the same pain when his mother died, Skywalker turned to Jedi Master Yoda for advice without revealing too much of his fears. Yoda advised that to overcome his nightmares and fears, Skywalker had to learn to let go to those close to him, something that did not sit well with Skywalker. His fears for Amidala increasing, Skywalker turned to his close friend, Chancellor Palpatine, who revealed to him that the Sith Lord Plagueis the Wise had come close to learning the power of immortality. Meanwhile, Amidala became increasingly concerned with the events of the war and power held by Palpatine and the increasing rift this was causing between herself and Skywalker.[4]

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The heavily-pregnant Amidala lies unconscious after Vader choked her.

When the Jedi discovered Palpatine's identity as the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, they attempted to arrest him. Palpatine killed three of them before being defeated by Mace Windu. However Skywalker interfered slicing off Windu's hand, giving Sidious the opportunity to kill the Jedi. Skywalker, seeing Sidious as the only way to save his wife, pledged himself to the dark side. Sidious then initiated Order 66 declaring the Jedi to be traitors to the Republic. When Skywalker returned to Amidala's apartment from killing the Jedi at the Jedi Temple, he informed her that the Jedi had become traitors but that his loyalties stayed with the chancellor. He then left for the planet Mustafar to put an end to the leaders of the Separatist Alliance. Amidala meanwhile attended a meeting of the Senate where the chancellor declared the formation of the Galactic Empire and himself as Emperor. She was then visited by Obi-Wan Kenobi who revealed to her that Skywalker had turned to the dark side and that he needed her help in stopping him. Amidala refused though, and Kenobi correctly identified Skywalker as the father of the baby she was carrying. He then left, but later followed Amidala into her starship as she left Coruscant for Mustafar to meet Skywalker. Upon her arrival, Skywalker, now fully in the dark side as the Sith Lord Darth Vader, saw Kenobi and blamed Amidala. He became violently angry towards Amidala who refused to follow Skywalker down the path he had chosen, and used the Force to choke her.[4]

After Kenobi defeated Vader during a lightsaber fight, he retrieved the unconscious Amidala and brought her to a medical facility on Polis Massa. Amidala, unable to face what had become of Skywalker, had lost the will to live and her body began to shut down. However, she gave birth to twins, who she named as Luke and Leia. Despite all this, Amidala still believed that Skywalker held some good inside of him, a belief she shared with Kenobi before she died. Her funeral was held on Naboo shortly thereafter. Darth Vader, upon being rescued by Darth Sidious and then placed in a life supporting suit, asked after his wife. Sidious informed him that in his anger, it appeared that he had killed Amidala. This fueled Vader's anger even more to a destructive level.[4]

LegacyEdit

Amidala's death haunted Vader for the rest of his life. Despite the supremely brutal and ruthless being the Sith Lord became, he could never let go of the grief and guilt caused by his wife's passing.[39] Decades later, Leia Organa would remember an impression she had of her mother as being very beautiful, kind, but sad.[40] However, Organa was unsure if she really did ever see her mother or just invented these memories to fill the hole in her life.[39]

The fact that Amidala had given birth to twins was a secret known only to a few after her death: the mortician Commodex Tahn used a hologram to make her still appear pregnant during her funeral.[41] Nineteen years later, her children met for the first time—they did not, however, know that they were siblings—during the Galactic Civil War.[42] Vader later learned that Luke was his son and that Amidala had indeed given birth,[41] and he attempted to seduce Luke to the dark side of the Force. Luke remained true, however, and ultimately learned that Leia was his sister. During the Battle of Endor, Luke set out to redeem his father from the dark side of the Force. His efforts were successful; Sidious attempted to kill Luke with a barrage of Force lightning, but Vader stepped in to rescue his son and kill the Emperor. Vader, once again Anakin Skywalker, died as a result of the injuries he sustained in killing the Emperor, but not before proving Amidala's final words correct: there was still good within Darth Vader.[40]

Behind the scenesEdit

Padmé Amidala was played by Natalie Portman in the prequel trilogy, and voiced by Catherine Taber in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and TV series.

AppearancesEdit

Non-canon appearances

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 StarWars-DatabankII Padmé Amidala Biography Gallery in the Databank (Image 1 caption)
  3. According to the official StarWars.com website, there is a nineteen-year time gap between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. Since the Battle of Yavin was the major event featured in the latter movie, Amidala's death can be dated in relation to that event.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  5. 5.0 5.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Padmé Amidala in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  7. StarWars-DatabankII Bail Organa in the Databank
  8. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith deleted scenes
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bombad Jedi"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Spy"
  11. Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  12. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destroy Malevolence"
  13. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Dooku Captured"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Blue Shadow Virus"
  15. 15.0 15.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mystery of a Thousand Moons"
  16. 16.0 16.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back"
  17. 17.0 17.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Duchess of Mandalore"
  18. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sphere of Influence"
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Corruption"
  20. 20.0 20.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Assassin"
  21. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Evil Plans"
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hostage Crisis"
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Heroes on Both Sides"
  24. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Pursuit of Peace"
  25. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Murders"
  26. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Water War"
  27. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Gungan Attack"
  28. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Prisoners"
  29. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow Warrior"
  30. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mercy Mission"
  31. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Nomad Droids"
  32. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Friend in Need"
  33. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Deception"
  34. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis on Naboo"
  35. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Wrong Jedi"
  36. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "An Old Friend"
  37. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Rise of Clovis"
  38. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis at the Heart"
  39. 39.0 39.1 Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!
  40. 40.0 40.1 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  41. 41.0 41.1 Star Wars: Darth Vader 10: Shadows and Secrets, Part IV
  42. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  43. Tarkin

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