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"I was twelve. His name was Palo. We were both in the Legislative Youth Program. He was a few years older than I… very cute… dark curly hair… dreamy eyes."
―Padmé Amidala, to Anakin Skywalker[src]

Palo Jemabie was a human male from Naboo. As a teenager, he was involved in the Legislative Youth Program alongside Padmé Amidala, with whom he fell in love. The two broke up when Jemabie became an artist, while Amidala pursued a career in politics. After the Galactic Republic was replaced by the Galactic Empire, Jemabie was sentenced to a labor camp. Eventually, he was disappeared by the Imperial Security Bureau before the end of the Galactic Civil War.


Naboo Corronation

The poster Naboo Coronation

A dark-haired human male, Palo Jemabie hailed from the planet of Naboo.[3] He was born over fourteen years before the invasion of his homeworld by the Trade Federation.[2] As a teenager, Jemabie participated in the Legislative Youth Program, where he met a twelve-year old girl named Padmé Naberrie. The two had a brief relationship, but ultimately parted ways when Naberrie chose to remain in the public service while Jemabie elected to become an artist.[3]

When Naberrie was elected Queen of Naboo at age fourteen, under the regal name of Amidala, Jemabie created a poster titled Naboo Coronation, which invited the Naboo to the inauguration of their new ruler, on the 34th of Grizm, 835th Year of Kwilaan.[1]

Shortly before the onslaught of the Clone Wars, Amidala talked about her young love with Jemabie to her future husband, the Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker. While the couple were sharing a moment together in the Nabooian countryside, Amidala started to describe her first love in details, prompting Skywalker to react with mild jealousy.[3]

At the conclusion of the Clone Wars, the democratic Galactic Republic was replaced by the Galactic Empire, an authoritarian new regime created by Sheev Palpatine, former Supreme Chancellor of the Republic and now Galactic Emperor. During the reign of Palpatine's New Order, Jemabie was sentenced to a labor camp. Eventually, he managed to retrieve his freedom, and allied himself with the anti-Imperial Alliance to Restore the Republic, creating artwork for the resistance movement. The Naboo artist, however, was hunted and disappeared by the Imperial Security Bureau before the end of the Galactic Civil War.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit


Rush Clovis was created to replace Palo Jemabie as Padmé Amidala's love interest in "Senate Spy"

Palo was first mentioned in the 2002 movie Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, the second installement in the prequel trilogy of Star Wars.[3] He was originally set to return as Amidala's love interest in "Senate Spy," the fourth episode in Season Two of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series. However, this idea was eventually abandoned when the crew remembered that Palo left politics to go into the art field. The show's creators also felt that the relationship between Amidala and the "Senate Spy" character had to be more recent than the one between her and Palo, so that the theme of Anakin Skywalker's jealousy would be better supported. Palo was thus replaced by a new character, Rush Clovis.[4]

In his 2016 reference book Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy, Pablo Hidalgo gave Palo the last name "Jemabie" and slightly expanded on his biography.[1]



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