6 of Padmé Amidala’s Greatest Moments

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Queen. Senator. Humanitarian. Aggressive Negotiator.

Twenty years ago this week, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace introduced Star Wars fans to the young Queen of Naboo, Padmé Amidala. Padmé moved from a position of royalty to the role of a politician through the years, always working tirelessly to help others in need. Along the way she fell in love with Anakin Skywalker, adding wife and mother to her long list of roles in Star Wars stories.

Whether you’re a new fan just discovering the Queen of Naboo or a long-term admirer, here are some of Padmé’s finest moments in Star Wars stories over the last 20 years.

Queen Amidala contacts the Neimoidians.

1. Refusing to back down.

In The Phantom Menace, Padmé (here Queen Amidala) is immediately put to the test by the Trade Federation, who have blocked essential shipments to her homeworld of Naboo. Padmé refuses to back down and sign the Federation’s treaty — in her very first scene in the film.

Queen Amidala kneels before Boss Nass.

2. Putting her people ahead of her pride.

Later in The Phantom Menace, Amidala sheds her disguise as a handmaiden in front of Boss Nass and the Gungans in an attempt to win their cooperation in a fight against the Trade Federation’s invading army. Many people in a position of royalty would be too prideful to kneel in front of a fellow leader, begging for help, but Padmé wisely knows that Naboo will be stronger if all of its citizens work together as equals.

3. Saving herself.

Padmé had already survived multiple assassination attempts by the time she and Anakin are carted into a Geonosian arena to the delight of Count Dooku and his fellow separatists in Attack of the Clones. The Jedi are tasked with protecting her, but Padmé isn’t the type of person who waits for someone to come to her rescue. While Anakin and Obi-Wan bicker about their dire predicament, Padmé has already detached her handcuffs. She spends the rest of the Battle of Geonosis fighting right alongside Anakin, Obi-Wan, and the many Jedi Knights who come to their aid.

Bonus saving herself moment: In the Age of Republic – Pamdé Amidala comic one-shot, Padmé’s life is once again threatened by an assassin. But rather than try and merely escape with her life, Padmé outwits and captures the would-be assassin to bring them to justice.

The cover for Star Wars: Queen's Shadow.

4. Persistent politician.

When a seismic event destroys the water supply on Bromlarch threatening planet-wide starvation in E.K. Johnston’s book Queen’s Shadow, the Senate initially votes down a bill to assist them. It would have been easier for Padmé to move on to the next political issue with the rest of her fellow senators, but she refuses to turn her back on a world in distress, especially when the Trade Federation attempts to take advantage of their dire situation.

Padmé succeeds in helping the people of Bromlarch by putting her negotiation skills to the test. Her efforts lead to the passage of a motion that brings together over 12 different systems that simultaneously frustrates the power-hungry Trade Federation, as well as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine.

Padme and Anakin in The Clone Wars.

5. Champion for peace.

During the Clone Wars, Padmé warns the senate about the dangers of a bill that would lead the Republic deeper into war in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode “Pursuit of Peace.” After Bail Organa is injured by forces who are trying to sway the vote, Padmé once again risks her own security to give an impassioned speech in front of the full senate. She puts the focus of the debate on how the war is negatively affecting average citizens, such as the family of one of her own handmaidens, and successfully convinces her fellow senators to vote down the bill.

Padme speaks with Anakin on Mustafar.

6. Choosing the light over dark.

The love between Padmé and Anakin plays a large role in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, The Clone Wars, and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. At the start of Revenge of the Sith, Padmé has been hiding her marriage to Anakin for three years. She now has an even bigger secret and attachment to Anakin — she’s pregnant with his child.

Padmé’s devotion to Anakin remains steady throughout the film, which makes her break from him after his turn to the dark side that much more impactful. Padmé flies with C-3PO to the volcano planet Mustafar to try and talk some sense into her husband after Obi-Wan tells her that Anakin has turned. Padmé isn’t about to give up on anything she cares about — especially someone she loves.

It’s brave of Padmé to try to save Anakin from himself in this scene — and one her best moments when she refuses to join him in ruling the galaxy. The cost is simply too high and any other choice would have undermined everything in which she believed.

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6 of Padmé Amidala’s Greatest Moments

Author E.K. Johnston’s 6 Favorite Padmé Moments

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Whether forging an alliance with the Gungans, spying for the Jedi Council, or standing up to the entire Galactic Senate, Padmé Amidala, devoted to her civic duty from the young age of 14 when she was elected as Queen of Naboo, often proves she’s a courageous leader who isn’t afraid to take part in even more aggressive negotiations.

In writing her latest book, Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow, author E.K. Johnston had the chance to explore a previously unexamined period in the character’s life. The story is set in the time between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, with a special focus on Padmé and her handmaidens as she transitioned from noble teenage queen to formidable senator from Naboo. When Johnston recently paid a visit to the Lucasfilm headquarters, we asked her to name her personal fan-favorite moments that spotlight Padmé, her forbidden relationship with Anakin Skywalker, and her ingenuity in handling almost any situation that comes her way.

Full disclosure: “Most of Padmé is my favorite Padmé moment,” Johnston says. But here are her top six picks.

1. “We are brave, your highness.” An invasion by the Trade Federation put Padmé and her handmaidens in a dilemma in The Phantom Menace: The queen could stay on Naboo and risk annihilation or flee to Coruscant and attempt to plead for her people before the senate. Either choice was dangerous. And to make matters worse, Sabé had to make the call, dressed as the queen’s decoy. “My favorite possible moment in film is ‘We are brave, your highness,’” Johnston says. “I just love that so much. She has to say, ‘We need to leave this planet’ without actually saying the words. Qui-Gon has probably figured it out by that point, but they’re all agreeing to pretend that he hasn’t so they kind of just have this wonderful moment of synergy. All of them, these girls who are teenagers and running a planet. I just love everything about that.”

Padme takes the Theed palace by force.

2. The long way around. “Just from a pure character moment, during the battle of Naboo when the door opens and Darth Maul is there and she’s just like, ‘We’ll go around,’” Johnston says, laughing. “They just go around and leave the Jedi behind. I love that.”

3. An awkward reunion. “Padmé has one of the best filmed ‘Oh no, he’s hot’ moments in the history of  film,” she says. “There’s this moment in Attack of the Clones where she visibly looks into his face and then says the worst possible thing imaginable in front of  both of their bosses — not just his boss, both of their bosses! Which is essentially ‘Oh little Ani, you’ve grown up.’ And he’s like, I’m gonna die now, this is the worst possible outcome that could happen.” That authenticity is what makes the exchange one of Johnston’s favorites. “I think it’s fantastic because you have this girl who’s really good at talking to people, but not in a personal way. And then you have Anakin, who doesn’t talk to anybody except for Obi-Wan, who is a terrible role model for that sort of thing. I just love that moment where she totally takes the wind out of his sails and you can just imagine he’s been waiting to see her for 10 years. He’s so excited and she says the worst possible thing and then they have to spend time together, which is hilarious.”

4. Basically everything about the lake house retreat. Although the awkward flirting surrounding Anakin’s feelings about sand is Johnston’s favorite moment from this part of Padmé and Anakin’s time together, she’s an unabashed fan of the entire sequence. “Basically everything that happens at the lake house. It’s so pretty and it’s the most relaxed she ever gets to be even though she’s still super awkward around boys. Padmé and Anakin have the most amazing have-never-tried-to-flirt-with-anyone dialogue ever!”

For example, Anakin’s musings on sand. “It’s awkward flirting by a teenage boy who’s trying very hard to say the right thing but has never had the opportunity to say the right thing so he’s very bad at it,” Johnston says. “He has no idea what he’s doing. I like the idea that they really do like each other a lot and they have several really good connections but they  haven’t spent enough time with each other to sort of unpack the differences in the way they grew up, which even throughout the Clone Wars is a pretty big stumbling block. I really like that aspect of their relationship and it’s all in that one conversation. Sand is terrible and it’s this wonderful example of the class difference between them because for her sand is the beach and a holiday. For him, sand is a reminder that he grew up owned.”

Padme and Panaka in the decoy maneuver.

5. The dream team of Padmé and Panaka. There’s a moment towards the end of The Phantom Menace, “when they’re having their standoff in the throne room and Sabé comes in and all the Neimoidians turn around,” Johnston says. “And without talking about it, Padmé and Panaka both go for the guns in the throne. I love that moment. The whole reason the decoy maneuver exists is distilled into that moment and it’s perfect.”

The cover for Star Wars: Queen's Shadow.

6. Johnston’s own decoy scene in Queen’s Shadow. “There is a scene in the book where they have to switch places and it’s at a party and it has to be Padmé on the way in because she has to pass the facial scanner. Then they have to switch to Sabé at the party so that Padmé can go and see something that she has to see with her own eyes. She has to read body language,” Johnston says. “And while she is up in a tree spying on some people, she realizes she has to get back downstairs and back into the queen’s outfit immediately. The whole scene from there until the end when she trips over Bail Organa is my favorite part of the book.”

In fact, Johnston spent a lot of time considering the logistics of Padmé’s sprawling wardrobe as she was writing. “I basically built the whole book around her wardrobe and the developments that Dormé makes to it when she takes over. Not only did they have to change it aesthetically to make her look more like a senator and less like a queen, but it has to be a little bit less formal. With her queen stuff, there’s a physical difference; you can’t get close to her because her skirt goes out too far. And so her senator outfits have to be more accessible. She has to make friends and so I did think a lot about he actual mechanics of her wardrobe and what stuff is made of and how things function. A lot of it is at the very least fireproof and sort of reinforced for blaster fire,” Johnston says, including dresses with trap doors for ease of escape, fancy-looking shoes that are ready to run in, and multifunctional jewelry. “She has hair pins that are lock picks in Attack of the Clones, so I basically just took that and wrote a book about it. Anything that anyone has ever made fun of a girl for doing is exploited by the handmaidens because they are small and they disappear. They’re really good with fabric and blasters and all that. So it was fun to take all those things that are super girly and make them 1) super important to the plot and 2) very, very useful without taking away any of their prettiness, which was also deeply important to me.”

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Author E.K. Johnston’s 6 Favorite Padmé Moments

Cue the Thunderous Applause: Padmé Amidala Is Coming to the Black Series

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Finally, the senator has arrived.

Hasbro announced today at Comic Con Paris that the iconic Padmé Amidala is joining the 6-inch Star Wars: The Black Series line of action figures. Long requested by fans, the figure is based on Padmé’s appearance in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and utilizes Hasbro’s Photo Real paint technology, resulting in an uncanny likeness. Check the famed hero out below in all her droid-factory-exploring glory.

Padmé Amidala Star Wars: The Black Series figure.

“Padmé is one of many figures that we will look to represent in 6-inch scale from the prequel trilogy, which over the years has seen a renewed swell of support and fandom,” Steve Evans, design director at Hasbro, exclusively tells StarWars.com. “We wanted to choose a heroic outfit for Padmé that exemplified her courage and her willingness to leave the trappings of royalty behind and get into the action. The intact Geonosian arena costume with scarf epitomized that to us — both elegant and fierce.”

Chewbacca Star Wars: The Vintage Collection figure.

Also revealed today was a Chewbacca figure for the 3.75-inch Star Wars: The Vintage Collection — the return of a popular sculpt but in a presentation that will charm longtime toy aficionados. “Chewbacca is an eternal favorite for both adult collectors and younger fans,” Evans says. “He will be presented on a Star Wars A New Hope Vintage Collection cardback for the first time and is a favored sculpt that we last saw in the 3.75-inch Black Series line in 2015. We are sure he is an offering that will make classic fans, as well as the newer collectors of the Vintage Collection, happy to see on that quintessential Star Wars cardback.”

Look for both figures to be released in the spring of 2019. For more on the Black Series, check out StarWars.com’s feature on the Archive Collection, which will see the return of long out-of-production figures.

Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content strategist of online, the editor of StarWars.com, and a writer. He loves Star Wars, ELO, and the New York Rangers, Jets, and Yankees. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks where he rants about all these things.

Cue the Thunderous Applause: Padmé Amidala Is Coming to the Black Series