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by Love and Rock Music. (TCW) The first half of "Destroy Malevolence," as Anakin and Padmé make their way towards each other.

The Anakin and Padmé Gallery

Desktop Calendar // March/April 2015


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Natalie Portman

"She was... very beautiful.  Kind, but... sad."
"I have no memory of my mother.  I never knew her."

--Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker,
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Age (As of RotS): 27
Homeworld: Naboo
Birth: Approximately 46 yrs. before Episode IV
Death: Revenge of the Sith
Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Brown
Spouse: Married Anakin Skywalker in Episode II
Children: Luke Skywalker and Leia (Skywalker) Organa (fraternal twins), born RotS
Grandchildren: Ben Solo, Rey (?)
Other relations: Ruwee Naberrie (father), Jobal Naberrie (mother), Sola Naberrie (elder sister), Ryoo and Pooja Naberrie (nieces), Winama Naberrie (paternal grandmother)
Titles: Apprentice Legislator, Princess of Theed (pre-Episode I), Queen of Naboo (Episode I), Senator of Naboo (Episodes II & III)


Padmé, age 7, on Shadda-Bi-Boran

Padmé Amidala was born Padmé Naberrie to parents in a small Naboo mountain village, the youngest of two daughters.  When Padmé and her sister Sola were young the Naberries moved to Theed to offer a better education for their children, Ruwee taking a teaching position at a local university.  Once in school Padmé excelled rapidly, becoming a member of Naboo's Refugee Relief Movement by age seven, among other things relocating (though unsuccessfully) refugees from the doomed world of Shadda-Bi-Boran.  By age eight Padmé was a member of the Legislative Youth Program, and was an Apprentice Legislator by age 11.  It was there she met her first crush, a slightly older fellow Apprentice Legislator named Palo, at age 12.
Shortly after, Padmé was elected to the position of Princess of Theed, where she assumed her office name of Amidala.  At age 14 she was elected Queen in a landslide election, ending the long corrupt reign of Naboo's former ruler.  A few months into her reign Naboo was blockaded by the Trade Federation, in what was on the surface a move against newly levied taxations against trade routes, but was (unknown to most) actually an elaborate play on Naboo Senator Palpatine's part to gain the sympathy vote he needed to be elected Chancellor of the Republic.  Amidala was soon taken captive by the Federation, who had the intent of forcing her to legitimize their occupation by signing a treaty.

Queen Amidala

Padmé meets Anakin

With the unexpected aid of Jedi Knights Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi, she fled the planet to plead her situation to the Republic Senate on Coruscant. However, damages from a Federation attack forced her ship to land on Tatooine, where in the disguise of the handmaiden Padmé Naberrie, she and Qui-Gon met the young slave boy Anakin Skywalker. The two developed an almost immediate bond of friendship, and Anakin himself was instantly in love with her.  With the help of Anakin she and her retinue got the repairs they needed and made it to Coruscant.  There, no help for Naboo was forthcoming from the Senate; frustrated with their inaction, Amidala called for a vote of no confidence in the current Chancellor (making room for Palpatine to rise in his place) in the hopes of getting some sort of help for her world.  Undeterred, she returned to Naboo, with the Jedi, Anakin, and other allies staging a successful rebellion against the Federation, capturing its viceroy and ousting the army from her planet.
After several years her two terms as Queen ended, obligating her to step down (to her relief), although her people would gladly have made an amendment for her to continue.  Despite her being the age when many Naboo settle down for a family life, Padmé then became Senator at the request of Naboo's new Queen, Jamillia.  She became a powerful voice in the Senate, speaking out for Republic unity and against the creation of an army for the Republic, believing such a move would push the Republic into a civil war. She earned a number of enemies, becoming the target of an assassination attempt, which led her again to the protection of the Jedi.  This protection came in the form of two long-absent friends, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and his Padawan, Anakin, who was now 20.  Anakin (who'd thought about her quite steadily over the past decade) fell for Padmé more deeply than ever upon their reunion.  Padmé herself, taken aback at how much Anakin had grown since she'd last known him, came under the wash of a number of new and uncertain feelings in addition to the childhood affection they still shared.

Senator Amidala

Padmé comforts Anakin.

The Jedi Council assigned Obi-Wan to find the assassins, and Anakin as her personal protector, sending him and Padmé into hiding on her homeworld of Naboo.  There Padmé continued to deny her growing feelings for her protector (and his own obvious feelings for her), even after the two shared a kiss at her lake retreat-- but soon found she could deny it no longer.  She still resisted a romance, claiming to Anakin that a relationship between them would threaten his future as a Jedi-- it didn't matter what they felt for each other-- and Anakin reluctantly conceded.  Afterward Anakin experienced recurring nightmares about his mother, prompting him to go to Tatooine, Padmé accompanying him.  On Tatooine Anakin was faced with the cold reality of his mother's fate, causing him to go on a vicious crusade of revenge against her murderers, confessing the act to Padmé later in an emotional breakdown.  Padmé, through her deepening compassion and love for him, remained with him and comforted him, forgiving him.
It was when the two were at last facing certain death on the planet Geonosis (having been captured in attempt to rescue Obi-Wan there) by way of execution, with Padmé not wanting them to die without Anakin knowing how she truly felt about him, that she finally freely declared her love for him.  After a vicious battle on the planet and a duel where Anakin was grievously injured, the two married secretly on Naboo in the same spot they shared their first kiss, their only witnesses a holy man and their droids R2-D2 and C-3P0.   She and Anakin were separated often, stealing moments in secret together whenever they could between his fighting in the Clone Wars and his Jedi training.

Near the end of the Wars, Padmé welcomed home Anakin from a long separation with the news that she was pregnant.  Though initially elated by the news, Anakin soon became haunted by visions of her dying in childbirth.  The visions, in addition to Anakin's increasing frustration over being mistrusted and used by the Jedi Council, spiraled him into increasing moodiness.  She tried to assure him his visions wouldn't come true, but her assurances seemed to be of little use.  In his desperate desire to avert his visions, Anakin fell even more under the sway of Palpatine - Darth Sidious, who lured Anakin with the promise of learning the ability to stop loved ones' deaths.  The threat to Padmé was the final clincher in Anakin's decision to turn on the Jedi and become Palpatine's apprentice, Darth Vader.


Her children.

Padmé watched dejectedly in the Senate as Palpatine openly declared the Republic's transformation into the Empire.  It was shortly after that Obi-Wan came to her with the horrifying news that Anakin had turned to the dark side, which she refused to believe.  Obi-Wan tried to convince Padmé to give up Anakin's location, but she refused, realizing Obi-Wan intended to kill him; Obi-Wan put the pieces together and realized Anakin was her child's father.  Padmé decided to travel to Mustafar on her own, to warn Anakin and try to save him - unaware that Obi-Wan had stowed away secretly on her ship.

Anakin eagerly greeted Padmé on her arrival, but she soon realized Obi-Wan's stories were true.  She begged Anakin to come away with her to raise their child, that she only wanted his love - but he continued to rant wildly, telling her thanks to his new powers they wouldn't have to run away anymore, that they could rule his Empire together.  Heart broken, she told Anakin he was on a path she couldn't follow - at the same time Obi-Wan emerged from her ship.  In his anger over her rejection, Anakin believed her to have betrayed him so Obi-Wan could kill him, and lashed out, choking her into unconsciousness, and beginning a duel with Obi-Wan.

After Obi-Wan defeated Anakin, leaving his maimed form on Mustafar, he returned to Padmé, whose sole concern was still Anakin.  Obi-Wan took her to the distant alien outpost of Polis Massa, where at the medical facility it was not only revealed that she was carrying twins, but that for unknown reasons - she was medically completely healthy - she was dying.  As Anakin, light years away, was being rebuilt as Darth Vader, Padmé gave birth first to Luke, then Leia.  Shakingly caressing her infant son's face, she struggled to tell Obi-Wan that she knew there was still good in Anakin.  She then died, at the same moment the Vader mask was sealed onto Anakin's face.  When Vader awoke, asking for her, Sidious told him that his anger had killed her, prompting Vader to lash out in anguish.

Padmé's body was delivered to Naboo, still appearing pregnant to fulfill the illusion that her children - having been whisked away to separate families - had died unborn.  The public story was that she had been killed by the Jedi, along with several other senators.  She was given a massive state funeral, her open coffin pulled through the streets of her homeworld, her family walking behind, her own hands forever clasping the pendant Anakin had given her as a young boy.

Years later, Padmé's final words would prove to be true, as a grown Luke finally succeeded - through the unwavering faith in Anakin that was so much like hers - in bringing back Anakin to the light.