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12PADMÉ AMIDALA

Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala in Star Wars Attack of the Clones

Most of Padmé Amidala’s power comes from her skills as a politician. She was elected Queen of Naboo at a young age and managed to help her people survive the Trade Federation’s invasion and unite her people with the planet’s other inhabitants, the amphibious Gungans. She was a strong

anti-violence advocate, telling the Senate, “If we offer the Separatists violence, they can only show us violence in return! Many will lose their lives. All will lose their freedom.”

Despite that, she had some battle skills as well. For a kid who grew up in the cozy, lush environs of Naboo, she showed remarkable bravery and poise during the frantic Battle of Geonosis in Attack of the Clones, handling a blaster with ease. She referred to it as “aggressive negotiations” after Anakin called her out on her previous belief in “a diplomatic solution.” As powerful as she was, she ultimately lacked the power to keep the love of her life, Anakin Skywalker, from turning to the dark side.

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