50 Best 'Star Wars' Characters of All Time

From Mos Eisely aliens to the most dangerous Jedi ever, our updated ranking of the heroes and villains in a galaxy far, far away

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Padmé Amidala
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48. Padmé Amidala

Almost unmentioned in the original trilogy, Luke and Leia's mom plays a major role in the prequels: going undercover as her own handmaiden in The Phantom Menace, fighting in a gladiatorial arena in Attack of the Clones, and trying to save her husband's soul in Revenge of the Sith. She's right there with the boys, instead of worriedly wringing her hands back home. (Okay, maybe there's a little of that in Sith.) And as an early supporter of Senator Palpatine's plans, Padmé Amidala helps set in motion everything that befalls her, making her a lot like her son: a hero whose impulse to help sometimes worsens things. NM

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