And then there's Padme's relationship with Anakin. Okay, I'm not going to lie; I was not as discerning in my relationship choices when I was 24. I was pretty much just having fun. However, I wasn't a high-ranking politician, from whom a certain maturity was expected since that's a position that requires making decisions for large swatchs of people. Padme had been involved in politics since she was at least 14 years old. Even if she did want to get it on or develop a romantic attachment to someone, she could have chosen at least a bazillion other people whose main traits weren't complaining that his teacher was "holding him back." And yet, there's Adolescent Time Bomb himself, Anakin Skywalker, who originally makes Padme feel "uncomfortable" for leering at her. Jesus, he was basically a blueprint for Edward Cullen just a few years later. What baffles me is that, after creeping her out before, she's not backing up hardcore when Anakin confesses to slaughtering innocent Sand People**. Even with my lowered expectations for what I was looking for in a date, I would have bolted out of there and asked the Council to please send me a non-murderer as my protector, but instead, it seems to make him cuter to her? A wee bit later, she expresses that she deeply loves him (???) and, once they escape a gladiator-style death match, BOOM, they get married***. I can't really say much about their relationship in Revenge of the Sith because literally nothing new is revealed about her. She became a background character, a prop piece that is used to further her asshole husband's story. At least in Clones, she has an active role, but here? Nope. She's relegated to crying and worrying about Anakin's safety and asking him, "What are you going to do????" Blech, blech, and oh, yeah, blech.
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But then I remember that movie Padme is just a shadow of what she should have been. Instead, she's this simpering, whiny thing that, despite the fact that she has two infants**** coming out of her, can't resolve to continue living. I just cannot buy a single second of the Padme character; it's like she's three different people who all just happen to look alike. You know, I think that's part of my head-canon now: Padme was using her decoys as stand-ins the whole time to see if Anakin was who he seemed to be, and the real one is happily living out the rest of her days on a beach somewhere.
* I think it's important to note that Satine Kryze, the queen of Mandalore and almost-lover of Obi-Wan Kenobi, was a pacifist and refused, up until the moment she was (spoiler alert) killed, to use violence, even when using said violence would prevent a lot of shit from going down. Granted, both of them ended up dying, but I feel like Satine held her credibility and integrity much better than Padme.
** Um, does Anakin ever have to answer for this? At all? This is one of those things that you'd think the Jedi Council would frown upon.
*** I mean, Three and I got married rather quickly, but we had a lot of things going for us. A) I wasn't a politician who had dedicated my life to service; B) he wasn't a peace-keeping monk that required detachment from all things; C) he wasn't a confessed killer; D) we were both old enough to drink together and realize that we were both what we wanted. As of yet, Three hasn't shown Dark Side tendencies, as far as I know, and we're still going strong.
**** I call complete bullshit on Leia being able to remember her mother. First of all, she was born second, and Padme died, like, right afterward; two, she was taken away by that floating midwife droid as soon as she was post-uterus, and three, she was a damned newborn child. And don't even start with "But the force!" fuckery.