Let's talk about Star Wars. I mean, how has this not come up before? This series is one of the most popular, spanning at least three generations, maybe more. Star Wars has been recreated in many different medias. First there were the books, then the movies by George Lucas, then Lego Star Wars, Star Wars comic books, and a Star Wars cartoon on Cartoon Network. I've grown up watching these movies, and while I still don't understand the details, or even the politics within the stories, there's no doubt that this futuristic battle between good and evil will be talked about for many generations to come.
I want to talk about Padmè, or Queen Amidala. She is one of the strongest and most witty characters in episodes 1 to 3. First of all, she became queen of Naboo when she was just 13 years old (according to Wookiepedia) and then became a senator within the Galactic Senate. She ruled with charisma, and was diplomatic in her decisions while ruling over Naboo. She was smart and knew how to gain trust with her allies as shown by her kneeling before Boss Nass (this is a video), the leader of Guangan. She isn't afraid to be in the middle of battles, whereas other leaders would be hidden away safe from harm.
Let me just say that Padmè is a badass. During the Battle of Geonosis (refer to the video below), she, Anakin, and Obi Wan, are tied up to poles, in the middle of a death ring waiting to be eaten alive by crazy creatures. Now Anakin and Obi Wan, the Jedis (I mean really, you have the force but you can't get out of the shackles?), just sit there for several minutes trying to figure out what to do, and Padmè quickly gets out of her shackles and starts planning how to get out of the ring. She's smart and basically has a plan even before she is tied to the pole. This is an amazing portrayal of her wits and quick thinking, as well as female empowerment.
Lastly, Padmè is full of compassion, when she first hears of Anakin's transformation into Darth Vader, she does not believe it and searches for him to try and save him from the dark side. Once she realizes that he has become the Sith Lord, she is heartbroken, and soon dies in childbirth, but makes sure that her twins are safe and hidden from Anakin. Padmè is an amazing role model, as a tough, warmhearted, brave heroine, who fights for what she believes in.