It got me thinking. I’ve never thought Padmé was a Mary Sue. At the same time, I’ve never considered her as weak or two-dimensional or a bad mother who abandons her children by dying of a broken heart or a useless waste of space for getting in the way of the epic love that is Anakin/Obi-Wan or – and since these seem to be the prevailing opinion of Padmé, I’m now wondering if my Padmé-is-not-a-Mary-Sue theory is not another of my heresies.
And by not considering her a Mary Sue, I mean it in all the definitions of the name – whether it’s a female character that you don’t like because she’s sleeping with your fictional crush or she’s a character (female or male) that is poorly defined and is unjustifiably immune to the laws (of morality, social interactions and physics) of the story she’s part of.
I don’t think Padmé is a Perfect person or even a particularly good person. But I think she’s a pretty good character if the definition of good character is a personality who is three-dimensional with a generally cohesive personality complete with merits and flaws.
But, like I said, I’m pretty out of the fandom mainstream where Padmé Amidala is concerned. It would be interesting to see what other people think and why.
Is Padmé a Mary Sue?