Padmé Pedophile Debate | Know Your Meme

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Background

In the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, the romantic story takes place between Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker. In the first film, The Phantom Menace, Padmé (Natalie Portman) first meets Anakin (Jake Lloyd) in a junkshop, and they immediately start calling each other “beautiful” and “cute.” Throughout the film, the two characters spend much time together and become well acquainted, including a scene during the film’s ending where they smile towards one another.

During the events of the first film, Padmé and Anakin are 14 and 9 years old respectively. The actors portraying the two, however, are 18 and 9 respectively, making the age gap appear much larger than it canonically is, especially to an uninformed viewer.

The second film, Attack on the Clones, takes place ten years later, with the characters being 24 and 19 years old respectively. Padmé remarks on how much Anakin (Hayden Christensen in this film) has grown since they last met, and tells him “Ani, you’ll always be that little boy I knew on Tatooine”, seemingly implying that he will always remain a 9-year-old in her eyes. Despite this, they quickly fall in love during the film and eventually marry. During the third film, Revenge of the Sith, they have children together.

The context of the two characters’ relationship has been debated often throughout the years across the internet. The first memes commenting on the matter are believed to have emerged in 2018, with the below example being posted on December 23rd and gaining 10,700 points (shown below).

Source: https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/padme-pedophile-debate