In Attack of the Clones Padmé says:

Padme: I wasn't the youngest queen ever elected, but now that I think back on it, I'm not sure I was old enough. I'm not sure I was ready...

This suggests that the previous youngest ruler was also a woman. In Episode I we see Padme as the queen, and in Episode II and III there is another woman in charge...

So, does Naboo only have female rulers? Is there any sources showing a male king?

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    I highly doubt you will find a female king... So putting "male" before king is kinda pointless :P Good question though, +1 Apr 2, 2015 at 6:31
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    @LcSalazar Even so, youngest queen and youngest ruler are not necessarily the same thing. Padmé could well have been the youngest queen ever elected without being the youngest ruler ever elected, if the only ruler(s) ever elected at a younger age than her had been kings. Apr 2, 2015 at 14:28
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    Unless we are to believe that Padme thinks that the suitable age to rule is different for a male or a female and the age is younger for boys (unlikely), it's a pretty strange way to phrase this sentence unless all the rulers are queens. I personally think it's pretty obvious that it's meant to imply that Naboo has only queens. Apr 2, 2015 at 14:44
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    @Ryan: You're missing the point. I'm not arguing about what the language technically says. I'm saying I don't think Padme would phrase it that way unless all the rulers were queens. Of course the alternative is possible if you parse the letter of the statement. Apr 2, 2015 at 15:37
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    @LepelLeLama: I've got four words for you: Jadwiga, King of Poland. I'm not privy to the royal traditions of Naboo, but as you can see a gender qualifier is not as weird as you think.
    – mikołak
    Apr 2, 2015 at 18:53

2 Answers 2


As with everything Star Wars, this answer comes to you in two parts:


No, it is possible for Naboo to be ruled by a male; at least one King of Naboo has been identified in canon sources:

King Veruna is revealed in the updated Star Wars: Complete Locations DK reference book to have added a library to the Theed Royal Palace:

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The previous ruler, King Veruna, established a vast royal library collection in this tower during his 13-year reign

This image also reveals (in the blue circle) that a previous King had a cousin who established a banquet hall in the city:

Banqueting rotunda built by the Earl of Vis, a cousin of the old king

It's possible this is also a reference to Veruna, although we can't be certain

Finally, in a flashback scene in the canon novel Tarkin, then-Senator Palpatine mentions a King of Naboo (emphasis mine):

In the Seswenna sector, several lommite mining concerns are vying for the attention of the Trade Federation, which is determined to forge a monopoly in the free trade zones. Even on my own Naboo, the king finds himself embroiled with the Trade Federation and off world bankers with regard to our plasma exports.

Tarkin Chapter 9: "As Above, So Below"

This scene takes place twenty years before the main events of the novel, which itself is set five years after the end of Revenge of the Sith, meaning this exchange occurs two years before the events of The Phantom Menace; the King Palpatine refers to is almost certainly Veruna, but we can't be totally certain of that.


There have been several Kings of Naboo, though far fewer of them than the Queens:

  1. Narmlé, who was mentioned in the now-defunct MMO game Star Wars: Galaxies
  2. Jafan, who gets mentioned in a few of the Star Wars background books
  3. Bon Tapalo, who appears in the novel Darth Plagueis
  4. Ars Veruna, Padmé's predecessor, who appears in a couple of books and comic books
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    I was just adding Narmle and Jafan, but you beat me to it... +1
    – Null
    Apr 1, 2015 at 18:15
  • SW Galaxies was short-lived? O.O
    – MAF
    Apr 13, 2015 at 20:03
  • @MatthewFrontino Apparently not; I never played it, but I remember everyone just sort of stopped talking about it pretty quick. On doing more research, apparently people actually did play it for a period of years. The more you know Apr 13, 2015 at 20:14
  • @JasonBaker Ha! I like the edit. Yes, Galaxies did not get much buzz after launch. It retained a cult following for the roughly 8 years it was around. I do recall talking to some former players during my 2 years of SWTOR and there was a lot of "I wish I could have galaxies back"...
    – MAF
    Apr 13, 2015 at 20:39
  • Wookieepedia claims that Jafan is also referenced in canon materials, but I can't verify that myself so I'm not including it in my answer Oct 26, 2016 at 0:38

I'm not aware of a canon example of a king of Naboo. In Legends, Ars Veruna appears as a king of Naboo.

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