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  • Whereas all other droids unfortunately failed to get Padme's royal cruisers' hyperdrive repaired when breaking through the Trade Federation blockade, the moment R2-D2 manages to repair it is truly a moment to remember fondly.
  • Captain Panaka and Queen Amidala's relationship; he treats her like one of his daughters and will put his life on the line for her, going Papa Wolf when the occasion demands it. While he disagrees with going to Tatooine or letting her explore the planet undercover, he lets her do so while giving her a look of "Please be careful, for my sake."
  • Young Anakin to Young Padme: "Are you an angel?"
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    • The fact that Padme, who we remind you is the real Queen Amidala and ruler of Naboo, is so unquestioningly kind to this random young slave in the Outer Rim she'd never met before. No wonder Anakin fell for her right away.
  • Anakin and Padme talking on the ship en route to Coruscant. In addition to Anakin giving Padme the famed necklace, it's also Heartwarming in Hindsight as despite their young ages and the five year age gap, the bond is strong with these two.
    • In the end, Padme is buried with that same necklace.
  • When Anakin goes to say goodbye to Padme on his way to the Jedi Temple. He pretty much asks Amidala to relay the message. This was before Padme was revealed to be the queen, so it works in two ways of heartwarming. First, Padme (while still in her stoic Queen persona) is stealthily telling Anakin that she will deliver his message, when it has already been delivered, just for the boy’s peace of mind. Second, Anakin was brave enough to ask a literal Queen for a favor, because he cared that much about Padme.
    • Three ways if you consider that the Naboo delegation who are getting ready to address the Senate to try to save their world take the time to speak to Anakin and from Anakin's point of view the Queen herself is promising to deliver his message to Padme, her servant. Remember, Anakin was a slave — the idea that a master would pass a message from some random kid to a servant would be unthinkable a few days ago to him.
  • Shmi unselfishly giving up Anakin, knowing that she'll probably never see him again, so that he can have a better life.
    • On that note, one must consider how Qui-Gon must seem to Shmi. A Jedi came from across the stars to free her son from enslavement and then he promises to give him the life he always wanted. Just like Padma did to Anakin, Qui-Gon must seem like some kind of angel to her.
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    • And when the Council tried to deny Anakin the chance to become a Jedi, Qui-Gon said that he would train Anakin. Qui-Gon did his best to keep his promise to Anakin and Shmi.
  • Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan's relationship in general. While not as apparent in the movie, the novel states that they are as close as father and son, and several exchanges between them make it quite obvious.
    • Though there is one example seen in the movie, heartbreaking as it may be: As he lays dying, Qui-Gon wipes a tear from Obi-Wan's cheek in the way that a father might for a young child. Up until his final breath, Qui-Gon kept a strong enough will to be the brave and mature elder of the duo and empower his pupil.
  • Also, Qui-Gon's total faith that Anakin, despite coming from the most negative of circumstances, can become a Jedi.
  • After his death, the Council could have stomped on Anakin's becoming a Jedi, and most likely would have found him somewhere to stay. But they allow Anakin to become a Jedi, in large part, it's implied, out of respect for Qui-Gon.
  • Padme humbling herself before the Gungans. The Gungans and the Naboo don't have the best relationship, but here Padme, the Queen of Naboo, steps forwards and reveals her true identity rather than let her decoy talk for her, goes down on her knees and wholeheartedly pleads with the Gungans to help her stop the Trade Federation as equals. And then everyone else in her entourage kneels too. It is this act of humility that makes Boss Nass realise that the Naboo might not be as bad as he thinks and to agree to work with them.
    "Yousa no thinking yousa greater than the Gungans? (Padme shakes her head slightly). Mesa like this. Maybe wesa be friends?"
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    • As we see over a decade later in Revenge of the Sith, Padme made such an impression on Nass, that he attends her funeral and seems genuinely devastated by her death.
  • The victory parade in Theed after the Trade Federation are defeated, which sees the Gungans and the Naboo come together to celebrate peace and their new alliance.
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