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"You know, I spent so much of my life misunderstood. What will they say about me now? What will I have left behind?"
―Rush Clovis, to Padmé Amidala[src]

Baron Rush Clovis was a human male politician from the planet Scipio. Once a member of the Galactic Senate, Clovis worked closely with Senator Padmé Amidala early in her career. The two were romantically linked, until she insisted they return their relationship to a strictly professional level. With regret, Clovis respected her wishes. He continued to serve his people in the Senate, and became an influential representative of the InterGalactic Banking Clan. When the Clone Wars erupted, Clovis secretly betrayed the Galactic Republic to join the Confederacy of Independent Systems.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early career[edit | edit source]

Clovis' father was an advisor to a Muun banker.[3] After his parents[5] died in a shuttle accident, Clovis was adopted by the Muun, who treated him as his own child.[3] He eventually entered galactic politics and became the Senator of Scipio. During his time in the Galactic Republic Senate, he grew close to Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo, who had entered the Senate the same year as he had.[6] About four years before the start of the Clone Wars, Clovis and Amidala accompanied Jedi Master Depa Billaba and Senator Caelor Gaans on a mission to Gaans' homeworld of Bromlarch. Clovis and Amidala would develop the Mid Rim Cooperation Motion in the aftermath of their mission, beginning new economic collaboration between Mid Rim systems while providing aid for Bromlarch and authorizing defense spending to fight off pirates that were attacking Republic transports. After the bill passed, Clovis celebrated with Amidala, even kissing her. Amidala was horrified, making it clear she was not interested in Clovis that way.[5] Eventually, Amidala chose to end her relationship with him.[4]

Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

Clovis in the Senate

Senator Clovis during the Clone Wars secretly conspired with Trade Federation Senator Lott Dod and Geonosian Archduke Poggle the Lesser to rebuild a droid foundry on Geonosis in exchange for the profits it would yield. However, the Jedi Council suspected that he was dealing with the Separatists and asked Senator Amidala to spy on Clovis and uncover his plans.[4]

Clovis then met Amidala for lunch and asked her to come with him to Cato Neimoidia to speak to her diplomatic contacts among the Neimoidians. They both went to Cato Neimoidia aboard her star skiff accompanied by Captain Gregar Typho, R2-D2, and Anakin Skywalker disguised as her pilot. After they landed, Clovis and Amidala were greeted by Dod. Clovis showed Dod and Poggle a disk containing the coordinates to the new droid foundry. He told them that it was the largest ever built and that it would bring great profits to them; but Poggle and Dod demanded a greater share of the profits for the risks they took. He refused to comply and went to Senator Amidala. He gave her a tour, telling her of some private investments.[4]

Clovis catches Amidala as she passes out after being poisoned by Lott Dod.

Clovis was then embraced by Amidala who told him that she was glad to be there with him, and fainted. He realized that she had been poisoned and he confronted Dod about this, but Dod assured him that she was a Republic spy. Clovis refused to believe it, until he saw that Amidala had stolen his disk. He later confronted her, but she told him that she did it for the Republic. Skywalker came in to protect her. Clovis told him that Dod poisoned her. At first, Skywalker wanted to negotiate with Dod, but Clovis said that Dod would kill him if he found out about the disk. Clovis ultimately decided to get Amidala to her ship. However, Dod refused to let them leave. Clovis threatened to kill Dod unless he gave him the antidote. After Dod had given him the antidote, Clovis and Skywalker got Amidala to the ship. Clovis asked for the disk, but Skywalker refused, leaving him behind.[4]

Corruption in the Banking Clan[edit | edit source]

Clovis speaks with Count Dooku

In the year 19 BBY,[7] Clovis worked with Amidala again when she came to Scipio for a loan from the InterGalactic Banking Clan. However, Amidala refused to work with Clovis and walked off. However, after an assassination attempt by the bounty hunter Embo, he was able to convince Amidala to help him in exposing the Banking Clan's corruption to the Senate.[8]

The next day, while under the façade of the transaction, the two infiltrated the building after one of Amidala's handmaidens cut the power. Amidala found the records and downloaded them. They then presented the information to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who ordered the two to investigate. Later that night, after Clovis tried to force a kiss on Amidala, Skywalker burst in and the two got into a violent fight, during which Clovis got injured badly. While a medical droid was tending to him, the droid revealed a message from Count Dooku, who stated that if the corruption was exposed, Clovis would be head of the Banking Clan.[9].

Clovis and Nix Card then reported to Palpatine that they had exposed the corruption. The Core Five were removed from power, and Clovis was selected to head the Banking Clan by the Confederacy. The Republic voted for the same effect.[9] In return for his favor, Dooku forced Clovis to raise interest rates on Republic loans, causing outrage in the Senate.[3]

As Clovis assumed power, Dooku arrived and a Separatist invasion of Scipio ensued, which was framed as a Clovis-endorsed takeover. Following this, Anakin Skywalker led an immediate Republic retaliation to retake Scipio. During the battle, a downed vulture droid crashed into Clovis' office containing Skywalker, Amidala, and Clovis. Sliding down the rooftop, Skywalker was able to catch both Clovis and Amidala before falling off the edge. Skywalker was only strong enough to hold one person and, recognizing this, Clovis let go of Skywalker and subsequently fell to his death, sacrificing himself to save Amidala.[3]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

"I see you for what you truly are! You're a serpent! A traitor! […]"
"You should accept that the Senator has other interests than you."
―Anakin Skywalker and Rush Clovis fight over Padmé Amidala[src]

As a child that was adopted by the InterGalactic Banking Clan, Rush Clovis was mostly raised by the Muuns. However, this did not stop him from becoming a successful politician. Before the Clone Wars, Clovis was a very skilled young politician, entering the Galactic Senate at the same time as the former Queen of Naboo, Padmé Amidala. They became close, with Clovis gaining feelings for her. He kissed her after their Mid Rim Cooperation Movement succeeded, which horrified Amidala.[5] Clovis was saddened that their closeness fell apart after that.[4]

After the onset of the Clone Wars, Clovis continued his work in the Republic senate but also engaged in clandestine activity with the Separatists for profit. He was not above using poison and also at one point threatened to kill his former associate Lott Dod.[4] Later into the war, Clovis tried to win back the trust of the Republic and Amidala, helping them to expose the Banking Clan from hiding their account funds,[8] but later succumbed to pressure from Count Dooku, helping maneuver him into power after convincing the Republic senate to allow him to become the leader of the banks.[9][3] Clovis unknowingly helped Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, secretly the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, gain control after the banks after Scipio became a battlefield and the Republic forcefully took control of the banks. He later felt remorse for his actions and during the battle, chose to give up his life to save Amidala's.[3]

Despite Clovis' various deceptions, he cared deeply for Amidala. He was persistent in his attempts to court her, which greatly angered her secret husband Anakin Skywalker. When the two fought in Amidala's apartment after Skywalker caught Clovis attempting to kiss Amidala, Clovis showed some skill in hand-to-hand combat, although he was no match for a Jedi Knight. Like many politicians, Clovis was a skilled liar.[9]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Rush Clovis made his first appearance in "Senate Spy," the season two episode of the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, written by Melinda Hsu, Drew Z. Greenberg, and Brian Larsen and directed by Steward Lee. It released on Cartoon Network on October 16, 2009. He was portrayed by Robin Atkin Downes.[4]

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