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"This invasion will gain you nothing. We're a democracy. The people have decided…"
―Governor Sio Bibble[src]

Sio Bibble was the human male governor of Naboo and a member of the Royal Advisory Council during the final years of the Galactic Republic and the early days of the Galactic Empire.

BiographyEdit

Early careerEdit

Sio Bibble was born on Naboo prior to the Invasion of Naboo.[2] Bibble was elected as the governor of Naboo during King Veruna's reign.[4] During Queen Amidala's coronation, he and the Naboo Royal Advisory Council closed the Palace Plaza for a parade.[5]

Invasion of NabooEdit

In 32 BBY, Senator Palpatine contacted the Royal Advisory Council only to lose communication. Bibble was one of the first to suspect there would be an invasion. However, Queen Amidala refused to condone any action that would lead them to war. Later, Bibble's suspicions proved correct when Naboo was invaded by the Trade Federation. Bibble was arrested along with other people on Naboo at that time. Then, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi came to rescue them. Queen Amidala (really her decoy Sabé) agreed that she should plea to the Senate. Bibble was on high hopes that Senator Palpatine might help them.[2] However, Bibble decided to stay behind to protect his people. Later, Queen Amidala did free Naboo. Bibble attended Jinn's funeral, who was killed in the battle that liberated Naboo. Then, he attended the celebration of Naboo's victory, handing the Globe of Peace to Boss Rugor Nass.[3]

The Separatist CrisisEdit

Bibble continued to serve as governor under Amidala's successor, Queen Réillata.[6] In 22 BBY, he attended a Council meeting. They talked about how the Separatist Crisis might become a war and then redirected the conversation to Senator Amidala, who was in danger of being killed and had to hide on Naboo with a bodyguard, Anakin Skywalker.[7]

The Clone WarsEdit

Queen Jamillia was succeeded by Queen Neeyutnee by 21 BBY, whom Bibble also served.[8]

In 20 BBY, he greeted Palpatine upon his return to Naboo and attended the Festival of Light. That night, bounty hunters tried to kidnap Palpatine, but their plans were thwarted by Kenobi (who was disguised as Rako Hardeen at that time). The next morning, Bibble was put in a protection group along with Queen Neeyutnee and Senator Amidala.[9]

Mission to BardottaEdit

In 19 BBY, Bibble went with Senator Amidala to the Galactic Senate when Queen Julia of Bardotta contacted the Republic. Palpatine presented the queen the people he chose to go to Bardotta: Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan and Senator Amidala of Naboo. However, the queen specifically said she wanted Junior Representative Jar Jar Binks of Naboo to go, puzzling everyone.[10]

Imperial EraEdit

Sio Bibble attended the funeral of Padmé Amidala shortly after the formation of the Galactic Empire.[11] Around that time, he chose to retire as governor. However, instead of an election being held, in which former Royal Handmaiden Saché was heavily favoured to win, the Empire replaced the position with that of Imperial governor, and appointed Quarsh Panaka to the position.[6]

Personality and traitsEdit

Sio Bibble was a brave and defiant man in the face of great danger, like he demonstrated when Viceroy Nute Gunray from the Trade Federation invaded Theed.[3] Bibble was also known to speak his mind on several important matters like the Separatist Crisis or Gunray's constant trials in the Supreme Courts of the Galactic Republic for his actions.[7]

More than anything, Sio Bibble cared to an extent for the safety of Queen Amidala as demonstrated during the Trade Federation's invasion at Theed.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

Sio Bibble concept

Concept art of Sio Bibble by Iain McCaig.

Sio Bibble was played by Oliver Ford Davies in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.[3] Davies then reprised the role again in 2002's Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones[7] and 2005's Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.[11]

Concept art for Sio Bibble was developed by Iain McCaig.[2] For Bibble's name, however, it was Katie Lucas, daughter of director George Lucas, the one who came up with the name.[12]

During the principal photography of Attack of the Clones in Italy, Davies was unable to attend, as he was shooting another film and was in a play. Nine months after Episode II's principal photography had ended, Davies went to reprise the role for a scene shot on a bluescreen stage, and was then digitally inserted into the scene shot in Italy.[13]

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