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Shmi Skywalker Lars is the mother of Anakin SKywalker and the paternal grandmother of Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Prior to the series, Shmi and Anakin were sold into slavery. However, after being discovered by Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin was forced to leave his mother behind. 

In her son's absence, she fell in love with the moisture farmer, Cliegg Lars, who freed her and later, married her. One month before Anakin returned to Tatooine, she was kidnapped by Tusken Raiders, who tortured her. Shmi was found by Anakin, glad to see her son one last time before she died in his arms. Her death led Anakin's slow fall to the dark side, as he slaughtered the men, women and children of the Tusken Raiders' camp.

The death of his mother haunts Anakin for the rest of his life, as with the guilt of not being able to save her.


A couple of years after her death, The Son manifests himself as Shmi as he approaches Anakin Skywalker in an attempt to turn him towards the dark side until Anakin realized his "mother's" deception.

when Ahsoka inquired about Anakin's hatred towards slavers, Obi-Wan revealed that her Master and his mother will sold into slavery when Anakin was quite young.