If you’ve seen Star Wars Episode I, you’ve probably seen Captain Quarsh Panaka, though you may not know his name. He is the stoic, pessimistic, and conserved head of Amidala’s security, who helps Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan protect Amidala and drive out the Trade Federation. What happens to him after the movie?
When Amidala’s term as queen of Naboo ended, Panaka remained to protect the next queen, Jamillia. When Amidala became a galactic senator, he spent some time protecting her, but for the most part stayed on Naboo. He assigned his nephew, Captain Gregar Typho, to the senator.
After the Clone Wars had broken out, Panaka learned of Amidala and Anakin’s marriage. He informed Palpatine, who used the knowledge to his advantage, turning Anakin against his friends, leading to the destruction of the republic and the Jedi.
During the Galactic Civil War Panaka stayed loyal to the emperor. Eventually promoted to Commander, he was tasked with exploring an uncharted planet. He met a Human-Sephi hybrid and battled interdimensional “Rozzums,” and became Moff of the Chommell sector.
Following the death of the emperor, Panaka met with Princess Leia Organa. He found Leia’s new republic illegitimate, despite her attempts to draw him to her side. Even after a threat of attack, he refused to relent. In 13 ABY, the empire fell for good, and the New Republic replaced him with a Gungan senator.
Captain Panaka prepared for the worst. Humorless and grim, he was often on alert, and was called “the quickest eyes on Naboo.” His officers found him distant, demanding and professional. He was bilingual, and could speak Huttese.
Hugh Quarshie plays Panaka in Episode I. Jeff Coopwood voices the character in most video games. Quarshie decided not to return for Episode II, saying he did not think the studio offered him enough money. The Brazilian dub changed his name to “Panassi,” since his original name is similar to “panaca,” which translates to “douchebag.”