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|“||Yes, a clone army; and I must say, one of the finest we've ever created.||„|
|~ Lama Su to Obi-Wan Kenobi.|
Lama Su is the Prime Minister of Kamino and a recurring antagonist in the Star Wars franchise, first appearing in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones as a supporting antagonist. He also appears as the main antagonist of the Order 66 arc in Season 6 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as well as a major antagonist in Season 1 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch.
Lama Su oversaw the creation of the Galactic Republic's first clone armies. That effort gave his storm-swept homeworld influence in the Republic, but also made it a target of the Separatist military.
In the film, he was portrayed and voiced by Anthony Phelan, and voiced by Bob Bergen in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Bad Batch.
Prime Minister Lama Su is the head of the ruling council of Kamino colony governors. He was aware of the larger arena of galactic events but was nonetheless interested in outworld politics. Lama Su was aware of the clone army's importance to his economy and personally met the Jedi whom he thinks has come to inspect it. Lama Su showed great pride in his achievements of the clone army regarding them as the finest in his people's history.
Creating an Army
Lama Su served as Prime Minster of Kamino during the waning years of the Galactic Republic. During the events of the blockade of Naboo, Lama Su received a request for a clone army by the Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas for the Republic. Master Sifo-Dyas was seemingly killed later and Lama Su became acquainted with his partner who went by the name Count Dooku and was given a genetic template for the army to be based on belonging to a bounty hunter called Jango Fett.
The Jedi's Visit
After several attempts on Padmé Amidala's life, the former Queen now Senator from Naboo occurred, Obi-Wan Kenobi identified the dart that killed the assassin Zam Wesell as a Kaminoan saberdart and traveled to the planet Kamino in pursuit of her partner, Jango Fett. Arriving on the stormy world, Obi-Wan first met Taun We and introduced him to Lama Su who anticipated a visit from the Jedi which surprised Obi-Wan. Lama Su assumed Kenobi's purpose was to inspect the clone army, and he assured the Jedi it would be completed on schedule. Su then told him of Sifo-Dyas who had commissioned the army for the Republic ten years ago and intrigued Obi-Wan who recalled that Master Sifo-Dyas was killed almost a decade ago.
Lama Su called the situation unfortunate and showed his guest their progress by taking him on a tour of Tipoca City and their cloning facilities. Using growth acceleration technology, the Kaminoans were able to produce fully developed human clones within a decade. Su explained by the time of the Jedi's visit, 200,000 clones had matured with a million were in production. The clones were physically identical to their genetic host, Jango Fett, but were engineered to be more durable and completely obedient.
As part of his payment, Fett requested a single, unaltered clone to raise as his son, naming him Boba. Obi-Wan requested to meet Jango and Taun We happily arranged it while Lama Su showed him the Kaminoan combat training of the massive clone army asking the Jedi if they were as magnificent as the Kaminoan thought.
The Rise of Galactic Empire
After Order 66 was issed by Darth Sidious, destroying the Jedi Order and the Clone Wars ended, the Republic was reformed by the new Galactic Empire. As a result the demand for more clones was being questioned by the new order. Grand Moff Tarkin debated with Lama Su that recruted soldiers can keep order in the galaxy, at half the cost it take to produce more clones. Lama Su argued that their clones were more superior to "any recruted body".
When the Empire terminated its contracts with the Kaminoans, Lama Su told Nala Se that they must leave Kamino, ordering her to gather essential personnel. However, Nala Se was caught in the act and Lama Su was confronted by Admiral Rampart and four Elite Squad Troopers, who brought Nala Se into the room. Rampart said that he had use for scientist but not a politician and that Lama Su's services were no longer needed. Rampart left the room, along with two of the Elite Squad Troopers, who took Nala Se away while the two remaining troopers detained Lama Su as the doors to the room closed.