Jar Jar Binks is a Gungan, an amphibious species native to the planet Naboo. Though clumsy and inept, Jar Jar has a good heart, and assisted the Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, in rescuing Queen Amidala, leader of Naboo's human inhabitants, when the Trade Federation invaded the planet. He travelled with the group to Tatooine, where he met and befriended a young boy, Anakin Skywalker, who subsequently accompanied them on their journey to the Republic's capital world, Coruscant. He then returned home with Naboo with the same group, and assisted in the liberation of his homeworld.
Jar Jar was later elected as one of Naboo's representatives in the Republic's council.