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|“||Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope.||„|
|~ Princess Leia's famous line.|
|“||I don't know who you are or where you came from, but from now on you'll do as I tell you, okay?||„|
|~ Princess Leia to Han Solo.|
|“||Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?||„|
|~ Leia meeting her brother, Luke, disguised as a Stormtrooper.|
Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan (born Leia Amidala Skywalker; later Leia Skywalker Organa Solo; and commonly referred to as simply Princess Leia) is one of the main characters of the Star Wars franchise. She is the princess of her planet Alderaan, the daughter of Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala and the sister of Luke Skywalker, the wife of Han Solo and mother of Ben Solo.
She is the deuteragonist of the original trilogy, a minor character in the last film in the prequel trilogy Revenge of The Sith, a cameo character in the 2016 film Rogue One, and a major character in the sequel trilogy. She also appeared in the Star Wars Rebels episode "A Princess on Lothal". Her 10-year-old self is also the deuteragonist of Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi.
She was portrayed by the late actress Carrie Fisher, who also voiced Angela in Family Guy, in both the original trilogy and the sequel trilogy. Aidan Barton appeared as an infant Leia in Revenge of the Sith, where she also voiced baby Luke. She was voiced by Julie Dolan, who also voiced baby Prince James in Sofia the First, in Star Wars Rebels. For Rogue One, Leia was portrayed by Ingvild Deila, with Fisher's features digitally superimposed over Deila. For the Kenobi series, she was portrayed by Vivien Lyra Blair as a child.
Powers and Abilities
- Force Powers: As the daughter of the Chosen One, Leia had a strong connection to the force before she gained her potential under Luke's tutelage. She was able to sense Luke's presence on Bespin, that he wasn't on the Death Star II when it was destroyed, and later admitted to Skywalker that she always sensed that she was related to him. When becoming Luke's apprentice, Leia became skilled with the force, being able to use it to survive being killed in the vacuum of space, and preserve her conscious after death.
- Leadership: Leia shows herself to be a capable leader, having led the Rebel Alliance and the Resistance against the Galactic Empire and the First Order.
- Indomitable Will: Leia demonstrated immense willpower, being able to resist the serum given to her during Darth Vader's interrogation. Despite witnessing the destruction of her homeworld, Leia turned her anguish into determination to stop the Galactic Empire.
- Master Strategist: She is a capable strategist, being able to plan infilitration missions or trick her enemies.
- Master Politician: Leia was renowed for her diplomatic skills, capable of gaining the trust of many due to her charisma and leadership skills.
- Marksmanship: Leia is a capable marksman, being able to use a blaster and other weaponry with profiency.
- Piloting skills: Receiving flight training at an early age, Leia proved herself to be a skilled pilot, such as being able to fly the Millennium Falcon when escaping from Hoth.
- Lightsaber skills: Though not on par with her brother, Leia was skilled with a lightsaber to that point that she could best him during training. In her legends counterpart, Leia was a capable duelist, handing herself against Darth Vader, Beldorion and Tahiri Veila.
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith
Anakin Skywalker and his wife Padmé Amidala are expecting twins near the end of the Clone Wars. After Anakin turns to the dark side of the Force and becomes Darth Vader, Padmé gives birth to Luke and Leia on Polis Massa and then dies. Leia is adopted by Senator Bail Organa and his wife Queen Breha of Alderaan, who also takes her birth father droids C-3PO and R2-D2, while Anakin's Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi takes Luke to Anakin's relatives on Tatooine.
Ten years after the death of her mother and her father's fall to the dark side, Leia is a child growing up on Alderaan. She is kidnapped by a group of mercenaries hired by an Imperial Inquisitor to draw out Obi-Wan Kenobi. At the behest of Bail Organa, Obi-Wan travels to the planet Daiyu in order to rescue her.
Obi-Wan was able to rescue her from the mercenaries on Daiyu, then reconnected to the Force for the first time in years to keep Leia from falling to her death. With the passenger traffic off planet closed down, local con artist Haja Estree helped Leia and Obi-Wan were able to escape on a cargo ship to the world of Mapuzo where they met their contact Tala Durith - an Imperial officer disillusioned with the Empire after seeing how it truly was and helping Force sensitives escape to safety through an anti-Imperial network called The Path. Even though Tala promised Obi-Wan that she'd stay with Leia, Leia felt that Obi-Wan needed help and talked Tala into going out to help Obi-Wan.
Leia was captured by the Third Sister and taken to Fortress Inquistorious where she was questioned about the anti-Imperial network and their activities in smuggling Force sensitives away from danger. Leia resisted a mind probe from the Third Sister. Even though the Third Sister was willing to torture the ten year old Leia, Leia still kept silent on what she knew about the network and its operation. Leia, Obi-Wan, and Tala managed to escape with help from Saw Gerrera, but what they did not know was that the Third Sister had put a restraining bolt on Leia's droid Lola that forced the small droid to do the Empire's bidding.
While the Empire was able to track The Path to Jabiim, Leia found the restraining bolt and removed it. Freed of the Empire's programming, the droid helped Leia open the blast doors so the refugees could all escape. Using a decoy they were able to delay Vader long enough to escape from Jabiim, who took off after Obi-Wan, Leia, and the others in hot pursuit. Realizing Vader would pursue him to the exclusion of all else, Obi-Wan left in a small drop ship. Even though Vader could have brought down The Path, he instead chose to pursue Obi-Wan and allowed members of The Path to escape.
Arriving home, Leia decided to honor Tala's sacrifice by wearing her blaster holster, even though no one felt she was old enough yet to carry a blaster.
After defeating Vader and ensuring the safety of Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan travelled to Alderaan to meet the Organas and return Lola to Leia. He told the Organas that if they needed his help again they knew were to find him. Leia asked Obi-Wan if she would see him again, to which he responded perhaps. While unable to fully divulge who her real parents were, he told Leia of the qualities she had inherited from them and that she could call on a "tired, old man" if she ever needed help. He did warn her that she would have to be careful when contacting him as doing so could potentially put both of them in danger. The pair embraced before Obi-Wan boarded his ship to return to Tattooine.
Star Wars Rebels
A Princess on Lothal
A World Between Worlds
Leia's voice from the future is heard.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
|“||(Raymus: Your Highness. The transmission we received… What is it they've sent us?) Hope.||„|
|~ Raymus Antilles' and Leia Organa's appearances in the end of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story|
Princess of Alderaan is a member of the Imperial Senate and a spy for the Rebel Alliance. After Mon Mothma and Bail Organa learn of the Death Star, they decide it was time to seek out the Jedi who survived Order 66. Bail entrusted his adoptive daughter Leia with that mission.
Leia was present on board the Tantive IV at the Battle of Scarif. After a Rebel cell led by Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor managed to obtain the technical readout on the Death Star the plans were transmitted to the Rebel flagship.
The Rebel troopers extracted the plans on to a data card and rushed them to the docked Tantive IV, where they were given to Princess Leia where she says the Alliance now have hope as her ship jumps into hyperspace.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Following the events in Rogue One Leia went to the Tatooine system at her father's request to enlist the help of Obi-Wan. However the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Devastator under the command of Darth Vader chased them down over Tatooine, and she was captured by Lord Vader.
Leia has secretly hidden the plans for the Death Star, the Empire's moon-sized battle station, inside the astromech droid R2-D2 and has sent it to find Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi on the nearby planet of Tatooine. Vader arrests Leia and has her tortured, but she resists revealing anything. Death Star commander Grand Moff Tarkin threatens to destroy Alderaan with the Death Star unless she reveals the location of the hidden Rebel base.
She provides the location of an old, abandoned base, but Tarkin orders Alderaan to be destroyed anyway. Leia is rescued by Obi-Wan, Luke, 3PO, R2, and two smugglers named Han Solo and Chewbacca and they escape aboard Han's ship, the Millennium Falcon. After analyzing the Death Star's plans, the Rebels find a tiny weakness in the battle station, which Luke uses to destroy it in his X-wing. The battle won, Leia bestows medals on its heroes at the hidden Rebel base on Yavin IV.
Though Han is almost immediately attracted to Leia, they conflict because she insists on asserting command and he automatically resists, even as she proves herself to be worthy of it. And despite her initial disdain for the smuggler, whom she sees as selfish, Leia later acknowledges "I knew there was more to you than money" when Han comes through for the Rebellion.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Leia is at the Rebel base on Hoth. She aids in its evacuation during an Imperial attack, and then flees with Han, Chewbacca and C-3PO on Han's ship, the Millennium Falcon.
In The Empire Strikes Back,, she and Han were still arguing like children, and their fighting was nothing more than Han making Leia feel like she's only good for sex and romance and nothing else, while Leia tried to come up with her own insults. They dodge pursuing Imperial TIE fighters by flying into an asteroid field when the Falcon's hyperdrive breaks down. Romance blossoms between Leia and Han during their flight from the Empire; while hiding in the stomach of a space slug, they finally share a kiss. With his ship needing repairs, Han seeks out his old friend Lando Calrissian in Cloud City, the floating city over Bespin. Though he welcomes them graciously, Lando soon turns them over to a newly arrived Darth Vader, who hopes to use them as bait to capture Luke. Leia confesses her love for Han sharing another kiss before he is frozen in carbonite and then handed over to bounty hunter Boba Fett, who is charged with bringing him to gangster Jabba the Hutt. Lando helps Leia, Chewbacca and the two droids escape. Leia senses that Luke is in trouble, and goes back to save him after he is nearly killed during a lightsaber duel with Vader. After rescues Luke, she saw the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Executor Darth Vader's new flagship.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi
Leia infiltrates Jabba’s palace on Tatooine disguised as the Ubese bounty hunter Boushh, and brings a captive Chewbacca with her as part of the ruse. She frees Han from the carbonite, but they are recaptured by Jabba. Leia is now chained to Jabba as his new slave replacing Oola who was a slave that Jabba had earlier before Leia's arrival, outfitted in a metal bikini. After Luke arrives and kills Jabba’s pet rancor, an outraged Jabba sentences Luke, Han and Chewbacca to be fed to the sarlacc. Lando (disguised as a guard) helps them overpower their captors, and Leia seizes the moment to strangle Jabba with her chain. Luke and Leia swing to safety, blowing up Jabba’s barge behind them.
Later, the heroes go to the forest moon of Endor to prepare for a battle with the Empire. There, Luke reveals to Leia that she is his twin sister and that Vader is their father. Leia joins Han in leading the Rebels in battle with Imperial troops as the Rebel fleet attacks the second Death Star. Leia is slightly injured, but the Rebels, with help from the Ewoks, defeat the forces of the Empire. At the victory celebration, Leia hugged her brother, glad and relieved that he had survived his final confrontation with their father and the Emperor.
Star Wars: Bloodline
In the days after the Battle of Endor, Leia and Han were married in a small, private ceremony on Endor.
After leaving Endor, Leia went on a mission to Naboo, and flew an N-1 starfighter against the satellites the Imperials had deployed to cause natural disasters to destroy the surface of the planet.
Leia soon became pregnant with her and Han's son. She gave birth to Ben Solo before the Battle of Jakku, which took place just over a year after Endor. Leia helped Mon Mothma negotiate the Galactic Concordance with the surviving Imperials, bringing an end to the Galactic Civil War.
After the war was over Leia was elected to the New Republic's Senate. There she witnessed the increased factionalism in the Senate after Mon Mothma retired. The Senate split in to two camps - the Centrists who preferred a strong central government, and the Populists who favored each world retaining its own sovereignty. Meanwhile despite Leia's warnings about the First Order, the Senate ignored those warnings in favor of their own concerns.
The Centrists called for the election of a First Senator who could unite the factions in the Senate. Leia was put forward as the Populist candidate for First Senator. It was then that Leia's true father, Anakin Skywalker, was revealed. This revelation cost her almost all of her political support, and she left the Senate a short time later.
Realizing that the New Republic would officially do nothing against the First Order, Leia and her supporters both in and outside the government founded the Resistance to oppose the First Order.
Star Wars: Resistance
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
In the film, Leia is one of the leaders of the Resistance, which is dedicated to fighting the tyrannical First Order and trying to find Luke, who disappeared years earlier. When her forces foil a First Order attack searching for the Resistance astromech droid BB-8, Leia is reunited with Han, who has helped the renegade stormtrooper Finn and orphaned scavenger Rey bring the droid this far. Han and Leia have been estranged for many years; their marriage fell apart after their son, Ben, fell to the dark side and became the First Order warlord Kylo Ren. Leia believes Ben can still be brought back to the light side. Han volunteers for a mission to infiltrate the First Order's Starkiller Base to disable its defensive shields. Confronting Ren, Han tries to convince his son to leave the First Order, but Ren instead impales his father on his lightsaber. Leia senses Han's death through the Force, and later shares a moment of grief with Rey, who had thought of Han as a mentor. Leia sees Rey, Chewbacca, and R2-D2 off when they depart to locate Luke, saying, "May the Force be with you".
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
Following the destruction of Starkiller Base Leia boarded the MC85 Star Cruiser Raddus during the evacuation of the Resistance headquarters at D'Qar. Poe Dameron was able to lead an attack that destroyed the Mandator IV-class Siege Dreadnought Fulminatrix, but at an extremely high cost. Leia angrily demoted Dameron from Wing Commander back to Captain for his reckless actions and gives him a slap on the face.
The First Order was able to follow the Resistance fleet through hyperspace. In an attack on the Raddus, the First Order TIE fighters were able to destroy the bridge of the Raddus, killing almost all of the Resistance leadership, with the exception of Leia, who survived due to a personal forcefield she was wearing. Leia was seriously injured and had to spend time in the infirmary recovering from her injuries.
Leia recovered in time to subdue Poe Dameron after he mutinied against Vice Admiral Holdo. She had Dameron put on board an evacuation transport and joined him with the remaining Resistance members. Holdo sacrificed herself and the Raddus to destroy the right wing of Supreme Leader Snoke's First Order flagship Mega-class Star Dreadnought Supremacy by ramming it at light speed when it begin to fire at them due to revealing it by DJ.
While the First Order picked off many of the remaining Resistance transports, Leia and a handful of her people made it to the old Rebel outpost on Crait. During the battle their allies responded to their distress call but, no one replied and they were unable to reach Crait in time to help them. Using the Force, Luke appeared to her and the other members of the Resistance, he apologized to Leia for what had happened to her, Han, and his nephew. Luke then confronted his nephew Kylo Ren. Even though the effort fatally weakened Luke, it bought enough time for Rey and the remaining Resistance members to escape on the Millennium Falcon.
As the survivors departed Crait to the Outer Rim where their allies waited for them, Rey reported to Leia that she had felt Luke becoming one with the Force, but that it was a peaceful passing, and that Luke had a renewed sense of purpose. Leia said she had felt the passing as well, and when Rey despaired at the small number of Resistance members left, Leia told her that they had all they needed for the Resistance to rise again.
Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker
She was general of the Resistance aka the Rebellion and master of Rey, guiding her in training to improve her Jedi skills. Being blown into space when the bridge of the Raddus was destoryed and surviving only by means of the Force had been far more damaging to her health than she let on. As time went on her health began to deteriorate. Even though Luke reached out through the Force to convince her to let go and become one with the Force, Leia held on as she wanted to ensure Rey was sufficiently trained and the Resistance had the leadership it needed to continue on without her.
She used the Force to reach her son, which eventually drained her energy and killed her. Before Leia died, she made Poe acting general. Ben turned back to the light and joined Rey to confront Palpatine. During the Battle of Exegol between the Resistance and the Sith Eternal, Rey uses Leia's lightsaber (combined with the Skywalker saber) to defeat the Emperor, which represents the completion of Leia's journey as a Jedi. Later, Rey sees Leia and Luke's Force spirits on Tatooine and decides to adopt the Skywalker surname as a way to honor the ones she truly considers as family, including her master Leia.
In the Legends continuity Leia married Han Solo - her romantic interest in the original films - about four years after the battle of Endor. A year later she and Had had the twins Jacen and Jaina. A couple years later they had a third child which they named Anakin after Leia's real father.
Leia became Chief of State of the New Republic after Mon Mothma stepped down after being infected with a disease by Imperial agents. She held this role for several years before leaving the role herself. Approximately two decades after the Battle of Endor Leia witnessed the remnants of the Empire and the New Republic sign a peace treaty. She was also happy to see Luke finally fall in love with the ex Imperial agent Mara Jade and marry her.
The next few years would be very hard on Leia and her family, with the Yuuzhan Vong invading the galaxy. Her and Han's dear friend Chewbacca died early in the invasion, leading to Han leaving for a time to deal with his grief. He would return to his wife as the war progressed and faced his grief. Leia and Han lost their son Anakin in the war. The New Republic was reorganized into the Galactic Alliance. Even though they won the war Leia and Han still faced painful times when Jacen fell to the dark side and became Darth Caedus.
Jaina was forced to kill Caedus. Leia and Han grieved the loss of another child, but there was a small spot of brightness as they adopted their granddaughter Allana and took care of her for the next several years.
- Like her father and brother, Leia was sometimes short-tempered, hot-headed, headstrong, emotionally insecure, and impatient; albeit to a lesser existence. She also inherited her mother's fearlessness and stubbornness. Despite this, Leia was one of the most big hearted and compassionate characters of the Star Wars franchise. And, like her mother and brother, was able to see the good in others. As she saw the heart in Rey despite knowing about her true lineage, holding faith in the good inside of her son Ben Solo, saving her brother from the dark side in Dark Empire, showing compassion for Boba Fett despite the latter attempting to kill her husband numerous times, and believing Mara Jade had good in her during the Heir to the Empire trilogy.
- In the Original Trilogy, Leia had brown hair while in the Sequel Trilogy, she has gray hair, due to aging.
- After Fisher's death on December 27, 2016, Star Wars Episode VIII director Rian Johnson confirmed that Fisher had shot all of her scenes and Leia would appear in Episode VIII. While Fisher's daughter and brother both granted Lucasfilm permission to use Fisher's likeness in future films, the producers had already ruled out using CGI to recreate Fisher for future films.
- Originally, with VII being Han's film and VIII being Luke's film IX was originally going to focus heavily on Leia, and she would serve as Rey's Jedi Master in the film. Fisher's death forced producers to change the story. It was revealed that, with her family's blessing, unused footage that Carrie filmed in The Force Awakens and Last Jedi would be used in The Rise of Skywalker, so that even though Carrie died in 2016, her character would still be alive in the trilogy and Leia's story could be wrapped up properly.