Characters / Star Wars – Leia Organa

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Leia Organa (born Leia Amidala Skywalker)

Species: Human

Homeworld: Polis Massa (born), Alderaan (adopted)

Portrayed by: Carrie Fisher, Ingvild Deilanote  (Rogue One), Aidan Bartonnote (Revenge of the Sith), Misty Leenote  (Battlefront II)
Voiced by: Julie Dolan (Rebels), Carrie Fisher (Rogue One), Shelby Young (Forces of Destiny)
Voiced in Latin-American Spanish by: Magdalena Leonel and Bárbara Random (original trilogy's first dub), Mónica Manjarrez (1997-2015), Olga Donna-Dío (sequel trilogy onward)
Voiced in European Spanish by: María Luisa Solá
Voiced in Japanese by: Gara Takashima, Sumi Shimamoto
Voiced in French by: Évelyn Séléna (Original Trilogy), Béatrice Delfe (The Force Awakens), Barbara Tissier (Rogue One)

    Tropes from the Original Trilogy Era 

Princess Leia Organa
"I feel like because I can fight, I have to — for those who cannot."

"I don't know who you are or where you came from, but from now on you'll do as I tell you, okay?"

Born on the asteroid Polis Massa, Leia was separated from her twin brother Luke in order to keep them safe from the Empire. Adopted by Senator Bail and Queen Breha of Alderaan, she became the princess and senator of her adopted homeworld and a leading member of the Rebel Alliance. Strong and beautiful, Princess Leia catches the eye of Han Solo, and an interesting relationship blossoms between the two. Luke eventually discovers that she's his twin sister, and believes that she has the potential to become a powerful Jedi in the future.
  • '70s Hair: Thankfully averted with Leia; George Lucas looked specifically for an obscure style and landed on the Hopi "cinnamon buns".
  • Action Girl: Leia fights her way out of the Death Star, chokes Jabba to death with her own chains, and joins the Rebel strike team for their mission on the Forest Moon of Endor.
    Leia: Somebody's got to save our skins!
  • Ambadassador: Just like her mother, Padmé, she's also a diplomat who's not afraid to get in on the action.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: When Luke comes with Han and Chewie to break her out of jail, she defies the stereotypes of a princess and takes charge of her own rescue and gets them safely out of the prison block.
  • Badass in Distress: She is a prisoner of the Empire for a large amount of the first movie, but during this time she is able to resist their torture techniques and refuses to give up the location of the Rebels' main base, even when threatened with the destruction of her home planet for refusing to do so. After Luke, Han, and Chewie break her out of prison, she plays a leading role in her own rescue mission and helps the team escape the Death Star. In Return of the Jedi, she is captured by Jabba, but again plays a critical role in the team's escape and kills Jabba in the process.
  • Badass Normal: In the Original Trilogy.
    • Notably, her first encounter with Vader, where she not only lies to his face but talks to him like he's an idiot (Vader isn't fooled).
      • In Rogue One we finally find out why, and it's not because he used the Force. It's because he was literally a couple seconds away from getting the Death Star plans back.
    • She later strangles Jabba to death. When she reflects on that moment in Bloodline, Leia realizes that she may have tapped into the Dark Side to draw the strength necessary to choke a Hutt to death.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Leia's slave outfit leaves her midriff completely exposed for the escape sequence early into Return of the Jedi.
  • Battle Couple: With Han throughout the Original Trilogy.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: In A New Hope. When imprisoned on the Death Star, Vader turns up to interrogate Leia with a droid fairly bristling with syringes. As the the door closes on them, it's clear that she's about to be tortured for information. And yet the next time we see her, she looks perfectly fine, without so much as a puncture wound or a hair out of place.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Han.
  • Big Damn Kiss: With Han and Luke.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Leia to C-3PO after he's about to tell her the odds for a second time in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Big "WHAT?!": After finding out that despite her (feigned) cooperation, Tarkin intends to destroy Alderaan, anyways.
  • Braids of Action: In Return of the Jedi.
  • Blatant Lies: Her claim that the Tantive IV was on a diplomatic mission comes across as Implausible Deniability to Darth Vader, who was there to see the ship escape the battle over Scarif.
  • Braids of Action: Leia, when she kills Jabba. She's also shown wearing braids (pinned back) when she takes her helmet off on Endor when first meeting Wicket the Ewok. She also picks up some leather ornamentations in the Ewok village and wears them in the braids for the rest of the film.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Bloodline confirms that Leia developed a brief British accent while meeting Tarkin on the Death Star as a mockery of his aristocratic accent.
  • Brother–Sister Team: With Luke, her twin brother.
  • The Cameo: She appears at the very end of Rogue One (with a young Carrie Fisher's face in CGI) to receive the stolen plans of the Death Star as the Tantive IV flees the Scarif system right under Darth Vader's nose. The rest is history.
  • The Chick: She is the Action Girl variation. Leia is in firefights in all of the films in the Original Trilogy, and tries to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, later killing Jabba by herself.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: "Maybe you'd like it back in your cell, your highness." Though she was pointedly critiquing their lack of planning rather than something irrelevant. Interestingly, Han in turn gripes about the results of Leia subsequently pulling their fat out of the fire —- granted, they're in a dianoga-infested trash compactor.
  • Commanding Coolness: Although she is typically referred to by her royal title, her official military rank in the Rebellion is commander.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She remembers her mother's death (despite being only a baby at the time) and saw her adoptive homeworld destroyed as a You Said You Would Let Them Go.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Leia is one of the most snarky and sarcastic characters in the series.
  • Death Faked for You: See Luke's page. Done to protect them from Palpatine.
  • Defiant to the End: Towards Tarkin in A New Hope.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Her relationship with Han in The Empire Strikes Back is an example, as she starts out rather icy to him but by the end, is declaring her love for him.
  • Doomed Homeworld: Her home planet of Alderaan was destroyed by the Death Star.
  • The Dutiful Daughter: Luke sees Leia as this, as Leia was a part of the Rebellion while he was on Tatooine.
  • Dude Magnet: She attracts attention from Han (her future lover), Luke (before he realized they were related), and Jabba the Hutt.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Her reaction to Lando being forced to sell out Han to Vader, so that Cloud City will not be invaded.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: The plot of the series could have been exactly the same were Leia not a princess (the princess of a planet that is brutally destroyed), but because of the tradition of kidnapped princesses in fantasy stories, Leia is a princess through and through.
  • Fake Shemp: In Rogue One, digital effects manage to feature a 1977 Carrie Fisher as Leia.
  • Fan Disservice: That Chainmail Bikini she wore in Return of the Jedi? Out of context, it looks like ordinary fanservice, but in context, she didn't wear it by choice. Not only did Jabba the Hutt force her to wear it, she was Jabba's slave at the time and was to be kept at his side at all times until he felt like disposing of her. Wearing that outfit was a humiliation from her perspective.
  • Forced to Watch: Leia is forced to watch the destruction of her homeworld Alderaan.
  • Generation Xerox: Leia's very similar to her mother, Padmé, in lots of other ways, being a Politically Active Princess, Royals Who Actually Do Something Action Girl. However, while in looks and career choice, Leia and Luke resemble the same sex parent, in personality and temperament, Leia is much more like Anakin and Luke like Padmé. Indeed, Luke and Padmé have almost identical lines at times (usually about Anakin/Vader).
  • Good Is Not Soft: Leia may be good, but she is not to be messed with.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Her skimpy slavegirl costume in Return of the Jedi.
  • Gut Feeling: She gets a lot of these, particularly in the comics and novels, regarding whether someone is trustworthy, what direction to take, or when making important decisions. After learning her true heritage, Leia and Luke realize that this was due to her latent Force sensitivity.
  • Heroic Lineage: Her father, Anakin, was a Jedi before he became corrupted and turned to The Dark Side. Her mother was also regarded as a hero on her home planet of Naboo, seen as a wise and benevolent ruler who saved them from the Trade Federation and later helped found what would become the Rebel Alliance.
  • Happily Adopted: It was common knowledge on Alderaan that Leia was adopted by the Organa family, although she has no idea at first who her biological parents are. Following the destruction of Alderaan, in the Princess Leia comic miniseries, Leia fondly remembers her adoptive father and mother, Bail and Breha Organa.
  • Hidden Backup Prince: Along with Luke.
  • Hot-Blooded: Leia is feisty, passionate, opinionated, and hot tempered, much like her father, Anakin.
  • Iconic Outfit: Leia's metal bikini is one of the best-known elements of the third film.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: The one character in the Original Trilogy who almost never misses. Could be justified, as she has access to the Force.
  • Incest Subtext: With Luke. They had Ship Tease in A New Hope.
    • She full on kisses him in The Empire Strikes Back (though only to make Han jealous).
  • Insult Backfire: Leia calling Han a "scoundrel".
    Han: "Scoundrel"? I like the sound of that.
  • Light Is Good: Frequently seen wearing white or lighter clothing.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Played straight. Leia takes after Anakin, though she isn't happy about it. She is way more proactive, hot-headed, passionate, opinionated, aggressive, and stubborn than her brother Luke. Anakin's way is to get even and work alone, and Leia seems to want to follow the same path at times. The only major difference between their personalities is Leia appears to lack the attachment issues that doomed her father to the Dark Side. How much of this can be attributed to genetics versus her upbringing is debatable, but she's more like her father than her mother, despite sharing some traits — such as political ideology and career choice — with her mother.
  • Long Lost Sibling: To Luke. Leia is his twin sister.
  • Made a Slave: By Jabba the Hutt. It doesn't last, and she kills him by choking him to death with her own chain.
  • Meaningful Name: Leia means "ruler" in Assyrian.
  • Missing Mom: Leia's mother, Padmé, died during childbirth.
  • Modest Royalty: Leia spends most of her time in either her white outfit or more practical clothing.
  • Motivational Kiss: In A New Hope, Leia gives Luke a peck on the cheek "for luck" before he tries to swing over a precarious gap.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Leia is described as being beautiful from the beginning of A New Hope, and she certainly lives up to her reputation. Then there's the infamous Go-Go Enslavement costume in Return of the Jedi.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: The "in-between" to Luke's "nice" and Han's "mean".
  • Odango Hair: Her famous "cinnamon bun" hairstyle in A New Hope. According to Word of God, it was based on a Southwestern Pancho Villa woman revolutionary look. The buns are from turn-of-the-(20th)-century Mexico. Which makes the hairstyle significant, as Leia is a leader in the Rebel Alliance. Coincidentally, her adoptive parents are played by Latino actors.
  • Only Sane Woman: In A New Hope.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Leia is introduced with a British accent, but it changes into an American one and remains the same from there. The novel Bloodline states she was putting on the accent to mock Tarkin.
  • Parental Abandonment: Same as Luke, not that she could have helped it.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's only 5'1" (155 cm), but kicks lots of ass.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: With Luke. Leia is a brunette, brown-eyed, quick-tempered, sharp-tongued, worldly-wise, shrewd, and practical politician. Luke is a blond, blue-eyed, calm, mild-mannered, naïve, mystical, religious Jedi Knight. Interestingly, Leia's personality takes after Anakin, while Luke's personality is much more like Padmé.
  • Politically Active Princess: Is a senator (until Palpatine disbands the Senate), and then an important member of the Rebellion.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: When beautiful young Leia is first seen in A New Hope, she's cowering in a hiding spot aboard the corvette. Unfortunately for the stormtrooper who found her, she was "cowering" to conceal the fact she was armed. Zap.
  • Pursued Protagonist: In A New Hope, Leia is being pursued by a Star Destroyer on her way to deliver the plans of the Death Star to the rebellion. Using R2, she tries to send them to Obi-Wan Kenobi. They instead end up in the hands of Farm Boy Luke, which kickstarts the adventure.
  • Rapunzel Hair: When Leia finally lets her hair down in Return of the Jedi. For many viewers, this resulted in a Fridge Logic moment when we contemplated how she got all that hair into those hairstyles we'd seen in the previous movies. Her hairstyles would be impossible with that length of hair, anyways.
  • Rebel Leader: Initially done while working a Senator, though she drops the guise after the Senate is liquidated and becomes a full-time rebel.
  • Refuge in Audacity: After Rogue One revealed that Darth Vader personally saw her ship escape with the Death Star plans, her trying to maintain her cover after being captured definitely comes off like this.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia: Leia wears royal jewelry at the awards ceremony at the end of A New Hope.
  • La Résistance: Leia is part of the Rebel Alliance.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's very active both as a member of the Imperial Senate before the events of A New Hope, and a substantial de facto leader of the Rebellion once she's outed as an enemy of the Empire. She's also the first named character to score a kill on a Stormtrooper, and the last.
  • Sadistic Choice: Although no kidnapping was involved, the choice faced by Princess Leia of giving up the location of the Rebel base or watching her home planet of Alderaan be destroyed by the Death Star was a perfect example. Especially since, in a notorious Kick the Dog moment, Grand Moff Tarkin ordered the planet destroyed anyways after Leia gave a false location in hopes of keeping the Rebellion alive. Tarkin's reasoning? "Dantooine is too remote to give an effective demonstration." Alderaan, on the other hand, was a Core World.
  • Separated at Birth: Leia was separated from her twin brother at birth in order to protect them from their father (Vader).
  • Sex Slave: To Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi (but thankfully, Jabba died before he could have his way with her).
  • Sibling Team: With Luke, her twin brother. Also see Brother–Sister Team.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Luke, her twin brother. While Leia is more passionate, impulsive, and hot-headed, Luke is more calm, cool, and collected. See Polar Opposite Twins.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Her relationship with Han, even after they got married.
    Leia: No matter how much we fought, I always hated to watch you leave.
  • Slave Collar: Princess Leia is forced to wear a collar by Jabba the Hutt. At one point he yanks her around by a chain attached to the collar: she later uses the chain to strangle him.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Sure, she may seems like as though as she was emotionless, but she is actually a nice girl on the inside.
  • There Is Another: Trope Namer. She is actually Luke's sister and a Force-sensitive.
  • True Companions: With Luke and Han throughout the Original Trilogy.
  • Tsundere: Type B; the only person she's not polite to is Han.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even under torture, she never gives away the location of the Yavin IV Rebel base, even lying to Vader and Tarkin to do so as her own planet faces destruction. She is also very willing to have Lando killed by Chewbacca because he sold Han Solo out to Vader, and personally takes part in Solo's rescue. Her adoptive father Bail Organa doesn't hesitate to say he would "trust her with his life" in Rogue One.
  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: With Luke in Revenge of the Sith.
  • Uptown Girl: For Han. You'd think a former street kid and smuggler would consider the Princess of Alderaan and high-ranking Rebel commander well out of his league. But Han can be very persuasive when he wants to be.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: To Han.
  • Woman in White: Her actress said it best.
    Carrie Fisher: It's not really possible to write out a list of Princess Leia's likes and dislikes. I do know her favorite color, though, it's white. She wears white all the time.

    Tropes from the Sequel Trilogy Era 

General Leia Organa
"If you see our son, bring him home..."

"The problem with a reputation is that it can become a legend. Don't be deceived, Poe. I'm not a legend."

After the signing of the Galactic Concordance, Leia served as the senator of the Alderaan Sector in the New Republic for twenty-three years as a leading member of the Populists. After the revelation of her true parentage made her a political pariah, Leia left the Senate and formed the Resistance after the New Republic refused to take action against the emerging threat of the First Order. Burdened by family tragedies, Leia hopes to locate Luke so he can assist her in stopping Kylo Ren and the First Order.
  • Badass Boast: When being threatened by crime lord Rinnrivin Di in Bloodline, Leia reminds him of just who she is.
    Leia: All those times you watched me kill Jabba the Hutt, and you never learned from his example. It doesn't pay to jerk me around.
  • Badass Grandma: She's in her early fifties (she was about 23 in Return of the Jedi, making her around 53-54 in The Force Awakens) her title has changed from Princess to General, and she leads the Resistance.
  • Berserk Button: It is not a good idea to say anything remotely positive about the Empire around Leia.
  • Big Good: The leader of the Resistance.
  • Cassandra Truth: Most of the New Republic leadership doesn't think the First Order is a real threat, seeing Leia as a Windmill Crusader.
  • Cool Old Lady: Just as smart and quick-witted as ever, even in old age.
  • Four-Star Badass: She's a general by the time of The Force Awakens.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: The years have been hard for her, but that has not stopped her from ageing incredibly gracefully.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Many people distrust her since the fact that she is Darth Vader's daughter became public knowledge. Others view her as a Windmill Crusader, continuing to fight battles that ended three decades ago.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The novelization implies, and Pablo Hidalgo later confirmed to be true, that she knows Snoke on a personal level and allowed him to get close to her family. It took her a while to realize his deep evil.
  • I Am Not My Father: She ends up saying this when she is outed as Darth Vader's kid in Bloodline.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: During The Force Awakens, she senses two monumental events. The first is the destruction of the Hosnian System by Starkiller Base, and the second is Han being killed by Kylo Ren.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Her plea to Han to bring their son back ends up getting him killed. Although to be fair, even if she didn't request it, he still might have ended up trying.
    • In Bloodline we find out that she turned down the Governorship of Birren, a title that her adoptive father was sure she would gladly accept. This leads to her political rivals finding out about her family's dark secret and ending her attempts to reform the New Republic and prevent the next war.
  • Only Sane Man: Of all the officials of the New Republic, she was the only one who wanted to continue investigating the Amaxine warriors secret backers and believed that Casterfo was innocent. However, with her heritage revealed she had no power to do so, which led to the creation of the Resistance. When the First Order revealed itself she could only convince a few senators to give the Resistance support.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Leia delivers a horrifyingly brutal one to Casterfo in Bloodline when he outs her as Vader's kid. All of his self-righteousness is deflated and his ego is left crumbling with the realization Leia hates Vader more than he ever could and all he's done is make a mockery of a woman who devoted her life to destroying the man's legacy.
  • Refused the Call: Although she is much more aware of and connected to the Force, Leia never did take Luke up on his offer to become a Jedi, preferring to focus on building the New Republic and raising a family with Han. Now that Luke is in hiding, Leia is too busy with the Resistance to find him herself.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Many people are revolted by the discovery that she is Darth Vader's daughter.
  • Spider-Sense: On the day of the Senate building bombing in Bloodline, Leia has a sense of unease and danger all day. The warning note on her placemat at the banquet table was all she needed to act on that sense and evacuate the building.