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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)
Voiced by: Julie Dolan (Rebels), Carrie Fisher (Rogue One), Shelby Young (Forces of Destiny), Misty Lee (Battlefront II), Carolyn Hennesy (Resistance)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish dub): Magdalena Leonel and Bárbara Random (original trilogy's first dub), Mónica Manjarrez (1997-2015), Olga Donna-Dío (sequel trilogy onward)
Voiced by (European Spanish dub): María Luisa Solá
Voiced by (Japanese dub): Gara Takashima, Sumi Shimamoto
Voiced by (French dub): Évelyn Séléna (Original Trilogy), Béatrice Delfe (Sequel Trilogy), Barbara Tissier (Rogue One, A New Hope's hologram in The Last Jedi)
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Princess Leia Organa

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"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.


  • Ace Pilot: Though she rarely demonstrates it, she is actually a skilled pilot; during the second Battle of Naboo she pilots an N-1 starfighter to destroy satellites causing natural disasters on Naboo and also saves Shara Bey from TIE/LN fighters.
  • 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!
  • Action Politician: In A New Hope, she is senator of Alderaan as well as a princess and an Action Girl, although halfway through Palpatine disbands the Imperial Senate (and the Empire blows up her planet), after which she becomes a rebel full-time.
  • Adopted into Royalty: She was adopted by the House of Organa shortly after her birth, which was no barricade to eventually being proclaimed Crown Princess and heir to the throne. Leia, Princess of Alderaan also implies that she wasn't the first adopted heir to the throne in the history of Alderaan, either.
  • Age-Gap Romance: With Han Solo. According to the official timeline, Han was born c.32BBY, meaning he is around thirty-two when he first meets Leia, who is just nineteen, making for a gap of thirteen years. However, while Han is clearly attracted to her, they don't actually get together until three to four years later, when he's about thirty-five/thirty-six and she's about twenty-two/twenty-three.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played with. Leia ends up falling for rebellious smuggler Han Solo over Ideal Hero Luke (which is probably just as well, seeing how they're Long Lost Siblings). She possibly takes after her mother in this regard (though Han never went as dark as Anakin). When Han claims she likes him because he's a scoundrel and that "there aren't enough scoundrels in [her] life", she doesn't try very hard to counter this. However, she seems to like him more when he becomes a nicer person and she never liked his cocky money-hungry sides.
    Leia: [after Han returns to the Battle of Yavin] I knew there was more to you than money!
  • Ambadassador: Just like her mother, Padmé, she's also a diplomat who's not afraid to get in on the action.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: As Han is about to be frozen in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back – which he may not survive – she declares her love for him. He responds with the now iconic line "I know".
  • 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.
    [Leia blast a hole in a wall grating to make an escape route]
    Han: What are you doing?
    Leia: Somebody has to save our skins!
    • 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, due to being unaware of her Force-sensitivity. Despite this, she's just as badass as Luke.
    • 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 in Return of the Jedi; although they'd fought together before and clearly had feelings for each other, it wasn't until the last film that they officially got together.
  • The Beautiful Elite: She is the Royal Princess of Alderan, a skilled diplomat in the Imperial Senate, before it's dissolution by the Emperor, and a high ranking and highly respected officer in the Rebel Alliance. That's on top of her beauty, which she inherited from her birth mother, Queen/Senator Padme Amidala who was noted for being very beautiful, and also for her skills in diplomacy, not to mention her handsome father Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, whom she also inherited her incredibly strong connection, if untapped potential with the Force. Not to mention through her mother she also has blood ties to the Nobility and Aristocracy of the Naboo.
  • 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 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. Dear God with Han. This is especially the case in The Empire Strikes Back; they spend half their time arguing and snarking to cover up their feelings - Han outright accuses Leia of being angry with him because she wants him to stay with her. In The Force Awakens, it's indicated this continued even after they got married.
  • Benevolent Boss: Very much so. During the battle of Hoth she is giving a bunch of troops a briefing about the plan. When one of them expresses doubts she doesn't get mad or tell him to shut up but instead reassures him that it will work due to the ion cannon.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's a pretty nice person in general, but she does strangle Jabba The Hutt with her chain, and the novelization even says she was calling on the Dark Side to get more strength at that moment.
  • Big Damn Kiss: With Han and Luke. (Granted, she didn't know Luke was her twin brother at the time.)
  • Big Good: While not the highest ranking leader in the Rebellion, she fills this roll for the most part with the possible exception of Episode 6 where Mon Mothma and Admiral Ackbar are the main leaders.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She's technically Luke's younger sister (and neither of them were fully aware of their relation until Return of the Jedi) but Leia still looks out for her twin brother like any good sibling. She is quick to comfort him after Obi-Wan is killed and is clearly worried when he doesn't return to Echo Base by nightfall. She risks her own life to try and warn him he's walking into Vader's trap and insists on turning the Falcon around to rescue him rather than leave him behind. When Luke tells her Vader is his father and that he will come after him, she begs Luke to run as far away as possible and is distressed when she can't dissuade him from turning himself over to the Empire. She's not too worried about him following the end of the Battle of Endor though, as she can sense through the Force that he's alright.
  • 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.
  • 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: Several examples.
    • In The Empire Strikes Back, Leia is wearing her hair in two braids while she fights her way out of Cloud City.
    • In Return of the Jedi, she's wearing her hair in a single braid when she kills Jabba. She's also shown wearing braids (pinned back) when she takes her helmet off on Endor. She also picks up some leather ornamentations in the Ewok village and wears them in the braids for the rest of the film.
  • Brainy Brunette: Taking after her mother, Leia is quite intelligent and displays some quick-thinking throughout the trilogy that helps save the day, including hiding the Death Star plans with her droids (only life forms can be detected by the Empire's scanners), giving the name of an older rebel base when questioned, figuring out that the Empire only let the Falcon go so they could track them and taking out the lights in Jabba's barge to create a distraction. She also proves to be quite astute at detecting danger or whether someone is trustworthy. George Lucas also stated in DVD commentary for A New Hope in 2004 that she had PhD by the time she was 19, although it's unclear if this is canonical; she did, however, receive a top-class education due to being royalty, being a skilled diplomat and public speaker, as well as multilingual (she is said to be fluent in Huttese and "proficient" in Shyriiwook).
  • 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, although they were unaware they were twins for much of the trilogy.
  • Call-Back: During the Battle of Endor, when Leia and Han are seemingly cornered by stormtroopers, she reveals she's actually got a hidden blaster. Han states "I love you" and she smiles and says "I know", referencing what he said to her in the previous film following her Anguished Declaration of Love.
  • 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.
  • Chained by Fashion: In Return of the Jedi. Initially, Jabba forces her to wear a collar with a chain to humiliate her, but it becomes this trope when she strangles him with said chain and then joins in the firefight.
  • Chainmail Bikini: In Return of the Jedi, during Han's rescue mission she ends up fighting in an outfit that basically consists of a metal bikini and a wispy 'skirt' (if it can even be called that). This is actually a rare justified example, as she was forced to wear the outfit when Jabba the Hutt made her his slave. The rest of the time, she always fights in practical clothing.
  • Chain Pain: In Return of the Jedi, she uses the chain Jabba forces her to wear to strangle him to death.
  • 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.
  • Child of Forbidden Love: She and her brother were the result of Anakin and Padme's union, who were in a Secret Relationship due to Republic-era Jedi being forbidden to marry.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Downplayed. She became one of the youngest senators ever elected when she became Senator of Alderaan in her late teens, as well as a leading member of the Rebel Alliance. She takes after her mother in that regard, Padmé being only fourteen when she was elected Queen of Naboo and eighteen when she was appointed Senator. It's deconstructed in that Leia had to spend a lot of time proving she could be a capable leader, with the media often dismissing her as just a pretty princess playing at politics.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Darth Vader subjects her to this in A New Hope to try and get the rebels' base out of her, though we don't see exactly what was done to her. It completely fails, with Leia refusing to betray the rebels no matter what is done to her.
  • Commanding Coolness: Although she is typically referred to by her royal title, her official military rank in the Rebellion is commander.
  • 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.
  • Daddy's Girl: Implied. While it's been noted that Leia had positive, happy relationships with both Bail and Breha, there is more emphasis on Leia's bond with the former. This is rather ironic considering how much Leia detests her biological father Darth Vader and she takes quite a while to come to terms with their relation.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Something of a recurring theme.
    • In A New Hope, while she doesn't get out of her cell until Luke and Han show up, she almost immediately grabs one of their blasters and essentially takes command of her own rescue.
    • Then in Return of the Jedi when she strangles Jabba to his death with the chain he put her in.
  • 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. Her past turns out to be darker still; her previously unknown biological father is Darth Vader (and her mother's death was mostly his fault, nearly resulting in her and Luke dying too).
  • Darth Vader Clone: She briefly has a heroic take on this in Return of the Jedi as Boushh, being clad head-to-toe in armor with a Cool Mask and a voice changer.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Leia is one of the most snarky and sarcastic characters in the series.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: In Return of the Jedi, she disguises herself as the bounty hunter, Boushh, to infiltrate Jabba's palace. Boushh was an actual bounty hunter that was employed by Black Sun and was killed for attempting to blackmail them. How she got his armor has yet to receive a canonical explanation.
  • Death Faked for You: Both she and Luke had their deaths faked at birth to protect them from Palpatine.
  • Deceptive Legacy: Downplayed, especially compared to her brother. Leia always knew she was adopted and was completely fine with it. She was given the impression by Bail that she was orphaned by the Clone Wars, which isn't completely untrue; Padme died giving birth to her after being Force-choked and having her heart broken by Anakin, who at this point had turned to the Dark Side and become Darth Vader. Bail states in a recording he left for Leia that he wanted to tell her who her biological parents were, especially her mother, but couldn't because it was too dangerous for her. He never told her that her parents were navigators on a spice freighter or anything like that, though.
  • Defiant Captive:
    • For much of A New Hope. Immediately following her arrest, she feigns ignorance about the stolen Death Star plans, even blatantly lying to Darth Vader's face about them. She resists the Empire's attempt to torture the Rebels's hidden base out of her and even when faced with execution she maintains her dignity, insulting Tarkin and pointing out that the Empire's brutal methods will only drive more star systems to rebel. The only time she loses her cool is when Tarkin threatens to blow up her homeplanet of Alderaan unless she reveals the base...and then proceeds to do so anyway. Even then, though, Leia lied about it, giving them an older base that has long since been abandoned, and when a certain stormtrooper comes to her cell, she merely snarks at him that he's "a little short for a stormtrooper". Upon learning the stormtrooper is actually here to rescue her, she leaps into action and quickly takes charge of the mission.
    • In The Empire Strikes Back, she struggles with the stormtrooper who has her captive and screams at Luke that it's a trap. It doesn't do much good, but points for trying.
    • And again in Return of the Jedi when she's enslaved by Jabba, ultimately being the one who kills him and blowing up his ship.
  • 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.
  • Deuteragonist: Of the original saga, her importance to the Galaxy as the second of the Skywalker twins, it is heavily implied by both Yoda and Obi-Wan, and outright confirmed by Luke, that should her brother fail in his quest, she will be the only hope the Rebellion will have against the Empire.
  • Doomed Hometown: Her home planet of Alderaan was destroyed by the Death Star.
  • Double Agent: At the very start of the trilogy, Leia is a member of the Imperial Senate, but secretly serves in the Rebel Alliance. She gets found out when Darth Vader catches her fleeing the Battle of Scarif with the Death Star plans, after which she is openly a Rebel Leader.
  • Dude Magnet: She attracts attention from Han (her future lover), Luke (before he realized they were related), Lando Calrissian, Ezra Bridger, Kier Domadi and Jabba the Hutt.
  • The Dutiful Daughter: Luke sees Leia as this, as Leia was a part of the Rebellion while he was on Tatooine.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her first few scenes in A New Hope tells the audience a lot about Leia's character. Whilst stormtroopers attack her ship, Leia calmly gets C-3PO and R2-D2 into an escape pod along with the Death Star plans and an emergency message for Obi-Wan Kenobi, then ambushes a stormtrooper with a blaster to buy them more time. When she's brought before Darth Vader, she is imperious and defiant, pretending she knows nothing about the plans.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Her reaction to Lando being forced to sell out Han to Vader, so that Cloud City will not be invaded. She eventually forgives him after he helps them escape and rescue Luke.
  • 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 - and she eventually killed the person who forced her to wear it.
  • Fanservice Pack: Carrie Fisher was always beautiful, but most of Leia's outfits were pretty modest - then came the iconic metal bikini in Return of the Jedi, which left little to the imagination. Although it's technically Fan Disservice, it's one of the most remembered moments from Return of the Jedi for a reason.
  • Forced to Watch: Leia is forced to watch the destruction of her homeworld Alderaan. In The Empire Strikes Back she's also forced to watched Han being frozen in carbonite.
  • 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. They were both active members of the Senate by the time they were in their teens and often partake in humanitarian work; they both also fall for somewhat roguish men who are Ace Pilots (though Han at his worst was nowhere near as bad as Anakin could be, seeing as he eventually became Darth Vader and all). They both end up hiding their close connection to Anakin Skywalker; Padmé has to hide her marriage to Anakin because he could be expelled from the Jedi Order, while Leia hides the fact he's her father because people wouldn't take kindly to her being the daughter of one of the worst tyrants in the galaxy.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Her skimpy slave girl costume in Return of the Jedi.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Leia may be good, but she is not to be messed with. She is the first main character to score a kill on a stormtrooper, is initially quite willing to let Chewie strangle Lando for betraying Han and chokes Jabba the Hutt to death with her own chain when he enslaved her and tried to kill her loved ones.
  • Great Escape: In A New Hope, Luke, Han and Chewie bust her out of the Death Star's detention level before she's executed and she helps them fight their way out of the battle station.
  • Guile Heroine: Leia is reasonably skilled at deception; notable examples include successfully tricking Tarkin into believing the rebel base is on Dantooine and passing herself off as a bounty hunter to rescue Han.
  • 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.
  • 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; she's also shown to have to a warm and supportive relationship with them in Leia, Princess of Alderaan.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has a small one when she finds out Darth Vader is her father and that her twin brother intends to hand himself over to the Empire to help the Rebellion.
  • 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. And her adoptive parents were not only kind rulers of Alderaan but also helped the Rebellion, which Bail helped found with Leia's birth mother and Mon Mothma.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the opening scene of A New Hope, when the Empire catches up to the Tantive IV, Leia makes no effort to escape, instead sending R2-D2 and C-3PO away with the Death Star plans and then holding off the stormtroopers for as long as she can. In her message to Obi-Wan, she asks him only to deliver the plans to her father to help the Rebellion and given her surprised reaction to the rescue mission, she clearly wasn't expecting it. She fully believed she was going to be tortured and likely executed by the Empire and is more than willing to lay down her life for the rest of the galaxy.
  • Hidden Backup Prince: Along with Luke. Unlike Luke, Leia was actually raised as royalty.
  • Hot-Blooded: Leia is feisty, passionate, opinionated and hot-tempered, much like her father, Anakin. However, unlike her father, Leia is generally more self-controlled and applies these traits more practically when it comes to conflict. She only occasionally loses her temper (and it's not pretty when she does) and while she can be impulsive at times, she manages to avoid being a Leeroy Jenkins.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: At 5'1", Leia is quite short, while Han is over 6ft tall.
  • Iconic Outfit:
    • By far Leia's most iconic look is her with hair rolls and a white gown, often wielding a Stormtrooper rifle one-handed, despite her ditching all of these after the very first film.
    • Leia's metal bikini is one of the best-known elements of the third film.
  • Identical Granddaughter: Implied. Given Padmé's strong resemblance to Shmi, Anakin's mother and Leia's own strong resemblance to Padmé, it's highly possible that Leia also looks very similar to her paternal grandmother.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: The one character in the Original Trilogy who almost never misses. Could be justified, as she has access to the Force.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: A few of Leia's hairstyles would require a lot of time and effort to achieve despite her spending most of her time either fighting or on the run from the Empire, but her famous cinnamon bun hairstyle from A New Hope is probably the stand-out example; not only would it quite difficult to maintain (in real life, it took a professional hairdresser around two hours), but the buns never come loose despite her being tortured, getting into a gunfight and nearly getting crushed in a trash compactor. Expanded material does alleviate it somewhat by revealing she was taught from a young age how to braid her hair, so she could feasibly do her own hair.
  • 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).
    • And then admits in Return of the Jedi that she "always knew" deep down they were connected in some way when Luke reveals they're twins.
  • Insult Backfire: Leia calling Han a "scoundrel".
    Han: "Scoundrel"? I like the sound of that.
  • In the Hood: When she's first seen in A New Hope, she's wearing a hood over her head – she's also seen to be wearing the hood in her message to Obi-Wan. However, she goes without it from then on.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed, especially compared to other heroic jerks like Anakin and Han. Leia doesn't suffer fools and can come off as abrasive, snappish and even haughty, but she is also a selfless, compassionate and caring person with strongly-held morals.
  • Joan Of Archetype: Leia fits some aspects of this trope, being a courageous and inspiring young woman who is universally associated with the Rebel Alliance, though her more down-to-Earth and snarky attitude makes her an atypical example.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: In A New Hope, she fights her way out of the Death Star wearing a simple but elegant formal gown.
  • Lady in Red: While staying in Cloud City, Leia is given a red outfit to wear, with Lando remarking that she looks beautiful in it. Her slave girl outfit also includes a red skirt.
  • Last Girl Wins: For Han. As Solo proves, Leia is not Han's first love, but she is his last and true love, whom he eventually marries.
  • The Leader: She is a high-ranking member of the Rebellion and particularly exerts her authority over the other protagonists in A New Hope; she's also seen briefing the starfighter pilots before the Battle of Yavin and ensuring the rebels escape the Hoth base. She's mostly types Levelheaded and Charismatic.
  • Leitmotif: "Princess Leia's Theme", which is heard several times in the Original Trilogy, the Sequel Trilogy and Rogue One when Leia appears onscreen or is mentioned in some significant way. It can also be heard in Revenge of the Sith when Bail Organa decides to adopt Leia and when she is seen in the arms of Bail and Queen Breha. It also plays in The Clone Wars episode "Assassin" when her biological mother Padme and Ahsoka Tano arrive on Alderaan, years before she was born. Parts of the theme were also incorporated into "Han Solo and the Princess", Leia and Han's love theme. To a lesser extent, parts of it even sound reminiscent of "Across the Stars", Anakin and Padme's love theme.
  • Light Is Good: Frequently seen wearing white or lighter clothing, and is practically a living symbol of the Rebellion.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: While in looks and career choice, Leia resembles Padmé, in personality and temperament, Leia is much more like Anakin — Both are hot blooded, have a hard time forgiving others who betray their trust, have a sarcastic wit, and even use choking as a way to kill their enemies (Anakin's Force-choking, Leia using her slave chains to strangle Jabba the Hutt to death).
  • Likes Older Men: Han is around ten years her senior.
  • 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. She also gains her Force abilities from her father.
  • Long Lost Sibling: To Luke. Leia is his twin sister, separated from him at birth.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: A dictator variant. She's the good and beautiful daughter of Darth Vader, who leads the Rebellion against the Empire her father serves - although they were unaware of their relationship for most of the trilogy. Unlike many examples of this trope, she and Luke aren't a couple, but brother and sister; Leia's Love Interest is Han.
  • Made a Slave: By Jabba the Hutt. It doesn't last, and she kills him by choking him to death with her own chain.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The aggressive, Hot-Blooded Masculine Girl to Luke's gentle, All-Loving Hero Feminine Boy.
  • Meaningful Name: Leia means "ruler" in Assyrian.
  • Meaningful Rename: Justified. Given her biological parents were Anakin and Padmé her birth name was Leia "Amidala-Skywalker". However, because of a combination of wanting to protect her (and Luke) from the Empire and being adopted by the royal family of Alderaan, her last name was changed to "Organa".
  • Modest Royalty: Leia spends most of her time in either her white outfit or more practical clothing.
  • Morality Pet: Inverted, for Luke. After resisting both the Emperor's and Vader's temptations, it is Vader's threat that if Luke will not join him, then he will turn Leia, pushing an enraged Luke over the edge, and for a brief moment fully embrace the Dark Side.
  • A Mother to Her Men: Judging especially from the Battle of Hoth, she cares a lot about even the Redshirts in the Rebellion and makes sure they escape.
  • 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.
  • Ms. Vice Girl: Leia has a hell of a temper and can be prideful, which is particularly demonstrated during her interactions with Han, but she manages to avoid letting her flaws cripple her (unlike other members of her family) and remains an unambiguously good person throughout the trilogy. It really only seems to be a problem in her personal life, as she's almost constantly letting Han rile her up and takes ages to admit her feelings for him out of pride.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: Leia has an untapped potential in the Force while Han is a Badass Normal human.
  • The Napoleon: Leia may be only 5'1" but she can incredibly fierce when she wants to and is not someone you want to mess with. At 6'7", Darth Vader easily towers over her, but she just gives him attitude.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Despite still being a pretty nice character, she is more the "in-between" to Luke's "nice" and Han's "mean"; it mostly seems to be because Leia is generally less polite and more easily angered compared to Luke.
  • No Infantile Amnesia: She has a few vague memories of her birth mother, Padmé, despite the fact Revenge of the Sith shows that Padmé died shortly after giving birth to Leia. It's been implied/speculated that Leia's latent Force-sensitivity may have something to do with it.
  • Now or Never Kiss: Just before Han is about to be frozen in carbonite, she breaks away from her guard and plants a big kiss on him.
  • 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.
  • Official Couple: After two movies of Belligerent Sexual Tension, she becomes this with Han in Return of the Jedi; although she had actually confessed her love for him in The Empire Strikes Back and it was clear Han reciprocated, he has trouble saying it back to her and also thinks she prefers Luke. Once Leia reveals Luke's actually her Long Lost Sibling, she and Han make it official; the expanded universe confirms they got married some time before the Galactic Civil War ended.
  • One Head Shorter: Han is exactly a foot taller than her; she has to look up for him to kiss her forehead.
  • The Only One: In Return of the Jedi, when Luke confirms he and Leia are siblings and reveals she is Force-sensitive, he says that if he dies, she will be the Rebellion's only hope of stopping the Empire.
  • Only Sane Woman: In A New Hope; Luke’s well-intentioned, but naïve and inexperienced, whilst Han and Chewie are (initially) just in it for the money. When Leia realizes they don’t have much of an actual plan for rescuing her, she quickly takes charge of things.
  • 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.
  • Princesses Rule: She is considered the de facto leader of the surviving Alderaanians after their homeworld's destruction, but she's never referred to as "Queen Leia". Her title remains Princess (possibly because the Alderaanian throne is technically no more) and she later becomes Senator of the Alderaanian sector once the New Republic is established.
  • Princess in Rags: When Jabba the Hutt has her Made a Slave. She makes her contempt for him blatantly obvious and defies him at every turn, maintains her dignity as best she can in her Stripperriffic outfit and takes the first opportunity she can to kill him. Jabba should really have listened when she told him he was going to regret this.
  • 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 without that length of hair, anyway.
  • Rebel Leader: Initially done while working as a Senator, though she drops the guise after the Senate is liquidated and becomes a full-time rebel.
  • Rebellious Princess: Played with. As child and in her early teens, Leia generally disliked all the etiquette lessons, restrictions and formality that came with being a princess – at the age of nine, she even ran off and hid in the woods for a week – and was much more interested in sports and combat training. However, she was actually very keen to be involved in politics and is eager to help her parents with the Rebellion when she learns of their involvement, very much wanting to be a Politically Active Princess who can use her position to help people.
  • 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.
  • Rescue Romance: Eventually with Han (with the rescuing happening from both ends), though she certainly wasn't expecting it to turn out that way.
  • La Résistance: Leia is part of the Rebel Alliance.
  • Royal Blood: Mostly because Everything's Better with Princesses. Leia was adopted into the House of Organa, the royal family of Alderaan, as an infant. Due to the customs of her people, Leia and any of her descendants are considered members of the royal bloodline regardless of whether they were adopted or not. Leia's birth mother Padme was also implied to be a noblewoman of Naboo and was once a Queen - although in her case, the title was an elected one, not hereditary. Her birth father, Darth Vader, is also addressed as 'Lord Vader' under the Galactic Empire.
  • 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.
  • Second Love: As Solo shows, she isn't the first love in Han's life.
  • 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 Yin-Yang: With Luke, her twin brother. While Leia is more passionate, impulsive, and hot-headed, Luke is more calm, cool, and collected.
  • Simple, yet Opulent: In a contrast to her mother's fashion sense, Leia's regal outfits are usually quite simple with few adornments, yet still elegant.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Subverted. She claims she likes "nice men", but kisses Han moments after making that statement and ultimately ends up marrying him. Then again, she likes Han more for his positive traits than his bad ones, particularly after his Character Development.
  • 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.
  • Sole Survivor: Downplayed. While Leia is not the only Alderaanian to escape the planet's destruction, she is the sole survivor for the planet's royal family.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Despite being royalty she doesn't act stuck up or superior at all, and is more than willing to get her hands dirty.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To her mother, Padmé. They have similar physical features, particularly their dark hair and eyes, and are both on the short side. They also sometimes dress alike or style their hair the same. When Leia visits Naboo and wears a similar dress to Padmé, Moff Quarsh Panaka is actually shaken by how much she resembles Padmé and later figures out they are mother and daughter.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She can seem somewhat emotionless and aloof at times, but she is actually a Jerk with a Heart of Gold on the inside. This is particularly the case when she's around Han.
  • Super Strength: Very briefly in Return of the Jedi. It would normally be impossible for a human to strangle a Hutt like Jabba on their own, but Leia was briefly able to tap into the Dark Side to pull it off.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: In Return of the Jedi, she disguises herself as a bounty hunter named Boushh to infiltrate Jabba's palace.
  • Talented Princess, Regular Guy: She's the Talented Princess to Han's Regular Guy. She's a Force sensitive princess, politician and rebel commander, as well as a dead shot with a blaster, while Han is just a smuggler and outlaw. That being said, Han himself is decent with a blaster and an excellent pilot, and eventually gets promoted to the rank of general within the Rebel Alliance, but Leia's CV is comparatively more extensive.
  • There Is Another: Trope Namer. She is actually Luke's sister and a Force-sensitive.
  • They Do: She and Han finally get together right at the end of Return of the Jedi,after Leia confirms that Han is the one she loves and Luke is actually her brother. The EU confirms they tied the knot not long after.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The chalcedony waves (the necklace she wears at the awards ceremony in A New Hope) is a family heirloom passed down to her by her adoptive mother, Breha, and is one of the few things she has left of her after Alderaan is destroyed. She later gifts the necklace to Nien Nunb out of gratitude for helping her rescue Alderaanian refugees on Sullust.
  • Trauma Conga Line: In A New Hope alone, Leia is captured and tortured by the Empire and is Forced to Watch as her entire planet is blown up. In the next film, one of her best friends goes missing in a frozen wasteland, she and her friends are tortured again, she watches the man she loves be frozen in carbonite and kidnapped. And in the next film, she gets enslaved by a creepy gangster, finds out her biological father is a murderous dictator (and the same man who tortured her and oversaw the murder of her adoptive parents and people, to boot), her twin brother hands himself over to the enemy in an attempt to redeem their father while telling her she will be the galaxy's only hope if he dies, and she gets shot in the arm. And this isn't even counting some of the other stuff she's gone through before the movies' timeline and the additional trauma she experiences afterwards. She rarely lets any of this openly affect her and continues fighting the Empire to the best of her ability.
  • True Companions: With Luke and Han throughout the Original Trilogy.
  • Tsundere: Type B; the only protagonist she's not polite to is Han, whom she tends to be quite short and sarcastic with, though she sometimes shows a softer and more affectionate side towards him and harming him is a good way to get her mad.
  • Twin Telepathy: With Luke to an extent, beginning in The Empire Strikes Back. She hears him calling out to her through the Force and is able to locate him in Cloud City. In Return of the Jedi, she is able to sense that Luke wasn't on the Death Star when it blew up.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Her mother and maternal aunt are noted to strongly resemble one another, thus Leia also looks a lot like the latter as much as the former.
  • 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.
  • Unpleasant Parent Reveal: She is pretty shaken up by the revelation that Darth Vader is her biological father.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: As the daughter of Anakin Skywalker, she, like her brother, is strong in the Force. However unlike Luke, she never receives proper training to hone her connection.
  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: With Luke in Revenge of the Sith.
  • Upbringing Makes the Hero: As noted elsewhere on this page, Leia's personality is comparatively closer to Anakin's than Padmé's, including some of his more negative traits such as impulsiveness, a short fuse and vengefulness, especially if someone betrays her or messes with her loved ones. She occasionally displays a ruthless side not dissimilar to her biological father, such as being willing to wreck the livelihood of an entire planet to get rid of a vital resource for the Empire (and possibly because the planet's leader betrayed the Rebellion and got a lot of people killed). However, unlike Anakin Leia had a far more stable upbringing by her loving and emotionally supportive adoptive parents. Among other things, they taught her to cherish peace, liberty and compassion. As a result, Leia is mostly able to keep her worst impulses under control and channels her Hot Bloodedness into something positive; she is also a lot more secure in her sense of identity and doesn't feel the need to constantly seek validation from others, unlike Anakin, who struggled greatly with both these things.
  • 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.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Towards Han, which Lando and particularly Jabba find out the hard way.
  • Warrior Princess: In addition to being a Politically Active Princess, she's also a very capable Action Girl who fights in the Rebellion.
  • Wartime Wedding: She and Han married in a small ceremony on Endor sometime between the Battle of Endor and the Battle of Jakku.
  • Watching Troy Burn: This trope is taken Up to Eleven for Leia, who gets front-row seats to the Death Star's destruction of Alderaan.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Towards Han, often complaining about his Not in This for Your Revolution attitude, his ego , his scruffiness and the state of his ship. They soften up to each other in Return of the Jedi, where they get a Relationship Upgrade.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Downplayed. In her late teens, Leia displays an intelligence and inner fortitude not even some of her older peers possess and takes her role in the Rebel Alliance very seriously. In A New Hope, she's only nineteen but is by and large the most mature and level-headed of the heroes besides Obi-Wan.
  • 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.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Her homeworld of Alderaan is destroyed by the Death Star. However, in the Expanded Universe she goes to a lot of effort tracking down surviving Alderaanians and ensuring they and their culture survive, believing that Alderaan lives on through them.
    "We're not our enemy. We are Alderaan. We answer rage with wisdom. We answer fear with imagination. We answer war with hope. If one life with a single drop of Alderaanian blood survives, Alderaan survives. If one life with passion for Alderaanian creativity survives, Alderaan survives. And we are, each of us, important. And whatever happens, I bow to all of you, and to our future."
  • You Did Everything You Could: Tells Luke that there wasn't anything he could've done after Obi-Wan's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Young and in Charge: At just 19, she's both Senator of Alderaan and holds the rank of commander in the Rebel Alliance, also being entrusted with the vital mission to deliver the Death Star plans to her allies.

    Tropes from the Sequel Trilogy Era 

General Leia Organa

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"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.


  • Aborted Arc: Disney was quick to confirm that she was meant to have a large role in the ninth film, which tragically had to be significantly altered after Carrie Fisher's untimely death.
  • Action Mom: Having a son hasn't slowed her down in the slightest.
  • Action Politician: After the formation of the New Republic, Leia served as Senator of the Alderaan sector until 28 ABY (six years before The Force Awakens) while still being a capable Action Girl.
  • Adaptational Job Change: Downplayed. In Legends she became a member of the New Jedi Order, while in Canon she never formally becomes a Jedi and is instead the leader of the Resistance, bearing the rank of General, though broadly speaking her role hasn't changed that much.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Unlike her Legends counterpart, she never became a Jedi. However, in canon she's a general of the Resistance and still capable of performing impressive feats with the Force.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Leia slaps Poe for his unauthorized maneuver in the opening fight of The Last Jedi. According to Vanity Fair, it took 27 takes to get right.
  • Babies Ever After: She and Han had a son, Ben Solo, after the original trilogy. He was actually born on the day the Galactic Civil War formally ended and the New Republic emerged victorious. It's subverted however, as a series of unfortunate events leads to Ben falling to the Dark Side and becoming one of the primary antagonists of the Sequel Trilogy.
  • 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.
    • A more subtle example occurs at the end of The Last Jedi. When Rey asks how they can possibly rebuild the Jedi and Resistance with what little they have left, Leia says with calm certainty:
    "We have everything we need."
  • Badass Longcoat: In The Last Jedi, she wears a black one with a high collar on Crait.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Through the power of the Force, Leia not only survives being blown into outer space, but she also pulls herself back into the ship. But then she needs serious medical attention.
  • Benevolent Boss: She cares very deeply about every member of the Resistance, doing her best to ensure their safety and lending them emotional support and encouragement when things go wrong. Although she gets mad at Poe for defying orders and losing all their bombers, the worst thing she does is slap and demote him, before explaining why she's mad and trying to make him understand he can't solve all his problems by "jumping in an X-wing and blowing something up". She isn't even angry with him for starting a mutiny, as she knows he had good intentions, merely explaining what their plan is and reassuring him.
  • Berserk Button: It is not a good idea to say anything remotely positive about the Empire around Leia.
  • Big Good: Serves as this in the Sequel Trilogy as the leader of the Resistance. She's also the only Force-user in the Resistance until Rey turns up in The Force Awakens and Luke comes out of retirement in The Last Jedi.
  • Blue Is Heroic: In her final scene in The Force Awakens, she's wearing a dark blue gown (possibly in mourning for Han). In an earlier scene, she's also shown to have put on a ring with blue stones, which she wears constantly from that point on. Leia is the Big Good who leads the fight against the First Order; blue is also sometimes associated with nobility and sadness, fitting Leia's current emotional state. 
  • Cartwright Curse: As of The Force Awakens, both of Leia's most serious relationships have ended in tragedy. Her first proper boyfriend Kier Domadi was killed in a freak accident and had also been intending to rat out the Rebellion to the Empire in a misguided attempt to protect Leia and Alderaan. Han separates from her despite their love for each other over their son's fall to the Dark Side and is then murdered by their son just when it looks like they'll reconcile.
  • Cassandra Truth: Most of the New Republic leadership doesn't think the First Order is a real threat, seeing Leia as a Windmill Crusader.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Downplayed, but in private, the Resistance's losses clearly weigh heavily on her.
  • Character Development: By the sequel trilogy, Leia has matured into a shrewd and dignified leader, displaying more caution than she did in her youth.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Downplayed; Leia takes her revenge on Carise Sindian by having her noble titles revoked. As Leia herself notes, it's a minor punishment in all practical terms... but it cuts to the very core of Carise's ideology.
  • Cool Old Lady: 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. She may not have followed Luke down the Jedi path, but Leia can still use the Force and utilizes it to keep herself alive in the void of space. That's on top of surviving being blown out of an exploding bridge of a spaceship!
  • Dark Secret: The fact she is Darth Vader's daughter was kept a closely guarded secret; Leia didn't even tell her own son the truth about her parentage. Unfortunately, her concerns were well-founded, as after she is publicly outed as Vader's daughter, many people distrust her - even people she had counted as friends - and her political reputation is left in tatters. And then there's her son's eventual obsession with living up to his grandfather's legacy...
  • Deadpan Snarker: Though she's less hotheaded than she was in her youth, Leia still retains her snarkiness.
    • Upon seeing her for the first time in years, Han remarks that she changed her hair, to which she drily replies "Same jacket".
    • During a small argument with (who else?) Han, he says he's only trying to help, prompting her to snap "When did that ever help? And don't say the Death Star!"
    • Upon being reunited with her twin brother for the first time in years, what's the first thing she says to him? "I know what you're going to tell me. I changed my hair."
    • As the Resistance survivors are preparing the flee the Rebel base on Crait, they all look to Leia to lead them. She plays along, pretending to look behind her, then says "What are you  looking at me for? Follow him!" ("him" referring to Poe).
  • Despair Event Horizon: Subverted on Crait, when it appears that The Cavalry is not coming, she feels resigned to her fate... Until Luke shows up, gives Leia the pep-talk that she needs and buys the Resistance enough time to escape. When Rey is left uncertain of how the Resistance can rebound after devastating losses, Leia tells her that they have everything that they need to win.
  • Determinator: Virtually nothing will stop Leia from trying to save galaxy. Not losing her entire family one way or another. Not having her career ruined. Not losing almost her entire fleet. Not even being blasted into space without protection gear stops her.
  • Determined Widow: Although she's clearly devastated by Han's death, she doesn't openly dwell on it and instead focuses all her efforts on fighting the First Order.
  • Deus Exit Machina: To an extent in The Last Jedi; Played for Drama. At the end of the film's first act, she is rendered comatose after being blasted into space for a few minutes (she was able to save herself using the Force), leaving Poe and Holdo to squabble over the Resistance's leadership while Finn and Rose try to find a way to shut down the First Order's hyperspace trackers. She wakes up in the final act (partly due to Luke reaching out to her) in time to stop Poe's mutiny from mucking up their escape plan too much.
  • Disney Death: In the first act of The Last Jedi, Leia is seemingly killed by a direct blast to the control room from the First Order. Although she's sucked into space, she manages to propel herself back onto the main ship and survives, though unconscious until the final act.
  • Downtime Downgrade: She and Han officially became an item at the end of Return of the Jedi and got married between the events of the original trilogy and the sequel trilogy. However, by The Force Awakens, they are separated, their grief over their son falling to the dark side having apparently driven them apart. Leia states they both "went back to the only things they were ever good at" (she leads the Resistance, whilst he went back to smuggling). Despite this, it's obvious they still love each other, with Leia stating to Han "No matter how much we fought, I always hated to watch you leave". Leia even hints she wants them all to be a family again, urging Han to try and bring their son home. Unfortunately, Kylo murders Han, dashing any hope of he and Leia becoming an Official Couple again.
  • Dramatic Space Drifting: After the First Order attacks the Resistance, Leia's body is shown drifting among the debris in space. She is able to bring herself back to the survivors.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: She spends most of The Force Awakens with her hair in a simple braid, switching to more formal yet practical updos after Han dies.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Even when it looks as though all hope is lost on Crait (the First Order has the Resistance cornered in the old Rebel base and none of their allies in the Outer Rim are coming to help), all she says is "No one can say we didn't try".
  • Foil: She could be seen as one to Snoke. Leia is the leader of the Resistance, while Snoke is the leader of the First Order. They're both cunning leaders who operate more from behind the scenes rather than fighting on the front lines, are both strong in the Force and both desperately seeking Luke Skywalker. However, while Snoke styles himself as Supreme Leader, Leia takes the simple military rank of General. Snoke spends most of his time sitting in his throne and giving orders to people via holograms, while Leia is more actively involved, attending meetings and stationing herself either on the bridge of her starship or in mission control. Snoke is feared by his men and abuses them, while Leia is respected and looked up to by her’s. Snoke dresses in gaudy clothes and makes sure everyone notices him, while Leia dresses in modest or practical clothing that doesn't make her stand out much. Snoke uses his Force powers to hurt and humiliate people, while Leia uses her's mainly to defend herself or reach out to people. Finally, in The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren is expected to kill Leia (his mother who still loves him), but chooses not to out of love for her, while Snoke (his master and the one who corrupted him) believes he cannot and will not be betrayed by Kylo, only for him to turn on and kill him when he least expects it.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Leia did eventually accept her father Anakin's redemption, but it took her a long time and she remains deeply affected by his atrocities as Darth Vader (which is understandable, considering several of those atrocities directly affected her on a very personal level). She still seems to think of Bail Organa, her adoptive father, as her 'real' father and didn't even tell Ben who his grandfather was for much of his life.
  • Four-Star Badass: She's a General by the time of The Force Awakens. Considering her position as founder and main leader of the Resistance, it's likely the equivalent of US's General of the Army, making her rank higher than other officers with the title General.
  • The Good Chancellor: She would no doubt have become this if she was elected "First Senator" of the New Republic in Bloodline. Sadly, she is forced to withdraw her application and subsequently quits politics altogether after being outed as Darth Vader's daughter.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Leia is the Big Good of the galaxy now, but you still don't want to mess with her, even if you're on her side. She slaps Poe for his reckless stunt with the Dreadnought and just minutes after waking up from her coma, she puts a stop to Poe’s mutiny by stunning him without a word and then holding the rest of the crew at gunpoint. She's also delivered some truly scathing Reason You Suck Speeches in her time and dishes out a particularly humiliating punishment for Lady Carise after she crosses her.
  • Happily Married: Zig-Zagged. She and Han were married for over two decades. While they loved each other, their relationship was far from perfect due to Han's restlessness, their various duties and work commitments, and personality clashes. When their son turned to the Dark Side, the strain was apparently too much and they became estranged. However, it's telling that despite this they remained married for around six years afterward and it's obvious when they are reunited that they're still in love. Leia urges Han to try and bring their son home, wanting them both back with her, and she is devastated when he dies.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: After Han dies near the end of The Force Awakens. Though she's obviously heartbroken, she keeps fighting the good fight and puts up a largely stoic demeanour for the Resistance, only openly grieving in private.
  • 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.
  • Hope Springs Eternal: She is a believer in this and encourages it in others.
    Holdo: When I served under Leia, she told me that hope is like the sun. If you only believe in it when you can see it...
    Poe: ...You'll never make it through the night.
  • 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.
    • She is also proved tragically wrong when she believed Han would be able to get through to their son.
  • I Am Not My Father: She ends up saying this when she is outed as Darth Vader's kid in Bloodline.
  • I Have No Son!: Initially averted; she is still convinced there is light in Kylo Ren. But near the end of The Last Jedi, she confesses to Luke that she believes her son is gone for good. However, Luke encourages her not to give up on him just yet, saying "no one is ever truly gone".
  • The Leader: Of the Resistance. Fits all types except for Headstrong, mostly being Charismatic and Levelheaded.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: Leia is apparently regarded as a Living Legend by the time of the sequel trilogy (not quite at the same level as her brother, who has a mythical status in some parts, but still quite renown). However, as she states in the page quote, she doesn't necessarily agree with this view. And after she was outed as Darth Vader's daughter and tried to warn people of the First Order threat, she became well-known for all the wrong reasons.
  • Life's Work Ruined: Leia has spent virtually her entire life trying to restore peace and democracy to the galaxy. By Bloodline, however, she's started to realise the New Republic is falling apart due to infighting; within several years, the Republic is left decimated when the First Order destroy the Hosnian system, taking out their fleet and the Senate. Leia being Leia, she takes it in stride and continues fighting via the Resistance.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: Leia kept her adoptive surname of Organa even after she married Han Solo (although their son went by Solo until his Face–Heel Turn). In Legends, she was known as Leia Organa Solo following her marriage, though this doesn't seem to be the case in Canon.
  • Mama Didn't Raise No Criminal: Heavily downplayed, as she certainly does not deny her son's fall to the dark side, but Leia is adamant that Snoke was primarily to blame and that Kylo is not beyond redemption. By the end of The Last Jedi, she seems to be losing this hope (considering that Kylo has, among other things, murdered his own dad and taken Snoke's place as Supreme Leader), though Luke tries to encourage her otherwise.
  • Mangst: An uncommon female example. No matter how terrible her life gets, Leia never seems to break down and cry about it. Even when she senses Han's death – at the hands of their own son, no less – she simply sits in a corner, looking quietly distraught. After the evacuation of D'Qar, she's only shown brooding over everything in private. And when she senses Luke's death, she only pauses for a moment to let it sink in before stoically carrying on.
  • Mentor Archetype: Downplayed. She seems to be one to Poe (it's made more explicit in The Last Jedi), trying to teach him how to be a good leader. Word of God is that she was also going to become one to Rey in The Rise of Skywalker - she still has shades of this role towards her in The Last Jedi.
  • Morality Pet: A downplayed one to Kylo Ren. He can't bring himself to kill her in The Last Jedi and clearly still cares for her despite his fixation on 'destroying the past' (the novelization even indicates he would've used the Force to stop his wingmen's missiles from reaching her ship, if he hadn’t been caught off-guard). However, this doesn't stop him from trying to destroy everything and everyone else she cares about.
  • My Greatest Failure: Seems to regard sending her son Ben away to train with Luke as this, stating she believes that was the moment she "lost him".
  • 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.
    • In The Last Jedi it is learned that both she and Luke retained their connection through the Force, and it is inferred she knew that Luke had projected himself to Crait. She also was able to feel her brother become one with the Force.
  • Near-Death Experience: In The Last Jedi, she is caught in the blast when First Order TIE-fighters blow up the bridge of her ship. Using the Force on pure instinct, Leia not only manages to survive being almost blown up, but also survives several minutes in the vacuum of space until she can propel herself back to survivors for medical treatment.
  • 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.
  • Not Quite Flight: When she "flew" toward the Raddus, what she was actually doing was using the Force to pull herself back toward the ship, something that likely couldn't have happened if she was on a planet with actual gravity.
  • Not So Different: When Leia is filled with impotent rage at being unable to save Casterfo from an almost certain death sentence, she realises this was quite possibly how Anakin Skywalker felt, and why he turned to the Dark Side and became Darth Vader in order to save those he cared about.
  • Oh, Crap!: She has a subdued moment of this in The Last Jedi, when the First Order somehow manages to follow the Resistance even after they jumped to hyperspace.
    Leia: They've tracked us through lightspeed.
    Leia: Yes. And they've done it.
  • Only Sane Woman: 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.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • A bit of one towards Rey, though she doesn't latch onto her as quickly as she did to Han. Leia comforts Rey after Han’s death and speaks to her in a motherly way at the end of The Last Jedi, encouragingly telling her they have everything they need to rebuild the Resistance and the Jedi. Word of God is that she was going to become something of a mentor to Rey in the ninth film, though unfortunately, this had to be changed because of Carrie Fisher's fatal cardiac arrest.
    • It's implied she's this to Poe Dameron. Poe clearly has a lot of respect for Leia and she is also very fond of him, even when he's being a Military Maverick. Poe's mother Shara Bey died when he was young and served alongside Leia in the Rebel Alliance, so she may well remind Poe of his mother.
  • Parents as People: It's obvious Leia loves her son (even after his Face–Heel Turn), but it's implied that she could be unintentionally neglectful towards him, putting her work with the New Republic first and eventually packing him off to live with his uncle, leaving him feeling isolated and vulnerable to Snoke's manipulations. Leia herself acknowledges her failures as a parent, regarding her decision to send Ben away as the moment she "lost him". Her decision to not tell Ben about his relation to Darth Vader is also implied to have been a bad idea in hindsight; Leia only wanted to protect her son, but subsequently he finds out his family had been concealing this from him for twenty-three years, further breaking his trust in them.
  • Psychic Link: Appears to have one with her son, Kylo Ren, to an extent; in The Last Jedi they are able to sense each other during Kylo's assault on the Resistance fleet. The novelizations indicate that this connection was formed while she was still pregnant, as she could sense her unborn child through the Force (as well as sense a dark entity, implied to be Snoke, preying upon him). She also retains her connection with Luke; after Luke reconnects with the Force, she wakes up from her coma when he reaches out to her and senses that he felt peaceful when he died.
  • Purple Is Powerful: General Leia wears a purple jacket for most of her scenes in Resistance and The Force Awakens. Even better? Purple is the colour of Royalty. When she needs to plan and fuck up all the First Order's shit, she puts on the clothes that make her royal and taps into all that royal knowledge she's been raised on.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In The Force Awakens; particularly demonstrated when Finn tells her about Rey's capture. She says she will do "everything in my power" to help save her, even though Rey is of little to no tactical importance note , but first he needs to tell her everything he knows about Starkiller Base. She's a bit more obstructive to the heroes in The Last Jedi, especially to Poe, but that's mostly because they keep going rogue and messing up The Plan. Even so, her interference is benevolent, as she's trying to protect them.
  • "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.
    • Leia also gives a smaller one to Carise when she reveals that, in retaliation for framing Casterfo and almost certainly condemning him to death, she's persuaded the Elder Houses to strip her of her nobility. It's only a relatively minor punishment in the grand scheme of things but it will hurt Carise immensely since she is obsessed with how her rank set her above others, something Leia finds truly pathetic.
    • Gives one to Poe in The Last Jedi when she demotes him (along with an Armor-Piercing Slap) berating him for the heavy losses he caused the Resistance to take down the Dreadnought and telling him to "get [his] head out of the cockpit".
  • Red Baron: By the time of Bloodline, her killing of Jabba the Hutt has earned her the title of "Huttslayer".
  • 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.
  • Royal Blood: Downplayed from the original trilogy. Although Alderaan was destroyed, Leia is still apparently considered royalty by galactic society (her lineage particularly becomes an important plot point in Bloodline). She usually goes by her rank of 'General' rather than 'Princess' these days, though some people still occasionally refer to her by her royal title. In the case of General Hux, it seems to be used as more of an insult, but for people like Lor San Tekka (and, on a meta level, the fans) it seems to be a sign of respect and affection.
    Poe Dameron: The General's been after this for a long time.
    Lor San Tekka: Oh, the General? To me, she is royalty.
    Poe Dameron: Well, she certainly is that.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Many people are revolted by the discovery that she is Darth Vader's daughter and she is practically turned into a pariah overnight, forcing her to withdraw her application to become First Senator of the New Republic (similar to the position of Supreme Chancellor). This is in spite of the fact Leia has spent almost her entire life trying to bring down the Empire and has also suffered greatly at Vader's hands.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the Resistance High Command aboard the Raddus, the rest having been killed when the the bridge took a direct hit from the First Order (Leia herself only narrowly survived due to using the Force).
  • 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.
    • In The Last Jedi, moments before the First Order fire missiles at the bridge of the Raddus she senses what's about to happen, bracing herself before they make impact.
  • Supporting Leader: In The Force Awakens, where she doesn't actually show up in person until after the halfway mark; she has a somewhat more prominent role in The Last Jedi.
  • Team Mom: To the heroes of the sequel trilogy - all of whom are decades younger than her - reassuring and emotionally supporting them when things look bleak and mentoring some of them (namely Poe)…though this doesn’t stop her from slapping Poe across the face when his reckless actions result in heavy losses. By extension, she appears to be this to the rest of the Resistance too; many of them are shaken and uneasy when she’s taken out of commission in The Last Jedi and everyone immediately looks to her to lead them when she wakes up.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While she was never really a mean person, in fact she was usually very kind, if stubborn and standoffish, she seems a lot more patient and forgiving in the sequel trilogy.
  • Tragic Keepsake:
    • Bloodline reveals she kept a lock of hair from her first boyfriend, who was killed decades earlier during the events of Leia: Princess of Alderaan.
    • Poe Dameron reveals she inherited several gowns that belonged to her late birth mother Padme Amidala. Leia hoped that if she ever had a granddaughter, she might like to wear them. This is made doubly tragic given what we know becomes of Leia's son, Ben.
    • At the end of The Force Awakens, she begins wearing a distinctive ring after Han's death, leading some people to speculate it was a gift from him, possibly even her wedding ring (as she appears to be wearing it on her ring finger).
  • Unskilled, but Strong:
    • Even though she never received training like her father, brother and son, years later her connection to the Force is still just as strong, if not stronger, even if she doesn't fully understand it. It's enough that she is able to feel vibrations and disturbances in the Force all over the galaxy, such as Han's Death, Luke becoming one with the Force, and in the novelization of The Force Awakens, The Hosnian Cataclysm, which feeling the pain of the billions of souls before there death, causes her to collapse.
    • Then in The Last Jedi she proves to have a natural talent with it like her father before her, as she harness it to survive in the vacuum of space, and glide herself back to the ship.
  • Widow's Weeds: After Han’s death, she begins wearing dark gowns, presumably as a subtle sign of mourning.
  • Woman in White: In a contrast to the original trilogy where she was constantly wearing white, the first time Leia wears white in sequel trilogy is when she awakens from her coma in the third act of The Last Jedi. Still wearing her hospital gown, she bursts into the control room wielding a blaster and stuns Poe to stop his attempted mutiny.
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