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Princess Leia Organa-Solo - Star Wars

Princess Leia from Star Wars played by Carrie Fisher.

Princess Leia is a fictional female Naboon senator in the Star Wars film series who was played on screen by Carrie Fisher. Princess Leia holds the rank of Princess (Star Wars), Ambassador (Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), General (Sequels) within the Rebel Alliance.

Princess Leia is the main female character in the original trilogy of the star Wars series. Although her full name is Princess Leia Organa, it is rare that her full name is used.

Princess Leia's Family and Relationships

Princess Leia's Real Parents (Real and Adopted)

Princess Leia's natural parents are Senator Padme Amidala of Naboo and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker originally from Tatooine. Her parents originally met on Tatooine when the craft carrying Padme to Coruscant to plead for help in The Trade Federation blockade of Naboo had to land on the planet for parts.

It would not be for a few years later that Padme and Anakin are reunited after the blockade of Naboo is resolved by which time both of them are now adults and they embark on a brief romance before marrying.

They have two children, twins, Leia and Luke but it is decided that they be hidden from Anakin who has embraced the dark side of the force. Luke is handed to Owen Lars on Tatooine whilst Leia is taken by Bail Organa to live as a Princess on Organa.

Despite Leia asking Luke if he remembers their mother, neither Leia nor Luke ever met their mother who died in childbirth, apparently of a break heart given that Anakin has turned.

Adopive Parents (The Organas)

Leia Skywalker is adopted by the Rebel fighter, Bail Organa who is also a senator from the planet of Alderaan. Bail decides to adopt Leia as he remarks that he and wife had wanted a daughter. Luke is hidden on Tatooine with his Aunt and Uncle.

Her adoptive parents are both killed when Alderaan is destroyed on the orders of Grand Moff Tarkin. Bail Organa during a Rebel Summit on Yavin IV reveals he will be on Alderaan at the time of the theft and subsequent reprisal.

Luke Skywalker

Luke is placed in the care of his real Uncle Lars and Beru, farmer on the desert planet of Tatooine. They will be reunited when Luke with the help of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Han Solo break her out of her cell in the Death Star.

When Luke saw the image, he thought Leia was attractive and his heart raced. He wanted to meet this woman.

Whilst on Hoth , Leia kisses Luke on the lips to make Han jealous. At that point, Luke is still unaware that Leia is his sister. He only finds out later when he is talking to Yoda that he finds out the truth about them. On the moon of Endor, Luke reveals the truth to Leia about their parentage.

Han Solo, her significant other

Her most improtant relationship is with Han Solo, the smuggler turned Rebel Alliance general. Their relationship is not instant. The first time they meet, she is a prisoner on board the Death Star. She seems ungrateful to be rescued but "allows" it to happen.

On Bespin, she calls Han Solo a scruffy looking nerfherder and she'd rather kiss a wookie than him which he retorts that he can fix. At the end when Han is to be frozen in carbonite, Leia reveals her true feelings for him.

Sometime after the death of Palpatine, they marry and produce a child called Ben. Luke Skywalker tried to train the child in the ways of the force but he failed and Ben turned to the dark side and became Kylo Ren , an enforcer for The First Order.

The strain of knowing their son turned to the dark weighed heavily on them eventually causing them to split. Han Solo and Chewbacca returned to being a smuggler and trader. Han looses his Millennium Falcon but he manages to recover it from Rey and Finn . The youngsters want to join the Resistance so Han takes them to Takodana in the hope that Maz Kanata can put them into contact with the Resistance. When both the First Order and Resistance attack, Leia and Han are reunited.

Rebellion in her Blood

Whilst Luke was shielded from the galactic fight against Emperor Palpatine and The Galactic Empire, Leia embraced the rebellion from the start given that she was the adopted daughter of Bail Organa. She became involved with the Rebels as they try to obtain craft for their fleet on Lothar. Her involvement is in the Rebels cartoon episode.

Appearance of Princess Leia in Rebels

Theft of the Security Plans from Scarif

When Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor get onto the secure data hub on Scariff, Princess Leia is ready onboard the Tantive IV space ship ready to receive the codes. As Princess Leia is an ambassador, it is hoped that they can use her status to transport the codes. In the film, Leia is digitally de-aged for her scene.

Holographic Image

Princess Leia hides the security codes on the databanks of R2-D2 , an astromech droid. R2-D2 escapes from the Tantive IV with C-3PO but Princess Leia is not so lucky. Darth Vader who led the raiding party captures Leia and interrogates her.

R2-D2 has a holographic image of Princess Leia in his databanks which he shows to Luke Skywalker in the hope that he can get to Ben Kenobi. Ben Kenobi is an alternative name for Obi-Wan Kenobi , a Jedi Knight who fought with Bail Organa in the Clone Wars.

Whilst R2-D2 is trying to get a message to Obi-Wan, Princess Leia is held onboard the Death Star and is interrogated by Darth Vader. Leia is persuaded to give up the location of The Rebel Alliance base or Alderaan her home planet be destroyed which she reluctantly does by saying its on Dantooine. Grand Moff Tarkin still goes ahead with destroying Alderaan.

Leia is rescued by Han Solo and Luke Skywalker who have been brought on board the Death Star by a tractor beam. The pair are disguised as Stormtroopers. Leia notices that Luke is not the right height to be a stormtroooper , all stormtroopers are clones of Jango Fett .

After they escape, Leia presents the plans to the Rebel Alliance who launch an attack on the Death Star. Leia doesn't take part in the attack, instead stays on Yavin IV. After the battle, Leia presents medals to the heroes of the Alliance.

Hoth Assault

The Rebel Alliance hide on Hoth, a cold ice world with little vegetation. The Galactic Empire launch an attack on the planet forcing them to flee. Princess Leia organises the escape before she is forced to escape with Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon.

After escaping from both the Empire and from a hungry worm hiding in an asteroid, they arrive on Bespin , a giant gas planet. On cloud City, they meet Lando Calrissian who is the Administrator of the place. Lando Calrissian takes an interest in Leia but the approach is rebuffed.

Lando was forced to hand Han Solo over for questioning by Darth Vader who had arrived earlier in the city. Darth Vader changed his side of the deal in relation to Princess Leia and the others forcing Lando to launch a rescue of the rebel prisoner.

It is when Han Solo is about to be frozen in carbonite that their true feelings for one another are revealed when Leia says 'I Love You' and Han says back 'I Know'

Han's Rescue

Han Solo was frozen in carbonite and transferred to Jabba, the Hutt a ruthless slug gangster on Tatooine. Leia at first appeared as a masked bounty hunter with Chewbacca as her prisoner. When Leia defrost Han, she was caught.

Leia was forced to wear a metal bikini revealing her figure. She would later get her own back on Jabba by killing him on the barge by strangling him with her chains.

Assault on the Moon of Endor Shield Generator

Leia took part in General Han Solo's mission to attack the second Death Star's shield generator on the Moon of Endor, a forest moon orbiting a large gas giant.

During the assault, she and Luke chased Imperial scouts but she got separated from the group, eventually making friends with Wicket , an Ewok. When the Rebels are captured by the Ewoks and to be eaten, Leia appears and tells the creatures that they are friendly.

Leia helps in the assault and final battle to destroy the shield generator thus allowing the attack craft to blow up the Death Star and kill Emperor Palpatine .

After Palpatine's Death

After Palpatine has been defeated, her story is continued in the extended universe. In "Courtship of Princess Leia", Han has competition for Leia's love but he finally wins her hand and marries her. When Disney took over the franchise, the extended universe was ignored and everything was rebooted after the battle of Endor.

In the canon universe, Han and Leia do marry and have a single child, Ben Solo. In the extended universe, Han and Leia have three children, Anakin and then the twins Jacen and Jaina. Jacen and Ben both turn to the Dark Side of the force.

Ben Solo ( Kylo Ren )

In the movies, Ben Solo is taught to become a Jedi Knight but he turns his back on the light and embraces the dark side. Supreme Leader Snoke encourages Ben to turn to the dark. Rey discovers that Luke Skywalker tried to kill Ben as he feared his powers. It was the final straw which saw Ben turn and become Kylo Ren.

When Ben had the chance to kill his mother when attacking the Resistance fleet, he didn't carry out the kill, stopping at the last moment.

General Leia

Princess Leia officially stopped being a princess when her home world was blown up. Her title stayed with her throughout the films that she was in. When the First Order came to prominence, Leia became known as General Leia, leader of the Rebel Alliance. The Rebel Alliance is now referred to as the Resistance. Her character was supposed to be in all three sequels. Her untimely death in real life nearly thwarted the producers plans however, they have some unseen footage of Princess Leia which will be used in the films.

Princess Leia's Style


Whilst Princess Leia comes across as hostile towards Han Solo, its all a front, a way of stopping herself from falling in love with her. Its not until both she and Han reach Bespin that there is any thing of a romance. They share a magic moment on board the Millennium Falcon but they are interrupted by C-3PO who kills the moment.

Hair Style

In the first appearance, she wore famous for wearing her hair up in buns on the side. The hair style was parodied in jokes and sketches. The hairstyle didn't take off in the real world although it was noticed by the author that someone on the train once had the hairstyle.

Metal Bikini

In Star Wars VI - Return of the Jedi , Carrie Fisher was persuaded to wear a metal bikini. Carrie was against the idea but she was eventually won over by George Lucas. Leia had been caught red-handed as she defrosted Han Solo from carbonite. Jabba forced her to wear a revealing custome. What would a slobbering vile gangster expect his slave women to wear. It annoyed feminists and other people who felt it demeanoured the character and how strong she was.

Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi Metal Bikini Promotional

The metal bikini has been used in a number of comedy parodies. In Friends, Ross persuades Rachel to wear the metal bikini for one of his fantasy. Rachel obliges but things go wrong when Ross can't get the image of hs mother out of his head.

Yvonne Strahovski dons the metal bikini in an episode of Chuck where her character Sarah Walker wears the outfit in "Chuck Versus the Sandworm" in a scene at a fancy dress party. Chuck just goes as himself, not in custome.

Carrie Fisher and the Role

There was a rumour that Carrie Fisher and Sissy Spacek swapped roles. At the time the first movie was being produced, the Stephen King book "Carrie" was being produced next door. There is a rumour that because the lead character in Carrie was required to be nude, Carrie Fisher objected. Sissy Spacek didn't mind being nude so the two actresses swapped roles. According to CBR.com, the rumour is false.

Princess Leia Facts

RankPrincess (Star Wars)
Ambassador (Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi)
General (Sequels)
Alien RaceNaboon
AllegianceThe Rebel Alliance
LoveHan Solo
ActorCarrie Fisher
Last UpdatedSunday, April 14, 2019

Copyright: Lucasfilm

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AlibalWednesday, 30th December 2015 02:46:13
I REALLY wish they hadn't called Han and leia's son Ben!!! As a true geek Ben is luke's son!!! Jacen and Anakin were Han and leia's. Ruined new movie for me ;'(
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