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"The last royal of Alderaan must be too strong to cower. Too certain to despair. And more than that, General, she must be too stubborn to quit if her subjects―and her culture―are to survive."
―Leia Organa[src]

Leia Organa was a Force-sensitive human female who served as the princess of Alderaan, a member of the Imperial Senate, a leader in the Alliance to Restore the Republic and New Republic, and the founding general of the Resistance. Through it all, she became instrumental in the defeat of the Galactic Empire in the Galactic Civil War and led the fight against the First Order. She was born nineteen years before the Battle of Yavin as the daughter of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and Senator Padmé Amidala. After her mother died and her father fell to the dark side of the Force to become Darth Vader, Leia was adopted by the House of Organa. She took the place of her adoptive father, Bail Organa, in the Senate and helped lead the fight against the Empire.

During the war with the Empire, Organa was entrusted with the stolen plans to the Death Star, an Imperial superweapon capable of destroying entire planets. She also met and became friends with Luke Skywalker—who, unknown to either of them, was her twin brother—Han Solo, and Chewbacca, who helped her escape from captivity on the Death Star and return the stolen plans to the Rebellion. After the Death Star was destroyed during the Battle of Yavin, Organa continued to help lead the war effort and coordinate the operations of the Alliance. After the Battle of Hoth, Vader captured Organa and Solo on Cloud City to use them as bait to lure Skywalker there. Solo, with whom Organa had fallen in love, was captured by the bounty hunter Boba Fett, but the others managed to escape and rejoin the Alliance Fleet. Not long after, Organa aided in the successful rescue of Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, after which she participated in the Battle of Endor as part of General Solo's team, with the objective of destroying the Death Star's shield generator. During the campaign, Organa learned that Vader was her father, and Skywalker her brother. Vader and the Emperor, Darth Sidious, perished during the battle.

The Battle of Endor left the Empire in chaos, and Organa assisted in the formation of the New Republic. When the war came to a close, Organa disagreed with the Republic's decision to disarm its military, believing that the remnants of the Empire could not be trusted to follow the peace treaty it signed with the Republic. During this time, Organa and Solo were married and had a child, Ben. The boy struggled with the dark side and Organa sent him to be trained by Skywalker as part of a new generation of Jedi, but Ben turned against his uncle and destroyed the new Jedi, taking on the name Kylo Ren and becoming an apprentice of Snoke, the Supreme Leader of the First Order. Organa urged the Republic to take the threat of the First Order seriously, and she formed the Resistance when the Galactic Senate chose to ignore her warnings. After the Resistance destroyed the First Order superweapon known as Starkiller Base, an operation that resulted in Solo's death at the hands of their son, Organa sent a young Force-sensitive named Rey, who had helped destroy the Starkiller weapon, to find Skywalker and bring him back from his self-imposed exile to help save the galaxy.

BiographyEdit

Pre-birthEdit

"There is another Skywalker."
―Serenity[src]

During the Clone Wars, Jedi Master Yoda set out on a journey to discover the secrets of immortality. His journey took him to Moraband, the ancient Sith homeworld, where he faced visions of the future. At the end of his journey, the Force Priestess, Serenity, who guided his journey told him that there was another Skywalker, and Yoda heard his voice from the future say so as well.[13] These events not only alluded to the birth and destiny of Leia's twin brother, Luke Skywalker, but to what Yoda would tell Skywalker about Leia in his last words, before his death.[6]

Early lifeEdit

"It's a girl."
"Leia."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala[src]
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Leia as an infant

Leia Organa was born on the asteroid of Polis Massa[2] two days after the end of the Clone Wars and the newly-established Galactic Empire's purge of the Jedi Order.[3] She and her twin brother Luke, who was born shortly before her, were the children of Galactic Republic Senator Padmé Amidala, who died in labor, and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, who had recently fallen to the dark side of the Force. To protect the children from the Empire and the now-Sith Lord Darth Vader, Senator Bail Organa agreed to adopt the infant Leia together with his wife, Queen Breha of Alderaan, while Obi-Wan Kenobi personally watched over Luke, who would live with their father's stepbrother Owen Lars and his wife Beru, on the planet Tatooine.[2]

Raised in the Royal Family of Alderaan, Leia adopted the last name Organa. Although it was common knowledge that she was adopted,[14] and everyone assumed that she was just another of the many, many children left orphaned by the Clone Wars,[15] she remained unaware of her biological parents' fates.[2] She was, however, left with a lasting impression of images and feelings of her that her brother did not: that their mother was "very beautiful, kind, but sad."[6]

During her childhood, Organa was taught by her father to appreciate the effort of Alderaan's workers, but also the importance of her duties as the planet's eventual queen.[16] She was also reared by a number of aunts, who gave her etiquette lessons and tried to turn her into a proper patrician,[17] and lectured her about maintaining her appearance and the company she kept.[9] Although Leia genuinely loved them, she refused to let them mold her into a simpering princess whose only aim in life was to find a suitable husband.[17] Organa would often stand alongside her parents, waiting through Alderaan's endless royal ceremonies, knowing that she could let no emotion show on her face; she once complained to one of her aunts that being a princess had to be about more than silently doing one's duty, but her aunt replied with a sad smile that she had just described most of a princess's job.[9]

Once warned to stay away from Wilhuff Tarkin by her father, the Grand Moff made an official visit to Alderaan when she was thirteen. Organa crept along the halls of the palace behind the two men, listening to their cold, tense conversation. During the occasion, she realized he was nothing more than a merciless murderer and slaver.[17]

Age of the EmpireEdit

Learning skillsEdit

Princely lessons

The young Leia was given many kinds of lessons, from combat techniques to languages.

Once she turned sixteen, Organa was allowed to receive some martial training with a personal instructor—her family had deemed necessary for her to learn the basics of self-defense, given her royal status and risk of abduction. The princess thoroughly enjoyed that training, which not only made her feel physically strong, but also allowed her to be released from the tension of her etiquette lessons. Thanks to her instructor, the princess learned to keep her mind clear and focused on the moment.[17] She was also taught how to ride, and she even became an Alderaanian junior champion in steeple-chase.[9]

On one occasion, the princess was sparring against one of her family's servants outside the city, instead of being in language study, when her father picked her up; during their trip, Organa expressed her lack of enthusiasm in the politics her mother had to deal with, when the Viceroy explained to her what Alderaan meant, and what she would have to do one day as its queen—to carry on the legacy of Alderaan's harmonic culture with pride, even at the expense of what she wanted.[16] Bail also told her tales of the Jedi, defenders of the old Republic; the young princess also overheard him talking of Darth Vader's powers.[17]

Relief mission to LothalEdit

"But you're a princess, you don't have to risk your life doing this!"
"I feel like because I can fight, I have to, for those who cannot. And I think you might be the same way."
―Leia Organa and Ezra Bridger[src]
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Princess Leia with the disguised Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger

When she was 16, Leia was serving as her father's aide in the Imperial Senate and in the rebellion. After the Battle on Garel, she devised a plan to give the rebels three Hammerhead corvettes, ostensibly by going on a relief mission on Lothal where the rebels would apparently steal the ships. She was greeted by Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger, who were respectively disguised as a stormtrooper and an Imperial cadet, as well as Lieutenant Yogar Lyste, who unwittingly foiled her plan by placing gravity locks on the ships, and ordered two AT-ATs to guard them.[7]

Leia requested she use Lyste's shuttle, and she flew with Kanan and Ezra to former governor Ryder Azadi's hideout. However, they found stormtroopers had apprehended Ryder. The Ghost appeared and opened fire: Kanan, Ezra and Leia feigned being taken hostage by Ryder and the crew. On board, Leia bonded with Ezra after learning he had recently lost his parents, assuaging his fears the rebellion might not be worth fighting. They then resolved to find a way to steal the corvettes.[7]

Still disguised, Kanan and Ezra used the Phantom to escort Leia back to the depot, distracting a surprised Lyste while Ryder, Sabine Wren and C1-10P disabled the gravity locks and commandeered the ships. During the ensuing firefight, she saw Kanan use his lightsaber to down an AT-AT, and Ezra use telekinesis to disarm a pair of stormtroopers, which gave her the opportunity to grab one of the rifles and use it against the troopers. When Ezra boarded the last corvette, she ordered him to make it appear they were struggling and stun her. When Lyste came to her aid, she berated him for his failure, and requested a shuttle home.[7]

Imperial senatorEdit

"It will be nice to have such a pretty face in the Senate."
―Emperor Palpatine to Leia Organa[src]

In her late teens, Leia followed into her adoptive father's footsteps, to become youngest senator ever elected to the Imperial Senate. Her aunts protested, arguing that she'd be better off finding a princely husband whereas the press claimed she was a "princess playing dress-up" and not a real diplomat and politician. The public, however, came to care about her—enough that any whisper of mistreatment would "set the HoloNet on fire."[17]

Declaration

Leia Organa soon discovered that the Imperial Senate was little more than a facade.

Spending the days leading up to her election listing out her grievances, intent on addressing the Emperor directly and bluntly, Organa was presented by her father to Emperor Palpatine on Coruscant, with all the newly elected officials. However, when she met the Imperial ruler, Organa was so impressed by his disturbing aura of evil that she was left speechless and dropped into a half-curtsy. Eventually, Organa also met the Emperor's right hand, Vader (both unaware of their blood ties), and dealt with him.[17]

Despite her sincere desire to real change and reform, she soon discovered that no other senator seemed to share her ideals,[17] as the Senate had become a mere ceremonial institution that sycophantically validated Palpatine's every decree,[18] and no delegate ever dared to test the Emperor's patience.[17] In her early days at the Senate, Organa soon discovered that betrayal always came from those who acted the friendliest.[19] Unable to understand how the other senators could ignore the Empire's crimes in the Outer Rim Territories, Organa devoted herself to aid the suffering all across the galaxy. On one occasion, she rescued an orphaned baby Wookiee from the ruins of a village destroyed by Imperial forces. Yet, to her annoyance, the media continued to reduce her to the label of princess, paying no attention to her humanitarian work.[17]

During her tenure as an Imperial senator, Organa had to deal with Givin, a mathematically inclined species. At the time, she memorized a few equations that proved useful when she dealt with Givin and their custom of greeting maths.[19] Eventually, she joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic, seeing it as her chance to actually help the galaxy, shortly before her mission to Tatooine.[17] Weeks before the mission, Organa attended a reception and ball at the Imperial Palace, like many other members of the Imperial Senate. During the ball itself, she danced with Imperial cadet Thane Kyrell; he, however, noticed she was paying little attention to him, likely because she was distracted and had a lot on her mind.[20]

Galactic Civil WarEdit

Death Star prisonerEdit

"I don't know what you're talking about. I am a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan—"
"You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor. Take her away!"
―Leia Organa and Darth Vader[src]

During the Galactic Civil War, after the transference of the Alliance's headquarters from Dantooine to Yavin 4, and a battle for the technical readout of the Death Star,[4] Organa volunteered for the mission to transport the plans, against the wishes of her father. He reluctantly allowed her to go, but requested that she seek General Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine after intercepting the plans.[17] However, the system was swarming with Imperials, and the ship she was travelling aboard, the Tantive IV, was intercepted by the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Devastator. As stormtroopers led by Darth Vader boarded the Tantive IV, Organa stored the plans in the astromech droid R2-D2, and recorded a message for Kenobi, pleading him to return from exile to deliver the plans to her father on Alderaan. While R2-D2 used an escape pod to land on the planet's surface, Organa was stunned, captured, and escorted to Vader.[4]

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Organa, with Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, on the Death Star

The princess feigned ignorance of the Sith Lord's accusations, so he berated her for lying and had her board the Devastator.[4] She, however, was able to escape her escorts and make her way to a shuttle, but Vader had anticipated Organa's moves and caught her.[17] Transporting her to the Death Star, Vader had her imprisoned in Detention Block AA-23 in Cell 2187. Following the Senate's dissolution, Organa was tortured by Vader so that she would reveal the Rebel base's location, but she proved resilient to the mind probe-equipped interrogator droid. Afterwards, once the Death Star entered the Alderaan system, she was taken to see Tarkin, who threatened to use the station to destroy her homeworld unless she disclosed the base's location. The princess claimed the base was on Dantooine, but Tarkin had Alderaan destroyed anyway to demonstrate the Death Star's power. Awaiting for her execution, Organa was taken to her cell once again.[4]

The arrival of Millennium Falcon, however, led to her rescue at the hands of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca, with the three bursting into her detention block, disguised as stormtroopers, while Kenobi deactivated the tractor beam preventing their escape. Unimpressed by their rescue once they were cornered by stoormtroopers squadron, she took Skywalker's rifle and blasted open a garbage masher to make their escape. Though momentarily trapped in a compactor, they escaped with the help of R2-D2 and C-3PO, and made their way to Solo's freighter, only for them to witness Kenobi's death at the hands of Vader as they escaped on the Millennium Falcon.[4]

Yavin 4Edit

"You're safe. When we heard about Alderaan, we feared the worst."
"We've no time to be sorry, Commander. You must use the information in this R2 unit to help plan the attack. It's our only hope."
―General Willard and Leia Organa[src]

As the Millennium Falcon made its way to Yavin 4 on Organa's instruction, the princess discerned Vader had let them go to following their tail, in opposition to Solo, who had great faith in his ship as much as he was reluctant to keep assisting the Alliance beyond dropping their passengers on Yavin and getting his reward, and angered Organa for his lack of selflessness. Once in the Great Temple of Massassi, used as the Rebel base, Organa met with General Willard,[4] and commended Skywalker for his skills, prompting Willard to arrange a flight simulator test to join the Rebel Alliance Starfighter Corps.[17] After R2-D2's information was analyzed to plan an attack on the approaching Death Star, General Jan Dodonna debriefed everyone on the assault plans. At the command center, Organa subsequently witnessed the destruction of the Death Star at the hands of Skywalker.[4]

Aftermath of the DisasterEdit

"We have much to be grateful for today. Thanks to your courage, we have delivered a telling blow to the Empire with the destruction of their Death Star. But our casualties were not small. Let us take a moment to honor the lost souls of Alderaan. To honor Viceroy Bail Organa and Queen Breha Organa. May they forever be remembered."
―Leia Organa[src]
Medals

The heroes are honored for their bravery.

After the surviving Rebel pilots returned from successfully turning the Empire's greatest weapon into nothing but a layer of dust orbiting around Yavin,[21] the personnel of the Yavin 4 honored the heroes by orchestrating an award ceremony for them. Organa, wearing an Alderaanian gown,[22] handed out the medals to newcomers Skywalker and Solo.[4]

The time for celebration would soon be over. Painfully aware of the loss of Alderaan, she asked the Rebels to take a moment of silence to honor and remember all those who had died when her homeworld was destroyed. It lasted little for Dodonna announced their need to evacuate Yavin 4 since the Empire now knew of their location. Organa then shared a moment of banter with Solo, and a moment of rapport with Skywalker, before they parted ways. Left alone, Organa noticed a lone female pilot paying respects to the memorial statue of her parents, Bail and Breha.[23]

Hunted by the EmpireEdit

"I am sorry my Queen."
"Don't address me that w—"
"It must be, my test will come soon. As we speak the Imperial are hunting down all surviving Alderaanians."
"All? How do you know?"
"Word travels through the Rebel forces too much to be simply rumor."
―Evaan Verlaine and Leia Organa[src]
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Leia and Evaan discuss their differences.

Afterwards, Organa changed into a less luxurious outfit and asked Admiral Gial Ackbar to have an audience with Dodonna. The Mon Calamari pointed her in the right direction, and she approached Dodonna, who was busy currently perusing a location for the new Rebel base. She informed him that she yearned to take action, to scout for a new base location, but the General disagreed. Telling her the best thing for her to do at the time was to grieve her recent loss, given that the Empire had placed a 10,000,000 credit bounty on her just hours before, he stated the Princess would not leave Yavin "under anything less than a full military escort" and dismissed her.[23]

Defeated, she left and again briefly ran into Ackbar, but they quickly parted ways.[23] She continued to assist in the evacuation, but then she received word from Lieutenant Caluan Ematt, leader of the Shrikes—who was alone after the death of his team, and on the run from the Imperial Security Bureau. Organa then asked Solo to run an errand for the Rebellion, and rescue Ematt from Cyrkon. Ultimately, Solo accepted the mission, and he and Chewbacca rescued Ematt with the Falcon.[24]

Organa then focused on the evacuation effort once again, when she met the Rebel pilot from earlier, Evaan Verlaine, who revealed that the Empire was rumoured to be hunting all surviving Alderaanians throughout the galaxy. Now aware of her people's situation, she enlisted both Verlaine and R2-D2's help for a self-imposed mission to save the survivors of Alderaan. With the astromech, she recorded a decoy hologram of herself, and sent it to Dodonna's quarters during the night, to apologize for disobeying his orders. Meanwhile, the trio made their escape from Yavin on a T-1 shuttle, but as they departed, they were pursued by Skywalker and Wedge Antilles on their X-wing starfighters.[23]

Nevertheless, Verlaine outsmarted them and made the jump to Naboo,[23] and landed on its capital, Theed. Posing as Imperial auditors, they came across a mural of the late Padmé Amidala (who unbeknownst to her, was her biological mother), and Organa momentarily saw the images' head turn to look at her, in what she dismissed as an illusion. They were soon approached by Lord Junn, her old friend, who invited them to his villa. Organa requested that Junn arrange their meeting with Mul Sanaka, owner of Club Deeja in Keren, and employer of the Melodic Order—the cloister of Alderaanian musicians they were looking for. When he did so, Organa, Verlaine and R2-D2 made their way to the club and met Sanaka, with whom they tried to negotiate over the Alderaanians.[16]

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Leia confronts Lord Junn in his palace.

However, Sanaka and his Besalisk guards tried to capture them, already aware of her identity. As Organa and her companions resisted, Sanaka attempted to kill her, foiled only by the intervention of Uwa Pareece, the Melodic Order's leader, who had been discreetely followed the princess until then. Organa then had her lead them to the Order, whom she invited to follow her on her crusade. Once they agreed, Organa returned to Junn's palace, and made him explain why he had betrayed them to Sanaka. Finally, Organa demanded a luxury yacht with enough capacity to relocate the Melodic Order, and he agreed to give her the Lord Junn. Soon thereafter, the gathered Alderaanians departed for Sullust in the Outer Rim.[16]

Alderaan's survivalEdit

"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."
―Leia Organa[src]

The two starships soon arrived in the Sullust system, where Organa, Verlaine and R2-D2 engaged the Sullustan Tivvy, who led them to the Alderaan Enclave. During the journey, an Alderaanian rifle squad tried to apprehend them, but Organa and her companions quickly disarmed them, and requested to see their leader, Preserver Jora Astane, who refused to submit to Organa's authority. She suspected her to be a traitor—particularly so after the replay of one of her ships' transmissions: Tace's innocent disclosing of their location to her sister, Tula, an Imperial under the watchful eye of Commander Dreed.[25]

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Organa and Verlaine enter the Alderaan Enclave on Sullust.

Learning that Dreed's Imperial cruiser had entered Sullust's orbit, Astane ordered her men to kill Organa and Verlaine, forcing the two to escape into a polluted waterway beneath the Eyewell. From there, they herded rockrenders to attack stormtroopers in the battle against the Alderaanians in the Enclave above. Once the skirmish was over, and the Imperials had been defeated, Astane finally accepted Organa as their sovereign.[25]

On her request, Nien Nunb successfully led the Alderaanian survivors off of Sullust, and Organa awarded him chalcedony waves from her late mother, only for Astane and Covis to bring Tace before her. Organa discussed the problem with Tace over some tea; knowing her to be innocent, Organa decided to draw her sister out. She then appointed Pareece and Astane to negotiate with the Alderaanians living in Espirion, and had Tace ask Tula about her location. The plan backfired when Dreed threatened to kill Tula because of the inquiry, prompting Organa to trade herself for Tula on Skaradosh, where she met Dreed as she placed herself back in Imperial custody.[26] The Imperials were soon attacked by a group of her followers, including Verlaine and Nunb, before she could board Dreed's shuttle. On his Mellcrawler, Nunb smuggled them out of the system, outrunning Dreed's Star Destroyer on its way to destroy the Alderaanians on Espirion.[27]

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Organa addressing her fellow Alderaanians over Espirion.

Although surprised to see Espirion's orbit filled with starships of Alderaanian survivors who had gotten her message, Organa told the fleet to take battle stations. She also witnessed Tace and Tula's reunion, just before meeting with Pareece and Astane to talk about their failed mission to the planet below. This angered Organa, as she had been counting on Espirion's military support against the incoming Star Destroyer, but after Verlaine's encouraging words, Organa sent an inspiring message to her fleet—which R2-D2 retransmitted to the Alderaanians below, prompting Beon Beonel to send the Espirion Multi to destroy Dreed's cruiser.[27]

After a celebration held among the surviving Alderaanians, Organa told Verlaine of her return to the Alliance, given she had never intended to abandon it forever, for their people would never be safe as long as the Emperor was in control. Verlaine claimed they needed their princess, but Organa suggested that she should elect one then, appointing Verlaine as her would-be successor. Ultimately, Organa and R2-D2 returned to Yavin 4, where she reunited with Skywalker, Solo, Chewbacca and C-3PO.[27]

Aboard the PromiseEdit

"When you get betrayed, it's never by someone who looks like Vader. Betrayal always comes wrapped up in a friendly cloak. It's one of the first things I learned in the Senate."
―Leia Organa to Luke Skywalker[src]

With the Alliance Fleet hiding in the Sujimis sector over Orto Plutonia, Organa helped coordinate the Rebel efforts with the rest of the Alliance High Command, and in the company of C-3PO. During her stay on the Redemption, Organa suggested to Ackbar and Chancellor Mon Mothma that they sent someone to open a secret supply of weapons for the Alliance with the Chekkoo clan of Rodia, a mission for which Skywalker volunteered.[19]

Following his return from Rodia, Organa and Ackbar met with Skywalker as soon as he landed the Desert Jewel on the Promise to talk about his encounter over Llanic, during which he had saved a Kupohan ship from Imperial attack. Though he apologized for it, Organa revealed he had done the right thing, as the ship carried vital intelligence about a Givin cryptologist from Denon, Drusil Bephorin, willing to help the Alliance, if the Rebels were able to safely transport her and her family to Omereth. Organa and Ackbar assigned Skywalker, Nakari Kelen and the Desert Jewel to the mission, though Organa warned Skywalker not to trust blindly on Kelen. After their return from a errand for Kelen's father and the Jewel’s modifications, Organa and Ackbar further debriefed Skywalker and Kelen, and she specifically instructed them to greet Bephorin with maths to earn her trust.[19]

Cymoon 1Edit

"Remind me never to attack another weapons factory."
―Leia Organa[src]

Alongside Skywalker, Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO, Organa took part in a mission on the Imperial factory world of Cymoon 1, where they would infiltrate and destroy Weapons Factory Alpha. After capturing a shuttle whose passenger was an emissary of Jabba the Hutt sent to negotiate with the Empire on shipping raw materials from Hutt-controlled space to Imperial facilities, Organa and Skywalker disguised themselves as bodyguards to escort Solo (who, they agreed, would pose as the envoy) with R2-D2 into the factory. Greeted by Overseer Aggadeen, they managed to enter the facility only for them to reveal themselves as rebels, incapacitate Aggadeen's stormtroopers, with the Overseer revealing the power core's location, before Organa knocked him out as well.[28]

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The Rebels make their way to the main power core.

Once the four made their way to the central power station, Organa, Solo and R2-D2 rigged the power core. As they awaited for Skywalker to return, Organa thanked the Corellian smuggler for taking such a risk for the Alliance, yet questioned Solo if he had an ulterior motive for doing so. Their conversation was interrupted by Skywalker's arrival with Imperial slaves. Though Organa was unsure of Skywalker's decision and determination to have the slaves escape with them, Solo accepted it and prompted them to escape the facility as soon as possible.[28]

When they were alerted by Chewbacca of Vader's arrival, Organa ordered the Wookiee to kill the Dark Lord of the Sith even at the expense of them, blaming him for Alderaan's destruction. However, Vader sensed danger and protected himself for Chewbacca's shot, putting the entire moon on alert of their presence. Completely surrounded and having lost contact with Chewbacca, they came across a hangar and, though Organa noticed Skywalker's absence, she and Solo procured an All Terrain Armored Transport walker for themselves, just as Skywalker engaged Vader in combat.[28]

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Han and Leia argue while escaping the factory aboard the stolen AT-AT.

Organa, Solo, R2-D2 and several slaves boarded the AT-AT, and Solo piloted it through the factory before stepping on a subterranean corridor, almost crushing Skywalker and Vader. Once Solo almost stepped on a Twi'lek slave, Organa called him out on it, but he claimed only wanting to get them out of there, while R2-D2 and a pair of Jawas worked to have its cannons operational. Though the Sith lord almost tore the walker apart with the Force, the astromech droid informed them that the cannons were ready and Organa hit the button to fire. Not only they temporarily incapacitated Vader, but they also blasted their way out of the facility.[29]

Once outside, their walker only received more blaster fire; Organa, then, realized the Imperials had stopped the reactor's meltdown, and Vader caught up with them and destroyed the walker's legs with his lightsaber, throwing it off. From the rubble, Organa carried Solo and led the slaves to safety, when Skywalker met with her and told her he would finish their mission. Disobeying Organa's orders, Skywalker used his stolen speeder bike to destroy the power core. Soon enough, they made their way to the Millennium Falcon and barely escaped with their lives. On the ship, she thanked Skywalker for completing the mission, trying to encourage him, but his morale was at rock-bottom.[30] Before long, the Falcon rendezvoused with the Rebel fleet.[31]

An estranged wifeEdit

"And here I thought one Solo was bad. Now I get to listen to two of them. Lucky me."
―Leia Organa[src]
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Confronted by Solo over the parts needed to repair the Millennium Falcon.

Organa met with the rest of the Alliance High Command, and expressed her desire to continue the offensive against the Empire; however, Ackbar and Mothma dissuaded Organa from her course of action since they believed she was overtaxing her team. The princess next met with Skywalker, who asked her to let him (and R2-D2) go to Tatooine in search of Kenobi's home.[31] Later, Solo inquired about several parts needed to repair his ship, but Organa told him that he needed to work to obtain what he wanted—offering him a mission to be her copilot while they scouted for possible locations for the new Alliance base. Aboard a stolen Lambda-class shuttle, the Invictus, they had a run-in with a pair of TIE/LN starfighters and Solo piloted the Invictus into an unnamed planet near the Monsua Nebula.[32]

Upon landing, Organa followed Solo's lead to one of his smuggling dens, where in he offered the princess some Corellian wine to celebrate their survival. Organa, however, misinterpreted his gesture and refused to drink the wine, stormily leaving the den at once. As Solo followed suit, claiming he would rather seduce a gundark, the Volt Cobra arrived; Sana Starros disembarked and revealed herself to be Solo's estranged wife, much to Organa's shock.[33] Though Solo tried to explain, Starros recognized Organa (and the bounty on her head) and had the Invictus destroyed with her ship's voice-activated weaponry.[34]

Holding the two at gunpoint, Starros contacted the Star Destroyer above them to negotiate over Organa's bounty, while Solo tried to convince her to let them go. However, Organa had other plans—pushing Solo against Starros, taking her by surprise, while she drew a concealed blaster from her clothes to aim it at both "Solos". With the TIE fighters and TIE bombers already above them,[34] and Imperial pilots closing in to arrest her, Organa resisted, whereas Solo confessed he was also a Rebel (and so, bound to be captured), prompting Starros to take the two to her ship to escape the planet.[35] While on hyperspace, Organa contacted the Alliance, and was informed of Skywalker's captivity on Nar Shaddaa. She convinced Starros to transport them to the moon, by agreeing to let her recover her 'husband' once they reached the "Smuggler's Moon."[36] Solo disliked the deal and confronted Organa about it, but she refused to listen to his explanation.[37]

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Organa using a lightsaber on Nar Shaddaa.

Upon arrival at Nar Shaddaa, they located C-3PO and Chewbacca, who had engaged the bounty hunter Dengar after refusing to reveal Solo's location. Outgunned by Organa and Solo,[37] Dengar was defeated when Chewbacca threw him off the roof; thus, they carried on with their original objective: to free Skywalker from Grakkus the Hutt. Organa, Solo, Chewbacca and Starros made their way to Grakkus' palace arena, and realised their blasters had been disabled by an EMP charge, Imperials were swarming the place and a beast was wreaking havoc. Separated from Starros, they instead found R2-D2 who provided them with lightsabers; they promptly used the weapons to reach Skywalker at the center of the arena. However, instead of reuniting with him, Organa sought Starros and rescued her from under a pile of rubble. Starros then explained she was not Solo's real wife, and the two women reached an understanding before escaping Nar Shaadda.[38]

Vrogas VasEdit

"You can kill me but you can't kill what I stand for... and you won't stop justice."
―Leia Organa, to Darth Vader[src]

When news reached the Alliance Fleet that Darth Vader had made his appearance over Vrogas Vas and his ship had been forced to crash-land by Skywalker, Dodonna deployed a battalion to back the company of the Vrogas Vas refueling base. When Organa heard this, she immediately set out to assist them, as did Solo, Chewbacca and C-3PO, on the Falcon.[39] Soon after they arrived, Organa and Solo were told that Skywalker had brought Vader down at the cost of crashing his X-wing as well, but in spite of her worry about him, she would not spare any speeders. As a Commander, she coordinated the effort and deployed Cyan Squadron, of which another ship was taken down by Vader.[40]

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The princess is reminded by Solo that her priorities should remain with Skywalker-not getting revenge against Vader.

Subsequently, Organa decided to go to where he was spotted last, along with a platoon of other Rebel soldiers. Amidst the thick layer of mist, she and other troopers advanced, until Vader Force choked her two companions and confronted her.[41] After a tense moment, however, Vader apparently sensed an ambush, allowing Organa to escape and tell her friends where she was (and thus, lure Skywalker to him). She escaped and found C-3PO, who handed her a comlink; she used it to order all surviving rebel pilots to come to her position and hit it with everything they had at her signal. Organa then ordered C-3PO to return to Skywalker, and waited for Vader to appear before her again, and signalled all fighters to bombard their location. [42]

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Organa and her friends escape Vader and Vrogas Vas aboard the Millennium Falcon.

However, Imperial enforcer Karbin arrived with a fleet and destroyed Amber wing.[42] Karbin himself went to the encounter of Organa and Vader, and proceeded to duel each other. Organa used the opportunity to escape from their reach into the Jedi Temple and waited to get a clear shot.[43] However, C-3PO called her through the comlink and informed her that Solo, Chewbacca and Skywalker were in trouble. Confronted with their loss, she let Vader and Karbin to their devices. Instead, Organa located the Millennium Falcon and found Solo, Skywalker, the droids and Chewbacca cornered by Vader's ally, Dr. Aphra. As she had implemented a minefield of micro-mines to trap them, Organa sneaked up to her and knocked her out with a punch. With Aphra captured, Organa ordered all remaining Rebel forces to evacuate the planet; then, they boarded the Falcon to escape the planet.[44]

HothEdit

"You like me because I'm a scoundrel. There aren't enough scoundrels in your life."
―Han Solo[src]

Three or so years later, Organa oversaw operations at the Rebellion's recently-established Echo Base on the ice planet of Hoth. Following a run-in with one of Jabba's bounty hunters in Ord Mantell, Solo bade farewell to General Carlist Rieekan and Organa, bur her lack of honesty about her feelings angered him. Soon enough, Solo set out to find a missing Skywalker during the night, worrying Organa, but was soon relieved when they returned to the base. However, as an Imperial probe droid had alerted Vader and the Imperial fleet of their location, arriving soon on Hoth, Organa helped coordinate the ensuing evacuation, giving instructions to pilots,[8] and signalled the ships to leave the planet.[45] Once the base was overrun by Imperial ground forces, Organa and C-3PO were forced to escape Hoth aboard the Millennium Falcon with Solo and Chewbacca.[8]

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Organa and Solo's first kiss.

With a damaged hyperdrive, the Falcon was unable to leave the system and escape the Imperial blockade, which prompted Solo to pilot the ship into a nearby asteroid field, hoping that the Imperials would be unwilling to follow them, to repair the ship in the cave of an asteroid of great size. Organa helped in repairing the ship, when Solo appeared; drawing himself closer to her before both ended up in a passionate kiss that lasted until C-3PO's arrival. Organa withdrew and walked away, conflicted. Afterwards, Organa would reflect upon what happened in the cockpit when the ship was attacked by mynocks.[8]

Rushing to shoo them away, Organa, Solo and Chewbacca exited the ship, but Solo quickly realized that they were in fact inside of something else than a cave. Narrowly escaping the inside of a exogorth residing inside the asteroid, the Millennium Falcon was once again pursued by Imperial forces. Unable to make the jump to hyperspace due to unfinished repairs, Solo decided to land on the back of the command bridge of the Avenger, shutting down all systems to avoid detection. The plan worked exactly as planned; as the Imperial fleet prepared to exit the Anoat system, Solo detached the ship from the hull. With a faulty hyperdrive, the group decided to go to the Bespin system, where an old acquaintance of Solo, Lando Calrissian, owned a mining colony. However, they were unaware that they were being tracked by Boba Fett, one of the mercenaries hired by Vader to locate them.[8]

Cloud CityEdit

"You look absolutely beautiful. You truly belong here with us, among the clouds."
―Lando Calrissian[src]

Arriving on Bespin, Organa and the others were greeted by Calrissian. He agreed to repair the hyperdrive of the Millennium Falcon, and in the meantime, Organa and the others stayed at Cloud City. However, unbeknownst to them, Calrissian had made a deal with Vader to hand over the rebels in exchange for non-interference from the Empire. Captured by Vader, where the Dark Lord awaited for Skywalker's arrival, Leia and the others were taken to a carbon-freezing facility, where Solo was to be frozen in carbonite to test if the chambers were suitable for trapping Skywalker. As the smuggler was lowered into the freezing pit, Organa's parting words were "I love you," to which Solo responded "I know." (Listen ).[8]

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Organa senses Skywalker's distress.

On their way to Vader's ship, Organa caught sight a recently-arrived Skywalker and tried to warn him, but she, Chewbacca and C-3PO were taken away by Imperial forces. Before long, Calrissian betrayed Vader by disarming the stormtroopers with the help of his men, setting the Rebels free. Though Chewbacca almost strangled Calrissian, Organa let him live when he told them of Solo's location at East Platform. With R2-D2 joining them, they attempted to save the frozen Solo from being taken away by Boba Fett, but they were too late—the bounty hunter had already left on the Slave I with Solo, all the while Skywalker dueled Vader until he lost his right hand and lightsaber, and learned of his connection to the Dark Lord as father and son.[8]

Jumping down a shaft, Skywalker eventually ended up hanging on an weather scanner vane below Cloud City and called Organa out of instinct. The princess, who was escaping aboard the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO and Calrissian, sensed Skywalker's presence through the Force, and they turned around to retrieve Skywalker on her insistence. Once they rescued Skywalker, the ship was chased by TIE/LN starfighters into orbit and confronted by the Executor. Thanks to the astromech droid, the hyperdrive worked and the Falcon managed to escape the Imperial threat. They soon rendezvoused with part of the Rebel fleet, where Organa accompanied a recovered Skywalker—who had received a prosthetic hand—and watched as Calrissian and Chewbacca left to find Solo aboard the Millennium Flacon.[8]

Operation Yellow MoonEdit

"You make the Alliance proud every day. By representing our cause—and by doing your duty. But duty won't give you comfort, Leia—and you need that. We all do. The comfort of friends—and of love. You were Bail and Breha's greatest joy, Leia—the love you shared was what sustained them through the dark years. Don't deny yourself another chance at love because of what the Empire did to them. Don't give Palpatine that victory, too."
―Mon Mothma, encouraging Organa not to give up her love for Solo[src]

Following Mothma and the Rebel leadership's order to scatter the fleet, Organa and C-3PO were on Captain Volk Aymeric's Nebulon-B frigate, the Remembrance, when the ship and the rest of the convoy were attacked by TIE fighters; despite the Ranolfo’s critical condition, Aymeric was forced to abandon them in order to protect Organa. She was then informed that she had to rendezvous with the rest of the Alliance leadership on Zastiga, her transport pilots being Nien Nunb and Lieutenant Ematt. On the Mellcrawler, they reached the planet, wherein Organa was greeted by R2-D2 and Skywalker, who told her that Calrissian was attempting to infiltrate Jabba's Palace to acquire more information on Solo's location, just before escorting her to the top clearance meeting.[9]

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Meeting with Alliance High Command.

During the gathering, Organa and the Generals were informed of the construction of the second Death Star, located over Endor—which, they knew, had to be destroyed before it became operational. After swearing to secrecy, Organa was escorted by Skywalker to her quarters, where she devised a strategy to present at the meeting the day after—Operation Yellow Moon—to divert the Imperial attention to her, instead of the upcoming mission to Endor. After a confidential exchange with Mothma, Organa was allowed to take part in the mission, her crew consisting of Nien Nunb, Kidi Aleri, Antrot and Major Lokmarcha.[9]

They soon reached Basteel's capital, Eladro City, where she met with Bon Yoth to know where to place the first hyper-transceiver—in the cave system above his house. Successful in their ordeal, but now tailed by Khione and her Shieldmaiden, they continued onto the Sesid system, where they placed another transceiver in a volcanic island on Sesid but were soon chased by Imperials until the intervention of Aurelant and his Draedan pirates on the Daggadol. Thanks to his maneuver to get them off-planet on Sesid's special escape pods, they made their way to Jaresh, where they met with Nyessa, placed the last transceiver and took part of the Riot on Jaresh, after which the Shieldmaiden tried and failed to hail the Mellcrawler.[9]

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Prisoner of the Shieldmaiden

With her team's support, Organa decided to change the operation, and decided to warn any incoming Rebel ships to abandon the place. Once in the rendezvous point on Galaan's orbit, they warned the Sapphire Rogue and other ships before being caught in the Shieldmaiden’s tractor beam. Forced to board the Star Destroyer, Lokmarcha and Antrot sacrificed themselves to allow her, Aleri and Nunb's escape on the shuttle Tydirium, just as the Rebel ships from the rendezvous helped destroy the Shieldmaiden with cover fire.[9]

With Aleri's help, Organa then contacted Skywalker, who informed her that most of the fleet was nearly assembled, and that Solo was still frozen in carbonite in Jabba's palace. They arranged a rendezvous on Kothlis, where he would inform her of his plan to rescue Solo.[9] Although Mothma tried to talk Organa out out of the dangerous plan,[15] they nevertheless carried on with it.[6]

Solo's rescueEdit

"We have powerful friends. You're gonna regret this."
―Leia Organa, to Jabba the Hutt[src]
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Organa watches as Skywalker tries to reason with Jabba.

Following Calrissian, R2-D2 and C-3PO's infiltration at Jabba's Palace to rescue Solo, Organa (posing as bounty hunter Boushh) arrived with Chewbacca as her "prisoner" to collect part of the bounty Jabba had put a price on Solo's head. After much bargaining (including Organa threatening Jabba with a thermal detonator), the Hutt settled on a deal, and had Chewbacca imprisoned. Later that night, Organa released Solo from his carbonite coffin, only to be caught by the Hutt and his minions,[6] prompting her to use her armor to signal Skywalker and Calrissian that she had been caught.[15] Ignoring Solo's pleas, Jabba had him thrown in prison with Chewbacca, and forced Organa into becoming his slave; wearing a demeaning outfit, Organa was collared and chained to Jabba's throne to stay with him at all times.[6]

A couple of days later, Organa watched as Skywalker tried to bargain with the crime lord for his friends' liberation and was thrown into a pit with a rancor. Surviving his ordeal, Jabba ordered for Skywalker, Solo and Chewbacca to be taken to the Dune Sea where they would executed in Great Pit of Carkoon and eaten alive by the sarlacc over the course of a thousand years. On the Khetanna, Organa was allowed to leave the Hutt's side momentarily to see as his friends were executed, and she patiently waited until Skywalker started retaliating with his new lightsaber. She destroyed the barge's controls to throw the vessel into darkness and jumped over Jabba's tail.[6]

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Organa chokes Jabba the Hutt to his death.

Grabbing the slack of the very chain with which Jabba had enslaved her, Organa threw its length around the crime lord's huge neck, braced her legs against his back, and leaned back hard while pulling the chain, slowly but forcefully strangling him to death. R2-D2 then broke her chain and they headed for the top surface of the sail barge, where the astromech droid and C-3PO jumped off the vehicle's edge and Organa met with Skywalker. Pointing the guns toward the heart of the vehicle, the two began the barge's destruction together and swinged to the skiff where Calrissian, Chewbacca and Solo awaited for them. Picking the two droids, they drove the skiff off just as the Khetanna exploded.[6]

EndorEdit

"Luke, don't talk that way. You have a power that I don't understand and can never have."
"You're wrong, Leia. You have that power, too. In time, you will learn to use it as I have. The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. And… my sister has it. Yes. It's you, Leia."
―Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker[src]

Organa later departed for Sullust with the rest of the crew (except for Skywalker and R2-D2) aboard the Millennium Falcon to reunite with the rest of the Rebel Alliance's fleet, assembling for its greatest operation yet—the assault on the second Death Star, located in the Endor system.[6] During the briefing, she volunteered for Solo's ground assault to deactivate the deflector shield protecting the space station, as did Chewbacca and Skywalker (and his droids).[6] Before the mission, Mothma tried to talk some sense into Organa, in behalf of her deceased parents, even though she knew that Organa would refuse to listen to her advice.[15]

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Organa meets the Ewok, Wicket, on Endor.

Aboard the Tydirium, the team managed to land on the moon, as willed by Vader, well aware of his son's presence on the shuttle. Making their way through the forest, they came across Imperial scout troopers whom Organa and Skywalker pursued on a stolen speeder bike. Though they took care of the troopers, the two were separated as Organa was thrown off her speeder and knocked unconscious. An Ewok, Wicket, woke her up and Organa quickly befriended him. Though they were discovered by other two scouts, Organa and Wicket managed to get rid of them, and reach his home, the Bright Tree Village.[6]

After a few hours, she realized that her friends were to become a banquet in C-3PO's honor, whom the Ewoks thought to be their god. She tried to intervene, but they threatened her with spears. They were only freed after Skywalker used the Force to levitate the protocol droid as a proof of his deific "magic" to the tribe. Later that night, Organa listened as C-3PO told the Ewoks their story, prompting Chief Chirpa to proclaim them a part of the tribe.[6]

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Organa learns the truth of her parentage.

It was then that Skywalker decided the time had come for him to leave his friends and face Vader, and Organa followed him out of the tribal gathering and asked him what was troubling him. Skywalker then revealed that not only was Vader his father but hers as well, and that he was her brother, something she had somehow always known; he then left the village to face the Sith lord in combat alone. Solo then appeared to question Organa, and became jealous of Skywalker, but soon apologized and comforted her.[6]

The next day, Organa fought alongside the rest of the team in the battle that followed their initial infiltration at the shield generator and subsequent capture by Imperial reinforcements. While the Ewoks provided a distraction long enough for them to take ahold of their position at the doors, Organa was injured with a blaster wound and Solo confessed his love when she protected him from two stormtroopers. With Chewbacca's stolen All Terrain Scout Transport, they tricked the officers into letting them enter and destroy the shield generator, which in turn allowed Calrissian and Nunb, along with Antilles, to fly into the Death Star's core and destroy it from the inside.[6]

In the aftermath, Solo reassured Organa that Skywalker had surely survived, but she already knew it, as she felt her brother's presence though the Force. Solo told her he would not interfere in their relationship, but Organa informed Solo that Skywalker was her brother, and they shared a kiss. Afterwards, they arranged for the Alliance to join them at Bright Tree Village, where they celebrated their victory, and where Skywalker ultimately reunited with them.[6]

New RepublicEdit

"Be patient. Be strong. Fight back where you can. The Imperial war machine falls apart one gear, one gun, one stormtrooper at a time. The New Republic is coming. And we want your help to finish the fight."
―Leia Organa's holovid[src]

NabooEdit

Twenty days after the Battle of Endor, following the Beltire Liberation and the Battle of Cawa City, in the company of Lieutenant Shara Bey, Organa was tasked by Mothma to conduct a diplomatic mission to Naboo—to recruit the assistance of the old Republic member in restoring the Senate and founding the New Republic. Her first return to Naboo in years, they were greeted by Governor Donta Gesset on behalf of Queen Sosha Soruna. Led into the Theed Royal Palace, the Queen eagerly accepted Organa's invitation. It was then that a planet-wide blackout, with all orbital sensors jammed, was caused by Imperial climate disruption arrays, as part of Operation: Cinder, spearheaded by Lerr Duvat.[46]

Alerted by Captain Korro, Bey and Organa correctly surmised that it was the work of the Imperial remnant, and asked for pilots and ships. The demilitarization of Naboo years before, however, forced them to use N-1 starfighters left in the palace that dated back to the Invasion of Naboo thirty-six years before, and to manually pilot the ships without the assistance of astromech droids. Momentarily sensing a dark presence, Organa volunteered for the mission, while the Security Forces evacuated the city. Alongside Soruna and Bey, she set out to destroy the Imperial satellites, with Bey acting as a distraction for the incoming TIE/LN fighters.[47]

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Organa saving Shara Bey above Naboo.

During the battle, Organa saved Bey. They were, in turn, saved from a new wave of TIE fighters by Calrissian and Nunb on the Mellcrawler II and by other ships of the Rebel Fleet, which had been alerted of Operation: Cinder after an assault on a ISB black site. Just as Soruna destroyed the last of the satellites, the fleet destroyed Duvat's Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Torment, saving Naboo and letting Organa and Bey reunite with Solo and Kes Dameron, respectively.[47]

A few months later, shortly before a Imperial emergency summit on Akiva, Organa recorded a propaganda holovid to announce the destruction of the second Death Star, the death of Emperor Palpatine, and the birth of the New Republic to the whole galaxy, encouraging people to contribute to the defeat of the Empire.[10]

MotherhoodEdit

"I just never should have sent him away. That's when I lost him. That's when I lost you both."
―Leia Organa to Han Solo, on their son, Ben[src]

Following the Battle of Jakku[20] and the signing of the Galactic Concordance,[48] and after the formation of the New Republic, Organa married Solo. Together, they had a son named Ben, who was born strong in the Force like her; however, he struggled with the dark side. Organa sent her son to train under her brother, as Skywalker had begun to rebuild the Jedi Order, in the hope that he would learn to control his obsession. Despite this, Ben continued to struggle with the dark side and in particular became obsessed with carrying on the legacy of Darth Vader, all the while under the influence of Snoke, Supreme Leader of the First Order. Ben took the name Kylo Ren, became a Knight of Ren and proceeded to murder his peers, all of Skywalker's Jedi students. Each blaming themselves, Solo and Organa separated, whereas Skywalker went into exile, though Organa and Solo suspected he had gone to the first Jedi Temple.[49]

New Republic senatorEdit

Twenty-three years after the Battle of Jakku, Leia was a senator in the Galactic Senate of the New Republic on Hosnian Prime.[11] She was part of the Populists, a powerful, yet unofficial, political faction. The Populists believed that individual member planets should retain their full sovereignty, while the Centrists favored a stronger galactic government and a larger military.[12] At some point, the tension between the two factions threatened to cripple the Senate. The Centrists then called for the election of a "First Senator," a charismatic individual who would bring order to the divided assembly. Organa and the other Populists, however, were wary of the price that they might have to pay for such order. On the other hand, Organa herself was considered a prime candidate by many for this position.[12]

First Order-Resistance conflictEdit

"You are a symbol of the Resistance and an inspiration to all soldiers who follow our cause and do their duty in hard times."
―PZ-4CO, to Leia Organa[src]

Following this tragedy, Organa attempted to warn the New Republic Senate about the First Order, recognising that it had the potential to undo everything that had been achieved since the death of Emperor Palpatine. The Senate refused to listen and Organa had her reputation impugned by her political enemies, who painted her as a warmonger. In response, Organa formed, and became the leader of, the Resistance, with the private backing of certain members of the New Republic who still trusted her. As the leader of the Resistance, Organa began to be addressed as General rather than Princess.[48]

Prelude to JakkuEdit

"The problem with a reputation is that it can become a legend. Don't be deceived, Poe. I'm not a legend."
"You're not sitting where I'm sitting, General."
―Leia Organa and Poe Dameron[src]

As the brewing conflict against the First Order advanced, Organa was informed of the Rapier Squadron's involvement in a dogfight against First Order vessels over Suraz 4, in an attempt to protect the Yissira Zyde, which ultimately was captured by the First Order. Interested in any information about the Order, Organa travelled to the squadron's base of operations in order to meet the squadron's leader, Poe Dameron—who had gone to investigate the whereabouts of the NK-Witell-class freighter by himself and had ultimately located it at a First Order staging point in OR-Kappa-2722.[50]

When Dameron finished talking about the encounter, Organa noted that he had been very foolish, but his need to do what was right (partly to find adventure) and his piloting skills reminded Organa of her brother, and so, she offered Dameron the chance to join the Resistance. He accepted immediately, and in the following months, as he carried out missions for the Resistance,[50] Dameron became one of Organa's most-trusted operatives.[51] Eventually because of his skills and determination, Organa recruited him for Operation: Sabre Strike so that he would steal the Hevurion Grace (and its navicomputer data) from its owner, Hevurion senator and First Order sympathizer Erudo Ro-Kiintor.[50]

After he, Karé Kun and Iolo Arana managed to complete the mission despite the odds, Organa assigned C-3PO to see what he could get from the flight computers while she congratulated Dameron. Afterwards, as he rested, Organa analysed the information obtained from the Hevurion Grace. The following morning, she summoned Dameron to her office, and asked what he felt about the dilemma; when he remembered the hopelessness of the Imperial era that his parents had told him about. Thanks to him, she resolved to find her brother and restore hope to the galaxy. Organa then resolved to find Lor San Tekka, whom Organa believed held a clue to her brother's location.[50]

Map to SkywalkerEdit

"I saw him. Leia, I saw our son. He was here."
―Han Solo to Leia Organa[src]

Thirty or so years after the Battle of Endor, with the two factions on the brink of war, Organa sent Dameron to Tuanul, in Jakku, to find San Tekka—who possessed a fragment of the map who led to Skywalker's location at the first Jedi Temple.[49] At the same time, Organa, who had been asked to record her memoirs by PZ-4CO (as prepared by Major Ematt) and had rejected all seven of her requests in forty-four days, agreed to pass on a lesson about duty as regards to Operation Yellow Moon. When she was finished, Ematt interrupted them, for she was awaited in the D'Qar command center.[9]

As they waited for news, Organa conversed quietly with Captain Temmin "Snap" Wexley and an attendant droid, until Lieutenant Taslin Brance handed her a readout that informed her that Tuanul had been wiped out, Tekka had died, and Dameron's X-wing fighter had been destroyed (likely killing Dameron in the process). However, she suspected Dameron's astromech unit, BB-8, and told C-3PO to use the tracking system to locate the spherical droid. Afterwards, she met with her personal envoy, Commander Korr Sella, and sent her to the Senate to try and convince them to take action against the First Order.[52]

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Organa and Solo are reunited.

In the meantime, C-3PO managed to locate BB-8 within Maz Kanata's castle on Takodana thanks to his droid network. Alerted to the finding, Organa prepared to recover the droid until news reached her[52] that the First Order had used its superweapon, Starkiller Base, to destroy the Hosnian system,[49] then-current seat of the New Republic.[48] After Organa felt a disturbance in the Force, she deployed a Resistance squadron to Kanata's castle, with the recently-returned Dameron as its leader.[52] In the aftermath of the Battle on Takodana, Organa was reunited with her husband, Solo,[49] for the first time in years. He told her about Finn and Rey, who had tried to take BB-8 back to the Resistance, but that the former had been abducted by Ren on Takodana.[52]

Afterwards, Organa conversed with other senior Resistance officers, and using Finn's information about Starkiller Base, they planned an attack to the superweapon. While they waited for Wexley's reconnaissance flight to return to base,[52] Solo talked to Organa and they discussed their son. Afterward, when Solo was about to depart to Starkiller Base to deactivate its planetary shields, Organa approached him and both recognised they still loved each other even after everything that happened; Organa asked him to try and bring Ben back home if he saw him. Yet, during the battle, as she oversaw the operation, she felt Solo's death (as killed by Kylo Ren) through the Force. However, Solo's actions had allowed the starfighter attack, led by Dameron, to destroy the thermal oscillator and, with it, Starkiller Base.[49]

Upon their return, it was revealed that R2-D2 had the rest of BB-8's missing part of the map that would reveal Skywalker's location. She gave Rey a sympathetic hug and wished her luck by telling her "May the Force be with you." Organa and the rest of the resistance bid Rey, Chewbacca and R2-D2 goodbye as they set off in search of Skywalker.[49]

Personality and traitsEdit

"I don't doubt your capabilities, not even for a moment. Taking on all these responsibilities… they've shaped you into a glittering star. You are remarkable. But this is too dangerous, Leia."
―Bail Organa, before her mission to Tatooine[src]

Of commanding presence,[17] Leia Organa was a sharp-witted diplomat who was unafraid to speak her mind, even when confronted by powerful figures like Darth Vader and Wilhuff Tarkin.[4] Fierce, outspoken and headstrong, she would accomplish whichever task she imposed on herself, for she would try to put duty before her own personal needs—likely, as a result of her upbringing.[16][9] Furthermore, she never cared much for being royalty for her priority was to help those who needed her, and not wealth nor recognition.[27] In spite of her self-discipline, Organa had a fiery temper she often struggled to control, and was eager to prove herself, to be recognized for what she could do, and not her title of nobility.[17] Stubborn, brave and smart, she only 'gave as good as she got,' which was one of the reasons why Han Solo had taken a liking to her.[24]

Despite her commitment to Alderaan's values of pacifism, Organa believed in self-defense and in fiercely fighting for the galaxy's freedom.[27] With remarkable leadership qualities, Organa was also known for being able to keep her composure even in humiliating situations to perform daring feats, like diving into a garbage chute or strangling the infamous Jabba the Hutt.[4][6] A woman of action, eager to get things done and making positive differences in the world, Organa was impatient, a trait she shared with her brother Luke.[9]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

"I'm sure Luke wasn't on that thing when it blew."
"He wasn't. I can feel it."
―Han Solo and Leia Organa after seeing the Death Star II had been destroyed[src]

As the daughter of the Chosen One, Organa, like her older brother Luke Skywalker, was born Force-sensitive, immensely strong in the Force.[45] After her birth Organa was left with a lasting impression of images and feelings of her mother, that she was "very beautiful, kind, but sad."[6] When Skywalker failed to contact Kenobi while hanging underneath Bespin's Cloud City, weak and helpless, he called out to Organa with the Force, apparently out of instinct. Organa sensed him, and was able to direct the Millennium Falcon to his location.[2]

Organa has been shown to possess a strong Force sense. After Skywalker revealed on Endor that they were siblings, she was shocked but deep down, she had always known this to be true.[14] Skywalker also revealed that she was strong in the Force like he was and could learn how to use it in time. After the second Death Star blew up, Organa assured Solo that Skywalker had not been on it at the time, actively demonstrating the ability to sense her brother's presence.[6] A few days later, she was able to sense the lingering dark presence of Darth Maul in the Theed Royal Palace, dating back to his duel against Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn during the Battle of Naboo.[47] She later was able to sense Han Solo's death at the hands of their son through the Force, while she was present on D'Qar and the event happened on Starkiller Base.[49]

Organa's brother Luke believed that her strength of will, which allowed her to continue on despite events such as the destruction of Alderaan and the loss of her son, was a manifestation of her power in the Force.[48]

Other abilitiesEdit

Organa, renowned for her diplomatic skills, was a capable mediator,[46] and had training in public speaking, being able to give speeches, thanks to her aunts' insistent lessons, as well as in self-defense—including how to resist interrogation.[17] Competent with weaponry as she was with words, she had great accuracy when using blaster pistols, rarely missing her shots.[4][8][6] During her youth on Alderaan, she learnt how to ride, even becoming a Alderaanian junior champion in steeple-chase.[9]

She also had years of flight training;[17] indeed, she could pilot a Lambda-class shuttle,[34] and the Millennium Falcon,[30] even admirably by evading TIE/LN starfighters while Solo and Chewbacca hastily tried to repair its hyperdrive during their escape from Hoth.[45] Organa was also able to manually pilot a Naboo N-1 starfighter through Naboo's planet-wide storms without an astromech droid, much like seasoned Rebel pilot Shara Bey, and destroy several climate disruption arrays before saving Bey from a TIE fighter.[47] She rarely used such skills, though, as she was usually provided with, or resorted to, help from pilots to get to her destinations.[4][23][46][9]

Behind the scenesEdit

Princess Leia was portrayed by Carrie Fisher. In Revenge of the Sith, the infant Leia was played by Aidan Barton (the son of editor Roger Barton), who also played her brother Luke. Julie Dolan voices her in the video game Star Wars: Uprising and the animated series Star Wars Rebels.

In George Lucas's rough draft of the original film, Leia was a 14-year-old princess (the same age as Queen Amidala in The Phantom Menace), the spoiled daughter of King Kayos and Queen Breha of Aquilae. In that draft, she had two brothers, Biggs and Windy, whose identities were substantially revised into their current form by the fourth draft (though they did not appear in intervening versions). The later story synopsis established her as Leia Antilles, the daughter of Bail Antilles from the peaceful world of Organa Major. In the fourth draft the names were turned around so that Leia Organa came instead from Alderaan.[53] Interestingly, when George Lucas was writing background material for licensees in 1977, he wrote that she had several brothers, and that she was unaware whether her parents had escaped the destruction of her homeworld. No-one from the House of Organa, however, had reached the Rebels as yet.[53]

Princess Leia's Theme is the name of the character's leitmotif introduced in the original film. In the Italian version of the films, "Leia Organa" was renamed to "Leila Organa".

Make-up and costumesEdit

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Leia's signature A New Hope hairstyle

George Lucas commented on Leia's "cinnamon bun" hairstyle in Time magazine: "In the 1977 film, I was working very hard to create something different that wasn't fashion, so I went with a kind of Southwestern Pancho Villa woman revolutionary look, which is what that is. The buns are basically from turn-of-the-century Mexico."[54]

The costume designer for the films had a "no lingerie in space" policy, which prevented Fisher from wearing a brassiere. To maintain decorum, adhesive tape was used in place of the banned garment.[55]

The iconic Slave Leia costume worn in Return of the Jedi is a popular cosplaying choice.

Her real motherEdit

"The part that I never really developed is the death of Luke and Leia's mother. I had a backstory for her in earlier drafts, but it basically didn't survive. When I got to Jedi, I wanted one of the kids to have some kind of memory of her because she will be a key figure in the new episodes I'm writing. But I really debated on whether or not Leia should remember her."
―George Lucas[src]

George Lucas stated that he wanted one of the Skywalker twins to recall their mother, hence Leia describing her as "very beautiful, kind but sad" in Return of the Jedi.[56]

When Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith came out, many people did not understand how it was possible that Leia claims to remember her mother although she had known her for barely a minute. There has been some debate about whether Leia is discussing her real mother, Padmé Amidala, or her foster mother. The official Star Wars website stated in a "Q & A" section that Leia is remembering Padmé, but this may no longer be canonical.[57]

AppearancesEdit

Non-canon appearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Encyclopedia-Logo Princess Leia Organa in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  3. 3.0 3.1 SWCustom-2011 Rebels Recon: Inside "The Siege of Lothal" on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  5. SWYTlogo Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Official) on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "A Princess on Lothal"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 9.14 Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure
  10. 10.0 10.1 Aftermath
  11. 11.0 11.1 Exclusive: Read an excerpt from 'Star Wars: Bloodline'. USA Today. Retrieved on February 4, 2016.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 German preview of Aftermath paperback release on Amazon
  13. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice"
  14. 14.0 14.1 SWCustom-2011 Princess Leia Organa Biography Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Star Wars: Princess Leia, Part II
  17. 17.00 17.01 17.02 17.03 17.04 17.05 17.06 17.07 17.08 17.09 17.10 17.11 17.12 17.13 17.14 17.15 17.16 17.17 A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy
  18. Tarkin
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Heir to the Jedi
  20. 20.0 20.1 Lost Stars
  21. Star Wars: Darth Vader 1: Vader
  22. Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 Star Wars: Princess Leia, Part I
  24. 24.0 24.1 Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure
  25. 25.0 25.1 Star Wars: Princess Leia, Part III
  26. Star Wars: Princess Leia, Part IV
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 Star Wars: Princess Leia, Part V
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Star Wars 1: Skywalker Strikes
  29. Star Wars 2: Skywalker Strikes, Part II
  30. 30.0 30.1 Star Wars 3: Skywalker Strikes, Part III
  31. 31.0 31.1 Star Wars 4: Skywalker Strikes, Part IV
  32. Star Wars 5: Skywalker Strikes, Part V
  33. Star Wars 6: Skywalker Strikes, Part VI
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 Star Wars 8: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part I
  35. Star Wars 9: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part II
  36. Star Wars 10: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part III
  37. 37.0 37.1 Star Wars 11: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part IV
  38. Star Wars 12: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part V
  39. Star Wars: Vader Down, Part I
  40. Star Wars: Darth Vader 13: Vader Down, Part II
  41. Star Wars 13: Vader Down, Part III
  42. 42.0 42.1 Star Wars: Darth Vader 14: Vader Down, Part IV
  43. Star Wars 14: Vader Down, Part V
  44. Star Wars: Darth Vader 15: Vader Down, Part VI
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi?
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 Star Wars: Shattered Empire, Part II
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 Star Wars: Shattered Empire, Part III
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 48.3 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 49.3 49.4 49.5 49.6 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 50.3 Before the Awakening
  51. StarWars-DatabankII Poe Dameron in the Databank
  52. 52.0 52.1 52.2 52.3 52.4 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens novelization
  53. 53.0 53.1 The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
  54. Cagle, Jess (April 21, 2002). So, What's the Deal with Leia's Hair?. Time.com. Retrieved on October 20, 2012.
  55. Fisher, Carrie (May 16, 1999). Postcards From The Edge Of The Galaxy. The Daily Beast. Retrieved on October 20, 2012.
  56. Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays
  57. SWicon Star Wars Q & A on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)

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