Princess Leia was one of the original heroes of Star Wars. She was tasked with bringing the Death Star plans back to the Rebel Alliance, before running afoul of Darth Vader. Leia would eventually be freed from the Death Star and would become of the most important leaders of the Rebel Alliance.
The fate of Princess Leia after the events of Return of the Jedi is somewhat muddled. The Expanded Universe took her in several different directions, some of which involved becoming a Jedi Knight, while others kept her as a political leader. The new movie trilogy revealed that Leia never followed the path of the Jedi, but then she pulled out some incredibly powerful Force moves in The Last Jedi, which won't be followed up on, due to the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher.
It seemed like Princess Leia was planned for big things in Episode IX, but those ideas will have to be shelved forever. The lost future of Princess Leia is now something that will be contained within the other pieces of Star Wars media.
Princess Leia has been the subject of many different Star Wars stories, which means that there have been many different interpretations of her abilities.
We are here today to learn the secrets of one of the greatest Star Wars heroes of all time - from her original family members, to the mystery of why female undergarments aren't allowed in space.
Here are Twenty Ridiculous Things About Princess Leia’s Body!
20 Princess Leia Originally Had A Different Family
The early drafts of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope were very different than what actually made it onto the screen. Luke Skywalker was once an old man and a general, Han Solo was an alien, and C-3P0 looked like Evil Maria from Metropolis.
George Lucas had always intended to include a Princess in the story of A New Hope, but she took on several different forms throughout the creation process.
One of the earliest versions of Princess Leia was a spoiled brat from the planet Aquile. This version of Leia was the daughter of King Kayos and Queen Breha, and she had several siblings. There was also a point in development at which the original version of Leia was going to be the main character of the movie.
19 Leia Was Physically Attracted To Luke
It's clear that George Lucas had no idea that Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker had that connection when he was making A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. If he had, then we wouldn't have seen the two of them kissing.
The relationship between Leia and Luke was developed in Splinter of the Mind's Eye, which was the first ever Star Wars novel ever written. Splinter of the Mind's Eye was released before The Empire Strikes Back, so the author had no idea what George Lucas had in mind for the series. It's for this reason that Splinter of the Mind's Eye includes several scenes of Luke lusting after Leia when he sees her looking disheveled, and her feeling the same way when he grips her body tightly.
18 Leia Almost Reenacted The Exorcist In The Death Star
Princess Leia is captured by Darth Vader at the start of A New Hope. Vader uses a weird looking robot to try and extract information from Leia, but when Luke comes to see her, she doesn't appear to be injured in any way, nor has her spirit been broken.
Carrie Fisher has said that the original intention was for Luke to discover a different scene in the Death Star. Leia was originally going to be strung up by her feet and have bright yellow eyes as a result of the interrogation, in a scene that would have made her look like the girl from The Exorcist.
The reason this scene wasn't filmed was that it would require Carrie Fisher to be carried around for the next few scenes while she was still unconscious, which was deemed to be too much of a hassle.
17 The Famous Princess Leia Hairstyle Comes From Mexico
Princess Leia's dual-bun hairstyle was a look that became associated with the character, to the point where it's the one aspect of Leia that always shows up when she is being parodied.
When George Lucas was deciding on Leia's hairstyle, he wanted to use something obscure from the real world. He decided to go with a look that was common among women in Mexico from the turn of the century.
The original Star Wars trilogy was heavily inspired by Flash Gordon, which has led some to suspect that the Princess Leia hairstyle was inspired by the one worn by Queen Fria, which used a similar design.
16 If Luke Had Fallen, She Would've Become The Next Jedi Knight
In The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda was referring to Princess Leia when he mentioned that there was another hope for the Jedi Order out there. Leia demonstrates a knowledge of the Force throughout the series and even uses it to save her life in The Last Jedi, but she never actually became a Jedi Knight.
In the DLC missions for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, you are given the chance to slay Luke on the planet Hoth. When you travel to the shield generator on Endor, you have to fight a Jedi Knight version of Princess Leia. With her brother gone, she decides to take up the mantle of the Jedi and faces you in combat.
15 Leia Was Almost Luke's Cousin & The Child Of Owen/Beru
It's obvious that George Lucas had no idea that Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker were siblings when he was creating A New Hope, but he did have a different familial connection in mind at one point during development.
In one of the early drafts of A New Hope, Princess Leia was the daughter of Owen Lars and Aunt Beru, with Luke Starkiller being her cousin. Leia's parents were going to have been slain when the Death Star first destroyed a world.
Owen Lars and Aunt Beru were later reworked into the people who raised Luke, while Leia's parents would share the fate of their original counterparts.
14 Leia Became A Sith Lord In Another Reality
The Sith Lords are meant to follow the "Rule of Two" which states that there can only ever be two Sith Lords in existence at any one time - a master and an apprentice.
The Rule of Two is broken all of the time in Star Wars media, with Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine always having secret apprentices of their own.
In the Star Wars Infinities: A New Hope comic book, the Rebel Alliance is defeated and Darth Vader captures Princess Leia. When he discovers her talent for the Force, he trains her in the way of the Sith. It's up to Luke Skywalker to redeem the two of them and free his family from the blight of the Emperor once and for all.
13 Leia Once Held The Millennium Falcon Together Using The Force
Princess Leia's is most skillful with the divination aspect of the Force. She has demonstrated the ability to see and hear things from a distance, as well as having visions of the past. It wasn't until The Last Jedi that Leia started to demonstrate her other Force abilities.
Princess Leia used many different Force abilities in the Expanded Universe. Her skill in telekinesis was such that she was able to hold the Millennium Falcon together as it entered a planet's atmosphere and managed to keep it in one piece until it landed.
12 Leia Mastered Battle Meditation (Like Bastila Before Her)
One of the most feared Force abilities in existence is called battle meditation. In order to use this ability, the Jedi/Sith connects themselves to an entire army in order to influence them as if they were one being. This allows them to bolster the morale of the army and prevent them from breaking.
Battle meditation can also be used to weaken the resolve of an enemy army and cause them to flee.
Those of you who have played the first Knights of the Old Republic game will likely be familiar with battle meditation, as Bastila Shan was a master of the technique and became a target of the Sith because of it.
Princess Leia demonstrated the ability of battle meditation in the Dark Empire series, in order to defeat the army of the revived Emperor Palpatine.
11 Leia Tapped Into The Dark Side When She Faced Jabba
Jabba the Hutt may have briefly enslaved Princess Leia, chained her to his side, and forced her to wear a gold bikini for his entire court to see, but his victory was shortlived. When Luke was carving his way through Jabba's forces, Leia was able to wrap her chain around Jabba's neck and squeeze the life out of him.
It was revealed in the Bloodline novel that Princess Leia was using the Force when she slew Jabba. Leia had tapped into the power of the dark side when she finally had her revenge on Jabba, as it gave her the enhanced strength that she needed to wrap the chain tight enough around his neck.
10 Leia Once Sensed Darth Maul's Lingering Rage
Darth Maul had almost no characterization in The Phantom Menace. He was just an angry dude who wanted revenge on the Jedi and was a highly skilled warrior.
The Expanded Universe added a lot more depth to Darth Maul and it was recently revealed that he was still alive as of the time of Solo, so we may see more of him in the movies.
It seems that Darth Maul was more skilled with the Force than we gave him credit for, as he was able to leave an imprint of his rage on the Theed Royal Palace where he was first defeated by Obi-Wan Kenobi. Princess Leia was able to sense Maul's anger in the Shattered Empire comic book miniseries, even though several decades had passed since the battle in The Phantom Menace.
9 Leia Had A Sith Lord For A Son In Both Canons
One of the main antagonists of the new Star Wars trilogy is Kylo Ren, who is the apprentice of Supreme Leader Snoke. It was revealed in The Force Awakens that Kylo Ren is actually Ben Solo - the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia.
Kylo Ren wasn't the first child of Han & Leia to turn to the dark side, as they also had a son in the Expanded Universe who became a Darth.
Jacen Solo was trained in the ways of the Force by Luke Skywalker. Like Kylo Ren, he also turned on his family and became a Sith Lord. Jacen took on the name Darth Caedus and was eventually slain by his twin sister, Jaina Solo.
8 Leia Had Force Skype
The first time that Princess Leia displayed any Force abilities on the big screen was when she sensed Luke's presence at the bottom of Cloud City. She was able to guide the crew of the Falcon to Luke's location and save his life.
It's possible that Leia and Luke's connection through the Force is strengthened by the fact that they are twins. This may be why Leia gained the ability to contact Luke across the span of galaxies using the Force in the Expanded Universe.
This application of Leia's Force abilities is no longer considered canon, as she could have ended The Force Awakens in about five minutes if she could contact Luke using the Force.
7 Leia's British Accent Has A Canon Explanation
Princess Leia's accent is inconsistent throughout A New Hope. Throughout the first half of the movie, Leia is using a British accent, most notably during her encounter with Grand Moff Tarkin, but her manner of speaking changes over the course of the film into Carrie Fisher's natural accent.
The Star Wars: Bloodlines novel offers a canon explanation as to why Princess Leia had a British accent during her meeting with Grand Moff Tarkin - she was actually making fun of him.
Leia probably regretted poking fun at Grand Moff Tarkin's accent when he blew up her homeworld shortly after, but a small victory is still a victory.
6 Leia Had A Bizarre Vision Of Her Mother
In Return of the Jedi, Princess Leia tells Luke that she remembers seeing her mother when she was a child. This statement seems to contradicted by the events of Revenge of the Sith, as Leia only saw her mother for a few moments when she was a baby. The fans have speculated that Leia was misremembering, or had maybe seen her mother using the Force when she was older.
Princess Leia was given a bizarre glimpse of her mother in the Princess Leia comic book series. Leia passed a mural that depicted Queen Amidala, which turned to look at her with sad eyes. This was a vision given to Leia by the Force, even though she had no idea of its relevance at the time.
5 Leia Once Kneed An Alien Prince After A Failed Romance Attempt
Princess Leia has had several brief romances with other characters in the Expanded Universe/the canon media that takes place before A New Hope.
In the Shadows of the Empire novel, an alien prince attempted to seduce Princess Leia using his pheromones. Prince Xizor comes from a race that can influence the emotions of others by emitting pheromones, which he attempted to use to win the affections of Princess Leia.
Chewbacca managed to foil Xizor's plans by revealing them to Leia, which resulted in her kneeing him right in the crotch.
4 Luke & Leia Teamed Up To Destroy The Revived Palpatine
Emperor Palpatine was a master of using Force Lightning to disable and destroy his foes. We only see him using it in small doses in the movies, but the Expanded Universe showed Palpatine creating massive storms made entirely of Force energy.
In the Dark Empire comic book series, the revived version of Emperor Palpatine summoned a storm in order to destroy the fleet of the New Republic. Princess Leia and Luke teamed up to create an aura of light side Force energy in order to sever Palpatine's connection to the Force, causing him to lost control over his storm.
3 Arguments Over The Time & Events Of Leia & Han's Wedding
The problem with the Expanded Universe is that there was no set canon, due to how wide a range of media that it covered. This meant there would often be contradictory events, to the point where attempting to create a cohesive timeline is a fool's errand. The Expanded Universe is no longer canon, so it doesn't matter anymore.
One example of the bizarre nature of the Expanded Universe was the wedding of Han Solo and Princess Leia, which happened several times and under different circumstances.
2 Leia Could Break Machines With The Force
Star Wars is a mixture of science fiction and fantasy, with the Force and lightsaber duels acting as the wizards and medieval sword fights of the setting.
The advanced technology of the Star Wars universe should make the Force redundant, as the abilities of a Jedi Knight or Sith Lord shouldn't be able to compare to an army of disposable robots or ships that can crash into structures at the speed of light.
Princess Leia developed an ability in the Expanded Universe that allowed her to counteract machine. This ability was called Force-flash and it allowed her to short-circuit droids and machines with the power of the Force itself, meaning that she could easily disable an entire ship's worth of computers.
1 Leia Was A Victim Of The "Covered Up In Space" Policy
The slave outfit that Princess Leia wore in Return of the Jedi was a huge departure from the clothes that she wore in A New Hope and not for the reasons you may be thinking.
The costume designer on A New Hope had a strict policy against women wearing noticeable underwear in the film, which was referred to as the "no lingerie in space" policy.
This ruling meant that Carrie Fisher was forced to wear adhesive tape over her chest in place of a bra, in order to keep her chest in place. The slave outfit probably didn't seem so bad to compared to several rolls of sticky tape that she had to wear in A New Hope.