Leia Organa

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The Green in this spiritual portrait represents Leia's dominant personality trait, her very slight preference for logic over emotion. In Extraverts, the dominant trait is directed outwardly, and spiritual portraits use a long vertical line to represent this, because it is the side of their personality that is most evident. Leia demonstrates her decisiveness in the way she asserts command after Obi-Wan, Luke, Han, and Chewbacca rescue her from Darth Vader in the original Star Wars, A New Hope.

The Blue in this spiritual portrait represents Leia's auxiliary personality trait, her very slight preference for ideas over facts. In Extraverts, the auxiliary trait is directed inwardly, and spiritual portraits use a horizontal line to represent this. Leia demonstrates her openness to ideas when she senses Luke is in trouble after his fight with Darth Vader at the end of The Empire Strikes Back, and insists they interrupt their escape to return to get him.

Princess of Alderaan and Twin Sister of Luke Skywalker

When the original trilogy starts, Leia Organa is Princess of the planet Alderaan, a member of the Imperial Senate, and ....

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Leia Organa:
The Story

When the original trilogy starts, Leia Organa is Princess of the planet Alderaan, a member of the Imperial Senate, and active in the Rebel Alliance.

As Episode IV: A New Hope starts, Leia has obtained the plans for the Death Star, a weapon the Galactic Empire can use to destroy an entire planet. Her Rebel Alliance spaceship is under attack from a much larger Empire spaceship, and she is desperate.

Leia's Only Hope

Princess Leia gives the detailed plans for the Empire's Death Star — which are invaluable to the efforts of the Alliance — to her trustworthy droid R2-D2, along with a holo-message containing her plea. She instructs R2-D2 to deliver the message to Obi-Wan Kenobi, and while the Empire's stormtroopers capture the Princess, R2-D2 escapes to Tatooine with C-3PO, a protocol droid who's become R2's counterpart.

On Tatooine, Luke Skywalker buys both droids from some Jawas and, while he's cleaning R2-D2, the droid plays the ending of Princess Leia's holo-message:

Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope.
 — From Episode IV: A New Hope, 1977.

Luke helps R2-D2 deliver Princess Leia's holo-message to Obi-Wan, and they decide to leave Tatooine to help her. They hire Han Solo and Chewbacca — pilot and copilot of the Millennium Falcon — to take them to her, and leave Tatooine in the star ship just as the Empire's stormtroopers close in on them.

Leia, the Decider

Princess Leia's spiritual portrait is more colorful than most because her preferences are very slight. This means she is a very versatile, flexible, likeable person who can get along well with most average, reasonable people.

The Green and Red in Leia's portrait shows the Princess is, however, a bit more decisive than most. When the attempt to rescue her leads to a close call with a trash compactor, followed by a sexist comment from one of her rescuers, she doesn't hesitate to take charge:

Han Solo: If we can just avoid any more female advice, we ought to be able to get out of here.
Luke Skywalker: Well, let's get moving. [An alarm sounds.]
Chewbacca: [Howls and runs away.]
Han: Where are you going? Ahhh. [Picks up his blaster.]
Princess Leia: No wait - they'll hear!
Han: [Fires his blaster.] Come here, you big coward! Chewie, come here!
Leia: I don't know who you are, or where you came from, but from now on, you'll do as I tell you, ok?
 — From Episode IV: A New Hope, 1977. [Emphasis added.]

As one might expect, Han takes exception to this command from your worshipfulness, and so their constant bickering begins. After exchanging blaster fire with the Empire's stormtroopers, they eventually manage to escape aboard the Millenium Falcon.

Leia, the Unbreakable

The most prominent color in Princess Leia's spiritual portrait is Green, representing her preference, albeit slight, for making logical decisions. Her portrait also contains quite a bit of Red, indicating she sometimes likes to rely on her feelings when making decisions.

Early in Episode IV: A New Hope, when the Empire has sentenced Leia to death for supporting the Rebel alliance, she is brought before Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin. They hope that by threatening to destroy her home planet of Alderaan they can get her to reveal what she did with the Death Star's plans.

Grand Moff Tarkin: Since you are reluctant to provide us with the location of the rebel base, I have chosen to test this station's destructive power on your home planet of Alderaan.
Princess Leia: No! Alderaan is peaceful! We have no weapons! You can't possibly —
Tarkin: Will you provide another target, a military target? Then name the system! I grow tired of asking this, so it will be the last time. Where is the rebel base?
Leia: Dantooine. They're on Dantooine.
Tarkin: There. You see Lord Vader? She can be reasonable. Continue with the operation. You may fire when ready.
Leia: What?!?
Tarkin: You're far too trusting. Dantooine is too remote to make an effective demonstration but don't worry, we will deal with your rebel friends soon enough.
 — From Episode IV: A New Hope, 1977.

Tellingly, Leia did not cry when Grand Moff Tarkin destroyed her home planet. As a logical decision maker, Leia knew a display of emotion would not have helped anything, and she did not want to give them the pleasure of seeing her break.

Leia and the Force

The Blue in Princess Leia's spiritual portrait represents her preference, albeit very slight, for being idealistic. Her portrait also contains quite a bit of Yellow, indicating she can be pragmatic when the situation calls for it.

Like other members of the Rebel Alliance, Leia embraces the ideals of peace and freedom. They all also understand that obtaining these ideals requires pragmatic actions — fighting a war to win independence from the Galactic Empire's tyranny.

As Luke's twin sister, Leia too has inherited the midi-chlorians from her father, Anakin Skywalker. These microscopic life forms are what help make the Jedi special — and may be what enables her to connect with Luke telepathically — through her ideas.

Princess Leia: You have a power. I — I don't understand, and could never have.
Luke Skywalker: You're wrong, Leia. You have that power, too. In time, you'll learn to use it as I have. The force is strong in my family. My father has it, I have it, my sister has it. Yes, it's you, Leia.
Leia: I know. Somehow, I've always known.
 — From Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, 1983.

Whether Leia's having always known that Luke was her brother is all part of how the Force works, or what the midi-chlorians do, or is just part of being Luke's twin is hard to say. It's plausible that two or all three of these factors combine to contribute to the result.


Leia and Han's Innate Magnetism

Leia's preference for making logical decisions is the opposite of Han's preference for making emotional decisions, and Leia's preference for idealism is the opposite of Han's preference for pragmatism. These opposites create a strong attraction, and the pair has a real Sam and Diane thing going on.

Even more significantly, Leia is definitely more decisive while Han is much more perceptive. Leia is a responsible politician and leader of the rebel alliance, while Han is the scoundrel — always on the lookout for an opportunity he can exploit.

Plan? What Plan?

About half-way through Episode IV: A New Hope, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, and Chewbacca head to Alderaan in the Millenium Falcon, only to find the Empire has destroyed the planet. The Death Star detains their ship, but they elude the stormtroopers and learn Princess Leia is being held captive on board.

The rescue team is well-intentioned, but they haven't had time to develop much of a plan. Princess Leia is happy to be rescued, but they are soon cornered by stormtroopers and someone needs to take decisive action:

Princess Leia: This is some rescue. When you came in here, didn't you have a plan for getting out?
Han Solo: [Referring to Luke.] He's the brains, sweetheart! What the hell are you doing?
Leia: [Grabs Luke's blaster and blows a hole in a nearby garbage vent.] Somebody has to save our skins! Into the garbage, fly boy!
 — From Episode IV: A New Hope, 1977.

Once all of them land in the garbage, Leia continues taking the lead, giving directions such as put that thing away or you'll get us all killed when Han fires his blaster and it richochets off the walls, and try and brace it with something when the walls start closing in.

Princess Leia makes it clear right away that she values planning ahead and is confident leading others, especially in tense situations.

Different Points of View

When they manage to escape and are headed back to the rebel base, Princess Leia's ability to see the big picture — represented by the Blue in her image — contrasts strongly with Han's focus on personal details — represented by the Yellow in his image:

Han Solo: Not a bad bit of rescuing, huh? You know, sometimes I amaze even myself.
Princess Leia: That doesn't sound too hard. They let us go. That's the only explanation for the ease of our escape.
Han: Easy? You call that easy?
Leia: They're tracking us.
Han: Not this ship, sister.
 — From Episode IV: A New Hope, 1977.

Princess Leia is right, of course, and the Empire tracks them to the rebel base. The Empire sets out to use the Death Star to destroy them but, thanks to the plans she's provided the rebels are able to exploit a flaw in the Death Star and destroy it — mere seconds before it can destroy them.

Different Ways of Choosing

Most of Leia and Han's bickering takes place in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Their repartee is a leading example of the excuse me, princess tv trope.

Leia's and Han's spiritual portraits show they have different decision making techniques. Leia's Green shows she has a preference for making objective, impersonal decisions, while Han's Red shows he has a preference for making subjective, personal decisions.

So in a typical exchange Han says something emotional and Leia says something logical:

Han Solo: No time to discuss this in committee.
Princess Leia: I am not a committee!
 — From Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980.

Leia can be kind of cold sometimes, but Han is perceptive enough to know how she really feels, so he doesn't take it personally:

Princess Leia: Why - why you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking, nerf-herder!
Han: Who's scruffy-looking?!?
 — From Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980.

Both Leia's logical-Green and Han's and emotional-Red preferences are very slight, so they can easily switch decision-making techniques. This is exactly what happens just before Han is frozen in carbonite, with Leia making her emotional confession and Han responding logically:

Princess Leia: I love you.
Han Solo: I know.
 — From Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980.

The timing of this switch in techniques, coming as it does when Han is being frozen, makes it one of the most memorable moments in the trilogy.

Leia and Han — Forever?

Most of Leia's and Han's preferences are fairly slight, but their spiritual portraits are strikingly different. The cool, heavy, serious Green and Blue in Leia's image contrasts sharply with the warm, open, easy-going Yellow and Red in Han's image.

Late in the original series, near the end of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, the Alliance has successfully destroyed the second Death Star in the Battle of Endor. As Leia and Han reflect on their victory, Han misinterprets Leia's feelings of attraction for Luke and decides to give up his tough-guy persona for a moment of candor:

Han: I'm sure Luke wasn't on that thing when it blew.
Leia: He wasn't. I can feel it.
Han: You love him, don't you?
Leia: Yes.
Han: All right. I understand. Fine. When he comes back, I won't get in the way.
Leia: [Smiles.] Oh. No, it's not like that at all. [Puts her hand on his shoulder.] He's my brother. [Moves her hand to behind his neck and pulls his face to hers for a kiss.]
 — From Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, 1983.

As revealed in Episode VII:The Force Awakens (2015), Leia and Han go on to marry and have at least one child. Fans also learn they've encountered some major bumps in their relationship — most significantly a son who has changed his name to Kylo-Ren.

Just because Han and Leia's marriage didn't work out, doesn't mean all relationships based on the mutual attraction of opposites are doomed to failure.

Fans may never know for sure, but it is not unreasonable to think that maybe — just maybe — their relationship could have worked out better if they didn't have the additional stress posed by their mission to restore freedom to the galaxy.


About This Portrait

This spiritual portrait is based on the Star Wars original trilogy:

The book Star Wars Psychology: The Dark Side of the Mind, by Travis Langley and with a forward by Carrie Goldman, was also helpful in creating these portraits. This excellent book is a collection of immensely entertaining and enlightening essays and if you are a fan of Star Wars, I recommend it highly!