Many people, including myself, know Princess Leia as our first princess and one of the greatest heroines of movie history, but with Carrie Fisher’s passing and her role being a big part of Star Wars, there is only one thing left to do with her final film appearance and that is to make her an official Disney princess.
7. She has been animated already
Disney currently has an animated television series called Rebels, in which Princess Leia appears in its 2nd season as a secret supporter of the Rebellion. She has also starred in several episodes of Forces of Destiny – another animated microseries. As such, this would put her on par with all of Disney’s existing princesses.
6. She never stopped fighting for what’s right
What did she do after defeating the empire? Did she settle down? No. She not only continued to fight and help grow the New Republic, but also started a family of her own. And years later, when the First Order showed up, her first instinct was to oppose them and protect the galaxy once more. The same could not be said for neither Han, nor Luke, who, unfortunately, didn’t seem to share quite the same sentiments.
5. Princess, Rebel, Hero, General
She shouldered each and every one of these titles and was always at the forefront of both battles and politics, learning to do everything regardless of the danger or difficulty. Leia, therefore, never once took the backseat of our minds and will forever be known as the princess who was never afraid to take charge.
4. She was an absolute badass
She broke every rule when it came to how a princess is expected to act. She didn’t cower in the face of danger and was always in the very thick of it, fighting alongside her fellow rebels. What’s even more admirable is that Leia never once used her status of nobility as an excuse to stay behind. Combined with her ability to learn how to fight and her natural force abilities to sense others, she was always in the thick of conflict.
3. She was a true hero
Luke is a farmboy looking for an adventure and Han is a scoundrel looking for a payday, but Leia? She is a princess fighting in a rebellion against a galactic empire and is willing to do anything to stop the tyranny of Palpatine and his evil Empire.
2. She was a icon to all women
Most princesses are shown to be damsels in distress, who are in dire need of a man saving them, but Leia was never the type and, if anything, was the complete opposite. She was the boss and you either listened to her or got out of her way. She was happy to fight for the good of all people and was her own person. Even when Jabba the Hutt tried to enslave her, she used those very same chains to kill the slug herself, showing why she is her own hero. With this, she showed us that she can’t be stopped by a crime- nor a sith lord, and most definitely not by a so-called Supreme leader.
1. A great way to remember Carrie Fisher
She made the role what we all know it as today. She is incredibly well-loved and considered by many fans all around the world to be our very first and only princess. So what better way to pay tribute to her than immortalizing Leia as an official Disney princess – especially now, as we’re approaching one year since Carrie’s passing.
We will always miss you, Carrie, and love you for what you have given us. May the Force be with you, princess.
What was your favorite scene of Princess Leia in the films, books, or comics?
Special thanks to fellow Star Wars Theory member Cat for her help.