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Carrie Fisher's Top 10 Star Wars Moments

Updated on January 11, 2017

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia

Princess Leia, Star Wars
Princess Leia, Star Wars | Source

Carrie Fisher played Princess Leia in Star Wars

If you are a so called “movie maniac” as I am, then you will find Carrie Fisher's passing incredibly difficult. Many of us have watched her develop the character of princess Leia, the strong and independent woman at the heart of the Rebellion, in to somewhat of a feminist role model to young women everywhere.

Princess Leia: A True Leader

10. Hope

The final scene of “Star Wars: Rogue One" shows Princess Leia, digitally recreated with the look of Carrie Fisher from the original Star Wars Episode 1: A New Hope. It's during this scene that the Death Star plans are being delivered to Princess Leia. The re-creation of Leia is taken from the vert first Star Wars film to hit the big screen. The Princess first appears in Rogue One with her back to the audience, but those signature hair buns give away her identity immediately. The appearance of Princess Leia in Rogue One (albeit CGI technology) was a welcome one, and was an incredible surprise for the fans in the audience.

9. The Force Awakens (and so does the General)

Unexpectedly, the reunion of Princess Leia and Han Solo after many years apart was without a kiss or a hug. However we do find out that our troublesome pair actually have a Star Wars child together! Additionally, this Star Wars moment gets a bonus point for Leia's clothing - she's gone from Princess to Full Rebel in just one outfit. In fact, she is now the General of the Rebel Army, now addressed as 'General Leia'. Who would have ever expected such a transformation? We also see the General and Han Solo finally embrace each other later in The Force Awakens. Their faces show a real sadness and worry, which I feel represents their torn and frayed relationship rather well.

General Leia Organa and Han Solo in The Force Awakens

General Leia sharing an embrace with Han Solo
General Leia sharing an embrace with Han Solo | Source

8. Jabba's Death Scene

I mean, that golden metal bikini got all of the attention in the press, but besides the compulsory attire, Leia was here to take action, grabbing the chain that held her captive and killing the dirtbag that held her. There are some very interesting theories about Jabba's death and whether Leia was simply opportunist in this - taking her chance while it was there - or whether she had planned how to take down Jabba the Hutt all along. We would like to believe the latter, as we down think Leia was really the type to admit defeat and simply allow Jabba to treat her in such a way.

Princess Leia and Wicket the Ewok

7. First Contact with the Ewoks

The first main character that came into contact with the mini guerrilla warriors, the Ewoks, was Leia. The Ewoks played their part in the rebellion against the Empire and in fact were pivotal in helping Leia, Han and Chewbacca. Leia was quite taken by the Ewoks, and we don't blame her!

Leia and Han Open Up to Each Other

Leia showing her true feelings to Han Solo
Leia showing her true feelings to Han Solo | Source

6. Nerf Herder

"Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder!" - A Woman in Denial.

Leia did everything that she could to show Han Solo that she had no romantic interest in him whatsoever. That was so, until they were left alone and she finally gave in to her love for him. This scene shows that there is some kin of "off the charts" chemistry between the unlikely couple. Additionally, we notice that this is one of the rare moment where Leia realises she has come across someone more confident and self-assured than herself.

5. The Death Star vs Alderaan

Fisher knew how to reveal Princess Leia’s vulnerable side. She knew her weaknesses. We can see this clearly during the Death Star vs Alderaan scene. Leia is brought to the bridge on the Death Star and is met by the evil, skeletal Grand Moff Tarkin. Leia being the wonderfully stubborn woman she is, insults the high-ranking Imperial Commander, despite being in the face of danger.

We see Leia's true weakness and vulnerability the moment Grand Moff Tarkin gives the order to destroy Alderaan. There is a breaking point when she realises her home planet, and all she grew up with, is to be destroyed.

Leia in the Face of Evil

Leia faces Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader, before witnessing the power of the Death Star
Leia faces Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader, before witnessing the power of the Death Star | Source

4. Rey before Chewbacca

To some fans, Leia's reaction to the death of Han Solo was a complete mistake. This was because she comforted Rey before even acknowledging Chewbacca's presence. Chewbacca was without a doubt the character who was closest to Han Solo in terms of a friendship capacity. Leia grew close to the big Wookiee, too.

On the other hand, we can perhaps argue that Leia sees a lot of herself in Rey, which is maybe why she went straight to the heroine of The Force Awakens, before Chewbacca.

3. Han and Leia

A white dress, cinnamon rolls in her hair and some big attitude. That’s Leia in pretty much all of the scenes she shares with Han Solo. These scenes deserve a countdown spot themselves because her relationship with everyone's favourite Smuggler is both iconic, but plays a huge role in the formation and development of both of these characters throughout the Star Wars films.

It's just a matter of time before the fall for each other, or kill each other.

A New Hope

C3PO, Luke Skywalker and Ben Kenobi watching Princess Leia's message, delivered by R2D2
C3PO, Luke Skywalker and Ben Kenobi watching Princess Leia's message, delivered by R2D2 | Source

2. You're my Only Hope

A small, projected image shown by our beloved R2D2, along with eight key words: "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi – you're my only hope". This is what propels Luke Skywalker in to a wider world of swashbuckling in space. Luke recites these words over and over again - and in fact these words, Leia's words, are ultimately to thank for Luke's path toward becoming a Jedi Knight - and perhaps the saviour the galaxy needs.

The Empire Strikes Back at Han Solo and Princess Leia

Leia, Chewbacca and Han Solo surrounded by Stormtroopers, Boba Fett and Darth Vader
Leia, Chewbacca and Han Solo surrounded by Stormtroopers, Boba Fett and Darth Vader | Source

1. "I Love You"... "I Know"

In this moment, we finally see Leia's guard down. Upon Han Solo's probable imminent death, Leia finally gathers the courage to show her true emotions to the Scoundrel. Finally, she tells him "I Love You", and in true Han Solo style, he replies "I know", before being dunked in to the Carbon Freezing Chamber. This conversation truly epitomises the relationship between these two main characters and is a brilliant personification of their chemistry.

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