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Is Leia a Jedi in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'?

Updated on January 7, 2016

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.

-Luke Skywalker in 'Return of the Jedi'

Leia Organa has a new title in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," but it isn't the one some were waiting to hear. She's General Leia Organa.

The movie does not show her in typical Jedi robes or carrying a lightsaber. While we got the payoff of Rey in a lightsaber battle, we did not get the payoff of Leia actually accomplishing what her brother promised last time we saw her.

It left some wondering, is she a Jedi?

Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa
Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa | Source

According to Wookieepedia, a Jedi is a Force-sensitive individual who studied the ways of the Force. Leia is most certainly Force-sensitive in the original trilogy, as she has memories she shouldn't and can sense things, like exactly where her brother is hanging.

In "The Force Awakens," she is shown reacting to Han's death. Her reaction, in fact, feels almost identical to Yoda's reaction in "Revenge of the Sith" to Jedi being killed. This, in my opinion, shows she has had training. In "A New Hope," she watches as her planet is blown to pieces, and while Obi Wan can feel the lives departing, she appears to not. This shows she has done a great deal of work cultivating her powers in the 30 years between the original trilogy and the new one.

Using the comparison of these two scenes, it can be determined she is a Jedi, possibly even a Jedi Master. Why a master? Her feelings were so strong. Plus, Rey and Leia gave each other the look like they were mother and daughter. What if that look was because Luke had Leia training his daughter, while he was training her son? Perhaps Rey wasn't the only Padawan she trained. (Note: Rey's parents were never officially outed.)

So, where's the lightsaber?

In fact, this is the only movie in which we do not see Leia use a weapon at all, and she is the only character not covering her right eye with a weapon in that series of character posters released for the film.

While there is tons of talk about what was being hidden about Rey's character, perhaps there's even more being hidden about Leia's character. Perhaps she does use a lightsaber now, and that is a reveal for one of the other movies in this trilogy. Perhaps she wasn't shown using a weapon for that very reason.

Her lack of typical Jedi dress could be explained through a variety of ideas. For starters, she is already an outcast of sorts of the New Republic for her "a fixation on the past." Throwing on typical Jedi clothing probably wouldn't help her stance with those who see Jedi as Han once did.

Another theory could be as Luke went into hiding, she may have thought it would not be a great idea to advertise that she was a Jedi through her clothing. Sure, her son may know who she really is, but does everyone need to know?

Plus, although she is leading the Resistance, she may not want to stand out, and being in Jedi clothes stands out. (Even in "Attack of the Clones," bar patrons stare at the Jedi attire.) She was a hero- she peaked about 30 years ago. In a way, since the First Order has risen to power and her son is now in Vader's role, she could see herself as a failure, and the lack of traditional robes could be her way of hiding.

All we know is Leia, a former senator, is now the founder/general of the Resistance after political setbacks.

How did she get the title of general, though? Yes, she is a hero of the rebellion, and Han was a general at one point, but the word "general" is not a political title, and Leia was a politician like her mother.

But, general is the title Obi Wan held in the Clone Wars. It could be deduced Leia has the title of general because she is, in fact, a Jedi Knight, at the very least.

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