Let the character of Leia be an example to you. From an early age, she used the power and privilege afforded her by the royal house of Alderaan to venture out into the galaxy and help others whenever possible. The moment she was given command of the Tantive IV, she saw it as her duty to help the downtrodden and oppressed; her parents, Breha and Bail Organa, taught her to fight injustice. And she spent her life doing just that. Like the man she fell in love with, Han Solo, Leia made a habit of finding herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and time and again she proved herself a hero. With the welcome news that Carrie Fisher is returning in Star Wars: Episode IX, we’re looking back at 10 iconic quotes from our favorite rebel princess-turned-general.
1. “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”
This one’s so famous, and so undeniably great, that it’s now been featured in two Star Wars films. It’s the first scene most people associate with Leia, but it’s also a definitive snapshot of what makes the films so uniquely captivating: eccentric droids, fuzzy holograms, Jedi Knights, political intrigue, and wars that span the galaxy.
2. “Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?”
No one can accuse Leia of lacking a sense of humor. Given the princess’s situation — held captive by the Empire, tortured with nightmarish devices at the hands of a Sith Lord, witnessing the utter destruction of her home planet — this playful jab at Luke shows her immeasurable strength.
3. “Why, you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder!”
Eight films into the Skywalker saga, no insult can top Leia’s legendary put-down.
4. “Someone who loves you.”
This has always been my favorite Han-and-Leia exchange. Han, awakening blind and frightened in the palace of Jabba the Hutt, is first greeted by the voice of an alien bounty hunter. Imagine how he must’ve felt when he suddenly heard the voice of the woman he loved; he was due for a little luck.
5. “When did that ever help? And don’t say the Death Star.”
Like I said, Leia Organa is funny. As in The Empire Strikes Back, Leia’s relationship with Han in The Force Awakens involves a tension between her professionalism and his goofball egotism.
6. “Luke is a Jedi; you’re his father. There’s still light in him. I know it.”
When we catch up with Han and Leia in The Force Awakens, decades after the Battle of Endor, their son is in thrall to the dark side and Supreme Leader Snoke’s First Order. As the daughter of Anakin Skywalker, Leia knows all too well the influence of the dark side — as well as the redeeming power of familial love.
7. “You know, no matter how much we fought, I’ve always hated watching you leave.”
Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford share one of the absolute best scenes in Episode VII, capping off a nearly 40-year on-screen relationship that began in 1977 with A New Hope.
8. “There are things that you cannot solve by jumping in an X-wing and blowing something up.”
Kylo Ren says the Supreme Leader is wise, but Snoke’s got nothing on the wisdom of Leia Organa. For a film that’s all about mentors failing their students, The Last Jedi offers up some of the saga’s finest lessons courtesy of both Leia and Yoda. There are echoes of this quote throughout the film, from Vice Admiral Holdo’s admonition about “trigger-happy flyboys” to Rose’s final epiphany: “That’s how we’re gonna win. Not fighting what we hate — saving what we love.”
9. “I know what you’re gonna say: I changed my hair.”
Fisher’s charm and one-of-a-kind sense of humor make for a timeless and joyous performance. This line, written by Fisher, shows her talent as a writer and innate understanding of Luke and Leia’s playful relationship.
10. “We have everything we need.”
As leader of the Resistance, Leia Organa’s a symbol of hope for the galaxy. The Battle of Crait ends with numerous losses and casualties, and with Kylo Ren seizing command of the First Order in the wake of Snoke’s defeat. With Luke Skywalker and the Jedi Order gone, Rey sees an uncertain future for the rebels who have become her family. But Leia sees something else: a victory that will inspire the fearful and oppressed across the worlds of the shattered Republic.
Alex Kane is a journalist based in west-central Illinois. He has written for Polygon, the website of Rolling Stone, Syfy Wire, Variety, and other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @alexjkane.