reasons people think Padme and Leia are alike:
- both were royalty
- both served in the Senate
- both females
- ‘like mother like daughter’
reasons people think Anakin and Luke are alike:
- both become Jedi
- both excellent pilots
- use blue lightsabers (????)
- ‘like father like son’
reasons Luke is actually meant to mirror Padme in the story:
- he is the one to have faith there is good in Anakin
- Padme and Luke have similar control over their emotions
- both stubborn once they have their mind set on something
- in the end his faith in Anakin saves him, the way Padme’s would have
reasons Leia is more similar to Anakin:
- she is angry
- like all the time; Carrie Fisher even said she played Leia as barely restraining her anger most of the time
- she’s impulsive
- she would probably win a snark-off against Clone Wars era Anakin and that’s saying something
- have a similar sense of duty; Anakin to the Jedi, Leia to the Alliance
If you will not turn to the Dark Side… then perhaps she will…
Some Sith!Leia edits, because I keep thinking about @siths-sirenia‘s amazing Sith Skywalker sibs drawing and @starwarsstyle has amazing selection in Sith fashion. All hail our Sith Princess of Darkness.
I feel like Han would still be into this…
Han is all “there’s to much Vader in him,” without mentioning that there is too much Vader in Leia too.
Like, Bail Organa, bless his poor poor soul, tried to politician the Vader out of her. He tried SO FUCKING HARD.
But the fact that she abandoned politics to be a General in the Resistance says a lot about her similarities to Anakin Skywalker.
See, people get it wrong. They assume because Luke got the blond hair and the lightsaber that he is Anakin’s child. He’s not. He’s Padme’s.
Leia, though. Leia is very much Anakin’s child. She is the one with the deep anger in her. She is the one who will bring
peace to her new empirefreedom and justice back to the galaxy whether the galaxy wants it or not. She is the one who commands armies and amasses followers as easy as breathing. She joined the Rebellion while she was in her teens. She is the one with the spirit of a warrior.
Don’t get me wrong; Bail Organa did his damnedest to raise her in the mold of her mother, fighting her battles in the halls of power with words as her weapons. And she was very good at it. But unlike Padme, Leia’s words always had an edge to them, her tone and meaning always a little too sharp, a little too angry.
Peace and mercy are the trademarks of Luke and Padme. Justice and order, obtained by whatever means necessary, are the marks of Leia and Anakin.
How the throne room scene actually should’ve gone:
“If you will not turn to the Dark Side, perhaps she will.”
“Pffffthahahahaha yeah, okay Dad, let me know how that turns out. Look, the reason I’m here instead of her is because I want you alive and not a cloud of vaporized plastic. You know she strangled Jabba the Hutt with the chain he put around her neck, right? That’s what she does to people who try to control her. Better tell your Emperor you’re not allowed to have any more ideas.”
#this is so true it’s beautiful#I bet Vader almost felt glad every time Luke turned up with the lightsaber when they faced off#Vader was like ‘Oh thank the Force it’s the nice one that got the lightsaber skills’
You want to know what the biggest nonissue in Star Wars is?
Leia having memories of Padme.
And people make such a big deal about it all the time!
Leia is incredibly force sensitive! The force gives force sensitive people visions all the time! If Leia didn’t know what the force was or that she was force sensitive then she could easily mistake a force vision for a memory!
It’s literally that easy.
There are so many plot holes and in universe arguments to be had and people continue to get so worked up about this one?
The one with the easiest explanation?
So then why doesn’t Luke remember her?
If you watch Revenge of the Sith you can see that Leia’s eyes are open while Padme is dying and after. Luke’s eyes, however, are closed. George Lucas has said that this is why she has visual memories of her mother. Her eyes were open.
I still feel like that’s a bit of a stretch though. I mean I can suspend disbelief for a lot of things, but they were babies. They were just born. Ultimately George needed to communicate this better to the audience. Nice to know the reason Luke doesn’t remember Mama is because he fell asleep though. Poor Luke.
How is it a stretch though? The force is literally space magic it doesn’t work on logical rules? It gives people visions of their past and potential futures and all that.
I think that Luke heard his mother actually and didn’t realize it was a force memory because he repeats the words she spoke on her death bed almost verbatim.
There’s a difference between thinking it could have been executed better, versus debating it on forums and arguing about it… like the dudebros that were being referenced do. They are the supposedly hardcore Star Wars fans who would absolutely pick apart a scene and notice the details like Leia’s eyes being open and Luke’s being closed, but they still don’t accept that the explanation is just that. Open eyed, force sensitive Leia.
Yeah it’s like ok you guys could just admit that she’s force sensitive and have an easy explanation that makes sense or you could continue to plug your ears and close your eyes.
Now that you bring it up, I remember something. We all know Luke tends to close his eyes when using the Force. Well, there’s two points in the OT where Leia uses the Force. At the end of Empire Strikes Back, when she hears Luke calling for help:
And at the end of Return of the Jedi, when she confirms Luke’s alive for Han.
Both times, eyes wide open. Where Luke’s earliest training involves closing his eyes to get in tune with the Force, and he still does so sometimes even in the third movie. I’d go so far as to suggest Luke’s got his hood up at the end of The Force Awakens when we first see him because he was covering his eyes and trying to sense who was approaching through the Force. (And he does figure it out, which is why he’s amazed but not startled or surprised.) Leia, a few scenes earlier, senses Han on the Starkiller with her eyes open, and only closes them when it hits her what her impression means.
More than that, the way the ESB scene is edited you get the impression Leia’s seeing a vision. Luke doesn’t get visions until ESB, but he does hear voices in the original movie.
This is so interesting!
I’ve never noticed this but I did immediately think of two moments from the canon comics that we see the twins use the force:
The things we love destroy us every time. Remember that.
#I am never. never ever. over how open and soft han solo’s face gets when leia shows him even the slightest bit of honest affection #it flips this switch inside him it unstoppers this font of—something #something young and unguarded and wondering #and she’s not even flirting but she’s looking at him all open and affectionate and for all his pushing and cajoling #han solo has no idea what to do with that except return it #a hundredfold #(i love these assholes so fuckin much I’m sorrY) (via notbecauseofvictories)
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