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In ROTJ Leia says

"somehow I've always known"

If she has always known then did she know when she kissed him?

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Eeeuw. NOOOOOOOooooooooooooooo! –  Wikis May 30 '12 at 10:26
    
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There's a difference between consciously and unconsciously knowing. No, she didn't consciously know this - i.e. she wasn't aware of it.

Leia meant that the connection she always felt towards Luke now made sense - the one that she originally misinterpreted as sexual love, but realised was (appropriately enough), sisterly love.

Even when Leia kissed Luke she had other motivation - to annoy Han in particular - this, combined with a sisterly love she didn't know was in fact a biological connection, was enough for a kiss.

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On TV Tropes, one person argues: > The "she only kissed him to make Han > jealous" argument does kind of ignore > the fact she practically snogs him > again at the end of the film, when > he's unconscious and there's no-one > else in the room... –  Andrew Grimm Apr 26 '11 at 0:25
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No. She was not aware of the blood relationship at that time, though she certainly felt the connection that most fiction insists is there between twins.

She may also have felt a strong desire for him, as they are twins (and thus very similar in appearance, though the performers playing them are not). People in general are attracted to people who bear a close resemblance to themselves, and they were separated literally from birth, preventing the Westermarck effect from occurring.

It's entirely likely that her 'always knowing' represents the way that the Force tried to guide her away from Luke, possibly directed thusly by the spirit of Kenobi.

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Very interesting reference to the Westermarck effect. Good answer! –  Chris_O Apr 25 '11 at 19:34
    
Fraternal twins are not necessarily very similar in appearance. They are no more alike than any pair of siblings, except they happen to be the same age. –  Martha Sep 23 '11 at 18:59
    
@Martha: true, but this is fiction. Twins always look alike. –  Jeff Sep 24 '11 at 0:44
    
@Jeff, there's a hole in your logic. Manifestly, twins do not always look alike, not even in fiction. –  Martha Sep 26 '11 at 14:23
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Not consciously anyway. She might have "felt" it somehow when she was kissing him. At least that's the angle they usually spin on those kind of scenarios.

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Perhaps Leia first had this impression when she kissed him, like Lorraine Baines did when she kissed her son Marty McFly in 'Back to the Future'? –  oosterwal Apr 25 '11 at 16:58
    
After searching her feeling, she always knew it due to the force. But, she never confident about it because she didn't know the force was with her. So, - at the time of kiss - she knew it abstractly... not confidently like real fact. –  Sachin Shekhar Apr 25 '11 at 22:30
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I'm sure I read somewhere that George Lucas didn't know they were going to be brother/sister when he wrote that scene.

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It would be great if you found a citation to back this up. As it stands, your answer remains in the realm of speculation. –  Gilles Jun 6 '11 at 6:47
    
@Gilles I've heard the same thing, primarily in The Secret History of Star Wars (amazon.com/Secret-History-Star-Wars/dp/0978465237/…). Basically he didn't have the whole thing planned out, but wrote one movie at a time. –  Andy Aug 2 '11 at 0:17
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Actually Leia is daughter of Anakin which means she has midichlorians. She has jedi powers which never trained. That's why she can sense but can not understand if the sense is right because she is not trained.

And the kiss was to make jealous of Han.

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she has midichlorians Well... yes, but everybody has midichlorians. –  gobernador Aug 3 '12 at 20:31
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No, Leia always loved Luke. She kissed him to prove to Han she didn't love him. They originally weren't even close to being related. Thus the love triangle. The story went downhill making Leia and Luke related, and it makes no sense. The twin was going to be found by Luke and Leia by Episode 7 I.E Expanded Universe. So no, Leia saw Luke as a man to fall for, and not sisterly love.

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Well she didnt know she just felt the connection between them even though thought is fun to play with (third time I watched them I realized it and got a good laugh out of it)

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