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This is a post-Force Awakens follow up to the 2012 question Did Princess Leia ever use The Force?.

The fact that Leia has natural strong force sensitivity is obviously very important - but I can't think of any examples of her actively using the force. By actively I mean her making a deliberate, conscious decision to use the force to bring about a certain result.

That above linked question gives examples of her showing a kind of affinity to Luke, and there's a scene discussed in this question in The Force Awakens where she...

...becomes aware that her son has killed her husband/ex/son's father (Han)

...but all of these are latent and passive, not her actively and purposefully causing a result.

Since Disney took over, have there been any examples of her using the force in an active way comparable to reading someone's mind, influencing their thoughts, telekenisis, guiding shots, freezing things, blasting people with lightning, etc etc?

  • According to the novelisation, she senses the deaths (of the Senators) in the Hosnian System. I guess that doesn't count. – Valorum Dec 30 '15 at 20:01
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    @Richard yeah, unless it was like, "I'm going to telepathically see how our senators are getting along over in the Hosnian System. Ommmmm... Oh no!" (hopefully better written) – user568458 Dec 30 '15 at 20:07
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    It's not massively better written, but it's better than that. – Valorum Dec 30 '15 at 20:09
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    Even in the Legends EU, she barely learned how to do anything. She became proficient with the lightsaber and some minor telekinesis, but otherwise her skills were primarily passive. Instead, we got 30 years of reading her tell herself "Man, I need to practice one of these days." – Omegacron Dec 30 '15 at 20:50
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    @Omegacron interesting to know, thanks - thinking about it, it also seems in character that TFA Leia would have spent 30 years periodically thinking "I should probably take some time out to train in using the force... I'll do that once I've finished leading the Resistance and setting Ben on the right path" – user568458 Dec 30 '15 at 20:56
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Yes (but see below).

In the The Last Jedi we see Leia use the Force to save herself when she gets blasted out into space. This still fits in with the general theme of her using the Force in a "passive" mode since her use is instinctual rather than deliberate.


Since the EU was purged from Star Wars history, all of the stories about Leia 'learning the ways of the Force' seem to have been removed from the canon.

Leia is repeatedly described as being "Force Sensitive" (notably she can sense the thoughts of powerful force users, detect disturbances in the Force and sense the life-forces of those who are close to her) but she's shown no inclination to actively use the force in the way that you've described.

I'm basing this on all of the Disney canon sources I have access to; The novelisations (obviously), the TFA film, the new comic serials, the new canon novels and the new factbooks (everything you need to know / 100 scenes). I also had a very long readthrough of the Wookiepedia page for her and the wikipedia page in case I'd missed anything truly abstruse.


That all being said, there's at least one fully canonical example from the original (pre-2014) canon that shows Leia using the Force. In the RotJ novelisation, when Luke escapes the Death Star, he reaches out to let Leia that he's alright and she reaches out to him to offer him the same reassurance.

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    I'm basing this on all of the Disney canon sources I have access to; The novelisations (obviously), the TFA film, the new comic serials, the new canon novels and the new factbooks (everything you need to know / 100 scenes). I also had a very long readthrough of the Wookiepedia page for her and the wikipedia page in case I'd missed anything abstruse or very new. – Valorum Dec 30 '15 at 20:36
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    @all - and THIS is the correct format to structure a proper "no" answer to such "are there any" a question on SFF.SE – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 30 '15 at 22:26
  • @DVK - Curses. While re-reading the original trilogy novelisation, I've spotted an instance where she did use the Force. Poop. – Valorum Jan 14 '16 at 17:29
  • Sensing Luke in ESB or ROTJ? I am not sure that qualifies as "used" – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 14 '16 at 17:34
  • @DVK - She "reaches out" with the force in the ROTJ novelisation – Valorum Jan 14 '16 at 17:59
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There are some notable instances as of September 2016. My list features the name of the media that these instances appeared in.

  • Star Wars: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon - In this comic book, Leia ends up on the planet Nar Shadaa, where the collector of Jedi artifacts, Grakkus the Hutt, resides. TIE Pilots storm the area she is in, so she grabs a lightsaber and shows great prowess in its usage, something only a Force-user would have.
  • Aftermath: Life Debt - This is set about a year after the Battle of Endor. Luke has begun training Leia in meditation. While meditating, Leia senses that her unborn child is a boy.
  • Bloodline - Set six years before The Force Awakens, Leia is a Senator in the New Republic. Tiring with the boring life of politics, Leia and a group of of her close associates decide to fight against a Nikto cartel led by Rinnrivin Di. While Di's thugs attempt to kill her, she makes a 1-in-a-million shot that ends up blowing up the criminal base, similar to what her brother Luke did when he blew up the Death Star.

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