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Why did Jabba make Leia his slave?

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    Rule #34. knowyourmeme.com/memes/rule-34 (possibly adult content) – Trollwut Feb 19 '14 at 12:13
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    Have you seen her in that bikini? Why wouldn't he enslave her? – Valorum Feb 19 '14 at 12:36
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    "Disney owning it now it not an indicator that it will become less childish and illogical." It's also not an indicator that it will. Disney hasn't made Marvel comics or movies any more childish or illogical. Disney also owned Miramax until 2010, which had plenty of very adult-themed movies. – phantom42 Feb 19 '14 at 16:40
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Jabba was notorious for keeping humanoid females as trophies or pets (see the question Do Hutts find humanoid females attractive? for details). He was also notorious for being hedonistic and quite sadistic - even by Hutt standards - as well as intelligent & under-handed. Also, one of the many things Jabba dealt in was information brokering, so we can assume he knew who Leia was. Understanding this, we can come up with the following reasons:

  • A trophy: Nothing says "status symbol" like the Princess of Alderaan chained to your dais and scrubbing your back.
  • Personal pleasure: As mentioned in the other question, Jabba had a thing for humanoid females - not necessarily on a sexual level (although possibly) - but definitely on a decoration or collection level. Again, nothing says "I'm awesome" like having a princess in your personal harem.
  • Sadism & Gloating: Another possibility is that Jabba wanted to keep her hostage, perhaps to ransom off to Vader later, but enjoyed debasing royalty by putting her in such a situation. Think of it as making the king of a planet your shoe-shine boy or something - not only could you enjoy watching him grovel, but it also doubles as a statement that says "I'm more powerful than a KING."

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