In honor of the late, great Carrie Fisher and her iconic role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars film franchise, we list the best princesses in video game history.

On December 27th, 2016, the world lost Carrie Fisher, the wonderful actress and writer that brought one of science-fiction’s most iconic characters to life. The character Princess Leia is special to a lot of people, as she was depicted as independent and strong at a time when many princesses were meant to be little more than damsels in distress. Princess Leia paved the way for other fictional princesses to break the mold, even in video gaming.

In recognition of Carrie Fisher and her groundbreaking role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, here are the best princesses in video gaming.

Kairi (Kingdom Hearts)

The 5 Best Video Game Princesses - Kairi Kingdom Hearts 2

Similarly to Princess Leia, Kairi from Kingdom Hearts serves a much greater purpose than just being a love interest or damsel in distress. In fact, Kairi is one of the most important characters in the series, serving as one of the seven Princesses of Heart, alongside other iconic princesses like Snow White and Cinderella. In the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III, fans may even have the chance to see Kairi mingle with characters from Star Wars and Marvel, so there’s a chance Kairi could actually meet Princess Leia herself.

Kitana (Mortal Kombat)

Mortal Kombat X - Kitana Posing

Princess of Edenia, Kitana is one of the most recognizable characters from the Mortal Kombat franchise. Her popularity has greatly influenced the design of other key Mortal Kombat characters, like Jade and Mileena for instance, both of whom debuted as palette swaps of Kitana. Kitana’s popularity persists today, with the fighter appearing in the bulk of Mortal Kombat titles since she was introduced in 1993’s Mortal Kombat II, including Mortal Kombat X, where her devastating moveset is on full display.

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