Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker

SW Character

bgcolor = Blue
name = Luke Skywalker
position = X-wing Commander (later General in EU sources) in the Rebel Alliance, Co-Founder (with Wedge Antilles) & Leader of Rogue Squadron, Founder & (Former) Leader of Twin Suns Squadron, Founder & Leader of Hardpoint Squadron, Jedi Knight, Jedi Master, Grand Master of the New Jedi Order
species = Human
gender = Male
planet = Polis Massa, raised on Tatooine
affiliation =
* New Jedi Order
* New Republic
* Galactic Alliance
portrayer = Mark Hamill
(Episodes IV-VI)
Aidan Barton
(Episode III)
Bob Bergen
(various video games)
Kaneto Shiozawa
(Japanese dub)

Luke Skywalker is the main protagonist of the "Star Wars" universe portrayed by Mark Hamill in the films ', ', and "".

Luke plays a major role in the original trilogy as he learns the ways of the Jedi and becomes an important figure in the Rebel Alliance, leading the struggle against the Galactic Empire. As the son of former Jedi Anakin Skywalker, he is heir to a family deeply powerful in the Force. In the Expanded Universe, he becomes a powerful Jedi Master and eventually the Grand Master of the New Jedi Order.

Film appearances

"Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith"

In chronological order of the "Star Wars" films, Luke Skywalker first appears in the ending of "", when he and his twin sister, Leia is born to Padmé Amidala on Polis Massa. Padmé passes away. Jedi Masters Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi hide the children to prevent the newly declared Galactic Empire and its ruler, Emperor Palpatine, using them to gain greater control over the galaxy. Leia would go to Alderaan and grow up a princess, the adopted daughter of Senator Bail Organa, and Luke would be taken to the desert planet of Tatooine to be raised as a moisture farmer by his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. Obi-Wan would then go into exile on Tatooine to keep an eye on Luke during his formative years.

"Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope"

The character's first full appearance in the series is in "". His character represents the hero archetype ["The Power of Myth", paperback, 1989. Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers, 978-0385247740] ["The Fourth Turning", 1997. William Strauss, Neil Howe. New York: Broadway Books ] who is "the young man, called to adventure, the hero going out facing the trials and ordeals, and coming back after his victory with a boon for the community". [pg 179 "The Power of Myth", paperback, 1989. Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers, 978-0385247740]

Luke lives a humdrum existence on Tatooine with his aunt and uncle, who have kept his father's true history a secret from him. He takes his first steps toward his destiny when he finds two droids, C-3PO and R2-D2, the latter of whom is carrying a message for Obi-Wan Kenobi, known to Luke as the eccentric hermit Ben Kenobi. Obi-Wan tells him that his father was a Jedi, killed by a Sith Lord named Darth Vader. He then presents Luke with his father's lightsaber. Obi-Wan offers to take Luke to Alderaan, but Luke rejects his offer.

Luke changes his mind when he discovers his aunt and uncle have been killed by Imperial stormtroopers. He and Obi-Wan obtain passage with the smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca on their ship, the "Millennium Falcon", only to find that Alderaan has been destroyed by the Empire's new superweapon, the Death Star.

The group sneaks onto the Death Star and rescues the captive Princess Leia; as they are escaping, Obi-Wan sacrifices himself in a duel with Vader. Luke is heartbroken, but finds the strength (with help from Obi-Wan's spirit) to join the Rebel Alliance and destroy the Death Star during the film's climactic battle.

"Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back"

In "", set three years later, Luke is a commander in the Rebel Alliance. While on a mission on the ice planet Hoth, he is nearly killed by a Wampa; he escapes with the help of the Force and his lightsaber. In the frozen wasteland, he sees the spirit of Obi-Wan, who tells him to travel to the planet Dagobah and complete his training under Jedi Master Yoda.

When the Empire discovers the Rebel base on Hoth, Luke leads a snowspeeder squadron to cover the evacuation. Escaping Hoth in his X-wing, he travels to Dagobah, instead of regrouping with the Alliance. There, he meets Yoda and undergoes rigorous Jedi training, increasing his power in the Force.

His training is interrupted by a vision of his friends in pain. Against Obi-Wan and Yoda's advice, he travels to Cloud City to save them, only to be lured into a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader. As his mentors warned, Luke proves to be no match for the powerful and experienced Vader. After losing his right hand, he learns the truth: Darth Vader is his father in disguise. Vader offers him the chance to turn to the dark side of the Force and rule the galaxy at his father's side. Screaming in distress, Luke chooses to die rather than be corrupted and throws himself into a deep reactor chasm. However, he is sucked into a garbage chute to the underside of Cloud City and left hanging onto a weather vane. Leia, flying away from Cloud City in the "Millennium Falcon", senses Luke's peril and turns the ship around to save him. Aboard the medical ship after rejoining the rebel fleet, Luke's missing hand is replaced with a robotic one. Although he is unaware of it, Luke now shares something in common with Vader, as both lost their right hands in Lightsaber duels against Sith lords. Luke to Vader himself, and Vader (as Anakin) to Count Dooku. Later on, in the final film in the saga "Return of the Jedi", the robotic hand Luke gains in this film plays a pivotal role in the events near the climax of the film.

"Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi"

In "", Luke, along with Leia, the droids, and Lando Calrissian, save Han Solo from the gangster Jabba the Hutt, who had acquired the carbonite-encased Solo after the events of "The Empire Strikes Back". Luke offers to negotiate with Jabba, but instead is forced to fight a fearsome monster, the Rancor. When Luke kills it, Jabba sentences him to be thrown into The Pit of Carkoon, to be eaten by the Sarlacc. Luke escapes with R2's help, saving his friends and destroying Jabba's barge, with the aid of a new green lightsaber constructed following the loss of his first weapon in his duel with Vader. (His father's lightsaber is eventually recovered years later.)

During his return trip to Dagobah, Luke learns from the dying Yoda that Vader is indeed his father, and from Obi-Wan's spirit that he has a twin sister, which Luke immediately realizes is Leia. Obi-Wan warns him that his instincts 'do him credit' but also warns him that they could be made to enslave him to the Emperor's wishes. Yoda tells Luke that although he requires no further training, he will not truly be a Jedi until he confronts his father. Luke insists that there is still good left in Vader, and pledges to bring him back from the dark side. Obi-Wan, however, believes that there is nothing left of Anakin Skywalker in Vader and that Vader must be destroyed. Luke is still adamant that there is good left in Vader and that he cannot kill his own father.

Arriving on Endor as part of a Rebel commando squad, Luke surrenders to Vader in an attempt to bring his father back from the dark side of the Force. Vader rebuffs his entreaties and brings Luke to the Emperor on the second Death Star, in orbit around Endor.

The Emperor and Vader attempt to turn Luke to the dark side with promises to save his friends from certain death. When that fails, the Emperor goads Luke to strike him down to save the Rebels, who are losing a battle with the Empire on and over the forest moon of Endor. Luke momentarily lashes out in anger, but Vader blocks his strike, and father and son face each other in a final duel. Luke keeps his emotions under control until Vader senses Luke's feelings for his sister and threatens to turn "her" instead. At this threat Luke finally gives into his anger and attacks with full fury. Vader loses ground as Luke lands blow after blow; Luke eventually forces Vader on his back and severs his father's mechanical right arm. With the Emperor ordering Luke to strike Vader down to take his place, Luke glances at his own bionic hand and realizes with a visceral horror that he's on the verge of suffering his father's fate. Luke regains composure, deactivates his lightsaber and emphatically throws it away, proudly declaring his allegiance to the Jedi.

The Emperor uses Force lightning against Luke in retaliation, nearly killing him. In horrible pain, Luke calls out to his father for help. In an act of self-sacrifice, Vader seizes the Emperor and throws him to his death down a reactor shaft. In the process, he is mortally wounded by the Emperor's lightning. As Rebel fighters race toward the Death Star's main reactor, Luke (at his father's request) removes the mask that had encased Anakin Skywalker's face, and looks upon his father's eyes for the first and only time. Anakin dies moments later, assuring his son that there is still good in him after all. Luke escapes with his father's remains moments before the Death Star is obliterated. On Endor, in the manner of a funeral, Luke burns the last vestiges of his father that had been Darth Vader on a pyre, a Jedi tradition. During the Rebel Alliance's victory celebrations on Endor, Luke sees the smiling spirits of Obi-Wan, Yoda, and his father, Anakin Skywalker, who was redeemed by his act of sacrifice in saving his son.

Expanded Universe appearances

The Expanded Universe details Luke's exploits following the Rebel victory at Endor.

After the battle of Endor

In the novel "The Truce at Bakura", set one day after the battle of Endor, Luke Skywalker and his friend Wedge Antilles recover a message droid from the titular planet, which was being invaded by the Ssi-Ruuk. Luke commands a task force, turning back the enemy army. He also meets Dev Sibwarra, a Force-sensitive human who had been captured by the Ssi-Ruuk, who is killed in the battle after turning against his captors.

In the novel "The Courtship of Princess Leia", set four years after the Battle of Endor, Luke travels to the planet Dathomir. There, he discovers a group of Force-sensitive witches called the Witches of Dathomir, banded into two separate groups: a collective of benign, matriarchal clans; the one he is in contact with being the "Singing Mountain Clan", and the witches who have turned to the dark side, called the "Nightsisters". Discovering a prophecy in which it was told a Jedi would change the way of life on the land, Luke eventually realizes truly what the Force is for the first time in his life. While there, he destroys most of the Nightsisters (including their powerful leader, Gethzirion, and the galaxy's most powerful remaining warlord, Warlord Zsinj). Thanks to the help of the prophecy and witches, Luke recovers old Jedi records left by Yoda about 400 years prior. He decides to start a new Jedi Academy, something he has been trying to do for six months before the start of the novel by finding old Jedi records and archives.

In "The Thrawn Trilogy", Luke meets former Emperor's Hand Mara Jade, who is bound by Palpatine's disembodied voice, that repeatedly commands "You will kill Luke Skywalker." Mara Jade is working with her boss, a fringe-of-the-galaxy smuggler named Talon Karrde, who also plays a crucial role in this era. Although she was ready to fulfill that order to stop the voice, circumstances force her to keep him alive long enough to have him help escape a mutual danger. Despite her threats, Luke learns of Mara's curse and vows to free her from it. Meanwhile, the rest of the New Republic is fighting against Grand Admiral Thrawn, and thanks to Leia's help, he is eventually defeated, although Luke tried several times to get near him and his ally, Joruus C'boath. Eventually, the desperate pair fight against Luke's clone, Luuke Skywalker, the apprentice of Joruus C'Baoth. During the fight, Mara Jade destroys the clone and, with Leia's help, destroys C'baoth. This entire time, C'boath has been obsessed with 'molding' Luke and Mara to serve him, perhaps due to the fact that the Spaarti cloning cylinders he was made from have a reputation of turning people insane later in life. Nonetheless, he is defeated along with Luuke , and Mara's sacrifice silences her curse and completes her reconciliation with the Jedi, whom she later joins.

"Jedi Academy Trilogy"

In the "Jedi Academy Trilogy", Luke resigns his commission in the New Republic's starfighter corps to pursue his Jedi studies and rebuild the Jedi Order in the Massassi Temple on Yavin 4, a decision some anti-Jedi politicians use against him. Luke becomes the Order's de facto leader.His students in the ways of the Force include: Gantoris, Kam Solusar, Tionne, Streen, Cilghal, Kirana Ti and others.

An older and wiser Luke Skywalker also appears in the ' and ' video games at the rank of Jedi Master. In "Jedi Outcast", Luke helps Kyle Katarn in his fight against Desann and Empire Reborn by driving off Desann and his Reborn forces from Valley of the Jedi.


In the "Hand of Thrawn Duology", Luke, now a Jedi Master, works again with Mara Jade, who has learned to better her Force knowledge since her training at Luke's Jedi Academy. He falls in love with her and they eventually marry. Later, in "", they have a son whom they name Ben after Obi-Wan Kenobi, who used Ben as a pseudonym.

"New Jedi Order" and "The Yuuzhan Vong Invasion"

In the "New Jedi Order" series, Luke creates a new Jedi Council. He idealises a new conclave, made up of Jedi, politicians and military officers. Included in this new Jedi Order are Tresina Lobi, Kenth Hammer, Kyle Katarn, Kyp Durron, Cilghal, Saba Sebatynee and himself. From the politicians and military came new Chief of State Cal Omas, Admiral Sienn Sovv (Sullustan male) and four others.

In "", he spearheads the mission into the Unknown Regions during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion to find the mysterious planet of Zonama Sekot, a planet that creates living starships. After the invasion is defeated with the help of the new Mandalorian Warriors, a Sekotian fleet and a Galactic Alliance-Imperial Remnant fleet, Luke leads the New Jedi Order on Denon, the temporary capital of the Galactic Alliance and the site of the newly rebuilt Jedi Temple on Coruscant.

In "The Swarm War", the New Jedi Order moves to Ossus, the site of former famous Jedi temples and libraries that were mostly destroyed 4,000 years prior. Upon the Killik's invasion of Chiss space and the transformation of most of the Myrkr mission survivors into Killik Joiners, Luke determines that the Killik's collective mind is being unconsciously controlled by a hive called the Dark Nest. The Dark Nest is controlled by a former Nightsister named Lomi Plo, who became their Unseen Queen with her ability to become invisible by exploiting the doubts of inferiors. One of the Myrkr mission survivors, Alema Rar, attempted to plant seeds of doubt in Luke's mind by suggesting that his wife, Mara, may be somehow responsible for the death of his mother, Padmé Amidala, which he almost believes because of Mara's previous involvement as the Emperor's Hand. This allows Lomi to escape from Luke. Luke discovers recordings of his father Force-choking his mother on Mustafar, his own birth, and his mother's death hidden inside the protective memory archives of R2D2. Because of this, he is able to overcome his doubts about Mara and defeat Lomi Plo in the final battle of the Swarm War, cutting her into four pieces. Luke also withdraws the Jedi from Cal Omas' Advisory Council, as he plans to create a Jedi Council that will give aid to the Galactic Alliance when needed. He also becomes the Grand Master of the Jedi Order to give the Jedi a clear sense of direction. He has told the Jedi to either follow his leadership and make the order their priority, or leave. Jedi Danni Quee and Tenel Ka have resigned because of their duties to Zonoma Sekot and Hapes, respectively, while Corran Horn tries to resign, but Luke talks him out of it. Luke is also forced to exile Tahiri, Lowbacca, and Tesar Sebatayne to Dagobah for divulging secret information to people outside the Jedi Order.

"Legacy of the Force"

In the "Legacy of the Force" series, Luke begins having visions of a figure cloaked in darkness destroying the galaxy and Jedi Decree. In his dreams, this figure's presence is much like that of his father (as he appeared as Darth Vader). Luke has been troubled by the fact that he has been unable to discern the identity of this being. Complicating matters even more is the recent schism that has developed between Luke and his nephew, Jacen Solo. Already a tremendously powerful Jedi Knight, Jacen has begun adopting radical and extreme interpretations of the Force, causing a dramatic change in his personality. Luke fears that Jacen is pursuing the same path that ultimately led to Anakin Skywalker's fall to the dark side.

In "Bloodlines", the situation worsens when Luke's son, Ben, becomes Jacen's apprentice. Luke must also battle his wife, who refuses to confront Jacen for fear of alienating Ben. In "Tempest", Luke determines that the dark figure from his dreams is Lumiya, a former Emperor's Hand now known as the "Dark Lady of the Sith". Luke and Lumiya had fought several times over the years, but when Mara is murdered in "Sacrifice", Lumiya deceives Luke into believing that she killed her. They battle again, and Luke saves a weaponless Lumiya from falling to her death simply so that he can kill her himself. Luke returns to Coruscant where he is found by Ben, standing guard over Mara's body; upon speaking with his son, he realizes that Lumiya could not have killed her. Later in his private cabin, Luke breaks down over the death of his wife, knowing that her murderer is still at large. He does not realize that the killer is his own nephew, Jacen, who has now taken the Sith name Darth Caedus. In "Revelation", Ben proves that Jacen killed Mara, but Luke is now reluctant to kill Jacen out of fear that he or his son will fall to the dark side in the process. (The decision is taken out of his hands in "Invincible", when Jaina kills Jacen in a final lightsaber duel).


In the comic book series "", set 133 years after "Return of the Jedi", Luke appears as a Force ghost to his descendant Cade Skywalker, who has renounced his connection to the Force. Luke appeals to Cade to accept his Jedi lineage and fulfill his destiny to defeat the Sith, who by now have once again decimated the Jedi and taken over the galaxy.


Luke Skywalker has been portrayed by at least four different actors.

Mark Hamill (films)

*"" (May 25, 1977)
*"The Star Wars Holiday Special" (November 17, 1978)
*"" (May 21, 1980)
*"" (May 25, 1983)
*" (1981)
*" (1983)
*He reprised his role as Luke Skywalker for a speaking role in a commercial for "Vector Prime", the first of the "New Jedi Order" novels by science fiction and fantasy author R.A. Salvatore, in 2000. In the commercial, he briefly recalled his past experiences as a Jedi and with the Rebel Alliance, and told of some new threat that he was unsure he could defeat. This threat would be revealed in the book as an alien species from another galaxy known as the Yuuzhan Vong. To view the commercial, [ click here] or [ here] .
*Hamill also played Luke in a number of comedy skits on TV over the years. In 1977, he briefly played Luke on "The Donny and Marie Show" Star Wars Tribute, and again on an episode of "The Muppet Show" in 1980. In more recent years, he's "reprised" his role by voicing both Luke and himself on shows such as "Family Guy", "The Simpsons", and "Robot Chicken".
*Luke Skywalker also appeared in South Park episodes "Imagination Land II & III".

Aiden Barton (baby Luke)

*"" (May 19, 2005)

Bob Bergen (video games)

*"" (1996)
*"" (1998)
*"" (2001)
*"" (2003)
*"" (2000)
*"" (2001)
*"" (1998)
*"" (1999)

Joshua Fardon (audio)

*" (1996)

Comics appearances

Luke Skywalker appears in the Marvel-published "Star Wars" comics adaptations of the original trilogy as well as an ongoing series that ran from 1977-86. When Dark Horse acquired the license two years later, he appeared in numerous projects based on the franchise as well.

External links

* [ The World of Star Wars on Yahoo!]
* [ Luke Skywalker] at The World of Star Wars


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