"Her name says all you need to know. The Lady Luck's fickle, but when she's smiling down on you, you're bound to win. She hasn't given up on me yet."
―Lando Calrissian[1]

Luck was the belief found in several cultures whereby good or bad events occurred to beings based, not on merit, but on other factors. Some individuals personified this concept as a woman, called Lady Luck. Beliefs on luck were varied. Some people thought they could influence luck by charms or trinkets, while others thought they could create their own luck. Other individuals asserted that luck did not exist. The Lucksprites of Endor were a species believed by the native Ewoks to be capable of affecting others' luck.


"You can't plan for luck. Plan smart and let luck land where it will."
Wedge Antilles[2]

Luck was the concept in several cultures whereby good or bad events occurred to beings based, not on merit, but on some other factor, sometimes personified as a deity, Lady Luck.[1] Some individuals, such as Armand Isard, believed they made their own luck.[3] Others, however, such as the Jedi Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi[4] and Ki-Adi-Mundi, denied there was such a thing as luck.[5] The phrase "You're out of luck" indicated someone would not get what they wanted.[6] The phrase "Good luck" expressed a hope that events would go well for a person.[7]


"Those are Arkudan gaming cubes. They're supposed to bring luck, but I just keep them because they're centuries old, and I like the way they look."
Tionne Solusar[8]

The sentient species known as the Lucksprites were believed by the Ewoks of Endor to able to influence people's luck, both benevolently and malevolently. One such Lucksprite tried to inhibit the Ewok Wicket Wystri Warrick as he tried to qualify as a hunter.[9] Ewoks also believed that it was bad luck to see a member of the Teek species.[10] Some believed that Arkudan gaming cubes,[11] holdred's feet[12] or thesselbeast's feet brought good luck.[13] The sabacc card The Wheel implied "luck, both good and bad, the beginning and the ending of things, random chance."[14] The Corellian Hal Horn kept his father's Jedi Credit as a good-luck charm, a practice continued by his son, Corran.[15]

Many individuals included "luck" in the names of their starships and establishments. The Lepi publican Gusha on Tatooine named his cantina Gusha's Luck, with "gusha" being the Huttese word for luck.[16] The gambler Lando Calrissian named his starship the Lady Luck, in honor of this deity,[1] while the Aqualish Bipopa Bogzider had a fishing vessel named Nanda's Luck.[17] Other examples included Garris Shrike's Liberator-class troopship Trader's Luck,[18] Mara Jade's Hunter's Luck,[19] and Desric Fol's Blind Luck.[20] In contrast, pilot Uldir Lochett named his YZ-775 freighter the No Luck Required.[21]

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Jaxxon, a character from the Marvel Star Wars comic books, flew a starship known as the Rabbit's Foot,[22] traditionally considered a real-world lucky charm. In-universe, a holdred's foot or thesselbeast's foot served the same purpose.



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