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"I am a Jedi, like my father before me."
―Luke Skywalker — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Luke Skywalker, a Human male, was the son of fallen Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and senator Padmé Amidala and the twin brother of Leia Organa. Born on the asteroid Polis Massa, his mother died in labor, and the twins were thought to never have been born by his father, the recently christened Sith Lord Darth Vader. Skywalker was separated from his twin sister and taken by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, to the planet Tatooine to be raised by the Lars family, hidden from the Galactic Empire. Growing up unaware of his origins, the young Skywalker again met Kenobi after receiving leaked Imperial plans from his sister, who had joined the Rebel Alliance. After his parents were killed by Imperial troops searching for the plans, Skywalker joined Kenobi on a journey to the homeworld of Organa, with the Jedi Master introducing him to the ways of the Jedi during the voyage. However, upon reaching the Alderaan system, they discovered that the planet had been destroyed by the Death Star, an Imperial superweapon. After being pulled onto the gigantic space station, Skywalker managed to rescue the captive Organa; however, Kenobi died dueling Vader during the rescue. Fleeing the Death Star, Skywalker then joined the Rebels on Yavin 4, piloting an X-Wing in an attempt to destroy the Death Star. With the guidance of the spirit of Kenobi, Skywalker managed to destroy the space station.

Becoming a member of the Rebel Alliance, Skywalker was present on the snow planet Hoth, site of a major rebel base, when it was discovered by the Empire. He flew in a snowspeeder during the ensuing battle, fighting back Imperial ground forces. However, the defenders were eventually overwhelmed by the Imperial forces, with the Rebels forced to abandon the planet. Skywalker, at the advice of his late mentor Kenobi, flew to the Dagobah system. Crash-landing on the swamp planet of Dagobah, he met Yoda, a Jedi Master in exile. While being taught in the ways of the Force by Yoda, Skywalker had a vision of Han Solo and Chewbacca—whom he had met when escaping Tatooine—as well as Organa, in distress. He left Dagobah, eventually reaching Cloud City on Bespin, where his friends had been taken prisoners by Imperial forces. Confronted by Vader, who had been waiting on Bespin for Skywalker, he engaged the Sith Lord in a lightsaber duel. However, Vader proved too powerful for Skywalker and he was quickly cornered by the Sith, with Vader cutting off Skywalker's hand. The Sith Lord then revealed that he was the father of Skywalker, urging him to join his father. Skywalker, shocked by the revelation, refused, jumping down a shaft. He was then picked up by Organa, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian aboard the Millennium Falcon and narrowly managed to escape Imperial forces in orbit of Bespin. The Falcon's crew rendezvoused with the Rebel fleet and Skywalker received a prosthetic replacement for his severed hand.

Later on, Skywalker traveled to Tatooine, where Solo, who had been frozen in carbonite on Bespin, was being held by Jabba the Hutt. Together with Organa, Chewbacca, and Calrissian, Skywalker managed to rescue Solo from captivity. After the Rebel Alliance discovered the construction of a new, bigger Death Star, Skywalker joined a task force consisting of Organa, Solo, and Chewbacca, as well as Rebel soldiers, with the goal of taking down a shield generator that was protecting the new Death Star from attack. Infiltrating the Imperial presence on the forest moon of Endor, the team attempted to disable the shield generator, but the Rebels had walked into a trap. With the rest of the team captured by Imperial forces, Skywalker realized he had to confront Vader and the Galactic Emperor, Palpatine and surrendered himself to Vader, who then took him to the Death Star. While the Endor strike team managed to blow up the shield generator with the help of the native Ewoks, the Rebel fleet arrived in the system to engage the Imperial forces. On the Death Star, Palpatine attempted to convert Skywalker to the dark side, but Skywalker refused and instead engaged Vader. Beating his father in a lightsaber duel, Skywalker was tortured by the Emperor for refusing to convert. However, Vader, unwilling to see his son died, redeemed himself to the light side and killed Palpatine by throwing him down a shaft. In doing so, however, Vader damaged his mask, slowly killing him. Skywalker fled the Death Star with the body of his father just before the Rebel fleet managed to destroy the Death Star. With the battle ending in a Rebel victory, Skywalker gave his father a traditional Jedi burial and joined the celebrating Rebels and Ewoks on Endor.



"There is another Skywalker."
Force Priestess[src]

During the Clone Wars, Jedi Master Yoda set out on a journey to discover the secrets of immortality. His journey took him to Moraband, the ancient Sith homeworld, where he faced visions of the future. At the end of his journey, the Force Priestess who guided his journey told him that there was another Skywalker, and Yoda heard his voice from the future say so as well.[3] These events alluded to the birth and destiny of Luke Skywalker, as well as his twin sister Leia.[4]

Early life

"It's a boy."
―A medical droid and Padmé Amidala — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
Baby luke

Luke as an infant.

A Human male, Luke Skywalker was the son of senator of Naboo Padmé Amidala and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and the twin brother of Leia Organa. Following the establishment of the Galactic Empire and her husband's fall to the dark side of the Force, Amidala was taken to a medical facility on the asteroid Polis Massa by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi to give birth. Before dying in labor, Amidala named her twins Luke and Leia, respectively. To protect the children from the Empire and the now-Sith Lord Darth Vader, senator Bail Organa agreed to adopt Leia together with his wife, the queen of Alderaan. Kenobi took Luke and brought him to the planet Tatooine, where the Lars family took care of the infant.[5]

The adventure begins

Leaving Tatooine

"I want to come with you to Alderaan. There's nothing for me here now. I want to learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi like my father."
―Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Luke receives his father's lightsaber from Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The purchase of two droids by Skywalker's uncle changed the youth's life forever. With the discovery of a desperate message to Obi-Wan Kenobi contained within the astromech droid R2-D2, Skywalker soon found himself in the company of Kenobi after being attacked by Sand People. Kenobi then revealed to Skywalker that he had once been a Jedi Knight who served in the Clone Wars with Skywalker's father. He went on to inform Skywalker that his father was no cargo pilot, but a Jedi Knight struck down by Darth Vader.[1]

Soon after, Skywalker and Kenobi came upon a group of slaughtered Jawas—the same ones who sold the droids to Owen Lars. Luke deduced from learning that Imperial stormtroopers were responsible that they might have looked into the sales records of the droids, and rushed home in the hopes of saving his aunt and uncle. Upon quickly returning home, Skywalker discovered that he was too late: his aunt and uncle had been murdered by Imperial stormtroopers looking for R2-D2 and C-3PO. With his family dead, he agreed to accompany Kenobi to Alderaan to deliver the astromech, who was carrying the plans for the Death Star, to Bail Organa at the behest of Organa's daughter, Princess Leia Organa. The two traveled to the Chalmun's Cantina to obtain passage off the planet and met Han Solo and his first mate Chewbacca. Skywalker nearly had a fatal run-in with Ponda Baba in the cantina. Obi-Wan brokered a deal to pay Solo two thousand credits up front plus fifteen more when they arrived on Alderaan. Luke sold his speeder to pay for the two thousand up front.[1]

Death Star rescue


Luke rescuing Leia Organa inside the Death Star.

"Luke, we're gonna have company!"
―Han Solo to Luke Skywalker[src]

After departing Mos Eisley Skywalker, Kenobi, Solo and Chewbacca set course for Alderaan. While they reached the coordinates they came out of hyperspace into an asteroid field. The Empire had destroyed the planet. They approached what looked to be a small moon but was in fact the Death Star.

The tractor beam carried them toward the station, they had no choice but to cut power and let the Empire take them. They hid themselves in small smuggling compartments under the floor of the Millennium Falcon. They found out that the Princess of Alderaan, Leia Organa was being held on the Station so Luke devised a plan to rescue her while Obi-Wan deactivated the tractor beam.

Luke, Han and Chewie made their way to the detention area pretending the Wookiee was their prisoner. When they got to the cell blocks a fire fight ensued. Luke went to find Leia as Han and Chewie braced for the incoming troops. As Luke brought the princess out of her cell they were met with laser fire. After a brief argument over how to escape, Leia blew a hole in a wall. They all jumped down the chute. They all ended up in the trash compacter.

Eventually, the group escaped the Death Star, but only after Kenobi sacrificed himself in a duel with Darth Vader. They traveled to the hidden rebel base on Yavin 4, even though the Death Star was tracking them. It was then that Solo received his reward for rescuing Organa and prepared to leave the group. Skywalker attempted to persuade him to stay and help them against the Empire but Solo refused, deeply disappointing him.

Hero of the Rebellion

"Great shot, kid; that was one in a million!"
―Han Solo to Luke Skywalker after the destruction of the Death Star[src]



Luke boards his X-wing prior to the Battle of Yavin.

Skywalker took part in the Battle of Yavin, witnessing the death of many compatriots, including close friend Biggs Darklighter. After the death of the two squadron leaders, he took it upon himself to lead the final assault. With the timely arrival of the Millennium Falcon and the guidance of Kenobi's spirit, Skywalker took a single shot and used the Force to direct his proton torpedoes to their target, destroying the station. For this action he, Chewbacca, and Han Solo were awarded the Medal of Bravery.


Three years later, while Luke was taking a patrol of the icy world of Hoth, probe droids hit the surface that Skywalker believed to be meteors. As he went to investigate the site he was attacked by a Wampa snow monster. After escaping the creature he was visited by a vision of Obi-Wan who told him to go to the Dagobah system to learn from Jedi Master Yoda. After recuperating at Echo base, he took part in the Battle of Hoth. During the battle he lost his gunner, Dak. He figured out that the AT-ATs armor was too strong for their speeder's blasters and that they needed to be taken out from the legs using harpoons and tow cables. Soon after taking out one of the walkers he was shot down. Narrowly escaping from certain death, he managed to ascend to underneath one of the walkers and destroyed it by cutting a hole and tossing a bomb inside the walker. Following the battle he headed to Dagobah in search of Yoda.

Jedi training

Once young Skywalker arrived on the swampy world, his X-Wing crashed in the murky waters. Feeling uneasy about the place, he quickly made camp. He soon met a strange creature, unbeknownst to him was the Jedi Master he was sent to find. After a quick scuffle, Luke was taken to the home of the little, green being. Once there, Skywalker questioned how long it would be until he met the Jedi Master. After showing his impatience, Yoda revealed him himself.

The young Jedi began his training by running through the swamp with Yoda on his back. He listened to everything he had to say. After ending Skywalker's physical training he ventured into the Cave of Dark Side and faced his worst fear. Fighting Darth Vader, after defeating him, realizing that it was him behind the mask. He had failed this test.

While practicing his focus, lifting rocks, boxes and his droid R2-D2, he was distracted by his ship sinking and a vision of his friends in danger. Yoda tried to convince Luke to stay but he would not listen. He promised to return and finish what he started.

Vader's trap

"Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father."
"He told me enough! He told me you killed him!"
"No. I am your father."
―Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Luke duels with Darth Vader on Bespin.

Skywalker arrived at Cloud City and, with blaster drawn, moved in to rescue his friends. He was shot at by Boba Fett and ambushed by a group of stormtroopers and Imperial officers. He briefly spotted Organa being used as a human shield by a Imperial officer. As she was dragged away, Leia attempted to warn him that he was walking into a "trap". While attempting to pursue them, Skywalker's path was diverted to the carbon-freeze chamber where Darth Vader awaited him.[2]

Skywalker engaged the Dark Lord in a fierce duel. After severing Skywalker's hand from his body, Vader attempted to seduce the weakened Jedi to the dark side of the Force, offering Skywalker the chance to destroy the Emperor and "bring order to the galaxy." In his efforts to sway Skywalker from his defiant refusals, Vader then revealed his identity as Skywalker's father.[2]

Faced with this shocking and horrifying claim and the even more fearsome temptation to join Vader, Skywalker found the moral courage to choose death instead by throwing himself down a long shaft. He was sucked through an opening portal at the bottom of the chamber, then through another one which led out of the floating city. Skywalker grabbed onto a weather vane, preventing a fall to his death. Weak and helpless, Skywalker at first called out for Kenobi, but failed to contact him. He then reached out to Organa with the Force, and soon the Millennium Falcon, with Lando Calrissian, Organa, Chewbacca, and the droids onboard, arrived to rescue him. After reuniting with the Rebel fleet, Skywalker received a cybernetic hand.[2]

Rescuing a friend


Luke fighting Jabba the Hutt's henchmen

One year later Skywalker would return to his homeplanet of Tatooine, where he built himself a new lightsaber and to set the plan into motion that would lead to the rescue of his friend Han Solo. After, C-3PO, Leia and Lando were already in the palace playing their parts, he appeared to the mighty Jabba. Demanding that Jabba give up his friend, Jabba refused and Luke was dropped into a pit to fight a rancor beast. After a bit of a struggle, Skywalker managed to escape the clutches of the beast and throw a rock at the controls for the pit door and crush the monster. This angered the Hutt which lead to him setting Han and Luke up for execution by being eating by the Sarlacc pit. [4]

Once at the site of the Sarlacc, Luke and Han were given a chance to beg for their lives. Han only had insults to give to the Hutt gangster. While Luke gave a warning, "Free us or Die." A stare down commenced which lead to an all out skirmish many of Jabba's men were killed in the assault including bounty hunter Boba Fett who fell into the Sarlacc. [4]

Keeping the promise

Luke returned to Dagobah to finish what he had started with Master Yoda. When he arrived, Yoda was very ill, on the verge on death. Yoda told him that he must confront Vader one more time to complete his training. When asked if Vader was the young Jedi's real father, Yoda replied with, "Your father he is." Not sure what to make of this news and saddened of the passing of Master Yoda, Luke left the hut. Outside he was visited by the ghost of Obi-Wan who preceded to tell the young man that not only was Darth Vader his father but that he had a twin sister as well. This information surprised the young man, realizing that there was more to him that he had known. He had a destiny to fulfill.

Endor's test

"Now, go, my son. Leave me."
"No. You're coming with me. I will not leave you here. I've got to save you!"
"You already have, Luke. You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister… you were right."
―Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
Luke on Endor

Skywalker on Endor

Luke rejoined the Rebel Fleet after his meeting with the spirit of Obi-Wan. The plan had been set, a squad lead by Han Solo would man an assault on the shield generator to the second Death Star on the forest moon of Endor while the fleet would amass a huge assault on the station. It seemed risky but it was the only way the Alliance could ensure a victory over the Empire. Skywalker joined Han's strike team; sensing his father's presence aboard the Super Star Destroyer, he feared he should not have come. The others dismissed his concerns, and proceeded with the mission. However, thanks to Skywalker merely accompanying the mission, Vader was able to detect the presence of the Rebels in the shuttle in which they infiltrated the forest moon, but allowed them to land so he could deal with them himself. When they arrived on the moon, they were noticed by Imperial Scout Troopers. Both Organa and Skywalker pursued them on speeder bikes through the dense forest. At one point in the chase they got separated.

Upon learning of her disappearance, Solo, Skywalker, Chewbacca, and the droids went looking for her, but were captured by a tribe of Ewoks. Skywalker managed to avoid a conflict with the Ewoks by ingeniously rescuing the party. The had C-3PO, whom the Ewoks thought to be a god, tell the small forest-dwellers that he would become angry and use his magic if his friends were not set free. Not taking his words to heart, the Ewoks continued with their plan. Luke used the Force to levitate 3PO into the air and convinced the Ewoks to let them go. Skywalker knew that he had to confront Vader. In the Ewok village, Skywalker revealed to Organa her true familial heritage and resolved to face Vader. Not long after, Skywalker surrendered to Vader in an attempt to bring the Dark Lord back to the light side, but he ultimately became a prisoner of the Emperor.[4]

While on board the second Death Star, he was constantly challenged by The Emperor to use his anger and strike him down. Luke kept his emotions in check and when he had his back against the wall, he was forced to face his father in a duel. Throughout the duel Vader try to persuade his son to join him on the Dark Side of the Force. Luke refused, when Vader figured out that Luke had a sister, and thought that she would join him, Luke broke out in a vicious rage. Attacking his father with a anger he never knew was inside him. It came to an end when Luke cut off his father's hand just as Vader had removed his one year ago. As Vader laid wounded, Palpatine tried to convince Luke to kill his father. Luke would refuse. Luke was then struck him with Force Lightning. Vader stood up and looked at what his son was going through. With a loud yell of "NO!" he threw the Emperor down the reactor shaft to his death.


Anakin Skywalker in his final moments with his son.

After their battle, Vader wished to see Luke with his own eyes for once. Luke took off his father's helmet and they exchanged their last moments together. He told Luke that he was right that there was still good in him and that he had not had it driven from him completely. He died as a redeemed soul and became Anakin Skywalker once more. After the Battle of Endor was over and the Rebels had won, they celebrated with the Ewoks. Luke held a small funeral for his father. During the celebration, Luke saw his father's spirit along with those of Obi-Wan and Yoda.

Personality and traits

In his youth, Luke was often impatient, looking ahead to the future with little regard for his present surroundings. Like his father, he was impulsive, reckless, and often had little regard for his own personal safety. According to Han Solo, his first impression of Skywalker was a naïve kid who needed to be taught a thing or two.

However, as his skills in the Force progressed and after losing a hand to Darth Vader, Luke became more patient and seasoned, and was often seen as having wisdom beyond his years. However, he still retained his idealistic worldview of his youth, believing that Vader was redeemable.


Leia Organa

"Who is she? She's beautiful."
―Luke on Leia after seeing her for the first time — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Luke's first impression of Leia as he saw her in a hologram was "She's beautiful". During the escape from the Death Star Luke received a kiss from Leia for luck. After the event, Han Solo made Luke jealous by asking him if he thought the princess was his type . Just before the Battle of Hoth, Leia kissed a convalescent Luke again, this time to make Solo jealous. During his second visit to Dagobah, Luke discovered that she was his sister.

Powers and abilities

Lightsaber abilities

"I see you have constructed a new lightsaber."
―Darth Vader to Luke Skywalker[src]

Though he received little training, Luke Skywalker became an exceptionally skilled Jedi in combat, making him one of the most powerful Jedi to ever live. Luke Skywalker's use of Form V is probably as much instinctive as trained. On Bespin, Luke revealed that he was an extraordinarily gifted duelist after only one brief session with Obi-Wan Kenobi and a short time of study with Yoda. After that fateful duel, Luke studied some lightsaber skills from Kenobi's journal and greatly advanced his abilities. Without a Master, it was Luke's unparalleled aptitude, which contributed in the impossible advancement of his skills. On board the second Death Star, Luke mirrored Darth Vader's own Form V technique and responded with his own furious demonstration of Form V's raw power. Observing swordsmen such as Darth Sidious might be astonished at such instantaneous learning in a lightsaber duel. Finally, Luke was able to duel Vader on an even footing, and defeated the experienced Dark Lord.

Force powers

"The Force is strong in this one."
―Darth Vader during the Battle of Yavin[src]

Like his father, Luke possessed a strong connection to the Force. Darth Sidious believed that Luke was strong enough in the Force to destroy the Sith. While infiltrating Jabba's Palace, Luke utilized a number of Force powers such as Force Choke and Mind tricks. When Darth Vader attempted to freeze him in carbonate, Luke was able to perform a Force Jump to escape, something that impressed the Dark Lord. In addition, Luke was adept at receiving Force Visions, something he demonstrated during his training with Yoda. Luke had an acute Force Sense, such as when he sensed Vader's presence when approaching Endor. During his final confrontation with Darth Vader, Luke demonstrated an affinity to Force Rage, which he used to overwhelm the Sith Lord.

Behind the scenes

Luke Skywalker was portrayed by actor Mark Hamill in the films Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and will reprise his role in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII. He was portrayed as an infant by Aidan Barton in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.



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