Luke Skywalker is a fictional character and the protagonist of the original film trilogy of the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas.
74 Facts About Luke Skywalker
Luke Skywalker later played a digitally de-aged version of the character in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, appearing in the second-season finale, which premiered in 2020, and The Book of Boba Fett, in the sixth episode, released in 2022.
Originally a farmer on Tatooine living with his uncle and aunt, Luke Skywalker becomes a pivotal figure in the Rebel Alliance's struggle against the Galactic Empire.
The son of fallen Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala, Luke is the twin brother of Rebellion leader Princess Leia and eventual brother-in-law of the smuggler Han Solo.
Lucas justified the slight change to Hamill's likeness this would impose upon the sequel film, The Empire Strikes Back, by asserting that in the interim between the two films, Luke Skywalker had been fighting for the Rebel Alliance; Lucas further considered utilizing a crash-related story point near the beginning of the sequel.
Lucas thought during the writing of The Empire Strikes Back that Luke Skywalker should have a twin sister who simultaneously develops as a Jedi, but that this would explored in a different episode.
Producer Gary Kurtz later revealed that Lucas's early outline for a nine-film saga specified that this would take place in Episode VIII, with Luke Skywalker's sister being someone other than Leia.
Luke Skywalker takes his first steps toward his destiny when he purchases the droids and R2-D2.
When R2-D2 goes missing, Luke Skywalker goes out to search for the droid, and is saved from a band of Tusken Raiders by Obi-Wan Kenobi, an old hermit.
Obi-Wan says that he and Luke Skywalker's father were once Jedi Knights, and that his father was murdered by a traitorous Jedi named Darth Vader.
Three years after the destruction of the Death Star, Luke Skywalker is the commander of the Rebel Alliance's Rogue Squadron.
Luke Skywalker undergoes rigorous Jedi training, quickly increasing his power in the Force.
Luke Skywalker survives, but is pulled into a garbage chute to the underside of Cloud City, and left hanging perilously onto a vane rod.
Leia, flying away from Cloud City in the Millennium Falcon, senses Luke Skywalker's call out to her with the Force, and turns the ship around to save him.
One year later, Luke Skywalker is a Jedi Knight, and has constructed his own lightsaber.
Luke Skywalker offers to negotiate with Jabba, who rejects his offer and casts him into a pit to battle a rancor.
When Luke Skywalker kills the rancor, he, Han, and Chewbacca are sentenced to death in the sarlacc pit.
Luke Skywalker then learns from Obi-Wan's spirit that he has a twin sister, whom he immediately realizes is princess Leia.
The Emperor orders Luke Skywalker to kill Vader and take his place.
Luke Skywalker looks at his own bionic hand and realizes that he is on the verge of suffering his father's fate.
The infant Luke Skywalker is portrayed by Aidan Barton, the son of Roger Barton, an editor of the film.
Luke Skywalker went into hiding after his nephew and apprentice, Ben Solo, turned to the dark side and became Kylo Ren, chief enforcer of the tyrannical First Order and its leader, Snoke.
When Ren killed all of his fellow apprentices and ushered in the fall of the New Republic, Luke Skywalker felt responsible, and disappeared.
The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi notes that Luke Skywalker's exile is a reversal from his decision to help his friends in The Empire Strikes Back.
Luke Skywalker is initially reluctant to train Rey, telling her that it is time for the Jedi Order to end.
Luke Skywalker then tells Rey the history of the Jedi Order, how Darth Sidious rose to power and how the Jedi were partly responsible for his father's fall to the dark side.
Luke Skywalker initially tells Rey that Ben was corrupted by Snoke, and destroyed the Jedi Temple he confronted his treasonous nephew.
Ultimately Luke Skywalker tells Rey the truth: He had briefly considered killing the sleeping Ben after seeing a vision of the destruction he could cause, but immediately relented; Ben woke to see Luke Skywalker with his lightsaber drawn and turned to the dark side because he felt betrayed.
When Rey leaves, an embittered Luke Skywalker tries to burn the Jedi temple, but fails.
Luke Skywalker is then visited by the spirit of Yoda, who assures Luke that he still has a purpose.
Luke Skywalker appears on the planet Crait, as the Resistance are staging a standoff against the First Order, and he apologizes to Leia for allowing Ben to fall to the dark side.
Luke Skywalker tells Kylo that he will not be the last Jedi before his projection disappears.
Luke Skywalker appears as a Force spirit, and reprimands Rey for treating the lightsaber with disrespect.
Luke Skywalker then admits that he was wrong not to participate in the Resistance, and thanks Rey for helping him rediscover himself.
Luke Skywalker convinces Rey to not view herself as a Palpatine, but as the good person Leia saw her as when training her, and not to give up on her battle against the Sith.
Luke Skywalker lends Rey his old T-65B X-wing Red Five and tells Rey to combine his father's lightsaber with Leia's in her battle on Exegol.
Luke Skywalker restrengthened Rey when she reached out to and heard the voices of the past Jedi to help her destroyed Palpatine once and for all.
Luke Skywalker appears in the animated Disney micro-series Star Wars Forces of Destiny.
Luke Skywalker appears in the episode "Traps and Tribulations", which takes place shortly after the Battle of Endor and shows him and Leia assisting the Ewoks in stopping a rampaging monster known as a Gorax.
Luke Skywalker appears in "Chapter 16: The Rescue", the season two finale of The Mandalorian, after Grogu contacted him via the Force in a previous episode.
Luke Skywalker arrives on Moff Gideon's cruiser and destroys all of the Dark Troopers, saving Grogu and his guardian, Din Djarin, as well as their companions.
Luke Skywalker then takes Grogu with him to train him as a Jedi, with Djarin's permission.
Luke Skywalker appears in the sixth episode, "Chapter 6: From the Desert Comes a Stranger", of the spin-off series The Book of Boba Fett.
Ahsoka gives the chain mail to Luke Skywalker, who confesses that he is unsure whether Grogu is fully committed to the Jedi path and that he does not know how to handle the matter.
Luke Skywalker is a playable character in Star Wars Battlefront II, and in the online multiplayer of Star Wars Battlefront.
Luke Skywalker is a playable character in every Lego Star Wars video game to date, except for Lego Star Wars: The Video Game.
An older and wiser Luke Skywalker appears in the Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy video games at the rank of Jedi Master.
In Jedi Outcast, Luke Skywalker helps Kyle Katarn in his fight against Desann and Empire Reborn by driving them away from the Valley of the Jedi.
Luke Skywalker appears in the game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed in a downloadable alternate storyline where Starkiller duels Luke Skywalker.
Luke Skywalker appears in the Disney Lucasfilm video game Star Wars Commander.
Luke Skywalker is a playable character in Disney Infinity 3.0, and a playable character to unlock for a limited time in Disney Magic Kingdoms.
Luke Skywalker is a main character of the 2015 comic Star Wars, which takes place between the films of the original trilogy.
The novel is written from the first-person perspective of Luke Skywalker, and is only the second Star Wars novel to attempt this type of narrative voice.
The Legends-branded novels, comic books and video games detail Luke Skywalker's exploits following Return of the Jedi.
Luke Skywalker 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.
Thanks to the help of the prophecy and witches, Luke Skywalker recovers old Jedi records left by Yoda about 400 years prior.
Luke Skywalker 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.
Meanwhile, the rest of the New Republic is fighting against Grand Admiral Thrawn, and thanks to Leia's help, he is eventually defeated, although several times Luke Skywalker had to avoid getting captured by Thrawn or seduced by his ally, Joruus C'baoth.
Luke Skywalker is forced to contend with the spirit of ancient Sith Lord Exar Kun, who lures one of his most powerful students, Kyp Durron, to the dark side.
Luke Skywalker falls in love with her and they eventually marry.
Luke Skywalker creates a New Jedi Council, and becomes the Grand Master of the New Jedi Order.
Luke Skywalker tells the Jedi to either follow his leadership, make the order their priority, or leave.
Luke Skywalker is forced to exile the Padawans Tahiri, Lowbacca, and Tesar Sebatayne to Dagobah for divulging secret information to people outside the order.
Luke Skywalker is troubled that he has been unable to discern the identity of this figure, who seems to be much like Darth Vader.
In Tempest, Luke Skywalker determines that the dark figure from his dreams is Lumiya, a former Emperor's Hand now known as the "Dark Lady of the Sith".
When Mara is murdered in Sacrifice, Lumiya deceives Luke Skywalker into believing that she killed her.
Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor is a standalone novel that chronicles the Battle of Mindor, a fictional event in the Star Wars expanded universe.
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 to 1986.
In Star Wars: Legacy, set 125 years after the events of the original films, Luke appears as a spirit in the Force to his descendant Cade Skywalker and persuades him to become a Jedi in order to defeat the evil Darth Krayt and his burgeoning Sith Empire.
Each of the Star Wars characters instantiates one of the archetypes in Joseph Campbell's hero's journey, with Luke Skywalker filling the hero archetype.
Scholars argue that Luke Skywalker is a Christ-like figure, while Yoda represents a god, and Darth Vader represents the temptations of evil.
In 2015, Luke Skywalker was selected by Empire magazine as the 50th-greatest movie character of all time.
Luke Skywalker was on the ballot for the American Film Institute's 100 Years.
Luke Skywalker is often used by child psychotherapists to help children to project their thoughts and state of being in a way that is understandable to both the child and their therapist.