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DarkStar Star Wars Character Database: Luke Skywalker

29 April 2023  |  Captain Rex

Luke Skywalker - The New Hope of the Galaxy

Luke Skywalker, portrayed by Mark Hamill, is one of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars universe. Born on the planet Polis Massa to Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker (later known as Darth Vader), Luke and his twin sister Leia were separated at birth to hide them from their father and the Emperor. While Leia was adopted by Alderaan's royal family, Luke was taken to the desert planet of Tatooine and raised by Anakin's stepbrother Owen Lars and his wife Beru.

Unaware of his true heritage, Luke grew up as a farm boy, dreaming of joining the Rebel Alliance to fight against the evil Galactic Empire. His life changed dramatically when he crossed paths with Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, who revealed Luke's connection to the Force and his father's past as a Jedi Knight. This revelation set Luke on a path of adventure, danger, and self-discovery as he trained in the ways of the Force, ultimately becoming a powerful Jedi.

Luke's journey took him across the galaxy, where he encountered various allies and enemies, such as the charismatic smuggler Han Solo, the loyal Wookiee Chewbacca, the wise Jedi Master Yoda, and the enigmatic bounty hunter Boba Fett. The defining moment in his life came when he confronted his father, Darth Vader, and the Emperor in a battle that would decide the fate of the galaxy. With the help of his friends and the guidance of the Force, Luke was able to redeem his father and bring balance to the Force, ensuring the downfall of the Empire.

After the defeat of the Empire, Luke embarked on a quest to rebuild the Jedi Order, seeking out ancient Jedi knowledge and training a new generation of Jedi Knights. However, his efforts were met with tragedy when his nephew, Ben Solo (later known as Kylo Ren), turned to the dark side and destroyed the new Jedi Order. This caused Luke to go into exile on the remote planet of Ahch-To, where he struggled with his own failures and the true nature of the Force.

In his final act, Luke reconnected with the Force and used its power to project his image across the galaxy to the planet Crait, where he confronted his former apprentice Kylo Ren and bought time for the remaining Resistance members to escape. This selfless act cost Luke his life, but he became one with the Force and inspired a new generation of heroes to continue the fight against tyranny.

Appearances in Movies, TV Shows, and Books

Luke Skywalker has appeared in various Star Wars media, including:


  • Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
  • Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) [cameo]
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019) [as a Force spirit]

TV Shows:

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) [mentioned]
  • Star Wars Rebels (2014) [mentioned]

Miniature / Board Games:

Books (selected):

  • Heir to the Empire (1991) by Timothy Zahn
  • Dark Force Rising (1992) by Timothy Zahn
  • The Last Command (1993) by Timothy Zahn
  • The Truce at Bakura (1993) by Kathy Tyers
  • The Jedi Academy Trilogy (1994) by Kevin J. Anderson
  • The New Rebellion (1996) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy (graphic novel adaptation, 1995-1998) by Mike Baron
  • Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series (1999-2003) by various authors
  • Star Wars: Legacy of the Force series (2006-2008) by various authors
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi series (2009-2011) by various authors

Note that many of the books listed above are part of the Star Wars Expanded Universe (now called Star Wars Legends) and are no longer considered canon following the 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney. However, these stories remain popular among fans and provide a wealth of additional adventures and insights into Luke Skywalker's character.

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