Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker

    Star Wars Series
Photo Credit: Everett Collection

Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew Up… on Tatooine, a desert planet, where he lived as something of a farm boy. There was never anything fun to do, and Luke always dreamed of being a great star-fighter. As much as his uncle and aunt try to keep Luke out of trouble, Luke seeks conflict and adventure—if it doesn’t find him first. 

Living… in the middle of an intergalactic rebellion. Under hot pursuit of the tyrannical Empire, Luke sets out on a quest to save a princess once he gets news of her captivity through the help of a small droid named R2-D2. With the help of Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi and slick pilot Han Solo, Luke is paving the road for a full-scale revolution.

Profession… farmhand. In the words of his uncle Owen, “I need a farmhand who will pitch in, not a nephew with his head in the stars half the time.” Soon Luke puts a lot more than his head in the stars and abandons his work on Tatooine to become a full-time freedom fighter.

Interests… training with his new lightsaber. As someone gifted with magical Jedi powers, Luke is able to sense oncoming danger and possesses superhuman samurai-like abilities, ranging from his reflexes while dueling to his intuition as a fighter pilot.

Relationship Status… single. Princess Leia’s beauty is definitely a factor in tantalizing Luke toward his quest, but Luke merely desires to impress her. He doesn’t seem to have love on his mind too much – he’s a little busy fighting a war.

Challenge… escaping the Empire and launching a rebel counterattack. Luke becomes eager to aid the rebellion in any way he can, and after training as a Jedi, he becomes one of their greatest assets against the powerful Imperial Lord Darth Vader, who is also a Jedi.

Personality… at first, impressionable and testy. Luke starts out his quest as a kid with little experience of the outside world. He soon learns to hone his powers and comes of age as a Jedi warrior and grown man. Perhaps his strongest characteristic is his braveness and heroism. He doesn’t let fear take over, even in the most deadly situations. 


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