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The story of Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars franchise.

Canon Continuity

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

An injured Padmé Amidala was taken to Polis Massa where she gave birth to Luke and his sister Leia on the asteroid colony and moments after Padmé died. It was decided that both be separated to protect them both from their Sith-turned father Anakin Skywalker now known as Darth Vader. Anakin's mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi took Luke to Anakin's stepbrother Owen Lars and his girlfriend (and future wife) Beru Whitesun, while Leia was adopted by Alderaan Senator Bail Organa.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Star Wars Rebels

Season Three

When the former Sith Lord Darth Maul finally tracked Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi down to Tatooine, Maul questions why Kenobi would come back to the backwater planet they first encountered. But Maul quickly deduces that he does have purpose there; he is protecting someone. After losing their final battle and left slowly dying, Maul asks Obi-Wan if this boy is the Chosen One, to which Obi-Wan replies, he is. Maul says with his last breath that Luke will avenge us all, before passing away.

Though not clearly seen, Luke can be seen in the distance running home to his calling aunt, with Obi-Wan watching from afar.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Nineteen years after Obi-Wan delivered Luke to the Lars family, Luke lives a humdrum existence on Tatooine with his aunt and uncle Beru and Owen Lars, who have kept his father's true history a secret from him. He initially wants to join the Imperial Academy to become an Imperial pilot with his childhood friend Biggs Darklighter, but is held back by his uncle who needs his help on the moisture farm.

He takes his first steps toward his destiny when he finds C-3PO and R2-D2, the two droids who were friends with his parents during the Clone Wars. They are carrying a message from his sister Leia to Obi-Wan Kenobi, known to Luke as the hermit old Ben Kenobi. Obi-Wan tells Luke that his father was a Jedi and presents him with his father's lightsaber. He then tells him that his father was murdered by a traitorous Jedi named Darth Vader. Obi-Wan offers to take Luke to Alderaan and train him in the ways of the Force, but Luke rejects his offer.

Luke changes his mind when he discovers his aunt and uncle have been killed by Imperial stormtroopers, however. He and Obi-Wan obtain passage with two smugglers - a man named Han Solo and a wookiee named Chewbacca on their ship, the Millennium Falcon, only to find that Alderaan has been destroyed by the Empire's new battle station, the Death Star. The group sneaks onto the Death Star and rescues the captive Princess Leia, but things do not go as planned, as the group are escaping, Obi-Wan sacrifices himself in a duel with Vader so that the others can escape. Luke is heartbroken and sad, but he finds the strength (with help from Obi-Wan's spirit) to join the Rebel Alliance and destroy the Death Star during the film's climactic battle.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Three years after the destruction of the Death Star, the rebels have relocated to the ice planet of Hoth, and Luke has been promoted to Commander for his heroism, and achievements. After an encounter with a snow monster, while on patrol duty, Obi-Wan appears to him as a Ghost and tells him to go to the Dagobah system and continue his Jedi training under Yoda, who was once Obi-Wan's teacher. After a devastating battle on Hoth with the Empire, while the other rebels escape, Luke and R2 head to Dagobah to find Yoda, after meeting Yoda, Luke begins his training under the great little Jedi Master. Which some of the tests that Yoda gives him are impossible.

When learning to see the future, Luke then has a premonition of his friends Han, Leia, and Chewie being tortured by his enemy the evil Sith Lord Darth Vader on the beautiful cloud planet of Bespin. Luke goes to help them against Yoda and Obi-Wan's advice for him to complete the training as Vader is too powerful and that only a fully-trained Jedi can defeat a Dark Lord of the Sith, but Luke promises to return and finish the training.

Luke arrives in Cloud City, and encounters Vader, after a fierce battle, Vader severs the boy's right hand, and reveals that he is his Father. Shocked, depressed and horrified, Luke refuses to join the dark warrior and instead chooses to die by falling down a bottomless pit leading to a weather vane, Luke then uses the Force to call Leia, Chewie and Lando Calrissian back to rescue him, and after escaping the Empire, Luke is treated in a medical center of a Rebel cruiser, by getting a new articial hand. While Lando and Chewie go off to find Han and rescue him from the bounty hunter Boba Fett, and the gangster Jabba the Hutt, Luke comforts Leia. with R2-D2 and C-3PO at their side. Their fates and futures are unknown, they would wait and plan their next move when the time was right.

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Never! I'll never turn to the dark side. You've failed, Your Highness. I am a Jedi like my father before me.
~ Luke refusing to turn in to the dark side from Darth Sidious.

Because Jabba the Hutt captured Han Solo using Boba Fett, Luke and his friends came to Tatooine in order to save him. As a part of plan, Luke sent C-3PO and R2-D2 to offer a deal to Jabba - he gave them in exchange for Solo. Jabba have disagreed and reserved droids for himself. After Princess Leia (who was in disguise as a bounty hunter) and Chewbacca was captured, Luke came to help them escape. Although he was captured too, Luke slew the rancor and then was taken to the Great Pit of Carkoon to be eaten by the sarlacc.

He escaped, saved his friends, and Leia killed Jabba. He then head backs to Dagobah just to learn from both Yoda and the ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi about his father is once Anakin Skywalker and learned that there is still good in Vader in which when he is captured by the Imperials both Darth Sidious and his father tries to turn him to the dark side but it was not working due to Luke refuse to fight his father until after Vader was about to resort to turning his sister to the dark side Luke gave into his hate and anger and cut off Vaders hand but stops just to tell Sidious he is a Jedi like his father before him. After being shocked by lightning from the Dark Lord, Vader stops being a Sith and becomes Anakin once more and threw Sidious to his death and saved his only son at the cost of his life. Luke then burned his father's body on the forest moon of Endor and celebrate the Rebel Alliances victory against the Empire with his friends.

Jedi Master

The first student Luke taught was his sister Leia. As she neared the completion of her training she had a vision that her unborn son would die if she continued the journey as a Jedi. She gave her lightsaber to Luke and asked him to pass it on to a worthy student - something he would do many years later when he gave it to Rey.

After Grogu - a force sensitive child of the same species as Yaddle and Jedi Grand Master Yoda - reached out from the seeing stone on Tython Luke became aware of his existence. He tracked Grogu to Moff Gideon's light cruiser where Grogu was being held captive. Skywalker arrived shortly after Din Djarin and his allies had rescued the child and taken the cruiser's bridge, but were facing Gideon's Phase Three Dark Trooper contingent.

Boarding the cruiser Skywalker quickly made his way through the ship, easily dispatching the Dark Troopers while hardly breaking a sweat (as opposed to Djarin who was barely able to defeat a single Dark Trooper). Arriving at the corridor leading to the bridge, Skywalker proceeded to cut his way through the remaining Dark Troopers in a manner reminiscent of his father's rampage through a corridor on the Profundity nine years earlier.

Once Skywalker had destroyed the last Dark Trooper Djarin let him on to the bridge. Skywalker confirmed that he was a Jedi and beckoned for Grogu to come with him. Grogu hesitated, wanting permission from his adoptive father to leave. Picking up Grogu Djarin promised that they would see each other again before removing his mask, allowing Grogu to see his face for the first time. Djarin then set Grogu down so he could walk over to Skywalker. Grogu hesitated until he saw R2-D2, then walked over to Skywalker who then picked up the child. With Grogu in hand he went back to his ship to continue on his journey.

Skywalker spent the next several months training Grogu to improve his Force abilities, and Grogu quickly relearned many of the skills he had learned at the Jedi Temple years earlier. Feeling Grogu's strong attachment to Djarin, Skywalker decided to give the child a choice - either take Djarin's beskar shirt gift and return to Djarin, or remain on the path of the Jedi and receive Master Yoda's old lightsaber. Grogu ultimately decided to return to Djarin, so Luke had R2-D2 fly Grogu back to Tattooine where Djarin was staying.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Luke Skywalker mourns the loss of his New Jedi Order as he gives R2-D2 a map of his location.

Sometime after the Battle of Endor Luke tried to establish a New Jedi Order by training a new generation of Jedi Knights. Unfortunately his nephew Ben Solo, who had his mind corrupted by Palpatine and the Sith Lord's creation, Snoke, fell to the dark side and became Kylo Ren. During the same night, a storm destroyed Luke's Jedi Temple and killed most of his apprentices. Blaming himself over what had happened, Luke went into hiding those closest to him believed he went off in search of the first Jedi Temple, which later confirmed to be on Ahch-To.

With him the sole hope to fight against the dark side, Leia sent Poe Dameron on a mission to recover a map leading to his location. Unfortunately, Kylo Ren and the First Order also learned about the map and goes to stop Poe. Fortunately, Poe gained new allies named Rey, the young scavenger whom revealed having potential to became a Jedi, Finn, a defected Stormtrooper, and an astromech named BB-8. In spite of the setbacks that they had includes Han Solo's death and Finn was injured by Kylo, Rey, R2-D2 and Chewbacca eventually found Luke, give him Anakin's blue lightsaber to convince him to return and help in the fight against the First Order.

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

Amazing, every word that you just said was wrong.
~ Luke to Rey after she explained what she thought the Force was.

After Rey found Luke she handed the older man his father's lightsaber. Luke casually tossed the lightsaber away and went about his daily routine. When he locked himself in his hut and ordering Rey to leave, but Rey had Chewbacca break down the door to the hut. It was then that Luke realized something was wrong as Han was not there.

Chewbacca and Rey explained what was going on to Luke, but he refused to train Rey or return to the Resistance, declaring that he would never again train another Jedi. Luke changed his mind and decided that he would give Rey a few lessons in the Force after R2-D2 played a recording of Leia asking Kenobi for help.

The following morning Luke gave Rey her first lesson in the Force, helping to understand what it truly was. He explained that the Force did not belong to anyone - Jedi or Sith, but instead belonged to all living things. Rey realized that Luke had shut himself off from the Force when she saw the darkness in her Force vision, but had not seen anything of Luke. Luke for his part was afraid of the raw power that Rey exhibited, having seen it only once before in his nephew Ben.

After talking to Rey, Luke decided to open himself back up to the Force, and connected with his sister Leia via the Force. Shortly afterwards, much to his anger and horror, he saw Rey and Kylo holding hands, he angrily destroyed the hut they were in and immediately demanded she leaves the island and take R2 and Chewbacca with her. She refused and the two fought. Having regained his Force abillities, Luke proves to be a match for the angry Rey and disarmed her of the staff. But she fought back force pulling Anakin's lightsaber, making him fall back on the ground. She accused him of trying to murder his nephew and angrily demanded a explanation.

Luke admitted to Rey that he had thought of killing Ben when learning how corrupted the younger man had been by the dark side, but when the moment came he backed away, seeing not darkness but the eyes of a frightened child in Ben. Ben then destroyed the hut to stop his uncle, burying Luke under wreckage. After Luke woke up he saw his Jedi Temple burning and found most of his apprentices dead. Luke thought that Ben was beyond saving, but Rey had seen his future and thought it was possible to save Vader's grandson from following in Vader's footsteps. She then departed the island to try to save Ben.

Luke tried to destroy the tree on his island that contained the library of ancient Jedi texts. (He did not know that Rey had taken the books already). Yoda's Force ghost appeared and when Luke hesitated Yoda destroyed the tree himself. Luke asked Yoda why he had destroyed the tree and apparently the books, and Yoda said that Rey already had all the knowledge needed. Yoda chastised Luke for continuing to look at horizon, and not learning from the greatest teacher of all - failure.

Finally forgiving himself, Luke appeared on Crait just as the last of the Resistance was about to be overrun. Confronting Kylo Ren, he bought the Resistance the critical few moments they needed to escape on the Falcon. When Kylo stabbed him with his lightsaber, Luke revealed that he had never left Ahch-To, and had projected himself via the Force to Crait. He then warned Kylo Ren that the war has already started and the Rebellion was reborn.

Fatally weakened by the effort of projecting himself to Crait, Luke peacefully passed away while the binary suns over Ahch-To set. His body disappeared and Luke became one with the Force as he joined Anakin, Yoda, Obi-Wan, and Qui-Gon Jinn.

Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

Luke appeared as a Force spirit to talk to Rey after she learned she was the granddaughter of Sheev Palpatine and decided to follow in Luke's steps and exile herself on Ahch-To. Burning the ship she arrived on, Rey intended to remain on the island housing the First Jedi Temple for the rest of her life. Luke appeared to convince her not to give up the fight and admitted that he had made a mistake in exiling himself. Luke told Rey that both he and Leia knew she was a Palpatine but trained her because despite who her grandfather was, they had seen her heart and it was one of a good person. Giving Rey Leia's lightsaber, he encouraged her to travel to Exegol to confront Palpatine and end the Sith threat. Coming full circle, Luke lifted his X-wing from the waters of Ahch-To so that Rey would have a ship to fly to Exegol.

After confronting her grandfather and defeating him with the help of the redeemed Ben Solo and all the Jedi who ever lived, Rey returned to Tattooine in order to see Luke's childhood home for herself, and to bury the Skywalker lightsabers. During her visit Rey saw Leia's and Luke's Force spirits decided to adopt the Skywalker surname as a way to honor the ones she truly considers as family, including her Master Luke.

Legends Continuity

Five years after the Battle of Endor, Luke briefly fell to the dark side but came back to the light side thanks to Leia's positive example. Luke met the former Emperor's Hand Mara Jade. He helped free her from the Emperor's last command to kill him. The two would later fall in love and marry. They had a son which they named Ben in memory of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Fulfilling Yoda's command to pass on what he had learned, Luke established a Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4. Finding force sensitive individuals from throughout the galaxy he trained up a new order of Jedi to guide and protect the Republic. Luke even taught his family members, Leia, Mara, Ben, and Leia's children, Jacen, Jaina and Anakin Solo. Four years after he became grandmaster of the New Jedi Order, Jacen fell to the dark side, killed Luke's wife and tortured Ben. A year after Mara's death, Jacen dies and Luke made an agreement with Chief Natasi Daala where Luke would go into exile for ten years or until he could demonstrate how Jacen had fallen to the dark side and how to prevent it from happening again, whichever came first.

With his son Ben, Luke left Coruscant and went in to exile. He eventually learned that Jacen had turned to the dark side due to a vision in which Jacen's daughter Allana was standing next to a Sith Lord, and that he turned to prevent that vision from coming to pass. Meanwhile Daala had been deposed from the Chief's office, and had returned to the Imperial remnant.

Some time between 44 ABY and 130 ABY Luke died, and passed on into the Force. He returned as a Force ghost to try to convince his descendant Cade Skywalker to return to the Jedi ways, which he eventually did.