Jeremy hopes the Force is with him as he pursues a forensics career in the swamps of Louisiana.
Luke Skywalker's Romantic Life
In the Star Wars timeline spanning Episode 7–9, Luke evidently never married, living as a reclusive Jedi after his failure training Ben Solo. Yet things were much different in the separate "Legends" chronology, where Luke founded a new Jedi Order that allowed marriage.
But long before that, Luke had many romances throughout the Imperial war, nearly all ending with tragedy. Especially in Leia's case, where Luke discovered his love interest was actually his sister. Yikes.
But which women did Luke bond with, why did the relationships end, and who did he ultimately partner with? Find out as we explore Luke Skywalker's ten most iconic girlfriends! Spoilers ahead.
First Appearance: Star Wars 70: The Stenax Shuffle (Comic)
A Zeltron thief who joined the Rebels, Dani quickly became infatuated with Luke, who trained her as an Alliance soldier. Dani's a complex character, initially romancing Luke but eventually falling for his first official apprentice, Kiro.
More than that, her ongoing war experiences shift her from cocky rogue to grizzled veteran, forced to undergo torture and witness allies die. That said, she's one of few girlfriends with no confirmed death, only ending things with Luke because of her attraction towards Kiro.
9. Alexandra Winger
First Appearance: "A Glimmer of Hope" (Short Story)
A Force-sensitive girl raised by Imperials, Alexandra had frequent dreams of a blue-eyed man guiding her. This turned out to be Luke Skywalker, who Alexandra ultimately trained under, and with his teachings, she became a skilled pilot for the New Republic.
Alexandra had intended to study as a Jedi, but after witnessing the dangers of the dark side, she instead distanced herself from the Force. A sad end to their relationship, but at least Alexandra's still alive, unlike...
First Appearance: Star Wars 89: I'll See You in the Throne Room (Comic)
The kind-hearted leader of the Solay resistance, Mary's compassion inspired Luke so much that he considered leaving the Alliance to join her cause, and the pair quickly admitted their love for each other.
But when the Empire arrived to shut down the resistance, Mary was killed in the resulting battle, bringing Luke dangerously close to the dark side.
7. Gaeriel Captison
First Appearance: The Truce at Bakura (Novel)
Gaerial Captison was raised with Imperial leanings, but her open-mindedness helped foster the truce between Rebels and Imperials during the Battle at Bakura.
Luke's heroics during the clash quickly gained Gaerial's notice, and the two admitted their feelings. However, in a real bro move, Luke puts aside his own feelings for her after witnessing a vision of her married to someone else. Gaerial later happily weds Pter Thanas, but their love ends in despair, with him dying from an illness and her perishing during the Battle of Centerpoint Station.
6. Tanith Shire
First Appearance: Darth Vader Strikes (Comic)
Enslaved on the Fondor shipyard, Tanith nevertheless helped Luke escape a trap set by Darth Vader. After many trials, they freed Tanith's people, and she tried to convince Luke to stay with her.
However, as the Star Wars wiki states, "Skywalker's affection for Princess Leia and his devotion to the Alliance kept him from accepting Shire's offer". Wow, imagine how Tanith felt when she learned she was snubbed in favor of Luke's sister.
5. Akanah Pell
First Appearance: Before the Storm (Novel)
Claiming to have information about Luke's mother, Akanah and Luke travel in search of her scattered people, the Fallanassi shamans. While Luke eventually discovers that Akanah lied to him, she did so with good intentions, and the two fostered a close relationship nurtured by spending months alone in space.
With her unique take on the Force, Akanah also taught Luke one of his coolest-ever Force tricks, letting him turn objects or people (including himself) invisible, even to electronic sensors. Unfortunately, her deceptions prevent a longer relationship, and she ultimately falls prey to the monstrous Force entity Abeloth.
4. Jem Ysanna
First Appearance: Dark Empire II (Comic)
Jem and her brother came from a Force-sensitive lineage that gave them remarkable power, letting them lift boulders with minimal instruction from Luke. During their training, Luke and Jem fell in love, comforted by the thought of a peaceful life together after the war.
But like many of Luke's girlfriends, Jem died before the fighting ended, in this case being lethally poisoned by assassin droids sent after Luke.
3. Callista Ming
First Appearance: Children of the Jedi (Novel)
Callista Ming carries an odd history of acquiring new forms. She was originally a Jedi Knight who fought alongside Anakin and Ahsoka during the Clone Wars. But in a desperate mission to take down a warship, Callista ended up shedding her physical body to live within the ship's computer.
Later, Callista's spirit inhabits Cray Mingla, who willing sacrificed herself to be with her deceased love. From there, Luke and Callista pursue their love, but in transferring her consciousness, Callista unknowingly dampened her connection to the Force. Feeling incomplete, she embarks on a quest to regain her power, ultimately becoming another victim of Abeloth.
First Appearance: Coffin in the Clouds (Comic)
Known as Shira Brie when Luke first met her, Lumiya and Luke displayed remarkable chemistry as Rebel soldiers. However, she turned out to be a disguised Imperial agent whose mission to discredit Luke left her deformed after he inadvertently shot down her ship. Vader recovered Shira and installed cybernetics into her body to keep her alive, similar to his own apparatus.
Many years later, Lumiya would serve as that catalyst for Jacen Solo's descent to the dark side. She convinced him that only turning to the dark side would save the galaxy. Whether she truly believed this or it was just a ploy for revenge, her actions plunged the New Republic into a bloody civil war that resulted in the death of Luke's most iconic romance yet...
1. Mara Jade
First Appearance: Heir to the Empire (Novel)
Timothy Zahn introduced two important characters in his written trilogy: brilliant Imperial strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn and former Imperial assassin Mara Jade. Mara initially hates Luke, a result of her former conditioning by the Emperor, but gradually softens her grudge as she's forced to work with him to survive.
Luke reignites Mara's passion for the Force, and she becomes one of his first new Academy students. Years pass, friendship turns to love, and the two ultimately marry, with Mara soon giving birth to Ben Skywalker.
Mara meets a tragic fate during the Legacy of the Force novels, but she's easily Luke's most prominent relationship and one of the strongest Jedi of all time.
Does Luke Ever Get a Happy Ending?
Without a wife in the new films, and with a deceased one in the Legends timeline, does Luke every truly find peace? I'd argue yes—his Force powers let him communicate with Mara even after her passing, and he still finds great joy in raising their son.
Plus, it's not too late for Luke to encounter a love interest in the new timeline (likely in a flashback). But for now, as we await more tidbits about Luke's years in exile, vote for your favorite character and I'll see you at our next Star Wars countdown!
© 2019 Jeremy Gill
Liz Westwood from UK on September 15, 2019:
I hadn't realised he had had so many girl friends.
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on September 14, 2019:
Thank you! I enjoyed how Mara and Luke gradually developed, not truly romancing each other until long after they met (something they share with Han and Leia).
The EU can be intimidating because it's hard to know where to start, but there's definitely some great stories within. I'd recommend the Thrawn trilogy as a nice entry point!
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on September 14, 2019:
Thanks, I've been following your articles, learning a lot and having a great time reading. I got to give it to Jade, she was the best partner Luke could have found. T. Z. did wonderful work in that trilogy, and you wrote a fun and informative article. Respect and admiration.
Stevennix2001 on September 14, 2019:
Wow you really know your stuff. Great job on this article, as it was a fun read. I honestly didn't even know Luke had this many lovers after return of the jedi. makes me wish i would've followed all the EU stuff when i was younger, as I've only followed the movies to be honest. Anyways keep up the good work.