2. Luke Skywalker
Likely the most well-known and mythical Jedi Master in galactic history, Luke Skywalker’s journey is the quintessential hero’s tale. From an ill-mannered farmhand to the most powerful Force user of his time, Luke helped to free the galaxy from tyranny and played a colossal role in both the Rebellion and the Resistance.
Although he was unaware of his lineage as Darth Vader’s son, Luke would soon embark with Obi-Wan Kenobi on a mission to rescue his sister, Leia Organa. This would become the first domino in Luke’s path towards becoming a Jedi. After training with Master Yoda, Luke would soon learn to hone his skills and became a gifted swordsman while also furthering his Force abilities.
After he was able to bring his father back to the Light Side of the Force, Luke started a new Jedi Order, recruiting Force-sensitive younglings from across the galaxy. Unfortunately, his nephew, Ben Solo, would destroy all that he had built, causing Luke to retreat into exile. However, just when all was lost, Rey would help to renew Luke’s spirit of hope, and he passed on what he had learned to the young girl.
Luke’s life would come to an end doing perhaps the thing he did best: saving his friends. Force-projecting onto the planet Crait in order to help the Resistance escape, Luke died knowing that he would not be the last Jedi and that Rey would carry on his legacy.
The symbol of hope for multiple revolutions, Luke Skywalker’s role in history could be defined in different ways: hero, martyr, icon. Any of these descriptions would be correct, as the Jedi Master who longed for adventure as a child, ended up going on the galaxy’s greatest adventure. His name is synonymous with heroics, and his legend lived throughout the ages.