Luke Skywalker is the most famous Jedi of all time in both movies and the world of Star Wars. Within the two major sources of Star Wars entertainment, the Star Wars Legends and the Star Wars canon, Luke is widely considered the most powerful. But this isn’t entirely factual or realistic.
There are many famous Force users – Jedi and Sith and everything in between – who rank alongside Luke in regards to their abilities, but chances are they would fail in single combat. However, certain members of the Star Wars canon have proven that they could easily take out this beloved Jedi. They usually have a combination of a better understanding or connection to the force, as well as fighting abilities.
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Updated on June 23rd, 2022, by Shawn S. Lealos: With the Star Wars world continuing in the sequels that brought in Rey and Kylo Ren as the newest Jedis, and the Disney+ TV shows, Jedis that didn’t previously exist in the movie world have shown up. With the new Obi-Wan streaming series being such a success, there looks to be even more attention given to the Jedis in the universe.
While Luke Skywalker proved his immense strength in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker when he helped save his allies’ lives from across the universe, he also passed on after that. Despite this, Luke remains considered the best of the best by many fans, especially when he showed up in The Mandalorian to that the Child under his wing.
Star Wars Characters Stronger Than Luke Skywalker
Yoda may have taught Luke much of his knowledge, but the student did not surpass the teacher. As proven in The Last Jedi, there’s much that Luke can still learn from his mentor. It’s unclear whether Luke could beat Yoda in their most recent states since they’re both Force Ghosts. In their prime, Luke would have absolutely lost in a battle.
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Yoda is the embodiment of knowledge, practice, skill, and patience. He’s also deceptively strong and agile. We can all remember the time he first dropped his cane and fought off Count Dooku. Luke may have projected an image of himself across the galaxy to trick Kylo Ren, but Yoda still has shown a larger variety of jaw-dropping Jedi talents.
Darth Plagueis is the Sith Lord who mentored Palpatine and is best known for his mastery of immortality. As Palpatine described to Anakin in Revenge of the Sith, Darth Plagueis the Wise’s knowledge of the dark side of the Force was so vast that he could stop the people he loved from perishing.
Unfortunately for him, he taught most of his knowledge to his deceptive apprentice who turned on him. The only way that Palpatine knew how to defeat Plagueis was to eliminate him in his sleep. If Palpatine needed this kind of one-up on Plagueis, there’s little chance Luke Skywalker would be much more powerful than him. In fact, he may not even last long in a fight.
It’s debatable whether or not Darth Sidious (Sheev Palpatine) is the most powerful Sith Lord in modern times or in all of history. After all, he managed to evade Jedi detection while orchestrating one of the most successful and complicated political manipulations of all time, right underneath their noses. When the Jedi did find out that Chancellor Palpatine was, in fact, this dark lord of the Sith, they stood no chance against him.
This included Master Yoda, who basically lost his duel with him in Revenge of the Sith. The only weapon Luke had that could overpower him was his ability to turn his father against him through love. Although that technically counts as defeating Palpatine, chances are Luke wouldn’t stand a chance against Sidious in single combat.
This insanely powerful Force user lives in the realm of Mortis alongside his daughter and son, who represents the light and dark side of the Force. He maintains the balance between the two, which is vital since they could tear the fabric of the universe apart without him.
This diety has the ability to teleport at will, manipulate lightsabers with telekinesis, change his shape, as well as all the other Force skills we’ve come to know. The Father has been said to be the most powerful Force user ever. There’s no way that Luke would stand a chance against this guy.
Though Darth Revan is known as purely a Star Wars Legends character, it’s suggested that he has become officially part of the canon. This is because of his brief Easter egg hidden in Luke’s hut in The Last Jedi. The Easter egg is in the form of a particular red Kyber crystal that belonged to Darth Revan– not Darth Vader as some have suggested.
Many have described him as being the most powerful Force User of all time, making him superior to even Luke Skywalker and Yoda. Darth Revan had the ability to wield the powers of both the light side and dark side of the Force. He could communicate with people across the galaxy, heal himself and others, and was an exceptionally skilled warrior.
The Son And The Daughter
The Son and the Daughter are deities that represent the balance of the light and dark side of the Force throughout the galaxy. They are both of equal strength and skill, although have a variety of differing abilities. The Daughter, for instance, can heal people at will while the Son can drain the life out of them.
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They are constantly in intense conflict, but a balance is kept between them by their Father on their homeworld of Mortis. As skilled as Luke Skywalker is with The Force he just doesn’t compare to living deities who represent both sides of the Force and the variety of complex powers that come with them.
The Force Priestesses
These five immortal Force Priestesses represent the connection between the Living Force and the Cosmic Force in the greater scheme of the universe. They dwell on the Wellspring of Life, which is believed to be the place where both midi-chlorians and life itself started. The Force Priestesses are the guardians of the light side of the Force.
They have a vast knowledge of unlocking the secrets of immortality and the deepest secrets of the Force. They lack distinguishable features, which sort of suggests just how incredibly old and powerful they are. There’s no way that even someone as powerful as Luke Skywalker could compare to cosmic, ethereal deities.
This mysterious shaman was the Clan Mother of the Nightsisters of Dathomir – a coven of highly Force-sensitive witches. These witches used a supernatural technique, called Magick, to manipulate the wilderness around them. She is also the mother of Darth Maul and Savage Opress.
Mother Talzin had a mastery of all dark magicks, as well as could manipulate the spirit ichor (a powerful ether) that flowed through the center of the planet Dathomir. She could see into the future, set things on fire with her mind, and also had a natural Force connection. In addition to all of this, she was a highly-skilled fighter, so much so that she even lasted against Darth Sidious himself.
Anakin Skywalker (Before Vader)
Luke Skywalker may have beaten his father when he was half-machine, but there’s just no way he would have taken him down when he was at his best. Anakin was the “Chosen One” for a reason. Both Luke and Anakin were expert pilots, techy experts, and skilled in the ways of the Force but could anyone actually claim that Luke was better at wielding a lightsaber than Anakin in his prime?
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The answer is an unequivocal, “No.” Thanks to Anakin getting emotional and cocky, and Obi-Wan taking advantage of that, the Master Jedi lost much of his most advanced physical skills after the Mustafar battle.
Rey is included because there’s no doubt that she will become one of the strongest Jedi ever. She may not currently be at the same skill level as Luke, but that’s about to change. Rey learned her Force skills far quicker than Luke ever could.
In fact, she may have even learned them faster than Anakin Skywalker. She received little training and still managed to fight off many seemingly proficient enemies with both Force and lightsaber skills. Even Yoda remarks on Rey’s impressive natural abilities, which should make us all think that she will soon be able to take on any Jedi, even one as powerful as Luke.
Star Wars Characters Weaker Than Luke Skywalker
In his prime, Obi-Wan was one of the most skilled fighters in the galaxy. He even managed to defeat Anakin Skywalker in single combat, although he didn’t have the heart to finish him off. When Anakin and Obi-Wan met again years later, Obi-Wan basically sacrificed himself to Anakin’s rage in order to grow into a stronger being as he became one with the Force.
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Without a doubt, Obi-Wan is downright formidable. However, he passed on much of his knowledge to Luke Skywalker, who has shown he has most of his father’s skills as well. It’s hard to believe that Obi-Wan could be seen as stronger than Luke, even in both of their prime.
When it comes to lightsaber-wielding, Jedi Master Mace Windu is known as the best. Not only does he easily do away with Jango Fett, but he also manages to defeat Palpatine in lightsaber combat. However, it can be argued that Palpatine would have easily defeated Mace with his Force skills had he not wanted Anakin to intervene in order to fully turn him to the dark side.
Although his Force Skills are seen as pretty strong, especially in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, he isn’t on par with some of his Jedi brethren, especially Luke. While Mace may be able to defeat Luke in a lightsaber duel, Luke’s other Force abilities are far superior.
There are many reasons why Darth Sidious chose Count Dooku (AKA Darth Tyranus) as his apprentice. First and foremost, Count Dooku spent most of his life as a Jedi, mastering their skills. When he did turn to the dark side, he became quite talented in those arts as well.
Count Dooku not only manages to beat Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker in combat but also holds his own against both Yoda and Mace Windu on separate occasions. His array of incredible Force skills are explored more deeply in The Clone Wars series, but they’re still not enough to put him up against Luke Skywalker.
Though this Star Wars character is a favorite for fans, there’s no way he could take on Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. Even though this Sith has some undeniably impressive powers, he’s failed to bring down many other Star Wars characters.
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He originally fell victim to Obi-Wan in The Phantom Menace but was later revived and fitted with mechanical legs with the help of his brother, Savage Opress. Together, he and his brother attempted to take on Emperor Palpatine but failed – even though he was seemingly more powerful after his encounter with Obi-Wan than before.
This Sith warrior was Count Dooku’s apprentice throughout the Clone Wars and frequently fought against multiple Jedi, including Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan, and Anakin’s apprentice, Ashoka Tano. She primarily functioned as a ruthless Sith assassin, although she was nowhere near as effective as her reputation claimed her to be.
She never took down any of the major Jedi – which most of her Sith compatriots had no problem doing. She had a particularly strong lightsaber-wielding skill, but she ultimately wasn’t nearly as powerful as she appeared. This would make her an easy target for Luke Skywalker.
Though Qui-Gon Jinn was strong in the ways of the Force, including telepathy and levitation, there’s just no way he would beat Luke Skywalker in a fight. In both of their primes, Luke still makes for a better swordfighter with better agility. Qui-Gon isn’t known for being a strong fighter.
He was tragically bested by Darth Maul on Naboo. During that battle, he seemed to lean toward the meditative nature of the Force versus the aggression needed to defeat the Sith. Luke has shown numerous times that he can handle a lightsaber as well as some of the most skilled swordsmen. Even Luke’s Force abilities seem stronger than Obi-Wan’s former master.
Originally this Star Wars: The Clone Wars character was seen as a legitimate threat to Sith villains Count Dooku and Asajj Ventress. This was because of his brutish mentality and intimidating powers that were gifted to him by the Nightsisters. However, Savage Opress lost much of what made him intimidating once he teamed up with his revived brother, Darth Maul.
Maul easily overshadowed everything about Savage Opress. He was stronger, more experienced, and generally far nastier. When the two attempted to bring down Darth Sidious together, they failed miserably. With all of this in mind, it should come as no surprise that this frightening Sith wouldn’t stand a chance against Luke Skywalker.
Supreme Leader Snoke
It’s hard to tell just how strong Supreme Leader Snoke was since we learned so little about him before he was offed by Kylo Ren. However, what we did see was pretty impressive. He clearly had a mastery of the basic Force skills such as telekinesis and Force lightning. He also had the ability to create a psychological bridge between Kylo Ren and Rey.
Unfortunately for him, that bridge was what led to his downfall. He clearly couldn’t foresee that Kylo Ren would turn on him the way he did. Most of Snoke’s intimidating powers seem to come from his substantial army and weaponry. This would be enough to frighten anyone, including Luke. But it seems like Luke would have a step up on the Sith lord if the two ever met on the battlefield.
In The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker described his nephew, Ben Solo (Kylo Ren), as being immensely powerful. He also admitted early on that he feared that these powers would corrupt him and turn him into a Darth Vader-like character. This caused him to attempt to assassinate him in his sleep. Needless to say, Kylo Ren is almost definitely a significant threat.
However, we cannot definitively say that he is more powerful than Luke. Kylo’s powers are vast but they are still highly unbalanced and difficult to control. He lets his anger get the best of him too quickly, allowing for more skilled fighters to take their time and get the best of him– as we saw at the end of The Last Jedi.
Darth Vader was the most feared Sith Lord in the galaxy for quite a substantial amount of time. There’s no question that both his use of the Force, his malice, and even his lightsaber skills made him uncomfortably strong. However, he was still bested by his son at the end of Return of the Jedi.
After losing to Obi-Wan on Mustafar, Anakin became less powerful as a lightsaber wielder. His new mechanical body made him physically stronger, but he lost a large amount of agility. Sure, he was still an exceptionally strong Force user, but his anger and pain consumed him. It’s hard to blame him since he is literally using that restrictive suit to keep him from losing his life.
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