There are a lot of opinions on the internet that seem to have grown up like kudzu over our favorite pop culture: Cyclops is boring.  Wonder Woman is a killer.  Luke Skywalker is a big whiner.  Each of these portrayals has been strengthened by reiteration (and in Luke’s case, by that bit about power converters on Tatooine) until they’ve become etched in public opinion, and in the case of young Master Skywalker, it’s really unfair.  After all, he picked up the basics of The Force in a matter of hours, managed to become most of a Jedi in the space of a couple days/weeks (the time frames of ‘Empire’ don’t quite seem to match up, to be honest) and brought balance to The Force, leading to today’s long, long ago query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites that Expanded Universe Star Wars materials count for our purposes, but I haven’t actually read them, asking: Is Luke Skywalker a whiny chosen one or a self-made hero?


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  1. Malone_hasco on

    A self-made chosen one. He’s got the advantage of being chosen one but everything else except one old man stacked against him. He’s not even that whiny for 20-year old who just lost his family and home. I got many examples of lot worse.

  2. Ditto. Granted, the first 5 minutes of screen time he’s whiny, but he grows up fast after being thrown in the deep end of the galaxy.

  3. Both. At first he’s the whiny chosen one, but then he grows up a bit and becomes the self-made hero that happens to be a chosen one. Even taking the EU material (both “legends” and current canon EU material) into account, my conclusion is still the same.

    Unless we go by LEGO Star Wars continuity, then he’s a whiny self-made chosen man.

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