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5 anime heroes Luke Skywalker could beat (& 5 he’d lose to)

The Star Wars film franchise began with Luke Skywalker as the hero, son of Anakin Skywalker, and a pilot ace. Luke was totally ignorant of his heritage until Obi-Wan Kenobi began his training, and in no time, Luke became a powerful and wise Jedi Knight, just as Anakin had been.

In the Star Wars movies, Luke is adept at his lightsaber technique, defeating the mighty Darth Vader in his final duel and cutting off Vader’s hand directly. Luke can also wield the Force with great skill, and he gave his life using the Force to delay Kylo Ren’s forces and buy time for the Resistance to escape from Crait. Now, can Luke use his powers to challenge the mightiest heroes in the shonen anime world and win?

10 THEY CAN D.AT: Edward Elric, The Cunning Alchemist (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)

Edward Elric is an expert not only in alchemy, but also in martial arts and the scientific process. This combination makes him a flexible and unpredictable opponent, as he can understand, break down, and reshape almost anything. Edward is very resourceful and thinks quickly.

If Ed were to take on Luke, he could challenge the Jedi hero with alchemy attacks, ranging from fast-moving pillars to spikes on the ground, among others. However, Luke has the Force to guide him, and he would take Ed down in no time. It helps that his lightsaber can cut through anything Ed can make.

9 CAN’T: Genryusai Yamamoto, the Chief Captain (Bleach)

Captain General Yamamoto is possibly the most powerful Soul Reaper to ever exist, as he boasts immense spiritual pressure and advanced technique. His swordsmanship is incredible, but that’s not all. He can also conjure fire to vaporize his enemies.

Yamamoto would use his full power against Luke Skywalker, to compensate for Luke’s ability to read Yamamoto’s actions through the Force. The power of Yamamoto’s bankai will reduce Luke to ashes, Force or no Force.

8 CAN D.AT: Touka Kirishima, The Rabbit Ghoul (Tokyo Ghoul)

Touka Kirishima is much more than meets the eye. Touka was born a ghoul with a ukaku-style kagune, which grants him a wing-shaped appendage (later two) that can allow for quick and ranged attacks. And like most ghouls, Touka can survive serious injuries and regenerate.

They are impressive powers, but Touka cannot handle the Force. He will tire quickly fighting Luke, and the Force will allow Luke to evade Touka’s blows and find his way to launch a counterattack. His lightsaber will soon cut Touka into sizzling pieces.

7 CAN’T: Brandish, The Spriggan 12 Turncoat (Fairy Tail)

The members of the Spriggan 12 are all-powerful wizards who fight for the empire of Zeref, but three of them stand out, one of whom is Brandish (although he later became a neutral party and a loose friend of Fairy Tail). He has a strangely listless demeanor, given his immense powers. If someone bothers her, she will witness her powers first hand.

Brandish can quickly resize any object, even an entire land mass, and render his enemies defenseless. It can shrink a person and restrain them, and that’s exactly what it would do to Luke Skywalker before it could land a blow at him. Little Luke must admit defeat.

6 CAN D.AT: Levi Ackerman, the explorer hero (Attack On Titan)

Against most sword users, Levi Ackerman has a huge advantage, given his incredible skills, agility, and Ackerman’s natural talent. He faced the Female Titan (Annie) and defeated her, and did the same with the Beast Titan (Zeke). But he is not ready to face a lightsaber.

Levi is fast and agile, but Luke can predict his movements through the Force, and Luke’s lightsaber blade will melt Levi’s blades with impunity. Then, Luke can grab Levi through the Force and throw him to the ground or against a wall, and knock him unconscious.

5 CAN: Jotaro Kujo, the Stardust Hero (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)

Jotaro Kujo is a curmudgeonly antihero on a quest to save his mother, Holly, from DIO’s insidious influence. He will save the day with his powerful Stand, called Star Platinum, and will bring his incredible fists and speed.

Luke cannot destroy Star Platinum without a Stand of his own, which means he hits even Jotaro. So if Jotaro has access to The World’s time-freezing powers, he can use it to get a few seconds to spare and break Luke’s neck or smash his skull.

4 THEY CAN D.AT: Prince Zuko, The Redeemed Bender (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

Prince Zuko underwent many personal changes throughout this series, and once he achieved balance and inner peace, he reached new heights of fire-control. Zuko may not be a prodigy like his sister Azula, but he had the advantage of having personal tutors as a child.

Zuko eventually acquired the skills necessary to duel his sister, but he cannot face someone like Luke, who can predict and read Zuko’s movements through the Force and counter them. Zuko will have no defenses to fall back on when Luke grabs him through the Force and throws him hard against the wall.

3 CAN’T: Rimuru Tempest, A Humble Slime (That time I was reincarnated into a slime)

Defeating Luke Skywalker is a difficult task for any anime hero, especially those who cannot warp the rules of time and space to avoid Luke’s Force abilities. However, Rimuru Tempest has many abilities going for her, and she will use them all against her Jedi opponent.

Luke can handle Rimuru’s abilities one at a time, but if Rimuru overwhelms him with enough of them at once, Luke will be badly injured, and Rimuru can take this opportunity to eat Luke with his Predator ability and finish him off. The Last Jedi became a slime’s lunch.

2 CAN D.AT: Izuku Modiriya, aka Deku (My Hero Academia)

Izuku Midoriya would actually defeat a Jedi like Luke, were it not for Luke’s ability to perceive Izuku’s movements through the Force and thus avoid them. Izuku is a melee hero wielding the One for All, and while he has the strength to pulverize Luke’s body, it’s easier said than done than caught a Jedi by surprise.

Regardless of the type of Smash, Shoot Style, or Full Cowling effect Izuku uses, Luke will stay one step ahead, getting into Izuku’s blind spot as long as Izuku continues to launch his attack. A lightsaber strike will split Izuku in half, ending the fight.

1 CAN’T: Tatsumaki, aka Tornado of Terror (One-Punch Man)

Tatsumaki is an enormously powerful hero, comparable to Saitama himself in many ways. His telekinetic powers are highly advanced, allowing him to lift, launch, and manipulate almost any object around him, even those moving at high speed (such as projectiles fired from an alien battleship).

This allows Tatsumaki to face Luke on an equal footing, with his powers rivaling even the Force on a good day. She could grab Luke and crush him at some point in this bitter fight, and end the Jedi order once and for all.