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"I'm not stupid, Kenobi. Just because I haven't flown across the galaxy like you have doesn't make me some sort of ignorant hick."
―Owen Lars, to Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

Owen Lars was a male human who lived as a moisture farmer on Tatooine. He was the son of Cliegg Lars and later became the step-brother of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker when Cliegg married Shmi Skywalker. When Shmi and Cliegg died, Owen inherited the farm and worked hard to maintain it.

After Anakin became the Sith Lord Darth Vader, Owen and his wife Beru Whitesun were given custody of Anakin's son, Luke, by Anakin's Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Owen raised the boy cautiously, fearing that he would grow to be like his father.

During the Galactic Civil War, Owen purchased the droid R2-D2, who, unbeknownst to him, possessed the plans for the Death Star, an Imperial superweapon. Imperial stormtroopers came searching for the droid, who had left in search of Kenobi, and they interrogated and murdered Owen and Beru. Their deaths sealed Luke's decision to leave Tatooine and join Kenobi to become a Jedi.

BiographyEdit

Early life and tragedyEdit

Owen: "Where are you going?"
Anakin: "To find my mother."
Cliegg: "Your mother's dead, son. Accept it."
―Anakin, refusing to believe his mother is dead[src]
Shmi-funeral

The Lars family holds a funeral for Shmi.

Owen Lars was born to the kind-hearted moisture farmer Cliegg Lars and his wife on the desert planet of Tatooine, where they lived in the family's homestead near the township of Anchorhead.[4] As a young man, Owen had a strong vision of what he wanted to do in life, believing that it should be rooted on Tatooine and focused on improving the homestead. When Owen's father fell in love with Shmi Skywalker, a slave owned by the Toydarian junk dealer Watto, Cliegg purchased her, set her free, and married her. Owen loved his step-mother very much, and he saw her sadness whenever she thought of her son, Anakin.[1] Anakin, who had left Tatooine to join the Jedi Order on Coruscant,[5] made Owen wonder how anyone could have left Shmi behind.[1]

In the following years, the family lived quietly, until one morning Shmi was attacked and abducted by Tusken Raiders. Furious, Cliegg rallied 29 other moisture farmers to help search for her. When the group returned, there were only four survivors, including Cliegg, who lost a leg and was confined to a repulsorlift chair. One month later,[4] Anakin returned to his homeworld after a ten year absence to look for his mother. He found she had been sold to Cliegg, so he visited the Lars homestead. Once Owen introduced himself and his girlfriend, Beru Whitesun, to Anakin, Cliegg told the Jedi about Shmi's kidnapping, telling him that she was dead.[3] Anakin, refusing to believe this, borrowed Owen's swoop and tracked down the Tuskens; the next day, he returned with Shmi's corpse. The Lars family buried Shmi outside their home and held a quiet funeral.[4] Soon after, Anakin left, and the Lars family never saw him again.[6] The tragedy weakened Cliegg, who died soon after, leaving his farm and traditions to Owen.[4]

Raising LukeEdit

"When I say you're grounded, I mean that literally. Best get used to walking, Luke Skywalker. Because as long as I live…you'll never fly again."
―Owen, forbidding Luke from piloting[src]
Owen-Beru-sunset

Owen and Beru, holding their nephew and watching the binary sunset

After dating for a short time, Owen and Beru married,[1] and together they toiled to achieve Owen's dream of improving the farm.[1] Nearly three years later,[7] Owen and his wife were contacted by Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi Master who trained Owen's step-brother. Arriving at the Lars moisture farm, Kenobi presented Beru with Luke, the son of Anakin,[8] tasking the couple to protect the orphaned boy.[9] Beru took the infant, and with Owen, watched the binary sunset of Tatooine as Kenobi went into exile in the desert.[8] Kenobi was not welcome at the homestead, and Owen would later forbid him from visiting,[10] fearing that the Jedi Master would get Luke killed like Anakin had been.[9]

About eight years later,[11] Tatooine was plagued by the Great Drought, which halted water collection for moisture farmers. During the drought, Jabba, the Hutt crime lord of Tatooine, declared a "water tax," and had his enforcers take the farmers' harvests, sometimes by force. Despite the new tax, the Lars family never paid their dues—unknown to Owen, Kenobi, who adopted the name "Ben," was protecting the homestead from Jabba's henchmen. The drought continued to worsen, and one night Luke left the Lars moisture farm to steal water from Jabba's thugs. When Owen and Beru realized Luke was missing, they searched for the boy, but were unsuccessful. Kenobi, sensing Luke was in danger, found and rescued him, bringing the boy back to the Lars home. In the morning, when Beru found Luke, she called for Owen, who rushed to Skywalker's side, asking if he was alright. Skywalker, who was unharmed, couldn't recall any of the night's events. About a week later the drought lifted, and the moisture vaporators began collecting water again.[12]

Owen confronts Kenobi

Owen tells Kenobi to stay away from Luke.

One year after the Great Drought, Luke took interest in piloting his family's T-16 Skyhopper. During one adventurous flight with friends such as Biggs Darklighter cheering from the ground, Luke was overconfident in his abilities and wrecked the Skyhopper in Beggar's Canyon. Owen grounded Luke, enraged that they were now short a speeder and couldn't afford repairs. Luke said he could fix the damages and pay for it himself by entering the race at Anchorhead, but Owen wouldn't entertain the idea, fearing for Luke's safety. In the following days, Owen and Luke went to a Jawa market to purchase an astromech droid and a droid capable of speaking Bocce. While Owen was looking at the droids, Luke encountered two Jawas who handed him a box filled with the parts needed to repair the Skyhopper. Luke, believing it was a gift from his uncle, thanked him and rushed off. The parts were actually from Kenobi, who believed Luke would need all the piloting practice he could get. Owen realized that Kenobi had been interfering with his family, recalling the lack of attacks from Tusken Raiders or Jabba's thugs, and, furious, he visited Kenobi at his home, bringing the Skyhopper parts with him. Reasserting that he didn't want Kenobi's help, Owen told the hermit to leave Luke alone, saying it was his own job to protect Luke, not Kenobi's, and that it was the from the Jedi whom Luke needed protection.[9]

Under the EmpireEdit

"You know, I think that R2 unit we bought may have been stolen."
"What makes you think that?"
"Well, I stumbled across a recording while I was cleaning him. He says that he belongs to someone named Obi-Wan Kenobi. I thought he might have meant old Ben. Do you know what he's talking about?"
"Uh-uh."
"I wonder if he's related to Ben."
"That wizard is just a crazy old man. Now, tomorrow I want you to take that R2 unit to Anchorhead and have its memory erased. That'll be the end of it. It belongs to us now."
―Luke and Owen[src]
Owen-Beru-burned

Owen and Beru were interrogated and killed by Imperial stormtroopers.

When Luke reached the age of 19,[7] he grew to resent his farming lifestyle, wishing to enroll in the Imperial Academy as most of his friends had. Owen, fearing that Luke was too much like his father, denied Luke's pleas, although Beru felt that Luke's dreams should be allowed.[2]

One day, a company of Jawas came by the homestead to sell miscellaneous droids. Owen, requiring an astromech droid, as well as droid that could understand the binary programming language of moisture vaporators, purchased R5-D4 and C-3PO, respectively. When Luke noticed the R5 unit had a bad motivator, he informed his uncle. At the suggestion of the protocol droid C-3PO, Owen bought the astromech R2-D2 in place of R5-D4. Owen then told Luke to clean the droids, despite the boy's plans of going to Tosche Station to meet with his friends. Skywalker obliged, and, while cleaning R2-D2, discovered a holographic message for Obi-Wan Kenobi. Wondering if the droid was referring to Ben Kenobi, he asked his uncle. Owen replied that Kenobi was just a crazy old wizard, and told Luke to take the droid to Anchorhead and have its memory erased. When the morning came, Owen couldn't find his nephew, so he questioned his wife, who believed Luke was doing chores. In actuality, Luke was searching for R2-D2, who had run off in search of Kenobi.[2]

Unbeknownst to Lars, R2-D2 was carrying stolen plans of the Death Star, the Galactic Empire's recently-completed space station, which was capable of destroying entire planets. Imperial stormtroopers, desperate to reclaim the stolen intelligence, traced the droid to the Lars homestead, where they proceeded to interrogate and kill Owen and Beru, burning the home and leaving.[13] When Luke returned to find his family murdered and home in ruins, he decided to leave Tatooine with Kenobi and train to become a Jedi Knight like his father. Traveling to the Mos Eisley spaceport, the two met Han Solo, who agreed to take them to Alderaan aboard the Millennium Falcon.[2]

Personality and traitsEdit

"Luke's just not a farmer, Owen. He has too much of his father in him."
"That's what I'm afraid of."
―Beru and Owen[src]

The son of Cliegg Lars, Owen was taught to place a large emphasis on the traditions of discipline and hard work. Wanting to teach these values to his adopted son, Owen was caring, but was also gruff and strict, which often created tension between them, forcing Beru to mediate.[1]

Feeling great disdain towards the Jedi Order, Owen believed that Obi-Wan Kenobi had warped Anakin's mind[9] into leaving Shmi alone on Tatooine, an act Owen considered to be unimaginable.[1] Owen felt Kenobi was personally responsible for the deaths of Shmi and Anakin, and that the Jedi's actions tore the family apart. When Kenobi left Luke under Owen's protection, Lars told the Jedi to stay away from them, fearing that Kenobi would create similar consequences with the boy.[9] To keep him out of trouble, Owen denied Luke his Jedi lineage, claiming Luke's father was simply a navigator on a spice freighter.[1]

Owen was a male human with light skin, blue eyes, and dark brown—later gray—hair. He stood at a height of 1.78 meters.[1]

EquipmentEdit

"What I really need is a droid that understands the binary language of moisture vaporators."
"Vaporators? Sir, my first job was programming binary loadlifters—very similar to your vaporators in most respects."
―Owen Lars and C-3PO[src]

In his youth, Owen owned a red-colored swoop bike, which Anakin used while searching for Shmi.[1] Later in life, Owen acquired an inexpensive V-35 Courier[14] and allowed Luke an old, battered X-34 landspeeder[15] and T-16 Skyhopper.[9] Throughout the farm, Owen installed numerous moisture vaporators and maintained numerous droids.[2] The droids, which included an R5 line astromech droid, a WED-15 Septoid Treadwell droid, and a GNK power droid among others, were destroyed by the Galactic Empire when they razed the home.[16] Owen also owned a blaster rifle.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Creation and portrayalEdit

In the rough draft to Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, Owen and Beru were written as anthropologists working on Yavin, and in the second draft of the film they were revealed to be Luke Skywalker's uncle and aunt. Within the second draft, Owen was a Jedi, and Luke was studying to become an archaeologist; it wasn't until the third draft of the film that Owen became a farmer.[17] Owen's origins as an anthropologist were a self-reference by Star Wars creator George Lucas, who had intended to study anthropology at San Francisco State University before switching to cinematography.[18]

Owen Lars first appeared in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, played by Phil Brown, and credited as "Uncle Owen."[2] In the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, it was revealed that Owen and Obi-Wan Kenobi were brothers, although the idea was removed from the final cut.[19] In the prequel trilogy, Owen was portrayed by Joel Edgerton, who, in 2014, expressed enthusiasm in reprising the role for a rumored Obi-Wan spin-off film.[20] In A New Hope Read-Along Storybook and CD, Uncle Owen was voiced by Charles Howerton.[21]

Other appearancesEdit

An ongoing Korean web comic simply titled Star Wars featured a short story involving Owen Lars during Luke's childhood. When Luke and his friend Windy went missing during a sandstorm, Obi-Wan took the two back home, where Owen saw the Jedi again. Owen thanked him for bringing Luke back safely but told him to stay away from Luke; he didn't want to get Luke into any danger. In return, Obi-Wan said he was observing Skywalker and claimed that the Force was strong in him, and that he will leave the farm one day. Lars responded that the Jedi were gone since the Republic fell, warning him once again to never visit their homestead anymore.[22] Due to cultural leeway, the comic is canonically in a "grey area."[23]

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Encyclopedia-Logo Owen Lars in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Encyclopedia-Logo Cliegg Lars in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  5. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  6. SWCustom-2011 Owen Lars Biography Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org); image #3 (of 8)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Twitter favicon @HolocronKeeper (Leland Chee) on Twitter. “0 10 10-13 13 27 32 35 36” (screenshot)—The tweet in question refers to the number of in-universe years between the canon films and television shows, with Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace set as Year 0.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Star Wars 15: From the Journals of Old Ben Kenobi
  10. StarWars-DatabankII Owen Lars in the Databank
  11. Twitter favicon @cracksh0t (Jordan D. White) on Twitter. “he looks like 8ish to me.” (screenshot)
  12. Star Wars 7: From the Journals of Old Ben Kenobi: "The Last of His Breed"
  13. SWCustom-2011 Owen Lars Biography Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org); image #8 (of 8)
  14. StarWars-DatabankII V-35 Landspeeder in the Databank
  15. StarWars-DatabankII X-34 Landspeeder in the Databank
  16. Star Wars: Darth Vader 7: Shadows and Secrets, Part I
  17. The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
  18. The Cinema of George Lucas
  19. The Essential Reader's Companion
  20. Evry, Max (2014-10-09). Exclusive: Joel Edgerton Wants to Reprise Uncle Owen in Star Wars. Superhero Hype!. Retrieved on October 9, 2014.
  21. A New Hope Read-Along Storybook and CD
  22. Star Wars (LINE Webtoon)
  23. Twitter favicon @jenniferheddle (Jennifer Heddle) on Twitter. “It is approved but its canon status is grey area. We gave them leeway for cultural interpretation” (screenshot)

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