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"Many Bothans died to bring us this information."
Mon Mothma, before the Battle of Endor[src]

Bothans were the species credited with stealing information concerning the Death Star II, despite sustaining heavy casualties, thereby enabling the Rebel Alliance to plan an attack on the unfinished space station.[1] The Bothans also provided the Rebel Alliance with other useful information, such as the door code for the shield generator bunker on the forest moon of Endor.[2]

Bothans were known to communicate with each other in a series of growls.[3]

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Behind the scenesEdit

Bothans were first mentioned in the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, the final installment of the Star Wars original trilogy. Though the mention of Bothans in the film by Mon Mothma didn't expound on their nature, the Bothans' role and sacrifice in securing intel on the second Death Star is well-known as a consequence.[1]

Given the absence of the Bothans from the 2018 reference book Star Wars: Alien Archive - Species Guide, when asked about the matter on his Twitter account, Lucasfilm Story Group's Matt Martin mused the possiblity that the Bothans perhaps aren't an species.[4] As an example, Martin cited the Alderaanians, who are humans native from Alderaan, as an example to show that Bothans could be people, or that perhaps they are an organization, but as he says, Bothans have yet to make a canon appearance.[5]


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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  2. Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!
  3. Bloodline
  4. TwitterLogo @missingwords (Matt Martin) on Twitter "Bothans have yet to show up in canon. Maybe Bothans aren’t even a species?!?"
  5. TwitterLogo @missingwords (Matt Martin) on Twitter "That’s not true. They could be a people, e.g. “many Alderaanians died to bring us this information”. They could even be an organization. I was just making a hypothetical comment about the fact that it’s not confirmed either way."
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