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"I gather you heard them coming?"
"There is a particular tread that all predators tend to use, a balance between silence and speed. Humans use a version of this tread."
―Human Eli Vanto and Chiss Thrawn, after being attacked by a group of humans[src]

Humans were a species of sentient bipedal beings with bilateral symmetry native to the planet Coruscant. They were commonly encountered throughout the galaxy, from the bountiful planet of Naboo to the desert world of Tatooine. They were known to engage in many different pursuits, from politics to bounty hunting. Species that bore structural resemblance to humans were referred to as "humanoids."

Biology and appearanceEdit

Onderonian humans

Examples of male and female humans

Humans were an intelligent species that arguably[31] originated on Coruscant.[31] They came in two sexes, male and female, and gave birth to live young.[18] They were bipedal beings with a bilateral symmetry, having a front and a back end, as well as an upside and downside. Their bodies were comprised of a torso with a head and four limbs attached to it. The upper limbs, or arms, ended in hands which had five fingers each; the lower ones, called legs, ended in feet. The human fingers had multiple points of articulation, and one of them was an opposable thumb that allowed for fine manipulation. Finally, they had one head perched atop their torso.[28] Many other species, including the Twi'leks[33] the Mon Calamari[34] or the Zygerrians, were referred to as "humanoids" because of their structural resemblance to humans.[35] Like many other species, humans needed to take in oxygen from their envionment to live.[29]

Compared with the Wookiees of Kashyyyk,[36] humans had little hair on their bodies.[37] Most of it was concentrated on the scalp as well as the lower portions of the faces of most males, though these regions were often shaved in various patterns, either for hygiene or self-expression (strips of concentrated hair, referred to as "brows," were also located above the eyes, and were used in non-verbal communication).[1] Human skin tones ranged from dark brown,[38] through lighter shades,[39] to pale.[40]. The skin of most humans native to Lothal had a copper sheen.[41] Human eyes came in shades of blue,[22] green,[24] or brown.[23] Occasionally, humans with purple[26] or even red eyes could be encountered.[27] The average height of humans was a little below 1.85 meters.[17]

Because the throats of the two species were too different, humans were physically incapable of speaking the language of the Wookiees.[41] In comparison with most other species, the humans' sense of smell was quite underdeveloped.[42]

Like many other species, humans could be sensitive to the Force, a mysterious energy that connected all living things in the galaxy and gave special powers to those who learned how to manipulate it.[43]

Society and cultureEdit

Although humans could occupy a variety of occupations, from politicians[1] to bounty hunters[44] or moisture farmer,[28] they were reputedly unable to work as podracers.[1] Anakin Skywalker was reportedly the only human who could race pods.[1] There existed many planetary groups of humans with their own cultures, such as the Alderaanians,[2] the Mandalorians,[9] and the Pamarthens.[13]


Some believed that humans hailed from Coruscant, one of the galaxy's so-called Core Worlds, but that theory was never proven.[31]

Many humans changed the course of galactic history, from politicians[1] to slaves and even Jedi Knights.[18] Sheev Palpatine, the Sith Lord who founded the autocratic Galactic Empire that ruled over the galaxy for over two decades, was a human from Naboo.[45] Many members of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, including its founding members Mon Mothma,[21] Bail Organa,[46] and his adopted daughter Leia Organa were humans as well.[23] The Galactic Empire was known to favor humans at the expense of nonhuman—or "alien"—species.[43] The Empire's government and Imperial Military were dominated by humans.[47] During the Age of the Empire, some humans like the Lothalian athletic director Janus Fhurek harbored xenophobic attitudes towards aliens[48] and thought that their alien physiology gave them an unfair advantage over human grav-ball players.[49]

Humans in the galaxyEdit

"Some people would consider this a skill. Humans adapt. Got mountains? Build ridgecrawlers. Too much water? Build scub-subs. An ice planet? Use radiated igurts. People adapt."
"Yes, but should they? Either humans adapt, or they force the planet to adapt to them. This is not normal."
―Jyn Erso and Burta, about the omnipresence of humans across the galaxy[src]

Like Duros, humans were one of the most successful colonial species, having migrated and adapted to dominate a variety of worlds. Their diverse cultures outside of Coruscant included Mandalorian, Naboo, Ming Po, Alderaanian, Corellian,[31] Pamarthen,[13] Chalactan,[3] and Chandrilan.[4] By the time of the Galactic Civil War, humans were the most populous of the galaxy's intelligent species, and could be encountered nearly anywhere communities of people gathered.[50]

Although humans tended to regard their great adaptiveness as a skill, aliens sometimes reproached them for spreading all across the galaxy, forcing themselves upon ecosystems they did not belong to. Burta, a Krish female, notably held that point of view, which she vehemently defended against Jyn Erso.[51]

Behind the scenesEdit

Humans have appeared so far in the eight film main installments of the Star Wars saga. They have appeared too in several spin-offs and TV shows as main characters.

Respect to the humans' lifespan in the Star Wars universe, in Star Wars Legends originally established that humans lived longer than in the real-world largely as they didn't have to take into account the actors getting older. However, in the new canon, Holocron continuity database keeper Leland Chee has stated that humans lived the same real-world average lifespan,[52] which is estimated to be 71 years old.[53]


Non-canon appearancesEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Princess Leia, Part IV
  3. 3.0 3.1 TwitterLogo @pablohidalgo (Pablo Hidalgo) on Twitter "@HayaMika Chalactan is a culture and heritage. She is biologically human." (screenshot)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  5. Battlefront: Twilight Company
  6. Lando's Luck
  7. The Legends of Luke Skywalker
  8. Rise of the Rebels
  9. 9.0 9.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
  10. StarWars-DatabankII Ming Po in the Databank (backup link)
  11. The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear!
  12. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A War on Two Fronts"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Bloodline
  14. Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
  15. Thrawn: Alliances
  16. Star Wars: Uprising—Crew Member: "Valgauthian Boarder"
  17. 17.0 17.1 In the novel Tarkin, the titular character Wilhuff Tarkin's was stated to be "just above human average" in height. According to the official Databank, Tarkin was 1.85 meters tall.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  19. Encyclopedia-Logo Kitster in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  20. 20.0 20.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Captain Argyus in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  21. 21.0 21.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Mon Mothma in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  22. 22.0 22.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Anakin Skywalker in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Encyclopedia-Logo Leia Organa in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Encyclopedia-Logo Mina Bonteri in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  25. StarWars-DatabankII Rey in the Databank (backup link)
  26. 26.0 26.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Almec in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  27. 27.0 27.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Tan Divo in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  29. 29.0 29.1 The Last Jedi: Bomber Command
  30. Star Wars: Uprising
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 31.4 Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  32. Encyclopedia-Logo Wicket W. Warrick in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  33. Encyclopedia-Logo Twi'leks in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  34. Encyclopedia-Logo Mon Calamari in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  35. Encyclopedia-Logo Zygerrians in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  36. Encyclopedia-Logo Wookiees in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  37. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
  38. As exemplified by Mace Windu in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.
  39. As exemplified by Sabine Wren in Star Wars Rebels.
  40. As exemplified by Mon Mothma in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  41. 41.0 41.1 The Rebellion Begins
  42. Heir to the Jedi
  43. 43.0 43.1 Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
  44. Encyclopedia-Logo Dengar in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  45. Encyclopedia-Logo Palpatine in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  46. Encyclopedia-Logo Bail Organa in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  47. Star Wars Rebels: Visual Guide: Epic Battles
  48. Servants of the Empire: Imperial Justice
  49. Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy
  50. Star Wars: Uprising
  51. Rebel Rising
  52. TwitterLogo @HolocronKeeper (Leland Chee) on Twitter "@MaxN2100 Similar to real-world. Was easier to say they lived longer in Legends because we didn't have to account for actors getting older."
  53. List of countries by life expectancy on Wikipedia.
  54. UTA Signs 'Star Wars' Lead Daisy Ridley. (August 7 2014). Retrieved on August 11, 2014.