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Twi'leks, occasionally referred to as Rylothians, were a tall humanoid species whose most striking feature was a pair of long tentacles protruding from their skull. They hailed from the planet of Ryloth, in the Outer Rim Territories, and female Twi'lek were often exported offworld as slaves.

Biology and appearanceEdit

Twi'leks were a species of tall humanoids whose skin spanned a vast array of colors,[2] including white,[10] orange,[5] yellow,[11] green,[4] pink,[6] blue,[3] purple,[7] and red.[8] Their most distinctive feature was the pair of prehensile tentacles that sprouted from the base of their skulls,[2] known as lekku, or headtails. Although Twi'leks normally had two of those tentacles,[1] some individuals had four of them.[3]

The species had two sexes, male and female. While males had ears with lobes resembling that of humans, females had cone-shaped hearing organs.[36]

Twi'leks were usually thin,[2] although corpulent individuals were known to exist.[35] Under normal circumstances, they had a higher body temperature than other humanoid species.[8]

Society and cultureEdit

The Twi'leks had a language of their own, called Twi'leki, which combined verbal sounds and an elaborate sign language using their lekku.[1]


The homeworld of the Twi'leks was Ryloth, a planet of harsh extremes situated in the Outer Rim Territories. That world was part of the Galactic Republic, a democratic union that governed most of the galaxy. During the Clone Wars, Ryloth was occupied by the Confederacy of Independent Systems and Twi'lek Resistance movement arose to combat the Separatists, led by Cham Syndulla and assisted by the Galactic Republic.[5] Years later, during the reign of the Galactic Empire, the Twi'lek Resistance was destroyed and Ryloth fell to the Empire,[37] becoming an Imperial protectorate.[38]

Twi'leks in the galaxyEdit

Since female Twi'leks were regarded as graceful and beautiful beings, many of them were forced into a life of slavery at the hands of the galaxy's wealthy and powerful.[2] Other Twi'leks, however, found themselves in positions of power; Bib Fortuna served as the majordomo to the crime lord Jabba the Hutt for decades,[21] Aayla Secura was a Jedi Knight of the Jedi Order,[32] and Senator Orn Free Taa represented his homeworld Ryloth in the Galactic Republic's Senate and later the Imperial Senate.[35] Due to their frequent use as slaves, Twi'lek could move surreptiously through places an army could not penetrate. Because of that, some found employment as undercover agents.[39]


Non-canon appearancesEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 StarWars-DatabankII Twi'lek in the Databank
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Commander
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure
  9. 9.0 9.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Innocents of Ryloth"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 StarWars-DatabankII Lyn Me in the Databank
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Star Wars: Uprising
  12. 12.0 12.1 StarWars-DatabankII Jinx in the Databank
  13. SWCustom-2011 Hera, the Pilot on (backup link on
  14. 14.0 14.1 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Aftermath: Life Debt
  16. 16.0 16.1 Battlefront: Twilight Company
  17. Chewbacca, Part II
  18. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lightsaber Lost"
  19. Aftermath
  20. SWCustom-2011 "Grievous Intrigue" Episode Guide - The Clone Wars on (backup link on
  21. 21.0 21.1 StarWars-DatabankII Bib Fortuna in the Databank
  22. StarWars-DatabankII Gobi Glie in the Databank
  23. StarWars-DatabankII Liana Kor in the Databank
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 SWCustom-2011 "The Deserter" - The Clone Wars Episode Guide on (backup link on
  25. Poe Dameron 4: Lockdown, Part I
  26. 26.0 26.1 Han Solo, Part II
  27. StarWars-DatabankII Numa in the Databank
  28. StarWars-DatabankII Oola in the Databank
  29. Kanan 7: First Blood, Part I: The Corridors of Coruscant
  30. "The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku"
  31. 32.0 32.1 StarWars-DatabankII Aayla Secura in the Databank
  32. StarWars-DatabankII Cham Syndulla in the Databank
  33. StarWars-DatabankII Hera Syndulla in the Databank
  34. 35.0 35.1 35.2 StarWars-DatabankII Orn Free Taa in the Databank
  35. SWYTlogo Rebels Recon #2.07: Inside "Blood Sisters" on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel
  36. A New Dawn
  37. Lords of the Sith
  38. Star Wars: Uprising—Crew Member: "Twi'lek Infiltrator"
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