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"Are you a boy or a girl?"
"Like, male or female?"
"Yeah, you know."
"I don't know, actually. I mean, I know what you mean, but I don't know yet whether I am male or female. On my planet, it's not determined until age thirteen."
―Boba Fett, a Human, and Garr, an Excargan[1]

A Human male and female

Most beings in the galaxy had a gender or a sex, such as "female" or "male." Sexual characteristics and gender roles differed by species for reproduction, culture, or labor reasons.


Most beings and creatures in the galaxy had a gender or a sex. The physical and behavioral characteristics,[2] such gender roles[3] and secondary sexual traits,[4] associated with particular genders differed among species for reasons such as reproduction, culture, or labor.[2] Many genders[5] and sexes existed;[6] "female" and "male" were common to many species, but what defined those genders varied.[2] Some beings were not gendered[7] and some species did not have a concept of gender.[8] Others alternated or changed their physical traits over time.[2]

Droids, which were self-aware automata designed to perform tasks for organic beings,[9] could have masculine programming[10] or a feminine personality;[11] if so, they would be addressed as and refer to themselves with the associated pronouns instead of "it."[9] A restricted intelligence profile of SCORPIO, who had an 9-NIX rating on the Wreyn-Tsatke Cyber-Psychology Scale, noted that she may have identified herself as female.[12]

Genders by species


"Now you're going to tell me that you knew all this stuff because girls mature faster than boys."
"Women, Jacen, women mature faster than boys."
―Twin siblings Jacen and Jaina Solo, joking about which twin's gender is wiser[5]

Some Humans believed that females achieved maturity at a quicker rate than males. During the Yuuzhan Vong War, Jaina Solo teased her twin brother, Jacen, about being more mature than him to lighten the mood as they discussed their futures.[13] In the primarily Human Mandalorian culture, any gender was welcome in their ranks,[14] and their Mando'a language did not have gender-specific terms.[15]

Excargans were genderless until around thirteen years old, when their bodies changed and their gender was determined. They did not know in advance what their future gender would be. Ten-year-olds Boba Fett, a Human clone, and Garr, an Excargan, once discussed Garr's frustrations with how other children treated everyone as a boy or a girl instead of just a person. Fett said the others were stupid, and he would treat Garr as a friend.[1] Later in life, Fett was aware of around a dozen genders among alien species.[16]

Tusken Raiders had distinct gender roles that included their clothing and behavior. For instance, female Tuskens would tend to the banthas while the males fought.[3]

Some humanoid species had genders not found in others, such as the Fnessians that had one called thos.[17]



The Vratix were insectoids that each played different reproductive roles throughout their life cycle, but it was inappropriate to address them as a particular gender or as individuals. Since they had hive minds, they used the names of their hives and plural pronouns.[18] Every three years, an adult X'Ting cycled between male and female[19] through a three-month-long metamorphosis in sexual phase called the Change. During the Change, wealthy X'Ting could consume viptiel to ease their emotional and physiological instability.[20] Because gender was variable, it was not a factor in the X'Ting caste system.[19] As the Xi'Dec evolved, they developed 180 different, specialized sexes, each with adaptive abilities that suited both the constantly-changing environment of their homeworld, Stic, and the historical evolution of the Xi'Dec society. Six percent of the population were of the most common variety, Xi'Alpha.[21]

Several insectoid species had a gender consisting of worker drones, such as the non-reproducing Flakax drones,[22] the wingless Geonosian drones,[23] and the facilitator drones of the Rakririans.[24]

Other non-humanoids

Han Solo: "Uh, Lord Jiliac, are you feeling—"
Jabba Desilijic Tiure: "Human idiot! Can't you see that Lord Jiliac is now Lady Jiliac? She is expecting! In her delicate condition, she really should not make this effort, but we Desilijic are nothing if not faithful to our duty!"
Han Solo: "Your pardon, Lady Jiliac. I am not familiar with your species' … uh, er … reproductive habits. I meant no offense."
Jiliac Desilijic Tiron: "No offense taken. My people reproduce as they will, and I decided it was time for me to do so."
―Han Solo, Jabba Desilijic Tiure, and Jabba's aunt Jiliac Desilijic Tiron discuss her shift in gender[25]

Many Hutts maintained one lifelong gender, most often male; however, some male Hutts would be regarded as female during a pregnancy. Hutts possessed multiple sex organs simultaneously,[26] and they could reproduce with another Hutt[27] or conceive a Huttlet without a partner. Rotta's father, Jabba Desilijic Tiure, was his sole parent.[28] The Human male Han Solo had met Jiliac Desilijic Tiron prior to her pregnancy, and was subsequently admonished by Jabba for incorrectly referring to her as if she was still Lord Jiliac. Solo quickly apologized to Lady Jiliac, and she did not take offense at his mistake.[25]

The Filordi reproduced asexually and did not have genders as a species;[29] however, some individuals such as Verkul Seimbo[30] and Nui Gneppe were considered male.[31]

Behind the scenes

Several Star Wars video games allowed the player to choose the gender of the main character during gameplay, then that character later received a specified gender in other sources or appearances. Characters later identified as male include Rookie One,[32] Jaden Korr,[33] and Revan;[34] the Jedi Exile was later canonized as female[35] and named Meetra Surik.[36]



Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Boba Fett: Crossfire
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia (Mentioned in multiple entries, but without own entry)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kenobi
  4. Scourge
  5. 5.0 5.1 The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide II: Ruin
  6. The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic I: Remnant
  7. X-Wing: The Krytos Trap
  8. Alien Encounters
  9. 9.0 9.1 The New Essential Guide to Droids
  10. The New Essential Guide to Characters
  11. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 249 ("4B-X")
  12. SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic — Codex: "Intelligence Profile: SCORPIO (Agent)"
  13. The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide II: Ruin
  14. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 284 ("Mandalorian")
  15. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 285 ("Mando'a")
  16. "The Last One Standing: The Tale of Boba Fett" — Tales of the Bounty Hunters
  17. No Disintegrations
  18. X-Wing: The Bacta War
  19. 19.0 19.1 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 344 ("X'Ting")
  20. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 119 ("Change, the")
  21. Galaxy Guide 4: Alien Races, Second Edition
  22. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 278 ("Flakax")
  23. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 331-332 ("Geonosian")
  24. Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight
  25. 25.0 25.1 The Hutt Gambit
  26. Databank title Hutt in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  27. Boba Fett: Murder Most Foul
  28. Star Wars: The Clone Wars novelization
  29. Metatheran Caution: Belly of the BeaastLiving Force
  30. Blinking Eyes: HolesLiving Force
  31. Living Force Campaign Guide
  32. Star Wars: Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire
  33. Crosscurrent
  34. The New Essential Chronology
  35. The New Essential Guide to Droids
  36. The Old Republic: Revan