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"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]

Humans were a species of sentient, bipedal mammals with bilateral symmetry possibly 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

"I knew all about human anatomy, but it turns out I didn't know anything else. I didn't know what to feed her or how often, whether she was a species that needed or loathed physical touch, or what it meant when she made those awful wailing sounds."
―Lexo Sooger, on caring for his adopted human daughter[src]
Onderonian humans

Examples of male and female humans

Humans were an intelligent mammalian species[2] that arguably originated on Coruscant.[33] They came in two sexes, male and female, and gave birth to live young.[19] 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.[30] Many other species, including the Twi'leks[35] the Mon Calamari[36] or the Zygerrians, were referred to as "humanoids" because of their structural resemblance to humans.[37] Like many other species, humans needed to take in oxygen from their environment to live.[31]

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Humans had little hair throughout their bodies.

Compared with the Wookiees of Kashyyyk,[38] humans had little hair on their bodies.[39] 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,[1] through lighter shades,[40] to pale.[19] The skin of most humans native to Lothal had a copper sheen.[41] Human eyes came in shades of blue,[23] green,[25] or brown.[24] Occasionally, humans with purple[27] or even red eyes could be encountered.[28] The average height of humans was a little below 1.85 meters.[18]

Because the throats of the two species were vastly different, most humans were incapable of speaking Shyriiwook, the language of the Wookiees.[41] However, some humans could imitate Shyriiwook well enough to at least be somewhat understood by Wookiees.[42] In comparison with most other species, the humans' sense of smell was quite underdeveloped.[43]

Dooku Force lightning

The human Force-sensitive Dooku using Force lightning

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.[44]

Society and cultureEdit

"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."
―The human Eli Vanto and the Chiss Thrawn, after being attacked by a group of humans[src]

Pieter, a leader of the Ming Po people

Although humans could occupy a variety of occupations, from politicians[1] to bounty hunters[45] or moisture farmers,[30] 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[3] and the Pamarthens.[13]


"You call yourselves human?"
―Leia Organa, in the wake of Alderaan's destruction at the hands of the Empire[src]

Some believed that humans hailed from Coruscant, one of the galaxy's so-called Core Worlds, but that theory was never proven.[33]


Sheev Palpatine, a very influential human in galactic history

Many humans changed the course of galactic history, from politicians[1] to slaves and even Jedi Knights.[19] 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.[46] Many members of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, including its founding members Mon Mothma,[22] Bail Organa,[47] and his adopted daughter Leia Organa were humans as well.[24] The Galactic Empire was known to favor humans at the expense of nonhuman—or "alien"—species.[44] The Empire's government and Imperial Military were dominated by humans.[48] During the Age of the Empire, some humans like the Lothalite athletic director Janus Fhurek harbored xenophobic attitudes towards aliens[49] and thought that their alien physiology gave them an unfair advantage over human grav-ball players.[50]

Humans in the galaxyEdit

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Han Solo and Q'ira were Corellians

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 Naboo, Ming Po, Alderaanian, Corellian,[33] Pamarthen,[13] Chalactan,[5] and Chandrilan.[5] 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.[32]

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. They discussed how humans could adapt such as using radiated igurts on ice planets, use ridgecrawlers if there were mountains, and used scub-subs if there was water. Erso said that some people would consider humans adapting a skill. Burta, however, mentioned that either humans adapted or they would force the planet to adapt to them.[51]

Behind the scenesEdit

Humans have appeared so far in the nine 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


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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  2. 2.0 2.1 Doctor Aphra 27
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Princess Leia 4
  4. The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  6. Battlefront: Twilight Company
  7. Lando's Luck
  8. The Legends of Luke Skywalker
  9. StarWars-DatabankII Lothal in the Databank (backup link)
  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. 14.0 14.1 Master & Apprentice
  15. Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
  16. Thrawn: Alliances
  17. Star Wars: Uprising—Crew Member: "Valgauthian Boarder"
  18. 18.0 18.1 In the novel Tarkin, Wilhuff Tarkin was stated to be "just above human average" in height. According to the official Databank, Tarkin was 1.85 meters tall.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  20. Encyclopedia-Logo Kitster in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  21. 21.0 21.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Captain Argyus in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  22. 22.0 22.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Mon Mothma in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  23. 23.0 23.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Anakin Skywalker in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Encyclopedia-Logo Princess Leia Organa in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Encyclopedia-Logo Mina Bonteri in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  26. StarWars-DatabankII Rey in the Databank (backup link)
  27. 27.0 27.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Prime Minister Almec in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  28. 28.0 28.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Tan Divo in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  29. SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "The Children from Tehar"
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  31. 31.0 31.1 The Last Jedi: Bomber Command
  32. 32.0 32.1 Star Wars: Uprising
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  34. Encyclopedia-Logo Wicket W. Warrick in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  35. Encyclopedia-Logo Twi'leks in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  36. Encyclopedia-Logo Mon Calamari in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  37. Encyclopedia-Logo Zygerrians in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  38. Encyclopedia-Logo Wookiees in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  39. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
  40. As exemplified by Sabine Wren in Star Wars Rebels.
  41. 41.0 41.1 The Rebellion Begins
  42. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  43. Heir to the Jedi
  44. 44.0 44.1 Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
  45. Encyclopedia-Logo Dengar in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  46. Encyclopedia-Logo Palpatine in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  47. Encyclopedia-Logo Bail Organa in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  48. Star Wars Rebels: Visual Guide: Epic Battles
  49. Servants of the Empire: Imperial Justice
  50. Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy
  51. Rebel Rising
  52. TwitterLogo Leland Chee (@HolocronKeeper) 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." (backup link)
  53. List of countries by life expectancy on Wikipedia.
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