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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 appearance[edit | edit source]

"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]

Examples of male and female humans

Humans were an intelligent mammalian species[2] that arguably originated on Coruscant.[35] They came in two sexes, male and female, and gave birth to live young.[20] 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.[32] Many other species, including the Twi'leks[37] the Mon Calamari[38] or the Zygerrians, were referred to as "humanoids" because of their structural resemblance to humans.[39] Like many other species, humans needed to take in oxygen from their environment to live.[33]

Example of human facial hair.

Compared with the Wookiees of Kashyyyk,[40] humans had little hair on their bodies.[41] 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,[42] to pale.[20] The skin of most humans native to Lothal had a copper sheen.[43] Human eyes came in shades of blue,[24] green,[27] or brown.[25] Occasionally, humans with purple[29] or even red eyes could be encountered.[30] The average height of humans was a little below 1.85 meters.[19]

While examining the human Luke Skywalker after capturing him, a wampa noted his appearance, coming to the conclusion that a human was built to be useless and frail. The wampa was unable to fathom how such a lifeform had survived, especially since he saw that Skywalker was not a youngling. Additionally, the wampa noted the human's arms were not built to strike at prey and lacked claws. He also realized a human's legs were too short to be able to run fast across snow or ice.[44] Because the throats of the two species were vastly different, most humans were incapable of speaking Shyriiwook, the language of the Wookiees.[43] However, some humans could imitate Shyriiwook well enough to at least be somewhat understood by Wookiees.[45] In comparison with most other species, the humans' sense of smell was quite underdeveloped.[46]

Count Dooku was a human who could harness the power of the Force.

Like many other species, they 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.[47] The Chosen One, Anakin Skywalker, was human as were many Sith and Jedi such as Darth Sidious, Count Dooku, Mace Windu, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.[48]

Society and culture[edit | edit source]

"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]

Sheev Palpatine was a human politician who rose to ultimate power.

Although humans could occupy a variety of occupations, from politicians[1] to bounty hunters[49] or moisture farmers,[32] they were reputedly unable to work as podracers.[1] Anakin Skywalker was reportedly the only human who could race pods[1]. Humans were one of the most sucessful colonial species at migrating and adapting to dominate new worlds, meaning there existed many diverse[35] planetary groups of humans with their own cultures, such as the Alderaanians[3] and the Pamarthens.[14]

History[edit | edit source]

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

Coruscant was generally accepted as the homeworld of the human species.

Some believed that humans hailed from Coruscant, one of the galaxy's so-called Core Worlds, but that theory was never proven.[35] Many humans changed the course of galactic history, from politicians[1] to slaves and even Jedi Knights.[20] Darth Sidious, the Sith Lord who founded the autocratic Galactic Empire that ruled over the galaxy for over two decades, was a human from Naboo.[50] Many members of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, including its founding members Mon Mothma,[23] Bail Organa,[51] and his adopted daughter Leia Organa were humans as well.[25] The Galactic Empire was known to favor humans at the expense of nonhuman—or "alien"—species.[47] The Empire's government and Imperial Military were dominated by humans.[52] During the Age of the Empire, some humans like the Lothalite athletic director Janus Fhurek harbored xenophobic attitudes towards aliens[53] and thought that their alien physiology gave them an unfair advantage over human grav-ball players.[54]

Humans in the galaxy[edit | edit source]

Han Solo and Qi'ra were Corellians, humans native to Corellia.

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,[35] Pamarthen,[14] 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.[34]

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.[55]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Humans have appeared so far in the nine film main installments of the Star Wars saga. They have also appeared 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,[56] which is estimated to be 71 years old.[57]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]

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  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. The Vow of Silver Dawn
  8. Lando's Luck
  9. The Legends of Luke Skywalker
  10. StarWars-DatabankII.png Lothal in the Databank (backup link)
  11. StarWars-DatabankII.png Ming Po in the Databank (backup link)
  12. The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear!
  13. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A War on Two Fronts"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Bloodline
  15. 15.0 15.1 Master & Apprentice
  16. Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
  17. Thrawn: Alliances
  18. Star Wars: Uprising—Crew Member: "Valgauthian Boarder"
  19. 19.0 19.1 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.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  21. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Kitster in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  22. 22.0 22.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Captain Argyus in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  23. 23.0 23.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Mon Mothma in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  24. 24.0 24.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Anakin Skywalker in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Princess Leia Organa in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  26. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Mina Bonteri in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  27. 27.0 27.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Rush Clovis in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  28. StarWars-DatabankII.png Rey in the Databank (backup link)
  29. 29.0 29.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Prime Minister Almec in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  30. 30.0 30.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Tan Divo in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  31. SWResistanceLogo.jpg Star Wars Resistance – "The Children from Tehar"
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  33. 33.0 33.1 The Last Jedi: Bomber Command
  34. 34.0 34.1 Star Wars: Uprising
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 35.4 Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  36. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Wicket W. Warrick in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  37. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Twi'leks in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  38. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Mon Calamari in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  39. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Zygerrians in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  40. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Wookiees in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  41. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
  42. As exemplified by Sabine Wren in Star Wars Rebels.
  43. 43.0 43.1 The Rebellion Begins
  44. "Hunger"—From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back
  45. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  46. Heir to the Jedi
  47. 47.0 47.1 Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
  48. The Star Wars Book
  49. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Dengar in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  50. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Palpatine in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  51. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Bail Organa in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  52. Star Wars Rebels: Visual Guide: Epic Battles
  53. Servants of the Empire: Imperial Justice
  54. Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy
  55. Rebel Rising
  56. TwitterLogo.svg 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)
  57. List of countries by life expectancy on Wikipedia.
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