- "If you're not a humanoid, she's not much to look at. But grav-ball's never been more popular and Deme Tryshyn is the real deal. It doesn't matter if a kid has one limb or seven, they probably have Tryshyn's picture projecting on their sleeping quarters wall."
- ―Mij Rawd
A humanoid was an organic or mechanical being similar in overall form to a Human, the most common sentient species in the galaxy. The term is less specific than Near-Human, which generally implies common biological ancestry with Humans.
Biology and appearance[edit | edit source]
Classification of a being as humanoid was not standardized or strict. Generally, it entailed having a basic anatomy or construction similar to Humans, that is, a central torso with a head on top, two arms symmetrically arranged on either side, and two legs symmetrically arranged below, providing an upright bipedal stance. Each arm ended in a hand that had a variable number of fingers (used for grasping and moving objects), and each leg in a foot (used for locomotion). A living humanoid's head had two eyes for sight, a nose for breathing and smelling, and a mouth for nutrition and communication; a mechanical humanoid did not require respiration or nutrition, and had two photoreceptors instead of eyes. Humanoid species generally had sparse hair, mainly concentrated on the head or face.
A species with slight variations and deviations from this general arrangement could still be classified as humanoid. For example, Duros had no ears, nose, or hair; Twi'leks and Togruta featured headtails, while Zabraks possessed short horns on their heads. Many non-humanoids had humanoid features. Wookiees, although seeming animalistic, could be called humanoids; they were also classified as anthropoids, a term referring to a species with simian features.
Non-humanoid sentient species had distinctly nonhuman characteristics, such as tails, additional limbs (or even no limbs, as with the Slith), wings, additional heads (as the Cha'wen'hes), or invertebrate characteristics (as the Gree).
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
- Han Solo at Stars' End
- Battle for the Golden Sun
- Riders of the Maelstrom
- (Mentioned only)
- "Special Ops: Ship Jackers"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 13
- The Jewel of Yavin
- Shadows of the Empire novel
- Shadows of the Empire audiobook (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing)
- Shadows of the Empire audiobook (Talking Book Publishers Inc.)
- Shadows of the Empire junior novelization
- "Day of the Sepulchral Night"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 13