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A group of sentients from various species (and a droid)

"Moi moi, I love you!"
"You almost got us killed. Are you brainless?"
"I spake!"
"The ability to speak does not make you intelligent."
―Jar Jar Binks and Qui-Gon Jinn[1]

Sentience was the quality of self-awareness, abstract thinking, and higher reasoning. Sentients possessed a personality, feeling emotionally as well as thinking intelligently.[2] Sentient species of the galaxy numbered in the tens of thousands, with 3PO-series protocol droids being programmed to recognize more than 30,000 of them. Some such species included humans,[3] Ewoks,[4] Patitites,[5] Gungans,[6] and Geonosians.[7] Non-sentient organics of the animal kingdom were variously referred to as "creatures"[8][9] or "beasts."[10][11] There also existed creatures that appeared to have emerging sentience, such as the Zillo Beast.[12] Droids were also capable of being sentient,[13] although as with organic beings,[14] some droids, such as 0-0-0[15] and EV-9D9, took pleasure in inflicting pain upon others.[16] The soul of the varactyl beast was considered simpler and purer than that of a sentient. Despite this, the creature was still intelligent in its own way.[3]

The engines of starships were not sentient.[17]


The majority of sentient species dwelt on land, where frequent rain sustains lush forests, gardens, and grassy plains, although many species also inhabited dry ecosystems and rocky habitats. These species ability to adapt to survive on these harsher worlds made them better equipped to adapt offworld as well. Certain sentient species preferred to be immersed in liquids, and lived on worlds covered in water, but could survive in airy environments without need for any breathing apparatus or environmental suits.[18]

Sentient rights[]

"Sentients, please prepare for takeoff!"
―Pilot droid RX-24 addresses his passengers[19]

Under the laws of the Galactic Republic, sentient beings could not be used as slaves. However, slavery thrived on certain remote planets such as Tatooine,[1] and was considered a profitable trade among the Zygerrians.[20] Droids were commonly treated as property and inferior to organic sentients,[19] and most droids were afforded programming that did not allow them to harm organic sentient beings, with notable exceptions such as police droids[21] and battle droids.[22] Despite their programming, mechanical beings developed personality quirks and eventually sentience; however, this was suppressed through memory wipes, a process opposed by those in support of droid rights, who advocated for sentient rights for droids and raised the point of the Galactic Empire's Galactic Constitution declaring that all sentients were equal, and that slavery and forced servitude was outlawed.[2]

Sentience and the Force[]

Jar Jar Binks was a victim of being manipulated by Darth Sidious.

With his sentience, Darth Sidious manipulated unwitting senators of the Galactic Senate such as Jar Jar Binks to grant him supreme authority,[22] although by the will of the Force, Sidious was deposed by the son of the Chosen One,[16] who was conceived by the midi-chlorians—organisms that formed a symbiotic relationship with organic beings and communicated to them the Force's will;[1] the foundation of life and what connects and maintains the symbiotic relationship between the Living Force—the energy of all life—and the Cosmic Force, which bound all things in the galaxy.[23]

Behind the scenes[]

In Star Wars canon, sentience encompasses[2] both sentience and sapience in the real-world.[24][25]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Solo: A Star Wars Story: Tales from Vandor
  3. 3.0 3.1 Master & Apprentice
  4. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Ewoks in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  5. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Patitites in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  6. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Naboo in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  7. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Geonosis in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  8. StarWars.com Encyclopedia rancor in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  9. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Tauntaun in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  10. StarWars.com Encyclopedia ruping in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  11. StarWars.com Encyclopedia nexu in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  12. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Zillo Beast in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  13. Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  14. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  15. Doctor Aphra (2016) 40
  16. 16.0 16.1 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  17. SWResistanceLogo.jpg Star Wars Resistance – "Fuel for the Fire"
  18. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  19. 19.0 19.1 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Droids in Distress"
  20. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Zygerrians in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  21. StarWars.com Encyclopedia police droid in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  22. 22.0 22.1 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  23. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destiny"
  24. Sentience. merriam-webster.com. Merriam-Webster. Archived from the original on August 6, 2020.
  25. Sapience. merriam-webster.com. Merriam-Webster. Archived from the original on June 10, 2020.

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