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"He's THE freedom fighter. A symbol of the Wookiee resistance, striking at the Empire from the Shadowlands."
―Saw Gerrera, to Cal Kestis[src]

Tarfful was a male Wookiee chieftain and general who helped defend his native planet Kashyyyk during the Clone Wars. During the war, he led a band of Wookiees to answer a distress signal made by Chewbacca, who was imprisoned on the Trandoshan hunting grounds of Wasskah. Tarfful later participated in the Battle of Kashyyyk alongside Chewbacca and Jedi Master Yoda.


"Good-bye, Tarfful. Good-bye, Chewbacca. Miss you I will."
―Yoda, shortly before his departure from Kashyyyk — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

A male Wookiee native to his species's homeworld of Kashyyyk, Tarfful served as the chieftain of the coastal city Kachirho at the time of the Clone Wars.[4] He also held the rank of general among his people.[1]

One standard year into the war, one of Tarfful's fellow Wookiees, Chewbacca, was captured by Trandoshans and taken to Wasskah to be hunted for sport. There, Chewbacca managed to build a device which sent a distress signal to Kashyyyk. Upon hearing of his friend's situation, Tarfful hired the bounty hunters Sugi and Seripas to transport him and a group of his most trusted warriors to Wasskah. Once there, the chieftain and his men made quick work of the Trandoshans and rescued Chewbacca, as well as Jedi younglings Ahsoka Tano, Jinx, and O-Mer.[5]

At one point, Tarfful was captured by Trandoshan slavers who had made a deal with Count Dooku.[6] Tarfful took part in the Battle of Kashyyyk alongside Chewbacca and Jedi Generals Yoda, Luminara Unduli and Quinlan Vos.[7] Aided by the Grand Army of the Republic, he led a local militia against the invading Separatist droid forces. Following the implementation of Order 66, Tarfful and Chewbacca helped Yoda elude the clone troopers and escape from the planet.[2]

Personality and traitsEdit

Tarfful was a massive Wookiee who was covered with dark brown fur and wore armor around his shoulders and chest. He demonstrated great loyalty and trust amongst his warriors and allies, traits that were held in high honor in Wookiee culture.[8] He worked closely with Chewbacca during the Clone Wars, and was considered a dear friend by Jedi Master Yoda.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

"Join Tarfful and Cradossk to lead your forces into battle!"
―"Fierce Enemies" caption for Star Wars: Galactic Defense[src]

Tarfful was played by Michael Kingma in Revenge of the Sith. He originally appeared in the 2005 Star Wars Legends video game Star Wars: Republic Commando.

According to the Revenge of the Sith DVD text commentary, during Yoda's "goodbye" scene to Chewbacca and Tarfful in the film, Tarfful's roar is actually Itchy's roar from The Star Wars Holiday Special.

In the 2014 mobile game Star Wars: Galactic Defense, Tarfful can be seen yelling "hnn-rowr yrroonn nng rarr," a quote which first appeared in the Legends comic Empire's End and meant "long live the New Republic," when translated from Shyriiwook.



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