are a nomadic and politically neutral race from the planet Kalee
. A bipedal reptilian species, the Kaleesh have reddish brown scaly skin and cover almost all their bodies to protect them from Kalee's blistering sun, usually leaving only their four-fingered claws exposed. Most wear masks carved from the skulls of their most feared creatures such as the karabac and the mumuu.
During the Huk War, the Republic sided with their enemy, destroying their economy and deepening the already hard times hurting their homeworld. The Intergalactic Banking Clan, headed by San Hill, later came in and helped them out of their depression through a deal for the Kaleesh to join the Confederacy of Independent Systems. One Kaleesh cyborg, General Grievous became the feared military leader of the Confederacy of Independent Systems during The Clone Wars.
Tall, thin aliens with pale skin from the isolated planet of Kamino
, the most distinctive features of Kaminoans
are their long necks. Males also show a ridge through the back of their heads. They like to be isolated from the galaxy. Kaminoans were forced to reproduce through cloning after a natural disaster on Kamino. They work creating and training clones for third parties from stations on massive platforms above the sea. Kaminoans seem to be concerned about the ethics of their workings. Thanks
to Darth Tyranus (Count Dooku), all traces of planet Kamino were erased from the Jedi archives.
Kaminoans developed the Grand Army of the Republic, as shown in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. They resemble the stereotypical image of gray aliens in their face and limbs, and engage in similar activities that seem to revolve around genetics and physical experiments.
Taun We and Lama Su are examples of Kaminoans.
The Kel Dor
, sometimes referred to as Kel Dorians
, hail from the technological planet Dorin
. They require masks to protect them from oxygen
-rich atmospheres and to protect their highly sensitive eyes from light. They are also known for their Force
Sages, the Baran Do
. One prominent Kel Dor is Jedi Master
member, Plo Koon
are a near-human species from the Azurbani system, including Kiffu and Kiffex.
The Jedi Master Quinlan Vos
was a Kiffar.
The race characteristics seem to include dark, tanned skin and long thick dark hair, usually worn in dreadlocks, and there are certain tattoos that are ceremonial. One in a hundred Kiffar inherits a psychometric talent to read the history of objects that they touch. The Kiffar seem to be clannish and their strongest members compose an order known as the Guardians, which seems to be rather powerful.
Kitonaks are white, pudgy aliens from Kirdo III. They show a tough skin which folds to seal vulnerable openings, a trait evolved to protect them from the harsh environment of Kirdo's deserts. They also have some double organs, including two pairs of lungs.
Kitonaks are very dexterous, but also very patient. They never rush. This is because they feed on animals called choobas and they must stand motionless for a long time until a chooba gets near them. Even when talking with humans or other aliens, Kitonaks are painfully slow to answer any question, and equally slow to walk (as they do not move their legs, but expand and contract the feet's muscles). Kitonak have two toes and 3 fingers. They eat once a month. They also have a phobia to quicksands and caves.
Droopy "Snit" McCool of the Max Rebo Band was an example of a Kitonak.
Klatooinians come from the planet Klatooine
. When the Hutts
were waging a war against Xim the Despot, they looked for help on some planets. Hutts asked Klatooinians to become part of their army. Klatooinians thought it was some kind of sacred war and Barada M'Beg signed a treaty so that Klatooinians will be slaves of the Hutts forever. After defeating Xim, Klatooinians still serve the Hutts. Most of their children are named Barada to honor Barada M'Beg.
One of the thugs on Jabba the Hutt's skiff was a Klatooinian also named Barada. See also Nikto and The Day the Earth Stood Still. One Klatooinian Jedi is Tarados Gon.
Kobok were an insectoid species that live on planet Roon. They have two orange compound eyes and three-fingers. One famous face was Gaff, a Roon representative in the New Republic.
The kowakian monkey-lizards are a vulturous
sentient species from the planet Kowak. They are small, with beak-like mouths and large ears. When born monkey-lizards come out in a larval
state. It is a well-known fact that monkey-lizards laugh, a lot
. On their home planet their laughter is used to scare predators away, because of how loud they laugh. When in captivity, they are not paired with other species because their laughter is too great and too loud. Salacious B. Crumb
was one of the most famous Kowakian monkey-lizards, as he is the only one seen
in any of the Star Wars movies.
are an insect-eating species that have been known to be informants for the Empire. One such Kubaz, by the name of Garindan
, led Stormtroopers
to the droids
in A New Hope
. Because of their diet, the insectoid Verpine have a marked distrust of the Kubaz who have often taken great steps to procure Verpine specimens for their suppers.
are a pale, hairless, humanoid race from Bakura
. Being the only native sentient species on Bakura, and few in number, they were quickly outnumbered by human
Kushiban are small rabbit-like creatures that live on Kushibah in the Star Wars galaxy. Distinguishing features include large black eyes, floppy ears, and a long tail. They are capable of walking on either their hind legs or on all fours, though to move more quickly in a run or a charge, they must run with all four appendages. On their hind legs they stand at 0.5 meters tall, with an extra 0.3 meters' worth of tail. While often mistaken for cute, pet-like animals, they are actually intelligent beings with a complex culture as well as both a written and spoken language. They have mastered fire (used to frighten away hostile, fire-fearing Xinkras) and can use technology. Rather than paws, they have hands with opposable thumbs and feet. As a means of communication, Kushibans' fur changes color in correlation to its mood. A Kushiban in a calm, normal state of emotions is white; a Kushiban in the deepest of despairs is totally black.
While they tend to stay on Kushibah, the occasional Kushiban is called away by wanderlust or a specific need. Jedi Master Ikrit is the most famous of the Kushiban who have done so.
The Kwa were an ancient, blue-skinned race that lived on the planet Dathomir
. They created the Star Temples and the Inifinty Gate on Dathomir around 100,000 BBY. Over time the Kwa sealed their temples and left large wuffa worms to guard them. Nobody really knows what happened to the Kwa, but the ones that were on Dathomir devolved into the primitive Kwi.
A primitive, blue-skinned, saurians species native to Dathomir, the Kwi degenerated from the Kwa, the masterminds behind the Star Temples and Infinity Gate on Dathomir. In 31 BBY, many Kwi were slaughtered by the Nightsisters of Dathomir in an attempt, by the Nightsisters
, to unlock the power of the Infinity Gate.
By the time Luke Skywalker
and Prince Isolder
landed on Dathomir in 8 ABY, the Kwi had spilt up into different tribes, two of which were the Blue Mountain People and the Blue Desert People.
are a race of grey skinned warriors, with armor-plated skin. They reside on the planet Mimban
are a rabbit-like species that stand on two legs.
This was the Basic name used to describe the Lepus carnivorus, a species of tall, furred lagomorphs which was native to the planet Coachelle Prime. The Lepi were a carnivorous race, distinguished by their large incisors and the various colors of their fur, which ranged from green to dark blue. Despite their appearance, the Lepi were a technologically-advanced race, having achieved spaceflight and colonized the five planets in the system and the neighboring asteroid belt. Lepi were considered sexually mature at just ten years of age, and females often gave birth to litters of three dozen or more offspring, resulting in a swift growth in their population. This growth spurred on the development of their space-travel technology, as colony worlds were seen as a response to overpopulation of Coachelle Prime. Individual Lepi were known for their increased metabolism, a trait that often manifested itself as hyper-activity
This was also the native language of the Lepus carnivorus race, which was also referred to as Lepp or Lepese
are a race in the Star Wars
universe. Letaki have eight tentacles and egg-shaped heads. Evar Orbus
is an example of a male Letaki.
were an ancient primitive warrior race that were enslaved by the Sith
. The Massassi were brought to Yavin 4
by the Sith Lord Naga Sadow who was on the run from the Republic
and the Jedi
. They were originally a red-skinned humanoid race until Naga Sadow
conducted cruel genetic experiments on them turning them into a race of fearsome, savage, hunchbacked predators. Despite these, the Massassi treated Naga Sadow as a god, building huge temples and palaces to honor their Sith Lord. They became extinct when Exar Kun
sapped the life out of every Massassi on Yavin 4
so that he could free his soul from his body in order to escape the pursuing Jedi
. Only one Massassi survived. His name was Kalgrath.
During the Galactic Civil War, the Rebel Alliance built a base in the old Massassi temples on Yavin 4. It was from this hidden base that Rebel starships were able to score their first victory against the Empire, and from which squadrons of X-wings and Y-wings attacked and destroyed the first Death Star.
In 22 ABY, during the time covered by the Junior Jedi Knights Series, Anakin Solo and Tahiri Veila were led by the Force to find a large golden globe deep inside a Massassi temple on Yavin 4. Inside the globe were the imprisoned souls of Massassi children whom the young Jedi candidates eventually freed with guidance from Master Ikrit.
are an amphibious
, humanoid species that live in Yavin 8's purple mountains, lakes and rivers. They appeared in the second book of the Junior Jedi Knights Series
. Melodies are hatched from eggs, then live on land for a short time during their youth, and at a certain age, Melodies undergo a ritual called a Changing Ceremony, in which they change forms that will no longer enable them to live on land.
When Exar Kun imprisoned the Massassi children on Yavin 4 during his reign in 3,997 BBY, the parents of the Massassi children went to Yavin 8 and met the Melodie children, whom they asked for help. The children took them to the Elders, but because of the Elders' forms, they could not leave the waters. The Massassi carved messages into the walls of a cave, hoping that someone would eventually arrive who could read their language and come to their aid. A millennia later, Sannah, a Force-sensitive Melodie, helped Anakin Solo and Tahiri Veila (who had come to Yavin 8 with Lyric, a student from the Academy who was about to undergo the Changing Ceremony) to decipher the carvings. The information helped them to ultimately free the imprisoned Massassi children later in the Junior Jedi Knights series.
An alien species from Circarpous V
, the Mimbanites
were related to the Coway
. When the Empire took control of their planet, they thought this species was not suited for the physical demands of slavery.
An alien race almost exactly the same in appearance as humans
differ in that they have no eyes or blank white sockets and cannot see through the focusing of light. Miraluka typically hide their lack of eyes by wearing a headband, a mask, or similar concealing headwear, because they are much less common than humans, and it is easier to travel if they are seen as being of the dominant species; thus the common confusion as to who is or isn't a Miraluka. Miralukas see through the Force
, as they are a Force-sensitive
race; they are often quite shocked if shown life not connected to the Force, like the Jedi Exile
The Miraluka homeworld is Alpheridies. They migrated there after their original homeworld became unstable and began losing its atmosphere to space. Alpheridies' sun emits light in the infra-red spectrum, and this led to the Miraluka losing their ability to see visible light over thousands of generations. Instead, they came to rely on a latent ability to perceive the world through the Force.
A colony world of the Miraluka named Katarr was stripped of all life by a Sith Lord named Darth Nihilus approximately 3,996 years BBY, during a meeting of several Jedi Masters. The meeting was convened to discuss the silent war being waged across the galaxy by Sith Lords Darth Nihilus and Darth Sion. The only survivor of this colony world was Visas Marr, who later became the servant of Darth Nihilus and then followed the exiled jedi and helped destroy Darth Nihilus and his ship.
Notable Miraluka include former Sith Visas Marr, and the Dark Jedi Jerec.
race is a species native to the planet Mirial
. They have purer eye colors, some have either paler or darker skin colors, and tattoos covering some part of their face. According to the Visual Dictionary for Episode II, the hoods that they wear serve to protect sensitive organs on their heads. Jedi
Master Luminara Unduli
and her Padawan
learner, Barriss Offee
are both Mirialans.
The Mon Calamari
are an amphibious race from the planet Dac
(The planet is called "Mon Calamari" by humans). They are humanoid, about 1.7m tall, and are most commonly seen with salmon-colored skin (though their skin may have other tones as well, including blue, dark blue, green, and purple) and a squid-like, domed head with large eyes. They are shore dwellers, but like to be close to water, and can breathe under water if necessary, being able to descend to depths of 30 or so meters without equipment. They share their home planet with the Quarren
. Their name is a reference to the close resemblance of their heads to calamari
(squid). Mon Calamari tend to prefer modern Republic style clothing, while the Quarren wear more traditional robes.
During the Clone Wars, the Mon Calamari remained with The Republic, but the Quarren sided with the CIS. The CIS sought to overthrow the Calamari quickly by providing the Quarren with a huge underwater droid army. With the aid of Jedi Kit Fisto, the Calamari demonstrated their traditional underwater fighting techniques. Riding underwater mounts, they carry shields and lances that contain blasters.
During the Galactic Civil War, the Mon Calamari eventually joined the Rebel Alliance after the Empire used a Star Destroyer to destroy three floating cities on their watery world. They proved an invaluable asset, primarily due to the Mon Calamari being masters of starship construction and supplying the Alliance with badly needed capital ships, Mon Calamari Cruisers, that could take on the Galactic Empire's ships of the line. Prior to joining the Alliance, the Mon Calamari had only built passenger liners because of their peaceful ethos. Also renowned for their performance art, lithe Mon Calamari water dancers often perform in some of the galaxy's most prestigious venues, including Coruscant Galaxies Opera House, where the ballet "Squid Lake" ran for some time during the waning days of the Republic and was known to be a personal favorite of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. The most famous Mon Calamari is Admiral Ackbar, the supreme admiral of the Rebel Alliance's naval forces. He also designed the B-wing starfighter. Mon Calamari are a playable species in Star Wars: Galaxies.
are the native inhabitants of Mustafar
. They have leathery skin with a cloak and a trunk. Not much else is known about this species as they live in seclusion. They are believed to be sentient and are able to withstand extreme temperatures. They have saddles for lava fleas and carry defensive laser rifles. As a man hood ritual they leap across "water-falls" of magma wearing no protection. When the Techno Union established mining facilities on the planet, many of the Mustafarians took-up jobs as workers at one of the many mining facilities.
A thin, tall species from Muunilinst
have pasty-white skin. Their bodies were elongated and thin, with equally elongated and thin heads. Muuns do not like travelling, and they usually stay indoors. Muuns controlled InterGalactic Banking Clan. During the Clone Wars, Muuns helped the Separatists and minted new coins for planets leaving the Republic. The appearance of the Muuns also inspired the IG battle droids.
Notable Muun were Palpatine's mentor and predecessor, Darth Plagueis, and the ruling members of the InterGalactic Banking Clan.
A 4-armed, crystal-skinned alien species indigenous to the planet Wayland
are aliens with pale skin, jet-black hair and angular features, they lived on the planet Nagi
, beyond the borders of the Old Republic and the Empire. They were originally known as "Knives". They were natural enemies of the Tof
, usually waging wars against them.
are amphibious humanoids with mottled green skin, a cartilage-reinforced skeleton, and shark-like eyes. Instead of hair, a Nautolan sports a crown of long green tendrils, 14 to be exact (used to discern the feelings and moods of those around them, these appendages are almost useless out of water unless, like Kit Fisto
, said Nautolan is used to environmental change).
Their homeworld is Glee Anselm, a planet of vast swamps, lakes, and seas located in the Mid Rim.
Nautolans reflect the moods of those around them. When confronted by anger and violence, they respond in kind. When approached in a calm, civilized manner, they seem helpful and polite.
Jedi Master Kit Fisto was a Nautolan.
are the most visible villains of the film The Phantom Menace
. According to the Expanded Universe
, Neimoidians are descendants of Duros
colonists that landed on Neimoidia
in the year of the Republic
inception. At some point in their development, the Neimoidians learned to domesticate giant beetles, and they have been getting others to do physical labor for them ever since as stated in Labyrinth of Evil
. By the time of The Phantom Menace
, the Neimoidians control the galaxy's largest commercial corporation and are at the head of the powerful Trade Federation
Neimoidians are born as grubs and placed in communal hives until the age of seven. Inadequate food is fed to young Neimoidians in order to encourage acquisitiveness. Those who hoard enough food survive while those who do not hoard die. Even as adults, Neimoidians tend to be greedy, possessive, and fearful of death. Eventually the grubs learn that to survive, they must kill each other; therefore out of the many grubs that are born, very few survive.
Neimoidians have been stereotyped by other races in the galaxy as corrupt and greedy, particularly after the Battle of Naboo. They are certainly willing to resort to extortion, lies and manipulation, but their success also lies in exceptional organizing abilities. Training in organization revolves around Neimoidia's mass hives and huge fungus farms. Neimoidian young are placed in a community hive where they are forced to combat their siblings for food and other necessities. The weak die, since the strong hoard food and resources. This is said to be the source of their characteristic greed and corrupt nature. The Neimoidians do not view themselves as wicked, but rather focused on being the best they can be in their society. The Trade Federation army is employed only when "future customers" do not realize their "best interest" in trading with Neimoidians, on Neimoidian terms.
Neimoidian culture is extremely hierarchical. Although the monarch of the Neimoidians is never seen in the films, every Neimoidian ship carries a hologram of her. Amongst the seen Neimoidians, clothing denotes status:
- Lott Dod wears a tall diplomatic ploov and a purple representative's mantle over a very expensive robe of Tyrian violet cloth.
- Nute Gunray, Commanding Viceroy of the Federation army, wears a showy crested tiara and blue viceroy's collar.
- Rune Haako, legal counsel to Nute, wears an attorney's cowl.
- Daultay Dofine, captain of the flagship vessel for the Naboo invasion, wears a tall command officer's miter.
- An unnamed Neimoidian wears a lavender collar identifying him as a financial officer.
- The most exalted Neimoidians rank a walking mechno-chair. Neither comfortable nor practical, mechno-chairs are very expensive beetle-like seats which can carry a lazy Neimoidian or project hologram transmissions. Neimoidians also employ a number of prestigious protocol droids, including the brilliantly silver TC-14. TC-14 is kept docile through frequent memory wipes and is employed to distract guests while the Neimoidians devise manipulation strategies.
In contrast to the rare and showy technology of the Neimoidian elite, the battle forces of the Neimoidians are mechanically advanced, but cheaply mass-produced. An emphasis is placed on massive, intimidating numbers of mindless battle droids controlled through a central computer. This unquestioning reliance on a central control is what will ultimately spell failure for the mechanized army.
Episode II revealed that their form closely resembles that of the vaguely insect-like natives of Geonosis, where the droids are mass produced.
Much as the Imperial Officers were given British accents, some Neimoidians have been given Asian accents. This accent has been interpreted as stereotypically Japanese or Chinese by some. Their accents, ornate robes, and sneaky, greedy nature has led some to see Neimoidians as racist stereotypes of East Asians, although is only based on a few Neimoidians in Episode I, and not on the bulk of them seen throughout the entire movie series.
Nelvaanians are a race of blue-furred, canine-muzzled humanoids introduced in Season 3 of the animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars
. They live on the planet Nelvaan
on the Outer Rim. All of their warrior braves were captured by Techno-Union scientists and were physically and mentally mutated into large elephantine creatures with laser cannons instead of left arms, in order to try and create perfect cyborg soldiers for the CIS. During the Liberation of Nelvaan
, Anakin Skywalker
, who was referred to by the race as "Holt Kezed" ("Ghost Hand" in their language), would free them as he destroyed the Separatist base. Following this, Anakin killed all Techno-Union scientists there and managed to bring the mutated Nelvaanians back to their tribe.
On a behind-the-scenes note, the name "Nelvaanian" may be a reference to Nelvana, the Canadian animation company who produced the Star Wars: Droids and Star Wars: Ewoks animated features for Lucasarts. Nelvana's logo is a blue polar bear.
The Neti were a race of tree-like beings from Rykk
. Jedi Master Ood Bnar
was a Neti
When the planet Kintan
suffered some changes because of the explosion of a nearby star, evolution on the planet created five sub-branches of the same species, the Niktos: Kajain'sa'niktos (Red Niktos, from the desert); Kadas'sa'niktos (Green Niktos, from the woods); Esral'sa'niktos (Mountain Niktos); Gluss'sa'Niktos (Pale Niktos, from the coast); M'shento'su'nikto (Southern Niktos).
When the Hutts were waging a war against Xim the Despot, they looked for help on some planets. Hutts asked Niktos to become part of their army. Niktos thought it was some kind of sacred war and they signed a treaty so that Niktos will be slaves of the Hutts forever. After defeating Xim, Niktos still serve the Hutts. There are many Niktos serving Jabba the Hutt in the movie Return of the Jedi. Two of the Niktos are named Klaatu and Barada, referencing The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951 film) where Gort must be stopped by saying "Klaatu barada nikto."
An example of a Nikto Jedi is Fi-Ek Sirch who fought and died at the Battle of Geonosis. Sartochi Ramora was another Nikto Jedi who fought at the battle of Geonosis. He is also one of the few Jedi that have fallen to the Dark Side. One of the Niktos in Jabba's court was named Klaatu. See also Klatooinian.
are a primitive humanoid species. They have steely gray skin, and are extremely skilled assassins due to their innate abilities at stealth and hand-to-hand combat. They are much like the Wookiee
species culturally, in that they respect honor above all else.
They are natives of the planet Honoghr, which was ravaged by toxins from a Trade Federation core ship destroyed in a battle during the Clone Wars. Darth Vader visited the planet some time later under the guise of helping it recover from the ecological disaster, in return for most of the young males of the planet entering a bond of servitude as the personal assassins of Emperor Palpatine.
The Noghri remain in service to the Galactic Empire after the death of Palpatine. About five years after the death of the Emperor, Grand Admiral Thrawn orders the Noghri to kidnap the pregnant Leia Organa Solo. Realizing that neither she nor her children would be truly safe as long as the Noghri serve the Empire, she goes to Honoghr in order to convince the Noghri to leave the Empire's service. Through their acute sense of smell, the Noghri easily recognize Leia as the daughter of Lord Vader and she is able to use the fact that she was the daughter of Darth Vader to convince the Noghri that the Empire had been lying to them and has kept them in virtual slavery for many years. As a result, the Noghri turn against the Empire. Grand Admiral Thrawn dies when his Noghri bodyguard Rukh turns on him and stabs him.
Following the death of Thrawn, the Noghri came into the service of the New Republic. They help resettle the Noghri to other planets (including Wayland) to give Honoghr time to heal. Leia and her entire family become very highly respected figures in Noghri society. The Noghri save the Solo family from a Yuuzhan Vong strike force. Much like Chewbacca did with Han Solo, the Noghri always make sure Leia has bodyguards.
The Noghri appear extensively in the Thrawn trilogy of novels, written by Timothy Zahn, and are also playable in the Forces of Corruption Expansion for Star Wars Empire at War, armed with disrupter rifles.
are a near-Human avian race native to the planet Ogem. They have yellow skin and short, blond, feather-like hair, similar to the Omwati.
Although the Omwati
are not a branch of humanity, the differences are extremely small. The Omwati skin is a bluish color and their eyes are generally blue or black. The size of an adult Omwati borders that of a human, although their morphology is typically slightly frailer with regard to females. There are very few Omwati with a stout physiology. Their most striking characteristic is their "hair" which appears to be made of small, diaphanous feathers of an iridescent color. Omwati do not have any other hair.
The Omwati rarely left their homeworld and rarely took part in galactic events, until Wilhuff Tarkin enslaved the youngest of their species to serve as Imperial scientists. Qui Xux is perhaps the best-known member of the Omwati species. She was a researcher at the Imperial Maw Installation and a principal designer of the Death Star. The Rogue Jedi Kyp Durron ripped her memories of both this technology and her past from her mind.
are a bizarre looking species from the Skustell Cluster
. The Jedi
Pablo-Jill was an Ongree.
are a race of blue-skinned creatures with long snouts, not all that different from a small elephant
. One example is Max Rebo
, head of The Max Rebo Band
, contracted to play in Jabba the Hutt
palace. Possessing a love of food and music, these small aliens are also adept at surviving the frigid temperatures of their homeworld Orto.
Large manta-ray like creatures that were encountered by Lando Calrissian
during his early adventures in the Outer Rim. They live in a nebula called ThonBoka where they are nourished by nutrients from their sun. They live in the vacuum of space and have the unusual ability to travel through hyperspace for short distances. If an Oswaft is deprived of nutrients from a star for too long it will turn opaque and die.