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A New Visual Guide to Sentients

Posted in Questions with tags , , on 1 March 2017 by Megan

The most popular post on my blog by far is my “Visual Guide to Sentients.” A reader asked for a very simple visual guide to the humanoid species (races) in Star wars. So without putting a lot of effort in, I collected 65 of what I felt were the most significant races in Star Wars. The post wasn’t very polished, but since it’s become so popular, I decided to do an updated version with the 99 most significant races in Star Wars with their name and first appearance.

Admittedly “significance” is a fluid thing, so here’s my methodology: In order to be considered significant, a race must have more than one living member at the time of the Original Trilogy (no Yoda) and must either appear in more than one sequence, or be vitally important in the single instance in which they appear (such as the Ssi-Ruuk).

Planetary origin is immaterial: Alderaanians, Bakurans, Corellians, etc. are all humans, so they will not appear separately on the list. Mandalorians, not being a race on their own, do not appear either. There are no droids, no non-sentient creatures, and no non-organic intelligence on this list.

One of the things about Star Wars is the variety of creatures. It goes without saying that  “aliens” have been popular throughout science fiction, but the beings in Star Wars seem groundbreaking, like the universe they inhabit. There’s far more variety of beings in the Star Wars universe than in any other I know of. These are 99 out of the estimated 20 million sentient races in the galaxy.

Here is a quick index to the species. After the jump, I have them in alphabetical order with pictures (all culled from Wookieepedia with a certain amount of assumed common use), an inventory of where they appear, and any other relevant information.

 

INDEX

Advozse — Aleena — Anzat — Aqualish — Arcona
Barabel — Besalisk — Bith — Bothan
Caamasi — Cathar — Cerean — Chadra-Fan — Chagrian — Chiss — Clawdite
Devaronian — Drall — Dug — Duros
Elom — Elomin — Er’kit — Ewok
Falleen
Gammorean — Gand — Gen’daii — Geonosian — Gossam — Gotal — Gran — Gree — Gungan
Herglic — Human — Hutt
Iktotchi — Ishi Tib — Ithorian
Jawa
Kaleesh — Kaminoan — Kel Dor — Kissai — Kitonak — Klatoonian — Kubaz
Lannik
Mirialan — Miralukan — Massassi — Mon Calamari — Muun
Nautolan — Neimodian — Nikto — Nimbanel — Noghri — Nosaurian
Ongree — Ortolan
Pau’an — Phindian — Polis Massan
Quarren — Quermian
Rakata — Rattataki — Revwien — Rodian
Sand People — Selonian — Sith — Snivvian — Ssi-Ruuk — Stennes — Sullustan
Talz — Thisspiasian — t’landa Til — Togorian — Togruta — Toydarian — Trandoshan — Twi’lek
Ubese — Ugnaught — Utai
Verpine — Vodran
Weequay — Whiphid — Wookiee
Xexto
Yinchorri — Yuzzem
Zabrak — Zeltron

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