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Species: Wookiee

Homeworld: Kashyyyk

Portrayed by: Peter Mayhew, Joonas Suotamo note 

    Tropes from the Prequel Trilogy Era 

Chewbacca was a Wookiee warrior from Kashyyyk. During the Clone Wars, Chewbacca was captured by Trandoshan slavers and held captive on Wasskah, but he worked with a fellow captive Ahsoka Tano to escape. He later commanded Wookiee forces in the Battle of Kashyyyk alongside the Grand Army of the Republic, led by Jedi Master Yoda. During the battle, one of the last ones of the Clone Wars, Yoda's clone troopers received Order 66 from Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and, with the help of Chewbacca, Yoda escaped Kashyyyk and the destruction of the Jedi Order.

  • Badass in Distress: During the Clone Wars, he was abducted by a guild of Trandoshan hunters to partake in their game of hunting sapient species. When he gets stranded on Wasskah, he befriends and forms an alliance with the Jedi Padawans led by Ahsoka (who were also abducted by the Trandoshans) to defeat their hunters and escape the planet.
  • Barbarian Hero: The Wookiees are a high-tech civilization, but they're certainly more primitive in most technology than many of the other space-faring races in the Republic, are highly physically active and live in woodlands as tribal clans.
  • The Cameo: His only appearance in Revenge of the Sith is an extended cameo on Kashyyyk, fighting off the Separatist droid invasion and later escorting Yoda off-planet.
  • Connected All Along: The Clone Wars and Revenge of the Sith respectively reveal that he met and helped Ahsoka Tano and fought alongside Yoda in the Battle of Kashyyyk, actually helping Yoda escape following the execution of Order 66.
  • Four-Star Badass: Chewbacca was a general and on a first-name basis with Yoda. It was Chewbacca himself that got Yoda safely out of Kashyyyk as the planet was being overrun by clone troopers.
  • Percussive Maintenance: In The Clone Wars episode "Wookiee Hunt", he hit a Trandoshan in the head to get his brain to cooperate after resisting a Jedi Mind Trick.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In Revenge of the Sith, he helps Yoda escape Kashyyyk after Palpatine executes Order 66, ensuring Yoda survives to help train Luke Skywalker decades later.

    Tropes from the Solo Era 

Chewbacca was imprisoned on the muddy planet Mimban by the Empire at some point ten years after the Clone Wars. Han Solo ended up in the same cell as him, and after a brief fight, the two devised an escape then joined Tobias Beckett's crew. They became friends for life along the way.

  • Ace Pilot: Proves he is a damn good copilot alongside Han when they have to navigate the Millennium Falcon in the unnavigable Akkadese Maelstrom. He explains to Han that, being nearly 200 years old, he's had a lot of time to develop his piloting skills.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Gained his "Chewie" nickname before the Train Job on Vandor-1 courtesy of Han, because it's easier to say than "Chewbacca" on a regular basis.
  • The Big Guy: Easily the strongest guy among Tobias Beckett's crew.
  • Dehumanization: He's been captured by the Empire on Mimban (or brought there) and treated like a beast just good enough to kill/eat deserters after being starved.
  • Fed to the Beast: The mudtroopers on Mimban locked Chewie in a cell and starved him for a couple of days, expecting him to eat or at least maul deserters they throw in.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: The first time on Dryden's yacht, when Chewbacca sees Han chatting with Qi'ra against Tobias's explicit instructions, the Wookie's reaction is to snort in disbelief and then down two glasses of... something in quick succession.
  • I Owe You My Life: Han helped Chewbacca escape the Empire on Mimban, and thus the Wookiee followed him. The movie doesn't quite make the "Wookiee Life Debt" thing clear at any point, but the book Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know (which is canon) says he swore one to Han. Han does save Chewie's life at one point, when Chewie is about to fall from the Conveyex during the Train Job.
  • Made a Slave: He was enslaved by the Empire some time after the Clone Wars ended, with Han helping to free him during Solo. It's because of this he becomes best friends with Han.
  • Noodle Incident: How and why he ended up prisoner of the Empire on Mimban is not explained.
  • Older Than They Look: Han is surprised to learn that Chewie is 190 years old by the time Solo takes place.
    Han: A hundred and ninety years old? You look great!
  • Only Friend: He's the only person Han can trust completely in Solo, making him an exception to Beckett's "Assume everyone will betray you" rule.
  • Sore Loser: Even ten years before A New Hope, he didn't take losing at Dejarik very well.
  • Token Nonhuman: After Rio Durant bites it during the Conveyex heist, he's the only organic non-human in Tobias Beckett's crew.
  • Undying Loyalty: He's the only character who never betrays or abandons Han.

    Tropes from the Original Trilogy Era 
"I see your point, sir. I suggest a new strategy, Artoo: let the Wookiee win."

By the time of the Galactic Civil War, Chewbacca is Han Solo's trusted first mate, co-pilot and friend aboard the Millennium Falcon.

  • Badass Adorable: Resembles a teddy bear... an eight-foot-tall teddy bear who can rip your arms off as easily as breathing. If you're a friend, however, expect to be greeted with happy howling and plenty of hugs. If you're Leia, prepare for it to be big smooshing hugs!
  • Badass Bandolier: It carries spare ammunition for his bow caster.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: If you do anything to hurt his friends, he will make sure you hurt.
  • BFG: His bowcaster. While it gets a few shots off in Return of the Jedi to destroy an escaping speeder, attention is brought to how brutally effective Chewie's bow caster is when used on people in The Force Awakens. To make absolutely sure the target dies, it's a explosive quarrel rail gun blaster, and can blast people off their feet even from proximity blasts, to say nothing of what happens to those sustaining a direct hit. This is to say nothing of the bolt itself, which is akin to an oversized crossbow bolt, tipped with a grenade, and wrapped in a massive blaster bolt.
  • The Big Guy: He's huge and strong and carries a big blaster. Peter Mayhew got the role simply by politely standing up as George Lucas entered the room. Lucas craned his head back to look him in the eye, and said, "I think we've got it."
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: At seven and a half feet tall, Chewie dwarfs his human partner-in-crime Han Solo.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: He speaks Shyriiwook and Han speaks Basic, and they understand each other fine. A Justified Trope in that Wookiees do not have the vocal chords to speak anything other than Shyriiwook, and multilingualism is a surprisingly common trait in most people in the Star Wars universe.
  • Blood Brothers: With Han.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Once Chewie likes you, he isn't shy about showing it.
  • Cowardly Lion: While Chewbacca is brave and vicious when he's angry, he's also easily scared by certain things such as alarm noises.
  • Cuddle Bug: Chewie really likes to hug the people that he loves, and is no less manly in doing so, to the point that he gives a big furry hug to somebody in each of his starring movies. It also makes him a good warm-up blanket to any friends of his who were recently unfrozen and still chilled to the bone.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Han says that if you were to beat him in a board game, he would tear your arms off. There's some implication that Han and Chewie were just teasing C-3PO, though.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Or clothes, for that matter.
  • Expy: Of George Lucas's dog Indiana, who always sat in the front passenger seat of his car.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Just be glad Wookiees have so much hair.
  • Genius Bruiser: He may look uncivilized, but Chewbacca is a decent pilot and really more technologically inclined than Han. He plays dejarik (the Star Wars equivalent of chess), if not at R2-D2's level of skill. Yet he's fully capable of ripping arms off when angered.
  • Gentle Giant: As evidenced by his decision to repair C-3PO.
  • The Glomp: When he's happy to see you.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: He speaks Shyriiwook, a Wookiee language that's unintelligible to viewers, but Han has no trouble understanding him.
  • I Will Tear Your Arms Off: Han implies that he's prone to do this when he loses a game. That being said, the way he said it implied that he was kidding. It's shown in the Marvel comics, though, when an angry Chewie rips off both arms of 0-0-0, Darth Vader's personal assassin droid. He also pulls one of Unkar Plutt's arms out on Takodana in The Force Awakens, a deleted scene from the movie that appears in full in the novelization.
  • Monster Roommate: To Han Solo. Of course, from a Wookiee's point of view, Han would be Chewie's Monster Roommate.
  • Morality Pet: Even in the beginning, when Han is almost a Nominal Hero, Chewbacca is the stalwart friend who knows Han can be a better person if he tries. He's also the one character Han was always infallibly kind to despite being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold to everybody else.
    • In A New Hope, immediately after Han rebuffs Luke's offer to join the Rebels in the strike on the Death Star, Chewbacca gives his partner a sorrowful look and low growl that seems to say "Dude, really?", and it clearly bothers Han. This was probably a big factor in Han's decision to return.
  • Mr. Fixit: He's able to repair C-3PO on his own. And before that in The Clone Wars, he built a long-range transmitter in a tree... with a box of scraps, and it worked.
  • Nice Guy: In spite of his anger issues, and working with a smuggler, he's one of the most sweet-natured characters to grace a Star Wars movie.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: To Han.
  • Number Two: Of the Millennium Falcon, second to Han.
  • Older Sidekick: Chewbacca is about 200 years old by A New Hope, compared to Han's likely early 30s. Following Han's death, he becomes this to Rey as he allows her to take command of the Millennium Falcon, and accompanies her to find Luke.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Chewbacca is 234 years old at the time of The Force Awakens, and that's not even considered approaching middle-aged by Wookiee standards, meaning Chewie is still considered a young man by his own people.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: The Chewbacca limited series from Marvel shows that he sometimes has traumatic flashbacks to his capture and enslavement. Tight, enclosed spaces seem to be his major trigger, which adds a whole new level of sadness to his unwillingness to go down the Death Star garbage chute.
  • Sidekick Ex Machina: Chewbacca (and two Ewoks) hijack an Imperial walker and rescues Han and Leia during the Battle of Endor. That one move was the pivotal moment that led the Rebels and Ewoks to victory: From there, they turned the tables on the Imperial ground forces, tricked the remaining garrison to open the back door, allowing them to blow up the shield generator, opening the way for the besieged fleet in orbit to finally do what they went there to do: destroy the second Death Star.
  • Silent Snarker: If you pay attention to how people react to what he says, Chewie's probably one of the most sarcastic characters in the franchise.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Or rather, the Star Wars equivalent of it, dejarik.
  • Sore Loser: Han jokes that if he loses in a game, he rips the winner's arms off.
  • Tools of Sapience: Chewbacca wears a bandolier over his shoulder and handles various repair tools and weapons, which helps visually affirm that he's a technology-using alien and not some sort of bipedal beast in spite of his only vocal sounds being grunts, growls and roars.
  • The Unintelligible. Chewie's only lines are growls, barks, and grunts. The script actually had lines of dialogue for Peter Mayhew to recite in order to make the other characters' reactions to him more genuine.
  • Ursine Aliens: Wookiees look like a cross between bears and apes, or possibly Bigfoot.
  • Weapon of Choice: Bowcaster (Wookiee crossbow).

    Tropes from the Sequel Trilogy Era 

After the liberation of Kashyyyk from the Empire, Chewbacca reunited with his wife Malla and son Lumpawaroo. He stayed with his family for years until returning to the side of Han, who returned to smuggling after his life with Leia fell apart.

  • Ace Pilot: The sequel movies showcase exactly why Han chose him as his co-pilot; in The Last Jedi, he threads the needle through the crystal caverns of Crait like he's knitting a warm Christmas sweater, without co-pilot assistance (whereas Rey struggled to do so in The Force Awakens). And that was with a flock of Porgs crowding his console!
  • Annoying Patient: He nearly killed Finn six times when Finn was trying to patch up his blaster wound. He's a better patient for Dr. Kalonia, though.
  • Badass Normal: He is the one of the few non-Force-sensitive character to have ever landed a clean hit on a Force-user with a blaster weapon. Killing Han was a big mistake, Kylo...
  • Beware the Nice Ones: There is a reason that it was suggested that people "let the Wookie win". Chewbacca is a nice guy, who likes hugs and nice ladies like Leia, but when you really make Chewbacca cross that line, he will end your existence... and blow up your base in the process! And survive it without a scratch. Not many people can say that.
  • BFG: Chewbacca's "bowcaster" (a maglev crossbow that coats its darts in plasma) gets a lot of focus in The Force Awakens, where it blows a Stormtrooper (or gangster) across the room with a direct hit. Han gives it a try, and loves it. Kylo Ren would be done for had he not been helped by the Force to sustain the hit and the subsequent wound.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Arrives with the Millennium Falcon in time to get Finn and Rey off of Starkiller Base.
  • Big "NO!": Per the franchise's tradition, his roar when Han is killed is quite clearly meant to be this.
  • Cool Old Guy: As mentioned above, he's young for a Wookiee, but being centuries older than his younger companions Rey and Finn, he serves as this to them.
  • Easily Forgiven: While Han and Leia have some issues to work out upon their reunion, Leia is delighted to see the Wookiee again after several years and they share a big hug, proving there's no bad blood between the two at all.
  • Heroic BSoD: Falls into a brief one after the destruction of Starkiller base, mourning the loss of his best friend in absolute silence following the completion of the mission.
  • Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better: His bow caster is by far the most effective handheld weapon in the film, sometimes taking out multiple troopers with a single shot, and crippling Kylo Ren during his fight with Finn and Rey. Bowcasters do use blaster energy, forming the distinctive red laser, but the primary source of damage is the explosive quarrels that get shot out of a railgun barrel.
  • One-Man Army: Unleashes furry hell upon the Stormtroopers of Starkiller Base following Han Solo's death, blows up the base's Achilles' Heel (allowing the Resistance's starfighters to destroy the base/planet), and returns to the Falcon no worse for wear.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Chewie is screaming in pure agony and quietly retiring to a corner? Something is clearly wrong, that something being the death of Han.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After the tragedy on Starkiller Base, he actually lands a shot on Kylo Ren, blitzes through dozens of Stormtroopers, lights off the demo charges, and vanishes for the next ten or so minutes. Note - he's implied to still be inside the exploding base when it finally has the big boom and there's not even a single singed hair on him when he finally turns up.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Sort of, the adaptation part that is. Chewbacca was notably the only member of the movie heroes to die in legends. He had a moon dropped on him in 25 ABY in that continuity. In the now canon movie series, he shows up perfectly fine in 35 ABY when the first two films of the sequel series take place.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Chewie's bowcaster is upgraded to BFG-level stopping power, blowing Stormtroopers across the room and destroying door panels. Han even marvels at it so much that he asks to borrow it on a few occasions.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Does not take Han's death very well at all.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Han snark a little with each other, like when Chewbacca, who is entirely wrapped in fur, complains that he's cold to Han, who's wearing just a coat, but it's as clear as day from the absolutely furious roar of rage he gives when Han dies that, actually, he and Chewbacca are the best of friends.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Ben Solo, who would later become Kylo Ren. After Ben kills his father, Chewie blasts at him in rage.


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