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- Fed to the Beast: A popular way of dealing with enemies among the franchise's villains.
- In Return of the Jedi, Jabba tries to feed Luke to his Rancor, Pateesa. When that fails, he tries again with the Sarlacc.
- In Attack of the Clones, the Geonosians try to get rid of Obi-Wan, Anakin and Padmé by feeding them to an Acklay, a Reek and a Nexu in a gladiatorial arena.
- In Solo, Beckett tries to do this to Han. Said "beast" turns out to be Chewbacca, and they break out together. (Yes, this is how Han and Chewie met.)
- Non-Malicious Monster: While many of the creatures are very lethal and highly aggressive, none of them can truly be called evil. At the end of the day, they are simply non-sentient or semi-sentient animals, just very hungry or territorial ones whose size and natural weapons make them specially dangerous.
- Rent-a-Zilla: Quite a few beasties are large enough not to be out of place in a Kaiju movie.
- Running Gag:
- In five out of the six Lucas movies, the protagonists are attacked by some sort of nasty and large beast. The only one to avert it is Revenge of the Sith. However the original script included a scene in which Obi-Wan would've had to fight a Nos Monster, after he fell into the underground lake on Utapau, following the execution of Order 66. This is continued in The Force Awakens with the rathtars.
- The Prequel Trilogy introduces the largest known aquatic creature, the Sando Aqua Monster. The Clone Wars introduces the largest known land creature, the Zillo Beast. Solo, an anthology film, introduces the largest currently-known creature in the whole galaxy, the Summa-verminoth, and the Original Trilogy introduces the then-largest space-dwelling creature and creature in general, the Exogorth.
A six-legged creature similar to a crustacean, the acklay is a very dangerous predator on its homeworld.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: A ferocious crab/mantis hybrid with the jaws of a Velociraptor.
- Crippling Overspecialization: According to Word of God, the reason it wasn't able to just stab its claw into Obi-Wan is this trope; the Acklay comes from a tropical planet without a lot of light, so its eyes are best adjusted and suited to low light levels. On the bright, sunny desert planet Geonosis, the Acklay's eyesight is very poorly suited and so it can't get a particularly good look at Obi-Wan.
- Extra Eyes: It has a total of three.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: It looks like a cross between a crab, a praying mantis and a dinosaur.
- No-Sell: Obi-Wan tries to toss a spear into its hide. Its response is to pull the spear out of its own body and snap it in half with its teeth.
- Sea Monster: They are primarily aquatic creatures and in nature normally inhabit their homeworld's oceans, but occasionally emerge onto land to hunt their prey.
Only a single member of this avian species can live at a time. Its rarity causes it to be worshipped by its planet's natives, although it also puts it at a high risk of being stolen by those who wish to keep it in private zoos.
A large cephalopod with a shell, a pet to a slave D'Nar whom the latter releases on Anakin and Ahsoka.
Homeworld: Ryloth, Zygerria
Stocky, bipedal and long-tailed reptilian beings, Blurrgs could be found on many worlds across the galaxy and were mostly used as mounts and beasts of burden, but were also useful for agricultural labor and war.
- Canon Immigrant: They originally came from the now-Legends film Ewoks: The Battle for Endor and made their canonical debut via The Clone Wars episode "Liberty on Ryloth".
- Dumb Muscle: Blurrgs aren't particularly smart, but they sure are strong.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: They look like short, chubby and stunted theropods with big heads.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: These beasties are quite ill-mannered and can get agitated easily.
- Horse of a Different Color: Twi'leks tamed the blurrgs, and use them as war steeds.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: A theropod-like reptile with a huge, piranha-esque head and legs like those of an elephant.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In the Legends Ewoks films, they were originally native to Endor and dozens of them were acquired by the Twi'leks for their use during the Clone Wars. Legends sources also expand on their behavior and feeding habits.
A large, carnivorous lizard native to Bahryn, an icy moon of Geonosis.
- Fluffy the Terrible: For the French dub only. The creature's name pronounced like "bons amis" in French, which means "good friends".
- Immune to Bullets: Blaster fire only annoys them. The one that is killed was shot in the mouth.
- Significant Anagram: The design of its horn and beak was inspired by that of a truck-mounted snowplow, while its name derives from "Zamboni", a brand of machines used to clean and smooth the surface of ice rinks.
Colo Claw Fish
One of the large predators dwelling in the oceans of Naboo.
- Alien Lunch: As Solo reveals, Colo Claw Fish meat is a delicacy among the galaxy's wealthy, such as Dryden Vos.
- Bioluminescence Is Cool: Has bioluminescent patches down its sides.
- Cold-Blooded Whatever: Its body is eel-like, but its head is reptilian, resembling a crocodile. It also has arthropod-like claws thrown in for good measure.
- Mama Bear: Mother Colo Claw Fishes are extremely protective of their young.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: It has a head that resembles a crocodile, a moray eel-like body and clawed arms similar to the legs of a crab.
- Monstrous Mandibles: In the form of what are essentially full-blown, articulated crablike limbs on the sides of its mouth, emphasizing its alien and dangerous nature.
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: Its head looks similar to depictions of ancient sea-dwelling crocodiles, and it is a nasty predator.
- Sea Monster: It resembles a giant eel with a vaguely crocodilian head and clawed mandibles.
Homeworld: Atollon, Malachor, Wasskah
Long-tailed birds resembling owls, convoree can be found living on many worlds throughout the Galaxy, including Atollon, Malachor, and the Trandoshan moon of Wasskah. They seem to have some unexplained connection to the Force.
For tropes specifically referring to Morai, see the Star Wars Other Force-Users and Beings page.
- All There in the Manual: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded explains that the convoree and the birds on Wasskah and Kiros are variants of the same species. The ones from Wasskah are called Wasskah convoree, the ones from Kiros are called Kiros birds, and the ones on Atollon and Malachor don't seem to have a specific variant name.
- Ambiguous Situation: Word of God is that they do have something to do with Ahsoka and the Force, and Ahsoka's fate is relevant to the events of Mortis. Curiously, one of the convoree we've seen has the same color palette as the Daughter. After "Twilight of the Apprentice", another convor the show has briefly focused on has natural brown colors for its palette instead, though it's unknown if this brown convor is actually relevant or just a regular convor. As of the midseason trailer, which shows Ezra finding a painting of the Daughter with the convor on her shoulder, it seems to be confirmed that that convor is connected to her.
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: Kiros birds (or at least Queen Miraj's) are said by All There in the Manual to be highly intelligent and can understand conversations.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Otherwise normal birds with monkey tails.
- Mysterious Animal Senses: They seem to have some kind of Force sensitivity. They also tend to follow Ahsoka, especially when she is in trouble. According to All There in the Manual, they're believed to be omens of impending events of importance—especially events concerning the Force.
- Ominous Owl: While not malicious, they tend to show up when Light-sided characters (Ahsoka in particular) are threatened by the Dark Side. All There in the Manual reveals that its presence means that something important (probably Force-related) is going to happen.
- Palette Swap: Each of the variants have different color schemes. The Wasskah convoree are yellow, the Atollon/Malachor convoree are brown (an exception being one that is colored like the Daughter of Mortis), and the Kiros birds are purple and blue-green.
- Prehensile Tail: Their monkey-like tails are prehensile, and at one point a small flock is shown using theirs together to lift a predator into the air before letting it fall.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Their The Clone Wars design boast big round eyes, on big round faces, on small round bodies with short wings and legs. Their behavior in the Trandoshan two-parter that introduced them took it even further, with the way they rubbed against one another, and how they dispatched of a momong hunting them.
A fleet-footed, loud-barking, vicious hound species from Corellia. They are used for attack and hunting, by the White Worm gang most notably. They do not make good pets.
- Hellhound: They have the size of Real Life attack dogs and are not demonic in nature, but they don't look pretty.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: They have a number of teeth and all are pretty sharp.
- Right-Hand Attack Dog: The Grindalid and White Worm gang enforcer Moloch uses two of them to hunt down Han Solo and Qi'ra in the streets and spaceport of Coronet City.
- Shout-Out: According to Word of God, the Corellian hounds are a homage to the Death Dogs from Willow.
- They Have the Scent!: Moloch uses them to track down Han and Qi'ra at the spaceport.
Homeworld: Utapau, Shantipole
Flying reptavians that act as steeds for desert travelers among the giant sinkholes of Utapau. They are also found flying among the rocky spires of Shantipole.
- Giant Flyer: A large, vaguely pterodactyl-like creature.
- Horse of a Different Color: Draconic pseudo-pterosaurs used as flying mounts on a world of giant sinkholes.
- Meaningful Name: Surprise, the Dactillion looks like a Pterodactylus!
- Mix-and-Match Critters: They look like a cross between dragons, lizards and pterosaurs.
- Ptero Soarer: Resembles a giant, four-legged pterosaur.
- Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: Four legs, two giant wings.
Quadrupedal reptiles that live on Tatooine, Dewbacks could be trained as mounts and were often used by Imperial Sandtroopers. They earn their name because they lick morning dew off their backs.
- Explosive Breeder: Female dewbacks can lay from 50 to 85 eggs every year.
- Horse of a Different Color: They are giant lizards which can be tamed and used as mounts.
- Meaningful Name: Dewbacks lick the morning dew off their own backs, which earned them their name.
- Stock Sound Effects: The Dewbacks in the Special Edition release of A New Hope use the bellows of Parasaurolophus from The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
A carnivorous, one-eyed cephalopod from Vodran that can also be found in the swamps and sewers of other worlds. One specimen, Omi, inhabited one of the first Death Star's trash compactors.
- Attack of the Monster Appendage: In A New Hope, the only parts of the dianoga seen are its eye-stalk and at least one of its tentacles. One of said tentacles pulls Luke Skywalker into the Death Star's waste.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Omi is very much The Fatalist and has an odd view of mortality, and she's unbothered by her own death as her mission in this life is complete and she'll go onto reincarnate elsewhere. Her drowning of Luke was not an attempt to eat him, but a baptism to enhance his connection towards the Force by bringing him as close to death as possible.
- Chameleon Camouflage: "The Baptist" reveals that dianogas are capable of hiding themselves this way.
- Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: The full body provides the trope image. And like cephalopods, they are far more intelligent than they would seem.
- Female Monster Surprise: It turns out the dianoga aboard the Death Star was female, when there was no indication of dianogas having genders in Legends.
- Hidden Depths: "The Baptist" reveals that dianogas have names, identities, and even a crude form of culture, but are simply too alien to relate to humanoids, hence their perception as simple beasts.
- Meaningful Name: "Omi" is the Yoruba word for water. Fitting, as her purpose in life is to baptize Luke.
- Mysterious Animal Senses: Omi, the dianoga aboard the Death Star, is revealed to be Force-sensitive. She perceives a strange skin around Luke, which she removes by causing a Near-Death Experience.
- Named by the Adaptation: The dianoga aboard the Death Star is named "Omi" in the From a Certain Point of View short story, "The Baptist".
- No Biological Sex: They're naturally hermaphroditic. However, some may choose to be female or male as a cultural choice.
- Uncertain Doom: Well, assuming Omi was still in the sewers of the Death Star, it's highly likely she perished when the battle station was destroyed. "The Baptist" confirms it, although Omi believes she may go on to reincarnate.
Homeworld: Tatooine, Saleucami, Zardossa Stix
Eopies are quadruped herbivores native to Tatooine. These tough creatures are well acclimated to their homeworld's endless deserts, and as a result are domesticated by the planet's inhabitants.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Tatooine's desert populations use them much like North African and Middle Eastern populations use dromedaries and camels.
- Horse of a Different Color: They are used by Tatooine's inhabitants as mounts or beast of burden.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: The back shape of a dromedary, a long neck and a tapir's head.
- Toilet Humour: Jar Jar Binks is unlucky enough to stand right behind an eopie just as it has a flatulence right before the Boonta pod race's start.
Homeworld: Outer space
Also known as space slugs, exogorths are massive creatures which live in asteroids.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Silicon-based creatures live in the vacuum of space. They subsist in equal parts on passing ships and creatures and on solar radiation and minerals from their asteroids.
- Bizarre Alien Reproduction: Like the mynocks, these things reproduce by splitting in two like an amoeba.
- Rent-a-Zilla: They are massive enough to swallow starships whole. They usually top at ten meters or so, but some have been known to reach up to nearly 900 meters.
- Silicon-Based Life: Described as being "more mineral than animal".
- Space "X": Justified in their case, as they live in the vacuum of space itself.
- Swallowed Whole: The fate of the ships, crews and creatures they catch. The largest ones have been known to house ecosystems in their bellies.
- Taken for Granite: They turn to stone when they die. Many asteroid caves are thought to be dead exogorths.
- That's No Moon!: While trying to escape the Empire, Han lands the Millennium Falcon inside the stomach of one, mistaking its mouth for a cave on an asteroid.
A quadrupedal species found on Cantonica. They are used like racing horses in the casino city of Canto Bight.
- Animal Stampede: Invoked. Finn and Rose free the captive fathiers in Canto Bight, and they wreck the casinos and the streets in their escape.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: Rose points out that the rich residents of Canto Bight are terrible people, and backs it up by showing Finn how they abuse the fathiers (large, four-legged mammals) on the island. Sure enough, one of the fathiers is seen with wounds on its neck before it is freed.
- Horse of a Different Color: The Fathiers are long-eared quadrupedal mammals that could be tamed and used for riding. Fittingly enough, the rich people of Canto Bight have bets revolving around fathier-racing.
- Mega Neko: They resemble giant cats.
Homeworld: Naboo, Onderon
- Alien Lunch: According to the The Clone Wars episode "Missing in Action", these guys are edible. The Sullustan chef Borkus made a dish called "Fambaa delight" with their meat.
- The Big Guy: They're among the biggest land-dwelling creatures in Naboo.
- Cryptic Background Reference: How they and the Falumpasets got to Onderon remains unexplored. Biologists believed they were originally brought to the planet by Nabooan merchants, but there was not enough fossil evidence to support this hypothesis.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Technically an amphibian, but its design has enough dinosaurian influences for this trope to apply.
- Horse of a Different Color: Used as beasts of burden and steeds of war by the Gungans, who equipped them with booma cannons and shield generators for their battle against the Separatist droid army.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: A large dinosaur/lizard-looking being with elephantine legs that is also an amphibian.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends Fambaas are stated to be herbivores and gregarious beings which move on massive herds.
- Stock Sound Effects: Their calls are reused from the Bantha.
Nocturnal, carnivorous predators native to the planet Anaxes, a nest of which survived the planet's destruction to live on in an abandoned Republic base.
- Explosive Breeder: As confirmed by Word of God, they breed very quickly.
- Super-Persistent Predator: In "Out of Darkness", they go through waves of blaster fire and explosions to try and get at Hera and Sabine. Probably justified in that since their planet's destruction, there hasn't been much to eat.
- Weakened by the Light: They can't stand direct sunlight, although they don't have the same problem with artificial light.
Frog-like creatures with piranha-like teeth. They are considered a yummy delicacy by many alien species and are used as bait for the aquatic creatures in the oceans of Castilon.
- "You look strong enough to pull the ears off a gundark."—Han Solo
Powerful and ferocious predators from the world of Vanqor, Gundarks had quite a fearsome reputation across the galaxy.
- Absurdly Sharp Claws: They've got 16 of 'em overall!
- Ax-Crazy: Oh yeah. These guys make Rancors seem like kittens.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Their legs are nothing more than a pair of sharp claws, and they instead mostly move using their muscular forearms.
- Canon Immigrant: While they were already canon due to being mentioned in the movies, their physical appeareance is based on Legends depictions.
- The Dreaded: Considered one of the most intimidating and violent creatures in the galaxy, and they certainly back it up with their behavior. Even Obi-Wan and Anakin, two seasoned jedi knights, seem suitably terrified when they encounter one of these things.
- Fluffy the Terrible: In Rebels Magazine a female Gundark owned by the Sneevel crime lord Skraik is named "Gigi".
- Hair-Trigger Temper: They can fly into a rage at the smallest provocation, making them particularly lethal.
- Hold Your Hippogriffs: Telling someone that they're "strong enough to pull the ears off a Gundark" meant they were quite healthy and phisically strong.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: It has a bat-like head with pointy ears, a lionine mane, six limbs like an insect and a vaguely humanoid-looking body.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: They have four arms, one pair significantly more muscular than the other.
- Noodle Incident: Prior to Attack of the Clones, Obi-Wan and Anakin apparently already had an encounter with these guys.
- Schrödinger's Canon: Legends sources state that, for all their low intelligence, Gundarks could equip single tools such as clubs and lived in well-organized family units inside caves or hollowed-out trees. There were also several subspecies of Gundarks as well as some creatures named after them, not because of biological relations, but because they possessed equally surly temperaments.
- Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: They have two pairs of forearms and two legs which are pretty much long, sharp claws themselves.
Homeworld: Devaron, Jakku
A species of large, quadrupedal and squat herbivores, happabores had broad, porcine noses and thick armored skin which protected them from harsh climates. They were rather useful as beasts of burden and were widespread among many planets of the galaxy thanks to a long-forgotten colonization effort.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Happabores are very docile, but they will not hesitate to use their massive jaws and big tusks to defend themselves should the need arise.
- Full-Boar Action: It has some warthog influences on its design, and, while it is mostly calm, it will nonetheless fight with everything it has against its attackers.
- Horse of a Different Color: They could be used either as beasts of burden or mounts, and were quite durable.
- Messy Pig: Its design and behavior invokes this trope.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Overall resembles a short, squat mixture between a rhinoceros, with its armor, an elephant, with its legs, and a warthog, with its porcine nose and tusks.
- Nice Guy: They were very friendly, obedient animals, which made them very easy to domesticate.
Amphibious bipedal creatures native to Naboo. Gungans use them as mounts.
- Armless Biped: They have no obvious forelimbs.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Hadrosaurs were a primary influence on their design.
- Explosive Breeder: Female kaadus build their nests in muddy swamps and grassy plains, where they lay between 100 and 250 eggs at a time.
- Horse of a Different Color: Gungans use them as mounts.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: They look like armless and tailless bipedal hadrosaurs with a duck's head.
A popular pet among pirates. The Kowakian ape is a larger variant.
- Ax-Crazy: While monkey-lizards are seen as annoying pests with a sadistic streak by some, the apes are outright savage and have no qualms about eating people.
- The Hyena: One of the Kowakian monkey-lizard's most distinguishing trait is their frequent laughter and sadistic sense of humor.
- It Can Think: Despite usually being pets, monkey-lizards are quite intelligent and capable of operating machinery.
- No-Sell: The ape variant is not only larger, but capable of shrugging off blaster fire.
Giant, spider-like creatures native to the planet Atollon that antagonized the Rebellion when it tried to set up a base there. Strongly repulsed by the frequencies emitted by sensor beacons.
- Achilles' Heel: Their eyes.
- All Webbed Up: How they trap the Ghost. Oddly enough, they avert this with Rex — the one that grabs him simply traps him in its legs.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Krykna bodies are completely invulnerable to blasters, but they go down immediately if you shoot out their vulnerable eyes.
- Brown Note: The sensor beacons emit a noise that drives the krykna away, something the Rebels exploit to keep their base clear of them.
- Giant Spider: Radially symmetrical, but otherwise fairly standard.
- Go for the Eye: The only effective way of dealing with krykna (for most) is to shoot out their eyes. Doing that is harder than it sounds, so not many die that way.
- Immune to Bullets: The krykna are immune to blaster fire, even the turbolasers on the Ghost. Their eyes, however, are much softer. They are also vulnerable to lightsabers and grenades.
- Mythology Gag: The krykna are essentially identical to the Knobby White Spiders of the old Legends EU, just without the Planimal aspects.
- No-Sell: For an unspecified reason, the krykna are immune to Ezras attempts to tame them with the Force. Later episodes show that they are highly sensitive to negative emotion, making them very difficult but not impossible to tame.
Giant wolves native to Lothal. They have a history with the ancient people of Lothal and their ties to the Force.
For tropes specifically referring to Dume, see the Star Wars Other Force-Users and Beings page.
- Author Appeal: Rebels creator Dave Filoni really likes wolves, so he found a way to integrate them into the story.
- Badass Baritone: Powerful Force-sensitive creatures with the deepest voice in the series, and possibly in the whole of Star Wars.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Subverted. They have black sclera which makes them look scary, but at worst are simply wild and in some cases are downright benevolent.
- Blue and Orange Morality: They have some benevolence but ultimately they are still wolves and strange creatures first and foremost and have their own, alien view of the world and the Force, which can make it difficult to communicate and work with them. Best shown when Ezra is in a depression after Kanan's death: rather than acknowledge his grief, the wolves are outright angry at him for what they see as wasting Kanan's sacrifice. It's not even clear if they recognize grief as an emotion. At one point Zeb says he's glad they're on the rebels' side, at which point Ezra corrects him, saying they're on Lothal's side, and the rebels are only lucky that their goals coincide.
- Canis Major: Adults are at least bigger than an Imperial troop transport. The midseason trailer shows that there's an even bigger variety, who makes the others look like puppies and whose head alone is bigger than an adult human.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Ezra mentions them in a nursery rhyme and they can be seen on the art of the Temple on Lothal as well as in Ahsoka's psychological journey through Malachor. A whole pack finally shows up in season 4 as a key part of the storyline, as they represent the Force on Lothal.
- Color Motif: The ones we see most often are a trio made up of white, grey, and black wolves respectively, representing the different sides of the Force. The white one interacts the most with Kanan and Ezra, possibly because they are also light-aligned. And the giant one Ezra meets has all three colors mixed into its fur.
- Compelling Voice: The white wolf knocks out Sabine by simply telling her to sleep and when she wakes she has no memory of him.
- Creepy Good: Giant wolves with unnaturally deep voices, Sith-like eyes with black sclera, a penchant for Kubrick Stare and other visual tropes usually used for villains, and mind control and glamour powers. Thus far, they've been nothing but benevolent.
- Cruel to Be Kind: Their idea of helping Ezra come to terms with Kanan's death is to chase him, claim it's all his fault, and call him a coward, then when he finally breaks down talk him through the mourning process.
- Foil: To the Bendu. They're both powerful nature spirits with Blue and Orange Morality and normally neutral to sapient affairs forced into war. However the Bendu only does this so he can go back to sleep and attacks both sides not caring who they were as long as they leave while the loth-wolves are proactively helpful and on the side of the rebels due to the Empire's devastation of Lothal. The Bendu is a more sapient spirit with an animal side while the loth-wolves are animals with an unexpected sapient side, the Bendu seems less serious at first but then proves to be dangerous when pushed while the loth-wolves are very frightening but show their wiser side when needed. The best example is when Kanan calls them for inaction; while the Bendu is truly apathetic to their struggles and only gets involved out of spite, the loth-wolves were just stopping Kanan from making a mistake and tell him a better way to save Hera.
- Gaia's Vengeance: Implied. They don't show up in the flesh in Rebels until after Lothal's environment is in bad shape, and lothwolves and Lothal are hinted at being connected to the Force to some extent. They have an especially strong grudge against Governor Pryce, who was responsible for selling the planet to the Empire in the first place, and Ezra gets her cooperation by pointing out the loth-wolves will eat her unless she helps.
- Godzilla Threshold: They've let the rest of Lothal think they're extinct, using their powers to keep people from seeing them and forget them if they do. With the devastation of Lothal, that's no longer an option.
- Guttural Growler: Justified, their vocal cords don't accommodate Basic very well. They mainly stick to wolf vocalizations and body language, and when they do have to speak Basic they only speak one word at a time and it clearly takes effort.
- Messianic Archetype: The white lothwolf is Force-sensitive, hasn't appeared in a hundred years along with the rest of its species, represents Gaia's Vengeance, has a mysterious grand plan for Lothal against the Empire and thus it may be considered a Big Good, and its Force abilities include tangibility and teleportation depicted as Walk on Water.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Downplayed. Physically, they're wolves with reptilian scales, reptilian legs, and prehistoric bird feet, but otherwise, they're still identifiable being wolves but bigger.
- Nature Is Not Nice: Unlike Bendu, the wolves are very upfront about their violent, animalistic side and tend to put other rebels and even the Jedi on edge when they're unhappy and snarling at everyone. They've yet to actually hurt anyone, but that's largely because the rebels have mostly gone along with what they want, and Kanan mouthing off to one almost ends poorly before he backtracks. When Ezra tries to give up, they're openly antagonistic for the first time, chasing and beating him until he gets back into the fight.
- Nature Spirit: In a way, as they are animals but they are also the expression of Lothal's Force. Word of God is that this is based on the wolf's role as a keystone species in real life, as they influence hundreds of other species and the environment itself.
- Noble Wolf: Giant, mystical, and occasionally benevolent. The white wolf is gentle with Kanan and helps Sabine and Ezra escape.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Most Star Wars creatures are a "spirit of" rendition of their real-life counterparts. Loth-wolves are essentially giant wolves with only a few modifications.
- Not So Extinct: Ezra mentions that no one has seen a loth-wolf for a hundred years before he starts seeing one.
- Not So Stoic: In order to get Ezra to trust him, the white lothwolf reveals that it is allies with the white lothcat by having the latter appear on his back. The white lothcat wiggles its ears, and to indicate that this isn't some funny lothcat shenanigans again, the white lothwolf wiggles its ears as well to show that they're friends with each other.
- Sapient Steed: There are cave paintings of them being ridden and Ezra and Sabine ride one in "Flight of the Defender", but Ezra makes sure to get their permission first and they only allow it in emergencies.
- Shout-Out: The leader is white and looks very much like a Star Wars version of the wolves from Princess Mononoke. Their feet resemble the Forest Spirit from the same movie. Numerous scenes involving the lothwolves are homages to Princess Mononoke as well, such as during the teleportation scene, when we are given a camera shot of the white lothwolf's feet as it walks on water reflecting starry space being similar to a camera shot of the Forest Spirit's hooves as it walks against a black background with plant life simultaneously growing and dying in its footsteps.
- Walk on Water: During the teleportation scene in "Kindred", the white lothwolf is seen walking on water, which reflects the starry darkness of space.
- White Wolves Are Special: Loth-wolves are normally grey to black, plague farmers, and act more or less exactly like earth wolves. The white wolf, in contrast, has a spiritual connection to Ezra, can speak, and acts as the Noble Wolf.
Homeworld: Maires (homeworld), Jedha, Vodran
Also known as Bors, Mairans were large, tentacled mollusks with the ability to read minds which were usually used as a form of torture.
- All There in the Manual: The Doctor Aphra comics, namely the second part of The Catastrophe Con, first identify the species by their true name of Mairan. In addition, the 2018 reference book Star Wars: Alien Archive-Species Guide reveals they are native to Maires.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: It is currently unexplained how they are able to read the minds of sentients and devour their memories. Granted, their true diet is still unknown.
- Canon Immigrant: Mairans actually came from Legends, and originally made their debut in the sixth book of the Young Jedi Knights series, Lightsabers.
- Combat Tentacles: Their long, powerful tentacles allow them to restrain their prey and render them helpless.
- Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: They are giant extraterrestrial octopoids with the ability to read thoughts.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Bors can completely consume the memories of anyone unfortunate enough to encounter them, as poor Bodhi found out. Harra the hutt also claims a Gand bounty hunter drunk on jet juice once took a waif from Genhu to her own Bor, which wiped the girl's memories away.
- Lovecraft Lite: Huge, tentacled Starfish Aliens that can render you insane with their powers? Oh yeah. Thankfully, these guys are simply fauna, and are most definitely not horrifying deities. Plus, their effects do not seem to last very long, as Bodhi managed to come back to his senses upon hearing the word "pilot".
- Mind Probe: Their ability to read and eat away memories made them succesful as torture methods.
- Mind Rape: Given how poor Bodhi briefly ended up as a nervous, stuttering wreck after Saw had Bor Gullet probe the former Imperial's mind, we can only assume the way they read minds is most definitely not a pleasant experience.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Lightsabers, the sixth book of the Young Jedi Knights series, Mairans are shown to be largely aquatic and could only stay on land for long periods of time if showered periodically by tanks they wore on their backs (This does not seem to have been brought to the new canon, however). Despite their bestial appeareance, they were actually sentient Starfish Aliens that spoke in a musical language played on a shell flute but could speak Basic. In fact, the most famous member of the species, Gar Anstak, was a Jedi Master, albeit Force-sensitive Mairans were often shunned by their community. They also had a rivalry with the Hapans of Vergill.
- Uncertain Doom: Bor Gullet most likely met its end when the Death Star fired at Jedha on low power, considering it was still in the Catacombs of Cadera at that point.
The native predators of the savannahs of Maridun.
- Feathered Fiend: Four legged avian predators that will attack and eat anything they come across.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: They're essentially big cats reskinned as birds.
- Our Gryphons Are Different: They have a vulture-like head and neck, avian legs, the general body shape of a big cat, and no wings.
Quadrupedal animals from Naboo with a horn on their nose, Motts were herbivores that fed mainly on swamp vegetation.
- Alien Lunch: Their flesh was edible and could be consumed by sentients.
- Explosive Breeder: Motts have a high reproduction rate and can give birth to up to 15 babies per litter.
- Horn Attack: Fitting for an animal based on a rhinoceros.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Has the overall shape of a rhinoceros, with legs like those of primitive ungulates such as Eohippus and the snout of a hippopotamus.
- Rhino Rampage: Befitting their design, Motts may be herbivores, but they put their horns to good use and rely on them for defense, mating disputes and searching for food in the mud. In Obi-Wan and Anakin, issue II, it is revealed Obi-Wan once asked Anakin to try and tame an angry Mott with the Force.
- Schrödinger's Canon: According to Legends, Motts are also semi-aquatic in nature and are gregarious, living in groups of at least fifteen individuals.
Homeworld: Outer space
Large bat-like creatures that can live in the vacuum of space. They frequently attack ships and chew on the power cables.
- Alien Lunch: Ardennians love cooking them on barbecues.
- Bat Out of Hell: They resemble large bats with Lamprey Mouths
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Silicon-based lifeforms that eat power cables, live in the void of space, and reproduce by splitting in two.
- Bizarre Alien Reproduction: They reproduce by splitting in half, with each half growing into a new mynock.
- Giant Flyer: While not exactly giant, they're quite large.
- Hell Is That Noise: They can emit a very chilling and ear-piercing screech. It's actually created by playing some horse noises backwards.
- Lamprey Mouth: As seen when one lands on the windshield of the Falcon.
- No Biochemical Barriers: Despite being silicon-based, they can be eaten by carbon-based beings, provided enough seasoning.
- The Symbiote: They're found inside an exogorth and live off the things it eats.
- Silicon-Based Life: Described as such.
Homeworld: Orto Plutonia
Majestic felines from the frigid world of Orto Plutonia, Narglatches were considered sacred by the local Talz population and were used as mounts and as a source of food by them.
- Canon Immigrant: They first appeared in the now-Legends video game Star Wars Episode I: The Gungan Frontier before appearing in The Clone Wars.
- Horse of a Different Color: The Talz could tame and ride them for battle.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Looks like a big cat with a long, fish-like tail and a mane made of porcupine-like spines.
- Panthera Awesome: An extraterrestrial example.
- Reality Ensues: Escaped Narglatch cubs on Coruscant grew up to be adults and were a very dangerous invasive species for the planet's population.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Their cubs were usually considered very adorable and were kept as pets, but their ferocity increased as they matured, which led to many people getting rid of them.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends they could also be found on Naboo and were quite adaptable, being able to tolerate the radically different climates of Naboo and Orto Plutonia. Concept art from the Onderon arc also showed a Narglatch that had adapted to living in Onderon's jungles.
Homeworld: Outer space, Rugosa
A species of airborne and space-dwelling ray-like creatures of varying size, found on numerous planets and the vacuum of space alike.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: The space dwelling kind has been noted to be gas-eating.
- Extra Eyes: They have three eyes.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Some of those who live on planets are the size of large butterflies, likely being babies. They were particularly adorable when they peacefully flocked around Yoda on Rugosa and AP-5 in the middle of lonely outer space.
- Space Whale: Some live in nebulae and grow to gigantic sizes, although they look more like a cross between a manta ray and a deep-sea fish.
A feline predator native to Cholganna.
- Cats Are Mean: And by "mean", we mean "psychotically aggressive".
- Extra Eyes: Four of them.
- Glass Cannon: The creature's eventual downfall. It was quite strong, agile, and vicious, and certainly capable of doing a lot of damage, but it lacked bulk. A kick from Padmé sent it flying, and it was killed instantly when rammed by the reek.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: It has a head that resembles a deep sea fish crossed with a bear trap, the general body shape of a big cat, the tail of a rat, and a few spikes like those of a porcupine.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Its mouth is filled with hundreds of razor-like teeth.
Also known as "Arconan night terrors" and "sandborers". They are a species of nocturnal sand-boring worms native to Jakku. Mature specimens top 20 meters in length, although some are reputed to be much larger.
- Big Little Man: Only the creature's hammer-shaped head can be seen in The Force Awakens, observing BB-8 as he flees the First Order's attack. The whole creature appears in Forces of Destiny.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: The worms have mutliple tentacle-shaped tongues and a nasal horn-like limb that ends with a hammer-shaped head. Said head includes the Nightwatcher's eyes, it is used like a periscope when the beast is hiding under the sand.
- Call-Back: Their hammer-shaped heads give them a superficial resemblance to the sentient Arcona species, which earned them the alternate name of "Arconan night terrors". Indeed, the one we see in The Force Awakens (which may or may not be the same individual that Rey and BB-8 encounter later on) raises its head and turns it around while seeing BB-8 roll by in the same way as Hem Dazon, an Arcona patron of Chalmun's Cantina who is the first non-Jawa or non-Tusken alien to appear in A New Hope.
- Extreme Omnivore: They can eat anything, since their mouthparts can grind metal into scrap, and their stomachs generate acid to melt down anything they cannot digest.
- Fast Tunnelling: They move very fast under the sand.
- Hungry Menace: One of them tries to eat BB-8 in Forces of Destiny (after presumably following him since the First Order attack night in The Force Awakens), purely out of hunger. After saving BB-8 from the creature, Rey feeds the Nightwatcher with metal scrap.
- Sand Worm: They live in the sands of Jakku. They remain under the sands motionless, but at the slightest vibration from something moving on the surface, they spring up and snap onto their preys.
- Shout-Out: The sound the creature's head emits is a distorted "Kojima".
A small flightless bird native to the swamps of Naboo, these creatures are infamously stupid and have managed to immigrate to other planets such as Tatooine, Coruscant and Saleucami. They are often prized for their meat and eggs.
- Alien Lunch: While real-life chickens and chicken-like Tip-yip do exist in the world of Star Wars, Nunas are the most recurring analogue of chickens and other poultry birds and are thus a very appreciated food source. Mmmmm... Deep fried Nuna, anyone?
- Armless Biped: Bird-like animals with no front limbs.
- Butt-Monkey: Whenever these guys get screen time, something bad usually happens to them. In The Phantom Menace, Jabba the Hutt flicks one to its death off a balcony during the Boonta Eve Podrace for no reason. In Attack of the Clones, one of the monitors in the Outlander Club portrays a sport that involves droids throwing nunas as balls (appropriately called nuna-ball). In The Clone Wars, they are confirmed to be the Star Wars equivalent of chickens or turkeys, as they are sometimes portrayed as prepared meals.
Opee Sea Killer
A frightful sea monster that lives in Naboo's oceans.
- Chameleon Camouflage: The first time we "see" it, it's camouflaged as a rock and Obi-Wan manages to pilot the sub right past it without seeing it.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Looks like a mix of a crustacean and a deep sea fish, along with the tongue and eyes of a chameleon.
- Overly Long Tongue: Its tongue is similar to that of a frog or a chameleon.
- Sea Monster: One of the more well-known Star Wars examples. These ferocious, chimeric mixes of fish and crustacean are well over the size of a submarine, and the chance of encountering one of the beasts is one of the biggest dangers in crossing Naboo's subterranean oceans.
Diminutive coastal-dwelling avians from Ahch-To, males of this species were slightly larger than females. Baby porgs were known as porglets.
- Breakout Character: They became quite a sensation among the internet before their debut movie was even released thanks to their alien yet still adorable design.
- Black Bead Eyes: They have large, round black eyes reminiscent of rodents.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Concept art in The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, shows that originally, the porg investigating Luke's discarded lightsaber was supposed to accidentally activate it and blast through the head of one of his companions.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Porgs resemble real-life puffins with mammalian-like features, particularly in their eyes and their snouts. Their large eyes and white-fur color ending around between the eyes seems seal-like.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: According to one of the Tales From Wild Space comics, like real life crows, a group of porgs is called a "Murder".
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Their large eyes seem to have a permanent, pleading expression. They give these to Chewbacca after he's already cooked a few of them up for his dinner.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Director Rian Johnson has stated they were inspired by puffins found on Skellig Michael, the island where the scenes taking place at Ahch-To were filmed. There were so many puffins on the island that chasing them away from the shoot or digitally removing them would have been too time consuming—so they covered them over with flocks of Porgs.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Just look at those huge, soulful, pleading eyes!
- Small, Annoying Creature: Chewbacca regards one Porg as one while he's in the midst of flying the Millennium Falcon through a series of tense maneuvers, pushing it off of his dashboard when it starts shrilly chirping one time too many. Even disregarding this individual, a whole flock of porgs seems to have nested in the Falcon during its short time on Ahch-To — Chewie likely let them do out of remorse for killing and eating a few of them.
Homeworld: Outer space
Giant, whale-like, tentacled creatures that live in space, and who served as the inspiration for early starfarers in inventing the hyperdrive. Now, their survival is threatened by collisions with spaceships and companies mining the gases they depend on.
- Androcles' Lion: They might be large and dangerous, but help them and they will pay it back in spades. Ezra rescuing a pod of theirs results in hundreds of them, included several gigantic versions, arriving to destroy the Imperial blockade during the finale battle for Lothal.
- Bioluminescence Is Cool: Their tentacles flash with bioluminescent patterns when they prepare to enter hyperspace, and their eyes glow after they feed.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: They live in deep space, breathe by collecting stores of gas at special asteroids, and can travel through hyperspace.
- Chekhov's Gunman: After their initial appearance in season 2, hundreds appear with their largest members in tow to save the day in the series finale by disabling the Star Destroyers.
- Combat Tentacles: The larger members use their tentacles to grap and tear apart star destroyers.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The larger members of their species are capable of dealing these out to Star Destroyers, punching holes in them by ramming them, and destroying the Imperial blockade in less than a minute.
- Faster-Than-Light Travel: Purrgils are naturally able to enter hyperspace to achieve FTL travel, which they need to do in order to traverse the enormous distances they cross on their migrations. Millennia in the galaxy's past, it was this very same ability that inspired sapient civilizations to create artificial hyperdrives, in order to be able to travel across the galaxy like the purrgil do.
- Glowing Eyes: After they feed on enough Clouzon gas to be able to enter hyperspace, their eyes glow a bright light blue.
- Large and in Charge: The Purrgil King is noticeably larger than the rest of his pod.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Their have a whale-like front half, an octopus-like back half, catfish-like barbels and cuttlefish fins.
- Nature Is Not Nice: The purrgil fall into the "indifferent but still dangerous" category. They also ruthlessly kill (and might have eaten) the foreman who threatened their pod.
- Non-Malicious Monster: The purrgil cause accidents by crashing into ships and nearly rupture the Ghost's hull, but it's not out of malice. They're just big and in the way.
- Punny Names: Purrgil is a pun on catfish.
- Ramming Always Works: They have naturally thick hides that allow them to ram starships without suffering damage themselves. They're a menace in space lanes for this reason. The biger ones are tough enough to smash through the hull of a Star Destroyer.
- Space Whale: They lead nomadic lives in deep space, live in pods, store gas to breathe in a way reminiscent of a whale breaching in reverse, and can naturally achieve FTL spaceflight for massive migrations.
- Windows of the Soul: When Ezra connects with the purrgil and sees its thoughts of hyperspace, it's represented as hyperspace being shown in their eyes.
Rancors are large, bipedal reptilian carnivores prized by crime lords as trophies and indicators of power. With their long arms, gaping jaws full of sharp teeth and armored hides, they were formidable predators. Not all rancors are hostile. Jungle rancors on Felucia coexist peacefully with the native population.
- Eaten Alive: Some rancors eat their prey without bothering to kill them first.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Malakili, the Rancor Keeper, is inconsolable when his beloved pet is killed in front of him. You'd think he just lost his only child.
- Fed to the Beast: In the first and most iconic example in Star Wars, the rancor Jabba keeps is used as a means of execution and entertainment in his court.
- Gentle Giant: The jungle rancor subspecies from Felucia and Teth is rather calm and gets along quite well with the locals. It can be aggressive if attacked, though.
- Meaningful Name: Jabba's rancor is the first of these creatures to be seen, and it oozes rancor.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Described as a cross between a bear and a potato by its designers. There are also some gorilla influences as well, and its legs are quite elephantine.
- Named by the Adaptation: Jabba's rancor was nameless in the Legends continuity. In the canonical book Aftermath: Life Debt, the rancor's name is revealed to be Pateesa, the Huttese word for friend.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends, there were many more species of Rancor, such as the Bull Rancor, the Rancor-Dragon and the aquatic Tra'cor. In addition, a group of Force-sensitive humans known as the Witches of Dathomir as well as the Nightsisters were known to tame rancors and use them as mounts, and considered them an important part of their culture. In fact, rancors could be efficient steeds for those willing to train them. They could also be found on many other worlds aside from Dathomir, Felucia and Teth, such as Lehon (better known as Rakata Prime) and Carida.
- Tae Kwon Door: Luke kills Jabba's rancor by activating one of the gates in its pit while it is beneath it.
- Tragic Monster: Jabba's rancor was very mistreated and abused, and left many days (and maybe more) without eating in order to make it more hungry and thus vicious. We could say that its death by the hands of Luke was actually a Mercy Kill for it.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Their upper body is significantly larger than their lower.
- Turtle Power: Jungle rancors, a subspecies found on Felucia and Teth, resemble bipedal, gigantic Leatherback sea turtles.
Homeworld: Twon Ketee
Spherical creatures covered in eyes and tentacles and bearing a circular, jawless mouth, rathtars are extremely dangerous animals and were involved in something known as the Trillia Massacre.
- Bizarre Alien Locomotion: They roll, or drag themselves along by their tentacles.
- Combat Tentacles: Their multiple tentacles are only used to drag prey towards their maws.
- Explosive Breeder: Since they reproduce by fission, their numbers can quickly increase unless something is done to control the population. And given three rathtars are a serious problem... population control for rathtars is much easier said than done.
- Extreme Omnivore: They seem to have no problem eating cybernetics, given they chow down on the Guavian Death Gang's henchmen with no more difficulty than they do anything else.
- Giant Squid: They look very much like giant squids IN SPACE, but don't need to live in water.
- It Can Think: Rathtars are noted to get smarter the more of them there are around.
- Lamprey Mouth: They have circular jaws full of razor-sharp teeth.
- Noisy Nature: Rathtars scream, wail and roar as they get near food. They're pack hunters, so the noises are signals to other rathtars.
- Noodle Incident:
- The Trillia Massacre. Nothing is known about it except that these creatures were involved, and it was very bad.
- They were also implied to have eaten most of Han Solo's crew.
- Ascended to Carnivorism: By nature, the reek subsists on a vegetarian diet, but when bred for arena killings, they're fed meat. Of course, they die on a completely carnivorous diet, so they're given enough plant matter to survive.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: The reeks used in combat arenas, fed meat to make them more vicious and aggressive, become a deep red color. By contrast, reeks still in their wild, herbivorous state have brown, grey or yellow hides, more in line with what big herbivores naturally look like.
- Horse of a Different Color: Reeks are sometimes used as mounts. General Grievous, for instance, rode one in the Battle of Saleucami.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Has traits of a rhinoceros and a bull, with a dash of dicynodont in there too.
- Rhino Rampage: One massive horn on head? Check, along with two others on its cheeks. Nasty disposition? Check. Attacks by ramming? Yep, we got a rhino.
- Turns Red: They're not naturally red, but when fed meat, their skin turns that lovely shade.
A colossal cephalopod native to the waters of Castilon.
- Extra Eyes: Like most creatures native to Castilon, rokkna have a total of four eyes.
- Kraken and Leviathan: Adults such as Bibo's mother are big enough to pose a direct threat to the Colossus when enraged.
- Mama Bear: Bibo's mother goes on a rampage against the Colossus when her son goes missing, but relents when Neeku hands Bibo back to her.
- Monster Is a Mommy: In "Bibo", Team Fireball realizes that an adult is attacking the Colossus because she's trying to rescue her son. The drastic size difference between mother and offspring makes Neeku and Tam initially think Bibo's mother wants to eat him until they get a good look at her eyes.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Played with. Neeku finds young rokkna like Bibo adorable but his human friends find the stench unbearable or just find Bibo to be an annoying pest that gets in the way of their work (and not to mention eats metal, including droids like Bucket). Outside of that, Bibo looks like a more alien and slightly larger baby octopus and lacks some of the more terrifying features of his mother.
Sando Aqua Monster
Gigantic sea mammals living in the deep subterranean oceans of Naboo, Sandos firmly dominate the food chain of their abyssal home.
- Always a Bigger Fish: The Trope Namer "fish" (though it's more like a whale). As Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jar Jar Binks are trying to get from Otoh Gunga to the surface naboo capital city of Theed with a Gungan submarine, they're first attacked by an Opee Sea Killer, then by a Colo Claw Fish, both of which are devoured by a gargantuan Sando Aqua Monster.
- Big Eater: To maintain their huge bodies, Sandos need to eat constantly, devouring whole schools of fish and hunting other large sea monsters.
- Giant Equals Invincible: Plain blasters are used against one in Force of Destiny — "Monster Misunderstanding", and they don't seem to do any damage to the creature.
- Kraken and Leviathan: These things are huge, nearly seven times the length of a blue whale. The one in Phantom Menace dwarfed the other monsters seen — the Opee and Colo that already dwarfed the heroes' submarine by a fair margin — which fit comfortably in this beast's mouth, and it was able to tear off an Opee's head with one hand.
- Mama Bear: They're very protective of their offspring, as shown in Forces of Destiny.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: It's like a mix between a whale and a big cat, with fish-like gills and a tail.
- Monster Is a Mommy: In their appearence in Forces of Destiny one of them attacked a cargoport on the shores near Theed, because poachers had taken its calf and were hiding out in there with it.
- Rent-a-Zilla: Adults can be 200 meters long.
- Sea Monster: These things are far and away the biggest, most dangerous and most feared out of all the giant predators of Naboo's buried oceans.
- Slasher Smile: Seems to have a permanent one, due to how its face is designed.
The Sarlacc is a massive, largely immobile creature in the Great Pit of Carkoon on Tatooine, feeding on whatever falls into its pit.
- Antlion Monster: A gigantic version — the Sarlacc exhibits a good deal of similarity with the ant◊-lion◊, an insectoid predator that hides at the base of a shifting sand pit, waiting for other, smaller insects to slide in. However, they are much more mobile and aggressive when they are young.
- And I Must Scream: The Sarlacc's victims spend a solid millennium being digested alive while kept paralyzed in constant agony by a potent neurotoxin.
- Bizarre Alien Reproduction: Sarlacc males live parasitically on the larger females, increasing their own size at the cost of the females. On reaching the females original size, the male explodes into a cloud of spores, which travel through space to colonize new worlds.
- Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: The aggressively predatory Sarlaccs commonly seen are females — males are much smaller and live parasitically off their mates, increasing their own size at the females' expense before exploding in a cloud of spores.
- Combat Tentacles: Sarlaccs have long tentacles that they use to catch its prey.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Described as the fate of anyone eaten by the Sarlacc. To quote C-3PO:C-3PO: In its belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering as you are slowly digested over a... thousand years.
- Extreme Omnivore: It devours anything unfortunate enough to get within range of its tentacles.
- Killer Rabbit: While not large enough to swallow people whole and digest them alive yet, baby Sarlaccs are not only mobile, but incredibly vicious.
- Man-Eating Plant: The basic giant Venus Flytrap with tentacles version.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: It's presented like a large gaping mouth filled with three rows of sharp teeth.
- Non-Malicious Monster: It only eats the ones unfortunate enough to slip in the pit. In other cases it will leave you alone. That said, Legends portrayed it as being aware of its victims' suffering and even enjoying it as a semi-sentient being — while nothing says it does the same in the new canon, nothing says it doesn't either. However, baby Sarlaccs are shown to be pretty aggressive in the Galaxy's Edge comic.
- Swallowed Whole: Its prey is dragged into its maw alive and whole. Baby Sarlaccs, however, are too small to swallow most humanoids whole and opt to strip them to the bone.
Homeworld: Akkadese Maelstrom (Kessel sector)
A gigantic cephalopod living in the gas nebulas of the Akkadese Maelstrom near the Maw, the unstable and mostly unnavigable cluster of black holes located near Kessel.
- All There in the Manual: Its name comes from Solo: A Star Wars Story — The Official Guide.
- Always a Bigger Fish: The only way to get rid of one? Luring it into a black hole.
- Combat Tentacles: It has a large number of tentacles, and uses them to try to grab the Millennium Falcon.
- Eldritch Abomination: A gigantic abomination living in gas nebulas near a cluster of black holes.
- Electric Jellyfish: Its tentacles crackle with bio-electricity. It's so massive, of course, that its grasping at the Falcon almost resembles a lightning storm.
- Extra Eyes: It has a lot of eyes — at least a dozen or so — scattered around the front of its head.
- Giant Squid: Emphasis on giant — it's significantly bigger than most spaceships, and easily the biggest creature in the Star Wars canon. However, its general design is actually closer to a jellyfish than it is to a squid.
- Kraken and Leviathan: For all intents and purposes, the Summa-verminoth is a space-dwelling kraken. It has all the characteristics of the classic deep-sea terror — it's a colossal tentacled monster that will eagerly devour human-made vessels and greatly dwarfs the ships it preys on — but in space rather than in the sea. Of course, in Star Wars, Space Is an Ocean anyway.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: It has a large jaw with plenty of teeth.
- Out of the Frying Pan: The Millennium Falcon's crew successfully gets rid of a squadron of TIE fighters... only to bump into this creature.
- Rent-a-Zilla: This is probably the biggest creature ever seen in the Star Wars universe.
Bipedal, furry reptiles from Hoth, Tauntauns roam the frozen tundra in herds and are a favored prey of the Wampa. The Rebel Alliance domesticated some of these animals and used them as mounts when they established Echo Base on the icy planet.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: They look mostly mammalian, but have strong dinosaurian influences on their design, such as their bipedal, theropod-like stance.
- Herbivores Are Friendly: They feed on plants and are quite docile.
- Horse of a Different Color: They were used as mounts by the Rebel Alliance on Hoth.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: They have the body stance of a theropod dinosaur with a long tail, a ram-like head with horns and are covered in white fur.
- Non-Mammalian Hair: Beneath their fur, they have scaly skin.
Large flippered pinnipeds that can be found lying on the cliffs of the sacred temple island on Ahch-To. The females' udders produce a green milk, which Luke Skywalker and the Lanai harvest and drink.
- Alien Lunch: Female thala-sirens produced a nutritious green milk which was usually harvested by Luke and the local Lanai equally.
- All There in the Manual: The species' name is not mentioned in the film. It appeared in Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Tapir-like heads, desmostylian-like body and udders that can be milked like one would with cows.
- Sirens Are Mermaids: Or rather, sirens look like the inspiration for mermaids.
Homeworld: Stygeon Prime
A manta-like flying creature found on Stygeon Prime and Bilzen, among other planets. They are related to neebrays.
- The Cavalry:
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: In their first appearance, the jammer Sabine uses to hide the Phantom from Imperial scanners is the same as a tibidee mating call, leading to several of them humping the shuttle.
Homeworld: Coruscant, Lothal, Zardossa Stix
Small, cat-like animals found throughout the galaxy, often kept as pets or as pest control. The loth-cat is a specific breed of tooka native to the planet Lothal. Tookas are often kept aboard starships as pest/vermin control, such as pikobis.
- Break Out Character: Their popularity in the fandom has come with a couple of points in Rebels where they are relevant to the plot. Namely:
- In "Call to Action", Ezra uses the Force to make a loth-cat attack an Imperial probe droid in an attempt to destroy it in a way that won't make the Empire suspicious so he, Kanan and Sabine can sneak away unnoticed. It nearly works.
- In "Legacy", a white loth-cat leads Ezra into discovering what happened to his parents, as well as meeting Governor Azadi. It returns in Season 4 as a part of the Lothal nursery rhyme prophecy.
- In "Through Imperial Eyes", Thrawn is able to deduce that Kallus has had a HeelFace Turn and is the Reverse Mole, thanks to Sabine's loth-cat art.
- Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": They are referred to as cats but their faces more resemble some kind of frog-primate hybrid.
- The Cameo: Briefly appears in "An Inside Man" during the walker scene, after having been unseen for about half a season due to the story taking place mostly off of Lothal.
- Cats Are Mean: They're not necessarily evil, but loth-cats at least have terrible tempers, and are very aggressive.
- Chekhov's Gunman: After being left behind with no comment in "A Princess On Lothal", the white lothcat returns in Season 4. It turns out that it's not Azadi's pet, but rather a manifestation of the Force, along with the white lothwolf.
- Cute Kitten: Unless you agitate them, which then becomes Ugly Cute until they rip your face off.
- Killer Rabbit: They're easily temperamental, and apparently, they've attacked a farm once.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Kind of. It's not as many as a shark's or anything like that, but it has a big mouth that lets you see its set of teeth if you somehow tick one off. According to All There in the Manual, they have 28 teeth.
- Noodle Incident: A Freeze-Frame Bonus/Bilingual Bonus in the news broadcast for "Empire Day" reports that a farm got attacked by loth-cats.
- The brown lothcats resemble the fox squirrels from Castle in the Sky. Given the Star Wars cartoons have made Shout Outs to anime including Studio Ghibli works before, this seems deliberate.
- Whenever Ezra sees the white lothcat, he believes that he should follow it. Follow the white lothcat, anyone? Also, the first time he saw it, it became a Down the Rabbit Hole of sorts, since Ezra began to fall to the Dark side after discovering what the white lothcat had led him to.
- Tuckerization: "Tooka" is derived from "Tuuk", the name of Dave Filoni's deceased cat.
Large reptavians that act as steeds for desert travelers, found on Utapau. One female varactyl, Boga, served as a mount for Obi-Wan Kenobi during the Battle of Utapau at the end of the Clone Wars.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: They're covered in bright, green and blue feathers and scales.
- Horse of a Different Color: Gigantic, quadrupedal feathered lizards used as mounts on an alien world.
- Mama Bear: Towards their riders.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Like all reptavians, they have traits of both reptiles and birds. In this case, they have bodies like giant lizards and brightly colored feathers.
- Uncertain Doom: Boga was last seen getting knocked into the bottom of the Pau City sinkhole along with Obi-Wan when Order 66 was executed. Obi-Wan survived the fall, but Boga's fate is unclear (she is said to have survived both the shot from the AT-TE's cannon and the fall in Legends).
Crystalline foxes native to Crait.
- Fantastic Foxes: These white, crystalline foxes appear benevolent. While they don't actively help anyone, they play a minor but important role in the final act of The Last Jedi, leading the Resistance remnants out of the base.
- Foreboding Fleeing Flock: Inverted. When the Vulptex herd flees the Resistance base on Crait, it's not treated as an omen but as a sign of hope — because they didn't leave through the front door, there must be another exit that the remaining Resistance members can use.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Vulptices (singular Vulptex) are elegant-looking crystalline foxes native to Crait.
The primary predator of the planet Hoth, a large, white-furred beast that will attack people if it has the opportunity, but primarily dines on tauntauns.
- An Arm and a Leg: Luke cuts the arm off of the one that captured him.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: The wampas' apelike bodies, long white fur and frigid home climate, combined with their horns and solid black eyes, make them look like nothing so much as demonic yetis.
- Horned Humanoid: They are vaguely humanoid, and have two horns on the sides of their head that point towards their mouth.
- To Serve Man: The one that caught Luke was certainly willing to eat him.
- Ursine Aliens: Polar bears seem to have been the primary influence in their design.
A large flying predator native to Iego. They haunt the planet's deep canyons.
- Bat Out of Hell: An extraterrestrial example. Ironically enough, it lives on the same planet as the Angels.
- Extra Eyes: Each one has at least six.
- Giant Flyer: They're about two to three times the size of a large human, enabling Anakin and Obi-Wan to use one as a shortcut down to the canyon floor.
- Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: The Xandu not only has big wings, but it also sports a pair of lanky, long arms on its vaguely humanoid body.