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Pyke Syndicate
Also known as the Pyke Family, it was a spice cartel predominantly run by the Pyke species based on Oba Diah. They were a major figure in the spice trade, ensuring the flow of the deadly drug from the mines of Kessel to other worlds such as Coruscant, while hiring smugglers and freighter captains for Kessel Runs. During the Clone Wars, they were part of Darth Maul's Shadow Collective. During the early years of the Empire, they also mined coaxium on Kessel.

    In General 
  • Ambiguously Human: The Pyke Sentinels on Kessel in Solo wear armor and helmets that could be worn by almost any humanoid species, making it unclear if they are members of the Pyke species (accounting for live-action design changes suggested by Quay Tolsite) or if the Syndicate employs other species in roles besides smugglers or mercenaries. Given that overseeing the spice mines would be an enviable position if not for the fact that Kessel's atmosphere is harmful to Pykes (Quay Tolsite is one of those exceptions brave enough to go down there), it may be more practical to employ other species. (The protective gear has more to do with the fact they are constantly working around a substance that is harmful to any species with prolonged exposure)
  • Fantastic Drug: Kessel Spice is this. Some of their leaders also happen to be addicted to it.
  • The Greys: The Pyke species is shown in The Clone Wars to be tall and slender in comparison to the average humanoid, have skin tones that range from grey to green, have pupil-less, almond-shaped eyes, and have large, elongated heads with relatively small faces. As a result, members of other species initially find them unnerving and take getting used to. Solo has depicted them with more humanlike builds to accommodate for being played by live actors, but it's suggested they still have roughly the same design to their heads.
  • Hero Killer: They orchestrated the death of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas.
  • Irony: The Pykes are a key player in the spice trade and some of their leaders are spice addicts, but the atmosphere of Kessel, a world where spice is heavily abundant and they have a monopoly on, is incredibly lethal to Pyke physiology that most would rather not be stationed there.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Some Pykes (usually henchmen) wear metallic masks that cover up their relatively small faces on their large heads. Some of their leaders wear more elaborate masks. The Sentinels on Kessel wear protective gear that make it difficult to tell what species they are.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: They are one of most influential groups of spice dealers in the galaxy, having a lot of armed thugs and control over the spice mines of Kessel. Once the Empire rose to power, they got along well enough that even though the Pykes are a crime syndicate, the Empire was willing to lend aid when they got word of slave rebellion in the mines.
  • Only in It for the Money: The only reasons they join the Shadow Collective are that it was an opportunity for profit and they didn't want to get on Darth Maul's bad side after he strong-armed the Black Sun syndicate into joining, thinking he'd be coming to recruit them eventually. The Pykes (alongside Black Sun) only desert once it's become apparent that Maul has made some very powerful enemies from both the Republic and the Separatists and it's not worth getting paid for.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: They use slaves in the mines of Kessel, and mistreat them accordingly.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: They are not seen or mentioned in any of the Prequel films and were merely hired thugs for their part, but by carrying out the assassination of Sifo-Dyas, Count Dooku was able to worm his way into the development of the Grand Army of the Republic, thus enabling the fall of the Jedi Order and the rise of the Galactic Empire.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Inverted in Solo. Introduced in The Clone Wars, the Pykes all spoke Basic like almost every other alien character in the show (including those that previously didn't in the films). In Solo, the Pykes are only seen speaking their own language.

    Lom Pyke 

Lom Pyke

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Species: Pyke

Homeworld: Oba Diah

Voiced by: Matt Lanter
Appearances: The Clone Wars

"Underworld's a small community. I have no desire to oppose you. We come to join you."

A leader of the Pyke Syndicate during the Clone Wars and the broker of the syndicate's alliance with Darth Maul's Shadow Collective. Ten years before the war, the Pykes under his leadership were paid by a man named Tyranus to kill Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas.


  • Affably Evil: When Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi introduce themselves to him on Oba Diah, he offers them some drinks. When Anakin pressures him into telling him everything he knows about Sifo-Dyas, he immediately confirms that he has what they are looking for after he realizes they aren't buying his Implausible Deniability and they figure out the pieces of the puzzle about what really happened to Valorum's aide, Silman.
  • Ascended Extra: He was one of the crime syndicate leaders recruited by Darth Maul in Season 5's Shadow Collective arc before playing a major (and final) role in Season 6's "The Lost One".
  • A Dog Named "Dog": An unusual example in that Pyke is also his surname, making it a non-Funny Animal version of Species Surname as well. The Databank and the episodes he appears (as well as the credits) simply call him Lom (with his surname appearing in the novelization of the Shadow Collective arc), possibly to avoid cases of this trope.
  • Asshole Victim: He may have been willing to team up with Anakin and Obi-Wan to take down Count Dooku and died in the process, but in addition to being leader of a drug cartel, he also previously worked with Dooku to kill Sifo-Dyas, held a former Chancellor's aide hostage for a decade and tried to use said aide as leverage for a pardon for the murder.
  • Enemy Mine: He and the Pyke Syndicate form one with Anakin and Obi-Wan in an attempt to eliminate Count Dooku. Not that it did them any good.
  • Functional Addict: As indicated from the stains on his lips and finger tips, he's apparently a spice addict and is introduced to Anakin and Obi-Wan while smoking the substance. However, this addiction doesn't seem to affect his efficiency in the Pykes' operations.
  • Implausible Deniability: He initially tries to deny knowing anything about what happened with Sifo-Dyas, but his denial falls flat in the face of all the evidence the Jedi have gathered, testimony from former Chancellor Valorum and casually wearing Silman's necklace in front of his audience. He immediately confesses once it's apparent he can't hide it anymore.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: He and the Pyke Syndicate have gotten off scot-free for the assassination of Sifo-Dyas for twelve years. When Anakin and Obi-Wan come to Oba Diah investigating Sifo-Dyas' death, he tries to extend his warranty by handing over a now-insane Silman (who they were holding as leverage in case they were found out) in exchange for forgetting their involvement in Sifo-Dyas' death. However, Tyranus, the man who paid them to kill Sifo-Dyas, comes to Oba Diah shortly after and kills Lom in the process of tying up some loose ends with the Sith plot.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Unlike the other crime syndicates Darth Maul recruited by force for the Shadow Collective, the Pyke Syndicate came right to them after hearing about what they did to Black Sun and joined them without resistance, expressing no desire to oppose Maul. Similarly, once he realized the Jedi knew the Pykes were involved in Sifo-Dyas's death, he stopped feigning ignorance on the matter and told them everything he knew.
  • Mr. Exposition: He provides some of the truth on how Sifo-Dyas really died. May fall into Unreliable Expositor territory as well, since he's clearly high on spice during the exposition.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He was rightfully suspicious of Tyranus in him hiring the Pykes to kill Sifo-Dyas. As such, he kept Silman's unexpected survival a secret from Tyranus and held him as a potential leverage for more than ten years in case the Republic or Jedi Order found out about their involvement. Unfortunately, this didn't stop Tyranus from stopping by Oba Diah after he was alerted to the Jedi coming across some loose ends.
  • Spanner in the Works: By name-calling Tyranus during his lightsaber duel with Anakin and Obi-Wan, he indirectly revealed to the Jedi Order that Count Dooku and Tyranus are the same person, and by extension, let the Jedi know that the Sith were behind the creation of the clone army and lead Yoda to eventually discover the secrets to immortality and pass on his knowledge to future generations. In other words, the Sith plot was derailed partially as a result of a drug lord recognizing Dooku.
  • Would Hurt a Child: During the staged criminal attack on Mandalore, some of his thugs can be seen attempting to threaten Mandalorian children before Death Watch "comes to the rescue".

    Marg Krim 

Marg Krim

Species: Pyke

Appearances: Dark Disciple

One of the Pyke Syndicate's leaders in the wake of Lom's death. However, he gets into a feud with the Black Sun when he refuses a merger between their syndicates, leading to Black Sun kidnapping his family to use as a bargaining chip. In response, he hires the bounty hunters, Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos to rescue them.


  • 0% Approval Rating: The reason he hires bounty hunters to rescue his family from Mustafar is that he doesn't trust his own men to do the job, as most of them were in favor of the Black Sun merger and think he's a weak leader in general.
  • Cool Mask: He's described wearing a metallic mask similar to the other Pyke enforcers, but looks like the rays of a sun or the plumes of a bird. He wears this mask to hide his emotions from outside contractors.
  • Did Not Think This Through: His family is successfully rescued, but didn't think of his bounty hunters running into complications during the rescue, Ziton Moj noticing that his hostages were liberated and being left alive. And it's public knowledge that the Pyke Syndicate operates on Oba Diah.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: When contracting Ventress and Vos for the rescue of his family, he seems to be drugging himself with spice to cope with the stress of having his family kidnapped and his inability to keep his men in check.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He may be a drug lord, but he loves his wife, son and daughter very much and his willing to save their lives while trying to preserve the integrity of his crime syndicate.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Vos and Ventress successfully bring his family back to Oba Diah, but as soon as the hunters are ready to jump into hyperspace with their payment, a fleet of Black Sun ships jumps into the system to presumably kill Krim's family in retaliation.
  • Token Good Teammate: He's still a criminal, but aside from his family, he is the only Pyke character so far to be portrayed in a remotely sympathetic light.
  • Uncertain Doom: His family was most likely executed in front of him when Black Sun arrived at Oba Diah with a fleet of ships. However, Krim is unacknowledged in Son of Dathomir while his majordomo is in a command position in the Shadow Collective. Given that he was in a state of anxiety over his family's kidnapping in the first place, if Black Sun didn't kill him as part of their retaliation or his disloyal underlings didn't turn on him, he likely stepped down out of despair or was Driven to Suicide.

    Fife 

Fife

Species: Pyke

The majordomo to Marg Krim and Maul's contact between the Shadow Collective and the syndicate after Lom's death.


  • Ambiguous Situation: He seems to have been promoted to a leadership position in Son of Dathomir (chronologically taking place after the first half of Dark Disciple). And it's unknown if he stayed loyal to Krim in the wake of Black Sun's retaliation.
  • Off-Model: Presuming that it's supposed to be him, he looks drastically different between his appearances in Son of Dathomir Issue #2 and #4 (now wearing a face-concealing mask).
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He and the rest of the Pyke forces desert Maul in Son of Dathomir #4 rather than stay and fight overwhelming Separatist droid armies for an unprofitable cause.
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    Quay Tolsite 

Quay Tolsite

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Species: Pyke

Portrayed by: Dee Tails
Appearances: Solo

A sinister capo of the Pyke Syndicate who oversees the syndicate's operations on Kessel.


  • Asshole Victim: He is killed by Qi'ra giving him a taste of her Teräs Käsi skills (presumably damaging his life-support) in the process of a coaxium heist. Any pity for him is lost when you consider that he is both an immoral drug dealer and a slave driver.
  • Bad Boss: Described in the Visual Guide as caring more for profit and willing to turn a blind eye to the suffering of the mine workers, whether it be through simple cruelty or negligence in the mines.
  • Continuity Nod: The first Pyke seen on-screen since The Clone Wars. The fact that he works on the spice mines of Kessel also references the fact established in Clone Wars that Pykes are spice traders.
  • Eye Lights Out: Non-robot example. When Qi'ra kills him, the eye-lights on his helmet go out.
  • The Faceless: We never get to see what Tolsite looks like underneath his helmet. Justified as he's operating on a planet with an atmosphere too lethal for Pykes to naturally survive in, so taking it off would be a death sentence. The closest we get to seeing his face is his concept art in The Art of Solo.
  • Kryptonite-Proof Suit: Pykes are capable of safely breathing oxygen, but Kessel's corrosive atmosphere triggers allergic reactions in Pykes, and as such, few of them are willing to have a position in the spice mines. Being one of those few Pykes, Tolsite wears a life-support suit, and he dies immediately when Qi'ra damages it through use of Teräs Käsi.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Pykes are normally depicted as scrawny, to the point of almost looking like The Greys. A result of live-action design adjustments, Quay's build is more human-like compared to the Pykes shown in The Clone Wars, his neck doesn't seem to be as long, he has hands with five-fingers instead of three, and his head isn't quite as bulbous. Concept art of the character unmasked in The Art of Solo and the Visual Guide stating his helmet is designed to mimic his skull suggests his head structure is almost exactly like the TCW Pykes except for being noseless and having a more fish-like mouth. Then again, since all the previous Pykes didn't wear protective suits, and his hands appear to be at least partially mechanical, it's possible that some or most of his body is cybernetics.
  • The Unintelligible: He speaks only in what is presumably the Pyke language on-screen, with L3-37 translating everything he says.

    Kessel Operations Droids 

Kessel Operations Droids

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Appearances: Solo

A team of droids who work in the control hub of the Pyke Syndicate's mining operations on Kessel.


  • Cyber Cyclops: Have this look, with the exposed gray metal serving as the "face" and the single hole serving as the "eye".


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