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I have been a fan of Star Wars for almost half my life now and I don't recall ever witnessing any proof of the Wookiees' reputation. How has this managed to go unnoticed? Not even a single named Vong?

Canon and Legends both accepted.

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    Not all Wookiees just Chewie listed here: scifi.stackexchange.com/a/103796/22917 – Often Right Jan 13 '16 at 8:28
  • @N_Soong but if it's just Chewie, Han would have said "Chewie" instead of "Wookie". Quite clearly Han is making a reference to species. – thegreatjedi Jan 13 '16 at 8:29
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    exactly, which is why I didn't say this was a dupe 😉 – Often Right Jan 13 '16 at 8:30
  • however, we'll see what comes out of this question whether he may have been making an unfounded generalisation – Often Right Jan 13 '16 at 8:38
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    @N_Soong In Legends, Han was a former stormtrooper who broke Chewie out of slavery. In canon, Han was raised by Wookies. I would guess this is likely borne out of observation in routine life, or learnt from nights of Wookie storytelling. – thegreatjedi Jan 13 '16 at 8:52
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Disney Canon:

  • Unkar Plutt (Chewie) - "The Force Awakens" novelization by Foster (but not in theater film release).

    Grabbing the thrusting arm, a roaring Chewbacca twisted and ripped it off at the shoulder, throwing the dismembered limb clear across the room. Looking down at himself, Plutt let out a scream of agony

EU/Legends:

  • Trandoshan named Ssoh (Chewie).

    There were a couple of unnamed droids but they don't count as per the question's title.

    Hat/tip: this awesome answer

  • Larrad Shrike (Dewlanna). Details in my answer here.

    Wasn't quite ripped off, just broken, but matters because that was the first - and most important - attempt in EU to retcon that famous line from ANH.

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