Individuals in Star Wars society differentiate between species, that is for sure. The Galactic Empire discriminates against non-humans. However, does the concept of race/ethnic relations exist in-universe? Does Han perceive Lando as "different" or does he see Lando as purely "just another human"?

Besides human races, which we can identify due to real world experience, do we know of other races/ethnicities in other species in-universe?

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    See Was Boss Nass a Gungan? for an example of something similar to races/ethnicities within species.
    – phantom42
    Jan 30, 2016 at 16:56
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    Racial distinctions on Earth are based on local climate conditions and the fact that groups of people lived in a specific area for thousands of years without much interaction with outsiders. Since the last hundred years or so has made free movement around the globe possible for all, we may see more and more blending of characteristics as we intermarry. An interesting question is, on a planet like Tatooine with one climate, would different races even develop?
    – CigarDoug
    Jan 30, 2016 at 17:38
  • @CigarDoug I think that can be answered by first asking: Are there multiple races/ethnicities in Africa? Jan 31, 2016 at 4:02
  • You might also want to look into how perceptions of "race" have changed in the last few hundred years on Earth. There was a time when people acted like an island the size of Britain alone was home to multiple difference "races" and would claim to be able to identify e.g. a Cornishman, by appearance. Nowadays, almost everyone lumps all Europeans together as a single unit.
    – user36551
    Jan 31, 2016 at 16:53
  • @thegreatjedi if you use the three race categorization I learned in school (negroid, caucasiod, mongoloid); then no. But I have always asked the question: What are Mexicans and Latin Americans? What are Egyptians? What are Arabs? Clearly Arabs look different than African blacks, but they are considered white, right? Asians definitely look different from each other as well. You wouldn't mistake a Samoan for a Thai.
    – CigarDoug
    Feb 1, 2016 at 12:08

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In the films (and canon cartoons) a number of species seem to have races based on differences in skin colours.

These include:


Twi'leks definitely appear to have different races with big varieties in skin colours and lekku shapes.

Oola - Return of the Jedi

oola 1

Aayla Secura - Attack of the Clones & Revenge of the Sith

ayla secura 2

Orn Free Taa - The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones & Revenge of the Sith

Twi'lek 3

Bib Fortuna - Return of the Jedi

bib fortuna


Togruta also appear to have races based on differences in skin colour, all on the red side of the spectrum (reds, oranges, yellows).

Ahsoka Tano - Rebels

ashoka tano

Shaak Ti - Attack of the Clones & Revenge of the Sith

shak ti


Humans are displayed as a variety of races, Black, Caucasian, Asian.

Lando Calrissian - The Empire Strikes Back & The Return of the Jedi


Mace Windu - The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones & Revenge of the Sith

mace Windu

Obi-Wan Kenobi - All the films in one form or another

the Kenobi

Han Solo - A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi & The Force Awakens

shooting first

Kanjiklub - The Force Awakens


Nothing ever seems to be mentioned regarding races. One would assume with a wide variety of species throughout the galaxy racism within species would have given way to speciesism against those with far greater differences than mere skin colour.

  • Could you include names of all characters pictured, and perhaps movie or show they appear in.
    – user31178
    Jan 30, 2016 at 20:21
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    @CreationEdge done Jan 30, 2016 at 20:51
  • Darth Maul's heavy Tattooing was not a normal cultural practice as I remember. They were applied as a baby with his brother Opress.
    – user45549
    Jan 30, 2016 at 22:47
  • If the pictures of Orn Free Taa and Bib Fortunate are anything to go by, Twi’leks also differ according to race in number of digits—Bib seems to have only four fingers (unless there's an extra one that's just cleverly hidden). Jan 31, 2016 at 2:45
  • Afaik Zabraks aren't Nightbrothers. And Maul's appearance is the result of Mother Talzin's magic Jan 31, 2016 at 4:05

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