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Top 10 Coolest Star Wars Aliens

There’s no denying it: without the influence of George Lucas’ masterpiece, the original Star Wars trilogy, on the Sci-Fi genre as a whole, it’s easy to assume that many films -if not all in the arena- would look significantly different. Lucas was given a chance by 20th Century Fox after many, many failed attempts to get his ‘Space Opera’ off the ground, and once he did, it took the movie industry by storm offering him the opportunity to continue his dream for 2 more films. Eventually, he’d go on to create another trilogy, granted not quite as stunning as the first, that would more or less wrap up the entire story. Thanks to Star Wars’ commercial success, we’ve been privy to all the merchandise it’s been able to generate and have seen some of the most creative and amazing toys put to plastic. Throughout the films there has been a slew of outlandish and amazing aliens and monsters from unknown galaxies, and each movie has a set few that really steal the focus. And that is what this list is all about: The Top Ten Aliens From the Original Star Wars Trilogy. I hope you enjoy. In case you couldn’t guess for yourselves, I am a rabid fan and have even gone so far as to name my children after characters from the franchise. A stipulation for me for this one was that none of these ‘aliens’ were ‘main’ characters who appeared in all three movies, which, as you’ll see, leaves Chewbacca out. Have fun!

10. Ewoks

Ewok

Hailing from Endor, or, if you’re a stickler, a moon of Endor also, coincidentally enough, called Endor, the teddy bear-like Ewoks turn out to be quite the little allies and serve, in their own little way, to turn the tide on the Empire. Standing basically knee-high, the Ewoks are a primitive race specializing in antique weaponry and the ability to hide just about anywhere. During The Battle of Endor, many of these miniature marauders lost their lives and the audience was actually witness to one such tragic event after an explosion on the forest floor. Regardless of their aid to the heroes, many viewers and fans can’t stand the little Muppets and vehemently refuse to bend on this.

A Little Bit of Trivia: Did you know that Endor was originally written as Kashyyyk, the home of the Wookies? Budget constraints and re-writes paved the way for the Ewoks instead and fans would have to wait until the new trilogy to get a glimpse of Kashyyyk.

9. Tauntauns

Tauntaun

“And I thought they smelled bad on the outside!” quips Han Solo as he slices the gut of one such creature to save the life of his pal, Luke Skywalker. Looking like a mix between a kangaroo, a Tyranosaurus rex, and a ram, Tauntauns served the Rebel fighters on Hoth as beasts of burden and riding mounts. Able to withstand frigid temperatures, for the most part, Tauntauns were loyal, horse-like, and relatively docile and dumb. We bare witness to one of these creature’s untimely demise at the hands of another Hoth beast, the Wampa.

A Little Bit of Trivia: Did you know that Tauntauns were all stop-motion animation for the far-away shots? Up close, the were hand puppets and dressed dummies. This was odd because in a previous movie, real elephants were used for the mounts of the Tusken Raiders.


8. Dianoga

Dianoga

Luke Skywalker almost took an early exit to the series of adventures he’d eventually be a part of to the tentacles this nasty critter. The dianoga, or garbage squid, resembles a miniature sea-faring ‘dinosaur’ with a tube-like body and one leering eye on a stalk jutting from its serpentine neck. Most feed exclusively on the human food waste tossed into garbage smashers, but when threatened they will attack and Luke got the full brunt of his particular aggressor’s instincts.

A Little Bit of Trivia: Did you know that Meg, the oft abused daughter on Family Guy, portrayed the Dianoga in their ‘Blue Harvest’ tribute to Star Wars earlier this year?

7. B’omarr Monks

Bomarr

These creepy brain spiders were seen wandering aimlessly throughout Jabba’s Palace in the early scenes of Return of the Jedi. The B’omarr Order, which consisted of the B’omarr Monks, was a mysterious religious order that moved to the Tatooine. The B’omarr believed that cutting themselves off from all physical sensation would further their studies, and allow them to ponder the galaxy and achieve enlightenment. To this end, his brain was removed through a special procedure, and was placed in a nutrient-filled jar. When they did need to travel around their monastery, the brains were transferred into special ‘spider droids.

A Little Bit of Trivia: If you’ve ever played LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, these quick little arachnids can be used as mounts if necessary.


6. Mynocks

Mynock

After escaping a dangerous fleet of TIE-Fighters through an equally dangerous asteroid field, Han Solo and company cruise into a giant space rock with hopes of avoiding any more Imperial entanglements. While inside, and as each of the crew took a deserved rest or made important repairs on the Millennium Falcon, several bat-like creatures attached themselves to the Falcon’s hull and immediately began gnawing on the power cords. Due to Han and Chewie’s vigilance, the beasts were removed before irreparable damage was done to the ship.

A Little Bit of Trivia: Did you know that the space slug, the rapidly closing maw out of which our heroes barely escaped, was actually slowly digesting the mynocks in its gullet? It ate much like an alien Venus FlyTrap.

5. The Sarlacc in the Pit of Carkoon

Sarlacc

Deep within the distant, endless expanse of the Tatooine desert live hundreds of sand creatures called Sarlaccs. Just remotely exposed to the elements, the Sarlaccs beak and many of its hundreds of tentacles can be seen breaking the surface of the sand. But beneath the scorching earth lies the rest of this massive creature in the form of a seemingly endless stomach with hundreds of chambers. The Sarlacc holds its victims for thousands of years and slowly digests them, making them suffer painfully.

A Little Bit of Trivia: We all saw Boba Fett meet his untimely demise to the gaping mouth of the Sarlacc, right? Well, according to one of the post-film novels, he didn’t succumb to the digestion of the beast thanks to his heavy Mandalorian armor and eventually escaped.


4. Dewbacks

Dewback

While persuing R2D2 and C-3PO across the deserts of Tatooine, the Imperial Stormtroopers relied on local mounts called Dewbacks to assist in the harsh conditions. More than resembling giant lizards, the Dewback was just as cold-blooded and would get sluggish and tired during the cooler nights and mornings on Tatooine. Dew would eventually build up on the backs of each one, which would provide sustenance during daybreak, hence the name.

A Little Bit of Trivia: Dewbacks were employed by sandtroopers in Episode IV: A New Hope because George Lucas believed that the use of an organic means of transport instead of mechanical means, such as a landspeeder would give the desert search scene an “element of surprise.” However, the dewback that was eventually produced for the movie was not created with movement in mind so it was relegated to the background. In 1995 additional footage for the scene of the sandtroopers searching for the droids was filmed in Yuma, Arizona for the 1997 Special Edition of A New Hope. Computer-generated imagery was used to add dewbacks to the scene.

3. Rancor

Rancor

Perhaps the most famous rancor was the one owned by Jabba the Hutt who kept it in a pit beneath his palace courts, dropping in victims who displeased him in one way or another in order to feed it. Malakili, a famous beast tamer who had traveled with a local circus, cared for his rancor. Malakili formed an unlikely bond with the animal, even going so far as to sneak the rancor out of Jabba’s palace for a run in the desert, and wept openly when the beast was killed by Luke Skywalker. Rancors in general are known for being nothing more than a walking mess of teeth and claws ready to eat anything they can.

A Little Bit of Trivia: In the English language, the word rancor (or rancour in Commonwealth English) means “a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will; hatred; malice.”


2. Ugnaughts

Ugnaught

The Ugnaughts were vaguely porcine humanoids with slightly upturned ‘pig’ noses and portly bellies. Compared to standard humans, their height would be considered short or dwarfed. Ugnaughts were industrious and loyal workers and also had a rich oral tradition. They were quite hardy, able to withstand long periods of discomfort, and lived to around two hundred years of age. On Cloud City where they were employed, several of the ‘pig-guys’ discovered C-3PO after his unfortunate destruction from a Stormtrooper blaster and attempted to play keep-away from Chewbacca.

A Little Bit of Trivia: Did you know that several of the actors hired to play the Jawas in A New Hope were just the right size to also portray Ugnaughts and, eventually, Ewoks? This cast included Warwick Davis who would later go on to play Willow, Professor Flintwick, and the Leprechaun.

1. Jabba the Hutt

Jabba

“If I told you half the things I’ve heard about this Jabba the Hutt, you’d probably short-circuit.” ?C-3PO, to R2D2. Jabba Desilijic Tiure, better known as Jabba the Hutt, was one of the most notorious Hutt crime lords in the galaxy, who governed a large criminal empire located in the Outer Rim Territories from his palace on Tatooine. At the height of his power, Jabba was one of the most powerful crime lords in the galaxy. Vaguely slug-like in overall appearance, Jabba had a wormy, wriggling body overgrown with flab and bulk and, though once able to get around by crawling, used a hovering platform to move. His arms were about as useful as short, stumpy limbs can be and were able, barely, to feed the Hutt’s massive mouth with its lolling tongue. As with all Hutts, Jabba was, much to Luke’s chagrin, immune to the Jedi Mind Tricks. His arrogance was to be his undoing and his ‘pet’, the slave Leiah, would strangle the life out of him with the very tether he’d had her collared to.

A Little Bit of Trivia: In the classic Star Wars spoof Spaceballs Jabba (and Pizza Hut) are spoofed in the form of “Pizza the Hutt” who appears very briefly at the beginning of the movie and is mentioned toward the end as having eaten himself to death.

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  • George Lucas is the best Star Wars Alien. So Alien in fact he pissed off many of his fans. Im not one of them as I have stated befor eI enjoyed the prequal trilogy.

  • Hobolad

    Nice list, but where’s Jar Jar?

  • Hobolad: Jar Jar would ruin the list if we put him in here….

    :)

    See what I did there?

  • Hobolad

    @Juggz: “See what I did there?”

    Yeah, poor Jar Jar- like all great artists he isn’t fully appreciated in his lifetime :(

  • i think it was funny that Lucas made him responsible for the senate vote which in essence started the Empire. :)

  • aplspud

    Very cool list. So many alien creatures I never would have thought about. Where did the info come from? I notice the list started and ended with the most humanoid, significant characters, but just about everything in between are creatures that could easily be overlooked. Good job!
    I was hoping to see Greedo, my favorite bounty hunter.

  • Hobolad

    Really? That’s well cool!

    Before anyone thinks to phone the straitjacket people on me: I don’t actually like Jar Jar Binks! Was just trying to start an argument :D

  • Patrask

    #7 sounds familiar to the cymeks of Dune.

    Coincidence? I THINK NOT!!! :-)

  • Dont deny it Hobolad, your a Jar Jar lover! Accept it and move on. :)

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  • hobolad: you are either cool for trying to start a fight or cool for trying to hide your love for binks :)

  • You made mention to Spaceballs. I am satisfied. Never was a big fan on Star Wars (I have always fallen asleep within 10 mins of the movies.)

  • Ravyn: Go buy a TON of Red Bull and WATCH THEM!

  • Thanks guys for all the cool comments! These movies are near and dear to my heart as I grew up on them (my dad took me to see every one in the theater -A New Hope at the drive in!-) and I was a huge lover of the toys as a lad as well. I also had quite the collection of memorabilia for quite some time before I had my kids. Now, not so much, but my kids play with the figures and all is well with the world. Glad you liked it!

  • Stew: its sacrilige(sp?) to letyour kids playwith the Star Wars toys! (well at least the originals)

  • yodarulz90

    LOVE the list. As you can tell by my name, Star Wars is my life. Cant wait for more Star Wars lists, like the top 10 coolest force powers, or top 10 jedi or sith. I think you missed one on the list. From Episode I, the Sando Aqua Monster (the GIANT fish that eats both of the other fish in Naboo_

  • angelina

    Loved the Dianoga and the Rancor! Empire was my favorite though . . .the snow creature, the space slug . . . “that’s no cave!” :-)

  • Sandra

    Hey! Yuma is my hometown! I spent a lot of time out in those dunes. I missed meeting The Rock and Brendan Fraser by a day in one of our resturants when they filmed The Mummy Returns. Stargate was also filmed there, as well as a lot of other desert movies.

  • SubliminalDeath666

    What about that penis-shaped gigantic monster that Han Solo and Luke escaped from that asteroid in the Millenium Falcon?

  • angelina

    666: Wow, when I was a kid it just looked like an eel or a snake but now that you mention it . . .

  • Juggz: I plan on trying it sometime soon prolly after the holidays and when I can get my body to stop with this exhaustion bull that it is putting me through right now. I can’t stay up during any movie right now.

  • Juggz: I know, I know… but, in hindsight, I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. They get such enjoyment out of them and I finally get to act out scenes with my oldest son (Charlie ANAKIN) who is a huge fan as well. It’s really cool and it’s amazing what you miss when you don’t ‘enjoy’ your toys!

    YodaRulz09: Yes, the second trilogy had some truly amazing creatures as well, but I was focusing on the original trilogy in this list. Perhaps a few more Star Wars list in the future will include more of the modern stuff, though!

    SubliminalDeath666 and Angelina: I mention the Space Slug in the Mynock description, but I just couldn’t find enough room to dedicate an entire paragraph to what was, essentially, teeth and a split second of a lurching head. Oh well, maybe sometime soon I’ll find a place for it!

    Glad you all liked the list!

  • yaurt

    Master Yoda you should add :)

  • Maverick22

    Ewoks should be #1
    They made me a fan of the series!

  • shawn

    Ewoks but no Wookies? List invalid…

  • shawn: read the opening paragraph as to why. ;-)

  • rp

    The integrity of this list suffers from the absence of Admiral Ackbar. His ridiculous “IT’S A TRAP!” line was responsible for the birth of one of the first internet memes. It was certainly a fark photoshop staple for a long while.

  • rp: Integrity. Wow, I’m speechless… not really. Yes, of course I forgot a few, and, honestly, I could have gone with Garindan from A New Hope (the spy who gave away Luke and company at Mos Eilsey) or even Nein Nunb (Lando’s copilot in the Falcon during the Death Star battle). But, I didn’t. That’s all I got.

  • rp

    Don’t take it personally, as it was meant as a joke. The Ackbar photoshops were classic.

  • I know, rp, so was mine. I honestly love criticism on my lists and I was just sharing in some humor. Yes, Ackbar Photoshops were funny and have sort of gotten out of hand lately, too. But over at FARK he was big for so long!

  • ben

    what kind of *thing* was yoda? cause those guys were the pimps of the galaxy

  • ben: Yoda is an unknown race according to the Star Wars galaxy information and only one other of his race was ever known or shown in the movies and she was on the Jedi Council in the Prequel Trilogy. Her name was Yaddle. Yes, cool aliens for sure!

  • amander

    “This cast included Warwick Davis who would later go on to play Willow, Professor Flintwick, and the Leprechaun”

    its Professor Flitwick, not flintwick

    btw, great list! :-)

  • Diogenes

    with a starwars list, you (who?) can bet that it will be very detailed in every little crevice
    .
    The Ugnaughts look like they could be really good at producing the ballerina shoes in the old movie, “the red shoes”. Weird eh?

    I know I have seen Return of the Jedi, but, what the hell is that spider ?!! I’ve no recolection of that monster machine…be it in lego or movie form.

    It’s hard to imagine the ewoks included in with all these other beasts/creatures,instectoids,slugs, ect.
    They took such playful glee in killing and boozing, it’s difficult to accept them in comparative company.

  • mistere

    Awesome list. Probably was best to leave jar jar off even though I like the loveable idiot. Yes I admit it :)

  • mistere: say it ain’t so!!! You can’t like him – at least not in public!

  • This was an awesome list. However, the abscence of the wookies is deeply felt. I don’t care if he’s a ‘main’ character, Chewie’s race TOTALLY should have been included. =(

  • katarina

    what about big, white and fuzzy WAMPA?????

  • Martin L

    I hope I can contribute the last word on Creature Binks. The thing that most disappointed me about “Revenge of the Sith” was that he was still ALIVE at the end of it! That useless, ugly aquatic doofus outlived PADME! JEEZ! Why are we even TALKING about him? He was a continuing character
    (why? was Lucas channeling his inner mudpuppy?) and not IN the first trilogy! You’re trying to make me nuts, all you people who brought him up! Why? WHY?? I was doing so well, now all I want to do is KILL JAR JAR — KILL JAR JAR — KILL JAR JAR —

  • jbjr

    Agree with everyone that says the wookies should be on the list. Definetly agree with Jabba at number 1.

  • dvhann

    my cousin always told me that the sarlacc in the desert pit was filmed on a woman’s body.

    i was 5 then, but now i understand why he said that.

  • srichards

    okay ppl don’t start throwing stuff at me, I HAVE YET TO SEE A SINGLE STAR WARS FILM…there i said it, these characters are Alien to me :)

  • Cazz

    srichards – ME TOO! Oh thank god. I thought I was the only person left who hadn’t seen any Star Wars films!
    (PS – ‘all these characters are alien to me’, no pun intended :p)

  • Punjar

    Thank you for not including any aliens that only showed up in the new movies. Also, Jabba the Hutt isn’t an alien race, it’s a specific alien, so shouldn’t ! be just “Hutts”. Also, ewoks are kinda stupid.

  • chadster

    if jabba is in the category, why not yoda??? He’s badass.

  • yodarulz90

    Diogenes: The spider (B’omarr Monks) can be seen in the beginning of the movie, when 3PO and R2 enter Jabba’s Palace. R2 enters first, then 3PO follows, but as 3PO enters, you see a Monk to the left of him

    Putting Jabba 1st instead of Hutts is alright b/c while there are only 2 hutts seen in the movies, Jabba’s the only one we see for more than 2 seconds (Episode I, Podrace, when Jabba comes out to start the race, theres another Hutt behind him, Gardula)

    btw, theres no H in Leia

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  • filipinoknight

    what no jawas or sand people or banthas, wampas,kryat dragons?

  • SocialButterfly

    I love Ewoks… they remind me of my sister’s snaggle toothed shih tzu… ugly ass dog.

  • Nightstalker

    @ filpinoknight – Those are good choices for the list.

    I would also like to know, where are the following…

    1. Zabraks – Darth Maul’s race

    2. Mon Calamari

    3. Geonosians

    4. Rodians – come on, Greedo was cool.

    5. Wamp Rats – just kidding.

  • cva175

    For all of you wondering where “so and so” is of the new movies – for true star wars fans the first trilogy is where it starts and ends – the only good thing that came out of the newer movies was darth maul – and oh yeah WHERE IS YODA ? he is the coolest creature of any starwars movie !

  • f

    i like this list

  • Norman

    Star Wars is so overrated. The only good one was Revenge of the Sith, the other are average.

  • oouchan

    @Norman (51): I would have to disagree with you on that. The original ones are the best…the follow up done in the newer 3 movies, was what made many believe Star Wars to be overrated. Let’s not forget they were horrible movies as well. Just plain bad!

  • Norman

    oouchan, I think we may have to agree to disagree. Star Wars just isn’t my cup of tea, but I can certainly see why people like it. After all, they were some of my favorite films as a kid.

  • oouchan

    @Norman (53): I also grew up on Star Wars so I have seen how crazy people get about it. :)
    It’s just sad that some people I know have never seen the originals and think the latest 3 are the only ones. Or they have seen the older versions and think the new ones are better…only because the graphics are better. In my opinion, they should never have made those latest 3. It’s disheartening because they miss out on the classics.
    So yes, we can agree to disagree. I just think that the latest 3 ruined it for the original 3.

  • Troy McClure

    ewoks off the list, please

  • GTT

    OK; I have to say it… I love the Ewoks! It might be because the first time I saw them I was a 5 year old girl and they just looked like the cutest walking teddy bears on earth (or Endor…) I always wanted one as a pet.

    And I think it goes without saying that the latest 3 films were horrible. The first one wasnt so bad (Anakin child was sweet) but then you get what´s his face and it all goes downhill… Who would have thought that Darth Vader could be so annoyingly whiney!

  • oouchan

    @GTT (56): I agree. I like the ewoks. They are boring, but cute.
    As for the latest 3 movies…never should have made them. Awful…just awful.

  • Xenomorph

    Good list, but its missing a few:
    The Ackley(the blue crab/spider thing in Episode 2)
    General Grevious( the 4 armed cyborg in Episode 3)
    Zabrak(Darth Maul is the COOLEST sith ever!)

  • willow

    This list is alright but the order seems a little odd to me, i’d have liked to have see aliens from all over the saga included theres some awesome awesome awesome aliens in the SW universe, like durge and sullustans and ithorians! :)

    as for you naysayers to the latest 3 films i think you’re all crazy!

    im a massive star wars fan and i appreciate whatever awesome star wars action i can get, im glad they were made i found them very entertaining just like all the other films.

    p.s leave jar jar alone he is fine :p

  • Pencek

    Yoda. Nuff said

  • AMOS

    Were's the mighty wampa!? :(

  • Ackmed teh idiot

    Leia is spelled wrong~!!!!

  • moldovia

    #5 I thought that Han Solo rescued Boba Fett from the Sarlacc in the Pit of Carkoon…

  • pecooke

    Really no jawas!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • X-perrt

    These aren’t aliens! These are animals!!!

  • Crisco

    There’s no ‘H’ in Leia.

  • Gyabo

    Isn’t should be Ewoks the top 1 lol they have defeated an advance empire using primitive weapons

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