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Chewbacca

Chewbacca
Gender Male
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Brown
Species Wookie
Year of Birth c.200 BBY
Year of Death c.25 ABY
Affiliation Rebel Alliance, New Republic

Chewbacca (or Chewie), a fictional character of the Star Wars universe, is an 8-foot tall Wookiee and co-pilot of Han Solo's ship, the Millennium Falcon. While Chewie is perfectly able to understand the galactic-standard language Basic, he is unable to speak it due to his species' vocal structure. He communicates in his own language, Shyriiwook, while Solo always speaks to Chewie in Basic (see Languages in Star Wars).

Chewbacca undertook a Wookie "life debt" to Han Solo due to Solo saving his life at some point before A New Hope. From the time Solo saved his life, up to Chewbacca's death, the two were nearly inseperable.

Initally, Princeless Leia did not like Chewbacca, calling him a "walking carpet." But eventually she almost became as close a friend to Chewbacca as Han Solo. Chewbacca was very close to Han and Leia's children, becoming an uncle of sorts to the three children.

In the Star Wars Holiday Special, Chewbacca has a family (wife Mallatobuck 'Malla' and son Lumpawarrump 'Lumpie') on Kashyyyk, his homeworld. With other major Star Wars characters, he visits them on Life Day. His family also appears in some of the novels, most notably the Black Fleet Crisis.

In Vector Prime - the first in the New Jedi Order series of books, Chebacca died when a Yuuzan'Vong weapon caused the moon of the planet he was standing on to collide with that planet. Chewbacca's friends were all emotionally crushed by this loss. Han Solo was the most affected, and for a time he sought refuge among alcohol and the stars. Han beleved that it was his son Anakin's fault that Chewie had died. As a result a rift to open between Han and Anakin.

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