Chewbacca was born on Kashyyyk 180 years before the advent of the Clone Wars, and during that time, he married a female Wookiee named Malla, whom he had a son with, named Lumpawaroo. During the years of the Clone Wars, he was also captured by Trandoshan hunters, who tried to kill him for sport on their game-hunting plant. This led to him teaming with the Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano to escape their pursuers, with both eventually defeating the reptilian aliens and returning home.
In Chewbacca's youth, he was somewhat reckless.
In Chewbacca's later years, he becomes responsible, intelligent, calculating, kind, caring, brave, loyal, passionate, moral, honorable, selfless, and trustworthy, as Chewbacca often served as Han Solo's conscience in their smuggling endeavors, which makes individuals trust him more than they did Han.
Chewbacca is known to be stubborn, and dislikes losing, whether at holographic games or at life.
A few individuals knows that Chewbacca has a good-heart under his tough warrior exterior, as he is protective of his friends and comrades. Like many Wookiees, Chewbacca is brave, intelligent, and loyal, however, he is capable of being short-tempered, aggressive, and violent. Despite this, he usually has good control over his emotions. However, he has lost control completely a few times; when Kylo Ren (Ben Solo) kills his own father, Han, in front of a watching Chewbacca, the Wookiee flies into a terrible rage, grievously injuring Ben with his bowcaster, killing many stormtroopers, and blowing a hole in Starkiller Base's oscillator with charged bombs.
As a Wookiee, Chewbacca knows passion and thus; the Rebellion, and would have stood with them from the beginning, if not for Han and the Millennium Falcon; he would not abandon them as he is bound to both, as they are to him.
Although Chewbacca is capable of speaking other languages, particularly Basic, he prefers to communicate only with his native language; likely due to Chewbacca being proud of his Wookiee heritage.
Powers and Abilities
- Advanced Strength: Like many Wookiees, Chewbacca is physically stronger then most other sentient beings. He was strong enough that he was able to rip off the limbs of weaker beings with horrifying ease, as he did to Unkar Plutt upon his threatening of Rey.
- Extended Longevity: Like many Wookiees, Chewbacca can live to be more than four hundred years old.
- Expert Marksman: Chewbacca is extremely skilled in utilizing bowcasters.
- Expert Pilot: Chewbacca is extremely skilled in piloting every type of flying crafts.
- Expert Engineer: Chewbacca is extremely skilled in engineering.
- Multilingual: Chewbacca is capable of fluently speaking Basic and Shyriiwook. However, despite this, like many of his kind; Chewbacca prefers to communicate only with his native language.
Weapons and Equipment
- Bowcaster: Chewbacca utilizing a Bowcaster as his weapon of choice.
Revenge of the Sith
- “Goodbye, Tarfful. Goodbye, Chewbacca. Miss you, I will.”
Chewbacca appears as part of the Wookiee army of Kashyyyk, in which he participates as a commander during the battle, alongside fellow Wookiee Tarfful and Yoda. When Order 66 was issued and Yoda was attacked by his clone troopers, Chewbacca and Tarfful aided the Jedi Grandmaster in evading and escaping the clone troopers, providing an escape pod for Yoda to escape Kashyyyk in after a final goodbye between them, with Yoda stating he would miss them. When the Galactic Empire took control of Kashyyyk, Chewbacca was among the Wookiees captured and enslaved.
A New Hope
Chewbacca first appears in Mos Eisley's cantina, where Obi-Wan hires him and Han Solo to take him Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 to Alderaan. When Luke is attacked by Ponda and Dr. Evazan, Chewbacca draws his crossbow to assist before Obi-Wan easily dispatches them with his lightsaber as the bartender dove for cover to avoid an exchange of blaster fire. Upon preparing to leave, they are attacked by Stormtroopers that have tracked C-3PO and R2-D2 to the cantina. After escaping the Imperial troops in the Millennium Falcon, Chewie and Han head for Alderaan with their crew, only to find Alderaan destroyed and the Death Star in its place. Captured by its tractor beam, Chewie and the rest of the group board the Death Star, evading the troops while Obi-Wan disables the tractor beam. Upon learning Princess Leia Organa is aboard the Death Star, the group proceeds to rescue her, with Chewbacca posing as a Wookiee prisoner and Han and Luke posing as Stormtroopers. Despite having to confront Stormtroopers, Chewbacca and his comrades escape the Death Star, though Obi-Wan is slain by Darth Vader. Upon being paid by the Rebel Alliance for Leia's safe return, Han and Chewie leave, but ultimately return to help Luke destroy the Death Star when it threatens to destroy the Rebellion at Yavin 4. Chewbacca is hailed as a hero by the Rebels alongside Han and Luke.
The Empire Strikes Back
By the time of the Battle of Hoth, Chewbacca was now a fully fledged member of the Rebellion and participated in the battle itself alongside Han, Leia, and C-3PO. Helping them to escape, they would evade Darth Vader by weaving through Hoth's asteroid belt and, upon being unable to effect efficient repairs on the hyperdrive for the Falcon(damaged earlier by the battle), they headed for Bespin to obtain the help of Lando Calrissian. However, Lando, being secretly shanghaied into service by Darth Vader under threat of leaving Imperial troops garrisoned in Cloud City, was forced to hand Han, Leia, 3PO, and Chewie to the Sith Lord as part of his plan to lure Luke Skywalker to him. After Han was frozen in carbonate by Vader for transfer to Jabba the Hutt, Lando betrayed Vader and helped Chewbacca, Leia, and 3PO to escape, as well as Luke when he was defeated by Darth Vader. Following their loss, Chewbacca and his friends began a plan to free Han from his imprisonment, with Chewbacca and Lando setting off in the Falcon to find Boba Fett, possibly having taken Han to Jabba the Hutt back on Tatooine.
Return of the Jedi
Chewbacca returns to action by playing a part in Luke's plan to rescue Han Solo by pretending to be captured by "Boushh" (in reality, Leia in disguise) and is subsequently imprisoned. When Leia is subsequently captured by Jabba, and Han freed from his carbonate prison to be placed in Jabba's dungeons, Chewbacca updates Han on the events of what has occurred in his absence. After Luke arrives, defeats Jabba's rancor, and is taken prisoner, Jabba sentences Han, Chewie, and Luke to die in the Great Pit of Carkoon, at the jaws of the Sarlacc. After they are taken to the sarlacc's pit and are readied for death, Luke, Han, and Chewbacca, with help from a disguise Lando Calrissian, escape the Sarlacc. Chewbacca holds Han above the barge so he can give Lando his gun to hold onto when he is about to fall to his death. The Rebels successfully rescue Leia from Jabba's sail barge and destroy it, killing the Hutt and his retinue.
Afterwards, they regroup with the Alliance fleet to destroy the second Death Star. With Han, Luke, Leia, R2-D2, and C-3PO beside him, Chewbacca embarks as part of the mission to destroy the shield generator protecting the Death Star on the forest moon of Endor. When Leia goes missing during a confrontation with Scout Troopers, Chewbacca along with Han, Luke, and the droids, go looking for her, only to end up in a net when a baited trap appeals to Chewbacca's hunger. Their captors, the Ewoks, are revealed to have rescued Leia, and Luke's use of the Force prevents the group from becoming the Ewoks' dinner when he presents C-3PO as a god. Afterwards, the Ewoks agree to help the Rebel Alliance destroy the Death Star's shield generator as they believe the Empire's presence on the forest moon is an outrage to their way of life. In the battle to destroy the shield generator, Chewbacca turns the tide in the Alliance's favor when he commandeers an AT-ST with the support of two Ewoks, turning it on the Imperial AT-STs. He then aids the Rebels in destroying the shield generator and capturing the remaining Imperial troops. Thanks to their efforts, the Rebellion is able to destroy the Death Star and defeat the Empire once and for all. Chewbacca is then shown celebrating with his companion and reuniting with Luke, who redeemed his father, Darth Vader, causing Vader to destroy himself and Emperor Palpatine, ending the threat of the Sith forever.
In the events leading up to thirty years after the Battle of Endor, Chewbacca was witness to the birth of Han and Leia's son, Ben Solo, the rise of the First Order (created by a splinter group of the Galactic Empire) and Supreme Leader Snoke, Ben's fall to the dark side and becoming Kylo Ren, Luke's disappearance, and Han and Leia's splitting out of grief. Chewbacca accompanied Han in his return to smuggling and the two would eventually lose the Millennium Falcon to thieves. This would change when their freighter would recapture the Millennium Falcon, where they would encounter the scavenger Rey, former stormtrooper Finn, and the droid BB-8. Upon meeting them and learning their mission to find Luke Skywalker, Han and Chewbacca agreed to help them. However, before they can embark, they are attacked by members go the Gauvian Death Gang and Kanjiklub, and manage to escape them by unleashing their shipment of monstrous Rathtars. Upon escaping into hyperspace, they set course to the planet of Takodana, where Han and Chewbacca's old friend Maz Kanata lives. However, as she tries to help them, they are attacked by Kylo and the Resistance, who proceed to kidnap Rey and demolish Maz's castle during their attack. Han, Finn and Chewie are subsequently captured, but are freed by the Resistance. Chewbacca and Han are subsequently reunited with Leia, and with Finn, proceed to rescue Rey and destroy Starkiller Base, which has destroyed the New Republic's capital of Hosnian Prime. With Finn's knowledge of the base's inner workings, Han and Chewbacca are able to set charges to destroy the planet's oscillator. However, when Han confronts his son, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca watches tensely as Han tries to reason with him. When Kylo kills his father, Chewbacca is enraged and severely injures the Knight of Ren as well as damaging the oscillator with his explosives. As the base begins to collapse, Chewbacca makes his way back to the Falcon, and rescues Rey and Finn, both of which have fought Kylo and the latter being injured. Evacuating the base, Chewbacca and Rey bring Finn back to the Resistance to be treated, and are present with Leia when R2-D2 completes the map to Luke's location. Accompanying Rey and R2, Chewbacca heads for Ahch-To, where Luke is hiding, to reunite with the Jedi Master and bring him back with them.
Chewbacca first appears greeting Luke who refuses to help in the Resistance's fight against the First Order. When Luke is greeted by Chewbacca, it's when Luke learns of Han's death.
Onboard the Millennium Falcon, ex-stormtrooper Finn and Resistance pilot Poe Dameron engage the Wookiee Chewbacca in an intense game of dejarik. Chewie takes some time considering his next move, and his human opponents jokingly suggest that he may be cheating. The implication infuriates Chewbacca, forcing Finn and Poe to calm him. Before their game can resume, an alarm sounds from the cockpit. Chewie later tells the both of them that they won't turn off the game, By the time Chewie leaves to check it, Finn and Poe agree that the Wookiee is cheating and they later turn off their game.
The Falcon arrives at the Sinta Glacier Colony to meet a Resistance informant,Boolio, who tells them about a spy in the First Order and gives them a message in the form of a data encoder, ordering them to give it to General Leia.
The group later return to the Resistance base on Ajan Kloss bearing the knowledge they obtained from Boolio. They brings this knowledge to General Leia and tell her that Palpatine's return is confirmed and his Sith Fleet and the Final Order are in the Unknown Regions on the planet Exegol, but without any leads to where the location of Exegol, the Resistance is at a dead end. Rey has learned from Luke Skywalker's notes in the Jedi texts mentions a relic known as a Sith wayfinder can lead them there. Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewbacca, BB-8, and C-3PO depart in the Millennium Falcon to Pasaana, where Luke's search for Exegol ended.
The Falcon comes out of hyperspace over the desert planet of Pasaana. They land at Luke's coordinates and arrive at the Aki-Aki Festival of the Ancestors. Wandering among the crowd for a while, the group attempts to lay low and to blend in. Unsurprisingly, Chewbacca struggles with blending in with the crows because it's was very difficult to hide a Wookiee from prying eyes. At this time, Kylo establishes a force connection with Rey through their bond. Their conversation ends with Kylo grabbing the necklace from around Rey's neck through the force. This necklace proves to be the key to the First Order discovering their location. After the connection ends, Rey warns her comrades that the First Order is on their way and that they must hurry to find the Wayfinder. Rey realizes the First Order will soon be coming and runs off to warn her friends.As they reconvene and prepare to escape, a stormtrooper finds them but is quickly shot by a mysterious figure. This masked savior asks Rey and her team to follow him. Once they enter a transport, he reveals himself to be Lando Calrissian, Greetings and introductions are exchanged and He shows them a hologram of a Sith Wayfinder and explains that only two were ever created. He further reveals that many years prior, Lando accompanied Luke went in search of the a Sith loyalist named Ochi, whom they believed held information a key to locating one of the devices, but when they arrived, they found his ship abandoned. Lando apparently remained behind on Pasaana. The old hero of the Rebellion offers them directions to Ochi's ship, which remains in the desert where he left it. Squadrons of TIEs and First Order dropships fly overhead as the crew hurries through the crowds to the fringes of the festival, eventually stealing a pair of skiff speeders. They are quickly spotted, however, and First Order treadspeeders begin a fierce pursuit, aided by jet troopers. They prove no match for the gang of heroes and are swiftly dispatched, though the chase drives the speeders into the Sinking Fields, where the damage done by the troopers fells them and sends Chewie and the heroes into the quicksand.They fall through it into a web of caves below the surface, quickly joining up as they use the glow of the Skywalker blade and Poe's diminutive flashlight to guide themselves through a series of underground tunnels where they discover the remains of Ochi and a dagger, which it may be was the clue that Lando and Luke sought after. Rey feels a very strong connection to this weapon, but can't quite articulate it. The dagger has writing on it in a language that nobody can identify. It's then handed over to 3PO who identifies the writing as a Sith language, but he reveals that he is unable to translate the writing due to restrictions in his programming, the team runs into a giant, very aggressive, vexis snake. A battle with the sand worm ensues and our heroes end up backed into a corner, preparing to meet their fate when Rey notices a detail. The worm is injured. In a display of previously unknown power, Rey is able to heal the worm's injuries, satiating the worm and providing the heroes a exit they needed to escape. Chewbacca takes possession of the dagger and the group's attention shifts to finding a way out of the caves.Once they crew exits the cave system, it is revealed that the Knights of Ren have arrived on Pasaana, and are hunting them. During this time, however, Chewbacca and the dagger have been captured by the Knights and stormtroopers while the Wookiee was leaving to retrieve Rey. The dagger is taken from him and he boards a First Order prisoner transport. Rey and Kylo both notice Chewbacca being taken captive and being brought to a transport ship during their confrontation. As the ship takes off, Rey shifts her attention from Kylo to her captured friend and begins to use the Force to stop the transport and pull it back to the ground. Kylo attempts to counteract this by pushing the ship away. Control over the ship becomes a battle between Kylo and Rey, Kylo begins to gain the upper hand which angers Rey. In her frustration, lightning shoots from her hand, destroying the the transport ship and killing all its passengers and Chewie in the process. Devastated by what she just did, Rey collapses. While all this is transpiring, Poe, Finn, 3PO and BB-8 get Ochi's ship in the air just in time to fly over to pick up a distraught Rey.
As Ochi's ship hurries away from Pasaana, Rey mourns that she has apparently killed Chewbacca, Despite not being in possession of the dagger anymore, at this time 3PO tells the crew that he has the message committed to memory, so all hope is not lost. they plan is made to hack into C-3PO's programming to bypass the restrictions. Poe mentions that he has an old contact on the planet Kijimi that might be able to help them out.
Following a brief skirmish between after the First Order troops and Rey's Resistance party on Pasaana, General Hux presented to Pryde a "valuable prisoner" taken during the fighting: Chewbacca, who is believed dead by his allies, which is revealed he was on a different prisoner transport at the time. The elder commander, unfazed by the roaring of the Wookiee, ordered immediate interrogation. Shortly after, Ren would return to the Steadfast, having failed to accomplish the task set by Palpatine.
During their time on Kijimi Poe tracks down an old contact of his, Zorri Bliss, who brings them to a small creature named Babu Frik to hack 3PO's programming to read the Sith language on the dagger, Frik tells everyone that he can unlock the message to be read, but in doing so C-3PO's memory will be wiped.
During the process, Kylo Ren arrives on Kijimi after having followed the group there. Rey sees the Star Destroyer in the sky and she senses that Chewbacca is alive, and the group mounts a rescue mission. The group infiltrates his Star Destroyer with the help of Zorii, As boarded Rey splits off, feeling as if something is calling to her. Meanwhile, the others find Chewie, but their rescue attempt fails and they are all taken captive. The calling Rey feels is caused by the dagger which draws her to it in Kylo's living quarters.
General Hux later arrives at their execution and surprisingly not only allows them to escape, but points them in the direction of the Falcon. Hux was the mole within the First Order that Finn and Poe had received information from Boolio. Rey and the other heroes make a break for the Falcon and escape. After they leave, Pryde kills Hux for treason against the First Order. From this point forward, General Pryde is the sole commander of the First Order military.
The group arrives on Kef Bir, and Chewbacca stayed behind on the Falcon, as Rey attempts to find the wayfinder aboard the wreckage of the second Death Star on the ocean moon of Endor. She eventually reaches the Emperor's throne room and discovers a chamber connecting to that room that contains the second wayfinder. Kylo takes possession of the Emperor's wayfinder, destroys it, and lightsaber battle ensues, As their battle rages on, both Kylo and Rey sense the death or their respective mother and mentor, Giving Rey to defeat Kylo Ren, steals his ship and takes off, leaving her enemy behind. After Rey leaves the forest moon, the remainder of the Resistance crew boards the Falcon, along with their newfound ally Jannah, having spent the duration of Rey and Kylo's fight repairing the ship, and return to the hidden base on the jungle planet.
The Muppet Show
Chewbacca appears in Disney INFINITY's third installment as a playable character. Like all the other playable Star Wars characters, Chewbacca is playable in all three Star Wars playsets (Twilight of the Republic, Rise Against the Empire, and The Force Awakens Playset).
Chewbacca is the assist character for Han Solo, available as a Unique card.
In Printed Media
Chewbacca appears in the Star Wars Novel AfterMath: Empire's End, in which he and Han lead the liberation of Kashyyyk, which led Chewbacca to be reunited with his son.
Chewie was a meetable character during the Star Wars Weekends events at Disney's Hollywood Studios until 2015. Starting that holiday season, he can now be seen daily inside of the Star Wars Launch Bay attraction in Hollywood Studios, and Disneyland.
In Hong Kong Disneyland, Chewie had began his meet-and-greet sessions in Star Wars: Command Post (where replaced Stitch Encounter), during Star Wars: Tomorrowland Takeover event start at June 11, 2016, as part of its 10th anniversary celebration.
- In Legend of the Three Caballeros episode, "Dope-a Cabana", Donald Duck blew hair on a large woman making her face look like Chewbecca's, she let out an angry roar that sounded like Chewbeccca's roar as well.