We have never seen Jawas without their hooded dresses in the Star Wars world, but Legends has provided viewers insight into their supposed appearance.
Jawas have been around since Star Wars premiered in 1977, but viewers have never seen what the tiny monsters are like beneath their hooded robes. The strange sentient species was first seen in George Lucas’ A New Hope, but featured in a variety of other Star Wars Skywalker Saga installments.
More recently, Jawas was featured on Disney+’s The Mandalorian, coming into touch with the titular figure, Din Djarin. Like Din, Jawas made an attempt never to reveal their names, but the Legends content of Stories, as well as visual images, resolved some of the continuing mystery of their appearance.
Jawas are renowned for their long brown garments, with just their sparkling eyes looking out of their hoods. Native to desert planets like Tatooine, scavengers fly to the world of Sandcrawlers to hunt for provisions.
In A New Hope, the Jawas sold C-3PO and R2-D2 to Owen Lars and Luke Skywalker. The dishonest little species also raided ships for scraps, which was what they did to Din ‘s ship, the Razor Crest, in Mandalorain season 1.
To get his space ship parts back, Din was assisted by Kuiil, an Arvala-7 resident who spoke Jawaese. The clan promised to return the stolen materials if the Mandalorian bounty hunter would go and retrieve the special “Egg” from the Mudhorn den.
While Jawas were presented as humanoids, it was always left to the imagination of viewers when it came to live-action. The best description of the species has been since wiped from canon, stemming from Legends titles, formerly known as the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Alan Dean Foster’s original novelization of A New Hope claimed “[Jawas] had never been seen outside of their protective cloaks and sandmasks, so no one knew exactly what they looked like,” before referring to them as “extraordinarily ugly.”
They were also believed to be rodent-like devolved humans that carried a very potent smell. In addition, they use orange or yellow-ish gemstones to protect their sensitive eyes from sunlight (giving off the appearance of glowing eyes). Rumors also suggested that Jawas were distantly related to fellow desert-dwellers, Tusken Raiders, sharing a common ancestor, known as the Kumumgah. Unlike Tusken Raiders, who have shown what’s under the mask, viewers are forced to rely on concept art and tie-in merchandise for what Jawas may look like.
Visual Depictions Of Jawas Without Hooded Robes