The Decraniated: A Chilling Addition to the Star Wars Universe

The Decraniated: A Chilling Addition to the Star Wars Universe

Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” Who could forget this iconic distress call from Princess Leia, holographically beamed from R2-D2, in the very first Star Wars film? This call to action launched a saga that has continued to captivate audiences for decades. With each new addition to the canon, we’re introduced to new characters, creatures, and concepts that add depth to the galaxy far, far away. But few additions have been as dark and disturbing as the Decraniated. These characters, introduced in the Disney era of Star Wars, are a chilling reminder of the potential horrors of a galaxy at war.

The Decraniated: Stripped of Humanity

The Decraniated are human beings stripped of their individuality and identity, robbed of their humanity, and transformed into subservient creatures through surgical alterations. These alterations include the removal of the tops of their skulls, which are then replaced with a neuro-box interface, effectively turning them into cybernetic beings.

Imagine walking into a room and seeing a humanoid figure with a significant portion of its head missing, replaced by cold, unfeeling machinery. Now, imagine that this figure was once a person – with dreams, fears, and loved ones. That’s what the presence of a Decraniated represents. Their existence is a stark reminder of the moral compromises made in times of conflict and the lengths to which some will go to exert control over others.

The Birth of the Decraniated: A Twisted Creation

The man behind the creation of the Decraniated is none other than Doctor Cornelius Evazan. This rogue surgeon capitalized on the wounded victims of the insurgency on Jedha, transforming them into the Decraniated under the employment of Crimson Dawn boss Dryden Vos. The Decraniated were sold as slaves, serving on Vos’ personal yacht among other places.

While we’re all familiar with the phrase, “the ends justify the means,” the creation of the Decraniated is a terrifying interpretation of this notion. It underscores the stark reality of the Star Wars universe – a galaxy where not all droids are friendly companions like C-3PO or R2-D2, and not all medical procedures are as benevolent as Luke’s new hand.

The Decraniated in the Star Wars Universe

The Decraniated first made their appearance in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, a film noted for its darker tone compared to other entries in the franchise. They’ve since made brief appearances in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” as well.

With their unsettling presence, the Decraniated serve as a grim reminder of the darker aspects of the Star Wars universe. Their inclusion in the newer films has added a layer of realism and grit to the franchise, showing that even in a galaxy far, far away, the consequences of war are devastating and far-reaching.


Q: Who created the Decraniated? A: The Decraniated were created by Doctor Cornelius Evazan, who used his surgical skills to transform wounded victims of the insurgency on Jedha into these cybernetically altered beings Decraniated​.

Q: What do the Decraniated look like? A: The Decraniated are human beings that have been surgically altered. The tops of their skulls are missing and have been replaced by a neuro-box interface, giving them a distinctive and chilling appearance​1​.

Q: In which Star Wars movies do the Decraniated appear? A: The Decraniated first appeared in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and have since been seen in “Solo: A Star Wars Story”​​.


The Star Wars universe is a vast and complex tapestry of characters, cultures, and conflicts. With the introduction of the Decraniated, the franchise added a disturbing new layer to its portrayal of a galaxy at war. These surgically altered beings, stripped of their humanity, serve as a stark reminder of the ethical lines that can be crossed in the pursuit of power.

In the end, the Decraniated are more than just a creepy addition to the Star Wars canon. They are a testament to the franchise’s willingness to explore darker themes and present a realistic portrayal of the consequences of war. Whether we’ll see more of the Decraniated in future Star Wars films remains to be seen, but their presence will undoubtedly continue to haunt the audience, serving as a grim reminder of the potential horrors lurking in the shadows of the galaxy far, far away.

Novara Skuara

When I was 7, I saw Star Wars: A New Hope in theaters a week after it opened. My parents were nice enough to take me and I have been a fan of Star Wars and almost all science fiction in general. I am an amateur writer who has been published for contributing flavor text to a RP game. I also have a copyright on a novel I hope to be able to publish sometime soon.