Some of the most memorable alien-like creatures that we have seen in the Star Wars franchise are the Tusken Raiders, which have been making minor appearances in scenes involving the planet Tatooine. While the Tusken Raiders are probably going to have a bigger role in The Book of Boba Fett, one of the things we still notice is that they are still wearing their masks. So, what do Tusken Raiders look like without their mask?
There is no clear answer to what Tusken Raiders look like without their masks. In one revelation, it was shown that they have cat-like faces. Then, in the comics, they have tusks similar to the Predator. However, it could be possible that being a Tusken Raider is about beliefs, not a race.
The thing about the Tusken Raiders is that the canon never really described what they look like because they have always been shown with their masks on. As such, a lot of the things we know about what Tusken Raiders look like underneath their masks are speculative in nature. However, we might be able to see them without their masks in The Book of Boba Fett because they now have a bigger role.
What Do Tusken Raiders Look Like?
Throughout the long history of Star Wars, the humanoid creatures known as the Tusken Raiders have always been constants, especially when you consider the fact that they have shown up in a lot of different Star Wars films and series even though their roles have been minor. The Tusken Raiders are basically nomadic humanoid people that live in the deserts of the planet Tatooine, which has also been a constant in the entire Star Wars franchise.
As constant as the Tusken Raiders may be, one of the things we have noticed about them is that they are always seen with their goggle-like masks on their faces. We have never seen them without their masks on in any of the movies and series they appeared in. And this makes us wonder what the Tusken Raiders actually look like without their masks on.
Due to the fact that they have been living their lives as nomadic creatures that are outcasts on the entire planet of Tatooine, the Tusken Raiders live a harsh life in the Dune Sea and the Jundland Wastes of Tatooine. This means that they need to wear robes and masks with goggles and breathing aids to make sure that they can survive the effects of sandstorms and the scorching suns of the planet. And like the traditional Mandalorians, the Tusken Raiders are prohibited from ever removing their masks in front of other people, except for their immediate family members.
Despite that, there have been instances in the Star Wars Legends (non-canon media and literature) wherein the Tusken Raiders have shown their faces.
The first time we ever saw what these humanoid creatures look like was in the 1997 video game Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II. In that heavily pixelated game, the members of a group of mercenaries called the Grave Tuskens are actually Tusken Raiders without their masks. They were designed to have cat-like faces that aren’t very detailed due to the game’s older graphics.
Meanwhile, a 2004 comic called Star Wars: Republic #62 showed Anakin Skywalker having visions of a Tusken Raider without its mask on. In Anakin’s nightmare, the Tusken Raider was half-unmasked and had frightening tusks that made it look like the Predator in the classic Predator films. However, it was never confirmed whether or not this is what a Tusken Raider really looks like because it is possible that this is merely how Anakin interprets these creatures without their masks on.
Of course, there is also the ongoing speculation that says that the Tusken Raiders are very similar to the Mandalorians in the sense that being a Tusken Raider is not about one’s race. In The Mandalorian, it was revealed that the traditional Mandalorian could be any person of any race as long as that person embraces the Mandalorian code like a religion.
In a way, Tusken Raiders can possibly be like that, such that being a Tusken Raider is all about sharing the same culture and not the same race. As such, a group of Tusken Raiders may be composed of different people of different races. This was seen in Star Wars: Republic #59, wherein the Jedi Master A’Sharad Hett, a Tusken Raider, removed his mask to reveal that he is actually human. He told a shocked Anakin Skywalker that he is not a Tusken Raider by skin, but he is so by heart.
All that said, there are conflicting depictions of what the Tusken Raiders look like without their masks, as the new canon has never shown them barefaced. That means that there is no certainty as to what this race of humanoid people really looks like without their masks. However, given the possibility that they may have a bigger role to play in The Book of Boba Fett, it isn’t too farfetched to think that we may soon see a Tusken Raider without a mask.
Tusken Raiders Without The Mask Images
We have described some of the different depictions of what Tusken Raiders look like with their masks. Now, let us show you some images of what they could possibly look like without their masks based on the different media and literature that have depicted them barefaced.
This is the Tusken Raider that is a member of the Grave Tuskens in the 1997 video game Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II. As you can see, this one doesn’t have a tusk and has a cat-like appearance because of its snout-like nose and what seems to look like whiskers.
In Anakin Skywalker’s nightmare in Star Wars: Republic #62, this is what a Tusken Raider looks like under the mask. As you can see, it has a mouth with tusks to give justice to its name. And except for the eyes, it has an appearance that is quite similar to what a Predator looks like in the classic Predator films.
This is the scene wherein the Jedi Master A’Sharad Hett, a Tusken Raider, revealed his face to Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Republic #59. Hett is actually human, but he once believed that he was half-Tusken Raider before he found out that an offspring between a Tusken Raider and a human is not possible. As such, for Hett, being a Tusken Raider is all about beliefs and not a race.
Meanwhile, a fan creation by Redditor u/c0l1n_M depicted a Tusken Raider without its mask. What the Redditor simply did was to edit a Tuskan Raider’s face based on the shape of the mask because it probably made sense that the Tuskan Raiders would model their masks after what they actually look like under them.