|“||Those Tuskens walk like men, but they're vicious, mindless monsters.||„|
|~ Cliegg Lars about the Tusken Raiders.|
The Tusken Raiders, also known as Sandpeople, are minor antagonists in the 1977 movie Star Wars: A New Hope, its 1999 prequel The Phantom Menace and the 2014 series Star Wars Rebels, major antagonists in the 2002 prequel Attack of the Clones and anti-heroes in the 2019 series The Mandalorian. In their first appearance in Star Wars: A New Hope, they were referred to as the Sandpeople. They are nomadic bandits who live on the fringes of society on the desert planet Tatooine.
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
The Tusken Raiders make a brief appearance in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, firing off shots at the podracers competing in the Boonta Eve race, causing multiple podracers to crash.
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
In Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, group of Tusken Raiders kidnap Shmi Skywalker and torture her for weeks. Her son Anakin comes to find her, and she dies in his arms. Enraged over her death, Anakin murders the whole clan - men, women, and children - leading him down the path to the dark side.
Star Wars: Rebels
In the Star Wars: Rebels animated series, the Tusken Raiders attack Ezra and C1-10P before getting killed by Darth Maul.
Star Wars: A New Hope
The Tusken Raiders make a brief appearance in Star Wars: A New Hope, and are referred to as "sand people". They beat up Luke Skywalker, partly disassemble the droid C-3PO, and almost kill Luke before being scared off by Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Two Tusken Raiders appear in the 2019 live-action series The Mandalorian, marking their first on-screen chronological appearance since Star Wars: A New Hope. In Season 1, The Mandalorian and Toro Calican encounter two Tuskens while on their land. The Mandalorian negotiates with them using sign language and they agree to let the pair pass in exchange for Calican's binoculars (to Calican's dismay, as they were brand-new.). In Season 2, The Mandalorian has a Tusken Raider tribe join forces with the people of Mos Pelgo to kill a krayt dragon that has effected both groups.