- "A relatively substantial number of Bothans died in events circumstantially connected to the occurrences that enabled someone to bring us this information."
- ―Mon Mothma's unedited statement
Bothans were sly furry humanoids from Bothawui. They were 1.4 to 1.6 meters tall on average and were covered in fur that rippled in response to their emotional state and they had tapered, pointed ears. As a species they were fond of spying, backstabbing, character-assassination, and political maneuvering. A typical Bothan's goal in life was to gain as much influence as possible and get more and more individiuals to listen to what s/he had to say. Culturally they followed The Bothan Way, which said each individual Bothan's own interests were more important than those of others, their family above other families, their clan above other clans, and the Bothan species above other species. In accordance with their sneaky natures, they ran the sneakiest organization in the galaxy, the Bothan Spynet.
During the Yuuzhan Vong War the Bothan Council declared ar'kai against theYuuzhan Vong, which made it the duty of every Bothan to seek out and exterminate as many Yuuzhan Vong as possible until there were no more Yuuzhan Vong. The Bothans did not succeed at this however.