In the two Star Wars Trilogies we learn about the Jedi and the Empire but we only see a little bit about the bounty hunters in the Star Wars universe. Boba Fett is among one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars Trilogies and yet him and his father Jango Fett are the only bounty hunters we get a whole lot of information on. However the bounty hunters were popular enough to make several appearances in the Expanded Star Wars Universe. Many of them have been in Star Wars books, comic books and video games. Due to this expanded Star Wars universe many of them were given very compelling back stories, jobs, and feuds. Here are a few of the key bounty hunters in the Star Wars universe.
We’ll start with the bounty hunter that everybody knows and loves: Boba Fett. Why does everyone love Boba Fett? Is it because he was able to capture Han Solo? Is it because he didn’t back down from Darth Vader when he wanted to get paid? Nope. It’s because Boba Fett looks really really cool…and he has a jetpack. If you’re reading this you’re probably a Star Wars fan so you know of Boba Fett’s story in the Star Wars trilogy. Boba Fett is bounty hunter hired by Jabba the Hutt to capture Han Solo and hired by Darth Vader to find the Millenium Falcon. Boba Fett decides to kill two birds with one stone by capturing the Millenium Falcon with Han Solo.
Boba Fett returns to Tatooine with Han Solo where he meets his fate in the Sarlacc monster. Instead let’s touch on Boba’s story in the expanded universe; all the Star wars books, Star Wars comic books, Star Wars video games, etc. There are many rumors of Boba’s early life that aren’t real clear. Some people say that Boba Fett was once a Stormtrooper, but when Boba Fett failed he killed his commanding officer. Some people say Boba Fett was the leader of a group of warriors that were defeated by the Jedi Knights.
The earliest fact we do know about Boba Fett is that his father Jango Fett was killed by Mace Windu right in front of him. After his father was killed Boba buried his father’s body and marked the grave “J.F.” then sought out Darth Tyranus to collect the remainder of the money Jango was owed and became a bounty hunter. The first bounty hunter job Boba Fett had that we know of is when a gangster named Sise Fromm hired Boba Fett to dispose of a speeder pilot named Thall Joben. During a speeder race Boba Fett tried to use a magnetic beam to capture Joben.
Boba Fett wasn’t aware that Joben’s speeder had been sabotaged with a bomb and when Boba Fett used his magnetic beam he pulled the bomb from Joben’s speeder and on his own speeder. Boba Fett was angry that he had lost his speeder so instead of capturing Joben he turned on the Fromms, captured them and turned them over. Since then Boba has had several jobs as a bounty hunter. He has stolen a mystical talisman that had a sleeping virus, he tracked down a Rebel agent named “Mole” for Darth Vader and of course there was his job to capture Han Solo for Jabba the Hutt. Also in the expanded universe Boba Fett actually blasts his way out of the Sarlacc. Boba Fett ends up roaming Tatooine when another bounty hunter Dengar shows up and nurses him back to health.
Some people actually consider Boba Fett to be an anti-hero. While Boba Fett is a bounty hunter and has hunted down, killed and captured many people he has always been perceived as an honest and morally driven character who usually only hunts down people who have done wrong. Even Han Solo was a thief and a smuggler.
Most bounty hunters believe in being very business like in their jobs but this bounty hunter was different. Dengar always took things personally and often Dengar used his job to take out some personal vendettas. Dengar was one of the bounty hunters hired to track down the Millennium Falcon in the Star Wars trilogy but Dengar also wanted to find the Millenium Falcon because he held a grudge against Han Solo. During a swoop race with Han Solo Dengar was injured. In order to save his life Dengar was turned into a cyborg but the parts of his brain that had compassion, mercy and pity were removed, making him a merciless killer; the perfect bounty hunter.
Dengar didn’t perform many live captures like Boba Fett, he preferred assassinations. Dengar was said to be the most ruthless bounty hunter, even worse than Boba Fett. However, Dengar was not an evil man, he simply couldn’t help that the Empire had modified his brain. Even though Dengar was a merciless bounty hunter he often felt remorse for his actions. Dengar did eventually learn to love again when he met Manaroo, a humanoid woman. Dengar has retired from the bounty hunter business when he finds Boba Fett weak after escaping the Sarlacc monster. The new compassionate Dengar and Manaroo nurse Boba Fett back the health. Dengar appears in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Dengar is also an extra unlockable character in the video game Lego Star Wars II The Original Trilogy.
Zuckuss is a bounty hunter from the planet Gand, inhabited by a race of insect-like creatures. Zuckuss tracks his prey using a traditional Gand technique that allows him to have vision of his prey. The atmosphere in Gand has high ammonia so exposure to oxygen is poisonous to Zuckuss, so he is forced to wear a special mask and suit. Zuckuss, like everyone in the Gand race, speaks in third person. At a young age the Gand are only allowed to talk in third person and only call themselves Gand. It isn’t until later in life that they are awarded their own name.
During one of his bounty hunter missions Zuckuss got his mask pulled off and breathed in some deadly oxygen. His lungs became damaged and Zuckuss would need a very expensive medical procedure. In order to make money for the procedure Zuckuss joined forces with another bounty hunter 4-LOM and accepted Darth Vader’s assignment to track down the Millenium Falcon in Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back is the only movie from the Star Wars Trilogy that Zuckuss appears in.
Aura Sing was born to a glitterstim addict on the Hutt moon Nar Shadaa. There a Jedi called the Dark Woman found Aura Sing and took her to Coruscant where Aura Sing became a Youngling. After being a Youngling for 7 years, Aura Sing was on a mission and her vessel was hijacked by pirates who enslaved her. The Pirates were worried that Aura Sing would be trouble if they just kidnapped her so they lied to her and told her that the Dark Woman sold Aura Sing to them and so she rightfully belonged to the pirates. This led to Aura Sing hating the Jedi after that. Aura Sing began learning many skills from the pirates but eventually they got worried that she was learning a lot so that she could turn on them and kill them so they sold Aura Sing to Nooga the Hutt.
Nooga had s group of vampire-assassins enhance Aura Sing bio-chemically and teach her the ways of an assassin so that Aura Sing could become Nooga the Hutt’s personal warrior. Unfortunately for Nooga when Aura Sing returned Aura Sing killed Nooga the Hutt. Now that she was free Aura Sing became a bounty hunter and went after the Jedis, killing six of them for sport and collecting their lightsabers as trophies. The only appearance of Aura Sing in the Star Wars Trilogy is a brief appearance in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace during the Podrace scene. Aura Sing was played by a model named Michonne Bourriague and her appearance was so popular that the Aura Sing character was expanded to the Star Wars comics.
Zam Wessell is a member of a shape shifting race called the Zolan. Zam Wessell was trained in the ways of the Mabari, an ancient order of warrior knights from Zolan. Zam Wessell left Zolan to become a corporate security officer on Denon. Zam Wessell went from being an officer to a sergeant and then an executive bodyguard but decided she wasn’t being paid enough so she quit and became a bounty hunter. One mission Zam Wessell had was to capture Bendix Fust, a smuggler who was an inmate at a prison called Oovo IV. Zam Wessell broke in and captured Bendix Fust and staged a riot in order to cover her escape. While Zam Wessell was escaping she ran into another bounty hunter Jango Fett who was also trying to capture Bendix Fust. Both of their plans were botched so they were forced to work together to escape.
They continued to work together until Zam Wessell betrayed Jango Fett and turned him over to Gardulla the Hut. Eventually Jango Fett escaped Gardulla the Hut, killed her, and left Zam Wessell in Gardulla’s dungeon. Zam Wessell eventually got out of the dungeon and tracked down Jango, but rather than getting revenge she actually helped Jango escape. They would team up from time to time after that. The only movie in the Star Wars Trilogy Zam Wessell appears in is Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. She also appears in the video game Star Wars: Bounty Hunter and has appeared in many Star Wars comics including a Jango Fett and Zam Wessell one-shot.