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.
Much like Boba Fett in part one; we see what happens with Greedo in the Star Wars Trilogy. In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Greed attempts to extort money from Solo when it leads to altercation that results in Greedo being shot by Han Solo before Greedo can even get a shot off. In a re-release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1997, George Lucas changed the scene so that Greedo shoots first only to have him miss and then get shot by Han Solo.
So we now things ended for Greedo, but how did they start? Greedo and his family fled their home planet of Rodia when Greedo’s father was murdered. The same people that killed Greedo’s father eventually tracked down the Rodians and killed most of the clan. Greedo wanted to buy his own ship but couldn’t resist trying to cut the price some by stealing parts. Unfortunately the parts are tried to steal were from the Millenium Falcon and he was greeted by an angry Wookiee named Chewbacca.
Han Solo took Greedo’s prized Rancor-skin jacket as payment but Greedo vowed to get revenge on Han Solo. Greedo then traveled to Tatooine and started working for Jabba the Hutt. When Greedo found out that Jabba the Hutt had a bounty out on Han Solo he decided he would track down Han Solo himself. This of course leads to the meeting between Han Solo and Greedo where Han shot first. Greedo’s career as a bounty hunter was short lived.
IG-88 was an assassin droid that was created by scientists at Holowan Laboratories. Within seconds of the activation of the new droid, IG-88 began to wreak havoc, killing all of the Holowan scientists. There were for IG-88 robots each of them having one of the first four letters of the alphabet following their name. IG-88’s was hired by an evil official of Tammuz-an named Zatec-Cha. Zatec-Cha had the real heir to the Tammuz-an’s throne mind wiped and sent somewhere that nobody would find him. Unfortunately Zatec-Cha needed the prince’s royal scepter to be able to take over the throne. So Zatec-Cha hired bounty hunter IG-88 to find the scepter.
Later IG-88A took over a droid factory on Mechis III and secretly modified the programming so that every droid produce by the facility would take orders for IG-88 when the time came to launch an uprising.
To draw attention away from what was happening on Mechis III IG-88B became a bounty hunter. IG-88B had become a legend in the bounty hunter business. By the time he accepted Darth Vader’s assignment to capture the Millenium Falcon he had already killed over 150 beings. IG-88’s processor computed that Boba Fett would be the hunter most likely to capture Han Solo so rather than try to capture Han Solo first; IG-88B followed Fett to Cloud City to intercept Boba Fett. Unfortunately Boba Fett was ready for IG-BB and blew the droid to pieces in Cloud City.
However, IG-88C was waiting for Boba Fett when he returned to Tatooine with Han Solo’s body in carbonite. The IG-88C was orbiting over Tatooine in a starship called IG-2000. He ordered Fett to surrender but Fett eventually shot down IG-88C destroying a second part of IG-88
IG-88A was the only remaining IG-88 after IG-88D was destroyed by a smuggler named Dash Render. IG-88A continued his plans for conquest by crafting a duplicate battle station computer cure carrying IG-88 and IG-88 arranged for it to be installed aboard the second Death star. IG-88 had become the second Death Star. Fortunately the second Death Star was destroyed not only saving the world from the Empire but also saving the world from IG-88.
4-Lom is another droid bounty hunter with and insect-like head or a Gand head to be accurate. He is also a bounty hunter that Darth Vader calls upon to find the Millenium Falcon. Before he was a bounty hunter 4-Lom was a valet and relations specialist aboard the Kuari Princess. He was fitted with a communications module that taught him over seven million languages. 4-Lom would act as an interpreter between rich guests aboard the Kuari Princess. Whenever 4-Lom was bored he would engage the ship’s computer in a series of games that simulated the best possible way to steal the possessions that the ship’s guests carried with them, but the computer and the droid began to alter each other’s programming to affect better results of the game. Before long the guests of the Kuari Princess starting complaining about their possessions being stolen. 4-Lom became bored with how easy it was to steal the passengers’ possessions and instead starting working for powerful crime lords like Jabba the Hutt. Jabba saw how talented 4-Lom was and thought 4-Lom would make a great bounty hunter. There was one thing stopping 4-Lom from being a bounty hunter; he was still programmed to not hurt anybody. Jabba the Hutt refit the droid with some new programming and then introduced 4-Lom to another bounty hunter named Zuckuss. The two bounty hunters would work together several times. When Jabba the Hutt heard that Darth Vader was looking for bounty hunters to capture the Millenium Falcon, Jabba the Hutt sent 4-Lom and Zuckuss to do the job and to bring back Han Solo, but as we all know from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett is the one that captures Han Solo.
We’ve already talked about some pretty cruel and ruthless bounty hunters, but Bossk might take the cake. If you recall in Star Wars: A New Hope Han Solo tells C-3PO not to anger Chewie because Wookiees have been known to rip people’s arms out of their sockets. Well Bossk hunted Wookiees, for fun. Bossk wasn’t picky though, if you needed a bounty hunter to kill a non Wookiee Bossk will gladly kill them too. Bossk even had a run-in with everyone’s favorite Wookiee Chewbacca and his partner Han Solo. Bossk and a group of partners had uncovered a Wookiee safe-planet and caught the Wookiees just as they were setting in, led by Chewbacca. Capturing an entire group of Wookiees certainly would’ve made for a big pay day. Unfortunately Han Solo returned to see Chewie and when he saw Bossk’s ship he decided to land on top of it. Bossk’s ship was destroyed and Bossk and his partner’s were stranded there. Bossk was so enraged that he killed all of his partners before finding a new ship.
Bossk had been plotting for a while to dethrone the leader of the Bounty Hunters Guild, Cradossk, and take over as heir. Bossk went on a bounty with Boba Fett, IG-88, Zuckuss and D’harhand when Bossk narrowly escaped an assassination attempt by Zuckuss who was secretly working for Cradossk. Bossk returned, much to Cradossk’s surprise, and slaughtered Cradossk. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that Cradossk was Bossk’s father?
After Bossk had killed his own father the Guild erupted and split in half. Bossk became leader of one half of the Guild which consisted mostly of the younger bounty hunters. Bossk once again teamed up with Boba Fett, this time to track down a Stormtrooper named Trihin Voss’on’t. Bossk and Boba Fett managed to catch Voss’on’t’s but then Bossk double crossed Boba Fett saying he needed this bounty because it would shift the power toward his half of the guild. Fortunately for Boba Fett he came prepared. He had hired Zuckuss to follow them and back up Boba Fett. Then once Bossk was contained Boba Fett turned on Zuckuss and threw him in the escape pod with Bossk and shot the two off into space.
It wasn’t the last time Bossk would cross paths with Boba Fett. Much later after the Star Wars Trilogy and Boba Fett’s “death” Bossk was aboard his ship when he heard a bomb counting down. He climbed into the escape pod and shot himself out of the ship to get away from the bomb. Suddenly he heard another bomb counting down and frantically searched for it in the escape pod. Bossk found it just in time for it to hit zero, but nothing happened. It was then that Bossk realized there was never a bomb on his ship; it was a trick by Boba Fett to make Bossk retreat from his own ship so that Boba Fett could steal it.
Durge was a Gen’Dai bounty hunter completely encased in his battered high-impact armor. Durge’s true from has never been seen to anyone. Durge is on nobody’s side but his own, he doesn’t care for the people he hunts or the people that employ him. Durge is a bounty hunter solely because he loves the hunt. Durge was born two millennia before the fall of the Republic. One millennium before the events in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Durge was hired by one of the few remaining Sith. He fought many Jedi, developing counter moves from every battle. When the Sith got wiped out Durge went into hiding to escape the Jedi. Nine hundred years later Durge returned to bounty hunting by assassinating the leader of the Mandalorians.
The Mandalorians seeked revenge and chased down Durge and tortured him. Durge finally escaped and went into hibernation but it took him nearly a century to recover from the Mandalorians torture. When Durge came out of hibernation he discovered that all the Mandalorians had been wiped out. Still seeking revenge on the Mandalorians decided to go after the one remaining Mandalorian, Jango Fett. Durge was later seemingly killed when Anakin Skywalker shot Durge’s escape pod into a star.