We rank the top ten bounty hunters of the Star Wars universe
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If you just happen to be in a galaxy far, far away and need some wet work done or a person found, then you my friend need yourself a bounty hunter. No matter the danger or degree of difficulty, if the price is the right, the bounty hunter is your friend. Bounty hunters are considered the scum of the galaxy. Usually they are found in the Outer Rim or other remote locations. Be it for the money or the adrenaline rush of adventure, there will always be bounty hunters. Listed below are my top 10 Star Wars bounty hunters. Some are a given, there might be a surprise here and there. Enjoy!
10. Zam Wesell
Zam just scrapes by barely beating out other bounty hunters to hit #10 on my list. I like the look of her and I thought she met her demise too quickly in the underrated Attack of the Clones. She was a reptilian changeling species from the plant Zolan. Being a changeling, she could take on the appearance of other beings.
Wesell was hired by Jango Fett to kill Senator Amidala. After blowing up Amidala’s ship failed to kill her target, she used poisonous insects called Kouhuns. The second attempt was foiled by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, who after a suicidal chase through the skyline of Coruscant and captured Wesell. But right before she could reveal who hired her, Fett kills her with a poison dart and flies off. Once again proving that you should never snitch on your friends. You brought it on yourself, Zam!
I have never been a big fan of Dengar, thus why he is at number 9. I could never really get over his appearance. He doesn’t look tough to me outside of him carrying that rifle. With all the cool ass looking bounty hunters in the Star Wars galaxy, I think Dengar got the worst design.
Dengar’s popularity picked up steam during the Clone Wars. But he will always be known for saving Boba Fett’s ass from the Sarlacc Pit. Though given the current state of canon and that the rescue occurred in the Expanded Universe, it’s possible we’ll see this story vanish. Oh and I’m going to go ahead and piss people off by saying that I am fine with him not saving Boba Fett.
Clocking in at number 8 is the bad ass looking IG-88. I wanted to put him higher on the list just on his looks alone, but 8 is as high as I could place him. Once activated, IG-88 murdered his creators and began a long career of hunting and destroying. As most of you know know, after the battle on Hoth Darth Vader hired several bounty hunters to track down the Millennium Falcon. IG-88 was one of them. Unable to find the Falcon himself, he followed behind Boba Fett to Bespin, where he met his demise at the hands of the Fett man.
4-LOM was designed to be a simple protocol droid, but he had different thoughts. He suffered from logic glitches, as well as personality software corruption that enabled him to abandon his original programming. So what is a free thinking protocol droid to do? Become a criminal, of course!
He teamed up with fellow bounty hunter, Zuckuss (who sadly just missed the list). The pair went on numerous missions together, including working with the Rebel Alliance at times. In the end, 4-LOM sacrificed himself to save Zukuss’ life. He did survive, but his programming was erased. Poor 4-LOM, he just wanted to be the droid you were looking for.
Bossk is one sexy ass lizard….or whatever he is. I know he is a Trandoshan and he likes enslaving Wookiees. He worked side-by-side with Aurra Sing (will she make the list?) and mentored a young Boba Fett. The duo got arrested after their plan to kill Mace Windu went to shit. Bossk got out, and began taking jobs again.
Out of all the bounty hunters on my list, he is one of the more successful ones. He survived the Clone Wars, was one of the select few to get hired by Vader to track down Han Solo, and has a ship named the Hound’s Tooth. Shame he couldn’t find his way out from under Fett’s shadow.
5. Aurra Sing
Of course, Aurra Sing was going to make my list! A skilled sniper and deadly hunter, Aurra was only shown for a split second in The Phantom Menace, but I knew that she would end up being popular. And I was right! First off, she has a sexy hair-do. That quickly became my standard of looking for a girlfriend, but alas, I could never find a girl that would do that with her hair. Oh well.
Her cameo in The Phantom Menace was the start of her journey in the Star Wars Universe. Her claim to fame is training a young Boba Fett. But she also came close to killing both Amidala and Mace Windu. She has also teamed up with another ruthless bounty hunter, Cad Bane.
4. Jango Fett
Coming in at number 4 is Boba Fett’s daddy, Jango Fett! Jango had it all: cool weapons, cool armor, successful bounty hunting career, being the base genetic material for an entire clone army, and the ability to clean up his own back yard. (see Zam Wesell) He even handles his own against Obi-Wan, what more can you ask out of a bounty hunter? Oh! I know, not to go out like a bitch with a single lightsaber swipe. Jango’s disappointing death drops him down to number 4. That’s just as bad as dying at the hands of a blind man with a stick…oh, wait.
3. Cad Bane
Right off the bat, Cad’s hat is cool as hell. I need a hat like that. I wonder if I would get more respect around my office. Anyway, Bane and Jango Fett were two the most feared hunters in the galaxy prior to the Clone Wars. He is a no-nonsense type of guy, extremely dangerous, and will stab someone in the back if the price is right. He’s tangoed with Anakin and Obi-Wan on numerous occasions and even captured Ahsoka Tano. His arsenal includes dual blasters, rocket boots and lethal gauntlets. Plus, he has that hat! This is as close to a western style outlaw, bounty hunter as you are going to get!
2. Boba Fett
I’ll wait a moment as you pick up your jaw once you realize that is a #2 next to Boba Fett’s name. Go ahead, refresh all you want, he is still going to be #2. Done yet? Good, let’s continue. Yes Boba Fett comes in at number 2. Did I do it to ruffle some Porg feathers? Maybe. I don’t feel like I have to say much about this guy. We all know Boba Fett’s claim to fame. He captured Han Solo and delivered him to Jabba the Hutt. He’s a badass and everyone loves him. Don’t get me wrong I do too, but in the end he still got iced by a blind guy swinging a stick.
That’s right, Boushh! Let the hate flow through you! Go ahead and hit the X to escape my article, you still saw who I chose as my number 1! I chose Boushh for my own selfish reasons. Princess Leia disguised herself as this bounty hunter on infiltration missions. The biggest one being her infiltration of Jabba’s palace, where she made it appear that she’d captured the mighty Chewbacca. We all know how it goes, her plan works until she thaws out Han Solo and they get caught. At least her outfit still looks sweet.
Being a week away from The Last Jedi, it pains me knowing I will see Carrie Fisher on the big screen for the final time. They have said she will appear in Episode IX, but that’s pure speculation as far as I’m concerned. We shall see. Lastly let me fill you in on the real Boushh before you leave. He was from Uba IV, and secured a solid reputation of being a dangerous bounty hunter. He attempted to blackmail the Black Sun crime syndicate, which didn’t go so well and resulted in his death. Boushh’s demise wasn’t well known and Leia was given his armor and helmet to use on her missions.
Though the question remains – Once Leia got her hands on Boushh’s armor how did she know how to play the role? I’ll tell you how, the Bounty Hunter Code of course! This book will give any bounty hunter prospect all the tips and tricks to ensure they’ll soon be counted among the scum of the galaxy.
There you have it, my top 10 Bounty Hunters in the Star Wars Universe. While some of you may agree with my selections, I’m sure that most of you won’t. But hey that’s ok. Part of what makes the Star Wars Universe great, is getting to argue with a huge fan base about something you love. Thanks for taking the time to read my list, even if it was rage inducing. Most importantly don’t forget to get your tickets for Star Wars: The Last Jedi if you haven’t already! And be sure to catch the AiPT! podcast this week. We’ll be discussing and theory crafting everything we know about Star Wars: The Last Jedi AND we’ll have a special episode of the AiPT! podcast available after the films release. Tune in and listen fellow Star Wars fans!