From ex-jedi to droids–yes, droids–bounty hunters are one of the most awesome parts of Star Wars. The Clone Wars did a good job of bringing them to center-stage, and Rebels brought back many favourites.
10: Zam Wessel: Darth Sidious ordered Count Dooku to assassinate Padme. Dooku hired Jango Fett, Jango in hired Zam Wessel, Zam made a droid do the job. The droid dumped two toxic worms in the window to kill Padme. Obviously that failed, but Zam is still a pretty cool bounty hunter–and a shapeshifter.
9: Aurra Sing: Aurra Sing was supposed to be a Jedi padawan, but her training wasn’t going well. Apparently, she had an argument with her master and decided she had had enough of Jedi. She defected from the Order, and became a bounty hunter. She was a natural-born leader, succeeding in commanding the team of bounty hunters after Sugi, and worked for young Boba Fett in his quest for revenge on the Jedi.
8: Asajj Ventress: Ventress was a dark side acolyte, but the Rule of Two prevented her from becoming a true Sith. After a skirmish with a former ally Savage Oppress, she defected from the Seperatists to become a bounty hunter. Using her twin bent-hilted lightsabers and force powers, she became one of the most successful bounty hunters of the late Clone Wars.
7: Bossk: If there is one thing we can’t forgive a villain for, it’s hunting wookiees, and that’s exactly what Bossk does in his spare time. The reptilian has been seen in the Clone Wars hunting wookiees and working for Boba, in The Empire Strikes Back hunting Han Solo for Vader, and even in Rebels! “Given the size of your mortar gun, and the way you don’t mince words, it’s my impression that you’re a professional bounty hunter.”―Ezra Bridger.
6: Dengar: Dengar was a bounty hunter who used sheer firepower to eliminate his enemies. He thought very highly of himself, which was only partially justified by his nearly unbroken track record. He used a combination of mini-grenades, his blaster rifle, and deadly skill to take down almost any foe. In Twin Engines of Destruction, Dengar and Boba Fett worked together to track down a fake who stole Boba’s identity.
5: IG-88: though not the only one, IG-88 is one of the very few droids who “escaped their programming” and became bounty hunters. He is no doubt one of the greatest bounty hunters ever; his chief rival for capturing Solo was Boba Fett. He is a modified IG-86 sentinel droid made from–uhh, recycled Mos Eisley Cantina parts left over from filming. Really, google it. Nonetheless, he’s pretty dang awesome.
4: Embo: There’s nothing bland about Embo: a bowcaster, a pet anooba called Marrok, an undecodable language, and downright colorful appearance. Not to mention the hat that doubles as a shield and triples as a snowboard. Though a quiet individual, he is completely ruthless when it comes to capturing his bounty. During the Clone Wars, his skills were second only to Cad Bane. <<You’re outmanned, laserblade.>>
3: Jango Fett: Having several million clones is not the only thing that makes Jango awesome. Extreme bounty hunting is really his thing; he knows that his clones will be for the Republic and that it was a Separatist who hired him, so he was willing to start a galaxy-wide war, as long as he gets payed. Besides, a guy who fights his own clones in his spare time has to be in the top three.
2: Cad Bane: Bane is one of the most notorious bounty hunters ever, going to massive lengths to achieve his goal. Breaking out of a Republic prison, kidnapping force-sensitive children pretending to be a jedi, infiltrating the Jedi Temple to steal a holocron, and holding the entire Senate as hostages are just a few highlights from his eventful career. Plus, he also has a genuinely evil droid, Todo 360. “I’ll take on any job…for the right price.” – Cad Bane.
1: Boba Fett: clone, bounty hunter, son of a mercenary, and Mandalorian. Boba was raised as a bounty hunter by a bounty hunter to become a bounty hunter. Capturing Han Solo and bringing him to Bespin was only one out of many jobs he completed. While he was young, he and a gang of other bounty hunters tracked down and nearly killed Mace Windu, the Jedi who killed his father. In Twin Engines of Desruction, he and Dengar tracked down and killed a fake pretending to be Boba. In addition, he’s the only person in the galaxy who dares to question Darth Vader.
Dengar: “So, did Cass Yllek get boogled out by your sarlacc scars? Those things’l probably never go away. No wonder you never show your face.”
Boba: “This is my face.”
Bonus: 4-LOM was originally a protocol droid, but somehow “escaped his programming” to become a bounty hunter. He modified himself to work like an insect. He also busts the myth that IG-88 is the only droid bounty hunter.
Not mentioned, but still pretty cool: Seripas (little dude in the big bad suit), Greedo (did not shoot first), 4-LOM (protocol droid gone bad), Onyo Wren (Sabine’s sister).
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