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Bib Fortuna was a male Twi'lek who lived on the desert planet Tatooine. He served as Jabba the Hutt's majordomo and chief of staff for decades, handling all of the day-to-day operations at his master's palace.

BiographyEdit

A male Twi'lek, Bib Fortuna hailed from Ryloth, the homeworld of his species. He served as a majordomo to the Hutt crime lord Jabba[1] as far back as the time of the Invasion of Naboo,[6] in 32 BBY.[2] That year, Fortuna attended the Boonta Eve Classic,[6] which his master hosted to commemorate the Boonta Eve holiday.[7] From his master's private balcony, he witnessed the victory of a local human boy named Anakin Skywalker against the reigning champion Sebulba.[6]

Galactic Civil WarEdit

Trouble with MercenariesEdit

During the Galactic Civil War between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, the Twi'lek remained in Jabba's service. At some point between the Battle of Yavin and Battle of Hoth, Fortuna contacted the Tatooinian mercenary Saponza and his partner in the name of Jabba. The two men had reacted violently to the presence of Jabba's henchmen around Saponza's homestead, killing six of them. Fortuna let the two mercenaries know they had made an enemy of his Hutt master. Some time later, Jabba's henchmen razed Saponza's estate to the ground in retaliation, and the majordomo contacted Saponza once again to gloat over his misfortune and warn him that Jabba's revenge was not over.[8]

Trouble at the Great Pit of CarkoonEdit

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Fortuna serving alongside Jabba at the palace during the Galactic Civil War.

Later in the war, Fortuna greeted two droid visitors to his master's palace. The two mechanical units, called C-3PO and R2-D2, claimed that they had a gift for the Hutt. The majordomo demanded that they hand over that gift to him so he could bring it to Jabba himself, but the droids answered that their instructions were to give it only to the crime lord himself. Fortuna led the droids into the throne room, where they delivered a holographic message from their owner, the Rebel hero and fledging Jedi Luke Skywalker. In the message, Skywalker asked to bargain for the life of his friend Han Solo, whom Jabba detained, offering C-3PO and R2-D2 in exchange.[5]

Fortuna was present when Princess Leia Organa arrived under the disguise of notorious bounty hunter Boushh along with Han Solo's longtime friend Chewbacca, demanding that Solo be released under the threat of a thermal detonator, and also witnessed her capture when she attempted to free Solo herself. When Luke Skywalker eventually arrived, Fortuna admitted him into the throne room, despite having been given explicit instructions not to do so until after Jabba had finished his nap.[5] Fortuna was influenced by Skywalker's mind trick, though he was not as weak-minded as some of Jabba's other guards. Skywalker only succeeded in his mind trick by finding and exploiting Fortuna's weak point, his strong loyalty to his master, Jabba.[9]

After Skywalker killed Jabba's pet Rancor, he was imprisoned and sentenced to death, with Jabba wanting him executed at the Great Pit of Carkoon. Fortuna accompanied Jabba and many of his palace denizens to the pit, though he was killed after Skywalker, Organa, Solo and Lando Calrissian managed to escape custody and destroy Jabba's personal Sail barge.[3]

Personality and traitsEdit

Marking excessive concerns with propriety and modesty, Fortuna was mortified upon hearing Sy Snootles's saucy lyrics for the song Jedi Rocks.[10]

Behind the scenesEdit

Bib Fortuna was played by Michael Carter and voiced uncredited by the late Erik Bauersfeld, who also voiced Admiral Gial Ackbar, in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. For Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, Alan Ruscoe was initially cast to play the character in a scene in the Senate, however, this scene was cut, and he was later portrayed by Matthew Wood for his appearance on Tatooine. The name 'Fortuna' means 'Fortune' in Latin, Spanish and other languages.

In earlier drafts of Return of the Jedi, Fortuna's title was the 'High Beeser of Hoth', and his original design sketches depicted him as a wizened old human man sporting a dark cloak and a tall hat. References to this title and design, however, were left out from the finished version of the film.[11]

The makeup process that Michael Carter needed to perform to create the custom of Bib Fortuna took over eight hours to first transform Carter into the Twi'lek advisor. By the end of Carter's five-week shoot, make-up artist Nick Dudman had streamlined the process down to 58 minutes. Removing the make-up took another 25 minutes.[11]

Prior to the reboot of the Star Wars canon by The Walt Disney Company in order to explore new storylines and in anticipation for the Sequel Trilogy, some details about Fortuna's life were explored. The Essential Guide to Characters detailed Fortuna's early life as his exclusion from the Twi'lek society, while the Tales from Jabba's Palace anthology showed him as the one who abducted Oola in order to make her became Jabba's dancer, in addition to showing him escaping from Jabba's sail barge during the Battle at the Great Pit of Carkoon. However, after the Expanded Universe was subsequently rebooted into the Star Wars Legends brand, these stories have been announced as non-canonical.

While Fortuna's language is never actually spoken in Jedi, several scenes in the film showed Fortuna speaking something which can be interpreted as a twisted form of English, suggesting that he spoke a heavy dialect of Galactic Basic.

AppearancesEdit

Non-Canon appearancesEdit

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