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«Jabba's put a price on your head so large every bounty hunter in the galaxy will be looking for you.»
Greedo to Han Solo[src]

Several bounty hunters join Darth Vader aboard the Executor.

Bounty hunters were individuals who could be hired to capture or kill a designated target. The target would have a price or bounty on their heads that would be collected by the bounty hunter upon successful capture or proof of death.[1] Bounty hunters would sometimes team together as part of a larger mission[2] or to handle dangerous targets.[3]

Some bounty hunters acted like mercenaries and were hired to do jobs other than tracking down bounties. Hutts often kept these mercenary hunters on retainer so as to have more experienced and capable bodyguards protecting them; Jabba the Hutt was one such Hutt who kept several renowned hunters with him or within Hutt palaces throughout the Clone Wars and the Galactic Civil War. Jango Fett, a famous bounty hunter active before the Clone Wars, was hired by Lord Tyranus to be the genetic template for the Grand Army of the Republic.[4] El-Les and Bric were hired to help train the clone troopers.[5]

By the reign of the Galactic Empire, many bounty hunters were affiliated with the Bounty Hunters' Guild, which was authorized by the Imperial Office of Criminal Investigation to issue Imperial Peace-Keeping Certificates,[6] which gave bounty hunters access to the Imperial Enforcement DataCore.[7]

Bounties could come from a variety of ways. The Galactic Empire employed bounty hunters to hunt down Rebels.[1] Private individuals could also list bounties on people. Jabba the Hutt placed a very large bounty on Han Solo[8] who was captured by Boba Fett.[1] The Republic also placed bounties on wanted fugitives during the Clone Wars, even the Separatists offered a million credits a head on any Jedi.



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