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"Hahahaha! I can't believe I'm gettin' paid for this."
―Dengar, heading into battle[src]

Dengar was a Corellian bounty hunter operating since the early stages of the Clone Wars. Dengar participated in an operation on Quarzite—during which he served as a member of a syndicate of hunters including Boba Fett, Bossk, and Asajj Ventress—to secure property valuable to Lord Otua Blank of the planet Quarzite.

Dengar remained active through the Galactic Civil War, during which he was one of several bounty hunters hired by Darth Vader to capture Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon. Though Dengar ultimately lost Vader's bounty to his rival/partner Boba Fett, he was later present with Bossk and Fett in Jabba's Palace on Tatooine during Solo's rescue by Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker.

BiographyEdit

The Clone WarsEdit

Safe cargo objectiveEdit

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Dengar during the Clone Wars

"So... what do you think is in that box?"
"Whatever it is, it better be worth all this effort."
―Dengar and Asajj Ventress contemplate the contents of the box[src]

A human male from the planet Corellia,[1] the bounty hunter Dengar's career was considered to be at its prime during the galaxy-wide Clone Wars conflict, during which he attained a remarkable track record. He was part of an operation alongside fellow hunters Boba Fett, Bossk, Latts Razzi, C-21 Highsinger, and Oked. The hunters were hired to escort a subtram containing cargo valuable to Otua Blank, the leader of the Belugan people of Quarzite. While preparing for the mission in Chalmun's Cantina, Oked was murdered by the wayward dark side user Asajj Ventress, who promptly agreed to take the dead hunter's place on the mission roster.[3]

Dengar and company set off in Bossk's ship, the Hound's Tooth, to Quarzite, where the Belugan Major Rigosso transported the team to the train's subterranean loading dock via a space elevator from an orbital skyhook. Dengar, along with Ventress, were assigned to guard the rear of the train. After unsuccessfully flirting with Ventress, a team of skilled Kage Warriors boarded the train in an attempt to retrieve the cargo. Dengar managed to fight off many of the attackers due to his skilled hand-to-hand combat techniques, and even managed to kill two using mini-grenades. Dengar was eventually overwhelmed by the attackers and was thrown from the train, landing safely on the subterranean surface. Dengar and his allies, who were likewise thrown from the train, returned to the skyhook to await Ventress, who had betrayed the mission objective by swapping the cargo with Boba Fett, who was bound and gagged. Before departing, she hands over the rest of the team's share of unmarked credits.[3]

Working for the HuttsEdit

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Dengar and his team surprise the Shadow Collective

"Come on, let's get out of here."
―Latts Razzi, to her team after their job for the Hutts went south[src]

Dengar was later employed by the Hutts alongside Latts, Embo, and Sugi as protection on Nal Hutta. They were present when Darth Maul, Savage Opress and the Death Watch leader, Pre Vizsla came to ally with the Hutts. When the plan went sour, the four bounty hunters attacked, though they were pushed by the Mandalorian's flamethrower. The trio soon received reinforcements and attacked. When the battle was clearly lost, Dengar and Latts saved the beaten Embo and Sugi by covering their escape with smoke bombs. The group of mercenaries fled the Death Watch and their Sith allies.[4]

Though weathered and grizzled by years of bounty hunting, Dengar was still active around the time of the assault on Cymoon 1. He was present in Jabba's court when Darth Vader, on a mission to negotiate with the Hutt, arrived at the crime lord's palace. Jabba ordered Dengar out the of room so that "negotiations" could commence.[5]

Dengar then went to a bar on Nar Shaddaa where he learned from a Gungan that Chewbacca was there.[6] Dengar then shocked Chewbacca as he and C-3PO were about to storm Grakkus the Hutt's palace. He then demanded that 3PO contact Han Solo. When 3PO tried to help Chewbacca, Dengar then shocked him. Dengar then fought with Chewbacca, subduing him. When he demanded Solo's location, he was then stunned by Solo.[7] Despite being outgunned by Solo's ship, Dengar threatened to destroy them all with his thermal detonator. However, he was then tossed away by Chewbacca.[8]

Galactic Civil WarEdit

"These rebels should just pack it in."
―Dengar[src]

Hired by Darth VaderEdit

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Dengar on the bridge of the Executor

Dengar survived his encounter with Chewbacca. He was then secretly hired by Darth Vader along with Black Krrsantan, Zuckuss, Beebox, IG-90, and C-21 Highsinger to find and return Dr. Aphra.[9] Dengar was one of the bounty hunters, alongside Boba Fett, Bossk, IG-88, 4-LOM, and Zuckuss, summoned to the Imperial flagship of Darth Vader, who resorted to using hunters to track down the Millennium Falcon, the ship of Captain Han Solo, who slipped away from Vader during the evacuation of Hoth.[10]

Dengar lost out on the bounty to Fett, who delivered the now carbonite-encased Solo to the Hutt crime lord Jabba on Tatooine.[10] Dengar, Bossk, and Fett were later present at Jabba the Hutt's palace when chaos broke loose after the Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker arrived to free Solo. Though Fett apparently lost his life after taking a tumble into the maw of the sarlacc beast during a battle with Luke and Han, Dengar seemingly did not participate in the skirmish.[11]

New RepublicEdit

Skirmish on Corellia Edit

"Things are changing now. Our profession is about to get marginalized, too. Those rebels won't put up with our special brand of sauce for too long, will they? It's why we gotta band together. Form a proper union. We'll be a force to reckon with."
―Dengar, to Mercurial Swift[src]

Some time after the battle of Endor, Dengar got into a fight with the young bounty hunter Mercurial Swift, in a holoplex rooftop on Coronet City, Corellia. Dengar offered guidance, trying to convince him to join a bounty hunter alliance, but Mercurial refused, claiming he was old and ineffective. Dengar managed to have the advantage, aiming a pistol at his opponent, but was easily distracted and taken down when the hunter pretended to see Boba Fett standing behind him. Mercurial let him live, claiming to have no reason to kill him without a bounty to his head. The two hunters went on their separate paths, but not before Dengar gave him one last warning, saying times would be different for their kind with the New Republic in power, with the new government potentially forcing bounties on other bounty hunters.[12] Dengar's prediction began to come true when the New Republic began denying services to bounty hunters due to the paranoia following the terrorist attacks that took place on Liberation Day.[13]

Personality and traitsEdit

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Dengar engages a Kage Warrior in unarmed combat

"Hello, darling. Looks like we're securing the back platform together."
"Wonderful."
―Dengar and Asajj Ventress[src]

Though considered by others to be crude and slovenly, Dengar thought highly of himself, often flirting with females such as Asajj Ventress. His confidence translated into his battle tactics, often taking the fight to the enemy head on with sheer firepower and destruction, which contrasted with the more cunning tactics of hunters like Cad Bane and Boba Fett. In addition, he was held in high regard for his excellent track record of hunting down his marks.[2]

EquipmentEdit

Dengar wore plated battle armor and a turban to cover his head during his missions, a uniform that became very battered by the time he was summoned to Darth Vader's super star destroyer.[14] His preferred choice of weapon during the time of the Galactic Civil War was a DLT-19 heavy blaster rifle, which was supplemented by the use of mini-grenades in close quarters combat.[3] He also equipped himself with smoke grenades, which he used to cover his team's escape after a job for the Hutts went south.[4]

Behind the scenesEdit

Dengar was played by British actor Morris Bush in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. He briefly appears in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, although it was unknown if it was still Bush in the role until Jeremy Bulloch confirmed it in the Celebration Europe II panel, The Fett-Tastic Four. In The Clone Wars TV series and in the video game Star Wars Battlefront, Dengar was voiced by British actor Simon Pegg.

In pre-production still photographs from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Dengar is pictured holding a modified WWII-era German MG 34 machine gun. In the film, though, that weapon was held by bounty hunter droid 4-LOM, and Dengar was armed with a modified German MG 42.

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