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Jabba the Hutt was a Hutt gangster and crime lord, as well as a member of the Grand Hutt Council, who operated from his palace on the Outer Rim world of Tatooine. Jabba was a major figure on Tatooine, where he controlled the bulk of the trafficking in illegal goods, piracy and slavery that generated most of the planet's wealth. He was also highly influential in the entire Outer Rim as one of its most powerful crime lords.
During the Clone Wars, Jabba's influence and power over the Outer Rim, specifically its hyperlanes, was sought by both the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, who both courted Jabba's approval. When Rotta, Jabba's son, was kidnapped, the crime lord promised his support to the whomever returned his son. When the Separatists were revealed to have orchastrated Rotta's kidnapping, Jabba pledged his support to the Republic.
Jabba continued to operate in the Outer Rim after the end of the Clone Wars and the rise of the Galactic Empire, preserving his power base, despite Emperor Sheev Palpatine' interference. After the destruction of the Death Star by the Rebel Alliance, the Emperor sent Darth Vader to negotiate a deal with Jabba to secure raw materials for Imperial military production. Jabba's alliance with the Empire allowed him and the Hutts to survive the Imperial crackdown against criminal elements in the Outer Rim, as well as rid the Hutt of his competitors.
After smuggler Han Solo failed to repay him for lost cargo, Jabba placed a high price on his head. Solo was eventually delivered to him by one of his bounty hunters, Boba Fett, as a gift from Darth Vader. However, this capture brought him to the attention of Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, who sought to rescue his friend from Jabba's imprisonment. As he attempted to execute the Jedi and his allies in the Pit of Carkoon, Jabba was killed by Leia Organa.
Waning days of the RepublicEdit
During the final days of the Republic, Jabba the Hutt was known to preside over Tatooine's podraces. Notably, he was present when Anakin Skywalker won the Boonta Eve race, a momentous event with ramifications not even the mighty Jabba could have foreseen.
The Clone WarsEdit
Following the outset of the Clone Wars, Jabba's son Rotta was kidnapped by the Confederacy of Independent Systems, in a plot to deny Hutt space access to the Republic's forces. After the group of bounty hunters he had hired had tracked Rotta to Teth but had been returned beheaded, Jabba contacted the Jedi for help. The Separatists allowed for the Huttlet to be returned, but using a counterfeited video Count Dooku tried to persuade Jabba that the Jedi were behind the kidnapping, while in the meantime his own forces were trying to reacquire Rotta. Eventually the Jedi managed to deliver him safely to his parent, which in turn aligned his criminal empire with the Republic.
Shortly after this, Jabba was visited by Baron Papanoida and his son in search of his two missing daughters. In agreement with the Republic treaty and his fatherly instincts, Jabba handed over Greedo, who kidnapped Papanoida's daughters. Months later, Jabba and the rest of the Grand Hutt Council — including his nephew, Gorga, Arok, Oruba, and Marlo — conspired to break Ziro out of jail, hiring Cad Bane to do so. Soon, Bane brought back Ziro to Hutta and presented him to the Hutt Council. At this time, Jabba remained absent, sending Gardulla as his representative.
In the meantime, Jabba hired Ziro's old girlfriend, Sy Snootles, to steal back the Hutt Council records and kill Ziro, for the kidnapping of his son. She was successful in doing so and gave back Jabba the records in exchange for a small reward.
In order to instigate and facilitate a political coup on Mandalore, the Shadow Collective (led by former Sith Lord Darth Maul, his apprentice Savage Opress and Death Watch commander Pre Vizsla) began absorbing and integrating various criminal factions and elements into their organization, such as the Black Sun and Pyke Syndicate. Even with their combined might, the Shadow Collective still required other resources, such as muscle and supplies. Backed by the Death Watch, the leaders of the Collective headed to Nal Hutta in order to negotiate an alliance between the Grand Hutt Council and the Collective. Maul, Opress and Vizla met with the Council, headed by none other than Jabba the Hutt. Most of the negotiations, including the terms and conditions of the alliance, were handled and hashed out between Maul and Jabba.
Initially, the Hutts wanted to know what they could offer and how much their assistance was worth. Maul proposed an exchange: in return for Hutt Space and everything in its borders, he would spare their lives. Jabba and the Council were dismissive of Maul's threats, which resulted in a skirmish between the Shadow Collective and the Grand Hutt Council's forces. Maul, Opress and Vizla fought off various enforcers and bounty hunters, until their Death Watch reinforcements arrived. With the addition of troops, Maul, Vizla and Opress were able to route the enemy forces and secure a victory. Although the Collective was triumphant, the ensuing conflict and chaos allowed all but one Hutt to escape—Oruba. Maul interrogated Oruba, threatening to take his life unless he revealed where the others had escaped to. Oruba refused to reveal the location—he informed Maul that he could find Jabba on Tatooine in his palace. With his usefulness at an end, Maul his apprentice to end the Hutt, and Opress willingly complied.
With their business on Nal Hutta concluded, the Collective plotted a course for Tatooine, specifically Jabba's Palace. Having sent an advance party to secure the palace, Maul, Opress and Vizla faced little resistance. After making their way to Jabba's audience chamber, Maul, Opress and Vizla were greeted by the crime lord and Gorga, one of the Hutts that had escaped the skirmish on Nal Hutta. Maul ordered Jabba and the Council to submit to his ultimatum, to join the Shadow Collective and help him, or suffer. Jabba chuckled at Maul's threat, but ultimately agreed to an assist the Shadow Collective in its takeover of Mandalore.
Jabba perished on his Sail barge near the Great Pit of Carkoon at the hands of Leia Organa. A member of the Rebel Alliance, Leia was captured by Jabba along with her friends Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca as the trio attempted to rescue their friend and ally Han Solo. Jabba had then claimed and dressed Leia as one of his slaves, and was keeping her chained by his side. In an ironic turn of events, Leia strangled Jabba to death using her chain.
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace: Star Wars Part the First (Non-canonical appearance)
- Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Galactic Defense
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sphere of Influence"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Evil Plans"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hunt for Ziro"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Missing in Action" (Mentioned on sign only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence"
- Lords of the Sith (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars 7: From the Journals of Old Ben Kenobi: "The Last of His Breed" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Vision of Hope" (Mentioned only)
- The Rebellion Begins (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- A New Hope Read-Along Storybook and CD
- The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight
- Heir to the Jedi (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars 1: Skywalker Strikes (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars 3: Skywalker Strikes, Part III (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Darth Vader 1: Vader
- Star Wars 4: Skywalker Strikes, Part IV
- Star Wars: Darth Vader 2: Vader, Part II (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Darth Vader 7: Shadows and Secrets, Part I (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Commander (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (Mentioned only)
- The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi? (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi (First appearance)
- Return of the Jedi Read-Along Storybook and CD
- Rescue from Jabba's Palace
- Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!
- Epic Yarns: Return of the Jedi (Non-canonical appearance)
- "Hera: A New Breed of Hero"—Star Wars Insider 151
- Star Wars in 100 Scenes
- Ultimate Star Wars
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Evil Plans"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence"
- ↑ Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ Star Wars 4: Skywalker Strikes, Part IV
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars (film)
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hunt for Ziro"