|Jabba the Hutt|
|Jabba the Hutt - By: KONAMI (Edit By: Maximus Supremo)|
|Position||Hutt Desilijic Clan Crime Lord|
Jabba Desilijic Tiure, commonly called Jabba the Hutt or as simply Jabba, was one of the most notorious Hutt crime lords in the galaxy, as well as a leading member of the Hutts Grand Council, who resided and also operated at his own palace on the Outer Rim Territories planet Tatooine, where he governed his own criminal empire. Jabba the Hutt was a major figure on Tatooine, where Jabba the Hutt had part in local trafficking of goods, piracy and also slavery which had generated most of the planet's wealth. He was also highly influential gangster in the entire Outer Rim as one of its most powerful crime lords. Jabba's influence would continue into the Age of the Galactic Empire, preserving his power base, despite the interference of the Emperor. Jabba's alliance with the Empire allowed the Hutts to survive the crackdown of the criminals in the Outer Rim, as well as rid Jabba the Hutt of his criminal competitors.
Known for his cruel nature and carnal fancies, Jabba the Hutt was powerful enough to command a deal of respect and also payment from the galaxy's ruling government, so much that in the Clone Wars the Galactic Republic went to great lengths to avoid Jabba's displeasure. After one of the Hutt's smugglers, Han Solo, had failed to repay him for lost cargo, Jabba placed a hefty death mark on the smuggler. Jabba the Hutt would at last get his revenge on Solo when he was delivered to him by one of the many bounty hunters Jabba was known to employ, Boba Fett, as a gift from the Dark Lord Darth Vader. However, this would prove to his undoing, as Solo's imprisonment drew his rebel comrades to rescue him. As Jabba the Hutt tried to have the rebels executed, Jabba met his demise at the hands of the last Princess of Alderaan and rebel hero, Leia Organa.
Age of the Galactic Republic
Crime Lord of Tatooine
Jabba Desilijic Tiure was a Hutt who hailed from Tatooine, a desert world in the Outer Rim. He was grandson of Mama and Papa the Hutts, and the nephew of Ziro and Ebor. His mother left enough of a mark on him that, years later, the Hutt would force the Askajian dancer Yarna d'al' Gargan to wear special type makeup to make her look more like his genitrix. Jabba became a very powerful and influential crime lord, gaining him a seat on the Grand Hutt Council. He also became affiliated with the Crymorah Syndicate. As a crime lord, Jabba based his illicit operation out of his palace in the Northern Dune Sea of Tatooine, from where he spread his operations and influence across the Outer Rim by employing a network of smugglers who moved his goods across the galaxy. Jabba the Hutt's operations grew to include such acts as slavery, arms dealing, spice smuggling, and gambling. Gambling was a prominent feature of the Mos Espa Grand Arena, where Jabba built grandstands from which he could control the gambling and concessions during pod podraces. Shortly after the start of the Invasion of Naboo, Jabba presided over the Boonta Eve Classic race, where his entrance in the stands was greeted with cheers from the spectators who came to watch the race from all corners of the Outer Rim Territories.
Jabba signaled the start of the race and the podracers began their laps, at the end of which Anakin Skywalker, a young slave from Mos Espa, emerged victorious. Jabba had to be awoken after falling asleep during the race, as podracing did not interest him aside from the gambling involved. Due to the attractive nature of becoming a crime gangster during the galaxy's time of change, he attained minions. A Twi'lek from Ryloth, Bib Fortuna would become his majordomo early on. He was always in attendance where Jabba was, be it podraces, the palace, or other ventures. Jabba kept an enormous creature as his champion gladiator in a arena underneath his residence, where he used the beast to dispose of some of the undesirable individuals in death matches for his own amusement. Jabba was known to have betted on podraces. In the course of one such races he was, on occasion, the host, such as at the Boonta Eve Classic, which fellow crime lord Xizor also attended. He never had any interest in the sport and sometimes fell asleep during the race beside the profits made from inside bettors and the joy that came from having others owe him, especially the Watto. When Jabba did win, he was rewarded with slave girls and credits. He made sure that he always got his money "the easy way, or hard way".
Business in Clone Wars
Ten years after the crisis on Naboo, the galaxy was plunged into a chaotic conflict known as the Clone Wars, a conflict that was fought between the Grand Army of the Galactic Republic and the battle droid armies of the Separatist Alliance. Not long after the outbreak of the war, Jabba's infant child, Rotta, was kidnapped. Though Jabba the Hutt did not know who the kidnapper was, it was carried out by his uncle, Ziro the Hutt, and the Separatists, both of whom had their own schemes at play. Jabba had requested the aid of anyone who could help save Rotta, and the Republic and Jedi Order answered the call. It was the hope of the Supreme Chancellor Palpatine that the Republic would be able to negotiate a alliance with the Hutts for the use of their territory hyperspace lanes in the Outer Rim, as the Separatists controlled the major lanes. Jabba the Hutt dispatched bounty hunters who tracked his son to Teth, but they were returned beheaded. Count Dooku and others in the Confederacy took Jabba's son, allowed the Jedi to get him back, and employed lies, a secret video, and an all-out assault to get him back and to curry the crime lord's favor. Ultimately, the Jedi proved to be victorious and also earned Jabba's trust for a time, thus allowing his empire to affiliate with the Republic in the conflict.
Jabba the Hutt was angry at the main instigator of the plot, his own uncle Ziro Desilijic Tiure, who was plotting to claim control of Jabba's crime empire. Some time later, he was approached by Baron Notluwiski Papanoida, Chairman of the Pantoran Assembly, who held in a standoff against one of Jabba's bounty hunters, Greedo. He appealed to Jabba as a fellow father to ask for assistance in finding his daughters Chi Eekway and Che Amanwe. He reasoned that if Greedo's blood matched the sample that he found on Coruscant, then it would prove that Greedo was involved in the abductions. No sooner did Jabba did permit a blood sample to be taken, did Greedo spill that he was working for the Confederates. Greedo then led the Pantorans to Mos Eisley, where one of the girls was located. At another time, Jabba had hired the bounty hunter Cad Bane to get information about the Senate building. After Bane's success, Jabba talked to the Grand Hutt Council to see if Ziro should be released from prison. The Hutts hired Bane and he succeeded. Then, Jabba hired Sy Snootles to steal intel from Ziro. Sy betrayed Ziro and killed him, and gave Jabba the intel. The Hutt later had found himself roped into the schemes of Darth Maul, a Sith who hoped to regain the status he lost after his defeat years ago.
As part of Darth Maul's, he alongside his brother Savage Opress, and Pre Vizsla of Death Watch went to the council on Nal Hutta to ask for an alliance with them, promising to spare their lives in exchange for Hutt territories and everything in it's borders. Jabba and the other elders just laughed and sent bounty hunters after them. While Gorga and Jabba were seen on holograms, the others, except for Oruba, escaped the skirmish. With the information on the Hutt whereabouts the Shadow Collective soon arrived at Jabba's palace, facing little resistance as they made their way into Jabba's court. Maul ordered Jabba and the council to submit to his demands and join the Shadow Collective, lest they suffer his wrath. With little choice in the matter, Jabba agreed to assist the Collective in its takeover of Mandalore. Resources the Cartel provided aided the Collective in its takeover of Mandalore, with Maul declaring himself new Mandalore leader. However, the Dark Lord Darth Sidious came to regard Maul as a threat and targeted the Shadow Collective. The group fractured under assault by the Sith and their Separatist puppets, and Maul's plan was defeated by Sidious. At the end of the war, the Republic was turned into a Galactic Empire, and he continued his activities in the new era, holding crime influence.
Age of the Galactic Empire
During a particularly bad drought on Tatooine, Jabba began collecting a hefty water tax from the local moisture farmers. This earned his thugs a very unpleasant encounter with the exiled Obi-Wan Kenobi, who was watching and guarding a young Luke Skywalker. When Skywalker attempted to steal the thugs' collections for the day, they caught and then had threatened to kill him. It was at that moment that Obi-Wan Kenobi had taken down the thugs with the Force. Under the cover of darkness, the gangsters were unable to identify Kenobi. Most displeased with his loss of tax revenue, he hired the Wookiee bounty hunter Black Krrsantan to track down and identify the former Jedi Master. One smuggler the Hutt hired for his operations was Han Solo, who became the best smuggler on his payroll. Solo's standing was jeopardized, however, when his ship, the Millennium Falcon, was boarded by Imperials, forcing Solo to jettison his cargo. Jabba had demanded compensation for the lost cargo and, when Solo did not pay, the crime lord sent hunters after him. One such hunter was Greedo, who confronted Solo in a cantina in Mos Eisley, but Solo managed to kill Greedo before he could kill him. The Hutt learned of this and found Solo in Docking Bay 94, where Solo said he had no choice but to dump cargo.
Business with the Empire
Jabba agreed to give Solo an extension on the payment in exchange for additional interest. Solo accepted the offer, but he soon became involved in the rebellion against the Empire and once again failed to pay Jabba. When the Hutt learned that Solo had joined the rebellion, Jabba placed a large bounty on the smuggler's head. Shortly after the Battle of Yavin, in which the Rebel Alliance with Han Solo's help destroyed the Imperial, planet-destroying station called Death Star, the Empire was left in dire need of additional resources. To increase its supply of weapons, the Empire planned to negotiate with an envoy in Jabba's employ on Cymoon 1, in the Corellian Industrial Cluster. Darth Vader who formerly was Anakin Skywalker was tasked as a negotiator, with the intent of forcing Jabba the Hutt's envoy in a deal in favor to the Empire. The envoy's vessel was hijacked by the Rebel Alliance, however, and a team of rebels, including Solo, used it to assault and destroy Weapons Factory Alpha on Cymoon 1, leveling another defeat. Darth Vader had been ordered to negotiate with Jabba, and Vader arrived a day early, using his early arrival to carry out a personal mission in the palace. Vader told Jabba that he would return on official business the next day but, for the moment, he wanted to discuss his own mission.
Jabba the Hutt believed that Vader would try to use a mind trick to force him into doing his will, but the Dark Lord Vader said he would not, as mind tricks were not the way of the Sith. Jabba the Hutt had then briefly considered collecting the bounty the Alliance had placed on Darth Vader's head and throwing him into a Rancor pit beneath his court, but Jabba opted not to once he realized that Vader was aware of the trap. Jabba the Hutt continued his talks with Darth Vader and incorrectly referred to the Dark Lord as a Jedi, which resulted in Vader igniting his Lightsaber and becoming a target of Jabba's henchmen. The Dark Lord wiped away many of the guards out before he used the Force to choke the criminal, an attack that left the crime lord Jabba more amenable to demands of Lord Vader. With the Hutt ready to comply, Vader explained he needed two of Jabba's best bounty hunters to work on a personal mission. Jabba agreed to the demands and provided him the hunters Boba Fett and Black Krrsantan. As he promised, Vader returned to Jabba's court the next day to continue the official negotiations on behalf of the Empire. The talks ended when Jabba agreed to give the Empire whatever it needed. The Hutt asked that they pay him well, which Vader said they would pay what they felt appropriate.
Hunt for a Smuggler Solo
Additionally, as long as Jabba complied with Imperial demands, the Empire would allow Jabba to continue operating his crime empire. Jabba convinced Vader to briefly stay on Tatooine for a feast and entertainment in the Dark Lord's honor, and the entertainment proved to be the hunting of wild bantha. Jabba hosted the Sith-Lord on his sail barge, where the Hutt inquired as to whether the two bounty hunters had proven themselves useful thus far. Darth Vader stated that their missions would be simple enough to capture an Imperial agent working for the Emperor, and locate the rebel pilot who destroyed the Death Star. Vader also demanded to know everything that Jabba knew about Obi-Wan Kenobi, who lived in exile on Tatooine for nearly two decades. Jabba told him only Kenobi had proven to be a thorn in his side in the years. Three years after the Battle of Yavin, Fett was once again hired by Vader to track down Millennium Falcon, which Vader used in his hunt for Luke Skywalker whom he had discovered was the pilot who destroyed the Death Star. The resulting capture of the Rebel vessel led to Solo's capture, and he was frozen in carbonite as a test to ensure the process would work on Skywalker. Fett was given the smuggler and brought him to Jabba, where Boba got the bounty placed on Solo.
Demise of Jabba the Hutt
Han Solo was kept encased in carbonite and put on display in the Hutt's court, as he believed it his favorite decoration. Unknown to Jabba at the time was Solo's friends were plotting his rescue, and that one of his friends, Lando Calrissian, had already infiltrated Jabba's Palace and disguised himself as a guard. The plan was put in place upon the arrival of a protocol droid C-3PO and the astromech droid R2-D2. Artoo carried with him a message from Skywalker, who declared himself a Jedi Knight and announced his intention to bargain for Solo's life. The young Jedi said he would arrive soon, and he offered the two droids as a gift for the crime lord. Jabba boasted that there would be no bargain, however, and conscripted the two droids into his service. Threepio became his new translator, while R2-D2 would serve drinks on his sail barge. Later, during a performance of the song "Jedi Rocks" by the Max Rebo Band, Jabba's dancer, Oola, tried to resist his advances toward her, and the Hutt activated the trapdoor and sent her to her death in the rancor arena pit. The chaotic moment was followed by the arrival of Princess Leia Organa, who, as part of the rescue plan, came disguised as the bounty hunter Boushh and brought with her Chewbacca, Han Solo's Wookiee friend and co-pilot, as her "prisoner".
Tipped off by the bounty hunter Boba Fett, Jabba the Hutt knew it was not really the bounty hunter Boushh underneath the helmet, but he thought the imposter was just a short lowlife smuggler. A disguised Princess Leia demanded that the bounty on Chewbacca and insisted a payment of 50,000 credits, a request which Jabba balked at. Leia then threatened him with a thermal detonator and the two came to a deal of a 35,000 payment. Chewbacca was then made a prisoner in the dungeons of the palace, while the Princess waited in the palace so she could have the chance to free Han Solo after the court had all fallen asleep. Leia successfully managed to release Han from the carbonite that night, but Jabba along with his court discovered them. Solo tried to bargain with the Hutt, saying that he was on his way to pay him when Boba caught him, but Jabba said it was too late to pay him. Jabba the Hutt then imprisoned Han Solo and took Princess Leia as his new companion, replacing the deceased Oola. Shortly after this, the Jedi Skywalker arrived at the palace and was able to gain entry through the use of a mind trick, despite Jabba's order not to allow Luke to enter. Bib presented Luke to Jabba and he demanded the Hutt release his friends, Jabba refused and activated a door that sent the Jedi into a pit.
The Rancor beast ate a guard that fell in with Luke, but the Jedi was able to kill the beast, which infuriated the Hutt. As punishment for this outrage, Jabba the Hutt decreed the prisoners Luke, Han, and Chewbacca were to be executed at the Great Pit of Carkoon at the hands of the Sarlacc. Jabba and his court traveled to the Great Pit for the execution on his sail barge. As the proceedings were about to begin, Luke offered one last chance for Jabba to free them or else die. Jabba had refused and ordered the prisoners into the pit, but the droid R2 revealed Skywalker's hidden Lightsaber and the Jedi attacked Jabba's henchmen. The ensuing battle led to chaos on Jabba's barge, as his henchmen attempted to kill the Jedi and the rebels. In the ensuring panic, Princess Organa wrapped the chain she was bound in around Jabba's neck and strangled him to death, brining an end to the criminal reign of Jabba the Hutt. After the Hutt criminal died, Han Solo and his friends were able to successfully escape, and Jabba's sail barge exploded over the sarlacc pit. A result of his death was the Hutt Council was left to determine who would take Jabba's seat, and several months after his death a choice had yet to be made. Immediately after Jabba's death, fighting broke out between the remains of Jabba's empire.