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DarkStar Star Wars Character Database: Jabba the Hutt

22 May 2023  |  Captain Rex

Jabba the Hutt - The Infamous Crime Lord of Tatooine

Jabba the Hutt, a notorious gangster and crime lord in the Star Wars universe, is an immense and powerful figure who rules over the planet Tatooine. With a vast criminal empire, Jabba is a feared and influential presence in the galaxy, crossing paths with various characters in the Star Wars saga.

Character Description

Jabba the Hutt is a large, slug-like creature belonging to the Hutt species. He possesses a wide, toothy mouth and small, sinister eyes, often hidden beneath heavy lids. His body is covered in thick, slimy skin, and he moves by slithering on his massive tail. Though he lacks physical agility, his cunning and ruthless nature make him a formidable force in the underworld.

Operating from his desert palace on Tatooine, Jabba controls a vast criminal empire that spans the Outer Rim Territories. His illegal activities include smuggling, gambling, slavery, and bounty hunting. He maintains a stranglehold on power through fear and intimidation, and his palace is filled with a motley assortment of henchmen, bounty hunters, and entertainers.

Jabba's story intersects with the lives of several key characters in the Star Wars saga, including Han Solo, who falls afoul of the Hutt due to a botched smuggling job, and Princess Leia, who is captured and enslaved by Jabba before ultimately killing him during the rescue mission led by Luke Skywalker.

Appearances in Star Wars Media

  • Film: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • Film: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (Special Edition)
  • Film: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
  • TV Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Various novels, comics, and games in the Star Wars canon
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