Bounty Hunters. The Star Wars Universe is littered with them. Some are great at what they do, and some aren’t. Some have inspired the list below, and some couldn’t inspire a dog to roll over. And some, well, I think you get the point. Bounty hunters and Star Wars go hand in hand. They travel the galaxy doing jobs for money, all the while usually ridding the universe of creatures who probably shouldn’t be there in the first place.
Of the many good bounty hunters, some stand tall as the best of the best. And if you have a moment, I’d like to bring them to you. Let’s take a look at our list of the ten best Bounty Hunters in Star Wars ranked by power and popularity.
10. Bazine Netal
If it surprises you that Bazine Netal is on this list, you’ve probably only seen her short cameo in The Force Awakens. If you’ve read The Perfect Weapon, you know precisely why she’s here. The Perfect Weapon shows Bazine Netal for what she really is…The Perfect Weapon.
Bazine was orphaned at a very young age. After being orphaned, she was taken to Delphi Kloda and trained in multiple forms of combat. Her training and her own violent tendencies morphed her into a being capable of terrible things. This was so much that when the opportunity arose, she killed Delphi Kloda…the same man that rescued her from a life of solitude.
You probably recognize Dengar as one of the many bounty hunters to appear in The Empire Strikes Back? It’s no coincidence that he was called upon when a bounty was put on the head of Han Solo.
Dengar is as ruthless as he is ugly. He’s violent and brutal and has no problem getting his hands dirty if the job requires it. He began working during the Clone Wars and continued working well after its conclusion. Like many others on this greatest bounty hunters in Star Wars list, Dengar has not always worked alone. He has teamed up with the likes of Boba Fett, Asajj Ventress, and others if the job pays enough.
Embo differs from the others on this list because he will align himself with whoever pays him the most. This means that his past has seen him side with the Jedi, the Sith, other bounty hunters, and even innocents looking for protection.
However, his alignments don’t separate him from the others on this list. Unlike most others, his skill as a bounty hunter isn’t derived from his understanding of complex technologies. Instead, his skill comes from his understanding of himself. Embo is one of the most physically impressive beings in Star Wars…something he uses to his every advantage.
Surely you’ve watched or at least heard how great The Mandalorian show is on Disney Plus by now? Not only does the show take an intimate look at the world of Star Wars, but it also shows exactly why the IG Droids are so feared.
IG-88 first appeared during the Empire Strikes Back and immediately gained a following worth discussing. He appeared alongside fellow bounty hunters Boba Fett, Bossk, Dengar, Zuckess, and a few others and was commissioned to bring Han Solo in. Although not shown in the original trilogy, IG-88 can mow down an entire fleet of enemies with his fast draw, his needle-like precision, and his willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Very few creatures in the galaxy have what it takes to stand up to and defeat a Wookie in battle. Bossk is one of those creatures. Bossk is a Trandoshan and, as a Trandoshan, is formidable in hand-to-hand combat, more than capable with any weapon, and one of the greatest bounty hunters in Star Wars.
Along with Aurra Sing, Bossk taught Boba Fett most of what he knew. Bossk was so loyal to the child that if asked, he always did whatever it took to see him succeed. As Boba grew, he and Bossk joined the Bounty Hunters Guild and quickly cemented themselves as two of the Guild’s best.
5. Aurra Sing
While many of the greatest bounty hunters in Star Wars do their best to avoid hurting or killing the innocent, Aurra Sing doesn’t. She is as ruthless as she is unique looking. Due to this, she’s immensely popular among the scum in Star Wars. Over time she has aligned herself with the likes of Cad Bane, Hondo Ohnaka, Boba Fett, Jango Fett, Embo, and more.
Don’t let her alignments fool you, however. Aurra is loyal to no one. If an opportunity comes that sees Aurra gain at the expense of an ally, she will take it without a second thought. If all this doesn’t convince you about her place on this list, remember this. With the help of Bossk, Aurra Sing trained and raised Boba Fett to be one of the galaxies’ premier bounty hunters.
4. Jango Fett
There isn’t a single bounty hunter who can boast what Jango Fett can boast. Count Dooku paid Jango Fett millions of credits to be the genetic template for the Clone Army and gifted one of the clones to be his son. Of course, that Clone would become Boba Fett.
Jango was never meant to be as popular as his son Boba. There’s no way he could be. What he was, however, was effective. Above being hired to kill Queen Amidala, Jango also successfully captured both Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Chosen One, Anakin Skywalker.
3. Asajj Ventress
Once the apprentice to the Sith Lord Darth Tyrannus, Asajj Ventress was one of the most feared assassins in the galaxy. After being cast away by Tyrannus, Ventress took to the life of bounty hunting and remained there for most of her life.
Asajj Ventress is unique in the Star Wars bounty hunters’ world due to her choice to wield two lightsabers and use her Force Abilities. Because of this, she was loved by her employers and hated by her rivals. After all, using both put her at a small advantage over all those around her. Asajj was quick, deadly, and, if given the smallest chance of success, completed every job she took on.
2. Cad Bane
If there’s ever proof needed about the saying, “never judge a book by its cover,” Cad Bane is that truth. Cad Bane looks like a science experiment gone wrong. He breathes through a special device designed to help prevent Force Abilities from being used on him. He has a voice that sounds like he’s a chain smoker. Cad Bane wears a costume that belongs in the Wild West and has piercing red eyes.
Underneath all that, however, is one of the greatest bounty hunters in Star Wars. Cad Bane is so prolific at his craft that he’s earned himself a reputation as being the go-to hunter if Jedi are involved. Cad Bane is as deadly as he is strange looking. As such, he is often the first to be thought of when unusual bounties come up.
1. Boba Fett
Very few cinema characters have become as popular with as little screen time as Boba Fett. Throughout the entirety of the Original Trilogy, Boba Fett spoke a total of 27 words and appeared for just over 6 minutes. Even with his small screen time, George Lucas knew that he had someone special and marketed the crap out of him.
Boba Fett is arguably the most famous of all the greatest Star Wars bounty hunters, and for a good reason. He gave rise to our love of Mandalorians, had one of the fiercest looks that moviegoers had ever seen, flew one of the coolest ships in Star Wars, and delivered the bounty that the other greatest bounty hunters in Star Wars couldn’t. Simply put, without him, this list wouldn’t exist.