There will be no bargain, young Jedi. I shall enjoy watching you die.
~ Jabba the Hutt to Luke Skywalker
Jabba the Hutt, born as Jabba Desilijic Tiure, is a major character in the Star Wars franchise. He was the tertiary antagonist of the original trilogy, serving as the tertiary antagonist of Return of the Jedi, the last film of the original trilogy, and a cameo character in The Phantom Menace, the first film of the prequel trilogy. He was also a supporting character in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
He is a fat alien slug-like gangster, one of the most successful crime lords in the entire galaxy, and a member of the Hutt Clan and the Grand Hutt Council. He is 604 years old, he is extremely prosperous and wealthy, and he is 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. He had a bad history with Han Solo and placed a high bounty on his head.
Jabba is an enormous, fat slug-like creature of the Hutt species, Jabba can barely move around in an environment of humanoids and is defenseless on his own, instead relying on numerous henchmen and slaves to get what he wants.
Jabba is best remembered by audiences for his disgusting appearance and enormous girth, which has been parodied numerous times and is commonly associated with obesity, even though in Jabba's case it is an inherent trait of his race.
Jabba is very rude, cruel, greedy, arrogant, egotistical, misogynistic, oppressive, and lustful, so he enjoys torture of his enemies, and entertainment from slaves. Jabba is also a great deal more intelligent and manipulative than he appears to be, hence why Luke Skywalker's attempt to use a Jedi mind trick on him doesn't work. In the battle between the Republic and the Separatists, and later the Rebellion and the Empire, the Hutts are physically neutral. However, Jabba has Han Solo in frozen carbonite by Boba Fett as his personal "trophy", and refuses to listen to any bargain that the Rebels propose for him to bring about Solo's release, and he is eventually strangled to death by Leia Organa, who he had made into his personal slave, with the chains he bound her with. Jabba is consumed by flames when his ship explodes. However, Jabba's sexual tendencies aren't fully explored, he forces his female slaves to dress degradingly then later provocatively dance for his amusement. He makes his favorite slaves (such as Oola, then later Leia) sit next to him and be chained like his personal pet or prize.
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In his unofficial appearance in the Special Edition version of A New Hope, Jabba meets Han at the Falcon, to demand the money the captain owed him, and to ask why he killed Jabba's henchman Greedo in an earlier scene. Han then tells the Hutt that he has a charter and will pay him back with a little exta. Jabba agreed, but he made it clear that if Han failed again, he would put such a high price on Han's head, that he wouldn't be able to go anywhere without an army of bounty hunters waiting to collect it. The last time Jabba is seen in this version is when he tells Boba Fett to get moving and they leave.
Jabba the Hutt made his first actual appearance in Return of the Jedi, the original trilogy, which contains the main events described above and includes his death, but was also mentioned frequently in The Empire Strikes Back and was actually created at the time of the first Star Wars movie, where his scene was deleted due to inadequate special effects and budget, but was later added back in for the remake. In the original scene, he was portrayed as a fat human man by Declan Mulholland, while starting from the 1997 DVD release he was replaced by a CGI model. He also makes a cameo in the 1999 prequel film Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, where he hosts the Podrace on Tatooine. And of course, Jabba the Hutt appears in countless works of the "Expanded Universe". He was in the 2008 animated movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars and it's 2008-2014 series of the same name.
If I told you half the things I've heard about this Jabba the Hutt, you'd probably short-circuit!
~ C-3PO to R2-D2 about Jabba the Hutt
I will not give up my favorite decoration. I like Captain Solo where he is.
~ Jabba refusing to release Han - Also his first lines excluding the special edition scene in A New Hope.
At last we have the mighty Chewbacca.
~ Jabba with Chewbacca brought before him.
This Bounty Hunter is my kind of scum, fearless and inventive.
~ Jabba the Hutt.
It’s too late for that Solo. You may have been a good smuggler but now you’re bantha fodder.
~ Jabba to Han.
Your powers will not work on me boy.
~ Jabba to Luke.
Bring me Solo and the Wookiee! They will all pay for this outrage.
~ Jabba the Hutt
You will soon learn to appreciate me.
~ Jabba to Leia.
Move him into position. Put him in!
~ Jabba ordering Luke to be cast into the Sarlacc Pit.
Jabba in Return of the Jedi.
Jabba released in Lego.
Jabba the Hutt with his slave, Leia
Jabba as he appeared in the A New Hope 1997 Special Edition (top) and 2004 DVD Release (bottom).
Jabba also wants a green lightsaber. He always makes the sounds himself.
The whole scene of Jabba CGI's appearance on A New Hope was highly disliked. Mainly because Jabba's design in both 1997 Special Edition and 2004 DVD Release didn't look like his portrayal in Return of the Jedi. There is also the fact that Jabba's appearance (and himself) was supposed to be a mystery to the audience until The Return of the Jedi came out.
In Return of the Jedi, Jabba's slimy sound was mostly made with a bowl of melted cheese.
Wizard ranked Jabba the Hutt as #28 on their "Top 100 Greatest Villains" list.