|“||There will be no bargain, young Jedi. I shall enjoy watching you die.||„|
|~ Jabba the Hutt to Luke Skywalker|
Jabba Desilijic Tiure, mostly known as Jabba the Hutt, is a major character in the Star Wars franchise. He appears as a supporting antagonist in the last film in the original trilogy Return of the Jedi and a cameo character in The Phantom Menace, the first film of the prequel trilogy. He also appears as 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 and iniquitous 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.
In the original trilogy, he was portrayed by the late Declan Mulholland, and voiced by the late Larry Ward, while in the Clone Wars animated series, he was voiced by the famous voice actor, Kevin Michael Richardson, who is best known for voicing Captain Gantu in the Lilo & Stitch franchise.
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.
|“||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|
Jabba is very rude, cruel, greedy, arrogant, egotistical, misogynistic, oppressive, and lustful; it is said that 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, which is why Luke Skywalker’s attempt in using a Jedi mind trick doesn’t work on him. 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. 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 is also known for making his favorite slaves (such as Oola, and then later Leia) sit next to him and be chained like his personal pet or prize.
The Phantom Menace
He makes a cameo in the 1999 prequel film Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, where he hosts the Podrace on Tatooine.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Media
Though absent in the original 2003-05 version of Clone Wars, he appears in the 2008 animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars and its 2008-2014 series of the same name.
A New Hope
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 extra. 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. During the conversation Han accidentally steps on Jabba's tail. The last time Jabba is seen in this version is when he tells Boba Fett and others to get moving and they leave.
Return of The Jedi
Jabba the Hutt made his first actual appearance in Return of the Jedi. He was in the first act of the film, where Princess Leia Organa, Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker attempt to rescue their friend, Han Solo, who had been imprisoned in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back by Boba Fett and Darth Vader.
The captured Han is delivered to Jabba by Boba and placed on display in the crime lord's throne room. Lando Calrissian, C-3PO, R2-D2, Leia, and Chewbacca infiltrate Jabba's palace to save Han. Leia herself is soon enslaved by the Hutt, and she is forced to wear her iconic golden bikini, as well as being chained to Jabba. Soon after Leia is enslaved, Luke arrives to "bargain for Solo's life"; but Jabba condemns Luke, Han, and Chewbacca to the Sarlacc. At the Great Pit of Carkoon, Luke escapes execution with the help of R2-D2 and defeats Jabba's guards. During the subsequent confusion, Leia strangles Jabba to death; whereafter Luke, Leia, Han, Lando, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2 escape.
|“||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 also wants a green lightsaber. He always makes the sounds himself.
- The whole scene of Jabba CGI's appearance in A New Hope was highly disliked by most Star Wars fans. Mainly because Jabba's design in both the 1997 Special Edition and 2004 DVD Release looked nothing 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 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.