The Star Wars universe is absolutely packed with strange and wonderful characters from every corner of the galaxy.
However, one of its most iconic criminals is Jabba the Hutt, an iconic character who has been in the series since the very start.
One of the most powerful gangsters in the galaxy, Jabba has had a long and interesting history in Star Wars, and there’s plenty to learn about this classic character.
In our fascinating guide below, we’ve got 7 must-know facts about Jabba the Hutt that any Star Wars fan will want to know!
A History Of Jabba The Hutt In Star Wars
While any Star Wars fan will know what the iconic Jabba the Hutt looks like (he’s hard to forget!), they might be surprised to know that the character was mentioned a few times before his physical appearance.
In the original Star Wars movie from 1977, now known as A New Hope, Jabba the Hutt gets his first appearance in the form of a name-drop from Greedo.
While Greedo is trying to collect Jabba’s bounty on Han Solo, he mentions the notorious gangster.
Similarly, Jabba is mentioned once again in the next Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back (1980). This time it’s Han that mentions him, citing when he plans to leave the Rebellion that he’s going to pay his debt to Jabba instead.
Finally, fans would get a look at the much-talked-about Jabba the Hutt in the next Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi (1983).
When Han Solo is frozen in carbonite at the end of The Empire Strikes Back, he’s taken by the bounty hunter Boba Fett to Jabba, who is residing on Tatooine.
This is where we get our first look at Jabba the Hutt, who is a large green alien with a tail. He looks a bit like a massive slug!
We would later see Jabba again, albeit briefly, in The Phantom Menace (1999), where he’s watching the podrace. Additionally, he would appear in the Clone Wars film from 2008.
Interestingly, Jabba was originally going to appear in A New Home physically, and fans can see this in a deleted scene. However, the original scene had him looking like a human!
To rectify this, later releases of the film would include the deleted scene with a CGI Jabba the Hutt (looking like the green space alien we know him better as) inserted over the original human.
7 Must-Know Facts About Jabba The Hutt
1. Jabba’s Son
Although he is never mentioned in the original trilogy of Star Wars films, Jabba the Hutt actually has a son. Named Rotta, his son appeared in the Clone Wars movie from 2008.
He was originally developed for the series, but instead got put into the film. Unfortunately, he’s never been mentioned since, so nobody knows his fate!
2. Jabba’s Sail Barge
In Return of the Jedi, Jabba the Hutt travels to the Sarlacc Pit with his prisoners on a large sail barge.
The barge is named The Khetanna, and eagle-eyed fans can spot it at the start of the Clone Wars movie, where the ship is being damaged by Separatists.
3. Jabba’s Name
Hutts are slug-like aliens that are known to be gangsters, so it’s not really the case that Jabba’s real name is Jabba the Hutt. It’s more of a title! So what is his name? Well, his full name is Jabba Desilijic Tiure.
However, he also has a longer title: His Excellency Jabba Desilijic Tiure of Nal Hutt”. Naturally, this is a mouthful, so it’s no surprise that people shorten it to Jabba the Hutt!
4. Jedi Mind Tricks Don’t Work On Jabba
Interestingly, Jabba the Hutt is immune to the Jedi Mind Trick, not falling prey to having his thoughts altered by Jedi. However, whether this immunity is unique to Jabba or something that all Hutts possess is unknown.
5. Jabba’s Lifespan
Jabba lived to a very impressive age, dying at 604 years old. He was born in the year 600 BBY and died in the year 4 ABY.
This is an impressive lifespan certainly, but Hutt’s can actually live for longer than a thousand years. As a result, they’re considered to be one of the species with the longest lives in the galaxy.
6. Jabba’s Allegiances
During his long life, Jabba was aligned with various different factions. During the Clone Wars, Jabba was actually aligned with the Republic, since they saved his son.
However, he was also later coerced into helping Darth Maul and
7. Jabba At The Podrace
Jabba was a spectator at the Boonta Eve Podrace in The Phantom Menace, witnessing Anakin Skywalker’s victory.
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