The major player of Tatooine is the heir to Desilijic clan. Savvy and smart when it comes to business he’s also totally immoral and ruthless. Jabba has no mercy for repeated failures by subordinates. And he has been known to torture or feed people to monsters just because he was in a bad mood, or wanted entertainment.
If I told you half the stories I heard about this Jabba the Hutt, you’d probably short circuit.C-3PO to R2D2 in Return of the Jedi
Jabba the Hutt has vast power on Tatooine and it’s slave trade, along with Gardulla until he ousted her. He also sponsored the Boonta Eve Classic and other such podraces, deadly and often fatal events that brought in a lot of tourist gambling revenue.
Getting a loan from Jabba the Hutt guaranteed you’d have a high interest rate, which might well get you killed or sold into slavery if you failed payment.
Jabba primarily worked out of Tatooine, having taken control of the monastery of the B’omarr Monks near the Dune Sea, making it his palace and relegating them to the sub levels and occasionally forcing them to do his bidding. He also has a town house in Mos Eisley. The Hutt also has a comfortable yacht called the Star Jewel, and a location on Nal Hutta where he did business with smugglers close to Nar Shaddaa and dealt with other Hutts.
Jabba parent, Zorba, was in prison. His ‘Aunt’ Jiliac was far more a genius and inspiration to him, until she gave birth. The leader of the Clan was totally distracted by her baby and when Durga the Hutt traced the murder of his parent back to her, she was killed. Jabba in turn killed the baby Hutt, swearing he’d never have a child after seeing what it did to his aunt.
The closest he had to a true friend was Ephant Mon, whose life he saved after a firefight with the Empire on a freezing planet. Why he chose to do so is unknown.
Jabba also had at least one person, Mosep Beed, who pretended to be him. He was both a convenient target for enemies who made who were ignorant of his species and a convenient go between with associates.
TCW version does give him a son. No version of this is ever mentioned in the EU, nor is there evidence the sickly offspring survived
Jabba the Hutt may have been brilliant and ruthless, leading his clan to riches through slavery and spice running, but he also was reckless. Strategic as he was in business, he risked the Jedi getting after him by enslaving Ki-Adi-Mundi’s daughters. He also was well aware that Luke Skywalker was wanted alive by Darth Vader when he sentenced him to a sarlaac pit.
By the time the infamous Hutt was killed by Princess Leia on the sail barge, he already had multiple plots against him in his palace. Being rich, and powerful, he had no qualms sacrificing those he purchased, such as Oola the twilek slave dancer, to his pet rancor, nor in risking the rancor in an entertaining match against other deadly creatures.
The Hutt is actually not as sluggish as his bulk suggests. He’s been in firefights and held his own. He’s quite capable of out thinking his opponents in business, which they might or not survive. Strategically, he knew the Jedi were limited in moving against him (or any of the Hutts) by a Republic Senate less than inclined to get involved. He therefore had no issues selling arms and supplies to both sides in conflicts. Under the Empire he simply bribed the local Imperial Representatives to look the other way.
Jabba the Hutt was infamous and one of the most, if not the most, powerful crime lord as the Rebellion rose, with the only real rival being Black Sun – and with the fall of Black Sun, he’d have no rival.
Jabba the Hutt stories
These aren’t all specifically focused on him but even those that aren’t tell you something.
- The Phantom Menace movie, novelization, comic adaptation
- A New Hope (special edition and later releases) movie, also novelization.
- Return of the Jedi movie, novelization, comic adaptation
- Jabba the Hutt: The Art of the Deal by Jim Woodring
- Tales of Jabba’s Palace edited by Kevin J. Anderson
- Han Solo Trilogy, especially The Hutt Gambit by A.C. Crispin
- The Yavin Vassilika by Mike Kennedy
- YA Boba Fett series by Elizabeth Hand specifically #4, Hunted.
- Galaxy of Fear The Brain Spiders by John Whitman
- Dark Forces – video game – MIssion 10 Jabba’s Ship. He appears via holo.
- The Phantom Menace Video Game (I’ve never played it but so I’ve heard.)
- Star Wars Prelude to Rebellion comics by Jan Strnad
- Zorba the Hutt’s Revenge (post death)
- Star Wars Galaxies MMO