- "Surprised you're back to work so soon."
"Well, a girl's gotta make a living."
- ―Ahsoka Tano and Aurra Sing
Aurra Sing was a female Palliduvan bounty hunter who operated prior to and during the Clone Wars. She was present on Tatooine, where she watched the Boonta Eve Classic podrace, during the Trade Federation's invasion of the planet Naboo. During this time, she also became acquainted with Weequay pirate captain, Hondo Ohnaka. After the outbreak of the Clone Wars and the death of fellow bounty hunter Jango Fett, Sing trained Fett's son, Boba Fett, and helped him in an unsuccessful attempt to kill Jedi Master Mace Windu, who killed Jango on Geonosis. After parting ways with Boba, Sing took jobs from Ziro the Hutt and Cad Bane. Sing's bounty hunter career, however, ultimately came to an end with her death at the hands of Tobias Beckett.
- "I have a bad feeling about this, Bane. Our employer seems capable enough. Why does he need us?"
- ―Aurra, to Cad Bane on Darth Maul
Born to a father she never knew and a mother too poor to raise her, Aurra Sing was a feared Palliduvan bounty hunter known for her chalk-white skin and built-in comlink antenna, Aurra Sing was an expert sniper and trained assassin who would work for anyone who paid her. She was a known associate of Jango Fett and was at one point involved in a relationship with Hondo Ohnaka. On Nar Shaddaa, she and fellow bounty hunters Cad Bane and Vorhdeilo met Sith Lord, Darth Maul. Sing picked up a transmission that Jedi were on their way to Hutta Town to investigate. Together with Bane's group, despite Sing's suspicions about Maul, they attended Xev Xrexus's Cartel's auction of the Jedi Padawan Eldra Kaitis.
During the auction, Sing, Bane, and Vorhdeilo spoke with Maul aboard their ship. Together, they planned to take Kaitis from Jee Kra, who had successfully won the padawan in the auction. Sing and her compatriots killed Kra's crew. Sing, Maul and the others met Kra and Kaitis at his ship. After Maul subdued Kra and his remaining crew, Sing spoke with Bane about about leaving or killing Maul after their job was done. Having discovered the theft, Xrexus ordered the ship shot down.
After the group crashed onto the moon of Drazkel below, Xrexus allowed the rest of the bidders to hunt them down for sport and offered Kaitis to anyone who captured her. Maul and Kaitis split off from the group to distract the hunters, instructing the bounty hunters to steal a ship. Turning the tables on the hunters, Bane, Sing, and Vorhdeilo set a trap. Bane lured a group of Trandoshan hunters into a kill zone, where Sing sniped them from a distance and Vorhdeilo attacked them at close range. The group then stole a Ohnaka Gang starship and picked up Maul, who promised they would be compensated.
Ten years before the start of the Clone Wars, Sing was on the Outer Rim world of Tatooine during the time of the Boonta Eve Classic podrace. Sing watched the podrace from a balcony on Beggar's Canyon. A hologram image depicting Jabba Desilijic Tiure paying Sing as two of his underlings dragged the injured podracer Neva Kee away from his crashed Podracer was acquired some time later by the Coruscant Security Force police inspector Tan Divo. All identifying authentimarks were scrubbed from the hologram, making it impossible to confirm its legitimacy, but if true, the image suggested Sing had a hand in Kee's demise. Divo developed a theory that Farwan & Glott, the original manufacturers of Kee's podracer, hired Sing to take out Kee so that they could acquire the podracer customization secrets that he refused to reveal.
The Clone Wars
Joining Boba Fett
- "I just wanted to kill the Jedi that murdered my father!"
"Well, that will have to wait. Grow up. You'll get your revenge in time."
- ―Boba Fett and Aurra Sing
During the Clone Wars, Sing joined up with Boba Fett to kill Mace Windu for revenge for Boba's father, who Windu had killed on Geonosis. Boba, under the name of "Lucky," boarded the Endurance as a clone cadet. After his first attempt on Windu's life failed, he contacted Sing to ask for advice. Sing told him to blow up the reactors, much to Boba's surprise. After Boba successfully destroyed the Endurance's reactors, sending it crashing towards Vanqor, he got into one of the escape pods along with several of the other cadets. Once they were away from the plummeting vessel, the pod was docked by Slave I. Bossk and Sing entered the pod to confront Boba. After telling him that the other cadets must be launched into space, due to the fact that they were "living witnesses," Boba reluctantly came aboard Slave I and jettisoned the pod from Slave I's docking area. Although the group of bounty hunters escaped, the cadets were saved by Anakin Skywalker and Windu, who had escaped the Endurance in their Jedi Starfighters.
She later abducted Admiral Kilian, Commander Ponds, and a naval officer from the crash site of the Endurance on Vanqor. After Skywalker and Windu triggered their bomb in the crash site, Boba convinced Sing to go back there and get the two Jedis' heads to bring to Count Dooku, who might pay them for their trouble. Sing, along with Boba and Castas, went to the crash site. Due to the ship falling apart, and R2-D2's interference, Sing decided to blow up the crash site. As they left, Bossk contacted Sing, telling that a explosion happened near where the Jedi landed. Sing then ordered Bossk to jam all transmissions from the planet. When Sing and her team returned to Slave I, they saw Windu's Jedi starfighter taking off. Unbeknownst to Sing, only R2-D2 was aboard. Though Slave I took out the Jedi fighter's communications, Artoo reached the hyperspace rings and escaped. Knowing that Windu would not hold a grudge against them, she decided to motivate Windu by using the hostages.
When contacting Windu to come and find her, Sing shot Ponds and later ejected his body into space after Boba wouldn't do it. The group of bounty hunters then docked on Florrum for a visit with Sing's old flame Ohnaka to see if he would give them any advice. During a visit in the bar with Hondo, Sing overheard Castas communicating via hologram to a friend on Coruscant. After hearing him calling her an old hag, she shot him. Plo Koon and Ahsoka Tano later caught up with her. After having a quarrel in a room, Sing fled, leaving a discouraged Boba behind. Tano chased her, but after getting an order from Koon, she went to free the hostages. Sing got suspicious, so she went to go and stop the Padawan. After Tano pursued her, she fled on Slave I, but because of a wing failure caused by Tano, the ship crashed. Sing was presumed dead by the Jedi. Unknown to them, Hondo salvaged her out of Slave I's wreckage.
Working for Ziro
- "Honey, this isn't about your cause. This is about revenge. My employer wants to get even with you. Simple as that."
- ―Aurra Sing, to Padmé Amidala
Sing was later hired by Ziro the Hutt to assassinate Senator Padmé Amidala in retaliation for imprisoning him. She tracked the Senator to Alderaan, where Amidala was due for a conference on refugee concerns. Infiltrating the conference through the vents and snapping the neck of several Senate Commandos, Sing set up a sniper position. Only the timely intervention of Tano gave Amidala a flesh wound, forcing Sing to flee.
Sing later made a second attempt on Amidala's life when she tracked down the Senator, not being fooled by the BD-3000 luxury droid acting in her place. But once again, Tano interfered. Sing outdrew Tano as she grazed the Padawan, but Amidala used a stun blaster on her. Sing was then arrested and brought to Coruscant.
- "Help me…no…n-"
- ―A Senate Commando, before being killed by Aurra Sing
Later in the Clone Wars, Sing escaped Republic captivity and teamed up with Cad Bane's bounty hunter team for the raid on the Republic Senate Building, with the object of taking hostages to free Ziro the Hutt from his imprisonment. During the hostage siege Aurra covered Bane's entrance to the building by positioning herself at the top of a nearby building and taking out the Senate Commandos who attempted to stop him with a sniper rifle. After Bane eliminated the remaining Senate Commandos, Aurra shot a dying trooper who was lying on the ground. Later she aided Shahan Alama in searching for the Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, whose presence in the Senate Building threatened to thwart Bane's plan. Eventually, with the help of Robonino, the hunters managed to render Skywalker unconscious. When the Hutt crime lord was freed, Sing successfully left the crime scene along with the rest of the group.
- "You're Tobias Beckett. You killed Aurra Sing."
"Pushed her. Pretty sure the fall killed her."
- ―Lando Calrissian and Tobias Beckett
At some point before 10 BBY, Tobias Beckett took a job for Crimson Dawn crime lord Dryden Vos which resulted in the death of Sing. Sing's death pleased Vos, and he gave Beckett a bonus. Sing's death was later recalled to Beckett while talking with Lando Calrissian, who was also pleased by her demise due to his large debt to her, though Beckett claimed that he just gave Sing a push and that it was the fall that killed her.
Personality and traits
Aurra Sing was one of the most powerful and ruthless bounty hunters in the galaxy. She had no qualms about killing, whether it be executing wounded clone troopers or former partners such as Castas. Despite her ruthlessness, Sing was also somewhat of a mother figure to Boba Fett during his teenage years, sometimes addressing him as "Honey" and stopping him from drinking alcohol in Hondo Ohnaka's bar. Despite this, she was also selfish, and she abandoned Fett to save herself after the boy was captured by Plo Koon. Sing also tried to serve as a mentor to Fett, as shown by when she tried make him to murder the helpless Clone Commander Ponds and, when he hesitated, she simply shoved him aside and killed Ponds herself. Aurra Sing also had a romantic relationship with Hondo Ohnaka, and though they were no longer lovers, Ohnaka still referred to her as "My Dear." Consequently, after Sing and Boba arrived at Ohnaka's base, he asked if Boba was his son. Even with their past, Ohnaka refused to help Sing when she tried to lure Ahsoka Tano and Plo Koon into a trap.
Skills and abilities
Sing was very skilled markswoman as she effortlessly shot several Senate Commandos with a sniper rifle without being seen. She posed a considerable amount of strength as she snapped the neck of a Senate Commando and was even able to completely close her large hand around the smaller Ahsoka Tano's throat.
Behind the scenes
The character of Aurra Sing was first conceived in a sketch labeled "Babe Fett" by Lucasfilm's Doug Chiang. Chiang had made the sketch as a result of George Lucas' request to have more characters fill out the podracing sequence in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. In the film, Sing was played by model Michonne Bourriague in a cameo appearance. She was voiced by Jaime King in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series.
The dark strip of makeup across Aurra Sing's eyes is actually a homage to a similar look worn by Daryl Hannah in the 1982 classic film Blade Runner, which starred Star Wars actor Harrison Ford. In May 2018, Kyle Newman, King's husband, revealed that Sing was planned to be killed in one of the unfinished episodes of the Clone Wars series. Sing's death was later revealed in the 2018 Star Wars Anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Notes and references
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the Battle of Kamino in 21 BBY and the Battle of Sullust in 20 BBY. As the events of "Hostage Crisis" take place between "ARC Troopers" and "Nightsisters" according to , the Senate hostage crisis must take place between 21 BBY and 20 BBY. The timeline provided in Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide places the heist on Vandor nine years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. As that film takes place in 19 BBY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, the heist on Vandor must take place in 10 BBY. As Aurra Sing was killed at some point between the hostage crisis and the heist, she must have died between 21 and 10 BBY.
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