- "Die wanna wanga!"
- ―Bib Fortuna
Bib Fortuna was a male Twi'lek who lived on the desert planet Tatooine. He served as Jabba the Hutt's majordomo and chief of staff for decades, handling all of the day-to-day operations at Jabba's Palace. Following Jabba's death, Fortuna assumed control of his palace as a crime lord before being killed by the bounty hunter Boba Fett.
A male Twi'lek, Bib Fortuna hailed from Ryloth, the homeworld of his species. Fortuna was born to a prominent clan that had close ties to the criminal underworld, though his more politically minded cousin Beezer resented his famiy's associations. At some point, Fortuna competed against Bidlo Kwerve to become the majordomo of the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure. Fortuna also gave Jabba his pet rancor Pateesa as a birthday present. Ultimately, Fortuna succeeded and claimed the job whereas Kwerve ended up as an early victim of the rancor.
He served as Jabba's majordomo as far back as the time of the Invasion of Naboo, in 32 BBY. That year, Fortuna attended the Boonta Eve Classic, which his master hosted to commemorate the Boonta Eve holiday. From his master's private balcony, he witnessed the victory of a local human boy named Anakin Skywalker against the reigning champion Sebulba.
Galactic Civil War
Trouble with Mercenaries
- "Those men worked for my master, the mighty Jabba the Hutt. He is most displeased with your hostility."
- ―Bib Fortuna contacts the mercenaries following the battle
During the Galactic Civil War between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, the Twi'lek remained in Jabba's service. At some point between the Battle of Yavin and Battle of Hoth, Fortuna contacted the Tatooinian mercenary Saponza and his partner in the name of Jabba. The two men had reacted violently to the presence of Jabba's henchmen around Saponza's homestead, killing six of them. Fortuna let the two mercenaries know they had made an enemy of his Hutt master. Some time later, Jabba's henchmen razed Saponza's estate to the ground in retaliation, and the majordomo contacted Saponza once again to gloat over his misfortune and warn him that Jabba's revenge was not over.
Trouble at the Great Pit of Carkoon
- "He's no Jedi."
- ―Bib Fortuna, to Jabba the Hutt, regarding Luke Skywalker
Later in the war, Fortuna greeted two droid visitors to his master's palace. The two mechanical units, called C-3PO and R2-D2, claimed that they had a gift for the Hutt. The majordomo demanded that they hand over that gift to him so he could bring it to Jabba himself, but the droids answered that their instructions were to give it only to the crime lord himself. Fortuna relented, and led the droids into the throne room, where they delivered a holographic message from their owner, the Rebel hero and fledgling Jedi Luke Skywalker. In the message, Skywalker asked to bargain for the life of his friend Han Solo, whom Jabba detained, offering C-3PO and R2-D2 in exchange.
Fortuna was present when Princess Leia Organa arrived under the disguise of notorious bounty hunter Boushh along with Han Solo's longtime friend Chewbacca, demanding a higher payment for the Wookiee's capture, under the threat of a thermal detonator. He also witnessed Organa's capture when she attempted to free Solo herself. When Luke Skywalker eventually arrived, Fortuna admitted him into the throne room, despite having been given explicit instructions not to do so until after Jabba had finished his nap. Fortuna was influenced by Skywalker's mind trick, though he was not as weak-minded as some of Jabba's other guards. Skywalker only succeeded in his mind trick by finding and exploiting Fortuna's weak point, his strong loyalty to his master, Jabba.
After Skywalker killed Jabba's Rancor, he was imprisoned and sentenced to death, with Jabba wanting him executed at the Great Pit of Carkoon. Fortuna accompanied Jabba and many of his palace denizens to the pit. Skywalker, Organa, Solo, R2-D2, C-3PO, and Lando Calrissian managed to escape custody, kill Jabba, and destroy his personal sail barge; however, Fortuna survived the battle.
- «Boba. I thought you were dead. I am so glad to see you. I had heard many rumors.»
- ―Bib Fortuna's final words[src]
By around 9 ABY, Fortuna had gained control of Jabba's palace, having amassed servants and slaves of his own, and become an obese crime lord. After the second rescue of Grogu, Boba Fett and Fennec Shand arrived at the palace, killed Fortuna's guards and released a slave. Fortuna greeted Fett and said he believed the bounty hunter had died, and that he had heard many rumors regarding him. Fett immediately shot Fortuna, killing him and assuming Fortuna's throne in the palace.
Personality and traits
- «Great Jabba… I regret to inform you… a Coruscant cartel figured out how to synthesize the desert wine… and n-now… it's… it's… worthless.»
«Worthless? No, fool… it was priceless.»
- ―Bib Fortuna and Jabba the Hutt[src]
Behind the scenes
Bib Fortuna was played by Michael Carter and voiced uncredited by the late Erik Bauersfeld, who also voiced Admiral Gial Ackbar, in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. For Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, Alan Ruscoe was initially cast to play the character in a scene in the Senate, however, this scene was cut, and he was later portrayed by Matthew Wood for his appearance on Tatooine.[source?]
Matthew Wood later reprised his role in "Chapter 16: The Rescue," the season two finale of The Mandalorian, in a post-credits scene, where he was subsequently killed. Jesse La Flair served as a stunt double in the episode. The name 'Fortuna' means 'Fortune' in Latin, Spanish and other languages.[source?]
In earlier drafts of Return of the Jedi, Fortuna's title was the 'High Beeser of Hoth', and his original design sketches depicted him as a wizened old human man sporting a dark cloak and a tall hat. References to this title and design, however, were left out from the finished version of the film.
The makeup process that Michael Carter needed to perform to create the custom of Bib Fortuna took over eight hours to first transform Carter into the Twi'lek advisor. By the end of Carter's five-week shoot, make-up artist Nick Dudman had streamlined the process down to 58 minutes. Removing the make-up took another 25 minutes.
Notes and references
- The Mandalorian is set about five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY. Therefore, the events of The Mandalorian must have taken place around 9 ABY. establishes that
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 16: The Rescue"
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Aftermath: Life Debt
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- Star Wars: Commander
- Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!
- Per the audio description for "Chapter 16: The Rescue," available on Disney+.
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi junior novelization