- "I'll take on any job... for the right price."
- ―Cad Bane
Cad Bane was a Duros male bounty hunter in the galaxy during the Clone Wars. He was considered the leading bounty hunter in the galaxy due to the death of Jango Fett at the First Battle of Geonosis in 22 BBY. He specialized in fighting Jedi.
At some point prior to the Battle of Naboo, Cad Bane met the Sith Lord Darth Maul on Nar Shaddaa. He, along with fellow bounty hunters Aurra Sing, Troo-tril-tek and Vorhdeilo assisted Maul in acquiring Jedi Padawan Eldra Kaitis from Xev Xrexus's auction. During the auction, Bane and Vorhdeilo killed several of Jee Kra's crew aboard his Shekelesh-class freight gunship. Bane, along with Maul, Sing and Vorhdeilo then met up with Kra and Kaitis at Kra's gunship. Bane piloted Kra's ship after Maul subdued Kra's men. Bane and Sing then discussed killing Maul.
However, their ship was sabotaged, and they were forced to crash-land on the Moon of Drazkel. Bane along with Maul, Kaitis, Sing and Vorhdeilo survived the crash. Bane then saw that Xrexus was making a sport and profit out of them. As Maul took Kaitis with him, Bane, Sing and Vorhdeilo prepared to fight Xrexus' clients. Bane fought several Trandoshans alongside Vorhdeilo and Sing. Bane, Sing, and Vorhdeilo then stole a ship from the Ohnaka Gang after he took the last of the Trandoshans. Bane and the others picked up Maul and left him to take out Xrexus at her hideout.
The Clone WarsEdit
- "Cad Bane, who needs no introduction."
- ―Count Dooku, introducing Bane
Bane became one of the leading bounty hunters during the Clone Wars after the demise of Jango Fett on Geonosis. Subsequently, Bane was hired by many of the galaxy's highest bidders, including the Confederacy of Independent Systems and Jabba the Hutt. Bane also acquired the Techno-service droid Todo 360.
Heist at the Jedi TempleEdit
During the War, Bane was hired by Darth Sidious to steal a holocron from the Holocron Vault in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Sidious provided Bane with a map of the Jedi temple and a security chip containing the temple's security systems. Bane installed the chip into Todo. Bane also hired a fellow bounty hunter, the Clawdite Cato Parasitti, to assist him from inside the temple by posing as the deceased Jedi Ord Enisence. Bane successfully executed the heist.
Skirmish over DevaronEdit
- "Welcome, Jedi. We've been expecting you!"
- ―Cad Bane to Anakin Skywalker and his team
Cad Bane escaped Coruscant with the stolen holocron. Darth Sidious had Viceroy Nute Gunray send a small fleet of Munificent-class star frigates to help Bane carry out his next assignment: to kidnap Jedi Master Bolla Ropal and have him combine the holocron and the Kyber memory crystal, which was held by Ropal. Bane led a ground attack on the surface of Devaron and captured Ropal and the Kyber crystal.
However, a fleet of Republic ships, led by Anakin Skywalker, came to Devaron, and in the ensuing battle, most frigates were destroyed, leaving only the frigate with Bane and Ropal on board. Skywalker had his fleet destroy the hyperdrive of Bane's frigate, preventing him from going into hyperspace. Bane then attempted to force Ropal to open it by torturing him. However, Ropal died due to the torture before he opened the holocron. Bane then came up with a plan to force Skywalker and his apprentice to open the holocron. Bane arranged an ambush on the gun deck for Skywalker, Tano, Rex and their troops.
At first Bane and his droids had the upper hand in the ambush. However, Bane almost lost the crystal to Skywalker. When the gravity came back on, Bane retrieved the crystal and was able to lure Skywalker's apprentice away from the gunfight. Bane subdued Tano, took a piece of her Padawan braid, and placed her in front of an airlock. Bane was then confronted by Skywalker, who demanded his surrender.
However, Bane threatened to kill Tano if Skywalker refused to combine the holocron and memory crystal. Skywalker thus complied. Bane was successful and made his escape when he opened the airlock. Bane was then contacted by Gunray, who wanted Bane to transmit the crystal's information in exchange for his rescue. However, Bane refused and planned his own escape. Bane was then confronted by two clone troopers, Denal and Koho.
At first, Skywalker and the others saw that Denal shot Bane dead, but did not have time to retrieve the holocron. However, Skywalker could sense Bane, who faked his death and took Denal's armor. One of the troopers and Tano discovered his ruse when they found his blood and saw that he was not a clone. Bane then knocked Tano out and took a V-19 Torrent starfighter to Black Stall Station.
Kidnapping Force-sensitive childrenEdit
- "Kidnapping innocent children? Seems like a small-time crime for the likes of you."
- ―Cad Bane to Darth Sidious
After obtaining the holocron from the Jedi Temple, Darth Sidious tasked Bane to kidnap four Force-sensitive children for a secret project on Mustafar. After Bane kidnapped the Rodian child Wee Dunn from Rodia and the Nautolan child Zinn Toa from Glee Anselm, Skywalker and Tano arrested him as he attempted to kidnap Roo-Roo Page from Jan-gwa city on Naboo. The two Jedi, along with Master Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi, attempted to interrogate Bane, with little success aboard the Resolute. Bane then took Windu, Kenobi, and Cody to his space station, where he claimed that both the children and the holocron were; only the holocron was present. However, Bane was able to have the Jedi trigger his traps and made his escape.
Senate Hostage CrisisEdit
- "I'm in control. I make the rules now."
- ―Cad Bane to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Bane then had Todo 360 rebuilt. Bane was later hired by Jabba the Hutt to free Ziro from the Republic's high-security prison on Coruscant. Bane started by having Todo and HELIOS-3E kidnap Senator Padmé Amidala's protocol droid, C-3PO, and Skywalker's astromech, R2-D2, in order to get blueprints for the Senate Building. After retrieving the knowledge, Bane had the two droids' memories erased and returned to ensure his plans would not be discovered.
Bane went to Tatooine, where both Jabba and the Hutt Council agreed that Bane would free Ziro before he could expose the Hutt Council records to the Republic Senate. Bane, along with a team of bounty hunters that included Aurra Sing, Shahan Alama, Robonino, HELIOS-3D, HELIOS-3E, a pair of droid commandos and another IG-86 sentinel droid, then went to Senate. As Bane distracted the Senate Guards, Sing and the rest of the team took out the guards, with Bane strangling the last one. As the two commando droids posed as Senate Guards, Bane and his team went inside. There, Bane was able to kill the remaining Senate Guards as they went to speak with the senators. Bane then left Robonino to turn the power off.
Bane found a group of senators that were discussing the Enhanced privacy invasion bill. At first, Senator Philo refused to cooperate with Bane and his team. Bane shot the Senator in the back and had his team threaten the other senators. Bane then contacted Chancellor Palpatine and demanded a pardon disk for Ziro. After the power was shut down, Bane and his team searched the Senators for communication devices and weapons. When Bane saw Amidala looking at Skywalker on the balcony, he sent Alama and the IG-86 droid after Skywalker.
Bane contacted Palpatine and told him that HELIOS-3D would come and take Senator Orn Free Taa to the prison where Ziro would be released with the pardon disk. Bane was then told by Alama that Skywalker did not have his lightsaber with him. Bane sent Sing with Alama to find Skywalker. Bane then had HELIOS-3D take Taa to the prison where Ziro was freed and returned to the Senate building to pick up Bane and his team.
After Skywalker was subdued, Bane set up a laser web to ensure that the senators would not make a move against him. As Bane and his team left, Bane warned Palpatine not to do anything else that day against him. As his team left, Bane was confronted by Commander Fox and his detachment of the Coruscant Guard. Bane was then contacted by Palpatine, who demanded that Bane stand down. However, Bane threatened to kill the senators if he was not allowed to leave. Thus, Palpatine and Fox stood as Bane and his team rendezvoused with Ziro and HELIOS-3D. As Bane left, Ziro congratulated him on his job, despite knowing that the Hutt council wanted him just for the council records. Bane offered Ziro a room filled with dead senators as payback. Bane then reminded Ziro that it was time to pay up since he did not work for free.
Hunt For ZiroEdit
- "I'm kind of tired of being paid for this job, too. But not that tired."
- ―Cad Bane to Gardulla the Hutt
Bane was once again hired by the Hutt crime families after Ziro escaped his prison on Nal Hutta with the help of singer Sy Snootles. Unbeknownst to Bane, the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and Quinlan Vos were also after Ziro, hoping to recapture Ziro. Bane eventually tracked down Ziro to the planet Teth only to find him already dead, murdered by Snootles, who had used him to find a holodiary recording the dealings of the Hutt families. After a brief battle, Bane once again escaped capture by the Jedi.
Prison break on CoruscantEdit
At a certain point during the war Bane was apprehended by the Republic for his crimes and imprisoned in the Central Detention Center. However, he merely allowed himself to be captured as part of his latest job. He had been hired by Moralo Eval, a criminal mastermind working for Count Dooku, to break him out of prison. Eval was highly involved in a Separatist plan to kidnap Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and was also planning on recruiting Bane for his plan. Not long thereafter, Eval became interested in recruiting Rako Hardeen, a bounty hunter, who was imprisoned for killing Obi-Wan Kenobi, after watching him fight with some of the inmates. Eval had Hardeen brought to his own cell to talk with him and introduced him to Bane, who had a strong dislike of Hardeen and was definitely not in for breaking Hardeen out as well, so Eval had Hardeen brought back to his cell. Neither Bane nor Eval knew that Hardeen was in fact Kenobi in disguise, only there to learn about Eval's plan.
Bane had paid fellow bounty hunter Boba Fett, who was in the prison as well, to start a riot as a diversion for him and Eval to escape. Fett was successful, and Eval and Bane escaped in the ensuing chaos. Hardeen followed them into the hallways, and although Bane was against it, he reluctantly let Hardeen come along, as Eval thought he might be of use. Bane's plan was to escape the facility via the mortuary, but the lock of the mortuary doors had been changed and Bane was unable to open them. Hardeen told his comrades to stand guard while he figured it out and secretly used the Force to open the lock. The three quickly climbed into the coffins meant to send the victims of the riot to the cremation center. The clones in the cremation center found out that the people in the coffins were still alive. The trio quickly climbed out of the coffins. One of the clones tried to shoot Bane, who used another clone to shield himself from the blast, before disarming and killing the clone that shot with his own gun. Hardeen disarmed the third clone, but hesitated to kill him. The clone triggered the alarm before Bane executed him. Bane angrily asked Hardeen why he didn't take the shot, and Hardeen claimed that his blaster jammed. The trio made their way to a landing platform, Bane shooting more guards in the process. They stole a police speeder and used it to fly to the docks, where they stole a cargo ship from a Quarren pilot, which they used to escape Coruscant. Once in the air Bane hit Hardeen in the face for hesitating to shoot the clone in the cremation center. Eval, however, was most pleased that Hardeen had come along and considered involving him in his plan again.
Trouble on Nal HuttaEdit
- "Relax. On this slime pool everybody's an outlaw."
- ―Cad Bane to his comrades while on Nal Hutta
Following their escape from Coruscant, Bane, Hardeen and Eval crashed their ship in the swamps of Nal Hutta. Bane and the others then went to the Bilbousa Bazaar, where they visited Pablo's Pawnshop to purchase equipment and a new hat for Bane. Bane then threatened Pablo with a toothpick to silence him. Bane sent Hardeen to get a new ship while he and Eval got weapons and supplies. Bane then decided to turn Hardeen over to Gardulla and her guards due to his mistrust of him.
However, as Eval and Bane left, they were shot down by the guards' HH-87 Starhoppers. They then left the ship only to find Hardeen having a drink at the saloon. There, Bane and Eval were surprised to learn that he got another ship for them.
Tournament on SerennoEdit
- "So, what kind of friendly little contest you think the count's got planned?"
"I'd be surprised if we all survive."
- ―Rako Hardeen and Cad Bane about the tournament on Serenno
Eval, Hardeen and Bane made it to Serenno, where they met Count Dooku. Both Bane and Hardeen demanded their payment, but instead Dooku asked them to take part in a special bounty hunter tournament that could gain them a much larger payment. The two reluctantly accepted with Bane suspecting that it would be a deadly contest and that not all participants would survive. Bane then spotted the hat of fellow contestant Bulduga and asked the bounty hunter how he got it. Bulduga responded by drawing his blaster pistol, but Bane was faster and shot Bulduga in the chest, killing him in front of his brother Onca. He then mockingly took Bulduga's hat and dropped his old hat on Bulduga's body. Shortly thereafter Dooku gathered the contestants for a briefing on the tournament.
Dooku introduced the other candidates: Kiera Swan, Derrown, Sixtat, Jakoli, Embo, Twazzi, Onca, Sinrich and Mantu. He then showed them "The Box," a floating cubelike station that served as the tournament arena. He explained that five most skilled among the survivors would participate in a job that would pay very well, while any remaining survivors would be eliminated to protect this job. Eval proceeded to explain that The Box was designed by him to simulate some situations that might happen on the job and the bounty hunters had to hand in their weapons. They were then escorted to an elevator that led into The Box, and the tournament started.
The contestants found themselves in a room, and Eval appeared on a screen to mention that the only rule during the contest was that there were no rules. Thereafter a hole in the floor opened, releasing lethal dioxis gas. Platforms started to rise from the ground to escape the gas. Bane kicked Mantu off a platform to get on it. When the platforms started to rise too much towards the ceiling the group found themselves between getting crushed by the ceiling and a layer of dioxis below them. Hardeen deduced that the way out of the room wasn't in the ceiling but was somewhere in the floor. Hardeen found out that there was a hole in the floor that led to a tunnel below the gas line and to another room. Bane and the others followed Hardeen's example and survived the first test without casualties.
The tunnel led to a second room where Eval appeared on screen again and commented that the second test unlike the first would result in some casualties. Suddenly columns with electrified blades started to shove in and out the walls. Onca and Swan ended up impaled on the blades, and Sinrich was killed by Embo. Hardeen discovered a pattern in the way the columns shoved in and out and noticed it led to a hole in the ceiling of the room. He showed his discovery to Bane, who told him to go to the hole. Bane and the others followed Hardeen in his climb and made it to the shaft in the ceiling that led to a third room.
In the next room, the group once again received instructions from Eval, who told them to pass through his ray shield to switch it off with a button that was positioned behind the shield. Eval revealed a tube in the middle of the room. The tube contained a serum that allowed the user to pass through the shield unharmed. It was, however, toxic to all but one of them. The ray shield appeared and started to close in on the group. After a while the floor became ray shielded as well, killing Jakoli and forcing the rest on a platform in the center of the room. When Derrown wanted to take the serum, Bane protested, but Hardeen told him to let Derrown take the serum as he was a Parwan and his blood could take the serum. When the ray shield closed in more and more, the platform became smaller and smaller, and Mantu was killed by the shield. Derrown was, however, able to inject the serum into his blood, pass through the shield and successfully deactivate the shield in time, allowing the remaining contestants to proceed to the fourth and final challenge.
In the fourth room, the group was positioned on a platform above a fiery pit. Eval appeared and informed them that this test was about sharpshooter skills. One of them had to hit a target that moved very fast across the back wall with a sniper rifle. Sixtat volunteered and hit the target twice. His third shot missed, however, and as a result he fell into the flames. Hardeen then took the sniper rifle and made an attempt as well, successfully hitting the target three times. Although Hardeen completed the task, Eval moved the platform to separate Hardeen from the others. Dooku had noticed that Hardeen had been the cause of success on every test and planned on putting Hardeen in charge of the mission rather than Eval. Eval wanted Hardeen to hit some more targets. Hardeen hit another four, but then the rifle was empty and Eval saw his chance to get rid of him. When he tried drop Hardeen in the flames, Bane used one of his wrist cables to prevent Hardeen from falling. Eval was angry with this, but Bane told him that if he wanted to kill Hardeen he should do it like a man in a fair fight. Dooku agreed and dropped Eval in the room to fight Hardeen face to face. Eval didn't play fair and used his remote control to activate a few traps in the room and sent in some probe droids to kill Hardeen. Nevertheless, Hardeen defeated Eval eventually, and Dooku ordered Hardeen to finish Eval off. Hardeen, being Kenobi in disguise and a Jedi, refused to kill Eval to Dooku's disappointment. Dooku, however, congratulated the remaining bounty hunters for surviving the Box and announced that the job was in fact to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine during the Festival of Light on Naboo. He also announced that Bane would lead the mission.
Kidnapping the Supreme ChancellorEdit
Bane, along with Dooku, Eval, and the other bounty hunters, met up in a hangar in Theed. Bane then assigned the bounty hunters their individual parts in the Chancellor's kidnapping. Before he and the other bounty hunters, Bane was warned by Dooku to keep an eye on Hardeen.
Bane then infiltrated the crowd near the Chancellor by posing as a Neimoidian. After Derrown destroyed the shield generator, Bane and Eval took the Chancellor to the rendezvous point to meet up with Count Dooku. However, Dooku was not there, and Hardeen tried to take the Chancellor. Hardeen overpowered Bane and Eval in a fight. Bane and Eval were then arrested by Skywalker, Windu and Hardeen, who was revealed to be Kenobi. Bane swore vengeance against Kenobi.
Bombing the Jedi TempleEdit
- "And I paid a hefty sum to a bounty hunter named Bane for the specs to make it happen."
- ―Captain Rackham Sear, to General Kleeve
- "Next you're going to tell me that you weren't planning to mention Captain Rex, Ahsoka, Ventress, Cad Bane, Savage Opress, Jar Jar, and the Mandalorians?"
"Well.. I guess I could always go back and tell their stories later."
"Out of order?"
- ―Two Whills
Personality and traitsEdit
- "Sure, sure. As long as I get paid, it makes no difference to me."
- ―Cad Bane, to Darth Sidious
As a Duros, Cad Bane had red eyes and blue/green skin, standing 1.85 meters and weighing 75 kilograms. Bane became one of the best bounty hunters in the galaxy following Jango Fett's demise. Cold, cruel and capable in his line of work, Bane cared little for the sinister motives of his employers such as Darth Sidious and the Hutts.
Cad Bane was known for wielding a pair of LL-30 blaster pistols and wearing a wide-brimmed hat. His standard gauntlets had stunners and a flamethrower; later, after escaping the Republic Detention Center, Bane equipped himself with a new pair of gauntlets on Nal Hutta. These weapons came equipped with a knock out gas that could discombobulate his enemies. He also had breathing tubes, which enabled him to survive after being Force choked, and rocket boots to help him keep up with Jedi. He also was a very skilled pilot, and flew the Rogue-class Porax-38 starfighter Xanadu Blood.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "Something you notice about George Lucas after a while is that he'll mention a name like 'Mace Windu' in a  version of Star Wars, and then it pops up in 1999. So, this, I guess might have been an idea George had for the character Cad Bane way back when, and now finally he's getting around to bringing him to the screen in The Clone Wars."
- ―Supervising Director Dave Filoni on the origins of Cad Bane
Initial development of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series focused on presenting the conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Separatists, leaving no room for third-party villains, but as the storyline progressed, the need for a bounty hunter character emerged. Supervising director Dave Filoni and writer Henry Gilroy initially considered reusing the Gen'Dai bounty hunter Durge from the 2003 Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon, which is now under the Star Wars Legends brand and thus non-canonical. This idea was eventually scrapped, and Bane was reimagined as an in-universe equivalent of classical Western characters, based on Lee Van Cleef's "Angel Eyes" from The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. During this research, Filoni came across early concept art of a gun-toting spacer wearing a hat in drafts of the original Star Wars trilogy.
According to Dave Filoni, supervising director for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Bane's iconic toothpick was originally intended to be a cigarette, but the idea was dropped due to its negative and commercial-like message.
Before the cancellation of The Clone Wars TV series, Cad Bane was set to make an appearance during a four-episode arc starring him and Boba Fett. The two were going to team up for a "rescue mission" on Tatooine where Tusken Raiders had kidnapped a child. It would emphasize Boba's and Cad's relation to one another, as Cad had known Jango. Cad Bane would also get new clothes and a new ship called the Justifier. In a clip revealed during the Animated Origins and Unexpected Fates panel at Celebration Orlando in 2017, Cad Bane and other bounty hunters had ended an insurrection by Fett. To finish it, they engaged in a stand-off duel, where the younger mercenary got his helmet dented.
Notes and referencesEdit
- Cad Bane on Wikipedia