- "Other Anzati bind themselves to small lives … Let them bind themselves. Let them live their small lives, drinking soup from unworthy vessels. Let me take the best instead."
- ―Dannik Jerriko
- "You knew them all as children, forgot them as adults. Legend is fiction, myth unreal; it is easier to set aside childish things in the false illumination of adulthood, because the fears of childhood are always formed as truths. Some truths are harder than others. Some folktales far more frightening."
- ―Dannik Jerriko
Jerriko drank his victims' brain matter, or soup of life, as he called it. Reasoning that they would go unnoticed, Jerriko preyed on murderers, thieves, and thugs, and was known amongst wealthier underworld bosses as an expensive, but thorough, means of dealing with failed assassins. An enigma, Jerriko did not suffer fools lightly and would not tolerate a client who could not appreciate the value received for his high fees. After brutally slaying and draining one complaining employer, Jerriko never heard another quibble over his price. He also possessed a certain level of Force-attunement.
Seeking out the soup of dangerous criminals, Jerriko came to Tatooine's Mos Eisley Cantina. On the day of Greedo's death, Jerriko sensed a strong, intoxicating soup of life from a Human. He attempted to probe Obi-Wan Kenobi, but he found the Jedi able to shield himself from Anzati probing, although young Luke Skywalker was a prime specimen. Jerriko's attention was drawn upon his discovery of Han Solo's presence at the cantina. Sensing a strong soup and aware of Jabba Desilijic Tiure's hefty bounty on Solo's head, Jerriko planned to make his move, but the smuggler departed from Tatooine before he could act.
Seven months after the Battle of Yavin, Jerriko was hired on Tatooine to protect Tash Arranda, Zak Arranda, and Mammon Hoole from an Imperial assassin named Domisari. Jerriko spent some time in Jabba's Palace secretly following Hoole and the Arrandas. Eventually, Hoole, Zak, and Tash left Tatooine for Nespis VIII. Jerriko followed them there, and when Domisari finally attacked Hoole and the two children, Jerriko sprung into action, killing Domisari and drinking her soup.
After this assignment, Jerriko returned to Jabba's Palace after agreeing to spy on Jabba for Lady Valarian and Eugene Talmont. Still desirous of Solo's soup, the Anzati's became excited upon the arrival of a carbonite slab containing Solo. However, Jerriko was deprived of his chance to drink Solo's soup when his Rebel Alliance comrades saved him. Frustrated at the loss of this opportunity, Jerriko accepted the option of sapping Jabba, only to be foiled by Jabba's death at the Great Pit of Carkoon. Mad with vampiric hunger and rage, Jerriko killed a number of unfortunate survivors at Jabba's Palace and then fled Tatooine to continue his endless search for "soup", now with a hefty bounty on his own head and topping the lists of such bounty hunters as the notorious Boba Fett.
Behind the scenes
Dannik Jerriko first appeared as an uncredited character in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. He was portrayed by ballet instructor Roy Staite, who was listed as one of the 'local ugly men' in John Mollo's notes. Dannik's last name is misspelled as "Jericho" in Children of the Jedi.
- A Hunter's Fate: Greedo's Tale webstrip
- Hammertong: The Tale of the "Tonnika Sisters"
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First appearance)
- Play It Again, Figrin D'an: The Tale of Muftak and Kabe (Never referred to by name)
- Star Wars (1977) 2
- Nightlily: The Lovers' Tale
- Soup's On: The Pipe Smoker's Tale
- "The Emperor's Court"—Star Wars Tales 14 (Non-canonical appearance)
- Galaxy of Fear: Ghost of the Jedi
- Of the Day's Annoyances: Bib Fortuna's Tale (Indirect mention only)
- Out of the Closet: The Assassin's Tale
- And Then There Were Some: The Gamorrean Guard's Tale
- The Great God Quay: The Tale of Barada and the Weequays (Indirect mention only)
- Skin Deep: The Fat Dancer's Tale
- Epilogue: Whatever Became Of...?
- Children of the Jedi (Mentioned only)
- The Essential Guide to Characters
- "Use the Force: Bounty Hunters Trivia Quiz"—Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 6
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – A New Hope Limited (Card: Dannik Jerriko) (backup link)
- "The Last Page"—Star Wars Insider 48
- The Anzati"—Star Wars Gamer 1 "
- The Essential Guide to Alien Species
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 20 (German Edition - JER1-4, Dannik Jerriko)
- The New Essential Guide to Characters
- "Refresher Reading"—Star Wars Insider 91 (Picture only)
- Bounty Hunters
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Unknown Regions
- Star Wars Trading Card Game – A New Hope (TCG) (Card: )
- Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game – Galactic Hunters (Card: Dannik Jerriko) (backup link)
- Star Wars Art: Visions (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Head-to-Head Tag Teams
- The Essential Reader's Companion