One of millions of clones of the bounty hunter Jango Fett, Hunter was the leader of Clone Force 99, also known as "The Bad Batch", an elite clone squadron consisting of clones with desirable genetic mutations. The force was named after the clone trooper 99, who served as maintenance on Kamino, and helped in the Battle of Kamino. Hunter's mutation gave him enhanced senses, so he was capable of feeling electromagnetic signals, which meant while maps of enemy-controlled regions may be wrong, he usually never was.
Infiltration on AnaxesEdit
During the battle of Anaxes, the Republic army suffered severe losses as the Separatists predicted and countered their tactics, driving the Republic forces back. To stop this, Commander Cody led an elite squad to attack the Separatist Cyber Center with the aim of locating the algorithm they were using to work out these strategies. This elite squad consisted of Cody, Captain Rex, Kix, Jesse, and Clone Force 99. Early in the mission, their LAAT was shot down behind enemy lines, leading to Cody being injured and forced to evacuate alongside Kix. However, the LAAT crash gave away their position, so Hunter and the Bad Batch had to fend of an assault of droids. They charged head on with Wrecker holding the door of the LAAT in front of the four as a shield, while Hunter threw grenades, which Crosshair, the team's sniper, shot in mid-air to disable larger amounts of droids. They then proceed to charge from the shield and take out spider droids in hand-to-hand combat, quickly finishing off the assault, while the rest of the group followed with Cody.
During the rest of the infiltration, Hunter had to help put down conflict between his squad and the 'regs' (regular clones). As they approached the Cyber Center, they had to infiltrate and take control of a Separatist outpost, which Rex made the call to do by charging straight at them, rather then by picking them off one by one. Once again, the Bad Batch charged the droids, and the outpost was taken easily, giving them a strong vantage point on their target: the Cyber Center.
During the attack on the Cyber Center, Hunter led Clone Force 99 around the back to infiltrate the base, leaving Crosshair as a sniper and to get them out when they needed evac. He stormed the center, taking the main computer, so Tech could access the algorithm and find out what was going on. Leaving his trusted squad mate and Rex to handle the computer, Hunter and Wrecker moved to the front to assist Jesse in holding back droid forces. Eventually, Tech was able to trace the signal to Skako Minor, and was able to hear a clone's voice saying "CT-1409", an ARC Trooper also known as Echo, who was believed dead at the Battle of Lola Sayu. Shortly after, Crosshair arrived in a speeder, and the clone strike team returned to Fort Anaxes.
Personality and traitsEdit
In combat, Hunter utilized a DC-17 hand blaster, a DC-17m Interchangeable Weapon System and a knife. At one point, he also armed himself with a captured E-5 blaster rifle. As a clone commando with "desirable mutations", he wore modified Katarn-class armor with a Phase II helmet. Although, he used blasters when the situation required such weapons, the sergeant had a preference to engage opponents with his knife in close quarters combat.
Behind the scenesEdit
George Lucas had a very specific vision of the Bad Batch, in that he wanted a version of the The Dirty Dozen with clones. Dave Filoni sketched their appearances which Brent Friedman and Matt Michnovetz used to imagine the Bad Batch's voices and personalities. Matt and Brent worked with Dave to flesh out the characters and their story where Hunter was inspired by the character of "Billy Sole" from the 1987 film Predator.
Hunter was to appear in a four episode arc written by Michnovetz which starred the Bad Batch which now included "Echo", alongside Yoda on Kashyyyk. At the "Untold Clone Wars" panel at Celebration Anaheim, Dave Filoni talked about the plot of the arc. He revealed that the characters would ride on "giant ape lizards", that were holy to the Wookiees in a religious way. In one scene Tarfful would ask the tree spirits for permission to go into battle against the enemy, which was a Trandoshan and the Separatist Alliance. To get the enemy out of some of their cities they would have to burn some of the trees. The Clones had no problem with it, but it was upsetting to the Wookiees. A part of the arc would be about the Clones and the Wookiees finding a common ground to fight the separatists. A story reel clip was shown at the panel, which showed the Bad Batch and other Wookiees riding on the "ape lizards" and battle against a new beast that was based on Kinraths from the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic game.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Bad Batch" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Distant Echo"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "On the Wings of Keeradaks"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Unfinished Business"