- "You can't take Her Royal Highness there! The Hutts are gangsters..."
- ―Quarsh Panaka
Hutts were a large slug-like sentient species who were native to the planet Nal Hutta. They were well known as galactic gangsters whose Grand Hutt Council controlled the Hutt Clan crime syndicate. One famous Hutt was the crime lord Jabba, who ruled a massive criminal empire from his palace on Tatooine.
Biology and appearance
- "Never tickle a Hutt."
Hutts were a massive slug-like species who had large mouths and stubby arms. They had three lungs. They were tough and muscular with thick leathery skin, which was wrinkled and slimy. Hutts often had watery eyes and slack facial expressions. Their tails were supported by a skeletal spine and allowed Hutts to propel themselves through muck which legs would sink into. Despite their legendary adult size, Hutts started out as tiny Huttlets less than half a meter in height.
Hutts possessed skeletons. Hutts were not known for being healthy. Some Hutts suffered from a genetic defect that caused their skin to be bereft of pigment and prone to cracking. Whilst the Hutts were originally native to Varl, Nal Hutta—a planet with a hot atmosphere that was frequently streaked by greasy rains, creating a fetid sauna in which Hutts were most comfortable—later became the planet that was considered their homeworld.
Hutts could live for centuries—Jabba was 604 when he was killed—and could grow to enormous sizes. In fact, Hutts' lifespans could span over 1,000 years. The literary collective term for Hutts was a bulge of Hutts.
Height of power
- «Rejoice, wretched creatures. Your planet is now the property of the glorious Hutt Cartel.»
The Hutts approached Lord Isamer of the Directorate, striking a deal with him to destabilize the local governments of Eiram and E'ronoh to the advantage of their long-term plans for control of trade and mass enslavement. To that end, Isamer instigated the Eiram–E'ronoh crisis, but in actuality the Hutts intended for the crisis to destroy the Directorate, allowing them to freely move their criminal operations into the region.
During the chancellorship of Lina Soh, the Hutts remained quiet and were not known to venture into Republic space due to sanctions upon the Hutt Clans concerning open trade in Republic territory. However, in the wake of the Great Hyperspace Disaster, a Hutt and their guards acquired a vratixia renanicus shipment from the Sedri system, and was passing through the Kazlin system when their starship was attacked by the Nihil, who killed the Hutt. The wreckage was investigated by Sskeer, Keeve Trennis, and the Kotabi bond-twins Ceret and Terec, and the Hutt's corpse was recovered to Starlight Beacon by the Ataraxia. Avar Kriss requested an autopsy, conducted by OrbaLin who discovered the cadaver was infected. The infestation was revealed to be Drengir, which burst from the corpse and attacked the Jedi.
Meanwhile, the Hutt Cartel arrived on Sedri Minor to uphold a bargain struck with the colonists for protection in exchange for regular grain payments. Myarga discussed the arrangement with Kriss but was attacked by Sskeer, igniting a battle between the Cartel's mercenaries and the Jedi until Kriss convinced Myarga to turn her attention to their common enemy, the Drengir, by broadcasting distress calls from across the Galactic Frontier and Nal Hutta itself. Though Myarga believed the Five Families would never condone an alliance with the Jedi, she directed her warriors to fight alongside them to battle the Drengir. Trennis was able to convince the Drengir to retreat by performing a mind touch on Sskeer, communicating the idea that the "meat" on Sedri Minor was spoiled.
The uneasy alliance continued in the following months as Avar and Myarga slowed the Drengir infestations across the Frontier.
A galactic war
- "Perhaps now you will allow the Republic to use your trade routes, and hostilities can come to an end."
"Jabba agrees. A treaty is in order."
- ―Padmé Amidala closes negotiations with Jabba the Hutt through TC-70
During the Clone Wars, the Galactic Republic forged a tacit alliance with the crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure after the Jedi Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano rescued his son Rotta. The Republic Senator Padmé Amidala also foiled a plot by Jabba's uncle Ziro to overthrow his nephew with the collusion of the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
Later in the war, the renegade Sith Lord Maul approached the Grand Hutt Council on the planet Nal Hutta to offer them a place in his Shadow Collective. After denying him, a force of bounty hunters attacked Shadow Collective's forces, but after being defeated, saw one of their members, Oruba, killed by Savage Opress. Eventually, Maul's forces would visit Jabba and Gorga on Tatooine and, after a short battle, convinced the two Hutts to join them.
Age of the Empire
- "The Hutts…apparently…are rather strong-willed."
- ―Sly Moore
During the Age of the Empire, the Hutts and other organized criminal groups exercised a powerful grip on the galaxy. The Hutts also had extensive dealings with the Galactic Empire and helped run several black-site prisons.
New Republic Era
- "The Hutts are in disarray."
Following the liberation of Akiva, the New Republic took steps to curtail the influence of the Hutts and other organized groups by introducing financial regulations and undertaking comprehensive patrols of the galactic shipping lanes. Still, the Hutts were able to exercise some influence over the Nikto species and their government into the New Republic era.
The Hutts had lost much of their former power over the galactic underworld. As noted by Yendor, other factions, such as Rinnrivin Di's cartel, were supplanting them and rushing in to gain power in their absence. The Hutts were disliked by both the Populists and the Centrists, the two main factions in the New Republic Senate. Several Nikto like Rinnrivin admired Leia Organa for her role in killing Jabba and christened her "Huttslayer."
Hutts in the galaxy
Classical architectural Hutt style could be seen on the planet Mataou. It was characterized by terraced buildings with sloping gates, and white and red colors. Clothing was optional for Hutts, and some would use live Sha'rellian toops as hairpieces. Hutts liked to eat gorgs, slime pods, and Klatooine paddy frogs, and were also known to smoke hookah pipes. The Hutts believed that at least one of their own, Boonta Hestilic Shad'ruu, had ascended to godhood, and held the Boonta Eve holiday in their honor.
Several Hutts known for being crime lords who lived opulent lives overseeing criminal underworld activities like spice smuggling, slavery, gambling, and bounty hunting in Hutt Space. They were typically obese, with the muscular Nar Shaddaa kingpin Grakkus being an exception.
Behind the scenes
On the Return of the Jedi tape included in the 1997 The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition, Lucas detailed that the word Hutt was originally going to just be Jabba Desilijic Tiure's gangster title, but was eventually changed to indicate Jabba's species.
Early concept art for Jabba the Hutt, and therefore for the Hutt species, by Ralph McQuarrie depicted Jabba as a fat individual with an immense double chin. Though this design wasn't used in the finished film, it would later inspire the look of Azmorigan, and therefore the Jablogian species, in Star Wars Rebels. Coincidentally, the same concept art inspired another species in the Star Wars Legends lore.
In many languages, the phrase "[Name] the Hutt" is, or at least used to be before "Hutt" was established as the name of a species, translated as "[Name] of Hutt." For example, in early Italian-language translations, Jabba's name was sometimes written as "Jabba de' Hutt" (pronounced like the English equivalent, but roughly translating to "Jabba O'Hutt").
Notes and references
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Evil Plans"
- Star Wars: Uprising
- The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine"
- Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader's Castle 4
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hunt for Ziro"
- Master & Apprentice
- Star Wars Jedi Master Magazine 1
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars (2020) 13
- Ultimate Factivity Collection: Star Wars
- Lords of the Sith
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- The High Republic 10
- Star Wars: Droidography
- Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy
- The High Republic: The Fallen Star
- The High Republic 4
- The High Republic: Into the Dark
- The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
- The High Republic 2
- The High Republic 3
- The High Republic 5
- The High Republic 6
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence"
- War of the Bounty Hunters 2
- Aftermath: Life Debt
- Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes that the Clone Wars ended in 19 BBY. As Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel establishes that Has Obitt was working for a Hutt in Sy Myrthian space at the same time as the war's end, he must have been working for the Hutt in 19 BBY.
- Star Wars (2015) 9