- "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.
Their homeworld of Nal Hutta had a hot atmosphere and was frequently streaked by greasy rains, creating a fetid sauna in which Hutts were most comfortable. Hutts could live for centuries—Jabba was 604 when he was killed—and could grow to enormous sizes.
Height of power
A galactic war
- "Perhaps now you will allow the Republic to use your trade routes, and hostilities can come to an end."
"«Agreed. A treaty is in order.»"
- ―Padmé Amidala closes negotiations with Jabba the Hutt
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 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").
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Notes and references
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- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Evil Plans"
- Star Wars: Uprising
- Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader's Castle 4
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hunt for Ziro"
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- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Ultimate Factivity Collection: Star Wars
- Lords of the Sith
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Star Wars: Droidography
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence"
- 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.
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