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Pateesa[5] (Huttese for "friend") was a male[3] rancor owned by the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure after his majordomo Bib Fortuna gave it to him as a birthday gift.[6] The Hutt kept the pet in his palace on the desert planet Tatooine,[2] where it was cared for by the human keeper Malakili.[4]

Jabba often fed his enemies or those who upset him to the beast. When the Twi'lek dancer Oola displeased the Hutt during the Galactic Civil War, he dropped her into the pit below his throne room where he kept Pateesa, and the rancor devoured her. Shortly after the dancer's death, the Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker arrived at the palace with the intent of rescuing his friend Han Solo who Jabba held captive; however, after Skywalker failed to negotiate Solo's release and threatened Jabba, he was dropped into the pit along with the unlucky Gamorrean guard, Jubnuk. Pateesa quickly ate the guard, but was then killed by Skywalker, who managed to lower a dividing door within the pit down onto the rancor's head. Pateesa's death greatly upset Jabba, who demanded Skywalker and his companions be executed at the Great Pit of Carkoon, but died above the pit when the Jedi escaped.[2] Malakili was even more impacted by the rancor's death, feeling that he had failed him and no longer had purpose in life.[5]

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Behind the scenesEdit

"I like the idea that everyone loves someone. And even the worst, most horrible monster you can imagine was loved by his keeper. And the rancor probably loved his keeper."
George Lucas on Pateesa's relationship with Malakili[src]

Pateesa, then identified simply as Jabba's rancor, first appeared in the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi[2] and was later identified in Chuck Wendig's 2016 novel Aftermath: Life Debt.[5]

Originally, Pateesa was intended to be a man in a suit, but the results weren't satisfyingly realistic, so it was filmed in the form of a rod puppet.[7] The rancor's roars were remixed from an audio recording of an aggressive Dachshund.[source?]

An image often mistaken to be Pateesa battling a krayt dragon is actually a joke from the crew of Industrial Light & Magic. They placed a model of one of the dragons from the 1981 film Dragonslayer in the arms of the rancor model and took a picture. The picture was included in the 1997 behind the scenes book Star Wars: Chronicles.[8]



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