- "Oh, Ziro the Hutt, Master of the Hutt Clan on Seven Systems, I am sorry, your Highness."
- ―KRONOS-327 addresses Ziro by his formal title
Ziro Desilijic Tiure, also known as Ziro the Hutt, was a Hutt male crime lord who controlled seven star systems in the name of the Hutt Clan during the decline of the Galactic Republic. A native of the planet Sleheyron, Ziro eventually left Hutt Space in favor of the galaxy's Core Worlds and established his residence on Coruscant, the galactic capital of the Republic. In addition to his father and mother, Ziro's family included his son Hiro and Jabba Desilijic Tiure, his nephew who fathered the Huttlet heir Rotta. Gorga Desilijic Aarrpo was another influential relative of Ziro, serving as a member of the Grand Hutt Council.
In the year 22 BBY, Ziro formed a secret pact with Count Dooku—the leader of the Confederacy of Independent Systems—during the early days of the Clone Wars. With the help of the Separatists, Ziro had his great-nephew Rotta abducted and taken to a B'omarr monastery on the distant world of Teth. Knowing the Jedi Order would send their own to rescue the Huttlet, Ziro hoped that the deaths of Rotta's would-be Jedi saviors would lead to a conflict between Jabba and the Republic. With Jabba removed from power, Ziro would be in a position to seize control of their clan.
Ziro's role in the conspiracy was discovered by Senator Padmé Amidala, who confronted the gangster in his nightclub on Coruscant during the mission to rescue Rotta. With Rotta safely returned to his father on Tatooine, Ziro was taken into custody by the Coruscant Guard. However, as the war progressed, the Grand Hutt Council regarded Ziro as too dangerous to be left in a Republic prison, given his knowledge of their inner workings. As a result, the Hutts recruited the bounty hunter Cad Bane, who freed Ziro and turned him over to the Hutt Council. Although Ziro escaped the Hutts as well, he was ultimately murdered in 21 BBY by the Pa’lowick singer Sy Snootles, Ziro's one-time lover whom Jabba hired to kill his uncle and retrieve the Hutt Council records.
At some point, Ziro was born to Mama the Hutt and had a brother named Ebor. During his life, he had an affair with Sy Snootles, one of his nephew Jabba's dancers. However, Ziro ended the affair and went to Coruscant. From his nightclub, Ziro controlled his criminal organization. At some point, Ziro had a son named Hiro.
During the Clone Wars, Ziro made a deal with Separatist leader Count Dooku; Dooku's assassin, Asajj Ventress, would kidnap his nephew Jabba's son, Rotta. However, Ziro then learned from Naboo Senator Padmé Amidala that the Jedi had rescued Jabba's son. Fearing that his role would be discovered, Ziro contacted Dooku, informing him of Amidala's investigation. Dooku assured Ziro that Jabba believed him about the Jedi killing his son. Knowing Jabba would execute the Jedi responsible for killing his son, Dooku assured Ziro that he would become master of all the Hutt Clans when the Jedi would bring Jabba to justice. Ziro was then ordered by Dooku to eliminate Amidala if she continued investigating.
Ziro and his IG-86 sentinel droids then found Amidala. When Dooku realized that it was Amidala, he told Ziro that his allies would pay him for delivering Amidala to him. Ziro, agreeing to the deal, had Amidala placed in his dungeon and thanked Dooku for the profitable alliance. However, Ziro learned that Amidala had contacted her protocol droid, C-3PO, for help. Thus, he decided to execute Amidala, knowing his powerful friends in the Republic Senate would protect him. Ziro and droids were then attacked by Commander Fox and his detachment of the Coruscant Guard that 3PO called. Ziro was then held at gunpoint by Amidala. Ziro tried to plead innocence to no avail to Amidala. Ziro contacted Jabba on Tatooine, and Amidala informed Jabba that Ziro was behind Rotta's kidnapping. Ziro also confessed that Dooku also helped in the kidnapping. Jabba vowed that Ziro would be severely punished.
- "Oh, you can't imagine the unspeakable things I've suffered. The horror! I doubt I'll ever really recover."
- ―Ziro, after his rescue from prison
Ziro was imprisoned in the Judiciary Central Detention Center. Desiring revenge on Amidala, Ziro was able to hire bounty hunter Aurra Sing to kill her. When Sing failed, Ziro spoke with Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano. When Tano told Ziro that Sing revealed that he paid her, Ziro confessed to hiring her. However, Tano tricked him and his sentence was increased.
During this time, Jabba and the Hutt Council, knew that it was only a matter of time before Ziro would give the Republic Senate the Council's records. Thus, the council decided to hire Cad Bane to free Ziro. Bane and his team were able to hold several members of the Republic Senate hostage, and force Chancellor Palpatine to release Ziro. Ziro was brought out when Senator Orn Free Taa arrived and gave the Detention Center's guards a pardon disc. Ziro then boarded HELIOS-3D's speeder and took Ziro to the Senate Building despite his objections. HELIOS-3D and Ziro then picked up Bane's team. After Bane and his group boarded the speeder, Ziro told Bane about his captivity in the detention center and approved of Bane killing off the senators. Ziro congratulated Bane on freeing him, but Bane reminded him that he expected to be paid.
- "What a world…"
- ―Ziro's last words
Ziro was taken to Nal Hutta where he spoke with Gardulla and the Hutt Council. Despite thanking them for his escape from Republic captivity, Ziro knew they did not want him to reveal the location of the Council's records. He threatened to have the records dropped off at the Republic senate should he be killed. Thus, the Council kept Ziro locked up in a prison cell. Ziro was able to escape with help from Snootles. Ziro and Snootles were able to make their escape by stealing a speeder and went to Mama's house. Ziro was able to convince his mother to give Ziro her ship in order to go to Teth.
On Teth, Ziro went to his father's grave, where the council records were hidden. However, Snootles had secretly been hired by Jabba to retrieve the records. Snootles then shot Ziro through the chest and left his body to be found by both the Jedi and Bane.
In 19 BBY, before Quinlan Vos was sent to assassinate Dooku, Obi-Wan Kenobi reflected that the last time they were paired together was for the failed mission to track down Ziro, recalling that they were never able to discover who Ziro's murderer was.
Behind the scenesEdit
Ziro the Hutt first appeared in the 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated film, voiced by prolific voice actor Corey Burton. Burton went on to reprise the role in four more episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Though so far the only Hutt who speaks Galactic Basic onscreen, this was not originally intended. Ziro was meant to speak Huttese into a microphone which would translate his speech into English, but this idea was dropped when the producers felt that younger audiences wouldn't understand what the translator was. Later, George Lucas stepped in and specifically asked for Ziro to sound like Truman Capote. The character was a favorite of the production team, and they planned to have him return in the subsequent The Clone Wars series.
Following the release of The Clone Wars film, Dave Filoni commented during an interview with MTV News that Ziro's sexuality was "ambiguous," leading media to speculate whether Ziro was the first LGBT alien in the Star Wars franchise. Filoni stated, however, that Ziro was biologically asexual. However, this was later contradicted when Lucasfilm Story Group's Pablo Hidalgo revealed at Celebration Anaheim that Hutts have separate sexes in canon, no longer being hemaphroditic as they were in the Star Wars Legends continuity.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars film (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Assassin"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Evil Plans" (Appears in hologram)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hostage Crisis"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hunt for Ziro"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Dangerous Debt" (Mentioned only)
- Dark Disciple (Mentioned only)
- Dark Disciple audiobook (Mentioned only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of "ARC Troopers" to 21 BBY and the events of "Nightsisters" to 20 BBY. As the episode "Hunt for Ziro" takes place between the two episodes according to , Ziro Desilijic Tiure's death must take place between those two years.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hunt for Ziro"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4
- ↑ Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Assassin"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
- ↑ Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- ↑ Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has official backstory elements that, though not directly published for the public, are officially canon details that can be obtained verbally from cast members working in the land.
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Evil Plans"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hostage Crisis"
- ↑ Dark Disciple
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars film DVD commentary
- ↑ Shawn Adler (August 12, 2008). Is Ziro The Hutt The First Gay Alien In Star Wars History?. MTV. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved on August 18, 2008.