“Bounty hunters! We don’t need their scum.”
Star Wars fans would probably disagree with Admiral Piett’s famous quote from The Empire Strikes Back. That first shot of the assembled bounty hunters quickly captured the imagination of moviegoers, and they’ve become an incredibly popular character archetype in the decades that followed. While the Star Wars universe appears to have a high concentration of bounty hunters, the latest installment of SYFY WIRE’s 7 Essential series is expanding the focus to include other films, television shows, and even comics.
Naturally, Boba Fett made the list... but probably not as high as you might expect. While the Star Wars Expanded Universe/Legends stories made Jango Fett’s favorite (and only!) son into an intergalactic legend, his reputation on the big screen is somewhat lacking. Boba Fett looks cool in his armor, but his untimely death via burp joke in Return of the Jedi has definitely impacted his once-formidable mystique.
One of SYFY’s own characters, Yalena "Dutch" Yardeen, made the cut for her part in Killjoys. As portrayed by Hannah John-Kamen, Dutch is one of the most formidable RAC agents in the Quad and a fierce fighter and strategist who more than holds her own against anyone in her universe and beyond.
Unsurprisingly, DC’s Lobo was chosen as well, because he’s proven to be almost unstoppable once he’s been assigned a target. Blade Runner and Cowboy Bebop characters also made our list, but you’re just going to have to watch the video to learn who landed the coveted #1 spot!