Jabba Desilijic Tiure, better known as Jabba the Hutt, was one of the most notorious Hutt crime lords in the galaxy, who governed a large criminal empire located in the Outer Rim Territories from his desert palace on Tatooine. At the height of his power, Jabba was one of the most powerful crime lords in the galaxy, on par with Prince Xizor, the head of the Black Sun Syndicate.
Jabba had started as a small crime lord, but quickly spread his influence into a variety of illegal activities, including spice-smuggling, gunrunning, slavery, and sometimes outright piracy. Known for his cruelty and carnal fancies, Jabba the Hutt was powerful enough not to fear Alliance retributions, and placed a hefty death mark on Han Solo, a former employee of his, after Solo lost a load of spice to an Imperial patrol vessel. He would finally get his revenge on Solo when the carbonite-encased Corellian was delivered to him by Boba Fett, one of the many bounty hunters Jabba was known to employ.
Behind the scenes
Jabba, first appeared in the original script for Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, but he did not make the final film until the 1997 rerelease as a CGI character. Jabba his real film debut in Episode VI: Return of Jedi. Jabba was a one-ton puppet (the largest ever-made for a film at that time) designed by Stuart Freeborn and operatated by three puppeteers, David Alan Barclay, Toby Philpott, and Mike Edmonds with Tony Cox assissting. Jabba's face was radio controlled.