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|“||I'm in control. I make the rules now.||„|
|~ Cad Bane's most famous quote.|
|“||Consider this my final lesson: look out for yourself. Anything else... is weakness.||„|
|~ Cad Bane to Boba Fett.|
|“||I knew you were a killer.||„|
|~ Cad Bane's last words, said to Boba Fett.|
Cad Bane is a major antagonist in the Star Wars franchise.
He is a Duros bounty hunter who rose during the Clone Wars, working for the highest bidder and earning the reputation as the galaxy's best and most fearsome mercenary — a title that he was able to claim after fellow bounty hunter Jango Fett perished in the opening battle of the war. He also trained his cloned son Boba Fett.
Bane was hired to break the Republic captive Ziro Desilijic Tiure out of prison in the galactic capital of Coruscant. The Duros assembled a team of hunters and captured members of the Galactic Senate in their headquarters on Coruscant, forcing Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to free Ziro.
He was voiced by Corey Burton who also voiced Count Dooku in The Clone Wars, Brainiac in the DC Animated Universe, Quint in Disney's Timon & Pumbaa series, Scarecrow in Batman: Gotham Knight, Megatron in Transformers: Animated and both Captain Hook and Shan Yu in Kingdom Hearts. In The Book of Boba Fett, he was portrayed by stuntman Dorian Kingi with Corey Burton voicing him.
He is a major antagonist in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, appearing as a minor antagonist in both Seasons 1 and 3 (serving as the main antagonist of "Hostage Crisis" in Season 1, as well as the main antagonist of both "Evil Plans" and "Hunt for Ziro" in Season 3) and a major antagonist in both Seasons 2 and 4 (serving as the main antagonist of the Holocron Heist arc in Season 2 and the secondary antagonist of the Bounty Hunter arc in Season 4).
He would later serve as a supporting antagonist in Season 1 of the 2021 Disney+ webseries Star Wars: The Bad Batch and a major antagonist in the 2021 Disney+ live-action webseries The Book of Boba Fett. He also appears as the secondary antagonist of the 2009 video game Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes, as well as a minor antagonist and playable character in its Nintendo DS version.
Cad Bane is a textbook example of a sociopath: He is ruthless, cold, and cruel, killing without remorse and taking pleasure in others' suffering. He will happily dispose of innocent bystanders and even his allies to finish off his quarry. Bane is also very wrathful and manipulative, willing to use any means necessary to get someone to do whatever he wants, such as shocking Jedi Master Bolla Repal at full power to get him to open the Holocron.
There is no task too harsh or sickening for Cad Bane to sink into doing, even abducting Force-sensitive children and giving them to Darth Sidious, who would have both physically and psychologically tortured them into being apprentices who were as heartless as himself.
While he usually has a lot of control over his emotions and acts in a reserved manner, he can sometimes break out into evil laughter and have a few hammy moments. He also exhibits vanity, killing just to get a replacement hat.
Decades later, Cad Bane is significantly more ruthless, menacing and less prone to humor. He coldly warns Cobb Vanth to cease interfering with Pyke operations. He is shown to be unnecessarily brutal in his killings, shooting Vanth’s deputy several times even after he is already dead.
Bane is known to not let go of grudges, holding vendettas against Fett and Shand decades after he last saw them. He mocks Fett, who was his former student, for his rusting skills, age and the deaths of the Tusken Raiders he'd befriended.
During the Clone Wars, Bane was hired by Jabba the Hutt to break Ziro the Hutt out of prison as he contained dangerous information to the Hutt council. After tracing Ziro's location, Bane took fellow bounty hunters Shahan Alama and Robonino to raid the Galactic Senate on Coruscant, planning to take senators hostage to force Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to release Ziro the Hutt, Jabba's father. After Bane, Alama, a sentinel droid, and two droid commandos landed at the Senate Building in an airspeeder, a squad of Senate Commandos — a branch of the guards of the Senate — confronted the approaching Bane. The Duros commented on their hastiness, and before the guards could arrest Bane, one bounty hunter used a sniper rifle to kill most of the guards from a long-range post. Bane personally eliminated the captain of the guards by tackling him and snapping his neck.
The Duros signaled to Robonino, and the other hunters that the coast was clear, and the bounty hunters arrived at the building with several more sentinel droids. Leaving the droid commandos outside to clear the platform and stand guard, the team entered the headquarters of the Senate. After eliminating the Senate Commando posted at the building's power control room, as well as several droids inside, Bane left Robonino to shut off the power before heading for the atrium with the rest of his team. Along the way, the Duros eliminated two patrols of guards by tossing a primed thermal detonator into their barracks when both shifts were assembled there.
Entering the Republic Executive Building, Bane caught the attention of the senators discussing a piece of Senate legislation by firing several blaster shots. The bounty hunters surrounded the senators, and when Senator Philo objected to being taken hostage — walking away while refusing to "listen to insolence" — Bane shot him in the back. The Duros ordered the senators to turn over their communication devices and contacted Chancellor Palpatine in his office via a holo-transmission. Bane stated that the hostages were to be freed if Ziro the Hutt were to be released from prison.
After Palpatine objected, Robonino shut off the power, trapping Palpatine and Senator Orn Free Taa in the office and sealing all external communications. As the bounty hunters collected the senators' transmission devices, Bane runs into Senator Padmé Amidala. While speaking with her, Bane noticed Amidala glance at something behind him, and the bounty hunter turned around and recognized Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker surveying them from an upper-level window. Bane fired at the man, and Skywalker fled, prompting the bounty hunter to order Alama and an IG-86 sentinel droid after the Jedi.
Alama returned without the droid and reported that while it had been destroyed by Skywalker, an examination of the droid's remains showed that the Jedi Knight did not have his lightsaber. Bane dispatched Aurra Sing with Alama to find and bring the Jedi back to him. The Duros contacted Palpatine once more and told the Chancellor to make a pardon disc and give it to Senator Taa, who would be picked up by Bane's airspeeder and taken to deliver the disc to the prison. Taa reluctantly obeyed, and the sentinel droid 3D took the senator to the Detention Center.
Sing and Alama returned with Robonino and an unconscious, handcuffed Skywalker, and the Duros taunted the knocked-out Jedi Knight before ordering him to be tossed in with the rest of the hostages. Meanwhile, 3D collected the Hutt and returned to the Senate Building, while Taa stayed at the prison in the safety of the Coruscant Guard's clone troopers. Preparing to leave, Bane ordered the rest of his team to set up their "parting gifts" around the senators — a laser web that would activate explosives upon the slightest touch. Wishing the senators and Jedi a "most respectful farewell", Bane left the building with his comrades.
Upon the team's arrival outside on the landing platform, two LAAT/I gunships landed, and clone troopers of the Coruscant Guard piled out and cornered the group of bounty hunters. Palpatine contacted Bane and ordered him to surrender, but the Duros informed the Chancellor of the trapped senators, and Palpatine reluctantly relinquished his attempts to apprehend the bounty hunter.
Bane's airspeeder arrived, driven by 3D and hauling Ziro in a rear transport, and with the lives of the senators still at risk, the Coruscant Guard allowed the team of mercenaries to escape. After they were a safe distance away, Bane remotely activated the explosives as payback for the indignities Ziro had suffered in prison. Skywalker, in the meantime, had recovered and began to cut a hole in the floor around himself and the senators. Just as the explosives went off, the Jedi and the senators dropped into the room below. As Ziro congratulated Bane on a "job well done," Bane demanded his pay from the Hutt, as he did not work for free.
After freeing Ziro, Bane ordered his comrades to go into hiding, but all were captured except Shahan Alama, who was killed during a crash on Florrum, and Cad Bane himself. Later, Bane and his droid Todo 360 hunted for Ziro, who had escaped from the Hutts with help from his girlfriend Sy Snootles, unaware that two Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Quinlan Vos had also been hunting for Ziro. But by the time both groups reached Teth, where Ziro's father was buried, Ziro had already been murdered by Snootles, who was used by Jabba to collect a holodiary exposing the Hutt crime families' crimes. Cad Bane stole Vos' lightsaber and fought Kenobi. Bane defeated Kenobi but was rescued by Vos while Bane escaped with Todo 360.
Later, Bane was hired by Darth Sidious to steal a Jedi Holocron which contained all the names of future Jedi children. As part of his plan, Bane murdered the Jedi Ord Enisence and enlisted the help of fellow bounty hunter Cato Parasitti, who would use her shape-shifting abilities to pose as Enisence to infiltrate the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and his droid Todo 360.
After that, Parasitti, in the form of Enisence, infiltrated the Jedi Temple and hacked into the computer systems to aid Bane and Todo as they traversed through the ventilation shaft. Parasitti also used a comlink to keep in touch with Bane and taught him how to bypass the laser tripwire security systems. After Bane and Todo reached the Holocron chamber, Bane easily stole the Holocron while Todo deactivated the remaining security lasers.
Bane ordered Todo to make his way to the Jedi communication center to divert the Jedi's attention, but he hid the reason for the order, which, unknown to Todo, had an explosive attached to him. Meanwhile, Bane lost contact with Parasitti, who was defeated and captured by Anakin's Padawan, Ahsoka Tano. Bane quickly took the Holocron and escaped, leaving Parasitti to be imprisoned and Todo being destroyed by the explosive attached to him.
At the start of the rise of the Galactic Empire, a still-active Cad Bane is hired by Lama Su to retrieve Omega, a pure young female clone of Jango Fett who fled with a section of renegade clones named Clone Force 99. The bounty hunter tracks his target to Bracca where he easily slaughters clone troopers before infiltrating the ship they were ambushing. Omega and Hunter then arrive on the scene and find the corpses of the clones while being confronted by Bane who brags about the number of clones he has taken down in his career. Hunter asks him who hired him but Bane describes the information as confidential before demanding that Omega be handed over to him. At a dead-end, he and Hunter prepare their blasters and it is Bane who turns out to be the fastest, shooting Hunter down in the chest. Omega attempts to defend herself with her Zygerrian bow just for Todo to disarm her and Bane to capture her after knocking her out with a crippling shot.
Directed to the abandoned Bora Vio facility by his employer to make the exchange, Bane ordered Todo to keep an eye on their prisoner throughout the journey, but upon arriving, he discovered a disabled Todo and a fleeing Omega. Bane managed to capture her again while destroying the comm device she had hidden on her. The girl’s refusal to comply puts Bane on edge just as the two discover Taun We’s body on the floor. The assassin shows up, turning out to be rookie bounty hunter Fennec Shand, whom Bane is not happy to see as she gets in the way of his bounty. An exchange of gunfire ensues and the credit crate Taun had on her falls into the void, much to Bane's anger.
Omega is once again on the run, Bane tracks her down in the facility before being confronted again with Fennec and this time starting a hand-to-hand fight where although the young woman proves to be a formidable opponent, the veteran bounty hunter Gets the upper hand and briefly knocks out Fennec but she recovers quickly and successively tied up Bane and pushed him off the balcony. Bane stops his fall by using rockets from his boots. Sadly, Omega is saved by Clone Force 99 while Fennec sabotages Bane's ship, pinning it on the abandoned station much to his frustration.
Many years later after the fall of the Empire, Bane enters the employ of the Pyke Syndicate. He arrives on Tatooine and urges Cobb Vanth to stay out of the coming conflict, offering to match Boba Fett's price. This then becomes a threatening warning and a showdown ensues. His deputy tries to shoot Bane, getting himself killed and Vanth shot and critically wounded. Bane announced that Tatooine is now under the control of the Pykes and the people would be left alone as long as the spice kept running right before he left.
During the Battle for Mos Espa, Bane revealed the truth to Fett - that it had been the Pykes who had murdered his Tusken family, not the speeder bike gang. The two later had a brief duel which saw Fett lying on the ground and Bane standing over him, pointing a blaster at his head and stating that to do anything other than look out for one's self was a weakness. Before Bane could deliver the coup de grâce, Fett knocked his blaster away with his gaderffii stick. Knocking Bane to the ground, Fett killed the Duros bounty hunter by stabbing him with the stick. However, as Fett walked away, the heart monitor in Bane's chest started beeping, indicating that Bane might not be dead yet.
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- Many people have said that Cad Bane looks a lot like Crypto from the Destroy All Humans games. This is a coincidence, as Bane's species Duros appeared in Star Wars before the Destroy All Humans games.
- Cad Bane's character draws inspiration from Lee Van Cleef's character Angel Eyes from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
- Cad Bane was born in 62 BBY and died in 9 ABY, making him 71 years old at the time of his death.
- Cad Bane was originally set to appeared in arc set on Tatooine and feature him teaming up with Boba Fett on a "rescue mission". Two unfinished of this arc appeared: the other one shows the two in Cowboy standoff which ended with Boba getting a blast shot on his Helmet and Bane being shot.
- Despite being a major antagonist in The Book of Boba Fett, Cad Bane appears only in two episodes.
- Cad Bane - Star Wars Wiki