46. Zam Wesell
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Boba Fett, IG-88, Bossk; the list of male bounty hunters introduced in the original trilogy goes on. But the first female bounty hunter to get ample screen time and lines to boot didn’t come until Attack of the Clones premiered in 2002. Then we got Zam Wesell.
Zam has a cool look, cool gadgets, and a cool speeder. The only thing she lacks is the ability to finish a job properly. Both of her attempts to assassinate Senator Amidala fail, and she is summarily beaten by Obi-Wan Kenobi in a bar. The final stroke of her character is a toxic dart in her neck, shot by Jango Fett to silence her about his part in the assassination scheme.
But let’s be honest: her failures weren’t entirely her fault. She didn’t know the Senator used a decoy when she landed on Coruscant. She didn’t know two Jedi, one who is in love with Amidala, were protecting her and could sense any threats to her life. Finally, she couldn’t have known that Jango would betray and kill her.
So what are we left with, then? A really cool character. Zam wears a neat outfit (purple!), uses cool gadgets, and pilots a streamline green speeder. Finally, she’s a Clawdite shapeshifter, otherwise known as a changeling. According to Star Wars Databank, this means she can change her physical appearance and assume any humanoid form. These characteristics are what put her at 46 on our list.