In the Star Wars Holiday Special, Darth Vader says this to Boba Fett:

I see why they call you the best bounty hunter in the galaxy.

This seems to be the general attitude of most characters towards Fett. It's also common to hear fans describe him as the greatest bounty-hunter in the Star Wars galaxy.

However, in the actual films, he doesn't do all that much. He helps capture Luke and Han, which was impressive, but not really enough to justify being called the best bounty-hunter in the galaxy.

What exactly has he done in the expanded universes to deserve this title?

I'm not asking for arguments as to why he is or isn't deserving, what I want is a list of his greatest and most impressive canon bounty-hunting accomplishments.

I know he was a powerful fighter who did many impressive things. However, if it isn't bounty-hunting related, it doesn't answer the question.

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    Pretty early on in the Clone Wars he brought down an entire cruiser of clones (I'm not sure what class it was) while trying to kill Mace Windu for one thing. – Hatandboots Dec 10 '15 at 23:27
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    @Hatandboots That's impressive, but not really bounty-hunting. Also, he ultimately failed to kill his prey. – Rogue Jedi Dec 10 '15 at 23:28
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    I don't know if I agree with you. Consider how great he looked when he failed to hit anyone on Jabba's barge, had his gun chopped in half, then when he had a clean shot at luke he shot some kind of rope around him instead of using the gun on his wrist, which he later fires at luke as he flips to the other barge. Then to top that off, he accidentally gets slapped in the back with barely any force and the armor his vast experience has selected malfunctions and throws him into a wall, then into a pit to be digested over 1000 years. Sounds like a true champion to me... boba fett... pfft! – Kai Qing Dec 11 '15 at 0:04
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    lol @KaiQing - although - the new canon book "Aftermath" dropped some clues that Fett's story may or may not be over. – NKCampbell Dec 11 '15 at 1:15
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    “what I want is a list” — list question! Vote to close! – Paul D. Waite Dec 11 '15 at 14:17

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Boba_Fett/Legends#Legendary_exploits has a pretty good compilation. Some that I liked:

  • Destroyed entire Bounty Hunter guild (ultimately, on behalf of the Emperor)

  • Survived Sarlacc

  • Destroyed entire Imperial garrison on Vryssa

  • Killed Jhordvar (who happened to be a Noghri assassin - who elsewhere in EU gave trouble to Luke Skywalker).

Also, in Fett's own words,

"The Hutts and all my other clients-they pay me the kind of bounties they do because of one thing. I deliver. Once I've caught my prey, nothing stops me from bringing it in. Nothing. If I take on a job, I complete it. And everyone in the galaxy knows that." (src: The Mandalorian Armor).

Ironically, EU coverage of Fett totally belies that assessment, for storytelling reasons: Fett routinely comes up against Star Wars protagonists, who of course must ultimately win. So, he frequently (relatively) loses his bounties to Lando Clarissian, Han Solo etc...

Yet, he even manages to lose in style (e.g., after fighting Darth Vader to near standstill).

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    EU coverage of Fett totally belies that assessment, for storytelling reasons. Always the way :) – Daft Dec 11 '15 at 13:00
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    Is surviving the Sarlacc canon? I hope not :( – Andres F. Dec 11 '15 at 13:09
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    At least two of those examples don't really count as "bounty-hunting achievements." – Rogue Jedi Dec 11 '15 at 14:53
  • If you edit the list to include more examples of actual bounty-hunting, I'll accept your answer. – Rogue Jedi Dec 14 '15 at 1:18
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    er....maybe not @Thunderforge - there is an interstitial in the new canon book "Aftermath" that seems to be the initial seeds of planting doubt as to his desime – NKCampbell Mar 2 '16 at 23:12

I don't have a super long list but as far as I know he is the only person who ever survived being eaten by the Sarlacc.

He was also named Mandalore (or the leader of the ancient warrior race of Mandalorians widely regarded as the most deadly race in the galaxy) which means he is the best warrior among them . As for in the films at the time what would have been considered impressive in the 70's is much different then today and they didn't have any EU to establish his character with and there was no real standard of what a Mandalorian should be, at that time he just looked impressive but to us now we have the EU and Jango Fett to compare him to that is why he seems lackluster

  • Again, while impressive, neither of these are really "bounty-hunting achievements." – Rogue Jedi Dec 16 '15 at 1:05

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