Beloved Characters: Bossk

240px-Bossk.jpgThere are characters that appear for mere moments in a film and yet they garner a cult following, and public interest. Bossk has always been one of these characters for me. In the Empire Strikes Back you see him for but a moment on deck with a Motley Crew of bounty hunters. He kind of hisses at one of the military siffs and I remember thinking as a kid “what is that guys deal?”

It is a great thing when we know little about a character sometimes. It allows the imagination to wander. I often would look at the costume of Bossk and wonder if it was designed to work best with his Reptilian form. He is a shifty 3 fingered bad ass that I knew nothing about, so I filled in the blanks with my young mind. All I knew was that lizard dudes were creepy, and I wish I had one in my tree house to keep watch while I read contraband.

Through books, encyclopedias and role playing supplements the story of Bossk has filled out some. To my delight, the scribes have made good use of the character, and yet he still retains a small element of mystery. My favorite story about Bossk is where he kills and eats his own Father later in life; this mirrors his earliest memory where he ate his unborn brothers and sisters when they were still in eggs. This guy is a serious bounty hunter, If you kill family - you will kill anybody!

In recent history a monster that left me thinking “what is that/what is his deal” was the weirdo guy from Pan’s Labyrinth that had his eyes in his hands. I loved that we knew next to nothing about this ghastly creature. He walked so slow and yet scarred the hell out of me simply because I did not know anything about him, or what he was capable of. That was the magic of Hitchcock, he used our imagination to fill in the blanks, which is genius because he knew what we are capable of thinking.

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  • Ancey

    That reminds me of a recent character in Transformers: a hippy Decepticon that had a total of about 5-10 lines in the entire series, in about 3 episodes, but he just had those strange little quirks, and nearly everything about him is a mystery aside from his personality, his looks, and what you see in the series.

    It’s those little characters that end up just being so much better than the main ones for the fact your imagination CAN run around in little circles over ’em.

    As for the Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth, yeah, one of the creepiest creatures I’d ever seen. Pan (the Faun) is also so strange for the fact he too is a mystery: is he good or bad? That was a question that was in my mind throughout the entire film.

  • PippinTheJedi

    On the Pan’s Labyrinth DVD extras (backstory spoiler for those who like the unknown!) it says the Pale Man was banned to that hall by the King and that the knife’s presence kept him alive, meaning that when Ofelia took the knife, his precense vanished.

    But I totally agree with the post. I know way too many Star Wars characters, partly from a 3 year period of collecting Star Wars cards (the Decipher ones…I HATE those Wizards ones).
    My parents got really annoyed because if they where watching one of the movies my brother It’s special.

  • craig

    I would love Del Toro to direct THE HOBBIT, his storytelling and creature design was sheer and utter class in Pans Labyrinth 10/10!!

  • Paul

    Bossk = The ONLY decent Lizard man ever in a feature film.

  • C.J.


    This post is most excellent. When I was young, Bossk was one of the handful of Star Wars villains I had, so he played the part in many adventures. I think he fought Lando Calrissian in Skiff guard disguise about 400 times before I finally allowed the nephews to take him home with them. Great, now I’m gonna be on Ebay for the next hour looking for a replacement to rekindle the fabled days of my youth.

    Please continue these posts. They remind me of a happy time before my siblings convinced me I was an accident.

    @ Lee,

    The Leia in Boushh disguise was the only Leia I had until the new figures came out in 1995. I loved her as well. Good shout out.