|Star Wars character|
Cad Bane's as he first appears in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
|First appearance||The Clone Wars|
- "Hostage Crisis" (2008)
|Created by||George Lucas|
|Voiced by||Corey Burton|
|Affiliation||Darth Sidious, Jabba the Hutt, Confederacy of Independent Systems|
Cad Bane is a fictional character and an antagonist in the Star Wars franchise. He was introduced in the 2008 animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, voiced by Corey Burton, where he is depicted as a cold and manipulative bounty hunter from the planet Duro.
Cad Bane makes his debut in the 2008 animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars' first season finale "Hostage Crisis" although this is not his first in-universe appearance chronologically. During the episode, he infiltrates the Senate building on Coruscant alongside a team of fellow bounty hunters. There he holds a group of senators hostage, and demands that Ziro the Hutt be released in exchange for their lives.
In the second season, set before all of the events mentioned previously, Cad Bane is contacted by Darth Sidious for a special assignment: the capture of a Holocron from inside the Jedi Temple. Bane finds himself in a massive struggle for the stolen Holocron as Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano attempt to take it back. He is briefly captured in the episode "Children of the Force" before leading Obi-Wan Kenobi and Mace Windu into a trap in his headquarters, allowing him to escape.
In the third season further details are revealed about Bane's attack on the senate building. The episode "Evil Plans" takes place before the events of the season one finale, and depicts Bane capturing the two droids R2-D2 and C-3PO who involuntarily give him the plans to the Senate building. Then in the following episode "Hunt for Ziro", which takes place after "Hostage Crisis", it is revealed that he was hired to extract Ziro from custody by Jabba the Hutt, due to an incriminating datapad the latter possessed. Shortly after Bane is congratulated by Jabba for his success, Ziro escapes and the bounty hunter is hired to track down and capture the rogue Hutt. He is eventually able to locate his target on the planet Teth but upon arrival he finds Ziro dead and the datapad missing. A short altercation between two Jedi who were also searching for the Hutt ensues but Bane is able to escape nonetheless.
During the fourth season episode "Deception", Bane has been captured and is currently being held in a Republic prison. He is hired by fellow convict Moralo Eval and Sith Lord Count Dooku to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine on Naboo. Unbeknownst to them, however, Obi-Wan Kenobi is posing as bounty hunter Rako Hardeen and seeks to gain the duo's trust. Following a successful prison break and chase throughout the Outer Rim, they finally reach the Box: a competition to decide which of a small group of chosen bounty hunters will participate in the Naboo plot. Bane, Kenobi and Eval all survive the events of the box and go on to kidnap the Chancellor. Not long after the kidnapping attempt, Kenobi's treachery is revealed and he manages to foil the plot, seemingly apprehending Bane for good.
Years after the Clone Wars came to an end, Sabine Wren somehow heard of Cad Bane, and designed a graffiti image of him, inspired by his daring combat skills. This image can be briefly seen in the second episode of the first season of Star Wars Rebels, "Fighter Flight".
Bane also appears in the five-part Marvel Comics comic book miniseries Star Wars: Darth Maul, set before the events of the prequel trilogy, where he aides the titular character in kidnapping a Jedi Padawan.
In April 2014, most of the licensed Star Wars novels and comics produced since the originating 1977 film Star Wars were rebranded as Star Wars Legends and declared non-canon to the franchise by Lucasfilm. Bane additionally made several appearances in Legends.
The character was created as a recurring antagonist for the 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series set during the prequel trilogy. The season one finale "Hostage Crisis" director Giancarlo Volpe compared Cad Bane to another Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett stating,
The crew loves Cad Bane, and I really think the fans will, too. He brings a serious bad-ass sensibility to Star Wars. He's a lethal and ruthless bounty hunter, and you see that right away in the episode. Unlike Boba Fett, Cad doesn't take prisoners.
Originally, supervising director Dave Filoni and series writer Henry Gilroy planned to create the Durge character that was already introduced in the 2003 micro-series. Durge would instead be redesigned as a human character but this exploration was short lived after the suggestion of series producer and Star Wars creator George Lucas to go Western. Lucas took inspiration from western film actors such as Lee Van Cleef's portrayasl of Angel Eyes in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly and of Colonel Mortimer in For a Few Dollars More while Corey Burton uses Peter Lorre's voice as inspiration. These characters' Western influences help to bring Bane to life while still containing the features of the Duros species in the Star Wars universe with his own original characterization. Burton's voice would then be modified on the computer by the series' sound production team. While Filoni researched the character, he happened to come across an unlabeled concept art of a gun-toting bounty hunter with a wide-brimmed hat from the original trilogy and that concept helped bring the character to life. Filoni speculated on George Lucas' original idea for the character that became Bane:
Something you notice about George Lucas after a while is that he'll mention a name like 'Mace Windu' in a  version of Star Wars, and then it pops up in 1999. So, this, I guess might have been an idea George had for the character Cad Bane way back when, and now finally he's getting around to bringing him to the screen in The Clone Wars.
Promotion and reception
Cad Bane has been featured in two Hasbro toys concerning himself, his blaster and his ship respectively, as well as one involving him merged with his ship in a crossover for Transformers. Both Cad Bane and his speeder were included as part of the Lego Star Wars toy line.
In 2009, UGO Networks ran a feature on Cad Bane, noting his cool looks and calling him "quintessentially cold, cruel and calculating". IGN listed him as the 31st top Star Wars character, praising his first impression and saying his creators succeeded in introducing "an inarguably cool and effective villain". IGN also noted he "continued to be an excellent foil" to the main protagonists in his later appearances. IGN's Eric Goldman said that Bane was a successful attempt at creating a new ongoing villain, and later called him a "very cool and effective new villain". Goldman also called Bane's introduction and his torture of Bolla Ropal (a Jedi) two of The Clone Wars's most darkest moments, adding that Bane lived up to the hype that surrounded him in his introduction. Christian Bauvelt, writing for Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch, said that one of the three top reasons the "Evil Plans" episode worked for him was because Cad Bane appeared in it, and noted Bane's similarities to Angel Eyes from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
- McMilian, Graeme (25 April 2014). "Lucasfilm Unveils New Plans for Star Wars Expanded Universe". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
- "The Legendary Star Wars Expanded Universe Turns a New Page". StarWars.com. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
- "Disney and Random House announce relaunch of Star Wars Adult Fiction line". StarWars.com. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
- "The Chilling Season Finale Introduces a Deadly New Enemy". Lucas Online. 17 March 2009. Archived from the original on 25 November 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
- "Databank: Cad Bane". Lucas Online. 2010. Archived from the original on 27 March 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
- "Cad Bane concept". Archived from the original on 20 November 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
- "Star Wars The Clone Wars Cad Bane". Hasbro. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- "Star Wars The Clone Wars Cad Bane Blaster". Hasbro. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- "Star Wars The Clone Wars Cad Bane's Xanadu Blood". Hasbro. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- "Star Wars TRANSFORMERS CROSSOVERS Cad Bane to Cad Bane's Xanadu Blood". Hasbro. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- "LEGO® Star Wars™ Cad Bane™ Key Chain". Lego Shop. Archived from the original on 23 June 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- "Cad Bane's Speeder™". Lego Shop. Archived from the original on 3 April 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- "Cad Bane - Clone Wars Badass?". UGO Networks. 18 March 2009. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
- "Top Star Wars Characters". IGN. Archived from the original on 16 August 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
- Eric Goldman (23 March 2009). "Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Hostage Crisis" Review". IGN. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
- Eric Goldman (30 March 2009). "Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Season 1 Review". IGN. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
- Eric Goldman (13 September 2010). "The Clone Wars' Darkest Moments". IGN. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
- Christian Bauvelt (6 November 2010). "'Star Wars: The Clone Wars': Is Cad Bane the coolest character? C-3PO?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- Cad Bane in the StarWars.com Databank