- "Cad Bane, who needs no introduction."
- ―Count Dooku, introducing Bane
Cad Bane was a Duros bounty hunter known for his ruthlessness and brutality. Bane would gain the most notoriety in his career as the top bounty hunter in the galaxy shortly after the death of Jango Fett.
As a skilled bounty hunter, Bane was described as cold and cruel. He worked only for credits and would turn on his own allies for the right price. Bane often did not get along well with other bounty hunters and never hesitated to kill the innocent. He did have a sense of respect, however, shown when he saved Rako Hardeen from a fall during the Box challenge.
Gear and Equipment
- "I want a Rogue-class starfighter, with elite weapons, a cloaking device, the works. Oh, and triple my usual rate"
- ―Cad Bane demanding his payment to Darth Sidious for infiltrating the Jedi Temple
Additionally, Cad Bane had two multipurpose wrist gauntlets which included a number of features including a comlink, cable launcher, upload link, contact stunner and possibly more. He was also equipped with personal repulsor rocket boots, which could enable him to take flight speedily.
Embedded into his cheekbones were artificial breathing tubes. This breathing system allowed Bane to work in the harshest of environments throughout the galaxy, before their confiscation in prison.
- "To get a holocron, I'd have to break into the Jedi Temple. It's impossible, not to mention deadly."
- ―Cad Bane conspiring with Palpatine
After the First Battle of Felucia, Cad Bane was contacted by Darth Sidious to infiltrate the Jedi Temple and steal a Jedi Holocron. Bane hired Clawdite shapeshifter Cato Parasitti and used his personal "butler droid", Todo 360. Cato, disguised as deceased Skrilling Jedi Master Ord Enisence, infiltrated the Temple and told Bane and Todo how to get in the building. Bane was soon figured out, leading Master Kenobi and Skywalker to come after him. Cato was also figured out by Jocasta Nu, the Temple's Chief Librarian, force Parasitti to knock Madame Nu unconscious and take her form. Bane could hear the Jedi catching up to him, leading him to send Todo to distract them with his untimely destruction, in the form of an explosion, rigged by Bane himself. Bane then passed through the damaged door to the holocron vault, took the holocron he sought and, in Jedi robes, left the Temple unscathed.
Cargo of Doom
- "Welcome, Jedi, we've been expecting you."
- ―Cad Bane to the Jedi
Children of the Force
- "Sure, sure, As long as I get paid, it makes no difference to me."
- ―Cad Bane to his employer
- "You won't get away with this!"
"I already have, soldier boy."
- ―Captain Rex and Cad Bane
- "You saying there's still more moves to this dance?"
- ―Bane, negotiating for a new assignment by Jabba
- "I've got business with the Senate. How 'bout you fellas step aside?"
- ―Cad Bane to the clone troopers in the Coruscant Guard
Sometime after Ziro the Hutt had been in a prison cell in Coruscant, Cad Bane was hired to free him. For the operation, Bane assembled a team of Bounty Hunters, each with a particular job and skill. Bane hired several other Bounty hunters to aide him in the act of freeing Ziro. His new team included Jedi hunter Aurra Sing, Patrolian slicer Robonino, Weequay bounty hunter Shahan Alama and HELIOS-3D. Traveling to the Galactic Senate building, Bane approached a group of Senators. Gran Senator Philo spoke out against Bane, and began to walk away, only to be shot dead by Bane, who revealed himself to be a "no non-sense" bounty hunter.
Soon afterwards, Cad Bane contacted Chancellor Palpatine demanding that a disc be provided to free Ziro from the prison. With the Senators in danger of being harmed by Bane, Palpatine had no choice but to comply with the demand and sent Orn Free Taa with one of the Bounty Hunters to the prison complex. With Ziro freed, Bane and his group left the Senators with a number of trip laser bombs surrounding them, set to blow if anything crossed it.
About to make his getaway, Bane was surrounded by the Coruscant Guard by orders of Palpatine. Revealing that bombs had been set to blow around them and could be detonated remotely, Palpatine was forced to let them escape. Upon leaving with Ziro, he detonated the bombs surrounding the Senators without much reason. Anakin Skywalker, who was with the Senators at the time, was able to save everyone before the bombs were detonated.
Hunt for Ziro
- "I just hate it when someone does my job."
- ―Cad Bane
Once Bane arrived at Teth, he found the corpse of Ziro and the stolen holo diary. Bane said he hated when someone did his job, and then the Jedi landed. Bane hid until Obi-Wan and Vos found Ziro's corpse and Bane revealed himself. Obi-Wan asked why he killed Ziro, but Bane said he didn't and wouldn't have done a "sloppy kill." Bane said that they should just go about their business but Kenobi said even if he couldn't capture Ziro, he was taking Bane to prison for holding the Senate hostage. Bane and the Jedi had a duel, and Bane in the end escaped.
- "This isn't the first time I've escaped from this stinkhole"
- ―Cad Bane in the Coruscant Prison
Eval and Bane left and Kenobi followed. Bane showed them the way to their exit which was in the morgue. Eval and Bane looked out as Obi-Wan used the Force on the panel to get in. The three sneaked in the caskets only until the officers on duty needed to cremate them. When the caskets were sent down to the crematorium, the officers found vital signs and opened the caskets. The three attacked. One officer tried to shoot Bane but he took another and put him in front of the blast. Hardeen pointed a gun at an officer, but being a Jedi couldn't find the will to shoot, but Bane killed him and asked what was the matter with him, Kenobi gave the excuse of his blaster jamming. The three ran out and took a police craft to a shuttle landing. There, they stole a ship. Bane punched Kenobi for hesitating, ignoring the fact that he was the main reason for their escape.
Friends and Enemies
Bane suggested Pablo's Pawn Shop, which he explained had quality items and guns for mercenaries. Bane, Eval, and Hardeen got new armor and Bane chose a new a smaller hat than he usually wore. Hardeen teased that if he thought he would blend in with the hat it won't work and Bane retorted that he doesn't like to hide under a helmet, which Hardeen chose. Pablo asked if they needed anything else but Bane said his weapons were poor quality and asked where he could get some good ones, and Pablo said they shouldn't be so picky since they're on the run. Bane got enraged and pushed Pablo against the wall and stuck his toothpick up Pablo's lip. The three left and Hardeen tried to pay for the items, but Pablo's Twi'lek assistant yelled at him to leave.
The three needed guns and a ship, and Bane suggested Hardeen get the ship while he and Eval get some weapons. Eval asked why they split up and Bane said they would leave Hardeen. Eval asked if it was for revenge or personal, and Bane replied both. After getting the weapons and purchasing the ship, Hardeen asked why Bane didn't buy him a weapon, and Bane said he wasn't coming. Eval let the two dispute this among the two and Hardeen said if it weren't for him, they'd still be in jail. At that time, Pablo and his assistant reported to the Hutts and a Nikto and Gamorreans ran to arrest them.Bane sprayed Hardeen with gas and left onto the ship and left Hardeen in the dust. Eval contacted Count Dooku and Dooku said that his plan was failing and they needed to pick up the pace. Before they could leave Nal Hutta, three Hutt skiffs fired at their ship and they were forced to crash, again. Bane and Eval met Hardeen who was eating and Bane wrestled Hardeen to ask if he reported to the Hutts. Hardeen explained how he was captured and Bane would've done the same. Eval lost his patience when Hardeen made the point that the Hutts are on their trail.
When the three left in a luxury ship to get off Nal Hutta, Anakin and Ahsoka arrived right when they left. They encountered a problem that they only had enough fuel to get to Orondia. They stopped at a Bith gas station, and the Bith's brother was the one who sold them the ship. Eval paid the Bith and complained who gives enough fuel to take them there. Bane replied it seems Eval is paying off everyone but him, and Hardeen asked why was that.
When they left, Anakin and Ahsoka arrived and bumped into Bane's ship. Anakin jumped onto their ship to try to kill Hardeen, and Hardeen offered to kill him, but Bane said it was his turn to kill a Jedi. He used his rocket boots and a cable to get to Anakin. He fired and dueled with Anakin as Hardeen turned the ship. Hardeen shot a fuel pipe and Ahsoka crashed into the cruiser and the two ships skidded across the planet surface. Bane and Anakin rolled off. Hardeen went to find Anakin in the fog until Anakin found him and tackled him. Anakin was about to finish Hardeen when Bane used a cable to tie up Anakin. Before he could shoot him, Anakin kicked Bane and freed himself. Bane kept firing at Anakin until he dropped his gun and Hardeen wrestled Anakin to the ground. Anakin fell asleep while Hardeen got off him. Before Bane could shoot Anakin, Ahsoka jumped behind him. She was about to kill Bane until Eval said the ship was still operational and it was time to go. Bane said they'd have to dance another time and he and Hardeen left to Serenno.
- "You already owe me for one job, Dooku. Anything else would cost you triple."
- ―Bane to Dooku about the contest
The two did enter the competition along with ten other bounty hunters. At night, Bane and Hardeen walked to the general outside area by Dooku's Palace where other bounty hunters were talking. Bane spotted an Ithorian, Bulduga, had a nice, big hat. Bane approached him, but Hardeen tried to stop him. Bane asked where Bulduga got the hat, but before answering, Bulduga drew a pistol but Bane shot first. Bane grabbed Bulduga's hat and put his old one he bought on Nal Hutta on Bulduga's head. His brother, Onca, walked hopelessly. Hardeen just stared at him, but Bane said it was a nice hat. Seconds after the quarrel, Dooku and Eval approached the now eleven group. Dooku welcomed the mercenaries to Serenno and gave each a proper introduction. For Bane, he said no introduction since he was a great bounty hunter. He then explained in a few moments they would enter the competition center, the Box.
Dooku said five would only survive, and if there are more, they would be exterminated. A MagnaGuard collected the weapons from the hunters, for it would be chaotic if all the hunters shot at everyone. Eval bragged that he designed the Box because it had certain situations they might encounter on the mission. He then said to the hunters to go in, if they had the guts. All eleven went in and took a shaft to a white, grid room. Eval's face showed on four sides and explained one rule inside the Box: they are no rules. Bounty hunter Embo asked what the point of the challenge was, and Eval said to survive and escape quickly to get to the next challenge.
The first challenge was dioxis, which was released. Hardeen said if they breathed it, they're dead. Blocks raised and the hunters scrambled on top. Hardeen went to find an exit below and found a small hatch that led to the next level. Sixtat thought it was dangerous, but Bane asked if he had a better plan. There were no casualties in the first round, which got Eval angry. For the next challenge, the bounty hunters to avoid boxes with energy boxes. Kenobi noticed the boxes created a pattern to get to the top, and Bane followed every step, but had to be quick. Bane was after Kenobi and entered the third challenge. Onca, Sinrich, and Kiera Swan were eliminated last round. In this challenge, one bounty hunter to pass through a ray shield to deactivate other ray shields before they kill the rest. Eval gave the group something that would prevent being killed by the ray shields, but was toxic to all but one. Derrown reached for it but Bane protested and asked you put him in charge, but Kenobi said that Derrown was a Parwon and he could take the ray shields, but depended on the blood type.
Before the ray shield could kill the group, Derrown deactivated the ray shield. Jakoli and Mantu died that round. The final round tested the hunters' sniping skills. Sixtat told the group to watch a pro, but missed one target and fell to his doom in fire. Kenobi then went up and hit the targets, but he ran out of charges, and Eval said it's important for a bounty hunter to check his charges. Before Kenobi could fall in the fire, Bane used a cable and caught Kenobi's wrist, telling Eval if he wanted to kill him, he'd have to do like a man. Dooku then control of the Box and Kenobi fought Eval. Before Kenobi could kill Eval, but left the mastermind live. The survivors were Bane, Eval, Kenobi, Derrown, Embo, and Twazzi. Dooku then put Bane in charge of the operation and that everyone now worked for him.
Crisis on Naboo
After surviving the ordeals of the Box, the remaining bounty hunters and Dooku went to Naboo to prepare the kidnapping. At night, Bane ordered Derrown, Eval, Embo to kill the workers inside. One of the workers ran towards the entrance of the hangar, where Bane was. The worker ran the other way but Bane used a cable and shot the worker. He said it was safe to go out and Obi-Wan, Twazzi, and Dooku walked out. Bane threw datapads on a table and told the bounty hunters that was their job. Obi-Wan asked how all the pieces fit together. Bane explained Derrown would deactivate the shield generator, Eval would be the getaway driver, Embo and Twazzi would escort the Chancellor, and Obi-Wan was the sniper. He then put out a holodisguise device that made the bounty hunters look like Senate Commandos.
Behind the Scenes
- It was later revealed on a figure description that Cad Bane survived the Clone Wars and served the Empire afterwards.
- Dave Filoni confirmed at "The Untold Clone Wars" panel at Celebration Anaheim in 2015 that a 4-part story arc was written for Season 5 in which Bane mentors Boba Fett.