With Dog the Bounty Hunter celebrating his 100th episode of his self-titled hit show, we decided to compile a list of the top five fictional bounty hunters. While Dog Chapman may sometimes seem larger-than-life, these bounty hunters exist in a world of their own.
5. Captain Bragg, Thundercats
While many contribute Captain Bragg’s episode of Thundercats, “The Circus Train,” the low point of the t.v. show, one cannot argue that the flying-circus-train-owning, ringmaster-dressing, talking-crow-owner is at least entertaining. The Captain’s methods of using ventriloquy, hypnotisation, and kidnapping the Mutants and Lunataks is certainly unique, and creates a memorable episode of an 80s cartoon fave.
4. Homer Simpson with “Wolf” the Bounty Hunter
In the premiere episode of the 20th Season of The Simpsons, Homer Simpson and Ned Flanders team up with tasers, inspired by “Wolf the Bounty Hunter”, a parody of A&E reality star Dog the Bounty Hunter, to become bounty hunters themselves. When Homer has to actually skip bail himself, even more hilarity ensues.
3. Stephanie Plum, star of 14 novels by Janet Evanovich
After losing her job as a lingerie buyer, Stephanie Plum blackmails her cousin Vinnie, owner of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, into giving her a job. When she found out the secretary position was taken, Plum takes a spot as a recovery agent. With 14 novels featuring Plum, nine have skyrocketed to the top of the New York Times Bestseller List. No matter how many more novels Evanovich decides to feature Plum in, this literary bounty hunter will be a fan favorite for years to come.
2. Boba Fett, Star Wars
Boba Fett, the anti-hero of the Star Wars series, is the bounty hunter hired by Jabba the Hutt and the Galactic Empire to find and capture Hans Solo and his partner-in-crime, the Wookie Chewbacca. Bounty hunting runs in the Fett family, as Boba Fett’s father, Jango Fett, is a legendary bounty hunter who is hired by Count Dooku of the Galactic Empire to create an army of bounty hunting clones.
1. The Man With No Name, “The Dollar Trilogies”
Though prevalent in western films, the most famous “Man with No Name” is played by Clint Eastwood in the series of westerners referred to as “The Dollar Trilogies” which include The Good,the Bad, and the Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars. An outsider, bounty hunter, and outlaw, the Man with No Name rarely speaks, shoots first, and asks questions later. The quintessential anti-hero, the trademark cigarillo is as essential to the Man with No Name as the Man with No Name is to the movie tradition.