Bounty Hunters were individuals who could be hired to capture or kill a designated target. The target would have a price or bounty on their heads that would be collected by the bounty hunter upon successful capture or proof of death. Some bounty hunters acted like mercenaries and were hired to do jobs other then tracking down bounties. As mercenaries, they were also known to do other jobs for the right price, including the protection of clients. The most infamous bounty hunters were clever, resourceful, and relentless, making them very dangerous to those with wealthy enemies.
As a profession, bounty hunting was organized and regulated by various guilds, such as the Bounty Hunter's Guild. Bounty hunters occasionally formed partnerships, though partnering with a fellow bounty hunter could be very dangerous business, as they typically valued their personal gain—and survival—above that of their companions. Despite their political neutrality and independence, many bounty hunters were effective "Jedi Hunters", which made their services desirable to the Galactic Empire.