A bounty hunter is a person who captures criminals and turns them in to the authorities for a reward, which can be either large amounts of cash, or another big-ass tattoo somewhere on their body. Currently, women are excluded from the role, because the job requires an inordinately large handlebar moustache. The bounty hunter was associated with masculinity until George Lucas used blue latex and jack boots to make bounty hunting look gay.
Bounty hunting has at times been referred to as skiptracing, but the term never caught on, as nobody has any idea what the hell it even is.
The laws of ancient Israel required any and all murderers to be hunted down and killed by the Avenger of Blood, unless they reached one of six cities of refuge. Although they were not paid for this service, Avengers were regarded as exceedingly wealthy due to how happy their jobs made them. Experts agree that "Avenger of Blood" is a totally badass name, and ought to be brought back, since "bounty hunter" sounds like it has something to do with shopping.
Not wanting to be behind the curve, Israel's contemporaries made the "Avenger of Blood" concept their most hardcore law and incorporated it into their own justice systems.
In the United States
Bounty hunting became popular in the United States in the 1970's, when George Lucas prominently featured bounty hunters in his sci-fi masterpiece, American Graffiti. Before Lucas's deeply philosophical, highly artistic and not-at-all-nerdy work, only Texans knew what bounty hunting even was.
However, by this time, bounty hunters in Texas were on the decline, having reached their apex in 1883, when 79% of all Texans were registered bounty hunters. This downward trend has continued until, today, only 63% of all Texans are registered bounty hunters.
One of Texas's most famous bounty hunters of all time was one Chuck Norris, who quickly earned a name for himself by wearing a cowboy hat, a brown duster, and cowboy boots designed specially to facilitate quick, continuous kicks to the face. In 1902, Norris brought the infamous Stuart Little Gang to justice. He is also responsible for the practice of calling bars "saloons." Before Norris, Texans had referred to bars as "winehouses."
Today, bounty hunters in Texas are sent after a wide variety of criminals, including criminals, fugitives, escaped convicts, docile convicts, America's Most Wanted, Canada's Most Wanted, Mexico's Most Wanted, Maine's Most Wanted, other Bounty Hunters, black people, Mexican people, liberals, Anne Hathaway, Indonesian street urchins, and Ice T, preferably sweetened in the Southern manner.
For as long as most remember, the Galactic Federation, the leading intergalactic government, has only hired four bounty hunters, three of which are dead. The remaining hunter killed them after they found her secret ladies' movie collection. Samus is the exception to the all-male rule in the Bounty Hunter Code of Ethics. Originally, she was intended to distract the Space Pirates while the GF sent in a thermonuclear bomb right into their base. Strangely, she effectively ridded the base of all hostiles, blew up the planet, and posed for a PlayBoy centerfold in thirty minutes. Stranger still is that she demanded no compensation for her services. She has repeated this process several times over the course of her career, but she has yet to extract a profit from any of the missons. She has made a sizeable fortune from her porn site. Her latest assignment is still a work in progress. It has something to do with random black dudes and ninja teams.
Using alien technology, the bounty hunter, who operated under the dubious moniker Aris Boch, captured MacGuyver and kept him in a prison cell with no paper clips. Eventually, the Guyver escaped by using a gun that he found nearby.
Although Bach did not have the required facial hair or tattoos, he did possess a Texan accent despite his alien upbringing. This particular bounty hunter served as a gateway drug for other unbearded bounty hunters, such as the black guy from that one episode of Firefly.
In Star Wars
- Samus Aran is an exception. But who can say no to her?