Netmen accept reports of crimes directly from residents and assess criminal identity through DNA evidence and witness accounts. When a criminal has been positively identified, they are placed on the bounty list. If a criminal cannot be identified, the netmen do not put them on the bounty list unless they have committed a Class A crime.
The chip value of a bounty is dispassionately calculated depending on the nature of the crime committed, regardless of who the perpetrator is. Netmen also post these reports at the criminal’s place of residence if applicable, and public terminals are updated with the latest bounties, from which a report can be printed for a fee. In order to collect on a bounty, a hunter-warrior must bring in the bounty's head to a factory for identification and payment. The criminals' brains are then either incinerated or recycled by the pharmaceutical industry as raw materials. Becoming a bounty is thus tantamount to receiving a death sentence.
The Scrapyard nonetheless remains a haven for criminals because the hunter-warriors are selective of who they pursue and lack structured teamwork. This was seen when Zapan articulated the sentiments of many of the hunter-warriors in Bar Kansas, namely that being a professional involves carefully choosing one's prey, minimizing risk, and working alone. This resulted in a notorious bounty like Makaku running free for years because the hunter-warriors were too scared to take him on, as he had already killed ten of them.
List of bounties
|Den||Not specified, but likely rebellion against the Scrapyard and Tiphares.||1,000,000 chips|
|Grewcica||Not specified, but likely murder with his brain eating habit as an aggravating factor.||1,000,000 chips|
|Hugo||Vertebral column theft and brain murder.||80,000 chips|
|Rasha||Not specified, but likely murder due to his partnership with Grewcica and Grewcica's brain eating habit as an aggravating factor.||100,000 chips|
|Mutant woman||Murder||100,000 chips|
|Unnamed cyborg junkie||Murder||100,000 chips|
|Zapan||Murder of Sarah.||50,000 chips|
The following characters had bounties placed on them but the figures were not specified.
|Alita||Use of a firearm.|
|B.B. Buick||Murder of several women.|
|Megil||Causing brain deaths through the manufacture and distribution of Brainz.|
|Tanji||Vertebral column theft and brain murder.|
|Van||Vertebral column theft and brain murder.|
- Main article: Black List
The side story Supersonic Fingers reveals that there is an unofficial bounty list known as the Black List which lists criminals who the Factory has been unable to identify.
In Gunnm: Martian Memory the bounty list serves as the means for Gally to earn money. She can initially access the list from a netman at Factory 33 while she is in the Scrapyard, but can later use deckmen in other locations. There are two types of bounties that appear: recurring bounties and one-off bounties. The former are enemy characters that are encountered in certain areas and can be defeated during the course of the story or by later revisiting an area. They change depending on the area and how powerful Gally's cyborg body is, as it can be progressively upgraded. One-off bounties are boss and sub-boss characters who can usually only be defeated once, but have a much higher bounty value. When Gally visits a netman or deckman she can choose the option to be paid for the bounties she has earned. A record is kept of the number of kills of each bounty.
- Tears of an Angel - Netmen and the Public Security System.
- Battle 10
- Battle 4 - Zapan objects to Ido's plea for help against Makaku.
- Battle 36 - Den duels Vanado.
- Rusty Angel - Deckman 10 pays Ido 100,000 chips for the bounty on Rasha and states that Grewcica would have been worth ten times this amount.
- This amount is the same in the OVA.
- Battle 1
- Battle 9 - Alita states that this is a 100,000 chip bounty when she catches his head in a sack.
- Battle 23 - Zapan's bounty is generated after he kills Sara. Note that this bounty does not include his other murders.
|e · d · v||Factory bounties|
|Bounty list:||B.B. Buick • Den • Grewcica • Hugo • Hugo's brother • Izuchi • Makaku • Megil |
Mutant woman • Tanji • Van • Zapan
|Weapons:||Fire bottle • Knife • Tesshaso Zanshato|
|Technology:||Berserker Body • Lycanthropazine • Maggot Body • Power Body • Proximus MTG Mark II|
|Related articles:||Black List • Factory Law • Informants Guild • Sōjutsu • Sonic Finger|