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What They Grow Beyond: Boba Fett

You are a clone. I’ve heard your voice thousands of times.

Mine might be the last one you hear.

Bo-Katan Kryze and Boba Fett

Boba Fett is one of the biggest side characters in Star Wars history. But even now, 40 years later, much of his story remains unexplored. Boba Fett is the one unaltered clone of Jango Fett. He was raised by Jango until the start of the Clone Wars. Alone and adrift in the galaxy after his father’s death, Boba would become one of the most notorious and feared bounty hunters. Boba’s story spans across some of the most influential moments in galactic history. And it seems there is a lot more of Boba’s story to tell.

Out of universe, Boba’s popularity has inspired much of Star Wars storytelling. The Mandalorians and their culture can all be traced back to Boba’s popularity and finding ways to give his character and armor a deeper history. Longtime fans of Boba might remember some of the Legends where Boba was the last of Jaster’s legacy, became Mandalore, and even helped train the Sword of the Jedi! While those tales are Legends now, it’s really great to see that Boba’s character is finally going to get a lot of exploration!

I can’t wait to see what The Book of Boba Fett brings us! In the meantime, let’s revisit Boba’s story thus far.

Here is where you can follow Boba Fett’s story! (Click for links)

Unaltered Clone

  • Age of Republic: Jango Fett
  • Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Boba was the pure genetic reproduction of Jango Fett. Unlike the other clones, Jango raises Boba as a son. He taught him about becoming a bounty hunter and the importance of reputation as well as honor. When a Jedi visits Jango on Kamino asking questions about bounty hunters and the clone army, Jango knows it’s time to run. Jango and Kenobi battle on the landing platform but Jango and Boba are able to escape. They go to Geonosis where Jango’s employer, Count Dooku, is preparing the Separatists for war. Kenobi successfully tracks them there and the Jedi arrive in force with the entire clone army.

During the battle Jango Fett is killed by Mace Windu.

From this point forward Boba is alone.

After the battle, Boba reclaims his fathers helmet.

Krayt’s Claw

  • The Clone Wars: Death Trap, R2 Come Home, Lethal Trackdown, Deception, Bounty
  • Dark Disciple

As the Clone War begins Boba has to make his own way in the galaxy. Without his father, Boba turns to new mentors for help as he looks for revenge. As a clone, he’s able to infiltrate a Republic Star Destroyer to assassinate Mace Windu. The attempt fails but he brings down the ship and his team takes hostages. Aurra Sing and Bossk help Boba to try to finish the job, but Ahsoka and Plo Koon are finally able to stop them. Boba is imprisoned. As a clone, it’s even argued that he doesn’t deserve a trial, as a piece of Republic property. Young Boba has mercy but Aurra Sing shows him that when the chips are down, it’s everyone for themselves.

Eventually Boba escapes prison. Boba settles on Tatooine and heads up a crew of bounty hunters he calls Krayt’s Claw. It’s during this time, the teenage Boba begins to make a name for himself. A reputation. Boba works with Bossk, Embo, Dengar, Latts Razzi, C-21 Highsinger, and even Asajj Ventress once or twice. Working his way up with only his father’s teachings Boba also ends up learning a lot from the other bounty hunters around him. Perhaps his most important lesson is realizing he is alone and can only depend on himself.

Working Alone

  • Episode IV: A New Hope
  • From a Certain Point of View – Added Muscle
  • Darth Vader (2015)
  • Star Wars (2015)
  • Age of Rebellion: Boba Fett
  • Age of Rebellion: Jabba the Hutt
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes BackWait for it. Standard Imperial Procedure, Beyond the Clouds
  • Bounty HuntersGalaxy’s Deadliest
  • War of the Bounty Hunters
  • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

By the time we catch up with Boba again, he’s become a notorious bounty hunter. While Boba is ruthless he has solidified his reputation and solidarity and takes them seriously. When Nakano Lash makes a decision on a Corellia job that puts Boba’s reputation at risk he takes it extremely personally. Boba would hold onto that grudge for a long time. After that, Boba only works alone. Boba accompanies Jabba the Hutt to Mos Eisley where Jabba and Han Solo discuss the money Solo owes. Jabba even puts Boba in contact with Darth Vader who hires Fett to find the rebel who destroyed the Death Star. While Luke escapes Fett on Tatooine, Boba is still able to give Vader his name. Vader would hire Boba, along with 5 other bounty hunters, to find and capture the Millennium Falcon. The ship had eluded imperials repeatedly but Fett tracked the ship to Cloud City. On Bespin, Fett collected the bounty, but requested Solo, so he could collect the bounty Jabba placed as well. Vader froze Solo in carbonite and gave him to Fett. The path to collecting the bounty was not simple. Nakano Lash had resurfaced and Boba took a detour for that vendetta. Han Solo was stolen from Fett on Nar Shaddaa and reclaiming Han would bring Boba Fett up against just about everyone in the galaxy. (As we’ve begun to see in the current comic crossover event War of the Bounty Hunters.) Boba Fett finally earned his bounty and was with Jabba on Tatooine when Han Solo’s friends came to the rescue. Luke Skywalker sprung into action over the Pit of Carkoon and Boba attempted to stop him. A damaging strike to Boba’s jetpack sent him careening into Jabba’s sail barge and falling into the sarlaac pit where he was assumed to have met his end.

But sometimes fate steps in to rescue the wretched.

Rearmored

  • The Mandalorian: The Gunslinger, The Marshal, The Tragedy, The Believer, The Rescue
  • The Book of Boba Fett

After being presumed dead for years Boba helps save a fellow bounty hunter, Fennec Shand, left for dead on Tatooine. After Din Djarin claims the Fett armor from Cobb Vanth in Mos Pelgo, Boba tracks Din to Tython. While confronting Din Imperials led by Moff Gideon attack. Although Boba, Fennec, and Din decimate the stormtrooper forces (while Boba reclaims his armor) Imperial Dark Troopers capture Grogu, the force sensitive child Din has been charged with. Because Boba promised the child’s safety in return for the armor, Boba and Fennec help Din to reclaim the child. Along the way Boba confronts Bo-Katan and hears of her goals of restoring Mandalore. Mandalorian or not, Boba doesn’t share their ideals or allegiance. With Din they hunt down Moff Gideon’s light cruiser and Din is reunited with Grogu. Boba’s debt paid, he returns to the B’Omarr monastery on Tatooine and kills Bib Fortuna before sitting on the throne.

Jango’s Legacy

Boba Fett sees himself as the son of Jango. Not a clone, not a soldier, not a piece of property. The armor he wears was his father’s. His father was a foundling and fought in the Mandalorian civil wars. After losing his father Boba survived a galactic war fought overwhelmingly by clones of his father. Every one of the millions of soldiers wore his father’s face. Boba followed in his father’s path becoming one of the galaxy’s deadliest bounty hunters. After reclaiming the armor, Boba’s path and story presumably will be told in The Book of Boba Fett starting this December.

Many have portrayed Boba Fett beneath the mask. Originally Jeremy Bulloch wore the armor. His measured methodical movements were the first portrayal of Boba’s signature style. In Attack of the Clones we meet young Boba played by Daniel Logan, who would continue to voice Boba in The Clone Wars. In The Mandalorian we finally go full circle and Boba is portrayed by Temuera Morrison, the actor who brought Jango Fett to life. As an unaltered clone, the casting is perfect and the energy Temuera brings to Boba is powerful. The future of Boba is bright and for one of the most consistently popular characters with very little story it’s great to finally get more behind the mask. I’m definitely looking forward to The Book of Boba Fett and am excited to see where this characters journey takes us.

What’s your favorite part of Boba’s story?

I’m a simple man making his way through the galaxy. Like my father before me.

Boba Fett

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