Boba Fett, a fan favorite who appears in several Star Wars films and is also the hero of the television series The Book of Boba Fett, has some parallels with another popular character from the universe – The Mandalorian. They are both bounty hunters and wear similar armor. Boba Fett makes an appearance in Season 2 of The Mandalorian. It is often asked, “Is Boba Fett a Mandalorian?”
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George Lucas has said more than once that Boba Fett is not a Mandalorian and in the eighth episode of The Mandalorian season 2 Boba Fett to says he is not one. Season 2 explored the differences and similarities between the two bounty hunters.
Let’s examine Boba Fett in more detail while we wait for The Book of Boba Fett’s second season and The Mandalorian’s third season. The wait for the latter is only a few days, with season 3 launching on March 1 on DisneyPlus.
Boba Fett (played by Jeremy Bulloch in the original Star Wars trilogy and Temuera Morrison in the new series) is known for his custom-made Mandalorian armor, lethal weapons, and silent manner. He learned warfare and martial arts at a young age as a genetic clone of his “father,” the bounty hunter Jango Fett, who Morrison portrayed in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. Boba Fett earned contracts from the Empire and Jabba the Hutt over the course of his career, solidifying his fame.
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Is Boba Fett a Mandalorian?
Boba Fett wears a Mandalorian armor and it is argued that Boba is a Mandalorian in the same sense as Mando (played by Pedro Pascal) is a Mandalorian since the Fetts are foundlings who are given armor by Mandalorians.
As a clone, Boba Fett doesn’t actually have a birthplace and does not grow up surrounded by Mandalorian culture, even if he is taught the ways of the Mandalorians and wears the armor of the bounty hunters on that planet. This is supported by The Book of Boba Fett, which includes numerous flashbacks that detail how Boba Fett came to be related to events in The Mandalorian.
“Boba Fett is a clone, according to Attack of the Clones, and by asking George Lucas, he would say Boba Fett is not Mandalorian, not born on Mandalore,” said director Dave Filoni to Entertainment Weekly. “He’s more of a person indoctrinated into it, into the way of life, and gets a hold of the armor.”
Meanwhile, showrunner Jon Favreau while speaking to EW about Pascal’s titular character said, “Our guy is a Mandalorian, and we definitely explore the culture of the Mandalorian.”
This undoubtedly clears up some significant confusion regarding the additional criteria for being a Mandalorian outside of ethnicity.
In contrast to Boba Fett, who is established in George Lucas’ original trilogy as a villain for having kidnapped Han Solo and permitted Darth Vader to freeze Solo, Mando is unmistakably a good guy.
“Ultimately Mando wants to do the right thing,” Pedro Pascal told EW. “But his duties could very much be in conflict with his destiny and doing the right thing has many faces. It can be a very windy road.”
The Book of Boba Fett’s exhilarating first season was released last year. Fans are clamoring for a second. The much anticipated third season of The Mandalorian will air on March 1. Season 1 premiered in 2019 and season 2 the next year.