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Boba Fett

Species: Human (clone of Jango Fett)

Homeworld: Kamino

Portrayed by: Jeremy Bulloch, Daniel Logan (child)
Voiced by: Jason Wingreen (1980), Temuera Morrison (Battlefront video games), Daniel Logan (The Clone Wars)
Appearances: Attack of the Clones | The Clone Wars | Dark Disciple | From a Certain Point of View | A New Hopenote  | Darth Vader | Marvel's Star Wars | Age of Rebellion | The Empire Strikes Back | Return of the Jedi

    Tropes from the Prequel Trilogy Era 

Boba Fett
"I'm not quitting now. Not when
I'm so close."

"I see now I've done terrible things. But you started when you murdered my father! I'll never forgive you."

Boba Fett was an unaltered clone of Jango Fett created as part of the bounty hunter's fee for being the template of the clone army. He was raised as Jango's son on Kamino and fled with him to Geonosis after Obi-Wan Kenobi tracked the bounty hunter to the watery world. While he was there, he witnessed the beginning of the Clone Wars and the death of his father at the hands of Jedi Master Mace Windu. Following in his father's footsteps, Boba became a bounty hunter during the war and sought revenge on his father's killer while struggling to maintain a sense of morality under the tutorship of much more ruthless hunters and mercenaries.

  • Alas, Poor Yorick: He picks up his father's helmet in Attack of the Clones after he is decapitated by Mace Windu.
  • Anti-Villain: As a child, he's bad, but it's hard not to sympathize with him considering how much of a good parent Jango Fett turned out to be and that he was killed before the poor kid's eyes. When he actually tries to get revenge on Mace Windu, he states that he doesn't want any harm to befall his "brothers" (the clone troopers) and is only working with Aurra Sing because she's a means to an end. After resolving his issues with Mace Windu, he progressively becomes a straight-up, brutal villain.
  • Avenging the Villain: The goal he initially had in The Clone Wars was to avenge his father, Jango Fett, by killing Mace Windu. He appears to have gotten over this after his assassination attempt fails, but Mace ends up getting killed by Palpatine.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He starts shouting at Ventress, a Force-sensitive intergalactic assassin. Though he may not have known her reputation, it was plainly obvious that she had lightsabers she was proficient in using and was a superior combatant, having easily bested an opponent he struggled against.
  • Bald of Evil: He acquired a buzzcut while in prison during the Clone Wars.
  • Character Development: Over the course of The Clone Wars, he realizes that the process of getting revenge leads him to do terrible things that even he is uncomfortable with and he decides to stop hunting Mace Windu even though he refuses to forgive him for killing his father. He does go on to do more morally questionable things after that, but not for revenge.
  • Child Prodigy: He is able to pilot Slave 1 at the tender age of ten or eleven as well as make his way in the criminal underworld while in his early teens.
  • Clones Are People, Too: While other clones are considered expendable, he was raised naturally as a son and developed his own personality. He did show he cared for his clone brothers and whenever he was told to shoot them, he outright refused.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: His appearances in the installments that are set in the Prequel Trilogy’s era of the Canon (Attack of the Clones and The Clone Wars) serve as this in order to explain how he became an extremely effective bounty hunter.
  • Cool Helmet: In The Clone Wars, he wears a helmet of non-Mandalorian origin after getting out of prison. He eventually acquires Mandalorian armor before the end of the war.
  • Enfante Terrible: He was already a trained Bounty Hunter at a young age.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • During his vendetta against Mace Windu, he didn't want anyone else to die.
    • He considers the other clones of Jango as something akin to family and outright refuses to attack them.
    • Curiously, though, he was perfectly willing to let a girl be sold into slavery as some warlord's bride while Ventress couldn't go through with it. To be fair, he didn't seem to realize what the girl's brother wanted to do with her; he thought he was still "protecting" her from him.
  • Freudian Excuse: Witnessing his father's beheading did bad things to Boba's ideas of who the heroes and villains are.
  • Guns Akimbo: He wields these during the Clone Wars. Like father, like son, it seems.
  • Heartbroken Badass: When Mace killed Jango, Boba completely lost it, setting out on a quest for vengeance.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Aurra Sing tries to make him shoot a clone trooper (who is essentially his brother). He refuses, so she remorselessly murders the clone trooper in front of him.
  • Parental Abandonment: Aside from Jango getting killed, Aurra Sing (not a parent, but a parental figure) fled the coop when rescuing Boba would have meant getting herself caught.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Debatable, since Jango attacked Mace first.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Blowing up a starship to get to one man certainly qualifies, even if it was Aurra who told him to do it.
  • Robot Buddy: His personal assassin droid C-21 Highsinger was described by the creators as being to him what Chewbacca is to Han Solo.
  • Start of Darkness: Watching Jango get cut down by Mace Windu was this for Boba, which led him to develop a vendetta and initiate an assassination plot on Mace.
  • Teens Are Monsters: He was a bounty hunter by his early teens.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Zig-Zagged with Jango's helmet; he takes it as one, but later uses it in order to lure Windu into a trap and blows it up.
  • You Killed My Father: He goes after Mace for revenge. This ends about as badly as you'd expect, given that Mace is only slightly less powerful than Yoda, and Boba's not even in his teens yet. After his assassination plot fails, Boba moves on and focuses on his career as a bounty hunter.

    Tropes from the Original Trilogy Era 

Boba Fett
"He's no good to me dead."

"I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the whispers of surprise when I walked onto the scene. That's right, boys. Fett's here."

With his customized Mandalorian armor, deadly weaponry, and silent demeanor, Boba Fett was one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy. Now lacking even the minimal morality he had shown as a child, Fett was known for his ruthless and brutal nature, taking jobs from some of the most despicable people in the galaxy, including Jabba the Hutt and Darth Vader.

  • Adaptational Wimp: While not enough material in the new canon EU has been produced about Boba Fett, his Legends counterpart was the most dangerous bounty hunter in the galaxy and could go toe-to-toe with Darth Vader. So far, what has been shown of Fett in canon is that he's a highly competent and dangerous bounty hunter but not nearly as invincible as his Legends version as a pre-force training Luke Skywalker managed to escape him while blinded.
  • Ascended Extra: Boba Fett was a minor bad guy in the Original Trilogy, but his popularity led to him getting an origin story in Attack of the Clones while getting prominent roles in The Clone Wars and the canonical comics. He was scheduled to get his own side film directed by James Mangold, a huge name among genre fans after Logan. However, after the underperformance of Solo, it's been scrapped.
  • Badass Normal: Name another non-Jedi who can take a confrontational tone with Darth Vader like he did at Cloud City, and live! He's also considered one of the most dangerous bounty hunters in the galaxy.
  • Bounty Hunter: Followed in his father's footsteps and became the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy. Although, specifically, "Bounty Killer" is implictly a better term; he has such a reputation for bringing in his quarry dead that Darth Vader specifically feels the need to single him out and warn him "no disintegrations".
  • Breakout Character: He became so popular that a decent chunk of the Prequel Trilogy's second film was dedicated to his own coming of story. His father became the sole genetic basis for the Grand Army of the Republic, one of the single most influential factions in the Star Wars Canon. He was popular enough that he was even digitally added into a restored scene of A New Hope when Lucas released the Special Editions of the original trilogy.
  • The Cameo: In the special edition of A New Hope, Boba appears at the end of a conversation between Jabba and Han to foreshadow his role in collecting the bounty Jabba puts on Solo.
  • Canon Immigrant: His first appearance was in The Star Wars Holiday Special, but his first appearance in a canonical Star Wars installment (production-wise) is in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: The distinctive shape of his helmet's eyepiece was reputedly based on Clint Eastwood's steely glare. Accordingly, Jeremy Bulloch said he played Fett explicitly as Clint Eastwood, mimicking Eastwood's distinctive body language from the Dollars Trilogy.
  • Consummate Professional: As an adult, Boba never once loses his cool or acts unprofessionally.
  • Cool Helmet: Like his father, he uses Mandalorian armor and helmet. Based on Ralph McQuarrie's unused concepts for Stormtroopers.
  • Creepy Souvenir: He isn't above taking scalps or pelts from some of the targets he kills.
  • Demoted to Extra: Compared to his Wolverine Publicity/Spotlight-Stealing Squad status in Legends, Boba Fett's role in the Canon following the Continuity Reboot has been surprisingly small. It's been speculated that he was being saved for his stand-alone movie, but nothing official has been confirmed and with the movie scrapped it raises the question of what's gonna happen to Boba now.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: An example that became a non-fatal variant via a Retcon. Boba Fett was ultimately defeated like a punk in Return of the Jedi, being hit in his jetpack by a blinded Han Solo before crashing into Jabba's sail barge and falling into the Sarlaac's mouth. Considering that The Empire Strikes Back hyped him up as one of the most dangerous characters in the setting, this defeat comes across as shockingly abrupt.
  • Enigmatic Minion: To Vader and Jabba in the films, where his motivations (beyond money) and character remain unexplored, but his appearance makes him stand out.
  • Evil Counterpart: Possibly one to Han Solo. Like Han, he is from the Galaxy's more criminal fringe and has no personal stake in the war, getting involved only for money. Fett's employer just happens to be on the opposite side, though Han at least becomes genuinely invested in the Rebel cause.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: When he's voiced by Jason Wingreen. Temuera Morrison instead gives him a voice closer to Jango Fett and the other clones with a slightly more Guttural Growler edge to it.
  • Faux Action Guy: Despite being portrayed as a total badass in the EU, Boba in the films really doesn't do much of anything spectacular or badass.
  • Hired Guns: Which seems to be a common trait for bounty hunters in the Star Wars Canon. Jabba the Hutt seems to be one of Boba's more frequent employers in this capacity.
  • Informed Ability: Boba's status as the best bounty hunter in the galaxy is pretty iffy in the films (either that, or the galaxy's bounty hunters all suck). The Canon outside of the Original Trilogy does a better job of justifying his title. For instance, he's able to pilot the Slave I well in Attack of the Clones, even managing to distract Obi-Wan with it long enough so that his father could escape, and The Clone Wars has shown him as a capable bounty hunter in his youth, but not up to Cad Bane's caliber yet (he was no match for Force users at the time, as Asajj Ventress demonstrated, and Bane was still the top gun in the galaxy at the time).
    • This likely would've been further averted if The Clone Wars hadn't been cancelled – one arc of the installment's unproduced seventh season featured Boba coming into his own and apparently killing Bane in a Wild West-style showdown.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Boba never acts with anything other than stoicness... but is repeatedly humiliated through the Canon. Most prominently with the repeated failures of his plans in The Clone Wars and his infamous "death" in Return of the Jedi.
  • Jet Pack: He uses one, as is traditional for Mandalorian warriors (even though he is not Mandalorian).
  • Legacy Character: In three ways.
    • Boba Fett's Impossibly Cool Clothes were confirmed to be Mandalorian battle armor in supplementary material. It's mentioned in passing that the Mandalorians were a Proud Warrior Race that had been eliminated by the Jedi Order: the implication was that Boba Fett either was one of the last Mandalorians or had acquired the armor in some Offscreen Moment of Awesome.
    • The prequels made him more clearly and directly a Legacy Character with the introduction of his parent Jango Fett.
    • Aftermath shows that, after Fett mysteriously abandoned his armor, someone else took it and is using it to serve as a lawman on Tatooine.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Well, "malevolent" might be pushing it, but he definitely acts as an antagonist in the Original Trilogy and he's certainly masked for all of his screen time there.
  • Mask Power: His Cool Helmet doubles as an equally cool mask.
  • Never Found the Body: His armor is recovered by a scavenger in Aftermath, but his fate beyond that is not clear.
  • Noodle Incident: "No disintegrations." There's no hint at to why Vader told Boba this, but it can't be anything pleasant. According to his POV story, "Added Muscle", the incident involved Rebels armed with ion disruptors on Coruscant. Boba overloaded their weapons and they disintegrated. As such, he was unable to collect on their bounties due to the lack of bodies.
  • Not Quite Dead: He seems to have escaped the Sarlacc Pit, as in Legends. However, what he's been up to since is a mystery.
  • Only in It for the Money: He doesn't really care if Han survives the carbon freezing process or not. All Fett cared about was the potential loss of his payday, and was satisfied with Vader's promise of compensation from the Empire if Solo died.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He does not want Han Solo dead since Jabba will find no use in a dead Han.
  • Professional Killer: He comes off as one, although we never actually see him carry out an assassination in any of his appearances, and his one attempted assassination is a personal matter.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The Galactic Civil War doesn't mean a thing to Boba; he just wants to get paid.
  • The Quiet One: He never says much as an older bounty hunter in the films. Even in the new canon EU Fett doesn't talk much unless addressed directly. He's a man of deed and lets his actions speak for him.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: A case of fiction having plenty of real world analogues to parallel. While many fans might have been let down by how easily Boba Fett was beaten, there are too many instances of dumb luck and chance screwing things up in the most unpredictable ways. In fact, it's even more realistic that Fett lost by random chance because it would be very unlikely he would even lose if he knew the threat was coming. After all, you never know when chance will screw you over.
  • Reality Ensues: Boba Fett is a dangerous man but like most badass normals, his reputation is largely the result of being Crazy-Prepared. The one thing that will always make a jackass of anyone will be random chance and coincidence with perhaps a side of carelessness. While it seems anti-climatic that the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy gets knocked off a sand skiff into the maw of a Sarlacc, remember that is was in the middle of a pitched melee battle and Boba Fett's primary concern of the Jedi Knight kicking the crap out of everybody while he knew that Solo was blind and probably regarded him as a non-threat. Hell, Han didn't even seem to be attacking Fett because when he hit him as it was in response to Chewie mentioning that Fett was there. Han just surprisingly twirled around at the mention of a serious threat like he was trying to defend himself and just accidentally hit Fett. This is honestly Truth in Television as there are so many real life stories about how nothing more than dumb bad luck lead to the most improbably disastrous outcomes.
  • Scarred Equipment: His armor has numerous dents, scratches, and battle scars. The seventh season of The Clone Wars would've shown that Boba got the most prominent dent (on the upper-left side of the helmet) in a duel with Cad Bane.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He's much more of a badass after the events of Attack of the Clones and The Clone Wars. In Dark Disciple, he and a group of other bounty hunters were able to successfully apprehend Count Dooku when beforehand, he proved no match for Asajj Ventress, suggesting he took that level late in the Clone War. And then, come the time of the Marvel comic, he's brutally efficient to a degree where he has thoroughly earned his reputation as the best bounty hunter in the galaxy.
  • Walking Armoury: His Mandalorian suit of armor is pretty tricked out to say the least.


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