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Din Djarin / "The Mandalorian"

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"I like those odds."
Click here to see him without his helmet 

Species: Human

Homeworld: Aq Vetina

Portrayed by: Pedro Pascal (main actor, voice), Brendan Wayne (body/stunt double), Barry Lowin (body/stunt double), Lateef Crowder (body/stunt double), Aidan Bertola (child)
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Appearances: The Mandalorian | The Book of Boba Fett

"I can bring you in warm... or I can bring you in cold."

Born on the remote world of Aq Vetina during the Clone Wars, Din Djarin watched as his parents were slaughtered by Separatist battle droids before his very eyes. Rescued by a Mandalorian warrior from the Children of the Watch and adopted into their clan, he was reared to uphold the ancient tenets of Mandalorian religion above all else, and spent most of his life working as a lone Bounty Hunter to provide for their hidden covert. Everything changed when he took a job for the Imperial Remnant to track down a 50-year-old target they were after — and from there, he took his first step into a larger world.

He has a Self-Demonstrating page here.


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  • 11th-Hour Superpower: In the final episode of The Mandalorian Season 1, he gets a jetpack.
  • 24-Hour Armor: A part of his tribe's version of ancient Mandalorian tradition. He never removes his head to toe armor, including the helmet, in front of others, even if it means forgoing food or other amenities for long periods of time. And he will even resort to violence if necessary to prevent someone else from removing his armor. Unfortunately, the fact he did remove his armor in his own show results in him being declared a Persona Non Grata amongst his clan by the time of The Book Of Boba Fett.
  • Ace Pilot: He is quite skilled at piloting, being able to outmaneuver modern and far nimble fighters in an Old Republic-era gunship time and time again, like when he was chased by a rival bounty hunter and the New Republic X-wings. The moment where his skill really shines, however, is when he gets a new Ace Custom N-1 Starfigther from Peli Motto and takes it for a test run, which involves a high-speed flight in a tight canyon course designed for podracers, a stunt flying around a departing spaceship, and outrunning New Republic X-wings again.
  • Action Dad: He's a Bounty Hunter belonging to a warrior race and we see a lot of his combat skills being put to use in order to protect the Child, whom he adopts as his son.
  • Actor Allusion: Mando obtains a Beskar spear in The Mandalorian Chapter 13, a weapon that former wushu student Pedro Pascal should know how to use.
  • Alliterative Name: Din Djarin.
  • All There in the Manual: The Star Wars Book, published in October 2020, revealed where exactly Din Djarin lived before his adoptive Mandalorian family took him in: Aq Vetina.
  • Aloof Ally:
    • Subverted. He seems stoic and dismissive, but it quickly turns out that this is not the case unless you're just unsavory. He's polite and friendly, and his quietness seems to stem from introversion (and if anything else, he may even be social awkward — he practically word vomits his Dark and Troubled Past to Omera, who, while kind, was still a stranger at that point in the story). Considering how a large chunk of the show is about him making friends and allies as well as helping the innocent when the opportunity rises, he certainly isn't your typical cowboy.
    • Also downplayed in the eyes of his allies. The only reason why he won't stick around to help is because he has other commitments (i.e. the Child) to take care of, which also doesn't make him "aloof" exactly.
    • He's also happy to help Boba and Fennec in their war against the Pykes—for free no less—as thanks for helping them get Grogu back. Though he has to make a quick stop to see his boy first.
  • Ambadassador: Din May lack formal education and be more at home with salt-of-the-earth types than the elite, but has strong language skills, the patience and observance of a diplomat, and thrice manages to gather reluctant alliances for the greater good (Mos Pelgo and the sand people against the Kraft Dragon, his own team to rescue Grogu from Gideon, and Mos Pelgo’s militia for Mos Espa’s defense.)
  • Anti-Hero: He is a Bounty Hunter who has zero qualms about taking any job as long as he gets enough money to support his fellow Mandalorians. But as his interactions with the Child show, he can be (and is) a good person underneath his tough demeanor.
  • Armor of Invincibility: The Mandalorian's armor is a remarkable aversion of Armor Is Useless in the franchise, capable of deflecting blaster bolts and blocking vibroweapons, though it offers little protection against blunt trauma and becomes irreparably damaged. When he later upgrades to armor made of beskar plate, he can shrug off small arms (blaster pistols) and carbines (Imperial-issue blaster rifles). He only runs into difficulty with high-powered weapons such as repeating blasters (light machine gun equivalent), whose impact is hard enough to cause him pain, and Fennec Shand's sniper rifle, one bolt of which hits with enough impact that it blasts Din backwards and leaves a smoking mark on the beskar. Din even judges that if he'd been much closer, the bolt would have punched right through. It's also able to block strikes from a lightsaber, something very few materials can do, and comes in very handy when he finds himself confronting a Dark Trooper to save Grogu (he would've been utterly crushed otherwise).
  • Audience Surrogate: Viewers who didn't watch any Star Wars cartoons before The Mandalorian can relate to his initial unfamiliarity with such characters as Bo-Katan and Ahsoka.
  • Bad Liar: Din's experiences with New Republic traffic cops and going undercover without his armor make it clear that Din is not very good at improvising plausible cover stories when confronted by authority figures while he's trying to stay polite. Din also uses Exact Words to avoid straight-out lying to people when he can.
  • Badass Boast: He gets into a Mexican Standoff with a squad of Stormtroopers when negotiations with the Client get unnecessarily hostile.
    The Client: Please lower your blaster.
    The Mandalorian: Have them lower theirs first.
    Stormtrooper: We have you 4 to 1.
    The Mandalorian: I like those odds.
  • Badass Cape: He's always shown wearing a long, dark, fashionably ragged cape that flows dramatically in the wind, further emphasizing his mysterious drifter aura. How it doesn't catch on fire when he uses his jetpack we will never know.
  • Badass Normal: Although almost all Mandalorians qualify as this to some extent, Mando is an excellent showcase for this. He has no Force powers, is not an alien with super strength, and does not appear to have any cybernetic enhancements. His training from his youth, consistently impressive skills in combat, quick thinking, weapons, tools and excellent armor provide him with the ability to deal with many situations, even against exceedingly difficult enemies. Even when the odds of escaping a bad situation are highly stacked against him, he always manages to achieve victory nonetheless. He particularly displays this in "The Jedi" when he briefly clashes with former Jedi Ahsoka Tano; he is able to keep pace with her thanks to his beskar armor and flamethrower.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • His first fight sets him up as an aloof Bully Hunter, using the excuse that some bullies are bothering him to fight them off and rescue their victim. Then it's revealed he only did this because the victim is his quarry and he has no qualms harming him as well.
    • This in turn sets up the true bait and switch of the series, painting the Mandalorian as a ruthless, cold hearted bounty hunter who doesn't care about his targets as long as he gets the job done, which is then subverted when he risks everything to save The Child and take him under his wing.
  • Bash Brothers: He's a bash brother to Cara Dune. They fight the good fight against the raiders with the walker terrorizing, bicker lightly like siblings (such as during Mando's Brutal Honesty towards the villagers), and engage in some light-hearted competitions of brawn (such as arm wrestling). He entrusts her with the existence and location of the Covert, after he is debilitated by injury in the season 1 finale.
  • Bayonet Ya: The tuning-fork shaped prongs on his rifle's barrel act like this, being a melee weapon and stun stick for close combat.
  • Blade on a Stick: He acquires a spear made of pure beskar in The Mandalorian Chapter 13. It can withstand lightsaber blades and survives the destruction of the Razor Crest. In Chapter 16, he uses it to destroy a Dark Trooper, and defeats Moff Gideon with it in a duel. He has it melted down in The Book of Boba Fett as a gift for Grogu.
  • The Blank: Every LEGO minifigure of Din released prior to 2022's The Mandalorian's N-1 Starfighter boasts a solid-black head, with no face. Considering every Mandalorian set save 2019's AT-ST Raider came out after the show revealed his face, it feels surprising that LEGO would continue this practice for so long.
  • Book Dumb: Make no mistake; Din has a keen strategic mind, strong mechanical skills, and is an observant and adaptable thinker who even begins to show signs of diplomatic skill as time goes on. But his education by The Children Of The Watch has also left him painfully ignorant of his own culture’s basic history and complexity. He gets much better as the series goes on, but still…
  • Bring It: From the end of the second trailer:
    Imperial: Mandalorian, look outside. They're waiting for you.
    The Mandalorian: Yeah? Good.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Mando may be a stone-cold bounty hunter who'd sooner vaporize you if you're an enemy or throw you into carbonite if you're a mark, but when it comes to The Child (or just children and innocents in general), he'll show a very gentle side.
  • Character Development:
    • He starts out with a Fantastic Racism for droids, but after IG-11 saves his life in the Mandalorian Season 1 finale, he is actually sad when the droid later self-destructs and softens his attitude towards droids from then on.
    • He begins the series as a cold-blooded Bounty Hunter and killer who refuses to remove his helmet and armor out of quasi-religious belief. He is near-fanatic about living by the Creed and trying to remove said helmet is a serious Berserk Button. But, due to a soft spot for kids, he ends up adopting the young Grogu and willingly goes underground to keep him from harm. By the end of the second season, his time caring for Grogu allows him to rediscover much of his humanity and realize there is more to life besides the Creed. He even removes his helmet and exposes himself to the world when forced to part ways with Grogu and wanting him to remember what he looks like. This act alone strongly signifies his growth as a person, beyond just being a Mandalorian.
    • His appearance on The Book of Boba Fett shows that, even without Grogu around anymore, he's grown to be far more open than he used to be; although he deeply wants to see him again. He also seems genuinely happy to see Fennec when she offers him a job.
      • His Chapter 5 Cold Open bounty collection also contrasts mightily with the one he first appeared in to start his show; he’s more emotive in the fight, and rougher because of his separation from Grogu and the sadness that brings him… but still, this time he allows a henchman to flee the scene rather than executing him. He then only gives a tiny bit of interest to the money he’s being paid, compared to the bargaining and bartering he had in the first appearance.
      • In the very first two episodes of The Mandalorian, Din practically seethed with disdain for both droids and Jawas, only agreeing to work with either lifeform with great reluctance when he had no choice. By The Book of Boba Fett, Din has mellowed out enough to be politely friendly toward Peli’s BD unit and Jawa acquaintances, even giving the Jawas a generous tip for their help with ship parts.
  • Character Tics: The Mandalorian Chapters 8 and 15 reveal that he raises both of his eyebrows when something confounds him.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He has a considerable arsenal of weapons at his disposal and uses all of them in any given situation where he's outnumbered, and will even improvise with his grapple. If given the chance, however, he'd prefer to force his enemies to separate, take each one out from behind, or temporarily blind them before they could get a shot off.
  • The Comically Serious: In his adventures, he tends to come across characters significantly more colorful than himself, typically leading to humor as a no-nonsense Terse Talker who continually has to deal with them and their odd quirks to get to his objectives.
  • Conscience Makes You Go Back: He hands the Child over to the Client at the beginning of Mandalorian Chapter 3 and leaves with his payment. He tries to continue with his life by taking on another job, but the guilt proves too much for him. He returns to the Client's hideout to rescue the Child.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character:
    • To Anakin Skywalker. Like Anakin, Mando was taken up since childhood by a religious group and reared within their culture. However, Anakin gradually clashed with the Jedi while Mando gets along with his fellow Mandalorians. Furthermore, Anakin slaughtered a Tusken Raider tribe out of revenge for his mother, where Mando firmly negotiates with a tribe without incident to cross their land, as well as negotiating peace between a tribe of Tuskens and a settlement with little incident. Their contrasts would even extend to Anakin's time as Darth Vader, in Anakin's final moments he wishes for his helmet to be taken off so he could look at his own son for the last time with his own eyes. While Din takes off his helmet on his own, in order to let his son get a good look at his father's face for what could be the final time before Grogu goes with Luke.
      • It continues in The Book of Boba Fett, where Peli Monto acquires him a N1 Naboo Starfighter as his second ship and a replacement for the lost Razor Crest, while Anakin would get it as his first ever starship before replacing it with other Jedi starfighters. Another interesting to note is that while Anakin acquired a vacant one, Din and Peli had to make their own souped up version from scratch (just like how Anakin made his own podracer). The fact that Din even puts the starfighter through Beggar's canyon, the same canyon Anakin used his own custom-built podracer through many years ago really pushes the parallels between him and Anakin.
    • To Jyn Erso and Han Solo. Like Jyn and Han, the Mandalorian is a Badass Normal anti-hero who has ties to the criminal underworld and ends up fighting against the Galactic Empire. However, whereas Jyn and Han end up joining the Rebels and working to restore the Republic, the Mandalorian is an independent agent who couldn't care any less about the New Republic.
    • To Boba Fett. On the surface, both seem identical as they are aloof, stoic Mandalorian bounty hunters willing to kill for money. However, Boba Fett was very much a loner even in regards to his own people and was basically The Unfettered when it came to getting his bounties. Mando, on the other hand, is friendly to his allies (once they have his trust), has a close bond with his tribe, is fond of children and very much has limits when it comes to jobs he accepts. Boba was "born" a Mandalorian but doesn't show much respect for his heritage whereas Mando was adopted by Mandalorians and grew to embrace their beliefs and culture. However, both he and Boba have a very strict sense of honor, and it turns out that Boba does indeed care for his heritage, as it is a key part of his father's legacy, making them not so different in some ways. Moreover, while Boba quits the bounty hunting gig and becomes the head of a crime family, Din keeps at his old job to continue to support himself and his coven.
    • To Bo-Katan. They are both a part of Mandalorian culture, but he was adopted into it, while she was born a part of it, and while he wholeheartedly embraced the ancient past of his people, she rejected a peaceful future in favor of trying to force Mandalore to reclaim its warrior heritage by joining Death Watch. Moreover, he is very much an anti-hero who isn't afraid to get his hands dirty, but still lives by a strict code of honor, while she was a formerly unambiguous villain who underwent a Heel–Face Turn and tried to rectify her mistakes by working with the Republic to get rid of Maul, only to have to fight against the Empire to reclaim her homeworld not once, but twice, each time taking more drastic measures to ensure her goals. He is also a very staunch traditionalist who views the slightest violations of "The Way" with great disdain, while she only values Mandalore's heritage as warriors first and foremost, giving little care to the ancient past beyond that.
    • To Sabine Wren. Din was adopted into Mandalorian culture, and wholeheartedly embraced it, while she was born into Mandalorian culture, but ended up running away from it. He fought against what remained of the Empire, while she lived under it for years, and fought against after it became clear just how evil they were. Both of them took time struggling to open up to their respective families (the Child for Din, the Ghost Crew for Sabine), yet the irony of it all is that Mando is very much the epitome of his people and considered one of its finest warriors, yet she was initially deemed an outcast for betraying the Empire, after Mandalore had resigned itself to Imperial rule. They both share a personal sigil with an adopted family, but while Sabine is famous for constantly repainting her armor in a riot of colors, Din prefers an unpainted set of uncovered Beskar. Sabine and Din have also obtained ownership of the Darksaber, giving them the title of Mand'alor. Both have no interest in it and have tried to giving it to Bo-Katan instead. However, Sabine was able to give it to Katan, who kept it until Gideon carpet-bombed Mandalore and left her name a cautionary tale among her people, while Din failed to give it to her, and has used it (albeit with some difficulty) in his work.
  • Cool Helmet: His silver helmet which is initially the only piece of beskar armor he has until he acquires more as payment from The Client.
  • Cool Ship:
    • His personal ship is the Razor Crest, an Old Republic-era gunship similar to the Banshee — the ship of Asajj Ventress. Despite its age it proves to be incredibly resilient. It gets stripped to the bones by Jawas in "The Child" but repairs by Mando and Kuiil restore it to almost perfect functionality. The ship takes multiple batterings in the second season, requiring extensive repairs, but keeps on flying. Its luck runs out in "The Tragedy" when it's blown up by Imperials and reduced to a crater of fragments.
    Mythrol: I like your ship. She's a classic.
    • In The Book of Boba Fett, Peli Motto reveals she's found a N1 Naboo starfighter for him to replace the Razor Crest. Din isn't impressed at first but Peli convinces him to let her fix and upgrade it before he makes a decision. Once it's restored, Din discovers how impressively it handles and decides he actually likes it.
  • Cool Sword: After defeating Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian Chapter 16, Din earns the right to keep the Darksaber, a black-bladed lightsaber forged by the first Mandalorian Jedi. Despite trying to surrender the blade and the heavy expectations that come with it to Bo-Katan, Din ends up keeping and using it, albeit with some difficulty.
  • Costume Evolution: He starts with a beat-up suit of blood-red armor (made from a mishmash of different sets of armor) and a shiny beskar helmet, but gains new pieces made out of beskar as The Mandalorian goes on.
    • In Chapter 1, he gains a single beskar pauldron made from the ingot he received as down payment for tracking down the Asset.
    • Come Chapter 3, and he upgrades most of his armor (a second pauldron, chestpiece, armguards, and left thigh guard) to shiny new beskar armor.
    • Near the end of Chapter 8, he receives a signet on his right pauldron, as well as a classic Mandalorian jetpack.
    • During the gap between seasons, he acquires a new right thigh guard that's a better match for the rest of his armor.
  • Culture Clash: His upbringing in the very strict and traditional Children of the Watch results in him harshly rebuking Bo-Katan and her followers when he meets them and realizes they casually remove their helmets, even going so far as to claim they're pretenders. Bo-Katan bluntly tells him he was reared in a cult and the "ancient way" is no longer used. Needless to say, he doesn't take it well.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He still has traumatic flashbacks to a droid attack on his hometown as a child during the Clone Wars. His parents were killed and, just before he himself was, he was rescued by the Mandalorians. Afterward, they took him in as a foundling. As an adult, there are several implications that, in his past, he was more of a ruthless Blood Knight who enjoyed the violence of his bounty/mercenary jobs (which his former crewmates occasionally bring up). His former crewmate, Xi'an, comments on a job they did a while back that got messy, to which he replies he "did what he had to do". But, she taunts that he liked the violence and she "knows who he really is". In regards to this past, he doesn't like being reminded of it and simply dismisses it as being "a long time ago".
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • Originally, Mando wore a set of patchwork armor utilizing pieces from various sources, most of it being dark in coloring. However, after The Mandalorian Chapter 3 "The Sin", he opts to start wearing a brighter version of said armor, using smelted-down beskar in-order to achieve this look.
    • As of The Mandalorian Chapter 16, Din is the rightful owner of the Darksaber, a unique, black-bladed lightsaber. Suffice to say, Din is far more heroic than many of the weapon's past owners, such as Pre Viszla, Darth Maul, and Moff Gideon.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He may be The Quiet One, but is not above making a dry remark when someone or something irks him. One example is when he's looking for other Mandalorians in The Mandalorian Season 2.
    Din: I'm looking for a Mandalorian.
    Bartender: Well, we don't get many visitors in these parts. Can you describe him?
    Din: [Beat] Someone who looks like me.
  • Determinator:
    • Mando's combat style is to rely heavily on his armour, tanking hits that would destroy lesser armour and powering through incoming fire to reach his opponent. Most notably when compared to the Night Owls — they use team tactics and high mobility to avoid enemy fire despite also wearing beskar, but when trapped in a corridor it's Mando who walks into a barrage of fire and soaks it up in order to get close enough to throw grenades.
    • Even when his armour gives out against the Mudhorn or he is forced to wear something else such as the Imperial armour, Mando refuses to stay down. He takes a hell of a beating both times, and still gets back up for more with little more complaint than a sigh.
  • Do You Want to Haggle?: If given the chance, Mando will always choose to make a deal over using force. If paying or doing a job/favor will get him what he wants, he will do it no problem. Case in point, in The Mandalorian Season 2, Mando was more than ready to kill Cobb Vanth for the Mandalorian armor he had, but when Cobb offered a way to earn it, Mando took the offer despite the job being far more dangerous and time-consuming than just killing Vanth. To that end he takes any deal he makes very seriously and woe to anyone who tries to weasel their way out of their end of the bargain. That said he is a master of using Exact Words in order to not be beholden to any deals he may not want to be part of but needs to look like he is, such as making it seemed like he agreed to work with the Magistrate in order to get information on the location of Ahsoka, but never specifically saying he would do as she asked.
  • The Dragonslayer: While he’s only killed the one Krayt Dragon on screen, Din has defeated numerous dragon “stand-ins,” such as the Darktrooper, the raiders’ AT-ST, and the Pyke Syndicate’s Tank droids, often by targeting their weaknesses, even if he has to uncover them mid-battle. Numerous clients have also treated him as the trope as well against particular dangerous targets, as his formidable reputation has gradually increased even further thanks to such stunts.
  • Dramatic Irony: Throughout The Mandalorian Season 2, he meets multiple characters from the Star Wars saga that the audience knows all too well—Cobb Vanth, Bo-Katan, Boba Fett, and even Luke Skywalker himself, yet he has no idea who they are at first. He does learn who they are eventually.
  • Dramatic Unmask:
    • In The Mandalorian Chapter 8, IG-11 removes his helmet to treat a severe injury, showing his face for the first time. The Mandalorian justifies it by saying that IG-11 isn't truly "alive" and thus doesn't count against his creed of never taking off his helmet in front of others.
    • In Mandalorian Chapter 15, he removes his helmet in front of Mayfeld and several Imperial soldiers to get past a facial recognition scanner so he can find the coordinates to Moff Gideon's ship. He even lets Mayfeld go afterwards even though he has seen his face.
    • In Mandalorian Chapter 16, as Luke is about to take Grogu into his custody, Din removes his helmet so that Grogu can see (and touch) his face before the two finally part ways. Our hero is understandably on the verge of crying the entire time.
  • The Drifter: He wanders the galaxy, going wherever his latest bounty takes him.
  • Eating Lunch Alone: Since the code of the Children of the Watch establishes that they cannot remove their helmet or armor in the presence of anyone except their immediate family, and obviously he still has to remove the helmet in order to eat, every meal will inevitably be in isolation (by choice), such as in The Mandalorian Chapter 4. People offering him a meal or drink indicates either they don't know or understand his beliefs or are pressing him to take his helmet off. By "The Siege" he's started to loosen up on this as he's seen lifting up his helmet to drink soup in front of the Child, who tries to sneak a peek at the rest of his face.
  • The Engineer: He's knowledgeable enough in engineering to repair his high-tech Mandalorian armor all by himself, and has at least some skill in starship maintenance.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The Batman Cold Open of Chapter 1 of The Mandalorian shows off various aspects of his character. For instance, his Bully Hunter tendencies, taking out some thugs while also demonstrating his armor, despite not being made of beskar, makes him Immune to Bullets. We then learn he's a Bounty Hunter with a Grey-and-Gray Morality, when he reveals to the victim of the thugs there's a bounty on his head and they can do this The Easy Way or the Hard Way. He then demonstrates Fantastic Racism against droids, refusing a droid speeder. And finally, as his bounty continues to try and weasel his way out of things, the Mandalorian demonstrates himself to be a Terse Talker who rarely responds even in the face of a Motor Mouth.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's just referred to as "[the] Mandalorian" or "Mando".
  • Everyone Has Standards:
  • Exact Words:
    • Whenever he takes jobs, he tends to use this for his clients so that leaves himself leeway for technicalities and improvising on the spot if need be. Since coming through with promises and creeds are significant part of his beliefs, this is important for him so that he doesn't get tied up in things he may personally object to.
    • Ironically, he finds himself on the receiving end of this when he refuses to remove his helmet to heal a nasty head wound — by Mandalorian creed, "No living being can see my face." IG-11 gets around it by citing that as a droid, he isn't alive.
    • When he ties his informant up, he promises him he will not die by Mando's hands. After getting his information and walking away, his informant asks to be cut down, only for Mando to reply "That wasn't part of the deal." He then shoots the lamp-post and leaves his informant to beg for his life as the creatures start to surround him.
    • When the Magistrate requests his services to hunt down and kill Ahsoka, he never explicitly agrees to do it — he only asked where he could find the target in question.
  • Experienced Protagonist: He's already long since made a name for himself by the time the show starts and is something of a legend in the Bounty Hunters' Guild. In The Mandalorian Chapter 5, well-feared assassin Fennec comments that the Mandalorian's reputation is bigger than her own, especially since the events of him turning on the Guild and taking the Child from them.
  • The Expy With No Name: Din is fittingly inspired by The Man With No Name given that The Mandalorian was influenced by Spaghetti Westerns. He's a stoic Bounty Hunter with a mysterious past (initially), a ruthless gunslinger who wanders from place to place, and whose Beskar armor can protect him from blaster shots. Din however undergoes some character development into becoming a Papa Wolf to Grogu and a more altruistic personality to boot. He even gets to meet fellow Man With No Name expy Boba Fett in The Mandalorian Season 2.
  • The Faceless: As revealed in The Mandalorian Chapter 4, the tribe he hails from absolutely forbids removing one's helmet in front of others, save family. To remove one's helmet is to stop being considered a Mandalorian. As such, he hasn't shown his face to anyone in between when he swore the creed as a child until Mandalorian Chapter 15.
  • Facial Dialogue: Scenes that show Din unmasked during the first two Mandalorian seasons, either as a boy or as a man, rely mainly on Bertola's or Pascal's facial expressions to convey emotions that the frightened Din can't put into words.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • He has a passionate hatred towards droids, which several characters pick up on. He doesn't trust them on any level whatsoever — around his ship, to drive him somewhere and especially near the Child. This can be traced back to his past, where Separatist droids violently attacked his childhood home and murdered his parents. Following this trauma, he firmly believed all droids were bad. However, in the Mandalorian Season 1 finale, the re-programmed IG-11 saves his life and the act appears to soften his distrust of droids. When the IG-11 later sacrifices itself to save them, Mando is actually saddened at the droid's death.
    • He also has an intense dislike for Jawas. Even within the context of them stealing parts from his ship, he is barely able to control himself in a negotiation with them for the parts. At one point, he even fires off his flamethrower at them when they mock his stilted attempt to speak their language. He's softened on this by The Book of Boba Fett, speaking respectfully to the Jawas who help him and Peli rebuild an old N-1 starfighter, even tipping them generously for their assitance.
    • Notably averted, however, in the case of Tuskens, who tend to be viewed by the galaxy at large as vicious, marauding savages. The Mandalorian is the first human character to actually treat them with respect or acknowledge that they have legitimate grievances with the offworlders who have driven them to the fringes of their own homeworld; he peacefully barters with them for the right to cross their territory and has even learned their language. In the first episode of The Mandalorian Season 2, he even manages to arrange a peace settlement between the townsfolk of Mos Pelgo and a nearby Tusken clan they have a history of conflict with.
  • The Fettered: Despite the trouble it would bring him with the Bounty Hunters' Guild, he goes back to rescue the Child from the clutches of the Remnant cell he delivered it to. Thankfully, his kinsmen are also fettered, as they come to his rescue when cornered by the Guild.
  • Fire-Forged Friends:
    • With Cara Dune. They first meet and come to blows when she mistakes him for a bounty hunter coming for her while he mistakes her as a hunter after the child. Over the course of the battle on Sorgan, they develop a mutual respect and part as close friends. Later, after he decides he needs backup on an upcoming mission, the Mandalorian finds Cara Dune and enlists her help again. When he believes he's about to die while in battle later on, he begs her to take the Child and escape without him. She absolutely refuses to leave him behind, proving how close they've become.
    • Similarly, in The Mandalorian Chapter 9, he has a bit of a rough start with Cobb Vanth thanks to the latter's ownership of Boba Fett's armor, but learns to work together with him to bring peace to Mos Pelgo. They fight together to kill the Krayt Dragon and part on good terms, with a mutual hope that they meet again sometime.
    • He does this again with Bo-Katan. After she and her troops rescue him and the Child, his gratitude disappears when they remove their helmets, which sets him off big time, since no Mandalorian is ever supposed to remove their helmet. He does soften up a little when they rescue him again, but he only goes along with their mission so he can get information about a Jedi that Bo-Katan knowns. By the end of the episode, they respect each other enough to the point that she not only offers a chance to let him help her out to reclaim Mandalore, but even gives her the name of the Jedi: Ahsoka Tano.]
    • This may be the case for Boba Fett and Fennec Shand, the former of whom he never met and the latter of whom he hunted down. They both come and try to get him to hand over Boba's armor in exchange for keeping the Child safe, but they quickly rush to his defense when the Empire attacks. When the Child is captured, Boba and Fennec both agree to help Din track him down, having not fulfilled their end of the bargain. Later, Din accepts Fennec's request for aid in fighting the Pyke Syndicate, free of charge, even though she offered him quite a fair amount of credits.
  • Foil:
    • To Boba Fett. Both are Mandalorian bounty hunters who place a great deal of importance on their armor. Din proudly identifies with Mandalorian culture and his attachment to his armor is based on Mandalorian tradition. Boba doesn’t really care about tradition and culture, his attachment to his armor is based on personal sentiment, because it used to belong to his father.
    • To Bo-Katan. Din was raised by Death Watch as a foundling. Bo-Katan was raised as Mandalorian nobility, and joined Death Watch in defiance of her family. Both are dedicated Mandalorians, but Din’s dedication takes the form of rigid adherence to ancient Mandalorian ways while having no interest in politics, whereas Bo-Katan’s dedication drives her to try to lead her people in their recovery from Mandalore’s destruction while finding Din’s traditionalism to be extreme.
  • Friend to All Children: He has a soft spot for the Foundlings in his clan as he was one himself and gives a large portion of his bounty for them. He also refuses to kill the Child and does everything he can to protect him.
  • Genocide Survivor: Din was raised by the Mandalorians during the Great Purge of Mandalore, an Imperial campaign of slaughter against Mandalorians in which the Imperials razed the planet Mandalore, most of the Mandalorian population was killed, and surviving Mandalorians were forced into hiding.
  • Godzilla Threshold: He reaches one during the search for Moff Gideon's cruiser after the latter captures Grogu. The terminal with the cruiser's coordinates requires a facial scan, and he is forced for the first time to remove his helmet in the presence of others in order to complete the scan. All the while, he's visibly horrified at being so exposed.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: The visor of the Mandalorian's face mask provides a number of useful technological aids, such as a thermal tracking system. It even interfaces with the scope on his rifle, providing both zoom and limited ability to look through walls, as well as serve as a long-range listening device.
  • Good Counterpart: To Boba Fett and Jango Fett; whereas Boba Fett and Jango Fett are ruthless pragmatists of questionable descent who will commit highly unethical deeds for credits without much hesitation, Mando himself is an anti-heroic undisputed Mandalorian who has standards he would never go back on, namely his greatest redeeming quality in his status as a Friend to All Children, given his protective nature towards the Child! Unlike Boba Fett and Jango Fett, Mando has a spot on the Heroes Wiki for a good reason! However, Boba has softened somewhat over the years when he returns to reclaim his armor, showing that he does have a sense of honor similar to Din's, so he isn't as bad as he used to be.
  • The Gunslinger: His main weapons are a blaster pistol and a disruptor rifle, both of which he's extremely fast and accurate with.
  • Guttural Growler: He speaks with a tough-sounding rasp. It usually seems due to his helmet distorting his voice, but he still sounds hoarse even without it.

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  • Happily Adopted: "Sanctuary" reveals that he isn't ethnically Mandalorian. He was adopted as a boy after his family was killed by Separatist Battle Droids during the Clone Wars. He has since fully embraced their culture and truly considers himself a Mandalorian. It's in line with the depiction that Mandalorian isn't a race, but a culturenote .
  • Heroic BSoD: Goes through one in "The Believer" after removing his helmet in front of other people. He's so shaken by breaking his code that he can barely respond to Valin Hess' questions and lets Mayfeld do most of the talking. He only recovers when he's able to put the helmet of his disguise back on.
  • Heroic Build: His full-Beskar armor design differs from other Mandalorian armors in the show by how much it lets him give off the impression of a more "heroic" physique; his helmet is skinnier than normal, his shoulder armor bulks them up, and his chest plate is unique in the show and contains both a "pec" and "abs" section sculpted more "heroically" than previous versions.
  • Heroic Neutral: He prefers to be left alone, has a fatherly relationship with the Child, has a good relationship with his allies, and trades bounties for beskar plates as a reward. He also overlaps with Byronic Hero after being reared as a Mandalorian, and wholeheartedly keeps their traditions.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • The Little Golden Book This Is the Way confirms that before he met the Child, he was lonely deep down, but the kid filled the hole in his heart. Aww.
    • Despite his massive disdain for droids and Jawas, he manages to negotiate and communicate with Tusken Raiders peacefully without incident to travel through the desert in their territory looking for Fennec Shand.
    • Despite coming off as a cold and cunning bounty hunter, Mando is not the kind of man who Would Hurt a Child. He has a huge disdain for those who do as he was once a foundling. The Child is a very good example of this as seeing him defend the Child from potential dangers puts him at odds with anyone, including his own bosses.
    • For all his badassery, he's also had his moments of defeat and needing to be helped or encouraged to keep going. The first two instances are in The Mandalorian Chapter 2, where he lies on the ground for a while after failing to stop the Jawas' Sandcrawler from taking off with parts of his ship and he resorts to asking Kuiil for help, and later, resigns to being killed in his Curb-Stomp Battle by the Mudhorn until the Child saves him with the Force. Come Mandalorian Chapter 8, where he's crippled in a gunfight and is ready to accept death against Cara's pleas until IG-11 heals him, and Chapter 10, where he's already ready to accept an icy death when it seems he can't repair the crashed Razor Crest until the Frog Lady chews him out for it. Deep underneath that beskar armor is still a man.
  • Hitman with a Heart: A bounty hunter rather than hitman, but he's a dangerous bounty hunter who's gradually revealed to care about those who can't defend themselves.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • He initially refuses to allow IG-11 to remove his helmet, despite having suffered a potentially fatal head injury, due to the creed he lives by. He finally relents when IG-11 points out a loophole in said creed (no one living may see Mando's face, but as a droid, IG-11 is not technically "living").
    • In "The Return of the Mandalorian", Din, after returning to the Covert, admits to removing his helmet, thus earning himself an expulsion from the Children of the Watch, refusing to lie about it or even explain the circumstances.
  • Honor Among Thieves: He'll kill or kidnap criminals with bounties on their heads, of course, but is friendly and fair to those on his side. In the first Mandalorian episode, when IG-11 gets damaged in their shootout with the gang guarding the Asset, he helps the droid up and makes sure it's alright. He easily could have just walked up and shot the helpless IG-11 to get the full bounty.
  • "I Can't Look!" Gesture: Young Din shuts his eyes in fear when the Separatist Droid points its gun at him, and doesn't open them until the Death Watch Mandalorian destroys the droid. The Mandalorian Season 2 has Din repeat this whenever someone else catches his adult self not wearing a helmet, demonstrating that when his armor doesn't cover him from head to toe, he feels as nervous and vulnerable in public as a frightened child would.
  • Immune to Bullets: His beskar steel armor, which is made of a particular alloy that has a lot of cultural significance to the Mandalorian people, also deflects blaster fire and vibroweapons that would normally kill someone in one hit. He also gets more and more pieces as the show goes on, for instance being gifted with a new pauldron made from an ingot that he brings back to his people in The Mandalorian Chapter 1. However, Chapter 5 demonstrates that the armor's not completely immune, as a hit from Fennec's sniper rifle knocks him out and he states that the bolt could penetrate at closer range. Demonstrated again in Chapter 8, where his armor just barely protects him from a combination of Moff Gideon's Boom, Headshot! and the E-web power supply blowing up.
  • In Love with the Mark: A parental type of love. He's hired as a bounty-hunter to go after the unknown Asset. He finds out his target is a baby and begins to develop a soft spot for the kid. He goes so far as to bring the child in, but then finds himself unable to abandon the infant and he adopts the kid as his own.
  • In-Series Nickname: Various characters he meets often take to calling him "Mando", naturally short for Mandalorian, since he never bothers to introduce himself by his actual name.
  • Interspecies Adoption: He all but adopts the Child, an unknown alien species, into his personal care after deciding he can't let the Client harm it. He spends most of the storyline protecting it from harm and wanting to give it a safe and normal life. In the Mandalorian Season 1 finale, the Armorer officially declares him the Child's father according to their culture. While acting as a parent is what he had been doing, the declaration has an emotional effect on him. By the end of the episode, caring for the Child has now become his top priority. He even gives his treasured Mandalorian pendant to the Child, emphasizing his fatherly affection and attachment as well.
  • Irony:
    • A Mandalorian Professional Killer who adopts an alien child who happens to be one of the most powerful Force users in the galaxy, considering Mandalorians have come to blows with the Jedi. Mando even points this out to the Armorer.
      Mando: You expect me to search the galaxy, and deliver this creature to a race of enemy sorcerers?
    • During The Mandalorian Chapter 13, he joins forces with Ahsoka, a Jedi. He even points out the irony of a Mandalorian and a Jedi joining forces.
  • Jack of All Stats: It's part of what seems to make him such a formidable bounty hunter. He's a highly skilled gunfighter, pilot, and hand-to-hand combatant, though not to the degree of the specialists he tangles with (i.e. Cara is roughly his equal in combat but outstrips him in strength). Being a massive Combat Pragmatist who's Immune to Bullets thanks to his beskar armor also helps.
  • Kill It with Fire: Like all Mandalorians, he's equipped with a wrist-mounted flamethrower. He's fairly proficient with it, but often uses it to ward off dangerous animals or as a fallback when he's on the back foot of a tough fight.
  • Klingon Promotion: Inadvertently. He manages to defeat Moff Gideon, who was wielding the Darksaber while he has the beskar spear as his only melee weapon. He is unaware that defeating the wielder of the Darksaber means that he is now its rightful owner and Mandalore's new ruler, despite having no interest in ruling and was willing to give the Darksaber to Bo-Katan.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Both literally and figuratively as of The Mandalorian Chapter 3, in which he gets a brand-new suit of beskar-forged armor before rescuing the Child and becoming his protector. Also, as of Chapter 16, he becomes the rightful wielder of the Darksaber, giving him a sword to go with his armor.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • His real name and face began appearing on merchandise and promos after The Mandalorian revealed both.
    • The Book of Boba Fett advertisements began revealing mere days after Chapter 5 dropped that Fennec would recruit him to join Boba in the gang war.
    • Din winning the Darksaber in the Mandalorian Season 2 finale became this after action figures and the aforementioned Boba Fett advertisements showed him wielding it.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He always goes around in his Mando armor and helmet.
  • Line-of-Sight Alias: Mayfeld gives him one on Morak, when a mortified Din can't answer Valin Hess' request for his name.
    Mayfeld: [after seeing Din's face] We just call him "Brown Eyes".
  • Love at First Sight: A paternal version. He is smitten with the Child upon meeting him (his Cuteness Proximity obviously helping) and is immediately willing to destroy IG-11 to protect him.
  • Magnetic Hero: "The Mandalorian is really just the story of a man who absolutely cannot stop making best friends." In the first two seasons, at least five initial antagonists (Cara Dune, Cobb Vanth, Fennec Shand, Boba Fett, Migs Mayfeld) start out trying to threaten or kill Din, and within two episodes they're all willing to risk their lives for Din if needed.
  • Manly Tears: Din's holding them back as best he can during his farewell to Grogu in the Mandalorian Season 2 finale.
  • Marquee Alter Ego: Despite his vow never to reveal his face to another living thing, it seems that Pedro Pascal and the Mandalorian directors can never go a whole season without letting the viewers see it at least once. In Season 2, it reaches the point that when Din removes his helmet to bid farewell to Grogu in the finale, he leaves it off for the remainder of the episode.
  • Meaningful Name: His given birth name Din is Arabic for "religion" or "way of life", reflecting his loyalty to the Way of the Mandalore.
  • Mid Life Crisis Car: His new starfighter, a modified N-1, is given a subtle treatment as this; while Peli Moto has to talk him into buying and helping her rebuild it since he wanted another Razor Crest, the rebuilding montage and his first test flight are treated as a therapeutic expression of some youthful enthusiasm to counter his melancholy as what amounts to an “empty nester” without Grogu.
  • Mythology Gag: His rifle is modeled after the stun rod that Boba Fett used in the non-canon animated sequence of The Star Wars Holiday Special. In addition, his rifle fully disintegrates anyone he hits, calling back to Vader chiding Boba Fett for "No disintegrations."
  • Nice to the Waiter: While still a blunt and reserved person, the Mandalorian is notably more courteous with neutral civilians and service workers, whom he thanks and pays well for their help.
  • No Peripheral Vision
    • While tracking Cara Dune after she slips out of the local watering hole on him, the Mandalorian is momentarily perplexed when her tracks simply stop. Somehow he doesn't think of looking up, and Cara subsequently gets the drop on him.
    • Does this again in "The Jedi" when Ahsoka manages to get the drop on him by, once again, hiding out in the trees directly above him and he looks everywhere but up.
    • In a more literal sense, the scenes in "The Believer" and "The Rescue" where he removes his helmet show that he's not used to working with unobscured peripheral vision, especially in the vertical axis, after decades of wearing a helmet 99% of the time — he turns his whole head to look at things, the way that he does when he has a helmet on. Without the helmet, it looks especially awkward in "The Believer," combined with "Brown Eyes"' deer-in-headlights look and overall dazed demeanor.
  • No-Sell: His Beskar armor just bounces off small arms fire and regular blaster shots. It's also rather durable against physical force, though it's stated a high-power rifle could penetrate the armor if he had been closer to the sniper.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution
    • He couldn't care less about what the remnants of the Empire have to say and doesn't seem particularly enthused when an Imperial officer suggests to him that the Empire is a force of goodwill. As long as he gets paid well, none of that drivel matters. Mando seems equally dismissive of the New Republic when Greef suggests reporting The Client and his followers to them, and mostly just seeks to stay out of the new government's way while doing his job.
    • He's also not too fond of wanting to aid Bo-Katan in reclaiming Mandalore, convinced it's nothing but a lost cause. He's forced to go along with it since she has information on the whereabouts of a Jedi, and has to begrudgingly accept her altered terms because of his need for it.
  • Not so Above It All:
    • After saluting a goodbye to a jetpack-equipped Paz Vizla at the end of The Mandalorian Chapter 3, the Mandalorian comments to himself that he's gotta get himself one of those.note  He also does an arm-wrestling contest with Cara in Chapter 7 to test out his strength against her.
    • After sabotaging his jetpack that was stolen by a bandit at the start of The Mandalorian Chapter 10, he comically shrugs at the Child in his arms like "Oh, well."
    • Even he has to deal with the frustrations of being a single parent when he catches the Child eating unfertilized eggs belonging to his passenger, and has to sternly tell him to stop. Not that the baby listens, mind you.
    • When Frog Lady guilt-trips him into fixing the Razor Crest after crashing on Maldo Kreis by faux-crying that the stories of Mandalorians being honorable and hard-working were nothing but children's tales, Mando starts bitching and moaning like a grumpy dad when he decides to start working on the ship.
      Mando: [storming out of the ship, toolbox in hand] This was not part of the deal.
    • He gets incredibly excited when the kid manages to pull the knob ball using the Force during Ahsoka's test. It was his first "playing catch" moment with him, and he was uncharacteristically giddy about it.
    • He even gets excited when the Child once again demonstrates his force abilities, getting so happy to the point he drops a curse and has to embarrassedly explain to his charge that he was doing so out of joy, not out of frustration with the kid.
    • He also gets excited when he learns the Child's name, and in the subsequent episode, he playfully calls him by his name repeatedly solely because he thinks his reaction is cute. He even chuckles at the kid's reaction, marking a first in the show when the audience hears him laugh.
  • Not So Stoic: Mando has several occasions where he drops the stoic front and can be visibly seen showing different emotions:
    • Sadness/Anger
      • In The Mandalorian Chapter 4, you can hear Mando choking up slightly when talking to Omera after initially deciding to leave the Child with her on Sorgan, indicating he's genuinely saddened to leave him here, but believes it is for the best.
      • In Mandalorian Chapter 8, when he finds a pile of damaged Mandalorian armor belonging to members of the Tribe, he resorts to screaming in Greef Karga's face when he wrongfully accuses the latter of being responsible for their deaths.
        Mando: Did you know about this? Is this the work of your bounty hunters?
        Greef Karga: No! When you left the system and took the prize, the fighting ended and the hunters just melted away. You know how it is! They're mercenaries, they're not zealots!
        Mando: [stands up and approaches Greef] Did you do this!? DID YOU!?
        Greef Karga: NO!
      • Later that same episode, Mando is visibly saddened that IG-11 is about to pull a Heroic Sacrifice:
        IG-11: There's nothing to be sad about. I've never been alive.
        Mando: I'm not... sad.
        IG-11: Yes you are. I'm a nurse droid. I've analyzed your voice.
      • At the end of Mandalorian Chapter 13, Mando chokes up again when he believes that he and the Child are about to part on Corvus, showing how attached the two of them have become and don't want to leave each other just yet, even embracing the Child while he is napping.
        Mando: Wake up, buddy. It's... time to say goodbye...
      • In Mandalorian Chapter 14, after Moff Gideon's Dark Troopers kidnap Grogu and destroy the Razor Crest, Din looks through the remains of the ship, utterly crushed at the loss of his charge. With all that remains being the Beskar spear Ahsoka gave him, as well as Grogu's favorite knob, he's just devastated to the core... and all the more determined to free his child.
      • In Mandalorian Chapter 15, Mando personally sends a message to Moff Gideon, warning him that he's coming for Grogu. Copying Gideon's words from Chapter 7 nearly verbatim, you can hear it in his voice that Mando is pissed, and that what essentially is a declaration of war is personal.
        Mando: Moff Gideon. You have something I want. You may think you have some idea of what you are in possession of, but you do not. Soon, he will be back with me. He means more to me than you will ever know.
      • In Mandalorian Chapter 16, the time comes for him to part ways with Grogu after Luke Skywalker shows up to save the day. Din removes his helmet so that Grogu can finally see (and touch) his face for the first time before Luke takes him into his custody. Din is visibly on the verge of sobbing through it all, having to watch Luke leave with the one he'd come to see as a son.
      • In The Book of Boba Fett Chapters 5-6, he's depressed as hell over the fact he's not with Grogu.
    • Happiness/Joy
      • In The Mandalorian Chapter 13, when the Child successfully uses the Force to grab the knob from Mando in Ahsoka's presence, we see Mando express genuine joy and happiness because of this moment, like a father playing catch with his child.
        Mando: Good job! Good job, kid! You see that? That's right, I knew you could do it! Very good.
      • In Mandalorian Chapter 14, he's even shown to have a playful side, chuckling when he calls the Child by his given name, Grogu, just to see the latter's response.
      • Later when trying to get the Child to Force pull the ball towards him, Mando gives out a rather joyous "Dank farrik!" when he succeeds. He later admits that he's proud of the Child.
      • In The Book of Boba Fett Chapter 5, he's enjoying his new starship so much, he goes about Buzzing the Deck.
    • Fear: In The Mandalorian Chapter 15, he commits a serious breach in his culture's beliefs and traditions when he takes off his helmet to complete a facial scan at an Imperial terminal. The second he does so, you can see his visible distress and shock over what he just did. When confronted by Valin Hess, he is at a complete loss for words and dazed, unable to adapt or comprehend the situation he is in.
  • No True Scotsman: His uber-traditionalist upbringing results in him taking a very dim view of Bo-Katan and her followers, reacting with wariness when they remove their helmets and even accusing them of being pretenders. He does somewhat soften a bit when Boba Fett comes seeking his armor back, but it's more due to the bounty hunter threatening Grogu.
  • Odd Friendship: Friendship is possibly pushing it, but he has been shown to get along with Tusken Raiders better than pretty much anyone else in the setting, being fluent in their spoken and signed languages and often negotiating and conversing peacefully with them.
  • One Hero, Hold the Weaksauce: He eventually gets a jetpack, which while useful is normally a weakpoint (as shown with how Boba ended up in the Sarlacc), but Din's specifically is made of pure beskar and thus lacks this weakpoint.
  • One-Man Army: When he decides to go back for the Asset and rescue it from the Imperial Remnant, he kills or subdues no fewer than 28 beings in the space of about ten minutes. It's Deconstructed in the end of The mandalorian Chapter 3, though; even a One-Man Army can be swamped by enough enemies, especially if they're in a bad tactical position. Only the arrival of The Cavalry allows him to escape.
  • Only Sane Man: Frequently finds himself amongst fools who are way in over their heads (i.e. Mayfeld's gang, Toro) or people who operate on a different... state of mind than him (such as Peli or the Jawas). Needless to say, that's how you get a grumpy Mandalorian very quickly.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • His tribe has reared him to believe that taking off his helmet in front of others is to renounce being a Mandalorian. The fact that he willingly does so in order to save the Child in The Mandalorian Chapter 15, despite his evident horror and discomfort at doing so, speaks volumes about how much he values his adopted son's welfare, even over his clan traditions.
    • In The Mandalorian Chapter 16 he shows zero hesitation in removing his helmet to say goodbye to Grogu and lets Grogu touch his face, in full view of not only people he considers friends and allies, but a complete stranger in Luke. That's how strong his love for the child had grown — he didn't care about anything except letting them part while looking at each other in the eyes and letting his kid remember what he truly looked like.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: In the last episode of The Mandalorian Season 2 he is able to defeat a Dark Trooper after a tough fight, but is overshadowed by Luke Skywalker who is able to defeat an entire platoon as if they were simple Mooks.
  • Papa Wolf: He becomes this towards the Child, whom he fiercely protects from other bounty hunters and creatures alike.
    • Whenever the Child is in danger. His first instinct was to raid the Client's house, kill all Stormtroopers stationed there, and get the hell out of Dodge, after he turned the Child in for his bounty reward. Just for one infant he barely knew.
    • He yells at a group of Jawas as they were approaching the baby.
      The Mandalorian: GET AWAY FROM IT!
    • There ceases to be any debate about whether this is genuine or merely professional concern towards the Child when he realizes he can't leave the kid in the Client's nefarious clutches and proceeds to storm the Client's hideout and rescues the kid.
    • In the opening scene of "The Passenger", a thief holds the Child at knifepoint to try and force Mando to give up his jetpack. Mando coldly and calmly tells the thief that if he hurts the kid "there is no place you will be able to hide from me".
    • In "The Tragedy," when Moff Gideon kidnaps the Child Mando immediately chases after him. He’s even willing to take off his helmet and he risks his life just to save the Child.
  • The Paladin: Downplayed but by the time of The Book of Boba Fett he fits into this category in comparison to the rest of the cast. A Religious Bruiser warrior who is clad in indestructible shiny silver armor, who wields a legendary sword as his main weapon and is not interested anymore in fighting for credits, in the entire series he is seen fighting for values such as honor (keeping his word to Boba), family (protecting Grogu, reuniting with The Watch) and defending the weak (as he points out to Vanth they need to fight the Syndicate less they take over the entire planet).
  • Parental Substitute: After taking the Child, he fully takes on a parental role and begins to care for the infant like his own and lives his life on the run to ensure the child's safety. He also doesn't correct others when they refer to the Child as his son or boy. The Armorer makes their family bond official in The Mandalorian Chapter 8 when she makes Mando and the Child a clan of two. She then enjoins Mando to either rear the child as his own or find his people to return him to. He then begins to take his caretaking towards the Child afterward as something truly serious. Ahsoka even confirms to him in The Mandalorian Chapter 13 that Grogu sees him as his surrogate father.
  • Perma-Stubble: Across his first three unmasking scenes, his mustache has varying degrees of thickness, but his chin always has a thin layer of scruff. Some viewers have reported that even when he doesn't remove his helmet, they can sometimes see his stubble sticking out through the bottom, or silhouetted in his visor.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He comes off as this during The Mandalorian Seasons 1-2, which only show his face during some anxiety-inducing experiences. He does smile twice during Chapters 15-16, but only in fleeting smirks.
  • Persona Non Grata: When the Armorer learns that he removed his helmet in sight of others she banishes him from what's left of their Covert as, according to the Creed, he's no longer a Mandalorian. However, in an unusual instance of this trope, she does give him a way back in: go to the mines beneath Mandalore, which are supposedly sealed off. If he does, then he can come back.
  • Pocket Rocket Launcher: Getting his armor back also nets Fett the backpack- and bracer-mounted rocket launchers.
  • Properly Paranoid: Lampshaded by Mayfeld and Xi'an, when he brings up something being off about the jailbreak job in The Mandalorian Chapter 6. Considering how many times he's been betrayed, the fact that Ran's crew intended to leave him behind once Qin was extracted from the jail cell, and that the Child still has a very high bounty on its head that keeps both of them on the run, he has very good reason to be.
    Mayfeld: Are you always this paranoid?
  • Professional Killer: He'll take up jobs from anyone as long as he gets enough money to support his fellow Mandalorians, even from Imperial holdouts. He makes it clear, however, that he's not particularly interested in whatever ideals they have to offer. He's also wary of taking deals from Imperials, judging by how jumpy he gets during a tense negotiation with a holdout. Some of his kinsmen chew him out over taking a job with an Imperial Remnant holdout, however, after what the Empire did to their people.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: He states carrying weapons with him is like a religion for a Mandalorian warrior like himself.
  • Rags to Royalty: From twice-orphaned foundling to traditional leader of Mandalore, thanks to the Darksaber.
  • Redeeming Replacement: By the time Mando wields the Darksaber he finds himself with the dubious honor of being the latest in a long line of wielders with questionable morality at best, from the terrorist Pre Vizla, the Sith Lord Maul, and the Well-Intentioned Extremist Anti-Hero Bo-Katan Kryze. The only wielder aside from him who could be considered fully good is Sabine Wren, but Sabine never wanted the saber and quickly handed it over to Bo-Katan, who she felt was more worthy to lead Mandalore.
  • Religious Bruiser: After a fashion. The Mando holds to the particular beliefs of his creed, most notably never showing his face, with fanatical devotion and semi-sarcastically says that being armed is part of his religion. Bo Katan outright labels the sect he belongs to, The Children of the Watch, as religious zealots.
  • Reluctant Ruler: As of the end of The Mandalorian Season 2, he is technically the rightful ruler of Mandalore after defeating the previous wielder of the darksaber in single combat. He very clearly has no interest in this, believing Mandalore to be a dead, cursed planet that his people can never return to, and repeatedly attempts to pass the title on to Bo-Katan, who is much more invested in it. However, as The Book of Boba Fett shows, she didn't take it back, and he's stuck with it for the time being.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: While not exactly roaring, Mando does go full out on the Client after he delivers the Child to them, realizes they were likely going to hurt the baby and then storms back to save the kid before any of that could happen. He even takes out a good number of stormtroopers on his way in and out with efficiency.
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  • Ship Tease: He has several soft, romantic moments with Omera. Interestingly, he doesn't deny liking her romantically when Cara suggests he settle down with her.
  • Shoulders of Doom: His shoulder plates stand out.
  • Shout-Out: To Django, given that Din is visually similar to Star Wars' own Jango Fett, but also that the "D" in both Django and Djarin are silent.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: He gains a shiny new chest plate of silver armor midway through The Mandalorian Chapter 3 right before he turns his back on the Bounty Hunters Guild and goes to save the child, essentially becoming a knight in shining armor.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Despite being polite and friendly, Mando sometimes comes off as an Aloof Ally because he's so introverted and quiet with other people. Stick him in an unfamiliar social situation with chatty strangers, and Mando will either blurt out something incredibly blunt or he'll avoid talking as much as possible.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye:
    • In The Mandalorian Chapter 1, he appears behind his latest bounty on the Razor Crest before the criminal even knows he's there.
    • In Mandalorian Chapter 3, he silently disappears as Dr. Pershing tearfully begs for his life.
    • In Mandalorian Chapter 6, we see him quietly approach Mayfeld as he prepares to subdue him. He gradually walks up behind a clueless Mayfeld before Mando is suddenly directly behind him and captures him.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He needs to be cold, merciless, and businesslike to do his job. Around his adopted child, he's a kind and caring father. He can also be nice to his true allies once they gain his trust.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: When Mando finds himself working with Mayfeld's crew to infiltrate the prison ship in Chapter 6, they handle the situation with varying degrees of recklessness and/or incompetence, much to Mando's exasperation.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: As a mysterious, always-armored Mandalorian warrior with a Dark and Troubled Past as an orphan who makes his living as a bounty hunter, he's quite similar to Boba Fett from the films. The silver armor and child in tow makes him one to Jango Fett as well. His backstory as a war orphan who was saved by and adopted into the Mandalorians is directly lifted from Jango's Legends backstory. Boba's return showcases that both also have a strict sense of honor, always fulfilling the terms of their agreements, something Boba was noted as doing in the Legends stories.
  • Taking the Bullet: Grogu is saved by Din in this manner when Moff Gideon, seemingly surrendered, draws a blaster on them. The blaster bolt is nothing that Din's beskar armor can't handle, fortunately.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: He does this to Ran's gang, locking them up after they attempted to trap him in a cell on a New Republic prison ship.
  • Terse Talker: Downplayed; he doesn't particularly care for chit-chat, especially when it's one of his bounties doing the chatting, but he opens up more when he's either among his own people or discussing things relating to his jobs. He's also more open, if somewhat guarded, with those he befriends, like Cara Dune and Omera.
  • There Is No Kill like Overkill: His rifle disintegrates its targets, rather than punching through them as is usual with blasters.
  • This Means War!: Once obtaining the coordinates for Moff Gideon's light cruiser, Mando sends him a message warning him that he's coming for the Child, copying verbatim what the Moff had told Mando on Nevarro:
    Mandalorian: Moff Gideon. You have something I want. You may think you have some idea of what you are in possession of, but you do not. Soon, he will be back with me. He means more to me than you will ever know.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: He has a supply of tiny grenades that fit in the cup of one's hand, and uses them quite judiciously.
  • Token Good Teammate: Whenever he's paired with other bounty hunters and various criminals. He's a Noble Demon Anti-Hero, they're... well, violent criminals. Most notably he's betrayed no less than four times by guys he teams up with.
  • Tragic Bigot: He dislikes basically all droids, seemingly because of his Dark and Troubled Past where B2 Super Battle Droids killed his parents and massacred his entire town when he was just a child. He grows out of it somewhat after IG-11's sacrifice.
    Mandalorian: You know, you're not so bad... for a droid.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • Upon discovering the discarded remains of the Child's floating carriage after several foreboding conversation implying the Client Would Hurt a Child, Mando calmly, coolly, and methodically storms the hideout, surgically wipes out the stormtrooper guards, and walks out with the Child.
    • In The Mandalorian Chapter 6, when his "allies" betray him and lock him up while they cut and run, he gets out and throws them into the brig himself.
    • Once he finds the location of Moff Gideon's light cruiser, he decides to give him a few words of his own:
      Mandalorian: Moff Gideon, you have something I want. You may have think you have some idea of what you are in possession of, but you do not. Soon, he will be back with me. He means more to me than you will ever know.
  • Tritagonist: He's the tertiary main character of The Book of Boba Fett. He doesn't come in until over halfway through and mostly acts as Boba's Big Guy, but he gets two episodes dedicated to continuing his personal character arc and is one of the most prominent fighters on Boba's side other than Fennec Shand.
  • Undying Loyalty: He has it to the Mandalorian clan who took him in as a Foundling and reared him. He even gets momentarily furious at Greef in the Mandalorian Season 1 finale when he suspects the other is the reason many of his clansmen were killed, but is soon calmed down when he reveals he didn't play any part in their deaths.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Not in most situations, but his fighting style with the Darksaber reflects his inexperience with the weapon, noticeably relying more on brute force than any actual technique. The weapon is still powerful enough to make short work of most threats, but more experienced combatants can still overpower him.
  • The Unreveal: In The Mandalorian Chapter 4, he takes his helmet off to eat but the camera stays behind him and below shoulder level, denying the audience a look at his face.
  • Walking Armory: His standard equipment includes a blaster, a stun rod, a disruptor rifle, a grappling line, a flamethrower, anti-personnel homing darts, and a combat knife. Further, he keeps over a dozen additional weapons of various types on the Razor Crest to use depending on his current needs.
  • What You Are in the Dark: On Tatooine, despite desperately needing the credits to pay Peli for repairs, he never considers betraying Toro even when given their situation (the two of them alone in the desert, hunting a dangerous assassin). No-one would have batted an eye if he did. He only decides kill him later out of self-defense and because he was holding Peli and the Child hostage. Only after killing the goon does Mando help himself to Toro's coinpurse. And then gives it all to Peli for services rendered.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Giant droids continue attempting to kill him into adulthood, appearing to temporarily petrify him when instigating fights.
  • Working-Class Hero: The Mandalorian is always hustling for money from his next job, using whatever cash he gets to pay for his spaceship's massive upkeep and fuel costs, to help support the foundlings of his Mandalorian tribe, and ultimately to support himself and the Child while they're on the run.
  • Would Hit a Girl: When Cara Dune ambushes him, he has no qualms whatsoever about fighting back. Considering Cara is a former Alliance shock trooper (played by the suitably Amazonian former mixed martial artist Gina Carano), he's well justified.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: At the end of the first episode, he refuses to kill a small toddler of Yoda's species, albeit he was contracted to deliver the Child alive if possible. However, his conscience later can't abide leaving the child in the holdout cell's clutches, so he storms their hideout to rescue it, making the trope much straighter.
  • Wrecked Weapon: It's not given any attention to but his signature disrupter rifle is one of the casualties of the destruction of the Razor Crest. Probably missed it when facing the Dark Trooper.
  • You Are in Command Now: Unintentionally. He is unaware that defeating the current welder of the Darksaber means he has the right to the Mandalorian throne and the lightsaber, despite only wanting to rescue Grogu, and he has no interest in being a ruler. Moff Gideon wastes no time in revealing this to spite Bo-Kotan.

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