31.5 BBY (3)
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- "I see why they call you the best bounty hunter in the Galaxy."
- ―Darth Vader
Orphaned at a young age, Boba lived through the Clone Wars and the Galactic Civil War, surviving both, yet never allying outright with either the Galactic Republic, the Separatists, the Galactic Empire, or the Rebel Alliance. He was once married to Sintas Vel, and had a daughter named Ailyn Vel. Fett later abandoned his young family to return to bounty hunting.
After the conclusion of the Galactic Civil War, Fett would become the leader of the Mandalorians. As of 40 ABY, Boba Fett took a more active role as Mandalore and sought to rebuild the House of Mandalore along with his granddaughter, Mirta Gev.
Boba was created by Kaminoans as an unaltered clone, at the request of his "father," Jango Fett, before the start of the Clone Wars. He was intended to be both Jango's heir and "Jaster's legacy." As a young boy, Fett grew up on the planet Kamino. Jango raised and cared for him with the assistance of the Kaminoan, Taun We, who ultimately took on the role of being a foster mother to him. Fett was aware of the fact that he was a clone of his father, however, he would often question his conception. Jango assured his son that he was a "true clone" and his real son. Along with the Clawdite Zam Wesell, Taun We was the sole female influence in the young Fett's life.
As a child Boba never attended school, instead he gained much knowledge from his travels with his father and the books he borrowed from the local library. Boba was very fond of books, especially those about starfighters, which he commonly checked out and read from the library of Tipoca City. Sometime before the Clone Wars, Boba met ex-Jedi Count Dooku, who had hired his father to take up bounties that would be beneficial to him and his master in the events that followed. On one such mission Boba accompanied Jango to the planet of Kuat, where Jango used the boy as bait to lure his bounty into the open. Afraid, the young Fett threw a thermal detonator and fled into the tents. Once he located the boy, the colonist was horrified to learn the young boy was the son of the man sent to kill him. Jango, having finished assassinating the remaining members of the camp tracked down Boba and demanded that Larbo released his son, slashing his way through the tents canopy. Disgusted, Larbo asked what kind of man would use his own son as bait, and Boba replied, "Only a son can know his father's heart". After killing his bounty, Boba escaped with his father on their ship and informed the Count of their successful mission. Boba would often accompany his father to the training sessions with the other clones where he taught them basic combat skills.
- "Maybe I'd have grown up a nice guy if a Jedi hadn't cut my dad's head off in front of me."
- ―Boba Fett to Mirta Gev
The chance to see Obi-Wan Kenobi's Delta-7 was a relished opportunity considering his love for vehicles. Boba was roughly ten years old when Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi came to Kamino to investigate the mysterious creation of a clone army for the Republic. Fett's father, Jango, realized that he and his son would have to leave Kamino before the Jedi unraveled the mystery behind the attacks on Senator Padmé Amidala. After Jango and Obi-Wan fought, Jango and Boba blasted off the planet in their ship, Slave I.
En route to Geonosis, they realized that Kenobi had tracked them. Boba encouraged and intently watched his father attempt to escape the Jedi. He eventually watched what they thought was the death of Kenobi, although Kenobi had actually attached himself to a nearby asteroid. As the Battle of Geonosis started, Boba stood with Jango on the platform in the arena with several Separatist leaders, including Count Dooku, Viceroy Nute Gunray, and Archduke Poggle the Lesser. When Jedi Master Mace Windu arrived, Jango kept Boba from harm as the Jedi task force attempted to rescue the captive Obi-Wan, Anakin Skywalker, and Padmé Amidala. During the battle, Boba watched his father get trampled by a reek, and, as a result, eventually decapitated by Mace Windu's lightsaber when Jango attempted to challenge him. While the Grand Army of the Republic and the Separatist Droid Army clashed for the very first time, Boba emerged from his hiding place to pick up his father's helmet.
Post-Battle of Geonosis
- "You are nearly a work of art, Fett; there is a clarity to you that is—chuckle—quite wonderful. A purity to your intent."
After Geonosis, Boba buried his father and tried to escape. All he had left of his father was his armor and a "book" that Jango left to help instruct him, in the event of his death. Fett attempted to return to Kamino but it was to no avail as he realized no place was safe for him now that his father was dead. Aurra Sing gave Fett to Darth Tyranus, who gave Sing Slave I as payment (Boba eventually recovered the ship). He was taken to Raxus Prime to meet with Tyranus, who was then searching for the Force Harvester. The Sith Lord attempted to detain his young charge, but a Republic attack allowed Fett to escape.
Boba was taken by clone troopers and sent to an orphanage on Bespin. He managed to escape with Sing, who had come searching for the boy, in order to gain access to Jango Fett's rather large bank account on Aargau.
On Aargau, Fett lost 500,000 credits of his father's money due to the betrayal of a Clawdite named Nuri, but received the rest. Jango's "book" told Fett to visit Jabba the Hutt, but Fett had a run-in with the dangerous Separatist Commander Durge. The Gen'Dai's hatred of all Mandalorians caused him to attack the young Fett. While on Aargau, Boba managed to elude Aurra Sing after she failed to steal Jango's credits.
- "I've killed virtually everything that moves, one time or another, a hundred different species, sentient and dumb; if it breathes I've probably killed it or something like it. But I've killed clean. I've killed without stretching it out."
- ―Boba Fett
Constantly on the run, Fett managed to secure a minor bounty on an assassin before reaching safety. With nowhere left to go, young Boba found himself in the custody of Jabba the Hutt. One of the reasons Jabba accepted Boba was to repay the favor Jango Fett did him by killing Gardulla the Hutt a decade earlier. While working for Jabba the Hutt, Boba had befriended one of Jabba's cooks and his daughter (whom he had rescued earlier, after first arriving on Tatooine).
In gratitude, the two had Jango Fett's body armor re-sized to fit the young Boba's frame. This couldn't have come at a better time, since Jabba was about to give him his first off-world assignment. His first major hunt off-planet was after Techno Union Foreman Wat Tambor, who had a base on Xagobah. The planet was under assault by the Grand Army of the Republic, so Fett encountered difficulties sneaking past both attack forces. He managed to get inside the base and brutally finished off Nuri, but the arrival of General Grievous foiled his plans, as Fett proved no match for the Kaleesh warrior. Young Fett only survived because he faked his own death. Both Wat Tambor and General Grievous escaped.
Boba Fett tried to give pursuit in Slave I, but the ship was damaged in a dogfight with Asajj Ventress. Slave I was actually saved from destruction because of the intervention of a young Jedi Knight named Anakin Skywalker, who drove off Ventress. After forcing Slave I to land on a nearby moon, Skywalker and Fett met for the first time. Skywalker, knowing that Fett was obviously not a Separatist, assisted Boba in repairing his ship. During this time, Boba repainted his armor, which was identical to Jango Fett's, into the green color scheme that he is most identified with, thus making it his own. Even though Skywalker had helped him repair his ship, he was intent on taking Fett in for violating air space in a Republic controlled military zone. Boba convinced Skywalker, however, that he had information vital to the Republic's survival; information he would only tell the Supreme Chancellor. The information Boba had was knowledge that Count Dooku and Darth Tyranus were one and the same person. He would trade this information in order to get close to the one person he hated the most—the Jedi who had killed his father on Geonosis: Mace Windu.
After being escorted to Coruscant by Governor Tarkin, Boba finally acquired his one and only chance at Mace Windu. Boba followed and waited for the Jedi in the Supreme Chancellor's chambers, of all places. Boba engaged Mace Windu in combat but could not kill the Jedi Master. The two stood, battered and wounded, each ready to deliver a final blow with their weapons. The fight was actually halted by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, before either one could make a move. Boba was surprised to learn that the Chancellor already knew that Dooku was Tyranus. He also knew that Boba would hunt down Mace Windu, once he arrived on Coruscant. "I believe we share a common enemy," the Chancellor told Fett. Palpatine paid Fett for his information and told him never to speak of their conversation again, an agreement that Boba wisely kept. Then the Chancellor sent him on his way.
By the end of the Clone Wars, Boba Fett had reached the age of thirteen—the traditional start of adulthood in Mandalorian culture. Fett was now a fully-fledged bounty hunter.
- "Everyone dies. It is the final and only ever lasting justice."
- ―Boba Fett
For years to come, Fett's reputation grew among bounty hunters and assassins. Boba continued to acquire and upgrade pieces of Mandalorian armor. It is said he had at least three complete sets of armor from which to use, one of which was mostly left in the Sarlacc pit. Eventually he found the Mandalorian armor of Jango's old mentor and leader, Jaster Mereel. Along with his new green and red armor, he had honed his skills as an assassin and mercenary, which would one day make him the most feared and sinister bounty hunter in the Galaxy.
For a time Fett worked for Malorum, a vicious Imperial Grand Inquisitor, operating on far flung worlds such as Polis Massa, Naboo, and Bellassa. He employed young Fett to search for information about the late Padmé Amidala. On this mission Boba had to work with fellow bounty hunter D'harhan. With D'harhan's help, Fett tracked the Jedi to Bellassa where they stopped a Rebel uprising on the planet. At the Red Twins, Fett battled the fugitive Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ferus Olin, forcing them out of the system before crash-landing Slave I in a nearby nebula.
- "I was sixteen, Sintas was eighteen. The only females I knew as a kid were a Kaminoan and a changeling bounty hunter. Doesn't equip you to be a family man. I tried."
- ―Boba to Mirta
At some point before 16 BBY, Boba met Sintas Vel, a Kiffar bounty hunter. In an attempt at a normal life, he married her. The two later conceived a child, Ailyn Vel, who was born in 15 BBY. Fett's job allowed for few attachments, however, and the relationship failed to last long, Fett abandoning his family less than three years later. The abandonment of his family caused Ailyn to hate her father. Ailyn eventually took her father's identity and spent her entire life hunting him down.
Fett, under the alias of Jaster Mereel, also became a Journeyman Protector on Concord Dawn, as his grandfather had once been. However, the title of Protector was stripped from him after he killed a superior officer. He was jailed, then forced to leave the planet in exile. Fett continued to wear the honor sash of a Journeyman Protector. Having failed in his attempts to be a regular man, Boba Fett once again fully dedicated himself to the bounty hunting trade.
Some time later, Fett and his wife met once more when a box containing flatpix of Fett, Sintas, and Ailyn, was stolen to lure Boba into a deadly trap. Boba defeated his would-be captor as well as his former flame, but allowed her to keep the box instead of destroying it as he had originally planned. As he and Sintas parted ways, Fett told her that her wounds would heal over time. But as he recalled fifty years later, Fett's wounds would never heal as he admitted that he loved her and Ailyn.
In 15 BBY, Sise Fromm hired Boba Fett to eliminate the racing team of Jord Dusat and Thall Joben as they prepared their modified landspeeder, the White Witch, for the Boonta Speeder Race. At the time, Fett owned a droid named BL-17, and used him to sow confusion among Joben's droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO. Failing to sabotage their racer before the race began, Fett entered the race in his own craft, the Silver Speeder, unaware of a bomb planted on Joben's speeder. Fett harassed Thall throughout the event until one of his own weapons backfired on him, knocking him out of the race and allowing Thall to win. An unhappy Boba Fett decided to turn Sise Fromm over to Jabba the Hutt for the bounty that the Hutt crime lord had placed on his rival.
After working for Jabba, Fett worked for the Empire on numerous occasions. One report had him allowing Rebel agents to capture a mystical talisman infected with an Imperial sleeping virus, however these records have not been confirmed. On another occasion, Fett was hired by the Emperor's second in command, Darth Vader to track down a Rebel agent known as "Mole" on the frozen world of Ota.
Three years later, in 12 BBY, Fett returned to Kamino, where he led a special detachment of the 501st Legion on a successful mission to eliminate a group of clones bred to fight against the Empire. Fett was selected to lead this mission due to his intimate experience with the Kaminoans and his knowledge of Tipoca City.
Imperial records showed that Fett had served as a stormtrooper, but deserted after he killed his commanding officer.
In the decades between the Clone Wars and the Galactic Civil War, other unsubstantiated rumors of Fett's exploits prevailed. One such rumor claimed he was the Mandalorian Jaster Mereel, who had been Jango's mentor. This most likely stemmed from the fact that both men had served as Journeyman Protectors on Concord Dawn. Boba himself, however, never did anything to dissuade these rumors. In fact, he sometimes encouraged them, as they hid his true origins, and added to his mystique.
Later, in 5 BBY, Boba captured Solo and proceeded to take him to his client. However, he was interrupted by Han's soon to be good friend, Lando Calrissian. While Fett was busy with Solo, Lando sneaked up on the bounty hunter and jammed a blaster into his neck. Unable to resist, Boba Fett was humiliated when Lando injected the same toxin he had used on Solo, one which forced its victim to do whatever he was ordered. They ordered Boba Fett to leave entirely. Once the effects of the toxin wore off, Fett would swear revenge against Han and Lando, for very few people outsmarted him and lived to tell the tale. It was the beginning of a long rivalry.
Many times Fett was sent to capture Solo, but due to continual bad luck and interference, Fett failed to apprehend his quarry time and time again.
In 4 BBY, Fett took the bounty offered by the Hutts for the capture of the rebel, Bria Tharen. However, her frequent deep-cover assignments, together with the high security at rebel installations made her very difficult to get close to. After a year of on-off searching, Fett caught up with her on the Outer Rim planet Teth where Bria was meeting with the Tethan resistance leaders, Commander Winfrid Dagore and Lieutenant Palob Godalhi. The bounty specified that Bria should be captured alive, making it impossible for Fett to fulfill his mission while she was in the rebel base. As a result Fett had no choice but to give up the bounty.
Later, Darth Vader hired Fett to capture an Imperial named Abal Karda and, more importantly, the box he would be found carrying. Upon learning what the box contained—directly violating Vader's instructions—Fett contemplated keeping it for himself. Unbeknownst to Boba, Vader had a group of Imperial criminals. He eventually discovered them, killing all of them in a confrontation. Fett tracked Karda all the way to Maryx Minor, where he was hiding among the Ancient Order of Pessimists. However, Vader had followed Fett to Maryx Minor and the two engaged in battle over control of the box. Vader began using the Force against Fett, who kicked the box into a pool of lava. Infuriated, Vader released Fett and dove for the box, narrowly retrieving it from the lava. At this point Fett debated executing him, but decided against it, due to the fact that if he did, the Empire would trouble him to no end. Thus, the fight ended in a draw, and the two set aside their differences. Though Fett failed to recover the box, he succeeded in killing Karda, throwing him into a nearby lava pit.
In 1 BBY, Fett was on Dargulli, where he met some other bounty hunters, like Ganji. There, Boba heard that Darth Vader was fighting alone against many bounty hunters. While everybody tried to kill Vader, Fett sided with him and helped the Dark Lord of the Sith, firing at everyone around Vader.
Fett was able to track Tharen to her Rebel headquarters on Ylesia. Following her to the starship Queen of Empire, Boba quickly killed Bria's guards and was able to drug her. Fett also captured Lando when he arrived shortly afterwards. When Bria woke up, she asked Fett if he would let her father know that she was dead so he wouldn't have to find out when her next message failed to arrive. To her surprise, the bounty hunter agreed to the request. Before Fett could take his prize back to Slave I, Queen of Empire was pulled out of hyperspace by a pirate raid led by Lando's ex-girlfriend, Drea Renthal. Cornered by Renthal's pirates, Fett realized he could not fight his way out without getting his bounties killed and agreed to release Lando to her if she let him go. Lando, however, refused to leave Bria to Fett and pointed out that Drea owed Han a favor. Drea offered to pay Fett the 100,000 credit bounty to let Bria go. Knowing this was the only way he could make a profit, Fett reluctantly agreed.
Boba worked for Jabba again when a wager between the crimelord and two other rival Hutts resulted in each sending a team to hunt for the Yavin Vassilika, a priceless statuette believed to be little more than legend. Jabba's team consisted Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, and a badly out-of-his-depth Greedo, battling Bossk, Dengar, IG-88, Zuckuss, and Malta. Unbeknownst to all, Fett had actually been hired to make sure Jabba's team won and retrieved the artifact, rescuing Solo's team from the natives who worshipped the idol. The Vassilika was snatched by Malta's assistant, Jozzel Moffet, who was acting on the behalf of the Rebel Alliance and Bria Tharen. Fett stopped the Rebels from fleeing, where they explained they had already given the money to Moffet. Later, Fett tracked down Embra the Hutt's assistant Farquil (who had stolen the money) and claimed his reward money for Jabba, presumably killing or otherwise neutralising Farquil.
Fett would track Solo down again in 0 BBY on Tatooine, but not to capture him—keeping his word to Bria, who had been killed during the Rebel operation to obtain the Death Star plans, Fett asked Solo to pass on the word of Bria's death to her father.
- "I am sorry for the deaths of the innocent. But that happens in a war, Leia Organa. The innocent die in wars, and your side should not have started this one."
- ―Boba Fett to Leia Organa
Following the Death Star's destruction at the hands of the Rebel Alliance, Fett ventured off onto the planet of Solem where Fett took a job from Imperial Governor Malvander Bren to capture the Governor's own brother who was leading a Rebel cell on the planet. Fett tracked down the brother through the Rebels he led, killing or torturing several of them to get the information he wanted. He soon found a piece of writing which, after he had another translate the code it was written in, led him to a shoemaker named Rabutz in G'ai Solem. Though Rabutz and several other Rebels fled, Fett managed to track them and they led him straight to Bren, his target. Though the Rebels offered to fight off Fett, Bren freely handed himself over to Fett and returned with him to his brothers palace. When Malvander saw that Fett had completed his task, he offered to pay him 10,000 of the 50,000 credits he was due to pay, as the Empire had refused to fund any more of his personal campaign. When Fett refused this offer, Malvander threatened to set his palace guards on him; Fett quickly disarmed all three of them with shots to the arm. Fett then walked over to Malvander and took his expensive necklace right from his throat, a piece of jewelry which was worth well over the 50,000 credits. Several Rebels soon arrived in the palace and, though Malvander ordered Fett to take care of them to cover the added price of the necklace, Fett simply left the palace and the planet itself.
Bounty Hunter's Guild
- "I'm not restricted by the authority of your so-called Bounty Hunter's Guild. I answer to a higher law."
- ―Boba Fett
During the Battle of Thyferra, in which pirate codes were found on Rebel weaponry, Fett was recruited by Darth Vader to eliminate pirate defenses over Ilum to allow Imperial reinforcements to move in to flush out the leader.
Boba Fett was often employed by the Imperials as a bounty hunter, and chose not to belong to the Bounty Hunters Guild. If anything, he felt contempt for their rules and the needs that had brought them together. Boba Fett accepted a commission to infiltrate the Guild and destroy it. He had beaten two Guild members, Bossk—an old rival—and Zuckuss, to a bounty. When Boba delivered his quarry to his contact, Kud'ar Mub'at, he was offered the job. He accepted, though he did not know then who was behind the contract. He went to the Guild station under the pretense of joining. The head of the Guild, Bossk's father, Cradossk, welcomed him, but the younger hunters were greatly displeased with his decision to join.
Once part of the Guild, Boba assembled a team of hunters, including his old friend, the cyborg D'harhan, to go after Oph Nar Dinnid. The Lyunesi had a huge bounty on his head. The trail led to a clan of Shell Hutts for whom Dinnid hoped to work—but by the time Boba got there, one of the Hutts had killed Dinnid in a fit of rage. In the bloodshed that inevitably followed, D'harhan was killed. Zuckuss reported that Bossk had also been killed. Cradossk was pleased. He had been about to initiate a purge anyway. However, Bossk appeared and tore his hapless father apart. The result was exactly what Fett had been employed to engineer. The Guild was split in two along age lines.
Despite their long-standing rivalry, Fett and Bossk teamed up to trap Trhin Voss'on't—a renegade Imperial stormtrooper who had killed his crew and absconded with secret encryption codes—by making it look as if Bossk had managed to kill both Zuckuss and Fett, and now wanted to team up with Voss'on't. This scheme worked up to a point, but Voss'on't eventually caught on. Boba and Bossk managed to capture him, but he triggered an earthquake device and injured both hunters severely.
A resentful Bossk tried to take revenge on Fett for his part in the Guild's destruction, but Boba, aided by Zuckuss, got the drop on him. The alliance with Zuckuss was a brief one, for Boba, still under the employ of Mub'at, turned the tables on both of them. They barely made it out of Slave I alive.
Boba took Voss'on't to Mub'at's web, chased the whole way by the renegade Imperial's men. Boba ignored them, but when he dropped out of hyperspace, Slave I was immediately attacked. Faced with two alternatives—flee or fight his attacker—Boba found a third. He put Slave I between his assailant and Mub'at's web, then ploughed the ship straight into Mub'at.
The arachnid alien was terribly wounded, but refused to pay Boba, informing him that he had not set the bounty. Boba then realized that it had been set by his attacker, whom he had identified as Prince Xizor, the infamous underlord of Black Sun. Mub'at told Boba that Xizor was also the one behind the plan to break up the Guild. When the crime lord arrived, Boba captured him, only to find that Xizor had negotiated a deal with Balancesheet, a now renegade subsystem of Mub'at's that had declared its own autonomy.
Xizor did at least pay the bounty on Voss'on't. All Boba could do was limp away in his damaged ship. That was when he realized that Balancesheet had played a last trick— he had taken half the bounty to cover "expenses." For that, Boba vowed, there would be a reckoning.
Allegiance with the Empire
- "We will meet again, friend."
- ―Boba Fett to Luke Skywalker
Within a year after the Battle of Yavin, Fett was hired by Rom Mohc to kill Kyle Katarn because of Katarn's intrusions into the secretive Dark Trooper Project but, despite Fett's prowess, Katarn escaped the encounter on Coruscant and went on to destroy the project. As a member of Jabba's gang, Fett accompanied the Hutt to confront Han Solo, a smuggler and a long time rival of Fett, about a spice shipment he had failed to deliver.
Around 0 ABY, the Empire employed Fett to find where the Rebels were hiding after they had escaped Yavin IV. Both the Empire and the Alliance had been searching for a mystical talisman and Solo had captured it on the Falcon. On his way back to the Rebel base, Solo contracted a sleeping virus from the talisman. This caused him to lose control of his prized ship, Millennium Falcon, and crash-land on the water moon of Panna.
Luke Skywalker arrived on Panna just as Boba Fett arrived riding a creature. It was then that he witnessed this creature attacking Luke's downed BTL Y-wing starfighter. Stopping the creature, Boba introduced himself, and, in an effort to find information about the Rebels from Luke, befriended him and led him to the downed Falcon. Promising to get an antidote, Boba Fett traveled with Chewbacca to a nearby spaceport and sent a transmission to Darth Vader, which was inadvertently intercepted by R2-D2. Upon returning to Millennium Falcon with the antidote and the intention of capturing Skywalker and Solo, C-3PO alerted Luke of Boba's involvement with Darth Vader (referring to him as Darth Vader's right hand man). Boba quickly used his jet pack to escape through the top hatch of the Falcon, knowing that if he killed Luke, Han, and Chewbacca, neither he nor his employer would ever be able to get the information they sought in the future. It was then they understood that this entire run-in with Boba was merely an Imperial plot. Fett had apparently been the one who allowed the talisman on the ship, as he knew of the sleeping virus that would affect Solo. The plan had been to use this to his advantage, so that (through a false friendship) he could learn the location of the hidden base.
Later that year, Boba was hired by Aron Harcourt, an Imperial officer, to locate a holorecording of his wife, Janelle, from the wreckage of Anya Karu. Fett completed the mission, only to learn that Harcourt could only pay half of the agreed salary. Enraged, he gunned down the Imperial officer.
Some time after the Battle of Kalist VI, Fett was recruited by Lieutenant Manech to depose the Kyber Monarchy of Troska, resulting in the Battle of Troska. Boba was successful, but left King Natas Kyber alive, because of the size of the bribe he offered.
In 1 ABY, while Fett tracked Han Solo from Hoth to Tatooine, Vader was not far behind. Fett eventually located Solo in a cantina and placed a trap near the back entrance. As Fett waited for his prey to enter the trap, Vader appeared and attempted to take Solo by force. Fett, not wanting the bounty taken from him, engaged Vader in battle as Solo tried to escape out the back. Solo ran into Fett's trap, a stasis-field, which immobilized him. Vader took the upper-hand in battle until Fett made an unexpected move, unleashing a lightsaber of his own. The two clashed briefly, and though Vader's skills with the lightsaber greatly out-matched Fett's, Boba's brute force, ferocity, and pure determination allowed him to hold his own. In the fray, the stasis-field was damaged and Solo escaped. Vader, more interested in catching Solo, removed himself from the fight and took Fett's lightsaber with him, though Fett would lose Solo's bounty. Angered, Fett declared that he would find Solo, wherever he hid. Fett's hatred for Solo never died.
Soon afterward, Fett was spotted by a spacer in Jabba's Palace who approached him in order to get work after completing several tasks set to them by other patrons in the Palace. Fett hesitated at first, but eventually informed the spacer of a bounty on the head of Uff Wogo; Fett informed the spacer that they should go to Restuss on the planet Rori to find out more information. There, the spacer was met by Kkrax who, after some persuasion, informed the spacer to head to Dantooine where they would find a smuggler who helped transport Uff to a location unknown to him. The spacer soon managed to track down the smuggler, disabling his ship in space and destroying his escorts and discovered that he had transported Uff to Yavin IV. Once the spacer had landed in the Labour Outpost on the moon of Yavin. they met with Wuioe Opca who was more than happy to inform the spacer that the last location he knew for Uff was in Nashal on Talus as well as telling the spacer that he knew Uff was a heavy drinker. The spacer then went to a local cantina and informed the bartender, Decax, that he was looking for Uff. Decax led the spacer to a back room where they were met with a bounty hunter known as Durge who informed them that he had already killed Uff, and all Uff's possessions were inside a box sitting next to him. The spacer managed to convince Durge to hand over Uff's Alliance Needler then headed back to Fett, who rewarded them with 30,000 credits and let them keep Uff's Needler.
The spacer, curious for any more jobs from Fett, started asking questions about Durge but was quickly informed to head to The Warren on Dantooine for a further bounty. Once there, the spacer met an escapee from the building who gave them a key to enter the facility itself. Upon entering the facility, the spacer headed to a computer terminal being used by the scientist Ogl'woxz. The spacer accessed information on the computer, as instructed by Fett, then escaped the facility along with Ogl'woxz who had offered them more information if they helped him escape. The duo were met by a trio of droids which the spacer took down before they escaped. As soon as they were far away from the facility, the spacer asked Ogl'woxz for the extra information and was informed that there was a box located in the Dantooine Mining Outpost which had the necessary information, and gave the spacer the access code for it. The spacer acquired this information then returned to Fett who rewarded them with their choice between a DC15 rifle and a DC15 carbine then informed them to rest well for the next assignment.
After the spacer was able to rest, Fett sent them to a hotel in Dearic on Talus to track down Durge. The spacer went to the back of the hotel and spoke to one of the Claw Bodyguards who were standing watch, but was soon attacked by the bodyguard and his accomplice. After defeating the duo, the spacer went into the back room and spoke with the bodyguard's boss, Imbrimi, who revealed that he too wanted Durge dead and informed the spacer that Durge was in an abandoned hotel at Dee'ja Peak on Naboo. The spacer soon left for the hotel and, when he got there, was attacked by some rogue B2 super battle droids before finding Durge in the basement. After a tense battle, the spacer killed this Durge, and returned to Fett who rewarded him with a KYD21 pistol. While at Jabba's Palace, Fett also informed an unknown spacer of the Death Watch Bunker on the forest moon of Endor and let them know that Jabba wanted this splinter group dealt with before they could cut into his business as they were already known to be making deals with Black Sun. When the spacer asked if he would be rewarded for heading there, Fett informed them that the experience would be reward enough.
Also in 1 ABY, Fett decided to accept a bounty from Darth Vader for the capture of Zak and Tash Arranda and Mammon Hoole. After tracking them to Dagobah, Fett was knocked out in a fight with a monstrous dragon snake and found by cannibalistic descendants of an Old Republic survey team who called themselves the "Children". Held in a primitive cage and stripped of all his essential gear, Fett convinced Zak Arranda to free him. Once freed, Fett killed the Children in the tent and proceeded to chase down the Arrandas, leading to a brief encounter with Yoda in which Fett fell into the same dark cave Luke Skywalker would enter not much later. Before he could recapture them, they fled the planet and instead of completing the capture he was contacted by the very person who'd given him the mission in the first place; Darth Vader. He was instructed to forgo the Arranda's bounty and attend to more pressing concerns—namely, being one of many bounty hunters employed by the Empire to track down and capture Han Solo.
Capture of Han Solo
- "What if he doesn't survive? He's worth a lot to me."
- ―Boba Fett to Darth Vader, referring to Han Solo
He was the only hunter to figure out how the Millennium Falcon eluded Imperial pursuit by hiding among garbage (possibly due to observing Obi-Wan Kenobi playing a similar feint on Jango over twenty years before) and tracked the ship to Cloud City on Bespin.
In his pursuit, he followed the Falcon to Cloud City where he informed Darth Vader of their destination. In response, Vader then sent a detachment of stormtroopers to infiltrate the city. When Vader arrived, he forced the city's leader, Lando Calrissian, into a twisted agreement that left him no other choice but to betray Solo and his friends, including selling him out to Fett. After the capture of Solo and his companions, Lord Vader used Solo as a test subject for carbon freezing that he would later use on Luke Skywalker.
After finding that Solo survived the freezing process, Vader gave him to Boba Fett, who in turn, returned him to Jabba for a hefty bounty. Many bounty hunters attempted to steal Solo from Fett, including an IG-88 unit that caused Fett to stop at Gall for repairs. Dash Rendar followed him but could not defeat Fett. Boba eventually escaped. With Solo in his possession, Fett set his course for Tatooine. However, he was intercepted by IG-88s C and D in IG-2000, who were trying to steal Han Solo's carbonite block and avenge their lost "brother". Fett quickly destroyed C and deceived D, destroying his ship with a barrage of fire, the droids being unable to cope with Fett's "illogical" actions. D's ship crashed, though the droid managed to survive. Fett then continued on to Tatooine.
Skirmish on Tatooine
- "This finely rendered carbonite sculpture, the person of Han Solo? No. What I brought you today is art. Art created by the Dark Lord that happened to use Han Solo as material, like another artist might shape clay."
- ―Boba to Jabba
Landing on Tatooine, Fett was confronted by a squad of stormtroopers that tried to arrest him, but he killed them all rather than be further delayed. Arriving at Jabba's Palace, Bib Fortuna directed him to enter via the side entrance, secretly guarded by a krayt dragon, with the hope Fett might die. However he defeated the dragon and ushered Fortuna in at gunpoint to present Solo to the Hutt. Jabba was so pleased that he could display the captured Solo that he paid 250,000 credits for him, rather than the original 100,000 credit bounty. This was in addition to the hefty bounty the Empire had already paid him. He further requested Fett remain at the Palace, suggesting it would be worth his while if Solo's companions came searching for him.
Shortly after this, Jabba started up his demolition games which Fett gladly entered. In the very first match of the tournament, Fett was proclaimed the Hutt's reigning champion which was a position he enjoyed for some time. Each match that Fett entered became a major gambling event, and Jabba's henchmen often frightened new spectators into betting on Fett's opponents in order to garner more money for the already rich Hutt.
When Princess Leia Organa, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, and Luke Skywalker attempted to rescue the frozen Solo from Jabba's palace, they were captured, with Jabba finding different ways to dispose of each of the erstwhile heroes. Apparently, when Leia unfroze Solo and was to be Jabba's slave girl, Jabba sent her to Fett to "entertain" the hunter. Boba, due to his moral code, declined, but did not send Leia back, as it would be an insult to the crime lord. Instead, Fett and Leia argued about the Rebellion's wrong doings and the Empire's actions. Fett swiftly curtailed the argument after getting uncharacteristically angry and fell asleep.
Fett remained on-guard, but found his stay entertaining, watching with Jabba as Luke battled the vicious rancor. When Luke killed the monster, an outraged Jabba sentenced Luke, Han, and Chewbacca to be cast into the Pit of Carkoon where the ghastly Sarlacc lived. On the path to the Sarlacc, Boba was aware of the large reward for Skywalker's capture. Unfortunately, Jabba would not take it or even allow Fett to negotiate for it. They killed his rancor; they would have to pay the price. Fett was frustrated by this but could conceive of no plan to gain the reward. Luke staged his own rescue and Fett attempted to stop him along with several of Jabba's hapless guards.
- "Boba Fett? Boba Fett?! Where?!"
- ―Han Solo to Chewbacca
While he fired at Luke, in his obsession with capturing the Jedi, he failed to notice Solo. Solo, still semi-blind from hibernation sickness, accidentally activated Fett's manual controls on his jet pack by waving a staff wildly behind him, rocketing the hunter against the sail barge and bouncing down to the sand, rolling right into the waiting maw of the Sarlacc.
- "You don't eat a barve like that all at once."
- ―Boba to Susejo
But the Sarlacc could never hold Fett. Shortly after the Battle of Endor, the Sarlacc, finding Fett "somehow indigestible", regurgitated him out, throwing him onto the sand. It was there that he was found by a group of Jawas who took him to be either a droid or cyborg (they never bothered to scan him, of course) and, doubting he was intelligent, claimed him as their own. They took him into their sandcrawler, fitted him with a restraining bolt , and went on their way. He would soon be joined by an old face when the Jawas stole R2-D2 from a hangar bay in Mos Eisley.
R2-D2 immediately recognized Fett, but the meeting was interrupted as Han Solo and Leia Organa attacked the sandcrawler in an attempt to get R2 back. It was at this point that Fett awoke for the first time since being freed from the Sarlacc, just in time to see Solo enter the sandcrawler in his attempt to rescue R2. Unfortunately, the sandcrawler had been damaged during Han's attempts to enter it and so was on a collision course with the Sarlacc. The Jawas were too busy to fix it, as they had just been attacked by Tusken Raiders. Solo was as surprised as R2 had been to find Fett alive once more, but somehow Fett had temporarily lost his memory and in fact helped Solo rescue R2 from the doomed sandcrawler. Though against his better judgment, Solo then tried to help Fett escape also, as he couldn't leave a helpless man to die.
Unfortunately for Fett, it was at this point that his memory came back due to Leia shouting Han's name repeatedly. Fett fired on the unarmed Solo before he managed to free him from the sandcrawler, causing Solo to jump onto the sand. The sandcrawler, with Fett still in it, crashed into the mouth of the Sarlacc, trapping Fett once more. Solo once more thought of Fett as dead, though it was not the last time he would escape the Sarlacc.
- "The Sarlacc found me somewhat indigestible, Solo."
- ―Boba Fett
Although accounted for dead yet again, Fett survived the clutches of the foul beast—but not without a lot of physical injuries—and went on to continue his career. After conversing with a fellow captive, the Choi known as Susejo, Fett discovered that this being was actually psychologically connected to the Sarlacc—and it was this advantage that he used to goad the creature into contracting around his jet pack, igniting the device and providing his means of escape. The resulting explosion, combined with the beast's acidic stomach juices, left Fett on the verge of death. As he lay dying on the surface of Tatooine, his colleague Dengar was searching for anything valuable left from the explosion, but found Boba Fett instead, and nursed him back to health.
Dengar and Fett would become good friends, the infamous Fett even serving as Dengar's best man during his wedding to Manaroo. In return for this rescue, Fett allowed Dengar to accompany him on a labyrinthine mission involving the Bounty Hunters' Guild and Prince Xizor's ultra-secret Black Sun. Fett learned of Xizor's involvement with the deaths of Owen and Beru Lars, the uncle and aunt of Luke Skywalker. His search led him to Neelah, who knew about the conspiracy. With so many potential leads, Boba eventually found out the head of the serpent was wealthy industrialist Kuat of Kuat. For the mission, Fett stole the freighter Hound's Tooth from his rival Bossk, leaving Slave I behind on Tatooine. After arriving in the shipyards, Kuat wired the entire construction docks with explosives. Fett flew the Hound's Tooth into the exploding construction area, where he found Kuat inside one of the larger ships waiting for his imminent death. After a series of questions about the bombing raid on Jabba's palace, Boba made Kuat leave the ship. Fett managed to pilot the ship into the vacuum of space. In the aftermath Kuat was killed by the explosions, but Fett managed to save the shipyards from serious damage. Slave I later fell into Alliance hands and rusted in an impound lot on Grakouine. He would subsequently use three more ships bearing the name during his career, until he eventually recovered the original.
8t88 ran into Fett one of the few times he surfaced after his rescue from the Sarlacc in the Rimmer's Rest in 4 ABY and tried to hire him to capture Kyle Katarn, but Fett declined, arguing that it would be tactically unwise to take jobs against the victorious and successful Alliance.
The Galaxy thought Fett was nothing more than a half-digested morsel in the bowels of the Sarlacc, and Fett used this to his advantage. Utilizing the less recognizable Slave II, Fett only took jobs from the most subtle and discreet clients. It became even worse when Jodo Kast, a would-be bounty hunter who managed to acquire Mandalorian armor in an attempt to imitate Fett, made others believe that he was the infamous bounty hunter. Boba ambushed him using a hologram of a bounty Jodo was after and brutally finished him off by causing his jetpack to overload.
Four years passed until Han Solo discovered his nemesis was still alive. During the clone Emperor's reign of terror, Fett took a new bounty on Solo. Along with Dengar, he surprised his target on the moon of Nar Shaddaa, but once again Solo escaped. When they encountered each other again on the moon several months later, the engagement again ended against Fett's favor; Chewbacca took off Fett's helmet and ignited his jetpack, caused Fett to slam into the roof of the enclosure they were in, knocking him out. The Wookiee kept Fett's helmet as a trophy.
However, Solo would never leave the back of Fett's mind.
In 10 ABY, Fett was hired by Slique Brighteyes to kill Mir Tork and Leonis Murthé, the commanders of the Imperial "Death Ship" Azgoghk. Brighteyes offered Fett the entire wealth of the last surviving Gulmarids: 100 credits. Fett scoffed at such an offer and took it as an insult. Brighteyes told Fett how his name used to inspire such fear and respect throughout the Galaxy until his defeat at the hands of a Jedi at the Pit of Carkoon. He also appealed to Fett's code of honor and justice. Giving in to his claims, Boba accepted the job. After taking down the ship on Malicar 3, Fett returned to Brighteyes on Basteel with the severed heads of his targets and received his payment.
Fett once again found himself working for the Hutts when Gorga the Hutt hired Boba to locate the pirate Bar-Kooda. Even though the standing bounty was 100,000 credits, Boba demanded double that; Gorga grudgingly accepted. On this mission, Fett enlisted the help of Wim Magwit, an illusionist who had spent four years aboard Bar-Kooda's starship, Bloodstar, performing for the pirates. When first confronted by Fett, Magwit effectively faked his own death to avoid the bounty hunter—who was not fooled. Magwit agreed to help Fett in exchange for freedom from an outstanding bounty on his own head. Using Magwit's mystifying hoop, Fett was able to bring Bar-Kooda out in the open. With the help of Wim and the pirate, Toxus Li, Boba finally subdued Bar-Kooda after firing his flamethrower into Bar-Kooda's face. Meanwhile, Magwit had fled back to the escape pod. With Bar-Kooda in tow, Fett and Magwit blasted free from Bloodstar and returned to Gorga with his prize. Shortly afterwards, Fett gave his corpse over to Gorga the Hutt and his guests to dine on.
During this time, Fett took on a number of assignments from Gorga. He rescued Gorga's wife, Anachro, from devious kidnappers. He swung her on a tight rope to a near-by train cart and trotted her home. After the incident, Gorga wanted his new father-in-law, Orko the Hutt, dead. Fett managed to get his money from Gorga, even though he did not kill Orko himself. Orko bribed Fett not to kill him, but to protect him. Unfortunately, he was attacked by a vengeful Ry-Kooda, Bar-Kooda's elder brother, who sought revenge on Fett and Gorga. Fett, the kidnappers, and Ry-Kooda collided on Skeebo and violence ensued. Boba managed to successfully rescue Anachro from her prison deep within an abandoned mine, but was confronted with Ry-Kooda, a larger and more ferocious—to the point of being psychotic—opponent than his brother. Ry-Kooda was beaten by Fett, who fired a wrist rocket into the ceiling of the mine, collapsing it onto Ry-Kooda. However, Ry-Kooda survived and would face Fett a second time. This time, Fett quite literally blew up Ry-Kooda, killing him and ending the threat against Gorga, Orko and himself. Fett had succeeded in killing Orko and rode off with Boz, who swore revenge on Fett. Shortly afterwards, Anachro had their baby.
In 14 ABY, Boba Fett encountered the Jedi Jaden Korr on Ord Mantell. Korr's mission was to destroy a large weapons cache hidden in the wastes of a ruined city. Fett had been hired, presumably, to transport the weapons off planet and arrived at the same time. His attempts to stop the fledgling Jedi failed and all seven stockpiles were destroyed. Boba Fett then tried to exact revenge on Korr. They battled to a draw, and, seeing no profit in his actions, Fett flew off.
Fett would meet Solo again in 19 ABY, when, after securing his financial situation by collecting a five million credit bounty on the Devaronian criminal known as "The Butcher of Montellian Serat", Solo and Fett faced each other on Jubilar, the planet where Fett first saw Solo. They had come full circle.
Ultimately, both combatants agreed to drop their long-standing feud and go their separate ways. Fett even elected to retire from the hunting business, but when he returned to Kamino to have his bad leg replaced, the Kaminoan cloner he saw—his old associate, Taun We—had other ideas. Remembering the Mandalorian attacks on Kamino during the Clone Wars, Taun We asked Fett to hunt down the last surviving Mandalorian responsible—Fenn Shysa.
Mandalore (19 ABY—)
- "Just wanted to remind you, Solo, that my personal fight was always with the Jedi. You were nothing more than cargo."
- ―Boba Fett
On the planet of Shogun, Fenn Shysa and Boba Fett met. The details of their encounter are unknown to this day, but Shysa met his death—not at Fett's hands, but, ironically, through saving Fett from an unknown threat.
Boba would replace Shysa as Mandalore, ascending to the leadership of the Mandalorian Protectors and ending a 45 year career of bounty hunting. However, Fett's daughter, Ailyn Vel, would begin to pose as him in her own career, using the Mandalorian armor of Alpha-Ø2 and trading off Fett's reputation like Jodo Kast had before. Such actions only served to further muddy the waters as to whether Fett was always "himself" when he put in an appearance on the galactic stage. Sometime after this, Boba was able to restore Slave I, which he flew from then on.
Yuuzhan Vong War
Just one year prior to the Yuuzhan Vong War, Fett was contacted by Nom Anor. The two met in the Mandalorian capital of Keldabe. Under the alias of Udelen, Anor met with Fett and provided him with the location of a rendezvous where he and a select number of Fett's troops were to meet. As the Mandalorian fleet awaited Fett's commands, Boba made contact with the Yuuzhan Vong aboard his ship. Once aboard the Miid Ro'ik warship, Fett ordered Goran Beviin, one of his most trusted lieutenants, to discreetly gather any samples he could while Fett ran scans with his helmet. While touring the ship, Anor explained the Yuuzhan Vong vision for the Galaxy and how the Mandalorians would play a part in shaping it, and both Fett and Bevin witnessed first hand the plans the Vong had for the Humans they'd captured. Shortly afterwards, Anor gave Fett the plans for the next mission he had planned for the Mandalorians, to secure a landing zone on Birgis, in exchange for the promise that through their continued service the Mandalore Sector would be left alone during the invasion.
Following the meeting, Fett and his Mandalorian fleet arrived on Helska 4 where they took its spaceport. Fett, Beviin and several other Mandalorian warriors spearheaded the assault. Passing the intel on to a pilot during the assault, Fett only hoped that the Republic wouldn't blow their cover. After taking the spaceport, Fett and his commandos were contacted by the Yuuzhan Vong to take part in the Battle of New Holgha, where Fett saved the Jedi Kubariet. However, during the battle, the Mandalorian Briika Jeban died saving Kubariet, a fact that Fett later used to make sure Kubareit also did something for them.
Working with New Republic Intelligence, Kubariet confirmed, when they met after the battle, that Fett and the Mandalorians would continue to masquerade as Vong mercs while at the same time passing intel to the Republic. Before he left, Kubariet asked if Fett would spare a few of his best commandos to act as a kind of new Cuy'val Dar to train planetary militias to fight the Vong. Keeping his promise to the Jedi, Fett initiated a brutal training regimen for his forces on Raxus Prime.
By the last year of the war, the ruse had ended, as evidenced by the Vong attack on Mandalore. Fett led the Mandalorians in several engagements in the Outer Rim Territories. Fett in Slave I and his group of warriors in Gladiator assault fighters would later aid Fett's old enemy, Han Solo on Caluula Station from being overpowered from Yuuzhan Vong forces. Boba Fett and his Mandalorian Protectors helped liberate planets from the Yuuzhan Vong, such as Ord Mantell, Tholatin, and Gyndine.
Second Corellian Crisis
Despite being in his seventies, Fett continued to lead the Mandalorians, and still operated as a bounty hunter after the resolution of the Yuuzhan Vong War.
During this period, he maintained a private residence on Taris. To remain inconspicuous during his stay on Taris, he stopped wearing his armor. This was the first time in his adult life that he had been in public without his face hidden behind a visor.
Fett pursued a 500,000 credit bounty posted by the Traders' Coalition, for the retrieval of the Atzerri glitterstim dealer H'buk. When he caught up with his quarry in the Atzerri system, H'buk offered to pay double the bounty. When Fett had H'buk's Z-95 Headhunter securely grappled to Slave I, the prisoner made all sorts of offers in exchange for his freedom, including his own daughter. This made Fett angry. Landing on Atzerri, Fett delivered H'buk to the Coalition members who had posted the bounty.
Fett then headed for Kamino, where he was to meet with his doctor. Fett was ill, and suspected that he was dying, although he was only 71 standard years and convinced he would have at least 30 more left in him. His doctor, Beluine, confirmed it—Fett had only a few years at the most left to live due to clone degeneration. He also discussed Taun We's departure from Kamino with the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister told him that Taun We didn't have the data he needed, but Ko Sai did. He then began to go about accomplishing three things—one: find Ailyn Vel, his daughter who he had not seen for 50 years; two: find a new Mandalore; and three: cheat death.
- "You make it sound like I pursue you."
- ―Boba Fett and Han Solo
He eventually teamed up with his old rival, Han Solo, during an escalating civil war within the Galactic Alliance. His daughter had taken up the bounty Thrackan Sal-Solo had placed upon the Solo family.
During this time, Fett united with his granddaughter—Vel's daughter Mirta Gev—and the pair reconciled, Fett's family finally forgiving him for abandoning his wife so many decades ago. Gev told him about a Mandalorian bounty hunter, with the same appearance as Fett, who claimed to have fought at Geonosis, but was walking and as fit as Boba should be. Fett deduced that he must have been a clone that found Ko Sai and used her data to stop the aging process. Gev told Boba that the clone wore gray armor, strange leather gloves, and said that his clan name was Skirata.
Fett and Solo eventually brought an end to Sal-Solo, with Gev dealing the shot that killed him, while Ailyn Vel was captured and tortured to death by Jacen Solo, an act which led to Jacen earning Fett's enmity.
Fett and his granddaughter recovered Jango's remains on Geonosis. They then buried both bodies next to each other on Mandalore. After that, they set off to find the clone with the gloves, recover Ko Sai's data, and rebuild the Mandalorian society.
After Goran Beviin gave Fett details into Ailyn's death, Fett realized that Jacen was following the path of the Sith. Fett viewed the Jedi and Sith to be exactly alike, since Mace Windu had killed his father years and years ago. Believing that the Jedi would end up destroying themselves, as he believed they always had, Fett made a mental note to find Ko Sai's data so he could live long enough to see it.
Personality and talents
Considered the best bounty hunter in the Galaxy by Darth Vader himself, Fett was often found to be very cunning and witty in contrast to his father, who relied on brute strength. In addition, Fett has a high sense of honor, a result of his Mandalorian heritage. This led him to believe in a quick, clean kill. Sometimes Fett would even be called Vader's right-hand man.
- "Kill him. Or I will. It's not sport."
- ―Boba Fett to Han Solo
Fett was also an expert marksman and had access to considerable weaponry. Despite having this high-tech arsenal, he was not dependent on it. In his search for The Butcher of Montellian Serat, Fett had to capture him without his armor, equipped only with a bow and some arrows. This was due to electronic detecting equipment installed on the Devaronians compound. He was dedicated to whatever job he was doing, and would often suspend grudges if it meant completing his mission.
- "I bet you wouldn't ask Boba Fett to move his ship…"
As a boy, he was much more enthusiastic and open-minded until his father's death at Geonosis. The events following that tragedy shaped and scarred his life forever, resulting in a man who never went anywhere without his armor. He paid close attention to all details and double-checked his surroundings to figure the best option to solve a problem. This helped Fett get the drop on IG-88 on Cloud City, who had placed a tracking device aboard Slave I prior to take-off to intercept Solo.
- "I've one of those faces that used to appear familiar to everyone."
- ―Boba Fett
As an adult, Boba Fett stood 1.83 meters tall. He was garbed in traditional Mandalorian armor with a string of Wookiee scalps at his shoulder.
Despite his weapon-laden suit of armor, Fett was a subtle hunter and relied as much on his cunning and intelligence as on pure muscle and combat skill. Speaking with a raspy, gravelly voice (but still retaining his father's accent), Fett allowed few to see his face and even fewer to know his origins, giving the hunter a mysterious aura and a psychological edge over his prey.
He is also known to have obtained gruesome scars from his time spent in the Sarlacc. Whether these scars extend to his face is unknown, but Fett disguised his own appearance with bandages when fooling the bounty hunter's guild, stating that he doubted they would recognize him anymore anyways. Dengar also hinted this to be true, as did Fett's own thoughts during his examination by Beluine. By the time of the Second Corellian Insurrection, his face remained largely unlined due to very little exposure to sunlight. His scars, including those obtained in the gut of the Sarlacc, were no longer very conspicuous.
Though Boba was a perfect genetic clone of Jango Fett, a different lifestyle produced some changes from his father's appearance: while Jango was focused on combat skill, Boba's emphasis on wit over muscle gave him a thinner build.
Even with the thinner build, Boba Fett was usually operating at amazingly strong Human fitness. He had enough strength to hold Bossk, an infamous Trandoshan bounty hunter whose species was known for its brute physical power, at bay. Very few in the Galaxy were as skilled in physical combat as he was.
Equipment and gear
- "Ow! Blasted iron pot!"
- ―Han Solo
Boba Fett's Mandalorian helmet recorded video and played it back on command, dispensed water, compensated automatically for low or high light conditions, picked up on minute sounds and amplified them and could connect with the onboard computer of Slave I, assuming the transmission wasn't blocked (by being underground inside the Sarlacc, for example).
Fett could control weapons, sensors, and his jet pack with verbal commands. His helmet's HUD (heads-up-display) featured information on the surrounding environment as well as a 360-degree field of vision. In addition, an advanced radar allowed his HUD to provide information on nearby rooms, and could be used to scan the HoloNet and connect with databases. The macrobinocular viewplate could be magnified to allow Fett to see great distances, and was equipped with, among other things, an infrared scanner that could be magnified up to 50 times. The infrared scanner magnified light up to 100 times or displayed heat gradations.
The helmet's broad band antenna was capable of intercepting and unscrambling comlink and starship comm transmissions. At the top of the antenna was a rangefinder capable of tracking up to 30 targets from a distance of 100 meters. The rangefinder fed data to a display overlay inside the helmet showing range and movement for targets in a 360 degree radius. The overlay also linked to Fett's weapons systems to display fire vector and range data.
The environmental filter system could filter out poisons and contaminants as well as provide Fett with a two hour reserve air tank.
- "My armor insures my victory in hand-to-hand combat!"
- ―Boba Fett to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Chewbacca
Fett's Mandalorian armor was constructed from duraplast, allowing it to sustain a great deal of damage without degrading. His armor also had two shoulder pads which were orange, like his kneepads. The left shoulder pad exhibited the Mandalorian skull logo, while his right chest plate displayed an emblem signyfing him as part of Jaster Mereel's squadron. The symbol was also seen on Jaster Mereel's ship and on the helmet of at least one clone trooper pilot.
Fett wore a power armor liner. This liner shirt had a micro energy field projector and two layers of thin ceramic plates, in order to disperse physical and blast impacts, reducing injuries and likelihood of knockdowns. The power liner also gave him increased protection from fire, acid, intense heat, and cold. His main clothing was a reinforced armor mesh battle/flight suit. The inner lining of the suit blocked poisons and corrosives for a period of time. This suit had pockets on his hips and thighs (one on each side).
Fett wore a leather utility belt that usually had ten leather pouches (but sometimes less). Below this he wore a Journeyman Protector honor sash. Attached to his right shoulder were three braided Wookiee scalps. The battle/flight suit had pockets on his shins which contained an anti-security blade, a survival knife, a jet-pack adjustment tool, and a sonic-beam weapon. Fett wore spats around his ankles to help prevent debris from going into his boots. They were smaller than standard spats, were made of a light colored cloth and attached behind the ankle as opposed to under the boot.
Fett wore a pair of versatile boots that had two spikes attached to the front of each.
Around 0 BBY, Fett wore a slightly different colored armor set on Panna, complete with a rarely used double-pronged electrostaff. It is unknown whether this was a repaint to disguise his famous armor or another set entirely, but the suit consisted of a yellow chestplate and armor with a more olive-green color.
Fett wore a Mitrinom Z-6 Jetpack. The fuel tank held enough fuel for one minute of continuous operation (20 three-second blasts). Each three second blast moved Fett up to 100 meters horizontally or 7 meters vertically. Fett could reach a top speed of 145 kilometers per hour with a maximum range of two kilometers. Directional thrusters featured gyro-stabilizers to apply counterthrust for maneuvering and landing.
The top of the jet pack had a turbo-projected magnetic grappling hook with 20-meter lanyard (replaceable with 100 meters). A winch inside the launcher could lift up to 100 kilograms. The grappling hook unit was replaceable with an anti-vehicle homing missile.
- "Fools! You'll never even guess at all the weapons I carry!"
- ―Boba Fett to Han Solo and Luke Skywalker
Fett's main weapon was a EE-3 carbine rifle, more powerful than a stormtrooper's blaster. It was outfitted with a scope for sniping and a fast draw shoulder sling. A later version of the EE-3 had hand grips going lengthwise down the barrel.
Boba Fett used two different sidearms during his time as a bounty hunter. The first was a standard blaster pistol similar to those used by Bespin's Cloud City security force. The other sidearm was a concussion grenade launcher that included a short shoulder stock for stability and accuracy when firing. Fett kept these smaller guns in a holster on his right hip though didn't equip both sidearms at the same time.
Boba Fett's wrist gauntlets were a mounting point for many of his weapons. His left gauntlet had a Czerka ZX miniature flame projector, which creates a cone of fire five meters long and one meter in diameter. Directly below this was the BlasTech Dur-24 wrist laser. Comparable to a blaster rifle in power, these wrist lasers had a range of 50 meters. Originally exposed, a protective shield was later added to the left gauntlet enclosing and concealing both weapons.
A corded fuel line connects to a backpack canister holding fuel for three minutes of operation. Fett's left gauntlet also had a Kelvarex Consolidated Arms MM9 mini concussion rocket, which utilized computer target tracking. Fett used Type-12A anti-personnel rockets, Type-12B stun rockets, and Merr Sonn 1126 rockets.
Fett's right gauntlet had a Fibercord Whip with a grappling device: a 20-meter-long fibercord whip used to entangle and immobilize a target. It also held retractable vibro-blades and a dart launcher.
Fett was known to have used a modified Wing-Blast rocket pack. The Wing-Blast rocket pack transformed the user into a flying weapons platform capable of operating in deep-space as well as planetary atmosphere.
Fett owned a variety of specially-modified starcraft bearing the names Slaves I through IV. These included a Firespray-class starship (Slave I), a Pursuer-class enforcement ship (Slave II), and an AIAT/i (Slave IV). It is unknown what class of starship Slave III was. He was also known to have owned the Silver Speeder, which he once used in the Boonta Speeder Race, as well as a swoop bike.
Behind the scenes
- Boba Fett's first appearance "on screen" was in a cartoon as part of The Star Wars Holiday Special, when it aired in 1978. His popularity and mystique were also contributed to by the fact that Kenner released a Boba Fett action figure before The Empire Strikes Back was released. However, Boba Fett's first "public" appearance was at the San Anselmo's Country Fair parade on September 24, 1978, marching alongside Darth Vader at the parade.
- His first live appearance in a Star Wars movie was in The Empire Strikes Back, in which his name is not actually heard in the dialogue. He is first seen as one of a group of bounty hunters hired by Darth Vader to track down Han Solo and the crew of Millennium Falcon ("I want them alive. No disintegrations!").
- Joe Johnston, who was primarily responsible for the design of Fett's armor and equipment, worked alongside Ralph McQuarrie to develop the concept art for the character of Boba Fett.
- Fett's dialogue in The Empire Strikes Back, indeed in the entire original trilogy, consists of only twenty-nine words: "As you wish", "He's no good to me dead", "What if he doesn't survive? He's worth a lot to me", and "Put Captain Solo in the cargo hold." In Return of the Jedi, he says "What the?" just before his jetpack malfunctions. The total increases to thirty if his inarticulate scream in Return of the Jedi is counted.
- Despite being a minor character, Fett became famous amongst fans, resulting in his frequent Expanded Universe appearances.
- Boba Fett was not seen on film using the updated version of the EE-3 carbine rifle until Return of the Jedi. The updated version featured hand grips and a different scope mounting.
- When the Special Edition of A New Hope was released in 1997, a scene with Han Solo, and Jabba the Hutt was added to the film, before Millennium Falcon took off from Mos Eisley, in which Boba Fett is shown in Jabba's retinue to improve the trilogy's continuity. Additional shots of Fett in Jabba's palace were filmed for the Return of the Jedi Special Edition.
- As revealed in the Marvel Star Wars comics series, Boba Fett was believed to have served with a group of supercommandos from the planet Mandalore towards the end of the Clone Wars. According to reports, only three Mandalorians survived: Boba Fett, Tobbi Dala, and Fenn Shysa. However, it was later revealed that this "Boba Fett" was not Boba Fett at all, but a rogue ARC trooper named Spar who had become obsessed with returning the Mandalorians to their former glory.
- Boba Fett's origins are revealed in Attack of the Clones. Boba is the son of bounty hunter Jango Fett, or more specifically, Boba is a clone of his "father".
- Lucas toyed with the idea of having Fett play a role in Revenge of the Sith. Fett would have been partially involved in Mace Windu's death. However, Lucas realized that Fett would be too young at the time the film was set, and he quickly scrapped the idea.
- Boba Fett played a prominent role in the miniseries Dark Empire, where it was revealed that he had survived the Sarlacc somehow, and continued his hunt for Han Solo. The story of Boba's first escape and recovery (there being three of them) is documented mainly in the Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy and the anthology book Tales From Jabba's Palace. Interestingly enough, Fett was found lying outside the Sarlacc pit by a fellow bounty hunter named Dengar, whom Boba had previously left to die earlier on in the novel Tales of the Bounty Hunters. Boba Fett also played a prominent role in the comic book version of Shadows of the Empire and has had several comic book miniseries. Post-Attack of the Clones, the comics now often depict Fett helmetless, appearing nearly identical to Jango Fett. A series of young adult novels starring the young Boba Fett from Attack of the Clones has also been published, showing his evolution into a bounty hunter.
- Boba Fett also made a cameo appearance in The Unifying Force, the conclusion of the New Jedi Order series. He is slated to appear in the nine-part Legacy of the Force series, specifically in the three novels written by Karen Traviss. Traviss gave him a cameo appearance in Republic Commando: Triple Zero as a sleeping two-year-old.
- In addition to Legacy of the Force, Boba Fett is a prominent figure in the Star Wars novels, comics, and games. Initially, the novels revealed tidbits of Boba's past—that he was once a Journeyman Protector called Jaster Mereel, an alias he took to honor his father's mentor.
- There is a long-standing belief that Darth Vader and Boba Fett have an unspoken mutual respect for each other (ironically, Boba was eager to see Anakin die in the arena in Attack of the Clones). The bounty hunter is sometimes considered to be the closest thing Vader has to a right-hand man, even though Fett and Vader were at odds (with Fett actually in the position to kill Vader) in the Enemy of the Empire story arc taking place a few years before A New Hope. In The Empire Strikes Back, Fett is seen questioning Vader in an informal manner, a deed which would probably get anyone but Emperor Palpatine strangled. It is possible that Fett's respect comes from the fact that Vader all but wiped out the Jedi Order (who were responsible for Jango's death), the only thing Fett truly hated, while Vader's may have come from the fact that Fett came from the same genetic stock as the Army of the Republic, so Vader would have been well aware of what Fett was capable of.
- Likewise, Fett has a grudge of sorts against Han Solo. Few details are known, but Fett did seem to consider himself morally superior to Solo, due to the honor that Fett upheld and felt that Solo did not. In Tales of the Bounty Hunters, Fett is portrayed by Daniel Keys Moran as an idealist who strives to maintain the social order and enforce the law without giving consideration to the morality of specific laws. For this reason he hopes to see the Rebel Alliance defeated, as their goal of overthrowing the establishment is in direct opposition to his goal of keeping it in place. During an argument with Leia, he declares with outrage that Solo deserves punishment because he illegally smuggled spice. When Leia points out that Fett's employer, Jabba, has many more criminal deeds to his name than Han does, Fett rationalizes it by saying "Necessity makes allies. Once the Rebellion is over, I expect the Empire will deal with Jabba. But he is less a threat than the Rebels," before putting an end to the conversation. This version of Fett and his belief system was contradicted years later by Attack of the Clones and presumably done away with, though his desire to see the continuation of the current form of government, whatever it may be, may come from his dislike of Count Dooku, who was indirectly responsible for his father's death (and who later betrayed Boba himself). Another possible reason for Fett's hostility towards Solo stems from the incident on Nar Shaddaa where Calrissian and Solo robbed him of all his weapons, including a recently acquired pair of Mandalorian dart shooters that were both rare and valuable. No matter what the reasons, Solo is one of the only people to elude capture by Fett on multiple occasions.
- Some have suggested that Fett's Wookiee scalps are actually Jedi Padawan braids, but this is nothing more than fanon.
- In 2006, Hasbro produced a die-cast metal series of action figures known as the Titanium Series. The series debuted with Darth Vader and Boba Fett, both of which included removable helmets. Since toys and collectibles are considered canon, however, this can be the first appearance of an adult Boba Fett without his helmet.
Boba Fett was originally played by Jeremy Bulloch in Episodes V and VI, and was originally voiced by Jason Wingreen in Episode V (his only line in Episode VI was a scream, other than a "What the?"). In a controversial move, the 2004 DVD release of the original trilogy had Wingreen's voice in Episode V replaced by Temuera Morrison's, who had played Jango Fett in Episode II. The idea behind the change was that Boba would have the same voice as his father, since he was a clone of Jango.
It is suspected that Fett will appear in the Star Wars live-action TV series, which is set to debut in 2008. Lucas has stated his interest in Daniel Logan (who played a young Fett in Attack of the Clones) reprising his role for the part, and Logan has expressed his interest in returning.
- Daniel Logan—Age 10 (Attack of the Clones)
- Mark Austin—Age 32 (A New Hope Special Edition and subsequent releases)
- Jeremy Bulloch—Ages 35 and 36 (The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi)
- Jason Wingreen—Age 35 (voice) (The Empire Strikes Back)
- John Morton—Age 35 (The Empire Strikes Back)
- Don Bies—Age 36 (Return of the Jedi)
- Temuera Morrison—Ages 35 and 36 (voice) (The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi DVD releases only)
- Don Francks—Age 17 (voice) (A Race to the Finish)
- Don Francks—Age 32 (voice) (The Star Wars Holiday Special)
- Alan Rosenberg—Age 35 (The Empire Strikes Back NPR dramatization)
- Ed Begley, Jr.—Age 36 (Return of the Jedi NPR dramatization)
- Joe Hacker—Age 42 (Dark Empire audio adaptations)
- Temuera Morrison—Age 20 (Star Wars: Battlefront II)
- Temuera Morrison—Age 31 (Star Wars: Empire at War)
- Chris Cox—Age 32 (Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike)
- Tom Kane— (Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds)
- Tom Kane—Age 35 (Star Wars: Demolition)
- Tom Kane—Age 46 (Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy)
- Boba Fett on Wikipedia
- The Boba Fett Fan Club
- The Anatomy of a Retcon 2: or, "Boba Fett? Where?" Abel G. Peña's Blog
- Proto-Fett: The Birth of Boba - Article at StarWars.com
- Boba Fett's Armor: An Essential Guide to a Walking Weapon image by Bill Smith
- "Drawing Boba Fett" - Feature at Star Wars Kids