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- "I see why they call you the best bounty hunter in the galaxy."
- ―Darth Vader
Boba Fett was a Mandalorian warrior and bounty hunter. He was a clone of the famed Jango Fett, created in 32 BBY as the first of many Fett replicas designed to become part of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was raised as Jango's son. Jango taught Boba much, training him to become as skilled bounty hunter as his father-figure was before him. In 22 BBY, Jango was killed at the Battle of Geonosis, which opened the Clone Wars. Just a boy, Boba was forced to grow up and took to traveling the galaxy. Later, he became a bounty hunter and took assignments from beings such as Jabba the Hutt, and achieved notoriety despite his young age.
When the Empire was formed in 19 BBY, it was the perfect environment for Fett. During this time, he also married Sintas Vel and had a daughter named Ailyn Vel. Fett became known as the galaxy's best bounty hunter of the next several decades, often working for the Empire. He collaborated with Darth Vader on several occasions, and the Sith Lord even developed a begrudging respect for the bounty hunter.
In 1 BBY, a year after the Galactic Civil War had begun, Fett was hired to kidnap the Rebel captain Juno Eclipse to use her as bait to lure the clone of Galen Marek. He participated in the Battle of Kamino and when Darth Vader was captured and ready to be interrogated on Dantooine, the Mandalorian bounty hunter followed the Rogue Shadow on the way there.
Fett made his most notable bounty in 3 ABY, when he captured Rebel hero Han Solo, and brought him to Jabba. A year later, during the Battle of the Great Pit of Carkoon, Fett fought against the group of Rebels. However, he was knocked into the mouth of the Sarlacc by Solo. Though no one in recorded history had ever escaped from the Sarlacc, Fett was able to escape, although not entirely unscathed. Thanks to his iron will and Mandalorian armor, he was able to fight his way out of the beast's belly, killing the Sarlacc. Back in action, he continued his work as a bounty hunter.
After a promise made to a dying Fenn Shysa, Fett became Mandalore and eventually led the Mandalorians through the Yuuzhan Vong War. Originally working as a mercenary for the invaders, Fett later helped the New Republic in their battle against the extragalactic aliens. When the Yuuzhan Vong assaulted Mandalore and bombarded the surface, a large deposit of Mandalorian iron was unearthed, ironically helping strengthen the Mandalorians. Later, during the Second Galactic Civil War, Boba, who was still leading the Mandalorians, was plagued by his ailing health. He found his granddaughter, Mirta Gev, and the two went on many missions together, even alongside Han Solo. Fett also trained Solo's daughter Jaina to kill her twin brother, Darth Caedus, and assisted the Jedi Coalition in several battles. Ultimately, Fett's training helped Jaina bring down Caedus, though an Imperial nanovirus attack prevented Fett from ever returning to Mandalore.
- "Apart from his pay, which is considerable, Fett demanded only one thing: an unaltered clone for himself. Curious, isn't it?"
"Pure genetic replication. No tampering with the structure to make it more docile, no behavior modification and no growth acceleration."
- ―Lama Su and Obi-Wan Kenobi, about Boba Fett
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. He was known to the Null-ARC Captain Ordo as a "little jerk".
As a child Boba never attended school at all; 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 often borrowed and read from the library of Tipoca City. Sometime before the Clone Wars, Boba met Sith Lord Count Dooku (Darth Tyranus), 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 release his son, slashing his way through the tent's 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 expressing his hatred for the Jedi 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 destroy the Jedi. He eventually watched what they thought was the death of Kenobi, although Kenobi had actually let loose the spare part compartments, making the missile that was tracking him blow up. Obi-Wan had actually hid on an asteroid. As the Battle of Geonosis started, Boba stood with Jango on the platform in the Petranaki 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 beheaded by Mace Windu 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. Boba swore revenge on Mace Windu, for this reason.
- "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 that 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 once he realized no place was safe for him since his father had died. 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. While on Aargau, Boba managed to elude Aurra Sing after she failed to steal Jango's credits. 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.
The Hunt for Mace Windu
- " I see now I've done terrible things. But you started when you murdered my father! I'll never forgive you."
"Hm... Well, you're going to have to. Take him away."
- ―Boba telling Windu that he will never forgive the Jedi for the death of his father after his capture.
The death of his father took a heavy toll on Boba, who blamed all of his troubles on the Jedi Order: specifically Jedi Master Mace Windu. Boba managed to convince Aurra Sing, as well as bounty hunters Bossk and Castas, to help Boba kill Windu. To this end, Boba disguised himself as a member of the Clone Youth Brigade called 'Lucky'. The group went to visit the Venator-class Star Destroyer Endurance, where Windu was stationed with Anakin Skywalker. While Boba was determined to kill Windu, he was often sidetracked by the crew of the Endurance, who tasked Boba and other Clone Youths to participate in a skeet shooting accuracy test, which Boba passed with flying colors.
While the group was touring the hallways of the cruiser, Boba managed to sneak out undetected and planted a tripwire triggered bomb in Windu's private quarters. His attempt was nearly successful, as Windu was only saved by chance by a clone trooper, who inadvertently triggered the tripwire instead. With the cruiser on high alert, Aurra Sing urged Fett to bring down the entire cruiser by destroying the main reactor. Though it was against his own wishes, as Fett's desire was to kill only Windu, Fett was forced to go through with her command, and infiltrated the reactor chamber, where he coaxed a clone trooper into handing over his blaster. Using the blaster, Fett destroyed the reactor, compromising the entire ship. Fett managed to regroup with the Youth Brigade as they were loading onto the ship's supply of escape pods. Upon ejection, Fett disabled the pod, allowing the other bounty hunters to pick him up in the Slave I.
Upon discovering that Windu was still alive, Fett and his allies traveled to the crash site. As Windu would inevitably search the crash site for any survivors, Fett rigged a trap: he placed a motion activated bomb inside of his father's Mandalorian helmet, which would explode when picked up. Sing also took the time to execute any survivors of the crash, save for Admiral Shoan Kilian and Commander Ponds, as well as an unidentified clone, who she took as hostages. Fett objected to this, as did Castas, who both agreed that the situation was getting out of hand. Windu managed to survive the helmet trap, which was triggered by Anakin Skywalker. The resulting explosion incinerated half of his father's helmet and caused the cruiser's bridge to collapse, pinning the Jedi under the rubble. Skywalker's astromech droid, R2-D2, managed to lure the crew of the Slave I off the planet using Windu's starfighter.
Fett was also objected to Sing's treatment of the prisoners, and showed compassion to Killian by giving him water. Following the Endurance incident, Sing executed Ponds in a holotransmission to Windu, after Boba refused to do it himself. Sing hoped his death would lure Windu to them. After the execution, Sing chose to take refuge on Florrum, where she hoped to get the assistance of her former lover, Hondo Ohnaka, a notorious spice pirate. In a bar on Florrum, Sing overheard a plot by Castas to turn the others in for a bounty, and responded by casually killing him with one shot from a blaster. Her emotionless brutality deeply affected Fett, who really started to see all the horrors he created.
This murder would allow the Jedi to trace Fett and the others to Florrum. However, because of Windu's injuries, Jedi Master Plo Koon and Skywalker's Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, were sent to bring him in. This enraged Fett, who demanded Windu. This confrontation would culminate in a swift firefight in Ohnaka's bar, which began with Fett carelessly taking a shot at Tano. Fett, abandoned by Sing, was apprehended by Koon. Koon brought Fett to Ohnaka, who gave Fett a lecture about his father's honor. Ohnaka managed to convince Fett to give the coordinates of the Slave I and the hostages, being held at riflepoint by Bossk. Ahsoka Tano freed the hostages and destroyed one of the flight stabilizers on the Slave I, causing Aurra Sing and the Slave I to crash into a nearby canyon, heavily damaging Fett's ship.
Following the Florrum incident, Fett and Bossk were taken to a Republic prison on Coruscant, where Fett had the chance to talk to Windu directly. While Fett declared he regretted his actions, he would never forgive Windu or the Jedi Order.
While Fett was in prison, he encountered Obi Wan Kenobi, disguised as the bounty hunter, Rako Hardeen, who had "killed" Kenobi. Fett was given a signal from Cad Bane to start a breakout. Fett started a fight against Kenobi, making it look like he was mad at him for stealing his bounty. As Obi Wan gained the upper hand, Bossk went to Boba's assistance, but Clone Troopers came to break up the fight. A breakout started up, allowing Kenobi and Bane to escape.
Becoming a bounty hunter
- "The Hutts and all my other clients-they pay me the kind of bounties they do because of one thing. I deliver. Once I've caught my prey, nothing stops me from bringing it in. Nothing. If I take on a job, I complete it. And everyone in the galaxy knows that."
- ―Boba Fett, to Nil Posondum
At a later point in the Clone Wars, Fett assembled and led a team of bounty hunters: Latts Razzi, Bossk, Dengar, C-21 Highsinger and Oked. The six of them had accepted a job from the Belugans on Quarzite, but while in a cantina, Oked was killed by Asajj Ventress. Bossk and Latts blackmailed her into joining them in Oked's place, and the six of them traveled to Quarzite. Major Rigosso, their employer, informed them of the details of their job: helping Rigosso deliver a certain chest safely to his Lord, Otua Blank. Due to the planet's atmospheric pressure, delivery by spaceship was impossible, so Fett and his crew loaded the chest onto a subtram instead.
Shortly after departing, however, the tram was attacked by Kage Warriors. In the ensuing battle, the warriors knocked the members of the posse out of the tram one by one and killed Rigosso. Only Fett and Ventress were left. In a duel with the Kage Warriors' leader, Krismo Sodi, Fett inadvertently toppled the chest over and, much to his surprise, caused a young woman to tumble out. As Fett attempted to protect her, she slapped him across the face. Surprised and confused, Fett was caught off guard, allowing Krismo Sodi to leap at him and knock him unconscious. The woman was in fact Pluma Sodi, Krismo's sister, who was to be forcibly married to Otua Blank. Before the siblings could escape, however, Ventress arroved and defeated Krismo Sodi in a quick duel. Pluma's pleas struck Ventress, since they reminded Ventress of her own past. Fett and Ventress proceeded to argue about Pluma's situation, a heated debate that ended with Ventress choking Fett with the Force. Finally, the tram arrived at the orbital station, where Otua Blank was eagerly anticipating his bride-to-be. After Ventress collected her payment for delivering the chest and departed, Blank opened it and was shocked to see a bound, gagged and extremely angry Boba Fett in Pluma's place; Ventress had been paid by Krismo to release Pluma into his care. Meeting up with the other members of Fett's posse, she split the payment as planned, telling them to make sure Fett received his share and adding that he would "turn up".
After the events on Quarzite, Fett was 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 Desilijic Tiure, a prominent Hutt crime lord. One of the reasons Jabba accepted Boba was to repay the favor Jango Fett did him by apparently killing Gardulla the Hutt a decade earlier. While working for Jabba the Hutt, Boba had befriended one of Jabba's cooks, Gab'borah, and his daughter, Ygabba (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.
Gilramos Libkath was the first bounty assigned to Boba by Jabba Desilijic Tiure, the Hutt crime lord of Tatooine. Jabba, however, had also assigned the bounty to Durge as well. Boba had the advantage over Durge of already knowing where to start looking for Libkath. Libkath was the master of Ygabba and the underfed child thieves that had been responsible for stealing his helmet only a day before. After receiving the assignment Boba, realizing he had been left with no weapons and no transportation, sought out Gab'borah, the chef that had helped him while on board Jabba's sail barge. The chef gave him a jetpack and directions to leave the Dune Sea. Boba quickly realized as he flew over the Dune Sea that he wouldn't make the trip to Mos Espa with just a jet pack, and quickly stowed away aboard one of Jabba's cargo barges that was heading towards the city. Once he arrived in Mos Espa, he fled, but was pursued by Durge. After some evasive maneuvering, only to find Durge waiting ahead of him, Boba made his escape by using the reflection from Tatooine's twin suns on Durge's armor as a blind spot, where he dipped low into the streets and alleys of Mos Espa. There he located Gilramos' hideout and followed the voice of his prey to a central location of the crashed starship. Boba initiated the looming confrontation with the toss of a brick that struck Libkath in the back of the head, followed by another. Boba then revealed himself, however, he was weaponless. Suddenly, Durge arrived, ready to take both the bounty and Boba. The young bounty hunter skillfully managed to escape using his jetpack, stealing Libkath's hat on his way out, which represented prestige to the Neimoidian and proof to Jabba of the bounty. Durge fired at Boba and one of his stray blaster bolts struck a fuel cell, causing the ship to explode, covering Fett's escape and killing Libkath in the process.
The hunt for Jhordvar had been a short but intense one, leading Boba to the Dune Sea. After the betrayer refused his offer to accompany him back to Jabba's palace Boba decided to kill the Noghri assassin. He was caught in a sandstorm, delaying his return to Jabba. He stayed in Jhordvar's lair, leaving the body out to wither away in the sand, but he took the hands back to Jabba as proof of the contract. Jabba then gave Boba the ring of Jhordvar as part of his payment.
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 fortress, Mazariyan, and escaped Nuri by forcing him into a clump of poisonous xabar fungus, which carries a toxin that causes temporary paralysis. However, 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 by using the xabar fungus. He was taken by two battle droids to be incinerated, but he awoke in time and was able to escape the Mazariyan. 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 second and final 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. Evil exists; it is intelligence in the service of entropy. When the side of a mountain slides to kill a village, this is not evil, for evil requires intent. Should a sentient being cause that landslide, there is evil; and requires justice as a consequence, so that civilization can exist. There is no greater good than justice; and only if law serves justice is it a good law. It is said correctly that law exists not for the just but for the unjust, for the just carry the law in their hearts, and do not need to call it from afar. I bow to no one and give service only for cause."
- ―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 when he escaped. 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 was strained despite the love between Boba and Sintas. For work, 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 for raping Sintas. He was jailed, then forced to leave the planet in exile. This, coupled with previous strain on the relationship, resulted in the divorce of Fett and Sintas and the severing of all contact from Fett with his family. Having failed in his attempts to be a regular man, Boba Fett once again fully dedicated himself to the bounty hunting trade. 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.
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. His departing words to Sintas were that her wounds would heal over time, but his own wounds did not, as he revealed 50 years later.
Boonta Speeder Race
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.
Working for Vader
After working for Jabba, Fett worked for Darth Vader on numerous occasions. Three years later after the Boonta incident, 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, who had earned the wrath of the Besadii Hutts. 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. Once Solo became the favored smuggler of Jabba the Hutt, Fett's longtime employer paid the hunter to not kill Han Solo. Fett accepted Jabba's money, but intended to kill Solo when he got the chance and refund the Hutt later.
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.
At one point before the Battle of Yavin, Boba Fett was hired to track down a Rebel spy aboard the StarSpeeder 1000. Fett, aboard Slave 1 chased the ship across the near-complete Death Star above Geonosis, until escaping.
The Serenno conspiracy
In 3 BBY, Boba Fett became entangled in a plot to destroy the influence of House Dooku on the planet Serenno. Sometime after Jahan Cross, an agent of Imperial Intelligence, assassinated Count Adan Dooku on Alderaan while donning an artificial set of Mandalorian armor, Fett was hired by Aveca Dunn and her employer Rodas Borgin, to kidnap the current Duke of Serenno, Bron Dooku. However, Cross and security chief Candra Tymon were deployed to hinder Fett's progress, and Cross and Fett fought. Fett and Cross then fought against Hovus Jorrick and his security forces. At one point, Cross managed to sneak up on the bounty hunter while his back was turned; however, Fett quickly retaliated by firing a wrist-mounted rocket, which caused a bundle of nearby crates to explode, incapacitating Cross. Fett's code of honor and dedication to the mission at hand prevented him from finishing off the injured Imperial agent, and he stole a speeder from a man who previously believed Fett to be dead. Cross quickly pursued after stealing another speeder in the same lot. When Fett got to the hangar where Tymon and the young duke were boarding ship, he fought Cross again. During their fight, Fett was temporarily blinded by the damage to his helmet, but was able to knock Cross down. Fett then fired one of his ion charged missiles at Tymon's shuttle. However, it was destroyed, much to Fett's surprise, knowing that a ion charged would do nothing more than shut down the engines. Fett at first suspected Cross of destroying the ship, but was then convinced by Cross that it was his employer, Lord Borgin who had set him up. Fett then followed Cross to Borgin Castle, where Fett, who was really hired by Cross in the beginning acting through a 3rd party, killed Borgin with a sniper rifle for setting him up to take the blame for Dooku's apparent death.
Duel on Maryx Minor
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, and killed him. However, Vader had followed Fett to Maryx Minor and the two engaged in battle over control of the box. Unable to break through the Dark Lord's defense, Fett quickly found himself forced to the edge of a cliff that hung over a molten pit, apparently at Vader's mercy. Not willing to risk damaging the casket, Vader tried to force Fett to relinquish it by turning his mental powers against the bounty hunter, yet Fett's strength of will allowed him to resist the Sith's suggestions long enough to throw himself from the cliff… apparently to his death. Shocked by this turn of events, and horrified at the thought of having lost his prize, Vader peered over the edge only to find Fett's blaster waiting for him. Shooting Vader square in the forehead and knocking the Sith Lord to his back, Fett returned to solid ground and declared himself the victor of their conflict. Vader, protected from the headshot by his helmet, congratulated the bounty hunter, then promptly turned the Force against him. Stripped of his blaster, forced to his knees and his arms pinned to his side by the Force, Fett looked certain to meet his end, yet—surprising the Sith Lord again—he kicked the box Vader desired over the cliff edge. Infuriated, Vader released his grip on Fett and went for the box, getting a telekinetic hold on it narrowly before it was destroyed. With Vader's back to him, concentration focused on retrieving the casket, Fett weighed up the benefits of taking advantage of this opening and killing the Dark Lord of the Sith. He quickly decided against such a course of action however, believing that, if taken, the Empire would trouble him to no end. He thus fled the scene of the battle, stealing Vader's landspeeder, and left Maryx Minor behind him.
Bendu Fry and the Ambush on Dargulli
Bendu Fry was a portly Devaronian criminal wanted dead or alive by Black Sun. Fett was easily able to defeat him. Fry on the other hand pleaded for his life by giving Fett information that there was a Jedi on the planet. Fett, choosing to check it out found that this was not a Jedi, but instead just a illegitimate child of a Jedi who had died on Geonosis, much like Fett's own father. After finding this out Boba chose to finish off his previous bounty and in the end killed Fry.
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.
- "I'm sorry for the deaths of the innocent. But the innocent die in wars, Leia Organa, and your side should not have started this one."
- ―Boba Fett, describing his perspective of the war
Battle of Thyferra
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.
Following another lead, Fett was able to track his bounty Bria Tharen 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 Solo 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.
In 1 BBY, Fett was hired by Grand Moff Tarkin to bring in Solo, who had deserted from the Imperial Navy long ago. While Fett tracked Han Solo from Hoth to Tatooine, Vader, also in pursuit of Solo, 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.
Encounter with Cross
- "I don't have to kill you Cross. You're not the mission. But get in my way again and you're dead."
- ―Boba Fett warning Jahan Cross
Fett was then confronted by Imperial Intelligence Agent Jahan Cross at Carannia on Serenno. Fett then left Cross and escaped. Fett was then framed by Cross when the Count, Adan Dooku was assassinated by Cross wearing a duplicate of Fett's armor. Fett however remained calm, knowing that this was not the first time some one framed him for a job he did not do. Fett was then hired by Aveca Dunn and the Duke of Serenno, Borgin, to kidnap Count Bron Dooku from Cross and Candra Tymon.
Hunt for Starkiller
Hired by a Sith Lord
- "He has a healthy head start."
"Find the woman and bring her to me. He will follow."
- ―Boba Fett and Darth Vader
While living in relative poverty on Nar Shaddaa with fellow bounty hunter Xasha, Boba Fett was contacted by Darth Vader. The Sith Lord assigned the bounty hunter with a dangerous mission and a substantial reward upon the job's completion. Fett and Xasha, both desperately requiring new funds to shore up their depleted bank accounts, took Slave I to Cato Neimoidia where they were ordered to begin their mission. Along the way, Fett revealed to Xasha that their target was an extremely powerful Force wielder codenamed Starkiller. After exploring the ruins of Tarko-se, an entire city destroyed by Starkiller, the two bounty hunters discovered the remains of the city's arena and a massive creature which appeared to be dead. However, their arrival awoke the beast, who had nearly been killed by Starkiller, causing it to attack the hunters in a frenzy. Though initially caught off guard by the monster's survival and ferocity, Fett rebounded and killed the creature by using his jetpack to shoot himself straight through its chest, thus taking out the Gorog's backup heart and killing it for good.
The incident with the Gorog, as well as seeing the damage that Starkiller inflicted upon it before their arrival, convinced Xasha to abandon the hunt. Although she tried to convince Fett to do the same and leave with her, Fett refused, due to both his pride and his desperate need for money in order to resolve his financial situation. After parting ways, Fett returned to his homeworld of Kamino to meet with Vader at the Timira City Cloning Facility. After witnessing a holo-recording of Starkiller's escape, the Sith Lord revealed the origin of the target to Fett. The target was not the real Starkiller, but instead a renegade clone—created amongst a series of failed experiments—of Vader's late apprentice.
Though initially shocked by the strength of the clone's powers, Fett concluded that tracking the clone down would be difficult, especially more so if he had to personally capture him. Vader, well aware that apprehending Starkiller would be impossible for Fett, redirected the bounty hunter's attention to the capture of Captain Juno Eclipse. Due to the imprinted emotions of his genetic donor, Starkiller shared the original apprentice's infatuation with Eclipse and was obsessed with tracking her down. Since Eclipse was in command of the Rebel flagship Salvation, which was protected by an entire fleet of starships, Fett requested a squadron of stormtroopers to aid in his mission, despite knowing that none of them would survive.
Unconcerned with Imperial lives or resources, Vader's main focus was regaining his failed experiment. Thus, he provided Fett with more than just stormtroopers; a special unit of the Imperial Terror Soldier division was placed under the bounty hunter's command, much to Fett's approval. Before leaving to complete his assignment, Fett examined several "accelerated" clones, all of whom were unstable, that were being developed within the cloning tanks. A cloning technician explained that new clones that were being engineered on Kamino could be grown to full maturity in a few short weeks, rather than the ten years it took under the original Kaminoan-style, or even the Spaarti technology's one year process. Unknown to Fett, Vader used this new method, known as the "Accelerated Cloning Process," to grow thousands of fully-developed Marek clones in the span of six months.
Ambush on the Salvation
- "It's about repeat business, and your Alliance most likely won't exist long enough to pay my first fee."
"You're overconfident, like the Emperor."
"I have reason to be. His credit's good."
- ―Boba Fett and Juno Eclipse
After interrogating a Rebel prisoner on Slave I, Fett discovered that Eclipse and her fleet were hiding in the Itani Nebula. He and his forces then launched a stealth attack on the Salvation, ignoring the rest of the Rebel ships in order to concentrate on quickly extracting his new target before Starkiller could arrive. Accompanied by a squad of Terror Troopers, Fett stormed the bridge which resulted in Eclipse's slight injury, a severely damaged PROXY and the deaths of the rest of the bridge crew.
While forcing Eclipse to accompany him to Slave I, the Rebel officer attempted to buy her freedom by offering a bribe to Fett. The bounty hunter was slightly amused, but chose to decline, explaining that he only worked for those who were likely to hire him again. Thus, he held little faith that the Rebel Alliance would triumph over the Galactic Empire. Along the way, however, Eclipse caught a short glimpse of Starkiller, who had arrived on the Salvation in order to save Eclipse. Shocked and utterly unaware of the young man's true identity as a clone, Eclipse assumed that Galen Marek had somehow cheated certain death. Fett forced Eclipse to continue walking towards the ship's hangar, knowing that Starkiller would pursue. The clone pursued them, but his progress was slowed down by various Terror units. He finally made it to the hangar, only to watch as Fett exited the starship in Slave I with Eclipse as his prisoner.
Shortly before arriving at Kamino, Fett took some time to speak with Eclipse. The captive warned her captor that, unless she was immediately released unharmed, Starkiller would destroy the bounty hunter without mercy. Fett conceded that it was a likely outcome, but countered that he had experience at fighting Jedi in the past. Eclipse gloatingly declared that Starkiller was not a Jedi at all; he was a relentless killing machine who, unlike the Jedi, did not possess any kind of limitation to his powers. She warned Fett that Starkiller could easily destroy him, even if that meant bringing an entire Star Destroyer down on the hunter. Fett, unamused by Eclipse's threats, countered by revealing the truth to her. The man that Eclipse saw on the Salvation was not Galen Marek; it was his clone. The real Starkiller was well and truly dead. He also explained that Vader had Marek cloned by extracting cells from the apprentice's corpse. Hence, the only other person who was tracking her down, besides Fett, was a renegade clone who became obsessed with Eclipse due to his artificial feelings for her.
Eclipse's resolve was all but broken by Fett's revelation. As she fell to the floor in despair, her arms restrained by binders, Eclipse begged Fett to not hand her over to Vader. She knew that Vader only wanted her at his side to lure the clone back to Kamino, and thus she implored the bounty hunter to remember what it felt like to love someone else. Though he proceeded to complete his assignment, he was visibly shaken by her desperate plea for mercy. As soon as Slave I touched down on a landing platform in Timira City, Fett and Eclipse were greeted by Vader and an escort unit of stormtroopers. Before releasing the prisoner into Vader's custody, he demanded certain benefits for his time—he would be allowed to negotiate his rewards for all future contracts and retained the right to refuse said contracts if he chose to do so; Vader agreed and Eclipse was handed over to him.
The Battle of Kamino
- "I want to be as far away from here as possible when Starkiller shows up. I've seen what he can do."
"You will stay."
- ―Boba Fett and Darth Vader
However, before Boba Fett could collect on his payment for capturing Eclipse, Vader commanded him to remain in Timira City until Starkiller was neutralized. Fett became frustrated and demanded his reward right away. Not only was he aware of the fact that the clone was about to arrive with the entire Rebel fleet, but he also knew that he would most likely die in the ensuing battle. After seeing what the clone was capable of on Cato Neimoidia and the Salvation, Fett knew that—with his limitations—he would certainly be killed in a confrontation with Galen Marek's clone. Yet Vader's decision was made and he would not allow the mercenary to leave, thus forcing Fett to grudgingly remain at the Sith Lord's side.
When Starkiller used the Salvation to break through Kamino's planetary shield, he also directed the starship's remains towards Timira City. Fett just barely survived as debris from the Rebel flasgship crashed into the cloning facility. The ground assault of Rebel troopers that ensued forced the bounty hunter to take refuge deep within the inner sections of Timira City. He was then attacked by another clone of Marek, one that was both incredibly deformed and deranged. Despite its undisciplined use of a lightsaber, the clone exhibited Marek's strength in the Force and exceptional resilience to pain. Fett only managed to survive the encounter by launching a rocket from his jetpack into the clone's head, thus killing it.
As the battle fell further into the Rebel Alliance's favor, Boba Fett found the same cloning technician that he spoke with during his first visit to Timira City. He demanded that the scientist remain behind and protect the undeveloped clones, which Boba viewed as the legacies of Jango Fett. The frightened scientist revealed that the clones were not created from Jango Fett—their genetic donor was Boba Fett, their fellow clone. He then explained to the stunned mercenary that Vader hired Xasha to secretly extract DNA samples from Fett, and to also obtain a copy of his brain patterns to create the memory flashes that would be used to train the clones. Outraged by the deception of Vader and Xasha, Fett killed the cloning technician and proceeded to burn all of his clones.
Even though he felt betrayed by Vader's duplicity, Fett chose to remain on Kamino in order to fulfill his contract by terminating Starkiller, who was locked in a lightsaber duel with his creator. Before Fett could get a clear shot at the clone with his sniper rifle, he was intercepted by Rahm Kota, PROXY and a squad of Rebel troopers. Although he killed the troopers with ease and even held the Jedi Kota at bay, the bounty hunter was caught off guard by PROXY when the holodroid used its ability to take on the appearance of the long dead Jango Fett. The distraction worked and Boba was defeated by the faux "Jango." As Kota and PROXY attempted to apprehend him, Fett threw a sonic detonator at their feet and used the distraction to escape to higher ground.
Under orders to protect Vader in case the clone tried to kill the Sith Lord, Fett took aim at Starkiller's head with his sniper rifle and was prepared to execute his target. Unknown to either Fett or Starkiller, Darth Vader had a second contingency plan to ensure his survival. While Fett was in place to save Vader from a distance, the Dark Apprentice—the only perfect clone of Galen Marek—was prepared to intercede on Vader's behalf as well. Utilizing a cloaking device to hide his appearance behind invisibility, the dark clone was ready to strike his imperfect clone brother down to save Vader's life.
However, Kota and PROXY, accompanied by their troops, arrived just in time to convince Starkiller to spare Vader. Kota argued that the Alliance desperately needed to utilize Vader's knowledge of the Empire's inner workings before they could execute him. Though filled with rage and a desire to succeed where his progenitor failed by killing Vader, Starkiller reluctantly heeded Kota's advice. As the clone cradled Juno Eclipse's apparently dead body, Fett took aim at Starkiller with his sniper rifle. To his shock, Eclipse awoke and kissed the clone, revealing that she had survived Vader's attempt on her life. The incident had a profound effect on Fett, who chose to spare Starkiller's life for the time being. As the Rebels went on to claim victory on Timira City, Fett retreated back to Slave I.
As Darth Vader was heavily restrained on board the Rogue Shadow, Fett intercepted Eclipse's transmission to Princess Leia Organa, a member of the Imperial Senate and a secret sympathizer with the Rebel Alliance. Through Eclipse's report, Fett learned that the Rebels were transporting Vader to their secret base on Dantooine. Before the transmission ended, Fett reached out his hand to Eclipse's holographic face and cupped her chin. As the Rogue Shadow departed from Kamino and entered hyperspace, both Starkiller and Eclipse failed to notice that Slave I was hiding amongst the wreckage of Rebel and Imperial starships. Unknown to either of them, Boba Fett was following the Rogue Shadow and its invaluable Sith prisoner to their destination on Dantooine.
Hunt for the Yavin Vassilika
Sometime later, Boba Fett worked for Jabba again when a wager between the crime lord 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-88B, 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 worshiped 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 Ban'n (who had stolen the money) and claimed his reward money for Jabba, presumably killing or otherwise neutralizing Farquil.
In 0 BBY, Fett was hired by Zarien Kheev to locate and kill Rianna Saren, a Twi'lek mercenary working for the Rebel Alliance. He tracked her to Tatooine and shot down her ship, but Rianna survived and Fett lost her track in the Dune Sea.
Fett also learned that Bria Tharen had been killed in a battle on Toprawa. He tracked Solo to Tatooine, but not to capture him. Keeping his word to Bria, Fett asked Solo to pass on the word of Bria's death to her father. Fett then joined Jabba's forces again and was present when the Hutt confronted Solo in Docking Bay 94.
Following the Death Star's destruction at the hands of the Rebel Alliance, Fett ventured off onto the planet of Solem where he 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.
Around 0 ABY, the Empire employed Fett to find where the Rebels were hiding after they had escaped Yavin 4. Both the Empire and the Alliance had been searching for a holocron made by Bail Organa. The holocron, made of phrik, had survived the destruction of Alderaan and had a list of possible bases for the Alliance. During an engagement with Imperial forces, Solo had captured it on the Falcon. Fett, seeing his bounty and rival slipping away from him, engaged the Rebel forces in his ship, but after encountering fierce resistance from the elite Renegade Squadron, Fett was forced to flee. The bounty hunter gained his revenge, however, when he captured Admiral Gial Ackbar and his crew while the Rebel commander was on a scouting mission. Fett handed over Ackbar to the Imperials but kept his crew and droids and sold them to the Hutt cartel on Tatooine. Fett slipped a tracking device into one of the R2 units, and when Renegade Squadron rescued the prisoners, Fett merely followed the Rebels back to their new base on Boz Pity and then alerted the Empire to their location. Meanwhile, on his way back to the Rebel base, Solo contracted a sleeping virus. 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.
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
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
Not long after his war with the Guild, Fett tracked down the notorious Cornelius Evazan to the planet Necropolis, where he also met Zak and Tash Arranda for the first time. After fighting off Evazan's reanimated corpses, Fett succeeded in killing the criminal at last.
One month later, 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 Treyz 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, 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 ordered tactical retreat from pursuing the Children let lead Zak to place where Zak met Yoda before. In a brief encounter with Yoda, Fett fell into the same dark cave Luke Skywalker would enter not much later. Before he could recapture them he was contacted by the very person who'd given him the mission in the first place; Darth Vader. He was instructed to forget 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.
Solo soon became a lower priority when one of Vader's personal spies, known only as "Mole", attempted to defect to the Rebel Alliance. Fett was hired by Vader to bring in the traitor, but Fett was foiled by Skywalker, Solo and Leia Organa on the frozen world of Ota.
Not long after, 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 eluded the hunter on Coruscant and went on to destroy the project.
Tsumo was a male criminal of an unknown species, captured by Boba Fett who imprisoned him aboard the Slave I. On their way to Coruscant the bounty hunter discovered a lost ship floating in space, the Mingula. For the exploration of the freighter he chose to take Tsumo with him instead of his cell neighbor Chung the Ubuugan, who unlike Tsumo was wanted alive. Aboard the derelict craft, Tsumo and Fett discovered the supposed casket of Emperor Palpatine's third cousin Volpau in the cargo hold and noticed the drill holes of Ubuugan fleshborers on its surface.
In the cockpit of the freighter the two found the bodies of the Zylurian crew, Tsumo assuming they died of some disease. When Boba Fett knelt down to examine one of the corpses, Tsumo grabbed a blaster from another dead Zylurian, trying to shoot Fett in the back. The bounty hunter reacted far quicker and shot Tsumo in the shoulder. The criminal stumbled backwards and dropped over a body. This caused the Ubuugan fleshborers to creep out of the Zylurian body, immediately attacking Tsumo. Unable to shake the parasites off, they quickly bit their way through Tsumo's skin, painfully killing him.
Because of Fett's Mandalorian armor, the fleshborers couldn't make it through. The fleshborers having eaten through the airlock had boarded Slave 1. Boba torched the fleshborers but the flames heated the power cells. He then escaped through the waste chute. The Mingula exploded and Slave 1 intercepts Fett. Thinking that the fleshborers were still on the ship and that Chung was dead, Boba rushed to the prisoner hold. There, Chung was eating the dead fleshborers as a snack. Fett lost Tsumo, but gained a royal amulet.
Next, the Empire hired Fett to capture a very valuable holocron that was created by the former Senator Bail Prestor Organa that contained a list of possible locations for a new base for the Rebel Alliance if they were to ever lose their first one on Yavin 4. Boba discovered that the holocron was floating around in the asteroid field in the Alderaan system. When Fett jumped out of hyperspace in the Slave I in The Graveyard, he discovered that an Imperial fleet was engaging an Alliance fleet, under the command of General Han Solo, over the holocron. Fett quickly located the holocron and tried to pick it up, but he was fought of by Solo's special fighting unit, Renegade Squadron. With the Slave I badly damaged, he had to jump out of the system, his mission a failure.
In order to restore his reputation after the incidents, Fett destroyed the entire Imperial garrison on Vryssa in order to capture Rivo Xarran, who had hoped that his brother's forces would protect him from Fett.
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 Labor 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 carbine 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 DC-15A blaster rifle and a DC-15S blaster 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 KYD-21 blaster 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.
Following the battle of Talus, Emperor Palpatine has contracted the most notorious bounty hunters in the galaxy to capture key Rebel officials from the list know as the Emperor's Most Wanted. While many bounty hunters choose to aim at Alliance field agents, Fett became interesting in capturing Rachi Sitra, one of the last known Jedi Knights. After tracking her movements for weeks, Fett was contacted by an another bounty hunter, who offered Fett his aid in capturing this adversary. The bounty hunter attempted to impress Fett with reports of Sitra's actions during the battle on Talus, but Fett already had more useful information - transmission with details about Sitra's upcoming diplomatic mission to Dathomir. Fett waited in Slave I behind an asteroid when Sitra's shuttle jumped into Dathomir space, then, with a precise shot from a heavy blaster cannon, neutralized the shuttle's hyperdrive and commenced boarding actions. When the airlock was forced open, Sitra ignited her lightsaber and prepared to defend herself, but Fett fired a rocket from his wrist launcher, which knocked the lightsaber out of her hands. Bruised and battered, the Jedi had no choice but to surrender herself to the bounty hunter; Fett locked energy binders on her hands and prepared to deliver her to Imperial authorities.
The temporary holding place for the captured Rebels was the Imperial prison facility in a rough mountain area just outside of Bestine on Tatooine. Fett handed his bounty over to Imperial authorities, but on his way back to Slave I encountered a squad of Rebel agents, who launched a bold assault at the facility in an attempt to rescue the prisoners. Fett alerted the Imperials of the intruders, but since he already received his payment, he had no interest in this activity and simply departed the facility in Slave I.
Later on, Boba decided to take up the Empire's bounty on Renegade Squadron again, possibly due to the embarrassment he took in the Alderaan system. During an Alliance scouting mission led by Admiral Ackbar to the planet Saleucami in search for a new rebel base, Boba attacked the rebel space vessel over the planet, and captured the Mon Calamarian Admiral and his crew. He sold Ackbar to the Empire, which the Admiral was freed by Renegade Squadron over Kessel, and sold the rest of the crew to the Hutt slave cartel on Tatooine. Fett knew that Solo and Renegade Squadron would eventually track down the rebel slaves and free them, so he hid a tracking device in one of the R4 droids. When Renegade Squadron eventually rescued the slaves, they brought the spy droid back to their new secret base on Boz Pity. Thanks to Fett, the Empire was able to launch an attack on the hidden base, although most of the Rebel forces were able to escape, including Han and his squadron.
Capture of Han Solo
- "There will be a substantial reward for the one who finds the Millennium Falcon. You are free to use any methods necessary, but I want them alive. No disintegrations."
"As you wish."
- ―Darth Vader and Boba Fett
Fett discussed using Solo to capture Skywalker on several occasions and, after one such meeting on Ord Mantell, Fett received word that bounty hunters in his own employ had managed to capture Solo over Hoth and were holding him at a remote location. By the time Fett arrived, however, Solo had escaped.
Of the hunters assembled by Vader to capture the Millennium Falcon, among them several who had so recently captured Solo for Fett himself, Boba was the only hunter to figure out how the Millennium Falcon eluded Imperial pursuit by hiding among garbage (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. Fett was followed by IG-88B, who he easily destroyed him by setting a deadly trap. 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—which, if successful, he hoped to use on Luke Skywalker in order to transport him to Emperor Palpatine. After finding that Solo survived the freezing process, Vader gave him to Boba Fett, who in turn, planned to hand him to Jabba for a hefty bounty. However, it would be several months before Fett delivered Solo to Jabba's palace on Tatooine, and his whereabouts during that time where unknown to Lando and Chewbacca, who scoured the galaxy for leads that would lead them to the bounty hunter.
Pursued by Rebels and bounty hunters
- "The bounty hunter should have delivered Han to Jabba months ago. He's got to be someplace."
- ―Lando Calrissian
According to Rebel intelligence, Boba Fett had a partner at the time of Han Solo's capture, a partner he later cut out of the deal and ran away with the bounty. After the Rebels managed to narrow it down either to Bossk or IG-88 (actually either IG-88C or IG-88D), Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca traveled to the Wheel on a mission to find Vorol, a man who, according to their information, knew Bossk's location. Calrissian believed that the betrayed partner was either Bossk or IG-88, and that one of them was both aware of the location Fett was using to store Solo until he delivered him to Jabba, and sufficiently angered to divulge said location. Vorol, cornered by Chewbacca, revealed that Bossk was on Stenos, and the Wookiee, along with Calrissian, Luke Skywalker and R2-D2, traveled there on the Millennium Falcon. In the capital, they teamed up with con artists and thieves Rik Duel, Dani and Chihdo, but their mission proved a failure, bringing them no closer to Fett and his bounty.
IG-88 did in fact manage to catch up with Fett. On his way to the Tatoo system, Fett 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's ship was badly damaged and he had to stop at Gall for repairs. Dash Rendar learned about his whereabouts and followed him, finding Fett there. The two engaged in a fight with jetpacks and Rendar managed to damage Slave I further.
Boba eventually was invited in a cantina on Gall, where Bossk and Zuckuss attempted to persuade him to share the reward with them, while a sniper aimed at Fett. Not only did Fett deny their offer, he also sensed the sniper and shot him down, while at the very same moment his receiver warned him that Slave I has been breached. Fett ran towards the ship among the frayed Stormtroopers because of a battle above the planet, to find 4-LOM with several henchmen attempting to steal Solo's slab. Fett quickly shot them down only to see that the Millennium Falcon, piloted by Calrissian, was also after him and Slave I quickly took off. 4-LOM's intrusion unknowingly served Fett; it made him being on his ship just in time, so that to prevent Calrissian's plans to rescue Solo.
Slave I retreated to an asteroid field where Fett made some final tests and repairs, when the ship's system again warned him that a signal transmission was detected: it was 4-LOM who had repaired himself. Fett gave a final blow to the droid but it was too late. 4-LOM called Bossk who tracked Fett down. The Hound's Tooth approached them stranded in an asteroid field. Bossk sent Zuckuss and a team of colleagues to board Slave I and apprehend Fett in order to capture the slab for themselves. Furlag took Fett down to the hold, only to be trapped himself. Now with Furlag's blaster, Fett took the hunters by surprise and killed the two of them, leaving only Zuckuss alive. At gunpoint, Zuckuss told Bossk that they were returning with the slab in their shuttle back to the Hound's Tooth; when Bossk's co-pilot looked inside the shuttle, he saw their fellows dead, along with a detonation device which exploded at the Tooth's bay. As Bossk cursed Fett, the Slave I jumped to hyperspace.
Shortly later, Slave I was hidden in a derelict of a CR90 corvette where Fett made a final test to its guns. Zuckuss was in the brig and told Fett that it wouldn't be that easy for him to land on Tatooine. Fett told Zuckuss that he had special plans for him concerning this matter.
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
When he reached Tatooine, a host of other bounty hunters were waiting to intercept him and steal Solo for themselves. Fett devised a clever feint, fitting Zuckuss with a suit of his spare armor and chaining him to a speeder bike; 4-LOM was placed under a cover and connected to the bike, so that the saboteurs would believe that it was Fett and Solo speeding towards Jabba's Palace. Bossk, Spikey and the others fell for the ruse and while they gave chase to 4-LOM and Zuckuss, Fett sneaked into Jabba's Palace unopposed and presented the Hutt with this so-called Man in Carbonite. Jabba was so pleased that he could display the captured Solo that he paid 250,000 credits for the "work-of-art" by the Dark Lord, rather than the original 100,000 credit bounty for Solo himself. 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 Great 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.
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.
Knowledge of this incident eventually made its way into Deal-slang in the shape of the expression "boba-ize", which meant to do something unintelligent which would jeopardize or potentially ruin a deal, implying that falling into the Sarlacc was considered the result of stupidity in the eyes of the speakers of Deal-slang.
- "You don't eat a barve like that all at once."
- ―Boba, to Susejo
But the Sarlacc could never hold Fett. Thanks to his iron will and Mandalorian armor, Fett was able to fight his way out of the beast's belly, killing the Sarlacc. After escaping, Fett was found by a group of Jawas who took him to be either a droid or cyborg, never bothering to scan him, and claimed him as their own under the impression he was an unintelligent being. They took him into their sandcrawler, fitted him with a restraining bolt, and went on their way.
Post Battle of Endor
Fett was later joined by a familiar 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 that Fett was dead.
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, killing the Sarlacc in the process. 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 Whitesun 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 drifting in space. 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. At approximately the same time, word spread that the Rebel Alliance had defeated the Empire in the Battle of Endor, an event that would change Fett's life forever.
Slave I later fell into Alliance hands and rusted in an impound lot on Grakouine. Fett would subsequently use three more ships bearing the name during his career, until he eventually recovered the original with the help of Crystalboy, a former employer.
- "The Sarlacc found me somewhat indigestible, Solo."
- ―Boba Fett
8t88 ran into Fett one of the few times he surfaced after his escape 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. He pursued Solo to the Deep Core world Byss. Fett was confident that Slave II would make it past the planetary defense shield but the Imperials closed off before he could make it. Slave II crashed against the shield, and Fett and Dengar went spinning off. The latter swore he would never work with him again; they won't be splitting the bounty. 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.
Unfortunately, Fett wasn't done and waited for the Falcon to emerge from the poisonous clouds by Nal Hutta. He was prepared to finish the job, but didn't anticipate the Falcon being refitted with a lightning gun. It disabled Slave I and sent Fett spinning into the clouds.
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.
Capture of Kir Kanos
- "Rest easy, Kenix Kil... or should I say Kir Kanos? Think of yourself as a guest, rather than our prisoner. I believe you will appreciate the reception that your host has in mind for you."
- ―Boba Fett to Kir Kanos
In 13 ABY, Fett found himself entangled in a plot by the so called "Imperial hard-liners" of the Restored Empire to destroy both the Imperial Remnant and the New Republic. The leader of the hard-liner movement, warlord and assassin Ennix Devian, hired Fett to track down the former Imperial royal guardsmen Kir Kanos, whom he believed to share his own anti-Imperial sentiment. Although finding Kanos to be a hard target to locate, Fett managed to track Kanos to the backwater planet Meenka, where the latter was operating as a bounty hunter under the pseudonym "Kenix Kil". Using a group of mercenaries, Fett infiltrated Kanos's apartment, where, by chance, he stumbled upon a plot by the local constable to retrieve the bounty he recently awarded Kanos for the murder of serial killer Lem Krarr. In the resulting confusion, Kanos killed one of Fett's men, believing him to be a part of the constable's group.
Rather than taking him by force, Fett requested Kanos to stand down and give himself in, and to consider himself more of a guest than a prisoner. When the local constable walked in on the bloody scene, Fett compensated him for the men he lost to Kanos's blade. After Kanos complied, Fett loaded him aboard the Slave 1 and transported him to the planetoid RZ7-6113-23, the headquarters of the Imperial hard-liners. With his mission complete, Fett was rewarded the bounty posted on Kanos by the officer Bulger.
Encounter with Jaden Korr
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 arrived at the same time as the Jedi and warned him to "just walk away", revealing that he himself wanted the weapons left intact. Korr refused to comply and Fett's attempts to stop the fledgling Jedi failed as all seven stockpiles were destroyed. Boba Fett then tried to exact revenge on Korr. They battled, but the bounty hunter was overpowered and forced to flee.
The passing of time
- "Everyone dies."
"Yeah, eventually. But it doesn't have to be today, not for either of us."
"I do not know. Trust is hard, among enemies. Perhaps we should return to the battle; perhaps, Han Solo, we should let fly, and once more let fate decide who will survive, as we did when we were young."
- ―Boba Fett and Han Solo on Jubilar
By 19 ABY, Fett had been tested to his physical limits. Fett required extensive medical treatments to prevent himself from developing a cancer, a result of his altered metabolism from his days in the sarlaac. He had lost a leg, and the stump was constantly irritated by the prosthetic attachment, leading Fett to desire a cloned leg replacement, which he could not afford due to his expensive cancer treatments. Fett's big break came when he took on the bounty for the Devaronian criminal known as "The Butcher of Montellian Serat", wanted alive for five million credits. Fett managed to track him to his home on the planet Peppel. Fett infiltrated the Devaronian's perimeter defenses by discarding his Mandalorian armor and high end weapons, opting for only a simple crossbow. Fett captured Labria, as the Butcher sometimes went by, when he went to his makeshift open-air toilet to relieve himself, which a Devaronian only did once a week. Fett transported Labria to his homeworld of Devaron, where he was to be publicly executed in a pit of starved quarra beasts. Before being delivered to his executioners, Labria requested Fett to send his extensive collection of music, long suppressed by the Empire, to a publishing agent for the wider enjoyment of the galaxy.
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 (23 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—at Fett's hands, but, ironically, as an act of mercy after Shysa was mortally wounded saving Fett from an unknown threat.
Boba would replace Shysa as Mand'alor, 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. Around 24 ABY, he temporarily piloted the massive ship, Slave IV. Sometime after this, Boba was able to restore Slave I, which he flew from then on.
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 Birgis where they took its spaceport. Fett, Beviin and several other Mandalorian warriors spearheaded the assault. Passing the intelligence 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 Kubariet also did something for them.
The Jedi met the Mandalorian again after the battle. Working with New Republic Intelligence, Kubariet was able to confirm that Fett and the Mandalorians would continue to masquerade as Vong mercenaries while at the same time passing intelligence 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 Yuuzhan Vong. Keeping his promise to the Jedi, Fett initiated a brutal training regimen for his forces on Raxus Prime.
Some time in 28 ABY, Fett was hired by Daala.
By the last year of the war, the ruse had ended, as evidenced by the Yuuzhan 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.
A new war begins
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 old 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.
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 what was happening to Jacen Solo. While everyone else associated with Jacen believed he was becoming a fallen Jedi, Fett knew that Jacen was following the path of the Sith, due to Fett's history and personal association with Darth Vader. 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.
Fett eventually found the clone he was searching for—Jaing Skirata. Jaing had indeed found Ko Sai's data, but he said that he destroyed the data after he had used it. However, Jaing arranged for Fett to be cured via a bone marrow transplant.
After learning about the death of Mara Jade Skywalker, Boba asked Medrit Vasur, one of the blacksmiths in Keldabe, to send Han Solo a gift of chest armor plates, a small blade, and a pair of crushgaunts made of "proper beskar." Fett said this was so Solo could "throttle the life out of his vermin spawn." He signed it simply saying "With deepest sympathy.".
Before setting out on a combat mission on Murkhana, Boba learned from Mirta that Sintas Vel was still alive and on Phaeda, frozen in carbonite. He then gave Mirta the credits she needed to free Sintas.
- "If his granddaughter tried to kill him, and his daughter even killed a man who looked like him, what do you think his ex-wife's going to do if she remembers who he is?"
- ―Goran Beviin, on Boba Fett's luck with women
Boba and Mirta then retrieved the carbonited Sintas and took her to Mandalore, where Fett's doctor, Dr. Beluine, helped release her from the carbonite. When she was out, she was temporarily delusional and suffered from sight and memory loss. After some time, Jaina Solo, who had come to Mandalore to receive training from Fett, got the former Jedi Gotab, who had become a Mandalorian, to heal Sintas. He was able to repair the damage and give Sintas her sight and memory back.
After Mirta's wedding and the day after her healing, Sintas told Boba she had no hard feelings, and Boba gave her a new Heart of Fire pendant that contained his memories from the time he had left her. It also contained bank account numbers and other codes to obtain property Fett owned so that Sintas would never have to bounty hunt again.
Training Jaina Solo
- "Fett, you can teach me to bring down Jedi. You've done it often enough."
- ―Jaina imploring Fett to train her
Inspired by the "gift" Boba Fett had sent to her father, Jaina Solo set out to find Fett, hoping to enlist his aid in hunting her brother Darth Caedus, the new Dark Lord of the Sith, and to learn from him skills she would need to confront her twin. Arriving on Mandalore in an X-wing, Jaina found herself confronted by a group of heavily armed Mandalorians, to which she was escorted to meet Boba Fett in a humble, rustic cantina that served as the Mandalore's seat of government, all too aware of the traditional Mandalorian dislike for Jedi. Fett agreed to train her, but promised to be a hard teacher. While in the cantina, she encountered a pair of Force-sensitive Mandalorians, Gotab and Venku, but had little chance to talk with them.
In her first lesson, Fett started by dueling her with a lightsaber, only to eventually relax and discuss Jacen's strengths as other Mandalorians gathered to watch. Her guard lowered, Fett delivered a tremendous punch to her midsection, catching her completely by surprise and humiliating her. It was not to be her only defeat at the hands of the warrior people. Needless to say, there was significant tension between Jaina and Fett, but she put up with it in her quest to find a way to defeat Caedus. She was also given some training from Goran Beviin who allowed her to stay at his farm, where Jaina met Mirta Gev, who eventually came to regard her as a comrade in arms.
Even as Fett trained her, she was required to help with mechanical work and other fairly menial tasks around the Mandalorian settlement, and in doing so, learned about the Mandalorian culture and Fett's personal history. Fett himself told her that he particularly reserved Jacen for her to deal with, because it was the fault of the Skywalker and Solo families that he had been allowed to wreak such havoc. In addition to her standard training, Fett allowed Jaina to accompany him and other Mandalorians to Fondor, hired out as a contract force to accompany Admiral Natasi Daala's ragtag Maw Irregular Fleet who had earlier discussed with Fett his views on the Jedi and Sith. After Gilad Pellaeon was murdered by Jacen's new Sith apprentice, Tahiri Veila, on his flagship, the Bloodfin, Fett, Jaina and the Mandalorians boarded the ship. The Mandalorians stormed the Bloodfin, killing any Imperials who dared to resist them and also dealing with the renegade Moffs who had planned on seizing power after Pellaeon's death and had been aiding Caedus. Jaina and Mirta set out after Tahiri and chased her down the escape shafts. Mirta charged Veila and engaged her in vicious melee combat, using a vibroblade to slice Veila's femoral artery while Jaina held off other Imperials. However, Caedus arrived and began Force-choking Mirta until Jaina broke his grip, which allowed the Sith and his apprentice to make their escape. While the Sith Lord suffered further injury from a group of Mandalorians, he and Veila were able to escape, planning on regrouping and consolidating back on Coruscant.
Following the battle, Jaina returned to Mandalore to continue her training. While all the other Mandalorians now saw Jaina as an ally and a friend, Fett was still as hard-edged and ruthless as always. However, Fett now felt more tolerant of Jaina and was willing to impart his own views on how he did not see much difference between Jedi and Sith. Fett also told Jaina that the solution to stop Caedus would not be as simple as killing him and Fett personally wanted to see Jaina's brother live a long time in torment as well as Fett wishing to avoid being entangled with Jaina's family problems.
End of the War
Boba and Jaina participated in an inspection of Nickel One in which they took over the security cams without anyone noticing eventually using them when Jaina Entered Nickel One to confront Caedus during and after the Imperial Remnant began its invasion of Roche. They were able to at first fend off the oncoming Imperials, but Roche soon turned into a firestorm and the Mandalorians on the asteroid were forced to withdraw until another time. During the evacuation, Fett told Jaina she had learned what she needed and sent her back to the Jedi Order so that she could deal with her brother. Later, Darth Caedus moved his fleet to Nickel One, and during an attack on the asteroid by the Jedi and the Solo's, Fett worked with his former enemy, Luke Skywalker, in order to sneak Jaina into Roche to kill her brother, Caedus. During this time, Fett had also sent a commando team, led by Vatok Tawr, which also included Fett's granddaughter, Mirta Gev, in order to kill the Imperial moffs.
While entering the station, the Mandalorians came upon Jaina Solo, who had also infiltrated the station during the attack. The two joined forces, however, the team tried to use the Jedi to aid the Mandalorian's assault on the Moffs' conference room. During the assault, the Mandalorians had gained the upper hand and killed several of the Moffs, until Darth Caedus intervened. As a result, the command team was killed, and Jaina's attack on Caedus was a failure, although she succeeded into taking the Sith Lord's arm during their lightsaber battle. Believing Mirta to be dead, Boba confronted Jaina and Luke after the battle, angry with them. Fett believed Jaina to be responsible for Mirta's death because she had not gone back to check to make sure if she was alive or not. Luke told Fett that it was Fett's own fault that Mirta was missing, because he had tried to use the Jedi Order, and that the plan would've worked if the Mandalorians simply worked with the Jedi.
Mirta, however, was not dead, but was in captivity of Caedus. During the battle Caedus had force lifted Mirta into the air and broke her spine when he dropped her back down on her head. Unable to move below her neck, Caedus interrogated her about the mission and whether it had been Luke or Jaina who was responsible for his arm. During this time the Imperial Remnant had developed a nanovirus that could be engineered to specific genomes or family bloodlines and they wanted Caedus to take a sample from Mirta so that a virus could be engineered and tailored for Boba Fett. Caedus taunted Mirta with the Bacta treatment she needed to help restore her mobility and the threat of letting the Remnant have their blood sample. He also planted the idea in Mirta's mind that Fett knew exactly what he was doing when he sent her on such an obvious "suicide mission" to kill the Moffs, hoping to sow the seeds of distrust between the two.
In the end, the Imperials used her blood to make a virus for the Fetts. Caedus ordered an attack on Mandalore wherein the nanovirus would be released in the atmosphere of Mandalore itself and kill Boba. Fett was not on Mandalore at the time, so the virus did not kill him. However, because of the nature and prolonged life of the virus, Fett and Mirta Gev would never again be able to set foot on the planet. It is unknown what effect the virus had on any clones or their progeny still living on the planet, since they were also cloned from Jango Fett, so would have the same genome as Boba. Eventually, the war did end with the death of Caedus on Shedu Maad, at the hands of his sister. Jaina also rescued Mirta during this mission, who was already showing improvement from the Bacta treatment, and returned her to the care of the Mandalorians.
After the war, Natasi Daala became the Chief of State of the Galactic Alliance, and when she was imprisoned by the Jedi for crimes against the Alliance, Fett led the rescue mission to help her escape. In order to accomplish that, Boba Fett used a decoy of himself and his personal ship in order to trick the authorities.
After breaking Daala out of prison, Boba asked her for his payment, and asked if she could help him to create an antidote for the nanovirus that prevented him from visiting Mandalore. Daala, accepted, stating that it was the least she could do, after his help.
Personality and traits
Many people, including Darth Vader, considered Fett to be the best bounty hunter in the Galaxy. Fett was aware of that opinion and it emboldened him enough to occasionally converse with the Sith Lord in an irreverent tone that no one besides Emperor Palpatine or Grand Moff Tarkin would dare take with him. Fett was very cunning and witty like his father, but at a much more emphasized level. Throughout the many years of his bounty hunting career, Fett developed a strong sense of justice, moral obligation, and adhered to his own code of honor. He took only certain bounties that agreed with his own beliefs and brutal justice. But to those few, he whole-heartedly devoted all of his magnificent skill should the occasion call for it. This led him to believe in a quick, clean kill. His moral code however, did not prevent him from taking numerous bounties from Imperial clients. In fact, he worked for Darth Vader so often that in some instances, Fett was even referred to as Vader's "right-hand man". He once justified this apparent contradiction to Leia by pointing out that the Rebel Alliance had started the Galactic Civil War, not the Empire, and that the Rebels brought only chaos and strife to galactic society, whereas the Empire created order. As Fett believed that order was preferable to chaos regardless of how that order was achieved, he preferred to work for the Empire rather than the Alliance. He also mentioned at one point that he preferred working for clients who would be around to hire him again, and as such refused to work for the Alliance because he thought it's existence would be very short.
Despite his animosity with the Jedi, he apologized to his brief friend Jax, only leaving him and the rest of the clone cadets to die at the insistence of Aurra Sing. He also told Aurra that while he wanted to kill Windu for Jango's death on Geonosis, he did not wish the crew of the Endurance any harm. Prior to the destruction of the Endurance, he incapacitated a clone trooper while infiltrating the reactor core, assuring him to not be worried about dying, which possibly meant that Fett harbored some sort of attachment to his clone brethren. However, he did not consider himself a "clone"—not in the same sense as the "modified and disposable" clone troopers. Regardless of whatever sentiment he might have felt for the other Fett clones, Boba Fett accepted a job as the mission commander of the 501st Legion during the Kamino Uprising—a battle that saw the complete extermination of rebel clones grown from the Jango Fett template.
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, some arrows, and a crystal knife, due to electronic detecting equipment installed on the Devaronian's compound. He was dedicated to whatever job he was doing, and would often suspend grudges if it meant completing his mission. Also, during his time with the Clone Youth Brigade, he was able to shoot down all of the targets with one shot each on the Endurance, while the other members couldn't even hit the targets.
In addition to his skills as a marksman, Fett was an extremely adept unarmed combatant. His combat skill, tactical ingenuity, and strength of will even allowed him to engage in personal combat with Darth Vader at one point and survive. While Fett did not exactly hold his own, and Vader's objective was not to kill him, Fett managed to both temporarily resist the Dark Lord's telepathic suggestions and surprise Vader by shooting him in the head. Unfortunately for Fett however, the shot did not penetrate his opponent's helmet, and Vader simply immobilized Fett with the Force when the fight began again.
As a boy, he was much more enthusiastic and open-minded until his father's death at Geonosis. The death of Boba Fett's father at the hands of the Jedi named Mace Windu, inspired within Boba a deep-seated animosity against not only Mace, but all Jedi. But despite this, he seemed to have compassion for the rest of the Clone cadets, as he was shocked to find out that he had to abandon Jax, Hotshot, and Whiplash. The events following that tragedy shaped and scarred his life forever, resulting in a man who never went anywhere without his armor and weapons. He paid close attention to all details and double-checked his surroundings to calculate 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.
As an adult, Fett was very puritanical, and claimed he had not so much as held a woman in his arms, possibly as a result of his failed marriage.
- "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. The bounty hunter Xasha was one of the only people to whom Fett showed his face.
He obtained gruesome scars from his time spent in the Sarlacc. These scars extended to his face and so Fett disguised his own appearance with bandages when fooling the bounty hunter's guild, stating that he doubted they would recognize him anymore. Dengar also hinted this to be true, as did Fett's own thoughts during his examination by Beluine. By the time of the Second Galactic Civil War, 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. His face was described by Han Solo as looking like "an unfeeling slab of stone."
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 cunning over muscle gave him a thinner build.
Despite this, Boba Fett was deceptively strong. He demonstrated that ability to hold the infamous Trandoshan bounty Bossk (whose species was known for its brute physical power) at bay with brute strength.
- "This is my face."
- ―Boba Fett to Dengar regarding his helmet
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). The helmet at one point also had the capability of sealing to compensate for pressure changes, and holding 5 to 10 minutes of air, though damage may have disabled this feature at some point. The helmet also contained a retractable straw, allowing Fett to drink without removing his helmet. Like most Mandalorian helmets, it had a T-shaped visor.
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. The HUD's data streams could be controlled by eye movements and blinking. In addition, an advanced penetrating radar allowed his HUD to provide information on nearby rooms, and could be used to scan the HoloNet and connect with databases, allowing him to perform tasks which would normally require a computer terminal, such as searching databases for individuals or even trading on the stock market and buying real estate, from anywhere that was accessible through the HoloNet. 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. Also, with assistance from his ships computer, jamming transmissions or sending fake transmissions, even while not in his ship. 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 rangefinder could be deployed horizontally or vertically.
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 originally 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 of unknown origin. However, the symbol was also seen on Jaster Mereel's ship and on the helmet of at least one clone trooper pilot at the battle over Coruscant, during the Clone Wars.
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. He was also armed with a rarely used double pronged Amban phase-pulse blaster and a Sacros K-11 pistol, known as "The Disintegrator." It is unknown whether this was a repaint to disguise his infamous armor or another set entirely, but the suit consisted of a yellow chestplate and a blue helmet and gauntlets.
Around 40 ABY Medrit Vasur made some new armor plates and a helmet for Boba from some of the Mandalorian iron deposits that were discovered in the countryside around Mandalore. Medrit and his husband Goran Beviin thought it more proper that Fett's armor be made from this material, since he was Mandalore. The pieces were painted in the same color pattern as his original armor. Medrit added a gorget to the ensemble, explaining to Fett that this way he wouldn't have to worry about being killed in the same manner as Jango had.
Fett switched out all his armor plates prior to the Mandalorian mission, under contract from Admiral Daala, to retake the Star Destroyer Bloodfin. He opted to replace the helmet when he could later add all the electronics to it himself. After taking several blaster shots during the conflict, Fett decided that the extra weight of the new armor was worth it, since he noticed a distinct difference in how much more punishment the armor could take than his previous durasteel armor. The neck gorget would later prove itself useful after Fett approached Jaina Solo just after she had taken care of some adversaries. Startling her from behind, she instinctively swung her lightsaber up to decapitate her would-be opponent, but the gorget stopped the lightsaber blade before it could do any damage.
Rocket/jetpackFett wore a Mitrinomon Z-6 jetpack. The fuel tank held enough fuel for three 20-second blasts, 20 three-second blasts or one minute of continuous operation. 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 counter-thrust 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. It fired in short bursts for more accuracy and power.[source?] 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 blaster pistol that was similar to one of the two used by his father Jango Fett. 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. It had a corded fuel line connecting to a backpack canister holding fuel for three minutes of operation.[source?] Directly below this was the 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.
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 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 was known to occasionally carry with him one of the several lightsabers he had taken from Force-sensitives over the course of his bounty hunting career. Despite having no sensitivity to the Force, Fett is one of the few non-Jedi/Sith capable of using a lightsaber (albeit, with only basic skill), a feat traditionally reserved for Force-sensitives only (see lightsaber for more info). In the several instances that he has been shown to use a lightsaber, it has usually been as a last resort in fighting Force-sensitives (not being his primary weapon of choice) and usually as a form of surprise attack as it would be unexpected from someone who was not Jedi or Sith.
- "It's my favorite Ultra-Fine."
- ―Boba to Mirta Gev
Fett had a wide array of other items that he carried. Fett carried a wide array of devices used in infiltration and data retrieval. Among these were a series of security blades, a lock overriding system on his wrist band, and a data breaker.
- "I bet you wouldn't ask Boba Fett to move his ship…"
Fett owned a variety of specially-modified starcraft bearing the names Slaves I through IV. These included a Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft (Slave I), a Pursuer-class enforcement ship (Slave II), and an AIAT/i gunship (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. He also claimed Hound's Tooth, Bossk's ship, for himself at least 2 times, abandoning the ship back to its original owner after he finished with it, in much worse shape than when originally taken.
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!"). Composer John Williams used a recurring motif in the film to represent the character of Fett.
Fett's dialogue in The Empire Strikes Back, consists of only four lines: "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 has just one; "What the?", just before his jetpack malfunctions followed by an inarticulate scream.
Despite being a minor character, Fett became famous amongst fans, resulting in his frequent Expanded Universe appearances and a strong cult following.
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, the idea Boba served a misunderstanding caused by rumors that Spar was the "son of Jango Fett".
Boba Fett played a prominent role in the miniseries Dark Empire, where it was revealed that he had survived the Sarlacc, 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 has appeared in 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.
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 that the Galactic Civil War started by the rebellion is morally wrong, describing it as "An uprising against the authority legally over them, and threatening the system of social justice which permits civilization to exist," and with outrage that Solo is "a mercenary who has never done a decent thing in his life," and that "he 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. Despite all this, Fett still sent a sympathy gift to Solo after the death of his sister-in-law, Mara Jade Skywalker.
Some have suggested that Fett's Wookiee scalps are actually Jedi Padawan braids, but this is nothing more than fanon.
The Star Wars Galaxy Series Two Trading Cards in 1994 featured a card with art by Dan Brereton depicting the artist's interpretation of Boba Fett with white hair, pointed ears, and a goatee. Whether this was the official canon version of Fett without the helmet was left open for debate. The release of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones put the argument to rest by revealing Boba to be a human clone and not alien.
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.
Jeremy Bulloch, who first played a live-action Boba Fett onscreen in The Empire Strikes Back, also had a cameo in the same film as Lieutenant Sheckil. The CCG's description of Sheckil explains that he is the twin of a famous mercenary—a reference to this fact. However, the release of Attack of the Clones has deemed impossible such a relation between the two characters.
Fett was originally intended to play a role in the film Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. According to the book The Making of Star Wars Revenge of the Sith, Fett would have been involved in the death of Mace Windu, as an act of revenge for Windu killing Fett's father Jango. However, Lucas at one point reorganized the entire story for the film, and cut what he considered to be extraneous characters and situations that he felt were not an essential part of the plot of Anakin's fall. The concept survived in a couple of The Clone Wars episodes, where young Fett attempts to kill Windu.
The sound of spurs jangling was added in the scene when Boba Fett enters next to Darth Vader in the Cloud City dining room in The Empire Strikes Back. According to the DVD commentary and numerous other sources, this was done to give the character a menacing aura in keeping with mid-20th-century western films.
In the DVD commentary of Return of the Jedi, George Lucas had this to say about Boba Fett's Death
"In the case of Boba Fett's death, had I known he was gonna turn into such a popular character, I probably would've made it a little bit more exciting. Boba Fett was just another one of the minions, another one of the bounty hunters and bad guys. But, he became such a favorite of everybody's that, for having such a small part, uh he had a very large presence. And now that his history has been told in the first trilogy, y'know, it makes it even more of a misstep that we wouldn't make more out of the event of his defeat, because most people don't believe he died anyway. I'd contemplated putting in that extra shot where he climbs out of the hole, but y'know I figured that's . . . it doesn't quite fit, in the end."
In Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike''s Endurance bonus mission, if the player survives all the enemies and defeats almost all of them, Boba Fett will appear as the final enemy to defeat. Fett also was to be the major characters in the game Star Wars: 1313 before it was canceled.
In The Star Wars Holiday Special, Han Solo refers to Boba Fett as being a friend after he supposedly helps them out. However, in several sources published since (The Frozen World of Ota, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Special Edition), Solo and Fett are portrayed as meeting previous to the event, in which Fett's true intentions are revealed to Solo. This discrepancy has been retconned in the Essential Guide to Characters, where it is stated that Han Solo was still not fully recovered from his disease and therefore didn't recognize Fett.
The book Battle of the Bounty Hunters depicts Fett's struggles against his fellows as he attempted to land on Tatooine and deliver Solo to Jabba. The book is loosely based on his mishaps in the Shadows of the Empire comic and it shows a wholly different process than that of the comic. In the comic, he lands Slave I close to Jabba's palace and employs Zuckuss (disguised as Fett) and an inoperative 4-LOM to fool the bounty hunters after them. In the book, Fett was confronted by a squad of stormtroopers that tried to arrest him, but he killed them all. 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.
In the Infinities storyline of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition, Lord Starkiller travels to Tatooine to find C-3PO and R2-D2, who have access to the Death Star plans. The Sith Lord duels Fett and uses the force to return a missile launched from Fett's jetpack back to Fett. This missile explodes on contact with Fett, killing him. In the Xbox and PlayStation 3 versions, an achievement is unlocked upon defeating him called "And The Quarterback Is Toast!"
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 lines in Episode VI were "What the?" and a scream). 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. For his re-recording of Boba Fett's lines in the original trilogy, Morrison spoke the lines over the phone, from Auckland, New Zealand to California. When recording the lines, Morrison originally also wanted to replace Boba's scream in Return of the Jedi, as the character falls into the Sarlacc pit.
Fett will have a major role in the Star Wars live-action TV series, which is set to debut in 2014 or later.|George 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 and 36 (voice) (The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi)
- 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 DVD release only)
- Daniel Logan— (voice) (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) 
- 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)
- Tim Glovatsky—Age 36 (Dark Forces: Rebel Agent audio adaptation)
- Joe Hacker—Age 42 (Dark Empire and Dark Empire II audio adaptations)
- Dee Bradley Baker—Age 32 (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition)
- Temuera Morrison—Age 30 (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)