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"I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe."
―Jango Fett[src]

Jango Fett was a male human bounty hunter, widely regarded to be the best in the galaxy during the last years of the Galactic Republic. Fett wore a set of Mandalorian armor as a bounty hunter, though he was considered a pretender by the New Mandalorian government of Mandalore. In the years preceding the Clone Wars, Fett was recruited by the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus to be the genetic template of the clone troopers for the Grand Army of the Republic. Fett was also behind the assassination attempts against Senator Padmé Amidala on behalf of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. After Fett's death during the Battle of Geonosis, his son, Boba Fett—an unaltered clone whom he raised as his own child—followed in his father's footsteps and became one of the deadliest bounty hunters in the galaxy.

BiographyEdit

"I was recruited by a man called Tyranus on one of the moons of Bogden."
―Jango Fett, to Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

Jango Fett was born in the years prior to the Invasion of Naboo. He claimed to have been born on the planet Concord Dawn,[1] a Mandalorian world.[5] He wore Mandalorian armor after becoming a bounty hunter and assassin for hire,[1] a fact that led the government of Mandalore to label him as nothing more than a common bounty hunter.[6]

In the years before the Clone Wars, on one of the moons of Bogden, Fett was recruited by Count Dooku, using his Sith name of Tyranus, to be the genetic model for the clone army created by the cloners of the planet Kamino. Fett agreed and, in addition to his fee of twenty million credits[7], also requested an unaltered clone for himself, one who was not subjected to the typical growth acceleration and behavioral modifications given to the clones. Fett raised this clone as his son, whom he named Boba Fett,[3] and remained on Kamino to supervise the flash-training of the clone troopers.[7] Jango Fett was also an associate of pirate captain, Hondo Ohnaka, and fellow bounty hunter, Aurra Sing.[8]

Towards the end of his life, Fett was involved in the assassination attempts against Senator Padmé Amidala, who was secretly being targeted by Dooku at the request of Nute Gunray of the Trade Federation. Fett had subcontracted the Clawdite bounty hunter Zam Wesell to carry out these attempts. After Wesell failed to kill Amidala upon the Senator's arrival to Coruscant, Fett provided her with a pair of deadly kouhuns and tasked her to murder Amidala in her sleep. The plan was foiled by two Jedi that had been assigned to protect the Senator, Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker. Wesell fled, but was apprehended by the Jedi after a lengthy pursuit throughout Coruscant. However, before she was able to reveal the identity of her employer to the Jedi, Fett killed her from afar with a Kamino saberdart.[3]

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Jango Fett in the Petranaki arena.

As part of a Jedi investigation into the assassination attempts, Fett was tracked back to Kamino by Kenobi after the Jedi was able to determine the Kaminoan origins of the saberdart used to kill Wesell. There, the two met under civil circumstances at Fett's apartment in Tipoca City. Fett was questioned by Kenobi, who wished to know the details surrounding the creation of the clone army and Fett's knowledge of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas. Fett only told Kenobi that he had never heard of anyone named Sifo-Dyas, and that he was recruited by someone called Tyranus. After Kenobi left, Fett told Boba they were leaving. However, on the landing platform where Fett's ship, the Slave I, was docked, they were ambushed by Kenobi. The two dueled for a short time before Kenobi went over the edge of the landing platform, giving Fett an opportunity to escape. Fett was followed to the planet Geonosis by Kenobi, who had placed an homing beacon on the hull of the Slave I. Fett led Kenobi on a prolonged chase through Geonosis' asteroid field and eventually locked onto his ship with a homing missile, believing Kenobi to have perished.[3]

Fett later captured Skywalker and Amidala in the droid factory on Geonosis during their attempt to rescue Kenobi, who had been taken prisoner by the CIS. In the Petranaki arena, during the scheduled execution of Amidala, Kenobi, and Skywalker, Jedi Master Mace Windu led a Jedi assault team to rescue the three prisoners in what would be the first battle of the Clone Wars. Fett protected Dooku during the skirmish, killing Jedi Master Coleman Trebor before joining the melee in the arena and attacking Windu. Fett leapt for Windu's dropped lightsaber, but was run over by a stampeding reek. The reek charged at Fett a second time, who dispatched it with one shot. Fett was then rushed by Windu and began firing at the Jedi, who deflected the bounty hunter's shots. Fett attempted to use his jetpack to get away, but was unaware of the malfunction caused by the reek, and was subsequently decapitated by Windu.[3]

Fett's death inspired Boba to pursue a vendetta against Windu, in the hopes of getting revenge and killing the Jedi Master. The attempt failed,[8] and Boba went on to become a legendary bounty hunter, as his father had been.[9]

EquipmentEdit

Jango Fett wore a set of energized Mandalorian armor designed with a durasteel alloy[1] and piloted a customized Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft named Slave I throughout his career, which his son Boba inherited upon his death.[1][9][10]

Fett also carried a vast array of equipment on his person. He owned a pair of customized WESTAR-34 blaster pistols that had hollowed-out grips[1] and used a Z-6 jetpack with a built-in missile launcher.[1][11] He also had a number of gadgets hidden in his gauntlets, including a vibroblade,[4] a whipcord thrower, and a ZX miniature flame projector.[7]

Behind the scenesEdit

Jango Fett was portrayed by Temuera Morrison in the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones,[3] who went on to play the clone troopers in the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.[12] He provided the voice for Boba Fett in the 2004 DVD release of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back,[13] reflecting the fact that Boba is a clone of Jango Fett.[3]

Jango Fett was a Mandalorian in the lore of Star Wars Legends. In the "Creating Mandalore" featurette on The Clone Wars: Season Two DVD set, however, series director Dave Filoni explained that, according to George Lucas, the Fetts were not Mandalorians.[14] After the creation of the official Star Wars canon, Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group reiterated that the Fetts are not Mandalorians.[15]

Jango's armor was originally colored white like the clone troopers (a nod to Boba Fett's concept design).[16]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. TwitterLogo @HolocronKeeper (Leland Chee) on Twitter. “0 10 10-13 13 27 32 35 36” (screenshot)—The tweet in question refers to the number of in-universe years between the canon films and television shows. Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, in which Jango Fett is killed, is set as Year 10. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, in which the Battle of Yavin takes place, is set as Year 32. Using simple math, we can deduce that Jango Fett died twenty-two years before the Battle of Yavin.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Encyclopedia-Logo Jango Fett in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  5. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "The Protector of Concord Dawn"
  6. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  8. 8.0 8.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lethal Trackdown"
  9. 9.0 9.1 StarWars-DatabankII Boba Fett in the Databank
  10. StarWars-DatabankII Slave I in the Databank
  11. StarWars-DatabankII Z-6 Jetpack in the Databank
  12. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  13. Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  14. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Two
  15. TwitterLogo @pablohidalgo (Pablo Hidalgo) on Twitter. “@CMWAshby The Fetts aren't Mandalorian, though I suppose Jango claimed to be from Concord Dawn at some point.” (screenshot)
  16. SWCustom-2011 From Concept to Screen: Slave I on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)

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