- "Are you Mandalorian?"
"I'm a simple man making his way through the galaxy. Like my father before me."
- ―Din Djarin and Boba Fett
Boba Fett was a human male bounty hunter whose career spanned decades, from the fall of the Galactic Republic to the rise of the Galactic Empire. Originally code-named Alpha, he was an unaltered clone of the famed Mandalorian bounty hunter Jango Fett. Boba emulated his father and genetic donor by wearing a customized suit of Mandalorian armor. His personal starship was the Slave I, a Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft that once belonged to Jango. Trained in combat and martial skills from a young age, Fett was one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy during the reign of Emperor Palpatine. He became a legend over the course of his career, which included contracts for both the Empire and the extensive criminal underworld.
Boba was created on the planet Kamino as a result of an arrangement between the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus and Jango Fett, a Mandalorian foundling who served as the template of the Grand Army of the Republic. Unlike the clone troopers grown from Jango's DNA, Jango regarded Boba as his son. During the last days of the Separatist Crisis, Boba and Jango retreated to Geonosis where the latter was killed in battle by Jedi Master Mace Windu. Orphaned by Jango's death, Boba sought vengeance by attempting to assassinate Windu, although his plan proved unsuccessful. After serving time in prison on Coruscant, Fett took up his late father's profession as a bounty hunter, working alongside other mercenaries such as Bossk, Dengar, and Asajj Ventress.
In the aftermath of the Clone Wars, Fett continued to make a name for himself while working for the Hutt gangster Jabba Desilijic Tiure as well as the Sith Lord Darth Vader. During the Galactic Civil War, Fett transported Captain Han Solo to Jabba's Palace on Tatooine. He tried to prevent Solo's rescue by the Alliance to Restore the Republic, only to fall into the Great Pit of Carkoon when Solo accidentally slammed a pole into Fett's jetpack. Although Fett survived his ordeal with the man-eating sarlacc, his armor was sold to Cobb Vanth by Jawa scavengers. He eventually regained it by confronting Din Djarin, the Mandalorian who took Fett's armor from Vanth. After helping Djarin to rescue the foundling Grogu, Fett returned to Tatooine where he killed Bib Fortuna and claimed the late Jabba's throne with Fennec Shand by his side.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Creation and early life
- 1.2 Clone Wars
- 1.3 The ensuing years
- 1.4 Galactic Civil War
- 1.5 After the sarlacc
- 1.6 Legacy
- 2 Personality and traits
- 3 Skills and abilities
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Behind the scenes
- 6 Appearances
- 7 Sources
- 8 Notes and references
- 9 External links
Creation and early life
- "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 and no growth acceleration."
- ―Lama Su and Obi-Wan Kenobi, about Boba Fett's creation
Following the Battle of Naboo, an extensive clone army was secretly commissioned on Kamino by Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas, who believed it would be necessary in order to ensure the protection of the Galactic Republic. The army, however, was part of a Sith plot to overthrow the Republic and destroy the Jedi Order. Prior to the creation process, Mandalorian bounty hunter Jango Fett was recruited by the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus. Jango was to be the genetic template for the clone army. Jango agreed to become the genetic template for a considerable payment, as well as one request: the creation of a clone who did not have the same genetic modifications, such as behavioral conditioning and growth acceleration. The Kaminoan scientists agreed and created a boy codenamed "Alpha" in 32 BBY shortly after the Battle of Naboo. Although he was born a clone, Alpha regarded Jango as his father, who likewise viewed the boy as his son. Soon after referred to as Boba, he was the first of many clones modeled on the Jango Fett template, but was only one of two known clones that were a pure genetic copy of the original Fett template, the other being Omega.
As a child, Boba was raised on Kamino by his father, who taught his cloned son many of the skills Jango had learned as a bounty hunter. Boba learned survival and martial skills and became proficient with a blaster as a child. He also underwent clone trooper training, learned how to command and operate the weapon systems on his father's ship, Slave I, and became familiar with members of the Kaminoan government.
Trained by Jango Fett
- "This is my son, Boba. He'll be helping us on this job. Part of training."
- ―Jango Fett
Boba and Jango Fett alongside Neelda, Rinn, and Tiver were hired by a male Twi'lek to capture his daughter and bring her back alive. When they all finally captured the Twi'lek girl on planet Ord Mantell, Tiver and Rinn threatened to kill Boba, unless Fett gave up the Twi'lek girl. Eventually, Boba shot and killed Tiver and Rinn. Neelda complemented Boba afterward. Boba was soon about to kill Neelda but saw that he was not part of the Tiver and Rinn. Boba then let Neelda escape and run away. Fett and Boba later boarded their starship, Slave I, with the Twi'lek girl to deliver her back to her father. As they traveled, Boba and his father discussed how he had preformed during the mission, with Jango believing Boba now had a great start to his legacy.
Escape from Kamino
- "Get him, Dad! Get him! Fire!"
- ―Boba, during his father's fight with Obi-Wan Kenobi
Shortly before the outbreak of the Clone Wars, Jango was sent on a mission to assassinate Senator Padmé Amidala, an outspoken opponent of a potential war, at the behest of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Jango and his associate, Zam Wesell, failed to kill the senator, and Jango was tracked to Kamino by Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, who knew a bounty hunter connected to Kamino was behind the attempt on Amidala's life. When Kenobi arrived on Kamino, the Kaminoans revealed the clone army to him, and Kenobi requested to meet Jango. Taun We, an aide to Prime Minister Lama Su, brought the Jedi Knight to the Fetts' quarters, where Boba greeted them. Despite being distrustful of the Jedi's presence, Boba allowed them to enter, where Kenobi spoke with Jango about the clones and implied he knew Jango was behind the assassination attempt. Knowing that he had been discovered, Jango and Boba immediately prepared to leave Kamino once Kenobi departed.
While loading Slave I to leave, Kenobi discovered the Fetts attempting to flee and engaged Jango in one-on-one combat, fighting across the ship's landing platform. During the fight, Boba engaged the ship's blaster cannons and fired at Kenobi repeatedly in an attempt to kill him. As the fight progressed, Kenobi kicked Jango from the landing platform towards the ocean below, causing the Jedi—who was attached to the bounty hunter by a wire—to fall as well. Jango cut the wire and was able to make his way back up the platform, while Kenobi landed on the lower levels. This gave Jango enough time to reach the ship and leave as Boba piloted it, though Kenobi arrived on the platform again in time to attach a tracking device to its hull.
Jango and Boba made their way to Geonosis, where the Separatist leaders had gathered. While en route, Kenobi caught up with them and engaged them in a firefight in the asteroid field surrounding Geonosis. The Fetts were able to evade the Jedi, and Jango shot a number of seismic charges into space in an effort to destroy Kenobi's starfighter. Kenobi was able to fake his ship's destruction by ejecting spare parts that exploded from a tracking missile, leading the Fetts to think he was dead. They proceeded to the planet's surface, while Kenobi remained hidden in the asteroid field before pursuing them.
Shortly after the Fetts' arrival at Geonosis, Kenobi began investigating the Separatists on the planet and was captured by the Geonosians. His capture prompted Senator Amidala and Kenobi's Padawan, Anakin Skywalker, to attempt a rescue of their friend. Jango and the Geonosians captured them, and all three detainees were brought into an execution arena, where Boba watched with his father from the sidelines as the detainees fought off the creatures that were meant to kill them. A team of Jedi, led by Master Mace Windu, soon arrived to rescue them. Windu held a lightsaber to Jango's throat while threatening Count Dooku, but Windu quickly left the stands for the arena below as Separatist battle droids began flooding the arena.
The battle droids and Jedi engaged one another in the arena. As the battle proceeded, Jango joined the fight, where the jetpack on his armor was damaged and rendered inoperable, leaving him more vulnerable to attack. Despite the setback, Jango faced off against Windu, who beheaded and killed the bounty hunter. Boba watched in horror as his father was killed. Once the battle left the arena, Boba made his way into the cleared arena and took his father's helmet, pressing it against his head. After Jango's death, Boba fled Geonosis aboard Slave I and began plotting his revenge.
Quest for vengeance
- "We're brothers! Don't shoot!"
"You're not my brother."
- ―A clone trooper and Boba Fett
Sometime later, Boba joined with a team of bounty hunters, including Aurra Sing, Bossk, and Castas to carry out his revenge against Windu for Jango's death. Together, Boba and the bounty hunters crafted a plan to assassinate the Jedi Master aboard the Republic vessel Endurance. Boba posed as a young clone cadet, with the nickname Lucky, using the fact that he was genetically identical to the other young clones to his advantage; no one onboard Endurance was aware of his true identity. Once aboard the Endurance, Boba and the other clones were greeted by Windu and Anakin Skywalker, before being put through tactical training. Each clone was able to engage in target practice, and they all missed their targets—except for Boba who was able to use the skills his father taught him to his advantage.
Later, while on a tour of the ship, Boba slipped away from the other clones and found his way to Windu's quarters, where he quietly installed a bomb that would be triggered by a laser tripwire in the doorway. Windu did not enter his quarters, however, but a clone trooper did, killing the soldier in Windu's place and forcing the entire ship into alert status. Sing instructed Boba via comlink to sabotage the Endurance's reactor core, thereby killing everyone on the ship, but Boba was reluctant to kill everyone. His only goal was to kill Windu. Nonetheless, Boba did as instructed, sneaking away from his fellow clones once again, before being caught by a clone trooper who called for security. The two engaged in a brief scuffle near the core before Boba was able to stun the clone with the trooper's own blaster. He also shot at the core command console.
Much of the hull was immediately destroyed in the ensuing explosion, while Windu and Skywalker were nearly sucked into space and killed before the hull breaches were sealed. With the Endurance critically damaged, the crew began to abandon ship. Boba, whose identity was not yet discovered, and the other young clones were sealed into an escape pod and jettisoned into space, but Boba sabotaged the pod in order to separate himself (and his fellow pod inhabitants) from the other escapees. The pod was intercepted by Slave I, led by Sing and Bossk, which revealed Boba as the traitor who destroyed the Endurance. Boba was given the choice to either stay with the clone cadets or leave with the bounty hunters, and Boba somewhat reluctantly chose to leave with the bounty hunters.
After leaving the escape pod, Boba and the other bounty hunters, including Castas, made their way to the nearby planet Vanqor, where the Endurance had crashed after the explosion. Once there, they killed several clone troopers and captured Admiral Kilian, the ship's commanding officer, as well as Clone Commander Ponds and another officer. Hoping to set another trap for Windu, Boba rigged his father's old helmet as an explosive on the ship's bridge, which would be detonated if Windu came looking for any survivors. The Jedi Master, with Skywalker, arrived shortly thereafter. The helmet exploded just after Windu noticed it, and remembered that Jango had a son—deducing that Boba was the one attempting to kill him. Windu and Skywalker did not die in the ensuing explosion but were caught within the rubble of the quickly-deteriorating vessel.
As Boba and the other bounty hunters watched the explosion, he assumed that Windu had been killed and wanted to recover his body. Some of his companions objected, however, believing that their three prisoners were already enough to earn a sizable fortune from Count Dooku if they were turned over to the Separatists, but Sing sided with Boba, and the team set out to find Windu's body. As they entered the ship, they encountered R2-D2, Skywalker's personal astromech droid, who attempted to slow their advance by throwing debris at them and closing doors in their path. Unable to make it to the bridge, Sing made the decision to use Slave I to destroy the remainder of the Endurance, ensuring that Windu would perish.
Before using Slave I, the bounty hunters overheard an explosion caused by R2-D2, who had been attacked by gundarks and used one of the Jedi starfighters to kill a gundark. The bounty hunters believed that meant Windu had survived and jammed all communication, hoping to prevent the Jedi from requesting help. R2-D2 was able to escape in the other starfighter, however, and survived a brief firefight with Slave I before jumping to hyperspace for Coruscant, where he successfully found help at the Jedi Temple and was able to bring a team of Jedi and clones to rescue Windu and Skywalker. The bounty hunters, meanwhile, decided to use the hostages to lure Windu into a trap.
Captured by the Jedi
- "I see now I've done terrible things. But you started this all when you murdered my father! I'll never forgive you."
"Hmm. Well, you're going to have to. Take him away."
- ―Boba Fett and Mace Windu
Sing took charge of setting the trap, and she sent a transmission to the Jedi Temple revealing that they were holding the Republic prisoners. Sing told Boba to personally execute Commander Ponds during the transmission, but he refused, as his goal was to kill Windu rather than other prisoners. Sing executed Ponds on her own, jettisoning him into space, and Boba's relationship with her and the other bounty hunters began to deteriorate. Boba objected to the treatment of the other prisoners as well, going so far as to show compassion by providing them with water. Nonetheless, the transmission to the Jedi Temple did end up putting the Jedi on their trail, only the Order sent Master Plo Koon and Padawan Ahsoka Tano rather than Master Windu.
The group soon took refuge on Florrum, where Sing planned to seek the assistance of Hondo Ohnaka, a spice pirate and her former lover. Ohnaka was also a friend of Jango's, which Boba learned when Sing introduced them and when the pirate said he was sorry for his father's death. Ohnaka declined to help her if the Jedi arrived on Florrum, but he also vowed not to stand in her way. Castas, however, contacted a fellow bounty hunter on Coruscant and offered to provide information on Boba and the others. Sing overheard his conversation and executed him, leaving Boba horrified as he began to realize he had made a mistake in teaming with the bounty hunters against Windu.
Despite Castas' betrayal, it was his transmission to Coruscant that allowed the Jedi to discover Boba and the others on Florrum, as Tano had overheard the transmission. The two Jedi arrived on Florrum shortly thereafter, where Sing attempted to ransom the prisoners. Both sides ended up attacking one another, with Boba holding a blaster to Koon's head and Tano holding a lightsaber to Sing's throat. The bounty hunters created a diversion and attempted to escape, but Boba was captured while Sing fled on a speeder. Koon interrogated Boba, who refused to disclose the location of the hostages despite his reservations about their treatment. Ohnaka was able to convince Boba to tell the Jedi, however, by saying that Jango would have wanted his son to do the honorable thing. The hostages were rescued, while Sing managed to make it to Slave I and begin to flee, but Tano clung to the ship and damaged it enough to cause a crash. The ship went down in a fiery explosion and the Jedi assumed Sing had been killed, but she survived.
Boba and Bossk, who was also taken into custody, were sent to Coruscant where they would be imprisoned. Windu met Boba upon his arrival, and Boba apologized for his actions and the destruction that he caused—but he vowed to never forgive Windu for killing his father.
Becoming a bounty hunter
- "Boss? This is your boss?"
"You got a problem with that?"
- ―Asajj Ventress and Boba Fett, as Ventress expresses skepticism of Boba's age and experience
Boba was imprisoned on Coruscant for his actions during the assassination attempts. During his time in prison, a Republic plan was put in motion aimed at preventing a suspected kidnapping plot against Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine. To do so, Obi-Wan Kenobi faked his death and disguised himself as Rako Hardeen, the suspect in the attempt on his life, and entered the same prison where Boba was being held. Kenobi teamed with Moralo Eval, a suspect in the suspected kidnapping plot, and bounty hunter Cad Bane to escape the prison in the hopes it would lead him towards the heart of the conspiracy. As part of the escape attempt, Bane paid and encouraged Boba to confront "Hardeen," and Boba claimed that Hardeen had cheated him out of a bounty. Boba and Kenobi briefly fought one another, before Bossk intervened and started a riot to defend Boba. Bane's plan was successful, and Kenobi eventually went on to help stop the plot against Chancellor Palpatine. After Bane's recapture, Boba called him out for having been recaptured so quickly after Boba's distraction. Bane then asked to tell him the story, to which Boba replied that he hoped it would end with Bane repaying him the money he promised for creating the earlier distraction. After asking further about their cut of the deal, Bane revealed that 'Hardeen' had not actually killed Kenobi, before going into the story of what transpired from Bane's perspective. After hearing Bane's full recounting, Boba interjected his distaste for the Jedi before informing Bane of a plan he and Bossk had concocted which would involve Bane and the use of his blasters.
Boba left prison shortly thereafter and formed the bounty hunter syndicate Krayt's Claw, using Tatooine as his base of operations. As part of the syndicate, Boba hired Bossk, Dengar, C-21 Highsinger, and Latts Razzi. One of the missions they chose to undertake was on Quarzite, where they were to protect cargo on an underground tram from being attacked and stolen by a band of raiders. After Asajj Ventress, a former apprentice of Count Dooku who was betrayed by the Sith Lord and became a bounty hunter, killed one of their teammates, Oked, Ventress was hired in his place. The team left Tatooine and proceeded to an orbital elevator station above Quarzite where they meet their employer, Major Rigosso, and received the specifics of their assignment. The crew was to protect the contents of a chest, which would be delivered to the Otua Blank, the ruler of Quarzite, via an underground tram, as the planet's atmosphere rendered delivery via spacecraft impossible. The chest needed protection from the band of raiders, which was why the bounty hunters were hired.
The team embarked on their mission by taking the space elevator down beneath the surface of the planet, where they boarded the tram and made their preparations to defend the chest from the raiders. The raiders boarded the tram during its journey and attacked, killing the Quarzite personnel. Most of the bounty hunters were thrown off of the tram. During the struggle against the raiders, Boba inadvertently knocked the chest over, revealing its contents: a young woman named Pluma Sodi, who had been kidnapped so she could be married to Otua Blank against her will. The leader of the raiders, Krismo Sodi, was her brother, who had been trying to save his sister. Ventress and Boba, who managed to remain on the tram, argued about the situation after Pluma pleaded with the former Sith acolyte, who felt sympathy for the girl; Ventress had also been forcibly taken from her home. Boba, on the other hand, intended to continue with the operation. Ventress used the Force to choke Boba, preventing him from fulfilling the mission and pulling him into the same room where Pluma and Krismo were being kept.
Once the tram arrived at its destination, Ventress delivered the chest to Blank and claimed the bounty, departing before the ruler could discover the chest's contents: an angry Boba, who Ventress had tied up and placed into the chest. Ventress had released Pluma to her brother and regrouped with the other bounty hunters, paying them their shares of the bounty before parting company with them. When Ventress met with the other hunters at the ship and asked her where their leader was, she replied that Boba would turn up.
Running a syndicate
- "For the record—I know you're going to betray us at some point. They might not see it, but I do... And also, just for the record, I'm not the kid you left behind on Quarzite. You double–cross me again—you'll pay for it."
- ―Boba Fett agreeing to accept Ventress's mission to rescue Quinlan Vos
Despite his embarrassment at Ventress' hands, Boba continued to run a successful syndicate of bounty hunters based out of both Coruscant and Tatooine. However, Ventress' history with the team continued to haunt the crew. In the waning years of the Clone Wars, Boba was approached by the Jedi Quinlan Vos while frequenting one of Coruscant's Level 1313 bars. Vos was interested in hunting down the former Sith for a planned assassination attempt on Count Dooku and wanted to partner with Ventress. Boba informed Vos that Ventress was hunting a Volpai fugitive named Moregi on the moon Pantora.
Using Fett's information, Vos traveled to Pantora where he rendezvoused with Ventress. After doing several bounty hunting jobs together, Vos revealed his true mission to Ventress, who agreed to train him in the ways of the dark side of the Force. When Vos' attempt failed, Ventress approached Boba once again at Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina on Tatooine with the hopes of recruiting his syndicate to rescue her new partner turned lover. While initially cool, Fett and his fellow bounty hunters accepted Ventress' job after she offered to pay 250,000 credits in advance. Satisfied, Boba and his allies joined Ventress on her mission to rescue Vos. However, Dooku defeated Fett and his fellow bounty hunters with relative ease and Ventress's attempt to save Vos resulted in failure as well. Defeated but alive, Boba and his crew retreated from Serenno.
The ensuing years
Assuming the mantle
At some point during his childhood years, like how he had with Sing, Fett learned about the bounty hunting trade from Cad Bane and Ohnaka. In the ensuing years, Boba gained a reputation as one of the deadliest bounty hunters in the galaxy. One of his known tactics was disintegrating his adversaries. As his career evolved, Boba inherited his father's Mandalorian armor, rebuilding it in Jango's memory. Fett also took back possession of Slave I. Boba's armor was also adorned with numerous braids hanging from the shoulder, which he displayed as trophies of his fallen prey. While the bounty hunter only took on certain assignments, he would devote himself to these few jobs with fanatical skill. Boba assumed the mantle Jango had left as a notorious bounty hunter, as Boba became known as the best bounty hunter in the galaxy. At some point, Boba saved the Twi'lek dancing girl Lyn Me from slavery, and as a result Me hero-worshiped him.
Since the First Battle of Geonosis, Boba had been considered a missing person by the Kaminoans. Without access to him, Prime Minister Lama Su turned the cloners' attention to Omega during the early Imperial Era, intending to use her pure Fett DNA to create a superior clone model for the Galactic Empire, as the new government was turning away from using clone troopers. Hiring the bounty hunter Fennec Shand, Doctor Nala Se frustrated Su's efforts by ensuring Omega was kept safe. Furthermore, Omega had joined the renegade clone commando unit known as Clone Force 99, who were made aware of her importance to the Kaminoans, including her relation to Boba, by commando "Tech."
The Corellian job
- "The orders were to wait for your backup."
"This is why I didn't wait. You just get in the way."
"Stay…stay away from me, Fett, before I kill you."
- ―Beilert Valance and Boba Fett
Khamus, heir to the Mourner's Wail Syndicate, hired Fett as well as other bounty hunters to infiltrate a sanctuary of the Unbroken Clan and kill a target on Corellia. The team—which included Beilert Valance, Bossk, Nakano Lash, and T'ongor—successfully defeated the guards surrounding the facility in Coronet City, but were forced to retreat when Lash gunned Khamus down after the client eliminated their target. The failure at Corellia damaged Fett's reputation, which made him develop a great hatred for Lash.
Working for Jabba
By the time of the Galactic Civil War, Fett was regarded as an established bounty hunter who worked as one of Jabba the Hutt's go-to mercenaries. During the trade wars, Jabba considered hiring Fett to lead a mission to Mygeeto to extract a Givin codebreaker, whose AJ^6 cyborg construct linked him to an Imperial algorithm that created security codes, which would generate billions in profits if used for smuggling. However, the Hutt crime lord instead hired the Rodian bounty hunter Greedo, who considered himself better than Fett but failed in the mission. Fett was present in Jabba's Palace when the crime lord reprimanded Greedo, nearly throwing the Rodian into his Rancor pit until Ithorian Dok-Ondar agreed to purchase a special lightsaber the bounty hunter had recovered on the mission.
Boba was present when Jabba discouraged a pair of travelers from seeking to acquire the alcoholic beverage Desert Wind from a group of Tuskens. He later ambushed the travelers in addition to other interested parties when they attempted to continue their quest without Jabba's knowledge.
At some point before the secret mission to Tatooine, Boba traveled to Coruscant where he encountered three rebel spies. After the spies attempted to engage Boba with Ion disruptors he disintegrated them using a weapon accelerator, which angered Darth Vader who refused to pay Boba the bounty as there were no bodies.
When Geezer, a member of the Hutt Clan left the syndicate to form a band called Star Waver, Jabba hired Boba to capture the rogue Hutt and bring him to Tatooine for execution. Along with a few other bounty hunters, Boba tracked down the band during a concert and attempted to bring in Geezer. But Geezer and the band fought off their attackers and made a hasty escape, only for Boba to follow them in Slave I. Eventually, Boba found the band again and threatened to kill Geezer's companions if he didn't come with him. Geezer then surrendered and left with Boba in his starship en route to Tatooine. Boba returned Geezer to Jabba, who prepared for him to be publicly executed. Star Waver however soon made a deal with Jabba to allow them to perform one last song with Geezer. Geezer and his band then performed to the approval of the crowd. But before Geezer could be killed, Jay, the band's vocalist asked Jabba to spare Geezer and become the band's first sponsor. Jabba agreed and Geezer was spared, allowing the band to continue playing as Boba found himself enjoying their music.
Shortly before the Battle of Yavin, Boba originally planned to leave Tatooine. But after catching wind that Vader was looking for a couple of runaway droids, Boba changed plans in order to attempt to collect the bounty. He followed one of the droids' footprints which led to treadmarks made by a sandcrawler. Upon tracing the sandcrawler's path to its destination, he discovered that the Jawas had been wiped out, most likely by stormtroopers. After additional work, Boba deduced that the Empire's forces had seemingly killed everyone known to have seen the droids. This included the two inhabitants living at a torched moisture farm which Boba had investigated. With careful observation, Boba found that there had been three inhabitants living in that moisture farm, and that the third inhabitant had most likely run off with the droids.
Later, Boba was present in Mos Eisley on Tatooine when Jabba confronted Han Solo, one of the Hutt's smugglers; Solo owed Jabba money after having dumped his smuggling cargo before his ship, the Millennium Falcon, was boarded by soldiers from the Galactic Empire. Solo promised Jabba he would pay him, but a bounty had been placed on the smuggler's head. Solo, who became a member of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, ultimately did not pay Jabba, leading Boba to pursue the bounty.
Galactic Civil War
Bounty for the Dark Lord
- "There is an X-Wing pilot. He knew an Obi-Wan Kenobi. He left this planet aboard a smuggling vessel called the Millennium Falcon."
"I know the ship. Dead or alive?"
- ―Darth Vader gives Boba Fett his mission.
Not long after the Battle of Yavin, Boba was present in Jabba's Palace when the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader visited on behalf of the Emperor, to negotiate terms of the Hutt Clan supplying the Imperial Military with raw resources to increase their production. However, Vader arrived a day early on behalf of himself. Jabba was wary of Vader, but ordered his court to leave them in privacy nonetheless. Vader soon revealed that he needed two of Jabba's top bounty hunters. After Jabba tested the Dark Lord, they came to an agreement, so Jabba sent Boba, and the Wookiee Black Krrsantan.
Later that day Boba and Krrsantan met Vader out in the desert after meeting with Jabba. Vader inquired to whether the two bounty hunters were Jabba's finest, and when Boba assured him they were, Vader gave them each their missions: Boba was to capture a Rebel Alliance pilot who was associated with a man named Obi-Wan Kenobi, and a smuggling vessel known as the Millennium Falcon. And Krrsantan's bounty was on an Imperial agent who the Emperor favored. He was also to be apprehended alive. Boba assured Vader that his will would be done. The Dark Lord told them to start immediately as he basked in a Tusken Raider camp he had slaughtered earlier.
Per Vader's orders, Boba began the search immediately. He knew Solo frequented Mos Eisley, so he started there to find Solo's accomplice. Boba soon found a group of four Rodians and informed them of his search for Kenobi, to which the lead Rodian replied that Kenobi was just some "crazy old wizard," who lived in the Dune Sea, and asked why Boba was looking for the wizard. Boba pointed his weapon at the Rodian, stated that Kenobi was dead, and that he alone would be asking the questions.
Boba then killed the Rodians, after they proved useless, and went in search of others who might know anything useful about the boy. He came across a group of Jawas that he also killed, then a family of moisture farmers that he interrogated, before murdering them as well. All leads proved fruitless, therefore, Boba headed towards the cantina, the place where most of Tatooine's scum and villainy went to drink.
Boba entered, stood as the center of attention, and addressed the gathered criminals and spacers, telling them he was not going to leave until someone provided him with the boy's name. However, while Boba threatened an Ithorian, someone in the back of the room spoke up and mocked that the only boy he saw, was Boba. The bounty hunter demanded to know who had insulted him, and was pleased when a six-armed over two meter tall alien approached. Boba quickly overpowered the alien, removing one of its arms and breaking three others, in order to intimidate the patrons into answering his questions. Boba again demanded the boy's name. but Wuher the cantina's bartender, said that no one there knew the boy, therefore, no one knew his name; only that Kenobi had been in the cantina recently with the boy, but that was all anyone knew about him. Suddenly, a young moisture farmer bolted towards the exit, but Boba fired a length of fibercord that tripped up the teen. The young farmer claimed he didn't know anything, but to Boba, he obviously did for he had tried to run. Boba tied the young man to a table and and proceeded to interrogate him. The teen eventually broke and told Boba the boy's history on Tatooine, and most importantly, his name: Luke Skywalker. The bounty hunter knew the teen spoke the truth and released the boy who had "only wanted a drink," however, shot him in the chest right after.
Duel with Skywalker
- "You're running out of options. And blood. Put down the lightsaber."
- ―Boba Fett, to Luke Skywalker
Boba left the cantina, boarded his ship, and headed to Ben Kenobi's home in the Jundland Wastes, where he waited for Skywalker to show. A group of Tusken Raiders were ransacking Kenobi's home, but Skywalker and his astromech droid soon arrived and Skywalker chased them off with his lightsaber. Boba stealthily closed in on them as they entered the hut. Boba threw a flash grenade that temporarily blinded Skywalker and short-circuited his droid, R2-D2.
Boba moved in and hit Skywalker across the head with his carbine and ordered him to surrender. Skywalker, however, struck Boba in the stomach, hitting Boba's armor. Skywalker, as he was blind, mistook Boba for a stormtrooper. Skywalker deduced that since Boba hadn't killed him, whoever had hired the bounty hunter wanted Skywalker alive, so he ignited his lightsaber after Boba warned that Skywalker needn't be walking, just "alive." Skywalker told Boba that the bounty hunter never should have come to Kenobi's home, and was adamant that he would fight Boba blind; for Jedi didn't need eyes—although, as Boba reminded him, he was no Jedi. Skywalker swung wildly, giving Boba the chance to shoot a length of fibercord that Skywalker surprisingly evaded. Skywalker used the noise that Boba's Mandalorian armor produced to fight him, and caused Boba to stumble backwards and trip over Artoo, prompting them both to charge each other.
The bounty hunter cut Skywalker several times with vibroblades that extended from his gauntlets, drawing blood several times. Boba again ordered him to surrender. Skywalker, therefore, added that Kenobi could help him even beyond death, prompting Boba to shoot him in the shoulder. Boba prepared to do so again when Skywalker recited a Jedi saying, and deflected the incoming blaster bolt; forcing Boba to tackle the still-blind boy. Both combatants grappled one another, and Boba began to press the lightsaber towards Skywalker's face. However, a box marked "For Luke" suddenly flew across the room and collided with Boba's head, knocking him unconscious. Skywalker and his astromech were equally surprised, but quickly left the hut and Tatooine, leaving Boba to report the events that had transpired to Lord Vader.
Later, Boba traveled aboard Slave I to meet Vader on a Star Destroyer, and reported that the boy had "gotten lucky" and escaped. Vader was disappointed and asked if Boba had brought him anything of value. Boba told him he had, at least, discovered the boy's name: Skywalker. Vader remained silent for some time, so Boba left, for their present business was concluded. Unknown to Boba, he had just told the Dark Lord that he had a son.
Boba tracked down a group of rebels on Carajam. There, he rode a creature and attacked the rebel encampent. There, Boba was able to grab his bounty, a rebel pilot. Upon collecting the 50,000 credit reward for the rebel pilot, Boba decided to collect the 100,000 credit bounty on known rebel collaborator, Zingo Gabnit. He returned to the Death Plains where he found Turfitch dying after Gabnit shot him. Boba shot Gabnit and continued to track him to settlement. There, he found several people tied up and heard Gabnit offering to pay three times what the Xan sisters offered him. Boba saw a explosive and was blown out the door. Despite that, he was able to capture him and shot him. Boba dragged Gabnit's body and was thanked by several villagers. He was asked by Stallo to help his fellow villagers take out the Xan sisters. Boba refused and decided to collect the bounty on Stallo.
The hunt for 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
Several years later, Boba took his next job from Darth Vader, dropping a hunt for a Sullustan and instead giving it to a rookie hunter, and rendezvoused with the Executor in the Hoth asteroid belt. Five other hunters, including Fett's old allies Dengar and Bossk, were also gathered aboard the Star Dreadnought, though his two old partners were the only hunters he fully recognized. Though he realized they seemed familiar, Fett was unable to place the names of 4-LOM, Zuckuss, and IG-88B. Taking a twenty credit bet with Dengar, Boba correctly guessed their bounty would be Solo's ship, the Millennium Falcon. Vader intended to use Solo, as well as Leia Organa and Chewbacca, as bait to lure Luke Skywalker into a trap. Boba and the other bounty hunters were given permission to use any means necessary to capture Skywalker's friends, as long as they were captured alive. Vader singled out Boba and warned against disintegrations, to which Fett responded as the Sith Lord wished. After getting an idea, Boba went to work programming decoy coordinates on Slave I to fool other Bounty Hunters that might pursue him. He jumped out and then jumped back into proximity of the Imperial Fleet, locating the Millennium Falcon quickly, having previously deduced that Solo would try to outlast the Empire rather than risk losing it in a chase.
Boba proceeded to dock within the Star Destroyer Avenger, coming up with a story of having a leak on his ship as a reason for staying behind. As the Avenger began to prep for jump, the onboard personnel became concerned with dealing with Slave I. Since Boba had seemingly disappeared from the dock, a member of waste disposal, Carl Ashon, was assigned to handle cleanup from the emitting coolant leak on Slave I. He quickly discovered what Boba had witnessed; the Millennium Falcon was attached on the hull of the Avenger. As Ashon started to make plans on claiming the bounty, he was interrupted by Boba Fett. Ahson proposed splitting the bounty between him and Boba. Boba seemingly agreed before proceeding to knock Ashon unconscious. Fett then placed Ashon within a stripped-down Lambda shuttle that was promptly ejected from the Avenger, ensuring that Ashon would not interfere with Boba's plan. Boba then pursued the Falcon out of the system as they made their way to Cloud City on Bespin. Boba and the Empire arrived before the Millennium Falcon, which allowed Vader to manipulate Solo's friend and the leader of Cloud City, Lando Calrissian, into helping them capture Solo and the others. Whilst on Bespin, Boba defeated IG-88, who had followed him to Cloud City, leaving the droid to be collected as scrap.
At some point Boba visited the Azure Den, an underground gambling spot known for inviting only longtime players. While there, the establishment's owner, Elad Zhalto, attempted to speak to him. Boba became concerned when he learned that Vader intended to freeze Solo in carbonite, as a test to determine whether Skywalker would be able survive the same process. Vader promised the bounty hunter that he would be compensated by the Empire for the loss of any potential bounty earnings if Solo was to be killed. Solo survived the process, however, and Vader turned the frozen smuggler over to Boba, who had Solo taken to Slave I. He was pursued by Organa, Calrissian, and Chewbacca, all of whom were attempting to save Solo from being taken to Jabba the Hutt. Their attempt failed, however and Boba successfully left Bespin.
The hunt for Lash
- "It's time to settle an old debt."
- ―Boba Fett
After capturing Solo, Boba learned from Syphacc's Bountiful Bounties that Lash had resurfaced. Boba found the black market technician Jhorstek at a bar in Phelar Port on Eriadu. After killing the bar patrons, Boba had Jhorstek tell him where to find Lash. Boba was told that Lash on Galmerah. Boba was able to track Lash's ship to Ruusan. There, he boarded Lash's ship where he shot and wounded T'onga. Lash told Boba that Cadeliah was the reason she killed Khamus. As he prepared to kill Lash, Boba was attacked by Valance. The two fought until Boba shot Valance with a bioenergy disrupter. Boba then confronted Lash and Cadeliah. Lash and Boba shot at each other. As Lash got Cadeliah aboard a escape pod, Boba grabbed Lash by her tentacles. The two then fought again until Valance grabbed him. However, Boba was able to subdue Valance with his flamethrower. As Fett attempted to finish Lash off, Lash's ship came under attack by General Vukorah's ship. Fett, knowing Lash would die eventually, returned Slave I to continue his journey to Tatooine to bring Solo to Jabba's Palace.
War of the bounty hunters
- "I'm not going to disappoint him. I'm on the way. But...tell Jabba...it's gonna be a minute."
- ―Boba Fett to Bib Fortuna, after he lost Han Solo
During his flight to Tatooine, Boba contacted Bib Fortuna at Jabba's Palace and assured him that Han Solo was alive and that Jabba should have his payment ready. At the same time, an alarm signal from the carbonite block sounded and Boba discovered that strange stains had formed on the surface of the frozen Han Solo. He cut off his call with Fortuna and left for Nar Shadda, where he met with his old contact Doc Ragon. The doc informed him that the carbonite matrix with an organic being in it was unstable, but he also offered to solve the problem. When Boba explained that he would be unable to pay at the moment, Ragon gave him the alternative of killing Kanji Hutts' arena pit warrior Wyrmen Lictor, whom the Doctor had hated since she killed a fighter he had bet a lot of money on. At first, Boba did not want to anger the Kanjis, especially since they would recognize him by his armor. However, Ragon offered to make his armor unrecognizable with a nanospray, finally revealing to Boba that Wyrmen Lictor was the current champion of the arena.
In now all black armor, Boba competed in the arena under the name of his father. As "Beskar Brawler Jango", Boba killed many fighters, including Jonny the Sting, Skullicon and Bigbot, in order to finally fight against Wyrmen Lictor, despite the warning of another gladiator. With the arena designed as a web for their fight, Lictor and Fett started their conflict. After he shot her blasters out of her hands, Lictor ripped off his jetpack with a thread that she shot out of her body. Fett managed to sever one of her legs but was hit in the shoulder by another. When Lictor stood over him and felt confident of victory, Fett let his jetpack explode, which led to the previous arena champion falling into the depths and being crushed by the falling stones. After Fett asked for his credits from the Pa'lowick who worked at the entrance to the arena, he was denied by several Kanjis who wanted him to fight in the arena for them, as they wanted to win back the money they had bet on Lictor. Unwilling to return to the fighting arena and knowing he had to return to Ragon, Fett refused and returned to Ragon's quarters, where he found the doc to be dead and Han Solo to be stolen. At the same moment, Fortuna contacted him again, telling him that Jabba was slowly getting impatient for his prey. Fett assured the Twi'lek that he would not disappoint Jabba, but that the Hutt would have to be patient.
Betrayed by Jabba
- "I said at the beginning of all this that someone was going to die. Now I know who."
- ―Boba Fett, to Bib Fortuna
Afterwards, Boba visited a bar on the moon and told the bartender that whoever took Solo from him was going to die. He then saw a reflection in a glass of one of the patrons aiming their blaster at him, to which he quickly shot them down. As he left the bar, Fett left a message for Fortuna, reassuring the Twi'lek that he would deliver Solo as agreed. However, as Fett entered his ship, he noticed a thermal detonator, which promptly exploded and sent him flying back. He was then met by Zukuss, who told Fett that he had questions for him. Fett responded by firing a rocket from his jetpack, which Zuckuss dodged. Zuckuss was then joined by 4-LOM, who took aim at Fett and forced him to stand down. Fett asked them what the attack was about and 4-LOM ordered him to tell them where Solo was. Angered that they had gone inside his ship, Fett remotely turned on its weapons and flew out of the way as they fired on the two bounty hunters. Once the firing stopped, Fett came back down and found Zuckuss hanging by the edge of the landing platform. Fett went to kick him off, but Zuckuss tried to stop him by telling him his future. The future he described was of Fett drowning in a sea of red. However, Fett said he wasn't interested and kicked Zuckuss off the edge, sending him plummeting into the city below.
Fett then discovered 4-LOM, blasted in half and telling Fett to stay back. However, Fett used one of his wrist blades to sever the droid's head and took it onto the ship with him. 4-LOM stated that Fett was his target, to which Fett said the droid must be mistaken. Fett then connected 4-LOM's head with the ship's computer and placed a restraining bolt on him. When Fett asked the droid who sent him and how he had learned of Solo's whereabouts, 4-LOM revealed that an open contract had been placed on Fett himself, dead or alive with Solo's delivery as a bonus. When Fett asked who had placed the bounty, the droid responded that the client was Jabba. Armed with this new information, Fett returned to Jabba's Palace on Tatooine. As he approached the palace, 4-LOM tried to convince Fett that he could still be useful to him, to which Fett promptly tossed his head over the side of the bridge. Upon reaching the palace's entrance, Fett was stopped by two Gamorrean guards, who he told to stand aside lest they end up like the droid. However, he was then met by Fortuna, who told Fett that they could resolve the matter without violence. Fett disagreed before quickly dispatching the two guards. Fortuna attempted to threaten Fett, but Fett aimed his wrist-mounted flamethrower at the Twi'lek and demanded to know why Jabba had placed a bounty on him.
Fortuna revealed that Jabba had learned about Fett's loss of Solo and assumed the bounty hunter had sold him. Fett retorted that Solo had been stolen from him and demanded to see Jabba. But Fortuna replied that Jabba was not there at the moment. When Fett asked the Twi'lek where his boss was, Fortuna answered that he had received an invitation from the ones who had stolen Solo to buy him from them. With more palace guards gathering around them, Fortuna suggested that Fett leave the premises. However, Fett threatened them and asked them if they truly wanted to die for Fortuna. They then responded by clearing the way for him, allowing him to enter the palace and see the invitation that Jabba had received. The invitation was a recording of a hooded woman with the still frozen Han Solo. In the message, she announced the return of crime syndicate Crimson Dawn and invited Jabba to a celebration on Jekara. After viewing the invitation, Fett told Fortuna that he was going to fix his ship for him. Then, he was going to fly to Jekara and get his property back.
Auction for Han Solo
- "What now, Boba Fett? We've known each other a long time--since you was young, just a little clutchling trying to avenge your pop. You gonna kill me?"
"No. I'm going to use you to send a message. To anyone who wants to come after me to get Jabba's bounty. This is the message. Don't."
- ―Bossk and Boba Fett
Upon arriving at Jekara, Fett scoped out Crimson Dawn's fortress-flagship, the Vermillion and saw that it was well guarded. He then saw another group of gangsters heading towards the Vermillion and told their leader to give him their invitation and cloak. However, Fett was then attacked by Bossk, who had come to claim Jabba's bounty. With his flamethrower and jetpack, Fett managed to blow off the Trandoshan's legs, subduing him. Bossk reminded Fett of their history together and asked if he was going to kill him. But Fett said he was going to use him as a message to dissuade any other bounty hunters from coming after him. He then tied up Bossk and left him out in the cold as he retrieved his disguise and infiltrated the Vermillion.
Once inside the ship, Fett found himself amongst a crowd of representatives from every major criminal faction in the underworld. Among the crowd, he recognized a particular face; Doctor Chelli Aphra. Fett approached Aphra and took her by the arm, telling her associate Sana Starros to lower her blaster. Being a noted archaeologist who knew her history, Aphra recognized from Fett's voice that he was a clone. Fett then told Aphra to help him or he would alert Crimson Dawn to her presence. Giving her a comm button, he told Aphra to create a diversion once he triggered the button. However, they were then interrupted by Lady Qi'ra, who presented Solo to the bidders and commenced the auction.
After telling Aphra to be ready, Fett disappeared from the crowd. With the auction underway, he removed his disguise and got back into his armor. But as he went to retrieve Solo, he ran into Leia Organa, Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca, who were also there to rescue the smuggler. At the same time, Jabba won the auction and told his fellow Hutts to wrap Solo up for him so they could leave. However, the auction was then interrupted by the arrival of Darth Vader. Guarded by two death troopers, Vader declared that Solo belonged to him. While Vader argued with Jabba over Solo, Leia told Chewbacca to take Fett down quietly. Taunting him with an assortment of hair braids taken from slain Wookiees, Fett fought Chewbacca fiercely before subduing him with a blast from his flamethrower.
As Vader sparred with Qi'ra for Solo, Fett prepared to attack Vader himself. But after remembering how easily Vader defended himself from Solo's fire in Cloud City, Fett decided not to attack. After defeating Qi'ra and taking possession of Solo, Vader contacted Luke Skywalker and commanded the Jedi to come to him or else he would cut friend in half. Skywalker refused however and told Vader to come to him. Vader conceded, ordering Romodi to bring Solo aboard his star destroyer and prepare his fighter. Fett then left the Vermillion to reclaim his property from the Empire.
- "See that? The rebels are going after him too. Lotta powerful people want Solo. And here you and I sit, simple men, caught in the middle."
"What's your point?"
"We can help each other. We both want the same thing--Han Solo. You have a good reputation. We should work together. Both of us focused on the same goal…we might be able to make something happen."
- ―Boba Fett and Beilert Valance
As he watched a squad of stormtroopers transport Solo to Vader's shuttle, Fett was suddenly cornered by Dengar, who aimed his rifle at Fett's heart and ordered him to stand down. But Fett refused, saying that he was sick of being attacked by nobodies. Dengar was then joined by Beilert Valance before they both attacked Fett. Fett however quickly subdued Dengar with a single rocket, leaving the Corellian stranded on a floating iceberg. While Fett was distracted, Valance held one of his hands to the back of Fett's head and demanded to know where Solo was. Fett then remarked that Valance was too late as Vader's shuttle departed from Jekara with Solo onboard.
As Vader left with Solo, Fett offered to work with Valance to get Solo back. Valance initially refused, saying that he should kill Fett for what he did to Nakano Lash and that doing so would prevent Fett from betraying him later. Fett admitted that would be cleaner, but not easier. He then told Valance that whichever one of them got Solo after, at least the Empire wouldn't have him. With this, Valance accepted Fett's offer and asked him how they would get to the star destroyer, to which Fett told Valance to let him worry about that.
As they approached Vader's star destroyer in Slave I, Valance spotted the Millenium Falcon nearby and warned Fett not to destroy it or else they would have a problem. Fett then deployed a seismic charge dialed back to twenty percent intensity, taking the Falcon out of the fight. Fett also noticed that the ship's crew had shut down the Imperial shuttle, leaving nothing between them and Vader's ship. But before they could approach it however, they were suddenly met by a massive fleet of Hutt ships.
As the Hutts commenced their attack, Fett contacted the Executor and requested access to board, claiming he was working for Vader on an urgent mission. Much to Valance's surprise, the ruse worked and he and Fett were allowed onto Vader's flagship. Once inside, Valance used his knowledge of the Empire to guide Fett towards the detention level. Upon reaching the level, they were attacked by a KX-series security droid, though Valance managed to dispatch it quickly. However, Valance was then betrayed by Fett, who threw a thermal detonator at him and caused his body to explode. Fett then left Valance to die as he went to retrieve Solo once and for all.
Reclaiming Han Solo
- "I brought you Han Solo, Jabba. If you want to keep him…pay me."
- ―Boba Fett, to Jabba the Hutt
Upon reaching Solo on the Executor, Fett once again encountered Organa, Calrissian and Chewbacca. But before they could engage one another, a blast from a Hutt ship blew a hole in the room they were in, causing Solo to be sucked out into space. Fett quickly used his jetpack to fly after Solo, chasing him all the way back down to the surface of the planet before fishing him out of the sea. After placing Solo back in Slave I, Fett returned to Tatooine and finally delivered the bounty to Jabba.
Although Jabba had cancelled his bounty on Fett's head, Fett nevertheless brought the subject up, but Jabba claimed it had never been a personal decision and even noted he would require Fett's services in the future, given that Crimson Dawn had returned. While Jabba explained how he had suddenly become the sole leader of the Hutt Clans, as Darth Vader had executed the Grand Hutt Council during the battle, Fett remained focused on the money he was owed. While he advised Jabba to throw Solo into the Great Pit of Carkoon to spare him the trouble the smuggler would bring, he then returned his focus to business matters, demanding that Jabba pay him after all he had been through.
Into the sarlacc
- "Boba Fett? Boba Fett? Where?"
- ―Han Solo, just before knocking Fett into the sarlacc
Boba continued working for Jabba after delivering Solo to the Hutt. In the meantime, a plan was developed by Skywalker, Organa, Chewbacca, and Calrissian to rescue Solo from the palace. Sometime later, he witnessed Skywalker and Chewbacca be captured by the Hutt, while Organa posed as the bounty hunter Boushh and Calrissian posed as a guard. Organa was, however, able to free Solo from carbonite freezing, and the smuggler emerged temporarily blind as a result of the freezing process and Organa got captured and made a slave girl for Jabba. At Jabba's decree, Skywalker, Solo, and Chewbacca were to be taken to the Great Pit of Carkoon, where they would be fed to the sarlacc—a creature that lived in the pit that would digest them over the course of a thousand years. Boba made the journey to the sarlacc with Jabba's entourage.
Once at the Great Pit of Carkoon, Skywalker and the others put their plan into motion, attacking Jabba's guards—and even leading to the death of Jabba himself, who was strangled to death by Leia Organa. During the firefight, Boba fought against Skywalker, who used his lightsaber to destroy Boba's blaster. In the ensuing chaos, Solo—still somewhat blind— was alerted to Boba's presence and swung out wildly with a vibro-ax, striking Boba's jetpack as he took aim at Skywalker with his wrist gauntlet. The impact caused the jetpack to ignite, sending Boba slamming into the side of Jabba's sail barge and then tumbling into the Pit of Carkoon.
After the sarlacc
- "She was left for dead on the sands of Tatooine, as was I. But fate sometimes steps in to rescue the wretched."
- ―Boba Fett, on his and Fennec Shand's survival
Fett survived his fall into the sarlacc, though he was separated from his armor, which was found by Jawas and later acquired by the Tatooinian sheriff Cobb Vanth. At some point Fett acquired a gaderffii stick and cycler rifle. Though a number of rumors about his fate circulated, Fett was presumed dead due to his fall into the sarlacc pit.
Around the same time as when Vanth traded for the armor, Dengar and fellow bounty hunter Mercurial Swift entered into a fight in Coronet City on the Core World of Corellia. During their scuffle, Dengar pulled out his particle array gun and aimed it at Swift. Thinking of a way to survive, Swift pretended to see Fett on a nearby rooftop and said his name in false confusion, causing Dengar to turn his gun towards the roof. Taking advantage of this, the younger bounty hunter defeated him. However, he let Dengar live, as there was no bounty on his head.
Around 9 ABY, Fett came across the dying Fennec Shand on Tatooine. He managed to save her life in a manner that left Shand with a gutful of working machine parts in place of the near-fatal wound she had earlier received from Toro Calican. In return for this boon, Shand agreed to work as Fett's partner.
Vanth later gave Fett's armor to the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin in exchange for his help in killing a greater krayt dragon that was terrorizing Vanth's town of Mos Pelgo. As Din returned to Mos Eisley and his ship, the Razor Crest, he was observed by Fett. After watching Djarin, Fett descended from the hilltop where he had been standing.
- "I don't want your armor. I want my armor that you got from Cobb Vanth back on Tatooine. It belongs to me."
- ―Boba Fett, to Din Djarin
Eventually, Fett departed Tatooine with Shand on Slave I. Together, they tracked Din Djarin and Grogu to Tython. After a tense standoff, the two made a deal with Djarin to protect Grogu in exchange for returning Fett's lost armor to him. However, Moff Gideon arrived on Tython in force, intent on capturing Grogu. Two Imperial transports were sent down from his cruiser and deployed stormtroopers in a skirmish against Djarin, Fett, and Shand. Boba took on several stormtroopers with his Cycler rifle and Gaderffii, and seeing the Razor Crest open and unguarded, took the opportunity to reclaim his armor and bring the battle to a swift end. However, During the fighting, Grogu was taken by the Imperials. After using the armor's chain code to prove his ownership of it to Djarin, Fett and Shand agreed to help Djarin rescue Grogu, saying the child's abduction meant they were still indebted to him to ensure Grogu's safety. As the Razor Crest had been destroyed by Gideon's forces, Fett and Shand brought Djarin to Nevarro from Slave I; there, Djarin met with New Republic marshal and friend Cara Dune to gain information on Migs Mayfeld, whom Djarin believed could help them locate Gideon.
- "Let's just say they might recognize my face."
- ―Boba Fett
When Fett and the rest of the group arrived to collect him, Mayfeld confused Fett for Djarin due to his Mandalorian armor, which had now been re-painted. Realizing he had no other choice, Mayfeld reluctantly gave Djarin the location of an Imperial refinery on Morak where they could access information from a terminal. Djarin passed this information over to Fett, who then entered the coordinates. After arriving, the group stood upon a hilltop and formulated their plan. Fett explained that he could not go with Mayfeld to access the terminal, reasoning that the Imperial remnant may recognize his face, leaving Djarin to assume the role of Mayfeld's companion. Once Djarin and Mayfeld completed their mission, Fett flew in with Slave I to extract the duo. After boarding the ship, Mayfeld asked Djarin to give him one of the cycler rifles, which Mayfeld used to fire at the rhydonium within the refinery, destroying the cargo they had delivered and setting off a massive explosion. While being chased by two TIE fighters, Fett released a seismic charge, destroying the two pursuing ships. After Slave I had landed, Dune and Djarin decided to release Mayfeld from his prison sentence to thank him for his help. Onboard Slave I, Djarin sent a transmission to Moff Gideon, warning him that he would be coming to reclaim Grogu.
Attack on Gideon's cruiser
- "Get the hell out of there as soon as they clear us to dock. And your shots have to look convincing."
"Power up those shields, princess. I'll put on a good show."
- ―Bo-Katan Kryze and Boba Fett
After acquiring Gideon's coordinates, Fett and the group used Slave I to pursue an Imperial shuttle carrying Doctor Pershing. After disabling the ship with Slave I's ion cannons, it was boarded by Djarin and Dune who, after a brief standoff, captured Pershing. Following this, Slave I landed on a desert planet as Fett and Djarin entered a cantina to speak with Bo-Katan Kryze and Koska Reeves. Djarin attempted to recruit Kryze to help rescue Grogu, but after she said they would not find Gideon, Fett suggested they leave. Upon hearing Fett's voice, Kryze and Reeves declared he was not a Mandalorian, and that he was just a clone of Jango Fett and a disgrace to his armor for insulting Mandalore. Fett and Reeves then entered a brief fight before it was broken up by Kryze, who declared that she and Reeves would help Djarin.
Following this, Fett followed the Imperial Shuttle piloted by Kryze in Slave I as part of her plan; to send out a distress signal to the cruiser whilst under attack from Slave I in order to board and take over the ship. As the group exited hyperspace, Fett began firing upon the shuttle as it sent out its distress signal. However, Gideon ordered for a squad of TIE fighters to intercept Fett's ship. In the ensuing battle, as Kryze crashed the shuttle into the cruiser's launch tube, with Fett disposed of the fighters before jumping away into hyperspace, leaving the infiltration team to finish their mission.
Return to Jabba's Palace
- «Boba. I thought you were dead. I am so glad to see you. I had heard many rumors.»
- ―Bib Fortuna's final words[src]
Some time after Din Djarin's attack on Gideon's cruiser, Fett and Shand returned to Jabba's Palace on Tatooine, now under the control of Bib Fortuna, who acted as Jabba's majordomo prior to his death. Fortuna expressed surprise at Fett's survival after he fell into the sarlacc pit. Without responding to him, Fett shot Fortuna dead and threw his corpse off the palace's throne, taking his place on the throne with Shand by his side.
Following the Battle of Crait in 34 ABY, Hondo Ohnaka mentioned Fett in his book titled the Galactic Explorer's Guide, including him in the "Rogue's Gallery" section for Bespin. He also included a poster of Fett and information on Slave I in the planet's section as well, mentioning that the ship had been owned by Jango, Sing, himself, and then Boba.
Fett was remembered as one of the best bounty hunters in the galaxy, with a reputation that eclipsed his father's. During the First Order/Resistance War, Dok-Ondar told a stormtrooper sergeant and his troops about how he came to buy Ki-Adi-Mundi's lightsaber, events that briefly involved Fett.
Personality and traits
The young bounty hunter
- "No one of true importance would lower themselves to trade with a mere boy."
"Boy? You have no idea who you're talking to. I have been in charge of this whole operation—"
"You have no idea who you are talking to."
- ―Asajj Ventress and Boba Fett
As a child, Boba developed a strong bond with his father, learning much from Jango's years as a bounty hunter. Boba was suspicious of Obi-Wan Kenobi upon the Jedi Knight's arrival on Kamino, recognizing him as a potential threat to both himself and Jango. He took pleasure in fighting Kenobi both on Kamino and in orbit of Geonosis, expressing joy at the thought that the Jedi had been killed. His personality hardened after Jango's death, as a traumatized Boba swore vengeance on Mace Windu, yet he did not take any pleasure in the collateral damage wrought by his mission. His better nature eventually won over in honor of his father's memory, as Boba turned against his bounty hunting allies and allowed himself to be taken into the custody of the Galactic Republic. Despite realizing the errors of his ways, he swore he would never forgive Windu for the murder of his father.
During the Clone Wars, Boba expressed aversion to being compared to clone troopers. He did not want to see himself as being the same as other young clones or a clone in general, as he saw himself as Jango Fett's son. He nonetheless did not care to harm the clones, and briefly considered leaving his bounty hunter companions to stay with the other young clones who escaped the Endurance.
After being released from prison and forming a bounty hunter team, Fett became somewhat more ruthless than he had been previously, focused on achieving the goals of his mission. During the mission to Quarzite, Fett wanted to hand Pluma Sodi over to Otua Blank, despite her pleas for mercy. It was only Ventress' betrayal that allowed Sodi to escape.
- "You can't leave me out here, Boba. I'm cold-blooded. I won't sssurvive."
"Cold-blooded. Huh. Funny thing about that, Bossk. So am I."
- ―Bossk and Boba Fett
As the years went by and the Clone Wars gave way to the reign of the Galactic Empire, Fett became known for his lethality and even displayed trophies of his prey on his armor. During the Imperial Era, the confident bounty hunter had a penchant for disintegrations and proved to be ruthless, willing to kill those who had wronged him. He was still able to find enjoyment in life, particularly enjoying the surprise less experienced hunters showed at his mere presence.
Beyond becoming one of Jabba the Hutt's favorite bounty hunters, Fett also realized the Hutt may have considered him the closest person in his life to a friend, though Jabba referred to Fett as his "pup." On some nights, if everyone else in the palace was asleep, Jabba shared a bottle of gardulla with Fett and, after waking up Max Rebo and ordering him to play a sad song, tell private, personal stories to Fett. Even though he made sure to never take off his blaster, the bounty hunter agreed to his boss's request, taking off his helmet and listening. Though Fett could never understand what Jabba was telling him, he found the Hutt's company tolerable, considering how much the crime lord payed him for work.
After the Empire
- "I give my allegiance to no one."
- ―Boba Fett
Years after the Empire's fall and after escaping the sarlacc pit, Fett had mellowed considerably. He no longer isolated himself from others; he willingly saved Fennec's life and accepted her partnership. In addition, Fett had seemingly gained a sense of honor and humility, viewing himself as a simple man making ends meet. However, after fulfilling his part of the deal he had made with the Mandalorian Din Djarin, he went back to Tatooine and killed the crime lord Bib Fortuna, who had taken Jabba's Palace, and took over the palace's throne. When asked by Djarin about whether or not he followed the Mandalorian way, Fett replied that he swore allegiance to no one, indicating that he retained his profound sense of independence. Still, after Djarin formally recognized Fett's ownership of his Mandalorian armor, the bounty hunter honored the deal they had made earlier and promised to help the Mandalorian rescue Grogu after the latter was kidnapped, displaying a strong code of honor.
Additionally, Fett continued to hold his father, Jango, in high regard even during his adult years. He remained haunted by his death, remembering himself as a child holding his father's helmet on Geonosis after signing up for the Nar Shaddaa fighting ring under Jango's name. When the Slave I was slightly damaged by 4-LOM and Zuckuss on Nar Shaddaa, he deemed it to be a slight against both himself and his father. After losing his armor, which had once belonged to his father, Fett was determined to reclaim it, despite not identifying himself as Mandalorian. During his negotiations with Djarin, the bounty hunter repeatedly pointed out that the armor was previously his father's possession, showing a desire to preserve and protect Jango's legacy. Upon encountering Bo-Katan Kryze, who claimed that he was not a Mandalorian, Fett acknowledged her statement, as he did not consider himself a true Mandalorian, but declared that he had the right to bear the armor as it had belonged to his father, who had been a Mandalorian foundling. When Kryze referred to Jango as his "donor" due to his clone origins, Fett responded with hostility, angered by her mockery of his father. He quickly engaged in a brief scuffle with Kryze's partner, Koska Reeves, before the fight was broken up by Kryze herself.
Skills and abilities
- "The only time I fail is if you hired me to fail."
- ―Boba Fett
Boba's talents as a bounty hunter were infamous across the galaxy, and he became well-known to galactic fugitives who had bounties on their heads. From a young age, Boba was trained by his father in combat skills, both in hand-to-hand combat and weapons, able to handle a blaster at a young age while being deadly in battle scenarios. Boba helped Jango fight against Obi-Wan Kenobi on Kamino, displaying his ability to utilize the heavy weapons on Slave I. His skills grew throughout the years, and despite his body condition, was still capable of using strategy, tactics and brute force to make short work of a stormtrooper contingent with a gaderffii stick. He displayed an affinity for leadership as he formed his own syndicate of bounty hunters. He also commanded the loyalty to those close to him, such as Bossk, and could communicate in Fett Code with his father, Jango.
Vehicles of choice
- "Honestly, we're lucky he got away. Fett's flying Slave One."
- ―Lando Calrissian, to Chewbacca
After Jango's death, Boba took possession of Slave I, though he lost the ship on Florrum for a time. Instead, while running the Krayt's Claw, Fett and his crew used Bossk's personal starship, the Hound's Tooth. Later, Fett reclaimed the Slave I, which he would use throughout the following years of his bounty hunting career. The ship was already a viciously effective and heavily customized craft when his father had piloted it, meaning it already suited a professional bounty hunter's needs, but Boba went onto apply his own upgrades to his distinctive starship. The manifold capabilities of Slave I, ranging from a stolen military-grade jamming and masking device to its duo of short-range twin blaster cannons, meant it was among the most dangerous aspects of Fett's arsenal as he tracked bounties throughout the galaxy. Once Fett had found his prey, if the bounty needed to be brought in alive, he could place the quarry into one of the ship's prisoner cages, which were equipped with six immobilizing bunks.
This vessel became iconic throughout the galaxy, known to fugitives as the ship of the feared bounty hunter. Over his career, Fett used the overwhelming firepower of the Slave I to ruthlessly annihilate other heavy armed craft, including those of fellow hunters. In fact, even gunboats were unable to stand against Fett's starship, with the bounty hunter reducing them to blasted wreckage with its hidden weaponry before they could even respond. Using an ion blast fired from the twin blaster cannons and the ship's tractor beams, Fett was also able to board or easily destroy a smaller vessel. Even ships that were more powerful than the Slave I were susceptible to the tractor beams, allowing Fett to latch onto enemy craft and become virtually inescapable.
- "You are a disgrace to your armor."
"This armor belonged to my father."
"Don't you mean your donor?"
- ―Bo-Katan Kryze and Boba Fett
During his early bounty hunting career, Boba had his own unique, red and grey armor, including a helmet and twin blaster pistols. As his career continued, Boba donned Jango's Mandalorian armor. Unlike Jango's armor, Boba changed its color to mostly green—and battered and covered in marks from blaster fire. He regularly wore a Z-6 Jetpack, and his wrist gauntlets were equipped with a flamethrower, vibroblades, whipcord launcher and wrist laser. Inside the knee pads were rocket dart launchers, and the shoulders were adorned with braids that Boba displayed as trophies of defeated prey. After losing his armor, Fett wore a black poncho and was armed with a cycler rifle and a gaderffii stick, weapons typically used by Tusken Raiders.
Imperial Security Bureau Agent Andressa Divo, who believed Fett was not of Mandalorian heritage, noted in Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious that, despite there not being a shortage of knockoff Mandalorian gear in circulation among the bounty hunting profession, she believed that Fett's gear was authentic.
Behind the scenes
Boba Fett was first introduced in The Star Wars Holiday Special, a two hour long holiday-themed television movie special in the year 1978. His first canonical appearance was in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, where he was portrayed by Jeremy Bulloch and John Morton. He was voiced in The Empire Strikes Back by Jason Wingreen, before his voice was over-dubbed by Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones as well as Jango's clones in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, for the 2004 DVD release of the original trilogy. Bulloch reprised the role for Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. The character was also added into the 1997 Special Edition of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, where he was portrayed by Mark Austin,[source?] while Don Bies played Fett for shots inserted into the Special Edition of Return of the Jedi.[source?] For Attack of the Clones, young Boba Fett was portrayed by Daniel Logan, who also voiced the character in his multiple appearances on the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Jon Hamm voiced Fett for the audiobook adaptation of the story "Added Muscle." In The Mandalorian Season 2, Morrison portrayed the character for the first time on-screen, after previously voicing him in The Empire Strikes Back and portraying his father Jango in Episode II. In "Chapter 14: The Tragedy," Kirk Jenkins served as a stunt double. Scott Lang and Eddie Perez served as stunt doubles in "Chapter 16: The Rescue."
Fett appeared in the Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures short Jabba the Hutt - Galactic Gangster, which depicted him, at some point after the capture of Han Solo, returning to Jabba's Palace to deposit an Aqualish captive to the Hutt crime lord. As the Galaxy of Adventures shorts are not supposed to be viewed as literal canon events, it is not included in the biography section of this article. On May 4, 2015, a costume of Boba Fett was added to The Sims 4 for playable Sims to wear in-game. The costume is purely cosmetic and offers no gameplay changes.
- "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, he had a very large presence."
- ―George Lucas, in the Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi DVD commentary
Despite his brief appearances in the original trilogy, with only four lines of dialogue in The Empire Strikes Back, Boba became a popular character amongst Star Wars fans, which surprised series creator George Lucas. On the DVD commentary for Return of the Jedi, Lucas stated that if he had known Boba would be a popular character, he would have made the character's death in Return of the Jedi more exciting. Lucas contemplated adding a scene in Return of the Jedi where Boba climbed out of the sarlacc pit, especially in light of the character's story in Attack of the Clones, but ultimately decided against it because he thought that the audience would believe that Fett would appear later in the film if this scene had been seen. However, on July 16, 2014, Star Wars author and historian Jonathan W. Rinzler stated in a Reddit AMA that Lucas has said that Boba also survived the sarlacc in the new canon. This was officially confirmed when Fett appeared in "Chapter 14: The Tragedy" of The Mandalorian Season Two.
Although Lucas opted against adding Boba's escape, and the ambiguity surrounding the character's fate in sources such as the official Databank on StarWars.com, the Star Wars Legends continuity, previously known as the Expanded Universe, saw Boba escape from the sarlacc. He went on to appear in dozens of Expanded Universe stories set after Return of the Jedi. His last chronological Legends appearance was in Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse, set 40 years after Return of the Jedi.
According to Gary Kurtz, during the early development of the original trilogy, when Lucas envisioned the whole story of Star Wars in four trilogies and twelve films, he conceived Fett as the main antagonist of Return of the Jedi, because Darth Sidious was originally planned to be introduced in Star Wars: Episode IX. However, after Lucas decided to not make a third trilogy, Fett's role in Jedi was changed to a relatively minor role.
During the development of the prequel trilogy, at one point Lucas considered depicting Anakin Skywalker and Fett as stepbrothers, possibly referencing their alliance in The Empire Strikes Back, but discounted it as "too hokey." In continuing to develop the character in the prequel films, Lucas closed some avenues for expanding the character's story while opening others. Also, for a time, Lucas considered including Fett in the story of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Fett was meant to participate during the Great Jedi Purge as the killer of Mace Windu instead of Darth Sidious, via shooting him with his blaster while he was escaping from some stormtroopers, ending his vendetta against him due to the death of Jango once and for all. Eventually, Lucas decided to not add Fett to the story, saying that he would be "too young" (he would have been 16 years at that point) and that he was not necessary to be involved in Anakin's fall. The concept, however, was loosely reworked later in some episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Ironically, George Lucas originally placed off-limits the possibility to use Fett in the show when writer Henry Gilroy was writing the show bible, but by the time of the next meeting, Lucas changed his mind and Fett was allowed to be used in the series.
Before the cancellation of The Clone Wars TV series, Boba Fett was set to make an appearance during a four-episode arc starring him and Cad Bane. The two were going to team up for a "rescue mission" on Tatooine where Tusken Raiders had kidnapped a child. It would emphasize Boba's and Cad's relation to one another as Cad had known Jango. During this arc, Boba would don his green armor for the first time. In a clip revealed during the Animated Origins and Unexpected Fates panel at Celebration Orlando in 2017, Cad Bane and other Bounty Hunters had ended an insurrection by Fett. To finish it, Fett and Bane engaged in a stand-off duel, which would have resulted in Fett getting the dent on his helmet.
- "Boba Fett! Please, we need your help! And we've seen what you do—you hunt bad men, murderers, criminals—"
"No…I hunt bounties."
- ―Stallo and Boba Fett
Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, New Edition states that, over the years, Boba Fett developed a code of honor and only took on missions that fit his harsh sense of judgment. Star Wars Helmet Collection 2 states that Fett always picked his targets according to his personal code of honor. In Age of Rebellion - Boba Fett 1, Stallo assumes Fett hunts "bad men," criminals, and murderers. However, Fett denies this and reveals he simply hunts bounties, implying he has no moral code. Fett then points his blaster rifle at Stallo, intending to collect a bounty on him. Star Wars: The Galactic Explorer's Guide later stated that Fett had no code except for the conditions for bringing in a target and how many credits the bounty was worth. The Mandalorian, set after Fett fell into the sarlacc, later portrayed Fett with an honor code.
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