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"One question for you, Tyranus. Why me? There are plenty of bounty hunters out there."
"But there are few who have your reputation, Jango Fett. Both in terms of your skills and your discretion."
―Jango Fett and Count Dooku[src]

Jango Fett was a human male bounty hunter, widely regarded to be the best in the galaxy in the years preceding the Clone Wars. Although Fett wore a set of Mandalorian armor during his time as a bounty hunter, the government of Mandalore regarded him as a renegade and pretender. Recruited by the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus, Fett was relocated to the remote planet of Kamino where he served as the genetic template of the clone troopers for the Grand Army of the Republic. Unlike Fett, his clones lacked much of his independence, as they were designed to be entirely loyal to the Galactic Republic. Fett had only one request for the Kaminoans: the creation of Boba Fett, an unaltered clone whom he would raise as his own "son."

In the days prior to the Battle of Geonosis, Fett was involved in the Separatist assassination attempts against Senator Padmé Amidala in 22 BBY. As a result, the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi conducted an investigation into the matter, leading him to the Kaminoan homeworld while in pursuit of Amidala's would-be assassin. Fett fled from Kamino in his personal starship, Slave I, and joined Count Dooku, Tyranus' public persona and the Separatist Head of State, on Geonosis. During the ensuing battle between a Jedi assault team and the Separatist Droid Army in the Petranaki arena, Fett was killed by decapitation at the hands of Jedi Master Mace Windu. Shortly after Fett's death, the clone army arrived and, under the Jedi Order's leadership, secured the first victory in the Clone Wars.

Fett's death instilled a desire for revenge in Boba, who initially pursued a vendetta against Windu before ultimately concentrating on his career as an aspiring bounty hunter. In time Boba was regarded as one of the deadliest mercenaries in galactic history, like his "father" before him. His legacy was also preserved in the millions of clones created from his genetic code. Compelled by their programming to execute Order 66 against the Jedi, the clone troopers revealed themselves as the secret weapon of the Sith, allowing Darth Sidious to proclaim himself Emperor of the Galactic Empire. Fett's progeny served as the first generation of stormtroopers; however, the ranks were soon filled not by clones but human recruits and conscripts.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

"Jango Fett was a common bounty hunter. How he acquired that armor is beyond me."
―Almec[src]

Jango Fett was born in the years prior to the Invasion of Naboo.[4] He claimed to have been born on the planet Concord Dawn, a Mandalorian world, but his exact history was unknown. Fett's history being a mystery was the way he liked it, but he did wear Mandalorian armor.[1] However, despite his possession of the armor, officials of Mandalore disavowed any connection to Fett, claiming he was simply a bounty hunter who somehow stole an artifact from their planet's troubled past.[8] However, Fett's armor itself was fashioned from durasteel alloy, while most Mandalorian armor was made from beskar. However, in most other respects it was the same as the battle gear designed hundreds of years prior.[1]

Fett himself became the top of his the bounty hunter trade, a job where he used his advanced armor and twin blaster pistols to hunt down fugitives, and, at some point in his life, Fett would begin to occasionally partner with Zam Wesell. However, despite only being sometime partners, she was a frequent accomplice of Fett's.[4] At one point Jango Fett was also an associate of pirate captain, Hondo Ohnaka, and fellow bounty hunter, Aurra Sing.[9] Ultimately, Fett became widely regarded as the best bounty hunter in the galaxy, but the bounty hunter came to the attention of the Sith.[1]

Separatist CrisisEdit

Clone templateEdit

"Think of it. A Grand Army of the Republic. A show of strength and power like the galaxy has never seen. All stemming from you. How many men can claim such a legacy?"
―Tyranus, to Jango Fett[src]
Jango Fett meets with Dooku

Fett meets with Tyranus on one of the moons of Bogden.

Shorty after the Invasion of Naboo,[4] and in the years before the Clone Wars, on the moons of Bogden, Fett was recruited by the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus (publicly known as Count Dooku of Serenno) to be the genetic template for the clone army created by the cloners of the planet Kamino. Fett agreed and, in addition to his fee of twenty million credits,[10] 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.[10] Despite providing the genetic template for and overseeing the training of the clones, Fett felt no particular pride in them and viewed them as the Kaminoans' achievement. He continued to take jobs as a bounty hunter. This confused at least one bounty hunter, Neelda, as he had heard Fett had a job with a mysterious client.[11]

Training Boba FettEdit

"Four bounty hunters to hunt down on little runaway? Talk about overkill."
―Tiver[src]

At some point during Boba's childhood, Fett brought him along on a mission to retrieve a Twi'lek girl who had run away from home with her Falleen lover Griph. Fett and his son traveled to Telerath where they met with the team of bounty hunters they would be completing the mission with, a Rodian named Neelda, a Gand named Rinn, and a Chadra-Fan named Tiver. The three bounty hunters agreed to let Fett bring Boba along on the mission, and the group departed for Ord Mantell.[11]

During the flight from Telerath to Ord Mantell, Boba complained to Fett about having to work with the three bounty hunters, asking why they could not work with bounty hunters like Cad Bane, Zam Wesell, or Aurra Sing instead. Fett explained to his son that the point of the mission was to teach Boba about adapting to unknown conditions, hence working with bounty hunters Boba did not know.[11]

On Ord Mantell, Fett and his team quickly tracked the Twi'lek and Griph to a bar where the two were discussing their plan to join Black Sun. While Boba and the trio of hunters cornered the lovers on the bar's balcony, Fett waited below in case his hunch was correct that the Twi'lek girl would jump. When she fell from the balcony, Fett caught and stunned her. Fett then brought her unconscious body to Slave I in order to bring her back to her father.[11]

Tiver threatens to kill Boba

Tiver threatens to kill Boba.

Reuniting with his son and the other hunters, Fett and Boba were betrayed by Rinn and Tiver. Tiver pinned Boba, commanding Fett to give them the twi'lek girl and forfeit his share of the bounty or she would kill his son. Fett, confident in his son's abilities, told her she could try to kill him. Boba, having hidden a small blaster on himself before the mission, killed both Tiver and Rinn before turning his blaster on Neelda. Boba asked Fett for guidance, and Fett told him that what happened to Neelda was his choice. Because Neelda had not aided Tiver and Rinn but also had not opposed them, Boba allowed Neelda to leave alive but without his share of the bounty.[11]

As Fett and his son left Ord Mantell to collect their bounty, the two discussed how Boba had done on the mission. Boba asked if he had done all right despite what had happened, and Fett told Boba that he had shot well, trusted his judgement, and started to build his reputation. Fett said that a father could not ask for a better start to his son's legacy.[11]

Assassination plotEdit

"I hit the ship, but they used a decoy."
"We'll have to try something more subtle this time, Zam. My client is getting impatient. Here, take these. Be careful. They're very poisonous. Zam, there can be no mistakes this time."
―Zam Wesell and Jango Fett[src]
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Fett subcontracted the hit on Senator Amidala to Zam Wesell, another bounty hunter.

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 kill 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, a substantial distance from them, killed her with a Kamino saberdart.[3]

Discovered by the JediEdit

"Do you like your army?"
"I look forward to seeing them in action."
"They'll do their job well. I'll guarantee that."
―Jango Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]
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Obi-Wan Kenobi attempted to capture Fett before the bounty hunter could leave Kamino.

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 battled 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 a 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 missile, believing Kenobi to have perished.[3]

Death on GeonosisEdit

"Don't move, Jedi."
―Jango Fett, to Anakin Skywalker[src]
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The battle between Jango Fett and Mace Windu ended with the mercenary's death at the hands of the Jedi Order's champion.

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 Separatists. 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 tried to take Windu's 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]

LegacyEdit

"Tell the Jedi what he wants to know, Boba."
"Why should I help anybody?! I've got no one."
"It is the honorable thing to do. It's what your father would have wanted."
―Hondo Ohnaka And Boba Fett[src]
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Jango Fett's damaged helmet after Boba used it to conceal a bomb.

During Kenobi's visit to the planet Mandalore, he had a brief conversation with Prime Minister Almec about the late Jango Fett. Almec declared that the bounty hunter was not a Mandalorian despite the armor he wore.[12]

Fett's death inspired Boba to pursue a vendetta against Windu for the murder of his father. He teamed up with Sing, Bossk and Castas in order to avenge his "father's" death. Boba infiltrated Windu's Star Destroyer, the Endurance, above the world of Vanqor and sabotaged it, causing it to crash on the planet's surface. He then attached a bomb to Jango's helmet and placed it in the bridge of the Endurance for Windu, hoping that when Windu came looking for survivors he would be killed by the bomb. However the attempt was unsuccessful and Jango's helmet was blown to pieces with one side of the helmet remaining.[13]

Meanwhile, the mass-produced trooper clones of Fett fought against the Separatists during the Clone Wars and subsequently helped execute the Fall of the Republic when Order 66 was enacted and then filled in the boots of the new Galactic Empire.[14]

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Boba Fett, an unaltered clone of Jango Fett, followed in his "father's" example by becoming a bounty hunter.

Jango's ship, the Slave I, saw frequent use in the Clone Wars and later the Age of the Empire. During the Clone Wars the ship was initially used by Boba and Aurra Sing, but Aurra crash landed it on the surface of Florrum during a fight with the Padawan Ahsoka Tano.[9] Hondo Ohnaka, the leader of the pirate Ohnaka Gang, dragged Aurra from the wreckage of the ship[15] and rebuilt the vessel, adding it to his personnal fleet of ships.[16] In the last year of the Clone Wars the Separatists invaded Florrum and destroyed Hondo's arsenal, prompting him to escape the planet in the Slave I. Sometime later Boba reclaimed the ship and continued using it to carry out bounties for the Empire.[17]

Boba follows in his father's footstepsEdit

"That was for Jango."
―Boba Fett[src]

Boba followed in his father's footsteps and became a freelance bounty hunter. By the time of the Galactic Empire Boba was widely considered to be one of the deadliest bounty hunter in the galaxy,[18] and, like Jango before him, Boba came to be seen as the galaxy's best bounty hunter.[1] He would later be defeated combating the Rebel pilot Han Solo on the planet of Tatooine.[17]

Personality and traitsEdit

"I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe."
―Jango Fett[src]
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Fett was known as the galaxy's best bounty hunter in his time.

Jango Fett was a ruthless[5] killer, an expert fighter, and reputedly the best bounty hunter in the galaxy.[6] He was also an honorable man according to his friend, the pirate Hondo Ohnaka.[9] As a combatant, he was proficient in both marksmanship and unarmed combat. By the time of the Separatist Crisis, his face had several scars that he chose to conceal with a Mandalorian helmet. In combat, Fett favored the advantage of speed and height that his jetpack provided him with against his opponents.[6] During a bounty hunting assignment, he warned Zam Wesell to be careful when handling a pair of poisonous kouhuns. However, he later killed his partner to prevent Wesell from revealing his involvement in Amidala's assassination attempt to her Jedi captors.[3]

Poggle & Fetts

Fett passed his skills onto his "son," Boba, whom he cared for.

As a mercenary, Fett favored financial rewards for his services. Although he was generously compensated for his service as a clone template, he surprised his Kaminoan benefactors by requesting the creation of a clone for himself. This clone was unaltered in accordance with Fett's wishes, unlike the others who were modified for growth acceleration and enhanced docility. Fett provided the clone with a name, Boba Fett, and chose to raise him as his own.[3] He cared greatly for his "son," who learned combat skills and ruthlessness from the elder Fett.[5]

He was loyal to his employers whilst they retained his service as a mercenary. After Wesell failed in her first attempt on Amidala's life, Fett set a new plan into action and emphasized to his partner that their employer's patience was waning. He later served as Count Dooku's personal bodyguard during the battle between the Jedi and Separatists.[3] Despite his combat skills, Fett was no match for Mace Windu[6]—the Jedi Order's greatest champion[19]—who severed the hunter's head from his neck with one swing of his amethyst-bladed lightsaber.[6]

Fett was a human[5] male who stood at 1.83 meters.[6] He had black hair, brown eyes, and tan skin.[3]

EquipmentEdit

Jango Fett 2017 Quarter 2 Tournament Kit

Fett's arsenal included a suit of Mandalorian armor, a jetpack, and two blaster pistols.

Jango Fett wore a set of energized Mandalorian armor designed with a durasteel alloy[4] 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.[4][18][20] 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[4] and used a Z-6 jetpack with a built-in missile launcher.[4][21] Jango was also known to use the JT-12 jetpack which was a lighter weight model of the Z-6. This jetpack was worn in the arena on Geonosis. He used a number of gadgets hidden in his gauntlets, including vibroblades,[5] a whipcord thrower, and a ZX miniature flame projector.[10]

Behind the scenesEdit

Jango Fett, named J'mee in early drafts,[22] made his first appearance in the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, where he was portrayed by Temuera Morrison.[3]

Jango's armor revisits the original 1970s-era designs for Boba Fett's armor.[22] It was originally colored white like the clone troopers (a nod to Boba Fett's concept design during the development of The Empire Strikes Back), but at the end, it was changed to blue.[23]

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.[24] After the creation of the new official Star Wars canon, Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group reiterated that the Fetts are not Mandalorians, though they might claim to be.[25]

Before the cancellation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series, Jango's son Boba was set to star in a four-episode arc starring him and fellow bounty hunter Cad Bane. During a "rescue mission" on Tatooine in order to save a child from Tusken Raiders, the story would emphasize Boba's and Cad's relation to one another as Cad had known Jango.[26]

In Angry Birds Star Wars II, Jango's role differs from that in the films. He is present during the events of The Phantom Menace and assists Darth Sidious as his main ally. During the events of Attack of the Clones, his death was changed - being accidentally shot apparently by a stormtrooper, rather than beheaded by Mace Windu.

AppearancesEdit

Non-canon appearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  2. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Ultimate Star Wars
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Encyclopedia-Logo Jango Fett in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 StarWars-DatabankII Jango Fett in the Databank (backup link)
  7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Head-to-Head
  8. Encyclopedia-Logo Death Watch in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lethal Trackdown"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Age of Republic - Jango Fett 1
  12. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
  13. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "R2 Come Home"
  14. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  15. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Assassin"
  16. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Necessary Bond"
  17. 17.0 17.1 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  18. 18.0 18.1 StarWars-DatabankII Boba Fett in the Databank (backup link)
  19. StarWars-DatabankII Mace Windu's Lightsaber in the Databank (backup link)
  20. StarWars-DatabankII Slave I in the Databank (backup link)
  21. StarWars-DatabankII Z-6 Jetpack in the Databank (backup link)
  22. 22.0 22.1 Databank title Jango Fett in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  23. SWCustom-2011 From Concept to Screen: Slave I on StarWars.com
  24. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Two
  25. TwitterLogo Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) on Twitter "@CMWAshby The Fetts aren't Mandalorian, though I suppose Jango claimed to be from Concord Dawn at some point." (screenshot)
  26. SWYTlogo The Untold Clone Wars Panel - Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015 on the official Star Wars YouTube channel

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