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Is Boba Fett a Mandalorian or Does He Just Wear Mandalorian Armor?


We look at official vintage, official legend / expanded universe, unofficial publications, canon content, non-canon video games, and tweets by the Lucasfilm Story Group.

TL;DR

Recently, and originally, he is portrayed as not Mandalorian

Last revised January 16, 2018. Please continue reading for all the facts versus the fiction.

This has been a hotly debated question: is Boba Fett a Mandalorian or is he just wearing Mandalorian armor?

This exclusive "Fett Fact Check" is our own repository of what we learn, when we learn it. We're both logging and analyzing Boba Fett-specific Fett wears Mandalorian armor, hard to tell, and Fett is Mandalorian -- each with date and original attribution. Below are our findings, sorted from newest to oldest:

  • 2017

    The official Star Wars account on Twitter also says Jango and Boba Fett are not Mandalorian: "According to Prime Minister Almec, (Clone Wars episode 'The Mandalore Plot'), Jango Fett (and by extension, his son) aren't actually Mandalorians, they just wear Mandalorian armor. Therefore, the darksaber would have no significance to them." This confirms again in the current canon that Jango Fett and Boba Fett wear Mandalorian armor, but are not Mandalorians.

  • August 28, 2016

    The official Star Wars account on Twitter tweeted a graphic labeled "Mandalorians" showing Jango Fett. This was misleading in terms of the current canon.

  • January - November 2016

    Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group frequently tweets that "Boba's not Mandalorian," including:

    All together, his take is clear. ... Boba Fett wears Mandalorian armor

    In "Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded," the record for Jango Fett also is clear that Jango is not Mandalorian, but his armor is. ... Jango Fett wears Mandalorian armor

  • 2015

    Boba Fett Playing Cards by Hot Topic and later re-packaged by Walgreens say this on the back of the box: "Each card features a different image of the legendary Mandalorian warrior." ... Fett is Mandalorian

  • 2014

    Star Wars: Galactic Defense, bio for Boba Fett: "Boba Fett is a seasoned Mandalorian bounty hunter. He is a dangerous and resourceful warrior, full of gadgets and concealed weapons." ... Fett is Mandalorian

  • 2007

    Hasbro's Saga Legends #07 Jango Fett action figure has this on the cardback: "The ruthless Mandalorian warrior and resourceful bounty hunter Jango Fett fights the Jedi on the planet Geonosis." This suggests Jango Fett is Mandalorian.

  • 2002

    While the backstory in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones changed a whole lot of Boba Fett's canonical backstory, we see that Jango's Slave I -- a Kuat Systems Engineering Firespray-31 patrol craft -- displays the ship's readouts in Mandalorian. Why would the ship be dialed in to display that if he's not Mandalorian? Could it mean he simply knows another language, but it's not his native tongue?

    The Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Jango Fett has a synopsis about being "clad in the distinctive armor of a Mandalorian Warrior." ... Fett wears Mandalorian armor

  • 1997

    Sci-Fi Invasion! #2: "The armor itself was a modified version from the Mandalorian Supercommandos, a group of evil warriors defeated by the Jedi Knights during the Clone Wars. Their armor soon became rare and highly prized. It is currently unknown whether Mereel actually joined the ranks of the Mandalorians and changed his name, or whether he took the name and armor from one of the Supercommandos." ... Fett wears Mandalorian armor and Fett may have joined the Mandalorians

  • 1996

    Star Wars Finest #34: "Fett wears the fearsome armor of the Mandalorian supercommandos, which he modified to make even deadlier." ... Fett wears Mandalorian armor

  • 1995

    POTF2 action figure: "Fett wears the armor of the Mandalore supercommandos, a group of evil warriors who were defeated by the Jedi Knights during the Clone Wars." ... Fett wears Mandalorian armor

  • 1989

    Galaxy Guide #3: "Boba Fett wears a weapon-covered armored spacesuit similar to those favored by a group of warriors from the Mandalore system who were defeated by the Jedi Knights during the Clone Wars." ... Fett wears Mandalorian armor

  • 1980

    Starlog #31: "Another of the new characters has the evil-smelling name of Boba Fett. They say he'll rival Darth Vader for sheer terrorism. Apparently, he's a remnant of the old Imperial Shocktroopers — who once made the Stormtroopers look like school-crossing guards. Then others say: No, he was never a Shocktrooper; he has merely adopted their uniform as a symbol of his nefarious purpose." He's either an Imperial Shocktrooper or he adopted their armor... hard to tell

  • 1979

    Bantha Tracks #5: "Not much is known about Boba Fett. He wears part of the uniform of the Imperial Shocktroopers, warriors from the olden time." ... Fett wears armor


Updated January 16, 2018 6:39 pm • Published
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