The Good, the Bad, and the Mandolorian
Boba Fett is a testament to how much SW has captured the imagination of millions (billions?) of people worldwide!
Case in point: the bounty hunter Boba Fett.
A minor character with very little screen time, a couple of lines (one of which was him screaming as he “died”) and a cool looking helmet; yet he is one of the most iconic characters!
Boba Fett is a character that became so popular over the years since the Empire Strikes Back released that when the prequel trilogy was being conceptualized (be nice, don’t be a hater) they included Boba Fett as having something to do that was central to the entire story.
What is it about Boba Fett that makes him such a cool character?
The fact that when Darth Vader brought a group of bounty hunters together to find the disappeared Millennium Falcon and her crew he looked at Boba Fett and sternly warned him specifically, “No, disintegrations!”?
Was it his response to the Dark Lord that was delivered deadpan and full of venom for the scariest guy in the galaxy, “As you wish.”?
Origins: After the release of The Attack of the Clones we learned that Boba Fett is an un-altered genetic clone of the original template for the clone army. The most dangerous bounty hunter of his day; the Mandolorian warrior Jango Fett loses his head, literally, to Mace Windu’s purple lightsaber at the battle that begins the Clone Wars. After young Boba watches his father get beheaded by Master Mace Windu, he flees in their ship and joins up with some bounty hunters who respected his father. Boba grows up learning his father’s trade and is a player in the great Jedi purge after Order 66 is given to exact his revenge on those responsible for his father’s death.
Powers and Abilities: Having the exact DNA of one of the greatest warriors of a warrior culture certainly helps, but so does combat training both on the battlefield and off it at the hands of some pretty mean people. Boba Fett was a master marksman, a devastating melee fighter and was known to disintegrate folks; all of which is reason enough to hope you never ended up with a large enough bounty to catch his interest! On top of all of that, the guy was armed to the teeth with all of the weapons hidden in his armor (google it, there isn’t enough time for me to list them all here!).
My Thoughts: Boba Fett is a character that people love for reasons that are not easy to quantify, other than the look (which is the inspiration for cosplay aficionados worldwide). In media sources outside of the films, especially comics and graphic novels, Boba is the most dangerous bounty hunter in the galaxy.
I personally liked his dad’s armor better (more protection is the point of armor), but the way that Boba Fett is portrayed in the comics is nothing short of bad ass with a jet pack.