The Star Wars universe is getting a brand new adventure in The Mandalorian TV series. But as fans continue to wonder about the possible connection between the show's 'gunslinger' hero and the most iconic bounty hunter, Boba Fett, it's becoming clear that most have forgotten: Boba Fett isn't actually a Mandalorian at all.
That isn't a personal opinion, a Mandalorian theory, or even a technicality that trivia-loving Star Wars fans can use to one-up the more casual fans. Even if his Mandalorian armor seems to be all the proof fans need of his lineage, his role as a pretender isn't up for debate. The new Star Wars canon has stated it as a simple fact that Boba Fett, like his father Jango, is not a member of the Mandalorian people.
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So we're doing our part to keep this misconception from being spread, once the warrior culture is thrust into the spotlight when details come out of The Mandalorian's panel at Star Wars Celebration. There's no better time for fans to understand WHY Boba Fett doesn't qualify.
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Jango Fett: Officially Not a Mandalorian
If fans want to take exception to the claim that neither Jango nor Boba Fett are true Mandalorians, then they should take it up with Star Wars: The Clone Wars directly. It's important to remember that before facts were committed to canon, both Boba Fett and his father Jango Fett were assumed to be true Mandalorian warriors based solely on their iconic armor. Obi-Wan Kenobi made that exact deduction in the animated Clone Wars, specifically Season 2, Episode 12. When heading to the planet to investigate "The Mandalore Plot," Obi-Wan objects to the claims that the 'New Mandalore' is a far cry from its violent, warrior past. He uses Jango Fett as an example, and learns that the man's reputation is known by Prime Minister Almec who angrily spits that "Jango Fett was a common bounty hunter. How he acquired that armor is beyond me."
To some, this will seem like an unnecessary line of dialogue--basically throwing out Jango Fett's entire expanded universe history. But in the show's defense, it was George Lucas himself who first made the call to do exactly that. The longtime Clone Wars director Dave Filoni made no secret of the fact that George Lucas informed him the Fetts were not Mandalorian, no matter what stories the expanded Star Wars universe had come up with. So as disappointing as it may be to accept, this Clone Wars confirmation that Jango Fett only looks like a Mandalorian is hard to dispute (without disputing Lucas personally... and he did invent the entire thing).
But fine: Jango Fett isn't technically a Mandalorian, for reasons that are intentionally left wide open for interpretation. That doesn't mean the Boba Fett is equally disqualified, just be being his son, does it? In all honesty, it would still be possible for Boba Fett to join the Mandalorians on his own... but Star Wars fans already know that he didn't.
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