The Star Wars brand is finally putting The Mandalorian at center stage, thanks to the TV show following one lone gunslinger in a new version of the iconic armor. Armor worn by Jango Fett and his son Boba, two of the most well-known Mandalorians... who weren't Mandalorian at all.
That's the change to Star Wars canon that has created if not the largest plot hole in the new Star Wars universe, then the most impossible one to explain away. Jango Fett was the greatest warrior that the Mandalorian culture had produced, making his reputation known across the galaxy (just like his son Boba's would be one day, too). It was for that reason that he became the model of the Republic's Clone Army. So how does his story make sense if the leaders of Mandalore now claim he was an imposter?
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We've got a theory to explain it without erasing Jango's legacy, but it will require a quick history lesson on the Mandalorian way of life, and code of honor. Because the more you learn about the Mandalorian culture... the more it makes sense that Jango Fett wouldn't be Mandalorian, at all.
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Who Are The 'Real' Mandalorians?
The casual fan would think that the Mandalorians would be a major player in the Star Wars story: they're deadly, inherently cool, and wear fantastic armor. But trying to dive into the history of the warrior culture is more difficult than ever, thanks to Disney purchasing Lucasfilm and the Star Wars brand along with it... and claiming all existing novels, comic books, and video games that chronicled the millenia-long Mandalorian history were no longer canon. They remain Star Wars 'Legends,' but aren't official until stated so. But that doesn't mean it's been wiped away, either.
Audiences who watched Clone Wars have only glimpsed a span of years in the Mandalore culture, and will wrongly assume they know who the Mandalorians really are. A society that started by loving warfare, was eventually punished for its warring ways, and is more likely to implode than advance (hopefully Star Wars: Rebels gives them a chance). But with an origin that stretches back thousands of years, even earlier than the formation of the Old Republic, the story of how the Mandalorians became also helps to explain why Jango and Boba Fett would eventually be disowned by them completely.
The Mandalorians Are a People, Not a Race
First things first: the animated Clone Wars may only show human beings in the Mandalorian armor, but that was never the spirit of their people in the original universe. The Mandalorian stand apart from almost all other Star Wars civilizations by having no 'standard' race, thanks to their greatest leader - known as Mand'alor - who saved the Mandalorian people from extinction. After encountering the Republic and their (let's be honest, easily dislike-able) Jedi warrior monks, the expansionist Mandalorians were driven back, and paid the price for hostility.
It was then that the saving Mand'alor rose to claim the rank and mask worn by the leader of all who followed the Mandalorian way. Opening the society's borders to all who would join, adhere to their code of honorable warfare, and worship progress and evolution through martial arts and conquest, the Mandalorian people spread until they laid claim to an entire Republic-free region of space. With war behind them, acting as mercenaries and bounty hunters became their new means of worship.
The exact identity of this history-changing Mand'alor, and the era in which he united the tribes of Mandalore has been changed from canon to non-canon. And while Clone Wars portrayed the progressive, non-violent, pacifistic New Mandalorians as the only 'right' future, Star Wars has always been a mythology best examined from more than one point of view. When united, the Mandalorians are a a strong, intelligent, and honorable re-imagining of gunslingers, samurai, or sellswords.
It's for that reason that it's so easy to accept that Jango Fett may have been exiled, or implicitly outcast by anyone truly honoring the Mandalorian way. No matter what the Republic or pacifists might say, the Star Wars universe only rewards those who can fight to protect the people and things they care about. It's that belief that created the Mandalorian way. And if you believe the rumored plot of The Mandalorian TV show, the new hero may be trying to restore those very values to the Mandalore of the Star Wars future.
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