Boba Fett is a fictional character and antihero from the Star Wars universe. In the films, he is a bounty hunter hired by the Galactic Empire and Jabba the Hutt to track down and capture Han Solo and Chewbacca. He appears in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi, The Star Wars Holiday Special and in the Special Edition of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
He is played by Daniel Logan in Attack of the Clones and by Jeremy Bulloch in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, although Jason Wingreen provided his voice in Empire. His brief appearance in A New Hope was performed by Mark Austin. For the 2004 DVD release of Empire, his voice was replaced by Temuera Morrison. The special edition footage of Return of the Jedi, was performed by Don Bies and Nelson Hall.
Star Wars Holiday SpecialEdit
Boba Fett's first appearance on-screen was in an animated segment aired on television as part of the Christmas special in 1978, spawning some interest in the character. Kenner released a Boba Fett action figure not long after the special aired.
Boba Fett is a major character in this animated segment and has more dialogue than he does in all of the Star Wars films combined. Boba Fett is introduced as a mysterious figure that befriends and aids Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2; but it is eventually revealed that he is in reality working for Darth Vader and the Empire. Chewbacca is not fooled, claiming, through the aid of C-3PO's translation, that the bounty hunter "didn't smell right."
The Boba Fett action figure was originally made available as a sneak preview of sorts in 1979 for Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. In The Empire Strikes Back, Fett speaks his first live-action dialogue. Throughout the film, Boba Fett is never once referred to by name. He is, along with several other bounty hunters, asked to track down Han Solo and the crew of the Millennium Falcon. He is the only hunter to deduce how the Falcon eluded the Empire by hiding on the hull of a Star Destroyer. He then places his ship in the Star Destroyer's garbage, in order to be hidden in it when the warship jettisons the mass before departing, anticipating that the Falcon will use the waste as cover when it detaches from its hiding place. Fett's hunch is correct, and he tracks the ship and surmises that Han Solo is likely headed for Cloud City on Bespin. He presumably reports the Falcon's destination to the Empire, allowing Vader to arrange a deal with Lando Calrissian to secure the capture of Solo and the crew. Fett stays at Vader's side as the Sith Lord tortures Han Solo in an attempt to draw Luke Skywalker into a trap. In addition to the reward for Solo's capture from the Empire, Vader allows Boba Fett to take Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, back to Jabba to receive an additional reward, claiming two bounties on the same job. In later Expanded Universe material, it is revealed that Fett charged Jabba a larger amount than the original bounty price. He was able to do this by explaining that the frozen Solo was unique artwork created by Darth Vader.
In Return of the Jedi, Boba Fett is at Jabba's palace when a fellow Bounty Hunter known as Boussh brings in Chewbacca for the reward posted on him. The hunter is actually Princess Leia Organa in disguise, and she frees Solo from his carbonite prison later that night while Jabba's court is asleep. Then two side curtains open to reveal Jabba and his court, including Fett. Early the next morning, Luke Skywalker arrives to bargain for Solo's life. Fett remains on guard and watches silently as Luke battles a rancor. When Luke kills the monster, an outraged Jabba sentences Luke, Han and Chewbacca to be cast into the Pit of Carkoon, where a Sarlacc lives. They are transported to the pit on one of two skiffs, traveling alongside Jabba's personal Sail Barge. Luke stages his own rescue with Lando's help, and Fett attempts to stop them along with several of Jabba's hapless guards. Fett flies across with his jet pack to battle Luke, but his main blaster is immediately sliced in two by Luke's lightsaber, though he has some success when he entraps Luke using his rope grapple. Gunfire from the barge tips it, knocking Lando off the skiff. Luke jumps from one skiff to the other. Han picks up a discarded vibro-axe to try to fish Lando from the side of the pit. As Boba Fett takes aim at Luke with his wrist blaster, Chewbacca tells Solo that Fett is right behind him. This is the first time Fett's name is mentioned, with Han Solo mentioning it ("Boba Fett? Boba Fett! Where!?"). As he turns to look he accidentally strikes Fett with the vibro-axe and activates the jet pack, which causes Fett to crash into the side of Jabba's sail barge before falling into the mouth of the almighty Sarlacc beast. In Lego Star Wars 2:The Original Trilogy he is shown with his jet pack going out of control before he slams alongside the ship,then he falls in the mouth of the beast.
Boba Fett's origins are revealed in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. He is revealed to be the son of legendary bounty hunter Jango Fett, one of the last of the Mandalorians. Jango Fett is hired by Count Dooku to be the template for an entire army of clones.
(The canon books predating Attack of the Clones state that Boba Fett was not a clone. According to these sources, Fett was once known as Jaster Mereel and served as a Journeyman Protector on the planet of Concord Dawn, from which he was ultimately exiled for killing a fellow Protector. After his exile, he adopted the name Boba Fett and decided that he would "bow to no one." These aspects of his past have been extensively retconned since the release of Attack of the Clones. It was later written that Fett took the name of his father's mentor, Mandalore Jaster Mereel, who had been a Journeyman Protector on his father's homeworld of Concord Dawn before the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Mereel killed a corrupt fellow Protector, was exiled and became a leader of the true Mandalorians. Since Jango Fett is described as being Mandalorian, it may be that Concord Dawn is a Mandalorian world, which explains the Mandalorian civil war there. Later Fett planted a fake back story based on Mereel, along with joining the stormtroopers, which makes sense as the original clonetroopers were all identical to him. In actuality, he joined the Mandalorians but was exiled for killing his commander, who had raped his wife Sintas Vel. This was explained in the novel Bloodlines. In Attack of the Clones, Obi-Wan Kenobi arrives on Kamino to investigate an assassination linked to Jango, and the Fetts flee to Geonosis to join Count Dooku in the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Kenobi, along with Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala, are to be executed in the Geonosian arena. The young Fett watches with interest, but the ceremonies are interrupted by the arrival of several Jedi led by Mace Windu. In the ensuing battle, Windu decapitates Jango. The young Fett buries his father on Geonosis and takes his armor and ship (endowing them with green paint and coverings instead of Jango's blue ones) to start his own life as a bounty hunter.
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