If you’re watching the new Star Wars series The Mandalorian, you would’ve noticed the similarities in costumes between The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), Jango Fett and Boba Fett. But who are the Mandalorians and what’s it got to do with the Fetts?
The Low Down
Coming from the planet of Mandalore, the Mandalorians are a race of people in the Star Wars Universe. In Mandalorian Society, the ruler (Mad’alor) sits at the top with the Mandalorian Royal Guards, otherwise known as the Protectors, followed by Houses that are made up of family clans. Most of them are bounty hunters or mercenaries and have played roles as legendary warriors against the Jedi.
Before The Mandalorians
The planet of Mandalore and its people have previously been portrayed in the Star Wars universe.
In the Clone Wars animated series, the leader of the New Mandalorians, Duchess Satine Kryze, was deposed and killed by former Sith Lord Darth Maul. Mandalore’s history was later further explored when Satine’s sister ruled Mandalore in the animated series Star Wars Rebels.
Being warriors, Mandalorians are big on culture. They have a strong code of honour and greatly value warriorship. Mandalorian warriors wear traditional armours to battle and each armour is customised to show clan affiliation, and honours the legacy of the warriors that came before them. The armours are a part of Mandalorian identity, and includes a helmet with a T-shaped visor. They also carry weapons or equipment such as flamethrowers and jetpacks – much like what we see Jango and Boba Fett wielding in battle.
But wait, are the Fetts Mandalorians?
Jango and Boba Fett are NOT Mandalorians
Jango Fett claims to be born on the planet Concord Dawn. He was a legendary bounty hunter in the galaxy but the Mandalore government saw him as a pretender. In Clone Wars, Mandalore’s Prime Minister said that Jango Fett was “a common bounty hunter; how he acquired that armour is beyond me.” If Jango truly was a Mandalorian, his armour should have been sufficient to identify which clan he came from.
This means that Boba Fett – Jango’s unaltered clone and son – is not a Mandalorian too.
Boba was raised in a remote planet called Kamino and was trained to be a bounty hunter by his father. Although Jango may have passed on Mandalorian knowledge to him, he never learned the Mandalorian way of life, ethics and warrior culture.
Boba, being a clone, doesn’t really have a homeland and didn’t grow up in Mandalorian culture (or any other culture for that matter). Boba, like his father, is ultimately an outlaw bounty hunter, who also simply dons Mandalorian armour.
And that’s our beginner’s guide to the enigmatic Mandalorians in the Star Wars universe.
If you look at them from a wider point of view, they’re pretty much the most morally-neutral and human-like beings in the fictitious science fantasy world, despite having been associated with the Galactic Empire and the Sith on multiple occasions. If anything, we have to say that they’re easier to figure out than, say, Baby Yoda and his ilk.
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