10 Times Boba Fett Captured The Attention Of Fans On Screens Big And Small

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Vote up the best appearances of the legendary bounty hunter on the small and big screens.

On September 24, 1978, in the San Anselmo Country Fair parade, Darth Vader led the procession with his then-unknown right-hand man, Boba Fett. The small town that was home to Lucasfilm at the time wanted an homage to both the company and the phenomenal success of its brand new film, Star Wars. 

Film editor Duwayne Dunham wore the prototype Boba Fett suit and marched along the parade, unaware that he would be the first man to portray the iconic bounty hunter. 

Since then, the cult of Boba Fett has grown by leaps and bounds, from his first TV outing as an animated character in a cringeworthy holiday special to his own series on Disney+. In honor of Darth Vader’s sneaky "right-hand man," here is a look back at every appearance of Boba Fett both on TV and in movies. Vote up your favorite takes on the beloved bounty hunter.

The Book of Boba Fett will debut on Disney+ on December 29, 2021.

  • In The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett makes his first appearance on-screen since his debut as a 2D figure in the holiday special. And though he chews fewer than 10 minutes of screen time, it was enough to spark interest among the fanbase as to the mystery behind the bounty hunter. 

    When Darth Vader hires the best bounty hunters in the universe to chase after the Millennium Falcon, the Sith Lord gives the following instructions: 

    Darth Vader: There will be a substantial reward for the one who finds the Millennium Falcon. You are free to use any methods necessary, but I want them alive. (*looks at Boba Fett*) No disintegrations.

    Boba Fett: As you wish.

    Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch) can also be seen giving chase to our heroes through space, just before Lando Calrissian's betrayal. He is later seen as the muscle behind Vader as he traps Han Solo, Princess Leia, and the droids. Vader promises Fett that he will be able to turn in Han Solo for Jabba's bounty, promising not to kill the smuggler. 

    Overall, Boba Fett creates a menacing presence on-screen as a man of few words and severe actions, willing to disintegrate foes in order to achieve his mission. 

  • The stop-motion sketch comedy series pays homage to the bounty hunter in several sketches, in which he is depicted as a braggart who enjoys fruity umbrella drinks and uses his rocket launcher to shoot T-shirts to adoring fans. Or a resurrected gunslinger in a nerd fantasy who destroys Ewoks by the hundreds. Or just trying to kill time in the Sarlacc pit while he waits to be digested. 

    In any of these variations, Boba Fett is seen as a hilarious renegade who got shafted in his demise (at least until The Mandalorian debuted). 

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    Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

    Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)
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    Back in 1978, Canadian animation outlet Nelvana (best known for its work on The Care Bears Family, the Beetlejuice cartoon, and The Fairly OddParents) was tasked with creating a short animated sequence to help bolster an upcoming holiday special based on the hit movie Star Wars. 

    With a character design by George Lucas and animator John Celestri, and the voice talent of Don Francks, the Star Wars Holiday Special first introduced Fett as a kind soul who was willing to help Luke Skywalker and his companions, but in actuality was a villain working for Darth Vader. 

    In the special, a trident-wielding Boba Fett initially saves the lives of Luke and the droids, giving them a helping hand in locating a lost ship. Calling Luke "friend," Fett offers to show his new compadres the way, even offering to go into the city to find a cure for a "sleeping virus" that affects Luke and Han Solo. During the excursion, he contacts his lord and master Darth Vader, attempting to cash in on the heroes. During his chat with Vader, he is referred to as "the best bounty hunter in the galaxy."

    Though the holiday special now lives in infamy, Star Wars fans agree that the animated sequence in which Boba Fett is first introduced is a massive highlight of the special - possibly the only reason to watch it.

  • The Mandalorian (2020)
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    "Are you Mandalorian?"
    "I'm a simple man making his way through the galaxy. Like my father before me."

    Set five years after Return of the Jedi, The Mandalorian resurrects the legend of Boba Fett by ret-conning his demise, allowing him to escape the belly of a Sarlacc. 

    Prior to his full-fledged debut, his appearance was teased in "Chapter 5: The Gunslinger," when a mysterious figure appears over the body of assassin Fennec Shand. In "Chapter 9: The Marshal," Cobb Vanth is seen wearing his iconic armor, claiming he bought it off Jawas. Boba Fett appears at the end of the episode, watching Mandalorian Din Djarin leave with his acquired armor. 

    It isn't until "Chapter 14: The Tragedy" that audiences are treated to the full return of Boba Fett. Heavily scarred from his experience in the Sarlacc pit and with Fennec at his side, he is looking to acquire his armor back. In exchange for the outfit, Fett promises to help and protect the child Grogu. 

    In "Chapter 16: The Rescue," after Grogu is given to Jedi Master Luke Skywalker for safe keeping, Boba Fett returns to Tatooine where he kills a bloated Bib Fortuna, who has taken over Jabba's palace. After shooting the former majordomo, Boba takes his place on Jabba's throne, completing his transition from villain to true anti-hero. 

  • The third Star Wars outing features Boba Fett at Jabba the Hutt's palace on Tatooine, where he is spotted listening to the Max Rebo Band, protecting Jabba from thermal detonators, and hitting on intergalactic hotties

    In his battle scene with Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett shows off the many weapons of his armor before getting knocked out by the semi-Jedi. Fett is defeated when Han mistakenly knocks into him, setting off his rocket jet and launching him into a wall, causing him to fall into a Sarlacc pit to be slowly digested over a thousand years.

    Until The Mandalorian, it was believed that this was the final resting place of the mighty Boba Fett. Many fans agreed that the supposed demise of Boba Fett was a great injustice to the character, whose death was treated as a joke. Luckily, The Mandalorian was able to right this wrong. 

  • Thirty years after his first appearance in The Empire Strikes Back, young Boba Fett makes his debut appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars in the final two episodes of the second season: "R2 Come Home" and "Lethal Trackdown." In the story, a preteen Fett infiltrates Mace Windu's cruiser in an attempt to get revenge on the Jedi for the demise of his father.

    After a few failed attempts, Boba and his accomplices destroy the ship's reactor, causing the ship to crash. They take the crew hostage and in effort to lure Windu into their trap. Fett is eventually captured and sent to Coruscant. 

    In the Season 4 episode, "Deception," Boba Fett escapes prison and forms his own syndicate called the Krayt's Claw, which includes bounty hunters Bossk and Dengar (from The Empire Strikes Back).