12 Things 'Star Wars' Fans (Probably) Don't Know About Jango Fett
Over the course of its decades of historic success, Star Wars has given fans a number of memorable characters. Perhaps no character has had a greater impact per minute of screen time than Boba Fett, though, and that's largely thanks to his incredible design. It's only fitting, then, that Boba's story is getting more screen time as Star Wars continues to unfold. The Book of Boba Fett picks up with him decades after the events of Return of the Jedi, while Attack of the Clones introduces his father, Jango.
Jango doesn't have as much of an established backstory as Boba, but there are still plenty of fascinating facts about one of the most lethal bounty hunters in Star Wars canon. After all, Boba was just a clone of Jango. However, there's still plenty that even die-hard fans may not know about Jango Fett. Be sure to vote up the most surprising things you learned about Jango below..
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Prior To The Prequel Trilogy, Jango Fett Briefly Mentored Cad BanePhoto: The Book of Boba Fett / Disney+
Although he was widely regarded as the best bounty hunter in the galaxy, Jango Fett was far from the only pro. On one occasion prior to the events of the prequel trilogy, Fett briefly brought a fellow bounty hunter by the name of Cad Bane under his wing.
By the time of the Clone Wars, Cad Bane was a ubiquitous bounty hunter, but that was after he went through training as Fett's apprentice. Ultimately, Bane came to owe Fett several favors that he never got the chance to repay. Of course, Boba Fett also apprenticed under his father and was taken under Bane's wing after Jango's demise on Geonosis.
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Jango Fett Was Born On Concord DawnPhoto: Star Wars: Rebels / Disney XD
Much of Fett's early history is intentionally obscure, but one detail he did reveal about himself was that he was born on the Mandalorian planet of Concord Dawn. Fett enjoyed withholding his personal history from those who were curious about it, so it's not exactly clear what happened to his family.
We do know that Concord Dawn was often the setting of war and that during one of those thousands of conflicts, roughly a third of the planet's mass was destroyed, sending planetary fragments into orbit. Given how violent Concord Dawn often was, it isn't exactly a surprise that Fett became the ruthless man he was.
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There Has Been An Ongoing Debate At Lucasfilm As To Whether Or Not The Fetts Are MandaloriansPhoto: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones / 20th Century Fox
Prior to Season 2 of The Mandalorian, there was actually an ongoing debate at Lucasfilm about whether or not the Fetts were actually Mandalorians. In Star Wars Legends canon, they are Mandalorians, but David Filoni has said that according to George Lucas, they are not. Even after the new canon was established, the Fetts were still not considered to be Mandalorians.
In other places, such as the official Star Wars Databank and Star Wars: Galactic Defense, Jango is called a Mandalorian, so there seems to have been a great deal of confusion inside of Lucasfilm in regards to Fett's origins. That debate was ultimately resolved in Season 2 of The Mandalorian when it was firmly established that Jango had been a Mandalorian foundling..
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Jango Fett Was Paid 20 Million Credits For His DNA By Count DookuPhoto: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones / 20th Century Fox
In the years following the Battle of Naboo, Darth Tyrannus, AKA Count Dooku, recruited Jango Fett to be the template for the clone army. Fett's reputation as a great bounty hunter ultimately brought him to the attention of the Sith. It's pretty widely known that one of Fett's conditions for agreeing to be cloned was that he receive an unaltered clone who ages at a normal rate.
In addition to Boba, Jango was also given 20 million credits in exchange for serving as the template for the clone army. The Kaminoans did not question the decision to use Fett's DNA as the basis of the clone army, as they understood that he was widely regarded as an elite bounty hunter.
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He Was A Mandalorian FoundlingPhoto: The Mandalorian / Disney+
At some point during his youth, Fett became a Mandalorian foundling, much like our favorite beskar-wearing father figure, Din Djarin, in The Mandalorian. He was taught in the ways of the Mandalorian people by a mentor, and eventually became a commando in the civil wars that divided his people for much of his youth.
Eventually, though, Fett decided to pursue a career as a bounty hunter and separated himself from the Mandalorians, although he retained his armor. Fett quickly rose to the top of the bounty hunter trade, thanks in part to his advanced armor, which made him nearly impervious to blaster shots. Eventually, he became known as the best bounty hunter in the galaxy.
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His Armor Was White In Initial DesignsPhoto: Under The Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett / Disney+
Jango Fett's Mandalorian armor is so key to his character and being that it was a plot point in the second season of The Mandalorian, as Boba attempts to retrieve it after losing it during his fall into the sarlacc pit. In initial designs for his armor, it was supposed to be white like the armor of the clone troopers. This white design was also a nod to the early concept designs for Boba Fett, who was initially going to be white in The Empire Strikes Back.
In the end, Jango's look was changed to silver and blue, in part to reflect the notion that Boba had been wearing his father's armor throughout the original trilogy. Fett's final armor design was also an influence on the design of Din Djarin's armor in The Mandalorian, and has become a signature Star Wars look.