What Star Wars character list would be complete without the addition of Boba Fett? He is a fan favorite, which I believe was not counted on considering he is only in the films for a short amount of time. Let’s dig a little bit into the Fett man’s history.
Original Trilogy: Boba Fett first makes his appearance on Darth Vader’s ship whenever the Empire is hiring bounty hunters to track down Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon. They had just escaped from the Imperial Fleet and the Empire was using all it’s means to track down the ship.
When the Millennium Falcon detaches with the trash from an Imperial Star Destroyer, Fett was there to pick up their scent and follow them to Cloud City. After alerting the Empire of their whereabouts, Fett is there to collect on his bounty with the Empire and the gangster Jabba the Hutt. Darth Vader interrogates Han Solo and ends up freezing him in carbonite, testing a trap for Luke Skywalker. The frozen Han Solo is then handed over to Boba Fett, who gets him out of Cloud City just as his friends show up and shoot at his launching ship.
In Return of the Jedi, we see Fett at Jabba’s palace in multiple scenes during the beginning of the film. However, he doesn’t play a role until Luke Skywalker and friends are sentenced to death and break loose. Fett joins the fight only to come against Skywalker. While fighting Luke, Han Solo swings and turns on Fett’s rocket pack on accident, sending him flying into the mouth of the Sarlacc.
Prequel Trilogy: Boba Fett plays a very small role in the prequel movies. We find out that he is an unaltered clone that was requested by his father Jango Fett, the bounty hunter the clone army is based from. Boba helps Jango escape his battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi, but later watches his father get decapitated at the hands of Mace Windu.
Boba also makes a few appearances in the Clone Wars cartoon.
Expanded Universe: Boba Fett is mentioned in several comics and books along the way. The Dark Horse comics explain how he was able to get out of the sarlacc pit and a series of books called The Bounty Hunter Wars show his character in a sort of different light. Boba Fett also shows up again during the fight with the Yuuzhan Vong. In the Legacy of the Force series, Fett is asked by Jaina Solo to train her to fight against her brother Jacen Solo. Fett ends up as part of the battle by helping attack Jacen’s troops. At sometime during the Expanded Universe, Fett became a family man.
Boba Fett and the Mandalorians are some of my favorite characters from the entire Star Wars Universe. I don’t know if it is the badassness they carry with them or if it is the freedom that they have in a universe in war, but something about the people and the characters appeals to me. Also the armor is pretty darn awesome. I mean c’mon.