24. Boba Fett
When Did They Die: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Who Were They: Bounty hunter, unaltered clone of his father — Jango Fett
How Did They Die: Eaten by the sarlacc (possibly survived in new canon)
Seeing as how the “first” Fett is really Boba, it kind of makes sense that he’s the cooler one, the template on which later writers would attempt to build up a slightly meatier character and fail.
Silent, menacing, conniving, determined, Boba had all traits of a great one-dimensional background villain. Which is not the slight that it sounds like. Boba Fett is just what the Empire Strikes Back and the Return of the Jedi needed: a hint of mystery and intrigue amidst all that Light SIde versus Dark Side business.
You see, Boba is simply an independent, amoral contracter in a galaxy that is quickly taking sides. He does what he’s paid to do, and he’s good at it. That’s a whole movie right there. The problem, ultimately, is that Boba is still far too easy to kill. His death, if anything, is worse than his father’s: his jetpack was accidentally engaged by a blind and flailing Han Solo, sending him careening right into the sarlacc’s mouth. Just a ridiculous end to what was supposed to be one of the galaxy’s greatest warriors.
Next: 23. Admiral Piett