Should Jango and Boba Fett be considered Mandalorians?

A sculpture of Boba Fett (Photo by Manfred Schmid/Getty Images)
A sculpture of Boba Fett (Photo by Manfred Schmid/Getty Images) /

It has long been asked if bounty hunter Jango Fett and his ‘son’, Boba Fett, are true Mandalorians. Today, we answer that very question.

Boba Fett has always been a popular figure within Star Wars lore despite his limited appearances and non-existent backstory in the Original Trilogy. The Prequels provided us with his background as being a clone of bounty hunter, Jango Fett who raised him as his son. As weird as that sounds, it’s true.

As time has gone on, more has been added to the Fetts’ history though, one question remains: are they Mandalorians?

We took to Twitter to ask the fans of Star Wars and The Mandalorian and the result in our poll didn’t really surprise us.

Should Jango and Boba Fett be considered Mandalorians: The results

Over a 24 hour period, we ran a poll asking for fans’ thoughts on the subject. While the polling audience was smaller than anticipated, it did give us insight into what people think about the Jango and Boba Fett with the majority voting “No.”

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Now, what do these results tell us? Jango and Boba might have Mandalorian armor, but they do not follow the creed true Mandos do. This is even backed up in The Clone Wars episode “The Mandalore Plot,” where Prime Minister Almec tells Obi-Wan, “Jango Fett was a common bounty hunter. How acquired that armor is beyond me.”

However, Jango and later, Boba got their hands on Mandalorian armor is anybody’s guess. For all we know they could have stolen it.

George Lucas’ thoughts on whether Jango and Boba Fett are Mandalorians

Despite it being said in Legends that Jango and Boba Fett were Mandalorians, this is not actually the truth in Canon as we know it today. As I noted earlier in this piece, Obi-Wan addresses the Fetts being Mandalorians during The Clone Wars only to be told that they weren’t. The line in question is what we stated above was actually placed into the series at the prompting of George Lucas himself, according to Star Wars YouTuber, Stupendous Wave.

The Star Wars creator stated to The Clone Wars producer, Dave Filoni that the Fetts were NOT Mandalorians on several occasions during the course of production on the series and that they were simply bounty hunters who wore armor and that was as far as the connection went.


Stupendous Wave also mentioned that in Legends, the Fetts were part of Clan Fett which was a Mandalorian family that dated almost 3000 years in Mandalorian culture. They were described as ruthless in combat situations, but an inspiration to their people and those who followed them.

Unlike Canon, there is a whole heap of ancestors and descendants of Jango and Boba who have the Fett name.

Our Opinion: Should Jango and Boba Fett be considered Mandalorians?

Honestly, I’ve never had a great love for the characters, but it is important to other fans who love one or both of them. For me, it doesn’t matter if they’re Mandalorians or not as it doesn’t affect the story being told in Canon. It was explained and let’s move on, shall we?

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