Boba Fett: An in-depth history of the original Mandalorian bounty hunter

Dickey Beer and Jeremy Bulloch in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Photo: Lucasfilm.
Dickey Beer and Jeremy Bulloch in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Photo: Lucasfilm. /
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The early years

Following his failed attempt to avenge his father, Boba entered into a bounty hunting apprenticeship under the guidance of Aura Sing. The irony was that Sing herself was a Force-sensitive who had once trained under the Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi before circumstances led to her separation from the Jedi Order.

Boba’s early years as a bounty hunter-in-training were marked with as many losses as they were with successes. Besides his early failure with assassinating Mace Windu, his most humiliating defeat came when he and a cadre of other bounty hunters were hired to deliver a mysterious package to the corrupt ruler of the heavily pressurized planet, Quarzite. On the way to the Otua Blank’s stronghold, Boba and his convoy were attacked by a group of masked rebels called the Kage Warriors that sought to take the package. The package was later revealed to be Pluma Sodi, a princess who had been kidnapped and was to be delivered to the tyrant who wanted to make her his young bride.

The Sith apprentice-turned-bounty hunter Asajj Ventress betrayed Boba after her code of honor led her to side with the rebels and free the princess. Boba fought Ventress over the princess but was defeated and bound inside the chest that was delivered to the dumbstricken dictator.

Boba eventually grew into his own and began to wear his father’s armor which he repainted in colors that honored the former Fett’s memory. His rise to the top of the Bounty Hunters Guild led to a conflict with Cad Bane, who was the predominant bounty hunter during the Clone Wars era. Even though Boba emerged the victor in this fateful showdown, he was left with a souvenir from this encounter — the dent that embedded his nigh-impenetrable beskar helmet.