Star Wars: How did Jango Fett die?

Temuera Morrison as Jango Fett in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Photo: Lucasfilm.
Temuera Morrison as Jango Fett in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Photo: Lucasfilm. /

Perhaps the best at what he did, Star Wars character Jango Fett was many things: bounty hunter, Mandalorian foundling, and even a father.

So skilled was he in fact, that a certain shadowy organization saw fit to base his very genetic sequence for that of an entire clone army. With all of this in mind, how did such an accomplished warrior meet his demise?

We look back at the waning days of the Republic. The promise of war loomed on the galactic horizon. A small army of Jedi is surrounded by the enemy in an unfriendly world. Now armed with the aforementioned clone army, the Galactic Republic saw fit to meet the Separatist droid army head-on at the Petranaki Arena on the barren world of Geonosis. It was here that the Clone Wars began.

Before the clones came to the rescue, the Jedi were forced to fend for themselves. It was here that Jango Fett was marshaled into action. He had fought Jedi before and lived to tell the tale.

But he had never faced Mace Windu.

So how did the most fearsome warrior in the galaxy meet his match?

Jango Fett’s death in Attack of the Clones

For all the skill and equipment at his disposal, Fett was little match for a warrior with the Force at his command in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. His jetpack damaged, with no tool or weapon capable of matching the Jedi’s lightsaber, Fett met his end when Windu decapitated him just moments before his own clone army arrived at the scene.

It is perhaps morbidly ironic that the clones make their first appearance in battle just moments after their genetic template has been extinguished. It is through these clones that the legacy of Jango Fett endures beyond the Mandalorian warrior’s death. Some of these copies even survive longer than the Republic that they were created to defend in the first place.

One clone in particular is the living legacy of Jango Fett. This is, of course, his “son.” Boba Fett is in fact another clone of the original but unlike his army of brothers, Boba is unaltered and does not age at twice the speed like his counterparts. He is a pure genetic reproduction.

It might seem vain that Fett trusted no other companion than one of his own stock. But perhaps a life of killing for a living gives one trust issues. The senior Fett had the perfect companion in his son. He knew he could trust him because he was him.

Boba clearly felt the same way. So moved was he by his father’s death, that Boba would proceed with a campaign of vengeance against his father’s killer and attempt to assassinate Mace Windu on multiple occasions.

While Jango Fett may be gone, his legacy, even his very genetic code, has had a profound impact on the whole galaxy.

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