Okay, so I'm asking this purely in regards to the new Disney canon.

From Episode II, we learn that Boba Fett is an unaltered clone of Jango Fett. Then, in Star Wars: The Clone Wars we see kid Boba a few times and he's hanging out with several of the more regular bounty hunter characters. It seems like an obvious way for Boba to follow in his father's footsteps without having his father there to teach him. Then fast forward to the next set of canon things we see him in, and he's working for Jabba and sporting his nice Mandalorian Armor.

Boba Fett Jango Fett

His armor is of course very similar to his father's armor. It's really just a recoloring of it. Maybe Boba just kept his father's armor and restored it for his own use.

However, we visit the planet Mandalore in the Clone Wars series several times. We see that in stark contrast from the Mandalorians we know from (now non-canon) sources like Knights of the Old Republic, the Mandalorians are pacifists except for one group known as Death Watch. All of the members of Death Watch don armor that looks strikingly similar to the preferred choice of protection by our two favorite bounty hunters.

Death Watch

My question is very simple. What's going on? What's the connection between Jango Fett and Boba Fett to the Mandalorians during the Clone Wars? Is Jango Fett from Mandalore? It seems like a very strange oversight for the writers of the series to include multiple episodes about both Boba Fett and Mandalore and never draw a connection.

  • Of course, I'm not extremely familiar if there is any EU/Legends explanations either. So if there is, feel free to supplement with that. – David Apr 24 '15 at 14:04
  • I don't know how cannon this is anymore but I remember seeing somewhere that Jango had durasteel armour not mandalorian iron armour. Boba had mandalorian iron armour so he is not using Jango's armour. Also to the other answer you have some of the things mixed up... Beskar'gam is the armour (Beskar is mandalorian iron and gam is like clothes) and Mando'a is the language. I am not sure if the other ones are right or not off the top of my head... Sorry if this isn't the best answer but I can't comment yet and I had something to contribute... – Probst Apr 24 '15 at 15:49

DisnEU answer: While Jango Fett wore the armor of a Mandalorian he was not considered to be one by the government of the planet of Mandalore. He merely took their name and armor to appear more fearsome.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: I recently encountered a man who wore Mandalorian armor: Jango Fett.

Alemc: [angrily] Jango Fett was a common bounty hunter. How he acquired that armor is beyond me.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, "The Mandalore Plot"

Legends answer: Jango Fett was born on the world of Concord Dawn in 66 BBY, a world in the Mandalore sector and tied to the world of Mandalore. Here he became part of the Mandalorian Civil War that costed Fett his parents at the hands of the Death Watch. After killing the man who mudered his parents Fett was named a true Mandalorian and adopted by the Mand'alor Jaster Mereel.

Being a Mandalorian isn't about being born on the planet Mandalore. It's a way of life, a code and an ideal. This is embodied by the Six Actions, the Resol'nare:

  • Ba'jur: Raise your children as Mandalorians.
  • Beskar'gam: Wear the armor of a Mandalorian.
  • Ara'nov: Defend yourself and your family.
  • Aliit: Contribute to the welfare of the clan.
  • Mando'a: Speak the Mandalorian Language.
  • Mand'alor: When called upon by Mand'alor, rally to his cause.

Or in a children's rhyme:

Ba'jur bal beskar'gam, Ara'nov, aliit, Mando'a bal Mand'alor — An vencuyan mhi.

(Education and armor, Self-defense, our tribe, Our language and our leader — All help us survive.)

By following these tenents, loyalty to the clan and bravery in battle one satisfies the laws of the Canons of Honor and one gains honor. Note that being born a Mandalorian does not make one a Mandalorian: they were dar'manda, ignorant of their heritage. All those who swore to the Resol'nare and lived up to its ideals became Mandalorians, including prisoners who were forcefully induced into the culture.

Though over the years the adhesion to the Resol'nare waned. Still the Mandalorians remained a warrior culture, frequently clashing with the Galactic Republic. Eventually the Republic got fed up with them and bombed the Mandalorians into submission. After this the New Mandalorians, a pacifistic group, began to rise and became the predorminant group on Mandalore. The peace held from about 738 BBY until 20 BBY, when the Death Watch took over after a coup, the events of which are detailed in the Clone Wars TV series.

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  • Added a quote to back up your DisnEU answer. Hope it helps! – Thunderforge Nov 18 '17 at 3:15
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    Funny how the whole concept of "Mandalorians" was based off of Boba Fett's armour, but now there is no link between the two. – King_llama Apr 6 '18 at 21:56

Disney Canon

There's actually very little in this canon linking them to Mandalore other than their armor. In fact, as of right now, the only thing establishing them as being Mandalorian is the card back for Jango's figure from the Star Wars: Rebels toy line.

The ruthless Mandalorian warrior and resourceful bounty hunter Jango Fett fights the Jedi on the planet Geonosis.

jango toy

The disconnection is largely an artifact of the canon purge.

Previous EU/Legends Canon

This is where the Mandalorian connection was originally established and fleshed out.

The comic series Jango Fett: Open Seasons establishes that Fett was born and raised in the Mandalorian sector.

While Boba Fett was not born or raised there, he would later join the Mandalorian Clan and become their leader, The Mandalore, allowing him to call himself a "Mandalorian".

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    Correction - when Fett became the leader of the clan, he was called "The Mandalore", not "Mandalorian". Mandalore is the traditional title taken by the Mandalorian leader. – Omegacron Apr 24 '15 at 14:42
  • @Omegacron He was called The Mandalore, but he is a member/leader of The Mandalorian group. I meant it more that he could now say he is a Mandalorian. – phantom42 Apr 24 '15 at 14:45
  • Ah, gotcha - I misunderstood. Carry on, then. – Omegacron Apr 24 '15 at 14:47
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    Edited for clarity nonetheless. – phantom42 Apr 24 '15 at 14:50

Well, canon-wise, they can't really say he's not, seeing as he has two symbols on his armor that are distinctly Mandalorian: the Krybes (Mythosaurs skull) on his arm and the Mandalorian Honor crest on his chest in the above picture from the OP.

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    Sure, but why does he have these symbols? – Adamant Dec 29 '16 at 4:45

While George Lucas explains that jango and Boba are't really mandalorian, both jango and boba became Mand'alor (yes, the apostrophe is supposed to be there), jango becoming the Mand'alor after he killed the man who murdered his parents and boba after promising Fenn Shysa.

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    Mand'alor was the title assumed by the sole leader of the Mandalorian people. Neither Fett was that.The Mandalorians basically said "He (Jango) is not Mandalorian, and even if he were, we disown him." That sort of person will not become the leader of Mandalore, and there is not evidence that either Fett ever held that role. – amflare Nov 26 '17 at 0:21
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    Where does he explain this? – Valorum May 26 '19 at 15:09

Technically, Boba Fett isn't really Mandalorian, because he was cloned from his "father" on Kamino, but on Mandalore, you don't necessarily have to be born there to be considered a Mandalorian. You can find the rest out yourself on Wookieepedia. I'm sure Boba can speak Mandalorian, but I haven't been able to find anything to support that. I'm writing a Star Wars book, and I'm thinking about adding Boba, but the problem is I want him to speak Mandalorian, but I'm just gonna hafta wing it about whether or not he does ¯_(••)

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    You’re supposed to answer the question yourself, not say “look it up” instead of adding relevant information. – Mal Apr 6 '18 at 21:56

WELL to be fair, in real life, if you get citizenship to a country you are then a member of that culture, doesnt have to be genetic, and you dont have to have ancestors there. I mean technically Fett could have just bought a house on Mandalore, got a citizenship. Then BOOM hes a Mandalorian.

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    Is there any indication that this is the case or is it just your own headcanon? – Valorum May 26 '19 at 15:08

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