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Jango Fett
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Position Mandalore, bounty hunter
Homeworld Concord Dawn
Species Human
Gender Male
Affiliation Mandalorians, Confederacy of Independent Systems
Portrayed by Temuera Morrison (Episode II,Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, Battlefront, Battlefront II, Star Wars: Battlefront: Elite Squadron) Jeff Bennett (Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds,Star Wars: Jedi Star Fighter)

Jango Fett is a fictional character and supporting villain in the Star Wars universe. He first appeared in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter the video game, in which he was played by Temuera Morrison. Before Attack of the Clones, Jango was mentioned in Star Wars novels such as The Bounty Hunter Special. When he was beheaded by Mace Windu on Geonosis, Jango's clone "son" Boba Fett recovered the helmet of his slain father.

In various canon literature and films, both father and son served as bounty hunters as well as personal bodyguards of political figures such as Count Dooku and Palpatine, indirectly aiding the rise of the Empire.

Jango Fett also serves as the genetic template for Boba Fett, all troops in the Clone Army, and subsequently the Imperial Stormtroopers of the Galactic Empire under Emperor Palpatine. His name is possibly a reference to the spaghetti western film Django.

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Fictional character biography

Jango Fett was orphaned at an early age, the son of simple Concord Dawn farmers killed by brutal Death Watch marauders. At the age of ten, he was picked up by Journeyman Protector Jaster Mereel, who adopted and trained Fett introducing him to a harsh world of mercenary life. He was raised among great warriors, learning to survive in the rugged frontiers. Though the Mandalorian supercommandos were wiped out by the Jedi Knights, Jango was one of the few left to still wear the armor. Years of physical conditioning and training honed him into one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galactic underworld. Not even Black Sun Vigos were safe from his dual blaster pistols. On occasion, Fett would tangle with Zam Wesell, as their talents would overlap on similar assignments. Though he preferred working solo, the two teamed up when it was prudent. The two shared a misadventure in tracking down a rare artifact from Seylott, which granted its user incredible power.

Fett all but disappeared from bounty hunting circles as he took time to raise his son. He sought to experience what his life might have been like had he been raised by a caring guardian as well as to carry on the Mandalorian tradition of raising the young into warriors. Still, if the credits were right or the challenge appealed to him, he would don his battle armor periodically and venture from his hiding place.

Pursuit and confrontation

In Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Jango hires bounty hunter and shape-shifter Zam Wesell to assassinate Padmé Amidala. The first attempt fails and Jango allows Zam another chance. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker save Padmé from death, and the two Jedi track down Wesell in the corouscaunt city. Just as Wesell begins to say who she works for, she is shot by Jango with a poison dart, and Jango quickly flies off into the sky. Before she dies, she says in Huttese, "Bounty hunter slimeball." After this confrontation, Obi-Wan travels to the Jedi Temple to research the planet from which the dart originated. The temple droids, however, are unable to trace its origin. Obi-wan then turns to his old friend Dexter Jettsetter, a former prospector, who identifies the dart as one from the planet Kamino. When Obi-wan can't find the planet or star-system in the Temple's library—only finding that its gravity-pattern remains—he turns to Yoda for help. One of Yoda's youngling pupils tells them that someone could have erased it; Obi-Wan, believing that this could be true, sets off to find the planet—and the bounty hunter. After seeing the massive clone army on Kamino, Obi-Wan asks to see Jango. He is taken to Jango, who quickly realizes he is a Jedi. He tells his son to shut the closet, and in a brief shot, Jango's armor suit is seen inside the closet. Obi-wan questions Jango briefly, then reports to the Jedi Council, who order him to bring Jango Fett in for questioning. Meanwhile Jango and Boba decide to leave Kamino to escape, but are confronted by Obi-Wan outside their ship. Obi-Wan engages Jango in a brief battle. Jango takes off with his son and travels to the Geonosis system, but they are tracked by Kenobi. Jango attacks Obi-wan's ship with missiles, but Obi-wan escapes avoids them by dumping his cargo load. He then escapes by landing on an asteroid, letting Fett think he is dead. Again believing him to be out of the picture, Jango and Boba land safely on Geonosis. Kenobi, however, continues tracking them, eventually witnessing a meeting of Separatist leaders, where he learns that Jango is in league with Count Dooku, the leader of the Separatists. Kenobi returns to his ship and learns that his transmitter was damaged in the battle; he is, however, able to transmit a message to Anakin on Tatooine, along with orders to re-transmit the message to the Jedi Council. Kenobi is then captured and sentenced to death in the arena for espionage, as are Anakin and Padmé Amidala, who had come to rescue Kenobi. Count Dooku, Nute Gunray, Gilramos Libkath, Jango, and Boba are then allowed to watch the executions from Geonosian Archduke Poggle the Lesser's private viewing box.

Before the three spies are to be executed, the ceremony is disrupted by the arrival of Mace Windu and a large number of other Jedi; a battle erupts between the Jedi and the Separatist battle droids. Jango attacks Windu with his flamethrower, burning his cloak, forcing the Jedi Master to Force-jump to the arena floor. Jango refrains from joining the melee, staying in the viewing box to guard Dooku. While he is up there a Jedi tries to kill Dooku but he is quickly dispatched by Jango and is sent hurtling down to the ground. Hating the Jedi and seeing so many in one place, eventually he joins the battle; flying down into the arena, he engages Windu, but the confrontation is quickly interrupted by an enraged Reek, which tramples Jango before he is able to finally get clear and kill it with a single precisely aimed shot to the head.

Fett then turns to face off against the Jedi Master again, but he fails to notice that his jetpack and linked flamethrower, which draw from the same fuel source, has been severely damaged by the Reek. Jango is able to fire off a few menacing blaster shots before Windu severs his hand and decapitates him with his lightsaber, leaving Boba stunned and in disbelief.

As portrayed in the film Attack of the Clones, the action of Jango's decapitation results in his helmet flying off-screen in one direction and his head in another. Though not witnessed directly, this rather grim moment can easily be verified by noting the very conspicuous shadow cast upon the ground by Jango's decapitated head as it separates from his helmet and flies through the air from the force of the fatal blow. Later, Boba is seen crouched and clutching his father's empty helmet on the still-fresh battlefield; gazing into the faceplate. Jango got his armor from a Mandalorian moon where an evil group known as Deathwatch is located. How he got it is unknown.

Appearances

Films

Jango Fett is portrayed by Temuera Morrison in Attack of the Clones.

Video games

Jango Fett is also the central star of the video game Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. The character makes appearances in Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, Lego Star Wars, Star Wars: Battlefront, Lego Star Wars II (only if the player had a previous Lego Star Wars file), Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Star Wars: Battlefront II, and Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron. The character even leaves the Star Wars brand by appearing in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 as an unlockable character. Jango also makes an appearance in the PSP version of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed as the boss in Mace Windu's historic mission. However, in this version, he is impaled by Mace, rather than beheaded.

Comic books

Fett appears in the comic books Jango Fett, Jango Fett: Open Seasons, and the Toys "R" Us promotional comic Full of Surprises.

Books

Jango Fett appeared in the Star Wars Adventures books: Jango Fett vs. The Razor Eaters, The Shape Shifter Strikes, and Warlords of Balmorra. The character was also in the Jedi Readers book Jango Fett: Bounty Hunter and in Boba Fett: The Fight to Survive and of course "Star Wars Episode II:Attack of the Clones" by Patricia Wallace.

Clothing apparel

Jango Fett, much like that of Boba Fett, has endured a rising popularity. As such the character's image has adorned many shirts, hats, hoodies and even underwear. The image of Jango Fett, along with many other Star Wars characters, has become well sought after by those among the fan community.

Critical response

Fett is the only Star Wars character who matches Han Solo's mercenary egoism in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.[1] Although raising a "son" is his sole demonstration of altruism, the fact that Boba Fett is a clone, despite Jango not choosing on his own to be the clone template, makes this action another sign of Jango Fett's possible narcissism.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Decker, Kevin S.; Jason T. Eberl (2005). Star Wars and philosophy: more powerful than you can possibly imagine. Open Court Publishing. pp. 40. ISBN 9780812695830. http://books.google.com/books?id=kOzY95F6as0C&pg=PA40. 

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