Boba and Jango Fett are such similar Star Wars Universe characters that many people confuse them for one another, thinking they are the same thing. However, that’s not the case. And, as the new TV show called The Book Of Boba Fett is about to come out, it’s time to set things straight. So, if Boba and Jango Fett ever fought, who would win, and why?
It would be an extremely close fight, but Boba Fett would have just a slight advantage and would win in a fight against Jango Fett. He has slightly more fighting experience, growing older than Jango, has more effective weapons, and a more highly modified battleship.
Still, it wouldn’t be a cakewalk in any case. If you remember, Jango Fett was once the greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy, and an entire army of his clones had been created to try and make the most powerful task force in existence. Let’s walk through the differences and similarities between Boba and Jango Fett to determine who would win in a fight.
Boba Fett and Jango Fett: Differences
The main difference between Boba Fett and Jango Fett is that Boba is Jango’s identical clone that Jango raised as his son. Jango mentored and supervised him, teaching Boba how to fight and how to live. I’ll start from the beginning to give you a better picture.
Jango Fett was known as the best bounty hunter and mercenary in the entire galaxy during the last years of the Republic. He had been trained in the Mandalorian warrior culture, and Jango was simply made for battle.
He was a natural when it comes to combat of all kinds, which ultimately made the Galactic Republic choose him and his genetic code as a “source” to create their Clone Army. All the clones were an identical, 100% DNA match to Jango, but with a slight behavioral modification – they were modified to obey authority without any questions.
In return for giving his genetic template for the Clone Army, Jango requested one of the clones not to be genetically modified, as the clones were implanted with a set of commands from birth and grew three times faster than normal. They granted Jango his wish and left him one unaltered, completely identical clone to himself.
He named the clone Boba and decided to raise him as his son. Therefore, although many fans think that Boba Fett is Jango’s son, that’s a wrong presumption – at least in a biological sense. Boba is Jango’s 100% DNA-identical clone.
Jango did “father” Boba differently, though. He raised him, mentored him, and served as an authoritative father figure, and Boba loved him dearly. Jango tutored him to become a prolific warrior like himself from a very young age. Although he raised him among the Kaminoans, Jango did his best to raise Boba under Mandalorian warrior culture and tradition.
That is until Jango tragically passed away right in front of Boba’s eyes. Jango’s jetpack blaster got damaged in battle, so when he tried to blast off into the air while fighting Mace Windu, the jetpack gave in, leaving him on the ground vulnerable. Windu exploited it and only needed one swift swing with his lightsaber to decapitate the renowned bounty hunter.
After that, Boba swore to continue his “father’s” legacy and became the most prolific bounty hunter the galaxy had ever seen. They wore a similar suit, used similar weapons, and flew the same battleships – albeit they modified the ships differently.
The only difference between the two is their life experience – the battles they fought, the enemies they faced, and the sheer amount of jobs they had done.
So, although we’ve seen Boba first in the Star Wars Universe – back in The Empire Strikes Back movie – he’s younger than Jango. He grew older than his father due to Jango’s early death, though. Seeing how he learned to fight from a very young age, he probably collected even more experience.
That’s what ultimately leads us to the answer to our main question – if Jango Fett and Boba Fett ever fought, who would win, and why?
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Boba Fett Vs. Jango Fett: Who Would Win and Why?
Let’s say that, hypothetically, Jango somehow survived, and for whatever reason, he and Boba fight each other. So, who would win that fight if they were genetically identical and trained under the same tradition and culture, and why? The answer is not that simple, simply because the two would probably know how to predict each other’s moves.
Still, Boba Fett would eventually have the upper hand and defeat Jango at least 7/10 times. Let’s break down the characters into several categories to explain and argue that standpoint.
Primary Weapons & Armor
Both Boba and Jango Fett wear similar armor with the recognizable Mandalorian helmet on. Jango’s armor was silver with blue, while Boba wore the iconic green armor. However, Boba changes and upgrades his armor several times, but he leaves the damage from every battle he takes on the armor to be seen – hence, the rugged, worn-out appearance.
Boba went from Durasteel to Beskar armor and walked through blaster fire regularly like he’s walking through a park. He even survived being thrown into a Sarlacc pit mostly due to the beast not being capable of digesting his armor. No matter how you turn it, Boba’s armor is very similar but superior to Jango’s.
As for their weapons, they mostly used similar weaponry. Boba had every weapon Jango had in his arsenal and added some, including blasters, lightsabers, etc. That’s why I’m only comparing their primary arms.
Jango typically used dual-wield blaster pistols that served him incredibly well in close to mid-range combat, but not as much for long-range sniping. On the other hand, Boba primarily uses a blaster rifle that allows him to battle from mid to long-range, but not as effective in close range – he typically needs to switch weapons if it comes to a close encounter.
That’s why the power of their primary weapons decides which is deadlier, and Boba’s blaster rifle is a lot more powerful than Jango’s pistols.
Boba and Jango used the same battleships most of the time. Although Boba used the Slave IV for a while, both he and Jango were mostly familiar with the legendary Slave I. So, if they both used the same ship, there just couldn’t be any difference, right? Wrong.
You see, Boba used the Slave I ever since his childhood days. He mastered it to a fault, even adding more equipment, weaponry, and other useful gadgets that weren’t there when Jango used them. Therefore, Boba wins in the battleship department as well.
Enemies & Battle Experience
Being two of the most prolific mercenaries of their time, Jango and Boba Fett both had their fair share of epic battles, defeating many powerful enemies during their time.
For instance, Jango once single-handedly killed six Jedi – unarmed! He knew his way around a blaster ever since he was eight years old and even battled Obi-Wan Kenobi to a stalemate at one point. He had formal Mandalorian training under Jaster Mereel and fought Tor Vizsla, the Death Watch, and many others.
However, he did perish from one lightsaber swing at the hands of Mace Windu. Boba would battle Windu two times, and the second time, both were so battered and wounded that they were ready to kill each other simultaneously, but the fight was interrupted just before it had happened. Oh yeah – Boba was 13 at the moment!
Boba Fett probably had more enemies in terms of diversity, although he did fight Obi-Wan Kenobi just like his father. He held his ground nicely before eventually losing – but he was only 12 years old when the fight happened.
Additionally, a 12-year-old Boba fought off against several Kage Warriors. During his mercenary career, the younger Fett battled in countless battles, but probably his most impressive feature (at least by fan standards) was capturing Han Solo and delivering him to Jabba the Hutt.
Finally, he ended up falling into a Sarlacc pit, presumed to be dead, only to get out of there alive later.
In the end, Boba gained more experience than his father, Jango, and had somewhat more advanced weaponry (or, he had a bigger arsenal, at least), and he dueled and won against mightier opponents.
The battle between Jango and Boba Fett would be close, but in this instance, the clone would win against the original more times than not.