After his appearance in The Mandalorian, we learned that Boba Fett was still alive, surviving the tumble into the Sarlacc Pit. Now, the notorious bounty hunter got his own stand-alone series, The Book of Boba Fett. Another beloved character that’s soon returning for a TV show is Obi-Wan Kenobi. The question is, if Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett fought, who would win?
Despite Boba Fett’s incredibly combat skills, Obi-Wan Kenobi would beat him virtually every time. One of the best bounty hunters in the history of the galaxy would have a chance against many, but not against one of the best Jedi Masters in the galaxy’s history.
They could go toe-to-toe in combat, but the use of the Force would eventually tip the scales in Kenobi’s favor. Still, there are some aspects of the characters that could go into Boba Fett’s favor. Let’s dissect their skills and traits to see who would eventually come out on top and why.
Origins & Physiology
Obi-Wan Kenobi is a human male born on the planet Stewjon. However, as a Force-sensitive individual, having a very high midi-chlorian count in his body, Obi-Wan would soon be inducted into the Jedi Order and taken to Coruscant, where he learned the way of the Force in the Jedi Temple.
He was about 182 cm (5’11.5’’) tall and weighed around 80 kg (176 lbs). After years of training under Master Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn, Kenobi obtained the Jedi Knight rank after defeating Darth Maul on Naboo and became Jedi Master after being invited to the Jedi High Council.
While he is an average human male in terms of his physical attributes, lifespan, etc., the high Force-sensitivity makes him much more than that. He was one of the most powerful individuals in the galaxy at one point while has was in his prime. Even after death and becoming one with the Force, Obi-Wan still retained his consciousness and aided Luke Skywalker further.
On the other hand, Boba Fett’s origins are somewhat odd. He wasn’t born but rather created on the planet Kamino. His father, Jango Fett, was one of the most prolific bounty hunters the galaxy had ever seen. So, the Empire wanted to take his genome and create a whole army of Jango’s clones, slightly modified to adhere to commands and authority better.
Jango accepted, under the condition that they leave one clone unaltered and give him to Jango for Fett to raise him as his own son. That clone was Boba Fett, a pure clone of his father, Jango. He had similar physical predispositions as Obi-Wan (183 cm (6’) tall, 78 kg (172 lbs)).
However, Boba, like his father, wasn’t Force-sensitive. However, he was raised under Mandalorian ways and culture. The Mandalorians were the purest, toughest warriors in the galaxy, with armor made of beskar steel – one of the strongest existing materials – and war being a central piece of their tradition.
Pair that with his father’s genes and incredible bounty-hunting skills, and you get one of the most dangerous guys in the galaxy. When Boba is coming for you, you know you’re done. That’s why Darth Vader hired him as the leader of the bounty hunter group in The Empire Strikes Back, tasked with bringing in Han Solo.
Be that as it may, I still see Obi-Wan as superior. They are both human males with similar physical attributes, highly trained in combat, and with origins that defined them. The only real difference in their physiology is that Kenobi is Force-sensitive, so he gets the point in this category.
Point: Obi-Wan Kenobi (1:0) Boba Fett
We aren’t even going to dive deep into this category because it’s clear who gets the point here. Boba Fett is a lot of things – an incredible bounty hunter, a skilled combatant, a man of his word – but he’s no Force user.
His midi-chlorian count stands at 1500, like his father, Jango Fett, and Han Solo. The minimum threshold for Jedi training is 7000, meaning Boba Fett is not nearly Force-sensitive enough to use the Force.
On the other hand, Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the most powerful Force users ever. Sure, the midi-chlorian count of 13 400 speaks to his potential, but his skills and true power came after years of training, learning, and controlling the Force.
Only a handful of characters, such as Master Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Palpatine, and Darth Vader, had a higher Force potential than Obi-Wan. He’s the clear winner of the category – one that might prove to be too difficult for Boba Fett to overcome.
Point: Obi-Wan Kenobi (2:0) Boba Fett
As I’ve said, both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett are prolific combatants and warriors – experts at what they do. Obi-Wan is one of the most powerful Jedi ever, whereas Boba Fett is the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy – probably in its entire history. Their skills are different but equally deadly.
Kenobi is a Jedi Master that excels at using the Force. However, his strongest skill lies in lightsaber combat. Obi-Wan is a master of Form III, known as Soresu, or the Resilience Form. It is a lightsaber fighting form based on defensive strategy and deflecting the opponent’s attack – particularly created to counter blasters.
That fact is concerning for Boba Fett, seeing that blasters are his primary weapon. Still, Boba is exceptional with all kinds of weaponry, not just blaster pistols and rifles. His armor that’s almost impenetrable allows Boba to go on the offensive when need-be. On the other hand, Fett is an incredible marksman, capable of taking out targets from huge distances.
His Mandalorian ways make Boba Fett that much deadlier, seeing that the Mandalorians are the toughest warriors throughout the history of the galaxy.
Kenobi might have the advantage in close combat, but Boba Fett is certainly a better marksman, giving him the edge in long-range. For that, I’ll give both characters points in this category.
Point(s): Obi-Wan Kenobi (3:1) Boba Fett
I chose to include this category because both Kenobi and Fett have a history as pilots – and it’s one of the few aspects of this potential battle that I’d give Boba Fett a clear advantage in.
Obi-Wan Kenobi was an exceptional pilot. He even enjoyed flying and showed incredible skills when he flew through an asteroid belt, tracking down Jango Fett’s ship while the bounty hunter was on the run.
However, a particular incident changed his affection for flying. While on a mission to Pijal with his master, Qui-Gon Jinn, Kenobi accidentally turned on the Autopursuit feature in his starfighter – an Autopilot feature where the ship pursuits and fires weaponry towards a target without the pilot’s input.
The ship started spinning out of control and shooting randomly, with Obi-Wan helplessly screaming in disdain. It eventually led to the ship crashing and Kenobi developing somewhat of a resent towards piloting.
On the other hand, Boba Fett is an exceptional pilot and remained one throughout his years. Not just that, but he modified his and his father’s spacecraft, Slave IV, to serve his bounty-hunting business to the fullest. Not many pilots in the galaxy could match Jango, and Boba likely surpassed his father’s piloting skills.
Perhaps if the Autopursuit accident didn’t happen, I’d consider Obi-Wan and Boba equal in terms of piloting. However, as things are, Boba Fett trumps Obi-Wan Kenobi as a pilot. In fact, if the two ever fought, Boba’s best chance would be to take the fight into spaceships.
Point: Boba Fett (2:3) Obi-Wan Kenobi
Now that we know what the strongest sides of each character are let’s look at other skills or abilities they have.
Obi-Wan excelled at solving conflicts without fights, earning himself the nickname, The Negotiator. His wisdom ranks among the top of the Jedi Order, not just in the Republic Era, but in the history of the Order, right next to Master Yoda, Mace Windu, etc.
He had this thing called the mind trick, where he could control and manipulate one’s mind in order to avoid a physical confrontation. He often did that to Storm Troopers, turning them against each other, for instance.
Obi-Wan’s guidance formed Luke Skywalker entirely and Anakin Skywalker partially, and it continued even after his death. You see, after becoming one with the Force, Obi-Wan was able to keep his consciousness within the Cosmic Force, allowing him to continue guiding and advising Luke even after his death.
As for Boba Fett, he is a phenomenal marksman, but he has skills with all kinds of weaponry and gadgets, which is ultimately why he’s one of the best bounty hunters ever. His Mandalorian culture and upbringing made him so tough but morally righteous. Also, it gave him the impenetrable beskar armor he inherited from Jango after Mace Windu chopped his head off.
Boba also showed an affinity towards leadership, as he formed his own bounty hunting syndicate and was the leader of the group that Darth Vader hired to catch Han Solo. Oh, and I forgot to mention – Boba could fly using his jetpack, albeit the jetpack was eventually his demise, as a malfunction sent him flying into the Sarlacc Pit on Tatooine.
As many skills, equipment, and awesome attributes Boba Fett might have, I have to take immortality on this one. Obi-Wan kept his consciousness even after death, and along with other skills and powers we mentioned, Kenobi deserves the point in this category.
Point: Obi-Wan Kenobi (4:2) Boba Fett
Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs. Boba Fett: Who Wins?
As much as I love Boba Fett as a character, he stands no chance against one of the strongest Jedi in history. Obi-Wan Kenobi wins this fight 9/10 times, with the one fight he (maybe) loses being one where both characters are piloting spaceships.
The prolific use of Force is simply too much for Boba Fett to overcome, but even if you disregard the Force, Kenobi is still at an advantage.
You see, he’s a Soresu master – a defensive form created to repel blaster attacks. Kenobi was able to parry twenty strikes per second that General Grievous was capable of dealing. Seeing that Boba Fett’s main weaponry includes blasters, Kenobi’s lightsaber style would counter him perfectly.
Even if the beskar armor protects Fett for a while, he’d eventually lose, either from fatigue or a single mistake that Obi-Wan would readily exploit. He’s quicker, more versatile, and overall more powerful than our beloved bounty hunter.