Could the man we know as Boba Fett really be an impostor? Could it be that this is not the cloned son of Jango who we meet in Attack of the Clones, but rather a whole different person who stole Fett’s identity?

Young Boba Fett mourns his father Jango's death at the hands of Mace Windu during the Battle of Geonosis
Young Boba Fett mourns his father Jango’s death at the hands of Mace Windu during the Battle of Geonosis

      Young Boba Fett was emotionally driven and we see him hunting down Mace Windu for revenge during the Clone Wars. The cold and reserved man we meet in on Cloud City does not react emotionally.

Young Boba Fett confronts Mace Windu during the Clone Wars
Young Boba Fett confronts Mace Windu during the Clone Wars

Another piece of evidence can be seen in Boba Fett’s armor, weaponry, and tactics. Jango Fett is known to have worn undecorated silver and blue armor, wielded duel pistols, and relies on combat training while fighting. 

Jango Fett wearing his blue and silver armor
Jango Fett wields his duel pistols while fighting Obi-wan

And we see that young Boba Fett idolized his father’s ways by preserving the color of his armor and using his pistols.

Boba Fett carrying Jango's helmet
Boba Fett carrying Jango’s helmet
Boba Fett wields Jango’s pistol

Meanwhile the older Boba Fett wears decorated green, grey, red, and yellow armor with a cape, wields a rifle, and relies on cunning rather than strategy.

Boba Fett, as seen in Return of the Jedi

Considering Boba is a clone of Jango, this is an extremely different set of preferences and personality traits.
Furthermore, if the Boba Fett we meet as an adult truly was the clone we saw in Episode II, then his voice should be identical to his father’s, but the man we meet on Cloud City sounds very different from Jango. (To be clear, we’re referring to the original version of The Empire Strikes Back, not the 2004 Blu-ray)

His original voice can be heard here:

The final piece of evidence comes from the downfall of the impostor.

Boba Fett falls into the Sarlacc Pit
Boba Fett falls into the Sarlacc Pit

As we saw in Attack of the Clones, Jango Fett’s Mandalorian armor had built in wrist blades, which he used to save himself from falling off the landing pad on Kamino during his confrontation with Obi-wan Kenobi.

Jango uses his wrist blades
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Jango’s wrist blades

We saw that young Boba was watching this duel play out, so he definitely knew how to do this.

Young Boba Fett watches from Slave I as Jango uses his wrist blades in his duel with Obi-wan Kenobi on Kamino

When his jetpack failed above the Sarlacc and he crashed into Jabba’s sailing barge, the son of Jango would have known to use his gauntlet’s wrist blades to cling to the metal of the sailing barge, just as the young Boba saw Jango do on Kamino.

Boba slamming into Jabba’s Sailing Barge

      The man who died on Tatooine didn’t know how to do this, so he could not have been the same person that watched Jango duel Obi-wan.

So now that we know that someone seems to have taken Boba’s identity, we need to figure out how and when he did so? The only way someone could steal Boba Fett’s identity would be to kill him, as the son of Jango would undoubted try to hunt down an impostor until they dueled to the death. It is therefore reasonable to assume that this impostor killed the real Boba Fett, but when?

We know for sure that Boba Fett survived most of the Clone Wars because we see him hunting bounties and attacking Jedi during the conflict.

Boba Fett and other Bounty Hunters during the Clone Wars
Boba Fett and other Bounty Hunters during the Clone Wars

This means that the cloned son of Jango probably died at some point between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, while the boy was still young and easy to kill, for an adult clone of Jango would be no easy target.

      So let’s review the facts; the son of Jango Fett was an emotionally driven individual while the man we see hunt Han Solo has a cold demeanor. The adult Boba Fett uses different weapons, armor, and tactics than the young Boba learned and inherited from his father. The older version of Boba Fett even has a different voice, whereas a clone of Jango would have a voice identical to Jango’s. Lastly, the adult Boba Fett didn’t know how to save himself using his suit’s wrist gauntlets, as the son of Jango did.

We don’t know for sure what happened to Boba Fett between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, so it’s impossible to know for sure whether or not this truly was a case of intergalactic identity theft, so I ask you; was this Boba Fett’s Impostor?

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