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Mandalorian
Star Wars race
Created byGeorge Lucas
Information
Home worldMandalore
Base of operationsConcordia, Concord Dawn system
LanguageMando'a, Galactic Basic

Mandalorians are fictional people associated with the planet Mandalore in the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas. First conceptualized for The Empire Strikes Back as a group of white-armored "supercommandos", the idea developed into a single bounty hunter character known as Boba Fett. Although the term "Mandalorian" is never used in the films, the popularity of Boba Fett inspired an extensive number of works about Mandalorians in the greater Star Wars franchise.[1]

The Clone Wars television series establishes the Mandalorians as a human people from Mandalore and nearby worlds with a strong warrior tradition. Mandalorian warrior characters also appear in the Rebels animated television series and in the live action web television series The Mandalorian. They use armors with helmets similar to the one of Boba Fett and Jango Fett.

According to Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded (2015), the Mandalorians were seen as feared warriors that became mercenaries and bounty hunters. In The Mandalorian, they were known to have ridden the Mythosaurs, a beast of legend which is remembered through use of the image of its skull as a sigil or emblem.[clarification needed][2] Beskar in Mando'a, a form of Mandalorian steel,[citation needed] is a highly versatile, lightsaber-resistant metal ore unique to Mandalore and Concordia.[citation needed]

Creation and development[edit]

In production for The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston designed armor intended to be worn by soldiers described as super-commandos from the Mandalore system, armed with weapons built into white suits and known for battling the Jedi.[3][4][1] Initially, the soldiers were called Super Troopers and were intended to look alike.[4] The group eventually developed into a single bounty hunter character, Boba Fett, and the costume was reworked, but it retained elements such as wrist lasers, rocket darts, and a jetpack.[3][4]

In a 1979 issue of Bantha Tracks, the newsletter of the Official Star Wars Fan Club, Boba's armor was described as that of the "Imperial Shocktroopers, warriors from the olden time" who "came from the far side of the galaxy" and are few in number because they "were wiped out by the Jedi Knights during the Clone Wars".[5] The backstory of the Mandalorians was first extensively explored in issues of Marvel Comics' original Star Wars series and various other Legends media, including comics by Dark Horse and video games by LucasArts.

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) introduces bounty hunter Jango Fett, who also wore Mandalorian armor, and was the clone source of his adopted son Boba. More spin-off material explored Mandalorian lore, including the violent Death Watch sect. Following the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney, in 2014, most existing spin-off material was declared non-canon. Only the films and spin-off works produced after April 25, 2014, are part of the restructured canon,[6] including television series such as The Clone Wars, Rebels, and The Mandalorian.

Appearances[edit]

Canon[edit]

Attack of the Clones introduces Jango Fett, who wore Mandalorian armor and was the genetic template for Boba Fett and the Republic's entire clone army.[7] Boba, along with other Mandalorians are depicted in the animated The Clone Wars television series; Duchess Satine Kryze is introduced as a previous romantic interest of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the Death Watch sect is introduced as an ally of Darth Maul. Mandalore is the fictional home planet of the Mandalorian people, located in the Outer Rim in the sector and system of the same name.[8] It has an inhabited moon called Concordia, a mining settlement to which Mandalorian warriors were exiled.[9][10] Concord Dawn, located in the Mandalore sector,[8] is also the homeworld of Mandalorian characters including Jango Fett, and the base of operations for the Protectors.[11][12]

In The Clone Wars, planet Mandalore is a largely uninhabitable desert, caused by a war with the Jedi that occurred before the timeframe of the series.[1][13] The New Mandalorian people built their cities, such as the capital Sundari, in large biodomes. The design of Sundari draws on Cubist elements, and murals located in the city mimic Pablo Picasso's Guernica. The concept of Mandalore as a "large desolate planet of white sand with these cube-like buildings" was developed by Lucas early in development for The Clone Wars season two. Lucas also wanted layers of glass incorporated into the design. Because Sundari did not look enough like a giant city, the production team developed it into a dome with cubes on it. Filoni noted that the desolate and barren appearance was "kind of a Moebius-influenced design". Filoni had the shapes of Boba Fett's armor worked into the windows and the design of the architecture, feeling that the shapes were "emblematic" and that the warrior culture was so strong it was embedded into the architecture.[14]

In addition to Mandalore, the Mandalorians colonized other worlds such as Concord Dawn and Krownest by the time of Star Wars Rebels. The Mandalorians eventually came into contact with the Old Republic and fought their Jedi protectors. Upon seeing the Jedi's force abilities, the Mandalorians created gadgets, weapons and armor to counter Jedi abilities. Despite the animosity between the Mandalorians and the Jedi, Tarre Vizsla became the first Mandalorian Jedi. As a Jedi, Vizsla built the Darksaber and used it to unite his people as their Mand'alor.[15] During Star Wars Rebels, a Mandalorian named Sabine Wren of House Vizsla discovers the Darksaber while fighting Darth Maul. With the Darksaber, she hoped to unite Mandalore and get her honor back after creating a weapon that would kill Mandalorians. Upon returning to Mandalore, she gained the support of her estranged mother Ursa. Sabine had differences as her mother turned to the Empire for support. Ultimately House Wren sides with Sabine. With the Darksaber, she rallies Clan Wren and takes arms against Clan Saxon, which has the backing of the Empire. However, the Empire lost its leader, Gar Saxon, who was killed by Ursa after being defeated in single combat by Sabine.[citation needed]

Mandalorian characters in canon[edit]

Name Portrayal Description
Almec Voice: Julian Holloway (The Clone Wars) Mandalorian politician who serves as Prime Minister of Mandalore during the Clone Wars. A prominent supporter of Satine Kryze and her New Mandalorian government, he is imprisoned for his involvement in an illegal smuggling ring, but is later freed and reinstated as Prime Minister after Darth Maul takes over the New Mandalorian capital city of Sundari. When Maul is later captured by Darth Sidious, Almec sends Mandalorian super commandos Gar Saxon and Rook Kast to rescue him. During the Siege of Mandalore, he is captured by warriors led by Bo-Katan Kryze and is killed by Saxon when he attempts to give information to Ahsoka, Rex and Bo-Katan.
The Armorer Emily Swallow (The Mandalorian) Unnamed female Mandalorian armorer and an ally of the Mandalorian.
The Mandalorian (Din Djarin) Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) Mysterious Mandalorian bounty hunter operating in the Outer Rim territories in the years following the fall of the Empire, and the protagonist of the self-titled The Mandalorian web television series. Formerly known as Din Djarin, as a child he was the sole survivor of an attack on his village by an army of battle droids during the Clone Wars, which killed his parents, and was later taken in by the Mandalorians, who raised and trained him to become a highly skilled warrior. He makes a name for himself by becoming a member of the Bounty Hunters' Guild, and collecting numerous bounties as he travels across the galaxy. He is later tasked with hunting a 50 years old member of Yoda's species (who is still a toddler due to the species aging differently), but refuses to kill him and instead takes him in, beginning to take care of him as he continues looking for bounties and other jobs through the galaxy. Along the way he makes new friends and allies, such as Cara Dune, Greef Karga, Kuiil, and IG-11, but also a major enemy in the form of Moff Gideon and his Imperial Remnant, who want the Child for unknown reasons and somehow knows the Mandalorian's real name.
Rook Kast Voice: Vanessa Marshall (The Clone Wars) Mandalorian warrior who served under Darth Maul. Alongside Gar Saxon, she aids Maul's escape from Darth Sidious and commands his forces during the Siege of Mandalore, until Maul betrayed them and allowed them to be captured alongside the rest of their men.
Bo-Katan Kryze Voice: Katee Sackhoff (The Clone Wars and Rebels) Female Mandalorian and member of the Death Watch, second-in-command to Pre Vizsla and sister to the Death Watch's political enemy, Duchess Satine. She opposes Vizsla's alliance with Darth Maul and Savage Opress, and later leads members of the Death Watch loyal to her against those who remain loyal to Maul and his criminal allies.
Satine Kryze Voice: Anna Graves (The Clone Wars) Duchess of Mandalore who wants to keep the planet out of the Clone Wars. She forms and leads the Council of Neutral Systems, much to the disgust of the Mandalorian Death Watch under Pre Vizsla. The Death Watch makes multiple attempts to eliminate Satine and reclaim Mandalore, only to be thwarted by the Jedi, particularly Satine's old friend Obi-Wan Kenobi. Kenobi had previously protected Satine in her youth, and the two had become quite close, with Obi-Wan claiming that he would have left the Jedi Order had Satine asked. Satine later watched her world fall to the Shadow Collective, which includes the Death Watch, under Darth Maul, who later murders her in front of a captured Obi-Wan.
Ketsu Onyo Voice: Gina Torres (Rebels and Forces of Destiny) Mandalorian bounty hunter and former estranged friend of Sabine Wren. She and Sabine were cadets at the Imperial Academy, later escaping and becoming bounty hunting partners before Ketsu left Sabine for dead and began working for the Black Sun. After they reconcile, Ketsu aids the Rebel Alliance.
Fenn Rau Voice: Kevin McKidd (Rebels) Leader of the Protectors of Concord Dawn. He accepted Imperial bribes to prevent rebels from traveling through his system, but later ordered his men to permit rebel passage to keep the Empire away after being captured by Sabine. He sides with the Rebellion after his men were slaughtered by the Imperial Super Commandos and eventually joins Clan Wren in the Mandalorian Civil War.
Gar Saxon Voice: Ray Stevenson (The Clone Wars and Rebels) Mandalorian warrior who served under Darth Maul, aiding his escape from Darth Sidious, and commanding his forces during the Siege of Mandalore alongside Rook Kast, until Maul betrayed them and allowed them to be captured alongside the rest of their men. Following the Galactic Empire's takeover of Mandalore, Saxon became Imperial Viceroy and Governor, wiping out the protectors, but was ultimately defeated by Sabine Wren and killed by Ursa Wren.
Tiber Saxon Voice: Tobias Menzies (Rebels) Governor of Mandalore and brother of Gar Saxon, whom he succeeds after Gar's death. During the civil war between the Mandalorian resistance and the Imperial government of Mandalore, Tiber deploys the Arc Pulse Generator, a weapon designed by Sabine Wren, whom he captures and forces to finish the weapon. Eventually, Sabine destroys the weapon with the Darksaber, causing an explosion that kills Tiber.
Paz Vizla Voice: Jon Favreau (The Mandalorian) Mandalorian warrior and member of the Tribe, who holds a grudge against the Empire due to their purge against the Mandalorian people. He confronts the Mandalorian when he has the Armorer build him a new armor out of beskar, which he had stolen from the Imperial Remnant, and later helps him fight the members of the Bounty Hunters' Guild pursuing him and the Child, allowing the two of them to escape. Later, when the Tribe was massacred by Moff Gideon and his Imperial Remnant in an attempt to lure the Mandalorian and his allies out of hiding, only some managed to escape, thus leaving Vizla's fate ambiguous.
Pre Vizsla Voice: Jon Favreau (The Clone Wars) Mandalorian warrior and the leader of the Mandalorian Death Watch faction during the Clone Wars. Formerly the Governor of Concordia, one of Mandalore's moons, he secretly sided with Count Dooku during the Clone Wars and longed to restore the warrior heritage of Mandalore by overthrowing its pacifist government led by Duchess Satine Kryze. His many attempts to do so would fail and he eventually breaks ties with the CIS. Vizsla later allies Sith Lords Darth Maul and Savage Opress. Together, they recruit the Black Sun, Pyke Syndicate, and Hutt Clan to form a criminal alliance known as the Shadow Collective. After Vizsla ousts Duchess Satine with the help of the collective, he betrays his allies (except the Death Watch) and has them imprisoned. Later, Maul escapes and challenges him to a duel to determine who shall rule Mandalore. Vizsla accepts, but is defeated and executed by the Sith Lord, who then becomes the leader of Mandalore and Death Watch.
Alrich Wren Voice: Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Rebels) Mandalorian artist, husband of Ursa Wren and father of Sabine and Tristan Wren. He was made a captive of Gar Saxon, but is rescued by his family and the rebels.
Sabine Wren Voice: Tiya Sircar (Rebels and Forces of Destiny) Sixteen-year-old Mandalorian graffiti artist, Imperial Academy dropout, former bounty hunter and the Ghost crew's weapons expert.
Tristan Wren Voice: Ritesh Rajan (Rebels and Forces of Destiny) Mandalorian warrior and brother of Sabine Wren. After his sister deserted the Imperial Academy, he was forced to join the Imperial Super Commandos to prove Clan Wren's loyalty to the Empire. He reunites with Sabine when she returns to persuade Clan Wren to aid the rebellion. When Gar Saxon betrayed Clan Wren and prepared to destroy them, Tristan sides with his family and the rebels, and later fights alongside them in the Mandalorian Civil War.
Ursa Wren Voice: Sharmila Devar (The Clone Wars and Rebels) Countess of Clan Wren and mother of Sabine Wren. Prior to the Empire's occupation of Mandalore, she participated in the Siege of Mandalore under the command of Bo-Katan Kryze. When Sabine fled the Imperial Academy and spoke out against the Empire, Ursa and the rest of her family sided with the Empire instead. Years later, Sabine returns to her homeworld of Krownest accompanied by Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger and Fenn Rau, hoping to recruit Clan Wren to the rebel cause and unite Mandalore. Ursa makes a deal with Gar Saxon in which she will hand over the Jedi if he promises to spare Sabine's life. However, Ursa sides with her daughter after being betrayed by Saxon, eventually killing him. She then leads Clan Wren in the ensuing Mandalorian Civil War.

Fictional language[edit]

The Mandalorian language script as created for Attack of the Clones.

The written form of the Mandalorian language was created by Philip Metschan for the display screens of Jango Fett's ship Slave I in Attack of the Clones,[16] and it was later reused in The Clone Wars and Rebels.[17][18] Composer Jesse Harlin, needing lyrics for the choral work he wanted for the 2005 Republic Commando video game, invented a spoken form, intending it to be an ancient language. It was named Mando'a and extensively expanded by Karen Traviss, author of the Republic Commando novel series.[19]

Mando'a is characterized as a primarily spoken, agglutinative language that lacks grammatical gender in its nouns and pronouns.[20][21] The language is also characterized as lacking a passive voice, instead primarily speaking in active voice.[20] It is also described as having only three grammatical tensespresent, past, and future—but it is said to be often vague and its speakers typically do not use tenses other than the present.[20][22] The language is described as having a mutually intelligible dialect called Concordian spoken on the planet Concord Dawn, as stated in the Traviss' novels Order 66 and 501st,[23][24] and a dialect spoken on Mandalore's moon Concordia is heard in "The Mandalore Plot", a season two episode of The Clone Wars.[9]

Legends storylines[edit]

In the non-canonical Star Wars Legends plotline, the name "Mandalorian" is associated with a multi-species culture of warrior clans who adhere to the tenets of the Mandalorians. Most of them are humans. In Legends, Mandalore is the adoptive home planet of the Mandalorian people. The planet is originally inhabited by the Taung species, who rename themselves Mandalorian and originate the culture practiced by later non-Taung Mandalorians. Mandalore is largely sparsely populated wilderness,[25] and its capital city Keldabe is located on a river that acts as a natural moat. Keldabe is described as an "anarchic fortress" characterized by dissimilar architectural styles.[26][27]

Literature[edit]

Mandalorians debuted in Marvel's Star Wars #68: "The Search Begins", which describes Boba and Fenn Shysa among the super-commandos, the official protectors of the planet Mandalore.[28] They are described as being two of three survivors of the Clone Wars, in which they fought for Emperor Palpatine.[29] In Tales of the Jedi, set thousands of years before the original Star Wars film, the Mandalorians are a major military power who side with the Sith in their war against the Jedi, and their leader is manipulated by the Sith into triggering a war with the Republic. They are defeated with the aid of Revan and Malak, and Revan ensures a new Mand'alor, the sole ruler of the Mandalorian people, cannot rise. Their unity as a people dissolved, the Mandalorians develop into a culture of wandering mercenaries. Through instructions from Revan, as depicted in Knights of the Old Republic and Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Canderous Ordo assumes the title of Mand'alor and reunites the warrior clans.[30]

Jango Fett: Open Seasons, set shortly before the Clone Wars, depicts the fighting between two factions: Death Watch, led by Tor Vizsla, and the True Mandalorians, led by Jango Fett's adoptive father Jaster Mereel and later Jango Fett himself. A ruse orchestrated by Vizsla tricks the Jedi into attacking and killing all of the True Mandalorians except Jango, but Jango eventually kills Vizsla and scatters Death Watch.[citation needed]

In the Republic Commando novels, set during the Clone Wars, Mandalore is an independent planet, although many Mandalorian warriors fight for the Separatists. However, a group of Mandalorians had also acted as training sergeants for the clone trooper army under the direction of Jango Fett, and many clone troopers practice Mandalorian customs and traditions. After the establishment of the Galactic Empire, the Mandalorian people are characterized as wary of and reluctant to aid the Empire but unwilling to declare open rebellion because Mandalore lacks the resources to wage war. However, Death Watch reappears and openly supports the Empire. The Empire wishes to mine the planet for its beskar, a blaster-resistant steel, and establishes a garrison in the capital. Mandalore and its people reappear again in the Legacy of the Force novels, set forty years after the original Star Wars film, where Boba Fett is convinced by his granddaughter Mirta Gev to assume the title of Mand'alor and again reunite the Mandalorian people.[31]

Video games[edit]

In the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, the Mandalorian leader (referred to as Mandalore) is the leader of the Mandalorian clans. Mandalorians are present in the sequel, Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, where players can visit a Mandalorian base on a moon called D'xun. Mandalorians are also present in the MMORPG set after the two video games, The Old Republic. There is no mention of the planet "Mandalore" in the history of the Mandalorians. The adaptation of Boba Fett as a Mandalorian occurred in other parts of non-canon Star Wars lore.

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