The Mandalorian is a character that has become popular in recent years, thanks to the Disney+ series of the same name. But where did this iconic bounty hunter first appear? Let’s take a look at which Star Wars movie introduced the Mandalorian.
What is a Mandalorian?
Before we can answer this question, it’s important to understand what a Mandalorian is. In the Star Wars universe, Mandalorians are a group of warriors with their own code and traditions. They are known for their distinctive armor and combat skills.
The Prequel Trilogy
The first appearance of Mandalorians in the Star Wars movies was in Attack of the Clones, which was released in 2002. In this movie, we see Jango Fett, who is revealed to be a Mandalorian bounty hunter. He serves as the template for the clone army that the Republic uses in its fight against the Separatists.
In Revenge of the Sith, which came out in 2005, we see Jango’s son Boba Fett as a young boy. While he doesn’t wear Mandalorian armor yet, it’s clear that he will follow in his father’s footsteps.
The Original Trilogy
While there are no Mandalorians in the original Star Wars trilogy (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi), there is one character who comes close: Boba Fett. He wears armor that looks similar to that of a Mandalorian and is often mistaken for one by casual fans.
The Sequel Trilogy
Mandalorians don’t play a large role in any of the movies in the sequel trilogy (The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker). However, there are some nods to them throughout these films.
For example, in The Force Awakens, Rey is seen wearing a helmet that looks like it could be Mandalorian in origin. Additionally, in The Last Jedi, the character DJ wears a pendant that resembles the symbol of the Mandalorians.
Finally, we come to the Disney+ series that has brought the Mandalorian back into the spotlight. While the character of Din Djarin (played by Pedro Pascal) is not a direct adaptation of any existing Mandalorian character from the Star Wars movies, he shares many traits with them.
He wears distinctive armor and has impressive combat skills. He also follows a strict code that is similar to that of traditional Mandalorians.
So, which Star Wars movie introduced the Mandalorian? While there were hints and references to them throughout various films in the franchise, it wasn’t until The Mandalorian series premiered on Disney+ that we got a protagonist who embodies all of the qualities that make Mandalorians so fascinating to fans.