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The Book Of Boba Fett Is Subverting The Chosen One Trope

By Ishita Chatterjee
January 17,2022

Star Wars, especially the movies, have always been centered on the Skywalker family. But thankfully the shows on Disney+ are moving away from that and exploring the more interesting and lesser-known parts of the franchise.

The Mandalorian first revealed the truth behind the overall good-vs-evil statement that the movies always seem to be peddling. And now, its spin-off show, The Book of Boba Fett, is continuing the theme. The show has turned what is the most misused trope in the Star Wars franchise on its head.

At its heart, Star Wars has always been a story about the Chosen One. The execution of this trope was not always right, and as a result, the stories were not always interesting. But The Book of Boba Fett has found an intriguing solution to the problem.

The Way Star Wars Portrays The Chosen One Trope

Rey and Luke Skywalker

Rey and Luke Skywalker

The Chosen One trope is frequently seen in the media. But the best Chosen One stories are those where the trope is turned on its head. We have all seen The Matrix movies, right? There this trope is used as well.

In The Matrix, the protagonist Neo is the Chosen One. Or is he? The sequels seem to suggest that there is no Chosen One. Another franchise that is also a classic example of the Chosen One trope is Harry Potter.

But it turns out that the actual hero of the story could have been the perpetually overlooked character, Neville Longbottom. Both franchises subvert the classic Chosen One trope to make the story richer.

But Star Wars doesn’t really do this. In this franchise, we already know who the Chosen One is. Now, there was an attempt by Rian Johnson to change things up a bit in The Last Jedi. Rey was originally going to be a ‘no one.’ She was not supposed to belong to any of the legacy bloodlines.

But Lucasfilm changed it all in The Rise of Skywalker, and the movie told the same boring tale again. It honestly seemed like we were never going to escape this same stale Chosen One cycle. But then came The Book of Boba Fett.

Is Boba Fett The Actual Chosen One Of Star Wars?

Boba Fett

Boba Fett

When we first saw Boba Fett, there is no way anyone could have guessed that the ruthless, faceless bounty hunter would go through a hero’s journey. But that’s what’s happening in The Mandalorian’s spin-off show led by Temuera Morrison.

Through his experiences with the Tusken Raiders, Fett is walking on a hero’s path of his own. In the flashbacks, we see that he escaped Sarlacc’s stomach only to find that his weapons and armor were all gone.

While living with the Tusken Raiders, he earned their respect and then was welcomed into the tribe. Also, thanks to a psychedelic lizard, he got his vision quest and even made his own Gaffi Stick weapon. Now, Boba still hasn’t achieved his Chosen One status fully, but he’s getting there.

Know that the sci-fi story that The Book of Boba Fett resembles the most right now is Dune. This is another Chosen One story that is subverted since the protagonist becomes a political pawn. Quite like Dune’s Paul Atreides, our Boba Fett, too, joins a desert tribe and learns about their way of life.

Tusken Raiders in The Book of Boba Fett

Tusken Raiders in The Book of Boba Fett

In episode 2’s flashback, we saw even saw Boba lead them against the machine-wielding off-worlders. In the current timeline of the show, Boba is focused on running for a criminal empire. But with multiple more episodes to go, these two plotlines will eventually intersect.

After all, with the Hutts coming back, Boba will soon need more close allies to hold on to his grip on Tatooine. So will he again lead an army of Tusken Raiders like Dune’s Paul Atreides did with the Fremen?

Also, if Boba Fett falls straight into the Chosen One trope, then what does that mean for the Skywalker bloodline? Is it possible that there are several Chosen Ones in this galaxy far far, away?

Or maybe it is Boba Fett who is the true hero of this galactic saga? As the MandoVerse keeps on expanding and the mainline movies come to a stop, maybe we will see a lot more of Boba Fett in the future and a little less of the Skywalkers.

The Book of Boba Fett streams new episodes every Wednesday on Disney+.

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