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Why can Boba Fett remove his helmet but The Mandalorian can't?

Darcy Rafter December 31, 2021

The Book Of Bobba Fett has just landed on Disney Plus and the premiere episode shows that Boba Fett has removed his helmet. Fans want to know the reason that Fett does this and why The Mandalorian can’t remove his armour too.

You may know these bounty hunters as these mysterious faceless characters, however, The Book Of Boba Fett gives these characters an established identity. In doing so, Boba Fett removes his helmet which is quite an unconventional move for his role, compared to the likes of The Mando.

There were serious repercussions when Din Dijarin took off his helmet, so why can Boba Fett get away with it?

Therefore, when Bobba Fett removed his duraplast armoured helmet Star Wars fans were understandably confused. So let’s figure out why he made this move and what it means for his character.

The Book of Boba Fett | Official Trailer | Disney+

The Book of Boba Fett | Official Trailer | Disney+

Why does Boba Fett remove his helmet?

Boba Fett dropped the helmet in practically every episode of The Clone Wars and it seems he is doing the same in The Book Of Boba Fett.

When Boba takes off the helmet, the mysterious aspect of the character seems to vanish. But, if fans are going to get to know the character a little more personally in The Book Of Boba Fetta then the helmet removal is likely a necessity. So much is conveyed through facial expressions, giving audiences access to fully understand a character. A helmet arguably stands in the way of this and limits audience connection.

However, art director and filmmaker Joe Johnston had other ideas when it came to the removal of Fett’s helmet. The Star Wars artist told  The New York Times that he would’ve preferred the bounty hunter to wear his helmet.

“I never would have shown his face.”

Johnston explained, “I would never have had an actor underneath where he takes the helmet off, and you see who it is,” Joe continued. “I think that eliminates a lot of the mystery. Before that helmet comes off, he can be anybody.”

Why can’t the Mandalorian aka Din Djarin remove his helmet?

Din is practically the only Mandalorian who does not remove his helmet and fans want to know why. When other Mandalorians, such as Boba Fett, and Koska Reeves seemingly take off their helmets whenever they want.

Mando keeps strict regiments to The Way and therefore generally doesn’t remove his helmet due to his commitment to The Mandalorian code. After the Great Purge The Mandalorian code was tightened and Din used his armour as a sign of respect to that.

Seemingly after Din discovers that he was raised as part of an extremist group in ‘Chapter 11: The Heiress’, he also tightened up on his religion. This is because the group he was adopted into followed ‘the Way of the Mandalore’ and stuck to old-fashioned Mandalorian traditions. One of which is never removing your helmet in front of others.

At the end of Season 1 we hear Dijarin say “No living thing has seen me without my helmet since I swore the creed.”When Cara Dune asks if he’ll be killed for taking the helmet off Djarin answers no, but he can never put it back on again.

herefore in The Mandalorian season 2, episode 7, “Chapter 15: The Believer,” when Din Djarin removes his helmet this was a massive shock to audiences. However, it shows his empathetic change in character and effectively displays the significance that Baby Yoda holds.

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.