Top 10 Reasons Proving Boba Fett May Have Killed Luke Skywalker’s Aunt and Uncle


Darth Vader needed to find the plans stored within R2-D2. It stands to reason that Vader would have been desperate enough to use any means necessary, in order to secure those plans. “Any means necessary” could have included one of the most notorious bounty hunters in the Galaxy: Boba Fett. In that a bounty hunter uses any means necessary to accomplish his goals, Luke Skywalker’s Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru may have gotten caught in the crossfire.

10.  Boba Fett Was At The Scene of the Crime

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For all of the many failings of  the Star Wars Special Edition that was first released in 1997, George Lucas has stood by this version as being canon. The last part of the docking bay scene clearly establishes that Boba Fett was on Tatooine during the search for the droids. Boba Fett would not have been above trying to collect multiple bounties. A bounty for the droids, as well as a bounty for Han Solo, would have made Boba Fett even more likely to be on Tatooine.

9.  Boba Fett Had Stormtrooper DNA

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When the bodies of  Owen and Beru were discovered, the deaths are made to look like Tusken Raiders had killed them. The Empire is a clearly established authority; their Death Star is used to blow up an entire planet. If Stormtroopers had killed Owen and Beru, then there would have been no reason to cover up their tracks.

The main argument most people have for Stormtroopers killing Owen and Beru is the following quote by Obi Wan Kenobi: “These blast points, too accurate for Sandpeople. Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise.” Fine, but who were Imperial Stormtroopers? They were altered clones of Jango Fett. And who was Boba Fett?  Episode II: Attack of the Clones establishes Boba Fett as an unaltered clone of Jango Fett. Jango even raised Boba as his son.

8. Darth Vader Protected Owen and Beru For Decades

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In Attack of the Clones,  Anakin Skywalker endangered a mission given to him by the Council, in order to go back to Tatooine. In the course of avenging his mother’s death, Anakin met the entire Lars family. During the purge at the end of Episode III, the Lars family could have easily been arrested at any time for information. Yet, Obi Wan thought that Tatooine would be a safe place to go and live in anonymity. He may have suspected that Vader would attempt to protect the only perceived family that he had left.

7.  Darth Vader Preferred Interrogation

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The only real time that you see Darth Vader kill a member of the Rebellion is when Vader chokes Captain Antilles at the beginning of Star War Episode IV: A New Hope, during the course of an interrogation. Leia, meanwhile, is stunned and captured. Han Solo fires a shot at Vader in Empire Strikes Back, and is then disarmed and captured. The Stormtroopers had already used non-lethal methods of capture by stunning Leia. The Stormtroopers had also set up checkpoints to look for the droids. They clearly had not been on the trail of the droids enough to follow them from the Jawas, to the Lars residence. If they had, they would have been looking for Luke and the Droids at Mos Espa. The Stormtroopers were behind the game.

6.  Boba Fett Had A Motive To Slaughter

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Darth Vader would have known who Owen and Beru were. The Stormtroopers would not have acted without orders. The only reason to kill the Jawas, as well as the Lars’s, is so that they would not talk to anyone else. Killing them would also indicate that the killer had no place to store them for later questioning. The killer was also working on a time-frame.  None of those statements are true of Imperial Stormtroopers. Stormtroopers had the means to not only interrogate, but also imprison. Stormtroopers could take over Mos Espa and set up checkpoints. Owen and Beru’s killer covered up their role in the killing, but Stormtroopers simply had no reason to do so. They act purely on Imperial Orders. A cover-up, and killing of, Owen and Beru is a waste of time unless you are trying to prevent another bounty hunter from collecting the same information.

5.  Darth Vader Was Not Above Using Bounty Hunters

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Lets just say that The Empire Strikes Back was not Darth Vader’s first rodeo. Bounty hunters, including Boba Fett, are assembled to listen to Vader give the parameters of the mission. The meeting in Empire is obviously not the first time that Vader has dealt with bounty hunters. It is also obvious that this is not the first time that Vader has encountered Boba Fett. Even before the mission in Empire starts, Vader shows a clear disdain for Boba Fett in particular. Every time Vader encounters Fett, he seems thoroughly disgusted by him.

4.  Stormtroopers Could Not Disobey Orders

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The entire reasoning for creating the Stormtroopers in the first place was to have an entire army of soldiers  who would never question orders. Order 66 caused the Troopers to turn on their superiors and friends. They slaughtered without question, when there were orders. So there are two possibilities here. One, Vader would have had to order the deaths of Owen and Beru. This is possible, but highly unlikely. Anakin was still inside that suit, and Owen and Beru were still family to him. More likely, somebody acted on their own, somebody who could exactly duplicate a Stormtrooper, but also execute free will. In that case, the list of suspects is narrowed to one: Boba Fett.

3.  Darth Vader Saves Chewbacca

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In The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader stands next to Boba Fett, before Solo is encased in carbonite. Vader feels the need to be close to Fett, in case anything goes wrong. When Chewbacca inevitably tries to stop the events from unfolding, Vader actually prevents Fett from killing Chewie. Vader does not approve of Fett’s methods, and wants to keep him on a short leash. This is a further indication that there has been a major past event, which has caused Vader to not trust Fett at all.

2.  There Is No Punishment For Not Recovering the Droids

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If Vader had blamed the Stormtroopers, or anyone really, within the Imperial chain of command for not recovering the droids, he would have force-choked them to death. Vader nearly force-chokes an officer in A New Hope for an insult. Vader force-chokes multiple officers in The Empire Strikes Back for incompetence. The lack of punishment for anyone, after the failure to recover the droids, means Vader put the failure upon himself. Assigning more than one group to the same task qualifies as an overkill that foiled the mission.

1. “No Disintegrations”

In the famous bounty hunter scene in The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader says, “you are free to use any methods necessary, but I want them alive…no disintegrations.” The “no disintegrations” comment is directed directly at Boba Fett, who simply responds, “as you wish.” Vader not only feels the need to specifically eliminate murder from the equation, but also feels the need to direct the comment right to Fett’s face. This indicates that there was a problem in the past. The directive also indicates that, previously, disintegrations had occurred.

Merriam-Webster defines disintegrate as “to undergo a change in composition…an atomic nucleus that disintegrates because of radioactivity.” Simple blaster fire, or damage from a lightsaber, does not cause the effect of being cooked to the bone by radioactivity. The only real examples of disintegrations in the Star Wars Universe is what happens to the Jawas, and the Lars’s. Vader is specifically warning Fett, to prevent another mess-up. The mess-up, of course, being the only example of disintegrations previously in the films.

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  1. Ok. First, nothing was EVER said refering to stormtrooper “DNA”. Second if you are up on the EU, it is revealed that Owen and Beru were killed by agents of Prince Xizor.

  2. SERIOUSLY?! You think George Lucas planned it out that well? HE CAN’T FINISH ANYTHING! Let alone plan it out to be a machiavellian masterpiece. The movies are AWFUL TRASH!

  3. Nice article… But…

    Storm troopers, by this time, were mostly conscripted soldiers, no longer clones.

    I like this article, but there is some serious speculation.

    • I agree this is 20 years later. I forget the total number but there weren’t that many clones to go around. Secondly it’s canon that the emperor went back and killed all the kaminos so no more clones. It’s pretty clear most of the imperial army is just regular people now.

  4. I like where this going love the fett but I thought he was there to give a message to solo after all he was a man of his word and principal he made a promise to Solo’s old girlfriend to deliver the message of her death to her family even though he was not responsible for her death and was unable to claim that Yeltsin bounty he was there at the battle saw her end just making good on that promise

  5. Vader was a Sith Lord, devoted to the Dark Side. He would have had no qualms about killing family members. Killing what you love is a Sith trial so I don’t find that part of the argument to be very compelling.

    • No he was a former Jedi who turned to protect the people he loved. Only Kenobi ever uses the word “seduced” to describe it and that is to fit an agenda in getting Luke to become a Jedi.

      By the time he is Vader at the end of E3 he has “passed” that trial to the Emperor’s satisfaction by killing Padme and thus in his mind his unborn child. He knows the Lars family is out there but they are of no consequence knew that Owen was a farmer and would never be involved in anything against the Empire and that as his mother loved them, while he cannot love them as a Sith Lord he can leave them alone or ensure that they are not harmed unless necessary.

  6. There are some sound arguments here, but the two biggest strikes against would be:

    1) Had Fett murdered Beru and Owen against Vader’s explicit instructions, Fett would have found himself on the ass end of a Force choke and wouldn’t have even made an appearance in Ep V.

    2) Fett hadn’t been introduced until Ep V (1980 original version) as a character as his current appearance in Ep IV occurred only after the 1997 Special Edition. Fett hadn’t even been created as the character seen in the original ESB (1980) back in the late 70’s when A New Hope was originally written and his original McQuarrie design only existed as an early unused Stormtrooper design.

    So unless someone arbitrarily decided to retcon Fett’s role in Ep IV well after the original 1977 theatrical release, Fett didn’t kill the Lars because he didn’t even exist as a character at the time.

    • 1) No because had he killed Fett the Emperor would have wanted to know why or sensed the rage. Thus suspecting Vader had “good in him” and thus was a threat. So Anakin searched his feelings and buried them, just as he’d had to do for Padme’s death and those of his children.

      2) It was already ambiguous and we have since found that a lot of people were not telling the truth at that time. If Lucas’ story was really as encompassing as he claimed, then it would be clear that Kenobi would have known R2 and Threepio but lies about it, and the character of Fett, even if not fully formed would have been in there somewhere…

      Someone decides to retcon arbitrarily… you mean like Lucas did himself with the Prequels and Special Editions…that kind of retcon? Then it’s perfectly feasible.

  7. Who on this site is writing these idiotic Star Wars articles. Really running out of topics eh? If any of these truly made any sense, it would be an interesting piece. Too bad they don’t. You can’t apply logic and induction to film minutia orchestrated by DIFFERENT teams of film-makers. Lucas and associates in 1977 are rushing to make a story that is then pushed together into Lucas first movie, each subsequent movie having differing levels of detail and motivations. Speculating on such is a waste of your own time

    • This is fascinating stuff but you have to bear in mind some aspects of Anakin that were clumsily portrayed in the prequels rather than missing. Christensen wasn’t the best actor remember.

      That his mother had chosen the Lars family, that Lars Sr. had “freed her” in the same way Qui Gon did would have counted for a lot even post turn to the Darkside for Anakin, that she then chose to marry him and was happy until her kidnapping would have earned them Vader’s protection. They were not associated with the rebellion and were “good empire citizens” for all he knew, so no reason to ever bother them until that day. You could imagine Vader thinking “Dumb luck” once he found out how close the droids crashed to the Lars place.

      His disdain for Boba Fett would be due many things… first off that is the clone that he cannot control, that his father had tried to kill Padme as well as himself.

      The Emperor very cleverly made Vader feel he was to blame for her death (which he was but not directly) but his reaction showed he was still in love with her and clearly is all the way through the movies till his death. Jango tried to kill her so by extension he hates Fett but he’s a necessary tool. The Emperor was not so much into wholesale slaughter until the Death Star is complete and only then it’s the rebels he’s after, not just destroying worlds for the sake of..

      The emperor wouldn’t approve of Vader’s personal vendettas getting in the way and would arguably see it as goodness still being in Vader, thus he is a threat. So Vader tolerates and uses Boba cos he almost has to.

      From a simple time perspective Darth Vader as the right hand of the Emperor can’t get involved in every situation… basically he’s management tasked with one thing, the retrieval of the plans… Others would have to find them on the ground, indeed it was only cos he was looking for Skywalker that he ever went down onto Hoth or Endor.

      Fett and Vader are very alike – forced into situations at a young age that they were not ready for, while Anakin/Vader thought he was always doing the right thing for the cause then Boba is the opposite, he does it for money, the worst kind of person in Vader’s and ironically in Luke and Leia’s eyes later with Han. It is also a thread through the Empire guys, not liking them cos they get paid and they do it to not get killed perhaps?

      For me the money shot on this though is the no disintegration’s line. It isn’t pointed it’s ANGRY at Fett. So I see it going down like this…

      Vader sends his troopers to the planet (he knows where he is when they capture the ship of course) and senses something unusual in that area (after all his SON is there… he always felt his presence thereafter as well as Obi Wan’s who was also in the vicinity – surely his force alarm bells would be ringing just a tad) but can’t let on as it may trigger something with the Emperor sensing his turmoil.

      So he gets Fett involved with orders to simply check the Lars place out as he can’t tell his men about them and issues the no disintegrations order…and Fett simply double crosses/kills them quick so he can get back to finding the droids especially as he knows Solo is also in town, he can double dip if he’s quick. Even down to the tracks… Fett had a rocket pack, he could make the tracks and fly out of there and give it. “Sorry Darth but the Sand people got there first…once I found Solo with your droids I tried to get them for you but your spy and troops messed up.”

      Vader would know he was lying but not be able to kill him without the Emperor wanting to know why. So he has to let it pass. He knows the Lars would have given up Threepio and R2 had they recognized them, that they didn’t meant they genuinely didn’t know and even if Vader is a emotionless being by then, which we know from the later movies he isn’t then he’s gonna be at the least pissed off his only remaining family died not by his order but cos of a cock up he can’t punish.

      Fett does the Solo/Falcon mission for Vader as a make-up/freebie which is why he is so concerned he gets Solo undamaged as he is the only way he is making anything off it and he then stays in Tatooine, keeping well out of Vader’s way.

      It’s telling ALL the bounty hunters are there implying Vader doesn’t want to use him. We know from Han’s issues with Jabba that screwing up jobs in the Star Wars universe has major consequences. Screwing up a job for Vader has far worse ones unless there is a reason he can’t kill you… which of course only Vader knows.

      Even Kenobi has to lie throughout the whole thing, he’s probably lying when he says Stormtroopers as to say “this looks like Boba Fett” which he would recognise would mean a whole different conversation with Luke. He wants to get him to Alderaan and help the rebellion at that point, explaining why a Bounty Hunter would be looking for him isn’t in that remit… he bare faced lies by ignoring R2 and Threepio who he does remember and about Luke’s father… just as Lars lies about Anakin.

      It’s the one part of Star Wars that is truly 100% based on lies cos no one can actually tell the truth without the whole situation becoming a nightmare for all concerned.

      • Did you not look at my link?
        What I posted has been established as canon – it doesn’t matter how people keepclaiming that Boba was involved. He wasn’t – end of story! (AKA “Wookieepedia”) is the official Star Wars wiki, only posting confirmed canon facts. When the canon is not yet decided for a certain event, the article says so.
        In this case, the canon is the following:

        Stormtroopers shot and semi-cremated the Lars couple – end of story.
        Fan speculation is irrelevant if there is an established canon for the event.

        Quote from the Wookieepedia-article:

        “Owen and Beru never saw Luke again, for they were killed by Imperial stormtroopers who were looking for R2-D2 on behalf of Owen’s stepbrother, Darth Vader, after the droid escaped with the stolen plans for the first Death Star.[4] According to the recollection of stormtrooper Davin Felth, the farmers were killed after Owen spat in the face of the squad’s commanding officer, Mod Terrik, they were then each shot with a blaster before their bodies were semi-cremated with a flamethrower. Their execution was ordered by Darth Vader, who watched it via hololink, feeling it was “revenge” for their supposed weakness.”

        Here is the link again:

  8. Since its pretty obvious George Lucas really had NO clue what so ever as to how the prequel trilogy was going to play out when he had the first movie made, I’m going to chock this ridiculous ass theory up to the one thing all geeks – myself included – are guilty of…………

    Overthinking it

    Unless they release ANOTHER fucked up mess of an Edition of New Hope that shows Boba killing Owen and Beru, there is ASBOLUTELY NO evidence whatsoever to support this idea that he killed them. This theory is built up on the 1997 special edition that showed Boba and Jabba confronting Han in A New Hope and nothing else.

    As for the covering their tracks thing, despite popular belief Star Wars (the original trilogy) is not the master piece of story telling that everyone chocks it up to be. They are good movies yes, but there were tons of stupid ass problems with these movies that are no doubt due to ol’George stamping his feet like a petulant little bitch, to get his way when the good writers were brought in to rewrite his piss poor mess of a script

    Once more, there’s NO evidence whatsoever to support the idea that Boba killed Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru

  9. by the time of the original most clones were either dead or retired only a very small part of the stormtroopers were clones at that time in fact they were a huge minority and had been fazed out by 9BBY(9 years before the battle of yavin) some still existed such as commander cody

  10. Everyone trying to cite the expanded universe to debunk this is wasting their time. It’s already well established that the expanded universe is NOT indisputably canon– the movies have nullified numerous things previously established by the EU in the past and will undoubtedly continue to do so with the upcoming trilogy. Besides, this list so full of holes based on the movies alone, there’s no point. Number 9 alone, is clearly wrong no matter how you look at it– both the Jango-specific helmet design and voices of the Clone Troopers made it clear that they weren’t the same troops being used in the future. Of course, the EU claims they abandoned using clones and switched to using recruits– but the movies never specified that, so you could easily make the argument they still used cloned soldiers– but the original ones of Jango Fett were long out of commission by this time. The Jango-specific helmet design of the exclusively worn by the old clone troops always suggested to me that if clones were still used later, then each unique trooper type (standard Imperial, Biker, Snow Trooper, etc.) were indicative of a separate DNA donor. Either way, Jango clones weren’t being used in the future, their voices alone are clear proof of that.


    there’ve been a myriad of articles written about it, but here’s one from The Mary Sue that i just grabbed today. it’s no the best article, but still a good source to refer to. **i say this, because in ‘The Sue’ article, they say that Disney had killed off the Expanded Universe. But officially, the EU was NEVER officially canon!

  12. Actually, in one of the books, it’s highly hinted that Prince Xizor ordered the deaths of Owen and Beru.

    • Actually, they were already dead by the time Xizor learned about them. You’re thinking of the book “Slave Ship”, in which that false rumor was “leaked” to Boba Fett in order to get at Xizor, but Fett later learned Xizor wasn’t involved at all.

  13. The fek…. Stormtroopers are NOT clones, it is canon AND obvious. By the time of this most Clonetroopers would probably have Arthritis (If that’s possible) or most likely be dead, due to then cloning….
    (If you HAVE to reply, you can find me on instagram @lionblaze_lps

  14. Lars Mårten Rikard Nilsson on

    yeah, he didn’t kill them, also they weren’t disintegrated, if anything emotional is making him stop boba from shooting at chewie it’s the fact that chewie has anakins childhood pet project on his back.

  15. I’m late to this discussion, but no… Fett had nothing to do with it. The stormtroopers were ordered by Vader to track the droids. They followed C3PO’s tracks through the desert, which led them to the Jawas. The Jawas pointed them to the Lars homestead. In both cases, they killed all witnesses ON VADERS ORDER. They made the Jawa raid look like Sandpeople because they didn’t want to stir up the Jawas. They burned the Lars homestead (and the bodies) hoping to drive Luke out of hiding, because Owen & Beru honestly didn’t know where he had gone. The troopers then staked out both Mos Espa and Mos Eisley, which were the only two major spaceports on the planet.

    As for protecting the Lars family, Vader wasn’t with them, so he didn’t know the Lars family was involved. The stormtroopers were simply following the trail and covering their tracks, AS ORDERED.

  16. in the 40th anniversary book From A Different Point Of View, the story “Added Muscle” actually confirms that Boba Fett did not kill Owen and Beru

  17. A very good article! I would never have thought that it was really Uncle Owen who killed Vader – but this article confirms it!