Boba Fett vs. Predator. Who wins?

Our Versus battle today features two titans of science fiction hunting bad-assery:

Both are killers, both are adept at hunting down prey, both are armed with roughly equal weaponry. Each is self-reliant, so we're talking a clean and simple one-on-one matchup without lots of extraneous hangers-on mucking up the battlefield.

I also like that each one hunts down their targets professionally, full time. This is what they do. Unlike some of our other Versus match-ups, we're not going to get a slugfest with two mighty warriors smashing each other's faces in. Well, probably. No, this is more likely to be a thinking-man's game of strike and counter-strike, trap and elude, ambush and counter-strike. I think it would be tremendously fun to see and I have no idea who would win.

That's why I look forward to your vote and your explanation -- who would win this matchup and why?

34 Responses to Boba Fett vs. Predator. Who wins?

  1. hyperanthropos

    I’m tending to Predator. Yes, Boba Fett has shown himself to be an experienced bounty hunter, but only in his Star-Wars Comic series. In the movies we only see little action and he dies right at the beginning of “Return of the Jedi.”
    Then there is the fact that Boba Fett is a bounty hunter, while the predator kills for trophies. Sure, I imagine that Boba could kill a fugitive and deliever his body, if the reward was “dead or alive” But the Predator never leaves his victims alive; he literally hunts them for their heads.
    Also, while Boba has great jet pack, I do believe that the Predator’s Arsenal is more efficient.

  2. Predator. I could argue for either side. The thing is, A predator does it for sport. It picks it’s targets for fun. Fett, takes jobs. Both have an honor code etc. For both to meet and battle for no reason other than to prove who is better, the Pred has a slight advantage.

  3. I’m going to have to buck the trend and go Boba Fett. I’d consider them both even matched with core skills and gear. But the one telling difference is this – the predator hunts just about anything – from non sentient beasts to the sentients. Boba only hunts sentients. His skill set is uniquely suited to hunting down beings that can think, plan, and are aware of how dangerous the threat against them is. The Predator splits his time hunting whatever he comes across, sentient or not, and I think in a one on one battle that could give Boba the slight edge he needs.

  4. Gene: But the one telling difference is this – the predator hunts just about anything – from non sentient beasts to the sentients. Boba only hunts sentients.

    That’s an interesting point, Gene.

  5. it took alot more to beat predator than it did bobba fett. I find it funny when people make bobba fett look like a badass but forget he flew himself into the sarlac pit because his jet pack got hit

  6. maniacmick: it took alot more to beat predator than it did bobba fett.

    Now hang on, it took a Jedi, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and a sarlac to beat Boba Fett, while Predator got hammered by his logs, some mud, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    As for Fett being hoist by his own jetpack, let’s not forget the Predator actually nuked himself. After getting beaten by the Earth equivalent of an admittedly muscular, naked Ewok.

  7. And lets not forget that Fett has escaped the scarlac by blowing it up with his jetpack (Tales of the Bounty Hunters).

    Now honestly, this is the most even fight I have seen yet. I’d give the Predator an advantage at range because his Plasma Cannon is much more powerful and has a longer range than Fett’s flechette rifle, but Fett’s armor gives him more durability, especially if he’s wearing Mandalorian Iron, which can stop a lightsaber. And sensors should be able to pick up the Predator when it’s cloaked. And if the Predator does close on Fett, his flechette rifle should do heavy damage to the unarmored Predator.

    So, while close, I’ll be giving this one to Mandalore himself, Boba Fett.

  8. Patriot_Missile

    Um, any Predator alwyas gets its asexual alien butt kicked by any normal human in any world, any century, even twice by Batman, and especially by a legendary Manadalorian with or without gadgets. BOBA FETT wins just before Predator mimics Jeff Dunham doing you-know-who before going you-know-what. Let’s just hope that if Boba got caught with a faulty jetpack, his odds of suriving the nuke still don’t make it a draw. Boba Fett all the way.

  9. Well, something struck me as a little off about this match-up, and I went to do a little research. So it turns out Boba Fett’s armor is equipped with energy baffles allowing him to easily withstand extreme levels of heat and cold that the galaxy has to offer. End result: Boba Fett’s heat signature is effectively nil, making him more invisible to the Predator than Arnold covered in mud. Well, as long as he doesn’t use the jet pack. I figure as long as this doesn’t happen around the Sarlaac pit, this fight is all Boba Fett.

    And as for hyperanthropos’ argument that the Predator would be a more effective killer because it never leaves its prey alive, I’m sure there has to be a reason why Darth Vader singled Boba Fett out when he said, “No disintegration.”

  10. Watson Bradshaw

    The Predator has been trained since its early years to destroy anything it sets out to hunt. gadgets aside it comes down to who wants it more, I think that the battle plays out like a ninja (fett) vs a samurai (preds). Boba Fett is a galactic bad-ass for sure but I don’t think he would go the whole 12 rounds if he didn’t see the profit in it. he would use his vast arsenal to try to escape and fight another day, while the predator is bound to fight till the last breath.

  11. I gotta go with Predator. It’s hard to really root for anybody who routinely goes after the same guy, never catches him and gets knocked into what is essentially a giant anus/stomach in the middle of a desert planet by the aforementioned felon while said felon is blind.

    Predator has a better arsenal, as stated by hyperanthropos, and also goes on pretty regular killing sprees just because he can. Predators really are the only things in existence, aside from Sigourney Weaver, to ever give the Aliens a run for their money. That and taking out the Native American tracker dude, Jesse Ventura, Apollo Creed and being that close to killing the Governator gives Predator major points in my book. I mean, sure, his last weapon was actually a mini-nuclear device, but would Boba Fett ever think of that? No. Also, there’s the fact that anyone who uses invisibility so well, has heat vision, tracking plasma weapons and looks scarier than your mother-in-law without make-up is probably gonna bring home more skulls attached to spinal columns than your average Mandalorian bounty hunter.

  12. The Atomic Punk

    I mean, sure, his last weapon was actually a mini-nuclear device, but would Boba Fett ever think of that? No.

    Even Leia brought a handheld thermonuclear detonator when she entered Jabba’s hideout dressed as a bounty hunter. Boba Fett gave a nod, recognizing the tools of the experienced hunter. I’m sure he would lob his own mini-nuke if necessary. Going by what’s in the movies, I say Boba Fett.

    I think it would boil down to the battlefield itself. Confined in the Central American jungle, Predator would have an edge. Open space, Boba Fett wins. An urban setting, both would use the terrain to their advantage, but Fett’s jetpack would allow him more mobility. Especially to duck and cover.

    Besides, how many proofs-of-purchase did anyone have to save to get a Predator action figure? Yeah, I’ll go there. 😉

  13. The Atomic Punk: Even Leia brought a handheld thermonuclear detonator when she entered Jabba’s hideout dressed as a bounty hunter.Boba Fett gave a nod, recognizing the tools of the experienced hunter.I’m sure he would lob his own mini-nuke if necessary.Going by what’s in the movies, I say Boba Fett.

    I think it would boil down to the battlefield itself.Confined in the Central American jungle, Predator would have an edge.Open space, Boba Fett wins.An urban setting, both would use the terrain to their advantage, but Fett’s jetpack would allow him more mobility.Especially to duck and cover.

    Besides, how many proofs-of-purchase did anyone have to save to get a Predator action figure?Yeah, I’ll go there.

    If we’re going by movies, the Predator had more. Both of the actual Predator movies, Predators, the one with Adrien Brody and the craptastic movie version of Eddie Brock. I refuse to call him by his name because he’ll neve be anyone other than Eric Foreman to me. Anyway, that plus the Alien vs Predator movies, where they use the shadows and cloaking abilities to their advantage. Again, with the movies, BOBA FETT GOT BEAT BY A BLIND MAN!!!! Yeah, I went there and back again. Predator on the other hand, got beat by the Terminator. Now that’s a hell of an ending.

  14. Predator also got beaten by a cop in LA.

    So, how many actors can claim to have been killed/beaten by an Alien, a predator and a terminator?

  15. McKnight57: Again, with the movies, BOBA FETT GOT BEAT BY A BLIND MAN!!!! Yeah, I went there and back again.

    I’m sorry, but that argument is immediately invalidated because the blind man in question was Han Freaking Solo. Boba Fett should have known better than to go up against the coolest, most butt-kicking guy in the galaxy. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

  16. Corran Horn

    Gene:
    Predator also got beaten by a cop in LA.

    So, how many actors can claim to have been killed/beaten by an Alien, a predator and a terminator?

    Bill Paxton. The punk in Terminator, marine in Aliens, and a Detective in Predator 2.

  17. I think a major factor would be Boba Fett’s extensive traveling experience. He has gone all over the galaxy to eliminate hugely different target diversifying his tactics, while Predator has really only had to face a relative hand full of opponents. I’m not really sure specifically how Boba Fett would defeat Predator,but I do think his larger range of tactics would greatly increases his chances of success.

  18. I say Predator. For one thing, I don’t think just because Bobba Fett is wearing armor resistant to high heat, that he won’t give off a heat signature. Also, Predator has cloaking. He turns invisible and goes all ninja on yo ass. Also, if it came down to it and Bobba was winning, Predator would just go all immature child and blow up everything within a several mile radius rather than loose. So in short, game, set, match, Predator wins.

  19. Myro: I’m sorry, but that argument is immediately invalidated because the blind man in question was Han Freaking Solo.Boba Fett should have known better than to go up against the coolest, most butt-kicking guy in the galaxy. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

    But that just strengthens the argument, because he got killed. The most badass bounty hunter in the galaxy fell into a living anus in the desert. There’s no way you can redeem yourself after that. No way.

  20. Corran Horn: Bill Paxton. The punk in Terminator, marine in Aliens, and a Detective in Predator 2.

    You, sir, are a GOD! Except you forgot Bill Paxton’s performance in “Weird Science,” “Judgement Night,” “Trespass,” and his best role in “One False Move.”

    I tried to stomach “Big Love.” Just doesn’t work for me (lame-taters). Nice play, Sir Corran!

  21. Aeternus606

    Predator has stealth and he can lock on to his enemies with his shoulder mounted cannon. He’s got the self-elongating shooting spikes, the skocking nets and a wrist bomb that can screw some crap up on a large scale. Not to metion all his other nifty gadgets, tools, and randoms.

  22. McKnight57: But that just strengthens the argument, because he got killed. The most badass bounty hunter in the galaxy fell into a living anus in the desert. There’s no way you can redeem yourself after that. No way.

    So Boba Fett had bad luck and plot convenience against him. That never stopped George Lucas… Nor did it stop Dark Horse Comics.

    I think this is a case where we agree to fight to disagree to fight another day. Tech-to-spec, with all intentions, I still give it to the under-played anti-hero Boba Fett. Raw courage and nastiness… yeah, she was a delight and definitely a predator.

  23. Also, Lance Henrikson – He was a detective in Terminator, Mr. Weyland in ALiens Vs Predator – killed by predators, and ripped up pretty badly by the Alien queen in Aliens.

  24. The way I see it, Fett and the Predator have a similar range of skills and varied set of weaponry. Both are good at stealth and the art of the hunt. But with all of the above being roughly equal, the Predator has superior physical strength and resilience, and this will give him the edge in the long run. This is why the Predator got my vote. Of course, I am assuming here that this is a member of the Predator race who has a degree of experience that is commensurate with that of Fett, since it’s been clear that not all Predators we have seen in the films were up to the same level in terms of skill and experience. For example, the Predator we saw in the inaugural film in the franchise would likely triumph over Fett in the end. But one of the three rookies we saw in “Alien vs. Predator” probably would not.

    As for the Predator doing the immature “sore loser” thing and setting off the atomic blast should he be gotten the best of…if Dutch recognized a bomb countdown when he saw it and was able to rush to cover on foot, I’m sure an experienced weapon-user like Boba Fett would have done the same, and used his jet pack to fly his ass out of there as fast and as far as his fuel supply could take him.

  25. If we’re going by the movies, Boba Fett only “died” one time (and if you go by the Expanded Universe he didn’t die at all and actually physically hauled himself up out of the Sarlacc pit).

    By contrast, the Predators have been killed in every movie they appear in, mostly by humans using vastly inferior technology.

    I gotta say, it’s not looking good for the Predators.

  26. spidercow2012

    I generally feel totally unqualified to weigh in on these “What if Spartacus had a Piper Cub” sort of discussions of imponderables because of all the additional literature on the subject, of which I’m entirely ignorant and that renders my movie-based impressions less valid than those of the better-informed. Doesn’t stop me from voting, on gut feeling if nothing else, but I keep my .02 in my pocket.
    But just to comment on previous points made for the sake of argument, I think the Predator had more than just heat-sensing visual enhancement at his disposal; surely there was some sort of spectrographic/ electromagnetic sensors that could detect metallic phenomena like Mandalorian armor, no? Just sayin’.
    Oh, and VERY nice call on Bill Paxton, CH. You hit the trifecta. “Game over, man, game over!”

  27. spidercow2012

    …and if Predator beats Boba, then logic dictates that Batman beats Boba. But we knew that already, didn’t we?
    btw, I wound up voting for Predator on the supposition that a good big man beats a good little man any day of the week.
    And yes, these statements ARE contradictory.

  28. FORCING IT TO HAPPEN: Q drops them on planet w/mixed terrain (abandoned city to jungle to caverns to arctic etc,) each with half a key to only ship surgically connected to spine. “your prey has other half in same spot on self & knows you are here” Eval: both can surp with diff gadgets, tactics, weaponry, all doomsdays removed by Q. Both can lose by bad luck, miscalculation, etc. Who wins? Boba Fett is a single, well-defined individual and millions of Preds have been around forever. If the chosen Pred’s initiation and hobby trophies included a Mandalorian, Fett’s toast. If Pred’s exp runs to beings very UNLIKE Fett, they both nearly die b4 1 forges half a bloody key, pics showing fishing, etc. (YOU GO) and snipes the other. The one who thinks of THAT WINS.

  29. No matter who loses (*ahem* Predator)– we win.

    🙂

  30. Doornik1142:
    If we’re going by the movies, Boba Fett only “died” one time (and if you go by the Expanded Universe he didn’t die at all and actually physically hauled himself up out of the Sarlacc pit).

    “Expanded Universe”, really?! Dude, your geek is showing. It really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone here that I only follow the films and not even the cartoons when it comes to Star Wars. By the way, unless you’re in a Marvel or DC comic, it really only takes one time to die. Otherwise, it usually sticks pretty well after that one time.

  31. Corran Horn

    Gene:
    Also, Lance Henrikson – He was a detective in Terminator, Mr. Weyland in ALiens Vs Predator – killed by predators, and ripped up pretty badly by the Alien queen in Aliens.

    AHH! I forgot about AvP! Good catch.

  32. Boba Fett would win easily if he got info on Predator and time to prepare for the conflict. If they just started fighting in a arena… In the end Predator would probably win.

  33. I dunno, the more I think about it, the more I think that the Predator’s instinct to make a game of it might hinder him. The predator lives for the hunt – that’s what it’s all about for him. I think if you plopped them into any kind of arena, the predator might just take a moment to size Boba up, and determine the least amount of weaponry needed to take him out, and enjoy it the most – launch the net, throw the spear, shoot the razors. I don’t think Boba would hesitate. He’d start with the disintegration without a second thought. Boba is all about the business of killing, Predator does it becuase he likes it.

  34. knight1192a

    To folks saying Fett died, he only got defeated. Fett killed the Sarlacc from the inside.