Codes of Honor in Star Wars

Mando's face scan. Shows how codes of honor in star wars are sometimes fluid
Mando has a Moustache
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Honor is very important to quite a few people in Star Wars. A code of honor in Star Wars, while not quite as important as destiny, it remains a fundamental aspect of both Samurai and Westerns. Besmirching one’s honor is a capital offense. Protecting the honor of those less fortunate is a lofty virtue. A Star Wars code of honor is rarely brought up canon but many in the Mandalorian are driven by their relationship to honor, not the least of which is Mando himself and his devotion to his cult’s rules.

Boba Fett’s Code of Honor

Fett is driven by his word. If he says he will get a job done he is relentless in its pursuit. This is why he is one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy. Fett’s honor lies in keeping his word. If he did not finish every job he committed to his reputation would be ruined. If Fett says he’ll do something. He will do it. Unfortunately, he promised to protect Grogu and failed to do so. Were Fett not a fundamentally honorable person, he could have abandoned Mando and simply walked away, leaving him stranded on Tython, with no way to escape. Even if he did escape, Fett’s combat prowess would easily overpower Mando’s own. But the man gave his word. So he is now honor bound to deliver Grogu back in safety.

Fennec’s Code of Honor

Fett’s new lackey slash henchwoman is none other than Fennec, left for dead and saved by Fett. She is honorbound to pay her debt to Fett. He saved her life, now her life is his. Fennec does not seem to especially mind her new lot in life, after all living is certainly better than dying. More of Fennec’s life will be in the upcoming Bad Batch. That’s good enough reason in and of itself to pick up the new show.

The Empire’s Code of Honor

Valin Hess here represents the Empire’s viewpoint. Proving that not everyone believes what they are doing is evil. Hess firmly believes that he is doing good by bringing order to the universe. This is consistent across Star Wars media. The reborn Empire is now known as First Order. The Empire believes that peace will come when freedom and individual liberty is sacrificed. However this doesn’t apply to the officers, of course. 

Ahsoka remind Din Djarin aka Mando that Baby Yoda has a name
Ahsoka remind Mando that names are important

Din Djarin’s Code of Honor

Din Djarin’s own personal code of honor is quite strict and quite specific. He adheres to  The Way of the Mandalore, or at least a certain version of it. The most obvious tenant of The Way is to never remove one’s helmet, or more specifically never let another living being see your face. Mayfield even comments on the difference between the who routinely mocks Mando for his religion. Up to this point, Din Djarin has never let another living being see his face. Faced with either breaking his long held religious belief or giving up on Grugo, Din makes the excruciating decision to remove his mask. Bo Katan challenged his faith. Shaken, he must choose between his sacred vow, and the one being in the universe he truly cares about.

Mayfield’s Code of Honor

This brings us to Mayfield, former Imperial Marksman, and survivor of Operation: Cinder. Mayfield is a strict survivalist, a man without honor. He betrays Mando during the raid on Bothan Five, for which Mando left him to rot in prison, never to be seen again. Until of course his Imperial connections are needed again. Mando convinces Marshal Dune to bend the rules in order to get him released for a mission. The team closely surveils him the entire time. Repeatedly calling out Mando for his arbitrary rules. And at several points attempted to back out. That is, until he met Officer Hess, his former commander. After witnessing Mando sacrifice his own honor, a lifetime code never before broken in order to protect the one thing he cared out more. Mayfield stepped up. He took a stand against the Empire. Mayfield found his honor.