Star Wars: Cobb Vanth’s 10 Best Quotes In The Mandalorian & The Book of Boba Fett

Cobb Vanth's charm, sarcasm, and dedication to protecting the people of Freetown are embodied by many of his best quotes in Mandalorian and Boba Fett.

Even though Cobb Vanth has less screen time than many characters in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, he has quickly become a fan-favorite character in live-action Star Wars. Few could have guessed that this relatively minor character from Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath novels would become a household name.

Cobb Vanth’s charm, sarcasm, and dedication to protecting the people of Freetown are embodied by many of his best quotes in The Mandalorian episode “The Marshal” and the fantastic The Book of Boba Fett episode “From the Desert Comes a Stranger.”

Cobb Vanth Calls The Shots In Mos Pelgo

“Look, Pal, I’m Sure You Call The Shots Where You Come From, But ‘Round Here, I’m The One Tells Folks What To Do.”

When Din Djarin first meets Cobb Vanth, he demands that the Marshal of Mos Pelgo hand over his Mandalorian armor. Cobb Vanth makes it clear that he does not tolerate letting himself or the people he’s protecting be bossed around and controlled by others.

He stands his ground against Din Djarin while playing it cool and flashing his pearly white smile. Through Timothy Olyphant’s iconic performance, Vanth exudes strength, confidence, and leadership with ease, making it clear he will not be pushed around by anyone.

The Nature Of Power

“Power Hates A Vacuum.”

Cobb Vanth states this quote while explaining how he acquired his Mandalorian armor. It applies to his story where the Mining Collective took over Mos Pelgo almost immediately after the Empire pulled out of Tatooine.

It is an insightful quote that is universally true and captures the essence of the time period of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett. While the Empire is officially defeated and the New Republic governs the galaxy, the New Republic has little influence in the Outer Rim. Imperial remnants and crime syndicates are taking advantage of the power vacuums and asserting their own dominance, making it all the more important for individuals like Cobb to step up and defend the innocent.

A Star Wars Colloquialism

“I Guess Every Once In A While, Both Suns Shine On A Womp Rat’s Tail.”

Much like Boba Fett and Cad Bane saying, “Well if that isn’t the quacta calling the stifling slimy,” this is another strange, yet delightful colloquialism that only makes sense in Star Wars. It is much more interesting than just saying that sometimes a person gets very lucky.

As someone who’s lived his whole life on Tatooine, it makes sense for Cobb Vanth to use a colloquialism that refers to Tatooine’s unforgettable twin suns and the planet’s womp rats, a creature that was first mentioned in A New Hope.

Setting A Positive Example For The People Of Mos Pelgo

“As Much As I’ve Grown Fond Of The Armor, I’m Even More Fond Of This Town.”

Cobb Vanth treasures his Mandalorian armor. It bought him his freedom, enabled him to drive out the Mining Collective and give the people of Mos Pelgo their freedom again, and helps him continue to protect the town. As cool and empowering as the armor is, Cobb Vanth recognizes that the safety of everyone is more important and he is willing to sacrifice the armor for the greater good.

This truly demonstrates his leadership. He leads by example, showing that like him, the people of Mos Pelgo will sometimes need to make difficult choices that make them uncomfortable. Just as Cobb Vanth is willing to sacrifice the armor, the people of Mos Pelgo must be willing to work with the Tuskens if they are to have a chance of slaying the krayt dragon that threatens their town.

Cobb Vanth’s Sarcastic Optimism

“It’s Gonna Be Great.”

Tensions run high as the citizens of Mos Pelgo and the Tuskens prepare for their attack on the krayt dragon. That tension nearly reaches a breaking point when a Tusken accidentally drops an explosive and one of Mos Pelgo’s citizens starts screaming at the Tusken for the mistake. Cobb Vanth interferes before the situation turns violent or escalates further.

When the stress is affecting everyone and it seems like the plan might not work, it is the perfect moment for Cobb to lighten the mood with a wry smile and his sarcastic delivery of the line “It’s gonna be great.” He knows the plan is a long shot made only more complicated by the dynamics between the townspeople and the Tuskens, but there is nothing to do but move forward with what has already been set in motion.

A Partnership That Has Only Just Begun

“I Hope Our Paths Cross Again.”

When Cobb Vanth returns the Mandalorian armor to Din Djarin, he does not do so begrudgingly. He sincerely respects and admires everything Din did and everything he risked to honor the deal he made and kill the krayt dragon. While Din did not find a Mandalorian on Tatooine, he found a resourceful, courageous, and invaluable ally.

Vanth’s parting words make it clear that this is only the beginning of their partnership, teasing their reunion in The Book of Boba Fett, and hopefully more scenes between them in future seasons of The Mandalorian and its various spinoff series.

A Return Of The Jedi Easter Egg

“Tell Your People I Wasn’t The One That Broke That.”

Vanth’s Mandalorian armor that he gives to Din Djarin at the end of “The Marshal” is the same armor that once belonged to Boba Fett. Other than showing how he acquired it, the episode doesn’t go into much of the history behind the armor. This line touches on that history with a Return of the Jedi Easter egg.

The armor was damaged before Cobb Vanth got it because Han Solo hit the jetpack with a stick in Return of the Jedi, which sent Boba Fett hurtling into the Sarlacc pit. This Easter egg reminds fans of the armor’s history and sets up the episode’s final scene revealing that Boba Fett is alive.

A Good Lawman At Work

“Think It Through.”

Cobb is not afraid to stand up to his enemies, but he’s also not the kind of character who shoots first and asks questions later. When he confronts four Pykes moving spice through the Mos Pelgo territories, he tells them to think it through when they place their hands on their blasters and offers them the chance to leave peacefully.

It is only when they fire at him that he shoots and kills three of them, before again telling the last one standing to think it through. He is a good lawman who is fair, firm, and tries to achieve a peaceful resolution before being left with no choice but to defend himself.

Mando’s Smile

 “That’s What I Like About You, Mando. That Big Smile Of Yours Lets You Get Away With Anything.”

Cobb Vanth’s best sarcastic line comes in The Book of Boba Fett when Din Djarin asks him and the people of Mos Pelgo–now known as Freetown–to join him and Boba Fett in the fight against the Pyke Syndicate.

When Din says that he didn’t think Cobb was one to back down from bullies, the Marshal of Freetown doesn’t take offense, but instead says that Din can get away with anything because of his smile. It is the perfect quip given that Din has always kept his helmet on in front of Cobb Vanth and Vanth is the one with the charming smile.

Facing Off Against Cad Bane

“You Tell Your Spice Runners Tatooine Is Closed For Business. This Planet’s Seen Enough Violence.”

Even in his old age, Cad Bane is still a terrifying individual to face. Despite the bounty hunter’s threats and promises, the Marshal does not back down.

Vanth cannot be bought or intimidated into submission and spells this out plainly for Cad Bane, making it clear that he will not tolerate the spice trade on Tatooine and the inevitable violence that comes with it. Since Cobb cannot be bribed or frightened into obedience, Cad Bane is left with no choice but to shoot him.

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