- “I'm a Mandalorian. Weapons are part of my religion.”
- ―Din Djarin
Din Djarin aka "The Mandalorian", also sometimes called Mando, is the titular protagonist of the Disney+ original series The Mandalorian. He is a reputed Mandalorian bounty hunter operating at the time of the New Republic some years after the fall of the Galactic Empire. During one of his huntings, he met a mysterious Force-sensitive infant named Grogu of the same species as Yoda nicknamed "The Child", who happened to be his target with whom he formed a close bond and to seek to protect at all costs, putting him in conflict with other bounty hunters as well as the surviving Imperial Remanent that had originally hired him. Din is an "adopted" Mandalorian, since he wasn't born on Mandalore. Despite this, after defeating the Imperial Remanent’s leader, Moff Gideon, the Mandalorian then acquired ownership of the Darksaber thus making him the rightful ruler of Mandalore.
In his youth, Din Djarin lived with his parents on an unidentified planet that was victim of a separatist attack in which his parents lost their lives by protecting him. A super battle droid flushed him out and would have killed him without the intervention of Death Watch. This tragic event remained in his memory years later.
Some time later, he joined a Mandalorian clan called "The Tribe", settled on a volcanic world. When he was old enough, Din pledged allegiance to the Mandalorian creed, thus becoming one of their own and acquired armor and weapons from his new people, before joining the Bounty Hunters' Guild. In 9 ABY, five years after the destruction of the second Death Star and the final defeat of the Empire, the Mandalorian had gained an excellent reputation as a bounty hunter, which provoked the jealousy of other members of the Guild.
He once teamed up with two mercenary Twi'leks, Qin and his sister Xi'an, and things went very badly.
Competent and dangerous, this bounty hunter is able to be ruthless and merciless to those he tracks or those who put themselves on his way. He is constantly alert and will draw his weapons if he feels as though someone is about to attack him. Endowed with a morality more than doubtful, it is difficult to surround his facial emotions because he never removes his helmet.
Solitary and somewhat antisocial, the Mandalorian has a respectful relationship with the Mandalorian Armorer who is also aware of the fact that he is an orphan, he is also able to show great respect towards someone who earns his trust, like Kuiil whom he even offered his gratitude when the Ugnaught has at the same time refused a payment and also to becoming his partner.
Mando deeply respects the creed of Mandalore, just like the rules of the Tribe, that is to say: never removed his helmet in front of a living being even if his life depends on it and would prevent anyone from doing it--although he found a loophole by allowing IG-11, who was not alive in the first place, to remove it to heal him. He strictly adheres to the creed no matter what the situation is, even when breaking it could very well save his life. Initially, like the other members of the Children of the Watch, Din had a low regard for Mandalorians who did not cover their faces as he does, considering them not true Mandalorians. This changed however, after fighting alongside Bo-Katan and her crew, coming to accept them as true Mandalorians despite their different belief systems. This also encouraged Din to bend the rules of his clan occasionally, knowing now that they were not the way of all Mandalorians. At one point, he lifted his helmet partway off in front of Grogu so he could sip his soup, and he later changed out of his armor completely to disguise himself as a stormtrooper, albeit still not showing his face until he absolutely had to.
Beneath his stoic exterior, the Mandalorian is, in truth, a bit of a tortured soul who is plagued by the memories of his parents’ death and the destruction of his village. Watching his parents and people slaughter in front of him by battle droids as a child has left him with a near pathological hatred and distrust for all droids: deadly or not. Even after IG-11 was reprogrammed by Kuiil, Djarin still refused to trust it feeling that the droid was bound to turn on them at some point. However, after IG-11 saved him and sacrificed itself for him, Grogu, Karga, and Dune Djarin came to realize he was wrong about IG-11 and thus was able to overcome his hatred of droids. Despite being more use to their presence, Djarin does still have some issues when dealing with droids, though nowhere near to the extant as before.
Due to having been an orphan himself, he seems to have a deep sympathy for the other orphans and this same sympathy also extends to "The Child" who was initially a target for him, caring first of his security only to get his payment for it evolves to the point that he risks his life and betray the guild to save him from these employers. As time goes on, the Mandalorian grows to care about the child’s well-being to the point that he was willing to leave him at the village on Sorgan, believing that he could live a happy life there. After the child was officially made a foundling by the armorer and the Mandalorian was declared as his father, his care for the child started to become parental. By the time they met Ashoka Tano on Corvus, Djarin had come to regard to child as his son. After learning the child’s name of Grogu for the first time, Djarin even found himself laughing and enjoying the time he spent with him showing how positively Grogu was influencing his character. After Grogu was abducted by Moff Gideon, Djarin was determined to rescue him, so much so that he even reluctantly broke the Children of Watch’s code of never revealing their faces to others, despite being left ashamed and disturbed by what he had done. When the time came for Djarin to hand Grogu over to Luke Skywalker’s care, Djarin was deeply saddened of having to let his adopted son go to the point of removing his helmet and shedding tears, showing just how much he had come to love Grogu.
- Expert Fighter: As Mandalorian, the fight is a part to him and makes him a fierce fighter. He was able to defend himself against the ambush attacks of three trandoshan, defeat three thugs without much difficulty and also defeat Death Troopers.
- Expert Marksman: Mando is extremely competent in blaster mania, whether shooting long or short distance. He is also a sniper.
- Bilingual: Mando is able to understand the Jawas language, but he does not know how to speak it very well. He also knows a sign language used to communicate with hostile Tusken Raiders.
- Skilled Pilot
- Skilled Mechanic
- Blaster: Mando uses a blaster as his main weapon.
- Amban sniper rifle: Mando uses it to attack or spy remotely.
- Vibro-Knife: Mando does not use it much, but this knife is able to penetrate the armor of a stormtrooper.
- Mandalorian vambrace: Like many Mandalorians, Mando uses a vambrace containing several built-in weapons, including a flamethrower.
- Beskar Spear: Mando uses this spear to engage opponents wielding lightsabers.
- Darksaber: After besting Moff Gideon in combat, Mando is now the owner of the Darksaber and the rightful ruler of Mandalore.
In "Chapter 1", On a planet of ice, Mando goes to a bar filled with rogues, three of whom harassed a Mythrol. One of the stalkers tries to provoke him, even going as far as to graze the beskar armor with a knife. Mando grabs a glass and uses it to hit the thug before banging him with the second scum and killing the Quarren by closing the door on him, cutting him in half. The Myrthol wanted to thank the Mandalorian but to his great misfortune, he had come to capture him.
Once outside the planet, the Myrthol tries to convince his kidnapper not to deliver him, but the bounty hunter just ignored him until his prisoner descended into the lower part of the ship where he discovered with horror others prisoner locked in carbonite before being carbonated himself by the mandalorian. Arrived on Nevarro, Mando went to see the leader of the guild, Greef Karga to collect his bounty. Refusing first the imperial credits which according to him was worth nothing, he obtained Calamari Flan instead and asked for another mission but found that the premiums were not worth much, so Greef offered him an alternative of Mission may be common with a man named "The Client" whom he should meet in person.
Arrived at the meeting place, Mando knocks on the door and shows a magnetic card to the door droids then enters and is escorted by a GNK droid. In the room, The Client accompanied by some Stormtroopers, welcomes Mando mentioning that Greef had informed him about the reputation of the mandalorian. The conversation cut short when Dr. Pershing suddenly entered the room, prompting Mando to point his blaster at him. The Stormtroopers targeted the bounty hunter and despite their numerical superiority, Mando was not intimidated. The Client calmed the conflict and then proceeded to explain the purpose of the mission: to recover a person of about fifty on Arvala-7 by promising that the reward will be a huge amount of Beskar, even offering a brick of this same metal to the bounty hunter.
Mando then went to the enclave where the tribe lived and gave the beskar to the gunsmith so that she could forge a new Pauldron for him. During the making, Mando had flashbacks from his childhood the day the separatists attacked and killed his parents.
Once on Arvaka-7, he scanned the area before being suddenly attacked by Blurrgs until an old Ugnaught was crested with darts, saving the Mandalorian to whom he asked if he was a bounty hunter, which Mando confirmed. The Ugnaught took Mando to his home and introduced himself as Kuiil. Kuiil then informed the mandalorian that he had helped other bounty hunter in the same mission and that none of them survived. Advised by Kuiil, Mando tries to ride a Blurrg but after some failure, he gives up but tries again when Kuiil reminds him that his ancestors knew how to ride the Mythosaur and finally succeeded in taming it.
On Blurrgs' back, they cover several kilometers of gorge and crevasse to arrive at the camp where the target of the mandalorian is. Halfway, Kuiil indicates the rest of the way to go before returning home, but before he leaves, Mando wants to pay him for his help but Kuiil declines his offer, considering that if Mando gets rid of the mercenaries, peace will return to his valley and will be sufficient payment.
Arrived at the site, Mando crossed paths with another member of the guild, the assassin droid IG-11. After a bad start, the two bounty hunters agreed to collaborate and share the bounty. Once all the mercenaries were eliminated, they entered the hangar and IG-11 detected a single form of life which turned out to be a young child aged fifty due to the biology of his species, as well as the target. IG-11 is about to eliminate the kid but Mando shoots him quickly in the head.
In "Chapter 2" Mando brings his target back to his ship but on the way, three trandoshans attack him by surprise. He succeeds in killing one of them, which forces the other two to flee. Unfortunately for him, it is not the last of his problems, when he finds Jawas stealing pieces of his ship and managed to escape with it.
Stuck on this world, Mando returns to see Kuiil who reveals to him that he knows where to find the Jawas and that he will be able to negotiate with them, despite the fact that the Mandalorian is skeptical about it. After a rainy trip, the two travelers find the jawas, whose language Kuiil knows speak and the negotiation begins. The Jawas first demand the beskar, which is out of the question for Mando who tries to say in their language that its stolen parts belong to him only so that the Jawas laughs at mediocre mastery of their language, comparing him to a Wookie. Annoyed, Mando almost burns the mocking Jawa until Kuiil calms him down and succeeds in finally finding an agreement with the thieves.
To recover his stolen pieces, Mando must recover a Mudhorn egg, gigantic and violent creatures. Arrived in the cave of the beast, Mando accidentally awakens the creature which with a powerful blow of the horn pierces his coat of arms for beskar. While the Mudhorn charges the bounty hunter, the mysterious child uses force to lift the beast which gives Mando time to stick his knife into the Mudhorn's neck.
After recovering his pieces and with the help of Kuiil, Mando repairs his ship. He offers to Ugnauth to become his partner but Kuiil politely declines, declaring to have worked all his life to escape from servitude. Mando then offers him his gratitude and Kuiil does the same to thank him for bringing peace to his valley.
- According to the Jawas, The Mandalorian speaks their language so badly that he sounds "like a Wookiee".
- The name of "The Mandalorian" was revealed by Pedro Pascal in an interview conducted by ScreenSlam released on the same day as Chapter 1 of the first season, with the website spelling the name as "Dyn Jarren". He was finally named in the eighth chapter of the first season, with the spelling "Din Djarin".
- He has an aversion to droids, probably because as a child, he was nearly killed by a Super Battle Droid.
- By saving Grogu, Mando unwittingly makes him a foundling as he had been in the past and as the Mandalorian creed wants it, he became Grogu’s stepfather, at least until he brings him back to those of his kind.
- It was revealed in Star Wars Rebels, Mandalorians have family houses; it is unclear if the Mandalorian and the other Mandalorians seen in the show come from a house too.
- He is the second Mandalorian to be a main protagonist, the first being Sabine Wren.
- He and Sabine share a few things in common.
- Both had some connections with the Empire (The Mandalorian was hired by the empire to capture the child while Sabine joined the empire thinking they would bring peace to her world both also betrayed the empire upon knowing/learning their intentions wasn't true).
- Both are bounty hunters who wear Mandalorian armor (Sabine was once a bounty hunter before becoming a rebel the Mandalorian still works as a bounty hunter).
- Both held the Darksaber at some point in their lives.
- He and Sabine share a few things in common.
- In Star Wars Rebels, Sabine shot a Stormtrooper in the face at close range the Mandalorian shot a stormtrooper in a similar manner in Episode 8.
- It is revealed in Chapter 16 that by defeating Moff Gideon in battle, Mando now has the sole right to wield the Darksaber and is thus the rightful ruler of Mandalore.