The Kickass Women of the Mandalorian

When I first started watching the Star Wars series The Mandalorian, all I knew was that the main character was a male bounty hunter who ends up caring for a child.

I wasn’t expecting so many kickass women. But The Mandalorian is chock full of strong women who can take care of business. Below is a list of the female allies Mando gathers along his journey.

WARNING: There are spoilers below

THE ARMORER

Emily Swallow is the Armorer and Pedro Pescal is the Mandalorian in THE MANDALORIAN, exclusively on Disney+

She wields metal working tools as if they weigh nothing, is Mando’s spiritual guide, and fights off a group of Stormtroopers singlehandedly.

CARA DUNE

A woman wearing shoulder and forearm armor stands with her back to a square pillar. She's aiming a large machine gun off to the right. There's a round window with no glass shining white above her right shoulder.

Cara Dune (Gina Carano) in Lucasfilm(TM)s THE MANDALORIAN. Byline: Melinda Sue Gordon Copyright: 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.

A former Rebel shock trooper, she’s a skilled fighter and becomes a trusted and valuable ally to Mando.

OMERA

A woman clutches her daughter to her as they stand in a pond after their village was attacked.

Julia Jones is Omera in THE MANDALORIAN, exclusively on Disney+

A widow, she protects her daughter from raiders, then refuses to abandon her village despite the presence of an Imperial All-Terrain Scout Transport (ATST) which can wipe out a force of trained, armed rebels let alone a single village. Plus, she’s the only villager who starts off hitting the target with every shot.

PELI MOTTO

Woman holding a small, green child with large, batlike ears

Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris), The Child and the Mandalorian in THE MANDALORIAN, exclusively on Disney+

A strong, savvy woman running a ship repair business who looks after the Child and doesn’t fall apart when taken hostage.

FENNEC SHAND

A woman stares intently off to the left, her hands in thick binders held before her. In the back, unfocused rocks.

Ming-Na Wen is Fennec Shand in THE MANDALORIAN, exclusively on Disney+

Assassin and mercenary with mad shooting and hand-to-hand skills. Starts off as an antagonist. Comes back as an ally.

FROG LADY

A frog woman sits on the left, holding a cannister with clear sides showing blue water and large, round, unfertilized eggs. An armored man sits in the middle, steering. A green child with batlike ears sits on the righ.

Frog Lady, the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in Lucasfilm's THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+. (c) 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd. & (TM). All rights reserved.

Desperate to get her eggs fertilized before she becomes the last of her line, she uses tech skills to reactivate a droid in order to shame Mando into keeping his promise to get her to the planet where her husband is waiting.

BO-KATAN KRYZE AND KOSKA REEVES

Bo-Katan and companions poster for The Mandalorian. A man on the left, a woman in the center with her arms crossed over her chest, and a woman standing hip-cocked on the right. All three wear armored pieces on shoulders, chest, and upper thighs.

Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze in the center. Mercedes Varnado as Koska Reeves on the right. Simon Kassianides as Axe Woves on the left.

Mandalorians who rescue Mando and the child, then become valued allies. Their fighting skills equal Mando’s. Plus, Koska throws down with Boba Fett in a barroom brawl.

AHSOKA TANO

Movie poster of Ahsoka Tano looking fiercely at the viewer. She has green striped tail-like appendages instead of hair, is wearing with white face paint, grey-green battle clothes, and wielding two lightsabers, set against a gold and brown wall

Rosario Dawson portrays Jedi Ahsoka Tano in THE MANDALORIAN, exclusively on Disney+

Gotta love a female Jedi showing off her fighting skills. Plus, she's got the mind skills to connect with the Child and learn a bit of his history along with his name.


One of my favorite series of scenes is in the final episode of season two, where, in a glorious show of female strength, Cara, Fennec, Bo-Katan, and Koska storm through an Imperial cruiser, leaving a trail of dead Stormtroopers in their wake.

So yeah, it’s not just the relationship between Mando and Grogu (the Child) that I love. It’s all of these amazing women helping Mando achieve his goal.

Hopefully, some of their spirit will find its way into the heroines I create.