Cad Bane's Death Repeated The Dumbest Old Villain Trope

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for The Book of Boba Fett episode 7.

The Book of Boba Fett finale replicated the worst movie villain trope in Cad Bane's long-awaited showdown with Boba Fett, which resulted in Bane's death. Known as "Bond Villain Stupidity," the trope occurs when a villain has the hero cornered and defenseless, yet hesitates to kill them, thus granting the hero a chance to reverse their fate. Star Wars' adherence to the common James Bond trope weakened one of The Book of Boba Fett finale's biggest moments and undermined both Cad Bane and Boba Fett's elite bounty-hunting skills.

Bane's status as Fett's old mentor and the pair's subsequent rift precipitates their tense confrontation in The Book of Boba Fett episode 7. After violence breaks out in Mos Espa, Bane and Fett engage in a duel, with Bane initially getting the better of his former student by shooting him twice. Pinned to the ground with his helmet removed, Fett faces certain death, but Bane hesitates to fire the fatal shot and taunts his former student. It grants Fett the chance to knock Bane's weapon out of his hand and kill him, instead, by driving his gaffi stick into Bane's chest.

Related: Cad Bane & Boba Fett Full History & Timeline

The Book of Boba Fett's display of "Bond Villain Stupidity" in Cad Bane's death constitutes lazy writing in a scene that was meant to embody an act of redemption for its titular character. A seasoned bounty hunter like Bane, however aged, letting his guard down in this manner simply isn't credible. Bane's death ended up being a colossal letdown because the supposedly lethal killer suddenly lost his common sense and turned into a villain cliché for Boba Fett to exploit. Further, it's hard to believe that a veteran killer like Cad Bane would have such pettiness or insecurity that he'd feel the need to waste time taunting his former student to prove he's the better bounty hunter.

Since his introduction in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Cad Bane existed as a notoriously deadly bounty hunter. Experienced as he was lethal, Bane went toe-to-toe with the likes of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in the animated series. While Fett's defeat of Bane may appear to adequately characterize Fett's own prowess, it actually dose a disservice to his opponent's abilities and character. Bane only needed to pull the trigger to vanquish Fett, but as goes the trope, he took too long, savored the moment to gloat before his foe about teaching him "one final lesson," and allowed Fett to turn the tables.

Cad Bane's uncharacteristic loss of awareness ruined the fight between the two because it began as an opportunity for Boba Fett to truly get the better of his former mentor; however, all he ultimately needed to do was take advantage of Bane’s sudden egregious lapse in judgment. Prior to his inexplicable failure at the crucial moment, Bane had effortlessly bested his adversary. Bane's stalling appears blatantly manufactured for the purpose of Fett's moment of redemption and sabotages Bane's notoriety as a no-nonsense mercenary.

Of course, it's possible that Cad Bane will return at some point. Star Wars has not shied away from resurrecting characters previously believed dead, as Boba Fett represents a prime example. If Disney finds a way to bring back Bane in future Star Wars projects, the franchise can undo its mistake of replicating a bad villain trope and servicing the character's The Book of Boba Fett cameo toward dying in the dumbest way.

Next: Boba Fett vs. Cad Bane: Which Bounty Hunter Is More Powerful

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