- "But you know what I always say: Speak softly, and drive a big tank."
- ―Hondo Ohnaka
Hondo Ohnaka was a male Weequay pirate who led the Ohnaka Gang on the Outer Rim world of Florrum during the Clone Wars. During the war, he often came into contact with the Jedi, such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Ahsoka Tano. Although it survived for the duration of the war, his gang was dissolved with the rise of the Galactic Empire, after which Hondo cast adrift as a small-time pirate and smuggler. While on his own, he became a frequent ally for the growing rebellion against the Empire, providing critical aid and intelligence at pivotal moments. He worked closely with the crew of the Ghost, becoming close to Ezra Bridger. Following the defeat of the Empire, Ohnaka made an attempt to go legitimate with Ohnaka Transport Solutions on Batuu. When the Resistance established a base on Batuu, Ohnaka aided them against the First Order. Decades after the fall of the Empire, a text known as the Book of Hondo would be attributed to the famous captain.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Background
- 1.2 Auction of Eldra Kaitis
- 1.3 The Clone Wars
- 1.4 Age of the Empire
- 1.5 Alliance to Restore the Republic
- 1.6 Galactic Civil War
- 1.7 First Order–Resistance war
- 1.8 Legacy
- 2 Personality and traits
- 3 Skills and abilities
- 4 Behind the scenes
- 5 Appearances
- 6 Sources
- 7 Notes and references
- "As my sweet mother always said, 'Son, if one hostage is good, two are better, and three, well, that's just good business!'"
- ―Ohnaka about what he learned from his mother
A male Weequay from the planet Sriluur, Hondo Ohnaka was the leader of a pirate group called the Ohnaka Gang, which operated a base on the planet Florrum. He also had pet Kowakian monkey-lizards named Pilf Mukmuk and Pikk Mukmuk. At some point prior to the Clone Wars, Hondo had a romantic relationship with the bounty hunter Aurra Sing but the two later separated. He was also friends with Jango Fett, whom Hondo saw as an honorable man.
Auction of Eldra Kaitis
At some point prior to the Invasion of Naboo, Hondo attended an auction hosted by Xev Xrexus in the Drazkel system, which offered assorted illicit goods to invited buyers. The items available for purchase included several Droidekas and a captured Twi'lek Padawan named Eldra Kaitis. Hondo and his crew tried to capture the Padawan but failed. Kaitis was eventually killed.
The Clone Wars
- "What to do, what to do, what to do. I don't want to kill you... per se. In fact, you seem like decent fellows — even you, Count. This is just business, and once I get my money, we can go back to being friends. It's very simple. Now try not to complicate things by breaking out again."
- ―Hondo Ohnaka to Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku
During the Clone Wars, Hondo and his gang encountered Count Dooku, the leader of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and a Sith Lord. Dooku was on the run from the Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker and had crash-landed his solar sailer on the planet Vanqor, which lay a few parsecs away from Florrum. Dooku encountered Hondo and his gang salvaging his wrecked solar sailer. When Hondo offered to provide him passage offworld, Dooku accepted his offer, claiming he was above material wealth.
Ohnaka then transported Dooku to his base on Florrum. However, during the journey Ohnaka arranged for his Kowakian monkey-lizard Pilf to steal Dooku's lightsaber, as well as Skywalker's lightsaber, which Dooku had acquired during an earlier skirmish on Vanqor. Ohnaka and his men then took Dooku captive. Realizing that Count Dooku was an important Separatist leader, Ohnaka hoped that he could make a lot of money by selling Dooku to the Republic. Hondo contacted the Republic via hologram and displayed the captive Count to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine while demanding a ransom of one million credits worth of spice. Palpatine accepted Ohnaka's price and dispatched Kenobi and Skywalker to Florrum in order to verify the pirate's claims.
Kenobi and Skywalker arrived at Ohnaka's pirate base and were able to verify Dooku's identity. Having completed the transaction, Hondo invited his Jedi guests to banquet with his pirates. However, he drugged the two Jedi's drinks, causing them to fall unconscious. Ohnaka then took his Jedi guests hostage and imprisoned them in the same cell as Dooku. He wanted to ransom Kenobi and Skywalker so that he could triple the ransom. Unaware of the recent developments on Florrum, the Republic dispatched Senator Kharrus and the Gungan Representative Jar Jar Binks and a detachment of clone troopers to deliver the spice ransom to Hondo's gang and collect Count Dooku.
One of Ohnaka's pirates, Turk Falso, decided to double-cross his captain and steal the spice ransom for himself. Turk ordered his men to shoot down the Republic emissaries' shuttle, causing it to crash in the Doshar fields. Senator Kharrus, the Clone trooper pilot called Mack, and his co-pilot were killed during the crash, but Representative Binks and several Clone troopers led by Commander Stone survived. While Turk's band hunted down the Republic emissaries, Turk misled Hondo by claiming that the Republic ship had been delayed. Turk's forces were later slaughtered by Binks' clone troopers, who had managed to tame several local skalders. Turk was the only survivor and falsely reported to Hondo that the Republic forces had sent an army instead of the ransom. Believing Turk's lies, Hondo sent several tanks to destroy the clone troopers.
Meanwhile, Hondo had to deal with Count Dooku and his two Jedi captives who had made three escape attempts. Following the third attempt, he held Kenobi and Skywalker in a containment field. On the battlefield, Hondo's tanks were defeated after Jar Jar Binks entered one of the tanks to negotiate with Turk. Binks accidentally caused the tanks to ram into each other and knock out the power grid. This caused a black-out at Hondo's pirate base which allowed his three captives to escape. Dooku killed Turk and several other pirates before fleeing in one of Hondo's starships.
Meanwhile the Weequay pirate captain himself was captured by Kenobi and Skywalker. Despite their unpleasant experiences with Ohnaka, Kenobi ordered his former Padawan Skywalker to release Hondo, since Dooku had escaped and they did not want to have any more troubles with the pirate gang. As a gesture of respect, Hondo ordered his forces to stand down. Praising the Jedi for their nobility, he allowed the Jedi and their clone troopers to leave his pirate base in peace. Before they left, Kenobi warned Ohnaka that Count Dooku now knew the location of his base and was not as forgiving as the Jedi.
Trouble on Felucia
- "This effort is no longer... profitable!"
- ―Hondo as he retreats from Felucia
Following his encounter with Count Dooku and the Jedi, Hondo and the Ohnaka Gang began raiding the fungi-covered planet of Felucia. They routinely raided a nysillin spice village, prompting the Felucian villagers to hire a band of four bounty hunters for their protection. These four bounty hunters were named Sugi, Embo, Rumi Paramita, and Seripas. Shortly later, Hondo's old Jedi adversaries Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano visited the same village to investigate the disappearance of a Republic medical station orbiting the planet. The Jedi's arrival coincided with one of the Ohnaka gang's routine visits to the village.
Hondo began demanding that the villagers deliver a portion of their nysillin by the following morning. While visiting the village, he also attempted to buy-out the bounty hunters but Sugi rejected the offer. Ohnaka then discussed a "business deal" with the Jedi Knight Kenobi, who offered to pay the Ohnaka gang to take him and his Jedi companions to a Republic outpost. However, Ohnaka declined the venture on the grounds that he did not want any credits. After issuing his ultimatum to the villages, Hondo left the village to regroup with his pirate forces. Meanwhile, the Jedi and the bounty hunters worked together to train the Felucian villages to resist Hondo and his pirate gang.
Hondo sent one of his scouts to spy on the villages but the scout was killed by Embo. After the scout failed to return, Ohnaka and his pirates assaulted the village. While Hondo led the assault from the cockpit of a tank, the rest of the gang charged the village on their speeder bikes. During the ensuing skirmish, Hondo used his tank to blast the village from atop a cliff, wounding Embo and killing the bounty hunter Rumi. Skywalker then engaged the Weequay pirate in a duel with his lightsaber, prompting Hondo to brandish his electrostaff in defense.
The Jedi eventually gained the upper hand and nearly kicked Hondo off the cliff. But Hondo managed to survive by clinging onto the ledge. Feigning submission, Ohnaka tricked Anakin into pulling him up. However, Ohnaka then attacked Skywalker and pushed him into the way of the repulsor tank's turret. While Skywalker managed to survive by jumping off the cliff before the shot hit, Hondo was able to take advantage of the chaos to make his escape, fleeing the planet and village along with his pirate gang.
Reunion with Aurra Sing
- "Couldn't handle her, could you? Well, don't be ashamed. You're not the first man to bail out from under her command."
- ―Hondo, to Castas, about Aurra Sing
Later, Hondo was revisited by his former lover, the bounty hunter Aurra Sing. Sing was accompanied by Boba Fett, Bossk, and Castas. Sing had become Boba's mentor and was helping the youth to hunt down and kill the Jedi Master Mace Windu, who had killed his father Jango Fett during the First Battle of Geonosis. She had come to seek aid and refuge from the Republic, as well as to drop off Castas as he wanted to abandon the job since it had become too risky. Ohnaka refused to assist Sing and Boba with their quest, but offered them indefinite stay on Florrum. While in the bar with his guests, Hondo witnessed Aurra execute Castas for disclosing their whereabouts to other bounty hunters, hoping to make a profit.
Aurra's visit was followed by the arrival of the Jedi Master Plo Koon and Anakin's apprentice Ahsoka Tano, who had been tracking Boba and his associates. Hondo informed the two Jedi that Aurra and Boba were waiting in a bar and had set a trap for them. Following a brief skirmish, Aurra fled the bar in an airspeeder and was pursued by Ahsoka. While under capture by Koon, Hondo managed to convince the young Fett to reveal the location of the Republic hostages Admiral Shoan Kilian and a Clone officer, telling him that it is was what his father would want him to do. Fett complied and the Jedi were able to rescue the Republic hostages and capture Bossk. Far from the base, Aurra attempted to escape on Boba Fett's starship Slave I. However, Ahsoka damaged the starship's wing, causing it to crash. While Aurra was presumed dead by the Jedi, Hondo secretly rescued her and took possession of Slave I in lieu of Boba's incarceration.
Delivery to Onderon
- "Hondo, what are you doing here?"
"Oh, no, no, no. You should thank me, child. I have brought you a gift from Skywalker and Kenobi. The latest from Sienar!"
"Shoulder-fire. Very expensive."
- ―Hondo Ohnaka and Ahsoka Tano
Later in the war, Ohnaka—at the behest of the Jedi General Anakin Skywalker—delivered several rocket launchers to rebel forces on Onderon during their civil war when the droid gunships proved to be too much for the rebels. Ahsoka was surprised to see him, and he quickly fled the planet along with his pirates when a droid patrol attacked the group.
"General Grievous, I presume? What a surprise... have a seat."
"You may dispense with pleasantries, pirate. This planet is now under Separatist control!"
"Aha... And what do you suppose that means?"
"It means you have a new master, pirate scum!"
- ―Grievous and Hondo Ohnaka
Later during the Clone Wars, Ohnaka and his pirate gang's Corona-class armed frigate intercepted and boarded the Jedi training cruiser Crucible, which was carrying the Padawan Ahsoka Tano, the architect droid Huyang, the astromech droid R2-D2, and six Jedi younglings Petro, Gungi, Katooni, Ganodi, Byph, and Zatt. These younglings had recently completed an initiation rite on Ilum. The Ohnaka Gang wanted to take the youngling's Kyber crystals, which were highly prized on the black market. During the raid, Ohnaka and his pirates used a docking tube to board the Crucible. Following a struggle Huyang, R2-D2, and the younglings managed to break their ship free of the pirates and escape into space. However, Tano was sucked into the docking tube during the escape attempt and captured by Ohnaka, who regarded her as a valuable hostage and intended to turn her "into profit".
Following the raid, Ohnaka and his gang took Ahsoka Tano to their base on Florrum. There, he taunted the suspended Tano, and revealed that he intended to sell her to an underworld "businessman" who would pay "handsomely" for a beautiful female Jedi. He also threateningly claimed that the so-called "businessman" did not care whether Tano was delivered to him dead or alive. Later, the Ohnaka Gang was visited by a traveling carnival troupe led by the Dug manager Preigo. Unknown to Ohnaka, the six Jedi younglings had passed themselves as junior acrobats. The younglings managed to impress Ohnaka and his pirates during an entry act and subsequently convinced the drunken pirate captain to take part in the second act. While Hondo and his pirates were distracted, the youngling Katooni managed to free Tano and recover her lightsabers. When his pirates spotted the Jedi escaping and gave chase, Ohnaka was too intoxicated to take part in the pursuit.
Hondo Ohnaka stayed at his pirate base while his pirates attempted to recaptured Ahsoka and her younglings in the wilderness. During this time, the pirate captain was subsequently visited by the Separatist military leader General Grievous and a droid army. Grievous opened a holo-communications channel with Count Dooku, who conferred with Hondo. In retaliation for his imprisonment during their first encounter, the Separatist leader had come to take over Florrum and to dismantle Ohanaka's arsenal. Despite his protests, Hondo was incarcerated by the Separatists who proceeded to dismantle his base and vehicles.
Meanwhile, Ahsoka Tano and the younglings joined forces with the Ohnaka gang to rescue Hondo and to fight the Separatists. While R2-D2 distracted the Separatist droids with the pirate's tank, Ahsoka, the younglings and several of the pirates made their way into the pirate base and found Hondo's cell. With the encouragement of Hondo, the youngling Katooni managed to correctly assemble her lightsaber and free Hondo from his cell. After freeing the remaining pirates, Hondo and his Jedi rescuers managed to escape the prison section before it was levelled by Separatist tanks.
During their escape, Ohnaka and his pirates attempted to flee the planet but the youngling Katooni managed to appeal to his sense of honor. Flying the repaired Slave I, Hondo managed to rescue Ahsoka and the remaining younglings from General Grievous, and together the surviving pirates and the Jedi escaped to a nearby Republic cruiser, where they were picked up by General Kenobi. When confronted by Kenobi about the attack on the Crucible, Hondo claimed that it was a rescue mission. Kenobi decided not to punish Hondo and the Ohnaka gang due to the assistance they had provided Tano and the younglings. Hondo departed but not before giving Katooni a final nod of approval for her actions on Florrum.
Attack of the Nightbrothers
- "Filth, you will pay for your insolence."
"Insolence! We are pirates! We don't even know what that means. Open fire!"
- ―Darth Maul and Hondo Ohnaka
Hondo encountered a new challenge in the form of the resurgent Sith Lord Darth Maul and his brother Savage Opress, who attempted to recruit Ohnaka's gang into an army that would serve the brothers. The Nightbrothers managed to lure several of the Ohnaka Gang aboard their starship and managed to bribe two captains into flipping sides. Those that remained loyal to Hondo including one captain were executed by the two Nightbrothers. Hondo witnessed the execution via hologram. Under the leadership of Darth Maul and Savage Oppress, the turncoat pirates then launched an attack on Ohnaka's base on Florrum and claimed it for their own.
Fortunately for Hondo, he received reinforcements in the form of the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Jedi Master Adi Gallia. Together with these Jedi reinforcements, Hondo and his pirates resisted the Nightbrothers' onslaught. During the fighting, Gallia was killed by Opress. Hondo retreated with the remainder of his loyalists, and when he asked Kenobi where Gallia was, he told him she was dead. Hondo was shocked, stating that he was speechless and that not even Kenobi could defeat the two "crazies". Hondo's men managed to obtain a large turret and he ordered them to set up a trap for the traitors. Kenobi told Hondo to collapse the tunnel so that the Nightbrothers would be separated from the pirates; much to his anticipation, the two went after Kenobi while the pirates pursued Hondo and his men.
Hondo's men took out the large turret as the traitorous pirates pursued them, and they surrendered, knowing they were outmatched. Jiro, one of the traitorous captains, begged for mercy, and Hondo accepted him and the remaining pirates back into the gang. Hondo decided to celebrate the reunion by pillaging the Nightbrother's ship. As the pirates went out to meet with the Nightbrothers who were also retreating, Hondo reinvigorated his men by stating that they weren't that strong if Kenobi was defeating them alone. The two attempted to flee on their ship, which was shot down by one of Hondo's men. Hondo offered Kenobi a ride to the crash site to confirm if the two were dead. He believed that both of them had died in the crash, while Kenobi believed otherwise. Hondo and his men then looted the wreckage, obtaining credits and weaponry.
Age of the Empire
Fall of the Ohnaka Gang
At some point after the rise of the Galactic Empire and the fall of the Republic, Hondo and his protege Quadoro were hired by Dok-Ondar to assist him in collecting a statue made of Kyber crystal from Jedha City's Temple of the Kyber. Hondo was able to stun one of the Guardians of the Whills, but several more attacked him. After Quadoro was killed, Hondo and Dok-Ondar found a statue. After Dok-Ondar used a lightsaber to cut the statue, Hondo was confronted by Chirrut Îmwe. The two of them fought each other until Dok-Ondar convinced Îmwe to let them leave with the statue. Hondo and Dok-Ondar then boarded their ship and slip past the Imperial blockade.
Following this job, the Imperials broke up the Ohnaka Gang, forcing Hondo Ohnaka to continue his life of piracy alone. At some unknown point, Ohnaka antagonized the Rang Clan, causing the clan to place a bounty on his head.
Skirmish on Ord Mantell
- "Oh, Qi'ra, Qi'ra. It does look like you have fallen into our little trap. Catching you was quite difficult, my young friend. I had to partner with IG-88 here."
"A Crimson Dawn Lieutenant will fetch a nice bounty."
- ―Hondo Ohnaka and IG-88
At some point following 13 BBY, Hondo teamed up with IG-88 to collect the bounty on Qi'ra, a lieutenant in Dryden Vos' crime syndicate, Crimson Dawn. After a brief chase through the streets of Ord Mantell, the two were able to capture her. Eventually though, Qi'ra was able to trick Hondo and IG-88 into turning on each other, allowing her to capture them and collect the bounties on both of their heads.
Meeting the Spectres
- "You lied to me? I knew I liked you!"
- ―Hondo Ohnaka to Ezra Bridger
In 4 BBY, Hondo Ohnaka took over the Devaronian crime lord Cikatro Vizago's starship, the Broken Horn. During the struggle, Ohnaka managed to disable Vizago's bodyguard droids by stealing his droid controller and imprisoned the Devaronian in a cell aboard the ship's brig. However, Vizago managed to send a distress signal before his capture that was picked up by Ezra Bridger and the astromech droid Chopper, who were members of the Spectres. The two rebels were cleaning the rebel starship Ghost which was parked on the planet Garel. Hearing Vizago's distress, Ezra and Chopper traveled on the Phantom and found the Broken Horn in orbit above Garel.
The two rebels boarded the Broken Horn and encountered Ohnaka in the ship's bridge. When questioned by Ezra, Hondo claimed that he had won the Broken Horn in a game of sabacc with Vizago. Not wanting to reveal his true identity, Ezra introduced himself as the smuggler and galactic entrepreneur Lando Calrissian. Shortly later, the Broken Horn was spotted and attacked by an Imperial warship. However, Ohnaka and his new-found rebel partners managed to escape due to the quick actions of Ezra and Chopper, who managed to power up the engines and make a jump into hyperspace. Impressed, Hondo offered Ezra the chance to assist him in selling five power generators at extortion rates. In the end, the two partners agreed to split their profits and to give Ezra two of the power generators. Not trusting Ohnaka fully, Ezra stole the pirate's droid controller and secretly handed it to Chopper for safekeeping.
Hondo and his new-found partners traveled to the frigid planet Nixus where they planned to sell the power generators to an unknown buyer at Nixus Hub 218. Upon landing at Nixus Hub 218, Ohnaka and Ezra discovered that their buyer was the Jablogian crime lord Azmorigan. Azmorigan was aware that the Rang Clan had placed a bounty on Ohnaka's head and he also recognized Ezra as one of the rebels who had helped Calrissian. Seeking revenge against both Hondo and Ezra for past wrongs, Azmorigan had them hoisted onto a loading dolly which would then catapult them into space. Azmorigan also planned to seize their power generators for himself. Before Azmorigan could exact his revenge, he was foiled by Chopper, who attacked him and his men. During the ensuing skirmish, Ohnaka and his rebel allies managed to turn the tables on Azmorigan and escape offworld with the generators and several stolen credits. Hondo also realized that Ezra was a Jedi after the youth wielded a lightsaber and used the Force to stop the dolly from hurling him into space.
After escaping Nixus, Hondo and his rebel partners traveled back to Garel on the Broken Horn with the generators. When Ezra revealed his true identity and confided that he was feeling overwhelmed by his responsibilities to the rebellion and his Jedi training, Ohnaka suggested that the boy could become a "pirate Jedi." Shortly later, Ezra and Chopper traveled down to the ship's brig where they discovered a captive Vizago. Vizago revealed that Hondo had actually shot him in the back with a stun gun and disabled his droids before seizing control of his ship. The two rebels freed Vizago and together they confronted Ohnaka on the bridge. While Ezra proposed that the two criminals split their profits and let him keep the generators, Vizago took the opportunity to snatch back his droid controller and order his droids to attack the intruders. Ohnaka managed to flee on the Phantom, taking the five power generators with him.
Unknown to Hondo, the Phantom's autopilot had already been programmed to return to her mothership, the Ghost. Hondo landed in a spaceport in Garel City where he was surrounded by the other crew of the Ghost including the ship's captain Hera Syndulla and Ezra's master Kanan Jarrus. Shortly later, Ohnaka was rejoined by Ezra and Chopper, who had returned to Garel in an escape pod. The rebels allowed Hondo to keep his credits but seized the five power generators, which were used to alleviate an energy crisis on the planet Rinn.
The Lasat refugees
In 3 BBY, Hondo contacted Ezra via a transmitter and told him to travel to Nixus Hub 218, where the Empire had captured two refugees. Ezra and the crew of the Ghost traveled to Nixus where they discovered that these two refugees were Lasat who has survived the fall of Lasan. The rebels managed to overpower their Imperial captors and rescue the refugees, who introduced themselves as the former Lasan High Honor Guard Gron and the female mystic Chava the Wise. This development both delighted and unnerved Garazeb Orrelios, the sole Lasat member of the crew of the Ghost who had believed that he was the last of his species. After the rescue, Ohnaka introduced himself as Ezra's mysterious contact and revealed that he had also tipped off the Empire to the refugees' arrival knowing that the rebels would arrive to save the day.
With Imperial reinforcements bound to show up, the rebels began their return trip to the Ghost. When Ohnaka demanded the payment that he was owed, Ezra refused, making the Weequay pirate very proud of his young friend. After the rebels had left, Hondo was cornered by several stormtroopers. Always one to make a profit and double-cross his friends to save himself, Ohnaka led the Imperial troopers to the rebels, who were making their way through the halls of Hub 218. These stormtroopers were serving under the Imperial Security Bureau Agent Kallus, a perennial foe of the Spectres, who ordered his men to seize them alive. Before the Imperials could capture the rebels, Ohnaka secretly contacted Ezra and warned him of the approaching Imperials.
The stormtroopers engaged the crew of the Ghost in a fire fight within the halls of Nixus Hub 218. To help his rebel partners, Hondo secretly sealed several of the doors, preventing many of the stormtroopers from pursuing the rebels. Ohnaka's actions enabled the rebels to flee aboard the Ghost and escape into hyperspace. However, Hondo was not so lucky and he was captured by the stormtroopers. Ohnaka was then forced to help the Kallus and Admiral Kassius Konstantine hunt down the rebels. Due to a tracker planted in the transmitter which he had used to contact Ezra, the Imperials were able to track down the rebel ship Ghost to an unstable star cluster in Wild Space.
When the Ghost began penetrating the unstable star cluster, Hondo marveled that the rebels were trying a dangerous feat. This prompted Kallus to respond that they believed that they could. With Kallus' Imperial cruiser unable to follow the Ghost into the star cluster, Hondo remarked that Kallus should wait to catch them the next time. Kallus then responded that the rebels would be destroyed by the gravitational pull of the star cluster. Despite the odds, the rebels and the Lasat refugees managed to navigate safely through the maze due to Zeb's bo-rifle. They then rediscovered the legendary Lasat homeworld of Lira San, which was already populated by millions of Lasat and became a refuge for the two Lasat refugees.
Heist at Reklam Station
Following the events on Nixus Hub 218, Hondo was imprisoned by the Empire at the Imperial prison on Naraka. He shared his cell with the Ugnaught laborer Terba, who had been imprisoned for trying to escape the Imperial junkyard Reklam Station inside the planet Yarma. Reklam Station was being used to dismantle several decommissioned Republic starfighters including Y-wing starfighters. Seeking pecuniary reward and to escape the prison, Terba related the information to Hondo. Hondo then convinced the Spectres particularly his former one-time partner Ezra Bridger to rescue him in return for disclosing this valuable information. In 2 BBY, Ezra and his fellow rebels staged a rescue and managed to evacuate Hondo. However, Terba was killed during the escape attempt when he separated from the rebels after Hondo refused to give him a double share.
After his escape, Hondo accompanied the Spectres back to Chopper Base on the planet Atollon. There, he tried to convince Hera to sell him the Ghost but was rebuffed by the rebel captain. Hondo then reiterated his demand for a ship equipped with a hyperdrive, detachable cargo bay, shield generator, and a crew. In response, the Phoenix Cell's Commander Jun Sato reminded the pirate that he would be paid only if his information was useful. Hondo then informed the rebels about Reklam Station and the Y-wings being dismantled there. At the urging of Rex and Ezra, Hera agreed to send a reconnaissance mission there to investigate Hondo's claims.
Hondo and Ezra's team including Rex traveled to Yarma in the assault shuttle Phantom. Since they could not travel there directly the Phantom exited hyperspace at Sereeda Waypoint. Hondo warned them that it was not a good idea since Sereeda was located in Mining Guild space. As Hondo had forewarned, the Phantom was intercepted by a Mining Guild patrol. Following a brief dogfight, the rebels fled into hyperspace and reached Yarma. Hondo then guided Sabine to Reklam Station, which lay inside the gassy planet's atmosphere. On the way, the rebels were ambushed by two DTS-series Dismantler Droids but managed to shoot them down. Despite being hit, Sabine managed to land the Phantom beneath one of the orbital station's platforms.
After boarding the station, Hondo and the rebels encountered several Ugnaught laborers including Melch. While Ezra wanted to ignore them, Hondo spoke to the Ugnaughts and told them that he was Terba's friend and that the rebels had come to liberate them. Ezra then asked Hondo to convince Melch to shut down the conveyor belt. Following a skirmish with Imperial stormtroopers and dismantler droids, the rebels, Hondo and the Ugnaughts managed to steal five Y-wings. Hondo and the Ugnaughts followed Ezra to the command center but stopped to guard an Imperial landing craft in the hangar. After the station began to collapse, Hondo and his Ugnaught allies took the shuttle and fled offworld. Before leaving, Hondo contacted Ezra to thank him and his friends for rescuing him.
When Ezra was later captured by the Imperial Viceroy Gar Saxon during a mission to the third moon of Concord Dawn, Ezra claimed that he worked as part of Hondo's scavenging party. However, Saxon was not fooled and continued interrogating his prisoner.
Theft of the Argora
Hondo then tipped off Ezra about the rare creature, the Argora, being held a Class four container transport that acted as the Emperor's personal zoo. Hondo then boarded the transport where he found the Argora. Unfortunately, Hondo did not know which crate the Argora was in and inadvertently released the other captive creatures. As Hondo made his way to escape the creatures, he ran into the Spectres. At first, Hondo refused to hand the Argora over to them and told them that they had other things to worry about than stormtroopers.
As the creatures approached both Hondo and the Spectres, he then tried to make his escape. Hondo was then chased by Ezra, who demanded Hondo to surrender the Argora. Unfortunately, Hondo and Ezra were then confronted by stormtroopers under Dr. Hazlekk and Captain Zarda. As the stormtroopers prepared to fire, Hondo again made his escape when the rest of the Spectres arrived. Hondo and Ezra then worked together in trapping Hazlekk, Zarda and their stormtroopers behind a force field. Hondo then tried to make off with the Argora, but Ezra released it. Hondo then came under attack from it and decided to give it to the rebels. Hondo then boarded the Last Chance and left.
Treasure hunting on Wynkahthu
Later, Hondo struck a business partnership with the Jablogian crime lord Azmorigan, who had acquired the flight plan for an Imperial cargo ship. Azmorigan had learned that the cargo ship was carrying treasures and proton bombs. The two partners and Hondo's Ugnaught crew ambushed the cargo ship near the planet Wynkahthu. However, the cargo ship drifted into the planet's stormy upper atmosphere. Hondo sent his Ugnaught crew to board the ship but most of them were lost due to the dangerous windy conditions. Only Melch survived the boarding and Hondo abandoned his last crew member to his fate.
With their plan in tatters, Hondo contacted his old friend Ezra Bridger and solicited the help of his rebel cell. While Hera was opposed to working with Hondo and Azmorigan due to their negative past encounters, she agreed to commit her crew and ship Ghost after learning that the cargo ship contained proton bombs, which the rebellion desperately needed. Following some discussion, Hondo and Azmorigan agreed to split the treasure while the rebels obtained the proton bombs. After assessing the situation, the rebels decided to board the cargo ship by leaping on its hull and then opening the cargo bay. They would load the cargo onto the ship by firing grappling guns.
When the rebel recovery team assembled in the Ghost's cargo bay, Hondo tried to dissuade Azmorigan from coming by claiming that the recovery mission was too arduous for the frail Jablogian. However, Azmorigan insisted on coming along and threatened not to let the mission go ahead unless he came. After leaping onto the hull, Hondo, Azmorigan and the Spectres led by Zeb managed to find a manhole which led inside the ship. Hondo soon encountered Melch, who attacked him for abandoning him. At the urging of Zeb, Hondo admitted that he had contracted the rebels after losing his Ugnaught crew. Hondo managed to win Melch over by offering him a two percent share of the treasure.
While Zeb was angry at Hondo's deception, Ezra tried to defend him by claiming he at least told half the truth. Hondo, Azmorigan, and the rebels managed to enter the cargo bay with the help of Chopper and Ezra. Once inside, Hondo and Azmorigan squabbled over the treasure while the rebels began preparations to load the proton bombs aboard the Ghost. Using grappling guns, they managed to fire two cables onto the Ghost. The rebels used the cables to tow the proton bombs aboard the Ghost.
After Hondo tried to load one of his treasures with Ezra's help, Zeb objected and reminded Hondo that the rebels got to load their weapons first. After Azmorigan disappeared and Zeb vanished while trying to find him, Ezra tried to ask Hondo for help but the Weequay pirate was more concerned about his share of the treasure. Hondo also told Ezra that Azmorigan was his business partner and acquaintance. As a result, Ezra realized that Hondo only cared for himself. Ezra subsequently discovered that Zeb and Azmorigan had been locked in the brig by a DT-series sentry droid. He managed to free them but the rebels and Azmorigan were pursued by more sentry droids.
When Ezra and the others returned to the cargo bay with sentry droids behind them, Hondo and Melch were attempting to load a crate onto the cables. Ezra told them to get ready to leave but Hondo insisted on taking the treasure. Amidst the confusion, Melch hid inside a crate; not trusting Hondo to save him. Hondo was unconcerned about Melch's disappearance and claimed that he had fallen to his death. Hondo and Azmorigan raced each other on the cables back to the Ghost while clutching to their cargo. Chopper, Ezra, and Zeb followed soon. The Imperial cargo ship then fell into the vortex and exploded, destroying everything aboard.
Back aboard the Ghost, Hondo and Azmorigan fought over a chest only to discover a hidden Melch inside. While Hondo was disappointed at not getting his share of the treasure, he claimed to have learned the value of friendship. Melch punched him in the chest to indicate that he did not trust Hondo's words. Hera then ordered Hondo and his associates to continue their conversation on their stolen Imperial landing craft.
Alliance to Restore the Republic
Returning Ezra a favor
At the request of Hera Syndulla, the bounty hunter Ketsu Onyo located Hondo and Melch on the planet Seelos, where they were staying with the former Clone commandos Gregor and Wolffe. Hondo and the others present when at the modified AT-AT walker Joopa Base when Hera and Rex arrived on the Ghost. Hera had come to recruit Hondo and the others to help Ezra liberate his homeworld of Lothal from the Empire. While Hondo agreed with Wolffe that they had little chance of prevailing against the Empire, he admired Ezra's courage and said that there was nothing he would not do for the boy.
During their journey to Lothal, Hondo convinced Hera to latch the Ghost onto the hull of a cargo ship in order to slip through the Imperial blockade of Lothal. Despite the misgivings of Hera and Kallus about his plan, the other rebels placed their trust on Hondo and latched onto the cargo ship once it had exited hyperspace. Hondo's ploy worked and the rebels were able to enter Lothal's atmosphere undetected. Upon arriving above the Lothal cliff dwelling, Hondo and Melch helped the rebels to route Governor Arihnda Pryce's attack force by shooting down two Imperial patrol transports.
Following the battle, Hondo along with Melch and Ketsu met up with Ezra. When Hondo asked if he could take his leave, Ezra told him that their struggle was not over until they expelled the Empire from Lothal and showed that the Imperials could be defeated.
Liberation of Lothal
Following the skirmish at the Lothal cliff-dwelling, Hondo took part in the Rebels' attack on the Imperial Complex, a mobile Imperial Planetary Occupation Facility. As part of their plan, the rebels used an unwilling Pryce to gain landing rights at the Dome. Hondo and Melch helped to capture the command center by distracting the officers and stormtroopers inside long enough for the other rebels to storm the room and force their surrender.
After using a faux Protocol 13 to evacuate the entire Imperial garrison aboard the "Dome", the rebels tried to fire up the Dome's engines only to be blocked by Grand Admiral Thrawn's Star Destroyer Chimaera. Thrawn managed to force Ezra to come to him to discuss an unconditional surrender by bombing Capital City. In Ezra's absence, the rebels adopted Sabine's plan to send two strike teams to recapture the power terminals that powered the Dome's deflector shield generator.
While Melch pursued stormtroopers, Hondo joined Rex and Ketsu Onyo as Team A to secure the north tower's power terminal. Despite fierce resistance, the rebels managed to capture the power terminal. Hondo took out several of the stormtroopers when he thought Melch was killed. He then discovered that Melch had only been stunned. Shortly later, the rebels managed to raise the Dome's deflector shields before the Chimaera was able to restart their bombardment of the capital.
After Ezra managed to summon a pod of purrgil to carry himself, Thrawn, and the Chimaera into the depths of space, the rebels were able to launch the Dome into Lothal's upper atmosphere. Hondo and the other rebels managed to escape before detonating the Dome, which wiped out the Imperial garrison on Lothal. This ended Imperial rule on the planet.
Galactic Civil War
Sometime after the Battle of Yavin, Saponza, together with his partner, accepted a contract with Hondo, who had been watching Saponza's partner's work. The business venture involved undertaking various important jobs for a means of profit.
First Order–Resistance war
- "Straight and to the point. I like that about you. And Ohnaka Transport Solutions stands ready to serve you. We have plenty of ships. I'm sure we can provide any solution you might need for…well, for transport obviously."
- ―Hondo Ohnaka, to Bazine Netal
By the time of the cold war between the First Order and the Resistance, Ohnaka had begun a new endeavor, Ohnaka Transport Solutions, on the planet Batuu with his droid R5-P8. Despite claiming to be a legitimate business, Ohnaka's company was, in reality, a front for smuggling. While at Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, Ohnaka frequently recounted tales of besting a Jedi. After the Battle of Crait, a decisive confrontation of the First Order–Resistance war, Ohnaka was stationed at Bakkar Spire in Black Spire. At some point, the Millennium Falcon landed on Batuu, where Resistance members established a base outside the outpost. Ohnaka made a deal with Chewbacca to use the ship, and hired a temporary crew to take part in one of Ohnaka's jobs, where they were tasked with hijacking a First Order train containing coaxium.
While searching for the Millennium Falcon, mercenary Bazine Netal was informed by the leader of the White Worms on Corellia that Ohnaka was in possession of the ship. With this information, Netal departed for Batuu to find Ohnaka.
- "Do not wait for opportunity to strike. Steal it instead!"
- ―From the Book of Hondo
Personality and traits
- "You don't survive in the Outer Rim by being stupid!"
- ―Hondo Ohnaka
Hondo Ohnaka was a self-centered, avaricious pirate who was solely concerned with getting the best business deal for himself. His avarice led him to kidnap and ransom several high profile prisoners during the Clone Wars including Count Dooku, and the Jedi Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano. These characteristics occasionally brought him into trouble with the Jedi, the Republic, the Separatists, and even his own men who attempted to emulate his behavior to advance their own interests. Ohnaka carried his avaricious and treacherous nature into the Age of the Empire by exploiting and betraying several "business partners" he collaborated with including Cikatro Vizago, Ezra Bridger and the Lasat refugees Chava and Gron.
Despite his avarice and treacherous nature, Ohnaka was still capable of honor and courage. On one occasion, he successfully convinced the young bounty hunter Boba Fett to reveal the location of two Republic hostages by telling Boba that it was the honorable thing to do, and what Jango would have done. On a later occasion, he joined forces with his former Jedi prisoner Ahsoka and several Jedi younglings to fight off General Grievous and his droid forces. Ohnaka admired the courage and devotion of the Jedi younglings, particularly the youngling Katooni. Ohnaka also had a reputation as a reliable businessman who kept his word. He honored his promise to deliver several rocket launchers to General Skywalker's beleaguered Republic forces on Onderon. And, despite selling out the Rebels for a profit, Ohnaka didn't run off immediately. He warned Ezra of the incoming stormtroopers and helped the Rebels escape. This showed that even though Ohnaka wanted to make a profit, he still didn't want any harm to come to Ezra.
Hondo Ohnaka also had a romantic relationship with the bounty hunter Aurra Sing, whom he secretly rescued after her ship had been shot down by Jedi forces. In addition, Hondo could speak Ugnaught which helped him to befriend several Ugnaught laborers including Terba. He used his command of the Ugnaught language to convince the Ugnaught laborers at Reklam Station to help the rebels steal Y-wing starfighters and to accept him as their leader. Ohnaka was also skilled at linking other people's interests to his own goals and ambitions. He sold the Phoenix Group information about Y-wing starfighters at Reklam Station in return for gaining a ship and crew. In the end, the rebels did not have to pay Hondo directly because he found a ship and crew at Reklam Station himself.
Ohnaka was also known for his flowery rhetoric and liked to refer to his Ugnaught crew as his "short, fragrant family." While he claimed to regard his Ugnaught crew as his family, Ohnaka was not above abandoning them when danger arose. Ohnaka's betrayal angered Melch, who attacked him. However, Ohnaka managed to placate the Ugnaught by offering him a two percent share of the treasure. While Bridger respected Ohnaka as a tricky but friendly business partner, Hera Syndulla and Kanan Jarrus regarded him as a slippery and untrustworthy character. While Ohnaka claimed to care for his "partners", he was known to put his pecuniary interests ahead of others; as exemplified by his exploitative attitude towards Azmorigan.
While Hondo thought that Ezra had little chance of success in liberating Lothal, he admired the boy's spirit and courage. Hondo's respect for Ezra led him to return the youth a favor by volunteering to assist in the planet's liberation. Despite dominating Melch in their relationship, Hondo regarded him as a friend. He was distraught when he thought that Melch had been killed and shot several stormtroopers in rage. However, Hondo was elated when he discovered his friend had merely been stunned and quipped that Melch should not strive to be a hero; reflecting his sarcastic sense of humor.
By 2 BBY, Hondo Ohnaka was aging and his hair had turned gray.
Skills and abilities
Hondo Ohnaka was a competent and able leader who was able to keep his men in check and to lead the Ohnaka Gang on salvaging and raiding expeditions. During a skirmish on Felucia, Hondo showed a reasonable understanding of battle tactics. He was also skilled enough to handle an electrostaff in combat and managed to put up a decent fight against the Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, though he was ultimately outfought. In addition, Ohnaka was also able to take on numerous opponents and fought several battle droids with a blaster and cutlass. On a later occasion, Ohnaka managed to outwit the crime lord Vizago and his body guards and seize control of his ship, the Broken Horn.
Behind the scenes
Hondo Ohnaka first appeared in the Cartoon Network The Clone Wars television episode "Dooku Captured", which first premiered on January 2, 2009. He was voiced by Jim Cummings, who later reprised his role in several The Clone Wars episodes and the Disney XD television series Star Wars Rebels. In addition, he has also appeared in other canon literature like Christie Golden's short story "Kindred Spirits". Cummings has also voiced Hondo in the non-canon LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures episodes "The Test", which premiered on July 25, 2016, and "The Storms of Taul", which premiered on August 2, 2017.
Hondo's name is derived from the Japanese film director Ishirō Honda and the actor Seiji Onaka, both of whom worked on entries of the Godzilla franchise. This decision was made by Clone Wars writer Henry Gilroy, though Gilroy notes that the pirate's first name was changed to "Hondo" by Star Wars creator George Lucas.
At Disney's 2017 D23 Expo, it was revealed that Hondo would be a part of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge park area. Artwork depicted Hondo and Chewbacca making a deal involving the Millennium Falcon, providing the back story for the Smuggler's Run attraction that will allow guests to fly on board the freighter. Hondo appears as an A-1000 animatronic in the pre-show, the second most-advanced figure Imagineering has built after the Shaman of Songs from Pandora: World of Avatar. The figure has 50 different functions and runs entirely on electronics for smoother animation. Jim Cummings provided the voice for both animatronic, as well for live-action video material in the Smuggler's Run attraction, while the live-action Hondo was performed by actor Robert Nairne. On August 28, Hondo led the dedication ceremony for the Disney World version of Galaxy's Edge.
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Test"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Storms of Taul"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (DLC)