"Karabast! Karabast? What does that even mean?"
―Agent Alexsandr Kallus to Garazeb Orrelios[1]

Rebel Garazeb Orrelios often exclaimed "karabast."

Karabast was a Lasat exclamation commonly used during moments of crisis.


Qui-Gon Jinn thought this exclamation during the Coronation of Queen Fanry as his Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi was seemingly trapped following Fanry's declaration of rebellion.[2]

Garazeb Orrelios uses the phrase while in combat.

During a battle on Mustafar, Admiral Gable Karius shouted the phrase after the Corvax descendant disabled his TIE/ln space superiority starfighter, causing him to crash into the ground.[3]

Garazeb Orrelios, a member of the Ghost crew, used it quite frequently.[4] Ezra Bridger adopted the phrase after spending time with Orrelios.[5] Sabine Wren, another of Orrelios' fellow rebels, also used the phrase when they beheld an Imperial Star Destroyer emerging from hyperspace (prompting Orrelios to echo the sentiment)[6] and so too did the ISB agent Alexsandr Kallus, though whilst expressing confusion regarding what it meant.[1]

The rebel commando Pao used the expression during the Battle of Scarif, upon spotting an incoming AT-ACT.[7]

During the Battle of Jakku, the Duros Shriv Suurgav used the exclamation when he saw an MC80 Star Cruiser take heavy fire and go down in flames.[8]

Behind the scenes[]

The phrase was created by writer Greg Weisman for the television series Star Wars Rebels.[9] Archive audio of Pao exclaiming "Karabast!" can be commonly heard in the video game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes upon his defeat.[10]

In "Illusion of Control," the sixteenth episode of the third season of the DC Comics animated series Young Justice,[11] released on July 2, 2019,[12] the character Henchy, later revealed to be Devastation in disguise, says karabast in response to being hit by Perdita Vladek. Henchy was voiced by Steve Blum,[11] who also voiced Garazeb Orrelios in Rebels,[5] and the episode was written by Weisman.[11]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "The Honorable Ones"
  2. Master & Apprentice
  3. Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode III
  4. StarWars.com Spark of Rebellion Trivia Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal
  6. Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow
  7. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  8. Star Wars Battlefront II
  9. Greg Weisman: Ask Greg (2020-01-31). s8.org. Archived from the original on August 8, 2020. "When I came aboard, the five leads and the Inquisitor were already part of the package, but I believe I helped flesh them out. I gave them all last names, for starters, and created Zeb's curse word: "Karabast!""
  10. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Illusion of Control"
  12. IMDb favicon.png Young Justice "Illusion of Control" at the Internet Movie Database (backup link)

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