"This is the Way."
―Paz Vizsla, to his clan[src]

Paz Vizsla was a male Heavy Infantry Mandalorian who was a member of the Tribe during the reign of the New Republic, living in a hidden covert on Nevarro. Vizsla had a great disdain for the fallen Galactic Empire and anyone affiliated with it, due to the Empire's role in the Great Purge.

When the bounty hunter Din Djarin used Imperial seized beskar to create his armor, Vizsla confronted and fought Djarin for doing business with the forces of an Imperial remnant. The altercation was broken up by the Tribe's armorer. Vizsla and other members of the Tribe later protected Djarin from a number of bounty hunters, allowing him to escape to his starship with a child he had rescued.

Biography[edit | edit source]

"Our world was shattered by the Empire, with whom this coward shares tables."
―Paz Vizsla, to Din Djarin — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

During the era of the New Republic, Paz Vizsla was a member of the Tribe, residing in a Mandalorian covert[1] on Nevarro.[2] Due to the Galactic Empire's Great Purge against the Mandalorians, the Tribe were forced to remain hidden in their enclave,[1] with Vizsla guarding the armory within.[3] In 9 ABY,[4] Vizsla witnessed the bounty hunter[1] Din Djarin,[5] enter the enclave with a camtono of beskar. Vizsla and several other Mandalorians watched as Djarin gave the beskar to the Tribe's armorer, intending to create armor from it. Vizsla inspected the beskar, which had been taken by the Empire during the Great Purge. Accusing Djarin of cowardice, Vizsla attacked him, and the two got into an altercation. As the two held their vibro-knifes at each other, the armorer broke up the fight, reminding them of the Way of the Mandalore. Vizsla stepped aside, allowing the armorer to forge armor for Djarin.[1]

Vizsla used his heavy weapon to protect Din Djarin.

Some time later, Djarin was confronted by a number of Bounty Hunters' Guild members led by Greef Karga after he rescued a child, which he had previously delivered to a client, a member of an Imperial remnant, as a bounty. Karga intended to kill Djarin if he did not hand over the child, but the members of the Tribe arrived to protect the bounty hunter. Vizsla landed near Djarin, shooting down a number of bounty hunters with his blaster cannon. Turning to Djarin, Vizsla told him to escape while the Tribe held off the bounty hunters. Djarin stated that the enclave would need to be moved due to the Tribe's interference, and Vizsla cited the Way of the Mandalore. Djarin escaped to his starship, the Razor Crest, and managed to leave the planet. As the Razor Crest left Nevarro's surface, Vizsla flew beside it with his jetpack and saluted Djarin, before turning back towards the ground.[1]

As a result of the rescue, the Bounty Hunters' Guild lost control of Nevarro, and the Imperial remnant cracked down on the Mandalorian enclave for their part in the incident. The covert was attacked by forces of the remnant, and a number of Mandalorians were killed. The Tribe's armorer managed to survive the attack, believing that some had managed to escape the planet.[5]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

"Our strength was once in our numbers. Now we live in the shadows and only come above ground one at a time."
―Paz Vizsla — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Paz Vizsla wearing his Mandalorian armor

Vizsla despised the Galactic Empire and anyone who affiliated themselves with it, due to what had happened to the Mandalorians in the Great Purge.[1] He was determined to help preserve the Mandalorian heritage after the event.[3] He accused the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin of being a coward for taking jobs from former Imperials. However, despite their differences, Vizsla followed the Way of the Mandalore foremost, protecting Djarin when he was attacked by the Bounty Hunters' Guild.[1]

Skills and abilities[edit | edit source]

"Get out of here! We'll hold them off!"
―Paz Vizsla, to Din Djarin[src]

Vizsla was skilled in combat, able to fend off a number of attackers at once. He was also very strong, able to wield a heavy blaster cannon.[1]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

"I gotta get one of those."
―Din Djarin, upon seeing Vizsla use his jetpack[src]

Paz Vizsla wore heavy Mandalorian armor made of beskar with a blue color and a mythosaur skull emblem on his pauldron. His left vambrace held a larger version of the more common flamethrower seen on other Mandalorians. He also wore a jetpack and a cape, and carried both a heavy blaster cannon and a vibro-knife.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Concept art of Paz Vizsla by Brian Matyas

Paz Vizsla first appeared in Chapter 3 of the 2019 television series The Mandalorian,[1] released on November 22, 2019.[6] Vizsla was voiced by series creator Jon Favreau.[7] Tait Fletcher, who previously appeared as a trawler in Chapter 1: The Mandalorian,[8] acted as a double for the character.[1] According to Fletcher, he learned about his role as Vizsla shortly after he received the news that he was chosen to play the trawler character.[9] While not identified in the episode, Paz Vizsla's name was given in the credits. When "The Sin" originally aired, its credits identified him as "Paz Vizla," though they were later updated to read "Paz Vizsla."[1] He was designed by Brian Matyas, who designed various other characters for the series and previously created designs for the 2015 mobile game Star Wars: Uprising.[10]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 The Mandalorian Official Logo.jpg The Mandalorian – "Chapter 3: The Sin"
  2. The Mandalorian Official Logo.jpg The Mandalorian – "Chapter 5: The Gunslinger"
  3. 3.0 3.1 HasbroInverted.png Star Wars: The Black Series (Pack: Heavy Infantry Mandalorian) (backup link)
  4. According to a timeline shown at D23 Expo 2019, The Mandalorian is set five years after Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Return of the Jedi to 4 ABY, meaning that The Mandalorian is set in 9 ABY.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Mandalorian Official Logo.jpg The Mandalorian – "Chapter 8: Redemption"
  6. The Mandalorian Media Kit (PDF). Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International p. 1. The Walt Disney Company (2019-09-24). Archived from the original on February 3, 2020. Retrieved on February 10, 2020.
  7. Breznican, Anthony (2019-11-22). The Mandalorian Episode Three Easter Eggs: Life Day, Iron Man, Princess Leia, and More. Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on December 5, 2019. Retrieved on November 22, 2019.
  8. The Mandalorian Official Logo.jpg The Mandalorian – "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian"
  9. [Proctor] (2020-02-10). Exclusive Interview with Tait Fletcher, Heavy Infantry Mandalorian and Alpha Trawler in "The Mandalorian". Boba Fett Fan Club. Archived from the original on February 10, 2020. Retrieved on February 10, 2020.
  10. [Kádas] (2019-11-27). Interview with Brian Matyas, designer of the Heavy Infantry Mandalorian. ziro.hu. Archived from the original on November 27, 2019. Retrieved on November 27, 2019. "When Doug Chiang asked me to join the Lucasfilm art department to design characters for The Mandalorian, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. It was also an incredible challenge to design them for an entire series of content (I’ll have lots of character designs to post in the future). I also did many keyframe illustrations for the show. (…) More to come!"

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