- "I'll get you your money."
"Hmm. I've heard that before."
- ―The Mandalorian and Peli Motto
Peli Motto was a human female who managed Hangar 3-5 at the spaceport of Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine. In 9 ABY, the bounty hunter known as the Mandalorian landed his gunship, the Razor Crest, in her hangar, in desperate need of repairs. After discovering he did not have enough to pay Motto for the necessary work, the Mandalorian left to earn some more credits to pay her with.
While the Mandalorian was gone, Motto discovered he had left the infant Grogu alone aboard his starship and began caring for it, hoping she could charge the Mandalorian more for this service. After learning of a bounty on Grogu and the Mandalorian, the rookie bounty hunter Toro Calican captured Motto and Grogu and held them hostage when the Mandalorian confronted him in Hangar 3-5. The Mandalorian outsmarted the rookie and killed him, after which Motto searched for Grogu to ensure they had not been harmed. After finding them safe, the Mandalorian paid Motto all of the credits that Calican had been carrying and left Tatooine.
The Mandalorian returned to Tatooine sometime later, working with Motto in his quest to find other Mandalorians.
Meeting the Mandalorian
- "Let's look at your ship. Oof! Look at that. Ugh, you got a lot of carbon scorin' building up on top. Yeah. If I didn't know better, I'd think you were in a shootout."
- ―Peli Motto looks over the Razor Crest
Peli Motto was a human female who ran Hangar 3-5 in Mos Eisley spaceport on the planet Tatooine during the reign of the New Republic. In 9 ABY, the gunship known as the Razor Crest was directed to land in bay three-five and upon the vessel landing, Motto's three DUM-series pit droids gathered their tools and approached the ship to see what repair work was needed. The ship's owner, the bounty hunter known as the Mandalorian, emerged and scared off the droids by firing a blaster bolt at them. Annoyed at the treatment of her droids, Motto yelled at the bounty hunter from her office area and emerged to inspect the ship herself.
While examining the ship, Motto found a fuel leak and various other repairs that were needed, as well as signs of a recent battle. The Mandalorian made clear that he did not want the droids working on his ship, and offered five hundred Imperial credits for the work to be done. After consulting her droids, Motto explained that the credits would only be enough to cover using the hangar, so the bounty hunter promised to return with more and left to find work.
A profitable baby
- "You woke it up! Do you have any idea how long it took me to get it to sleep?"
"Give him to me."
"Not so fast! You can't just leave a child all alone like that. You know, you have an awful lot to learn about raisin' a young one."
- ―Motto scolds the Mandalorian
While waiting for the Mandalorian to return, Motto played sabacc with her droids, betting three bolts and a motivator on her hand. Before they could continue the round however, strange noises began emerging from within the Razor Crest. Ordering one of her droids to fetch her blaster rifle, Motto began cautiously approaching the ship and yelled a warning to whoever was inside, but lower the weapon when Grogu emerged alone. Picking up the child, she began talking soothingly too it and ordered a pit droid to fetch Grogu some food.
Motto worked on the Mandalorian's ship, slowed by the fact that her droids were forbade to help her, and started repairing the fuel leak before encountering several issues she needed to discuss with the hunter. She then eventually managed to get Grogu to fall asleep and also dozed off herself within the hangar. When the Mandalorian returned, having found work with a rookie bounty hunter named Toro Calican, he discovered the missing baby and angrily woke Motto. The hangar owner scolded him for leaving Grogu alone and updated him on her repairs before following him outside, where Calican was waiting.
Captured by Calican
- "All right, pit droids! Let's drag this outta here! I don't know, drag it to Beggars Canyon."
- ―Motto orders her droids to dispose of Calican's corpse
Motto looked after Grogu while the two bounty hunters left to track their target, but Calican returned before the Mandalorian, having learned that there was a bounty on the other hunter and Grogu. The rookie captured Motto and Grogu and waited with them inside the Razor Crest for the Mandalorian's return, emerging with Motto at blaster point and the infant in his arms once the Mandalorian entered the hangar. The Mandalorian dropped his blaster and surrendered as Calican threatened Motto, after which the rookie hunter ordered her to place the Mandalorian in binders.
As she followed his orders, the Mandalorian revealed that he was still holding a flash charge to her which he then fired off, blinding Calican. Motto used the opportunity to hide behind some crates, while the Mandalorian avoided Calican's blaster fire and shot him dead, causing him to tumble off the Razor Crest's ramp while still holding Grogu. Motto and the Mandalorian rushed to check if Grogu was alright, but discovered it had crawled away to safety behind some crates. After she cradled the infant and soothed it after all the excitement, the Mandalorian paid her with what credits Calican had been carrying. As the bounty hunter boarded his ship and left Tatooine, Motto ordered her droids to remove Calican's body from the hangar and dump it in Beggar's Canyon.
The Mandalorian returns
- "I'm here on business. I need your help."
"Oh, then business you shall have. Care for me to watch this wrinkled critter while you seek out adventure?"
- ―Din Djarin and Peli Motto
Some time after their previous encounter, Djarin returned to Tatooine and landed the Razor Crest in Hangar 3-5. Motto expressed her pleasure at seeing Grogu and warned her droids not to go near Djarin's ship. However, when Djarin admitted his ship needed a once-over, Motto let her droids have at it. Djarin said that he was here on business, asking Motto for directions to Mos Pelgo. After seeing Grogu one more time, she directed the astromech droid R5-D4 to show Djarin an old planetary map of Tatooine where she indicated where Mos Pelgo used to be. Motto warned that it was an abandoned town and that she was not even sure it was still there. She then allowed Djarin to take her speeder to travel to the town while she looked after his ship.
Sometime later, Djarin returned from his mission, having walked to Mos Eisley after a skirmish left the speeder destroyed. He entered Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina, where he met with Motto, who was in the middle of a sabacc game with "Doctor Mandible." Motto noticed Djarin carrying a set of Mandalorian armor, snidely inquiring whether or not Djarin had met with the Mandalorian he sought and killed him. Djarin told her that he had simply acquired the armor from its owner by helping him kill a Krayt Dragon. Dr. Mandible, hearing the conversation told Motto that he knew a contact who could help Djarin on his quest to find Mandalorians. Motto, translating for Mandible, told Djarin to cover Mandible's call in the game in return for the information. Djarin gave Mandible 500 credits, and Motto assured him that Mandible was on a "hot streak." Motto won the game with an Idiot's Array, but Mandible kept his word and told Motto about the contact, who he said would rendezvous with Motto and Djarin at the hangar.
Motto and Djarin met at the hangar soon afterward, where Motto had a Treadwell droid cook the Krayt Dragon meat Djarin had brought with him. Motto told Djarin that Mandible knew of a Mandalorian covert in the sector, and that his contact would bring Djarin to them. Djarin asked whether or not the covert was part of the Tribe that left Nevarro, but Motto did not know. She added that it wouldn't cost Djarin anything, but he would have to give the contact passage to the system without hyperdrive. Djarin protested that traveling sub-light was too dangerous and called off the deal, but Motto vouched for the contact, the "Frog Lady," who had entered the hangar. Translating for the Frog Lady, Motto told Djarin how the only cargo would be the Frog Lady and her spawn, adding that entering hyperspace would kill her eggs. Djarin, still unsure, asked whether or not the Frog Lady was sure that there were Mandalorians at their destination, though all Motto was told was that the Frog Lady's husband had seen them. Djarin's unsurety was not eased by Motto, who remarked that she did not know the Frog Lady or her husband, but telling him to trust her as she had a "excellent judge of character."
Personality and traits
- "She said her husband has seen them."
"Do you know the husband?"
"No. I met her ten minutes before you walked in."
"I thought you said you vouched for her on your life."
"What can I say, I'm an excellent judge of character."
- ―Peli Motto and the Mandalorian on the Frog Lady
Peli Motto was a female human with fair skin, curly brown hair, and brown eyes. The proprietor of Mos Eisley hangar bay 3-5, she made a living refueling and repairing ships. Under her ownership were several droids who aided her in her job. She was protective of her droids due to what it would cost to repair them, and consulted them about repair work that needed to be done. Despite relying on her droids to help her she was willing to take on any job herself for an additional fee. Motto never left the city walls of Mos Eisley following the fall of the Empire, seeing Tatooine as a dangerous free-for-all of bandits. Despite this she knew many people and species, though was unfamiliar with Grogu's kind. A sabacc player, Motto often played against her droids or in Chalmun's Cantina. She was additionally a skilled translator, able to speak and understand multiple different languages, including Galactic Basic Standard and Frog. During her second encounter with the Mandalorian, she translated both Dr. Mandible and the Frog Lady for him, although she was prone to paraphrasing their words. Motto vouched for the Frog Lady in order to ease the Mandalorian, though admitted that she had known her for only ten minutes and, considering herself an excellent judge of it, simply trusted her sense of character.
During her first encounter with the Mandalorian, Motto complained about the Mandalorian not being able to pay enough up front, but began repair work on his ship before learning that he had been able to acquire paying work. Upon discovering Grogu she cooed over it and cradle them in her arms, making sure they were cared for and fed, but also pleased that she could charge the Mandalorian extra for watching over them. Motto scolded him for leaving it alone and warned that he needed to improve his parenting skills. She initially thought of the Mandalorian as a "womp rat," but complimented his strategy during the fight with Calican. After the fight she feared for Grogu's safety, and was relieved to see them unharmed. During her second encounter with the Mandalorian, Motto excitedly said that she was glad Grogu was doing well, jokingly asking if she could purchase them. Motto helped the Mandalorian as he tried to find leads on where other Mandalorians could be located, first lending him her speeder after directing him to Mos Pelgo, then helping set up his passage of the Frog Lady with Dr. Mandible.
- "You know, it's costing me a lot of money to keep these droids even powered up."
- ―Motto complains about the upkeep costs of her droids
Peli Motto wore a brown jumpsuit with black and brown gloves and brown boots. She owned a blaster rifle and a scanner capable of analyzing vessels for damage, as well as three DUM-series pit droid that cost her a large amount of credits to keep active. In addition to her pit droid crew, she also had the astromech R5-D4, a WED-15 Treadwell droid and an MPH power droid.
Behind the scenes
Peli Motto appeared in Chapter 5 of Jon Favreau's 2019 Disney+ television series The Mandalorian, which aired on December 6, 2019. She was portrayed by Amy Sedaris, with Milly Nalin serving as a stunt double.
Concept art initially depicted Motto as an elderly woman wearing tattered clothing, with a cowl over her head.
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 5: The Gunslinger" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Mandalorian Junior Novel
- The Mandalorian: Allies & Enemies
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 9: The Marshal"
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 10: The Passenger"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Directing"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Technology"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Score"
- "Jedi Master's Quiz"—Star Wars Insider 198
- The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season One
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian: Making of Season Two
- "Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season One Companion"—Star Wars Insider 201
- "Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season Two Companion"—Star Wars Insider 202
- Star Wars: The Mandalorian: Guide to Season One
- "Mando Mania"—Star Wars Insider 203
- "Jedi Master's Quiz"—Star Wars Insider 203
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