- “You lied to me? I knew I liked you!”
- ―Hondo to Ezra[src]
Hondo Ohnaka was a male Weequay pirate and leader of a pirate band, sometimes in cooperation with the Galactic Republic, during the Clone Wars. Following the rise of the Galactic Empire, Hondo lost his entire crew and began working on his own. He began to recruit a new crew: Melch and his new partner Azmorigan.
Hondo was the leader of the Ohnaka Gang which operated a base on Florrum. 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.
The Clone Wars
During the Clone Wars, Hondo kidnapped Count Dooku, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker and then attempted to ransom all three for a big payout. However, because of the greediness of some of his men, his plan failed with Dooku escaping and the Jedi leaving in peace.
Hondo had another run-in with Obi-Wan and Anakin on Felucia, which Hondo's pirates routinely raided. After a brief skirmish, Hondo was able to flee with his men without their payment.
Hondo was later visited by Aurra and her crew. There Hondo met Jango's son, Boba Fett. Soon after Hondo told Aurra he wouldn't aid them, Plo Koon and Ahsoka Tano arrived. During the battle, Hondo remained neutral. When Boba refused to reveal the location of Republic prisoners they took, Hondo managed to convince him to reveal the location knowing his father would want him to.
Hondo—at the behest of Anakin— later delivered several rocket launchers to rebel forces on Onderon who were fighting the Separatist occupation of their planet.
Later in the war, Hondo tried to take Jedi Kyber Crystals from Ahsoka and a band of padawans. But when Grievous and the droid army arrived to take vengeance on the pirates for holding Dooku hostage, Hondo and the Jedi had to work together to defeat them. Though they were able to escape, Hondo's entire criminal empire was left in ruins.
He later encountered the Sith Lord Darth Maul and his brother Savage Opress, who attempted to recruit Hondo's gang into an army that would serve the brothers. Aided by Obi-Wan and Adi Gallia, Hondo, and the pirates who remained loyal to him defeated the two Sith brothers, driving them off of Florrum, and taking their riches from their crashed ship.
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, the Imperials broke up the Ohnaka Gang, forcing Hondo to continue his life of piracy alone. At some unknown point, Hondo antagonized the Rang Clan, causing the clan to place a bounty on his head.
Meeting the Ghost Crew
About fifteen years after the establishment of the Galactic Empire, Hondo took over Cikatro Vizago's starship, the Broken Horn. During the struggle, Hondo managed to disable Vizago's bodyguard droids by stealing his droid controller and imprisoning the Devaronian in a cell in the ship's brig. However, Vizago managed to send a distress signal before his capture that was picked up by Ezra Bridger and Chopper, both members of the Lothal rebels. The two rebels were cleaning the 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 Hondo 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 Light Cruiser. However, Hondo 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 Hondo fully, Ezra stole the pirate's droid controller and secretly handed it to Chopper for safe keeping.
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, Hondo and Ezra discovered that their buyer was the Jablogian crime lord Azmorigan. Azmorigan was aware that the Rang Clan had placed a bounty on Hondo'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, Hondo 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 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, Hondo 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 Hondo 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. Hondo 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 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, Hondo was rejoined by Ezra and Chopper, who had returned to Garel in an Escape Pod. Hondo kept his credits but gave the five power generators to the Rebels as a gift., which were used to alleviate an energy crisis on the planet Riin.
The Lasat Refugees
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 had 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, Hondo 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 Hondo 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, Hondo led the Imperial troopers to the rebels, who were making their way through the halls of Hub 218. These Stormtroopers were serving under Agent Kallus, a perennial foe of the Ghost Crew, who ordered his men to seize them alive. Before the Imperials could capture the rebels, Hondo secretly contacted Ezra and warned him of the approaching Imperials.
The Stormtroopers engaged the crew of the Ghost in a firefight 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. Hondo'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. Hondo was then forced to help Agent 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 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 Lirasan, 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 Y-Wing Starfighters Seeking pecuniary reward and to escape the prison, Terba related the information to Hondo. Hondo then convinced the Ghost Crew particularly Ezra to rescue him in return for disclosing this valuable information. 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 crew 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 weapons. In response, 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 Captain 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 Phantom. Since they could not travel there directly the Phantom exited hyperspace at the 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 Wren to Reklam Station, which lay inside the gassy planet's atmosphere. On the way, the rebels were ambushed by two 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. 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 the Ugnaughts to shut down the conveyor belt. Following a skirmish with 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. Before leaving, Hondo contacted Ezra to thank him and his friends for rescuing him.
Captured by Imperial Super Commandos
When Ezra was later captured by the Imperial Viceroy Gar Saxon during a mission to Concord Dawn's Third Moon, Ezra claimed that he worked as part of Hondo's scavenging party. However, Saxon was not fooled and continued interrogating his prisoner.
Treasure Hunting on Wynkahthu
Later, Hondo struck a business partnership with 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 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 and solicited the help of his rebel comrades. While Hera was opposed to working with Hondo and Azmorigan due to their negative past encounters, she agreed to commit her crew 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 rebels 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 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 own ship.
Personality & Traits
Hondo 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, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka. 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. Hondo carried his avaricious and treacherous nature into the Age of the Empire by exploiting and betraying several "business partners" he collaborated with including Vizago, Ezra, and the Lasat refugees Chava and Gron.
Despite his avarice and treacherous nature, Hondo 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. 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. Hondo admired the courage and devotion of the Jedi younglings particularly the youngling Katooni. Hondo also had a reputation as a reliable businessman who kept his word. He honored his promise to deliver several rocket launchers to Anakin's beleaguered Republic forces on Onderon. And, despite selling out the Rebels for a profit, Hondo didn't run off immediately. He warned Ezra of the incoming Stormtroopers and helped the Rebels escape. This showed that even Hondo wants to make a profit, he still wants no harm to come to Ezra.
Hondo 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. Hondo was also skilled at linking other people's interests to his own goals and ambitions. He sold the rebels 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.
Hondo 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, Hondo was not above abandoning them when danger arose. Hondo's betrayal angered Melch, who attacked him. However, Hondo managed to placate the Ugnaught by offering him a two percent share of the treasure. While Ezra respected Hondo as a tricky but friendly business partner, Hera and Kanan regarded him as a slippery and untrustworthy character. While Hondo 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.
Skills and Abilities
Hondo 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 Anakin. In addition, Hondo was also able to take on numerous opponents and fought several battle droids with a blaster and cutlass. On a later occasion, Hondo managed to outwit Vizago and his bodyguards and seize control of his ship, the Broken Horn.
- He is voiced by Jim Cummings, who also voiced him in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- By the time of the series, he is in his early 60s. One of the signs of his age is the size of his spikes, much larger than during the Clone War.