Star Wars: The Galaxy’s Favorite Pirate – A Hondo Ohnaka Breakdown
Hondo Ohnaka is the space pirates who’s sometimes ally of the rebellion but always watching out for himself first.
First appearing on The Clone Wars, Hondo Ohnaka quickly became a favorite character among fans. The pirate is infamous to playing his own game, with his own rules, and looking out for his own benefit before anyone else. But that doesn’t mean he can’t be helpful to have around from time to time.
Hondo Ohnaka’s Early Life
Hondo is a Weequay, born on the planet Sriluur. When he was young, his mother taught him to pick pockets and generally imbued with him somewhat nefarious advice he would remember for his entire life. He was sold into servitude for Porla the Hutt, and learned even more about crimes here. But servitude didn’t sit well with Hondo and he escaped with a few others to live free lives as pirates.
The gang made their way to Farana, a planet out in Wild Space where they secured an entire fleet of ships, including Hondo’s flagship The Acushnet, and were on their way. The Ohnaka gang’s first few acts of piracy were little more than raids on small communities with little resistance, but they crew grew from there.
Hondo Ohnaka’s Famous Friends
Hondo Ohnaka went on to have a number of outrageous exploits. He was briefly in a romantic relationship with bounty hunter Aurra Sing, and was seen as likable and honorable by Jango Fett. During the Clone Wars his men kidnapped Found Dooku, realized his importance, and sold him back to the republic. But once Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker came to collect Dooku, Hondo drugged them and took them captive as well. All three captives escaped, and the Jedi left the pirate with little more than a warning.
But over the years, Hondo ran into seemingly everyone in the galaxy. He fought Guardian Chirrut Imwe on Jedha, challenged Darth Maul and the Nightbrothers, took Qi’ra prisoner, and tried to be one of Ezra Bridger’s worse mentors. No matter where in galactic history you look, Hondo Ohnaka is there.
It’s probably fair to say that Hondo has an allegiance to Hondo and Hondo alone. But after being arrested by the Empire and recused by the Rebellion crew of the Ghost, he owed them at least one favor. And as Hondo would go on to say, he liked Ezra Bridger and would happily help him out. He helped the rebels fight the Empire on Lothal, eventually forcing a surrender and liberating the planet.
Mostly likely due to a mixture of luck and a deep understanding of when to run away, Hondo survives into First Order times. Founding Ohnaka Transport Solutions on Batuu, he pretended to move into a more honest line of work. In reality, this is a front for his smuggling ring at Flack Spire Outpost.
What is your favorite Hondo moment or quote? How do you think he’s survived all of these years and encounters? Would you join Hondo’s crew? Let us know in the comments!
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