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«You're outmanned, laserblade.»
―Embo, to Anakin Skywalker[src]

Embo was a male Kyuzo bounty hunter during the Clone Wars. He carried a bowcaster and wore a large-rimmed circular hat, which he used as a weapon or a shield. Embo was known to work as part of Sugi's band of bounty hunters, though on his own he was renowned as one of the most skilled bounty hunters of his time, at one point managing to match the Jedi Anakin Skywalker. He also owned a pet anooba named Marrok and a saucer-shaped starship called the Guillotine.


The Clone WarsEdit

Battle on FeluciaEdit


Embo prepares to take out a Weequay pirate.

A male Kyuzo from Phatrong, Embo was working as a bounty hunter during the Clone Wars. At one point, he was part of Sugi's band of bounty hunters, alongside Rumi Paramita and Seripas. The group were employed by Casiss, the leader of a farming village on the planet Felucia, to protect the villagers and their harvest of Nysillin from a gang of pirates led by Hondo Ohnaka. Shortly after they had been hired, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano crash-landed on Felucia and discovered the village. A brief standoff between the Jedi and the hunters took place before Cassiss intervened, begging the two groups to work together against the pirates.[3]

The Jedi were initially reluctant to help the villagers, but were swayed after a brief encounter with Hondo, the leader of the gang, whom the Jedi had met once before. Refusing to be bought off by the pirates, the bounty hunters, along with the Jedi, began teaching the villagers to defend themselves. Embo, watching Skywalker train the villagers how to use a simple farming tool as a weapon, chuckled at their lack of experience. While the villagers were preparing to fight, Sugi spotted a lone pirate watching from a nearby ridge. Embo was sent to deal with the scout and the Kyuzo quickly took him out, disabling his Starhawk speeder bike with his bowcaster and blocking the pirate's shots using his metallic hat, before snapping the Weequay's neck with his bare hands. Skywalker commended Embo for his actions, but the fact that the scout would no longer check back in with Hondo meant the villagers didn't have any time to waste.[3]

Embo hurt

Embo lies wounded.

Soon afterwards, the pirates attacked the village. Dozens of pirates on speeder bikes swept into the village, firing at the defenders. Embo dispatched one of the pirates and commandeered a speeder bike, using it to take out several others. When Ohnaka arrived on the scene in his tank, however, Embo wasn't quick enough to avoid one of the tank's blasts and was hit. With a badly wounded right arm, Embo was helped into the main barn at the center of the village by Sugi and the others, unable to participate in the battle any longer. After Ohnaka and his pirates retreated and fled the system, Embo left in Sugi's ship, Halo, along with the Jedi, and traveled to a Republic outpost.[3]



Embo with Marrok during the Clone Wars

At one point, Embo and Sugi, along with the Kyuzo's pet anooba Marrok, were present at the palace of Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine. While they were there, Pantoran diplomats Papanoida and his son, Ion, were searching for Greedo, a Rodian bounty hunter that had kidnapped Papanoida's daughters.[6]

Later on, Embo was present on Serenno with eleven other bounty hunters — one of which was, in reality, Obi-Wan Kenobi, disguised as Rako Hardeen — to fight in the "Box", which had been designed by Moralo Eval. Embo was one of the few hunters to survive the challenge, and was assigned by Count Dooku to kidnap Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine.[7]

Embo then traveled to Naboo to carry out the daring mission. The hunters successfully kidnapped the Chancellor, assuming the roles of Senate Commandos through the use of the holographic disguise matrix, developed by Sinrich. Embo rushed the Chancellor away but failed to escape and were arrested by Anakin Skywalker and Mace Windu.[8]

Embo did not remain in Republic custody for long, however. Some time later, he and Marrok were seen sharing a table at Chalmun's Cantina, while the pair were also present outside a hut in the town.[9]

Employed by the HuttsEdit


Embo prepares to defend his employers.

Some time later, Embo was employed by the Grand Hutt Council as a bodyguard, along with Sugi, Dengar and Latts Razzi. When Darth Maul and his brother, Savage Opress, representing the Shadow Collective, threatened the Hutts, Embo and the others sprang into action to defend their employers. At first the bounty hunters were able to beat the brothers back, but they were driven back when the forces of Death Watch joined in the attack. Embo went up against Opress on his own, saved from the Nightbrother only by the strength of his hat. When it was clear that they couldn't win, Embo and the others retreated, abandoning their employers.[4]

Targeting ClovisEdit

Sometime after this, Embo traveled to Scipio, the home planet of Rush Clovis, whom he had been hired to drive off the InterGalactic Banking Clan vault world. When Clovis arrived, along with Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker, Embo killed Amidala's aide, Teckla Minnau, and disabled the trio's ship, forcing them to flee through the snow. Embo, chasing Clovis, was held at bay by Skywalker until the trio was saved by R2-D2, who was piloting their ship. Having accomplished his mission, Embo informed his employer, Darth Sidious, that Clovis had escaped—just as the Dark Lord had planned.[10]

Boba Fett's syndicateEdit

In the latter months of the war, Embo began taking jobs on a regular basis with Boba Fett's team of bounty hunters. One job in particular found the crew hired by former ally of the Sith, Asajj Ventress, to assist in the rescue of her lover, Quinlan Vos. This was his first time working with the Dathomirian Nightsister and former Sith apprentice. Embo and his anooba Marrok traveled to Serenno on the Guillotine and rendezvoused with Fett's syndicate and Ventress at the planet's spaceport. While the mission proved to be a failure, Embo and the rest of Fett's team escaped a direct encounter with the Sith Lord Count Dooku, alive.[11]

Inspiring SabineEdit

Several years before the Battle of Yavin, Embo was depicted in some graffiti art, courtesy of Sabine Wren, aboard the Ghost, the ship of Hera Syndulla.[12]

New Republic Edit

Jakku Edit

In 5 ABY, Embo, along with other bountry hunters, was hired by Mercurial Swift in order to capture Jas Emari, Sugi's niece. Near Niima the Hutt's cavern, Jas found a ship after escaping Mercurial and attempted to take it, but realized Embo was guarding it. They began speaking, and during the conversation Embo mentioned the death of Marrok, his anooba, which had happened years before. Jas convinces Embo to let her take the ship, saying that he was old, and that Marrok always liked her, as an excuse.

When Mercurial finally captured Jas, she was brought to his ship, where Embo waited, along with Dengar and a Rodian named Jeeta. Jas convinced the others to turn against Mercurial, and they knocked him out and tied him up. Embo and the others then became Jas' crew.

After the Battle of Jakku Edit

Embo and the rest of Jas' crew received full pardons from the New Republic, as well as money in recompensation for having helped her in her quest to find Gallius Rax. They continued to work with Jas as her crew.

Personality and traitsEdit


Embo, equipped with his bowcaster

Embo was a quiet, stoic and disciplined individual, speaking only in his native language,[3] which made it difficult for others to understand him. He was also totally ruthless, dispatching foe after foe without mercy or remorse, and using his unorthodox weapons to lethal effect.

Skills and abilitiesEdit

A deadly fighter, Embo was skilled in a variety of areas. Extremely acrobatic, Embo could jump very high and run faster than any human,[3] while his proficiency in unarmed combat made him the equal of any Jedi or Sith when it came to close-quarters fighting.[4] Embo was very skilled with his chosen weapons, using his rimmed hat to take out opponents from a distance, while he was also a good shot with his bowcaster.[10] At one point in the Clone Wars, Embo was considered second only to Cad Bane in the entire galaxy.[7]


Unlike bounty hunters such as Cad Bane or Jango Fett, Embo relied little on technology. Embo's primary weapons were a bowcaster and his unique metallic, wide-rimmed hat, which doubled as a shield and as a throwing weapon. During the Clone Wars, Embo often wore a chest plate, with an ammunition bandoleer slung over his shoulder, and wore a long red fighting skirt decorated with gold symbols.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

Embo's species, the Kyuzo, was named after the character "Kyuzo" in the film Seven Samurai. This is one of many homages to the film found in Embo's first episode, "Bounty Hunters".

Embo was voiced by Dave Filoni, director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Embo's alien language, devised by Filoni himself, is actually a badly enunciated version of the Smurfs Books, written in French. In the Dark Disciple book, he instead uses Italian soccer players surnames.

Dave Filoni had originally planned to kill off Embo in the episode he appeared in, being blasted and killed by a pirate who shot at him with one of their tanks. However, according to Filoni, after discussing about the character and the story of the episode with the production team and how they felt that he was a "cool" character, they decided to just get him injured by Hondo as seen in the final version. The unfinished version can be seen from the behind-the-scenes clips about the season included in the DVD and Blue-ray releases of the Clone Wars.

Embo was made into a LEGO minifigure in 2011. It appeared in the set "7930 Bounty Hunter Gunship", alongside Sugi, Aurra Sing and an elite assassin droid. The set featured a version of Halo, the ship found in the episode, "Bounty Hunters".

When the complete season 4 DVD collection of the Clone Wars series was released, Embo appeared on a special wanted poster along with Cad Bane, Rako Hardeen, Moralo Eval, and Derrown, that came in the package.


Non-canon appearancesEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

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