It’s no secret throughout the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies that Jack Sparrow isn’t a great guy. He lies, he largely kills out of necessity, and he tends to only look out for himself, but there’s more to him than that. Time and time again, he shows that he has a heart of gold deep down and that he’s willing to make sacrifices if it means helping the people he cares about. It’s one of the many personality traits that makes Jack such an endearing character. Hondo Ohnaka is a decent person with a big heart as well, but the skeletons in his closet come from much more heinous acts.
The big difference between the Hondo seen on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and Jack in “Pirates of the Caribbean” is that the former has a tendency to do bad things purely for the sake of doing them. For example, in the “Clone Wars” episode titled “Bound for Rescue,” Hondo and his crew are visited by a traveling circus act known as Preigo’s Traveling World of Wonder. It’s revealed in the episode that during one of their performances, Hondo wasn’t happy with what he saw. Thus, he had the performers involved in the act beheaded. Even for a pirate captain, killing for fun is a bit much.
One could easily say that Hondo Ohnaka is simply Jack Sparrow through a “Star Wars” filter, but that’s not quite the case. Sure, they’re similar in more ways than one, but the more you learn about them, the less alike they seem.