- “A Mandalorian with a jetpack is a weapon.”
- ―Bo-Katan Kryze
Bo-Katan Kryze is a female Mandalorian, who appears in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and The Mandalorian. Introduced in The Clone Wars as a supporting antagonist, her role in the series gradually shifted to a more heroic one, culminating in her serving as the tritagonist of the seventh and final season. She later returns in the premiere of the final season of Star Wars Rebels and made her live-action debut in the second season of The Mandalorian.
She is voiced in both Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels by Katee Sackhoff, who also physically portrays her in The Mandalorian.
Bo-Katan, or simply Bo, is the sister of Satine Kryze, who once ruled as the Duchess of Mandalore, and served the Mandalorian terrorist group Death Watch during the Clone Wars until the Sith Lord Maul killed her leader Pre Vizsla. This led her to stage a rebellion against Maul's rule, attracting the attention of the Republic. While Mandalore was neutral in the Clone Wars, Bo-Katan asked the Republic to send forces to Mandalore to help capture Maul. As Anakin and Obi-Wan had been sent to rescue Palpatine from Dooku and Grievous' flagship above Coruscant, Ahsoka and Rex were sent instead, greatly angering Maul, who was anticipating Kenobi to come. Ahsoka, Rex, and Bo were able to capture Maul after a lightsaber fight, but did not heed his warnings about the impending disaster: Order 66, which Maul was familiar with despite no longer being associated with Palpatine.
During the Galactic Civil War, Bo Katan would later aid Sabine Wren and the crew of the Ghost in destroying a superweapon that could destroy Beskar armor. When the weapon was destroyed, Sabine would give her the Darksaber to showcase that she was the rightful leader of Mandalore.
Bo-Katan would later lead the Mandalorians into battle against the Empire, and witnessed the Great Purge. Bo-Katan would later survive the Great Purge on Mandalore when the Galactic Empire tried to wipe out Mandalorians. Her Darksaber was stolen by Moff Gideon in the battle, and her people were rendered few and divided.
Five years after the Battle of Endor, Bo-Katan would later encounter Din Djarin on Trask as part of a Mandalorian, where he had been attacked by Quarren pirates who tried to kill him and the Child to steal his armor. Bo-Katan and her squad rescued Din Djarin and the Child, asking him to aid them in stealing Imperial weapons and supplies in exchange for aid in finding the Jedi to return the Child to them. Din Djarin was at first disturbed by Bo-Katan's removal of her helmet, believing she was not Mandalorian. However, this turned out to be the norm for most Mandalorians, as he was shocked to learn that he was part of a sect of Mandalorians that broke away from the mainstream Mandalorian society in favor of the old ways. Djarin agreed, proceeding to help them take the transport vessel. Suffering close calls and no casualties, the four Mandalorians commandeered the ship, while Bo-Katan tried to interrogate the captain as to whether Moff Gideon had the Darksaber. The captain refused to give her a straight answer, killing himself with an electric implant in his teeth rather than facing Moff Gideon's wrath. Afterwards, Bo-Katan tried to convince Djarin to join her, but the latter told her he had to remain obligated to his quest. Understanding, Bo-Katan told him to seek out Ahsoka Tano in the city of Calodan on the forest world of Corvus before they parted ways.
- Katee Sackhoff revealed on September 10, 2016 at Oz Comic-Con Sydney that Bo-Katan would make an appearance in Star Wars Rebels.
- Bo-Katan is one of only three characters introduced in The Clone Wars to appear in live action, the others being Saw Gerrera and Ahsoka Tano.
- "Star Wars Rebels: Katee Sackhoff to Reprise Star Wars: The Clone Wars Role". Collider.com (September 11, 2016).