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Listen, I fought off the twins’ poison. That was dark and worse then a nightmare. I don’t think about it, because why give power to the memory, but it’s what led me to meditation and mindfulness. Maybe it was also training for this exact moment.

–Hondo refusing to stand down from becoming the shadow crosser in The Shadow Crosser.

Hondo Obispo is the younger brother of Mrs. Obispo and the maternal uncle of Zane Obispo. He is a main character in the Storm Runner Trilogy under Rick Riordan Presents. Hondo, despite being human, often accompanies his nephew on quests. He is currently in a relationship with Quinn.


Early Life

Hondo was born into a family with at least one older sibling, an unnamed sister. In his high school days he was a wrestler and hoped to become a professional. However Hondo could not afford to attend college and he ended up working as a janitor at a local bank.

Moving in with His Sister

At one point after graduation high school, Hondo moved into his sister's house, however he would only watch wrestling all day when he was not at work. He would invite friends over to watch wrestling matches, Hondo would also smoke cigars with them whenever his sister was out and hide the evidence when she returned. Hondo would also teach his nephew wrestling moves to help him fight off bullies.

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He and his friends watch wrestling while his sister is out. When Brooks arrives he lets her in. When his sister comes home he and his friends quickly tidy up the living room. He gets a scolding from his sister afterwards. He watches wrestling the next day and tells Zane he missed a great match.

While cleaning the bank with his sister, they are attacked by an Alux. He wrestles with it while his sister and nephew escape. It eventually gets away from him and he triggers an alarm and waits for the police. When the others get home, Hondo is waiting for them. The next morning he watches wrestling and tells Zane his mother is out.

He tells Zane and Brooks a giant chicken is at the door and they follow it to Ms. Cab’s house. They enter and he passes out when he finds her box of eyes. Mr. Ortiz shows up and Zane tells them about Ah-Puch and the Mayan prophecy. They quickly accept this and he offers to drive him and Brooks to their next destination. He takes tools as weapons and takes money for the trip. They learn that Ah-Puch plans to take revenge on the hero twins in Venice Beach. Brooks tries the talk him and Zane out of it, but they will not take no for an answer. Before setting out Brooks tells them the twins’ Birthday is the following day and she has an invitation.

Brooks tells him to take I-10 to Tuscan, but he misses the turn and they end up in Yuma. He drops Zane and Brooks at a fast food restaurant to order food while he gets gas. As they finish the kids tell him demons are coming towards them. They head to his truck and are confronted by doppelgängers of themselves. He takes care of his and Zane's copies and the two of them fight Brooks's copies. They hit the road soon after. He drives through the night until they reach San Diego. He waves at Zane as he orders breakfast. They arrive in Venice Beach and, after negotiating for a Scarface poster, is taken by Brooks with Zane to meet with her friend Jazz. After they save Jazz from passing into a diabetic coma, he becomes concerned when Zane passes out. They take him to Jazz's apartment upstairs and wait until he wakes up. When he wakes up and the giant discovers Zane is sobrenatural, he backs up Brooks's claim of Zane being a magician. Jazz gives them formal wear that masks their worst physical qualities and a scooter to get to the twins. They reach the Beverly Hills Hotel by hitting the turbo button to narrowly avoid the police. He breaks his arm in the landing bu the clothes heal him within minutes. They reach the third floor and Brooks tells him and Zane they will need to play a game and trade magic to get the information from the twins.

Brooks loses her invitation but gets them in anyway. She explains how the twins help make people famous in exchange for their talents. Soon after they arrive one of the twins arrives and says hello to Brooks. The twin, Jordan, takes them to Bird, the other twin, and they refuse to give up how they defeated Ah-Puch. After Zane wagers his Jaguar Jade in a game for their method of defeating Ah-Puch, they accept. He reveals that he ate a meatball, and Brooks tells him the food is poisonous to humans. She explains that his enchanted clothes will stop him from dying. They reach the court and the games starts. He starts to hallucinate due to the poison and performs poorly before passing out.

As his nephew and Brooks struggle to lift him, Jazz arrives and swings Hondo over his shoulder. After they reach Jazz's boat, the giant takes him below deck. After the boat starts to get crushed, he takes Hondo and puts him in a raft. He recovers from his poisoning and is relieved to see Zane alive. He complements Jazz on his inventions and when they reach shore, set out to find the lighting striker to train Zane. The four make their way to the old meeting grounds of the five most important gods and goddesses in the Mayan pantheon and make camp.

He and Jazz come charging into battle against both the demons of Ah-Puch and Ixtab. He lures them to a tree and starts to attack them with one of Jazz's flashlights. When the gods arrive Quinn keeps him from talking and takes him and Jazz to safety with Brooks. They end up back in Jazz’s shop and he and his sister relocate to Isla Holbox, where they plan to open a surf shop and teach kids wrestling.

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He has grown calmer during his time on Isla Holbox. He and his sister started Maya Journeys, a company that started out selling beach equipment that now also gives tours of the island.

He calls Zane and Brooks over to dinner. The following morning during yoga, he finds Ren Santiago and the book Zane wrote, he is impressed by how Zane describes him and wakes his nephew at 9:00 to tell him about his findings. When his sister arrives she tells him to change the tires on their cart for an upcoming tour and leaves to give a tour to Canadians. During the tour he blows the tires on the cart and leaves the Canadians in the jungle. He finds Zane, Brooks, Rosie, and Ren and tells them he knows Ren is a godborn and asks to join them. They agree and head out.

When Ren zones out he and Zane put her on Rosie. As he is not a supernatural, Hondo does not see the beast until he is close to its base, and only because he is with other supernaturals. They enter and he does calming breathing to ease his claustrophobia. When Ren comes to he offers the teach her some mental exercises. The five wander around the beast until they find a gateway to a snowy landscape. They enter, except for Ren, and they fall through a frozen lake into an icy tornado after he inadvertently triggers Rosie. Brooks saves him and Zane and the four end up in an icy cavern with eyes everywhere. As he looks for a way out Ren arrives from an elevator and soon Quinn arrives from an escalator. He flirts with her and she reluctantly agrees to help them. She takes them to Clementino, who chooses what is destroyed and what is saved in Xib'alb'a, for sanitizing and new clothes to hide their human sent. They are given off fast food employee uniforms and white sneakers to mask their hum sent, however Quinn can still smell him. They then set out into the underworld.

They soon reach a canyon filled with toxic gas and Quinn tells them to stay quiet and breath only when necessary. He and Zane fly across on Quinn while Ren flys on Brooks. When Hondo brings the attention of winged Demon Runners, Brooks and Quinn take evasive maneuvers and fly to a mountain range. They then end up in another part of Xib'alb'a and meet with Ixtab when the goddess learns they are their. When the goddess asks to speak with Zane alone he refuses to go until Zane reassures him he is okay. As he leaves he keeps glancing back at the two.

An hour later Zane returns Itzel arrives soon after with their new armor like clothing. He gets a pair of shredded jeans and a gray button down shirt. After Zane meets with his father in The Empty, he tells him and Ren about Ixtab's plan, which he is against. They wadded through a battle field to meet with Ixtab. After Zane accepts her deal he threatens the goddess if anything happens to his nephew. After the goddess leaves Quinn in charge of the Death Ceremony, they set out and he talks with Ren. When Quinn tells them to jump into a waterfall he goes with Ren.

The group end up at a wedding reception in San Miguel de Allende and Quinn informs them that despite spending ten hours in Xib'alb'a, only two hours have passed in the mortal world. He and Rosie break off for a minute to buy churroes. After crossing through a church they end up at El Grito, the home of Fausto who will perform Zane's Death Ceremony. He shoots a cold glare at Quinn before entering. When Fausto emerges from his home he hugs Quinn an the two stare each other down. When Quinn puts her arm around him he becomes overjoyed. He gives Zane a worried look as his nephew undergoes the death ceremony. After the ceremony is complete he and the others stare at Zane in shock and stays the night at Fausto's.

Hondo and Brooks search Zane's internet history and find that he is going to the replica of The Beast in New Mexico. However when they arrive the twins ambush them and the two are taken prisoner. He and Brooks are captured by Bird and Jordan with him being paralyzed from touching the bars too much, he also has a large gash on his bicep. When ever Zane touches his bars, their cages are filled with tox gases. After Rosie, Ren, and Ah-Puch arrive and free Zane, him, Brooks and the godborns, Rosie heals him and he protects the godborns when Marco wakes up Camazotz. After Ah-Puch sides with the bat god and explains Hurakan and the godborns will be used to resurrect the Mexica Gods and create a new world order with the twins on top, he helps Rosie and Zane fight of the bats. When Ah-Puch stabs Camazotz, he carries Brooks to the gateway, but stops before it closes. As Ah-Puch distracts Camazotz, he and the others take the gateway to an unknown jungle, as Zane and Ren set out to free Hurakan, he tells Zane to “shoot to kill”.

After the failed execution and the twin's escapes, he and Jazz stand with the godborns on the pyramid's stairs. As they go to Xib'alb'a, he and the others step outside so Zane can tell them what he knows and plays fetch with Rosie as he waits. After they decide to reopen the Shaman Institute of Higher-Order Magic, he suggests he became a teacher. When they return to Isla Holbox, he sees Quinn and becomes overjoyed and has pizza for dinner with his family, the Santiagos, and Brooks and Quinn.

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He and Ren call Zane as he is in New York City finding the last godborn to inform him the gods moved up the start date for SHIHOM to the day after tomorrow. After Zane sends out an emergency signal for Rosie, he and Ren go with her in a jeep and help explain things to Adrik and Alana and convinces them to stay with them.

The following morning he and the others wait on the beach for air spirits to pick them up for SHIHOM when green mist teleports them to another beach and are told giant turtles will take them instead as the air spirits are on strike. The set sail with him getting his own turtle, minutes later Ren passes out and they are attacked by black ooze that they know isn’t Ren's doing. He reaches into his backpack to get something to fight it off. Moments later he, Zane, and the twins are one a platform and being interrogated by Camazotz and Ixkik' on the stone. Adrik gives him the stone and he keeps it hidden in his boot but throws it overboard to distract the bat god for an attack by Zane. They are soon saved by the gods.

After the claiming ceremony he, Brooks, and Ren tell Zane what they learned and the son of Hurakan tells them what he knows and they agree to go to SHIHOM's library to learn more. When the girls press how he survived the black sludge, something that should have killed him, he hints to his nephew that he will tell him later. He leaves with Zane and reveals that Quinn gave him the mask and that they have been dating for the past three months. He asks Zane to say he stole it for him to hide the fact from Brooks and his nephew agrees.

The following morning and Ren go to the library and wait for Zane and Brooks to look into the twin's stone. They search a bookcase and find nothing that could help them, but Brooks found a book he would like. Soon enough Adrik and Alana arrive and reluctantly tell them about the stone. When they learn it is a key to unlock magical barriers and the others think their enemies want to sneak in to SHIHOM and kill them in their sleep, he debunks this by saying they would want to kill them wh they are awake. Moment later Itzamna arrives and takes them to the Ceiba World Tree where the lights representing the gods have dimmed greatly and he states that an attack on the tree is inevitable, freaking Hondo out. Soon after he breaks up a food fight and told the godborns to go to the arena. He goes with them after his nephew promises to fill him in, when he does he says he is going with him but the son of Hurakan wants him to stay and train the godborns. When the tree comes under attack, he goes with Brooks, Adrik, Marco, and most of the godborns to a safe house in Montana while Zane, Louie, Alana, and Ren go to the caves. When he learns Quinn was captured, he becomes enraged. When he arrives in Montana, he has his sister brought to the treasure state in case the security around Isla Holbox is compromised.

When the questing party goes to Montana, he, Brooks, and Marco listen as they explain that the gods are trapped in 1987. After wondering what to do, they learn they can use threads from Ren's watch to go back in time and he agrees to do so. However they are warned that someone needs to act as an anchor to they can return, a shadow crosser, and not to interact with those in the past as it can alter the timeline. He volunteers and refuses to back down despite the danger while Marco agrees to help him. He plans on using his jade mask as a way to give him strength. Later he asks Zane if he is sure he wants to tell the godborns the truth and watches as they decree ruling the university in place of their parents. The following morning he, Zane, Brooks, Ren, Marco, Alana, and Adrik meet in the barn to go to the Old World. When they arrive Ren creates the rope and gives it to him as he puts on his mask and Saqik'oxol arrives to help him as much as she can. However the strain of being the shadow crosser drastically aged him and when the others return he collapses from exhaustion as the others gather around him and the mask disintegrates. When they return Zane takes the time rope from him and it burns into the sand. The Sparkstriker informs the others that the World Tree is in danger and she summons her army.

They arrive in Hurakan's treehouse and he is placed on a couch. Soon the sparkstriker leaves to fight and Brooks, Ren, and Rosie all leave to find the gods. Tlaltecuhtli tells Zane, Adrik, and Marco that she can heal him if they give her their energy. They agree and she regurgitates a teenage Camazotz. After the bat god passes out she heals Hondo before leaving. He tells the others that Ixkik' betrayed the bat god so that Jordan can be king of the sobrenaturals. However Zane thinks there is more to it before they head out. However Ren and Rosie return with teenage versions of Pacific and Ah-Puch before they do. Moments later they hear Ixkik' explain that she is hunting down the gods as they speak and that Jordan is now the king of the sobrenaturals with Quinn as his queen, much to his rage and Ren comforts him. As Zane tries and fails to negotiate terms, his nephew reluctantly agrees to hand himself in and Hondo and the others agree to find as many of the gods as they can and question what the blood moon goddess wants with Zane. After the enemy has been defeated, he congratulates his nephew and leaves when the gods want to speak with Zane alone. When he leaves the gods compliment his courage and call him the greatest Shadow Crosser they have seen. At the party he is seen dancing with Quinn, who is now single with Jordan trapped in a time loop, he is also officially dating her now as his bravery has caused the laws prohibiting sobrenaturals and humans from dating is being abolished.

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After a tourist gives a one star review of Maya Journeys after a trip to Isla Pájaros, he sends Zane and Brooks to investigate, as he has to pack for a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro with Quinn where he plans to propose to her.


Hondo is a short Hispanic man in his early twenties (although he looked seventeen) and was built like a tank with boulder-size biceps, abs of steel, and hands of iron. However despite his muscular build he was considered short.

By The Shadow Crosser, he has grown his hair out slightly, now reaching his ears.

After acting as a Shadow Crosser so that Zane and his companions can get to 1987 and back safely, he ages drastically, looking like an old man after a few hours. However he is healed and returned to normal by Tlaltecuhtli.


Hondo is a lazy man who lounges around the house whenever he is out of work. However he has the well-being of others at heart, such as teaching his nephew wrestling moves.

Despite his laziness, Hondo can give his all whenever he is needed, such as defending his sister and nephew from an Alux and accompanying Zane and Brooks to Los Angeles to meet with the hero twins.

He is blindly courageous at times, such as threatening Ixtab if her deal with Zane backfired on his nephew.

During his time on Isla Holbox, Hondo has become more tranquil, taking a liking to meditation.

He can be stern at times, such as scolding the students of SHIHOM for having a food fight.


  • Wrestling: Hondo is a skilled wrestler.
  • Battle Prowess: Hondo can hold his own in battle against supernatural treats.
  • Bilingualism: Hondo can speak both English and Spanish.


  • Jade Mask: Hondo has a jade mask. It possesses the powers of the first wearer, a Sobrenatural that possessed great physical abilities and protects the wearer. However the power diminishes the more it is used and the power can only be activated if gifted by a sobernatural. It turns to ash after he uses it to give himself a power boast when acting as a shadow crosser.
  • Axe: Hondo uses an axe for combat.


Love Interests


Hondo finds Quinn to be attractive and flirts with her whenever they meet. He also shows hostility towards anyone else who flirts with her.

However by the time of The Shadow Crosser, the two are dating, albeit in secret due to a rule forbidding sobrenaturals and humans from dating. Hondo becomes enraged when he learns she was captured and forcibly wed to Jordan. However after the immortal godborn and his mother were trapped in a time loop, the marriage was considered null and void and, due to Hondo's bravery, the rule preventing sobrenatural/human relationship is lifted and they date openly.

In Cave of Doom, he reveals his plans to propose to Quinn during their vacation to Mount Kilimanjaro.


Hondo cares greatly for his older sister. She allowed him to live in her house. When she and Zane were attacked by an Alux, Hondo fended it off while they escaped.

Zane Obispo, his nephew.

Zane Obispo is Hondo's nephew. He acts as an older brother figure during his life. He is supportive of his nephews actions and often accompanies the son of Hurakan quests. when he learned Zane was a godborn, he immediately believed him and accepted Zane.

He also stands up for Zane, such as defending him in front of the ruler of Xib'alb'a. He shows concern for his wellbeing, such as worrying when Zane underwent the Death Ceremony.


Brooks, his nephew's friend and his ally.

When they first met, though she was a friend of Zane’s and teased them about being in a romantic relationship. After learning she was a Nawal, he accepted what she is and helps her and Zane go to Los Angeles.

When Zane left them in San Miguel de Allende and went with Ah-Puch and Ren, the two tracked them down to New Mexico, showing they can work well together.

Ren Santiago, someone who he quested with a gave advice.

When she first arrived at Isla Holbox, Hondo was surprised to see another godborn. However as the set out to free Hurakan and find the missing godborns, he acts protective of her. He teaches her yoga to help came the daughter of Pacific and she in turn finds him to be a great teacher.


  • Hondo is a name of from the Shona tribe in Southern Africa meaning “warrior”.
  • Obispo is Spanish for bishop.


  • He smokes cigars and drinks beer.
  • Prior to relocating to Isla Holbox, Hondo drove an F150.
  • Hondo has some similarities to Gabe Ugliano, being lazy and letting others do his work for him. However unlike Gabe, Hondo helps others in need.
  • In his portrait revealed on ReadRiordan, he is incorrectly referred to as Zane’s older brother.
  • In his youth, Hondo watched the original Blue's Clues.
  • Hondo speaks in Spanish when he is stressed out.
  • Hondo is the second human character, first in the Rick Riordan Presents imprint, to have an active role in at least one quest with a demigod or legacy. The first being Rachel Elizabeth Dare.
Storm Runner Trilogy
Books: The Storm Runner | The Fire Keeper | The Shadow Crosser
Main Characters: Zane Obispo | Brooks | Rosie | Hondo Obispo | Ren Santiago | Jordan | Bird
Secondary Characters: Mrs. Obispo | Antonia Caballero | Ixtab | Muwan | Quinn | Antonio Marcel De la Vega | Jazz | Louie | Marco | Adrik | Alana
Minor Characters: Mr. Ortiz | Pacific | Saqik'oxol | Abuelo Santiago | Clementino | Itzel | Fausto | Red Queen | Gee | Serena | Sipacna | Kip
Mayan Gods: Ah-Puch | Hurakan | K'ukumatz | Ixkik' | Bakab | Yant'o Triad | Nakon | Ixkakaw | Ixchel | Itzamna | Alom | Camazotz | Chaac | Akan
Mexica Gods: Tlaltecuhtli
Creatures: Demon Runner | Nawal | Alux | Demon | Giant | Hellhound | Mud Person | Ahuizotl
Related Content: Jennifer Cervantes | Shadow Bruja Duology | The Cave of Doom | Rick Riordan Presents