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[[caption-width-right:349:''Hated by the Republic, hunted by the Jedi -- a Padawan on the run.'']]

->''"The Force wants me alive -- it doesn't want me ''happy'', but it wants me alive."''
-->--'''Zayne Carrick'''

''Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic'' is a monthly comic book series published by Dark Horse Comics which ran for 50 issues, from January 2006 to February 2010. It is part of their 20th anniversary retooling of its long-running Star Wars series. It takes place in the same timeline as [[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic the video games of the same name]], eight years prior to the first game.

The ''Knights of the Old Republic'' comic stars Padawan Zayne Carrick, a notorious screw-up who the Jedi Council wrote off as only having a "marginal connection to the force." Nonetheless, he joined a group of four other Padawans being trained by a group of five Masters on Taris. When the day of the Knighting ceremony comes, Zayne -- already late and doubting he'll be knighted -- decides to stop on the way so he can finally capture his [[SitComArchnemesis criminal rival]], the Snivvian {{conman}} Marn "Gryph" Hierogryph.

However, when he finally arrives, he is greeted by a ghastly sight -- his fellow students slain by the Masters, who quickly turn their sabers on him. He escapes, barely, with Gryph's help, only to find that the Masters have framed the duo for the murders, claiming that Zayne has become a Sith. Hoping to escape the planet and find evidence to clear their names, Zayne and Gryph join forces with a {{craz|y homeless people}}ed but [[GeniusDitz brilliant]] [[ServantRace Arkanian Off-Shoot]] named Camper and his [[BodyguardBabes beautiful bodyguard]] Jarael, travelling across the galaxy to unravel the mystery behind the Padawan massacre.

A five-issue mini-series sequel was produced in 2012 by the original writer, called ''Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: [[ColonCancer War]]''. The story begins with Zayne Carric making a stop at his homeworld on the way to visit his family on Dantooine, [[TheCallKnowsWhereyouLive only to find out that, having been born there and no longer being an official Jedi, he's eligible for the draft.]] Soon enough, he's forced onto the front lines of the Mandalorian Wars, and must find a way to survive while keeping to his pacifistic morals.
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Tropes found in KOTOR the comic are:

* TheAce: Shad Jelevan. Of the Taris Padawans, he was easily the most talented and the natural leader of the group, clever enough to realize that their Masters were up to something and self-assured enough to call them out to their faces, and an all-around nice guy who was liked by everyone. He, naturally, doesn't make it past the first issue, leaving the role of TheHero to his friend [[ButtMonkey Zayne]] [[ComedicHero Carrick]].
* AcePilot: Carth Onasi as both helmsman for a capital ship and a fighter pilot.
* ActionGirl: Jarael. [[FauxActionGirl Some of the time]].
* AffablyEvil:
** Arkoh Adasca is extremely charming and polite while telling Jarael how her race is an abomination and while trying to sell dangerous superweapons to the Republic and the Mandalorians.
** Chantique as well. She's all smiles when manipulating Zayne, and even goes so far as to put her arm around him and give him a drink.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Subverted big time. Shel and Jarael both want Zayne, turning down Adasca and Alek for him.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Applies to Adasca and Lucien Draay as the galaxies richest playboys/jerkasses.
** [[spoiler:Eventually subverted with Lucien, who makes a HeelFaceTurn and ''survives'' his resulting HeroicSacrifice.]]
* ArmorIsUseless: Pleasantly subverted. Mandalorian Neo-Crusader armour turns out to be surprisingly resilient against lightsaber blades. Zayne's nigh-indestructible phrik vambraces are even better; though they only cover his forearms, the advantage in a lightsaber duel is obvious.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Kanness Muur's talisman.
** [[Comicbook/TalesOfTheJedi Exar Kun's lightsaber.]]
* ArtifactTitle: Technically, none of the protagonists are titular Jedi Knights. The title was inherited from the [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic video game]], which in turn got it from earlier ''Tales of the Jedi'' comics.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Lucien Draay, eventually.]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Lucien Draay and Mandalore are both amongst the best warriors in the galaxy.
* {{Badass}}:
** Zayne Carrick, who doesn't even have to kill a single person in forty issues to show it.
** Played straight with Cassus Fett: whenever he shows up (he's normally only present through fearful/awed mentions of his name), it's to make an amazingly badass statement or speech.
* BaitAndSwitch: See {{Jossed}} below. [[spoiler:The writers seem to have ''intentionally'' made readers think that characters were really characters from ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' (the games) and subverted a fictional case of YoungFutureFamousPeople. Krynda Draay sounds like Kreia, has precognitive/clairvoyant powers, and is half-Miraluka like Kreia is implied to be in KOTOR II; Haazen looks like Darth Sion; Lucien Draay is even offered the title of Darth Sion, fits the definition of a "scion," and was originally named "Lusion". None of these people ended up having any direct consequence to the plot of the games. Alek does end up starting down the road to becoming Darth Malak though.]]
* BaldOfEvil: [[spoiler:Alek. Better known by the alias he eventually adopts, Darth Malak.]] Interestingly enough, the loss of his hair coincides with the beginning of his StartOfDarkness.
* BetterAsFriends: Zayne and Shel end up as this; surprisingly, the Zayne Jarael Shippers are able to avoid bashing her, and usually take this route in their fanfics.
* BerserkButton: Chantique mocks Jarael about what she did to Zayne. Jarael....doesn't take it very well. And by not very well I mean "savagely beat Chantique into submission and stand over her ready to deliver the death blow."
* BettyAndVeronica: Shel (Betty) and Jarael (Veronica), the [[LoveTriangle Love interests]] of Zayne.
* BlindSeer: The Miraluka Q'Anilia. This seems to be a trait of the species, but she's particularly talented.
* BrainsEvilBrawnGood: Inverted. Given he isn't a prodigy with a lightsaber or The Force, Zayne practically ''has'' to win by cunning. Many of his opponents, such as Lucien Draay and Feln are far more physically imposing and skilled in combat.
--> '''Xamar:''' Zayne never wins by brute force, Admiral--but by [[SnakeTalk misssdirection]]. He will find a way!
* BreakTheCutie: The entire Destroyer Arc counts as Zayne's BreakTheCutie. He's enslaved, shown visions of torture, experiences an elaborate manipulation at the hands of Chantique, is forced to watch as a slave he befriended dies, drives Jarael away, and doesn't realize that he's been lied to until it's too late.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Not quite right because they're NotBloodSiblings, but Lucien Draay and Q'Anilia seem to be lovers by the fact they share the same room with one bed. Also, they hold each other a great deal in times of duress. Arkoh Adasca confirms it by mentioning that Lucien used to always show up at parties with Q'Anilia as his date.
* BornLucky: Zayne's apparent [[BlessedWithSuck disability with learning the Force]] actually [[WindsOfDestinyChange swings the odds in his favor.]]
-->'''Zayne:''' My master says that my existence is proof that the Force has a sense of humor!
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Del Momoo is an idiot, yet he is remarkably good at anything bomb related, showing an extremely intricate knowledge of how they work (There is one funny scene when he explains why a bomb failed to go off and Raana simply stares in shock.)
* TheCaptain: Saul Karath.
* ClearMyName: Zayne's quest for the first half of the comic.
* ComedicHero: Zayne Carrik, worst Padawan in Jedi history. He gets over it pretty fast, though, proving that his incompetence was more than anything due to a neglectful Master.
* ConMan: All of the heroes have been one at one time or another. Marn is the one who makes a definitive career out of it.
* ContinuityPorn: For the games. At one point, Zayne is hanging out with the Hidden Beks in Taris' lower city, which includes Gadon Thek before he went blind, Brejik before he made his FaceHeelTurn, and Mission as a young kid.
* {{Cosplay}}:
** Jarael enjoys dressing up as a Jedi Knight, a Sith Lord, and other disguises. It's more for fun than anything really relevant. That and a chance for the artist to show her in a variety of cute outfits.
** Shel and Alek do this in Turnabout, when she and Alek dress in pirate-like clothing to meet with the Jedi.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Adasca is halfway between this and an EvilChancellor since he's both a corporate head as well as '''the owner of a planet'''.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Chantique commits pretty much every atrocity she does simply to get revenge on Jarael.
* DarkActionGirl: Chantique .
* DarkLord:
** [[spoiler:The Revanchist and Alek are destined to be Darth Revan and Darth Malak.]]
** Subverted with [[spoiler:Haazen]], who looks like he's going to become one, even choosing the name [[spoiler:Darth Haze]] but ends up getting killed within minutes.
** Also subverted with [[spoiler:Lucien Draay]], for whom Hazen had even picked out a Sith-apprentice name. Made all the more surprising because [[spoiler:Draay's]] actions up to that point had clearly been leading him down the path of the dark side- and even worse, the name Hazen picked, [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII Darth Sion]], was already known to be that of a future Sith Lord whose mutilated physical appearance ''could'' have been a match for for him. The role was prepared for him. He just [[CrowningMomentofAwesome refused to play the part]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Gryph, Zayne, and practically everyone else at some point.
* DoomedHometown: Taris... eventually. Its destruction isn't shown, but we know from the game that it's toast.
* TheDragon: Lucien thinks he's this for his mother [[spoiler:but he's really TheDragon for Haazen]]. Cassus Fett is TheDragon to Mandalore.
* EngineeredHeroics: When Slyssk breaks their arrangement and starts demanding to be paid for a ship instead of for stealing a ship, Zayne and Gryph arrange for Gryph to rescue Slyssk from a pillar that Zayne topples and then offer to call it even if he'll just honor the original agreement. It fails because Slyssk is so delighted that someone thought him worth rescuing that he's happy to owe them a life debt and spend the rest of his life following them around the galaxy.
* TheEmpire: The Mandalorians are becoming TheEmpire. They were previously TheHorde. The fact they're becoming one is actually something that at least one Mandalorian objects to.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Or Knight Templar Cannot Comprehend Good anyway. The Covenant routinely misunderstand Zaynes motives/actions, such as thinking he must have killed Celeste Morne.
* EvilMatriarch: Zayne Carrick assumes Krynda Draay is this. [[spoiler:Subverted. In fact, she's horrified by her son's actions in her name.]]
* EvilMentor: Lucien Draay and especially [[spoiler:Haazen]].
* FaceHeelTurn: This isn't a secret to anyone who plays the games, but Admiral Saul Karath will end up becoming one of the most evil men in the new Sith Empire. Likewise, [[spoiler:Alek is also Darth Malak]].
* FacialMarkings: Jarael and Chantique's facial markings are actually their names, written in a secret [[spoiler:Sith]] dialect.
* FaintingSeer: Krynda Draay takes this to the point of ''having a stroke''. Of course, she is quite elderly when it happens.
* FakeOutMakeOut: Zayne gets [[RuleOfThree three]]: Jarael kisses him in order to whisper a warning about Adasca in his ear, Shel kisses him to play off their argument as a lover's spat to a suspicious Mandalorian patrol, and he kisses Jarael to convince Alek they're together so he won't question why she'd rather stay with him than join the Revanchist cause.
* FantasticRacism: The treatment that pure blooded Arkanians show off-shoots.
* FanService: The appearance of Mission and her brother during the Siege of Taris.
* FauxActionGirl:
** Shel is the worst assassin you could possibly pick. Ever.
** After [[spoiler:saving Zayne from the Jedi Covenant in the introductory story-arc]], Jarael seems incapable of defeating anything other than {{Mooks}}, and has to be rescued by the main characters from the Mandalorians, Lord Adasca, a rogue assassin droid.
* FireForgedFriends: Zayne and Griff.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Several, given the amount of AuthorsSavingThrow the writers manage to pull off. A particularly notable one is hidden in one of the extra bounty hunter ebullient at the end of one of the issues, saying a certain person couldn't be the Corellian Strangler because he's too small. Cue issue 38.
** One of the subplots is Malak's StartOfDarkness. His rough treatment of [[spoiler: Rohlan, whom he believes to be Demagol]], makes the Mandalorian exclaim: "That's the way you like it, Jedi -- don't you? So save your Republic -- but who'll save the Republic from you?" Saving the Republic from Malak is your mission in [[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic the eponymous game]].
* ForTheEvulz:
** Haazen is ONLY destroying the Jedi Knighthood and taking over the Republic to further spit on Barrison's grave.
** The Crucible gleefully admits that they no longer have a purpose for their crimes, but do it anyway.
* GenreBlind: Apparently, none of the Jedi Covenant are familiar with the concept of a SelfFulfillingProphecy and fall into a pretty classic example of it.
* GilliganCut: Gryph says that his false trail is just a temporary one because Zayne's masters will be way too smart to actually follow it into the Undercity. The very next page? Raana Tey chopping up rakghouls.
* GoodParents: The Carricks. Zayne's mum is seen in a flashback expressing worry over her son's future and safety in the Order. When Zayne runs into his father later, there's no explanation needed--none of the family believed the charges against him for a second.
* GreenEyedMonster: Haazen destroys [[spoiler:Barrison Draay solely out of jealousy over the man's wealth, power, and luck with women.]]
* GuileHero: Gryph, though initially light on the heroism. Zayne eventually develops into one under his tutelage.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Krynda Draay, the mother of Lucien Draay is a half-human/half-Miraluka hybrid.
** Senator Gorravus is a half human half Mirialan hybrid (his wealthy father had an affair with an alien servant).
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Lucien Draay betrays Haazen's plans and ultimately gets to live.]]
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Raana Tey.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Zayne Carrick is believed to be a multiple mass murderer of Jedi. [[spoiler:He gets better.]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The Jedi Covenant. [[spoiler:Alek]] is destined to go this way.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** Arkoh Adasca, eaten by his own weapons.
** Raana Tey, [[spoiler:stabbed by Shel with the lightsaber she taught the girl how to build]].
** Haazen, [[spoiler:killed by his own weapons when he loses his controlling artifact]].
* HypercompetentSidekick: Cassus Fett, Mandalore's aide-de-camp and general right-hand-man, seems to be the brains of the Mandalorian Empire- it's heavily implied that his eye for tactics and logistics is what has enabled most of their victories so far.
* InstantDramaJustAddTracheotomy: Slyssk needs to have one after being force chocked. It's mentioned that since he's a Trandoshan, his natural toughness and [[HealingFactor regenerative abilities]] will keep him alive when it would most likely still be fatal for other species.
* IronicEcho: After saving Zayne from the covenant at the end of the first arc, Jarael says she can't let Zayne go around thinking sacrificing himself for her is sensible behavior. Chantique says the exact same thing to Jarael, about the exact same subject, during their fight to try and convince her that Zayne no longer cares about her.
* Irony: An remarkably bitter example. Zayne discovers that the Padawan Massacre occurred early enough for him to miss it (and survive) only because one of his best friends realized he was too incompetent for the Masters' claim that he was being knighted along with the rest of them to be truthful. He does not take this realization well.
* KarmicDeath: This is actually a major plot point. There are implications that, due to Zayne Carrick's peculiar relationship with the Force, that people who attempt to kill or harm him will suffer these.
* KarmaHoudini: At least one of Zayne Carrick's villains gets away scott-free. [[spoiler:Lucien Draay, the man who orchestrated the massacre, is blinded but otherwise gets to live out his life.]]
* KickTheDog: "Meaningless, wasn't it?" That line effectively sealed Chantique as a monster.
* KnightTemplar:
** The Jedi Covenant in a nutshell. They'll do anything to prevent the Sith from returning, even if it means killing their own students.
** And the Jedi Crusaders, aka The Revanchists. They want to stop the Mandalorians in the face of the Council's inaction, but they're destined to become Revan's army of Sith and Dark Jedi.
%% *** KnightTemplarBigBrother
* LaResistance: After the Mandalorians invade Taris, their senator and the swoop gangs take up arms against them.
* LastMinuteHookUp: [[spoiler:Zayne and Jarael]] in the final issue.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Golliard is captured by his own drones. And is handed over to a man whose father died thanks to his cowardice.
* LateToTheTragedy: The reason Zayne survives the Padawan massacre. It's also revealed that they were forced to act early because his friend Shad was also late, leading to him SpottingTheThread of Zayne's master having his lightsaber and forcing them to act early.
* LightIsNotGood: ''Lucien'' Draay, who also goes around wearing white, is a real bastard for most of the comic.
* LoveableRogue: Gryph in a nutshell. It's questionable whether he actually does all his con games for money or the sheer joy of screwing with people's heads.
* LoveTriangle: A low-level one between Jarael, Alek, and Zayne. Zayne doesn't make any non-platonic feeling clear for a long time, and Jarael pushes Alek away for largely unrelated reasons, but it's there.
* MadScientist:
** Demagol. His name actually means "flesh carver" in Mandalorian.
** Arkanians [[PlanetOfHats as a whole]] have a reputation for doing really dangerous and unethical things with science.
* MysticalPlague: The rakghoul disease is really the continuing spell from an ancient Sith sorcerer who used it to create an army of slaves who could function as skilled warriors and pilots, but were otherwise mindless. It's still around because it's spread by bite.
* NiceGuy: Zayne Carrick is almost unique amongst Star Wars EU protagonists in that he's just a swell person. Oddly, this makes him very popular in a genre dominated by DarkerAndEdgier protagonists. It also pays in dividends. Zayne is able to make friends out of pretty much everyone whose not a complete asshole by simply being a pretty swell, upstanding guy. And almost everyone he helps ends up returning the favor. Even Cassus Fett. [[spoiler:Even Lucien Draay]]
* NotSoDifferent: Zayne Carrick and [[spoiler:Haazen. Haazen points out that he too was an abused failed Padawan that no one took seriously. The difference is that Zayne didn't expect that he would make it on the coattails of his more-skilled friends, whereas Haazen let it build into a lifelong resentment.]]
* OfCorsetsSexy: The dress code for all the female Crucible members.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:Zayne and Jarael.]]
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: The Covenant, and Lucien in particular, think they have one of these due to all being powerful seers. Too bad that no one ever told them that "always in motion is the future".
* {{Prequel}}: Not only is it before Star Wars Episode I, but it is also a prequel to the Knights of the Old Republic video games.
* PropheticFallacy: The dream of the red space suited Sith is almost certainly about Darth Malak. The Jedi Covenant chasing Zayne wastes time, resources, and effectively destroys their organization.
* ProphecyTwist: Zayne Carrick's prophecy. [[spoiler:Is in fact totally made up to just screw with the minds of the Jedi Covenant and to buy him time.]].
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Mandalorians in general. Rohlan Dyre in particular, who's so much of one that he questions the current crop of Mandalorians.
* RedemptionEarnsLife: [[spoiler:Unlike the other Jedi Covenant members, Lucien Draay survives after he rejects the Sith and helps to kill Haazen and thwart his plans.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath:
** Raana Tey dies only seconds after realizing that she was wrong about Zayne and accepting his offer of salvation.
** Also applies to Xamar, although unlike Raana he dies a healthy space of time after he turns away.
* ScrewDestiny: Zayne Carrick has this attitude, but he was almost certainly never really destined to be a Sith Lord anyway. [[spoiler:Lucien Draay is a more direct case as we find out he was destined to be Darth Sion]].
* SecretPolice:
** The Jedi Covenant is a secret cult of these within the Jedi Order. [[spoiler: They all get killed off or arrested at the end of Haazen's plan.]]
** The Covenant itself has Jedi Shadows, secret agents wiped from the records who go around doing highly dangerous things like collecting Sith artifacts.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy:
** The Jedi Covenant more or less gets itself killed off one by one attempting to kill Zayne in exactly how their visions predicted they'd die.
** Subverted with Xamar in that his attempt to do the right thing is what causes him to get killed.
* ShadowArchetype:
** [[spoiler:Haazen and Zayne Carrick.]]
** Jarael and Chantique.
* SleazyPolitician: Subverted by Taris Senator Goravvus, who got his seat by buying out politicians for corporations in return for them supporting his bid for office, but then once in office started to care more for the people than the payouts. He even threatens to go public with the bribes if they pull their support from Taris. [[spoiler: They try to have him killed to keep him quiet.]]
* SnakeTalk: Xamar.
* SpannerInTheWorks:
** Zayne Carrick utterly unravels the Jedi Covenant, Adasca, and Mandalore's plans for the galaxy. It seems to be his role within the Star Wars universe.
** Del Moomo actually fills this role once when his stupidity and singlemindedness distract Raana and Shel long enough for Gryph to disarm the latter, saving Zayne's life in the process. Shel also unintentionally derails Jervo's plan [[spoiler: to kill Senator Goravvus]] with her first attempt to kill Zayne.
** And the padawan massacre would have gone off without a hitch if Shad's own late arrival didn't lead to him SpottingTheThread and [[PullingTheThread pulling it]], forcing the Masters to act early.
** Gryph, full stop.
* SternChase: The first part of the comic is Zayne constantly fleeing from the authorities for his supposed crimes while trying to help people (from the Republic Navy to his friends) as much as he's able.
* StartOfDarkness: Both Lucien Draay and [[spoiler: Haazen]] have these.
* TookALevelInBadAss: Zayne Carrick manages to setup an information gathering network he calls the "Rogue Moon Project," designed to help refugees and people who were wrongfully accused while making himself its first field agent. You read that right kids, [[ComedicHero that]] [[CharacterDevelopment Zayne Carrick.]]
* TournamentArc: The issues where Zayne jumps into the swoop-duel arena and ends up exposing a massive slaving operation, which leads into the complete version of Jarael's backstory.
* TragicVillain: Chantique may be evil but her backstory is pretty heartbreaking, and goes a long way to explain why she's so bitter and nihilistic.
* TwoDSpace: Forming a ring of ships over the equator of Corruscant is supposed to prevent any ships from reaching the planet.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: They have a HUGE selection of costumes for the characters.
* TheVirus: The Rakghoul Plague that transforms you into (one of) the Star Wars equivalents of a Zombie.
* VillainousBreakdown:
** Haazen and Arkoh Adasca both experience these as their evil plans collapse around their ears. They both die within minutes
** After he realizes how he's been played by Haazen and the (immediately afterward) death of his mother, Lucien has one of these. It's followed by VillainousBSOD and then [[spoiler: a HeelFaceTurn]].
** [[spoiler: Demagol get's one too, learning that his life's work was a failure and that the force talent he thought he instilled in his students was just his latent powers all along. Except for his daughter, who has actual talent, but who he sold into slavery, thinking she was a failure. Then he ends up dying by the very blade he'd stolen to give to Jarael.]]
** Raana Tey slowly becomes more insane to the point where she throws Zayne THROUGH A LARGE GLASS WINDOW. Both combatants are lacerated by the falling glass.
* WarriorPoet: Rohlan the Questioner. It's more mocking than any real admiration by the other Mandalorians, though.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The entire point of the Jedi Covenant.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Lucien Draay craves this from his father. [[spoiler:Subverted in the fact that his father is dead and seems likely to have not been nearly the stuffed shirt that Lucien Draay thinks he was.]]
* WindsOfDestinyChange: [[spoiler:Zayne's "learning disability" with the Force turns out to be the ability to have probibility swing his way.]]
* WhamLine: By Elbee. [[spoiler:''"That was not the Mandalorian that broke my hand."'']]
* WhereItAllBegan: Zayne settles matters with Raana Tey in the Jedi tower on Taris when he returns there.
** [[spoiler: Jarael, Demagol and Chantique have their reckoning at Demagol's "school" on Osadia, where Jarael and Chantique were raised.]]
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Haazen has one of these.

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