Characters: Darths & Droids

The character sheet (tee hee) for the webcomic Darths and Droids. This page shows the various characters and the tropes related to them. If the character is a PC, the various characters they play will be here as well.

Players / PCs

Jim

Jim is a roleplayer of the "XP and loot first, plot later" variety, and is more interested in having a cool adventure than in puzzles or plot. He tends to jump head first into things, often while barely understanding the situation and frequently making things worse. But Jim isn't stupid: he's actually a highly intelligent graduate student who can come up with plausible explanations for the most nonsensical stuff in the Star Wars universe. He just likes to "turn his brain off." He has developed a rather obvious crush on Annie, culminating in them starting to date at the end of Episode II. The relationship sours between Episodes II and III, but later recovers.

Plays Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin for about two strips, and later Padme, then - eventuallynote  - Han Solo, in D&D universe (originally) renamed "Greedo".

Ben

An old roleplaying buddy of Jim's. Ben is often the voice of reason, and tries his best to rein Jim in. He's rather more focused on the role-playing than Jim—he's one of the few participants to distinguish between in-character knowledge and out-of-character knowledge, and he's even taking drama classes to help with improv. He's also very good at thinking his way around the GM's setting and rules. He has a habit of pointing out the flaws in the setting. He studies medicine outside the campaign, if only because his father wants him to. After his sister Sally confronts him over this in Episode III, he goes away to rethink his life, and doesn't return until two years later during Episode IV.

Played Obi-Wan Kenobi until he was killed by Darth Vader in Episode IV and then took control of Jim's sidekick, Chewbacca; though he still occasionally returns to the role of Obi-Wan as a ghost.

Sally

Ben's younger sister. Initially she only tagged along with Ben because her parents couldn't afford a babysitter that night, so the GM worked her into the game, and she ended up enjoying it far more than anyone expected and sticking around for the rest of the campaign. She's also wildly imaginative and not afraid to contribute to the world-building—many of the stranger aspects of the prequel trilogy were her contributions.

Played Jar-Jar Binks in Episode I, then kept switching between a bunch of minor side characters like C-3PO, Mace Windu, and Yoda after she got bored with the Non-Action Guy. She finally settled on C-3PO and Yoda.

Pete

An old friend of Jim's. Pete tries to abuse the system as much as possible - for example, he designed his character as short, armless, and unintelligible so he could get advantages elsewhere. Spent most of Episode II bitter about a low-fantasy campaign that he, Jim, and Ben played during the first Time Skip.

Plays R2-D2, and subbed in for the GM when he had to leave for a family emergency in Episode II.

Annie

Initially a thespian rather than a gamer. She met Ben through drama class, and he introduced her to the role-playing group. She initially saw the sessions as acting opportunities (and she provided a humorous outsider's perspective on the usual PC behavior), but she is getting the hang of the combat simulations. She clearly has a lot of fun collaborating with the GM on her characters' backstories, and playing the parts for all the angst she can. Has been dating Jim since the end of Episode II. Ran her own supernatural campaign during the second Time Skip, but the other players didn't take to it and it strained her relationship with Jim during Episode III. However, the two work out their differences.

Briefly played Shmi before taking over Anakin Skywalker, then switched to Princess Leia in Episode IV, later doubling as Darth Vader. It's later revealed that Vader is actually Padmé in this universe, not Anakin, which means that Annie inherited this character from Jim.

Corey

Pete's nephew, who he brings along to a session early in Episode IV. He appears to be an experienced MMORPG-player (judging by some Leet Speak in his dialogue), and is unimpressed with their more traditional system. This causes immediate friction with Sally.

As of Episode IV, he plays Luke Skywalker (in D&D universe going by the name "Adam Lars", later "Luke Amidala", and now "Luke Starkiller").

  • Achievements in Ignorance: After Obi-Wan's death, Luke became disillusioned on the usefulness of the Force, and thus was reluctant on using it himself. He ended up using it unintentionally at the end of the Battle of Yavin.
  • Alternate Universe: Due to being a latecomer, he had no characters in the universes up to and including Docs & DeLoreans. Since his debut, he has played Philip J. Fry, Mike Teevee, "Doc" Ostrow, Winston Zeddemore, Polydeuces, and Alan.
  • Awesome McCoolname: When tasked with changing his character's last name of Amidala, Corey suggests "Potter-underscore-1337" (after his first suggestion of just "Potter" being denied due to not being original).
  • Bratty Half-Pint: At first but matures as the campaign goes on, mirrors Luke growing into a Jedi Knight.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: It's hard to tell whether he's being sarcastic sometimes or whether he just doesn't really get that he's not playing a computer game with some of his comments, such as where he could see his inventory or if he could "replay this Cut Scene later" after an Info Dump. He also occasionally gets in-character and out-of-character conversations mixed up:
    Ben (as Obi-Wan): Let me explain from the beginning. You know your name isn't really Adam?
    Corey: Yeah, it's Corey. I know how this works.
    • The quip about the cutscene becomes a brick joke, as much, MUCH later on (as in well over a year later), he actually does ask if they can replay that exact cutscene.
  • Culture Clash: With his uncle when he wants to use an electronic random number generator instead of rolling dice.
  • First Name Basis: Calls Pete by his first name.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Luke, in Episode V, has managed to annoy every member of the Rebellion, to the extent that when he goes missing no-one feels too concerned for him.
  • Heroic BSOD: Goes through a minor one after Obi-Wan's death.
  • Kissgusting: His reaction when Leia kisses him.
  • Like Uncle, Like Nephew: Started out as a mini-Pete of sorts, except he was interested in a different kind of games; it even got lampshaded by the GM. However, he seems to grow into...
    • The Role Player: And he's surprisingly good at it considering he's Pete's nephew. He even calls Pete out on it!
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Tried pulling the reverse of this on Vader. It didn't go quite as he expected.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He initially described himself as "an expert crack-shot ninja karate master stunt driver with a suit of powered armor".
  • The Paranoiac: By the time of Episode V, Luke's become one, accusing every member of the Rebellion of being the traitor, going through their things, and ever tearing the Millennium Falcon apart to find "proof".
    • And again, when he arrives at Dagobah, he tells R2 not to talk to anyone, and thinks that working out who to trust on the planet may take months. Before he realises it's a swamp planet.
  • Refused The Call: At first Adam was reluctant to abandon his home, but even after he accepted his role as hero he fights tooth and nail against using any Force powers or his lightsaber.
  • The Sixth Ranger: Is the latest to join the group, and what with being almost two thirds of their way through the movies, it's unlikely he'll be replaced.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Letting C-3PO take a bath in lubrication oil led to the oil getting contaminated with dust, which caused Beru's and Owen's weapons to jam during their fight with Vader's troops, which in turn led to their deaths.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
    • He has only ever played computer RPGs and is therefore unused to the conventions of tabletop roleplaying.
    • Corey falls for another form of it when he reaches Dagobah in the The Empire Strikes Back arc. He goes in with no active sensors to avoid detection by the native population (for security reasons, assuming they're all Imperials). This leads to him faceplanting in a swamp because he couldn't tell what kind of planet he was actually landing on (he thought the fog was smog).

The GM

He comes up with epic campaigns for the others to play... which rarely last five minutes before they go completely off the rails. He's given up trying to railroad (except briefly in Episode III, where he becomes really insistent that Ben/Obi Wan go to Naboo) and instead works around the craziness that his players come up with. He still takes a perverse pleasure in ensuring that any morally dubious action the players take somehow returns to bite them in the rear.

NPCs

Nute Gunray

Boss Nass

Sio Bibble

Queen Amidala

Captain Panaka

Palpatine

The senator from Naboo, he seems to be a pretty decent guy, working to keep order in the galaxy and shying away from underhanded dealings whenever possible. This is a stark reversal from the original movies: instead of him manipulating the well-meaning Anakin into joining The Dark Side, it's the other way around.

  • Anti-Villain: He orders the deaths of all Jedi in the field, but he was manipulated into it and feels regret about it.
  • The Corruptible: And Anakin succeeds in turning him.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Manipulated into one by Anakin.
  • Only Sane Man
    Palpatine: In the wrong hands, [the Death Star] could be... disastrous.
    Anakin: But in the right hands?
    Palpatine: There are no right hands!
  • Out, Damned Spot!: By the time of Episode 5.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Yeah.
  • Retired Badass: A former Jedi Knight before he went into politics. Apparently in this universe, "Darth" is an honorific given to retired Jedi.

Darth Maul

A private eye hired by Palpatine to help recover the Lost Orb of Whatever, he is actually meant to be an ally to the PCs, but is not treated as such by Jim (who, of course, sees everyone in terms of XP and loot).

  • Antiquated Linguistics: He talks like a 30s hard-boiled detective, particularly the slang.
  • Bounty Hunter: Except not. He's really a Private Detective, but nobody relevant is willing to hear him out and team up with him.
  • Dead Partner: To Jango Fett, hence his hatred of Obi-Wan.
  • Hero Antagonist: He's actually supposed to be an ally to the players, but due to Jim just wanting to kill him for XP and loot, he ends up being against them anyway.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Qui-Gon and he himself, as per the original movie.
  • Retired Badass: Has the title of Darth, which is reserved for retired Jedi, and while he was introduced before this was established, he's still referred to with it later on.

Chancellor Valorum

Jango Fett

Count Dookû

General Grievous

Mace Windu

The Clones

  • Apologetic Attacker: They're genuinely sorry that they have to kill the Jedi, and several even state how much of an honor it was working with them before finishing them off.
  • Cloning Blues: Apparently averted. They don't seem to mind their status very much.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Also averted here. They not only manage to successfully avoid shooting the droids but also kill most of the rebels.
    • For some reason, however, Obi-Wan still says that they're "rubbish" shots, and also applies this to their "clone-father", Jango. This is probably due to Ben's absence and lack of information, however.
    • They're normally incompetent, but when Vader wants things done, he uses the force to personally control them.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Actually, they're just really frikken stupid.
  • Would Not Shoot a Civilian: They deliberately avoid shooting the droids in the middle of a firefight.

Darth Vader

  • Bad Boss: Instructs his subordinates to execute themselves should they prove to be incompetent.
  • Cool Helmet: Oh, come on, it's Vader.
  • The Corrupter: One of his goals seems to be making Leia fall to the dark side. He is delighted when she turns down his offer to join him and rule the Galaxy and spits on him, because she gave in to her anger.
  • Dark Is Evil: Lampshaded.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Set up as one before Episode III ended.
  • Jerkass: Forcechokes Motti not because he got insulted by him or anything, but simply because Motti pointed out that Vader shouldn't kill his staff for making mistakes.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Does this to Princess in Episode IV. On the receiving end from Luke in Episode V... only for Vader to turn this on its head.
  • The Man Behind the Man: It turns out that just about everything the GM had Vader say or do was being dictated to him by Annie. Finally, the GM just has Annie play Vader outright because he's gotten sick and tired of all these text messages.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe, his destruction of Naboo with the Peace Moon is considered this by the players. Even Pete calls him an "utter frakking bastard" for it.
  • Never My Fault: As revealed in episode 840. Though in this case, it wasn't her fault.
  • The Other Darrin: In-Universe. The GM plays him early on Episode IV after Annie plays him from I through III. He later gives the role back to Annie.
  • The Reveal: Darth Vader was Padme, not Anakin.
  • You Have Failed Me: This one orders subordinates to execute themselves. According to Motti, he does it so often that they had to replace half the workforce during construction of the Peace Moon, putting its completion years behind schedule.

Grand Moff Tarkin

Owen and Beru Lars

  • Crazy Survivalist: In addition to surrounding the moisture farm with guns, they also tell Adam not to look up at the sky, among other things. When Adam is told about the rebellion and empire, Owen tells him to melt down the droids, who are telling "crazy lies, spread by outside folk". Even Vader was impressed by their defensive arsenal.
  • Killed Off for Real: As of Episode 735.
  • Properly Paranoid: As it turns out, they had a good reason to make Adam drink the blue milk.

Chewbacca

Han Solo

Jabba the Hutt

General Jan Dodonna

  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Which makes his briefing on the attack against the Death Star almost impossible to understand. Ben (as Chewbacca) has to translate each sentence in mundane, straightforward terms for the other PCs.

Boba Fett

Adopted son of Jango Fett, and the son of Darth Maul and Zam Wessel.