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 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
, 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".
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.
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.
- Alternate Universe: She has played Harry Potter, Liesl von Trapp, Storm, Vasquez, the Cowardly Lion, Dilios, Trudy Chacon, the T-1000, Victor Laszlo, Eames, Hector Barbossa, Doc Brown, Dr. Zoidberg, Violet Beauregarde, Dr. Morbius, Dr. Egon Spengler, Jason, and Brains, but has no character that we know of in Carcasses & Carcharadons and appears to be the GM of Amphibians & Anthropomorphisms. Amusingly, some of these characters still speak like Jar-Jar Binks.
- The Atoner: As Mace Windu, she accidentally killed off Jango Fett. Mace spends the rest of the arena battle in a remorseful daze.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Has a strong tendency to decide a character or activity is "stupid/boring" and look for another.
- Badass Adorable
- Berserk Button: She doesn't like it when Ben is insulted in her presence.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Plays these. In real life she's just young and can have a short attention span.
- Dungeonmaster's Girlfriend: In the early strips, she tends to get this treatment due to her young age, with the GM often going easy on her and letting her have her way. However, the players don't mind and tend to be just as protective of her, too.
- Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: In addition to her frequent switching of characters, in Episode III, she switches interests from ice skating to fashion design to fantasy world-building to journalism to politics to veterinary medicine in between each game session.
- Hidden Depths: Short attention span or not, she has a gift for worldbuilding. At one point, when the DM let her flat out design a set, she left him and Ben speechless in awe. She later claims that she wishes to be a fantasy writer and has apparently mapped out an entire planet.
- Little Miss Snarker: Gained a few pints of this during the RotS-ANH break.
R2-D2: So your life expectancy just dropped... to your next birthday. Which is actually tomorrow.
C-3PO: (after R2 sets off a million alarms) I'm pretty sure this does not match the definition of "sneaking in".
- The Loonie
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Intentionally. Sally made Jar-Jar likable in the series. It got so good, Jim said "Jar-Jar, you're a genius," and it was perfectly believable.
- Soapbox Sadie: She's become a minor one during Episode V. She's been suspended from school for releasing the frogs intended for dissection, and in-universe she's having C-3PO champion droid rights.
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
- Alternate Universe: He has played Captain von Trapp, Professor X, Corporal Hicks, the Tin Man, Captain Artemis, Jake Sully, Miles Dyson, Sam Quint, Ugarte (but later switched to Louie Renault after Ugarte was killed off), Gonzo, Arthur, Jack the Monkey, Seamus McFly, Professor Farsnworth, Charlie Bucket, Robby the Robot, Louis Tully, Hercules, and Virgil, but has no character that we know of in Wands & Warts.
- During the game played during the Time Skip, Pete played the part of Ra's Al Ghul.
- Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: Inverted. He requests that he be cleaned and oiled by the Queen's most beautiful handmaiden as a reward for saving the ship.
- Chaotic Neutral: In-universe he claims this is R2-D2's alignment. Ben, however, thinks he's actually of evil alignment.
was controlling a bad guy you know what I'd do? Ben:
- Everyone Has Standards: Pete might be a Munchkin of the worst variety but he reacts with offense when accused of rigging his special die to get Ben killed.
Pete: Look, I cajole dice, I beg them, I even punish them. But never in my life have I manipulated them.
- Her Code Name Was Mary Sue: He should NEVER DM and play a character at the same time for this reason. Well this and Rail Roading.
- Hidden Depths: In-universe Annie is very surprised when it's revealed that Pete has a job and that, presumably, he does have a life outside gaming. Later she is surprised again when it turns out that Pete's job involves wearing a suit and tie.
- And now it is reveled (again to her surprise) that he gives speeches.
- Apparently he was a frequent victim of bullying at school.
- Jerkass: Is pretty much out to kill Ben's character, and scarcely bothers hiding it.
- Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold: He may be a jerk but its shown that he does care about the others, particularly Sally as he calls out older brother Ben for being a bad example to her.
- Killer Game Master: When Pete guest GMs he puts the others through a killer death trap course as revenge for their actions in another campaign, although no one's character is actually killed thanks to some luck and some sucking up.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Once played a long-lived ninja martial-artist during a super-hero game.
- Odd Friendship: With Sally, though it sometimes seems a little one-sided.
- Pet the Dog: He claims to have it in for Jim during the droid factory segment. but when push comes to shove, he ultimately saves Jim's character, (Padme) from otherwise certain doom.
- The Quisling: When General Grievous promises to modify him.
R2-D2: If you're planning to give me one of those, I for one would like to bow to my new cybernetic master.
- Railroading: Did so during his brief time as GM during Episode II. The railroad went straight through a killer robot manufacturing death trap.
- Running Gag: What DOES he do for a living?
- The Scrappy: Intended as such, but the fans seem to disagree. The Comic Irregulars have stated that, in addition to redeeming Jar-Jar, they wanted to take one of the most beloved characters and make the fans hate him. Hence, R2-D2 is a rude, self-centered munchkin. The problem is, Pete himself isn't that bad of a guy, and he's hilarious to the readers.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Ben, especially early on.
- Token Evil Teammate: At worst.
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.
- Acting for Two: In-universe, she [lays both Princess Leia and Darth Vader in Episode IV after the GM gives her the latter role.
- Alternate Universe: She has played Fräulein Maria, Jean Grey, Burke, Toto, Ephialtes, Dr. Grace Augustine, the T-800, Ilsa Lund, Kermit the Frog, Ariadne, Captain Jack Sparrow, Maggie McFly, Turanga Leela, Veruca Salt, Altaira, Dana Barrett, Argus, and Jeff, but has no characters that we know of in Wands & Warts or Carcasses & Carcharadons.
- Catch Phrase: "Trust me." Never before has that simple phrase been so chilling.
- The Corrupter: How she plays Anakin.
- Drives Like Crazy: Both in and out of character.
- Large Ham: She can really get into a role, especially by the time Episode V comes around. Maybe it's a side-effect of playing Darth Vader. Case in point, throwing pretzels in the middle of dramatic declarations.
- Lawful Evil: In-universe. Annie's playing Anakin this way.
- Kansas City Shuffle: Uses this like mad, particularly in the third campaign where Anakin plays Palpatine and the Jedi against each other, trying to turn himself into the second most powerful man in the galaxy. The other players don't always know what's going on either; it appears the only person Annie has actually briefed on her plans for Anakin is The GM.
- Meaningful Name: In the movies, "Ani" was a pet name given to Anakin.
- The Role Player: Friend of Ben's from a drama course. Joined the game as a role play exercise. The other players don't mind it most of the time, but she occasionally takes it too far for them.
- Rules Lawyer: One of her best moments involves her outdoing Pete at his own game and using this to hamstring his railroading during his GM tenure.
- Token Evil Teammate: Not actually, but definitely the ways she plays Anakin. Jim and Pete have no problem siding with Anakin even as "his" evil becomes more and more obvious.
- UST: With Jim.
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
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.
- Alternate Universe/Expy: Characters with similar concerns over the Lost Orb of Phanastacoria (or equivalent MacGuffins) include Professor Dumbledore, Louisa von Trapp, Magneto, Lieutenant Gorman, the Wicked Witch of the West, Xerxes, Colonel Quaritch, Kyle Reese, Mayor Vaughn, Major Strasser, Doc Hopper, Robert Fischer, Pintel and Ragetti, Buford Tannen, Kif Croker, Mrs. Teevee, the Monster from the Id, Walter Peck, Pelias, and Gordon.
- Alternate Universe/Expy: Characters who are similarly contested by others include Rubeus Hagrid, Marta von Trapp, Mystique, Private Hudson, the Wizard of Oz, Theron, Parker Selfridge, Janelle, Deputy Hendricks, Signor Ferrari, Animal, Peter Browning, Commodore Norrington, the Band, Amy Wong, Willy Wonka, Steve, Gozer, Acastus, and Kyrano.
- Sustained Misunderstanding: Jim refuses to believe Bibble isn't evil, no matter how often he's told.
- Alternate Universe/Expy: Characters with similar quirks include Professor McGonagall, Brigitta von Trapp, Rogue, Sergeant Apone, Aunt Em, Daxos, Dr. Patel, Mrs. Dyson, Mrs. Kintner, Sascha, Sweetums, Mal Cobb, Governor Swann, Mayor Hubert, Zapp Brannigan, Mr. Beauregarde, Cookie, Mayor Lenny, Zeus, and Scott.
- Alternate Universe/Expy: Similar guardian characters include Professor Snape, Gretl von Trapp, Toad, Bishop, Glinda the Good Witch of the North, Queen Gorgo, Tsu'Tey, Dr. Silberman, Ellen Brody, Carl, Rowlf, Yusuf, Joshamee Gibbs, Marshall Strickland, Hermes Conrad, Mr. Salt, Engineering Chief Quinn, Janine Melnitz, Hera, and Tin-Tin.
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Other Darrin: The GM plays him early on Episode IV after Annie plays him from I through III. He later gives the role back to Annie.
- 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.
- Beleaguered Assistant: For "Han", not surprisingly.
- Berserk Button: Don't ever call him a Wookiee-gram.
- Deadpan Snarker: Thanks to his partner's insane antics.
- Dump Stat: Jim revealed that he made Chewbacca high in everything he perceived as dump stats. The result of this is that Chewbacca is not only able to speak but is in fact quite eloquent and refined.
- Genre Savvy: In Episode 778, this is how he deals with Pete, in place of "Let the Wookie win." He puts a cursed coin in the pouch of his own character in Tabletop Games just so that Kleptomaniac Hero types who would kill him for his own loot would get the curse in return, needing for them to bargain with him for resurrection just to get rid of it.
- In Episode 806, while pretending to be prisoner, he deliberately loosens his restraints in anticipation of a possible martial engagement.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: More competent than "Greedo"/Han, at least. The two seem to get along most of the time, though Chewbacca does occasionally get annoyed when his partner does something stupid, like thoughtlessly lowering their remuneration.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
- The Unintelligible: Surprisingly, averted.
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.
Adopted son of Jango Fett, and the son of Darth Maul and Zam Wessel.