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Rule of Two Sith Lords
Jacen Solo/Darth Caedus
Darth Caedus (Jacen Solo)
Appears in: The Thrawn Trilogy | Dark Empire | I, Jedi | Jedi Academy Trilogy | Talesnote | The Callista Trilogy | Crimson Empire | The Crystal Star | The Black Fleet Crisis Trilogy | The New Rebellion | The Corellian Trilogy | Hand of Thrawn Duology | Union | Junior Jedi Knightsnote | Young Jedi Knights | The Crystal | The New Jedi Order | Chewbacca | Invasion | The Dark Nest Trilogy | Legacy of the Force | Fate of the JedinoteThe twin of Jaina, Jacen was born after his sister. As he grew older, he became concerned with the direction of the Jedi Order, fearing that any aggression or even violent defensive action could send the whole Order to the Dark Side. He eventually decided that some evil had to be fought, and after being captured by the Yuuzhan Vong and tutored by Vergere, he developed a new philosophy in which how the Force was used did not matter, but the intent behind it. After helping end the Yuuzhan Vong War, Jacen went on a five year odyssey across the galaxy, training with numerous Force using groups. During this time, he had a vision of his unborn daughter Allana standing side-by-side with a "Dark Man" and ruling the galaxy. He set out to stop it any way he could, eventually falling to the Dark Side and becoming Darth Caedus, taking over the Galactic Alliance in the process. He was killed by Jaina in a duel at the end of the Second Galactic Civil War, but had successfully altered the future of the galaxy, preventing Allana from falling to the Dark Side.
"Why do I have to be strong? Someday I'll be able to go anywhere I want, or get anything I want, just by thinking about it—like Uncle Luke."
- All Amazons Want Hercules: With Tenel Ka.
- Antagonistic Offspring: To his mom and dad post-Face–Heel Turn.
- The Bad Guy Wins: While he lost the final duel and died, Caedus had already accomplished his real goal of stopping the future that he had foreseen.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: When Jacen was young, imposed authority by adults seemed repugnant to him. Go forward to him as Darth Caedus, and he directly states the rules to apply for everyone.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Or at least contributed partially.
- Body Horror: The Embrace of Pain is by now more associated with him than the Yuuzhan Vong.
- Brother–Sister Team: With Jaina and Anakin.
- Twin Telepathy: With Jaina. Notably severs it after becoming a Sith Lord.
- Big Bad: Of Legacy of the Force.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Jaina's Abel.
- Canon Immigrant: Kylo Ren, an Expy of Caedus, serves as The Heavy of The Force Awakens.
- Chick Magnet: Tenel Ka, Danni Quee, Seha Darvold, and Nelani Dinn have all found Jacen to be very attractive. It seems to be a main trait of Solos and Skywalkers.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The death of his brother Anakin Solo, torture in the Embrace of Pain, the widespread destruction from the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Dark Nest incident, his own failures to achieve lasting peace to save innocent lives, and constant visions of multiple bad futures made Jacen lose most of his original idealism.
- Deadpan Snarker: Inherited from his father Han Solo. Quickly veers towards black comedy after he becomes a Sith Lord.
- Dying as Yourself: He seems to revert to his pre-Sith personality and call out through the Force to his wife... in the second before Jaina kills him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Caedus completely despises Palpatine's methods.
- Evil Mentor: To Ben Skywalker, Nelani Dinn, and Tahiri.
- Face–Heel Turn: After being the hero for years and a load of build-up, Jacen became the Big Bad of the Legacy of the Force series.
- Fallen Hero: Like his grandfather before him, Jacen becomes a Sith Lord.
- Friend to All Living Things: At least when he was younger before the Yuuzhan Vong War. Jacen admits he began his journey to the Dark Side after losing this trait.
- Generation Xerox: With Darth Vader. Many characters comment on his mannerisms, leadership style, and even dress patterns as being very much like his grandfather's Sith incarnation, and interestingly enough there's a fair balance between positive and negative traits. As he falls further to the Dark Side, he also inherits Vader's Hair-Trigger Temper and You Have Failed Me tendencies.
- He Who Fights Monsters: From the Dark Nest books on.
- The Hero: In Young Jedi Knights.
- Hypocrite: Despite calling out others about valuing their family above the galaxy, he values his daughter above everything.
- I Did What I Had to Do: To the core. Even admitting that his actions were evil, he refuses to apologize for them.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Does this to Ta'a Chume, who had a list of crimes a mile wide.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Dies in the middle of sending a warning to Tenel Ka.
- Knight Templar: As Darth Caedus.
- Laser Blade: Used a green bladed lightsaber for most of his life, until Luke and Ben took it from him after the duel on the Anakin Solo. He then forged a red bladed lightsaber to replace it.
- Love Makes You Evil: Part of the reason he became a Sith was to protect his daughter Allana against future threats.
- Master Swordsman: When you can take on Jedi Battlemaster Kyle Katarn and survive against Grandmaster Luke Skywalker, you definitely qualify.
- A Million Is a Statistic: Interestingly, he's completely against this mindset, noting that it's pure arrogance to value one above many.
- Mind Rape: Does this to Ta'a Chume and later Ben.
- Papa Wolf: Jacen's reason for turning to the Dark Side dealt with this trope: He was trying to prevent a future where his daughter Allana would either be enslaved or act as the right-hand woman to the Dark Man (strongly implied to be Darth Krayt) in the event that he succeeded in gaining the Throne of Balance instead of Allana.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: The son of Han and Leia, a protege student of Luke, and one the Jedi's greatest heroes in the Vong war. What did you expect? A happy ending?
- Protagonist Journey to Villain: A number of factors lead Jacen to slip into evil and once he does go full-Sith, it becomes a ticking clock to how fast he can go from reasonable Well-Intentioned Extremist to utter bastard.
- Pungeon Master: In Young Jedi Knights.
- Pride: A Master Swordsman, he thinks of himself as possibly the best (aside from Luke) there's ever been. Darth Sidious, Mace Windu, Dooku, Yoda, and others would probably disagree.
- Rogue Protagonist: By Legacy of the Force.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Tenal Ka.
- Strong Family Resemblance: With his father Han Solo in appearance. Later as Darth Caedus, he shares features with his grandfather Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, which is noted by several characters.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: After falling to the Dark Side.
- Thanatos Gambit / Zero-Approval Gambit: As Darth Caedus.
- Treacherous Advisor / Broken Pedestal: To Ben Skywalker in Legacy of the Force.
- Tooka Level In Jerkass: Jacen suffers an extreme case of this after killing Mara and becoming Darth Caedus.
- Übermensch: Completely rejects the Jedi and Sith codes, attempting to form his own unique combination of the two as Darth Caedus.
- The Usurper: Of the Chief of State's office.
- Villain Ball: Not long after he becomes a full Sith, he grabs this with both hands. It significantly contributes to the collapse of his partnership with Cha Niathal, the decay of his military competence, and his eventual death.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: What Jacen began as during his apprenticeship to his uncle Luke. Sadly turns to...
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Became one after the death of Anakin Solo and Jacen's own repeated failures to save lives by preventing war.
- What the Hell, Hero?: To himself, during Invincible, as he berates himself for having fallen into the same trap of pride that the other Sith did.
Dark Lady of the Sith Lumiya / Shira Elan Colla Brie
Homeworld: CoruscantConsidered by some to be the "proto-Mara Jade" (ie. redheaded/green-eyed Imperial assassin). Of course, her path didn't lead to as nearly a fulfilling life as Mara's.
- Darth Vader Clone: A borderline Distaff Counterpart to the original.
- Dragon Ascendant: In the Marvel series, post-Return of the Jedi.
- Evil Counterpart: If circumstances had been a little different, she could have been the one who was redeemed by love and married Luke Skywalker instead of Mara Jade. She was even an Emperor's Hand like Mara.
- Evil Redhead: It furthers her status as an Evil Counterpart to Mara.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When Lumiya was getting Jacen Solo to become her apprentice, she explained that Palpatine was "nothing more than a psychopath consumed with power", strongly implying that although she was a Sith, even she was disgusted with some of Palpatine's actions.
- Heroes Want Redheads: In the Marvel series.
- Manipulative Bastard: She manages to manipulate Jacen into falling to the Dark Side and turn him against Luke, while promising that she actually didn't hate Luke at all. That takes skill.
- Off with Her Head!: How Luke finishes her off.
- Older Than They Look/Wizards Live Longer: Her aging was slowed by her connection to the Force, to the extent that she was able to pretend to be her own daughter, Brisha (she never had an actual daughter).
- Professional Killer: Was once an Emperor's Hand, like Mara.
- Significant Anagram: "Brisha" = "Shira B"
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: She initially seemed to be a Rebel supporter only to be revealed as The Mole for the Empire.
- Villain Takes an Interest: In Jacen.
- Whip It Good: Instead of a lightsaber, Lumiya uses a lightwhip, which as multiple tendrils that are made of both metal and lasers.
- Affably Evil: One of the more morally grey Sith, being both a sincere mentor and motherly figure while also torturing and manipulating Jacen.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Her spirit appears to Jacen following her death, showing she has become one with the Force.
- Catch Phrase: "Everything I tell you is a lie."
- Enigmatic Minion: Helps Jacen while being openly honest about how she also hinders him.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Her goals are extremely unclear, due to her tendency of lying to others in order to manipulate them. All that has really been made clear was that it involved corrupting Jacen Solo. Being confirmed as a Sith has not made it any easier to guess what she wanted to accomplish.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: She teaches Jacen some very valuable lessons and then sacrifices herself.
- Trickster Mentor: She's incredibly manipulative and loves teaching with riddles, to the extent that this trope could be called "The Vergere."
- Villain Takes an Interest: In Jacen.
- Wild Card: Her status as a Sith or Jedi (or something new) is still a hotly debated topic among the fandom, despite her current canon status being a Sith.
Lomi PloA Sith Master, Lomi Plo and her apprentice Welk were captured by the Yuuzhan Vong early in the Yuuzhan Vong War. They were used to train Voxyn on the worldship over Myrkr, where a Jedi strike team found and freed them. They cooperated to destroy the Voxyn Queen, but Lomi and Welk took advantage of the team to steal a ship they found to escape, accidentally taking wounded Jedi Knight Raynar Thul with them. After crashing in the Unknown Regions, they were saved by the Killiks, and Lomi took over the species as the head of Gorog, the Dark Nest, and instituted a war of expansion against the Chiss and Galactic Alliance.
- Big Bad: Of the Dark Nest Trilogy.
- Body Horror: Several of her body parts, including her jaw, have been replaced by Killik legs, arms, and mandibles.
- Dual Wielding: When she fights Luke in the finale of the Dark Nest Trilogy, she used a white-bladed lightsaber and a purple-bladed shoto.
- Evil Mentor: To Welk.
- Enemy Mine: With the Myrkr strike team in Star by Star.
- Killed Off for Real
WelkLomi Plo's apprentice, Welk used to be a member of the Shadow Academy until its destruction. Joining the One Sith, he was captured alongside his master by the Yuuzhan Vong. After escaping Myrkr and crashing in the Unknown Regions, Welk became the Night Herald of the Dark Nest.
- Body Horror: Just like his master.
- The Dragon: To Lomi Plo.
- Enemy Mine: With the Myrkr strike team in Star by Star.
- Killed Off for Real: By Luke in The Joiner King.
- Took a Level in Badass: With the power of the Killiks behind him, Welk was able to duel and almost kill Saba Sebatyne.
Darth Wyyrlok I
Darth Wyyrlok I
Species: ChagrianA Chagrian Sith Lord, Darth Wyyrlok served as Darth Krayt's intermediary while his master lay in stasis. Through their mental link, Wyyrlok would carry out Krayt's wishes and direct the actions of the One Sith and their agents throughout the galaxy.
Species: AnzatA Force-sensitive Anzat assassin who serves the One Sith, Kell is searching for a Jedi to drink their "soup", believing that it will unlock the secrets of fate to him. He is dispatched by Darth Wyyrlok to investigate a Force vision Krayt had, leading him into a conflict with Jedi Knight Jaden Korr.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He begins to drink Jaden's soup and sees the secrets of the the universe and fate begin to unlock... and then sees his own fate ending there while Jaden's continues on. Kell then understood his purpose, and welcomed death when Kheydon shot him.
- Famous Last Words: "Thank you."
Nyss & Syll Nenn
Nyss and Syll Nenn
Species: UmbaranTwin Umbaran assassins for the One Sith, they have the unique ability to negate other beings connection to the Force and shut down lightsabers. They are sent by Darth Wyyrlok to kill Jedi Knight Jaden Korr and use a Rakatan mind spear to place his memories in a One Sith controlled clone in order to create a sleeper agent in the Jedi Order.
- Alliterative Name: Nyss Nenn.
- Master Swordsman: Nyss.
Lost Tribe of The Sith
Sith Lady Vestara Khai
- Affably Evil: She's really quite nice for a Sith. She'd still gut you without a second thought if she thought it would advance her goals, but at least she'd have the decency to feel bad about it.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the dark side, possibly.
- Bastard Understudy: Is trained by Luke but goes back to the Sith.]
- Daddy's Little Villain: To her father, Gavar.
- Dark Action Girl: As a female Sith, she definitely qualifies.
- Dating Catwoman: With Ben.
- Deadpan Snarker: Almost certainly one of the reasons Ben likes her so much.
- The Dog Bites Back: In Vortex, Lord Taalon beats her up and after she sees that he is turning into an Eldritch Abomination, she kills him.
- Dual Wielding: She tends to hold a lightsaber in one hand and a sword or dagger in the other. She is ambidextrous.
- Enemy Mine: With Luke and Ben against Abeloth.
- Good Feels Good: In Ascension, Vestara says this is one of the reasons she wants to become a Jedi.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: She ultimately settles on Heel.
- Moral Event Horizon: In an interesting twist, she passes her own by killing a Mauve Shirt to save Ben. Whether or not this is one for the reader is up for debate.
- Motive Decay: By Star Wars: Crucible, she's lost her more nuanced motivations and become a textbook Chronic Backstabbing Disorder Sith.
- Self-Made Orphan: She's forced to kill her father after Abeloth corrupted him, and her mother dies shortly before this.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: Part of the reason why she chooses to remain a Sith.
- Tragic Villain: She sees herself as this after she commits murder to save Ben from toxic fumes.
- Villain Respect: After her first encounter with the Skywalkers, in which her Master and every other member of the Sith strike team end up dead at their hands, she salutes Luke as she flees out of respect for his fighting skills.
- You Can't Go Home Again: At the end of Vortex, after she kills Taalon, who was "too high above her station", Vestara can't risk going back to the Lost Tribe, and willingly stays with Luke and Ben.
- Well Done Daughter Girl: Ben, in one of his more Jerkass moments, mocks her for this:"Yes, dear Papa." "No, dear Papa." "You are amazing, dear Papa."
Sith Saber Gavar Khai
Species: HumanVestara's father and a high ranking Sith Saber of the Lost Tribe.
- Artificial Limbs: He lost one of his forearms in a duel with Luke and had it replaced with a cybernetic arm. He was worried that with the Lost Tribe's obsession for perfection, it would get looked down upon, but decided that it was too strong and powerful not to have.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: By Abeloth, causing him to turn on the Lost Tribe.
- The Dragon: To High Lord Sarasu Taalon and Abeloth.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Which surprises Luke. Gavar married his wife because he loved her, despite her not having any ability with the Force. Once Abeloth corrupts him, he no longer cares for his family, taunting Vestara with her mother's death.
- Happily Married: He married his wife, Lahka, because he loved her, even though she wasn't Force sensitive. However, after Abeloth starts messing with Gavar's head, he allies with her even after she destroys most of Tahv, killing Lahka.
Grand Lord Darish VolThe current Grand Lord of the Lost Tribe of Sith, Darish Vol presides over the Tribe as it returns to the galaxy after being trapped on Kesh for 5000 years, directing the formation of a massive fleet to launch a surprise attack on the galaxy.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Abeloth. Unfortunately for him, Abeloth doesn't like sharing anything.
- Decapitation Presentation: Abeloth shows Vol's head to Workan to announce her takeover of the Lost Tribe.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In Ascension, he comes face to face with Abeloth's true form, recognizing her for what she is and the evil that she represents. Far from trying to take control of it or enslave it like the Sith had planned up until that point, he roundly rejects any chance of alliance in horror at how evil she truly is, culminating in a mental duel that results in Abeloth being wounded almost as badly as she was in her encounters with Luke Skywalker.
- Evil Counterpart: To Luke Skywalker.
- Evil Old Folks: He's in his eighties and still manages to hold onto the title of Grand Lord. He even manages to Mind Rape Abeloth in a mental duel.
- Oh, Crap!: When he realized how powerful Abeloth was and how much of a fool he was to think he could exploit her.
- Sorcerous Overlord
High Lord Sarasu Taalon
Species: KeshiriA Keshiri Sith Lord, and one of the seven High Lords of the Lost Tribe. Taalon was the commander of the fleet dispatched to deal with Abeloth and Luke Skywalker.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mainly towards Luke.
- Eldritch Abomination: Began turning into one after falling into the Pool of Knowledge.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's capable of playing nice, though he'll gladly stab you in the back once he's gotten what he wants.
- Killed Off for Real: By Vestara, in order to prevent his full transformation into said Eldritch Abomination.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: When he's really angry.
High Lord Ivaar Workan
High Lord Viun Gaalan
Species: KeshiriA Keshiri Sith Lord who was dispatched to Dathomir to capture the Nightsisters and learn all he could from them. Luke Skywalker attempted to stop him, but Gaalan managed to hold him off long enough to board a shuttle and escape.
- Master Swordsman: One of the few Sith to duel Luke and live.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Strangely, he's never even mentioned after escaping Dathomir.
Sith Lady Olaris RheaA powerful Sith Lady who took Vestara Khai as her apprentice. Rhea was selected to command the initial strike team dispatched to track Ship and kill the Skywalkers. She died dueling against Luke Skywalker on Sinkhole Station in the Maw.
- Evil Mentor: To Vestara.
- The Rival: To Xal.
Sith Master Yuvar Xal
Sith Saber Querdan DeiA Lost Tribe assassin, Dei has no ambition other than to serve the Tribe and advance its interests. He is assigned to kill Tenal Ka Djo and determine the identity of the "Jedi Queen". He is killed by Leia while trying to kill Tenal Ka and Allana.
Sith Saber Tola Annax
Species: KeshiriA female Keshiri, Tola Annax served in the Sith fleet as one of its leading commanders. She battled against the Skywalkers on Nam Chorios and later split from the Lost Tribe to join Abeloth, who sacrifices her in a trap for the Jedi.
- Bad Boss: She sacrifices her minions to study the Skywalkers' lightsaber skills and styles, and to wear them down for when she leads a large ambush against them.
- The Dragon: To Gavar Khai.
- Karmic Death: Just as she sacrificed her minions against the Skywalkers, Abeloth sacrifices her in a plot against the Jedi.
- Why Am I Ticking?: Abeloth imbues her with explosive amounts of Dark Side power and leaves her stranded on Upekzar, knowing the Jedi were investigating Sith worlds. When they arrived, Annax exploded, causing groundquakes and a volcano to erupt.
Appentice Ahri Raas
SoldierA clone of Jedi Knight Jaden Korr, and the only clone created at the Imperial cloning facility on the Frozen Moon that does not suffer from madness and genetic defects.
- Gray Eyes: One of the ways that Jaden and Kheydan realize that he's a clone of Jaden.
SeerA clone of Lumiya, Seer became the leader of the Community due to her ability to sense and communicate with Mother.
- Body Horror: After getting possessed by Mother, she becomes a giant bloated monstrosity.
AlphaA clone of Kam Solusar and the first clone created by the Imperials on the Frozen Moon. After slaughtering the Imperial staff at the facility, Alpha became the mate of Hunter and had two children, Blessing and Grace. When Jaden Korr arrived on the moon, Alpha fought him while the other clones captured Kell Douro's ship and escaped the moon.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Jaden.
- The Dragon: To Seer.
Species: Twi'lek (Rutian)
- "Perhaps I want to be cruel."
- Anti-Hero: She slowly fell down the scale before eventually making a Face–Heel Turn.
- Arch-Enemy: To Leia and Jagged Fel.
- Ax-Crazy: Progressively so, especially after
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted with all the force of being hit by a train.
- Blue-Skinned Space Babe: A Twi'lek so she's one of the series' go-to examples of this trope.
- Born into Slavery: She and her sister were rescued by Jedi Knight Daeshara'cor. Her death at the Battle of Ithor is what began Alema's descent into the Dark Side.
- Fallen Hero: Was one of the Jedi and Anakin Solo's friends.
- Famous Last Words: Not "words" so much, as she sent them telepathicly to Jag."Remember. Remember us as we used to be, before the universe turned against us. Young, beautiful, strong, brave, admirable, loved, loving..."
- Insane Troll Logic: She still thinks like a Killik in Legacy of the Force, so this comes into play a lot.
- Killed Off for Real: Jag breaks her neck in Fury.
- Laser Blade: Used a silver bladed lightsaber as her original weapon. Luke took it from after she fell to the Dark Side, and she crafted a new one that had a blade that was so blue that it looked black.
- Ms. Fanservice: She always wore clothes two sizes too small for her. Even after she got maimed.
- Mutilation Conga: Played for Drama. Her reasons for vengence against Leia actually invoke sympathy from Lumiya."She took our lekku, and so we can't communicate fully with others. She caused the destruction of our nest, too. And she took what attracted others to us, our beauty. We're lonely, and we can never touch the world properly again."
- Rasputinian Death: Appears to suffer one in the Dark Nest Trilogy, but survives.
- Really Gets Around: Before her maiming in the Dark Nest Trilogy. She even tried making a pass at Lando, who was married.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to the One Sith Empire in Inferno."Is that how this works? You train your Emperors and send them out into the galaxy on their own? No wonder all it took to bring Palpatine down was a farm boy and a self-absorbed princess!"
- Sanity Slippage: Her mutilation and personal suffering caused her to snap.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Life was not kind to her to say the least.
Lord Nyax/Irek Ismaren
Lord Nyax / Irek Ismaren
- Arc Villain: He's arguably the main antagonist of the Enemy Lines duology, but doesn't survive it and has pretty much nothing to do with the Myth Arc of the New Jedi Order.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: He's got lightsabers attached to his arms... and his hands... and his legs...
- Emotion Bomb: He can overwhelm anyone who comes near him with negative emotions. It's enough to break the wills of most muggles and force them to serve him, and can seriously give pause even to a Jedi Master.
- A God Am I: Well, abstract concepts like "god" are probably beyond him, but he certainly considers himself the most superior being in the universe.
- Large and in Charge: Roughly ten feet tall, thanks to experiments his Mad Scientist mother performed on him.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Or in a stasis chamber on Coruscant. When the Vong took the planet and cut the power, it set him loose.
- Self-Made Orphan: Killed his own mother. Of course, he didn't exactly recognize her anyone when he did it...
- That Man Is Dead: Described in the narration as "The thing with Irek Ismaren's face."
- Took a Level in Badass: As Irek, he was a supporting villain in Children of the Jedi. Then in Enemy Lines he came back as this thing...
- Unskilled, but Strong: His higher brain functions are pretty much nil, but even on pure instinct he's a monstrously powerful Force-user and a capable of annhilating approx. twenty Yuuzhan Vong warriors with minimal effort.
- The Voiceless: Again, with next to no higher brain functions, he's completel non-vocal. He communicates through crude Force-based telepathy.