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Yuuzhan Vong in General
Yuuzhan Vong in General
- Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted. They're explicitly no better or worse than humans would have been under the same circumstances.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Big time. The everyday actions of their lives make them seem horrifically Always Chaotic Evil to the eyes of the galaxy's inhabitants, and the feeling is mutual.
- Body Horror: Ritual body modifications are big.
- Combat Sadomasochist: The most fanatical warriors (particularly from Domain Shai) are like this, though pain gives them religious ecstasy. Even the less fanatical Vong are so used to pain that they can take massive amounts of it without dropping.
- Elite Mooks: The Vong Warriors; able to hold their own against Jedi, they're some of the most impressive mooks you'll find in-or-out-of-universe.
- Evil Luddite: Detest mechanical and electrical technology, considering it an affront to the gods.
- Full-Name Basis: Yuuzhan Vong characters are almost always referred to by their full names, except for the odd scene in their own point-of-view where just the first name is used. Apparently, consistently calling someone else by only part of their name is considered extremely offensive in Vong society.
- The Horde: At first, they're a spacefaring version. After taking Coruscant, they turn into The Empire.
- Humanoid Aliens: Though the average Vong couldn't pass for human without a masquer, they're still pretty close. The biggest differences are that Vong skew somewhat taller, their skin tones are on a spectrum of greys rather than browns, they have talons instead of fingernails, their foreheads are prominent and sloped, their noses are completely flat, and their hair is almost always black (when they have any at all, as baldness is more common among them than it is for humans). Art sometimes gives them pointy ears and/or Klingon-esque ridges, but the novels themselves don't specify these.
- Man of Kryptonite/No Sell: Yuuzhan Vong cannot be directly affected by most Force abilities except Force Lightning.
- Master Race: They consider themselves the chosen children of Yun-Yuuzhan who have a divine right to conquer other species, though they are (moderately) more tolerant of those who voluntarily join their cause (unless, like most of the Peace Brigade, you do it for selfish or cowardly reasons).
- Organic Technology: Since they find machines abhorrent, they use specially engineered lifeforms for most of their tools and weapons.
- Outside-Context Villain: From their Man of Kryptonite abilities to their use of Organic Technology over mechanical and electrical variants, they came completely out of nowhere to the galaxy at large. Also literally, since they come from a completely different galaxy.
- Proud Scholar Race: Subverted with the Shapers. Although they're the Vong's scientists, they just keep and transmit pre-existing knowledge. Creating new knowledge is heresy of the highest order.
- Pointed Ears: Never described in the novels, but how they're usually depicted in art.
- Proud Warrior Race: The Warrior Caste.
- Religion of Evil: The Great Doctrine isn't a pretty religion. It's not as insidious as the Sith, but even more overtly brutal.
- Scary Dogmatic Aliens: They mostly partake of Type III (Aliens as Religious Fundamentalists) with a bit of Type I (Aliens as Nazis) for flavor.
- Space Elves: They started out as this, based on the backstory revealed in The Unifying Force. The contemporary Vong are more like a cross between Space Drow and Space Orcs, but as of the Legacy comics they're somewhat on the way to recovering their Space Elf-ness.
- Spikes of Villainy: A fair bit, mostly on the vonduun crab armor.
- We Are as Mayflies: They live about three times longer than humans, on average (and Star Wars humans reach a hundred as often as not, for reference).
- We Have Reserves: Since they have no qualms about dying themselves or sending subordinates to their deaths, it's unsurprising they rely on this tactic a fair bit. Ultimately deconstructed when they spend so many warriors' lives that they run out of reserves.
Supreme Overlord Shimrra Jamaane
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Overthrew Supreme Overlord Quoreal to become Supreme Overlord.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: And then got a bunch of other enhancements as a result of being Supreme Overlord, making him the most individually formidable Vong alive.
- Big Bad: As the ultimate ruler of the Vong, he has absolute command of the invasion. Except not. He's just a mouthpiece for Onimi.
- The Caligula: To say that Shimrra is erratic and prone to violence is a dramatic understatement. Considering his divine mandate, though, most Vong will just suck it up and obey his orders anyway, even when they seem nonsensical.
- The Dragon: To Onimi.
- Evil Overlord: His full title is "Supreme Overlord of the Yuuzhan Vong".
- Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is described as a "bone-shivering bass".
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: And they change colors to match his mood, though they're usually red with anger.
- God Emperor: Ultimate spiritual and temporal head of the Yuuzhan Vong; he's not on level with the "true" gods of the main pantheon, but his position as Supreme Overlord still makes him something more than merely mortal.
- Kneel Before Zod: Has a gravity-controlling creature called a dovin basal that he uses to increase the gravity of people who approach his throne, forcing them to kneel. Luke Skywalker was strong enough to resist the gravity and stand, much to Shimrra's amazement.
- Large And In Charge: Huge, even by Yuuzhan Vong standards.
- Large Ham: At times; he can be quite the melodramatic fellow when the mood takes him.
- Laser Blade: He took Anakin Solo's lightsaber as a trophy, deciding he would make an exception to his culture's anti-mechanical technology laws to have such an awesome weapon.
- Off with His Head!: Decapitated by Luke with his own lightsaber and that of Anakin Solo.
- Puppet King: Shortly after he took the throne, Onimi took control of his mind.
- Sanity Slippage: Gradually loses his mind due to Onimi's influence, to the point where none of his followers want to go along with him anymore, and he declares war against the gods, rather than against the Galactic Alliance, and tries to kill Zonama Sekot out of fear.
Warmaster Tsavong Lah
Warmaster of the Yuuzhan Vong, Tsavong Lah is the tactical and fanatical mastermind behind the invasion of the galaxy. He becomes obsessed with the Jedi during the war, and comes to view the Solo twins as his personal adversaries.
- Bad Boss: Though by Vong standards, he's almost cuddly, even sparing the lives of subordinates he could have killed.
- Body Horror: His uniform is a suit of armor scales that's basically been grafted to his skin.
- The Chessmaster: Sometimes. Though always a brutal fanatic, Lah can be very competent at certain points of the series.
- Combat Sadomasochist: It's a requirment for Yuuzhan Vong warriors.
- The Dragon: Though he functions as de facto Big Bad between his introduction in the flesh (Balance Point) and Shimrra's arrival on Coruscant (Destiny's Way).
- Fatal Flaw: His hatred of Jacen Solo causes him to waste resources hunting the Jedi, and ultimately leads to him getting his army blown up on Ebaq 9.
- Killed Off for Real: As a result of catching a fatal case of "Jaina's lightsaber to the neck".
- Knight Templar: Tsavong Lah will bring the worship of the gods to the entire galaxy, no matter how many people (infidels or Vong) he has to kill to do it.
- Large And In Charge: While not as huge as Shimrra, he's still bigger than most Vong.
- Pet the Dog: His relationship with his father. It's clear that there's friction there, but Lah tremendously respects the old man and is devastated when he dies.
- Taking You with Me: Tries to do this with Jacen and the Jedi. When that fails thanks to Vergere's Heroic Sacrifice, he settles on trying to kill Jaina. He perishes.
- We Have Reserves: Standard Yuuzhan Vong combat doctrine. Except that after three years of war, he ends up running out of reserves, and is chewed out by Supreme Overlord Shimrra for it.
- Worthy Opponent: Even Borsk Fey'lya is forced to grudgingly respect the way he runs the campaign for Coruscant.
Warmaster Nas Choka
- Beard of Evil: Though most Vong men don't have facial hair, Choka has a thin, whispy beard. Subverted in that he's one of the least evil of the major Vong leaders.
- Better to Die Than Be Killed / Face Death with Dignity: How he hopes to go out at the peace conference. Little does he realize that the Galactic Alliance and Jedi are not planning on executing anyone.
- Combat Pragmatist: Compared to his predecessor, he was less religiously fanatically and recognized that the vendetta against the Jedi, unwillingness to retreat, and throwing as many troops as necessary to win a battle at all cost were wasting valuable resources. He also recognized that Tsavong Lah's other strategies were good only short term and required changing to win the war. He was more caution and at times wasted resources on attacks only when ordered too.
- Dragon Ascendant: Of sorts. He's Tsavong's second-in-command, and takes over as The Dragon after he's killed. Then played straight, when he becomes the most powerful Vong leader after the demise of Shimrra.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Once he sees Shimrra's ship destroyed and realizes just how outnumbered and outclassed the Yuuzhan Vong are at the end of the war.
- The Napoleon: He breaks the trend for Vong leaders by being short, rather than tall and imposing (though admittedly, even a short Vong would still be a fairly tall human).
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Goes with the territory of being a Vong warrior; he generally comes off as a true believer in the warrior caste ideals without being blinded by it.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Calls of the vendetta against the Jedi because it wastes resources.
- Put on a Bus: He vanishes for a while in the middle of the series after Tsavong Lah is introduced directly, then returns after Lah is killed (apparently he was off subjugating the Hutts). Presumably, the creative team felt having them both around at the same time would be redundant.
- The Bus Came Back: After Lah dies.
- The Strategist: He's generally one of the more level-headed and pragmatic Vong commanders, which makes him especially dangerous once they lack the numbers for the brutal wave attacks they'd favored previously.
Supreme Commander Czulkang Lah
- Affably Evil: He tends to be calm, level headed, and willing to engage in dry banter, while also being a ruthless battlefield commander.
- Badass Grandpa: Czulkang is nearly at the end of his natural lifespan. The mere fact that he can make that claim as a member of the warrior class of a fanatical race of masochistic death-worshippers should tell you exactly how good he is.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: As a tactics teacher, he would use his amphistaff to take a "pit" out of anyone who screwed up in his class. Having several was to be expected and could be considered a badge of honor and an indication that the warrior had survived his teachings and met his expections. Those who got too many would be looked down upon as incompetent.
- Evil Counterpart: To Admiral Ackbar: former commander of the fleet who got forcibly retired? Check. Inventor of many of the tactics used by the fleet? Check. Brought out of retirement to fight in a war in which your very way of life is on the line? Check.
- Face Death with Dignity: When he realizes he's doomed, he calmly gives a final speech to his son and then silently accepts the inevitable.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Unlike most Yuuzhan Vong commanders, he knows the value of retreat.
- Retired Badass: He is the rarest thing among the Yuuzhan Vong: a warrior so good they reached old age.
- The Strategist: He's famed for his strategic mind; his son pulls him out of retirement for this very reason.
Supreme Commander Malik Carr
Commander Khalee LahThe son of Warmaster Tsavong Lah, Khalee Lah was a fanatical warrior, but had little sense of political savvy. He was assigned to capture Jaina Solo for the Twin Jedi Sacrifice.
- Arc Villain: In Dark Journey.
- Badass: When one of his warriors questions his ability to lead after several failures against Jaina, he kills the warrior and two others in less than a minute to prove him wrong.
- Driven to Suicide: After Jaina completely outsmarts and embarrasses him.
- The Fundamentalist: Heavily devoted to the Yuuzhan Vong gods, he refuses to consider the possiblity of failure of any kind since the gods are on his side.
- Unknown Rival: To Jaina Solo, to a degree. She knew that her tactics were screwing with the Yuuzhan Vong warriors, but not that they were swearing blood vengeance against her and completely messing with Khalee Lah's world view.
Commander Shedao Shai
- Arch-Enemy: To Corran Horn.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Big time. It's apparently a Shai thing; they take the usual Vong acceptance and reverence of pain Up to Eleven.
- Disc One Final Boss: Number two in the "Vong bosses" chain, following Da'Gara and preceding Nas Choka.
- Four-Star Badass: Whatever else he was, the guy was no coward, taking the field himself on several occasions.
- Friendly Enemy: Engages in earnest philosophical discussion with Elegos A'kla, who foolishly tries to overcome the Yuuzhan Vong invasion with diplomacy, and seems to genuinely respect the Caamasi's conviction even in the face of being tortured to death. Later he presents Elegos' skeleton to Corran, gilded and bedecked with jewels, which is a gesture of great honor among his people.
- The Fundamentalist: Yes, you read that right. Even the other Vong find his excessive devotion rather creepy.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: He constantly heaps abuse on his Bastard Understudy, Deign Lian, who usually has it coming.
- Knight Templar: Again, he's considered a fanatic even by Vong standards.
- Lean and Mean: Most Vong are bulkier than humans, but members of Domain Shai are consistently described as slender, Shedao being no exception.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Very much so.
Master Shaper Nen Yim
- Anti-Villain: She's intelligent, brave, creative, self-sacrificing- so it's really a pity she got born into a culture that considers experimenting on sentient beings without their consent to be a standard aspect of laboratory science.
- Heel–Face Turn: She was wavering on the edge for a while, but learning the true history of her species pushed her over for good.
- For Science!: Her motivation in a nutshell, coupled with My Species Right Or Wrong.
- Mad Scientist: For a given value of "mad", anyway. "Amoral Scientist" might be better.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: She averts the usual Vong fanaticism by being a skeptic and agnostic- she's open to the possibility of the gods and won't go so far as to deny them outright, but isn't exactly a devout worshipper either.
- Odd Friendship: With Tahiri in The Final Prophecy.
- Offstage Villainy: Though she did a fair bit of R@D for an evil empire off-page, she's really only cast as a villain herself in her first appearance, and that was as a sidekick to a much nastier character. Most of the time she's either the protagonist of her own subplots, helping Tsavong Lah fight other villains, a cameo, or in an Enemy Mine.
- Only Sane Woman: She's probably the only Shaper in the entire series who is both sane and competent, a fact that by the end of the series she's aware of and seemingly resigned to.
- Punch Clock Villain: Why does she make inventions for Shimrra? It's her job, and she takes being a shaper very seriously. She has no particular loyalty to the Vong crusade otherwise.
- Redemption Equals Death: Killed off by Nom Anor shortly after her Heel–Face Turn.
- Teen Genius: Nen Yim is somewhere in her late teens/early twenties (or at least the Vong equivalent) and as far and away the most brilliant Shaper in the whole series. Of course, a lot of that comes from her being one of the few willing to practice a certain heresy that the "infidels" like to call the scientific method.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She will serve her people to the fullest extent of her abilities. If infidels have to get dissected or otherwise painfully experimented on along the way? So be it.
Master Shaper Mezhan Kwaad
- Hoist By Their Own Petard: Killed by her own brainwashed agent, "Riina Kwaad".
- Mad Scientist: A heretic who personally makes it her mission to reshape Tahiri Veila into a Yuuzhan Vong agent named Riina Kwaad. She is arrested for heresy upon this being found out.
- Off with His Head!: She is decapitated by Veila upon the latter's partial recovery.
Master Shaper Qelah Kwaad
- The Dark Chick: Fullfills this role for the Yuuzhan Vong leadership in the last book.
- Manipulative Bastard: Takes advantage of Nen Yim's defection to cast doubt on Ashi Yim, getting her executed and allowing Qelah Kwaad to get promoted to Master Shaper.
Master Shaper Nagme
"I want many things, and in time I intend to get all of them."Master spy, infiltrator, saboteur, agitator, and schemer, Nom Anor was the most successful and ambitious advance agent sent to the galaxy to prepare for the Yuuzhan Vong invasion. Widely disliked but highly valued in the Yuuzhan Vong hierarchy, Nom Anor cares nothing for anyone or anything aside from himself, and does not even believe in the Yuuzhan Vong's gods.
- Agent Provocateur
- Bald of Evil: How most official artwork depicts him. The text itself never specifies.
- Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder
- Darth Vader Clone: Invoked. Nom Anor knows about Vader's reputation, and copies many aspects of his appearance and mannerisms for his persona in Vector Prime, largely to mess with Leia's head. However, as the series progresses and we get to know the actual Nom Anor (as opposed to his assumed personas) better, he and Vader share the commonalities of being Star Wars villains and The Heavy of their respective series, but little else.
- Dirty Coward: Nom always puts his own survival first. Always. The other Vong hold him in contempt for this, but, well, they need his knowledge of the galaxy too much to actually get rid of him.
- Driven to Suicide: In his final scene, Nom Anor stays behind on an exploding warship rather than escape with the heroes- his rationale being that there's no longer any place in the galaxy for him. We don't see him die, but it's heavily implied he goes down with the ship.
- Never Found the Body: Some fans don't buy it because there was no corpse.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's a total bastard with few redeeming features, but his scheming plots and increasing status as the Only Sane Man among the Vong make him a very entertaining character.
- The Heavy: He's easily one of the most featured and developed of the NJO villains.
- Heel–Face Turn: Subverted. He sides with the heroes in the end only to help himself- and then tries to kill them when they're no longer useful.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Subverted. Owing to the Never Found the Body nature of his death, fans expected him to reappear for years (real time) and be revealed to be behind everything, but it never happened.
- I Have Many Names: Uses a lot of aliases and pseudonyms.
- Manipulative Bastard: Nom Anor is very clever and is always manipulating those around him to get the best advantage for himself. When he's pulling the Agent Provocateur shtick, he's essentially a professional Manipulative Bastard.
- Only Sane Man: How he often feels among his own people. He is mostly correct.
- Smug Snake: At times. Sometimes his skill and charisma succeed in balancing out his ego.
- Villainous Breakdown: Experiences this twice in Traitor; the first when Jacen massacres most of the durhayam, and the second when Ganner makes his last stand.
High Prefect Drathul
- Big Bad Wannabe: Spends most of the final book scheming to off Shimrra and take over the Vong throne. Actually accomplishing this, on the other hand, is far beyond his abilities.
- Co-Dragons: With Nas Choka, during the last part of the series. Choka runs the military, while Drathul actually administers the Yuuzhan Vong empire.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: As the highest-ranking member of the intendent caste, he always wears green, in contrast to the warriors and priests, who favor red and black.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears very briefly at the end of Hero's Trial, then vanishes until the last few books, when he is promoted to High Prefect and becomes one of the major players in Shimrra's court.
- Karmic Death: After spending most of The Unifying Force heaping abuse on Nom Anor, he ends up getting strangled by him when the Shamed Ones revolt.
- Killed Off for Real: See above.
- Manipulative Bastard: Though unfortunately for him, he's playing against people like Nom Anor and Onimi, who are much better at it than he is.
- The Rival: To Nom Anor.
- Smug Snake: Drathul is fantastically arrogant and hateful.
- The Starscream: To Shimrra; he's the leader of the faction that supported Shimrra's murdered predecessor.
- Disc One Final Boss: The first of several.
- Large And In Charge: Setting a trend for Vong leaders.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Subverted. He talks the talk, but his title makes him a high-ranking bureaucrat. When real warriors talk about him, they plainly don't like him.
- Smug Snake: Da'Gara's arrogance far exceeds what he actually manages to accomplish.
- Starter Villain: He's the first major Vong leader, but doesn't make it past the first book.
Most High Priest Jakan
- Affably Evil: Even when he was a solid bad guy in his first few appearances, he was still a composed, polite adversary rather than a frothing fanatic, to the point of briefly chatting theology with a sacrificial victim upon finding out the man was also a priest.
- Characterization Marches On: He's a straight-up villain in his first appearance. Later books would develop him as someone who was becoming increasingly dissatisfied and cynical regarding his people's direction, leaving him open to changing sides.
- Easily Forgiven: He presided over the sacrifice of thousands of captives and instigated several plots to kill the Jedi, but once he has his change of heart, he's welcomed by the Jedi. Considering that he then was instrumental in ending the war and leading the reform of the Vong, this is probably justified.
- Heel–Face Turn: After arriving on Sekot, comparing what he sees with Vong mythology, and putting two and two together about his species' origins.
- High Priest: Though he starts off a normal priest, he eventually gets promoted to higher rank and becomes one of the major Vong religious leaders.
- Only One Name: Like most priests.
- Villainous Friendship: With Tsavong Lah.
- A God Am I: Inverted and played straight, since he believes the heroes are gods, and he thinks that if he kills the "gods", he can become one himself.
- Ax-Crazy: Onimi is a fairly blatant nutcase, though he seems harmless enough, if profoundly obnoxious. Nope; he's an Omnicidal Maniac.
- Big Bad: Controlled Shimrra and, through him, masterminded the entire war.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Most of the other Vong considered him to be, at best, Shimrra's pet. He was actually running the show.
- Expy: Of Kefka. Or the Mule. The latter fits his background and attitude much better.
- Final Boss: Of the New Jedi Order.
- The Jester
- Karmic Death: He gets eaten alive by the very poisons he generates to use against Jacen Solo.
- Load-Bearing Boss: Shimmra's Citadel and escape craft both die after Onimi perishes. Notably its seeing this that makes the Vong realize they've lost.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Shimrra
- Monster Clown: Well, even the Vong version of a normal clown is pretty horrible to non-Vong. When that clown is an insane Force-savant with delusions of godhood...
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Onimi is Shimrra's court jester and personal slave- he's obnoxious, has a cruel sense of humor, and is something of a pervert but is largely harmless except when acting on Shimrra's direct orders. Except that he's actually the Big Bad, a ridiculously powerful Force-user, and an Omnicidal Maniac- Shimrra was never anything more than his tool.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Acts the part of an idiot, but often gives the impression he's much more clever than he lets on. This is entirely true.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Openly boasts to Jaina that he intends to kill everything in the galaxy after he becomes a god.
- Rage Against the Heavens: He blames the gods for his fall from grace while giving him fantastic powers, and vows to eliminate them and all life in the galaxy in revenge.
- Walking Spoiler: He's probably the most important Vong character in the series, but his true role doesn't become apparent until the climax of the last of nineteen books.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His experiments reconnected him with the Force, but they also drove him more than a little crazy.
- Badass: One of the most powerful Yuuzhan Vong in the whole series. He kills six other Yuuzhan Vong warriors in eighty seconds while unarmed. He later takes on dozens of other warriors and loses only because his feet got trapped in all the corpses at his feet, limiting his movement.
- Badass Boast: When his former comrades ask him to step aside and let them kill Anakin now that Vua Rapuung is no longer shamed? "I was never shamed. but you now you know it is a warrior you face."
- Berserk Button: Inorganic technology sets him off, nearly resulting in him attacking Anakin. Mentioning he's a Shamed One and anything to do with Mezhan Qwaad will have the same effect.
- Clear My Name: His intent is to prove that Mezhan Kwaad sabatoged his implants and that the gods did not shame him.
- Enemy Mine: With Anakin.
- Famous Last Words: "A salute to the Jeedai! A salute of blood!"
- Heroic Sacrifice: He dies so Anakin and Tahiri can escape, believing he's indebted to Anakin for helping to clear his name and that the Jedi and other infidels may yet have some honor.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against Mezhan Kwaad. The two were lovers until Vua Rapuung broke the affair off, causing her to spitefully turn him into a Shamed One.
- Rebel Leader: Takes over as primary leader of the Jeedai Heretics once Nom Anor is restored to grace.
- The Starscream: Within the heretics, towards Nom. It's unclear if he just wants power, or honestly believes that Nom is a bad leader who needs to be replaced, or a little bit of both.