Characters: Star Wars New Jedi Order And Legacy Eras Yuuzhan Vong
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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 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
- Man of Kryptonite/No Sell: Yuuzhan Vong cannot be directly affected by most Force abilities except Force Lightning.
- Master Race
- Organic Technology
- 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
Warmaster Tsavong Lah
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.
- Dragon Ascendant: Of sorts. He's The Dragon'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
- 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 Strategist
Supreme Commander Czulkang Lah
- Affably Evil
- Badass Grandpa
- 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
- 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
Supreme Commander Malik Carr
Commander Khalee Lah
The 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 embarasses 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 vengence against her and competely 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.
- The Fundamentalist: Yes, you read that right. Even other Scary Dogmatic Aliens find his excessive devotion rather creepy.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: He constantly heaps abuse on his Bastard Understudy, Deign Lian, which would normally make Deign somewhat sympathetic, but considering what kind of person Deign is, it... really doesn't.
- Knight Templar
- 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
- 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
- Redemption Equals Death
- 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
Master Shaper Mezhan Kwaad
Master Shaper Qelah Kwaad
- The Dark Chick: Fullfills this role for the Yuuzhan Vong leadership in the last book.
- Manipulative Bitch: 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
- 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 is Genre Savvy 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
- Driven to Suicide: In his final scene, Nom 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.
- 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: Though never the Big Bad, he's easily the most featured and developed NJO villain.
- Heel-Face Turn: Subverted. He sides with the heroes in the end only to help himself- and then tries to kill them when they are no longer useful.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Subverted. Owing to the Never Found the Body nature of his death, fans have been expecting him to reappear for years (real time) and be revealed to be behind everything- but it hasn't happened yet.
- I Have Many Names: Uses a lot of aliases and pseudonyms.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Only Sane Man: How he often feels among his own people
- Smug Snake: At times.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The Starscream: To Shimrra; he's the leader of the faction that supported Shimrra's murdered predecessor.
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.
- Heel-Face Turn
- High Priest
- Karma Houdini: 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 is 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.
- Only One Name
- Villainous Friendship: With Tsavong Lah.
- Badass Normal: Possibly the most Badass Yuuzhan Vong in the whole series. He kills six other Yuuzhan Vong warriors in eighty seconds, while he is unarmed and they all have amphistaffs. 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.
- 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 is 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