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There have been several spinoff novels and short stories from the computer game Star Wars: Republic Commando, known as the Republic Commando Series. Although there is a degree of intertextuality between these stories, they can be split into several defined story arcs that can be read individually from each other. While clone commandos appear in many stories, such as Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader and Jedi Trial, this list only deals with direct spinoffs from the Republic Commando franchise.The Science Fiction book club released an edition of the first two Republic Commando books in an omnibus hardcover. There are five books total:
501st (marketed as Imperial Commando)
Provides Examples Of:
Arc Words: Vode an — Mandalorian for Brothers All.
Armor Is Useless: Averted heavily. In one short story, Fi fires a Verpine shattergun — the EU version of armor-piercing rounds — at Atin purposely and the armor deflects it. The commandos are appreciative of their armor's durability and it helps them survive many a firefight. In the same short story, Fi is able to jump on a grenade and come out badly rattled, but alive.
When things are looking bad on Haurgab, Darman considers taking off his armor so he can die quickly.
The Atoner: Skirata. He sees raising the clones as his redemption for all the foul things he has done in his past.
A Real Man Is a Killer: The Mandalorians look down on politicians especially for not killing face-to-face, mano-a-mano. Hokan goes on about how he doesn't respect Dr. Uthan because she kills with germs, not with guns.
The notion is somewhat toyed with. None of the killers in question look down on people who don't do killing, so much as look down on people who don't do their own killing personally, but rather via indirect methods.
A Father to His Men: Skirata, full stop. Eventually he becomes this in more than sentiment, formally adopting many of his clones.
Action Girl: Etain. Rav Bralor is implied to be one. Also, Ny.
Laseema had a rather glorious moment with using her knife to threaten a sleezy patron.
Adrenaline Makeover: Etain in Hard Contact. She goes from a poorly-focused Padawan with a dead Master to a badass (albeit scrawny) Jedi.
Badass: Every single Mandalorian in the series, and most of the other named characters, too.
Badass Adorable: Kad Skirata. He's a baby, but he's the son of an elite solider and a Jedi and is Force-sensitive. In the Legacy of the Force series, he's grown up to be an awesome Mandalorian wearing a hodgepodge of armor from all of the others.
Badass Army: The GAR (Grand Army of the Republic). Or Skirata's clan.
Badass and Child Duo: Skirata and his grandson, Kad. Woe betide anyone who ruffles a hair on the kid's curly head.
Badass Native: the Mandalorians are the Star Wars EU equivalent of this
Badass Normal: Rede is a clone trooper who was flash trained, meaning he was trained in only one year and is technically still a year old when he becomes a commando. Yet during the second mission he goes on with Darmand and Niner, he single handedly takes out a Jedi Master in close combat. He rushes in, punches the Jedi, then when the Jedi is down, he executes him, all in one move.
Berserk Button: Do NOT insult any clones in front of Kal Skirata EVER!!!!!!!
Likewise, do NOT insult Kal'buir in front of Ordo EVER!!!!!!! .... As Ensign Luszgoti found out in a Crowning Moment of Funny.
Don't refer to any commando as "clone", either, especially one that's been all but trained to buck any authority they don't like, such as Skirata and Vau's pods.
Beta Couple: Quite a few if Darman and Etain are the official couple:
Ny and Skirata
Fi and Parja
Atin and Laseema
Corr and Jilka
Ordo and Besany
Cov and Ruu
Gilamar and Uthan
Beware the Nice Ones: Both Etain and Bardan get this treatment. All of the commandos are surprised at how they're able to handle themselves, and Skirata is caught off guard after Vau and Atin start fighting, causing Bardan to burst into the room, push them apart with the Force, then hold them against the walls while yelling at them that the hating will stop now.
Scorch as well, when he went temporarily insane following a base attack on Haurgab.
The Cavalry: The LAAT/i "larty" gunships that Maze sends in on Haurgab.
Children Are Innocent: Played to the hilt and then subverted on the same page when Kal Skirata first meets the Null Arcs. At the time they appeared four year old innocent and helpless children in desperate need of Kal's protection from the diabolical Kaminoans...until they stole Kal's holdout blaster to defend themselves.
Early in the series, all clones qualified for this. Etain first sensed Darman as a 'child' through the Force, rather than a soldier. As the series progresses, this becomes less true as the clones grow up mentally.
Color-Coded Characters: Used with their armor colors — Skirata and Gilimar are gold, while Atin is purply, Sev and Ordo are red, Boss is orange, Fixer is green, Scorch is yellow, Fi is grey/red, Mereel is blue, Jaing is grey, and Vau is black.
Combat Medic: Gilamar. He claims he's only a simple country doctor, but his dialogue suggests something far more involved, maybe even formal training. Granted, being Mando'ad, he's also a badass killer. Also, Fi is the designated medic for Omega Squad, and he's far from sitting back and letting his brothers do the dirty work.
Cut Short/Left Hanging: A sequel to 501st had been planned at the time it was written, but was later canceled; as a result, a number of arcs from that novel have gone unresolved. Disney declaring the old EU non-canon makes any sort of conclusion even less likely.
Vau: You have to know the limits of your physical and mental endurance, so you can recognize them and pass beyond them. This is why I will push you beyond any suffering you can imagine. You will not give up and die like lesser men; you will not crack up like lesser men; you will not lose heart in the direst circumstances like lesser men. You will carry on beyond your imagined limits. And you will be the last men standing, when the weaklings have opted to do the easy thing and die.
Zey: Do you now? You should take up medicine, my boy.
Vau has perfected this to an art.
The Dreaded: A neat effect in ''Order 66': Jedi General Arligan Zey is found hiding under a desk, having barely survived his own personal Order 66'ing and flat fucking terrified of what Palpatine will do to him. Maze and Ordo mostly tell him where to stick it.
Demolitions Expert: Quite a few of the clones are this; Darman, Ordo, Scorch and Corr are the ones that stand out though.
Death Course: Commando training on Kamino consisted partially of this.
Don't Explain the Joke: Notice how many times Jaing's grey, leathery gloves have been mentioned after Ko Sai hangs herself/the Nulls butcher her afterwards? If still you don't get it, this is why it's called Don't Explain the Joke.
Drives Like Crazy: Bardan. One of his unfortunate clone passengers says that he's insane after they have a car chase through Coruscant traffic while being pursued.
Dual Wielding: Etain after Hard Contact. The lady is fierce with her and her old Master's lightsabers.
Easy Logistics: subverted repeatedly. One of the main problems the GAR faces is the area over which the clones are spread. Naturally, this makes for snarled supply transports and difficulty getting materials to the planet they need to be on, such as the beginning of Triple Zero, where Fi talks about how Procurement finally gave them the matte black combat armor that they wanted...just before they went to Fest, which is an ice world.
Faceless Goons: Inverted. Oh, shab. Another one of Kal Skirata's berserk buttons is when people think that the clones are automatons under the armor. In Triple Zero, Skirata has Ordo take off his helmet in public so that the civilians can see that their protectors are young men.
The Family That Slays Together: the Skiratas. All of them are mercenaries, and more than half of them are elite troops, bred and trained to be the best.
Also, Dr. Uthan wanted a family before she became The Evil Genius, and using that knowledge Fi and Skirata manage to sway her to their side.
Of course, for Mandalorians male success is family, too. Their society is based around clans and families, with both fatherhood and motherhood being highly prized.
The Force: Must I explain? Star Wars EU, hellooo ..
Foreshadowing: lots, but especially apparent before the quintessential Order 66.
Greasy Spoon: The diner that Skirata likes to frequent. Numerous times, attention is drawn to the fact that the food is excessively greasy and unhealthy, but that's apparently what makes it good.
Great Escape: subverted in freeing Ruu Skirata and Dr. Uthan. The breakouts are done quick, fast, and (from the characters' POV) easily.
Maybe to prove how badass Skirata's private army is and how rotten the Republic is simultaneously?
Groin Attack: Implied to happen to an official in the hostage situation short story. Skirata does something, but Darman isn't exactly clear of what it is. Etain also tries it on Darman in Hard Contact, but since he's wearing groin protection on his armor it only hurts her leg.
Highly Conspicuous Uniform: The whitish-grey armor that Omega Squad had while fighting on the forest world of Qiilura. This is later repeated, when the black armor Omega Squad asks for is what they get ... while fighting on a snowy world.
Historical In-Joke: Gilamar pulls one on Nenilin when he compares the scientist to Demagol. Nenilin thinks he's being flattered .... but Gilamar and Skirata both know that Demagol was a psychopathic monster of a Mandalorian scientist who did horrific experiments on children.
Hollywood Healing: subverted. After Atin's fight with Vau he still has scars all over his body.
Honor Among Thieves: pretty much all of the Mandalorians have an unsaid mentality of 'us versus the auretii' when they're threatened as a group.
subverted with Skirata and Obrim's friendliness to each other.
Just a Kid: subverted with Kal Skirata's beginnings.
Knife Nut: Skirata's three-sided blade is mentioned quite often, as it is his close-ranged weapon of choice and he keeps it on him at all times. We discover in Order 66 that it used to belong to his biological father.
My Country, Right or Wrong: Mandalorians in general. Subverted in Bardan's case, where he left the Jedi because he couldn't stand the fact that clones aren't treated with any respect, even when the Jedi are supposed to value all life.
Subverted in Imperial Commando when Fenn Shysa tries to convince Skirata to side with the Mandalorians in general, rather than his clan. Naturally, Skirata refuses.
Papa Wolf: YOU DO NOT MESS WITH KAL SKIRATA'S SONS!!
Lampshaded by Scorch: "if any barve so much as looked the wrong way at his precious little boys, Skirata would have his guts for garters."
Vau to a much lesser degree. He beats the osik out of his boys, but does care for them, enough so that he goes looking for Sev when he turns up missing. His trainees look up to him with a kind of respect, claiming that he made them stronger than any other commando group.
The Radio Dies First: Kind of. In Hard Contact, Omega Squad can't contact Darman because if they used long-distance communication, then their signals will be intercepted, and the enemy will know they are on Qiilura.
Rated Mfor Manly: There is so much badassery, violence, and bromance if you're a female you will go through a sex change.
The Remnant: The Death Watch, down to the same reasons of wanting to rebuild the old Mandalorian empire.
Retcon: This series does a number on the then-recent "History of the Mandalorians" article by Abel G. Pena. Instead of Spar being an insane, fanatical, and charasmatic Mandalore who becomes a Shell-Shocked Veteran, he's a cynical puppet warlord who's in it for the Money, Dear Boy, the Mandalorian Civil War was a minor affair that most Mandalorians ignored, and instead of only around 212 highly dangerous Mandalorians, we have an entire planet of them. Also, that totally awesome City of Bone from the Marvel Comics? Now a failed tourist trap.
Of course, with the 3rd-person character POV the reader's provided with, we never do get the entire picture of just what was going on with Spar. For all we really know—or at the ease of another writer to elaborate upon in the future—it's not so much an out-and-out retcon as an expansion, with Spar muddying the water with his snarky jerkass personality.
Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Both averted and played straight. The short story Odds is all about how the Clone Wars have allegedly vastly inflated numbers. Many fans argue that the 1,000,000 clones from Attack of the Clones could never fight a war across the entire galaxy. They, for some reason, picked a bone with her over this, even though the whole unit=clone concept was first established in the Attack of the Clones movie novelization, a G-canon (read: higher tier than her works) source that predated her by over two years.
Karen Traviss eventually introduces non-Kaminoan clones to compensate.
Screw You, Elves!: Traviss's irrational hate of Jedi is astounding. It gets to the point that if your a Jedi and aren't openly critical of using the clones as a slave army then you're a fool and not worth the time of the 'oh so proud' Mandalorians
...not so irrational to others. The Jedi order did some *very* questionable things in the name of doing the *right* thing and Traviss is the first author to truly ponder these. The savage treatment of Fan Favorite, Designated Hero Jedi has lead to a Broken Base.
Untrue, The Cestus Deception by Steven Barnes came out almost four months prior covering many of the same bases as the Republic Commando series (including Clone humanity and the morality of the GAR) without being anywhere near as divisive despite the fact Alpha-98/Nate was as much a protagonist as Obi-Wan.
It all depends on point of view. To the Mandalorians themselves, who have strong familial bonds, the nature of the Jedi taking children away from their families and raising them to live without strong emotional attachments would be abhorrent. To be perfectly honest, Traviss' writing could easily be depicted as simply the Mandalorian viewpoint of the Jedi Order.
There is also Pong Krell from Star Wars: the Clone Wars. Retroactively, he is EVERYTHING that Karen Traviss depicted Jedi as being from the Mandalorian viewpoint: an arrogant individual that treated Clone troopers asCannon Fodder, and no better than droids... only for us to find that he was Evil All Along, sabotaging the battle on purpose. The (non-Mandalorian) Clone Troopers get praised for mutinying against him in The Carnage of Krell by the real Jedi. The Krell arc of The Clone Wars seems to have been written as a response to these criticisms.
Secret Police: Palpatine's secret hit squad that hunts down AWOL clones.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: Increasingly played with as the series goes on. It's a world of a difference to see Darman's personality at the beginning and end of the series. Shab, all of the clones.
Scorch gets a moment of this too, in the Harguab incident.
While Skirata handles it better due to his experience, he's noticeably strung out after Order 66.
So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Poor Besany Wennen. So blonde and beautiful not even Ordo knows what to do with her when they first meet. They must have figured something out, because they marry in Order 66. Aww ...
Stupid Sacrifice: Etain sacrifices herself to save a clone from a Jedi padawan during Order 66.
Team Pet: Mird fulfils this function, despite being strictly Vau's pet. Mird is actually quite useful, seeing as it is an intelligent killing machine that can fly.
Tearjerker: Etain's death and the scenes that immediately follow at Kyrimorut. Also, Delta Squad leaving Sev behind.
Thicker Than Water: Skirata, always, but he really proves this when he aids his sons (who have formally disowned him in finding his missing daughter/their missing sister, Ruusaan, who he hasn't talked to in over thirty years.
Also subverted: When Skirate also adopts Bardan Jusik. Family is family and you just never turn your back on them, blood is the least of it, since Mando frequently adopt orphans... or stray Jedi with daddy issues.
It should be noted that with the exception of Laseema—who was either a Hutt slave or terribly mistreated Hutt employee—the others are all competent, capable, professional women in their own right. In a normal setting, they would be plenty "badass" on their own. However, when placed within a general military science-fiction action series, alongside life-long warriors and borderline super soldiers, there's something of a need for them to step it up. Which they do. Magnificently.
Corr, oh so much. Was just a standard trooper before being picked up by Skirata's gang, and ended up being trained as an actual Commando.
And Corr is a Handicapped Badass having had both arms blown off near the elbow. His weapon of choice? A Rotary Blaster Cannon, a freaking minigun in blaster form, that enjoys plying about a little too much.
Vow of Celibacy: As is frequently the case, the Jedi Order's produces plenty of drama. Etain and Darman have a Secret Relationship that produces a son. There's also a cameo by Callista Ming from the earlier-written Callista Trilogy, who as in that series' backstory has a boyfriend. The series fixes the conflict by establishing that Callista is a member of a Jedi splinter sect that encourages romantic love, which the mainstream order considers semi-heretical.