Tropes associated with characters from Dark Horse Comics' Knights of the Old Republic comic book series. For other works set in the same Star Wars Legends era, see the main index at Knights of the Old Republic.
Zayne is nicknamed "the worst padawan in Jedi history" due to his terrible luck and lack of anything resembling combat ability. Framed for the murder of his fellow students (which was really comitted by his Knight Templar master), Zayne winds up on the run, trying to clear his name and expose the mysterious Jedi Covenant, while crossing paths with various significant figures of his era.
- Break the Cutie: Twice first due to the massacre than with Chantique.
- Butt-Monkey: He says this while climbing out of a vat of industrial sludge.The Force wants me alive it doesn't want me happy, but it wants me alive.
- Clear My Name: His first major character arc, twice over. First he has to clear himself of the murder of his fellow padawans, and on the side he has to prove that he isn't the Sith his masters foresaw.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Artist Dustin Weaver admits he bases the appearance of Zayne on a young Christian Slater.
- Five Stages of Grief: Word of God says he more or less goes through one per issue starting with 2.
- Guile Hero: Develops into one under Gryph's tutelage.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: He's probably the most Jedi-like Jedi on Taris—and anywhere he goes to escape the Covenant—but he just can't shake that supposedly-killed-his-classmates thing.
- Knight Errant: Refuses a promotion to Jedi Knight in order to be a "Jedi of the people".
- Martial Pacifist: Even for a Jedi.
- Nice Guy: He does his best never to hurt anyone and stops to help wherever he can. Even before the whole mess starts, he's resigned without resentment to the fact that all his friends are better than him.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: One he uses to get close to HaazenZayne: I'm having a vision! A vision of the future!Haazen: A seer too? Wonderful, tell me. Tell me your vision of the future!Zayne: You're not in it!Zayne slices of Haazen's arm
- Screw Destiny: The Covenant insists that he's the bringer of doom because of their vision. He runs around trying to stop doom whenever he can (and doing a pretty fair job of it in some cases).
- Spanner in the Works: To Arkoh Adasca and Haazen.
- They Do: Him and Jarael in the end.
- This Loser Is You: Sort of. Word of God is that he's supposed to invoke a player in a video game (such as the original KOTOR) struggling to learn the controls at first, but getting better with it over time.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: And unlike a whole lotta other Jedi, he really won't.
- Took a Level in Badass: When he starts out, he's inept. Over the course of the series, he helps to bring down a Sith wannabe, a power mad weapons dealer, and a mad scientist. He also forms his own organization without his boss knowing about it.
- Unluckily Lucky: Zayne Carrick. The clumsiest, most unlucky Jedi of his generation, he manages to survive the massacre of his fellow Padawans by simple virtue of arriving late to the knighting ceremony made by their Evil Mentors. He runs away, pursued by said mentor Jedi under trumped-up charges of becoming Sith, and in trying to prove his innocence and raise hell on the masters' plans he runs into all kinds of problems involving the Mandalorians, the returning Sith, said mentors becoming more mustache-twirling evil from the stress and hundreds of relatively mundane (yet hair-raising) problems. Despite all that, he doesn't die no matter how crazy things get, manages to kill anybody who threatens him, builds a reputation as a formidable warrior that helps him occasionally, and eventually gets the girl.Zayne: The Force does not want me dead. It doesn't want me happy, but it doesn't want me dead.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: His explicit power, although he only learns about it very late in the story.
Marn "Gryph" Hierogryph
Gryph is a Snivvian conman who was Zayne's special nemesis, until the Padawan Massacre made him an outlaw as well. Labelled an accomplice, Gryph aided and protected Zayne at first to save his own skin, but he grew to care for the boy as a true friend. He is quite clever, and is known for coming up with wild schemes that either go well, or spectacularly awry.
- Fire-Forged Friends: After he and Zayne survive numerous situations together, they become inseparable.
- Insistent Terminology: "Criminal Mastermind"
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's only in it for money and prestige, but he ends up friends with Zayne, and his business doesn't include killing.
- The Lancer: He splits the role with Jarael.
- Loveable Rogue: Gryph in a nutshell. It's questionable whether he actually does all his con games for money or the sheer joy of screwing with people's heads, assuming they're mutually exclusive.
- Pig Man: He's a Snivvian, which makes him kind of a boar-hippo-rat-man.
Jarael / Edessa
Jarael is an Arkanian offshoot who helped Zayne and Gryph escape Taris. Though at first she didn't trust either of them, she gradually came to like and respect both fugitives from justice. She herself has a shadowed past with a gang of slavers called The Crucible. Jarael's main flaw is her hotheadeness, which tends to get her into situations that she can't fight her way out of.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Zayne Carrick. Zayne's other love interest Shel is the Betty. She herself is the Archie to Alek's Veronica and Zayne's Betty.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She was genetically engineered, then she was a slave, then she was a slaver.
- Empowered Badass Normal: On Flashpoint, she shows signs of Force sensitivity. Turns out she doesn't quite have the Force, just when there are genuine Force-users like Zayne around.
- Facial Markings: They mark her out as a former member of the Crucible, a horrific slaving ring. But what the specific markings mean is protector.
- Faux Action Girl: After an initial showing as a powerful fighter who rescues Zayne, she gets captured and/or beaten with some regularity. Training with Alek helps her break out of it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's mistrustful and tries to get rid of Zayne and Grpyh at any opportunity early on, but it's for the sake of protecting Camper. Later she befriends them completely.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She betrayed Chantique and took her role as a slaver to protect the children underneath her.
- I Owe You My Life: Towards Camper for saving her from the Crucible.
- The Lancer: She splits the role with Gryph.
- Made a Slave: Was one in her early years.
- Master of Disguise: If someone needs to impersonate someone, it's going to be Jarael. She dresses up as two Jedi, a full-blooded Arkanian, a staff member at an arena, and more. Turns out the Last Resort was parked over a clothing warehouse, so she played a lot of dress-up.
- Meaningful Name: Twice over. Jarael means Protector. Edessa means "triumph", as she was the first successful test subject augmented with Arca Jeth's genetics.
- Simple Staff: Fights with a shock-staff that can stand up to lightsabers.
- Tsundere: Jokingly towards Zayne.
- They Do: Her and Zayne in the end.
"Camper" / Gorman Vandrayk
A crazed but brilliant Arkanian offshoot that lives with Jarael on the Last Resort. Many years ago, he saved the girl from slavers, and she, in turn, has protected him from his own enemies as his mind begins to fade. Gryph comes to him with Zayne seeking help in escaping Taris, and after a series of escapades he decides to tag along and let them use his ship.
- But Now I Must Go: He doesn't die, but he leaves forever when he leads the exogorths out to Wild Space.
- Crazy Homeless People: He clearly doesn't have a strong connection to reality. Later we learn it was partly an act, and partly a consequence of his ship's contaminated air ducts.
- Genius Ditz: In spite of his disconnectedness and constant, rambling mumble, he can fix any broken piece of technology that gets put in his hands. Oh, and he's also razor-sharp when it comes to getting paid.
- Parental Substitute: To Jarael, whom he saves and cares about enough that Adasca uses her as a hostage for his good behavior.
T1-LB / "Elbee"
A binary loading droid used by the Taris Jedi to move heavy equipment. Some time before the comic began, he overheard the Conclave's plan to kill their Padawans, and was destroyed to cover it up. Camper winds up repairing him with a more advanced processor, granting him increased intelligence and an unstable personality, as he is now capable of understanding that his trusted master Lucien harmed him.
- Berserk Button: Lucien Draay. Zayne frequently motivates Elbee to do things by saying that it will give him a chance to get back at his former master.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: His increased intelligence has made him shy and unresponsive. This does not mean he won't punch you into orbit if you frighten or offend him.
- Logic Bomb: On the receiving end of a non-verbal one. His memories show that he was destroyed by falling of a cliff, and he suspects Lucien Draay was responsible for it somehow. But he couldn't have ordered Elbee to kill himself, since that's illogical, and Elbee can't comprehend that Lucien might have used the Force.
- Loners Are Freaks: His quiet and unresponsive behavior tends to make the rest of the crew nervous. Somewhat justified, considering that his behavior is a result of a programming paradox causing his behavior core to malfunction unpredictably.
- The Quiet One: Camper's upgrades make him capable of speech, but Elbee still refrains from it for the most part. Except to wonder why Zayne continually talks to him in spite of his silence.
Rohlan "the Questioner" Dyre
A Mandalorian Crusader who became notorious among his clan for finding ways to survive suicide missions — something that's frowned upon in their society. This, combined with his outspoken belief that Mandalore the Ultimate's crusade is a wasted effort, made him something of a reviled figure to his fellow warriors. He meets the gang while on yet another suicide mission from Cassus Fett, and decides to go AWOL to avoid his leaders' wrath.
- But Now I Must Go: At the end of the series, he decides to go off on his own, hoping to discover the true reason that Mandalore the Ultimate started the war.
- Cultured Warrior: They don't call him "The Questioner" for nothing. He has a deep respect for his people's traditions, even more so than his fellow clansmen.
- Inspirational Martyr: Deconstructed. He appeared to die on Flashpoint, trying to save the scientist Demagol, but it was actually an elaborate con. Mandalore wrote an epitaph for him where he accepted that the only answer was the word of Mand'alor, effectively making him a martyr for a cause he didn't believe in.
- Meaningful Name: His name was chosen as a reference to the knight Roland, commander in Charlemagne's army and protagonist of the medieval epic The Song of Roland.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Unlike most of his fellow Crusaders, Rohan believes that the Mandalorian Code of Honor is more important than following Mandalore's commands, causing him to butt heads with other warriors and earning him the title of "The Questioner."
- Properly Paranoid: As time goes on, he begins to suspect that Mandalore the Ultimate had some sort of ulterior motive for starting the war, or was manipulated into it. It wasn't confirmed until much later, but he was right - the Mandalorian Wars and the subsequent Jedi Civil War were all part of a Xanatos Gambit by the Sith Emperor.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Even more so than the rest of his people - he is one of the few people in the clans that holds their people's traditions above the will of their new Mandalore, and considers those that don't dishonorable.
- Put on a Bus: It's eventually revealed that Demagol stole his armor and identity not long after he joined the group, leaving the real Rohlan in his armor. As such, he spends much of the series in Republic captivity off-screen.
- Honor Before Reason: Takes his people's life-debt tradition very seriously, despite it dragging him into dangerous situations he'd normally just as soon run and hide from.
- I Owe You My Life: He eagerly pledges a life-debt to Gryph because it was the first time anyone had even considered him worth saving.
- Lizard Folk: He's a Trandoshan.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: The stereotypical Trandoshans are generally vicious hunters that tend to make violent and skilled criminals. Slyssk is a friendly, bumbling goof who could barely steal an unguarded spaceship without screwing it up.Slyssk: I know I'm not the toughest Trandoshan around. Hunts make you nauseous - you go into piracy. That's life.
- Supreme Chef: His cooking skills become very lucrative when they steal a commissary ship attached to the Republic Navy.
- The Unfavorite: His childhood is implied to not have been the happiest.Slyssk: I've heard it all my life. "How did your egg get into the nest, Slyssk?"
Gryph: I understand. Kids can be cruel.
Slyssk: What kids? That was my mother!
The Jedi Covenant
Lucien is the son of the great Jedi masters Barrison and Krynda Draay, and is determined to live up to their legacy and prevent the return of the Sith at any cost. Guided by apocalyptic visions of the future, Lucien has killed or otherwise wronged hundreds in his quest to vanquish the darkness exactly as his Treacherous Advisor Haazen intended. Above all else, though, he desires something he can never have the approval of his dead father and reclusive mother.
- All for Nothing: Caused the Padawan Massacre to happen, ignoring his mother's order to bring them to the Draay Estate so more could be learned about the vision, because he feared she would die if the vision came to pass. But his actions caused the vision to come to pass anyway, and his mother died because of the the Massacra, meaning his actions were all for nothing.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Somewhat subverted: he's an aristocrat and an antagonist, but the two roles aren't really connected, and he's a hero in his own mind.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Blind Seer: Averted. He is part (1/4th) miraluka, but he is neither blind, nor particularly adept at predicting the future. Played straight in the end. After losing his eyes, he claims that he can finally see his future.
- The Dragon: To his mother, or so he thinks. Really The Dragon to Haazen.
- Fair-Weather Mentor: He was this to Zack. It's true that the other masters can be seen as this, but at least the other four Masters actually put effort into the training of their Padawans, while Lucien treated Zayne basically as a nuisance and a source of cheap laughs. It was also implied that he had no interest in training a Padawan at all, and used Zayne's Force disability as a excuse to ignore and not seriously train him. It's telling that Zayne Carrick become a skilled Jedi after he went on the run to clear his name for the crimes Lucien framed him for.
- He Who Fights Monsters: In his desire to prevent Zayne from becoming a Sith, Lucien does a whole lot of things that you would expect out of a Sith.
- Hypocrite: Big time. He belittles Zayne for not having killed Haazen when he had the chance. When Zayne argues, rightfully, that he had never even heard of Haazen before, and had no incentive to kill him, Lucien accuses him of never knowing to strike at the right moment. This is in spite of Lucien having grown up with Haazen, and having had countless chances to kill him, and never did.
- Jerkass: Lucien. At times, it seems like he's just using whatever excuse he can come up with to belittle Zayne. At one point, he accuses Zayne of never having the guts to do what needs to be done, which may very well be true, but the example he uses is not killing Haazen when he had the chance. At the time, Zayne had literally never met or even heard of Haazen before, and Haazen was still masquerading as a loyal servant of the Draay household. Zayne had absolutely no reason to suspect him of being a Sith acolyte.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He stops just before he hits bottom barely.
- Knight Templar: Best illustrated when Lucien says Zayne is a failure as a Jedi for being unwilling to kill an innocent for the greater good.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Causing the Padawan Massacre, which he hoped would prevent the vision from happening, causes it to happen. He loses his four only friends because he ordered the murder of their students and his own student, the one he looked down on, brings his downfall. What's worse was the reason he caused the massacre in the first place was because he was afraid his mother would die, but causing the massacre causes his mother to get a vision of the massacre, causing her to have a stroke, which leaves her severely ill and unable to warn Lucien. The only thing that keeps her going was her believing Lucien could never do a thing like that; finding out he did crushes her, and as she dies told him to accept his mistakes and face the future with humility.
- Light Is Not Good: His name is Lucien and he wears all white.
- Mentor Mole: Betrays Zayne and keeps trying to kill him throughout.
- Muggle Born of Mages: While still a Jedi, he's a quarter Miraluka with no divination ability, much to his mother's dismay.
- Redemption Equals Death: Averted. He survives, thanks to Kressh's gauntlet, but is blinded.
- Red Herring: Despite heavy foreshadowing, he's not Darth Sion.
- Villainous BSoD: After his mother tells him she was wrong he finally faces what he's become.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His father was a great Jedi who died a hero, and Lucien is always trying to live up to him. His mother is still alive and disdained him for not having the powers of a seer.
One of the masters of Taris. She suffers nightmares due to a lack of friends to help her and her own guilt. She believes that killing Zayne is the only way to stop her nightmares, so she tries to kill him. She hires mercenaries to kill his family and then manipulates his ex-girlfriend to try and do the deed. Her plans go to hell during her battle with Zayne, and when she finally realizes her mistake, Tey's killed in an explosion.
- Ax-Crazy: By the time Zayne returns to Taris, Raana has lost it completely and doesn't care who else she has to cut down to get him.
- Blood Knight: She's particularly violent and eager to fight.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Even before her Sanity Slippage later, she's quick to anger.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: She has a change of heart about Zayne after he tries to rescue her despite everything she and the Covenant had done to him. Unfortunately, her hand then gets caught on some wreckage and when she ignites her lightsaber to free it, Gryph assumes that she's trying to attack Zayne and detonates the bombs in the Jedi Tower, killing her.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Raana, you might not want to rant about your crime when the girl you've deceived into helping you is in the room, especially when she has a functioning lightsaber.
- Knight Templar: As soon as they have a vision with someone in a face-concealing spacesuit used by their Padawans, Raana says they should kill them all.
- Manipulative Bastard: She turns Shel into a would-be assassin of Zayne.
- Meaningful Name: Not her actual name, but Zayne points out that her name rhymes with "Run Away", something you definitely should be doing if you end up on the business side of her lightsaber.
- Plagued by Nightmares: Raana's Force visions take the form of vicious nightmares that keep her from getting more than an hour of sleep each night.
- Redemption Equals Death: Realizes that she was in the wrong moments before she's killed.
- Right Behind Me: The thing that ultimately undoes her.
- Sanity Slippage: She relied on the others in the Covenant to keep her mind together. When they split up after the massacre, she starts to lose it.
- Secret Police
- Slasher Smile: Shows a really creepy one right before getting impaled.
- Villainous Breakdown: Experiences this over the course of Issue 24, culminating to the point where her own rage and anger are all that's keeping her from dying.
- Villainous BSoD: When Zayne tries to save her life even after everything she's done, which forces Raana to realize how despicable she is in comparison.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She was the first one to suggest striking down the Padawans in order to prevent their vision.
Q'Anilia is a Miraluka, and even for that species is a powerful seer. She believes very strongly in the prophecies they have, seeing them as infallible and inevitable, and in that way blinds herself to other possibilities. Although she cared about her Padawan, Shad Jelavan, she doesn't speak against the murder because she thinks averting the prophecy is more important.
- Blind Seer: Like all Miraluka. She's later described as "the seer who stands in darkness" because of her despair and her unwillingness to find an original path.
- Call-Forward: One of her visions includes Darth Vader.
- Despair Event Horizon: The longer Krynda refuses to see her and the further the Covenant's prophecy plays out, the more desperate and despairing Q'Anilia becomes. When she finds Krynda "dead", she goes over the edge.
- Driven to Suicide: Finding Krynda "lifeless" in a coffin is the last straw for Q'Analia, and she takes poison to join her master. Then she learns that it was really a stasis oubliette, although as it turns out Krynda had only minutes left anyway.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She believed that Gryph would definitely betray Zayne even as he persistently didn't, and bought Zayne's vengeful "prophecy" hook, line, and sinker. As Gryph said, anyone who believed Zayne would hunt down anyone for Revenge didn't know him at all.
- Knight Templar: She liked Shad, but she also thought it was necessary to kill him and didn't hesitate.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When she realizes she and the others murdered their Padawans for nothing.
- Number Two: The second-in-command of the Jedi Covenant due to her strength and skill in prophecy.
- Undying Loyalty: To Krynda, her original master. Q'Anilia will do anything for her, and is deeply hurt when turned away from the Draay estate by Haazen.
- Secret Police
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The entire vision is this, but Q'Anilia deliberately invokes it by killing herself when Zayne reaches the Draay estate.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: A flashback shows her as a friendly, precocious kid with a big grin.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She is the most reluctant of the group to kill their Padawans, although she still does the deed.
The most reluctant member of the conspiracy against Zayne. Xamar argued against killing the Padawans, and though he ultimately partook in the crime it never sat easy with him. He remains a cautious participant in the Covenant, clashing with Lucien and the others' demands for extreme measures.
- Ace Pilot: He's an excellent pilot, having served with his homeworld's navy for a time.
- HeelFace Turn: Confesses to the Jedi Council, accepting punishment and helping move against the Covenant in exchange for Krynda being pardoned.
- Redemption Equals Death: He eventually turns fully against the Covenant, leading the other Jedi to stop them and planning to answer for his crimes. He's killed by Haazen's orbital bombardment not long after this.
- Snake Talk: Probably because of all those tentacles on his face.
- Token Good Teammate: He's the most reluctant to kill the Padawans and advocates waiting as long as possible, saying that they should contact the Council about their vision before acting. He still does it in the end, but murdering his student clearly affects him more than the others and eventually causes him to turn on them.
- You Can't Fight Fate: His vision showed him killed by friendly fire in a space battle, so he takes matters into his own hands to subvert it. He manages to die by friendly fire on the surface instead.
- The Brute: He's the biggest and most imposing of the Covenant.
- Jerkass: He's callous and indifferent to the struggles of his home village, even though he's their leader, and lets it fall into disrepair while profaning the holy site by using it for Artifact of Doom storage.
- Knight Templar: It's fine to exploit his position as Exalt to safeguard dangerous Sith artifacts in his hometown, and then murder a Padawan, so long as it keeps the Sith from coming back.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He's killed by his brother and the villagers he neglected and exploited.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When he self-destructs the Sanctum to destroy the artifacts inside, it also destroys his home village.
- Never My Fault: Although he's horrified by the incident mentioned just above, he also quickly blames Zayne for it happening, even though Feln was the one who pushed the button.
- Secret Police: Serves this function as a member of the Covenant. Specifically, he manages a cache of Sith geegaws to stop them falling into the wrong hands.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- Aristocrats Are Evil: No, just severely flawed.
- Disappointed in You: Towards Lucien for the Padawan massacre.
- Doesn't Know Their Own Child: Played for Drama Krynda Draay has a vision in which the First Watch Circle execute their Padawans. She suffers a stroke, rendering her unable to move. Subsequently, Haazen imprisons her in a crystal oubliette to keep her alive in stasis, where she experiences the Padawan massacre repeatedly. Krynda barely endures the torment because of her desperate hope that her son Lucien Draay will never commit murder. When she is removed from the stasis pod and Lucien tells her the truth, that he did not kill any Padawans, he ordered their murders. Outraged and horrified, she tells him no mission is worth the lives of younglings, and asked Lucien who had led him to believe that murdering the Padawans was the right thing to do. She is horrified when Lucien says she had, and that he had done it to carry out her missionby any means necessary. Realizing that her teachings had led her son to murder his students, Krynda claimed that she had been wrong the entire time. In her last moments, she told Lucien to accept his mistakes and face the future with humility.
- Evil Matriarch: Subverted. Just another Red Herring.
- Fainting Seer: The power of her visions causes this to the extent she has a stroke, but to be fair she is quite elderly.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-miraluka, the cause of her blindness and her seer powers.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Flashbacks to her youth show that she's quite beautiful.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After Lucien tells her she gave him the idea it was okay to murder children.
- Parental Favoritism: She went out and adopted a bunch of Jedi children because her son was such a disappointment.
- Parental Neglect: It's made abundantly clear that Krynda severely neglected her son so much so that he grew into an extremely cold and callus Master of the Jedi order, making him all too willing to commit even the most heinous and cruel acts preformed by the order. This neglect is what lead her and the order into near ruination, as she had also obfuscated Lucien's understanding of her beliefs and mission. Which resulted in the tragic deaths of children and her heartbroken death.
- Red Herring: She's a big ball of these, but the biggest one might just be that she turns out not to be Kreia from Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords.
- The Reveal For most of the series, Haazen had her trapped in stasis after she suffered a stroke.
Haazen is Lucien's mentor and aide-de-camp, the ultimate mastermind behind the Jedi Covenant. A dark mirror of Zayne Carrick, he was kicked out of the Jedi Order because of his ineptitude and has been consumed with bitterness and the desire for revenge. As a result, he dabbled in Sith sorcery and manipulated Lucien into bringing about the events necessary for the destruction of the Jedi order and Haazen's ascent to the highest reaches of power.
- Amplifier Artifact: After falling to the dark side, he began using the Covenants collection of Sith artifacts to increase his meagre Force powers. As a result, the fumbling Padawan that non-Force-sensitives could regularly defeat is now a formidable sorcerer who can influence the minds of Jedi Masters and take out four Jedi with a single blast of Force lightning.
- Anti-True Sight: He wears a Sith artifact called the Yoke of Seeming, which alters the flow of the Force around him. Jedi who try to sense his intentions will perceive whatever he wants them to perceive and nothing else.
- The Chessmaster: He engineers the misinterpretation of the prophecy, takes control of the Republic's fleet, manipulates the Covenant for years, and plans to cap it all off by controlling both sides of the force through Zayne and Lucien
- Deflector Shields: The Gauntlet of Kressh the Younger prevents anyone from touching (and thus harming) Haazen without his consent. When Lucien tries to strike him with a lightsaber, the Gauntlet conjures a web of Force lightning to stop the blade before blasting him away.
- Disproportionate Retribution: At the root of it all, his actions are motivated by his desire to spit on Barrison's grave.
- Entitled Bastard: During his time as a padawan, he made little effort to actually improve his skills or learn discipline and mostly rode the coattails of his more talented friends, but he still expected to be promoted to full Knighthood simply because of his connection to Barrison Draay.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Invoked. When the Sith doctor reconstructs him, he's hideous—and he's told that it's how he truly is on the inside.
- Evil Mentor: He taught Lucien most of what he knows.
- Evil Sorcerer: He claims some of the Sith artifacts so he can become this.
- Expy: He has an awful lot in common with Iago and Palpatine.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From a failed Padawan and Jedi lackey to the Big Bad of the first arc.
- Green-Eyed Monster: When the Sith asked him what he wanted, his answer was Barrison's life and everything in it.
- The Man Behind the Man: He manages the Draay estate and its wealth, which basically keeps the Jedi covenant going.
- Manipulative Bastard: Plays the Covenant like a fiddle, manipulates Lucien, and tries to manipulate Zayne too.
- Mole in Charge: The man who effectively runs a clandestine organization dedicated to keeping Sith artifacts out of the wrong hands is secretly a Sith.
- Not So Similar: Haazen is this to Zayne Carrick, both of them having been inept Padawans and best friends with the most talented one in the group. However, it is implied that Zayne's being inept is due to his master having no interest in training a Padawan at all, and using Zayne's Force disability as an excuse to ignore and not seriously train him. Haazen's ineptness is due to being undisciplined and predictable in his actions, being unfocused and haphazard in his pursuits, and allowing his emotions to constantly get the better of him. Haazen took it for granted that he would succeed, expected Barrison's money and influence would get him into the Jedi Order. When it didn't, Haazen festered in bitterness for decades, while Zayne accepted his likely failure and did not resent his friends or hold it against them. Both become more skilled and powerful, but the difference is that Zayne refuses to turn to the Dark Side and let the tragedy that happened affect him, remaining true to himself, while Haazen embraces the Dark Side and lets his anger, bitterness and ambition corrupt and twist him.
- Obviously Evil: Haazen is a withered old man with deathly grey skin and sinister-looking cybernetics, including a skeletal arm and a glowing red eye. Even if you knew nothing about Star Wars, you could probably tell that this guy was shady long before he outed himself as a Sith.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: He leads Barrison into a trap, but the Sith trigger the explosion early to catch him in it. He survives, but is severely injured and disfigured.
- The Resenter: He expected Barrison's money and influence would get him into the Jedi order. When it didn't, Haazen festered in bitterness for decades.
- Start of Darkness: Failing out of Knighthood.
- Sword Cane: The handle of his cane is the hilt of a concealed lightsaber. He designed it this way to get around the fact that he, as a failed Padawan, is not allowed to carry a lightsaber.
- Villainous Breakdown: Suffers this after Zayne and Lucien derail his plot.
Demagol, aka Antos Wyrick, is a Mandalorian mad scientist who is obsessed with finding the secrets of the Force so that he can replicate it or neutralize it. He also trained Jarael, and several other Force-sensitive children as part of a super soldier project, but lost everything when the Crucible abducted his charges and burned his lab to the ground. He is a psychopath with no moral qualms, yet is a good manipulator, passing himself off as Zayne's friend Rohlan for many months.
- Abusive Parents: Discards his daughter Chantique because she's "defective".
- Even Evil Has Standards: "Evil" is a stretch, but the Mandalorians were disgusted by his actions. The term Demagolca was introduced into the Mando'a language after his death, meaning roughly "War criminal".
- Genius Bruiser: He's a brilliant scientist, and also tough enough to run around with Mandalorians.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He summons a lightsaber to kill Chantique. Unfortunately, it's a double bladed one. When he switches it on, he impales them both.
- Demagol spent years studying Force sensitivity—never once suspecting that he himself was actually Force sensitive.
- He held up Jarael as the "triumph" of his attempts to artificially create Force sensitive children while dismissing his flesh and blood daughter Chantique as a "failure". It turns out to be the other way around: Jarael is only marginally Force sensitive at best while the "failure" Chantique is the only one of the children he experimented on with full-blown Force sensitivity.
- Jedi Mind Trick: Part of how he was able to masquerade as Rohlan for long. Demagol is actually Force sensitive and was unknowlingly mind tricking people into ignoring the hints that he was an imposter.
- Legendary in the Sequel: His atrocities become so despised by the Mandalorians that later generations introduce the word demagolka, derived from his name and meaning "someone who commits atrocities" or "war criminal", to the Mando'a language. In the time of the Clone Wars, nearly four thousand years later, Kal Skirata compares Kaminoan scientist Ko Sai to Demagol.
- Mad Scientist: "Demagol" means "flesh-carver" in Mando'a.
- Malevolent Masked Men: All Mandalorians are masked, but his is definitely more sinister.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's really good at playing benevolent and adopts a parental, mentoring attitude with Jarael.
- The Reveal: Yeah, that guy you thought was Rohlan all this time?
- Villainous Breakdown: When he learns that his research was worthless and that he wasted his life.
Lord Arkoh Adasca
Lord Adasca is the ruler of Arkania and head of Adascorp, and his pleasant exterior masks the soul of a snake. He desires two things: to "purify" the Arkanian race of "corrupt" offshoots like Jarael, and to raise his homeworld's glory beyond anything his ancestors could have dreamed of. A power unto himself, Adasca offers his services to the Republic and Mandalorians alike, so long as he comes out ahead in the bargain.
- Arms Dealer: He plans to elevate Arkania's status by selling weapons to both sides.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Eighth lord of House Adasca, heir to one of the planet's great industrial dynasties, one hundred percent bastard.
- Blank White Eyes: As a full-blooded Arkanian.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Adasca is halfway between this and an Evil Chancellor since he's both a corporate head as well as the owner of a planet.
- Fantastic Racism: Against offshoots like Jarael.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He was this to Lucian. While Lucian spent every summer with the Adascas on Arkania, and attended many Adasca parties, Lucian considered him a spoiled brat.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He's eaten by his own space worms.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Every interaction with Jarael has this subtext.
- Manipulative Bastard: He dupes Jarael into thinking he's a progressive-minded ally who wants to help the offshoots, and he wants to play the two sides of the war against each other.
- Not So Above It All: It's implied that he lusts after Jarael despite his bigotry (given his comments about "future children" and giving her Bare Midriff outfits)
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He shows his true colors as a racist once he's done with the affable routine.
- Smug Snake: He's completely full of himself and his evil plans.
- Villainous Breakdown: after Zayne and Lucien blow the plans his family has spent decades working on sky high over the span of a few minutes he looses his temper and orders his men to kill them.
Mandalore the Ultimate
The warrior-king of the Mandalorian clans who, like many before him, gave up his old name to become Mandalore — "The One Ruler" in Mando'a. A proud, savage warrior who follows no code of honor but his own, he dreams of nothing less than complete domination of the galaxy. He is one of the most deadly hand-to-hand combatants in the galaxy, surpassing even many Jedi. Sectarian conflicts between the Jedi and the Sith matter little to him: so far as he is concerned, all sorcerers with lightsabers are fair game.
- An Axe to Grind: He has a giant war axe made out of the remains of the Courageous, a famed Republic warship.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: This is standard procedure for the Mandalorians, and given that he's their warrior-king, that makes him the Asskicking-est of them all.
- Evil Overlord
- The Faceless: Never seen without his mask though it's implied that the Taung in Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War 6: Dark Lord who obtained Mandalore the Indomitable's mask is Mandalore the Ultimate.
- The Magnificent: As is standard procedure for the various Mandalores, to he takes an epithet to distinguish him from past and future bearers of the name.
- Malevolent Masked Men: He is never seen without his masked combat helmet.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Madalore is, obviously, not his real name. It's not even his real title, since it's just a basic-ized version. The correct spelling is Manda'lor.
Field Marshal of the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders, Cassus' brilliant tactical mind has proven one of Mandalore's biggest assets, earning him his high rank and position as Mandalore's aide-de-camp. Cassus is a bit of a cipher even to his fellow warriors (even the notoriously inscrutable Demagol noted in his journal he had no idea how Fett's mind worked), but everyone knows this man is a force to be reckoned with.
- Combat Pragmatist: Rather than army-to-army fighting, Cassus' preferred tactic is to nuke things from orbit whenever he can.
- The Dragon: To Mandalore.
- Enemy Mine: He and Zayne work together on at least two occasions to deal with a mutual threat.
- Even Evil Has Standards: As ruthless as he was, even he found Demagol repulsive.
- The Faceless: Like his boss, all we've ever seen of him is his helmet's visor.
- Famous Ancestor: Subverted. While both are members of Clan Fett, he and Jango Fett are probably not related by blood - Jango was a war orphan that the clan adopted. In the Bounty Hunter Code sourcebook, Boba Fett says he doesn't know or care if he's related to Cassus.
- Friendly Enemy: Downplayed. While he's appreciative and somewhat cordial to Zayne when they work together, he still makes it very clear that he'd relish a chance to face him in battle and kill him.
- Four-Star Badass: Seriously, the man can be badass even when standing behind a hologram directing traffic.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Mandalore's aide-de-camp and general right-hand-man, seems to be the brains of the Mandalorian Empire—it's heavily implied that his eye for tactics and logisticsnote is what has enabled most of their victories so far.
- Kick the Dog: He ordered the genocide of the Cathar race and killed an unidentified Mandalorian femalenote who protested against this decision causing Revan to vow for revenge against the Mandalorians.Mandalorian female: "Cassuswait! They're defeated! We don't have to do this!"
Cassus Fett: "The Cathar left a stain of dishonor amongst the Mando'ade. Today, I wash it clean in the waters of their own presumption. But if you truly feel they need a defender to stand with themthen do so, warrior. I salute you."
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If he hadn't slaughtered the Cathars and killed the Mandalorian Woman that defended the Cathars, Revan wouldn't be so determined to defeat the Mandalorians.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Although he's less concerned with honorable combat than most.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Compared to Mandalore the Ultimate, at least — he at least understands that there's more to war than slaughtering the enemy, and that it's sometimes worth it to cooperate with your foes.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: When Zayne warns him of the Rakghoul outbreak on Jebble, he nukes the site from orbit rather than evacuating surviving uninfected warriors and thanks him for letting him know. Zayne is not happy.
Chantique is the Magister Impressor of the Crucible, a slaving guild that uses training methods to turn people into amoral killing machines. She has a nihilistic view of the world due to being sold into slavery by her own father, as well as getting stabbed in the back both figuratively and literaly by Jarael. Now she is determined to make Jarael suffer in anyway possible, mainly through torturing Zayne Carrick.
- Dark Action Girl: She survived the fighting pits as a child and is a dangerous combatant, although it's her manipulation that causes the most trouble.
- Facial Markings: They indicate that she's a slaver with the Crucible.
- Faux Affably Evil: The entire time she's screwing with Zayne she's all smiles, and acting as cheerfully as possible. She even puts her arm around his shoulder and gives him a drink at one point.
- Freudian Excuse: Her Father sold her into slavery and Jarael impaled her through the back.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Her usual outfits cross this with Leotard of Power.
- Shadow Archetype: She's essentially everything that Jarael would have become if she hadn't been saved by Camper.
- Tragic Villain: She's a completely awful person, but considering her father's abandonment, being enslaved, and then having self-trained Force powers, she is a little pitiable.
- The Vamp: This is the Hat of Zeltrons, and she acts very seductive towards Zayne while trying to break him.
- Villainous Breakdown: Experiences this after Zayne arrives to save Jarael.
- Whip It Good
Shel is Zayne's ex-girlfriend. Their relationship hits a massive snag when Zayne is accused of murder (her brother was one of the victims.) She is manipulated by Raana into trying to kill Zayne but after two failed attempts (the first due to a combination of Del Moomo's stupidity and Gryph's quick thinking, and the second due to Zayne having an emotional breakdown about her brother's death causing her to lose the will to do it), she learns that Zayne is actually innocent and saves his life. Later on they patch things up and are co-running an organization to help fugitives.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Zayne.
- Break the Cutie: When she first appears she's apparently quite happy. Flash forward 22 issues later and she's practically homicidal.
- Cool Big Sis: Is a senatorial aide, and knows how to set up an organization. Is also rather attractive.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She fails to realize that Raana is insane, a liar, and a murderer despite rather obvious evidence (advocating murder, inconsistent behavior, her reaction to Zayne's accusations). Even though she starts to have doubts she isn't fully convinced until after she hears Raana confess to the crime in a moment of insanity.
- My God What Did I Almost Do: When she learns that Zayne actually is innocent after she put a bounty on his head and nearly killed him herself, she just breaks down crying while hugging him.
- Took a Level in Badass: When she saves Zayne by stabbing Raana through the back.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Raana Tey.
- Action Girl: When first seen, she's fighting her way through the Undercity's rakghouls alone, and keeps that level of skill throughout. Thousands of years later when she awakes during the time of the Empire, she's able to go toe-to-toe with Darth Vader.
- Chainmail Bikini: Not as egregious as some instances, but her armor doesn't reach her waistline and is exposed near the collar. Jarael complains about the chill when she poses as Celeste later.
- Demonic Possession: The amulet that grabs onto her neck contains the malevolent ghost of an ancient Sith lord, and it's a constant struggle to keep him at bay.
- Disney Death: Played for drama. Zayne placed her in Dreypa's oubliette, as it could block the effects of Muur's talisman. He had no idea it was resistent enough to protect her from the nuclear apocalypse Cassus unleashed on the planet, and left her behind for almost 4000 years until Vader found her.
- Really 700 Years Old: Not now, but the next time she appears is when Darth Vader finds her.
- Sealed Evil in a Can / Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: She's the can.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: Not Celeste, but the Constable. She first appeared in the Knights of Suffering storyline, where she was reunited with her children in a heartwarming moment. When we meet her again, she's infected by the Rakghoul plague, and Celeste Morne gives her a Mercy Kill.
- Un-person: As a Shadow, all official records on her have been erased so she can move around with complete secrecy.