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It is a period of opportunity. In a
galaxy oppressed by the cruelty of
Imperial forces, there is little hope
for the future. But for those used to
operating on the fringes, there
is much potential for profit.

Having successfully faked her own death at
Darth Vader's hands, rogue archaeologist
DOCTOR APHRA is back to doing what she does best:
locating and liberating rare artifacts. By
her side are a pair of homicidal droids and
Wookiee bounty hunter Black Krrsantan,
looking to collect on Aphra's debts.

A valuable find has Aphra feeling pretty good.
With her archaeology accreditation, she'll be
able to sell the relic for its true value — but soon
finds that her doctorate has been temporarily
revoked. Even worse, the man behind Aphra's
suspension is her own father....
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Safely away from the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra is ready to resume her life of adventure and archaeology, but that won't be so easy with a pair of homicidal droids and the evillest Wookiee in the Galaxy as her traveling companions. Not to mention all the people after her for the money she owes them, including said Wookiee. And the cherry to top it all off, our good Doctor is no longer, in fact, a doctor.

Doctor Aphra is a spin-off comic based on the popular character from Darth Vader. The first issue hit shelves December 7th, 2016.


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Tropes in this comic book series include:

  • Academy of Evil: Aphra ultimately sells the Rur crystal to the "Shadow University". Though they are not shown doing anything particularly evil, the fact that they were included in Aphra's Auction of Evil and the fact that Aphra says she admires them imply that they are this. They also threaten to expose Aphra's cheating and get her doctorate revoked again if she does not sell the Rur crystal to them.
  • Action Bomb: Aphra uses a tooka that's been genetically engineered to explode when it hears a certain Trigger Phrase. Issue #16 reveals that she has at least sixty.
  • Admiring the Abomination: Issue #18 has Aphra practically drooling over the collection of decommissioned Tarkin Initiative weapons the crew comes across. These include a Wookiee with a railgun for a head, a rathtar crossed with an interrogation droid, and Hutt clone troopers.
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  • The Alcatraz: The Prison Ship that Aphra ends up in during the Catastrophe Con arc. There's no cells, no bars, just no way to escape except into space and implants that'll blow you up if you get too far from your assigned hubdroid. And when Aphra does find a way to escape, she finds that that's just the cherry on top to the actual security system, a Force spirit haunting the halls sabotaging any and all escape attempts.
  • All for Nothing:
    • Triple Zero blackmails Aphra into working for him and stealing his old memories, and then orders for her to be executed. Not only does Aphra escape alive, but it turns out the memories are encrypted.
    • The entire Catastrophe Con arc turns into this for Aphra. The lightsaber she was so determined to get literally falls apart from age, her plan to convince Vader she's dead leads to Tolvan being memory-altered into believing so as well, and while she escapes prison, she's now stuck attached to Triple-Zero by Explosive Leash.
  • Artifact Title: Aphra's doctorate is revoked in the first issue, so she can't actually call herself "Doctor Aphra" anymore. Ultimately subverted, as it's restored at the end of the first arc.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: What Aphra's father believes happened to the Ordu Aspectu. He hopes that if he can find them, it will lead to a new religious awakening across the galaxy.
  • Ascended Extra:
  • Auction of Evil: The second (excluding the issues that are part of The Screaming Citadel) arc of the series centers on Aphra assembling representatives of most of the galaxy's criminal organizations to sell the Rur crystal off to the highest bidder. Though things get complicated when her droids sabotage things in an attempt to kill her.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Tam Posla. After he's killed by Triple-Zero, the hookspores from the demolished Accresker Jail revive his intact body, and due to the energy contained in that fungus, it had a side effect of making him Force-sensitive.
    • Beetee is destroyed by Vader on Accresker, only for the revived Posla to rebuild him. Later, he gets deactivated by an ion attack from Winloss and Nokk, only for Aphra to reactivate him again.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The ending of Issue 20 makes it seem like Aphra is calling Sana to help her escape prison. In fact, she was calling Tolvan; Sana was being contacted by Hera to bring Aphra in for questioning by the Rebellion.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: In a very twisted way, Triple-Zero and Bee-Tee choosing not to kill Aphra when she's blackmailed into freeing them of their Restraining Bolt, because she wasn't cruel to them and gave them plenty of people to kill.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Triple-Zero spends the entirety of the Remastered, Catastrophe Con, and Worst Among Equals arcs trying to recover his original memory files in order to resolve the mystery of his origins. When he finally does so in Issue #30 he discovers to his horror that his killer personality programming was an accident that his creator never wanted him to have.
  • Berserk Button: Tam Posla will refuse to harm anyone who hasn't broken a law, including an Eldritch Abomination. However, all his rules go out the window if they've hurt his boyfriend, Caysin Bog.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Aphra and Tolvan share one when they think they're about to die.
  • Bilingual Bonus: When Aphra auctions off an artifact, the bidders receive electronic devices that signal whether they were succesful, with a red word that obviously signifies no or a blue one that's clearly a yes. And then there's the device of the party that previously superbly annoyed Aphra, signaling two red words. People who either know Aurebesh or have a little experience in cyphers can piece together that Aphra sent them a "hell no".
  • Bio-Augmentation: Was done to Krrsantan when he was training as a gladiator.
  • Blackmail: Triple-Zero uses Aphra's need to let Vader think she's dead to control her.
  • Book-Ends: In the first arc. In the first issue, Aphra submits Abersyn symbiotes she stole as her discovery for her school project, leading to her graduating but at the cost of tricking someone close to her into believing they are contributing to research and history — something that would make them happy. In the last issue, Aphra submits a duplicate of Rur's crystal to the Kalissdahn artifact storage as an entry in the history records, intending to sell the real crystal to pay for her debts at the cost of tricking another person close to her that they have contributed to research and history, because it's the happiest thing he could take out from the entire ordeal.
  • Brain Uploading: Eternal Rur, the leader of the Ordu Aspectu, figured out how to transfer his consciousness into a crystal container, in order to live forever. Actually, he just copied his mind, and the copy (thinking it's the real thing) killed him and everyone else present.
  • Breaking Speech: Triple-Zero to Aphra in issue 19, telling her they're ultimately Not So Different and for all she claims shock and disgust at his actions, she also uses and hurts people, especially those who helped her, because she likes it. Aphra's left stunned and tries to retort it, but in the end admits the only difference is "I don't expect to sleep well.".
  • Break the Haughty: The Catastrophe Con arc serves as this for Aphra. Every person she wronged or screwed over in some way comes back to haunt her, her clever attempts at escape or getting rich just land her deeper and deeper in trouble, pretty much everyone she cares about gives her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech for her actions towards them, and when she finally sacrifices Tolvan to save her own skin, she's so devastated by what she's done that she lets Triple-Zero take her away. Then as the finale, Evazan compliments her on her depravity and decides to bind her to Triple-Zero, telling her "you deserve each other". Aphra's tears at this imply that she agrees.
  • Breather Episode: Unlike most of the other Expanded Universe comic series, Doctor Aphra explores little of any connections to the films and mostly seems to serve as worldbuilding & misadventures.
  • Buddy Picture: Aphra and Triple-Zero become one in-universe. When Dr. Evazan hijacks planet Milvayne's airwaves and starts broadcasting their antics, the population becomes glued to their sets, urging them on and cheering their escapes.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Tolvan, after being last seen left behind on a backwater world by Aphra at the end of the first arc, returns in the third arc as the Villain of the Week, becoming an important recurring character from that point onward.
    • Sana, last seen during the Screaming Citadel crossover, reappears at the end of Issue #20.
    • Winloss and Nokk, the married monster hunters from the second annual, return in Issue #27.
    • Sister Six, who parted ways with Aphra to join the Rebellion in Issue #19, reappears in Issue #32.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Tam Posla. He refuses to kill a stormtrooper and even an Eldritch Abomination because they have broken no laws.
  • Call-Back: General Hera Syndulla appears in Issue #17 as the new rebel leader of a secret rebel training center.
    • When Rur and Darth Vader fight, Rur attempts to use his technopathy to shut down Vader's life support. This barely stymies Vader, who states that had already been tried and his suit had since been defended, a reference to Doctor Cylo's attempt to kill Vader in his comic.
  • The Cameo:
    • Toob-Nix mentions that he was responsible for getting Korin Pers fired and ruining her reputation, and then Aphra calls Sana for help in stealing Toob-Nix's Abersyn symbioses.
    • When Aphra's group is on Yavin 4, they run into an Imperial droid that is said to be the one that tortured Leia; Triple-Zero claims to be a fan.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Triple-Zero, to the point that he finds Aphra's sense of guilt and remorse to be limitations.
  • Chained Heat: The Worst Among Equals arc has Aphra and Triple-Zero implanted with bombs that'll go off if either dies, tries to remove them or get more than twenty meters from each other, dropped in the middle of a hostile megacity with a price on their head. Dr. Evazan did it to them because he felt it would be nice entertainment while he and Ponda laid low, and even hacked Triple-Zero's eyes to watch it happen.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Aphra. If she has to choose betrayal and survival, she will always choose to betray, even if it's someone she genuinely cares about. However, that doesn't stop her from feeling guilty about it.
  • Class Clown: Aphra hacks Toob-Nix's holoprojector during class, causing it to show a romantic holovid.
  • Continuity Nod: Thanks to the artstyle of the comic, the RA-7 droid accompanying Tolvan looks like AP-5.
  • Covers Always Lie: Issue 9 shows Aphra in a white gown with her hair up. She actually wears a black dress and gives her hair blue highlights & a bob haircut (both of which Issue 11 later reveal as being part of a wig).
  • Crossover: Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel arc is one with the main comic.
  • Dating Catwoman: The relationship between Aphra and Tolvan.
  • Dean Bitterman: The Sava, or teacher, who accepted Aphra into his doctoral program. He says he did it merely to give her hope and take it away — all because he hates her.
  • Death by Origin Story: Aphra's mother was killed by raiders during the Clone Wars. She blames her father for driving her mother away, which led to her going to the planet where she was killed.
  • Depending on the Artist: Aphra's appearance varies a lot.
  • Doomed Predecessor: In the second Annual, Aphra hires a pair of monster hunters to enter an ancient tomb and capture the beast which serves as its MacGuffin Guardian, as her mob boss employer wants it as a pet. As they proceed, they find several of their professional rivals, who have all been taken out by the numerous death traps filling the place. Confronted on this, Aphra admits to hiring them all in turn, pointing out that the current pair were very far down the list.
  • Double Meaning: The third arc is titled Remastered, as in Aphra working with a new team this time (i.e. a brand new slate) and Triple Zero and Beetee have forced her into serving them.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • In the Remastered arc, Aphra has been forced into serving Triple-Zero and Beetee because otherwise they'll tell Vader she's still alive. Vader found out the issue before the arc that Aphra was alive and decided not to pursue her, so she's essentially serving them for nothing.
    • Aphra has Lopset disguise himself as Dr. Evazan in order to trick Tam Polsa as part of a plan to escape prison. Lopset is Evazan in disguise. After the reveal, he lampshades this, finding great humor in it.
  • Driven to Suicide: When Triple-Zero discovers that his killer programming was an accident that his creator never wanted him to have, he decides to trigger his and Aphra's Explosive Leashes.
  • The Ending Changes Everything: The Catastrophe Con arc. Lopset, the Token Good Teammate that Aphra makes a bit of a friend out of? The end of the arc reveals that he's Dr. Cornelius freaking Evazan, and he has plans for Aphra.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Aphra may be for the most part a terrible person but she draws the line at actually torturing her father, even if she doesn't like him. She also expresses indignation over the Death Star destroying Alderaan and Jedha City, Triple Zero being surprised that she's disgusted by the Empire's genocide despite working directly with Darth Vader for so long.
    • In Issue #14, she's horrified and disgusted when her new associates blow up a whole Imperial settlement, when she was told they were just there to steal information.
  • Evolving Title Screen: Aphra's name in the opening crawl changes from "Doctor Aphra" in the first issue, to "Aphra" for the rest of the first arc until the last issue of the arc, where it changes to "Chelli Aphra".
  • Exact Words: In Issue #9, Triple-Zero happily exploits a loophole in Aphra's orders to him. While he agrees to not kill anyone unless his master tells him to, Aphra fails to tell him he can't contact his other registered master, Vader, for instructions.
    Triple-Zero: Loophole, loophole, loooop-hole!
  • Explosive Leash: The Prison Ship Aphra ends up on in the Catastrophe Con arc employs these, so that prisoners can't stray too far from their guard droids. After escaping, Evazan transplants his into Triple-Zero and links it to Aphra's, sticking them with each other.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When Tolvan is about to be executed by firing squad for her repeated failures, her only response is to criticize her executioner's slouch and his dirtied uniform.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: In-Universe example. Aphra's "electro-tattoos" are said to be unfashionable for someone her age.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In the Darth Vader comic, Inspector Thanoth expresses doubts over the legitimacy of Aphra's doctorate. This becomes a major plot point for the first arc of this series.
    • In the prison arc, Aphra and Lopset get scanned for life signals. It detects three life signals, which causes confusion and they asssume it’s a glitch. The third life signal is the creature that Evazan is using the mask his face.
  • Gambit Pileup: Comes with each story arc. Aphra is out to get something, others want to get it too and/or get Aphra herself, so she needs to outsmart everyone to get whatever-it-is-today and/or just get the heck away.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: At the end of the Remastered arc, there's a "the morning after" scene of Aphra waking up Tolvan (who appears to be naked with only a blanket covering her) before she goes to work.
  • Godzilla Threshold: At the end of Issue #24, Aphra comes to the conclusion that the only way to save herself from the various people chasing her for the things she knows is to have Tolvan use a Bor to wipe her mind. Issue #25 takes it in a different direction, with Tolvan volunteering to have her memories of Aphra wiped (Aphra instead alters them so she thinks she killed Aphra) so that Vader will stop hunting her and have no reason to kill Tolvan too.
  • Goggles Do Nothing:
    • Aphra is rarely, if ever, seen using her goggles.
    • Finally subverted in issue #7 when she uses them to casually counter the effects of the hypnotic gaze of the Queen of Ktath'atn.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Hera can see that the rest of the heist crew might be decent people, but she calls Aphra a "terrible woman". Probably because Tam Posla and Caysin Boggs are in for a good cause (they're trying to catch a Mad Scientist) and Sister Seven calls herself the Only Sane Man.
  • Head Desk: Aphra's reaction to her doctorate being suspended in Issue #1. Against a wall, that is. She's more upset that she can't use her degree to sell artifacts than because she isn't a doctor anymore, though.
  • Hypocrite: Used to illustrate Aphra Took a Level in Jerkass during the Remastered arc. In issue #14, Aphra acts appalled when Rexa Go blows up an Imperial base, saying they were only there to retrieve data. In issue #19, she cheerfully hums as she blows up Hivebase-1 after she got the information she came for.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Triple Zero tries it on a resurrected BT-1. It doesn't work.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Often happens to Aphra during situations; for instance, "Yes" moments turning into "No" after a quick beat.
  • Internal Reveal: In issue #13, Vader learns that Aphra is still alive, but decides - out of pragmatism and / or respect - not to pursue her.
  • It Amused Me: Evazan admits that this is the primary reason he set up Aphra and Triple-Zero's Chained Heat scenario.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Aphra spends the Catastrophe Con arc manipulating and using a hapless, innocent shapeshifter despite his kindness towards her, even admitting to him that "it's used or get used" when he tries to protest her treatment of him. Turns out he wasn't an innocent shapeshifter after all, but Dr. Evazan, and Aphra's actions gave him an idea to use her for a little entertainment.
  • Last-Name Basis: Everyone but her own father calls Chelli Lona Aphra by her last name, "Aphra."
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: At the conclusion of Issue #13, Vader delivers the Rur Crystal to Palpatine and is instructed to add it to the Emperor's special collection of spoils. Among the other objects already there are a glowing cube, a gauntlet, and a goblet.
  • Legend Fades to Myth: Aphra's father is interested in the Ordu Aspectu who, depending on who you ask, were either a benevolent Martial Pacifist order or an evil cult willing to use Human Sacrifice. However, in both versions, they are a sect of Jedi seeking eternal life.
  • Let's You and Him Fight:
    • When the Imperials raid Aphra's auction, she leads a group of Stormtroopers into a room with several of her guests, who would happily kill her themselves, leaving the two groups distracted enough for her to escape. Later, she leads the Rur droid into the room as well, leading to him fighting Vader.
    • When Aphra and Triple-Zero are facing execution by Tam Polsa and a group of Milvayne's law forces, she points out that Polsa is a vigilante. This is enough to turn the others on him, creating a distraction that lets the villainous pair escape.
  • Life's Work Ruined: After a college-age Aphra "discovers" several hibernating Abersyn symbiotes on Boothi XII, her friend Susina devotes her whole career to studying them, not realizing that Aphra's discovery was a fake. Issue #1 ends with the revelation that Aphra's deception has been revealed, rendering all Susina's years of work useless. Issue #2 reveals that there were hundreds of academics on the planet studying the same thing.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: When ambushing Tolvan in a ship and needing to give an alias, Aphra notes the ship's joystick and calls herself "Joystick Chevron".
  • Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: Aphra secures the Rur crystal (which has technopathic powers) by surrounding it with automated blasters.
  • Losing Your Head: Caysin Bog, a headless man reanimated as a cyborg.
  • Lost in Translation: One of Aphra's theories about the Ordu Aspectu was that they weren't a sect of warriors but a group of "Jedi grammarians" arguing over the translation of ancient texts.
  • Mind Rape: Aphra is subjected to a Bor by Imperial interrogators. The Bor preys on guilt and self-hatred so the infected will be driven to madness by their own demons until they confess, and it can edit memories, rewriting a person's entire identity. She later uses this power to rewrite Tolvan's memory so that Tolvan thinks she killed Aphra. This protects Tolvan by concealing her connection to Aphra but also leaves her heartbroken and traumatized.
  • The Missus and the Ex: Sana and Tolvan eventually meet up. Unusually for the trope, there's no tension over Aphra's affections....instead, they bond over how much Aphra sucks. Sana even sticks around and saves Tolvan after she's captured by Vader.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Aphra is willing to lie, steal, and kill to get artifacts to sell. At the end of the first issue, her doctorate is suspended as it was discovered that she cheated in school. This leaves her unable to sell any archaeological artifacts she discovers until the end of the first arc, when her doctorate is restored.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In issue #25, Tolvan volunteers to have her mind wiped to save Aphra. Aphra, terrified by Darth Vader and knowing that he will never stop pursuing her, instead alters her memories to make her believe she killed Aphra, traumatizing and possibly dooming Tolvan to save herself. After this, she's curled up in a ball and sobbing apologies while pleading for Tolvan's life, and doesn't even resist when Tam, then Triple-Zero come to drag her away.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: One of Aphra's exploding tookas looks like it's about to go off on a rebel ship (whether or not that would've been awesome is YMMV)... only for the next panel to show a smoking corpse after Hera shoots it dead.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In Issue #31, the Coalition for Progress' attempt to neutralize Aphra and Tripe-Zero (who have become local folk heroes due to the transmission of their exploits) just infuriate the local population enough that they cause a full-scale uprising.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: At the end of Issue #13, not only do Triple-Zero and Beetee go off on their own to become the bosses of their new gang, but Krrsantan and Aphra also part ways now that they both have what they want.
  • Not Quite Dead: Issue #26 reveals that the Force-Sensitive sentient fungus survived the destruction of Accresker Jail.
  • Not Worth Killing: In issue #30, Winloss and Noxx finally catch up with Aphra, and seem ready to kill her in revenge. But having seen what a lonely, self-hating mess she is at this point, they decide there's nothing they can do to her worse than what she's doing to herself.
  • Now or Never Kiss: Aphra and Tolvan share one in Issue #16 as an Eldritch Abomination bares down on them.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Aphra has several in Issue #11 first when Rur goes on a rampage, and then when Vader shows up.
    • In Issue #25, when Aphra thinks she was rescued by Lopset Yas only to learn he was Dr. Cornelius Evazan in disguise the whole time.
  • One-Man Army: Krrsantan takes on a number of Imperial troops in the jungles of Yavin 4. The heavy casualties, combined with never actually glimpsing him, leads the Imperials to believe there's an actual army out there.
  • Orbital Bombardment: In Issue #29, the Coalition for Progress ship in orbit around Milvayne decides they can't let someone other than Imperial or planetary law enforcement catch Aphra and Triple-Zero, so they instead use a railgun to fire at the bounty hunter ship currently carrying them.
  • Origins Episode:
    • The epilogue of Issue #1 shows how Aphra got her doctorate. She discovered that Toob-Nix, her Sava, was illegally keeping Abersyn symbiotes to study. After realizing that Toob-Nix hated her and planned to never give her a doctorate, she steals the symbiotes, passes them off as her own discovery on Boothi XII, and hands them over to the Empire for incineration.
    • The first Annual is all about Krrsantan's backstory, with a Framing Device of him telling the story to a pair of reporters.
  • Penal Colony: Aphra is sent to one, Accresker Prison, in Issue #20. It's a series of ship hulks held together magnetically and towed around by a Star Destroyer, with the prisoners press-ganged as soldiers whenever a new ship is boarded, forced to fight otherwise their Explosive Leashes detonate.
  • Persecution Flip:
    • At the end of Issue #13, Krrsantan gets revenge on the slavers who trained him as a gladiator by enslaving them and putting them through the same training.
    • The Wham Shot and accompanying Wham Line at the end of Issue #14 reveal that Aphra has been enslaved by Triple-Zero and Bee-Tee. Issue #15 clarifies that this is by means of blackmail.
  • Phony Degree: Aphra's doctorate was from a legitimate school but she cheated to get it. Though to be fair to her, her Sava had made it very clear that he was never going to give her a doctorate simply because he didn't like Aphra.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Aphra's father is so focused on his work to the exclusion of all else that he didn't hear about the destruction of Jedha (beyond the cover story) or Alderaan, or the Battle of Yavin. Judging from Aphra's reaction, she feels he's Too Dumb to Live.
  • Preacher's Kid: Aphra's father is devoutly spiritual and determined to lead his daughter down a more moral path. He exposed her cheating and got her doctorate suspended, hoping it would force her to change her ways.
  • Propaganda Machine: The Coalition for Progress is officially designed to help convince everyone that joining the Empire is a good thing. They're also a branch of Imperial State Sec, spying on everyone and ready to eliminate anyone who threatens the Empire's image.
  • Poisonous Friend: Triple-Zero and BT-1 murder a gangster who was after Aphra without her knowledge.
  • Police State: The planet Milvayne is this even more so than the rest of the Empire — neighbors are encouraged to spy on each other, and even the smallest of infractions are punished by having the offenders thrown down into the under city, where they either die or are forced to scavenge among the garbage in order to survive. Oh, and there's a State Sec warship in orbit spying on everyone at all times.
  • Pyro Maniac: In a flashback, a young Aphra sets fire to one of her father's artifacts.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Her crew is made up of evil versions of the main Star Wars characters. She's Han, Black Krrsantan is Chewbacca, Triple Zero is C-3PO, and BT-1 is R2-D2.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Triple Zero gives one to Aphra unintentionally after she complains about how judgmental Luke is at the end of the Screaming Citadel arc.
    Aphra: Judgmental piece of blonde Tatooine Bantha dung. He annoys me so much.
    Triple-Zero: I can imagine. he went through an experience just as traumatic as yours and remains a positive, delightful person, devoted to a better existence for all sentient life. And you realize how special he is too late to retain his respect. That must be an awful reminder of your own failings of character. To be honest Master, I'm not sure if I'd be able to live with myself.
  • Retirony: Of course the issue where Caysin Bog and Tam Posla talk about their future after catching Dr. Evazan is the one where Caysin is killed.
  • Robbing the Dead: Aphra thinks of archaeology as "grave robbing with paperwork."
  • Sacrificial Lion: One member of Aphra's crew is an Alderaanian nobleman who takes out several stormtroopers with only a sword. She abandons him soon afterwards.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Black Krrsantan, Beetee, and Triple Zero abandon the Aphras at the Ordu Aspectu temple when they run into Imperials. Chelli Aphra doesn't hold a grudge as she probably would have done the same thing and takes them back as her crewmates later.
    • Several attendees of Aphra's auction run for the hills when Rur takes control of a droid body and goes on a rampage.
  • Sequel Hook: The "Screaming Citadel" arc ends with the Queen still alive, in a new host, seemingly intent on taking revenge on Luke.
  • Series Fauxnale: Issue #13 could easily be the final issue, given how it wraps everything up — Aphra settles her debts and goes on vacation/into retirement, BT and Triple-Zero go their own way and take over a criminal organization, Krrsantan finally gets the revenge Aphra's been promising him since he first appeared in Darth Vader, and the Rur crystal that's been causing problems all series long gets locked away for good. Then the final pages have Aphra being attacked by people with a grudge against her, and there's an ad for the next issue.
  • Shadow Archetype: Aphra realizes during the "Screaming Citadel" crossover arc that she and Luke are this to each other — they both grew up on desolate Outer Rim worlds and lost beloved family members to vicious attacks, but while Aphra became The Cynic and self-centered, Luke kept his optimism and good heart.
  • Shoot the Dog: Aphra hijacks Caysin Bog's cyborg body and sends him running into blaster fire to provoke his lover Tam Posla into a grief-stricken rage against the Hivebase-1 projects.
  • Shoot the Messenger: Happens off-page in Issue #23 when Vader kills the officer who brings him Tolvan's message where she reveals she knows about his coup plans against Palpatine.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Foe Romance Subtext between Aphra and Tolvan in the third arc is inspired by Out of Sight, which was also a movie about a charming criminal being pursued by a law enforcement officer but end up having chemistry after spending time together.
    • The Remastered arc being about a group trying to commit a heist is one to The Dirty Dozen.
  • Stupid Evil: Triple-Zero always jumps right to torture and murder, even in situations where more subtle means of getting things done would suffice. This has a tendency to complicate things for him and/or Aphra.
  • Tagalong Kid: Vulaada Klam basically blackmails Aphra into taking her as an apprentice by stowing away on her ship and threatening to activate the self-destruct.
  • Taking the Bullet: In a surprising move, at the climax of Issue #31 Aphra shoves a child out of the way of a stray energy blast, getting hit with it instead.
  • Tattooed Crook: Aphra has "electro-tattoos" on her right arm.
  • Technopath: One of Eternal Rur's powers.
  • Tempting Fate: Krrsantan growls at Aphra's father for doing this when he claims the first part of his plan will be "easy." Sure enough, his plan takes them to the former Rebel base on Yavin 4, which is crawling with Imperial soldiers.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Aphra is Asian and lesbian.
  • Villainous Friendship: Triple Zero and BT-1. Also Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba.
  • We Will Meet Again: When parting ways with Aphra in Issue #12, Triple-Zero says "Until we meet again". When Aphra asks to make it a "Goodbye", he simply repeats what he said.
  • You're Not My Father: Inverted. Vulaada suggests that she is Aphra's "ward", or adoptive daughter. Aphra angrily refuses to characterize their relationship like that.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame:
    • Inverted in a sort of "Your Request For Approval Fills Me With Shame" in Issue # 7 — when Leia expresses disgust and terror at Triple Zero's brutality, he says she should be pleased by the efficiency and obedience he's displaying, qualities she had earlier complained that Luke and Han lack. She's shown to be disquieted by this.
    • At the end of Issue #25, Dr. Evazan states his admiration for Aphra, saying she's worse than he is. On top of everything else happening to her in that issue, Aphra is left in tears.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Tolvan, upon reencountering Aphra in Issue #14.

Alternative Title(s): Doctor Aphra

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