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Star Wars: Knight Errant is an American comic book series set in Star Wars' old Expanded Universe. Written by John Jackson Miller and drawn by Federico Dallocchio it was published by Dark Horse Comics starting in October of 2010. A tie-in novel, also called Knight Errant and also written by Miller, was published in January 2011.

Set 1,000 years before The Phantom Menace, the series stars Jedi Kerra Holt, who ends up stranded deep behind enemy lines during the New Sith Wars. Cut off from the Jedi Order and the Republic, Kerra is faced with the question of just what one lone Jedi can do against a galaxy that's falling apart.

Now has a character sheet. Not to be confused with Dragon Age: Knight Errant comic book mini-series.

The stories contain the following tropes:

  • A God Am I: Daiman thinks he's the only being in the universe that's real and that everyone else was created by his own mind.
  • Action Girl: Kerra Holt.
  • Affably Evil: Arkadia tries to be this, she fails. Vilia succeeds far more.
  • The Alleged Expert: The tie-in novel has an example where it's not the "experts" fault, given how the Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist dictator of their homeworld forces everyone to switch jobs every few weeks so that they aren't settled enough to oppose her.
    Arkadia: My top technicians have been all over it. They can't figure it out.
    Your top technicians were probably cooks last week, Kerra thought.
  • Ax-Crazy: Both Daiman and Odion, though it manifests differently (Daiman thinks everyone else is a figment of his imagination and he can do whatever he wants to them as a result; Odion knows other people are real and just wants them all dead). Brothers after all. Malakite, their cousin, is pretty much like this as well.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Daiman considers Zodoh's stormdrivers to be this. It can create apocalyptic storms powerful enough to nearly destroy a planet's ecosphere, but it requires a lot of stormdrivers to do so and they all need to be directed by a central command ship, which is a big weakness. Destroying planets through storms is also not very useful. Even if you want to destroy perfectly exploitable planets, orbital bombardment is easier. Daiman does find some use for it on a smaller scale, however. As a torture device.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Well, no, she can't actually breathe in space, but Kerra can hold her breath for a long time (she grew up on an ocean world), which she exploits when the chamber she's in is suddenly exposed to vacuum.
  • Bald of Evil: Odion.
  • Big Bad: Vilia. From the perspective of the galaxy at large, who are unaware of her existence, it appears to be a Big Bad Ensemble with Daiman, Odion, and Arkadia as the most visible players.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Calimondra family, a massive family of Sith who are all fucked up in the head in some way. Not helped by the Evil Matriarch Vilia pitting them against one another.
  • Black-and-White Morality: Kerra represents the Republic and the Jedi in of their clearest representations as the good guys. Just because they're good, however, doesn't mean they have the answers as well.
  • Blood Knight: Odion.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Daiman is essentially a very malignant Cloud Cuckoo Lander; since every indication is that he legitimately belives himself the only realy being in the whole universe, he has literally no recognizable framework for morality or relating to other lifeforms.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Odion on the Massacre of Aquilaris, where Kerra's family was killed.
  • Cain and Abel: Odion and Daiman, big time. This sibling rivalry launched an entire war engulfing numerous systems in Sith space. Then we find out in the novel that over a dozen Sith Lord siblings and cousins are warring with each other in order to win their Sith grandmother's vast inheritance. Averted with the twins Quillan and Dromika, who rely on each other and their Force bond perhaps too much.
  • The Caligula: Daiman.
  • Call-Forward: The Sith troopers of the Daimanate and the Odionate wear armors similar to the future Clone Troopers.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Daiman and especially Odion.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Narsk.
  • Crapsack World: Just about every darksider out there is calling themselves a Sith Lord and running around killing people and causing chaos, the Republic has thrown up its hands and cut off the hyperspace routes and communication to large sectors of space leaving thousands of worlds to their own devices and the Jedi can do almost nothing to stop any of it.
  • Creepy Child: Dromika and Quillan.
  • Dark Lord: All the wannabe Sith fancy themselves this.
  • Doomed by Canon: Kerra Holt can't overthrow Sith Space, it lasts for another thirty years until the events of the Darth Bane trilogy.
  • During the War: The series is set during the New Sith Wars.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Kerra Holt narrowly manages to avert one in the first issue.
  • Even Sith Lords Obey Their Grandmas: And how!
    • Vilia Calimondra gives perhaps one of the best lines when questioned if her motives for testing her grandkids are some sort of Sith thing. "The Sith are ancient. But there were grandmothers long before that."
  • Evil Chancellor: Saaj Calician. subverted. Saaj is actually a slave who doesn't even possess anything resembling free will. The moment he returns to his own consciousness, he's executed as a traitor by the Sith.
  • Evil Matriarch: Vilia.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Sith vs. Sith
  • Faux Affably Evil: Daiman, if he's in the mood.
  • The Fettered: Gorlan exhibits some traits.
    • Kerra as well. She's the ONLY Jedi Knight in Sith Space.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: this is how one can describe Odion's death.
  • Hufflepuff House: Vilia Calimondra has about two dozen grandchildren fighting each other to prove themselves to her, each of whom commands a powerful Cult of Personality. Only eight of these grandchildren are named, and two of them are twins who jointly run a faction. Daiman and Odion have prominent roles in every story arc. Arkadia, the twins, and Malakite appear less frequently, but still have plenty of page time and characterization. Trevayne is only mentioned once in the final issue, but his personality is hinted at. The eighth, Lioko, is only mentioned in passing on two occasions.
  • Karmic Death: Zodoh is executed by Daiman with one of his own stormdrivers. Odion's death also counts for how Kerra and Yulan turn the joy of the children he had captive on him, incinerating him.
  • Knight Errant: Kerra who saves as many people as she can and fights the Sith more or less or her own. It also is the title of the comic series.
  • The Mentor: Vannar Treece trained Kerra.
  • Sergeant Rock: Master Dackett, Brigadier Rusher's senior enlisted man.
  • The Brigadier: Brigadier Jarrow Rusher, commander of the mercenary artillery unit Rusher's Brigade, and Kerra's main ally during the novel.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Played somewhat straight with Odion, subverted with Daiman, though who knows what the hell he actually seeks.
  • La RĂ©sistance: Kerra tries to convince Gorlan to become this.
  • The Remnant: The "Chagrasi Remnant" is a territory that has resisted being conquered by the warring Sith.
  • Royally Screwed Up: The reason all of the Sith Lords in the region are so nuts is that they're a noble family set against each other by their grandmother.
  • Shout-Out: The cover of the third issue of the series is based off a piece of concept art by Ralph McQuarrie.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Odion and Daiman act like they're Cain and Abel but it turns out to be this.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Gorlan and Kerra discuss open resistance that could get the enslaved people killed.
    • The series seems to be a heavy contrast of Idealism embodied by Kerra and the near-total despair of the people in Sith Space.
  • Straw Nihilist: Odion and all of the Sith.
  • Title Drop: In the novel, Daiman muses over the "errant Knight" that is Kerra to a prisoner that has seen the Jedi.