An Interactive Comic adventure created by Lankist and later continued by Alamact on the Cantina forums. The original series lasted from 28th August 2010 to 5th December 2011. The next generation reboot started its run on 21st February 2016 and is currently on-going. It can be read here.
It follows the humorous adventures of an Ensemble Cast featuring: Doop Skychafer, your standard brooding Anti-Hero with a troubled past (also the greediest Jedi Knight in existence); Darth Saber, the kindliest Sith Lord alive and, on occasion, an unintentional baddass; Missth'raw'nurudo (Missy), a buxom Chiss scientist with a superiority complex; Jun Bland, the yellow Mellow Fellow who wants to become Space James Bond yet fails spectacularly hard at it; and Standard Fett, the Mandalorian Jedi Master who lost his Padawan during the Battle of Coruscant and spends his days as a food aficionado frequenting restaurants in the Lower Levels. He is also most definitely not a pathological liar.
The original adventure, in contrast, followed a different Ensemble Cast whose final moments were covered in the Sequel via blatant and shameless flashbacks that sometimes may become Clip Shows because the original adventure was lost to the fickle tides of the Internet.
Oh, and there used to be a brief spin-off starring The Fluke, a rough-and-tumble Super Gullible Bounty Hunter from 25th February to 10th March 2012. Let's just say the hero of the spin-off had more screen time in the sequel than in his own adventure. According to the author, and what was previously hinted in Chapter 10, The Fluke is slated to make a notable reappearance in Act Two.
As of now, two Acts have been released for the webcomic: each intended to hold a complete set of twelve chapters, a prologue and an epilogue. The first Act, The Fallen Knights, ran from 21st February 2016 to 24th October 2016. The second Act, Legacy of the Force, was released after a brief hiatus on November 6th 2016. It broke tradition by having Darth Saber, instead of Doop Skychafer, be the protagonist to open the Act in the Prologue.
The comic follows the new Star Wars canon, but utilizes and draws from elements of the Legends Era to construct its setting: the twilight years of the Old Republic.
After a lifetime of war unending, the Sith Empire and the Republic gather on the peaceful world of Alderaan to discuss the signing of a peace treaty and ceasefire. However, the greed of the Dark Council transcends common sense and the Sith launch an attack on Coruscant, the Republic's new capital and seat of the Jedi Temple, with the intent to reclaim their lost planet and shatter the leadership and morale of the Republic.
The defenders rally and hold out against the Sith forces long enough for the rest of the Republic's armada to return. With the Jedi Temple in ruins and a renewed conflict sparked in earnest, we follow our protagonists venture throughout a war-weary galaxy as the war begins to take a heavy toll on the collective health of the galaxy.
Old Republic Paint Adventures contains examples of:
- Affectionate Parody: Of the KotOR and SWTOR games, as well as Star Wars in general.
- General Fux is a rather obvious parody of the The Force Awakens character, Armitage Hux. He is often seen accompanied by his equally ginger cat Millicent.
- Matt the Radar Technician from Saturday Night Live makes his appearance in the comic as the new Force Sensitive Radar Technician for the Rust Legion, and ultimately a Mandalorian of Cancerous Ordo's band of misfits.
- The Centennial Turkey, the name of the ship that the protagonists use, is an obvious parody of the Millenium Falcon.
- The MMO itself is parodied at one point bearing the name The Decrepit Federation.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Secret Wire fall into this category as they were originally droids of the Chiss Ascendancy before going rogue.
- Anti-Hero: Mynock eventually grew into this role during the original adventure; now dominated by Doop Skychafer in the sequel.
- Anti-Villain: A prime example is Steve, the main antagonist from the original adventure.
- Arc Villain: Grabba the Hutt served as a secondary antagonist in Act I for the majority of the Nar Shaddaa plot.
- Arc Words: "For Fux's Sake!"
- Artifact Alias: Darth Saber kept deliberately calling Missy by her outlaw nickname of "Red" even after finding out her real name.
- Ascended Fanon: Given the way that interactive comics work, much of the suggestions and plot discussions become canon in time over the course of the adventure.
- Author Catchphrase: "What do you do?"
- Badass Beard: Quite a few of them.
- John "Mynock" Konteego.
- Trooh Perr.
- The Mandalorian Jedi.
- Pazaak Dealer in the Corellian Sector.
- Badass Gay: Cancerous Ordo may love his Mandalorian brothers, but he's still a certified badass.
- Badass Moustache: Cancerous Ordo.
- Badass on Paper: Mynock has earned a reputation of an infamous space outlaw with a bounty of 20 million credits on his head. In truth, he may possibly be just as any bit as incompetent as he ever was.
- Bald of Evil: Grand Admiral Snote's baldness comes packaged with a dose of ambiguous evil.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Saber and Missy with their own spin on the Han/Leia dynamic in Star Wars.
- Bilingual Dialogue: Missy uses a couple of words from the Chiss language of Cheunh, namely the word "rav'hn" which roughly translates as "fuck".
- Blood Knight: Lunk seems to enjoy a good brawl.
- Breakout Character: Lunk. Because no one expected the Gungan to become a fan-favorite.
- Captain Obvious: Rowdy Roddy Rancor makes utterly needless exclamations to His Corpulence, Grabba the Hutt, whilst utilizing a dangerously severe form of Word Cruft. He also sports a monocle whilst doing this.
- Character Development: Despite the humorous tone of the webcomic, quite a bit of character development is present during its adventure.
- Chekhov's Gun: Mr. Saber's Armor Cleanser and the Spoiled Neimoidian Delicacy produced a moment of badassery
- The Chessmaster: Grand Admiral Snote's plot to have the Chiss join the Republic is the best example of this. Not only has he masterfully played the Imperial side to cloak his betrayal, but he also held the Republic forces at mercy to ensure favorable terms for the Ascendancy.
- Clip Show: Sometimes Alamact ventures into the forbidden arts of clip shows as a way of getting readers who never followed the original adventure up to date.
- Cool Shades: The Fluke gives these to Porkchop the Janitor in Chapter 6.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Doop Skychafer shreds the Force Mutants of Steve with his lightsaber in a dream sequence at the start of Chapter 12.
- Con Man: Doop Skychafer. Usually paired with the Catchphrase "DOOPED".
- Continuity Nod: Too many to name. Mostly to bridge the fanbase of old veterans and the newcomers.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Consider Darth Saber's usual state of incapability. Now consider him rolling a "natural 21" and dodging every single blaster shot just by dancing sensually.
- Deconstruction: The background plot hints at a heavy deconstruction of the typical Star Wars setting. The Sith and the Empire are not necessarily evil; the villains aren't necessarily selfish in their goals; the Jedi Order and the Republic aren't necessarily altruistic in their cause and most importantly, the Gungan character isn't necessarily the comic relief.
- Defanged Horrors: The Terentatek of Plot in Chapter 11. Were you rushing or were you dragging?
- Demoted to Extra: Trooper's significance has been drastically reduced compared to the original adventure as he is now the amnesiac bartender of Booze Girls.
- Flashback: The Fluke is the first to have these in the adventure, showing glimpses of previously unknown parts of his adventure in Chapter 2. Chapter 9 is the flashback episode featuring the unfinished final chapters of the original adventure with Mynock and Kestrel's mission on Taris.
- German Humor: The creator of the sequel is German.
- Giving the Sword to a Noob: Most notably displayed when Jane gives Jun Bland her awesomely epic sniper rifle in Chapter 8 as a parting gift.
- Ear Notch: Lunk, the Bartender of Bar Bar Drinks.
- Establishing Character Music:
- Grand Admiral Snote's impending appearance is usually accompanied by a low-tone brass sequence followed by an ominous string progression which exemplify his mysterious motives and ambiguous morality. He is still, definitely, the villain.
- Fantastic Racism:
- You can't get less racist than Trooh Perr from the original. One of Lankist's personal favorite jokes was Trooper incessantly mistaking Kestrel (a yellow-skinned Mirialan with facial tattoos) as a jaundiced alcoholic who made some poor life choices.
- Ever since Trooh Perr took ownership of Booze Girls, there was a sign that said "Non-Humans pay extra surcharge".
- Doop Skychafer has a bigoted dislike for Twi'leks whom he often calls land-grabbing tailheads.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: How names like John "Mynock" Konteego, Jan-Itór, Doop Skychafer and Darth freakin' Saber came to be.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Grand Admiral Snote, for all intents and purposes, falls into this category as no one is quite sure of what his ultimate motive is (or if he even possesses one).
- Hot-Blooded: Clankus the Mandalorian suffers from anger issues. Doesn't stop him from being a badass against the Rust Legion.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Jun Bland's desire to become a famous Republic agent is one of his defining characteristics.
- Jerkass: The main protagonist is one of these. Quite often, in fact.
- Killer Robot: Kill-o-tron 5000 takes the cake by a mile.
- Large and in Charge: With a title such as the Corpulent One, Grabba the Hutt is an obvious example of this trope.
- Laser Blade: "It's Sabering Time!" - Darth Saber
- Middle-Management Mook: Piggsy the Secretary, Rowdy Roddy Rancor, Private Beneduct Cumberchiss.
- Master Swordsman: It is implied that Snote's mastery of Form 1 reaches almost legendary levels.
- Older and Wiser: Most notably Mynock and to a lesser extent, Kestrel (seeing as she was pretty damn wise to begin with).
- Once Killed a Man with a Noodle Implement: Ever killed someone with a bottle of aerosol? Darth Saber has. Didn't matter one bit, since the author resurrected the victim for an epic showdown of revenge later on.
- Postmodernism: "THE PLOT has SUCCESSFULLY been DERAILED."
- Retired Badass: Trooper from the original adventure.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Doop is the perfect picture of a dark-sided Jedi Knight, or at least, a Jedi of ambiguous morals. Darth Saber, on the other hand, is a paragon of virtue.
- Rule of Funny: Pretty much every action made follows this rule due to the nature of its predecessor.
- Rule of Cool: For the same reasons as Rule of Funny. For example, Doop Skychafer becoming a Jedi Sentinel (able to dual wield lightsabers) is presented by him literally wielding Saber (the character).
- Self-Deprecation: Alamact and Lankist are masters of this technique and use it to explain their common laziness to make new updates. Darth Saber also tends to use this form of humor, albeit in a Resigned to the Call way.Missy: Is everything a joke to you?
Darth Saber: Im a light-sided Sith, Red. When you live your entire life as a joke, you tend to find humor in curious places. Like funerals.
Darth Saber: Do a barrel roll!
- Roddy Piper is paid homage with the Rowdy Roddy Rancor.
- There's a dialogue bit during the space battle above Dantooine in Chapter 10 that mirrors the alien escape from Saints Row IV, complete with the Haddaway song "What is Love" playing in the background.
Doop: Spin this ship, DAMMIT!
- Un-Entendre: Missy's exchanges with Saber are victims of this trope due to Saber's social awkwardness and Missy's paranoia. In the following example, Saber wanted to make sure Missy wasn't hungry.Darth Saber: You know, I could give you some kath sausage to snack on.
Missy: EXCUSE ME!?
Darth Saber: Never mind. I'll be silent now.
- Un-Evil Laugh: "Hue Hue Hue." - Grabba the Hutt. Nuff said.
- Unpopular Popular Character: Darth Saber has a large following in the fandom, but is frequently treated like an incompetent loser by a lot of the characters, with Ratchet and General Fux being the sole exceptions.
- Villain Has a Point: Despite Steve's extreme methods, he is correct in his statement that the Sith Empire has become a dysfunctional society of oppression and nepotism instead of an idealized form of meritocracy that it should have originally been. Darth Saber debates a Force Vision of Steve on these matters to great length in Chapter 11.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Saber and Missy. Pretty much the foundation of the vast majority of their interactions.
- Wrench Wench: Ratchet, the spirited Mandalorian pilot and fixer. Missy even hilariously calls out Ratchet by the trope name itself as an insult. Might as well be the Trope Codifier for this in Star Wars, as unlike Ratchet, this is not Rey's dominant trait.