|“||At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last, we will have revenge.||„|
|~ Darth Maul|
|“||The Sith. The Sith took everything from me. Ripped me from my mother's arms. Murdered my brother. Used me as a weapon and then cast me aside. Abandoned me! Once I had power, now I have nothing. Nothing.||„|
|~ Maul shares his tragic history with Ezra Bridger.|
|“||Formerly Darth. Now just Maul.||„|
|~ Maul rejects his title of Sith.|
Darth Maul, later known as just Maul, is a major antagonist in the Star Wars franchise. He was a Sith Lord and the first apprentice of Darth Sidious prior to the Battle of Naboo and his abandonment by his former master. A Zabrak Nightbrother male from Dathomir, Maul later resurfaced during the Clone Wars and sought revenge against all who had wronged him turning to a life of crime and terrorism and plunged much of the galaxy into fear and chaos in the process. He is the son of Mother Talzin, the brother of Savage Opress and the primary archenemy of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
In The Phantom Menace and Solo: A Star Wars Story, he was portrayed by Ray Park, who also played the Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow and Toad in X-Men. However, in The Phantom Menace, his voice was provided by Peter Serafinowicz, who also played Duane Benzie in Spaced, Pete in Shaun of the Dead, the Agency Director in Rick and Morty and Iofur Raknison in His Dark Materials. In his TV appearances and Solo: A Star Wars Story, he was voiced by Sam Witwer, who also played Galen Marek/Starkiller in the Force Unleashed, the Son in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Doomsday in Smallville, Neil Perry in Dexter, and Agent Liberty in Supergirl.
Maul first appeared as the secondary antagonist of The Phantom Menace, the first film of the prequel trilogy. He next appeared as the overarching antagonist of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
He later returned as a major antagonist in the 2008-2020 television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, serving as the final antagonist of Season 4, as one of the main antagonists of Season 5 (serving as the main antagonist of both the episode "Revival" and the Shadow Collective arc), and as the main antagonist of Season 7 (serving as the overarching antagonist of the Ahsoka's Journey arc, and as the main antagonist of the Siege of Mandalore arc). He also appeared once again as a major antagonist in the 2014-2018 television series Star Wars Rebels, appearing as one of the two main antagonists (alongside Darth Vader) of the two-part Season 2 finale, and as the central antagonist of Season 3. He is also the titular villainous main protagonist of Darth Maul: Son Of Dathomir, Darth Maul: Saboteur, and Maul: Lockdown, as well as the tritagonist of Darth Plagueis.
|“||He's a broken, unbalanced monster.||„|
|~ Obi-Wan describing Darth Maul.|
Darth Maul is driven by pure hatred for all things, particularly the Jedi, though he does have a sense of honor, granting worthy foes quick deaths. He also had respect and possibly even attachment for Sidious, despite his torturous upbringing at his hands, but he also feared Sidious more than anything else, even after the two became enemies. Maul focuses on complete victory at any cost and even his master finds it somewhat terrifying how much pain he will endure to succeed in his goals. Maul bravely takes on any challenge, but is also extremely brutal, arrogant, aggressive and gloating, best exemplified by one point, where he believed he could fight and defeat the entire Jedi Order. Sidious often had to warn Maul to watch his pride, saying that he is no one-man army despite his fierce fighting skill.
Maul was once dependable and loyal to his master, but still wondered about his part in the Grand Plan of the Sith and knew he could not carry on the Sith's legacy, having only been trained as an assassin. He feared what might happen if Sidious were to meet his end unexpectedly, and had no idea of how to carry out the Grand Plan alone. Maul also realizes he cannot maintain any secret identity like Sidious does because of his appearance. He lacks a complete understanding of the galaxy despite his knowledge in the world of politics and crime, though he realizes the Jedi are the true enemy, not the Republic. Maul has no patience for the useless, but can take notice of the more talented. He is determined to be the greatest warrior via any means of self-improvement and his near-death at the hands of Obi-Wan has made him more bitter.
Maul is a cunning, ruthless, traitorous, and manipulative killer who has no qualms with killing civilians or using taunting to unsettle his opponents in battle. His time in isolation had made him more patient and able to function as a leader in his quest for revenge, not just a follower. Maul is determined to kill Sidious and his new apprentice, Darth Tyranus, whom he considers a pretender Sith, and later Darth Vader, who he saw as a dangerous opponent.
In his final moments, however, Maul lost most of his hatred for Obi-Wan, as he is embraced by him. When Obi-Wan confirms the fate of the Chosen One, Maul shares his belief that he (Luke Skywalker) would avenge them both. This concludes that Maul was not entirely the monster that most saw him as, but truly a tragic character who had lost everything he cared about due to Darth Sidious' actions, much like his successor Darth Vader, but showed that he could not let go of his hate.
Powers and Abilities
|“||Your passions give you strength. And through strength you gain power. You have seen it. You feel it. You must break your chains.||„|
|~ Maul teaching Ezra the dark side of the Force.|
Maul is extremely skilled and resourceful at wielding lightsabers and focuses more on physical skill than using spiritual and psychological tactics to crush his foes, though he has used these more lately. Maul is best known for his double-ended saberstaff the second blade of which he often used to catch his opponents off guard. He also combines his lightsaber wielding with hand-to-hand combat, making him a much more dangerous opponent.
When Maul cannot win with pure martial skill, he uses tactics to win the day. He is amazingly skilled in using the Force, which grants him telekinetic abilities such as Force choke, Force grip, and could resist Force lightning. Maul is also skilled with technology, building his speeder bike and Dark Eye probe droids and modifying a protocol droid to become an assassin droid to protect his ship. Maul also possesses an extreme endurance to physical pain. Maul was also familiar with Nightsister potent magics, knowing the details of a scrying spell that he used by mixing potions of magical ichor to join his mind together with Ezra Bridger.
Maul has been Obi-Wan's nemesis since the day Maul killed Qui-Gon Jinn, the Jedi Master of Obi-Wan in 32 BBY. Enraged by the death of his master, Obi-wan fought with Maul with rage and after nearly falling into the void, he managed to raise himself up and cut Maul in two and watched him fall thinking he had killed Darth Maul.
During the 10 years he spent on Lotho Minor, Maul had gone mad and amnesiac, but he still remembered the one who ruined his life and cut off half of his body, even repeating his name in his moments of insanity. His hatred for Kenobi kept his spirit alive.
After gaining new legs, Maul would later meet Kenobi, bent on getting revenge against him. At one point, the Jedi Master tried to dissuade Maul by empathizing with him revealing he's been to his village and knows his decision to leave wasn’t his. However, Maul became angry and wanted Kenobi to feel his anguish and killed Dutchess Satine in front of Kenobi. Maul knew of their feelings, knowing her death would put his enemy in pain. When he saw that it did, he took great pleasure in watching his foe cradle of the dead body of his love. Rather than kill him out right like his brother had suggested, Maul had him imprisoned to rot.
Years after the rise of the Empire, Maul retained his hatred of Kenobi and wanted to see if Kenobi survived Order 66. After he discovered through the holocron that Obi-wan was indeed alive, he began to search the galaxy to fulfill his greatest desire the death of his greatest enemy by his hand.
Eventually, Maul discovered Kenobi was hiding on Tatooine, the very place they met. Maul found him tending to Ezra and remarked on his lackluster living, even mockingly suggesting to leave him to rot like the desert rat he became. Rather than resort in a snarky manner (like he would in his younger days), Kenobi calmly cast off his insults. His defiance infuriated Maul who challenged him to one final duel. Obi-Wan was forced to accept after Maul deduced his reasons for being on the desert planet and knew Maul had to die.
After being defeated by Obi-Wan, the dying Maul shared his belief that the Chosen One (Luke Skywalker) would avenge them both by destroying the Sith.
Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader
Sidious had originally sent Maul to kill Anakin when he was only 9 so he would never become a Jedi. Although it is unknown if they have ever met in person, Anakin likely despises and has a grudge against Maul; due to him murdering his close friend and father-figure, Qui-Gon Jinn. Anakin was willingly to capture Maul, believing his capture would help end the Clone Wars and supported Ahsoka's need to lay siege on Mandalore.
When Maul discovered that Anakin Skywalker was being manipulated by Darth Sidious to become his new apprentice, Maul organized his takeover of Mandalore to lure Anakin into his war so he can murder him, thus preventing Sidious from turning him to the dark side. However, Maul becomes disappointed when Anakin's former Padawan, Ahsoka Tano arrives to fight in the Siege of Mandalore instead of Anakin. It was later revealed that Maul had intentions to murder Anakin to prevent his former master, Darth Sidious, from turning him to the dark side. When Maul duels Ahsoka on Mandalore, she says to him "You're lucky Anakin didn't show up. The way you're fighting you wouldn't have lasted long," hinting that Anakin wanted to face and defeat Maul personally to avenge Qui-Gon.
At the end of the Clone Wars, Maul's prediction of Anakin comes true when he turns to the dark side and becomes Darth Vader. However, it is unknown if Maul knows if Anakin and Vader are one and the same, but he counts Vader as his enemy. Maul has continually evaded Vader over the years, knowing fully well that he does not have the strength needed to successfully fight Vader alone on equal terms.
Darth Sidious kidnapped Maul from his mother when he was young to raise and train him to be his apprentice. Maul trained hard under Sidious, whom Maul gained some sense of attachment to and thus devoted himself to serving his master's will. When Maul was seemingly killed by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Sidious felt no real loss and simply replaced Maul with a new apprentice.
Over 10 years later, they met again, Maul previously expressed fear at being in his master's presence. Sidious was pleased Maul survived while the latter knelt to Sidious pretending to wish to serve him again, but the Sith Lord saw through this and declared Maul as his rival. Maul and his brother dueled the Sith Master, though the latter proved too strong and killed Savage. In raged by the death of his brother, Maul attacked his former master. In spite of putting up a good fight, he was ultimately defeated. Maul was tortured by Sidious using lightning while promising not to kill him while taking Maul to use as he saw fit. He used Maul as bait to lure out his mother and kill her, and when Maul escaped Sidious no longer considered him a real threat.
A decade later, Maul's hatred and bitterness towards Sidious (and the Sith as a whole) spurred him to find ancient Sith artifacts to use to exact his revenge. He even believed that the prophecy of the Chosen One, who would destroy the Sith once and for all, would come true.
Both before and after Sidious abandoned him, Maul regarded his master with awe and fear. Maul feared Sidious more than anything else, and sensing Sidious' imminent rise at the end of the Clone Wars put Maul under debilitating stress. At times, Maul showed clear signs of fear and agitation when merely talking about Sidious. Shortly before Order 66, this reached the point were Maul preferred death to being delivered back to Palpatine.
Maul and his successor have been enemies since his mind was restored by his mother, due to Maul hating Dooku for being his replacement as Sidious's apprentice and Tyranus hating Maul for being a threat to him. They also didn't regard each other as a true Sith Lord: Tyranus saw Maul as nothing more than an animal and Maul saw Dooku as a pretender. However, during the Siege of Mandalore Maul had confessed to his Mandalorian followers that he realized he and Dooku were more alike than he realized and saw that they were both parent.
Ezra Bridger was tricked by Maul during their mission to Malachor into trusting him, paving the way for a potential master-apprentice relationship between the two. Maul also had an effect on Ezra with his words, causing him to begin to believe that to fight his enemies, he needed to think like them. Though Ezra saw Maul as an enemy and blames him in part for the supposed death of Ahsoka Tano, Maul still believed that Ezra may yet join him. The two joined the Holocrons that caused them to form a Force Bond. However, when Maul once again tried convincing Ezra to join him in Dathomir, the boy rEzra refused, Maul saw that their relationship was just one sided and left him on the planet. He later used Ezra in his plans to lure Obi-Wan Kenobi out of hiding by luring him to Tatooine through the Force Bond.
In the end, after Obi-Wan managed to kill Maul in combat, Ezra was saved from his temptations to lure him over to the dark side and make him his next apprentice.
Maul and Ahsoka did not meet until the Siege of Mandalore. For reasons unknown, Maul learned her name was Ahsoka Tano but he did not know anything else about her. Ahsoka, meanwhile, was aware of Anakin and Obi-Wan's past encounters, and did not hesitate to show her hatred towards Maul. In ways, after learning of the trial that Ahsoka went through, Maul saw that he and Ahsoka were very similar: they fought a higher power they spend their whole life with only to be cast out by their own orders and even gave her the choice to join him. Ahsoka considered an alliance, but after he made it clear he was going to harm Anakin, she turned on him and the two opponents dueled. After capturing Maul, she hoped to turn him over to the Jedi Council but when Order 66 was issued, she freed him, just so he could "cause chaos" as a distraction. Later, Ahsoka had the chance to take Maul but let him go in order to save Rex.
They unwillingly reunited on Malachor, where Maul had mocked her for her departure, and the two begrudgingly forged an alliance. However, when Maul made it his intentions to kill Ahsoka and Kanan and then take Ezra with him as an apprentice, Ahsoka fought him yet again. However, she left the rest of the duel to Kanan as she went to save Ezra from Darth Vader.
Maul is the secret head of the Crimson Dawn syndicate, but he lets Vos act as the face and handle the day-to-day operations. After Vos is killed by Qi'ra, Maul cows the latter into answering to him.
Savage Opress was Maul's elder brother, though the two only formed a relationship as adults. Savage rescued Maul from madness on Lotho Minor and was instrumental in helping Mother Talzin to repair his body and mind. Maul insisted on treating Savage as his apprentice rather than his sibling, referring to him as "apprentice" and keeping him in a subordinate relationship.
However, Maul seemed to have genuinely loved Savage in some sense. When he saw Obi-Wan cut off his brother’s arm, he was quick to defend and when Death Watch threatened him did he back down from attacking them. Maul was horrified to watch Sidious kill Savage, while reacting with sincere horror and grief, calling him "brother" and rushing to his side to comfort him during his final moments. He flew into a rage and attempted to kill his former master but failed in the end.
Even fifteen years later, Maul still mourned Savage, citing his death to Ezra as a grievance against the Sith and indirectly mentions him when he asks Ezra to join him as friends or brothers.
- Eldra Kaitis
- Xev Xrexus
- Zek Peiro
- Two Rathtars
- Qui-Gon Jinn6
- At least five Raydonian settlement colonists
- Finn Ertay
- One Spaceport captain
- Two Weequay pirates15
- Two Hutt Clan members
- Pre Vizsla (After defeating him in a duel for leadership)
- Satine Kryze
- Almec (Ordered by Maul)
- Approximately 7400 clones (including Ridge and Jesse)
- One ID9 seeker droid
- Seventh Sister
- Fifth Brother7423
- Three Phoenix Cell rebels
- Three Tusken Raiders7429
- Total:7429 living beings(minimum)
Duel of the Fates (Darth Maul's theme)
- Darth Maul's signature is his own red dual lightsaber which resembles a spear.
- In The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul was portrayed by Ray Park, a martial arts specialist and voiced by Peter Serafinowicz. Many fans wanted to know more about Maul after the movie, mostly due to his lack of lines, resulting in expansion on his character in books and comics.
- Maul was designed by Iain McCaig, who designed him based on the concepts of his "worst nightmare", requested by George Lucas. One of his initial concepts featured a design where Maul was portrayed as a pale white figure covered in blood-red ribbons. The design was scrapped as Lucas felt it was too scary, though it was later used as a basis for the Nightsisters (specifically for Mother Talzin).
- Maul is the main antagonist of the Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic Playset in Disney Infinity 3.0.
- It has been suggested that the Jedi never knew Maul's name, though there have been times in the Expanded Universe when the Jedi referred to him by name, these are considered errors.
- Each villain who helped Palpatine in the Star Wars prequels foreshadows a different aspect of what happens in Anakin's future as Darth Vader. In Darth Maul's case, it's the apprentice who enforces Sidious' will and is the embodiment of pure anger and rage.
- Maul's last words to Obi-Wan were a foreshadowing of Obi-Wan's death in A New Hope, the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy.
- Maul appears in Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out with Sam Witwer even reprising his role from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This is non-canonical since the special is set after A New Hope and Maul died before A New Hope.
- Maul is one of the few Star Wars characters who survived the prequel trilogy, excluding the characters who were in the original trilogy. (ie; Obi-Wan and Sidious)
- His Lego figure, as well as his appearance in The Empire, Strikes Out and Lego Star Wars: Darth Maul's Mission, depicted his horns as black.
- Maul can be considered as the "evil counterpart" of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader:
- Both were slaves as children but then were passed off to learn the ways of the Force.
- Both were incredibly strong with the Force at a young age, highlighted by Palpatine in Episodes I and III.
- Both formed teacher-student/brotherly relationships with an older warrior (Savage Oppress for Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi for Anakin).
- Both were bested by Obi-Wan Kenobi in battle by getting nearly killed and were restored to life with cybernetics.
- Both were eventually cast aside by Palpatine in the favor of another potential apprentice (Maul for Dooku and Vader for Luke).
- The Lipstick-Face Demon, the main antagonist of the 2010 horror film Insidious, is very similar to Darth Maul in his physical appearance. The reason for this is that Maul was the inspiration.
- In the comics incarnations of Darth Maul, when he was once a boy, he had two little horns near his ears but in the film, he has more than two horns and they are placed differently.
- In the film, Maul was somewhat silent, calm, and not very sadistic. But after his mind was restored by his mother, Maul was never the same again: He became very talkative, wanting at any price to take revenge, provocative, manipulative, and even more sadistic than Dooku himself. It is possible that the ten long years he spent on Lotho Minor had changed him forever despite his fully restored mind.
- In "Twilight of the Apprentice" Maul was originally supposed to be killed by Darth Vader but that was ultimately changed so that Maul survived until he met with Obi-Wan on Tatooine where he finally met his death. This foreshadowed Maul's death in Star Wars Rebels.
- Maul is the second Sith apprentice to die, the first being Count Dooku, and the third being Darth Vader.
- Maul is also the second oldest Sith apprentice, only behind Dooku.
- Ironically, while Maul in his last moments believed Luke Skywalker would destroy the Sith and avenge him, the one who would end up doing so was none other than one of his replacements as Darth Sidious' apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, the boy that Qui-Gon Jinn protected from him years ago.
- In Angry Birds: Star Wars, he retains his personality from before, though his reveal shows him comically getting frustrated with his lightsaber. He can spin his lightsaber around him. Also, he is not cut in half like his original incarnation was. He is portrayed by a minion pig.
- While Sam Witwer provided Maul's voice in the final cut of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Peter Serafinowicz was originally brought in and recorded his lines for the movie. His take on Maul was cut in favor of Witwer, however.
- In The Rise of Skywalker, Darth Sidious said that all of the spirits of the dead Sith were part of him but as Darth Maul was thrown out as Sith and he rejects his title of Sith, his spirit probably never merged with his former master and was not wiped out when Sidious was finally killed by Rey.
- Maul dying in Obi-Wan's arms at the end of "Twin Suns" serves as a parallel to the deaths of Qui-Gon Jinn and Satine Kryze who also died in his arms in a similar pose.
- Ironically, both Jinn and Kryze were killed by Maul.
- Ray Park, the actor that portrayed Maul in the movies, also provided the motion capture for the character in Season 7 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This is most notably shown during Maul's battle with Ahsoka Tano.
- The lightsaber that Maul uses in Solo A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: Rebels instead of his first lightsaber which he lost on Mandalore during his fight against Ahsoka Tano bears a striking resemblance to an Inquisitor lightsaber.