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|“||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 Emperor Palpatine 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 younger brother of Savage Opress and the archenemy of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Maul first appeared as the central antagonist of The Phantom Menace, the first film of the prequel trilogy. 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 secondary antagonist of Season 3. He next appeared as the overarching antagonist of Solo: A Star Wars Story. He is also the titular protagonist of Darth Maul: Son Of Dathomir, Darth Maul: Saboteur, and Maul: Lockdown; as well as the tritagonist of Darth Plagueis.
In The Phantom Menace and Solo: A Star Wars Story, he was portrayed by Ray Park, who also played Toad in X-Men. However, in The Phantom Menace, his voice was provided by Peter Serafinowicz, who also played 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, and Agent Liberty in Supergirl.
|“||He's a broken, unbalanced monster.||„|
|~ Obi-Wan describing Darth Maul.|
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, Count Dooku, 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.
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 the power to send out blasts of Force lightning, which he can also resist. 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 magics, knowing a scrying spell that he used by mixing potions of magical ichor.
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.
Maul would later meet Kenobi, bent on getting revenge against him. Years after the rise of the Empire, as Obi-wan was in hiding on Tatooine, Maul found him and challenged him to one final duel. 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.
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 pretending to wish to serve Sidious again, but the Sith Lord saw through Maul and dueled him and his brother, the latter of whom he killed 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.
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.
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 currently sees Maul as an enemy and blames him in part for the supposed death of Ahsoka Tano, Maul still currently believes that Ezra may yet join him.
In the end, thanks to Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ezra was saved from Maul's temptations to lure him over to the dark side.
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 Sidious kill Savage, he reacted with sincere horror and grief, calling him "brother" and rushing to his side to comfort him during his final moments. Even fifteen years later, Maul still mourned Savage, citing his death to Ezra as a grievance against the Sith.
- Eldra Kaitis
- Xev Xrexus
- Zek Peiro
- Qui-Gon Jinn
- Five Raydonian settlement colonists
- Finn Ertay
- One Spaceport captain
- Two Weequay pirates
- Two Hutt Clan members
- Pre Vizsla (After defeating him in a duel for leadership)
- Satine Kryze
- Almec (Not committed though ordered by Maul)
- Approximately 7000 clones (including Ridge and Jesse)
- One ID9 seeker droid
- Seventh Sister
- Fifth Brother
- Three Phoenix Cell rebels
- Three Tusken Raiders
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.
- It is debated over Darth Maul and Palpatine which one is the main antagonist of The Phantom Menace. Some say it is Maul since he is a more prominent character and the one in charge during the film's climax. Others say it is Sidious because he made more appearances in the film than Maul. This is also debated with Stinky Pete and Al McWhiggin in Toy Story 2 and Ben Ravencroft and Sarah Ravencroft in Scooby-Doo! And The Witch's Ghost, two other movies released in 1999. Although Sidious did not fight the protagonists at the end, he played a more important role, and also controlled both Maul and the Trade Federation, ultimately making Sidious the main antagonist of the movie. However, Maul was still The Heavy as he was the one driving the plot.
- 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.