|“||Brother, I am an unworthy apprentice. I'm not like you. I never was...||„|
|~ Savage Opress' last words.|
Savage Opress is a major antagonist in the 2008-2020 TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He was Darth Maul's long-lost brother and apprentice born on the planet Dathomir. He is a Dathomiran Zabrak Nightbrother who became a Sith Acolyte along with his brother Maul. Originally a tribal leader on Dathomir, he was picked by Asajj Ventress and the Nightsisters to assist in Ventress' goal of killing Count Dooku but, Savage had went rogue and instead traveled with his brother Maul all across the galaxy to get revenge on the Jedi and Obi-Wan Kenobi. He is a supporting antagonist in both Seasons 3 and 4, and a major antagonist in Season 5.
He was voiced by Clancy Brown, who also portrayed Mr. Krabs in SpongBob SquarePants, Lex Luthor in Superman: The Animated Series and in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption, Viking Lofgren in Bad Boys, The Kurgan in Highlander, Undertow in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, Long Feng in Avatar the Last Airbender, Dr. Neo Cortex and Uka Uka in Crash Bandicoot, Hades in God of War, Mr Freeze in The Batman, Grune in Thundercats, Mr. Sinister in Wolverine and the X-Men, the Evil Entity in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Rahzar in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Surtur in Thor: Ragnarok, Edgar Volgud in Atlantis: Milo's Return, General McGuffin in Wander Over Yonder, and Kojak in Recess: School's Out.
Immersion in the Dark Side
Savage Opress is one of the tribal men of Dathomir, the Nightbrothers, who were subservient to the Nightsisters. He is an unpredictable warrior and a formidable opponent because of his reckless, impulsive nature and sheer brute force. He and his brother Feral were selected by Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress in a grueling process that pitted nine of the mightiest warriors against each other; Ventress ultimately planned to use them in her plot of revenge against her former master, Count Dooku.
Opress was brought to Mother Talzin, who served as the leader and shaman of the Nightsisters. After examining Opress and sensing the hate and power coursing through his veins, Talzin put him into an enchanted sleep and had him brought to the altar known as the Font. In an ancient ceremony heavily rooted in the dark side of the Force, Talzin and a full coven of her spellcasters bound together, channeling Opress' hatred to transform him into an avatar of primal anger. Subjected to the dark magicks of the Fanged God, Opress was granted greater height and size, a full crown of vestigial horns, and fearsome power: he gained even more brutality, an unmatched ferocity, and heightened physical potential and Force abilities.
In addition, the Nightsisters placed him under their control so that Ventress could dictate his actions via a spell of loyalty. Talzin secretly ensured that he would remain loyal only to her. Sure enough, as darkness entered his mind, he gave his life over to the Sisters.
Training under Dooku
Bigger and stronger than before, he killed Feral, his own brother, as part of his final test, and later became Count Dooku's apprentice. But in reality, Opress was only pretending to serve him, as he still assists Ventress. He proved himself to be a worthy warrior by killing clones and two Jedi on Devaron. Later on, Dooku trained Savage in the ways of the dark side, making his connection with his hatred stronger. With Savage's first stages of his training completed, Dooku sends him to Toydaria to bring King Katuunko alive, and to kill all who would interfere, Jedi included. The trainee arrived on Toydaria in Dooku's solar sailor, and murdered the Toydarian guards who got in his way. After rendering the Toydarian King unconscious, he turned to leave, but Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi entered the throne room and fought the mutated Zabrak.
As Katuunko woke up and tried to escape, Savage force choked him and crushed the King's throat, killing him. Opress managed to get away from the two Jedi with the dead king in his hands, destroyed their Jedi shuttle with the Force, and returned to his master with Katuunko's dead body. However, Dooku was infuriated with Opress for killing Katuunko, since the king was of greater use to him alive. Dooku tortured his Sith apprentice with Force lightning, but Ventress persuaded him to let her fight Opress. Ventress reminded Savage of his true loyalties, and he sided with Ventress to kill Dooku. Savage and Ventress fought Dooku with all their might, but as Savage kept on getting struck by Dooku's lightning attacks, Ventress rebuked him as she fought Dooku. Angered at his skills being rejected by both of his "masters", Savage betrayed both Dooku and Ventress by force choking them into a brief submission, broken when the two fled through escape hatches in the floor to persist in their battle elsewhere.
Abruptly Opress was now confronted by Anakin and Obi-Wan once more, as the two had managed to follow him to the dreadnought. However, Dooku, after defeating Ventress and forcing her retreat, commanded his battle droids to kill Opress, deeming him a "traitor." However, Opress barely managed to escape the two Jedi and Dooku's battle droids, making his way to Dathomir in Dooku's stolen solar sailor. After Opress' attempt to kill Dooku, he headed back to Mother Talzin wounded and exhausted, claiming that Ventress had betrayed him. Mother Talzin told Savage to go to the Outer Rim and train with his surviving brother, Darth Maul. Mother Talzin gave Opress an artifact before he left, allowing him to search for his brother.
Joining with Darth Maul
In the fourth season, Opress eventually found Maul, destitute and suffering from amnesia, on the junk planet Lotho Minor in the Outer Rim. He was told by an alien named Morley of a monster lurking on the planet. Soon Opress' artifact presence began to detect Maul and it became apparent that the monster he heard of was his brother who he finds after a while. At first, Maul is shown insane and has replaced his severed legs with droid legs. Opress' questions causes Maul to remember all he had suffered under Emperor Palpatine' tutelage, including being cut in half by Kenobi, and he swears revenge on both the Jedi and the Sith.
Returning to Dathomir in the aftermath of the Nightsisters' slaughter by Dooku's forces, Savage takes Maul to have his sanity restored by Talzin's magic. Savage watched Talzin reconstruct Maul's droid legs to more humanoid form. After he awoke, Maul addressed Savage as his brother. Savage then helped Maul extract revenge on Kenobi by luring him into a trap by attacking a small village on Iridonia, knowing that the Jedi will come to assist. However, Ventress' unexpected appearance to collect a bounty placed on Opress thwarts Maul's plan.
Ventress and Kenobi duel Opress and Maul in the cargo bay of Savage's stolen ship but soon realize that they are outmatched and are forced to flee via the cockpit escape vessel.
Beginning Their Own Plot
Opress and Maul continue to appear in the fifth season, trying to create their own criminal syndicate. Needing followers, they travel to Florrum where they manage to convince Weequay pirate Jiro and his crew to join him and betray their leader Hondo Ohnaka. While Maul duels Kenobi, Opress fights Jedi Master Adi Gallia and eventually kills her. After Kenobi cuts Opress' arm off, their ship gets damaged and the brothers escape in an escape pod.
Opress and Maul are later found nearly dead by the Death Watch Mandalorians led by Pre Vizsla. After Vizsla gives Opress a new arm, the Sith Lord brothers set out to get revenge against Kenobi. When Maul offers Vizsla the chance to reclaim Mandalore by creating the criminal syndicate Shadow Collective, one of the unsavory methods to recruit the Black Sun with Savage kill off its previous chain of command. Maul challenged Vizsla to a duel and eventually killed him with the Death Watch leader's own darksaber and then kills Satine Kryze. Later, Emperor Palpatine arrived and fought the two Zabraks brothers in a lightsaber duel, mortally wounding Opress.
With his dying breath, Opress apologized to his brother, saying he was not worthy of being his apprentice. His legacy carries on as Anakin Skywalker manages to defeat Emperor Palpatine for good.
|Appearances on The Show|
Savage is fearsome, cruel, and cold, perfectly willing to murder others without even blinking, despite the fact that he was once a somewhat kind and compassionate individual. Savage possesses extreme determination, and is quite loyal, steadfast, and authoritative towards those he chose to give it to. His aggression and tendency towards anger make it so he often rampages without thinking things through. Maul manages to make it, so he is somewhat more cool, peaceful, level-headed, and pragmatic, but Savage still butts head with him occasionally. Despite this, the two were extremely close and Savage does wish to be a worthy apprentice to Maul, and just before dying, apologizes for not being so.
Powers and Abilities
Savage is extremely deadly and detrimental, having learned to fight while he was a Nightbrother. His transformation through Nightsister magic grants him monstrous strength, speed, endurance, and agility. In particular, Savage can shrug off attacks with ease and at first, he wields a pike made of spirit ichor, though replaces this with a double-bladed lightsaber like his brother's original one. Savage’s fighting style is less about technique and more about using pure aggressive ferocity to wear his opponent down.
However, he was absolutely no match against Darth Sidious, as when their final clash led to a one-on-one duel, Sidious easily overwhelmed and destroyed him. He is an extremely fast learner, both with lightsaber combat and using the Force. The Nightsister transformation enhanced Savage’s Force abilities and he is able to use telekinesis and unleash powerful waves of the Force to knock back his opponent. Savage’s armor is also quite durable, protecting him from numerous dangers.