Destroy the Jedi, take revenge on Obi-Wan Kenobi, later to kill Emperor Palpatine
Killed by Obi-Wan Kenobi
|“||At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last, we will have revenge.||„|
|~ Darth Maul|
Darth Maul is a recurring antagonist in the Star Wars franchise. He is a Sith warrior and the first apprentice of Darth Sidious. He was the secondary antagonist of The Phantom Menace and a recurring antagonist of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels.
A Dathomirian Zabrak born the son of Mother Talzin and the brother of Savage Oppress and Feral, Maul was given up to Sith Lord Darth Sidious at a young age to be trained in the ways of the Sith. For years afterwards, Maul was subjected to brutal training by his masters in order to become a tool for the Sith and an enemy of the Jedi. During his training, Maul would come to despise the Jedi, who had defeated the Sith a millennium ago, and longed to help his master restore the Sith to power.
Star War Episode I: The Phantom Menace
In 32 BBY, Darth Sidious organized the Invasion of Naboo. Set up by the Dark Lord with the aid of his apprentice, the goal was to get Sidious, as Senator Palpatine, elected Supreme Chancellor of the Republic. After Amidala, queen of the Naboo, escaped, Maul was dispatched to follow her. He found her on Tatooine, where he had a short but intense duel with the Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. Later, Maul was sent to Naboo, where he fought Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Though he killed the Jedi Master, he underestimated Kenobis skill and was seemingly slain by the Padawan. Sidious would quickly replace Maul with a more powerful apprentice, the fallen Jedi Master Count Dooku.
Star Wars: The Clone WarsDespite Maul's apparent death at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Zabrak warrior in fact survived the battle, albeit horribly injured. Against all odds, Maul managed to escape Naboo and was dumped onto the planet of Lotho Minor, where he managed to replace his lower half with a six-legged apparatus. Maul lived in the bowels of the planet for years, slowly being driven mad with rage and hungering for vengeance against Kenobi.
During the Clone Wars, Maul was found by Savage Oppress and returned to Dathomir, where Mother Talzin repaired his mind and gave him a pair of cybernetic legs to replace his lower half. With his mind restored, Maul set out to seek revenge against Kenobi. This led to him and his brother rampaging across the galaxy and slaughtering civilians in an effort to draw Kenobi out. The brothers eventually duelled Kenobi and Jedi Master Adi Gallia on Florrum, during which Gallia was killed, but Savage had his arm severed. Maul and Savage were seemingly killed when a pirate fired a rocket launcher at them, but they secretly survived.
Maul and Savage were then found by Death Watch, a Mandalorian terrorist organization, who the brothers joined forces with. The brothers headed to Mustafar to recruit the leaders of the Black Sun. When the Black Sun declined the offer, Maul had Savage murder the leaders of the group, convincing one of the Black Sun leaders to join. Shortly afterwards, the Pykes also joined the Sith brothers. Maul then arrived at the Hutt Grand Council, where he intimidated the Hutt clan into joining forces with him. Maul thus named his new organization the Shadow Collective.
With his new organization, Maul began making plans to overthrow the government of Duchess Satine on Mandalore, but was betrayed by Death Watch, who declared themselves the leaders of Mandalore. Having anticipated their betrayal, Maul and Savage broke out of their cells and Maul challenged the leader of Death Watch, Pre Vizsla, to a duel, which culminated in Maul beheading Vizsla and assuming command over Death Watch.
Having assumed control over Mandalore, Maul allowed the Duchess Satine to transmit a message for help to Obi-Wan Kenobi, planning to use Satine as bait to lure the Jedi Master to Mandalore. As Maul predicted, Kenobi arrived at Mandalore to rescue Satine and was captured by Maul's forces. Taking him to the throne room, Maul forced Kenobi to watch as he murdered Satine before his eyes before leaving Kenobi in a cell to contemplate his loss. Later on, Kenobi was freed by Bo-Katan, a former member of Death Watch and Satine's sister, and a civil war ensued on Mandalore.
During the civil war, Maul and Savage were met with the unexpected arrival of Darth Sidious, who had sensed Maul's growing power. Considering Maul a rival, Sidious duelled the two Sith brothers, easily gaining the upper hand in the duel and killing Savage. Enraged and mortified, Maul drew his lightsaber and darksaber and duelled Sidious alone, but was eventually overpowered and defeated by his former master. As Maul pleaded for mercy, Sidious tortured Maul with Sith lightning, professing to Maul that he had no intention of killing him, but had further uses for him. Unknown to Maul, Sidious sought to use Maul to draw Mother Talzin out into the open and be defeated.
Imprisoned by Separatist forces, Maul was subjected to heavy torture until he was freed by his associates. He regrouped with his Death Watch associates on the planet Zanbar, but they were ambushed by Separatist forces under the command of General Grievous. The ensuing battle left Death Watch in ruins, and Maul was forced to retreat and seek help from Mother Talzin. Together, the two successfully lured General Grievous and Count Dooku into a trap and captured them, hoping to use them as bait to lure out Sidious. When Republic forces attacked Maul's outpost, Maul was forced to ally with Dooku to escape while Grievous fled in an escape pod.
Arriving on Dathomir, Maul attempted to use Dooku as a sacrifice to allow Mother Talzin to return to physical form, as her previous form had been destroyed by Mace Windu. However, the sacrifice was interrupted when Dathomir was attacked by Separatist forces led by Darth Sidious and Grievous. A battle ensued that culminated with Mother Talzin being killed by Grievous. With his forces demolished, Maul fled Dathomir in despair.
Star Wars: Rebels
Years after the Clone Wars, Maul had become trapped on the ancient planet Malachor, during which he gave up the title of "Darth". While stranded on the planet, he met Jedi apprentice Ezra Bridger, who he manipulated into aiding him in retrieving a Sith holocron. Maul also taught Ezra the ways of the dark side of the Force. After joining with Ezra's companions, Maul aided them in their battle with the Inquisitors before eventually betraying them, blinding Kanan and declaring his intentions to make Ezra his apprentice. However, despite having been blinded, Kanan managed to defeat Maul in a lightsaber duel, and Maul fled Malachor in an Imperial starfighter.
Months later, Maul boarded a rebel ship and took the crew hostage, forcing them to give up the location of the rebel freighter, and Ezra's home, the Ghost. Maul then demanded that Ezra and Kanan give him the Jedi and Sith holocrons, which they agreed to. As the two set off to the planet Atollon to retrieve the Sith holocron, Maul managed to locate the Jedi holocron and struggled to open it, giving the rebel crew the opportunity to attempt to escape. However, Maul caught up with them and angrily threatened them with death once their usefulness was over.
Rendezvousing with the Jedi on a Mandalorian asteroid outpost, Maul secretly ejected Kanan into space in an attempt to kill him before giving his droids the order to execute the rebel crew. Meeting with Kanan, the two combined their holocrons in an attempt to have their questions answered. While combining the two holocrons, Maul learned that Obi-Wan Kenobi was still alive. Shortly afterwards, Maul was met with Kanan, who had survived, and the freed rebels, but managed to escape to his ship.
Some time afterwards, due to the ritual involving the two holocrons, Maul and Ezra had become mentally bound, allowing Maul to locate Ezra on Atollon. Meeting Ezra and Kanan in the wilderness, Maul implored Ezra to join him so that they could severe their mental link definitively. Ezra agreed and accompanied Maul to Dathomir, where they arrived at the ancient lair of the Nightsisters. There, the two performed a ritual to retrieve the information from the holocrons. During the ritual, the two learned that Kenobi was hiding on the planet Tatooine and held the key to the destruction of the Sith. Following the ritual, the spirits of the Nightsisters awoke and possessed Kanan and Sabine, who had followed Maul and Ezra to Dathomir. A battle ensued, during which Maul and Ezra managed to escape the cave, from which the spirits could not leave. However, Ezra refused to abandon his friends, much to Maul's annoyance. Maul proceeded to depart from Dathomir in search of Kenobi.
Arriving on Tatooine, Maul wandered the desert in search of his old enemy, but soon became lost. Thus, Maul planned to use Ezra to lure Kenobi out of hiding. He used the fragment of the Sith holocron to lure Ezra into a canyon, where he was ambushed by Tusken Raiders, who destroyed Ezra's ship. Maul then slew the Tusken Raiders and followed Ezra out of sight, knowing Kenobi would rescue him. When Kenobi did arrive to help Ezra, Maul appeared to settle his score with his old rival. Kenobi convinced Ezra to leave before facing Maul in their final lightsaber duel.
As Maul and Kenobi faced each other, Maul correctly deduced that Kenobi was protecting someone, namely Luke Skywalker. Maul then attacked Kenobi, only to be swiftly defeated and mortally wounded within seconds. A stunned Maul collapsed onto the ground, but was caught by Kenobi. In his final moments, Maul asked Kenobi whether the person he was protecting was indeed the Chosen One. Kenobi confirmed this, and Maul appeared to accept his death, dying in peace. As a final gesture, Kenobi closed Maul's eyes and laid him to rest.
Powers and abilties
Maul was a master of Juyo, Jar'Kai, and Teräs Käsi, with training in Niman. Maul chose to wield a red-bladed saberstaff in combat.
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