Maul (formerly known as Darth Maul) was a Zabrak Sith Lord who served as the Sith Apprentice of Darth Sidious during the time of the Galactic Republic. Though he was defeated at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi, he returned to power during the Clone Wars and sought revenge against both the Jedi and the Sith. After the Galactic Empire rose to power, he became stranded on Malachor until he was found by young rebel and Jedi apprentice, Ezra Bridger.
Maul was born to Mother Talzin and raised as a Nightbrother on Dathomir, before being taken away by Darth Sidious as an apprentice. Once, Sidious brought Maul to Malachor to breathe in the dust of vanquished Sith to experience what they went through. He trained under Sidious into adulthood, and was sent to kill Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi to prevent them from interfering with Sidious' plans. Maul killed Jinn, but was cut in half by Obi-Wan and sent plummeting down a vast reactor shaft.
Rise and Fall of Power
Fueled by his anger and hatred, Maul managed to survive and ended up on the junk planet Lotho Minor, where he lived in insanity for nearly twelve years. He was found by his brother, Savage Opress, and his sanity was restored by Talzin. He sought to build a crime empire, forming the Shadow Collective with the Death Watch and eventually becoming the ruler of Mandalore and leader of Death Watch, achieving the latter through murder of Pre Viszla in single combat. However, Sidious learned of his return and decided he was a threat to the Rule of Two and the rise of the Empire, taking on his former apprentice in battle. Sidious killed Opress and captured Maul, as he still had use for his former apprentice.
Maul eventually managed to escape Sidious' clutches and waged war on Sidious and his apprentice Dooku with Talzin and the Shadow Collective's help. However, the Shadow Collective was decimated and the Sith discovered Talzin and killed her. A heartbroken Maul then fled with the remaining Mandalorians.
After his time with the Shadow Collective, Maul and his loyal forces returned to Mandalore, where they remained in hiding for some time. However, during the final days of the Clone War, they found themselves under siege by a battalion of Clone Troopers led by former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex. During the siege, Maul briefly crossed lightsabers with Ahsoka, mocking her as they fought, but was lured into a plaza, where the former Jedi's comrades trapped Maul in a ray shield. Though Ahsoka was given the opportunity to kill Maul, she instead chose to save Rex. As a result, Maul escaped once again.
After the siege of Mandalore, Maul traveled to Malachor in search for an ancient weapon located in a Sith temple and obtained a new Lightsaber. However, his ship crashed there, leaving him trapped there for years without contact of the galaxy. Maul was also tracked down by the Eighth Brother. Eventually, Maul came across the Jedi apprentice Ezra Bridger, who he manipulated into helping him retrieving a Sith holocron. Along their brief adventure, Maul also taught Ezra the ways of the dark side by preying upon the boy's passionate and aggressive tendencies.
After gaining the holocron, Maul and Ezra used the holocron as a key to reach the front of the temple, where they came across Kanan Jarrus and Ahsoka, who were in combat with the Inquisitors. While Ahsoka and Kanan were reluctant to trust Maul, with his help the four of them forced the Inquisitors to retreat.
Still unwilling to trust Maul, they only cooperated at the behest of Ezra, who remained adamant that Maul was on their side. With Maul's guidance, the rebels scaled the temple in an attempt to reach the top, where Maul claimed the knowledge they sought was. Along the way, Maul and Ezra engaged the Seventh Sister, with Maul able to subdue her in a Force choke. It was then that Maul put his teachings into action, imploring Ezra to strike down the woman in cold blood. The Padawan hesitated, forcing Maul to finish off the Inquisitor. Maul scolded Ezra for his hesitation, warning him that it could cost him his life or the life of his friends in the future. Maul and Ezra continued on and met up with the others, who were engaging the Fifth Brother and Eighth Brother. It was then that Maul sensed the presence of Darth Vader, who was approaching Malachor. He however dismissed his feeling to Ezra when the young Jedi asked him what was wrong. Maul then engaged the Inquisitors while Ezra continued on alone. Maul, with Ahsoka's assistance, slew the Fifth Brother while Kanan damaged the Eight Brother's lightsaber. As the Eighth Brother attempted to escape using his weapon it malfunctioned, and the Inquisitor fell to his death.
With all the Inquisitors dead and Ezra nearing the top, Maul then betrayed the Jedi, striking at Kanan and blinding him. With Kanan subdued, Maul engaged Ahsoka and the two dueled briefly. It was then he revealed that the holocron was intended to power an ancient superweapon and that Maul intended to make the young boy his apprentice. Ahsoka left to confront Vader as Kanan regained himself, with Ahsoka claiming to the former Sith Lord he would have to face Kanan to get to her. Underestimating Kanan, Maul declared that he would finish off the Jedi quickly. However, using his other senses, amplified by the Force, Kanan easily caught Maul's arms and tripped him, where the Nightbrother fell from the Temple to the ground below. Maul survived, however, and fled the planet in the Eighth Brother's TIE Advanced v1 with his plans in ruins.
His influence had a profound effect on Ezra, who drifted closer to the dark side.
Quest to Find Kenobi
Capturing the Ghost Crew
Months later, Maul resurfaced. Managing to board a Hammerhead Corvette, Maul interrogated one of the rebels onboard, forcing him to reveal the location of the rebel freighter, and Ezra's home, the Ghost. Shortly after, Ezra and Kanan arrived at the transport and learned of the attack. Believing it to be the work of an Inquisitor, the pair contacted Hera Syndulla, and found out that Maul had taken her and the rest of the Ghost Crew hostage. In exchange for their friends lives, Maul demanded the Jedi give him both the Sith and Jedi holocrons, to which they agreed.
While Ezra and Kanan returned to Atollon to retrieve the Sith holocron, Maul softly demanded Hera give him a "tour" around the Ghost, prompting Sabine Wren to implore her not to, to which Maul replied she should trust him, for he did once rule her people. Surveying each living quarter, Maul identified Kanans' as the dull and dour one, befitting of a Jedi. Instructing Hera to reveal the location of the Jedi holocron, the Twi'lek told Maul that she didn't know anything about Kanan. Knowing this to be a lie, Maul probed her mind with the Force, and learned that it was Heraa's idea to recruit Ezra, and that the boy once stole the holocron, which was being held in a compartment below Kanans' bed.
While Maul struggled to open the holocron, the Ghost crew took the opportunity to escape. Managing to use their restraints to destroy the Tour Guide Droids guarding them, the rebels quietly moved down to the cargo hold, planning to magnetize it in order to immobilize Maul's robotic legs. Discovering their absence, Maul went searching for the rebels and eventually made his way to the cargo hold. Seconds later, C1-10P, activated the magnets, causing Maul's legs to adhere to the vessel's ceiling. The rest of the rebels promptly rushed into the cargo hold and started firing at him, but Maul managed to deflect one of the bolts into the control interface, deactivating the magnets. Knocking the crew down with the Force, Maul became angry, threatening the rebels with death once their usefulness was over.
Having already informed the Jedi of their rendezvous point, the Vizla Keep 09, Maul landed the Ghost in one of its hangars and kept the rebel prisoners under the watch of his droids. When the Jedi arrived, they met with Maul in the hangar, where the Dathomirian instructed Ezra to follow his droids to the command center, while Kanan went with Maul. Looking to succeed where he failed on Malachor, Maul led the Jedi to an airlock and pushed him in, proceeding to eject him into space. Believing Kanan to be dead, Maul went to meet Ezra, quietly instructing one of his droids to execute the rebel crew. Swapping holocrons, Maul and Ezra sat down on the floor and opened the devices, seeking to combine them and have their questions answered. After combining the holocrons, Ezra, who wanted to know the key to destroying the Sith, saw locations both familiar and unfamiliar, while Maul saw nothing. Shortly after, the Ghost crew, who had been freed by Kanan after he managed to make his way back into the hangar, arrived at the command center, but were dazzled by the light coming from the holocrons. Ezra exclaimed that he saw "twin suns", and Kanan implored his apprentice to look away, while Maul incited the Jedi to focus. Heeding his master's warning, Ezra closed his eyes, causing the energy from the holocrons to explode and giving Maul a chance to escape. As Maul proceeded back to the Nightbrother, he realized what he had seen in the holocrons, repeating the phrase, "he lives".
Return to Dathomir
Due to the ritual involving the two holocrons, Maul and Ezra became mentally linked. As a result, Maul was able to find Chopper Base on Atollon. Using his mastery of the dark side, Maul tormented Ezra by causing the young Jedi to see and hear visions of him. On one occasion, Ezra even attacked and almost killed a Rebel Crewman whom he mistook for Maul. Later, he approached Ezra and Kanan in the wilderness while they were talking to a mysterious Force wielder called The Bendu, who served as a bridge between the light and dark sides of the Force. Despite Bendu's warnings not to turn around, Kanan and Ezra did so and found Maul watching them from the top of a dune.
After complimenting the two Jedi for their safe hiding place, Maul assured them that he had come in peace to talk with his "apprentice" Ezra. When Ezra demanded to know how Maul tracked him down, he replied that Ezra's abrupt severance of their connection to the holocrons caused them to see fragments of each other's visions and knowledge. Maul then added that he needed Ezra to come with him in order to retrieve the remaining fragments of the vision from his mind. When Kanan refused to negotiate with Maul, the Dark Sider threatened to activate a homing beacon that would alert the Empire to their presence in the event of his death.
Maul then offered to show Ezra the knowledge on how to destroy the Sith. With Kanan's reluctant approval, Ezra complied with Maul's ultimatum and departed with Maul on the Nightbrother. Maul then took his unwilling apprentice to Dathomir. Unknown to them, Kanan and Sabine had placed a tracker on Ezra's wrist-comm and followed them there in the Phantom II. Maul then took Ezra to the ruins of the Nightsister Lair and explained that he was the last survivor of the Nightsisters. As Maul led Ezra into a cave, he explained that the only way to retrieve the information was to merge their minds again in a ritual.
To aid the ritual, Maul had filled the cave with objects from his past including the Darksaber, a Mandalorian symbol of power. For the ritual, Maul and Ezra drank glasses of magick water which caused their eyes to turn green and shoot bright rays. As a result, Maul and Ezra discovered that Obi-Wan was hiding on a planet with twin suns and that Obi-Wan held the key to destroying the Sith. Maul recognizes the planet as Tatooine, stating it as "The place where it all began." After completing the ritual, the two were confronted by Nightsister spirits that demanded that Maul and Ezra sacrifice their flesh and blood in return for the answers.
At that point, Kanan and Sabine entered the cave and opened fire on the spirits. However, the spirits overwhelmed and possessed them. The possessed Kanan and Sabine then attacked Maul and Ezra. Maul was forced to parry with the possessed Kanan while Ezra was forced to dodge the possessed Sabine's blasts. Following a struggle, Maul and Ezra managed to reach the entrance of the cave. The Nightsister spirits were unable to leave because the altar was the source of their power. Having accomplished his objective, Maul then offered Ezra a place as his apprentice and claimed that their destiny was linked with the planet with the twin suns. However, Ezra refused to abandon his friends. Exasperated by the sympathy and compassion of the young man towards his friends, Maul told Ezra that he had disappointed him before leaving to find Obi-Wan.
Maul eventually made his way towards Tatooine in search of his old nemesis Obi-Wan. Amidst searching for him in the desert's desolate wastes, Maul soon realized that he was lost and collapsed to the sand, screaming Kenobi's name. Maul pondered on his destiny and if his life would "end here like this?" Finding a renewed sense of determination, Maul persevered and resumed his search for Kenobi. Knowing that he was unable to find his old enemy on his own, he planned to draw him out, and using the matrix he had taken from the Sith Holocron, he reached out to his "apprentice", Ezra.
Ezra, inspired by the message sent by Maul, came to Tatooine to prevent the former Sith from killing Kenobi. The Jedi apprentice also hoped to recruit the old Jedi Master to join the Rebel Alliance. Landing in a canyon at night, he discovered the fragment of the Sith Holocron that Maul had planted as bait to lure him in. Deducing that it was a trap, he and his droid were suddenly ambushed by a band of Tusken Raiders, who attempted to kill Ezra. Whilst the Tuskens failed to kill him, they did succeed in destroying the ship he and Chopper arrived in. Ezra was knocked unconscious by the explosion. Moments later, Maul arrived and cut down all of the Tuskens before seemingly leaving Ezra alone.
Seeking a way offworld, Ezra and Chopper, who had stowed away on Ezra's ship, debated whether to follow the natural ridge lines of the canyons in the hope of finding a nearby settlement or crossing the vast desert in front of them. Maul appeared as an apparition and convinced Ezra to travel into the desert. Ezra and Chopper traveled into the desert. Eventually, Chopper's battery died, and Ezra, overcome by heat and exhaustion, collapsed and lost consciousness. A short while later, Ezra and Chopper were discovered by Kenobi, who was riding a Dewback. Constructing a small campfire, Kenobi recharged Chopper with power from a portable light and tended to Ezra's wounds.
After Ezra awoke, Kenobi told the boy that he believed Maul had manipulated Ezra into leading him to him. At that moment, Maul arrived to settle his score with his old rival. Ezra wanted to fight Maul but Kenobi warned the boy that he would "mend this old wound." After Ezra and Chopper had left, Maul remarked on the destitute conditions in which Kenobi lived and considered the possibility of leaving Kenobi "festering in [his] squalor." The former Sith then wondered what brought Kenobi to such a remote planet and correctly deduced that Kenobi was protecting someone, namely Luke Skywalker.
Realizing that Maul had to die in order to ensure Luke was kept safe, Kenobi activated his lightsaber and assumed the Soresu ready stance. Maul in turn activated his blade and the two enemies locked gazes. Kenobi soon swapped to the ready stance of Ataru. Recognizing the stance of Kenobi's master Qui-Gon Jinn, Maul leapt at Kenobi believing that he could easily overwhelm Kenobi as he did his master on Naboo. However, Kenobi swiftly blocked Maul's strikes. Anticipating Maul's hilt-strike to the head, the same technique that bested Jinn thirty years earlier, Kenobi bisected Maul's lightsaber in two while simultaneously mortally wounding him with a slashing blow to the torso.
A shocked Maul collapsed to the ground as Kenobi caught him. With his last breath, Maul asked Kenobi whether or not the person that he was guarding was the Chosen One. Kenobi confirmed that this was the case. Maul seemed to come to terms with his death stating that "[Luke] will avenge us." With that, Maul died. As a final gesture of respect, Kenobi closed his eyes and laid him to rest.
Maul's ship, the Nightbrother, was then taken by Ezra and Chopper back to Chopper Base as a new rebel vehicle for the Alliance. It was key in the Battle of Atollon, in which Ezra and Sabine used it to transport members of Clan Wren to take down an Interdictor Cruiser and allow the Rebels to escape Grand Admiral Thrawn's blockade and live to fight another day.
Personality and Traits
Maul's life and motivations were based around revenge. As a Sith apprentice, Maul sought revenge against the Jedi for their triumph over the Sith, and wanted to return the Sith to power over the galaxy. After his exile and the restoration of his mind, Maul turned his thoughts of revenge towards the galaxy, declaring himself and his brother the true Sith Lords; and especially towards Obi-Wan, after the Jedi defeated him and forced him into exile after the war on Naboo. He felt the vacuum from losing power, having known about the Clone Wars and intending to be part of it, only to learn that the Sith plans moved on without him. Maul was therefore willing to go to great lengths to achieve his vengeance, including slaughtering civilians and thrusting Mandalore into civil war to gain power and draw Obi-Wan out into the open.
During his exile, Maul's mind was shattered. He became obsessed with revenge, fueled and kept alive only by his hatred for Obi-Wan, despite losing his mind and many memories. His aggression and fear increased in his crazed condition, as Maul attacked Savage when he first encountered his brother on Lotho Minor. It required magic from Mother Talzin to restore his mind, bringing him clarity again while still preserving his desire to seek revenge against those who had wronged him.
Maul's power made him crave dominance over the Sith and the galaxy, though he recognized the power that Darth Sidious possessed that Maul did not. Maul feared his old master when Sidious arrived on Mandalore, and begged for mercy after Sidious bested him in a lightsaber duel. After the electrocution that Sidious subjected him to on Mandalore, he later told Death Watch that he had become indifferent to pain.
However, despite his ruthless and vindictive personality, Maul wasn't completely heartless, as he did genuinely care for his brother, Savage Oppress, and his mother Talzin; he was devastated when both of them were killed by or because of Sidious, and held a fierce grudge against him and all who served him for that over the years. He also developed a slight fondness for Ezra, seeing great potential in the boy's abilities, desiring him as an apprentice, and even saving his life twice. However, he sought entirely to manipulate Ezra and use him to further his own agenda, and attempted to kill Kanan on two occasions in order to be free of influence in attempting to do so.
While still practicing their beliefs, Maul disassociated himself from the Sith, mainly due to the Order's association with Sidious. Cunning and deceptive, Maul was perfectly willing to feign weakness to accomplish his purposes, or even side with the Jedi if necessary. He was not above taunting such "allies," as evidenced by his calling Ahsoka "Lady Tano" in mockery of her departure from the Jedi Order and referring to Kanan as "Master Jedi."
Desiring hope, Maul kidnapped Ezra and Kanan's rebel companions in a successful effort to force them to surrender the Sith holocron and Kanan's Jedi holocron. He wanted to merge the holocrons in order to create clarity of vision. Maul also hoped to take Ezra as his apprentice. Despite Maul's promise to Ezra that he would not harm his friends, Maul secretly made an attempt on Kanan's life and quietly ordered his droids to execute the other rebels in an attempt to claim Ezra as his apprentice. Despite Kanan convincing Ezra to stop the vision, Maul still learned that Obi-Wan was still alive.
Maul's desire for vengeance against Obi-Wan led him to use his mastery of the Dark Side to torment Ezra in an effort to gain his attention. While Maul was aware of the high price of Nightsister magick, his desire to learn Obi-Wan's location led him to risk the wrath of these spirits. Due to their revelations, Maul came to believed that his destiny was linked to finding and killing Obi-Wan on Tatooine. Maul regarded Ezra as an excellent candidate to be his apprentice. However, Ezra's compassion and loyalty to his friends angered Maul, who chastised his apprentice as a "disappointment" for refusing to break the chains of the past. Later, Maul's vendetta towards Kenobi led him use his mastery of the Force to lure Ezra to Tatooine. Maul was willing to manipulate Ezra to serve his own aims and goals, discreetly saving him from a band of Tusken Raiders only so the boy could lead him to Obi-Wan. Despite his hatred for Kenobi, he was able to reconcile with his adversary in his last moments. Maul passed away with the belief that Kenobi was protecting the Chosen One who would restore balance to the Force by destroying the Sith.
Powers and Abilities
As the apprentice of Darth Sidious, Maul was trained to be a weapon of the Sith, one intended to help Sidious bring about the destruction of the Jedi and take over the galaxy. He became an acrobatic warrior, one who could relentlessly pursue his enemies while utilizing his double-bladed lightsaber. He showcased his efficiency with a blade against Qui-Gon Jinn on Tatooine and Naboo, allowing him to kill Jinn in their second encounter; it was during this duel that Maul took on two Jedi Knights at once, holding his own very well against them. It was an overconfidence in his abilities, however, that allowed Obi-Wan to get the better of him and defeat him, leading to the loss of the lower-half of his body and over a decade of crazed-exile in the Outer Rim.
Maul later defeated Obi-Wan in a number of encounters after emerging from exile, including on Mandalore, though their duel on Florrum ended in stalemate. Maul also fought the Death Watch leader Pre Viszla in a vicious duel, and though the Mandalorian put up a fierce fight, he ultimately proved to be no match for Maul's combination of martial prowess and Force potency. Determined to defeat his former master, Maul fought Sidious using his own lightsaber and Pre Vizsla's darksaber. Though he put up a considerable fight, managing to keep up with Sidious longer than Savage, he was ultimately no match for Sidious, who was able to counter Maul's bladeblock and disarm him. Maul was also able to temporarily hold his own against Mace Windu and Aayla Secura on a Vizsla Keep 09, and even managed to match General Grievous; though he fought to a stalemate with the cyborg in their first encounter, he was able to overwhelm him in their second and third encounters. Maul's mastery of the dark side enabled him to overpower and take captive Hera and her crew. Maul used his lightsaber skills to strike down several Tusken Raiders but proved no match for the seasoned Obi-Wan, who quickly slew him in combat.
While he initially tells Ezra that his advanced age has diminished his abilities, this is later revealed to be an affectation not unlike that previously employed by Yoda, as Maul's walking stick serves mainly to disguise a double-bladed Lightsaber created to replace his original weapon. Though apparently convinced that he lacked the ability to defeat Vader by himself (or so he told his Jedi "allies") Maul demonstrated considerable skill against the Inquisitors and full confidence in taking on Kanan and Ahsoka. However, he still has a tendency to underestimate his enemies, as shown when Kanan was able to force him off the edge of the temple despite being blind.
Maul also proved to be strong with the Force, able to destroy numerous enemies and subduing Mandalorians such as Bo-Katan Kryze. During the skirmish on Florrum, he pulled a Jedi shuttle off of a hill, where it slid to a stop in front of Obi-Wan and Hondo's pirates. His skills paled in comparison to Sidious, however, even after Maul declared himself the true Lord of the Sith. During their encounter on Mandalore, Sidious easily pinned Maul to a wall using the Force and bested him in lightsaber combat, though it took more effort to defeat him than Opress.
Maul was a capable manipulator, a skilled strategist, and had political skills from his time as Sidious' apprentice, and managed to form the Shadow Collective in a surprisingly short amount of time.
Maul was also skilled in Mind probing, as shown when he used the power on Hera to find the location of Kanan's Jedi holocron.
Maul was also familiar with the magick practices of the Nightsisters, including a scrying spell which involved two people sharing a potion of spirit ichor.
Maul was able to use his mastery of the Force to create apparitions of himself. He also used the fragment of the Malachor Sith Holocron to activate Kanan's Jedi Holocron and the other remains of the Malachor Sith Holocron as part of a plot to trick Ezra into luring Obi-Wan out of hiding. Maul used his lightsaber skills to strike down several Tusken Raiders but proved no match for the seasoned Kenobi, who quickly slew him in combat.
- He and Thrawn are the main antagonists of Season 3.
- Maul was the first major character originating from the films to die in one of the animated Star Wars shows.
- He was voiced by Sam Witwer, who also voiced him in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He also voiced Sheev Palpatine and W1-LE in Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal.
- Maul's current lightsaber was the same design that was used by the The Grand Inquisitor, with a severed emitter ring and different sound effects.
- Despite the fact that he has dropped his "Darth" title by the time of Rebels, most marketing, concept art, and merchandise continues to refer to him as Darth Maul.
- The maneuver Maul attempts on Obi-Wan in their duel on Tatooine, in which he attempts to briefly stun Obi-Wan with his lightsaber hilt and then deliver the killing blow, was the same maneuver he used to kill Qui-Gon Jinn.
- Maul's use of a walking stick, despite not necessarily needing it, was comparable to Darth Sidious and Yoda, the former of whom could deceive others into thinking he was old and weak when he was actually quite mobile.
- Maul was originally going to die on Malachor at the hands of Vader after a duel between them, but it was cut out as the writers thought it wasn't the right time or place.
- The Grand Inquisitor from Season 1 shared some familiar characteristics to Maul from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, such as his double-bladed lightsaber. He also highly resembles his early concept art. Also the final battle between The Grand Inquisitor, Kanan, and Ezra was similar to Maul's battle with Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon in The Phantom Menace.
- Maul was in his 50s at the time of the series.
- Maul is the first major character from the films to die in either The Clone Wars or Rebels. He was believed to have died in The Phantom Menace before The Clone Wars revealed otherwise.
- Maul's new lightsaber is double-bladed as his previous one was, but it is unknown how he obtained it; as it resembles an Inquisitor lightsaber, Maul probably took it from an Inquisitor he might have killed.