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Darth Maul

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Darth Maul is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. He was portrayed in the film Episode I: The Phantom Menace by martial arts specialist Ray Park, and voiced by British actor Peter Serafinowicz. His real name is Khameir Sarin.

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Biography

Darth Maul was a Dark Lord of the Sith, apprentice to Darth Sidious. A Zabrak originally from Iridonia, Maul had no memories of his homeworld or family, having been kidnapped as an infant by Sidious.

Indoctrinated in the ways of the dark side of the Force from youth, Maul had no emotion aside from bloodlust and rage. During his training, any show of fear was severly punished by Sidious, any hint of mercy rewarded with cruelty. By the time Maul was an adolescent, his master had already constructed him as a weapon of pure hatred.

The ultimate test came one day when Maul was abandoned by his master on an isolated Outer Rim world, forced to survive alone while being hunted by hordes of assassin droids. After a month's time, Sidious returned and challenged his apprentice to a duel, one which Maul lost. Sidious then told Maul that he had been secretly training another apprentice to replace him. Rage and hatred overwhelmed Maul, and in one final act of defiance he nearly killed his master. When Maul's emotions were finally spent, he prepared himself for death, yet Sidious laughed instead. By wanting to kill his own master, Maul had in fact passed the final test. Sidious proclaimed him Darth Maul, Dark Lord of the Sith, and took him to a new home on Coruscant.

Maul was skilled with the lightsaber, trained by Sidious to be a master of Form VII which draws on emotions and the dark side. Unlike the traditional dueling techniques of most Jedi, Maul combined his swordsmanship with incredible acrobatic and martial arts hand-to-hand combat skills, making him a nearly unstoppable dervish of destruction. When fighting multiple opponents, Maul extended the second blade of his lightsaber forming a "lightsaber staff", doubling his lethality. Maul often used this to catch opponents by surprise, as few were prepared for the extra blade.

Darth Maul was also skilled with combining Force talents with mechanics. Sidious gave Maul the funds and schematics he needed, and provided Maul with a secret facility on Coruscant in which to work. There Maul constructed his signature speeder bike Bloodfin and the Dark Eye seeker droids.

Maul originally went on countless missions of terror for his master, killing politicians, merchants, and warlords. Maul's very appearance had been carefully conceived to put fear into the heart of the Sith's enemies and unwitting allies. Yet despite his untold successess, Maul longed for victory over Jedi.

During the events of Episode I: the Phantom Menace, Maul was sent to capture Queen Amidala, and eliminate the Jedi who had been dispatched by the Republic to settle the conflict. Maul barely failed in this task on Tatooine, and he thirsted for revenge. In a vicious duel during the Battle of Naboo, Maul succeeded in slaying Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, one of the best swordfighters in the galaxy. However, overconfidence - a common personality trait among the zabrak race - with a bit of pure bad "luck" led to Maul's immediate downfall when he was sliced in half by Jinn's apprentice, the young Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi.


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Darth Maul battles Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi on Naboo

Appearances

Darth Maul first appeared in the film The Phantom Menace. Maul's striking visual design, in addition to his limited role on film, have left many fans wanting to know more about his character.


Maul's earlier escapades are documented in the following works:

  • Jedi Council: Acts of War, (comic book miniseries)
  • Darth Maul: Saboteur, (ebook)
  • Darth Maul, (comic book miniseries)
  • Episode I Adventures: The Fury of Darth Maul, (novel)
  • Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, (novel)
Appearances after the events in Episode I include: 
  • Star Wars: Tales #9 (non-canon comic book mini-series)
  • Star Wars: Visionaries ( non-canon graphic novel)

Quotes

  • "At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge." - Darth Maul, Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • "Fear. Fear attracts the fearful. The strong. The weak. The innocent. The corrupt. Fear. Fear is my ally." - Darth Maul, TV spot for Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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Preceded by:
none
Sith Apprentice to Darth Sidious
before 42 BBY-32 BBY
Succeeded by:
Darth Tyranus
Preceded by:
Darth Plagueis
Dark Lord of the Sith
before 34 BBY-32 BBY
Succeeded by:
Darth Tyranus

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