Fearsome Facts About Darth Maul

January 24, 2017 | Mike Pelosi

Fearsome Facts About Darth Maul


“Revenge. I must have revenge.”

Before Darth Maul made his appearance to the Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn, the legend of the Sith had only been a rumor. With his agile combat style and fearless aggression, Maul is feared by those who stand in his way, especially the Jedi he seeks to defeat.

Here are 25 fearsome facts about one of the most formidable Sith to ever exist, Darth Maul.


Darth Maul Facts

1. Born a Warrior

Maul was born on the planet Dathomir, a remote planet that is bathed in blood-red light. Dathomir is home to two groups: the Nightsisters, a group of witches, and the Zabrak, a clan of warriors called the Nightbrothers, who are subservient to the witches. Darth Maul Cosplayer at MCM Comic Con October 2016Simon King, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

2. Earning Your Horns

The horns that protrude from Maul’s head and the tattoos that cover his body are markings of the Zabrak; the horns develop as the Zabrak grow. The Zabrak train their whole lives to be warriors, and possess a resistance to physical pain and even a second heart.

Screenshot of Dart Maul - from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

3. Son of a Witch

Maul was born (in some Expanded Universe stories) to Mother Talzin, a powerful witch of the Nightsisters clan. Mother Talzin was Darth Sidious’ first pick for Sith apprentice. However, the Sith Lord found her son to be more impressive, and took him from Dathomir.

Screenshot of Dart Maul wearing a black coat - from Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)

4. Bad Role Models

Darth Maul was the Sith apprentice to Darth Sidious. Sidious would later go on to become the Galactic Emperor Palpatine, the master of Darth Vader.

Screenshot of Palpatine -Sith Lord - from Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)

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5. Death, But Not Dead

Darth Maul was believed to be dead after being cut in two by Obi-Wan Kenobi during the Battle of Naboo. But in The Clone Wars, Mother Talzin believed her son was alive, and sent Maul’s brother, Savage Opress, to find him.

Screenshot of Dart Maul with black coat looking at side - from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

6. More Machine than Maul

Mother Talzin rebuilt her son with mechanical limbs. She also used magic to restore Maul’s memory, which he had lost. Maul then remembered being bisected by Kenobi and vowed revenge on the Jedi Knight.

Screenshot of Dart Maul with black coat looking at camera - from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

7. Keeping it in the Family

Maul chooses his brother, Savage Opress, to be his Sith Apprentice. Opress had some prior training in the ways of the Dark Side under Count Dooku–the former Jedi who would go on to be Darth Sidious’ new apprentice.

Dart Maul - from Star WarsSpencer Wright, Flickr 

8. Mob Mentality

During the Clone Wars, Maul become the Earth equivalent of a mob boss. He recruited underworld factions, crime syndicates, and Jabba the Hutt, forming a group known as the Shadow Collective. Jabba the Hutt - 2009Jan S0L0, Flickr

9. Only a Sith Deals in Absolutes

Maul is responsible for murdering the only woman Obi-Wan Kenobi ever loved–Duchess Satine. As you can imagine, Maul took pleasure in the sorrow of his nemesis.

Screenshot of Dart Maul looking at camera - from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

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10. Two is Better Than One

One of Maul’s unique characteristics is his choice to wield a double-bladed lightsaber. Maul can use one blade at a time or both, depending on the circumstance.

double-bladed lightsaberGooKingSword ,Pixabay

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11. Rule Breaker

Maul was almost killed by his former Master, Darth Sidious, for violating the Rule of Two. The Rule of Two states that, at any given time, there can be only one Sith Master and one Apprentice. To prove his point, Sidious easily kills Maul’s brother (who had been acting as Maul's Apprentice).

Darth SidiousRoger Murmann, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

12. The Rule of…8?

Darth Maul has been portrayed and voiced by many actors. In The Phantom Menace, actor and martial artist Ray Park physically portrays Maul, while Peter Serafinowicz does the voice. In The Clone Wars and Rebels, Samuel Wiltwer voices Maul. Actors Gregg Berger, Jess Harnell, Stephen Stanton, Clint Bajakian, and David Collins have also all voiced Maul in other related Star Wars media. Ray Park speaking at Star Wars Weekends 2011Gordon Tarpley, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

13. Speak Softly and Carry a Big Lightsaber

Darth Maul only has two lines in The Phantom Menace: “Tatooine is sparsely populated. If the trace is correct, I will find them quickly, Master,” and “At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have our revenge.”

Darth Maul looking at front with angry face - 2018Otto Rascon, Pexels

14. A Graceful Sith

Ray Park took the job of playing Maul so seriously that he took gymnastics and ballet lessons to get prepared for the role.

Ray Park as Guest at Wizard World Chicago 2011.GabboT, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

15. Not the First Choice

Ray Park was not George Lucas’ first choice to play Darth Maul. Benicio del Toro was originally set to play the character, but dropped out when he found out that Maul's part had been cut down.Benicio Del Toro attends red carpet movie premiere - 2012Eva Rinaldi, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

16. A Peaceful Death for a Dark Lord

Kenobi and Maul have a final battle on the planet of Tatooine in Rebels. Kenobi makes quick work of Maul, who (finally) dies.

Screenshot of Kenoby VS Dart Maul - from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

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17. Even in Death

In the comic Star Wars: Shattered Empire, after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi, Leia goes on a mission to Naboo. Upon entering the hangar bay where Maul fought Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn, Leia says that she feels cold, and sees a vision of the former Sith. Screenshot of Princess Leia looking at side - from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

18. Tattoos and Piercings

In The Phantom Menace, Maul wears a silver earring. Ray Park forgot to take the earring out before being transformed into Darth Maul by the makeup team, but, in the end, George Lucas approved of the earring, so it stayed.

Ray Park with the Darth Maul Hockey Jersey - 2011Qonas, Flickr

19. Flying in Style

Maul uses many vehicles to accomplish his purpose of wiping out the Jedi. In particular, he uses a Sith Infiltrator to go anywhere in the galaxy undetected.

Screenshot of Dart Maul looking at camera - from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

20. Fear a Strong Woman

The concept of Darth Maul initially started off as a girl–an evil witch with long hair that covered her face. However, Lucas thought the character looked too intense, and the idea was scrapped.Woman dressed up like Darth Maul - 2015Take a Squiz Photography ,Flickr

21. A True Fighter

Maul’s fighting style is impressive. Lucas wanted to show the audience that Maul spent all of his time studying different fighting styles. As a martial artist, Ray Park specialized in Wushu, Shaolin techniques, and kickboxing, all of which helped shape Maul’s technique.

Dart Maul factsNoHoDamon, Flickr

 22. Assassin

Before revealing himself as a Sith, Sidious had Maul perform a variety of hit jobs on politicians, merchants, and other opponents who stood in his path to becoming Emperor.

Screenshot of Dart Maul looking at front - from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

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23. Art is Based on Reality

Designer of Darth Maul, Iain McCaig, developed what would become Maul’s tattoos by following the muscle patterns underneath the face.

Portrait of Iain McCaig - 2009ByronMarks, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

24. Comfortable in Your Skin

Being Darth Maul means you jump, roll, twirl, spin, flip, duck, and jump some more. Because of his physical and almost acrobatic fighting style, Maul wears only a simple, samurai style cloak that allows for complete freedom of movement.

Darth Maul in Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away - 2017Quarax, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

25. Nature Versus Nurture

Most fans know that when Darth Sidious kidnapped Darth Maul, he trained him to despise the Jedi, but many don’t know that the real reason why Darth Maul hated the Jedi with such intensity is actually because Darth Sidious forced him to inhale the ashes of dead Sith killed by the Jedi during his training. This made Maul feel the pain of the Sith that came before him, embedding a deep hate for the Jedi within him.

Screenshot of Dart Maul looking at front - from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17


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