20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

20 Facts You Didn’t Know About Darth Maul

Introduced via creepy hologram on-screen to the trade federation, fans across the globe fell in love with Maul and his sinister appearance.

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We all know what Star Wars brought to the table in the late 1970s. But, when George Lucas and company decided to return to the galaxy far far away, the excitement was slain by the product.

It was 1999, and the tension between Star Wars fans and the wait in the theatre line-ups was palpable. Leaving the cinema, however, the list of things that excited movie-goers was tiny.

Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, as it would be long-windedly called, brought us two of the most interesting things to the Star Wars mythos. The first is pod-racing. The slough of amazing arcade adventures, and that crazy cast of racers, coupled with the sounds. We loved pod-racing—and the Nintendo 64 game that personified it.

The second thing on that list was a minimally-seen, but highly impactful Sith apprentice known as Darth Maul. Introduced via creepy hologram on-screen to the trade federation, fans across the globe fell in love with Maul and his sinister appearance. And we fell even more in love when he battled Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon on Naboo, revealing the first instance of a double-bladed lightsaber, which was totally awesome.

Darth Maul has been on everything since, becoming a sort of mascot for the prequel trilogy and we couldn’t be happier about that. He became such a popular part of the Star Wars canon, that LucasFilm knew they had to bring the Zabrak back into the spotlight eventually. Luckily for us, what we got later down the road was epic, and satisfying.

20 He Survived The Finale From The Phantom Menace

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

Surprise! He didn’t die. According to series creator George Lucas, the original on-screen death of Darth Maul during the fight with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan was shot as just Maul falling down the unknown shaft. But he wanted to “make sure that people would think he died” so they cut him in half during post-production special effects. So, it seems he was always meant to “die” at the finale of that fight. However, the writers of The Clone Wars television show wrote him back in for both fan-service and to bolster the story of a beloved, and short-lived, character from the prequel films. It’s unclear if the creators of the prequel films had any idea that leaving the theatres that fateful 1999 spring, movie-goers would find in their new Sith apprentice, a new favorite character.

19 Has Less Than NINE Minutes Of Screen Time In Ep.1

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

The theatrical cut of Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace only goes to show that those behind the franchise didn’t think Darth Maul would be such a hit. If anyone knows how to shove iconic characters down your throat, it’s LucasFilm and Star Wars. But the phantom adversary in the return to the Star Wars universe wasn’t given much time during the escapades of baby Skywalker and Co. With only two spoken lines and one real fight scene, Darth Maul, the Emperor’s apprentice, only had a total of nine minutes of screen time. How could they mishandle one of the coolest characters to date? Well many believe that is was done intentionally to keep the Sith in a mysterious fog. It worked. Fans immediately began clamoring for more.

18 You Can Be Darth Maul In Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (or THPS, as it was affectionately referred to) was the pinnacle of 90’s skate culture, music, and ultimate 90’s vibes. The franchise has a permanent place in the heart of every gamer from the 1990’s and still remains today on the strength of nostalgia. The third game, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3, was released in 2001 by Activision’s O2 studio. Each game in the series has a handful of secret characters. In 2001, a few years after the sequel trilogy landed in cinemas, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 had our plucky dark Sith as a hidden character that you unlock by completing all 54 goals, and gaining all gold medals in the career mode (but only using Tony himself).

17 Almost Had His Own Amazing-Looking Video Game That Was Canceled

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

Yes, you read that right. In the height of gaming heavy-weights trying grand things with the Star Wars franchise, and on the back of the successful (sort of) Force Unleashed games, LucasArts had (at one point) started working on a Darth Maul focused video game. Titled Star Wars: Maul, the game in development would be a single-player story revolving around the Dathomirian, and looked an awful lot like the successful Batman franchise from Rocksteady. It looked cool. It looked dark. The graphics looked phenomenal. And it died before we were ever told it existed. Fortunately, some concept art, and trailers were leaked years later and the world went nuts. But much like Battlefront 3 and Star Wars: 1313, it was canceled. So we will just have to dream.

16 Was Almost Played By Benicio Del Toro – Eventually The Role Was Given To Ray Park

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20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

Casting for The Phantom Menace was sketchy at best and we don’t want to talk about the mess that was Jar Jar’s voice actor (though I put most of that blame on direction than quality of work). However, did you know that famous actor Benicio del Toro (Sicario, The Usual Suspects, Sin City, and far more!) was originally cast to play the Sith apprentice Darth Maul? It’s true! According to Del Toro, he left the production prior to the movie going to camera because George Lucas started chopping up the script and removed almost all of Darth Maul’s spoken lines. Naturally, Benicio Del Toro still wanted to be in a Star Wars movie, and eventually got another shot in 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi where he played a notorious burglar and scabby individual named DJ.

15 Recovered By The Dark Power Of The Nightsisters

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

In the Cartoon Network’s Clone Wars series—not the Genndy Tartakovsky made Clone Wars show—we learn a lot about the Dark Sith Lord Maul. In the third season of the Nick show, episode 14 (written by George Lucas’ daughter Katie) we get hints that Darth Maul might have survived his halving in The Phantom Menace. But it isn’t until the end of season four that we get an epic three-part arc (also written by Katie Lucas) introducing us to the new evolution of the evil Maul. Discovered by his brother Savage Oppress on a junk planet, it turns out that shaft he fell in led to the garbage, like every other open shaft in the Star Wars universe apparently. Mind broken Maul is then revitalized and brought back to his strength and (questionable) sanity via magic.

14 Has A Brother – And Takes Him In As His Apprentice

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

Like previously mentioned, it was Savage Opress (Darth Maul’s brother) that found him on the junk planet. Darth Maul, being a Zabrak from the Nightbrothers clan of the planet Dathomir, had two blood brothers before joining the Sith to become the Emperor’s apprentice. After the Dathomirian Nightbrother rescues Maul—acting as Asajj Ventress’ servant—the Zabrak warrior was later bolstered by Nightsister magic, becoming a powerful force. After the events during Ventress’ attempt to gain revenge on her old master (Count Dooku), his brother Darth Maul took him as his apprentice in hopes that the two could overthrow the current state of the Sith Empire and the Emperor’s grip on the galaxy. It was probably the greatest story-arc in the Star Wars expanded universe and culminated in a grand battle between the brothers, and Emperor Palpatine.

13 He Actually Wants To Bring Balance To The Force

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

Probably the most interesting fact about the character of Darth Maul is that his ties with the Sith are severed very early on in his life. Though you’d be hard pressed to find much evidence in his appearances during The Clone Wars long run, post Phantom Menace Maul wanted little to do with the Sith or the Empire. His hatred for Obi-Wan could only be matched by his hatred for the Emperor. Truly, as is better explored in the currently-running Star Wars Rebels show, Darth Maul sets out to eliminate both sides of the force, to ensure a rebirth of power, and bring true balance to the force. And, horrifically, he becomes a master manipulator and takes aid from both sides in his fight to reap revenge on Jedi and Sith alike.

12 Is The Child Of The Nightsisters Leader

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

The Nightsisters, the previously mentioned sinister sorcerers of Dathomir, are led by Mother Talzin, the eldest of the “witches.” The coven (or clan) are force-sensitive wilderness manipulators, include the nature of beings. Talzin, is the birth mother of Darth Maul, along with Feral and Savage Opress. Later becoming an ally of Darth Sidious (Emperor Palpatine), Talzin was promised the role of apprentice to the Dark Lord of the Sith. Instead, Sidious went back on his promises, and rather took a young Maul from the Nightbrothers, and his family, making him his apprentice. It was said that Sidious nearly took Talzin, but noticed the power within Maul. Later, Mother Talzin would save and resurrect her son Maul, and aid in his attempt to get revenge against the Jedi and the Sith.

11 The Black Marks On His Skin Are Actually Tattoos

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

When the vile menace known as Darth Maul was introduced, he was the first Zabrak to ever be revealed to the world. So little was known about him or his species. For a while, everyone believed that his red skin was adorned naturally with black markings, but as we learned later through the magic of Star Wars lore and expanded universe, the black marks on his skin were (are) tattoos. But what started as a Sith tradition, to mark the worth of the followers of the dark side, turned into a tradition to mark the coming of power by young Zabraks on Dathomir. Darth Maul, and his brother Savage Opress, received their tattoos prior to their first birthday. But with the crispness of his tattoos as an adult, who knows what his upkeep regimen is.

10 He Becomes A Nightmarish Spider-Sith

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

During his manic faze, let’s be honest, after killing a Jedi Master, and then being cut in half by his apprentice, falling down a garbage chute to be forgotten by fans the galaxy-over, you would have a faze too, Maul took what he could on this trash world to fasten himself some legs. Turns out, the only thing he could actually craft is a horrifyingly nightmarish set of metal spider legs. The grand reveal of the dark and creepy Maul was an exhilarating and spine-tingling moment. With a flimsy grasp on his own identity, Maul remained fueled by his lust for revenge against the Jedi and Obi-Wan specifically. Eventually, sanity mostly restored, Maul took to a more manageable pair of exposed-robotic legs, making the dark warriors bi-pedal once again. Which is good, because his spider-form was pure nightmare fuel.

9 Plays A Pivotal Role In Star Wars Rebels

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

While we’re going to attempt to tread carefully here—spoilers on a currently running show are the worst—it’s safe to say that Darth Maul plays a large role in the recent seasons of the Disney XD Animated television show Star Wars Rebels. At a time when Ezra and last-Jedi Kanan are heading to a desolate planet to recover a sacred holocron (it turns out to be a Sith Holocron), they run in to a stranded Maul—now sans the Darth title. During his stint on Star Wars Rebels, Maul attempts to persuade the young Jedi apprentice Ezra into joining him, helping him get the holocron, and leveling the remaining Jedi order. As an exile of the Sith, Maul fights alongside the Jedi rebels (Ahsoka Tano, Ezra, and Kanan) in what can only be described as an exhilarating TV moment.

8 Eventually Became A Scarily Powerful Force

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20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

If it wasn’t obvious already, Darth Maul plays a huge role in the story of Star Wars, far more than his measly few minutes of live-action in The Phantom Menace would lead you to believe. Much of the Clone Wars story-arc was centered on Darth Maul as a force of evil. Later, he would even come very close to shifting the history of Ezra Bridger and Kanan’s fight to persevere and protect the Jedi religion. Darth Maul (or just Maul as he is later referred to) is a pivotal part in many of the greatest battles, and fights in the early Star Wars time-line. His initial battle with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan in Phantom Menace, his overtaking of the Mandalore in Clone Wars along with his fight alongside his brother against the Emperor. And his eventual demise …

7 He Eventually DOES Die At The Hands Of Obi-Wan…

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

To tie off the last list item, Darth Maul eventually does die and it’s at the hands of Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi. It was true fate. Much like George Lucas actually wanted in The Phantom Menace, it was sealed from the get-go that Maul would see his end via Qui-Gon’s apprentice. Obi-Wan, the Master of a young soon-to-be Darth Vader, and Master of a young Luke Skywalker, and the twice-slayer of Dathomirian Nightbrother Darth Maul—the Phantom Menace himself. The fight sequence in Star Wars Rebels between Darth Maul (Maul) and Obi-Wan (now older) was epic, emotional, and important. Beautifully crafted and written, it was truly fan-service as it became one of the most beautiful moments in Star Wars history. The end of a beloved character, brought back from the depth of death.

6 Only AFTER He Killed Obi-Wan Kenobi’s True Love

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

As many know, Jedi (fueled by religious beliefs, and the peace of mind) are not allowed to act on emotion. Nor are they allowed to love, in a general sense. Love clouds one’s mind, disconnecting their focus on the force, and the world around them. So most (like Anakin with Queen Amidala, and Obi-Wan with Satine Kryze) Jedi tend to keep any feelings or emotion a secret. During the historical Mandalorian Civil War, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi was tasked by the Jedi Council to protect Duchess Satine Kryze, the leader of the New Mandalorians. During his time, the two became very close. So close that when Darth Maul learned of Kenobi’s love, he took over Mandalore, with the sole purpose of capturing Kenobi’s love interest in order to flush him out. Then, as part of his revenge against the Jedi, Maul impaled the Duchess in front of him.

5 Is A Zabrak From Dathomir

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

A remote, and politically neutral planet in the Quelli sector of the galaxy, Dathomir is home in the outer rim territories. Notably, it is the home planet of the Zabrak race, as well as the Nightsisters and Nightbrothers—semi-religious clans of force-sensitive warriors. The Zabrak are a “near-human” species that at one point came from the planet Iridonia—a mid-rim planetoid. Eventually, the Nightsisters (not Zabraks) took in a small portion of the male Zabraks in order to raise and train them as fighters. The Dathomirian Zabraks were bred with Nightsisters (speculatively, to ensure they become force-sensitive) and were called the Nightbrothers. Darth Maul, and his two blood brothers (Savage and Feral), were all born and raised on Dathomir. Two of them eventually took mantles as Sith warriors, though neither lasted too long.

4 Become (Forms) The Leader Of The Collective – The Biggest Group Of Deadly Contract Killer In The Galaxy

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

Formed during the Clone Wars era by Darth Maul, the Shadow Collective consisted of the most deadly congregation of killers and mercenaries. With admirable goals of destroying and disassembling both the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic, Maul enlisted his collective at the behest of Mother Talzin. The elite assassins consisted of Death Watch (warrior Mandalorian exiles), the Pyle Syndicate (led by Lom Pyke, infamous spice dealer), the notorious Hutt Cartel, and, of course, his family from the Nightbrothers. Eventually, the Shadow Collective fell apart upon the Hutt’s withdrawal of support, but the story set in motion in their assistance of Maul towards his revenge against Lord Sidious. The Shadow Collection appears briefly in the Clone Wars animated series, as well as the Maul-centric comic series Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir.

3 Is A Horrifying Bad Guy In The Clone Wars Animated Series

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

Not only did he appear (or re-appear) in The Clone Wars much to the delight and horror of fans, but he eventually played a huge role as one of the leading adversaries to young Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. After regaining his mind and the use of proper legs, Darth Maul went on to defy the Nightsisters and, alongside his brother Savage Oppress, fight Darth Sidious. However, in-between those two events, Darth Maul aids (or leads) in the revolution of Mandalore alongside the Death Watch—eventually killing a Mandalorian leader Duchess Satine Kryze. He continuously battled Obi-Wan, making for some of the best fight sequences in the entire Clone Wars series. Darth Maul cements himself as Obi-Wan’s biggest adversary, the slayer of his master Qui-Gon Jinn and his only true love.

2 He Is Voiced (In Live Action) By The TICK!

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

The role, famously given to stunt-man and martial artist Ray Park, wasn’t solely played by Park though. Believe it or not, the on-screen Darth Maul you see in the minuscule time during the run of The Phantom Menace was done by two individuals. Yes, Ray Park legendarily did all of the physical acting, including the amazing flips and stunts. However, popular actor Peter Serafinowicz lent his voice to the role. Though he only had to speak three lines in the end, Serafinowicz did an astounding job as the voice of the Zabrak Sith apprentice. He got his start in Edgar Wright’s work—the protagonist’s nemesis in Spaced, and Shaun of the Dead as Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost’s roommate Peter. Most recently, he was cast as the lead “superhero” in the live-action Amazon-funded reboot of The Tick.

1 His Animated Voice Actor Is Also The Starkiller

20 Facts You Didnt Know About Darth Maul

In both the Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, Darth Maul plays a big role. However, neither Peter Serafinowicz or Ray Park got chosen to play the voice of the epically sinister Maul in animated form. There’s little word out there whether either of the previous portrayer of the Sith were even asked to play him. So it landed on a little known actor (and absolutely die-hard Star Wars fan) Sam Witwer. Previously, Witwer played the voice and the face of Darth Vader’s secret assassin apprentice Starkiller in the LucasArts action game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Witwer has also lent his voice to multiple video game versions of Darth Maul and even Emperor Palpatine. Witwer can also be seen in television shows Once Upon a Time and Being Human, among other roles.

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