Darth Maul is a fictional character in George Lucas' science fiction saga Star Wars. Maul is the main antagonist of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, portrayed by Ray Park and voiced by Peter Serafinowicz. The character also appears in the Star Wars Expanded Universe of novels, comic books, and video games.
Darth Maul appears in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as the apprentice of Sith lord Darth Sidious, who sends him to capture Queen Padmé Amidala and eliminate the two Jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. During the film's climactic scene, he kills Qui-Gon during a lightsaber duel, and knocks Obi-Wan into a reactor chasm, nearly killing him; at the last minute, however, Obi-Wan uses the Force to leap high in the air and cut Maul in half with Qui-Gon's lightsaber, knocking his body into the energy generator's pit.
As portrayed in the novel Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, Maul is kidnapped from his Jedi training by Sidious at an early age, and is trained as a Sith, having Sith tattoos put all over his body. Maul initially goes on countless missions of terror for his master, killing politician, crime bosses, merchant, and warlord. His victims include Trade Federation lackey Hath Monchar, the Black Sun leader Alexi Garyn, the Nightsister Mighella, and all of the Black Sun vigos and their bodyguards.
As depicted in the story "Resurrection" from 2001's Star Wars Tales #9, a dark side splinter group called the Prophets of the Dark Side clone Maul at about the same time that Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope takes place. Darth Vader is chosen as the cloned Maul's first target; the cultists believe that Vader retains too much of his former self, Anakin Skywalker, to effectively serve the Empire. Vader ultimately wins the resulting duel, however, by stabbing his lightsaber through himself into Maul, who is standing behind him. The story "Phantom Menaces" in Star Wars Tales #17 depicts a post-Return of the Jedi Luke Skywalker visiting Maul's home planet of Iridonia in an ambassadorial capacity. He faces a solid state hologram of Darth Maul, which he destroys.
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