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Darth Maul
"At last, we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last, we will have revenge." - Darth Maul, The Phantom Menace

Darth Maul is a Sith warrior of the Zabrak race who appears as the apprentice of Darth Sidious in Star Wars - Episode I: The Phantom Menace. In the film, he is portrayed by martial artist Ray Park and voiced by British actor Peter Serafinowicz. Although supposedly killed in Phantom Menace, certain graphic novels in the Star Wars Expanded Universe have shown him to have survived the events of that film, returning to plague the Jedi as a cyborg. In the Clone Wars CGI TV series, Maul reappears to seek revenge against the Jedi who had "killed" him previously: Obi-Wan Kenobi. In The Clone Wars, Maul is voiced by Sam Witwer.

The Phantom MenaceEdit

When the Trade Federation blockade around Naboo fails to prevent the escape of Queen Amidala, Darth Sidious - the Federation's mysterious backer - dispatches his apprentice Darth Maul to hunt her down and eliminate her Jedi guardians. Maul manages to trace the Queen's ship to the desert planet of Tatooine, and after arriving he deploys a number of probe droids to locate his prey. Just as the Queen's ship is about to leave the planet, Maul arrives and attacks Qui-Gon Jinn. Their battle is brief and the Jedi and their friends manage to escape to Coruscant.

After Queen Amidala returns to Naboo to lead the battle against the Trade Federation's occupation, Darth Maul is ordered by Lord Sidious to assist Federation viceroy Nute Gunray in securing the capital of Theed. When the Battle of Theed takes place, Maul battles against Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan using a double-edged lightsaber. The fight goes on for some time and takes the combatants through the palace hangar and into the reactor chamber. While Maul seemed to be on the defensive for most of the fight, he merely drew the Jedi into a battlefield of his own choosing. At one point, he, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan were all seperated from each other inside a ray-shielded corridor. The ray-shields briefly dropped, allowing Qui-Gon and Maul to continue fighting, but Obi-Wan was again trapped at the end of the corridor when the shields reactivated. Obi-Wan could only watch helplessly as Darth Maul fatally wounded his master Qui-Gon, but continued the battle was the shields in the corridor were released again. As Kenobi and Maul fought, Maul's lightsaber was damaged and he lost one of his blades, but gained the upper hand after knocking Obi-Wan into a reactor shaft. Obi-Wan clung on to the rim of an air vent in the shaft, but had also dropped his lightsaber, which Maul kicked down the shaft. Reaching out with the Force, Obi-Wan summoned Qui-Gon's lightsaber to his hand and leapt out of the shaft to grab it. This took Maul by surprise, who failed to react and found himself being slashed in half by Obi-Wan wielding his master's weapon. Maul fell into the reactor shaft and his two halves seperated as he fell to his apparent death.

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