The boy who would become Darth Maul was born on the planet, Dathomir, to Mother Talzin and had two brothers, Feral and Savage Opress. As a Dathomirian, Maul and his brothers were Nightbrothers, a group of males who were subservient to the Nightsisters). He and his brother, Savage, were given their tattoos before their first birthday. While still young, Maul's mother was made an ally of Darth Sidious (Sith identity for Sheev Palpatine). However, Sidious noticed that Maul was highly sensitive to the Force Seeing great potential in the boy, Sidious abducted Maul to become his Sith apprentice, earning Talzin's resentment and hatred for the Sith for taking her son away from her.
Episode I - The Phantom Menace
After two Jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi prevented the Trade Federation to make their invasion of Naboo legal by rescuing Queen Amidala, Nute Gunray and his allies failed in searching for her. Impatient, Sidious dispatched Maul to retrieve the missing ship that Queen Amidala was on and capture her and kill the two Jedi. Maul traced a distress call from the governor, Sio Bibble, which the queen received on Tatooine. Maul found the Jedi on the desert planet. Finally tracing the Jedi as they were about to leave the planet, he subsequently encountered and ambushed the Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn while he and the boy, Anakin Skywalker. Qui-Gon yelled at Anakin to run while he faced off Darth Maul. However, before Maul could finish his opponent off, Qui-Gon was saved by his allies, where he was attended to by Obi-Wan and Anakin and revealed that Maul was highly skilled in lightsaber. This caused Darth Maul to fume with rage and anger. Because of this, Maul had revealed himself and his Master to the Jedi. However, Maul had taken great pride within it.
After the Jedi returned to Coruscant, the Jedi were surprised that the Sith had returned due to them being extinct for more than 2000 years. At that moment, Queen Amidala and her forces returned to Naboo to fight the Trade Federation. Sidious sent Maul to fight the Jedi, but warned him to be mindful. When Qui-Gon and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, entered the ship hangar where Nut Gunray was hiding and the Jedi, queen and Republic Officers had taken the Droids out, Maul was on the other side of the door and drew out his double-bladed lightsaber. He engaged Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan in a three-way duel. It was long and hard fight between the three. During the long battle, Maul chased the Jedi into the reactor room, where Obi-Wan was separated from his master and Maul's duel by the laser walls in the security hall. Maul had proceeded in killing Qui-Gon rather quickly. Enraged, Obi-Wan attacked Maul, who was caught off guard. Because of the loss of his Master, Obi Wan was able to slice Maul's saber in half. With only one saber left, Maul knocked Obi-Wan into an air shaft while king the Padawan's weapon into the pit. While Obi-Wan hang for his life, he used the Force, calling his master's lightsaber into his hand.Obi-Wan took his master's saber and cut Maul in two, causing Maul to fall into the air shaft. Both Palpatine and the Jedi thought Maul had perished on Naboo.
The Clone Wars
Before the Series
Miraculously, Maul survived and used the Force to grab onto an air vent. His mutilated body was eventually dumped on the junk planet of Lotho Minor. He managed to replace his legs with a six-limbed apparatus that allowed him to walk again. During his exile, he made a bargain with a sentient sneaky Anacondan called Morley, who agreed to bring Maul food in return for his leftovers. Maul's mind became mutilated, with his thirst for revenge against Kenobi still causing him to live. He began living in the bowels of Lotho Minor.
Discarded, forgotten and insane, Savage finds his brother on Lotho Minor, where Maul wishes to avenge himself. (Brothers). Savage took Maul to Dathomir, where mother Talzin restored his mind and constructed for him, a new pair of legs. With his mind restored, Maul planned to enact revenge on Obi-Wan by slaughtering a population of innocents from Raydonia. The plan works and Obi-Wan confronts Maul on the planet, where the former Sith hopes to get his revenge on his rival. Maul and his brother subdue Kenobi and take him to their ship, where Maul and Savage torture Obi-Wan. Before they killed him, Asajj Ventress managed to distract the brothers and went to rescue Obi-Wan. Feeling she wronged his brother, he vowed to destroy her, as well as Kenobi.
However, the brothers returned and later, Maul and Savage engaged Ventress and Kenobi in a duel. During his duel with Obi-Wan, Maul mocked the Jedi Master with the death of his master Qui-Gon and could sense Kenobi giving into the darkness. As the brothers subdued Obi-Wan and Ventress, the two realized they were no match for the Sith brothers, causing them to flee. The two Sith tried catching them but the two were able to escape.
Though Savage was angered with their escape, Maul remained patient. Despite this setback, Maul is satisfied that the Jedi will yet come after him once more and that he will get his revenge after all, despite listening to Savage's warnings. .(Revenge)
Darth Maul - Son of Dathomir
nts of the Clone Wars, Maul eventually escaped Sidious' clutches with aid from his Mandalorian loyalists. Maul's forces on the Mandalorian Death Watch were eventually overrun by General Grievous, and Maul was forced to retreat. When Maul faced off against Dooku and Grievous at Ord Mantell, he sought Mother Talzin's aid. Talzin told Maul to raise an army from the Shadow collective and she sent his old clan; the Nightbrothers led by Brother Viscus to aid her son. Though his use of deceit and trickery, Maul successfully captured General Grievous and Count Dooku. Maul then tempted Dooku into joining him against Sidious, hoping to lure him to Mother Talzin on Dathomir.
Upon reaching Dathomir, Maul and Talzin tried to sacrifice Dooku so that Talzin (who revealed herself to be Maul's biological mother) could return to physical form (as her previous form had been destroyed by Mace Windu). However, the arrival of Sidious and Grievous halted their plans and after a duel in which Talzin sacrificed herself using her magicks to telekinetically throw Maul to safety allowing him to escape. Grievous then slaughtered Talzin, causing her magicks to fade and her body turned to stone. With his mother dead and his plans in ruins, Maul and his lieutenants fled Dathomir, leaving the planet to its conquerors as his army was destroyed, fleeing back to Mandalore. In Sidious' eyes, Maul was no longer a threat or a Sith Lord.
Maul and other parts of his loyal forces returned to Mandalore and at this time, continued to rule over the organizations that remained loyal to him. Among them was forging ties with the criminal organization, Crimson Dawn, and the Pykes' spice mining operations. The Pykes hired Rafa Martez to deliver the spice, but her sister, Trace, dumped the spice into hyperspace, leading to their capture by the Syndicate. Shortly aftewards, Maul contacted the new leader, Marg Krim, who informed him of his delay in production, especially recalling that Republic forces have raided one of his bases. Maul questioned if there were Jedi involved but Krim was not sure since none of his men made it out alive. However, he warded it off and surmised the Jedi were likely involved. Mid-way through the conversation, Maul felt a presence of Ahsoka Tano, who was spying on them from below). Maul warned Krim to risk no more delays or else Crimson Dawn would take control of their operations before ending the transmission.("Together Again")
At the close of the Clone Wars, Republic forces besieged Mandalore led by Captain Rex and Ahsoka Tano. He planned a trap for Kenobi, anticipating the Jedi's return by intentionally leaking information to Bo-Katan that he was in Sundari, the capital of Mandalore, where she hoped to capture Maul. When his Mandalorian warriors informed Maul of the girl's trail, he ordered them to lure her into the trap and kill her of Clone Trooper escort. However, Maul did not anticipate capturing Ahsoka and personally conrfronted her, and questioned why she was there instead of Kenobi. ("Old Friends Not Forgotten")
Maul, who is unfamiliar with Ahsoka, further expresses his disappointment that she is there in Obi-Wan's stead and wonders why he sent her instead of coming with his former Apprentice, Anakin Skywalker. She sarcastically remarks that he could surrender now and personally ask Kenobi, but Maul, knowing the age of the Empire and Order 66 will be upon them, declines, knowing the Jedi and republic will fall. Ahsoka assumes he wants to take over, but Maul reveals someone else will and reveals a name to her: Darth Sidious. However, they are interrupted when Rex and the battalion arrive to Ahsoka's aid, causing Maul to take out his lightsaber and briefly duels the girl before fleeing and losing them in the sewers. Maul later attacks and apparently kill a group of Clone Troopers, questioning about his new opponent, and takes the eldest one, Jesse, hostage. As he speaks to the clone, Maul reminiscent that he was cast aside by his master, especially his successor, Dooku, whom he now realizes was not so different from their last encounter. He strives to survive in the new world when "the plan" is being put into motion, but first, invades Jesse's mind to learn more about Ahsoka Tano. Through the clone, Maul becomes aware of Ahsoka's trial and her departure from the Jedi Order. Later knowing what is to come, he tells the other leaders of the Shadow Collective to hide out. With the presence of Rook Kast, and Gar Saxon, he recalls how they saved him from Sidious' imprisonment and rallies them to fight or die trying. Later, Maul sits upon the Mandalorian throne, confronting Rex, Ahsoka and Bo-Katan, who Maul briefly chokes when she tries to kill him. As a show of good faith, Maul sets Jesse free and allows him to return to Rex, who Ahsoka tells to get Jesse to safety.
Suddenly, Mandalorians attack republic forces, Ahsoka urges Bo-Katan to go help their allies, leaving Maul alone with her. Watching the battle in the throne room, Maul, aware of what is going to happen, knows that no one else knows what is to come. Ahsoka questions what the former Sith means and once again sarcastically tells him to surrender, however, Maul reveals he just wants to speak to her, confronting her about her departure from the Jedi Order. Maul acknowledges they were both used for a greater power. Ahsoka makes it clear that she is there to bring him to justice, however, Maul reveals to her that it won't exist in the new government that will replace the republic and promises that Sidious will reveal himself when the Empire takes over. Ahsoka tries convincing Maul to help the Jedi stop Sidious before it is too late, however, Maul knows the fall of the Republic has already begun and that Ahsoka does not see it and reveals that there will be nothing but chaos when the new order takes over. He convinces Ahsoka that the Jedi Order has already fallen and they cannot defeat Sidious, and offers for her to join him while offering his hand out to her. The former Padawan accepts but asks for one question, which Maul promises to answer. Ahsoka asks what he wants with Anakin. Maul reveals that he orchestrated the Mandalorian Civil War in hopes of luring Anakin there and kill him so he can deprive Sidious of an apprentice and tells Ahsoka how Anakin will fall to the dark side, as the whole war was about Sidious grooming Anakin to become his Sith Apprentice, causing Ahsoka to believe his vision to be flawed and activate her lightsabers. When he realizes Ahsoka will not join him, Maul decies she needs one more lesson before igniting his lightsabers duels the young Padawan before attempting to flee, where Saxon asks him for reinforcements. However, Maul reveals he is abandoning them and to die for their cause before trying to escape. Ahsoka finds him as he is about to escape. During the battle, they nearly fall. Maul offers her one last chance to join him but she refuses. As he tries to kill her, Ahsoka loses her lightsabers and pushes him in self-defense but catches him with the Force. As Maul yells for Ahsoka to let him fall to his death, he shouts to his captors that they will all die for what is to come. However, Bo's and Ahsoka's men stun him, successfully capturing Maul. ("The Phantom Apprentice")
After his capture Maul is transported to a prison that prohibits Force-sensitive users from using their powers and is transported to a Republic ship. However he is freed by Ahsoka Tano, who wants him to provide a distraction. Maul once again proposes she join him but Ahsoka refuses. He attacks the Clones before making his escape by destroying the hyperdrive to Ahsoka Tano's Star Destroyer and surviving yet again ("Shattered")
Between the Series
Darth Maul eventually dropped the title of "Darth" from his name to distinguish himself from the Sith, who he grew to hate as much as the Jedi. He took over the crime syndicate, Crimson Dawn but he worked behind a figurehead, Dryden Vos. At this point, Maul had become aware of Qi'ra, a Corellian young woman.
Towards the end of the film, Qi'ra contacts Maul and informs him of Dryden's demise and how the coaxium shipment he has been searching for has been taken by Vos' friend, Tobias Beckett (who allegedly murdered him) without mentioning Han Solo's or her other friends' involvement in the coaxium's theft. Maul realizes that Beckett couldn't have acted alone and told Qi'ra to meet him on Dathomir, where he instituted the two would work more closely from now on before ending the transmission.
However, Maul's empire soon collapsed, causing the Former Sith Lord to flee to Malachor, a planet of the Sith where Maul had once visited with Sidious.
Maul appears in a total of five episodes in Rebels, first appearing in the two-parter season 2 finale, "Twilight of the Apprentice."
Years after the collapse of Crimson Dawn, Maul was stranded on the ancient planet Malachor. By then, he had given up the title of "Darth"; however, he continued to draw from the dark side of the Force. He met the Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger shortly after the boy was separated from his master, Kanan Jarrus and Ahsoka Tano. Maul offered to help Ezra get out of the lower levels of Malachor if he shows the location of the prize that will know how to defeat the Sith. Maul introduced himself as "Old Master" while Ezra insisted on being called "Jabba." During their conversation and way to the Sith Holocron, Ezra learns that Maul was once a force-wielder and accuses him of being a Sith. However, Maul reveals it was the Sith who took his mother and brother, which caused Ezra to find common ground, revealing that he lost his family to the Empire.
Maul and Ezra then came across a stone-closed door and opened them with the Force due to the Rule of Two established by the Sith Order. It was there that Ezra revealed what his real name was and that he is in fact called Maul. They find the Sith Holocron, but at a further distance; Ezra has Maul throw him with the Force to get the holocron. He retrieves it but Maul orders for Ezra to jump nonetheless even though the temple was collapsing. Ezra nearly falls to his death but Maul uses the Force to grab Ezra and the Holocron, helping him back up on the platform. The two managed to get out of the chasm, coming to the aid of Ahsoka and Kanan and they fend off the Seventh Sister, the Fifth Brother and the Eighth Brother, causing them to retreat. However, Kanan and Ahsoka were reluctant to trust Maul due to his past actions against the Jedi, but Ezra convinced them they all had to work together in order to succeed in defeating the Inquisitors and learning more about destroying the Sith. Maul and Ezra separated from Ahsoka and Kanan while taking the Sith holocron. Maul attempted to sow the heated and strained relationship between master and apprentice by seeing Ezra's potential Force abilities. They are suddenly attacked by the Seventh Sister, who engages in a duel with the Jedi Padawan and the former Sith lord.
As Ezra fought the Inquisitor, Maul told the teenager to let his emotions fuel his duel with the Sister. In her moment of weakness, Maul grabbed the Seventh Sister in a force choke hold and goaded Ezra to strike her down. However, the boy hesitated, unable to kill a defenseless opponent. Maul shared no such qualms and took his Lightsaber and decapitated the Seventh Sister. He scolded Ezra, telling the teen Jedi that if hesitated like that again, it would cost him the lives of himself and his friends. Maul sent Ezra the rest of the way to use the holocron to activate the temple while he went and helped Kanan and Ahsoka kill the Fifth and Eighth brother. However, Maul betrayed his Jedi Allies, immediately blinding Kanan and revealed Ezra was going to activate the Sith weapon and revealed that he intended take Ezra on as an apprentice and to use the weapon to crush his enemies. During the duel, he taunted both Ahsoka and Kanan, who ultimately bested Maul in combat and set him falling off of the cliff. Maul miraculously survived the fall and was finally able to escape the planet Malachor using one of the fallen inquisitors' TIE fighter. ("Twilight of the Apprentice")
Six months after he disappeared, Maul resurfaced, attacking a rebel transport and after a fight tortured one pilot into revealing where the Ghost crew was hidden. Taking Ezra's and Kanan's family, the Ghost crew, hostage, he forced Hera to talk to Kanan and Ezra when they contacted them. Maul revealed himself to the Jedi, asking for them to return the Sith Holocron he and Ezra retrieved on Malachor and Kanan's Jedi Holocron in exchange for the crew's safety. Alone with the Ghost crew, he tricked Hera into showing him around the ship so he can find where Kanan is holding the Holocron. He mind-probes Hera and sees that she had the idea to recruit Ezra and learned that he had stolen Kanan's Jedi holocron all those years ago and Maul found where Ezra had stolen it from.Maul later attempted to open the Holocron, however, he was unable to open it because he was too versed within the dark side. The crew attempts to bring Maul down. However, the former Sith apprentice subdues them all and retaliated that they would remain alive as long as they served their purposes.
He later found the Ghost crew escaped and attempted to take the Ghost crew back from Maul. However, the former Sith Lord overpowered the crew and threatened to kill them when their usefulness was over.
Shortly after Kanan and Ezra's arrival, Maul saw Ezra had found the Sith Holocron and told Mandalorian guide droids he re-programmed to lead him to the command center and pretended to lead the Jedi Knight to where their friends were supposedly taken until he shoved the Jedi out of airlock in another attempt to make Ezra his apprentice and ordered the droids guarding Ezra to kill Hera, Sabine and Zeb. They combined Kanan's Jedi and the Malachor Holocron together to find the answers they saught. However, Ezra broke their connection when Kanan called for Ezra to look away before it was too late. The boy looked away, ultimately cutting off his and Maul's connection to the Sith holocron. However, the brief connection caused Maul to realize that Kenobi was still alive and left in a hurry, leaving behind the Ghost crew. (The Holocrons of Fate)