The Star Wars saga is filled with interesting villains. Oftentimes, they’re more than they appear to be, never simply existing in the mustache-twirling realm of cartoon bad guys. Even Emperor Palpatine, a man whose main goals revolve around galaxy-wide domination, is a complex, layered character. All that made the Star Wars: The Phantom Menace role for Darth Maul that much more out of place.
While Maul was a runaway hit for Star Wars merchandise, the Sith apprentice had all of two lines, before unceremoniously getting killed off at the end of the film. And while that may have ended Darth Maul’s role in the movies, it was only the beginning for his character, as he soon evolved into one of the greatest Star Wars villains ever created.
1. Darth Maul’s death in The Phantom Menace
Let’s start with Maul’s first Star Wars appearance in The Phantom Menace. Brandishing a double-bladed red lightsaber, he was a fan-favorite in the same way Boba Fett was in the original trilogy: A character with little to no lines that looks cool, and gets killed off well before should have.
Maul’s Phantom Menace fate seemed sealed when Obi-Wan Kenobi cut him in half. Thirteen years later though, the fearsome Sith was brought back into the fold, thanks to Cartoon Network’s animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series.