When it comes to the most famous Sith Lords in the world of Star Wars, Darth Maul has always had a special place in the hearts of different fans due to his immense popularity as a character. In that regard, we know that fans love his cool design, but it was his tragic story that made him an even more compelling character. Of course, we know that Darth Sidious likes to tempt to the dark side tragic characters that used to be Jedi. So, does that mean that Darth Maul also used to be a Jedi?
There was never a point in his life where Darth Maul was ever a Jedi. That’s because Palpatine groomed him to be a Sith Lord ever since he was just very young. However, there was a point in his life wherein he had a dream that allowed him to become a Jedi, as this event only increased his resolve to kill all Jedi.
The thing about Maul’s story is that it has always been very tragic because he had no control over what he ultimately became in life. Of course, the comic books let us know more about Maul’s past and what happened to him. So, those who read his story know that he was an extremely tragic figure, much like most of the Sith Lords are. Now, let’s look at what Maul’s dream meant.
Maul was always out as a Sith
There have been a lot of different villains in the world of Star Wars, and most of them stand as some of the most popular evil-doers we’ve seen in this fictional universe. While Darth Vader is still the most iconic villain of Star Wars, Darth Maul has found himself right up there, together with the other villains, as one of the most interesting and intriguing characters in the canon storyline.
Initially introduced as a mysterious Sith warrior in ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace,’ Maul was strong enough to kill Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn before he was defeated by Obi-Wan Kenobi and was believed to be dead for more than a decade.
Nevertheless, Maul survived his duel with Kenobi and returned during the events of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars,’ where he became angrier than ever and was looking to get his revenge on both Obi-Wan and the master that left him behind. As such, he was an angry monster that plotted his rise to power during the Clone Wars. And his anger can be traced back to his childhood years.
As angry as Darth Maul was, he was merely a victim of the manipulations of none other than Palpatine himself. Maul was Mother Talzin’s son, the leader of the Nightsisters of Dathomir.
When Maul was still just a child, Palpatine had already sensed his power and was already one of the young Force wielders he had been preparing to become his apprentice. At that time, Talzin and Palpatine were exchanging information as the Sith Lord was interested in the magicks of the Nightsisters, whereas Talzin wanted to become Palpatine’s apprentice.
Palpatine ordered Talzin to give Maul to a handler meant to abuse him and make him suffer. Because she wanted to please the Sith Lord, Talzin gave in to his orders and allowed the young Maul to a handler that abused him and made him live a hard life during his younger years. And this only made Maul angrier until Palpatine returned to Dathomir to choose a warrior that could become his next apprentice.
When Maul heard about this, he used his anger to kill his handler as he rushed in to meet Darth Sidious, who was impressed by how angry the young Maul had become. He immediately chose him to be his apprentice, much to Mother Talzin’s disappointment. As such, ever since he was a young boy Maul was already groomed to become a Sith Lord by none other than Palpatine himself.
In that regard, his path to becoming a Sith differed from the paths of Palpatine’s two other apprentices. Count Dooku was a former Jedi Master that had become disillusioned by the Republic and the Jedi Order, and that was why he was the perfect man for Palpatine to manipulate.
After Dooku’s death, Palpatine started persuading Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker to join him as his new apprentice. So, with that said, unlike Dooku and Anakin, Maul had to start from the bottom because the Jedi never trained him, and was always a Sith from the very beginning.
Maul’s Dream Explained
Even though we all know that Darth Maul never experienced life as a Jedi because he was groomed to be a Sith Lord quite early in his life, there was a small portion of his life wherein he saw what it was like to be a Jedi. This doesn’t make sense now but trust us when we say it does.
In ‘Star Wars: Age of the Republic – Darth Maul,’ which is a comic book that tells the story of Maul before he made his official debut in ‘The Phantom Menace,’ Maul and Sidious went to Malachor V, which was an ancient Sith planet that was the site of a battle between the Jedi and the Sith nearly 4,000 years ago. The ancient superweapon on that planet turned the Jedi and Sith that took part in that fight into stone, and that’s why their remains are still there.
Palpatine commanded his apprentice to inhale the ashes of a Sith warrior. After that, the apprentice dreamed of being a Jedi Knight that wielding a blue lightsaber. As a Jedi, he fought a giant monster and saved a family from the beast about to kill them.
After that, he saw how the family loved the Jedi for what he did to that beast, and this disgusted Maul because he always hated the Jedi due to what Palpatine had taught him about them. Of course, Maul also never knew what it was like to be loved or adored due to how he was brought up, and that was why he felt disgusted by the fact that the family he saved in that dream loved him. He said that the Jedi was a lie told to a desperate galaxy.
As such, Maul killed the entire family he saved in his dream. He woke up and concluded that his goal was to kill every single Jedi because he felt that it was his duty to end the lies of the Jedi.
On top of that, he also wanted to avenge all of the Sith warriors that the Jedi had killed in the thousands of years that the Jedi and the Sith have been at war with one another.
What that dream meant was that Maul was simply placed in the shoes of a Jedi. As such, he was never a Jedi in real life at all, as he was merely allowed to assume the role of a Jedi in that Force vision that he had. And because he didn’t like what he saw in that vision, he started hating the Jedi more and more.
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