Since the introduction of Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace, he has been a fan-favourite character in Star Wars. He’s arguably the most popular character in the content released after the original trilogy.
Darth Maul begins as a fierce, cool-looking villain in the Phantom Menace. He has since become a well-developed, fascinating, and even a tragic figure thanks to animated series like The Clone Wars and the Star Wars Rebels and comics like Sons of Dathomir
In all these stories, the different facets of Maul’s character have been explored. And yes, in all of them, Darth Maul is seen wielding his iconic red lightsabers. Well, here is everything you need to know about the star wars Darth maul lightsaber.
- It is an Ancient Sith Sign
Do you remember Darth Maul igniting his double-bladed red lightsaber in Phantom Menace? Well, the unique design is rooted in the ancient knowledge of the Sith. And yes, Maul used a Sith Holocron in possession of Darth Sidious to learn how to create his lightsaber. This is according to the canon book Star Wars Lightsabers: A guide to the Weapons of the Force that revealed how Maul’s first lightsaber was a design personal to him. It honours the knowledge passed down to him by the previous Sith.
- It is Half of the Original Lightsaber
Towards the end of The Phantom Menace, Maul lost half his body and lightsaber. Despite all the odds, he managed to resurface in The Clone Wars, where he built a formidable criminal empire.
The lightsaber that Maul uses in The Clone Wars is half the original double-bladed lightsaber he used in The Phantom Menace. He has managed to hold onto this half for many years and used it to establish his empire.
- The Lightsaber Led to an Alliance with Death Watch
Maul’s alliance with Death Watch was crucial to his building of a criminal empire. The Death Watch leader Pre Vizsla met Maul and his brother Savage Oppress adrift and unconscious in The Clone Wars “Eminence”. Upon seeing the lightsaber, Vizsla spared Maul’s life as he wanted to hear the story. According to him, an enemy of the Jedi is a potential ally of the Death Watch.
Therefore, even when unconscious, Maul’s lightsaber saved his life. It also placed him on the path to using Mandalore and Death Watch to gain enormous political power.
- The Loss of the Original Lightsaber
The duel between Maul and Obi-Wan towards the end of The Phantom Menace made Maul lose almost everything. Well, his reappearance in The Clone Wars made it more impressive for fans to see that he not only survived but also became more influential than ever before.
However, Darth Sidious eventually put Maul back in his place in The Clone Wars episode “The Lawless.” Here, Sidious butchered Savage Oppress and handed Maul a humiliating defeat. During this fight, Maul lost the original half of the original double-bladed lightsaber he’d held on to for years.
Darth Maul is the most iconic Star Wars villain. During an intense lightsaber battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi, he was spliced in half. Even then, a near-death experience didn’t stop him from pervading Star Wars on cartoon and literary fronts. It only made him stronger.