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* AbusiveParents: Darth Sidious raised him as a {{Tykebomb}}. The effects of Sidious's "parenting" are obvious in Maul's sociopathic personality.

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* AbusiveParents: Darth Sidious raised him as a {{Tykebomb}}. The effects of Sidious's "parenting" are obvious in Maul's sociopathic sociopathic, murderous personality.


* AdaptationalDumbass: Played straight and later [[AdaptationalIntelligence subverted]]. In the original ''Legends'' continuity, as revealed in the ''Literature/DarthPlagueis'' novel, Maul was a gigantic bookworm who loved to read in Sidious's library about Sith culture, and was also perceptive enough to harbor suspicions that Hego Damask was another Sith lord who was controlling Sidious all the time (which proved to be right, even if the "control" part ended up subverted). In contrast, the amount of his training and personality shown in current canon shows little intellectual interest, if any at all, before his "death" and descent to madness force him to wise up in order to get revenge. After years spent as a hermit in Malachor, however, Maul finally becomes somewhat of an OldMaster capable to seduce a fellow Force user through emotional manipulation, which is an aspect he never really showed in ''Legends''.

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* AdaptationalDumbass: Played straight and later [[AdaptationalIntelligence subverted]]. In the original ''Legends'' continuity, as revealed in the ''Literature/DarthPlagueis'' novel, Maul was a gigantic bookworm who loved to read in Sidious's library about Sith culture, and was also perceptive enough to harbor suspicions that Hego Damask was another Sith lord who was controlling behind Darth Sidious all the time (which proved to be right, even if a realization that many Jedi masters at the "control" part ended up subverted). time failed to do). In contrast, the amount of his training and personality shown in current canon shows little intellectual interest, if any at all, before his "death" and descent to madness force forced him to wise up in order to get revenge. After years spent as a hermit in Malachor, however, Maul finally becomes somewhat of an OldMaster capable to seduce a fellow Force user through emotional manipulation, which is an aspect he never really showed in ''Legends''.


* AdaptationalIntelligence: In the original ''Legends'' continuity, as revealed in the ''Literature/DarthPlagueis'' novel, Maul was a gigantic bookworm who loved to read in Sidious's library about Sith culture, and was also perceptive enough to harbor suspicions that Hego Damask was another Sith lord who was controlling Sidious all the time (which proved to be right, even if the "control" part ended up subverted). In contrast, the amount of his training and personality shown in current canon shows little to no intellectual interest, and his management of the Crimson Dawn is shown to be more through fear and than true strategy.

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* AdaptationalIntelligence: AdaptationalDumbass: Played straight and later [[AdaptationalIntelligence subverted]]. In the original ''Legends'' continuity, as revealed in the ''Literature/DarthPlagueis'' novel, Maul was a gigantic bookworm who loved to read in Sidious's library about Sith culture, and was also perceptive enough to harbor suspicions that Hego Damask was another Sith lord who was controlling Sidious all the time (which proved to be right, even if the "control" part ended up subverted). In contrast, the amount of his training and personality shown in current canon shows little to no intellectual interest, if any at all, before his "death" and his management descent to madness force him to wise up in order to get revenge. After years spent as a hermit in Malachor, however, Maul finally becomes somewhat of the Crimson Dawn is shown an OldMaster capable to be more seduce a fellow Force user through fear and than true strategy.emotional manipulation, which is an aspect he never really showed in ''Legends''.


* AdaptationalWimp: In the original ''Legends'' continuity, Maul was at one point brought back to life by a dark side splinter group called the "Prophets of the Dark Side", after which he dueled and actually defeated Darth Vader himself, only losing by surprise when the latter impaled himself and Maul in a last ditch effort. In canon, Maul (during ''Rebels'') is consistently portrayed as being a thorough BigBadWannabe next to Vader. Justified as the Prophets' Maul was resurrected to be at his prime in ''The Phantom Menace'' while the real Maul lost a lot of his potential thanks to Obi-Wan severing his lower half.

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* AdaptationalWimp: AdaptationalIntelligence: In the original ''Legends'' continuity, as revealed in the ''Literature/DarthPlagueis'' novel, Maul was a gigantic bookworm who loved to read in Sidious's library about Sith culture, and was also perceptive enough to harbor suspicions that Hego Damask was another Sith lord who was controlling Sidious all the time (which proved to be right, even if the "control" part ended up subverted). In contrast, the amount of his training and personality shown in current canon shows little to no intellectual interest, and his management of the Crimson Dawn is shown to be more through fear and than true strategy.
* AdaptationalWimp: In ''Legends'',
Maul was at one point brought back to life by a dark side splinter group called the "Prophets of the Dark Side", after which he dueled and actually defeated Darth Vader himself, only losing by surprise when the latter impaled himself and Maul in a last ditch effort. In canon, Maul (during ''Rebels'') is consistently portrayed as being a thorough BigBadWannabe next to Vader. Justified as the Prophets' Maul was resurrected to be at his prime in ''The Phantom Menace'' while the real Maul lost a lot of his potential thanks to Obi-Wan severing his lower half.half.
* AdaptationRelationshipOverhaul: With Mother Talzin. In ''Legends'', Maul was the son of a Nightsister named Kycina, who gave him to Sidious in order for at least one of her sons to live away from Talzin's infuence. In Canon, [[RelatedInTheAdaptation Maul is Talzin's son]], who was actively taken away from her by Sidious.


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* RelatedInTheAdaptation: In curren canon, he is Mother Talzin's son, while in ''Legends'' he was the son of one of Talzin's Nightsisters.


* AdaptationalWimp: In the original ''Legends'' continuity, Maul was at one point brought back to life by a dark side splinter group called the "Prophets of the Dark Side", after which he dueled and actually defeated Darth Vader himself, only losing by surprise when the latter impaled himself and Maul in a last ditch effort. In canon, Maul (during ''Rebels'') is consistently portrayed as being a thorough BigBadWannabe next to Vader.

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* AdaptationalWimp: In the original ''Legends'' continuity, Maul was at one point brought back to life by a dark side splinter group called the "Prophets of the Dark Side", after which he dueled and actually defeated Darth Vader himself, only losing by surprise when the latter impaled himself and Maul in a last ditch effort. In canon, Maul (during ''Rebels'') is consistently portrayed as being a thorough BigBadWannabe next to Vader. Justified as the Prophets' Maul was resurrected to be at his prime in ''The Phantom Menace'' while the real Maul lost a lot of his potential thanks to Obi-Wan severing his lower half.


* ALighterShadeOfBlack: While he's definitely a bad guy in ''Son of Dathomir'', he's presented sympathetically in spite of the atrocities he has done -- similarly to Asajj Ventress before her HeelFaceTurn. This portrayal continues in ''Rebels'' when he does genuinely want to defeat Sidious -- but for his own personal reasons. No doubt that if Sidious and Vader are done, the ''Jedi'' will be next.

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* ALighterShadeOfBlack: A few examples in the Clone Wars era.
** When he and Pre Vizsla come to blows, Maul is much more sympathetic compared to Vizsla, due to his love for his brother and his FreudianExcuse.
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While he's definitely a bad guy in ''Son of Dathomir'', he's presented sympathetically in spite of the atrocities he has done -- similarly to Asajj Ventress before her HeelFaceTurn. This portrayal continues in ''Rebels'' when he does genuinely want to defeat Sidious -- but for his own personal reasons. No doubt that if Sidious and Vader are done, the ''Jedi'' will be next.


* FullFrontalAssault: Technically. Once he loses his lower half, there isn't much point to wearing clothes, so he goes without a few times.

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* FullFrontalAssault: Technically. Once he loses his lower half, there isn't much point to social taboo against not wearing clothes, so he goes without a few times.


* DiabolusExMachina: Maul is a menace throughout ''The Clone Wars'' and ''Rebels'', but he doesn't actually have that much impact on the main plot and never rises above the status of BigBadWannabe; however, he successfully makes bad situations much worse in most of his appearances and manages to inflict some nasty personal wounds on several prominent characters, whether it is killing innocents to torture Obi-Wan, making several nearly successful efforts to turn Ezra Bridger to the Dark Side or otherwise distract him from his duties to the Rebellion, or [[spoiler:blinding Kanan Jarrus on Malachor]].

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* DiabolusExMachina: Maul is a menace throughout ''The Clone Wars'' and ''Rebels'', but he doesn't actually have that much impact on the main plot and never rises above the status of BigBadWannabe; however, he successfully makes bad situations much worse in most of his appearances and manages to inflict some nasty personal wounds on several prominent characters, whether it is killing innocents to torture Obi-Wan, helping the Death Watch take over Mandalore (succeeding where Dooku had failed and, ironically, giving Sidious the opportunity to subjugate the planet as he originally intended), making several nearly successful efforts to turn Ezra Bridger to the Dark Side or otherwise distract him from his duties to the Rebellion, or [[spoiler:blinding Kanan Jarrus on Malachor]].


* CombatPragmatist: He brings backup in the form of Savage in his confrontation with Obi-Wan on Raydonia, and is more than willing to fight dirty to defeat the equally pragmatic Vizsla. After Kanan beats him in a fight, Maul throws him out of an airlock in their next meeting rather than try it again.

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* CombatPragmatist: He brings backup in the form of Savage in his confrontation with Obi-Wan on Raydonia, and is more than willing to fight dirty to defeat the equally pragmatic Vizsla. After Raydonia. In ''Rebels,'' after Kanan beats him in a fight, Maul throws him out of an airlock in their next meeting rather than try it again.


* RetiredMonster: By the time of ''Rebels'', he's been quiet for at least 15 years, opting to stay out of Sidious' way and wander the galaxy. The events on Malachor provide too great an opportunity to miss, so he comes out of retirement.
** As it turns out, [[spoiler:he didn't quite retire, since he's running the Crimson Dawn syndicate behind the scenes.]]

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* RetiredMonster: By the time of ''Rebels'', he's been quiet for at least 15 years, opting to stay out of Sidious' way and wander the galaxy. The events on Malachor provide too great an opportunity to miss, so he comes out of retirement.
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retirement. As it turns out, [[spoiler:he didn't quite retire, since he's running the Crimson Dawn syndicate behind the scenes.]]



-->'''Maul:''' I was apprenticed to the most powerful being in the galaxy once. I was destined to be... so much more. But I was robbed of that destiny by the Jedi. By ''Obi-Wan Kenobi''...

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-->'''Maul:''' --->'''Maul:''' I was apprenticed to the most powerful being in the galaxy once. I was destined to be... so much more. But I was robbed of that destiny by the Jedi. By ''Obi-Wan Kenobi''...



* ShadowDictator: After conquering Mandalore, he made Almec the public face of his rule, so he can remain in the shadows.

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* ShadowDictator: ShadowDictator:
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After conquering Mandalore, he made Almec the public face of his rule, so he can remain in the shadows.



* SiblingTeam: With Savage Opress.

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* %%* SiblingTeam: With Savage Opress.Opress. %%Zero-Context Example%%



* SpiderTank: He became a living one after Obi-Wan cut him in half. WordOfGod is that he assembled scraps of metallic trash to replace his missing legs using the Force.

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* SpiderTank: He became a living one after Obi-Wan cut him in half. WordOfGod WordOfGod[[invoked]] is that he assembled scraps of metallic trash to replace his missing legs using the Force.



* TookALevelInKindness: Very, ''very'' [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]]. [[WordOfSaintPaul Sam Witwer says]] that by the time of ''Rebels'', Maul has gained a touch of sincerity -- and it's not altogether hard to see why; after everything he's been through (being cut in half, discarded by his master, going insane and back, losing his brother, his mother, most of his power, and spending an undisclosed amount of time on Malachor being hunted by an Inquisitor) he does seem to genuinely enjoy Ezra's company. Now, all that being said, Maul is still perfectly willing and able to manipulate Ezra to further his own ends, and is ultimately out for himself alone.

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* TookALevelInKindness: Very, ''very'' [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]]. [[WordOfSaintPaul Sam Witwer says]] says]][[invoked]] that by the time of ''Rebels'', Maul has gained a touch of sincerity -- and it's not altogether hard to see why; after everything he's been through (being cut in half, discarded by his master, going insane and back, losing his brother, his mother, most of his power, and spending an undisclosed amount of time on Malachor being hunted by an Inquisitor) he does seem to genuinely enjoy Ezra's company. Now, all that being said, Maul is still perfectly willing and able to manipulate Ezra to further his own ends, and is ultimately out for himself alone.



* TreacherousAdvisor: What Kanan and Ahsoka think he is to Ezra, [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter who places some trust in him]]. [[spoiler:Unsurprisingly, they're right in that Maul betrays Ezra's trust, but Maul does not betray the boy himself. He does not abandon Ezra to die and actually saves his life, even when Ezra was no further use to Maul.]]

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* TreacherousAdvisor: What Kanan and Ahsoka think he is to Ezra, [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter who places some trust in him]]. [[spoiler:Unsurprisingly, they're right in that Maul betrays Ezra's trust, but Maul does not betray the boy himself. He does not abandon Ezra to die and actually saves his life, even when Ezra was of no further use to Maul.]]


* WolverinePublicity: He's all over the advertising for ''The Phantom Menace'' and the fourth and fifth seasons of ''The Clone Wars''. Despite this, his screen-time in the film is fairly brief and he only appears in six episodes of the installment. The same holds true of his appearances in ''Rebels''; heavily advertised, but he only appears in five episodes over the course of two seasons, [[spoiler:ultimately dying near the end of Season 3]].
* WolverinePublicity: Maul was prominently featured in promotional material for ''The Clone Wars'' and ''Rebels'' in spite of only appearing in a few episodes of both shows. Nonetheless, every episode he '''did''' appear in was plot-important, so he made his limited number of appearances count.

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* WolverinePublicity: He's all over the advertising for ''The Phantom Menace'' and the fourth and fifth seasons of ''The Clone Wars''. Despite this, his screen-time in the film is fairly brief and he only appears in six episodes of the installment. series. The same holds true of his appearances in ''Rebels''; heavily advertised, but he only appears in five episodes over the course of two seasons, [[spoiler:ultimately dying near the end of Season 3]].
* WolverinePublicity: Maul was prominently featured in promotional material for ''The Clone Wars'' and ''Rebels'' in spite of only appearing in a few episodes of both shows.
3]]. Nonetheless, every episode he '''did''' appear in was plot-important, so he made his limited number of appearances count.

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* AdaptationalWimp: In the original ''Legends'' continuity, Maul was at one point brought back to life by a dark side splinter group called the "Prophets of the Dark Side", after which he dueled and actually defeated Darth Vader himself, only losing by surprise when the latter impaled himself and Maul in a last ditch effort. In canon, Maul (during ''Rebels'') is consistently portrayed as being a thorough BigBadWannabe next to Vader.


* {{Foil}}:
** A skilled warrior and tactician with a dry sense of humour and a brotherly relationship with his apprentice, who lost something important to him at the Battle of Theed, who aids a Mandalorian in trying to build Mandalore to their ideal, and is devoted to their own chosen ideology. Now, does that description fit Maul or [[ArchEnemy Obi-Wan Kenobi]]?
** The similarities between them become even more evident as time goes on. They both lose their apprentices to Darth Sidious (Obi-Wan in a [[FallenHero metaphorical]] fashion, Maul in a [[CharacterDeath literal]] one), they're forced into exile after their mentor is defeated by Sidious, and they both lose a woman important to them because of a Sith Lord ([[StarCrossedLovers Satine]] was killed by Maul, while [[MamaBear Mother Talzin]] was defeated by Sidious before being killed by Grievous), while they are forced to helplessly watch.
** In ''Rebels'' it keeps going! By now he's a washed up hermit in forced exile (as both are hiding from the Empire) who while competent is likely no match for Vader and Palpatine alone, and seeks to pass on his ways knowing that he's in his twilight years. In the end, however, for all their similarities, there is one [[NotSoSimilar vital difference]] between them: Obi-Wan, being a consummate Jedi, never hated Maul the way Maul hated him, even [[spoiler:cradling and comforting his longtime foe as Maul dies]].



* NotSoDifferent: He loses his brother Savage in a similar manner to how his rival Obi-Wan lost Qui-Gon. And when his mother, Talzin, is killed in front him, he makes the exact same gesture Obi-Wan did when he murdered Satine.

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* NotSoDifferent: He loses Ironically, Maul has more in common with his brother Savage in a similar manner arch-nemesis Kenobi than he would like to how admit.
** A skilled warrior and tactician with a dry sense of humour and a brotherly relationship with
his rival apprentice, who lost something important to him at the Battle of Theed, who aids a Mandalorian in trying to build Mandalore to their ideal, and is devoted to their own chosen ideology. Now, does that description fit Maul or [[ArchEnemy Obi-Wan lost Qui-Gon. Kenobi]]?
** The similarities between them become even more evident as time goes on. They both lose their apprentices to Darth Sidious (Obi-Wan in a [[FallenHero metaphorical]] fashion, Maul in a [[CharacterDeath literal]] one), they're forced into exile after their mentor is defeated by Sidious, and they both lose a woman important to them because of a Sith Lord ([[StarCrossedLovers Satine]] was killed by Maul, while [[MamaBear Mother Talzin]] was defeated by Sidious before being killed by Grievous), while they are forced to helplessly watch.
And when his mother, Talzin, Talzin is killed in front him, he even makes the exact same gesture Obi-Wan did when he murdered Satine.Satine.
** In ''Rebels'' it keeps going! By now he's a washed up hermit in forced exile (as both are hiding from the Empire) who while competent is likely no match for Vader and Palpatine alone, and seeks to pass on his ways knowing that he's in his twilight years. In the end, however, for all their similarities, there is one [[NotSoSimilar vital difference]] between them: Obi-Wan, being a consummate Jedi, never hated Maul the way Maul hated him, even [[spoiler:cradling and comforting his longtime foe as Maul dies]].


* MasterSwordsman: His fighting style focuses on swordsmanship over Force powers, making him one of the most skilled combatants in the franchise at a cost of raw power. He even manges to hold his own against Darth Sidious for a bit.

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* MasterSwordsman: His fighting style focuses on swordsmanship over Force powers, making him one One of the most skilled combatants swordfighters in the franchise at a cost of raw power. He even manges to hold power, his own against Darth fighting style emphasizes crisp swordsmanship over Force powers. At his best, he fought Sidious in a swordfight better than anyone sans Mace Windu. Sadly, by the time of ''Rebels,'' Maul's skills diminished to where he doubts he could match the crippled Darth Vader. Although his skills are still far too much for a bit.the Inquisitorius.

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* NobleDemon: Through everything, Maul has always retained a sense of, albeit twisted, honor, and can be considered a somewhat honorable warrior. Made especially apparent before and after the Clone Wars.

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